Avatar Sequels

James Cameroon announced today it will be releasing a fifth element of Avatar in 2023. Avatar sequels are scheduled to be released in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023. Avatar remains the most successful film of all time taking in 2.7 billion dollars. It was released in 2009. It seems like a long wait to see all of them.

2000 Games on Steam for Linux

There are now over 2000 games on Steam for Linux according to Softpedia. That’s about 25% of the available games on Steam which has a total of 8000 games. It’s not bad considering Linux users are about 1% of the total number of Steam users. Steam on Linux is now in its third year. The anniversary was February 14.

Bash Shell on Windows 10

Microsoft announced today that it’s bringing in Bash shell into Windows 10. Bash or Bourne Again Shell, is the standard shell terminal for both OS X and Linux terminals. That means developers will be able to write their shell scripts in Windows 10.

How is this possible. Microsoft worked with Canonical, Ubuntu flagship company, in getting a Linux subsystem inside Windows 10 without the need for virtualization or emulation.

The native availability of a full Ubuntu environment on Windows, without virtualization or emulation, is a milestone that defies convention and a gateway to fascinatingly unfamiliar territory,” Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said in a statement today. “In our journey to bring free software to the widest possible audience, this is not a moment we could have predicted. Nevertheless we are delighted to stand behind Ubuntu for Windows, committed to addressing the needs of Windows developers exploring Linux in this amazing new way, and excited at the possibilities heralded by this unexpected turn of events.

Does this mean no more of the dreaded backlash on paths?

Windows 10 on 270 Million Devices

According to ZDNet, Windows 10 is now running on 270 million devices. At one time, Microsoft was targeting 1 billion devices by 2018. Whether they reach the goal will depend on sales of PCs, which has been slowing down the last few years. PC sales peaked about 5 years ago.

YouTube Connect

YouTube has just created another service called YouTube Connect. It give users the ability to livestream that spur-of-the-moment type of videos akin to Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live.

YouTube Connect will have apps that will run on iOS and Android devices. Livestreaming is immediate and will include, chat and tagging features. The Live broadcasts are saved on YouTube so others can see it for later viewing.

All in all, YouTube now has seven apps. They are YouTube app, YouTube Gaming, YouTube Music, YouTube Kids, YouTube Creator Studio, YouTube Capture and YouTube Red. The latter is a add-free subscription service.

Raspberry Pi 2 and Alexa Voice Service

Here’s a fun project. Turn your Raspberry Pi 2 into an Alexa Voice Service.

This project demonstrates how to access and test the Alexa Voice Service using a Java client (running on a Raspberry Pi), and a Node.js server. You will be using the Node.js server to get a Login with Amazon authorization code by visiting a website using your computer’s (Raspberry Pi in this case) web browser.

Follow this guide.

Based on first read, it looks like a fairly involved project.

Google Nik Collection Now Free

Google made the announcement yesterday to make the Nik Collection for free. Free as in beer.

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.