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Red Hat Teams With Google Compute Engine To Ease Cloud Management

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Red Hat announced a deal today in which Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers could move their subscriptions to Google Compute Engine, a deal that could benefit both companies. Red Hat offers what it calls a “bring your own subscription” plan. For instance, Red Hat Linux customers can shift their installations from on-premises to a public cloud provider of their choice as long as it’s part of… Read More

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

Microsoft Launches .NET Foundation To Foster The .NET Open Source Ecosystem

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At its Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft today announced the launch of the .NET Foundation. This new independent foundation around the .NET framework, which forms the core of Microsoft’s developer ecosystem, will form the umbrella for all of the parts of .NET Microsoft has already open sourced and will release under an open source license (most likely Apache 2.0) in the… Read More

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How To Play Quake (Again) On Your Raspberry Pi

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A month ago, the folks at Raspberry Pi announced that they now had access, thanks to Broadcomm, to an open driver for the BCM21553 cellphone processor chip. This meant that DIYers now had complete access to the board and would be able to access the onboard Raspberry BCM2835 chip (a similar chip to the BCM21553) with an open source driver – as long as someone ported it over from the BCM21553. Read More

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Popcorn Time Is Dead

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Hollywood won. The open source project called Popcorn Time is dead after just four days. It’s not really surprising. “Popcorn Time is shutting down today. Not because we ran out of energy, commitment, focus or allies. But because we need to move on with our lives,” reads the website and a post on Medium. Days after its quiet launch, word about the magical Popcorn Time program was… Read More

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Adblock Plus Now Blocks 8,600 Tracking Filters As Ad Tech Explodes

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The story of advertising online in the last year has significantly also been a story about the rise of ad tech — ways of serving users more relevant ads, and ways of monitoring how users have responded to them. Unsurprisingly, this has also translated into a big rise in tracking technology: Adblock Plus, the popular German-based open source project that creates browser extensions and an Android… Read More

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Facebook building data center in Sweden using new architecture

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A rendering of Facebook’s Luleå 2 Rapid Deployment Data Center (RDDC)

If you’re near Luleå, Sweden, you could witness the first Facebook data center being built using a new kind of architecture.

Rapid deployment data center design (RDDC) is a new kind of building concept from Open Compute Project, an industry-wide coalition of technology companies that is creating cost and energy efficient designs and sharing them for free under an open source model. This new design idea that will allow Facebook to expand its capacity twice as fast. The concept was discussed during the Open Compute Summit in January. This will be the second data center building in Luleå, but the first using this new architecture.

This new approach to data center design will enable Facebook to construct and deploy new capacity twice as fast at its previous approach. It will be much more site-agnostic and reduce the amount of of materials used during construction.

The RDDC concept for Facebook began with a hack. In October 2012, Open Compute’s data center strategic engineering and development team and several construction experts came together to hack on a design for a data center that would look less like a construction project and more like a manufactured product. From this hack, a couple of core ideas for streamlining and simplifying the build process emerged.

The first idea developed during the hack was using pre-assembled steel frames. This concept is similar to that of a car on a chassis, where the frame is built and components are attached via an assembly line. In this model, cable trays, power bus ways, containment panels, and even lighting are preinstalled in a factory.

The second idea was Ikea-inspired flat-pack assemblies. Instead of creating a data center where all the weight is carried by the roof, Open Compute sought to develop a concept where the walls of a data center would be paneled to fit into standard modules that would be easily transportable to a site, much like an Ikea bookshelf fits neatly into one box.

Construction on the Luleå data center is expect to being soon using RDDC designs.

Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

Google’s 10th Summer Of Code Is Now Open For Applications

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For 10 years now, Google has been bringing together open source software projects and students who are looking for a challenging summer project through its Summer of Code program. Starting today, Google will accept applications for this year’s program. Applications close on Friday, March 21 at 12pm PDT. Read More

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Facebook F8 conference to return April 30

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At South by Southwest in Austin, Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar announced that Facebook will hold another F8 conference — April 30 in San Francisco. This is the first F8 since 2011, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched Timeline.

The conference will be held at the San Francisco Design Concourse.

Sukhar offered more details in a blog post:

This year, we’re going back to our roots with a developer-focused conference. We will open with a morning keynote, followed by four technical tracks. These tracks will cover everything you need to know about building on the Facebook and Parse platforms, including getting started guides, technical best practices, infrastructure strategies, engineering deep dives, and advertising tips for making your app or game highly successful. We’ll also have special sessions dedicated to exploring how developers can take advantage of open source technologies.

Facebook and Parse engineers and product team members will be available during the conference to provide one-on-one help and advice, and you’ll also have the opportunity to learn from each other throughout the day. We’ll close out the day with a celebration for attendees to unwind with drinks and entertainment.

Readers: What do you think Facebook will launch or announce at F8?

Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

Meet Oppia, Google’s New Open Source Project That Allows Anyone To Create An Interactive Learning Experience

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Google has become an increasingly active participant in the world of education, particularly when it comes to exploring the role technology can play in re-imagining the way we learn. With Google Play for Education, Android and Play-powered Samsung tablets for the classroom and its work with… Read More

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Nokia’s Mobile UI Mixology Serves Up A Hybrid Family Of Devices To Outshine Budget ‘Droids

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This morning Nokia finally took the wraps off a long rumoured (and leaked) Android phone – unveiling a family of smartphones, called the Nokia X range, with the first three handsets being the Nokia X, X+ and XL, the first two with 4-inch displays, and the latter on the cusp of phablet territory with a 5-inch pane.

The Nokia X family forks Android, using the Android Open Source Project, in order to replace Google’s services with Nokia’s own, and with cloud offerings from the soon-to-be-parent of Nokia’s mobile making division, Microsoft.

“The Nokia X takes people to Microsoft’s cloud, not to Google’s cloud,” said Nokia’s Stephen Elop at today’s launch.

The strategy here is for Nokia X handsets to work as “feeder” devices — or, using another metaphor, as a gateway drug — to encourage users who are in the market for a low end smartphone today to upgrade to a full-fat Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia tomorrow.

To achieve this Nokia has brought together different elements from multiple platforms to make up the Nokia X, creating a mobile UI cocktail that’s one part-Android, one-part Windows Phone, with a sprinkling of Nokia’s Asha UI and even a philosophical dash of MeeGo/Maemo. Nokia’s Jussi Mäkinen told TechCrunch that the development team that’s been beavering away on Nokia X for the past year are especially excited to be working on an open source project again.

Yesterday, at Microsoft’s press event, the Windows Phone VP Joe Belfiore conceded that Microsoft’s mobile platform has “slightly more natural appeal in the low end” — owing to its relative lack of apps vs Android/iOS.

But the problem has been pushing the price-tag low enough to compete with budget Androids. The Nokia X family fixes that, with an initial price-point range of: $122, $136 and $150 for the X, X+ and XL respectively. (The entry level Lumia, the Lumia 520, was announced at last year’s MWC with a price-tag of $180).

Expect the Nokia X family to be expanded to include even cheaper handsets, as Elop talked up the opportunity around sub-$100 phones, and also for Nokia to continue trying to squeeze the price of an entry level Lumia even lower.

TechCrunch got hands on with the Nokia X handsets here at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read on for our first impressions.


The Nokia X and X+ are the same handset on the surface, with the X+ having beefed up internal memory (and thus a higher price-tag). All three devices in the range have a clean look, with matte plastic casing that feels soft and smooth in the hand. Edges are squared off, with rounded corners and gently curving backs.

On the X and X+ the handset has a pleasingly chunky feel, while the XL takes the same design and stretches it so it’s bigger across the front but also thinner. The result is a large handset, that looks very bold — especially when painted in the bright orange colour variant — yet isn’t too heavy in the hand (which was a problem for Nokia with its early Lumia flagships).

As with the rest of Nokia’s handset portfolio, all the devices in the Nokia X family are offered in a choice of eye-popping colours — including a luminous green for the Nokia X/X+ (which came out more yellow in the shots below, thanks to the on-sight green lighting), and the aforementioned ‘high-vis jacket’ orange.

Cyan, yellow and red are also offered, along with white and black for people who want something more vanilla. All three handsets have user-removeable/replacement batteries, with the casing peeling off of the front of the phone to come away as a single piece.

The Nokia X/X+ is pictured in the gallery below.

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