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The Yocto Project at the 2011 Embedded Linux Conference

Cross-posting this from my blog on the Yocto Project site. Follow up with your comment here or on that other site. Much has been written about how the Internet has revolutionized collaboration and made it possible for your brilliant ideas to make a difference no matter where you live on the planet. Bill Gates is famously quoted in Nick Kristoff's "The World is Flat" that "... so many people can plug and play from anywhere, natural talent has started to trump geography." This is of course true, but even with the Internet, there is no replacement for face-to-face interaction. The tribe, it seems, still needs to gather around the fire to have a talk now and then. The conference setup was in a very new and modern hotel called the Hotel Clarion Congress in Prague, which was a terrific venue. Since the Yocto Project was a co-sponsor of the event, we got a nice booth location, and Tracey Erway did a fantastic job setting up the booth and populating it with demos, videos, giveaways and t-shirts. You can also see Darren Hart manning the booth behind the Gource video that he rendered showing the many contributors on the project from many places. I was impressed by how much the booth became a gathering spot for people wanting to talk about Yocto and what we...

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Rough and Tough Honeycomb Tablet Offers Extra Security

Panasonic unveiled a rugged, 10.1-inch Android 3.2 tablet for the enterprise market with extended temperature, drop, and ingress resistance. The Toughpad FZ-A1 is equipped with a dual-core 1.2GHz Marvell processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a full range of wireless features, a security co-processor, and an anti-glare, 500-nit display...

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Kid-Friendly Android Tablet Features Drop-Resistant Cover

Karuma announced a seven-inch Android 2.3 tablet designed for kids. The PlayBase is equipped with a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of storage, and an 800 x 600-pixel capacitive screen protected by a shock-absorbent silicone cover that can be folded back to use as a stand, says the...

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Motorola Xoom 2: Second Time's the Charm?

The new Motorola Xoom and Xoom 2 Media Edition tablets are now available to consumers in both the U.K. and Ireland.

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'World's Smallest' SDR Radio Runs Linux

Epiq Solutions announced what it claims is the world's smallest commercially available software defined radio (SDR). The 4.6 x 2.2 x 0.9-inch, four-ounce Matchstiq incorporates a broadband (28MHz) RF transceiver supporting 300MHz to 3.8GHz frequencies, an onboard GPS receiver, and an Iveia Atlas-I-LPe module integrating a Texas Instruments DM3730 processor...

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