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  • TUXEDO InfinityBook S 14 Linux Laptop Gets Tiger Lake CPU Upgrade, Thunderbolt 4 Support

    TUXEDO Computers unveiled today the sixth refresh to their TUXEDO InfinityBook S 14 Linux laptop with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Xe graphics, and USB-C 4.0 / Thunderbolt 4 support.

    The TUXEDO InfinityBook S 14 laptop is the perfect computer for people who are always on the go and also love Linux. It features a 16.8 mm thin, magnesium alloy case and weights less than 1.1 kg, while also offering huge battery life to keep you working all day long `and a lid tiltable at 180 degrees.

  • macOS Big Sur launch appears to cause temporary slowdown in even non-Big Sur Macs

    Mac users today began experiencing unexpected issues that included apps taking minutes to launch, stuttering and non-responsiveness throughout macOS, and other problems. The issues seemed to begin close to the time when Apple began rolling out the new version of macOS, Big Sur—but it affected users of other versions of macOS, like Catalina and Mojave.

    Other Apple services faced slowdowns, outages, and odd behavior, too, including Apple Pay, Messages, and even Apple TV devices.

    It didn't take long for some Mac users to note that trustd—a macOS process responsible for checking with Apple's servers to confirm that an app is notarized—was attempting to contact a host named ocsp.apple.com but failing repeatedly. This resulted in systemwide slowdowns as apps attempted to launch, among other things.

  • Opera Adds Built-in Player for Spotify, Apple Music & YouTube Music | UbuntuHandbook

    A new update for Opera web browser 72 was released a day ago, which introduced a built-in music player for Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Music.

    In the browser’s sidebar beneath the messengers section, a “Player” icon is there allows you to login and enable music playback with Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music.

    The playback can be controlled via the standard playback buttons on your keyboard or by hovering over the Player icon in the sidebar, where a mini playback control menu will appear.

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  • TUXEDO announce the InfinityBook S 14 with Intel Tiger Lake and Intel Xe

    Linux hardware vendor TUXEDO are jumping in with Intel with a brand new lightweight laptop the InfinityBook S 14.

    Their latest in a long line of Linux hardware, the sixth generation InfinityBook S 14 builds directly on the "great success" they saw with the previous iteration of the model. Coming with the Tiger Lake, the TUXEDO InfinityBook s 14 comes with the Intel Core i7-1165G7 giving you four cores and eight threads backed up by Intel's new Xe graphics platform, which should give you good performance and reasonably low power consumption. TUXEDO claim "up to" 41% better performance than the previous InfinityBook model.

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    It comes as standard with TUXEDO_OS 20.04 LTS 64Bit, which is their own branded version of Ubuntu with a few tweaks for their hardware. You can swap that for standard Ubuntu 20.04 and openSUSE 15.2 too if you prefer. Additionally, they say you can disable the Intel Management Engine (IntelME), Webcam, Microphone, WLAN and Bluetooth if you need to at the BIOS level for extra security.

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  • Ubuntu 21.04 is Releasing This Week! Take a Look at the New Features

    Ubuntu 21.04 is releasing this week on April 22. Some of you might already have upgraded to Ubuntu 21.04 beta to enjoy the latest and greatest (?) version of Ubuntu. For the rest, who are curious about what’s new in Ubuntu 21.04, I have curated a list here. [...] After the failed experiment with Ubuntu 17.10, Canonical is once again going with Wayland as the default display server in Ubuntu 21.04. Wayland has been available as an alternate option for past several releases. It is just becoming the default in this release. What does it mean to you? Wayland has a tad bit better performance specially when it comes to multiple monitors and HiDPI screen handling.

  • Multi-cloud infrastructure in Italy

    Time is flying and there is less than one month left before the first event that Canonical & Ubuntu organise in Italy. The main topic of the live talk will be multi-cloud infrastructure, having as speakers both Canonical experts & partners. On the 12th of May 2021, the 2-hours event will be held on BrightTalk. From live talks from our speakers to Q&A sessions and the opportunity to have a technical conversation with Canonical experts, there will be plenty of occasions to learn about multi-cloud infrastructure.

  • The multicultural and global landscape: a broad target audience

    Considering all of this, what are the practical challenges? From these statistics appears clear that the concept of a global standard that can be applied anywhere is a shallow approach towards multiculturalism. This is the fast-changing and diverse worldwide audience that contemporary designers need to consider during the design process of global products and services. For the effectiveness of the design, but also to avoid ethnicity and gender stereotypes, designers need to integrate and develop cross-cultural methods. Researchers and designers should also consider and acknowledge that their own culture and background can affect, also unintentionally, the objectivity of their findings and the following overall design process. When ignoring the spectrum of cultural sensitivities, the design output excludes users and customers, resulting in a failure of the product in those markets. Effective localised cross-cultural products and services go beyond the translation of the language and will appear to the target group as products created within the local culture; “It is expected that when web sites are appropriate and culturally sensitive, then users will have increase access to content and enhanced user experiences” (Cyr and Trevor-Smith 2004). It is therefore important for a successful localisation to include various elements of the user interface and interaction design for an engaging user experience: language, layout, structure, content, navigation, symbols, multimedia, colour scheme. As shown in the research “Cultural Representation for Multi-culture Interaction Design” (Sheikh et al 2009), the challenges for an effective design solution for cultural inclusion do not arise only from language, currency, number, date, but also from those cultural differences that affect categorization of items, taxonomy, and concepts. The research focuses on the classification and content organisation, clearly demonstrating that “not only the content, but also the way this content is organised and classified reflects the values and interpretive practices of the culture in which it was produced” (Sheikh et al 2009). The organisation of the web content is often made by a person of a different culture, it is then important to employ cross-cultural research and user testing methods. [...] User-centred design (UCD) method relies generally on an initial research, where designers or researchers gather information on the target group, and create personas (realistic profiles representing the end users), use cases and scenarios from that data. UCD also relies on the user testing to iterate back to previous phases in order to change and tweak the design, integrating it with the new findings; “In the user-centred design process, we are focused on the thing being designed, looking for ways to ensure that is meets the needs of the user” (B.-N.Sanders 2002). The actual end users are involved during the research phase and in the practice with user testing phases with prototypes or design mockups.

  • Building and running FIPS containers on Ubuntu

    Whether running on the public cloud or a private cloud, the use of containers is ingrained in today’s devops oriented workflows. Having workloads set up to run under the mandated compliance requirements is thus necessary to fully exploit the potential of containers. This article focuses on how to build and run containers that comply with the US and Canada government FIPS140-2 data protection standard. To build Ubuntu FIPS140-2 compliant containers you will need the FIPS140-2 certified packages, that can be accessed with an Ubuntu Advantage subscription or with Ubuntu Pro on AWS or Azure In our example we will demonstrate building a FIPS container on an Ubuntu Pro FIPS image. Ubuntu Pro FIPS images are available in AWS Marketplace and Azure Marketplace. They are preconfigured and optimized for the US and Canada government’s FIPS140-2 data protection standard. They are premium images designed by Canonical and provide the Ubuntu Advantage benefits, without the need for a subscription. Key features include live kernel patching, enabling longer uptimes, and FIPS140-2 certified components to be used for FedRAMP, HIPAA, and PCI use cases. Ubuntu Pro is backed by a 10-year maintenance commitment by Canonical.