Latest NewsHow to transfer ODT files with Google Docs and Microsoft Word OnlineAndy WolberTechRepublic
January 28, 2015 - Open your favorite writing app -- say, Google Docs -- to create a new file. The powerful collaborative editing features work only inside a Google Doc. Want to work with the file elsewhere? You'll either need to export the file or access the document with programming (i.e., the Google Drive API)....Control of a format or distribution channel can make it harder to use a competitive solution.
That's one problem of proprietary formats: a switch costs you time and/or money....Open formats or distribution channels make it easier for people to choose a different solution.
That's one promise of the open formats: your content exists independently of the software used to create the file. You're free to take your content and edit it with another app....Fortunately, Google re-enabled support for ODF in December 2014. That means you can leverage the collaborative capabilities of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, then export your completed work to a file in an open, non-proprietary format.... ...Full Story
Gaming Standards Association (GSA) Brings Suite of Next Generation of Standards to ICE Totally
Gaming Standards Association January 27, 2015 - GSA President Peter DeRaedt announced Gaming Standards Association (GSA) executives and engineers will be available on its stand in London during the 2015 ICE Totally Gaming expo and conference in London, February 3-5, to answer questions about GSA's new generation of standards and protocols that will be released over the next six months.... ...Full Story
LibreOffice Viewer beta hits Google Play ready to take on Microsoft Office Mobile
AndroidPit January 27, 2015 - Our phones and tablets have become much more than many people ever could have imagined, and they're now used for work as well as play. While larger-screened tablets such as the Nexus 9 are ideally suited for lengthier sessions of typing, phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nexus 5 are still used for viewing files. While Microsoft Office may be the industry standard office suite, there's plenty of competition, particularly from the free alternative LibreOffice. Today a beta version of LibreOffice Viewer has been released that allows mobile users to view Open Document Format (ODF) files on their Android devices.
libreofficeviewer Need to open office files on your Android? LibreOffice Viewer beta can help.... ...Full Story
NIST Requests Round Two Comments on its Cryptographic Standards Process
NISO.org January 26, 2015 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comments on a revised draft document that details the principles and processes it will follow to develop its cryptographic standards and guidelines. Comments will be collected through March 27, 2015.
This second draft of NIST IR7977: NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines provides more detail and identifies new policies and procedures that were not in the draft released for a two-month comment period in February 2014. The updates reflect feedback received in the public comments and a July 2014 report by an independent review committee....
The revisions to the first draft include new principles to ensure the usability of standards and guidelines and to encourage innovation while protecting intellectual property. The second draft also details how NIST will ensure balance, transparency, openness and integrity in its development of cryptographic standards and guidelines, and poses several questions to reviewers.... ...Full Story
New Linux Foundation's guide to the open-source cloud
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
ZDNet.com January 26, 2015 - I make my living from riding technology's bleeding edge. In particular I keep an eye on what's what with Linux and open-source software, but even I have trouble keeping track of what's going on with the open-source cloud technologies. Which is why I'm happy to welcome The Linux Foundation's 2015 report: Guide to the Open Cloud: Open Cloud Projects Profiled, which will be released on January 20th.... ...Full Story
HITRUST Establishes Healthcare Security Working Group
InfoSecurity January 23, 2015 - Be it hacked pacemakers, or compromised patient records, healthcare security is a terrifying field. The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has now established a working group dedicated to the security of health information technology (HIT), including systems and medical devices.
The goal of the program is to avoid, report and mitigate vulnerabilities; today, there is not a standard means for recognizing and sharing flaws, nor are there standard processes for eliminating or mitigating them.... ...Full Story
Huge battery will help deliver clean electricity, PUD says
Heraldnet.com January 23, 2015 - Snohomish County Public Utility District is getting ready to start using a massive battery that will make it easier for it to use clean, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.The PUD's new energy storage system, which includes a battery as big as a shipping container, is at the head of an effort to bring open-source design and standards to the industry....Utility companies don't have cheap, efficient ways to store that excess energy for when people need it. Energy storage systems are expensive, and each vendor uses its own proprietary designs and standards. That means utilities have to buy the entire system, rather than assembling their own using components from different vendors.The PUD's new system, though, is made using existing technology and open design and standards. That makes it much easier for companies to enter the market by offering one piece, rather than having to offer a whole system,...last year, several utilities and companies joined to create the MESA Standards Alliance to develop open standards for utility-scale energy storage. Last fall, MESA and another industry group jointly released the first open-source specifications for a plug-and-play energy storage system.... ...Full Story
IoTivity Preps For IoT Standards Showdown
InformationWeek January 22, 2015 - Without a seamless way for billions of devices to swap information, the Internet of Things may prove to be more Tower of Babel than the data-sharing utopia we’ve been led to believe. Various tech industry groups are working to build this much-needed framework for device-to-device connectivity across the IoT, yet no standard has emerged.
One contender is IoTivity, an open-source collaboration between the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), a group of 50-plus tech organizations led by Intel and Samsung, and the nonprofit Linux Foundation.
The OIC last week announced the preview release of the IoTivity code....The OIC hopes to complete the IoTivity standard within the first half of this year, and see IoT-compliant devices reach the market by the end of 2015.... ...Full Story
Intel’s OIC unveils the IoTivity standard for device discovery
Giga.om January 21, 2015 - After launching last July with a press release and promises of taking on the problem of device-to-device communication and discovery, the Open Interconnect Consortium has launched the initial version of its internet of things certification and standard. Called IoTivity, the technology will act as a way for connected devices to share what they are and what they can do.
So any light bulb that runs the IoTivity code will be able to tell any television or washing machine running the IotTivity code that it is a light bulb and it can turn on and off, dim and perhaps change colors. Armed with this knowledge the washing machine might send notifications about loads being ready to go into the dryer to a bulb by forcing it to blink. The TV might use the IoTivity information to dim the lights when it turns on.
The plan is for IoTivity to sit between the radios such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and the higher level apps the device uses. It’s middleware that aims to make things run smoothly without a lot of user or programmer intervention.... ...Full Story
IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Introduces First Uniform Test Plan for Evaluating IEEE C37.118.1™ Conformance of Synchrophasors for Power Grid
IEEE-SA January 18, 2015 - IEEE today announced the global availability of the industry’s first uniform test plan for evaluating the conformance of synchrophasors to IEEE C37.118.1™, IEEE Standard for Synchrophasor Measurements for Power Systems. Introduction of the IEEE Synchrophasor Measurement Test Suite Specification is another key step toward a comprehensive conformity assessment program for synchrophasors, which provide real-time measurement of electric power grids to help ensure stable operations and avert blackouts....
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) supported development of the IEEE Synchrophasor Measurement Test Suite Specification, toward the goal of encouraging market adoption of synchrophasor technologies supporting a highly resilient and reliable grid capable of accommodating higher penetration of renewable resources. A committee of volunteer technical experts from the power grid industry—representing manufacturers, utilities and academia—worked together through the IEEE-SA to write the test plan.... ...Full Story