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Open-source competition for Android, iOS

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The open source offering called Tizen, based on the Linux operating system, is expected to be installed on telephones sold from the end of March, NTT Docomo spokesman Jun Otori told AFP.

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Siduction 2013.2 review

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So the first distribution review of 2014 turns out to be that of a Linux distribution that I’ve never published any article about, one that I’ve never actually used.

And that distribution is Siduction, a desktop distribution based on Debian Unstable branch. The latest release – Siduction 2013.2, features 32- and 64-bit variants of five desktop distributions – GNOME 3, KDE, LXDE, Razor-Qt and Xfce. To see what it has to offer, I wanted to install all five editions, but after a bad experience with the installer, I stopped after managing to install the KDE and GNOME 3 editions.

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Huawei Unveils Android-Based Tron Game Console

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Huawei is set to enter the console wars with its own Android-based mini-console. The Chinese company unveiled the "Tron" this week at the Consumer Electronics Show and it could hit the market in May for a mere $120 or less.

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Fedora 20 Officially Released for IBM System z 64-Bit

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Dan Horák has announced on January 8 that the Fedora 20 (Heisenbug) Linux operating system is now available for download for the IBM System z (s390x) 64-bit systems.

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Linux powers smart LED bulbs, crockpot, maker kit

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Belkin is expanding its line of WeMo home automation products with smart LED bulbs, an automated crockpot, and a Maker kit for WeMo-izing your own devices.

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Bitcoin is the Linux of payments. And its killer apps will be for US dollars

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Bitcoin is the Linux of payments. And its killer apps will be for US dollars. by Druce Vertes

I was scanning the news the other day, and someone on Hacker News mentioned that half the items above the fold on StreetEYE were about Bitcoin. And I said to myself, I haven’t seen the neckbeards this excited since the early days of Linux.

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Linux Support Is Priority Over Streaming For Steam Machines

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Steam Machines is being positioned to be important, not only for the Linux Foundation, but for PC hardware manufacturers.

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Announcing Apache CloudStack 4.2.1

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The Apache CloudStack project is pleased to announce the 4.2.1 release of the CloudStack cloud orchestration platform. This is a minor release of the 4.2.0 branch which released on Oct 1, 2013. The 4.2.1 release contains more than 150 bug fixes. As a bug fix release, no new features are included in 4.2.1.

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Kali Linux 1.0.6 Released with LUKS Self-Destruction Feature

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Kali Linux 1.0.6 is the first release to introduce an amazing feature called "emergency self-destruction of LUKS," which allows users to quickly nuke the entire installation in case of an emergency.

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Full-featured Android smartwatches debut at CES

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None of the high profile smartwatch launches expected in 2014 appeared at CES this year, but as we await rumored wristwear from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others, there were plenty of interesting smartwatches on display. Most follow the path of the Pebble watch, typically with minimalist operating systems running on microcontrollers, monochrome displays, and a focus on Bluetooth tethering. Here, we instead examine two relative newcomers that offer substantial smartphone-like Android capabilities: the Neptune Pine and the Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0.

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  • NTPsec: a Secure, Hardened NTP Implementation
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  • Zelda Coatings
    I assume that every permutation of scams will eventually be tried; it is interesting that the initial ones preyed on people's avarice and dishonesty: "I will transfer millions to your bank account, then you share with me" - with subsequent scams appealing to another demographic: "I want to donate a large sum to your religious charity" - to perhaps capture a more virtuous but still credulous lot. Where will it end ?

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