Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' Brings Small Changes, Long-Term Support

Canonical released the latest version of Ubuntu Linux this week, with a bit of polish all around. Here’s what you’ll find.


What Happens Now Computers For Schools Is Over?

The computers for schools program, which involved federal funding for the supply of laptops to high school students, is set to end in June. The program was a central piece of the former government’s “digital revolution” but is being discontinued by the current government.


CAPTCHA Can Now Be Decoded By Computers

CAPTCHA is evil and must be stopped. This much we know. Here’s another nail in the coffin of the universally-loathed authentication system: it turns out that despite being designed to stop automated processes, CAPTCHAs can actually be easily cracked with the right kind of computing power.


9 Tips To Improve Wireless Connectivity In The Office

Two things that really upset people when they try to connect to a wireless network is that a) the connection is not free and b) that it doesn’t work properly. The reaction is very much the same within an office environment. Employees not only expect the company to provide wireless but they also expect a decent connection, at par with the wired network.


Behind The App: The Story Of Lookout

Even before the days of iPhones and Androids, the team at Lookout has been protecting smartphones from security flaws and developing tools to deal with stolen phones. We caught up with co-founder and CTO Kevin Mahaffey to learn what led to the founding of the company and the development of the present-day app.


No More Patches For Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2

Windows 8.1 Update has barely been available for a week, but installing it is soon going to be essential if you’re already running Windows 8.1. From 13 May, Microsoft will stop offering security updates for consumers running a non-Update version Windows 8.1, while enterprise customers using Windows Server Update Services will be cut off from 12 August.


Why You Need Windows In Your Office

No, this isn’t what you think. Research suggests that a windowless office can be bad for you: working in a space with no natural light means you’ll get less sleep at night.


Deckset Creates Great Looking Presentations From Any Markdown File

Mac: PowerPoint and Keynote have been the main presentation tools for most people for a long while, but if you’re looking for a simpler alternative, Deckset makes things a bit simpler by building presentations based on Markdown files.


When Azure Breaks: Lessons For Every Cloud Programmer

Microsoft’s Azure cloud service aims for near-perfect uptime, but that doesn’t mean it is immune from major disasters. Here are some examples of the mistakes Microsoft has made that have caused Azure to temporarily break, and the lessons you can learn as a developer no matter what cloud platform you deploy.


How To Stop LinkedIn Broadcasting Every Change To Your Profile

Here’s an annoying feature in LinkedIn: any change you make to your profile is broadcast to your network, which can result in people congratulating you on non-existent job changes or suspecting that you’re hunting for a new role. Fortunately, you can stop that happening with a simple settings tweak.