Google open sources Android 4.2

Along with the release of the new Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet on Tuesday and the rollout of updates to Android 4.2 to several existing Nexus devices, Google has also pushed the source code for the new Jelly Bean flavour of its mobile operating system to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). In a post on the Android Developers Blog, the company detailed the features in the latest Android version, which also brings with it a new SDK revision (API level 17). Read More at

10 Best Android apps this week

It's time for our weekly roundup of the best new Android apps for Google-powered smartphones and tablets.

There are slightly slim pickings this week, so it's a ten-app roundup. However, it's been a very big week for new Android games, so stand by for plenty of those in the separate smartphone/tablet games roundup, which will be published later in the day.

Here's this week's non-game Android selection:

LinuxCertified Introduces Ultra-Portable yet Powerful Linux Ultrabook

New LC22Ultra Supports Intel i3-3217 1.8GHz CPU and upto 8GB memory, and starts at $799
LinuxCertified Inc has launched the LC22Ultra Linux Ultrabook pre-installed with Ubuntu or Fedora Linux. The LC22Ultra is LinuxCertified's 14" Light weight, all purpose mobile Linux system. LC22Ultra weighs only 3.5lbs and standard unit priced at $799 features Intel 3rd generation i3-3217 1.8GHz CPU, 14" 1376 X 768 HD display, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB mSATA drive. It has many upgrade-able options to beef up the system. Available to order at

New Linux and Android Game Platforms Gaining Momentum

Things are heating up on the open source gaming front. The buzz continues over the open source Ouya gaming platform. A Los Angeles-based project, Ouya is billed as "a new kind of video game console" and famously pulled down millions in funding on Kickstarter. As Ouya's plans ramp up, there are also new details emerging about Steam for Linux, which looks like it may include many more advanced games than previously thought. Read More

Cisco, Motorola, Netgear Team Up To Expose Wifi Patent Bully

Last year, we wrote about a crazy patent troll, named Innovatio, who had sued a ton of restaurants and hotels, claiming that anyone who used WiFi was violating its patents. It was even claiming that individuals who use WiFi at home infringed too -- but that it wouldn't go after them "at this time." Instead, it preferred to focus on shaking down tons of small businesses, offering to settle for $2,500 to $3,000 -- which is cheaper than hiring a lawyer to fight it, no matter how bogus. We noted at the time that Motorola and Cisco had gone to court to try to get a declaratory judgment to protect its customers. Read More

Firefox 16.0 Officially Lands in Ubuntu

Mozilla Firefox 16.0 is now available for the following Ubuntu operating systems: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx).

As we've stated in the announcement for Mozilla Firefox 16.0 Ubuntu users are the happiest ones, because Canonical updated the Firefox web browser to version 16 in the same day with the official release announcement from Mozilla. Read More

Early Benchmarks Of The Linux 3.7 Kernel

While the Linux 3.7-rc1 kernel has not even been released yet, most of the feature pulls have now made their way into the mainline Linux kernel tree. Here are some of the first benchmarks of the Linux 3.7 kernel to see if anything has changed for the Intel x86_64 Linux performance with this very exciting kernel. Read More

Linux System and Network Administration Bootcamp W/Free Laptop!

LinuxCertified,Inc. a leading provider of Linux training, will offer weekend Linux system administration bootcamp on October 20th - 21st, 2012 in South Bay (CA). This workshop is designed for busy information technology professionals and is designed to cover the most important Linux administration areas. Read More

Getting the Most From Ubuntu: 20 Tips

We've all heard the hype about how making the switch to Ubuntu is suppose to be the ultimate desktop experience for Windows converts. Ask any Linux power user, however, and you'll find this opinion tends to vary.

Regardless of your thoughts on Ubuntu vs. other distributions, the fact remains that – properly setup – an Ubuntu installation can perform as a highly effective desktop. Read More

45 Free Android Apps for Productivity

Clearly, free Android apps can be part of highly productive tablet use.

Okay, sure, maybe you're not meant to use a tablet for productivity. Tablets are supposed to be for consuming content, for texting, email, and web browsing rather than creating content – or so some people think.

But if you hang out at coffee shops or pass through airports, you only have to count the tablets to know that people are using these devices for serious work, and in growing numbers.

The desktop, apparently, is not dead so much as in the process of being miniaturized. The free Android app is a key player in that. Read More