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By JR Raphael
Read the complete article in COMPUTERWORLD
One of the biggest selling points of Google's new Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices -- stock Android software aside -- is the promise that the phones will follow in the footsteps of Nexus devices and receive fast OS upgrades in the future.
But wait a minute: What exactly has Google promised in that regard? When you start trying to find a firm answer to that question, you realize it's not completely clear.
Here is an interesting article on The Verge, describing how to change at least the looks and the primary user interface of an Android phone that is burdened with they typical bloatware, like HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz, such that the phone looks and behaves more like a Nexus phone:
The article also has a lively, but very long discussion in its comments.
So you want to buy a smartphone. But which one? There is a bewildering array of smartphones and pads/tablets from many manufacturers. What are the essential differences?
Here is my very simple recommendation: Buy only a Nexus device.
By Tessel Renzenbrinkon
Players of the online game Foldit produced accurate models of an enzyme. For over a decade scientists had been trying to determine the structure of the retroviral enzyme as it unlocks important information about battling the AIDS virus.
Read the complete article on singularityhub.com
It seems like just yesterday when only the slickest kid on the block had a smartphone, but now, this revolutionary gadget is selling like hotcakes in the developing world. Earlier this year, the Chinese firm Huawei unveiled IDEOS through Kenya’s telecom titan, Safaricom. So far, this $80 smartphone has found its way into the hands of 350,000+ Kenyans, an impressive sales number in a country where 40% of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. The IDEOS’s success in this market firmly establishes the open source Android as the smartphone of the people and demonstrates how unrelenting upswings in price-performance can jumpstart the spread of liberating technologies. Thanks to low-cost Androids, the geographically-untethered smartphone is here to stay, and it simply cannot be stopped.
How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History
From: WIRED - THREAT LEVEL
By Klm Zetter July 11, 2011 | 7:00 am | Categories: Stuxnet
It was January 2010, and investigators with the International Atomic Energy Agency had just completed an inspection at the uranium enrichment plant outside Natanz in central Iran, when they realized that something was off within the cascade rooms where thousands of centrifuges were enriching uranium.
This article is based on CyanogenMod 6.1, an enhanced version of Android 2.2.1. Much of it is also valid for CyanogenMod 6.0, which is based on Android 2.2. And it is of some interest to all Android users, mod or not.
The Android dockbar
Every Android user knows the dockbar, which rests on the lower edge of the desktop and, by default, contains the following three action buttons:
The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty. Like democracy itself, it needs defending
By Tim Berners-Lee, in Scientific American
The world wide web went live, on my physical desktop in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 1990. It consisted of one Web site and one browser, which happened to be on the same computer. The simple setup demonstrated a profound concept: that any person could share information with anyone else, anywhere. In this spirit, the Web spread quickly from the grassroots up. Today, at its 20th anniversary, the Web is thoroughly integrated into our daily lives. We take it for granted, expecting it to “be there” at any instant, like electricity.
This time around, Facebook may actually have seen its privacy Watergate: A report in The Wall Street Journal on Monday found that the phenomenal amount of personal information that Facebook members put in their profiles may indeed have been sold extensively to marketers, advertisers, and data collectors. The big question, appropriately enough, is what did Facebook know and when did it know it?
RIPA 2000 invoked
A YOUTH HAS BEEN JAILED in the UK for refusing to give police his encryption password.
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