How open source software took over the world

Mike Volpi Contributor Mike Volpi is a general partner at Index Ventures. Before co-founding the firm’s San Francisco office with Danny Rimer, Volpi served as the chief strategy officer at Cisco Systems. It was just 5 years ago that there was an ample dose of skepticism from investors about the viability of open source as a business … Read moreHow open source software took over the world

AWS launches Arm-based servers for EC2

At its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, AWS today announced the launch of Arm-based servers for its EC2 cloud computing service. These aren’t run-of-the-mill Arm chips, though. AWS took the standard Arm cores and then customized them to fit its needs.The company says that its so-called AWS Graviton Processors have been optimized for performance and … Read moreAWS launches Arm-based servers for EC2

WTF is happening to crypto?

Four days ago the crypto markets were crashing hard. Now they’re crashing harder. Bitcoin, which hasn’t fallen past $6,000 for months, has dumped to $4,413.99 as of this morning, and nearly everything else is falling in unison. Ethereum, flying high at $700 a few months ago, is at $140. Coinbase, that bastion of crypto stability, … Read moreWTF is happening to crypto?

Intel’s ‘neural network on a stick’ brings AI training to you

Edge devices are generally defined as any piece of hardware that controls the flow of data between the boundaries of two networks. These include not just routers, switches and gateways but also a range IoT gadgets like Ring doorbell cameras, industrial robots, smart medical devices or self-guided camera drones. Intel’s NCS2 is essentially a self-contained … Read moreIntel’s ‘neural network on a stick’ brings AI training to you

Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth says he has no plans to sell anytime soon

After IBM announced its plans to acquire Red Hat for $34 billion, pundits quickly started speculating about when Red Hat competitors like Suse and Canonical would sell, as well. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, though, doesn’t seem to have any interest in selling — at least for the time being. “I value my independence,” he told … Read moreCanonical’s Mark Shuttleworth says he has no plans to sell anytime soon

Chrome will block all ads on consistently deceptive websites

You’ll have the option to disable the site filtering in Chrome’s settings, Google said. This probably won’t raise too many objections, since the sites that use these tricks often rely primarily or exclusively on them. Google noted that phishing and scam sites sometimes use these methods to swipe your data. All the same, it’s significant … Read moreChrome will block all ads on consistently deceptive websites

IBM buys Linux giant Red Hat to thrive in the cloud

If you ask IBM, the deal is all about the cloud. It expects to become the world’s leading “hybrid cloud provider” (that is, a mix of local and outside cloud services) and will treat Red Hat as a “distinct unit” inside its Hybrid Cloud group. It also expects to use Red Hat’s open source roots … Read moreIBM buys Linux giant Red Hat to thrive in the cloud

How to Watch Picture-in-Picture Videos On Chrome 70

Picture-in-picture (PIP) video playback is a user-favorite feature on Android’s Chrome app, and you can now get it on your Chrome desktop browser—as long as you’ve updated to Chrome 70, that is. How to watch videos PIP in Chrome 70 You can check to make sure you’re running the latest version of Chrome by opening … Read moreHow to Watch Picture-in-Picture Videos On Chrome 70

Microsoft open-sources 60,000 patents to help Linux avoid lawsuits

Microsoft announced that it’s joining the Open Invention Network, an open-source patent group that’s dedicated to protecting linux from lawsuits. And in the process, Microsoft has made 60,000 of its patents open source. This is a surprise to many in the developer community as Microsoft has been notoriously protective of its patents. Android and Samsung … Read moreMicrosoft open-sources 60,000 patents to help Linux avoid lawsuits

Get More Out of Your Chromebook by Running Linux Apps

Photo: David Nield (Gizmodo) Chrome OS, itself based on the Linux kernel, can now run Linux apps—the circle is complete. If you’ve got the latest version of Chrome OS, and a fairly new Chromebook, you can now install some of the best applications Linux has to offer. Here’s how to go about it, and why … Read moreGet More Out of Your Chromebook by Running Linux Apps