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Google's latest beta hints at what should be a key Android P feature

I don't know about you, but oftentimes, I find the headlining features of a new OS release have less impact on my day-to-day life than the random …

Android News

How to build a custom launcher in Android Studio – Part One

When it comes to Android customization, the launcher is the holy grail. This is where it’s at. It’s the trump card Android has always had over iOS. It’s what makes Android the most customizable operating system on pretty much any platform.<p>When it comes to Android customization, the launcher is the …

Android News

Apple is not as good as its bottom line

How can I say Apple is in trouble when it’s selling 10 iPhones per second? This is a company that just recorded quarterly revenue of $88.3 billion, …

IPhone X

What's Holding Linux Back - Unleaded Hangouts

Freedom Penguin’s founder & talking head – Matt has over a decade working with Linux desktops, his operating system experience consists of both …

Linux

7 Reasons Why Microsoft Windows Is a Disaster

Back in August 2017, I wrote a piece called Forget Linux: 10 Reasons You Should Stick With Windows. Indignant Linux users flooded the comments …

We're told to fear robots. But why do we think they'll turn on us?

The robot uprising is a myth.<p>Despite the gory headlines, objective data show that people all over the world are, on average, living longer, contracting fewer diseases, eating more food, spending more time in school, getting access to more culture, and becoming less likely to be killed in a war, …

Singularity

Google's Phone app is getting chat heads like Facebook Messenger

An update rolling out to Google phones, including Pixel and Android One devices, will give the Phone app a new but familiar feature. <i>Android Police</i> has discovered in an APK teardown that the app is getting circular floating chat heads, which are pretty much identical to Facebook Messenger's. They'll …

Apps

FOSS Project Spotlight: LinuxBoot

<i>Linux as firmware.</i> more>>

Linux

Siri Imagined As A 1980's Computer Program

This is a humor video created by the folks at Youtube channel Squirrel Monkey imagining how Apple's Siri personal assistant program might operate if …

Primates

Top 11 vi tips and tricks

The vi editor is one of the most popular text editors on Unix and Unix-like systems, such as Linux. Whether you're new to vi or just looking for a …

Linux

Ubuntu Wants to Collect Data About Your System

Ubuntu wants to collect data on users' systems to 'help improve Ubuntu'. The diagnostic data collection will be opt-out, and enabled by default for …

Linux

All The Stuff You Wished You Knew About Fourier Transforms But Were Afraid To Ask

The Fourier transform underpins so much of our technological lives, in most cases probably without our realising it. The ability to mathematically …

Sine

Android Messages is Google's best chance to compete with iMessage

After years of trial and error, all the pieces are in place for Android Messages to be a legitimate alternative to iMessage.<p>To say that Google's had …

Apps

​The most popular Linux desktop programs are...

The most recent Linux Questions poll results are in, and the the winners of this popular desktop Linux survey have been revealed, with many expected …

Linux

Mycroft Mark II - Artificial Intelligence Goes Open Source In A Voice Enabled Assistant

If you have used voice-enabled speaker devices like the Amazon Echo, which for some reason goes by Alexa rather than Echo, you've noticed there are …

Artificial Intelligence

Designing Windows 95’s User Interface

Three years ago I came across an interesting paper written up by a Microsoft employee, Kent Sullivan, on the process and findings of designing the …

UX Design

How can Apple's HomePod stake space in the enterprise?

Apple’s HomePod ships today. If you have one, I believe you will be thrilled at the presence and sound stage delivered by the diminutive device. But …

Enterprise

Hacker group manages to run Linux on a Nintendo Switch

Hacker group fail0verflow shared a photo of a Nintendo Switch running Debian, a distribution of Linux (via Nintendo Life). The group claims that Nintendo can’t fix the vulnerability with future firmware patches.<p>According to fail0verflow, there’s a flaw in the boot ROM in Nvidia’s Tegra X1 …

Retrogaming

You can’t buy an ethical smartphone today

<i>Any ethical, non-🍏 📱 recommendations?</i><p>It all started with a WhatsApp message from my friend, an environmental campaigner who runs a large government sustainability project. She's the most ethical person I know and has always worked hard to push me, and others, into making a more positive impact on …

Sustainability

The game-changing side effect a Chrome OS tablet could create

Google's Chrome OS platform is on the brink of yet another potentially massive expansion. That much we've established.What we didn't discuss in …

Nextgen

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball<p>The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.<p>There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no …

Wearable Tech

Why Linux is better than Windows or macOS for security

Enterprises invest a lot of time, effort and money in keeping their systems secure. The most security-conscious might have a security operations …

Linux

WiFi Routers Riddled With Holes: Report | Software

Most WiFi router vendors have not patched numerous firmware vulnerabilities discovered more than two years ago, according to a report Insignary …

Information Security

The next phase of Google's Chrome OS takeover

You know that feeling when a band you've followed for ages finally starts to get its due — when the right album at the right moment helps the …

Tech Industry

Mycroft Mark II: The Open Voice Assistant

Interact with technology and your connected devices in the most natural way – by speaking to them. Mark II is a hands-free smart speaker to get …

Linux Desktop Success - Unleaded Hangout

Freedom Penguin’s founder & talking head – Matt has over a decade working with Linux desktops, his operating system experience consists of both …

Linux

Introducing the CSD Initiative

<i>tl;dr: Let’s get rid of title bars. Join the revolution!</i> <br>Unless you’re one of a very lucky few, you probably use apps with title bars. In case you’ve …

Linux

Building a Linux-based HPC system on the Raspberry Pi with Ansible

In my previous article for Opensource.com, I introduced the OpenHPC project, which aims to accelerate innovation in high-performance computing (HPC). …

Raspberry Pi

Apple: We would never degrade the iPhone experience to get users to buy new phones

Apple on Wednesday responded to reports that the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are probing its decision to throttle older …

iPhone

LibreOffice 6.0 Released with ‘Dramatic’ Improvements

You can now download LibreOffice 6.0, the latest major release of this hugely popular free office software. The release of LibreOffice 6.0 marks the …

Linux