Category: news & announcements

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 […]

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 […]