Category: news & announcements

Arduino Leonardo Touch Board makes any project interactive

Touch Board is an Arduino-compatible device from Bare Conductive Ltd, a technology outfit based in London, UK. A simple device powered by an Arduino Leonardo microcontroller board, it can be used to add interactivity to any interface. It’s the type of device that a DIYer will love. But you can’t buy it just yet, as it is in the pre-production […]

Firefox OS powers the Fireweb and Onetouch Fire

Firefox OS powers the Fireweb and Onetouch Fire

Firefox OS is now on two additional smartphones – the LG Fireweb and Onetouch Fire from Alcatel. Both were released by Brazil’s Vivo, a division of Telefônica. Firefox OS is the mobile operating system developed by Mozilla Corporation, the same technology outfit behind the Firefox Web browser. It’s built atop HTML5 technologies. Firefox OS-powered smartphones are released mostly in Latin […]

Collusion is now Lightbeam for Firefox

Collusion is now Lightbeam for Firefox

Collusion, a Firefox add-on that lets you see which ad network or service is tracking your online browsing activities, has been renamed to Lightbeam for Firefox. I wrote about Collusion sometime back in July of this year (see Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time) and since then, I’ve been using it to keep an eye on which ad […]

WhiteHat Aviator: A browser for privacy and security, but is proprietary and for OS X only. WTH?

WhiteHat Aviator is a Web browser that’s just been released by WhiteHat Security, a Web security company based in Santa Clara, California. At a time when Web browsers are not in short supply, it’s tempting to ask, What’s the point of this new Web browser? Because it’s good for your privacy and security, says the guys from WhiteHat Security. I […]

HTC Fetch: What can’t you do with this device?

HTC Fetch: What can’t you do with this device?

The HTC Fetch is one of those nifty little devices that can be put to any use. When I was reading about what it can do, I thought that it was an April Fools post. But we are near the tail end of October, so that’s out of the question. The Fetch is a key fob-sized device, measuring approximately 2.9cm […]

Finalterm now has tabs, horizontal and vertical split screens

Finalterm now has tabs, horizontal and vertical split screens

Finalterm, a terminal emulator that’s being developed by Philipp Emanuel Weidmann, a mathematician and Linux Software Engineer from Heidelberg, Germany, has been updated. The first public development version of Finalterm was released a few months ago, but was slow and lacked features that are standard on existing terminal emulators. With this latest code update, I think it’s almost ready for […]

Ubuntu Tweak: The first app to install on Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu Tweak: The first app to install on Ubuntu 13.10

Installing Ubuntu Tweak on Ubuntu 13.10 or any other supported version of Ubuntu gives you a simple utility that makes it very easy to customize different aspects of the Ubuntu desktop. This short tutorial shows how to install it (in Ubuntu 13.10) and use it to modify many desktop options. Installation will be from the author’s Personal package Archives (PPA), […]

Should Truecrypt be audited?

Truecrypt is a cross-platform, free disk encryption software for Windows and Unix-like operating systems. It is generally considered a good disk encryption software, and not too long ago, I wrote a tutorial that showed how to encrypt the Windows installation of a Windows-Linux dual-boot setup (see Dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 7, with full disk encryption configured on both OSs). […]

Valve’s Steam Controller and its haptic feedback could be a game changer

Valve’s Steam Controller and its haptic feedback could be a game changer

The Steam Controller is the latest from Valve Software. First was the announcement of Steam OS, followed by the Steam Machine. Now, is the turn of the Steam Controller, a futuristic game controller or gamepad designed to be a replacement for the traditional gaming keyboard and mouse. The company has thus revealed all the tools it intends to use to […]

Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa

Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa is a star (my opinion) in the mobile processor System-on-Chip (SoC) arena. It is in direct competition with NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, Tegra 4i, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processors. The reasons I’m interested in these mobile processors are: 1. Most of the consumer computing devices that we now use, and that we will be using the most […]

Steam OS, Steam Machines and Valve Software’s “multiple partners”

I think Valve Software has grabbed the most headlines this week with the announcement of Steam OS and the Steam Machine. And Sabayon’s lead developer added to it by release the SteamBox, a remastered version of Sabayon Linux running the GNOME 3 desktop environment. So it looks like as far as Valve Software is concerned, the future of gaming on […]

Firefox OS on the APC Rock and Paper

Firefox OS on the APC Rock and Paper

VIA Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of a preview release of Mozilla’s Firefox OS that will run on the APC Rock and Paper, two small form-factor computers powered by ARM processors. Current versions of the Rock and Paper run the Android operating system and retail for US$79 and US$99 apiece. Both share just about the same specs, other than […]

Can we all agree with Linux Deepin’s way of innovation?

The customer, as they say, is always right. So if you are selling something, your top priority is to make it so that people will want to use it. That will give them a reason to buy it. The same principle, in my view, applies, or should apply, to Linux on the desktop. End-users first. Give users a distribution that […]

OPPO N1: CyanogenMod, Color ROM smartphone

OPPO N1: CyanogenMod, Color ROM smartphone

OPPO N1, CyanogenMod’s smartphone, is the first original device specifically designed for the Android-based mobile OS. And it comes less than two weeks after the announcement of the formation of Cyanogen, Inc. as a commercial entity responsible for CyanogenMod. Note: While this is being advertised as a CyanogenMod smartphone, the official specs lists the operating system as OPPO’s Color ROM, […]

SteamOS announced

SteamOS, from Valve Corporation, the company behind Steam, the popular gaming platform, is the latest Linux distribution to be announced. Yep, that’s one more addition to an endless list of distributions that you can download and use. But SteamOS will be different. At least according to the official announcement. Different because it is intended for use, not on desktop or […]

CyanogenMod, the rest of the story

CyanogenMod, a purely community replacement for Google’s Android OS, until about a week ago, when it became the mobile OS of Cyanogen, Inc, a company formed by the founder of CyanogenMod and other lead contributors, has an interesting tale to it. To outsiders like me, the announcement of the formation of Cyanogen, Inc. was a bit of a surprise. And […]

Nuvola Player needs a new maintainer

Nuvola Player is a graphical interface for tuning in to all your Cloud-based music services. I first wrote about it a month ago (see Nuvola Player: Enjoy all your Cloud music services from one interface). But now comes an announcement from the lone developer that “development has been discontinued.” Why? Because: I went from being “single” to “in a relationship” […]

NVIDIA Tegra Note

NVIDIA Tegra Note

NVIDIA Tegra Note is the latest offering in the tablet computing arena from NVIDIA. It is an Android OS-powered tablet platform that will be available either by the end of this year or early next year, not directly from NVIDIA, but from its regional partners. At a suggested retail price of US$199, it will be a little bit more expensive […]

Hand of Thief trojan and your favorite Linux distribution

The Hand of Thief (HoT) trojan is a commercial form-grabber and backdoor banking trojan released in July (2013) and aimed at Linux distributions. Coding and selling of these type of malware is a big and booming business, supported by the bad guys (the coders) and those worse than they are (individuals, companies and government agencies that patronize them). There are […]

LG’s 8-inch G Pad 8.3 Android tablet

LG’s 8-inch G Pad 8.3 Android tablet

With the announcement of the G Pad 8.3 Android-powered tablet computer, LG just launched its own version of an 8-inch tablet computers. It probably is intended for those who think that a 7-inch is too small and the 10-inch too unwieldy for on-the-go use. A nice middle ground, if you ask me. But the LG G Pad 8.3 is not […]