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  • Projecting From Kantar Statistics for August Quarter, to Global Smartphone Market Q3

    We all know by now how to read the Kantar numbers. Its useless to compare Kantar this quarter to the same quarter last year, as Kantar doesn't measure the whole world, too many variables change the issue, such as did Apple launch the iPhone in China at the same time as the other big markets, or not, etc. But what we CAN do, is use Kantar latest quarter data, to compare to the immediate previous quarter. That is usually a good indicator of what the current just-ended Quarter is likely to show. We know well what Kantar measured for the last quarter (ended June 2015) and if we assign smartphone penetration-corrected indexes to all the reported region from Kantar, we get a pretty reliable indicator of what the direction and to some degree even scale of the change is, this quarter vs previous quarter. Note, this methodology is not infallible, it once led us on this blog to vastly mistake the Nokia/Lumia Windows Phone share. But in general, its worked quite accurately for about 15 of the past 16 quarters. I think we can use this as a good but not infallible predictive tool to see what the market share situation is like for the just-ended quarter.


    Android 84% (82%)
    iOS 12% (14%)
    Windows Phone 3% (3%)
    Others combined 1% (1%)

  • Tidbits and Noise from Smartphone Wars

    Blackberry hasn't quite yet died. And now they have officially shown the world the new physical QWERTY-slider (narrow format keyboard like Blackberries had always, not wide like Nokia Communicators for example) and its called the Priv. Best of all, it also runs Android! Wanna see the pictures? Slash Gear has the Blackberry pictures. For the record, I think this is a brilliant move and will see Blackberry smartphone unit sales jump once those Priv units are offered widely - and I personally will buy one. How big will the boost be, is anybody's guess because its been so long since we've last seen a proper slider solution to a large touch screen and a physical QWERTY but yeah, I bet it will sell well. Lets see if this can save the company.

  • Mini PC invasion: 13 radically tiny computers that fit in the palm of your hand

    Computers have been shrinking for years, and the revolution has only accelerated in recent times. As chipmakers focus on creating processors that sip power without sacrificing performance, thermal concerns have largely been alleviated in modern CPUs. Because of that, today’s pint-sized PCs offer enough performance to play HD video and satisfy Office jockeys, the opposite of the janky, compromised experience of yesteryear’s microcomputers.

  • Samsung Glass to have Augumented Reality Features Far Beyond the Capabilities of Google Glass

    Samsung has applied to patent a 3D image technology that is years ahead of the capabilities Google Glass, it’s main competitor, as users will be able to Interact with 3D images shown on the glasses mid-air and be able to do such things as dial phone numbers, send SMS text messages and even play a virtual piano keyboard.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and LG G3 Received Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update
  • WhatsApp offers Android users back-up in Google Drive
  • Sony Bravia 50W950C Android TV review

    Sony's new Bravia Smart TVs are the first ones to come preloaded with Android TV software offering a rich app experience and enhancing the smart TV experience. While some local players offer Android-powered TVs, what you actually get is a customised version of the mobile/tablet Android interface and apps that are scaled to fit the big screen. We've used the 50-inch Android smart TV for more than a month to help you make a buying decision.

  • Keeping your Android, and your data, safe and secure

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First Look: Manjaro ARM Beta 1 with Phosh on the PinePhone

The next version of the PinePhone to ship will be the Manjaro Community Edition version which is currently up for pre-order for $150 and up. But if you already have a PinePhone, you can try out the Manjaro software that will be shipping with that phone. Manjaro ARM Beta1 with Phosh is now available for download, and while it’s still a little rough around the edges, it’s already one of the most polished operating systems available for the PinePhone. [...] There’s also a version of the Nemo file manager, calculator and calendar apps, document and image viewers, a text editor, a maps application with support for GPS location and data from OpenStreeMap, and utilities for analyzing system resource and power usage, among other things. The Software app is also more functional, allowing you to browse and search for applications and install a variety of packages. Some of the Not every app I installed was actually able to run, but I was able to install and run a couple of programs and simple games. Read more

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Pop!_OS 20.04 Review: The Best Ubuntu-based Distro!

The Linux distro world is getting better each day, thanks to developers’ immense dedication. The OS sure has come a long way from people calling it “Complex to use” to “User/Beginner Friendly.” One of the best beginner-friendly distros recommended by almost everyone is Ubuntu. Another distro that has recently taken the Linux universe by storm with its new release is Pop!_OS 20.04; it is developed by System 76, a company that manufactures Laptops and ships them with Linux. Pop!_OS is a distro based on Ubuntu that has gained popularity lately. After using it extensively for three weeks, it has now become one of my favorite distros of all time. Here’s my review of the same. Read more

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  • How to install Zorin OS 15.3

    The latest release of Zorin OS has hit the internet. The new release is known as Zorin OS 15.3, and it is packed with the latest features and improvements. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install a fresh copy of Zorin OS 15.3! Please note that to use Zorin OS 15.3, you must have a computer with a decently fast CPU, at least 20 GB of hard drive storage, and at least 1 GB of RAM.

  • Introduction to using firewalld on Oracle Linux 8

    This video provides an introduction to using the firewalld utility. For additional videos on Oracle Linux check out

  • How to Install pip on Ubuntu 20.04 - RoseHosting

    We'll show you how to install the pip package manager for both Python 3 and Python 2 on an Ubuntu 20.04 VPS.

  • How To Install Nextcloud on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - idroot

    In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nextcloud on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Nextcloud is an open source self-hosted file sync and share application (Calendar, Contacts, Documents, Email, and more).

  • How to install and use Slimbook Battery Saver on Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

    Linux systems can be optimized into having longer battery usage, courtesy of Slimbook battery saver. Slimbook battery saver is an open-source tool which was created by the Slimbook hardware manufacturer (Manufactures and sells laptops running on Linux based operating systems). It is effective in GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, Unity, and MATE desktop environment.

  • How to install LibreOffice 7 on Deepin 20 - YouTube

    In this video, we are looking at how to install LibreOffice 7 on Deepin 20.

  • How to install Atom Text Editor on a Chromebook

    Today we are looking at how to install Atom text editor on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

  • How to fix: ‘cannot open shared object file : No such file or directory’ on Ubuntu

    Sometimes, when you try to install a program or a package from its source code, you might end up getting an error which looks like : “error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file No such file or directory”

  • Secure Azure blobs pre-signing in Elixir
  • How to Install pip on Ubuntu 20.04 - RoseHosting

    We'll show you how to install the pip package manager for both Python 3 and Python 2 on an Ubuntu 20.04 VPS. [...] Both Python 2 or Python 3 can be installed on Ubuntu 20.04. However, with Ubuntu 20.04, the default version is Python 3. If for some reason you need Python 2 along with its version of pip, don’t worry, we’re covering that in this tutorial as well. Pip is not installed by default on Ubuntu – however, the installation is quite quick and simple. Let’s start with the installation.

  • SSH 2FA with Google Authenticator and Yubikey - anarcat

    About a lifetime ago (5 years), I wrote a tutorial on how to configure my Yubikey for OpenPGP signing, SSH authentication and SSH 2FA. In there, I used the libpam-oath PAM plugin for authentication, but it turns out that had too many problems: users couldn't edit their own 2FA tokens and I had to patch it to avoid forcing 2FA on all users. The latter was merged in the Debian package, but never upstream, and the former was never fixed at all. So I started looking at alternatives and found the Google Authenticator libpam plugin. A priori, it's designed to work with phones and the Google Authenticator app, but there's no reason why it shouldn't work with hardware tokens like the Yubikey. Both use the standard HOTP protocol so it should "just work".