Yandex Asks Russian Authorities to Drop the Hammer on Google

By Richard Adhikari

Yandex has asked Russia’s antitrust authorities to look into whether Google is breaking the country’s laws by not allowing preinstallation of third-party services on Android devices. Three smartphone vendors told Yandex last year that they couldn’t install its search engine as the default, the company claimed. Yandex is seeking to have the Android OS unbundled from Google Search and other end-user services. The EU began looking into this issue last year. “What goes around comes around,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

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Korora Comes Bursting With Extras

By Jack M. Germain

Korora, a Linux distro based on Fedora, the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, just keeps getting better. When I reviewed Korora 19, released in July 2013, I said it had the potential to grow in popularity among users looking for a better, more user-friendly Linux distro that reaches beyond Fedora’s enterprise appeal. The latest release, Korora 21, provides even more assurance of that statement’s accuracy. Korora is packed with lots of additional packages besides those provided by the Fedora community.

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BitTorrent’s Original Content Deal Makes Bid for Reputability

By Jack M. Germain

BitTorrent will begin to offer a series of original movies, dubbed “BitTorrent Originals,” in a bid to enter the content entertainment space later this year. BitTorrent inked a deal with Rapid Eye Studios to handle original video content for its BitTorrent Bundle platform, which launched in May 2013. That platform seeks to give artists control over how they distribute their content. The first project under this original video distribution agreement is the movie Children of the Machine.

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First Ubuntu Smartphone to Arrive in Europe Next Week

By Peter Suciu

The first smartphone to be powered by the open source Ubuntu operating system will arrive at retail in Europe beginning on Monday, Feb. 9. The Aquaris E4.5 will be offered to early adopters via a series of “flash sales” across the continent. The unlocked phone will retail for 169.90 euros or roughly US$195, without the need for a contract. Features include a 4.5 inch screen, dual SIM support, a front facing 5 megapixel camera, and an 8 megapixel rear facing camera.

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HandBrake Video Transcoder Gets a Grip on Linux

By Jack M. Germain

Converting video files from a variety of media sources can be a huge chore. That task can be much more manageable with HandBrake, a GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder. It is available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows, which makes working on more than one platform a bit more convenient. The latest version for Linux, version 0.10 released Nov. 23, has many upgrades. However, the Linux version lacks a few of the features in the Windows and Mac versions.

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Infected Android Apps From Google Play Affect Millions

By Richard Adhikari

Millions of Android users have been hit by malware posing as games on Google Play, according to Avast security researcher Flip Chytry. The malware harbors fake ads that pop up when users unlock their devices, to warn them about nonexistent infections, or that their devices are out of date or have porn. Victims are then asked to take action. If they agree, they are redirected to poisoned Web pages that contain a variety of hazards. Google spokesperson Elizabeth Markman did not confirm how many devices had been hit.

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Good and Samsung Partner to Harden Android Security

By Jack M. Germain

Good Technology on Tuesday announced a merger of its app container and app ecosystem with the Samsung KNOX enterprise security platform for Android. The product merger is the next step in the partnership aimed at eliminating virus and malware concerns that come with Android adoption in the enterprise. The hardened security for Android targets the OS’s deployment with U.S. government and Department of Defense agencies. Good Technology’s solution creates a secured domain within Samsung’s KNOX security-enhanced Android operating system.

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