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Twitter Enables Archive Option

December 17th, 2012 12:53 admin View Comments

Privacy

judgecorp writes “Twitter has delivered on a long-promised feature which allows some users to download their entire Tweet history. The service was promised months ago by CEO Dick Costolo and equivalent features are already available at Facebook. At this stage, only some users can download their archive, and it’s not clear how it will be rolled out to all users.”

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Google Launches Private Android App Stores

December 6th, 2012 12:00 admin View Comments

Google

Trailrunner7 writes “Malicious apps have emerged as perhaps the most serious threat to mobile devices at the moment, and the major players, such as Apple and Google, have tried several different methods of preventing them from getting into their app stores and into the hands of users. Now, Google is taking one more step with the launch of a new service called the Private Channel for Google Apps, which gives enterprises and other organizations the ability to create private app stores and control the apps their users can download. Private Channel is essentially a way for organizations to stand up their own miniature app stores inside of Google Play–the main app store for Android devices–and publish apps to it. That gives these organizations the ability to point their users directly to the apps they want users to download for their Android devices. The new service will include some of the security features built into Google Play, most notably the anti-malware system and the ability to authenticate users.”

Source: Google Launches Private Android App Stores

OpenBSD 5.2 Released

November 1st, 2012 11:48 admin View Comments

Unix

An anonymous reader writes OpenBSD 5.2 has been released and is available for download. One of the most significant changes in this release is the replacement of the user-level uthreads by kernel-level rthreads, allowing multithreaded programs to utilize multiple CPUs/cores.”

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Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?

October 28th, 2012 10:10 admin View Comments

Books

danspalding writes “I’m an adult education teacher in SF who wrote an e-book about how to teach adults. It will be available to download for free in January 2013. I Kickstarted enough money for editing, design and publicity, but not enough to pay me anything up front. I’m considering making a $1, $10 and $25 version available from Amazon as a way for folks to donate money to me, as well as a straight up PayPal link on my site. Is it possible to produce quality material for teachers to download for free in a way that’s economically sustainable? Might readers accidentally pay for a copy without realizing there’s a free download and get angry? And where should I host the free-to-download version?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?

ROSALIND: An Addictive Bioinformatics Learning Site

October 3rd, 2012 10:20 admin View Comments

Biotech

Shipud writes “Bioinformatics science which deals with the study of methods for storing, retrieving, and analyzing molecular biology data. Byte Size Biology writes about ROSALIND, a cool concept in learning bioinformatics, similar to Project Euler. You are given problems of increasing difficulty to solve. Start with nucleotide counting (trivial) and end with genome assembly (putting it mildly, not so trivial). To solve a problem, you download a sample data set, write your code and debug it. Once you think you are ready, you have a time limit to solve and provide an answer for the actual problem dataset. If you mess up, there is a timed new dataset to download. This thing is coder-addictive. Currently in Beta, but a lot of fun and seems stable.”

Source: ROSALIND: An Addictive Bioinformatics Learning Site

The Fastest ISPs In the US

October 1st, 2012 10:16 admin View Comments

The Internet

adeelarshad82 writes “For a second year in a row PCMag partnered with Speedtest to find out the fastest ISPs in the U.S. The results were a product of 110,000 tests ran between January 1, 2012 and September 19, 2012. Collecting data for both download and upload speeds for each test, Speednet was able to calculate an index score for a better one-to-one comparison, where downloads counted for 80 percent and uploads 20 percent. Moreover, rather than testing the upload and download speed of a single file, the tests used multiple broadband threads to measure the total capacity of the “pipe.” While the results at the nationwide level were fairly obvious with Verizon FiOS crushing its opposition, the results at regional level were a lot more interesting and competitive.”

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Black Mesa Released

September 14th, 2012 09:41 admin View Comments

Games

ProbablyJoe writes “The long awaited Source engine remake of the Valve’s original Half Life has finally been released. The initial release only includes the story up until Xen, but the developers say they’ll be adding the rest of the story, along with an online multiplayer Deathmatch mode, soon. The game is available to download for free, and only requires players to install the Source SDK (included with all Source games, or a free download). The highly anticipated release has also caused a huge amount of traffic for any servers hosting the files, with GameFront, GameUpdates, and Black Mesa’s own CDN brought down within minutes of the release. The project has also been approved by Steam’s Greenlight program, and will hopefully be available through Steam soon, though no timeframe has been given.”

Source: Black Mesa Released

RIAA Goes After CNET For Media-Conversion Software

June 21st, 2012 06:55 admin View Comments

Piracy

First time accepted submitter moj0joj0 writes “Two days after YouTube-MP3.org, a site that converts songs from music videos into MP3 files, was blocked from accessing YouTube, the RIAA has asked CNET to remove software from Download.com that performs a similar function. The RIAA focused its criticism on software found at Download.com called YouTubeDownloader. The organization also pointed out that there are many other similar applications available at the site, ‘which can be used to steal content from CBS, which owns Download.com.’ CNET’s policy is that Download.com is not in any position to determine whether a piece of software is legal or not or whether it can be used for illegal activity.” For a sufficiently broad definition of “steal,” you could argue that all kinds of software (from word processors to graphics programs to security analysis tools) could be implicated.

Source: RIAA Goes After CNET For Media-Conversion Software

CNET, IDC Find Rapid Increase In Behavioral Data Tracking

June 20th, 2012 06:10 admin View Comments

Privacy

retroworks writes “According to columnist Elinor Mills at CNET, efforts to track consumer browsing behavior are ‘rising dramatically.’ In an interview with Gordon McLeod, CEO of data mining company Krux.com, advertising targeted at browsing habits has increased fourfold since 2010. IDC, according to McLeod, projects the browser-search-term-targeted advertising industry to grow from ‘zero to $5 billion in less than 5 years.’ Will health insurance companies see us crawling for information on family illnesses? After reading the article, I went hunting for a download of 2008 program antiphormlite, and found nothing remaining at any download site (including CNET). Is there another ‘cookie camouflage’ alternative to polluting the cookie stream with false positives? Or are we left to ‘do not track’ pledges and trusting Tor redirectors?”

Source: CNET, IDC Find Rapid Increase In Behavioral Data Tracking

Flipboard Finally Comes (Unofficially) to the Android Masses

May 9th, 2012 05:01 admin View Comments

Some things just cannot stay hidden. One of the most popular iOS apps of all time is now unofficially available for Android: Flipboard, the personalized magazine app that had been exclusively available only on the iPhone and iPad, has made its way to Android smartphones through an enterprising hack by a developer at XDA Forums. The greatest part? It is incredibly easy to install.

Flipboard originally was an iPad-only app. In fact, it was one of the first and best iPad-only apps. Last June, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue said at the ReadWriteWeb 2Way Conference that the company would first work on an iPhone app (which it delivered six months later) before working on Android. Almost a year later, we finally have Flipboard for Android.

“We have to be careful not to get ahead of ourselves,” McCue said at 2Way. “Do one platform, do it incredibly. You will see us stay on the iPad and iPhone for quite some time.”

McCue was not kidding. A year is an eternity in app development cycles. But Flipboard stuck to its guns and created a dynamic iPhone app first before tackling Android. In this way, it is not unlike Instagram, which created a user base of 30 million people on the iPhone before porting to Android. 

There is distinct value in developing for one platform and doing it well. If the product is sound (as Flipboard and Instagram certainly are), then you create a faithful user base that raves to its friends about how good the app is. That creates an organic growth campaign that the company can build upon. You know how these things go. I tell a friend, and she tells two friends, who tell two friends, and so on and so on. 

The other half of the smartphone landscape then becomes jealous that it does not have access to this great app. When Instagram released its app for Android, it had 5 million downloads in a matter of days. Since that time (and being acquired by Facebook), Instagram has added nearly 20 million users. 

Flipboard will not take off like Instagram. Not yet, at least. It is not officially available for Android yet. But, it is not hard to get.

XDA Forum developer Valcho found the Android Package file (.apk) and posted it to XDA. All a user needs to do is get that .apk on their Android device one way or another, and Flipboard will download.

Steps:

From mobile:

  • Go to Valcho’s post at XDA Forums through your Android’s browser.
  • Click on the .apk file on the bottom of the post. 
  • The Flipboard file will download. Open it and download the app.
  • Note: Make sure your Android device accepts .apk files from outside sources. Go into Settings – Security and check Unknown Sources to allow installation of non-Google Play applications. 

From your computer:

  • Go to Valcho’s post at XDA Forums.
  • Click on the QR Code link next to the .apk file. 
  • Scan the QR code. The file will download. Open the file and download the app.

OR

Download the .apk to your computer. Transfer it to your Android device through email, Dropbox (or another personal cloud provider), or through the micro-USB. Follow the above steps when you download the file. 

It is extremely simple, and from what we can tell from reactions on the Web this morning, it is working for new (HTC One X), middle-aged (HTC Thunderbolt) and older (Droid X) Androids. 

Are you going to download Flipboard or wait until an official build hits Android’s Google Play market? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Flipboard Finally Comes (Unofficially) to the Android Masses

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