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RAPIRO: The Raspberry Pi-powered robotics kit

RAPIRO: The Raspberry Pi-powered robotics kit

RAPIRO is a robot and a robotic kit designed by Shota Ishiwatari, the founder of kiluck.co.jp. It is designed to work with a Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized board that runs Linux or GNU/Linux. It comes with 12 servo motors and full-color LED for eyes. And it only requires a screwdriver to assemble. No need for soldering. The servo control […]

Project Chess spied on you long before Microsoft acquired Skype

Long before Edward Snowden told us about a govt privacy-abusing spy operation called PRISM or Prism, Skype had its own collaborative project with the govt that was code-named Project Chess. That was going on while Skype executives were denying any such activity was taken place. According to a New York Times report, Skype began looking at “the legal and technical […]

Selling Palm to HP was a waste

webOS and the mobile devices that it powered made Palm (remember that company) a media darling. webOS was going to be another successful mobile Linux distribution (after Android). But it was all a dream that never came true. Palm was sold to HP. At some point, HP abandoned webOS, deciding that it was better to sell Android devices. So webOS […]

APC Paper nabs Computex ‘s Design and Innovation Award

APC Paper nabs Computex ‘s Design and Innovation Award

Taiwan External Trade Council (TAITRA) and the International Forum Design Hannover (iF) have awarded the APC Paper the Design and Innovation Award at Computex 2013, which kicks off tomorrow and ends June 8. APC Paper is one of two Neo-ITX form-factor computers announced by VIA Technologies in January. The other is the APC Rock, which is a plain motherboard (it […]

NVIDIA SHIELD: Android game console, with Tegra 4 inside

NVIDIA SHIELD: Android game console, with Tegra 4 inside

It’s been in beta mode since it was announced back in January, but now, the NVIDIA SHIELD is ready for prime time. Or at least, you can pre-order it now. NVIDIA SHIELD is a portable gaming device powered by the Tegra 4 processor, the same processor you’ll find inside HP’s SlateBook and a few other mobile computing devices. The Tegra […]

SlateBook x2: Tegra 4-powered Android hybrid

SlateBook x2: Tegra 4-powered Android hybrid

The Tegra 4-powered SlateBook x2 running Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2) is the latest split-personality portable computer from HP. Detailed hardware specs have not be made available, but we do know that if will have an IPS panel with a screen resolution of 1920×1200, USB and HDMI ports. That’s about all we know about the hardware, but I’m sure it will […]

Apache OpenOffice: Help pick a new logo

Apache OpenOffice: Help pick a new logo

The release of Apache OpenOffice 4 will not happen tomorrow, but it is getting close. How close? Well, let’s just say it will happen soon. In months time, not weeks. To usher in what will be a milestone release for the Free Software Office suite, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) wanted a new logo to replace the old OpenOffice logo, […]

Crowdfunding a FOSS accounting software for NPOs

The Software Freedom Conservancy has launched a fundraising or crowdfunding campaign for a FOSS accounting software for non-profit organizations (NPOs). The need for such an accounting software “usable by non-technical bookkeepers, accountants, and non-profit managers” arose because NPOs are spending significant amounts of money for licensing proprietary accounting applications. The goal of this fundraising campaign is to raise $75,000 USD […]

A backdoor in all Internet products and services?

Why does your government want a backdoor in all popular Internet products and services? That’s like asking why a prostitute wants you to pay for her services, or why a politician wants a bribe (or is that a campaign contribution?). A backdoor in all telecommunications devices and services is already made possible by CALEA, the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement […]

Windows 8: The most important reason to switch to Linux

Windows 8: The most important reason to switch to Linux

As somebody who fully embraces the Free Software principle, I have no need for Windows 8 in my environment. Never used any version of Windows, and never will. Previous versions of Windows were bad enough, but Windows 8, with its Restricted Boot requirements, have made dual-booting a Linux distribution with Windows 8 on store-bought computers a royal pain in the […]

IFC6410: Snapdragon S4 Pro-based single board computer

IFC6410 is a single-board, SoC computer powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the same processor that powers Google’s Nexus tablet computer and several other mobile devices. I’ve become interested in single-board computers that are not controlled by an industry monopoly because I think they present the best technical opportunity to break the strangle-hold that Microsoft has on hardware and […]

ARM-based EMB-2500: Like Raspberry Pi, but much better

ARM-based EMB-2500: Like Raspberry Pi, but much better

The EMB-2500 is the latest single-board, SoC computer to be released this year. Ever since the Raspberry Pi hit the streets and became hugely popular with its target audience, there has been several similar attempts to outdo it, but none has shipped with standard storage connectivity that the average computer user can use. With the EMB-2500, SATA storage connectivity has […]

Google’s patent pledge: We won’t be the first to sue

While we are waiting for some kind of reform of the US patent system, it’s good too see a major technology outfit like Google going solo with regards to taking legal action on a particular category of patent it owns. It’s a patent pledge that goes like this: We won’t be the first to sue. It’s a stance Google calls […]

Infotainment systems: The next generation

Infotainment systems: The next generation

Just thought I share a video about the Parrot ASTEROID Smart, a vehicular infotainment systems device from Parrot, a technology outfit based in Paris, France that makes wireless devices and applications. The product, which I’ll be more than happy to buy, and the video are cool. And I like stuff with a high coolness factor. The company also makes a […]

LibreOffice migration guide

LibreOffice migration guide

LibreOffice is a Free Software replacement for Microsoft Office. If you are a Linux user or use other UNIX-like operating systems, you probably don’t need a LibreOffice migration guide. But that assumes that you are an individual user, and not an organization that uses proprietary Office suites. Such outfits typically have hundreds, if not thousands, of personnel who have been […]

Hispalinux takes Microsoft to EC re UEFI Secure Boot

Hispalinux takes Microsoft to EC re UEFI Secure Boot

Hispalinux (in Spanish), a representative organization for Linux users in Spain, has lodged a complaint against Microsoft to the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. According to a report in Reuters, the complaint was filed today, and targeted the unholy agreement between Microsoft and hardware vendors re UEFI Secure Boot. I’ve always thought that the implementation of UEFI Secure […]

Riak Cloud Storage released under Apache 2 license

Riak Cloud Storage released under Apache 2 license

Riak Cloud Storage (Riak CS) is a storage software which can be used to build public or private Cloud storage systems. It is built atop Riak, a distributed database system developed by Basho Technologies, a outfit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Yesterday, the company announced that Riak CS has been released under the Apache 2 license and scheduled a webcast […]

Google Reader axed. Is FeedBurner next?

Google Reader axed. Is FeedBurner next?

Google has announced that the Google Reader service will not be available after July 1 of this year (2013). The service, which provided a “cloud” portal for aggregating News feeds from several RSS Feed sources, is the latest victim of Google’s spring-cleaning. Since the spring-cleaning started in 2011. 70 services and applications have been eliminated or consolidated. Google Reader is […]

$7 million fine for wardriving!

$7 million fine for wardriving!

So a company whose revenue from last year was about $50 billion is about to reach a $7 million USD settlement with state attorneys general of 30 US states for wardriving. An activity where the company was able to capture user data from private wireless networks. No one is officially calling it wardriving, but that was what Google was doing […]

Ubuntu is not a community distribution

Ubuntu is not a community distribution

That should be obvious to anybody who’s been following the development of Ubuntu, but for those who have not, here’s the deal: Ubuntu is not a community distribution. The sooner you get that, the better, especially if you’ve been under the illusion that Mark Shuttleworth cares very much about your own idea of what a community distribution should be. Yes, […]