Open Source

By Michael | Stories about open source and people making it possible.

New open source tool for journalists and designers to weave interactive stories

<i>Odyssey.js is a project funded by the Knight Prototype Fund developed by mapping company CartoDB. Today it is releasing the beta version of an open</i> …

Storytelling

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M5Stack Open-Source Modular Electronic Prototyping Platform (video)

Developers makers and hobbyists that are looking for a quick way to prototype electronic projects may be interested in an open source modular …

Olimex Teres Open Source Laptop Kit Launches For $240

The development team over at Olimex has created a new open source laptop kit in the form of the Teres I, which has been designed to provide an …

Laptops

Going Beyond Hello World Containers is Hard Stuff

22 Oct 2015<p>Share:<p>In my previous post, I provided the basic concepts behind Linux container technology. I wrote as much for you as I did for me. …

Programming

Strange Appfellows: Ford and Toyota Form Open-Source Software Consortium

It has been four years since Ford cocked a few eyebrows in the tech community by opening up its AppLink software—the code that allows mainstream phone apps to play nice with the automaker’s Sync infotainment system—to the coding community. That move toward open source was made to generate more …

Trucks

How “open source” seed producers from the US to India are changing global food production

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Ensia</i><i>.</i><p>Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that NASA astronauts grew and ate in space. For nearly 20 years, Morton’s work was limited only by his imagination …

Agriculture

Open-Source Parametric CAD in Your Browser

Until recently, computer-aided design (CAD) software was really only used by engineering companies who could afford to pay thousands of dollars a …

Convert that Cheap Laser Engraver to 100% Open-Source Toolchain

LaserWeb is open-source laser cutter and engraver software, and [JordsWoodShop] made a video tutorial (embedded below) on how to convert a cheap …

Arduino

Open source challenger takes on Google Translate

Researchers have released an open source neural network system for performing language translations that could be an alternative to proprietary, …

Machine Learning

In 2017, If You Want To Innovate, You Will Have To Collaborate

It's a new era for innovation.<p>Steve Jobs is, in many ways, the prototype for how many innovators see themselves. Brash and headstrong, he had an unfailing commitment to his vision and steamrolled anyone who dared to stand in his way. While he had failures as well as successes, no one can deny that …

Innovation

Prusa Introduces Optimized Slic3r Prusa Edition Software

There’s some good news for Prusa fans emerging this week! That likely comes as little surprise, as the open-source RepRap 3D printer company has been …

Software

UK's GCHQ Spy Agency Launches Open Source Data Analysis Tool

<b>The U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) on Monday announced the launch of a new open source web tool designed for analyzing and</b> …

Crowdfunding powerful open hardware that is truly open and respectful of your rights

Crowd Supply (previously) is an extremely effective platform for funding open source hardware development, boasting twice the success-rate of …

Mastodon is an open source, decentralized version of Twitter

So, you want to share your thoughts on social media, but you're tired of the way apps like Facebook and Twitter monopolize your posts and feed. It …

Disney Open Source

hubot-service-now<p>hubot-service-now<p>A hubot script to perform Service Now API record …

Programming

Why Open Beats Closed

(image credit: Pixabay)<p>The history of business has been defined by rivalry. Great companies, such as GM and Ford, Coke and Pepsi, General Electric and Westinghouse were locked in mortal combat and the choice for customers was binary. Strategy was a zero-sum game. You either won or lost. There was …

Innovation

MySQL founder tries a new software licensing model

When it comes to open-source licenses, developers have their fair share of choices (GPL, BSD, MIT, Apache, etc.), all of them with their own pros and cons. The same goes for commercial licenses. MySQL founder Michael “Monty” Widenius and his co-founder David Axmark, however, came up with a …

Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research lab releases open source fastText on GitHub

Every day, billions of pieces of content are shared on Facebook. To keep up with the data, Facebook has been using a variety of tools to classify text. Traditional methods of classification, like deep neural networks are accurate, but have serious training requirements.<p>In an effort to classify both …

As 3D printers break through, EU expands copyright to furniture and extends term by a century | Privacy Online News

<b>The UK has just changed its copyright-and-patent monopoly law to extend copyright to furniture and to extend the term of that copyright on furniture</b> …

Patents

Open Source EOMA-68 Computer Is Here To Redefine Free Software And Hardware

Portable computers, whether they be laptops, tablets, phones, or even micro form factors like Intel’s NUC platform, are notoriously difficult, or …

Facebook is creating an open-source cellular system

The technology is designed to drive down the price of communications infrastructure<p>Facebook has long been working to reduce the number of people who don’t have access to the internet, and have announced the creation of a new platform called OpenCellular.<p>The OpenCellular is an open source, "wireless …

Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

Rust project still needs a lot of polishMozilla has started publishing nightly in-development builds of its experimental Servo browser engine so …

Software

U2F Zero

U2F Zero is an open source U2F token for 2 factor authentication. It is implemented securely. It works with Google accounts, Github, Duo, and …

Security

Qt 5.7 released

I’m very happy to announce that Qt 5.7 is now available. It’s been only 3 months since we released Qt 5.6, so one might expect a rather small release …

Linux

Samsung to Buy Joyent

Jonathan Cheng, reporting for the WSJ:<p>Samsung’s acquisition of San Francisco-based Joyent signals the South Korean technology giant’s burgeoning …

John Gruber

Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

Checked C lands on GithubThe zombie bugs in programs and libraries at the heart of the Internet's infrastructure often have the C programming …

Programming

The Quest to Make Code Work Like Biology Just Took A Big Step

In the early 1970s, at Silicon Valley’s Xerox PARC, Alan Kay envisioned computer software as something akin to a biological system, a vast collection …