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Purism Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone launching next year

Purism Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone launching next year

Thanks to the antics of some of your favorite, and not so favorite, tech companies, there has been a lot of focus and frenzy shed on privacy. If you really think about it, no one and nothing is safe from these corporate giants, from always-listening and sometimes-recording smart speakers to even your supposedly silent and deaf smartphone. There has never been a more opportune time for products that champion privacy and the user to come out of hiding. And, if all goes well, one such product will be available for purchase at the start of 2019: the privacy-focused, freedom-loving, Linux-based open source Purism Librem 5.

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Microsoft GitHub acquisition: It’s official

Microsoft GitHub acquisition: It’s official

Over the weekend, we heard rumors which claimed that Microsoft was looking to add GitHub, a big name in the coding and open-source spaces, to its portfolio. It didn't take very long for the truth of the matter to come out, as less than 24 hours later, Microsoft has confirmed that it is indeed buying the company. It's paying a significant sum to make GitHub a Microsoft brand, too.

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Microsoft buying GitHub is reportedly a done-deal

Microsoft buying GitHub is reportedly a done-deal

Microsoft has reportedly inked a deal to acquire GitHub, in a huge purchase that could be announced as soon as Monday. The acquisition would be an unexpected twist in the story of the popular code version control system, with GitHub the largest host of source code worldwide.

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AsteroidOS 1.0 release brings hope to forgotten smartwatches

AsteroidOS 1.0 release brings hope to forgotten smartwatches

Wear OS by Google, the wearable platform formerly known as Android Wear, is based on Android and, therefore, technically and legally open source. But just like Android itself, development doesn't exactly happen in the open completely and there are some parts that are proprietary to Google. That is especially frustrating for smartwatch believers, especially when their wearables get abandoned and outdated. Now they might have a choice with the first stable release of AsteroidOS, a completely open source operating system designed not just to run on Wear OS smartwatches but also to give the community a hand in its development.

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Huawei doesn’t need to move away from Android to survive

Huawei doesn’t need to move away from Android to survive

Huawei may have seen the writing on the wall long before trouble started brewing. Either that or it already knew what it was in for, perhaps because of some actions that it knows will upset some powers. Either way, the Chinese OEM, which is now the world's third largest smartphone company and the second largest Android device maker, was recently reported to have been developing its own OS since 2012 as a fallback should its Android venture fail. It didn't but, thanks to recent political events, it might have to use that Plan B. However, Huawei shouldn't have to switch away from Android and, in fact, it might actually be suicide for it to push through with its own "Huawei OS".

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Valve should stick to Linux for Steam Machines: here’s why

Valve should stick to Linux for Steam Machines: here’s why

Steam Machines have failed, at least commercially. There’s hardly any argument there. Even Valve itself admits as much. Valve, however, would not concede defeat and promises to remain committed to pushing Linux gaming forward. Some might see it as simple lip service to calm SteamOS fans. Others might see it as a pointless endeavor and business suicide. And yet, if Valve’s dreams are to become reality, it really doesn’t have much choice to stick to its Linux guns for the long term and these are the reasons why.

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Windows 3.0 File Manager is now open source after almost 30 years

Windows 3.0 File Manager is now open source after almost 30 years

The 90s called and want their file manager back. File managers have become de-emphasized thanks to the more app-centric world of mobile devices, but once upon a time, they were pretty much the center of a user's computing world. Perhaps timed to commemorate the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update and it’s "uncluttered" File Explorer, Microsoft has just released Windows 3.0's File Manager as open source software for both developers and users to look at. And, yes, it runs on Windows 10 too.

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iTunes App Store versus Google Play Store: fortress or bazaar

iTunes App Store versus Google Play Store: fortress or bazaar

There’s no arguing that Facebook made a massive blunder in the way it handled the Cambridge Analytica situation. It has caused many big names in many industries, ranging from tech to advertising, to pull out their support or chide the social networking giant. Apple, who has been painted as the poster boy for protecting customer privacy, naturally criticized Facebook’s behavior. But in explaining how Apple would have done it differently, Tim Cook pit the company’s practices and philosophy against those of more “open” app and content markets, like Android’s Google Play Store. But which strategy is the right one to take, especially in this day of rampant privacy violations? As you might expect, the answer isn’t clear-cut.

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LG webOS Open Source Edition kicks off global trek

LG webOS Open Source Edition kicks off global trek

To consumers, and probably even to some businesses, there are really only a handful of operating systems in the world. There’s Windows, Mac, and Linux for desktops and Android and iOS for mobile. Of course, the reality isn’t as simple as that and there are a lot more than you can count, like Google’s Chrome OS, the Linux Foundation’s (really Samsung’s) Tizen, Jolla’s Sailfish, the discontinued Mozilla Firefox OS, and LG’s webOS. That last one is trying to grow out of its niche status and become a serious contender, and LG is open sourcing part of it in order to help it become a global platform.

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Google NSynth Super puts Magenta AI into open-source synthesizer

Google NSynth Super puts Magenta AI into open-source synthesizer

Google's Magenta AI has spawned an unexpected hardware device, the NSynth Super synthesizer that uses machine learning to create new sounds. Based on the Magenta research project, it's built using the NSynth neutral synthesizer that Google released last year, embodying the AI smarts in a tactile physical interface.

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Mycroft Mark II: the open source Amazon Echo you’ve always wanted

Mycroft Mark II: the open source Amazon Echo you’ve always wanted

Smart speakers are all the range in tech these days and soon it will be the battle of the titans. But as those giants scuffle, the small men, the consumers, sometimes get trampled on. Especially their privacy. It's no secrets that the likes of Amazon and Google want your data. They promise to do no evil, but you can never really tell. Consumers have opted to just accept the status quo in exchange for convenience. Now, however, they don't have to compromise just to get an Amazon Echo or Google Home experience, with the Mycroft Mark II Open Voice Assistant speaker.

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Apple Lisa OS code will be made open source next year

Apple Lisa OS code will be made open source next year

The Apple Lisa operating system will be made open source next year, it has been announced, giving anyone the opportunity to download the code. Though Lisa was never popular, the OS lives on in the hearts and minds of dedicated fans and enthusiasts. According to a post made in a Google Group dedicated to those enthusiasts, the Computer History Museum will be releasing the code with a statement of its own in the near future.

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