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Ubuntu for Android is imminent

Posted by Charbax – November 15, 2012

An official Canonical YouTube channel released this video:

This can mean that Ubuntu for Android is imminent. They seem to suggest that consumers can soon choose Ubuntu support next time that they buy a smartphone.

Here are some of my questions about Ubuntu for Android:

- Does Canonical work only on specific exclusive hardware and chip makers? Is there some kind of exclusive partnership with a Samsung or other Smartphone/chip maker to optimize and fully hardware accelerate Ubuntu on Android for them?

- Does the PC/Laptop Docking happen through a standard MHL connector compatible with multiple designs/sizes of phones and tablets?

- Are most Android 5.0 phones going to be compatible with alternative OSes to boot on top of Android? Can we soon just download the 700mb Ubuntu app made on Android Native Development Kit (NDK) on Google Play Store (if our Android device is officially supported with full hardware acceleration) to activate the on-top-of-Android-boot functionality?

- Can Chrome OS on Android be available at the same time? How about Google TV on Android? My big guess for Android 5 is that this multi-OS strategy is going to be a deep new feature of the next Android release. Dock your next Android device and it can switch or boot on the external HD display any alternative Linux OS such as Chrome OS, Google TV, Ubuntu, and maybe even Windows RT.

Also watch my previous Ubuntu for Android videos:

Charles Dickens on E Ink vs Tablets for reading outdoors

Posted by Charbax – November 14, 2012

Here is http://www.eink.com/ereader_tale.html's official latest comedy video showing why we should all consider buying an eink e-reader, at least the crazy cheap $69 Kindle if you haven't already and let's get to some serious e-reading going on again if you aren't already.

I'm looking forward to spend more time outdoors with devices with sunlight readable screens, reading more of the awesome ebooks that I haven't read yet. I fill those up with the best of project http://gutenberg.org for free, and still looking for Google to fix http://books.google.com

By the way, I'm still very much looking forward to official Google Android support on E Ink, synchronize the Chrome browser on my Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone so that I can always continue reading articles, emails, blog posts, Google+ circles on the WiFi connected and automatically synchronized E Ink e-reader comfortably without a backlight.

Do you ever use your backlit smartphones, tablets or laptops to read your ebooks? I wouldn't recommend it, even turning down the brightness of the backlight doesn't come close to the experience of using a backlight-free, frontlit device for any serious reading indoors and outdoors.

Jon Masters of Red Hat talks about LEG Linaro Enterprise Group, porting Linux on the 64bit ARMv8

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2012

Red Hat is working on getting Fedora Linux up and running on ARMv8, Jon Masters talks about LEG Linaro Enterprise Group and getting the full Fedora Linux stack to work on 64bit ARMv8 server hardware from now and during next year as 64bit ARMv8 hardware becomes available. AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Facebook, HP, Marvell and Red Hat join existing Linaro members ARM, HiSilicon, Samsung and ST-Ericsson to form new group focused on accelerating Linux development for ARM servers.

Solana Crawford of Goodsearch.com at Gigaom Roadmap #roadmapconf

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2012

Goodsearch.com donates 50% of all their Yahoo powered search and e-commerce revenue to charities. They have 200 thousand members, and 1.5 million monthly users. Thus far, Goodsearch has donated $9.3 Million to charities this way.

Katia Beauchamp of Birchbox.com, Dave Gilboa of WarbyParker.com at Gigaom Roadmap #roadmapconf

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2012

Birchbox delivers beauty products randomly in a box for a $20/month subscription. WarbyParker delivers boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at cheap price points.

Windows Phone 8 Review: HTC Windows Phone 8X

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2012

My initial look at Windows Phone 8, asking what is new about it to Harry McCracken Technology Editor at Time.com (he wrote an article about one of the tablets I showed him the Eken VIA8850 based A70 tablet at http://techland.time.com/2012/11/07/a-50-not-really-windows-tablet/).

Kevin Krejci of Fujitsu Laboratories of America at Gigaom Roadmap #roadmapconf

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2012

Kevin Krejci of Fujitsu Laboratories of America talks about the latest developments in Mobile technologies out of Silicon Valley and how that is being used by Japanese technology giants like Fujitsu.

Dr. Joseph Turian, How to do AI, crowdsourcing information work for pay

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2012

Dr. Joseph Turian, President, Metaoptimize and Analyst, GigaOM Pro talks about using Crowd-Labor, getting machine applications that build on Human Intelligence.

You can watch his keynote presentation here:

LitMotors C-1, fully-electric, self-balancing, two-wheeled vehicle at Gigaom Roadmap #roadmapconf

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2012

LitMotors shows their new C-1, self-balancing two wheeled futuristic looking electric bike.

David Prager at Gigaom Roadmap #roadmapconf

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2012

David Prager, co-founder of Revision3 (recently sold to the Discovery Channel) is working on some new startup ideas.