Do you want to run Windows software on your Mac or Linux systems? No, I am not asking you here to buy a retail version of Windows and install it along. Here, I am talking about a popular software, CrossOver for Mac and CrossOver for Linux. It enables Mac and Linux users to run Windows software without the need of a Windows operating system license from Microsoft?

Normally, CrossOver retails at $59.95 but the developers of the software, CodeWeavers, announced that it will give away CrossOver free on October 31, 2012, from 00:00 until 23:59 pm, Central Daylight Time, to everyone.

The Internet has expanded into every aspects of our day-to-day life. We are now dependent more over online cloud-based services then we used to just few years back. Everything related to our personal and professional life is getting synced to the cloud. The benefits of this transition has also brought with itself the fear of getting ruined when a cloud service or anything related to it gets compromised. We have seen many high-profile websites getting hacked, user data getting compromised and shared in the dark alleys of the Internet, critical personal and financial data getting sold too.

Identity theft is not new but these days identity thieves don’t have to put much effort to gather data about their victims. Thanks to every single personal bit that we share so easily on social networks, which we may have never shared even with our friends in real life. For those thieves, getting hold of birthdays, anniversary dates, nicknames, and other personal data about you is very easy. When most users still like keeping lame passwords even after warnings, the data gathered is like a gold mine for these identity thieves.

In our article about good password security practices, we emphasized on some real solutions which may help keep passwords, personal and sensitive financial data securely. In the same article, we also named a few very good password managers. Almost all of these password managers are cross-platform supported. They not only run on major operating systems like Windows, Mac and Linux but also supports major mobile operating systems like Apple iOS and Android. Out of the several password managers named in that article, KeePass is one. In today’s article, we will see how to take advantage of KeePass to keep our passwords secure.

Gone are the days when people used to use only a single device for fulfilling all their needs. Today, you’ve got a desktop in your home, a laptop for work, a smartphone in your pocket, a tablet for those situations when a laptop fails to deliver, a complete home networking system for connecting all these devices. And we all are happy by this technology revolution. After all, all our digital data are synced and help us keep up with the World. But, ask yourself one question.

Are you feeling secure with all your data so easily available through your different devices? Have you done enough to keep them secure from the prying eyes and threats coming from the Internet?

Canonical is now working on a new product called Ubuntu for Android. The aim of the product is to bring Ubuntu, “the popular Linux distribution,” to high-end Android smartphones.

Ubuntu for Android will offer a complete Ubuntu desktop experience on the smartphone along the standard Android environment. Users will first need to plug-in their Android device to a dock that will connect to a keyboard and monitor. Once docked, the Android phone’s data, apps and connectivity can be easily accessed within the Ubuntu desktop PC.

Ubuntu for Android variant will make use of the underlying Android (Linux) kernel. It is further designed to take advantage of the dual-core ARM CPU. The new Ubuntu variant will come bundled with a number of popular applications while having a deep integration with the Android environment on the user’s phone.

VLC Media Player 2.0, dubbed as Twoflower, is a major upgrade with many improvements and new features. VLC Media Player once started as an academic project back in 1996, is now no doubt one of the most popular media players. It hit version 1.0 back in 1999 and finally today, the media player reached version 2.0.

Some of the notable changes in this version are support for more formats, experimental Blu-Ray support, faster decoding on multi-core CPU and mobile hardware, and professional High-Definition and 10-bits codecs, improved integration of the RealVideo and Real Formats as well as better support for FLAC.

EASEUS Partition Master is a comprehensive Windows application for easily managing hard disk partitions. Its convenient user-interface simplifies your tasks by offering many functions to manage your partitions. The Professional Edition can let you enjoy all the powerful basic and advanced partition functions.

Windows default partition manager is very basic and doesn’t offer advanced partition options. EaseUS Partition Master with Partition Recovery Wizard integrated is a comprehensive toolkit for computer users. It covers a full range of features including Partition Manager, Partition Recovery Wizard and disk & partition copy and more.

EaseUS Partition Master also allows users to create bootable disk. Using this bootable disk, you can manage hard disk partitions when the Operating System crashes. You can also resize the primary drive to reinstall other Operating Systems or even manage partitions on a computer without Operating System.

Airtime, developed by Sourcefabric, is a free, open-source radio broadcasting software for scheduling and remote station management. The radio software runs on Linux platform, and features easy management and automation. The Airtime server software runs on Ubuntu Linux, Debian, and Red hat and multiple users can use the software to schedule radio shows remotely through any web browser. After installed, the user can control it from anywhere using a modern web browser.

Recently, Sourcefabric has released Airtime 1.8.2 with 58 improvements and bug fixes. It now provides the users ability to download audio, cancel a show that’s being recorded, and watch the recording status of a show on the “Now Playing” screen. The latest version has also improved the installation and upgrade process. A new command-line program called “airtime-check-system” now verifies the environment in which the radio software is being installed and helps troubleshoot problems.

Oracle’s decision to give OpenOffice.org (OOo) assets to the Apache Software Foundation and not The Document Foundation (TDF) has not stopped TDF to roll out a major release of LibreOffice (LO), a fork of OpenOffice. LibreOffice is widely adopted now and is becoming very popular. Major Linux distros including UbuntuFedora and Linux Mint has dropped OOo for LO.

LibreOffice 3.4.0 is the second major release of the suite since the announcement of TDF in September 2010. LO 3.4.0 is a major release of the open-source free office suite now incorporates the contributions of more than 120 developers (six times as many as the first beta released on the launch date).

LibreOffice was created as a fork of the OpenOffice.org productivity suite back in September, of course, due to uncertainty over the future of OOo after Oracle acquired the project.

Unity is “the completely new” user experience available in Ubuntu 11.04. It is available in two versions; Unity for the powerful machines with compatible graphics cards and Unity 2D, the less hardware resource hungry version. I prefer and use Unity 2D much more than Unity 3D on my Ubuntu 11.04 system.

If you’re still stuck with Ubuntu 10.10 for some reason or the other and you don’t want to miss out entirely on the “new” Unity user experience. You can now get it on your Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick” by using the PPA‘s listed in this article.