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Fedora 25 Alpha Linux distro now available


Fedora is one of my favorite Linux-based operating systems for multiple reasons. As a big GNOME fan, I like that the distro treats the desktop environment in a pure manner. It is also rock solid with regular updates -- including very modern versions of the Linux kernel. Plus, if you want a true "free" open source experience, it is not corrupted by closed source and other non-free packages. Of course, you can always add those types of packages through repos if you absolutely need them.

Today, Fedora 25 Alpha sees release. While the pre-release distribution is not ready for end users, it does give testers an early start at poking around.

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Logitech unveils 'Z625 Powerful THX Sound' 2.1 speakers with optical input


When people think of desktop computer speakers, their minds likely go to low-quality freebies that came with the machine. My first-ever PC, a Packard Bell, came with speakers that attached to the sides of the included CRT monitor. The sound quality was terrible (they hummed), but this was acceptable at the time; most folks didn't use their computer for listening to music or watching full length-films back then. It wasn't until the mp3 revolution that the PC became the central point of music and other media for some.

Believe it or not, over the years, generic OEM desktop computer speakers have remained fairly average. Of course, in-the-know audio enthusiasts could always upgrade to some quality gear from a company like Logitech. Speaking of that company, today it  announces its latest set of 2.1 speakers, the 'Z625 Powerful THX Sound'. Featuring both RCA and optical inputs, they should prove quite versatile. Whether it is for a desktop, laptop, or even a television. Logitech's latest looks like an affordable winner.

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Software-defined networking is here, whether enterprises are ready or not


Software-defined networking will enable today’s explosive data growth to continue by making telecoms more agile and scalable.

Network traffic is growing at an astonishing rate. We attribute this to video conferencing, dynamic cloud workloads and unified communications. Data traffic on the AT&T wireless network grew more than 150,000 percent between 2007 and 2015. This is only the beginning, though. New technology will continue to push bandwidth demand even higher in the future. This includes the Internet of Things, 4K video, virtual reality and augmented reality.

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The digitization of manufacturing

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When I was younger, I used to think of the classical manufacturing companies as dinosaurs, part of the old economy. For me, they were large and slow lumbering beasts, many of them soon to be extinct, and rendered obsolete by emerging high-tech companies like Nokia, Intel, Microsoft. I was not alone in this feeling.

Manufacturing companies built cars, compressors, drilling equipment and all sorts of other products that I rarely encountered in daily life. In my mind, I contrasted these traditional manufacturers with the new economy in which I was working. High-tech and software was cool, innovative and forward looking. Manufacturing was boring, dirty and obsolete.

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How HP has changed after the split [Q&A]


We recently sat down with George Brasher, the managing director for UK and Ireland at HP, to discuss his approach to business and how the company has changed since the split from HP Enterprise.

You can read the Q&A below.

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You can now order Papa John's pizza through Apple TV -- if you hate yourself


As a New Yorker, I am, by default, a pizza snob. In other words, I can tell you if a slice or pie is good or garbage. Eating the food from a chain such as Domino's or Papa John's is a major faux pas. Why? Not only is it greasy, but it tastes horrible. Heck, eating food from those two chains often makes me feel physically ill. With that said, I have sinned by ordering it late at night when all other 'real' pizzerias were closed. It is always a regret.

If you hate yourself and want to punish your digestive system, I have good news for you. If you own the 4th generation Apple TV, you can now order Papa John's using an all-new app in the App Store.

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It's a team effort: The new cybersecurity stack


Last week marked the end of the 2016 Summer Olympics and this year we witnessed several impressive moments. The image of Usain Bolt, giant smile and legs a-blur, is hard to forget. But equally memorable are the times that team efforts outshone those of any individual. This concept of building a cohesive, top-performing team that is more than the sum of its parts is echoed in an emerging security trend: the new cybersecurity stack.

Like the Olympics, the security industry is a highly-visible playing field, with all the fanfare and expectations and often failed dreams. Security hopes are pinned on New Gen "superstars" that are highly hyped yet don’t deliver the promised gold. However, the failure isn’t necessarily the product, but the expectation that one solution can keep endpoints secure.

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Intel ditches 'tick-tock' with '14nm+' 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' Core processors


Intel is the undisputed king of desktop processors. Mobile is another story, but I digress. The company has chips available at various price points, meaning whether you are buying a budget notebook, or building a super-expensive gaming powerhouse, the company has something that will meet a consumer's needs. Yes, AMD makes great processors too (especially for those on a budget), but until its 'Zen' CPUs hit the market, Intel reigns supreme overall.

Today, Intel announces the upcoming 7th generation of its famed 'Core' processors. Code-named 'Kaby Lake', these chips will be found in many future consumer PCs. Are they worthy of excitement?

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New service allows secure connection to APIs

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The rate of change required for business software has increased dramatically in recent years. In order to keep up many firms rely on APIs but these introduce their own problems, especially in regard to security.

Identity and device management company Okta is launching a new service that secures the connections between applications, services and APIs.

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This is how the iPhone 7 looks, according to Spigen

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The launch of the new iPhones is just around the corner. Apple has revealed that it will unveil its next flagships on September 7, and with around a week to go before the big event it already feels like we know everything there is to know about the iPhone 7 line.

Much of that information can be filed under rumors though. However, Spigen's unveil of its new cases for the iPhone 7 line is different, as it also shows the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in its new products' presentation photos.

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Application-defined WAN improves remote cloud working

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Moving applications to the cloud and distributing work to remote offices places new strains on networks. According to Microsoft's guidelines for Office 365 adoption, enterprises should plan for up to four times increase in WAN bandwidth, and enable direct-to-cloud access from the remote office to avoid sub-optimal performance.

Software-defined WAN pioneer CloudGenix is addressing this problem with the launch of its Instant On (ION) 3000v application-defined fabric, an SD-WAN platform for virtualizing remote offices.

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Ahead of iPhone 7 launch, Apple faces $14.5 billion bill for 'illegal tax benefits' in Ireland


Apple is facing a bill of €13 billion (around $14.5 billion) after the European Commission ruled that Ireland granted the company illegal tax benefits. Ireland permitted Apple to pay "substantially less tax than other businesses", and the Commission has decided that not only is this illegal, but the money must be recovered.

A three-year investigation concluded that Apple was paying corporation tax of just 1 percent in Ireland. The tax arrangement meant that Apple's tax bill was "artificially lowered" -- down to as low as 0.005 percent in 2014. Ireland is used by many technology companies for its favorable tax rates, but the European Commission's ruling could have implications not just for Apple, but for its rivals and contemporaries.

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OpenShot adds animation tools, extends audio support


OpenShot Studios has shipped OpenShot 2.1.0, the latest release of its cross-platform open-source video editor.

The big news this time is the addition of many animation features, including layers, transparent image sequences and keyframe support.

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New Google app wants to crowdsource your help... for free


On all mobile platforms -- and, indeed, desktop ones -- there are no end of apps and websites that can be used to earn money and other rewards in return for providing feedback. Google, however, has a different idea.

The company has released a new app for Android called Crowdsource. The idea is to improve the likes of Google Maps and Google Translate with input from the likes of you and I. But rather than paying contributors -- or even offering any kind of incentive -- Google is rather cheekily looking for help completely gratis.

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Passwords are dead


If someone told you passwords were a thing of the past, you might well laugh in disbelief.

Undoubtedly, passwords have been the cornerstone of digital security for a long time. As technology has improved, however, passwords have become increasingly easy to hack, forcing the IT community to search for new solutions. Most people regularly use weak passwords -- in fact we’re getting worse at this -- but with the constantly expanding list of websites and services, the demand for us to remember unique usernames and passwords for is growing all the time.

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