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In wake of Anonabox, more crowdsourced Tor router projects make their pitch

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Last week, Ars reported on the story of Anonabox, an effort by a California developer to create an affordable privacy-protecting device based on the open source OpenWRT wireless router software and the Tor Project’s eponymous Internet traffic encryption and anonymization software. Anonabox was pulled from Kickstarter after accusations that the project misrepresented its product and failed to meet some basic security concerns—though its developers still plan to release their project for sale through their own website.
But Anonabox’s brief campaign on Kickstarter has demonstrated demand for a simple, inexpensive way to hide Internet traffic from prying eyes. And there are a number of other projects attempting to do what Anonabox promised. On Kickstarter competitor Indiegogo there’s a project called Invizbox that looks almost identical to Anonabox—except for the approach its team is taking to building and marketing the device.

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3 Alternatives to the Adobe PDF Reader on Linux

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Adobe has pulled the plug on supporting its PDF reader app for Linux. This should come as no surprise, as the last time Adobe Reader for Linux was updated came in May 2013. But until recently, you could at least download and install Reader on your Linux desktop machine. Now? You can’t. If you go to the Adobe Reader site, you’ll find the Linux installer is no longer available.

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Kodi 14.0 Beta Is Getting Closer to Release

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Kodi 14.0 is the successor of the current XBMC project and it will be out in a few months, but until then, the developers have detailed some of the changes and improvements that will be made available with this new release.

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Top 4 Linux network managers

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Part of your command line toolset, ifconfig can be used from your CLI or terminal emulator and is the bedrock of network management – many other network managing tools roll this up as part of the package, while some people prefer to use it direct. Check the docs for instructions on the options available.

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Wine 1.7.29 Is Still Implementing DirectWrite

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A day after the debut of CodeWeavers CrossOver 14.0, Wine 1.7.29 is now available.

Going back several months over these bi-weekly Wine 1.7 development releases, developers have been working on DirectWrite support. DirectWrite is a text layout and glyph rendering API with hardware aceleration that began in the Windows 7 days to replace their GDI(+) interface. DirectWrite is an alternative to the open-source Pango and Cairo libraries. With today's 1.7.29 release, this Microsoft API is still being targeted.

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CrossOver 14.0 Makes Installing Windows Apps Easier

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CodeWeavers has put out a major new release of their Wine-based CrossOver software.

CodeWeavers' CrossOver 14 features improvements to the installation of Windows binaries by using a new automatic configuration feature for detecting/downloading/installing system components needed to run particular Windows applications. CrossOver 14.0 also boasts support for Quicken 2015 and supports a number of new upgrades.

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Quad-core media player runs Kodi/XBMC on OpenElec Linux

SolidRun’s tiny, $100 “CuBoxTV” media player runs OpenElec Linux and Kodi (formerly XBMC) on a quad-core i.MX6 SoC, and offers 100Mbps+ video decoding. The CuBoxTV is the first Freescale i.MX6 based media player to run the Kodi (formerly XBMC) multimedia distribution, says Israel-based SolidRun. CuBoxTV is closely based on the company’s latest i.MX6 based CuBox mini-PC, which now sells for $80 to $140, depending on the number of Cortex-A9 i.MX6 cores and other features. The CuBoxTV, which is available only with the quad-core i.MX6 SoC, goes for a sale price of $100. Read more

Canonical Is Still Considering Turning the Phone into a Mini-PC

Canonical is working to complete their idea of convergence with the launch of Ubuntu Touch, a new operating system for mobile devices. The desktop flavor of Ubuntu will eventually share the same code with the mobile one, and their plans go even further than that. Read more