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Valve Releases Steam Controller
September 30, 2013
Valve Software has announced the Steam Controller, the third part of its trio of initiatives designed to bring Linux-based gaming to the living room. Valve dubbed the controller "a different kind of gamepad." It features dual circulator trackpads driven by the player's thumbs. Each has a high-resolution haptic pad at its base, which is clickable, allowing the entire surface to act as a button.
Valve Beta Boosts Linux Gaming Full Steam Ahead
September 26, 2013
Valve Software will later this year beta test 300 hardware boxes running its Linux-based SteamOS, a standalone operating system for entertainment appliances in consumers' living rooms. The prototype box for the Steam platform, which is optimized for gaming in the living room, is completely upgradable and open. Beta testers are encouraged to hack or mod the box.
Google Adds Remote Locking for MIA Androids
September 25, 2013
Google on Tuesday rolled out a feature for its recently launched Android Device Manager that lets users lock down a stolen Android device from anywhere, via the Web. "This is something that should be built into the OS and the platform because it's an inherent security feature," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. Google is late to the game in rolling out its remote lock capability.
Valve's SteamOS Arms Linux Gaming for Living Room Wars
September 24, 2013
After bringing its Steam gaming service to Linux earlier this year, Valve on Tuesday unveiled SteamOS, a new, Linux-based operating system that is designed to deliver PC entertainment in the living room. The new OS will connect with the Steam gaming service, offering all of the features PC-based Steam users are accustomed to, and yet is designed with the big screen in mind, Valve said.
$7M Funding Means All Systems Go for Cyanogen
September 19, 2013
The Cyanogen free and open source Android firmware project on Wednesday announced that it had received $7 million in a Series A round of funding in April. The investment came from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. "What will change is our capabilities, our speed, and our size," wrote Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik. "I am not going to let anyone stagnate."
Tiny CuBox-i Plays Nice With Linux and Android
September 05, 2013
Aiming to capture a piece of the market that has given the Raspberry Pi such a warm reception, SolidRun on Wednesday announced a new tiny computer of its own dubbed the "CuBox-i." Available in four models with prices starting at $45, the tiny computer includes an OpenGL|ES 2.0 GPU with OpenCL 1.1 embedded profile support; and up to four i.MX6 Cortex A9 ARM processors with as much as 1.2GHz each.
FOSS Devs' Biggest Complaints: Documentation and Licensing
August 29, 2013
Open source software may hold considerable appeal for software developers around the world, but that doesn't mean it's without its aggravations. While no one aspect qualifies as the ultimate reason to oppose writing or using open source code, a significant number of programmers report that poor documentation and problems interpreting licenses rank high on their list of grievances.
RAPIRO: This Little Robot Likes Raspberry Pi
August 13, 2013
A variety of factors can propel a Kickstarter project to funding success, but there's no denying that the sheer seductiveness of the product is a big one. Case in point: RAPIRO. Short for RAspberry PI RObot, RAPIRO is a super-cute humanlike mini-robot now being offered as a kit on Kickstarter. When assembled, it can walk on its feet, grip items in its hands and swivel its head and waist.
1 Small App, 1 Giant Feather in Linux's Cap
August 13, 2013
What a difference a day makes, as the old saying goes -- or, perhaps more aptly here in the Linux community, what a difference an app makes. Which app, you may ask? Why that would be Microsoft Office for Android, of course -- the arrival of which a few weeks ago has caused no shortage of jubilation in the Linux blogosphere. "It looks like Linus has won," noted a recent article.
The Great OpenStack-Amazon API Debate
August 08, 2013
The discussion and debate over open source cloud software's compatibility with cloud leader Amazon's proprietary APIs was just beginning when the 451 Group released "The OpenStack Tipping Point" in April. With the advancement of the OpenStack software and community -- along with lingering questions about the desired level of compatibility with Amazon's cloud -- the matter is heating up.
Canonical's Edgy Endeavor
August 05, 2013
Fans of Ubuntu will have to be forgiven if they've been a little distracted lately. After all, exactly two weeks ago Canonical launched its crowdfunding campaign for the new Ubuntu Edge smartphone. It's not just any crowdfunding campaign, of course -- it's a big one. Really big -- to the tune of $32 million. No one ever said Mark Shuttleworth lacked ambition.
The Controversial, Toothless, 'Landmark' Mobile Transparency Code
August 02, 2013
Mobile device users' privacy will be safeguarded under a new transparency code of conduct created in an effort involving 40 groups ranging from businesses to advocacy groups and led by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling hailed the code as "a seminal milestone in the efforts to enhance consumer privacy on mobile devices."
Mozilla, BlackBerry Team Up on Peach Fuzzing
August 01, 2013
Politics may make for strange bedfellows, but there's no comparison to the match-ups that occur in the business world. Consider this: Mozilla, which has been flexing its muscles of late and pushing into the smartphone business and foreign markets, has teamed up with the flailing and failing BlackBerry, which is hemorrhaging market share, to conduct research on bugs in browsers.
Android's Crazy-Quilt Syndrome
August 01, 2013
There's no question that Android is fragmented. OpenSignal has counted nearly 11,900 distinct Android devices so far this year, compared with fewer than 4,000 last year. OpenSignal's visual representations of the number of devices and the brands are a welter of shapes and colors. Think crazy quilts sewn by demented craftspeople inhaling non-tobacco substances.
Unfaithfully Yours: The Linux Version
July 29, 2013
The dog days of summer may best be endured at a leisurely pace, but for those of us here in the sweltering Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, that simply hasn't been an option. Far from being the lazy month many typically expect, July has brought not only a fiery debate over codes of conduct among kernel programmers but also the launch of Canonical's ambitious Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign.
How Firefox OS Could Sneak Into the Smartphone Chicken Coop
July 26, 2013
Spanish wireless network Telefónica recently started selling a super-cheap Linux-driven phone called the "ZTE Open" for the equivalent of around $90, which includes about $40 worth of prepay. Essentially, it's a $50 smartphone. Aside from the bottom-end retail price, what's unique about this smartphone is that it's the first to use Firefox OS.
Shutterstock's Chris Fischer: Making the Most of Open Source's 'Huge Tech Edge'
July 23, 2013
Shutterstock has a nearly insatiable appetite for data storage. From its inception, the company -- a global provider of licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and videos -- refused to pay higher prices just to stuff its storage needs into somebody else's cloud. Instead, the almost 10-year-old operation built its own server farm and created its own cloud software system at home.
Linus, Sarah and the Linux Civil Code
July 22, 2013
Anyone who has ever spent five minutes in the Linux blogosphere is probably already well-aware of Linux creator Linus Torvalds' propensity for speaking his mind in the plainest of terms. It was just slightly more than a year ago, after all, that he dropped an "F-bomb" on Nvidia, though that's by no means been the only example over the years.
BoxTone's Brian Reed: Securing Android for the Enterprise
July 16, 2013
BoxTone's enterprise mobility management platform is designed to bring Android security up to levels better-suited to the rigors of the business workforce, but in making Android enterprise-hardened, the company left Android's open source trappings intact. As part of that EMM platform, BoxTone delivers its service in three categories of functionality.
Kaltura's Zohar Babin: Video Power to the People
July 09, 2013
In a world of mostly proprietary video platform developers, success for an open source startup requires very sharp cutting-edge technology. For Kaltura, part of the secret has been making sure that competitive edge is never dulled by settling for being just good enough. Adding a dual-license option often makes the difference between a free download and real sale.

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