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Fossil of ‘world’s biggest-ever flying bird’ identified

Tuesday 8th of July 2014 07:53:19 PM

A fossil found three decades ago in South Carolina may belong to the largest flying bird ever found, say researchers. With 20-24-foot wingspan, the prehistoric creature challenges the previous record holder i.e. a long-extinct bird named Argentavis magnificens from South America.

Named Pelagornis sandersi, the (new) extinct giant is also believed to be twice the size of the largest flying bird alive, the royal albatross.

It is worth mentioning here that the 25m-year-old fossil was first unearthed in 1983 near Charleston, South Carolina, when construction workers started excavations for a new airport terminal. But it has taken until now to realise full significance of the fossils.

P sandersi was quite a powerful glider, with long slender wings that helped it stay airborne despite its enormous size. It could have used air currents to soar above the ocean, according to researchers.

“The specimen was so big they had to dig it out with a backhoe. The upper wing bone alone was longer than my arm,” said author Dan Ksepka of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina.

“By riding on air currents that rise up from the ocean’s surface, P sandersi was able to soar for miles over the open ocean without flapping its wings, occasionally swooping down to the water to feed on soft-bodied prey like squid and eels,” researchers noted.

Huge birds like P sandersi were not uncommon some three million years ago. However, it is not yet known why these giants of the skies died out.

“This fossil is remarkable both for the size, which we could only speculate on before the discovery, and for the preservation,” Ksepka added.

“The skull in particular is exquisite.

“And given the delicate nature of the bones… it is remarkable that the specimen made it to the bottom of the sea, became buried without being destroyed by scavengers, fossilised, and then was discovered before it was eroded or bulldozed away.”

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World’s first temperature-controlled city coming up in Dubai

Tuesday 8th of July 2014 07:51:32 PM

Dubai and extravagance go hand in hand. The economic hub of the Islamic world is all set to become home to the world’s first temperature-controlled city, which will double as the world’s largest mall (with an area of 8 million sq. ft.).

Sheik Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, recently said in a statement: “Tourism is key driver of our economy and we aim to make the UAE an attractive destination all year long. This is why we will start working on providing pleasant temperature-controlled environments during the summer months.”

Designed by developers Dubai Holding, the Mall of the World project is aimed at producing a city which can be traversed entirely without the need for cars or exposing oneself to Dubai’s harsh desert climate.

Occupying a total area of 48 million sq. ft., the project will comprise the largest indoor theme park in the world, which will be covered by a glass dome that will be open during the winter months.

Additional districts within the project will include a wellness dedicated zone catering to medical tourists, a cultural celebration district as well as a wide range of hospitality options comprising 20,000 hotel rooms catering to all types of tourists.

Once completed, the city is projected to become a year-round destination, welcoming around 180 million visitors the mall hopes to host annually.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, chairman of Dubai Holding, had this to say: “Mall of the World presents an innovative concept in the international hospitality sector, further strengthening Dubai’s appeal as a tourism hub with a wide range of options. The project will be developed in phases in alignment with the gradual growth of family tourism in Dubai.”

It’s not yet disclosed how much the project will cost nor when it will be completed, but Mall of the World is likely to be a highlight at the UAE World Expo trade fair in 2020.

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CM11 M8 finally released with Android 4.4.4 and ‘Heads Up’

Tuesday 8th of July 2014 07:50:40 PM

It was only a month ago when we saw the latest CyanogenMod (CM) major update. For those of you who are not familiar with CM they are by far the most downloaded open-source ROM available on the market. For a detailed description you can read our Welcome to CyanogenMod blog.

So last month we saw the release of CM 11 M7 as a Snapshot. Again, those of you who are new to CM a ‘Snapshot’ is a nearly-stable release. This type of release is considered safe-to-use by CM and believed to contain all features and all bugs worked through. It is worth remembering being a Snapshot this does mean it is possible some unknown bugs may still exist although these will be minor. Now already we are seeing the next major release available today. CM 11 M8 was released this morning and offers Android 4.4.4. As the release has only just been made public the devices supported are rather limited although the variance will grow quite quickly knowing CM.

So what’s new?

The most major obvious difference will be the inclusion of the ‘Heads Up’ notification tool which will provide users with a preview of all incoming messages emails and notifications without having to close the currently viewed application. In addition the settings will be reorganized and multiple bug fixes will be included.

The complete change log provided by CM includes

  • Common: Android 4.4.4 (Google)
  • New Devices: Sony Xperia Z2 (sirius); Xiaomi Mi2 (aries); Oppo Find 7a/s (find7); OnePlus One (bacon)
  • Common: Fix VPN issues related to 4.4.3 merge
  • Common: Enable ‘Heads Up’ notification mode (Settings > Notifications)
  • Settings: ‘Interface’ replaced by ‘Status Bar’, ‘Notification Drawer’, and ‘Gestures’
  • Settings: Moved ‘Expanded Desktop’ to ‘Display’
  • Settings: Moved all lock screen related items to ‘Lock Screen’ and removed duplicates from ‘Security’
  • Settings: Moved ‘Navigation Bar’ layout control to ‘Buttons’
  • Trebuchet: Custom Homescreen grid size
  • Trebuchet: Add Protected Apps feature
  • Trebuchet: Add Search Panel (Google Now) option
  • WhisperPush: No longer ignores ‘Blacklist’
  • Futex: Protect against Towelroot
  • Various small bugfixes, global and device-specific

So if you are interesting in checking-out M8 then you first need to check your device capability by heading over to the download page. Remember this will be updated routinely over the next few days so if you are not on the list now then keep checking.

“Happy Flashing”

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J.K. Rowling publishes a new Harry Potter story online

Tuesday 8th of July 2014 07:42:49 PM

In celebration of the FIFA football world cup, J.K. Rowling, the acclaimed author of the Harry Potter series has been writing sports columns over at Pottermore. The most recent one that was just published features Harry Potter and the gang, also known as Dumbledore’s Army. This is the first time that a short story featuring Harry Potter has been written by the author after having closed the book series nearly seven years ago.

The short story is in the form of a news column from the gossip writer Rita Skeeter, whom people might remember from the book as the journalist who could do nothing better than to make up false stories about people and profit from them. The column talks about a 34 year old Harry Potter along with his wife and his closest friends and other characters from the Dumbledore’s Army. The entire team meets up on the stands of the Patagonian Desert, where the famed Quidditch World Cup is being held. As a result, Harry runs into many of the series’ recurring characters and Rowling writes, from the perspective of Rita Skeeter, about the celebrities meeting other celebrities, having been silent for more than a decade.

Although this is the first short story that features Harry Potter, Rowling is not moving away from her determination of keeping the story arc of Harry Potter concluded. Thus, this short story is not a direct narrative, but rather, a coverage of Harry from the journalists’ point of view without any direct interaction with him. Hence even though it ends up being just surface stuff, at least it is better than nothing.

Rowling has said, in the past, that she is done with Harry’s story and her spokesperson confirms that there are no plans to write anymore Harry Potter stories. Rather Rowling is more interested in writing stories that are related to the Wizarding Universe. Given that how much popularity the series garnered, Warner Brothers won’t miss such a good opportunity to milk out more revenues from the franchise.

The original story can be found on, which is an exceptional resource for anything Potter, being officially from Rowling. The site needs you to sign-up, but the bonus of signing up is that you get to be sorted in to your own house and play through all the books and create your own story. It is like living in the wizard world, only through a computer (maybe VR will change that!) The site however is crawling, as you might’ve already guessed. So another alternative would be to head over to where the entire text has been reproduced.

Source: The Verge

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Here comes the first release of Plasma 5

Tuesday 8th of July 2014 05:19:57 PM

The KDE Community has announced the first release of Plasma 5. It’s a release candidate so it’s meant for testing and preview purpose, like the developer preview of Android L. The final release will be announced next week so this is the last chance for testers and developers to find issues and get them fixed before the release.

Martin Gräßlin the developer of KWin writes on Google+, “Give some last testing to our release candidate so that we can fix the last issues (I hardly got new bug reports for KWin lately, so either it’s rock solid or people aren’t testing enough ;-)”

How to test?

The best way to test it is via Neon 5 ISO image which is kept updated with the latest builds. But if you want to install it on your system then you can do it very easily on Kubuntu, openSUSE or Arch Linux.


Before you test it out on openSUSE, keep in mind that it’s pre-release software so things may break, test it only on your testing machine.

Get KDE Framework 5 & Plasma on openSUE


Download the built packages from the Next PPA for Kubuntu.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/next sudo apt-get update && upgrade

Now log-out and log into Plasma 5 desktops

Arch users

KDE Framework 5 packages are already there in Arch Linux’ unstable repositories. If you want to try it out, then check the blog post of Andrea Scarpino.

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KDE’s Frameworks 5 released

Tuesday 8th of July 2014 05:01:49 PM

The KDE Community has announced the first stable release of Frameworks 5. It’s a result of three years of hard work to port KDE Platform 4 to Qt 5 which started back in 2011 at Randa Meeting.

“Frameworks 5 is the next generation of KDE libraries, modularized and optimized for easy integration in Qt applications. The Frameworks offer a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms,” says the announcement page.

What’s KDE Frameworks?

We have heard of ‘Unity or Gnome or Plasma desktop’. But what is KDE Frameworks and how does it matter to a Plasma desktop user? Why should I be excited about it? Most Plasma users may think they don’t even use the Frameworks, it sounds like something developers should be excited about. So what is Frameworks and how does it affect the Plasma users?

KDE’s mascot Konqui chilling out on KDE chair.

KDE software, which also includes the Plasma desktop, uses a lot of common code base which is formed by KDE Libraries. As Jos Poortvliet explained on, “They provide high-level functionality such as toolbars and menus, spell checking and file access.” These libraries were developed over time-frame of 15 years. One problem with these libraries was that it was ‘all or none’ which means you can’t pick and choose the ones a developer needs.

KDE Frameworks 5 is a successor of KDELibs and solves one of the major problems, to a great extent. One of the major improvements is that it has spit the libraries. Now developer can choose whatever they need from the collection of Frameworks thus making it easier for them to ‘use’ the KDE code base and save time and effort.

Jonathan Riddell of Kubuntu puts it very well when he says, “Today you can save yourself the time and effort of repeating work that others have done, relying on over 50 Frameworks with mature, well tested code. For a full list and technical details coders can read the API documentation.” It has notable benefits for QT developers as they can ‘select just what they need from the collection of Frameworks’, as pointed out by Jos.

Coming back to the question ‘why should a Plasma user be excited about it’. The way it directly affects a Plasma user is that their desktop also uses these libraries or the Frameworks. Plasma is one of the many frameworks which provides the foundations that can be used to build a primary user interface, from graphical to logical components. Plasma users are just one of the many beneficiaries of the KDE Frameworks as it benefits everyone using Qt, including Canonical.

The Frameworks announcement clearly mentions, “The KDE Frameworks represent an effort to rework the powerful KDE Platform 4 libraries into a set of independent, cross platform modules that will be readily available to all Qt developers to simplify, accelerate and reduce the cost of Qt development.”

It’s a vender neutral neutral contributor process (anyone can contribute) which is governed by open governance and dictated by flexible licensing such a LGPL (lesser GNU General Public License). The release of KDE Frameworks 5 is a major milestone considering Qt is becoming extremely popular across industries.

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Leaked: Microsoft’s Android-powered Lumia in the works

Monday 7th of July 2014 08:19:32 PM

We have already seen the launch of Nokia’s first Android-powered smartphones under the Nokia X brand earlier this year. And now it seems Microsoft is planning to bring a similar experience for its users under the Lumia brand.

New information from the famous tipster @evleaks suggests that Android-powered Lumia smartphones are currently being developed under the ‘Nokia by Microsoft’ brand.

@evleaks states “Big news: Android-powered Lumia incoming, from Nokia by Microsoft” on its website.

We have been hearing much about Microsoft’s plans to change the brand of Windows Phone handsets’ from Nokia to ‘Nokia by Microsoft’ since last month.

Another report also shows the recently leaked Lumia 830 smartphone to come with a ‘Nokia by Microsoft’ brand name.

It’s not yet disclosed when the company plans to release such a device, or whether the Lumia Android handset would embrace Google’s Android complete with Google services. But if the report turns out to be true, it is sure to help boost sales for Microsoft with users also benefiting from a thriving selection of apps.

It is worth mentioning here that Android currently dominates the smartphone operating system market, according to researcher IDC. Samsung leads in the Android camp, while the rest of the pack is quickly being made up of Chinese vendors.

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YouTube starts shaming ISPs for making its videos slow

Monday 7th of July 2014 08:14:16 PM

If you happen to experience blurring video or excessive buffering, Google-owned YouTube wants you to know that it’s probably because of your Internet service provider’s slow network.

Taking a cue from Netflix, YouTube has started its own Video Quality Report “shaming” ISPs for issues such as slow load-times and long periods of buffering.

The Google-owned company is dropping links to its report into videos in some countries (not globally though).

“Experiencing interruptions?” reads the message in a blue bar at the bottom of the content, as seen in the above screenshot.

Clicking “find out why” takes users to Google’s new website that talks about where, when and how videos can be throttled if ISPs can’t handle all the data pouring in.

“There are many factors that influence your video streaming quality, including your choice of Internet Service Provider (ISP). Learn how your ISP performs and understand your options,” it says.

The Video Quality Report was first rolled out in Canada by Google, which then expanded it to the U.S. and some other countries back in May.

Quartz reports that Google has “a strong interest in deflecting blame for poor video quality. The US government is considering new “net neutrality” regulations that could affect how information, particularly data-heavy streaming video, flows through the internet.”

It seems the company wants users to place more of the responsibility on something other than YouTube and Google for streaming issues.

ISPs, on the other hand, blame video services like YouTube and Netflix, which account for a growing portion of Internet traffic.

Do you think this naming and “shaming” have any impact? Let us know in the comments below.

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Will upcoming Chromebooks have reversible USB ports?

Monday 7th of July 2014 08:12:52 PM

The answer to your USB worries was presented in April this year in the name of the reversible USB dubbed USB Type-C. Unlike the present USB, the new Universal Design Bus design will be smaller and symmetrical. So you no more have to worry about the orientation and can smoothly slip it inside the slot without fumbling. Now the latest news is that Chrome developers are reportedly working on supporting the new USB. So suggests the recent commits to the Chromium source code.

While the cable connector in case of USB Type-C is around the same size as the ones floating in the market right now, it will be a redefined way to hook up peripherals.

According to, the USB C ports will be boosting its port scalable power charging up to 100 watts. Not only that, the data data transfers speeds will be double to that of the current USB 3.0, up to 10 Gbps.

A Chromium enthusiast on Google+ even referred to the ports references, which talked about the job to update code to “fix type-C ports muxing”.

The HW signals to control the type-C ports muxing have changed between Fruitpie and Samus, update the code to match the HW. Also add the docking mux option and update the board muxing code to prepare for the automatic mode detection:
- the polarity will be determined by the PD code.
- the port muxing will be enable/disable by the common alternate mode PD  code.

Its great to see that Chrome developers are already working on technologies that we see soon in consumer space.

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TSA will not allow passengers with discharged cellphones onboard

Monday 7th of July 2014 07:47:45 PM

Being a cellphone junkie, that we all have become today, that one thing we all fret is having a device that is low on coverage and low on battery. While you can still get away with the former, be extremely careful about the latter if you have plans to board an international airline. Confused about the connection? Well, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that they will not be allowing flyers to board the flight if they are moving with uncharged phones and electronics devices.

The official press release states, “As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.” The passenger will have to actually prove to the authorities that their devices can turn on before they are allowed to fly.

The cause of concern is the recent threat from Al Qaeda about blowing up an airliner. Thereby, new security measures are being put in place. Officials are concerned that discharged laptop, smartphone or a tablet could be used as a bomb.

So if you are flying to or within the US, make sure your electronics is all charged up or you will miss your flight.

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A million Steam keys up for grabs for free from Bundlestars!

Monday 7th of July 2014 07:42:17 PM

Lets’ be honest, there’s a hidden child in every one of us that love Dinosaurs, be it the formidable Tyrannosaurus Rex or the mild Brontosaurus, we all have a dinosaur that we would love to have. Developers 800 North seems to have heard just that wish of us and brought it to reality with their Multiplayer shooter Dino D-Day. What’s more, Bundlestars have teamed up with PC Gamers to give away a million copies of the game on Steam for free!

Dino D-Day is a multiplayer shooter that pits the Axis and the Allies, yet again, against each other in varied locations. The twist here is that the Axis powers have somehow successfully cloned and tamed Dinosaurs. So they get to strap all sorts of guns on them, including shoulder mounted canons and machine guns and send them off to the battlefield! The Allies too manage to get their hands on the tech and thus this results in all out Dino/human fight against tyranny. (Not the T-Rex by the way, it is just another soldier).

The game has been doing quite well on Windows and the developers 800 North are planning to launch a full-fledged update to the game within a few days that will add a huge number of features including Linux and Mac compatibility. So the penguins can have their fair share of chomping with or on dinosaurs! Rwaar!

Bundlestars started with the giveaway last week with a million keys for an Indie game called SpaceChem. PC Gamers and Bundlestars intend to giveaway a million steam keys of five varied games over the course of five weeks. Dino D-Day is the second of the lot. The intention is to allow a million gamers around the world to build up a custom free Steam Bundle that consists of various kinds of games, a game for all kinds of tastebuds. PC Gamer editor had this to say about the bundle’s game, “In choosing the games from this free Steam key giveaway, we went for variety. Also, dinosaurs!” We definitely hear the last part! There are three more games to giveaway over the next three weeks too.

To redeem your free key, head over to PC Gamers. Using the in-page form, like their FaceBook page, put in your email and click the big request key button. The page will refresh with your key and you will also get an email with the same. From there it’s a simple way of activating a game on Steam. We’ll be sure to cover more games from the bundle. Meanwhile let us know in the comments below how you liked the game and your Dino killing or human chomping deeds!

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Win a Moto G smartphone, enter contest [rules updated]

Monday 7th of July 2014 06:39:47 PM

The Mukt is organizing a contest to celebrate our move from Muktware to The Mukt. The Mukt is a complete ‘Open Culture’ magazine with a strong focus on Open Source technologies and Free Software philosophy.

This phone can be yours!

We have a very strong focus on Android, Chrome, CyanogenMOD, Ubuntu, openSUSE, KDE, Gnome, Steam OS and many more free software projects and technologies. We publish tutorials to help users in getting most out of their systems.

We strive to cover the latest breakthrough in science and technology as well as stories from the political landscape. It’s not all, we also publish original stories about travel, food and culture.

How to enter the contest?

It’s very simple and takes less than 60 second – lesser than it would take to find Moto G on and order it

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How will the winner be chosen?

We will pick a winner randomly from those who answered the above question on any of our social network.

Terms & Rules

  1. The contest begins on July 7 and ends on August 10, 2014.
  2. Anyone above age 18 is eligible for the contest.
  3. The contest will continue only if we have at least 1000 entries.
  4. It’s not mandatory to fulfill all steps, but it may be a criterion in case we have to pick a second winner, if the first one doesn’t qualify*.
  5. The Mukt team reserves the right to close the contest at any time.
  6. We will require complete postal address and phone number of the winner in order to send the price.
  7. We will not share any data collected during the contest with 3rd parties. We may, however, send promotional emails to regular subscribers.
  8. The winner will get a week to respond to our communication for the delivery of prize. Failure of communication would result in picking the second winner.

* In case the winner turned out to be someone who entered despite being under 18, or he/she never responded to our communication to provide us with postal details for sending the prize.

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Is Bill Gates creating our worst nightmare by taking control of human population?

Monday 7th of July 2014 05:38:50 PM

Year 2022, a European study shows that certain tribes and races in Africa were facing a steep decline in population. Over 70% of the tribes had become extinct for some unknown reasons. Upon further investigation, by Right to Live, it was found that a US based company was systematically controlling the population through smart contraceptive pills which were injected in certain populace across the African continent. It was effectively exterminating those whose extraneous research showed would never be able to contribute to global economy. Those who didn’t have purchasing power were erased from the face of the earth.

Year 2020. Source IMDB. One of the most talked about film of US-film-maker Quentin Tarantino was released. The story lines goes like this: In an alternate world Adolf Hitler systematically and peacefully eradicated Jews by giving them a ‘smart capsule’ disguised as birth control pills. The capsule was developed by German doctors which released certain hormones and drugs remotely. They were regularly releasing contraceptive hormone in the blood stream making the entire Jew women population sterile.

There was no suspect, there was not a single drop of blood shed.

2017. The US supreme court ruled in a case Banks Vs Right To Live that the people with extremely poor credits must be given smart pills. The pill would then ensure that, by sterilizing them, this ‘poor’ lot won’t be adding more burden on society. Any attempt to refuse the smart pill will throw then out of social welfare system.

2018. Rick Perry proposes a bill that those immigrants entering the US for low-grade jobs must be implanted with smart pills. The goal was to control the illegal population within the states. It was mandatory for all private businesses hiring people from South America to check their medical records and ensure they are implanted with smart pills.

2017. ISIS started a program to implant as many smart-pill as possible in Shias and non-muslims to control their population.

2025. The US department of defense found that North Korea hijacked their smart pill infrastructure some 10 years and had been pumping contraceptive harmony in women across the US.

By 2027 it has become a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Are we are opening the gates of a dystopian world

If you think if was just fiction, then I have bad news. Bill Gates’ Gates Foundation seems to be obsessed with control over food production and human production. According to reports the foundation is funding a new way to inject drugs into human body which can be controlled remotely.

The Verge reports, “The Gates Foundation project looks to develop a pill that would automatically release a contraceptive hormone into the bloodstream, lasting for 16 years or until it’s disabled by a wireless signal. The project is planning to start preclinical testing in 2015 and reach the market in 2018, but there are still many questions to be answered, including security issues.”

The technology being developed by the Gates Foundation can be a nightmare for human society and the wettest dream of suppressive government.

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How to get rolling release-like KDE experience in openSUSE

Monday 7th of July 2014 01:26:28 PM

openSUSE is known for offering the best Plasma desktop experience, from among all GNU/Linux distribution. Till now it has been quite easy, yet manual, to keep your openSUSE PC updated with the latest KDE packages which are released on monthly basis.

Recently openSUSE developers announced new repositories which assist users in keeping their systems updated with latest software. Now there is a new KDE SC repository for openSUSE, called KDE:Current, which will enable users to get a ‘rolling release’ kind of experience. Which means once you add these repositories to your system you will get all stable KDE update as and when they are pushed, so you won’t have to upgrade manually every month.

Before you proceed to add these repositories to your system, remove all other KDE or extra repositories that you added earlier and then add these two repositories and update your system:

zypper ar -f current zypper ar -f currentextra zypper dup --from current

The Current repository will be updated regularly. KDE SC 4.13 will replace 4.12 when it becomes stable. There is no need to add additional repos in future.

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Android L unofficial ROM available for Nexus 4

Monday 7th of July 2014 02:18:33 AM

It has barely been two weeks since I/O and L’s official introduction and we have seen a crazy influx of ported L features. Today though we are able to bring you the very first (that we know of) working prototype of L. This was created by some of the developers over at xda and (as of print) seems to be on the whole working to a good degree.

This morning we announced the release of a new app which provides an Android L theme for your mobile phone. This was simply a theme pack which when applied provides the user with the aesthetic appearance of L using the fonts, icons and the previously released Google L preview. However this was just a theme pack and did not provide any software updates or upgrades. A few hours have passed and now this has all changed.

The very clever folks over at xda have managed to create a working prototype ROM of Android L. Unlike the app reported earlier this one is a system upgrade and will provide users with an L operating system albeit a very basic and beta version.

The bad news is this is only available for Nexus 4 owners. If you do own a rooted Nexus 4 then you should give this ROM a try. The creators are recognized xda members and this certainly will be a fun ROM to install and one most people definitely won’t have. It is important though to remember this is a VERY earlier beta ROM and as such is likely to contain minor bugs which have not been picked up on yet by the developers. That said, this is certainly the best option you have to experience L at present.

If you are still unsure then click the link to head over to the xda page further explaining the hard work and achievements made on L for the Nexus ROM. If you are one of those who does not need any further convincing and instead are asking where to get the download. Then click the following link to head over to the official thread on xda where you can get the install instructions and download the ROM.

For those of you who do not have a Nexus but want the Android L look then click this link to see our earlier report on the L theme app. Please remember though you need to be a CyanogenMod (CM) or Paranoid Android (PA) user to get this app to work.

For everyone else…you will have to wait for the eLusive L.

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Android L Theme available for CM11 and PA users on Play Store

Monday 7th of July 2014 01:56:58 AM

All the talk recently has been around Google’s new Android L operating system and when it will be released. We recently reported on some of the features of L which had been leaked and made available to download. We also advised last week of an L based Keyboard app which was also available to download which emulated the L keyboard expected sometime later in the year.

Now if you have the leaked features and keyboard installed on your device it is probably safe to say you could do with an L based theme pack to really add to the overall L experience. Well now is your chance. Today an Android L based theme has become available to download on the Play store. This is a theme pack based on the leaked screenshots, fonts and L preview made available by Google recently. As such this theme looks to provide a cohesive looking L system. Understand this is only a theme pack and will not update your software or offer an L based user experience. Instead this will simply provide an aesthetic L experience.

Now for the bad news. This is a modified theme pack and as such is ONLY workable on CyanogenMod (CM) and Paranoid Android (PA) ROM’s. Which actually will be good news to CM users as we did report last week on CM publicly announcing they will not be implementing any CM based L features in the near future. If you currently do not have either CM or PA running on your device then you will not be able to use this theme pack. It relies on the CM open source theme generator which is only available currently on CM and PA installed ROM’s. So please don’t bother downloading if you do have either CM or PA as the app will simply force close each time you try to open it. This also does not seem to work on tablets either including those running CM and PA as of yet. So this is strictly a mobile phone running CM or PA available feature.

Also, as this is an early beta theme based on a very vague preview of L it is quite likely to be very buggy and have lots of minor issues. If you are a CM or PA user than you are probably already used to this warning anyway.

So what do I get? Well, yackovsky (the developer) has themed a number of the phone elements and using any of the features listed below will illicit an aesthetic L look and feel. If you did download all the keyboard and previous L features we reported on last week than you may as well give this is a try too and integrate the features into one (hopefully) seamless interface.

The elements themed include (there are some screenshots available on the download links provided below).

  • settings screen
  • notification drawer
  • quick settings
  • dialer
  • keyboard
  • icons
  • status bar
  • navigation bar
  • dialog windows and popups
  • sliders
  • holo white and dark elements
  • ringtone, notification, and alarm sound

If you are interested in giving this one a try and have installed either CM or PA than you can download the theme pack app from the Play Store. There are currently two versions available (paid and free) and the developer does insist there is no difference between the two versions. If you want to download the free version (always worth trying first to see if you like it) then follow this link over to the Play listing. If you want to help support the developer or simply have tried the free version and believe it is worth paying for than follow this link to the paid version which is currently $1.63 to buy.

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Convert your openSUSE system into a media server with Plex

Sunday 6th of July 2014 07:28:01 PM

openSUSE is getting better and better with each release. I am running 12.3 on a test machine and I would call it the most beautiful and polished looking Linux system out of the box. openSUSE is more than just serious work, you can turn it into a powerful media server to stream your music, movies and photos to your tablets, smartphones, TVs and other PCs. There are many media server applications available – some open source and some non-free. If you are looking for an extremely polished app with a lot of features, then Plex is an ideal solution as it is a partially open source app.

Plex not only allows you to stream your own data, but also offers 3rd party content through free channels which can be added from the web interface. Plex can transcode videos on fly so you don’t have to worry about the formats of videos.

How to install Plex in openSUSE

Download Plex from this link (choose the rpm version) and install it using install/remove or with the terminal by running this command:

sudo zypper install /PATH_TO_PLEX.rpm

Once installed, start Plex by running this command:

sudo systemctl start plexmediaserver.service

You should run this command so that Plex starts with the system boots

sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service

Once Plex starts fire up a browser (Firefox or Chrome) and open this location:


Note: Make sure that Firewall is not blocking this port. Chances are that openSUSE’s Firewall will be blocking this port. Don’t forget port forwarding for TCP and UDP ports 32400.

You will be greeted by glossy Plex screen, click next and give your server a name so that you can identify it over the network.

Add Media

You can add purchased movies, TV shows or other home made videos, music and images to Plex which can be streamed over the local network. To add media folders to Plex, click on the Add Section button, choose the media type you want to add, browse the folder where content is stored and then click ‘Add the folder’. Repeat the same step for different media type.

Note: Make sure to use Movies for video, Music of audio and Photos for Images; don’t connect a music folder with Movies section or your content won’t appear on the server.

Once folders are added you will see the thumbnails for data. You can also install channels that Plex offers which includes Apple trailers, NPR as well as TED Talks.

The next windows offers the option to create an account with Plex which will allow you to stream your content to your mobile devices when you are outside your local network.

Now you are all set to access your media from the network connected devices. You can now watch this content from other systems by installing any Plex on other such systems. You can install the official Plex app or any other DLNA client on your Android device. If you have a smart TV, you can access your openSUSE/Plex media server with the built-in app.

Keep one thing in mind, every time you add new content to the folders do visit the Plex Media Center go to that content section and ‘refresh’ it so Plex knows about the newly added content.

Re-posted from Muktware.

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Russia forces US companies to store personal data on Russians inside its borders

Sunday 6th of July 2014 05:56:49 PM

It looks like companies such as Facebook and Google would soon need to have physical servers inside Russia’s borders. This is as per a new law passed by the Russian State Duma (parliament), which requires that the personal data of all Russians should be stored inside the country’s borders.

MP Vadim Dengin, while introducing the bill to parliament this week, said that “most Russians don’t want their data to leave Russia for the United States, where it can be hacked and given to criminals.”

“Our entire lives are stored over there,” he said, adding that companies (which do not have offices in Russia) should build data centres in the country by 2016 or face being blocked.

Furthermore, these international companies won’t be able to send data outside Russia unless they can guarantee data storage inside the country.

A rough Google translate version of the key part of the bill says:

“When collecting personal data, including through information and the internet telecommunications network, the operator is required to provide a record that the systematization, accumulation, storage, updating and retrieval of personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation, is held on databases located in the territory of the Russian Federation.”

Andrei Soldatov, a journalist who tracks Russia’s security services, had this to say: “Nobody wants to relocate to Russia, but I am pessimistic. I think (the Russian authorities) will make them relocate the servers.”

“For the most part, this is directed against Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter,” he added.

Is the move aimed at making it easier for the government to keep tabs on citizens? Perhaps another attempt at exerting more control over what Russian users can say on the Internet?

Or is it another move by Russia to dump Western technology in favor of homegrown ones? After all, Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin announced in May that the country will reject a U.S. request to use the International Space Station (ISS) after 2020 in retaliation for trade sanctions imposed due to the Ukraine crisis.
Also as reported last month, the Russian government is preparing to move away Intel and AMD in favor of the domestically-produced Baikal microprocessor.

The bill is yet to be approved by the upper chamber and President Vladimir Putin before it becomes law in Russia.

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Calligra 2.8.5 Released

Sunday 6th of July 2014 03:55:10 PM

The KDE Community has announced the release of Calligra 2.8.5. “This is the last (and last but one) update to the 2.8 series of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active released to fix recently found issues. The Calligra team recommends everybody to update,” says Jarosław Staniek of Calligra community.

If you are a Calligra user and wonder where did the 2.8.4 update go, Jarosław explains, “Shortly before 2.8.4 release we discovered bug that sneaked in 2.8.2 version and decided to skip the 2.8.4 entirely and quickly release 2.8.5 instead with a proper fix. The bug is related to not showing file formats in Save dialogs.”

Those who don’t know Calligra is a productivity suite by the KDE Community which competes with projects like LibreOffice. From my own experience Calligra is not very stable and it crashed on my, on openSUSE and Kubuntu, a couple of time so be extra careful when working on some critical document.

That said, it’s a very good free software and the more users it has, there will be more testing and bug fixing.

The suite is available on official repositories of all major distros so you can install it easily.

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Move over Hollywood, these drone shot firework videos are pure awesome

Saturday 5th of July 2014 08:48:36 PM

If you thought that 3d printers changed the way we used to print, you haven’t seen shooting with drones. Desire to see July 4th firework on YouTube ‘discovered’ a great video of fireworks shot from a drone. The video was shot back in May, but it displays some great drone-work at play. There are some more drone-captured videos of July 4th fireworks, but nothing beats the one shot in May. Both dronemans (like cameramans) used DJI Phantom 2 drone and one used GoPro Hero 3 silver camera.

Check out the videos below:

Here is the one shot yesterday

I trust most users with drones are now desperate to capture fireworks.

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