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Simplenote want developers to make a GNU/Linux implementation

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 03:01:52 PM

Matt Mullenweg founder and CEO of Automattic which is responsible for has reached out to people who develop software on the GNU/Linux platform to find someone who will bring the Simplenote application to GNU/Linux.

We have a great Simplenote for Mac client, and a super clean web version, but nothing first-party for Linux. If anyone is experienced with Linux desktop development and would be interested in creating something extremely minimalist like our Mac app please…

Reading the comments on Mullenweg’s blog post about the subject one commenter brought to everyone’s attention that he has made a similar app for Windows called Notation which can be found here it’s certainly not designed as nicely as Simplenote in my opinion and couldn’t see hipsters using it but it is feature comparable to Simplenote.

If you are after a way to use Simplenote on your GNU/Linux machines however, you can sign up and use the online version of the application, below is what you will see in the browser window:

Chrom(ium/e) has a feature that will let you pin websites to the menus, the feature is available in GNU/Linux, Windows and likely OS X. Press the menu button in Chrome and then go to tool and create application shortcut. You can decide to have the new addition stored in the menus and or desktop.

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Thomas Stocking of gandi: FCC’s fast lane may kill the Internet as we know it

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 10:59:38 PM

Thomas Stocking is chief operating officer of US operations at gandi and I met him during LinuxCon Chicago. We talked about gandi’s no bullshit policy, how a France based company is offering services across the globe, how gandi is defending the Internet and how they engage with the Linux & Open Source community.

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Ebola drug recipient dead

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 09:25:43 PM

Dr. Abraham Borbor died on Sunday night even after receiving the ZMAPP anti-Ebola drug which is still experimental and has only been sanctioned to be administered due to the urgency of the spread of Ebola in Africa.

This comes after a Spanish priest, who was working in Liberian hospitals was given the ZMAPP drug and also died. Strangely in the case of Mr. Borbor, he seemed to be making progress before he died, the Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown said that Borbor was “walking around yesterday and the doctors were hopeful that he would make a full recovery”, the information minister was a classmate in high school with the doctor, who was also the only recorded internist in Liberia.

Earlier in August, two patients who had been treated for the disease with ZMAPP were released after recovering. The Emory Healthcare team who were responsible for helping cure Nancy Writebol and Kent Brantly said that people should not assume that ZMAPP may not have been what cured them from Ebola as little testing has been done with the drug.

Ebola is currently breaking out in high numbers in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and 55 percent of cases recorded have resulted in death. The quantity of the drug is very limited and the CDC has claimed over 2,400 perople have been infected with Ebola since the winter, however there will still be many more who have gone unregistered due to skepticism from the nationals who do not trust the aid and some even claiming the source of the disease is witchcraft.

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OnePlus One explodes in owner’s pocket

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 09:24:21 PM

Over the last few weeks and months we have constantly heard great things about the OnePlus One. How good its specs are! How great the hardware is! But mostly how well the device is put together. OnePlus make a point of insisting that the device is extremely well built and has undergone rigorous testing to ensure its durability.

Well, today it seems we have an interesting development in this respect and the first casualty of the One. Yesterday a One owner who goes by the name ‘MiYzu’ in the OnePlus forums reports that his One literally combusted and caught on fire. What makes this story a little more worrying is MiYzu claims the phone was under no duress at the time but simply in his back pocket.

I was in a subway talking with my brother and the phone was in my rear pocket”.

With such a limited number of actual One’s in the public domain (compared to other handsets) this will be a slight worry for OnePlus. After the recent backlash to the invite system and recent marketing gaffs like the Ladies Only competition the last thing OnePlus needs are public safety fears and concerns.

As such it is not surprising OnePlus are taking this extremely seriously. What is slightly unexpected is how seriously they are taking this. According to MiYzu’s post, OnePlus are sending an actual representative (from China) to personally collect the defective device.

This was also confirmed in an official email response which was sent to Android Police.

We are very sorry to see one of our users had to experience this with their device as the safety of our customers is our first and foremost concern. We have already contacted MiYzu to learn more about his condition, as well as dispatched OnePlus staff to physically retrieve back the phone. This way, we can determine the circumstances surrounding this so that we may work to prevent this happening in the future“.

This is slightly unusual for a company but does highlight the seriousness of the situation for OnePlus. If this was to happen again or with more serious consequences this really could be a deal-breaker for the company.

MiYzu did sustain minor burns to his legs which indicate how hot the device must have become to burn through his trousers and to scold his leg. MiYzu has since updated his post advising he has seen a doctor and will be fine although will certainly be left with a scar.

This was also addressed by OnePlus in their email response to Android Police stating they will reimburse MiYzu for the cost of his jeans as well as any medical costs.

We take this issue very seriously. We will send MiyZu a new phone and also reimburse him for the damage to his jeans and phone case, as well as any medical costs associated with this accident.”

If this remains a sole incident then it is unlikely to hurt OnePlus too much and their response so far seems to have been welcomed by the OnePlus community. MiYzu’s page has already attracted over forty pages of comments wishing him well, as well as the odd comment still asking for an invite. As such it does seem this has not too adversely affected demand yet.

If OnePlus ever get passed their notorious invite system and expect to roll-out supply on a serious level they will have to make sure this does not happen again.

Anyone else had any unfortunate or safety issues with their One device yet? Let us know.

Source: Oneplus MiYzu Post, Android Police

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CyanogenMod add ‘tab switching’ function to recent CM11 nightlies

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 06:41:54 PM

Yesterday, we advised of a new call recording feature which has recently popped up on the CM nightlies. Today we have information on another new feature which seems to have recently been added to CM11 nightlies.

Those of you who are used to non-CM ROM’s will already know of this feature as it appears on other ROM’s such as Omni, Slim and Paranoid Android. So although not a novel feature this is a new feature to CM and one which users should be happy with.

Now by long pressing the recents button you can skip back to the last app you had open. Again, this is not exactly ground-breaking and certainly not as interesting as the call recording function but is a very useful addition and one which once you know is there you will be using. Similar to how alt & tab works on a PC, users can now simply switch between two open apps in a second.

Similar to the call recording function reported yesterday, this feature also does not appear in the official changelog but thanks to the eagle eye of reddit user wesjon we now know this is available. wesjon also created a nifty gif (below) to show the use of the feature. So again big thanks to wesjon for the heads-up and the gif

The feature was first noted on August 21st which means anyone using a nightly from the 21st onwards should be able to use the function. As yet we don’t have confirmation on early nightlies or CM versions below 11. Whatever version of CM you are using give the feature a go and see if it works.

Anyone noticed any other new features which are not showing up on the changelog? Let us know and we will make sure the rest of the CM community knows.

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Robo Brain to use Internet to power robots around the world

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 04:27:59 PM

For a robot to be able to put away dishes, serve you cocktails or find your keys, it needs to understand how the world works and how the humans around them behave. In the future, this will all come in one package with a single online service called Robo Brain.

Researchers and roboticists will be able to use Robo Brain to download the appropriate software and data onto their creations. Robots already deployed to do their jobs can also go online to use the service.

Robo Brain is a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources, the researchers behind it say.

Even as you read this, the system is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance manuals. The information is being translated and stored in a robot-friendly format that robots will be able to draw on when they need it.

“Our laptops and cell phones have access to all the information we want. If a robot encounters a situation it hasn’t seen before it can query Robo Brain in the cloud,” said Ashutosh Saxena, assistant professor of computer science at Cornell University.

Saxena and colleagues at Cornell, Stanford and Brown universities and the University of California, Berkeley, say Robo Brain will process images to pick out the objects in them, and by connecting images and video with text, it will learn to recognize objects and how they are used, along with human language and behavior.

If a robot sees a coffee mug, it can learn from Robo Brain not only that it’s a coffee mug, but also that liquids can be poured into or out of it, that it can be grasped by the handle, and that it must be carried upright when it is full, as opposed to when it is being carried from the dishwasher to the cupboard.

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Koch Brothers’ backed American Commitment Group says US constitution is a Marxists agenda

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 04:10:18 PM

Koch Brothers’ backed American Commitment Group is sending out emails to people saying that the US constitution is a Communist and Marxist agenda and it was the first step in the fight to destroy American Capitalism altogether.

In an email received by one of our journalists, American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that protecting people’s rights was the “first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether” and says that the federal government has been plotting a “federal Internet takeover,” since the birth of this country by the so-called Bill of Rights and Amendments. These moves “sound more like a story coming out of China or Russia.”

Koch Brothers are struggling to survive in a free market and have been surviving on federal government subsides to remain competitive as modern technologies are taking over ancient ways of doing business.

The brothers also proposed the complete privatization of the US government and have succeeded through conservative Supreme Court judges.

“A republic is very much a socialist and communist agenda and we must distance ourselves from it as soon as possible and the first move in that direction is to restore the situation prior to 1776 where the county was run as a capitalist market where businesses grew without any government interference,” said Phil Kerpen in a statement to our journalist.

Phil further added that we will continue to create campaigns like Tea Party movement to restore pre-1776 capitalism in this great country.

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Gimp 2.8.12 arrives with improvements, install it on Kubuntu

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 03:27:47 PM

The free and open source image manipulation software GIMP has received another notable update. GIMP is a decent Adobe Photoshop alternative which is available for all three major operating systems – GNU/Linux, Mac OSX and Windows.

The 2.8.12 update is not something an average GIMP user like me would get excited about, there is no new feature; it’s just a bug fix release. User of every platform gets some stability and bug fixes, while Mac users get a fix for migration code for old GIMP directories, Windows users get a fix which allows Explorer-open files with UTF-8 characters in the filename.

In general it has fixed brush sizes when used from plug-ins and made .XCF load more robust against broken files. The widget direction matches the GUI language and the option to disable the warning when closing a modified image has been removed.

It has received massive clean-up and fix the OSX build and bundle. The documents have been updated with the addition of Jenkins tutorials.

You can get version 2.8.12 depending on the OS you are using, my Arch box got the update on its own whereas my Kubuntu box needed a PPA (I wish there is an easy interface for Kubuntu, the way openSUSE has, to manage PPAs) which installed this version on my system:

Open Konsole and add this ppa:

# sudo apt-add-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp # sudo apt-get update # sudo sudo aptitude upgrade

Now you have the latest GIMP running on your Kubuntu.

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Watch Jean-Claude Van Damm carving out entire ice bar with bare hands

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 02:06:29 PM

Jean-Claude Van Damm has always been one of my favourite actors, along with Arnold and Sylvester. After the iconic split on Valvo trucks, JCVD is back with another gruelling stunt. This time he carved an ice bar using his martial arts skill for a ad for Coors Light.

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China to unveil a new desktop OS this October

Tuesday 26th of August 2014 01:53:00 PM

China has been working on its own operating system for a while. Till now the attempts were largely Ubuntu based. But now it seems that Kylin and Deepin weren’t enough. China seems to be all set to release a new desktop operating system as early as this October. The original news was reported in Cnii, a paper run by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

This is going to be the first official desktop operating system from China that has been developed indigenously. And if things go as planned a mobile operating system will follow suit within the next three to five years.

The report says that this operating system is an attempt to bridge the gap between China and other developed countries. Network infrastructure, intelligent terminals, high-end chips, operating systems and other key core technology is still controlled by the later. To effectively promote China’s smart terminal (PC or desktop) operating system development and industrialization, the country recently established an alliance comprising more than 80 research units with all walks of life, and Ni Guangan (the Chinese Academy of Engineering) served as Director of Technical Experts Committee of the Alliance. It stressed the need to narrow the gap through innovation, R&D investment and intellectual property.

The report also cites concerns about Android and stresses on the need to develop via a state-dominated approach and free of IP rights. They should not be customization of Android but should be developed independently.

The reason behind the development of this OS could very well be rooted in the decision to ban Windows 8 from the Chinese government offices. The restriction was officially declared to save energy but it’s very likely that China is concerned about US surveillance backdoors in Windows 8 PCs. And with the end of XP support there is a great opportunity to capture the Chinese market as well.

Ni Guangnan believes innovative operating system business model is very important, the entire Chinese smart terminal operating system should create a unified ecosystem of application environments that is capable of competing with the likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft. The report also mentioned that the funding is going to be raised from the alliance of the contributing companies and the technology companies can share the income from the intellectual properties.

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Samsung follows Moto and LG, will introduce ’round watch’!

Monday 25th of August 2014 11:59:21 PM

As each day passes the year ahead in the Android world gets more and more interesting. Barely 24 hours ago we reported LG’s stealth move to release their 2nd generation smartwatch only three months after the LG G was released. This was being seen as a rather canny move by LG which had clearly been working on the new device for some time. Interestingly the new LG watch is round and not following its predecessor’s squarer look and feel. This was seen as a clear move to compete with the increasing appetite for the Moto 360 which was the first to announce a round face.

Well folks, the battle of the smartwatches just heated up! Samsung leaker Sammobile has released details of what seems to be a new Samsung smartwatch and guess what…it is also round.

However in comparison to LG, the Samsung device seems to be a reactionary product based on the hype and interest generated by the Moto 360. The LG offering  is believed to have been in the pipeline for some time and as such we expect a sooner rather than later release date. In comparison the Samsung device seems to be still in the development stage and so it is unlikely we will see it in the very near future.

It is worth remembering though Samsung won’t want to wait too long in fear of missing the boat and allowing Motorola and LG to capitalize on the first-release market. It is probably a safe bet to assume the Samsung device will be only months behind Moto 360 and LG.

In terms of the actual device the details are extremely sketchy at the moment with the only real point is that the device is round. We do know Samsung are working on a sim-enabled smartwatch which will work independently without the need for mobile connection. This in itself is extremely interesting and certainly a breakaway from Motorola and LG. However we don’t know if the round device is the same device or whether it will also offer a sim-enabling function.

It will also be interesting to see which OS Samsung opt for. The safe bet is to stick with Android due to its high compatibility and general acceptance as the go-to OS but Samsung are known to be adventurous and may decide to gamble on Tizen instead.

We will of course keep you up-to-date on all developments as and when we get them. As Samsung are publically launching the Note 4 on September 4th we very well may hear of new details soon. It is expected Samsung will make some form of announcement at the Note 4 launch in terms of upcoming Wear but whether the round watch will be included is unclear.

For now it definitely seems that 2014 (and maybe 2015) is the year of the round.

Source: Sammobile

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Google partners with Rockchip to build Project Ara’s modular processor

Monday 25th of August 2014 10:29:21 PM

Here at ./themukt we are becoming increasingly fascinated with Project Ara and just cannot wait to see how the modular device works when it is eventually released early next year.

For those new to Ara, Google are trying to literally reinvent the wheel and provide users with a completely new device. Unlike the numerous yearly device releases which simply offer faster processors, an upgraded OS and a better camera Ara is based on the concept of MODs and interchangeable aspects. If Ara is a success users will no longer need to buy a new device every two years but instead will plug-and-pull the components (camera, processor, etc) only upgrading the hardware they want, when they want. For a more detailed explanation of Ara head over to our our full report.

However one of the issues with such a revolutionary concept is trying to make sure all the components are interchangeable and can work independent of each other. It is likely the processor will be one of the hardest elements to implement as the processor will be integral to all the other components or MODs. To combat this Google have recently announced they are working with Chinese-based Rockchip to design the modular processor. Google hope to create the SoC with a native and general-purpose UniPro interface. The logic is this will be able to act as an independent entity without the need of a ‘bridge chip’ to communicate with the rest of the device.

We view this Rockchip processor as a trailblazer for our vision of a modular architecture where the processor is a node on a network with a single, universal interface–free from also serving as the network hub for all of the mobile device’s peripherals”.

With such ground-breaking ambitions it will be interesting to see how viable and possible Ara will be. The expected release of the device was early in 2015 and Google do still reiterate this will be the case. However with a number of hurdles and obstacles to cross this very well may be delayed by a few months. Either way, we can be sure Google will want a working prototype as soon as possible as proof-of-concept for the market.

Will Ara be a success? The truth is, no-one knows. Maybe the market is not ready for such a dramatic change and if it is will all the other big companies follow suit. Should we expect a multitude of modular devices over the next few years? We will just have to wait and see. For now, the possibility remains plausible and on-track.

Stay tuned for more Ara details as and when we get them and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts.

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Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

Monday 25th of August 2014 04:06:38 PM

Richard Attenborough, famous British actor and director, has died at the age of 90 at lunchtime on Sunday (24th August, 2014).

His agent Dallas Smith told CNN “Our thoughts are with them and his friends at this very sad moment as we mourn the passing of a truly great man of the cinema and the arts,”

He is most famous for his roles in The Great Escape with Steve McQueen where they try and escape from a Nazi PoW camp and as the park own in Jurassic Park, the last time he was cast as an actor was in 2004, after 78 films.

He directed his last film, Closing the Ring, in 2007, his 12th film. The most popular film that he directed was the 1982 Gandhi which he gained two academy awards for in 1983 and took 20 years to make.

In 1967 he made a CBE, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was knighted in 1976, and then made a Lord in 1993.

Several tributes also came in from people including British Prime Minister, David Cameron

His acting in “Brighton Rock” was brilliant, his directing of “Gandhi” was stunning – Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) August 24, 2014

His brother is the 88 year old naturist and documentarian, David Attenborough who has recently done a slew of 3D nature programmes. In 2008, he said this his brother [Richard Attenborough] had been confined to a wheelchair after suffering from a stroke. Since 2013, he has been living with his wife in a nursing home in London.

He would have been celebrating his 91st birthday on the 29th August this year.

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Linux turns 23 today, Happy Birthday Linux

Monday 25th of August 2014 12:25:17 PM

The world’s most shared technology Linux kernel has turned 23 year old today.

On 25 August, 1991 a 21-year old Finnish programmer named Linus Torvalds sent out an email, titled ‘What would you like to see most in minix?’ to the Minix community. THAT was the beginning of a technology and social revolution called Linux.

Here is the exact copy of the mail that he sent:

From: torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Newsgroups: comp.os.minix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Message-ID: <1991Aug25.205708.9541@klaava.Helsinki.FI>
Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT
Organization: University of Helsinki
Hello everybody out there using minix -
I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing
since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on
things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat
(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)
among other things).
I’ve currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work.
This implies that I’ll get something practical within a few months, and
I’d like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions
are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them
Linus (
PS. Yes – it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.

It’s been 23 years since that email and today Linux has become the most dominant technology of the Earth.

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Acky’s Reloaded secures 15% funding, Linux version confirmed

Monday 25th of August 2014 12:51:02 AM

If you are a retro gamer, chances are breakout holds a special place in your heart. That simple game of ping pong is perhaps the most iconic of all the games of yore. Though there have been many attempts to clone the game as well as the fun, few were successful. Acky’s Reloaded is a reimagining of Acky’s XP Breakout which was a famous breakout clone. Now, thanks to Kickstarter, the game has crossed the 15% milestone of funding, which means that it will be made available on Linux too!

Acky’s Reloaded is a one-man project who also made the original Acky’s XP Breakout. The latest remake builds on the original one, updating it for the newer generation of gaming devices. Yet, the game preserves the original classic look and feel of the game to give gamers a slice of the bygone retro era. As such the new game comes with classic particle effects throughout the game. Add to that features and interesting power ups that builds on the previous game and you have something that looks like a winner.

Apart from the crazy power ups that this game boasts about, the most interesting part of the game is that of ball crafting. Throughout the game in addition to breaking bricks and clearing the level, you are rewarded ether. After you collect enough ether, you can then craft balls to help wreck even greater havoc! Apart from the unique ball crafting experience, which is a first for breakout, you also get to deploy pilots. For the paddle you use to deflect the ball is actually a space ship. And every ship needs a pilot. The pilots available for you to choose from ranges from a weird popsicle octopus to even a robot dog! Each pilot has their own abilities that bring to table a newer way to play the game. Combine that with 100s of levels and you have a game that has a lot of replay ability value.

In addition you also get to bring along your very own pets to help you! Just like the pilots they are varied too, like a Vampire Cow! The game is currently on Kickstarter with a goal target of $10,000, of which $1,866 has already been pledged. Since the pledge has reached 15% of the main goal, the author has promised a Linux version too. In addition, the creator also wishes to be able to bring the game to as many platforms as possible. To that end, the creator has explained the expenditure of creating the game. As he is doing all the coding himself, most of the funds pledged will be used in securing artists to get the graphics done. A part of it will also be used to acquire development hardware. The creator plans to release the game on Linux, Mac & Windows along with iOS, Android and Ouya. He also has a stretch goal of $19,000 reaching which he promises to release the game on Nintendo Wii U & 3DS.

According to the creator the only risk is that the game might be delayed, but he assures that the project will be completed if funded.

Source: Kickstarter

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CyanogenMod offer ‘Call Recording’ feature on nightlies

Monday 25th of August 2014 12:50:27 AM

CyanogenMod (CM) seem to have added a ‘Call recording’ feature to its nightlies list although this is not being offered as a direct feature for legal reasons.

For those of you unfamiliar with the CM download process it’s quite simple to understand. Generally speaking CM offers stable and nightly ROM versions. The ‘stable’ as it sounds is considered a reliable and generally predicable install with minimal bugs and a smoother experience. On the other side ‘nightlies’ are highly experimental and are updated far more frequently than stables (usually on a nightly basis hence the name). As such most users are encouraged to wait and install stable versions for the best experience.

However one benefit of nightlies is those who venture for the more adventurous version are often provided with features which are highly experimental, offered new features first and often features which will don’t make it into the stable ROM’s.

Over the last few days we have seen increased activity on the nightly changelogs which suggest CM have incorporated a call recording feature into its most recent nightlies. Generally speaking call recording is largely considered very grey in terms of the law and as such it seems CM is not offering this feature as a direct and obvious feature. Instead what we are seeing is the call recording setting can be activated by the user but does require a little bit of knowledge. This presumably is a way for CM to avoid any direct law breaking. So to be accurate CM are now offering support for call recording although not the feature directly.

As we speak the forums are constantly updating with the instructions and basic system coding to activate the already in place feature. This seems to be mainly a legal issue for the US, EU and Australia and as such the forums seem to be highly focusing on these regions.

If you wish to read more or unlock the feature (I mean support) then head over to the CM code review forums where all the details are listed.

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ownCloud to organize Developer Conference in Berlin

Sunday 24th of August 2014 11:18:01 PM

ownCloud is one of the most important free software projects around because we all are moving to the cloud for easy access to our data anywhere, anytime. The ‘so-called’ cloud has it’s own advantages, but it also compromises one’s ownership and control of the data. The moment you put your data on someone else’s cloud you lose the control and ownership over your own data.

The cloud provider becomes the co-owner of your data and can restrict or block you from accessing your own data. That provider becomes the ‘moral’ police, ignoring any cultural values and may delete your data without your consent if they find it inappropriate according to their culture. Google recently tipped police over some ‘offensive’ private data in a user’s email and get him arrested.

So it is becoming increasingly important to take back control and ownership of your data. The best way to keep companies or authorities from going through your private data is by keeping it on a cloud that you own and run.

The answer is ownCloud.

ownCloud Inc. is a Boston-based company which offers ownCloud as an open source product. The project was founded in Germany by Frank Karlitschek, a prominent KDE developer. It received multiple rounds of investments from venture capitalists which enabled the company to expand marketing, sales and development efforts in the US and Europe.

ownCloud, the product, comes in two versions – a subscriptions based enterprise edition and a free of cost community edition. Both products share the same code base, however, the enterprise edition comes with paid support, quick bug-fixes and additional features that enterprise customers need.

Both products have symbiotic relationship with each other. While the enterprise edition brings the much needed money to develop the product, the open source community develops and improves the very code-base which is used by the company.

This ‘open source’ community around ownCloud is growing rapidly and the company is organizing the ownCloud Contributor Conference in Berlin between August 26-31.

Frank Karlitschek was attending LinuxCon and I sat with him to learn more about the conference. He recalled that when he started ownCloud he was all on his own. The very first ‘developer’ meeting had only five ‘dudes’ sitting around in a room over the weekend working on ownCloud. But the project continued to grow bigger and bigger. Last year more than 50 people attended the developer conference and worked on the ownCloud code-base.

“This year we want to take the next step and create a real conference,” said Frank. “There are already over 130 registrations.”

The conference is targeted at contributors and not general public or users so it’s really impressive to see those many registrations. The conference will have the typical hacking sessions where developers will work on bug fixing, cleaning the code or adding new features to ownCloud.

There will be two keynotes which will be delivered by Frank and Dan Callahan, senior software engineer at Mozilla. The keynotes will share the vision of ownCloud with attendees so that they are aware of it while working on ownCloud.

Talking about the open source community around ownCloud, Frank says, “I am very proud of that process because we have a very very strong user focus. I think that is different from other open source projects because we care about what our users want and we implement features that are useful for the users.”

The conference will mostly focus on polishing the code and and fixing bugs. “We are very proud of own cloud 7 as it is the most stable and the most polished release yet, but after any big merge there are small things to fix and improve and that’s the focus at the moment, said Frank.

The developers will also be working on new stuff for ownCloud 8, though there are no concrete plans for version 8 release. The possibilities are that it may be released next year.

Joseph Eckert, VP of communications at ownCloud said that company will be announcing the enterprise edition of ownCloud, which is based on ownCloud 7, in mid-September.
“It will have features that extend what we did in community in terms of integrating storage so there will be more things that you can integrate with own cloud that is primarily the key piece and there are many other pieces which are really exciting,” said Joseph.

If you want to attend the conference you can check out this page.

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Linus Torvalds is my hero, says 13 year old Zachary DuPont

Sunday 24th of August 2014 05:52:38 PM

Zachary DuPon is a 6th grader who will turn 13 years old soon. He used to be an Arch Linux user and is looking forward to installing Gentoo Linux soon.

The story of Zach goes like this – his school organized a project where students were asked to write a letter to their heroes, while most kids wrote to celebrities, Zach wrote to the ‘real’ hero of the modern technology world – Linus Torvalds.

Since Linus works from home he doesn’t disclose his ‘work’ address, Zach’s letter went to The Linux Foundation, which scans all letters before sending them to Linus. When the foundation saw this letter they contacted Zach’s school and, being as generous as they are, invited him to LinuxCon so that he could meet his hero in person.

Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, introduced Zach to the crowd right after the keynote panel discussion. Zach met Linus and got his Linux Bible signed by the father of Linux; he also received a signed copy of Linus’ own book Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary

The DuPont family Swapnil Bhartiya with Zachary DuPont

I didn’t want to miss this opportunity so I approached the DuPont family as soon as they finished talking to Linus and arranged this video interview. I am a father of a 2 year old son and as a father, I was truly amazed how confident, articulate and clear Zach is in his thoughts.

Here is some trivia from the interview:

  • He used Arch Linux once
  • He plans to contribute once he becomes good at programming
  • He hasn’t filed any bug reports and thinks he should. He also said that he didn’t come across any bugs
  • He is not a huge fan of WINE
  • He likes KDE’s Plasma desktop, but it doesn’t work well on his Gateway machine
  • He is a Debian GNU/Linux user with XFCE desktop environment

Linus may be Zach’s hero, but Zach is the hero of the entire GNU/Linux and Free Software community, who continues to remind us that our future is in great hands.

Update: Zach has started blogging and you can check out his first blog here.

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Watch out Motorola, LG set to release 2nd generation smartwatch and it’s round

Sunday 24th of August 2014 05:34:57 PM

Last week we began to hear rumors that LG were already working on their 2nd generation smartwatch which came as a bit of a surprise.

The LG G was only released back in July at Google’s I/O event although details are now coming through that this was simply a ‘proof-of-concept’ release. Behind the scenes LG had already been working on and anticipating a much bigger (and better) smartwatch.

The LG G Watch R as its being called is due to be unveiled (and possibly released) in less than two weeks at IFA in Berlin on the 5th September. It is worth noting this is the very day after Motorola are officially releasing the Moto 360.

The release date is also not the only similarity between the two smartwatches with LG’s new offering emulating the look and style of the Moto 360 with a much rounder and more stylish but traditional looking watch.

The Moto 360 has caused waves since its first public outing at I/O with the audience visibly more excited by its look and presentation compared to the Samsung Gear or LG G. Some critics will see the release of LG’s second generation watch as an attempt to capitalize on the Moto 360’s hype. However we are hearing that the new LG ‘R’ has actually been in development for at least the last year with the two different watches ‘G’ and ‘R’ always set for this release timeframe. This does not seem to simply be LG reacting and releasing another device but instead a much more intentional and clever use of timing.

Although we started hearing rumors about this watch there was no real confirmation coming through. As of today, there is still no actual confirmation although a mysterious and alluring video is making the rounds which appeared ‘unofficially’ on the LG YouTube channel further lending itself to the rumors.

With all the talk over the last few months of the Moto 360 and its round face it might actually be LG who steals the show by releasing an equally attractive but better designed Wear device. Either way all will be revealed in the next two weeks so stay tuned.

LG or Moto? Which will you be buying?

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Cyber-attack exposed U.S. undercover agents, DHS staff

Sunday 24th of August 2014 05:34:30 PM

The internal records of as many as 25,000 workers of the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters as well as its U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection units were exposed during a recent cyber attack at a firm that handles security clearances for U.S. government employees, an agency official said on Friday.

These employees include some undercover investigators and that number could rise in coming weeks, the official added.

The breach at Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) exposed highly personal information of these workers, which include Social Security numbers, education and criminal history, birth dates along with information about spouses, other relatives and friends including their names and addresses.

It is worth mentioning here that private contractors conduct background checks on more than two-thirds of the 4.9 million government workers with security clearances, and USIS handles nearly half of that number.

“Records including this data were exposed to unauthorized users during the cybersecurity intrusion,” according to a notification letter obtained by Reuters. “We do not yet know whether the data was actually taken.”

The government contractor reported it had been targeted by a cyber-attack earlier this month, but it did not reveal how many records had been compromised. The intrusion, according to USIS, has “all the markings of a state-sponsored attack.”

The Department of Homeland Security limited operations with USIS since the breach was disclosed.

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