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Category: news & announcements

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 […]

This is not just about your personal privacy

This is not just about your personal privacy

Aside from revealing the names of specific programs that the government has been using to violate the privacy of all and sundry, to most people who have been keeping track of what’s going on over the past twenty years or more, nothing Edward Snowden has so far revealed is news. I know that a significant percentage of the population don’t […]

How to install S3QL from source on Fedora 19

S3QL is an online file system for UNIX-like operating systems that provide features like compression, encryption, data de-duplication, immutable trees and snapshotting. It can be used to create a local or remote (online) file system and so can be used to backup your data to a supported Cloud storage platform. Google Storage, Amazon S3 and OpenStack are supported online Cloud […]

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

At exactly 1:59 a.m. (CST) this early Thursday morning, Canonical’s attempt to raise US$32 million directly from end-users via a crowd-funding campaign for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone on Indiegogo came to an unsuccessful end. The money was to have been used to build what has been dubbed a “superphone” that would have been able to run both Android and Ubuntu […]

Plasma Media Center 1.1 and digiKam 3.3

Plasma Media Center 1.1 and digiKam 3.3

Plasma Media Center 1.1 was released today August 20, while digiKam 3.3 was released on August 6. Plasma Media Center is a promising media center application for the K Desktop environment, while digiKam is a popular KDE photo management application, with some editing capabilities. In terms of features, Plasma Media Center (PMC) is not yet at the level of XBMC, […]

Sagemath in the Cloud and Sagemath 5.11

Sagemath in the Cloud and Sagemath 5.11

Sagemath, or just Sage, a Free Software computational mathematics software, has a hosted service that’s in beta testing phase. Sage is a Free Software alternative to Matlab, Magma, Maple, and Mathematica. It is cross-platform and free to download. The Cloud-hosted service aims to provide users a stable platform for doing computational mathematics tasks they would normally be doing on a […]

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge, the next-generation smartphone that Canonical wants to build by tapping funds directly from end-users, has set the record for the most money raised in a crowdfunded campaign. At more than US$10 million, it passed the previous record (US$10,266,844) set by the Pebble smartwatch. However with just six days to go, the campaign looks likely to also set a […]

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Here’s a report from The Guardian. Yep, it’s that same UK online news site that’s been making headlines for more than a month. The report cites a court filing by Google in which the Internet giant revealed that Gmail users should have no expectation of privacy. None. The thing does not exist. In the court filing, Google makes the claim […]