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Tizen stumbles as hardware fails to appear

Tizen stumbles as hardware fails to appear

Tizen may have two new smartwatches to its name, but the open-source OS is still struggling to convince the mobile world that it's the best alternative to Android and iOS. Samsung's new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wearables proved to be the only hardware the Tizen Association could namecheck at its Mobile World Congress event today, instead pointing to third-party software advances and recent partnerships inked as evidence that it still has momentum.

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DARPA Open Catalog brings its open source offerings to the public

DARPA Open Catalog brings its open source offerings to the public

DARPA has announced the launch of a public website offering anyone access to its open source offerings, the Open Catalog. With this comes the hope easy access will facilitate more rapid development of software that meets government needs, allowing experts to build upon the foundation laid by others.

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Facebook reveals Conceal cryptographic API for Android

Facebook reveals Conceal cryptographic API for Android

No company or web service is probably as painfully aware of the need to keep data safe and private than the likes of Facebook, who holds a virtual copy of a good portion of their users' lives in their hands. Facebook is now sharing part of that knowledge by releasing Conceal, a set of Java APIs that will help other app developers keep their own users' data secure.

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Google denies rumor of Google Mobile Services licensing fees

Google denies rumor of Google Mobile Services licensing fees

A recent report surfaced that practically accused Google of charging manufacturers a rather hefty fee to license its Google Mobile Services on Android. The Android maker has now come out to deny such a business practice, though some of its recent moves might make some remain a bit cautious.

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Spark.io builds open source Nest-alternative smart thermostat

Spark.io builds open source Nest-alternative smart thermostat

Prompted by Google's recent acquisition of Nest, the folks at Spark.io were inspired to create an open source alternative -- note the use of alternative, not equivalent -- which they succeeded in doing over the course of a single day. The project was detailed on the Spark Blog today, complete with short videos and downloads via Github.

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OpenBCI tries to make brain computer interfaces more accessible

OpenBCI tries to make brain computer interfaces more accessible

These days have been marked by efforts to bring to the masses certain products or production capabilities that have mostly been reserved to companies or larger entities. Examples of this are rising popularity of hackerspaces, microcontrollers such as the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi, and 3D printing. The latest addition to this group is the Open Brain-Computer Interface or OpenBCI, which aims to create an affordable yet high-quality open source device, platform, and community around measuring brain waves.

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Ubuntu to add Torrent search to The Dash

Ubuntu to add Torrent search to The Dash

Ubuntu will be including a default new scope with the aim of encouraging its philosophy of Free Culture directly into the user experience via the search engine of the OS. It will allow The Pirate Bay users to perform BitTorrent searches directly from the desktop.

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National Geographic uses Google Maps to show historical layouts

National Geographic uses Google Maps to show historical layouts

With Google beginning work on their Google Maps Engine public data program, the folks at National Geographic Maps have been keen to push their own historical cartography to the public. While you've very possibly seen some of these maps before, integration with Google Maps allows the entire situation to appear a whole lot more real.

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YouTube Audio Library brings royalty-free downloadable tunes to public

YouTube Audio Library brings royalty-free downloadable tunes to public

The key to Open Source and Royalty-Free and Public Domain media is collaboration, and the furtherance of humankind by using what our predecessors have made and building up and outward. YouTube has taken to this call to action with great enthusiasm this week with the YouTube Audio Library, supporting the likes of burgeoning artists and ancient artists alike with a collection of freely-downloadable music they suggest could - and should - be used as backbeats for future YouTube submissions. They've made it all so easy, that is to say.

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Ultimaker 2 official: Cura customizable software and YouMagine tie-in

Ultimaker 2 official: Cura customizable software and YouMagine tie-in

This week the team at Ultimaker have revealed their next-generation solution in the Ultimaker 2, a 3D printer that builds on the success of their first model. This second version works with Cura, a new software native to this machine - customizable and much, much faster than the average backend for processing. This machine is also launching alongside YouMagine, an online community for 3D printing sharing and editing collaboratively.

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Ubuntu Edge appears “absolutely anti-ergonomic” in the wild [UPDATE]

Ubuntu Edge appears “absolutely anti-ergonomic” in the wild [UPDATE]

The project known as Ubuntu Edge is a dual-booting Ubuntu/Android smartphone that may or may not make its way to the real world due to its slightly under-funded initiative for action - but that's not stopping early adopters from showing the machine off in a set of up-close photos. What you're seeing here is the Ubuntu Edge looking very much like the device as prototyped in the original campaign. Here we see this "smartphone and desktop PC in one" as what China-based C Tech calls "absolutely anti-ergonomic" - but what original photographer Adam Outler calls "really great and solid in the hand" - which does it look like to you?

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NVIDIA SHIELD open source software release calls out walled garden competition

NVIDIA SHIELD open source software release calls out walled garden competition

As spoken of early on in the initial announcements of NVIDIA's gaming handheld SHIELD, the company has made good on their promise to allow full software modification and hacking with the release of open source downloads this week. What this actually means is that NVIDIA is making it rather easy for the development community as well as the hacker community (which to be fair, for Android, are often one in the same) to do their thing.

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