Understanding the smartphone market at the eve of the year 2009

From 1999 to 2000, the number of mobile connections skyrocketed. Big players placed their bets by mid-2005, most resorting to sharing an open platform while few preffered to keep control of software or/and hardware. Smartphones, the new Gold Rush? and Smartphone platforms in 2009 are overviews of the situation at the eve of the year 2009.

10 golden rules for protecting your digital privacy

Every week, we hear of laptop computers holding critical information being lost of stolen. Most of us don’t deal with classified government data, but we do own and use on a daily basis devices and storage media that hold a lot of information about us. They could put your privacy at risk if it they got into the wrong hands.

Here are 10 simple golden rules to follow in order to secure your computer and your storage media. Most of those tasks are as mundane as locking your front door or you car, but by combining then you can drastically raise the walls protecting your privacy. All the applications mentioned in this article are open-source, cross platform, and pretty much straightforward (they don’t require a PhD in Computer Science to be used).

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Quiet Linux revolution through mobile computing

Once every week, an article about the imminent broad endorsement of GNU/Linux by consumers is being published. Desktop Linux never seemed to pick up however, at least in a noticeable manner, because all the predictions have gotten it wrong: it didn’t become mainstream overnight, but it is doing so through a quiet revolution in mobile computing.

Amarok, possibly the best music library manager

Amarok screenshot

Microsoft has Media Player, Apple has iTunes, and Linux has Amarok.
Usually, Linux applications tend to mimic their Windows or Mac counterparts, but in this case, Amarok ended being such a remarkable audio library manager that users are now yearning to see it ported to Windows and OSX. The KDE desktop application offers some features as handy as editing a playlist afterhand, editing song tags, physically saving song tags, physically sorting the file library, and real-time monitoring of folders.