Google Releases Chrome OS 73 with Support for Sharing Files with Linux Apps

Google has promoted today the Chrome OS 73 operating system to the stable channel for Chromebook devices, a release that adds several new features, improvements, bug fixes, and security updates.

Coming hot on the heels of the Chrome 73 web browser, which Google released last week for desktops, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems, as well as Android mobile devices, the Chrome OS 73 operating system is here to add a number of enhancements to further enrich your Chromebook experience.

New features include support for sharing files and folders with Linux apps, improved native Google Drive integration in the Files app thanks to the addition of support for the Drive Computers root, better out-of-memory management, native media controls for the video player, and audio focus support on CrOS.

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Siri Shortcuts To Level Up Your iPhone And iPad

Here’s a trivia for you. Do you know the name of the actor who provided the voice for Siri? Well, her name is Susan Bennet. Yes, she’s actually a real person. According to her, she recorded Siri voices in 2005. At that time, she had no idea where those recordings were going to end up.

Fast forward today, you now have the famous Siri in your iPhone and iPad. Surely, you use Siri a lot. That’s good. Now, are you aware of the Siri Shortcuts?

The Siri Shortcuts app was introduced in June, but a lot of people don’t even know what it is.

That’s too bad, because Siri Shortcuts is the best way to use Siri to control apps. You might ask Siri to open CNBC and begin playing live TV, for example.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/siri-tips-and-tricks-for-iphone.html)

Thanks to Siri shortcuts, it’s now easier for you to take on the variety of tasks on your iPhone and iPad. Siri is now more than just a voice that provides information. With the shortcuts, Siri can actually perform the tasks for you. Interestingly enough, there’s no need to even talk to Siri. With just a simple tap, Siri Shortcuts can get the task done for you.

If you have an iPhone, you probably know the basics of what Siri can do. But Siri Shortcuts super charges it by letting you control third-party apps with just your voice. You don’t even have to touch your iPhone in most instances.

You might ask Siri to start navigating to work with Waze instead of Apple Maps or ask your HomePod to play a Pandora station (yes, you can do that!). You can even ask Siri to snap a selfie, which is useful if you’re trying to fit a bunch of people together in a photo and your iPhone is across the room.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/siri-tips-and-tricks-for-iphone.html)

Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? With Siri Shortcuts, you really have an assistant who does everything for you. In a way, you don’t have to spend so time navigating your phone since Siri Shortcuts automates it to do certain tasks. However, Siri Shortcuts only recommends the apps that you normally …

RaspEX Project Brings Kodi 18.1 and Linux Kernel 5.0 to Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

RaspEX developer Arne Exton released today a new version of his Ubuntu/Debian-based distribution for the tiny Raspberry Pi single-board computers with all the latest GNU/Linux technologies.

Based on Debian GNU/Linux and Raspberry Pi’s Raspbian operating systems, RaspEX Kodi Build 190321 is now available with the latest Kodi 18.1 “Leia” media center software featuring add-ons for watching Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Plex, as well as the lightweight LXDE desktop environment with VLC media player and NetworkManager.

RaspEX Kodi Build 190321 is also powered by the latest and greatest Linux 5.0 kernel series, which apparently works very well w… (read more)

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Nvidia 418.56 Linux Graphics Driver Rolling Out with GeForce MX230/MX250 Support

Nvidia released a new long-lived display driver for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems to add support for a couple of recent graphics cards and fix various annoying bugs.

The Nvidia 418.56 graphics driver is now available for Linux, BSD, and Solaris systems, adding support for the Nvidia GeForce MX230 and Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics cards, which are very powerful mobile GPUs used in select laptops. Support for these two Nvidia GPUs is only available for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD systems.

For all supported platforms, including Linux, BSD, and Solaris, the Nvidia 418.56 graphics driver updates the nvidia-settings control panel to more accurately indicate the current availability of G-SYNC and G-SYNC-compatible display settings, as well as to disable line wrapping during non-terminal output in command-line mode.

Vulkan and PRIME improvements for Linux users

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LibreOffice 6.2.2 Office Suite Released with More Than 50 Fixes, Download Now

The Document Foundation announced today the general availability of the second point release to the latest LibreOffice 6.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

While LibreOffice 6.1 is still the recommended version for those who want a more stable and well-tested LibreOffice office suite, LibreOffice 6.2.2 is here for bleeding-edge users and early adopters who want to get a taste of the latest new features and innovations in the free and open-source office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide.

“LibreOffice 6.2.2 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise-class deployments, where features are less important than robustness. Users wanting a more mature version can download LibreOffice 6.1.5, which includes some month… (read more)

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Google Releases Chrome 73 Update for Linux, Windows, and macOS

Google has just released an update for Chrome 73, the major update of the browser that was shipped to all supported platforms earlier this month.

Now at version 73.0.3683.86, Google Chrome comes with under-the-hood improvements on Windows, Linux, and macOS, and you can download it using the links here.

As for what’s new in this version, it’s pretty clear that the purpose of the update is to resolve issues in the browser and not to add new features. Google typically introduces new functionality in major updates, like the version 73 mentioned above.

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Why Digital Decluttering Can Do Wonders For Your Devices

Digital decluttering is important. It’s as important as decluttering your physical space. Holding on to all those unused apps, nonsense emails, redundant photos, useless files will just slow down your devices. At some point, digital decluttering is what you have to do to save your devices like smartphone, computer, and tablet.

The first thing you want to do, is delete anything you don’t need on your phone. Like the 10 pictures you got of the same image, delete the extras. Or the applications you never use, get rid of those. It is the same with your computer, but with this, there may be programs you are unaware of that take up space like a temporary start-up program. On a Windows computer, you can run a disk clean-up to get rid of files that are no longer of any use. It’s always good to have some sort of an external hard drive or pay for a subscription to a cloud storage service.

(Via: https://whotv.com/2019/02/25/digital-decluttering-to-speed-up-your-devices/)

You probably have a thousand and one photos in the gallery of your smartphone and those are just the ones you took with your camera. You haven’t even counted the Viber images and videos. Add to that the many downloads and screenshots you never bother to trash. Now, that’s a lot of stuff in your smartphone.

The same thing with your computer. You probably have a million files in it. That’s why it’s time for some serious digital decluttering.

“There are like I-cloud, for example with iPhones, Google Drive has a bunch of popular services that allow you to save that stuff directly onto the internet essentially, which is good because it’s cheaper to go about having it stored online most of the time it’s like a monthly subscription rather than the part itself.”

(Via: https://whotv.com/2019/02/25/digital-decluttering-to-speed-up-your-devices/)

Online backup is not bad at all. It’s actually very convenient. The best thing about it is that it’s very easy to access files. Since all your files are backed up online, you can access your files from any computer or smartphone. All you need is a secure internet to access all your files.

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Zorin OS 15 Enters Beta with Flatpak Support, Based on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

The development team behind the Ubuntu-based and user-friendly Zorin OS GNU/Linux distribution announced that they are working on the next major release, Zorin OS 15, which entered beta testing today.

Based on the long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, Zorin OS 15 promises a revamped user experience that has been modeled to suit everyone’s needs, not only those who are migrating from a Microsoft Windows operating system, but also power users and advanced Linux users.

“Creating a Linux desktop operating system that’s designed for everyone – not only the engineers & power users – has always been the mission of Zorin OS, ever since the first release nearly 10 years ago. Zorin OS 15 takes this decade-long effort and amplifies it to the next level,” said the Zorin OS team in today’s announcement.

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