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Will the Apple Watch apps be any good?

OSNews.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:50
The trouble is, no one really knows what makes a good Watch app yet. Apple can hand guidelines to developers, but even it doesn't know for certain how people are going to want to use the watch. Developers almost have to code for it, though - waiting means losing ground, users, and publicity to other apps - so thousands are now taking a crack at it and hoping that they get it right. Even of they aren't any good yet, they will improve rapidly once the Apple Watch is in the hands of the millions of users who have pre-ordered them (and the many millions more buying them over the coming months). We'll have to wait for the real applications to arrive later this year, when the native SDK arrives. The current ones are just small shells who have to beam virtually everything over from your iPhone, causing lots of performance issues across the board. I do hope they get better looking though, because my god, the current crop is clunky, busy, and ugly. Those dark transparent backgrounds everywhere remind me of old Android widgets.

Mozilla Taps New CEO

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
The company looks to John Lilly to grow its business while ex-CEO Mitchell Baker focuses on Mozilla's vision.
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Old-School SUSE Executives Take Over Open-Xchange

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
Two of pre-Novell SUSE's top executives are taking the open-source groupware company Open-Xchange.
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Torvalds Still Will Not License Linux Under GPL v3

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
The Linux creator said copyright owners would have to agree to licensing changes, and those who didn't would have to rewrite code.
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OpenVZ to Release Pre-made Ubuntu VMs

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
OpenVZ, the open-source community arm of SWsoft, will soon be releasing ready-to-run Ubuntu server and desktop virtual machines.
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After SCO Dies

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
Opinion: Could Novell open-source Unix? What will OpenServer customers do? Can Sun claim some customers for OpenSolaris?
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Interoperability Still Stumbling Block for Open Source in 2008

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
Enterprise customers want open-source solutions to continue to work together over update cycles.
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NeoOffice: The Open-Source Office Suite Alternative for Macs

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
Opinion: Yes, it's great news that Microsoft will be releasing a new version of Microsoft Office for the Mac, but before calling in your credit card number, you should check out a free, open-source alternative: NeoOffice.
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Rocket gOS 2.0, the Latest Ubuntu-Google Marriage, Days Away

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
The new version of gOS, the desktop Linux, which combines Ubuntu with dedicated links to Google applications, will be unveiled at CES.
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A More Open Microsoft

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
Your Linux and Mac clients won't be left out in the cold when Microsoft upgrades its Windows Server 2008 software later this year.
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Debian 4.0 Gets Security Update

Linux.eWeek.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:35
One of the most popular of the community Linuxes saw out the old year with a new security release.
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The new releases of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, etc. are now available

OSNews.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:33
The new Ubuntu, Kubuntu, etc. are now available and include the change to systemd as the init system, new versions of LibreOffice, Firefox, Chromium, etc. The big change in Kubuntu is KDE Plasma 5 as the default desktop, and also KDE Applications 14.12.

Virtual Telescope Readied To Image Black Hole's 'Ring of Fire'

Slashdot.org - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:05
astroengine writes: With the addition of a telescope at the southern-most point of Earth, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) now spans the diameter of our planet and, when the vast project goes online, astronomers will get their first glimpse of the bright ring surrounding a supermassive black hole. Using a method known as Very Long Baseline Interferometry, or VLBI, astronomers can combine the observing power of many telescopes situated at distant locations around the planet. The distance between those observatories, known as the "baseline," then mimics a virtual telescope of that diameter. Now, in an attempt to make direct observations of the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy, located at a powerful radio emission source called Sagittarius A*, the South Pole Telescope (SPT) at the National Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station has been linked to the EHT and the stage is set for a historic new era of exploring the most extreme objects in the known universe. "Now that we've done VLBI with the SPT, the Event Horizon Telescope really does span the whole Earth, from the Submillimeter Telescope on Mount Graham in Arizona, to California, Hawaii, Chile, Mexico, Spain and the South Pole," said Dan Marrone of the University of Arizona. "The baselines to SPT give us two to three times more resolution than our past arrays, which is absolutely crucial to the goals of the EHT. To verify the existence of an event horizon, the 'edge' of a black hole, and more generally to test Einstein's theory of general relativity, we need a very detailed picture of a black hole. With the full EHT, we should be able to do this."

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GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 5.1 Has Been Officially Released with Powerful New Features

LinuxToday.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:00

softpedia: GCC 5.1 comes after one year of development and it introduces full C++14 language support

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iOS WiFi Bug Allows Remote Reboot of All Devices In Area

Slashdot.org - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:24
New submitter BronsCon writes: A recently disclosed flaw in iOS 8 dubbed "No iOS Zone" allows an attacker to create a WiFi hot spot that will cause iOS devices to become unstable, crash, and reboot, even when in offline mode. Adi Sharabani and Yair Amit of Skycure are working with Apple for a fix; but, for now, the only workaround is to simply not be in range of such a malicious network.

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No Linux, no Docker, no cloud OS? Think again - InfoWorld

Linux News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:10

InfoWorld

No Linux, no Docker, no cloud OS? Think again
InfoWorld
OSv runs existing Linux applications, but is not itself Linux; it's entirely new and written from the ground up in C/C++. It can run on a slew of hypervisors and virtual machine systems, or in cloud environments like Amazon EC2 or Google Compute Engine.

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Sourcegraph: A free code search tool for open source developers

LinuxToday.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:00

 opensource.com: Learn how to build better code with Sourcegraph, a search engine and code browser that helps developers find better code and build software faster.

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Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

Slashdot.org - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:43
HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports that President Obama has offered an emotional apology for the accidental killing of two hostages held by Al Qaeda, one of them American, in a United States government counterterrorism operation in January, saying he takes "full responsibility" for their deaths. "As president and as commander in chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations," including the one that inadvertently took the lives of the two captives, a grim-faced Obama said in a statement to reporters in the White House briefing room. The White House earlier released an extraordinary statement revealing that intelligence officials had confirmed that Warren Weinstein, an American held by Al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian held since 2012, died during the operation. Gunmen abducted Warren Weinstein in 2011 from his home in Lahore, Pakistan. They posed as neighbors, offered food and then pistol-whipped the American aid worker and tied up his guards, according to his daughter Alisa Weinstein. The White House did not explain why it has taken three months to disclose the episode. Obama said that the operation was conducted after hundreds of hours of surveillance had convinced American officials that they were targeting an Al Qaeda compound where no civilians were present, and that "capturing these terrorists was not possible." The White House said the operation that killed the two hostages "was lawful and conducted consistent with our counterterrorism policies" but nonetheless the government is conducting a "thorough independent review" to determine what happened and how such casualties could be avoided in the future.

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30 Things to Do After Minimal RHEL/CentOS 7 Installation

LinuxToday.com - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:00

 tecmint: You may start using the OS as soon as you install it, but to make the most out of your system you need to perform a few updates

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Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War

Slashdot.org - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:57
retroworks writes: Two stories appear today which feature close up photos of young African men surrounded by scrap metal in the city of Accra. The headlines state that this is where our computers go to die (Wired). The Daily Mail puts it in even starker terms, alleging "millions of tons" are dumped in Agbogbloshie. The stories appear the same day as a press release by investigators who returned this week from 3 weeks at the site. The release claims that Agbogbloshie's depiction as the worlds "largest ewaste dump site" to be a hoax. It is a scrap automobile yard which accounts for nothing more than local scrap from Accra. Three Dagbani language speaking electronics technicians, three reporters, Ghana customs officials and yours truly visited the site, interviewed workers about the origins of the material, and assessed volumes. About 27 young men burn wire, mostly from automobile scrap harnesses. The electronics — 20 to 50 items per day — are collected from Accra businesses and households. The majority of Accra (population 5M) have had televisions since the 1990s, according to World Bank metadata (over 80% by 2003). The investigation did confirm that most of the scrap was originally imported used, and that work conditions were poor. However, the equipment being recycled had been repaired and maintained, typically for a decade (longer than the original OECD owner). It is a fact that used goods will, one day, eventually become e-waste. Does that support a ban on the trade in used goods to Africa? Or, as the World Bank reports, is the affordable used product essential to establish a critical mass of users so that investment in highways, phone towers, and internet cable can find necessary consumers?

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