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  • Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

    The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

  • In-memory technologies move databases to real time

    Last week, application-performance monitoring service provider New Relic launched an offering that allows customers to mine its operational data for business intelligence.

  • Benchmarking Amazon EC2: The wacky world of cloud performance

    Before turning to the world of cloud computing, let's pause to remember the crazy days of the 1970s when the science of the assembly line wasn't well-understood and consumers discovered that each purchase was something of a gamble. This was perhaps most true at the car dealer, where the quality of new cars was so random that buyers began to demand to know the day a car rolled off the assembly line.

  • Upgrading RAM on the new iMac is practically impossible

    The electronics website iFixit on Friday downgraded the new 21.5-inch iMac's repair score to 3 out of a possible 10, calling servicing the computer 'an exercise in disappointment.'

  • Ubuntu 12.10 - Ten reasons to choose open source OS over Windows 8

    Microsoft's Windows 8 dominated countless headlines in the weeks leading up to its launch late last month, but October saw the debut of another major operating system as well.

  • Google Nexus 4 vs. Apple iPhone 5: A head-to-head comparison

    Google's new Nexus 4 officially goes on sale in Australia next week. Announced late last month, the Nexus 4 is manufactured by LG and features a 4.7in IPS screen, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and has an 8-megapixel camera with a new 360 degree panorama feature.

  • iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 - A head-to-head tablet comparison

    Apple made a point of doing a side-by-side comparison of its new iPad Mini with Google's Nexus 7 at the launch event Tuesday in San Jose, highlighting the mini tablet's thinness, larger viewable screen area and custom app compatibility.

  • 28 pieces of sensible computing advice everyone should read

    Technology never stops moving foward. Hardware gets faster, and operating systems gain new features and (we hope) finesse. This is natural computing law.

  • What's the fastest browser? Maybe you're measuring it wrong

    Among all those very scientific benchmarks we forget one factor: the user. Our human eye is incapable of distinguishing the 221 ms load time of a JavaScript applet in IE9 from the 220 ms load time in Firefox 17. Do we even notice if Chrome opens a website in 778 ms versus IE's 953 ms? Humans think in seconds, not milliseconds.

  • Replicant developer interview - Building a truly free Android

    Android has made massive strides forward since its debut in 2008, and in Q3 2011 more than half of all smartphones sold worldwide ran Google's mobile platform. In one sense it represents a massive validation for open source, and proof that free software is not condemned to a future of 'merely' running servers.

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