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  • Mobile Ubuntu Gamble to Fizzle Out in June

    26m By Jack M. Germain
    Canonical will end its support for Ubuntu Touch phones and Ubuntu-powered tablets in June, and that it will shut down its app store at the end of this year. The company previously had signaled the system's demise, but it had not fixed a date. With Ubuntu…
  • Millions May Have Picked Up FalseGuide Malware at Google Play Store

    3h By Peter Suciu
    As many as 2 million Android users might have downloaded apps that were infected with the FalseGuide malware, security research firm Check Point warned on Monday. The oldest of the infected apps could have been uploaded to Google Play as long ago as last…
  • New Strain of Linux Malware Could Get Serious

    Tue 7:14pm By Jack M. Germain
    A new strain of malware targeting Linux systems, dubbed "Linux/Shishiga," could morph into a dangerous security threat. Eset disclosed the threat, which represents a new Lua family unrelated to previously seen LuaBot malware. Linux/Shishiga uses four protocols…
  • Our Sci-Fi Future: Silly vs. Terrifying

    Tue 8:00am By Peter Suciu
    The future is now, or at least it is coming soon. Today's technological developments are looking very much like what once was the domain of science fiction. Maybe we don't have domed cities and flying cars, but we do have buildings that reach to the heavens,…
  • The iPhone Model's Impending Obsolescence

    Mon 1:35pm By Rob Enderle
    VCRs gave way to DVD players, which in turn have given way to streaming services. Brick cellphones evolved into flip phones, which were swapped out for two-way pager phones and then wiped out by the iPhone model. Tape players gave way to the Walkman CD player,…
  • A Window Into the Linux Desktop

    Fri 4:37pm By Jonathan Terrasi
    "What can it do that Windows can't?" That is the first question many people ask when considering Linux for their desktop. While the open source philosophy that underpins Linux is a good enough draw for some, others want to know just how different its look,…
  • Facebook's Latest Moon Shot: I Think, Therefore I Type

    Fri 8:00am By Peter Suciu
    Facebook on Wednesday told its F8 conference audience about two new cutting-edge projects that could change the way humans engage with devices. Over the next two years, the company will work on a new technology that will allow anyone to type around 100 words…
  • Moby, LinuxKit Kick Off New Docker Collaboration Phase

    Thu 6:36pm By Jack M. Germain
    Docker this week introduced two new projects at DockerCon with an eye to helping operating system vendors, software creators and in-house tinkerers create container-native OSes and container-based systems. The projects are based on a new model for…
  • Apple May Be Getting Its Innovation Groove Back

    Thu 8:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple reportedly has begun testing a premium iPhone with a revamped display and body, which could be one of three new models the company is expected to launch this fall. The other two likely will be upgrades to the two existing iPhones. The new design will…
  • Report: Commercial Software Riddled With Open Source Code Flaws

    Apr 19, 2017, 5:56 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Black Duck Software has released its 2017 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis, detailing significant cross-industry risks related to open source vulnerabilities and license compliance challenges. Black Duck conducted audits of more than 1,071 open source…
  • Facebook Builds a VR Space, but Will Anyone Come?

    Apr 19, 2017, 3:26 pm By Peter Suciu
    Facebook has announced the beta launch of Facebook Spaces, a new app that allows users to connect with friends and colleagues in an interactive virtual reality environment. It provides a way for social media users to hang out as they might otherwise in person…
  • Tiny Core: Small Footprint, Big Potential

    Apr 18, 2017, 5:15 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Tiny Core Linux 8.0, released last week, is a minimalist Linux OS built from scratch with a focus on being as small as possible. That means you should be able to run this Linux distro on a wide range of legacy machines. The tradeoff for ultra smallness,…
  • Microsoft's Timely Response to Shadow Brokers Threat Raises Questions

    Apr 18, 2017, 12:58 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Just as the Shadow Brokers hacker group started crowing about a dump of never-seen-before flaws in Windows, Microsoft announced it already had fixed most of the exploits. "Today, Microsoft triaged a large release of exploits made publicly available by Shadow…
  • Why Is It OK to Abuse Customers?

    Apr 17, 2017, 1:41 pm By Rob Enderle
    I don't know about you but I can't seem to get out of my head the image of that poor Asian doctor who, seemingly unconscious, was dragged off that United flight. The fact that the airline did that to a 69-year-old doctor just so it could save money moving…
  • Apple May Transform Diabetes Care and Treatment: Report

    Apr 15, 2017, 1:40 pm By David Jones
    Apple is working on a secret project to develop wearable devices that can monitor the blood sugar of diabetics without using invasive finger sticks, according to a report. Apple has assembled a team of biomedical engineers from various companies to work on the…
  • Google Spins VR Experiences on the Web

    Apr 14, 2017, 8:00 am By Peter Suciu
    Google on Thursday announced compatibility of its WebVR on Chrome with its low-cost Google Cardboard virtual reality system. It also launched WebVR Experiments, an online showcase for virtuality reality content in development. WebVR became available on…
  • Anbox Could Be the Android-to-Linux Tool Devs Have Been Waiting For

    Apr 13, 2017, 11:00 am By David Jones
    The ability to run Android apps natively in a Linux desktop environment is a step closer to realization, thanks to Anbox, a new open source project. Simon Fels, lead software engineer at Canonical, last week debuted a pre-alpha release of the Anbox platform,…
  • Bixby Will Be Seen but Not Heard When Galaxy S8 Launches

    Apr 13, 2017, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    Samsung on Wednesday said that Bixby Voice will not be operational when its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones hit the market. Some Bixby features -- Vision, Home and Reminder -- will be active when the phones become available on April 21, Samsung said, but the…
  • Spam Czar Nabbed in Spain May Have Link to Election Tampering

    Apr 12, 2017, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    An alleged spam kingpin with possible ties to election meddling in the U.S. was arrested in Spain last week under a U.S. international warrant. Pyotr Levashov had been vacationing in Barcelona with his family. Levashov was arrested for interfering with the…
  • United Airlines Gives Appalling New Meaning to Customer Service

    Apr 11, 2017, 5:09 pm By Richard Adhikari
    United Airlines' self-made firestorm spread on Tuesday, as a video showing a passenger being forcibly dragged off a plane continued to make the rounds on social media. The passenger had refused to comply after being told he'd been bumped off the Sunday flight.…
  • Hackers Blast Emergency Sirens in Dallas

    Apr 11, 2017, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Screaming sirens serenaded Dallas residents in the early morning hours Saturday after a cyberattack set off the city's emergency warning system. All of the city's 156 sirens reportedly were set off more than a dozen times. Officials have not yet identified the…
  • Why VR Is Failing

    Apr 10, 2017, 1:32 pm By Rob Enderle
    As a market, we seem to have trouble learning that three key elements are necessary for a new technology to take hold: It has to appear complete, it has to be compelling, and it has to seem like a value -- that is, be affordable. Compared to what we have…
  • Google's Fact Check Labeling System Goes Global

    Apr 8, 2017, 1:40 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Google has extended the Fact Check feature it introduced last fall. Publishers now can display a Fact Check tag in news stories everywhere that Google News is available. The company also has introduced the Fact Check feature globally in Google Search, in all…
  • Shuttleworth Gives Up Hope for Convergence Breakthrough

    Apr 7, 2017, 2:38 pm By David Jones
    Canonical's long and winding quest for a unified user experience came to a sudden halt on Wednesday, as founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the firm's decision to stop investing in its struggling Unity8 shell and revert to Gnome. The 6-year-old Unity plan was…
  • Gadget Ogling: Samsung Swings, Plus Live 360 Cameras and Smart Tuners

    Apr 7, 2017, 12:39 pm By Kris Holt
    Samsung is back with a new pair of flagship smartphones it desperately needs to be hits in the wake of previous handsets that were a touch too, erm, explodey. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have dispensed with the physical home button and added an artificial…
  • Microsoft's Project Scorpio Goes to Extremes

    Apr 6, 2017, 3:21 pm By Peter Suciu
    The latest specs for the upcoming Xbox update, codenamed "Project Scorpio," suggest that it could take gaming to new extremes. Microsoft officially unveiled Project Scorpio at last year's E3, but it has offered few details about what gamers can expect, until…