• The ability to add messages to payments is an extremely useful function, but one that has been mostly lacking in the Bitcoin protocol. Now, CoinSpark has released an open source messaging protocol for Bitcoin in which only the sender and receiver can view the message. It is a method of coloring the Bitcoin in a […]

  • Free and open source alternatives to proprietary platforms have been improving vastly in recent years, and they offer alternatives to proprietary technology that is being forced into choke points that destroy privacy, limit freedom, and inhibit culture and commerce. If we want to live in a society where technology is a force for freedom, then […]

  • Cassidy James, the founder of Elementary OS, a popular Linux distribution, recently came under fire after suggesting that users who downloaded their software without paying were “cheating” the system. He has since retracted those words, but the implications of this statement are still being discussed. Open source is built on the concept that anyone can […]

  • Walmart has already seen measurable benefits from investing money and developer time in the Node.js community. Now, the company is focusing on hapi, a framework for building applications and services. The company has found that investng time and money in open source communities like this has benefited them immensely by making it easier to find […]

  • Blockly is a visual programming language that allows people to build apps using a drag and drop format where elements are combined to produce an application. It was originally launched by Google and was called the App Inventor, but when the company abandoned it they handed the code over to MIT to continue the work […]

  • The Hummingbird Robotics kit is a spin off product from Carnegie Mellon’s Create lab that is a $145 kit based on Arduino designed to introduce kids age 13 and up to robotic engineering. This kit could be great to use in a classroom setting by using the open source mentality to encourage teachers and students […]

  • Linus Torvalds has announced the first release candidate for Linux 4.0. Like most releases, the release itself is relatively minor and only includes a handful of major changes. It is a slightly smaller update than the last few, coming in at about 9,000 non-merge commits. The change to 4.0 is merely an attempt to reduce […]

  • The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has been working to defend open source for the last 17 years. This year, the OSI has decided to run their membership driver and board elections concurrently in an effort to gain 2,398 new members before April 1. If successful, this would raise more than $95,000 to help fund the […]

  • 3D Robotics, the largest US-based drone manufacturer, announced the launch of their open source flight control app named Tower. In addition to providing plenty of beneficial methods for communicating¬† with drones, it also allows developers to build new tools and features without needing to reinvent the wheel. The app includes the ability to set up […]

  • Despite a long history of failed attempts at using DRM to control hardware products, Keurig has decided to employ DRM measures in their new coffee brewing machines that prevents the use of competing coffee pods. Coupled with a failure to clear previous, non-approved, Keurig-branded cups from store shelves before launching the product this was a […]