A listing in UK retailer Argos’ Christmas Gift Guide indicates that Google and Asus will soon release a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 (Posted by @Rockwell7) on Twitter. The tablet is labeled as costing £199.99 (Catalogue Number 508/9325), matching the current price of the 16GB variant in the UK. Android Police has also posted details of the 32GB model, with a listing on Staples’ website. At the time of writing it is not showing up on Argos website.
17 Oct 2012 19 Comments
06 Sep 2012 Leave a comment
The Raspberry Pi Blog today posted that the Raspberry Pi is going to be made in the UK (South Wales) after original being made in China.
Back at the beginning of April, Eben and I paid a visit to Sony’s UK manufacturing plant in Pencoed, South Wales. Several meetings, a factory tour, a lot of phone calls, some PowerPoint and sandwiches, and an up-close-and-personal with a wave soldering machine later, we were able to introduce our manufacturing and distributing partners to Sony’s Welsh facility, where, as well as making Sony products, Sony’s team undertakes contract electronic manufacture (CEM). It’s an incredibly impressive affair; the quietest, pleasantest plant I’ve ever been in, all comfortable lighting, ergonomic workspaces, cool air and relaxed staff. Sony’s quality control system is legendary, their ability to manufacture fast and cleanly is superb, and they’ve already invested in adding PoP (Package on Package – the fiddly stuff where the Broadcom chip at the heart of the Raspberry Pi is stacked beneath the RAM chip) hardware manufacture ability and expansion capability just for us. They’re also able to take on the huge task (currently undertaken by RS and Farnell) of ensuring the parts used are sourced ethically and to the highest ecological standards – every component has to pass standard compliance via Sony’s Green Management programme.
The upshot of all this? Element14/Premier Farnell have made the decision to move the bulk of their Raspberry Pi manufacture to South Wales. Moving manufacture like this is an enormous undertaking; from the start of the process, it’s taken us (especially Pete), Farnell and Sony nearly six months to get all our respective ducks in a row. The initial contract will see the Pencoed plant producing 30,000 Raspberry Pis a month, and creating around 30 new jobs.
How do you know if you’ve got a UK-made board? Easy. Look next to the power jack; you’ll see the words “Made in the UK”. We couldn’t be prouder.
10 Apr 2012 1 Comment
The American rapper 50 Cent may have had a massive hit with his hip hop single In Da Club. But today the 36-year-old business mogul was ‘In the Hub’ Theatre at the Gadget Show Live at Birmingham NEC.
The superstar, AKA Curtis Jackson, flew in to the UK to launch his new branded headphones, SMS Audio. He said: “I’m excited to be here in Brum today. I’ve had the opportunity to tour around here. My music has taken me to so many places.
‘‘SMS Audio is an extension of my passion for music. It’s exciting to offer something that’s higher grade because quality is important to me.”