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Archive for the 'Open Source' Category

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 […]

Apple Introduces CarPlay

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 3rd, 2014

Today, Apple announced Apple CarPlay, an iOS in the Car initiative, which rolls out first on cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. It will work with the iPhone 5, 5S, or 5C. CarPlay mirrors your iPhone’s screen, filling a center-console touchscreen with large buttons for key functions like maps, […]

Amazon Opens HTML5 App Store for Developers

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 28th, 2014

Amazon announced today that developers of HTML5 mobile apps can now charge money for the apps distributed through the company‚Äôs Android AppStore. HTML5 web apps using open web technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS, can more easily run on different platforms such as Android, IOS and WindowsPhone. In light of rumors pointing to an […]