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  • Fedora 22 rubygem-activesupport-4.2.0-2.fc22 Fixes for:CVE-2015-3226Escape HTML entities in JSON keysCVE-2015-3227XML documents that are too deep can cause an stack overflow, which in turn will cause a potential DoS attack.

  • Fedora 21 gnome-abrt-1.0.0-3.fc21 Security fixes for:* CVE-2015-3315* CVE-2015-3142* CVE-2015-1869* CVE-2015-1870* CVE-2015-3151* CVE-2015-3150* CVE-2015-3159abrt:=====* Move the default dump location from /var/tmp/abrt to /var/spool/abrt* Use root for owner of all dump directories* Stop reading hs_error.log from /tmp* Don not save the system logs by default* Don not save dmesg if kernel.dmesg_restrict=1libreport:==========* Harden the code against directory traversal, symbolic and hard link attacks* Fix a bug causing that the first value of AlwaysExcludedElements was ignored* Fix missing icon for the "Stop" button icon name* Improve development documentation* Translations updatesgnome-abrt:===========* Use DBus to get problem data for detail dialog* Fix an error introduced with the details on System page* Enabled the Details also for the System problems

  • Fedora 21 abrt-2.3.0-7.fc21 Security fixes for:* CVE-2015-3315* CVE-2015-3142* CVE-2015-1869* CVE-2015-1870* CVE-2015-3151* CVE-2015-3150* CVE-2015-3159abrt:=====* Move the default dump location from /var/tmp/abrt to /var/spool/abrt* Use root for owner of all dump directories* Stop reading hs_error.log from /tmp* Don not save the system logs by default* Don not save dmesg if kernel.dmesg_restrict=1libreport:==========* Harden the code against directory traversal, symbolic and hard link attacks* Fix a bug causing that the first value of AlwaysExcludedElements was ignored* Fix missing icon for the "Stop" button icon name* Improve development documentation* Translations updatesgnome-abrt:===========* Use DBus to get problem data for detail dialog* Fix an error introduced with the details on System page* Enabled the Details also for the System problems

  • Fedora 21 libreport-2.3.0-8.fc21 Security fixes for:* CVE-2015-3315* CVE-2015-3142* CVE-2015-1869* CVE-2015-1870* CVE-2015-3151* CVE-2015-3150* CVE-2015-3159abrt:=====* Move the default dump location from /var/tmp/abrt to /var/spool/abrt* Use root for owner of all dump directories* Stop reading hs_error.log from /tmp* Don not save the system logs by default* Don not save dmesg if kernel.dmesg_restrict=1libreport:==========* Harden the code against directory traversal, symbolic and hard link attacks* Fix a bug causing that the first value of AlwaysExcludedElements was ignored* Fix missing icon for the "Stop" button icon name* Improve development documentation* Translations updatesgnome-abrt:===========* Use DBus to get problem data for detail dialog* Fix an error introduced with the details on System page* Enabled the Details also for the System problems

  • Fedora 21 rubygem-activesupport-4.1.5-2.fc21 Fixes for:CVE-2015-3226Escape HTML entities in JSON keysCVE-2015-3227XML documents that are too deep can cause an stack overflow, which in turn will cause a potential DoS attack.

  • Fedora 22 cups-x2go- * New upstream version ( - cups-x2go{,.conf}: port to File::Temp. Use Text::ParseWords to split up the ps2pdf command line correctly. Don't use system() but IPC::Open2::open2(). Capture the ps2pdf program's stdout and write it to the temporary file handle "manually". Should fix problems reported by Jan Bi on IRC. - cups-x2go: fix commented out second ps2pdf definition to output PDF data to stdout. * New upstream version ( - cups-x2go: import tempfile() function from File::Temp module. - cups-x2go: only repeat the last X, not the whole ".pdfX" string (or the like.) - cups-x2go: actually print "real" executed command instead of the "original" one with placeholders. - cups-x2go: read output from ghostscript, don't write a filehandle to the temporary file. Fixes a hanging ghostscript call and... well... random junk, instead of a "real" PDF file. - cups-x2go: use parentheses around function arguments. - cups-x2go: fix binmode() call, :raw layer is implicit. - cups-x2go: fix print call... Does not allow to separate parameters with a comma. - cups-x2go: add correct :raw layer to binmode calls. - cups-x2go: fix tiny typo. - cups-x2go: read data from GS and STDIN in chunks of 8 kbytes, instead of everything at once. Handles large print jobs gracefully. - cups-x2go: add parentheses to close() calls. - cups-x2go: delete PDF and title temporary files automatically. - cups-x2go: unlink PS temporary file on-demand in END block. Also move closelog to END block, because we want to print diagnosis messages in the END block. - cups-x2go: don't use unlink() explicitly. Trust File::Temp and our END block to clean up correctly. - cups-x2go: there is no continue in perl for stepping forward a loop. Still not. I keep forgetting that. Use next. (Partly) Fixes: #887. - cups-x2go: use the same temp file template for PS, PDF and title files. Use appropriate suffixes if necessary when generating PDF and title temp files. (Fully) Fixes: #887.Update to Add a short README that provides some getting started information.Update to Add a short README that provides some getting started information.

  • Fedora 22 elfutils-0.163-1.fc22 Update to 0.163. Hardening fixes. Updated eu-addr2line utility. Various bug fixes. Updated translations.Update to 0.162. Hardening fixes. Updated eu-addr2line utility. Various bug fixes.

  • Red Hat: 2015:1199-01: kernel: Important Advisory Updated kernel packages that fix two security issues and three bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 Extended Update Support. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security [More...]

  • Supreme Court won’t weigh in on Oracle-Google API copyright battle (Ars Technica)
    Ars Technica reportsthat the US Supreme Court rejected Google's appeal of the Google-Oracle APIcopyright dispute. "Despite the high court's inaction on the case, the Google-Oracle legal flap is far from resolved. That's because the appeals court sent the case back to the lower courts to determine whether Google's use of the code in Android—which it no longer uses—constitutes a "fair use." Oracle is seeking $1 billion in damages."This is not the end of the road for this case—the Federal Circuit decisionexplicitly left open the possibility that the kinds of uses Google madewere permissible under copyright's fair use doctrine," said Charles Duan,the director of Public Knowledge's patent reform project." (Thanksto Martin Michlmayr)

  • [$] News and updates from DockerCon 2015
    DockerCon on June 22 and 23 wasa much bigger affair than CoreOSFest or ContainerCamp. DockerCon rented outthe San Francisco Marriott for the event; the keynote ballroom seats 2000.That's a pretty dramatic change from the firstDockerCon last year, with roughly 500 attendees; it shows the hugegrowth of interest in Linux containers. Or maybe, given that it's SiliconValley, what you're seeing is the magnetic power of $95 million in round-Cfunding.

    Subscribers can click below for a report from DockerCon by guest authorJosh Berkus.

  • Security advisories for Wednesday
    Debian has updated jackrabbit (information leak).
    Debian-LTS has updated libcrypto++ (information disclosure), libmodule-signature-perl (multiple vulnerabilities), and ruby1.9.1 (denial of service).
    Fedora has updated abrt (F21:multiple vulnerabilities), cups-x2go (F22:multiple vulnerabilities), elfutils (F22:hardening fixes), gnome-abrt (F21: multiplevulnerabilities), kernel (F21: denial ofservice), libreport (F21: multiplevulnerabilities), pam (F22: denial ofservice), and rubygem-activesupport (F22; F21: two vulnerabilities).
    Mageia has updated apache-mod_jk(MG4: information disclosure), drupal(MG4,5: multiple vulnerabilities), libvpx(MG4,5: denial of service), p7zip (MG4,5:directory traversal), postgresql (MG4:multiple vulnerabilities), and python-tornado (MG4: side-channel attack).
    openSUSE has updated p7zip (13.2,13.1: directory traversal).
    Oracle has updated openssl (OL5: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Scientific Linux has updated openssl (SL5: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • Linux Foundation Announces R Consortium
    The Linux Foundation has announcedthe R Consortium. "The R language is used by statisticians, analysts and data scientists to unlock value from data. It is a free and open source programming language for statistical computing and provides an interactive environment for data analysis, modeling and visualization. The R Consortium will complement the work of the R Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Austria that maintains the language. The R Consortium will focus on user outreach and other projects designed to assist the R user and developer communities.Founding companies and organizations of the R Consortium include The R Foundation, Platinum members Microsoft and RStudio; Gold member TIBCO Software Inc.; and Silver members Alteryx, Google, HP, Mango Solutions, Ketchum Trading and Oracle."

  • Tuesday's security advisories
    CentOS has updated postgresql (C7; C6:multiple vulnerabilities) and xerces-c (C7:denial of service).
    Debian has updated unattended-upgrades (authentication bypass).
    Debian-LTS has updated aptdaemon (information leak), hostapd (denial of service), jqueryui (cross-site scripting), and shibboleth-sp2 (denial of service).
    Fedora has updated chicken (F22; F21:out-of-bounds read), openvas-cli (F21: sqlinjection), openvas-libraries (F21: sqlinjection), openvas-manager (F21: sqlinjection), openvas-scanner (F21: sqlinjection), php-htmLawed (F22; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), postgresql (F21: multiple vulnerabilities),python-jwt (F22; F21: token verification bypass),rubygem-jquery-rails (F22; F21: CSRF vulnerability), and rubygem-web-console (F22: code execution).
    Oracle has updated postgresql (OL7; OL6:multiple vulnerabilities) and xerces-c(OL7: denial of service).
    Red Hat has updated kernel(RHEL6.5: two vulnerabilities), openssl(RHEL5: multiple vulnerabilities), postgresql (RHEL6,7: multiplevulnerabilities), postgresql92-postgresql(RHSCL2: multiple vulnerabilities), rh-postgresql94-postgresql (RHSCL2: multiplevulnerabilities), and xerces-c (RHEL7: denial of service).
    Scientific Linux has updated nss(SL6,7: cipher-downgrade attacks), postgresql (SL6,7: multiple vulnerabilities),and xerces-c (SL7: denial of service).
    SUSE has updated java-1_6_0-ibm(SLEM12: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Ubuntu has updated oxide-qt(15.04, 14.10, 14.04: multiple vulnerabilities) and unattended-upgrades (15.04, 14.10, 14.04,12.04: authentication bypass).

  • Amazon's new TLS implementation
    Amazon has announcedthe release of a new TLS library called "s2n" under the Apache license."s2n is a library that has been designed to be small, fast, withsimplicity as a priority. s2n avoids implementing rarely used options andextensions, and today is just more than 6,000 lines of code. As a result ofthis, we’ve found that it is easier to review s2n; we have alreadycompleted three external security evaluations and penetration tests on s2n,a practice we will be continuing."

  • Security updates for Monday
    Debian has updated libcrypto++ (information disclosure).
    Debian-LTS has updated cacti(multiple vulnerabilities), libwmf (denialof service), and t1utils (code execution).
    Fedora has updated kernel (F22: denial of service).
    openSUSE has updated roundcubemail (13.2: two vulnerabilities).
    Scientific Linux has updated kvm(SL5: code execution).
    SUSE has updated java-1_7_0-ibm(SLE11SP3: multiple vulnerabilities) and Xen (SLES11SP2; SLES11SP1: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • Valve: Introducing SteamOS "brewmaster"
    Valve has announced the first preview release of its forthcomingSteamOS update. The new release is based on Debian 8.1 with long-termsupport kernel 3.18; there aredownloadable builds linked to in the announcement for both UEFI andlegacy BIOS systems. There appear to be few user-visible differencesbetween the new release and the current SteamOS so far,though; the announcement notes: "Although there are a lot ofchanges under the covers, the overall functionality and experience ofbrewmaster is the same as alchemist."

  • Friday's security updates
    CentOS has updated kvm (C5:code execution).
    Debian-LTS has updated librack-ruby (denial of service) and libwmf (multiple vulnerabilities).
    openSUSE has updated flash-player (13.1, 13.2: codeexecution), chromium (13.1, 13.2:multiple vulnerabilities), and openssl(13.1, 13.2: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Oracle has updated kvm (O5:code execution) and nss (O6; O7: cipher-downgrade attacks).
    Red Hat has updated kernel(RHEL5: privilege escalation) and kvm(RHEL5: code execution).
    Scientific Linux has updated kernel (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities)and mailman (SL7: code execution).
    SUSE has updated compat-openssl098 (SLE12: multiplevulnerabilities), KVM (SLE11 SP3:multiple vulnerabilities), and openssl(SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • Ardour 4.1 released
    Version 4.1 of the Ardour digital audio workstation software has been released. There are some new features in the release including input gain control, support for capture-only and playback-only devices, a real "Save As" option (with the old option being renamed to "Snapshot (& switch to new version)"), and allowing plugins to be reordered and meter positions to change without adding a click into the audio. There are also lots of user interface changes, including better High-DPI support. "This release contains several new features, both internally and in the user interface, and a slew of bug fixes worthy of your attention. Encouragingly, we also have one of our longest ever contributor lists for this release.We had hoped to be on a roughly monthly release cycle after the release of 4.0, but collaborations with other organizations delayed 4.1 by nearly a month."

  • Joint Statement from the UCC and KC
    The Ubuntu Community Council (UCC) and Kubuntu Council (KC) have issueda joint statement regarding the conflict between Jonathan Riddell andthe UCC. "We have mutually agreed that KDE is important to Ubuntu, and the Kubuntu Council believes that Ubuntu is important to the KDE community as well. Therefore we have a basis to work together on putting out a lovely Wily release. We recognize that there are honest and strong feelings about both the things that led up to the current controversy and the way that resolution of it was handled. Despite that, we would all like to move forward as best we can for the betterment of the Ubuntu project, including Kubuntu." LWN covered thecontroversy in late May.

  • Thursday's security updates
    CentOS has updated nss (C7;C6: cipher downgrade) and nss-util (C7; C6: cipher downgrade).
    Debian has updated cacti (three vulnerabilities).
    Fedora has updated xen (F20: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Oracle has updated kernel 2.6.39 (OL6; OL5: twovulnerabilities), kernel 3.8.13 (OL7; OL6: twovulnerabilities), and kernel 2.6.32 (OL6; OL5: twovulnerabilities)
    Red Hat has updated chromium-browser (RHEL6: multiple vulnerabilities), flash-plugin (RHEL5&6: code execution), nss (RHEL6&7: cipher downgrade), php55-php (RHSC2: multiple vulnerabilities), and rh-php56-php (RHSC2: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Scientific Linux has updated libreswan (SL7: denial of service) and php (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities).
    SUSE has updated IBM Java(SLE10SP4: multiple vulnerabilities) and Java (SLE11SP2: multiple vulnerabilities).
    Ubuntu has updated python2.7,python3.2, python3.4 (14.10, 14.04, 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities, some from 2013), tomcat6 (12.04: three vulnerabilities), and tomcat7 (15.04, 14.10, 14.04: multiple vulnerabilities).

  • New Sharing Features in Firefox
    Whichever social network you choose, it’s undeniable that being social is a key part of why you enjoy the Web. Firefox is built to put you in control, including making it easier to share anything you like on the Web’s … Continue reading

  • Confirmed stupid: A patent on firewalls, circa 2000
    Last month, the EFF faced down a lawsuit claiming that one of its "Stupid Patent of the Month" blog posts illegally defamed the inventor, a patent lawyer named Scott Horstemeyer. Days after the lawsuit became public, it was dropped.

  • 4MLinux 13.0 Screencast and Screenshots
    The status of the 4MLinux 13.0 series has been changed to S. Major changes in the core of the system, which now uses GNU Compiler Collection 5.1.0 to compile programs designed for the i686 architecture. Additionally, I am very happy to announce that my long work on improving the 4MLinux Desktop has been finished. 4MLinux users can now enjoy the result of this work: an unique, highly customized mixture of JWM (Joe's Window Manager), Window Maker and PCManFM.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 Improves Desktop Experience
    Linux Mint 17.2, code-named "Rafaela," was officially released on June 30 by Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre, providing users with an incremental update over the Linux Mint 17.1 release that debuted on Nov. 29, 2014. Linux Mint's focus is always on the desktop, and the 17.2 update aims to further improve the desktop user experience with additional polish and fine-tuning on both the Cinnamon and MATE desktops.

  • OpenSSH 6.9
    The OpenSSH team has released version 6.9 of OpenSSH. This is primarily a bugfix release, with some new features.

  • Privacy Is Personal
    Try to nail two boards together with your bare hands. It can't be done. You need a hammer. But, the power is not the hammer's. It's yours,because the hammer is your tool. As a tool, it becomes part of you. That's whattools do: they enlarge your capacity for action and effect.

  • 7 stories that make you feel good about open source in 2015 (so far)
    One of the great things about open source is its reach beyond just the software we use. Open source isn’t just about taking principled stands, it's about making things better for the world around us. It helps spread new ideas by letting anyone with an interest modify and replicate those ideas in their own communities.

  • Troll repellent: fighting online harassment with open source
    Randi Harper has been a FreeBSD src committer, a DevOps engineer, and a FLOSS Weekly co-host. Recently, she[he]#039[/he]s taken on a new role: target of sustained harassment. Randi met the harassment head-on and began developing tools to make the Internet a less hostile place. Her new organization, the Online Abuse Prevention Initiative, seeks to reduce online abuse through analysis, tools, and cooperative efforts.

  • How to install ownCloud 8 on Debian 8 (Jessie)
    OwnCloud is a OpenSource file sync and share software that can be hosted on your own server. It provides access to files trough an intuitive web interface and by WEBDAV. This tutorial will show the installation of the latest ownCloud version on Debian 8.

  • DigiKam 4.11.0 Released With Bug Fixes, Install/Update In Ubuntu 15.04/Linux Mint
    digiKam is an Open-Source project Photos management software, specially for KDE but you can use it on Ubuntu or others distros too. In digiKam photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections. Developers recently released digiKam 4.11.0 with huge list of 90 bug fixes.

  • Open organizations don't need to serve Kool-Aid
    Red Hatters tend to be enthusiastic about the company and our projects, so I occasionally run into somewhat-snarky comments about us "drinking the Kool-Aid," as if we're members of a cult, repeating what we've been told to say. The truth is that any open organization fosters this kind of enthusiasm. The ideas Jim Whitehurst shares in The Open Organization aren't new to me—Red Hat isn't the first "open org" I've worked in—but Jim does a great job of explaining this business model to anyone who hasn't yet benefited from more

  • Looking at the Cracker Hacker Economy
    There’s a bit of sobering news for sites like FOSS Force, as again in 2014, technology sites top the list of the type of sites most likely to be exploited by cracker hackers, with the number on the rise. According to Symantec, last year 21.5 percent of tech sites were infected by malware, up from 9.9 percent in 2013. Even more disturbing is that number two on this list are hosting sites, up from the number three position in 2013, with a 7.3 percent infection rate.

  • OpenVZ / Virtuozzo 7 Beta First Impressions
    Odin (formerly Parallels) and the OpenVZ Project announced the beta release of a new version of Virtuozzo today. This is also the next version of OpenVZ as the two are merging closer together... In the extended article I go over some of the details about the bare-metal installer, what's new including libvirt and KVM support, as well as some of the changes as OpenVZ and Virtuozzo merge together in the new release.

  • Linux-based DAQ board has simultaneous ADC and DAC I/O
    Data Translation’s “DT7816″ data acquisition board runs Linux on a TI Sitara, and offers eight simultaneous ADC inputs, two DAC outputs, and 16 GPIO lines. The DT7816 is billed as a “real-time ARM-based, high throughput, high accuracy, simultaneous data acquisition module.” Its feature set is similar to the mainboard in Data Translation’s recent DT7837 device, […]

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  • New Android Malware Sprouting Like Weeds
    Information stored on an Android smartphone or tablet is vulnerable to almost 4,900 new malware files each day, according to a report G Data SecurityLabs released Wednesday. Cybercriminals' interest in the Android operating system has grown, the firm's Q1 2015 Mobile Malware Report revealed. The number of new malware samples in the first quarter increased 6.4 percent.

  • Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd
    The special release of Makulu 9 Aero edition might seem like one flexible Linux offering too many. However, anyone hankering for a Windows-like operating system and the best of what is easy about using Linux could not make a better choice. The Linux OS is notorious for its great variety of distros. Linux is also infamous for having far too many choices.

  • Red Hat, Samsung Ramp Up Enterprise Mobility
    Red Hat and Samsung Business Services on Tuesday announced a strategic alliance to deliver the next generation of mobile solutions for the enterprise. The alliance, announced at the Red Hat Summit 2015, combines the strengths of each company -- Samsung's mobile device portfolio and Red Hat's open source middleware, mobile and cloud technologies.

  • Container Coalition Seeks Common Standard Creation
    Docker and CoreOS on Monday announced the formation of a coalition of 21 industry leaders to create the Open Container Project, a nonprofit organization seeking minimal common standards for software containers for cloud storage. The two companies made the announcement on the opening day of Dockercon, a two-day conference covering all aspects of the Docker ecosystem.

  • Antergos Linux Lowers the Arch Barrier
    Antergos is an Arch-based Linux distribution that offers six desktop choices. This is a distro that Linux tinkerers might well embrace, but it comes with a few more stumbling blocks than other Linux options, which could make it a less welcome alternative. Its developers created a cute logo that espouses the notion that Antergos is a distro "for everyone." In some ways, that is true.

  • Linux Foundation Beefs Up Scholarship Program
    The Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced that it was more than doubling the number of scholarships to be awarded this year for Linux training. The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development. Its announcement opened the door for the submission of applications for the 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program.

  • Linbit Launches New Synchronous Server Storage Software
    Linbit on Tuesday announced the release of DRBD9, its new distributed replicated block device product. DRBD9 provides enterprise Linux users with synchronous server storage replication including support for native remote direct memory access and OpenStack integration. "It was six years of work and an 80 percent code rewrite to make it happen," said Linbit Business Development Manager Greg Eckert.

  • Can Android Give BlackBerry New Life?
    BlackBerry could be considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google's Android operating system, Reuters reported last week. The move would be consistent with BlackBerry's strategy to focus on software and device management instead of handsets. Such a pivot would take the company away from its current strategy to regain lost market share with a new generation of BlackBerry smartphones.

  • antiX Linux Doesn't Fool Around
    The antiX distro is both something old and something new. It is a handy and innovative approach to keeping aging computers fast and active. It is also an energy infuser for new computers. I started playing around with antiX when looking for something different to keep some older computers out of the trash heap. antiX is a fast, lightweight distro that is easy to install.

  • Nutanix Ratchets Up Competition With VMware
    Nutanix on Wednesday announced its Xtreme Computing Platform, challenging VMware's virtual machine software dominance. Nutanix's XCP comes about one year after VMware introduced its own hyperconverged storage software, which offered customers an alternative to Nutanix's offering at the time. Nutanix has a 52 percent market share in the hyperconverged infrastructure market.

  • Apple Gives Open Source a Swift 2 Kick
    Apple this week announced Swift 2 and said it would open-source it later this year. Swift 2 is a programming language for iOS, OS X and watchOS. It has a new error-handling model. Two new features in Objective-C -- nullability annotations and generics -- make Swift 2 work better with Apple SDKs. Swift is "a modern language where memory management is internalized," said IDC's Al Hilwa.

  • Cisco, IBM Bet Big on OpenStack
    OpenStack, a free and open source cloud controller package that has been struggling to gain acceptance in the enterprise, took a giant stride forward when IBM and Cisco opened up their wallets last week. IBM announced it would buy hosted OpenStack private cloud provider Blue Box Cloud. Cisco announced plans to purchase Piston Cloud Computing, developer of the CloudOS operating system.

  • ConnochaetOS Makes Slackware Truly Free and a Bit Easier
    ConnochaetOS is a nice entry into a pure, free Linux experience. Most people mistakenly equate open source with "free," as in pay nothing. Experienced Linux users know, however, that the open source concept separates the price of the software from the cost of obtaining enterprise-level modifications and support. The notion of "free" does not mean there's no cost to get it.

  • Auto Grade Linux Steers Closer to an In-Car Infotainment Standard
    Automotive Grade Linux on Monday announced the industry's first open in-vehicle infotainment, or IVI, software specification requirements. The release of AGL Requirements Specification 1.0 is a major milestone. It moves the auto industry toward adoption of a de facto platform that uses open source development methodologies to create a safe and reliable connected-car experience.

  • Scrappy Hound Stalks Siri and Cortana
    SoundHound on Tuesday launched a private beta of Hound -- a personal assistant similar to Siri, Google Now and Cortana -- and began fielding requests for invites. SoundHound built its music ID service on voice and pattern recognition technologies. In developing Hound, SoundHound has retrofitted that technology's framework with what it calls its "Speech-to-Meaning" engine.

  • Nintendo Scotches Android Console Rumor
    Nintendo not only has embraced the idea of releasing its iconic intellectual properties for mobile devices, but also is planning to base its next videogame console on a version of the Android operating system, according to a Japanese-language business publication. The publication claimed an inside source revealed that Nintendo's next console, code named "NX," will run on Android.

  • Docker and Containers: An Ecosystem in Motion
    The community around Docker and containers is drawing interest from large enterprise and service provider end users, as well as involvement from dozens of vendors, including those pursuing various container alternatives. 451 Research has published some new research and analysis on this nascent open source software community in its latest long-format report.

  • Chromixium Adds Polish to Chrome
    Chromixium is a new Linux distro that goes one big step further than the few existing distros catering to the Chrome OS. It one-ups Google's semi-proprietary Chrome OS locked into the popular Chromebook hardware. Chromixium sole developer Rich Jack's innovative version 1.0, released last month, is a Chrome OS clone that runs on nearly any aging or newer computer.

  • Google's I/O Steers Devs to Photos, IoT, Maps and More
    Google on Thursday kicked off its I/O developers conference with the introduction of a new app for better managing, organizing and storing photos, as well as an Android spinoff for the Internet of Things, and an offline feature for Maps. The new Google Photo application allows shutterbugs to back up photos automatically from any device to a personal home site on the Net.

  • Linux/Moose Malware Wreaks Havoc on Social Networks
    Internet security researchers at Eset on Tuesday published a security research paper on Linux/Moose, a major threat to social networks that turns routers into conduits for grabbing users' log-in credentials, employing them for network fraud and to further spread malware to client devices that connect through them to the Internet. The paper, "Dissecting Linux/Moose," details a months-long investigation.

  • Simplicity Linux Makes Good on Its Easy-Peasy Promise
    The latest edition of Simplicity Linux, version 15.4, recently became available for download. Simplicity Linux delivers just what its name suggests: It is a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch. Simplicity lets you carry your entire desktop, favorite installed applications, and complete collection of documents and files in your pocket everywhere you go.

  • Rocket Labs Picks New Zealand For Its Launch Site
    schwit1 writes: The small sat rocket company Rocket Labs has chosen a location in New Zealand as its future launch site. Bloomberg reports: "The company didn't specify how much it was investing in the site, which is due to be completed in the fourth quarter. New Zealand, which has been used in the past by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, is considered a prime location because rockets launched from that deep in the Southern hemisphere can reach a wide range of Earth orbits. Rocket Lab's remote site on the Kaitorete Spit in the Canterbury region also means it has less air and sea traffic, which translates into more frequent launches and economies of scale, the company said. It also will no longer compete for airspace with the U.S. government." Rocket Labs will have to actually launch something to really make the competition heat up. This announcement, however, illustrates that in the long run, the United States has some significant disadvantages as a spaceport location.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • The Plan To Bring Analytics To eSports
    An anonymous reader writes: We're used to seeing instant replays, halftime analysis and in depth analytics in traditional sports, but now they're coming to eSports too. A new start-up, Dojo Madness, is hoping to bring the same techniques to games like League of Legends and Dota, in the hopes players can learn from their mistakes in a game when shown them. In a new interview, founder and former Electronic Sports League boss Jens Hilgers reveals that the company's main product, Dota training and replay site Bruce.GG, will use machine learning to teach itself what are good and bad plays — and he hopes to bring the tech to other games, like Counter-Strike, too. "The feedback of the users watching these videos, these input points, are allowing us to determine the relevancy of what we have done and the system will learn from that and get smarter," he says.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Naval Research Interested In Bringing 3D Printing To Large Scale For Ships
    coondoggie writes: The Navy this month will outline what it is looking for from additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology as way to bolster what it terms "fleet readiness." The Office of Naval Research will on July 15 detail its Quality Metal Additive Manufacturing (Quality MADE) program that will aim to "develop and integrate the suite of additive manufacturing software and hardware tools required to ensure that critical metallic components can be consistently produced and rapidly qualified in a cost effective manner."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Google's Niantic Labs Sorry Over Death Camps In Smartphone Game
    New submitter LunaticTippy writes: For those unfamiliar with Ingress, the game has GPS coordinate portals that correspond to real world locations, players then use smartphones to battle for control of these portals. Many public locations with historical or artistic interest are submitted by players. It turns out some of the sites were located within concentration camps such as Dachau and Sachsenhausen. NBC reports: "In a statement to The Associated Press, Niantic Labs' founder John Hanke said the company has begun removing the offending sites from the game. He said 'we apologize that this has happened.'"

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Can New Chicago Taxes On Netflix, Apple, Spotify Withstand Legal Challenges?
    Mr D from 63 writes: Today, a new "cloud tax" takes effect in the city of Chicago, targeting online databases and streaming entertainment services. Residents who stream movies and music from companies like Netflix and Spotify will now need to pay an additional 9% tax. This also applies to Chicago businesses that pay to use databases online. Chicago expects to collect $12 million a year as a result of the new tax ruling. From the 24/7 Wall St. story: "Also worth noting is that the city’s tax ruling in both cases avoids the issue of whether there is a close-enough connection (nexus, in legalese) to require providers like Netflix or others to collect either tax. International law firm ReedSmith weighs in on this point as well: '[O]nce the Department begins to audit and assess customers located within the city, many of those customers are likely to demand that providers collect the tax going forward. As a result, many providers will likely feel the need to register to collect the taxes, despite lacking nexus, and despite having strong arguments against the Department’s expansive interpretation of its taxing ordinances.'"

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Google: Stop Making Apps! (A Love Letter)
    An anonymous reader writes: Seasoned Silicon Valley software executive and investor Domenic Merenda has written a love letter to Google, and it's filled with "tough" love. The main thesis is that Google, as a company, should stop making apps, and instead focus on using its enormous data assets to make meaningful connections between people and facilitate organic engagement within a rich ecosystem. Interestingly, the article cites Wikipedia's information that Google maintains over 70 apps on the Android platform alone.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • UK Government Illegally Spied On Amnesty International
    Mark Wilson writes with this excerpt from a story at Beta News: A court has revealed that the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, illegally spied on human rights organization Amnesty International. It is an allegation that the agency had previously denied, but an email from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal backtracked on a judgement made in June which said no such spying had taken place. The email was sent to Amnesty International yesterday, and while it conceded that the organization was indeed the subject of surveillance, no explanation has been offered. It is now clear that, for some reason, communications by Amnesty International were illegally intercepted, stored, and examined. What is not clear is when the spying happened, what data was collected and, more importantly, why it happened.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Google Hangouts and SMS Integration: A Mess, For Now
    Android Headlines reports that a bug in the Google Hangouts app is causing confusion for users who would like to send and receive SMS messages. According to the article, [S]ome users are reporting an issue that is preventing the merging of SMS messages with Hangouts. The exact nature of what is causing this error is still unknown, as Google has not divulged any concrete information. They did state though that they are working on a fix and will have it ready for release as soon as they figure out what is going on.  On this front, I wish there were a good roadmap for all the overlapping and sometimes circular-seeming options for Google's various flavors of VoiP and messaging. Between Google Voice, Google Plus, Messenger (not Facebook's Messenger), Gmail, and now Google Fi, it's hard to tell quite where the there begins. After setting up a new phone through Google Fi, I find that the very pleasant full-screen text-message window I used to like with Google Voice is now one I can't figure out how to reach, and the screen directs me to use Hangouts instead.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Microsoft Research Open Sources WorldWide Telescope
    kfogel writes: Microsoft Research has open sourced WorldWide Telescope, releasing it under the MIT license and donating the code to the .NET Foundation. The code is up on GitHub at, and there are demos and more details at Go forth and explore!

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Cameron Asserts UK Gov't Will Leave No "Safe Space" For Private Communications
    An anonymous reader writes with the story from Ars Technica that UK prime minister David Cameron "has re-iterated that the UK government does not intend to "'eave a safe space — a new means of communication — for terrorists to communicate with each other.'"  That statement came Monday, as a response to Conservative MP David Bellingham, "who asked [Cameron, on the floor of the House of Commons] whether he agreed that the 'time has come for companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to accept and understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?' To which Cameron replied: 'we must look at all the new media being produced and ensure that, in every case, we are able, in extremis and on the signature of a warrant, to get to the bottom of what is going on.'"  This sounds like the UK government is declaring a blustery war on encryption, and it might not need too much war: some companies can be persuaded (or would be eager) to cooperate with the government in handing over all kinds of information. However, the bluster part may leave even the fiercest surveillance mostly show: as Ars writer Glyn Moody asks, what about circumstances "where companies can't hand over keys, or where there is no company involved, as with GnuPG, the open source implementation of the OpenPGP encryption system?"  Or Tor?

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Angler Exploit Kit Evasion Techniques Keep Cryptowall Thriving
    msm1267 writes: Since the Angler Exploit Kit began pushing the latest version of Cryptowall ransomware, the kit has gone to great lengths to evade detection from IDS and other security technologies. The latest tactic is an almost-daily change to URL patterns used by the kit in HTTP GET requests for the Angler landing page, requests for a Flash exploit, and requests for the Cryptowall 3.0 payload. Traffic patterns as of yesterday are almost unrecognizable compared to those of as recent as three weeks ago.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Passwords Transmitted As Cleartext?
    An anonymous reader writes: My brother recently requested a transcript from his university and was given the option to receive the transcript electronically. When he had problems accessing the document, he called me in to help. What I found was that the transcript company had sent an e-mail with a URL (not a link) to where the document was located. What surprised me was that a second e-mail was also sent containing the password (in cleartext) to access the document. Not too long ago I had a similar experience when applying for a job online (ironically for an entry-level IT position). I was required to setup an account with a password and an associated e-mail address. While filling out the application, I paused the process to get some information I didn't have on hand and received an e-mail from the company that said I could continue the process by logging on with my account name and password, both shown in cleartext in the message. In my brother's case, it was an auto-generated password but still problematic. In my case, it showed that the company was storing my account information in cleartext to be able to e-mail it back to me. Needless to say, I e-mailed the head of their IT department explaining why this was unacceptable. My questions are: How frequently have people run into companies sending sensitive information (like passwords) in cleartext via e-mail? and What would you do if this type of situation happened to you?

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Solar Impulse 2 Breaks Three Records En Route To Hawaii
    Zothecula writes: Solar Impulse 2 has started smashing records even before the longest leg of its round-the-world flight is complete. At around three quarters of the way to its next touch down in Hawaii, the single-pilot aircraft has broken the world records for longest distance and duration for solar aviation, with the record for longest ever solo flight of any kind thrown in for good measure.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Watching People Code Is Becoming an (Even Bigger) Thing
    itwbennett writes: Faithful Slashdot readers may recall the story of Adam Wulf, who spent two weeks live-streaming himself writing a mobile app. The phenomenon has quickly become thing, by which we mean a business. Twitch.TV, Watch People Code (which is an offshoot of the subreddit by the same name), Ludum Dare, and, of course, YouTube, are bursting with live or archived streams of lots of people writing lots of code for lots of different things. And just this week, Y Combinator-backed startup Livecoding.TV launched. The site has signed up 40,000 users since its beta went live in February, but unlike the other sites in this space what it doesn't have (and doesn't have plans for) is advertising. As co-founder Jamie Green told ITworld: 'We have some different ideas around monetisation in the pipeline, but for now we are just focussed on building a community around live education.'

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Volkswagen Factory Worker Killed By a Robot
    m.alessandrini writes: A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate. This is perhaps the first severe accident of this kind in a western factory, and is sparking debate about who is responsible for the accident, the man who was servicing the robot beyond its protection cage, or the robot's hardware/software developers who didn't put enough safety checks. Will this distinction be more and more important in the future, when robots will be more widespread?

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Azure Australia goes TITSUP
    You may experience “inability to connect” to Microsoft's cloud in the Australia East region
    Microsoft's Azure service is experiencing TITSUP - Total Inability To Support Usual Performance - for some Australian users.…

  • Cloud market spins up a cyclone of sales
    Server, storage and switch sales surge 25 per cent, says IDC
    Happy days, hardware-sellers, box-peering-abacus-wielder IDC says sales of cloudy kit surged by a whopping 25 per cent in 2015's first quarter.…

  • NASA invents super-SMACK, hallucinates WHOLE STAR SYSTEMS
    31,000--core HPC sim shows Beta Pictoris b's dust cloud dancing
    video Beta Pictoris, a research favourite among astro-boffins since the discovery of its bright debris-and-dust disk in 1984, has yielded new wonders in a NASA supercomputer simulation.…

  • What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?
    Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu emerges at US$110 and super low-end spec
    Intel's Compute Stick, the Atom-powered, plug-this-into-your-tellie-over-HDMI femto-PC, is now available with Ubuntu pre-installed.…

  • Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out
    Subreddits in lockdown as unpaid moderators protest shock exit of popular staffer
    4chan-with-upvotes Reddit is in turmoil after a staffer much loved by the website's users suddenly left the business. Now the unpaid volunteer moderators of the site have turned against the admins aka the employees of Reddit.…

  • Facebook's Zuck to ZAP the developing world with LASERS
    No shark-mounted monsters – instead these web-flinging podules will be airborne
    Facebook has been showing off a new laser communications system that CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to mount on massive solar-powered drones to beam the internet to inaccessible parts of the world.…

  • Digital Transformation Office CEO's record reveals project wobbles
    Little sign of turnaround at the Ministry of Justice on Peter Shetler's watch
    Australia's Department of Communications on Thursday announced the appointment of Paul Shetler as Chief Executive Officer for the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), communications minister Malcolm Turnbull's effort to digitise government services. But an examination of his recent work suggests that one of the major projects he oversaw went backwards on his watch.…

  • Intel 80386 queen Rene James quits as chipmaker's president
    Will assume role of CEO of another company in January
    Intel president Rene James is leaving the silicon giant to become chief exec of another firm as part of a set of leadership changes announced by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Thursday.…

  • NexGen releases goodies for next-gen software package
    VM-level QoS should reduce vMotion disturbances
    Reinvigorated hybrid array startup NexGen is pushing out quality-of-service (QoS) goodies for vCentre and VMware VMs, saying it will cut the need for vMotioning VMs from one server to another when performance slows.…

  • Nutanix vs VMware blog war descends into 'he said, she said' farce
    There’s a way to end this, guys – just release your test results
    Round two in the VMware-versus-Nutanix blog war has opened up with a full-frontal assault by a Nutanix exec, who claims Nutanix wants to be open about its performance advantages over VSAN, but is prevented from going public by VMware’s end user license agreements, or EULAs.…

  • Kelway MD: A deal with CDW is NOT around the corner
    Listen people, calm down and carry on
    Top brass at Kelway this week scotched talk on the shop floor of a pending deal with NASDAQ-listed CDW, claiming it will not be acquired outright by the US giant any time soon.…

  • IPT: Sorry we confused Amnesty International with Egyptian group
    Misattribution was my snafu, not GCHQ's, sez prez
    The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has published its emails with claimants in a case, brought against GCHQ, apologising for and correcting an error in its findings in last week's NGO spying case verdict.…

  • Original LIZARD JESUS is found in Wyoming
    As in a lizard that walks on water, not as in 'David Icke was right about Our Lord'
    Rejoice! For the Lizard Jesus (or jesus lizard if you prefer) has been found hidden smack bang in the middle of the United States of America (or Wyoming to be a little more precise).…

  • Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon
    Thing that won't happen definitely won't happen. Shocking, innit
    Wikipedia has launched another anti-copyright campaign – but it's one that experts say is bogus and misleading. Thousands of pages on the site are now plastered with an appeal to "Save the Freedom of Panorama", a crusade minted by copyright activist and Europe's only Pirate Party MEP, Julia Reda.…

  • F# earns Syme top Royal Academy of Engineering award
    3D hip replacements and in-factory stuff finder also earn applause
    The inventor of Microsoft’s F# programming language is among those being awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious silver medal.…

  • NHS IT failures mount as GP data system declared unfit for purpose
    ‘Failed projects have long been an expensive clich … this is no exception’
    The towering scrapheap of NHS IT failures may about to rise further, with the increasingly expensive GP Extraction Service IT system deemed not fit for purpose by the government's spending watchdog.…

  • FBI updates Most Wanted cyber felons list, offers US$4.2m bounties
    Zeus creator has $3m on his head, may be boating on the Black Sea
    The mastermind of the Zeus trojan; a car scamming screwball; an identity thief; a malvertiser, and a keylogger monger: nail these five net crims to the wall and the FBI will pay you US$4.2 million.…

  • Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half
    Not interested in punishing companies 'left, right and centre'
    The total value of fines issued by the UK Information Commissioner's Office has halved compared with last year – despite the watchdog receiving roughly the same number of complaints about data protection.…

  • Oil & gas? Pah. We’ve got a MASSIVE 3D printer, beams Dubai
    And as soon as we order some toner we’ll print you a fully functional office
    Dubai has announced it will erect "the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building", hoping to establish the United Arab Emirates "as the global centre of technology in architecture, construction and design".…

  • LG won't fix malware slinging bloatware update hole
    Smartmobe bloatware goes from annoying to dangerous AND annoying
    The the Budapest University of Technology and Economics' Security Evaluation and Research Laboratory (SEARCH-LAB) says "malicious attackers controlling the network are able to install arbitrary applications" on LG's Android phones, thanks to a flaw in their software update mechanism.… offline for now

  • 6-Way File-System Comparison On The Linux 4.1 Kernel
    With the Linux 4.1 kernel having recently been released, I decided to conduct a fresh round of file-system comparisons on this new kernel using a solid-state drive. The file-systems tested in this article were the in-tree EXT4, Btrfs, XFS, F2FS, ReiserFS, and NILFS2 file-systems while a follow-up article will take a look at the out-of-tree contenders like Reiser4 and ZFS atop Linux 4.1.

  • Ubuntu MATE Announces A Partnership With A PC Hardware Vendor
    Ubuntu MATE, the spin of Ubuntu that ships with the popular fork of the GNOME 2 desktop environment, has announced a hardware partnership in shipping their distribution pre-loaded on a "free software friendly and 100% blobless Linux driver" PC...

  • Linux 4, GCC v. Clang & Vulkan Were Among The Hot Stories So Far This Year
    Now being half-way through the year, here's a look back at the most popular open-source/Linux news so far this year. There's been a lot of interesting events and releases happening so far in 2015 with Phoronix having published 1,577 original news stories (an average of nine per day) and 98 Linux hardware reviews / featured-length articles...

  • Steam Linux Usage Continued Falling In June
    With the start of a new month comes Valve's Steam Survey results for hardware/software information of their gaming customers. Sadly, this is yet another month with the Linux usage continuing to erode...

  • Benchmarks Of 54 Different Intel/AMD Linux Systems
    Last month for the Phoronix 11th birthday we ran Benchmarks Of 45 Linux Systems From Atoms, Athlons and Phenoms To Xeons. This week in celebrating 200,000 benchmark results in our test lab, I ran another large comparison against the latest spectrum of hardware/software in the automated performance test lab...

  • Fedora Is Still Looking For A Diversity Advisor
    Back in March there was the announcement of Fedora looking for a diversity advisor as a volunteer position to help promote diversity within this popular Linux distribution. Unfortunately it looks like their initial search didn't yield any suitable applicants so they're back to looking for more people interested in that position...

  • Global Shortcuts In KDE Plasma Under Wayland
    Just on the heels of his last blogpost about four years in porting KDE to Wayland, Martin Grlin, the long-time Kwin maintainer, has put out another blog post detailing some of the troubles that he and the KDE crew have encountered in their prepping for Wayland...

  • LLVMpipe FP64 Support Knocks Off Some GL4 Extensions
    While LLVMpipe tends to be an afterthought in supporting new OpenGL extensions within Mesa/Gallium3D and is in need of some help, David Airlie managed to land some improvements for it today in Mesa by adding support for double-precision floating-points...

  • I Gave Up Waiting On The Water-Cooled Radeon R9 Fury X
    One week after the Radeon R9 Fury X launched at $649 USD with an integrated water-cooling solution, the graphics card remains in short supply and it's not clear when exactly this graphics card will better saturate retail channels. At this point, I've shifted my focused to the air-cooled AMD Radeon R9 Fury graphics card that will ship in two weeks and be air-cooled while costing $100 less...

  • Crossing 200,000 Benchmark Results Posted On
    Today we crossed the threshold of having carried out 200,000 benchmarks from our basement server farm of various Linux upstream projects (Linux kernel, GCC, Clang, Mesa, etc) and published on As of writing this article, 203,425 benchmarks have successfully completed with a few thousand tests being carried out per day in our fully-automated test lab...

  • Premium Users Now Can Experience Our New Site
    For Phoronix Premium visitors accessing our website today, you're now the first with access to the brand new web design that's been almost entirely redesigned from scratch and supports a converged desktop/tablet/smartphone experience...


  • N64 controller modded to (sort of) work with the Xbox One
    exorbitant $150 controller coming this year that it hopes will make up for the Xbox One's middling gamepad, but that won't make the upcoming the Retron 5 console -- know this and set forth a challenge: mod a Nintendo 64 controller to work with Microsoft's latest game console. And they succeeded. Mostly. As you'll see in the video below, the three-pronged paddle can navigate the console's dashboard and select apps, but, since there's only one analog stick, that rules out it playing nicely with a vast majority of modern games. The wiring is a bit wonky and certain inputs trigger at random, but, from the sounds of it, the project is far from over.

    The plan is to make "an awesome controller" work in time for Rare Replay's release. Does that mean Hyperkin will actually sell an N64-styled controller for the game? It sounds like a possibility. We've reached out to the company for more info and will update this post should we hear back.

    [Image credit: Reintji/Flickr]

    Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD


    Via: Kotaku

    Source: Chris Gallizzi (YouTube)

  • DNA sequencing shows how woolly mammoths got that way
    most comprehensive" study of its kind, a team from the University of Chicago claims that it has revealed the massive amount of genetic change needed for woolly mammoths to adapt to their arctic environment. The study, which was published on July 2 in Cell Reports, shows that genes controlling everything from skin and hair development to fat metabolism, insulin signaling -- even skull shape -- differed from their contemporary elephant kin.

    "This is by far the most comprehensive study to look at the genetic changes that make a woolly mammoth a woolly mammoth," study author Vincent Lynch, PhD, of the University of Chicago, said in a statement. "They are an excellent model to understand how morphological evolution works, because mammoths are so closely related to living elephants, which have none of the traits they had."

    And while the woolly mammoth genome has been extensively studied (two other mammoths had their genes sequenced just this April) these efforts have typically only generated limited insight into how the animals evolved. However, in this study, the team found 1.4 million unique genetic variants affecting the proteins produced by some 1,600 genes. These results probably won't help scientists reconstruct a modern-day mammoth line (at least, not yet) but it will help geneticists better understand the the molecular basis of their evolution.

    [Image Credit: Associated Press]

    Filed under: Science


    Source: University of Chicago

  • Watch Russia launch crucial Space Station cargo at 12:55AM ET

    The International Space Station has had a tough time getting supplies lately between two rocket explosions and an orbital failure, but it's going to get an important lifeline in the near future... hopefully. Russia is about to launch Progress 60, a cargo ship that will ferry over 3 tons of much-needed food, fuel and other equipment to the ISS. You won't have to wait until its expected Sunday arrival to find out how it fares, though. NASA is streaming the launch at 12:55AM ET -- tune in below and you'll have a sense of whether or not Progress 60 fares any better than its ill-fated predecessor.

    Update: After a successful launch, Progress 60 is on its way to the ISS. It's scheduled to dock with the station at 2:30AM ET Sunday, which will also be covered live on NASA TV.

    Filed under: Transportation


    Via:, NASASpaceflight

    Source: Federal Space Agency, NASA (Ustream)

  • MasterCard is testing a new way for you to pay with your face
    announced on Thursday that it's looking to add a layer of biometric security to its credit cards and all user will need to do is simply take a selfie. The system will create a digitized map of your face, convert that map into a hash and compare it to the hash stored on Mastercard's servers. Users will be able to pay through a mobile app with either their fingerprints or by staring into the device and blinking once. The blink is used to prevent someone from just holding up a picture of you to spoof the system. What's more, "They're storing an algorithm, not a picture of you," Phillip Dunkelberger, who runs Nok Nok Labs, told CNN Money. "And I'm sure they're doing the appropriate stuff to guard it."

    The company reportedly already has deals in place with Google, Apple, Blackberry and Microsoft, with hopes to begin a limited 500-person pilot program later this fall. Once they work out all the kinks with the new system, it could be available to the public as early as next year.
    [Image Credit: Marce Martinez/AP Images]
    Filed under: Handhelds, Apple, Google


    Via: SlashGear

    Source: CNN Money

  • Chicago kicks in 'cloud tax' on streaming services like Netflix
    "amusement tax" ruling that items "delivered electronically" for entertainment purposes are subject to a tax that has traditionally been levied against the sale of concert tickets, sporting events and the like. The ruling does not affect the sales of movies, songs and games delivered electronically. So purchases from the iTunes store and Steam are not taxed. But, a subscription to Apple Music or Spotify is subject to taxation. If your streaming entertainment service of choice hasn't already started charging, you may have a few months before your bill goes up. The ruling gives companies until September 1, 2015 to comply.

    [Image credit: Getty/wsfurlan]

    Filed under: Misc, Internet


    Via: Ars Technica

    Source: Chicago

  • Uber will give you a free ride to jury duty in one US county

    Jury duty may be an annoying (if vital) civic responsibility, but one US county is experimenting with a ridesharing offer that could make it a little more bearable. The County Clerk in Macomb, Michigan is partnering with Uber on a 60-day trial that gives jurors a total of $40 in credit for their rides to and from the courthouse. Ideally, this will save you from having to fight bad weather or pay through the nose for parking when you're trying to serve.

    Of course, the big challenge is that this is merely an experiment. Uber is footing the bill during the trial, but what happens when the county has to pay up? If there's a dozen jurors in each trial, the local government is looking at a minimum $480 per case. That could add up if the the county always makes free ridesharing available, rather than reserving it for special circumstances. However, it could be worthwhile if it sees fewer people skipping jury duty -- we're sure that Uber wishes it could offer this courtroom service in France.

    [Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

    Filed under: Transportation, Internet


    Source: Macomb County Clerk, Uber Newsroom

  • 22 Massachusetts towns will build their own gigabit internet service

    The FCC made it clear that towns should have the freedom to build their own broadband services, and one cooperative group is determined to take advantage of that liberty. WiredWest has gained the support of 22 Massachusetts towns for a municipal broadband effort that will give them all fiber optic service. It won't be the cheapest option, but it'll be much faster than the pokey DSL, fixed wireless and satellite data that residents have had to settle for in the past. It'll start at $49 per month for 25Mbps speeds and no caps, with 100Mbps and a lightning-quick 1Gbps respectively available for $79 and $109 per month.

    There's still work to go before this becomes a reality. The burgs have only racked up about $34.5 million of the necessary $79 million in funding, and town councils have to approve the costs. Another 10 towns have yet to formally join. If the effort succeeds, though, it'll go a long way toward not just improving small-town internet speeds, but legitimizing the very notion of city-run broadband. Telecom giants have spent years trying to outlaw municipal broadband in an attempt to stifle competition, even in areas they have no intention of serving -- if successful, this would show that the concept works.

    [Image credit: Barta IV, Flickr]

    Filed under: Networking, Internet


    Via: Motherboard

    Source: WiredWest

  • The Wirecutter's best deals: a soundbar, Bluetooth headphones and more!

    This post was created in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read their continuously updated list of deals at posting reviews from our friends at Samsung 32GB EVO microSD Memory Card

    Street Price: $16; MSRP: $38; Deal Price: $13

    This deal is a match for the memory card's lowest price ever on Amazon. It's a repeat of an earlier deal we posted in May. It hasn't gone above $17 since then.

    The Samsung 32GB EVO is our pick for the best microSD card. Kimber Streams wrote, "The 32GB Samsung EVO is the best microSD card for most people's smartphones and tablets because of its comparatively speedy 4KB random read and write speeds, snappy sequential read and write speeds, and 10-year limited warranty. It's inexpensive, made by a reliable manufacturer, and the fastest you can get without spending a lot more money."
    Paradigm SHIFT Soundscape Soundbar

    Street Price: $1,500; MSRP: $1,500; Deal Price: $1,200

    We've posted this soundbar before at $1,275 but this is the first time it's dropped to $1200. Stock does seem a little limited, with Electronics Expo (via Amazon) having 9 left, but other third party sellers that also have Prime shipping matched the $1,200 price.

    The Paradigm SHIFT Soundscape Soundbar is our best soundbar. Chris Heinonen said, "When you're paying this much for a soundbar, you want it to sound great, which the Paradigm Soundscape does. It bested almost all its competitors in our testing thanks to a more-accurate lower-midrange that provides some extra richness and warmth to movies and music. It throws a very large, involving soundstage and has clear dialogue with its center channel." He also noted that the wireless adapter included works with any subwoofer, a rarity in this age of proprietary protocols.
    JayBird BlueBuds X Bluetooth Headphones Storm White

    Street Price: $122; MSRP: $170; Deal Price: $110

    This is the lowest price for these headphones ever offered by Amazon. They've been steadily decreasing in price since the first of the year. This deal is only available on the Storm White variety of the headphones.

    The Jaybird Bluebuds X are the runner-up in our best exercise headphones article. Lauren Dragan said, "If you want to cut the cord and go for Bluetooth, look no further than the Jaybird BlueBuds X. Bass sounds great, they're light and don't chafe, and they pack a lifetime sweatproof warranty." She added, "They were just barely edged out as our top pick."
    Refurbished Dyson AM06 Bladeless Fan

    Street Price: $240; MSRP: $300; Deal Price: $140

    This is a fantastic price and significantly below any price we've seen on new models of the AM06. Since it's through a Dyson authorized dealer and service center, it comes with a 6 month warranty through Dyson and 6 months through ABC Vacuum's warehouse. However, our top pick in the best fan has a 5 year warranty and Dyson themselves offer a 2 year warranty, so you'll have to consider whether that's a deal breaker for you.

    The Dyson AM06 is what we considered the best combo desk and room fan in our best fan article. Seamus Bellamy said, "During our testing, the $250 AM06 moved more air than any other desk fan. On its highest settings, this 4-pound 5.8 by 12 by 19.7-inch fan could put out as much air as some of the room fans we tested-and it often worked as well as they did, despite being much smaller."

    Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, Household, Portable Audio/Video, Storage, Samsung


  • SoundCloud iOS update makes it easier to find new music

    SoundCloud has been keen on adding new features regularly to make its version of music streaming more useful for listeners. With an update today, the company's iOS app received a handful of tools that'll make it a bit easier to find new tracks and keep your favorites organized. When you find a song you like, selecting the "Play related tracks" option from the menu will serve up some related suggestions. For that collection of songs you've liked, or playlists you've created, there's a new shuffle option to change things up a bit. Finally, when the time comes to edit those playlists, you can now add or remove tracks from inside the app. You'll no longer need to venture over to a browser to do a bit of organizing. The new tools are available now for iOS users, but, unfortunately, there's no word on when the Android faithful will get access.

    Filed under: Portable Audio/Video, Software, Mobile


    Source: SoundCloud, iTunes

  • Leak hints the next iPhone might record 4K video

    Tired of recording 'just' 1080p video on your iPhone while your friends produce clips in glorious 4K? You won't have to look on with envy for much longer, if the latest rumors are on the mark. A tipster on China's Sina Weibo has posted what appear to be leaked details of the next iPhone's rear camera, and it'll reportedly jump to 12 megapixels with 4K video recording. There's no guarantee that this is in the cards, but it jives with earlier claims that Apple's future handset will focus on camera upgrades. You're not likely to see design changes, if 9to5Mac's photos are accurate, so photographic improvements like this will likely be more important this time around.

    Of course, the real question is whether or not 4K capture will matter much in practice. There are many more 4K TVs these days, as well as a 5K iMac, but they're all pretty expensive -- it's still hard to find a place to play those Ultra HD videos in full detail. The gobs of storage necessary for 4K also limit how much you can record at a time. With that said, there are signs that Apple is working on a relatively cheap 4K iMac and otherwise pushing for higher-res content. If the iPhone is jumping to 4K movie-making, this year seems like a prime opportunity.

    Photo by Will Lipman.

    Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Apple


    Via: SlashGear

    Source: Sogi (translated)

  • JXE Streams: An early, eerie look at 'We Happy Few'

    Drugs, check. Dystopia, check. An alternative 1960s English town with a terrifying history, check. says things like, "Of course, none of us had to do anything terrible when the Germans were here. No, no. At least, I can't remember anything. Can you?" And then he laughs in a way that suggests, yes, everyone in this small English town definitely did something awful. One thing remains unclear about We Happy Few so far: How it plays. We're going to find out today live on Twitch with a super-early, pre-alpha build of the game. Even though Compulsion still has to add more AI behaviors, world-building elements, combat mechanics and other features, they've given us the go-ahead to show off the early world of Wellington Wells. Join us at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT right here, on the Engadget Gaming homepage or at

    Filed under: Gaming, HD


  • Play 'Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time' on your Wii U

    At long last, you can play one of the best Legend of Zelda games (often considered Wii U. Nintendo has released a Virtual Console version of Ocarina of Time for its latest TV console on the eShop, giving you an easy way to relive Link's classic time-traveling adventure without taking your dusty old Nintendo 64 (or original Wii) out of storage. You might not relish the thought of plunking down $10 for a 17-year-old game, especially if you've already bought it twice, but it beats watching a groundbreaking title fade from memory.

    Filed under: Gaming, Nintendo


    Source: BusinessWire, Nintendo

  • NASA's New Horizons captures images of mysterious spots on Pluto

    As the New Horizons spacecraft preps for its inspection of Pluto on July 14th, NASA provided a status update with some interesting info. First, new color images show a series of spots along the dwarf planet's equator. The evenly-spaced spots are about 300 miles (480 kilometers) in diameter, or about the size of the state of Missouri. Due to the spacing and size, scientists are unable to determine their origin for the time being, but that could change as New Horizons moves in for a closer look. Another thing researchers will be looking for as the spacecraft makes its approach? Clouds. Should Pluto have them, they can be used to track the speed and direction of the planet's winds.

    Finally, researchers using telescopes on the ground and NASA's SOFIA airborne observatory confirmed that Pluto's atmosphere didn't freeze. For years, it was believed that the planet's atmosphere would freeze onto the surface and disappear before it could be closely examined. Using the Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation (PEPSSI) instrument, New Horizons is already gathering data on the environment around the planet. The tech is designed to relay data to scientists on the ground info about Pluto's escaping atmosphere by detecting ions. With those details, it can also be determined how quickly the atmosphere is escaping. The spacecraft is less than 9.5 million miles (15 million kilometers) from the Pluto system and its working just fine, so in less than two weeks, we should have some pictures look more like the artist rendering above.

    Filed under: Science


    Source: NASA

  • Dubai building will be entirely 3D printed, right down to the furniture

    The uses for 3D printing are seemingly endless. We've seen the tech used by doctors, to build cars and for construction. While parts of a building have been 3D printed before, the United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee is working to use the method for an entire office building in Dubai. Working with WinSun Global and a few other companies, the committee plans to use a 20-foot tall 3D printer to make everything on-site rather than fabricate the pieces and have them transported for assembly. WinSun Global has already printed a six-story apartment building and a house in China. As you might expect, the structure is small, measuring 2,000 square feet.
    According to, the project with use Special Reinforced Concrete (SRC), Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP), and Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GRG). Heck, even the furniture that's going inside will be 3D printed in addition to both the interior and exterior walls. Using this method of construction, the office building is said to be ready in "just a few weeks," and should cut labor costs by 50-80 percent and construction waste by 30-60 percent. "Office" is being used to describe the structure, but it'll be used for a variety of purposes, including exhibitions as part of the Dubai's Museum of the Future that's slated for a 2017 opening.
    Filed under: Misc


    Source: 3DPrint

  • Shyp helps reverse a tech trend by hiring contractors as staff

    Tech companies like Uber may be fighting tooth and nail to keep their workers as contractors and avoid dealing with costs like insurance and taxes, but Shyp isn't having any of that. The shipping service has announced that it's treating all of its couriers as full-fledged employees, with all the benefits and covered expenses that come along for the ride. As the company explains, this isn't about thumbing a nose at anyone. Instead, the focus is on "owning" the whole experience and improving what you get. It's only really possible to offer better supervision and training to dedicated staff, Shyp's CEO says. Also, he's betting that this will pay dividends down the road as you deal with more committed, experienced couriers.
    Shyp isn't the only company making this transition. Instacart recently flipped some of its grocery delivery people to employee status, for example. However, it's the highest-profile example of a growing backlash against the tendency to rely on contracted workers for on-demand internet services. Although contractors are cheaper and more flexible (many ridesharing drivers operate in their spare time), they're not as likely to stick around or work consistent hours -- bad news if there's a spike in business. Employees, as expensive as they can be, make it easier for tech firms to accommodate your demands.
    Filed under: Internet


    Via: Wall Street Journal

    Source: Shyp

  • Robot autopsy shows Pepper's head may be replaceable

    Don't worry, the gruesome image (above) of SoftBank's Pepper isn't part of Elon Musk's robot takedown plan. It's actually a teardown by Japanese website Nikkei showing exactly what makes the emotion sensing 'bot tick. The head came off the body easily enough, but Pepper probably won't get an "easily repairable" score as Nikkei's technicians had to drill to get it apart. Once it cracked the cranium, however, it confirmed that yes, Pepper has Intel inside -- an Atom processor, to be exact. The site theorizes that since the head detaches easily from the body, SoftBank might let users upgrade just by dropping in a new one with a different CPU.

    Other Pepper organs aren't located where we have them -- its microphone "ears" are near the top of its head and its speakers are on the side, for instance. Meanwhile, one eye is a depth sensing camera that picks up infrared signals that are transmitted by the other eye. (The depth sensing camera used by Pepper is an ASUS part, by the way.) You can hit the source to see the rest of the parts and pieces, but if you shelled out the price of a compact car to get one, we certainly wouldn't try it at home.

    Filed under: Robots


    Source: Nikkei

  • Drone helps rescue trapped rafters

    Drones aren't just useful as scouts and signalers during rescue operations -- they can play a hand in the actual rescue, too. When the Auburn Fire Department went to help recover two young men stranded in the middle of rapids in Mechanics Falls, Maine, Fire Chief Frank Roma used a DJI Phantom 3 to deliver a tag line that carried a much-needed life jacket. It also doubled as an observer while emergency crews sent an inflatable boat to bring the men back to shore, as you can see in the video below. While Roma notes that the Phantom 3 was his personal machine rather than official equipment, he's eager to see drones used more often in the field. This only "scratch[es] the surface," he tells TV network WMTW. It'll be a while before robots are carrying you out of danger, unfortunately, but that key role in a river rescue offers a glimpse of what's possible.
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    The AFD responded to assist Mechanic Falls with a swift water rescue. Also on location was the Poland FD, Oxford FD, Maine Game Wardens, Mechanic Falls PD and Androscoggin County Sheriffs Dept. Two young people had become trapped on a rock in the middle the river while trying to tube in the high water. One had a life jacket, the other did not. As rescue lines were set up down stream and a haul system was configured to allow for an inflatable rescue boat to be placed into the water to effect rescue of the two trapped young men, the AFD utilized a drone to fly out a tag line to the young man with no life jacket. He was instructed in how to untie the line from the drone and then pull a life jacket to him. You can see him doing so in this video. This technical rescue went very well and is an excellent example of inter agency cooperation and the benefits of training for these demanding events.
    Posted by Auburn Fire Department on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Filed under: Robots


    Via: Subrahmanyam KVJ (Twitter), The Verge

    Source: Auburn Fire Department (Facebook), WMTW

  • Elon Musk-backed project grants $7 million to AI researchers
    donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute (FLI) to finance studies aiming to keep AIs safe and beneficial (i.e., prevent them from going down Skynet's path) almost 300 teams submitted their research proposals. Now, the institute is finally done reviewing them all and has decided to grant $7 million from Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project to 37 projects over the next three years. Some of the studies want to teach AI what humans prefer based on body language, one aims to develop a system that can explain its decision to humans, while another vows to figure out how to make sure robots and other intelligent weapons are always kept under human control.

    The recipient getting the biggest amount ($1.5 million) proposes a joint Oxford-Cambridge research center to study the long-term impacts of AI, among other things. It will also develop policies to "minimize risks and maximize benefit[s] from artificial intelligence development." The organizers want to clarify, though, that they're not fearmongering, especially now that right here, along with a summary of their proposals, many of which would have sounded like science fiction just a few years ago.

    [Image credit: kirainet/Flickr]

    Filed under: Robots


    Source: Future of Life Institute

  • San Francisco is serious about Airbnb regulation

    Since San Francisco is all about startups, it's no surprise that the city changed its laws to accommodate one of its most successful: Airbnb. Last year, officials passed the so-called "Airbnb law," legalising short-term rentals of private property with a lot of caveats. Hosts complained that the new rules were inconvenient, so the city is creating a new taskforce to make the regulations easier to follow and catch those breaking the law.

    To recap, the rules limit whole-home rentals to 90 days per year, and apply to all short-term rentals ("Airbnb law" is just a nickname). They require hosts to have a business license, register with the Planning Department, pay hotel tax, and occupy the property when not renting it out for at least 60 consecutive days. Hosts also need to keep rental records to show they're meeting the regulations.

    According to Comments

    Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  • Prince removes his music catalog from streaming services
    Tidal customer, you may have noticed that Prince's catalog is absent from your go-to service. Music from the artist is gone from the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Deezer, leaving Jay Z's streaming venture and Google Music All Access as the only two places you can still listen on demand. According to Prince's artist page on Spotify, the musician's "publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog." TechCrunch reports that Google didn't receive the same request as the other companies, so the tunes may remain available there. However, that could change, soon enough as Prince has already pulled official tracks from YouTube. In case you're wondering, they weren't available on Apple Music, so there's no change there. Prince has ties to Tidal, though, as the service streamed his Rally 4 Peace concert from Baltimore back in May.

    As TC also notes, services with a free tier are among the ones asked to remove the content. However, music is still available for free elsewhere as a new track, "Hardrocklover," was posted on SoundCloud yesterday. Prince has been quite vocal about his feelings towards music streaming and artist compensation, tweeting a quote from last week's The Daily Beast article on the matter. He noted that since labels are part owners of streaming services, it "has offered labels the ability to pay themselves twice while reducing what is owed to artists."

    [Image credit: Getty Images for NPG Records 201]
    "Essentially, streaming has offered labels the ability to pay themselves twice while reducing what is owed to artists...
    - Prince3EG (@Prince3EG) June 25, 2015
    Filed under: Portable Audio/Video, Internet


    Source: TechCrunch

  • Getting a "free" phone now a lot harder in The Netherlands
    Buying a phone in combination with a contract - the mislabeled "free phone" - just became a whole lot more complicated in my home country of The Netherlands. Today, our minister of finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem (if you follow international news - yes, that one) today announced that he is not going to create an exemption in Dutch finance laws specifically for mobile carriers offering "free" phones on contract.  Last year, The Hoge Raad der Nederlanden (our supreme court) ruled that if carriers offer a loan of ‚250 or higher, they need to abide by the same rules as any other company, institution, or entity providing such loans - meaning, they will have to perform an income check, check if people have prior debts, and in general, if their financial situation is sound enough for them to be able to take on a loan for a smartphone. They will also need to be a lot more transparent and upfront about the fact they are offering a loan, including warnings, the terms, and so on.  This, of course, affects carriers a great deal; a lot of expensive, high-end phones, like iPhones or the latest Galaxy phones, are sold in combination with contracts, their true price hidden in monthly payments. Making it harder for consumers to take on these loans hurts their business model. As such, carriers had asked our minister of finance to create an exemption specifically for them - but he refused.  Carriers are, of course, not happy. T-Mobile, Vodafone, and KPN - our three major carriers - have already voiced their displeasure. They're complaining they will have to do considerable investments to change their sales model, and that it will become a lot harder for customers to buy high-end phones. To be fair to the carriers, all this does mean consumers will have to reveal a considerable amount of private information to carriers if they want to take out a loan to buy a phone.  That being said, there are alternatives: carriers could simply charge the price of the phone upfront. This, of course, is not something they want - they'd much rather be a little bit shady and fuzzy about the true price of smartphones. Samsung, Apple, and other smartphone makers surely won't be happy with this either, as they rely on these somewhat shady deals to peddle their wares. Half of Dutch consumers are already on SIM-only contracts, and this will only push more consumers to cheaper phones.  As a Dutchman, I find this great news. My financial means are such that I don't have to worry about this sort of thing, but there are enough people out there for whom this is not the case, and there are certainly quite a few people lured into these seemingly "cheap" phones, only to suffer for it down the line. While I'm sure people living in Libertarian la-la-land will scream bloody murder, the fact of the matter is that if left to their own devices, these companies will abuse people left and right.

  • Why are people still playing Ultima Online?
    Later this year, Ultima Online will turn 18 years old. In the genre of MMOs, that makes the game positively ancient - and it's even more remarkable when you consider that it's still funded via a subscription model.  I've never played an Ultima game, much less one that's nearly my age. I wanted to find out what the game is like to play today as a newcomer, and to ask people why they€™ve continued visiting Britannia for nearly two decades.  I have little to no interest in MMOs, but seeing one of them run for this long is fascinating.

  • Leaked: what's in Obama's trade deal
    A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law.  This article focuses on pharmaceuticals, but just imagine what similar restrictions would mean for technology. This is disastrous.

  • The extended Steve Jobs trailer
    Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.  Judging by this trailer, Apple and its bloggers are not going to like this film. It doesn't exactly paint Jobs in a pretty light.

  • On the application store model
    Brent Simmons:  You the indie developer could become the next Flexibits. Could. But almost certainly not. Okay - not.  What€™s more likely is that you'll find yourself working on a Mobile Experience for a Big National Brand(tm) and doing the apps you want to write in your spare time.  If there's a way out of despair, it's in changing our expectations.  John Gruber, referencing Simmons' article:  There is so much that could and should and will be said about this. But the bottom line is that indie development for iOS and the App Store just hasn't worked out the way we thought it would. We thought - and hoped - it would be like the indie Mac app market, only bigger. But it's not like that at all.  I've been saying this for years. I'm glad the rest of the world is catching up.

  • Apple releases OS X 10.10.4, iOS 8.4
    Speaking of Apple:  Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, an under-the-hood update that introduces several bug fixes and performance improvements. Most notably, 10.10.4 includes the removal of the problematic Discoveryd process, which has caused multiple networking issues for some users in OS X Yosemite.  I'm curious to see if this will solve the reconnect-on-wake issues my retina MacBook Pro has. In addition, Apple also released iOS 8.4, which includes a radio station, in case you're sick of listening to the music you want without some random dude blabbering through your songs.

  • Inside China's iPhone jailbreaking industrial complex
    In late March a handful of the western world's best-known iPhone hackers were flown business class to Beijing. They were put up in the five-star Park Hyatt and given a tour of the sites; the Great Wall, the Forbidden City. "They kept referring to us as 'great gods'. I'm guessing it just translates to 'famous person', but we couldn€™t contain our giggles every time the translators said it," says Joshua Hill, a 30-year-old from Atlanta who was one of the chosen few.  It was a bizarre trip hosted by an equally bizarre and secretive entity called TaiG (pronounced "tie-gee"), which flew the hackers to China to share techniques and tricks to slice through the defences of Apple's mobile operating system in front of an eager conference-hall crowd. Why such interest and why such aggrandisement of iOS researchers? In the last two years, jailbreaking an iPhone - the act of removing iOS' restrictions against installing unauthorized apps, app stores and other features by exploiting Apple security - has become serious business in China. From Alibaba to Baidu, China's biggest companies are supporting and even funding the practice, unfazed at the prospect of peeving Apple, which has sought to stamp out jailbreaking ever since it became a craze in the late 2000s.  I had no idea jailbreaking iOS was this popular in China.

  • Safari is the new IE
    At this point, we in the web community need to come to terms with the fact that Safari has become the new IE. Microsoft is repentant these days, Google is pushing the web as far as it can go, and Mozilla is still being Mozilla. Apple is really the one singer in that barbershop quartet hitting all the sour notes, and it's time we start talking about it openly instead of tiptoeing around it like we're going to hurt somebody's feelings. Apple is the most valuable company in the world; they can afford to take a few punches.

  • The original smartwatches: Casio's history of wild wrist designs
    The Apple Watch has been out for over two months now, and other modern smartwatches well before that. It€™s no longer the stuff of sci-fi to consider using your watch to play music, control your TV, or track your fitness. But these are all things that you€™ve been able to do for a surprisingly long time - well, if you maybe lived in Japan in the €˜90s and didn€™t mind carrying around a bunch of Casio watches, that is.  I already highlighted several of these Casio classics in my Moto 360 review, but The Verge does a nice job of listing them with beautiful photos.

  • SCOTUS refuses to review ruling on software copyrights
    On Monday, the Supreme Court opted not to review a 2014 ruling on copyright law that held Google's Android operating system infringed copyrights relating to Oracle's Java platform. This is a disaster for the software industry.  Here's the problem: the digital economy depends on gadgets and software being able to communicate seamlessly. Last year's decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals opened the possibility that efforts to make software work together better could trigger copyright liability. The result could be more compatibility problems and less innovation.  The most disgusting and most despicable lawsuit in technology. Oracle is a horrible, horrible company.

  • Artificial intelligence machine gets testy with its programmer
    Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude.  Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor.  Eerie. The full paper is more interesting.

  • Why is Android still the second platform developers work on?
    Every year we see the same promise: this is the year that Android-first development will become a reality. At the same time we see big companies like Instagram repeatedly introduce new apps that are iOS-only. Android has been able to tout more market share than iOS for quite some time, but that doesn't seem to have translated into app developers releasing Android apps at the same time as their iOS counterparts, much less Android-first. Over the past few weeks I've been talking with developers and researching why this is still the case.   A major reason not discussed in this article: the large companies - Twitter, Facebook, etc. - as well as the major technology press outlets, are all US-based, and clearly have a very US-centric view of the world (or maybe at the very least an Anglo-Saxon view). In the US, iOS and Android both sit at around ~45% market share, so it makes sense that developers working for these companies focus on iOS more than on Android, simply because iOS development tends to be an easier experience (I'm simply echoing what I hear from developers on both sides of the aisle). The same applies to the technology press.  Outside of the English-speaking countries, however, Android reigns supreme. If these companies had a more world-centric view, their Android efforts would surely improve - because as it stands right now, most major companies' Android applications lag behind their iOS counterparts considerably. Over here in The Netherlands, though, every major new local application - banks, brands, stores, etc. - are always iOS+Android on day one.  It'd be great if American companies finally started getting their acts together too. Don't assume that veteran iOS developers are automatically also good Android developers (they're not), and hire real, proper Android developers. I translate English to Dutch, and my clients would never ask me to translate, I don't know, Spanish documents into Dutch. Small indie Android developers have proven that, even if it may be a little harder, it's perfectly possible to create Android applications that are just as good as, and often even better, than their iOS counterparts.  In 2015, there's no excuse for releasing lousy, crappy Android applications. You only have yourself to blame.

  • Inside the $499 aluminum NES
    Who would spend more than the cost of a PS4 on a video game console that only plays NES games? Well, who would spend thousands of dollars on a digital camera that can€™t autofocus? Leica shooters, of course, and people of similar persuasion might just be interested in the Analogue Nt for their gaming needs. The Nt is a modern Nintendo Entertainment System hewn from a solid block of aluminum, and retails for $499 (plus an extra $79 if you want HDMI output and hardware upscaling.)  Beautiful piece of hardware - and I love the fact that there might be a market for this. There are way more sensible options, of course, but none of them look this good.

  • The Clear Linux Project
    The Clear Linux Project for Intel Architecture is a project that is building a Linux OS distribution for various cloud use cases. The goal of Clear Linux OS is to showcase the best of Intel Architecture technology, from low-level kernel features to more complex items that span across the entire operating system stack.  Don't dismiss it - Intel is doing a lot of interesting under-the-hood stuff with this one.

  • Apple bans Civil War games for depicting Confederate flag
    If you've been watching the news recently, you'll know of the huge debate in the U.S over the role of the Confederate flag in contemporary America. Many see it as a reminder of the many pre-Civil War injustices while others see it simply as a way to honor the soldiers who died for the Confederacy. Many large US companies, like Walmart and Amazon, have already banned the sale of any Confederate flag merchandise as a reaction to the recent events. Now, it appears that Apple has decided to join them by pulling many Civil War wargames from the App Store. As of the writing of this story, games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg and all the Hunted Cow Civil War games are nowhere to be found. Apple is famous for reaching for the axe rather than the scalpel when it comes to political issues (like rejecting Hunted Cow's Tank Battle 1942 for depicting Germans and Russians as enemies), so this move doesn't come as a great surprise.  While it's obvious that the Confederate flag has no place in, on, or around government buildings, it seems a bit insane to ban games (movies? Books? Comics?) that take place in the US Civil War era for showing the flag.  On a sidenote - three Apple stories in a row? What's happening?

  • Privacy Is Personal
    Try to nail two boards together with your bare hands.

    Can't be done. You need a hammer. But the power is not the hammer's. It's yours, because the hammer is your tool. As a tool, it becomes part of you. That's what tools do: they enlarge your capacity for action and effect.

    That capacity is called agency. To have agency is to operate with effect in the world.

  • July 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Mobile
         Infinite Portal to the Universe, 12-Hour Battery Life
    A few months back, I accidentally left my phone on the nightstand, and spent an entire day without my cell phone.

  • PHP for Non-Developers
    After years of making it clear that I'm not a developer in just about every article I've written here at Linux Journal, I do have a confession to make. I can write the "Hello World" equivalent in almost every programming language out there. In assembly, it might have been "1+1", but my lack of advanced skills should be evident.

  • A Code Boot Camp for Underprivileged Kids

    A science center in Johannesburg, South Africa, has opened the doors to a five-month course in Linux-based Web apps and entrepreneurial skills. The training is available free of charge to underprivileged students from nearby townships; if it's successful, it will be rolled out nationwide.


  • Linux Kernel 4.1 Released
    Version 4.1 of the Linux kernel was released this week, and it includes a number of new features in the following areas. 

  • Secure Server Deployments in Hostile Territory
    Would you change what you said on the phone, if you knew someone malicious was listening? Whether or not you view the NSA as malicious, I imagine that after reading the NSA coverage on Linux Journal, some of you found yourselves modifying your behavior. The same thing happened to me when I started deploying servers into a public cloud (EC2 in my case). 

  • Django Templates
    In my last article (February 2015), I explained how to create a simple Django project ("atfproject") and inside that, create a simple application (atfapp). The application worked in that if you went to the URL http://localhost:8000/hello/Reuven, you got the text "hello, Reuven". 

  • Attack of the Drones
    With the price and size of computer hardware steadily decreasing, it's becoming more viable to use embedded Linux systems to control small robots and drones. There are plenty of projects for Raspberry Pi, but not everyone wants to build a drone from scratch. That's why enthusiasts will be pleased to hear about the new drones from Parrot.


  • Physics Analysis Workstation
    CERN is the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. It has been in the news quite a bit lately with the discovery of the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider. Something that many people may not know is that it also has a long tradition of developing software for scientific use.

  • The AtoMiC Toolkit!
    If you're a cord cutter (and a nerd), you most likely have a server or two dedicated to serving and possibly retrieving videos from the Internet. Programs like Kodi and Plex are awesome for media delivery; however, there's more to a complete system than just playing the videos.

  • diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development
    When you run a program as setuid, it runs with all the permissions of that user. And if the program spawns new processes, they inherit the same permissions. Not so with filesystem capabilities. When you run a program with a set of capabilities, the processes it spawns do not have those capabilities by default; they must be given explicitly. 

    Today's computational needs in diverse fields cannot be met by a single computer. Such areas include weather forecasting, astronomy, aerodynamics simulations for cars, material sciences and computational drug design. This makes it necessary to combine multiple computers into one system, a so-called computer cluster, to obtain the required computational power.  

  • Extended File Attributes Rock!
    Worldwide, data is growing at a tremendous rate. However, one recent study has pointed out that the size of files is not necessarily growing at the same rate; meaning the number of files is growing rapidly. How do we manage all of this data and files? While the answer to that question is complex, one place we can start is with Extended File Attributes. Continue reading

  • Checksumming Files to Find Bit-Rot
    In a previous article extended file attributes were presented. These are additional bits of metadata that are tied to the file and can be used in a variety of ways. One of these ways is to add checksums to the file so that corrupted data can be detected. Let's take a look at how we can do this including some simple Python examples. Continue reading

  • What’s an inode?
    As you might have noticed, we love talking about file systems. In these discussions the term "inode" is often thrown about. But what is an inode and how does it relate to a file system? Glad you asked. Continue reading

  • Emailing HPC
    Email is not unlike MPI. The similarities may help non-geeks understand parallel computers a little better. Continue reading

  • iotop: Per Process I/O Usage
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