The great Ars experiment—free and open source software on a smartphone?! | Ars Technica

The great Ars experiment—free and open source software on a smartphone?! | Ars Technica.

With some work, it’s possible to turn a modern Android smartphone into a Google-less, completely open device. FOSS stands for “free and open source software,” and when we say “free” we don’t mean free of cost, but free of restrictions. The SoC in the Nexus 4 is made by Qualcomm, and many of the drivers for it are closed source. The CyanogenMod repository has a list of closed source drivers in each device branch called “proprietary-blobs.txt.” 

CyanogenMod takes AOSP, adds a bunch of handy enhancements, and ports it to tons of devices. There is a project out there called “Replicant,” which is based on CyanogenMod and aims to build a completely open source version of Android. There are only about 1,000 apps in F-Droid.

And in the end, the hunt for diverse apps such as word processor, maps or calendar happens to be a real hazard.

 

Lightweight Linux distro CoreOS gets production-ready | SiliconANGLE

Lightweight Linux distro CoreOS gets production-ready | SiliconANGLE.

CoreOS Linux distro is designed to be extremely lightweight. CoreOS takes up about 40 percent less RAM than other Linux distros.The new production-ready version 367.1.0 is built on the Linux kernel version 3.15.3.

OnePlus One Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Android L Update Guide – International Business Times

OnePlus One Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Android L Update Guide – International Business Times.

OnePlus One smartphone garnered positive reviews. One of the best Android phones to be released this year will be getting theAndroid L update. One of the selling points of the OnePlus One smartphone is its added CyanogenMod custom build feature.

New Android-based camera promises galaxy, nearly delivers

New Android-based camera promises galaxy, nearly delivers.

 A camera running Android is the missing piece of killer hardware.

The problem? Android is a horribly fragmented platform with hundreds of different devices with fluctuating sizes and features.

The Galaxy Camera 2 (MSRP $449.99) is the best option for people who want a dedicated camera that runs Android apps. The real trouble spots are found when you zoom in or try to take photos in low light. amsung has included an option called “MobileLink” that automatically sends any photos right to your phone without the need for a shared WiFi connection. 

“Magic Helmet” for F-35 ready for delivery | Ars Technica

“Magic Helmet” for F-35 ready for delivery | Ars Technica.

The most expensive and complicated piece of headgear ever constructed, the F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) was just released.

The HMDS goes way beyond previous augmented reality. The helmet is equipped with night vision capabilities via an infrared sensor that projects imagery inside the facemask.

The helmet runs for about $600,000.

 

First Steps with the RIoT Board and Android | MCU on Eclipse

First Steps with the RIoT Board and Android | MCU on Eclipse.

RIoT board is:

  • Linux or Android capable 
  • with a Freescale i.MX 6Solo processor (ARM A9 with 1 GHz clock frequency)
  • 1 GB DDR3 RAM and 4 GB on-board FLASH.

This board is mostly a competitor to the Raspberry or the BeagleBone Black.

Tiny module runs Linux and LabView on ARM/FPGA SoC ·  LinuxGizmos.com

Tiny module runs Linux and LabView on ARM/FPGA SoC ·  LinuxGizmos.com.

NI’s  “sbRIO-9651″ system-on-module (SOM) simplifies data acquisition and control systems, by offering full compatibility with the NI LabView. The sbRIO-9651 is supported by the company’s NI Linux Real Time software stack. 

To facilitate custom designs  NI offers an “NI sbRIO-9651 SOM Development Kit.” 

Project Ara dev board ships later this month | Ars Technica

Project Ara dev board ships later this month | Ars Technica.

Google is ready to ship dev kits for Project Ara, the modular smartphone concept from the company’s ATAP division, to hardware developers. Google hopes the concept will allow users to replace and upgrade hardware components. Google plans to ship later this month.

At Google I/O last montha prototype device showed the Android boot screen. The form factor is the size of a small PC motherboard.

There are actually three separate pieces of hardware: the application processor board which runs the TI OMAP 4460, a UniPro switch board, the last board is for “developer-unique functionality” that supports tunneling various I/O protocols over Ara’s UniPro (if you’re interested, the page lists “legacy DSI, I2C, I2S, SDIO, and GPIO”).

 

Mediatek MT6795 Octa Core big.LITTLE ARM Cortex A57/A53 Processor to Launch in Q4 2014

Mediatek MT6795 Octa Core big.LITTLE ARM Cortex A57/A53 Processor to Launch in Q4 2014.

Mediatek announced two 64-bit ARM socs with MT6732 and MT6752 with respectively four and eight Cortex A53  for smartphones. There are now reports that the company will launch an eight core 64-bit LTE soc with HMP architecture. We assume  four Cortex A53 little core and four Cortex A57 big cores. The technical specifications are very impressive: GPU- Imagination Technology G6200 @ 700 mhz, Video: Decoding and encoding – 4K2K @ 30 fps (H.264),Modem – LTE FDD/TDD R9 Cat4, DC-HSPA+ 42/11Mpbs, TD-SCDMA/EDGE.

The direct competitor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

MT6795 mass production is scheduled for December 2014.

Mediatek is a compagny which is ramping up on soc at an impressive speed. They’re reaching out to the high end market.

 

cPulse : World’s First Smart LED Lighting Case for Android by CODLIGHT Inc. — Kickstarter

cPulse : World’s First Smart LED Lighting Case for Android by CODLIGHT Inc. — Kickstarter.

This is a great project we love it. They’re offering light based smart phone cases which can be synchronized with music.

Back them up !