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Austrumi Linux Has Great Potential if You Speak Its Language

Austrumi Linux is an unusual distribution. With a little more polish, it could be a good tool for running the Linux operating system on any computer you touch without changing anything on the hard drive. Last updated on Oct. 3 to version 4.08, Austrumi Linux is a bootable live Linux distribution bas...

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Neptune 5: A Practically Perfect Plasma-Based Distro

ZevenOS' Neptune 5.0, released earlier this month, offers a refreshing take on a classic KDE-based Linux distro. Neptune 5 Refresh replaces version 4.5 and closes a dormant period that had produced no new releases for more than two years. The wait may be worth it for Linux fans who are devoted to th...

Facebook’s Latest Moon Shot: I Think, Therefore I Type

Facebook on Wednesday told its F8 conference audience about two new cutting-edge projects that could change the way humans engage with devices. Over the next two years, the company will work on a new technology that will allow anyone to type around 100 words per minute -- not with fingers, but using...

OPINION

Steamed Over Steam

Where would the PC gaming market be without Steam, the digital distribution platform that was developed by Valve Corporation more than a decade ago? It likely would be in worse shape than it is now, but that's not to say it would be bad. First, despite the repeated cries that "PC gaming is dead," th...

Video Game Preservation: An Impossible Dream?

Fuel Industries last year sought to find the long-rumored cache of buried E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video games, made for the Atari 2600 in the early 1980s. Surplus copies of E.T. -- a notoriously bad gaming experience -- were dumped in a landfill after failing to sell. By burying its shame, Atari ...

REVIEW

Kano: The Can-Do Coding Kit for Kids of All Ages

"So simple a child could do it" -- I have heard that expression abused often in advertising. Yet it aptly applies to the Kano computer kit. Kano is a computer and coding kit that is suitable for all ages. Well, to be truthful, Kano's step-by-step instructions in the included booklets and its simplif...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Kano’s Alejandro Simon: If This, Then Do That

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 s...

Microsoft Dis-Kinects Xbox One

With Sony's PlayStation 4 increasing its commanding lead over the Xbox One, Microsoft made a play Tuesday to goose sales of its computer game console. The company announced it would start selling Xbox One without its Kinect controller -- which allows a $100 price cut -- and it removed the requiremen...

TECH TREK

French Teen in Hot Water Over Drone Footage

A French teen faces charges of "endangering the lives of others" over his use of a drone, which he sent skyward to capture impressive -- and seemingly harmless -- footage of the city Nancy. Eighteen-year-old Nans Thomas affixed an Internet-bought drone with a GoPro camera and then sent the contrapti...

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Terminator Ends the Terminal Window Blahs

Terminator is not for casual Linux users who rarely stray from the menu-driven applications. If you ever venture into what some regard as the dark side of the Linux OS, however, Terminator can end your discomfort by using a single-session terminal window. Terminator is a powerful and useful terminal...

TECH TREK

Aussie Police Investigate Facebook Pot Peddler

Australian police are investigating an Aussie who is openly advertising and, presumably, selling marijuana on Facebook. The dealer, who operates under the pseudonym "Rick Kush Dispenser," has posted advertisements for multiple strains of marijuana on a "swap and sell" Facebook page that is generally...

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US Tech Giants Face Pricing Questions in Australia

Apple, Microsoft and Adobe reportedly have been summoned by the Australian Parliament to explain why their products cost so much more in Australia than elsewhere. The tech trio was called by the House Committee on Infrastructure and Communications, which is overseeing an inquiry into why hardware an...

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‘World of Warcraft’ Collides With World Politics

World of Warcraft, the hugely popular online computer game, has been blocked in Iran because of the United States' economic sanctions against the country. Iranian fans of the game reportedly littered message boards with complaints about how they couldn't access the game. Blizzard Activision, the com...

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Hitting the Linux Gaming Jackpot

If you had the option to pick your own price for a computer game that only runs on your Linux rig, would you pay to play? Not if you are a typical Linux gamer. At least, that's the popular perception of fans of free and open source software. Linux is available freely. So why pay for a game -- or any...

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