Leaked MIUI source code hints at in-display fingerprint reader on the Xiaomi Mi 7

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If you’ve been keeping up with Xiaomi and in-display fingerprint tech lately, then you probably heard a lot of rumors regarding the Mi Mix 2s. Since that particular flagship was announced yesterday that obviously didn’t come to pass. However, this development doesn’t mean the Chinese manufacturer entirely gave up on the technology. The primary suspect to pioneer the new reader within Xiaomi’s ranks now seems to be the the Mi 7. As per industry chatter, the flagship was delayed, potentially to accommodate the new tech. Some fine investigative work from the guys over at XDA seems to further…

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Motorola releases Android 8.0 Oreo kernel source code for 2016 Moto Z

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Motorola hasn’t been doing well lately. Several planned phones have seemingly been delayed or cancelled, and half of the company’s engineering team in Chicago was laid off earlier this month. While Oreo has yet to be released for the company’s 2016 flagship (at least beyond carrier testing), developers can now download the updated kernel source code.

If you’re not familiar with how this works, the Linux kernel that Android uses falls under the GPL license.

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Linux Foundation, Intel launch open source IoT hypervisor

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Offers streamlined code for embedded usage.

NEWSBYTE: The Linux Foundation has unveiled plans for a new open source project to provide streamlined embedded hypervisors for IoT devices.

Called Acrn, the project has been assisted by Intel, which contributed code and engineering. The main thrust of the project is to create small, flexible virtual machines.

ACRN comprises two main components: the hypervisor and its device model, complete with I/O mediators. The Linux-based hypervisor can run many ‘guest’ operating systems at the same time.

The Foundation said that developers would benefit from ACRN’s small, real-time footprint, which is flexible enough to accommodate different use cases and takes into account safety-critical workloads.

It added that by consolidating a diverse set of IoT workloads with mixed criticality onto a single platform would help reduce development and deployment costs, enabling a more streamlined system architecture.

“ACRN will have a Linux-based service OS and the ability to simultaneously run multiple types of guest operating systems, providing a powerful solution for workload consolidation,” said Imad Sousou, corporate VP and general manager of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center.

“This new project delivers a flexible, lightweight hypervisor, designed to take real-time and safety-critical concerns into consideration and drive meaningful innovation for the IoT space.”

Safety-critical systems

Angelo Corsaro, CTO of edge computing specialist Adlink Technology, said that the lack of open source virtualisation solutions for embedded, real-time, safety-critical systems has greatly hindered consolidation, along with the most interesting forms of fog computing.

“The release of ACRN as a Linux Foundation project by Intel will be a game changer, as it brings the agility and manageability of virtualised environments into embedded and real-time systems. This will be a key enabler toward making the Industrial Internet of Things happen for real,” he said.

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It’s good news that ACRN will incorporate input from the open source, embedded, and IoT developer communities. Meanwhile, the Linux Foundation has said it will encourage collaboration and code contributions to the project – yet more evidence that the IoT is all about collaboration, at every stage of connected technology and data programmes.

More details can be found here.


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LG announces webOS Open Source Edition to bring the platform to more devices

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news regarding webOS, but LG is changing that today with an announcement about the platform.

LG has announced webOS Open Source Edition with the goal of expanding the variety of webOS devices. Developers can download the source code for this platform for free and use tools, guides, and forums to help them learn more about webOS. LG says that because webOS is a based on a Linux kernel with support for HTML5 and CSS3, it should be easy to learn for even new developers.

Here’s what Dr. I.P. Park, CTO at LG Electronics, had to say about this webOS news:

“When LG adopted webOS for our popular smart TV lineup in 2013, it did so with the knowledge that webOS had tremendous potential. webOS has come a long way since then and is now a mature and stable platform ready to move beyond TVs to join the very exclusive group of operating systems that have been successfully commercialization at such a mass level. As we move from an app-based environment to a web-based one, we believe the true potential of webOS has yet to be seen.”

LG already uses webOS on televisions and refrigerators, and judging by the image included with its announcement, it looks like LG feels like webOS could be a good fit for set-top boxes, robots, and tablets, too. Of course, this will require developers to dig in to webOS Open Source Edition and create those devices. It’ll be interesting to see if any devs make a webOS-powered mobile device like a tablet, especially since its been years since we saw a webOS mobile product.

Would you be interested in something like a new webOS tablet?

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Supply chain sources expect Apple to source 270 million iPhone screens, nearly half OLED

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Apple is expected order for up to 270 million smartphone display panels throughout 2018, according to a supply chain report, with the volume of anticipated orders far exceeding Apple’s best annual iPhone sales total by almost 40 million units.
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Apple, Whatsapp pegged as potential source for encrypted communication app download information in Russia collusion probe.

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A leaked memo claims that should the Democrats claim the House in November, they will use subpoena power to compel Apple, Google, Amazon and others to divulge what apps that investigated individuals downloaded, and will pursue the app developers themselves for contents of messages.
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Xiaomi releases Oreo kernel source code for the Mi A1

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Xiaomi promised that the Mi A1 would receive Oreo by the end of 2017, and the company hit a buzzer-beater by rolling out Android 8.0 to the Android One device on December 30th. But the kernel source code was nowhere to be found, a violation of the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2), and an affront to the development and enthusiast community. It’s about two-and-a-half months late, but Xiaomi has finally released the Android 8.0 Oreo source code for the Mi A1.

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Samsung publishes kernel source code for Galaxy S9/S9+ Snapdragon and Exynos models

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Just as it did after the unveiling of the Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung has published the kernel sources for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. But this time around, the company has gone ahead and released the code for the Exynos and Snapdragon models at the same time.

Of course, these won’t be of much use to the everyday consumer. To a developer, though, this means that custom development can commence.

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Google Pixel 2’s portrait mode is made open source

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There’s no denying that the Google Pixel 2 has a really great camera. Although the camera UI does not offer manual controls, Google’s HDR+ algorithm is really good at exposing most scenes very evenly. It can even do this fairly well in lower-lit conditions. HDR+ aside, Google made a Research Blog post about the Google Camera’s portrait mode. The Google Pixel’s portrait mode only needs a single camera lens, unlike many other OEMs that require a second camera to map out depth to synthesize the bokeh (blur) effect. We hope that publicly sharing our system with the community will…

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Valve Has ‘Dota 2’ and the Source 2 Engine Running on Mobile Devices, Other Mobile Ports Are Possible

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Last week I toured the Valve offices and got a hands-on preview of their upcoming collectable card game Artifact, but the most interesting thing to me was that Artifact runs on the Source 2 engine which Valve has successfully ported to mobile. In a passing comment surrounding Source 2 working on mobile devices, Gabe Newell also mentioned that they’ve got Dota 2 running on tablets, although it’s super difficult to control.

The fascinating part of this is that it means that mobile ports of all sorts of Valve titles (and other games that run on Source 2) are now technically possible. Additionally, given Valve’s flat structure and the complete freedom employees have to create new products and experiment with old ones, the only thing stopping all the Valve games eventually being released on the App Store is someone willing to champion that cause at the company. Valve team members are free to do whatever they want, as long as they feel it will bring value to the customer, after all.

Is it a major stretch to suggest we’ll see games like Portal on our iPhones? Of course it is, but, when you look at the history of the App Store and mobile gaming as a whole, there was a point in time where it would have been equally laughable to suggest that Square Enix would bring practically every Final Fantasy game to the platform. Hell, we’re even experiencing that right now with Fortnite not only coming to the iPhone but also supporting cross-platform play with the Xbox. If you would have floated that as a possibility as little as two weeks ago, you would have been dismissed as a dreamer, but, here we are.

So, for real, we need everyone in Touch Arcade land to cross their fingers and toes that somewhere along the lifecycle of Artifact coming to the App Store someone at Valve gets passionate enough about mobile gaming to take charge of bringing the rest of their library. Yes, controls will be an issue for games originally designed for the PC with a keyboard and mouse, but, when there’s a will there’s a way.

Valve… don’t make me do this. I totally will.

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