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Interview with Adobe's open web standards guru
Jen Wike/Vincent Hardy
OpenSource.com – December 12, 2013: Vincent Hardy is Adobe's Director of Engineering for the Web Platform. He uses CSS to power projects that improve open standards for the web....
How do open standards and open source work together to create powerful tools?
There are many ways that open standards and open source reinforce each other. The most important being the community in my opinion. Because things are discussed, specified, and built in the open, there is a lot of expertise and knowledge sharing, which helps spread and strengthen the technology and its implementations.... ...Full Story
5.0 out of 5 stars Book shows science background
B. R. Finer
Amazon Reader Reviews – December 11, 2013: It's fun to read a book by someone you know but rare to find one so professionally done by a first timer. Very well developed thoughts and language. A cross between mystery and espionage with what seems like sci-fi (but probably isn't). GIve it a go!! ...Full Story
AllSeen Alliance adopts open-source framework for the Internet of Things
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
ZDNet.com – December 11, 2013: The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, continued to spread its philosophy of collaborative development by announcing the formation of the AllSeen Alliance, the broadest industry consortium to date to advance adoption and interoperability in the "Internet of Everything" in homes and industry....It's important to note that while AllJoyn needs networking to work, it's not a networking protocol, it's meant to ride on top of the network stack. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G, Ethernet, whatever, AllJoyn will run on whatever network your home or office uses.
Nor, is it operating system dependant. AllJoyn is written in C++, and provides multiple language bindings and complete implementations across various operating systems and chipsets. For example, AllJoyin already includes software development kits (SDK)s for Android, iOS, Mac OS X, and Windows RT.... ...Full Story
The Internet of things is coming on faster than ever thanks to a new, huge alliance
VentureBeat.com – December 11, 2013: Qualcomm, LG, the Linux Foundation, and a whole team of heavy-hitters in the Internet of things world are coming together and forming an alliance.
Thrilling Star Wars terminology aside, the AllSeen Alliance, as it's called, will take on the monumental, innovation-accelerating task of creating and maintaining unified standards for device-to-device communication.
That's a mouthful. Here's what it really means: You will have a smarter fridge next year rather than in 2020 — all because your fridge and your TV and the APIs they run on will share a common brain.... ...Full Story
New Fibre Channel standard offers boost to 32Gbps
FierceCIO – December 11, 2013: The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) earlier this week revealed that a new version of the Fibre Channel specifications has been completed and sent to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which is set to publish the specification in the first quarter of next year.
The sixth-generation Fibre Channel standard is designed to double the existing data rate from 16Gbps to 32Gbps....Because Fibre Channel is dedicated to storage, it offers higher security and is more robust than competing technologies.... ...Full Story
Open Charge Alliance Debuts OCPP 2.0 Amidst Industry-Wide Support for Open Standards-Based Electric Vehicle Charging Networks
OpenCharge Alliance – December 11, 2013: The Open Charge Alliance (OCA), a global consortium of public and private electric vehicle infrastructure leaders, today announced the release of Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 2.0, Release Candidate 1 (RC1). OCPP is the accepted EV protocol in 50 countries and over 10,000 stations. Built to retain and extend the foundational functionality of OCPP 1.5, version 2.0 introduces vital new features that support pricing, smart charging, and enhanced charge station health and maintenance in a more efficient, modern transport. To download OCPP 2.0 RC1, please visit www.OpenChargeAlliance.org
OCPP is a freely available open standard that enables site hosts to "mix and match" interoperable EV hardware and software without the need to reinvest in new charging stations.... ...Full Story
One standard to sync them all: AllSeen Alliance forms to accelerate Internet of Things adoption
The Verge – December 10, 2013: Eighteen months ago, Qualcomm SVP Rob Chandhok succinctly explained why the internet of things was failing. Instead of working together, manufacturers designed their smart televisions and appliances to only communicate with their own proprietary applications. Instead of building an ecosystem of devices that could talk to one another, they only built for themselves. Is a smart light bulb really "smart" if you need a special switch, too?
Now, Qualcomm believes it can tackle that problem — with a little help. Today, the Linux Foundation has announced the formation of the AllSeen Alliance, a new consortium dedicated to building and maintaining an open-source framework that lets devices of all shapes and sizes seamlessly communicate with each other.... ...Full Story
State Council & MIIT Promote IPR Protection
USITO.org Weekly – December 10, 2013: Furthering Third Plenum Intellectual Property Right (IPR) objectives, China has launched two initiatives to to strengthen IPR protection.
On Nov. 20th, Premier Li Keqiang hosted a State Council Executive Meeting to address IPR infringement and legal administrative enforcement. One of the meeting outcomes was State Council approval of the "Opinion Regarding Legal Publication of Information Regarding Administrative Penal Actions for Counterfeit Goods and IPR infringement" (Opinion).
Additionally, on Nov. 22nd, the Ministry of Industry and Information technology (MIIT) released an implementation "Guidance for Industrial Enterprise IPR Administration" [MIIT Dept. Tech.  No. 447] (Guidance) with the intention of promoting the establishment of a corporate IPR system using the recommendations for IPR management and protection in accordance with the State Council's "Industrial Transformative Upgrading Plan (2011-2015)" for compliance. ...Full Story
FIDO Alliance Strives to Set Up Biometric Security Standards
James Alan Miller
BizTech – December 10, 2013: Biometrics have been deemed by some to be the ultimate alternative to passwords and PINs....
In order for biometric security to gain widespread adoption, however, all stakeholders (e.g., hardware, software and security vendors; financial institutions; retailers) must agree on a common set of standards for the implementation and support of the technology.
Enter the FIDO Alliance....One of the chief goals of [its planned] biometric standard is to enable a person to use the same biometric sensor to unlock any account or access a website, for example, while keeping an end user's biometric data private. It works by registering a user's device on a server via a public key. Authentication happens when the device, which could be biometric or gesture-based (even), meets a challenge from the server with the private key it holds. For privacy purposes, the key issued by a user's device to each account on each server is unique in order to avoid linkability between accounts.... ...Full Story
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story!
Amazon Reader Reviews – December 9, 2013: This review is from: The Alexandria Project: A Tale of Treachery and Technology (Kindle Edition)
This book was a delightful read! I agree with another reviewer who said "is it suspense or is it horror??" In these days of cyber spying it appears that Andy has used his deep technical knowledge to explain to those of us less well informed, how massive information can be collected, used and manipulated, sometimes for purposes never intended if it falls into the wrong hands!
Well written and thoroughly enjoyable. ...Full Story
Bluetooth 4.1 brings the wireless standard closer to the 'Internet of things'
NDTV Gadgets – December 9, 2013: It looks like the next iteration of the Bluetooth standard, Bluetooth 4.1, will bring devices featuring the technology closer to the 'Internet of things,' as they'll be able to connect directly with the Internet....It also paves the way for IP-based (Internet Protocol) connections, allowing Bluetooth technology enabled devices to act as the essential wireless link for the 'Internet of things.'...The Bluetooth 4.1 standard will be able to work seamlessly and cooperatively with latest generation cellular technologies like LTE, reducing the possibility of interference, as per the Bluetooth SIG.
It will also offer device manufacturers more control over creating and maintaining Bluetooth connections by making the reconnection time interval flexible and variable. This means that if a consumer leaves the room, upon returning, two recently-used devices reconnect automatically....A single device can act as both a Bluetooth Smart peripheral and a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub at the same time.... ...Full Story
W3C/IAB workshop on Strengthening the Internet Against Pervasive Monitoring (STRINT)
W3C.org Weekly Newsletter – December 9, 2013: The Internet Architecture Board and W3C just announced a
Workshop, Strengthening the Internet Against Pervasive
Monitoring, 28 February – 01 March 2014, in London (UK)....
The Vancouver IETF plenary concluded that pervasive monitoring
represents an attack on the Internet. Pervasive monitoring
targets protocol data that we also need for network
manageability and security. This data is captured and
correlated with other data. There is an open problem as to how
to enhance protocols so as to maintain network manageability
and security but still limit data capture and correlation.
The overall goal of the workshop is to steer IETF and W3C work
so as to be able to improve or "strengthen" the Internet in the
face of pervasive monitoring. A workshop report in the form of
an IAB RFC will be produced after the event.... ...Full Story
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