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September 29, 2014
In iOS 8, Apple has made Mail just a wee bit more manageable. The most obvious addition is the swipe-to-left message delete -- in iOS 8, a short swipe will reveal three options: Trash, Flag and More. The options under More include Reply, Forward, Flag, Mark as Read, Move to Junk, Move Message and Notify Me, which you can use to receive notifications when anyone replies to an email thread. [More...]

September 29, 2014
There's just never a dull moment here in the Linux blogosphere, and the last week or so has been a perfect illustration. Not only did the Shellshock bug hit the proverbial fan, but the ever-burning Systemd flames flared even brighter, thanks to the addition of some fresh fuel. The Debian team has decided to make the GNOME desktop default again -- and Systemd is at least part of the reason. [More...]

September 29, 2014
It looks like Ellison got tired of being chastised for reporting too much salary during Oracle's decline, and it appears he smartly fixed the reporting part. I think that is incredibly creative, but I'm surprised that no one bothered to look up what an executive chairman actually does. I guess you only see what you want to, and folks wanted to see Larry stepping down. [More...]

September 27, 2014
LG may be flipping out with Wine Smart, but since I'm feeling nostalgic, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one -- and if one of those hands should be adorned with a Samsung Galaxy Gear S smartwatch, all the better. I haven't worn a watch in years, but I might be tempted by a smartwatch that can be smart all by itself instead of having to be paired with a brainy phone. [More...]

September 26, 2014
The FBI apparently is in a snit over steps Apple and Google have taken to protect their customers' personal data from the probing eyes of law enforcement officials. The companies are using encryption tools that give users ultimate control over data stored on their devices. The companies couldn't turn over their information even if they wanted to -- and they don't. [More...]

September 26, 2014
Linux -- the free open source operating system for enterprise, small business and home computing use -- is not used everywhere yet. However, its user base crosses nearly every industry. It's in consumer products like TVs and computer networking gear. Linux drives services that users do not even know run Linux. Think in terms of servers, Big Data farms and cloud storage facilities. [More...]

September 26, 2014
The skies soon may be filled with drones, and the FAA seems belatedly to realize that it's not ready for them. As an early step in trying to get a handle on the situation, it has given several companies approval to use them in filming scenes for movies and TV shows. The FAA hasn't approved them for other commercial uses -- such as delivering packages -- but drone deliveries in Europe have begun. [More...]

September 25, 2014
iOS 8
Apple perhaps was a tad overeager to fix some of the problems reported soon after iOS 8 launched. It rushed out an update, iOS 8.0.1, which turned out to make matters worse for some users of its brand spanking new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple pulled the plug on the update and promised it would get things right in iOS 8.0.2, which is expected within the next few days. [More...]

September 25, 2014
The Pale Moon Web browser project gets rid of a problem that many Mozilla Firefox users would like to solve. The Pale Moon browser is a fork of Mozilla's official browser developed by Moonchild Productions. It provides users with access to all of their favorite Firefox extensions but eliminates the Australis interface, which some dislike. Firefox debuted the new UI in late April. [More...]

September 25, 2014
The BASH Shellshock bug won't die easily. "Fixing Shellshock will be difficult, because the exploit builds upon a key extension to BASH command line functionality, specifically for remote invocation of commands, scripts and other applications," said Black Duck Consulting's Bill Weinberg. "Shutting down the exploitable functionality will hobble some of the most useful BASH capabilities." [More...]

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