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It’s an Unobtrusive Assistant Whispering in Your Ear (Not Little Brother)

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Brazilians become more confident about m-commerce

Brazilians are becoming more confident about buying products and services via their mobile devices, according to recent research. The Ipsos survey commissioned by online payments firm Mercado Pago with 450 Internet users suggests that some 45 percent have made some type of payment via smartphones in 2015. By comparison, only 21 percent had pay for something via their phones in… Read more →

3 iPhone accessories to start off your new year right

The huge ecosystem for iPhone accessories is a good incentive for companies to make the investment needed to get a product in the store. These accessories include those designed to improve the iPhone owners world. Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor Keeping blood pressure in check can go a long way to keeping you healthy. This monitor is an accessory that… Read more →

Must-see talks from 2015’s Chaos Communication Congress hacker conference

Image by Thorsten Schroeder This year’s Chaos Communication Congress (32C3: Gated Communities) featured four days of superb talks and discussions on hacking and politics, and lucky for those who couldn’t attend, the legendary infosec conference already has its talks recorded and ready to view online. Much ado was made about the talk on train hacking and the passionate panel on… Read more →

Must-see talks from 2015’s Chaos Communication Congress hacker conference

Image by Thorsten Schroeder This year’s Chaos Communication Congress (32C3: Gated Communities) featured four days of superb talks and discussions on hacking and politics, and lucky for those who couldn’t attend, the legendary infosec conference already has its talks recorded and ready to view online. Much ado was made about the talk on train hacking and the passionate panel on… Read more →

Microsoft in 2015: Windows 10 ruled the most-read roost

As I did last year around this time, I’m sharing a list of the posts on my “All About Microsoft” blog clicked on most over the past 365 days, with the stats provided to me from ZDNet. This year, anything and everything about Windows 10 garnered a lot of interest. Microsoft made Windows 10 generally available on July 29, 2015… Read more →

xkcd in reverse – Thing Explainer explained

Randall Munroe, author of the xkcd comic strip, is a geek hero. Not only do his cartoons include maths, science and computer programming, he doesn’t dumb them down for a mass audience. You’re expected to understand mathematical symbols and jokes that revolve around logic… though there’s an Explain xkcd Wiki if you don’t. However, Monroe’s latest large-format book – Thing… Read more →

Microsoft pledges to inform users of state surveillance, account hacking

Microsoft has pledged to inform users if their online communications are being targeted and monitored by government entities and state actors. Following the trail blazed by Facebook, Twitter and Google, the Redmond giant says the firm will notify users if any part of their Microsoft account — including Outlook.com email and OneDrive has been “targeted or compromised by an individual… Read more →

Tor Project launches bug bounty program

Anonymizing network Tor has secured the help of sponsors to launch a bug bounty network designed to stamp out vulnerabilities which may risk user privacy. The new bug bounty program is due to start in the new year, launching first as an invite-only scheme before opening up fully to researchers. The Tor Project is a non-profit organization which operates the… Read more →

Daily Report: A Happy Holiday for Amazon

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How to customise your Linux desktop: Enlightenment

This series started off as being about customizing some common Linux desktops (Xfce, KDE, Gnome 3, Cinnamon, MATE, and LXDE). Then the previous post looked one layer lower, at the Openbox window manager. Now I am going even further off the beaten path, to look at Enlightenment. Let’s start with some disambiguation. Enlightenment is sometimes referred to simply as “e”…. Read more →

Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dies at 42, cause unknown

I’d known Ian Murdock, founder of Debian Linux and most recently a senior Docker staffer, since 1996. He died this week much too young, 42, in unclear circumstances. Ian Murdock backed away from saying he would commit suicide in later tweets, but he continued to be seriously troubled by his experiences and died later that night. Docker merely stated that… Read more →