Cisco to Buy OpenDNS

I use OpenDNS at home, and have for years… it is kinda cool that they are being acquired by Cisco, I just hope that the free service doesn’t change!

Cisco to buy cybersecurity firm OpenDNS in $635m deal

ZDNet – By: Charlie Osborne – “Cisco has announced its intention to purchase threat protection security firm OpenDNS in a deal worth $635 million.

Announced on Tuesday, the tech giant said the move will accelerate the development of the Cisco Cloud Delivered Security Portfolio, and OpenDNS will prove a boost to advanced threat protection services for Cisco clients.

In addition, the OpenDNS cloud delivered platform will give Cisco better visibility and more insight into the threat landscape.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will play $635 million in cash and equity awards, as well as ‘retention-based incentives’ for OpenDNS.

Cisco’s latest portfolio addition will be made in light of the Internet of Everything (IoE), linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) concept. With over 50 billion devices expected to become connected by 2020, the rush to create smart devices and appliances also gives threat actors a far wider reach and more opportunities to breach networks and break corporate security.

This is where cloud-based security solutions come in — bolt-on Software-as-a- Service (SaaS) models which can provide better security for the enterprise without requiring vast in-house teams or expertise.

‘In a world in which devices and people can connect from anywhere at anytime, enterprise IT teams have increasingly limited visibility into potential threats from these unmonitored and potentially unsecure entry points into the network, creating tremendous security risk,’ Cisco says.

‘Combining OpenDNS’ broad visibility, unique predictive threat intelligence and cloud platform with Cisco’s robust security and threat capabilities will increase awareness across the extended network, both on- and off-premise, reduce the time to detect and respond to threats, and mitigate risk of a security breach.’

The OpenDNS team, based in San Francisco, will join the Cisco Security Business Group organization led by David Goeckeler.

Hilton Romanski, Cisco chief technology and strategy officer said in prepared remarks:

‘As more people, processes, data and things become connected, opportunities for security breaches and malicious threats grow exponentially when away from secure enterprise networks. OpenDNS has a strong team with deep security expertise and key technology that complements Cisco’s security vision. Together, we will help customers protect their extended network wherever the user is and regardless of the device.’

The deal is expected to close in the first financial quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approval.”

Dr. Bill.TV #387 – Video – “The Alexa Sasses Me Edition!”

Peppermint Linux Six is released. Turn your iPhone into a DSLR, a new 1 TB Playstation, Amazon Echo has been released to the public, Oracle signs a deal to hijack your browser for Yahoo! GSotW: SuperAntiSpyware! The Woz thinks that we will be AI’s pets!

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TechPodcasts Network

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SuperAntiSpware – Malware Search and Removal Tool for Your System

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Dr. Bill.TV #387 – Audio – “The Alexa Sasses Me Edition!”

Peppermint Linux Six is released. Turn your iPhone into a DSLR, a new 1 TB Playstation, Amazon Echo has been released to the public, Oracle signs a deal to hijack your browser for Yahoo! GSotW: SuperAntiSpyware! The Woz thinks that we will be AI’s pets!

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Will You Like Being a Computer’s Pet?

We’ll all be pets of computers, says the Woz! Yike!

Apple’s co-founder: We’re all going to be robots’ pets one day

Fortune – By: Benjamin Snyder – “Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks we’re all probably going to become robots’ pets.

Speaking at a recent technology conference, Wozniak said that at first the thought of artificially intelligent beings in charge of everything scared him. But now it’s a comforting thought.

Fast forward hundreds of years to when robots are in charge. At that time, humans will probably be treated in a similar fashion to dogs, Wozniak said during an event at the Freescale Technology Forum 2015 in Austin, Texas.

‘It’s actually going to turn out really good for humans,” he added. ‘And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before [artificially intelligent beings would] even have the ability.”

‘They’ll be so smart by then that they’ll know they have to keep nature, and humans are part of nature,” he continued. ‘So I got over my fear that we’d be replaced by computers.”

Wozniak believes robots will helps us because we’re the ‘gods originally.’

At the event, Wozniak also took the time to discuss the Internet of Things. He likes it, but cautioned that connected devices in the home have the potential to attack humanity.

Wozniak isn’t the only tech leader with thoughts on future human and robot interaction. In a recent interview with scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk warned that robots will use humans as pets once they achieve a level of artificial intelligence known as ‘superintelligence.”

They’ll treat humans like ‘pet Labradors,” he said.”

Geek Software of the Week: SuperAntiSpware!

SuperAntyiSpyware!And, speaking of malware!

SuperAntiSpware – Malware Search and Removal Tool for Your System

This one has spotted and fixed more malware than other malware attack systems that I have used. It is nice!

“SUPERAntiSpyware 6.0 will give customers a superior user experience, with improved scan times and enhanced real-time protection,” said president and CEO Elizabeth Cholawsky. “Over the last decade we have helped millions of loyal customers keep their computers safe. Their trust underscores that SUPERAntiSpyware 6.0 is among the industry’s best and most powerful defenses against spyware and malware.”

New Features

  • New User Interface – Simplified interface for easier navigation to the most commonly used features, and touch screen capable.
  • System Investigator – Shows what’s running on your PC in a new and exciting way. Customers and technicians can use this tool to quickly determine if a file on the system is potentially malware.
  • Faster scan speeds, smaller foot print, enhanced program stability and an expanded Help Menu to improve ease of use.
  • Receive scheduled scan results through the new e-mail alert system.

Advanced Detection and Removal

  • Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
  • Light on System Resources and designed not to slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Designed not to conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution!
  • Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

Real-Time Protection

  • Real-Time Blocking of threats! Prevent potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing!
  • E-mail Notifications: Configure SUPERAntiSpyware to send you an e-mail with the results from specific actions. Monitor the health of PCs remotely (family members, computers in a small office, etc.)
  • Schedule either Quick, Complete or Custom Scans Daily or Weekly to ensure your computer is free from harmful software. Remove spyware automatically.

Oracle Signs a Deal With Yahoo to Hijack Your Browser!

Oracle / Yahoo HijackThis is evil at it’s worst! Oracle has signed a deal such that, if you download Java, during the install, if you are not VERY careful, and uncheck a box, the install will change your web browser search to Yahoo! Man! This is rotten on Oracle and Yahoo’s part. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to uninstall browser hijackers off friends computers! Grrrr!

The checkbox is checked by default, so users have to uncheck it to opt out of the Yahoo setting. Anyone rushing through a Java installation in an effort to get some piece of Web software working quickly could pass over this screen and accidentally reset their browser settings.

‘We have definitely made sure that our onboarding process is one that is highly transparent and gives users choice,’ a Yahoo spokesman said in an interview.

Oracle has bundled software with Java downloads for years. The deal with Yahoo replaces a previous exclusive deal with

Amazon Echo Has Been Released to the Public

Amazon EchoThis notice went out today about the Amazon Echo:

“Dear Customers,

Today, we are excited to announce that Amazon Echo is available to everyone.

We launched Echo as an invitation-only program in November to learn how customers would use and enjoy it most. The response has been overwhelming.

Echo was born from a simple idea: create a computer, controlled entirely by your voice. This idea required some incredible invention. It had to understand natural language requests, from many voices, from across a room, even when music is playing. It also needed to be informative, entertaining, and useful—while always getting smarter.

With seven microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo achieved this goal by enabling far-field voice recognition. And Alexa, our cloud-based voice service that powers Echo, provides information, music, news, weather, and more—and she is constantly learning new skills.

Since launch, we have added streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, re-ordering, control of connected devices such as lights and switches from WeMo and Philips Hue, and more. Many of these features are a result of feedback and suggestions from our customers—thank you.

I am excited by what the team has done in a short period of time with your help—and we’re just getting started. We hope you enjoy Amazon Echo.

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO”

I have been “playing” with mine, and I should have a review for you this weekend on the show!

New 1 TB Playstation!

PS4 Ultimate EditionI know what this means… the Gamemaster will want one!

Sony’s new PlayStation 4 arrives with 1TB of storage next month

The Verge – By: Rich McCormick – “Microsoft’s Xbox One isn’t the only console getting a storage upgrade. Sony today announced its new PlayStation 4 1TB Ultimate Player Edition, a new version of the console that comes with twice the hard drive space of the previous model. The new console is coming to Japan before the end of June, Europe on July 15th, and North America in the same month. Sony has not yet provided pricing information for the new machines, suggesting instead that you check with your local retailer.

In addition to a bigger hard drive, The new console is a slight technological improvement on the previous model, weighing in at 10 percent lighter and using 8 percent less power than the 500GB PS4. The new console’s hard drive bay is also now decked out with a matte finish, a stylistic choice Sony says somehow makes the system look more “casual,” as if the current shiny finish was trying too hard. The new console comes in both white and black variants, with neither looking as nice as the console’s 20th anniversary edition.

The existence of a new PS4 Ultimate Player Edition was rumored earlier this month when FCC filings were uncovered that pointed to a console with a bigger hard drive in development at Sony. A bundle with the same name that appeared to include both a PS4 console and a PlayStation Vita also appeared on Amazon France for €579.99 ($657). Such a bundle that combined both devices could have helped drive sales of Sony’s flagging handheld, but today’s announcement makes no mention of the Vita, referring only to the increased storage capacity of the PS4 itself.

The Japanese company also used today to roll out changes to its PlayStation companion app. The software, available on iOS and Android, now lets you redeem gift codes without powering your console on and displays comments received from viewers while you’re streaming.”

Turn Your iPhone Into An SLR!

Do0 DeviceFor enough money to buy an SLR camera, you can convert your expensive iPhone into an SLR. Huh?

DxO One Bridges iPhone-DSLR Camera Divide

Tech News World – By: John P. Mello, Jr. – “DxO, known for its top-notch digital imaging software, on Thursday announced a new compact camera designed to allow iPhones and iPads to capture higher-quality digital images.

The DxO One is the first digital camera that plugs into the Lightning connector found on Apple devices and that uses their Retina display as a viewfinder.

Lightweight, at 3.8 ounces, and a compact 2.65 inches tall, the DxO packs a very fast lens (f/1.8) and a large 1-inch CMOS BSI sensor with support for 20.2 megapixels.

‘Compactness is key, because it’s the sort of camera you’re going to want to keep in your pocket at all times so it’s always there when you need it,’ said DxO Senior Vice President for Marketing Kirk Paulsen.

The DxO One isn’t designed to replace either DSLRs or the iPhone’s camera, he told TechNewsWorld.

‘We think the camera on the iPhone is fantastic, and it’s great for capturing life’s everyday moments,’ he said.

‘At the other end of the spectrum, we’re not suggesting it will replace digital DSLRs, because they have a purpose and will continue to be used by high-end photographers,” Paulsen said, “but in between the two, there’s a need for something that offers very high quality and is incredibly compact.’

No Overhead for iPhone

Made of high-grade aluminum, the DxO One allows an iPhone to swivel plus or minus 60 degrees while attached to the camera. That gives a shutterbug more flexibility when setting up the angle for a shot.

With the free iOS app included with the camera, a shooter can control the unit’s aperture (f/1.8-f/11), shutter speed (15 seconds -1/8000 second), and ISO (100-51,200).

Images can be captured in full auto mode, one of multiple scene modes, shutter or aperture priority mode, or full manual mode.

Video can be shot at 30 frames per second for 1080p and 120 frames per second for 720p.

Since the camera runs on its own battery and storage — it accepts micro SD cards — it won’t be gobbling up the iPhone’s resources when the pair are married. However, it can use the phone’s connectivity options to quickly share photos on social watering holes like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

That’s a new twist for a camera like this, noted Ross Rubin, the principal analyst at Reticle Research.

‘We really haven’t seen a lot of cameras with built-in cellular capability,’ he told TechNewsWorld.

‘If it can take advantage of the existing cellular capability,’ Rubin continued, ‘it allows consumers to share quite a bit more conveniently to their social networks, which is a key way that consumers use photography today.’

Beyond RAW

One mark of a serious camera is its ability to take photos in the RAW format. The DxO One will do that; further, it supports its own SuperRAW format. SuperRAW is sort of a variation on High Dynamic Range processing, except that in SuperRAW, four RAW shots are captured in sequence.

‘SuperRAW is intended for extreme low-light photography,’ DxO’s Paulsen explained. ‘With our software, you can produce images that are exceptional with very little noise and lots of detail.’

DxO One low light

DxO on Thursday began taking orders for the camera, which will sell for US$599. It’s expected to ship in September. For a limited time, the company will include for free two of its software products: DxO OpticsPro, which sells for $199; and DxO FilmPack, which sells for $129.

With smarphones eating up so much of the camera market in recent years, camera makers have sought refuge at the high end of the market. Will the DxO One challenge one of their last bastions?

‘I’ve seen the phrase ‘DSLR quality’ in a lot of the headlines about DxO’s new camera, but I wouldn’t expect consumers to find it hard to choose between this and a DSLR,’ said Stan Horaczek, online editor for Popular Photography magazine.

‘I do, however, think that it’s just another step in fragmenting the camera market,’ he told TechNewsWorld, ‘which has ultimately been tough on overall DSLR sales.’

Pricey Device

The DxO One may not be much of a threat to DSLR makers.

‘Mirrorless cameras have been way more effective at putting a dent in DSLRs than this will be,’ said Terry Sullivan, associate editor for digital cameras and imaging at Consumer Reports.

‘DxO is a very reputable imaging company and does very good work, but it’s not a hugely known brand to the public,’ he told TechNewsWorld.. ‘It’s also really super pricey.’

Nevertheless, for some smartphone shutterphiles, DxO One is going to be just what the doctor ordered. ‘There are a lot limitations to camera phones, and this takes care of probably 90 percent of them,’ said David D. Busch, creative director of the David Busch Photography Guides.

‘I take pictures with my iPhone, but not that many,’ he told TechNewsWorld. ‘This would probably change that.'”

Peppermint Linux 6 is Available!

Peppermint Linux 6Here’s the official announcement of Peppermint Linux 6.0 from Peppermint. Peppermint is my favorite Linux distro for the desktop, even older machines… it rocks! (And, it is based in North Carolina!)

“Peppermint is excited to announce the launch of our latest operating system Peppermint Six. Lightweight and designed for speed, Peppermint Six delivers on that promise whether using software on your desktop, online, or using cloud based apps.

Initially, Peppermint One was designed out of our desire for an operating system optimized for working online. Each year since then, we have improved on it, and we are very excited about new and improved features in Peppermint Six.

Shane Remington, COO of Peppermint, states, “I want to take this opportunity to thank Mark Greaves who stepped up and produced most of what you see here in Peppermint Six. Mark is now playing a major role here at Peppermint by leading the development team. I think you will be impressed what he and the others have put together in Peppermint Six.”

Peppermint Six Highlights

  • Peppermint 6 is still built on the 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) base, but we’ve moved to the 14.04.2 “point release” which includes the 3.16 kernel and an updated graphics stack.(this is to sidestep the upstream 9 month support issue that comes

    with basing on the not LTS code bases).

  • We’re now using the Nemo file manager, which gives some nice new features including the ability to handle custom nemo action scripts, better desktop management, easier mounting and management of remote network shares (including Windows SMB shares, WebDAV, FTP, SFTP over SSH, etc.), and a smoother overall experience.
  • Along with our policy of not sticking with standard LXDEcomponents where better choices are available, we’ve dropped the

    LXTerminal in favour of Sakura which allows tabbed terminals,

    scrolling, and Gtk+3 color handling including background images.

  • The Update Manager has been replaced with MintUpdate, but with the same settings as update-manager, so the bottom panel update shield makes a comeback.
  • In line with user feedback and proven format handling Guayadeque and Gnome MPlayer have been replace with VLC as a “one app to play them all” replacement.
  • The default image viewer has been changed from Mirage to the eog (Eye of Gnome) image viewer.
  • The xfce4-power-manager has been replaced by mate-power-manager and i3lock replaces light-locker as the default ScreenLock which was causing problems for some users.
  • We’ve moved to the Gnome Search Tool which has a more intuitive user interface, and finer grained control of search criteria.
  • The new Wallpaper manager (based on nitrogen) now makes wallpaper management a breeze, just right-click on the desktop and select “Change Desktop Background” and you’ll see what we mean. The ability to right-click any image file and choose “Set as wallpaper” is also still present.
  • Linux Mint’s USB creation tools “mintstick” are now included by default, making the creation of LiveUSB’s from isohybrid ISO images and the formatting of USB sticks as simple as it gets.
  • Peppermix is our new window manager and widget theme, and for all the dark theme lovers out there (and we know you are legion), we’ve included a dark version “Peppermix-Dark”.
  • Smaller tweaks include 2 new keyboard shortcuts:-PrtSc = save a whole screen capture to your desktop

    Alt+PrtSc = save just the active window to your desktop

    The addition of a right click “Calculate MD5 Checksum” context menu


    The activation of the F4 = “Open Terminal Here” Nemo accelerator

    And various bug fixes.

We invite you to compare Peppermint to other operating systems, we are confident you will be impressed. To take Peppermint Six out for a test drive, visit our website at where you can download it for free. If you need help installing Peppermint Six, or have any questions about using it, we have a second-to-none user support team at

About Peppermint OS LLC

Peppermint OS LLC is a software company, based in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 2010, we are committed to building the best operating system for both enterprise and consumers available on the widest range of devices. To find out more about our company, please visit us at”

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