Countdown Timer For Next Big Ubuntu Release Starts, Suggestion Of Touch-Based OS?

Till today the vast majority of you on desktop and notebook machines will be running either Windows or Mac OS X, but there are some them who love to run their PCs on an open-source operating system like Ubuntu (Linux). Opting for ease of use and all-round performance, Ubuntu is by far the least complicated solution. Honestly, me being an linux user to ease my way in, dual-boot with other operating system, and now Ubuntu has an exciting new project on the horizon. Specifications are under wraps, however a countdown clock on the Ubuntu webpage running through 8AM ET on Wednesday, January 2nd, drops more than a big hint of a touch-based OS input.

It reads “So close, you can almost touch it,” a fairly obvious indication that Canonical plans on announcing a touch-friendly version of Ubuntu, just like Windows 8. The banner plastered over the Ubuntu home page, and unless they’re simply trying to throw everybody off, I think its safe to say touch-based functionality will at least be getting an honorable mention on the morning of the 2nd. With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the corner, just around it may ne that Ubuntu is looking to tap into the mobile market, following the open source outfit Mozilla, which has already cracking on nicely with the Firefox OS.

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Canonical Ltd., the software company behind the iconic Ubuntu desktop software, has made no secret of its desire to bring its Debian Linux services to the mobile platform. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth revealed as much during a question & answer session on Slashdot last month, indicating that Ubuntu is close to realizing his goal of unifying the OS with the ultimate goal being to coax more desktop users into experiencing Linux on their computer.

Let’s make one OS that runs on the phone AND on your supercomputer. We’re close to that now – we know Ubuntu makes a great cloud OS and a great server OS and a great desktop. So I think the next frontier is to create a seamless experience from the embedded world to the cloud. And yes, that’s very much what we are focused on at Canonical,” Shuttleworth stated.

The announcement on January 2nd will, if not final, but gives us an insight into exactly how Ubuntu will mix it in the world of mobile devices, and with 14.04 LTS not due for another 18 months or so, this should give Ubuntu fans something to sink into for the time being currently.

In the same fashion how Microsoft has taken with Windows in the 8 OS, and the challenge Canonical faces is the same, and that in mind it must find a way to unify the operating system without alienating a subset of users.

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We will have more details to share tomorrow. Of course have all of the details pertaining the announcement when it arrives so stay tuned to our coverage here at Vsszone.

Interested in checking out the guide that shows you how to get Ubuntu Linux up and running on the most popular Android device on market – Samsung Galaxy S III? (via Engadget)

Here’s How To Build Pi-to-Go: A Raspberry Pi Mini Computer With Screen And Keyboard Stuffed Into A 3D-Printed Case [Details]

Have you seen the features of awesome mods using the newly launched Raspberry Pi portable computer since its launch? With that this Pi-to-Go Raspberry Pi mod would be the one of the best check out. Details after the jump!

When talking about gaming consoles – are generally candidates to go under a screwdriver for miniaturization into p[ortable packages, but here – Nathan Morgan has set himself to do something different: transform the hacker-friendly Raspberry Pi into a mobile rig. Finally, the Pi-to-Go created. The portable’s custom 3D-printed case packs a model B version Raspberry Pi, a 640 x 480 LCD screen and a QWERTY Keyboard with a built-in touchpad.

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The new Pi-to-Go Raspberry Pi has created using the Google Sketch software and a 3D printer to create the case, which is thus equipped with a Raspberry Pi model B mini computer, a screen and keyboard stuffed into a 3D-printed case.

Storage on the Pi-to-Go internals include a Samsung-made 64GB SSD (with a 1GB swap partition), a rechargeable battery that provides more than 10 hours of juice, a 4GB SD card and support for WiFi and Bluetooth.

The LCD I used is from an after market backup camera system that can be installed in a car. The screen is a low resolution and I hope to find a better upgrade for my next version of the mobile RPi to-go. So for this proof of concept, it works just fine. The screen is 3.5? using a 4:3 aspect ratio. It uses a composite input and is able to display a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.

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Morgan’s even published build instructions, 3D printer files and a parts list necessary for replicating the box. Interested in building your very own Pi-to-Go Raspberry Pi all the components required to make it, not accounting for the 3D-printed case, cobbling together your own Pi-to-Go setup should ring up at just shy of $400.

For full instructions and more details jump over to the Parts People website. For the entire build breakdown and more images of the rig, hit the bordering source link.

Raspberry Pi App Store Launches With Games, Tutorials For Hardware Hackers

The company behind a credit card sized dirt-cheap system-on-a-stick Respberry Pi mini-computer has launched its very own App Store, a moderated hub for content for all kinds, like game titles sans Angry Birds et el. Respberry Pi owners and developers will be more interested in learning that the the RB Pi foundation, which is purely responsible for developing and creating an awesome $35 Respberry Pi model B mini-PC and the latest $25 Model A version and now, they have launched a new App Store for the said mini-computer.

In the past, the Respberry Pi has captured the imagination of hackers across the globe, who have used a mini-sized computer to power everything from the personal aeria drones to super-PCs to beer fermentation systems. The company behind this project called Respberry Pi hopes the newly launched app store will make it even easier for those beginers to get started with the mini-device – and for developers to share their awesome creations.

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The New Respberry Pi App store runs an X application under Respbain, and has also been designewd to enable users to download content, and to upload their own content for moderation and releases. Developers who upload apps will have the choice of charging for their applications or offering them for free.

With the ability of a “tip jar” feature, will allow developers to give away their creations for free but still collect voluntary payments from users. Until now, all the apps in the store are available for free, with the exception of one commercially developed game – the Storm in the Tea Cup.

While other applications that include in the open-source productivity suite LibreOffice, a Respberry Pi-only game called Iridium Rising, and issues of MagPi, a magazine for Respberry Pi enthusiasts. Apart this, the company is also offering the winners of its Summer Programming Contest to submit their app creations, which would be included a circut board design application, a web server and more.

The new App Store offers applications that run on Respbian – based on the Linux operating system developed specifically for the Pi. Users this way can review and rate apps, and can also discover applications through a recommendation engine. Currently, developers can submit their binaries, raw Python code, images, audio, or videos. All these must be done in a speed way, because the store will accept applications built with the kind friendly development tool – Scratch.

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We’ve been amazed by the variety of software that people have written for, or ported to, the Raspberry Pi. Today, together with our friends at IndieCityand Velocix, we’re launching the Pi Store to make it easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials with the rest of the community. The Pi Store will, we hope, become a one-stop shop for all your Raspberry Pi needs; it’s also an easier way into the Raspberry Pi experience for total beginners, who will find everything they need to get going in one place, for free.?

Grab some mnore information over at the official Respberry Pi Foundation website or you can make yourself free to visit Respberry Pi App Store now to stock up on apps and games along with some hardware related tutorials exclusively available right away.

1 Perfect App For iOS, Android, Windows And OS X For Storing All Your Personal Codes And Digits Securely

Passwords to me are great mechanisms in protecting our private, delicate data against the prying eye (hacker). However, with most entries setting different mandatory – some what a capital letter, symbol or at least 8 characters, while other aren’t so hard – we close up with several passwords or codes registered on our minds. That’s it? No it’s not that simple. From the security point of view, having different passwords for various e-mail addresses, bank logins and sites is a great deal, since it means if somebody compromises one account, they don’t need to manage to access others. However, remembering every single pass codes could become a stress in the backside, but with this new 1Password for iOS, Android, Windows and OS X, you can easily keep all of them in one place stored securely, or whenever you need them right away.

What is 1Password? To me, 1Password is a simple and greates application that allows you to securely use one master password to access all your web accounts, credit cards data, and online banking identities directly from the likes of aforementioned devices and I particularly use it on my Mac and iPhone. It is as easy as command+!

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Considering 1Password has 3 main things to be its core functions. The first one is secure password manager, which 1Password creates a secure database of all your web passwords and then organizes them in a very fair and easy to manage interface. It also helps you to generate very secure passwords all from inside your browser. It has been around for quite a while, and is a one-stop location for storing all your passwords, or any critical or sensitive information for that matter, in one place.

Now, the second core functionality of 1Password is associated with this app is a great form filler, by creating identities in the application where you fill your names, addresses, phone numbers, emails….Then when you go to sign up for yet another new application, all you need is to click the 1P button and import all your identifications info into the form. That’s it!

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But for those who haven’t encountered 1Password at any point hitherto, perhaps a small amount of background info is required. 1Password keeps every password in one convenient, secure location. Enter your password once, and you’ll never need to memorize it – meaning you can go for a random assortment of meaningless characters, should you so wish. Everything is protected with military-grade encryption, protecting from any potential unauthorized access by third parties.

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The third functionality is not so useful, but important to many and that is wallet! This allows you to securely store credit card information in a nice and organized database. It works with credit cards, membership id cards, web services, and bank account numbers. The app collects up your sensitive data automatically when accessing sites with passwords, PIN numbers, logins and web addresses, as well as credit card information. It offers a built-in web browser, if you’re on iOS, and as well as its automatic data collation measures, one can easily enter passwords and information manually.

Once data is stored, you’re in and it takes only one click on an entry to open the corresponding website – logging you in automatically. You start by installing the app and the necessary browser plugins. 1Pasword works with a ton of different browsers: Safari 3.0, Firefox 2.0-3.0, Flock 1.1, Camino 1.5, OmniWeb 5.7, DEVONagent 2.3, Fluid 0.9.1, and NetNewsWire 3.1.

Once installed, start entering all your information and the identities and the wallet items are entered through the 1Password application. The password can be entered inside the application but I find it easiest to enter them through the browser as you visit the various sites.

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If you’re the first time user to login to a site it is going to ask you if you want to save the password with 1Password. Once saved, it all you have to do is browse back to the login page and hit command+ and 1Password will automatically fill in your login info and it even submits the form for you as well.

With 1Password on tow, you’ll always have your important passwords and logins safely by your side thanks to the sophisticated encryption system. Along with the support for built-in web browser, offering support for both Dropbox and iCloud sync, and in terms of usability, it’s an awesome app to behold for perfection.

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It costs $49.99 for the OS X and Windows version, and $7.99 for the iOS version, and the Android version is free, however, you cannot put a price on overall security, and by having 1Password on your device, you’ll be much less of a target.

Note: The Android version simply serves as a reader for Windows and the Mac counterparts.

Plugin Firefox OS For A Spin In Your Browser With The Official Firefox OS Simulator [VIDEO]

The Mozilla team is now busy in updating and improving its admired Firefox browser, with more redundant release cycles in place to make sure it maintains competitive with the rivals like Google Chrome. Fortunately, the foundation has released version 1.0 of the Firefox OS Simulator, and by means of a blog post, Mozilla has also imported per-window private browsing through the Firefox Nightly channel.

It’s confirmed that Mozilla is in the process of building its own mobile operating system. The Linux-based OS offers an environment established on Gecko, and from what we’ve seen, looks like a combination of tow most popular mobile platforms – iOS and Android. The Firefox OS Simulator takes the form of desktop add-on, allowing developers to preview and test out the anticipated mobile offering, and it’s no secret having been released as a preview last month, is of course now offered as much more usable, less bug-riddled package. Previously, its able to take Firefox OS for a spin on your PC, Mac and Linux system, but that required some technical skills, and this just released simulator simplifies everything.

Apart of its 1.0 label, it’s important to note that, at least for the time being, the ‘preview’ moniker is staying, but don’t let that put you off trying out a simulator which now actually works rather perfectly. Interested to try it out, click on this link, download it and navigate via Tools > Web Developer > Firefox OS Simulator. Once got there, simply click “start”, and you’ll notice a pop-up window from which you can make a preview of the forthcoming Firefox OS.

The foundation that made by Mozilla is a true exemplar of what it means to continue innovating and improving products in order to remain relevant. With Google coming through with Chrome, Firefox could simply rolled over, but preferably, Mozilla has taken it to the Big G by offering a direct competition to yet another Mountain View export – Android. Firefox OS would be more excited than ever expected before.

Today, with the Firefox Nightly channel details the ability to run private windows simultaneously with open ones. If you, running Nightly builds can now open a new private window without the need to quit the current session. (via TheNextWeb / Redmondpie)

Free WiFi Service For Black Cabs In London Gets Approval For Hotspot

Today the technology is based on wireless networking and online business and in part of that now, cab passengers of London will be getting a free access to Wi-Fi for upto 15-minutes, soon there will be no hiding in the London town. Well, for those looking for the next holiday destination in European countries like London in the United Kingdom you go, you’ll be greeted with a free WiFi hotspot access on the Black Caps. Check out the details after the jump!

Mayor Boris Johnson has promised in the past to make this vibrant city into one giant Wi-Fi hotspot, with an approved plan to transform every single black cab into a portable hotspot. Thus a company known by itself as Eyetease has switched on the nod of the approval from Transport for London in order to integrate their range of black cabs with WiFi antennas. Those WiFi antennas will deliver up to fifteen minutes of free high-speed wireless data to the passengers of those black cabs. Althouch the price will be applicable , as a 15-second commercial. This should make cap rides more exciting.

Similar to London Underground commuters who are able to access WiFi from some stations, cab passengers will have 15 minutes of free internet access after watching a fifteen second advert. Last Thursday after a start-up company spent two years on their bid for this noval idea, finally, the CabWiFi network received approval bt Transport for London.

The cab’s on-board WiFi router will dynamically switch between 3G and 4G networks so that a constant connection can be maintained. With free access to the internet and their own login, cab drivers will be able to offset the often high cost of data charges incurred using taxi apps, which some drivers claim have doubled their phone bills in recent months.

  • The CabWiFi network received approval by Transport for London
  • The service allows passengers access to 15 minutes free WiFi after watching a 15 second advert
  • Cab drivers will have their own login

In order to make sure that cab drivers get hooked for an early 2013 launch, the CabWiFi service will offer a special driver accounts that delivers unlimited and commercial free service as well. Eyetease CEO Richard Corbett said: ‘With dwell times averaging 15 minutes in the back of a taxi, what better way to pass the time than to use your laptop, tablet, book reader or phone with guilt free internet access.

Tourists and business travellers can now access their emails, talk on Skype or surf the web without the fear of being hit with high data roaming charges when they return home.

The system, manufactured in Latvia, works by turning 3G and 4G mobile connectivity into a WiFi hotspot for passengers and takes just two minutes to install. To access the service, an ‘ads for access’ model has been equipped, in a similar fashion which can be seen on popular sites like Spotify and YouTube.

According to The Wall Street Journal Mr Corbett said: ‘We already have 500 cabs signed up with no marketing.’

On the Underground, there are 92 tube stations so far that have WiFi after the service was put in place in time for the Olympics this year. The Virgin Media WiFi network is free until the end of January 2013 when full internet access will only be available free to Virgin customers. Other commuters will have to purchase WiFi passes.

Passengers are able to access emails and websites and stream videos while they are stand on platforms or escalators. London’s iconic black cabs are officially set to be the next WiFi hotspots as a free internet service will be rolling out early next year.

YouTube Guide Subscription Features Is Pretty Focused On Channels, Rolls Out To All Devices

Google has released a re-designed YouTube channel well was been rolling out a new update to its YouTube Guide feature, when you add subscriptions to that guide, you can seamlessly organize around what you like, which will be made available whenever you are watching YouTube. If the user is signed in to the YouTube, the guide also features subscribed channels and recommendations for other channels to subscribe. Lot more to be discussed after the jump!

With the new YouTube Guide rolling out on to all devices, the update follows on from the upgrades that Google have made to their Video-subscription service last year to make it easier for users to subscribe to YouTube channels they were already interested in.

The new YouTube Guide homepage now enables you to as mentioned above organize your YouTube service to match your preferences and what you watch, view on YouTube, including a subscription field guide that flows across both the site and all devices, it might be PlayStatioon 3, Android, iOS et al.

Google has created it to provide a fantastic source of information to help you easily decide what to view and watch on YouTube anytime. Here’s something to know about the newly updated YouTube Guide:

Just subscribe to your favorite channels and the Guide lets you know when there are new videos waiting for you to enjoy, suggests the latest and greatest channels you might like, and shows you what your friends are sharing across the web. You’ll also find the Guide and your subscriptions on apps across hundreds of millions of devices including Android, iPhone, Playstation 3, Google TV and more.

Finally, YouTube has got a brand new look that is designed to give the ever-growing channels and subscriptions features a more prominent place, while the Guide feature was actually introduced last year to make it available across a wide majority of variety devices. It said that YouTube is also expanding the scope to  feature the video more prominently on the page with the subscribe button, social actions and video information all combined directly below the player.

Now, YouTube’s playlists are available to the right of the video, whereas the left it features the Guide containing a new menu with options like “Popular on YouTube channel” and categories like “Music”. “Sports,” “Gameing” , “Films” and “TV Shows” etc.

Google has earlier this week updated its YouTube app for iOS. The app that features an interface optimized for the iPad, iPhone 5 and includes other new features like AirPlay support. Now, in order to sign-in to YouTube, the guide also features subscribed channels and recos for other channels to subscribe.

Now, at the bottom of the left side features more videos from the uploader of the current YouTube video being watched. What do you think of the new YouTube design?

More information on the new YouTube Guide feature can be grabbed directly from the Google YouTube blog and its official announcement.

Facebook Messenger For Firefox Now Available To All PC And Mac Users

It’s official now, Mozilla has today announced the launch of its Firefox social API – Facebook Messenger support for Firefox browser on web. Back in October, many are familiar about Firefox was looking for users to help the test its new web browser Social API, finally comes to the reality without any modding or hacks required. Now that the Facebook Messenger for Firefox is available for all users.

Once enabled the new Facebook Messenger will be able to view a new social sidebar on Firefox that includes Facebook updates and chat area. To activate Facebook Messenger for Firefox, users need to download the latest version of Firefox. Once the latest version is downloaded and installed, users need to click the “Turn On” button for Facebook Messenger for Firefox. Once the future is set / turned on, you’ll be able to chat with your friends and family members on Facebook right from your web browser even you are not live on Facebook’s official website.

Before you start with the new Firefox Facebook Messenger, you’ll need to upgrade your browser to the latest Firefox release – Firefox 17 and then visit Facebook Messenger page on it, and click on “Turn On.”

Facebook Messenger also deliver new comments and photo tags as well as friend requests and notifications for messages directly to the Firefox toolbar, you can even hide the sidebar or disable the feature altogether. Messenger for Firefox has been specifically designed to enable suers to chat with friends and stay connected without ever needing to switch between or open a new tab their Firefox browser. Check out the video below to see Facebook Messenger for Firefox in action.

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You can chat with your friends and family while doing anything from shopping online for the perfect gift, cheering your team on in the big game, watching a video or just surfing the Web. Of course, if you’re not feeling social, you can easily hide the sidebar or even disable the feature.

Mozilla does notes that it plans to add more features and access to multiple providers in the future. Which means that support for other social networks will be directly integrated into Firefox soon. For developers the complete Firefox Social API is available to use and build their own creations.

History Janitor For Firefox Lets You Easily Manage Browsing History From The Web Browser

If you’re using Mozilla Fireox then you have been in touch with some great extensions and plugins and from that list of add-ons to manage your browsing experience, but ever thought about deleting history in a simple way? This new app called “History Janitor” gives you some additional options to manage your web browser history in a easy way that you’ve ever thought about. This Firefox Add-on would be very useful to you which can be used to delete the “browsing history” on your personal preference. It is very helpful app which is used to delete the old and newly created history as well. So that it increases your browsing speed as well as system performance.

If you delete the browsing history manually it will take lots of time and by using this app you can delete the browsing history in fraction of seconds. History janitor gives Firefox user the ability to delete unwanted history using custom settings. For example: if you want to remove history which is 25 days older, by using History Janitor you can delete the content that is older than that.

It is a pretty good app, you can browse the addon link and install the application. Once installed, simply navigate it from Tools -> Add-ons and click on the “Options” for history
Janitor. Once launched, the app shows up a small pop window which will be appeared and you’ll be asked to input certain number, after entering the number, click on “Ok” and the History Janitor will automatically deletes the data that is older than such mentioned date.

This is yet another Add-on of Firefox browsing experience called itself the History Janitor which is certainly an useful and worthy app for those who really want to manage such Firefox history in an effective way. Yes, it will do it automatically, no need to try it manually and the add-on is available for free of charge download and installation directly on your Mozilla’s Firefox browser. Enjoy!

What do you think about History Janitor for Firefox? In the best manner and efficient mannerand guards your privacy? Are you .sick of history becoming monstorously large? Then you use this prodigious addon: history janitor.

(Source: History Janitor Add-on  for Firefox on Mozilla Store)

Update Facebook Profile With Fingerprints [LIKE]

The thumb signature play most of its part in major dealings, like that fingerprints are unique which doesn’t match with everyone and that is more often are used in crime investigations and so on. Now you can use your fingerprints for biometric payment systems, and s similar technology is being used at a hotel so it will update your Facebook profile automatically. Check the details after the jump!

Like this company who owns a hotel and wants toinstall touchscreens all over the motel, where users will be presented with a section of actions that will appear on their Facebook accounts. By placing their finger on a bio-metric sensor guests will be able to quickly access their own account by placing their finger on a biometric sensor rather than typing in a password. So this Fingerprint recognition allows automatic Facebook updates for hotel and resorts soon.

Once done, visitors can then capture a photo of yours, update content location and talk about the hotel event that you’re attending there and after. This Fingerprint scanning update system is expected to launch next year. Stay tuned Facebook guys!