14 Kickstarter Projects We're Excited for in 2014

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TGIF, today March the 14th, Mashable shares 14 cool devices available on kickstarter for 2014.

Some of these devices are mecanical, some are web apps and some are electronic gizmos. BayLibre likes most of them.

Which one is the device you like best? Let us know at social@baylibre.com

We are big fans of the electrical bike wheel, infoactive and python cord.

Hands-on with Samsung’s Tizen OS: An impressively capable Android clone | Ars Technica

Samsung shows a Tizen phone at mobile world congress.

Arstechnica journalist explains that this Tizen port to a Galaxy S4 was looking very much like an Android phone. It seems that Samsung is tempted by designing its own OS in order to become independent from Android-Google. The result seems pretty nice in terms of user interface.

We do agree though that the user interface is only one part of the story. The big strength of Android is the plethora of applications available. Will Samsung manage to create a real alternative to the Google store and the Google apps?

Hands-on with Samsung’s Tizen OS: An impressively capable Android clone | Ars Technica.

BayLibre training

Linux Kernel and Drivers Development Course – BayLibre

Linux Kernel and Drivers Development Course – BayLibre.

BayLibre gives a training course on Linux Kernel and Drivers development.

It will be held between the 7th of April and the 11th of April in Sophia Antipolis in English.

The course is mostly hands on with topics such as Linux device model, frameworks or locking addressed. Over half of the time is dedicated to hands on labs on BeagleBone Black.

There are 2 seats left. In order to register, contact us at training@baylibre.com

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Leaked HTC One cover turns your smartphone into a Lite Brite | The Verge

Leaked HTC One cover turns your smartphone into a Lite Brite | The Verge.

New HTC smartphone can display information through an array of Leds

This is just a leak to be confirmed in 2 weeks. The Led cover can display simple messages when the screen is off. This is a really cool feature and we would love to see a more complete, more sophisticated product come up following this trend.

$50 Roku stick goes HDMI y HDMI with Chromecast ·  LinuxGizmos.com

Interesting comparison between Roku stick and Chromecast.

Linuxgizmos definitely votes for Roku stick although we feel there is some bias comparing devices which were released within a year of each other. Roku is definitely a player to watch. What we find interesting here is that Roku is releasing a series of products which are adding value to each other: the stick, a full fledge remote, iPhone and Android remote control apps.

$50 Roku stick goes HDMI y HDMI with Chromecast ·  LinuxGizmos.com.

 

 

Deep Black: More details on Boeing’s new secure Android smartphone | Ars Technica

Deep Black: More details on Boeing’s new secure Android smartphone | Ars Technica.

Another secure smartphone being released, after Samsung, Boeing. There is a trend towards secure smartphones with each country having a dedicated one and some vendors (such as Samsung) providing some. Yet the question of performance, boot time and access to the service stays complete. So far, there has been no report on the actual speed of access to the service on these smartphones.

Cellular’s open source future is latched to tallest tree in the village | Ars Technica

Cellular’s open source future is latched to tallest tree in the village | Ars Technica.

This article demonstrates how open source technology can be used as a trigger to economical development. Take a village in West Papua isolated from the world which is of no economical interest to telecommunication operators. Install for a very low cost (thanks to open source technology) a local network. Connect it to the Internet. Create several services around the network with several business models. Result: this rural area is now connected and this connection  has generated revenues and economical growth.

Two awesome videos to help you celebrate Raspberry Pi’s 2nd birthday | Ars Technica

| Ars Technica.

BayLibre loves the video which shows many very different prototypes designed based on the Raspberry PI: giant spider, drones, squale, computer. You name it.