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Ubuntu Edge appears “absolutely anti-ergonomic” in the wild [UPDATE]

Ubuntu Edge appears “absolutely anti-ergonomic” in the wild [UPDATE]

The project known as Ubuntu Edge is a dual-booting Ubuntu/Android smartphone that may or may not make its way to the real world due to its slightly under-funded initiative for action - but that's not stopping early adopters from showing the machine off in a set of up-close photos. What you're seeing here is the Ubuntu Edge looking very much like the device as prototyped in the original campaign. Here we see this "smartphone and desktop PC in one" as what China-based C Tech calls "absolutely anti-ergonomic" - but what original photographer Adam Outler calls "really great and solid in the hand" - which does it look like to you?

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NVIDIA SHIELD open source software release calls out walled garden competition

NVIDIA SHIELD open source software release calls out walled garden competition

As spoken of early on in the initial announcements of NVIDIA's gaming handheld SHIELD, the company has made good on their promise to allow full software modification and hacking with the release of open source downloads this week. What this actually means is that NVIDIA is making it rather easy for the development community as well as the hacker community (which to be fair, for Android, are often one in the same) to do their thing.

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Novena Laptop shaping up to be open-source MacBook Pro Lite

Novena Laptop shaping up to be open-source MacBook Pro Lite

Way back in December, you might remember that we discussed a new project from Andrew "Bunnie" Huang that would see the possibility of massed-produced open-source ARM-based laptops that would cost hundreds less than a typical OEM laptop. The project has seen great strides since its introduction, and Huang made some upgrades to the hardware involved in order to give the laptops better performance.

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Firefox OS launching: Spain this week for open-source Android challenger

Firefox OS launching: Spain this week for open-source Android challenger

The first Firefox OS smartphones, the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, will hit the market "soon" Mozilla has confirmed this morning, promising imminent launches from Duetsche Telekom and Telefonica. The two new handsets run Mozilla's own alternative to Android, Firefox OS, taking a web-centric perspective on apps and services in order to keep costs down and make the phones more appealing to developing markets. According to Telefonica, the first device will hit this week.

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Mozilla Open Source Furnitures Project democratizes DIY design

Mozilla Open Source Furnitures Project democratizes DIY design

Mozilla is, unsurprisingly, pretty keen on open-source, and its latest release isn't an updated Firefox version but a set of collaborative office kit as part of the new Open Source Furnitures Project. Designed by Mozilla and NOSIGNER for the browser company's new Japanese offices, the furniture - which includes desks, wooden flooring with integrated cable runs, and portable divider screens - isn't quite at the level of 3D printing, instead relying on commonly-available components so that just about anybody in the world should be able to assemble their own versions.

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Project shows Wikipedia changes in real-time

Project shows Wikipedia changes in real-time

Wikipedia allows users to check out edits made to an article via its accompanying history page, which lists changes along with the date and time, IP address or username, and an edit summary. Such is a useful feature, providing essential information to the crowd-created and updated online encyclopedia. It doesn't, however, make it simple to see the big picture, and that is what two developers have partly changed via their open source project.

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GitHub turns five, boasts 3.5 million users

GitHub turns five, boasts 3.5 million users

If you're a programmer of some kind, then you're undoubtedly familiar with GitHub, an online collaboration website that allows programmers to share and collaborate on open source projects. The site turned five years old today, and the founders announced that GitHub has 3.5 million users with over 6 million repositories.

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HTC One source code officially released

HTC One source code officially released

After being announced just a couple of weeks ago, the HTC One is seeing its source code being released to the public. However, it seems that only Vodafone UK and Vodafone France versions of the new device are involved. However, that could change in the future. The release of the source code will make it easier for developers to create custom ROMs for the One.

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Official Chinese OS in works as government signs with Ubuntu

Official Chinese OS in works as government signs with Ubuntu

If there's one technological breakthrough China's government thinks it needs right this second, it's their own operating system. Or more control over the internet - but that's (perhaps) besides the point. Today the big news is the Chinese government signing a deal with Canonical, the creators of the OS Ubuntu, to create their own home-grown operating system to "wean its IT sector off Western software in favor of more home-grown alternatives."

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