We have 99 keys of IMPOSSIBALL to give away to Linux gamers willing to test it out
The developer of IMPOSSIBALL [Steam, Official Site] is working to bring the game to Linux, so they have sent us tons of keys to throw at you so you can test it.
The developer isn't too familiar with Linux just yet, so they are bringing you all in to help polish it up.
The beta is open to anyone who already owns it, otherwise you can claim your key below!
Eco - Global Survival Game, an incredibly interesting looking game that's already on Linux
I was pointed towards 'Eco - Global Survival Game' [Steam, Official Site] thanks to a GOL follower and after looking it up, I decided to check it out a little more closely.
The game was funded thanks to Kickstarter, where it bagged $202,760 towards helping development.
The good news is that it's already on Linux. I read reports that early Alpha versions are already up to date for Linux, so I picked up a copy to test it out. I am pleased to personally confirm that it does have a Linux version already.
I jumped right in on the only server that appeared to be compatible and I was genuinely surprised. The people on it welcomed me and pointed me to the starter guide right away. It's so damn refreshing to be greeted by friendly people in an online game!
The game is really quite good-looking in a simple way. They've gone for a more cartoon-like visual style than realism, which is done really well. People have compared it to Minecraft, but it's not "blocky" at all. The gameplay is also vastly different, since you have skills, a social system and so on.
- Retro-Pixel Castles updated again and will get a new name
Rich Geldreich, a former Valve developer, has an interesting blog post about Valve supporting Linux and OpenGL
I fondly remember reading the Valve blog post about getting Left 4 Dead 2 running faster on Linux than it did on Windows. I remember feeling so happy about everything that was happening. Rich Geldreich was the one feeding the information to Gabe Newell himself (the owner of Valve) who wrote the blog post.
The "Faster Zombies!" blog post
Gabe Newell himself wrote a lot of this post in front of me. From what I could tell, he seemed flabbergasted and annoyed that the team didn't immediately blog this info once we were solidly running faster in OpenGL vs. D3D. (Of course we should have blogged it ourselves! One of our missions as a team inside of Valve was to build a supportive community around our efforts.) From his perspective, it was big news that we were running faster on Linux vs. Windows. I personally suspect his social network didn't believe it was possible, and/or there was some deeper strategic business reason for blogging this info ASAP.
- Steam's Linux Efforts Were Influential To Microsoft, Other Companies
SystemRescueCd creator François Dupoux is also kicking off the new year with a brand-new release of his popular live system developed for system recovery and rescue operations.
SystemRescueCd 4.9.1 is the first point release to the 4.9 series, which was initially announced at the end of October 2016, and it ships with new kernels. While the standard one was updated to the long-term supported Linux 4.4.39 kernel for both rescue32 and rescue64 editions, the alternative kernel is now Linux 4.8.15.
It's been many months since these cards were released, and now I'm at the point where I'll be getting one or the other. While it's for gaming on Windows I will also have a Linux partition and I always take into account Linux compatibility/performance when buying hardware.
So at this stage; which card is looking to have better Linux support?submitted by /u/i337_
Panasonic unveils an Android-powered car infotainment system
Panasonic and Qualcomm have launched an Android-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platform, but as with a similar offering from Google and Fiat Chrysler, it isn't Android Auto. Rather, the companies are aiming create a smartphone-like Android Nougat system with high-end specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Am automotive processor with Adreno 530 graphics, 680 DSP and a high speed LTE modem. Automakers can them customize it to their own specs and install it as a factory OEM system.
GrandPad, the Android tablet for seniors, getting a hardware refresh before April
Just one day prior to the CES 2017 convention opening its doors on Thursday, tablet maker grandPad said it teamed up with Acer to produce a new custom-built tablet for seniors. The device is slated to launch sometime in the first quarter of 2017 packing two 5-megapixel cameras, Qi wireless charging, and a brighter screen than the previous grandPad model.
Samsung’s New Chromebooks Can Transform Into Android Tablets
Since Google announced plans to make its Chromebooks compatible with Android apps last May, dozens of Chrome-powered laptops from companies like Acer, Asus, and Samsung have started running them. Now that selection is getting a little larger, as Samsung on Wednesday announced two new Chromebooks that will be able to run the same apps as any Android smartphone.
Samsung's leaked Chromebook Plus is built for Android apps
Samsung is getting ready to release a convertible, stylus-equipped Chromebook, judging by an apparently accidental Best Buy listing. It bears a striking similarity to another leaked model, the 12.5-inch, 1080p ASUS Chromebook that appeared last month on Newegg. Samsung's device is reportedly called the Chromebook Plus, but there are no specs accompanying the images. However, we can see that it's a thin, all-metal laptop, probably in the 12- to 13-inch range, equipped with USB-C and an SD card reader.
These Are The Top Unlocked Android Phones — For Every Budget — For January 2017
While they may be costlier at the beginning, unlocked phones actually turn out to be more cost-efficient and offer numerous benefits over factory locked phones. Unlocked phones offer more freedom; users can switch cell phone service providers at any time, are not vulnerable to hidden charges and can easily change their SIM cards when they travel overseas. For those looking to buy an Android phone this year, these are the best unlocked Android phones currently on the market.
Android Wear watches ready for prime time? ZTE thinks so
ZTE, a company best-known for making budget phones, is finally throwing a smartwatch into the ring.
The Chinese telecommunications equipment company plans to release a smartwatch running Google's Android Wear software later this year, Lixin Cheng, the chief executive officer of ZTE USA, said in an interview Tuesday before CES officially kicks off. It already has a US carrier partner lined up to sell the watch, which has its own LTE connection and can run independent of a phone, he said.
Now Swarovski is making an Android Wear smartwatch to
Swarovski has previously worked on smartwatches (see the Samsung Gear S strap in the image above and the Huawei Watch For Ladies) but hasn’t yet introduced its own device. The watch was teased at CES 2017 where Swarovski revealed it would use a Qualcomm processor, but more specific details regarding price, availability and hardware haven’t been outlined.
Casio's latest rugged smartwatch runs Android Wear 2.0, debuts in April
Casio unveiled its first smartwatch last year with the rugged WSD-F10, and now the company is launching an update that adds GPS functionality and Android Wear 2.0. The model is aptly called the WSD-F20, and shares similar features as its predecessor that sees three buttons on the right and MIL-STD-801G rating for protection against the elements, as well as water resistance up to 50 meters (this thing can take a lot of abuse).
- Casio's WSD-F20 smartwatch adds GPS functionality, runs Android Wear 2.0
- Android 7.0 Nougat News: New 'Screens' App Simplifies Split-Screen Feature
- Fiat Chrysler, Google Partner on Android-Based Car Infotainment System
- Amazon Fire TV 4K televisions to launch in a challenge to Android TV and Roku
- Honor 6X to receive Android Nougat update in Q2
- Honor 6X To Receive Android Nougat In Q2 Of 2017
- Google Begins Rolling Out January Android Security Update for Nexus, Pixel Devices
- 7 Nokia Android Phones Releasing In 2017: Reports
- TCL targets Apple and Samsung with new BlackBerry handset running Android
- Hands-on with BlackBerry's Android-powered 'Mercury' at CES 2017
- Google Patches 29 Critical Android Vulnerabilities Including Holes in Mediaserver, Qualcomm
- Android, Debian, and Ubuntu Top Most Vulnerable Products Chart in 2016 [Ed: what about secret patching?]