Items tagged with Open

We hear about "open" software all the time, but what about "open" hardware? Not so much. The organization behind the Software Freedom Day, Digital Freedom International, would like to change that, and it's starting by launching - you guessed it - "Hardware Freedom Day. If you love open hardware or belong to a hackerspace, this is definitely something you'll want to pay attention to. Hardware Freedom Day isn't a conference, so it's not held in a single location. Instead, it requires those interested to create their own events and then register them through the main website so that others can discover... Read more...
HP recently released its TouchSmart Application Developer Guidelines to third party developers. In doing so, the company is allowing anyone to create touch-friendly applications that will run within the TouchSmart Software suite on popular HP TouchSmart PCs. As a means of distributing guidelines to developers and providing a way for TouchSmart developers to interact with one another, HP has gotten behind the TouchSmart Community. On the TouchSmart Community, you’ll find a download hub that allows developers to upload and share their creations with TouchSmart owners from a central location. To jump... Read more...
It's difficult to function productively in a professional or educational environment without access to Microsoft Office. Many offices supply the software to its employees at work and some universities even give copies of it to incoming students. But if you don't fall into either camp and you require a legal copy of the software, you could spend anywhere between $149.95 and $679.95, depending on which version you need. And you might want to start saving your pennies now, because the next version of Microsoft Office (codenamed "Office 14") is rumored to be due out sometime next year (the Alpha program... Read more...
We had to do a double take when we saw that a company called Cyberdyne recently demonstrated a "cyborg-type" "robot suit." Our double take was quickly followed by yet another double take (would that be a quadruple take?) when we saw that Cyberdyne was calling the robot suit, "HAL." (For those who are missing the Sci-Fi cultural references: Cyberdyne was the name of the fictional company from the Terminator movies that eventually gives rise to the artificial intelligence and cyborgs that nearly wipe out humanity; and the HAL 9000 was the fictional, artificial-intelligence-based computer from 2001:... Read more...
IBM Opens Four Cloud Computing Centers to Meet Growing Demand in Emerging MarketsWorld's Largest Network of Cloud Computing Centers Brings Skills Closer to Clients and Opportunities ARMONK, NY - 24 Sep 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today opened four new cloud computing centers in emerging markets. They are in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bangalore, India; Seoul, Korea; and Hanoi, Vietnam, where there is an increasing demand for Internet-based computing models and skills to help companies compete in highly competitive environments. With previously opened centers in both emerging and mature markets, IBM now has 13... Read more...
With all the talk of cellular handsets and multi-function devices these days, it's hard to believe that there is still even a market for land lines or VOIP services but of course you know better than that.  What's perhaps more interesting than just plain old VOIP telephony and video services like Skype, would be the ability to provide access and functionality for a host of all the various media types; voice, video, text, photos, and interenet services.  This is obviously what any traditional Telephony company has to compete with, when... Read more...
There have been rumors of a Google-developed browser circulating for a few years now, and it appears that rumor is about to become fact. The Wall Street Journal posted a news story today confirming that a launch of Google's open-source web browser, now known as Google Chrome, is imminent..."Google Inc. confirmed that it plans to launch its own Web browser, in the latest twist in a battle with Microsoft Corp. over key Internet technologies.  The Internet company, in a posting on its Web site Monday, indicated that a beta version of the software would be available for download on Tuesday. ... Read more...
Starting next month, Intel will start adding its new "Remote Wake" technology into some of its motherboards. Before you yawn, and think "Wake-on-LAN" (WOL), and say "so what"... This ain't your granddaddy’s remote wake. Today, if your home PC goes into sleep mode and then someone tries to call you on your PC-based VoIP service, the call will not go through, because as far as the service is concerned, your PC is off. Intel's about to change that paradigm by allowing VoIP call to wake up sleeping PCs. In fact, it's not just limited to VoIP--it is being applied to remote access, P2P content delivery,... Read more...
AMD announced plans today to provide full support for Microsoft DirectX 11 and OpenCL to enable increased C/C++ cross platform programming efficiency, see the full press release below. Over the next 18-months, AMD plans to make a series of extensive upgrades to its Stream Software Development Kit, which are specifically designed to reduce the time and effort needed to produce GPU accelerated applications that can run on multiple platforms.  AMD Drives Adoption of Industry Standards in GPGPU Software Development - Plans full support of Microsoft DirectX 11 and OpenCL to enable increased C/C++... Read more...
Let's state a bit of the obvious, Linux, in all its various incarnations, is becoming more pervasive every day.  From traditional desktop distros, to its omnipotent place in the embedded space -- from hand-helds to mission critical appliances in the enterprise, everywhere you look Linux is making inroads.  One of the places you may not even have realized you were running Linux, is your home or office wireless router.  What embedded realtime OS is running those configuration panels you mess around with when you want to reset that WEP key or punch a port open for gaming? ... Read more...
AMD Next-Generation OpenGL® ES 2.0 Graphics Technology Achieves Industry Conformance— Khronos™ Group Certifies AMD OpenGL ES 2.0 Technology, Designed for Mobile Phones, Handheld 3D Gaming and GPS Devices —SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 11, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has reached a new milestone in the mobile graphics industry as the first 3D graphics technology provider to achieve OpenGL® ES 2.0 conformance certification. AMD OpenGL ES 2.0 mobile graphics technology, which will be included in AMD processors, is based on the same AMD Unified Shader Architecture powering... Read more...
T2K Open Supercomputer Systems with Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now in Operation — Computing power, scalability and energy-efficiency of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor contributes to supercomputers with specifications developed by University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University — TOKYO — June 2, 2008 — AMD Japan (NYSE: AMD) today announced the official start of operation of the T2K supercomputer systems featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and with specifications developed jointly by the University of Tsukuba, the University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University. These... Read more...
The UMPC market is hot right now, thanks to innovations from numerous companies including Intel, VIA, Asus, HP, and many others.  VIA in particular has been focused on the low power, ultra mobile segment, as is evidenced by the company's current C7M and upcoming Isaiah processors, and their NanoBook UMD reference design.  And today, VIA is announcing a new addition to their portfolio of UMPC reference designs, dubbed the OpenBook. The VIA OpenBook is a 240mm(W) x 175mm(D) x 36.2mm(H) mini-note style UMPC that weighs in at a svelte 2.2lbs (1kg).  The unit offers up to 3 hours of battery... Read more...
Google Sites, the group Website tool that was originally available only to "companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains," can now be utilized by even non-business users--and you don't even need to host it on your own domain anymore: "Now we've made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types of information -- team projects, company intranets, community groups, classrooms, clubs, family updates, you name it -- in one place, for a few people, a group or the world. You can securely host your own website at http://sites.google.com/[your-website] and... Read more...
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