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This $35 dock lets you use your Android smartphone as a full-fledged desktop

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Every year, our smartphones get more and more powerful. These handheld computers certainly aren’t going to compete head-to-head with a PS4 or a high-end gaming PC, but they pack more than enough horsepower to run a full-fledged desktop computing experience. But can your smartphone really replace your desktop? That’s exactly what a new Kickstarter project aims to do.

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Android Headliner: More Than A Year Later The Chromecast Is Still Number One For Streaming Media

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Google
Gadgets

Ever since the dawn of the smartphone, streaming media has gotten bigger and bigger, and we have struggled to find easy ways to fling the media we hold on our handheld devices to the big screen. While there has been many ways to get our favorite streaming media onto our TV’s for some time, like micro USB to HDMI for example, it wasn’t until the launch of Google’s streaming media HDMI dongle, the Chromecast, that things became truly simple and allowed for the mass majority to put what they want to watch onto their TV’s using their smartphone as the control. The Chromecast has come quite a long way and has been out for well over a year now, and it’s still the number streaming media device out there even with all the competition that has emerged and is still coming.

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Also: 3 Reasons Apple TV Is Losing to the Google Chromecast

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Update Dates for Nexus, Samsung, HTC as well as Sony Devices

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Some consumers are still awaiting the release of Google's latest operating system, the Android 5.0 Lollipop, and with so many devices out in the market, anticipation is high for when the update becomes available for handheld devices.

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Staging Driver Changes For Linux 3.19: Android Binder Code Leaves Staging

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Linux

Around 70k lines of kernel code were removed, in large part due to stripping out the "horrid" BCM driver. The staging BCM driver isn't to be confused with any Broadcom hardware driver but rather was the Beceem WiMAX driver. Per Intel's Jeff Kirsher who removed the Beceem WiMax (BCM) driver, "The Beceem WiMAX driver was barely function in its current state and was non-functional on 64 bit systems. Based on repeated statements from Greg KH that he wanted the driver removed, I am removing the driver."

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Andromium Lets Users Turn the Phone into a Desktop, Just like Ubuntu for Android

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Ubuntu

Andromium is a new hardware and software combination that aims to provide users with the power of scaling up the smartphone to a full-featured desktop. If you think that this sounds vaguely familiar then you are on right track. It's like describing Ubuntu for Android all over again.

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Using encryption on Android – A rant

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Security

Not every email client for Android out there supports encryption; and when it does, it does not work like Enigmail: you must first install the email client, set it up; then install an app that enables the use of GPG (APG or GnuPG for Android); then you have supposedly and through a reasonably secure process sent your full GPG keys to your phone (SD card or the internal memory).

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Android Wear update: Everything you need to know

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The Android Wear update has arrived, just in time for its new Pac-Man watch face to sway you into buying a smartwatch as a Christmas treat.

The update is rolling out to users right now (be patient: we haven't even seen it yet) and is a smart mixture of the watch faces we've been waiting for and genuinely useful new features and settings.

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Android Wear “Lollipop” First Look and Tour!

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The new Android Wear “Lollipop” update is slowly (can’t stress “slowly” enough) rolling out to Android Wear users across the world. Thankfully, we already have the update on a Moto 360, so we can show you what to expect when it finally arrives on your device.

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Google releases Cardboard VR viewer specs and SDKs

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Google

The Android SDK enables applications with features including lens distortion correction, head tracking, 3D calibration, and side-by-side rendering. Other features include stereo geometry configuration and user input event handling.

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UT One Ubuntu Tablet Delayed; Rooted Android Device May Come Instead

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu Linux fans won't be enjoying an open source tablet this holiday season after all. The Demski Group has announced that the UT One, the Ubuntu-based mobile device it had been shooting to release as early as this month, has been delayed—although the company may be putting out a hacker-friendly Android tablet in its stead.

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Quadcopter drone packs first all-Linux APM autopilot

Erle Robotics launched a ROS-enabled, open source “Erle-brain” autopilot that runs APM directly on Linux. The device also powers an “Erle-copter” drone. Over the last year, Spanish firm Erle Robotics S.L. has been working with 3DRobotics to develop an open source BeaglePilot autopilot for drones that can run Linux on 3DR’s popular, Arduino-based APM (ArduPilot Mega) platform. The APM Linux port was developed by both companies, as well as several academic institutions. The BeagleBone-based “Erle-brain” autopilot is built into the $490-and-up Erle-copter quadcopter. Read more

Seven Tips To Get The Most From Your New Android Smartphone

With applications able to run in the background and sync as they see fit, Android can rapidly eat through your cellular data allowance if you are not careful. While it’s fine to let the data run free on wi-fi, you’ll want to restrict your data usage when out and about. Short of switching off mobile data (which defeats the purpose of a smartphone), look under the options in the Data Usage part of the settings. Here you’ll find my wallet’s favourite Android setting of ‘restrict background data’. Now when using cellular data, apps will only pull down data when they are in the foreground and you can see them doing so. If a smartphone is all about being in control, this is the option that gives you confidence. Read more

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Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

I had been thinking that a new PCLinuxOS release was due any time now, based on their quarterly release schedule. Sure enough, it has now arrived, just in time for Christmas - PCLinuxOS 2014.12. Read more Also: Santa Claus has Linux in his sack -- PCLinuxOS 2014.12 is here PCLinuxOS 2014.12 released