science
NASA's About to Release a Mother Lode of Free Software

If you've been thinking about getting started on the rocket project that's been on your mind for ages, now is a good time to get serious. Next week, NASA will release a massive software catalogue with over 1,000 projects. It's not the first time the space agency's released code, but it is the first time they've made it so easy. Read More >>

furniture
You Can Download Your Next Desk From This Open-Source Ikea

Ikea's not the only place you can get a build-your-own-furniture puzzle. If you're into the whole open source thing, there's a new repository of completely free furniture designs that are ripe for the downloadin'. The only hurdle? You have to actually make the pieces before you can put 'em together. Read More >>

design
Download Mozilla's Open Source Furniture to Kit Out Your Home

If you're struggling to find the right furniture for your place, consider making your own — from Mozilla's very own pool of open source designs. Read More >>

military
DARPA's Using Smartphone Guts to Build Cheaper, Smarter Drones Faster

Just a few weeks after President Obama announced plans to scale back the country's drone program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA) announced plans to roll out a program for the rapid development and manufacture of sensors to help power unmanned aerial, land and underwater vehicles. Read More >>

watch this
Watch Siri Turn Into a Home Automation Master With the Help Of Raspberry Pi

With home automation being all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before Siri got her little, occasionally judgmental claws into the action. All it took was YouTube user Elvis Impersonator, a Raspberry Pi, and enough trust in Siri's goodness to believe she won't devolve into a Hal 9000 wannabe. Read More >>

bad ideas
There Is Blatant Racist and Sexist Language Hiding in Open Source Code

GitHub is an exceptionally popular open-source community where any developer can find code for pretty much anything. But there's a problem — some of that code contains extremely offensive racist, sexist, and homophobic, language. Read More >>

gaming
Steam's Big Picture TV Mode Launches in Beta for Casual PC Gamers

PC publisher Valve has just launched the thing it calls Big Picture Mode, with a beta version of its TV interface for the Steam delivery network now live for everyone to have a play with. Read More >>

gaming
Heads Up Linux Gamers -- Steam Beta Imminent

Looks like Valve's cooking up a treat over at HQ, with rumours that a Steam beta for Linux is literally just around the corner. The entry is very sparse at moment, but history tells us that once up on Open Steam Works, it's only a matter of time before it is released. What's next? A Linux SteamBox perhaps? [PC GamesN] Read More >>

smartphones
HP's Open Source WebOS Code Has Arrived. Will Anyone Actually Use It?

There's almost no reason for any normal person to get excited about the beta release of open source WebOS, but for those of us who still can't come to grips with the fact that Palm's stunted mobile OS was an abject failure, there's still a faint beacon of light to soothe the soul. Read More >>

wikipedia
Wikipedia Is Running Out of Editors and Admins

Wikipedia is a wonderful resource, the kind of website that makes you marvel at what the internet can achieve. But it's only as good as its contributors and, while some are extremely committed, the sad truth is that the project is running out of editors and new admins. Read More >>

music
When Johann Sebastian Bach Goes Open-Source He Goes All The Way

You have to hand it to good old J.S. Bach for the latest project taken up in his name: a successful campaign to open-source and app-ify one of his most beloved works, The Goldberg Variations. Read More >>

tablets
The Tablet That Every Linux Lover Has Been Waiting For

While most people just want their devices to work so that they can do stuff, some people love tinkering with operating systems. Until now, the tablet sector's been ripe for hacking, but there hasn't been anything that's truly open-source and easy to fiddle with from the get-go. This Spark tablet puts that straight. Read More >>

transport
Train Spot Using "Open Data" With Open Train Times

Open Train Times is a newly launched rail timetable and monitoring site, which will soon allow users to search for and track individual trains in real-time. Read More >>

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