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Will embedded and middleware help save Blackberry?

By Jon Gold | 27 March, 2015 00:08

The financial news for Blackberry is potentially bad this week, as it has been for most of the past few years. Some analysts are predicting that the Canadian company will post losses of as much as 7 cents per share, though the consensus seems to be closer to 3 cents. If that happens, it'll be Blackberry's fourth quarter out of the last five to show a decline.

Cloud threatening software freedom, advocate says

By Jon Gold | 24 March, 2015 04:15

The public cloud increasingly is isolating users from the actual computing that they're doing, threatening their control over the process and posing a danger to software freedom, said academic and former Debian project leader Stefano Zacchiroli on Sunday at LibrePlanet 2015.

Stallman joins the Internet, talks net neutrality, patents and more

By Jon Gold | 24 March, 2015 04:13

According to Richard Stallman, godfather of the free software movement, Facebook is a "monstrous surveillance engine," tech companies working for patent reform aren't going nearly far enough, and parents must lobby their children's schools to keep data private and provide free software alternatives.

Big network names oppose Title II regulations, with major exceptions

By Jon Gold | 20 March, 2015 02:08

The FCC's net neutrality decision last month that imposed stricter regulations on Internet Service Providers, under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, has networking companies opposing each other even more fiercely than usual.

Survey: Users hate lack of privacy controls on Internet

By Jon Gold | 18 March, 2015 04:56

Internet users want privacy, but it's increasingly difficult to find, according to the results of a study released today by open-source software company Open-Xchange.

Google killing Google Code

By Jon Gold | 13 March, 2015 12:32

Google announced today that it would henceforth stop accepting new projects for Google Code, as a prelude to shutting down the project hosting platform completely as of January of 2016.

In Pictures: 13 weird and wonderful sights at PAX East 2015

By Jon Gold | 11 March, 2015 08:25

In which the author indulges in gratuitous nerd nostalgia.

It's a road show for the guys behind PAX East's big, big LAN party

By Jon Gold | 10 March, 2015 06:55

Among the many other exciting diversions for those of a nerdy bent at the PAX East 2015 gaming convention in Boston this past weekend, there was a LAN party. And as you might expect, it wasn't your average hastily erected LAN, with computers situated around a couple cheap consumer switches nestled between boxes of pizza.

In Pictures: 10 cool tablets from MWC 2015

By Jon Gold | 06 March, 2015 09:05

A top 10 tablet tour from the tech types in Barcelona.

Demand for Linux jobs shooting up fast

By Jon Gold | 06 March, 2015 08:03

If you're an open-source expert, the job market is your oyster the Linux Foundation released a report this week that says that employees with Linux skills are in high demand, with hiring managers working hard to bring them in.

In Pictures: 8 great ways to celebrate Raspberry Pi’s 3rd birthday

By Jon Gold | 03 March, 2015 08:49

Launched in February 2012 Raspberry Pi has sold more than 5 million units

In Pictures: 15 of the best Google Chrome experiments ever

By Jon Gold | 03 March, 2015 08:36

A look at some of the coolest bits of Chrome experimentation out there, in honor of Google’s 1000th Chrome experiment being published this week.

FAQ: The FCC's Net Neutrality vote, for the IT crowd

By Jon Gold | 24 February, 2015 09:05

The FCC on Thursday, Feb. 26 is set to vote on new broadband regulations that would require ISPs to practice Network Neutrality.  Here's the lowdown on this hot political and technical topic:

Is the Samsung Galaxy S6 about to become the coolest Android phone ever?

By Jon Gold | 20 February, 2015 23:28

Gauging what a smartphone is going to look like before its released is sort of like solving one of those toss-up puzzles on Wheel of Fortune the answer gets clearer the longer you wait.

Torvalds: ‘People who start writing kernel code get hired really quickly'

By Jon Gold | 19 February, 2015 02:43

Now more than ever, the development of the Linux kernel is a matter for the professionals, as unpaid volunteer contributions to the project reached their lowest recorded levels in the latest "Who Writes Linux" report, which was released today.