Google Glass Getting Android KitKat, Dropping Video Calls | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Google Glass Getting Android KitKat, Dropping Video Calls | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

For $1500, customers can buy google glasses upgraded with Android KitKat version4.4. The video calls are not supported anymore but pictures has been improved with better ordering and classification.

 

Heartbleed Bug Puts Millions Of Android Devices At Risk

Heartbleed Bug Puts Millions Of Android Devices At Risk.

This bug affects version 4.1.1 of Android estimated to be up and running on 50 million devices. The bug is a flaw in openSSL implementation which is widely used among websites for security. Google is deploying the patch in its customer base through operators which lives time for hackers to act.

Microsoft is now a phone company, as Nokia deal closes | Ars Technica

Microsoft closes the deal with Nokia. Microsoft gains a huge patent portfolio. It takes the Asha and Lumia brands. While Nokia keeps its infrastructure division and pledges not to build phones until 2016.

Microsoft is now a phone company, as Nokia deal closes | Ars Technica.

Genode – An Exploration of ARM TrustZone Technology

This is a tutorial explaining in depth the way ARM TrustZone is structured, how it works and why. It also develops how the trusted environment communicates with the non trusted environment.

Genode – An Exploration of ARM TrustZone Technology.

http://sched.co/1kzhnnn

BayLibre will be at the Embedded Linux Conference next week in San Jose.
Patrick Titiano will present:
“Use-Case Power Management : Identifying and Tracking Key Power Indicators – P. Titiano, BayLibre” http://sched.co/1kzhnnn
Patrick will share his expertise on this topic with the Linux audience and illustrate it with real life examples.

Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone by Adapteva — Kickstarter

We find this kickstarter project great. The goal of Parallela

is to make parallel computing affordable for everyone just

as the Raspberry Pi.

What is amazing here is that the architecture and SDK

documents are made available for everyone to use. We love it.

Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone by Adapteva — Kickstarter.

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.

ARM Moves to LLVM Open-Source for Future Compilers | EE Times

ARM moves to LLVM license type compile for ARMv8. The DS-5 toolsuite will stay in the same price range. It is the network, server and multicore applications which ignited this move. Linaro provides the GCC compiler for ARM today.

This move is actually a complete  turnaround for ARM.

ARM Moves to LLVM Open-Source for Future Compilers | EE Times.

Xilinx: An ‘All Programmable’ Strategy | Light Reading

This is a great high tech and business story at the same time. Xilinx has acquired RocketChips, Triscend, AutoESL Design Technologies: providing a software tool suite to easily program FPGA, Omiino: for optical transport, Sarance Technologies: a leader in MAC technologies, Modelware: for traffic management and packet processing, PetaLogix: to provide Linux solutions for MicroBlaze and PowerPC, Modesat Communications: Modem solution maker for microwaves.

Why is this clever? Because the networking segment where a combination of high speed data path and numerous protocols, packets sizes and shapes have to be dealt with is a great target for programmable logic.

Xilinx has identified this early enough to deploy a step by step M&A strategy which puts the company in the head of the race as a provider for network equipment manufacturers. When visionary high tech and savvy business people make a team, the results can be great.

Xilinx: An ‘All Programmable’ Strategy | Light Reading.

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.

The Many Alternative Computing Worlds of Linux – NYTimes.com

How come Linux is so popular in the embedded world: Android, smartphones, tablets, Raspeberry Pi and has so little success in desktop: 2%?

Try Linux Mint on your desktop, and you will get free by default: LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Pidgin, GIMP. The UI is nice and intuitive.

Just try it 🙂

The Many Alternative Computing Worlds of Linux – NYTimes.com.

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).

DALLAS: Freescale introduces new family of QorIQ multicore processors built on Layerscape architecture, delivering a breakthrough, software-defined approach to advance the world’s new virtualized networks | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online

Freescale positions its line of QorlQ SoCs with a complete hardware and software product offer. They want to go into the new trend of software defined networking (SDN). The series of SoCs is provided with C libraries for open standards protocols. The IoT and 5G increases the networking traffic and creates new needs for networking products. The QorlQ LS2 is based on a 64 bit ARM Cortex A57. This SoC encompasses a hardware L2 switch. The C libraries provided implement networking and virtualization libraries. The QorlQ LS2 2085A is based on an eight cores cortex A57 in 28 nm technology. It is aimed at products such as routers, printers, imaging, encryption and compression.

DALLAS: Freescale introduces new family of QorIQ multicore processors built on Layerscape architecture, delivering a breakthrough, software-defined approach to advance the world’s new virtualized networks | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online.

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.

Intel upgrades MinnowBoard developer computer, cuts price to $99 | Ars Technica

Intel provides an affordable version of its Minnowboard. Their target is hobbyist but also developers who want to prototype. The board is well equipped in IO capabilities (PCIe, SATA for instance) and is deemed suitable for protoyping or developing files servers and network devices. It is delivered under a create commons license and comes with a Yocto distribution. This is great step from Intel to get towards the contribute to small and medium projects. BayLibre likes it!

Intel upgrades MinnowBoard developer computer, cuts price to $99 | Ars Technica.

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.

NVIDIA Newsroom – Releases – NVIDIA Unveils First Mobile Supercomputer for Embedded Systems

 

Nvidia releases the information that it is going to ship a new Tegra K1 processor with 192 programmable cores, an associated developemnt kit. The company wants to create an eco-system around its new platform by making it easily available to programmers and scholars alike.

NVIDIA Newsroom – Releases – NVIDIA Unveils First Mobile Supercomputer for Embedded Systems.

Faster, cheaper, smaller: The state of the system-on-a-chip in 2014 | Ars Technica

The trend for 2014 for the SoC market is described here. It tells us about how 2014 is about adding more cores and controlling the power consumption. We do not necessarily agree with the opinion of the journalist. The market grows in the mid-range while volumes stagnate on the high range segment. The journalist believes very much in Nvidia, less in Intel and a little in Qualcomm when we would bet more on Qualcomm for their integrated approach and on Mediatek. We also believe Rockchip will be a key player. So in a nutshell after the race for the higher clock, now is the time for the race for the higher number of cores. Let the game begin.

 

Faster, cheaper, smaller: The state of the system-on-a-chip in 2014 | Ars Technica.

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?.

Linux – Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia

Today is April fools day and we wanted to share something special with our followers and our audience. Uncyclopedia is helping us with a fake story in the form of a long joke about Linux, Linus, potatoes and pumpkins. Yet another conspiracy theory, crazy, humorous and funny. This is all second degree so please enjoy.

Linux – Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia.