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  • Greed and the Wright Brothers

    19 April 2014, 5:02 am

    The Wright brothers' critical insight was the importance of "lateral stability" - that is, wingtip-to-wingtip stability - to flight. And their great innovation was something they called "wing warping," in which they used a series of pulleys that caused the…
  • Judge confirms link between Apple and patent troll Rockstar

    18 April 2014, 5:44 am

    Rockstar, the massive patent troll in which Apple is a majority shareholder, sued Google for patent infringement. Of course, Rockstar filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas, the usual venue for patent trolls. Because of Apple's involvement, Google…
  • FreeBSD quarterly status report

    17 April 2014, 6:48 pm

    The first quarter of 2014 was, again, a hectic and productive time for FreeBSD. The Ports team released their landmark first quarterly stable branch. FreeBSD continues to grow on the ARM architecture, now running on an ARM-based ChromeBook. SMP is now possible…
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS released

    17 April 2014, 6:29 pm

    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is the first long-term support release with support for the new "arm64" architecture for 64-bit ARM systems, as well as the "ppc64el" architecture for little-endian 64-bit POWER systems. This release also includes several subtle but welcome…
  • Samsung promises Tizen handsets again

    16 April 2014, 5:57 pm

    Yoon said Samsung was working to introduce at least two smartphones running on its own Tizen operating system, a major step in the market leader's bid to break out of the Android universe. Sure.
  • In 2001, Nokia developed its M510 internet tablet

    16 April 2014, 5:06 am

    As it turns out, Nokia developed an internet tablet all the way back in 2001. It was called the Nokia M510, several thousand units were made, and it was functional. Sadly, market research showed that consumers were not yet ready for a device like this, and so…
  • Windows Phone 8.1 released

    14 April 2014, 12:59 pm

    Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 to those who enrolled in the developer preview program (i.e., everyone).…
  • How the iPhone changed Android

    14 April 2014, 12:40 pm

    From a 2006 (pre-iPhone) Android specification document:…
  • NSA said to exploit Heartbleed bug for intelligence for years

    11 April 2014, 4:21 pm

    The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.…
  • The state of in-car UX

    11 April 2014, 4:09 pm

    There's certainly some hope on the horizon with Apple and Google, though just how good these systems will be remains to be seen. One thing is clear, though: the current state of all in-car experiences is incredibly bad. For those manufacturers looking to go it…
  • Sailfish OS released

    11 April 2014, 5:49 am

    And the updates keep on coming.…
  • An exploration of ARM TrustZone technology

    10 April 2014, 4:05 pm

    Behind the term TrustZone lies a security technology that is almost omnipresent in ARM-based devices, ranging from low-cost development boards to most mobile phones. Yet, there hardly exists a public body of knowledge around it. This prompted the Genode…
  • Expanding Google's security services for Android

    10 April 2014, 3:56 pm

    Building on Verify apps, which already protects people when they're installing apps outside of Google Play at the time of installation, we're rolling out a new enhancement which will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a…
  • Google releases Project Ara MDK

    10 April 2014, 11:34 am

    Google has released the Module Developers Kit for Project Ara.…
  • Stock Android ported to Nokia X

    10 April 2014, 6:50 am

    Interested in the Nokia X, but not the horrible Frankendroid Nokia cooked up? Good news - stock Android has been ported to the Nokia X. Everything works, it's stable - but it is, like Nokia Frankendroid, only Android 4.1.2.…

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