Category: Commentary

The Case Against COICA

In September, digital rights advocates and Internet engineers helped to delay the Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), a terrible bill that would have allowed the Attorney General to censor the Internet in the name of copyright enforcement. Now that the November elections are over, COICA is back on the Senate Judiciary Committee schedule for markup this Thursday and […]

The FBI and Service Provider Wiretapping, or What’s In Your Wallet?

The FBI’s apparent desire to require all communications service providers to design a means for law enforcement to access encrypted communications in plain text could have negative effects on personal privacy and industry innovation. Computer scientists, however, concentrate on a different concern: the danger that such design mandates could harm cybersecurity.  In an ironic twist, the FBI’s well-intentioned attempt to […]

EU laws already protect the open Internet: let’s enforce them now to stop the rise of the ‘unternets’

There’s a sign in a street near the Skype office which reads: I can’t understand why people are afraid of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. I like that. It is actually indicative of some of the things we witness in the world of Internet access today: a desire by some to change the Internet to lots of […]

ST-Ericsson and Linaro, working towards the first release

By ST-Ericcson: Open source has become an important driving force in the smartphone industry and a particularly key area of focus for ST-Ericsson. We believe that open innovation is critical to face the increasing demand on features and the broadening scope of the mobile market.  From hardware performance to software platforms and enabling the hundreds of thousands of apps & […]

Open source software fundamental to success in the mobile and consumer electronics markets

By Ari Rauch, Linaro board member: Today more than ever before, our industry views open source software (OSS) as fundamental to success in the mobile and consumer electronics (CE) markets. I see this echoed in my work as the software and system engineering manager for TI’s wireless OMAPTM processors, and as a board member of the Linaro Organization. Industry innovators […]

The MeeGo Progress Report: A+ or D-?

The end of October saw the release of MeeGo 1.1, the second major milestone release of the platform since it burst onto the scenes in February 2010. The MeeGo project was born under the auspices of the Linux Foundation from a merging of Nokia’s Maemo platform, targeting smart phones, and Intel’s moblin platforms, aimed at netbooks. The merger grew from […]

Benefits of the MeeGo Software Platform

Benefits of the MeeGo Software Platform

The MeeGo open source project is unique in that it offers benefits to everyone in the ecosystem starting from the developer all the way up to the operator and the industry as a whole. Meego allows participants to get involved and contribute to an industry-wide evolution towards richer devices, to rapidly address opportunities and to focus on differentiation in their […]

Android App Permissions Dissected

Based on our recent research and feedback from our users, we know that Android permissions can sometimes be confusing. Often it is hard to tell what data apps are accessing on your phone and why they are accessing it. In this post we explain what permissions are and why developers ask for them. We want you to feel more knowledgeable […]

FSF position on GPLv2 & current App Store terms

This was written by Brett smith on the VLC development mailing list. Brett is the Licensing Compliance Engineer with the Free Software Foundation: Salsaman asked me to come on this list and explain the FSF’s position on the current terms of service for Apple’s App Store, and how those relate to GPLv2. There have been changes to the terms since […]

VLC developer takes a stand against DRM enforcement in Apple’s App Store

Rémi Denis-Courmont is one of the primary developers of the VLC media player, which is free software and distributed under the GPL. Earlier this week, he wrote to Apple to complain that his work was being distributed through their App Store, under terms that contradict the GPL’s conditions and prohibit users from sharing the program.

The Message of Firesheep: “Baaaad Websites, Implement Sitewide HTTPS Now!”

The Firesheep Firefox extension has been scaring users across the Internet since its introduction at the Toorcon security conference this past weekend by security researchers Eric Butler and Ian Gallagher. Firesheep demonstrates a security flaw that the computer security community has been concerned about for years — that any network eavesdropper can take over another user’s session (say, a login […]

The Tortoise and the Hare: The tale of Android evolution

Android is all the rage these days. In my meetings and correspondences with consumer electronic vendors around the world it is as if they have totally forgot about the “old“ “embedded operating systems” – pSOS, VxWorks, MontaVista, Nucleus, OSE, or any of the Linux and Unix variants that people have been using for years now. While there are a few […]

Amazon app store for Android welcomes DRM

Molly de Blanc: In 2007, Amazon announced their music store. It would, they promised, deliver DRM-free music to U.S. Amazon users. And they did just that. With much fanfare, they rolled out Amazon MP3, touting music downloads for any device. On their website, they explain what’s special about their music sales. “DRM-free means that the MP3 files you purchase from Amazon.com […]