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CDW to offer enterprise Chromebook support

Practical Technology - Tue, 05/02/2013 - 11:55pm
With BYOD, you don’t need external corporate IT support, but it sure doesn’t hurt. Now, CDW, a multi-billion dollar technology sales and support company, will be offering both Chromebook sales and management to their business customers. CDW to offer enterprise Chromebook support. More >

Top Linux and open-source programs survey results

Practical Technology - Tue, 05/02/2013 - 10:03pm
LinuxQuestions, a leading Linux fan and user support site, has just completed its annual members choice survey to see which Linux distributions and open-source programs are the most popular and the results may surprise you. For starters, guess which Linux distribution is the most popular according to LinuxQuestions members? DistroWatch, the popular site that monitors [...]

What is “Super Wi-Fi?”

Practical Technology - Tue, 05/02/2013 - 1:43am
According to The Washington Post, the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski “wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.” Oh yes, and this will be “free.” [...]

Microsoft needs to start worrying about Chromebooks

Practical Technology - Mon, 04/02/2013 - 7:01pm
Here are four good reasons why Microsoft needs to worry about the rise of the Linux-powered, Chrome OS-enabled Chromebooks: Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung. Some people think Chromebooks are going to “have just enough momentum to be a pain in Microsoft’s rear end.”. I think they need to look closer. Many of Microsoft’s long-time PC [...]

Google challenges hackers to take on Chrome OS

Practical Technology - Tue, 29/01/2013 - 10:34pm
So you think you’re a big-time hacker huh? Well Google invites you to show up at the CanSecWest security conference on March 7 in Vancouver, BC to see if you can crack your way into Chrome OS. And, to make it worth your time, Google is offering a pi worth of cash rewards. That’s a [...]

Apple TV 5.2: My kind of upgrade

Practical Technology - Tue, 29/01/2013 - 6:40pm
I’ve been using Apple TVs (ATV) since day one and I have to say most of its operating system upgrades have been as dull as used dish-water. The Apple TV 5.2 upgrade, however is a real sparkler. The big upgrade is that, with an ATV2 or ATV3, you can finally use a Bluetooth keyboard with [...]

Chrome OS’ gains, Windows 8′s pains

Practical Technology - Mon, 28/01/2013 - 10:04pm
The blame game for Windows 8′s market failure has already started. Microsoft blames OEMs. OEMs blame Microsoft. The bottom line is that Windows 8 has sunk below Vista levels of failure. The surprising winner in all this? Google’s Linux-based Chrome OS. I thought Chrome OS had a shot at the big-time. I didn’t expect it [...]

LibreOffice 4.0: The big changes will be under the hood

Practical Technology - Sun, 27/01/2013 - 10:05pm
I use LibreOffice as my main office suite every day on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. So, when I saw that there a new major release due in early February LibreOffice 4.0, I was excited. It turns out though that while there will be some improvements for users like myself, the significant changes will [...]

Google+ moves up to second place in social networks

Practical Technology - Sat, 26/01/2013 - 5:42pm
Last year, many people dismissed Google’s Google+ social network as a “virtual ghost town.” That was then. This is now. According to GlobalWebIndex, Google+, with 343-million active users, has become the second largest social network globally. As Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior VP of engineering, observed, “That is a lot of ghosts” Google+ moves up to [...]

High Efficiency Video Coding will help bring 4K video to Internet TV

Practical Technology - Fri, 25/01/2013 - 7:06pm
4K TV sounds great, but it has this one big problem: 4K video content is honking huge. An answer may be at hand. The ITU has just given first-stage approval to a new, much more efficient video codec: High Efficiency Video Coding’ (HEVC). How much better is HEVC? According to the ITU, HEVC video “need [...]

Big bugs, big bucks: Pwn2Own awards reach half a million

Practical Technology - Thu, 24/01/2013 - 7:08pm
Web-browser developers like to talk the talk about being more secure. But it’s at the CanSecWest security conference that they have to walk the walk as hackers compete for over half-a-million dollars in cash and prizes during the HP Zero Day Initiative’s (ZDI) annual Pwn2Own competition. In previous years, Pwn2Own competitors fought to break into [...]

OpenSUSE also considers switching from MySQL to MariaDB

Practical Technology - Thu, 24/01/2013 - 2:26pm
MySQL may still be the “most popular open-source database” for now, but its day may be ending. Just like Fedora, which is considering switching out MySQL for the MySQL fork MariaDB, openSUSE is also considering making MariaDB its default database management system (DBMS). Fedora’s change to MariaDB looks to be more certain than openSUSE‘s (SUSE‘s [...]

Fedora Linux considering switching out MySQL for MariaDB

Practical Technology - Tue, 22/01/2013 - 11:07pm
MariaDB, the open-source database management system (DBMS) and MySQL fork, may soon be replacing MySQL in the Fedora Linux distribution. Since Fedora is also the testbed for Red Hat‘s market-leading Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), this move may lead to major changes in the Linux DBMS world. Jaroslav Reznik, who is Red Hat’s Fedora project [...]

Red Hat expands cloud management services

Practical Technology - Tue, 22/01/2013 - 7:46pm
Today, anyone can set up a cloud. Managing it, though, that’s another story. So, it came as no surprise last year when Linux-giant Red Hat announced updates to its open hybrid cloud solutions portfolio following the acquisition of ManageIQ, a leading provider of enterprise cloud management and automation solutions. Red Hat expands cloud management services. [...]

Review: What to expect from Mega’s free 50GB of cloud storage

Practical Technology - Mon, 21/01/2013 - 7:46pm
Who wouldn’t want 50GB of free Internet storage? Dropbox is all fine and well, but it starts with a mere 2GB of free space. Kim Dotcom’s newly launched Mega cloud storage service with its free 50GB of storage sounds much better, but how well does it really work? Let me open by saying it’s a [...]

Vendors just can’t stop trying to lock us all in

Practical Technology - Mon, 14/01/2013 - 3:18pm
What do Apple’s iOS, Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Google’s Android all have in common? None of them works that well without the Internet. This trend has been developing for years and is now accelerating. Don’t get me wrong. I love the Internet and I like operating systems, such as Google Chrome OS, that require it. [...]

No, Google is not making the Android SDK proprietary. What’s the fuss about?

Practical Technology - Fri, 04/01/2013 - 10:20pm
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) member Torsten Grote claims that Google’s “Android SDK [Software Development Kit] is now non-free software.“On Twitter, Grote summed up his position as “#Android SDK is no longer #FreeSoftware. Is #Google turning evil?“ Grote’s solution is not to drop Android. Rather, he suggests developers use “the truly Free Software version of [...]

The 5 things you need to know now about Ubuntu on phones

Practical Technology - Thu, 03/01/2013 - 10:15pm
So, Canonical is bringing Ubuntu Linux to smartphones, but what does that really mean? I’ve seen a lot of confusion about this new offering, even from other Linux and device pros, so, here’s my quick guide to what’s what with Ubuntu on phones.  1) It’s Ubuntu, not Ubuntu for phones. Yes, Canonical will be releasing Ubuntu [...]

The Web browser wars continue, and #1 is… well, that depends on whom you ask

Practical Technology - Wed, 02/01/2013 - 9:40pm
In some ways, the “winner” of the top desktop browser wars doesn’t really matter. As end users, as long as we have a choice of Web browser, we can pick the one whose interface works for us. But browser numbers matter a lot more when you’re a software developer trying to understand who’s most likely [...]

Ubuntu Linux enters the smartphone wars

Practical Technology - Wed, 02/01/2013 - 8:35pm
Instead of going after both the tablet and smartphone with a newly-improved touch-enabled version of Ubuntu Linux, Canonical will be focusing its efforts in 2013 on smartphones. While the smartphone interface is clearly based on Ubuntu’s Unity interface, it’s not just the same old desktop shrunk down to a smartphone. According to Canonical, the smartphone [...]

Practical Technology - Tue, 01/01/2013 - 6:27pm
Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, is hinting in big, bright letters that’s its about to release a fully touch-enabled version of Ubuntu Unity. The site’s banner headline now reads “So close, you can almost touch it.” with a clock counting down to 1 PM Eastern time, January 2nd. If this is indeed what Canonical is planning, [...]

2013: Installing Linux on Windows 8 PC is still a pain

Practical Technology - Mon, 31/12/2012 - 5:34pm
In security’s name, Microsoft has made it difficult to install Linux, or any other operating system, including older versions of Windows, on Windows 8 PCS. In addition, Microsoft has made it all but impossible to install Linux on Windows RT devices such as the Surface RT. Microsoft has done this by adding a feature to [...]

2012′s 5 Most popular Linux stories

Practical Technology - Fri, 28/12/2012 - 5:46pm
Taken as a whole, 2012 was a great year for Linux. The most popular stories, however, were more about the day-to-day happenings of Linux then the big picture. 2012′s top Linux story was The truth about Goobuntu: Google’s in-house desktop Ubuntu Linux. The title said it all. We’d long known that Google uses its own house-blend of [...]

Good-bye books, hello e-books

Practical Technology - Thu, 27/12/2012 - 11:44pm
Readers. it’s time to turn a page. In a December 27, 2012 report entitled, “E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines,” the Pew Research Center found that “the number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older to 23%.” At the same time, the report says, the number [...]

Netflix staggers

Practical Technology - Thu, 27/12/2012 - 5:15pm
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, people were screaming and it wasn’t at a mouse. The in-laws were staring at the TV with care, in hopes that Netflix soon would be returned there. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Netflix wouldn’t be playing again until December 25th. So what happened? It turns [...]

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