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Microsoft opens Kinect to hackers with Windows SDK planned for spring 2011
News & Analysis  
2/27/2011   4 comments
At Microsoft’s TechForum, the company announced plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit, or SDK, this spring.
SYSGO's SSV RTOS PikeOS offers Android Personality
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2/26/2011   Post a comment
SYSGO has announced that its Safe and Secure Virtualization (SSV) product PikeOS now supports the Android operating system as a guest OS, or 'Personality'. PikeOS technology enables Android apps to run concurrently with other executive environments having more real-time, safety and/or security constraints on the same hardware device, and allows strict partitioning between critical and non-critical applications.
Android to reach 140 million units in 2011
News & Analysis  
2/22/2011   7 comments
There will be an installed base of 140 million Android portable devices, including smartphones and tablets, by the end of 2011, according to a forecast from IMS Research.
Intel says will find partners for MeeGo
News & Analysis  
2/17/2011   24 comments
Intel will find other partners to help with the MeeGo mobile operating system project now that Nokia has backed out to work with Microsoft on developing the Windows OS.
AUTOSAR architecture expands safety and security applications
Design How-To  
2/17/2011   Post a comment
In Release 4.0, AUTOSAR allows both safety and non-safety applications to operate on the same controller. Additionally, AUTOSAR embeds several security-related features into its software architecture.
Open-source software increasingly part of IT strategy to gain competitive advantage
News & Analysis  
2/13/2011   2 comments
A recent survey by Gartner found that more than half of organizations surveyed have adopted open-source software (OSS) solutions as part of their IT strategy. Nearly one-third of respondents cited benefits of flexibility, increased innovation, shorter development times and faster procurement processes as reasons for adopting OSS solutions.
'You asked for it, you got it, Toyota'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2011   19 comments
The U.S. government has vindicated Toyota's electronic control technology in the spate of sudden acceleration incidents, but what happens to the automaker's reputation?
Smartphone-vehicle integration: Making sense of the cacophony
Design How-To  
2/7/2011   7 comments
Proposed infotainment system models abound for addressing the issues arising from the different lifecycles of vehicles and smartphones. This paper reviews the pros and cons of these various solutions.


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