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LinuxCon and CloudOpen to include Linux Quiz Show, 5K Fun Run and more

Monday 4th of August 2014 07:20:54 PM

The Linux Foundation has announced a host of onsite exciting activities to go along with information-packed keynotes, co-located events, conference sessions and more taking place at LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America August 20-22, 2014 at the Sheraton, Chicago.

“We work hard to ensure that the right projects and people are represented from the worlds of Linux and open cloud technologies, but we also work to ensure the right structures are there for communication and education. We have created a unique set of fun and engaging activities to hopefully strengthen the bonds and collaboration between our speakers, sponsors and attendees. So if you see an adult in an anime costume running in a 5k, you know LinuxCon must be in town,” said Amanda McPherson, chief marketing officer, The Linux Foundation.

Linux Quiz Show, Wednesday – Friday, August 20-22
Attendees will be able to watch their colleagues go head to head against top Linux developers. The Linux Quiz Show will take place on the keynote stage, and prizes will be given away to the winners.
● Wednesday, 10:30am-10:45am – Beat the Kernel Developer
● Thursday, 10:00am-10:15am – Back to the 80′s
● Friday, 10:00am-10:15am – Head in the Clouds

Comic Book Hero Costume Contest, Thursday, August 21
Attendees are invited to dust off their capes and stretch out their tights for the first ever LinuxCon and CloudOpen Comic Book Hero Costume Contest. Attendees can bring their costume or choose one from the costume store available onsite Wednesday, August 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Ballroom Office. Judging will take place during the evening Booth Crawl in the Sheraton Ballroom where winners will need to be present to win. Special prizes for the best costumes.

5K Linux Fun Run, Friday, August 22
The Linux Foundation will host an early morning run on the last day of the event. Participants are invited to meet in the Sheraton Lobby at 6:15 a.m.

Late-breaking keynote confirmations being announced include Douglas Balog of IBM, Michael Enescu of Cisco, and Imad Sousou of Intel.

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CyanogenMod CM11 M9 released and ready to install

Monday 4th of August 2014 06:50:54 PM

August is here and just like clockwork CyanogenMod have released a new version of CM11. For those of you unaware CyanogenMod recently changed the way in which they list downloads. Until recently CM was always released as either stable, snapshot (mostly stable) or nightlies (experimental and buggy) versions. However CM11 over the last few months have used an ‘M’ release system which instead simply refers to ‘milestone’. The M releases are technically snapshots but are considerably more stable than nightlies and are considered to be suitable for main or daily usage.

As expected the August release brings CM11 up to M9 and there are some notable improvements. The obvious ones include bug fixes for Heads Up, lockscreen widgets, support for both Play Services and Proximity wake-ups (noted issues in M8) and also support for Korean and Chinese dialler functions.

The full change log provided by CyanogenMod is as follows:

  • Themes support for additional UI elements
  • Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
  • Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure key guard
  • Torch – Improve performance
  • Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
  • Center clock support
  • Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
  • Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
  • Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
  • Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
  • Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
  • Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
  • Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
  • Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
  • Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
  • Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
  • Fix encryption on some LG Devices
  • Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer

In addition to the above improvements M9 also includes support (for the first time) for the Xperia Z2 ‘sirius’, Xperia Z2 Tablets ‘castor’ and the HTC One ‘m8’. Until now CM was only available on these devices as a nightlie.

If you are already running CM11 (presumably M8) then to update all you need to do is head to settings, CyanogenMod Updates and the new update should be listed as M9. Download the update and you will be prompted to install. As long as you are running a new(ish) version of Clockwork Mod (CWM) than the update should all occur automatically once you hit ‘Install’.

If you are not currently running CM than you will firstly need to check out the download page to see if your device is compatible and listed. If it is then download the relative file and install via custom recovery. If you are unsure of how to do this then you can check out our how-to-guide. The information on the guide is largely for Samsung devices but can be used as a general guide for installing CM.

If your device is not listed on the download page then don’t fret too much. These lists are constantly updating throughout the few days following a release and chances are your device will be up sooner than later. So just keep checking the download page

For those of you running M9 leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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Edward Snowden’s Russian asylum expires

Monday 4th of August 2014 06:30:28 PM

The temporary asylum of the US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who has been hailed as a hero by a majority or ‘well-informed’, expired yesterday. Russia has not yet confirmed the extension of his asylum, as the country is preparing for a war with Ukrain.

It’s ironic that countries like Germany who learned about US spying their own chancellor Angela Markel, thanks to Snowden, don’t have the spine to offer asylum to Snoden fearing the wrath of the United States.

Only recently Germany arrested two German executives spying for NSA. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who exposed NSA’s PRIMS program, recently refused to go to Germany as a witness in their ‘so-called’ investigation. Greenwald who quit Guardian to start The Intercept said that German investigation is nothing more than an illusion to “placate the German public with empty symbolism, and keep the culprit – the U.S. Government – happy.”

There is a growing support for Snowden within the US where leaders are asking for amenity to Snowden.

It’s also ironic that while Snowden is being ‘treated’ as a traitor by the US government, the emperor of the US cyber command, Keith Alexander (who also lied to the congress about spying) has created a company around his ‘cyber-expertise‘ charging over a million dollar per month.

Worried about Alexander’s new business Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, said “Disclosing or misusing classified information for profit is, as Mr. Alexander well knows, a felony. I question how Mr. Alexander can provide any of the services he is offering unless he discloses or misuses classified information, including extremely sensitive sources and methods. Without the classified information that he acquired in his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you.”

Coming back to the question of Snowden’s asylum status, his lawyers says he can stay in Russia while his application is being processed.

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Linux Kernel Shuffling Zombie Juror aka 3.16 released

Monday 4th of August 2014 04:40:20 PM

Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux kernel 3.16 codenamed ‘Shuffling Zombie Juror’, which brings many notable improvements.

This release is just before LinuxCon and Kernel Summit which is being organised in Chicago (I will be attending the event on behalf of The Mukt).

You may also want to read who is trolling the Linux kernel mailing lists.

There was nothing much dramatic about this release as Linus said, “So while 3.16 looked a bit iffy for a while, things cleared up nicely, and there was no reason to do extra release candidates like I feared just a couple of weeks ago.”

It also means that working on 3.17 has started, “And as usual (previous release being the exception) that means that the merge window for 3.17 is obviously open,” said Linus.

As usual, the new kernel sports a lot of fixes and support of new hardware. The most notable changes include reclocking support Kepler GPUs with open source Nvidia driver and groundwork support for the new upcoming Cherryview SoC from Intel. Apart from that changes include

  • Driver support for new *Synaptic RMI4* devices
  • Freefall driver for Dell Latitude machines
  • ACPI and Power Management improvments for Intel CPUs: support for new Broadwell processors has been added
  • Improved support for *Sony Dualshock4* and *Sixaxus* controllers
  • Better Radeon graphics support : newer kernel has better GPU VM optimizations and large PTE support for better VRAM bandwidth performance along with HDMI Deep color support and HDMI Audio fixes which will result in better experience on Radeon cards with the open-source drivers
  • Fixes for the btrfs filesystem, which is soon going to replace ext4 as the default filesystem starting with openSUSE 13.2
  • Support for Nokia N900′s modem is now included in the kernel
  • The “blk-mq” code for better SSD performance is now feature complete
  • Samsung Exynos SoCs now supports multi-cluster power management support and being built as part of a multi-platform kernel which means that one Linux kernel image is now able to run on different SoCs.
  • New SoC support for the Freescale i.MX6SX, LSI Axxia AXM55xx SoCs, Samsung EXYNOS 3250/5260/5410/5420/5800, and STi STIH407.
  • Better support for Jetson TK1 ARM platform
  • GK20A support as the NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU within the Tegra K1 SoC

You can get the source archive from kernel.org and compile it yourself although many distributions (particularly the rolling-release ones) will have the new kernel available shortly after initial testing.

The kernel is not something similar to LibreOffice which you should grab and install. You should better wait for your distro to get 3.16 to your. I doubt any of the major distros will be updating to 3.16 any time soon as openSUSE, Fedora and Ubuntu-families are all coming out with new releases later this year and that’s when we can expect 3.16.

There will be, however, one exception and that’s Arch Linux (read out extremely easy Arch Linux installation guide) which would be pushing out the release as soon as possible.

Abhinav Kumar contributed to this story.

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Someone is trolling the Linux kernel mailing lists really hard

Monday 4th of August 2014 02:40:33 PM

It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman or it’s a newbie kernel developer, it’s a troll, it’s NSA…

Someone named Nicholas Krause is all over the Linux kernel mailing lists. Theodore Ts’o of ext4 fame today posted a “A public service announcement regarding wanna-be kernel developer Nick Krause.”

Nick seems to have ‘started’ his kernel journey by posting a message about ‘finding’ a kernel developer jot at the kernel hub. Later he graduated to become a ‘patcher’ akin to ‘Transporter’ of Jason Statham and started sending patches to different kernel mailing lists.

Theodore says, “So far, he has tried to do this with the ext4, btrfs, scsi, and usb subsystems. I’m probably missing a few.”

What is Nick, the patcher, trying to achieve? Theodore suspects, “…he’s jumping around to different subsystems hoping to find one where his reputation hasn’t been blackened yet by his refusal to deeply understand kernel code (or to test to see if it compiles, never mind trying to boot a kernel with that patch and exercise the modified code) before starting to try to “help”.”

There are many theories around why the patcher might be doing it. Some say that he is writing a University Thesis on trolling the kernel development process (either by seeing if an obviously broken patch could be snuck past the peer review system, or to see if he can try to get someone to lose their temper much like Linus is supposed to do all the time — not realizing that this only happens to people who really should know better, not to clueless newbies), are that he’s a badly written AI chatbot, or just a clueless high school student with more tenacity than one usually expects at that age,” says Theodore.

There are many other theories such as it could be some joruno or redditter trying to get burned by Linus to get some headlines. It could be NSA trying to sneak their code, it could be Russians. But none of these theories beat the one by Giorgio A. Tsoukalos who believes that it’s aliens trolling the Linux Kernel mailing list.

Whatever be the motive of the patcher the maintainer have wasted their time in ensuring none of his bogus code is merged.

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How to easily install AUR packages in Arch Linux

Monday 4th of August 2014 01:09:10 PM

Arch Linux is one of the best GNU/Linux based distributions out there which give ‘full’, and I mean total, control to its users. There is no company behind it which may have to make compromises with what its users want vs what it needs to be able to monetize from the product; Arch is purely community driven project.

Arch is yet another example of what a decentralized community, from around the globe, can do to create one of the greatest free software projects. Take a look at Arch Wiki and you will find it more comprehensive that any document out there in the world. Period. Arch Linux has the best documentation. All of this work is being done by volunteers and community members who love the project.

It doesn’t stop at the wiki, another great example of community is AUR or Arch User Repository. It is a repository of software packages which are being created and maintained by the community. AUR is the largest software repository in the GNU/Linux world – no competition. Every other distro dwarfs in front of AUR.

Archey displaying the system.

But while AUR has virtually every possible package, it can be tricky at times to install those packages on your system as these are not pre-build binaries, instead you have compile them. That is the only price an Arch User has to pay to get latest packages before everyone else. But don’t get scared, you don’t have to sit and compile anything, there are tools that does the job well.

One such tool is called Yaourt. Yaourt allows you to search any package in AUR and install it easily. Installing yaourt is easy too.

Open the pacman.conf file

# nano /etc/pacman.conf

and then add this repo there:

[archlinuxfr] SigLevel = Never Server = http://repo.archlinux.fr/$arch

Save the file and now you can install apps and update the system using yaourt command

$ yaourt <name of the package>

This command will show you all the packages related to the term. You just have to type the ‘number’ of that package and yaourt will take care of compiling.

As you can see in the example below, I am installing Google Chrome on Arch, so I ran the command yaourt google-chrome and it showed me all the packages there and I chose to install the stable version of Chrome by entering #1.

Installing Chrome browser on Arch Linux using Yaourt.

After that all you will have to do is hit ‘y’ for yes whenever yaourt asks whether you want to install the package or not. It may also offer you to edit the pkgbuild file, but you can simply hit ‘n’ for no unless there is a comment by some user to make some changes. Everything is quite obvious and clear. In the end yaourt will ask your password to install the compiled files.

There is another package called ‘packer’ which also does the same thing as yaourt, but I prefer yaourt as I have been using it for a while.

Let me know if you need further assistance

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Install LibreOffice 4.3 in Kubuntu, Ubuntu with PPA

Monday 4th of August 2014 04:11:39 AM

The Document Foundation recently released LibreOffice 4.3, which is one of their best releases so far. While it was quite easy to install it in openSUSE via OBS, there was no way to install it via PPA in Ubuntu. But now you can install LibreOffice 4.3 in your Ubuntu-based systems – whether it is Ubuntu, Kubuntu, or Linux Mint.

Rico Tzschichholz has uploaded 4.3 packages to LibreOffice PPA and you can upgrade to this release by adding this PPA:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-3 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade

You will be running brand new 4.3 on your system. This release comes with Sifr icon packages so you can easily enable the icon set (check out this article).

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Create your own custom distro images from Distroshare

Sunday 3rd of August 2014 06:44:31 PM

Newbies are often deterred from trying out Linux (or other open source operating systems) because of the amount of time and effort they may need to spend in customizing the OS to work on their hardware after a fresh installation. The same goes for old users planning to switch hardware. It is often difficult to figure out if a new model will work in harmony with Linux. Distroshare is trying to solve this problem.

Distroshare is a fresh service introduced by HugeGreenBug Software, LLC. It wants to become an online repository of customized operating systems for specific hardware – you can search and find one for your laptop or desktop model and use it without solving the same problem twice. To be on the safer side, you may even test drive the images from Live USB before installing on your hardware. Where will the images come from? There are users like you who sometimes spend months in customizing a OS are generous enough to share them for the benefit of others. It’s the same philosophy on which the open source model works? Closed-source OSes can’t be redistributed at will like this!

Contributors to the service can upload images or scripts or how-tos. Security is of high importance and there are provisions to make sure that the images are safe and clean of malware. However, 100% security cannot be guaranteed in this kind of OS image sharing approach and the authors request to bring any issues to their notice so they can take appropriate action.

Excited? Want to share an image from your laptop but wondering how to create the image? Ubuntu users can use Black Lab Image Creator. For Fedora it is Revisor and SuSE has its own SuSE Studio.

Every model is different and often warrants different  customizations. If the problem of repeat customization by each new user is solved it would be a great achievement for the open source operating systems. This is why the success of Distroshare is important. At the time of writing you will find only one image uploaded by the creators of Distroshare but let’s hope that we find many more soon.

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How to install new themes in Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon edition

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 08:49:45 PM

Towards the end of May this year Linux Mint 17, a long term support release, was unleashed on the world. By now you’re probably getting tired of the theme that came installed and have decided it’s time for something new, here’s how to change the theme.

To get started right click on the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, you should be presented with a menu like below, press themes.

Now you will be present with the window below, in the current ‘Installed’ tab you can choose from themes that are already installed on your system.

However if you decide none of these themes are to your liking you can get more themes from the net, to do this press the next tab along labelled ‘Get more online’, now tick the theme(s) you want and press ‘install or update selected’ in the bottom left.

To see the notable change after applying the theme check out the start menu to see what difference the new theme has made. It should have also slightly altered the task bar on the system although this change won’t be as easy to see as the start menu.

In the ‘Other settings’ tab you will find options to change the theme of the windows, icons and controls however it’s a bit more difficult to add custom themes to change these and will be covered in their own tutorial. Under the mouse point drop down in this tab however, changing to the DMZ-Black selection allows you to have a cursor similar to that on OS X for those who are trying to emulate the Apple look and feel.

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Android patent royalty suit filed against Samsung by Microsoft

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 08:37:46 PM

Microsoft has filed a contract breach suit against Samsung involving Android patent royalties. The lawsuit was filed against Samsung in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York yesterday August 1, 2014.

Microsoft claims that they have tried their best for months to come to a settlement with Samsung regarding this dispute and resolve it without any incident. But since no resolution could be reached out of court, Microsoft is now turning to the courts to resolve their dispute for them. Microsoft expects a ruling on whether Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s business, including the handset and services business, negates the contract that they had with Samsung. Samsung claims that it does.

Microsoft and Samsung entered into an intellectual property licensing agreement back in 2011, which allowed them to cross license the patent portfolios of both the companies. Thus allowing either of the companies’ easy access and sharing of patented technology amongst them. As a part of this agreement, Samsung was supposed to pay Microsoft royalties for every Android handset that Samsung sells.

Samsung had withheld payment for a period in last year, but eventually paid the royalties to Microsoft. Microsoft now is claiming interest for the said period on the royalties now.

The dispute arose when Microsoft acquired Nokia, which Samsung considered to be a breach of contract and thus they stopped paying the royalties. The blog post by Microsoft, however, doesn’t clearly specify why Samsung considers Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia as a breach of contract. Samsung and Nokia also had a similar licensing agreement with Samsung paying an undisclosed amount in royalties to Nokia. This agreement was even extended till 2018, back in November 2013. The extension agreement was done well after Microsoft announced their intention to acquire Nokia.

Samsung has, in a statement, said that it will review the details of the complaints and take the appropriate actions as necessary.

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HP introduces its smartwatch which is more beautiful than Moto 360

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 03:54:48 PM

So far 2014 has been the year of the watch. We have already seen Wear offerings by LG and Samsung and of course there is always the inevitable and impending Apple iWatch on the near horizon. So the battle for Wear supremacy is well underway.

What will be the deciding factor in who wins out in this new and emerging market? Well, most would assume it would of course be the specifications. Which Wear will contain the best OS, fastest processor and do the most functions! As the year continues it is not as clear as one would have thought. It seems Wear devices (more specifically the manufacturers) are realizing their potential as fashion accessories. Now how good the device looks is starting to become a major concern and battleground.

Recently the Moto 360 has attracted much attention as the first fashionable Wear device. Unlike most of its predecessors the 360 has opted for a more stylish appearance. The 360 lacks the robotic square based face design and instead offers a rounder, more ‘Watch-like’ appearance. The 360 has a sleek appearance and to most passers-by will simply look like an actual watch.

It now seems this is catching on.

Today we reported on leaked images from OnePlus suggesting they were in the process of developing their own smartwatch, the OneWatch. Leaked images clearly indicated this device was adopting a similar Moto 360 design with the same rounded and stylish face.

It now seems HP are taking the fashion element to the next level and seriously raising the stakes in doing so. HP have partnered up with Gilt (a reputable fashion flash sale site) and employed Michael Bastian to create what is certain to be seen as the World’s first luxury smartwatch.

Bastian has complete control over the aesthetic content of the watch and as a result early images are suggesting the HP offering could well be the watch to have this year. Like the Moto 360, the Bastian watch will have a rounded design although compared to the 360 the round-face will measure 44mm in diameter which is traditionally a more watch-like size. To further add to the accessory nature of the watch the Bastion will also offer swapable bands including choices between black rubber, brown leather and Olive green nylon. There will also be a limited edition black band available.

According to Bastian the premise behind this Watch is based on the look and feel of the interior of luxury cars.

So OK, I can hear you saying so what if the Bastian watch looks better than the 360…but what about the inside or using Bastian’s car analogy – what about under the hood? Is this all style over substance?

Well, as to be expected this is where HP come in. With Bastian having complete authority over the exterior, HP is in complete charge of the inside. At the moment we have little to note in terms of actual specific specifications but what we do know is this will be compatible with BOTH iOS and android. This highly suggests most of the technology (and function) will be employed through the Watch’s companion app instead of inside the watch. This may prove to be a very useful feature in the future as updating apps will probably be much easier than updating the watch. The dual OS compatibility also highly indicates that this may be a Watch you can buy now and use in time to come. Instead of becoming quickly outdated by newer OS systems this watch may very well be able to keep up-to-date much more effectively than its rivals.

In fairness it is assumed the Bastian watch will be less functional than the 360 and instead offer a more basic functional role such as email/text support, notifications and updates. So it is unlikely you will be ordering a pizza on this device although it is probably assumed those who opt for the more luxury device won’t exactly be take-away pizza lovers. This is certainly going to hit the market as a top-end product with look, feel and style at its core. So maybe the slightly limited capability of the Bastian watch won’t matter so much. After all, if your watch does do EVERYTHING your phone does than what will be the point of still having a smartphone?

So far the Bastian watch looks much better than the 360, feels much better with a more luxury design in play and does ‘enough’ functions to not be worried about a more functional 360. But what about the price I hear you say! This is where the reality of the Bastian offering will rise or fall. At the moment neither HP, Gilt or Bastion have hinted at the actual cost although there should be no doubt it will be more expensive than the 360. This is designed to be more expensive and attract a more expensive type of user. Whether the high cost will be enough to deter potential middle of the road users remains to be seen.

One thing that is clear is the Bastion watch definitely will be a cooler looking watch on your arm. It can’t promise to make you cooler but you can count on it attracting more attention when you’re reading your emails.

So who are you? Style or function? Pizza lover or not? Bastian or 360?

Let us know by leaving a comment

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Glenn Greenwald says Germany’s NSA investigation is an illusion to keep US happy

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 02:56:47 PM

Glenn Greenwald has refused to go to Germany as a witness for their investigation into NSA spying. He has released a full statement where he says that Germany is conducting an illusion of investigation to keep the German public satisfied.

Here is his full statement:

I am very supportive of any attempt by the German Parliament to conduct a serious investigation into NSA spying on Germans.

Unfortunately, German politicians have demonstrated, with their refusal to interview the key witness in person – Edward Snowden – that they care far more about not upsetting the U.S. than they do about conducting a serious investigation.

As a result, I am not willing to participate in a ritual that is intended to cast the illusion of an investigation, but which is actually designed to avoid any real investigation, placate the German public with empty symbolism, and keep the culprit – the U.S. Government – happy.

In the event that the German Parliament finds the courage to do what it should obviously do – interview Snowden in person, on German soil, regardless of how the U.S. Government would react – I would be happy to reconsider this invitation.

If Germany is serious about NSA spying, then they must invite Snowden.

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Google to separate G+ Photos and Hangouts from Google+

Saturday 2nd of August 2014 01:49:41 AM

Google has finally started making sense by separating some of its greatest services from Google+ lock-in. Once such service and tool is Google+ images which galloped Picasa and then became part of the ‘social network’ empire that Vic Gundotra envisioned.

Separating Photos from Google+ will allow more casual (non-Google+) users to use the service which has kind of died post G+ integration. Picasa used to be leading photo sharing service like YouTube and now it has reduced to being an accessory of Google+

The report of this separation comes from Bloomberg which says that Photos will get more autonomy from Google+, the way YouTube was pulled in and then escaped the Google+ black hole. The report says Google may rebrand G+ Photos to remove the association with the social platform.

This separation is significant as Google has some of the greatest image editing tools thanks to Nik Software and it can become a great platform for creative people to showcase their work, something being blocked by Google+.

Photos is not the only product to sever ties from G+, Google is already working towards separating Hangouts from Google+ and develop it as an independent service.

It was a catch 22 situation for Google. These services added value to Google+, and made it an appealing platform. On the other hand G+ lock-in prohibited many users from using these services.

Once these services are separated from G+ and people can start using them independently by logging in via email, they may start gaining popularity.

Only question remains is what will happen to Google+? I don’t think its going away, it may reduce to just a social network.

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OnePlus is planning a Smartwatch

Friday 1st of August 2014 10:36:06 PM

OnePlus has generated a hell of a lot of hype over the last few months and seem to be using hype as an interesting marketing tool. The company’s flagship device, the ‘One’ generated enormous hype among techies and as a result has generated demand which clearly outweighed the company’s expectations and capabilities. Especially due to their notorious invite system. Last week there were suggestions OnePlus are already working on the OnePlus Two and now it seems hype is building around what very well could be a OnePlus Smartwatch…the OneWatch.

BGR received images from an anonymous tipster which not only suggest the existence of the OneWatch but actually the likelihood of a soon(ish) launch. The images received by BGR include what seems to be a screenshot of the OnePlus website with clear tabs indicating the OneWatch and an image. This page does not seem to be live at the moment and so if this is the OnePlus website than it is possible the screenshot was leaked from in-house.

As well as the Screenshot BGR also received detailed sketches (from the same anonymous tipster) indicating the features of the OneWatch which include a rounded watch face (similar to the Moto 360), leather strap, titanium chassis, sapphire Glass and Qi wireless charging support.

Other than the aesthetics of the watch there was no information provided in regards to the software or capabilities of the Wear. If and when this is released it will be extremely interesting to see what OS the OnePlus team opt for. Will they convert over to Android Wear, stick with their ‘loyalty’ to CyanogenMod or (as we reported last week) try to incorporate their own stock OS system into the device.

One thing that is clear is it is unlikely this will be a price-buster like the ‘One’ is. It is highly unlikely OnePlus will offer a high spec Smartwatch which significantly undercuts LG, Motorola or Samsung. If the price is not significantly lower than this may very well alter the public’s perception of OnePlus. Maybe this has been their plan all along! Lure users in with a cheap initial device and then cash-in on full priced accessories. There is also the question will the OneWatch again only be available as an ‘invite’ only product. Based on the backlash the company has received by the invite system it would be highly unlikely they would embark on this system again. However as always with OnePlus we just don’t know.

Nothing is ever clear with this company and this again just adds to the hype OnePlus seem to enjoy. For a company whose mantra is ‘Never Settle’ it seems at the moment they cannot settle on a direction, selling method or even product.

OneWatch or OnePlus Two which do you want to see next?

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He went on to say that some within Red Hat speculate that tensions between Stevens and Paul Cormier, Red Hat’s president of products and technologies, might be responsible, although there doesn’t appear to have been any current argument between the two. Cormier will take over Stevens’ duties until a replacement is found. Vaughan-Nichols also said that others at Red Hat had opined that Stevens might’ve left because he’d risen as high as he could within the company and with no new advancement opportunities open to him, he’d decided to move on. If this was the case, why did he leave so abruptly? Stevens had been at Red Hat for nearly ten years. If he was leaving merely because “I’ve done all I can here and it’s time to seek my fortune elsewhere,” we’d expect him to work out some kind of notice and stay on the job long enough for Red Hat to find a suitable replacement. Turning in a resignation that’s effective immediately is not the ideal way to walk out the door for the last time. It smells of burning bridges. Read more

Firefox OS Smartphones Change The Mobile Landscape Across India

The launch of two Firefox OS phones in India in the same week marks an exciting moment in Mozilla’s mission to promote openness and innovation on the Web, and an opportunity to empower millions of Indians wanting to buy their first smartphones. Firefox OS will enable users to obtain lower-cost devices that offer telephony, messaging and camera and rich capabilities like built-in social integration with Facebook and Twitter, the Firefox browser, FM radio and popular apps. Read more

Mozilla Marches Ahead with Ads for Firefox

This November, Mozilla is up for renegotiation with Google for placement of Google search as the default search in Firefox and for the related subsidies that Google pays Mozilla, which reached almost $300 million last year. That comprised the majority of Mozilla's income. With Chrome establishing itself as a leader in the browser wars, its unclear what relationship Google will continue to pursue with Mozilla. Read more