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Google introduced hands-free voice search in its Chrome beta browser on Thursday for all major desktop platforms. To use it, simply open a new blank tab or navigate to Google.com in Chrome and then speak your query. The voice search works for general searches as well as Google Now information. You can set a reminder, for example, or get a list of upcoming calendar events. Google says the feature is rolling out on desktop platforms in the next few days while Chrome OS will follow. Chromebook and Chromebox owners don’t have to wait though as this extension introduced in November will add voice search.
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Dell this weekend announced the release of its third XPS 13 Laptop, Developer Edition, codenamed Sputnik 3. This 3.02-lb client-to-cloud touchscreen ultrabook comes prepackaged with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS and a 4th-generation Intel (Haswell) processor. Developed by developers for developers, the Sputnik 3 is available in two configurations. The first configuration uses a Core i5-4200U […]
The Navy’s USS Zumwalt is a massive ship set to hit the water later on this year, doing so with $ 3.5 billion in costs and some lofty goals. Under the command of Captain James Kirk — yes, you read that correctly — the ship will be home to a large data center powered by a […]
Linux users have enjoyed a veritable lack of malware that targets the everyday user for quite a long time, yet those days are very slowly coming to an end, with more trojans and such that target the operating system showing up. One such bit of malicious software is called “Hand of Thief,” the brainchild of […]
There’s multifaceted, and then there’s X-Arcade’s Solo Joystick. Following up on the outfit’s aptly-titled Dual Joystick, the Solo here is a 12-pound beast that’s built to withstand just about anything. And, indeed, function just about anywhere. Up for pre-order now, the gamepad is set to ship to gamers everywhere on December 1st, bringing with it 11-inches of arcade-style glory. It’ll function with PC, Mac and Linux rigs right out of the box for $ 99.99, while optional adapters enable support for nine different gaming consoles (PlayStation 1 / 2 / 3, Wii, Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Wii U). Oh, and since you’re wondering, they company claims that it’s “hard at work on new adapters for the upcoming Xbox One and PS4,” and it’s throwing in a fully licensed version of Maximus Arcade Software for anyone who places an order before September 1st.
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In the Utilite mini-PC, if you’re all about working with open-source software, small form factor, and more ports than you know what to do with, the team at Compulab may have created just the monster you’re looking for. This week the creators of the Utilite have announced not only that the machine itself exists, but that they’ll be selling it in different configurations starting at under $ 100 USD. The smallest of these works with a Freescale i.M6 single-core processor and will be aiming to be just about as basic as possible.
Inside this device will be working with support for up to 4GB of RAM – though you’ll be working with less right out of the box – as well as 512MB built-in storage. There’s an mSATA solid state drive slot for additional space, and a SDXC card slot for 128GB more. You’ll also find four USB 2.0 ports and two RS232 serial ports. Don’t forget the USB OTG (micro-USB connector) as well.
This device can also be configured with dual or quad-core processors. Like the company’s other miniature oddities, MintBox, Fit-PC, and Tegra-based Trim Slice, this Utilite mini-PC aims to be as versatile as possible while remaining solid as a single-form machine. The whole beast remains 5.3″ x 3.9″ x 0.8″ (135mm x 100mm x 21mm) one way or the other.
The Utilite mini-PC can connect to devices wirelessly with 802.11b/g/n WiFi as well as Bluetooth 3.0, connecting to monitors with a HDMI out and single DVI port, the rest with S/PDIF and stereo audio jacks. You’ll also find 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as an extremely laid-back design, with white plastic on the front and back of this unit and a dark gray along the top.
The whole system will work with between 3 and 8 watts of power – unbelievable for a system that could very well work as a central control point for your many multiple home network systems. It’ll be up to you to decide what you’ll actually be controlling with this exercise in simplicity.
Utilite mini-PC crosses ARM with Linux and/or Android is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Valve’s bid to lure gamers away from Microsoft’s platform just got a little sweeter: Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available on Linux. Despite early appearances in early leaks, the game has been absent from Steam’s Linux compatible library. The wait might have been worth it — early ports of the game apparently only ran at six frames per second, but it eventually surpassed its Windows counterpart. Now, Valve is looking towards is community to fine tune the port even further, offering a fully functional beta client to Steam users who already own the game. Although the focus here is Linux compatibility, the company is offering the beta to Windows and Mac users as well, and says that running the game on any system helps with testing. Ready to take down the horde? Fire up Ubuntu and get started. Otherwise, you can check out the company’s official announcement at the source link below.
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Source: L4D Blog
If you’re familiar with the Alienware X51, you know you’ve only had it available with Windows software out of the box until now – now you’ll find Ubuntu leading up the show. This machine brings on a rather small form factor you can use to replace your gaming console – if you dare – a possibility made even more real now that Valve’s Steam gaming interface works with Linux natively. You know good and well you’ve wanted to try it since that bit was announced.
Ubuntu is being pushed with this machine as an ideal environment for gamers of all kinds, specifically because of its low-weight abilities. You’ve got an extremely clean build with this operating system right out of the box, with only the basics loaded immediately – you choose what you want when you want it – you also get Ubuntu-specific interfaces through Ubuntu’s Software Center, with “thousands of free applications” at your fingertips.
Several builds are ready for gaming action with the Alienware X51 this week, the least expensive of these starting at a cool $ 599 USD. You’ll be able to ramp up to $ 1,049 with the largest of the collection – it’s still tiny, it’s just got a 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor under the hood instead of the smallest model’s Core i3. These systems also come with NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics processing architecture for top-notch graphics delivery.
Front-Height: 13.504″ (343mm)
Rear-Height: 12.54″ (318.5mm)
Depth: 12.52″ (318mm)
Width: 3.74″ (95mm)
Have a peek at the Alienware X51 right this minute and consider Ubuntu for your next-generation gaming beast. Let us know if you’re planning on buying one of these builds now, and be sure to note if you’ll be jumping in with Ubuntu Linux or if you’ll stick with Windows for the foreseeable future.
Alienware X51 Ubuntu Linux compact gaming PC unveiled is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Fedora’s Linux distribution may be competing with Ubuntu for the title of silliest update name, but that doesn’t diminish the impact of what are often significant revisions. See the just-launched Fedora 18 as an example: while it’s called Spherical Cow, it introduces both a simpler installer to replace an aging predecessor as well as the option of using the Gnome 3-based Cinnamon desktop we recently saw in Linux Mint 13. There’s also FedFS, a file system that provides unity between multiple file servers, and newer versions of both Sugar and XFCE for those who prefer different interfaces. If these and many under-the-hood updates can overcome the giggling over rounded bovines, Fedora 18′s download and release notes are ready at the source links.
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Via: Fedora (Google+)
Not “experienced” enough to qualify for Valve’s first Steam for Linux beta? That’s okay — patience pays off. Poised as an early Christmas present, Valve has opened Steam’s Linux beta to all users. The team is tweaking how it handles buck reports too, eschewing the existing forum-based system for a public GitHub repository — though the Linux forums will remain open for community discussion. New and updating beta testers will be treated to a few minor fixes — correcting excessive CPU usage from the client while running Team Fortress 2 and adding a few needed details to the Linux variant of Big Picture mode. With just under 40 games working on the Penguin-suited OS, Newell’s Windows 8 alternative is starting to gain ground. It’s going to be interesting to see where it goes.
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Source: Steam Community