Quad-core media player runs Kodi/XBMC on OpenElec Linux
SolidRun’s tiny, $100 “CuBoxTV” media player runs OpenElec Linux and Kodi (formerly XBMC) on a quad-core i.MX6 SoC, and offers 100Mbps+ video decoding.
The CuBoxTV is the first Freescale i.MX6 based media player to run the Kodi (formerly XBMC) multimedia distribution, says Israel-based SolidRun. CuBoxTV is closely based on the company’s latest i.MX6 based CuBox mini-PC, which now sells for $80 to $140, depending on the number of Cortex-A9 i.MX6 cores and other features. The CuBoxTV, which is available only with the quad-core i.MX6 SoC, goes for a sale price of $100.
Canonical Is Still Considering Turning the Phone into a Mini-PC
Canonical is working to complete their idea of convergence with the launch of Ubuntu Touch, a new operating system for mobile devices. The desktop flavor of Ubuntu will eventually share the same code with the mobile one, and their plans go even further than that.
Bq Introduces More Android Devices, But Still No Ubuntu Phones
Bq held a media event today where many were hoping the first Ubuntu Phone would be officially unveiled, but that was not the case with Ubuntu receiving no mentions during the event.
Bq is one of Canonical's first two Ubuntu Phone partners and they had plans to ship the first Ubuntu Phone by the end of 2014. The other phone partner, Meizu, has previously said the MX4 with Ubuntu Touch would come in December.
Certain types of software have long had a reputation for being very expensive. As cloud computing has become more popular, many popular software packages have switched to a monthly subscription model rather than charging users a one-time fee. While these subscriptions often look inexpensive on a monthly basis, the fees can really add up over time.
HandBrake, a free, open source video transcoder for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, has been updated to version 0.10.0, getting support for new encoders, like H.265 and VP8, along other interesting changes.
I've been hesitating for a couple months about whether to mention sshpass. Conceptually, it's a horrible, horrible program. It basically allows you to enter an SSH user name and password on the command line, so you can create a connection without any interaction. A far better way to accomplish that is with public/private keypairs. But it's still something I find useful from time to time, and I'd rather mention it with all the warnings in the world than to pretend it doesn't exist.
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues aims to be a rather massive RPG. I say it aims to be as it's currently in early access, and it has a long way to go, but it looks great already.
It's a bit pricey, so sadly we don't have a key to give you any initial thoughts yet, but from what we have seen it already looks like a lot of fun.
Kinetic Void is a 3D space adventure with a focus on customization and exploration. It has been on Linux for quite some time, but in the last few days that have polished it enough to exit early access.
Vendetta Online is a space MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) developed and published by Guild Software Inc. A new version of the game has just been released and it packs quite a few improvements.