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Coming to Blackphone: An app store loaded with privacy tools

posted onDecember 9, 2014
by l33tdawg

Blackphone handsets can download and install a major software update today – ahead of the opening of an online store for privacy-focused apps for the mobes.

The Blackphone runs its own hardened version of Android, dubbed PrivatOS, on custom hardware. It allows owners to make and send encrypted calls and texts, among other security features.

Android 5.0 Lollipop, thoroughly reviewed

posted onNovember 13, 2014
by l33tdawg

Android updates don't matter anymore—or at least that's what many people think. Back-to-back-to-back Jelly Bean releases and a KitKat release seemed to only polish what already existed. When Google took the wraps off of "Android L" at Google I/O, though, it was clear that this release was different.

As Firefox turns 10, Mozilla trumpets privacy

posted onNovember 10, 2014
by l33tdawg

Mozilla today pulled out the PR stops to trumpet the 10th anniversary of Firefox, and in celebration released an interim build of Firefox 33 that includes a new privacy tool and access to the DuckDuckGo search engine.

Firefox 1.0 was released on Nov. 9, 2004, at a time when Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) had a stranglehold on the browser space, having driven Netscape -- Firefox's forerunner in many ways -- out of the market two years before. Mozilla has been widely credited with restarting browser development, which had been moribund under IE.

UK's Ministry of Defence posts open source code to Github

posted onNovember 10, 2014
by l33tdawg

THE UK MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (MoD) has revealed that it has put a piece of code into the open source community for the first time.

A commercial subsidiary of the MoD known as the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) has posted a program that has been used internally at the MoD to collate ideas and exploit "the creative power of a workforce".

DARPA funds $11 million tool that will make coding a lot easier

posted onNovember 9, 2014
by l33tdawg

DARPA is funding a new project by Rice University called PLINY, and it's neither a killer robot nor a high-tech weapon. PLINY, named after Pliny the Elder who wrote one of the earliest encyclopedias ever, will actually be a tool that can automatically complete a programmer's draft -- and yes, it will work somewhat like the autocomplete on your smartphones.

Redesigned Skype for Windows steps out of beta

posted onOctober 29, 2014
by l33tdawg

Skype for Windows desktop has shed the beta tag in its latest version and is now available for download.

Earlier in the month, Microsoft made a preview version of Skype for Windows and Mac OS X available, which introduced a new user interface similar to that seen on Skype's mobile apps, closely following Microsoft's modern design language while making it look a bit like MSN/Windows Live Messenger.

Hackathon aims to invent breast pumps that don't suck

posted onSeptember 24, 2014
by l33tdawg

JENNY BOURBEAU is frustrated. For the last 10 months, the Massachusetts mother has been expressing breast milk for her young son. Like many mothers, she needed to use a pump but found the experience impersonal and difficult.

"I spent a lot of time with the pump and the process, thinking about how much it sucks and how it could be better and wondering why it isn't yet," she says.

7 reasons Apple should open-source Swift -- and 7 reasons it won't

posted onSeptember 16, 2014
by l33tdawg

Apple's new programming language Swift has been public for a few short months, but the Apple faithful are already bowled over. They toss around words like "cleaner," "simpler," "modern," and "powerful."

The rest of the world, however, can only speak about Swift hypothetically -- while the coding tools are free, they run inside only Xcode or a Playground, which, in turn, run on only Apple hardware. Of course, if you're really desperate, a clever website lets you try some basic Swift code as long as you don't touch the libraries.