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“Fast And Light” Peppermint 8 Respin Released — Download This Linux Distro Here

The combination of regular desktop programs and cloud-based infrastructure is something that sets Peppermint OS apart from the endless crop of Linux distributions. It also finds a place on our popular list of best lightweight operating systems for older computers.

The latest version of this lightweight operating system was recently made available in the form of respin of Peppermint 8. While respins are known to be a minor release to fix known issues and bring security updates, Peppermint 8 Respin (Release announcement) is a significant release with a multitude of important changes.

Before telling you about the latest changes shipping with this release, let me tell you that it’s based on Lubuntu 16.04 LTS code base. It comes with a hybrid LXDE-Xfce desktop environment and features Xfce bottom panel in LXDE desktop.

What’s new in Peppermint 8 Respin?

Available in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions, the latter one ships with full Secureboot and UEFI support.

The latest ISOs now contain all 16.04 updates. As a result, they ship with Linux 4.10.0-40 kernel from HWE, which will get updated to 4.13 when HWE arrives.

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Moving on to other parts of the distro, Nemo file manager has been updated to version 3.4.7 to add more stability for handling large file operations. OpenVPN has also been updated to 2.4.4 to bring support for mixed mode IPv4/IPv6 VPN’s.

The new Pepirus xfwm4 theme looks like Peppermint 7 xfwm4’s theme. However, it has some additional color tweaks. There are new Pepirus icons and Gtk themes as well.

A switch has been made from lightdm-gtk-greeter to slick-greeter. This brings a more attractive login screen and GUI utility for login screen settings.

To take the latest Peppermint 8 Respin for a drive, visit the website and choose the desired version for download.

Also Read: Lightweight Distro Puppy Linux 7.5 “Xenialpup” Released — Download Now

Google Chrome 63 Released for Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows

Google has started rolling out version 63 of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android users. Most changes in this version address under-the-hood features and bring speed improvements and better support for web standards.

Here is a short list of some of the most important changes made in the Chrome 63 release:

▬ Google has redesigned the chrome://flags section.
▬ Chrome now lets you mute sites forever.
▬ FTP links are now marked as insecure.
▬ Chrome now shows warnings against MitM attacks.
▬ Chrome now uses better site isolation.
▬ Chrome now comes with a Device Memory API that lets developers better understand how Chrome and websites use a PC’s memory.
▬ Chrome now supports the Generic Sensors API, which exposes the following sensors to websites: Accelerometer, LinearAccelerationSensor, Gyroscope, AbsoluteOrientationSensor, and RelativeOrientationSensor.
Version 2 of NT LAN Manager (NTLM) API is now shipped, enabling applications to authenticate remote users and provide session security when requested by the application.
▬ Changes to how Chrome asks for user permissions, which has resulted in the decrease of the overall number of permission prompts by 50%.
▬ Developers can now make pixel-level adjustments using the new Q length unit, which is especially useful on small viewports.
▬ Developers can now prevent apps from using Chrome’s pull-to-refresh feature or create custom effects using overscroll-behavior, which allows changing the browser’s behavior once the scroller has reached its full extent.
font-variant-east-asian is now supported, allowing developers to control the usage of alternate glyphs for East Asian languages like Japanese and Chinese.
▬ Chrome can now load JavaScript modules based on runtime conditions. It previously supported only static JavaScript module loading.
▬ Chrome now includes a new mechanism for handling code that generates or iterates through data via asynchronous functions.
▬ To improve interoperability, Chrome will fire beforeprint and afterprint events as part of the printing standard, allowing developers to to annotate the printed copy and edit the annotation after the printing command is done executing.

Other changes are detailed in the official Chrome 63 changelog, here.

Security fixes, galore!

As for security fixes, Google engineers fixed 37 issues since Chrome 62. Below are the issues reported by external researchers, and by Google in-house engineers.

Lightweight Distro Puppy Linux 7.5 “Xenialpup” Released — Download Now

If you take a look at our popular list of lightweight Linux distros, you’ll realize that Puppy Linux has found a place near the top. Packaged in small size, this Linux distro is known for its ability to be built using the packages from other distros like Ubuntu and Slackware. To help you revive your outdated machine, the developers of Puppy Linux have shipped the latest release.

Puppy Linux 7.5 “Xenialpup”

Contrary to the new trend of ditching the support for 32-bit architecture machines, Puppy Linux 7.5 is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. It makes perfect sense as it’s aimed at aging machines with low hardware specifications. While 32-bit version is based on 4.4.95-noPAE for better compatibility, 64-bit version comes with 4.9.58 to provide latest hardware support.

As this version is built using packages from Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus release, it’s codenamed “Xenialpup.” The ISO image is just 330MB big, and it runs entirely in RAM.

The major components included in Puppy 7.5 are JWM window manager, ROX file manager, Palemoon browser, and Claws mail client. You also get applications for FTP, Torrent and chat.

For multimedia playback, Puppy Linux 7.5 comes with MPV media player, which is ranked #4 on our list of best media players for Linux. To satisfy the audiophile in you, Deadbeef is included.

To help you install the most popular additional apps easily and get the updates/bugfixes downloaded, there’s Quickpet utility. Abiword word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet program, and Samba file sharing are also included.

Download Puppy Linux 7.5

As said above, you don’t need to install Puppy Linux on your hard drive; it can be directly booted from CD, USB, SD card, or network access. The conventional full installation option is also included.

You can find the 32-bit and 63-bit ISO images on this page. Give this release a try and share your experiences with us.

Looking for something else? Some other Linux distro?

In case a lightweight Linux distro isn’t what you’re looking for, do check out these popular lists of Linux distros and make an informed decision:

Man Hacks Jail Computer Network to Get Friend Released Early

A Michigan man pleaded guilty last week to hacking the computer network of the Washtenaw County Jail, where he modified inmate records in an attempt to have an inmate released early.

The man, Konrads Voits, 27, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was arrested earlier this year after an FBI investigation.

Voits social-engineered jail employees

According to court documents obtained by Bleeping Computer, starting from approximately January 24, 2017, and until March 10, 2017, Voits used email spear-phishing and telephone social-engineering to trick Washtenaw County Jail employees into downloading and running malware on their computers.

Voits sent emails to jail staff posing as a man named “Daniel Greene” and asked for help with obtaining court records, and later also registered the domain “ewashtenavv.org,” a look-alike of “ewashtenaw.org,” the Washtenaw County’s official portal.

Despite his efforts, the email spear-phishing campaigns were unsuccessful, and in mid-February, Voits switched to calling county jail employees.

During his calls, investigators said Voits posed as “T.L.” and “A.B.,” two actual Washtenaw County Jail, both working in the jail’s IT department.

Voits called other jail employees and asked them to visit certain websites to download and install an executable that would “upgrade the County’s jail system.”

Telephone calls were successful

Some jail employees fell for Voits’ scheme and installed malware on their computers.

“Through the installation and use of this malware, Voits was able to gain full access to the County network, including access to sensitive County records such as the XJail system (the computer program used  to monitor and track inmates in the County Jail), search warrant affidavits, internal discipline records, and County employee personal information,” the plea agreement reads.

The FBI says Voits was able to obtain information, including passwords, usernames, emails, and other personal information of over 1,600 County employees.

Once Voits had access to this data, investigators said he accessed the XJail system, searched and accessed the records of several inmates, and modified at least one entry “in an effort to get that inmate released early.”

Intrusion detected right away

Jail employees noticed the modification right away and alerted the FBI soon after, realizing what happened. The Washtenaw County Jail also hired a security company specialized in incident response to clean its IT network.

Jail officials said they paid $235,488 “to determine the full extent of the breach, to reimage numerous compromised County hard drives, to verify the accuracy of the electronic records of nearly every then current County Jail inmate, and to attempt to reassure the 1,600 County employees whose personal data had been compromised by purchasing  an identity theft program for County employees.”

After pleading guilty last week, Voits now faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Voits also had to forfeit all the electronics equipment he used to carry out his attacks — a laptop, four phones, one circuit board, and an undisclosed amount of Bitcoin.

Voits remains in custody. A judge scheduled his sentencing hearing for April 5, 2018.

Capcom Just Released Monster Hunter Stories on iOS and Android in Japan


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Capcom just released their recent Nintendo 3DS title Monster Hunter Stories on iOS and Android in Japan. Monster Hunter Stories is a spinoff from the mainline Monster Hunter franchise. Instead of playing as a hunter, you play as a rider here and the game is a turn based RPG that has been developed by Marvelous. The iOS platform isn’t a stranger to Monster Hunter because Capcom ported Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$14.99] a while ago but this is a recent title that has made its way to both iOS and Android. It is available for 1900 Yen in Japan right now. Watch the trailer for it below:

This is interesting for a couple of reasons. For one, it only released in English speaking regions in September this year and was localized and published by Nintendo. This might cause some trouble for a possible English release on mobile platforms because Nintendo handled the localization and we’ve seen something similar happen with Dragon Quest VII that is still Japanese only. Nevertheless, I’m a big fan of Monster Hunter Stories and played a lot of it on 3DS when it released. If this does ever get an English release, I’ll be there day one. Check out the Japanese website for the iOS and Android version here. The website lists the supported versions and devices for both iOS and Android and as with Capcom tradition, iOS 11.2 isn’t mentioned and the highest supported iOS version is 11.0.3 The official English website for the Nintendo 3DS game with information available in English can be viewed here. If you do have a Japanese App Store account, check out Monster Hunter Stories here. The Google Play listing can be viewed here. We will be keeping an eye out on this to see if it ever does get an official English release.

deepin 15.5 Linux Distro Released — Get A Beautiful And Easy-to-use Linux Experience

After much anticipation, the deepin project has finally pushed the latest version of deepin Linux distro, i.e., deepin 15.5. Following its design philosophy, deepin continues to bring an attractive and easy to use desktop experience to the open source enthusiasts. These capabilities have helped this OS to find a good place on our lists of most beautiful and beginner-friendly Linux distros.

As expected, deepin 15.5 continues to refine its already near-perfect experience and brings important changes that need to be mentioned. So, let’s tell you about the changes in brief:

What’s new in deepin 15.5?

This release has brought the full support for HiDPI and ensures that the appropriate resolution for HiDPI is identified. As a result, your experience with fonts, icons, and overall interface will turn out to be more pleasant.

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15.5 comes with pre-installed Deepin Clone and Deepin Recovery, which help you to clone, backup and restore your disks. Deepin Recovery lets you enter the repair mode directly from startup interface in case you’re facing some problem in booting.

Apart from gesture improvement, fingerprint support has also been added for supported devices for authentication purposes. With the new Wi-Fi Hotspot feature, you can also turn your PC into a wireless router and share the internet with others.

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A new feature for auto color and temperature adjustment has been added to save you from visual fatigue and better sleep.

It goes without saying that the applications in Deepin Family have been updated; this list includes Deepin File Manager, Image Viewer, Screenshot, Screen Recorder, Terminal, Movie, etc.

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Other small-big changes have been made to the installer, dock, control center, launcher, etc.

Download deepin 15.5

You can download deepin 15.5 Linux distro by visiting its download page. Please note that it’s available only for 64-bit versions.

Also Read: 6 Best Linux Music Players That Every User Must Try — (2017 Edition)

Android 7.0 Nougat officially released for NOMU S10 – manual flashing required

In the past, Neowin has checked out a couple of NOMU’s smartphones, specifically the S30 and its smaller sibling, the S30 mini, both positioned towards the top end of the company’s device lineup. Of course, there’s the S10 and S20 rounding out the rest of the range but both were, unfortunately, discovered to have been injected with the Triada trojan. Furthermore, the only method of getting rid of the malware was to clean install Android on affected devices.

Now, NOMU has released a new ROM for its S10 smartphone which includes Android 7.0 Nougat, an upgrade from Android 6.0 Marshmallow that originally shipped. In terms of improvements, the update includes a simpler user interface, power saving refinements, and mitigation of reported software bugs.

However, it doesn’t appear that it will be offered as a typical “over-the-air” update but only as an upgrade using flashing tools on a computer. The download itself weighs in at 1.1GB compressed but oddly there are no included instructions advising what to do with the provided images or what software to use to perform an upgrade, which may leave novices in a quandary. In fact, NOMU has gone as far as to discourage “non-professionals” from attempting to flash their own devices. In the meantime, S10 owners will have to sit tight until the company delivers on its plan to release a tutorial video demonstrating the upgrade process to Android 7.0 Nougat.

If you’re still keen to attempt an upgrade of your NOMU S10, you can download the ROM files here and proceed at your own risk if you know what you’re doing.

iPhone X: Apple explains how its futuristic new handset was released — and the truth behind the controversies

The Apple iPhone X is flying off the shelves. Two weeks before Apple’s flagship handset went on sale, I sat down to a rare on-the-record session with senior Apple execs to hear about how the phone came about, why no Home Button is better and why there’s no Dark Mode.

There were two Apple executives in the room: Craig Federighi, SVP of Software Engineering and Alan Dye, VP of User Interface Design. 

Apple has presented the iPhone X as the future. So I begin by asking how they came to decide that this was the future they wanted.

A long time coming

The process, Dye says, is, “Very iterative; we’re very much prototype-it-and-make-it to explore it. A lot of great things came together – the display and the design of the hardware really allowed us to think about this new fluid gestural UI. Multi-touch on the iPhone has been around for 10 years, people have got really comfortable with it, so we felt that this could be a really good time for change.”

But the move towards an all-screen device has been the plan all along.

As Federighi comments, “There was a kind of inevitability about it. If you think about the first iPhone and how it distinguished itself from everything that had come before, it was a device that was dominated by the screen and dominated by multi-touch. Back then you would have looked at that first iPhone and said, my God, this thing is nearly all screen.” 

He’s right, compared to what was available then, the big screen on the first iPhone was certainly a game-changer.

“Our feeling was we were working toward a model where the screen became the whole experience. Taking that into consideration and thinking about how the Home Button has been such a beloved and successful element of the iPhone experience and thinking, how do you something even better than the Home Button. That was the crazy challenge we had to take on. But we knew it was coming and we were happy to arrive at something that we really feel is better than the Home Button.”

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And UX design isn’t just about our conscious response.

Federighi again: “I think we’ve achieved a level of spatial coherence to this design that ends up feeling natural at an intuitive level that is below your intellectual understanding of the interface. You find when you swipe up the cover sheet to an app and then you swipe that back to the Home Screen… it all just makes sense and feels natural. And we were able to achieve this in part because we had the performance in the hardware and with the touch system, to really just make it that fluid and coherent. I think it comes together really well.”

The design of the phone was obviously one of the biggest challenges of the iPhone X, representing, as Dye says, “really, the biggest opportunity we’ve had,” and as Federighi adds, “There was a lot of experimentation and it was thrilling when we came upon the design. There was a moment when the hardware prototypes came in and the software was finally functioning to spec and we were all carrying it and you just would see smiles on everyone walking around because it all came together in the way that we had hoped.”

But, in my experience with the iPhone X, there was acclimatising to be done.

“It is the biggest adjustment in the experience but I think it comes pretty quickly,” Federighi says. “Once you use it for a short time you realise like this is this is the way you wish you could always use the phone. It’s a wonderful interface. And we think it’s a great path to the future.”

Losing Touch ID

An all-over screen and Face ID means there’s no Home Button on the iPhone X and as a result you swipe up to go to the Home screen. But some people feel that means it’s slower than Touch ID. Federighi isn’t so sure. 

“We made the lock image stand out here in terms of giving you comfort to knew whether it was locked but people sometimes think they have to wait for that lock to unlock before they can start using the device. Just raise it and swipe away. And if you go faster, then the device will just unlock. And that’s really one of the things that’s been especially great, the overall fluidity of the experience and the speed. So, don’t wait for the lock. Just swipe away.”

Perhaps this means the lack of a Home Button, far from being a problem as it may appear to people who haven’t used the iPhone X, was an advantage, even. Teams in technology companies are notoriously segmented and don’t talk to each other, I note, but Dye says that’s not the case here. 

“We think about the design team as a whole. So, you know we were really close with Jony [Ive] on hardware and software, all pretty much as one studio. And I think that’s one of the great things about things I love the very most about working at Apple is we assembled a team of folks who think about hardware design and UI design and typography and interaction and motion and haptics and all those people pretty much reside in the same place. We think of it as one design studio.” 

Naturally, once you’re used to Face ID, you still want to know whether you’re using something faster or slower than before. Dye again: “You know, if we didn’t have this greatly improved refresh rate [in the iPhone X hardware], then there’s no way we could achieve the precision that we set as our goal for this gesture. We’ve worked to get every millisecond of latency out of this because otherwise we just wouldn’t be happy with it. And that’s something that was made possible because of all the advancements in the display.”

Federighi expands on the speed of Face ID and suggests the new gesture interface is better than Touch ID, because your thumb or finger is better placed on the screen. 

“With Touch ID you plant your finger on the Touch ID sensor which is a gesture of sorts and then click it awake. In this case you just swipe and it’s very fast. And then my thumb is now in a position where it’s ready to use the phone instead of planted down at the bottom on the sensor. So, in terms of being ready to get using your phone I think it’s quicker.”

The notch

Of course, one big new design element that people have been talking about since the iPhone X was revealed was the TrueDepth camera system, often called the notch.

Dye talks about this design element. “We spent a great deal of time thinking about how we’ve got this amazing camera system packed into this space at the upper centre of the display. Ultimately, we felt really comfortable with this notion that we’ll be really honest about it and allow the content to push out into these beautiful rounded corners. The TrueDepth camera system really becomes secondary and very much defers to your content.”

Federighi goes on, “It’s a whole new look for iPhone and so everybody goes through a process of adjustment. We’ve been living with this design for a long time and have fallen in love with it. A lot of questions will fade away as people get accustomed to how the iPhone X looks and behaves.”

The TrueDepth Camera system has more uses than just Face ID, Federighi reveals.

“We aren’t doing identification scans constantly, we’re doing them in these select moments when it’s relevant. We do attention-detection, not a personalized scan but just an ‘is someone looking at the phone right now?’ in order to do things like manage power more efficiently. So, today your iPhone, if you’re not looking at it, it’ll leave that screen on for a pretty long time because it doesn’t want you to keep tapping to keep the display awake.

“And now we’re able to use your eyes as a virtual tap. If you’re reading something, the phone can periodically check and say someone’s still looking so it won’t dim the display away but on the other hand if no one is looking at the phone it can be more aggressive about dimming down and saving power.”

Kept in the dark

The iPhone X has the first OLED screen on any Apple phone. This could mean a different way of designing, perhaps.

Dye remarks, “For sure, I think we spent a fair amount of time just tuning the new displays and working through all of our colours. We were especially particular about system-wide colours and getting to where we felt the colours were consistent. And that’s something that’s an area where we want to be consistent. Making sure the colours are consistent with our expectations was a bit of a challenge.”

Federighi continues, “We were also able to take advantage of the increased dynamic range of this display so you’ll even find with your existing HDR photos that you might have taken last year with your existing phone when you view them on iPhone X you’ll see an increased level of range and depth to those photos because we can take advantage of that brightness. We’re able to use that for video that supports high dynamic range as well. So, this display did give us some new tools to create some really cool experiences. We did some special handling in the way we drive the display to overcome some of the traditional drawback of OLED vs LCD that I think is pretty unique.” 

This perhaps means in terms of colour fidelity, perhaps, I suggest, but Federighi goes further. “We do fantastic colour management, we also manage OLED very well with motion in low light, low intensity where OLED has traditionally had refresh problems, we especially manage it for those conditions for very high fidelity. It’s not an off-the-shelf display.”

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But one of the properties of an OLED display is the way it saves power by leaving pixels off. So, why is there no official ‘dark mode’ on the iPhone X?  

Dye has an answer: “Those focused purely on power considerations were attracted by that but first and foremost we focus on user experience. We’ve had a lot of these discussions and the vast majority of the way you use your phone is oftentimes reading text and there’s a reason why black ink on white paper has been around for a long time, it’s just much easier to read, so we made that decision. But battery life, I can tell you, has been pretty amazing.” 

Federighi agrees. “What you do on the phone in addition to looking at photos and so on is reading text and we find black text over white the most pleasant interface and with the best legibility. Though I understand the coolness thing.”

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Globe iPhone X postpaid pricing details released

Under Globe’s lowest monthly plan, Plan 599, the 256GB iPhone X goes for P64,800

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MANILA, Philippines – Globe’s pricing details for postpaid packages of the new Apple iPhone X have been released.

Plans have corresponding data, call, and text allowances and other value-added features, which you can view on the Globe website here. Here’s a chart of the initial cash-outs per plan:

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The phones are also available under Globe’s Platinum Plans. Under these plans, you get to enjoy Globe Priority Network, which prioritizes your connection over other users in the area; all-month data surfing; and Thea, Globe Platinum’s digital concierge:

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Check out Globe’s iPhone X deals here. The deals have a two-year lock-in period. The phones are set for release on Friday, December 1, with pre-orders still ongoing.

For Smart’s iPhone X postpaid deals, click here. – Rappler.com

[Update: Available now] ‘Ginger Gene’ Android figure from Dead Zebra will be released tomorrow

Designer Andrew Bell is well known for his custom Android figures, which we have covered on multiple occasions. For this holiday season, he is getting ready to release a special gingerbread model, fittingly named ‘Ginger Gene.’

According to the store page, the figure has a cookie texture and “a sweet smell.” It’s listed at $12, but you can’t buy it until tomorrow (Nov 27, 11am EST). You’ll also be able to buy a bundle containing Ginger Gene and the adorable Bingle Bear figure from 2015, while supplies last.

You can find the store page at the link below. I’m definitely getting one.


It’s now on sale.

[Update: Available now] ‘Ginger Gene’ Android figure from Dead Zebra will be released tomorrow

Designer Andrew Bell is well known for his custom Android figures, which we have covered on multiple occasions. For this holiday season, he is getting ready to release a special gingerbread model, fittingly named ‘Ginger Gene.’

According to the store page, the figure has a cookie texture and “a sweet smell.” It’s listed at $12, but you can’t buy it until tomorrow (Nov 27, 11am EST). You’ll also be able to buy a bundle containing Ginger Gene and the adorable Bingle Bear figure from 2015, while supplies last.

You can find the store page at the link below. I’m definitely getting one.


It’s now on sale.

[Update: Available now] ‘Ginger Gene’ Android figure from Dead Zebra will be released tomorrow

Designer Andrew Bell is well known for his custom Android figures, which we have covered on multiple occasions. For this holiday season, he is getting ready to release a special gingerbread model, fittingly named ‘Ginger Gene.’

According to the store page, the figure has a cookie texture and “a sweet smell.” It’s listed at $12, but you can’t buy it until tomorrow (Nov 27, 11am EST). You’ll also be able to buy a bundle containing Ginger Gene and the adorable Bingle Bear figure from 2015, while supplies last.

You can find the store page at the link below. I’m definitely getting one.


It’s now on sale.

‘Ginger Gene’ Android figure from Dead Zebra will be released tomorrow

Designer Andrew Bell is well known for his custom Android figures, which we have covered on multiple occasions. For this holiday season, he is getting ready to release a special gingerbread model, fittingly named ‘Ginger Gene.’

According to the store page, the figure has a cookie texture and “a sweet smell.” The price is not yet listed, but you can’t buy it until tomorrow (Nov 27, 11am EST) anyways. You’ll also be able to buy a bundle containing Ginger Gene and the adorable Bingle Bear figure from 2015, while supplies last.

You can find the store page at the link below. I’m definitely getting one.

Android Wear v2.6 Released: Network Indicators and More Changes!

Android Wear 2.0, if it were to be summed up in one word by the community, would probably be described as “disappointing”. Many users expected bigger things from the upgrade, and the long delays coupled with promises of features competitors had long before left a sour taste in the mouth of users. With even developer preview devices not receiving the upgrade at first, it seemed that Google had straight up abandoned Android Wear – or threw it on the backburner, at least. Those users would likely be surprised that we’ve now made it to Android Wear v2.6.

Since then though, we’ve seen a lot of updates to the platform including the ability to make smaller updates simply through the Android Wear application on the watch itself. The watch does not need to download most OTA upgrades anymore, with a lot of UI changes defined through the application updated automatically through the Google Play Store.

Android Wear v2.6 is now here, and with it come a number of changes.

Android Wear v2.6

Firstly, the changelog.

  • Text size of notifications adapts to message length, adding an extra line of text on most notifications
  • Swipe down in Quick Settings to easily see your connection (WiFi, Bluetooth, or mobile)
  • Check on download progress with new progress indicator notifications
  • Launch your last-used app right from your watch face with the Recent App complication
  • Better prevention of accidental side-swipe and long-press gestures

Users have been requesting for several of these changes for a long time. The download progress bar was a request by many for a long time. Previously, you couldn’t actually tell how much of your file had been downloaded, only how much time was left until it finished. This meant a fluctuating network connection caused the time calculated also to fluctuate, leaving users without any idea just how much of their download is actually left.

Previously, it was also extremely easy to accidentally swipe away cards or long press cards which can lead to accidentally missed notifications. It even led me to accidentally disable notifications for an application or two. These are all welcome changes, and the others are pretty self-explanatory. If you would like to see some of the changes yourself, check out the gallery of screenshots below provided by Android Police.

Download Progress Bars

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As can be seen above, a progress bar now surrounds the icon on the notification card when things are downloading.

Connection Status63286_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released: Network Indicators and More Changes!

Just like in the regular version of Android on phones, there is now a data indicator along with the network icons to show when the device is uploading or downloading. WiFi and Bluetooth status are also shown here, along with mobile data if your watch supports it.

Recent Application Complications

63286_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released: Network Indicators and More Changes!

These allow you to add recent app complications to your watch faces which support it so that you can launch a recently closed app directly from your watch face!

Dynamic Text Sizes

63286_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released: Network Indicators and More Changes!

As you can see above, the text size changes slightly to accommodate longer messages and allow the reader to see more of the message if it’s longer. This is useful when on the on-go and you don’t have time to take out your phone, or simply can’t.


And those are the main features! They should be on your device shortly, but if not you can look to the likes of APKMirror to find the upgrade, as it is simply an application to be installed on your watch. Let us know what you think!

Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

Android Wear 2.0, if it were to be summed up in one word by the community, would probably be described as “disappointing”. Many users expected bigger things from the upgrade, and the long delays coupled with promises of features competitors had long before left a sour taste in the mouth of users. With even developer preview devices not receiving the upgrade at first, it seemed that Google had straight up abandoned Android Wear – or threw it on the backburner, at least. Those users would likely be surprised that we’ve now made it to Android Wear v2.6.

Since then though, we’ve seen a lot of updates to the platform including the ability to make smaller updates simply through the Android Wear application on the watch itself. The watch does not need to download most OTA upgrades anymore, with a lot of UI changes defined through the application updated automatically through the Google Play Store.

Android Wear v2.6 is now here, and with it come a number of changes.

Android Wear v2.6

Firstly, the changelog.

  • Text size of notifications adapts to message length, adding an extra line of text on most notifications
  • Swipe down in Quick Settings to easily see your connection (WiFi, Bluetooth, or mobile)
  • Check on download progress with new progress indicator notifications
  • Launch your last-used app right from your watch face with the Recent App complication
  • Better prevention of accidental side-swipe and long-press gestures

Users have been requesting for several of these changes for a long time. The download progress bar was a request by many for a long time. Previously, you couldn’t actually tell how much of your file had been downloaded, only how much time was left until it finished. This meant a fluctuating network connection caused the time calculated also to fluctuate, leaving users without any idea just how much of their download is actually left.

Previously, it was also extremely easy to accidentally swipe away cards or long press cards which can lead to accidentally missed notifications. It even led me to accidentally disable notifications for an application or two. These are all welcome changes, and the others are pretty self-explanatory. If you would like to see some of the changes yourself, check out the gallery of screenshots below provided by Android Police.

Download Progress Bars

02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

As can be seen above, a progress bar now surrounds the icon on the notification card when things are downloading.

Connection Status02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

Just like in the regular version of Android on phones, there is now a data indicator along with the network icons to show when the device is uploading or downloading. WiFi and Bluetooth status are also shown here, along with mobile data if your watch supports it.

Recent Application Complications

02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

These allow you to add recent app complications to your watch faces which support it so that you can launch a recently closed app directly from your watch face!

Dynamic Text Sizes

02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

As you can see above, the text size changes slightly to accommodate longer messages and allow the reader to see more of the message if it’s longer. This is useful when on the on-go and you don’t have time to take out your phone, or simply can’t.


And those are the main features! They should be on your device shortly, but if not you can look to the likes of APKMirror to find the upgrade, as it is simply an application to be installed on your watch. Let us know what you think!

Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

Android Wear 2.0, if it were to be summed up in one word by the community, would probably be described as “disappointing”. Many users expected bigger things from the upgrade, and the long delays coupled with promises of features competitors had long before left a sour taste in the mouth of users. With even developer preview devices not receiving the upgrade at first, it seemed that Google had straight up abandoned Android Wear – or threw it on the backburner, at least. Those users would likely be surprised that we’ve now made it to Android Wear v2.6.

Since then though, we’ve seen a lot of updates to the platform including the ability to make smaller updates simply through the Android Wear application on the watch itself. The watch does not need to download most OTA upgrades anymore, with a lot of UI changes defined through the application updated automatically through the Google Play Store.

Android Wear v2.6 is now here, and with it come a number of changes.

Android Wear v2.6

Firstly, the changelog.

  • Text size of notifications adapts to message length, adding an extra line of text on most notifications
  • Swipe down in Quick Settings to easily see your connection (WiFi, Bluetooth, or mobile)
  • Check on download progress with new progress indicator notifications
  • Launch your last-used app right from your watch face with the Recent App complication
  • Better prevention of accidental side-swipe and long-press gestures

Users have been requesting for several of these changes for a long time. The download progress bar was a request by many for a long time. Previously, you couldn’t actually tell how much of your file had been downloaded, only how much time was left until it finished. This meant a fluctuating network connection caused the time calculated also to fluctuate, leaving users without any idea just how much of their download is actually left.

Previously, it was also extremely easy to accidentally swipe away cards or long press cards which can lead to accidentally missed notifications. It even led me to accidentally disable notifications for an application or two. These are all welcome changes, and the others are pretty self-explanatory. If you would like to see some of the changes yourself, check out the gallery of screenshots below provided by Android Police.

Download Progress Bars

02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

As can be seen above, a progress bar now surrounds the icon on the notification card when things are downloading.

Connection Status02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

Just like in the regular version of Android on phones, there is now a data indicator along with the network icons to show when the device is uploading or downloading. WiFi and Bluetooth status are also shown here, along with mobile data if your watch supports it.

Recent Application Complications

02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

These allow you to add recent app complications to your watch faces which support it so that you can launch a recently closed app directly from your watch face!

Dynamic Text Sizes

02c5b_nexus2cee_screen_2017-11-21_16-14-54-329x329-300x300 Android Wear v2.6 Released, Comes with Network Indicators, Download Progress Bar and More!

As you can see above, the text size changes slightly to accommodate longer messages and allow the reader to see more of the message if it’s longer. This is useful when on the on-go and you don’t have time to take out your phone, or simply can’t.


And those are the main features! They should be on your device shortly, but if not you can look to the likes of APKMirror to find the upgrade, as it is simply an application to be installed on your watch. Let us know what you think!

iPhone X Will Cost Over $2100 in Brazil When Released in South America Next Month

Apple has updated its website to indicate that the iPhone X launches in three additional Latin American countries in early December.


Namely, the iPhone X will be released in Colombia starting December 1, Chile on December 7, and Brazil on December 8. The device will be available from select carriers and authorized resellers in each country.

In Brazil, the iPhone X will also be on display and available to purchase from the country’s two Apple Stores at VillageMall in Rio de Janeiro and the Morumbi shopping center in São Paulo. Inventory will likely be extremely limited.

iPhone X will start at 6,999 Brazilian reals in Brazil, the equivalent of slightly more than $2,150 USD based on current exchange rates. That’s more than double the iPhone X’s starting price of $999 in the United States.

Apple’s prices in Brazil being significantly higher than in the United States is partly the result of the country’s 60 percent duty on imported products valued up to $3,000, and likely other factors such as stricter labor laws.

Apple hasn’t provided iPhone X pricing information for Chile or Colombia, or release dates for other countries in South America.

iPhone X first launched November 3 in the United States and over 50 other countries. The device was also released in Israel today and arrives in 13 additional countries, including Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey, tomorrow.

iPhone X orders on Apple’s website now ship in an estimated 1-2 weeks around the world, down from 5-6 weeks after the device first launched.

Paranoid Android Snapdragon Camera App Sources Released

AOSPA, or Paranoid Android, has a modification of the Snapdragon Camera application with a brand new UI and is part of the reasons why the ROM is held to such a high regard for its camera capabilities. Anyone who has ever used the Snapdragon camera application knows what the UI is like, and may be surprised to learn that Paranoid Android’s camera application is simply a modification of it.

Users have been requesting the Paranoid Android developers to release their camera processing sources, as on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T some aspects of their camera processing software is greatly improved over stock. The developers of Paranoid Android have now uploaded their camera sources on GitHub. This is an open sourcing of the camera application only, not the camera processing.

Paranoid Android has a well-polished camera UI, not unlike iOS but still being unique in its own ways. The vast array of options that Snapdragon camera provides are not gone away, as these are instead shifted into a menu option in the top left of the screen. Options include a continuous shooting mode, face detection, manual ISO, exposure and white balance and red eye reduction.

The Snapdragon camera application is designed to make use of the Qualcomm hardware in your device, so anyone with a Snapdragon processor can build or modify this application themselves and run it on their device. Many ROM developers include the Snapdragon Camera app in their ROMs, including Recognised Developer SultanXDA, who uses a modified version of the camera app in his ROMs in order to provide a more open source experience and to get the best quality possible without having to resort to using ported camera applications.

Check out the official GitHub link to the sources of the application down below!


Paranoid Android Snapdragon Camera UI Modification Source Code

Microsoft accidentally released internal Windows 10 development builds

Microsoft was forced to apologize late last night after a mistake led to some confidential and internal Windows 10 builds being released to the public. “Builds from some of our internal branches were accidentally released for PC and Mobile,” reveals Dona Sarkar, Microsoft’s head of its Windows Insiders program. “This happened because an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds / which rings to push out to insiders.”

Microsoft says it quickly reverted the issue and put blocks in place to ensure these development builds didn’t reach more people, but a “small portion” of Windows 10 users still received them. Worryingly, the accidental mobile build even reached retail devices outside of Microsoft’s Windows Insiders testing. If Windows 10 testers installed the mobile build it forced phones into a reboot loop and bricked the device. Testers will have to recover and wipe the device using the Windows Device Recovery Tool.

Windows 10 testers that installed the PC build, an internal Edge branch, will have to wait for Microsoft to publish a newer build or roll back using the recovery option in Windows 10 settings. “We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for being a Windows Insider,” says Sarkar. Microsoft says it won’t be releasing any new builds this week, presumably as it’s working to ensure this surprising mistake doesn’t occur again.

Fedora 27 Linux Distro Released With New Features — Download …

After a few delays, Fedora 27 final release has just been shipped by The Fedora Project. Supported by Red Hat, this community-driven, open source, Linux distro’s latest release brings numerous improvements from Fedora Community and other software projects.

In this article, I’ll be listing the major changes in Fedora 27 Workstation spin. For other spins, visit Fedora Project website. It’s also worth mentioning that Fedora Server is in the process of modular rearchitecting, so its release is delayed.

Noteworthy Fedora 27 features

Without a doubt, the most prominent feature of this cutting-edge release is the latest GNOME desktop. Shipping with GNOME 3.26, this release ships with a revamped Settings control panel.

3.26 also brings Enhanced Search that returns the system actions in an improved layout. Other changes are better app thumbnails, color emoji in Characters app, etc. Read more about GNOME 3.26 and associated changes here.

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GNOME Builder‘s latest release ships with improvements like debugger, better design, word completion, and symbol search. Inline documentation has also been improved.

Pipewire is a new subsystem for improving audio/video handling. Designed to be a new core foundation of audio/visual in Linux, in Fedora 27, PipeWire provides screen capture and screen recording.

In Fedora 27, with the help of GNOME Boxes application, you’ll be able to install a no-cost developer subscription of RHEL, which is being offered by Red Hat for quite some time, for a guest box.

d649b_gnome-3.26-in-fedora-27 Fedora 27 Linux Distro Released With New Features — Download ...

LibreOffice 5.4 is the full-featured suite that brings the latest and improved office apps to this release.

This release ships with Linux kernel 4.13, Mesa 17.2, GCC 7.2, glibc 2.26, RPM 4.14, and other updated packages.

Download Fedora 27

To install Fedora 27 Workstation on a PC, you need at least 1 GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, and 10 GB storage space.

Visit this page to find the download links of Fedora 27 Linux distro.

Did you find the changes shipping with this release interesting? Do give it a try and share your views.

Also Read: Linux Now Powers ALL Top 500 Supercomputers In The World




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