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BlackBerry Priv Android phone first impressions

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BlackBerry Priv is an interesting smartphone and is a good option for people who miss their touch and type days as it also has a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is also a good device in terms of specifications but is priced too high. However, for a more accurate opinion stay tuned for its complete review.

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Intrinsyc’s first SBC runs Linux or Android on Snapdragon 600

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Intrinsyc has launched its first SBC: a $165 Open-Q 600 that runs Android 5.1 or Linux on a Snapdragon 600 with 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, GbE, WiFi, BT, and GPS.

Intrinsyc Technologies has spun a number of Open-Q branded, Qualcomm Snapdragon based computer-on-modules and sandwich-style carrier board starter kits, and now it has launched its first fully pre-integrated Open-Q single board computer. Applications for the 90 x 85mm SBC are said to include robotics, medical devices, and industrial applications.

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12 ways to use your Android smartphone more efficiently

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I've tried to keep these tips as universal as possible. But to get at some of the cool things that many, but not all Android users can do on their phones, I’ve also included some more specific tips at the bottom of the list that you all have sent in over the past week.

Thanks to everyone who sent me a message. Now onto the tips.

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Android Leftovers

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  • iPhone lost market share to Android in every major market except one

    Once again, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors the secret of iPhone's sales success was "Android switchers."

    But stats from Apple's earnings call, and data from independent market researchers, shows another story: One of the reasons iPhone is running out of steam — Cook said sales would decline next quarter — is because Alphabet's Android phone system has been surprisingly resilient as iPhone's franchise has weakened.

  • Amazon in Talks With Android OEMs for Deeper Smartphone Integration: Report

    One would think that in the aftermath of poor sales of its Fire Phone handsets, Amazon may have given up on its Android smartphone dreams. But that is not the case, it appears. On the contrary, Amazon is reportedly working on stirring up Google's mobile platform. The world's largest e-commerce retailer is in talks with Android device manufacturers to either convince them to part ways with Google or facilitate a deeper integration with Amazon services into their handsets.

  • A New Test Release For Android-x86 6.0

    Android-x86 4.4-r4 was just released a few days ago as the latest stable release while Android-x86 5.1 is still in a release candidate state. In early December was a test release of Android-x86 6.0 while out today is a new 6.0 release to succeed it.

  • BlackBerry launches Android-powered Priv smartphone at Rs 62,990

Google deep learning capabilities heading to Android, creating phones that can think like people

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Your next Android phone might be able to see like a real human being.

Google has announced that it is to integrated deep learning into its phone operating system, allowing the phones to use algorithms to recognise what is in pictures and think about it like a person.

The company has begun a tie-up with Movidius, a company that makes chips that help with “machine vision”. The two companies have already worked together on Google’s Project Tango, which uses a series of cameras to allow computers to be able to see spaces in 3D.

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Custom Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 OS Is Out with GAPPS and Linux Kernel 4.0.9 LTS

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs Softpedia today about the immediate availability for download of a new build of his custom Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 computer operating system.

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Using Android tablets as embedded smart touchscreens

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Who knows? One could imagine a situation in which an organization with a kiosk type device later discovers they have a vandalism problem. It would be easy enough to turn on the camera and record everything in a loop, or even use the built-in accelerometer to tell when someone is attempting to damage the unit, then turn on the camera and/or notify someone over the network interface. It is far nicer to have it there already than to try to add such capability to a preexisting product. And if you never need it? You didn’t pay anything for it, since you based your purchasing decision on only the processor and the touchscreen.

Repurposing an off-the-shelf Android tablet is clearly not a suitable solution for every embedded system designer’s user interface. But with a clear understanding of the trade-offs, you might find one to be a welcome addition to your toolbox for your next design.

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Linaro provides go-to Linux-based software stack for ARM servers

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Recognizing that challenge, standards organization Linaro is pushing a new open-source software reference platform that will provide easy access to firmware and common software tools for easier integration of ARM servers in data centers.

Linaro is a major player in the development of Linux and Android software for ARM-based devices and servers. The organization is handling the development of Android for Google's Project Ara custom smartphone, and has adapted the Chrome browser for mobile devices.

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Open source in the enterprise brings opportunities and challenges

The final challenge open source presents relates to staff skills. Simply put, open source requires a higher level of technical talent than traditional proprietary solutions, because there’s a world of difference between building a solution and operating someone else’s solution. The latter is the world of certifications and cookie-cutter solutions; the former requires creativity, self-reliance, and technical chops. Newly-hired technical employees tend to come with open source experience and an inclination toward self-generated solutions, while many long-term IT employees are much more comfortable with a vendor-centric world. However, most organizations can’t (and shouldn’t) do a wholesale replacement of personnel. So IT organizations face the task of reskilling existing employees, integrating new staff, all while architecting new systems and ripping out old ones. Read more

VCs who miss the point of open source shouldn't fund it

The errors highlighted here are not merely mistakes; rather, they reveal a worldview. People who believe that Apache is a competitor, OSI approves licenses that permit monopolization, Red Hat is a business that’s succeeded through artificial scarcity, and open source communities with diverse agendas are "broken" are not the people you want in your new open source business. They will try to persuade you to secure software patents so that they have an asset to trade when you fail; they will eject you from your own company when you try to hold true to software freedom principles; and they will treat your business as a failure if all it does is earn a decent living for you and your employees. You may want to grow your open source-based business another way. Read more

Blackberry Priv review: Finally succumbs to Android, and does well!

To start, the Priv is an Android device with a physical keyboard — this is unique (but not the first). The screen slides up to reveal the 4-row keypad which, incidentally, also doubles up as a trackpad (similar to the BlackBerry passport). The screen is a 2k resolution amoled unit with gorgeous colours and deep blacks. It slides out with a satisfying (and sometimes addictive) spring-loaded action. It also curves slightly on both sides and this allows for some 'edge' functionality like a single line battery indicator and slide out actions. Under the keypad, you'll see the speaker grill. On top, there is a slot each for a nano SIM and micro SD. The micro USB port and 3.5mm audio out are on the bottom edge. Power button is on the left while the volume rocker is on the right. Around the back is a familiar glass weave design — it looks like carbon fiber but is soft to the touch, resists fingerprints and is very durable. Read more

Cisco Openwashing

  • Cisco's Open Source Moves Not All Altruistic
    Cisco announced today that it's open sourcing software for Remote PHY devices and making the project -- dubbed OpenRPD -- available to operators and vendors worldwide. Sounds good, right? Sure. But it also sounds like a not-so-subtle attempt by Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to maintain its iron grip on the cable CMTS/CCAP business. (See Cisco Open Sources Remote PHY Device.)
  • Cisco Open Sources Remote PHY Device
    Cable operators around the world are faced with pressures to provide higher bandwidth transport for Internet, video and voice services.. Most operators are opting for standardized, digital and fiber-based solutions that will help them reduce costs and future-proof their technology to support network demands. Several years ago, the cable industry led the effort for a Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), to simplify cable headend operations and to move operators toward service convergence and IP video. CCAP combines edge QAM and cable modem termination system (CMTS) functions into one unit to help operators reduce power and space.