Anne Nicolas has announced the availability of the second beta release of Mageia 3: “We are reaching the final run for Mageia 3 release – the beta 2 ISO images are available for tests. We will need your feedback on the Broadcom wireless chipset. We intentionally removed all….
Using PHP5-FPM With Apache 2.4 (+ mod_proxy_fcgi Module) On Fedora 18
This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache 2.4 webserver on a Fedora 18 server with PHP5 (through PHP-FPM) and MySQL support. PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation with some additional features useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites. On Apache 2.4, we need Apache’s mod_proxy_fcgi module to make it work.
After many months and a few false starts, the long-awaited client prepares for initial release
It's tough to talk about the Carbon for Android Twitter client without saying a few things up front:
- No, it's still not available. But that we've been given a pre-release version to share should tell you something.
- Yes, we're all very much aware that we've been talking about Carbon, off and on, for more than a year now. (A whopping six stories out of some 6,000 written over 13 months, if our math is right.) Announcements of imminent release have come and gone, followed by long periods of silence. You can either choose to get over that, read this preview and give this app a shot when it's released in the near future, or not.
- There are now two Carbon apps for Android. This one, obviously, is the Twitter app, from the developer dots & lines, which first brought Carbon to webOS, where it garnered much praise. It later came to Windows Phone before being put out to pasture, much to the chagrin of this Microsoft faithful. The other Carbon app is a backup and sync client from Koushik Dutta. We're not sure which app will see first public release (our money's on the backup app), but having two apps with the same name is about as fun for us as it is for you, we reckon.
- Carbon (the Twitter app) may well be the best-designed Twitter app we've used yet — and there are some good ones out there.
So with those things in mind, join us for our first look at the long-awaited Carbon Twitter app.
Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is entering the Android market with their first tablet called the Hyundai T7. While the company is ranked fifth in the world in terms of car sales their latest offering will be a challenge for them as they enter an already crowded market.
One thing that makes the Hyundai T7 standout is that it is relatively cheap and it comes with fairly impressive specs sporting a quad core processor which is the same one used in the Samsung Galaxy SIII. The device is priced at $ 165.99 which is cheaper than the $ 200 Google Nexus 7 (8GB) and roughly the same price as the Amazon Kindle Fire 7.
Hyundai T7 Technical Specifications
- Android 4.0.4
- 7 Inch IPS LCD 1280 x 800px
- 5 point multitouch
- Samsung Exynos 4412, 1.4GHz, Cortex A9 quad core
- Mali 400 MP4 GPU
- 1GB DDR 3 RAM
- 8GB Nand Flash Internal storage
- Support TF card up to 32GB extended
- 2 MP rear camera
- 0.3 MP front camera
- Gravity Sensor
- 802.11 b/g/n
- support external 3G dongle
- 3300mAh battery ( up to 5 hours work time)
In terms of physical build the tablet is made up of plastic. While this may be good since it keeps the device light you will have to take extra precaution with it since it’s not built to be rugged. The T7 weighs in at 303 grams which is lighter than similar models in the market today.
One thing that disappoints us is its rated 5 hours of work time. This is the company estimate but in real life this may go down to 3 or maybe 4 hours at the maximum.
Aside from these shortcomings it really is an impressive device at its price point. You’ll be getting a device with a quad core processor, dual cameras (front and back), and a good resolution of 1280 x 800.
As to why the car manufacturer is releasing an Android tablet we really don’t know. Should you be getting this device? If you’re looking for a cheap tablet then this makes a perfect choice. We are concerned about the support this device will have from the company though.
The Optimus G is one of the newest feathers in LG’s cap. The smartphone has been widely successful in the limited locations where it was made available, and is currently gearing up for a worldwide release of over 50 countries. But prior to this, we’ve heard plenty about a smartphone known as the Optimus G Pro in rumors. And now, LG has finally taken the smartphone out of the rumor mill to announce it formally in Japan. This confirms the existence of the smartphone, but leaves a big question mark as to when it will arrive in global markets. But we might have an answer to that one too. The upcoming MWC 2013 event is ideal for a launch like this and LG will inevitably shed more light on the availability and price during the course of the event. The smartphone also went official in LG’s home turf, South Korea.
Carrier NTT DoCoMo is the first carrier in Japan to get it as you would expect with a Japanese launch. This smartphone apparently belongs to the carrier’s NEXT Series of smartphones which includes the likes of the Huawei Ascend D2 and the Sony Xperia Z with the latter being available on February 9 and the former breaking cover in April. There are several other smartphones in the lineup but none of them sadly will leave a mark on the global market, so we won’t mention them here.
Speaking more about the smartphone itself, the Optimus G Pro packs an expected 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD (1920×1080) display panel, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core chip with Krait CPU cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. There’s 2GB of RAM as well which is the new benchmark for flagship droids these days. Additionally, the smartphone will feature the Optimus G’s 13MP camera sensor which is decent enough to replace your regular point and shoot camera. The device comes with 32GB of internal storage which is expandable (thankfully) via the microSD card slot. To keep that power hungry display running for long, LG has packed in a beefy 3,000 mAh battery pack inside. Sadly, there’s not going to be Android 4.2 right out of the box as LG seems to be sticking with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You didn’t think LTE would be missing, did you? Well, it’s not and hence the smartphone is a complete package right out of the box. Although LG’s recent history with updates is a little concerning to all of us, we would like to give the Optimus G Pro a go when it eventually arrives.
Images of the device give us an impression that the phone is pretty lightweight as it seems to feature a smooth polycarbonate finish. We could be wrong though, as there haven’t been any hands on impressions of the smartphone yet. But it seems like LG has done everything right with regards to the display, as the bezel area is narrower than what we’re usually accustomed to. It’s a subjective feature really, but one which will make single handed operation relatively easier.
Popular Japanese mobile phone operator has just released a press release detailing their spring 2013 lineup that includes 11 smartphone models, two tablets and a mobile Wi-Fi router. The company will begin launching the devices in sequence starting this January 25. Aside from these devices the company also announced their “docomo Smart Home” initiative that lets people easily share music and video content between smartphones and various electronic devices.
Some of the features common among the smartphones are a large display ranging from 4.5 to 5 inches as well as the use of a quad core processor. On the tablet side the company has announced the “dtab” which takes advantage of the Smart Home feature.
- Android™ 4.1, dedicated to usage with Wi-Fi
- Optimized to enjoy videos, animation, shopping and other rich content from dmarket simply by entering one’s DOCOMO ID and password with no additional subscription requirement.
- Accommodates web browsing, and features home screen specially designed to enjoy dmarket portal.
- Direct access to all dmarket services and daily updates of recommended contents.
- Compatible with many “docomo cloud” services, such as the Shabette-Concier voice-based personal agent and Photo Collection photo sharing
- To be launched late March
The first device to launch will be the AQUOS PHONE EX SH-04E from Sharp which is slated for release this January 25. This smartphone model sports a 4.5 inch display with 720 x 1,280 resolution and a 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor.
The other models that comprises the spring lineup are
- MEDIAS X of NEC CASIO Mobile
- ELUGA X of Panasonic
- Xperia Z of Sony
- ARROWS X of Fujitsu
- Ascend D2 of Huawei
- Optimus G Pro of LG
- MEDIAS W of NEC CASIO Mobile
- Xperia Tablet Z of sony
- Smartphone for Juniors of Sharp
- Mobile Wi-Fi router of Huawei
- SmartTV dstick of Neos Corporation
The common features of the spring lineup are
- Full-HD support
- Compatible with DOCOMO’s Xi™ (“crossy”) LTE service for max. downlink of 112.5 Mbps
- quad-core CPUs
- Android 4.1.
- Large-capacity batteries (2,000mAh or more)
One notable model is NEC’s Medias W which was revealed as a prototype in last year’s Mobile World Congress. This smartphone uses two displays which oppose each other when the phone is closed. When you open it like a laptop the screens work in tandem which results in a split viewing surface and a combined resolution of 1080×960 pixels. Installed apps may work by occupying both screens or work independently on one of the screens.
Google today released their financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012 with consolidated revenues hitting US$ 14.42 billion with the revenue of Motorola Home not yet included. This result beat the expectations of analysts who had reservations on the company’s performance.
According to Larry Page, CEO of Google, “We ended 2012 with a strong quarter. Revenues were up 36% year-on-year, and 8% quarter-on-quarter. And we hit $ 50 billion in revenues for the first time last year – not a bad achievement in just a decade and a half. In today’s multi-screen world we face tremendous opportunities as a technology company focused on user benefit. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be at Google.”
One of the biggest factors that contributed to the success of the company is their Search and Display advertising which contributed 95% of its total revenue for 2012. Also making gains are video and mobile advertising which will definitely become important for the company this year.
Google shares rose by as much as 4% on late day trading following the release of the earnings report. Company stocks now stand at $ 27 a share.
One thing that is declining though is the value of the company’s ads. The average cost per click of a Google Ad has decreased by as much as 6% compared to a year ago. This means that each ad is worth less than what it did a year ago. What compensated for this decline is the number of people who use Google.
The biggest contributing factor to this decline is the presence of Facebook. The introduction of the Graph Search by the giant social network is likely to even reduce the cost per click of Google even more in the coming months.
Despite this the company has still managed to breach the US$ 50 billion mark for 2012 which is already quite impressive. Moving forward the company intends to improve its mobile presence while also making sure that its video presence remain as strong as ever.
As part of its Q4 2012 earnings call, Google execs expanded on the current status of Motorola, the division's financials and future integration between the companies. Responding to a question about the current state of Motorola's financials, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette reiterated that when Google purchased Motorola it inherited a 12- to 18-month product pipeline that isn't easily changeable. Google bought Motorola, which already had products promised to customers. That's business.
AT&T has announced today that it will completely acquire the Alltel brand and assets from Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. for $ 780 million in cash. This purchase encompasses all of the Alltel assets, from spectrum, network licenses and wireless properties to retail store locations and about 585,000 subscribers. That's a good number of customers that will come under the AT&T umbrella, but what's likely more valuable is the spectrum holdings that AT&T will gain.
Alltel currently operates mostly in rural areas of Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina — covering about 4.6 million people. Spectrum gains in these areas are in the 700, 850 and 1900MHz bands, which compliments AT&T's network deployment nicely. It's a cheap, all cash acquisition that will help AT&T continue its LTE rollout into the future.
AT&T announced that they have reached an agreement to buy Alltel for $ 780 million in cash in a bid to boost its presence in rural areas. The deal includes the licenses, retail stores and network assets and the 585,000 subscribers of Atlantic Tele-Network Inc. The announcement boosted the stocks of both companies with AT&T gaining 30 cents closing at $ 33.74 while Alltel gained $ 4.73 closing at $ 44. 10.
Alltel has coverage in six states namely Georgia, Illinois, Idaho, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. The company previously operated in 34 states before it was bought by Verizon Wireless in 2009. Federal regulators have ordered Verizon to sell of parts of the company to AT&T and ATN.
AT&T said that services will improve in the covered areas for both AT&T as well as Alltel subscribers. The company will however be making changing the CDMA technology being used by Alltel to GSM technology. This means that existing Alltel subscribers will have to change their CDMA phones to GSM phones. The cost of conversion from CDMA to GSM will not have any significant impact on the company’s revenue.
The deal is still subject to approval from the Federal Communications Commission as well as the Department of Justice. Both companies are optimistic that the approval will be granted on the second half of this year.
AT&T is a premier telecommunications company based in Dallas, Texas. The company is the largest provider of mobile and fixed telephony in the United States. In 2010 Consumer Reports named the company the worst wireless provider in the country. In 2011 the company held on to this title making it two in a row. Alltel subscribers will now be able to experience the service first hand once the deal gets approved.
Alltel is a wireless service provider that is based in little rock, Arkansas. Before its purchase by Verizon Wireless it operated the largest network in the United States in terms of coverage area.
LagFix is an app (rooted phones only) with an unimaginative name that uses a standard Linux tool to help fix "lag" on Android devices. Lag is a term that gets thrown around pretty liberally, without any real definition attached to it. In this case, I'm familiar with the tool being used so I know what this app attempts to address — times when your system is stopped, waiting on the memory controller to be told which storage blocks are free and which are in use, so it knows where it can write data to the device storage. While this is happening, the system is halted until the memory controller gets the answer it needs. This is a standard process in every operating system, and in reality is a lot more complicated than I've explained here. For our purposes today, this covers the important things to know.
This can be done on the fly (and this is how stock Android does things) or it can be done using a Linux utility called Fstrim. When a stock Android system does it on the fly while data is being written, sometimes some folks (this is important, and we'll talk more about it later) see their device slow down while the memory controller is waiting to know which storage blocks are in use, and which are free. People call this a form of lag, and lag is universally hated.
A solution, one often used on Linux desktops, is to use the Fstrim utility. It goes through the storage and tells the memory controller which blocks are really free, and which are in use. The memory controller doesn't have to ask, because it has just been told. Eventually, this all changes and the memory controller needs told again. On the desktop, people set up Fstrim to run at a specific interval to keep things in sync.
If you are a fan of the Zenonia series of RPG games then you will be pleased to know that the fifth installment to this popular title is now available at Google Play. The title has the same fast paced action as its predecessors but does not bring anything new to the table.
Zenonia 5 by GAMEVIL Inc. requires a device running on at least Android 2.2 and a storage space of 43 MB. It’s free to download which should be a plus for those who are into RPG games.
There are several character classes for you to choose from as well as unlockable skills and items. The familiar quest nature of the game is still in place. You will be pushed from one task to the next to advance the storyline.
The story of the game begins years after the wear for peace was waged. People began to become selfish as the rich takes advantage of the poor. When everything seems to be lost a hero appears to restore order. This hero has a mysterious past and will often times see visions. This hero is the character you have chosen in the game.
The graphics are top notch with everything rendered beautifully. If you are a fan of anime then you’ll be at home with this title. The controls are fairly easy to master with your left hand controlling the movement of your character and your right hand clicking the actions to be done. Despite the fact that the controls respond smoothly the combat scenes can become quite challenging. This is especially true when you are facing tough boss fights.
Some of the game features include
INTUITIVE VISCERAL COMBAT
- Play like you’ve never played before as each action sequence syncs in tune with your second by second reflexes and reactions!
FOUR THRILLING CLASSES OF HEROES
- Experience the game through four different heroes: Berserker, Mechanic, Wizard and Paladin- with the unique strengths and special moves!
DYNAMIC ACTION RPG GAMEPLAY
- Customize, level up and equip your hero with a massive array of options and skill charts as you delve into the mysteries of Deva Castle!
FACE OFF IN GLOBAL PvP
- Take on challenges as you play in asynchronous PvP with characters from all over the world. Reap the rewards in the Abyss as you discover rare and legendary items!
EXPLORE NEW WORLDS AND CHALLENGES
- With hundreds of side quests and adventures, the story and challenges never end. Discover new items and rewards as you dive into the mysteries of ZENONIA 5
If you have been playing Zenonia before or just want to try out an action packed RPG game then you might want to download Zenonia 5 over at Google Play.