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OnePlus One update fixes touch screen issues and battery drain

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 03:30:08 AM

It has been less than two weeks since the last OnePlus OTA update for CM11S and today we are already seeing a new update hitting user’s phones.

Unlike the previous update (XNPH30O) which brought with it ‘Clear Image’ this update does not come with any major improvements. However the current update (XNPH33R) is likely to be more warmly welcomed than the previous one as this is largely a ‘Security Update’ which solely was released to combat two major software issues which have been affecting One owners.

Touch Screen

The first issue relates to the touch sensitivity and response of the One. Many users are reporting sever issues with how the screen responds when being touch activated. This has also been widely confirmed online by users posting videos while running touch screen test apps such as MultTouch Tester and YAMTT (Yet Another MultiTouch Test) which shows an inconsistency and lack of fluidity in the screens touch responsiveness.

This particular issue has been around since launch and it widely seen to be a hardware flaw to do with the hardware grounding. However the current update looks to be addressing this issue. As this is a known hardware flaw the update is unlikely to eradicate the issue completely but users are reporting a significant decrease in the issue.

Battery Drain

The second major issue addressed in this update is a more recent issue with users noting serious battery drain linked to the last (30O) update. As soon as this update rolled out two weeks ago users immediately were reporting significant and unexpected battery drain on their devices. Within hours Cyanogen had noted this issue on their JIRA issue tracking database. This problem seemed to arise from a bug in the last update which seemed to be active when the device was in an idle state.

There was no official announcement by OnePlus that the battery drain issue was fixed in this update however on the Cyanogen JIRA post (relating to this issue) the matter is considered ‘closed’ and ‘fixed’ with comments noting that this is repaired in the latest 33R update.

If you haven’t received the update yet then don’t worry. This is an incremental update and they are sometimes slow in rolling out. Either way you should receive the update OTA in the coming hours or days.

If you seriously cannot wait then you follow the link to obtain a mirrored version of the OTA for your sideloading pleasure.

Already receiving the update? Then let others know how effective it is by leaving a comment.


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Google Glass update includes revamped contacts list, Head Nudge & Nearby Events

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 03:13:14 AM

It was just under two month ago when we saw Google Glass receive a significant hardware upgrade and a couple of days ago Google Glass announced quite a significant software upgrade is due to land.

The new upgrade XE20.1 is up from the previous XE19.1 which was released roughly a month ago. However XE19.1 was not that significant with the main update consisting of a change to the interface. This update did offer a more attractive looking UI but did not offer much in the way of ‘new’ features. In contrast this month’s update includes a revamp to the contact list as well as dedicated ‘Head Nudge’ and ‘Nearby Events’ cards.


Of the three main features the contacts seems to be the most useful update with a much improved system now in place.

All of your Google contacts will now be available through Glass with your ‘Top 20’ contacts provided more conveniently then before and also by voice control. Your additional contacts will also be accessible although requiring swipe actions to get to them.

Head Nudge

Head Nudge is not a new addition to Google Glass and users have always been able to turn the display off by nudging their head. However with the update Head Nudge now contains its own Card which allows users to adjust the settings, turn on and off when wanted.

It is worth remembering that Head Nudge is disabled by default and Head Wake Up (turns on the display) is a different feature and as such has to be enabled separately.

Nearby Events

Nearby Events should not require too much explanation and as the name suggests simply advises users of events, concerts and festivals near the user’s current location. Similar to Head Nudge with this update Nearby Events now contains its own dedicated Card.

In addition the update also comes with a new currency converter Card and multiple new voice activation actions.

OK, before you start wondering why you have Glass and haven’t received any of these features Google do stipulate the update normally take up to a week to become available. The announcement was released two days ago and as such you should start to see the update in the next few days.

If you are unsure of how to update Glass then click the link to read the updating notes provided by Google.

So are you one of the early users of Glass? How is it? How does the update sound?

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NSA and GCHQ contribute code to Tor!

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 03:11:58 AM

Over the last year most peoples opinions of intelligence agencies have sunk pretty low, irrecoverably in fact. However in an interview with BBC’s Leo Kelion, Tor developer, Andrew Lewman, suspects that agents within the NSA and GCHQ still posses a moral compass and report bugs to the Tor project, saying “There are plenty of people in both organisations who can anonymously leak data to us to say – maybe you should look here, maybe you should look at this to fix this”.

Of course there is no way to verify the claims as the flaws are reported anonymously but there’s a good chance that there are agents reporting issues are they are some of the people who presumably spend hours trying to find way to exploit the browser. It’s probably in their own best interests to use the browser seeing as they know first hand the capabilities of the agencies and probably want their privacy as much as I want mine.

There are plenty of people in both organisations who can anonymously leak data to us to say – maybe you should look here, maybe you should look at this to fix this

The Argument For Tor

I would argue that if you do not have Tor installed on your computer you’re using the Internet wrong. Even if you don’t plan on engaging yourself in illegal activities Tor is vital for keeping your privacy in tact.

Sure, we have that friend who says something like ‘I read Tor is compromised therefore don’t use it’ and then opens up Google Chrome on their Windows laptop, but I’d argue they’re wrong. Using Tor does in fact make it harder for spies to watch your browsing activity while you use the browser, why else would they have slides labelled ‘Tor stinks’?

Anyone who believes in freedom of speech as I do ought to be using Tor just so they can use the Internet freely without repurcussions. Take for example, the family who was Googling ‘Pressure Cookers’, due to the discriminatory nature of law enforcement they automatically assume they can assign an IP address to a certain identity. With this threat looming over your head how can you freely use the Internet, simply you can’t, like CCTV cameras, monitoring Internet connection does change people behaviour even though there is no bad intent involved, 99% of the time.

The Illegal Stuff

In the mainstream press we see countless articles about fringe technology like Tor and Bitcoin which include some news and then, in the BBC’s case, countless paragraphs at the bottom of the article explain to the reader that these technologies are mainly used for enabling illegal activity, essentially equating people to criminals for even using Tor or Bitcoin.

Yes, Tor is used to access illegal material and maybe we should frown upon the illegal behaviour in those cases but these needn’t make up the majority of Tor traffic and I’m not sure it even does, but more good doers couldn’t hurt.

I personally tell people to use Tor, and use it myself 80% of the time to browse just clearnet websites just to throw the security agencies off if they are sweeping up the entirety of my browsing history. In his recent talk at Black Hat USA 2014 Dan Geer advised people to use Tor for their general purpose web surfing to increase their privacy.

Overall I’m very glad these intelligence agents are trying to negate their other actions by revealing bugs to the Tor project and hope that others use Tor for general purpose browsing, after all anonymity loves company.

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Islamic State joins Diaspora, let’s debunk some myths

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 03:06:10 AM

Diaspora, an open source, distributed social network, has come under fire recently for not being able to censor members of Islamic State in the same fashion that Facebook and Twitter have.

Recent articles in the mainstream press explain how Diaspora doesn’t have a central body with the ability to remove users or their posts because of the distributed nature of the network, however these claims seem ill-considered as they aren’t correct.

How does Diaspora work?

Diaspora is an open source, community driven network. ‘Podmins’ (pod admins) can take the code and run it on their server which then joins the Diaspora network and it’s users can connect to users on other pods. This model was adopted to help fight state censorship.

Other news outlets have looked at this detail and decided to tell readers that this lack of centralisation means that users can’t be banned, which isn’t true. If a user signs up to a pod they do not control, the podmin can block an account if they want but it is up to them.

Of course, some in IS may have started their own pods (probably not the one who communicated over Skype) and yes this means that they cannot be removed from the site however people do have the option to hide posts from users or outright block them just like on Facebook.

Diaspora has responded to the criticism with the following:

“We will continue our efforts to talk with the podmins, but we want to emphasize once again that the project’s core team is not able to decide what podmins should do. If you find user accounts on a diaspora* pod which are a cause for concern, please contact the administrator of that pod; most pods have a link to contact the podmin. If you cannot reach the pod administrator, you can send us an email and we will attempt to contact the person concerned.”


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OnePlus phones will soon come to India

Friday 22nd of August 2014 02:01:40 PM

Last month we reported on how OnePlus were making clear indications they do intend to sell the One in India. Today it is fair to say that the speculation is certainly over and OnePlus will certainly be selling in India soon.

On the OnePlus website the company is now advertising for a General Manager for its ‘India Operations’. As the company does not currently sell or deliver to India there is no clearly message the company could have sent to indicate this will soon change in the near future.

We’ve seen tremendous interest from India in the OnePlus One, but to enter the market we’ll need the help of a local visionary. You will be the sun, the light that leads OnePlus into the Indian market; the center of orbit for all projects, operations, and service; the ambassador that spreads the OnePlus brand across India like a wildfire”.

We recently reported how OnePlus fully understood demand in India was significantly higher than they had anticipated or expected even going so far as to state “India ranks eight in the world in terms of traffic trying to buy the One”. To put this into perspective this is higher than a significant number of the countries to which the device is actually available.

The original blog acknowledging India’s clear interest was literally four weeks ago and now with a job vacancy available for a ‘local visionary’ already being actively advertised highlights how quickly OnePlus are responding to new and emerging markets. This is also likely to be a good indication in terms of the timeline before the one will become available to India. If they appoint someone soon (as expected) than you can expect availability to quickly follow.

What is less clear is whether India will be subjected to the same notorious invite system the West has had to endure. Unlike North America and Europe, the One has been far more accessible in terms of availability in China and the very fact they are advertising for an India-specific GM highly suggests the OnePlus will be available via a more traditional sell-through system.

If you are interested in the position than below are the basic requirements listed.

  • Fluent in English & Hindi. Intimate understanding of India’s unique geographies and cultures.
  • Degree from a top school, PMP certification preferred.
  • 6+ years of general management experience working for a tier-1 company.
  • Deep understanding of operations, finance, marketing, and logistics.
  • Expertise/Experience in: ecommerce, logistics, customer service, marketing, mobile products.
  • Proven leader with vision, resourcefulness, intellect, and humility.
  • Tech enthusiast, intimately familiar with mobile trends, industry and competitive dynamics.
  • Strong analytical ability; data-driven approach to understanding and solving problems.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, independent thinker, can manage effectively under stress.

It is worth noting OnePlus stress that “Personality counts as much as experience” and as such even if you don’t think you fit the bill exactly it is still probably worth trying your luck.

To read the vacancy in full or apply for the position than head over to the OnePlus website or click here.

Good luck and get ready India – the One is on its way.


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Automata Trailer Released

Friday 22nd of August 2014 01:37:11 PM

The first trailer for the sci-fi Automata has been released. Set in 2044 it’s filled with futuristic tech such as a Holographic TV.. and of course, Robots. The also trailer shows two protocols what the robots apparently have to obey, the first being ‘A robot cannot harm any form of life’ and ‘A robot cannot alter itself or others’, which seem to be inspired from Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.

Antonio Banderas plays Jacq Vaucan, an, insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

The film is released in the US and South Africa starting 10th October 2014.

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Flappy Birds sequel ‘Swing Copters’ hits the Play Store

Thursday 21st of August 2014 09:53:23 PM

Calling all Flappy Birds addicts.

Have you recovered from your Flappy Birds experience? Are you no longer grabbing your phone at every opportunity and trying to navigate your bird passed those pesky pipes? Do you miss it?

Well, prepare yourself!

The sequel to one of the most annoying and frustrating games ever to hit the Android world is here. The mastermind behind Flappy Birds, Dong Nguyen this morning launched his newest creation ‘Swing Copters’ on the Play Store. Yes folks, Flappy Birds is back albeit in a new guise.

If you don’t know about Flappy Birds, then where have you been? This was one of the most frustration and addictive games ever in spite of its rather unimpressive and simplistic graphics and game-play. Users simply navigated a bird across the screen by tapping the screen. The game became such a success that it was at one point grossing over $50,000 in ad revenue alone. However back in February Nguyen pulled the game from the app stores due to a torrid of abuse he received from frustrated users.

One would have thought Nguyen would have learned his lesson by now but it seems he has returned with an equally frustration game. Swing Copters was released this morning and since then has already been downloaded over 6000 times and after giving the game a go I can certainly report this is harder than Flappy Birds. The premise is rather the same although instead of a bird you are a small helicopter and by repeatedly tapping the screen you have to navigate the copter vertically passed swinging hammers.

It seems I am not the only one having issues with the game either. Swing Copters is already trending on Twitter with users proud to post that they have earned a single point. Even the leaderboard for the game shows Nguyen himself only managed to reach a dizzy height of eight points.

So the question is how good do you think you are? Are your ready for the challenge? If you think you are then you can download the game by following the link to the Play Store. If Flappy Birds was too much for you than maybe worth giving this one a miss as it is definitely harder.

Either way, let us know your thoughts…and your high scores.

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Intel, Unity to bring Android support to x86 devices

Thursday 21st of August 2014 09:53:15 PM

Intel has teamed up with Unity Technologies to advance the development of Android-based applications on Intel architecture. What that means is Unity-based code for games will now run faster as well as look great on a range of current and future Intel-based Android devices.

It is expected that the collaboration will help Intel accomplish its goal of selling 40 million tablet processor chips in 2014, and it will also turn Unity into an even bigger platform for games.

According to an official statement, “The agreement accelerates Intel’s mobility push as millions of developers using the Unity development platform can now bring native Android games and other apps to Intel-based mobile devices. Unity adds support for Android across all of Intel’s current and future processors including both the Intel Core and Intel Atom processor families.”

Unity will ensure Intel product enhancements, including both graphics and CPU performance improvements and features, will be integrated into future releases of the Unity 4 and Unity 5 product lines.

“We’ve set a goal to ship 40 million Intel-based tablets this year and expect more than 100 Android tablet designs on Intel in the market by the end of this year,” said Doug Fisher, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group. “Our collaboration with Unity will give its nearly 3 million developers the necessary software tools and support to build amazing Android experiences on Intel architecture.”

“Unity is used by half of all mobile game developers, and many of them have been asking for increased support for Intel-based devices running Android,” David Helgason, CEO, Unity Technologies added.

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Motorola frenzy with up to 9 devices possibly launching at ‘Moto Launch Exprience’

Thursday 21st of August 2014 09:52:59 PM

So far August really has been the month of rumors leaks and releases in the Android world.

We have seen a number of sources revealing upcoming releases and device-launches set for September. However today, we are hearing seriously scary reports that Motorola are set to release EIGHT devices before Christmas. Yes folks, Motorola are about to get extremely serious in terms of the market releasing no less than eight devices over the next few months.

According to TKTechNews an unnamed source has verified Motorola’s high expectations by confirming all the releases. For those of you interested the expected devices include Motorola Droid, Droid Maxx, Droid Turbo, Moto S, Moto G, Moto X+1, Moto X Play and of course Shamu.

If these rumors are true than we certainly are looking at a big move from Motorola who seem confident that they can establish so many devices in such a small time-frame. At the moment the details of all the devices are limited with no clear indication of whether these will be released worldwide or select regions will receive select devices. Rumors are highly suggesting the DROID range will again be picked up by Verizon only. It is already safe to assume the Moto G and Moto X+1 will be upgrades from the current Motorola G and X devices.

However the most interesting and highly anticipated release is that of Shamu which currently is highly expected to be the next Nexus device. This has not been confirmed either by Google or Motorola however after leaked specs and speculation it is expected Shamu will be the Nexus 6.

On top of the eight devices due to be released it is also worth remembering Motorola are only weeks away from releasing the Moto 360 which is also highly becoming one of the most sought after devices of the year.

We recently reported Motorola has sent out invites to their September launch event which is entitled “Moto Launch Experience”. With today’s news of at least eight smartphones and a smartwatch the Experience element is starting to become clear. It is very possible Motorola may decide to mass flood the market on September 4th by releasing all the devices simultaneously. This certainly would be a big and bold move. Either way there is only two weeks left until all becomes clear.

So what do you think? Are Motorola over-reaching? Eight devices, Shamu (Nexus 6), Moto 360? Is this all too much or are you looking forward to a Motorola flooding of the market?

Which device do you want most?

Source: TKTechNews

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Linus Torvalds still wants Linux on Desktops

Thursday 21st of August 2014 02:33:36 PM

Some of the stuff Linus Torvalds said during the keynote panel discussion at LinuxCon NA 2014

Linux may be dominating the world – powering super computers, infrastructure of stock exchanges and sites like Amazon, Facebook, Google, space missions of NASA , air traffic controls or airlines and much more. In consumer space Linux, via Android, controls over 85% of the market and its fast capturing the casual laptop market through Chromebooks. In a nutshell Linux has become omnipresent in today’s world. As Jim Zemlin said during his keynote Linux is one of the greatest shared technologies in the world.

Despite this dominance and ‘god-like’ presence, the emperor penguin still has one territory to acquire – the desktop. Despite Microsoft’s repeated failure with Windows 8.x, the demise of Xp and need for backdoor free operating systems in the Snowden Era Linux on desktop has not succeeded they way its cousin Android or Chrome have succeeded.

Linus Torvalds and Greg KH at the keynote panel.

When asked by Greg KH during the keynote panel discussion ‘where should we go next’, Linus said “I still want the desktop.” As we all know Linux on the Desktop is not as much about technology as it is about marketing and other factors. Just look at ChromeOS which does much less than what Kubuntu, openSUSE or Linux Mint do still Chromebooks are the best selling devices on, whereas it’s hard to find a decent Linux-preloaded system there.

Canonical tried, but then they gave up on desktop and shifted focus on mobile so today there is no big enough company which can not only bring Linux desktops to the market but also manages to get service and content providers to offer their products to Linux users. I interviewed Noa Resare who works on free software at Spotify and even he was of opinion that considering the market Spotify for Linux may never arrive. Even heavy Linux users like Google don’t offer their drive to Linux users so it is a Catch 22 situation. There are so many factors holding Linux back, but the biggest of all is the absence of a commercial vendor to drive adoption of Linux on desktop.

Linus says “I don’t believe its a kernel problem, it’s a whole infrastructure problem and I think we will get there one day.”

Linux is in good shape

During the panel there was discussion about the most annoying bugs that developers face and Linus mentioned the recent GCC compiler bug. He said the most annoying thing about it was that the bug was not in their code, it was somewhere else so while they wasted a lot of time on looking at their own code, it was also relieving to find that bug existed somewhere else.

While Linux is in good shape that doesn’t mean there are no challenges for the developers. Some of the issues that Linus is concerned about is lack of maintainers for some projects. He said that he is less worried about an unmaintained code which no one uses. His real concern is there are many projects which have only one maintainer and if that maintainer chooses to take a week of for whatever reason it becomes problematic for developers who want to push their code.

One solution to the problem, which he said many projects have started to use, is to have multiple maintainers for the same code who work together so even if one maintainer is burned out or sick others continue to job. He gave the example of x86 code-base which have multiple maintainers.

Brothers in ARMs

There is no secret that free software developers used to hate ARM, as it was such a huge mess of code-base. While asking about the situation with ARM, Greg said they have zillion trees so how is the cleaning up of that code going on?

Linus said ARM is getting much much better, but it was very frustrating initially: “When I used to do ARM merges, I wanted to shoot myself and take a few of their developers with me. He continued, “But these days ARM mares are fairy painless and I think they are much less painful for ARM people too.”

He also said that now ARM has also adopted the multiple maintainer approach and there are “at least two people who are working on ARM tree and are pushing the whole unification and they are working together.” He added that they looked much better last year and it’s an ongoing process.

Another thing that Linus wants is to shrink the kernel again. He feels that the kernel has bloated a lot lately. “I love for us to shrink again. I occasionally look at my kernel that I build for my own machine and I build a very minimal kernel because quite frankly i build kernels a lot and boot test them and if I can do that in 30 seconds instead of 2 minutes that’s all good. The kind of minimal kernels I boot used to be a few hundred kb it’s not a few hundred k anymore, let’s put it that way, so we are clearly bloating the kernel a lot for the last couple of years.”

Greg argued that they are deliberately bloating the kernel, they are simply adding the features that people wanted. Bloated kernel can be problem for low-powered or embedded devices which would want the code to be as small as possible. But, Linus points out, the problem is with the market. Developers get only those machines which runs Linux, if the machine doesn’t run Linux they don’t buy it. And the companies who have these kind of hardware tend to do their own solutions that work for them instead of using Linux. Some of these companies may like to use Linux, but when they do they use a very old version of Linux. ”

…. but most of the time they say we can’t use it because we use this really pitiful hardware platform. So these companies continue to do their own things which creates more security issues.”

Overall the kernel is in good shape and hands, it continues to get fresh blood – young developers who not only make it better by patches but also help in cleaning the code. Cleaning the code is also very important and Andy Lutomirski, one of the panelists contributed heavily to improving the code-base. Valve owes a lot to Andy because of his work Steam games run faster on Linux.

You can check out LinuxCon images on my Google+ page, don’t forget to follow me there if you want to keep an eye on Linux coverage.

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Leaked images of Elephone P1000 – The OnePlus Killer loaded with CyanogenMod

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 10:25:24 PM

By now we all know about OnePlus One the self-determined ‘Flagship Killer’ but did you know there are a number of companies competing to be the ‘OnePlus Killer’.

Besides the criticism for their notorious invite system and general fulfilment process the OnePlus One is generally receiving favorable reviews and especially when considering the cost of the device. After their recent (and fast) ‘success’ it seems other companies are looking to become the next OnePlus successor. Today we can bring you details of the first company looking to dethrone OnePlus.

Elephone is another Chinese smartphone manufacturer which is growing within the China domestic market. However leaked images today reveal their long-game is to try and hit the notes OnePlus have over the last year.

Gizchina yesterday received leaked images from what they call “a high level employee at Elephone”. The images are of Elephone’s newest device the P1000 which is remarkably similar to the OnePlus One. Now it is no secret that companies within China quickly copied and cloned the OnePlus one on other devices but (if the images and specs) are true than this will be the most all-round and highest-spec clone to become available.

The P1000 will come equipped with 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor (same as the One), Adreno 330 GPU (same as the One), 3 GB RAM (same as the One) and a 13 MP Sony rear camera (again same as the One). However there are some minor differences. The P1000 will contain a larger screen measuring 5.88” compared the One’s 5.5” which is already attracted criticism. The screen on the One is large and as such a larger screen is not likely to receive a warm reception. The resolution will also be greater than the One’s with a top resolution of 2560 x 1440 compared to 1920 x 1080 on the One. This again will be an issue for contention. The higher the resolution the quicker the battery drain and the more performance is likely to suffer.

It also worth noting that other comparisons are not so favorable. For instance we do not have any details on the battery capacity or life, the internal memory will only be 32 GB (compared to the One’s 64 GB) and there is no mention of an external memory or SD slot. There is also no mention of the front facing camera and its specs which again is rather good on the One with a 5 MP front shooter.

However the most interesting claim (and similarity between the two devices) is the P1000 will also come loaded with CyanogenMod (CM) out of the box. Generally speaking, CM pre-installed has become a staple of the One’s marketing ploy and it will be interesting to see if this is a real addition to the P1000. As of yet, CM have not confirmed the reports and this generally would be expected from CM who normally are proud to officially announce such coalitions which is leading to criticism that this may not be an official release of CM. Again, when OnePlus secured CyanogenMod they purpose built a version of their operating system (CM11S) just for the One. Instead P1000 simply claim their device will come loaded with a CM version based on Android 4.4 (KitKat).

Regardless of the spec similarities and differences the most important one will certainly be the price of the P1000. OnePlus made its name by offering high end at a mid-range price. If Elephone hope to achieve the same sort of status then they will need to also be able to compete on price as well as product. As yet we have no indication as to what the device will cost. In terms of release the source at Gizchina advises the device will be officially launched (and released) in October so we wont have to wait too long to find out the final details.

So what do you guys think? Is this a OnePlus Killer or simply another knock-off? Will you be staying tuned or thinking of buying? As always let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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GitHub, Seagate, WD and SanDisk join the Linux Foundation

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 09:05:17 PM

LinuxCon NA 2014 is going on at Chicago and the Linux Foundation has announced more new members which include leading storage companies Seagate, Western Digital and SanDisk along with Adapteva and GitHub.

As Jim Zemlin said during his keynote, one of the goals of the Linux Foundation is to enable structured investment and create neutral ground for players so they have access to technologies. He said, “One of our goal is to help industry understand open source and reach out to new industries…”

The companies who join the Linux foundation benefit from each others’ work and create one of the greatest shared technologies in the world.

Nithya Ruff, Director, SanDisk Open Source Strategy Office said, “By engaging in open source projects that are important to our target markets, we can continue to deliver innovative products for our customers and support a thriving open source community with tools, technical contributions and employment.”

Amanda McPherson, Chief Marketing Officer at The Linux Foundation said, “Our new storage members are embracing a more software-centric approach to storage and also value openness as a way to generate rapid storage, flash and disk drive innovation. We look forward to their ongoing contributions to Linux and Github’s visionary leadership on code collaboration and development.”

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Munich Might Turn to Windows

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 08:49:34 PM

Munich city maybe about to revert to using Windows after getting complaints from the OS’s users that they are unable to share files easily with people outside the city due to program incompatibilities.

Munich currently advises people to use LiMux that is currently based on Kubuntu 10.04 LTS and as it ships with programs such as LibreOffice, it’s users found it difficult to share documents, made in the suite, to users of Microsoft’s proprietary offering, Office.

Up until now, the programme has seemed like a success as German media where getting reports from the council there that the switch had meant savings of €10 million over the duration of the migration. Upgrading to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office would have cost an estimated €34 million where as going the open-source route cost only €23 million.

Peter Hofmann, project manager for the City of Munich said:

“By combining the low costs and freedom of open source software with ongoing support for the hardware and applications we need, it was one of the critical elements to the success of this project. Most important was the backing of our politicians throughout the project.”

Due to the new concerns however the city’s new leadership have set up an independent investigation to make a case for use of open-source in Munich, which, if turns out badly, could mean Munich reverting back to using Windows.

Due to the problems that are occurring, people are beginning to question whether the costs for support in the long run will end up meaning the city pays more than it would have, had it gone with the Microsoft solution.

No date has been given for when we will hear the panel’s feedback but hopefully Munich can come up with a feasible plan to keep open-source solutions running on their machines, maybe go with RedHat? They offer professional support.

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LinuxCon NA 2014 kicks off in Chicago, new Linux Certification Program announced

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 02:41:11 PM

“The demand for Linux skill has been far outpaced by the demand of Linux. 90% managers says its hard to find qualified Linux pro’s and the Linux Foundation has multiple efforts to help increase the supply of Linux talent,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, during the keynote at LinuxCon North America 2014.

To address this problem The Linux Foundation has announced a new certification program at LinuxCon NA 2014. The program is for both early-career and engineer-level systems administrators.

The foundation is giving away way nearly 1,000 free exams today to attendees at LinuxCon and CloudOpen and is offering exams to the next 500 people for a special introductory price of $50.

There is no region based restriction on the program; it doesn’t matter where in the world you are all you need is a web browser, microphone, Internet connection and web cam to take the performance-based exam.

The candidates will be tested on their ability to solve real problems in the command line rather than be tested on theory or be given multiple choice questions. The candidates will be free to choose any distributions from among these three CentOS, openSUSE or Ubuntu.

Jim said, “Our new Certification Program will enable employers to easily identify Linux talent when hiring and uncover the best of the best. We think Linux professionals worldwide will want to proudly showcase their skills through these certifications and that these certificates will become a hallmark of quality throughout our industry.”

The LFCS and LFCE exams cost $300 each and can be taken anywhere, anytime. Certification holders will receive a graphical mark designating their completion of the exam that can be displayed on resumes, LinkedIn profiles, websites and more.

Everyone attending the event got free certification exam! There was a card under each seat.

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