This tutorial shows how you can set up a Fedora 18 desktop (with the XFCE desktop environment) that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.
Once upon a time, this type of distribution appealed to me. But that was a long time ago. Now, I like distributions that just work by default. When it comes to desktop computing, I like to hit the ground running. No time to fix stuff that should be installed or enabled by default. But that’s just me. There are very many people who still find these distributions exciting.
Brazil’s National Industrial Property Institute (INPI) rejected the Cupertino giant’s claim to trademark the name iPhone, and denied that Apple didn’t have exclusive rights over the brand name in Brazilian markets.
Apple had earlier claimed that Brazilian electronics company, Gradiente, was using its trademarked name- ‘iPhone’ to sell its products. As a matter of fact, Gradiente had also released an Android based iPhone. A perfect oxymoron, that.
INPI, which looks after the patent cases in Brazil, after hearing the cases from both sides, came to a decision that the brand ‘iPhone’ originally belongs to Brazil’s Gradiente as the company had registered the name in 2000, seven years before the first iPhone was released.
When Apple released the iPhone in Brazil in 2007, Gradiente was yet to launch any product on the patented name, as it was in a ‘poor financial condition’. In 2006, Apple had filed a petition to possess exclusive rights to use the word ‘iPhone’ for branding its products. It was never solicited as Gradiente’s request had been received first. However, Apple was given the freedom to use the name in marketing and instruction manuals.
Ironically, just when the patent was about to expire in December 2012, Gradiente launched a new flagship device with the name iPhone.
Gradiente has said that the decision would be officially published in its Intellectual Property magazine, next week.
Carbon (the backup app) is a kick ass way to backup and restore apps and their precious data on your Android phone or tablet. It's simple, looks great, works even better, and doesn't need root or any fancy hocus-pocus to get it to work. We think it's the way Google should have done it. The free version works great, backing up all your data to the device, but the premium version takes things a step further by placing all your data in your Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.net account. Yay the cloud!
There's one thing that could make it better, and that's getting a free Carbon Premium code. Koush hooked us up with 20 of them to give away, and here's your chance. Comment on this post, telling everyone what data you need to back up, and sometime after midnight (Eastern time) we'll pick 20 winners. No muss, no fuss.
If you're not sure because you haven't tried Carbon backup just yet, now is the time. Hit the Google Play link above and see why everyone is loving this one.
We heard just two days ago that Canadian models of the Galaxy Note 2 would be receiving their multi-window update today, and that seems to be going along as planned. Our own devices have started to pull down the update, all 230MB of it, to be installed and others are finding it arrive on their devices as well. This update will bring the much-anticipated multi-window feature, along with Chinese language support. The multi-window function let's the device run two apps side-by-side on the large screen, increasing the potential for multitasking.
The update arrived on other Note 2 devices — and even Galaxy S3's — in Europe and the U.S. late last year, so it's about time Canadian users got their opportunity to try out multi-window as well. Seeing the update on your own device yet? Let other users know in the forums.
More: Galaxy Note 2 Forums
Samsung and Electronic Arts have closed a revenue deal that will bring new games to Samsung's App Store, and put more money in game developer's pockets. The deal starts March 4, and participating developers will get 100-percent (as in all of it) of the profits from sales for the first six months, then Samsung will collect 10-percent for the next six months, and finally the fees return to the industry standard 20-percent the following year. This is a pretty big deal, from a pair of pretty big players in the industry.
The program is also focused towards indie games, and is designed to put those obscure titles on the same plane as well-known games like those in the Angry Birds series. Developers who participate aren't tied up in any sort of exclusivity deal, and are free to publish their games at other markets like Google Play or Amazon. They are also encouraged to bring existing games into the Samsung App market.
Of course Samsung benefits as well here. Getting people tied into their "ecosystem" instead of Google's or Amazon's is no easy task. Samsung is now the top seller of smart phones in the world, but when everyone has a smart phone it's always good to have a secondary source of revenue. Eventually, smart phone ownership will reach its peak, and Samsung hopes their services will keep people interested in the brand, and keep the money flowing. Having a rich content catalog is one of the best ways to make that happen.
Since September 2011, Nicholas Clark has been working on improving the Perl 5 Core, funded by a $ 20,000 grant from the Perl Foundation. The term of the work is coming to an end and Clark is now seeking another $ 20,000 to continue the work of the original Improving Perl 5 grant. The Foundation is consulting with the community before making the final decision whether to go ahead with the extension which would see Clark devoting another 400 hours of dedicated work to the project.
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FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to configure PureFTPd to accept TLS sessions on a Fedora 18 server.
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