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Dummy-Proof BitTorrent Download Client

To make BitTorrent appeal to an even wider audience, uTorrent parent company BitTorrent Inc. has released a brand new BitTorrent client today. Codenamed Chrysalis, the new piece of software is aimed at novice BitTorrent users who are generally overwhelmed by the traditional interface of uTorrent and the mainline client. In the months to come Chrysalis will replace BitTorrent’s mainline client. […]

Honeypot To Combat Piracy

Rights holders often take extreme measures to combat piracy, but that a Government institution creates a ‘pirate’ honeypot is quite exceptional. In Portugal, a collaboration between a Ministry of Culture affiliated organization and the local music industry has resulted in a protocol that calls for such a honeypot, in order to shame, scare and threaten those who download music without […]

Exciting developments in GNU Radio

GNU Radio had a pretty good year in 2010, and we are already on track for an even more productive year in 2011. While we only produced one release in 2010, a large amount of work went into our source repository to improve the quality and stability of the project, and we are on track for a new release soon […]

public sector major driver open source desktop

Spain’s public administrations are an important driver for the advance of open source software on desktop computers. That is one of the conclusions of a desktop migration guide published by the IT department of the city of Zaragoza. Many Spanish public administrations have already adopted a free and open source desktop system, the report notes, listing implementations done by the […]

Slovenian public administrations moving to open source desktops

Public administrations in Slovenia are to increase their use of free and open source software on their desktop computers. Around 2015, 80 percent of the government’s offices should be using this type of desktop software, according to a plan published by the Ministry of Public Administration in January. The open source software stack to be implemented includes open source office […]

Security and Privacy Issues in the PDF Document Format

UPM Facultad de Informática researchers compile information on security and privacy for authors or readers of PDF documents, the most popular format for publication of digital documents. This work by researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’s Facultad de Informática surveys security and privacy threats related to digital document publishing. It addresses publisher-related information that is leaked once the document […]

Cases Against Thousands of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates Dismissed

Last year, Larry Flynt Publications filed lawsuits against several thousand “John Does” the company accused of illegally sharing its movie “This Ain’t Avatar XXX”. Now, following on from problems it had gaining identities of Does from ISP Time Warner, thousands of cases have been dismissed by a senior judge. The road to gaining settlements from allegedly infringing individuals has just […]

Ministry saves millions by using open source office

The Estonian ministry of the Environment has save millions of Euro over the past ten years by using the open source suite of office application, OpenOffice, says Meelis Merilo, the head of the IT department at the ministry. Using the open source cost the ministry no more than 64.000 Euro over the past ten years, being simply the annual budget […]

Qualcomm to Demonstrate New Peer-to-Peer Technology

Reflecting its continuing research and development into new connectivity models, Qualcomm Incorporated will demonstrate its newest advancement in peer-to-peer wireless technology at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Feb. 14-17 in Barcelona. The Company’s technology innovation, called FlashLinq™, enables devices to discover each other automatically and continuously, and to communicate, peer-to-peer, at broadband speeds without the need for intermediary infrastructure. FlashLinq […]

European Parliament starts free software user group

One member of the European Parliament and a handful of their advisors and assistants started a free software group last Saturday, aiming to increase the use of free and open source software in the European Parliament’s IT infrastructure. The user group is open to all who works in the European Parliament, including staff and assistants working in political groups. The […]

Debian 6.0 “Squeeze” released

After 24 months of constant development, the Debian Project is proud to present its new stable version 6.0 (code name “Squeeze”). Debian 6.0 is a free operating system, coming for the first time in two flavours. Alongside Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is introduced with this version as a “technology preview”. Debian 6.0 includes the KDE Plasma Desktop and Applications, the […]

Introducing Project Bretzn

Apart from being a tasty Bavarian bread-snack, Bretzn is the code-name for a collection of technology aimed at solving a problem which has existed in software development for a very long time: How do you get your applications to your users? This is particularly a question for the many developers of KDE applications that are not part of KDE’s six […]

LibreOffice Portable, a Full-Featured Office Suite For USB, Removable and Cloud Drives

PortableApps.com and The Document Foundation are proud to announce the immediate availability of LibreOffice Portable 3.3, a portable version of the free productivity suite for Windows. LibreOffice Portable runs right from a USB flash drive or cloud drive and allows users to use a full-featured word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, database and drawing program on every PC with no installation […]

Hardware, Software Advances Help Protect Operating Systems from Attack

The operating system (OS) is the backbone of your computer. If the OS is compromised, attackers can take over your computer — or crash it. Now researchers at North Carolina State University have developed an efficient system that utilizes hardware and software to restore an OS if it is attacked. At issue are security attacks in which an outside party […]

LibreOffice 3.3 released

The first stable release of the free office suite is available for download The Document Foundation launches LibreOffice 3.3, the first stable release of the free office suite developed by the community. In less than four months, the number of developers hacking LibreOffice has grown from less than twenty in late September 2010, to well over one hundred today. This […]

Ten Billion Bits of Entanglement Achieved in Silicon

Scientists from Oxford University have made a significant step towards an ultrafast quantum computer by successfully generating 10 billion bits of quantum entanglement in silicon for the first time — entanglement is the key ingredient that promises to make quantum computers far more powerful than conventional computing devices. The researchers used high magnetic fields and low temperatures to produce entanglement […]

Zentyal Disaster Recovery service published

We’re excited to announce that today we are releasing a brand new service: Zentyal Disaster Recovery! This new subscription add-on allows you to store critical data safely in a remote location by using a very easy backup process. And in case you lose your Zentyal server due to a disaster, your data along with your system configuration is ready to […]

Researchers Identify ‘Facebook Neurons’

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found that within the brain’s neocortex lies a subnetwork of highly active neurons that behave much like people in social networks. Like Facebook, these neuronal networks have a small population of highly active members who give and receive more information than the majority of other members, says Alison Barth, associate professor of biological sciences at […]

Technique Turns Computer Chip Defects Into an Advantage

Physicists at Ohio State University have discovered that tiny defects inside a computer chip can be used to tune the properties of key atoms in the chip. The technique, which they describe in the journal Science, involves rearranging the holes left by missing atoms to tune the properties of dopants — the chemical impurities that give the semiconductors in computer […]

Geinimi, Sophisticated New Android Trojan Found in Wild

The Threat: A new Trojan affecting Android devices has recently emerged in China. Dubbed “Geinimi” based on its first known incarnation, this Trojan can compromise a significant amount of personal data on a user’s phone and send it to remote servers. The most sophisticated Android malware we’ve seen to date, Geinimi is also the first Android malware in the wild […]