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  • Could IBM's Watson Fix President Trump?

    Mon 12:00pm By Rob Enderle
    President Trump offers a good emulation for a future artificial intelligence system, suggests a column I read earlier this month, and his presidency may be an early warning of what could happen if we should fail to think through its training and information…
  • Facebook Gets More In-Your-Face

    Fri 1:41pm By Richard Adhikari
    Facebook this week announced new features for News Feeds videos, along with an app for TV. News Feed videos now have sound turned on by default in mobile devices. This can be disabled in the Settings menu. A larger format to present vertical videos now is…
  • Watson Joins Cybersecurity Warriors' Ranks

    Thu 11:45am By John P. Mello Jr.
    IBM this week announced Watson for Cyber Security, a powerful new ally for organizations that want to protect their data from Net marauders. The new offering bolsters the ability of information security pros to analyze the flood of information from the roughly…
  • Munich City Government to Dump Linux Desktop

    Wed 6:59pm By Jack M. Germain
    Munich city officials turned lots of heads 10 years ago, when they voted to swap out Microsoft Windows with LiMux -- a custom desktop version of the Linux operating system, based on Ubuntu Linux. The current municipal government wants to dump LiMux and…
  • Apple's Cook Blasts 'Mind Killing' Fake News

    Wed 8:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for a campaign against fake news. Its purveyors -- largely interested only in getting the most clicks -- are defeating the people who are trying to tell the most truth, he said. Fake news is "killing people's minds in a way," Cook…
  • Lumina Adds Luster to Linux Desktop

    Feb 14, 2017, 4:39 pm By Jack M. Germain
    The Lumina Desktop Environment desktop is a standout in the crowded field of Linux GUIs. Lumina is a compact, lightweight, XDG-compliant graphical desktop environment developed from scratch. Its focus is on giving users a streamlined, efficient work…
  • Samsung's Chromebook Pro Earns Respect

    Feb 14, 2017, 1:02 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Some early reviewers of the Samsung Chromebook Pro characterized it as a "MacBook killer," but others were more restrained in their enthusiasm. Jointly developed with Google and first demoed at CES 2017, the Chromebook Pro is slated for release next month.…
  • Tesla Goes Underground and Uber Takes to the Skies: The Birth of Magic

    Feb 13, 2017, 1:23 pm By Rob Enderle
    As in crazy short, in a very short period of time we have two very different companies looking at two very different ways to eliminate traffic. Tesla wants to tunnel under the ground to avoid traffic, while Uber wants to fly overhead. Transportation has been a…
  • Capsule8 Launches Linux-Based Container Security Platform

    Feb 11, 2017, 1:40 pm By David Jones
    Cybersecurity startup Capsule8 this week announced that it has raised $2.5 million to launch the industry's first container-aware, real-time threat protection platform designed to protect legacy and next-generation Linux infrastructures from existing and…
  • Gadget Ogling: Gaming's New Virtual Reality Frontier and Personal Cargo Robots

    Feb 10, 2017, 3:55 pm By Kris Holt
    Regular readers will know that I've played games my entire life. I hold deep reverence for the care and attention that go into creating these experiences, and I've rarely met a game I didn't want to conquer. Yet I am nervous about virtual reality. I've tried…
  • Dozens of iOS Apps Vulnerable to WiFi Snooping

    Feb 9, 2017, 12:45 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Dozens of applications for Apple's mobile devices are vulnerable to WiFi snoopers, according to Will Strafach, CEO of the Sudo Security Group. He identified 76 popular iOS apps available at Apple's App Store that were vulnerable to wireless eavesdroppers, even…
  • Twitter Steps Up Efforts to Silence Trolls

    Feb 8, 2017, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    Twitter is once again cracking down on abusers. It has come up with new ways to prevent the creation of new abusive accounts; make search safer; and collapse potentially abusive or low-quality tweets. Twitter also pledged to persist in its anti-abuse…
  • How Linux Helped Me Become an Empowered Computer User

    Feb 7, 2017, 6:02 pm By Jonathan Terrasi
    If asked, my friends could readily attest to my profound passion for Linux, so it might surprise you to know that hardly two years ago, I barely knew what Linux was, let alone had any earnest interest in switching from Windows. Although a shift as dramatic as…
  • Anonymous Hacker Pulls Plug on Thousands of Dark Net Sites

    Feb 7, 2017, 2:15 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Twenty percent of the Dark Net was taken offline last week, when a hacker compromised a server hosting some 10,000 websites on the Tor network. Tor, designed to hide the identities of its users, is widely used on the Dark Web, which serves as a hub for illegal…
  • SalentOS Switchers Will Have No Regrets

    Feb 6, 2017, 5:56 pm By Jack M. Germain
    SalentOS is a Linux distro that easily can put a smile on your face. It is a flexible and accommodating desktop platform that balances demands on system resources with efficient performance. SalentOS is not well known, but it has much to offer. This distro…
  • Was Apple's Outstanding Q1 a Fluke?

    Feb 6, 2017, 1:22 pm By Rob Enderle
    Apple had a good quarter, but if you look under the numbers there is a ton of trouble. It just dropped behind Google in brand value, and valuation may crater in a few months. The iPhone 7 did well, but that shouldn't be a surprise, given that its biggest…
  • Tech Industry Reacts to Trump's Immigration Order

    Feb 3, 2017, 12:19 pm By David Jones
    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on Thursday resigned from President Trump's business advisory council amid fierce blowback against the president's recent executive order on immigration, and in the wake of reports that several major Silicon Valley firms, including…
  • Facebook Aims to Carve Out a Spot in the Living Room

    Feb 2, 2017, 1:00 pm By Peter Suciu
    Facebook is working on a video app for set-top boxes, according to a Wednesday report. The social network wants to deliver longer-form video content -- and with it video ads -- to the living room TV, the one screen it has been unable to reach. The Facebook app…
  • LibreOffice Update Offers Fresh Experience

    Feb 2, 2017, 8:00 am By Jack M. Germain
    The Document Foundation on Wednesday announced the general availability of LibreOffice 5.3, one of the office suite's most feature-rich upgrades since 2010, when it forked from OpenOffice at version 3.3. Dubbed "5.3 Fresh," this latest release takes the…
  • 3 Teams Qualify for Tube Test in Hyperloop Pod Competition

    Feb 1, 2017, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Elon Musk's hyperloop dream began to take shape in reality last weekend as 27 teams, including six from outside the U.S., participated in a competition to create the mass transit vehicle of the future. The competition in Hawthorne, California, sponsored by…
  • Hackers Targeted DC Police Cams Days Before Inauguration

    Jan 31, 2017, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    A ransomware attack darkened the video surveillance system of the District of Columbia's police department eight days before the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump. Video storage devices for 70 percent of the CCTV system reportedly were unable to…
  • BlackBerry, Microsoft and the Ever-Smarter Connected Car

    Jan 30, 2017, 12:46 pm By Rob Enderle
    BlackBerry last week announced that its turnaround was finished, and Microsoft finally provided some information on its new connected car deliverables. One strange thing was that after CEO John Chen excitedly pointed out that BlackBerry had displaced Microsoft…
  • Apple Formally Joins High-Powered AI Partnership

    Jan 28, 2017, 1:40 pm By David Jones
    The Partnership on AI has announced that Apple, well known for its culture of secrecy, has joined the organization as a founding member. The other founding members are Amazon, Facebook, Google/Deep Mind, IBM and Microsoft. The group also announced the final…
  • Trump Clings to Personal Phone Despite Security Risks

    Jan 27, 2017, 4:37 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    President Donald J. Trump apparently has continued to use his personal Android smartphone despite security concerns. Trump was concerned about losing access to his personal phone even prior to taking his oath of office, according to a report citing unnamed…
  • Customizing a Computer? Here's What You Need

    Jan 26, 2017, 1:10 pm By Andrew Hoffman
    There are plenty of reasons to build a custom computer. While custom computers may initially be more expensive than prepackaged desktops or laptops, they can provide you with nearly endless possibilities, whether you're looking for a top-notch gaming machine,…
  • China Aims to Wash VPNs Out of Its Hair

    Jan 25, 2017, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    China this week announced new measures to further restrict its citizens' access to the Internet.…