Samsung brings Linux distros to the Galaxy S8

Developers will quickly be ready to operate complete-excess fat Linux on their smartphones, with the information that Samsung is bringing support for Linux distros to its flagship Galaxy variety.

The business introduced that it is functioning on an application, dubbed Linux on Galaxy, that will permit Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Take note 8 gadgets to twin-boot Linux-dependent distributions in addition to the base Android OS. The aspect will also be DeX-suitable, switching to a complete-display desktop surroundings when positioned in the DeX docking station.

Instead than staying meant to enable people operate their favorite Linux distro for daily use, the aspect is intended to permit developers to use Samsung’s gadgets for producing and testing code.

“While it’s in demo stage, Linux on Galaxy is our progressive resolution to provide the Linux encounter on Computer to cell, and then further on to a more substantial screen with Samsung DeX,”the business said.

“Now developers can code applying their cell on-the-go and seamlessly keep on the undertaking on a more substantial screen with Samsung DeX.”

“This represents a significant stage ahead for software developers, who can now set up a completely useful advancement surroundings with all the advantages of a desktop placing that is available at any time, any where.”

Though Samsung has promised that the forthcoming aspect will enable developers “perform with their chosen Linux-dependent distributions”, it has not specified regardless of whether developers will have obtain to the complete myriad of Linux distros, or regardless of whether they will have to decide on from a more compact assortment.

Samsung has pressured that the job is still “a perform in development”, but developers that want to be notified of availability as quickly as possible to indicator up listed here.

30/03/2017: The Samsung Galaxy S8 can replace your desktop

The Galaxy S8, Samsung’s new flagship unit, is more than just a smartphone – it can also be reworked into a desktop personal computer, many thanks to Samsung’s new DeX resolution.

Quick for ‘Desktop eXperience’, Samsung DeX is a dock introduced together with the S8 that permits the cellphone to be employed with a keep track of, mouse and keyboard. It attributes an optimised UI intended particularly for use in desktop manner, and supports resizable windows, taskbar notifications and contextual menus, reworking the unit into a completely-fledged desktop when it demands to be a single.

In addition to inventory apps, Samsung has partnered with Microsoft and Adobe to include things like DeX compatibility with apps like Adobe Acrobat Reader cell, Lightroom Cellular and the Place of work suite. When docked, these apps will shift to a desktop-type user interface for less difficult use with a mouse and keyboard.

“The smartphone has grow to be the central place for the modern-day cell qualified, and when supplying a presentation or modifying documents remotely, it means they can perform proficiently applying just their smartphone. We created Samsung DeX with the extremely cell employee in head, supplying them a convenient and flexible desktop encounter,” said Samsung’s cell CTO Injong Rhee.

“Our collaboration with critical companions these as Adobe and Microsoft was critical in the advancement of Samsung DeX, as they share our vision for setting up excellence in cell efficiency. With Samsung DeX, company people can also be confident their smartphone and information is safeguarded by the Samsung Knox security platform developed into the smartphone. Samsung DeX redefines what a smartphone can do to retain cell personnel productive.”

The DeX dock also arrives with a complete suite of connectivity possibilities it attributes a HDMI port for plugging in a keep track of, two USB 2. ports, Ethernet connectivity and electric power through USB Kind-C, with peripherals connecting through WUSB, Bluetooth or RF. It is even got Samsung’s adaptive fast charging developed in to juice up your cellphone although docked, with the company’s Knox security technological know-how making certain it stays secure although related.

In a move that really should be really fascinating to business people, Samsung has labored with three big virtualisation companions, which include Citrix, VMWare and AWS, to present their desktop virtualisation companies on the Samsung DeX. This means staff can use their S8 as a skinny consumer to obtain all their Home windows company apps without the need of needing a laptop computer.

NVIDIA Brings Back Destiny 2 Bundle Again for GTX 1080 & 1080 Ti Cards

For what is the 3rd time this year, NVIDIA is offering the “New Legends Will Rise” Destiny 2 bundle for GeForce GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti graphics cards, systems, and laptops. From today until November 29th (or while supplies last), qualified purchases will come with a digital copy of Destiny 2 via Blizzard Desktop App, officially launching on October 24th for PC. As a reminder, eligible systems may include NVIDIA’s own GeForce GTX Battlebox PCs.

The massively multiplayer online sci-fi first-person shooter, a concept Bungie previously described as a “shared world shooter”, supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) and SLI. Having collaborated with Activision and Bungie on the game’s graphics, NVIDIA has detailed the PC graphics options for Destiny 2 in a blog post, with the removal of MSAA the only difference from the Beta. In addition, GTX 1060 performance testing at 1080p was done for each graphical option. At a glance, Destiny 2 seems to be considered as a genuine improvement over the original, not to mention the PC availability.

The game codes may only be redeemed until December 31st. Fortunately, this comes just after at the end of the Middle-earth: Shadow of War bundle for GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti cards. Otherwise, no other bundles are active this time.

NVIDIA Current Game Bundles
(10/18/17)
Video Card
(incl. systems and laptops)
Bundle
GeForce GTX 1080Ti/1080 Destiny 2 Bundle
GeForce GTX 1070 None
GeForce GTX 1060/1050Ti/1050 None

On the bundle page, NVIDIA has listed an Amazon link for a list of qualifying cards.

The bundle landing page has links to all eligible retailers. Codes must be redeemed through GeForce Experience (3.2.2 or higher), utilizing driver 373.06 or higher. Game must be redeemed via GeForce Experience on a desktop or notebook PC with the qualifying graphics card installed. Once the code is redeemed in GeForce Experience, the game must be redeemed in the Blizzard Desktop App in seven days. A Blizzard account is required to redeem and play the game. Be sure to verify the participation of any vendors purchased from as NVIDIA will not give codes for purchases made from non-participating sellers.

How Final Fantasy XIV’s New Raid Brings Final Fantasy Tactics To a New World

Last week’s “The Legend Returns” patch for Final Fantasy XIV gives players a taste of Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII in a special 24-person raid event called “The Royal City Of Rabanastre.” If you’re a fan of the Ivalice setting but not an MMO player, here’s what you’re missing.

The adventure, penned by Final Fantasy Tactics and XII writer Yasumi Matsuno, basically shoehorns Tactics’ “Zodiac Brave Story” into Final Fantasy XIV, with some characters and creatures from Final Fantasy XII thrown in for good measure.

Spoilers for Final Fantasy XIV’s The Royal City Of Rabanastre Raid Follow

In Final Fantasy XIV ’s world of Hydaelyn, the land of Ivalice is a legend (hence “The Legend Returns” patch title). It’s a story passed down through the generations, involving the rise of a king and a mysterious figure, possibly another hero, helping him from the shadows. It’s the story of Final Fantasy Tactics.

The Prima Vista is all sorts of pretty.

From the event’s official description:

Recently, residents of Kugane woke to find hovering above their city an airship unlike any ever seen. Yet while of Garlean design, the vessel distinctly lacked the bleak outfitting common in the Empire’s warmachina. No, this was the Prima Vista, private stage for the Majestic Imperial Theater Company─a troupe having won acclaim across Garlemald for their timeless work, The Zodiac Brave Story. Which begets the question…why are they here? The answer to that question and more lies in the selfsame legend of which they sing. The legend of Ivalice.

The Prima Vista is the name of the airship flown by the Tantalus Theater Group in Final Fantasy IX, but there are no odd little tailed rogues running about. Instead, as players discover upon embarking on the quest leading up to the raid even, this airship serves as the home for a pair of siblings searching for their adventurous father, lost while exploring the dangerous city of Rabanastre for proof that Ivalice is more than just a story.

The Zodiac Brave Story

The player character is contacted first by Alma bas Lexentale, a character that looks suspiciously like Alma Beoulve, sister of the protagonist of Final Fantasy Tactics. What was his name again?

That’s right, it’s Ramza! Or at least Ramza bas Lexentale. This Ramza’s main concern is finding his missing father, Jenomis cen Lexentale, and perhaps uncovering the true Zodiac Brave Story in the process.

Ramza is also a bit of a dick.

Whoever this Ramza and Alma are, they need the Warrior of Light’s aid to rescue their father, lost and possibly under the influence of Ivalice’s signature evil crystal, Auracite.

The Zodiac Age

While the main characters are from Final Fantasy Tactics, the setting for this first leg of the Ivalice saga is the capital of the Kingdom of Dalmasca from Final Fantasy XII. Rabanastre has seen better days, but it still looks pretty spectacular as the player and their compatriots approach from the sky.

And while the sinister figures who appear towards the end of the cutscene above aren’t fully revealed until after the raid proper, it’s pretty obvious they are Bangaa, the lizard-like race that first appeared in Final Fantasy XII.

The Raid

Once the lengthy opening cutscenes are over, it’s time to raid Rabanastre. This 24-player raid is a series of four difficult boss battles with some interesting trash mobs to clean up along the way.

It all kicks off with a fight with Mateus the Corrupt, who some may remember as the ice-aligned Esper from Final Fantasy XII.

Next up is Hashmal, Bringer of Order. Another Final Fantasy XII Esper, Hashmal represents the element of earth.

Bucking the Esper trend, the raid’s third boss is Rofocale, who’s a bit of an odd duck in the Ivalice setting. Also known as Rophochehe, this enemy references one of the Zodiac-based Lucavi demons that did not appear in Final Fantasy Tactics, though its name was listed in the background of the game’s save screen. It’s a cool little callback to an unused idea.

The fourth and final boss fight of The Royal City of Rabanastre is a real treat for Final Fantasy Tactics fans. Argath Thadalfus is one of the most unlikable characters in Final Fantasy, a whiny, entitled snob of a nobleman who looks upon those below his station with raw contempt. It’s really nice to get another chance to beat him down.

Check out the full battle below, courtesy of Hinkles on YouTube. Stay til the very end to hear a familiar victory theme.

Note that Argath is excited about fighting against “descendants of House Beoulve.” He’s not quite right.

The Aftermath

The raid is over and Ramza and Alma’s father is recovered, but not before a familiar scaly face makes an appearance. Ruthless Bangaa bounty hunter and arch-enemy of Final Fantasy XII’s Bathier, Ba’Gamnan and his brothers capture Jenomis before he can be rescued, offering to trade him for a piece of Auracite.

Basically “Blame yourself, or god.”

The trade is made and the Bangaa escape into the sky on an airship. The Warrior of Light and Ramza gather up Jenomis and return to the Prima Vista, where the ties to Final Fantasy Tactics are finally revealed.

Though evidence of Ramza and Alma Beoulve’s involvement in the story of Delita Hyral’s rise from peasant to king of Ivalice was stricken from the historical record, Jenomis found proof. In order to ensure he never lost sight of the truth, he named his children after the forgotten heroes.

As for how Jenomis came across this informati0n, get ready for the kicker. The story of Final Fantasy Tactics is framed as the research of scholar Arazlam Durai. He is the descendant of Orran Durai, who chronicled the true story of the War of the Lions in the “Durai Papers.” but was branded a heretic and burned at the stake before they could be published. Well, guess what?

Ramza and Alma’s father is Arazlam Durai, author of the “Zodiac Brave Story”.

As the adventure ends, Ramza and his father vow to continue their quest to bring the true story of Ivalice to the people of Final Fantasy XIV’s Hydaelyn.

But Is It Canon?

Not really, no. Final Fantasy XIV loves to take concepts, characters and places from other Final Fantasy titles and present them in the context of its massively multiplayer setting. It’s the legends of Ivalice as projected into FFXIV, and nothing more.

Coupon brings cheaper PUBG and Destiny 2 up to 19% off

Much savings. So game.

In a rare move, digital retailer Green Man Gaming is running a week-long, site-wide coupon code worth 10% off. The code makes for some actual decent deals as a number of titles we’re listing below rarely receive a price cut, the most noteworthy of them all being PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The popular battle royale title is cut down to $26.99 after coupon for the Steam copy of the game.

Titles hitting new low price includes late October’s release of Destiny 2 Deluxe and Standard Edition, both receiving discounts up to 19% off thanks to the stacking coupon code (for $80.99 and $48.59. Other goodies to consider include Final Fantasy XIV Online Complete Edition (includes A Realm Reborn, Heavensward, and Stormblood), today’s release of Dungeons 3, and next year’s Secret of Mana remake for $30.59.

In fact, there are a few PS4 digital titles in the mix below as well. While it’s a 10% off only discount, these are good alternatives for those who don’t have Best Buy GCU or Amazon Prime services and it’s a simple PSN copy up with an easy discount.

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Pixelmator 2.4 for iOS brings full iOS 11 compatibility, including HEIF and Drag and Drop support


 

The iOS version of the image editing tool Pixelmator received an update on Tuesday, with version 2.4 “Cobalt” making the app fully compatible with iOS 11, including support for the HEIF format for images and the ability to Drag and Drop files into Pixelmator projects.

A useful addition for iPad users and part of the productivity additions introduced with iOS 11, the ability to use Drag and Drop makes it easier for users to incorporate other media into their Pixelmator compositions. Files can be moved individually or as a group into Pixelmator, including from Split View and the recent files pop-up window from apps located in the Dock.

The addition of High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) support means that Pixelmator is able to use photographs taken on an iPad or an iPhone using the format, instead of JPEG images. Apple introduced HEIF in iOS 11 to improve the compression of images, reducing the amount of an iPhone or iPad’s storage that photographs consume without losing quality, though apps also have to be updated to support images using it.

The Cobalt update also incorporates a number of bug fixes and other improvements, with the developers highlighting four of the main changes in its release notes. One fix related to the app unexpectedly quitting when “zooming in after starting a selection,” while another solves a problem where Pixelmator would occasionally stop responding after the user immediately tries reopening an image after closing it.

The development team also fixed an error where the composition would randomly disappear when layers are added or removed. Lastly, an issue where buttons in the Color and Format popovers would not respond to touches by the user has been cleared up.

Pixelmator for iOS is available in the iOS App Store for $4.99. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 9.1 or later, and takes up 138 megabytes of storage.

The update to the iOS version of Pixelmator echoes similar changes made to the macOS edition earlier in October. Version 3.7 “Mount Whitney” updated the image editor to be fully compatible with macOS High Sierra and added support for HEIF photographs, as well as a number of other integration and performance improvements.

Google’s Home Max brings premium audio to its Assistant speaker


Google Home is getting bigger, in more ways than one: Google announced a few updates for its smart home speaker line, and one is the Home Max, a larger version that packs in stereo speakers and more premium looks and materials.

The new, larger Home speaker is clearly intended to be an answer to critics who suggested the original Home lacked good audio quality (myself included) by providing something for users who care more about sound. It’s also likely a move that will help address forthcoming competition for Home from Apple, which is set to launch its own Siri-enabled premium speaker, the HomePod, by the end of this year.

It can tune its audio to its own space, analyzing the sound coming from the speaker using its built in microphones to determine the best equalizer settings. This is called Smart Sound, and it evolves over time and based on where you move the speaker, using built-in machine learning. It has Cast functionality, as well as input via stereo 3.5 mm jack.

Home Max can output sound that’s up to 20 times more powerful than the standard version of Home, Google says, and it has two 4.5 inch woofers on board with two 0.7 inch custom-built tuners. It can sit in either vertical or horizontal orientation, and it comes in both ‘chalk’ and ‘charcoal.’

Of course, this bigger speaker also includes a noise isolating array that makes it work even in open rooms with background noise, and it’s Assistant-enabled, so you can use it to control your music playback via voice, or manage your smart home devices, set yourself reminders, alarms, and timers and much more.

Home Max is shipping in December in the U.S., with a retail price of $399, and a release in more markets coming next year. It’s bundled with a 1-year subscription to YouTube Red, too.

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Intel Coffee Lake i7-8700K brings six cores to the mainstream on October 5

Coffee Lake desktop processors, the follow up to 2016’s Kaby Lake processors, launch on October 5, Intel announced today. Like the recent U-series Kaby Lake Refresh laptop processors, which also launched under the “8th generation” moniker, Coffee Lake is largely based on the same core 14nm architecture as Kaby Lake, which in turn was essentially just Skylake, but with more cores across the range.

The top-of-the-line 17-8700K features six cores and 12 threads, 12MB of L3 cache, and a boost clock up to 4.7GHz. The i5-8600K keeps the six physical cores, but ditches hyperthreading, while the i3-8100 and i3-8350K both feature four physical cores. The latter, which matches the core count of the older i5 7600K, could prove to quite the bargain for gamers on a budget, particularly as it’s unlocked for overclocking.

Previously, Intel processors with more than four cores fell under the high-end-desktop (HEDT) E-series and X-series ranges, which cost significantly more than mainstream processors. Unfortunately, while Coffee Lake is more affordable than an X299 chip—the questionable quad-core i5-7640X and i7-7740X excluded, prices are higher than Kaby Lake across the board.

The i7-8700K costs $359, up from the $305 launch price of the i7-7700K, while the i5-8600K costs $257, up from the $217 of the i5-7600K. Bear in mind that these are that these per chip in a 1000 unit order prices—expect retail to be higher still. Coffee Lake also requires the new Z370 chipset, which features improved power delivery in order to support processors with more cores. There’s also official support for DDR4-2666MHz memory.

Those that can make use of the extra cores should see a significant increase in performance in multuthreaded workloads. Intel claims Coffee Lake offers up to 25 percent more FPS in games, and 45 percent more performance during “mega-tasking” compared to the Core i7-7700K. Intel is keen to stress how good its processors are at gaming, attacking one of the criticisms levelled at AMD’s Ryzen processors.

Notably, Intel’s quoted boost clocks are for Turbo Boost 2.0, which means all six cores should hit 4.7GHz when using a motherboard’s built-in multicore enhancements. That’s a very high out-of-the-box clock speed for a six-core processor, one that should result in some interesting gaming benchmarks.

While the i7-8700K makes the X299-based i7-7800X somewhat redundant, the X370 platform does suffer from the same limitations as its predecessor X270. There’s only support for dual-channel memory, and there are only 16 PCIe lanes connected directly to the CPU. The platform as a whole supports up to 40, but those extra 24 share a single DMI 3.0 connection to the CPU, which can limit performance, particularly in systems with multiple M.2 NVMe storage drives.

Like Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake also features integrated GPUs across the board, which is handy for those need the processing power, but only have modest GPU requirements (current Ryzen CPUs all require a discrete GPU). Unfortunately, there are no significant improvements to speak of on the GPU side, with all CPUs featuring Intel UHD 630 graphics, which are largely unchanged from Intel 530 graphics.

While Coffee Lake is unlikely to offer a significant IPC improvement over Kaby Lake, that there are finally mainstream Intel processors with more than four cores is welcome. Ars will have a review soon, but for now read the Core i9-7960X review, which pits Intel’s 16-core chip against AMD’s 16-core Threadripper.

This post originated on Ars Technica UK

Paranoid Android 7.3.0 Brings New Camera App and More

It was just around 4 months ago that Paranoid Android came back once again to shake up the custom ROM world with polished and feature-packed Android 7.1.2 Nougat builds. Now, after one major update (7.2), some minor ones, and Android 8.0 Oreo starting to bring the heat for ROM developers, the PA folks are back with a new release yet again. This update based on Android 7.1.2, bumps up the PA version number to 7.3.0 and brings even more improvements to the table.

While this release isn’t as feature packed as the previous major update, it still brings some key improvements that you’ll indeed notice right away, like the new camera app, for example. It also includes key security improvements as well as additional launcher customization features, and a lot more.

As it’s the norm with all Paranoid Android releases, the team has been looking closely for bugs and user complaints, so you should find this release to be a lot more polished than 7.2.3. If you do find something, be sure to report it accordingly on the official Google+ community or other platforms!


New 7.3.0 Features

Global Improvements

  • New, reworked camera app (Paranoid Camera)
  • New Launcher features, customizations and improvements
  • Experimental support for simultaneous use of Color Engine and Substratum
  • New security patches (September 2017)
  • Various performance improvements
  • Various stability fixes and minor improvements
  • Fixed GPS issues with Waze and other apps
  • Fixed Trusted Face
  • Fixed possible Immersive Mode force close
  • Fixed Bluetooth connectivity issues
  • Fixed various theming issues
  • Fixed data integrity issues
  • Fixed multiple frameworks resource and memory leaks

Fixes for Google Nexus 5:

  • Fix for major power consumption in some cases

Fixes for Google Nexus 5X:

  • Patched BlueBorne kernel vulnerability
  • Fixed WiFi display

Fixes for Google Nexus 6:

  • Merged latest September security patch
  • Patched BlueBorne kernel vulnerability
  • Fixed WiFi display

Fixes for Google Nexus 6P:

  • Merged latest September security patch
  • Patched BlueBorne kernel vulnerability

Fixes for Google Pixel / Pixel XL:

  • Merged latest schedutil upstream changes
  • Patched BlueBorne kernel vulnerability

Fixes for Le Eco Le Pro 3:

  • Updated proprietary vendor files from 23S and OB20
  • Switched to new radio stack
  • Added dynamic boosting support via QPerformance
  • Updated Kernel as per latest CAF’s tag
  • General smoothness and touch boosting enhancements
  • Included workaround for F2FS GC which makes F2FS usable without concerns again
  • Patched BlueBorne kernel vulnerability
  • Various power improvements
  • Miscellaneous audio fixes and tuning

Fixes for OnePlus 3/3T:

  • Optimized thermal setup
  • Major power/battery improvements
  • Various performance enhancements
  • Improvements to touch latency
  • Improved WI-FI connectivity
  • Updated and improved F2FS support
  • Included workaround for F2FS GC which makes F2FS usable without concerns again
  • Ship firmware from internal 082917
  • Updated SRGB calibration from OnePlus
  • Added haptic intensity control (to be used by kernel apps)
  • Patched BlueBorne kernel vulnerability

Fixes for OnePlus X:

  • Fix for major power consumption in some cases
  • Fixed battery percentage getting stuck

Fixes for Nextbit Robin:

  • Optimized thermal setup
  • Patched BlueBorne kernel vulnerability
  • Other minor enhancements

Fixes for Xiaomi Mi5:

  • Updated to MIUI 7.9.7 Global dev blobs
  • Fixed lag for some users
  • Added dynamic boosting support via QPerformance
  • Patched BlueBorne kernel vulnerability

Paranoid Camera

Paranoid Android, since its initial 2017 re-release, has been known to be a step ahead of other ROMs in the camera department, be it on quality or features, and that’s especially true for OnePlus devices, which have been known to feature a pretty average camera quality when using custom ROMs.

But with this release, the PA team is introducing a new camera app called Paranoid Camera, which will be the default camera for all supported devices from now on. The new camera app has been redesigned from the ground up in order to achieve a new, much more friendly interface, with the help of designer Espen Flagtvedt Olsen as well as developer Grarak. Furthermore, it also brings some substantial fixes and improvements.


Launcher Customizations

One of the greatest things about third-party launchers – namely Nova Launcher, Action Launcher – is the ability to customize more than just the shortcuts on your homescreen. This new Paranoid Android release further expands on the launcher customization capabilities added on 7.2.3, also adding the following features:

  • Hidden app support – Hide apps from the app drawer and homescreen
  • Round icon support – Use round icons for all apps supporting it
  • Custom Icon Search – Search for specific icons by app
  • Dock color personalization – Choose between default, transparent, accent or wallpaper color

BlueBorne Fixes

Earlier this month, a massive security vulnerability was found to affect pretty much every single Android device with Bluetooth, from Android 1.0 to the latest Android 8.0. While this was actually patched in the September security patch, and the issue was publicly revealed after Google’s security bulletin was released, over 99% of Android phones are still in danger. The Paranoid team is making sure users running their software are safe from this flaw.

7.3.0, aside from merging the latest Android security patches, also merges the required device-specific fixes in order to fix this security vulnerability successfully on PA phones.


Space Oddity

As PA grows bigger, so does its device roster and, eventually, it will get to the point where it will reach their server capacity. The team is taking into account many device requests, and they want to officially support as many devices as possible. As such, in order to continue supporting more devices, the PA team is turning to users for help, by asking for donations.

The goal is to eventually expand their server infrastructure in order to officially support an even wider device range and user audience without server issues. If you want to help out, you can support them financially or, if you have access to a build server, they’re also looking for build slaves. Either option you choose, you’ll need to contact them directly.


Android Oreo

Android 8.0 Oreo has been officially out for roughly a month now, and some other custom ROM teams, like the LineageOS team, have already begun work on their Oreo versions. As such, this will be the last major Nougat update for Paranoid Android, as the team will instead focus all their workforce to getting Android Oreo working on their supported devices. If there’s a critical fix available for Nougat, though, then a minor update will be pushed out with this critical fix.

There’s currently no ETA on when the Oreo flavor for PA will be released, and it’s pretty hard to speculate since PA release dates have varied wildly in the past. So it’s just a matter of waiting and watching patiently.


Paranoid Android 7.3.0 is mostly polishing some of the rougher edges from older releases and bringing a better, more secure experience for users. And taking into the mix the massive bug fixes and security improvements with this release, as well as some of the new features, we can say for sure that 7.3.0 is a fairly big jump from 7.2.3. As always, you can check out the downloads page to find builds for your device. If you are interested about PA and wish to know more, you can also check out the official post, their gerrit and github, their crowdin and the friendly Paranoid Android Google+ Community.

Motorola Solutions Brings Together Spillman Public Safety Software Users

PARK CITY, Utah–()–More than 900 attendees from 370 U.S. public safety agencies have
gathered for Summit 2017, the annual user conference for Spillman, a
Motorola Solutions company. Summit 2017 focuses on Flex,
which provides records management software (RMS), computer-aided
dispatch (CAD) and jail management, as well as advanced search,
reporting, mapping and analytics capabilities, to U.S. public safety
agencies.

Acquired by Motorola Solutions in 2016, Spillman specializes in
integrated on-premises and cloud software solutions. It is now part of
Motorola Solutions’ growing Software
Enterprise
, created earlier this year to accelerate software
innovation for public safety and commercial customers.

Flex gives U.S. public safety agencies a customizable, on-premises
solution for CAD and RMS,” said Andrew Sinclair, general manager and
corporate vice president, Software Enterprise, Motorola Solutions. “We
are committed to Spillman Flex, which is a critical part of the
integrated software suite we are building for public safety users. Flex
will help us streamline the emergency response workflow and create
meaningful integration between systems, including land mobile radio
networks and 911 call-taking solutions.”

Sinclair and other leaders will discuss software strategy and product
enhancements with Spillman Flex customers at this week’s conference. The
event focuses on networking, educational opportunities, hands-on
workshops and previews of new software innovations. Attendees will
choose from more than 100 beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in
11 different tracks, including more than 30 new classes on subjects from
body-worn cameras and NG9-1-1 to CJIS policy and community policing.
Guest presenters include key industry partners as well as user-taught
best practices courses that share how other Flex customers have
optimized their systems.

We attend this conference every year because of the networking with
other seasoned users and classes for new product offerings,” said Tom
Wassack, application development manager for Randolph County, North
Carolina, public safety, who has attended the conference for 23 years.
Those are key values I can take back to my agency.”

About Motorola Solutions

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communication solutions and services that help public safety and
commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For
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Fortemedia Brings ForteVoice(R) iS820 Highly developed Voice Processing to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Fortemedia now introduced it is supplying ForteVoice® iS820 highly developed voice processing and Self-Adaptive Adjustment attributes to the a short while ago introduced Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Galaxy S8 and S8+ has adopted many microphones, offering excellent voice top quality even in a noisy ecosystem. ForteVoice®’s highly developed sounds suppression considerably reduces intrusive track record sounds in the contacting manner, which also includes VoLTE assist.

Fortemedia’s most recent era ForteVoice® iS820 utilizes Highly developed Microphone Array Processing (AMAP), a hybrid voice processing program that combines spatial filtering, resource separation, and adaptive statistical signal processing to deliver highly developed voice and audio abilities to customer digital equipment. Furthermore, Clever Spectrum Investigation (SSA) and Acoustic Awareness (AA) technologies are implemented into this release, presenting additional highly developed attributes for smartphones. ForteVoice® iS820’s main technologies optimizes voice top quality for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, assembly all global wi-fi operator standards for highly developed voice processing with large top quality.

In addition to SSA, Acoustic Awareness, which is a sounds ecosystem classifier that ForteVoice® iS820 offers to show beneath what sounds ecosystem the smartphone is functioning, is selected for passing AT&T 15909 test conditions for smartphones. The sounds forms that can be identified by the sounds ecosystem classifier in ForteVoice® iS820 consist of Website traffic street, Website traffic X-street, Practice station, Motor vehicle cabin, Cafeteria, Quiet, Office environment, Household, Pub, and Church/Concert Hall, and so on. Supported sounds forms can be further identified and tailored.

“We are thrilled to give the ForteVoice® iS820 products, our most recent era voice processing technologies, which allows large-top quality voice experience for Samsung’s most recent flagship items on a all over the world foundation,” stated Paul Huang, Fortemedia CEO and Chairman. “With our relentless innovation in voice processing options that help Samsung to give field-primary voice top quality, no issue in classic or emerging 4G and 5G networks, we are happy and glimpse ahead to extending our partnership with Samsung that will constantly convey new and interesting attributes to their smartphones.”

Fortemedia, Inc.

Fortemedia, Inc., headquartered in the US Silicon Valley with global operations and offices in Asia, focuses on establishing large top quality options and semiconductor items to improve human-to-human and human-to-machine voice communication top quality and efficiencies.

As a technologies chief, Fortemedia’s ASIC equipment and options with highly developed voice processing technologies, SAM (Little Array Microphone), SAMSoft®, and ForteVoice®, have all been commonly deployed in several professional methods, equipment, and apps for better person experience in voice communication. Fortemedia is effectively-positioned to fulfill consumer and market place needs in cell (smartphone and pill), automotive (in-car or truck infotainment program), Laptop (VoIP communication), and wearables, with its large vary of products offering in program, DSP IC, and little array microphone. Discover additional at www.fortemedia.com.

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