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Top 5 reasons I'm thankful for Android

Top 5 reasons I'm thankful for AndroidJack Wallen reflects upon five things about Android for which he is thankful. Read on and see if you agree.

SSH getting a security tune-up from NIST and IETF

SSH getting a security tune-up from NIST and IETFNIST and the IETF are working to make SSH even more secure. Meanwhile, there's a Microsoft version lurking.

Online tracking by news organizations is excessive, say researchers

Online tracking by news organizations is excessive, say researchersThe extent to which The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and other news organizations employ third-party tracking may come as a surprise.

Authentication advances put 2016 light at end of breach tunnel

Authentication advances put 2016 light at end of breach tunnelSavvy consumers, companies willing to shed bad habits can fight back with secure access options in 2016

​U.S. Government data shows Windows 10 usage climbing as Windows 7 share drops sharply

​U.S. Government data shows Windows 10 usage climbing as Windows 7 share drops sharplyThe latest data from the massive United States Digital Analytics program shows that Windows 10 usage has climbed sharply, with older versions, including Windows 7 and Windows XP, dropping steeply. The only other desktop platform showing signs of growth is Chrome OS.

How to customise your Linux desktop: Cinnamon

How to customise your Linux desktop: CinnamonPart 4 in my series of how to make your Linux desktop your own. Today I look at the Cinnamon Desktop.

How do you spot a crack in a vast bridge? That's where IoT and drones come in

How do you spot a crack in a vast bridge? That's where IoT and drones come inVisually inspecting big structures such as bridges and dams is a laborious business, which is why Italian researchers are turning to sensors and drones for a solution.

This Raspberry Pi handheld wants to be every gadget in the world
Chances are, you've already got a versatile computer in your pocket -- smartphones play music, record video, play games and more -- but what if it was smaller, open source and completely hackable? Then ...
Watch a neural network try to describe the streets of Amsterdam

Watch a neural network try to describe the streets of AmsterdamNeural networks designed to recognize images are becoming better and better at describing what they’re seeing, and a recent video from developer Kyle McDonald shows this off in realtime – along with some obvious limitations. Armed with his MacBook Pro and a modified version of image recognition software NeuralTalk2, McDonald walked the streets of Amsterdam and recorded as his computer tried to identify what it was seeing. The results are fascinating, if not consistently accurate. Related : Google’s inceptionism may be cooler than the real thing  If you look out your window right now, you can describe what you see instantly and accurately. It seems simple, but teaching computers to do the same thing is complicated. The computer needs to analyze the scene, identify individual components, and then figure out how they relate to each other. This video makes that clear. When the captions are accurate it’s uncanny. “A boat is docked in the water near a city” and “a row of bikes parked next to each other” are both as accurate as they are quintessentially Amsterdam. And the look on the face of “a man eating a hot dog in a crowd” alone is worth the price of admission. But most of the captions are totally wrong, and that’s possibly even more interesting. Why does the neural network describe McDonald , who is clearly wearing a hoody, as “wearing a suit and tie?” Is it confusing his zipper for a tie? Why is it constantly seeing clocks where none exist? Why does it perceive so many colorful things as black and white? NeuralTalk2 is an open source piece of software designed to look at photos and caption them, identifying things in the images and attempting to put them into context. You can set NeuralTalk2 up yourself if you want to make a Thanksgiving project out of it, but you should that it’s not exactly user friendly. You’re going to need to invest some time and some smarts in this one. But don’t worry. If you’re not a programming wizard you can just enjot the video, or check out more caption examples here.

Watch a neural network describe what it sees on a stroll through Amsterdam

Watch a neural network describe what it sees on a stroll through AmsterdamNeural networks especially — systems which can be trained over time — have become eerily good at describing even quite complex scenes. McDonald modified a neural network built by researchers from Stanford and Google to analyze footage from a live webcam feed on his laptop. The results are mixed, of course, but it's fascinating to watch the neural network make mistakes (and sometimes correct itself) in real time.

Google says its version of Facebook's instant articles will arrive early next year

Google says its version of Facebook's instant articles will arrive early next yearLast month Google introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages, its open-source program designed to make web pages load much more quickly on mobile devices. Google says 4,500 developers are following the project on Github, and 250 contributions of code and documentation have been made so far. The AMP project has attracted publishers including The Guardian, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and Vox Media, The Verge's parent company.

So long Surface Pro 4, I'm going with the iPad Pro

So long Surface Pro 4, I'm going with the iPad ProAfter buying and using both devices full-time for several weeks, I'm finding that iPad Pro can meet my own needs better more often, even with the current limitations found in iOS.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2: Looks like iPad mini, runs either Android or Windows 10

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2: Looks like iPad mini, runs either Android or Windows 10The 7.9-inch slate with 326 ppi display looks familiar on the outside. Boot it up or look at the internal components and you'll see the difference which can be had for as little as $156.

Five free tools for building websites

Five free tools for building websitesWith the help of these apps, you can build a topnotch website without spending a dime. And they aren't just free--they offer a rich assortment of features for both newbies and seasoned web builders.

​Perfecto Mobile raises $49m to support expansion into APAC

​Perfecto Mobile raises $49m to support expansion into APACPerfecto Mobile is looking to target sectors including telecommunications, retail, financial, and transport when it opens its first datacentre in Australia.

Text Fairy is the Android OCR app you're looking for

Text Fairy is the Android OCR app you're looking forAn accurate and easy to use OCR app on your Android device can make or break your day. Jack Wallen says Text Fairy rises above other OCR apps in almost every category.

openSUSE Leap brings SUSE Linux Enterprise out in the open

openSUSE Leap brings SUSE Linux Enterprise out in the openSUSE has been a frontrunner for enterprise computer across the globe. Now they are helping to extend that reach with a new project, openSUSE Leap. Jack Wallen explains.

Play Hundreds of Classic Games on This Retro Home Arcade

Play Hundreds of Classic Games on This Retro Home ArcadeWhen Tyler Bushnell was a kid, he remembers biking 6 miles on the weekends to blow all his money on that hot release, “Street Fighter II.”

Ten great gifts for the hacker in your life

Ten great gifts for the hacker in your lifeGive gifts this holiday season that inspire your favorite hackers to make something great. Our ten top picks for gifts to make 'em smile are perfect for hackers of all styles, ages and interests.

How to customise your Linux desktop: Gnome 3

How to customise your Linux desktop: Gnome 3Next in my series of columns on customising Linux is the Gnome 3 desktop -- this one is very different from Xfce and KDE

IBM's SystemML machine learning system becomes Apache Incubator project

Chicken and egg? IBM TED summit asks if necessity fosters innovationThere's a race between tech giants to open source machine learning systems and become a dominant platform. Apache SystemML has clear enterprise spin.

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Mealworm farms, sapphire razors, and solar planes

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Mealworm farms, sapphire razors, and solar planesAt any given moment there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams. Figment VR — Flip-out VR smartphone case Please enable Javascript to watch this video It hasn’t happened yet, but we may soon find ourselves in a world where virtual reality and everyday reality are all but indistinguishable, and equally ubiquitous. And to prepare ourselves for that, we’re obviously in dire need of a VR headset that isn’t bulky, absurd looking, expensive, or all the above. So here to fill the void in our lives is Figment VR, the world’s first VR and AR phone case. Constructed with polycarbonate plastic coated in silicone rubber, the VR viewer’s bridge is made of a high grade anodized aluminum and features scratch-resistant lenses. When you need to view something in VR, the bridge extends to maintain the proper distance between your eyes and the screen, and when you’re done, you can simply fold the viewer back into the case. Promising to democratize the way in which people interact with and access virtual reality, the slim and sleek design of Figment VR is the ultimate in accessibility — and because it’s a phone case, it goes anywhere your smartphone goes (which, let’s face it, is everywhere). Triggers located on the sides of the case open the VR viewer, and users can then select a VR app to view an experience. The phone case itself then “serves as a lens to explore VR content through apps like Google Cardboard, Jaunt VR, Vrse, and more,” notes the device’s press release. Read more here. Volta Flyer — Solar-powered RC airplane Please enable Javascript to watch this video Put simply, Volta Flyer is a solar-powered toy airplane designed by educational toy maker ToyLabs. But unlike other DIY airplane kits, the Volta Flyer mixes a bit of science into the fun, allowing children to learn some mechanical engineering, flight mechanics, and electronics as they assemble the solar flyer. The self-built, science-focused kit can help kids “gain practical insights into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math),” writes ToyLabs in its Kickstarter description. The Volta Flyer sets itself apart from other hobby planes by using a solar panel to provide the power necessary for motorized flight. No batteries are required to turn the prop, just find some good ole sunshine and your child will be launching his/her plane skyward. The assembly also is very child-friendly, and requires no glue, special tools, or special skills. It really is as easy as following the instructions and clicking the pieces together. Assembly reportedly takes less than 20 minutes, which gives you as much time as you need to decorate the plane with stickers, markers, and more. Once assembled, you only need to wait 90 seconds for it to charge in the sun before it’s ready to fly. Read more here. Livin Hive — 21st century mealworm farm Please enable Javascript to watch this video Snacking on insects might sound like an outrageous idea at first, but once you start looking at the facts, it starts to make a whole lot of sense. It’s time to change your perception about eating bugs. I mean, sure, you’ve probably eaten one or two at some point in your life — maybe it was a chocolate-covered grasshopper somebody bought you at an airport gift shop, or maybe you just forgot to wear a motorcycle helmet that one time, but now it’s time to fully embrace the idea of bugs as a legitimate food source. Due to rampant population growth, scientists predict that global demand for meat will double by the year 2050. That’s demand that we just can’t meet. The cattle industry already accounts for roughly 50 percent of our water use, and crops used for cattle feed take up 10 percent of our arable land. In other words, the time has come to start exploring alternative sources of protein. That’s where the Livin Hive comes in. It’s essentially a desktop insect farm designed to house mealworms through all phases of their lifecycle. There’s a loveshack for the beetles to mate in and a pupation department for hatching. The hive also has fans and ventilation to deal with excrement smell and sensors and heating elements to make sure your bugs stay safe before you grind them up into dinner. It sounds gross, but they’re packed with protein! Read more here. Turris Omnia — High performance open-source wireless router Please enable Javascript to watch this video The humble wireless router is now a staple of most American homes, but many of us only use the standard, crappy device our Internet Service Provider (ISP) sends us when we sign a contract. A new crowdfunding campaign is attempting to break that cycle with a device that offers a great deal more functionality. The Turris Omnia is pitched as ‘more than just a router’ in its project brief on Indiegogo. In addition to offering a reliable wireless connection, you can also use it as a home server, print server, or as part of a Network Assisted Storage set-up. What’s more, it’s completely open source, with open hardware running a free OS that’s based on OpenWrt. According to the project’s creators, this gives the Omnia all the capabilities of a standard Linux server, which opens up a host of possibilities. Security is also a big feature for the Omnia. The device’s firmware updates will be automated, which gives it a huge advantage in stamping out possible threats. Users will also be able to monitor the activities of network attackers directly from their system. To make all this happen, it runs some pretty beefy hardware. With a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and 4GB of flash memory, Omnia is more than capable of keeping your network safe, secure, and fast. Read more here. Zafirro — Sapphire razor blade Please enable Javascript to watch this video Paying for replacement razor blades is one of those things that’s universally hated by practically everyone who shaves. Sure, you can always go the Dollar Shave Club route to save some money, but if you’d rather not burn a bunch of cash just to keep your fur at bay, you should definitely check out this brilliant new sapphire razor blade that just hit Kickstarter. It’s called Zafirro, and it’s built around the idea that metal isn’t necessarily the best material for a blade. It’s generally accepted that razors get dull over time after coming in contact with your hair — but that’s not actually the reason it happens. Instead, razors lose their sharpness because their edges are so incredibly thin that reactions with water, air, and oxygen cause them to corrode. Constant exposure to water and moisture causes the paper-thin cutting edge of the metal blade to rust and flake away, which shortens the effective life and forces you to buy new blades. Zafirro doesn’t have any of those problems, because it’s made from sapphire instead of steel. Plus, in addition to being corrosion resistant, it’s also sharper than a traditional razor — so you get the best of both worlds. Read more here.

These emails options are way better than Microsoft Outlook

These emails options are way better than Microsoft OutlookAre you and Outlook parting ways? Ready to try something different at work or home? We get it – finding an alternative that provides all the usability of Outlook can seem daunting. But there are powerful modern email clients that can connect with both IMAP and POP accounts, which will meet your needs if you give them a chance. Here are the top options to replace Outlook on your desk, and in your heart. Windows 10 Mail Softpedia Image When looking for an alternative to Microsoft Outlook, who better to turn to than Microsoft itself? Mail, which was added a few versions of Windows ago, was always seen as the “Outlook Lite” option for people who didn’t need professional email services (after all, it did grow out of the earlier Outlook Express). But updates have continued to add an impressive amount of functionality until, now on Windows 10, the Mail app is all grown up, and ready to compete against its big brother. Essentially, any major function you can use on Outlook is also available on Mail. You have an integrated calendar app, scheduling system, and contact list that sync across devices. Perhaps best of all, you can link any major email account to Mail, including, Gmail, iCloud, and any other POP or IMAP account you have. Accounts can be juggled and micromanaged in several different cloud-powered ways. Related : Infinite mailboxes – How to add accounts to Windows 10 Mail Mail does trade some traditional Outlook features for newer, more streamlined options. There’s a swipe feature borrowed from the smartphone world, a Conversation mode to expand email conversations, and a couple other tricks worth exploring. However, if you prefer Outlook’s system of filtering and designation, the Mail features may be more annoying than not. Mail is a free app with Windows 10, and you can learn more about it here. Inky Inky Images Inky has a rocky start a couple years ago, but this email service played it smart and solved its bugs, adding new features and a streamlined, Googlesque design along the way. As a result, the Inky of today plays to its strengths and offers one of the friendliest, most integrated email management experiences available. Link up your EMAP or POP email accounts, and Inky will give you a unified inbox to manage all your content. While the UI is more Gmail than Outlook, the options are familiar. You can filter inbox with a high degree of personalization, separate out specific categories with rules or quarantines, and pass data quickly between emails, maps, and notes. Inky’s use of cloud tech and web features also mean that you can login and access your account from nearly any device. The automatic filtering may be a little annoying if you aren’t used to it, but if you are looking for a time saver, Inky could be the best email client you’ll find. Prices are easy to navigate as a single user, too. It costs $5 per user, per month for the service. Free trials are available for both Mac and Windows (plus an Android app). Download free trials here. Thunderbird Thunderbird is the popular email project created by the makers of Firefox. If you like the Mozilla style and don’t mind some serious accessorizing, this could be the email client you never knew that you needed. With this open-source project you don’t need to worry about any monthly fees, but you do need to be willing to invest some time. You see, Thunderbird’s open-source format is dependent upon a large store of add-ons which you can browse and download as needed. Standard functionality is pretty limited, but with the thousands of viable add-ons in the store, you can customize your email in nearly any way. You see where this is going? Extensions can help you redirect mail, filter all the spam, manage contacts, add emoji or auto replies, make your email look pretty — and just about anything else, as long as you have the time to manage Extensions. Related : How to send encrypted emails So if you don’t mind tinkering and like the idea of deep customization on an open source client, leap into Thunderbird. But if you have neither the time nor the expertise (nor the RAM) to manage a bevy of extensions and their future updates, you may be better off picking up a streamlined client like Inky. Learn more about how to download Thunderbird for free here. Mailbird Mailbird images Mailbird is something of a cross between Inky and Thunderbird, and has gained a lot of acclaim for its speedy, get-it-done interface. The client can link to both IMAP and POP email accounts, and provides support for integrated calendars, layout customization, task management apps, messaging apps, and everything else a professional emailer could desire. The software also comes with its own store. While not as impressive as something like Thunderbird’s selection – or as free – it still allows plenty of app integration for popular apps like Asana, Evernote, Google Calendar, WhatsApp, Dropbox and more. That’s something that even Outlook struggles with. There’s also support for touchscreen use and 17 different languages. Mailbird succeeds because it draws a little inspiration from many different email sources to create a strong hybrid creation. Related : Want to link Outlook with other email accounts? Here’s how The integration with popular productivity apps may be invaluable in your line of work. However, note that many features are hidden behind a paywall. The free version offers a streamlined experience, but for all email features (such as the speed reader, snooze email, and more) you’ll need to pay $9 per year or around $34 for a lifetime subscription – not bank-breaking by any means, but something to remember. Download Mailbird here. Claws Mail Claws Mail Images Claws Mail is an interesting little entry in the email world. Make no mistake, it doesn’t look pretty. In fact, it may remind you most of the old Outlook from more than a decade ago. But Claws Mail doesn’t care about looks – it cares about function. Like Thunderbird, this is an open-source project that you can download and customize for free, so price is not an issue. But also like Thunderbird, it takes some tinkering to work with. So why did Claws make the list? Two reasons. It has a simple, very traditional interface and management system that may appeal to users who dislike clutter and reminisce about the days when email felt less annoying. Second, the add-on system is solid, and generally easier to manage than Thunderbird. There are far fewer plugin options, and many provide a suite of features that allow for easier tailoring of complete email functionality (Vcalendar in particular is inspired by Outlook features). If that free open source deal sounds good but you want something easy to put together, take a look at Claws. Learn about and download Claws Mail here. Also watch: Asus ROG GX700 Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Sick of Outlook? Here are our picks for the best alternative email clients

Sick of Outlook? Here are our picks for the best alternative email clientsDespite the sheer amount of unfledged devotion Microsoft’s flagship e-mail client since it arrived on Windows computers in the mid-’90s, there’s more than just one capable offering on the market for sending and retrieving email. Desktop email clients are an absolute necessity in today’s digital age, designed to access email messages regardless of an Internet connection and provide a convenient means for simultaneously accessing and consolidating multiple email addresses under one, banner application. Most also tout more storage than your run-of-the-mill Web client, whilst offering robust syncing with various calendar apps and file-hosting services such as Dropbox in addition to continual access to previously-downloaded emails. Although it’s impossible to access a desktop client on the Web, the pros and cons of having a quality desktop client at your fingertips are difficult to overlook — especially considering nearly every developer worth mentioning offers their commendable program free of charge or for a small, premium fee. sdgs Here are our picks for the best email clients for PC and Mac OS X, whether you’re willing to pay a premium price or, well, not. Also, check out our hand-picked selection of the best sites for creating a disposable email address and our choices for the best Web-based email clients. Sifting through junk mail has never been easier. Unibox (Mac OS X/$10) Unibox Unibox is a sleek, Mac-friendly alternative to Outlook. As you’ll notice once you get started, Unibox showcases conversations on the left and select messages on the right. The client offers a inline previews of media attachments in a similar fashion to Google, and users can change the viewing mode to see larger previews on the fly. There’s also no need to scour individual messages for a particular attachment as the software automatically compiles all attachments from any one person in a single location, organized by date. Setup is minimal, requiring little more than a valid email address and password, and the application even imports old messages into the client for future reference. Although Unibox doesn’t feature an address of it’s own, the software’s utilizes standard IMAP protocol, thus allowing access to Gmail, iCloud, Hotmail,,, Yahoo! and a host of other popular clients. Other features come standard, such as the ability to trash and archive individual messages, along with options for forwarding and including additional emails in a thread. However, the software’s hallmarks lies within its exceptionally clean interface and uncluttered design. Postbox (Windows/Mac OS X/$10) Postbox As a cheap alternative to Apple’s innate Mail client, Postbox offers similar functionality at a price. Unlike Mail however, the application is equipped with the ability to convert Postbox messages into Evernote notes and can easily share content via Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social networks. Users can also link the client with their Dropbox account and utilize previously-created Gmail labels, in addition to pushing archived messages directly from Gmail. It’s an industrious client, compiling both LinkedIn and Facebook contacts in a single location, along with standard contacts from any email address associated with the user’s Postbox account. Postbox’s aptly-titled Inspector Pane — not to be confused with some kind of action villain — also collects any information pertaining to others with who you converse. With the click of a button, users can view any and all personal information ever referenced by the person with which they’re conversing, allowing Postbox users to view occupations, addresses, attachments, links, tracking numbers, and a slew of other data previously mentioned in the conversation thread. Furthermore, the program boasts an admirable stock message feature, allowing users to quickly send and save bulk messages with slight variations. It appears copy and pasting is at an end (at least in Postbox). Mailplane (Mac OS X/$25) Mailplane Let’s be honest, almost everyone who regularly uses the internet has had a Gmail account at some point their life. If you’re looking for a quality email client capable of bring the Gmail experience to your desktop — albeit at a price — then look no further. Mailplane was specifically designed to run the popular email service, allowing users to sign in and switch between up to three Gmail accounts using a handful of streamlined tabs located at the top of the window. It’s a minimalist feature, but a welcome one, providing a simple means of transferring copy between personal and work accounts within seconds. Moreover, not only does Mailplane feature a built-in Google Calendar, but it also supports various Gmail plugins like the heralded Rapportive and notification-immersed Boomerang. Though not completely necessary, Mailplane even inserts a little icon into your task bar indicating the number of unread messages within your inbox, ensuring you’re always aware of potential emails while you work on other things. Clicking the icon will provide a quick summary of what’s new, or if you prefer, you can click the  Do Not Disturb  button to opt out of any notification you deem obtrusive. Inline media previews akin to Gmail are also available for viewing email attachments, but as indicated above, the entire package will cost you more than any other client on our roundup. eM Client (Windows/Free) eM Client Forewarning: don’t be alarmed by the number of unread messages in the application screenshot above, it’s merely a junk account. However, although the image is for a junk account, eM Client is anything but scrappy. The Windows-exclusive program is lined with unique features, each of which is accessible directly within the free incarnation of the software. The client touts all the standard messaging tools for sending and receiving messages, along with integration with Google Apps and a barrage of importation features for transferring established contacts from Microsoft Outlook. Other features, specifically the software’s auto-archive functions, allow users to easily clean their inbox of clutter by — you guessed it — automatically placing old inbox messages in the program’s archive folder. The feature won’t save you anything in terms of memory, but there’s no need to peruse 20 pages of messages if you can consolidate them in another location directly out of view. Similar to Mailplane, the freemium version of eM Client allows users to utilize up to two emails at once, while the premium version grants even more functionality. Once properly setup, the second email will appear to the bottom left of the first email, with options for accessing both messages’ inbox, sent folder, and trash components readily available from the left-hand side of the window. Additionally, users can click  All Inboxes  to view all incoming email, regardless of which address the email in question was sent to, or exercise the software’s De-duplicator function to scan and eradicate any duplicate message that are potentially cluttering the inbox. Those, plus the girth of standard tools for chatting and filtering junk mail, make eM Client an easy sell whether you prefer Gmail, Exchange, iCloud,, or any other popular Web-based offering. Inky (Windows/Mac OS X/Free) Inky Arcode’s Inky has a nice little setup going for it. Conversations are organized folders encapsulating the entire inbox and filtered inbox, as well as various folders housing any personal, social, and marketing emails you receive. The application’s interface is attractive and streamlined, providing filters for sorting emails by day, sender, subject, size, time, and relevance among other topics from directly within the top navigational panel. It’s an organizational behemoth, laying out threads in a very ergonomic manner while providing a relevance icon with every email, which alerts you to the pertinence of a particular message, based on its content and your personal tastes. A dark-blue droplet indicates what Inky assumes to be a highly-relevant email, whereas a light-blue icon represents one you can likely overlook. Moreover, Inky features a myriad of unique facets designed exclusively for the software. The Notes feature allows users to view emails they’ve sent themselves as reminders, and similarly, the Maps feature allows them to see any and all addresses they’ve ever received in a unified location. Package Tracking is also a standout, keeping tabs on assorted tracking numbers, and Inky even allows users to choose which email addresses appear in the Unified Inbox if they prefer rampant consolidation over separate folders. Many smart inbox features, such the social folder or daily deals folder, can also be disabled entirely, rendering the software one of the best when it comes to supreme organization. Opera Mail (Windows/Mac OS X/Free) Opera Mail Many of you are likely familiar with the open-source, Opera Web browser. However, I doubt many users are aware of the browser’s associated, freemium email client. Dubbed Opera Mail, the desktop clients offers an abundance of labels — from  To Do  to  Call Back —  while retaining all emails with documents, images, music, or video in structured folders for easy browsing. Address support is fairly robust, supporting addresses from the likes of Outlook and Gmail among others. The client isn’t feature rich as others clients on our list, but the dearth thereof renders the software incredibly easy to use if you’re someone who can forgo add-ons and excessive features. However, one thing setting Opera Mail apart from the competition is the way it effortlessly handles mailing lists. A left-hand sectional panel constantly shows you which mailing lists you’re subscribed and subsequently centralizes all incoming mail of that nature to a single location. With the mailing list feature, you can also opt out and unsubscribe from any mailing list you deem a nuisance, or if desired, view all mail from a particular list in one fell swoop. Tabs are also set up nicely, allowing simultaneous viewing of  multiple emails, and the client’s built-in feed reader provides automatic notifications whenever your favorite website posts new content. It’s not quite Google Reader, but hey, it’s a welcome addition not present elsewhere. What do you think of our picks for the best desktop email clients for PC and Mac OS X? Which do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments below.

Vine update lets users remix audio from other video loops

Vine’s updated iOS app means you can squint at tiny video clips on the Apple WatchThis year, Vine built upon its success in disseminating viral music video clips by adding more audio-based features to its service. Following the introduction of the Snap to Beat tool in August, new changes will see Vine transform into an open-source audio library that allows users to select music from other clips to use for themselves. One of Vine’s greatest strengths is its ability to create new visual trends that are built on remixes and collaborations. From popular new dance moves set to contemporary pop music to lip-sync video loops, Vine’s music section is home to viral remakes. The new audio remix button makes it even easier to reinterpret a piece of trending music. All you have to do is tap the three-dot button below a Vine, which brings up the “Make an audio remix” option. The selected audio track will then pre-load in the app’s camera section, ready for you to upload your own take on it. All remixes will link back to their source to ensure the original creators receive their due credit. This latter feature also ties into the new Discovery tool, which lets you see a feed full of audio-centric remixes of a selected video – ensuring you know which video loops are inspiring others. In order to access this feature, simply tap the music note under the video (as you would to discover its audio source) and then tap the arrow pointing to the right. Aside from these new audio feeds, users will also be able to search song metadata via the Vine Explore tab. Consequently, you can now search for Vines that use a specific audio clip as their backing track. The audio remix tool is currently only available on iOS, but the discovery tools are available to Android and iOS users. Vine’s blog post on the updates (entitled “Remix, Collaborate, and Listen,” a pun that alludes to the infamous Vanilla Ice hit Ice, Ice Baby , which illegally sampled the Queen and David Bowie duet Under Pressure decades ago) indicates that the tools are aimed at new users. The concern of late for the video-looping app has been attracting new creators. An increasing number of Vine users have been relegated to mere onlookers as the app’s top creators have claimed a monopoly over loops. The recently launched Music on Vine initiative is attempting to liberating audio to target the masses.

Jet-Propelled 3D-Printed Drone Claims Speed Record

Jet-Propelled 3D-Printed Drone Claims Speed RecordA new jet-powered drone might be the most complex flying machine ever built using 3D printing. The drone, which made its debut at the Dubai Airshow earlier this month, looks nothing like your average 3D-printed toy plane. It has a 9-foot-long (3 meters) wingspan and an aerodynamic design that gives it a futuristic appearance.

The Irony of Writing Online About Digital Preservation

The Irony of Writing Online About Digital PreservationRecently, Adrienne LaFrance wrote in The Atlantic about the digital death and rebirth of a story that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2008. Because “The Crossing,” a 34-part series originally published by the Rocky Mountain News, was born digital, it was not as easily archived as print stories, and its journey from obscurity to resurrection was moving.

How to customize your Linux desktop: KDE

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Meet Geekbox, a tiny PC built for streaming that runs Android and Ubuntu

Meet Geekbox, a tiny PC built for streaming that runs Android and UbuntuIf you’re stuck deciding between a new PC to freshly install Linux on and an Android tablet, Chinese Internet retailer Geekbuying may have just the solution. That’s because the firm is preparing to launch Geekbox, a tiny computer with some appreciable internals, including an octa-core processor, 2 gigs of RAM, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities, Gigabit Ethernet, and 4K video support. Unfortunately, the Geekbox is held back by an all-too-conservative 16GB flash storage capacity. But what makes Geekbox interesting isn’t its guts, at least not in the hardware sense. Rather, it’s the versatility of this little machine, which is capable of running both Android and Ubuntu right out of the box, thanks to a set of preloaded software. And if for some reason Ubuntu doesn’t feed your desktop appetite, there’s compatibility with Rockchip’s Light Biz OS to consider as well. Unlike vanilla Android, Light Biz is configured specifically for desktops in order to transcend that feeling that you’re using a watered-down mobile OS. Even outside the software, Geekbox offers a generously open hardware experience as well. You can open up its case, take out the components, most of which are soldered to the system-on-a-module, and use the insides for whatever you’d like. This includes, if Geekbuying has its way, connecting to a 7.9-inch 2,048 x 1,546 “Retina” display (don’t tell Apple). Or, if the aforementioned specs aren’t enough, LandingShip offers a printed circuit board that sports a number of additional input and output options, as well as a 2.5-inch SATA bay, LEDs, a 60-pin GPIO header, and connectors for cameras and displays, in addition to a number of other enhancements. Related: Can a $50 mini PC replace your desktop? We tested 3 of them to find out You can pre-order the Geekbox now for the modest price of $110. What’s more, if you leave a comment on the Geekbuying promotional page, you’ll earn a $20 coupon towards your purchase. That’s 90 bucks for a Rockchip RK3368-equipped computer that can effectively dual-boot Android and Ubuntu immediately out of the box. With the PC, you’re getting a microSD card slot, a single HDMI 2.0 port, a micro USB port, two standard USB ports, and a Rockchip RK3368 Cortex A53 processor with a PowerVR SGX6110 graphics chip. It’s even packaged with an infrared remote, making it a practical streaming box solution. By design, the mini PC abstains from using fans for cooling, as a means of limiting system noise when you’re trying to catch up with  Casual  on Hulu. However, if you’re looking to do some more intensive things with the device, Geekbuying thoughtfully included a fan connector that allows for the installation of an active cooling system. Surely, this is one of the more flexible mini PCs on the market, though it’s certainly not for someone just looking to do some light web browsing and video streaming here and there. No, there are plenty of devices for that. Clearly, Geekbox is for those who need all of that and more — a compact, modular PC with tons of customization. Also watch: How Power Companies Plan to Meet Electric Vehicle Charging Needs Please enable Javascript to watch this video

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