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+ - Take control of your 'cloud' with ownCloud 7->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "The best cloud is the one that you own. Once ownCloud was founded I never used public cloud offered and hosted by a company to keep my files. I do use Dropbox and Google Drive, but the primary purpose is to share files with a set of people. With each release ownCloud is becoming a very serious contender to these commercial offerings when it comes to file storage, syncing and sharing. OwnCloud Documents are already an impressive alternative to Google Docs and offer full ODF support which is missing from Google Docs. ownCloud 7 has been released which comes with many new features such as server-to-server sharing and dropbox-like web interface."
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+ - UK to use Open Document Format for government documents->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "UK has decided to use ‘open standards’ for sharing and viewing government documents. The announcement was made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. One of the primary objectives of this move is to create a level playing field for suppliers of all sizes. The move must put some pressure on Google to offer full support for ODF in Chrome, Android and Google Docs."
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+ - Dropbox switches to Qt for Linux client->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "A Dropbox user Nicholas v. pointed it out on the forums: "Very excited about the rewrite for linux. It’s been a long time coming. Hopefully we’ll end up getting some of the glitz and glamour of the other platforms as a result. (Oh – and also very excited that it’s Qt!)" I checked it out on my Plasma system and it really looks far better than earlier."
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+ - British researchers create new black hole 'like' material->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "How black can a black get? The ‘new black’ of the science world is so dark that it makes it almost impossible for the human eye to see it. British researchers have created a “strange, alien” radiation-absorbing material that absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of light. Setting a new world record, Vantablack is so dark the human eye finds it difficult to determine its shape and dimension.

It is also said to conduct heat seven and half times more effectively than copper, and is ten times stronger than steel."

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+ - Raspberry Pi Model B+ launched->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced the launch of the brand new pi, and it’s called Raspberry Pi Model B +. If you are excited about new hardware, then let me tell you that the Model B+ uses the same BCM2835 application processor as the Model B. It runs the same software, and still has 512MB RAM. This isn’t a “Raspberry Pi 2, but rather the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi. Today, I’’m very pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability, at $35 – it’s still the same price, of what we’re calling the Raspberry Pi Model B+,” says Eben."
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+ - Debian 7.6 released->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Neil McGovern has announced the release of Debian 7.6, the sixth maintenance release of 7.x branch. This is a maintenance release which, as Neil explains, “ mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.”"
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+ - Soon hard drives will be thousand times faster-> 1

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "How fast the data is written on a hard drive is directly proportional to the magnetic property of material and the storage speed can be increased by changing this property. Researchers at De Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) have found a way to speed up data storage by a thousand times on hard drives. The researchers have managed to generate a flow of electrons using ultra-fast laser pulses in a material which all have the same spin. This spin changes the very magnetic property which is responsible for the storage speed."
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+ - Here comes the first release of Plasma 5->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "The KDE Community has announced the first release of Plasma 5. It’s a release candidate so it’s meant for testing and preview purpose, like the developer preview of Android L. The final release will be announced next week so this is the last chance for testers and developers to find issues and get them fixed before the release."
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+ - After Ubuntu, Windows will also follow KDE's convergence story-> 1

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "The KDE Community introduced the concept of convergence way back in 2008 with the arrival of KDE 4.x (back then it was still KDE Desktop). If you ever tried KDE on your netbook you would have noticed that the desktop that got installed was different from that you would get when you install the same iso on your desktop. Far forward to 2013 and we hear Canonical introducing a brand new concept – called convergence – where one code-base will run across different devices. It was heavily marketed by Canonical, thanks to star community managers like Jono Bacon on-board. Now Microsoft is also following a suite and according to reports the next version of Windows (which may not be called Windows 9 for obvious reasons) will have convergence. One of the most trusted Microsoft journalist Mary Jo Foley reports that the company is working on the next version of their operating system code-named ‘Threshold’ which will have convergence."
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+ - Will a more powerful FCC ensure net neutrality? EFF thinks so!->

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+ - KDE's Krita gets 100% funding through Kickstarter->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "It's an interesting day for the KDE community. At one hand they announced the death of two projects — Vivaldi tablet and Improv board, on the other hand Krita (a KDE software) has reached its goal of raising Euro 15,00 on Kickstrater, which means they can now hire the developer, designer they needed to further improve the image editing software. The campaign is not over yet and there are eight more days left so the project will continue to get more money."
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+ - KDE's Vavaldi tablet, Improve project are dead!->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "It’s a sad day for free software as one of the most ambitious free software projects, Improve, is officially dead. Along with the board also dies the promising Vivaldi tablet. The developers have sent out emails to the backers of the project that they are pulling plugs on these. The end of the Improv project also means a disappointing end to the KDE Tablet project, as Aaron Seigo was funding both projects out of his own pocket (almost exactly $200,000 spent)."
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+ - First alpha of Ubuntu 14.10 flavors released->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Ubuntu flavors have just announced the first alpha of for version 14.10 aka Utopic Unicorn. Only exception being Xubuntu which has not made any alpha’s available. Ubuntu itself doesn’t make alpa or beta releases anymore. They have moved to a weekly snapshot which allows developers to focus on rigorous testing continuously instead of wasting time on packaging alpas, betas and release candidates. If you are using any of the daily build you are already running the latest packages from Ubuntu."
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