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Screenshots of KDE Plasma Next beta 1

Screenshots of KDE Plasma Next beta 1

The first beta of what will become the next-generation KDE Plasma workspace (KDE Next) was released yesterday. The final release is scheduled for release sometime in July (2014), so things should be moving really fast from now on. Here’s an excerpt from the release announcement: The Plasma team would like to ask the wider Free Software community to test this […]

Linux Deepin renamed to Deepin. Deepin 2014 beta released

Linux Deepin renamed to Deepin. Deepin 2014 beta released

Linux Deepin has been renamed to Deepin and the first (and last) beta of what will become Deepin 2014 has been released. Details of the beta release were first made available by the lead developer on the LinuxBSDos.com forum. Here’s an excerpt: As you may already know, the “Linux Deepin” project is now known as the “Deepin” project. Deepin is […]

Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

Rostock University Faculty to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate

Members of the Faculty of Arts, Rostock University, Germany, have voted to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate degree. Rostock University is in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is one of the oldest universities in the world. Its Wikipedia entry says that it was founded in 1419 and is “one of the oldest universities in the world – and the […]

Google Glass now in open beta. You can have one for just $1500

Google Glass now in open beta. You can have one for just $1500

If you missed out on the Google Glass one-day sale in April, here’s another chance to get your own copy of a Google Glass, courtesy of the Google Glass open beta period, when residents of the US can buy one for $1,500 USD until stocks run out. Yep, provided the privacy concerns that it brings to the table don’t bother […]

LXQt desktop environment screenshots

LXQt desktop environment screenshots

LXQt is a desktop environment derived from the merger of the LXDE-Qt and Razor-qt projects. It is supposed to tap the best features of LXDE-Qt and Razor-qt and offer a desktop environment that is easy on resources and user-friendly. Because it is built atop Qt technologies, you can call it a resource-friendly version of KDE, though there is really no […]

Joli OS is being discontinued

Joli OS is being discontinued

Joli OS is being discontinued. That the latest news about Joli OS, a desktop distribution that has since been replaced with a browser-based platform called Jolicloud. Both Joli OS and Jolicloud are published by a French company that goes by the name Jolicloud. Jolicloud 2 is the latest edition of Jolicloud, but it is still in beta status. The full […]

Silent Circle relocates to Switzerland

Silent Circle relocates to Switzerland

Silent Circle has relocated to Switzerland, or a place the company prefers to call the land of “Privacy and Neutrality.” Silent Circle is a company that provides privacy and security-enhanced communications services and is also the company behind the Blackphone. Before relocating to Switzerland, the company had its headquarters in Nevis, a small Caribbean island between Puerto Rico and Antigua. […]

How to upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

How to upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

This article shows how to upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Warning: Before upgrading, backup your data. Note that it is generally not recommended to upgrade from one LTS (Long-Term Support) release to the latest LTS edition until a point edition of the latest LTS has been released. For example, you are not expected to upgrade a previous […]

Want to stop creepy online tracking? Help the EFF test Privacy Badger

Want to stop creepy online tracking? Help the EFF test Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger is a new tool from the Electronic Frontier Foundation designed to stop creepy online tracking. It’s an extension for Firefox and Chrome that “automatically detects and blocks spying ads around the Web, and the invisible trackers that feed information to them.” It is still in alpha stage, so the EFF is asking for you help to test it […]

ROSA Software Center: Beta, but looks, feels and functions better than the competition

ROSA Software Center: Beta, but looks, feels and functions better than the competition

One of the software applications that became available on the recently-released ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 is the first beta edition of ROSA Software Center, which will replace the current graphical software management suite in the next edition of the distribution. If you have an installation of ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 you can install ROSA Software Center from the graphical package […]

4 things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04

4 things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04

So now that you’ve installed your new copy of Ubuntu 14.04, there must be at least one default setting that you would like to change. At least one. On my new installation, I found four of those default settings that when modified, made using Unity, the Ubuntu desktop, a little bit more user-friendly. This post show what those settings are […]

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

If you have any interest in social engineering, here’s a nice infographic for you, courtesy of the folks at Social-Engineer.org. Here are a few tidbits from those guys: 1. 90% of the people we ask will provide not just the spelling of their names but their email addresses without confirming our identity 2. 67% of the people we ask will […]

Design a secure and usable communication tool, win a prize

This article was originally written for and posted at EFF’s website under the title Designing a Prize for Usable Cryptography. It’s been reproduced here verbatim. In an era when email and messaging services are being regularly subject to attacks, surveillance, and compelled disclosure of user data, we know that many people around the world need secure end-to-end encrypted communications tools […]

Linux Deepin 2014 screenshot preview

Linux Deepin 2014 screenshot preview

Linux Deepin is one of my favorite desktop distributions. The current stable edition, Linux Deepin 2013, brought some really cool features and apps to this Ubuntu-based distribution, but the next stable release is shaping up to be even better. The distribution uses a custom desktop environment called Deepin Desktop Environment and it’s getting a face lift for Linux Deepin 2014, […]

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

A security research outfit has released a report which revealed that more than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses have been hacked. Team Cymru, the US-based security outfit which published the report, said that the network of hacked routers is one of the biggest of its kind that has been discovered, with most of the hacked routers in Columbia, […]

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

The Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch and Chromebook 2 13.3-inch models are the company’s latest additions to its line of Chromebook computers. And they are powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor. Chromebooks are a line of computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS and designed to use Google apps and Cloud services. Existing versions of Samsung’s Chromebooks are powered by the […]

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing has made an entry into the mobile device market with its own Android smartphone called the Boeing Black smartphone. Yep, it’s black in color, but the name has more to do with the security features it brings to the table than the outer color of the device itself. According to a BBS report, the Boeing Black smartphone: … Is […]

Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program

Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program

Mozilla has plans to start showing ads to first-time users of the Firefox browser. For the target group of users, the ads will appear alongside other content in what Mozilla is calling a Directory Tiles program. Directory Tiles are those nine rectangular boxes you see the first time you open a Firefox window or tab. For new users, the tiles […]

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

This short article shows how to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10. No, it’s not that Anaconda. This Anaconda is a free Python package for large-scale data processing, predictive analytics, and scientific computing. It is developed by Continuum Analytics, and is completely free to download and use. The latest version is Anaconda 1.9. It comes with more than 125 Python […]

ASUS Chromebox, HP Chromebox and Google Chromebox for meetings

ASUS Chromebox, HP Chromebox and Google Chromebox for meetings

The Chromeboxes are here, and knowing how these things go, there will be more to come. First, ASUS announced the ASUS Chromebox, then HP followed with the HP Chromebox, and not to be left out, Google followed with the announcement of the Chromebox for meetings. It’s raining Chromeboxes! The Chromebox is a small form-factor computer powered by an Intel processor […]