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SparkyLinux 5: Great All-Purpose Distro for Confident Linux Users

2017-07-27 23:43:40| TechNewsWorld

When I first reviewed the Game Over edition of SparkyLinux several years ago, I called it one of the best full-service Linux distros catering to game players you could find. That assessment extends to last month's release of the non-gaming edition of this distro. Based on the testing branch of Debian, SparkyLinux 5.0 features customized lightweight desktops.

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Flash Flames Out - but It Will Smolder for a While

2017-07-27 21:18:59| TechNewsWorld

Adobe has decided to pull the plug on its much maligned Flash format, citing the growing use of HTML5, WebGL and Web Assembly open standards. Helper apps have evolved over time to become plugins, which then further evolved to become open Web standards, Adobe noted. However, because gaming, education and video have come to depend heavily on Flash over the years, its phaseout will be gradual.

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Who's Right About AI? Musk's Dire Warnings Meet Zuckerberg's Cheerful Optimism

2017-07-26 23:41:58| TechNewsWorld

Two of Silicon Valley's most influential visionaries, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, this week engaged in a public spat over the future of artificial intelligence and whether the government should take the wheel to counter the threat this emerging technology might pose to mankind. Musk, a longtime advocate of AI, has expressed fears that intelligent machines could pose a risk to civilization.

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Facebook Adds Hardware, Software Vetting and 4K to 360 Live

2017-07-26 21:21:01| TechNewsWorld

Facebook has announced several updates to its live-streaming platform, including a new hardware and software vetting program used to create 360-degree video. Through its new Live 360 Ready Program, Facebook will review hardware and software and approve products that work well with its Live 360 offering. Products deemed "ready" for Live 360 will be allowed to display a Facebook Live logo.

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Microsoft Releases Long-Awaited Security Tool, Sets Linux Preview

2017-07-25 22:25:54| TechNewsWorld

Microsoft has released its long-awaited cloud-based bug detection tool, previously code-named "Project Springfield." The Windows version became generally available, and a new Linux version became available as a preview last week. The tool, Microsoft Security Risk Detection, uses artificial intelligence to hunt down security vulnerabilities in software that is about to be released.

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