Samsung’s takes baby steps in touting Tizen OS to developers

The open source Tizen mobile operating system is one of the most visible examples that Samsung isn’t completely dependent on the Android mobile OS.

At the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco this week, Samsung held a single breakout session on developing apps using Tizen. The session was led by two engineers from Intel, which is working jointly with Samsung to create code to enable Tizen to run across multiple hardware platforms, including tablets, smartphones, cars and smart TVs.

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Most of Samsung’s smartphones and tablets today run Android or the company’s own Bada OS. In fact, Samsung is by far the largest Android smartphone maker globally, as well as the largest maker of smartphones overall, according to IDC and others.

The company does make Windows Phone smartphones as well, though a Windows Phone session wasn’t among among the 50 scheduled at the developer conference. Nearly all of the sessions focused on applications or services that work on Android.

Tizen has a modern Internet interface for use on devices, supporting HTML 5 and other Web technologies, so developers can theoretically write applications once to work on many devices. A Samsung roadmap for Tizen rollouts hasn’t been announced.

At the Tizen session on Tuesday, two developers in the audience said they had different experiences with their early Tizen development efforts. Developers at MightyMeeting, a maker of business collaboration applications, have been using Tizen with promising results because of its use of HTML 5 across platforms, said Mighty Meeting CEO Dmitri Tcherevik.

On the other hand, Shivakumar Mathapathi, COO at Dew Mobility, said his company tried Tizen with Windows Phone devices and found it wasn’t very stable on the Microsoft mobile OS. He didn’t provide any details.

Tcherevik said that Samsung’s interest in Tizen demonstrates that it’s “willing to try many different things” even as a large company.

Some attendees at Samsung’s first developer conference said they were glad to see Samsung to show off its distinctive features with Android at an event other than Google I/O. Here, Samsung could separate itself from other Android smartphone and tablet makers.

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New Mix: Death Cab For Cutie, Rhye’s Milosh, La Luz, More

Clockwise from upper left: Death Cab For Cutie, Milosh, Swearin’, La Luz

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On this week’s edition of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen is caught in a funk, and the only cure is copious amounts of saxophones and surf rock. To soothe his ailments, Bob introduces Moon Hooch, a group that was banned from New York City’s Bedford Avenue subway stop in Brooklyn due to its danceable squeaks and squawks.

Also on the show: Death Cab For Cutie‘s Transatlanticism celebrates its 10th anniversary by releasing demo versions of every track from the record. It’s a fascinating look at what would eventually become a revered album. We’ve got an early, heartbreaking version of “Title & Registration.”

Later in the program, co-host Robin Hilton checks back in with director Jim Jarmusch’s band SQÜRL (first featured on All Songs back in May). This time the group performs a sludgy cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Plus surf-rock from La Luz, a new solo album from Rhye singer Milosh, and the band Swearin’, fronted by Allison Crutchfield, the twin sister to Waxahatchee singer and songwriter Katie Crutchfield.

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Motorola Wants to Make Your Phone Modular

Motorola Wants to Make Your Phone Modular

Motorola has announced that it’s new research and development team, called Project Ara, is developing an "open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones". In other words, it wants your phone to come in bits.

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‘Vampire Academy’ Stars Play ‘F—, Marry, Kill’ With Your Favorite Bloodsuckers

After Hours guests Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry get frisky with Edward Cullen, Damon Salvatore and more!

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Police: Chris Brown charged with assault in DC

FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. Brown was arrested early Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel near the White House. District of Columbia Police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf says 24-year-old Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault. Metcalf says 35-year-old Chris Hollosy also was arrested on felony assault charges after the incident. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. Brown was arrested early Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel near the White House. District of Columbia Police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf says 24-year-old Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault. Metcalf says 35-year-old Chris Hollosy also was arrested on felony assault charges after the incident. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In a Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown performs on NBC’s “Today” show in New York. R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel near the White House. District of Columbia Police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf says 24-year-old Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault. Metcalf says 35-year-old Chris Hollosy also was arrested on felony assault charges after the incident. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

(AP) — Chris Brown was charged with assault after a fight broke out early Sunday near a Washington hotel, the latest problem for the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer with a snarled legal history.

Brown and another man were charged with felony assault in the altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said.

The man who was attacked received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released Sunday. Police wouldn’t elaborate on his injuries but said the felony charge was based in part on the extent of the injuries. The victim’s name wasn’t released.

Christopher Hollosy, 35, was also charged with felony assault, police said. Police wouldn’t say how Brown and Hollosy may have known each other.

Brown and Hollosy were being held pending a court hearing Monday, Metcalf said.

Neither Brown’s publicists nor his attorney Mark Geragos responded to messages left Sunday.

Brown was in Washington to perform Saturday night at an event billed as a “Homecoming Weekend” party at a downtown club. Howard University was celebrating its homecoming, though a university spokeswoman said the party was not sponsored by or affiliated with the school.

Brown remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the Grammy Awards in 2009. The photos of Rihanna’s bruised face caused outrage among many fans.

Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault and received five years’ probation.

His probation was briefly revoked earlier this year after a traffic accident. A hit-and-run charge was dropped against him, but the judge gave him 1,000 more hours of community service when he reinstated his probation.

Brown, who lives in Los Angeles and is originally from Virginia, has been involved in other altercations since 2009. Police have said a 2012 brawl at a New York nightclub began when members of the rapper Drake’s entourage confronted Brown on the dance floor. Neither was charged in the fight that turned into a bottle-throwing free-for-all.

Brown also tussled with singer Frank Ocean and others during an argument about a parking space outside of a recording studio in Los Angeles, according to witness accounts given to deputies at the time. Ocean said he suffered an injured finger, but no charges were filed.

Brown’s arrest could affect his probation in the Rihanna assault case. Brown is due back in court Nov. 20 in Los Angeles to update a judge on his probation. Prosecutors could seek a revocation of his probation or ask a judge to impose additional penalties.

Steve Cron, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, said prosecutors and a judge may wait to see how the Washington case plays out before taking any action against Brown.

“Just the fact that some guy says ‘he hit me’ doesn’t mean he’s in violation” of his probation, Cron said.

The potential penalties would depend on the exact wording of Brown’s sentence, he said.


Associated Press writers Chris Talbott in Nashville, Tenn.; Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles; and Oscar Gabriel in Washington contributed to this report.

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Complaints claim Egypt satirist defamed military

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s top prosecutor received complaints Saturday against a popular television satirist less than 24 hours after he returned to the air, as the private TV station that airs his program sought to distance itself from its contents.

The legal complaints and the reaction of the private station CBC highlight the low tolerance this deeply divided country has for criticism of the military and its leaders.

Bassem Youssef, often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s satirical “The Daily Show, mocked the new pro-military fervor gripping Egypt in his program that aired Friday night.

Youssef also took jabs at the country’s powerful military chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, lionized in the Egyptian media as a hero after leading a July 3 coup that ousted the country’s elected Islamist president following massive protests.

By Saturday, at least four complaints had been filed with the country’s top prosecutor, accusing Youssef of defaming the military in his show, a judicial official said. One of the complaints accused Youssef of using phrases that “undermine the honor and dignity of Egypt and its people” in a manner sowing sedition and spreading lies.

The official said no investigation into the complaints had started yet. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to journalists. Such complaints, common under Egyptian law, are often shelved until prosecutors decide to start an investigation.

In a statement read during prime time Saturday night, a broadcaster read a statement issued by CBC’s board of directors in which the station sought to distance itself from the views expressed by Youssef on his show called “El-Bernameg,” or “The Program.” The statement appeared to be a reaction to negative feedback from viewers and possibly officials.

The statement noted that the public’s reaction to Youssef’s Friday night show was “largely disapproving.”

“CBC will continue to be supportive of the basics of national sentiment and popular will, and is keen on not using phrases and innuendos that may lead to mocking national sentiment or symbols of the Egyptian state,” the station said.

The station added that it is also committed to freedom of the media.

During Friday’s show, Youssef imitated el-Sissi’s soft-spoken, affectionate way of addressing the public, turning it into a lover’s romantic groove. In one skit, a woman named “the Public” calls into a love advice show raving about the love of her life who saved her from an abusive husband.

“He’s an officer as big as the world,” she coos adoringly, making a pun on a slogan el-Sissi uses in nearly every speech: “Egypt will be big enough to face down the world.” Then she adds, “He does have a sovereign streak.”

One complainant, well-known politician Ahmed el-Fadaly, referred to the skit of the adoring woman, accusing Youssef of portraying Egypt as a “dallying woman who betrays her husband with military men.”

El-Fadaly, who heads an association of young Muslims, also accused the satirist of belittling the armed forces’ efforts to deal with terrorism, and of misrepresenting the popular protests against President Mohammed Morsi as a coup, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Associated Press.

Another complainant, a group called The Campaign for el-Sissi for President, alleged that Youssef had defamed the military and its leadership through sexual innuendos, according to the Youm7 news website.

Youssef used satire to criticize Morsi during his one year in office. Morsi supporters also sued Youssef for insulting the presidency and Islam, leading to his brief detention.

Before returning to the air after four months of absence, Youssef predicted in an article he wrote that he will continue to be pursued legally by his new critics “who allegedly love freedom dearly — when it works in their favor.”

His late-night Friday show caused a stir in a sharply divided country. Since Morsi’s ouster, hundreds have been killed in crackdowns on protesters demanding Morsi’s reinstatement. Attacks by Islamic extremists against security forces and Christians have increased. A nationalist fervor gripping the country has elevated the military to an untouchable status, leaving little tolerance among the public or officials for criticism.

For now, Youssef appears undeterred. After Friday’s show aired, Youssef took to Twitter to remind the public that the show just began: “It is only an episode in a program, people.”

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 24, 2013

Bee Fox is a nice kid, a good musician and a great student. But her mother, Bernadette, is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect. Then, Bernadette goes missing, and Bee begins a search that will take her to the ends of the earth.

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