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CyanogenMod makes a move on Google's Android One 'next billion'

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Android
Linux

It's still unclear how popular Google's Android One smartphones are, but consumers who've bought one of the devices can now install CyanogenMod's popular ROM.

CyanogenMod's release of the ROM for Android One phones opens up another path for the company to target the fast-growing Indian smartphone market.

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Linux.Conf.Au 2015 Kicks Off In Auckland

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Linux

This year's LCA 2015 keynotes include Linus Torvalds, Bob Young, and Eben Moglen. For those not down under attending the conference, at least there's usually top-notch videos of the keynotes and various sessions that are available in the weeks ahead. I'll also be monitoring for the slides and other presentation assets to analyze and share on Phoronix.

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Samsung Announces the Galaxy A7

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Android
Linux

The smartphone space is not as it was a few years ago. There's increasing competition from vendors based in countries like China and India who can put out high quality products at a very low price. In a world where vendors are squeezing them on both the high end and the low end, Samsung has been put under significant pressure to improve their mid-range devices moving into the future. We saw the beginning of this with the Galaxt A3 and A5, which had aluminum unibody designs that seemed to defy their low price point. The latest device to continue this strategy is the Galaxy A7, which is the largest and fastest device of the Galaxy A line. I've laid out its specs in the table below.

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Productivity on Linux: 7 Apps for Note-Taking

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GNU
Linux
Software

As a college student, it’s important to be able to write down notes efficiently and find them quickly when needed. As a Linux user, you sadly won’t have access to official desktop clients for Evernote, OneNote, and Simplenote. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get stuff done, including writing notes.

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Linus Torvalds Says Apple's HFS+ Is the Worst, Probably Designed by Monkeys

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Linux
Mac

Linus Torvalds doesn't usually talk about things he doesn't know, so it's probably fair to imagine that, when he says that the HFS+ file system used on Mac OS X is garbage, he's not wrong.

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Use of Linux system architecture to reinvent glass container pressure testing and volume measurement

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Agr International, Inc. recently unveiled an all-new Sampling Pressure Tester, the SPT2, which pushes the boundaries of throughput, pressure generation, handling versatility and measurement precision to levels previously thought impossible. In this product, Agr has married the rugged and reliable performance of previous Agr pressure testing systems with the latest pressure and volume measurement technology. This combination has resulted in a device that can perform highly accurate, hands-free pressure and volume tests on bottles at a rate of up to 300 bottles per hour.

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Red Hat Reimagines OpenShift 3 PaaS With Docker

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GNU
Linux
Red Hat
Server

The upcoming OpenShift 3 release will integrate Docker and Google Kubernetes as the basis for Red Hat's cloud platform as a service.

Red Hat is developing a new milestone release of its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology that will shift the platform to Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration.

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Samsung Smart TVs Hint at Tizen-Run IoT

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Linux
Movies

Samsung announced at last week's International CES a new line of smart TVs powered by the open source Tizen operating system. Beginning with this year's models, all of Samsung's smart TVs will run on Tizen.

Samsung has taken the lead in developing Tizen, which is a derivative of Linux, and this is its first deployment as a smart TV platform. Tizen supports the Web standard for TV app development.

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Linux-based hexacopter avoids obstacles using Intel RealSense

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Ascending Technologies demoed an enhanced “AscTec Firefly” hexacopter, running Ubuntu on Intel-based computers and featuring six Intel RealSense 3D cameras.

One of the coolest demos at CES 2015 was the AscTec Firefly drone demo at Intel’s big IoT extravaganza. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich joined several members of the Ascending Technologies team to play a drone version of Pong in which they paddled the hexacopter away by simply by moving toward it. The trick is enabled by the hexacopter’s six Intel Realsense 3D depth cameras combined with advanced inertial sensor and fusion algorithms running on an onboard Ubuntu Linux driven computer.

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AMD Radeon Graphics Performance With The Linux 3.19 Kernel

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

With the Linux 3.19 kernel stabilizing nicely, here's a first look at the open-source AMD Radeon graphics performance using this new kernel that will be officially released in the weeks ahead. The Linux 3.18 kernel was compared to the latest Git code of Linux 3.19 for several different AMD Radeon HD series and Rx 200 series graphics cards.

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