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AMD boosts G-Series SoC performance-per-watt, adds security engine

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AMD announced six new Embedded G-Series SoCs, featuring improved performance-per-Watt, on-chip security processors, and Mentor Embedded Linux support.

Following up on last month’s announcement of a new “Bald Eagle” generation of R-Series processors for high-end, multimedia-focused embedded processors, AMD unveiled new Embedded G-Series SoCs including what AMD classifies as “CPU solutions,” which are SoCs that include CPUs and I/O controllers, but without the GPUs of AMD’s earlier SoCs. The new parts are labeled with codenames “Steppe Eagle” and “Crowned Eagle,” respectively, for the SoCs with and without integrated GPUs. These new, more power-efficient embedded processors are pin-compatible with earlier models, which are still available.

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Unboxing the Intel NUC at Tizen Developer Conference 2014 #TDCSF14

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Tizen Common is the common subset of the Tizen profiles, used by platform developers to develop the next version of the profiles. As such, it does not have releases in the traditional fashion. Instead, it has quarterly milestones.

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Configurable IoT gateway runs Linux on Intel Quark

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Aaeon announced a compact, wireless IoT gateway that runs Linux on an Intel Quark X1000 Series SoC, and works in conjunction with an Asus Cloud Service.

The Aaeon “AIOT-X1000″ IoT gateway supports the Gateway Solutions for IoT architecture (aka “Moon Island”) unveiled by Intel in April. Aaeon’s product joins other “Moon Island capable” gateway systems previously announced by ADI, Adlink, Advantech, Eurotech, and Portwell, not to mention Intel’s own Gateway Solutions for IoT reference design. Although Intel’s reference design supports a choice of either Atom or Quark processors, Aaeon’s device, introduced this week at Computex in Taipei, casts its lot squarely with Quark.

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System76 Galago UltraPro: Powerful Linux laptop but not quite an ultrabook

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When I set out to find a new laptop, I was looking for an ultrabook --a 13-inch powerhouse with plenty of battery life and a gorgeous screen. On top of everything, it had to run Linux.

That search led me to the System76 Galago UltraPro. Although not technically an ultrabook (it's too big, doesn't have ultrabook-level battery life, and doesn't contain a solid state drive). What it does have is elegance and power to spare...to the tune of besting most currently available ultrabooks. And, like all System76 devices, it runs Ubuntu Linux.

Let's take a look at what's good and bad with the Galago UltraPro.

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No Steam Machines For You (Until 2015)

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The ultimate Linux gaming machine - aka Valve's Steam Machine won't be available until 2015. That's not good news.

The Steam Machines effort is a Linux powered gaming machine that could revolutionize console gaming and take on Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox, if it ever gets out the door. Valve will have multiple hardware vendors partners building Steam Machines, but that's not the problem behind the latest delay.

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Valve Steam Machines: Now Look Forward To 2015

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Valve has just posted an update to the Steam Universe community. Long story short, they're back to experimenting with wireless controllers and are conducting live play tests with these new controllers. These play tests are generating a lot of useful feedback, but now with the time to incorporate these improvements, "we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014." Though it's a bit unclear whether this will hold back a majority (all?) of the Steam Machines or whether just the top-tier, best units are now a year away.

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Radxa: The $100 Quad-Core ARM Raspberry Pi Alternative

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Many will think of the Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black when considering a DIY project running Linux. But if you want to do some CPU-heavy work in your DIY project, like running some opencv code to give your project some vision, the Radxa Rock might be the right choice. Even if you're not looking at a DIY project, this machine makes for a nice little Linux server.

The Radxa offers 80 pins to interface with other electronics and offers a much faster quad core CPU, up to 2 Gigabytes (GB) of RAM, 8 GB of on-board flash storage and bluetooth for $100. The Radxa also has on-board wifi with an antenna to provide a good wireless link, and comes with a clear, friction fit case.

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AMD runs out of steam

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The success of the SteamOS Linux distribution is revealing that AMD is going to get a kicking in the future and it just cannot see it.

For a decade it would have been fair enough for a consumer chipmaker to ignore Linux. All those who said will be the year of Linux on the desktop were usually greeted with much mockery.

While 2014 is not the year that Linux will take control of the desktop either, the writing is appearing on the wall and it is silly for AMD to ignore it.

SteamOS users are suffering from a lack of proper AMD driver support and it is taking ages for anyone to get games on the OS running.

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Novena open laptop project exceeds 280 percent of crowd-funding target

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Novena, an open laptop platform designed for hackers, has surpassed 280 percent of its crowd-funding target, and the open-hardware computing devices will start shipping in November.

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The inside story of the open source PC, and how it could stop you being a slave to your hardware

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Huang's diligence paid off and at a time when other kids were focused on getting a high score on Asteroids, he was reading DIY electronics guides in Byte magazine and building add-on cards for the Apple II.

Today Huang, who goes by the nickname 'bunnie', has just drummed up more than $700,000 through the website Crowd Supply for his project to build an open source computer called Novena.

Huang is setting out to create a machine whose inner workings are as transparent as the computer that three decades ago sparked his lifelong interest in creating hardware.

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Rugged mini-PC runs Android on Via’s Cortex-A9 SoC

Via debuted a rugged fanless low-power Android mini-PC based on Via’s dual-core Cortex-A9 Elite E1000 SoC, and offering mini-PCIe, mSATA, HDMI, and GbE I/O. Via designed the “Artigo A900″ mini-PC for use in Android-based interactive kiosks, home automation devices, signage, and other HMI solutions. The 125 x 125 x 30mm mini-PC can be configured to “blend locally-captured real-time video streams with cloud-delivered content to create visually-compelling interactive displays for retail, banking, museums, and other environments,” says Via Technologies. The device can integrate peripherals including sensors, cameras, ticket printers, and barcode and fingerprint scanners, adds the company. Read more

Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police

The next generation of Google’s Android operating system, due for release next month, will encrypt data by default for the first time, the company said Thursday, raising yet another barrier to police gaining access to the troves of personal data typically kept on smartphones. Android has offered optional encryption on some devices since 2011, but security experts say few users have known how to turn on the feature. Now Google is designing the activation procedures for new Android devices so that encryption happens automatically; only somebody who enters a device's password will be able to see the pictures, videos and communications stored on those smartphones. Read more

X.Org Server Shatter Project Fails

Earlier this summer was the start of an X.Org-funded project to develop Shatter. Shatter has long been talked about as a new feature for the X.Org Server to replace Xinerama. Shatter comes down to allowing the X.Org Server to split the rendering between multiple GPUs with each GPU covering different areas of a larger desktop. A student from Cameroon hoped to develop the Shatter support after such feature was talked about for years. The student, Nyah Check, was being funded by the X.Org Foundation through the foundation's Endless Vacation of Code project that's similar in nature to Google's GSoC but runs year-round and is much more loose about requirements. Read more

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