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Google Code Shutting Down

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Google

In July of 2006, I first wrote about Google Code, as a new competitive alternative to SourceForge for open-source project hosting. Times sure have changed in the last 8.5 years and Google is now shutting Google Code down.

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Hands on: Google's new $999 Chromebook Pixel makes big changes under the hood

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GNU
Linux
Google

Two years is eons in tech time, and that’s how long we’ve had to wait for a new Chromebook Pixel, which Google announced Wednesday. Yes, this is a new version of the super-premium, high-priced flagship that debuted to oohs, ahhs, and whys in early 2013, when most Chromebooks were little cheap plastic things, and desktop applications dominated. Not everyone saw the potential of a high-priced browser box.

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Google hires engineers to run Android OS on virtual reality gear – report

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Android
Google

Google has padded out a team of engineers to beaver away at an Android operating system to power virtual reality devices, it has been reported.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the ad giant plans to follow its well-worn OS smartphone path, by releasing a VR version of its platform that will be freely available online.

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How to run Linux and Chrome OS on your Chromebook

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Google
HowTos

Chromebooks are pretty darn handy. Even some hardcore Windows users now acknowledge that a Chromebook might be just what you need for work. But, as great as Chromebooks are, and as much progress as Google has made in getting "Web-only" apps such as Google Docs to work offline, there are still times that you want an application that's only available off-line such as the LibreOffice office suite or the GIMP photo editor. For those times, it's darn handy to be able to run a Linux desktop on a Chromebook.

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Google's Android One debuts in PHL, priced below P5k

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Android
Google

Google Philippines, together with local phone brands Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, announced on Tuesday, February 17, that it is finally bringing the much-anticipated Android One smartphone into the country at a retail price of under P5,000.

Touted as a smartphone for the masses, the Android One is Google's attempt to establish a range of baseline features at an affordable price point.

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Google Launches Open-Source, Cross-Cloud Benchmarking Tool

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Google
OSS

Google today launched PerfKit, an open-source cloud-benchmarking tool that, in Google’s words, is an “effort to define a canonical set of benchmarks to measure and compare cloud offerings.” The PerfKit tools currently support Google’s own Compute Engine, Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure clouds. Google says it has worked on this project with over 30 researchers, companies and customers, including ARM, Canonical, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Rackspace and Red Hat.

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Google's next Lollipop update shows up on an Android One phone

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Android
Google

This whole thing started when Google updated its Indonesian Android One landing page earlier today, complete with a tidbit claiming that such low-cost devices would run "the latest and fastest version of Android (5.1 Lollipop)". Given that one of Android One's major selling points is to bring the latest and greatest software updates to people in emerging markets, it's a little curious that none of the other international landing pages (think India, Bangladesh and Nepal) have gotten similar updates. Then again, it's not like we haven't seen a company representatives prematurely pull a trigger before. Tacit, purposeful confirmation? Human error? It doesn't matter -- this cat isn't going back in the bag.

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Witcher 2 Bug Prompts Linux Creator To Recommend Devs Play Steam Games

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Linux
Google

It’s common for NVIDIA and AMD to tweak their drivers to optimise specific titles, but patches to operating systems just for games? Usually developers work around platform quirks, but that’s not good enough for Linus Torvalds, the man behind Linux. When crashes in The Witcher 2 were caused by Linux’s core software, Torvalds not only requested the bug be fixed, but that Steam games should be used in the future as “good tests of odd behaviour”.

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Google’s Project Ara Open Source Smartphone to Debut in Puerto Rico This Year

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Google
OSS

Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, but retained the Advanced Research and Projects (ATAP) R&D group that runs the project. ATAP recently showed off a second generation prototype of the Ara phone, and earlier this month, Google announced plans to launch a 2015 pilot program in Puerto Rico. Project Ara has also recently attracted some interesting technology partners, including battery maker SolidEnergy, audio experts Sennheiser, and health accessory designer Lapka.

Together with ATAP's Project Tango for developing 3D sensing phones, Project Ara represents Google's vision for the smartphone future. The timing seems right, as the Android smartphone scene is looking a bit moribund compared to hot-ticket technologies like wearables, drones, and home automation.

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Google Fixed GHOST Exploit in Chrome OS in 2014 and Didn't Tell Anyone

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Google
Security

Details about a GLIBC vulnerability were published a couple of days ago by a company called Qualys, and the distributions using it have already received patches. Now, it seems that Google knew about this problem, patched it in ChromeOS a year ago, and forgot to say anything to anyone.

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