Latest NewsOpen source challenges a proprietary Internet of ThingsPatrick ThibodeauComputerWorld
March 12, 2014 - The only limit to the Internet of Things isn't imagination or technology. It's the vendors. Will your Whirlpool, Maytag or GE washer be able to communicate with your Samsung TV or Apple iPhone, Sears' oven or any other device?
Without interoperability, consumer devices, electronic appliances and sensor-equipped wearables won't recognize each other and communicate....There is no consumer electronics vendor large enough to force [Internet of things] interoperability...But there are vendors large enough to frustrate the path to it by building an Internet of Things mostly around their products.
Into this electronics disconnect steps the open source industry, which believes it has the method, the process and the clout to drive the electronics industry toward a true interoperability. But does it?
We may know in less than 12 months... ...Full Story
Open office choices grip multiple languages
EC Joinup March 11, 2014 - Open source office suite alternatives are well able to handle multiple languages. Apache OpenOffice for example, already supports 32 languages, and the upcoming new version will add several new languages, including Danish and Norwegian, according to a press statement from the Apache Software Foundation, released on International Mother Language Day, Thursday 20 February. Multilingualism is also a feature of LibreOffice, another open source office suite, localised in over a hundred languages....
Multilingualism is also being tackled in other free and open source projects. For example, Belgium's federal IT service organisation Fedict is funding the development of a multilingual version of Drupal, an open source content management system, which can handle several languages at the same time. The system already has a standard module allowing users to set their preferred language.... ...Full Story
Smart Grid Neighborhood-Area Network Standard Charges Ahead
Electronic Design March 11, 2014 - The ZigBee Alliance has created a new profile for neighborhood area networks using the 802.15.4g standard.
The ZigBee Alliance and a group of leading smart-metering and Smart Grid member companies are developing a communication profile aimed at achieving true plug-and-play interoperability between the members’ wireless Smart Grid neighborhood-area network (NAN) products and solutions. The NAN is defined as a utility’s last-mile, outdoor access network that connects smart meters and distribution automation devices to wide-area network (WAN) gateways such as RF collectors or data concentrators and field devices.... ...Full Story
Outdated copyright laws must adapt to the new digital age
PolicyReview.eu March 10, 2014 - Yesterday the public consultation opened by the European Commission on the review of the copyright rules closed. This is an important first step in the legislative process that is expected to span the next few years. Now is a good time to look back at how the current system was originally set up and think about whether it is still fit for purpose to achieve its objectives.
The European Union copyright rules are based on a directive from 2001 implementing the World Intellectual Property Organisation Copyright Treaty of 1996. Since that time, technology has profoundly and irrevocably remodelled the way that content is created and consumed, and our legal system is increasingly struggling to achieve its stated objective of enabling creation – and open innovation.... ...Full Story
Getty Images Makes 35 Million Photos Free to Use Online
OpenCulture.com March 10, 2014 - Founded in 1997, Getty Images has made a business out of licensing stock photography to web sites. But, in recent years, the company has struggled, facing stiffer competition from other companies …. and from online piracy....Fighting a losing battle against infringers, Getty Images surprised consumers and competitors yesterday when it announced that it would make 35 [out of 80] million images free for publishers to use, with a few strings attached.... ...Full Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thinking Person's Cyber-Thriller
Amazon Reader Reviews March 7, 2014 - This review is from: The Alexandria Project: A Tale of Treachery and Technology (Kindle Edition)
If you think a mystery novel containing elements of international espionage, politics, finance, cryptography, law, Internet technology and inter-governmental agency turf battles might appeal to you, I highly recommend this novel. It contains all this, plus much more (did I mention the Mother Of All Hacker Attacks and plot twists that will have you calling your chiropractor)? It will make you think twice (thrice?) about U.S. data security almost every time you read the international headlines. And the protagonist -- Frank Adversego -- may become your new anti-terrorist fictional hero. Highly recommended. ...Full Story
President Xi's Central Cybersecurity and Informatization Leading Group Approves Work Plan
USITO.org Weekly March 7, 2014 - China's Central Cybersecurity and Informatization Leading Group (CCILG) approved its work plan and priorities in an inaugural meeting on February 27th, according to a report on the State Council website. The leading group is led by China President Xi Jinping and two deputy heads, Premier Li Keqiang and party propaganda department head Liu Yunshan, and is comprised of ministerial leaders. The leading group will play a central leading role in coordination of China's cybersecurity and informatization strategies, plans and policies.
At the meeting, Xi emphasized that cybersecurity and informatization play a strategic role in China's national security, economic development, and the daily life of the people. Xi said that China's development as a cyber power would require a focus on the overall landscape, ministerial coordination and innovative development....[Announcement is in Chinese] ...Full Story
New GAO Report Finds Need for Increased Support for U.S. Participation in the Development of International Nanomanufacturing Standards
ANSI Weekly News March 7, 2014 - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report, titled “Nanomanufacturing – Emergence and Implications for U.S. Competitiveness, the Environment, and Human Health,” that found that additional financial and organizational support – particularly in connection with U.S. involvement in the development of international nanomanufacturing standards – is required to ensure U.S. competitiveness in the this emerging field.... ...Full Story
As smart as it gets
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AFAQS March 6, 2014 - In January this year at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Google announced the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), which aims to bridge that gap by plugging cars - and their amazing capabilities - into the same mobile ecosystem that powers your Android smartphone, tablet and television.
At Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, Google announced the Open Auto Alliance, a partnership with Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai to bring Android to the dashboards of these car manufacturers. Apple is working with both BMW and Mercedes to bring its iOS into the cars. Then there is Ford's Sync, a platform developed by Ford and Microsoft, which provides real time information on traffic, directions among other things. What do 'smart dashboards' mean for the consumer and what opportunities do they open up for brands?.... ...Full Story
OECD Crafts Global Standard for Sharing Tax Information
ComplianceWeek March 5, 2014 - Stepping up efforts to curb international tax evasion, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a global economic policy forum with 34 member government, has unveiled a new data-sharing initiative aimed at exposing the practice.
Responding to a mandate from G20 leaders to reinforce action against tax avoidance and evasion, OECD developed a new global standard for the automatic exchange of information between tax authorities worldwide.The standard calls for information from financial institutions to be automatically shared with other countries on an annual basis. The protocol details the account information to be exchanged, the financial institutions that need to report, the different types of accounts and taxpayers covered, and common due diligence procedures to be followed by financial institutions.... ...Full Story