Italian Military to Save Up to 29 Million Euro by Migrating to LibreOffice

Following on last year’s bold announcement that they will attempt to migrate from proprietary Microsoft Office products to an open-source alternative like LibreOffice, Italy’s Ministry of Defense now expects to save up to 29 million Euro with this move. We said it before, and we’ll say it again, this is the smartest choice a government Read more about Italian Military to Save Up to 29 Million Euro by Migrating to LibreOffice[…]

Franz – a free messaging app for Slack, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram and more

Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. He currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and many more. You can download Franz for Mac, Windows & Linux. Source: Franz – a free messaging app for Slack, Read more about Franz – a free messaging app for Slack, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram and more[…]

Google retires Picasa for Photos, no desktop alternative in sight

As of March 15, 2016, we will no longer be supporting the Picasa desktop application. For those who have already downloaded this—or choose to do so before this date—it will continue to work as it does today, but we will not be developing it further, and there will be no future updates. If you choose Read more about Google retires Picasa for Photos, no desktop alternative in sight[…]

Adobe Creative Cloud update deletes first file in directories. Kills backups.

How about this for bizarre bug of the week: the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud deletes the first hidden directory in root directories on Macs. That’s bad news for users of BackBlaze: the backup software stores a .bzvol folder in the top level of every drive it backs up, and uses these folders to Read more about Adobe Creative Cloud update deletes first file in directories. Kills backups.[…]

Apple’s Safari browser is crashing on iPhones and Macs worldwide – turn off search suggestions helps.

Apple’s Safari browser appears to be experiencing issues worldwide this morning. Searching from the address bar in both iOS and OS X is causing the browser to crash in some instances. The Verge has confirmed the problem on several of our own iOS devices and at least one OS X machine.”Safari’s search suggestions are to Read more about Apple’s Safari browser is crashing on iPhones and Macs worldwide – turn off search suggestions helps.[…]

Washington State released thousands of inmates early in error due to poor software

Gov. Jay Inslee says the Washington Department of Corrections has been making mistakes in calculating sentences since 2002, resulting in thousands of inmates leaving prison early. Corrections officials learned of the problem in 2012. Source: ‘Totally unacceptable’: State knew thousands of inmates were released in error This is why QA is so important!

Machine Learning Inspired by Human Learning  – AI can learn handwriting using a single example

Taking inspiration from the way humans seem to learn, scientists have created AI software capable of picking up new knowledge in a far more efficient and sophisticated way. The new AI program can recognize a handwritten character about as accurately as a human can, after seeing just a single example. The best existing machine-learning algorithms, Read more about Machine Learning Inspired by Human Learning  – AI can learn handwriting using a single example[…]

Computer uses algorithms to decide what relationships to study in big data sets, outperforms humans

MIT researchers aim to take the human element out of big-data analysis, with a new system that not only searches for patterns but designs the feature set, too. To test the first prototype of their system, they enrolled it in three data science competitions, in which it competed against human teams to find predictive patterns Read more about Computer uses algorithms to decide what relationships to study in big data sets, outperforms humans[…]

Microsoft pushes 3GB Windows 10 to your PC even if you don’t want to upgrade — here’s how to stop it

After a concerned Windows user wrote in to the Inquirer, reports blew up this week that Microsoft is downloading Windows 10 installation files onto users’ machines without them reserving a copy of the new operating system. We reached out to the company to set the record straight; we confirmed that this occurs when Automatic Updates Read more about Microsoft pushes 3GB Windows 10 to your PC even if you don’t want to upgrade — here’s how to stop it[…]

Windows 10 Uses Your Bandwidth to Distribute Updates, Disable It Here

This new distribution method works a lot like torrents do. Everyone has Windows 10 on their machine, so each person seeds a little bit of the files to those who need it, distributing the load across multiple computers and helping everyone download updates quickly. This is a great feature for those who have no data Read more about Windows 10 Uses Your Bandwidth to Distribute Updates, Disable It Here[…]

Classic Shell – Start menu and other Windows enhancements

Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are: Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs Find programs, settings, files and documents Start button Read more about Classic Shell – Start menu and other Windows enhancements[…]

How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10, even after free upgrade

Windows 10 is finally here, and your computer will automatically prompt you to upgrade. But if you’d rather start fresh, you can do a clean install—you just need to follow a few steps in the right order.http://lifehacker.com/5983652/how-to… How to Do a Clean Install of Windows Without Losing Your Files, Settings, and Tweaks How to Do Read more about How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10, even after free upgrade[…]

Here’s The Incredibly Hacky Way to Disable Windows 10 Updates – if you know they exist

Windows 10 auto-downloads and auto-installs updates. This is mostly a Good Thing for general security, but becomes a Bad Thing when said update installs a glitchy graphics driver that breaks your desktop. There is a way to disable auto-updates, but it’s not pretty. Source: Here’s The Incredibly Hacky Way to Disable Windows 10 Updates Auto Read more about Here’s The Incredibly Hacky Way to Disable Windows 10 Updates – if you know they exist[…]