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The Heartbleed drama queens

LXer Linux News - 1 hour 19 min ago
The media's coverage of Heartbleed has gone way over the top and has regressed into mindless bashing of open source software.

Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 Screenshot Tour

LXer Linux News - 3 hours 20 min ago
Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavour of Ubuntu developed specially for users in China and, unlike other official variants, generously promoted on the Ubuntu website. What's new in version 14.04? "In this final release, the Linux kernel is upgraded to 3.13 and Unity is upgraded to 7.2. Specifically designed for efficient Chinese input, 14.04 LTS uses the Sogou Input Method, a typing tool that provides intelligent predictive search and auto-completion. Sogou, combined with the Kingsoft WPS office suite, makes Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS even faster and easier to use when creating documents and browsing the web.

Enable one-click minimize feature in Ubuntu 14.04

LXer Linux News - 5 hours 14 min ago
Here's how you can enable the one-click to minimize feature in Ubuntu 14.04.

Use LightDM lock screen instead of Unity in Ubuntu 14.04

LXer Linux News - 7 hours 8 min ago
How to switch back to the old lock screen in Ubuntu 14.04.

Linux & SteamOS Earn The 400 Games Badge

LXer Linux News - 9 hours 3 min ago
An interesting little note is that when you look into how many games Steam has that are now on Linux, the figure has surpassed 400!

Create Vector Graphics with Open Source Software

LXer Linux News - 10 hours 57 min ago
This article identifies the finest open source vector graphics editors. Vector editors are ideal for technical illustrations, diagramming, flowcharting, artistic illustrations, promotional posters, banners, signage, logos, typography, vehicle wraps and layout. Bitmap editors are more suitable for retouching, photo processing, photorealistic illustrations, collage, and illustrations drawn by hand with a pen tablet.

Install tweak tools in Ubuntu 14.04

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:58
Add GNOME Tweak Tool and Unity Tweak Tool to your Ubuntu 14.04 system.

More on Google’s Search Algorithm (does it favor Google+?)

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:04
Can search results this high really have another explanation?

Nike to Fuel Apple iWatch?

ITWire - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 20:57

Nike is about shoes – making and selling millions of pairs. Little wonder that its underperforming FuelBand fitness tracker is facing the chop. It may power Apple’s iWatch fitness app instead.

According to a report from CNet it has flagged that about 55 of its 70 of its Fuel related staff will be made redundant. It will not release a new version of its band but the existing FuelBand SE will remain on sale for now. It has shelved all future physical product projects under the Digital Sport imprimatur.

Employee unrest has hit the social networks - "The douchebag execs at Nike are going to lay off a bunch of the engineering team who developed the FuelBand, and other Nike+ stuff. Mostly because the execs committed gross negligence, wasted tons of money, and didn't know what they were doing," one post said.

Nike’s response was that the FuelBand SE remains "an important part" of their business going forward. "We will continue to improve the Nike+ FuelBand App, launch new METALUXE colors, and we will sell and support the Nike+ FuelBand SE for the foreseeable future."

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It has long been rumoured that Nike will use its Fuel app to provide the heath app for the anticipated Apple iWatch – Apples CEO Tim Cook being on Nike’s Board fuels this.

"Apple is in the hardware business. Nike is in the sneaker business. I do not think Apple sees Nike as competitive. It's likely that an Apple hardware offering would be supportive of the Nike software," Jim Duffy, a Nike analyst with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, said when speaking with CNET last week. "Nike would be content to let Apple sell devices, as long as they would be supportive of the apps."

To be very clear the FuelBand is a competent product but its iPhone only app and lack of some key features on more recently released smart/fitness health bands make it nowhere near the category killer that Nike demands.

Hands on with Ubuntu 14.04: The best Ubuntu desktop ever

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:09
I still find Ubuntu with Unity the best desktop of all for users who don't know computers and just want something easy to use.

OpenSSL and Linux: A Tale of Two Open-Source Projects

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:15
The Heartbleed bug has cast a bright and not entirely flattering light on the open-source movement’s incentive model. When a crucial and ubiquitous piece of security code like OpenSSL — left vulnerable for two years by the Heartbleed flaw — can be accessed by all the world’s programming muscle, but only has one full-time developer and generates less than $2,000 in donations a year, clearly something is amiss. But then there’s Linux.

Add applications to panel, desktops or favorites in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 15:41
How to add programs to the panel, desktop or favorites in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon.

Heartbleed: Security experts reality-check the 3 most hysterical fears

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 13:46
Heartbleed has dominated tech headlines for a week now. News outlets, citizen bloggers, and even late-night TV hosts have jumped on the story, each amping up the alarm a little more than the last one. But while it's true Heartbleed is a critical flaw with widespread implications, several security experts we've spoken with believe the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic.

Kubuntu 14.04 Screenshot Tour

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:52
Welcome to Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, a brand new long-term supported version with the latest KDE software to enjoy. Long-term support means that bug fixes and security updates will be added for the next 5 years, so you can be safe to use it until 2019. New releases of important KDE software will also be available from the Kubuntu Updates and Kubuntu Backports PPAs.

Microsoft Abandons Windows 8.1: Take Immediate Action Or Be Cut Off Like Windows XP

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 09:58
Microsoft MSFT -0.97% has been on a roll lately. Office for iOS (and soon Android), free Windows licenses for small devices, universal Windows and Windows Phone apps, Siri rival Cortana, even a promise to eventually return the start menu before Windows 9. But when it comes to Windows 8, it seems the company has a permanently loaded pistol aimed squarely at its feet.So it fits that just one week on from the launch of ‘Windows 8.1 Update 1’ (the smart upgrade mouse and keyboard users have long awaited) stupidity would strike once again.

Ubuntu 14.04 ships with tablet support and improved touch

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 08:31
Canonical released Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, with five-year support, enhanced touchscreen support, and the first stable build of Ubuntu for Tablets. Back in November 2011 when Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu would support apps that ran on smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop PCs, Ubuntu 14.04 was heralded as the “convergence” release that would […]

Open source trounces proprietary software for code defects, Coverity analysis finds

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:51
Forget bad headlines generated by the Heartbleed flaw, when it comes to code defects open source is still well ahead of proprietary software, generating fewer coding defects for every size of project, according to a new analysis by scanning service Coverity.

Disable online searches from Ubuntu 14.04 Dash

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:54
Here's how you can use a script to disable online searches in the Ubuntu 14.04 Dash.

Heartbleed: Security experts reality-check the 3 most hysterical fears

LXer Linux News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:57
Everything's been hacked! Change all your passwords but not yet! Security experts cut through the Heartbleed hype. But while it's true Heartbleed is a critical flaw with widespread implications, several security experts we've spoken with believe the sky-is-falling tone of the reporting is a bit melodramatic.

Nikon wins Reds Dot awards for three products

ITWire - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:04

The prestigious Red Dot awards are hotly contested – this year 4815 products from 1816 companies in 53 countries were submitted. Nikon gained two awards for its cameras and one for its binoculars.

Looking like the tail pipes from the original Star Ship Enterprise, these futuristic Aculon T51 10x24 binoculars (10X zoom and 24mm objective lens) make both a fashion statement in silver or black and are great for travel, theatre, music, and sporting events. Price online – around A$350.

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Nikon's Df camera also received a Red Dot Award. This 16.2MP camera has an ISO range of 50-204,800 that coupled with its EXPEED 3 image processor and 8cm, 921K dot LCD makes photography easy and intuitive. It uses standard Nikkor F mount and autofocus lenses. Price is around $3000 plus lenses.




Nikon's D5300 won the entry-level category. It is a 24.2MP, DX format, Wi-Fi equipped camera with a 3.2” LCD viewfinder. It is designed for happy snappers. It also uses Nikkor F mount and autofocus lenses. Price around $600 plus lenses.


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