Mar
29
2015

There’s an app for that…

… but it’s only in the Ubuntu Store.

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Yes, indeed. We have an Ubuntu phone web app.

It’s not much. It’s really just a viewer for the website, but it’s quick way of checking the site and downloading PDF/EPUB issues to your device.

To view the issues you’ll need to install Document Viewer (if it’s not already on your device) also from the Ubuntu Store.

Mar
27
2015

FCM#95 has also arrived!

This month:
* Command & Conquer
* How-To : Program in Python, LibreOffice, and Using LaTeX
* Graphics : Inkscape.
* Linux Labs: Syncthing
* Review: BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Phone & Able2Extract Pro 9
* Competition: WIN a copy of Able2Extract Pro 9
* Ubuntu Games: Penumbra Necrologue & Perfect Golf
* My Story special on handling molecules in Linux
plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, and soooo much more.

 

Get it while it’s hot!
Mar
7
2015

A Quick Look at the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Phone

With so many questions asking about the hardware and the visual aspects of the Ubuntu Phone I decided to make a quick video showing some of its features:

Don’t worry though, there’ll still be a full review of it in FCM#95.

Some of the more technical questions (eg: SSH, sales, etc.) I’ve emailed to Canonical to get the official word on it.

Feb
27
2015

Full Circle #94

This month:
* Command & Conquer
* How-To : Block Calls, LibreOffice, and Using i2P
* Graphics : Inkscape.
* Linux Labs: BTRFS
* Book Review: Practical Data Science Cookbook
* Ubuntu Games: War Thunder
plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, and soooo much more.

Get it while it’s hot!

http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-94/

Feb
1
2015

Google Play download figures

Yes, I know a lot of you bemoan the fact that Google Play requires a credit card to sign up for, but it does give FCM some good exposure. Most folks with Android devices will inevitably sign up for Play for buying something. An app, a book, something!

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Jan
30
2015

The first Full Circle of 2015, FCM#93, is here!

This month:
* Command & Conquer
* How-To : RTL-SDR Radio, LibreOffice, and Ubuntu Kiosk
* Graphics : Inkscape.
* Linux Labs: Compiling a Kernel Pt 6 and Trying FreeBSD
* Review: Ubuntu Mate 14.10
* Book Review: Official Ubuntu Book 8th Edition
* Ubuntu Games: X-Plane & FSEconomy, and Unigine Heaven Benchmark
plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, and soooo much more.

http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-93/

Jan
26
2015

Ubuntu Phone Specs.

Ubuntu PhoneFrom Canonical: We are confident and excited to be partnering with Spanish mobile device manufacturers bq for the Ubuntu phone. bq is dedicated to designing and manufacturing multimedia devices. It’s six directors only formed seven years ago where they met as telecommunications students who would repair computers in their spare time. Today it’s one of the top-selling tablet, e-reader and smartphone brands within Spain that is continually spearheading innovation notably with their entry into 3D printing and robotic kits. The company developed the DIY: My First Robotics Kit in an attempt to demystify technology by stimulating kids to start building their own robotic models. And their entry into 3D printing with bq Witbox has been commercially impressive where they’ve recruited leading professionals from Spain’s printing and robotic sectors.

A strong innovative brand who operates in Europe with over 600 staff. With mobile, in 2013 bq shipped almost 1.5 million devices and in less than a year has become Spain’s second biggest seller of unlocked smartphones. The Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu edition will be available in Europe and can be purchased soon via the bq site.

Screen
4.5″ qHD (960×540)

Camera
5MP Fixed Focus+13MP Autofocus
Dual Flash

SIM
Dual micro sim

Battery
2150mAh

Connectivity
GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSPA+

CPU
Quad A7/1.3GHz

RAM
1GB

Sensors
Gyroscope, Proximity, Light

Jan
13
2015

First Details Of The Ubuntu Phone

Straight from the good people at Canonical:

Ubuntu PhoneThe user experience for smartphones has revolved around apps and its icon grid since the very first iPhone. Key mobile services on iOS and Android are delivered via apps in a fragmented manner and controlled by platform owners such as Google, Apple and Microsoft, which has put OEMs and Operators into a secondary role.

Users deserve a richer, faster and unfragmented experience built around the things they do most on their devices.

With the Ubuntu phone we are moving away from the app grid towards integrated content and services. And we do this by providing a user experience that is centered on bringing the key mobile digital life services directly to the screen, which at the heart we call ‘scopes.’

Scopes are a way of delivering unified experiences for various service categories, front and centre to the user, without hiding them behind a sea of apps and app icons. They are created via a simple UI toolkit with much lower development and maintenance costs than apps. There are two types of scopes – aggregation and branded.

Aggregation scopes define the device’s default experience and what makes Ubuntu phones valuable to end users. They allow OEMs and Operators to create a user experience that is unique to their devices such as the NearBy scope that aggregates local services centered around what you’re doing. We’ll go into more detail on the other aggregated scopes in an upcoming Phone Glimpse mailer.

Branded scopes are app like experiences delivered directly to the screen, fully branded. Discoverable through the default store, from a feed in an aggregation scope, or as a favourited default screen. A faster way for developers to build a rich and easier to access branded experience on a device.

Dec
26
2014

Full Circle Magazine #92

This month:
* Command & Conquer
* How-To : Make a Special Edition, LibreOffice, and Bulk Print with Nautilus
* Graphics : Inkscape.
* Linux Labs: Compiling a Kernel Pt 5 and Graphically Renaming Files Over SSH
* Review: Scilabs
* Book Review: Build Your Own Web Site
* Ubuntu Games: X-Plane Flight Plans
plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, and soooo much more.

We now have several issues available for download on Google Play/Books. If you like Full Circle, please leave a review.

AND: We have a Pushbullet channel which we hope will make it easier to automatically receive FCM on launch day.

Wishing you all a happy, and prosperous, new year!

Dec
20
2014

Packt 5 Dollar Deal

5-dollar-promo

Following the success of last year’s festive offer, Packt Publishing will be celebrating the holiday season with an even bigger $5 offer.

From Thursday 18th December, every eBook and video will be available on the publisher’s website for just $5. Customers are invited to purchase as many as they like before the offer ends on Tuesday January 6th, making it the perfect opportunity to try something new or to take your skills to the next level as 2015 begins.

With all $5 products available in a range of formats and DRM-free, customers will find great value content delivered exactly how they want it across Packt’s website this Xmas and New Year.

Find out more HERE.

FCM makes no money from this, but Packt Publishing support FCM with review copies of books. So, in return, please support Packt. They’re good people.

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