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Submission + - Should Google Be Worried About Samsung's Dominance? (

sfcrazy writes: Samsung has becoming *the* face of Android as the general people see. The company has paid heavily for it — they push great hardware (not it design, but at least in display), they innovated on UI (for bad or worse) and introduced multi-windowed apps and also fought Apple's expensive court battle — which gave them even more publicity. All of it is good but troubling as well because the company may shed Google's luggage and go Amazon route to create it's own Android. Or they may push Google to renegotiate the deal. The competitor are very very far — what should Google do to keep a check on Samsung? Or should it be worried?

Submission + - Ubuntu Touch Is More Android Than Ubuntu ( 2

sfcrazy writes: Canonical was gaga about their new tablet and phone OS. You keep hearining them taking about convergence,Qt and QML but two words you never heard was Android or CyanogenMod. It's discovered that 80% Ubuntu Touch is just Android or CyanogenMod. They are using the word done by CyanogenMod community to slap Ubuntu services on phone. Is this they way open source should be developed? Is Canonical breaking the ethics of free software?

Submission + - Developer Creates Siri for Linux (

sfcrazy writes: James McClain has managed to get voice recognition working on Linux. You can now open sites, ask question and perform other tasks just by voice. The program is using Google to provide the speech transcription. While initially developed for Ubuntu it is distro agnostic and can be used by other distributions as well. You can watch the app in action on Youtube.

Submission + - Get KDE Plasma Active Running on Nexus 7 (

sfcrazy writes: While Canonical does the talk, KDE developers do the walk. Without any funding and huge marketing hype, some KDE developers and managed to run Plasma Active on Google Nexus 7 tablet. It's 'pure' GNU/Linux running on this tablet. I think if KDE has some good money this think could be a killer and bring true GNU/Linux to tablets and smartphones. They are using Mer images and install instructions are there on Mer Wiki.

Submission + - KDE's Vivaldi Tablet Will Be Available In 3 Months (

sfcrazy writes: KDE's Aaron Seigo has revealed that after initial hiccups they are finally working with UK and China based companies and the much anticipated KDE Vivaldi tablets should be available in the market in around 3 months. He also said that they will be making annocements by the end of this month or early March. While he did not give any details about the tablet he did mention it will have better display and more memory than the previous vesion. Here is the video of his Google Hangout session where he talked about the tablet.

Submission + - Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe (

sfcrazy writes: In a nutshell there won't be a new trial, as Samsung wanted, because the judge thinks that the trial was fair despite allegations that the jury foreman could have been biased. She also ruled that there won't be any more money for Apple as the iPhone maker failed to prove they were 'undercompensated' by the jury. The most important ruling was that she also found that 'Samsung did not willfully' infringe'.

Submission + - Ubuntu Phone Won't Run Default Desktop Apps (

sfcrazy writes: There was a lot of excitement (and lack of information) around Ubuntu Phone. Most Ubuntu users were excited about the idea of Ubuntu as they were imaging running terminal, apt-get install gimp and run apps like LibreOffice or GIMP on their phones. That seems to be untrue. In an online interview Jono Bacon has clarified that traditional desktop apps won't run on Ubuntu phone. Also it may face same fate as OEM's Android phones as Canonical will put OEMs in-charge and not user so you may not even be able to run apt-get on your phone.

Submission + - Nexus Q No Longer Available For Sale (

sfcrazy writes: Nexus Q, the social media streaming holo-themed ball from Google has finished its life after only 8 months since it was announced in June 2012 after an interesting rumour buildup. Its status on Google Play has changed from "not for sale at this time" to "no longer available for sale", marking the somewhat expected end of this device.

Submission + - Samsung Working On Tizen Phone? (

sfcrazy writes: Samsung, which became a market leader thanks to Android, is reportedly working on a smartphone powered by Linux-based Tizen operating system.The company is working with NTT Docomo to create a Tizen powered smartphone. "Samsung already has its Bada operating system which it uses in some devices. Samsung was expected to merge Bada efforts with Tizen but there has been no attempt in that regards. How Samsung, the Android market leader, positions this phone and creates an app ecosystem around it will be interesting to watch.

Submission + - KDE's Plama Active Ported To Nexus 7 (

sfcrazy writes: KDE developers have succeeded in running the touch-optimized Plasma Active Linux Distribution on Nexus 7. Earlier Ubuntu developers managed to create a installer for Nexus 7, but those builds also showed that Unity, in its current form, is not ready for touch-based devices. KDE has an edge here as they have optimized versions for netbooks, desktops and touch-based devices so a user doesn't have to make any compromises as one has to do with other DEs or shells which are focusing more in touch-based devices only.

Detailed instructions on how to install KDE Plasma Active on Nexus 7 are given here.


Submission + - Qt 5 Is Here, Digia Claims It's Qt For The Future (

sfcrazy writes: The Qt project and Digia, the company behind Qt framework, have released the most awaited C++ framework for developers, Qt 5.0. The company claims that it's one of the best releases till date and has invested a significant amount of time behind this release. It's an overhaul of the Qt 4.x series and makes Qt fit for the future.

Submission + - Ouya Consoles Will Start Shipping On December 28th (

sfcrazy writes: Ouya has stuck to its deadlines. The team has posted an update on the official blog that the units will start shipping on scheduled date December 28th. These units are for those developers who backed the project on Kickstarter. There is some surprise for developers with this console."What we didn’t tell you was that the advance dev consoles you ordered are pretty special – you’ll know what I mean when you open yours. They’re rare drops. :P" says official post.

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