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Mozilla caves in to industry forces behind DRM-in-HTML standard

Here’s the latest from the Electronic Frontier Foundation on the battle to keep DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) out of the Web. This is case of the forces of good being less powerful than the forces of evil. And knowing how this things go, I don’t see how this can be reversed. It’s official: the last holdout for the open web […]

Screenshots of KDE Plasma Next beta 1

Screenshots of KDE Plasma Next beta 1

The first beta of what will become the next-generation KDE Plasma workspace (KDE Next) was released yesterday. The final release is scheduled for release sometime in July (2014), so things should be moving really fast from now on. Here’s an excerpt from the release announcement: The Plasma team would like to ask the wider Free Software community to test this […]

Linux Deepin renamed to Deepin. Deepin 2014 beta released

Linux Deepin renamed to Deepin. Deepin 2014 beta released

Linux Deepin has been renamed to Deepin and the first (and last) beta of what will become Deepin 2014 has been released. Details of the beta release were first made available by the lead developer on the LinuxBSDos.com forum. Here’s an excerpt: As you may already know, the “Linux Deepin” project is now known as the “Deepin” project. Deepin is […]

Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

Members of the Faculty of Arts, Rostock University, Germany, have voted to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate degree. Rostock University is in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is one of the oldest universities in the world. Its Wikipedia entry says that it was founded in 1419 and is “one of the oldest universities in the world – and the […]

Google Glass now in open beta. You can have one for just $1500

Google Glass now in open beta. You can have one for just $1500

If you missed out on the Google Glass one-day sale in April, here’s another chance to get your own copy of a Google Glass, courtesy of the Google Glass open beta period, when residents of the US can buy one for $1,500 USD until stocks run out. Yep, provided the privacy concerns that it brings to the table don’t bother […]

Joli OS is being discontinued

Joli OS is being discontinued

Joli OS is being discontinued. That the latest news about Joli OS, a desktop distribution that has since been replaced with a browser-based platform called Jolicloud. Both Joli OS and Jolicloud are published by a French company that goes by the name Jolicloud. Jolicloud 2 is the latest edition of Jolicloud, but it is still in beta status. The full […]

Silent Circle relocates to Switzerland

Silent Circle relocates to Switzerland

Silent Circle has relocated to Switzerland, or a place the company prefers to call the land of “Privacy and Neutrality.” Silent Circle is a company that provides privacy and security-enhanced communications services and is also the company behind the Blackphone. Before relocating to Switzerland, the company had its headquarters in Nevis, a small Caribbean island between Puerto Rico and Antigua. […]

Want to stop creepy online tracking? Help the EFF test Privacy Badger

Want to stop creepy online tracking? Help the EFF test Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger is a new tool from the Electronic Frontier Foundation designed to stop creepy online tracking. It’s an extension for Firefox and Chrome that “automatically detects and blocks spying ads around the Web, and the invisible trackers that feed information to them.” It is still in alpha stage, so the EFF is asking for you help to test it […]

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

If you have any interest in social engineering, here’s a nice infographic for you, courtesy of the folks at Social-Engineer.org. Here are a few tidbits from those guys: 1. 90% of the people we ask will provide not just the spelling of their names but their email addresses without confirming our identity 2. 67% of the people we ask will […]

Design a secure and usable communication tool, win a prize

This article was originally written for and posted at EFF’s website under the title Designing a Prize for Usable Cryptography. It’s been reproduced here verbatim. In an era when email and messaging services are being regularly subject to attacks, surveillance, and compelled disclosure of user data, we know that many people around the world need secure end-to-end encrypted communications tools […]

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

A security research outfit has released a report which revealed that more than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses have been hacked. Team Cymru, the US-based security outfit which published the report, said that the network of hacked routers is one of the biggest of its kind that has been discovered, with most of the hacked routers in Columbia, […]

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

The Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch and Chromebook 2 13.3-inch models are the company’s latest additions to its line of Chromebook computers. And they are powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor. Chromebooks are a line of computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS and designed to use Google apps and Cloud services. Existing versions of Samsung’s Chromebooks are powered by the […]

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing has made an entry into the mobile device market with its own Android smartphone called the Boeing Black smartphone. Yep, it’s black in color, but the name has more to do with the security features it brings to the table than the outer color of the device itself. According to a BBS report, the Boeing Black smartphone: … Is […]

Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program

Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program

Mozilla has plans to start showing ads to first-time users of the Firefox browser. For the target group of users, the ads will appear alongside other content in what Mozilla is calling a Directory Tiles program. Directory Tiles are those nine rectangular boxes you see the first time you open a Firefox window or tab. For new users, the tiles […]

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

This short article shows how to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10. No, it’s not that Anaconda. This Anaconda is a free Python package for large-scale data processing, predictive analytics, and scientific computing. It is developed by Continuum Analytics, and is completely free to download and use. The latest version is Anaconda 1.9. It comes with more than 125 Python […]

After a “legal spat” with Pocket, Poche has been renamed to Wallabag

Poche has been renamed to Wallabag. If Poche is a new on one you, it is an Open Source read-later application competing with non-free versions like Pocket and Instapaper. It is developed by Nicolas Lœuillet, a French developer. A read-later application makes it easy to keep track of articles you find on the Internet that you would like to read […]

Qualcomm buys Palm, iPAQ and Bitfone patents from HP

Qualcomm has announced the acquisition of Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone patent portfolio from HP. The Palm patents are, of course, those HP got when it acquired Palm Inc. back in April 2010 for $1.2 billion. The iPAQ patents come from HP’s acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation in 2002 and the Bitfone patents from HP’s acquisition of the Bitfone mobile device […]

Why is this guy betting on Julia?

Why is this guy betting on Julia?

Julia is the name of a dynamic programming language for doing technical computing. It is not as popular as the R language, but it is not doing too badly on its own. I came across Julia a few months after I started messing with R, but because R is fun to work with and is sufficient for stuff I’m working […]

Bigger fines for Google, Microsoft in proposed EU data privacy laws

Bigger fines for Google, Microsoft in proposed EU data privacy laws

Under EU data privacy laws under consideration, companies like Google and Microsoft will be hit with fines that could top $1 billion USD. The proposed laws follow a series of negligible fines received by both companies that Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, dismissed as “pocket money.” Indeed I have said as much in this space. Earlier this month, Google […]

Smart appliances, including a refrigerator,  used in an IoT-based spam attack

Smart appliances, including a refrigerator, used in an IoT-based spam attack

A report by Proofpoint Inc., a security-as-a-service provider, has revealed a spam attack that involved so-called Internet of Things, everyday devices that are Internet aware. You knew it wasn’t going to be long before all those “smart” appliances became tools in the hands of hackers. The spam attack involved simple everyday smart devices, from home-networking routers to at least one […]