Tag Archive | Open Source

Like Working Phones? Dislike Google or Corporations? Check this out…

Found this on ghacks.net earlier this week:

Mozilla and KaiOS Technologies announced a partnership this week that will benefit both companies. KaiOS is based on a relatively old version of Mozilla’s Gecko engine; version 48, released in 2016 is still the base of the operating system. While the technology works fine for the most part, important features and developments such as TLS 1.3, WebAssembly, or Progressive Web Apps, are not supported by the current version.

The partnership will change that as Mozilla and KaiOS plan to introduce these new features in the mobile operating system. All changes will be released as open source according to the press release on the KaiOS website.”

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/03/14/firefox-os-successor-mozilla-and-kaios-announce-partnership/

This may (finally) mean that the Big G has some competition in the mobile market; and coming from a combination of a clearly hungry techco (in KaiOS Technologies) and ultimately the longest lasting advocate for open standards in web tech (i.e. Mozilla) surely this can’t be a bad thing?

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RacketBoy writes: “MISTer FPGA: The Future Of Retro Game Emulation and Preservation?”

…the most discerning retro gamers are increasingly looking at the world of FPGA for opportunities to bring the conveniences of emulation to a hardware that is closer to original console hardware.”

http://www.racketboy.com/retro/mister-fpga-the-future-of-retro-game-emulation-and-preservation

This huge article is definitely worth a look for anyone wanting to find out about “Hardware Emulation” in general. The original author does peddle the party-line for his favourite project a fair bit; but stick with it.

BlackBerry Androids?!

It turns out, while releasing BBM to other platforms, BlackBerry are expanding the scope of required skills for software-development on their flagship range: http://developer.blackberry.com/android.

As long as your code is written for the Android SDK v2.3.3, and you use BB’s own encapsulation tool, your code should run directly on BB OS10!

 

Mobile Open-source community flare-up

Less than two months have passed (which makes about six since Nokia made yet another announcement) since I first wrote about this.

Now it appears Nokia have moved firmly over to releasing handsets heavily biased (if not locked to) Windows Phone 7

Now officially titled “MeeGo“, I find it a little disheartening to find all clicks for maemo.nokia.com to now redirect to swipe.nokia.com (presumably advertising the “N9”)… Read More…

My “The problem with Twitter” drivel

I suppose the last word in the title is a little harsh, but looking only at trends the twenty most viewed links were mostly from two years ago (arguably before Twitter became the SEO household-name it is now) and looking only at the whinges there’s a lot to be said for balanced comment about something you feel is rubbish and worth whingeing about. Except, on occasion, if you’re a “blogger”. Apparently.

Plus there will probably be more than one by the end of this article. Fact-based journalism? Pah!

Fair enough, it may be very useful to people who “make money from the Internet” (who “BTW”: are actually “making money” from the Web; you know, the more accurate but less “Market Friendly” phrase that everyone “used to use”?). That may also apply to “tweeps” who make money from actually selling stuff, but advertising (for free) what they’re selling. Read More…

Has Nokia gone mad? Probably not.

The alleged (it may be using this word a lot today) shock and horror this week comes from Nokia.

Since Nokia have allegedly ditched Symbian in favour of Maemo (a Linux-based mobile OS), as was put down by the “Symbian-Freak” in Sept. 2009 they have started sticking Maemo onto their newer smartphones, like the N900: maemo.nokia.com (the N910 is meant to be worth waiting for). Read More…