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Top 5 Features in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Practical Technology - Thu, 25/07/2013 - 3:14pm
Most people won’t find a new version of Android to be as sexy as the latest Nexus 7 tablet, nor will they find it as entertaining as Google’s answer to Apple TV, the Chromecast, but it will be bringing many new, strong features for both developers and end-users. Here’s my list of the best of [...]

Puppet: An easy way to build servers on your cloud

Practical Technology - Fri, 19/07/2013 - 10:19pm
Anyone can set up and run a single server instance on a cloud. That’s easy. Few people can set up multiple server instances on a cloud that can efficiently and automatically shift gears to match the rise and fall of user demand. That’s hard. And that’s where cloud configuration management programs such as Puppet, Chef, [...]

Can any tablet OS challenge Android and iOS?

Practical Technology - Fri, 19/07/2013 - 10:15pm
Based on Microsoft’s latest earnings report, its Surface RT is a flop. This, in turn, means that Windows RT has failed. But, there are many other would-be tablet operating system challengers to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Seriously, though, do any of them have a real shot? Can any tablet OS challenge Android and iOS? [...]

Happy Birthday OpenStack! How did you grow up so fast?

Practical Technology - Fri, 19/07/2013 - 10:12pm
Three years ago, on July 19th, 2010, Rackspace and NASA introduced OpenStack. Then, it was just another cloud stack project, a promising one but only one among many. Fast forward to today and OpenStack’s list of backers is a technology giant’s who’s who: HP, IBM, Red Hat, VMware, the list goes on and on. How [...]

Third-party app released to fix Bluebox Security Android hole

Practical Technology - Wed, 17/07/2013 - 7:56pm
Almost two-weeks after Bluebox Security announced a vulnerability in Android’s security model that could enable attackers to convert most Android applications into Trojans, and more than a week after Google released the fix for it, the vast majority of Android OEMs has yet to patch the hole. So, Duo Security and Northeastern University’s System Security Lab [...]

Eucalyptus 3.3 arrives with additional Amazon cloud features

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 7:52pm
Say you want a private cloud, but you also want to be able to expand out into the public cloud when you must? What can you do? One answer is use Eucalyptus 3.3, which can work hand in glove with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Eucalyptus 3.3 arrives with additional Amazon cloud features. More [...]

Linux 3.11: Linux for Workgroups

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 7:51pm
Almost twenty-years ago in August 1993, Microsoft released its second networked version of Windows: Windows for Workgroups 3.11. It wasn’t a success. Success for Microsoft in a network-enabled operating system would come in the same year with Windows NT. On Sunday, July 14 2013, with a wink, Linus Torvalds released the first version of the [...]

Meet Utilite, new Raspberry Pi rival

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 12:29am
Cheap, low-end PCs – such as the Raspberry Pi and Parallella — have become quite popular with do-it-yourself fans. Now, CompuLab, an Israeli computer OEM, is throwing its hat into the ring with its $99 Utilite mini-PC, which might also serve businesses well. Meet Utilite, new Raspberry Pi rival. More >

Android should embrace a Windows-style security update model

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 12:28am
When it comes to security, Android 2013 is a lot like Windows in the 1990s and much of the 2000s: A mess. Still, Microsoft got one thing right with security early on. Starting with Windows 98, Microsoft released regular direct-to-user security updates with Patch Tuesday. It’s high time Google followed Microsoft’s lead and start implementing [...]

Oracle to halt development of Sun virtualization technologies

Practical Technology - Tue, 16/07/2013 - 12:26am
Oracle has decided to stop development on its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Sun Ray Software and Hardware, and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client product lines. Some Oracle partners, which received the news over the weekend, are not happy with this change. Oracle to halt development of Sun virtualization technologies. More >

Android OEMs slow to roll out Bluebox Security patch

Practical Technology - Fri, 12/07/2013 - 7:58pm
The scary news was that Bluebox Security had worked out a way to break Android’s security model. In theory, this could be exploited with almost any Androids apps. The hopeful news was that Google quickly released a patch for the security hole to phone original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s . The annoying news is that almost [...]

PaRSEC: Designing software for the exascale supercomputer generation

Practical Technology - Fri, 12/07/2013 - 7:54pm
Anyone who programs for high-performance computing (HPC) knows that what works for standard computing doesn’t work for supercomputers. Now, with exascale supercomputers, which will be able to do a quintillion (1018 or 1,000 quadrillion)  floating point operations per second, in sight by decade’s end, it’s time for software to get ready to handle this new [...]

Chromebooks: A bright spot in the dark PC market

Practical Technology - Thu, 11/07/2013 - 7:52pm
It’s no secret that the PC market is awful. With tablets on one side and Windows 8′s failure to gain market success on the other, worldwide PC sales have dropped more than 10-percent in the last quarter alone. According to retail sales analysis firm NPD there is one bright spot though: low-priced notebooks with Linux-based, [...]

Verizon backs Ubuntu smartphone

Practical Technology - Thu, 11/07/2013 - 6:21pm
Canonical has had good luck getting European telecomms to back Ubuntu on smartphones. But until July 11th, it hadn’t managed to persuade any US carriers to back its Linux phone. Now, Verizon Wireless has joined the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group. Verizon backs Ubuntu smartphone. More >

Virtualization: Cloud Computing’s Foundation

Practical Technology - Thu, 11/07/2013 - 3:14pm
Without virtualization, we wouldn’t have cloud computing. It’s that simple. Virtualization, however, isn’t the same thing as cloud computing. For starters, virtualization came long before cloud computing appeared. Virtualization: Cloud Computing’s Foundation. More >

Red Hat will switch from Oracle MySQL to MariaDB, reports

Practical Technology - Wed, 10/07/2013 - 10:05pm
Is Red Hat switching from Oracle‘s MySQL to MariaDB for its default database management system (DBMS) in its next major operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)? Officially, Red Hat hasn’t decided to switch to MariaDB. Unofficially, it appears to be a different story. Red Hat will switch from Oracle MySQL to MariaDB, reports. More [...]

TOP500 leaders announce new supercomputer benchmark

Practical Technology - Wed, 10/07/2013 - 10:01pm
In the beginning of supercomputer performance measurement there was Linpack. This benchmark, the gold standard for measuring high-performance computing, has been the basis for the TOP500 supercomputer ranking list  since 1993. Now, Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, creator of the TOP500, and Linpack’s inventor thinks the benchmark [...]

The Linux Foundation releases Xen 4.3 virtualization manager

Practical Technology - Tue, 09/07/2013 - 8:43pm
The Linux Foundation used to be just about, well, Linux. Now, it also manages an open software defined network alliance, OpenDaylight, and the open-source Xen virtualization manager. On July 9th, the first fruit of these new efforts arrived: Xen 4.3. The Linux Foundation releases Xen 4.3 virtualization manager. More >

Web servers Microsoft IIS and NGINX battle for second place

Practical Technology - Tue, 09/07/2013 - 8:41pm
When NGINX zoomed up to take second place from Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS) in the Web server derby, it looked like NGINX, a fast open-source Web server, would leave IIS in the dust and challenge long time Web leader Apache. It hasn’t worked out that way. Web servers Microsoft IIS and NGINX battle for [...]

Google releases fix to OEMs for Blue Security Android security hole

Practical Technology - Mon, 08/07/2013 - 8:39pm
It doesn’t get much scarier than this. Bluebox Security claimed to have discovered a vulnerability in Android’s security model that could allow attackers to convert 99 percent of all applications into Trojan malware. Google has told ZDNet that the hole has been patched and that it has been released to original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s. Google [...]

Citrix goes all in for open-source XenServer cloud

Practical Technology - Mon, 08/07/2013 - 1:41pm
After Citrix bought Xen in 2007, the core of this popular open-source hypervisor remained open source, but some of the rest became proprietary software. Now Citrix has decided to take all of its virtual machine manager and cloud XenServer software back to its open-source roots. Citrix goes all in for open-source XenServer cloud. More >

Yahoo closes one-time Google rival Alta Vista

Practical Technology - Wed, 03/07/2013 - 1:42pm
We knew this day was coming. It was clear years ago that Yahoo was going to close down its Alta Vista search engine. On July 8, Yahoo will shut this once mighty search engine’s doors for good. Alta Vista expired with a single line for its obituary. Yahoo closes one-time Google rival Alta Vista. More >

Fedora 19, Schrödinger’s Cat, lives

Practical Technology - Tue, 02/07/2013 - 9:46pm
The famous quantum reality thought experiment Schrödinger’s Cat, may or may not exist, but the latest version of Red Hat’s community Linux Fedora 19 nick-named Schrödinger’s Cat is alive, well, and ready to be downloaded. Fedora 19, Schrödinger’s Cat, lives. More >

Microsoft-sponsored Outercurve Foundation turns to Apache for leadership

Practical Technology - Tue, 02/07/2013 - 9:06pm
Well, this is different. Jim Jagielski, a co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation; a director of the Open Source Initiative; and currently a consulting software engineer for Linux giant Red Hat is now president of the Microsoft-sponsored, open-source friendly  Outercurve Foundation‘s Board of Directors. Microsoft-sponsored Outercurve Foundation turns to Apache for leadership. More >

Three good Google Reader replacements (Review)

Practical Technology - Tue, 02/07/2013 - 9:02pm
t’s been nice knowing you, Google Reader. Google has pulled your plug, and the most popular really simple syndication (RSS) news reader of all is now dead as a doornail. We’ve known this has been coming for months, but people being people, many of you still haven’t switched to another RSS reader. Here’s my list [...]


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