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Report: Apple to Funnel Megabucks Into Original TV Content Development

Fri, 18/Aug/2017 - 01:03
Apple reportedly has decided to put more than $1 billion toward the acquisition and development of original programming, part of a long-awaited rollout of a new television and film experience. The investment will leverage Apple's thus far underwhelming Apple TV business, bolstering its core video and music library to fulfill the promise of disrupting traditional television and film studios, as well as traditional cable and satellite providers. The move is consistent with Apple's historic pattern of waiting for a market to develop.
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CoreOS Tectonic Platform Aims to Free the Cloud

Thu, 17/Aug/2017 - 18:32
CoreOS has announced the general availability of the Kubernetes container management Tectonic platform on Microsoft's Azure cloud. The Tectonic platform enables enterprises to run Kubernetes on a single platform across various cloud and bare metal environments. Prior to this release, the Tectonic platform was available on AWS and bare metal servers. Tectonic 1.7 delivers on CoreOS' vision to bring freedom and portability to the cloud. It enables enterprises to use a single platform to manage modern infrastructure in their hybrid environments.
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Gadget Ogling: Trending Hot Plates, Toys for Future Coders, and a Ringy Dingy Ring

Wed, 16/Aug/2017 - 23:45
If you've looked at Facebook for more than a minute over the last few years, there's no question that you'll have encountered a top-down, perfectly filmed food video from BuzzFeed's Tasty channel. The cooking clips are enormously popular on the social network, racking up billions of views a month. Now BuzzFeed is trying to monetize its success in a new way. Enter the Tasty One Top, a hot plate that seeks to make the work of cooking while watching the videos for guidance a little simpler. That's because the hot plate syncs with many of the clips through the Tasty app.
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Ubuntu Budgie Distro: Simple, Clean and User-Friendly

Tue, 15/Aug/2017 - 21:34
Ubuntu Budgie is one of the few Linux distros to offer integration of a Budgie desktop-only edition, other than Solus OS, whose developers created it. Ubuntu Budgie is classy and user-friendly. It does not sacrifice performance for reliance on a simple design. It is maintained by a United Kingdom-based developer community. Previously called "Budgie-Remix," it is an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the Budgie desktop. Although based on the Ubuntu Linux family, Ubuntu Budgie is not from Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company.
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How Tech Could Help Creators Look Before They Leap

Mon, 14/Aug/2017 - 23:38
The folks who made The Emoji Movie apparently were worried about its Rotten Tomatoes score -- it had earned a 0 percent rating at one point, based on a scattering of early reviews -- so they stopped critics from publishing further reviews until just before previews began running. The result was a great opening day, but attendance fell off sharply because, well, the movie sucked. It would seem to me that it would be far better to figure out how to make movies that don't suck than to come up with creative ways to get people to see them.
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Multitasking CTO Heather Wilde: Making the World More Like Star Trek Than Skynet

Sat, 12/Aug/2017 - 00:06
"I care about helping more women get into technology, so I spend a lot of time teaching girls from sixth grade to high school so that they're more educated about STEM fields," said CTO Heather Wilde. "I'm also chair of the engineering school's advisory board at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to help steer the school toward new directions. One of the subcommittees is working with the Solar Decathlon, which is a government project that runs every four years, and students around the world compete to create a house of the future."
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Is the Path to Secure Elections Paved With Open Source Code?

Tue, 08/Aug/2017 - 17:30
Increased use of open source software could fortify U.S. election system security, according to former CIA head R. James Woolsey and Bash creator Brian J. Fox. The two made their case for open source elections software after security researchers demonstrated how easy it was to crack some election machines at the recent DefCon hacking conference in Las Vegas. "Despite its name, open-source software is less vulnerable to hacking than the secret, black box systems like those being used in polling places now," Woolsey and Fox wrote.
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While You Wait: 4 Potentially Higher-Status Alternatives to the iPhone 8

Mon, 07/Aug/2017 - 23:39
At a rumored $1,400 sale price the coming iPhone 8 likely will test just how much people are willing to pay for a new phone -- particularly, how much parents are willing to fork over for their kids. While iPhones once conveyed status and sense of luxury, similar to a brand like Cadillac, pretty much everyone and their brother has iPhones today. The first few customers who get their hands on the latest model will be envied for about a week -- but the phones will be extremely common by the end of the first month. Interestingly, there are some phones that may have more status than the iPhone.
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Facebook Takes Another Stab at Neutralizing Fake News

Fri, 04/Aug/2017 - 22:20
Stung by charges that it allowed fake news stories to proliferate during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook has begun rolling out broadly a feature meant to regain the trust of its members. The tool effectively will surround questionable stories with related news stories offering different perspectives -- a strategy intended to help readers discern where the truth lies. Facebook this spring began testing a feature that offers different takes on stories fact checkers have disputed as false, including coverage by legitimate news organizations.
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Automotive Grade Linux Reaches Key Car Platform Milestones

Fri, 04/Aug/2017 - 04:37
Automotive Grade Linux has released version 4.0 of the AGL infotainment platform and announced new projects to support telematics, instrument cluster, heads-up-display and a virtualization component. The group also announced that seven new companies have joined AGL and The Linux Foundation, increasing AGL's membership to more than 100 partners. A major market analysis coming out soon will show AGL as a separate line item, an indication of the momentum it has developed within the industry.
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HBO Cyberattack Driven By Mysterious Motives

Fri, 04/Aug/2017 - 01:41
Time Warner's pay-TV network HBO on Wednesday admitted that it had been targeted by a cyberattack, confirming an anonymous email the alleged hackers distributed to media outlets last weekend. Among the content that may have been compromised were upcoming episodes of the series Ballers, Barry and Room 104, along with script outlines of the channel's hit show Games of Thrones. In total, the hackers may have obtained 1.5 TB of internal company documents.
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WSL to Ship With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Wed, 02/Aug/2017 - 23:44
Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux will emerge as a fully supported part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update when the OS ships later this year. The new status means that early adopters in the Windows Insider program no longer will see the subsystem's status as "beta," beginning with Insider build 16251, Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner noted. With the updated status, WSL can be leveraged as a day-to-day developer toolset, he said. Microsoft will continue to respond to WSL bugs and issues.
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Dual-Lens Camera Revealed in Leaked Note8 Images

Wed, 02/Aug/2017 - 17:30
Photos posted to Twitter show the next Samsung Note phone will have a dual lens camera. Reporter Evan Blass posted a photo of the front of a black Note8 to Twitter on Monday. On Tuesday, he added front and back images of gold and black versions of the phone, as well as a stylus device called the "S Pen." The latest photos show a dual lens camera at the back of the phone. The mobile's front has an edge-to-edge display across the width of the device and thin bezels at its top and bottom. The photos represent early renderings of the phones.
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HomePod Devs Stumble Upon Next iPhone Design Clues

Tue, 01/Aug/2017 - 04:41
Developers combing through the code for the Apple HomePod have found clues to what appear to be features in the next generation of iPhones, and they tweeted their discoveries on Sunday. The firmware for HomePod, Apple's $349 smart speaker expected in December, apparently contains much of the codebase for future iPhones. One of the goodies in the HomePod's code is a new biometric method for unlocking an iPhone. The use of facial recognition to unlock a phone has been around in the Android world for more than a year, and reactions have been mixed.
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Why Facebook's Willow Beats Apple's Saucer

Mon, 31/Jul/2017 - 23:09
Facebook knocked it out of the park with its financials last week, and a lot of its success comes from Zuckerberg's unique focus. Unlike other firms that jump from project to project, ranging widely from what makes them money -- like Google -- Facebook stays close to what made it successful. There is no stronger evidence than when you compare the two office projects from Apple and Facebook. The huge Apple Flying Saucer is nearing completion. Facebook recently announced it too was building a new showcase site, called "Willow."
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The Elusive Total Linux Convergence Dream

Sat, 29/Jul/2017 - 02:24
Regular readers know that I usually stick to the well-charted territory of essential terminal commands and practical overviews of Linux history, since they are immediately useful to newcomers. Thankfully, the basics don't change very quickly -- but that's not to say that Linux is a stagnant ecosystem. Far from it. Although most current events in the Linux community have little direct impact on the average desktop user, one recent development that very much does is Canonical's decision to end development of Ubuntu's flagship Unity desktop.
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Amazon's Secret 1492 Health Team Sets Sail

Sat, 29/Jul/2017 - 00:21
A secret Amazon team, dubbed "1492," reportedly has been working on a skunkworks project devoted entirely to healthcare. The unit has been developing hardware devices and software applications related to electronic medical records, telemedicine and other health-related issues. The "1492" moniker refers to the year that Christopher Columbus made his voyage to the Americas, but perhaps the Amazon team missed the irony that Columbus actually did not realize he had "discovered" a new continent and thought he was somewhere else.
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SparkyLinux 5: Great All-Purpose Distro for Confident Linux Users

Fri, 28/Jul/2017 - 03:13
When I first reviewed the Game Over edition of SparkyLinux several years ago, I called it one of the best full-service Linux distros catering to game players you could find. That assessment extends to last month's release of the non-gaming edition of this distro. The latest edition of SparkyLinux, version 5.0 "Nibiru," finds its true calling as a Linux distro that falls between those that are beginner-friendly and those that require some amount of Linux knowledge. SparkyLinux 5.0 is based on the testing branch of Debian.
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Flash Flames Out - but It Will Smolder for a While

Fri, 28/Jul/2017 - 00:48
Adobe on Tuesday announced its decision to pull the plug on its much maligned Flash format, citing the growing use of HTML5, WebGL and Web Assembly open standards. Helper apps have evolved over time to become plugins, which then further evolved to become open Web standards, Adobe noted. However, because gaming, education and video have come to depend heavily on Flash over the years, its phaseout will be gradual. The company will continue to update and maintain it until 2020.
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Who's Right About AI? Musk's Dire Warnings Meet Zuckerberg's Cheerful Optimism

Thu, 27/Jul/2017 - 03:11
Two of Silicon Valley's most influential visionaries, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, this week engaged in a public spat over the future of artificial intelligence and whether the government should take the wheel to counter the threat this emerging technology might pose to mankind. Musk, a longtime advocate of AI, has expressed serious concerns over the years about the potential for the technology to accelerate faster than society can learn to manage its growth. He has raised fears that intelligent machines could pose a risk to civilization if not properly regulated.
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