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Tuesday - February 9, 2016
Amazon last week added Uber calling, Spotify listening and Domino's pizza ordering to its growing list of functions available to Echo's voice-activated speakers and Alexa software. Users need only to ask Alexa to call an Uber or an UberX, which is one of the various levels of the Uber private car service, to get a ride. Users can specify their location in the Alexa app's settings, then enable Uber in Alexa's skills section and link to an Uber account. New Uber users can get $15 off their first ride by using the 15Alexa discount code. [More...]

Tuesday - February 9, 2016
India's Telecom Regulatory Authority on Monday ruled in favor of Net neutrality, effectively banning Facebook's Free Basics Internet access app. "This is a very important decision for the future of the Internet in India," said Barbara van Schewick, director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, whose paper the TRA cited in its ruling. The TRA decided "ISPs should not pick winners and losers online. The Internet is a level playing field where users, not ISPs, decide what they want to do online." [More...]

LINUX PICKS AND PANS
Rosa Is a Real Powerhouse
Tuesday - February 9, 2016
The Rosa Desktop Fresh R series optimizes desktop usage and targets advanced users and enthusiasts looking for rich functionality. Add to that mix the default KDE flavoring and you have a compelling Linux distro that challenges your first-choice OS. The typical Rosa user already is familiar with basic Linux offerings and wants a product with a wide set of customization and personalization possibilities. That is what Rosa Desktop delivers. Rosa is a Russian company with a variety of Linux-based solutions. [More...]

Friday - February 5, 2016
Nearly every generation sees the birth of what, for it, will define modern life going forward. As uncertain as the twenty-teens have been, in retrospect economists may point to this decade as being as important as the tipping points of the 1870s and 1920s. If so, there may be no better event to symbolize the beginning of the era than the Salesforce fiscal-year kick-off in San Francisco this week. It has been an eventful year so far for the company, its city (with Super Bowl festivities taking over much of downtown) and even the nation. [More...]

 

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