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  • Wikileaks Steamed Over Google's Lengthy Silence on FBI Snooping

    8:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Google may have contributed to violating the First Amendment rights of three journalists working for WikiLeaks two and a half years ago, when it turned over to the FBI all their email, subscriber information and metadata. Google informed the journalists about…
  • Debian Forked: All for Devuan and Devuan for All?

    Mon 6:53pm By Jack M. Germain
    A group of developers made good on their threats to fork Debian Linux late last year, after the community's leadership voted to replace sysvinit with systemd, making systemd the default init boot process. The Debian Technical Committee's decision spurred…
  • Walk Like a Man: The DARPA Robotics Challenge

    Mon 12:00pm By Richard Adhikari
    The humanoid Atlas robot made by Google company Boston Dynamics has gotten an overhaul to be stronger, lighter and more independent, and to be able to function for one hour of mixed-mission operations. Designed by the United States Defense Advanced Research…
  • Microsoft's Windows Reboot Could Be Legendary

    Mon 9:52am By Rob Enderle
    I was one of the launch analysts for Windows 95, and the launch of that product is widely held -- including by Bill Gates -- as the company's pinnacle. No launch before or since ever came close to that launch, and I remain amazed that no one, including Apple…
  • Gadget Ogling: A Microsoft Marvel, an Eensy Keyboard and an Ingenious Desk

    Sat 10:57am By Kris Holt
    Microsoft had a major surprise up its sleeve for those awaiting details about the Windows 10 launch: its holographic headset, HoloLens. Billed as a new way to interact with technology and the world around us at once, it overlays holograms onto what wearers see…
  • Zenwalk Linux - A Walk on the Quirky Side

    Fri 6:51pm By Jack M. Germain
    The developmental path and sketchy developer website may cast an unfavorable impression about Zenwalk's trustworthiness as a serious computing platform. The ho-hum impression when first running the live edition does little to encourage users to take this Linux…
  • Ford R&D Facility Rolls Into Silicon Valley

    Fri 4:19pm By Peter Suciu
    Ford Motor on Thursday announced the opening of its Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, a 25,000 square foot facility that will help it accelerate the company's innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.…
  • The Brave New World of Windows 10

    Fri 10:24am By Richard Adhikari
    Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a slew of new features and capabilities coming in Windows 10: the convergence of the desktop and mobile; the advent of the killer universal app; more power and features for personal digital assistant Cortana, which will be on…
  • Quinn's Crash Override Combats Cyberbullying

    Thu 8:08pm By Erika Morphy
    Crash Override made its official debut last week, promising a new way to support targets of online bullying and harassment. Cofounder Zoe Quinn, a video game developer, is one of the better-known people on the receiving end of such abuse. For her, it started…
  • Acer Designs Chromebooks for Students' Rough Handling

    Thu 5:19pm By Jack M. Germain
    Acer on Wednesday announced two new ruggedized Chromebooks geared for classroom use. Both will go on sale in February. The Acer Chromebook C910 and C740 have a durable design built around reinforced covers and hinges. The new models support multiple user…
  • Could Microsoft's Foggy Windows 10 Plan Be Any Smarter?

    Thu 10:05am By Chris Maxcer
    The most important and daring move that Microsoft made Wednesday is far and away making the upgrade to Windows 10 free. Seems dirt-simple and intuitive on the surface, but it represents a startling and abrupt shift in both how users will relate to Microsoft…
  • Ubuntu Aims to Make the IoT Snappy

    Wed 10:13pm By Richard Adhikari
    Canonical on Tuesday unveiled Snappy Ubuntu Core, a new rendition of Ubuntu targeting the Internet of Things. Snappy Ubuntu Core offers a minimal server image with the same libraries as "traditional" Ubuntu, but Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core can be upgraded…
  • Microsoft Just Handed Us Our Holographic Future

    Wed 3:41pm By Richard Adhikari
    Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows Holographic, a feature in Windows 10 that will let users create their own holograms and print them out on 3D printers. Every Windows 10 device has holographic APIs enabled, Microsoft's Alex Kipman said. Windows 10…
  • Verizon Offers Connected-Car Service Even Beaters Can Use

    Wed 2:06pm By Peter Suciu
    Verizon last week unveiled a new connected-vehicle service at the Detroit auto show. Verizon Vehicle, which will go live this spring, will be compatible with nearly every vehicle made since 1996. It will be available directly to consumers regardless of their…
  • Businesses Waste Big Bucks Fighting Phantom Cyberattacks

    Wed 10:45am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Businesses spend an average of $1.27 million a year chasing cyberthreats that turn out to be dead ends. That is one of the findings in a report released last week on the cost of containing malware. In a typical week, an organization can receive nearly 17,000…
  • From the Blogosphere With Love: A FOSSy Farewell

    Jan 20, 2015, 5:38 pm By Katherine Noyes
    The past week has afforded plenty of fodder for conversation here in the Linux blogosphere: the MintBox Mini; the Steam for Linux file-deletion bug; and the latest in the Systemd saga, for example. However, this week seems like a good time to revisit some…
  • Sid Meier's Starships on the Horizon

    Jan 20, 2015, 3:48 pm By Peter Suciu
    2K Games and Firaxis have announced Sid Meier's Starships, an interstellar strategy game of exploration and conquest. It will arrive later this year for the PC, Mac and iPad. Assuming the role of a fleet commander, players will be tasked with leading their…
  • Keeping Score in the Google vs. Microsoft Zero-Day Games

    Jan 20, 2015, 10:47 am By Richard Adhikari
    Google's recent publication of Windows' vulnerabilities -- two within a week -- predictably raised Microsoft's ire. "Risk is significantly increased by publically announcing information that a cybercriminal could use to orchestrate an attack and assumes those…
  • Adobe Opens Lightroom's Door to Android

    Jan 19, 2015, 5:59 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Adobe last week released an Android mobile app as a companion to its Lightroom desktop application and cloud service. Adobe released a mobile app for iOS last year. The new app will include all of the functionality of the iOS mobile app -- but refined to take…
  • Warning Sony of Coming Storm Wasn't NSA's Department

    Jan 19, 2015, 4:33 pm By Richard Adhikari
    The United States National Security Agency reportedly knew in advance that North Korea was about to hack into Sony's systems. The NSA apparently penetrated North Korea's network through several vectors, including Chinese networks used to connect with the rest…
  • Fuel Cells, EVs, Autonomous Driving Shape Auto Industry's Future

    Jan 19, 2015, 3:25 pm By Peter Suciu
    The North American International Auto Show last week held a preview for industry insiders and the media before opening its doors to the public on the weekend. Automakers from around the world showcased more than 500 cars, ranging from futuristic concepts to…
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