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Mozilla Boot to Gecko will use Android to beat Android (and iOS, too)

Mozilla Boot to Gecko will use Android to beat Android (and iOS, too)

Mozilla has announced plans to develop a new mobile OS, Boot to Gecko (B2G), which will leverage web-based HTML5 apps on top of a spartan Android foundation. B2G, so the fledgling project page suggests, will "displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development" or, in other words, mean that developers might not have to code separate apps for iOS, Android and other platforms and instead can create a single web-app.

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Facebook for iPad app leaks

Facebook for iPad app leaks

The Facebook for iPad app has been prematurely revealed, after the social network pushed out an updated version of its iPhone software that secretly contained code for the tablet. Using a new side-swiped left hand menu bar, the new app relies on a combination of HTML5 and native code, TechCrunch spotted, to allow access to a user's Wall, info, photos and friends, along with friend requests, Facebook Chat and Facebook Places.

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Facebook Music could give Spotify and others new social wrap

Facebook Music could give Spotify and others new social wrap

Facebook is believed to be readying a considerable play for the music and video market, with heavy integration between music services like Spotify and the social network. Set for launch at f8 2011, Facebook's developer conference, according to GigaOm's sources the new push for social music will include partnerships with a range of streaming media services and a new "Music" tab leading to a brand new dashboard.

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Apple social network using proximity people-matching tipped

Apple social network using proximity people-matching tipped

Details of a potential Apple social network system between iOS mobile devices have been uncovered, thanks to a new patent application from the company. "Ad Hoc Networking Based on Content and Location" details a system of proximity-based sharing and communication, where a user's device usage history - whether locations they've been recently, music or video they've downloaded or watched, or pictures they've shared - allows for common interest matching without the time investment a Facebook profile demands.

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Linutop v1.2: low-power Linux desktop Revisited

Linutop v1.2: low-power Linux desktop Revisited

Tech reviews are very much a snapshot process, making a decision after a relatively short period of time and of a single incarnation of the product. Useful, yes, but not an exact facsimile of living with something day in, day out that you've bought yourself. If you're lucky - and assuming that no manufacturer ever pushes out a product so perfect there are no possible improvements - you get a company that's constantly tweaking and augmenting; if you're really lucky, you get an opportunity to revisit their product and ring the changes. Back in May I spent some time with Linutop's fanless, Xubuntu-based micro-PC, framing my review from the perspective of a Linux-naive home user, to see if the compact device would make a decent alternative to a low-end Windows PC. At the time I criticised how tricky, for a fledgling user, it was to add functionality beyond what was preinstalled; since then, Linutop have released v1.2 of their software package, and asked if we'd like to check out the changes.

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