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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Maru OS wants to turn your phone in to a desktop.





Maru OS does not change much about the way your phone operates on its own, but once you connect a desktop monitor via a slimport cable, Maru really comes to life.

When connected to a display, Maru OS allow you to run a desktop Linux environment straight from your phone.

It is an exciting concept, especially as phones become more and more powerful – and more capable of running desktop apps.

In the future, Maru OS could allow you to replace a desktop computer entirely if your phone’s got the horse power.

Right now, it is capable of running some Linux desktop apps, but the setup process is anything but easy.

Installing Maru OS require flashing the ROM on your phone, and navigating some serious technical obstacles.

First batch of Xbox Design Lab custom controllers arrives in the September.



The Xbox Design Lab is an online customization program that allows players to out fit Xbox One controllers with colorful shells, buttons, analog sticks, and d-pads.

Microsoft notes that Xbox Design Lab controller offer players 8 million different color combinations to choose from, and custom-crafted designs can be shared across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Hardware appears to be major component of Microsoft’s Xbox platform strategy, as the company recently revealed that an upgraded version of its Xbox One console is in the works.

Code named “Scorpio,” the upcoming Xbox One hardware is rumored to feature a faster GPU, VR compatibility, and support for 4K resolutions.

Xbox Design Lab controllers can be ordered and customized via Microsoft’s website. Prices for custom orders start at $80.

Piper’s kit computer uses Minecraft as a portal into the world of programming


Minecraft is an awesome creative tool. It provides huge sense of satisfaction when building cities, constructing in-game working computers, or discovering how custom artificial intelligence can work within a virtual realm.

It is a tool loved by educators, programmers, and gamers alike, which is undoubtedly why Piper chose Minecraft as the foundation of its do-it-yourself PC construction kit for kids.

The Piper Computer Kit is awesome as the Minecraft game itself. It focus on young students who have a passion for building gadgets, a high interest in creating their own PC, and are big Minecraft players.

And given that Minecraft is capable of creating working in game electronics, it is the perfect programming tool to keep these little system builders in a controlled environment as they learn about the real thing.

The Piper Computer Kit features it is very own 7-inch LCD display. It is already assembled, only requiring Nick to piece together the part of the overall PC enclosure that protects the small motherboard controlling the display.

This screen resolution is 800 x 480, which is perfect for playing Minecraft. It is also likely the bulk of the Piper Computer Kit’s overall price tag.

At the heart of the Piper PC is a Raspberry Pi 3, featuring quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of system memory, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, one Ethernet port, four USB ports, one HDMI port, a microphone/headphone combo jack, and a MicroSD card slot that plays host to the operating system and programs.

The board also has 40 GPIO pins, a camera interface, a display interface. The entire board will be the size of a credit card.

Internet on go: Tesla equipping new vehicles with Wi-Fi hot spot chips



If your ideal internet connectivity is “always on,” maybe you should consider a Tesla for your next ride. The exact date when the switch was made has not been disclosed, but Tesla vehicles are built starting in the second quarter of 2016 should have Qualcomm Wi-Fi hot spot chips installed even if they’re not turned on yet, according to Electrek.

Tesla filed an application with the Federal Communication Commission to use radio frequencies with a Session Initiation Protocol (SiP) module earlier this year. SiP modules signal and control multimedia communication sessions over the internet, including but not limited to voice and video calls and SMS messaging. The SiP module includes Qualcomm Atheros QCA6234 chip optimized as a Wi-Fi hot spot and a USB/Bluetooth/Wi-Fi hub.

Tesla drivers will have even greater use for Wi-Fi hot spot when Teslas reach SAE level 4 autonomy — the level where drivers aren’t involved at all in the driving under select conditions. After that point, Passengers and Drivers will all expect internet connectivity in the car just as they now expect it at home and at work.

Luxury seems to be define three new mechanical PC gaming keyboards from Corsair



Corsair said that on Friday that its new family of Lux mechanical keyboards for PC gamers is now available across the globe ranging from $120 to $160 in price. There are three units in total, packing 100-percent German-made Cherry MX key switches, an aircraft-grade anodized brushed aluminum chassis, and “sophisticated” macro programming. They even sport a cool USB 2.0 port for extending your desktop’s peripheral arsenal.

Corsair new Lux mechanical keyboards are based on the K70, the K70 RGB, and the K65 RGB. They pack on additional premium features like enhanced lighting, special textured key cap set, and modern font key caps for easier viewing. In fact, they appear to be somewhat identical to the “Rapid fire” variants of those three base models save for the switches, as the Rapidfire models utilize Cherry MX “Speed” switches instead the usual colorful fanfare.

Could you design the next Android Wear watch face design



This year, the tech giant is hoping to call upon the creative power of the masses to crowd source a unique watch face design, which will be featured on Google’s wearable. Thanks to a new partnership between Android Wear and Paper magazine, you’ll be able to partake in a social media competition that involves a “global search for unique watch face designs.”

Google has often turned to external parties to come with the aesthetics behind faces. Collaborations with Zoe Jordan, Rebecca Mink off, and Ted Baker have yielded successful results, but this time, you don’t have to be a major fashion house to catch Google’s eye. Really, you just have a good idea but be warned, it’ll need to be an extremely good idea.

“Whether you are a design student or just a fashion lover, this is your chance to free your inner designer,” Paper said in its announcement. “No need to be a computer whiz: Snap a picture, sketch on napkin, play with fabric, paint on canvas… If it inspires you, we want to see it!”.

Ideas will be judged by an impressive panel that includes designer Cynthia Rowley, style icon Jenné Lombardo, Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter, Android Wear designer Morten Just, and Paper’s Editorial Director Mickey Boardman. So if your design is the one selected, rest assured that it will be blessed by some of the most influential folks in the business.

In total, five concepts will be chosen to become “fully functioning Android Wear watch faces, made available for Android and iOS users to download and featured in Android Wear fall fashion collection.” And one lucky grand prize winner will receive a mentor ship with one of the judges, a trip to Paris Fashion Week, and obviously, an Android Wear watch.

You have got until September 15 to enter, and all you need to do is post your design to Instagram with the hashtags #AndroidWear and #WearWhatYouWant.

Apple All Set to Launch the New iPhone 7 on September 7



Traditionally, Apple’s new iPhone release in the month of September every year. Highlight of this year, the headphone jack-less iPhone 7, is expected to launch on 7th of the month.

While the predecessors lacked any significant design change, other than the inclusion of 3-D Touch in the iPhone 6s, the latest model is widely speculated to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Instead of traditional port, the iPhone 7 could come with a Type-C port for both charging and audio. It could also be slimmer than iPhone 6s.

The purported device is further expected to feature a quad HD or 4K display and continue with the 3D Touch technology where the home button too with have pressure sensors. Rumours also hint at the use of a new hexa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and support for wireless charging.

The next iPhone is also expected to come with what is a Dual Lens camera – a feature similar to the recently launched Huawei P9 that features a 12 megapixel sensor co-engineered by Leica. The one on the Apple iPhone is also likely to come with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

According to a report on Bloomberg, the company is also expected to introduce a revamped Mac Book Pro laptop for the first time in over four years. However, it won’t be released at the same event as the iPhone 7.

While there is no official announcement yet, it is expected that the pre-orders will start from September 9 with first shipping beginning September 16. The Indian debut of iPhone 7 is likely to take place on October 10.

Facebook is working on bringing the internet to India’s rural areas



Facebook said earlier this month that it’s testing Express Wi-Fi in several remote areas of India. Now it seems the company also plans to bring this service to railway stations and rural regions. The world’s largest social media network is in talks with RailTel to provide internet services at railway stations, RailTel chairman RK Bahuguna told Economic Times. Bahuguna added that they have asked the Facebook to bring connectivity to smaller railway stations and rural areas in their vicinity.

Rail Tel offers internet facilities tapping the optic fibre cable that runs alongside railway tracks that cover almost 70 percent of the country. If the company’s name rings a bell, that’s because it also partnered with Google to launch free Wi-Fi services in 400 railway stations by 2017. The announcement was made by Google CEO Sundar Pichai during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Valley last year. Google says the service, has gone live in 19 stations and is being utilized by over 1.5 million people.

However, RailTel’s partnership with Facebook could extend beyond railway stations. The project could bring data services up to a 10 km radius from a connected railway station, Bahuguna said, adding that this range could be expanded up to 25km via additional access points.

Facebook’s Free Basics (formerly known as received a lot of flak from privacy advocates in India last year. The service, which is operating in emerging region such as Indonesia, offers users free access to select internet services for free. This wall-gardened approach had many resulting in Indians opting for no internet access than having some internet access. Google’s free Wi-Fi service, on the other hand, has received appreciations from almost everyone because of its open and fair nature.

The world’s second most populous nation India remains one of the biggest growth regions for any company. About 1.3 billion people who live in India, only about 300 million people are on the internet. However, analysts predict India could have as many as 730 million internet users as soon as 2020, which shows why Google and Facebook are leaving no stone un turned to ensure they reach out to them first.

Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 Released, Download Torrent And ISO Files




Download Link for Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 Beta 1:
Thanks to the GNOME 3.20 Stack, Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 Beta 1 comes with loads of changes and improvements. It comes with new versions of Calculator, File Roller, Cheese, and other software. This release also comes with the GNOME 3.22 Beta 1.

Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 uses the GTK3 version of LibreOffice 5.2. GNOME Initial Setup utility is also included and enabled to make the configuring process simpler. This release also includes an experimental Way land session.

To Download: click here

New Features In Fedora 25 Linux OS, Releasing On November 15




The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Linux 25 continues to provide a cutting-edge Linux desktop experience. It is one of the most loved open source operating system around, whose releases pave a new path for the next generation of other Linux distributions.
These days, the Fedora Project is working on Fedora 25, the next major version of the popular GNU/Linux computer operating systems.

Fedora 25 Release Date:
Earlier, the Fedora Project had decided November 8 as the launch date for the Fedora 25 Final Release. However, due to some major changes coming to this operating system, the developers had to delay the date.

Looking at the Fedora 25 Release Schedule page, it looks like that the Fedora 25 Final Release will arrive on November 15.

The Alpha Release is to be expected to arrive on August 30, followed by the Beta Release on October 11. Just before the Final Release, Fedora 25 is expected to enter the Final Freeze on November 1 2016.

Fedora 25 New Features:
One of the major changes coming to the Fedora 25 is the replacement of the old X.Org Server or X-11 by Wayland. It is a modern technology that’s developed as the next-generation display server. Due to multiple security-related concerns in X-11, Wayland is being welcomed by the open source community.

Another important change in Fedora 25 is the implementation of the Storage project as a replacement of UDisks2 for making changes to storage disks.

This upcoming Linux distro release comes with support for installing debug info packages in parallel. This will make the lives of system admins easier as they’ll be able to see which application is causing which problem.

Fedora 25 will come with updated Open JDK and Network Security Services (NSS). The release will also come up with Perl 5.24 and Ruby on Rails 5.0.

Other important additions will come in the form of GHC 7.0 and supported for Unicode 9.0. The new Fedora Media Write will also come along to make it easy to write Fedora images to USB. In this release, KillUserProcess=yes will be enabled by default with system.

The other changes are removal of Perl from Build Root, the addition of updated Node.js 6.x, the introduction of packages for Rust compiler, updated Erlang 19, and Golang 1.7.