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The Linux Foundation Announces the Formation of a New Project to Help Accelerate Innovation in Open Networking Automation
Linux Foundation – February 7, 2017: The Linux Foundation today announced the formation of a project that will provide a framework for real-time, policy-driven software automation of network virtual functions. The project will allow software, network, IT and cloud providers and developers to rapidly create new services in response to evolving customer requirements.
Today, AT&T transitions proven, scalable and production-ready ECOMP software into open source under The Linux Foundation. ECOMP represents one of the company's most important open source contributions to create a fully open network automation platform. The code and collateral transition begins today, allowing The Linux Foundation to establish a governance and membership structure and to perform code scans. The project will be covered by the Apache 2.0 license. For additional information, visit http://about.att.com/story/indigo_redefining_connectivity.html.
The organizations committed to date include Amdocs, AT&T, Bell Canada, Brocade, Ericsson, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Metaswitch and Orange. Others are invited to participate by getting involved in the technical community and by joining as members.... ...Full Story
Cisco, Bosch, and Foxconn are building blockchain tech for the internet of things
VentureBeat – February 7, 2017: Cisco, Bosch, and several other companies have set up a consortium to work on how blockchain can be used to secure and improve "internet of things" applications, as sectors beyond finance seek to benefit from bitcoin's underlying technology.
The group, which also includes Bank of New York Mellon, Foxconn, security company Gemalto and blockchain startups Consensus Systems (ConsenSys), BitSE and Chronicled said on Friday that they will collaborate to develop a shared blockchain protocol for the internet of things – the concept that everyday objects, from washing machines to shipping containers, will be connected to the internet and will be able to send and receive data.
While having more devices connected to the internet presents some advantages for consumers and businesses, it also increases the scope of devices which could be hacked.... ...Full Story
New Roadmap for Future of Publishing is Underway as W3C and IDPF Officially Combine
W3C.org/IDPF.org – February 6, 2017: The vision to align Publishing and Web technologies and create a new roadmap for the future of publishing became official today with the announcement that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have combined organizations. W3C is the global standards organization that develops foundational Web technologies such as HTML, CSS, SVG, XML and WCAG. IDPF developed the EPUB standard used globally for accessible ebooks and digital publications....The agreement also includes an unprecedented number of organizations -- including most IDPF members and several large publishers who are not IDPF members -- that have made Royalty-Free (RF) commitments to ensure that the future of EPUB and the Open Web Platform for publishing is not patent encumbered....The Publishing@W3C roadmap includes plans to charter new standards work this spring that will focus on both online as well as offline access for digital publications. This means that someone reading on a device that is not connected to the Web may still interact and retain the information when he or she is back online, and vice versa.
To ensure EPUB's maintenance and advance EPUB's further adoption, W3C is setting up a separate EPUB (3.1) Community Group that is free and open to anyone to participate.
W3C is also planning to explore meeting the next generation of EPUB requirements in a proposed Publications Working Group. The next EPUB Summit will take place 9-10 March in Brussels, Belgium.... ...Full Story
Google's Chrome is about to get rather in-your-face about HTTPS
El Reg – February 6, 2017: Google and Firefox have been key drivers in the quest to get more people using HTTPS online, and starting this week the hammer is coming down....
Chrome is being rolled out and as announced, the browser bar icon for non-HTTPS connections has been changed so users get the written warning: "Not secure." Google is adding a similar warning box to the autocorrect feature on password form pages and sites asking for login pass phrases and credit card details over HTTP.... ...Full Story
The Web Cryptography API is a W3C Recommendation
Stockholm professor designs new 'Standard Swedish' accent
thelocalse – February 2, 2017: A Swedish linguistics professor has helped design a new kind of Riksvenska, or Standard Swedish, which more closely reflects the way people speak in 2017..."The new Standard Swedish shows in a slightly absurd way that there is no such thing as correct Swedish, at least not if we want to let people across the whole of Sweden be represented, or want to just let some imaginary "ur-Swedish" be the measure."..
The new accent will be released for the public to hear on Tuesday at Lernia's project site.... ...Full Story
Khronos Places OpenGL and OpenGL ES Conformance Tests into Open Source
Khronos Group – January 30, 2017: The Khronos™ Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, today announced that it has placed conformance tests for the OpenGL® and OpenGL ES open standard APIs for 3D graphics into open source. Khronos has created a new GitHub source repository that will hold test sources for OpenGL and OpenGL ES as well the test suite for Vulkan® that was open sourced when Vulkan-launched. The unified repository will encourage streamlined and accelerated development of tests for Khronos 3D APIs. The Khronos 3D API test sources are made available under the Apache 2.0 license at the repository available here.... ...Full Story
Federal lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to study cyber security in connected cars
GeekWire – January 27, 2017: Connected cars are the future for the automotive industry, with more than 90 percent of vehicles expected to have built-in connectivity by 2020. But, as more vehicles link up to the internet, lawmakers are worried about their security.
On Wednesday, lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to study cyber security in vehicles....Together, the group would study how to isolate software systems in vehicles, create a system to prevent and detect hacks, determine best practices for storing data and create a timeline for how to implement these standards.... ...Full Story
NISO Publishes "Understanding Metadata" Primer
NISO.org – January 26, 2017: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) continues its Primer Series with the publication of Understanding Metadata. This comprehensive overview of information about an item's creation, name, topic, features, and more updates NISO's 2004 advice on the subject and follows on the Research Data Management Primer published in 2015. An additional such work, Linked Data for Cultural Institutions, is forthcoming, and more guides will be published periodically...The Primer, authored by Jenn Riley, Associate Dean, Digital Initiatives, McGill University Library, demystifies a type of information that is ubiquitous in our lives but that can be challenging to produce, store, and understand. Coverage includes topics such as metadata types, standardization, and use in the cultural heritage sector and in the broader world. The Primer is accompanied by plentiful examples of metadata at work.... ...Full Story
United States: WCAG 2.0 AA Is The New Accessibility Standard For Federal Agency Websites
Minh N. Vu
Mondaq – January 26, 2017: Seyfarth Synopsis: The federal government has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Levels A and AA as its accessibility standard for federal agency websites, making it very likely that the Department of Justice will also adopt this standard for public accommodations websites in its forthcoming regulations.... ...Full Story
A WebRTC-like Standard for the Internet of Things? It's Complicated
TechZone360 – January 25, 2017: Building the connections for the Internet of Things (IoT) is challenging, since applications, services, and devices of all different shapes, sizes, and requirements have to seamlessly communicate. In an ideal world, we would have a WebRTC-like interface standard accessible through HTML, but it's not going to be that simple, says the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF).
"The approach we've taken is focusing on data level interoperability," said David McCall, a Senior Strategic Planner at Intel. "It's difficult for developers to build things since they have to focus on [lower level] protocols and build upward."...The organization is focusing on building a common open set of standards with a grammar, a language of sorts, and specific "words" useful for devices. IotTivity is the open source framework built and available for use today, with a standardized resource interaction model, standardized data modules, worlds, and language, enabling developers to write apps based on the OCF framework and make them interoperable with other services and devices in a particular ecosystem.
Devices, services, and apps using the OCF framework and specifications should be able to intercommunicate, but there will be specialized words (characteristics) and uses within specific areas. An IoT healthcare device under the OCF framework should work fine within and to another OCF-based healthcare device, service, or app, while an IoT device for the Smart Home will have a different applicable set of worlds. There are currently specific OCF projects for Automotive, Healthcare, and Smart Home, with a separate working group dedicated to security to insure best practices from day one.... ...Full Story
Toyota and Ford Promote Open Source Smartphone Interfaces
AutoServiceWorld – January 24, 2017: Ford and Toyota have formed a four-automaker consortium to speed up the deployment of open source software for connected in-car systems, according to a report by Bloomberg.
The SmartDeviceLink Consortium, which includes Mazda, PSA Group, Fuji, and Suzuki, aims to prevent Apple and Google from controlling how drivers connect smartphones to their vehicles. Suppliers Elektrobit, Harma, Luxoft, QNX, and Xevo have also joined the organization, which is named after an open source version of Ford's AppLink connectivity interface, a system used in over 5 million vehicles globally.
The non-profit group's goal is to promote more choice in how drivers connect to in-car technologies like dashboard displays, steering wheel controls and voice recognition systems. By using an open source platform, the automakers hope to set a standard by which they and their suppliers can integrate smartphones with vehicles, and thereby attract developers who can then integrate the universal linking technology into their software.... ...Full Story
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