China, wary of operating systems from the Western world, has built a new smartphone OS that it believes will be more secure than the likes of Android and the iPhone. While China claims it as its own, the OS looks like it's based on Android.
The team behind Canonical's Ubuntu Linux wants 2014 to be the year of Ubuntu app development. And it's reaching out to the Ubuntu community, especially the local LoCo team chapters spread across the world, to spearhead the effort, according to a blog post from Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon.
Bacon writes: "2014 is going to be a great year for Ubuntu App Developers. We laid down some fantastic foundations in 2013, but this year we want to extend and grow our community in multiple directions … building a solid, empowered on-ramp for creating awesome apps for Ubuntu."
When it comes to rooting and flashing custom ROMs on your Android device, it sometimes helps if you have a Windows-powered computer.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the CyanogenMod team, their Installer application is now available for Macs. If you are unfamiliar, the CM Installer allows users to painlessly flash the CyanogenMod ROM onto their Android device, simply by pressing a couple of buttons.
Gamers will soon be able to play Maxis's SimCity offline – despite the company's earlier insistence that the game absolutely had to be connected to the internet to work.
The turnaround was announced by Maxis studio manager Patrick Buechner in a blogpost on Sunday. He said Update 10 for the latest installment of the long-running urban modeling game series will include an exciting feature known as "Offline Play." This revolutionary technology lets a game work without a connection to the cloud!
About a year and a half ago, I engaged on an admittedly quixotic project to build my own laptop. By I, I mean we, namely Sean “xobs” Cross and me, bunnie. Building your own laptop makes about as much sense as retrofitting a Honda Civic with a 1000hp motor, but the lack of practicality never stopped the latter activity, nor ours.