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Apr 25, 2013

CyanogenMod to Bring New Camera Enhancements to Supported Devices

Owners of Android devices with CyanogenMod ROMs installed on them might soon be able to take advantage of some new camera enhancements, it seems.

The camera app in CyanogenMod builds is said to be getting some new features soon, including voice activated and time delayed photo capture, some of the latest reports on the matter suggest. The team has already showcased the new features, confirming that they are still under development. Users can have a look at what these features are all about in the video embedded above.

Apparently, the voice activated photo capture feature works only for a single photo at the moment, something that will be changed soon, while the timer mode enables users to select for a shot to be taken with a delay of up to 1 minute.

CM Voice Shutter
Video credits to Ricardo Cerqueira

Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.4 Released to Support Ubuntu 13.04

Tualatrix Chou, the developer behind the Ubuntu Tweak application, a very useful utility for all users of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced today, April 25, that a new version is available for download, supporting the brand-new Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) operating system.

Beside the support for Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.4 also fixes a few annoying bugs, such an unexpected issue that appears when installing apps through Ubuntu Tweak,  correctly upgrade the path of scripts on Ubuntu 13.04. Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.4 also fixes rare crashes that appear while updating the software list, the Janitor only shows “System” issue, and the window button tweak error in Ubuntu 13.04.

“You may encountered unexpected issues while installing apps through Ubuntu Tweak: download fails, network is down, then Ubuntu Tweak will popup an error dialog to tell the truth.” “In the old versions, Ubuntu Tweak will hang after you click the “Close” button, and you have to force close it and launch again. In 0.8.4, this bug is finally fixed! Now enjoy with installing third party apps without any pain,” said Tualatrix Chou in the official release announcement.

Ubuntu Tweak 0.8
Image credits to launchpad.net

Ubuntu 13.10 a.k.a. Saucy Salamander

A few hours after the official release of Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), Mark Shuttleworth, father of the popular Ubuntu operating system, proudly announced the name and the goals for the next version of Ubuntu OS.

Yes, we are talking about Ubuntu 13.10, dubbed Saucy Salamander and scheduled for release sometime this year on October. Looks like Ubuntu Touch is the main target of Ubuntu 13.10, which will enhance the mobile UI with new applications, a new SDK, and a gorgeous clean interface. "It’s a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the tremendous community that has joined the effort to create a single unified experience from phone to PC, with tons of crisp and stylish core apps made by people from all over the world who want to build something fast, fresh and free."

"And we’re saucy too – life’s to short to be stodgy or stilted. Our work is our play – we make amazing things for a huge audience, we find space for pretty much every flavour of interface and do it with style." said Mark Shuttleworth in the blog announcement. What’s a Salamander? It looks like it’s an amphibian within the order Caudata. More details can be found on the Wikipedia page.

Image credits to wikimedia.org

Three New Nokia Lumia Handsets Emerge Online

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is getting ready for the launch of a new series of smartphones running under Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, with at least three new models expected to be unveiled soon, it seems.

All three have been spotted online recently, and have already been mentioned in a tweet coming from Alan Mendelevich, founder of AdDuplex. The three sport model numbers RM-941, RM-943 and RM-910, though specific info on the wireless carriers that might bring them to shelves hasn’t been provided as of now.

Nothing has been officially confirmed on any of the three yet, but it seems that they might not be launched as high-end devices, since they sport only WVGA and WXGA screen resolutions. In fact, RM-943 is said to have emerged only once in AdDuplex’ logs, and to have been powered by Windows Phone 7 when it did.

Nokia logo
Image credits to Nokia

Intel's Latest USB Driver for Android

Intel's Android USB Driver is now ready for download. This release will make your Android, Intel Atom based smartphone recognizable by your Windows running system.

This version is suited for Windows Vista, 7 and 8 on 32- or 64 bit architecture and Windows XP's 32-bit version. Bear in mind that USB Driver package version 1.1.5 is designed for Android App developer usage and has added support of Microsoft Windows 8. The USB profiles supported are ADB (Android Debug Bridge), MTP (Media Transfer Protocol), PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol), RNDIS and CDC Serial (Modem AT Proxy). As always, one might run into some issues with the installation, especially the one where the device is not recognized as “Android device.” Intel has provided a basic troubleshooter to help those that missed a step in the installation.

In the Device Manager window you may see “USB Mass Storage” instead of “ADB Device.” If that happens, right click it and select uninstall. Unplug your device and install the driver again. Do the same if you see the “Android Device” with yellow warning icon. Make sure the device you are attempting to connect has USB debugging enabled. Below is the link to the driver. Download, install and stay “updated one minute ago.”

USB Driver package version 1.1.5 is designed for Android App developer usage
Image credits to Intel

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