Don't despair if you bought Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch, only to realize that you wanted the Android-powered Gear Live instead -- there might be a solution in the works. XDA tinkerer biktor_gj has successfully loaded Android Wear on the Gear 2 after four months of work. It's in a very rough state, as you might imagine. Only touch and rudimentary Bluetooth support are working right now. Android Wear doesn't have an open source project the way that regular Android does, so any support for audio, the motion sensor and other features will likely be tricky to implement. Biktor is hopeful that he'll get those working, however, and even this crude port is proof that your smartwatch isn't necessarily limited to its original software.
Over the space of 3 minutes – no exaggeration – I received the same email notification from 3 different TmoNews readers. All of them excited because T-Mobile’s promised roll out of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4 users has begun. Technically, it’s Android 5.0.1 and weighs in at a hefty 1086MB in size.
Going by hacker stereotypes, it’d be pretty easy to physically identify anyone committing an act of digital crime. A combination of pallid skin, hoody and laptop is the biggest giveaway. Such hackneyed images of hackers are, of course, evidently wrong, bordering on offensive. Real hackers penetrating business networks have the common sense to avoid cliched clothing and try to conceal their tools.
A new study out this morning upsets the traditional thinking that iOS applications make more money for mobile developers when compared to those that run on Android devices. Instead, after taking into account the large number of non-Google Play Chinese Android app stores in existence, advisory firm Digi-Capital found that not only did Android dominate download volumes in 2014, it also made more money than iOS last year.
Four years ago, your reporter paid for cookies with a mobile phone. Now, with Apple poised to bring some wrist action to bonking cash, we thought we’d take a look at how the competition has evolved.
We’ve been trying Vodafone SmartPass, and discovered that things haven’t improved much over the last four years.
When users visit supported websites -- such as eBay, Pinterest, Vice News, and Product Hunt -- they will be given an option to activate push notifications. Let's take a closer look at why this update could be a game changer for Android devices.
At the end of last week, Google pushed an update to its Android System Webview service through Google Play that seems to be causing some pretty major issues on a number of handsets. At least, that’s the general consensus on why phones over the weekend began to notice all sorts of app crashes. If you jump into the Play listing for Android System Webview, you will see dozens of 1-star reviews for the service, many of which mention it specifically as the cause for recent problems.
It’s been 7 years, and the great iOS vs Android debate rumbles on—in internet forums and real life. But these platforms have come a long way even in the last year or two. Do the old arguments still apply? What features separate iOS 8.3 from Android 5.1 Lollipop? We used a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6 to investigate.
With the month of April coming to a close, we want to take a look at what owners of Google’s Nexus smartphones and tablets need to know about the Nexus Android 5.1.1 update and release as we head into the month of May.
Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India's Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology [XTC.UL], a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker's presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market.
GCC 4.9.2 vs. GCC 5 Benchmarks On An Intel Xeon Haswell
For those craving some more GCC 5 compiler benchmark numbers following last week's release of GCC 5.1, here's some new comparison numbers between GCC 4.9.2 stable and the near-final release candidate of GCC 5.1.
Pardon for this light article due to still finishing up work on migrating to the new Phoronix web server while separately working to take care of thermal issues coming about in the new Linux benchmarking server room.
First impressions of Ubuntu 15.04
Canonical's Ubuntu operating system is probably the most widely used Linux distribution in the world. Ubuntu is made available in several editions, including desktop builds, server builds and there is a branch of Ubuntu for mobile phones. Ubuntu provides installation images for the x86, ARM and Power PC architectures, allowing the distribution to run on a wide variety of hardware. The most recent release of Ubuntu, version 15.04, includes a fairly short list of changes compared to last year's Ubuntu 14.10, however some of the changes are significant. Some small changes include an upgrade of the kernel to Linux 3.19 and placing application menus inside the application window by default. A potentially larger change is the switch from Canonical's Upstart init software to systemd.
Although similar to Indicator MultiLoad, a tool we featured in our list of 11 must-have Ubuntu power-ups, SysMonitor eschews fancier graphical touches, like usage graphs and theming options. Instead, the app offers a more extensible approach by letting users add and display custom sensor commands.
We discussed the future of the Empathy IM client used as the default chat application in the GNOME desktop environment and many popular Linux distributions that rely on GNOME packages, such as Ubuntu, a couple of weeks ago.
The final version of QEMU 2.3.0, an open source machine emulator and virtualizer software for GNU/Linux operating systems, was announced today, April 27, by the QEMU development team, through Michael Roth.
Audio on Linux is pretty complex. Everything interacts with the Pulse Audio Sound Server. Many different audio devices and programs all communicate with your speaker system from there. Everything is nice and usually sounds great – at least for the most part.
The Git development team has announced the immediate availability for download of the seventh maintenance release for the stable 2.3 branch of the acclaimed Git open source distributed version control system used by developers worldwide.
I tested Devede in Ubuntu 15.04, and the installation went without a hitch, but there is a caveat. Installing the DEB files provided by the developer doesn't bring all the other required components, and I'm not talking about dependencies. The application installs just fine, and it starts, but it makes use of other components like Mplayer, VLC, and a bunch of other stuff.
We can add 'InsGames' to the list of developers who promise a Linux version, and deliver it eventually! Just over a year ago I wrote about the developers stating Antisquad would come to Linux, and here it is.
Sol, a new platformer with a cheery sense of humor and with plenty of throwbacks to games of yesteryear, has been released. Most strikingly, the game features a myriad of accessibility options and is licensed under the GPLv3.
Officially released at the end of June 2012, the ninth installment in the Spec Ops series, Spec Ops: The Line, is a third-person shooter video game published by 2K Games and developed by Yager Development.
I’m really looking forward to SpecOps: The Line, and now that it’s official I couldn’t be happier! We don’t have many great looking third person shooters, and VP’s porting has come a long way.
I’m cautiously optimistic about SpecOps: The Line as it looks like a great game, but due to my hard crashes with VP’s port of Bioshock, I don’t want my wee heart broken.
The developers now list it on their website directly as a Linux port in the “alpha” stages.
It was this week three years ago when there was the big Steam Linux reveal when I was over at Valve HQ learning from Gabe Newell about their Steam Linux client plans, their ambitions for a Steam Linux distribution on consoles (now known as SteamOS), and much more.