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12.28.11

Links 28/12/2011: Quad Core Linux Devices, Darrell Steinberg for Open Access

Posted in News Roundup at 5:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Free Software/Open Source

  • TextSecure App For Android Is Now Open Source

    Following the discovery of Carrier IQ, the devious app that stealthily collects data on smartphone users, putting a little more priority on security is worth considering. After all, you never know who is watching so you should probably assume that lots of prying parties are watching.

  • Open Source Software Development Helps You Get Edge in Web World

    The open source application development has become so much popular in the web world, as the users can change it as per their exigencies. Open source software refers to computer software that is to be availed in source code format.

  • WonderSchool streams world to a tablet

    Open Wonderland — an open source, Java-based alternative to OpenSim — is now available on a tablet. According to WonderSchool, a subsidiary of Germany’s THINSIA, clients can now access the platform on an iPad by having their user session streamed to the device.

  • Events

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • 7 Benefits of Mozilla’s Rapid Release!

        Just shortly Mozilla has released Firefox 9 according to its rapid release development oscillation. This rapid release has increased concerns about add-on firefox compatibility and revamped interface that is confusing for consistent browser users. Mozilla has already been criticized for its rapid release program particularly in enterprise sector. Nevertheless, there are benefits of rapid release program too; that we seem to negative. Lets investigate them.

  • Business

  • Openness/Sharing

    • Magneti Marelli Introduces Open-Source Platform for the ‘Connected Car’

      In the area of telematics and infotainment technologies for automobiles, Magneti Marelli presented what it believes to be the first open-source platform for in-vehicle infotainment devices. The platform complies with automotive requirements in terms of performance and durability, and, at the same time, is equipped with software developed and certified according to GENIVI Alliance compliance specification.

    • Open Access/Content

      • Steinberg pushes free digital college textbooks for California

        Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wants to create a digital library of free course materials for California college students.

        The proposal, unveiled earlier this month, is bound to be popular with students grappling with rising tuition and fees at California’s public colleges and universities.

      • Our View: Open-source texts for state colleges

        A fat hardbound economics text that looks no fancier, if no worse, than a best-selling novel that goes for $26.95 can easily be priced at $95 and even into the triple digits. The professors who write these texts famously fight – or are perhaps encouraged to do so by their publishers – the always strong market for used books in college communities by writing sometimes imperceptibly small updates to the original editions and requiring students to buy new.

Leftovers

  • Civil Rights

    • SOPA? Get YOUR message across.

      My friend Katie had some bumper stickers made up that pretty much echoes my sentiments of SOPA/PIPA. I normally don’t dally in bumper stickers but this one is going on the old Explorer as soon as it arrives in the mail. 5 bucks out the door to include shipping.

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