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BayLibre is working on the Project Ara from Google

BayLibre is working in collaboration with LeafLabs, Linaro and Google. The goal is to deliver a customizable and modular lego-like smartphone. The BayLibre expertise in embedded software, Linux kernel drivers and power management is a key contribution to the project.

hands_ara_wide2Project Ara is a development effort to create a modular hardware ecosystem. Put another way, Project Ara aims to enable users to create a modular smartphone that is precisely tailored to their functional and aesthetic preferences.

Learn more about Project Ara

Design News – CAD/CAM Corner – Made w/Code Initiative Trains Female Techies for Google’s Ranks

Design News – CAD/CAM Corner – Made w/Code Initiative Trains Female Techies for Google’s Ranks.

Google has established a new initiative — Made w/Code — that it hopes will level the playing field. For those of you who don’t know the stats on the number of females in the tech industry: it’s about 25% in the IT field and 18% of computer science grads. 

Update: Google posts DRM workaround for paid Android Wear apps | Ars Technica

Update: Google posts DRM workaround for paid Android Wear apps | Ars Technica.

Paid apps don’t work on smartwatches running Android WearCurrently, there’s no such thing as a “standalone Wear app.” Apps must be installed through a phone on the wearable device. 

Paid Android apps are encrypted, with the encryption key obtained from the Play Store and passed to the phone but not passed over to the watch.

Google says, “We’re working to make this easier for you in the future, and we apologize for the inconvenience.”

Android-based touchscreen router does home automation ·  LinuxGizmos.com

And kickstarter did it again: an Android based quadcore device which controls the home automation and is a router. It even connects to Nest, the connected thermostat recently acquired by Google. It embeds an Exynos SoC from Samsung. Actually the hardware platform is probably over-dimensioned for what it actually does. Yet it comes in the form factor of a tablet which means that for once the User Interface is user friendly.

As we could expect from such a sexy product, the pre-orders are higher than what was initially requested.

Android-based touchscreen router does home automation ·  LinuxGizmos.com.