Category: news & announcements

Riak Cloud Storage released under Apache 2 license

Riak Cloud Storage released under Apache 2 license

Riak Cloud Storage (Riak CS) is a storage software which can be used to build public or private Cloud storage systems. It is built atop Riak, a distributed database system developed by Basho Technologies, a outfit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Yesterday, the company announced that Riak CS has been released under the Apache 2 license and scheduled a webcast […]

Google Reader axed. Is FeedBurner next?

Google Reader axed. Is FeedBurner next?

Google has announced that the Google Reader service will not be available after July 1 of this year (2013). The service, which provided a “cloud” portal for aggregating News feeds from several RSS Feed sources, is the latest victim of Google’s spring-cleaning. Since the spring-cleaning started in 2011. 70 services and applications have been eliminated or consolidated. Google Reader is […]

$7 million fine for wardriving!

$7 million fine for wardriving!

So a company whose revenue from last year was about $50 billion is about to reach a $7 million USD settlement with state attorneys general of 30 US states for wardriving. An activity where the company was able to capture user data from private wireless networks. No one is officially calling it wardriving, but that was what Google was doing […]

Ubuntu is not a community distribution

Ubuntu is not a community distribution

That should be obvious to anybody who’s been following the development of Ubuntu, but for those who have not, here’s the deal: Ubuntu is not a community distribution. The sooner you get that, the better, especially if you’ve been under the illusion that Mark Shuttleworth cares very much about your own idea of what a community distribution should be. Yes, […]

Jolidrive: It’s not what you think

Jolidrive: It’s not what you think

I just received an email about Jolidrive, a new offering from Jolicloud, a technology outfit based in Paris, France. As you can tell from the name, Jolicloud has something to do with cloud computing. It started life as a provider of Joli OS, a kinda (Linux) distribution for the cloud. I signed up when it was launched just to see […]

EU Commission fines Microsoft $731 million, but does it really matter?

EU Commission fines Microsoft $731 million, but does it really matter?

The EU Competition Commission, which levied a fine on Microsoft, had indicated long before the announcement what was in store, so “EU fines Microsoft” was expected. What we did not know was how much the fine was going to be. The fine was for failing to offer users of Microsoft operating system a choice of Web browsers, after agreeing to […]

LG acquires webOS from HP

LG acquires webOS from HP

News flash: LG Acquires webOS from HP to enhance its line of Smart TVs. Now we can ad LG to the list of companies that have been associated with the webOS, one of the more promising, but, so far, disappointing cross-platform operating systems. When Meg Whitman was hired at HP and made webOS an open source project, I actually had […]

Slate 7 Android tablet from HP for $169

Slate 7 Android tablet from HP for $169

In less than two months, April (2013) to be exact, you will be able to buy a Slate 7 Android tablet from HP for $169 USD. Announced at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, the Slate 7 Android tablet is HP’s first consumer-level tablet device since the failed webOS-powered Touchpad. But for that price, what will you […]

Ubuntu Touch – SDK alpha and preview images released

Ubuntu Touch – SDK alpha and preview images released

The Software Development Kit (SDK) and preview installation images for Ubuntu Touch have been released. Ubuntu Touch is the umbrella name for Ubuntu for Phone and Ubuntu for Tablets. Both platforms were released this year, with the latter coming just a few days ago. This is a developer preview release for the code-happy to mess with. But since Canonical does […]

Built-in PDF reader for Firefox released

Built-in PDF reader for Firefox released

Firefox PDF reader for Firefox Web browser might just be the add-on that put Adobe’s acrobat PDF reader out of business. When surfing a website, encountering a PDF file is one of those minor annoyances I wish I did not have to deal with. That’s because it interrupts the Web experience. With the release of a built-in PDF reader for […]

What about the PengPod tablet?

What about the PengPod tablet?

Everybody seems to be jumping into the tablet business. And why not? Together with smartphones, they are the hottest-selling devices on the planet. And those powered by Android hold top market share. A relatively new name in the tablet-space is PengPod, made by Peacock Imports, a Florida, US-based outfit. The PengPod tablet runs Linux on ARM/Allwinner SoC hardware. So instead […]

What the future holds for PC-BSD

PC-BSD is a multi-purpose distribution of FreeBSD. The last stable release is PC-BSD 9.1. Development and releases tend to be slow and infrequent, and it does not get as much press coverage as Linux distributions. I have been reviewing its major releases since this website was launched, though I’m yet to review the last stable edition. But that review is […]

No, that “Most Trusted Company for Privacy Award” does not compute

I think most people read about the “Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy Award” via a blog post from the Mozilla Foundation, publisher of the Firefox Web browser. The title of the blog post is “Mozilla Recognized as Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy.” It’s important to note that the keyword term here is “Internet Company,” because the study is […]

Quad-core Android SmartTV  on a stick

Quad-core Android SmartTV on a stick

A new USB stick-sized Android SmartTV from Sanko Co., Ltd of Japan features a quad-core 1.2 GHz Freescale i.mx6 processor. I think that’s more power than any other device of its type that I’ve come across. With it, you can turn any TV with the right connectivity into an Android device or TV. It supports Google Play, Japanese input (it’s […]

Lenovo’s table PC and its Aura UI are worth more than a second look

Lenovo’s table PC and its Aura UI are worth more than a second look

The smartphone and tablet computer fundamentally changed how the masses use computers (yep, the smartphone is a computer). They are the great success stories of the last few years. In 2013, Lenovo, the Chinese PC maker, stands a good chance of being at the fore-front of another great success story, if it can deliver. The company’s brand new computer, the […]

Cinnamon proposed to replace GNOME Shell as default DE on Fedora 19

It was lobbying by the GNOME devs that made GNOME 3 the default on Fedora, but now it seems that somebody has had enough. That somebody has proposed making the Cinnamon the default desktop environment on Fedora 19. I don’t blame him. I’ve always been of the opinion that as far a desktop computing goes, and how people interface or […]

No, availability is not security!

Security is a very important factor in my choice of distributions and software solutions, and I tend to hold a very strict view of what it means from a modern computing standpoint. In one sentence, my stance on security is this: A sound and complete security posture has to take both physical and network security into account. Anything less will […]

Thursday’s new releases and announcements

Thursday’s new releases and announcements

Here’s a summary of new items from Thursday, January 3 that did not have their own blog entry: 1. Pulp 2.0 released. Pulp, a Red Hat-sponsored project, is a “platform for managing repositories of content, such as software packages, and pushing that content out to large numbers of consumers.” The image below gives a visual summary of what you can […]

Krita Sketch released

Krita Sketch released

Krita Sketch, a version of Krita for touch interfaces, has been released. Krita is a cross-platform sketching and painting application for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It is a component of Calligra, KDE’s native Office and productivity suite. Krita has support for concept art, comics, and textures for rendering. Krita Sketch was developed by team KDE and KO GmbH in […]

Crowdfunding Piwik 2.0

Crowdfunding Piwik 2.0

Piwik is a Free Software Web analytics application. If you run a website, it is what you use when you do not want to use Google Analytics or any other third party solution. With Piwik, you download and install it on your own server, which means that you have complete control of the application. The stable edition is at version […]