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Project Magenta is ambitious Linux-based mobile OS

Project Magenta is ambitious Linux-based mobile OS

Where most of the excitement exists today when it comes to operating system advancements is not in Windows and Mac. Nope, it's within the intensely competitive space that contains Android and iOS. And just like any strong and exciting segment in the consumer electronics industry, this market is now the target of a new initiative that wants to push its way to the front of the pack.

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TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap has seen some press lately thanks to the inclusion of its maps in iPhoto for iOS. Google has also pioneered free turn-by-turn navigation software on smartphones, a functional that was once dominated by expensive TomTom and Garmin units. Now TomTom has taken to its website to highlight the dangers of open source maps, and the community behind OpenStreetMap is crying foul.

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Kylo web browser for TV turned Open Source overnight

Kylo web browser for TV turned Open Source overnight

There's been a relatively large announcement made by Hillcrest Labs tonight in that they've turned their own "Kylo Web Browser for TV" over to the Open Source community. This announcement sets the Mozilla-based TV browser up for open-sourced management for its many features, features such as its ability to work with Mac OS and Windows machines and its ability to work with Freespace-enabled in-air pointing controls. This release will be done with Mozilla Public License (MPL) 2.0 "to enable developers to create new and different versions that extend its features and enables new uses."

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NVIDIA adds CUDA support to open source compiler

NVIDIA adds CUDA support to open source compiler

Hardware design companies aren't always at the forefront of the free and open source software movement, but in the last few years NVIDIA has been making an effort to give back to the software community. Their latest bit of geeky chivalry is making their CUDA software architecture compatible with the popular LLVM compiler with the contribution of open source code. This will allow LLVM to take advantage of CUDA in the same way that games and professional graphics applications already do.

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Linux Google Drive tipped for May

Linux Google Drive tipped for May

The cloud storage system known as Google Drive has informally been confirmed by a Google Docs Community Manager by the name of Theresa Wu. In a quite simple comment on Google+ this week she noted that the teams are indeed hard at work on a bit of desktop integration for the Linux environment, noting that the community should only have to "sit tight" and their prayers would be answered soon.

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Google’s Bloch on Oracle: ‘it was a mistake’

Google’s Bloch on Oracle: ‘it was a mistake’

Oracles lawsuit against Google may have just taken a turn for the worse for the latter company as it appears their own Java guru Joshua Bloch may have admitted some incriminating evidence this Friday. According to Bryan Bishop of The Verge, Oracle's attorneys questioned Bloch today and appear to have turned up some interesting admissions. The first of these was a question of copying copyrighted Sun code directly for the files under the name Timsort.java - Bloch replied "I don't recall."

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Stem Cells vs Open Source: The 2012 Millennium Tech Award

Stem Cells vs Open Source: The 2012 Millennium Tech Award

It's no secret that this year's candidates for the Millennium Technology Prize are set to be controversial outside scientific circles. On the other hand, the prize committee at the Technology Academy Finland are quite sure of themselves: Linus Torvalds and Dr Shinya Yamanaka are this year's laureates. The prize this year for this prestigious award will exceed a a lovely 1 million Euros - certainly a pot to be sought after.

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Qbo robot up for pre-order

Qbo robot up for pre-order

Open-source robot Qbo has gone up for pre-order, offering DIY robo hobbyists a straightforward way to experiment with artificial intelligence, telepresence and object/speech recognition. Initially billed as "the Model T of robotics" Qbo is the brainchild of European start-up TheCorpora. The basic Qbo kit starts at €499 ($652) - a promotional price for the first 1,000 units, after which it climbs to €623.75 - however it's also available in two full-assembled versions.

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