Archive For 2010

149 articles

Virtualization on Handsets or not?

By Mark Hermeling Here is an interesting article, continuing a discussion thats has been going on for a long time on mobile virtualization. It argues the case that a single mobile phone can run multiple operating systems using virtualization. A bit of googling will show that this is indeed already the case. However, there is a big caveat typically that…

Iterative Hardware-Software Interface Design

By Jakob Engblom Making good design decisions is hard, making bad decisions is easy. The best way to avoid really bad design is to actually work through how a certain design works in practice. One of my favorite examples is how Jeff Hawkins walked around with a mockup of the original Palm Pilot to tests its real feel through daily…

Low-cost Android phones: Feature phones an endangered species?

By Chris Buerger There is no doubt that there will always be a set of consumers that only want their mobile phone to be, well, a phone. Voice calling is likely to remain the ‘killer app’ for the majority of consumers for a long time to come, and there will remain a sizeable section of the mobile phone market that…

Farewell to Del.icio.us

By Paul Parkinson I was disappointed to read in TechCrunch this morning that Yahoo has decided to shut down the Del.icio.us social bookmarking website (or should I say service?). I started using Delicious a few years ago after I had become fed up trying to organise my website bookmarks. I often want to bookmark A&D news stories, blog articles, technical…

Service-enabled gateways – The heart of the connected home

By Jessica Schieve As we ring in the new year, 120,000+ people will descend on Las Vegas for the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. The drumbeat to promote the next hot mobile or consumer device, application and technology is in full swing. The industry will be abuzz with press releases, product announcements and new partnerships.  And, yes, Wind River is gearing up…

Cybersecurity Testing & Trusted Platforms

By Paul Parkinson In 2009, security concerns were raised about the use of Chinese telecoms equipment in the UK's critical national infrastructure ('Spy chiefs fear Chinese cyber attack', The Times), and the potential for the equipment to be inadvertently or deliberately subverted in a cyber attack. So, I was interested to read a ZDNet UK news article last week about…

COTS in Space: Enter The Dragon

By Mike Deliman Congratulations to Space Exploration Technologies Inc, on their successful venture into orbit.  By launching the Dragon into orbit, successfully orbiting the earth more than once, and returning to the ground, you've made history. I wish I could have watched the launch and later the landing.  This is absolutely a historic event. Given the cancellation of the Ares…

Sometimes, You Have to Cheat

By Jakob Engblom In a virtual platform world, cheating is sometimes a good thing. One man's cheat is another man's optimization. Let's start with a story from the 1904 olympics in St Louis. In the marathon race, a runner crossed the finish line far ahead of the competition at an incredibly good time. It quickly became clear that he had…

VxWorks helping commercial spaceflight become a reality

By Bill Graham The successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (I should really say "launch vehicle") today was another great step for commercial spaceflight. The Falcon 9 has already successfully reached orbit in June 2010, but at that time it didn't have a payload. This latest launch is the first to carry SpaceX Dragon capsule which was successfully…

Habitability: The Argument Of Life

By Mike Deliman Or, Star Trek to NASA: you've found my Horta! What is life?  We used to think we had a good answer for that.  Recently we thought there were a handful of chemicals that were necessary for life, among them, Phosphorus.   Phosphorus is found throughout any living body - bones, cell walls, energy transport, proteins, even DNA.  In…