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Think Mobile Is Big Now? Here's Proof That It's Just Getting Started

Dan Rowinski | ReadWrite | May 29, 2013

So, you think that the Mobile Revolution is complete and the battle between smartphones and PCs is all but won? Think again. Read More »

This Automaker Just Joined IBM and Google as a Patron of Open-Source Software

Roger Parloff | Fortune | July 13, 2016

While not as momentous as its introduction of the Prius in 1997—the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle—Toyota Motor Corp TM 0.17% quietly took another bold, industry-leading step toward technological innovation last month. The world’s largest automaker ponied up a one-time fee—believed to be $20 million—and became the eighth full member of a consortium that most people do not associate with the auto industry at all...

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Time to Choose: Are You Investing in Open Source or Not?

In 1996, the term "open source" didn't exist. Yet 20 years later, open source technology spans countless projects and brings together the collective talent of millions. Take a close look at any open source project or community of developers and you'll find incredible levels of speed, innovation, and agility. Open source participation varies wildly. Some developers devote their professional lives to open source software projects; others contribute their time and talent as an avocation. While the communities behind the software continue to grow, the technology itself is playing both a foundational role in the most important technology developments of the past 20 years and is also an integral role in the strategies powering many of today's leading organizations...

Timeline: How Apple Is Piecing Together its Secret Healthcare Plan

Bill Siwicki | Healthcare IT News | June 23, 2017

Rumors are at a fever pitch that Apple has big plans for healthcare, including putting a medical record on the iPhone, possibly acquiring its way into the EHR market. From its leap into healthcare in 2014 with its HealthKit application programming interface in September 2014 to the June 19 revelation of Apple’s work with the tiny start-up Health Gorilla, Apple has made a series of moves in healthcare that clearly indicate the company has plans for the space that will somehow manifest on its mega-popular iPhone and iPad products. Here’s a look at how Apple got to where it is today in healthcare...

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To Master Tech You Must Master Software - And Open Source - Even If You're Apple

Jim Zemlin | Linux.com | September 26, 2012

But there is a corollary: To master technology you must master open source. The real leaders in tech are understanding that to go it alone and develop software in a company cloister is foolish, expensive and time intensive.
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Top 10 Open Source Legal Developments in 2015

In 2015 there were a variety of legal issues of importance to the FOSS (free and open source) community. Continuing the tradition of looking back over the top ten legal developments in FOSS, my selection of the top ten issues for 2015 is as follows:

  1. Settlement of Versata cases interpreting General Public License version 2 (GPLv2)
  2. First decision interpreting General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  3. Linux programmer sues VMware for violation of GPLv2 for Linux
  4. Community GPL compliance
  5. European Commission antitrust investigation of Google and its Android operating System (Android OS)...

Top 5 Government Health IT Stories Of The Summer

Tom Sullivan, | Government Health IT | August 29, 2014

Call it the season of interoperability. That was the biggest topic of the summer among Government Health IT readers...

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Top Open Source Projects to Watch in 2017

No one has a crystal ball to see the future of technology. Even for projects developed out in the open, code alone can't tell us whether or not a project is destined for success—but there are hints along the way. For example, perhaps it's not unreasonable to assume that the projects that will help shape our future are those projects that have first seen rapid growth and popularity among the developer community. So which new projects should an open source developer watch in 2017? Let's take a look at a few projects that emerged in 2016 to achieve rapid notoriety in the GitHub community...

Tractor Owners Using Pirated Firmware To Dodge John Deere's Ham-Fisted Attempt To Monopolize Repair

Karl Bode | Tech Dirt | March 29, 2017

We've been noting for a while how numerous states have been pushing so-called "right to repair" bills, which would make it easier for consumers to repair their own products and find replacement parts and tools. Not surprisingly, many tech companies have been working overtime to kill these bills. That includes Apple, which recently proclaimed that Nebraska's right to repair bill would turn the state into a nefarious playground for hackers. Opposition also includes Sony and Microsoft, which both tend to enjoy a repair monopoly on their respective video game consoles...

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Two Things Hospitals Can't Afford To Ignore

Kathleen Goepferd | Government Health IT | June 11, 2014

The next time someone asks your patient how they’re doing, they might stop to check their data before answering...Consider: An activity and sleep-monitoring device from Fitbit was Amazon.com’s top-selling health and personal care item this past holiday shopping season...

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Under The Surface, Microsoft's ARM Tablet Is A Terrible Mistake

A.T. Faust III | AppAdvice.com | July 3, 2012

Unhappy with Microsoft’s intended release of a direct hardware competitor, HP has reportedly withdrawn its support for the Windows on ARM RT (or “WART”) platform. The sages at SemiAccurate acerbically explain the whole ugly affair: "…Microsoft just unveiled one of the largest and most unethical industrial espionage campaigns of the last few decades, so it is no surprise that everyone is jumping ship."...

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UPDATE 1-Apple, Google, Dozens Of Others Urge U.S. Surveillance Disclosures

Staff Writer | Reuters | July 19, 2013

Dozens of companies, non-profits and trade organizations including Apple Inc, Google Inc and Facebook Inc sent a letter on Thursday pushing the Obama administration and Congress for more disclosures on the government's national security-related requests for user data. Read More »

US Defense Think Tank Calls for DoD to Adopt the Open Source VistA EHR and Avoid Closed and Proprietary EHRs.

One of the most prestigious U.S. defense think tanks, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), issued a white paper Thursday calling on the Department of Defense (DoD) to replace their existing dysfunctional “vendor-lock” medical records system with an electronic health records system (EHR) that is "extensible, flexible and easy to safely modify and upgrade as technology improves and interoperability demands evolve." The white paper warns that a "closed and proprietary" commercial EHR - such as the ones offered by Epic, Cerner or Allscripts - will lead to "vendor-lock” and isolation of health data. Read More »

US Judge Criticises the Patent System

Staff Writer | The H | July 6, 2012

Richard Posner, a judge for the 7th US Circuit of Appeals in Chicago, has publicly criticised the patent system as it applies to the technology industry. In his opinion, the current behaviour of technology companies when it comes to patents is unacceptable. Read More »

VA Awards Contract For Mobile Device Management, Apps Store

Jared Serbu | Federal News Radio | October 3, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a long-awaited contract to build a system that will manage a stable of mobile devices officials hope will eventually grow to 100,000 handhelds and tablets. Read More »