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October 20, 2013
This tutorial focuses on showing the use of one of the new features introduced in Ubuntu 13.10, namely Smart Scopes. With Mir being postponed, Saucy Salamander didn’t have a lot of new features, focusing on stability rather than trying to break new grounds. Smart Scopes is one of the main additions to Dash in Saucy.
Freescale Semiconductor announced a new line of Linux-ready, embedded-focused QorIQ system-on-chips based on a new ARM-compatible, core-agnostic Layerscape architecture. The first three QorIQ LS1 SoCs offer dual ARM Cortex-A7 cores clocked at up to 1GHz, and include networking-, display-, and cost-optimized models featuring 2-3 Watts power consumption.
It’s been three years since the last version of AssaultCube was released, but the wait was well-worth, since 1.2 brings several major new features and a ton of improvements. First, I must say AssaultCube is one of my favorite shooters because of its simplicity yet pretty addictive gameplay and a nice community.
It’s becoming more and more difficult to remember that only a few short years ago, GNOME won nearly every popularity poll and it seemed as if KDE was in danger of becoming the best desktop without users. Now, hardly a days goes by when we don’t hear of yet another project abandoning the GNOME desktop environment.
October 19, 2013
Does it pay to be an Android app developer? How do revenues on Android compare to those on Apple's mobile platform, iOS?
Dolphin Browser is still our pick for the best web browser for Android, but it's been a while since we reviewed its features and explained why it's our favorite, especially considering Chrome's massive popularity (and our love for it) and the many other alternatives for Android.
We've written a few times about the patent troll "Personal Audio" which claims to hold a patent (US Patent 8,112,504) that it says covers podcasting. With this patent it's been busy shaking down the creators of a bunch of popular podcasts. The company's owner and his lawyer recently asserted (somehow, without laughing) that their patent was "the roadmap" for podcasting, even though no one involved in the early days of podcasting was even remotely aware of the patent.
After studying more than 200 billion Facebook ads, it has been discovered that the ads are more effective on iOS than on Android. The study conducted by Nanigans shows that Facebook ads on iOS are 1,790% more profitable than on Android-powered devices.
Microsoft has quietly released a remote desktop client for Android that is available now at the Google Play store.
Themer is a great tool for completely customizing your home screen with a few taps, but which themes are the best? Which ones will really make your phone look sharp? We did some digging and picked a some great Themer customizations you might want to try.
Nero first came into the limelight as a CD burning tool, but has since expanded into various other software avenues. The BackItUp tool, launched on Windows a few years ago, has now made its way to Android for an easy 3-step backup, sync and restore solution — complete with 5GB of online storage.
The sanctity of the dev/random random number generator used in the Linux kernel has been a hot-button issue for more than a month. A petition posted to change.org in September to remove RdRand from dev/random, for example, was met with fury from Linus Torvalds who called the developer who posted it “ignorant,” suggesting not so nicely too that the developer learn more about cryptography.
While the Ubuntu 13.10 desktop isn't using Mir/XMir by default, the packages are available within the archive for those wanting to test out the next-generation display server for Ubuntu. To see how the 2D/3D performance is when running under XMir with the Unity System Compositor, I ran some new benchmarks using this week's Ubuntu 13.10 release.
When the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) puts to sea later this year, it will be different from any other ship in the Navy's fleet in many ways. The $3.5 billon ship is designed for stealth, survivability, and firepower, and it's packed with advanced technology. And at the heart of its operations is a virtual data center powered by off-the-shelf server hardware, various flavors of Linux, and over 6 million lines of software code.
Side-scrolling survival horror game Dark Matter is now available on Windows PC, Mac and Linux through Steam and Good Old Games, developer InterWave announced.