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Monday, September 28th, 2015

In Volkswagen emissions fraud scandal, proprietary software is the real villain

“Proprietary software is an unsafe building material. You can’t inspect it.” Columbia University law professor Eben Moglen made that observation 5 years ago. It’s timely today, as the Volkswagen emissions fraud scandal–enabled by proprietary software–worsens. Volkswagen admitted this week it altered proprietary software on 11 million VW diesel cars, so they’d pass emissions tests when […]

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Monday, September 28th, 2015

Telstra eyes innovation through startups, IoT, M2M

Open Source key to innovation at Telstra says Frank Arrigo, API evangelist at Telstra. Telstra is looking to stay ahead of the curve by encouraging technological innovation through collaboration with startups, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) — but said that ensuring its network continues to be the best in Australia is still […]

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Friday, September 25th, 2015

Five Lessons On The ‘Security Of Things’ From The Jeep Cherokee Hack

Last week, Wired published an account describing how two security researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, were able to wirelessly hack into a Jeep Cherokee, first taking control of the entertainment system and windshield wipers, and then disabling the accelerator. Andy Greenberg, the Wired writer who was at the wheel as the self-described “digital crash […]

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Read The Fine Print Before Buying The $50 Amazon Fire Tablet released for sale a tablet that sounded too good to be true…. a 7″ quad core tablet for a mere $50. It took me about 15 minutes to realize that there were a lot of “fine print” to the deal and I think you need to be aware of them before you buy or before […]

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

My article in ToI: Why Ubuntu?

Users who are running licensed versions of Windows 7 or 8.1 on their PCs get a free upgrade to Windows 10, but those running Windows XP or Vista will have to buy Windows 10. Well, Ubuntu is a free user-friendly Linux based operating system. Yes, absolutely free, including future updates. Secondly , it is extremely […]

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Friday, September 18th, 2015

Should You Trust Your CEO With Cloud Computing Decisions?

From Forbes: Traditionally, chief executive officers have come up through the ranks from the finance, sales or marketing side, so they don’t necessary bring an in-depth understanding of technology deployments. Not that it was necessary — the IT department ran its systems and spit out reports, while everyone else stuck to their specialties. Now, everybody […]

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Facebook open sources React Native so you can reuse code across Web, Android and iOS

Facebook built the React JavaScript library so its engineering team could build interfaces for iOS, Android, and web with the same code. Now it’s giving that development super power to everyone by open sourcing the final part of the React trilogy, React Native For Android. Read More:

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Nexus 6 price drop in US starts at $350 has dropped the pricing for Nexus 6. The Nexus has had a good reputation of top notch hardware at a reasonable price. However this changed with the Nexus 6 launch. While it was great hardware, it wasn’t cheap this time. Now Nexus 6 is finally had a price dropped and it now makes sense. A […]

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Foxconn shift to India causes concerns in China

Taiwanese firm Foxconn’s decision to invest a whopping USD five billion in India has caused unease in China as it marks the first top international firm opting for India amid a slowdown in the Chinese economy. “Foxconn chooses India over China for new plant,” read the headline in state-run while carrying the news of […]

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Monday, August 17th, 2015

Why Digital Camera technology was hidden from you

If the Digital Camera technology was open sourced, would it be available to consumers early? If it wasn’t for patents and Kodak hiding the technology, the world may be different. In 1975, this Kodak employee invented the digital camera. His bosses made him hide it. Read More:

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

A paper microscope that costs only 50 cents can detect malaria from just a drop of blood – and it could revolutionize medicine

For a whole lot of people, especially those in developing countries, science – and with it, medicine – isn’t readily available to the majority of citizens. But Manu Prakash wants to change that. Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford, is the proprietor of “frugal science,” a term he coined to explain the movement […]

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Monday, August 10th, 2015

15-Year-Old Invents Torch Powered by Body Heat

Are you ready to play everybody’s not-so-favorite guilt game: what was I doing at that age? Ann Makosinski, a high school student from British Columbia, Canada, has created a simple LED torch powered by body heat. So instead of having to recharge it or swap in a fresh pair of AAs every so often, you […]

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Friday, August 7th, 2015

GE is building its own cloud; outsiders wonder why

General Electric says it knows more about big manufacturing gear and data than any cloud provider ever will. Critics say it can’t keep up with the cloud giants of the world. Read More:

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

What the Auto Industry Can Learn from Cloud Computing

Transportation is one of the world’s largest industries. The five largest automotive companies in the world generate more than 750 billion euro in annual revenue. The names in the industry are global brands – BMW, Ford, Daimler. Yet despite its size and stature, it’s also an industry in the midst of transformation. Today, new transportation […]

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Ten Indian firms among Forbes Asia Fabulous 50

With 10 firms, India claims the second-highest number of companies for the fifth year in a row on Forbes Asia Fabulous 50 list again dominated by China with 25 companies. The Fab 50’s brightest star over the decade, India’s HDFC Bank, did not debut until 2006. However, it has now made the list nine times, […]

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Interesting story about Abdul Kalam’s human side

When a subordinate of President Kalam at DRDO couldn’t take his children to an exhibition due to work pressure, Kalam surprised his subordinate and took the children instead! During a significant project of the DRDO, the work pressure was high. A scientist approached his boss – Dr. Kalam – and asked to leave early that day considering […]

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

India sole emerging market bright-spot in IBM Q2 results

India was the sole emerging market bright-spot in IBM’s second-quarter earnings, as the other BRIC countries weighed down the technology giant’s results. Read more at:

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Google backs OpenStack

GOOGLE HAS BECOME the biggest name yet to back the open source cloud system OpenStack. Specifically, Google will help integrate its own open source container management software Kubernetes. This may seem like in-the-enterprise-weeds news, but it represents another significant step as Google tries to make up ground against Amazon’s wildly popular AWS suite of cloud […]

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Raspberry Pi stays high in Hacker Survey

Last month, and the Linux Foundation’s community website sponsored a 10-day SurveyMonkey survey that asked readers of both sites to choose their favorite three Linux- or Android-based open-spec single-board computers. This year, 1,721 respondents — more than twice the number from the 2014 survey — selected their favorites from a list of 53 […]

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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

DSLR performance in a pocket camera body

Since the onslaught of mobile phone with cameras, camera sales have been on the decline. The point-and-shoot camera are getting quickly replaced with mobile phones with decent camera functions. The other high-end are the DSLRs. If you need something more than a point-and-shoot but don’t like the big and bulky DSLRs, keep reading. These high-end pocket […]

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