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  • Apple is about to lay down its TV cards

    Sat 10:44am
    Some very smart people I've been talking to suggest that, by building a platform, Apple is generating leverage that it can use to great effect in these negotiations. A mid-market breakout box offering is one thing, but a huge, rumbling platform with an upward…
  • * Windows: it's always the next version *

    Thu 7:18pm
    This hit the news yesterday.…
  • Google to iOS devs: disable HTTPS so we can deliver insecure ads

    Thu 1:28pm
    While Google remains committed to industry-wide adoption of HTTPS, there isn't always full compliance on third party ad networks and custom creative code served via our systems. To ensure ads continue to serve on iOS9 devices for developers transitioning to…
  • Jordan Hubbard Discusses NextBSD at BAFUG

    Wed 8:48pm
    Jordan Hubbard spoke recently at the Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group to discuss NextBSD, a "spork" of FreeBSD. He "covers why mach ports are extremely useful in some cases and no UNIX IPC primitive is an adequate substitute." There's a video of the BAFUG talk and…
  • Samsung on Galaxy Note 5's broken stylus slot: read the manual

    Wed 2:04pm
    This year's Galaxy Note 5 is an outstanding device - combining power with grace, and utility with handsome looks - but it also has a pretty major design flaw. The phone's stylus can be inserted into its silo in both orientations, which is a change from…
  • Contiki 3.0 released

    Wed 1:55pm
    Today the Contiki team announced the release of Contiki 3.0, the latest version of the open source IoT operating system! The 3.0 release is a huge step up from the 2.x branch and brings support for new and exciting hardware, a set of new network protocols, a…
  • KDE Plasma 5.4 released

    Wed 1:54pm
    This release of Plasma brings many nice touches for our users such as much improved high DPI support, KRunner auto-completion and many new beautiful Breeze icons. It also lays the ground for the future with a tech preview of Wayland session available. We're…
  • iOS 9 content blocking will transform the mobile web

    Tue 9:24am
    Over the last few days I've been testing an experimental content blocker called Crystal, which promises to speed up browsing on iOS. I've been particularly impressed by the results and taken aback by how much removing trackers, ads and other scripts makes a…
  • Torrent trackers ban Windows 10 over privacy concerns

    Tue 4:26am
    The level of Windows 10 paranoia reached new heights this week when reports suggested that Microsoft would wipe torrents and pirated software from people's hard drives. Nonsense, of course, but all the recent privacy concerns were enough to have the operating…
  • Email from a married, female Ashley Madison user

    Tue 4:22am
    Ever since I wrote on Thursday about the Ashley Madison hack and resulting reactions and consequences, I've heard from dozens of people who used the site. They offer a remarkably wide range of reasons for having done so. I'm posting below one email I received…
  • Google Now's staff exodus

    Tue 4:09am
    What went unannounced was that most of the original team that built Now had departed, many of them just before I/O, according to multiple sources. Some had grown frustrated that the product, born within Android, was shuttered into search inside of Google, they…
  • Chrome is finally getting faster on Mac

    Aug 21, 2015, 7:34 pm
    I didn't believe it would be possible at first, but after spending the better part of a week on Chrome 46 I'm blown away. Memory consumption seems to have halved, groggy slow tabs are snappier than ever and my battery life isn't shamefully bad anymore - also,…
  • bcachefs: a general purpose COW filesystem

    Aug 21, 2015, 7:30 pm
    For those who haven't kept up with bcache, the bcache codebase has been evolving/metastasizing into a full blown, general purpose posix filesystem - a modern COW filesystem with checksumming, compression, multiple devices, caching, and eventually snapshots and…
  • The enigma of Nintendo's Virtual Boy, 20 years later

    Aug 21, 2015, 7:28 pm
    Twenty years ago, on August 21, 1995, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy in North America. The stilt-legged tabletop gaming console, which offered a unique red stereoscopic 3D display, attempted to ride a wave of popular interest in virtual reality. It was a…
  • The future of developing Firefox add-ons

    Aug 21, 2015, 6:21 pm
    Today we are announcing some major upcoming changes to Firefox add-ons. Our add-on ecosystem has evolved through incremental, organic growth over the years, but there are some modernizations to Firefox that require some foundational changes to support.…