Archive for the 'Open Source' Category

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’s 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 […]

AllSeen Alliance formed for Internet of Things

Posted by Sam Churchill on December 10th, 2013

The Internet of Things, where objects connect themselves to the internet, got a boost today from the AllSeen Alliance, a new open source consortium overseen by the Linux Foundation (FAQ). The All Seen Alliance, looks to expand upon the “Internet of Things,” which Gartner predicts will add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020. […]

Community Wireless Gains Momentum

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 14th, 2013

The NY Times profiles independently run wireless mesh networks such as Portland’s Personal Telco Project, run by community non-profits. They are essentially a network of interconnected wireless routers using unlicensed spectrum. “Our approach is to build our own autonomous system and actually allow people to participate in the Internet rather than participating by proxy through […]

Philippine Crisis Maps

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 13th, 2013

Google Maps Mania has the latest crisis maps for the Philippine Typhoon Haiyan. Known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, it is the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 2,344 people. Access remains a key challenge as some areas are still cut off from relief operations. Unknown numbers of survivors do not have […]