New chip will save you from competing wireless charging standards | Ars Technica

| Ars Technica.

Broadcom offers one product that seamlessly supports all standards to solve the wireless charging problem. The BCM59350 seamlessly and automatically switch between the three major wireless charging standards.

Report: Apple testing ARM-based desktops and laptops ditching Intel in the process – Neowin

Report: Apple testing ARM-based desktops and laptops ditching Intel in the process – Neowin.

This is just a rumour but if true would be impressive. Apple would be leveraging on the expertise it has built by building its in house SoC ARM based to make a new processor for its laptop.

Butterfleye

When asked about example of great Internet of Things products, I always take a little while to think before naming one because there are many we love. Among those we love, here is a new product being launched by a great Californian start up. See for yourselves.

Preorder: Butterfleye

Linux-based eyewear tracks eye movements ·  LinuxGizmos.com

Linux-based eyewear tracks eye movements ·  LinuxGizmos.com.

These glasses look like google glasses but are not at all the same. They are used to monitor the wearer’s behaviour. 4 cameras, accelerometer, gyrometer, just to see….where you see.

Linux Takes to the Skies in Drones | Linux.com

Linux Takes to the Skies in Drones | Linux.com.

Drones are becoming increasingly popular for hobbyist, civilian applications or military ones. More and more drones are using Linux variants for their OS. Some are still using RTOS such as VxWorks while others are using combinations of Nuttx (open source version of RTOS) and Linux depending on the real time requirements. Several drones are using Ubuntu with Robot OS extension. They are based on open platforms such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino or BeagleBone Black. Examples of projects are Bebop Drone, Spiri, Gumstix AeroCore MAV, Airware, Draganflyer X8, Paparazzi.

Linux Foundation Announces Renesas Electronics Becomes Gold Member – MarketWatch

“Linux and collaborative development are the optimal ways to provide higher value and address increased system complexity,” said Hisao Munakata, Executive Manager of Automotive Information System Business Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation.

via Linux Foundation Announces Renesas Electronics Becomes Gold Member – MarketWatch.

Renesas increases its involvement with the Linux foundation to become a gold member. The company has been a member since 2011. 
Linux is becoming an increasingly important part in the automotive industry where IHS expects its sales to spur to 53.7 million units by 2020. It is particularly present in the infortainment system. 

TechView: Linus Torvalds, Inventor of Linux | Bill_Robinson

TechView: Linus Torvalds, Inventor of Linux | Bill_Robinson.

An interview of Linux Torvald in the Huffington Post. Where one can learn that Linus is married to a 6 time martial art champion. He does not care about companies or corporations who have grown around Linux except to be grateful for them to do it.
He loves technology (of course ! :-)). He thinks technology does not change life but rather makes ubiquitous products and services which were availaible to only a few.

Cadence and ARM Expand Collaboration for 64-bit Processor Designs – MarketWatch

Cadence and ARM Expand Collaboration for 64-bit Processor Designs – MarketWatch.

The agreement signed between Cadence and ARM boradens the scope of the collaboration. It encompasses ARMv7, ARMv8 and Mali GPU. It allows Cadence to provide tools optimized for the design of SoC based on ARM Cortex-A50 series.

Wi-Fi networks are wasting a gigabit—but multi-user beamforming will save the day | Ars Technica

Wi-Fi networks are wasting a gigabit—but multi-user beamforming will save the day | Ars Technica.

802.11ac also called Gigabit Wifi has been implemented but up to now some features were left out. In particular MU-MIMO allowing for multiple users was not in, wasting bandwidth capacity in smartphones. This feature allows several users to use up to 433 Mbps of bandwidth simultaneously over a single access point. The early players are Qualcomm Atheros and Quantenna for chip design. Reference designs are also available and are being used by companies such as Aerohive.

Arduino TRE Powered by TI Sitara AM335x Enters Beta with 50 Developer Boards Available for Purchase

Arduino TRE Powered by TI Sitara AM335x Enters Beta with 50 Developer Boards Available for Purchase.

The Arduino family continues to grow. Former generations of the famous board include Arduino Due featuring an ARM Cortex M3, the the Arduino Yun with a MIPS processor and now the latest member of the family is the Arduino TRE featuring a Sitara from TI. This last version offers a Cortex A8 processor compatible with any ARM Linux embedded distribution. For now, it is available for 50 beta users. Time to register to contribute !