Ubuntu Edge-Like Tablet

There’s an upstart called MJ Technology that plans to release an Ubuntu Edge-like Tablet in 2015. It will run based on Ubuntu Touch which has been finalized this fall. Initial tablets will come in two sizes: 8.9 and 10.1 inches. The initial hardware will run on

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 64 GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD slot for external storage
  • Two USB 2.0 ports and one micro-USB port
  • 8.9″ and 10.1″ HD IPS display with 5 point multi-touch
  • 5 GHz Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0

Read the article from Tom’s Hardware.

Chromebooks Can Now Run Linux in Its Own Window

Chromebook’s can now run Linux on its own window, based on this article at lifehacker.com.

Chrome: You’ve been able to install and run Linux on Chromebooks for a while, but a new Chrome extension allows you to run it inside a window, without switching back and forth.

The extension, Crouton Integration, still requires you to enable developer mode and install Crouton, but allows you to run Linux right in a window instead of as a full desktop. If you’ve already installed Crouton, the process to run Linux in a window is easy and detailed over on Googler François Beaufort’s Google+ profile. If you haven’t installed Linux yet, our guide will get you started.

Netflix Comes to Linux

I should start writing about things I missed this year. Apparently, this is one of them. Finally. Netflix is now available in Linux, albeit it’s limited to one browser. For now. It only works on the latest version of Chrome, that’s Chrome 37 or later. It won’t work in Firefox because it currently does not support encrypted media extensions.

What’s made it all possible? Netflix streams in HTML5, but uses the Encrypted Media Extensions for Digital Rights Management (DRM) to prevent piracy. Recently, Ubuntu started to include Network Security Services (NSS) in its normal updates that allow browsers to access EME.

Once it was available, Netflix delivered and the rest is history.

Amazon Can Now Deliver in One Hour

Amazon says that it can now deliver some packages within an hour. The new speedy service is available for $99 prime members in select cities starting with New York City. The service also adds $7.99 shipping fee per order. The service will be available from 6:00am to midnight seven days a week. Anyone needing a fast delivery can take advantage of this fast service. Most of this service will probably be delivered by bike messengers, and possibly by drones in the future. Read more.

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway is now available to the general public. Sway is a new online tool for creating presentation documents. Sway doesn’t have traditional files. It’s built for the cloud. Features include undo and redo, bullets and numbering, editing text on the canvas, reordering of sections, importing PDFs, and color picker, to name a few. Read more.

Ford Goes for QNX

Ford is ditching Microsoft for QNX for in-car technology package. It’s supposed to be faster, sleeker and much improved over the old one. It’s also more intuitive and easier on the eyes, and integrates smartphone apps better. Sync 3 is powered by QNX instead of Microsoft Auto. Read more.

SystemBack

If you want to create a backup of your Ubuntu desktop and create a ISO based on your setup, then SystemBack is the program that you need. SystemBack performs a backup of your system and creates a live ISO that you can boot up and install over multiple computers. SystemBack is available via PPA. To install, just type the following in the Terminal.

// Add repository for SystemBack
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:nemh/systemback
 
// Run an update
sudo apt-get update
 
// Install SystemBack
sudo apt-get install systemback

Once installed, run SystemBack from the Menu.

Capturing Videos of Video Games

If you ever wonder how gamers capture videos of your video games, here are a few options. There’s a software program called Fraps which can be purchased for under $40. The program runs on the gaming PC and allows you to capture videos while playing. SteamOS OS can capture video screenshots, but it won’t capture videos of your games. Twitch.tv remains the popular choice for capturing the gaming experience. But there are other less-known options. There’s YouTube, Livestream, Ustream and others. You can also use Wowza with Adobe FMLE. You’ll need a Blackmagic capture device to capture your gaming PC or console. The last one is the best because it allows you to capture videos of your gaming console. It’s not a cheap option however, but if you have some coins to spare, it’s a pretty good option.

Best Search Engine

Maximum PC has an article about the best search engine in 2014. It takes a look at three search engines of Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo. It compares the three for accuracy, image and video searches, layout and features, privacy and security. As you might expect, the winner is still Google. If you want privacy, go with DuckDuckGo. Bing still trails Google by a wide margin. It’s a nice alternative.