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  • Microsoft's new small print

    4:47am
    Summing up these 45 pages, one can say that Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company…
  • Microsoft releases tool to block Windows 10 updates

    Tue 11:42am
    Microsoft has been releasing updates to build 10240 on an almost daily basis since it hit RTM. Most of the patches are important security or bug fixes and rather useful but some have reported crashes occurring as a result of the updates. As we had previously…
  • On Hurd, Linux and cross-compiling a GNU Hurd toolchain

    Tue 11:29am
    This article is both a tutorial, a war story and a conceptual introduction to GNU Hurd in which I set up a cross-toolchain, and give a colorful tour through some rough edges of the GNU build system. My host system is Slackware Linux 14.1 (running on -current),…
  • Google starts removing Google+ from its products

    Tue 1:51am
    People have told us that accessing all of their Google stuff with one account makes life a whole lot easier. But we've also heard that it doesn't make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use.…
  • OnePlus 2 pushes boundaries of how cheap a flagship phone can be

    Tue 1:45am
    From a specs perspective, the OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and either 16GB of storage with 3GB of RAM or 64GB of storage with 4GB of RAM. The back-facing camera has a 13-megapixel sensor with optical image…
  • Plasma Phone OS, a KDE project for mobile

    Sat 1:30pm
    Plasma Phone OS (or simply Plasma Phone) is a complete software stack for mobile devices and includes the following libre technologies: Plasma Mobile (a Plasma-based shell), KWIN/KWayland, Voicecall, Ofono, RIL, OHM, Telepathy. It allows to run several…
  • If phones were designed to please their owners

    Sat 1:24pm
    BoingBoing posted a short movie by The MIT Media Lab's Knotty Objects group and noted hardware hacker Bunny Huang ask the question, "What if phones were designed to please their owners, rather than corporations?" In Southern China, where the majority of the…
  • Gmail, iOS, and OS X

    Sat 12:25pm
    Dave Winer, like Linus Torvalds, noticed something strange was happening to his e-mail, which led him to figure out what was going on.…
  • Ars' Android Auto review

    Fri 6:54pm
    Ars Technica has a review of Android Auto.…
  • Firefox 31.8.0 ported to OS/2, eComStation

    Fri 6:43pm
    Bww bitwise works has announced the fitfh beta of its Firefox port to OS/2 and eComStation. Bww bitwise works also announced that they are makking progress porting SWT/Eclipse, and that they are starting to work on porting a newer version of VirtualBox to…
  • 'The Verge's web sucks'

    Fri 6:39pm
    Did you know that The Verge delivers you to around 20 companies for advertising & tracking purposes? I didn't. That might foul up your web experience a little bit. Maybe we should try something different.…
  • Ubuntu Phone review: years in the making, still not ready

    Fri 6:13pm
    Aside from the app void and the questionable value of Scopes, Ubuntu Phone is a bit of a nightmare to use the majority of the time. Something's often refreshing in the background, causing the phone to slow down. Apps take longer to load than they should, and…
  • Electronic Arts DeluxePaint early source code

    Fri 6:09pm
    With the permission of Electronic Arts, Inc. the Computer History Museum is pleased to make available, for non-commercial use, the source code to the 1986 version I of DeluxePaint. There are 89 files of C language source, comprising almost 17,000 lines of code…
  • Kepler mission discovers bigger, older cousin to Earth

    Thu 6:01pm
    NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding…
  • Mac App Store: "half-assed"

    Thu 5:54pm
    Apple needs to change its priorities for the Mac App Store or just shut the whole thing down. As it now stands, developers who are tired of being second-class citizens are making that decision for them and leaving on their own.…