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Top 4 Linux screenwriting software

LXer Linux News - 1 hour 4 min ago
We put pro suites and no-frills tools to the test in search of the perfect place to write a script

Measuring the size and state of the commons

LXer Linux News - 2 hours 58 min ago
At its heart, Creative Commons is a simple idea. It’s the idea that when people share their creativity and knowledge with each other, amazing things can happen.read more

Ubuntu Touch RTM Update 10, Important Milestone Achieved

LXer Linux News - 4 hours 53 min ago
The Ubuntu Touch operating system has reached a new milestone and Canonical has released a new update for the RTM branch, bringing the entire project a little closer to a shippable version that can run smoothly and without any bugs.

The trick to make passengers accept driverless cars

CNN - Tech News - 4 hours 53 min ago
Industry experts debate on how the perception of driverless cars must be changed before they can be accepted as the future of transportation.

Devuan -- forking Debian without systemd

LXer Linux News - 6 hours 47 min ago
Devuan (pronounced "Dev One") aims to be a base distribution whose mission is protect the freedom of its community of users and developers. Its priority is to enable diversity, interoperability and backward compatibility for existing Debian users and downstream distributions willing to preserve Init freedom.

Raspberry Pi and Coder by Google for beginners and kids

LXer Linux News - 7 hours 56 min ago
Coder is an experiment for Raspberry Pi, built by a small team of Googlers in New York. It converts a Raspberry Pi into a friendly environment for learning web programming. It is ideal for beginners and requires absolutely no experience with coding.read more

Smart sports equipment turns phones into coaches

CNN - Tech News - 9 hours 45 min ago
There's a new crop of tools to calculate the speed of a pitch, the strength of a putt, the arch of a basketball toss and the quality of a serve. They aren't for professional ballplayers or touring golfers. These pro-level gadgets are coming for casual sports, from pick-up games to little league.

Server monitoring with Nagios on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and Debian Wheezy

LXer Linux News - 9 hours 51 min ago
This document describes how to install and configure Nagios in Ubuntu 14.04 Server.[he]nbsp[/he] Nagios is a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes.

Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon Is Out and the Best So Far

LXer Linux News - 11 hours 45 min ago
Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" Cinnamon has been released and is now available for download. The new version of the operating system features a major update for the desktop environment, along with a multitude of other upgrades.

Your green commute is finally here

CNN - Tech News - 12 hours 45 min ago
Ever hopped in a taxi and sat in traffic for hours whilst pedestrians and cyclists sailed past your window? If so, you may wondered whether you're part of the problem and not the solution. As public transport networks continue to improve in many African cities, taxis remain a common mode of getting around.

Six Clicks: The six fastest computers in the world

LXer Linux News - 17 hours 26 min ago
In November 2014, the top six supercomputers all run Linux, but that's about the only thing they have in common.

Mobile Mentor gets close and personal with iProximity

ITWire - 18 hours 16 min ago

Enterprise mobility specialist Mobile Mentor will incorporate iProximity's beacons into its solutions portfolio under a new partnership arrangement between the companies.

Mobile Mentor offers a range of enterprise mobility solutions based on products from well-known vendors including Airwatch, BlinkMobile, BlackBerry and Citrix.

The company has now partnered with iProximity to use that company's beacon products allowing for highly localised marketing and information services.

iProximity's platform covers QR codes and NFC tags and TapBoards as well as Bluetooth-based beacons.

{loadposition stephen08}"We believe beacon technology will provide really useful context to the mobile experience and when you combine context with content, the user experience gets much richer," said Mobile Mentor CEO Denis O'Shea.

"We look forward to the positive impact which iProximity's beacon solutions will have on our client's mobility projects."

Mobile Mentor and iProximity are hosting a free webinar ‘How Beacons create Value for Business’ on 4 December 2014. Registrations are being accepted here.

Battle for Wesnoth 1.12 Has Big New Features Overview, What’s New, Screenshots

LXer Linux News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 23:26
Battle for Wesnoth is one of the flagship open-source games, with a huge, dedicated community and an almost unmatched feature-completeness among the open-source games.

Program Arduino on your Raspberry Pi

LXer Linux News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 20:08
You can interface a Raspberry Pi with Arduino components – now learn how to program them from the Pi and control robots like the Makeblock. Learning to code is one of the best things about owning a Raspberry Pi for a lot of people. Python and C are easy enough to start with on the Pi and you can get great results in a short time. When it comes to physical computing and making, though, not much beats using the Arduino IDE to control the open source controllers, servos and sensors associated with the system. Once set up, we can also use the Pi to program the Makeblock robot we reviewed in issue 142 of Linux User & Developer, using either the built-in commands or your own code.

Space, the final frontier for 3-D printing

CNN - Tech News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:58
We're used to seeing manufacturer tags that read "Made in the USA," "Made in Taiwan" or "Made in..." just about anywhere on the globe. But this week, for the first time, an item can read "Made in Space."

NBN in talks with Qantas, Virgin for in seat, inflight Internet!

ITWire - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 19:27

Wish you could get a real Internet connection when flying about Australia rather than just on-board entertainment? NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow says talks are underway and it could happen as soon as late next year. 

 

At a business luncheon in Melbourne yesterday, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow said he had been in talks with Qantas and Virgin on the ‘possibility’ of both airlines finally being able to offer inflight Internet to passengers, according to the Herald Sun

 

It has been around for a long time in the US and other parts of the world, although the recent case of a passenger being seriously overcharged would be making all inflight Wi-Fi users want to closely check the included amount of data and the terms and conditions. 

 

Even so, those problems would hopefully not pertain to Australians, as we would be using two NBN satellites due to launch next year to deliver 12Mbps download speeds and 1Mbps upload speeds. 

 

If everyone on the plane was using and was paying for inflight Internet, that connection could get saturated fast, but the reality is that most passengers wouldn’t be paying for the service just yet, even though over time, Internet in the sky will eventually be as cheap, commonplace and expected without a second thought as it is here down on the ground. 

 

{loadposition alex08}Being able to access the Internet in the sky is a very cool thing, you can chat with people on IM or send emails, watch YouTube videos, even make VoIP calls. In the US you can pay a fixed price for inflight access on some airlines, but it hasn’t arrived in Australia as yet as we haven’t had the necessary satellites in space to deliver Internet directly to planes as they do in the Northern Hemisphere. 

 

So, let’s hope the talks accelerate and it really does happen, it’s just a shame we might have to wait until the end of 2015 or sometime in 2016 first.

Software AG's Wooster shifting to Sydney

ITWire - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 18:21

Software AG's James Wooster is moving from the UK-based role of senior vice president for intelligent business operations to become the Sydney-based vice president for Australia and New Zealand sales

Regarding his new position of vice president for Australia and New Zealand sales Software AG's James Wooster said "I own the licence revenue number for the ANZ business" along with certain other objectives such as growth and profitability.

He's feeling upbeat after reviewing the company's performance in various regional markets, suggesting the opportunities are as great here as they are in South Africa, "which is really hot at the moment."

"There are lots of good things to say about the ANZ market," Wooster told iTWire. "I feel genuinely positive" about the opportunities.

{loadposition stephen08}Wooster was working in a headquarters role - senior vice president for intelligent business operations - tasked with looking for new opportunities for the company's more recent products in regions such as EMEA, APJ and Latin America when he received a phone call from chairman and CEO Karl-Heinz Streibich asking him to take up the job in Sydney.

When he starts his new role on 1 January, he will report to Steve Keys, senior vice-president for Asia-Pacific and Japan, Middle East and Turkey, who is also based in Sydney.

Wooster plans to start by focusing on two key areas.

One is the delivery of complex business solutions, with a particular emphasis on working with partners. Software AG has aggressive goals for 2015 in terms of increasing its influence and revenue through partnerships, he said.

Within the context of the solutions selling strategy, Wooster highlighted the potential of Alfabet (Software AG's portfolio management and enterprise architecture product, which he said is "very well differentiated from the competition") and ARIS (an enterprise management product with "a huge footprint" both globally and locally, where there is no serious competition, he claimed).

The other key area - not surprisingly - is cloud. The company's flagship product, webMethods Integration Server, was released in cloud form in October, and this is a potential gamechanger for the company's enterprise customers, he said.

Software AG will give equal weight to on-premises and cloud software within particular markets, said Wooster. "It should be irrelevant" to a customer's decision about using a particular product, as it is just a deployment issue.

The new job does have its challenges, he concedes.

"Our brand and the company are better known in other parts of the world," he told iTWire. Even though its sub-brands such as webMethods and ARIS are well known, "we need to to a little bit more in terms of the company's brand recognition."

To that end, he has brought another Software AG employee to Australia - Jason Donnelly, who will be marketing manager for ANZ.

"Jason has some very creative ideas," said Wooster, and he has been given the largest marketing budget in five years.

When it comes to the company's salesforce, the general strategy will be to shift the emphasis from individual products to complete solutions. Wooster said the sales team is capable of doing that, but he will encourage them to 'think bigger' about solutions and he expects this will lead to substantially larger - as in multi-million dollar - contracts.

We have large and happy customers in Australia "that want to do more business with us," he said, so the plan is to make it easier for them to deal with Software AG, at the same time as going after new business.

He cited Telstra as "a very happy user" of the company's Terracotta suite, which is used to handle "an absolutely huge" amount of data. Telstra is ahead of some UK telcos when it comes to big data analytics, Wooster said.

But he noted that big data opportunities correlate with population, implying they are relatively limited in ANZ, though there is interest in the financial services and retail sectors. Although the amount of data at fast moving consumer goods companies is not particularly large, they can benefit from the speed of analytics tools designed for big data environments, he said.

4 Cutting Edge Web Browsers

LXer Linux News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 18:13
The usage share of web browsers is dominated by a few mature applications. Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera account for around 95% of all desktop web browsing activity. However, there are a myriad of other web browsers that are worth investigating.

Linux still owns supercomputing

LXer Linux News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:19
In the latest Top500 supercomputer ranking, Linux once more totally dominates the fastest of all computers.

Not so fast on data retention, says committee

ITWire - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 14:34
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has started another inquiry into the Government’s planned data retention bill.

The bill seeks to implement a mandatory telecommunications data retention regime. It contains measures to require telecommunications suppliers in Australia to retain certain data for two years.

As it stands, the data to be retained does not include a person's web-browsing history, or the content of a communication, email or social media post. The bill also limits those able to access telecommunications and stored data to enforcement agencies with a demonstrated need and with appropriate internal procedures to protect privacy.

 

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