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The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

There are some 7-inch Android tablets that can be had for less than US$100, some for just US$70. And virtually all the ones I’ve seen in stores are crappy, from no-name manufacturers. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. But prices of these smaller tablets from industry leaders have been creeping lower. HP’s Slate 7 is just […]

I quit using Linux because…

I quit using Linux because…

Here’s a very simple question. What can you infer from the image shown below? Once in a while, a prominent or not so prominent member of the Linux community makes a switch – for one reason or the other – to another operating system, usually to Mac OS X. The latest is Denis Koryavov, the former GUI Development lead for […]

Openfiler is moving to CentOS

Openfiler is moving to CentOS

Openfiler, a Linux distribution designed for building Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems, is being ported to CentOS, a distribution which itself is derived from Red Hat Linux. That means when the port is completed, Openfiler will be using the yum package management system. The current version of Openfiler uses the Conary package management system, a system developed by rPath, Inc., […]

Memo to HP: A backdoor is not a vulnerability

Technion, a blogger who maintains lolware.net, recently disclosed a backdoor in StoreOnce 4210 product, an HP storage hardware for enterprise users. He revealed the username and password of the backdoor here. How did HP respond? By issuing a security bulletin that misleads by passing the backdoor off as a bug – a vulnerability. The complete content of the security bulletin […]

You may now buy the SlateBook x2 for “just” $479

You may now buy the SlateBook x2 for “just” $479

HP’s SlateBook x2, an hybrid computer which combines the features and functions of an ultrabook and a tablet and which was first announced in May, is now shipping. The SlateBook x2 is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, the same processor that powers many smartphones and tablet computers. Like so many of those smartphones and tablets, it is also powered […]

The Old Reader to shut down – in 2 weeks

Maintainers of The Old Reader have announced that the service will no longer be accepting new registrations, the service itself will be shutting down in two weeks and existing accounts migrated to a private site. The Old Reader, which got that name because it is a continuation of Google’s old RSS reader code, was started as a hobby of sorts […]

Google’s Chromecast and the new Nexus 7

Google’s Chromecast and the new Nexus 7

A new day brings two new hardware from Google. I am referring to the Chromecast and a refreshed Nexus 7 Android tablet computer. Chromecast is Google’s entry into a field where major and minor technology companies have been throwing their hat in to. It’s a USB flash drive-sized device you plug into any high-definition (HD) TV. Once the wireless connection […]

The problem with NoSQL databases

NoSQL databases, whether they are truly “no SQL” or “not only SQL,” defer differ from relational databases in one major respect; they tend to be easier to work with, and are better suited for use with real-time Web applications. That’s why major and minor technology outfits are throwing development effort in the NoSQL field. In the Free Software community, most […]

Apache OpenOffice 4 is here

Apache OpenOffice 4 is here

Apache OpenOffice 4.0 has been released. This is the first major milestone release since the Free and Open Source software Office suite was donated to the Apache Software Foundation by Oracle. It is also the first Apache OpenOffice version that includes code and features merged from IBM’s Symphony. So this is not just a cleanup of the old OpenOffice code […]

FSF interview with the developer of Kunjika

Kunjika is a new, Free Software project that was announced a few days ago (see Announcing Kunjika, a Free Software Stack Overflow clone). It is a modern question and answer platform, a Stack Overflow clone published under the GNU General Public License by Shiv Shankar Dayal, an Instrumentation Engineer and software programmer who is from and resides in India. Kunjika […]

Pixelknot: Steganography app for Android

Pixelknot: Steganography app for Android

With digital privacy, security and anonymity in the public consciousness, thanks to information revealed by Edward Snowden, any tool or application that can help you communicate securely with your friends is always welcome. One such tool that just been released is called Pixelknot. Developed by The Guardian Project for Android devices, Pixelknot is a steganography application “that allows users to […]

Announcing Kunjika, a Free Software Stack Overflow clone

Announcing Kunjika, a Free Software Stack Overflow clone

Kunjika is a modern question and answer forum application that aims to give users the same features available on Stack Overflow. It is the brain-child of Shiv Shankar Dayal, an Instrumentation Engineer and software programmer. Kunjika is written in Python (using the Flask framework), with a Couchbase database, Memcached thrown in and a Jinja2-based templating system. Coding stated about a […]

NSA PRISM program a traffic boost for DuckDuckGo

NSA PRISM program a traffic boost for DuckDuckGo

The NSA PRISM program’s revelation, thanks to Edward Snowden, like everything else, has its good and bad side. The good part is, we now know that the NSA has been spying on us and everybody else. The bad part is, the NSA is still spying on us and everybody else. But there’s another side to the story. And it is: […]

Build a Tizen app, win $200,000

Build a Tizen app, win $200,000

Tizen is an Open Source operating system for mobile devices, smart TVs, and in-vehicle infotainment systems. With a Linux core, it as, as we like to say, a Linux distribution, like like Android. The Linux Foundation, which is responsible for the project, has just announced a Tizen Developer Challenge that starts now and ends on November 1, 2013. Developers can […]

Slate 21: HP’s Android-powered All-in-One computer

Slate 21: HP’s Android-powered All-in-One computer

First came the Slate 7, HP’s Android-powered tablet computer. Now HP is about to release a 21.5 inch sibling – the Slate 21. This was what I hoped that HP will do with webOS, but that hope died when HP abandoned webOS in favor of Android. The Slate 7 is a 7-inch, Android tablet that could be had for US […]

Yea, we want to hear you say it!

Yea, we want to hear you say it!

Baby, I want to hear you say it. Consider this a joke, but a very serious one. Some will find it funny and laugh. Others will still find it funny, but only in a very bad way. In light of the revelations about PRISM and Project Chess, the underlying message should be very clear. These images all came from an […]

RAPIRO: The Raspberry Pi-powered robotics kit

RAPIRO: The Raspberry Pi-powered robotics kit

RAPIRO is a robot and a robotic kit designed by Shota Ishiwatari, the founder of kiluck.co.jp. It is designed to work with a Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized board that runs Linux or GNU/Linux. It comes with 12 servo motors and full-color LED for eyes. And it only requires a screwdriver to assemble. No need for soldering. The servo control […]

Project Chess spied on you long before Microsoft acquired Skype

Long before Edward Snowden told us about a govt privacy-abusing spy operation called PRISM or Prism, Skype had its own collaborative project with the govt that was code-named Project Chess. That was going on while Skype executives were denying any such activity was taken place. According to a New York Times report, Skype began looking at “the legal and technical […]

Selling Palm to HP was a waste

webOS and the mobile devices that it powered made Palm (remember that company) a media darling. webOS was going to be another successful mobile Linux distribution (after Android). But it was all a dream that never came true. Palm was sold to HP. At some point, HP abandoned webOS, deciding that it was better to sell Android devices. So webOS […]

APC Paper nabs Computex ‘s Design and Innovation Award

APC Paper nabs Computex ‘s Design and Innovation Award

Taiwan External Trade Council (TAITRA) and the International Forum Design Hannover (iF) have awarded the APC Paper the Design and Innovation Award at Computex 2013, which kicks off tomorrow and ends June 8. APC Paper is one of two Neo-ITX form-factor computers announced by VIA Technologies in January. The other is the APC Rock, which is a plain motherboard (it […]