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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 […]

Logging in by facial recognition on Linux Deepin 2013

Logging in by facial recognition on Linux Deepin 2013

Logging in by facial recognition is a new feature on Linux Deepin 2013, the latest edition of Linux Deepin, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It presents just one more security layer for the desktop. Though based on Ubuntu, Linux Deepin does not use the Unity desktop. Rather, it uses a new desktop environment built atop GNOME 3 technologies […]

Deepin Terminal features split screens, search and ssh connections

Deepin Terminal features split screens, search and ssh connections

Deepin Terminal is a new custom application from the developers of Linux Deepin, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It made its debut in Linux Deepin 2013, the distribution’s latest edition. See Linux Deepin 2013 screen shot tour. Deepin Terminal is the latest attempt to give the Linux terminal a new face and better features. The other attempt is […]

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 […]

How to replace Ufw with FirewallD on Linux Deepin 2013

How to replace Ufw with FirewallD on Linux Deepin 2013

Ufw is the default firewall app on Linux Deepin 2013, the latest edition of Linux Deepin, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. This article shows how to replace it with FirewallD, a dynamic firewall application from the Fedora Linux. Though Ufw has a command-line client that is easier to use, Firewalld brings a lot more features to the table, […]

Linux Deepin 2013 screen shot tour

Linux Deepin 2013 screen shot tour

Linux Deepin 2013 is the latest edition of the popular desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Linux Deepin is one of those unique Linux distributions for the desktop whose developers crafted a special desktop environment for it. Called the Depth Desktop Environment (DE), Linux Deepin’s DE is built atop GNOME 3 technologies, but with an interface that’s customized to provide […]

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 K3b and Audacity to convert an 8-CD audiobook to an Ogg file

Use K3b and Audacity to convert an 8-CD audiobook to an Ogg file

This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how I used K3b and Audacity to convert an eight (8) CD audiobook to a single Ogg file. As a bonus, the conversion could even be to an MP3 file or to any one of other audio file formats. K3b is a full-featured, graphical CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning and ripping application for the K Desktop […]

6 things to do after installing OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0

6 things to do after installing OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0

OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 is the first stable release of OpenMandriva, a Linux desktop distribution that is a community-continuation of what used to be Mandriva Desktop. It’s just one more item in the list of distributions derived from Mandriva. The others are Mageia, ROSA Desktop and PCLinuxOS. In this article, I’ll run through a short list of things to do after […]

Homerun: Quite possibly the best app launcher for your desktop

Homerun: Quite possibly the best app launcher for your desktop

Fullscreen application menus or launchers (or whatever else you what to call them) are modern replacements for the traditional or classic application menus. If you use a GNOME 3 desktop with the GNOME Shell in its default configuration, its App View is an example of a fullscreen application launcher. The KDE desktop environment also has its own fullscreen application launchers, […]

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 […]