Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Apple Is Rushing to Fix the Telugu Bug as Assholes Use It to ‘Bomb’ People’s iPhones and Macs

While many bugs are relatively benign, often getting patched before the user knows anything is wrong, the latest plague to hit Apple devices is already wreaking havoc on internet. The issue, which has become known as the Telugu bug, gives people the ability to crash a wide range of iPhone, Mac, and iPad apps just […]

macOS may lose data on APFS-formatted disk images

This week we reported to Apple a serious flaw in macOS that can lead to data loss when using an APFS-formatted disk image. Until Apple issues a macOS update that resolves this problem, we’re dropping support for APFS-formatted disk images. Note: What I describe below applies to APFS sparse disk images only — ordinary APFS […]

Can’t login to Skype? You’re not alone. Chat app’s been a bit crap for five days now

A bunch of Skype users are unhappy that they’re been unable to sign into the VoIP service for several days.The yakkity-yak app has fallen flat since January 24, leaving a number of punters with two-factor authentication enabled unable to get back into the software after signing out.”Skype users who are signed in are not affected,” […]

Auto like Instagram pics Bot

Bot to automatically like your friends’ Instagram posts, and notify you on your Slack channel. This script runs Instagram API every 15mins (cronjob) and checks for any new Instagram post for a paticular user_id. If a new a post is found it likes the post and sends a notification to your configured Slack channel using […]

QGIS: open source geographic data mapping software

Create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD (Android coming soon) Source: Welcome to the QGIS project!

Companies overlook risks in open source software: compliance and policy

Open source code helps software suppliers to be nimble and build products faster, but a new report reveals hidden software supply chain risks of open source that all software suppliers and IoT manufacturers should know about. […] “We can’t lose sight that open source is indeed a clear win. Ready-to-go code gets products out the […]

NSA opens Github repo

THE TECHNOLOGIES LISTED BELOW were developed within the National Security Agency (NSA) and are now available to the public via Open Source Software (OSS). The NSA Technology Transfer Program (TTP) works with agency innovators who wish to use this collaborative model for transferring their technology to the commercial marketplace. OSS invites cooperative development of technology, […]

Mozilla Fathom – framework for classifying the web semantically

Fathom is a JavaScript framework for extracting meaning from web pages, identifying parts like Previous/Next buttons, address forms, and the main textual content—or classifying a page as a whole. Essentially, it scores DOM nodes and extracts them based on conditions you specify. A Prolog-inspired system of types and annotations expresses dependencies between scoring steps and […]

Windows is Bloated, Thanks to Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform – Thurrott.com

I put together a tool that scans files for PNG images containing Adobe metadata and was surprised that Windows is host to a lot of this gunk. […] Windows Explorer, for example, is a critical Shell component in the startup hot path. But despite its importance, it’s comprised of ~20% pure garbage. ApplicationFrame.dll, responsible for […]

Google Open Sources guetzli jpeg encoder

Guetzli is a JPEG encoder that aims for excellent compression density at high visual quality. Guetzli-generated images are typically 20-30% smaller than images of equivalent quality generated by libjpeg. Guetzli generates only sequential (nonprogressive) JPEGs due to faster decompression speeds they offer.

Guacamole – Logmein alternative

Apache Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. It supports standard protocols like VNC, RDP, and SSH.We call it clientless because no plugins or client software are required.Thanks to HTML5, once Guacamole is installed on a server, all you need to access your desktops is a web browser. Source: Apache Guacamole (incubating) You set up […]

New smartphone app looks inside objects, shows what else is in there

A new app from Fraunhofer development engineers looks directly inside objects and displays specific constituents. It has numerous uses: For instance, apples can be scanned for pesticide residues. Applications will be added successively following the Wikipedia principle. […] Such scans usually require a special hyperspectral camera: It adjusts to different colored light each time and […]

google/glazier: A tool for automating the installation of the Microsoft Windows operating system on various device platforms.

Glazier Glazier is a tool for automating the installation of the Microsoft Windows operating system on various device platforms. Why Glazier? Glazier was created with certain principles in mind. Text-based & Code-driven With Glazier, imaging is configured entirely via text files. This allows technicians to leverage source control systems to maintain and develop their imaging […]

Wine 2.0 Released

The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 2.0 is now available. This release represents over a year of development effort and around 6,600 individual changes. The main highlights are the support for Microsoft Office 2013, and the 64-bit support on macOS. It also contains a lot of improvements across the […]

dataviz.tools – a curated guide to the best tools, resources and technologies for data visualization

This site features a curated selection of data visualization tools meant to bridge the gap between programmers/statisticians and the general public by only highlighting free/freemium, responsive and relatively simple-to-learn technologies for displaying both basic and complex, multivariate datasets. It leans heavily toward open-source software and plugins, rather than enterprise, expensive B.I. solutions. Why? Well, information […]

7 free video editing proggies

Er is zoveel meer dan “de grote drie”. Source: 7 gratis video-edit-pakketten Videosoft’s Video Editor (VSDC) (win) VideoPad Video Editor (win, osx, ios, android) Wevideo (android, ios) OpenShot (linux, win, osx) Kdenlive (linux, osx) Lightworks (win, osx, linux)

KLIC-WIN shows the underground infrastructure of your neigbourhood – in NL

De graafsector heeft het initiatief genomen voor het programma KLIC-WIN. Dit programma moderniseert de uitwisseling van kabel- en leidinginformatie volgens de WION en sluit systemen en processen beter aan op de Europese richtlijn INSPIRE. Op deze manier bereiden de graafsector en het Kadaster zich voor op de toekomst. De naam KLIC-WIN is een samenvoeging van […]

Bufferbloat

Bufferbloat is the undesirable latency that comes from a router or other network equipment buffering too much data. The Bufferbloat projects provide a webspace for addressing chaotic and laggy network performance. We have a number of projects in flight: The Request to FCC for Saner Software Policies is a response to Docket ET 15-170 which […]

IOActive Labs disects a Panasonic Inflight Entertainment System

These guys have had a poke around some publically available firmwares and describe how it works Source: IOActive Labs Research: In Flight Hacking System

Everything finds every file you search for in your Windows

“Everything” is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.Unlike Windows search “Everything” initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name “Everything”).You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. Source: Everything

Google’s Photo Scan App Makes Backing Up Old Snapshots Easy as Hell

The Photo Scan app launched by Google today for iOS and Android lets you scan printed photos in just a couple of seconds, using machine learning to correct imperfections in the capture process that they look great every time. Here’s how it works: Download the app, and open it up. You’ll see a viewfinder. Hold […]

Spotify is writing massive amounts of junk data to storage drives

For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users’ storage devices with enough data to potentially take years off their expected lifespans. Reports of tens or in some cases hundreds of gigabytes being written in an hour aren’t uncommon, and occasionally the recorded amounts are measured in terabytes. The overload happens […]

Lipreading software is 93.4% accurate

Traditional approaches separated the problem into two stages: designing or learning visual features, and prediction. More recent deep lipreading approaches are end-to-end trainable (Wand et al., 2016; Chung & Zisserman, 2016a). All existing works, however, perform only word classification, not sentence-level sequence prediction. Studies have shown that human lipreading performance increases for longer words (Easton […]

The Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit now on Github: deep learning AI that recognises human speech at very low error rates

The Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit—previously known as CNTK—helps you harness the intelligence within massive datasets through deep learning. Source: The Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit – Microsoft Research They also offer RESTful APIs on another site, Cognitive Services, with applications you can tap into and APIs for vison, speech, language, knowledge and search. They usually offer free testing, […]

Google offers fuzzing tool for Chrome for automated testing

fuzzing involves sending random data at a piece of software to crash it and capturing the conditions at the time of the crash. […] libFuzzer attacked individual components of Chrome, sending the random data directly to the API. It’s a coverage-guided fuzzer, meaning it measures “code coverage for every input, and accumulate test cases that […]

 
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