Pinebook 64 Open Source Notebook

Pinebook 64This is an Open Source, super cheap notebook computer! Are you ready? $99.00! Yep! $99.00 Bucks!

PINEBOOK: Light and Thin 64-bit ARM based Open Source Notebook

“PINEBOOK is an 11.6″ or 14″ notebook powered by the same Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor used in our popular PINE A64 Single Board Computer. It is lightweight and comes with a full size keyboard and large multi-touch touchpad for students and makers.

As a new open source platform, Pinebook development is an ongoing process and represents a great opportunity to get involved with computing on a different level, to customise and personalise the portable computer experience, to understand what is going on beneath the surface. Your input can help shape and define what a Pinebook can be.”

CPU: 1.2GHz 64-Bit Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53


Flash: 16 GB eMMC 5.0 (upgradable up to 64GB)

Wireless: WiFi 802.11bgn + Bluetooth 4.0

USB 2.0 Port: 2

MicroSD Card Slot: 1

Digital Video Port: 1

Headphone Jack: 1

Microphone: Built-in

Full Size Keyboard

Large Multi-Touch Touchpad

Power: Input: 100~240V, Output: 5V3A

Battery: Lithium Polymer Battery (10000mAH)

Display: 11.6″ IPS or 14″ TN LCD (1366 x 768)

Front Camera: 0.3 Megapixels

Dimension: 11.6″ : 299mm x 200mm x 12mm (WxDxH)

14″ : 329mm x 220mm x 12mm (WxDxH)

Weight: 11.6″ : 1.04 kg (2.30 lbs)

14″ : 1.26 kg (2.78 lbs)

Warranty: 30 days

USATV247 Allows Watching Cable Channels Free on Your Computer

There is a service called USATV247 (USA TV 24/7) that provides computer, tablet, and smartphone users the option to view certain channels free on the web. No account is required, and there is no charge. You simply go to the web site, and choose the channel that you want to see. Obviously, you can also Chromecast the computer screen to your HD TV as well, if you like.

Local Stations in Some Areas via

LoCast.orgThere is service that provides free streaming of local stations to some areas of the country. It is called and is free. They do accept donations, and claim to be expanding their service. so, if you are having trouble with your local antenna, and live in these areas, this might be an option for you!

“Locast is a public service to Americans, providing local broadcast signals over the Internet in select cities. All you have to do is sign up online, provide your name and email address, and certify that you live in, and are logging on from, one of the select US cities (‘Designated Market Area’). Then, you can select among local broadcasters and stream your favorite local station. is a ‘digital translator,’ meaning that operates just like a traditional broadcast translator service, except instead of using an over-the-air signal to boost a broadcaster’s reach, we stream the signal over the Internet to consumers located within select US cities.

Ever since the dawn of TV broadcasting in the mid-20th Century, non-profit organizations have provided ‘translator’ TV stations as a public service. Where a primary broadcaster cannot reach a receiver with a strong enough signal, the translator amplifies that signal with another transmitter, allowing consumers who otherwise could not get the over-the-air signal to receive important programming, including local news, weather and of course, sports. provides the same public service, except instead of an over-the-air signal transmitter, we provide the local broadcast signal via online streaming.

You need a broadband Internet connection for optimal performance. Using a laptop, smartphone, or computer connected to the Internet, point your browser to to sign up. You then can choose which local broadcast station to watch from your Internet-enabled device.”

PBS May Soon Be More Cord Cutter Friendly

PBSPBS is making noises that it might soon be open to putting their content on services like YouTubeTV and Hulu. This is a turnaround from the past, because they have said that so much of their content is owned by local PBS stations. The discussions with these local stations must be going well, because they have announced the potential of freer access in the future.

Today the Boston PBS station WGBH has confirmed that they will be launching on 1 to 2 live TV streaming providers this fall with more on the way. This comes from Jon Abbott, president and CEO of the WGBH Educational Foundation.

Battery-Free Bluetooth Sensor

This is odd.

This tiny Bluetooth chip doesn’t need a battery because it harvests energy from the air

The Verge – By: Jon Porter – “The Internet of Things promises to connect billions of otherwise ordinary devices to the internet, but when each one needs to have its own battery, there’s a limit to how small or cheap they can become. A new paper-thin Bluetooth chip that’s able to operate entirely without a battery could be about to solve this problem. The postage stamp-sized chip from Wiliot is able to harvest energy from the ambient radio frequencies around us, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular signals, and use them to power a Bluetooth-equipped ARM processor that can be connected to a variety of sensors.

Wiliot says that the size of the Bluetooth chip, combined with the lack of any battery, means it can be produced cheaply and mounted on almost anything. The company gives several potential use cases for the technology. For example, it could be embedded in consumer products to provide easy access to a digital manual when the original paper version is long lost, or it could be put on a clothing label and used to communicate the optimal settings to a washing machine.

However, the fact that it can also be combined with sensors raises more interesting possibilities. In addition to tracking items through a supply chain, a temperature sensor could also report when items get either too hot or too cold. Elsewhere, a pressure sensor could detect when a food container is empty and automatically order a replacement, thereby making so-called smart fridges truly smart.

Although a recent $30 million financing round means that Wiliot now counts on both Amazon and Samsung as investors, it will still be another year before its sensor tags are widely available. Wiliot says that it hopes to offer them as part of a limited release in 2019 before making then widely available in 2020.”

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