26 Jun 2019

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FCC lets Verizon lock cell phones to network for 60 days after activation

Verizon, seeking to deter theft, gets FCC waiver to lock phones for 60 days.

26 Jun 2019 9:43pm GMT

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Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Ask Trump To Skip Tariffs on Gaming Consoles

President Donald Trump's plan to increase tariffs on goods produced in China would affect a wide range of consumer goods. One gadget that could see a price increase because of a trade war is the video game consoles, and the three biggest companies behind consoles have come together to ask Trump for a pass. From a report: Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony sent a letter dated June 17 to the Office of the United States Trade Representative requesting that video game consoles be removed from the list of products covered by tariffs. The companies say a tariff on consoles would stifle innovation and harm the larger gaming ecosystem -- threatening jobs and injuring consumers, video game developers and retailers. Microsoft makes the Xbox console, Nintendo makes the Switch, and Sony makes the PlayStation. "While we appreciate the administration's efforts to protect US intellectual property and preserve US high-tech leadership," the three companies said in the letter, "the disproportionate harm caused by these tariffs to US consumers and businesses will undermine -- not advance -- these goals."

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26 Jun 2019 9:21pm GMT

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F1 2019 simulates the highs and lows of motorsport, on and off the track

Driver transfers, new rivals, and Formula 2 cars feature in this year's installment.

26 Jun 2019 8:55pm GMT

Flying, insect-like robot flits closer to independent flight

Slap on some solar panels and a control board and it flies for a half-second.

26 Jun 2019 8:42pm GMT

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Google Warns of Microsoft SwiftKey Losing Access To Gmail on July 15

Speaking of Google, the company is sending out warnings to Microsoft SwiftKey users that the keyboard will no longer be able to access the data in Google Accounts, including Gmail content, starting on July 15th. From a report: In an email, Google is telling SwiftKey users who have integrated the keyboard replacement with Gmail that the integration will no longer work on July 15th, 2019, unless SwiftKey complies with Google's updated data policies. When users install SwiftKey, they can personalize the keyboard by integrating it into email accounts such as Gmail. When integrating in other services, though, the app requests various permissions in how they can access the content in this service.

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26 Jun 2019 8:42pm GMT

Firefox Will Give You a Fake Browsing History To Fool Advertisers

Security through obscurity is out, security through tomfoolery is in. From a report: That's the basic philosophy sold by Track THIS, "a new kind of incognito" browsing project, which opens up 100 tabs crafted to fit a specific character -- a hypebeast, a filthy rich person, a doomsday prepper, or an influencer. The idea is that your browsing history will be depersonalized and poisoned, so advertisers won't know how to target ads to you. It was developed as a collaboration between mschf (pronounced "mischief") internet studios and Mozilla's Firefox as a way of promoting Firefox Quantum, the newest Firefox browser. [...] Just a warning -- if you use Track THIS it may take several minutes for all 100 tabs to load. (I used Chrome as my browser.) But when as it gradually loads, it's like taking a first-person journey through someone else's consciousness.

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26 Jun 2019 8:02pm GMT

01 Jan 2009

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A new year, a new Linux.com

Many of you have commented that our NewsVac section hasn't been refreshed since the middle of last month. Others have noticed that our story volume has dropped off. Changes are coming to Linux.com, and until they arrive, you won't see any new stories on the site.

01 Jan 2009 2:00pm GMT

31 Dec 2008

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Android-powered G1 phone is an enticing platform for app developers

The free and open source software community has been waiting for the G1 cell phone since it was first announced in July. Source code for Google's Android mobile platform has been available, but the G1 marks its commercial debut. It's clearly a good device, but is it what Linux boosters and FOSS advocates have long been anticipating?

31 Dec 2008 2:00pm GMT

30 Dec 2008

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Municipalities open their GIS systems to citizens

Many public administrations already use open source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to let citizens look at public geographic data trough dedicated Web sites. Others use the same software to partially open the data gathering process: they let citizens directly add geographic information to the official, high-quality GIS databases by drawing or clicking on digital maps.

30 Dec 2008 2:00pm GMT