Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week, 4/1/2016


MIT has had a hand in the development of lots of innovative consumer products like Lego’s Mindstorms robotics sets and the Guitar Hero series of games. Now MIT is letting their developers release anything they make as open-source, without any hurdles to jump.

Apple is opening its web browser Safari a little bit more to the interests of third-party web developers. Safari Technology Preview is a version of the browser that will let developers demo features before they’re included in Safari.

Japan’s space agency JAXA is trying to find out what has happened to its $360 million X-ray telescope after losing contact with the craft. Amateur video reveals that it may be in worse shape than JAXA was fearing.

Stuff built for the Internet of Things is often really cool, and sometimes really goofy. We’re not planning on hooking a wine bottle up to our WiFi anytime soon.

USB-C is being used in more and more devices, and that means third-party cable manufacturers are interested in grabbing as much of the market as they can. USB-C is turning out to be a less stable format than previously thought, though, and bad cables can literally destroy the devices they’re connected to. Amazon is leading a fight to keep manufacturers compliant, so customers don’t have to worry about shoddy wires harming their stuff.