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Acer bets on Android gaming with $300 Predator 8 tablet

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Is the market ready for an 8-inch slate running Android 5.1 Lollipop designed for gamers? We'll find out starting in November.

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That Awkward Ubuntu Tablet Plans To Go Up For Pre-Order Soon

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Since last December we've been receiving emails from a company working on an Ubuntu Tablet inspired by the failed Ubuntu Edge campaign. That company is apparently going to start accepting pre-orders for their device soon with hopes of shipping this unofficial Ubuntu Tablet in January.

The last we heard of this Ubuntu tablet was earlier in the year when they shared with us their Intel specifications on this tablet and in March had shared expected pricing on the tablet with hopes of shipping the device later this calendar year. Last week I received an unsolicited email from Mark Jun of MJ Technology.

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Samsung rumored to be working on 18.4-inch Android tablet

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How big is too big for a tablet? While most of the industry has converged around two sizes (one about 7 inches from corner to corner, the other roughly 10 inches across), Samsung apparently wants to push the boundaries. According to a report from SamMobile, the company is currently working on an Android tablet with an 18.4-inch display. The device is reportedly codenamed "Tahoe," and although there are no details about when it might be unveiled, SamMobile claims it runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and features a TFT LCD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1.6 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and rear and front cameras — 8 megapixels and 2.1 megapixels, respectively.

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Android Wear watch faces are now interactive and way more useful

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Google's making it possible for Android Wear developers to do way more with watch faces starting today. "We’re launching interactive watch faces, making it easier (and more fun) to stay connected, right from your wrist," the company wrote in a blog post. "Now, with just a tap, your watch face can change its design, reveal more information, or even launch a specific app." Watch faces can now move back and forth between several screens of data, making them far more useful and lessening the need to enter a watch app. Under Armour's watch face is already taking advantage of the new functionality; tapping on the screen cycles between your fitness stats (steps, calories burned, etc.) Google has set up a separate section for interactive watch faces within Google Play.

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Introducing the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch

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Samsung has already teased us about their upcoming Next Gear Smartwatch, the Gear S2, and now that teased video from Samsung Unpacked 2015 Episode 2 can be seen in its full glory. We will see the launch of the new circular watch faced Smartwatch next month on September 03 in Berlin at IFA 2015.

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Erle-Spider Is a Six-Legged Drone Powered by Ubuntu Snappy Core

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Erle-Spider is a new kind of drone, but it's not one that flies. As the name implies, it's a spider drone, and as it happens, it's powered by Ubuntu.

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Here Are the Three Ubuntu Linux Phones That You Can Buy

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It's been a long journey for Canonical, but the company finally has its Ubuntu system in the wild and in the hands of users. In fact, you can get three Ubuntu phones right now and here they are.

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The Excellent Android Projector You'll Probably Never Use

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Actually, yes: AT&T now carries a projector that’s also a tiny, LTE-equipped Android tablet. The movies are built in. That’s better—but I’m still not sure who this clever projector is for. Cinephiles on the go? Business men that need to be able to whip out a projected slideshow at a moment’s notice? I spent a week with it to try and find out.

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Ubuntu Touch Gets Automatic Refunds for Purchases, Lets Users Edit App Reviews and Ratings

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Canonical employee Alejandro J. Cura sent in his weekly report about the progress made in the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system used in Ubuntu smartphone devices like BQ Aquaris E5 or Meizu MX4.

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BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition now available for €199.90 at the BQ store

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The BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition is now available for purchase, just in time for Father's Day.

Previously, the BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition was only available for pre-order. Starting June 18, the official Ubuntu Twitter account announced the availability of the latest smartphone running on Ubuntu OS.

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New Input Drivers and TinyDRM in Linux 4.11 Kernel

  • New Input Drivers For The Linux 4.11 Kernel
    Dmitry Torokhov has submitted the input feature updates for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window. One of the new input drivers for Linux 4.11 is the Zeitech touchscreen controller. The new Zeitec driver is zet6223 and supports the ZET6223 I2C touchscreen controller. Another new driver is for Samsung "touchkeys." The Samsung Touchkey support is the new tm2-touchkey driver and allows for touch key and LED functionality on the Exynos 5433 TM2 development board.
  • TinyDRM Queued For Linux 4.11
    TinyDRM has been queued in DRM-Next for landing with the in-development Linux 4.11 kernel. TinyDRM aims to provide "a very simplified view of DRM for displays that has onboard video memory and is connected through a slow bus like SPI/I2C." TinyDRM includes SPI and MIPI-DBI support.

Latvian Ventspils controls costs with open source

The administration of Ventspils, Latvia’s sixth largest city, is an avid user of free and open source software. The main benefits: cost and resource optimisation. Read more

Ubuntu Touch finds a home on a conflict-free, fair-trade, user-maintainable handset

Handset maker Fairphone is teaming up with the community project UBports, which seeks to get Ubuntu Touch on mobile devices. They will be showing off Ubuntu Touch running on the Fairphone 2 during Mobile World Congress, which starts February 27 in Barcelona. While Ubuntu is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of mobile devices, the phone in question offers some compelling features. “UBports Foundation will be showcasing its work at the Canonical booth, the company behind Ubuntu. Canonical is planning to tell about the latest developments around the convergence of its devices and UBports Foundation will share its mission ‘Ubuntu On Every Device’ with the visitors,” UBports said in a February 8 press release. Currently, UBports’ website lists three devices as “fully working as daily drivers:” The OnePlus One, Nexus 5, and the Fairphone 2, with the latter showing all parts as functioning with Ubuntu Touch, save the GPS radio. (Interestingly, the UBports project website for the Fairphone 2 still lists the GSM radio [in addition to the GPS] as a work in progress. However there is a video of two people talking with the handset, so it’s likely the Fairphone 2 project website is out of date.) The website also has instructions for flashing Ubuntu to the Fairphone 2. Read more