The developers of the DragonBox Pyra are designing a handheld game console with a 5 inch, 720p screen, an ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a compact design, while still featuring game controller buttons and a QWERTY keyboard.
The system is designed to be as open as possible, supporting GNU/Linux software.
The project was unveiled over a year ago as a sort of follow-up to the OpenPandora and it could ship by the end of 2015. So how are things going so far? One of the project’s leaders recently released a video showing the latest prototype.
- DragonBox Pyra open game console progress update
The design of the printed circuit board is said to be finalized and working properly, while there’s still a bit of work to go on some of the other components. [OpenPandora and PandoraLive]
- It might cost as little as $84 to build a $349 Apple Watch Sport
That doesn’t include the cost or research, marketing, distribution, and plenty of other expenses… but there’s still plenty of room for a healthy profit margin if Apple sells enough of the little guys. [IHS/BusinessWire]
- Sony releases special bootloaders that make it easier to boot from recovery partition on some phones
There are already ways to install custom ROMs on Sony Xperia phones, but this could make the process easier… and safer. [FXP]
- Asus C201 Chromebook w/RK3288 processor now available for $169
The notebook has an 11.6 inch display, 802.11ac WiFi, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. In other words it has similar specs to the Haier and HiSense Chromebooks, but costs $20 more. On the other hand, Asus has a much longer history of producing Chromebooks and laptops in general than those companies, so it might be worth paying a little more to buy from a company you trust (if Asus happens to be a company you trust). [Amazon]
- Micromax’s next Yu smartphone coming in mid-May
The Indian phone maker already offers one smartphone with Cyanogen OS software under the Yu brand. Now another is on the way. [@YUplaygod]
- Cyanogen Platform SDK will let app developers integrate deeply with CyanogenMod features
For example, developers may be able to create custom Quick Settings Tiles. [Android Police]
- Here’s how third-party apps will be able to integrated with Cortana in Windows 10
Cortana can answer your questions, launch apps, and do much more… partly because Microsoft is providing tools that let third-party app developers integrate their apps with Cortana. [Blogging Windows]
- Looks like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip doesn’t overheat
The Snapdragon 810 is theoretically capable of faster speeds… but it slows down when it gets too hot, which means that the 808 could actually be faster under some conditions. [Ars Technica]
- HDHOmeRun DVR Kickstarter gets funded
The makers of the network-connected TV tuner want to launch software that will let you pause or record live TV using the same hardware (and a network-attached storage device). [SiliconDust/Kickstarter]
- Plex adds new music features
That includes a sort-by-mood option, support for music videos, new playlist settings, and more. [Plex/YouTube]