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Blender 2.82 improves on the new sculpting systems. (Image via Blender)

Blender 2.82 brings improved physics engines, support Pixar USD export, and more

Blender 2.82 was released on February 14th, bringing with it several new features. Among the most prominent are the inclusion of Mantaflow (a fluids system simulator), UDIM for texture mapping, and support for Pixar's USD file for...
Sam Medley, Sat, 15 Feb 2020 18:11:00 +0100
Adafruit Clue: An affordable Arduino-alternative that comes with an IPS display and several sensors (Image source: Adafruit)

Adafruit Clue: An affordable Arduino-alternative that comes with an IPS display and several sensors

Adafruit has announced the Adafruit Clue, a new developer board that has a built-in display, along with several sensors. The board supports Bluetooth LE too, along with 2 MB of internal flash storage.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:39:00 +0100
Windows 12 Lite may resemble Windows 10, but it is really just Ubuntu. (Image source: Webhouses)

Windows 12 Lite: This Linux distribution doesn't care about copyright

No, Microsoft has not released a new or slimmed-down operating system. Instead, Windows 12 Lite is a Linux distribution that, according to its developers, is superior to Windows 10 "in every respect". Someone is even selling physi...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:32:00 +0100
Vivaldi 2.11 update notification (Source: Own)

Vivaldi 2.11 now available with improved Pop-out video mode

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.33 is this year's first desktop update and comes with "a new and improved" Pop-out video mode, Themes update to match the OS dark/light mode, the ability to shift focus between different UI areas using the keyboa...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:33:00 +0100
System76's Thelio Major is now available with AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. (Image source: System76)

System76 unveils the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X powered Thelio Major desktop with a battery of comparison tests that will make your CPU whimper

System76 has added the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in the list of configurable options for its Thelio Major desktop. The computer operates on either Ubuntu or Pop!_OS, and it’s possible to fit up to two graphics cards inside it, ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 09 Feb 2020 13:55:00 +0100
HardROCK64: A new and affordable Raspberry Pi alternative with a six-core processor and multiple ports. (Image source: Pine64)

HardROCK64: A new and affordable Raspberry Pi alternative with a six-core processor and multiple ports

With the HardROCK64, Pine64 has brought a new single-board computer (SBC) to the table to take on the Raspberry Pi. The new SBC features a 6-core processor, numerous connections, up to 4 GB of RAM and all for the princely sum of U...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 05 Feb 2020 18:56:00 +0100
Wine 5.0 now available for download, source code also up for grabs (Source: WineHQ)

Wine 5.0 now available for all supported operating systems

The version labeled 5.0 of the popular open-source software compatibility layer known as Wine has just surfaced as both source code and binary for multiple operating systems, including Android, macOS, and various Linux distros. Th...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:05:00 +0100
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" is killing off a long-standing pre-installed app. (Image via Canonical)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to drop pre-installed Amazon Web App

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" will finally kill the pre-installed Amazon Web App. The move comes in the wake of Canonical's eliminations of the Ubuntu web launcher dependency. Many users hated the Amazon Web App, which was introd...
Sam Medley, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 05:12:00 +0100
openEuler Linux taking off, source code available for download (Source: openEuler)

Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler goes live — source code available as well

With the arrival of the source code on Gitee, Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler Linux distro is taking one step forward. However, this notable effort by the Chinese tech giant is currently sabotaged by its unfinished website and doc...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:59:00 +0100
War Thunder 1.95 "Northern Wind" now live with Swedish airplanes and more

War Thunder 1.95 "Northern Wind" launches with Swedish aircraft, two new naval maps, and more

Surnamed "Northern Wind," this year's last major update to War Thunder comes with a full aircraft tech tree and two premium tanks for Sweden alongside two new naval maps, a few solid graphics engine upgrades — including Ray Traced...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 17 Dec 2019 17:11:00 +0100
Pricing for the CutiePi tablet is yet to be confirmed. (Image source: CutiePi.io)

CutiePi: Raspberry Pi tablet nears completion; crowdfunding campaign incoming

The 8-inch Raspberry Pi and Raspbian tablet is almost ready for mass production, according to its creators. The CutiePi project has not only finalised the board design, giving it a massive overhaul from initial designs, but also h...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:36:00 +0100
The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2. (Source: Magewell)

The Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 can bring high-res video to the PCIe-less boards of the future

Magewell is a company that makes the components that connect video and audio output with the applicable software. Its latest M.2 video capture card is of its 'Eco' line-up, and is capable of single-channel operation at up to 4096x...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:54:00 +0100
LattePanda Delta 432: An SBC that packs a punch. (Image source: DFRobot)

LattePanda: The Intel-powered Raspberry Pi competitor is now available to purchase globally

The LattePanda is now available to purchase worldwide. The powerful single-board computer (SBC) incorporates an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, 4 GB of LPDRR4 RAM and 32 GB of eMMC 5.0 flash storage. The SBC supports USB Power Deli...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:33:00 +0100
A Rockchip RK3308 powers the Rock Pi S. (Image source: Radxa via Seeedstudio)

The Rock Pi S is now available to purchase from US$9.90 with up to 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage

The Rock Pi S has finally made it to market, after being announced this summer. The miniature SBC is underpinned by a Rockchip RK3308 quad-core SoC, either 256 or 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of NAND flash storage. The board has a micro...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 17:59:00 +0100
A PinePhone prototype. (Source: Martjin Braam)

PinePhone with Linux OS up for pre-order next week

Pine64 started planning for a smartphone running on Linux last year and it looks like its vision is finally being realized. The PinePhone is nearly here and early adopters can put down some case on pre-orders from next week with t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:17:00 +0100
Vivaldi 2.9 update notification (Source: Own)

Vivaldi 2.9 has arrived with significant improvements in tow

The latest update, labeled 2.9.1705.31, is now available with multiple enhancements to the Vivaldi Menu, the ability to set global default preferences for requests based on sound, geolocation, camera, microphone, motion sensors, B...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:25:00 +0100
War Thunder 1.93 "Shark Attack" launched on October 29, 2019

War Thunder 1.93 "Shark Attack" now available with a new Abrams tank, the Ka-50 and Mi-28N helicopters, first Swedish aircraft, and more

In addition to the iconic Kamov Ka-50 single-seat attack helicopter — surnamed "Black Shark" — War Thunder 1.93 comes with the first three Swedish planes, a new Abrams tank, the first Italian helicopter, a new location, the first ...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 22:16:00 +0100
Image via Disney

Disney streaming service, Disney+, doesn't work on Linux... yet

A Linux user has discovered that Disney+, Disney's new streaming service, doesn't work on his Fedora machine. The problem lies with the DRM used by Disney, which implements the highest possible security level. However, Disney has ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:34:00 +0200
The first Ryzen 3000 processors were launched on July 7, 2019. (Image source: AMD)

AMD's Matisse beasts are far from toothless as Ryzen 3000 helps to gnaw at Intel's Steam survey share

September’s Steam Hardware and Software Survey has seemingly delivered more good news for AMD. The survey has measured data in regard to PC processor usage by manufacturer, which yet again has been thoroughly dominated by Intel. H...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:08:00 +0200
Samsung's DeX mode. (Source: Wikipedia)

Samsung discontinues its Linux on DeX beta

DeX is Samsung's proprietary facility that converts one of its Galaxy flagships into a desktop PC on connection to a monitor. One environment supported by the mode in Android 9.0 (Pie) is GNU/Linux. Unfortunately, its beta program...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 00:23:00 +0200
Image via The Linux Gamer

Hands-on video of the Librem 5 Linux phone shows improvements, but there is a lot of work left to do

A new hands-on video of the upcoming Librem 5 shows off how much work Purism has done on the Linux handset. While there's still a lot of wrinkles to iron out, Purism has made substantial progress considering the Librem 5 is built ...
Sam Medley, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 04:38:00 +0200
The Galago Pro and Darter Pro models with Comet Lake CPUs are among the most compact Linux-based laptops out there. (Source: System76)

System76 releases two new Comet-Lake-powered laptops with Linux Coreboot firmware

Both the 14-inch Galago Pro and the 15.6-inch Darter pro models can be equipped with up to a Comet Lake Core i7-10510U quad-core CPU coupled with up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of storage (6 TB for the 14-incher). Standard feat...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:14:00 +0200
Image via Fedora

Fedora to drop support for 32-bit Linux with Fedora 31

Fedora 31, due for release on October 29th, will no longer be available as a 32-bit install. Rather, Fedora 30 is officially the last version of Fedora to support 32-bit hardware. Users on legacy hardware can expect full lifecycle...
Sam Medley, Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:52:00 +0200
The Atari VCS 800 console is capable of 4K/60 fps performance. (Source: Atari)

Atari teams with Antstream Arcade for VCS console retro gaming subscription

Atari and Antstream Arcade for an exclusive app that will deliver over 2,000 officially licensed retro video game titles to the forthcoming console. The Antstream Arcade app for the Atari VCS will also include 50 original Atari ti...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 08:24:00 +0200
Lenovo admits ThinkPad CPU throttling problem when running Linux, fix in development

Lenovo admits ThinkPad CPU throttling problem when running Linux, fix in development

Recent Lenovo ThinkPad laptops have a throttling problem when users are running Linux-based operating systems on their devices. Lenovo has now admitted to the problem – and announced that it will be fixed. Newer ThinkPads like the...
Benjamin Herzig, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 18:00:00 +0200
Vivaldi 2.8 update notification (Source: Own)

Vivaldi 2.8 drops earlier than expected, but without any major changes

Vivaldi 2.8.1664.35 arrives less than three weeks since the release of the 2.7 update, but it only features various tweaks and fixes that aim to provide "a smoother browsing experience" alongside images toggle via keyboard and a f...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:04:00 +0200
The PineTime will support Bluetooth 5, a heart rate monitor and NFC. (Image source: PINE64)

PINE64 announces the PineTime, a US$25 smartwatch

The PineTime is the latest side project of PINE64, the company behind the PineBook Pro and PinePhone. The smartwatch will integrate a Nordic nF52832 SoC and will support Bluetooth 5, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, ANT and NFC. The device will inc...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 17:16:00 +0200
The Huawei MateBook X Pro for Linux comes in a deep space-gray finish. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei releases Linux variants of the MateBook 13, MateBook 14, and MateBook X Pro

Huawei has added the MateBook 13 for Linux, MateBook X Pro for Linux, and the MateBook 14 for Linux onto Vmall, the Chinese shopping site for Huawei and Honor products. The OEM has selected Deepin for the operating system, which h...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 15 Sep 2019 01:42:00 +0200
The NanoPi M4V2 features a Rockchip RK3399 SoC and 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. (Image source: FriendlyElec)

FriendlyElec NanoPi M4V2: Powerful Raspberry Pi alternative now available for US$70.00

The NanoPi M4V2, as its name suggests, is a new revision of the NanoPi M4, which FriendlyElec launched last year. The Rockchip RK3399 powered single-board computer (SBC) includes 4 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 RAM, four USB 3.0 Type-...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:43:00 +0200
War Thunder 1.91 "Night Vision" is finally available

War Thunder 1.91 "Night Vision" goes live with more modern jets, Chinese hardware, a new tone mapping system, and more

The latest major update to War Thunder comes with Chinese ground and air tech trees for a total of no less than 38 new pieces of military hardware, as well as 8 helicopters, 12 aircraft, 11 ships, and 7 ground vehicles for other n...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:46:00 +0200
An infected directory showing files with a ".lilocked" extension. Image via FOSSBytes

Lilu/Lilocked ransomware has now infected thousands of Linux servers

Lilu (also known as Lilocked) is a relatively new ransomware that is specifically targeting Linux servers. The ransomware has been infecting systems since mid-July and has so far attacked at least 6700 systems. Lilu targets specif...
Sam Medley, Sun, 08 Sep 2019 22:02:00 +0200
The Honor MagicBook Pro. (Source: Honor)

Honor launches Ryzen 3000-powered versions of the MagicBook Pro

The Honor MagicBook Pro is an ultrabook that seems to take after the MacBook in design. It was launched with Intel Core i7-8565U or i5-8265U CPUs. Now, it maker has launched new variants that replaces them with AMD APUs.
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Sep 2019 23:01:00 +0200
Vivaldi 2.7 update notification (Source: Own)

Vivaldi 2.7 launches with better sound controls, smoother navigation, and more

The first Vivaldi release after the summer break, labeled 2.7.1628.30, comes with no less than 63 bug fixes and four new features. These new features include fast access to User Profiles, an option that allows stopping (in advance...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:55:00 +0200
Orange Pi Zero2: A miniature Raspberry Pi a quad-core SoC and HDMI 2.0 (Image source: Shenzhen Xunlong Software)

Orange Pi Zero2: A miniature Raspberry Pi a quad-core SoC and HDMI 2.0a

Shenzhen Xunlong Software is bringing a new, compact SBC to market. The Orange Pi Zero2 is slightly larger than its predecessor and more powerful to boot. The board comes with an Allwinner H6 SoC that integrates four ARM Cortex-A5...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:49:00 +0200
Image via System76

System76 announces Adder WS Linux workstation with 4K OLED display

Linux laptop seller System76 recently announced a new workstation. The Adder WS, which is set to release on August 8, is the retailer's first laptop with a 15.6-inch 4K OLED display. The laptop will also pack a power Core i7 or Co...
Sam Medley, Mon, 05 Aug 2019 23:32:00 +0200
Intel Xe GPUs will soon have a iGPU+dGPU multi-GPU support. (Source: Hexus)

New Linux driver signals Intel Xe iGPU+dGPU multi-GPU support

Intel's upcoming Xe GPUs will feature support for multi-GPU setups, according to a recent Linux kernel driver update. Xe will be able to form hybrid GPU pairs with integrated and discrete Xe SKUs. There is a possibility of multi-G...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 05 Aug 2019 06:58:27 +0200
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X performs comparatively better in Ubuntu, but Windows 10 has finally caught up. (Source: Nsane Forums)

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X cross-platform benchmarking shows the Windows 10 scheduler finally catching up to that of Linux

Comparative benchmarks between AMD Ryzen 9 3900X systems running Windows 10 1903 and Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS show that Microsoft's work in optimizing the OS for MCM CPUs such as Ryzen has paid off. Although Linux does have an overall l...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sat, 03 Aug 2019 16:13:00 +0200
The PineBook Pro is a cheaper alternative to most Windows laptops. (Image source: PINE64)

The PineBook Pro, a 14-inch Linux laptop, is now available to order for US$199.99

The PineBook Pro has been a long time coming, with PINE64 first announcing the device in January. The 14-inch Linux laptop comes with a Rockchip RK3399 SoC, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64 GB of eMMC 5.0 flash storage and weighs just 1.26 ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 26 Jul 2019 19:20:00 +0200
Worms W.M.D is free this weekend (Source: Steam)

Worms W.M.D: Play it for free until Sunday at 1 PM PDT

Released back in August 2016, Worms W.M.D is closely related to Worms Armageddon in terms of gameplay, adding new features such as tanks and buildings that can be used for protection. Available for multiple platforms, Worms W.M.D ...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:21:00 +0200
PanGu, an STM32MP1 powered Raspberry Pi alternative with a dual-core MPU. (Image source: I2Som)

I2Som PanGu, an STM32MP1 powered Raspberry Pi Linux alternative that costs ~US$72.50

The PanGu is an STMicroelectronics STM32MP1 powered single-board computer (SBC), which should offer good value for money for some developers. The board runs Debian Jesse and Yocto Linux and is available to order from Taobao for 49...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:50:00 +0200
The pi-top [4], a programmable computing module with an embedded Raspberry Pi 4. (Image source: pi-top)

pi-top [4]: A programmable computing module with an embedded Raspberry Pi 4, 4 GB RAM and 16 GB of storage

The pi-top [4] allows you to code and program on the move thanks to its 5-hour internal battery life. The device comes with 14 electronic components including LEDs, buttons and programmable sensors, while it even works with an opt...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:40:00 +0200
Age of Wonders III is free on Steam until July 15

Get it while you can: Age of Wonders III is now free on Steam

Age of Wonders III arrived at the end of March 2014 for Microsoft Windows, but it became available for OS X and Linux as well one year later. Now, those interested can grab the original release for free via Steam until July 15 — a...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 12 Jul 2019 11:40:00 +0200
Image via Kali.org

Kali Linux now available for Raspberry Pi 4

Kali Linux is now compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4. Currently, the distro is only available as a 32-bit OS, but Offensive Security is planning on releasing a 64-bit version soon. In the meantime, security aficionados who have a ...
Sam Medley, Wed, 10 Jul 2019 23:39:00 +0200
Raspberry Pi: Bring the chill to your Raspberry Pi 4 for just US$20 with an ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan (Image source: Seeedstudio)

Raspberry Pi: Bring the chill to your Raspberry Pi 4 for just US$20 with an ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan

Seeedstudio claims that the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan can reduce Raspberry Pi 4 core temperatures from 80 °C to 40 °C under load, which should eliminate thermal throttling. The ICE Tower is compatible with all previous RPi boards ...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:11:00 +0200
μProf 3.0 runs on multiple Linux and Windows distributions. (Image source: AMD)

AMD announces μProf 3.0, a free tool to optimise apps for AMD processors

μProf 3.0 supports Assembly, C, C++ and Fortran along with Java and .Net. It can also work with programs compiled using GNU, Intel or Microsoft compilers in addition to LLVM and AOCC. The tool includes not only energy, performance...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:56:00 +0200
Debian 10 "buster" now live (Source: Bits for Devian)

Debian 10 "buster" now available for download

The latest stable Debian release is codenamed "buster" and comes at the end of a 25-month development period. Debian 10 will be supported for the next five years and comes with many updated packages, support for ten architectures ...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:13:00 +0200
Intel has last 21.6% CPU sales market share in Japan since October. (Image source: AVADirect)

Sales report: Intel prioritising high-end CPUs, haemorrhages market share to AMD in Japan

Intel has dismissed reports of the company losing its CPU sales market share to AMD in Japan. The latter is now the largest CPU seller in the country, with AMD gaining a 21.6% market share since October. The news comes before the ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:18:00 +0200
Combine 4 Raspberry Pi Zeros with a standard Raspberry Pi using the Cluster HAT v2.3. (Image source: Pimoroni)

Raspberry Pi: Combine a Raspberry Pi with up to 4 Raspberry Pi Zeros for less than US$50 with the Cluster HAT

The Cluster HAT v2.3 does what it says on the tin. It allows you to combine a Raspberry Pi A+/B+/2/3 with up to 4 Raspberry Pi Zeros. The latter connect via a Controller Pi GPIO and are configured to use USB Gadget mode, making it...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 04 Jul 2019 19:35:00 +0200
The Raspberry Pi 4 should run cooler with the 0137a8 update. (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

The Raspberry Pi 4 now runs cooler thanks to a firmware update

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a USB firmware update for the Raspberry Pi 4 that reduces its SoC operating temperatures by up to 4 °C. The update is available to download now and should reduce throttling in multi-core ta...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 03 Jul 2019 13:51:00 +0200
PiJuice Zero: An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for the Raspberry Pi Zero (Image source: Pi Supply)

PiJuice Zero: An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for the Raspberry Pi Zero that costs US$45

Based on the PiJuice HAT released in 2016, the PiJuice Zero allows the Raspberry Pi Zero to be used on the go away from a power outlet. Pi Supply has developed a software suite to help get you started and has included a low-profil...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 01 Jul 2019 18:33:00 +0200

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