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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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Ubuntu MATE will become an official flavor

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 12:33:57 PM

Martin Wimpress updated the current development status of Ubuntu MATE in the distro’s blog today. In addition to the regular update, he has confirmed that the MATE variant is going to be recognized as an official Ubuntu flavor. Rejoice, MATE lovers!

The MATE desktop environment is a continuation of the GNOME 2 desktop environment for those who don’t like the bells and whistles of GNOME 3 but loved the simplicity and productivity GNOME 2.

The MATE team requested the Ubuntu Technical Board for an official flavor status recently and the board is supportive of the proposal. The MATE team has created the following PPA for staging Ubuntu MATE releases:

The PPA currently holds Ubuntu 14.04 PPA for MATE 1.8.1. There are some other formalities that the MATE team needs to complete before officially being declared a flavor but it seems that things are progressing smoothly and it’s just a matter of time till we get a new Ubuntu flavor.

In the meantime, Ubuntu MATE is approaching its Beta 1 stage. Tweaking the themes and adding Ubuntu MATE specific artwork are ongoing. The community has been contributing benevolently to different visual aspects like themes and wallpapers. Generai improvements include desktop policy privilege fixes, meta package improvements and aligning the core packages with the other Ubuntu flavors. Martin has been looking into the security aspects of the official website as well. He has made changes so that the Ubuntu MATE webserver will only deliver content over HTTPS using HSTS, PFS (perfect forward secrecy) and SPDY. Consequently the Ubuntu MATE website has received an A+ rating from SSL Labs.

There are areas where Ubuntu MATE needs help:

  • Bugs with plymouth
  • Issue with minimizing Google Chrome or Chromium
  • Ubuntu MATE specific Ubiquity slides
  • Folder icons for the proposed themes – Ambience MATE and Radiance MATE
  • Testing and bug reporting
  • Volunteers for proposed MATE Artwork team

Martin also confirmed that there are no known show stoppers right now and things look good for an August 28th release of Ubuntu MATE Beta1.

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Defunct car batteries could make long-lasting solar panels

Monday 18th of August 2014 11:33:16 PM

Researchers at MIT have proposed a system that has the potential to resolve a major issue of industrial waste. Their new study shows how the waste of one system could be turned into a valuable resource for another. To put it into context, the new system recycles materials from discarded car batteries into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

The system, described in a paper in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, is based on a recent development in solar cells that makes use of a compound called perovskite — specifically, organolead halide perovskite — a technology that has rapidly progressed from initial experiments to a point where its efficiency is nearly competitive with that of other types of solar cells.

“It went from initial demonstrations to good efficiency in less than two years,” says Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT.

Already, perovskite-based photovoltaic cells have proved to be more than 19 percent power-conversion efficient.

According to MIT’s David L. Chandler, initial descriptions of the perovskite technology identified its use of lead, whose production from raw ores can produce toxic residues, as a drawback. But by using recycled lead from defunct car batteries, the manufacturing process can instead be used to divert toxic material from landfills and reuse it in photovoltaic panels that could go on producing power for decades.

It is interesting to note here that as the perovskite photovoltaic material takes the form of a thin film just half a micrometer thick, the team’s analysis shows that the lead from a single car battery could make enough solar panels to provide power for 30 households.

The production of perovskite solar cells is said to be a relatively simple process. “It has the advantage of being a low-temperature process, and the number of steps is reduced” compared with the manufacture of conventional solar cells, Belcher says.

Those factors will help to make it “easy to get to large scale cheaply,” Chen adds.

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Sharp to launch thinnest and lowest-bezel smartphone ever

Monday 18th of August 2014 11:13:55 PM

With all the talk recently about Samsung, Motorola and OnePlus it is easy to forget there are other Android-device manufacturers out there and today we heard news from a real blast from the past.

Sharp (yes folks you heard right) have announced they are launching two new handsets in Japan and there is rumors circulating one of them will eventually hit stateside. Of the two handsets the Aquos Crystal is the handset that very well make it to the US market.

Yes, yes, another handset being released…so what are the specs?

Well this is where things get interesting. From want we understand this is actually not a hugely attractive spec-wise handset. In fact the specs are rather mediocre. The Aquos Crystal contains a 5” screen with a low (compared to what we are generally seeing these days) 1280 x 720 resolution.

OK, so a low resolution. Maybe the processor will be good? Again no, not really. The Aquos Crystal will contain a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor which in reality is mainly used on budget devices.

Maybe Memory? Again no, the device will come loaded with 1.5 GB RAM and only contain a stingy 8 GB internal memory. Even the cameras are rather dated with the rear shooter offering 8 MP and the front camera a very basic 1.2 MP.

So why all the fuss? Well, the selling point for the Aquos Crystal is simply this – it has the lowest bezel count of any phone on the market. I bet you are impressed now! Oh, what is a bezel? Well, in short bezels represent the amount of space used around the screen. Put very bluntly the bezel count is best described as the screen’s outer frame. So this phone will be all screen and almost no frame.

Generally speaking the trend in devices these days is to lower the bezel count as much as possible. However in saying that the bezels do provide a level of stability and protection for the screen. The higher the bezel the less chance of accidently pressing or placing too much pressure on the screen. Sharp do not seem to be too worried about this and think by lowering the bezel as much as they have they can produce a much thinner handset than other manufacturers.

Will this be a success? Well, this is certainly the big question. Other than claiming to be the thinnest phone the specs really are rather boring with nothing really to note. So the price is likely to be a big factor in its success. It is likely the phone will do well-enough in Japan due to this being Sharp’s home market but as rumors are circulating about a US release it will be interesting to see how it does.

In terms of the US rumors we are hearing Sprint are the likely carrier that plans to bring the Aquos to the US market and we are even hearing it is possible to device will be available to buy on August 29th with pre-orders starting tomorrow. What makes this rumor more interesting is Sprint are planning to make some kind of announcement tomorrow at an event in New York. Will this be the Aquos Crystal announcement? We do not know but we certainly won’t have long to wait to find out. Interestingly the event is titled “Take the Edge Off” which seems to resonate quite well with the concept behind Sharp’s Aquos Crystal. To add more flavor the press advertising also seems to depict ‘crystals’.

Some are claiming the Sharp additions are revolutionary in terms of their design with the smallest screen-to-body ration ever but what do you think? Do you think there is any room left in the smartphone market for technically a new manufacturer? Would a more screen less bezel phone be enough to overlook the otherwise unremarkable specs? Are you interested in Sprint’s announcement tomorrow?

Let us know.

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Microsoft’s $200 HP laptop is not a Chromebook killer; it’s just a cheap, underpowered laptop

Monday 18th of August 2014 09:48:52 PM

First of all dear, The Verge, it is *not* a Chromebook Killer, because you need to understand what a Chromebook is before calling a low-end laptop with an OS no one wants as a killer laptop.

Now coming back to the news: HP is supposedly working on a low-cost Windows 8.1 laptop which will be sold for $199. It seems like ‘netbook v2′ strategy of Microsoft to hurt Linux. This time it’s not going to happen as we have a heavyweight like Google and not smaller Canonical.

I don’t see HP’s underpowered Windows machine to create even an atom sized dent in Chromebook market, let alone killing it. Here are some of my reasons:

An OS no one wants

Will it come with an OS which is fast becoming popular among average user as it is easy to use, no learning curver, or will it come with an OS everyone (other than Microsoft fans) hate and which is the reason why Microsoft has lost PC as well as mobile market to Linux via Android?

It’s not maintenance free

Windows 8.1 won’t be an maintenance free always up-to-date operating system which doesn’t involve any user interference to update it. All you need to do is reboot your Chromebook and it will be updated. Let’s get it clear – it is Windows and it’s not grandma proof, unlike Chrome OS it will break and you always need that ‘smart’ kid around the block to fix your computer.

A UI no one likes

Windows 8.x UI is a mess, a huge mess which no one likes. I used to have a Windows machine for film-editing, but now I am Windows free thanks to 8.x UI. It has the worst work-flow ever. So what will people choose? A mess UI or a UI which everyone is familiar with the good old WIMP interface?

Uncertainty over future

There is no confidence in what direction the OS will take as Microsoft itself is clueless about how to approach the post-PC era. On the contrary Google’s Chrome OS has matured and is getting tightly integrated with other Google services which offers a seamless experience irrespective of which device you are working from. We don’t know whether Microsoft will stick to the UI one year from now or slap a new OS – as it is still doing with each release.

It’s just another underpowered laptop

All I can see is ‘return’ of the netbook era where Microsoft pushed the under-powered netbooks which would simply crawl. Microsoft doesn’t have an ecosystem similar to Google, offline desktop applications will crawl, feel suffocated, on low powered devices and we don’t even know whether Microsoft Office will be offered for free or not.

It is a low end laptop powered by some AMD processor with 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM and we don’t know how sluggish the OS will be on these low-end devices when compared with extremely low-fat Chrome OS which is based on Gentoo Linux.

Such a low-powered devices won’t even make a decent Linux machine, unless I want to run a Debian server on it without any graphical need.

So, in a nut shell I don’t see a Chromebook killer device, I do see a dead on arrival devices if someone is too adamant about using the a word which has something to do with death.

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