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Intel Upgrades MinnowBoard: Baytrail CPU, Nearly Halves Price To $99

DeviceGuru SPI typo... (92 comments)

err... that should say "8MB SPI flash," not "8GB SPI" (sorry!)

about 4 months ago
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Intel Unveils Tiny $99 MinnowBoard Max Open SBC

DeviceGuru typo... (1 comments)

sorry: "8GB SPI flash" should read "8MB SPI flash"

about 3 months ago
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The Rise of Linux In In-Vehicle Infotainment

DeviceGuru ABI's summary of its ke IVI market data... (123 comments)

...titled "QNX and Windows Embedded Automotive Market Share to Drop to 69% with Open Source Linux/GENIVI Grabbing 20% of Automotive OS Shipments by end of 2018," can be found here. Excerpt: "ABI Research forecasts that the number of OEM-installed connected car telematics systems will increase from around 7.8 million at the end of 2012 to 46.8 million units globally by the end of 2018, with Linux/GENIVI platforms accounting for an increasing percentage of shipments during the period. At present, QNX Software and Microsoft together account for around 75 to 80% of the car-infotainment OS market. However, questions remain about the long-term future of proprietary automotive OSes. 'The automotive industry is set for a number of dramatic paradigm shifts,' said principal analyst, Gareth Owen. 'The adoption of open source platforms, such as GENIVI is just one example. In this regard, the automotive industry mirrors trends in mobile'."

1 year,6 days
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Celebrate Yuri Gagarin's 1951 Flight Into Space

DeviceGuru typo alert: 1961, not 1951 (2 comments)

actually, 2011-50 = 1961... that historic flight was in 1961

more than 3 years ago
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Which is better: Boxee Box or Roku?

DeviceGuru typo... (1 comments)

...that should say "sub-$100 Roku box," not "sub-$199 Roku box"

more than 3 years ago
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Roku Now Licensing its Media Player Design

DeviceGuru Re:Power costs (2 comments)

Roku's website says its device consumes 6W peak and 4W in standby. In contrast, Logitech told me their Review's peak power consumption is 36W, but was unable comment on standby modes. There's more than 20W difference there, but the key is probably how well the Review does in standby mode, since when you're watching TV you're using a lot more power than that anyhow.

more than 3 years ago
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Move Over BoxeeBox, Here Comes PopBox

DeviceGuru Re:NetFlix in Linux? (117 comments)

The problem is the DRM. Netflix relies on the latest MS Silverlight. Apparently the security processor embedded in these STBs' multimedia-oriented CPUs is capable of handling Netflix's requirements. So yes, theoretically it should be possible to get Netflix streaming working on Ubuntu........... eventually :-/

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Comes To Tivo, AppleTV, Linux

DeviceGuru Linux Netflix support delayed till 2009 (190 comments)

Latest word from a Boxee spokesperson is that 'netflix currently do[es] not support running on linux, so we can't do it right now. we've been assured they will make it compatible early next year, so rest assured we will.'

more than 5 years ago

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Tiniest Linux COM yet?

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 2 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "An open-spec COM that runs OpenWRT Linux on a MIPS-based Ralink RT5350 SoC has won its Indiegogo funding. The $20, IoT-focused VoCore measures 25 x 25mm. How low can you go? Tiny computer-on-modules (COMs) for Internet of Things (IoT) applications are popping up everywhere, with recent, Linux-ready entries including Intel’s Atom or Quark-based Edison, Ingenic’s MIPS/Xburst-based Newton, Acme Systems’s ARM9/SAM9G25 based Arrietta G25, and SolidRun’s quad-core i.MX6-based MicroSOM. Now, an unnamed Chinese startup has raised over six times its $6,000 Indiegogo funding goal for what could be the smallest, cheapest Linux COM yet."
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What Makes a Good Open, Hacker SBC?

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 3 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "LinuxGizmos and Linux.com have teamed up to conduct an annual Rate your favorite hacker SBCs survey, to let the hacker/developer community generate a top-10 list of favorite currently shipping single board computers, and to indicate which features were most important in casting their votes. The survey lists 32 SBCs — from A (APC Rock) to Z (ZedBoard) — and lets participants enter alternatives if their favorites aren't included in the list. Participants can also optionally enter a raffle for a chance to win some Tux, embedded Linux, and Android related swag. The 10-day survey ends on May 17th, after which results and trend analysis will be published."
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U.S. Military Drones Migrating to Linux

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 3 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Raytheon is switching its UAV control system from Solaris to Linux for U.S. military drones, starting with a Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter. Earlier this month Raytheon entered into a $15.8 million contract with the U.S. Navy to upgrade Raytheon’s control systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to a May 2 Avionics Intelligence report. The overhaul is designed to implement more modern controls to help ground-based personnel control UAVs. Raytheon’s tuxified version of its Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Air Vehicle (VTUAV) Tactical Control System (TCS) will also implement universal UAV control qualities. As a result the TCS can be used in in all U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps UAVs that weigh at least 20 pounds. By providing an open standard, the common Linux-based platform is expected to reduce costs by limiting the types of UAV control systems that need to be built and maintained for each craft."
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Intel Unveils Tiny $99 MinnowBoard Max Open SBC

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 3 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Intel and CircuitCo have revealed a smaller, faster, 2nd-gen MinnowBoard open SBC based on an Atom E3800 SoC and supported by both Android 4.4 and various standard Linux OSes. The MinnowBoard Max, which will ship in Q3 starting at $99, blows past the original MinnowBoard (Slashdot video) on price, performance, and energy consumption. The 3.9 x 2.9-inch Max's $99 starting price includes a 64-bit 1.46GHz Intel Atom E3815 (Bay Trail-T) CPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB SPI flash, and coastline ports for MicroSD, Micro-HDMI, GbE, dual USB, and SATA. Unlike the original MinnowBoard, the Max provides two expansion connectors: a low-speed header, with signals similar to the Arduino's Shield connector; and a high-speed connector, which can support mSATA and mini-PCIe sockets on expansion modules, among other interfaces. Although the Max's design supports CPUs up to Intel's quad-core 1.91GHz (10W TDP) E3845, only two choices shown initially at MinnowBoard.org, with the higher-end $129 $129 model stepping up to a 1.33GHz dual-core E3825 plus 2GB RAM.."
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Linux-powered Telepresence Robot Gets Personal

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 6 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Suitable Technologies has announced Beam+, a smaller, less costly, consumer model of its Linux-powered Beam mobile telepresence robot. The Beam+ offers essentially the same capabilities as the professionally-oriented original Beam, but it's smaller, lighter, has a much lower price tag, and offers a few scaled-back specs including reduced audio quality, shorter battery life, and a smaller display. The original Beam model, introduced two years ago, currently starts at $16,000, and the new Beam+ will be sold for about $2,000. However, the Beam+ is currently available for pre-order at a special price of $995 for the first 1,000 units ordered. The remotely-piloted Beam+ can be controlled via a WiFi or 4G LTE cellular connection, and runs Robot Operating System plus low-latency Skype-like video conferencing software on top of an Ubuntu-based embedded OS. An entertaining Beam+ demo YouTube video is available here."
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Roku Gets Sucked Into TVs

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 7 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Roku, which shipped its 5 millionth streaming media player last year, is now having its Linux-based STB technology embedded directly within Smart TVs, known as Roku TVs. Roku CEO Anthony Wood announced Roku TV this week in a blog post this week. It culminates a six-year evolution from the company's initial Netflix Player by Roku in 2008, to the company’s current 1,200-strong channel store — which represents 'more options than all the other Smart TVs in the market,' claims Wood. The company’s success can most likely be attributed to its having made an API for channel developers readily available, along with a consistent focus on providing a low-cost, easy-to-use, reliable product. The first Roku TVs will be made by TCL and Hisense, which together accounted for roughly nine percent of the global TV market, says Roku. Various Roku TV models from TCL and Hisense (and perhaps others), in sizes from 32 to 55 inches, are expected to ship this fall. No word on pricing."
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Google Launches Android Automotive Consortium

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 7 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Google announced an initiative with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai, and Nvidia aimed at fostering and standardizing Android in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. The Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) is dedicated to a common platform that will drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone, says the group. The OAA is further committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014. In its FAQ, the OAA suggests that this is not a full-blown Android in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system, but rather a standardized integration stack between automotive systems and mobile Android devices. However, the OAA FAQ also discloses broader ambitions for 2015 and beyond: 'We're also developing new Android platform features that will enable the car itself to become a connected Android device.'"
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Russian Startup Offers Wireless Remote Controller for Cars

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 7 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "A Russian startup called Virt2real has produced a small $120 Linux-based WiFi controller board for remote control and video observation applications, and has demonstrated its use in a remote controlled car. Inspired by Back to the Future and James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, Virt2real's Bond Car demo (YouTube video) shows a Vauxhall (Opel) Vectra being remotely controlled by an iPad via WiFi. The iPad interface includes touchscreen-based steering wheel, brakes, and accelerator, which are mirrored in the car by a mechanical contraption that physically turns the steering wheel and pushes the brake and accelerator pedals. The company is now accepting orders for the first 1,000 of its Virt2real controller board, and is working on a Virt2real-based Bond Car it that will work with most cars."
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LinuxDevices Content Returns to the Web

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 7 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "One of most widely respected repositories of embedded and mobile Linux news and information has just returned to the web. LinuxDevices.com, which tracked the evolution of embedded and mobile Linux from an unknown player to being at the heart of billions of mobile and embedded devices, transferred from Ziff Davis Enterprise to QuinStreet through an acquisition two years ago, then went dormant for a year, and finally vanished from the web in May. Now, through an arrangement with QuinStreet, more than 14,000 news items and articles are back online in the form of a LinuxDevices Archive, hosted by LinuxGizmos.com. The archive is searchable from a calendar interface that lets you click on any month of any year between 1999 and 2012, to see what was going on in that time period."
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Roku Finally Adds YouTube to its Iconic Media Player

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 7 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Roku's popular Linux-based media players have long been criticized for their glaring omission of YouTube video support. As of Dec. 17, that is no longer the case, provided you have the high-end Roku 3 player and live in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, or the U.K. Google's YouTube channel is available immediately for the Roku 3 in resolutions up to 1080p, and will be supported on additional models (though probably just Roku 2) next year, according the company. Previously, the only way to run YouTube over a Roku box was to use the third-party, subscription based PlayOn service, which requires a connected PC or Mac running the PlayOn app. The YouTube update also adds a Send to TV feature, letting you send videos to the Roku for display on the TV with a single click."
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AirPlay Alternative Mirrors and Streams to TVs and PCs

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 8 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "AirTame has developed an AirPlay-like protocol and HDMI dongle for 1080p video streaming and screen mirroring from PCs to PCs and TVs, and has substantially exceeded its $160,000 Indiegogo funding goal. AirTame streams from Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs to other PCs via apps at both ends, and to TVs via the HDMI dongle, and also offers a multicast mode for broadcasting to multiple PCs and TVs for use in classrooms or conferences. But at least initially, there won't be support for Android or iOS devices in the mix, due OS restrictions. The company says it plans to release AirTame's software, API, and protocol source code under a dual-license enabling free use with GPL-like restrictions, and paid use for commercial applications requiring proprietary modifications."
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Open Source IoT Alliance Taps Qualcomm AllJoyn

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 8 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "The Linux Foundation announced an open source based alliance for the Internet of Things (IoT). The LF's AllSeen Alliance is designed to promote an open source project for IoT interoperability built on Qualcomm's open source peer-to-peer AllJoyn IoT interoperability framework. AllJoyn offers an object-oriented approach to making peer-to-peer connections. It enables compliant products, applications, and services to communicate over a variety of transport layers, including WiFi, power line, or Ethernet, without the need for Internet access. AllJoyn could enable, for example, a smart door lock that seamlessly connects to AllJoyn-compatible smart lights and security cameras. Unauthorized entries would trigger the lights to flash, and the camera to take a photo of the intruder. The photo would automatically be uploaded to a compliant smart TV. Further AllSeen Alliance technical details are on its developer resources page."
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$39 Arduino compatible boardset runs Linux on new x86 SoC

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 8 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "DM&P Group has begun shipping a $39 Arduino compatible boardset and similar mini-PC equipped with a new computer-on-module based on a new 300MHz x86 compatible Vortex86EX system-on-chip. The $39 86Duino Zero boardset mimics an Arduino Leonardo, in terms of both form-factor and I/O expansion. The tiny $49 86Duino Educake mini-PC incorportates the same functionality, but in a 78 x 70 x 29mm enclosure with an integrated I/O expansion breadboard built into its top surface. The mini-PC's front and back provide 2x USB, audio in/out, Ethernet, and COM interfaces, power input, and an SD card slot. The hardware and software source for all the boards, including the computer-on-module, are available for download under open source licenses at the 86Duino.com website."
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HDMI Dongle Turns TVs Into Giant Android Tablets

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 9 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "The BiggiFi Indiegogo project is nearing its funding goal for a $79 HDMI dongle that essentially turns HDTVs into supersized Android tablets. The BiggiFi device is claimed to let users run unmodified Android apps on their TVs using their phone or tablet as the TV’s touchscreen — including motion input for games — without screen-mirroring overhead latency. As explained by BiggiFi creator Karl Zhao, an Android app on the user’s phone or tablet collects touch input signals and transmits them over WiFi to a server daemon in the Android Framework layer on the BiggiFi device, which passes the event data to the device driver layer. When the action finally reaches the app, it's as though the BiggiFi/TV system has its own physical touchscreen. The result is claimed to be a fairly lossless Android experience, and requires no modification to Android apps. The process supports input gestures such as slide, scroll, pinch, zoom, and soft keyboard input, and also supports vibration and accelerometer movements, enabling tilting for gameplay, according to the project. Camera and mic input will be added in the future. Oh, and an app for using iPhones and iPads as the remote touchscreen is also being developed."
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Dexterous Mobile Robot Runs Linux and ROS

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 9 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Unbounded Robotics, one of several spinoffs from Silicon Valley-based robotics lab Willow Garage, has announced UBR-1, a mobile manipulation robot designed for research and business automation. UBR-1 runs Ubuntu Linux along with Robot Operating System (ROS), has a 7 degrees-of-freedom arm with a dexterous gripper, and moves at speeds up to 1 meter per second. Among the founders of Unbounded Robotics is CEO Melonee Wise, who was the chief developer of the PR2, the similar flagship robot of Willow Garage. UBR-1 will open for pre-orders soon, starting at $35,000 and with shipments planned for next summer. While that price may seem high, it's lower than similar dexterous manipulation robots of its caliber, and only about a tenth that of Willow Garage's PR2."
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How to Attend Next Week's Robotics Show Robotically

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 9 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Suitable Technologies is offering $50 rentals of its Beam mobile telepresence robot, allowing 50 robotics enthusiasts to remotely attend the RoboBusiness conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Oct. 23-25. The Ubuntu- and ROS-based Beam will be available to the first 50 applicants, letting them explore the show at up to 1.5 meters/sec and interact with others via video conferencing. The bots will be allowed everywhere on the show floor as well as in conference rooms, and the show will be open late to accommodate remote users from distant time zones. The Beam is a good choice for remotely exploring conferences, saving users the cost and time of traveling to an event, says Suitable Tech; for example, RoboBusiness registration costs $1,595, not including hotel and travel. A list of the conference's keynotes, which include one by Christ Urmson, director of Google's Self-Driving Cars project, is available here."
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Linux-capable Arduino TRE Debuts at Maker Faire Rome

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 10 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "At the Maker Faire Rome this week, Arduino announced a next-generation Arduino single board computer featuring a dual-processor architecture, and able to run a 'full Linux OS', in contrast to the lightweight OpenWRT Linux variant (Linino) buried inside the Yun's Atheros WiFi module. The Arduino TRE features a 1GHz 32-bit TI Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 SoC for running Linux software, plus an 8-bit Atmel ATmega MCU for AVR-compatible control of expansion modules (aka shields). The TRE's Sitara subsystem includes HDMI video, 100Mbps Ethernet, and 5 USB 2.0 ports, and is claimed to provide up to 100X the performance the Arduino Leonardo and Uno boards. Interestingly, the TRE's development reportedly benefited from close collaboration between Arduino and the BeagleBoard.org foundation."
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Intel Galileo Board Sails Quark Into Maker Waters

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 10 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Intel ramped up its race to the bottom against ARM today, with the launch of an Arduino-compatible single board computer based on its new Quark system-on-chip, and supported with a full Linux OS. The board's Quark X1000 SoC integrates a 32-bit, single core, single threaded, Pentium ISA-compatible CPU, and runs at clock rates up to 400MHz. Intel claims the Galileo SBC is both hardware- and software- compatible with Arduino Uno R3 shields (expansion boards), and says its open source Linux OS includes the Arduino software libraries, enabling scalability and re-use of existing Arduino 'sketches.' In addition to a basic Arduino-like set of features, the board adds a full-sized mini-PCI Express slot, 100Mb Ethernet, a Micro-SD slot, RS-232 serial ports, USB Host and Client ports, 8MB NOR flash storage, and more. Intel plans to donate 50,000 Galileo SBCs to 1,000 universities worldwide over the next 18 months."
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BeagleBone-powered Underwater Robot Goes Faster, Longer

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 10 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "The OpenROV project has begun shipping an upgraded version of OpenROV, an $849 Linux-based underwater robot kit. The new v2.5 design upgrades to a 1GHz BeagleBone Black SBC, substitutes a faster Arduino-compatible controller board design, and boasts improvements to buoyancy, durability, speed, and battery life. It's been over a year since the OpenROV project successfully completed its Kickstarter campaign, but only a few hundred kits have been sold to date. Now, with a much improved version 2.5 available, and a recent investment of $1.3M led by True Ventures, the project appears ready to expand. An interesting YouTube video demonstrating the original OpenROV is available here."
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Twelve Keynote Videos From LinuxCon 2013

DeviceGuru DeviceGuru writes  |  about 10 months ago

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "The Linux Foundation held its LinuxCon North America conference in New Orleans this week, and has once again pubished keynote session videos. The videos feature Linux luminaries including Google's Chris DiBona, Valve's Gabe Newell, Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton, Intel's Dirk Hohndel, and a panel with Tejun Heo, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Sarah Sharp, and Linus Torvalds (do sparks fly?). Lots of interesting insights and dicussion!"
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