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Project Tango was announced yesterday by Google and Motorola’s Advanced Research and Projects” (ATAP) group, which Google will retain when it sells Motorola Mobility to Lenovo. The 5-inch Project Tango smartphone prototype augments a basic Android phone with a pair of Myriad 1 vision co-processors from Movidius. It also integrates a variety of sensors, including a compass, gyros, and Kinect-like 3D visual sensors for integrated depth sensing and motion tracking.
I recently had something of a debate on the meaning Linux Advocacy and thought I should offer explanation of my take on the topic.
There is an "ask me anything" going on in reddit-land right now with the folks from the current Humble Bundle, I decided to ask the question a lot of people have been wondering.
NeonView, the free lightweight image viewer created by TuxArena, has reached version 0.8.2. This release brings a segmentation fault fix when there was no image in the current directory and NeonView was started without any arguments.
He walked me over to a computer at the back of the big room and told me that I could conduct tests on that machine. I nodded and he left me to my business at hand. In my haste I had forgotten to ask him some pertinent questions and at that moment I was staring one of those pertinent questions in the eye.
A huge Ricoh wall to wall copier, scanner, printer, make-your-coffee-and-do-your-dishes business solution.
Google is making an increased push into the 3D imaging sphere with the announcement of its Project Tango technology. The project is aimed at helping mobile devices fully map a 3D space to give them the same type of understanding of space and motion that humans have, through a blend of robotics and computer vision tools. The prototype smartphone Google unveiled has myriad sensors.
This system sets out with a major goal in mind: to provide a Free Software Foundation-approved Linux distro.
Linaro launched a Security Working Group to create open source Android and Linux reference designs for Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) technology. Linaro is a not-for-profit company, owned by ARM and some of its top Cortex-A licensees, yet it acts much like an open source project.
The latest beta is now out for the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries.
SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft has warned the UK government against adopting open source software, claiming that it is likely to lead to problems.
The 12th annual Southern California Linux Expo has begun! Phoronix will once again be providing coverage this year of interesting happenings with Michael and I.
The GNOME team has released the first beta of GNOME 3.12, the next major release for the popular desktop and UI environment. Unlike the past few releases, there's a ton of new stuff in GNOME 3.12. The highlights include a slew of new apps, a major makeover for the long-standing video player, better privacy controls, support for jump lists and quite a few other interface tweaks that make GNOME 3.12 more pleasant to use.
Jolla unveiled Sailfish OS 1.0, plus a Sailfish UI launcher app for Android devices, and tipped partnerships, including one for a custom Angry Birds phone. Jolla announced the completion of version 1.0 of its MeeGo Linux based Sailfish OS, which runs on its Jolla smartphone, now shipping throughout Europe. The Finnish company also announced a Sailfish user interface launcher for Android, “which can be used to simulate the Sailfish OS experience on Android devices.”
Fans of Linux gaming are having a great year. Steam has dramatically increased the number of games with Linux support available through their service. Though there is some disagreement about the exact number of games now available for Linux (some say 530, while others were only able to find 333 games when searching the catalog), there is no doubt that either figure is a huge improvement over the 60 available on the service this time last year. With many people listing PC gaming as the top obstacle keeping them from switching to an open source operating system, this is certainly welcome news. And Linux users have already shown that they're willing to support gaming with their wallets; just look at the most recent Humble Bundle, where Linux users continue to be the top-dollar contributors.
Cantata, a Qt-based music player for MPD (Music Player Daemon), has reached version 1.3.0 just yesterday, and a fix for compiling it in KDE, 188.8.131.52, was put out a few moments ago. This release comes with 87 fixes and improvements.
The Wine development release 1.7.13 is now available.
Adoption of ODF by the UK is NOT a done deal yet, and Microsoft is asking it's business partners to stand up and be counted
This week, I look at 5 cloud computing myths, moving from the cloud to the fog (a new term to wrap your heads around) and Netflix's cloud-connected recommendation engine.
Google‘s continued invasion on Windows turf took another step forward recently with the addition of an experimental folders feature inside of it’s Chrome Apps Launcher.
Today in Open Source: Do we need smaller Android phones? Plus: Companies plan to switch to Linux from Windows XP, and Microsoft whines about UK switch to open source software.
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