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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 […]

Privacy International announces the “Eyes Wide Open” project

Privacy International announces the “Eyes Wide Open” project

Eyes Wide Open is a new project from Privacy International, a UK Charity. The goals of the project are to: 1. Pry open the Five Eyes arrangement and subject the world’s most powerful and secret intelligence-sharing regime to appropriate transparency and scrutiny 2. Challenge the legal frameworks that enable global surveillance practices, and particularly that discriminate between nationals and foreigners […]

Use HTC Scribble app to create photo blogs, diaries and greeting cards

If you use an HTC smartphone, the HTC Scribble app is something you might want to try. With it, you can create “photo blogs, personal diaries, or greeting cards complete with audio recordings and graphics (you can even insert HTC Zoe™ photos).” Read more about it here and watch the demo video below.

The problem with using CAcert’s digital certificates

The problem with using CAcert’s digital certificates

Nothing drives away visitors to a website faster than seeing a warning message that informs them that the site or page they clicked to visit is not trusted. It’s a guaranteed traffic killer. No Web publisher wants visitors to see that type of message. But that is exactly what they will see if the publisher uses an SSL certificate issued […]

Safeplug offers plug-and-play anonymous Web browsing using Tor

Safeplug offers plug-and-play anonymous Web browsing using Tor

Safeplug is a new network device from Cloud Engines, Inc., the company behind Pogoplug. Using Tor, Safeplug allows you to browse the Internet anonymously from any device that you own. This is possible because it is designed to be connected to your router. And once activated, all connections that originate from any device behind your router are anonymized. I like […]

Joli OS and Jolicloud Desktop Environment to be discontinued

Joli OS and Jolicloud Desktop Environment to be discontinued

Joli OS and Jolicloud Desktop Environment will no longer be supported after December 31 2013. That, for Jolicloud users, is the bad news from the Paris, France-based Jolicloud team. The good news is that dropping Joli OS and Jolicloud Desktop Environment will enable the Jolicloud team to focus on Jolicloud 2, the next-generation version of Jolicloud which the team is […]

Green500 List top 10 are all powered by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and Linux

Green500 List top 10 are all powered by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and Linux

The November 2013 edition of the Green500 List has be released, just two days after the TOP500 List. Unlike the TOP500 List, which lists 500 of the worlds fastest supercomputers, the Green500 List lists the most energy-efficient supercomputers that made the TOP500 List. So for the Green500, it’s not about how fast, but how energy-efficient. That’s why China’s Tianhe-2, which […]

Mainframe2, NVIDIA GRID and the future of streamed apps. Don’t leave Linux out

Mainframe2, NVIDIA GRID and the future of streamed apps. Don’t leave Linux out

Step in to a time machine and listen to what you and some of your future friends will be discussing. It will probably go like this: You: Dude, when I was your age, we used to download almost every app or game to our computers before we could use or play them. Young pal: Really, why? That must have taken […]

Smart TV, Spy TV. Is that LG Smart TV spying on you?

Smart TV, Spy TV. Is that LG Smart TV spying on you?

They are called smart TVs, but they could be doing more than being that smart and intelligent TV in your living room or game room. A report published on DoctorBeet’s Blog, revealed that the author’s new LG Smart TV was calling home, sending detailed information about the author’s viewing habits to a (remote) LG server and using that information to […]

Are Web service providers encrypting their data?

Are Web service providers encrypting their data?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published an infographic list showing the Web service providers that encrypt or don’t encrypt their users data as it traverses the Internet. The list derives from the foundation’s Who Has Your Back Program, which surveys Web service providers to find out if they are implementing the foundation’s best practices for encryption. The recommendations call for […]

Mail.ru launches My.com, offering mail, chat, games and image editor

Mail.ru launches My.com, offering mail, chat, games and image editor

Mail.ru, Russia’s leading Internet outfit, has launched My.com in the US. Mail.ru is owned by (Russian) billionaire Alisher Usmanov, and My.com is his company’s first foray into the US market. With My.com, the company is offering mail, chat and games to start, with an image editor called myCamera to follow. The mail service is called myMail, while the chat service, […]

482 of the Top500 supercomputers run Linux, and China’s Tianhe-2 is the fastest

482 of the Top500 supercomputers run Linux, and China’s Tianhe-2 is the fastest

The November 2013 edition of the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers has just been released. Known as the TOP500 List, it is released twice a year, first in June, then in November. The TOP500 List began in June 1993, ran again in November of that year and has been repeated in that order since. The November 2013 edition is […]

GNUnet submits draft for p2p-related TLDs to the IETF

A GNUnet official, has submitted a request to the IETF, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the organization responsible for developing and promoting Internet standards. GNUnet is a part of the GNU project. Titled “Special-Use Domain Names of Peer-to-Peer Name Systems,” the draft makes a request to reserve the following Top-Level Domains (TLDs): .exit, .i2p, .gnu, .onion and .zkey for use […]

SecureDrop, SafeSource and Strongbox: Different names, same app

SecureDrop, SafeSource and Strongbox: Different names, same app

SecureDrop is a whistleblower submission system designed in part by the late Aaron Swartz. It was designed to provide journalists and media organizations a relatively secure and surveillance-proof platform to receive documents from anonymous sources. It is a Free Software application published under the GNU Affero General public License (AGPL) v3 and managed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. […]

How Exynos 5 Octa HMP efficiently allocates workload to big.LITTLE CPU cores

Exynos 5 Octa is Samsung’s SoC processor that packs 8 ARM CPUs in a configuration dubbed big.LITTLE, a catchy phrase that describes a computing architecture whereby low-powered cores (LITTLE) are coupled with high-powered cores (big) to produce a more resource-efficient system. In Exynos 5 Octa, there are 4 big cores (Cortex-A15 cores) and 4 LITTLE cores (Cortex-A7 cores). The big […]