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  • MIUI is never going to be close to stock Android, and that's a good thing
  • Chrome 58 for Android allows full screen web apps, tweaks History & Autofill settings
  • The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker

    So rumors have started flying that Google is about to build some ad blocker technology into Chrome, that would block ads that the company considers to be "unacceptable ads" -- as determined by the "Coalition for Better Ads." Of course, while a coalition for "better ads" sounds like a good thing, this Coalition for Better Ads has been criticized. It was put together by the biggest companies in the internet ad space, and many worry that it's just an attempt to whitewash over a lot of bad practices by declaring just the extremely egregious practices as "bad." Either way, the original report from the paywalled Wall Street Journal notes that the ad blocker might even block all ads on sites that run "bad" ads (i.e., not just the bad ads).

    There have been all sorts of reactions to the news of a built-in Chrome ad blocker, but a lot of people are raising the antitrust questions. Obviously, Google is unlikely to consider its own ads to be the "bad ads." And thus, an official Google ad blocker -- especially one that allows its own ads through and is default on its very popular browser -- at least raises eyebrows about antitrust issues. There's a strong argument to be made (and I'm pretty sure that some ad firms would raise this with a court within a day or so of such an ad blocker being released) that this is an anti-competitive move to suppress competing ad firms.

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  • Diskio Pi Wants to Be the Ultimate Open Source Tablet Powered by Raspberry Pi
    A new open source project hit Kickstarter a few days ago, and it caught our attention because it appears to be a versatile machine that's fully compatible with Raspberry Pi and Odroid single-board computers. Created by Guillaume Debray, an optician with 10+ years experience in making and selling glasses, yet a passionate computer engineer with deep knowledge of programming and hardware assembly and manufacturing processes, the Diskio Pi project wants to be the ultimate open source tablet powered by Raspberry Pi. Diskio Pi is the result of 18 months of development, and, in fact, it seems to be some sort of versatile device built on top of a single-board computer. It's currently compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi Zero, Odroid C1, and Odroid C2 SBCs, and can run Ubuntu, Debian, Raspbian Pixel, or Android.
  • The new Entroware Hybris could make a reasonable Linux gaming laptop
    Entroware, the UK-based Linux hardware vendor have released two newer laptops and one of them could be a reasonable gaming unit.
  • Chrome OS' Upcoming Night Light Feature Gets "Sunset to Sunrise" Automatic Mode
    The fantastic Chrome OS team over at Google is on a rampage, and after teasing us with the revamped sign-in/lock screens and new power management settings, today François Beaufort revealed yet another cool feature for our Chromebooks. This time, the developer announced on his Google+ page that the Chrome OS team is working on implementing an automatic "Sunset to Sunrise" mode for the upcoming Night Light feature, which should improve our sleep after using a Chromebook at night and ensures reduced strain on the eyes by limiting the amount of blue light emitted by the display.
  • CrossOver for Android Lets You Run Windows Apps on Intel-Based Chromebooks
    CodeWeavers‏, the commercial company behind the well-known CrossOver for Linux and Mac application that lets users install and run Windows apps and games is still working to release an Android version. Dubbed CrossOver Android, the project has been in development for the past year, and while it's still in an Alpha state, it looks like it is already capable of running Windows software on Intel-based Chromebooks and Android tablets. Since then, the project kept updating CrossOver for Android with new features.
  • Quick Reminder For The 2017 Linux Laptop Survey

Open Source Adreno Project “Freedreno” Receives New Update

Users of Freedreno, the open-source graphics driver support for Adreno on Linux distributions, will be pleased to know that a new update has been released in the past week. Lead developer Rob Clark discussed many of the details in his blog, which highlight above all the support for Adreno 500 series GPUs. Among the highlights include compute shaders for OpenGL and OpenGL ES, improved performance and improved Linux distribution support. Read more