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Linux Kernel Version 3.17-rc1 has been Released!

Monday 18th of August 2014 12:34:40 PM

Linux kernel version 3.17-rc1 has been released today, with updates ranging from AMD’s Radeon R9 series improvements, increased audio driver support, and Nouveau updates that dominate this kernel release.

Starting off, Intel’s updated DRM graphics driver gets improved panel-self-refresh support, this will “…allow us to enable a lot of display power saving features by default…” which should generally be a boon for laptop users and the like. Also included in this graphics driver update is an improvement to the power state called S0ix which will allow the computer to go into a ‘low power state’ and should help battery life when suspending the computer. Other improvements come from code cleanups and bugfixes, as well as interrupt handling improvements and the removal of useless depreciated code.

Additions to Nvidia’s Nouveau and AMD’s Radeon driver are a big part of this release as well, with Nouveau’s changes including support for “Zero-bandwidth clears”, and AMD’s changes bringing support for a new firmware format and additional fixes. Nouveau’s Zero-bandwidth clears is, according to their patent, a system that, “…reduces external memory accesses by a graphics processor when performing clears and subsequent read operations.” which allows for a value to be referenced without writing to the external memory. For AMD, as of late July their open-source Linux driver started supporting their “Hawaii” series graphics cards, and in this release there have been fixes that will hopefully alleviate some of the woes that have plagued users since.

Intel also released a new DRM driver for two of STMicroelectronics’  ARM CPUs, with drm core cleanups, runtime fixes, universal cursor planes, and some new firmware format support.

Other changes in this kernel release comprise of Wacom driver updates, even more Sixaxis device support for Sony’s PS series controllers, KVM improvements, Samsung’s F2FS updates, and many bugfixes.

This week is also the Linux kernel summit which Linus and other notable developers will be attending, so in a statement by Linus he assumes the next release candidate will be “fairly small” with changes “all over the place” but with nothing big going on, it will be a nice ‘break’ for Linus and the kernel crew.

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Moto 360 to cost $250, Best Buy accidently released details

Sunday 17th of August 2014 09:48:43 PM

What a week it has been in terms of leaks and rumors. With September rolling round and the expecting release of the Moto 360, Note 4, Moto X and Moto G we have seen a number of leaks involving product specs, leaked images and release dates.

Yesterday we advised Erafone (Indonesian retailer) had leaked specs of the Note 4 by accidently making live a product listing page for the Note. Today comes another interesting leak. It seems Best Buy have fallen foul similar to Erafone by accidently making live a product listing page for the Moto 360.

 

As a result the accidental page clearly shows the Moto 360 will be launching for $249.99. In addition to the cost there were also a number of specs and features provided on the page listing. The 360 will be compatible with all Android versions from 4.3, will contain a built-in heart rate monitor, built-in pedometer and will be waterproof (up to 3.3 ft and for a maximum of 30 minutes). In terms of the screen, the 1.5” LCD screen will have a 320 x 290 resolution (205 ppi) and is protected using Gorilla Glass.

The £249.99 cost is somewhat in line with what we expected. Due to its sleeker design and feel it was assumed this would cost more than both the Samsung Gear Live ($199.99) and LG G watch ($229.99). However at only twenty bucks more than the LG this seems like it very well could be a big seller.

A leaked product page does not guarantee this certainly will be the price once the device launches and we have already seen this week fake product rumors circulating. However, it is highly likely that this won’t vary or change too much and as such should be used as a very close indicator. As this was also Best Buy who unfortunately made the listing this also reinforces the validity of the price.

Either way with the Moto 360 due to be officially released at the Moto Launch Experience in Chicago on September 4th and expected shipping starting on September 8th we certainly won’t have to wait too long to confirm the $249.99 price tag.

So, a Moto 360 for $250 bucks! How do you feel about this? Were you hoping it would be cheaper? Expecting it to cost more? Now you know the price will you be buying?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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WordPress 4.0 Beta 4 is out, time to test

Saturday 16th of August 2014 11:31:55 PM

A major update for WordPress is due this month and fourth beta, which I assume would be the last beta has been released for testing and bug hunting. I installed it on a test machine and the changes are impressive. Since we used Drupal earlier for Muktware and then migrated to WordPress in September last year, I can say from personal experience WordPress is a more suitable choice for writing focused sites like TheMukt.

So what’s new in fourth and probably the last beta of WordPress 4.x series? According to the blog post:

We’ve made more than 250 changes in the past month, including:
Further improvements to the editor scrolling experience, especially when it comes to the second column of boxes.
Better handling of small screens in the media library modals.
A separate bulk selection mode for the media library grid view.
Improvements to the installation language selector.
Visual tweaks to plugin details and customizer panels.

The best way to ensure that the final WP release won’t give you headaches after upgrade is to get involved now. You can set-up a test-machine and install this plugin. After enabling the plugin go to plugin settings and choose the ‘beta’ release.

This plugin will keep your WordPess install up-to-date with every beta updates. If you come across and bugs, check if it been reported and add your input (if that will further assist the developer) if not then report as a new bug. Once reported your job is not over, if the developer has more questions then do respond to them and help him in fixing those bugs.

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OnePlus One unboxed – What you get and what you don’t get

Saturday 16th of August 2014 10:44:49 PM

Finally received a OnePlus One a few days ago and as this is still an invite only product thought it may be worth providing readers with a bit of info on what you actually get…and don’t get.

Presentation

Ok, so here we are. Doorbell rings, mailman is here with a signed for package. The ‘One’ had arrived. After being allured by its almost mythical status and exclusive invite system I was half expecting the device to be delivered by a quartet of unicorns in front of a backdrop of heavenly glow. Alas, this was not the case. The One simply comes standard USPS. Which was the first sudden and immediate reality check.

After gnawing through the package to get to ‘my precious’ I was again slightly disappointed. No music played, no heavens opened and instead was presented with two small boxes. The main box was extremely disappointing consisting of a large brown packaging box. The second box was a lot more intriguing and on par with attractive and clearly identifiable OnePlus branding. This is where the excitement started to be realized.

Once the brown box was opened the demeanor of the presentation and feel changed rapidly. Inside was a much larger OnePlus branded box with an identical level of presentation to its smaller counterpart. At this point is started to become clear OnePlus had actually made a decent effort to increase the presentation. The boxes were very well presented, clear OnePlus branding and coloring and generally did highlight a more premium look and feel.

It is worth noting the presentation was not just limited to the immediate look of the boxes but also the smaller details. OnePlus have certainly invested time (and no doubt money) in designing the boxes from the customer’s perspective. The presentation includes small frills, attachments and pulls which help remove the actual device and general result in an easier and more premium feel.

So what’s inside?

Well, in spite of the presentation the entire unveiling process was much shorter than expected and the package contains much less than one would have thought. Of the two boxes provided, the main box contains the actual device and its accessories while the smaller box is purely for the power supply. At first it was strange to receive the power supply separately but knowing OnePlus this was merely a way for them to limit their costs (and limited stock). By this method OnePlus can send the device anywhere in the world and only have to send the corresponding location-relative power charger.

So we will start with the charger. As this was boxed separately its presentation was excellent and certainly better than the normal way in which alternative chargers are received. The main OnePlus outer box contained a smaller red colored box which was slightly throne-like in its appearance hosting the charger in its cradle.

There is little to comment on in terms of the actual charger. This was a standard small, square USB adapter charger which did contain the OnePlus logo on its front. My only real issue with the charger was its color. This was completely white and rather reminiscent of Apple which immediately was a turn-off for me. This felt even more inappropriate when considering the black One had been ordered. Another aspect which felt as though OnePlus had let me down slightly. A black USB charger to match my black device would definitely have been better and more warmly received.

After briefly looking at the charger the immediate panic started to sink in Where was the USB Cable? Time to move on to the main box.

So far its arrival had been slightly underwhelming. No bells, no whistles just USPS. Presentation has started poorly but quickly improved as the layers of outer packaging were overcome. The USB charger was pretty although too Apple-esque and so far no signs of a USB cable. I had started to worry! Had I been allured by its status and exclusivity?

Now it was time for the main event – the main box! The box contained a little OnePlus branded pull-attachment which once pulled removed the inner red box from its whiter outer casing. Once again hope was building as the general presentation and feel when opening was good. Once the red box emerged in full all was visible. There it was! The One! My One! My precious!

The device itself comes pre-assembled meaning there was very little for me to do. As a consumer I quite like looking at all the parts before assembly. Checking the battery, its size and weight, the back-cover, the main device but all of this was taken away from me. The device was already put together as if my OnePlus parents had forbidden me from playing with it. Again this was another disappointment which left me feeling somewhat underwhelmed. However it was again good to see a small paper OnePlus branded pull underneath the device which when pulled popped the device out of its resting place. At least I had something to play with!

In addition to the main device the main box also alleviated my worries about the USB cable which was present and again rather well presented wrapped in a coil position and restrained by a small rubber tie. A technological snail. The USB cable immediately captured my attention much more than the actual device.

The first impression of the USB cable was good although strange. The USB cable consisting of a bright red cable with white connectors which was in line with the OnePlus color scheme. The cable seemed to be of an excellent quality consisting of a flat USB cable with gold plated connectors. This was much more in-line with expectations and certainly the best part of the package so far.

The last addition to the main event was the small but essential sim card extraction tool. If you have bought a high-end device recently you will already know about this. For those who don’t the One like the latest iPad/Phone and S5 no longer take the sim card in the phone itself but instead a slightly secretive sim card socket is located on the side of the device and requires one of these tools to open the compartment. Personally these are not the most user-friendly aspects of newer devices but never-the-less the tool was there. The extraction tool came in a small red rubber sleeve again in line with OnePlus colors and the general presentation of the package.

What you don’t get?

OK, well needless to say you do not get a quarter of unicorns delivering your One or any other fabled or magical surprises as OnePlus would lead us to believe after months of speculation and the notorious invite system. However there was also a couple of other more basic and expected items which were not included to my disappointment.

Firstly and most notably there is no manual which seemed a bit odd. I literally cannot think of the last item I purchased which did not come with some form of user guide and as the One is expected to do just about everything it was felt a manual would have been appropriate. If nothing else it would have been a good way for OnePlus to introduce themselves, thank their ‘new’ customer for purchasing the device and explaining what it can and cannot do. But no, a manual was not provided, no delivery/shipping/billing note and no thank you note.

The other main and immediate ‘did not get’ was headphones. Again, not quite sure what the logic is behind not providing users with headphones (except cost of course) and especially when considering OnePlus are quick to comment on how good the music system is. This was a major disappointment as based on the aesthetic look and presentation of all the accessories received it was felt their headphones would have been quite jazzy with their symbolic red cabling, OnePlus branded buds, gold plated 3.5mm jack plug. But again, no headphones provided. So do take note – if you buy a One don’t throw your old Samsung (or God forbid Apple) headphones away when you’re throwing your old device out of the window. You will need them.

Extras

When placing your order there are a small amount of accessories and extras you can purchase although these largely at the moment consist of cases. I decided to opt for the flip case which was reasonably in terms of price costing only $15. I remember when I first purchased the flip case for my S4 from Samsung which at the time cost closer to $40 so the OnePlus price was pretty good.

The case arrived in identical packaging to the other bits housed within the same white outer shell and red inner box. The actual case is nothing special consisting of a plastic case. According to OnePlus the case is wrapped with Bicast Leather although to me still feels rather plasticky. The case however does do its job, seems strong, houses the One perfectly and maybe even a little too perfect as sometimes it is difficult to remove the device without a struggle. Maybe this is just me!

Inside the case certainly did feel much better than the outside with apparently (according to OnePlus) a smooth velvet finish (grey in color – Yuk) and did contain a rather proud ‘Designed by OnePlus’ embossed at the bottom.

Overall

Overall the unboxing experience was one of mixed feelings. There were highs such as realizing the USB cable is certainly rather sexy (changing my previous viewpoint on USB cables – who needs Qi technology when you can instead whip out the jazzy OnePlus cable) and the general presentation which again was excellent. After previously buying Samsung devices there is no competition between the opening of a OnePlus box and a Samsung box (with everything stacked on top of each other).

But there were also lows too. Was extremely disappointed there were no headphones provided and especially as there were none on sale as additional extras. What’s the point in an attractive USB cable if I do not have attractive headphones to match? There was also disappointment that the device comes pre-assembled with no obvious way to open the device. The battery is a non-removable which again was disappointing. I like to open my devices, tinker about and generally get to know it. Not much chance of this with the One. Lastly, and probably the most disappointing was the lack of the quartet of unicorns I had been expecting. Once the device was opened, looked at and turned on the drama was over, the waiting over, the allure over and I found myself with just another phone.

Oh well! There is always the Moto 360 to look forward to next month. I hear it is hand delivered by the King in Game of Thrones. Can’t wait!

So do you own a One? How was your unboxing experience? What did you like? Didn’t like? What headphones are you using? Any unicorns? Whatever your thoughts leave a comment and let me know.

 

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Recent reports of three-sided Note 4 unlikely to be true

Saturday 16th of August 2014 10:33:06 PM

Reports are springing up all over the internet this morning that the Galaxy Note 4 is in production as a 3 sided model.

Here at themukt we want to make sure are sources are credible and information passed on to you is real. With this in mind, as far as we are concerned these rumors are extremely unlikely to be true and should generally be ignored…at least for now.

News agencies are reporting they have received leaked images which ‘prove’ Samsung are and have been working on a three sided version of the Galaxy Note 4. The rumors also suggest the three-sided version will be released as a limited edition and most probably only in South Korea. However the ‘leaked’ images are not new and certainly haven’t come from any substantiated source. In fact the two main images doing the circles show a Samsung device were first published on concept-phones back in May. These images were created and used by their creator Ivo Maric as a concept-idea for what the device could and not will look like.

These images are not genuine Samsung images, have not been released or ‘leaked’ as actual Note 4 images and simply represent an interpretation of what the phone could look like. Over the last week we did advise of what we considered to be far more likely leaked images of the new device and these do differ from today’s images. The most obvious difference being the plastic back of the device which differs greatly in its design and pattern. We also advised yesterday of what we considered realistic leaked specs of the upcoming Note 4.

To be clear, rumors have been around for some time that Samsung are trying to incorporate a three-sided design into its range. An example of this is Samsung will use the side of the phone to include a panel which the user can slide their finger down to activate the phone. However at the moment this is largely not expected in any soon-to-be device and certainly not on the Note 4 which is due to be released September 3rd.

So for now we would highly advise you to disregard this rumor and rest assured we will bring you any information (leaked or otherwise) which we consider to be real.

What do you think of a three sided device? Would you like to see this on a new device or is it simply too gimmicky? Let us know.

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Happy 21st Birthday Debian!

Saturday 16th of August 2014 10:32:01 PM

On this day August 16th, 1993 The Debian Project was officially born from its creator Ian Murdock. The Debian Project went on to become one of the highest standards in open source software, and it managed to maintain this status until even today.

Every year on this same day, parties are held around the world to celebrate Debian’s excellence. Some cities host Free Software Events and others have parties to pay tribute to Debian and its developers hard work.

Over its 21 year history the world’s most stable distro has received numerous awards ranging from “Server Distribution of the Year” to the “Best of the Net” award. During that time it cemented itself as one of the most reliable and stable distributions with new releases coming once every six months to two years.

The latest Debian release versioned 7.0 Wheezy was released May 4th, 2013 and continued Debian’s reputation of being rock solid.

Debian has stood the test of time, and will hopefully keep standing in the years to come, happy birthday Debian!

Source: Bits from Debian

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Gyroscopes in your phone could be spying on you

Saturday 16th of August 2014 05:04:48 PM

Researchers have developed software that uses a devices gyroscopes, not microphone, to listen in to your conversations. They found that the gyroscopes were so sensitive that they could be used as makeshift microphones.

When you install application on the Android platform the installer screen shows what permissions that app will require to function and if you don’t want certain permissions to be exercised you can stop installing the app or on ROMs like CyanogenMod use the Privacy Guard feature to incrementally disable certain rights.

However this new security flaw is not covered the by permissions screen as the gyroscope does not need to ask permission like the microphone does. iOS restricts the reading of the gyroscopes thus making it more difficult to utilise the component to listen in to users’ conversations however Android is much more liberal and therefore can be exploited.

The researchers say that the program could identify 65 percent of digits spoken in the same room as the device by a single speaker, the speaker’s gender with 84% accuracy and also distinguish between five different speakers in the room with up to 65 percent accuracy.

The researchers say that Google is likely aware of the study as employees were included on the committee of Usenix where this flaw will be demonstrated at the Usenix security conference. Their advice is that Google should do as Apple do and restrict the gyroscope frequencies and if an app needs access to higher frequencies then the app should need permission, they say “There’s no reason a video game needs to access it 200 times a second”.

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Write your own ebooks with beautiful GitBook Editor

Saturday 16th of August 2014 04:57:17 PM

Do writers still write using paper and pen? Not all of them. Many writers are actually using digital media to write. There are many applications available for artistic writing. But not all of them are artistic. GitBook Editor is an aesthetically beautiful project for aspiring writers. The application makes it easy to write and preview books on the desktop. It also provides an almost distraction free environment to concentrate only on writing.

GitBook Editor currently supports writing using the markdown syntax. Support for Asciidoc and Tex will be added soon. It is multiplatform and supports Linux, Windows and Mac. The generated ebooks can be read on different devices like Amazon Kindle, Nook and by readers supporting PDF, ePub and Mobi formats.

Downloads are available for several platforms. To install on Ubuntu:

  • Download gitbook-linux32.tar.gz
  • Extract it using: tar -xvzf gitbook-linux32.tar.gz
  • Run the installation script cd GitBook && ./install.sh
  • The install script will create a shortcut on your desktop

Interested readers can browse GitBook Editor source code at the project’s page on GitHub.

GitBook Editor also has an associated online service to write and publish ebooks – GitBook. The additional advantages of signing up to GitBook are Git version control support (you will not lose a single word you ever saved) and responsive layout to read read books on devices of all form factors.

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Germany ‘mistakenly’ tapped phone calls of John Kerry & Hillary Clinton

Saturday 16th of August 2014 04:55:36 PM

By ‘accident’, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan had their phone calls intercepted by the German spy agency, BND, in anti-terror efforts.

According to the BND, none of the three were purposefully targetted but their calls were collected within the context of other operations. The call involving Clinton apparently took place on the same frequency as a terror suspect, she was using a satellite phone.

A BND spokesperson said “Any accidental recordings are deleted immediately” and a spokesperson for the German government said it was the responsibility of the parliamentary control committee to deal with the accusations.

These revelations come a few weeks after Der Speigel reported that Israel had eavesdropped on John Kerry’s phone calls during peace talks with Palestinians and Arab states last year. This raises question as to whether the officials get adequate training or equipment when sending sensitive information to one another and whether any of it is encrypted.

Source: The Guardian

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US blocks Chinese-Russian backed back on weapons in space

Saturday 16th of August 2014 04:54:25 PM

War is not nice and it’s understandable that countries would seek to ban weapons in space to attempt to keep conflict confined to the Earth, for this reason Russia and China have been attempting to draft a joint treaty for the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space since 2008.

Since then, the United States have been repeatedly blocking consensus in the UN’s Conference on Disarmament to prevent countries moving forward on negotiating a treaty to ban weapons in space claiming that the proposal was ‘a diplomatic ploy by the two nations to gain a military advantage’.

This June, the two countries, Russia and China submitted an updated draft treaty with a paper explaining the changes that had been made and both countries ambassadors asked for feedback. The US continued to object to the treaty saying that it didn’t address ‘significant flaws’ and would prefer to see a non-legally binding efforts such as the Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, like the one it is proposing with the EU, which the US also decided to stall because they want the Codes’ voluntary promise to ‘refrain from any action which brings about, directly or indirectly, damage, or to destruction, of space objects’, be qualified with ‘unless such action is justified’, making it OK for warfare to exist in space.

Maybe the US is just trying to protect business interests, allowing private entities to use weapons in space if someone comes to interfere with their mining operations. If this is the case, and we are moving to privatised space industries, maybe in the next Star Trek movie, Scottie should send talk to hostile Klingons through Facebook Messenger shiver.

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Moto 360 VERY likely to be shipping September 8th

Saturday 16th of August 2014 03:10:46 AM

With each day that passes we are receiving more and more information about the upcoming fall releases and today is no different.

It has only been two days since we announced Motorola had sent animated invites to their Moto Launch Experience. The event is scheduled for September 4th and we reported it was highly likely this will be when the Moto 360 is officially released.

It now seems this date will certainly be the launch date with confirmation coming that Google has sent out emails to its I/O attendees who requested a Moto 360. The emails state they will be sending out Moto 360’s as soon as they are available but also state the closing date for return of request forms is September 5th.

As this is the day after the scheduled Moto Launch Experience it seems an extremely good bet that September 4th will be the release launch date. Furthermore as September 5th is a Friday is also seems worth assuming the highly awaited Wear devices will commence shipping on Monday 8th or extremely soon afterwards. Either way, it does seem the wait is finally coming to an end for the newest and roundest addition to the Wear family.

So if you did attend I/O and did request a Moto 360 then you probably have the email waiting for you right now. Simply fill out the attached request form, return to sender and relax knowing you are a matter of weeks away from a 360. For those who did not attend I/O you will have to wait until September 4th for the release to be officially confirmed but rest assured the indicators are looking good.

Planning on buying a 360? Let us know.

Source: Android Police

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New Steam Client update: focus on Library and Steam UI

Saturday 16th of August 2014 12:57:25 AM

Valve just released a new update for their Steam. The new client update mainly focuses on improving visuals, apart from the regular under the hood improvements. As always, this update enhances it further for Linux. The Steam runtime now supports newer compilers on the various distributions. Along with that, Steam now finally allows us to enter custom network settings in Big Picture Mode. In addition various audio related issues have been fixed.

Apart from the platform dependent fixes and changes, the biggest difference you’ll notice after you installed the update is that the entire Steam interface is overhauled. The interface is now more in tune with the browser. The buttons are a bit flatter, but still quite 3D. The install button in the library too has turned pale blue, which kind of blends well with the overall use of black.

Apart from the UI, the other major part that received significant changes is the library. So much so that the Library has got its own section in the patch notes. The categorization system is much more streamlined and has more depth. The library now also allows you to select multiple games and install them at one go, through the context menu. Should be quite helpful when setting up a new machine. Multi-select games, right click, click install. Go grab a coffee while steam does the rest for you! Plain and simple.

Apart from these, there a numerous fixes implemented to address bugs that have been annoying people with sections like Big Picture and In Home streaming. Support for numerous Nvidia hardware has been added along with the support for their latest drivers. Details of the various fixes are listed below.

Linux

  • Updated Steam Runtime with support for newer compilers
  • Added support for entering custom network settings in Big Picture
  • Fixed audio being lost when alt-tabbing
  • Fixed crash when doing a voice chat if you did not have a network connection
  • Fixed launching SteamVR games

 

General

  • Updated desktop user interface styles, simplifying common controls and navigation elements, and neutralizing overall color palette to align with Steam web pages and Big Picture mode
  • Major update of embedded web browser to increase performance, reliability, and to bring in various security fixes and functionality updates
  • Work around to prevent duplicate key presses in some cases for games running inside Adobe AIR
  • Don’t delay content updates for games set to high priority
  • Fixed in-game progress indicators for workshop downloads displaying incorrect percentages for compressed files
  • Fixed mods and shortcuts not displaying their names correctly in the friends interface and server browser

Library

  • Games can now be assigned to more than one category at a time
  • Add “Hide this game in my library” functionality, accessible from the Set Categories menu. Games that are hidden will not show up in library filters except for a new filter called “Hidden”, which will only appear once at least one game is marked as hidden. Hidden games are still available for play and will still appear on the user’s profile.
  • Add an “Uncategorized” filter in desktop library filter drop downs. This will appear when a user has at least one game in a category and at least one game that has no categories.
  • In desktop library details, list, and small views, games can be multiply selected using shift-click and control-click and certain operations can be performed on the group
  • Added install option to context menu for multiple selections
  • When filtering by favorites or by owner, display only a single section instead of all the sections that the games are in.
  • When adding a new category, scroll the category list to the bottom so we can see the category that was just added
  • Added by-category filter options to the filter drop downs in all library views
  • When switching between library views, remember the category of the game selected and retain it when possible
  • In list view with game images selected, display the image on all instances of the game instead of only one
  • Eliminate extraneous “Favorite” category when favorites are added from Set Categories instead of Add to Favorites
  • Make type-to-search properly expand categories in list view. Better synchronize type to search between library views.
  • Remove user categories from navigation bar hover menu. They are still available in the game filters drop-down in the library views.
  • Add context menu to category headers in library views, containing “Expand All” and “Collapse All”, and, in details/mini view, “Show/Hide Icons”
  • Improve category collapse state synchronization between library views.
  • Don’t show hover effect on list items when a context menu is visible
  • Add glow effect on hover to 2′ library game filter button
  • Retain selections when switching filters whenever possible
  • Retain multiple selections when switching between details and list view
  • Synchronize selection between main window library views and Small Mode.

 

Big Picture

  • Updated various visual styles across Big Picture including focus treatments
  • Limit daisy wheel input to numeric entries where appropriate
  • Improved gamepad navigation through checkout
  • Fixed custom icons for streaming non-Steam games
  • Fixed crash when enabling parental controls
  • Fixed scroll bars disappearing on some EULA pages after scrolling to the left
  • Fixed daisy wheel adding multiple periods after pressing space twice to end a sentence
  • Fixed automatic capitalization getting stuck enabled in daisy wheel
  • Fixed a bug preventing the user from changing payment methods if their stored credit card has expired
  • Fixed crash on launching Big Picture if your PC has no sound card (or it is disabled)
  • Fixed crash on game launch if you mashed the A button

 

In-Home Streaming

  • Added support for NVIDIA hardware encoding for D3D9+ games on GeForce 650+ cards and the latest NVIDIA drivers. You can enable this by turning on hardware encoding in the advanced options on the host computer.
  • Reset hardware encoding setting to default off, to minimize surprises now that NVIDIA encoding is available
  • Added hardware accelerated decoding for Mac OS X 10.9 and 10.10
  • Reset hardware decoding setting to default on for Windows and Linux, and default off for Mac OS X
  • Improved software decoding performance for clients with multiple CPU cores
  • Disabled vsync while streaming for a smoother capture framerate
  • Fixed being able to scroll the right and bottom edges of a map in certain resolutions
  • Fixed Steam crash streaming from a host with an i5-3450 CPU
  • Fixed games detecting both local and streaming controllers; streaming controllers take precedence if they are connected.
  • Fixed streaming games from Steam when it has been put in Windows XP compatibility mode
  • Made it more clear that unlimited bandwidth increases latency and is not recommended

 

The update should automatically download the next time you start Steam. Or you can force it to update itself, if it hasn’t done so already, by going into Steam Menu and clicking on “Check for Steam Client Updates…”

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Retailer accidently leaks Samsung Note 4 specs

Saturday 16th of August 2014 12:40:09 AM

A few days ago we brought you reports that leaked images of the Note 4 had made it online and now it seems the specs for the Note 4 have also been leaked…albeit by accident.

Erafone, a reputable Indonesian retailer uploaded the specs of the Note 4 to a corresponding product page which seems to have gone live without the retailer realizing. There are no confirmation as of yet that the specs are correct. However as the device is expected to be launched for sale on September 3rd it is not uncommon for retailers to have the information earlier. This allows them to prepare the device pages ready for immediate sale once released. As such it is possible these really are the specs for the newest addition to the Note family.

The information provided did not go into any huge detail about the device and there are no real surprises or new features to speak of. However what is known (according to the specs) is the Note 4 will come loaded with Snapdragon 805 processor and 4GB RAM.

In our last Note 4 leaked post we advised that the device is likely to hit the shops with a metallic frame which is one of the more notable differences from its predecessor, the Note 3. This was even more likely when two days ago we reported the release of Samsung Alpha which also had a metallic surround suggesting Samsung are looking to include a more premium feel across their range of devices. So although these leaks cannot be taken as gospel, the information coming in is starting to look likely.

It was expected Samsung would be looking to launch the Note 4 with a high end spec sheet and the information we have received this does seem to confirm this. According to the leaked information the Note will be launched with Android 4.4.3. The leaked specs also suggest the Note will come with a 16 MP camera capable of 4K video, will be released in three memory variants (16, 32 & 64 GB) and will also offer up to 128 GB external storage capability. In addition with the inclusion of an eight core Snapdragon 805 processor, 5.7” (2560 x 1440) display and 4 GB RAM the Note 4 is looking good.

But what do you think? Do the specs sound correct? Any Note users out there? Are these specs enough to motivate an upgrade or were you expecting more?

Source: Phandroid

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Maths may help create alternative to open-heart surgery

Friday 15th of August 2014 03:17:59 PM

A mathematician is working with a cardiologist to develop new strategies to improve the treatment of dysfunctional heart valves.

“It almost sounds like science fiction,” Canic said. “Our project combines the most recent breakthroughs in technology, such as 3-D human organ printing, materials science, mathematics, scientific computations and cardiovascular sciences.”

Many alternatives for heart valve replacement are being worked on and Transcatheter Valve Replacement or TVR is one of those alternative procedures. In TVR a catheter containing a replacement valve is guided to the location of the failing valve through the groin area.

That’s where mathematician comes into the picture. The team is currently testing the procedure on and validating it on functional 3-D models. The procedure is also being tested with virtual TVR procedures performed in an apparatus, called the pulsatile flow loop, at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.

Using these computational methods enabled by latest development of technology, Canic and her team are hopeful about developing an optimal method for TVR. Thus eventually becoming an alternative to open heart surgery.

Source: Eureka Alert

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More Trans-Pacific Partnership details leaked

Friday 15th of August 2014 02:59:52 PM

The United States and other countries in the Americas and Asia are involved in secretly negotiating a Free Trade Agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, much of the news about the deal comes from leaks as none of the details are publicly published. In the latest leak, activists reveal Certification which allows the US to withhold the the final steps that are necessary to bring a trade and investment treaty into force until the other party has changed it’s relevant laws to meet US expectations.

The TPP No Certification website goes onto explain that the US, in the past, have set their expectations beyond those which were agreed on during negotiations. The US has already shown to have used these powers to change the laws of Peru as demostrated in these excerpts by February 2009 the US-Peru FTA was in effect after the US government granted it’s unilateral certification that Peru had made the desired changes to it’s domestic laws.

TPP and TTIP (EU-US FTA) are both currently being negotiated in secret which is bringing wide ranging criticism from activists who are concerned by what’s being agreed on over things such as intellectual property saying that the ramifications are are similar to allowing through laws like the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Other groups against the new FTAs are Environmentalists who claim that the reduced regulations would lead to an increase in fracking and GMOs and people who are concerned about their countries sovereignty, because as shown in the Peru case above, the US won’t hesitate to twist the arms of countries and get them to amend laws.

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Actor Tom Hanks launches app that turns your iPad into a typewriter

Friday 15th of August 2014 02:59:29 PM

Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks is never satisfied typing on an iPad as typing on a manual typewriter. In fact, Hanks adores the antique machines so much that he uses typewriters daily whenever he wants to type notes to friends or compose office memos and to-do lists.

The typewriter diehard thought of taking his passion digital and commissioned some app developers to create an app that recreates the experience of a manual typewriter on a tablet.

Called Hanx Writer, the app is “my little gift to the future Luddite hipsters of the world,” Hanks tells USA Today.

Tapping any key makes you hear the thwack-thwack sound of metal stamping on paper, and you can also see the type bar quickly hammer each letter onto the page. And if you wish to strike through deleted characters, you can do so with an “x” instead of erasing them completely.

In the app’s welcome letter, Hanks shares how he purchased a typewriter in the 1970s and has since become a collector: “I write without caring about typeovers, XXXX’d out words, goofy syntax, & bad spelling because the feel & sound of a typewriter is satisfying in ways that couldn’t be matched. — Until now!”

The app is free to download from Apple’s App Store and includes a few in-app purchases for you to enjoy some more features.

Editor’s Note: I tried the app on an iPad and it’s more of a toy than an app any serious writer would use.

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Debian 8.0 aka “Jessie” Beta 1 announced

Friday 15th of August 2014 02:50:56 PM

The Debian Installer team announced the first Beta installer of the next major Debian release codenamed “Jessie”. The installer does an installation on the hard disk and does not provide any option to test the distro “live” from a USB slick or other media. However, as the installer has made into the Beta phase the Live edition can be expected to follow suit soon.

Historically Debian is an orthodox distribution and inclined more towards stability than bleeding edge. But Jessie Beta 1 comes with many significant features and changes:

  • Jessie now installs the Xfce desktop environment by default. Due to an issue with Gnome installer, Xfce was getting installed as default even when Gnome is selected. This is now fixed.
  • A major release of parted, the Linux command-line partitioner tool has been integrated.
  • A major release of syslinux, a collection of open source bootloaders is integrated with some incompatible changes yet to be fixed.
  • The default init system (kernel initialization framework) is now systemd in sync with the mainline Linux kernel.
  • Recent Linux kernel version 3.14.15 included.
  • Many hardware enabling related changes in debian-installer, linux kernel and u-boot bootloader.
  • 75 languages supported with 12 of them fully translated.

As expected in a Beta release, there are both known and unknown issues. It is meant for testing and not recommended for production systems. But if you still want a taste of it, grab it from the official downloads section.

There is no certain release date announced for Jessie yet but the change freeze will be done at 23:59 UTC on the 5th of November 2014 and an automated migration from Wheezy will be run at that time.

Debian is an operating system composed primarily of free software, mostly under the GPL license. It is developed under the Debian project. It is also one of the earliest Linux distributions. Popular distributions like Ubuntu and Knoppix originated from Debian.

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SUSE Cloud 4 with Ceph Distribution Storage announced

Friday 15th of August 2014 02:50:47 PM

SUSE announced in a press release that SUSE Cloud has reached version 4 and brings many improvements along with it. SUSE Cloud is SUSE’s OpenStack distribution for building IAAS (Infrastructure As A Service) private clouds. IAAS is a cloud service model in which an organization outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers and networking components. The service provider owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running and maintaining it. The client typically pays on a per-use basis. Canonical and Red Hat are well-known names in OpenStack technology.

SUSE Cloud is developed on open standards. The installation framework assures easy deployment and management of OpenStack clouds. It is also the first enterprise distribution with automated high availability configuration and deployment of the OpenStack cloud services. The quality of service ensures enterprise level SLAs (Service Level Agreements) between service providers and their customers. SUSE Cloud supports a mixed-hypervisor private environment which offers the choice of using KVM, Xen, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere hypervisors in their environment.

SUSE Cloud 4 is based on the latest OpenStack release (named Icehouse) and supports Ceph, a distributed object store and file system designed to provide excellent performance, reliability and scalability. It also adds advanced VMware capabilities and enhanced scalability, automation and availability features. These features will cumulatively help organizations reap the maximum benefit from their IT investments.

Enterprise customers benefit in the following ways from SUSE Cloud 4:

  • Reduced costs by deploying a software-defined storage solution based on the Ceph distributed storage system. SUSE Cloud’s installation framework enables enterprises to automatically configure and deploy Ceph clusters.
  • Maximized VMware investments through enhanced integration between existing VMware vSphere environments and OpenStack.
  • Simplified workload deployment, while providing increased levels of scalability and automation. SUSE Cloud delivers database, load balancing and firewall-as-a-service.

The release is well-accepted by the partners as well as the cloud service industry and considered promising. Executive Director of OpenStack, Jonathan Bryce said, “The OpenStack project is seeing increasingly wide adoption by enterprises. We’ve heard from enterprise users that high availability, integration with their preferred tools and platforms, and access to the latest upstream innovation is important, and that’s exactly the market SUSE is reaching for with Ceph integration and HA tools.” Executives from Cisco, Hedera Technology, Intel, UShareSoft and VMware are optimistic about the release. It remains to be seen if SUSE Cloud 4 can deliver the quality it claims and compete with the likes of Canonical and Red Hat.

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LibreOffice Conference 2014 to be held in Bern this September

Friday 15th of August 2014 02:50:30 PM

LibreOffice is arguably the most popular open source office suite available today. The success has come doe to the hard work and contributions from several dedicated developers as well as contributors from community memebrs. The key to develop and grow this ecosystem is constant collaboration and having a solid strategy regarding the future of the software. The LibreOffice conference is a stage that provides this opportunity to the contributors and enthusiasts to take part in planning the future roadmap.

The schedule of LibreOffice Conference 2014 is announced in The Document Foundation’s Blog. It will be held from Sep 3 to Sep 5. The venue is Bern, Switzerland. The conference will be hosted by the University of Bern, and organized by CH-Open – the Swiss Open Systems User Group – and the Digital Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bern, in coordination with The Document Foundation.

The sessions are organized in 4 categories:

  • Development Room: for discussions on LibreOffice development
  • Community Room: to engage contributors from the community
  • Marketing & Migration Room: discussions on marketing strategies and migrating LibreOffice
  • Keynotes Room: Conference and project related keynotes

The main focus of the sessions will be on development, community, certification, migrations, training, marketing and Open Document Format (ODF). In addition to English sessions, a German track will also be relayed. This track will focus on open source adoptions in governments and enterprises in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. It will be opened by Balthasar Glättli, a Member of the Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability. His session will be followed by lectures on professional adoptions of free office suites at the Swiss Federal Court (350 jobs), in the schools of Geneva, in the city of Munich (14,000 jobs), at the LVM Insurance in Münster (13,000 jobs) and in the Austrian Ministry of Justice. A LibreOffice Hack Night is on the plates on the eve of Sep 3.

Approximately 300 community members will be attending the conference and more that 70 sessions will be held. This is going to be biggest Open Source Event in Switzerland in 2014. If you are a LibreOffice fan and always wanted to spend a vacation in Switzerland, this gotta be the right time for it.

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Docker containers for openSUSE 13.1 released

Friday 15th of August 2014 02:50:13 PM

Henne Vogelsang announced the release of official Docker containers for the latest openSUSE release 13.1. This has been the result of the efforts of more than 450 patch contributors since the project was released in March 2013 under the initiative of openSUSE. A total number of 14,000 Docker containers are now available.

Docker is an open-source project that automates the deployment of applications inside software containers, providing that way an additional layer of abstraction and automation of operating system–level virtualization on Linux. In brief, it is an open platform for distributed applications. Developers can develop an app using Docker containers with any language and any toolchain. They can ship the “Dockerized” app and dependencies anywhere – to QA, teammates, or the cloud for deployment – without breaking anything. Docker is the most popular container technology of today. It released version 1.0 recently, the first version that is decalred ready for the enterprise.

Managing images with Docker is similar to managing and tracking source code using version control systems. Containers are stored in a central repository called “Docker Hub”. Users can pull (or download) these containers and also check the differences with the latest version of the containers. They can also contribute back by submitting their modified containers. Docker’s integrated build system is capable of creating new containers from existing ones like templates.

The announcement also reveals that “Starting today the Docker Hub provides official openSUSE containers for our stable releases.” openSUSE thanks Flavio Castelli, maintainer of the Docker package, for the creation of these containers, along with the KIWI developers for adding the docker build format and the Docker team for marking these containers as official on the Docker Hub.

Being a major player among Linux based distributions, it’s not surprising that openSUSE will be interested in solidifying their ground taking advantage of easy distribution through the container-based Docker framework.

openSUSE users can download the official container using:

docker pull opensuse:13.1

To run a program inside the container:

docker run opensuse:13.1 <command> <command params>

To create a docker application based on the official containers, use the Docker’s build system and create a Dockerfile. Sample:

FROM opensuse:13.1 MAINTAINER <your name> "<your email>" # make sure the repositories are up to date RUN zypper --non-interactive --gpg-auto-import-keys ref RUN zypper in -y <your list of packages>

Then from the directory containing the Dockerfile, issue

docker build -t <name of your image> .

Once the build process is over, the new image will be added to the list of local images.

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