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[Video] Modern And Fluid Maynard Desktop For Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is not designed to run heavy KDE or Gnome based Dekstop interfaces and users are looking forward to a more responsive and modern desktop then current default LXDE shell. Wayland Weston is the answer with it's minimal and fast compositor which is suitable for many embedded and mobile use cases like RPi.

Maynard a new desktop environment designed for the Raspberry Pi utilizes Wayland and the power of Hardware Video Scaler (HVS) inside the BCM2835 chip of Raspberry Pi's hardware to offer a much smoother, yet modern looking working environment on limited system resources. The future default Desktop environment for Raspberry Pi is far for complete, but has started to take a nice shape destined to be a fully-functional, light and pretty shell. Do watch the video demonstration shared below and follow the simple installation instructions to try it yourself.

Maynard Desktop For Raspberry Pi

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Samsung Galaxy S5′s Fingerprint Authentication Hacked And Used To Perform Paypal Transaction

While Apple iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner got pwned in a similar fashion, the problem with Samsung implementation is that they are using this to authorize payments on their device as shown in the video demonstration shared below.

How To Install SSH Server As Root On Android 4.4 KitKat

One of the first thing any advanced user should do after installing Android on their mini-pc is to install an SSH Server to enable remote-access from a computer for faster and easier tweaking, one can simply opt for an free SSH Server app from Google Play like SSHelper for a no frill, click-n-install SSH access to your Android box. However, if you prefer a GUI-less access with FULL-ROOT privileges from both WinSCP and Putty follow the tutorial shard ahead.

SSHelper For Android

Unofficial Custom Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM For Radxa Rock

One of the biggest advantage of Radxa Rock the quad-core mini-pc over Raspberry Pi is that it supports dual-booting with support for both Linux and Google Android. In last tutorial we configured Samba file-sharing on Ubuntu based Linaro Linux image on the Rock, and today I am going to share an excellent custom Google Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM for Radxa Rock which works well with everything working out of the box.

If you are thinking why Android when we have a full-desktop OS like Linaro (based on Ubuntu) running on some powerful hardware, then the answer is because Linux still lacks Hardware Acceleration support for Mali-400 GPU on RK3188 based devices like Rock. An experimental Ubuntu Desktop release with OpenGL ES acceleration for Radxa Rock is released but it is still experimental and XBMC still does not work with it. Radxa has also released a preview image of Android 4.4 KitKat but once again it is also half-baked and lacks Root support, luckily we do have an alternative custom Android 4.4 ROM for Radxa ROCK with features like - stock 4.4.0 recovery, CWM 6.0.3.1 recovery, system ext4 support, selinux kernel, ethernet support, init.d support, gameloft compatible, USB-Hub enabled, gamepad compatible (PS2, XBox, …), pre-built kernel modules (cifs, tun, lan, serial, audio), latest hosts, su, su-binary and busybox, Reboot Menu, sEFix, FX Sound, File Manager HD 0root), Google Now and Nova Launcher.

Radxa Rock KitKat

[Video] OrCam Smart-Glasses Offer Visually Impaired Sight

It's really very exciting to see technology used in applications which are not some shiny new gadget for entertainment but something life-changing for it's user, while we have been reading a lot about Smart Glass technology which is being projected as being useful in many use-case scenarios like entertainment hub, a augmented-reality interface to the technology around us, medicine and even adult-entertainment. OrCam is the sort of use, everyone would love to get developed specially the ones who are visually impaired.

OrCam utilizes the power of today's advanced "Artificial Vision" technology to see what's in front of the wearer, process it and convey the acquired information to the user through a bone-conduction earpiece. The user simply wears a special small glass piece just like "Google Glass" which has the ability to read and understand words, symbols, and even faces. Do watch the practical demonstration video shared ahead.

OrCam

[Video] Land Rover Debuts The 'Transparent' Car Technology And It's Super Useful

[Video] Bio-organically Derived NanoDot Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

StoreDotThere has been some exciting new developments in the battery technology which powers our mobile life today, the promising COTA Wireless charging and the super-thin LithiumCard portable battery pack are some such examples. While exciting they do not address the biggest hassle of using a battery - the long recharging time, but soon this is going to be taken care of thanks to the new "Nano Technology" powered smartphone battery which recharges in 30 seconds.

Based on the StoreDot Nanodot, the first bio-organic nano crystal ever discovered which are only 2 nanometers bio-organic peptide molecules in size, the batteries derived from these NanoDots are not only bio-organic but due to their size, have both increased electrode capacitance and electrolyte performance, resulting in batteries that can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours. The company has already released a public video demonstrating this ground-breaking development, showing a smartphone battery getting fully-recharged in 30 seconds flat.

NanoDot Battery

Remote Pi - Use Mobile Devices As Wireless KB/Trackpad For Raspberry Pi

Remote Pi is an application for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Google Android which allows users to utilize their mobile-devices as an wireless keyboard and trackpad for Raspberry Pi. Once installed user can send keystrokes and mouse events to you Raspberry Pi computers over TCP/IP via a wired or wireless network, the utility not only saves money for an additional keyboard-mouse but also keeps a USB port free on the Rapsberry Pi.

Remote Pi

How To Compare Image And Video Quality Of Mobile Phone Camera's Online

If you have a decent smartphone purchased in last one year, one of the top reason to get a new one would be for better mobile-camera quality. Luckily we have a single online service from GSMArena which allows anyone to not only pitch-n-compare smartphone specifications across a lot of brands, but also compare their picture and video quality side-by-side visually taken at a professional setup providing multiple charts and scenarios (like Good and Low light) to get the best evaluation.

Photo Compare Tool

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