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Firefox gets preliminary support for casting to Chromecast

Thursday 21st of August 2014 01:51:57 AM
Mozilla is in the process of adding the ability to “cast” videos from Firefox to Chromecast devices, and you can try it now if you have the right hardware. As announced in a post on Google+ post by Mozilla developer Lucas Rocha, “Chromecast support is now enabled in Firefox for Android’s Nightly build.” To check […]

Wide-temperature SBCs tap quad-core Atom E3800 SoCs

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 05:23:55 PM
Commell’s three extended-temperature SBCs deliver Intel’s quad-core Atom E3800 and Celeron SoCs on Mini-ITX, Pico-ITX, and 3.5-inch form-factors. It’s taken awhile for Commell to get around to the 22nm Intel Atom E3800 family of system-on-chips, but it’s making up for lost time by announcing three Atom-based single board computers at once. No OS support was […]

Home automation hub runs Linux, offers cloud services

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 01:12:57 AM
[Updated 7:15PM] — Cloud Media launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Linux-based “Stack Box” home automation hub with cloud services and Raspberry Pi expansion compatibility. Do we really need yet another crowdfunded Linux-based home automation hub? Of course we do! The Stack Box is now vying for Kickstarter funds through Sept. 17 at prices starting […]

Tiny COMs get capacitive multi-touch baseboard

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 07:07:53 PM
Gumstix is shipping a capacitive multi-touch ready, customizable baseboard for its Overo COMs that works with a new Overo Storm-P COM with enhanced WiFi. The “Arbor 43C” is a capacitive touchscreen replacement for the resistive-ready Gumstix Chestnut 43 baseboard, and similarly pairs with the company’s Linux-ready gumstick-sized Overo computer-on-modules. The new baseboard enables the attachment […]

Xen hypervisor targets automotive virtualization role

Monday 18th of August 2014 09:36:28 PM
The Xen Project’s Embedded and Automotive initiative will bring its hypervisor to a GlobalLogic IVI stack combining a fast-boot Android with Linux or QNX. The Xen Project Collaborative Project has launched an Embedded and Automotive initiative to expand its virtualization technology beyond the datacenter and cloud realms. Initially, the subproject will center on a collaboration […]

Embedded Linux Conference and LinuxCon Europe schedules posted

Monday 18th of August 2014 09:07:16 PM
The Linux Foundation announced the schedule for LinuxCon + CloudOpen + Embedded Linux Conference Europe, to be held Oct. 13-15 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since the Linux Foundation posted the initial list of keynotes for the LinuxCon + CloudOpen + ELC (Embedded Linux Conference) Europe in early July, the Linux advocacy organization has announced two more. […]

Samsung SmartThings pickup could mean new role for Tizen

Friday 15th of August 2014 10:45:02 PM
Samsung is acquiring home automation firm SmartThings, setting up the potential integration with Tizen inside an upcoming Linux version of the SmartThings hub. As TechCrunch predicted a month ago, Samsung announced an agreement to acquire SmartThings. In July, TechCrunch pegged the sale at $200 million, which if true would be a steal compared to the […]

Project aims to build a “fully open” SoC and dev board

Friday 15th of August 2014 01:06:00 AM
A non-profit company is developing an open source, 64-bit “lowRISC” SoC that will enable fully open hardware, “from the CPU core to the development board.” University of Cambridge spinoff “lowRISC” is a not-for-profit company with a goal of making a completely open computing eco-system, including the instruction set architecture (ISA), processor silicon, and development boards. […]

Linux-driven service robot wants to deliver your towels

Thursday 14th of August 2014 05:25:30 PM
A startup called Savioke has unveiled a Linux- and ROS-based SaviOne hospitality robot, currently being tested at a California hotel for room service duty. Savioke’s “SaviOne” stands three feet tall, weighs less than 100 pounds, and can roll along at a typical human walking pace of 4 mph. The touchscreen-equipped robot lacks arms or legs, […]

Sandwich-style ARM9 SBC ships with Linux

Thursday 14th of August 2014 12:38:22 AM
MYIR announced a sandwich-style single board computer that runs Linux on a Freescale i.MX28x SoC and features -40 to 85°C operation and a CAN bus interface. MYIR specializes in low-power ARM single board computers (SBCs) and computer-on-modules (COMs), with the latter including the MYC-SAM9X5-V2 (using Atmel’s ARM9-based AT91SAM9X5) and MYC-AM335X (using TI’s Cortex-A8 based Sitara […]

Linux-based controller mixes Atom SoC with Kintex-7 FPGA

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 06:42:47 PM
[Updated Aug 18] — NI’s new 4-slot CompactRIO control system combines a dual-core Atom E3825 with a Kintex-7 FPGA, and features industrial temperatures and NI Real-Time Linux. The National Instruments (NI) “CompactRIO 4-slot Performance Controller” is the high end “performance” big brother to NI’s “value” CompactRIO cRIO-9068 model, introduced a year ago. Whereas the cRIO-9068 […]

Raspberry Pi based media player offers 1TB hard drive

Wednesday 13th of August 2014 01:17:11 AM
FiveNinjas has launched a “Slice” media player on Kickstarter based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, with a 1TB HDD and a customized version of XBMC. UK-based startup FiveNinjas developed the Slice because the developers found it annoying when their media players became useless when carried beyond an Internet connection. Unlike most media players, the […]

Media player dev kits run Ubuntu and Android on Cortex-A9

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 11:12:15 PM
Toshiba announced wireless-enabled development kits based on its dual-core Cortex-A9 “TZ5000 ApP Lite” SoC, supporting Ubuntu and Android 4.4, respectively. The RBTZ5000-2MA-A1 (Linux) and RBTZ5000-6MA-A1 (Android) kits are anchored with two vastly different development boards. The Ubuntu-based “2MA” version is a full-featured, 90 x 55mm board while the “6MA” (Android) module is a mere 57 […]

Android motorcycle helmet/HUD gains funding

Tuesday 12th of August 2014 05:05:23 PM
Skully has achieved Indiegogo funding for an Android 4.4 based motorcycle helmet with a head-up display, GPS navigation, and a 180-degree rearview camera. Last October, Skully Systems (then called Skully Helmets) unveiled its high-tech Skully P1 motorcycle helmet and launched a beta testing program. The P1 never reached market, but has been refined into an […]

Solar plant monitoring system taps Raspberry Pi

Monday 11th of August 2014 11:49:41 PM
Storm Energy has upgraded its “SunSniffer” solar plant monitoring system to a Linux-based platform running on a Raspberry Pi SBC. Germany-based Storm Energy is the latest of a growing number of companies building commercial products based on the hackable Raspberry Pi single board computer. The company’s SunSniffer system is designed to monitor photovoltaic (PV) solar […]

Console OS Andoid fork gets funded, adds Minnowboard Max

Monday 11th of August 2014 09:30:17 PM
[Updated Aug 11] — The “Console OS” project to make Android 4.4 dual-boot on x86-based hardware has surpassed its Kickstarter goal, and has added Minnowboard Max SBC support. On the eve of the conclusion of its successful Kickstarter funding campaign, project founder Christopher Price announced that the Atom E3800-based Minnowboard Max single board computer had […]

Autonomous Android smartwatch ships

Friday 8th of August 2014 07:01:55 PM
Neptune’s Android 4.1-based “Pine” smartwatch is shipping to Kickstarter backers with a dual-core Snapdragon, 2.4-inch screen, telephony, and dual cameras. The lightweight Android Wear may be the future of Android smartwatches, but those looking for a more fully featured Android experience — and who don’t mind alerting the fashion police — can choose from beefier […]

Raspberry Pi add-on board controls entire buildings

Friday 8th of August 2014 05:27:09 PM
UniPi is seeking Indiegogo funding for a Raspberry Pi add-on for building automation with analog and digital I/O, changeover relays, and 1-Wire interfaces. The Raspberry Pi has found its way into many a home automation project, from lighting controls to automatic sprinkler systems, and is often used as a prototype for commercial systems. But is […]

Tiny Linux-ready ARM9 module targets secure IoT

Thursday 7th of August 2014 05:17:44 PM
Lantronix launched an IoT-oriented “PremierWave SE1000″ module with an ARM9 CPU, Fast Ethernet, a CGI-ready web server, security features, and a Linux SDK. The PremierWave SE1000 computer-on-module is intended for developing Internet of Things (IoT) applications with Ethernet and IPv6 requirements. The COM integrates an IPv6-ready TCP/IP stack, as well as a CGI-capable web server […]

Android head-up display responds to voice and gestures

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 09:30:58 PM
Navdy’s Android 4.4 based automotive head-up display (HUD) combines a projected display with voice and gesture controls to interact with smartphone apps. Transparent head-up displays (HUDs) are becoming increasingly available as pricey options for luxury cars, promising to improve driver safety by keeping eyes on the road. Now, San Francisco-based startup Navdy is introducing a […]

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