June 29, 2012

Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2 Released

The second milestone in the Ubuntu 12.10 development cycle has been made available for download.

Anyone expecting to find lots of changes to gasp in wonderment at will be disappointed, though there are a handful of updated packages – including Firefox, LibreOffice and Ubuntu One – bringing some minor features/UI changes.

The majority of changes in this milestone are underneath the hood.

Alpha releases are not recommended for installing unless you’re a developer, but are suitable for testing using live media or in virtual machines.

Google Currents and Drive updated

Google Currents

It seems Google's Android apps are getting major updated one after the other. This time is Google Currents and Google Drive.

In the case of Google Currents, the biggest change is that finally, it fits into the Android 4.x design guidelines. That pesky menu, it's up top where it ought to be. You might also notice, that it's got a new, less colorful logo too. The full changelog for Currents reads a little like this: 

  • User interface - updated to Android standards
  • Top navigation bar - auto hide, touch to show
  • Library/trending toggle - moved to navigation bar
  • Performance enhancements
  • Bug fixes

Google Drive also received an update. One of the biggest new features available in Drive on Android, is the ability to upload, and download, all file types to and from your Drive. Pretty much a standard requirement for cloud storage. The changelog for Drive reads as follows: 

  • Quickly find files that have been recently opened, edited or shared with you
  • Upload/Download all file types to/from your Google Drive
  • Selecting contacts to share with is easier
  • Faster navigation of folders when syncing in the background
  • Choose text alignment in the documents editor

The updates should already be available in your Play Store on your Android device. If you haven't updated then what are you waiting for?

Pokémon Black 2/White 2 Games Sell 1.619 Million

Enterbrain's Famitsu.com website reported that 1,618,621 units of Nintendo's Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 games were purchased in their first weekend in Japan. Famitsu.com also reported that since release, 32,855,241 Nintendo DS units have sold (including DS Lite, DSi, DSi LL/XL) and 6,288,334 Nintendo 3DS units within Japan alone, as of June 17.

The companion games are set for a 3rd quarter release in North America and Europe under the titles Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.

Nintendo streamed its second English trailer for the games on Thursday.

Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 are set two years after the first Pokémon Black & White games. They will introduce two new forms of legendary Pokémon (Black Kyurem and White Kyurem) and new characters. New locations have also been added to the land of Isshu (known as Unova in North America).

Source: ANN

PSotD - Like a Bird

Title: Like a Bird (Boku wa, Tori ni Naru)
Artist: Hitomi Kuroishi
Year: 2008
Notes: Insert song for the anime Code Geass.

"I wanted to reach out to you, but time did not allow it."

DDL: From Gendou music (Requires account - it's easy to make one!)