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Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus on iOS and Android soon, Linux preview now

Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus on iOS and Android soon, Linux preview now

Today Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux was made available for public preview, and a version for iOS (for iPhone and iPad) and Android were announced. The Android and iOS versions of Microsoft Defender ATP will be released later this year. Today's preview of the Linux version was first shown at Ignite 2019 running on Ubuntu.

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Rocket League to drop support for macOS and Linux

Rocket League to drop support for macOS and Linux

Some sad news is coming around the bend today for those who play Rocket League on macOS or Linux, as developer Psyonix has revealed that it will be ending support for both of those operating systems. Support won't be happening right away, but rather in March, giving macOS and Linux users a little bit of time to figure out what they want to do in regards to Rocket League.

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Ubuntu maker Canonical’s Anbox Cloud offers remote Android apps, games

Ubuntu maker Canonical’s Anbox Cloud offers remote Android apps, games

Game streaming might be one of the buzzwords in the gaming industry today but the idea of accessing computers hosted elsewhere has long existed even before "streaming" itself became a thing. Remote desktop access isn't exactly new but Canonical, the company behind one of the most popular Linux distributions on the planet, is putting a unique twist to that idea by delivering not Windows or even Linux but Android on a cloud.

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PinePhone Linux phone starts shipping Friday for the brave of heart

PinePhone Linux phone starts shipping Friday for the brave of heart

The dream of a truly free as in speech, open source smartphone running Linux has never truly died. It just took on various forms and suffered numerous setbacks along the way. Last year, however, it seemed that the dream is finally close to becoming reality, with both the Purism Librem 5 and the PINE64 PinePhone declaring shipping dates. The Librem 5 had a rocky head start and now it's the PinePhone BraveHeart edition's turn to try convincing the world that a Linux phone for consumers is not such a bad idea after all.

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This business card is actually a Linux computer

This business card is actually a Linux computer

Computing and manufacturing have changed so much that things that were almost impossible to do unless you were a giant corporation are now something hobbyists accomplish in their spare time. That apparently includes making computers the size of business cards. No, this is far from being a Raspberry Pi clone that is the size of a hundred business cards stacked on top of each other. This computer that runs Linux is really a business card, the type that you give out for free to impress people and impressed they probably will be.

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Purism Librem 5 USA Linux phone costs as much as a Galaxy Fold

Purism Librem 5 USA Linux phone costs as much as a Galaxy Fold

There are currently two open source Linux phones trying to make their way into regular consumers' hands and one of them is getting all the spotlight but not all for good reasons. Although it was the first to launch and, on paper, has the better specs, Purism's Librem 5 is garnering some controversy, raising questions on its capability to ship a finished product in a few months. As if it didn't have enough to worry about, Purism just started pre-orders for a version of the Librem 5 that's 100% made in the USA and costs three times the regular Librem 5 that has yet to ship in its final form.

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Linux phones need to succeed and it isn’t just about privacy

Linux phones need to succeed and it isn’t just about privacy

Android and iOS may be the mobile platforms today but there have always been attempts to push other horses into the race. Most of them used the Linux kernel just like Android but a few were more direct efforts to bring some of the Linux desktop stack to mobile in one form or another. Thanks to changes in the industry, particularly in electronic components and production, there has been a steady rise of such attempts to create true Linux and truly open source phones, with Purism's Librem 5 and PINE64's PinePhone leading the way. These are primarily targeted at a small hobbyist market and at users that value privacy and security above all else. But while those are valid and desirable goals, it's actually important that these Linux phones become more mainstream in order to cultivate a healthier and better mobile market in general.

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PinePhone Linux phone can somewhat run regular Linux desktop apps

PinePhone Linux phone can somewhat run regular Linux desktop apps

When smartphones first arrived, it was perhaps not that strange that the devices ran programs that were vastly different from the ones our computers. The portable bricks were different enough to bypass our expectations of computers and we were perfectly fine with having disconnected experiences between the two. These days, however, both devices and users have changed and some do want to have the exact same apps on both their smartphones as well as computers. Neither Android nor iOS have been able to fully accomplish that but one still experimental phone is close to making that geek dream come true.

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Huawei MatePad Pro, MateBook D try to prove everything is fine

Huawei MatePad Pro, MateBook D try to prove everything is fine

Huawei has once again narrowly dodged the bullet for another three months but that only means its ordeal will have no finality in its ordeal with the US government. Of course, it has to keep chugging along in spite of all the uncertainty and prove to the world it can still put out products that will make consumers wish the company wasn't in that much trouble. That is pretty much the setting of the Huawei's multi-product announcement that introduces the MatePad Pro tablet and MateBook D 15 laptop to the world.

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PinePhone Linux smartphone pre-orders start next week

PinePhone Linux smartphone pre-orders start next week

Linux users keeping tabs on the smartphone market may have long been wishing for an honest to goodness non-Android Linux phone. That almost came to be with Ubuntu Touch but Canonical sadly saw no profit to be made there. That mission has then been left to smaller companies that prize principles over profits, manufacturing and selling computing devices that value security and privacy more than anything else. One of those is PINE64 whose PinePhone is just a month away from becoming reality.

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Purism Librem 5 Linux phone delayed a bit due to CPU thermal problems

Purism Librem 5 Linux phone delayed a bit due to CPU thermal problems

Making smartphones is hard business, especially if you're not a giant like Samsung or even someone smaller like Motorola. It becomes even more difficult when you're using a combination of hardware and software that no other company uses, specifically those geared towards open source solutions and privacy. With that in mind, it's not hard to imagine that Purism would run into issues even as the first batches of its Linux-powered privacy-focused Librem 5 phone. That's exactly what happened but the small company is confident it can course-correct after just one slight delay.

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Samsung Linux on DeX is dead, here are open source alternatives

Samsung Linux on DeX is dead, here are open source alternatives

Over the weekend, Samsung sent a relatively small number of its customers an email that they probably didn't want to read on a weekend or on a weekday. The company was put its Linux on DeX beta program to rest and not because it was graduating to a stable release. On the contrary, Samsung was ending the program completely. It may have had a small number of users but LoD, as it was known, was well-loved by those because of what it enabled. Fortunately, there are other ways to carry on that promise in a hopefully more sustainable and more future-proof way.

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