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Archive for the 'Open Source' Category

OpenBTS: 3G Cellular Data Goes Open Source

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 27th, 2014

Range Networks (Twitter) is simplifying cellular networks using Open Source hardware and software. OpenBTS software is a Linux application that uses a software-defined radio to present a standard 3GPP air interface to user devices. OpenBTS (Open Base Transceiver Station) allows standard GSM-compatible mobile phones to be used as SIP endpoints in Voice over IP (VOIP) […]

WarKitten Scans Neighborhood WiFi Networks

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 11th, 2014

Security engineer Gene Bransfield has developed WarKitten, a WiFi collar that scans WiFi networks in the neighborhood. The innocuous-looking accessory hides Spark Arduinoopen source hardware. It maps wireless networks and their vulnerabilities wherever the pet wanders. WarKitten was developed for fun and was discussed in a panel at the Defcon hacking conference. During the Cold […]

Samsung Delays Tizen Smartphone

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 28th, 2014

Samsung is delaying the rollout of the Samsung Z, the first Tizen smartphone, presumably because there are not yet enough apps on the platform. Samsung said that it was postponing the launch of the phone, citing a need to “further enhance the Tizen ecosystem.” The Samsung Z series will use Tizen rather than Android, and […]

Internet of Things: Divided or United?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 9th, 2014

Intel, Broadcom, Samsung, Dell, Atmel and others have joined forces to launch the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), an organization that will set standards for connecting billions of household gadgets and appliances. OIC intends to initially target the smart home and office. The Internet of Things (IoT), aka Machine to Machine (M2M) or the Internet of […]

USAID Funds Community-based Digital Communications

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 22nd, 2014

The NY Times reports the State Department has provided $2.8 million to a team of American hackers, community activists and software geeks to a mesh network, as a way for dissidents abroad to communicate more freely and securely. The United States Agency for International Development has pledged $4.3 million to create mesh networks in Cuba, […]

NASA Opens Software Portal

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 11th, 2014

NASA writes a lot of software, and now NASA wants to share more than 1,000 applications available for free to the public. Available on NASA’s Technology Transfer Portal, the software is organized into 15 categories that encompass applications such as project management, design tools, data handling, and image processing. Software makes up about a third […]