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  • Refracta 8.0 Is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse

    Fri 11:07pm By Jack M. Germain
    Refracta is a somewhat obscure Linux distribution that offers exceptional functionality and stability. Obscurity is not always a bad thing when it comes to Linux distros. You can find some very worthwhile alternatives to your current operating system. Refracta…
  • Apple Drone Fleet to Gather Maps Data

    Fri 10:04pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple reportedly has assembled a group of robotics and data-collection experts who will use drones to obtain data for updates to its Maps app. Apple, Google and others in the cartography space currently collect a lot of their data using motor vehicles equipped…
  • Gooligan Ransacks More Than 1M Android Accounts

    Fri 8:40pm By Richard Adhikari
    More than 1 million Google accounts have been breached by Android malware dubbed "Gooligan," Check Point reported Wednesday. The malware roots infected devices and steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from various Google apps including…
  • Reddit Has Had It With Trolls

    Fri 3:00pm By Peter Suciu
    Reddit has announced reforms designed to crack down on trolls and punish its most abusive community members. Reddit has identified hundreds of the most "toxic users," said CEO Steve Huffman, who founded the site 11 years ago while in college, and it has…
  • Docker, Canonical Team on Enterprise Support

    Thu 10:43pm By Jack M. Germain
    Docker and Canonical on Wednesday announced a commercial agreement to integrate support for Docker Engine. The partnership gives Canonical customers a single path for support of the Ubuntu operating system and CS Docker Engine in enterprise Docker operations.…
  • Gadget Ogling: Smarter Slumber and Pod-Free Coffee

    Thu 10:09pm By Kris Holt
    In a previous column, I revealed how terrible a sleeper I am. My mattress is old, and there's a sizable dent on my side of the bed. It's probably time to find a new mattress, so perhaps it's time to consider one that connects with the rest of my home. Eight's…
  • It's All Aboard for Linux Gamers at The Final Station

    Wed 9:38pm By David Jones
    The developers of The Final Station, recognizing the growing market for the post-apocalyptic train ride in the open source community, have made their hot-selling title available for the Linux OS. The indie game, which Do My Best Games and TinyBuild launched…
  • Here's Looking at You, Alexa

    Wed 6:04pm By David Jones
    Amazon is developing a premium version of its Alexa-powered Echo speaker, which will have a 7-inch touchscreen, in a bid to stave off competition from Google and other companies developing rival offerings, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Designed for use in the…
  • iPhone 8 Dreaming in Full Swing

    Tue 11:21pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple's latest iPhone was barely out of the gate when rumors began percolating about the company's next new phone. Although the iPhone 7 garnered mostly tepid reviews, initial inventories sold out quickly, and the company had to scramble to meet demand. That…
  • Facebook Denies Ransomware Infiltration

    Tue 8:00pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Facebook has denied that its network and Messenger app were being used to spread ransomware to its users, contradicting the claims of a security firm. Two Check Point researchers last week reported they had discovered a new method for delivering malicious code…
  • SF Muni Hack a Wake-Up Call for Public Systems

    Mon 11:28pm By Richard Adhikari
    The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, or SF MTA, was hacked on Friday. "You Hacked, All Data Encrypted," was the message reportedly displayed on computer screens at the authority's stations throughout the city. "Contact for Key…
  • How AI Could End Stupid Thanksgiving Arguments

    Mon 6:19pm By Rob Enderle
    I'm writing this before Thanksgiving, which I used to hate and now don't -- largely because I no longer spend the day arguing with family. I've been listening to a lot of friends and relatives dread this year's event because of political discussions that are…
  • AV Linux Update: Good but Not Better

    Nov 26, 2016, 7:00 pm By Jack M. Germain
    AV Linux could be a music and video lover's dream come true. AV Linux is a specialty distribution that can turn a new or old PC, or an Intel-powered Mac box, into a workstation for audio/graphics/video enthusiasts. AV Linux is one of the few available fully…
  • $5 PoisonTap Tool Easily Breaks Into Locked PCs

    Nov 25, 2016, 5:00 pm By David Jones
    Proving once again that you can do a lot of damage with a little investment and a lot of ingenuity, security researcher Samy Kamkar recently managed to take down a locked, password-protected computer using a $5 Raspberry Pi. The low-tech cookie-siphoning…
  • Cyber Grinches Could Disrupt Holidays' Biggest Shopping Weekend

    Nov 23, 2016, 6:08 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Recent high-profile distributed denial of service attacks on the Internet's infrastructure and an investigative journalist's website have spiked concerns over possible disruptions of traffic during the biggest online shopping weekend of the year. Online…
  • Gadget Ogling: Big Bendy Screens, Chatterbox Robots, and TV in the Cloud

    Nov 22, 2016, 8:33 pm By Kris Holt
    I'm at long last about to start setting up my new home office. Goodbye, Ikea dining table. Hello, fancy new desk. When I actually have my new setup, I'd like to have a monitor at long last to complement my laptop. AOC's latest is under serious consideration.…
  • One of the Best New VR Things: Buying a Car

    Nov 21, 2016, 5:00 pm By Rob Enderle
    I had a fascinating experience last week. I got to see and experience the new Jaguar I-Pace, the company's electric answer to the as-yet-unannounced Tesla Y SUV. I didn't just get to see the car -- I got to understand intimately why the car was created and…
  • Friend Finder Data Breach Exposes 400M Swingers

    Nov 19, 2016, 6:35 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Hackers have stolen information of more than 400 million users of Friend Finder Networks, which runs several adult dating and pornography websites, LeakedSource reported. This is Friend Finders' second breach in two years. Last year, hackers accessed 4 million…
  • Microsoft Goes All In for Linux

    Nov 18, 2016, 9:28 pm By David Jones
    While not quite at the level of a parting of the waters, the news that Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation may seem miraculous to those aware of the past enmity between the company and the open source community. Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation…
  • GoPro's Drone Initiative Crashes With Karma Recall

    Nov 18, 2016, 1:00 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    GoPro's ambitious plans to be a player in the fledgling drone market crashed last week when it had to announce a product recall due to Karma UAV units falling from the sky. The company needed to resolve a performance issue related to loss of power during…
  • iPhone Call Logs Easy Pickings on iCloud, Says Russian Security Firm

    Nov 17, 2016, 8:15 pm By Peter Suciu
    Russian digital forensics firm ElcomSoft on Thursday reported that Apple automatically uploads iPhone call logs to iCloud remote servers, and that users have no official way to disable this feature other than to completely switch off the iCloud drive. The data…
  • JuJu Offers Speedy Model-Driven Software Approach

    Nov 17, 2016, 3:00 pm By Jack M. Germain
    The JuJu cloud platform developed by Canonical integrates a wide variety of cloud services and servers on both public and private clouds using an innovative model-driven software approach.…
  • Twitter Cracks Down on Cyber Hate

    Nov 17, 2016, 8:05 am By David Jones
    Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of Richard Spencer, one of the leading voices of the alt-right movement. It also expanded the use of several existing tools and changed policies to make it easier for users to fight back against abuse and harassment.…
  • Google Clamps Down on Sneaky Malicious Sites

    Nov 16, 2016, 1:00 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Sites that repeatedly violate Google's safe browsing policies will be classified as repeat offenders, the company said. A small number of websites take corrective actions after Google displays alerts on their landing pages warning visitors that they're…
  • Post-Election Backlash Spurs Fake News Crackdown

    Nov 15, 2016, 11:50 pm By David Jones
    Facebook and Google have amended their internal policies regarding advertising on fake news posts in response to increasing pressure from users and a growing controversy within the company. There are mounting concerns that the presidential election may have…
  • Conspiracy Theories in the Information Age, Part 2

    Nov 15, 2016, 5:50 pm By Quinten Plummer
    In the past, heightened rhetoric and propaganda were the tools of choice for those looking to convince an electorate to vote them into office, and conspiracy theories were their bane. This election season has seen the rise of a new form of persuasion, one…