Raspberry Pi’s single-board computers have supported expansion boards called HATs (Hardware Attached on Top) for more than a decade. But those boards have typically had to rely on the 40-pin headers to communicate with the board.

The Raspberry Pi 5 is the model that also has a PCIe connector, and in recent months we’ve seen a number of add-on makers tap into this high-speed connector to offer expansion boards with features like support for PCIe NVMe storage, WiFi 7, and other hardware. Now Pineberry Pi has begun taking preorders for a whole bunch of new boards with support for features like 2.5 GbE Ethernet, dual NVMe drives, or an AI processor.

Pinberry Pi’s new Rasberry Pi 5-compatible boards

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Pineberry Pi Unveils New Expansion Boards for Raspberry Pi 5 [LinuxGizmos]

Pineberry Pi launches new Raspberry Pi 5 HATs including one with 2.5 GbE LAN support, another with support for two NVMe SSDs, one with a PCIe Switch, and an AI board with support for a Google Coral Edge TPU.

Apple kills Epic’s iOS game store plans over App Store criticism [The Verge]

Apple has released iOS 17.4 which, in response to the EU’s Digital Markets Act, allows third-party app stores and other features in the EU. But it suspended the developer account of Epic Games, which had planned to launch an iOS app store.

UPDATE: Apple Reinstates Epic Developer Account After Public Backlash for Retaliation [Epic Games]

A few days after terminating the developer account of Epic Games, Apple has announced it will reinstate the account, allowing Epic to continue plans to build an iOS app & game store.

Google adds new developer fees as part of the Play Store’s DMA compliance plan [TechCrunch]

Google will charge fees to developers that distribute apps in the Play Store, while directing users in the EU outside the app for third-party payments. It’s part of Google’s response to the Digital Markets Acts, and it’s very similar to Apple’s approach.

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  1. On the Epic/Apple front, I kind of feel like Epic should just stop developing and supporting games on Apple operating systems; publish a “Why we will no longer be developing for Apple platforms” open letter, and let people who share those values switch to a platform that is more aligned to those values. I’m not currently an iOS user and nothing that Apple is doing in this space makes me inclined to start using their mobile products.

  2. @Sword, VoLTE has been confirmed working by some PP and L5 users – there are specific threads giving their experiences, e.g. using Mobian, which modem fw etc., in their respective fora. So you might find a US-based service provider/MVNO with whom it does work on a mobile Linux OS and handset.

    1. Pinephone does volte ON THE MODEM. Also it works very poorly. No linux distro on the pinephone actually handles VoLTE itself, it just issues AT command (usually a Quectel modem).

      Big difference, and completely unscalable, given they are low end modems.

  3. “Raspberry Pi 5 HATs” – Who cares? There are SILL no Raspberry Pi 5s in the U.S. and what Raspberry Pi 5s that do exist outside the U.S. cost waaaay too much.

    1. Try rpilocator.com. As of this morning there are Pi 5s in stock at Adafruit, Pi-Fruit, Digikey, and Chicago Electronic Distributors.

      1. I don’t think that person has been checking. I’ve found them myself without using rpilocator.com.

  4. @Sword – first sorry for the unnested replies but when I click on “Reply” directly to your comment, no text box appears anymore…
    Secondly, I might be getting my wires crossed completely but I think they recently (this year) announced that they’d now be working on VoLTE as a priority?

    1. I will believe it if I see it.
      Ubuntu Touch said similar nearly 3 years ago and have been touting their “success” on a UT podcast and yet…..it isn’t in any build a year after they said “oh yeah we have certain phones working.” I even went digging in their repo’s and came up empty.

      I get it VoLTE is a closed standard, and carriers implement differently, phone mfrs implement differently, and hallium is essentially a translation layer between linux and the underlying phone firmware….But these linux phone OSes will die without it, aside from the few people that take the time and effort for the various SIP workarounds.

      I myself am eyeballing a supported Sailfish phone just for linux + VoLTE + their Android translation layer (I used a community port on my phone overseas where they still had 3G and quite enjoyed it, but back in the US VoLTE is a must for me)

  5. @Sword, you know Maemo Leste is still alive and kicking and supported on some recent devices?

    1. Yeah, but like nearly all linux phone oses no VoLTE, which is required to make a phonecall in the US. Only Sailfish has VoLTE, and only on first party phones

  6. Oh, so apparently the fees only apply for in app purchases. They’re not obviously planning to remove sideloading from Android just yet.

    1. Sigh. Probably. I really miss Maemo…. It just needed official mms support, and now modern networks. Otherwise perfection.