Chrome Browser Launching Mitigation for Spectre Attacks, The Linux Foundation Announces LF Energy Coalition, Kube 0.7.0 Now Available, New Android Apps for Nativ Vita Hi-Res Music Server and More

News briefs for July 13, 2018.

Google’s Chrome browser is launching site isolation, “the most ambitious mitigation for
Spectre attacks”, Ars
Technica
reports
. Site isolation “segregates code and data from each
Internet domain into their own ‘renderer processes’, which are individual
browser tasks that aren’t allowed to interact with each other”. This has been
optional in Chrome for months, but starting with version 67, it will be
enabled by default for 99% of users.

The Linux Foundation yesterday launched LF
Energy
, a new open-source coalition. According to the press release, LF
Energy was formed “with support from RTE, Europe’s biggest transmission
power systems provider, and other organizations, to speed technological
innovation and transform the energy mix across the world.” Visit https://www.lfenergy.org for more
information.

Version
0.7.0 of Kube
,
the “modern communication and collaboration client”, is
now available.
Improvements include “a conversation view that
allows you to read through conversations in chronological order”; “a
conversation list that bundles all messages of a conversation (thread)
together”; “automatic attachment of own public key”; “the account setup can
be fully scripted through the sinksh commandline interface”; and more. See kube.kde.org for more info.

Nativ announced
new iOS and Android apps
for its Nativ Vita Hi-Res Music Server. The new
apps, available from the Google
Play Store
, “give customers convenient control and playback
functionality from their iOS or Android Smartphone or Tablet”.

KDE released
the third stability update for KDE Applications 18.04

yesterday. The release contains translation updates and bug fixes only,
including improvements to Kontact, Ark, Cantor, Dolphin, Gwenview, KMag, among
others. The full list of changes is available here.

NVIDIA announced its Jetson Xavier Developer Kit for the octa-core
AI/robotics-focused Xavier module. According to Linux
Gizmos
, “the kit, which
goes on sale for $1,300 in August, offers the first access to Xavier aside
from the earlier Drive PX Pegasus autonomous car computer board, which
incorporates up to 4x Xavier modules. The kit includes Xavier’s
Linux-based stack and Isaac SDK.”

Mozilla announced
the winners of 2018H1 Mozilla Research grants
. Eight proposals were
selected, “ranging from tools to fight online harassment to systems for
generating speech. All these projects support Mozilla’s mission to make
the Internet safer, more empowering, and more accessible.” See the Research Grants page
for more info on the grants and how to apply.

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