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April 10, 2017
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Can YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Sony PlayStation Vue survive the death of net neutrality?

Can YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Sony PlayStation Vue survive the death of net neutrality?

The good news for cord-cutters is that last week YouTube TV softly launched in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. So, another success story for cord-cutters, as pricey cable companies are given more competition, right? Right? Think again. … Continue reading

April 6, 2017
by sjvn01
Comments Off on PAX: Android patent protection consortium formed

PAX: Android patent protection consortium formed

Linux and open-source software have had to content with intellectual property (IP) legal challenges for years. Now, Google has started a new effort to bring peace to potential Android IP sore points: PAX. PAX: Android patent protection consortium formed. More>

April 5, 2017
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Chrome browser’s ‘secure’ isn’t the same thing as ‘safe’

Chrome browser’s ‘secure’ isn’t the same thing as ‘safe’

Google takes web security seriously. When the Google Chrome web browser encounters a payment site without Secure Socket Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption, it marks as insecure. Soon, Chrome will mark any HTTP site as insecure. That’s great, but … Continue reading

April 5, 2017
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Ubuntu switches to GNOME desktop and gives up smartphone hopes

Ubuntu switches to GNOME desktop and gives up smartphone hopes

Some of you may have been surprised when Canonical‘s founder Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu Linux was ending its “investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell.” I wasn’t. Ubuntu had long been a cloud power and it’s been building its … Continue reading