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Blog entry GNOME Release Party Manchester Roy Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 9:19pm
Story Debian-based WiFi router adds security and parental controls Rianne Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 9:18pm
Story IPFire 2.19 - Core Update 105 released Roy Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 9:13pm
Story Linux Graphics Roy Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 2:14pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 1:54pm
Story Games for GNU/Linux Roy Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 1:52pm
Story Security News Roy Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 9:59am
Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 9:59am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 9:56am
Story Red Hat Financial News Roy Schestowitz 23/09/2016 - 9:56am

Server Administration

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  • Parity Check: Beware the Public Cloud Bandwagon [Ed: uses the Clown Computing buzzword]

    To determine how far along a company is in their cloud migration, McKinsey asked over 800 CIOs and senior IT executives if at least one corporate workload was primarily run on a particular cloud tier. For large enterprises, only 24 percent were using a virtual private cloud in 2015, but that skyrockets to 71 percent in 2018. Ditto public cloud, with large enterprise use going from 10 percent in 2015 to 51 percent in 2018.

  • Oracle Takes On Amazon in Cloud Infrastructure

    Oracle set its sights on cloud infrastructure leader Amazon Web Services on Sunday, introducing a new cloud platform to combine the elasticity of private cloud with the performance, security and regulatory compliance of on-premises computing.

    Larry Ellison, Oracle's founder and CTO, announced the new services from the opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's big customer conference, which kicked off Sunday.

  • Mesos at Strava
  • DevOps: How to Persuade Your Boss to Buy In [Ed: uses the DevOps buzzword]

    So there you are, you and your ace tech team, all excited about DevOps. You know that DevOps is the methodology that will move you past "yak shaving" and into building an IT infrastructure that will streamline and move your company forward. But how do you sell this to your bosses, and especially your non-technical bosses? Victoria Blessing, Operations Engineer for the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, described the basics in her LinuxCon North America 2016 presentation.

    To start, Blessing explained the meaning of "yak shaving,” which was coined by Carlin Vieri at MIT. It refers to a series of tasks that must be completed in order for you to be able to do what you were trying to do in the first place. While it can really be applied to any aspect of life, it's something that we, in IT, constantly fall victim to. Getting caught up in the little details it takes to get things done, and then we're constantly fighting fires. It's a part of the culture problem that we have."

  • IBM (IBM), Hortonworks (HDP) Announce Open Source Distribution on Power Systems

    IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Hortonworks (NASDAQ: HDP) today announced the planned availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP®) for IBM Power Systems enabling POWER8 clients to support a broad range of new applications while enriching existing ones with additional data sources.

    HDP's secure, enterprise-ready open source Apache Hadoop distribution provides clients with a highly scalable storage platform designed to process large data sets across thousands of computing nodes. For enterprise users running POWER8-based systems, the first microprocessor designed for big data and analytics, Hortonworks provides a new distribution option for selecting a cost-effective platform for running their big data and analytics workloads. This open source Hadoop and Spark distribution will complement the performance of Power Systems by allowing clients to quickly gain business insights from their structured and unstructured data.

  • Canonical and IBM Deepen Their OpenStack Partnership

    Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is spreading out with its OpenStack eforts. It has announced that Ubuntu OpenStack is now available for IBM customers who want to manage their own OpenStack cloud across IBM platforms such as IBM z Systems, IBM LinuxONE and IBM Power Systems, including IBM’s newly announced OpenPOWER LC servers. This is an expansion of the companies’ hybrid cloud partnership, and many instances of OpenStack already run on top of Ubuntu.

    As the OpenStack marketplace shifts, there is a shortage of people available to build secure and private clouds. IBM reports that it is following in the footsteps of companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Bloomberg and Time Warner Cable in making Ubuntu OpenStack available to customers as a tested and supported cloud solution.

  • Making installation easy, Hackathon winners, and more OpenStack news

Qt Graphics with Multiple Displays on Embedded Linux

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Development
Linux
  • Qt Graphics with Multiple Displays on Embedded Linux

    Creating devices with multiple screens is not new to Qt. Those using Qt for Embedded in the Qt 4 times may remember configuration steps like this. The story got significantly more complicated with Qt 5’s focus on hardware accelerated rendering, so now it is time to take a look at where we are today with the upcoming Qt 5.8.

  • Qt's Comprehensive Display/Graphics Options

    Qt developer Laszlo Agocs has written a thorough walkthrough for the official Qt blog about the different Qt graphics options with multiple displays on embedded Linux.

    This walkthrough provides a look at the state of Qt graphics on Qt 5.7~5.8, particularly for the embedded use-case. Among the backend options for Qt with EGLFS are KMS/DRM using GBM buffers, KMS/DRM with EGLStreams, Vivante fbdev, Broadcom Dispmanx (Raspberry Pi), Mali fbdev, and X11 full-screen windows. Yes, Qt does support KMS/DRM with EGLStreams/EGLDevice for NVIDIA's Linux driver support -- for those that didn't know, the approach NVIDIA has been pursuing for NVIDIA Wayland support.

Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks

GNOME News

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GNOME
  • You’re Invited to the UK GNOME Release Party This Friday

    Are you in the UK? Within reasonable reach of Manchester? And a fan of the GNOME desktop? You're invited to the UK GNOME Release Party taking place this Friday…

  • GNOME's GUPnP Released After A Decade Of Development

    Version 1.0 of GNOME's GUPnP has been released after about a decade in development along with the associated GSSDP project.

    GUPnP provides a framework around creating UPnP (Universal Plug n Play) devices and control points. GUPnP is designed around GNOME technologies like GObject. GSSDP is what implements the SSDP resource discovery and announcements.

Linux Devices

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Linux
  • Raspbian Likely To Use Firmware-Based KMS For Raspberry Pi As Temporary Measure

    Eric Anholt has been working at Broadcom for more than two years to develop the "VC4" open-source Linux graphics driver stack consisting of the DRM/KMS kernel driver and VC4 Gallium3D driver in user-space. While there's been 2+ years of work and tons of progress made, it's still not feature-complete compared to the older proprietary driver and as an interim solution Eric has hacked up a firmware-based KMS path.

  • Turn Your Feature TV Into A Smart TV For $30

    I used Android rather than a Linux distribution because wanted to add smart TV capabilities to my basic TV and not use it as a desktop PC. Beyond that, Android has a far richer app ecosystem than desktop Linux. Whether you are talking about Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime or whatever,…everything is available on Android as an app. And, if you want to use it as a casual gaming system then everything from Angry Birds to Asphalt is available, too. You just need to find a compatible Bluetooth game controller that works with Android.

    Although this is a full-fledged smart TV setup with 4K support, it can also support casual web browsing and let you get some work done.

  • HackADay: Controlling computers and stuff with the mind

    I am very slothful. I let computers do my work. That's why I became a sysadmin. In this article I am going to describe how I lifted up my lazyness to the next level by triggering a command with my mind to install a new virtual machine with: MariaDB, Nginx and Wordpress.

    [...]

    In the next video clip, I recorded a proof of concept. First I got a connection with my headset (the light turns blue), then it took me a while to be focused. As soon as I have a focus level of 80, my program will turn on a LED and call ansible-playbook. In the clip we will see that in my Amazon AWS-Console a new virtual machine will start and install Wordpress, MariaDB and Nginx. At the end of the clip, I will copy the IP-address of the new host and connect to the Wordpress-Page on it.

  • What Drones Did for the Sky, Robot Subs Are About to Do for the Sea

    One of the first in this field was OpenROV, a group that uses Linux computers and Kickstarter funding to develop their submersibles. Led by NASA engineer Eric Stackpole, the group launched a 5 lb. consumer/educational ROV the size of a laptop in kit form for just $900 in 2012. Their latest model, shipping in November, is the Trident. This sub is small enough to fit in a rucksack under an airplane seat. Trident's tether connects to a floating, towed buoy with a Wi-Fi connection to the operator, giving a new level of freedom.

  • Artificial Intelligence, The Search For The Perfect Slave

    Take, as first example, Mycroft, which started as “a friendly AI virtual assistant for Linux users” but, as you will see, can find its “places” at home to help. And, it is open source. So, there is no limit to what you can adapt it to.

  • i.MX6 UltraLite COM offers up to 64GB on-board eMMC
  • Skylake box-PC targets transportation applications

Android Leftovers

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Android

Leftovers: OSS

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OSS
  • Adept Releases Open-Source Energy Measurement Tools for Parallel Hardware

    Over its three-year lifespan, Adept has investigated energy consumption in parallel hardware and software. Energy efficiency is becoming a serious consideration for developers of high-performance and high-throughput computing systems. As computers become more powerful, they inevitably consume more energy – unless the technology is improved so they become more efficient.

    [...]

    The Adept Tool Suite consists of three parts: a benchmark suite, power measurement infrastructure, and power and performance prediction tool.

  • Riot wants to be like Slack, but with the flexibility of an underlying open source platform

    In the ‘old days’ there were plenty of messaging apps and aggregators, but they survived in an open source world. Today, business models dictate that platforms like Slack must keep their messages to themselves.

    It would be nice if open-source alternatives could bring back the days of flexibility, combined with today’s world of excellent user experience. What if Slack were simply an excellent tool running on an underlying open-source platform? Could it create the same value?

    Riot (formerly known as Vector while it was running in Beta) is a new UK-borne app hoping to have a crack at that.

  • Orange to test AT&T's open source ECOMP platform

    Orange’s R&D division Orange Labs Network plans to test ECOMP, an open source platform designed by AT&T for creating and managing software-centric network services. ECOMP, which stands for Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy, will be released to the wider telecom industry as an open source offering managed by the Linux Foundation.

  • MongoDB cofounder explains what to do when a project has gone off track

    It has happened to nearly every technology leader. A project that seemed like an excellent idea when you started it either drifted off course, proved too ambitious or not as useful as originally thought. What do you do when you're in the middle of a project that you realize is not going well?

    Eliot Horowitz, CTO and co-founder of open source database company MongoDB, knows this problem first-hand. In an interview with The Enterprisers Project, he explains what happened when he and his co-founder realized they had to pull the plug on the original version of their technology.

  • Open Source OpenPokeMap Project Will Enable Anybody To Run A Pokemon Go Tracker

    The 3rd party development community around Niantic's hyper successful Pokemon Go game is not slowing down. A new project will enable everybody interested to run his own Pokemon Go map service. OpenPokeMap is an open-source, open-infrastructure map for Pokemon Go. The developer behind FastPokeMap is supporting the project as a "consultant." He says that OpenPokeMap is similar to FastPokeMap.

  • NetBeans Going to Apache: Is Java Next?

    Most followers of open source probably weren't surprised by Wednesday's fuss over NetBeans' possible move from Oracle to the Apache Software Foundation. If you missed it, it started with an announcement on the NetBeans website that "Oracle has proposed contributing the NetBeans IDE as a new open-source project within the Apache Incubator."

    The announcement goes on to indicate the move is being made out of the goodness of Oracle's heart. "Oracle is relinquishing its control of NetBeans and introducing it to Apache's widely accepted governance model, which will provide new opportunities to the NetBeans community and stimulate further code contributions."

  • Microsoft (MSFT) news recap: Microsoft loves open source, Garage gets a new look and more [Ed: Microsoft advocacy site repeats the Big Lie; Microsoft still lobbies against FOSS, e.g. in India this year]
  • Code Editor Wars Redux: Vim, Emacs Fire Salvoes
  • GNU Emacs 25.1 Text Editor Arrives with Enhanced Network Security Features
  • LA launches open source business portal

    The open source LA Business Portal was funded by the Small Business Administration's Start Up In A Day initiative and used the codebase of San Francisco’s Business Portal as a foundation for LA's code.

    As an open source project, the LA Business Portal can help cities without the resources or capacity to build a solution from the ground up improve their business climate, officials said. The startup guides and starter kits for popular business types will be made available to be adapted and used by other local government entities.

Development News

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Development
  • Ada Gets Promoted To Being A First-Class Language In Coreboot

    Coreboot has mainlined a months-old patch to make the Ada programming language "a first class citizen" in this low-level open-source project.

    As of today in Coreboot GNAT runtime system was also added today for the Ada code.

  • LLVM Still Pursuing Apache 2.0 License + GPLv2 Compatibility

    COMPILER --
    It's been a while since last talking about the discussions among LLVM developers about re-licensing the project. The re-licensing is moving forward and they are settling on the Apache 2.0 license plus explicitly stating compatibility with GPLv2.

    For the past year they've been eyeing the Apache 2 license for the LLVM stack over their University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License, which is similar to the three-clause BSD license.

  • Update on Node.js npm Tool and Express Module

    The second day at Node Interactive Europe last week had two keynotes that concentrated on specific tools and modules. Kat Marchán talked about the npm packaging tool, and Doug Wilson explored the state of the express module.

  • Git Developers Want Your Feedback (2016 Git Survey)

Microsoft 'Love', Openwashing, and More Layoffs

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft
  • Does Microsoft really love Linux?

    Microsoft has always had an…uneasy…relationship with Linux, to say the least. But a writer at The Verge is convinced that Microsoft does indeed love Linux these days, and that its stormy Linux past is now behind the Redmond giant.

  • PerfView is now Open Source On GitHub [Ed: Microsoft uses PerfView in an openwashing effort in order to market proprietary Visual Studio, which adds surveillance to compiled code]

    The readme associated with the GitHub repository has getting started information (how to fetch the repository, how to build, test and deploy the code. We use Visual Studio 2015. You can download a free copy of Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition that has everything you need to clone, build test and deploy PerfView. Thus you can get going with PerfView RIGHT NOW. The instructions on the PerfView repository tell you how to get started even if you know nothing about GIT (although knowing something about GIT and Visual Studio certainly helps).

  • Microsoft will close its Skype office in London [Ed: in recent years, as Microsoft pretends to be "Open" (it's the opposite), layoffs have become routine at the company]

    Microsoft is going to close Skype’s London office, in a move that could impact the jobs of the nearly 400 people employed there. The company told the Financial Times that is will “unify some engineering positions,” but that it “will be entering into a consultation process to help those affected by the redundancies.”

    The London office is a key part of Skype’s history, since it was the primary engineering site and headquarters of the company before Microsoft acquired it, and it also survived Skype’s strange interlude under the ownership of eBay before it was acquired by the big M.

    While the move is no doubt a blow to London’s tech scene, some former insiders told the FT that it’s also not a surprise to see it go, largely because a steady stream of executive departures over the last few years have foretold a shift in the locus of power at the company. Post-acquisition, Microsoft has also done a lot of product work on Skype, with plenty of integration with Office 365 and a number of feature introductions that bring it closer in line with Slack.

Ubuntu Phone OTA-13

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Ubuntu

Wine-Staging 1.9.19

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Software
  • Wine-Staging 1.9.19 Released

    Wine-Staging 1.9.19 was released this weekend as the latest experimental patch-set atop of the newest bi-weekly Wine release.

  • Release 1.9.19

    The Wine Staging release 1.9.19 is now available.

Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming
  • Dragon Bros action platformer release in Early Access with Linux support

    We certainly aren't short on action platformers! Dragon Bros [Official Site, Steam] recently released with Linux support in Early Access.

  • Check out 'Binaries' if you fancy an eye bending challenge on Linux

    The developer of 'Binaries' [Official Site, Steam] sent me a copy of their game to check it out and it's impressive. It's a platformer where you're controlling two balls at the same time, each in slightly different level layouts, it's genius.

    The game was quietly released for Linux a few months after the Windows version and the developers forgot to even announce it. They only announced it at the start of this month. So you can be forgiven for not knowing about it.

    The game is made by Ant Workshop Ltd, who come from my own homeland of the UK. That hasn't swayed me towards it at all though (honest!), it's just a brilliantly designed game. It also has a small amount of our terrible humour in it.

  • Face hell in 'Devil Daggers', now available for Linux

    Are you ready to face hell? I sure wasn't apparently. Devil Daggers [Official Site, Steam] is now out for Linux and I took a little look.

    Devil Daggers is a first-person arena style shooter, you're essentially always trying to beat your previous scores, and everyone else. What's really cool is you can download a replay of anyone's game to see how they did it. The game is rather simplistic, but it's brilliantly designed to hook you in.

  • Unigine 2.3.1 Now Supports GPGPU Computing Via Compute Shaders, Renderer Improvements

Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Updates for Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04 & 12.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

Just a few moments ago (September 19, 2016), Canonical published several security advisories to inform the Ubuntu Linux community about the availability of new Linux kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu releases.

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Also: Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Zorin OS 12 Linux Enters Beta with Many New Features

Solus Users Are the First to Get the Mozilla Firefox 49 Web Browser, Update Now

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OS

The Solus developers announced a few moments ago on their project's official Twitter account that the latest Mozilla Firefox 49.0 web browser has landed in the main software repositories.

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Universal prototyping shield supports numerous Arduino models

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Linux

On Indiegogo, Awesome PCB’s $13 “ArduShield” prototyping shield supports a wide variety of Arduino boards, including the Uno R3, Mini, Mini Pro, and Nano.

The ArduShield “universal” prototyping shield is notable for supporting a wide variety of Arduino boards, including the Mini and Mini Pro. Created by Polish developer Szymon Mackow at his company, Awesome PCB, the ArduShield is available for $13 for another 23 days on Indiegogo, where it has successfully funded. (The $8 early birds are all gone.) A $17 version adds a breadboard, and $22 gives you two ArduShields. All packages ship in November. A stretch goal has added a footprint for a WS2812 RGB LED.

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Black Lab Linux 7.7 Officially Released with Latest Security Updates from Ubuntu

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Linux
Ubuntu

Today, September 19, 2016, Black Lab Software's CEO Robert J. Dohnert informs Softpedia about the release of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported Black Lab Linux 7 computer operating system series.

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After Ten Years, Vim (Vi IMproved) 8.0 Open-Source Text Editor Is Here

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OSS

After ten long years, the popular Vim (Vi IMproved) open-source and cross-platform text editor used by many programmers worldwide has received a major update that brings lots of interesting new features and improvements.

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Top 10 Open Source CRM

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OSS

Clearly, finding the right open source CRM (customer relationship management) for your business isn't as simple as randomly selecting one. To be sure, there are plenty of good open source CRM apps, but still: you must carefully weigh features, function, licensing and support, for your own needs.

In this article, I'll share my top open source CRM picks. And with any luck, you'll find one that'll be a great match for your business!

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Ubuntu OTA-13 lands with new keyboard languages and more

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Ubuntu

Although not very popular, Canonical has been ploughing ahead with its Ubuntu Touch OS. Today, the latest over-the-air update has arrived on devices. OTA-13 brings with it several improvements including to language support and performance.

Ubuntu OTA-13 introduces Copy and Paste on legacy applications, Korean and Latvian keyboards, an improved Emoji keyboard and various app startup time improvements (calendar, calculator, camera, dialer). The release also brings with it various synchronization improvements: users will now be able to sync multiple calendars and have the option to sync these calendars with the open-source cloud solution, OwnCloud.

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It’s official, Linux was released on September 17, 1991

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Linux

25 years ago, on August 25, 1991 Linus Torvalds announced the kernel he was working on. That kernel later became Linux. August 25th is celebrated as the birthday of Linux. But the interesting fact is that August 25 is not the date when Linux was released.

In an interview during LinuxCon North America (Toronto), Torvalds told me that the first release of Linux (version 0.01) was never announced publicly. He uploaded it to an FTP server and sent an email about it to people who showed interest in it.

When I asked about the date for the first release, he said that didn’t remember the date as he lost all the emails about it. Later, during a keynote discussion with Dirk Hohndel (VP and chief open source officer of VMware) at LinuxCon, he said that the only way to find the date is by finding the tarball of the first release and check the time-stamp.

On September, 17, 2016, Torvalds announced on Google+

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  • Google just saved the journalist who was hit by a 'record' cyberattack
    Google just stepped in with its massive server infrastructure to run interference for journalist Brian Krebs. Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks. Now just days later, Krebs is back online behind the protection of Google, which offers a little-known program called Project Shield to help protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship. And in the case of Krebs, the DDoS attack was certainly that: The attempt to take his site down was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service allegedly created by two Israeli men that would carry out cyberattacks on behalf of paying customers.
  • Krebs DDoS aftermath: industry in shock at size, depth and complexity of attack
    “This attack didn’t stop, it came in wave after wave, hundreds of millions of packets per second,” says Josh Shaul, Akamai’s vice president of product management, when Techworld spoke to him. “This was different from anything we’ve ever seen before in our history of DDoS attacks. They hit our systems pretty hard.” Clearly still a bit stunned, Shaul describes the Krebs DDoS as unprecedented. Unlike previous large DDoS attacks such as the infamous one carried out on cyber-campaign group Spamhaus in 2013, this one did not use fancy amplification or reflection to muster its traffic. It was straight packet assault from the old school.
  • iOS 10 makes it easier to crack iPhone back-ups, says security firm
    INSECURITY FIRM Elcomsoft has measured the security of iOS 10 and found that the software is easier to hack than ever before. Elcomsoft is not doing Apple any favours here. The fruity firm has just launched the iPhone 7, which has as many problems as it has good things. Of course, there are no circumstances when vulnerable software is a good thing, but when you have just launched that version of the software, it is really bad timing. Don't hate the player, though, as this is what Elcomsoft, and what Apple, are supposed to be doing right. "We discovered a major security flaw in the iOS 10 back-up protection mechanism. This security flaw allowed us to develop a new attack that is able to bypass certain security checks when enumerating passwords protecting local (iTunes) back-ups made by iOS 10 devices," said Elcomsoft's Oleg Afonin in a blog post.
  • After Tesla: why cybersecurity is central to the car industry's future
    The news that a Tesla car was hacked from 12 miles away tells us that the explosive growth in automotive connectivity may be rapidly outpacing automotive security. This story is illustrative of two persistent problems afflicting many connected industries: the continuing proliferation of vulnerabilities in new software, and the misguided view that cybersecurity is separate from concept, design, engineering and production. This leads to a ‘fire brigade approach’ to cybersecurity where security is not baked in at the design stage for either hardware or software but added in after vulnerabilities are discovered by cybersecurity specialists once the product is already on the market.

Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit. We gave you an exclusive glimpse into the trials last year, where you could compare the specialised proprietary encoders with the Raspberry Pi-powered encoders. “We believe that there is a significant level of demand from smaller radio stations for small scale DAB, and that a wider roll-out of additional small scale services into more geographic areas would be both technically possible and commercially sustainable,” notes Ofcom. Read more