Huawei isn't exactly the first company that comes to mind when you think of stylish connected devices. The Chinese manufacturer has delved into wearables with its TalkBand series, but those were slow to come to the US and their fitness tracker-meets-Bluetooth-headset capabilities were peculiar. Now Huawei wants to test the waters of Google's wearable OS with its new smartwatch, simply dubbed the Huawei Watch, and it's a solid first attempt at Android Wear.
GNOME 3.18 includes a variety of other improvements. It now supports automatic brightness control, using a light sensor on your laptop to adjust the backlight to save battery life. Multi-touch gestures aren’t just for touch screens anymore—they can be used on a laptop touchpad under the new Wayland graphical server. Selecting, copying, cutting, and otherwise editing text with a touch screen is much improved. Scrolling has been improved, and you can now activate automatic scrolling by right-clicking a scrollbar.
Want to try it yourself? GNOME 3.18 will soon arrive as part of Fedora 23, currently in beta, but scheduled to be released on October 27. Download the Fedora Workstation 23 beta image to try it today.
Google has updated its Nexus smartphone range with two new handsets powered by the latest build of Android, codenamed Marshmallow.
"Nexus is for Android because we've designed it," Google's newish CEO Sundar Pichai told the press at Tuesday's launch in San Francisco, meaning that the new phones have been designed to squeeze the most out of Android 6.0 aka Marshmallow. Hopefully for Google that will have customers asking it for s'more (sorry).
The Blackphone 2, the second device from the Swiss company Silent Circle, is unique. It promises a fully private experience, with advanced security features, deep permissions management, and encrypted voice, text, and video chat built in. The phone, which runs a heavily modified version of Android, lets you fiddle with the most granular permissions settings of all your apps, giving you a level of privacy control that far exceeds that of regular Android phones. And when you make a call, send a text, or fire up a videoconference, your communications travel encrypted across Silent Circle’s private cloud VPN, better protecting you from spies.
If you stop and think about it, we've actually been in need of a decent starter watch for Android Wear. Something that doesn't cost $300 (or more). Something that gets you the basic Android smartwatch experience without breaking the bank.
The LG G Watch used to be that watch. More display on your wrist than watch-looking watch, it can be had for around $100 these days. But it doesn't look like much. That's where the ASUS ZenWatch 2 definitely trumps it. And it does so for a paltry sum.
VectorLinux has no live session releases to let users try it out. Not having a live session is a severe disservice. It is also a big inconvenience in determining if the OS works on your gear. This illustrates everything that is wrong with VectorLinux's distribution approach. It reinforces everything that detractors say about Linux being hard to install and confusing to set up.
The stainless steel body of the Huawei Watch screams the utmost premium quality, adding a touch of class to your wrist, all the while fooling everyone into believing that you’re wearing a traditional watch. Little do they know that you’re wearing a computer on your wrist. This sought after feature has an obvious draw to a particular audience that wishes to practice a bit of form over function.
I did not miss Qi charging and I did not miss having a built in ambient light sensor. The Huawei Watch is most likely the best in class that Android Wear has to offer right now, even though there are a few aspects of the watch that might not be suitable for everyone. If you don’t mind the lack of an ambient light sensor and you don’t mind the need for a propriety charger, the elegance of the Huawei Watch makes this smartwatch a must have for anyone looking to purchase a premium smartwatch right now.
The Blackphone is a fine device. It’s attractive, it’s fast. There’s a wonderful array of easy-to-use security settings, surpassing anything on the market, whilst much of the good work is done by the Silent Circle crew patching vulnerabilities and issuing updates. For dilettantes of the privacy and security spheres, or anyone who wants good protection from digital threats with little fuss, the Blackphone 2 is an ideal choice.
Mageia, a community distribution forked from the now-discontinued Mandriva project, released Mageia 5 a few weeks ago. The new version of Mageia ships with updated software packages and UEFI support. (Secure Boot is not supported at this time.) The development team provided a good deal of documentation with the new version, supplying release notes, a summarizing release announcement and errata to guide us through potential problems. The Mageia distribution is available in many different builds and editions. There are plain installation discs, live discs (offered in GNOME and KDE editions) and discs for network installations. Each of the download options is available in 32-bit and 64-bit x86 builds.
The stable version of Ubuntu MATE Wily Werewolf (15.10) is almost here and we just received the final Beta. We now take a closer look at this Ubuntu flavor and see what's been happening in the past few months.