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OpenPi review – a Pi of Things

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The OpenPi on first look is a curious device – a nondescript black box with merely an HDMI and a microUSB slot. There’s no real indication of what it might be, however cracking it open reveals a custom board connected to a Raspberry Pi compute module. Inside as standard is a wireless dongle and a bluetooth receiver for a mini-wireless keyboard/mouse combo. It seems quite simple, and to be fair in this state it is – it’s basically just a (fully-functioning) Raspberry Pi.

That’s actually the point of it though. With the compute module and the OpenPi board, you have full access to the usual Raspberry Pi power and settings and such. The selling point of the OpenPi though is that you can then take this board – which is completely open hardware – and modify the plans yourself to make a custom board that fits your needs. Wireless Things thinks of it as an easier way to create an internet of things, and they’ve succeeded in creating the platform to do this really.

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5 Reasons To Use Linux Mint And Not Ubuntu

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On the surface there isn't much difference between Linux Mint and Ubuntu as Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu (except for Linux Mint Debian Edition) and apart from the desktop environment and default applications there isn't really a difference.

In this article I am going to list 5 reasons why you would choose Linux Mint over Ubuntu. Now I am well aware that Ubuntu users are going to come back and say that there are loads of reasons to use Ubuntu over Linux Mint and so the counterargument to this list will be made available later in the week.

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Leftovers: Screenshots

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GThumb 3.3.3 Released With Improved Support For GTK 3.14 And More, Install In Linux

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gthumb 3.3.3 released with improved gtk 3.14 support

gThumb is an image viewer with basic image editing tools, like cropping, image resizing, image enhancement and more. The latest versiongThumb 3.3.3 recently released with new features and improvements. It can also import photos from digital cameras and supportexporting photos to online services such as Facebook, PicasaWeb and more.
 

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: The Best-Performing Android Smartwatch Yet

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Sony's been trying the smartwatch thing for years, but the original SmartWatch and the SmartWatch 2 both... what's the word I'm looking for here? Sucked? Yeah. But the SmartWatch 3 has solid performance and two nifty features you won't find on any other Android Wear. It's the first with built-in GPS and a screen you can read without backlighting.

Android Wear watches are off to a pretty decent start. The Moto 360, the LG G Watch R, and the Asus ZenWatch are all lovely and useful in their own ways. So why might you buy a Sony smartwatch instead?

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Android Lollipop Review: Google's Material Design Delivers The Goods

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Regardless of the tinkering Google's engineers have done under the bonnet, the most noticeable improvement has to be the overall look. Google is calling Android's fetching new aesthetic "Material Design" and it's all about giving the OS a more welcoming look. It's mostly flat colours, clever use of shadow and UI elements which look like layers of paper stacked on top of one another. Google has left behind the world of skeuomorphic design ­–– just like Apple did with iOS 7 –– and the end result is something that looks less cluttered and more eye-catching.

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How fast is the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition phone?

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Videos of the first Ubuntu-based phone to be released in the UK show that the low-budget handset may struggle in terms of performance. The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be released this week, and marks the end of a two-year journey for Ubuntu to find a manufacturer willing to ship its smartphone OS.

The handset's specification is hardly stellar. It has a 4.5in 960 x 540 resolution screen, a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek Cortex-A7 processor, 1GB of RAM and only 8GB of onboard storage, with the option to bolster that via the memory card slot.

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OwnCloud 8 Released With Improvements And Favorites Support, Download & Install In Linux

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ownCloud 8 released with favorite support and improvements in linux

OwnCloud is a free and open source program that let you create your own cloud to Sync, Share and Access your data on almost all your devices.  OwnCloud has web interface and has reached to version 8.0.0 recently. The latest release includes many more features and updates.
 

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UBUNTU PHONE REVIEW (BQ AQUARIS E4.5 UBUNTU EDITION): GREAT OS, AVERAGE HARDWARE

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After years of development, the first Ubuntu phone is finally here (Europe only) and while the hardware is average at best, the OS is a breath of fresh air, bringing innovations like scopes and "magic edges", designed not just to be different, but in many ways, better than the current trends.

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Korora 21 GNOME Edition Screenshot Tour

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At our readers’ request, we’ve decided to make a series of screenshot tours for the brand-new Korora 21 open-source computer operating system. As you might know, Korora 21 was officially released this past weekend, based on the acclaimed Fedora 21 operating system, and distributed in four editions with the Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE, and Xfce desktop environments.

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