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Wave Control Pro: Smartphone Wizardry Worthy of Obi-Wan

It's the holidays, and if your Android smartphone is feeling a bit neglected, I've got the perfect gift for it. Forget automating your life with remote-controlled garage door openers, motorized big-screen TV mounts, and electrically driven drapes -- that's all so last-century. Controlling your phone...

Ouya Lures Investors With Cheap Console, Free Games, Open Source

For the last decade, the battle for supremacy in the video game arena has been waged by three players -- Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. These are companies with long track records, numerous successes, some setbacks and failures -- but most importantly, deep pockets and experience in the marketplace. ...

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2012 Plans and Dreams From the Linux Blogs and Beyond

Well 2012 has arrived at last, and not a moment too soon! Not only can we finally dispense with all the holiday festivities, but we can also say goodbye to a year that was far too tempestuous for comfort. Here's hoping that 2012 will be a lot less exciting here in the technology world! Of course, on...

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Does Windows 8 Pose a Threat to Linux?

Well it was a difficult week for those of us here in the Linux blogosphere last week, what with all the din emanating from the Windows territories to the south. Drums, cymbals and fanfare of every sort effectively drowned out every conversation we tried to have here in these parts, as did all the fr...

OPINION

The Death of the Smartphone

Smartphones and tablets might be the current hot technology, but history says it's all just another fad. Twenty years from now, almost nobody will own either device. Seems unbelievable, but the same technology that makes them hot today will make them not tomorrow. Consider what happened to another "...

Seasoned Devs May See a Sweet Deal in Honeycomb

Seasoned Java or Android appdevs looking to create apps on Android 3.0, aka "Honeycomb," will probably find it relatively easy to get up and running. "If you're a Java developer, it's going to take you three to five days to get to the point where you can be dangerous enough to develop apps," Marko G...

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Is Netflix a Friend or Foe to FOSS?

Well it's 2011 at last, and those of us here in the FOSS community have a great deal to look forward to this year. Android is going nowhere but up, Ubuntu is gearing up to capture the hearts and minds of the masses, and Linux-friendly ARM is poised for even more great things. It's going to be a grea...

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Choosing Computer Tools for Tiny Geeks

For some children, it may be their two front teeth that sit atop this year's Christmas list. For others, however, it's items of a more technological sort. Those lucky enough to be receiving the latter type of present this year have been the focus of a lengthy discussion in the Linux blogosphere of l...

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Deep Thoughts on Being a Geek

The term "geek" has come a long way in recent years, from a cutting insult (particularly favored by cheerleaders and others on the extroverted side of the fence) to a label worn with pride. Whatever one's opinion of the Geek Squad may be -- Linux Girl will refrain from comment on that one -- there's...

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Trust in Sony: Gone With the Other OS

It was clear from the start that Linux fans wouldn't look kindly on Sony's decision to drop Linux support from the PlayStation 3, and early reactions in the blogosphere didn't disappoint. In case there was any doubt as to the strength of those sentiments, however, the lawsuit filed last week by an i...

PO’ed PS3 User Sues Sony for Nixing Linux

Less than a month after Sony dropped Linux support from its PlayStation 3 gaming console, a disgruntled customer has filed a lawsuit, charging that the move was a deceptive business practice. He's seeking class-action status. Sony Computer Entertainment America's disablement of the "Install Other OS...

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Hacks, Counter-Hacks and the Linux-Free PS3

"Never get between a geek and a processor" would be an excellent maxim for tech companies to live by, but it's one that gets ignored again and again. Take Sony's latest misguided move. Not only is it what inspired Montreal consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack to utter those sage words, but...

The Business Case for Virtual Business, Part 2

There's no doubt some companies have succeeded in using virtual worlds for branding and interaction with their customers, whether through in-world stores, billboards or other means. Wells Fargo, for instance, has been operating its Stagecoach Island aimed at young customers for roughly four years an...

Virtual World Research, Part 2: Reality in a Can

Universities and government agencies, even a few private corporations, are going all "mad scientist" on us in the realm of virtual worlds. But why are they experimenting there and why are so many drawn to virtual worlds like a dying man to a priest? "As a new part of the real world, virtual worlds a...

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Are Open Source Games Ready for the Big Time?

Whether you're talking about the Wii, the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3, the video game industry is on a record-setting pace for revenue in 2008. Consumers have scooped up billions of dollars worth of game consoles, accessories and big-budget titles. With sales set to top $22 billion in 2008, accord...

OSS Gaming: Ready for the Big Leagues?

Whether you're talking about the Wii, the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3, the video game industry is on a record-setting pace for revenue in 2008. Consumers have scooped up billions of dollars worth of game consoles, accessories and big-budget titles. With sales set to top $22 billion in 2008, accord...

The Untapped Open Source Online Gaming Opportunity

Open source software is often an unsung hero in the online gaming universe. Game engines are complex applications with core functionalities provided by numerous modules. These include a rendering engine for 2-D or 3-D graphics and a physics engine or collision detection and response calculator. In a...

Mono 2.0 Spreads .Net to Linux and Mac

For developers who have fallen in love with .Net/C#, but aren't married to running their applications on Windows, the Mono Project aims to let Microsoft .Net-based apps run on Linux and Mac OS X, among several other platforms. Sponsored by Novell, the Mono Project has released Mono 2.0 of its cross-...

No Going Home Yet for PS3 Fans

Sony Computer Entertainment pushed back its open beta test for the launch of Playstation's Home, a 3-D virtual world, from the summer to the fall, marking the second time the company has delayed the launch of the product. Unlike traditional games, Home is a sandbox world designed to allow players th...

Power Architecture, Part 2: Drawing In Developers

Consumers are becoming more conversant with the use of the Linux OS embedded in many of their products, such as auto accessories, remote controls and cell phones. An even bigger secret is the extensive use of Power Architecture to run most everything else consumers and gamers touch. For instance, re...

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