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Android Ski Goggles Offer Augmented Reality Display

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 22:42 PM - (Mobile)

The “RideOn” project for augmented reality ski goggles has won its Indiegogo funding. It runs Android on a 1.2GHz ARM CPU, and offers hands-free control. The need for high-tech, Android-based snow goggles like RideOn and Recon’s Snow2 is hard to fathom for skiers like us, who expend every last Joule of mental energy on staying […]

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​Net Neutrality Becomes the Law of the Land

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 18:08 PM - (Enterprise)

With Congress washing its hands of the matter, the FCC voted to regulate Internet Service Providers as utilities.

With Congress washing its hands of the matter, the FCC voted to regulate Internet Service Providers as utilities.

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Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 17:50 PM - (Software)

Medium: I’ve changed my mind about the politics of technology. I now believe it’s essential to embed my instincts and values, to a greater and greater extent, in the technology I use.

When I became a technology columnist in the mid-1990s, the public Internet was just beginning its first big surge. Back then, I advised my readers to avoid the semi-political, even religious battles that advocates of this or that technology platform seemed to enjoy. Appreciate technology, I urged, for what it is — a tool — and use what works best.

So why am I typing this on a laptop running GNU/Linux, the free software operating system, not an Apple or Windows machine? And why are my phones and tablets running a privacy-enhanced offshoot of Android called Cyanogenmod, not Apple’s iOS or standard Android?

...I’ve changed my mind about the politics of technology. I now believe it’s essential to embed my instincts and values, to a greater and greater extent, in the technology I use.

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The State of Linux Gaming in the SteamOS Era

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 17:36 PM - (Software)

 There's one primary reason that Linux gamers can enjoy nearly 1,000 professional, commercially distributed games today, and it goes by the name of Valve. 

 There's one primary reason that Linux gamers can enjoy nearly 1,000 professional, commercially distributed games today, and it goes by the name of Valve. "At the end of 2013, when Valve released the beta of SteamOS everything changed," Dean said. "After years of promoting the various Linux distributions, we had a major gaming company not just porting their games to Linux, but actually creating their own Linux-based operating system. It was an incredibly exciting moment and a turning point for Linux users."

Now, more than a year into the SteamOS era (measuring from that beta launch), the nascent Linux gaming community is cautiously optimistic about the promise of a viable PC gaming market that doesn't rely on a Microsoft OS. Despite technical and business problems that continue to get in the way, Valve has already transformed gaming on Linux from "practically nothing" to "definitely something" and could be on the verge of making it much more than that.

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Security, Financial Concerns Impact Cloud Deployments

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 16:30 PM - (Enterprise)

While security of cloud services remains a top priority, just 28 percent of respondents identified security as the largest source of problems.

While security of cloud services remains a top priority, just 28 percent of respondents identified security as the largest source of problems.

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Intel Rebrands Its Low-Power Atom Chips for Mobile Devices

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 16:05 PM - (Mobile)

Gone will be the confusing mashups of numbers, replaced by the easier-to-understand and remember Atom x3, x5 and x7 names.

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Cloud.com Founders Start New Thing--You Guess It, It's Docker-Related. The War Escalates

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 16:34 PM - (Enterprise)

RancherOS is heralded as the smallest and easiest way to run Docker at scale. 

When Citrix bought Cloud.com a few years ago, the deal was widely heralded as the start of something huge. Citrix then went on to re-brand Cloud.com as CloudStack while, in the meantime, theOpenStack initiative began. Long story short, while CloudStack arguably had far better adoption in the early days, OpenStack got the attention of the vendor community and CloudStack, at least to a certain extent, withered. That end seemed pretty much complete a few months ago when the Cloud.com founders left Citrix en masse.

There was much discussion about what the founders would do and today we have a bit of clarity around that. Sheng Liang and Shannon Williams have gotten together and started Rancher Labs. The company and its product will launch later on this year but in the meantime, co-founder of Rancher, Darren Shepherd, has created a new open source project that is directly related to what the company is focusing on.

RancherOS is heralded as the smallest and easiest way to run Docker at scale. The company itself is focused solely on creating tools that help companies run Docker. 

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New Ubuntu Phone Flash Sale Confirmed for February 26

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 15:23 PM - (Mobile)

Dear all, the time has come for a new flash sale of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, as BQ had the pleasure of announcing on their Twitter account a few minutes ago. The new Ubuntu Phone flash sale will take place tomorrow morning, February 26.

If you didn’t had the chance to buy an Ubuntu Phone device from the previous flash sales, now it’s the perfect time. Make sure that you create a free account read more)

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Wayland's Weston Gets A Surface-Shooting API

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 14:09 PM - (Software)

One of the early additions past the recent Wayland 1.7 release to the Weston reference compositor is a surface-shooting API to be used for debugging...

One of the early additions past the recent Wayland 1.7 release to the Weston reference compositor is a surface-shooting API to be used for debugging...

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More Proof That Allwinner Is Violating The GPL

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 13:55 PM - (Hardware)

Allwinner has been accused multiple times in the past of violating the GPL license by not providing Linux/Android kernel source code or U-Boot source, along with using LGPL-licensed code within their binary blobs, etc. Today there's new "definitive proof" of Allwinner's GPL violations...

Allwinner has been accused multiple times in the past of violating the GPL license by not providing Linux/Android kernel source code or U-Boot source, along with using LGPL-licensed code within their binary blobs, etc. Today there's new "definitive proof" of Allwinner's GPL violations...

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DragonFlyBSD Radeon Driver Ported To Linux 3.10 Level Of Support

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 13:08 PM - (Hardware)

Last month the Intel DRM driver on DragonFlyBSD was ported to match the upstream Linux 3.10 level of support and features after being based on Linux 3.9 previously in their porting of this open-source Intel graphics driver to BSD. The Radeon DRM driver is in the process of a similar...

Last month the Intel DRM driver on DragonFlyBSD was ported to match the upstream Linux 3.10 level of support and features after being based on Linux 3.9 previously in their porting of this open-source Intel graphics driver to BSD. The Radeon DRM driver is in the process of a similar bump with the DragonFlyBSD kernel catching up to this AMD Radeon kernel graphics driver from its Linux 3.10 state...

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3 Key Elements That Define Every Open Source Project

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 12:00 PM - (Software)

Open source has come a long way in the past 30 years and is entering the consciousness of most modern cultures. When thinking of open source projects, people categorize them several ways: governance structure, type of product platform, programming language, utility, technical details (language written in), industry sponsored or fully...

Open source has come a long way in the past 30 years and is entering the consciousness of most modern cultures. When thinking of open source projects, people categorize them several ways: governance structure, type of product platform, programming language, utility, technical details (language written in), industry sponsored or fully independent, and more.

But what truly defines any open source project, making it a unique entity different from all other open source projects? I would propose that there are three key elements of any open source project that frame, define, and differentiate that project from all others: the code, the community, and the brand.


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Open Source Control Tower for Drones, by 3D Robotics

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 10:00 AM - (Mobile)

Last 10th of February, 3D Robotics launched on Play Store their app to control copter and plane drones, Droidplanner: “3D Robotics, the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, announced the launch of its open-source Tower flight control app for drone copters and planes on Android phones and tablets. The app gives users a few new ways to […]

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Tails 1.3 Out Now, Introduces the Electrum Bitcoin Wallet

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 08:00 AM - (Software)

Tails, the Amnesic Incognito Live CD distribution of GNU/Linux based on Debian and used by Edward Snowden, has reached version 1.3 on February 24, 2015. This release introduces new applications, updates core components, and fixes annoying bugs from previous releases of the product. According to the official release notes, Tails...

Tails, the Amnesic Incognito Live CD distribution of GNU/Linux based on Debian and used by Edward Snowden, has reached version 1.3 on February 24, 2015. This release introduces new applications, updates core components, and fixes annoying bugs from previous releases of the product.

According to the official release notes, Tails 1.3 introduces Electrum, an open... (read more)

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Distribution Release: KaOS 2015.02

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 05:47 AM - (Software)

Anke Boersma has announced the release of KaOS 2015.02, a brand-new version of the project's rolling-release Linux distribution featuring the Plasma 5 desktop.

Anke Boersma has announced the release of KaOS 2015.02, a brand-new version of the project's rolling-release Linux distribution featuring the Plasma 5 desktop: "KaOS is very proud to announce the availability of the February release of a new stable ISO image. This release brings the end of KDE....

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