17 Sep 2016

Identity Theft

Cyber Crime is the number one consumer complaint of the last 15 years. The issue gets worse every year. Have you ever had a virus or malware on your computer? If so, then you have been hacked. This is not really understood by most consumers. The fact that even the smallest or ostensibly most insignificant malware is actually a breach goes over most of our heads. When thinking about all the ways to keep your information and Identity safe, there must be a conversation in your family about how this is achieved. We will develop tools and sell a product that can your family do just that. Stay tuned for more information from our website. Join us Tuesdays at 7:00pm for our weekly information sessions.


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07 Sep 2016

Liveblog: Apple Live Event 2016 (UPDATES)


Following their tradition of unveiling new Apple products in September, Apple will be hosting an event that always take the tech world by storm.

This year’s event is being streamed live from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Downtown San Francisco. From what we know so far,  people are awaiting the following:

  • IPhone 7, as well as what color options will be available.
  • A new Apple watch.
  • Launch dates of IOS10, and new Mac Operating System.


Amazon leaked some details about the IPhone 7 on their website.

The company unveiled some new cases for the IPhone 7, and in the pictures it all but confirmed there will be dual cameras on the IPhone 7.


Tim Cook opens up the stream informing viewers of updates with Apple Music and the Apple App Store.

Over 140 Billion apps have been downloaded in the App Store and Apple have currently seen a 106% YoY growth.

Following that announcement, Cook stated that more games are downloaded in the App store than any other digital store. Also the App store features over a million different games.

Nintendo Releases Mario Game To App Store:


Nintendo has been holding out on bringing their games to app stores for years.

Apple IWork

Apple IWork is revamped with real time editing and collaboration so you can update and edit documents with friends and co-workers.

Bye Bye Google Docs.

Apple Watch:


Jeff Williams unveils a new swim proof Apple Watch through an exciting trailer for the watch during the live stream.

It will be called the Apple Watch Series 2, and will feature Watch OS3.

This smart watch can go up to 50 meters deep in water, it will feature re-designed speaker system.

Apple + Nike, new Nike Apple Watch geared towards runners. The watch will be called the Apple Watch Nike Plus.


Apple Watch 1st gen will be named Series 1 and will be priced at $269.

Apple Watch Series 2 and Nike Plus will be priced at $369 and will be released in late October.


IPhone Updates, IOS10:



Best Apple Iphone ever made:

  • New design, jet black finish. Rose Gold, Gold, Silver.
  • Home button redesign, more responsive and real time feeling. You can now to quick actions and get feedback for messages and notifications and ringtones.
  • Water and Dust Resistant Phone.
  • Brand new Iphone Camera system. (Larger aperture lens, High speed senser, 60% faster, Quad-LED, 50% More light, updated Image signal processor in 25ms)
  • 7MP front facing camera, and 12MP back camera. The IPhone 7 Plus will feature two 12MP Back cameras.
  • New stereo speakers on the IPhone 7, one speaker at the top and one at the bottom.
  • Apple wants to connect headphones through lightning port instead of a 3.55mm analog port, but an adapter is available with the IPhone 7 so users can use analog as well.
  • Apple wants the audio experience to be accessed wirelessly between your device and headsets. This will be done with the new Apple Airpods.
  • Apple Pay will be updated to work with maps and while calculating your travel and destinations, you can pay automatically with Apple Pay through your phone or Apple Watch.
  • New A10 Chip powering the IPhone 7, performance will be ran at maximum and is 50% faster than A9. Graphics is 240x faster than he first IPhone.



Better Display On IPhone 7.


Apple Stereo Speakers.


Apple AirPods.


IPhone 7 and IPhone 7 Plus


IPhone 7 will cost $649.


The IPhone 7 Plus will cost $749.


IPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available September 9th.

IOS10 Release Date:

IOS10 will be available September 13th.

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06 Sep 2016

Adobe Announces They Will Be Bringing Flash Player Back To Linux

Chris Campbell, a developer from Adobe Flash Player, announced that Linux support for Adobe Flash Player will soon be making a comeback.

“Linux users have access to both NPAPI and PPAPI versions of Flash Player. However, for the last four years, the NPAPI version has been held at 11.2 and regularly updated with only security fixes while the PPAPI version (used in Chrome and Chromium based browsers), is in line with the standard Windows and Mac releases.” Chris stated.

“Today we are updating the beta channel with Linux NPAPI Flash Player by moving it forward and in sync with the modern release branch (currently version 23). We have done this significant change to improve security and provide additional mitigation to the Linux community.”

Although the ghost of flash player is long gone on Linux, seeing as many users internet browsers use HTML5, the Linux community probably have no idea what Adobe flash player is. The world of technology, as always will evolve and there will always be new software out to replace the dinosaur software.

Chris Campbell announced that they have two version currently available for beta, 64-bit and 32-bit.

“Currently we are distributing 32 and 64 bit binaries only, we will package these in proper installers after additional testing and feedback. Users should manually back-up their existing Flash Player plugin file from the appropriate system plug-in folder and copy the new binaries into place to use them.  Please note that our initial release does not support Fedora based distributions.  For more information, see our release notes.”
You can download the betas here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer.html

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04 Sep 2016

VIDEO: Gabe Newell – Linux Is The Future Of Gaming


Many people don’t switch to Linux due to their PC Games not being playable. Oh how soon may that change.

Gabe Newell, Co-Founder of Valve gave a speech at LinuxCon in 2013 about the future of Linux gaming. Valve is the creator of Steam, the pioneering game platform that distributes and manages thousands of games directly to a community of more than 65 million players around the world.

Newell believe that the future of gaming and content creation will be with Linux and Open Source Software. It’s free and open without all the loops and hoops to jump through like you would have dealing with Apple App Stores or Google Play and Windows.

Valve added Linux gaming to their beloved online Gaming software Steam in February 2013.

“The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers,” said Ubuntu developer Canonical’s director of consumer applications David Pitkin in a statement. “We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam.”

The addition of Linux to Steam came three years after Valve had stated they had no interest in developing Steam for Linux distributions.

Linux + Steam has brought us great new additions to gaming since their 2013 team up, including the Steam Box, which are stand-alone devices that let you enjoy the Steam gaming experience in one box, providing gamers with a host of hardware devices at a variety of price points and configurations. Customize a gaming experience that best suits your needs while choosing from Steam’s thousands of games, user-generated content, and more from any room in the home.

The video is from LinuxCon & CloudOpen North America in New Orleans, LA. Join Gabe Newell as he shares his insights on the future of Linux gaming.

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03 Sep 2016

Manjaro Ellada Released

After a little over two months of development, the Manjaro team released the ‘Ellada’ edition of Manjaro.

Manjaro developers stated they focused on polishing the user experience on the desktop and window manager, and on updating some components to take advantage of newly available technologies such as switching to a new Vertex-Maia theme.

Manjaro Linux is a fast, user-friendly, desktop-oriented operating system based on Arch Linux. Key features include intuitive installation process, automatic hardware detection, stable rolling-release model, ability to install multiple kernels, special Bash scripts for managing graphics drivers and extensive desktop configurability.

Overall changes

Manjaro will now have Plasma 5.7.3, Firefox 48.0, Nvidia 367.44, LibreOffice 5.1.5, Systemd 231, Octopi 0.8.3 and Pamac 4.1.3 added to these install medias. Calamares 2.4 has following highlights:

  • added support for reusing an existing /home partition if detected in the /etc/fstab file of an already installed operating system
  • new netinstall module which offers a choice of packages to install
  • rewritten large portions of the locale module, with new locale and timezone autodetection functionality and smarter management of locale.conf values
  • added support for an already mounted loop filesystem as source for the unpackfs operation
  • improved handling of partition colors in the partitioning interfacewhen operating on logical partitions
  • fixed a user name validation issue which could in some specific situations cause a failed installation
  • improved defaults in several configuration files
  • improved bootloader deployment on EFI systems with an existing EFI system partition
  • countless other bug fixes
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02 Sep 2016

Ubuntu 16.10 ‘Yakkety Yak’ Wallpaper Contest

The Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase is an opportunity to show off high quality free culture content in Ubuntu. At the heart of Ubuntu’s ethos is a belief in showcasing free software and free culture, and with each development cycle we open the opportunity for any artist to put their work in front of millions of Ubuntu users around the world.

The Contest description read:


We’re looking for photographic wallpapers: lovely backgrounds that greet the user on Ubuntu’s welcome screen and at login, and provide a main color for the Unity Dash! We’re also looking for an illustrative wallpaper that plays off the theme “yakkety yak”.

* Images shouldn’t be too busy and filled with too many shapes and colors, a similar tone throughout is a good rule of thumb.
* A single point of focus, a single area that draws the eye into the image, can also help you avoid something too cluttered.
* The left and top edges are home to Ubuntu’s Launcher and Panel so be careful to consider how your images look in place so as not to clash with the user interface. Try them out on your own desktop; see how they feel.
* Try your image at different aspect ratios to make sure something important isn’t cropped out on smaller/ larger screens at different resolutions.
* Take a look at the wallpapers guidance on the Ubuntu Wiki regarding the size of images. Our target resolution is 3840 x 2400. This might result in a centered, 1080×1920 cropped image on Ubuntu phones, so keep this in mind!

Break all the rules except the resolution one! 😀

Rules and Requirements
So what do you need to know to enter?

The most important rule is that all artwork should be original (your own work).

Basic guidelines:

  • Keep it simple: don’t use too many colours, shapes, etc.
  • Use a single point of focus to draw the eye in
  • Remember to factor in Unity desktop elements, e.g., launcher, panel, etc.
  • Design at a minimum resolution of at least 3840 x 2400

Deadline for all submissions is September 29, 2016.

Check out the page here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/ubuntu-fcs-1610/

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01 Sep 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Remix OS


Remix OS is an operating system based on Android-x86. Remix OS merges the Android operating system with a PC/desktop style interface with a traditional desktop application menu.

Remix OS Developers released an announcement on the update:

Remix OS for PC version 3.0.203. Optimizations for the Gaming Toolkit app: key mapping on the taskbar area when the taskbar is hidden is now enabled; fixed a bug where black screen appears for a few seconds when Gaming Toolkit is opened; fixed a bug where the floating button disappears when it’s being dragged; fixed a bug where the floating button sometimes becomes non-responsive when it’s clicked on; fixed a bug where the animation of closing the floating button repeats a couple of times when being closed; feature added that allows key mapping for F1-F12 keys; feature added so that Gaming Toolkit will automatically restart if it crashes. Other major change: added support for 32-bit UEFI installation.

How to install Remix OS:


Download Remix OS: https://sourceforge.net/projects/remix-os/files/

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28 Aug 2016

Fresh Look At Lubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak


Lubuntu is a fast, lightweight and energy-saving variant of Ubuntu using the LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) desktop. It is intended to have low-resource system requirements and is designed primarily for netbooks, mobile devices and older PCs.

The second alpha of the Yakkety Yak (to become 16.10) has now been

This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Kylin.

Pre-releases of the Yakkety Yak are *not* encouraged for anyone needing
a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into
occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for
Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing,
reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider
testing. This is still an early set of images, so you should expect some

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in
the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the
Yakkety Yak. In particular, once newer daily images are available,
system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 installer should be
verified against the current daily image before being reported in
Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already
been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy
trying to make 16.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your
system is up to date before reporting bugs.


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26 Aug 2016

Kodi 17 “Krypton” Beta Released


Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center) is an open source and very powerful project that provides all the necessary tools for transforming your regular PC into a bona fide HTPC, which if used in conjunction a big screen TV and a Hi-Fi audio system, will transform your living room into a veritable home theater.

Key features include powerful media management capabilities, a fluid Interface, plug-ins that allow for great extensibility, cinematic effects and visualizations, built-in multimedia codecs, themes, and much more. The application can play your entire collection of music files, supporting all the popular formats like MP3, FLAC, WAV, WMA or OGG. It also provides support for cue sheets, audio tagging and smart playlists.


sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/unstable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kodi

A look at the new look Kodi 17:


According to Kodi, there’s a new look and feel Video player:

While the average user might not notice this massive under-the-hood improvement, we feel remiss in not mentioning it.

The switch from Kodi’s old DVDPlayer to the new, modern VideoPlayer may be one of the most massive re-writes in Kodi’s long history.

The important take-away is that this rewrite likely won’t affect users much right now, but should vastly improve the Kodi experience over the next few years.

With that said, there are some improvements you may see right away. In particular, DVD playback finally has hardware acceleration. A/V syncing has improved.

Video streams can now be selected, just like different language audio streams or subtitles, useful for things like concert DVDs, where you can now select the various different camera angles, but perhaps more importantly useful for switching between different bitrates in Youtube and other online streaming sources using the DASH protocol.

At present, the Youtube add-on in the Kodi repo has not yet been updated to handle this new support, but we hope to see that update in the near future.


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25 Aug 2016

Happy Birthday: Linux Turns 25 Today!

Today is the 25th anniversary of Linux, an announcement was posted that read:

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Linux, we’ve released our seventh edition of the Linux Kernel Development Report. It analyzes the work done by over 13,500 developers since the kernel’s early days, as well as more recent trends.

Key findings:

  • Over 13,500 developers from more than 1,300 companies have contributed to the Linux kernel since tracking began 11 years ago.
  • The Top 10 organizations sponsoring Linux kernel development since the last report include Intel, Red Hat, Linaro, Samsung, SUSE, IBM, Renesas, Google, AMD, Texas Instruments and ARM.
  • The rate of Linux development continues to increase, as does the number of developers and companies involved in the process.
  • The number of unpaid developers continues its slow decline, as Linux kernel development proves an increasingly valuable skill sought by employers, ensuring experienced kernel developers do not stay unpaid for long.


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