Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS released

News from mailing list :

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS
(Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, as well
as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.

Like previous LTS series’, 16.04.4 includes hardware enablement stacks
for use on newer hardware. This support is offered on all architectures
except for 32-bit powerpc, and is installed by default when using one of
the desktop images. Ubuntu Server defaults to installing the GA kernel,
however you may select the HWE kernel from the installer bootloader.

As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated
installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to
be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and
corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining
stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Kubuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Mythbuntu 16.04.4 LTS,
Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.4 LTS, Lubuntu 16.04.4 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 16.04.4 LTS,
Ubuntu MATE 16.04.4 LTS and Ubuntu Studio 16.04.4 LTS are also now
available. More details can be found in their individual release notes:


Maintenance updates will be provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop,
Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Base, and Ubuntu Kylin. All the
remaining flavours will be supported for 3 years.

To get Ubuntu 16.04.4



The Google Assistant is going global

This is a decent improvement, but progress on the multilingual front is still quite slow. I understand this is a hard and difficult problem to solve, but if this issue was in any way related to increasing ad revenue, Google would’ve cracked it 5 years ago.

Android users are all around the world, so from the start, our goal has been to bring the Assistant to as many people, languages, and locations as possible. The Assistant is already available in eight languages, and by the end of the year it will be available in more than 30 languages, reaching 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide. In the next few months, we’ll bring the Assistant to Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai on Android phones and iPhones, and we’ll add more languages on more devices throughout the year.

We’re also making the Assistant multilingual later this year, so families or individuals that speak more than one language can speak naturally to the Assistant. With this new feature, the Assistant will be able to understand you in multiple languages fluently. If you prefer to speak German at work, but French at home, your Assistant is right there with you. Multilingual will first be available in English, French and German, with support for more languages coming over time.


Android One becomes the new Google Play Edition

If I look back through all of the years we have covered Android, it’s hard to argue that the introduction of Google Play Edition phones wasn’t one of the biggest moments. In those early years, the Android skin situation was bad. Those early versions of TouchWiz, MotoBlur, and even HTC Sense, weren’t what many of us wanted, to say the least. We wanted Google’s version of Android, as well as their Nexus update schedules, yet that was tough to get because Google was making average hardware at the time.

While Google Play Edition may have failed as a program, I get the feeling that Android One will now act as a proper replacement to it.


Rumors Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S … !

Xiaomi is slowly taking over the western countries. The company is producing great devices for every price range without cutting down on the quality. That is why Xiaomi is currently one of the best brands in the Asia market. They managed to produce many great devices, with the Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2 being one of their most famous ones. These devices started the tall display craze among competitors, giving us more screen to work with. And now, they want to add the Mi Mix 2S to the lineup, an updated version of the original one. Let’s see the details about it.

About Design

As with the previous devices, the design of the Mi Mix 2S will be the main attraction of the device. The original Mi Mix was presented as the dream “concept” phone – boasting features and design choices that many other companies lacked. One of the best features was the tall display, filling up most of the front. Well, the Mi Mix 2S will increase that even more. Named as the Full Screen design 3.0, the 5.99” display will further reduce down the bezels of the device. The only limitation is the front camera, which is placed in the top right corner. On the back, the camera setup is placed in the middle, with the branding right under it. As you can see from the image, there is no fingerprint sensor visible. Don’t worry – Xiaomi will place it under the display, the same technology as we saw it on the Vivo one.

About Features

Speaking of features, the Mi Mix 2S will be (again) packed with them. Starting with the hardware, you will be getting the best that is available right now. Starting with the chipset, the Mi Mix 2S will feature the Snapdragon 845 processor. Alongside the 8GB of RAM, that combination should satisfy even the most notorious multitaskers and power users. Speaking of storage, the device will have 256GB of internal memory available. There are no details about the battery, but considering the screen, it should range around 4000mAh.

The cameras on the Mi Mix 2S will be top-notch, and you’d be getting one of the best sensors available right now. Starting on the back, the dual 12MP camera setup will be based on the Sony IMX363 sensor. Pictures coming out from that sensor have great color accuracy and great dynamic range. Of course, the software also plays a key role in the camera setup, but that isn’t a common problem from Xiaomi devices. Sadly, there is no information about the front camera, but for all of your selfies, it should be more than enough.

The device will come packed with Android Oreo out of the box, with Xiaomi’s own MIUI skin on top of it. The skin is a key feature when you’re buying a device from the company, and although it looks daunting at first, it packs many useful features.


Xiaomi Release Redmi Note 5 !

You’ve probably read enough posts here explaining Xiaomi’s mission, so I won’t bother you with that. We all know the release great devices with excellent hardware and design, while remaining the low price. Redmi is the branding for some of their most affordable smartphones, and today they got a new member of the family. The Redmi Note 5 is an excellent device that offers big performance while not hurting your wallet that much. Let’s see the details about it!

About Design

Starting with the design, the Redmi Note 5 is a gorgeous looking device. It hasn’t changed much from the Redmi Note 4, and it can even look like the same device – if you look it from the back. The difference between them is on the front, with the Note 5 sporting the current trend in smartphones a tall screen. The device is featuring a 5.99” Full HD+ IPS display, packing in 1260×1080 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is very bright, and the viewing angles are great. With the taller screen you’re getting smaller bezels, but I wish they were even more smaller. On the back, you will find the camera setup in the middle of the top, with the fingerprint sensor right under it. It has a metal finish, which makes it feel like a premium device when you’re holding it in the hand.

About Features

Like I said at the beginning, the Redmi lineup is the budget offering of the company that packs great hardware. The Redmi Note 5 is not excluded at all, and it is currently one of the best devices in the Redmi family. Starting with the chipset, the Note 5 features the Snapdragon 625 processor which will handle most of the tasks you throw at it. Going on to the memory, you have the options for 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, respectively. As expected, many will go for the 4GB version, but both versions are great. Finishing with the battery, the Redmi Note 5 is going to be powered from the 4000mAh battery. And depending on your usage, it could easily last you for two days on a single charge.

We’re sad to see that Xiaomi decided to skip on the dual camera trend and stick with a single lens. The rear 12MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture is taking great pictures. They have good color accuracy and decent dynamic range. Just don’t expect any miracles in the night, as with many other smartphones. On the front, the 5MP camera with f/2.0 aperture is good for the casual selfie on social media networks. Both cameras can record in 1080p resolution, which is a nice bonus.

The Redmi Note 5 is going to feature Android Nougat 7.1.2, with Xiaomi’s own MIUI skin on top of it. This could be one of the main things that drive people away from Xiaomi smartphones, as the skin can feel a bit overwhelming at first glance. But, it is packing some nice features, and with the newest version, it is much faster.

For Pricing and availability

The Redmi Note 5 is available through official resellers and markets globally. Prices start at $160 for the 3/32GB version, with the 4/64GB being around $190.


Chrome to start blocking annoying ads

Good news for those still not using an adblocker, and bad news for sites that repeatedly display annoying ads.

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Chrome to start blocking annoying ads

The web is an incredible asset. It’s an engine for innovation, a platform for sharing, and a universal gateway to information. When we built Chrome, we wanted to create a way for people to interact with the magic that is the web, without the browser getting in the way. We created a browser that took up minimal space on your screen, made the omnibar so you could quickly search or get directly to a website, and built our pop-up blocker to help you avoid unwanted content. Since then we’ve also added features such as Safe Browsing, pausing autoplay Flash and more. all aimed at protecting your experience of the web.

Your feedback has always played a critical part in the development of Chrome. This feedback has shown that a big source of frustration is annoying ads: video ads that play at full blast or giant pop-ups where you can’t seem to find the exit icon. These ads are designed to be disruptive and often stand in the way of people using their browsers for their intended purpose connecting them to content and information. It’s clear that annoying ads degrade what we all love about the web. That’s why starting on February 15, Chrome will stop showing all ads on sites that repeatedly display these most disruptive ads after they’ve been flagged.


KDE Plasma 5.12.0 is released

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KDE Plasma 5.12.0 is released (img by kde.org)

KDE.org announce the availability of Plasma 5.12 release


Plasma 5.12 LTS is the second long-term support release from the Plasma
5 team, and offers the Speed, Stability and Simplicity.


Microsoft Launcher packs in cutomization improvements in the latest update

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Microsoft Launcher on Google Play

Microsoft has started rolling out the next update for its Android launcher to consumers. Bumping the version number up to, the update includes customization improvements and functional enhancements:

  • Let meeting attendees know you’re running late from the calendar card.

Employees whose enterprises leverage Microsoft Intune’s data protection policies can now use the Microsoft Launcher for viewing corporate data.Adjust icon size in the app drawer, dock and home screen.Set wallpapers for home and lock screen (7.0+)Add blank pages in vertical mode;Recurring reminders;Oreo shortcuts creation;

There is also a new ‘Trending on”

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Microsoft Launcher Bing Trading On

Bing’ section when accessing the search interface. This is basically a miniature news feed showing currently popular news topics that direct the user to a Bing search.

Although suitable for everyone, Microsoft Launcher is a great option for those looking to stick with Microsoft’s ecosystem on Android, especially now that Microsoft’s own mobile endeavors appear to be abandoned.

Expect the update to land on your device soon, otherwise, you can download the app from the Google Play Store.


Ubuntu 18.04 will revert to long-in-the-tooth Xorg

Canonical has announced that it’ll be reverting back to the Xorg graphics stack as the default option in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver”. While Wayland will still be available as an option, the testing that Canonical carried out by making Wayland default in Ubuntu 17.10 has found that Xorg is still more advantageous to use over Wayland, especially for a release which needs to be rock solid as it gets picked up by educational institutions and businesses.

Will Cooke from Canonical, in the announcement, outlined the three main reasons that Xorg would once again become the default display server:

1. Screen sharing in software like WebRTC services, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc works well under Xorg.
2. Remote Desktop control for example RDP & VNC works well under Xorg.
3. Recoverability from Shell crashes is less dramatic under Xorg.

He continued on to confirm that Wayland is indeed the future for Canonical despite it not being default in 18.04:

“The Wayland session will still be available, pre-installed, for people to use, but for our ‘out of the box’ users the Ubuntu experience needs to be stable and provide the features they have come to expect and use in daily life and Xorg is the best choice here, at least for 18.04 LTS, but for 18.10 we will re-evaluate Wayland as the default.”

Wayland has been under development for almost ten years now but has only, in the last few years, started making any appearances on mainline Linux distributions. Fedora 25, which shipped at the end of 2016, used Wayland by default and this decision was followed by Canonical which utilised Wayland in Ubuntu 17.10. With news that Canonical won’t ship it by default in 18.04, it’ll mean that Linux Mint, another very popular distribution which bases its releases on the latest Ubuntu LTS, won’t switch to Wayland until 2020 at the earliest.

Source: Ubuntu


Want to see all data Windows 10 sends Microsoft?

While I doubt this tool will alleviate any of the concerns some people have over Windows 10’s data collection, it does at least give some insight into what’s being sent to Microsoft – assuming, that is, you trust the reporting to be truthful and accurate.

Following the publication last year of the data collected by Windows 10’s built-in telemetry and diagnostic tracking, Microsoft today announced that the next major Windows 10 update, due around March or April, will support a new app, the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer, that will allow Windows users to browse and inspect the data that the system has collected.