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While I'm of two minds when it comes to smartphones and tablets, I have to admit they can be useful.?Not just for keeping in touch with people or using the web but also to do some work when I'm away from my computer.
For me, that work is writing—articles, blog posts, essays for my?weekly letter, e-book chapters, and more. I've tried many (probably too many!) writing apps for Android over the years. Some of them were good. Others fell flat.
In recent years, we’ve witnessed an explosion in the number of technological devices that deliver web-based content to users. Smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and more—all with progressively advancing technical capabilities and support for an ever-widening list of operating systems and web browsers—swarm anew onto the market each year.
What does this trend have to do with web development and headless versus traditional Content Management Systems (CMS)? Quite a lot.
There seems to be a mad rush at the beginning of every year to find ways to be more productive. New Year's resolutions, the itch to start the year off right, and of course, an "out with the old, in with the new" attitude all contribute to this. And the usual round of recommendations is heavily biased towards closed source and proprietary software. It doesn't have to be that way.
Here's the 15th of my picks for 19 new (or new-to-you) open source tools to help you be more productive in 2019.
Remember Windows? It was an operating system that was quite popular
in the old days of computing. However, its global market share has
been in decline for some time, and last
year, the Age of Windows ended, and the Age of Android began. Android—and thus Linux—is now everywhere.
News briefs for October 3, 2018.
News briefs for August 28, 2018.
It depends on how you count them. If you include Android smartphones and tablets, there are more Linux users than any other operating system. On the desktop alone, it's still only a few percent at most. But, there are still millions of desktop Linux users.
Today, we primarily access the Internet through our phones, tablets and computers. But how will the world access the web in five years, or in ten years, and how will the web itself grow and change?
Several years ago, I made the decision to replace proprietary technologies (mainly Apple products) with technology that ran on free and open source software (FOSS). I can't say it was easy, but I now happily use FOSS for pretty much everything.
The hardest part involved my mobile handset. There are basically only two choices today for phones and tablets: Apple's iOS or Google's Android. Since Android is open source, it seemed the obvious choice, but I was frustrated by both the lack of open source applications on Android and the pervasiveness of Google on those devices.
As you've likely heard by now, there are some problems with Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. Called Meltdown and Spectre, the discovered attack possibilities are rather severe, as they impact pretty much every technical device on the network or in your house (PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, etc.).
I'm not sold on the whole idea of mobile first, but I do know that more people than ever are using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to get information on the go. That includes online software and hardware documentation, much of which is lengthy and poorly suited for small screens. Often, it doesn't scale properly, and it can be difficult to navigate.
Microsoft has locked the default browser choice on Windows 10 S, but I'm not sure that it matters as much now as it did 16 years ago when the US government brought an antitrust suit on a very similar issue.
Canonical moves quickly to end support for Ubuntu phones and tablets, and it will shutter the app store at the end of 2017.
If we want an open-source, Linux-based mobile platform to succeed, these are the steps we have to take.
Six years after making Unity the default user interface on Ubuntu desktops, Canonical is giving up on the project and will switch the default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME next year. Canonical is also ending development of Ubuntu software for phones and tablets, spelling doom for the goal of creating a converged experience with phones acting as desktops when docked with the right equipment.
A broad array of Android phones are vulnerable to attacks that use booby-trapped Wi-Fi signals to achieve full device takeover, a researcher has demonstrated. The vulnerability resides in a widely used Wi-Fi chipset manufactured by Broadcom and used in both iOS and Android devices. Apple patched the vulnerability with Monday's release of iOS 10.3.1. "An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip," Apple's accompanying advisory warned. In a highly detailed blog post published Tuesday, the Google Project Zero researcher who discovered the flaw said it allowed the execution of malicious code on a fully updated 6P "by Wi-Fi proximity alone, requiring no user interaction."
Leave it to technology to take an everyday word (especially in the English language) and give it a whole new meaning. Words such as the web, viral, text, cloud, apple, java, spam, server, and tablets come to mind as great examples of how the general public's understanding of the meaning of a word can change in a relatively short amount of time.
Hence, this article is about a turtle and a cat who have changed the lives of many people over the years, including mine.
The machines where sound has been a problem have Intel SST sound on the SOC which uses the Conexant codec. On those systems the "sound card" is simply not detected.
This is good news for owners of many recent tablets and notebooks running on recent Intel Atom (Cherry Trail) based SOCs. These include systems by Acer, ASUS, HP, Toshiba and probably others.
Patch Tuesday wasn't just about browser bugs
Microsoft has quietly killed a vulnerability that can be exploited to unlock ARM-powered Windows RT tablets and boot non-Redmond-approved operating systems.…
This release brings Plasma closer to the new windowing system Wayland. Wayland is the successor of the decades-old X11 windowing system and brings many improvements, especially when it comes to tear-free and flicker-free rendering as well as security. The development of Plasma 5.7 for Wayland focused on quality in the Wayland compositor KWin.
Also included: OSCON folds tent, Pinguy developer might pull plug, Libreboot joins with GNU, Arch and Fedora repository news, and a new version of the Pi Zero.
Only 71 per cent of devices run security-supported versions of Alphabet's OS
There's still too many unpatched Android devices, Google reckons: to wit, 29 per cent of mobes and tablets running The Chocolate Factory's operating system are running out-of-date code.…
MJ Technology envisions a 64-bit, x86-compatible tablet that can run Ubuntu and other open source Linux-based operating systems. Could it work?
A few months back I was thinking that reporting on FOSS wasn’t as fun as it once was. As a matter of fact, it seemed like nothing was happening, except on the enterprise front — which is usually about as exciting to follow as watching a junior accountant at work. Holy moley, how quickly things have changed.
BQ has announced today, March 23, 2016, on their Twitter account that the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet will be available for pre-order next week, March 28.
Amazon will restore disk encryption features to Fire OS, its Android-based operating system for tablets, improving data security and privacy.
GNU/Linux, of course, is the most obvious difference between Ubuntu's mobile offerings, phone or tablet, and those from the usual suspects. The upcoming tablet, however, has a big feature that's been MIA from the phones so far, and depending on how well it's implemented and how savvy the marketing folks are, it could completely change the mobile market.
The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu tablet is powered by a 64-bit ARM processor, so the users have already started to ask around if they will be able to run the 32-bit apps from the phone on the tablet. The short answer is yes. The long answer is that it will take a little bit of work.
Canonical has lifted the veil on its long-promised “convergence” version of Ubuntu, which enables a PC-like experience on a mobile device. Three years after Canonical unveiled its Ubuntu for Tablets platform, shortly after announcing the related Ubuntu Touch stack for phones, the company announced the first tablet to ship with Ubuntu Linux. The Ubuntu version […]
Ubuntu launches the first in a series of converged devices alongside European partner, BQ
Canonical and BQ had the great pleasure to inform Softpedia today about the upcoming availability of the world's first Ubuntu converged device, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet.
Canonical and BQ have released the first tablet running Ubuntu, the Linux-based open source OS. It's called the Aquaris M10 Edition tablet and goes on sale in March.
An Android tablet can serve as a touchscreen in a kiosk or embedded system, but communicating with it can be a problem when power must be supplied over USB.
Lurking in that low-cost Android tablet are the hardware and most of the software needed for building smart touchscreens into kiosks and other devices. ? ? Using an Android Tablet as an Embedded Component by Jerry Epplin In light of the many cheap and capable Android tablets that have become so widely available, it is […]
Linux is increasingly the OS of choice for mobile devices, hacker boards, IoT, home automation, consumer gadgets, drones, robots, wearables, cars, and more. The roughly 15-year-old experiment called Embedded Linux has by several accounts surpassed real-time OSes and Windows Embedded in recent years. If you include phones, tablets, and consumer electronics using the Linux-based Android, […]
Intrinsyc has launched three Android 6.0 dev kits — phone, tablet, and board — for Qualcomm’s 14nm Snapdragon 820, with four Cortex-A72-like cores. Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 820 system-on-chip in November with a promise that more than 60 phones and tablets will ship with it in 2016. This quad-core, Cortex-A72 like design with cutting edge […]
Electronic books, or eBooks, have been around for a long time, but convenient devices upon which to read them are a relatively recent development. Between mobile phones, tablets, and dedicated eBook readers, chances are you have some device in your life that you can use to read an electronic book upon. That's great for leveling up on how much you read, but it begs the question of what open file formats are out there for eBooks, and which ones are best.
Blueprints restored for ARM's 25th anniversary
Pics Chip geeks have produced an interactive blueprint of the ARM1 – the granddaddy of the processor cores powering billions of gadgets today, from Apple iPhones to Android tablets.…
Near-ultrasonic sound system drives pets, and users, crazy
Earlier this week the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) warned that an Indian firm called SilverPush has technology that allows adverts to ping inaudible commands to smartphones and tablets.…
Prototype has 24 cores, in the hands of techies to test drive. Qualcomm, the maker of processors for Nexus smartphones and other mobes and tablets, has revealed early specifications for its upcoming server chips.
Microsoft and peripheral and tablet maker I-O Data Device have renewed and extended their patent agreement to cover various I-O Data Linux and Android devices.
And, erm, the update is actually worse than the old one
Microsoft has delivered a minor update to Windows RT, the ARM-based version of Windows 8 which runs on Surface 1 and 2 and on tablets from Lenovo, Nokia and others.…
And then there's entries like Free POS Project. This is a free POS solution that offers more features than you'd expect at this price point.
Startup MJ Technology LLC announced recently that they are developing what it would appear to be a beefy tablet powered by the almighty Ubuntu Linux operating system, the desktop version of it.
Jolla has opened pre-orders on Jolla Tablets starting at $300. The 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 tablet runs the Linux-based Sailfish OS 2.0 on a quad-core Atom. The Jolla Tablet has been a long time coming for Indiegogo backers, but the participants will finally receive their tablets in September, says Finland-based Jolla. Now anyone can order […]
GCompris is a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. It started in 2000 using the GTK+ toolkit and was part of the Gnome project. In order to address users willing to run GCompris on their tablets, a full rewrite has been initiated in 2014 using Qt Quick.
For businesses, tablets are on the decline and laptops are rising once again. And Chromebooks aren't just for consumers looking for cheap laptops.
Open source navigation tool OpenCPN is changing boating for weekend warriors and serious seafarers alike.
First there were marine charts, then came those bulky, slow, and expensive dedicated chartplotters with arcane user interfaces. Then, at last, came chartplotters running on laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. You would think that would be the end of it: intuitive point--and--click interfaces similar to the ones we use in our daily lives, slick looking graphical user interfaces, a wide selection of downloadable raster or vector charts. What more could you ask for?
New not-Windows-10 update to arrive in September. Fear not, you unlucky owners of Windows RT tablets: Microsoft hasn't abandoned you yet. Not entirely, anyway.
Intel announced the first embedded quad-core 5th Gen Core CPUs and shipped its first “Braswell” processors, and AMD tipped its 6th Gen A-Series SoCs. The Computex show held this week in Taiwan was mostly about new tablets and notebooks, but chip news rose to the fore as well. The biggest news arrived before the show […]
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