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Archive for December, 2005

Hacking HTC’s Windows CE phones with Linux

December 31, 2005

This article by a developer working on the Xanadux project reports on efforts to port Linux to HTC's mobile phones that normally run Windows CE. After two years, at least one of HTC's mobile phones — the Blue Angel — is making and receiving phone calls, “even if things are still a bit rough-and-ready,” the article's author writes. (more…)

Hacking HTC’s Windows CE phones with Linux — a progress report

December 31, 2005

There is a curious lack in the Linux community — the number of community-led Linux distributions for commodity mobile phone hardware is zero. There are PDAs for which you can get a GSM/GPRS SD card; there are mobile phones, such as the Motorola A780, that are (more…)

Device Profile: Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

December 28, 2005

The Linux-powered Nokia 770 Internet Tablet offers convenient Internet browsing and email through built-in WiFi, or via a Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile phone. The device boasts a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 pixel touch-screen, plus integrated WiFi, Bluetooth, and a reduced-size MMC (RS-MMC) card slot. (more…)

Three mobile technologies you won’t see in 2006

December 23, 2005

ABI Research has published a prediction of technologies it says are unlikely to achieve widespread adoption in 2006. Three key mobile technologies you probably won't see next year, according to ABI, are: broadcast mobile video, 100 Mbps WiFi, and high-speed cellular data transfer. (more…)

MontaVista’s Mobilinux 4.0 gains SD/SDIO/MMC support

December 23, 2005

EmbWise Technologies says it has ported its SD/MMC/SDIO support software to MontaVista's Mobiliux 4.0 software platform. The company's SDIOWorx stack currently supports Intel's PXA270 applications processor, and includes an SDIO bus driver, plus drivers for the chip's SDIO host controller, SD/MMC memory cards, SDIO-Bluetooth (Type A), and SDIO-WiFi, according to the company. (more…)

Digital media center merges PVR, jukebox, voice/video-over-IP

December 22, 2005

Video Without Boundaries (VWB) will introduce a new Linux-powered set-top digital media center at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. The MediaREADY 6000 combines a PVR (personal video recorder) with multimedia record/playback/jukebox functions, Internet Web and email access, voice/video-over-IP conferencing,… (more…)

The future of NAND flash memory in the embedded market

December 21, 2005

This high-level whitepaper from Datalight examines the role of NAND flash memory in embedded devices, and how that role is likely to evolve. The article examines emerging hardware and software trends driven by the explosive growth of high-capacity consumer electronic devices. (more…)

Gadzooks! The gadget OSes are wrestling!

December 21, 2005

Come one, come all! Linux and Windows are battling for dominance in embedded/device computing, and we're keeping score. Our Great Gadget Smack-down tallies up nearly 800 devices, from mobile phones to cow-milking machines, to find out which OS is actually shipping in the most gadgets, and which specific… (more…)

Virtual instrumentation specialist increases Linux compatibility

December 21, 2005

National Instruments (NI) is shipping a batch of Linux drivers that it says triples the number of its virtual instrumentation and measurement devices that support Linux. The company hopes the release will allow more Linux OS users to achieve the lower system costs and increased productivity of virtual instrumentation, it says. (more…)

Wind River hosts regional mil/aero conference

December 21, 2005

Wind River will hold a regional developer conference in Southern California focused on military/aerospace products and technology in January. The one-day event will include Linux- and VxWorks-based product demonstrations, and is set for Jan. 11, in Manhattan Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles. (more…)

Executive Interview: Bill Weinberg of the Mobile Linux Initiative

December 21, 2005

LinuxDevices.com recently caught up with OSDL spokesperson Bill Weinberg, to discuss the organization's new Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI). Weinberg, who serves as the OSDL's representative to the MLI, filled us in on the initiative's early progress, strategy, and tactics for… (more…)

SoC supports broadcast TV on handhelds

December 21, 2005

NeoMagic has announced support for a range of mobile digital TV broadcast standards based on its MiMagic 6+ multimedia applications processor SoC (system-on-chip). Support is immediately available for the ISDB-T mobile broadcast protocol, while DMB (including DAB) and DVB-H are expected early next year, according to the company. (more…)

Mobile malware likely to escalate in 2006

December 21, 2005

McAfee AVERT Labs predicts a substantial increase in security threats to mobile and handheld devices next year. In its recently released 2006 Threat Forecast, McAfee calls mobile malware a “serious cause for concern” due to the relatively small percentage of devices that are protected by mobile security. (more…)

Article: The future of NAND flash memory in the embedded market

December 21, 2005

Foreword: This high-level whitepaper from Datalight examines the role of NAND flash memory in embedded devices, and how that role is likely to evolve. The article examines emerging hardware and software trends driven by the explosive growth of high-capacity consumer electronic devices. (more…)

Great Gadget Smack-Down Round 4 — Post-match Wrap-up

December 21, 2005

It's the end of Round Four in the Great Gadget Smack-Down — time to weigh the mighty blows wielded by both heavyweights. Overall, Linux has landed 51 percent of 715 blows, but Windows has connected plenty of haymakers, too. (more…)

Nokia’s open source director on the 770 Internet Tablet

December 20, 2005

LinuxDevices founder Rick Lehrbaum recently discussed the new 770 Internet tablet with Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's director of open source software operations. (more…)

Article: Executive Interview — Bill Weinberg of the Mobile Linux Initiative

December 20, 2005

ForewordLinuxDevices recently caught up with OSDL spokesperson Bill Weinberg, to discuss the organization's new Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI). Weinberg, who serves as the OSDL's representative to the MLI, filled us in on the initiative's early progress, strategy, and… (more…)

Great Gadget Smack-Down Round 4 — Pre-game Banter

December 20, 2005

Welcome to Round Four of the ultimate showdown between Linux and Windows in the arena of embedded and device computing! After three heated but inconclusive rounds, our combatants are pulling no punches in their all-out quest to dominate the hottest consumer electronics and industrial computing markets. (more…)

Article: Nokia’s open source director on the 770 Internet Tablet

December 20, 2005

ForewordLinuxDevices founder Rick Lehrbaum recently discussed the new 770 Internet tablet with Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's director of open source software operations. (more…)

Great Gadget Smack-Down Round 4 — Backgrounder

December 20, 2005

It's the beginning of Round Four in this knock-down, drag-out battle between Windows and Linux for the hearts and minds of developers building gadgets like smartphones, PDAs, firewalls, and consumer entertainment equipment. (more…)