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Bin your Android phone: 1 BILLION mobes can be infected by a single text

Good luck getting it patched on non-Nexus kit any time soon – may as well just buy a new one. The vast majority of Android phones can be silently infected each by a single text message, allowing criminals to worm their way into as many as 950 million devices.

Seven Key Milestones in OpenStack's Five-Year History

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jul 27, 2015 6:54 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud
On July 19, 2010, Chris Kemp, at the time NASA's CTO for IT, went on stage at the OSCON open-source conference to announce OpenStack, a new open-source effort along with Rackspace. Five years later, OpenStack has emerged as one of the leading cloud platforms governments and big-name companies around the world use.

phpMyAdmin Bids SourceForge Farewell

phpMyAdmin, the popular free and open source web based tool for administering MySQL databases, has left the SourceForge building. In a blog post on Saturday, the project’s infrastructure coordinator, Michal ?iha?, announced that a migration from Sourceforge is all but complete. The few remaining items left on the SourceForge server will be “hopefully handled in upcoming days as well.”

Akademy Day 3 the start of BoFs, meetings and workshops

Akademy Awards. Each year the KDE Community presents Akademy Awards to people who have made special contributions. The jury this year was made up of recipients from last year.

How to Handle Files with Scilab on Ubuntu 15.04

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 4:33 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Scilab is an OpenSource Linux software for numerical computation similar to Matlab. This tutorial shows how to handle files and load data into Scilab for later use or processing. Scilab will interpret the code in the file and it's structure and format, etc. To use a file within the Scilab environment, it is necessary to use a number of previous commands that allow both reading and interpretation of the file in question.

950 million Android phones can be hijacked by malicious text messages

Almost all Android mobile devices available today are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code when they are sent a malformed text message or the user is lured to a malicious website, a security researcher reported Monday. The vulnerability affects about 950 million Android phones and tablets...

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Review - A Diamond in the Rough

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Jul 27, 2015 2:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is the latest phone to ship with the operating system built by Canonical, and it's also the most powerful available right now. We'll take a closer look at it, and we'll try to determine whether it's good enough to stand on its own.

The right way to fail

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At OSCON this year, Amye Scavarda and Leslie Hawthorn gave a talk entitled "Fear of Failing Fast: How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Success." I just had to attend. Here's a summary of the talk. read more

Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 12:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yule bee … you'll bee … you'll be butter off … better off without it, says ad giant Google has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th.…

How to get designers involved in your software project

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 11:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
I attended Una Kravets' OSCON talk, "Open Source Design: A Love Story," after interviewing her recently. read more

Enlightenment 0.19.7 Desktop Environment

The developers of the lightweight desktop environment Enlightenment (used in various Linux distributions) anounced their 0.19.7 release.

According to the Enlightenment team Enlightenment is in the transition from X11 to Wayland.

The Dronecode Foundation aims to keep UAVs open

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' (UAV) applications and capabilities are advancing at a phenomenal rate, and the cost of these systems is decreasing at an equally impressive rate largely because of the open source. In many cases, open source projects are outpacing the development of their equivalent closed source systems. To further accelerate these developments, in late 2014 several companies came together to form the Dronecode Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings together existing open source drone projects and assets under one umbrella organization governed by The Linux Foundation. read more

Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

Utopic Unicorn gets another gallop to leap security rainbow Ubuntu has changed its mind on an end-of-life announcement, giving Version 14.10 one last kernel patch to cover off some big vulns.…

Three months with a Chromebook computer

In today's open source roundup: How well does the Chromebook stack up after three months of use? Plus: Debian dumps SPARC hardware architecture. And Ubuntu MATE drops the Ubuntu Software Center.

Eating our own dog food in open source

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 7:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last month, after nearly two decades of using free and open source software, I attended my first conference: SELF. I even gave a little talk there, a kind of high-level overview of open source tools available to those of us who produce creative work (you can watch it on SELF's YouTube channel if you have an hour to kill). read more

Updated: Windows 10 Update KB3074681 causing crashes for users

Update: I was contacted by Gabe Aul, our Ring Master, directly and he has informed me that a fix is in the works for this and will be pushed out soon.

Akademy Talks Day 2

The day today started out with showers of water drops as the late comers to Akademy waded their way amidst raincoated cyclists and residents of A Coruna sheltering themselves underneath coloured umbrellas...

Ubuntu MATE Is Dropping Ubuntu Software Center

The Ubuntu MATE distro will no longer ship with the Ubuntu Software Center, starting with the next 15.10 Alpha 2 released, announced one of the project developers.

New patent group threatens to derail 4K HEVC video streaming

A new industry group called HEVC Advance is threatening to demand royalties for the new HEVC video codec that could halve the bandwidth required for streaming online video or offer higher resolutions with the same bandwidth usage. The organization is promising to demand a royalty of 0.5 percent of revenue from any broadcaster that uses the codec for streaming. This move could re-ignite the arguments surrounding video codecs on the Web and may well jeopardize services such as Netflix's year-old 4K streaming service.

Microsoft develops Arrow Launcher for Android

Microsoft embraces Android, as recent projects show. Now they are developing a launcher for Android, called Arrow Launcher.

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