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Jan 1, 2013

GParted Live 0.14.1-6 Able to Boot on Windows 8 PCs




On December 28, 2012, Curtis Gedak had the pleasure of announcing a new stable release of the GParted Live CD operating system, which can be used for hard drive partitioning tasks.

Being based on the latest build (23-12-2012) of Debian Sid and powered by Linux kernel 3.2.35-2, the GParted Live CD 0.14.1-6 distribution brings the amazing and improved GParted 0.14.1 application, and a handful of improvements. However, the biggest feature of the GParted Live CD 0.14.1-6 Linux operating system is that it can now be booted from newer Windows 8 machines, thanks to the support for the uEFI firmware. “The GParted team is proud to announce a new stable release of GParted Live. The big news with this release is the added ability to boot the live image on uEFI firmware computers, while maintaining boot ability on traditional PC/BIOS computers. This means that GParted Live can now boot on newer Windows 8 computers.” “In addition to supporting uEFI firmware, two more GNU/Linux operating system images have been released: i686-PAE (Physical Address Extension) and AMD64 (X86-64). These new images permit addressing more than 4 gigabytes of RAM, and enable using multiple processor cores.” said Curtis Gedak in the official release announcement.

The Gparted Live CD is a bare-bones Linux distribution designed with a single purpose in mind, get GParted working. Everything is set up to allow users to boot up from a CD or USB and be able to use GParted to manage a system's disks. GParted Live 0.14.1-6 is distributed as minimal Live ISO images, supporting both 32-bit (PAE) and 64-bit architectures. The new ISO images support more than 4 GB of RAM and processors with multiple cores.

Download GParted LiveCD 0.14.1-6 (ISO) 32-bit [133 MB] via Sourceforge
Download GParted LiveCD 0.14.1-6 (ISO) 64-bit [134 MB] via Sourceforge


GParted Live CD
Image credits to DistroWatch

Sony Xperia ZL (Odin) Press Photo




Previously known as Sony Xperia Odin, the Xperia ZL is expected to be launched on January 7, one day ahead of Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES) opening.

Although some of the phone's specs leaked several weeks ago, the Xperia ZL's design was still a mystery until today. It looks like the folks at XperiaBlog recently uncovered the first press photo of the Xperia ZL directly from Sony's servers. The smartphone is said to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box, along with a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM.

The Xperia ZL is also rumored to boast a huge 5-inch full HD (1080p) capacitive touchscreen display and a 13-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS sensor. The front-facing camera of the device is weirdly placed on the bottom instead of the upper side, as seen in the leaked picture. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Sony Xperia ZL
Image credits to Sony

Huawei Ascend Mate Official Press Photo




One of the most anticipated Android smartphones, the Ascend Mate has just been unveiled in official photos.

The folks over at evleaks via UnwiredView have just published the first press render of the upcoming phablet. Manufactured by Huawei, the Ascend Mate is said to boast a huge 6.1-inch HD (720p) capacitive touchscreen display. In addition, the smartphone will drain energy from a high-capacity 3800 mAh Li-Ion battery. Hardware-wise, the device will pack a quad-core K3V2 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, which is complemented by 2GB of RAM.

It will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box and will sports an impressive 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording. Huawei Ascend Mate is expected to be officially announced next week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 trade fair, in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Huawei Ascend Mate
Image credits to evleaks via UnwiredView

Sony Xperia Z Press Photo




With less than a week left until its official release, the first press photo of the Sony Xperia Z has just been leaked.

Formerly known as Sony Xperia Yuga, the next high-end Android smartphone is slated for a January 7 release, one day ahead of Consumer Electronics Show 2013 opening. Courtesy to the folks over at evleaks via UnwiredView, we now know how the Xperia Z will look like. As for the specs, we're still waiting for official word that might confirm what leaked in the past few months.

Sony Xperia Z will boast a 13-megapixel rear photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, as well as a secondary front-facing camera. The phone will be powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and will pack a quad-core processor.

Sony Xperia Z
Image credits to evleaks via UnwiredView

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