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+ - Stephen Hawking tries Linux powered Wheelchair made by Intel->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "While media was crazy about a smart watch, Intel created a smart chair for disabled people. Stephen Hawking, one of the smartest brains on the planet, gave Intel’s Linux powered wheelchair a try and talked about it. The company showcased their ‘Connected Wheelchair’ at the ongoing Intel Developer Conference (IDF)."
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+ - Google gives 2 hours to return your Android app and get full refund->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Google now allows users to try the paid apps for up to 2 hours and get full refund if they don’t like it. To be honest earlier Google used to give full 24 hours to try and return the app but it looks like developers didn’t like such a large window where many users would fully use an app – such as game in 24 hour and then return it. So Google changed it to 15 minutes and is now again extenting it to a reasonable 2 hours."
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+ - You can now make phone calls from Hangouts on Android->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Ever since we got an iPad in the family, one thing that bothered me a lot was that Google Hangout app on the iPad allowed to make phone calls whereas the feature was missing from the Android app. Google has just brought the feature to Android. Amit Fulay, Product Manager at Google says, “Starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low. So keeping in touch is easier and more affordable than ever.”"
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+ - Amazon Prime videos now available on Android->

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+ - Fedora to get a new partition manager->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Developer Vratislav Podzimek announced the next-gen partition manager for Fedora, blivet-gui. It is eventually going to replace GParted, the most popular GUI based partition manager found in all major distros. The new tool is named blivet-gui as it is based on the blivet python library (originally Anaconda’s storage management and configuration tool). The need of a new partition manager is roots from the fact that none of the existing GUI partitioning tools supports all the modern storage technologies. Fedora’s Anaconda base supports all and is hence chosen as the back-end for this new intuitive tool. The application is only a few months old but is already looking nice and useful. Features like RAID and BTRFS support are being worked on. Vojtech Trefny is the other developer working with Vratislav on blivet-gui."
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+ - DigitalOcean starts offering Core OS->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "One of the leading virtual private server provide which is known for their aggressive pricing and top-notch offering. The company is now offering Core OS on their servers. Core OS is based on the Linux kernel and is actively developed, primarily by Alex Polvi, Brandon Philips and Michael Marineau and an Open Source project."
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+ - WordPress 4.0, Benny, released->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Matt Mullenweg, the founder and creator of WordPress has announced the release of version 4.0, code-named Benny. Matt says, “While 4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1, we feel we’ve put a little extra polish into it. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience we think you’ll enjoy.”"
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+ - Material design comes to Chrome for Android->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Google introduced a new visual language for its products which they called ‘Material Design‘. The upcoming release of Android – Android 5.x – will be using this new visual language. According to reports Chrome OS will also be moving to ‘Material Design’. If you are not willing to take a dive and try Android L, you can now enjoy the visual design on Android with Chrome. Google has updated Chrome for Android which brings this new language to users."
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+ - Linus Torvalds on insults: Respect should be earned -> 1

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "During DebConf 2014 an attendee asked Linus about his ‘insults’ mentioning one of the episodes involving Kay Sievers of systemd where Linus said, “Who the f*ck does idiotic things like that? How did they noty die as babies, considering that they were likely too stupid to find a tit to suck on?” Unlike commercial companies where a boss can fire an employee for messing things up, Linus doesn’t have that luxury. It’s an open source project; he can’t fire people. One of the ways Linus can express his frustration when some top developer breaks something is through harsh words on mailing lists, which he says is kind of hyperbole and joke. Linus also said that he is abrasive and he likes arguements.

The attendee then said he was not talking about Linus being abrasive but about respecting orthers.

There was a loud applause. Linus said, “I don’t respect people unless I think they deserve the respect. There are people who think that respect is something that should be given, and I happen to be one of the people who is perfectly happy saying no respect should be earned. And without being earned, you don’t get it. It’s really that simple.”"

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+ - Raspberry Pi gets a brand new browser->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "The Raspberry Pi team has been working on a new browser for pi users. They have been working with Collabora to create an HTML5 capable modern browser. The browser is here and Pi users can install it easily. Announcing the new browser Eben Upton, a founder of Raspberry Pi says, “Eight months and a lot of hard work later, we’re finally ready. As you can see from the video below, Epiphany on Pi is now a plausible alternative to a desktop browser for all but the most JavaScript-heavy sites.”"
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+ - Kubuntu 14.10 beta 1 arrives, comes with Plasma 5 preview->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Kubuntu 14.10 beta 1 is out now for testing by early adopters. This release comes with the stable Plasma 4 we know and love. It also adds another flavour — Kubuntu Plasma 5 Tech Preview. As a Plasma user I am excited about 14.10 release and Plasma 5 in particular so this is an important release of any Kubuntu user."
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+ - Koch Brothers' backed group says US constitution is a Marxists agenda->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Koch Brothers' backed American Commitment Group is sending out emails to people saying that the US constitution is a Communist and Marxist agenda and it was the first step in the fight to destroy American Capitalism altogether. In an email received by one of our journalists, American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that protecting people's rights was the "first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether" and says that the federal government has been plotting a "federal Internet takeover," since the birth of this country by the so-called Bill of Rights and Amendments. These moves "sound more like a story coming out of China or Russia.""
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+ - Linus Torvalds is my hero, says 13 years old Zachary DuPont at LinuxCon->

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sfcrazy (1542989) writes "His school ran a project asking children to write a letter to their heroes, while most kids wrote to celebrities Zach wrote to the ‘real’ hero Linus Torvalds. As Linus said during LinxCon that since he works from home and doesn’t disclose his address, all letter go to the foundation and are then sent to him after scanning. When the foundation saw this letter, being as generous as they are, invited Zach to come to LinuxCon and meet his hero in real. Here is an interview with Zach...."
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