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Marketplace for 'Open Hardware': Lectronz
Lectronz is a new marketplace for electronics enthusiasts with a focus on the open hardware and DIY (do it yourself) electronics community. As Alain, one of the operators, tells us, the store was launched in early January with a focus on sellers in the EU. One of the reasons for launching Lectronz, he says, was to "to offer tools that address the needs of EU-based makers and small businesses, notably when comes to calculating VAT/taxes. In March we opened to sellers globally and we provided tools that help non-EU sellers import their products, again taking into account new VAT rules that were introduced in the EU in 2021." The software for the platform was written in-house to have full control over the function and also the possibility of future expansion.

A first Amiga item can already be found in the store: the Open Amiga Sampler. The simple mono 8-bit sound sampler for the Amiga is connected via the parallel port. It is based on the design of "echolevel", whose documentation is available on GitHub.

Currently the product is sold out, but as the vendor tells us when asked, he is in the process of building more samplers that should be available by the weekend. He has changed the placement of the electrolytic capacitors on the original design, and another revision to allow for a simpler construction is in the works if interest in his sampler continues. (dr)

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Apple patents 'Computer in an Input Device'
Apple had already applied for a patent for a "computer in an input device" in mid-2020, which was now published a few days ago. The basic idea is reminiscent of the concepts of e.g. the Atari ST, C64 and Amiga.

The patent application describes the computer in bullet-point summary as follows:
  • computing device includes an input component positioned at the external surface
  • a processing unit and a memory can be disposed within the internal volume
  • computing device has a singular input/output port which can be configured to receive both data and power. The singular input/ output port can be configured to output data from the processing unit.
  • the singular input/output port can include a USB-C port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, or a Lightning port
  • the computing device can include a track pad coupled to the enclosure
  • the computing device can be foldable about an axis
As justification, the company states that unlike in the past, where large and/or bulky computer components traditionally required correspondingly large housings, the demand for portable computing devices has driven the miniaturization of once bulky components. Consequently, further adaptation of case designs, shapes and configurations is desirable. (dr)

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ACube Systems: Appeal for reporting AmigaOS 4.1 compatible hardware
ACube Systems asks in their Twitter message today to report AmigaOS 4.1 compatible hardware so that the AmigaOS 4.1 Hardware Compatibility List can be completed. (dr)

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