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Submission + - Virtual reality gets real in the enterprise (

stinkymountain writes: The rapid growth of the mobile sector has had an unexpected dividend – by bringing down the costs and improving the quality of motion sensors, screens, and processors it has helped usher in a new era of virtual reality technology.

Submission + - Google Fiber: NOT coming to a neighborhood near you. (

stinkymountain writes: When Google announced plans in 2010 to jump into the broadband business, the company received more than 1,000 applications from communities hoping to be selected for Google Fiber, which promised gigabit-speed Internet at low prices or even free Internet for seven years if you chose a slower speed. As we head into 2014, Google has delivered super-fast Internet to exactly one place, greater Kansas City; it’s just now rolling out the service to Provo, Utah — where it purchased a pre-existing municipal network for $1; and has announced plans for Austin, Texas, in 2014. After that, who knows?

Submission + - Ubuntu impresses in test of 5 open source server OSes (

stinkymountain writes: Network World reviewer Susan Perschke writes: We initially thought commercial goliath Red Hat might dominate in our tests, but in our final tally Ubuntu came out on top. Ubuntu delivered intuitive, uncluttered management tools, excellent hypervisor support, and transparency (commercial and open source versions are one and the same). Canonical also boasts progressive strategic alliances with large cloud providers. Ubuntu is also closely associated with the popular OpenStack platform.

Submission + - New Zealand nixes software patent laws (

stinkymountain writes: Open source advocate Bryan Lunduke gives kudos to New Zealand for getting rid of patents for software. The punch line is that a man named Foss is in charge of implementing the new regs. You couldn't make this up....

Submission + - The last days of Unix: Once dominant OS 86ed by x86es (

stinkymountain writes: Unix, the core server operating system in enterprise networks for decades, now finds itself in a slow, inexorable decline, according to Network World. Jean Bozman, research vice president at IDC Enterprise Server Group, attributes the decline to platform migration issues; competition from Linux and Microsoft; more efficient hardware with more powerful processor cores; and the abundance of Unix-specific apps that can now also run on competitor’s servers.

Submission + - Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out (

An anonymous reader writes: The Linux Mint blog today announced the full release of Linux Mint 15 'Olivia.' Here are the release notes and a list of new features. As before, it's available with either MATE or Cinnamon as a desktop environment. The included version of MATE has been upgrade to 1.6, which saw many old and deprecated packages replaced with newer technologies. Cinnamon has gone to 1.8, which improved the file manager, added support for 'desklets' (essentially desktop widgets), and completed the transition away from Gnome Control Center to Cinamon's own settings panel. Other new features of Linux Mint 15 include improved login screen applications (one of which is an HTML greeter that supports HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and WebGL), a tool developed from the ground up to manage software sources in Mint, and a vastly improved driver manager. The project's website sums it up simply: 'Linux Mint 15 is the most ambitious release since the start of the project.'

Submission + - Oh. Snap. Is the iWatch going to be a snap bracelet? (

stinkymountain writes: Apple watcher and lawyer Yoni Heisler digs up some Apple patent filings and finds a series of designs that show a wrist watch with a `snap bracelet' form factor and a flexible display that allows the device to fit snugly on different sized wrists. Also, there's a indication that Apple might use kinetic energy to help charge the device.

Submission + - IBM kills Lotus name, but products, and founders, live on. Where are they now? (

stinkymountain writes: IBM recently killed the Lotus name, 30 years after Mitch Kapor and Jonathan Sachs released the company's first product, Lotus 1-2-3. So, what are Kapor, Jim Manzi, Ray Ozzie and other Lotus alums doing these days and how do they feel about the Lotus name going away.

Submission + - RFID: Befuddled by FUD (

stinkymountain writes: Remember RFID? According to a Network World story by Bob Violino, fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) have stymied RFID growth. But all is not lost. Retailers could lead the way in an RFID breakout over the next few years.

Submission + - Warning: You may be an e-hoarder (

stinkymountain writes: Most people know a hoarder. Maybe it's an aunt. Maybe it's the neighbor with a sofa on the front porch and motorcycle parts strewn across the lawn. Or, maybe it's you. Have you taken a look at your email inbox lately? Here are tips for how to diagnose e-hoarding and how to find the cure.

Submission + - Rise of the industrial robots (

stinkymountain writes: Don't fear the robot. They're not coming to take your job. The latest generation of industrial robots work alongside humans, tackling repetitive tasks on the auto assembly line and the warehouse floor.

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