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1. For Open Source, It’s All About GitHub Now (Wired)
GitHub is a service where organizations host their open source code. Even large companies like Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google host their projects there. In fact, Microsoft acquired GitHub just last year. The organization that serves as a steward for the web’s most popular web server is a notable holdout. On Monday, however, the Apache Software Foundation announced that it had migrated most of its projects to GitHub too.
2. Upload Instagram photos from a PC or Mac (Tech Help Knowledgebasebase)
One web browser, in particular, has a unique feature that makes it easy to upload photos to Instagram from your computer without an extension. The browser is Vivaldi, and the feature is Web Panels. When users create an Instagram Web Panel, Instagram’s mobile site loads in your desktop or laptop browser window. The mobile site allows users to upload photos.
Mark Shuttleworth is the founder of Canonical and Ubuntu Linux. During a presentation at the Open Infrastructure Summit in Denver this week, Shuttleworth said the demand for Ubuntu desktop support surprised him. The new demand forced Canonical to provide commercial support for their Linux desktop. According to Shuttleworth, “Nearly two-thirds of the public cloud is Ubuntu.”
Stamp collectors who are also tech enthusiasts rejoiced this week. In celebration of 50 years of British engineering, the Royal Mail will include the Raspberry Pi microcomputer in a 6-stamp commemorative set. Other British innovations included in the set are the Falkirk Wheel, MRI machines, the three-way catalytic converter, the London Crossrail, and synthetic bone-grafting material. Look for the set in the UK starting on May 2 (or 2 May).
5. Windows 10 Just Got a Huge Upgrade for Android Phone Users (Laptop Magazine)
The upgrade to which the title refers is to Microsoft’s Your Phone app. The app makes it possible to mirror an Android phone on a Windows 10 computer. A Windows 10 insider preview build adds Android notifications to the Your Phone app so Android phone alerts display as Windows 10 notifications. Look for support in Windows 10 in a few months.
6. How to Spot a Fake Address Bar in Chrome on Android (Lifehacker)
Eyeballing the padlock and the URL isn’t enough to ensure security for users running Chrome on Android. A flaw in Chrome on Android allows a hacker to display a fake “inception bar” instead of the true address bar. Unaware users could input login credentials into the fake bar. The article lists three ways for users to be certain the address bar displayed is the real address bar.
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