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…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!   Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s love affair with open source may be coming to an end.  Despite saving $16 million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering switching back to Windows due to user complaints.  Read more about the motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.    Governments on GitHub Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source software.  Use of Open Source products like OpenOffice, Linux and Drupal are becoming commonplace. To further this trend, many governments are beginning to open source their own code as illustrated by the 10,000 active government users on GitHub. You could argue that since it is our taxes, then the code should be open.  Read more abo... (more)

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles

Author Peter Rogers Principal Mobility Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read (http://www.visionmobile.com/product/apps-for-cars-mileage-may-vary/).  It is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges: ·         Safety first considerations (like driver distraction)·         Long sales and car vendor app approval process·         Car vendor led UX and ideation processes·         Low risk strategies for selecting apps·         Deal negotiation skills requirement·         Massive market fragmentation. The analogy VisionMobile offers is one that I remember vividly myself. That of running a small mobile games company (back before the days of iOS and Android App Stores around ) and trying to get a deal with a telecom... (more)

Meta System and Wavecom to Jointly Develop Solutions for Automotive Telematics

Meta System Spa and Wavecom have announced that they are collaborating to develop two joint automotive telematics solutions. The companies are both suppliers to the automotive market: Meta System, a MetaSystem Group company specializes in research, development and production of electronics applied to advanced safety systems for motor vehicle market, while Wavecom dominates the market for wireless communication solutions for the automotive industry. The first joint solution is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) platform for automotive telematics, with particular focus on the following functionalities: eCall (emergency call), stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics and fleet management. A variant of the platform will integrate HSDPA/HSUPA technologies with the Wavecom Q26 Extreme product. The platform will permit high-speed connectivity and targets high-end t... (more)

Who at BMW Cooked Up This Disastrous eNewsletter?

 How To Put the Brakes on Their Five Major Marketing Mistakes If you were to imagine an eNewsletter from BMW, you would probably expect it to lead off with a picture something like the one to the right.  As a BMW owner, you tend to be a certain kind of person.  The folks at BMW have understood your persona well over decades in the United States.  That’s why I’m mystified at the June 2009 eNewsletter from Germain BMW of Naples. I love my BMW.  I think Germain BMW is a terrific dealership. But, I hate their eNewsletter. Why? Because it has almost nothing to do with the BMW brand promise: BMW—The Ultimate Driving Machine. In fact, the eNewsletter is so bad, I can only imagine it must be a stealth product of the federal government’s new car Czar organization. Call me crazy but when I get an eNewsletter that has something to do with BMW, I expect that it would deliver on... (more)

Toyota & Microsoft Team on Azure

Toyota is going to use Microsoft's Azure cloud to deliver price-conscious energy management services to its electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles next year. Microsoft and Toyota are supposed to stick $12 million in Toyota Media Services to develop diagnostic and GPS data for cars à la GM's OnStar widgetry, developing a whole global cloud platform for "telematics" by 2015. Toyota means to open the platform to other carmakers. ... (more)

Innovation Shines in ZeroLight

Royal Television Society recognises disruptive technology start-up for 'Excellence in Innovation' at Annual Awards Thursday 6th March 2014, Gateshead, UK - ZeroLight, part of the Eutechnyx Group, announced today that it has won a top prize in The Royal Television Society awards, for innovation in the Professional Excellence category. The awards ceremony held Saturday night brought together some of the country's best media innovations, hand selected by the judges panel to depict best-in-class examples of creativity and innovation in the area of audience engagement via use of new technologies. Senior marketing manager, Jason Collins said. "I'm extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of the amazing ZeroLight team. Breaking ground in a brand new technology sector has been a huge amount of work and to be recognised by such a prestigious organisation is thrilling". ... (more)

Siemens VDO Chooses ARTiSAN Studio for Automotive Powertrain Software Development

CHELTENHAM, England, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML 2 and SysML-based real-time systems and software modeling tools, has announced that Siemens VDO has chosen ARTiSAN Studio as the principal embedded software development tool for its automotive powertrain control units. Siemens VDO has extensive experience in software development for embedded systems but the demands of today's automotive market are such that increasingly complex software systems need to be built. It was clear to Siemens VDO that successful software development for its automotive powertrain control units would require a seamless process that encompasses both modeling and design, creating a need for a standardized modeling language supported by a flexible tool-based environment. The choice of UML meant the adoption of an increasingly widespread standard that ... (more)

Ford E-News - Oct. 28, 2009

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hearing is believing as Ford engineers see sound Seeing is believing, and now, thanks to cutting-edge technology, hearing is believing, too. Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) engineers are using a new technology that allows them to actually see unwanted sounds and eliminate them during vehicle development, helping ensure Ford vehicles have the quietest interior cabins ever. The Noise Source Identification Tool, "Noise Vision" for short, is a small sphere equipped with more than 30 highly sensitive microphones and 12 cameras, and it's helped give the new 2010 Ford Taurus, Fusion, Flex and F-150 the quietest interiors in their classes. more... Kristen Kinley | [email protected] | 313.323.7809 Popular Mechanics awards recognize strength and diversity of Ford lineup Ford has set a precedent with Popular Mechanics' 2010 A... (more)

SEEBURGER Teams With L&T Infotech to Expedite U.S. Implementations

ATLANTA, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- SEEBURGER Inc. today announced a strategic partnership with L&T Infotech, one of the world's top-ranked global IT services providers, designed to increase U.S. implementation resources for its electronic data interchange (EDI) and business-to-business integration (B2B) software. L&T Infotech is now providing both sales and deployment services for the SEEBURGER Business Integration Server and associated solutions. L&T Infotech has nine U.S. offices with dedicated teams in key industry sectors with EDI/B2B needs, including technology, manufacturing, finance, healthcare and energy/petrochemical. The firm has extensive SAP and Oracle expertise as well as B2B systems integration experience, making it possible to support customers who are deploying the SEEBURGER platform in conjunction with an update, migration or implementation of a n... (more)

Icahn Enterprises Announces Closing of $2.0 Billion Senior Notes Offering and Acquisitions of Interests of American Railcar Industries and Viskase Companies

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NYSE: IEP) - Icahn Enterprises L.P. ("Icahn Enterprises"), together with Icahn Enterprises Finance Corp., announced today that they have consummated their offering of $2.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of their 7 3/4% Senior Notes due 2016 (the "2016 Notes") and 8% Senior Notes due 2018 (the "2018 Notes" and, together with the 2016 Notes, the "New Notes"). The New Notes were sold in a private offering to qualified institutional buyers as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and non-U.S. persons outside the United States under Regulation S under the Securities Act. Icahn Enterprises used a portion of the proceeds from the offering to purchase the approximately $1.28 billion in aggregate principal amount (or approximately 97%) of the 7.1... (more)

MeeGo Developer Community Grows as Software Ecosystem Support Broadens

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/12/10 -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that companies from a broad range of sectors have committed to and are participating in the MeeGo project. Participants today include leading device manufacturers, operating system vendors (OSVs), chipset manufacturers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and development communities. Supporting statements are attached from Acer, Amino, Asianux, Asus, BMW Group, Collabora, Ltd., CS2C, DeviceVM, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Hancom, Linpus, Maemo Community Council, Mandriva, Metasys, Miracle, MontaVista Software, Novell, PixArt, Red Flag, ST-Ericsson, Tencent, TurboLinux, VietSoftware, Wind River, WTEC, and Xandros. This participation translates into millions of developer hours dedicated to cross-device compatibility, ... (more)