Traditionally, as a console gets older, the console maker adds new features and compatible apps for users to download. Sony is taking the opposite tack with the PlayStation Vita in the coming months, though, planning to disable a few apps and features that have worked on the system since launch.

Virtualisation biz axing workers, certain leases and products

Hundreds of workers at Citrix Systems are to be shown the door to counter nose-diving profit and boost the R&D pot.…

Activists to the left, big data the right

+Comment  Elliott Management, the activist investor with its hooks into EMC, appears to have settled on Informatica as its next likely target for shareholder gains glory.…

Manjaro 0.8.11 XFCE is the new release of manjaro linux featuring XFCE desktop environment. This version is much more stable and improved as compared to previous 0.8.10.

Last year’s contract win, that is. Profits are up, though

Revenue at Canadian outsourcer CGI Group dipped by four per cent in the first quarter of 2015 to $2.5bn (£1.7bn), compared with the same period in 2014.…

StartsWithABang writes If you want to map the entire sky — whether you’re looking in the visible, ultraviolet, infrared or microwave, your best bet is to go to space. Only high above the Earth’s atmosphere can you map out the entire sky, with your vision unobscured by anything terrestrial. But that costs millions of dollars for the launch alone! What if you’ve got new technology you want to test? What if you still want to defeat most of the atmosphere? (Which you need to do, for most wavelengths of light.) And what if you want to make observations on large angular scales, something by-and-large impossible from the ground in microwave wavelengths? You launch a balloon! The Spider telescope has just completed its data-taking operations, and is poised to take the next step — beyond Planck and BICEP2 — in understanding the polarization of the cosmic microwave background.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.




Cellist Zoë Keating strikes back with YouTube transcript

Analysis  It’s not often a $450bn multinational is humbled by a single classical musician with a tape recorder. Yet that seems to be what happened this weekend.…

It’s quite hard to contain my excitement about this game, but as always we will give it a fair look and tell you what we think about Dying Light. This post continues to be updated, and it’s really not good. Updated 28th January for game-breaking bugs.

Where are my generating wellies?

Feature  Despite regular headlines about self-powered gadgets and a deluge of stories claiming that any day now we should expect our smart phones to start gathering power from the environment around us, the promise of harvested energy always seems just out of reach. Or is it?…

Really? Even 100-year-olds, claim clipboard wielders

Online banking has seen a boom among the older generation, with nearly 2.3 million aged between 70 and over 100 years old now using internet banking, according to figures compiled by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA).…

I decided to become a librarian after my undergraduate because I liked working with computers and the job seemed easy. A friend who’d already taken the plunge enlisted me, telling me how technological libraries had become, which I guess made sense.

Samsung’s phone business takes an even nastier dive

Samsung’s mobile phone businesses took a nasty tumble in 2014′s fourth quarter, with profits at the company’s electronics division falling by 27 per cent to 5.35 trillion won ($4.9bn).…

Malvertising hits xHamster thanks to recent Adobe 0-day

A massive malvertising campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability has surfaced on popular* adult site xHamster, analysts say.…

An anonymous reader writes A recent incident at the White House showed that small aerial vehicles (drones) present a specific security problem. Rahul Sasi, a security engineer at Citrix R&D, created MalDrone, the first backdoor malware for the AR drone ARM Linux system to target Parrot AR Drones, but says it can be modified to target others as well. The malware can be silently installed on a drone, and be used to control the drone remotely and to conduct remote surveillance. Meanwhile, the Chinese company that created the drone that crashed on the White House grounds has announced a software update for its “Phantom” series that will prohibit flight within 25 kilometers of the capital.

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All because his wife asked to cancel their TV package

A Washington woman in the US has revealed how Comcast made her husband the butt of a joke – by changing his name to “Asshole” on their account.…

This tutorial will be a quick setup guide for installing and using Github and how to perform its various functions of creating a repository locally, connecting this repo to the remote host that contains your project (where everyone can see), committing the changes and finally pushing all the content in the local system to Github.

Boot Chess needs just 512 bytes of memory, beating 1982′s 1K ZX Chess

Developer Olivier Poudade claims he’s beaten a 33 year-old record for the smallest working Chess program.…

If it did – opportunity!

Worstall on Weds (on Thurs)  I’ve been watching with some amusement a little story about Pinterest noting that it’s got a user base that leans heavily female. It’s doing the rounds as the company thinks, well, it would be nice to be stuffing men full of ads as well (when it actually starts slinging ads) so, umm, why don’t we go out and try and find some male customers?…

In today’s data-driven, constantly-connected, technology-centric world, we are awash in attention-grabbing content, events, and requests. Like me, I suspect most Opensource.com readers relish this way of life—after all, us technologists created it—except for, that is, when we don’t.

So much for A-G Brandis’ ‘this’ll be easy for telcos to collect’ argument

Yet again, the coaching that spooks and bureaucrats have given Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis has proven to be at odds with the realities of the telecommunications industry.…