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Dealing with Boundary Issues

The other evening a bunch of us were sitting in a friend's living room while a series of photos scrolled across her TV. The photos were a screen saver served up by her new Apple TV box. Some of the pictures were of people, birds, flowers, cats and other typical stuff.

Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Oct 2, 2015 2:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So long, and thanks for all the emails Listicle Clickbait Special BlackBerry wants you to know that the BlackBerry 10 (BB10) isn't dead. But beyond receiving essential maintenance, it simply isn't a priority for BlackBerry, which boasts that it now has over 50 per cent of its staff in software and sales jobs.…

A look at Battle for Wesnoth's current game development strategy

I had my first run-in with the turn-based, Linux strategy game Battle for Wesnoth a few years ago. It was not long after discovering open source software, and I was incredibly impressed that a small group of developers could create such an excellent game for free. Discovering this along with Linux and the numerous GNU packages is what really piqued my interest in the world of open source. Recently, I visited the Battle for Wesnoth's homepage and discovered they are need of fresh blood to keep the project rolling. Because I'm not skilled enough to contribute code, I decided to reach out to the developers, get their stories, and help spread the word about this fantastic project. read more

Calibre eBook Converter Now Has Support for the New KFX Format from Amazon

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Oct 2, 2015 1:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Calibre eBook editor and reader has been upgraded once more and the developer has just added the much-needed support for the new KFX format that is used by Amazon.

Google Chromebooks: The most popular classroom computing device

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on Oct 2, 2015 12:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Lost in all the buzz about Google's new Nexus smartphones and Chromecast devices was that Chromebooks are now schools' favorite computer device.

Firefox Is Much Better than Any Other Browser and Here's Why

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Oct 2, 2015 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We often read about comparative tests between browsers and we see that Google Chrome or Opera are extremely fast, or that some other browser gets really good scores in rendering, and so on. The truth is that none of that really matters when you are using browsers in the real world, and in the real world Firefox shines and it's head and shoulders above everything else.

Work sprints with a Pomodoro timer

  • Fedora Magazine (Posted by bob on Oct 2, 2015 10:13 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story
Time management is important for everyone. When we get our tasks done efficiently, we leave more time for other things we’re passionate about. There are numerous tools on your Fedora system to help you manage your time effectively. One of them is a Pomodoro timer. The... Continue Reading →

Seize the opportunity to explain open source

  • (Posted by bob on Oct 2, 2015 9:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Kids have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. I would estimate that all of us with children have had them go through a phase of asking "Why?" constantly. In truth, it often comes at the most inconvenient moment for a parent; like when the world is literally going to explode unless your child puts down the green marker pen, and instead of doing it, they just look up at you and ask "Why?" I was no different. I went through the "Why?" phase. My daughter has been through it and my nephew is going through it right now. read more

"No Background Processing for Apps" in Ubuntu Touch Is Being Debated

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Oct 2, 2015 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the issues that's been bothering some Ubuntu Touch developers and users is the fact that background processing for apps is now really permitted on this platform. A discussion has been started on the official mailing list, and it looks like there are a lot of supporters of the idea that "no background processing for apps" policy needs to change.

Microsoft, ASUS sign combined Android patent, Office bundling deal

Is Microsoft making Office software and services part of its Android-patent-licensing negotiation terms? A new deal between Microsoft and ASUS makes it seem like it might be.

Fairphone is a conflict-free smartphone ready to give back

No matter your ethical or societal bent, it's impossible to escape the daily headlines of companies heading down dark paths or the discovery of unethical practices. This happens in every sector from car manufacturers to mobile technology. Every once in awhile, however, a company arises to break free from that mold and show that modern businesses can, in fact, sell products that do not skirt around ethical practices in the name of bottom line.

SparkyLinux 4.1 Brings LibreOffice 5.0.1 and KDE Plasma 5.4.1, Based on Debian 9

The developers of the SparkyLinux distribution announced the final release of SparkyLinux 4.1.

Compact, low power IoT gateway runs Linux on i.MX6

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Oct 2, 2015 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
VIA’s 30mm tall “Artigo A820” IoT gateway runs Linux on an i.MX6 DualLite, and offers optional WiFi and 3G in addition to Fast and GbE Ethernet ports. Like last year’s Artigo A900 mini-PC, the Artigo A820 runs Linux on a dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A9 SoC. This time, however, VIA Technologies has turned to Freescale’s i.MX6 DualLite […]

XOR DDoS Malware for Linux Attacks Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Oct 2, 2015 3:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Reports have been coming about a new Trojan malware named XOR DDoS that has been responsible for a number of DDoS attack in Asia. It's coming from Linux machines, and people are going wild. The truth is somewhat different from what's been published until now.

A billion Android phones are vulnerable to new Stagefright bugs

There's a new round of Stagefright vulnerabilities that allows attackers to execute malicious code on more than one billion phones running ancient as well as much more recent versions of Google's Android operating system.

Linux Kernel 3.14.54 LTS Released, Adds Networking Improvements, ARM64 Fixes

Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of two new kernel version, Linux kernel 3.10.90 LTS and Linux kernel 3.14.54 LTS.

Screenshot preview of GNOME 3.18 on Fedora 23

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Oct 2, 2015 12:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Together with the default Fedora edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop, and the Spins, Fedora editions that use other desktop environments, the beta 1 installation images were released three days ago.

Stagefright 2 Exposes Another Billion Android Phones to Risk

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Oct 1, 2015 11:44 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Android
The researcher who first disclosed the Android Stagefright security vulnerability at Black Hat 2015 is now revealing even more flaws that have yet to be patched.

$5 Billion worth of open-source code and counting

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on Oct 1, 2015 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The Linux Foundation does far more than support Linux. Its open-source, Collaborative Projects have created about $5-billion worth of value.

Google: now serving Marshmallow flavored Nexus 5X and 6P

Google dished out two tasty new phones: the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, featuring potent Snapdragon SoCs, Android 6.0 (“Marshmallow”), and 2560 x 1440-pixel screens. Not so many years ago, the introduction of a major new Android release was more like looking six months or more into the future when your phone just might become […]

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