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October 22, 2014
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In the beginning, there was the smart thermostat. Then came the smart smoke detector. Now we have the smart nightlight. What's smart about the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is that in addition to glowing in a multitude of pretty colors, it can listen up for your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms and make sure you or somebody else knows about it when they go off. [More...]

October 22, 2014
Digital textbooks with open-licensed content -- and sometimes even complete open source textbooks -- are starting to change the way students and teachers interact with subject material. The budget-busting prices of traditional printed textbooks and the ubiquity of mobile devices have provided textbook authors and educators with convincing reasons to give students an alternative. [More...]

October 22, 2014
Television manufacturers are moving toward ultra high definition -- also known as "4K" -- which offers four times the resolution of HD. It also offers greater depth of color and faster frame rate. That means more information must travel through the cable from the video source to the TV. The current de facto cable, HDMI, or high-definition multimedia interface, solves some of the old problems. [More...]

October 21, 2014
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There's something about Magic Leap. It hasn't publicly disclosed much about what that something is, but Google and other investors were excited enough to throw half a billion dollars in its direction. It has something to do with seeing tiny elephants leaping joyously in your hands, or a life-size whale sailing over a crowded beach, or a miniature ballerina dancing on your bed. Something like that. [More...]

October 21, 2014
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The Hendo Hoverboard weighs 100-lbs. and can levitate a whole inch above the ground -- or, more accurately, above ground covered with a special copper surface. It appears tricky to stay on the thing and doesn't look like that exhilarating a ride. Still, in the first few hours following the Hendo's Kickstarter launch, hundreds of backers had pledged more than $100k toward its $250k goal. [More...]

October 21, 2014
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China apparently has no intention of allowing its citizens to take advantage of the higher levels of security U.S. tech companies aim to provide to their users. Officials apparently have launched MITM attacks that redirect Apple and Microsoft cloud login traffic to dummy pages, in order to collect their usernames and passwords. The attacks coincide with the iPhone 6 launch in China. [More...]

October 21, 2014
Kickstarter on Friday suspended a crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, a portable networking device designed specifically to run Tor. The campaign for the privacy-minded router, which launched earlier last week, was wildly successful. In just a few days, it reportedly garnered more than $600,000 in pledged funds from thousands of backers. The Kickstarter goal for the $45 device was just $7,500. [More...]

October 21, 2014
Following Edward Snowden's revelations about indiscriminate government snooping on U.S. citizens, many Net surfers would like to find a way to lower their visibility on the Internet. There are a number of tools in cyberspace that can help a soul do that, but they can take time and savvy to set up. That's why Kerry Cox launched the Sierra Project, which he hopes to fund through Kickstarter. [More...]

October 20, 2014
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FBI Director James Comey seems to think that we just can't afford privacy any more. Efforts to keep personal information private will inevitably "let bad guys walk away," he argued. Railing against the introduction of encryption in mobile operating systems, Comey called for back doors to allow lawful investigations. Such back doors also would give criminals a way in, noted CDT's Jake LaPerruque. [More...]

LINUX BLOG SAFARI
FOSS and the Fear Factor
October 20, 2014
In a world that's been dominated for far too long by the Systemd Inferno, Linux fans will have to be forgiven if they seize perhaps a bit too gleefully upon the scraps of cheerful news that come along on any given day. Of course, for cheerful news, there's never any better place to look than the Reglue effort, run by longtime Linux advocate and all-around-hero-for-kids Ken Starks. [More...]

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