Android M's Now on Tap cyber-secretary is like Clippy on hard drugs

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 17:11
Plus: Android Pay, fingerprint tech ... but for now, only if you're a developer

Google I/O Google today showed off the latest build of Android, version M, at its annual developer conference Google I/O in San Francisco.…

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Glowforge is a CNC Laser Cutter, not a 3D Printer (Video)

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-28 17:10
Co-Founder and CEO Dan Shapiro says, right at the beginning of the interview, that the Glowforge machine is a CNC laser cutter and engraver, not a 3-D Printer. He says they've "simplified the heck" out of the hardware and software, and are making an easy-to-use, non-costly ($2500 has been bandied about as the unit's likely price) device that can fit on a kitchen table -- or, more likely, a workbench at a maker facility. Although Dan did very well on Kickstarter (and afterwards) with his previous venture, Robot Turtles, this time he seems to have raised his first $9 million in the venture capital market, with participation from several MakerBot executives. Glowforge is not the only CNC laser cutter/etcher device out there (or about to be). In Australia, Darkly Labs appears to have raised $569,397 (AUD) on Kickstarter to bring their LazerBlade to life, and already makes a small laser device called the Emblaser. There are others, too, including Boxzy, which did the Kickstarter thing and will now sell you a device that "rapidly transforms into 3 kinds of machines: CNC Mill, 3D Printer & Laser Engraver while enhancing precision & power with ballscrews." All this, and their top-of-the-line "does everything" machine sells for a mere $3500. Obviously, devices to give makers and prototypers the ability to make ever more complex and accurate shapes are coming to market like crazy. We'll continue to keep an eye on all this activity, including a second video interview with Glowforge's Dan Shapiro tomorrow.

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New Linux Based OS Brings Internet of Things Closer to Reality

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-28 17:00

LinuxJournal: Chinese firm Huawei has announced that it will be releasing an open-source Linux-based operating system named "LiteOS

Categories: linux, news, open source Shift your streams of titillating titty titles off our screens

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 16:07
But softcore is fine, so long as the ESRB approves

Gameplay broadcaster Twitch has banned users from streaming racy live video from "adult only" games.…

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Infographic: 7 strategies CIOs are using to drive digital transformation

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-28 16:00

EnterprisersProject: Companies that embrace new digital skills and technologies are more likely to experience higher profits and revenue growth, according to new research by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

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Severe weather in Texas sets rain record, leaves 16 dead

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-28 15:55
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas prepared for more flooding on Thursday while still reeling from torrential rains that killed at least 16 people, inundated major cities and set a record for the wettest month in the state's history.

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Android M Arrives In Q3: Native Fingerprint Support, Android Pay, 'Doze' Mode

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-28 15:54
MojoKid writes with yet more news from the ongoing Google IO conference: Google I/O kicked off this afternoon and the first topic of discussion was of course Google's next generation mobile operating system. For those that were hoping for a huge UI overhaul or a ton of whiz-bang features, this is not the Android release for you. Instead, Android M is more of a maintenance released focused mainly on squashing bugs and improving stability/performance across the board. Even though Android M is about making Android a more stable platform, there are a few features that have been improved upon or introduced for this release: App Permissions, Chrome Custom Tabs for apps, App Links (instead of asking you which app to choose when clicking a link, Android M's new Intent System can allow apps to verify that they are rightfully in possession of a link), NFC-based Android Pay, standardized fingerprint scanning support, and a new "doze" mode that supposedly offers 2X longer battery life when idle.

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My Humble Little Game Collection

Linux Journal - Thu, 2015-05-28 15:52

I currently have the flu. Not the "sorta queasy" stomach flu, but the full out Influenza with fever, aches and delirium-ridden nightmares. Bouts of crippling illness tend to be my only chance to play games. Thankfully, since I'm such a terrible gamer, being sick doesn't really hurt my skills very much! more>>

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LPIC 117-102 Exam Real Questions and Answers - Thu, 2015-05-28 15:41 Linux certifications have helped individuals to develop a sense of distinction among the IT professionals. Talking about the detailed objectives of the LPI 102 junior level Exam 102, then we come to know that this certification covers the basic skills of Linux certification.
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Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-28 15:09
jones_supa writes: USB Type-C connection is showing up in more and more devices, and Google is rolling support for the interface in its Android M operating system. The most significant additions relate to the USB Power Delivery spec. Charging will now work in both directions. That effectively means that Type-C devices can be used as external batteries for other devices. Android M is also finally introducing a feature that musicmakers have been long asking for: MIDI support. This builds on some of the audio features Google introduced in Android 5, including reduction in latency, multichannel audio stream mixing, and support for USB microphones, amplifiers, speakers, and other accessories. As others have written, music and media creation apps are much more prevalent in iOS than they are in Android, and Google hopes turning that around.

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Five Reasons to Use Linux

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-28 15:00

 FOSSforce: Quite simply, most of us use desktop Linux because it's superior to all other brands

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FCA, Honda, BMW expand recalls of vehicles with Takata air bags

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-28 14:51
DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda Motor Co and BMW on Thursday expanded recalls of vehicles with potentially deadly air bags made by Takata Corp, after the Japanese manufacturer last week boosted the number of vehicles affected to 53 million globally.
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Google to unleash lurching army of THINGS with Brillo OS, Weave

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 14:39
New Internet of Stuff platform to take on ... well, everybody else

Google I/O Google is going after the Internet of Things with a brand-new platform aimed at powering a broad range of connected devices.…

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FCC boss sketches out bargain broadband for hard-up Americans

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 14:32
Because being penniless is no excuse to have crappy dialup

Tom Wheeler, chairman of US internet watchdog the FCC, has asked the regulator's commissioners to offer broadband to poor Americans via the Lifeline program.…

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Cloud Boom Drives Sales Boom For Physical Servers

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-28 14:28
jfruh writes: The promise of the cloud is that your storage and computing problems will be abstracted away from messy physical objects that you need to maintain, taken care of far way by other people. Well, it turns out that those other people need to buy a lot of servers.

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How to install Asterisk 13 on Debian

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-28 14:00

 HowToForge: Asterisk is a Open Source framework for building communication applications

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Chip chef Avago gobbles up Broadcom for $37 BEEEELLLION

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:58
17bn in greenbacks – the rest in shares

As rumored this week, chip designer and supplier Avago is buying chip designer Broadcom in a cash-and-stock deal worth $37bn (£24bn). Broadcom is probably best known to Reg readers as the biz behind the BCM system-on-chips found in the Raspberry Pi and various other gizmos.…

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Urges America To Challenge China To a Space Race

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:43
An anonymous reader writes: According to a Tuesday story in the UK edition of the International Business Times, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the celebrity astrophysicist and media personality, advocates a space race between the United States and China. The idea is that such a race would spur innovation and cause industry to grow. The Apollo race to the moon caused a similar explosive period of scientific research and engineering development. You might prefer the Sydney Morning Herald piece on which the IB Times article is based.

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Indian music streaming service Ganaa hacked, site yanked offline

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:32
Frustrated 'white hat' reportedly went large after being ignored

Service has been suspended, and passwords reset, following a hack against Indian music streaming service Ganaa.…

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Apple fails to disqualify antitrust monitor in e-books case

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:23
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple Inc's bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor appointed after the technology company was found liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.

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