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Would you crowdfund a $500 Ubuntu “open to the core” laptop?

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With Jolla have success with crowdfunding a tablet, it’s a good time to see if we can’t get some mid-range Ubuntu laptops for sale to consumers in the US. I’d like to get some idea if there is enough demand for a very open $500 Ubuntu laptop.

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Intel’s MICA fashion bracelet features Linux and 3G data

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Intel and Opening Ceremony unveiled a $495, Linux-based “MICA” smart bracelet with 3G data, Facebook notifications, navigation, and “intelligent reminders.”

Intel teased its MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) bracelet at the launch of the Edison module in September. Yet, while it is similarly based on Linux, the MICA appears to be too small to house the Edison. The MICA is co-designed by fashion design house Opening Ceremony, which along with Barneys, will begin selling the smart bracelet in early December for $495 via their retail and online venues.

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Jolla Begins Teasing Possible New Device, Announcement Next Week

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It looks like next week there will be a new Sailfish device announcement from Jolla.

Jolla, the Finnish phone company behind the MeeGo-derived, Wayland-using, Linux-based Sailfish OS mobile Linux platform, tweeted today, "The countdown to something big begins now. Sign up at http://jolla.com #jolla #unlike."

Embedded below is the teaser picture accompanying this tweet.

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Hackable drone controller runs Linux

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Gizmo for You has gone to Indiegogo to ask for $600 for a modular, Linux based “Open Source Remote Control” for UAVs and other remote-controlled craft.

Three years in the making, the Open Source Remote Control (OSRC) device is available in Indiegogo fixed-funding packages starting at 350 Euros ($600) for the basic version, or 1,250 Euros ($1,561) for an advanced version. The Linux-based OSRC device is designed to act as a hackable universal controller for all types of “drones, filming, UAV control and general RC.” It seems to be primarily aimed at high-end, hobbyist remote model airplanes.

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Open Source Remote Control lets you pilot just about any drone

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Drones and other remotely piloted vehicles are inherently limited by their controls; you frequently have to switch controllers when you switch vehicles, and you can usually forget about customization. You might not have to worry if the Open Source Remote Control (OSRC) project gets off the ground, however. The long-in-development peripheral uses a mix of modular hardware and Linux-based software that lets you steer just about any unmanned machine. On top of a programmable interface, you can swap in new wireless modules and shoulder switches to either accommodate new drones or improve existing controls. You can also attach a 4.8-inch touchscreen module (typically for a first-person view), use cellular networks or even share one vehicle between multiple operators -- handy if you're at a flying club or shooting a movie.

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Is the Tizen Samsung Z Alive and running Tizen 2.3 SM-Z910F ? #TDS14SH

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At the Tizen Developer Summit 2014 Shanghai, Samsung were showing off the Gear S, and also the Samsung Z Smartphone. Taking a further glimpse at the settings we can see that it is listed as running Tizen 2.3, which recently saw the release of the Tizen 2.3 Beta SDK. As a recap, the Samsung Z was the Tizen flagship Smartphone that Samsung were due to release at the Tizen developer summit in Russia, but cancelled the launch with only 48 hours to spare.

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Android Wear gets GPS support, offline music in first major update

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Google promised that it would consistently improve Android Wear with a number of updates, and now the first major update is here. Announced today in a blog post, the update unlocks some key fitness functionality. It now supports watches with built-in GPS sensors, providing new tools to track your distance and speed independent of your phone. Additionally, with the new software, you'll be able to pair Bluetooth headphones, and offline music playback will also be enabled. And, of course, we're sure the Android Wear team has squashed some bugs along the way.

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Stick computer runs Android on quad-core Atom

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Shenzhen Apec Electronics has launched a $110, Android stick computer built around a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735 SoC with 1-2GB of RAM and 16-32GB storage.

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Sony Z1 and Z2 added to Xperia open-source project with unified kernels

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The Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 are now a part of Sony's open source efforts, and unifies them with a common kernel based on the Qualcomm MSM8974 platform. This won't mean much for everyday users, since applying the software to either device means you won't be able to take pictures or make phone calls, but it will make life easier for folks who tinker with custom ROMs.

The kernel unification means developers will be able to cook something up for both devices at once, rather than needing separate ROMs for each. This is a great start, but there are plenty of Z variant models that could benefit from this AOSP treatment as well.

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Hands-on with iRobot's Android-based robot controller: pictures

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iRobot on Thursday unveiled a new controller for its unmanned bomb disposal and discovery robots, an app that runs on every Android tablet.

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