CamScanner Delivers Document Freedom on the Go

If you’ve been trying to keep an aging all-in-one printer out of the graveyard, forget it. Move on. I’ve been banging my head against the wall with a bunch of space-hogging Dell printers. I had an 8-year-old, office-grey laser printer for manuscripts and an equally old and grumpy faded-white scanner-fax-printer inkjet combo for which the cartridge nozzles kept drying out, still half full of ink.



Motorola Guns for Lower-End Market

Motorola on Wednesday announced the Moto G, an unlocked, no-contract smartphone with an unlockable bootloader running Android 4.3, Jelly Bean, to be widely available next year. An 8-GB version will be offered for $179 and a 16-GB version for $199. The rollout began this week in Brazil and parts of Europe, and the device will come to the United States in 2014.



PCLinuxOS Makes Desktop Linux Look Good

PCLinuxOS is as close as a distro can get to masking all the technical things that scare people away from the Linux OS. It makes installing and using the distro beginner-level easy. That says a lot for attracting both new and experienced users. PCLinuxOS offers several very good desktop options. It also makes a solid choice for more experienced Linux users.



How to Avoid Cloud Vendor Lock-In

Vendor lock-in has been such a standard part of enterprise IT over the years that it often goes unnoticed and unquestioned. Recently, however, that lock-in mentality has followed enterprises to the clouds. One might not think that vendor lock-in would exist for those who use open source software or open cloud solutions. Think again.



Metacloud’s Steve Curry: We Need a Better Cloud Storage Model

The popularity of cloud storage is growing rapidly, and few would deny that open source technology is driving individual and business users to the clouds in droves. Yet enterprise adoption decisions are often hindered by competing technologies for public and private clouds. Often, it is less a question of open or closed source and more an issue of service and cost.



A Tale of 7 Patents: Rockstar v. Google

Patent warfare is a veritable fixture of the mobile world these days, sadly, and — by virtue of Android — that heaps a whole lot of mess within the boundaries of the blogosphere’s Linux territories. We’ve seen plenty of skirmishes come and go already, of course, but the latest example is being called nothing short of “thermonuclear” war.



Devs Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed for Glass Hackathon

Google has invited developers to a hackathon that will give them a chance to learn more about the Google Glass platform. The company sent invitations on Wednesday to an event scheduled for Nov. 19 and 20 at Google’s San Francisco Basecamp, where eager developers will hear about the next phase of the Glass Developer Platform. Google will be reaching out to more developers in the coming months.