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August 27, 2014
Imagine a world where playing Pong and Minecraft gives people the power to program their computers. That world is Kano. It took the idea behind Lego to teach computer programming by playing first-generation computer games. Kano launched on Kickstarter in November 2013. More than 13,000 people from some 50 countries raised $1.5 million in 30 days. Barely one year later, Kano is getting ready to deliver 18,000 preordered kits purchased for $129 each. The idea behind Kano Blocks came from the then 6-year-old son of cofounder Saul Klein. [More...]

August 26, 2014
Open source software is now a force drawing enterprises and developers like a magnet. The factors pulling adopters into the open source fold are changing, though. Also changing are the attitudes of software developers and corporate leaders about the viability and adaptability of open source. Open source software is increasingly important within the corporation. [More...]

August 25, 2014
It was just a few short weeks ago that we here in the Linux blogosphere were rehashing the open source world's documentation dilemma -- one of those perennial topics bloggers love to resurrect whenever there appears to be a lull in the conversation. At the time, alert readers may recall, Linux Girl compared the topic to the ongoing "Year of Linux on the Desktop" debate -- another favorite. [More...]

August 22, 2014
mobile-app-attacks
University researchers have demonstrated an easy way to poke into Android and steal sensitive user information from a variety of mobile apps. They achieved success rates of 92 percent for the Gmail and H&R Block apps; 86 percent for Newegg's app; 85 percent for the WebMD app; and 83 percent for the Chase Bank and Hotels.com apps. Other OSes most likely could be attacked just as easily. [More...]

August 21, 2014
Oculix, a mashup of the Oculus Rift and the Netflix UI, gave users a heady experience at Netflix Hack Day, but don't expect to experience it yourself any time soon. Hack Day is mainly an opportunity for engineers to show off a bunch of blue-sky technology possibilities. Still, virtual reality immersiveness is bound to play a bigger role in gaming and entertainment in the not-too-distant future. [More...]

August 21, 2014
In a move influenced by Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's email snooping, Yahoo and Google last week announced that they were cooperating on end-to-end encrypting their webmail products. While the open source approach has proven its value over and over again, the idea of opening up the code for security features to anyone with eyeballs still creates anxiety in some circles. [More...]

August 20, 2014
sparkylinux-gameover
SparkyLinux GameOver Edition brings access to games compiled for the Linux platform. It adds access to games available from the Steam and Desura platforms. It also has preconfigured access to games created for the Microsoft Windows platform Wine, and PlayOnLinux. It even provides access to classic games created for discontinued machines and systems via emulators. [More...]

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