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Microsoft creates open source subsidiary

Microsoft creates open source subsidiary

It's still interesting to me that Microsoft is very active in the open source community. Open source operating systems at a glance would seem to be something very much at odds with what Microsoft does with its popular Windows operating systems for servers and computers. With so many enterprise customers using Microsoft servers along with open source servers running operating systems like UNIX or Linux, Microsoft has to work with open-source standards.

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Qbo robot up for pre-order on April 18th

Qbo robot up for pre-order on April 18th

We know that you’ve all be waiting for the adorable little Qbo robot, and you could have one in your hands very soon. The open source robot will be available for pre-order on April 18th on the TheCorpora website (the store will go live on the same day). The robot is designed to be tinkering and experimented with, being powered by Linux and some x86 internals.

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Google CEO reiterates Android open ecosystem for 2012

Google CEO reiterates Android open ecosystem for 2012

The current CEO of Google, Larry Page, has sent out a state of the union address under the title CEO Letter to address many topics, Android not least of all. In his words on Android specifically, he spoke not only of the lovely new experiences Google has with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Google Wallet and mentions the search giant's relatively recent announcement of plans to acquire Motorola Mobility. In this mention, he make sure to make the world know that Google plans on continuing to work with a wide variety of hardware partners with their Android open environment experience.

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Qbo robot strips for open-source titillation

Qbo robot strips for open-source titillation

The Qbo robot may be open-source, but open-casing is what creators TheCorpora have been showing recently, stripping the sensor-studded 'bot down and then reconstructing it in a new timelapse video. Intended to be straightforward for robotics tinkerers to put together themselves, the footage shows the 168 minute build from the basic Qbo frame up to the various ultrasonic sensors, PC mainboard, camera-toting head and more.

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Microsoft lands on top 20 Linux kernel contributor list

Microsoft lands on top 20 Linux kernel contributor list

We all know that when the bread-and-butter software offerings at Microsoft is its Windows operating system. The company goes out of its way to protect the software and its dominating market position. With that in mind, it will come as a big surprise to many people that Microsoft has made the list of the top 20 Linux kernel contributors for the first time ever.

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Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Google Maps may be the dominant player in the mapping business still, but there's a rising star in an open-source competitor called OpenStreetMap that's been heavily backed by Microsoft. Due to the high fees of using Google Maps, some major services, including FourSquare and Apple's iPhoto app, have already defected to using OpenStreetMap instead.

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Google Summer of Code offers temp jobs to students

Google Summer of Code offers temp jobs to students

This lovely warm summer season (soon!) we'll be seeing Google coming out in full force with code requests for college students galore with Google Summer of Code. This project will have Google having college students earning money coding for open source projects and getting Google on their resume for ultimate summer success. This project opens today, and for those interested in joining up, you'll want to submit your proposal including which projects you'll want to work on from a total of 180 cultivated over the past 10 days by, once again, students just like you.

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Linux 3.3 eats Android

Linux 3.3 eats Android

Android has been baked into the newly released Linux 3.3 kernel, ending years of controversy over how blending the open-source software should be carried out, and making it more straightforward for developers to create cross-platform apps. Although Android and mainline Linux have always shared plenty of code, the underlying kernels have been separate; this new release means manufacturers will be able to simply throw their hardware-specific drivers into a Linux-based gadget and have a functional Android device.

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Qbo robot dons ASUS 3D sensor crown for intelligent autonomy

Qbo robot dons ASUS 3D sensor crown for intelligent autonomy

Open-source robot project Qbo has gained a new set of sensors, in the shape of a custom ASUS Xtion tiara that allows the 'bot to 3D map his environment, autonomously navigate and - most importantly - avoid obstacles. While Qbo already has twin HD webcam eyes and four ultrasonic sensors (two up front and two on the back), adding in the Xtion Pro Live sensor bar augments the robot's awareness of its environment, layering 3D on top of the 2D mapping it was already capable of recording.

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Chromium OS shown working with desktop manager

Chromium OS shown working with desktop manager

Since its inception, the Google Chrome operating system for Chromebook computers has been unique in its ability to work completely independently of the desktop environment. Very recently the open-source version of Chrome OS, Chromium, has been seen to be amped up by developers in a setup called Aura Shell to have not only a desktop which interacts directly with the offline storage space of the hardware its running on, but applications other than the Chrome browser being launched directly from the desktop as well. While some might say that this defeats the purpose of Chrome OS entirely, the developers working on this project insist that because this version of the OS still has a very cloud-based set of intentions, it remains true to the Chrome OS cause.

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