Google launches a lightweight ‘Gmail Go’ app for Android

 Google has added a notable addition to its line of “Go” edition apps – the lightweight apps designed primarily for emerging markets – with the launch of Gmail Go. The app, like others in the Go line, takes up less storage space on users’ smartphones and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail. The app also offers standard… Read More


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Tractor Hacking: Documentary About Farmers Fighting for the Right to Repair

About a year ago, I found out about a community of farmers who trade firmware hacks for John Deere tractors on forums and torrent sites. These aren’t criminals; they’re average farmers who are frustrated with and increasingly economically destroyed by the fact that Deere and other big agriculture companies have monopolized the repair of their tractors. Proprietary software locks prevent the average farmer and mechanic from diagnosing problems with their equipment, and many parts cannot be replaced unless software locks are bypassed to enable the replacement part. The forums I found were interesting, but there’s only so much reporting you can do from a computer and telephone in New York. Motherboard went to Nebraska to meet the farmers on the frontline of the right to repair movement, which operates under the principle that if you buy something, you should be able to do whatever you want to it, including fix


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WebAssembly First Public Working Drafts

The WebAssembly Working Group has published three First Public Working Drafts:
WebAssembly is a virtual instruction set architecture with many use cases and can be embedded in many different environments, that enables high performance applications on the Web. The design goals of WebAssembly are fast, safe, and portable semantics; efficient and portable representation. WebAssembly code is also intended to be easy to inspect and debug, especially in environments like web browsers.


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Canonical Plans to Release Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS (Xenial Xerus) on March 1, 2018

softpedia: The Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS maintenance update was originally scheduled for release on February 15, 2018, but Canonical decided to delay it due to the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities


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Lessons learned while developing Age of Empires 1 Definitive Edition

In late 2016 I began helping Forgotten Empires on Age 1 DE, a UWP app shipping in the Windows Store on Feb 20th. I only helped occasionally for the first 6 months or so (because I was working on Basis and an aerospace project), but as the title got closer to shipping I’ve spent more and more of my time working on Age problems. We started with the original 20 year old Age 1 codebase. Here are some of the things I’ve learned:
1. Get networking and multiplayer working early.
DE supports both traditional peer to peer (with optional TURN server relaying to handle problematic NAT routers), and a new client-server like mode (“host command forwarding”) where all clients send their commands to the host which are then forwarded to the other clients. Age 1 uses a lockstep simulation model, except for most AI code which is only executed on the host (see


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MongoDB gets support for multi-document ACID transactions

 MongoDB is finally getting support for multi-document ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation, durability) transactions. That’s something the MongoDB community has been asking for for years and MongoDB Inc, the company behind the project, is now about to make this a reality. As the company will announce at an event later today, support for ACID transactions will launch when it ships… Read More


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Ubuntu Wants To Collect Data About Your System — Starting With 18.04 LTS

In an announcement on Ubuntu mailing list, Will Cooke, on behalf of the Ubuntu Desktop team, announced Canonical’s plans to collect some data related to the users’ system configuration and the packages installed on their machines. From a report: Before you read anything further, it’s important to note that users will have the option to opt-out of this data collection. The company plans to add a checkbox to the installer, which would be checked by default. The option could be like: “Send diagnostics information to help improve Ubuntu.” As per your convenience, you can opt-out during the installation. An option to do the same will also be made available in the Privacy panel of GNOME Settings. With this data collection, the team wishes to improve the daily experiences of the Ubuntu users. It’s worth noting that the collected data will be sent over encrypted connections and no IP addresses will


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