Spliffster writes: Nokia published its Q1 2012 financial report Thursday, revealing a 1.34 billion euro loss (about $1.7 billion) and a 52 percent decline in smartphone sales compared to last year. Consider this confirmation that Nokia’s investment in its Lumia line and the Windows Phone platform hasn’t paid off quite yet.
Spliffster writes: DIY drones today are usually controlled with a classic RC transmitter in manual mode or from a ground station software on a laptop (using 900/2400MHz or GSM links). The ground station let's you view your drone on a map, set way points, view attitude and view a video stream from an on-board camera.
The "Open Source RC Control System" will combine an RC "transmitter" with a touch screen (AMOLED 4.3") for ground station functions. This RC control system will have very interesting features like On-board 3D Simulator, telemetry communication link, bluetooth, wifi, gps, 16-40 Channels and a custom "receiver" for full bi-directional communication.
This open source hardware project is currently in planning stage, a fund raising has been started to raise $15.000 (remember, this is a hardware project). You can donate for the OSRC project at: http://www.indiegogo.com/OSRC
Spliffster writes: The German pirate Party has disclosed some secret documents on how the EU is planning to monitor citizens. The so called INDECT Documents describe how a seamless surveillance could (or should) be implemented across Europe. The use of CCTV cameras, the internet (social networks) and even the use of UAV's are mentioned as data sources. Two of the nine documents can be downloaded from the German pirate party's Website (PDFs in english).