LibreTaxi – Opensource alternative to Careem and Uber

LibreTaxi – Opensource alternative to Careem and Uber

LibreTaxi takes out the giants from the game and connects the taxi directly with the passenger. The passenger uses the app to hail a taxi, haggle a mutual agreeable price and then More »

Mozilla launches US$ 2 Million Wireless Innovation Challenge

Mozilla launches US$ 2 Million Wireless Innovation Challenge

Partnering with National Science Foundation, Mozilla Foundation has launched an ambitious US$2 million  Wireless Innovation for Network Society, (WINS) Challenge. There are two broad categories where the US based entities can apply. More »

Open Source Repositories of Tech Giants

Open Source Repositories of Tech Giants

tech giants have now organized their software into repositories that are easily accessible and downloadable from their website or GitHub. We can not only use it but also build our own versions More »

UPSat – World’s first Open Source Satellite launched into space

UPSat – World’s first Open Source Satellite launched into space

UPSat is a joint initiative of Libre Space Foundation and University of Patras, in Greece. It is designed from scratch as completely open sourced including the hardware. More »

Mycroft – Open Source AIexa like Artificial Intelligence

Mycroft – Open Source AIexa like Artificial Intelligence

Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Now have become our defacto assistants for most things mundane.  Making calls, setting appointments or reminders, streaming music, turn on lights, playing games among dozens of More »


Category Archives: Apple

Open Source Repositories of Tech Giants

All major tech giants have embraced open source. Their technology stack is enriched and so deeply embedded with open source that it is totally indistinguishable from commercial and proprietary software.

To give a few simple examples, Apple’s MacOS X is based on open source FreeBSD Unix. Google’s Android is a customized version of Linux, and Amazon’s Kindle is nothing but a Java/Linux powered handheld device.

The Vibrant Open Source Smartphone OS Market

The mobile OS market is only getting more awesome with each passing year. There are new players on the horizon challenging the might of Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone. And almost all of them are based on Linux and are designed around an open source philosophy.

Just like the Linux desktop, they will all surely inspire many derivatives with interesting designs, wonderful UIs and innovative hardware specifications.

Currently, Ubuntu is ranked number one on the open source desktop environment by a long margin. Currently enjoying over 20 million active users. It has also inspired countless derivatives, some of them are extremely popular themselves, like Linux Mint, with the user community.

Linux Inside Your Smartphone

Chances are the cell phone in your hand runs on some variant of Unix or Linux. Yes, even your Blackberry.

It is no secret that Ubuntu Linux is developing an OS for the smart phone. So is Firefox. The leading browser of the world is building an open source Linux powered OS targeting low end smartphones. But they are not the only ones getting Linux onto smart phones and into our hands. Many telecom vendors including Nokia, Samsung, and Palm (now defunct WebOS) too have had Linux powered phones. Some were a success and others a dud.

LibreOffice 4 Review

LibreOffice has been around for over two years and finally we have a new version which fully branches itself away from its OpenOffice roots.

I must say, the software looks cleaner, faster and amazingingly simple to use. There are no confusing menus rather a simple interface, and all the goodies we want right in the front.

This release has very few cosmetic/UI updates but really a major core rewrite of the whole software application suite. Originally, it was a derivative of Openoffice sharing many million lines of code. But most of it has been rewritten from scratch and rethought by some 500 developers worldwide to improve and optimize the whole software experience. Truly a global open source collaborative effort.

Your Media in Plex Heaven

Living in the digital & information age also means its an age of “Information Glut”. Our brain at times is overwhelmed by the amount of information it encounters in a day. We struggle to remember it, retrieve it and even share it with our family and friends. And it is even worse on a computer. Some of the videos we shot ages ago are collecting dust in some old hard drive that wont even connect to modern computers. All this data and digital information needs to be rescued and viewed as it was originally destined.

Well, if that media is videos, music or photos you are in luck. Plex not only indexes that information for you but serves it up in a nice VIP Deluxe package that you can access on the go from any device that you may own. Welcome to Plex Media Server.

Installing Ubuntu within MacOS X

Many of us have wanted to try and install Linux but cannot part ways with our Windows or Mac OSX. Sometimes, we are not sure if it is worth the switch or if we will ever be comfortable in the new alien environment. But, there are alternatives to this. We can still run Ubuntu and other Linux within our Windows or Mac without needing to uninstall either. Yes, we can actually run Windows and Linux simultaneously using a simple and small software application called Virtualbox.

Of Course, such a solution works great on a fast computer with lots of memory and hard disk space. We recommend at least an Intel’s Core2Duo computer running 4GB of RAM. If you do it in anything less, you might run into performance issues.

Windows no longer the Best

This season anyone monitoring the Amazon Best Sellers List for Notebook computers would have noticed that three brands out of top five have consistently been non Windows. In fact, the best selling computer has been Samsung’s Chromebook, a Linux based netbook developed on Google’s opensource ChromeOS operating System.

Use Tor to unblock Youtube

If you want privacy and anonymity on the web from over hyper big brothers. If you want to unblock Youtube or other similar sites blocked by your government. If you want to see unfiltered and unaltered results from Google and other search engines that might be censored, then TOR is a great solution for your needs.

In their own words:

Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.

The Future of iPhone – Unlocked and Unleashed Worldwide

Later this year, Apple will unveil a major upgrade to their game changing iPhone. One of the new upgrades will definitely be moving it to their own A4 chipset using the long anticipated iPhoneOS version 4. Thus enabling  iPhone to play apps faster and most importantly, the ability to multi-task. Something that Android and Palm Pre devices already do pretty well but iPhone still lags behind. However, the most revolutionary factor would be in the pricing structure and its relationship with carriers. In short, iPhone will most likely be available unlocked and uncarrier bound.
With the launch of iPad, Apple has indicated its desire to sell its hardware unlocked and non-carrier bound. This is just the beginning as more and more devices will follow the same pattern.
While its relationship with AT&T and other international carriers has been highly successful in selling millions of cellphones worldwide, it has also created a major problem for its apps developers (and itself) in the form of jailbroken iPhones. Apple and probably AT&T did make some money on the jailbroken devices (hardware and cellphone contract sales), but at the same time, it has suffered an estimated US$450 million in revenue losses (from unpaid downloaded apps). This is only because jailbroken devices, are able to download iPhone Apps without the need to pay for them.
Earlier in January 2010, Google launched its NexusOne device unlocked and right off their website. No carrier or any shop necessary for purchase. The phone was also made simultaneously available through T-mobile with a two year contract at a reduced price. Among many reasons to adopt this methodology was for Google  to discourage hackers in breaking android operating system and then messing around with the OS. When the phone is already unlocked no one will need a reason to break it. Apple will most likely follow the same path. While its relationship with AT&T will continue but consumers will have an option of picking an iPhone right off the Apple Store; unlocked and ready to use with any carrier in the world. Of course, AT&T locked phone will still be cheaper than the unlocked version.
This move will go a long way in strengthening Apple’s outreach to more places/countries worldwide to sell their content. They will no longer be bound by the reach of the (partner) carriers to sell devices. In short, the whole world will become their playing field. And the more Apple devices people choose to own, the more they are likely to buy content from Apple directly. Another advantage for Apple will be that the unlocked variety will finally discourage hackers from jailbreaking their devices, which in turn would be boon for Apple, as it will bring in more revenues in legitimate app store sales. And once the hacker community becomes irrelevant, maybe Enterprise apps will find their way into the iPhone platform. Currently, hacked/jailbroken phones are a cause of concern for many enterprise apps and hence, are not offering as many functionality as expected. Once this hole is taken care of, enterprise class applications will become popular on this platform, thus making Apple king of the corporate world as well.
Apple’s iPad stellar launch, earlier this week confirmed many of the rumors going around about the future of Apple. Steve Jobs is now on a path to take Apple beyond IT realm of nifty niche products to the world’s largest content controlling and distribution conglomerate. To achieve those goals, they now have the software (iTunes, App Store), the hardware (A4 chips powering iPad for now but soon iPhones, MacBooks and iMacs), the users (over 50 million just on iPod Touch and iPhone worldwide) and now the content (thousands of songs, games, movies and apps). With iBooks now Apple will control almost all major media contents out there.

PC vs Mac vs Linux Advertisement

This is the season of new OS releases from all major vendors. Microsoft with its over hyped Windows 7, Apple with their new streamlined, but expensive, line up of Macs and OS and Linux with Ubuntu, Fedora and others releasing their upgrades. While Apple and Microsoft are aggressively marketing their wares in trade shows, TV, Internet and even (paid for) print articles in leading magazines, it seems Linux will have to use the community to market its new releases through RSS feeds, blogs, websites and youtube.

In this media marketing war, we decided to bring back an old advertisement announcing Linux as a viable desktop option. The commercial was paid for by Novell but it is too good to pass up. So here it is for Linux fans.