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Google’s secret OS that may someday replace Android was just caught on video

Posted on: Fri, 2018-01-19 - 07:39 By: admin

Google’s secret OS that may someday replace Android was just caught on video

Google will not truly acknowledge its third operating system just yet, since it’s far from being a finished OS. But when Fuchsia is done, it’ll probably kill Android and Chrome OS, offering users a consistent computing experience across devices. Fuchsia works precisely the same no matter how big a screen is, and we finally have a working version that you can download on a Pixelbook right now.

If there’s one thing we can only hope that Fuchsia gets right, that’s OS updates. That’s the main reason to kill Android as soon as possible.

See http://bit.ly/2EUequo


Mainstream Open Source turns 20

Posted on: Thu, 2018-01-18 - 12:39 By: admin

Mainstream Open Source turns 20

While open source software is ubiquitous, recognized across industries as a fundamental infrastructure component as well as a critical factor for driving innovation, the "open source" label was coined only 20 years ago.

The concept of open source software – as opposed to free software or freeware – is credited to Netscape which, in January 1998, announced plans to release the source code of its proprietary browser, Navigator, under a license that would freely permit modification and redistribution. This code is today the basis for Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird.
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) regards that event as the point at which "software freedom extended its reach beyond the enthusiast community and began its ascent into the mainstream".

Some more history at http://bit.ly/2DpPRZ3


Free Lightroom alternative Darktable comes to Windows

Posted on: Thu, 2018-01-18 - 08:50 By: admin

Free Lightroom alternative Darktable comes to Windows

Darktable – a powerful open source raw image editor previously only available for Linux and macOS – has arrived on Windows.

This is particularly good news if you've been put off by Adobe's decision to move all its creative apps, including raw image processor Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC, to a cloud-first subscription service with users' photos stored on the company's web servers.

Darktable offers many of the same features as Lightroom, and is designed for organizing images and processing raw files. All edits are non-destructive, so you can revert to the original file at any time, and GPU-acceleration means your images are processed quickly.

See http://bit.ly/2mGAnWu


Posted on: Thu, 2018-01-18 - 05:30 By: admin

10 Best Linux Laptops 2018 – Best Budget and Cheap Linux Laptops

If you are looking to buy best Linux laptop, here is a list of experts recommended Linux laptops for sale. This Laptops collection contains from Linux laptop cheap price under 100 to high end Linux laptop for developers priced $2799. However, Dell Linux laptop XPS 13 Developer Edition is the most popular and best laptop around today.

Laptop manufacturers such as Toshiba, Dell, Compaq, Acer, Advent, Apple, IBM, Cannon, Sharp, Sony, Siemens, and Asus offer Linux-based laptops.

See http://bit.ly/2mGBGEV


Google Maps Go shows up on the Play Store for Go phones, but you can give it a try anyway

Posted on: Thu, 2018-01-18 - 03:18 By: admin

Google Maps Go shows up on the Play Store for Go phones, but you can give it a try anyway

Android Go, the lightweight edition of Android made for low-end hardware, officially launched about a week ago, and promised to come with several optimized versions of apps to make better use of the limited resources. We've already seen Files Go and Google Go but the Android Go site says there are more apps, like Assistant, Gmail, and Maps. The latter has just showed up on the Play Store, though it may have been available for a while but invisible.

See http://bit.ly/2mIH5v3


11 open source resources for teaching and learning Python

Posted on: Wed, 2018-01-17 - 21:20 By: admin

11 open source resources for teaching and learning Python

If you're looking to teach, tutor, or mentor beginning programmers, you've got your work cut out for you. Different learning styles, varying levels of knowledge, and a subject area that's a moving target all conspire to see you run ragged as an instructor. Luckily, there is help available—lots of help. It comes in the form of open source textbooks, tools, and even games—all created to make being a teacher (and a learner) easier than ever before.

Just like open source software, open source courseware refers to books, tutorials, games, and quizzes that are free to use, share, and even modify. There are a number of open source licenses available to creators of content, including the GNU Public License, the MIT and BSD licenses, and several variations of the Creative Commons license. They vary in what they permit, but what's important is that they're all free to use in your classroom.

See https://opensource.com/education/16/4/teaching-python-and-more-with-oer


Teaching Python and more with open educational resources | Opensource.com
Brian Hall shares a few of the open source resources he used to teach his college-level Python programming class.

The Google Home has a hidden API that local devices can use

Posted on: Wed, 2018-01-17 - 18:35 By: admin

The Google Home has a hidden API that local devices can use

The Google Home works with a massive number of smart home products, but developers looking to tinker with it are usually out of luck. It doesn't have any kind of public API, so custom functionality can really only be added through IFTTT (or by writing your own Assistant app). Now there is a way to obtain some data from a Google Home, as one developer has discovered an undocumented API that the Google Home uses.

The developer, who goes by rithvikvibhu on Reddit, created a list of API calls by intercepting network requests from the Google Home app. The commands use simple GET/POST methods, and return data in JSON format. In other words, they are incredibly easy to use, as long as you know the IP address of the Google Home on your network (which can be found at the bottom of the 'Device settings' page on the Google Home app).

This API can be used to retrieve upcoming alarms, view connected Wi-Fi networks/Bluetooth devices, and more. Some settings can be changed using this method, like night mode, the device name, and whether or not the Preview Program is used. The API is only accessible to devices running on the same network.

See http://bit.ly/2mJs3W2


Big debt problems for South African cryptocurrency investors

Posted on: Wed, 2018-01-17 - 17:43 By: admin

Big debt problems for South African cryptocurrency investors

Bottom line is you treat "investments" in Bitcoin just like any shares investments. Don't invest money that you have borrowed, and don't try make quick profits (don't invest money that you need to use in the short term). And if you can't do this, then don't invest.

Also be careful of what institution you use to invest through. If it is not regulated and requiring FICA documents etc, you could be more easily scammed....

“To my amazement, many of them had been the victims of scams involving cryptocurrencies which promised massive returns,” he said.

“Some of them had gone as far as pawning their vehicles, taking out second bonds on their homes, and borrowing money on credit cards in order to buy cryptocurrencies,” said Roets.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/cryptocurrency/244903-big-debt-problems-for-south-african-cryptocurrency-investors.html


Big debt problems for South African cryptocurrency investors
Debt Rescue said many South Africans have been driven to the brink of bankruptcy.

Windows vs Linux: Open source beats Microsoft to win Barcelona's backing for "full technological sovereignty...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-01-16 - 22:29 By: admin

Windows vs Linux: Open source beats Microsoft to win Barcelona's backing for "full technological sovereignty"

The City of Barcelona is embarking on a new tech plan to purge proprietary software and replace it all with open source.

The city's first step will target key applications running on Windows, such as the Outlook email client and Exchange Server, which will be replaced with Open-Xchange. Office is also likely to be replaced with LibreOffice, while Firefox could fill the void of Internet Explorer.

Though Windows will remain running on most of the City's PCs for the next year, the end game is to replace it with Ubuntu or some other Linux distribution, which is being trialed on 1,000 municipal computers.

The ultimate goal is to achieve and guarantee " full technological sovereignty" for the municipality.

See http://zd.net/2mA0tdA


Windows vs Linux: Open source beats Microsoft to win Barcelona's backing | ZDNet
No more Microsoft, says Barcelona City Council, in pursuit of "full technological sovereignty".
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