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The best open source software 2017
The term ‘open source’ refers to software whose source code is freely available to download, edit, use and share. There are different types of open source license, which give users different degrees of...
Azure Service Fabric takes first tentative steps toward open source
Microsoft reader comments 1 Share this story Microsoft's embrace of open source software continues, with Azure Service Fabric making the first tentative foray into the open world. Today, the SDK was (mostly)...
Google Invites Open Source Devs to Give E2EMail Encryption a Go
Google has released its E2EMail encryption code to open source as a way of pushing development of the technology. "Google has been criticized over the amount of time and seeming lack of progress it has...
Microsoft hosts the Windows source in a monstrous 300GB Git repository
EnlargeGit reader comments 21 Share this story Git, the open source distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds to handle Linux's decentralized development model, is being used for a...
Budget Google Pixel 2 leaked alongside enhanced premium model
Google is set to give us some hefty upgrades on its second generation Pixel smartphone, but it looks as if we’ll also be treated to a more affordable Google Pixel 2. According to a source speaking to...
Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty, again, of source code theft
EnlargeMario Tama / Getty Images News reader comments 5 Share this story Further ReadingJudge overturns conviction of former Goldman Sachs programmerA New York state appellate court has restored the criminal...
U.S. closing Tesla death probe, won't seek recall: source
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are expected on Thursday to close a six-month-old investigation into the death of a man whose Tesla collided with a truck while he was using its semi-autonomous driving...
Repeated fast radio burst source localized, identity still a mystery
Enlarge / The fast radio burst in question, FRB 121102, is located in the top right portion of the image. On the left is a large supernova remnant. Rogelio Bernal Andreo (DeepSkyColors.com) reader comments...
Docker Delivers Containerd to Open Source Community
Docker on Wednesday announced that it will spin out containerd, a key component of its Docker Engine, for open source use. Containerd will provide an open, stable and extensible base for building non-Docker...
Trump talked to tech about jobs, immigration and China, source says
Jobs, skilled immigration and China were the main topics on the table at a meeting between president elect Trump and the world's most powerful tech executives, a person familiar with what was discussed...
The next iPhone could be a minor upgrade and called the iPhone 7S
The 2017 iPhone will mark the tenth anniversary of Apple’s iconic handset, and as such big changes were expected, along with Apple possibly skipping the ‘S’ model and calling it the iPhone 8. But the...
Google Launches Continuous Testing Service For Open Source Software
Google's new OSS-Fuzz software testing service only be available at least initially for really large and critical open source projects Google has launched a new project for continuously testing open source...
Siemens not planning any more big software acquisitions: source
MUNICH German engineering group Siemens is not planning any more big purchases of industrial software makers, a person close to the company told Reuters."We are pretty much done building the house of...
Android’s market share grows because it can fit any niche, big or small
Enlarge / All the colors of the Android rainbow!Aurich Lawson reader comments 8 Share this story The Android software platform lets smartphone builders everywhere create devices for every niche. If Apple's...
Wix gets caught “stealing” GPL code from WordPress
reader comments 4 Share this story Last Friday, Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg—the founding developer of the WordPress open source blogging and content management platform—posted an open letter on...
Italy judge agrees tax probe settlement with head of Apple's Irish unit: source
MILAN (Reuters) - A Milan judge has accepted a settlement agreement with the head of Apple's Irish-based unit Apple Sales International as part of a probe into allegations the U.S. tech giant failed to...
Apple will release three new phones next year — all with new glass backings, report says
Three new Apple iPhones are coming next year, all with glass backings, an industry source told the Nikkei Asian Review. A new 5.5-inch, 5-inch and 4.7-inch model will each have a glass back, the unnamed...
Red Hat and Ericsson Forge 5G, IoT Open Source Alliance
Red Hat and Ericsson on Wednesday announced an alliance meant to speed adoption of open source solutions in the information and communications technology space. The alliance will help promote a range of...
Google signs up CBS for Internet TV service: source
Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit Google has reached an agreement with CBS Corp (CBS.N) to carry the network on its web TV service, according to a source familiar with the matter.The service is expected to...
Ericsson could look beyond telecoms sector for new CEO: source
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Struggling mobile networks giant Ericsson could try to hire a chief executive with no track record in the telecoms industry after looking beyond the obvious candidates, a source familiar...
Arduino on Arduino battle ends in reconciliation, merger
reader comments 3 Share this story A three-year-old schism in the open source hardware project Arduino has been healed. Further ReadingOpen access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody...
GE, Bosch Combine Resources to Bolster IoT
GE and Bosch Software Innovations have partnered to jump-start the development of an open source Internet of Things platform. Open source will encourage greater interoperability and application development,...
Updated: Top 10 alternative operating systems
IntroductionNote: Our best alternative operating systems round-up has been fully updated. This feature was first published in March 2010.No Windows, no Linux, no macOS: is there really a desktop operating...
Wearable integrated thermocells based on gel electrolytes use body heat as power source
Electronics integrated into textiles are gaining in popularity: Systems like smartphone displays in a sleeve or sensors to detect physical performance in athletic wear have already been produced. The main...
EU likely to hand Apple Irish tax bill of over 1 billion euro: source
DUBLIN (Reuters) - The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup...
PowerShell is Microsoft’s latest open source release, coming to Linux, OS X
Using single ions to generate high-resolution images
Joint Quantum Institute reader comments 0 Share this story If you know me, you know that I tend to get obsessive about imaging. I usually stick to optical microscopes, but occasionally the folks who play...
Google May Paint IoT Fuchsia
A team at Google is working on a new operating system called "Fuchsia," but details are sparse. Fuchsia "is a new open source project that is not at all related to Android or Chrome OS," said Google spokesperson...
’We could reach it in our lifetime’
Exoplanets can be pretty weird places, but do their names have to be so weird, too? Watch and learn how the scientific community determines and categorizes these unique planets. Astronomers believe we...
FCC forces TP-Link to support open source firmware on routers
A TP-Link router.TP-Link. reader comments 15 Share this story Networking hardware vendor TP-Link today admitted violating US radio frequency rules by selling routers that could operate at power levels...
A wealth of new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 information has just been leaked
We're less than a week away from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's August 2 unveiling and while we have a pretty clear idea of what to expect by now new information is still emerging.One of the most comprehensive...
10 Open Source Tools for Developers
According to the 2016 Future of Open Source Survey from Black Duck Software, 65 percent of organizations use open source software, and development tools are the third most common type of open source software...
Facebook Open Source Report Card: 54 Projects in Six Months
Giving back to the open source community has helped accelerate much development, including infrastructure resources, such as servers and networking appliances. Facebook, like almost every other company...
Bulgarian Government Embraces Open Source
Bulgaria's Parliament recently passed legislation mandating open source software to bolster security, as well as to increase competition with commercially coded software. Amendments to the Electronic Governance...
How Oracle’s business as usual is threatening to kill Java
Coffee break with lots of splashes.Stop me if you've heard this one before: Oracle has quietly pulled funding and development efforts away from a community-driven technology where customers and partners...
BMW, Intel, Mobileye team up to develop autonomous cars: source
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW is close to unveiling a development partnership for autonomous cars with Israeli collision detection software maker Mobileye and U.S. chip maker Intel , a source familiar with...
Regulator probing Canon on $6.5 billion Toshiba unit purchase: source
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's anti-monopoly regulator is investigating Canon Inc over a possible breach of disclosure rules in the company's acquisition of Toshiba Corp's medical equipment unit, a source with...
Airbnb seeks funds valuing it at $30 billion: source
Apartment-sharing startup Airbnb is in talks for a new round of funding that would value the company at $30 billion, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.Airbnb intends to use the financing to...
Kuka nears deal with Chinese bidder: source
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German robotics maker Kuka is on the brink of agreeing to an investor agreement with Chinese bidder Midea that includes a long-term commitment to existing headquarters, factories...
HTC Nexus spec leak reveals powerful successor to the Nexus 5X
We've got to hand it to Google and HTC - they've done a better job of keeping their upcoming Nexus handsets quiet than most companies this year, but we might finally have a pretty clear picture of what...
Airbnb gets $1 billion debt facility from U.S. banks: source
(Reuters) - Apartment-sharing startup Airbnb Inc has secured a $1 billion debt facility from some big U.S. banks to aid its new services and finance its expansion plans, a source close to the company said....
U.S. attorney in Manhattan probes Bangladesh Bank cyber heist: source
(Reuters) - The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan has opened an investigation of the cyber heist of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a law enforcement...
HPE Wants Open Source Devs to Kick The Machine Into Gear
Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday announced it was open-sourcing The Machine to spur development of the infant computer design project. HPE has invited the open source community to collaborate on its...
Alibaba's Ant Financial buys 20 percent of data firm for $35 million: source
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's affiliate Ant Financial has bought a fifth of financial data provider Shanghai Suntime Information Technology for around $35 million,...
New router chips could save open source firmware from FCC rules
Imagination TechnologiesA company that designs MIPS processors for networking hardware says it is developing technology that would allow installation of open source firmware on wireless routers while...
Splice Machine Moving Its Database to Open Source
Splice Machine is seeking contributors, mentors and sponsors to help support its move to take its dual-engine RDBMS open source. Splice Machine, which makes and markets a Hadoop and Spark powered database,...
ReactOS Is a Promising Open Source Windows Replacement
If you want to run a clone of Microsoft Windows to escape the drama of upgrading to Windows 10, try ReactOS -- but do not expect it to be a fully functional replacement any time soon. ReactOS is a free,...
Google’s fair use victory is good for open source
Ron AmadeoPamela Samuelson is a longtime professor of IP and cyberlaw at the University of California-Berkeley, and she also chairs the board of the Authors Alliance. Her views do not necessarily represent...
Black Duck's Free Tool Digs Out Open Source Bugs
Black Duck Software this week released Security Checker, a free tool based on the company's Hub open source security solution. Security Checker is a drag-and-drop, Web-based tool that allows users to determine...
What Google's Victory in Java Case Signifies to IT World
NEWS ANALYSIS: Following its court loss to Google over Java copyrights and the exit of a key Linux thought leader, Oracle must regain credibility in the open source community. First of all, as we take...
French investigators raid Google's Paris HQ over tax case: source
PARIS French investigators are raiding Google's (GOOGL.O) Paris headquarters as part of a probe over tax payments, a source close to the finance ministry told Reuters on Tuesday.Investigators have been...
Linksys WRT routers won’t block open source firmware, despite FCC rules
New rules that affect open source firmware on Wi-Fi routers will be implemented on June 2, but not all network hardware will prevent the loading of third-party software. Further Reading TP-Link blocks...
Sourcehunt: Emerging Tech Edition
In October 2015, we introduced Sourcehunt in the PHP Channel. The goal of Sourcehunt here at SitePoint was to help open source projects find new contributors, while also helping contributors gain experience...
Report: Companies in the Dark About Their Open Source Risk Exposure
Commercial software is full of security vulnerabilities from unpatched open source components developers use, according to a report Black Duck Software issued last week. Software companies misjudge how...
Exclusive: Apple's Tim Cook to visit China for government meetings - source
BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas...
Apache HTTP Server 2.4.20 Updated for HTTP/2
The Apache 2.4.x web server family continues to improve, albeit in incremental step forward. Apache 2.4 first debuted in February 2012, becoming the leading edge of Apache HTTTP server releases. With...
Yik Yak’s CTO drops out as the hyped anonymous app stagnates
Is Yik Yak a thing anymore? Not so much, according to download stats, traffic charts, surveys, and a source that says the college app’s monthly user count has been declining. That source with...
Orange-Bouygues telecom merger talks fail: source
PARIS (Reuters) - Merger talks between state-controlled telecoms group Orange and Bouygues Telecom to create France's biggest telecoms operator have failed, a source close to Bouygues said on Friday, confirming...
The TODO Group and the Linux Foundation: Marrying open source and the enterprise
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- Everyone uses open source. Almost everyone develops in open source -- yes, even Microsoft -- but getting corporations onboard with open source is still a problem. In part, Linux...
Forget credit cards, Facebook Messenger might be the new way to pay
It looks like Facebook is working on a bunch of new features for its Messenger app, including the ability to pay for things in-store right through the app.While Messenger already lets you send money to...
Samsung to release new phone after Note 7 woes
The firm will launch the Galaxy S8 at events in New York and London, according to reports.Industry insiders say it will come in two sizes and will feature a larger screen.Samsung will be hoping the S8...
New diversity report shows 85% of Uber’s tech workforce is male
Uber reader comments 3 Share this story Further ReadingSlack Engineering Director: Google should do “blind assessments” for hiringFor the first time, Uber released diversity figures for its employees—which...
Elon Musk's Latest Target: Brain-computer Interfaces
Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers. The company plans to develop brain implants that can treat neural disorders — and that may...
Legal threats and disgruntled clients: Inside ‘Uber for private jets’
Tim Martz made his fortune in broadcast radio, but even as a wealthy man, the price of chartering a private jet always stung a bit. So when Martz joined JetSmarter in February 2015, the service seemed...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark