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Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P review: The true flagships of the Android ecosystem

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This year, we see a gap widening between Nexus devices and every other Android phone. If you're buying an Android device and want the fastest updates, the longest update support time, the best security program, zero crapware, the best software design, a cohesive app ecosystem, and the latest features from Google, you need to buy a Nexus. Every other Android phone pales in comparison to the Nexus 5X and 6P.

Before buying a Nexus meant you had to deal with a bad camera or poor battery life, but the Nexus 5X and 6P are the first Android devices with built with few-to-no compromises. The one thing you could complain about is the lack of wireless charging, but we can deal with that. The camera on a Nexus is finally good. The 12.3 MP cameras can hang with phones that are nearly twice the price of the 5X.

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BackBox Linux 4.4 review

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BackBox Linux is a distribution that provides the best penetration testing, incident response, computer forensics, and intelligence gathering applications in a user-friendly desktop distribution.

It’s based on Ubuntu, but uses a resource-friendly desktop environment called Xfce.

BackBox Linux 4.4 was released a few days ago, barely three months after the release of BackBox 4.3.

This article presents a summary review of the latest edition – BackBox Linux 4.4, which is based on Ubuntu 14.04.3.

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Youtube-DL A Command-Line & GUI Youtube, Facebook, Dailymotion Videos Downloading Tool For Linux

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youtube-dl command-line & gui video downloader for linux

Youtube-DL is a command line tool, developed in Python to download videos from various popular websites including Youtube, Dailymotion, facebook, photobucket and many others. A list of supported video sites is available here. Youtube-dl downloads videos right from the terminal with simply understandble commands. If you like to work with terminal then I am sure you'll like youtube-dl.

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Hands-On with openSuSE Leap RC1: A walk through of the installer

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The openSuSE Linux 42.1 Leap Release Candidate 1 (whew, that was a mouthful) was made available on their download page yesterday (click on 'switch to Development Version' at the top of the page to get it). Although I will be running their Tumbleweed advanced development version on most of my computers, I am planning on keeping Leap on one or two of them, so I have been downloading and trying the pre-releases as Leap development has progressed.

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Also: openSUSE Leap 42.1 Release Candidate Brings Linux Kernel 4.1.10 LTS, LibreOffice 5

Android 6.0 Marshmallow review

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It's muddier than ever with Android 6.0. Now on Tap has the potential to give Google insight into apps, just like it knows everything about the web — as long as Google can keep it useful enough to entice users to long-press that home button. There might be privacy implications to worry about, though Google has insisted that it doesn't store that search data.

Assuming Google can improve Now on Tap (and quell privacy concerns), it might need to think about another rebranding. Google itself got a new logo, maybe Android is going to need a new name soon. The best candidate is obvious: Google OS.

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Mate Makes Robolinux Raptor Soar

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Robolinux will impress both newcomers and seasoned Linux users. The Mate desktop version is an excellent starting point. Its user interface is easy and familiar.

Robolinux is an impressive traditional Linux desktop distro. It could be an ideal vehicle for both enterprises and small and home offices to make the migration to Linux.

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Review: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8″ Android Tablet

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Tablets! Everyone wants one, but a lot of us don’t want the same old slab. We’re in a great era where you can get a decent tablet without breaking the bank, but you usually have to make some sacrifices. Today we’re looking at the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8″. As the name implies, it’s the third generation of Lenovo’s Yoga Android family. I looked at the original Yoga Tab back in 2013, but that’s forever and a day ago in tech time. What’s the latest version like?

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Asus ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL) Review: Flying the Android Tablet Flag

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With smartphones getting larger and more powerful, there's a growing perception that tablets are a dying product category. A good phablet today has nearly all the advantages of a tablet, and is more likely to be conveniently accessible. Despite this, Asus continues to push the technology, and the ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL) shows that the Taiwanese company isn't ready to give up on tablets just yet. It's a decent device with enough muscle and style to satisfy mid-range users. Even those who use tablets as their primary smartphones will be happy.

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Moto 360 (2015) Review: The Most Watch-Like Android Wear Device Yet

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Motorola kicked off the age of Android Wear when it announced the original 360 more than six months before it was finally released. It was a beautiful piece of hardware, but was saddled with an ancient TI OMAP ARM chip and recessed lugs that led to cracked back panels. The second generation device addresses many of the shortcomings of that wearable, but some of them are still staring you in the face. Still, it might be the watch you've been waiting for.

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Moto 360 (2nd gen) review: The Android Wear watch to beat

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If you’re looking for a smartwatch that delivers a “next-generation” experience, the 2nd generation Moto 360 isn’t it. In fact, none of the Android Wear watches really move the platform forward in a significant way—perhaps because Google is largely in the driver’s seat for software development.

But if you want a smartwatch that delivers a great experience for everything Android Wear can do, this is the one. Numerous hardware refinements and a year of software development have made the new Moto 360 everything the first one should have been.

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