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Former Unbounded Robotics execs have launched “Fetch Robotics” with $3 million in funding, and will ship a ROS-on-Linux mobile manipulator bot in Q2 2015.
A startup called Fetch Robotics has announced $3 million in Series A financing from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and Shasta Ventures, along with a development team that jumped from the apparently now defunct Unbounded Robotics. Fetch Robotics plans to announce and ship two mobile manipulation robots in the second quarter that are aimed principally at the logistics and light industrial markets, “as well as for other human-robot collaboration opportunities,” says the company.
Sony's been trying the smartwatch thing for years, but the original SmartWatch and the SmartWatch 2 both... what's the word I'm looking for here? Sucked? Yeah. But the SmartWatch 3 has solid performance and two nifty features you won't find on any other Android Wear. It's the first with built-in GPS and a screen you can read without backlighting.
Android Wear watches are off to a pretty decent start. The Moto 360, the LG G Watch R, and the Asus ZenWatch are all lovely and useful in their own ways. So why might you buy a Sony smartwatch instead?
Regardless of the tinkering Google's engineers have done under the bonnet, the most noticeable improvement has to be the overall look. Google is calling Android's fetching new aesthetic "Material Design" and it's all about giving the OS a more welcoming look. It's mostly flat colours, clever use of shadow and UI elements which look like layers of paper stacked on top of one another. Google has left behind the world of skeuomorphic design –– just like Apple did with iOS 7 –– and the end result is something that looks less cluttered and more eye-catching.
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- Links 11/2/2015: First Ubuntu Phone on Sale Today, Tizen 2.3 Source Code Released
- Links 10/2/2015: Linux 3.19, LXQt 0.9
If you're wondering about any file-system performance changes for XFS/EXT4/Btrfs/F2FS when operating on a single SSD, I ran the vanilla Linux 3.18 vs. 3.19 benchmarks this weekend on an ASUS Zenbook UX301LAA with Intel Core i7 4558U Haswell processor and the file-system tests targeting the secondary 128GB SanDisk SATA3 SSD with this ultrabook. A development snapshot of Ubuntu 15.04 x86_64 was used for this kernel/file-system comparison with its updated file-system user-space utilities. For this testing, the stock mount options of each file-system was used.
The changes going in through Ingo Molnar's branches aren't incredibly exciting this round, but it looks like the scheduler tree updates have the potential to be semi-exciting. In particular, the kernel scheduler changes have minor micro-optimizations, various fixes and enhancements, and a idle-poll handler fix that has the potential to result in power-savings.
You can answer three questions to choose between Linux or Windows, and you can gripe about how Windows is killing the traditional desktop, but all that is fluff. The purpose of an operating system is to put forth an environment where you can get things done—where you can get things done. You are what matters and everything else is bullshit.
The famous gThumb image viewer application for the GNOME desktop environment reached version 3.3.3 a few days ago, as announced on GNOME’s announce list by Paolo Bacchilega. This is a development release that brings numerous important changes, which will be part of the forthcoming gThumb 3.4 release.
Videos of the first Ubuntu-based phone to be released in the UK show that the low-budget handset may struggle in terms of performance. The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be released this week, and marks the end of a two-year journey for Ubuntu to find a manufacturer willing to ship its smartphone OS.
The handset's specification is hardly stellar. It has a 4.5in 960 x 540 resolution screen, a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek Cortex-A7 processor, 1GB of RAM and only 8GB of onboard storage, with the option to bolster that via the memory card slot.
Open-source technology is one solution to this challenge, especially where it allows the tight integration of software with a range of hardware options. An important aspect of this is the creation of open-source platforms around the Linux operating system, which has a growing software infrastructure that OEMs can take advantage of to develop and debug designs.
Today we are excited to see that the source code for Tizen 2.3 has been finally released. The last code drop for mobile was back in November 2013, so this is seen as something quite overdue by platform developers. We hope more OEMs will now stop sitting on the sidelines and join Samsung in developing Tizen based Smartphones and wearables, that will further enrich the Tizen ecosystem.
A collaboration between SUSE and Red Hat is going to bring relief to Linux users the world over: they'll be able to patch their systems without reboots.
The live patching infrastructure looks set to become available in version 3.20 of the Linux kernel.
The two organisations introduced their distribution-specific live patching solutions a month apart in 2013 – SUSE's kGraft hit in February, and Red Hat's Kpatch arrived in March.