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Dell also joins the Chrome OS bandwagon launches Chromebook 11

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Microsoft’s nightmare continues as more and more partners are joining the Google club. Dell has announced its first Chromebook which is powered by Google’s Linux-based “open source” operating system Chrome OS.

Dell is pushing the laptop to a market that Microsoft would cringe to continue to own, which is slipping out of its hands.

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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Privacy campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is more than a little miffed with Google – after the Chocolate Factory pulled an Android tool that lets users control the information apps can harvest.

The software, dubbed App Ops, was bundled into Android 4.3 as a hidden application. For each installed program, it presents a series of switches so that users can activate some permissions, such as granting access to the cellular or Wi-Fi network, but block others, such as sharing your physical whereabouts.

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The Steam Controller Works "Out Of The Box" On Linux

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Valve's initial Steam Controller prototype for use with the Steam Machines Linux-based game console will also work "out of the box" on other Linux distributions.

I had written earlier about Former NVIDIA, Microsoft Developers Doing Lots Of The SteamOS Work. In that earlier article I mentioned I didn't see any Steam Controller Linux driver present in Valve's Debian-based SteamOS. It turns out that the Steam Controller for now will work just fine with the generic USB HID input driver.

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Slideshow: 10 Linux-Based Robots by Land, Air, And Sea

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In the year since we ran our last Linux robot slideshow, the field has expanded considerably. In addition to major new Linux-based commercial products like Lego's Mindstorms EV3 educational robot kit, there are dozens of open spec kit designs available, many of them from small hobbyist groups. A number of these integrate Rasbperry Pi or BeagleBone single board computers, often in conjunction with Arduino motor controllers.

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MintBox 2 review: Linux Mint in a compact, powerful computer

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Operating system: Linux Mint
Processor: Intel i5-3337U
Memory: 4GB DDR3
Heat dissipation: Die-cast heatsink case, fanless design
Networking: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 N Wireless
Ports: 6 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, optical in and out, 2 x eSATA, HDMI out, Display Port out

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SteamOS 1.0 is Here, Based on Debian 7.1

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SteamOS 1.0 was made available for download today through Valve-owned steampowered.com. In the SteamOS FAQ, we discover that SteamOS 1.0 is based on Debian 7.1 stable. Some of the changes for Steam include backporting eglibc 2.17 from Debian testing, updating the kernel to 3.10.11, and auto-updates from the Valve SteamOS repos. Valve chose Debian because they felt it "is the best way for Valve to deliver a fully custom SteamOS experience" to its customers.

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Android's ION Proposed For Mainline Linux

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John Stultz is attempting to bring the Android ION constraint memory allocator into the Linux kernel's staging area. ION is used by Google's Android mobile operating system for allocating memory that can be shared between multiple devices and that potentially have differing memory access constraints.

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Samsung merges camera and mobile divisions in a bid to differentiate its smartphones

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The impact of this reorganization isn't yet clear, and might not be felt for a while to come, but it does reiterate Samsung's interest in hybrid devices like the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Bringing the camera and phone designers closer together should also result in tighter collaboration between their teams. Samsung promises to improve the "operation capabilities" of the newly reassigned imaging team and "promote its market leadership."

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Epiphany 3.10.3 Brings Greater Web Compatibility

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The GNOME development team was happy to announce a couple of days ago, on December 11, that the third maintenance release of the stable Epiphany 3.10 web browser is now available for download and users are urged to update as soon as the package becomes available in their Linux operating systems.

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The latest on GNOME Software from Fedora Rawhide

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GNOME Software is the built-in software management application on GNOME 3. It is a beautiful application.

In the future, it might be all you need to install and manage applications on a GNOME 3 desktop. For now, it is a work in progress. Usable, but definitely not feature-complete.

The distribution to use if you want to see how far it’s coming along is Fedora. And the best version of Fedora to download and install is Fedora Rawhide, the developmental version. Which is exactly what I did yesterday. Downloaded and installed it in a virtual environment.

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    In a previous article, I published a small userspace image and Linux kernel for the Zenwatch 3 that enables root access with SSH over USB on the watch. By now, I reached my initial goal to get AsteroidOS, the alternative Android Wear operating system, running on the Zenwatch 3. Similar to SailfishOS and Ubuntu Touch, AsteroidOS uses the original Android kernel - a patched Linux kernel - with a GNU/Linux userspace that, in turn, also uses some of the original, closed-source Android libraries to access certain hardware like the GPU. As the Android libraries expect a different software ecosystem, e.g., a different C library called bionic, we cannot simply call the Android libraries from within a common GNU/Linux application. Instead, we need an additional software layer that translates between the Android and the common GNU/Linux world. This layer is called libhybris.
  • How Ironic: Harman Kardon’s Microsoft Cortana Speaker Is Powered by Linux
    Harman Kardon, the company recently acquired by Samsung, has developed its very own Cortana speaker, which is very similar to the Amazon Echo but featuring Microsoft’s famous digital assistant. And since Cortana is the key feature of this little device, it only makes sense for Harman Kardon to turn to Windows 10 to power the device. And yet, it looks like the so-called Harman Kardon is actually running Linux.
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  • The Numbers Article for Mobile in 2017 - All the Statistics You Could Ask For
    Mobile is the hottest industry. Banking and payments are rushing to mobile. Governments doing healthcare and education with mobile. Travel from airlines to taxis to trains and busses to hotel bookings is going mobile. Your driver's licence is migrating to the mobile phone as are your keys to your home. And all the other big tech stories from Internet of Things (IoT) to 'Big Data' analytics to Cloud computing - are all dependent on mobile. And next week we have the massive industry event in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress. My brand new TomiAhonen Almanac 2017 is now finished and is released today. So this is the perfect time to do my annual 'State of Mobile' blog of the major statistics. What are the big numbers. Lets start with reach. Yes, mobile is by far the most widely-spread communication technology humankind has ever witnessed.
  • Tizen Store Expands Its Service Coverage to 222 Countries
    The Tizen Store, as the name suggests, is the Tizen Application Store for developers to publish their free and paid for Tizen apps. In April 2015, we saw the store expand it’s coverage to include 182 countries, which was mainly for FREE apps, but we saw this as setting the foundation for providing paid for apps further down the road.

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