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  • Group Demands Apple Pay Ransom for iCloud Credentials

    Fri 6:47pm By David Jones
    Apple has received a ransom threat from a hacking group claiming to have access to data for up to 800 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, said to be a group called the "Turkish Crime Family," have threatened to reset passwords and remotely wipe the iPhones…
  • OpenSuse Leap Reinforces Linux Faith

    Thu 5:09pm By Jack M. Germain
    OpenSuse Leap 42.2 goes a long way toward maintaining Suse's reputation for reliability and stability. That said, new users might need a push to take the leap from their familiar distros to this latest OpenSuse release. Business users can remain confident that…
  • WikiLeaks Exposes CIA's Device Surveillance Tricks

    Thu 3:59pm By Peter Suciu
    WikiLeaks has released more Vault 7 documentation online, including details about several CIA projects to infect Apple's Mac computer firmware and operating system. The site unloaded its first batch of stolen Vault 7 data earlier this month. The CIA's Embedded…
  • Google Gives Devs First Look at Android O

    Wed 7:35pm By David Jones
    Google on Tuesday unveiled a developer preview of the latest version of its mobile operating system, code named "Android O." The new OS is designed to improve on battery life and interactive performance of devices, according to Dave Burke, vice president of…
  • Apple Unveils Budget-Friendly iPad, Dresses iPhone in Red

    Wed 1:44pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple has announced an iPad update, a red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and a new video-editing app for iOS. The iPad upgrade has a 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536-pixel Retina display and Apple's A9 64-bit processor. The unit will come in silver, gold and space gray with a…
  • Cracking the Shell

    Tue 6:22pm By Jonathan Terrasi
    If you've begun to tinker with your desktop Linux terminal, you may be ready to take a deeper dive. You're no longer put off by references to "terminal," "command line" or "shell," and you have a grasp of how files are organized. You can distinguish between a…
  • Apple May Alter the AR Competition

    Tue 1:35pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple is stockpiling resources to make a splash in the augmented reality market. The company reportedly is not only marshaling internal resources behind its AR efforts, but also hiring talented outsiders and acquiring companies with expertise in AR hardware,…
  • IBM Launches Enterprise-Strength Blockchain as a Service

    Mon 6:36pm By David Jones
    IBM has unveiled the first enterprise-ready Blockchain as a Service offering based on The Linux Foundation's open source Hyperledger Fabric. IBM Blockchain, which lets developers quickly establish highly secure blockchain networks on the IBM cloud, is a…
  • Why Tech Can't Help Donald Trump and Most CEOs

    Mon 1:15pm By Rob Enderle
    The new president is making almost the identical mistake President Obama made during his first two years. Trump has picked a major entitlement to hang his hat on -- the same major entitlement, healthcare -- and shortly will discover what most CIOs know: You…
  • Google Unveils Guetzli, Open Source JPEG Encoder, to Speed Browsing

    Mar 18, 2017, 1:38 pm By David Jones
    Google on Thursday announced Guetzli, a new contribution to its evolving set of tools for the open source community. Guetzli is an encoder that allows JPEG files to be compressed as much as 35 percent, resulting in much faster Web page loading. "Guetzli,"…
  • Crafty Phishing Technique Can Trick Even Tech-Savvy Gmail Users

    Mar 17, 2017, 1:45 pm By David Jones
    Gmail users recently have been targeted by a sophisticated series of phishing attacks that use emails from a known contact. The emails contain an image of an attachment that appears to be legitimate, according to Wordfence. The sophisticated attack displays…
  • Slackel Openbox Plays Hard to Get

    Mar 16, 2017, 6:03 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Slackel's Openbox edition is a lightweight operating system that offers reliable performance once you get the box open. It is not an ideal OS for every user, though. Slackel 6.0.8 Openbox was released by developer Dimitris Tzemos last fall. Slackel is a Linux…
  • Pro-Turkey Hackers Hit Prominent Twitter Accounts

    Mar 16, 2017, 5:06 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter users, many of them high-profile, were hacked Tuesday by someone who appeared to support Turkey in its diplomatic row with the Netherlands. Their accounts displayed a Swastika -- reversed to face to the right -- as well…
  • Accenture and Docker Team on Container Services

    Mar 15, 2017, 2:51 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Accenture and Docker on Wednesday announced an expanded global alliance and the availability of container services within the Accenture Cloud Factory. The new services provide a faster industrialized on-ramp solution for enterprises moving to the cloud. They…
  • Facebook Gets Tough on Spy Apps

    Mar 15, 2017, 1:51 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Facebook has updated its Facebook and Instagram policies to prohibit developers from using data obtained from those platforms in surveillance tools, according to Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer. Facebook already has taken enforcement actions against…
  • Linux Academy Rolls Out New Cloud-Based Training Platform

    Mar 14, 2017, 7:32 pm By David Jones
    Linux Academy, an online training platform for the Linux OS and cloud computing, has announced a public beta rollout of its Cloud Assessments platform, designed to let large enterprise firms train and assess their IT workers and prospective job candidates. The…
  • Gadget Ogling: Note-Taker Triumphs, Classic Nokia Returns, and Audio Thrills

    Mar 14, 2017, 5:10 pm By Kris Holt
    Transcribing speech is tedious, but until voice recognition truly can handle all manner of accents and verbal tics, it's a necessary evil. Hands up, everyone who thinks I wouldn't want a machine to take care of that for me. No one? Good. Titan Note records and…
  • Malware Found Preinstalled on Dozens of Android Phones

    Mar 13, 2017, 7:31 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Malware has been discovered preinstalled on 36 Android phones belonging to two companies, security software maker Check Point reported. "In all instances, the malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the users' use -- it arrived with it," noted…
  • Donald Trump Should Channel Steve Jobs on Security

    Mar 13, 2017, 1:02 pm By Rob Enderle
    We saw yet another government breach last week, and more secrets went out to WikiLeaks. I'm of a mixed mind on this one, because the CIA tools disclosed likely were emulated by others, and WikiLeaks is helping consumer technology companies ensure they no…
  • Tech Companies Weigh Responses to WikiLeaks Exposure

    Mar 11, 2017, 1:40 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Following WikiLeaks' publication earlier this week of classified documents stolen from the CIA, major technology companies, including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Cisco, have been scrambling to assess the risks posed to their customers by the revelations. The…
  • Nvidia's GeForce 1080 Ti Raises Graphical Chip Bar Yet Again

    Mar 10, 2017, 12:37 pm By Peter Suciu
    The first reviews of the newly released Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti came out on Thursday, and by all accounts this card has performed beyond expectations. Nvidia's new GPU can perform 35 percent faster than its GTX 1080, the company has claimed. Based on…
  • Autonomous Delivery Robots to Hit Virginia's Streets

    Mar 10, 2017, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    Autonomous delivery robots will be able to travel on sidewalks, crosswalks and shared-use paths throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia this summer. Gov. Terry McAullife recently signed a law permitting the use of Starship Technologies' Personal Delivery…
  • Black Lab Linux 8.0 Is a Rare Treat

    Mar 9, 2017, 5:40 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Black Lab Linux 8.0, based on Ubuntu 16.04, adds a Unity desktop option. You won't find Unity offered by any other major -- or nearly any minor -- Linux distributor outside of Ubuntu. It also updates several other prominent desktop options. Black Lab Linux is…
  • Qualcomm, Microsoft to Give Cloud Services a Speed Boost

    Mar 9, 2017, 1:49 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Qualcomm has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate next-generation cloud services on the 10nm Qualcomm Centriq 2400 ARM-based platform. The collaboration will span multiple future generations of hardware, software and systems. The two have…
  • The Terminal Is Where Linux Begins - and Where You Should, Too

    Mar 8, 2017, 4:43 pm By Jonathan Terrasi
    Once you have a sense of the vast potential of Linux, you may be eager to experience it for yourself. Given the complexity of modern operating systems, it can be hard to know where to start. As with many things, computers can be better understood through a…
  • WikiLeaks Dumps CIA Hacking Docs Online

    Mar 8, 2017, 12:47 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    WikiLeaks on Tuesday dumped thousands of classified documents onto the Internet, exposing hacking programs used by the CIA. The torrent of data is just the first in a series of dumps WikLeaks is calling "Vault 7." This first installment includes 8,761…