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  • Best Android Launchers

    Android is known for its great customization capabilities, and one of the main aspects of this customization are Android launchers. Launchers basically change the way your Android device’s layout (user-interface) looks and behaves. There are two main types of launchers, Design and Productivity.

  • AT&T Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Update: 5 Things to Know
  • Report: Google prepping car infotainment system separate from Android Auto

    Android Auto may be just the start for Google’s ambitions inside the car.

    According to multiple reports Google is building its own infotainment system, which would be far more powerful than Android Auto. The clues come from references in the Android Compatibility Definition Document to something called Android Automotive.

  • Android Marshmallow requires devices to show all battery stats

    On top of the big changes coming with Android Marshmallow, Google is also forcing Android device makers to be more transparent about battery usage on all of their devices. Specifically, Google notes that devices "MUST be able to track hardware component power usage," as well as attribute usage to individual apps, according to the Marshmallow Compatibility Definition Document. Up until now, some Android manufacturers have been able to obfuscate certain battery details, allowing them to potentially hide components or apps that could be draining battery life. The change will hopefully lead to more power efficient Android phones and tablets down the line. If anything, it's surprising it's taken this long for Google to clamp down on Android battery stats.

  • New Emojis are coming to Android, Soon
  • BlackBerry’s first Android phone ships November 6th for $699

    BlackBerry has officially started taking preorders for the BlackBerry Priv, the company's first Android phone. The device is being sold in the US, UK, and Canada, with pricing at $699, £559, and CA$899, respectively. In the US and Canada, the device starts shipping November 6th, and in the UK the Priv will ship "starting the week of November 9."

  • BlackBerry launches US preorders for $699 Priv Android slider phone

    BlackBerry's Priv will start shipping in the United States on November 6th, and you can preorder the Android smartphone with its slide-out keyboard beginning right now for $699. That's a bit less than the $750 figure we saw only a couple days ago, but it's still more expensive than or, at best, at parity with a number of fantastic Android flagships like the Nexus 6P, Galaxy Note 5, Moto X, and others.

  • OEM’s Choice: The Fragmentation and Subsequent Stratification of Android

    The slogan debuted a year ago with the release of Lollipop, highlighting the greatest strength of Android: choice. The sheer diversity of Android products has exploded in 2015, with manufacturers opting to offer multiple versions of their flagship devices, such as the Samsung S6, S6Edge, Note 5, S6E+, Moto X Play, Style, Pure, Nexus 5X, 6P… You get the point. And yet, 2015 was dubbed by many as one of the most disappointing years for flagships so far. When a device doesn’t check all the boxes of features we want, it’s quickly ruled out by the community of enthusiasts. Samsung has done away with MicroSD cards, removable battery, and OnePlus’ decision to opt out of using NFC caused a particularly loud uproar — these are two of the most criticized compromises, but hardly the only ones in 2015.

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Games: Steam, ChromeOS, Open 3D Game Engine, and N-Gage

  • Steam's latest crazy indie hit Vampire Survivors is coming to Linux | GamingOnLinux

    The developer of Vampire Survivors, an absolute smash-hit on Steam has confirmed that a Linux version is in the works. Their latest update post mentioned it might be available by the end of the month, if all goes well. Developed by poncle, it arrived on Steam in Early Access for Windows on December 17 - 2021 and suddenly on January 6 - 2022 it starting gathering thousands of players. More arrived each day, and this game of complete chaos suddenly managed to be a total hit with an all-time peak player count of 37,075 and that was only hit yesterday so it's continuing to grow all the time. On Steam, it's managed to hit an Overwhelmingly Positive rating too.

  • Prison Architect: Perfect Storm DLC and The Tower update get a surprise release | GamingOnLinux

    Today Paradox Interactive and Double Eleven have done a surprise launch of the Prison Architect: Perfect Storm expansion. Plus, as always for Paradox, there's a free update out now too called The Tower. So not only do you have to worry about what the inmates have smuggled around but you now also need to look to the skies. No one wants to sit in a freezing cold cell, or have wild rats running across their feet.

  • Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2022 is now live | GamingOnLinux

    Do you feel the need for some new games? Perhaps to continue building up a collection for the upcoming Steam Deck? Now is yet another chance for you with the Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2022. Not only is there a big sale but if you head over to the Points Shop, you'll also get a new sticker each day too.

  • Gaming Chromebooks Running Steam Are Reportedly On the Way

    Don't worry, gamers, there will be plenty of RGB lighting.

  • Open 3D Game Engine 2111.2 Released - Phoronix

    In addition to closing in on the Godot 4.0 release, another equally exciting effort in the open-source game engine space is the Open 3D Engine originally from the Amazon Lumberyard code and backed by the Linux Foundation and other organizations. Open 3D Engine 2111.2 is out today as the newest stable point release for this less than one year old open-source game engine effort. Back in December saw the release of O3DE 21.11 as the first major release of this open-source game engine under the Apache 2.0 license. O3DE 2111.2 is the latest in that stable lineage for this game engine. a

  • Release Notes for Open 3D Engine 2111.2 - Open 3D Engine

    Open 3D Engine release 2111.2 is a maintenance and quality of life improvement release based on 2111.1. This release is bugfix-only and contains no new features.

  • An Up-To-Date Development Environment For The Nokia N-Gage | Hackaday

    One of the brave but unsuccessful plays from Nokia during their glory years was the N-Gage, an attempt to merge a Symbian smartphone and a handheld game console. It may not have managed to dethrone the Game Boy Advance but it still has a band of enthusiasts, and among them is [Michael Fitzmayer] who has produced a CMake-based toolchain for the original Symbian SDK. This is intended to ease development on the devices by making them more accessible to the tools of the 2020s, and may serve to bring a new generation of applications to those old Nokias still lying forgotten in dusty drawers.

Programming Leftovers

  • A deeper look into the Genesis GV60 digital cockpit

    We announced in 2021 that Hyundai Motor Company has selected Qt as their key HMI technology partner for all Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis brands. Since then, they have released their new electric luxury SUV Genesis GV60, and we love it!

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: td 0.0.6 on CRAN: Minor Bugfix

    The td package for accessing the twelvedata API for financial data has been updated once more on CRAN and is now at version 0.0.6. The release comes in response to an email from CRAN who noticed (via r-devel) that I was sloppy (in one spot, it turns out) with a logical expression resulting in an expression of length greather than one. Fixed by wrapping an all() around it—and the package was back at CRAN minutes later thanks to automated processing over their end.

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppArmadillo 0.10.8.1.0 on CRAN: Upstream Updates

    Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed and ease of use with a syntax deliberately close to a Matlab. RcppArmadillo integrates this library with the R environment and language–and is widely used by (currently) 950 other packages on CRAN, downloaded over 22.9 million times (per the partial logs from the cloud mirrors of CRAN), and the CSDA paper (preprint/vignette) by Conrad and myself has been cited 451 times according to Google Scholar. This release brings another upstream update 10.8.0, and first bug fix release 10.8.1. As updates by Conrad can come a little quicker than the desired monthly cadence CRAN aims for, we skipped the 10.8.0 release for CRAN only but of course generally provide them via the Rcpp drat repo as well as via general updates to the repo, and full reverse dependency testing (for which results are always logged here).

  • This Week In Rust: This Week in Rust 427

Vu Premium TV 32-inch with Bezel-Less Design, Linux OS Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Vu, India’s popular online smart TV brand has announced a new TV under the Premium series. The company has unveiled the Vu Premium TV 32-inch in India today. Previously, the company had announced Vu QLED Premium TV in India with Android 11, Dolby Vision, and 40W speakers. The newly launched Premium TV 32-inch comes with features like a premium bezel-less design, Linux OS, and more for under Rs 15,000. Read more

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