Talking about everything Android adjacent
The launch of the HTC G1 was significant for two reasons. First and foremost, this phone was weird because it was Google's effort "against" Apple and their iPhone and somehow it might actually compete well. Second, and in my mind the most important, Android was positioned from day one as a platform where third-party apps could be submitted and people could choose whatever apps they wanted. It took Apple a little while to catch on, but in the next revision of iOS they did.
Remix OS is now available as a simple-to-use Android emulator for Windows
Remix OS Player is based on the virtual machine in Android Studio and runs inside a dedicated window. It's based on Android Marshmallow (6.0) and comes with access to the Google Play Store. Jide recommends using it primarily as a gaming emulator, letting you play Android titles like Clash of Clans straight from your Windows desktop. There are some very accessible spec requirements (Windows 7, Core i3 processor, 8GB of storage, etc), but Remix OS Player is basically a very simple package to use.
The Most Useful Hidden Features in Android
Android is known for easy to customize and personalize. The best part is, if you’re prepared to dig deeper, you’ll find a goldmine of hidden features and settings that can improve your mobile experience. Here are four of our favorites you can uncover in the most recent versions of the OS.
- Android 7.0 Nougat Has 4 Hidden Treasures
- Google offers $200,000 for Android-busting exploit
- Project Zero Prize turns Android hacking into a contest
- Double-dipping malware steals iOS creds and roots Android
- Moto, HTC Top Android Report
- OnePlus releases new OxygenOS community builds for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus X
- How to unroot Android: Get rid of root on your Android phone or tablet through these simple steps
- Nexon Launches Oz: Broken Kingdom on iOS, Android
- Facebook Messenger gains Direct Share on Marshmallow and above
- Android Wear: No Moto, Huawei or LG Watches in 2016?
- Chrome Dev 55 adds gamepad features and better Android Pay support [APK Download]
- Ubisoft Launches NCIS: Hidden Crimes on iOS, Android
- SwiftKey for Android is now powered by a neural network
- Samsung's Galaxy Note7 IMEI tool is now live to tell you if a Note7 is explosive
Indie action multiplayer game 'Marooners' released for Linux
Along with RIVE, now we have another game coming from the Netherlands: Marooners is a casual title developed by M2H studios (Verdun), aimed to be played at parties with your friends. It consists in a group of minigames where you have to collect treasures while trying to survive your friends' attacks and diverse environmental threats. Also, there is an original mechanic that suddenly switches the game modes, forcing you to quickly adapt to the consequent chaos.
Looks like 2D adventure game 'Owlboy' will come to Linux using FNA
Thanks to the great TheLinuxGamer for the poke on Twitter about it, it seems that 'Owlboy' [Official Site] will come to Linux using FNA.
Project Highrise now has an experimental Linux version
Project Highrise [Official Website] a cool looking skyscraper construction and management sim is now available on Linux, but it's a very experimental form.
- Starbound updated with new fishing feature, collections and a Relocator tool
- Aspyr Media are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a big sale
- The new video for Transport Fever shows off the town simulation, looks awesome
- Super Time Force Ultra now available DRM free for Linux on GOG
- SKYHILL, the 2D survival game is now available DRM free for Linux on GOG
Besides the Greybus subsystem being right around the corner for the mainline Linux kernel, it might not be too much longer before the TEE subsystem is ready. TEE is now up to its 12th patch revision and is about trusted computing.
Linaro developers and other stakeholders continue working on TEE, the Trusted Execution Environment. The Trusted Execution Environment is for securely interfacing with a "trusted" OS running in a secure environment or on a separate co-processor. The TEE driver of this new Linux subsystem handles the communication between the host Linux OS and whatever is the trusted TEE implementation. Of course, given Linaro's involvement, the primary focus of TEE is on better supporting ARM TrustZone.
ARB_ES3_2_compatibility Turned On For Intel Broadwell And Newer
The Intel Mesa OpenGL driver now exposes the ARB_ES3_2_compatibility extension.
The Intel i965 Mesa DRI driver has already supported the necessary extensions for OpenGL ES 3.2 support while this ARB_ES3_2_compatibility extension signifies that features found in GLES 3.2 but missing from OpenGL 4.5 are present in the desktop GL driver. This extension makes it easier for bringing mobile OpenGL ES programs to the desktop.
Southern Islands Support Will Come To AMDGPU On Linux 4.9
One month after the first AMDGPU feature pull of new functionality for DRM-Next to in turn land in Linux 4.9, the second feature pull request has now been sent out and it presents experimental Southern Islands (GCN 1.0) support for AMDGPU.
- Fun Friday For RadeonSI: Laying 64-Bit Integers, ARB_query_buffer_object
Windows-DRI Extension Added For X.Org Server 1.19
In continuation of yesterday's article about Mesa Gets Improved For Running On Windows With Cygwin, the Windows-DRI extension has landed in the X.Org Server code-base.
This is about improving the OpenGL/GLX support on Windows in a similar manner to the X.Org Server on Mac OS X, with the primary benefactor to this being applications running under Cygwin. See yesterday's article for some more details.
We have another Tizen story coming from Russia, where the platform has been doing very well. Tizen based smartphones like the Samsung Z3 are being actively used by Russia’s business and corporate sector as well as Government officials. Gazprom, which is Russia’s as well as the world’s largest Natural Gas company have now come up with a pact with Samsung to use Tizen based smartphones. To understand the kind of scale of this agreement is, it would be helpful to know that Gazprom has a global gas reserve share of 17 percent and 72 percent in Russia. Gazprom is also involved in the Russian Government’s diplomatic efforts; distortions of gas prices, and access to pipelines.
The Wine software has been updated today, September 16, 2016, to version 1.9.19, a development milestone towards Wine 2.0, bringing various bug fixes and improvements.
Open source software is all the rage, as the DevOps movement advances, but it's important to keep track of it carefully for licensing and security purposes.
Without realizing it, I joined the open source movement in 1999 during the midst of the Kosovo refugee crisis. I was part of a team helping route aid supplies to local humanitarian organizations running transit camps across Albania. These are the camps that refugees often arrived at first before being moved to larger, more formal camps.
When GNOME Shell (aka GNOME 3) dropped into the world of Linux, many criticized it for not being flexible enough. The new-look GNOME was seen as a step backward in productivity and efficiency. GNOME however had a few tricks up its sleeve to silence such naysayers. One such trick is GNOME Shell Extensions, which bring some much-needed configuration options to the GNOME 3 desktop environment. Offering everything from aesthetics to actual productivity, there’s a GNOME Shell Extension to fill whatever void you see in the latest version of GNOME.
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