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Submission + - Adobe makes Lightoom free of iOS users (

sfcrazy writes: Adobe silently updated it’s Lightroom app for iOS devices breaking it away from the Creative Cloud subscription, and giving it away for free to users. Earlier users needed a subscription with Adobe’s Creative Cloud plans. The updates which were pushed on Oct 5 have the #1 change as “Free Lightroom! Unleash your creativity with free access to Lightroom for as long as you’d like on your smartphone or tablet”.

Submission + - Apple to use speaker coils for induction charging (

sfcrazy writes: According to a patent filed with the USPTO, the company is working on using existing coils in the devices for inductive charging. Such coils are found in components like speakers, microphones and heptic devices. Apple is planning to use a secondary frequency for charging so that the primary task of these devices is not affected.

One big challenge ahead of Apple is efficiency: coils found in these devices are small which means extremely slow charging time. However, it’s just a patent filing, it doesn’t necessarily mean it would translate into a working method on future iDevices.

Submission + - Confirmed: Plex is coming to Apple TV (

sfcrazy writes: Yesterday Apple announced that it is turning Apple TV into a platform, opening it up for third party developers. They have already published the beta of tvOS and tvOS SDK, which developers can play with. Which means Plex is now a possibility on Apple TV. The founder of Plex said, “There is no question we will be able to offer Plex on the platform. There are multiple ways to go about it, based on the tvOS SDK we now have access to. We are now evaluating the best path for Plex and will begin work in earnest once we have evaluated the options. The ability to access great and proven iOS frameworks on the device is great for developers like us — we know the stuff is solid and will perform really well. Our goal is to enable people to enjoy Plex on the hardware platforms of their choice, and there is no doubt this will be a top platform for us.”

Submission + - KDE developers respond to Phoronix criticism (

sfcrazy writes: Thomas Pfeiffer writes: About a month ago, Eric Griffith posted an article on Phoronix where he compared Fedora’s KDE spin to the main Fedora Workstation which uses GNOME. In that article, Eric described a number of issues that he became fully aware of when comparing his favorite desktop environment, Plasma (and the KDE applications he regularly uses) with GNOME’s counterparts.

I read that article, shared it with other KDE designers and developers, and we came to the conclusion that yes, at least some of the issues he describes there are perfectly valid and clearly documented. And since KDE does listen to user feedback if it makes sense, we decided we should do something about it.

Submission + - Linus Torvalds says Security is never going to be perfect (

sfcrazy writes: Linus Torvalds made a surprise appearance for a Keynote discussion at LinuxCon 2015. He talked about many topics, including security. Linus said security in most cases is bugs which are exploited by some clever person. But can we get rid of bugs, and as a result security holes? So can Linux get rid of such bugs? Not realistically. It’s just impossible to write any software free of bugs. The thing is to catch them as soon as you can. “The thing is, you are never going to get rid of bugs,” Linus said. It’s also hard to know ahead of time that the bug in your software can be a security issue. And he’s absolutely right. “If you think of it that way, then you just know that bugs are inevitable; security is never going to be perfect,” he added

Submission + - KDE Community announces fully open source Plasma Mobile (

sfcrazy writes: Today, during the Akademy event, the KDE Community announced Plasma Mobile project. It's a Free (as in Freedom and beer), user-friendly, privacy-enabling and customizable platform for mobile devices. Plasma Mobile claims to be developed in an open process, and considering the community behind it, I don't doubt it.

Submission + - Poll: Should Kubuntu become an independent distro? (

sfcrazy writes: Looking at the ongoing spat between Canonical and Kubuntu developers it's high time for them to consider their options. The release notes for 15.10 also indicated that the future of Kubuntu is uncertain. There is a poll asking KDE users what will be the right course of action for Kubuntu going forward — splitting up with Canonical and become independent distro like Linux Mint and elementary OS or stick to Canonical and continue as a step child? What's your vote?

Submission + - LibreOffice now available on Apple's Mac App Store (

sfcrazy writes: It's an event of historical magnitude: One of the most popular Open Source projects, LibreOffice, is now available directly from Apple's Mac App Store. You can get LibreOffice on OSX with automatic updates, long-term maintenance, and optional professional support, for the first time. There are two editions of LibreOffice available on the Mac App Store: LibreOffice from Collabora and LibreOffice Vanilla. While the Vanilla edition can be downloaded free of cost, LO from Collabora has a price tag of $10.

Submission + - Mark Shuttleworth orders Kubuntu leader to step down! 1

sfcrazy writes: Friction between the lead Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell and Ubuntu reached extreme temperatures on Monday when the Ubuntu Community Council (UCC) asked Riddell to step down from the position of Kubuntu Leader.

Monday night in a conversation via Google Hangouts, Riddell told me that the bone of contention was a years-long, ongoing inquiry by Riddell about the distribution of donations collected by Canonical from

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When a user downloads Ubuntu from the site, there is a PayPal button where a user can choose the amount towards the listed options. Riddell has been inquiring about the status of donations that Canonical/Ubuntu receives through the 'download button.' The UCC responded that he couldn’t complain about the money he never asked about.

There were accusations and defenses from both sides. It turned out that there was a certain lack of transparency in regards to the distribution of wealth. It’s also undocumented what is actually done with the collected donations, and how flavors like Kubuntu might possibly use those funds.

Submission + - Plasma 5 becomes the default desktop of openSUSE Tumbleweed (

sfcrazy writes: Jos Poortliet, former openSUSE community manager wrote in a blog post, “At the time of writing this, the openQA servers were busily running tests and, by the time we publish this article, they should be done. What was being tested? A massive amount of changes, bringing not only the latest Plasma 5.3 and Applications 15.04.1 to Tumbleweed, but also marking the switch to Plasma 5 as the default desktop!” The switch to P5 will also have a massive impact in Plasma 5 development because now there will be more users finding bugs and filing reports to make it even better.

Submission + - iPad, Android users get images support for Google Docs and Slides (

sfcrazy writes: Last week I was stuck with an iPad to do some pending work. I was traveling and my laptop broke leaving me with my Nexus 6 and an iPad. That’s when I realized that Google Docs for iPad was in a sorry state (actually the whole iPad experience was extremely poor compared to Android, I will write about it some time later).

Two major flaws that I came across were the inability of Google Docs to create hyperlinks and insert images to any document. In a nutshell it works more or less like a text editor and not a true word processor.

This situation forced me to use an app which I never though I would use – Microsoft Office. Not only I was able to create hyperlinks within the document, I was also able to insert images.

I also found that Microsoft’s Office App had many more features than Google Docs. Sometime it’s a good idea for a Linux user to keep an eye on competitors to know where do we need improvements.

The good news is today Google addressed one of the two problems. There is an upgrade for iOS and Android which allows users to add images to their Docs and Slides from mobile devices. You can either take a new photo or insert it from the device. Slides also allows you to crop or resize an image; though Docs can’t.

Submission + - 7 things Linux users still can't do (

sfcrazy writes: Linux users kind of brag about the fact that there is nothing beyond the reach of Linux users. When a writer is given a challenge to find IFF there are things that can't be done on Linux and he sets out on a quest to find an answer. This is what he finds. Linux users may jump in, attacking that we don't need Photoshop or iTunes. But that's not how the real world works.

Submission + - Is Ubuntu moving away from .deb packages? (

sfcrazy writes: Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Engineering Manager, posted on Google+ "Our plan for 15.10 (which is still being finalised, and will be discussed in more depth at UOS in a couple of weeks) is to have a build based on Snappy Personal and so the current .deb based Desktop Next image will be going away and will be replaced with the new Snappy version."

Cooke’s post has the potential to spread confusion among users and the Linux community, so to clear things up, the author talked to Ubuntu Community managers Alan Pope and Michael Hall, and Canonical engineer Robert Ancell. The story gives the most comprehensive view of the story.

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