Intel demos 64-bit version of Android on Atom processor

Today in Open Source: 64-bit Android ready to roll on Intel processors. Plus: Linux and kids, and Nintendo experiments with Android

64-bit Android On Intel's Atom Processor

Apple's 64-bit A7 processor made a big splash, and now it's Intel's turn. Intel recently showed off a 64-bit version of Android running on the 64-bit Bay Trail Atom processor, according to CNet.

Apple's A7 chips will feel some 64-bit heat from Intel and Android next year.

Intel is readying a 64-bit Bay Trail Atom platform for Android, according to Hermann Eul, Intel's general manager, mobile and communications group.

Intel won't be alone, though, making a run at Apple. A report earlier this month said Samsung will launch a flagship smartphone with a 64-bit CPU in 2014.

More at CNet

No big shocker here, it was just a matter of time before Intel and Android both followed in Apple's footsteps. Android users will certainly appreciate the move to 64-bit though, it could spur a huge wave of Android device upgrades similar to what seems to have happened with Apple's iOS devices.

Linux and Your Kid

Network World has some insights into how to introduce kids to Linux.

With my daughter nearing 3 years old, the topic of “how best to introduce a young kid to computers” has been on my mind a great deal. And since my home (and work) computing life revolves around Linux, the ideal is to introduce her to the wide, wonderful world of Linux and Open Source.

There are really two big hurdles here.

More at Network World

I think it's a wonderful idea to teach kids about Linux. Starting them early gives them a broader computing experience than if they are just exposed to Windows or OS X. This will serve them well later on in life as they move into the workplace.

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