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Facebook announces OpenCellular, an open source wireless platform

Facebook announces OpenCellular, an open source wireless platform

For several years now, Facebook has been exploring initiatives to bring internet access to remote parts of the world. There's been internet delivery via drones, and the controversial Free Basics platform, but their newest project is OpenCellular, which aims to make cellular networks cheaper to set up in similarly remote areas. As an open source "wireless access platform," OpenCellular includes both the software and hardware needed to establish a network.

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Google installation features 6,000 light-up buttons powered by open-source software

Google installation features 6,000 light-up buttons powered by open-source software

Google has unveiled another unique creation: an installation of roughly 6,000 arcade buttons on a wall that respond to presses by lighting-up with various patterns and designs. But this is more than just a piece of art for the lobby of Google's New York City office, it's part the announcement for the their newest piece of open-source software, AnyPixel.js.

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Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

A group of freedom-fighters wishes to bring a truly open Android to the masses without Google apps. While the average Android user might assume that Google's ownership of Android precludes Google apps appearing on all Android devices, that's just not the case. Google partners go through a certification process that allows devices to run Google Play - that process makes devices "Google Certified." What the microG team suggests is that Google's original AOSP (Android Open Source Project) promise should ring true today. For anyone who wants it.

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Animation software used by Studio Ghibli goes open source

Animation software used by Studio Ghibli goes open source

A prominent piece of software used by Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is about to go open source for independent animators. Known as Toonz, the software has played an important part in the development of several Studio Ghibli films over the years, as well as being used in popular animated TV series like Futurama. As part of an acquisition deal, Toonz's creators are releasing the previously enterprise-only software as open source on March 26th.

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Apple programming language Swift goes open source

Apple programming language Swift goes open source

Apple has officially made Swift, its programming language that it first announced at WWDC 2014, an open source project. The company announced its intentions to do so earlier this year, and has now posted the Swift compiler's source code and standard library functions and objects online at its own website, Swift.org. By making Swift open source, it allows developers to use language as they please, making things other than apps for iOS and Mac OS X if they wish.

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Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla to focus solely on Firefox, spinning off Thunderbird email client

Mozilla Foundation, the makers of the popular internet browser Firefox, have revealed that in order focus their efforts on continued development of their most used product, they are planning to spin-off the email and chat client Thunderbird. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise to Mozilla followers, for while Thunderbird first debuted in 2004, shortly after Firefox, it hasn't been directly updated since 2012. This news comes direct from Mozilla Chairperson Mitchell Baker, via company-wide memo.

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Forget hoverboards, this 3D printed electric skateboard is cooler

Forget hoverboards, this 3D printed electric skateboard is cooler

Hoverboards that don't really hover may be fashionable right now, but a 3D printed open-source electric skateboard has the potential for far more impact. Faraday Motion's HyperBoard R2, tucked away at the Stratasys booth at SEMA 2015 this week, takes the flexibility of custom 3D printing and uses it to deliver a personal transporter that can be adapted to the needs - and budget - of each user.

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Google wants to make the mobile web faster with Accelerated Mobile Pages

Google wants to make the mobile web faster with Accelerated Mobile Pages

In order to help prevent users from encountering slow loading webpages while mobile browsing, and in turn keep those site from losing visitors, Google has announced an open-source project called Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). By using existing HTML technologies, Google's AMP is meant to help publishers build "light-weight" versions of their sites that will reduce load times on mobile, even if pages have bloated content like video, animations, slideshows, and graphics.

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Airnef utility supports Nikon WiFi cameras

Airnef utility supports Nikon WiFi cameras

Many of the newer generation of digital cameras from companies like Nikon offer WiFi to make it easier to share and download images. Getting those images wirelessly off your camera may involve software that you don’t like for one reason or another. It's always good to have a choice when it comes to the software you use and the new Airnef utility is able to download images from Nikon WiFi cameras.

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OSVR’s latest “hacker development” headset begins preorders October 1

OSVR’s latest “hacker development” headset begins preorders October 1

OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality), an open source platform for virtual reality software and hardware, has announced that next month it will begin shipping its latest public prototype version. The headset, which they are calling a "hacker development kit," will see release as HDK 1.3, with pre-orders starting October 1st and shipping to follow shortly after. The new headset is said to improve optics and display, along with offering a larger view box for those with glasses.

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These Google “bloat” apps are leaving new Android devices

These Google “bloat” apps are leaving new Android devices

Requirements for apps on new Google-approved Android devices are changing, reducing the number of apps needed right out of the box. This news comes from the manufacturing section of the device chain, from a set of requirements set by Google for manufacturers that wish to release Android devices with any of Google's key apps - including Gmail and Google Play. This change will have no effect on carrier apps, unfortunately - we'll still be seeing the crushing weight of red, yellow, blue, and pink apps as pushed by carriers here in the USA.

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IBM’s crazy LinuxONE servers pitch open-source to mainstream

IBM’s crazy LinuxONE servers pitch open-source to mainstream

First nobody told IBM that servers were meant to be nondescript slabs, and now Big Blue has gone wild with Linux on its new open-source LinuxONE range. The angular behemoths look more like gaming PCs than they do enterprise hardware, but they open the door to what the Linux Foundation is calling its Open Mainframe Project, a push to better place open-source server software in businesses. IBM is kicking things off with a big chunk of code.

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