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Ubuntu and Mandela. Hope Shuttleworth still remembers what the former means

In Southern Africa, the term ubuntu stands for kindness, humanity or human-ness. In fact in most of black Africa, that concept is deeply engrained in inter-personal and inter-communal relationships. Broadly, it embodies the principle of “it takes a village”. Or as I like to say, It’s the community, stupid. This was the foundation on which Ubuntu, the Linux or GNU/Linux […]

Top cyber security concerns for 2014 and beyond

Top cyber security concerns for 2014 and beyond

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to start looking ahead to next year and years after that. This will form a series of articles on what lies ahead. Most will be about Linux and Free Software, but a few will cover the broader technology landscape. To kick off the series, I’m borrowing content from Trend Micro, Inc., a […]

New MCUs from TI bring Haptics to the fingertips of Joe Developer

New MCUs from TI bring Haptics to the fingertips of Joe Developer

Texas Instruments has announced the release of a new MSP430TCH5E haptics-enabled microcontrollers. The microcontrollers allow any developer to “add vibrational feedback to all capacitive touch buttons, sliders and wheels on mobile computing and gaming devices, smart TV remotes, cameras, printers, industrial control panels, point-of-sale terminals and toys.” In others, it’s haptics for Joe Developer. According to the release announcement, the […]

Linux Foundation forms AllSeen Alliance to advance the Internet of Everything

Linux Foundation forms AllSeen Alliance to advance the Internet of Everything

The Linux Foundation, together with industry heavyweights, has announced the formation of the AllSeen Alliance. The main objective of the alliance, which draws membership from across the technology spectrum, is to “advance adoption and innovation in the “Internet of Everything” in homes and industry.” Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image and TP-LINK join Linux Foundation as Premier-level members […]

FreeOTP now vailable for Android. Install it from Google Play

FreeOTP now vailable for Android. Install it from Google Play

FreeOTP is now available for Android and can be installed from Google Play. FreeOTP, which is based on open standards, is a “multi-factor authentication client based on the HOTP and TOTP standards.” The OTP in its name stands for One-Time Password and HOTP is HMAC-based One-Time Password (algorithm). TOTP – Time-based One-time Password (algorithm) – is an extension of HOTP. […]

A car of the future with DIY parts that can be made using 3D printers

A car of the future with DIY parts that can be made using 3D printers

A car with do-it-yourself (DIY) interior parts that can be made using 3D printers will be a bestseller for the obvious reasons. And it could be coming to a car dealership near you in the not-so distant future. That’s just one of five winning ideas from the Fusebox open idea platform challenge designed to rethink the interior of the car […]

FPF launches crowd-funding campaign to support encryption tools for journalists

FPF launches crowd-funding campaign to support encryption tools for journalists

Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) has launched a crowd-funding campaign to support Open Source encryption tools for journalists. The Freedom of the Press Foundation is “dedicated to helping support and defend public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government.” It is also responsible for maintaining SecureDrop, a whistleblower submission system designed in part by the late […]

Android Flashlight app deceptively collected and sold location data

Android Flashlight app deceptively collected and sold location data

Brightest Flashlight Free is an Android app developed by GoldenShores Technologies, LLC that turned an Android smartphone into a flashlight. It was first released on Google Play (then known as Android Market) on February 15, 2011. By the first week of March of the same year, it had recorded more than 100,000 downloads globally. It has since been downloaded tens […]

If you use a cellphone anywhere on this planet, the NSA is on your tail

If you use a cellphone anywhere on this planet, the NSA is on your tail

It’s not the fact that we are all being tracked that scares one, it’s the various ways and methods that the tracking is being done that makes the head spin. The latest information published by the Washington Post, based on documents revealed by Edward Snowden, shows that if you use a cellphone anywhere on planet Earth, the National Security Agency […]

DigitalOcean announces MEAN, a 1-click app installer

DigitalOcean announces MEAN, a 1-click app installer

DigitalOcean has released MEAN, a one-click application installer for some application frameworks. DigitalOcean is a new-breed Cloud hosting provider that’s develop-friendly. The company is based in New York City. I use their services, and one of the features of the Cloud servers that I like, aside from the fact that they use SSD storage, is the ease with which a […]

SkyJack software can hijack any drone, Prime Air drones included

SkyJack software can hijack any drone, Prime Air drones included

SkyJack software and a companion drone can be used to hijack and take command of nearby drones. I think a certain country in the Middle East has done that, so is the claim, to US military drones. So this is nothing spectacular, but the thing about this, is that all the tools needed to pull this off are available for […]

New USB Type-C cable connectors will be reversible

In the future, you will be able to connect any USB cable to a USB port without worrying whether the connector is facing “up” or “down.” In other words, future USB cables will have reversible connectors. The specification that’s going to make that possible – USB Type-C Specification – is being worked on by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which […]

YotaPhone. Always-on dual screen, thicker than most, but not by much

YotaPhone. Always-on dual screen, thicker than most, but not by much

The YotaPhone is a smartphone from Yota Devices Ltd., a Russian company that also manufactures a portable LTE router called Ruby. YotaPhone is an Android smartphone, running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. But it’s different from other smartphones (Android and otherwise) in that it comes with a dual screen (it’s a double-display smartphone). On the front is a 4.3-inch, HD LCD […]

Test KDE Frameworks 5/Plasma Workspaces 2 using Project Neon 5 ISO

Test KDE Frameworks 5/Plasma Workspaces 2 using Project Neon 5 ISO

If you are using a Linux desktop computer that’s running the KDE desktop, it’s likely that you are running a KDE 4.11 series, either version 4.11.2 or 4.11.3. Those are the last two stable editions. If you want to play with what the KDE developers are working on, Project Neon 5 has been the way to go. Now it’s even […]

With 15 days left, Kano has raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter

With 15 days left, Kano has raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter

You know your project will be a hit when you ask an investor for USD $100,000, but instead, you get a check for USD $1 million. That’s what’s happening to Kano, a computer project powered by Raspberry Pi that enables anybody, including kids, to assemble a computer from scratch. The guys behind Kano started a project on Kickstarter with the […]

Ready for a digital world where the OS is the browser?

I believe it was Scott McNealy, the former CEO and co-founder of the now defunct Sun Microsystems, Inc. who first tried to sell us on the idea of Cloud computing. Of course that term was not used back then. The buzz phrase then was, The Network is the Computer. But that idea was killed by the corporate evil empire of […]

How is the NSA breaking SSL?

If you’ve been following the news about government spying, you should know by now, thanks to information revealed by Edward Snowden, that the USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) and UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have been going gangbusters on the infrastructure that underpins Internet security. Through programs like Bullrun and Edgehill, both spy agencies have likely been breaking SSL at […]

Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery sounds great, but it’s DoA

Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery sounds great, but it’s DoA

So 60 Minutes gave Amazon’s Jeff Bezos a platform to tout his company’s next great idea – Prime Air, a 30-minute delivery service via small unmanned aerial vehicles. The service, which is still in the testing phase, will be made possible, if it ever gets past the testing phase, by small drones called octocopters, which are drones with eight helicopter-like […]

Linux Deepin needs your help with the Deepin Localization Project

Linux Deepin needs your help with the Deepin Localization Project

Linux Deepin is a desktop distribution that’s based on Ubuntu Desktop. It is a Chinese distribution and one of the very few Linux distributions that’s actually bringing something new to the table: From custom apps to a new desktop environment built atop GNOME 3 technologies called the Depth Desktop Environment. But it has localization problems, so the developers have launched […]

Dissecting the Android KorBanker malware

Dissecting the Android KorBanker malware

KorBanker is a malware currently making the rounds on Android devices. It’s only targeting banking customers in South Korea, especially customers of the following banks: Hana Bank, IBK One, KB Kookmin Bank, NH Bank, Woori Bank, and Shinhan Bank. For the coders of this malware, the objective, of course, is to steal user credentials and use it to transfer money […]