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How hackers cracked into GSM phones

  • Montreal Gazette; By Jason Magder (Posted by bob on Dec 31, 2010 5:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Now, for those of you who are technologically advanced, here's a detailed powerpoint presentation made by Karsten Nohl and Sylvain Munaut at Tuesday's Chaos Computer Club Congress. They showed how using a reprogrammed $15 cell phone and a laptop computer, they could find a specific phone user and intercept his or her phone calls. The process to intercept takes about 20 seconds, and once the call has been recorded, it takes about three minutes to decrypt the file into a voice conversation or a text message.

Verizon preps Motorola Droid Xoom tablet, HTC Thunderbolt phone

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Dec 31, 2010 4:09 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Motorola's first Android tablet will be called the Droid Xoom, and will ship in February with an external 4G LTE modem, say industry reports. Meanwhile, photos have leaked of a purported HTC Thunderbolt 4G phone due to be announced by Verizon next week at CES, and more evidence piles up for Honeycomb being Android 2.4 instead of 3.0....

A CES preview for the enterprise

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Dec 31, 2010 3:11 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Next week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is, as the name implies, targeted at consumers, yet there are plenty of products that will end up in enterprises as well. This enterprise-focused preview of CES includes everything from new HP laptops and touchscreen technology to Android tablet PCs from Cisco and Technicolor to iPont 3D TV technology....

Using the Canon Hack Development Kit

  • IEEE Spectrum; By David Schneider (Posted by bob on Dec 30, 2010 6:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New firmware allows Canon cameras to perform some neat tricks. Back in the day, hands-on photography required you to be closeted away in a darkened room, where you dunked sheets of paper into solutions of smelly chemicals. Now we manipulate photographs with software, a much less messy and oppressive process. But wouldn't it be great to have more control still—even before the photo is taken? Many cameras allow you to adjust their exposure settings manually, but that's about it. What if you could have full command of your camera's hardware? Such thoughts motivated an anonymous programmer going by the online name VitalyB to reverse engineer the firmware for Canon's PowerShot series of digital point-and-shoot cameras. (Editor's note: the CHDK is GPLv2 software)

OSI complains to German watchdog about the Novell patents deal

  • the Inquirer; By Nick Farrell (Posted by bob on Dec 30, 2010 6:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
THE GERMAN Federal Cartel Office is investigating claims by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) that Novell selling most of its patents to a cartel of IT firms is a bad idea.

IBM: Five innovations that will change lives by 2015

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Dec 30, 2010 2:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
IBM has delivered a series of predictions for technological innovations it says will have broad impact and change lives by 2015. They range from 3-D and holographic technology in cameras and cell phones, to batteries that will power devices by & breathing& air, to recycling the energy produced by the world's data centers....

Tip: Extending Yum With Plugins

Yum is the excellent package manager used on Red Hat, Fedora, and other related Linux distributions. Did you know you can extend its usefulness with plugins?

Free software seen as way to resolve many of Lebanon’s economic woes

  • The Daily Star; By Tamara Qiblaw (Posted by bob on Dec 29, 2010 11:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
As some try to release Lebanon’s government from the clutches of political paralysis so it can start tackling economic policy, a small but mighty group of advocates say the solution to many of the country’s economic and social woes lies in free technologies... “Security would improve because the country will depend on itself [for its electronic security] instead of depending on others”

Report: 715 Open Source Software Applications

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by bob on Dec 29, 2010 10:39 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Are you wondering what Linux and Free/Open Source software have to offer you? Check out Cynthia Harvey's monster list of 715 FOSS applications for all occasions and all operating systems.

Dear PJ: Please Don't Quit Groklaw

Novell throws FOSS under the bus to make a deal with Microsoft. Pamela Jones wonders why bother with Groklaw, if helping companies like Novell only leads to getting the shaft yet again?

A Christmas Eve Wine Release (v1.3.10)

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Dec 25, 2010 9:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There's the release of Wine 1.3.10 on this Christmas Eve for those with extra time to test the newest Wine over the holidays. Wine 1.3.10 has a number of changes worth checking out...

Ubuntu Wayland: Shuttleworth's post-Mac makeover

  • The Register; By Scott Gilbertson (Posted by bob on Dec 23, 2010 6:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Ubuntu Linux spent the last few months of 2010 dropping bombshells on the Linux world. Founder Mark Shuttleworth is clearly intent on shaking the foundations of his popular Linux distro and pushing it, and Linux at large, in new directions.…

GTK+3 Now Uses X Input 2 By Default, New Back-End Caps

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by bob on Dec 23, 2010 3:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
Due out today is the latest GNOME 3.0 development snapshot, GNOME 2.91.4, and because of that in recent days there's been a slew of GNOME package check-ins. Landing yesterday was GTK+ 2.91.7, the latest version of the GTK+ 3.0 tool-kit that plays one of the most important roles on the GNOME desktop. While it's getting late in the release cycle and this GNOME tool-kit has already delivered lots of new features, the changes keep rolling...

Mandriva Linux 2010.2 Released

A month ago we reported that two versions of Mandriva were coming soon after a number of its developers had left the project to form the Mageia Linux distribution after Mandriva's parent company was facing some financial hardship and its future was questionable during this period. The two versions of Mandriva being worked on were Mandriva 2010.02 and Mandriva 2011, with the former having been released today...

GnuCash 2.4.0 Accounting Software Released

Besides gaming being one of the last strongholds for Microsoft Windows users from switching over to Linux (though this is beginning to change), accounting software is an area that is even in worse shape under Linux -- free software or not -- aside from the available web-based accounting solutions. GnuCash is one of the Linux desktop accounting packages for small businesses, but it's not the greatest; I am still an Intuit customer for their superior financial products. GnuCash 2.4.0 was released yesterday and sadly it really doesn't change the situation at all...

Allegations of OpenBSD Backdoors May be True

  • Linux Journal; By Susan Linton (Posted by bob on Dec 23, 2010 3:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
It was just last week that Theo de Raadt, OpenBSD founder and developer, posted an email that claimed the Federal Bureau of Investigations paid OpenBSD developers to leave backdoors in its IPSEC network security stack. Since then early audits have found some questionable code, contributors denied any wrongdoing, and the original source reaffirmed his allegations.

Tutorial: Editing Batches of Photos Easily on Linux

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by bob on Dec 23, 2010 2:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Akkana Peck introduces David's Batch Processor, a Gimp plugin that makes editing big batches of photos a breeze. Resize them for the Web, make them lighter or darker, crop, rotate-- DBP does it all.

Embedded GPUs On Linux Remain A Great Big Mess

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Dec 23, 2010 1:22 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
For anyone that happens to be on holiday this week (or just have excess time otherwise), there is another lively and polarized discussion that's been taking place for the past several days on the DRI mailing list. What does it involve if it's not about developer disagreements amongst themselves? Embedded GPU driver support on Linux, of course. This mailing list thread just reaffirms how the situation is a great big mess...

Mozilla lands fresh Firefox 4 beta on Android, Maemo

Spit and polish desktop beta goes live Mozilla has released a new Firefox 4 beta for Android and Maemo, hot on the heels on its latest desktop beta.…

News: 2010 Was a Big Linux Year

2010 was a big year for enterprise Linux releases and the Linux kernel as the business world grows ever-more reliant on Linux.

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