Municipalities using open source are reaching out to other towns and cities, motivating them to switch to this type of software. The past four months, members of Finland’s Centre for Open Source Solutions (COSS) have been visiting towns around the country, talking about their use of free and open source.
The so-called ‘Open Knowledge Roadshow 2014’ involves six municipalities, Turku, Mikkeli, Pori, Oulu, Tampere and Rovaniemi. Apart from reaching out to their colleagues, the towns of Mikkeli, Oulu and Rovaniemi also organised a workshop, reports COSS on its website.
Open source now part of Romania’s Digital Agenda
All of Romania’s public administrations are to use open source and open standards software. The government is making this a (minute) part of the 2014-2020 Digital Agenda, made public in November. The approach will increase interoperability of ICT systems.
Nokia C1 Smartphone With Android 5.0 Lollipop in the Works: Report
After launching its first Android tablet in November, the Nokia N1, the Finnish firm is now rumoured to be working on an Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphone called Nokia C1. If the rumour is true and smartphone is released as the Nokia C1, the firm would be breaching the Microsoft acquisition agreement.
More Android 5.0:
Last week, Google released an Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the Nexus 7 2012. The update does not appear to be rolling out OTA just yet but that should change in the future. While many users will likely want to rush into downloading the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update, we want to take a look at some reasons why Nexus owners might want to think about skipping Google’s brand new Android 5.0.2 update on the day it arrives.
The two-year-old Galaxy Note 2 has surprisingly been included in the list of devices that are slated to get the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware update, according to Samsung’s official website in Finland. A section of the website shows a table, providing details about a number of handsets and tablets that are scheduled to get the latest update.
Apple- and Microsoft-backed patent group ends its war on Android
And just like that, the Rockstar Consortium's lawsuit campaign against Android is over. The patent holding group (backed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony) has sold all of its commonly held patents to clearinghouse RPX for $900 million, or a fraction of the $4.5 billion the total patent pool was worth a few years ago. Rockstar will accordingly drop the lawsuits that it still had left, including those leveled against HTC, LG and Samsung. Don't worry that RPX will promptly turn around and sue someone else, either. It already has a deal to license those patents for defensive purposes to a group of 30-plus companies, including Google and Cisco, while the Rockstar companies get to keep their licenses.
Will A Gorgeous Android Tablet Make Dell A Player?
Dell is about to begin selling an eye-poppingly beautiful slab of hardware. Will anyone notice?
Pricing and availability will be announced for the Venue 8 7000 at CES in January, a Dell spokeswoman said in response to an email query. (The tablet had initially been expected for release at the end of November.)