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Google's Massive New Android Update Just Launched, But Some Users Are Already Reporting A Big Problem

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Some users are reporting that there's an issue with Google's new Android 5.0 Lollipop update that prevents them from sending text messages, according to a thread in Google's official forum for tracking bugs in Android (via Phone Arena).

In the original complaint, one user says he or she is unable to send SMS text messages. The message would appear to be sent, but the receiver would never actually get the text.

The problem appears to be affecting specific carrier versions of the Nexus 5, according to the posts in the forum that date back to Nov 16.

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Running XFCE on Chrome OS

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I know what you are thinking. Big deal. Folks have been running Crouton, Chrubuntu, and even Xubuntu for some time now on their Chromebooks. Yes, but what about running XFCE straight from the cloud itself. A webapp, if you may, without an offline mode.

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Digitimes Research: Lenovo, Asustek to launch US$149 Chromebook

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Lenovo and Asustek are expected to release Chromebooks using Google-certified solutions from China-based Rockchip in the first half of 2015 at the latest, and their devices are expected to be priced at US$149, a new low for notebook products, according to Digitimes Research's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain.

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Red Hat Launches Linux Container Beta With Docker And Google Kubernetes Support

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Red Hat recognizes the changing face of enterprise computing involves containerization technology and to that end, they announced a Beta release of their Linux container platform called Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host.

Containerization is a new trend that offers a more efficient and faster way to deliver applications than virtual machine technology. In a sense, it’s another step in virtualization that takes the concept and strips it down even further to produce greater resource efficiencies and faster deployment.

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Google Open Sources Sophisticated Network Security Tool

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Google has announced an open source tool for testing network traffic security called Nogotofail. The project is now available on GitHub, and Google is inviting the community to work with it and help improve the security of networks and the Internet.

Many people are familiar with the “HTTPS everywhere” tool, and a related Firefox add-on, which protect online security. Nogotofail is a roughly similar tool, but is more robust. Here are the details.

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Also: Google Releases Nogotofail Tool to Test Network Security

Chromebooks: Debunking the misconceptions

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Chromebooks are the little laptops that could. They are relatively inexpensive and have capabilities that can work for a wide range of companies and consumers.

That's if they are given a chance. There are some common misconceptions about Chromebooks and Chrome OS that prevent many from trying them.

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Lenovo to launch low-cost Chromebook in early 2015

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Lenovo reportedly will launch Chromebook models targeting the sub-US$170 segment in early 2015, a move which will further drag down profits for notebook vendors, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

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nogotofail: Google's Open Source Network Traffic Security Testing Tool

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Lately, it seems that the only news we hear is what other multinational company has been hacked and how many records were accessed. We have always been security conscience, but it does appear that hackers and malware have been making us even more so lately. Unfortunately, this is neither something new, nor something that is likely to go away.

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Google Cloud Platform Live: Introducing Container Engine, Cloud Networking and much more

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Our Partner Lounge at the SF event features Tableau, Red Hat, DataStax, MongoDB, SaltStack, Fastly and Bitnami. Bitnami announced its Launchpad for Google Cloud Platform featuring almost 100 cloud images, enabling our users to deploy common open source applications and development environments on our infrastructure in one-click. Fastly announced a new offering called Cloud Accelerator, a collaboration with Google Cloud Platform that improves content delivery and performance at the edge.

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Google Chrome 40.x Dev Released, PDF Rotation Buttons Finally Fixed

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It's not clear what Google is doing with the version numbers for Chrome, but for now it looks like 40.x is not really a problem. The devs are still making small improvements to the application and each new edition brings a few new features.

There are three different branches for Google Chrome: stable, Beta, and dev. The dev version is where all the major changes are implemented and it's the most unstable of all. The Beta iteration is all about fixes and smaller changes, and the stable one is used by the majority of users. There is very little incentive to use anything else than the stable branch, but users are always welcome to test the others.

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Patent Troll Kills Open Source Project On Speeding Up The Computation Of Erasure Codes

Via James Bessen, we learn of how a patent trolling operation by StreamScale has resulted in an open source project completely shutting down, despite the fact that the patent in question (US Patent 8,683,296 for an "Accelerated erasure coding system and method") is almost certainly ineligible for patent protection as an abstract idea, following the Supreme Court's Alice ruling and plenty of prior art. Erasure codes are used regularly today in cloud computing data storage and are considered to be rather important. Not surprisingly, companies and lawyers are starting to pop out of the woodwork to claim patents on key pieces. I won't pretend to understand the fundamental details of erasure codes, but the link above provides all the details. It goes through the specific claims in the patents, breaking down what they actually say (basically an erasure code on a computer using SIMD instructions), and how that's clearly an abstract idea and thus not patent-eligible. Read more