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Cut the Rope Is the First Major Game Ported for Ubuntu Phones

ZeptoLab, the studio that made the famous “Cut the Rope” game a couple of years back, has officially ported the title for the Ubuntu platform and is now available in the store.

Cut the Rope is a game that reached peak fame a couple of years ago and it was all the rage, but now it’s the first major title to be ported for the Ubuntu platform. To be fair, a few other games have been made available until now, including 2048 and Flappy Bird. Cut the Rope is the first big caliber game to land in the Store and even if it’s an old one, it’s still an important milestone.


Submitted by: Silviu Stahie


Facebook, Stripe pledge funds for GnuPG development

Two companies, Stripe and Facebook, have pledged an annual donation of $US100,000 to aid in the development of GNU Privacy Guard, the encryption software that has been created by a single German developer.

Stripe, which provides a way for individuals and businesses to accept payments over the internet, made the announcement on Twitter on behalf of itself and Facebook.

The Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative made a one-time donation of $US60,000. Other donations by individuals have also come in.



Submitted by: Sam Varghese


Fed up with systemd and Linux? Why not try PC-BSD?

With the growing adoption of systemd, dissatisfaction with Linux has reached proportions not seen in recent years, to the extent that people have started talking of switching to FreeBSD.

Talk is all very well as a means of making a threat, but how difficult is it to actually make the move? Has Linux moved so far ahead that switching systems will mean one has to do without many applications that one has gotten used to?

iTWire spoke to Kris Moore, one of those deeply involved with the PC-BSD project. Moore also works with iXsystems, a company that sells hardware loaded with FreeBSD and PC-BSD.



Submitted by: Sam Varghese


Unofficial Ubuntu Store for Phones Now Available on PCs

Ubuntu for phones doesn’t have an official online store for the applications accessible from the PC, but that doesn’t mean someone didn’t manage to put one together. It’s not official, but it works very well.

Now that there is an Ubuntu phone in the wild, users have started paying much more attention to the applications available in store. There are a lot of them, but you can’t see them unless you are booting an Ubuntu OS on a phone, like Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition or Nexus 4. Now that has been changed because an unofficial store is available.



Submitted by: Silviu Stahie


Vivaldi Web Browser Now Has 32-bit Builds for Linux

Vivaldi, a new web browser based on Chromium, built by an Opera founder and his team, has just received an upgrade and 32-bit versions for the application, among other things.

One of the most important requests of the community regarding Vivaldi was a 32-bit version of the application. It looks like there are a lot of users out there with 32-bit processors that would love to give Vivaldi a try, but they couldn’t do that in the absence of a special build. Now that build has been made available, along with a host of fixes and various improvements.

This is a stable app, which makes things very easy, but in fact it’s still pretty much a technical preview. That means that it’s not even an Alpha release. This is built for testing purposes only, but it has most of the functions you would expect to find.



Submitted by: Silviu Stahie


Microsoft Reportedly Uses Patent Blackmail Against Android to Force Samsung to Spread Microsoft Spyware (Incorporated Into Android) (Updated)

Microsoft is reportedly pressuring Samsung, by means of expensive patent lawsuits, to turn Android into “Microsoft Android” (Microsoft spyware installed by default)

The clown called Microsoft, which claims to “love Linux”, is still attacking Linux in a big way. Usually this is done more or less covertly, so enough“useful idiots” won’t see it and even defend Microsoft.

The other day we saw Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols addressing Microsoft’s attack on Android through Cyanogen. Microsoft wants the world to believe that it ‘owns’ part of Android as it even claims to be ‘licensing’ Android, despite having nothing to do with Android development.

Microsoft actively attacks Android from multiple directions and as Vaughan-Nichols put it:

“The only thing that makes me take Cyanogen’s plans seriously is that Amazon and Microsoft appear to be looking into investing in Cyanogen to help create an Android software eco-system that’s not under Google’s control. But, honestly, even if Amazon and Microsoft backed Cyanogen to the hilt, would that really matter?”



Submitted by: Roy Schestowitz


End of the m0n0wall project

Manuel Casper the creator of m0n0wall project officially announce on 15 February 2014 that the project has officially ended and no development will be done anymore, and there will be no further releases. Here is his announcement,

“Dear m0n0wall enthusiasts,

on this day 12 years ago, I have released the first version of m0n0wall to the public. In theory, one could still run that version – pb1 it was called – on a suitably old PC and use it to control the Internet access of a small LAN (not that it would be recommended security-wise). However, the world keeps turning, and while m0n0wall has made an effort to keep up, there are now better solutions available and under active development.”



Submitted by:Manuel Kasper


Inkscape Version 0.91 is Released!

The Inkscape community proudly announces the release of Inkscape 0.91.

Inkscape is a drawing and painting tool similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Xara X, but with features, new tools, and interface style of its own. It emphasizes the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format, but reads and writes a wealth of other formats including PDF, so it is an easy complement to your other graphics and desktop tools. Best of all, Inkscape is created *by* the community *for* the community: Inkscape is 100% Open Source and freely available to everyone in the world.

This release marks the culmination of a multi-year effort to switch to a new internal graphics rendering engine, Cairo. This brings performance enhancements and more accurate rendering of drawings. Thanks go especially to Google for sponsoring much of this work.



Ubuntu Phone Specs:

Ubuntu Phone

From 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.

4.5″ qHD (960×540)

5MP Fixed Focus+13MP Autofocus
Dual Flash

Dual micro sim



Quad A7/1.3GHz


Gyroscope, Proximity, Light


SCOTUS Seeks DoJ Input on Google-Oracle Java Dispute

The clash of the titans over Java may end up being heard by the Supreme Court, possibly hinging on what the solicitor general has to say about it. SCOTUS has asked for advice on whether the case merits its attention. “This is going to be a true 2015 nail-biter for the industry,” said tech analyst Al Hilwa. “This is a judgment on what might constitute fair use in the context of software.”

The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday invited the Obama administration to weigh in on whether it should hear arguments in the ongoing dispute between Google and Oracle over Java copyrights.

The move is a response to Google’s October petition for a writ of certiorari following a May 2014 federal circuit court decision in favor of Oracle.

Google argued that the code was not copyrightable under section 102(b) of the Copyright Act, which withholds copyright protection from any idea, procedure, process, system, or method of operation. It also argued that the copied elements were a key part of allowing interoperability between Java and Android.

Numerous large technology companies, including HP, Red Hat and Yahoo, have filed amicus briefs supporting Google’s position.



Submitted by: Katherine Noyes


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