Category: news & announcements

Cell security in Apache HBase

Cell security in Apache HBase

Here’s a good article about security in Apache HBase that I think some readers will love. Apache HBase is a non-relational database for Hadoop. The article is written by Andrew Purtell, HBase Committer and member of the Intel HBase Team. Here’s an excerpt: For some time Apache HBase has offered a strong security model based on Kerberos authentication and access […]

A $204,000 data-privacy violation fine against a company worth $381 billion!

France has just handed out a fine against Google for failing to comply with the country’s Data Protection Act. What’s the fine amount? A measly USD $204,000 (€150,000)! That’s against a company whose market cap is more than USD $381 billion. At current share prices, that’s the equivalent of 178 Google shares. With a fine like that, no wonder Google […]

Light Table is now open source and hosted on GitHub

Light Table is an “interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games.” The entire code base has been released under the GNU General Public License and hosted on GitHub. From the official news release: … Light Table is taking a huge step forward – every bit of its code is now on Github […]

Lenovo N308 All-in-One Android computer

The N308 All-in-One (AiO) is an Android computer from Lenovo. Call it the Android version of the Chromebase, an all-in-one unit from LG that’s powered by Google’s chrome OS. (See Chromebase: A Chrome OS All-in-One PC from LG due at CES 2014). The N308 will ship with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, with an NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 quad-core processor. And it […]

Transformer Book Duet offers Windows and Android in dual-boot mode

The Transformer Book Duet TD 300 is one of the major product announcements from ASUS at the ongoing International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a stylish and functional quad-mode notebook-cum-tablet computer that comes with both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.1. Users will be able to switch from one OS to the other just by pressing […]

Can hackers decrypt Target’s PIN data?

Can hackers decrypt Target’s PIN data?

One of the last major news stories of 2013 was the credit card breach at Target Brands, Inc. Hackers managed to steal the login credentials of 40 million of the company’s customers. But they did not just stop at usernames and passwords, they also grabbed the PIN numbers of debit card customers, PIN numbers that the company said are encrypted, […]

2014: Ringing it in by migrating from Apache to Nginx

2014: Ringing it in by migrating from Apache to Nginx

Happy new year everybody. 2013 was brutal, but I think 2014 will be much better. I’ve spent the past week moving this website from a provider based in the UK to one based in the US of A. Moving from a fully-managed provider to a self-managed system was not as easy as I thought, but the process is almost complete. […]

Whatever your stance on privacy, Edward Snowden has a Xmas message for you

Whatever your stance on privacy, Edward Snowden has a Xmas message for you

It’s a short and to-the-point Xmas message from Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who is now living temporarily in Russia. It originally aired on BBC’s Channel 4. It won’t bore you. It will, hopefully, make you think a little harder about privacy. Enjoy! Ok, since the video is no longer available, here’s a transcript: Edward Snowden: Hi, and Merry Christmas. […]

Have a Happy Holidays and give GRUB a look to match your mood

Have a Happy Holidays and give GRUB a look to match your mood

Not too long ago, it was January, and in a few days, it will be another month of January. Time really does fly. But what can we do? Go with the flow and be grateful for all that life has brought our way. In that vein, I’d like to thank you and wish you Happy Holidays, if you contribute to […]

Chromebase: A Chrome OS All-in-One PC from LG due at CES 2014

Chromebase: A Chrome OS All-in-One PC from LG due at CES 2014

LG has just announced that Chromebase, an all-in-one computer that will be powered by Google Chrome OS, will be unveiled at next year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The computer will sport a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, 4th-generation Intel® Celeron® processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB iSSD, 1 HDMI-in, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 […]

SteamOS Beta 1.0 is released

SteamOS Beta 1.0 is released

The first pre-stable edition of what will become SteamOS 1.0 has been released. That is SteamOS 1.0 Beta. But be warned, as this beta release is not like the releases of other Linux distributions. And that’s because unlike those other Linux distributions (yep, SteamOS is a Linux distribution), there is no ISO installation image that you can download and burn […]

The latest on GNOME Software from Fedora Rawhide

The latest on GNOME Software from Fedora Rawhide

GNOME Software is the built-in software management application on GNOME 3. It is a beautiful application. In the future, it might be all you need to install and manage applications on a GNOME 3 desktop. For now, it is a work in progress. Usable, but definitely not feature-complete. The distribution to use if you want to see how far it’s […]

Knock: A Linux kernel patch for NAT-compatible, stealthy port knocking

A Linux kernel patch that “implements a new NAT-compatible, TCP option for stealthy port knocking with a few new twists for improved security” has been released. Port knocking is a security implementation that’s designed to reduce the visibility of TCP servers on the network. A good port knock tool renders TCP servers stealthy, making them invisible to port scanners. The […]

ownCloud 6 released. Now has conflict-handling, file previews and undelete

ownCloud 6 released. Now has conflict-handling, file previews and undelete

ownCloud 6 has been released. ownCloud is a Free Software/Open Source Web application that can be used to provide a near-complete Cloud data storage and management services. Initial development was started by Frank Karlitschek in early 2010 and it has since blossomed into a powerful Web application that can be self-hosted on any server. It is released under the GNU […]

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 […]