DSR System Development News November 2014

xbee The First ZigBee Radio Network in Space

XBee radios will form a prototype telemetry system on a NASA Soarex sounding rocket launching this coming January, 2015. A three-node XBee ZigBee network will be used to monitor the exo-brake performance so that no wires need to be added to the device. The nodes will monitor six different acceleration parameters as well as overall temperature and air pressure.

wlan-tv IEEE Standard Defines WLAN Coexistence in TV White Space

The IEEE 802.19.1 standard enables the family of IEEE 802 wireless standards to effectively utilize the TV white space. The 802.19.1 standard specifies radio technology independent methods for coexistence among dissimilar or independently operated wireless networks operating in TV white space.

nodejs Use JavaScript with Node.js to Build Internet of Things Projects

You don’t need to be an electronics engineer to develop IoT prototypes with an Intel Galileo Gen 2 board. Intel XDK IoT Edition provides an IDE that enables you to use JavaScript with Node.js to build Internet of Things (IoT) projects that target specific Intel boards and interact with Arduino shields and modules.

greenvity ZigBee and HomePlug in a Single Chip

Hybrii®-XL GV7011 is the industry’s first hybrid System-on-Chip with HomePlug Green PHY PLC and IEEE802.15.4/ZigBee.

Target Applications include:

  • Smart Energy Management for Home, Buildings and Multi-Dwelling Units
  • Plug-in Electric Vehicle Chargers
  • Smart Meter
  • Smart Appliances
  • Smart Home Network (Home Gateway, Routers and STB)
  • Controlled Lighting
  • Solar Inverter and Micro-Inverters


volvo Volvo Uses a Suite of Discrete Sensors to Make Cars Safe

Volvo has developed new technology that can do a 360 degree scan of its surroundings and suggest actions to avoid incidents.

Key to the technology is a centralized Sensor Fusion framework that allows data from radar, cameras, lidar, GPS, and other sensors to be shared efficiently.

greenpeak “After The Smart Phone: The Smart Home”

GreenPeak Technologies has created a new white paper titled “After The Smart Phone: The Smart Home” that discusses and explores the importance of the smart phone and other web connected devices to the rapid emergence of the Smart Home. The new white paper also includes a discussion of Family Lifestyle systems.

btsmart Bluetooth Smart in Windows 10

The built-in integration with Bluetooth 4.0 first appeared in Windows 8. And now in Windows 10 Microsoft is giving the entire ecosystem one SDK for development. All the OEM needs to do is include the hardware (dual mode Bluetooth BR/EDR + LE radio).

You take Windows 10 software and the OEM’s hardware and it turns the phone, tablet or PC into a powerful Bluetooth Smart Ready hub – ready to connect with billions of Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart peripherals.

ibeacon Beacons are Opening New Avenues for Retailers

Toshiba recently introduced signs that use Bluetooth® Smart technology to create customize the consumer shopping experience. Bluetooth beacons send out a signal and when the smartphone comes into range, the sign becomes an “adaptive storefront”.

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cancer Lab-on-a-chip Could Speed Cancer Diagnosis

The lab-on-a-chip works by detecting miniscule membrane vesicles called exosomes, which are found in most cancer cells.

Until now, exosomes have been hard to separate out and test because of their small size (between 30 and 150nm). Now, however, a team from the University of Kansas has created a device that promises faster result times, reduced costs, minimal sample demands and better sensitivity of analysis compared to conventional bench-top instruments currently used to examine the tiny biomarkers


DSR Application Development News November 2014

firefox Browser For Developers

Firefox team: ‘Ten years ago, we built Firefox for early adopters and developers to give them more choice and control. Firefox integrated WebAPIs and Add-ons to enable people to get the most out of the Web. Now we’re giving developers the whole browser as a hard-hat area, allowing us to bring front and center the features most relevant to them. Having a dedicated developer browser means we can tailor the browsing experience to what developers do every day.’

yii Yii 2.0.0 Is Released

Yii 2.0 is finally coming, after more than three years of intensive development with almost 10,000 commits by over 300 authors. As you may have already known, Yii 2.0 was completely rewritten in order to build a state-of-the-art PHP framework by keeping the original simplicity and extensibility of Yii while adopting the latest technologies and features to make it even better.

jquery jQuery 3.0 Is Coming

Next releases will use a different nomenclature. As before, there will be two different released files. The successor to what is now version 1.11.1 will become jQuery Compat 3.0. The successor to jQuery 2.1.1 will be jQuery 3.0. There are two different packages on npm and Bower, but they share the same version to indicate they have the same API behavior. If you need support for the widest variety of browsers including IE8, Opera 12, Safari 5, and the like, use the jQuery-Compat 3.0.0 package. This version is recommended for most websites, since it provides the best compatibility for all website visitors. If your website is built only for evergreen leading-edge browsers go for the jQuery 3.0.0 package.

lollipop Lollipop

Google is touting Android 5.0 Lollipop as its largest and most ambitious release for Android. Google’s main goal with the new mobile SDK is to provide a more seamless experience across phones, tablets, wearables, TVs, cars and anything else someone can dream up to connect. It includes a number of new features for users and thousands of new APIs for developers.

func Functional Languages Rack Up Best Scores

A study of GitHub projects and the languages used to build them finds that certain language characteristics are more likely to result in better software.

mockaroo Mockaroo

Need some mock data to test your app? Mockaroo lets you generate up to 100,000 rows of realistic test data in CSV, JSON, SQL, and Excel formats.

github GitHub With Amazon

With the newest release of its code-management system, GitHub is now giving businesses the option of hosting GitHub Enterprise installations in Amazon’s cloud. As enterprises move to ditch more of their physical infrastructure, it makes sense for GitHub to offer products aligned with the trend. But don’t take this as a sign GitHub is preparing to dump its bare-metal setup and move to Amazon itself anytime soon.

ssl SSL Assassination

Google plans to remove support for the aging Secure Sockets Layer version 3.0 protocol in Google Chrome 40, which is expected to ship in about two months. The decision comes after Google security researchers recently discovered a dangerous design flaw in SSL 3.0. Dubbed ‘POODLE’, the vulnerability allows a man-in-the-middle attacker to recover sensitive, plain text information like authentication cookies, from a HTTPS (HTTP Secure) connection encrypted with SSLv3.

svg Stylish SVG

CSS can be used to style and animate scalable vector graphics, much like it is used to style and animate HTML elements. The article goes over how to export and optimize SVGs, techniques for embedding them and how each one affects the styles and animations applied.

dislike Freedom To Dislike

Like it or not, social media is an integral part of our lives. But sometimes, the etiquette can be a little fuzzy, especially when your only option is to hit that ‘like’ button.