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  • Our Sci-Fi Future: Silly vs. Terrifying April 25, 2017
    The future is now, or at least it is coming soon. Today's technological developments are looking very much like what once was the domain of science fiction. Maybe we don't have domed cities and flying cars, but we do have buildings that reach to the heavens, and drones that soon could deliver our packages. Who […]
    Peter Suciu
  • The iPhone Model's Impending Obsolescence April 24, 2017
    VCRs gave way to DVD players, which in turn have given way to streaming services. Brick cellphones evolved into flip phones, which were swapped out for two-way pager phones and then wiped out by the iPhone model. Tape players gave way to the Walkman CD player, which gave way to the iPod, which also ended […]
    Rob Enderle
  • A Window Into the Linux Desktop April 21, 2017
    "What can it do that Windows can't?" That is the first question many people ask when considering Linux for their desktop. While the open source philosophy that underpins Linux is a good enough draw for some, others want to know just how different its look, feel and functionality can get. To a degree, that depends […]
    Jonathan Terrasi
  • Facebook's Latest Moon Shot: I Think, Therefore I Type April 21, 2017
    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 a process that […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Moby, LinuxKit Kick Off New Docker Collaboration Phase April 20, 2017
    Docker this week introduced two new projects at DockerCon with an eye to helping operating system vendors, software creators and in-house tinkerers create container-native OSes and container-based systems. The projects are based on a new model for cross-ecosystem collaboration and the advancement of containerized software. Both projects aim to help users adopt container technology.
    Jack M. Germain
  • Apple May Be Getting Its Innovation Groove Back April 20, 2017
    Apple reportedly has begun testing a premium iPhone with a revamped display and body, which could be one of three new models the company is expected to launch this fall. The other two likely will be upgrades to the two existing iPhones. The new design will incorporate curved glass and stainless steel. It will increase […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Report: Commercial Software Riddled With Open Source Code Flaws April 19, 2017
    Black Duck Software has released its 2017 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis, detailing significant cross-industry risks related to open source vulnerabilities and license compliance challenges. Black Duck conducted audits of more than 1,071 open source applications for the study. There are widespread weaknesses in addressing open source security vulnerability risks across key industries.
    Jack M. Germain
  • Facebook Builds a VR Space, but Will Anyone Come? April 19, 2017
    Facebook has announced the beta launch of Facebook Spaces, a new app that allows users to connect with friends and colleagues in an interactive virtual reality environment. It provides a way for social media users to hang out as they might otherwise in person -- even bridging great distances -- noted Rachel Franklin, head of […]
    Peter Suciu
  • Tiny Core: Small Footprint, Big Potential April 18, 2017
    Tiny Core Linux 8.0, released last week, is a minimalist Linux OS built from scratch with a focus on being as small as possible. That means you should be able to run this Linux distro on a wide range of legacy machines. The tradeoff for ultra smallness, however, often is a not-so-powerful OS that can […]
    Jack M. Germain
  • Microsoft's Timely Response to Shadow Brokers Threat Raises Questions April 18, 2017
    Just as the Shadow Brokers hacker group started crowing about a dump of never-seen-before flaws in Windows, Microsoft announced it already had fixed most of the exploits. "Today, Microsoft triaged a large release of exploits made publicly available by Shadow Brokers," said Microsoft Principal Security Group Manager Phillip Misner. "Most of the exploits are already […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Why Is It OK to Abuse Customers? April 17, 2017
    I don't know about you but I can't seem to get out of my head the image of that poor Asian doctor who, seemingly unconscious, was dragged off that United flight. The fact that the airline did that to a 69-year-old doctor just so it could save money moving employees around is nearly as unbelievable […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Apple May Transform Diabetes Care and Treatment: Report April 15, 2017
    Apple is working on a secret project to develop wearable devices that can monitor the blood sugar of diabetics without using invasive finger sticks, according to a report. Apple has assembled a team of biomedical engineers from various companies to work on the project. Glucose monitoring traditionally has required that diabetics use lancets to pierce […]
    David Jones
  • Google Spins VR Experiences on the Web April 14, 2017
    Google on Thursday announced compatibility of its WebVR on Chrome with its low-cost Google Cardboard virtual reality system. It also launched WebVR Experiments, an online showcase for virtuality reality content in development. WebVR became available on Daydream-ready phones earlier this year. The newly launched WebVR Experiments are essentially proof-of-concept offerings.
    Peter Suciu
  • Anbox Could Be the Android-to-Linux Tool Devs Have Been Waiting For April 13, 2017
    The ability to run Android apps natively in a Linux desktop environment is a step closer to realization, thanks to Anbox, a new open source project. Simon Fels, lead software engineer at Canonical, last week debuted a pre-alpha release of the Anbox platform, which he has been working on independently since 2015. There were quite […]
    David Jones
  • Bixby Will Be Seen but Not Heard When Galaxy S8 Launches April 13, 2017
    Samsung on Wednesday said that Bixby Voice will not be operational when its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones hit the market. Some Bixby features -- Vision, Home and Reminder -- will be active when the phones become available on April 21, Samsung said, but the Bixby Voice capability won't show up until later this spring. […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Spam Czar Nabbed in Spain May Have Link to Election Tampering April 12, 2017
    An alleged spam kingpin with possible ties to election meddling in the U.S. was arrested in Spain last week under a U.S. international warrant. Pyotr Levashov had been vacationing in Barcelona with his family. Levashov was arrested for interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, the Russian news outlet RT reported, but the DoJ said […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • United Airlines Gives Appalling New Meaning to Customer Service April 11, 2017
    United Airlines' self-made firestorm spread on Tuesday, as a video showing a passenger being forcibly dragged off a plane continued to make the rounds on social media. The passenger had refused to comply after being told he'd been bumped off the Sunday flight. The incident sparked international outrage, including calls for a boycott of the […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Hackers Blast Emergency Sirens in Dallas April 11, 2017
    Screaming sirens serenaded Dallas residents in the early morning hours Saturday after a cyberattack set off the city's emergency warning system. All of the city's 156 sirens reportedly were set off more than a dozen times. Officials have not yet identified the perpetrator of the attack, but it likely was someone outside the Dallas area, […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Why VR Is Failing April 10, 2017
    As a market, we seem to have trouble learning that three key elements are necessary for a new technology to take hold: It has to appear complete, it has to be compelling, and it has to seem like a value -- that is, be affordable. Compared to what we have today, the car that opened […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Google's Fact Check Labeling System Goes Global April 8, 2017
    Google has extended the Fact Check feature it introduced last fall. Publishers now can display a Fact Check tag in news stories everywhere that Google News is available. The company also has introduced the Fact Check feature globally in Google Search, in all of the languages it supports. Not all stories will be fact checked, […]
    Richard Adhikari