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Lenovo Introduce Unique 2-in-1 Android-powered Yoga Book

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Lenovo is no stranger to introducing products that are a little “out there” compared to the norm, and their Yoga line of devices have been at the forefront of this. During IFA 2016, the Chinese company is introducing their latest in the line of Yoga products, and as far as Android tablets go, we haven’t seen anything like this before. The Yoga Book is Lenovo’s 10.1-inch foldable, 2-in-1 Android tablet – with a Windows 10 version also available – that features 2,048 points of pressure sensitivity for taking notes and drawing diagrams, as well as a keyboard that’s not quite like any other we’ve seen.

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Google Android Nougat review:

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There's a good reason why Nougat doesn't seem as dense as past Android updates, and that's because a lot of the upgrades happen behind the scenes. It's undoubtedly faster and smoother, and your battery should last longer between charges. These are less-visible -- but still important -- performance gains. But the interface doesn't look or function all that differently, and that's disappointing for a major OS update.

While you should jump on the Android 7.0 update as soon as your phone gets it, you'll be happier thinking of Nougat as the cherry on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, not a brand-new dessert. We hope Google follows up with more interesting updates in the months to come -- possibly when rumored new phones hit later this year.

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KDE Connect links your Android phone with your Linux desktop

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Despite the name, KDE Connect isn’t just for KDE Plasma desktop users. You can install KDE Connect on any Linux desktop environment. After that, you’ll just need to install the KDE Connect app for Android from the Google Play Store.

With KDE Connect on your Linux PC and Android phone, you’ll be able to link them together. Notifications you receive on your Android phone will appear on your Linux PC. If you receive an SMS message on your phone, you’ll see it on your Linux PC and you can respond to it from Linux. KDE Connect also offers other useful features, like the ability to trigger custom commands and use your phone as a media controller remote. The connection is made without any servers—your phone and PC connect directly to each other using TLS encryption over the local network.

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Bezel-Less Nubia Z11 Android Smartphone To Launch Worldwide This September

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Chinese phone maker Nubia is set to launch the Z11, an Android smartphone featuring a bezel-less design, this September. The handset will be available in 14 countries including the United States, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Thailand and India.

Nubia, which is a brand owned by ZTE, first announced the Z11 back in June and was made available in China in July. The brand isn’t that well-known in the West, but with the global launch of the handset, that’s about to change.

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Next-gen TV STB platform runs Android on quad-core Cortex-A53

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The “Poplar Board,” based on HiSilicon’s quad-core Hi3798C V200 SoC, is the first SBC to implement Linaro’s “96Boards Enterprise Edition TV Platform” spec.

The “under $100” Poplar Board is aimed primarily at Internet connected TV set-top box (STB) developers, but it also targets hobbyists and the open-source community, according to HiSilicon’s announcement. The SBC, which is the first to adopt Linaro’s “96Boards Enterprise Edition TV Platform” form-factor specifications, was developed for use in “Digital Home applications including Digital TV and Set Top Boxes,” says HiSilicon.

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Acer Liquid Z6, Z6 Plus Android smartphones to hit stores outside U.S. late this year

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Acer showed off two new Android smartphones at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday — the underwhelming midrange Liquid Z6, and the slightly higher-end Liquid Z6 Plus. Both devices run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Acer’s embellishments on top, but there’s no word on whether they’ll get a release stateside.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Android Smartphones in The World – 2016

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We all know that new smartphones can be expensive, especially when we add up the overall cost a new Android smartphone is on a 24-month contract. Sure, there are more choices than ever before for customers to get their hands on new Android smartphones, but the fact is that they still cost a fortune. Well, if you thought the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Motorola Moto Z were expensive, you’ll love this list of the 10 most expensive Android smartphones from around the world.

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New NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Console Shows Up At The FCC

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While the Xiaomi Mi Box does seem to be inching closer towards its release and while this is expected to be the next big major device release for the Android TV platform, the last week has seen speculation mounting as to what NVIDIA might have up their sleeves. This is because a new SHIELD Controller popped up on the FCC and this was then followed by new filings for a new SHIELD Remote control. Of course, just because the two controller accessories were passing through the FCC, it does not automatically mean there will also be a new SHIELD Android TV device coming as well. Although on this particular occasion, that looks to be exactly what is happening.

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Licensing resource series: Free GNU/Linux distributions & GNU Bucks

When Richard Stallman set out to create the GNU Project, the goal was to create a fully free operating system. Over 33 years later, it is now possible for users to have a computer that runs only free software. But even if all the software is available, putting it all together yourself, or finding a distribution that comes with only free software, would be quite the task. That is why we provide a list of Free GNU/Linux distributions. Each distro on the list is commited to only distributing free software. With many to choose from, you can find a distro that meets your needs while respecting your freedom. But with so much software making up an entire operating system, how is it possible to make sure that nothing nasty sneaks into the distro? That's where you, and GNU Bucks come in. Read more

Linux 4.7.6

I'm announcing the release of the 4.7.6 kernel. All users of the 4.7 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.7.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.7.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... Read more Also: Linux 4.4.23

Linaro beams LITE at Internet of Things devices

Linaro launched a “Linaro IoT and Embedded” (LITE) group, to develop end-to-end open source reference software for IoT devices and applications. Linaro, which is owned by ARM and major ARM licensees, and which develops open source software for ARM devices, launched a Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Segment Group at this week’s Linaro Connect event in Las Vegas. The objective of the LITE initiative is to produce “end to end open source reference software for more secure connected products, ranging from sensors and connected controllers to smart devices and gateways, for the industrial and consumer markets,” says Linaro. Read more Also:

  • Linaro organisation, with ARM, aims for end-end open source IoT code
    With the objective of producing reference software for more secure connected products, ranging from sensors and connected controllers to smart devices and gateways, for the industrial and consumer markets, Linaro has announced LITE: Collaborative Software Engineering for the Internet of Things (IoT). Linaro and the LITE members will work to reduce fragmentation in operating systems, middleware and cloud connectivity solutions, and will deliver open source device reference platforms to enable faster time to market, improved security and lower maintenance costs for connected products. Industry interoperability of diverse, connected and secure IoT devices is a critical need to deliver on the promise of the IoT market, the organisation says. “Today, product vendors are faced with a proliferation of choices for IoT device operating systems, security infrastructure, identification, communication, device management and cloud interfaces.”
  • An open source approach to securing The Internet of Things
  • Addressing the IoT Security Problem
    Last week's DDOS takedown of security guru Brian Krebs' website made history on several levels. For one, it was the largest such reported attack ever, with unwanted traffic to the site hitting levels of 620 Gbps, more than double the previous record set back in 2013, and signalling that the terabyte threshold will certainly be crossed soon. It also relied primarily on compromised Internet of Things devices.