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ChatOn Messaging Service to Be Shut Down

Android Central:

Samsung official as saying, “Samsung Electronics plans to exit from the mobile messaging market from region-to-region as part of corporate strategy to restructure unprofitable businesses and improve profitability.” Another unnamed Samsung official stated, “Samsung is on track to streamline its business units. From a business point of view, ChatOn isn’t a business that can show improvement in the future.”

Seriously, people use this shit?

Samsung vs Nvidia

Bloomberg:

Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) is seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) from the U.S. market.

They wanted to block desktop chip too, this is crazy.

WhatsApp to provide end-to-end encryption

Whisper Systems:

Today we’re excited to publicly announce a partnership with WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app in the world, to incorporate the TextSecure protocol into their clients and provide end-to-end encryption for their users by default.

This is good news, we will see how it goes. Somehow I don’t really trust Facebook.

Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

HotHardware.com:

Over the last few years, Apple has introduced features and adopted standards that made upgrading or using third-party hardware progressively more difficult. Now, with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the company has taken another step down the path towards total vendor lock-in and effectively disabled support for third-party SSDs.

This is misleading, Apple have never supported TRIM on 3rd party SSDs.

We say “effectively” because while third-party SSDs will still work, they’ll no longer perform the TRIM garbage collection command. Being able to perform TRIM and clean the SSD when its sitting idle is vital to keeping the drive at maximum performance — without it, an SSD’s real world performance will steadily degrade over time. Exactly how far depends a great deal on workloads, available free space, and how much idle garbage collection the drive controller performs independently of the OS TRIM command.

To enable TRIM on 3rd party SSDs, install Trim Enabler.

Visual Studio 2015 Goes Cross-Platform

Ars:

Visual Studio 2015 will also take the next step along Microsoft’s path of making Visual Studio into a cross-platform development tool. Visual Studio 2013 took strides in this direction with its preview support for HTML5/Cordova apps, and with Xamarin, .NET developers can reach multiple platforms.

In Visual Studio 2015, that cross-platform reach is going to include C++, too. Microsoft’s development environment will include support for the Clang compiler and LLVM infrastructure for targeting Android and, in a later iteration, iOS.

This is huge, and naked ALM also found support for Java, ANT, SQL LITE, and WebSocket4web.

FreeBSD 10.1 Released

FreeBSD:

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE. This is the second release of the stable/10 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE and introduces some new features.

A set of new features including: vt(4) a new console driver, support for FreeBSD/i386 guests on the bhyve hypervisor, support for SMP on armv6 kernels, UEFI boot support for amd64 architectures, support for the UDP-Lite protocol (RFC 3828) support on both IPv4 and IPv6, and much more.

Google’s Go Moving to GitHub

golang-dev:

Mercurial has served us well, but it’s time to move on. The world today is quite different from the world then. Most members of the Go community use Git and host their work on GitHub, and we should join them. Thanks to the efforts of open source projects like Android, we now have access to a Git-based code review system that fits our workflow.

Microsoft Starts To Open Source .Net

VentureBeat:

Microsoft today announced plans to open source .NET, the company’s software framework that primarily runs on Windows, and release it on GitHub. Microsoft also unveiled plans to take .NET cross-platform by targeting both Mac OS X and Linux.

This is the new Microsoft, this will get more developers, and grow .Net ecosystem. This is Satya Nadella’s Microsoft.

Microsoft plans to open source the entire .NET server stack, from ASP.NET 5 down to the Common Language Runtime and Base Class Libraries. The company will let developers build .NET cloud applications on multiple platforms; it is promising future support of the .NET Core server runtime and framework for Mac and Linux.

I wonder what the license will be like.

Catastrophic Bug In Virtually All Versions Of Windows

Ars:

every major TLS stack—including Apple SecureTransport, GNUTLS, OpenSSL, NSS, and now Microsoft SChannel—has had a severe vulnerability this year. In some cases, the flaws merely allowed attackers to bypass encryption protections, while others—most notably the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL and the one patched Tuesday in Windows, allowed adversaries to steal highly sensitive data and execute malicious code on vulnerable systems respectively.

You should immediately install a patch Microsoft released.

Rumor HTC One (M9)

phoneArena.com:

Additionally, the speculation has the HTC One (M9) powered by a Snapdragon 805 CPU, and the handset will have 3GB of RAM inside. There will be a unit offering 64GB of native storage, and one with 128GB of memory available. Android 5.0 is believed to be pre-installed. A larger capacity battery, an IP certification reading higher than the current model’s IPx3, and a higher MP camera on back are also believed to be part of the next flagship.

Sound interesting to me.

PGP

Exploding and Bent iPhone 6

One of the Nine:

Yesterday at 5:00pm my boyfriend and I prepared to go to a restaurant for dinner. My boyfriends iPhone 6 exploded, as you can see. Very scary as I was right next to him but was clear of the explosion. He had his iPhone 6 in his hand and was ready to do online payment when it directly exploded. You can see the photos of the destroyed iPhone 6 and my boyfriends hands covered in blood! ! !

This shit is getting serious.

copyleft.org

copyleft.org:

copyleft.org is a collaborative project to create and disseminate useful information, tutorial material, and new policy ideas regarding all forms of copyleft licensing. Its primary project is currently a comprehensive tutorial and guide, which describes the policy motivations for copyleft exists, presents a detailed analysis of the text of various copyleft licenses, and gives examples and case studies of copyleft compliance situations.