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It’s a Go for Omate’s Android-Powered Smartwatch

With nearly a month to spare, startup Omate burst through its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 this week and is on its way to shipping its TruSmart smartwatch in time for the holiday season. More than $250,000 have been pledged so far toward the device, which is perhaps the closest thing yet to an Android smartphone that can be worn on ... Read More »

PHP 5.5.3 Officially Released

PHP, an HTML-embedded scripting language with syntax borrowed from C, Java, and Perl, with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown in, has been updated to version 5.5.3. PHP 5.x includes a new OOP model based on the Zend Engine 2.0, a new extension for improved MySQL support, built-in native support for SQLite, and much more. The previous PHP version, ... Read More »

Failed Funding Effort Blunts Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge

Canonical raised more than $12 million over 30 frantic days of crowdfunding its ambitious Ubuntu Edge superphone project, but it was still short some $20 million by the time the effort closed on Wednesday. The company’s target was $32 million. “We raised $12,809,906, making the Edge the world’s biggest ever fixed crowdfunding campaign,” wrote Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth in an ... Read More »

Snapchat Adds a Splash of Spontaneity to Sharing Photos

A few weeks ago I looked at Burner, an Android app that creates anonymous, disposable phone numbers for your smartphone. Android app Snapchat is in the same arena in that it, too, provides privacy for smartphone users. The difference, however is that this app uniquely deletes MMS-like multimedia messages once they’ve been viewed. It appears that you don’t have to ... Read More »

Samsung’s exFAT Linux driver now GPL compliant

Follow @LinuxUserMag Bradley Kuhn Software Freedom Conservancy has reached an amicable agreement with Samsung to release the code for Samsung’s exFAT filesystem driver for Linux under the terms of the GPL. The exFAT driver code came to light through its inadvertent release via GitHub, and the use of a binary version in a Samsung Linux-based tablet. Software Freedom Conservancy, led ... Read More »