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Ed Tech Battle Royale: Tablets and netbooks and hybrids, oh my!

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zdnet.com: A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that Dell had sent me three of their flagship educational products for review. At the same time, I received a Motorola Xoom WiFi tablet for the day job.

New Linux Laptop from ERACC – Self-Review

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blog.eracc: If you are interested in a new laptop pre-loaded with Linux or shipped with a bare drive for self-install read on.

NVIDIA Gets Happy, Puts Out Two New Blobs

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phoronix.com: NVIDIA has put out two new proprietary Linux driver updates. One of the drivers is a pre-release in the 270.xx series that largely is after bug-fixing, but the second driver is more interesting as it's the first (development) NVIDIA Linux driver release in the 275.xx series. The NVIDIA 275.09 beta driver brings new features.

HP Pavillion dm1-3105ez

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Hardware

zdnet.co.uk/blogs: Let me say that I don't need any "check Linux compatibility before you buy" lectures. I know what I am doing. How does it do with Linux?

Intel invokes Linux to calm fears of Windows 8 on ARM

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Hardware

theinquirer.net: Intel spoke of its support for Linux-based operating systems to quell fears that Microsoft's support of ARM chips will nullify its competitive advantage over rivals.

Dual-Monitor Setups Are Ideal for Open Source Enthusiasts

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ostatic.com: If you happen to work each day around other computer users, you've probably noticed that more and more of them have dual-monitor setups on their desktops. A closer analysis of this phenomenon reveals that certain kinds of users benefit most from having two monitors instead of one.

My new Ubuntu-flavoured ThinkPad is computing heaven

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Ubuntu

guardian.co.uk: This week, I finally got my new Lenovo ThinkPad X220, the latest and skinniest in the Lenovo X-series of fast, skinny, rugged, all-black, no-nonsense machines.

What’s up with ARM

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Hardware

linuxfoundation.org: Over the course of the last month or so, numerous people have asked me for my opinion on what’s going on with the ARM architecture in Linux. It seems time to broadcast those thoughts more widely.

NVIDIA Optimus Unofficially Comes To Linux

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phoronix.com: NVIDIA's Optimus multi-GPU technology now works under Linux. Well, at least for some notebooks, it's been hacked together by an open-source developer and in fact is working to use both Intel and NVIDIA graphics processors simultaneously with the respective drivers. This is the best Linux implementation we've seen yet.

Speeding Up The Linux Kernel With Your GPU

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phoronix.com: Sponsored in part by NVIDIA, at the University of Utah they are exploring speeding up the Linux kernel by using GPU acceleration. Rather than just allowing user-space applications to utilize the immense power offered by modern graphics processors, they are looking to speed up parts of the Linux kernel by running it directly on the GPU.

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    Twitter has banned advertising from Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab since January, the head of the firm, Eugene Kaspersky, has disclosed.  

  • When you go to a security conference, and its mobile app leaks your data
     

    A mobile application built by a third party for the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week was found to have a few security issues of its own—including hard-coded security keys and passwords that allowed a researcher to extract the conference's attendee list. The conference organizers acknowledged the vulnerability on Twitter, but they say that only the first and last names of 114 attendees were exposed.

  • The Security Risks of Logging in With Facebook
     

    In a yet-to-be peer-reviewed study published on Freedom To Tinker, a site hosted by Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, three researchers document how third-party tracking scripts have the capability to scoop up information from Facebook's login API without users knowing. The tracking scripts documented by Steven Englehardt, Gunes Acar, and Arvind Narayanan represent a small slice of the invisible tracking ecosystem that follows users around the web largely without their knowledge.

  • Facebook Login data hijacked by hidden JavaScript trackers
     

    If you login to websites through Facebook, we've got some bad news: hidden trackers can suck up more of your data than you'd intended to give away, potentially opening it up to abuse.

Beginner Friendly Gentoo Based Sabayon Linux Has a New Release

The team behind Sabayon Linux had issued a new release. Let’s take a quick look at what’s involved in this new release. Read more

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