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Over 5 million Raspberry Pis have been sold

How big of a phenomenon is the Raspberry Pi? The charity organization behind the tiny, low-cost computer announced this morning that over 5 million Pis have now been sold. The original Pi went on sale about three years ago next week, so 5 million is a pretty huge milestone to hit in that short period of time. The organization boasts that this figure appears to make it “the biggest selling UK computer manufacturer ever,” though you wouldn’t be wrong to take issue with its comparison: Pi is selling $ 20 to $ 35 computers — not machines that you’re going to use for serious productivity for a few years.

Still, that’s not a knock on any of the Pis. They’re surprisingly capable machines at just $ 35, especially following the introduction of a…

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Obama accuses EU of attacking American tech companies because it ‘can’t compete’

Barack Obama has angered officials in Europe after suggesting that investigations by the European Union into companies like Google and Facebook were “commercially driven.” In an interview with Recode, the president claimed that European “service providers who … can’t compete with ours, are essentially trying to set up some roadblocks for our companies to operate effectively there.” The truth, however, is more nuanced than this.

“our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it.”

Obama says: “We have owned the internet. Our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it in ways that they can’t compete. And oftentimes what is portrayed as high-minded positions on issues sometimes is just designed to carve out some of their…

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Sony opens pre-orders for its $840 Google Glass alternative

Google might have shelved its Glass project for now, but its rapid about-face doesn’t mean that its peers have given up on their own augmented reality goggle projects. Sony today made a developer version of its Google Glass-esque SmartEyeglass available for pre-order, before it goes on sale in the US, the UK, and Germany on March 10th.

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Link is the most popular Nintendo Amiibo

It’s official: Link is the most popular Amiibo of them all. Figures released today at Nintendo’s investor briefing show the Legend of Zelda protagonist selling more than any of the other Nintendo characters immortalized as a Skylanders-style NFC-equipped plastic figurine.

Here’s the top 10 for North America:

  1. Link
  2. Mario
  3. Pikachu
  4. Kirby
  5. Samus
  6. Yoshi
  7. Zelda
  8. Donkey Kong
  9. Peach
  10. Luigi

The US and Canada have made up 63 percent of Amiibo sales to date; Europe, Japan, and Australia accounted for 23 percent, 11 percent, and 3 percent respectively. Australia is the only region where Link didn’t make the top spot — Mario appears to be more popular down under.

Additionally, CEO Satoru Iwata announced today that Nintendo is planning to use…

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Bryan Singer shares mysterious concept art from X-Men: Apocalypse

Bryan Singer has worked on a ton of X-Men films, and he’s coming back to direct yet another one next year with X-Men: Apocalypse. We pretty much know nothing about the movie so far — aside from the fact that it’ll focus on the villain Apocalypse — but Singer shared an early look at it today on Instagram:

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Five things you need to know about the FAA’s new rules for flying drones

The Federal Aviation Agency just introduced its long awaited proposal for new drone regulations. Right now it’s illegal for companies to operate drones over the U.S. To fly commercially, companies must get a specific exemption, and only a handful have obtained them so far. The goal of these new rules is to open up the skies to any company with a qualified operator that is willing to follow some basic guidelines.

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Penguins love eating fish but probably can’t taste them

You’d think that penguins would love the meaty taste of fish, but it turns out that they may not be able to taste their food much at all. A new genetic study out of the University of Michigan finds that penguins appear to have long ago lost the ability to taste sweet and bitter flavors, as well as the savory, meaty flavor known as umami. Together, sweet, bitter, and umami make up three of the five basic tastes. The other two, sour and salty, may still be present in penguins. The findings are being published today in Current Biology.

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Jony Ive gave JJ Abrams ‘very specific’ input on lightsaber designs

The new lightsaber that appeared in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens provoked some strong reactions last year, but how much more would people care if it transpires that Apple’s Jony Ive had a hand in its creation? In an extensive profile on the superstar British designer for the New Yorker, journalist Ian Parker describes how Ive was once sat next to director J.J. Abrams “at a boozy dinner party in New York” during which he made some “very specific” suggestions about lightsaber design:

Abrams told me that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would reflect those thoughts, but he wouldn’t say how. After the release of the film’s first trailer—which featured a fiery new lightsabre, with a cross guard, and a resemblance to a burning…

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VAIO’s first post-Sony laptops transform into tablets

Sony jettisoned VAIO more than a year ago now, but the iconic PC brand isn’t dead. Sold to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, VAIO is back with two new PCs, announced today in Tokyo. The VAIO Z and the VAIO Z Canvas are the first devices designed and put out by VAIO itself — the former is the company’s new flagship, a $ 1,600 ultrabook with a hinged back that lets users transform it from laptop to pseudo-tablet, while the latter is a cheaper, smaller, and lighter option with a detachable keyboard.

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Watch Kanye West perform his new track Wolves at SNL 40

Only days after debuting his new track “Wolves” at New York Fashion Week, Kanye West performed the song during Sunday night’s SNL 40 celebration, marking the first time he performed the track live. The stripped-down performance came after he laid flat on his back onstage to sing “Jesus Walks” and later his other new single “Only One.” Singer Sia and fellow Chicago rapper Vic Mensa joined him onstage during the song.

There was plenty of debate during and after the set as to whether or not the performance was inspired or just bizarre, especially as compared to the more straightforward acts of the night like Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and even Miley Cyrus. Whatever the audience’s opinion, there was really nothing like it all night.

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