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The crème de la tèch for the com­ing month

{1} fresh pick­ings Rasp­berry Pi Model B+

It’s been two years since this lo-fi com­puter sparked a DIY tech project phe­nom­e­non and the time has come for a sys­tem up­grade. CEO Eben Up­ton says it’s “the fi­nal evo­lu­tion of the orig­i­nal Rasp­berry Pi, rather than Pi 2”, in­clud­ing tweaks and im­prove­ments sug­gested by the grow­ing Pi-loving com­mu­nity. Th­ese in­clude two ex­tra USB 2.0 ports, lower power con­sump­tion, a sleeker de­sign and im­proved audio, all for the ex­act same price. That sounds more A* than B+ to us. $38, rasp­ber­rypi.org, out now

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tem­ple of zoom

Nikon D810

“Pro­sumer” snap­pers re­joice: Nikon’s new pre­mium DSLR is here to wow you with stun­ning and re­ally very large re­sults from its 36.3-megapixel sen­sor and Expeed 4 im­age pro­ces­sor. An ul­tra-wide ISO range up to a see-in-the-dark 51,200 and full HD video at 60fps also add weight, the lat­ter boast­ing “sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced moiré”, which is the hideous strob­ing ef­fect you some­times get on com­plex pat­terns, so it’s good news for lovers of loud shirt-and-tie com­bos. The D810 is not cheap, but it will un­lock your cre­ativ­ity like never be­fore. $3,799 (body only), Nikon.com.au, out now

{3 Danc­ing on the ceil­ing

LightFreq

There are plenty of smart bulbs fight­ing for your pocket change but few as cheap yet brainy as this, which is es­sen­tially a plug-in mo­bile disco. LightFreq has a built-in 5W loud­speaker and is con­trolled via app and Blue­tooth. Snag a few of them and you can en­able party mode, co-or­di­nat­ing lights to flash and change colour – 16 mil­lion dif­fer­ent hues at your fin­ger­tips, G – in time with your mu­sic. $60, lightfreq.com, Out Fe­bru­ary 2015

{4} recharge YOUR runaround

Audi A3 Sport­back e-tron

This is the first Audi mo­tor to be given an in­jec­tion of e-power, adding a 75kW elec­tric mo­tor to the hatch­back’s clas­sic 1.4-litre en­gine. You can run up to 50 kilo­me­ters and hit 130km/h on leccy alone, or choose a hy­brid ef­fort for a brash 150kw and top speed of 222km/h. It recharges in just 2.5 hours and if you down­load the e-tron app to your phone it will even send you alerts when the bat­tery power’s run­ning low. Ap­prox $60,000, audi.com, out March

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