Interesting move by Amazon to kick out a couple of competing streaming media players. Chromecast and Apple TV are no longer being sold at Amazon.com. Clearly, Amazon wants to promote its own product, the Fire TV, as well as protect and promote its own Prime Video streaming service.
Just read at IW that the new Apple OS El Capitan has locked out users from gaining access to root.
If you haven’t heard, Apple has locked out root from various file system paths and core functions in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The new sheriff here is System Integrity Protection (SIP), which reduces root privileges in an attempt to increase security.
The gist is that no user — not even root — can write to /usr, /bin, /System, and /sbin or debug protected processes. Apple has also removed the ability to use unsigned kernel extensions through boot-time flags. It’s important to note that SIP can be disabled, through the recovery partition, but this will typically be done only for development and testing purposes.
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Apple has fixed iOS 9 bugs that have prevented many users from upgrading to the latest iOS platform. One of the more common bugs that people have encountered was the stuck on slide to upgrade problem. Some have experienced certain alarms and timers that were no longer playing. The latest version is iOS 9.0.1. If Apple says it has fixed the issues, then it might be worth it to upgrade your iPhone or iPad to the latest and greatest version.
Google is coming out with a new version of Chromecast later this month. This is at the heels from an announcement Apple when it released the latest version of the Apple TV a few weeks ago. Chromecast is also competing with Amazon and Roku in the media streaming space. Details of the newer Chromecast have been sketchy, but rumors have been swirling around that the newer versions can connect to the faster wireless signals, namely 802.11ac.
There are a lot of things that drones can do. This one takes it to another level. Watch these drones build this rope bridge strong enough to withstand a person’s weight. It’s a 24 foot bridge made from a really strong Dyneema rope. The drones receive command algorithms for trajectories from a computer via a wireless network. Courtesy of Mashable.
There’s proof Microsoft is building their own Linux distros especially suited for Azure.
From Microsoft’s blog:
The Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) is our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches. It is a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux. ACS allows us to debug, fix, and test software bugs much faster. It also allows us the flexibility to scale down the software and develop features that are required for our datacenter and our networking needs.
I thought I would never see this. In fact, I’ve never seen it at all, ever!
Well, there’s always a first.