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AllSeen Alliance Launches Open Source AllJoyn IoT Gateway Agent
App Developer – January 15, 2015: The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration created to advance the Internet of Everything (IoT) through the AllJoyn open source software project, has released the AllJoyn Gateway Agent, an extension of the AllJoyn framework that delivers remote access, device management and fine-grained security and privacy control.
The Alliance is an industry-supported collaborative open source software connectivity and services framework based on AllJoyn technology. The nonprofit open source consortium is dedicated to driving the widespread adoption of products, systems and services that support the IoT with an open, universal development framework that with a supported ecosystem and technical community.
The Alliance is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.... ...Full Story
NISO Publishes Revised SUSHI Standard and Supporting Documentation
NISO.org – January 15, 2015: New filters and report attributes add to the SUSHI protocol's flexibility in retrieving e-resource usage data
Baltimore, MD – January 8, 2015 –The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a revision to the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2014). The SUSHI standard defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilizing a Web services framework that can replace the user-mediated collection of usage data reports. It was designed as a generalized protocol extensible to a variety of usage reports. An extension designed specifically to work with COUNTER reports is provided. This new version of the SUSHI standard extends the filter support to allow multiple filters and/or report attributes to be included in the SUSHI Request. Use of these filters and attributes is optional, making the new version backwards compatible with the previous one. Additional documentation supporting SUSHI implementation has been updated including SUSHI schemas, COUNTER schemas, sample reports, selected SUSHI Harvesters tools, and the Server Registry.... ...Full Story
New LoRa™ Alliance to Enable Worldwide Mobility for the Internet of Things
LoRA Alliance – January 14, 2015: Industry leaders plan to form the LoRa™ Alliance....to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) being deployed around the world to enable Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), smart city and industrial applications. The Alliance members intend to collaborate in order to drive the global success of the LoRa™ protocol (LoRaWAN™) by sharing knowledge and experience to ensure interoperability between Telecom operators.
The prospective initial Alliance members include leading IoT solution providers: Actility, Cisco, Eolane, IBM, Kerlink, IMST, MultiTech, Sagemcom, Semtech, and Microchip Technology, as well as lead telecom operators: Bouygues Telecom, KPN, SingTel, Proximus, Swisscom, and FastNet (part of Telkom South Africa)....The LoRa™ technology enables public or multi-tenant networks to connect multiple applications into the same network infrastructure, which will enable new applications for IoT, M2M, smart city, sensor networks and industrial automation applications. Device manufacturers and developers are proposing solutions at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with longer battery lifetime that often do not need a powerful cellular connection. The LoRa™ Alliance with the highly efficient LoRaWAN™ protocol will enable new business models, making IoT more attractive to customers and end users. Projected IoT volumes can only be reached with a global approach to drive TCO lower.... ...Full Story
5100+ signatures for open formats in the French educational system
EU Joinup – January 14, 2015: More than 5100 people have signed the call to promote open formats and interoperability in the French educational system, a campaign initiated in November by April, France's free software advocacy group. Their call for interoperability in the education system (Appel pour l'intéropérabilité dans l'Education Nationale) is supported by 100 teachers, as well as employees and school trade unions.
"To work together better and more efficiently; and to improve the teaching quality, we are asking for the implementation of a simple and clear rule: documents provided by the public service of Education Nationale and all documents that are exchanged, including texts, spreadsheets, presentations and videos, have to be saved in open and interoperable formats", April writes on its campaign website: "For example, DOCX and XLSX formats are not open compared to ODT or ODS formats". ...Full Story
Big names like Google dominate open-source funding Related
Network World – January 13, 2015: Network World's analysis of publicly listed sponsors of 36 prominent open-source non-profits and foundations reveals that the lion's share of financial support for open-source groups comes from a familiar set of names.
We found 673 companies on the donor rolls of our list of organizations – which was drawn heavily, though not entirely, from the Open Source Initiative's list of affiliates.
Google was the biggest supporter of open-source organizations by our count, appearing on the sponsor lists of eight of the 36 groups we analyzed. Four companies – Canonical, SUSE, HP and VMware – supported five groups each, and seven others supported four. (Nokia, Oracle, Cisco, IBM, Dell, Intel and NEC.) For its part, Red Hat supports three groups – the Linux Foundation, Creative Commons and the Open Virtualization Alliance.... ...Full Story
IEEE to Adopt the HDBaseT Standard for Ultra-High-Definition Digital Connectivity
HDBaseT Alliance – January 13, 2015: The HDBaseT Alliance, the cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing HDBaseT standard, and IEEE today announced the HDBaseT Specifications 1.1.0 and 2.0 have been approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board for adoption as part of the organization's standard portfolio....HDBaseT is a successful technology for long-distance ultra-high definition distribution of digital media today, with hundreds of HDBaseT-certified products currently commercialized....HDBaseT enables all-in-one transmission of ultra-high-definition video through a single 100m/328ft Cat6 cable, delivering uncompressed 4K video, audio USB, Ethernet, control signals, and up to 100 watts of power. HDBaseT simplifies cabling, enhances ease-of-use, and accelerates deployment of ultra-high-definition connectivity solutions. The cost-effective LAN infrastructure and power transmission support also help reduce and simplify installation and electrical costs.... ...Full Story
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all-around novel
Amazon Reader Reviews – January 12, 2015: This review is from: The Alexandria Project: A Tale of Treachery and Technology (Paperback)
A novel that could be pulled from today's headlines, but so much more fun.
Intelligent writing, but not so technical as to where an IT degree is needed to understand it.
Humorous, with a very likeable, interesting protagonist Frank Adversego, who I'd like to see more of in future books by Mr. Updegrove.
Nicely paced, with lots of plot twists, will keep readers on their toes.You won't fall asleep with this one in your hands.
Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good novel. Even if technical thrillers are not your usual cup of tea, give this one a try - an all around great book sure to please. ...Full Story
Key wireless charging groups A4WP, PMA agree to merge
CNET – January 12, 2015: Two down, one to go.
Two of the three major groups involved with wireless charging technologies, the Alliance for Wireless Power, or A4WP, and the Power Matters Alliance, or PMA, said on Monday that they have agreed to merge into one organization with the intent to create a unified standard that would allow you to place your phone on a charging pad to recharge your battery.
Such a simple act has been complicated by the fact that are three different groups with incompatible standards...The wrinkle is that most mobile devices with wireless charging capabilities run on a different technology championed by the Wireless Power Consortium, which doesn't work with the PMA charging pads....
A merger between the A4WP and the PMA shifts the balance of power in their favor and could go a long way toward the industry settling around a universal standard....The two groups believe the merger will close by the middle of 2015, and plan to chose a new name for the combined group.... ...Full Story
CES 2015: UHD Alliance aims to establish industry standard for 4K content and devices
What HiFi – January 9, 2015: One of the issues surrounding 4K has been that, up until now, there hasn't been an agreed industry-wide standard for the format. The newly-formed UHD Alliance hopes to change that.
CES 2015 marks the official debut of the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance, a new industry body created to set "new standards for 4K and higher resolution video, wider colour range and immersive 3D audio". So it's about more than just 4K.
The Alliance brings together Hollywood studios, consumer electronics brands, content distributors, post-production and technology companies. It was formed by companies including Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp, Dolby, Technicolor, Walt Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros, Netflix and DirectTV. That's quite a line-up.... ...Full Story
Security pros announce Dark Mail Technical Alliance
Bit-Tech – January 9, 2015: A quartet of well-known security researchers have announced the formation of the Dark Mail Technical Alliance, designed to create an easier method for end-to-end encryption for email.
Founded by Phil Zimmermann, Jon Callas, Mike Janke and Ladar Levison - known for Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), Silent Circle, and Lavabit respectively - the Dark Mail Technical Alliance has announced as its mission no less than a secure and straightforward end-to-end encrypted email standard. 'Our mission: to bring the world our unique end-to-end encrypted protocol and architecture that is the 'next-generation' of private and secure email,' the group claimed in its founding statement. 'As founding partners of The Dark Mail Technical Alliance, both Silent Circle and Lavabit will work to bring other members into the alliance, assist them in implementing the new protocol and jointly work to proliferate the world's first end-to-end encrypted 'Email 3.0' throughout the world's email providers....Our goal is to open source the protocol and architecture,' the founders claimed, 'and help others implement this new technology to address privacy concerns against surveillance and back door threats of any kind.'...
The group's initial specification release (PDF warning), dubbed the Dark Internet Mail Environment (DIME), details a novel message format which is claimed to include 'strict user-centric security requirements' and which 'strives to create a secure system that guarantees the secure delivery of email while minimize leakage of information along the delivery path.'
Amusingly, the standard is dedicated to the National Security Agency by Ladar Levison, following the closure of his encrypted email service Lavabit following action by US security agencies. 'For better or worse, good or evil, what follows would not have been created without you,' the dedication reads. 'Because sometimes upholding constitutional ideas just isn't enough; sometimes you have to uphold the actual Constitution. May god bless these United States of America. May she once again become the land of the free and home of the brave.'
Thus far, the Dark Mail Technical Alliance has yet to announce partner companies or commercial implementations of its proposed DIME standard. ...Full Story
W3C and OGC to Collaborate to Integrate Spatial Data on the Web
W3C.org/OGC.org – January 8, 2015: The W3C and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
announced today a new collaboration to improve interoperability and
integration of spatial data on the Web. Spatial data --describing
geographic locations on the earth and natural and constructed
features-- enriches location-based consumer services, online maps,
journalism, scientific research, government administration, the
Internet of Things, and many other applications. In the United States
alone, geospatial data and services are estimated to generate $1.6
trillion annually....Spatial data is integral to many of our human endeavors and so there
is a high value in making it easier to integrate that data into Web
based datasets and services. For example, one can use a GIS system to
find "the nearest restaurant" but today it is difficult to associate
that restaurant with reviewer comments available on the Web in a
scalable way. Likewise, concepts used widely on the Web such as "the
United Kingdom" do not match the geographic concepts defined in a GIS
system, meaning Web developers are missing out on valuable information
available in GIS systems. Bridging GIS systems and the Web will create
a network effect that enriches both worlds.... ...Full Story
The Coder War: Approaches to cybersecurity defense
InfoWorld – January 8, 2015: ...How can one government standard accommodate that variation in risk?...Back in 2013, the Obama administration took concrete steps to address just this concern. It tasked NIST, the government standards body, to develop a framework for cybersecurity rather than a rote standard. The thinking here was that standards haven't been working well enough, so putting a buffet of options before each agency would allow them to calibrate security measures to their own liking.
Early signs point to the concept working.... ...Full Story
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