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Firefox OS Keon and Peak developer phones revealed for eager coders

Firefox OS Keon and Peak developer phones revealed for eager coders

Mozilla has revealed its first devices for Firefox OS developers wanting to code for the new platform, with the so-called "Geeksphone" Keon and Peak handsets aiming for both the affordable and mid-tier of the smartphone market. Keon, the first Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone has surprisingly humble specifications for a modern device - a 1GHz Snapdragon S1, 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, and a 3-megapixel camera, for instance - but fits in perfectly with Mozilla's ambitions to dominate the entry-level market; meanwhile, its Peak sibling ramps up the specifications to a Snapdragon S4 dualcore.

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Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Though it's not the posthumous complete reprieve from the crimes he'd been accused of that his followers, friends, and family had wished for, Aaron Swartz's court case has been dismissed due to his death. The man known as Aaron Swartz was found to have ended his own life just this past week, his legacy of pushing for freedom of information appearing very much to be living on in his wake. The announcement this week from the US District Court stops the case that accused Swartz of involvement in the theft of digital documents from JSTOR, a journal archive, a case where he faced decades in prison time if found guilty.

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OUYA details special translucent Dev Consoles as SDK thrown open

OUYA details special translucent Dev Consoles as SDK thrown open

We already knew OUYA's Dev Console was shipping slightly ahead of schedule, but the open-source gaming team has now revealed exactly what comes in the box: a special edition frosted translucent version of the console. The limited availability version is headed off to 1,200 developers with a new casing - along with a few hardware tweaks - while OUYA has also thrown open the doors to its Dev Portal with the full development kit (aka ODK) and full support forums.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library hits the web in Google-run archive

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library hits the web in Google-run archive

So you've always wanted to have a closer look at those fabulous Dead Sea Scrolls you've heard so much about - lucky you - Google now has them up in digital form for all to have a peek at! This release has been initiated in part with Israeli authorities who have here for the first time in history made this piece of the greater world digital library entirely public. You've been able to have a look at many of these pieces of history for quite a while now, to be fair, but in order to get your eyes on them you'd have had to have gone all the way over to Jerusalem.

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Arduino launches Esplora open source controller

Arduino launches Esplora open source controller

Tinkerers take note, because Arduino has launched its new Esplora controller, which just so happens to be customizable and open source. The Esplora is derived from the Arduino Leonardo, but unlike its predecessors, it comes equipped with a number of sensors and buttons out of the box. That means it should be at least relatively easy to just jump in once your Esplora arrives.

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Jolla’s Sailfish spills its MeeGo-reborn secrets: Carrier & chip deals inked

Jolla’s Sailfish spills its MeeGo-reborn secrets: Carrier & chip deals inked

MeeGo refugee Jolla has demonstrated its new Sailfish OS today, as well as announcing a deal with ST-Ericsson to run the platform on its mobile chips, and a carrier deal with Finland's DNA. Revealed back in October, Sailfish focuses on "effortless multitasking" with the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously and even interact with them directly from the homescreen view. It also attempts to cut down on the taps, swipes, and pulls involved in checking status updates and notifications, and promises easy compatibility with Android apps.

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HP pays $500,000 for Linux Foundation Platinum membership

HP pays $500,000 for Linux Foundation Platinum membership

HP has become a platinum member of the The Linux Foundation, part of what is described as the PC manufacturers "prioritizing" of the open-source OS for future devices. HP, who was previously a gold member of the Foundation, now joins Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, and others as a platinum sponsor, and in return gains a seat on the board of directors and more input into group activities.

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OUYA gets Jelly Bean update as dev boards arrive

OUYA gets Jelly Bean update as dev boards arrive

News from the OUYA team has been relatively low-key since the project's $8.5m Kickstarter closed, but the company has been quietly working on an Android update and early developer hardware. Google's OS waits for no man (or Rubik's Cube-sized games console) and so OUYA has been updated to run Jelly Bean, not Ice Cream Sandwich as originally promised.

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HP launches Open webOS 1.0

HP launches Open webOS 1.0

HP's TouchPad and Palm devices may be long and gone, but webOS (the mobile OS that these devices ran off of) has been alive and well despite its hardware extinction, mostly thanks to its open-source status. Open webOS, as its now called, went into beta in August, and now a month later, a final stable build is ready for consumption as version 1.0.

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Google’s Rubin: Don’t expect Alliance help if you fragment Android

Google has struck back at claims that it strong-armed Acer into ditching a collaboration with Alibaba, insisting that the contentious Aliyun platform is not only based on Android but distributes pirated Android apps. Chinese firm Alibaba made loud protests last week, after Acer withdrew launch support for the Aliyun-based CloudMobile A800 smartphone only moments before the handset made its official debut, and accused Google of threatening Acer with Android expulsion. Not so, Google’s Andy Rubin says: Alibaba shouldn’t expect the support of an Open Handset Alliance (OHA) member if it’s not going to be work to be compatible with official Android.

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Open webOS beta released today for developers

Open webOS beta released today for developers

The software running HP's now cult-classic TouchPad tablet as well as a range of smartphones has been released as Open webOS beta today. This beta release of the software will have developers able to access it using an Apache 2.0 license, and the development will commence immediately for 3rd party users looking to bring the system back to life after an ill-fated run over the past few years ended with HP cutting off their mobile hardware lineup.

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HP denies Open webOS for existing devices

HP denies Open webOS for existing devices

HP has disappointed and infuriated webOS device owners with the news that its official Open webOS platform - the open-source reincarnation of Palm's ill-fated OS - will not run on any existing devices. The news, confirmed by the Open webOS team, means those with a TouchPad, Pre, Pixi or other Palm/HP device won't be able to use HP's version of webOS moving forward; the company claims that's because of a lack of driver support for the specific hardware used.

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