Firefox OS

Firefox OS didn’t really catch on in the mobile market, but Mozilla is continuing to look at other areas where it may use their operating system. There are rumors swirling around that Mozilla might come up with a 10 inch tablet, a keyboard computer with a Raspberry Pi, a Firefox firewall, and a Firefox stick to the Google’s Chromecast. Read the article.

Hoverboards Don’t Fly

These Hoverboards actually don’t fly like the ones in the “Back to the Future” movie. They do catch fire however which is completely unintentional. There are about 12 incidents of the lithium battery catching fire and destroying bedrooms and even burning down a home. What’s up with these batteries catching fire?

Livestream Movi Camera

Livestream has a new camera called the Movi. It’s a palm-sized 4k camera that let you edit while you stream. It comes with an iOS app that lets you edit your shots, by zoom in and out of your shots. It detects faces and motion and gives you 9 different shots to choose from at various degrees of zoom. It’s a 150 degree lens with a 4k sensor. Although its a 4k camera, it only streams at 720p. There’s no port for an external microphone. It has 1.2 amp battery that will allow you to run it for 10 hours. The camera has WiFi and Bluetooth support. It only works with Livestream service and that app is only available for the Mac.

Microsoft Has Your Encryption Key

Slashdot has posted this article claiming that Microsoft Has Your Windows 10 encryption key.

An anonymous reader writes with this bit of news from the Intercept. If you login to Windows 10 using your Microsoft account, your computer automatically uploads a copy of your recovery key to a Microsoft servers. From the article: “The fact that new Windows devices require users to backup their recovery key on Microsoft’s servers is remarkably similar to a key escrow system, but with an important difference. Users can choose to delete recovery keys from their Microsoft accounts – something that people never had the option to do with the Clipper chip system. But they can only delete it after they’ve already uploaded it to the cloud…..As soon as your recovery key leaves your computer, you have no way of knowing its fate. A hacker could have already hacked your Microsoft account and can make a copy of your recovery key before you have time to delete it. Or Microsoft itself could get hacked, or could have hired a rogue employee with access to user data. Or a law enforcement or spy agency could send Microsoft a request for all data in your account, which would legally compel them to hand over your recovery key, which they could do even if the first thing you do after setting up your computer is delete it. As Matthew Green, professor of cryptography at Johns Hopkins University puts it, ‘Your computer is now only as secure as that database of keys held by Microsoft, which means it may be vulnerable to hackers, foreign governments, and people who can extort Microsoft employees.'”

Intel Introduces Broadwell and Skylake Processors

From ZDNet:

Intel has apparently taken advantage of a quiet period for the tech industry to slip out a handful of new PC processors that don’t do anything whiz-bang enough to wait for whatever the company has in store for next month’s CES event (the rumored 10-core desktop chip and/or a preview of the Kaby Lake architecture?).

The chip giant has just dropped eight new CPUs into its lineup, comprising a mix of both desktop and mobile processors based on either Broadwell or the newer Skylake architecture. Perhaps the most noteworthy ones are the desktop CPUs, the Skylake-based Core i3-6098P and i5-6402P. That’s because the “P” suffix has indicated in the past an Intel processor that lacks the company’s integrated GPU. Intel has made great strides with its integrated graphics recently, but buyers who are definitely building a system with a discrete graphics card might not be all that interested in an integrated GPU.

OwnCloud 8.2.1

I’ve used OwnCloud on and off the last couple of years. Here are my older posts about OwnCloud. I started using OwnCloud again, just the other day out of curiosity. Two years ago, OwnCloud didn’t measure up to the competition. It wasn’t enough to get geeks like me to quit using Dropbox or Google Drive. One thing OwnCloud has going though, you own your own data. It’s very secure knowing you are the only one maintaining your own server. Fast forward two years, OwnCloud has gotten much better. The last version I used was version 6. OwnCloud is now at 8.2.1. There are now desktop clients for the PC, Mac and Linux systems. There are also apps for mobile devices: iOS, Android and Blackberry. The synching features are much better. And most of all, you can easily run your own OwnCloud server at Digital Ocean. They have a ready made image ready just for you.