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April 22, 2014
Researcher finds secret “knock” opens admin for some Linksys, Netgear routers. First, DSL router owners got an unwelcome Christmas present. Now, the same gift is back as an Easter egg. The same security researcher who originally discovered a backdoor in 24 models of wireless DSL routers has found that a patch intended to fix that problem doesn’t actually get rid of the backdoor—it just conceals it. And the nature of the “fix” suggests that the backdoor, which is part of the firmware for wireless DSL routers based on technology from the Taiwanese manufacturer Sercomm, was an intentional feature to begin with.
Can a cheap, Linux-powered black box from a cloud storage specialist offer the reassurance of privacy in a post-Snowden world of paranoia?
Cloudproject and Elam Kitchen have launched a line of Android-based home furnishings and appliances that feature transparent multitouch displays. Embedded technology firm Cloudproject Generation S.r.l. and Elam Kitchen of the Tisettanta Group have begun shipping the first in their series of computers that offer transparent displays built into windows and mirrors. The two Italian firms […]
Container technology, a lightweight kind of virtualization, is becoming a core component in major Linux distributions. But what role will it really plan in datacenters and the cloud?
We're happy to announce our latest LTS release. Ubuntu Studio 14.04 will be supported for three years. The installer has a new plugin which allows you to choose which packages to install out of our workflows - audio, video, graphics, photography and publishing, so you no longer need to install all the packages; Linux low-latency code is now merged with Linux generic, so it's better streamlined and follows all Linux generic changes more exactly; EFI support.
Star Citizen is a game you cannot help but get excited over. A new video has surfaced from PAX where parts of the game where shown off and it doesn't disappoint. Move over Eve Online!
April 21, 2014
Korenix unveiled a rugged, Linux-based “JetBox” industrial controller that offers two LAN and four serial ports, plus serial-to-Ethernet gateway functions. Taiwan-based Korenex, owned by Beijer Electronics Group, has been spinning its Linux-based, JetBox industrial controller and router computers since at least 2007, with more recent models including the circa-2011 Jetbox 9345-w. The new JetBox model […]
Q: I'm nervous about keeping my online banking safe on my regular PC. Should I buy a Chromebook and use it just for that?A: Cheap laptops running Google's Chrome OS have a lot going for them as long as you don't need conventional, disk-based apps and rarely lack for bandwidth. These $200-and-up models ignore Windows and Mac viruses and update and back themselves up automatically.
Beatrice Martini is the Event Manager at Open Knowledge. With a successful event behind her, the Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva (2013), she is now organizing the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin that will take place July 15 - 17.
We've been hearing rumors of an Amazon smartphone for years, and lately those rumors are heating up again --this time with some cool 3D effects. But it's going to take more than some gimmicks to get people to switch from the dominant players: Apple and Samsung.
From March 31 to April 4, Free Software desktop hackers from many of the largest desktop projects (including GNOME, KDE, Unity and LXDE-Qt) met to collaborate on specifications and tools to improve application interoperability between the desktops. Clarified standards are expected not only to improve the experience of running applications designed for one desktop inside of another, but also to provide a clearer picture of what is required from third party application developers approaching the Free Software desktop for the first time.