The Gear Live is Samsung’s first Android Wear watch. It’s compatible with Android phone running Android 4.3 or 4.4. And we like it. It has the same AMOLED display as the Gear 2. Samsung says the phone should get about a day of battery life. The Gear Live costs $199. The big plus for us at BayLibre is that it is the first Samsung phone to be compatible with any Android device.
Google IO 2014 summary by Tekzilla: over 1 billion active users of Android worldwide, L version of the OS announced with 5000 new APIs (and so what 🙂 ) and Dalvik going away . They launch project Volta which goal is to improve then battery life for Android powered devices.
According to Ars Technica, at one point Amazon was selling half of Android tablets thanks to their mid range-low price strategy. They discuss here the new strategy used for the Fire phone positioned in price in the premium device space while competing in terms of features with the MotoX.
The story of how GTV Hacker attaqued the google TV device and managed to boot with unsigned code. Read unsecure code for unsigned code here:-)
They managed the same exploit with Nest thermostat based on an OMAP platform. Again this raises the issue of the Internet of Things and the security. This article claimed that the release of their smoke detector was delayed due to these security issues.
Russian government wants to ditch Intel and AMD processors in favour of a locally-developed ARM effort. Russian companies are banding together to develop to be called “Baikal” that will use ARM’s 64-bit kernel Cortex A-57 as its base design, offer at least eight cores, be built with a 28nm process and run at 2GHz.
Cavium’s staff includes folks from failed ARM server chipmaker Calxeda, who told us they feel enough enterprise software runs on ARM. That’s no longer quite such a problem. If Russia follows this path, and the rules of open source, the problem could disappear entirely.
Nest: a self learning thermostat is connected to the Internet. August: a Bluetooth enabled door lock lets you enter your home when it recognizes your smartphone. While Internet of Things invaeds our home, the best way to keep us safe is simply through keeping some of these devices OFF the internet.
Where Simson L. Garfinkel explains that any software implementation is inherently unsecure. For instance Heartbleed, the bug within SSL, terrorized the Internet community earlier this year. The main issue was related with the C language Heartbleed was written into. The flow was in a ‘goto’ statement.The ‘many eyes’ theory states that if code is open source, many people review it and therefore it is secured against ill written code (including security issues). Even this theory is not enough because Heartbleed was open source. Instead Garfinkel advocates using C# and Java and automated testing.
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The article explains that 93% of accidents are caused by human error. When safety belts were installed, the number of fatalities on the road decreased by 50%. Two scholars have studied the potential impact of sself driving cars and they estimate that another 50% of casualties could be avoided thanks to these robots.
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As always we love the Parrot products: two mini drones which were demonstrated at CES back in January. We have seen their demonstration and it was very impressive, see https://baylibre.com/cool-flying-dancing-drones-from-parrot-at-ces/. They are now available for sale. There are two models: Jumping Sumo and Rolling Spider.
The world changes…..even Mediatek comes to open source.
We love this new start up and their first product: CODLIGHT is a EU-based HW startup that focus on developing technologies/products within the IoT (Internet of Things) arena. Their mission is to reinvent how you experience and interact with lighting. Their first product is called cPulse:” Lighting in the palm of your hand” which enables you to create your own lighting. cPulse supports the latest and the greatest Android Smartphones and will be on Kickstarter soon.
Check it out on youtube: http://youtu.be/KgtIXinoEZw
Website: http://www.codlight.com What do you think?
This kit contains sensors and allows developpers to prototype health monitoring devices. An IoT development kit based on an M0.
The Florida-based makers of the lightest electric skateboard weights just 9.9 pounds. The Marbel is robust enough to power you up steep hills. The Marbel can travel up to 10 miles on a single charge. The company’s Kickstarter campaign has already raised $217,023 of its initial $90,000 goal.
Smartphone market continues to grow according to IDC and Android keeps the lion share.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich shows an open source Linux robot kit called Jimmy, as well as a sensor-laden Smart Shirt for health monitoring. Both based on its Linux-ready Edison computer-on-module. It also announced its first licensing partnership for Atom with China’s Rockchip aimed at low-end Android tablets.
Its Smart Shirt Developed in collaboration with AIQ Smart Clothing, is packed with sensors that can track your heart rate, EKG, and other vital signs.
Its robot Jimmy demonstrated on stage was an advanced, Intel Core-based version. It will ship by the end of the year in kit form, complete with open source licensing and schematics.
Intel had sold about 10 million tablet chips, and hopes to ship in 40 million tablets this year, representing about 15 percent of the market.
All of these products are Linux based.