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Bash bug affects OS X, Linux: “worse than Heartbleed”

Bash bug affects OS X, Linux: “worse than Heartbleed”

The Bash Bug - also going by the nickname "Shellshock" - has been discovered this week and identified as a serious threat to computers of all kinds around the world. The vulnerability exists inside Bash, an element inside operating systems like Mac OS X, Linux, and Unix.

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BASH bug leaves many web servers open to attack

BASH bug leaves many web servers open to attack

No, it's not the name of the bug itself nor is it a description of what you may do if you happen to be deeply affected by this security exploit. BASH, for Bourne Again SHell, is the most common command line (think, command prompt in Windows) shell in Linux and UNIX-like operating systems, which means that a bug like this leaves many computers connected to the Internet, like servers and even Macs, vulnerable to hijacking.

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Native Netflix support could be coming to Ubuntu soon

Native Netflix support could be coming to Ubuntu soon

Ubuntu could finally be seeing native support for Netflix in the near future, according to some emails that have been flying around this week. The video streaming service's Paul Adolph seems keen on making it happen, and he has been asking some questions to get the ball rolling.

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Chromebooks get more useful with Elementary OS Beta

Chromebooks get more useful with Elementary OS Beta

Not that a Chromebook isn’t in itself useful enough for the masses, but the team behind the Linux-based operating system Elementary OS are aiming to make functionality easy. Using an installation format called "ChromeeOS", users will be able to boot into either Chrome OS or Elementary OS whenever they like.

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Elementary OS released to Public Beta for your Mac or PC

Elementary OS released to Public Beta for your Mac or PC

Those of you that enjoy changing the theme for your smartphone on a daily basis will appreciate what the folks behind Elementary OS are trying to do. They’re not trying to be your "Monday" theme, but your next operating system - and they’re trying to do it with Linux tied to an aesthetic that’s a cross between Chrome OS and Apple’s OS X.

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Maingear Spark goes ultra-small for Windows, Linux, or SteamOS

Maingear Spark goes ultra-small for Windows, Linux, or SteamOS

This week one of the most prolific makers of custom gaming PCs, Maingear, has let loose the Spark. This device weighs less than a pound and is 2.34 inches tall, 4.23 inches deep, and 4.5 inches wide. That’s a palm-sized high-powered PC.

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“Ah ah ah… you didn’t say the magic word”

“Ah ah ah… you didn’t say the magic word”

Anyone of a certain age will know what it means when someone coyly says “ah, ah, ah… you didn’t say the magic word”. Wayne Knight, who went on to play Newman on Seinfeld, may have originally been recognizable to us as Dennis Nedry from Jurassic Park. The enterprising scientist, who tried to steal Dinosaur DNA and proved the movie's protagonist, has now been memorialized in a whole new way.

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pcDuino3S mini PC runs Linux and Android

pcDuino3S mini PC runs Linux and Android

Another day, another small-form-factor PC. This one, the pcDuinos3S, meets that fine line between budget-friendly and usable, being priced at $99 and able to run either Android or Linux, depending on your needs. We've got a rundown of its features after the jump.

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Chromecast support heading to VLC

Chromecast support heading to VLC

Amidst recent news that Chromecast's support has extended to RedBox among other services, a tidbit of information appeared on the forums for media player VLC late last month letting users know it will soon join the list. When isn't known, but support for all desktop platforms and iOS is in the pipeline.

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Ubuntu Orange Box: cloud portability

Ubuntu Orange Box: cloud portability

At the OpenStack Summit, Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth took the wraps of the Ubuntu Orange Box, an aptly named orange cloud-in-a-box that is hailed as portable (to a degree). The Orange Box is a full mobile cluster with a couple of convenient handles on top and a weight that lets you check it with your baggage.

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Unreal Tournament 2014: Free FPS details release today

Unreal Tournament 2014: Free FPS details release today

This week the folks at Epic Games have unveiled the next generation of Unreal Tournament - a new Unreal Tournament game entirely. This game is being detailed this afternoon with David Spalinski, Unreal Tournament Lead Level Designer; Steve Polge, Unreal Tournament Senior Programmer / Project Lead; and Stacey "Flak" Conley, Unreal Tournament Community Manager. This game will be developed with Unreal Engine 4 technology, top to bottom.

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Life after Windows XP: Refresh, Replace, Reuse

Life after Windows XP: Refresh, Replace, Reuse

Windows XP is either dead or dangerous, depending on who you ask, but no matter which it's about time to move away from the old platform before stalled security updates leave you open to hacks. Upgrading to Windows 8.1 may be the most obvious option, but it's not the only one: head on past the break as we look at how you can refresh your existing XP computer, discuss replacing it, and explore some safer ways to reuse the hardware you already have.

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