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Indian Firefox OS phones start at $33

Sunday 31st of August 2014 09:26:57 PM
Intex and Spice launched the first Firefox OS phones in India using a low-cost Spreadtrum design: the $33 Intex Cloud FX and the $38 Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1. Mozilla announced two new Firefox OS phones in India that have blasted through smartphone price barriers. The two phones, which are the first in Asia to […]

MIPS tempts hackers with Raspbery Pi-like dev board

Thursday 28th of August 2014 10:18:03 PM
Hard to choose between Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, and MinnowBoard Max? Now there’s another choice: the open source MIPS-based “Creator CI20″ dev board. In a bid to harness some of the energy and enthusiasm swirling around today’s open, hackable single board computers Imagination Technologies, licensor of the MIPS ISA, has unveiled the ISA’s counter to […]

Mini-ITX board offers life after Marshalltown’s death

Thursday 28th of August 2014 06:31:39 AM
Habey announced an enhanced replacement for Intel’s discontinued Marshalltown thin Mini-ITX board. It jumps up to a 2GHz quad-core “Bay Trail-D” Celeron. Intel introduced the Desktop Board DN2800MT (aka “Marshalltown”) in Q1 of 2012 and it’s now gone EOL according to the product’s Intel ARK page. So Habey, the California-based subsidiary of Chinese firm NORCO […]

Tiny COMs take Intel Atom SoCs into harsh apps

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 01:18:37 AM
X-ES announced a pair of rugged, Linux-ready modules based on Intel E3800 (“Bay Trail-I”) SoCs, including one built in the tiny COM Express Mini format. Extreme Engineering Solutions (“X-ES”) is rolling out two nearly identical computer-on-module products: the “XPedite8150″ conforms to the tiniest (84 x 55mm) COM Express Mini form-factor, while the “XPedite8152″ adopts a […]

$49 TiVo OTA and streaming DVR targets cordcutters

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:17:52 AM
TiVo introduced a Linux-based DVR for “cordcutters” who want to eliminate cable fees by obtaining their TV content from Internet streams and OTA broadcasts. The TiVo “Roamio OTA” DVR assumes a place alongside Really Simple Software’s “Simple.TV” OTA box, which was funded on Kickstarter two years ago and stepped up to a second generation design […]

LinuxCon wrapup: Quips on ARM and Pi, IBM’s Power trip

Friday 22nd of August 2014 09:46:09 PM
LinuxCon revealed a new Linux certification program, an expansion of IBM’s OpenPower program, and quips from Linus Torvalds on ARM and Raspberry Pi. Unlike the European edition of LinuxCon + CloudOpen, the North American version that wrapped up today in Chicago does not co-locate the Embedded Linux Conference. Still, there’s a lot more to Linux […]

Linux Foundation launches certification program

Friday 22nd of August 2014 09:36:54 PM
At LinuxCon Europe, the Linux Foundation rolled out a new Linux certification program, starting with LF Certified SysAdmin and LF Certified Engineer. The first certifications are for a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE). Exam takers can choose between CentOS, OpenSUSE, or Ubuntu distributions. They will be tested on […]

Unity adds native Android support for x86

Friday 22nd of August 2014 07:12:54 PM
Intel and Unity Technologies are collaborating to bring native support for Android apps built with the gaming-oriented Unity platform to Intel processors. Millions of developers using the gaming-focused Unity cross-platform development framework “can now bring native Android games and other apps to Intel-based mobile devices,” states a news release from Intel and Unity Technologies. Unity […]

Emulator brings x86 Linux apps to ARM devices

Friday 22nd of August 2014 06:16:26 PM
Eltechs announced a virtual machine that runs 32-bit x86 Linux applications on ARMv7 SBCs and mini-PCs, and is claimed to be 4.5 times faster than QEMU. The open source QEMU emulator has long been the go-to app for providing virtual machines (VMs) that mimic target hardware during development or otherwise run software in alien territory. […]

Android-on-ARM mini-PC draws less than 7W

Thursday 21st of August 2014 11:32:51 PM
Shuttle has introduced an Android 4.2.2 mini-PC with 6.26W consumption, 4GB of flash with SD expansion, plus WiFi, HDMI, GbE, RS232, and four USB ports. Spanish mini-PC vendor Shuttle, which has launched numerous Linux-ready models including the circa-2009, Intel Atom 330 based X27, has moved to Android-on-ARM for its latest “DSA2LS” offering. The mini-PC is […]

Rugged mini-PCs have four gigabit ports, run Ubuntu

Thursday 21st of August 2014 07:44:10 PM
Stealth.com has launched four rugged mini-PCs based on 3rd Gen. Intel Core CPUs, featuring four gigabit ports, Ubuntu, and optional PCI and PCIe expansion. The four new LPC480x models are the latest members of the Little PC family of mini-PCs from Stealth.com (formerly Stealth Computer), which include the circa-2011, Intel Atom D525 based LPC-125LPM. The […]

Android in-dash IVI device revs up in India

Thursday 21st of August 2014 05:33:00 PM
MapmyIndia released an Android-based IVI and navigation system called the IceNav 701 with a dual-core processor, a 6.2-inch WVGA touchscreen, and NaviMap. With Indian navigation technology firm MapmyIndia releasing the IceNav 701, Android continues its quiet push into in-vehicle infotainment (IVI). Other Android-based systems we’ve seen include Renault’s R-Link, Clarion Malaysia’s AX1, and Malaysia-based Proton’s […]

Firefox gets preliminary support for casting to Chromecast

Thursday 21st of August 2014 01:51:57 AM
Mozilla is in the process of adding the ability to “cast” videos from Firefox to Chromecast devices, and you can try it now if you have the right hardware. As announced in a post on Google+ post by Mozilla developer Lucas Rocha, “Chromecast support is now enabled in Firefox for Android’s Nightly build.” To check […]

Wide-temperature SBCs tap quad-core Atom E3800 SoCs

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 05:23:55 PM
Commell’s three extended-temperature SBCs deliver Intel’s quad-core Atom E3800 and Celeron SoCs on Mini-ITX, Pico-ITX, and 3.5-inch form-factors. It’s taken awhile for Commell to get around to the 22nm Intel Atom E3800 family of system-on-chips, but it’s making up for lost time by announcing three Atom-based single board computers at once. No OS support was […]

Home automation hub runs Linux, offers cloud services

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 01:12:57 AM
[Updated 7:15PM] — Cloud Media launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Linux-based “Stack Box” home automation hub with cloud services and Raspberry Pi expansion compatibility. Do we really need yet another crowdfunded Linux-based home automation hub? Of course we do! The Stack Box is now vying for Kickstarter funds through Sept. 17 at prices starting […]

Tiny COMs get capacitive multi-touch baseboard

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 07:07:53 PM
Gumstix is shipping a capacitive multi-touch ready, customizable baseboard for its Overo COMs that works with a new Overo Storm-P COM with enhanced WiFi. The “Arbor 43C” is a capacitive touchscreen replacement for the resistive-ready Gumstix Chestnut 43 baseboard, and similarly pairs with the company’s Linux-ready gumstick-sized Overo computer-on-modules. The new baseboard enables the attachment […]

Xen hypervisor targets automotive virtualization role

Monday 18th of August 2014 09:36:28 PM
The Xen Project’s Embedded and Automotive initiative will bring its hypervisor to a GlobalLogic IVI stack combining a fast-boot Android with Linux or QNX. The Xen Project Collaborative Project has launched an Embedded and Automotive initiative to expand its virtualization technology beyond the datacenter and cloud realms. Initially, the subproject will center on a collaboration […]

Embedded Linux Conference and LinuxCon Europe schedules posted

Monday 18th of August 2014 09:07:16 PM
The Linux Foundation announced the schedule for LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference Europe, to be held Oct. 13-15 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since the Linux Foundation posted the initial list of keynotes for the LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ELC (Embedded Linux Conference) Europe in early July, the Linux advocacy organization has announced two more. […]

Samsung SmartThings pickup could mean new role for Tizen

Friday 15th of August 2014 10:45:02 PM
Samsung is acquiring home automation firm SmartThings, setting up the potential integration with Tizen inside an upcoming Linux version of the SmartThings hub. As TechCrunch predicted a month ago, Samsung announced an agreement to acquire SmartThings. In July, TechCrunch pegged the sale at $200 million, which if true would be a steal compared to the […]

Project aims to build a “fully open” SoC and dev board

Friday 15th of August 2014 01:06:00 AM
A non-profit company is developing an open source, 64-bit “lowRISC” SoC that will enable fully open hardware, “from the CPU core to the development board.” University of Cambridge spinoff “lowRISC” is a not-for-profit company with a goal of making a completely open computing eco-system, including the instruction set architecture (ISA), processor silicon, and development boards. […]

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