Skype has just come out with a 2.6 beta for Mac OS X for “experienced users only.” The service features automatic updates, DTMF tones for auto-answering services, and an improved audio quality. You can also call any Prime premium service provider and pay with Skype Credit.
SkypeIn is another new aid you can use if your buds who do not have the service want to call you on a regular number. Still available at the bargain price of $00.00, you can download Skype for your Mac, PC, or Linux system.
Penguins. What’s not to love? They’re cute, endearing, unique—and box office gold, baby! Because Linux users appreciate the power of the penguin, we think they’ll love this Penguin Shower Radio, bearing more than a passing resemblance to Tux, the Linux mascot. This little guy plays AM/FM, has suction cups for wall-mounting, and has—for reasons we’re still figuring out—an alarm button! We’re also not sure if the radio is as waterproof as its living, breathing counterpart, so use with caution. Takes 3AA batteries and retails for $30 USD, quite reasonable for such an adorable bathing companion.
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We stopped by the Neuros room at CES and spoke with Joe Born about the Neuros OSD. This is the open source, Linux-based media center device that is starting to pick up and is generating a strong community of developers looking to use it to create the best media center device out there. It will be hitting the market soon, and based on what we saw, we think this one will be a viable alternative to some of the more stagnant media receivers out there. Check the video to find out why.
Videos have surfaced of what appears to be an Xbox 360 hack being used to run custom code on the console. At the 23C3 Hacker Congress in Germany, an anonymous hacker brings an Xbox 360 with some kind of hardware modification on stage and proceeds to demonstrate running custom code via an exploit that appears to exist in Ubisoft’s King Kong. The video uploaded to YouTube eventually shows a moving logo apparently offering Linux and OS X on the console, “coming soon.” No other details have been released at this point, so it is hard to gauge the feasibility of the hack. Having this hack appear at the 23C3 Hacker Congress event hosted by the Chaos Computer Club gives this demonstration more weight than a random Internet video, but homebrew developers are taking a wait-and-see stance at this point until more details surface.
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Sony Computer Entertainment released a version of Linux for the original Playstation 2 through a hardware and software kit, and now it looks like that Playstation 3 will be getting its own version of the open source operating system. Terra Soft will be providing a version of Yellow Dog Linux for the Playstation 3. While the original Linux kit for the Playstation 2 was clearly targeted at Linux enthusiasts with its command line based installation, the new version from Terra Soft promises to be more user-friendly, with a graphical, single-click installation. While specific hardware and peripheral support has not been announced, Terra Soft has indicated that a number of software packages will be included with the distribution, including FireFox and OpenOffice, making the Playstation 3 potentially a fully functioning computer. This could open up the platform to homebrew developers as well, depending on how much hardware access is allowed by Sony.
Terra Soft’s complete press release continues below.
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The Good News: The NFL has announced that it will now stream the entire season (which starts this Sunday) of live games to fans over the Internet.
The Bad News: this service is only available outside of North America.
More Bad News: NFL Game Pass is not compatible with Unix or Linux.
Partnered with Yahoo’s NFL Game Pass, the cost is $24.99 per week or $249.99 for the entire 17-week season. Since DirecTV has exclusive market broadcast rights, the service will not be available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Antigua, or any of the U.S. territories.
- 500 MHZ or faster processor
- 512 MB or more RAM
- 16-bit sound card
- 64MB video card
- 300kbps or higher broadband internet connection
- Flash 8 PC
- Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 10 or higher Mac
- OS 10.4 or higher
- Safari 2.0 or Firefox 1.5 or higher
- Quicktime version 7.0.3 or greater
- FlipforMac 2.0 or greater
Try it if you are in North America and you get this scary message, “This service is not available in your location. You are attempting to access from a restricted territory.” Big Brother is surely watching us.
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Linspire Inc., developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system and Freespire (their free community ops system), announced that as of today its CNR (Click ‘N Run) service will be free. Yes, we said free.
Until now the service has only been available through annual subscriptions, with prices ranging from $20 - $50. With the new free service, Linspire and Freespire users can install, update, and manage thousands of open-source software programs, which is equal to the basic $20 plan.
“For nearly five years, thousands of CNR users have paid annual subscription fees for the CNR Service,” said Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire. “We’re thrilled to now be in a position to offer this excellent service to desktop Linux users absolutely free.”
If you are an existing user, you must register to create your new free account. If you have purchased the basic CNR service within the past 60 days, you will automatically be upgraded to CNR Gold (which allows you to purchase commercial software at reduced rates).
Linspire also announced plans for a new, open-sourced version of its CNR client as part of Freespire 1.1 to be released later this year, also at no charge. This might be just the excuse you need to jump on the ol’ Linux bandwagon.