February 28, 2015

Ubuntu 15.04 Beta Available to Download, Ubuntu MATE Is Now An Official Flavor

1504The first Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet beta is now available for download. with most community flavors taking part.

As has been the case for some years the mainline Ubuntu release, that is the version that uses Unity as the default desktop, does not participate in this development milestone.

Not that you'll miss it. Alongside beta downloads for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, the China-focused Ubuntu Kylin and Ubuntu GNOME is a new build of Ubuntu MATE — which becomes an official flavor as of this milestone.

It is the first new spin to be added to the Ubuntu family since 2013 with Ubuntu Kylin.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 1 itself makes for a somewhat rough debut.

The MATE 1.8 series desktop currently has a number of issues with Ubuntu’s glibc. An additional PPA needs to be added to the system's Software Sources so pending fixes can be delivered.

Elsewhere you'll find improvements to the MATE Tweak utility, which gains a session interface layout switching option, fixes for multi-monitor under GTK2, the addition of 'folder-colors', and plenty more.

Testers hopping aboard can also expect a few extra packages to filter down in the coming month, including Caja (file manager) actions installed by default and a new lock keys applet.

[Source: OMG! Ubuntu!]

February 25, 2015

Google steps up anti-malware initiatives with updates to Chrome and Search

Google already shows a warning message when you attempt to download malicious software, and the search giant is now expanding its efforts with the SafeBrowsing initiative to protect you from visiting websites that are flagged for malware. Chrome has been updated to display a new warning message to users visiting a website flagged by Google, and Google Search's ranking signals now feature the ability to automatically identify whether a site has malicious content.

The changes ensure users don't see sites that offer malware in search results on Google, and in scenarios where a user is browsing to a site with known malware content, Chrome will throw the following message:
Google Chrome malware message
Google has also announced that it will disable Google Ads that lead to "sites with unwanted software." The search giant is urging site owners to register with Google's Webmaster Tools, stating that doing so will give site admins the ability to monitor their websites for any malicious content.

[Source: Android Central]

Firefox 36 Released With New Tab Page Tile Sync

firefox tile 2A new stable release of Firefox has been made available for download by Mozilla.

The world’s most popular piece of open source web-browsing software hits version 36 with this new release. Chances are you won't notice the upgrade since everyone uses Google Chrome (cough) but let’s take a look at what’s new anyway.

The big key user-facing new feature in Firefox 36 is support for syncing pinned tiles on the New Tab page across desktops. This feature fixes a bug first filed back in 2012.

Pinned tiles are kept in sync across desktops (sadly mobile versions of Firefox, including Firefox OS, are excluded) using your Firefox account. It’s a nice touch for those tired of seeing different websites on their Ubuntu laptop, their Fedora workstation, Windows PC, etc.

Firefox 36 also introduces support for the HTTP/2 protocol, which “enables a faster, more scalable, and more responsive web.” Recently adopted by Google, it’s hoped that HTTP/2 will replace the HTTP 1.1 protocol in use since 1999.

Unlike most upgrades Firefox 36 also has the potential to break compatibility with a number of popular Firefox add-ons.

As annoying as this may be it is also necessary. The changes, though minor, are designed to help Mozilla protect Firefox users from malicious or malformed extensions. Making a few tweaks to the types of things add-ons can and can't do at the code level is a key part of doing that.

Developers will find some minor new developer options available to them, including paste options, in the Inspector markup view.

There’s also the usual smattering of bug fixes — including one that saw users logged out of Facebook after restarting Firefox — and important security updates.

[Source: OMG! Ubuntu!]

February 24, 2015

Google launches new YouTube app for kids

YouTube Kids

YouTube (and the internet in general) can be quite the landmine for kids to roam and its understandable that parents are concerned what is being viewed by their little ones. Fear not, Google has released a new YouTube app, specifically developed for younger audiences. It's a new portal for parents to have their children learn about various topics and discover exciting resources.

Since it's tailored for children, parents have access to a variety of settings to choose what their young ones can watch. Browse categories or search for videos in particular interest to your family. Then you have the smaller features like an app timer, sound settings, and more to really customise the experience for your child. It's a neat concept from Google we're sure many will appreciate. You can grab the app in the Play Store now!

[Source: Android Central]

February 23, 2015

[Life] The Horse

So I got a new watch the other day. It's called "The Horse" and it's a home-grown Australian brand. I must say that this watch is probably one of the most beautiful watches I have ever seen. Simple and plain yet stylish and stunning. Most importantly, it's affordable too! I wanted a minimalistic watch that had no other functions such as chronograph, day of the week and the like. It's pretty hard to find a nice, clean watch in amongst the mid-high watches; and it wasn't something I needed. In the end, I was introduced to "The Horse" and I instantly fell in love with it!

February 17, 2015

Quick Look: Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon Edition

Screenshot of my desktop
I've been quite an avid follower of the Linux operating system world ever since '07 when I discovered a Ubuntu 7.04 CD at a friend's house. I can safely say, Linux has definitely improved over the years in regards to functionality and stability. I made the switch to Linux Mint only just a few years ago when Linux Mint 12 came out. I remember the days when Cinnamon first appeared after MGSE (Mint GNOME Shell Extensions) project didn't live up to expectations.

Well enough talk about the past, this is the present- with Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon Edition (based on the Ubuntu 14.04 codebase). Linux Mint 17.1 brings in the best of 17 with some more improvements! The installation went pretty smoothly but I encountered some minor issues after getting the system set up.

February 12, 2015

Using Nutella as Thermal Paste!?

Using Nutella as thermal paste for your CPU. Well it works, but it's probably not good for your computer.

February 4, 2015

Either way, I win.

HTC's 'Hold the Crown' rap is...

HTC's marketing department has brought out the "WTF" factor in their latest marketing campaign with this rap battle video promoting their latest flagship phone, the HTC One M8. Well, I don't know what to say but it seems to crowd likes it...judge for yourself.

February 3, 2015

Chrome Theme: No Game No Life Shiro

February is here and so is a new theme featuring Shiro from No Game No Life! I've been pondering about how some themes are more popular than others and really, it comes down to whether to anime is currently popular with the public (and also how well created the theme is). At the time of this post, there were only 2 NGNL themes in the Chrome Web Store: one was a bit disappointed and the other one costed money. Well anyway, here is my submission. Enjoy!

February 2, 2015

The Pirate Bay is back, but future uncertainties.

Piracy site The Pirate Bay has come back online after two months of nothing.

According to TorrentFreak, the site re-appeared Saturday with "minimal" data loss, but some pages result in 404 errors, PC World reported.

The site came back online a day earlier than expected as the company had set February 1 the return of the site was for scheduled for February 1.

The report further said that the site's staff could no longer access the moderation panel, and that doing so "would make the site easier to manage and the risk of being brought down for a third time.

Right now, it is uncertain who is running the show in the background and what will happen to it in the future. For now, it's better to wait a little while longer and see.

February 1, 2015

[Life] Too old for happy meals?

Today, I got judged at McDonalds for buying a Happy Meal. But it was worth it because I got this adorable "Cut the Rope" Fruit bowl.

****Walks up to counter*
Me: Can I get one happy meal please.
<Awkward staring for 15 seconds>
Counter girl: A WHAT meal??
Me: A happy meal with cheese burger and vanilla shake please.
<More awkward staring for 20 seconds>