Qualcomm Forms New Subsidiary to Explore Open Source
Today Qualcomm announced that it is forming a new, wholly owned subsidiary that will explicitly explore open source projects. Qualcomm said that it has pulled engineers from across the company into the new subsidiary, which is to be called the Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC). Qualcomm said that its engineers will focus on open source initiatives as Linux and Webkit, and on open source operating systems such as Symbian, Android and Chrome. Qualcomm did not say that it is adopting any of these open source products into its portfolio, but will work to develop them with the possibility that they be folded into their product offerings in the future.
Google Open Sources Chrome for iOS
Google today said it has made an open source version of its Chrome browser for iOS available to developers. Google says today's news is the result of year's worth of work.
Apple Open Sources Swift Programming Language
Apple today made its Swift programming language available as an open source download under the Apache 2.0 license. Apple first debuted Swift in June 2014.
Cyanogen to Shut Down Dec. 31
Cyanogen said it plans to cease developing its open-source version of Android and will shutter its services by the end of the month. "As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than [December 31]," said the company in a blog post.
Mozilla Acquires Pocket
Mozilla has purchased Pocket for an undisclosed sum. Mozilla is mostly known as the company behind the Firefox browser, while Pocket is a tool for saving and sharing content on the web.