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.
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.
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.
A couple days ago I came across a Raspberri Pi web server guide and thought it looked neat. Especially since I've really been wanting to get back into programming.
Now at the moment I can't do any of this because of a lack of funds. What I do have is 2 Galaxy S3s. Both have broken screens so right now I'm waiting to get an OTG and HDMI cable for them. I wasn't lucky enough to get ADB access. I have a few ideas on how to get control of them but for right now it's the waiting game. In the meantime I have a Moto xt926 running a web server through Android and seems to work fine.
For the linux magic itself, I haven't really decided how I want to go about doing this. I'm worried about not being able to get the servers to talk to the internet. WiFi is likely going to be a problem. I may be fine running it through a vm, I'll have to test that with the Moto later. Ubuntu's Nexus 7 installer may be something worth looking into as well.
So what I'm looking for is anyone who has attempted anything similar. How did it go for you? Even if not any input would be appreciated!submitted by Bellix
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