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Exhibit overwhelms viewers with the scale of governments’ secret spy programs

At an art gallery in New York, Citizenfour cinematographer Trevor Paglen is showing a video installation that features more than 4,000 surveillance program code names from both the National Security Agency (NSA) and Government Communications Headquarters. Entitled Code Names of the Surveillance State, the exhibition consists of endlessly scrolling columns projected on the four walls of Metro Pictures’ Chelsea gallery, and will run until December 20th.

The code names displayed are described as “deliberately nonsensical” and without any ostensible connection to the programs they represent. For example, Bacon Ridge refers to an NSA facility in Texas while Mystic is reportedly a program for accruing every phone call from the Bahamas. A…

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Following Ferguson protests, Obama orders review of programs that arm police with military gear

President Barack Obama has officially ordered a review of federal programs that dole out surplus military equipment to local police forces. The news comes two weeks after racial unrest sparked in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the death of a local African-American teen, Michael Brown. Brown, who was unarmed, was fatally shot six times by a police officer. Obama suggested this past Monday that it would be “probably useful” to review the programs.

In the following days, onlookers across the country and the world were struck at the sight of heavily-armed police officers facing off against swarms of protestors. To many, the police forces resembled a military group, and as the situation escalated so did cries for a rethink of programs…

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RISD’s Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibit 2014: Over 170 artists from the school’s MFA programs are included in the dynamic show

RISD's Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibit 2014

by Samuel Emmet Over the weekend, scores of art students and gallery-goers descended on Providence’s Rhode Island Convention Center to see the 2014 Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition. The Convention Center, a…

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The company behind America’s biggest bike share programs just declared bankruptcy

Bixi, the company that supplied the bicycles and stations for lauded bike sharing services in cities like New York, Chicago, and Montreal, has filed for bankruptcy, facing almost $ 50 million in debt it cannot pay. At the heart of its troubles is buggy software that has led New York and Chicago to refuse to pay millions of dollars, arguing that the promised upgrades to help track and analyze rides have not been delivered.

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Wine + 6 Other Apps To Run Windows Programs On Other Platforms

Make no mistake, Windows is still the most used (and popular) operating systems for desktops and laptops. So you can bet on it that many people are still relying on Windows applications daily to accomplish their tasks.

If you were previously a Windows user who had migrated to another platform or operating system, and are missing your Windows applications already, there are a few different methods to bring your Windows applications back.

You can go for dual booting on Linux, or go with Bootcamp or Parallels on Mac, or you can install these following apps that I’m going to show you. These applications will allow you to install and run Windows applications right on your non-Windows operating systems e.g. Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu, BSD and Solaris.

1. Wine

Wine is recursive acronym for Wine Is Not an Emulator. Started in 1993, Wine is an open source project, developed and maintained by the community under the coordination of Alexandre Julliard.

Wine is a compatibility layer between Windows programs and the operating system. It converts Windows API calls to POSIX calls, thus allowing integration of Windows applications to POSIX-compliant OS (Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and BSD). Rather than an emulator or virtual machine, it is a reimplementation of Win32 API.

Wine primarily supports Windows XP, but support for newer versions of Windows is actively included in its new releases. Wine supports 32-bit architecture; support for 64-bit architecture is still under development. WIth Wine, you can run programs such as MS Office, Windows Media Player, Adobe Photoshop, Max Payne, and several other games and applications.

More: Application Compatibility Database

2. CrossOver

CrossOver is a commercialized, and supported, version of Wine for Linux and Mac OS X. It is proprietary software with out-of-the-box support for many commercial Windows applications like MS Office, MS Outlook, MS .NET Framework, Adobe Lightroom, DirectX, etc.

On top of that you can also play popular games like Counter Strike, Half Life, Diablo, StartCraft, World of Warcraft on it. Though Wine is a free alternative, CrossOver, provided by CodeWeavers, is a better choice for professionals and organizations who want to run particular software on Linux or Mac OS X.

More: Application Compatibility Database

3. PlayOnLinux

Now while Wine and CrossOver provides support for many applications and with Wine, you need to customize settings for the particular app, and for CrossOver you have to fork out money for it. PlayOnLinux is a nice alternative for both (if you are on Mac, skip to the next one).

PlayOnLinux is a graphical front-end for Wine compatibility layer. It simplifies the installation of Windows apps and (especiall)y games on GNU/Linux by auto-configuring Wine. It provides wrapper shell scripts to specify the configuration of Wine for any particular software. It also uses an online database of scripts to apply for different programs, and a manual installation can be performed if the script is not available.

More: Application Compatibility List

4. PlayOnMac

Like PlayOnLinux, PlayOnMac is a graphical software built on top of Wine. It aims to ease the installation of Windows programs and games on Mac OS.

You can use PlayOnMac to easily install many apps and games on Mac OS, without the need of making changes to Wine’s configuration for that particular program. PlayOnMac takes care of Wine’s settings so that you don’t have to configure them manually, and you can enjoy using the software or game.

More: Application Compatibility List

5. WineBottler

WineBottler is an app packager, which means it packages Windows-based applications into Mac app-bundles. The name suggests that it is connected to Wine, which is basically how you can run Windows programs with it on your Mac. To use it, install it. That’s it.

Click the Install button in WineBottler and it will take care of the rest. It comes with handy scripts that take care of downloading, installing, and configuring an application for you. WineBottler can pack your Windows .exe software into Mac .app package and convert .exe or .msi into an app. It even provides options to install special dependencies. Read more on its documentation.

6. Wineskin

Wineskin, which also uses Wine to run Windows applications, is a porting tool. It allows you to port Windows applications in Mac application bundle wrappers, which can then run on Mac OS X and even shared with other Mac users. It works with Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion.

Wineskin uses a customized version of X Window System, known as WineskinX11, to provide the graphical user interface for Windows programs on the Mac OS X. Once you have created a Mac application bundle of any Windows program, you can easily run it on your Mac OS X just like any other native software. For more info, check out the documentation.

7. Q4Wine

Q4Wine is a QT4 graphical user interface for the Wine compatibility layer. It’s available for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD. It helps you to manage Wine prefixes and installed applications in an easy-to-use graphical interface.

Q4Wine lets you easily handle tasks for creating and managing Wine prefixes, controlling Wine processes, making backup of prefixes, and many more tasks that would otherwise not be as easy to handle.

EU passes ‘in-depth’ inquiry into US spying programs


The European Parliament has voted to conduct an “in-depth” inquiry into the scope and nature of the USA’s internet spying programs, reports The Hill. The group will assess the impact of surveillance activities like PRISM, collect information and evidence both in the EU and US, and present its findings in a resolution by the end of the year. The vote overwhelmingly supported the inquiry, with 483 in favor to 98 against and 65 abstentions.

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5 Free Programs To Access Blocked US Online Stores

Ever wanted to do some online shopping only to find out that the online store does not allow you to access their website from a country outside of their own? Many retailers (mainly from the United States or United Kingdom) do this; sometimes you cannot browse the store products, while others don’t ship outside of the country.

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Well, in this mini-series we will teach you how to access, browse and shop from websites like these. In this first post, we’ll first show you how to browse these websites even if you aren’t within the country.

Editor’s Note: In future articles, we’ll give you some payment alternatives for when the website does not accept your local credit card and how to ship your purchases from the website to your doorstep when they do not offer international shipping.

1. TunnelBear

TunnelBear is a very simple to use program with an On/Off switch to surf on US or UK websites. Upon installation, you’ll have to register with an email address in order to start using it.

You’ll then have 500MB of free bandwidth to use per month (tracked by the program). This is plenty if you know what you want to buy and just want to click on that ‘Buy Now’ button.

Download: Windows | Mac | iOS | Android


2. Tor Browser Bundle

The Tor Browser is a simple Firefox portable browser, modified with Tor to let you surf on websites that deny you access based on your location. Upon downloading the file and extracting its contents, just click on Start Tor Browser to begin surfing.

Don’t treat this as a replacement for your primary browser as the Tor Browser just allows basic usage without browser plugins.

Download: Windows | Mac | Linux

Tor Browser Bundle

3. HotspotShield

HotspotShield is a program that allows you to surf and shop on blocked sites. However, the free version is heavily ad-supported and you might have to click on some ads to continue surfing.

There is no registration required or bandwidth limitations. Once installed, it runs in the background and you can use your primary browser to surf.

Download: Windows | Mac | iOS | Android


4. PrivateTunnel

To download PrivateTunnel, you’ll have to first register for an account and download the program. You get 100MB monthly bandwidth but can earn more if you refer friends to get the program or when they make a purchase.

The program is easy to use and lets you surf on websites in the US, UK, Canada and Switzerland.

Download: Windows | Mac | iOS | Android


5. OkayFreedom

You don’t have to register for an account if you can live with 500MB of bandwidth per month. However, you can earn 100 MB per recommendation and get a total of 1GB usage per month for free.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the OkayFreedom, the icon sits on your PC taskbar for easy access. You can check how much you have used here. It allows you access to websites in the US, UK, Germany, France and Switzerland.

Download: Windows


5 Free Windows Programs To Monitor Your Internet Usage

Home internet nowadays comes with a quota of how much bandwidth you can use in a month. It’s unavoidable and if you happen to exceed that quota, your internet provider might charge you a premium, or slow your speeds down to dial-up levels. If you don’t want this to happen to you, then you should monitor your internet usage.

Here are 5 free programs for your Windows PC to help monitor your Internet usage. This is great for readers who are on a student budget, studying abroad on a limited mobile broadband plan. Those broadband plans normally have a quota that includes both upload and download bandwidths and we’ve tested these 5 programs to see how they fare.

1. NetWorx

Once you install NetWorx, it will track all your Internet usage with an icon on the taskbar. You can click and launch the program to view usage graphs of each day. What’s good about NetWorx is the ability to set a daily, weekly or monthly quota to track uploads or downloads or both. You can also set the on/off peak usage that some internet providers have and it’ll warn you if you’re about to reach the limit.


2. BitMeter 2

This program comes with a desktop widget meter graph of your download and upload speeds. Similar to NetWorx, you can add a quota limit — in the case of BitMeter 2, it is named ISP Restrictions. Once set, it’ll tell you how many days and bandwidth you can use before reaching your limit. You can also view your usage stats that can be sorted by hours, days, and months.

BitMeter 2

3. NetSpeedMonitor

This program permanently sits on your taskbar showing upload and download speeds. To enable this, right click on your taskbar and under Toolbars click on NetSpeedMonitor. Apart from showing connection speeds, it can track your daily usage. You can see track your daily or monthly usage, and also see what programs are connected to the internet. Unlike the other programs though, there is no quota reminder.


4. Cucusoft Net Guard

This program has a very clean user interface that is easy to understand. Upon installing it, you’ll have to provide an email address to register for a free product code. After that, you can begin tracking your internet usage and even see what programs are connected to the internet. It also allows you to set your monthly quota with reminders sent to you as you near the limit.

Cucusoft Net Guard

5. ISP Monitor

ISP Monitor is a lightweight program to easily track your daily or monthly internet usages. You’ll have to set it up first by changing the adapter settings under Settings > Traffic Monitor > Adapter to choose between a wired or Wi-Fi connection. Unlike the previous programs, you cannot set a quota reminder. It has easy-to-read logs where you can instantly see your daily upload and download usage.

ISP Monitor

Organize Installed Programs On Windows 8 Modern UI Apps Menu Search

Like previous Windows operating systems before Windows 8, when you press the Windows Key and start typing, you can search for programs installed on your computer and launch the program by pressing Enter. It’s the same on Windows 8, however, something peculiar happens.

Search Metro UI Apps Organize

On Windows 8, if you have Dropbox, try doing this simple test. Press the Windows Key and type ‘Dropbox‘. See the first result that appears in your search. While we’d usually seek to launch Dropbox, as your experiment may reveal, you get ‘Uninstall Dropbox’ as the first result instead.

This is the same for any other program, so there could be search results of webpages or other irrelevant programs turning up as your first search result. Here’s a way to get rid of all those unwanted files, and reorganize apps on your Modern UI.

Organize And Remove Metro UI Apps

To remove something from the Modern UI apps menu, first search for it.

For our example, we’ll be removing the ‘Uninstall Dropbox’ link that turned up in our experiment. Right click on ‘Uninstall Dropbox’ and at the bottom click on ‘Open file location’.

Open File Location

A folder will open where you can find ‘Uninstall Dropbox’. Because it’s just a shortcut, you can delete it without corrupting it in anyway. You can also go ahead and delete ‘Dropbox Website’ if you don’t want it to turn up in the Apps menu.


When you have cleared the unwanted shortcuts, the results will only show the intended program you actually want. If you used OblyTile to customize the Modern UI, you will still see 2 ‘Dropbox’ links but both can launch the app.

This trick also works for any other program that you might come across and is not only exclusive to Dropbox.


Create A Favorites Folder in Apps Menu

Through this trick, we found a way to further organize your more commonly used programs into a central location for faster access. You can create a custom ‘favorites’ folder in the Modern UI Apps menu.


First, go to your C: Drive and navigate to Users > [yourusername] > AppData > Roaming > Microsoft > Windows > Start Menu > Programs and create a new folder called ’00 Favorites’. We use the two zero’s in front to ensure it is at the top of the list.

Favorites Folder

Now go to your Modern UI, and search for a commonly used program, such as Dropbox. Right click on it and click on ‘Open file location’ at the bottom.

Favorites Open File Location

A folder will open with the Dropbox shortcut. Copy ( Ctrl + C ) that program shortcut and paste ( Ctrl + V ) it into the ’00 Favourites’ folder. Repeat the steps you did with the Dropbox shortcut for your other favorite programs.

Once you’ve compiled everything, sign off Windows and when you sign back in, press Windows Key + Q and you should be able to see a ’00 Favorites’ header with all your commonly used programs.