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December 15, 2013
Google recently released and took back one of the biggest privacy features for Android since its launch. And we’re a little bummed. Yesterday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote about a new and extremely important privacy tool in Android. Today, it realized the tool had actually been removed in an update to the mobile operating system earlier this week. After chatting with Google, the privacy advocacy group isn’t satisfied with why it was pulled.
As an “early, first-look” release, instead of an ISO installation image, you get either a 960 MB or a 2.4 GB zip file that you can use to build your own Steam Machine. Whether you are an experienced user or not, the instructions for building a DIY (do-it-yourself) Steam Machine are easy to follow.
OpenStack is probably the largest and fastest growing opensource project out there. Unfortunately, that means fast changes, new features and different install methods. RedHat's RDO simplifies this.
For those curious about the performance of Intel's Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors when upgrading to Ubuntu 13.10 and the experimental Linux 3.13 along with the latest stable GCC 4.8.2 compiler, here's some fresh benchmarks from several different Intel Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs.
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:Device notifier works in Plasma 2, Power Devil ported to KF5/Qt5Gwenview gains RAW previewIn KIPI, new GoogleDrive and Dropbox export plugins are availableNew option in configuration Appearance->Borders->Scrollbars Visibility controls scrollbar visibility in KateWork continues on urlbar in rekonqThere are many new optimizations: Akonadi database structure changes, memory usage in Trojitá, mail directories accesses in KMailAkonadi removes unneeded Strigi and ODBC/Virtuoso backends support.Read the rest of the Digest here.Dot Categories: Developer
I was extremely pleased to be introduced to Jack the (DVD) Ripper, a 3d printed, Raspberry Pi-powered device that pulls a DVD from a stack, drops it into a drive, and, when the drive opens after ripping is finished, picks it up again and puts it in another pile.
Rights warriors enraged by ad giant's 180-degree spin on permissions filterPrivacy campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is more than a little miffed at Google – after the Chocolate Factory pulled an Android tool that let users pick control the information apps can harvest.…
December 14, 2013
iWave tipped a Linux-ready Qseven module called the iW-RainboW-G17M-Q7, using Altera’s Cortex-A9/FPGA Cyclone V SX SoC and offering HSMC and PCIe expansion. Altera’s 28nm Cyclone V system-on-chip (SoC) has been out a year now and has appeared in an SODIMM-style Critical Link MityARM-5CSX COM and the Sockit Development Kit single board computer from Terasic. Like […]
Linux has come a long way in its short life, and it's more reliable and stable than ever. But things still go wrong, and you can diagnose and fix just about anything. Compositing window managers are a huge step forward in making graphical environments more stable. But sometimes your nice Linux graphical desktop still locks up, and then what do you do? Drop to a console is what you do, by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 on your keyboard. This takes you to a console that is independent of your graphical environment
Security once again is top of mind for the Firefox browser, and Firefox 27 will be the first browser from Mozilla to include default support for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 specification. TLS is a cornerstone Internet security technology that is the successor to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). TLS 1.2 was first defined in August 2008, offering security enhancements over prior versions of TLS and SSL.
If you think that Nokia is only concentrating on Windows handsets, think again. For a while now, the folks from Finland have been working on re-positioning Android to be used on their entry level line of phones called Asha. The project, with the code names Normandy and AoL (Asha on Linux), seeks to bring new life to the line by replacing the current operating system, Series 40, which is getting a little long of tooth.
The GNOME development team was happy to announce a couple of days ago, on December 11, that the third maintenance release of the stable Epiphany 3.10 web browser is now available for download and users are urged to update as soon as the package becomes available in their Linux operating systems.
Interesting news is that Double Fine has announced Hack 'N' Slash a formerly Windows-only Amnesia Fortnight prototype game that is now being made into a full game.
Today in Open Source: MintBox 2 reviewed. Will you buy one? Plus: Linux Mint 16 installs, and WordPress 3.8 released.