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Ubuntu gets closer to debut in Meizu MX4 phone

Sep 19, 2014
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The Ubuntu project announced a stable build for Ubuntu Touch phones, a week after Meizu tipped an Ubuntu version of the Meizu MX4 phone due in December.

Android eyewear uses Qualcomm VR platform

Sep 19, 2014
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ODG’s “R-7 Glasses” eyewear features augmented reality features based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 SoC and Android-based Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear.

Rugged mini-PC runs Android on Via’s Cortex-A9 SoC

Sep 18, 2014
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Via debuted a rugged fanless low-power Android mini-PC based on Via’s dual-core Cortex-A9 Elite E1000 SoC, and offering mini-PCIe, mSATA, HDMI, and GbE I/O.

Mini-ITX board steps up to G-Series “Steppe Eagle”

Sep 18, 2014
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Win Enterprises announced one of the first Mini-ITX SBCs with AMD’s latest “Steppe Eagle” G-Series SoCs, featuring TDPs down to 6 Watts.

Linux-based pedalboard features 100+ virtual effects

Sep 18, 2014
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[Updated 2:30PM] — A Kickstarter project called “MOD Duo” is an open source Linux music pedalboard with Arduino hooks and virtual pedals for 100-plus guitar and voice effects.

Industry titans band together to improve open source

Sep 17, 2014
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Facebook, Google, Twitter, GitHub, Walmart, and others have formed a group called TODO, designed to standardize and improve open source releases.

Hackable $39 Allwinner A20 SBC packs HDMI and GbE

Sep 17, 2014
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The $39 hackable “pcDuino3Nano” SBC runs Android or Ubuntu on a dual-core Allwinner A20 SoC, and offers GbE, HDMI, and 3x USB, plus Arduino-style expansion.

MIPS-based Android Wear watch starts at $125

Sep 17, 2014
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A “Com 1″ Indiegogo project is the first Android Wear smartwatch to use a Ingenics MIPS SoC. The watch offers IP67 waterproofing, WiFi, and a $125 price.

Android One phones launch in India

Sep 16, 2014
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Google launched the first Android One phones in India starting at $103 from Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice, and backed by direct Android updates from Google.

Digia spins off Qt as subsidiary

Sep 16, 2014
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Digia has spun off a subsidiary called “The Qt Company” to unify Qt’s commercial and open source efforts, and debuted a low-cost plan for mobile developers.

Rugged COM Express module taps quad-core AMD SoC

Sep 15, 2014
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Hectronic’s Linux-ready “H6066″ COM Express Compact Type 6 module offers a quad-core AMD G-Series SoC, soldered memory, and optional -40 to 85°C operation.

Fanless mini-PC runs Linux on Via QuadCore E-Series

Sep 15, 2014
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Via’s rugged, Linux-ready “Artigo A1300″ mini-PC uses a new Via QuadCore E-Series CPU and VX11PH GPU, and offers dual HDMI, GbE, and optional 3G and WiFi.

Robot OS to support Linux and Android on Snapdragon

Sep 12, 2014
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The OSRF plans to add ARM support to the Robot Operating System (ROS), starting with the Snapdragon 600 running Linux in Q4, followed by Android in 2015.

Cortex-A5 SBC offers mainline Linux support

Sep 12, 2014
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Emtrion’s new SBC uses Atmel’s Cortex-A5-based ATSAMA5D36 SoC and offers HDMI, 2x Ethernet, a battery charger, -40 to 85°C operation, and draws less than 300mA.

Dev boards run KitKat on quad-core Snapdragon 805

Sep 11, 2014
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[Updated Sep 12] — Intrinsyc debuted an SODIMM-style COM with up to 3GB RAM and 64GB flash, running Android 4.4 on a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805, and a Nano-ITX baseboard.

Monstrous TiVo DVR has six tuners, holds 24TB

Sep 10, 2014
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TiVo announced a Linux-based “TiVo Mega” DVR with 24TB of storage — enough for 4,000 hours of HD video — plus six tuners and streaming to mobile devices.

Edison IoT module ships with Atom/Quark combo SoC

Sep 10, 2014
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[Updated Sep 17] — Intel launched its Edison COM for IoT apps, with a “Tangier” SoC that mixes a dual-core Atom running Linux with a Quark chip, plus optional breakout boards.

Quad-core Cortex-A15 SoC features 6MB on-chip RAM

Sep 9, 2014
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TI has launched a Linux-friendly, 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 AM5K2Ex Keystone II SoC, that runs at under 10W and offers 10GbE switches and 6MB on-chip RAM.

VR headset mixes Oculus firmware and Android phablet

Sep 9, 2014
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Samsung and Oculus have joined forces on a 3DOF “Gear VR” virtual reality headset with 96° FOV that uses a 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 as a computer and display.

Android hardhat augments reality for industrial workers

Sep 8, 2014
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Daqri is prepping an Android-based augmented reality “Smart Helmet” that integrates 360-degree camera views, plus 3D depth and inertial movement sensors.