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Microsoft to Open Source Chakra JavaScript Engine

Microsoft last week revealed that it will release the core components of its Chakra JavaScript engine to open source as ChakraCore. It will be available next month on GitHub under the MIT license. ChakraCore offers best-in-class JavaScript execution with the broadest set of ES2015 feature coverage and dependable performance, reliability and scalability, Microsoft said. It will target cloud-based services, the ... Read More »

Gadget Gives Passwords Pocket Protectors

As much as many Web travelers and security experts would like usernames and passwords to disappear from use, the pesky credentials aren’t going away anytime soon. That’s why password managers are seen as a way to make the best of a bad situation. They allow you to store scads of usernames and passwords in the cloud where they can be ... Read More »

Mozilla Gives Up Firefox Phone Ambitions

Mozilla on Wednesday confirmed that it has hung up on the Firefox OS mobile phone and will try using the operating system to dial into other connected device uses instead. It ended its sales program of the Firefox mobile operating system to carriers and will no longer develop the OS for smartphones, Mozilla said. Some Mozilla members broke the news ... Read More »

27 Highly Desirable Gifts for Apple-Loving Fanatics – and 1 to Skip

Chances are, you know an Apple fanatic — someone whose iPhone, Mac or iPad is a prized possession. If you don’t know a true fanatic, you probably know a fan — or barring that, someone who might appreciate an Apple-made gift this holiday season. To help you cut through the chaff, from one Apple fanatic to… someone else entirely, I’ve ... Read More »

Fans Psyched for Psychonauts Sequel

Double Fine founder Tim Schafer said last week that Psychonauts will get a sequel — if fans prove they want it badly enough. Appearing at the Game Awards in Los Angeles, he kicked off Double Fine’s Fig campaign for Psychonauts 2, urging fans to pitch in US$3.3 million toward development of the new title. It’s now one week since the ... Read More »

GeckoLinux: This Baby Knows What It’s Doing

GeckoLinux is a custom spin of the openSuse project. It offers an impressive variety of options and easier operation than typical Suse-based Linux distros provide. GeckoLinux is a newcomer. I mean very new. Its first release was last week. You shouldn’t view this distro as a wailing infant, however. It’s based on openSuse Leap 42.1 and was leapfrogged into near-instant ... Read More »

FBI Chief: High-Tech Firms Need to Rethink Encryption Stance

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday told members of a U.S. Senate committee that high-tech companies may need to adopt a new business model regarding encryption in order to get on the same page with law enforcement. “Encryption is getting in the way of our ability to have court orders effective to gather information we need in our most important ... Read More »

Gadget Ogling: Unappetizing Apple Juice, a Fistful of Virtual Reality, and Considerate Drones

Welcome, dear friends, to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that plunges into the muddy waters of the latest gadget announcements in the hopes of plucking a pearl or two. In our pool of enlightenment this week are the first official Apple iPhone battery case, a palm-sized 360-degree camera, and possibly the safest drone around. As ever, ... Read More »

The Trouble With Hoverboards and Lithium-Ion Batteries

The biggest problem is that a lithium ion fire in a large battery pack like this could burn down your house, and that would be an ugly end to holiday festivities. I’ll explain why you should keep your eyes out for cheap products that have big lithium ion battery packs, like these popular hoverboards. I’ll close with my product of ... Read More »

Yahoo Ropes In Gmail

Yahoo last week announced that it had integrated Gmail with the online version of Yahoo Mail, just two months after integrating Outlook.com, Hotmail and AOL Mail in a major redesign. Yahoo Mail for Android 5.1 began rolling out to Google Play last week. Yahoo Mail for iOS 4.0.3, now available globally, lets iPad users run Yahoo Mail side by side ... Read More »