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  • Gadget Ogling: Trending Hot Plates, Toys for Future Coders, and a Ringy Dingy Ring

    4h By Kris Holt
    If you've looked at Facebook for more than a minute over the last few years, there's no question that you'll have encountered a top-down, perfectly filmed food video from BuzzFeed's Tasty channel. The cooking clips are enormously popular on the social network,…
  • Ubuntu Budgie Distro: Simple, Clean and User-Friendly

    Tue 12:04pm By Jack M. Germain
    Ubuntu Budgie is one of the few Linux distros to offer integration of a Budgie desktop-only edition, other than Solus OS, whose developers created it. Ubuntu Budgie is classy and user-friendly. It does not sacrifice performance for reliance on a simple design.…
  • How Tech Could Help Creators Look Before They Leap

    Mon 2:08pm By Rob Enderle
    The folks who made The Emoji Movie apparently were worried about its Rotten Tomatoes score -- it had earned a 0 percent rating at one point, based on a scattering of early reviews -- so they stopped critics from publishing further reviews until just before…
  • Multitasking CTO Heather Wilde: Making the World More Like Star Trek Than Skynet

    Fri 2:36pm By Vivian Wagner
    "I care about helping more women get into technology, so I spend a lot of time teaching girls from sixth grade to high school so that they're more educated about STEM fields," said Heather Wilde, CTO of ROCeteer and TWIP. "I'm also chair of the engineering…
  • Is the Path to Secure Elections Paved With Open Source Code?

    Aug 8, 2017, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Increased use of open source software could fortify U.S. election system security, according to former CIA head R. James Woolsey and Bash creator Brian J. Fox. The two made their case for open source elections software after security researchers demonstrated…
  • While You Wait: 4 Potentially Higher-Status Alternatives to the iPhone 8

    Aug 7, 2017, 2:09 pm By Rob Enderle
    At a rumored $1,400 sale price the coming iPhone 8 likely will test just how much people are willing to pay for a new phone -- particularly, how much parents are willing to fork over for their kids. While iPhones once conveyed status and sense of luxury,…
  • Facebook Takes Another Stab at Neutralizing Fake News

    Aug 4, 2017, 12:50 pm By David Jones
    Stung by charges that it allowed fake news stories to proliferate during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook on Thursday began rolling out broadly a feature meant to regain the trust of its members. The tool effectively will surround questionable stories with…
  • Automotive Grade Linux Reaches Key Car Platform Milestones

    Aug 3, 2017, 7:07 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Automotive Grade Linux has released version 4.0 of the AGL infotainment platform and announced new projects to support telematics, instrument cluster, heads-up-display and a virtualization component. The group also announced that seven new companies have…
  • HBO Cyberattack Driven By Mysterious Motives

    Aug 3, 2017, 4:11 pm By Peter Suciu
    HBO on Wednesday admitted that it had been targeted by a cyberattack, confirming an anonymous email the alleged hackers distributed to media outlets last weekend. Among the content that may have been compromised were upcoming episodes of the series Ballers,…
  • WSL to Ship With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

    Aug 2, 2017, 2:14 pm By David Jones
    Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux will emerge as a fully supported part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update when the OS ships later this year. The new status means that early adopters in the Windows Insider program no longer will see…
  • Dual-Lens Camera Revealed in Leaked Note8 Images

    Aug 2, 2017, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Photos posted to Twitter show the next Samsung Note phone will have a dual lens camera. Reporter Evan Blass posted a photo of the front of a black Note8 to Twitter on Monday. On Tuesday, he added front and back images of gold and black versions of the phone,…
  • HomePod Devs Stumble Upon Next iPhone Design Clues

    Jul 31, 2017, 7:11 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Developers combing through the code for the Apple HomePod have found clues to what appear to be features in the next generation of iPhones, and they tweeted their discoveries on Sunday. The firmware for HomePod, Apple's $349 smart speaker expected in December,…
  • Why Facebook's Willow Beats Apple's Saucer

    Jul 31, 2017, 1:39 pm By Rob Enderle
    Facebook knocked it out of the park with its financials last week, and a lot of its success comes from Zuckerberg's unique focus. Unlike other firms that jump from project to project, ranging widely from what makes them money -- like Google -- Facebook stays…
  • The Elusive Total Linux Convergence Dream

    Jul 28, 2017, 4:54 pm By Jonathan Terrasi
    Regular readers know that I usually stick to the well-charted territory of essential terminal commands and practical overviews of Linux history, since they are immediately useful to newcomers. Thankfully for beginners, the basics don't change very quickly --…
  • Amazon's Secret 1492 Health Team Sets Sail

    Jul 28, 2017, 2:51 pm By Peter Suciu
    A secret Amazon team, dubbed "1492," reportedly has been working on a skunkworks project devoted entirely to healthcare. The unit has been developing hardware devices and software applications related to electronic medical records, telemedicine and other…
  • SparkyLinux 5: Great All-Purpose Distro for Confident Linux Users

    Jul 27, 2017, 5:43 pm By Jack M. Germain
    When I first reviewed the Game Over edition of SparkyLinux several years ago, I called it one of the best full-service Linux distros catering to game players you could find. That assessment extends to last month's release of the non-gaming edition of this…
  • Flash Flames Out - but It Will Smolder for a While

    Jul 27, 2017, 3:18 pm By David Jones
    Adobe has decided to pull the plug on its much maligned Flash format, citing the growing use of HTML5, WebGL and Web Assembly open standards. Helper apps have evolved over time to become plugins, which then further evolved to become open Web standards, Adobe…
  • Who's Right About AI? Musk's Dire Warnings Meet Zuckerberg's Cheerful Optimism

    Jul 26, 2017, 5:41 pm By David Jones
    Two of Silicon Valley's most influential visionaries, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, this week engaged in a public spat over the future of artificial intelligence and whether the government should take the wheel to counter the threat…
  • Facebook Adds Hardware, Software Vetting and 4K to 360 Live

    Jul 26, 2017, 3:21 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Facebook has announced several updates to its live-streaming platform, including a new hardware and software vetting program used to create 360-degree video. Through its new Live 360 Ready Program, Facebook will review hardware and software and approve…
  • Microsoft Releases Long-Awaited Security Tool, Sets Linux Preview

    Jul 25, 2017, 4:25 pm By David Jones
    Microsoft has released its long-awaited cloud-based bug detection tool, previously code-named "Project Springfield." The Windows version became generally available, and a new Linux version became available as a preview last week. The tool, Microsoft Security…
  • Microsoft Adds AI to HoloLens Silicon

    Jul 25, 2017, 1:22 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    The next version of Microsoft's HoloLens may be better at navigating reality than the current version of the mixed-reality headset, thanks to a new coprocessor the company announced Sunday. The second version of HoloLens' custom multiprocessor -- called a…
  • The 5 Technologies We Need to Change the World

    Jul 24, 2017, 1:45 pm By Rob Enderle
    I just finished reading an interesting hard science fiction book called The Punch Escrow. The story takes place several decades in the future, and it revolves around the idea of quantum foam and teleportation. It points out why teleportation never may be…
  • Cortana Makes Smart Thermostat a Glas Act

    Jul 22, 2017, 4:52 pm By Peter Suciu
    Microsoft and Johnson Controls have unveiled Glas, a smart thermostat that runs on Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT Core, a special OS designed specifically for smaller devices. Glas also utilizes Microsoft's smart voice assistant Cortana and its Azure Cloud to help…
  • Open Source Flaw 'Devil's Ivy' Puts Millions of IoT Devices at Risk

    Jul 21, 2017, 2:26 pm By David Jones
    Millions of IoT devices are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks due to a vulnerability initially discovered in remote security cameras. Senrio found the flaw in a security camera developed by Axis Communications, one of the world's biggest manufacturers of the…
  • CoreOS, OCI Unveil Controversial Open Container Industry Standard

    Jul 20, 2017, 6:25 pm By Jack M. Germain
    CoreOS and the Open Container Initiative on Wednesday introduced image and runtime specifications largely based on Docker's image format technology. However, OCI's decision to model the standard on Docker's de facto platform has raised questions. Some critics…
  • Has Photobucket Painted Itself Into a Corner?

    Jul 20, 2017, 1:46 pm By Peter Suciu
    Various celebrities over the years have "broken the Internet" when risqué photos or shocking revelations surfaced, with or without their knowledge or approval. Photo hosting service Photobucket may have surpassed Kim Kardashian's most notorious stunts,…