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03.30.14

Android News: Wearables, Tegra, Obama Switch, New Devices, Desktops…

Posted in News Roundup at 3:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Wearables

  • Android Stomps Into Wearables Field
  • Sony, Samsung won’t use Android Wear in their watches

    Every mobile company is desperate to bring a ‘usable’ smartwatch to the market. While companies like Samsung did bring their smartwatches to the market, these devices are still half-baked products which ‘try’ to do a few things. These are no where close to the way smartphones have become a viable alternatives of PCs. These watches are nothing more than a side-kick or assistant to your smartphones. Then came Google, doing what it did with Honeycomb to address the immediate need of a tablet OS. Google announced Android Wear, an OS optimized for smart watches. One would expect that entire industry will embrace it, but that’s not what seem to be happening.

  • Why I’m not impressed with Google’s Android Wear platform
  • Android Wear — wearable devices built around relevance

    Google is able to offer something with Android Wear that no other player, big like Apple or small like Pebble, can offer. And that’s why it’ll win…

  • Motorola smartwatch does Android Wear in the round

    Motorola Mobility announced a round-faced Moto 360 smartwatch, based on Google’s new Android Wear platform and due this summer.

  • Everyone loves Motorola’s Moto 360 Android Wear watch
  • Pocket’s prototype for Android Wear saves articles right from your wrist

    Googled unveiled Android Wear this week and encouraged developers to build apps purpose-built for the wrist. Pocket is among the first companies to rise to the challenge, showing off a prototype version of a software development kit for Android Wear today that will let you save links directly from your watch. The prototype allows developers to integrate Pocket into their own apps so that users can save items with a couple of taps. “Up until now, smartwatches have focused solely on delivering short notifications,” Pocket says. “What’s been missing is the ability to quickly act on that information by saving or sharing it.”

  • Google reveals Android Wear operating system: Linux rules

    Android Wear is a version of Android which is optimized for wearable devices such as smartwatches. One of the core components of Android Wear will be Google Now. Just like Google Glass, users will be able to say “Ok Google” to activate the ‘HAL’ and ask questions. Since it will work with Google Now, it will have access to your travel and Amazon orders so you can check status of your flight or package. You will also be able to get generic answers like scores from ongoing machine. Anything that you use Google Now for will be able to use with Android Wearable.

  • Android Wear: Google Gets Serious About Wearable Computing

    There is a lot going on on the wearable computing front, and Google is already a player in the race with its Google Glass efforts, but the company has also shared much news this week about Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables.

  • Google debuts wearable Android

    Google debuted a Google Now-infused Android Wear platform for wearables based on a lightweight version of Android, which will first appear in an LG G Watch.

  • Developers asking for Omate smartwatch source code, MediaTek stalling?

    One of the key strengths of the Linux kernel is that it is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), an open source license which gives everyone the right to use and even modify the Linux kernel, with the condition that the source code is made available for any publicly released versions.

SHIELD/Tegra

Obama

New Devices

  • Yotaphone review
  • Motorola prepping to release 6 inches phablet in Q3

    It was long back when reports surfaced about Motorola working on a 6.3 inches phablet. So if we have forgotten about the device, we cannot be blamed, since not much was known about the device that time. Only thing known was that a 6.3 inches device, dubbed Motorola XPlay will be rolled out by 2014. However, it seems that the device is being prepped up for release this year.

  • Android-based touchscreen router does home automation

    The Soap project has already surpassed its $80,000 funding goals, and there are still some packages left at discounted prices until the campaign closes Mar. 23 at 10:34 AM EDT. The touchscreen-enabled Soap Touch costs $150, and will retail at $200 when it ships in November. There’s also a non-touchscreen Soap Essentials version, which will go for $80 when it ships in August, but no more discounted versions are available at the $60 funding price. The Soap Essentials is otherwise similar except that it offers less onboard storage.

Developing World

Android-x86

Huawei

  • Huawei backtracks on dual-booting Windows Phone and Android plans

    The backtracking contradicts statements from Huawei’s chief marketing officer, Shao Yang, last week. Yang claimed the firm was following a “dual OS” strategy with Android and Windows Phone on a single handset. It’s not clear if such a handset was ever in development, or whether Yang simply misspoke. Huawei’s change of heart follows reports that Microsoft and Google have both scuppered Intel’s plan for dual-OS tablets and laptops running both Android and Windows Phone.

  • Huawei kills plans to launch a dual-OS Windows Phone-Android smartphone

    In a statement to FierceWireless, a Huawei spokesperson said that “Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach towards mobile operating systems to provide a range of choices for consumers. However, most of our products are based on Android OS, [and] at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future.”

Games/Sport

Ballnux (Microsoft Patent Deals)

Richard Stallman Talks About Internet Trolls Who Demonise Him

Posted in TechBytes Video at 2:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

TechBytes with Stallman

Direct download as Ogg

Summary: Dr. Richard Stallman, the Free Software Foundation’s founder, responds to the claim that there are fewer people now who berate him


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Development News: Programming, New Languages, and Women’s Stories

Posted in News Roundup at 2:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Programming

Hack

Women

  • Let your code speak for you

    There are rapidly growing feature set, high commit rates, and code contributions happening across the globe to Apache Hadoop and related Apache Software Foundation projects. However, the number of woman developers, committers, and Project Management Committee (PMC) members in this vast and diversified ecosystem are really diminutive. For the Hadoop project alone, only 5% out of 84 committers are women; and this has been the case for over the past 2 years.

  • These Women Are Building The Software That Quietly Runs The World

    And when it comes to the open-source software industry, women are even harder to find. A recent study found that 1 out 10 open-source programmers are women (about 10%), and that’s up from 2007, when only 2 out of every 100 were women (about 2%).

  • What’s the best entry point for women in computing? Open source.

    During Grace Hopper 2013 on Open Source Day, we worked on more than 10 open source projects and had more than 250 attendees. Experienced women in tech were there to help teach other women how to do programming for their particular project or to work with them in a mentorship capacity. Each year we find that we fill up in terms of the number of attendees we can handle for the event! And then we have a waiting list. So, if this sounds like something you are excited about doing or you are interested in participating in, sign up for Open Source Day sooner rather than later to make sure that you get a spot.

  • GitHub puts co-founder on leave after harassment claims

    “This weekend, GitHub employee Julie Horvath spoke publicly about negative experiences she had at GitHub that contributed to her resignation,” GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath wrote in a blog post on Sunday. “I would like to personally apologize to Julie. It’s certain that there were things we could have done differently.”

  • Horvath Hurls Harassment Charges in Fiery GitHub Exit

Open Access and Open Hardware News: Sharing Ideology on the Rise

Posted in News Roundup at 2:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Creative Commons and Academia

More Reasons to Boycott Elsevier

Schools and Textbooks

Open Hardware

  • Open source hardware takes flight
  • University course teaches computer-human interaction with open hardware and OSS
  • ROS – the open source Robotic Operating System

    Brian Gerkey wanted a common robotic control language. Taking inspiration from the LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL Python) open source tools in the 1990s Brian worked to develop ROS, the Robot Operating System. ROS is an open source kit of tools, libraries and programming conventions for programming robots.

  • Ten open source hard ware projects to allegedly save the Earth

    *Open Source is always promising to build a “whole new economy.” There’s a rather well-established open-source economy nowadays that’s neither whole nor new. Why keep saying this? It’s like promising Zen enlightenment without knowing that you still have to chop wood and carry water.

    *The genuinely new development in Open Source is an open resistance to open-source by established power players. What’s especially new and different is the bitter, politicized, statehouse and working-class resistance to commercial Big Sharing efforts such as Uber and AirBnB. Distributing access to knowledge isn’t gonna be the problem any more — politics is gonna be the problem.

Electronics

Frankovsky

  • Facebook loses its open-source-hardware chief to the startup life

    Facebook’s open-source-hardware champion, Frank Frankovsky, has left the building.

    In a personal Facebook post, Frankovsky, who headed up the ambitious Open Compute Project and ran Facebook’s own hardware design, announced that he’s leaving to start his own company.

03.29.14

Non-Android Mobile Linux: Tizen, Flyme, Jolla

Posted in News Roundup at 6:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Tizen

  • Weston Gets Tailored For Tizen IVI, Car Makers Fond Of Wayland

    Patches are continuing to be reviewed and refined for introducing weston-ivi-shell, a reference shell for Wayland’s Weston compositor within the world of In-Vehicle Infotainment systems, primarily for Tizen.

  • Tizen Wearable SDK Released, Google’s Android Wear Coming Soon

    Like most smartwatches, Samsung’s Tizen Linux-based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are primarily companion devices to Bluetooth connected smartphones rather than full-fledged wrist computers. Yet, the Tizen SDK for Wearable released by Samsung yesterday enables a variety of modes on the Gear watches for both standalone and companion scenarios.

  • Samsung Opens Up Gear 2 And Gear 2 Neo To Developers With Release Of The Tizen SDK For Wearables

    When Samsung announced the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo last month, the news came with the confirmation that the company was dropping Android from both devices. Instead, both smart watches are powered by Tizen. This may not mean all that much for consumers in the short term, but it does impact developers. For you, Samsung has just shared the first version of the Tizen SDK aimed at wearables. This is what you need to grab if you intend to build apps for the company’s two intelligent wristwatches.

  • Sony Gives Android Wear the Cold Shoulder

    Android may rule the smartphone world, but it might not be top dog when it comes to smartwatches. Sony, for one, has decided not to team up with Google and its Android Wear project. Samsung won’t use it exclusively — it’s already tinkering with Tizen. “You don’t need to use the Android platform as long as you can still interact with it,” noted Tirias Research analyst Jim McGregor.

Flyme

  • Chinese phone maker Meizu arrives in France

    Renowned Chinese phone manufacturer Meizu has made its entry into the French market with the launch of its flagship smartphone, the Meizu MX3. This phone runs a homegrown fork of Android 4.2, dubbed Flyme OS 3.0, which the company claims to have “improved navigation” and “simple and fluid transitions”.

  • Meizu to allow other devices to run its Flyme OS?

    Meizu is thinking to take the “Xiaomi route” and allow other phones to run its own version of Android. Called Flyme OS, Meizu’s platform builds on top of the Android core adding quite a few enhancements and tweaks along the way, all of which helped made Meizu phones popular in the first place.

China Mobile

  • Verizon joins Google, China Mobile at the Linux table

    Verizon Terremark is making its biggest commitment yet to open-source cloud computing.

    Today, the company announced it’s joining the Linux Foundation, an organization focused on promoting the growth of Linux, as a Gold member. The news comes several months after the launch of Verizon Cloud, its revamped cloud computing platform.

Jolla

Links 29/3/2014: Applications

Posted in News Roundup at 6:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Maxthon Browser Extends Reach into Linux Territory

    Over the years, the Maxthon browser (formerly known as MyIE2 way back in the day) has spread its reach beyond Windows and into different platforms, including the Mac and three mobile OSes: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Wondering where the love for Linux is at? You don’t need to wonder anymore, because you can now download 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Maxthon for Linux.

  • Maxthon launches its first cloud browser for Linux
  • Bitwig Studio Released
  • KKEdit 0.0.32 Released – Overview & Ubuntu Installation

    KKEdit is a text editor based on GTK3 for GNOME, currently under development, with several useful features for the average programmer.

  • Appstream: The next step

    If you have attended my FOSDEM talk or seen the slides, you know about the concept of “component metadata” to describe (almost) all software components which make up a Linux system, as well as their public interfaces they provide for users and other software to access. This metadata specification was originally designed as part of the Listaller project for use with the 3rd-party software installer.

  • New Linux Office Suite Too Soft to Be King

    Other than OpenOffice and LibreOffice, the Linux platform lacks any full-featured office suite. Both of these open source office suites have more in common with each other than truly distinguishing features. Both flip-flop in performance, depending on which Microsoft skill they attempt to emulate. Their user interface is strictly classic old school.

  • Xen Virtualization Has Many New Features Coming
  • Xen Automotive: Bringing Virtualization To Cars

    Linux within cars was a big topic at this week’s Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Napa Valley. Besides Intel talking up Tizen IVI, Xen Automotive is the work being done for using Xen virtualization on ARM hardware within automobiles.

Links 29/3/2014: Games

Posted in News Roundup at 6:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 29/3/2014: Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 6:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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