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April 6, 2017
by sjvn01
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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
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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

April 4, 2017
by sjvn01
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Sorry Windows, Android is now the most popular end-user operating system

For decades, the answer to the question “What’s the most popular operating system?” was Windows. You may not have liked it, but macOS, OS/2, Linux, you name it, couldn’t knock it off its pedestal. But, then along came smartphones and … Continue reading

February 21, 2017
by sjvn01
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Draft law to require warrants for border device searches

If you, an American citizen who can trace his or her ancestry to the Mayflower, return home from a trip abroad, US border agents can take your phone, tablet, or tablet — and demand you open its data to them. … Continue reading