Forza Horizon 3 has been released today. Though fans of the series are no doubt elated, it is a bit hard to get excited for a franchise that sees a new release every single year. This year, Microsoft is doing something special for its flagship racing series and has created a custom Xbox One S that is made to resemble the front of an Audi R8. The catch is that it will be only be available to a few folks in Germany.Despite it appearing a bit ridiculous, this custom Xbox One really does resemble a miniaturized piece of an Audi R8. However, this isn’t a simple custom job. Most special edition consoles either have a specific paint job or just have a custom plate slapped to the top of the console. This one is more well thought out as every inch of it has been shaped and modified. Yes, it does seem as though the front of the car was sliced off and had its tires stolen, but at least it looks like what it is supposed to be.Not that this is a competition, but Microsoft Australia seems to have a better handle on how to create a custom Xbox One S console. That country also has its own special edition Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One S, but as you can see from the picture below, it is much more impressive looking. Germany, please take note.Earlier this year, Microsoft held similar contests where it gave away custom Xbox One systems to lucky people in Europe. For the launch of Captain America: Civil War, the company made a system that looked like Iron Man’s chest piece. This one was only for French fans. Then there was a Game of Thrones Xbox One that was released to celebrate the end of that show’s sixth season. Like the Tony Stark Xbox One, this custom console was also for French citizens.If you live in Germany or know someone that does, you can enter for a chance to win the Audi R8 Xbox One S by going to this Facebook page, “liking” the post, and leaving a comment about who is the toughest Forza rival (whatever that means). Only three of these consoles will be given away so good luck to all who participate.
The famously versatile budget-friendly pocket computer, Raspberry Pi, is picking up some more competition. In addition the Asus Tinker Board, Pine64 has launched their high-powered competitor, running the Rockchip RK3399 system-on-a-chip (SOC) according to our sister site, ZDNet.The micro computer starts at $60 and the board comes in two varieties. The first is the standard hexa-core RK3399 SoC but the Pro version includes an “artificial intelligence processor” running alongside the standard CPU and GPU. First unveiled at this year’s CES, the system is one of the first demoed tech at the show to come to market.The base model, sports the standard 2GB of RAM, and will run between $60 and $65. The pro version, on the other hand, tops out at $99 and will go on sale August 1.The hexa-core SoC will have two ARM Cortex-A72 cores and four ARM Cortex-A53 in addition to the quad-core Mali-T860MP4 GPU. The advanced model tacks on another 2GB of ram, as well as Pine64’s specialized “neural processing unit” or NPU.For I/O, you’ll get a USB 3.0 Type-C connector with support for up to 4K displays. You’ll also get a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot, HDMI 2.0, 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45, an SDIO socket for wireless communications, a PCI-E 4.0 slot, 128 MB flash memory to boot and a 40-pin GPIO.All considered, the board seems to be a capable machine. Unfortunately, the launch will take a bit, but it should be available soon. Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target