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.
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 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 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 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.