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04.07.14

Chromebooks News: Chromebooks Gain at Microsoft’s Expense, Chromebooks for $99 Today at Best Buy (When Trading in Windows XP System)

Posted in News Roundup at 4:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Android News: CyanogenMod Rebranding, Source Code Releases, Games, Devices, and Tablets

Posted in News Roundup at 4:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

CyanogenMod

Source Code

Ballnux/Samsung

Google

  • Google’s alleged Silver program would showcase the best of Android at carrier stores

    Google could have big plans in store for the way that it and other smartphone makers sell and advertise their best Android phones. According to a series of slides allegedly shown inside of Google and leaked to Android Police, Google is developing a program called Android Silver, which would find carriers dedicating a section of their store to some of the top Android phones, each of which would come with some significant advantages over phones that weren’t offered as part of the Silver program.

  • Android makes changes to Google Play Developer Program policy
  • Google to Launch Improved Android Camera App, Report Says

    Citing “sources aware of Google’s plans,” Engadget said Google is currently testing the new app, which will be pushed to Android users as a separate update, and won’t be part of the forthcoming Android 4.4.3 update.

  • Google gives a sneak peak at Project Ara development

    Project Ara (Phonebloks) and modular pieces of tech in general are gaining steam. So far, we’ve known that we will be able to swap specified parts of our smartphones, which will result in longer lives for our phones and less waste as a result of our tech lusts. Today, Google revealed some of the work that was going on behind the scenes with their ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group. The Ara team members (read ‘nerds’) took the time out to demonstrate the sliding ‘blocks’ of their prototype or very early build of the devices, and they have not deviated a whole lot from the initial drafts, but there were significant bits of information included.

KitKat

  • Android 4.4 KitKat gobbles 5% of all Android devices

    The latest flavor of Android is slowly eating up more Android devices, according to the latest stats from Google.

  • KitKat developer tablet previews 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805

    The Intrinsyc Mobile Development Platform Tablet (“MDP/T”) uses an updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC running Android 4.4 (KitKat). According to a TrustedReviews overview of the Snapdragon 800 family, the 805 is set to ship this summer, but Intrinsyc says it’s shipping the MDP/T now for $799. So consider this a sneak preview, or as Intrinsyc calls it “early access” to the Snapdragon 805.

Humble Indie Bundle/Equiso/Games

Embedded/Devices

Tablets

  • ‘Akash tablets’ to hit market soon

    Under the ministry of human resource development, government of India’s one laptop per child (OLPC) project ‘Akash tablet’ will be available in market in 3-4 months at a cost of around Rs 2,500. The tablet which will be the first of its kind to have a dual book and dual board as it will use both Android as well as Linux operating systems will perform the job of both, a tablet and a computer. It will be the cheapest tablet in the world.

  • Tablets A Bulk Commodity
  • Intel: Small Cheap Computers The New Normal

    Small cheap computers naturally fit with GNU/Linux because they are easier to sell without M$’s “tax”.

Windows XP Will Die Today, New Articles Advise Users to Move to GNU/Linux

Posted in News Roundup at 3:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • What can you do after Windows XP loses support?

    Before installing a Linux system even in a dual boot install, make sure you back up all your files in case something goes wrong! There are many different versions of Linux. I have one computer with a recent version of Ubuntu, which is one of the more popular versions of Linux.

  • The Unexpected Present from Microsoft

    Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP in a week’s time, on the 8th of April 2014. The number of users who still use Windows XP is astonishing. Let’s be honest – XP was the best and the most stable of all the releases of that Redmond corporation.

  • R.I.P. Windows XP 2001-2014. What can you do now?

    There is an alternative to tossing your computer or paying for expensive upgrades. The solution I’ve been talking about for at least a decade is to make the switch to a GNU/Linux operating system. Now, you’ve got a reason to make that switch and it’s never been easier.

  • Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

    Windows XP usage on the web is decreasing as the venerable operating system edges ever closer towards its “end of life” from Microsoft support next week.

  • More INQUIRER readers will switch from Windows XP to Linux than to Windows 8

    MORE INQUIRER READERS that have Windows XP will switch to Linux than Windows 8 when support for Windows XP ends next week.

    In The INQUIRER’s recent poll we asked, “Which operating system will you use after Windows XP support ends on 8 April?”

    One third will move to Windows 7, which according to latest Net Applications figures still has nearly half of the PC market.

  • Windows XP Is Almost Dead, Here Are 3 Linux Alternatives

    The support for Windows XP is ending on April 8 and the operating system from Microsoft will be slowly killed and suffocated by viruses and malware. It’s conceivable that some of those users will chose a Linux OS and everybody know that they are hundreds of options.

Links 7/4/2014: Games

Posted in News Roundup at 3:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 7/4/2014: Applications

Posted in News Roundup at 3:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 7/4/2014: Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 3:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

04.06.14

Embedded Linux and Devices: Gains in Industry Support, Development Kits, Broadcasting, and Cars

Posted in News Roundup at 11:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mentor and AMD

Cars

  • Linux-based telepresence robot navigates autonomously
  • In-Vehicle Systems: The Next Frontier

    Although big names like Google and Apple are now starting to move into the space, they have just as much of a learning curve as the other players in the market, meaning there is an opportunity for any company of any size to become a leader. With such fierce competition among organizations to dominate this field, I expect we will see some revolutionary new approaches and technologies. Already we are seeing open source technologies like Linux, Tizen, and Android being leveraged for new automotive products.

Chromecast

  • Chromecast concept shows futuristic redesign and we like it a lot

    Google’s Chromecast remains their hottest selling device. At $35 a piece and an ever increasing list of supported apps, the little dongle has put many set-top boxes and sources of digital media out of business. While many have expressed their love for the device, designer Sam Dirani of Raleigh, NC, feels like there could be a more modern look to the revolutionary device, and he has now revealed his take on it.

  • Google’s Chromecast Arriving In UK On 19 March

    People in UK have good news coming their way. So far, those who wanted to lay their hands on Chromecast had to import one from the United States. But it won’t be necessary anymore. It has been reported in Android Police website that starting Wednesday, interested buyers can source it from a retailer.

  • $50 Roku stick goes HDMI y HDMI with Chromecast

    Roku announced a new streaming media stick that’s compatible with standard HDMI ports, in hopes of slowing the growing momentum of Google’s Chromecast.

Amazon

  • Will Amazon copy Google’s Chromecast?

    Rumors have been swirling for a while now that Amazon might release a device similar to the Apple TV. But TechCrunch reports that Amazon’s set top box might actually be similar to Google’s Chromecast device. Is Amazon about to copy Google?

  • Amazon Fire TV – A Quick Look

    This week Amazon unveiled the Fire TV as a small network appliance primarily for HD video streaming and complemented by some gaming and mobile app capabilities. The Fire TV is powered by Amazon’s Android-based Kindle Fire OS so in this weekend review are my initial impressions of this Linux-based media system after using it the past two days.

  • Amazon brings out Fire TV

    Fire TV is a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV. It’s the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, low-cost video rentals, and more. With instant access to over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, plus all your favorite subscriptions and streaming services, you can watch what you want, when you want. If you’re a Prime member, you get unlimited access to thousands of popular movies and TV shows, including exclusives like Downton Abbey, The Americans, Alpha House, and Under the Dome.

  • Amazon’s Fire TV could scorch rivals
  • Amazon unveils Android-based Fire TV STB and SDK

    Amazon unveiled Amazon Fire TV, a $99 multimedia and gaming oriented TV companion box running Android 4.2 on a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC.

Internet of Things (Surveillance Inside Homes)

  • Can Open Source and The Linux Foundation Jump Start The Internet of Things?
  • Could Open Source Be An Engine For The Internet Of Things?

    There are several definitions of open source. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) website contains a very useful and detailed definition, which goes beyond access to the source code and includes ten specific criteria concerning the distribution terms of open-source software. We will not enter here into the ongoing debate concerning the differences between open source and free software, as the OSI website provides a short review of the terms.

  • Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of Things

    Linux Foundation believes it has the code for unlocking Internet of Things and bringing success

  • “Internet of Things will see 26 billion connected devices by 2020

    THE NUMBER of connected devices will rise to 26 billion by 2020, according to one analyst, with the market around the Internet of Things (IoT) worth a hefty $300bn.

    Research house Gartner revealed its IoT predictions on Tuesday, advising that the growth would have a knock-on effect on data centres, as firms are tasked with collecting and managing the additional data created by these billions of devices and sensors.

  • Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development

    Marvell has reached its Indiegogo goal for “Kinoma Create,” a Linux- and JavaScript-based hardware/software platform for quick and easy development of IoT gizmos.

  • IoT on tap at upcoming Embedded Linux Conference

    If you want to be up to date on what’s going down in embedded Linux, there’s no place like ELC, as in the Embedded Linux Conference. The Linux Foundation has just posted the 90-session presentation line-up for the U.S. show, scheduled for April 29 through May 1 at the San Jose Marriott. The European version (ELCE) ran last Oct. 21-25 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • IoT dev kit includes Linux-based multiprocol router

    Echelon introduced its IzoT Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) framework for peer-to-peer networking of embedded controllers last October. At that time, the building automation and smart grid networking vendor released the IzoT multi-protocol stack in an ARM-ready beta version and reference implementation optimized for the Linux-based Raspberry Pi SBC. Since then, support has extended to the BeagleBone Black.

Raspberry Pi

  • Ellie the robot is ready to compete

    Meet Ellie, a six week old robot weighing 100 lbs who can launch a two foot diameter exercise ball over 10 feet in the air! Ellie even has eyes: a webcam fitted to the front of her chassis that uses code written in Python running on a Raspberry Pi to process images. Ellie’s main code is written in Java and allows her mecanum wheels to drive, her claw to catch exercise balls, and her kicker to launch balls into the air. In just a few weeks Ellie will be competing along with more than 50 other robots in her first competition.

  • BBC Micro retrospective and the Raspberry Pi – educate, inform and entertain

    Rather than partner with a computing company and badge up another machine, Furber believes the BBC would do better helping teachers to learn to program and provide education tools for students to use. He also believes that Linux would be the answer. He feels using Linux would help get children away from the accepted familiarity of a Windows or OS X environment and would help make them question, probe and investigate a lot more.

  • Raspberry Pi gains Wolfson HD audio card
  • Raspberry Pi announces £1 million education fund

    The Raspberry Pi has been out for just over two years now, and has been one of the biggest tech success stories in recent times. With millions of Raspberry Pi’s in the wild and countless more millions raised for various charities and open source projects, the foundation has been able to do more than originally expected.

  • New GPIO board for Raspberry Pi
  • More info on the Linux User Raspberry Jam

    We reveal some of the people and things you’ll be able to see at the Linux User Raspberry Jam on 5 April in Poole, Dorset

  • 7 favorite Raspberry Pi projects

    Having recently co-authored a book about building things with the Raspberry Pi (Raspberry Pi Hacks), I’ve spent a lot of the last couple of years talking about this credit-card-sized Linux computer and seeing fun things people have used it for.

  • Raspberry Pi: Fun with a serious purpose

    As I was reconnecting the Raspberry Pi to our TV set yesterday evening (it bounces back and forth between connection on my desk and to the TV), I realised that I haven’t had this much plain old fun with computing in a very long time.

  • How to Install the LTSI-3.10 Kernel on Raspberry Pi and MinnowBoard
  • Interesting facts about Raspberry Pi

    Raspberry Pi celebrated its second birthday last week. Since its debut on February 29, 2012, Raspberry Pi has ushered in a whole new generation of tiny, inexpensive, single-board computers. Numerous Raspberry Pi based DIY project ideas are popping up over the web, and there are many use cases of Raspberry Pi as low-cost learning media in the developing world. Celebrating its second birthday, I am going to share in this post several interesting facts about Raspberry Pi.

  • Rapid – Enter UDOO – a single-board embedded PC with four times the processing power of the Raspberry Pi
  • Raspberry Pi as an Audio/Media Center: the best Linux distros

    Probably, the best use you could do with a Raspberry Pi would be turning it in a full-fledged media center. With some tuning, a Raspberry Pi can become indeed a device that audiophiles will love, or a tiny board that can empower you television to become a 2014-like smart TV. All you need is some Unix tools (or Win32DiskImager for Windows OSes) to flash your SD Card, and the need to connect your nerdiness to multimedia-related things. This is why in the last week I kept going around the web, spotting the best projects for a Raspberry Pi, to turn it in my personal media center of choice.

Arduino

RTOS

  • Wind River wins 2014 Network Intelligence Award

    Wind River has bagged a 2014 Network Intelligence Award for its Wind River Intelligent Network Platform. The awards from the Network Intelligence Alliance (NI Alliance) recognize telecom operators and suppliers that have used network intelligence technology to develop and deploy innovative services and products.

  • Android and Linux gain drivers for huge touchscreens

    3M has released Android 4.x and Linux 3.x kernel patches for its multitouch displays, supporting screens up to 46 inches.

  • Enea AB: Enea signs 3M USD OSE and Linux deal

    Enea(R) (NASDAQ OMX Nordic:ENEA) signs a software license agreement with a global Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturer to deliver the operating systems Enea Linux and Enea OSE together with an OSE Compatibility Platform for running OSE applications in Linux. The total value of the agreement is estimated to 3 million USD over a period of four years. The deal covers software for both ARM and PowerPC processor architectures.

  • Linux Continues to Displace RTOSs: Enea Signs Deal to Move Customer from OSE to Linux

    Today Linux dominates the control plane and simple executives are increasingly called on to perform packet processing functionally in the data plane of network equipment. Specialized multicore network processors are displacing other hardware technologies and their vendors often have their own software enablement strategies. Competition for the software layer in telecom has never been more heated.

TI

Android Support

  • ZTE FunBox and MeBox take divergent Android TV paths

    Like Huawei, ZTE is a major Chinese telecom equipment provider that has more recently moved aggressively into mobile devices. They primarily serve up Android phones and tablets, but ZTE has also been the major hardware vendor behind Firefox OS, along with China’s TCL/Alcatel, recently announcing the Firefox OS based ZTE Open C and Open II. Now it’s expanding its Android portfolio with two very different TV set-top boxes (STBs): the FunBox and the MeBox.

  • Android-based robot aims for Rubik’s Cube record

    A Cubestormer 3 robot based on a Galaxy S4 Android phone and eight Linux-driven Lego Mindstorms EV3 bricks aims to beat the Rubik’s Cube solving record.

  • Modular SBC runs Android and PicUntu on Cortex-A9

    Haoyu Electronics announced a sandwich-style $60 “MarsBoard RK3066″ SBC equipped with Rockchip’s 1.6GHz dual-core RK3066 SoC, and running Linux and Android

  • Tiny quad-core mini-PC ships for $69

    NanoPC launched a $69 mini-PC and $67 SBC based on a quad-core Samsung Exynos4412 SoC, with SD, HDMI, USB, camera, and Ethernet, and running Linux and Android.

Silica

  • Simplified Linux-based design for Renesas RZ/A1H MCUs

    Silica has introduced a development board in its ArchiTech range, which has been optimised for Linux based designs incorporating the Renesas RZ/A1H microcontroller.

    It has been optimised to have a small memory footprint together with a BSP (Board Support Package) for the on-board peripherals, minimising development time.

  • SILICA – Low-cost streamlined development platform for Linux-based designs

    SILICA, an Avnet company, has launched a new ArchiTech development board that offers a low-cost streamlined platform for Linux-based designs. The ArchiTech Hachiko board is supplied with a Linux kernel optimised for the Renesas RZ/A1H MCU, to work with a small memory footprint together with a BSP (Board Support Package) for the on-board peripherals, minimizing development time.

Development

  • The easiest way to turn your app idea into an appliance

    Jason Kridner is the co-founder of BeagleBoard.org, where he has helped create open source development tools such as BeagleBone Black, BeagleBone, BeagleBoard, and BeagleBoard-xM. Kridner is also a software architecture manager for embedded processors at Texas Instruments (TI).

  • Linux Video of the Week: Yocto Project Saves Embedded Linux Devs from Frankenstein OS

    The Yocto Project’s open source toolset helps developers build a custom embedded Linux distribution on any hardware architecture by automating the low-level details of the build process. Thus, developers who use Yocto become super heroes, vanquishing Frankenstein and restoring their projects.

  • Qt embedded GUI adds Yocto recipes, hops up emulator

    Digia announced Qt Enterprise Embedded in October as a commercial distribution for enterprises. Like the Qt 5.2 cross-platform framework it’s based on, Qt Enterprise Embedded supports Android, as well as Linux. The platform combines Qt’s drag-and-drop GUI builder with an IDE based on Qt Creator and Ubuntu, as well as a Boot to Qt embedded stack for Android and Linux targets.

  • ARM/FPGA COM runs Linux on Zynq-7000 SoC

    Avnet announced a COM based on Xilinx Zynq-7000 ARM/FPGA SoCs, and supported by an optional baseboard, power module, FPGA mezzanine card, and Linux BSP.

Misc.

Resurgence of Open Hardware in the News

Posted in News Roundup at 10:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Arduino

Novena

Minnowboard Max

  • Intel beefs up open source Raspberry Pi challenger and slashes price

    Intel has beefed up its open source single-board computer and cut its price in half.

    The Minnowboard Max features an open hardware design and is targeted at software application development pros and enthusiasts who want to code for the “deeply embedded” market.

  • Intel Releases $99 “Minnowboard Max,” An Open-Source Single-Board Computer

    Not to be outflanked by rivals, Intel has released the $99 Minnowboard Max, a tiny single-board computer that runs Linux and Android. It is completely open source – you can check out the firmware and software here – and runs a 1.91GHz Atom E3845 processor.

    The board’s schematics are also available for download and the Intel graphics chipset has open-source drivers so hackers can have their way with the board. While it doesn’t compete directly with the Raspberry Pi – the Pi is more an educational tool and already has a robust ecosystem – it is a way for DIYers to mess around in x86 architected systems as well as save a bit of cash. The system uses break-out boards called Lures to expand functionality.

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