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Google's open source addressing system could replace longitude and latitude

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Google often decides to go about things in its own way, and is frequently found approaching common problems from a unique angle. The latest candidate to receive the Google treatment is the humble address. Not web addresses or email addresses, but regular postal addresses. So what's the deal?

While street names and numbers usually get you to where you want to go, that's not always the case. You could opt to use longitude and latitude instead, but what sane person wants to do that? This is the very question Google asked before it came up with Open Location Code, an open source addressing system the company hopes developers will latch onto.

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ChromeOS 42.0.2311.87 (Official Build) (64-bit) – A brief look

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ChromeOS is a crafty devil. If you are not paying attention you can miss the fact that you’ve received an update. Its a little like a dog near to a buffet table, turn away and it will have a cake off there and carry on as normal without you being any the wiser.

I decided to pen a few thoughts on the latest build which has found its way through the interwebs and landed on my HP 14″. When I say land, the image I’d like to convey is not so much a smooth journey opening up a wealth of treats but more of a thump and an exercise in wasting my time.

These are the things I’ve noticed within the first few hours of the update. There will be more.

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Encryption Support For EXT4

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Security

Ted published the twenty-two patches earlier this month for implementing encryption support into EXT4, complete with file-name and symlink encryption. The patches were developed by Ted Ts'o and Michael Halcrow.

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Chromium Finally Gets HiDPI Support for Linux After Being Ignored for Three Years

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High DPI screens are beginning to show in an increasing number of devices, and developers need to adjust their applications to support it. The Chromium developers have just added this feature for the Linux platform.

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Google makes Santa Tracker open source on GitHub -- will you fork Santa Claus?

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April Fool's Day is well behind us, so all the pranks should be over, right? I ask because today, Google announces that it is making its Santa Tracker project open source on GitHub. The fact that it is open source is great, but the timing is odd. The last thing I expected to read about in April is friggin' Santa Claus, but here we are.

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The 78 essential tricks Google thinks every Android user should know

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Google

If you own an Android phone, that also means you have a Google account. Google would like you to know that this account isn’t just there for show — it’s there to unlock a bunch of cool services on your smartphone. To help out Android newbies, Google has created a whole page dedicated to “78 things you didn’t know you could do with Google” to provide users with the basics they need to help them get the most out of Google’s services.

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Chromebook Flip: Incentive for Google to improve touch for Chrome OS

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Linux
Google

Chromebooks have been available with touch screens since the original Chromebook Pixel. They aren't common but there are a few models on the market. One reason they aren't common is that touch support in Chrome OS is not very good, so there's no incentive for OEMs to build Chromebooks with touch.

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Five New Chrome OS Computers

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The candy-bar sized Chromebit HDMI stick has some of the same innards as the four new Chromebooks including a Rockchip RK3288, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of eMMC. The under $100 TV plug-in also sports a USB port, Bluetooth, and WiFi ac.

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Also: Google Unveils 4 New Chromebooks and Chrome OS on a Stick

Google announces new Chromebooks and Chromebit HDMI sticks

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