Android App Pick #195

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we try and make the most of a bad situation with Minion Paradise. There are worse things that being shipwrecked on an island, but probably not if you're there with a bunch of Minions. Take a look at this fun quest-based game which made our Android App Pick this week!

Minion Paradise



Google Cardboard Will Awaken the Force

Google and Disney are working on a fun Star Wars application that will take advantage of Google's Cardboard. The $5 VR headset has limited usefulness, but with something like this, it could actually be fun for a few more minutes of its life. Although not a huge Star Wars fan, I'm looking forward to this movie and all that surrounds such an iconic nerd-fest.

"Coming on December 2 is a new virtual reality experience developed along with Google and Verizon. This will feature the first-of-its-kind serialized Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) experience that combines a compelling story, which ties directly into the [film], with the very latest cutting-edge virtual reality technology. The Google Cardboard Virtual Reality experience will live in the official Star Wars app and is available on both iOS and Android devices."

Source: TheInquirer

Google's Epic Star Wars Easter Egg

Head over to Google and type in "A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away" (no quotes) and you'll enjoy the search results in an amazing way. You're welcome.

Long Time

Source: Google

Raspberry Pi Model Zero - Now $5

The Raspberry Pi folks have made their fair share of headlines over the past year or so with their low cost micro computers. Today they've taken things to a new and lower level with their $5 Model Zero. The Model Zero will be featuring a 1GHz Broadcomm CPU with 512MB of RAM. Obviously this isn't going to replace your home computer or anything, but there are a ton of cool projects that this $5 Model Zero just might be perfect for. You can find out all about the Model Zero over at the Raspberry Pi site.

The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend. Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry. At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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