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Linux-Based Robonaut 2 Preps for Active ISS Duty

NASA’s Linux-based “Robonaut 2″ is undergoing extensive testing on the International Space Station (ISS), and will soon be put to work. The humanoid Robonaut 2 will soon receive a major upgrade that will provide legs and an expanded battery pack, enabling it to perform more duties, including space walks. Robonaut...

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Could Hybrids be the Death of Tablets?

Are hybrid systems destined to kill off the tablet, or are they just another PC form factor waiting to fail?

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Tiny Module Snaps Quad-Core Qualcomm Into Devices

Inforce Computing has spun a Qseven computer-on-module (COM) featuring Qualcomm’s quad-core, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 system-on-chip (SOC). The $199 Linux- and Android-ready IFC6400 COM comes with 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a MIPI-CSI camera input, and is available with an optional Mini-ITX baseboard. Almost all the...

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New Open Source Phones: Nearly Upon Us

In a 2010 post here on OStatic, I asked this question:  "Is It Too Late for an Open Source Challenge to Android?" Now, of course, we know that there are several open source smartphone strategies in the works that will be coming to fruition this year. Mozilla is moving ever closer to delivering its first phones based on the Firefox OS platform, and urging developers to build apps. Meanwhile, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth maintains that Ubuntu phones will ship in the coming months, and early reviews of the Ubuntu Touch operating system are already arriving. Ars Technica has reviewed what it calls a very early version of Ubuntu Touch, reporting: "Today there are four devices onto which you can easily load Ubuntu Touch: the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10...A considerable amount of work has been done to port Ubuntu Touch to a smattering of other...

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Google I/O 2013: What to Expect in Gaming, Glass, and More

Google I/O — Mountain View's biggest event of the year — returns to San Francisco later this week for an event highlighted by a massive three-hour keynote presentation on Wednesday. The annual conference is ostensibly aimed at developers, who will spend three days in sessions learning how to build for...

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