Category: news & announcements

ARM announces free mbed OS and mbed Device Server for IoT devices

ARM announces free mbed OS and mbed Device Server for IoT devices

ARM has announced an mbed device platform to promote development on Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Called the ARM mbed™ IoT Device Platform, it includes the mbed OS, a free operating system for ARM Cortex®-M processor-based devices, and mbed Device Server, designed to “provides the required server-side technologies to connect and manage devices in a secure way.” ARM Cortex-M processors […]

Honda Connect in-vehicle infotainment system has Tegra inside and runs Android

Honda Connect in-vehicle infotainment system has Tegra inside and runs Android

Honda Connect is an in-vehicle infotainment system built on a Tegra processor and runs Android, specifically, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. It is, according to NVIDIA, the “first infotainment system using embedded Android as the operating system running on Tegra.” According to the NVIDIA blog post announcing the device, Honda Connect: … will deliver a touchscreen experience that’s much like […]

The future is encrypted, but your government says that’s not good

The future is encrypted, but your government says that’s not good

On the same day that an article titled Security and Privacy on the Encrypted Network: The Future is Encrypted was published by an information security research and advisory firm called Securosis, Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, was criticizing technology companies for making it more difficult for law enforcement agencies to track and prosecute criminals. That was a not-very-subtle dig […]

Interesting articles on Data Science, and a cool image

Interesting articles on Data Science, and a cool image

Data Science and cool graphics. I’ve always loved cool, eye-catching graphics. Who doesn’t? Data Science? That’s the hottest field in the job market right now. And I think will remain so for as long as data remains currency. I guess that’s why I’ve been retraining myself to become a Data Science person. So put those two together and you’ve got […]

Adobe Photoshop now available for Chromebooks, but…

Adobe Photoshop now available for Chromebooks, but…

In partnership with Google, Adobe is now offering Photoshop, its flagship photo-editing software, on Chromebooks. But, and there is a but, that does not mean that all Chromebook owners/users will have access to Photoshop right now. More on that in a bit… Access to Photoshop, for the lucky chromebookers, will be via Adobe’s Creative Cloud program, a fee-based membership program […]

Mark Shuttleworth on Western media, Iraq, IS and Ukraine

It’s very rare that the CEO of a technology outfit that’s based in the West takes an open stance on hot-button geopolitical issues. It’s even rarer that that position is (somewhat) counter to generally held opinion in the West. But that’s what Mark Shuttleworth has done. Remember Mark Shuttleworth? He’s the founder of Canonical, the company behind a very popular […]

How to install TwitteR, a Twitter client for R

How to install TwitteR, a Twitter client for R

Installing packages in R is pretty easy, if you know the name of the package you wish to install. Just pass the name of the package to the install.packages() function. Once that’s done, load the package by passing its name to the library() function. So it’s a fairly easy and straight-forward process, right? But it wasn’t so when I attempted […]

Patched Bash still vulnerable to Shellshock

Patched Bash still vulnerable to Shellshock

The bug that was discovered and patched in the Bash shell is still vulnerable to code injection attacks. And the latest is that the bug, now officially known as Shellshock, is being exploited by a computer worm. But nobody seems to know the extent to which the attacks have been successful. The problem with Shellshock, is that many of the […]

Mozilla is phasing out SHA-1 based signature algorithms

Mozilla’s Security Engineering Team has announced that they are proactively phasing out the SHA-1 based signature algorithms for digital certificates, stemming from a concern that it too, like the MD5 hash algorithm, could be susceptible to collision attacks. Here’s an excerpt from the official announcement: SHA-1 is nearly twenty years old, and is beginning to show its age. In the […]

How to install Oracle JRE and make it the default JRE on Ubuntu 14.04

How to install Oracle JRE and make it the default JRE on Ubuntu 14.04

A few hours ago I had to install DataStax OpsCenter from the DataStax (community) repository on a new installation of Ubuntu 14.04. DataStax OpsCenter is a browser-based management application for DataStax Enterprise, DataStax Community and Apache Cassandra, a distributed NoSQL database. Cassandra/OpsCenter requires Oracle JRE, but applications installed using Ubuntu’s package manager are hard-wired to use OpenJDK JRE. So if […]

Toshi, an MIT-licensed bitcoin node for developers released

Toshi, an MIT-licensed bitcoin node for developers released

Coinbase has announced the released of Toshi, a bitcoin node for developers. Toshi is strictly a developers-only solution that’s written in Ruby, uses a PostgreSQL backend and comes with a very powerful API, though it is still a beta application. It is released under the MIT License. Toshi just makes it easy to build “bitcoin applications by querying blockchain data.” […]

Installing, troubleshooting MongoDB 2.6.4 startup failure on Fedora 20

I’ve been running MongoDB on Debian-based distribution and haven’t had any issue installing or managing it. However, when I tried to set it up on my main desktop, which is running Fedora 20 KDE, I ran into an annoying problem. This post documents what that problem was and a solution that worked for me. The latest stable edition of MongoDB […]

Is systemd as bad as boycott systemd is trying to make it?

From just a purely end-user perspective, systemd is an application that I’ve come to like a lot. And I think that its adoption by all Linux distributions will make it easier to manage Linux systems. But it has come under heavy criticism from some quarters – for trying to be a Swiss-army-knife-type application. One that does practically anything and everything, […]

Project Denver SoC will be the first 64-bit ARM processor for Android

Project Denver SoC will be the first 64-bit ARM processor for Android

NVIDIA has revealed architectural details of the 64-bit version of the Tegra K1 System-on-Chip (SoC). Being developed under the Project Denver code name, it will be the first 64-bit ARM SoC for Android. The 32-bit version of Tegra K1 already powers several notable mobile devices, including the NVIDIA Shield tablet and the just announced Acer Chromebook 13. From the official […]

Security risks posed by smart meters

Security risks posed by smart meters

In a world of always-on connectivity, Internet of Everything and Internet of Things, where most devices now have an embedded computer, the risk posed by hackers tampering with them cannot be overlooked. I don’t have a smart meter at home, but in the near-future, most homes, including mine, will have one. That’s why I like to read and learn as […]

Privacy Badger beta released. Install it on Firefox and Chrome

Privacy Badger beta released. Install it on Firefox and Chrome

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced the release of Privacy Badger beta. This comes roughly three months after the alpha version was released. Privacy Badger is a browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome that’s designed to stop “advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.” And it’s designed […]

From Akregator and Liferea to Inoreader

From Akregator and Liferea to Inoreader

Over the years I’ve used a variety of local, 3-party and self-hosted RSS Feed readers. My preference has always been self-hosted RSS readers, chiefly because the local clients available (Akregator and Liferea) were not that good and I was never a fan of Google Cloud services (Google Reader when it was still active). At one point I got tired of […]

EFF releases experimental open wireless router firmware

EFF releases experimental open wireless router firmware

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced the release of the alpha version of an Open Wireless Router firmware. It was officially announced at the HOPE X (Hackers on Planet Earth) conference in New York City. Open Wireless Router is an EFF project that aims to make sharing wireless networks for public use a breeze. And the open wireless router […]

Tor, trust and the NSA

Tor, trust and the NSA

Tor is an anonymizing network that’s designed to protect you by “bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.” That’s cool, but does Tor really guarantee you […]

ProtonMail and Subrosa: Encrypted communication for the privacy-conscious

ProtonMail and Subrosa: Encrypted communication for the privacy-conscious

ProtonMail and Subrosa are two separate communications services that’s attempting to offer users a platform for secure, encrypted communication. They are trying to offer what’s come to be known as zero knowledge (also zero access) Cloud data service, that is, the service provider cannot read your data. And at a time of all-out government snoopy, you cannot be too careful […]