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IDC: Smartphone growth to continue, reach 1.2 billion in 2014 | ZDNet

IDC: Smartphone growth to continue, reach 1.2 billion in 2014 | ZDNet.

Smartphone market continues to grow according to IDC and Android keeps the lion share.

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.

Samsung Gear Fit Review: The SmartWatch Fitness Tracker | Gizmodo Australia

A smart watch which is also a fitness-tracking device. It syncs only with Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones. It is one of the first devices which can at the same time display your heart rate and your incoming emails. It lasts 4 days on a single battery charge.

It costs $200.

Samsung Gear Fit Review: The SmartWatch Fitness Tracker | Gizmodo Australia.

Open Source Software for Sensor Hub Applications from Sensor Platforms and ARM

Sensor Platform will provide a software framework open source under an Apache license for use onto ARM’s platform. The algorithms for sensor fusion, pedestrian walk count and dead reckoning will be included. The APIs to be compatible with Android KitKat will also be provided. The only question is what is Sensor Platforms business model?

Open Source Software for Sensor Hub Applications from Sensor Platforms and ARM.

Intel Releases 64-bit Kernel for Android 4.4 | Droid Life

Intel finally understands that feeding the Android eco-system can strengthen its position. This is why they have released a 64-bit port of KitKat. Let’s wait and see if this was the right move for the company to get more ground into the smartphone and tablet space.

Intel Releases 64-bit Kernel for Android 4.4 | Droid Life.

Xiaomi clones Kickstarter project for its new one-button Android controller (update)

Xiaomi clones Kickstarter project for its new one-button Android controller

The product from Pressy is an external cylinder which plugs into the headset jack and controls the Android phone. Even it is on the market it is being copied by Xiaomi.

Xiaomi clones Kickstarter project for its new one-button Android controller (update).

Imagination Boasts of MIPS-Based Platform for Wearables

Eweek explains how Imagination is providing its MIPS core to Ingenic who designed a tiny SD card sized module called Newton for the IoT wearable segment. The plus of this module is its size: about a one euro coin :-). Another plus is that it is modular. For instance one can decide to add or remove a power management module in order to use the Newton in a plugged in or in a battery powered environment. The market for wearable is expected to be 64 millions units by 2020 according to the analysts from Berg.

Imagination is part of the Android wearable initiative launched by Google. members of the group include ARM, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung.

Imagination Boasts of MIPS-Based Platform for Wearables.

AMD, Mentor Graphics Partner on Embedded Linux Support | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

AMD and Mentor Graphics have announced that they have sealed a multi year partnership. AMD is going full speed into the Internet of Things and needs to provide fully functional Yocto distribution in order to reach its customers. This is the kind of partnerships we expect to see more and more between semiconductors  vendors and Linux consulting companies.

AMD, Mentor Graphics Partner on Embedded Linux Support | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

AnandTech | ARM Partners Ship 50 Billion Chips Since 1991 – Where Did They Go?

ARM has communicated on the 50 billions cores sold since the beginning of its operations in 1991. This is huge. This article explains that most of them went to the mobile industry …. but not only.

What are the new emerging markets for ARM?

What would be a great next step?

The threshold of 50 billions cores shipped is really impressive. It is a symbol and a great achievement.

AnandTech | ARM Partners Ship 50 Billion Chips Since 1991 – Where Did They Go?.

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Skully Helmets Wins Distinguished SXSW Accelerator Award in Wearable Technology Category — Skully Helmets

Our partner Skully Helmets did it again! They have won the SXSW Accelerator Award for best #wearable technology: congratulations.

Skully Helmets Wins Distinguished SXSW Accelerator Award in Wearable Technology Category — Skully Helmets.