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Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

Robots are about to replace lockpicking kits

If you're protecting treasured first edition comic collection with a combination lock, you may want to upgrade your security. traditional combo locks are about to be toast thanks to this new robot. The contraption is the creation of Samy Kamkar, the same hacker who brought us the pocket-sized KeySweeper, capable of sniffing keystrokes from wireless keyboards. With a little help from a 3D-printer and Arduino, Kamkar's device exploits a trick he discovered which allows anyone to crack a Masterlock in eight tries or less. The programmable motor is more efficient than any lock picker, opening the lock in seconds.

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Next-gen Siri will rely on open source back-end

Next-gen Siri will rely on open source back-end

When Apple launched ResearchKit, the platform was open source, allowing anyone to contribute or develop for ResearchKit. The snarky quip was that Apple finally figured out what open source was. It looks like Apple wasn’t done with open source; they’ve apparently based the new Siri engine on an open source platform known as Mesos. It’s the same platform used by other major tech companies like Airbnb and Twitter, and Mesos says Siri will be one of the largest Mesos clusters.

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Apple makes ResearchKit available to Devs and researchers

Apple makes ResearchKit available to Devs and researchers

ResearchKit has the capacity to truly change things. Today, Apple is letting Developers and researchers realize its promise, and has opened ResearchKit up to anyone who wants to contribute. Developers are now free to develop apps that utilize the framework, and researchers can begin new studies to aide in ramping up their studies. Announced at Apple’s March event, ResearchKit uses an iPhone as a diagnostic tool when users opt-in to providing data. On launch, Apple and a few select partners had medical studies relating to Breast Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Asthma, and Cardiovascular Disease.

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Facebook’s 10 year plan: AI, VR, and the flying web

Facebook’s 10 year plan: AI, VR, and the flying web

Facebook may be best known for providing a route for former schoolfriends to annoy you with their baby photos, but the social site is also looking to bring the next generation of internet users online and give developers the tools to lure them. A combination of virtual reality, vast data centers, newly open-sourced coding tools, and innovative and less expensive web-delivery systems like drones were all on the agenda for Facebook’s second day F8 2015 keynote, along with how to teach an artificial intelligence about Lord of the Rings.

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Open Source Virtual Reality Academia heads to Universities worldwide

Open Source Virtual Reality Academia heads to Universities worldwide

Earlier this year amid Razer's introduction of OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality) to the masses, an announcement was made for the program's approach to higher-education. This program provides OSVR virtual reality headsets to participating VR programs for students, along with software for development. Now here near the end of March, the OSVR Academia program is partnering with universities in Germany, Italy, Canada, Spain, the UK, Austria, and Poland. And the United States, of course, where 18 Universities have connected with the program in the short time it's been visible to the public.

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Open source LibreOffice coming soon to a browser near you

Open source LibreOffice coming soon to a browser near you

If you're anything of an open source (or free and open source) software advocate, chances are you are well familiar with the attempts to produce a productivity suite to rival and replace Microsoft Office. It has been a long and rather uphill journey, though with relative success in some some quarters. But with Microsoft now spreading its wings to other platforms, particularly mobile and the Web, the battleground has also changed drastically. Already four years in the making, an online version of the LibreOffice suite might soon become reality if this new partnership between companies really bear fruit.

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Open Source Virtual Reality gets massive with Unity and Unreal Engine

Open Source Virtual Reality gets massive with Unity and Unreal Engine

Plugins for both Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 have been released to the public for OSVR, the Open Source Virtual Reality program. This system was first initiated by the folks at Razer, appearing at CES 2015 with a brand new OSVR Dev Kit virtual reality headset. In the very short time between then and now, they've racked up quite a few heavy-hitting partners. This system also works with Vuzix technology and has racked up partners like Ubisoft, Seven Hill Games, Homido, and castAR.

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Open source Sirius virtual assistant gets Google funding

Open source Sirius virtual assistant gets Google funding

Virtual, personal assistants seem to be the rave these days on mobile, from the big ones like Siri, Cortana, Google Now, and most recently BlackBerry Assistant, to the little known apps and services scattered throughout app markets. So it isn't surprising that we're hearing about another one called Sirius, a not so subtle play on Siri perhaps, but this software, and we can't call it product yet, hailing from the University of Michigan is a bit different. For one, it is open source software. And quite surprisingly, it has the financial support of Google.

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Razer’s OSVR now has 50 partners for a single VR standard

Razer’s OSVR now has 50 partners for a single VR standard

This week at GDC 2015, OSVR announced that several hard-hitting names in gaming recently joined their cause - to unite the whole VR universe under one set of standards. This also marks the first clear point at which OSVR is being promoted as a system separate from Razer. Instead of this being a Razer-centric announcement from Razer, it's positioned as an OSVR-centric announcement from the OSVR group. It's an organization to rally the VR universe, after all, not just the efforts of one company.

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Autodesk Ember 3D printer is now available for purchase

Autodesk Ember 3D printer is now available for purchase

Autodesk, who has a lot of high-profile 3D modeling and animation software under its belt, such as 3ds Max, Maya, and AutoCAD, finally has a 3D printer under its name. And while Ember might have a pretty high price tag, that might just be fine for Autodesk's purposes. For one, it neatly ties in with Autodesk's own Spark 3D printing platform. And for another, Autodesk is making true its promise to provide an open source printer, which may very well make Ember an enticing purchase for makers and creators.

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