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Friday - 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...]

Thursday - 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...]

Wednesday - 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...]

Tuesday - August 19, 2014
The connected car is becoming a reality, but the gadget-filled roadways it travels will be paved with several options for in-car technologies. These choices pose challenges for carmakers. Whichever technology wins the race, one of the biggest concerns for OEMs is their electronic security. The Linux Foundation wants an open source platform in the pole position. [More...]

Monday - August 18, 2014
You never forget your first love, and that appears to apply just as well to Linux as to relationships in real life. To wit: "What was your first Linux distro?" is the title of a recent "Voice of the Masses" poll, and throughout the blogosphere the nostalgic reminiscences have been pouring forth ever since. Some 100 bloggers proclaimed their first Linuxy loves in the poll's comments. [More...]

Friday - August 15, 2014
OpenStack, which turned 4 years old this summer, began as a twinkle in Scott Sanchez's eyes. He was determined to turn the fledgling Infrastructure as a Service platform he helped create into a thriving resource for public and private clouds. OpenStack is an open source project. Its technology consists of a series of interrelated projects for managing public and private cloud operations. [More...]

Thursday - August 14, 2014
OpenMandriva Lx 2014 is a KDE-only Linux distribution that has some rough edges but is otherwise a solid and reliable choice for user-friendly computing. This latest version, dubbed "Phosphorus," is based on the Mandriva Linux project and ROSA, a Russian Linux distro. ROSA forked from Mandriva Linux in 2012. It integrated many of Mandriva's original tools and utilities with its own enhancements. [More...]

Wednesday - August 13, 2014
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Having taken criticism for using plastic for its high-end phone casings, Samsung has introduced a sleek new device with a metal frame. Now it's taking criticism for -- what else? -- imitating Apple. "Whether they'd admit it or not, this device takes a number of cues from what the iPhone has been for a number of years already," said tech analyst Ramon Llamas. [More...]

Tuesday - August 12, 2014
connected car android auto
The connected car brings OEMs and car buyers closer together than ever before. Until now, the auto dealer served as a conduit to the car maker. That will change with telematics connecting to a Big Data highway. Any OEM that does not take advantage of this connection will be at a big disadvantage. OEMs that do not do a good job with this connection will surely lose out. [More...]

Monday - August 11, 2014
Hang around for any length of time in the seedy bars and watering holes of the Linux blogosphere, and you'll soon realize that certain topics tend to recur with surprising frequency. The most obvious example, of course, is the Year of Linux on the Desktop -- a topic scientists have determined will surely outlive us all. The latest example to rear its head? FOSS documentation. [More...]

Friday - August 8, 2014
The Peppermint OS is built around a concept that may be unique among desktop environments. It is a hybrid of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based apps. This innovative approach puts the latest release, Peppermint OS 5, well ahead of the curve. It brings cloud apps to the Linux desktop with the ease and flexibility of a Chromebook, and it supports installed software as well. [More...]

Wednesday - August 6, 2014
The OpenStack project continues to be something of a lightning rod and also something of a dichotomy in the industry. On one hand, it has drawn the involvement of hundreds of supporting vendors and more than 17,000 individual members. It ranks highly among priorities, particularly for private clouds. Yet critics are quick to point out issues, such as installation and implementation difficulties. [More...]

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