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The few main reasons why Snapchat is still laggy on Android

Android - 11 hours 57 min ago

Recently with the newer updates, and after updating my Xperia XZ to Oreo, the application started to lag again, curious I went to check which API does the application even target and I was shooked when i realised that it still targets lollipop

This means that it still sticks to the screenshot model and it is still not optimised to newer android versions, with Lollipop being released over 4 years ago, this shows precisely why the application has so many errors with so many phones.

Secondly, it is the way the application uses the KeyFrame layouts in a weird way which over exerts the GPU as the drawings are done ineffiencently(you may go figure it out yourself how this occurs) and hence, this is the lag that you see when you open the application trying to get to other Views.

Lastly, it is the way that it manages the data from its servers, if you realise, it downloads all the images only when you open the application, this causes a significant lag when you open it, as the processors are used to download the images/videos from your friends.

Hence, all these 3 things combine to give an awful SnapChatting experience, which I hope they would fix with the new SnapChat application they are making form scratch for Android.

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Russian roulette in Linux

Linux - 12 hours 19 min ago
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Reasons to Get Excited about KDE in 2018

KDE Apps - 12 hours 23 min ago

Despite the security meltdown that swept over the tech community, our 2018 started out great - and it's all thanks to you. Your donations helped us reach the goal of our end-of-year fundraiser.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the fundraiser, and also to all our community members who spread the word about it on social media and their blogs. You are all a wonderful community, and we are proud to be a part of this journey with you.

With our funds recharged and our hearts full of gratitude, we are ready to take on the new year and all the challenges it brings. The work is already in full swing - we released a bugfix update for KDE Applications and a new version of KDE Frameworks. But what else is there to look forward to in 2018? Read on to find out.

Plasma 5.12 Puts the "S" in Speed (and Stability)

Having released an update for Plasma 5.11 just at the beginning of 2018, Plasma developers are now gearing up for the first major release of the year. Plasma 5.12 will be the new LTS (Long-Term Support) version, replacing Plasma 5.8.


Discover, now with application screenshots.

Since many Linux distributions will rely on this version of Plasma, the developers wanted to make it as stable and fast as possible. Startup speed and memory usage will be visibly improved, particularly on low-end devices.

The KScreen utility will allow Wayland users to adjust the output resolution as well as enable and disable selected outputs. Discover, the software management application, will feature screenshots of applications, and it will support the dist-upgrade command for new major releases of distributions. A lot of work has been done on Flatpak support in Discover, and plenty of critical, usability-impeding bugs have been fixed.

It is important to note that new features for KWin on X11 will no longer be developed after Plasma 5.12. Moving forward, only the features relevant to Wayland will be added.

Krita Paints Masterpiece Features


Krita 4.0 is almost here!

Digital artists, rejoice! A major Krita release with big, beautiful changes is coming this year. With Krita 3.3.3 released just recently, all the attention is now shifting towards Krita 4.0. This version will bring improved integration with Inkscape, allowing the users to copy and paste shapes directly between the two applications.

Krita 4.0 supports Python scripting, comes with a new text tool, and allows bigger brush sizes. Expect two major changes related to file formats, too - instead of ODG, SVG will be the new default vector format. Additionally, the file format for color palettes will change, and the new one will let users create their own color groups.

If you're feeling brave enough, you can already try Krita 4.0 Beta today, and don't forget to report bugs if you find any!

New Apps Take the Stage

We're always happy when new or small projects take off and grow to become an important part of the KDE Community. Here's a small selection of some interesting KDE applications to keep an eye on:

Atelier

If you're into 3D printing, you should try Atelier. Along with its backend, AtCore, Atelier allows you to control your 3D printer, calibrate printer settings, check its status, and send print jobs to the printer. Although the application is still in beta, you can use it on Linux, macOS, and Windows, and there is even an AppImage if you'd prefer not bother with dependencies.

A major redesign of the user interface is in progress, so you can expect better views and multiple workspaces that will allow you to manage more than one 3D printer using one instance of Atelier.

Zanshin


With Zanshin, you'll never forget to buy those kiwis.

Productivity isn't such a hot buzzword anymore, but people are still looking for better ways to organize their tasks. Enter Zanshin, a small but powerful app grounded in the philosophy of simplicity. It allows you to sort your tasks into projects and divide them into different contexts.

Zanshin integrates with the KDE PIM suite and KRunner, making it easy to add new tasks from incoming email or display them in your calendar. A new version of Zanshin just came out, with features such as recurrent tasks, support for attachments, and the ability to focus on the currently active task to minimize distraction.

Latte Dock

Latte Dock officially became a KDE project (as part of our Extragear collection) at the end of 2017, but it has been a community favorite for a long time.

This highly configurable dock allows you to organize your launchers and running applications, and new features are added constantly. Recent changes made it possible to share custom dock layouts with other users (and download theirs), and improved dynamic backgrounds for application windows that interact with the dock.

Elisa


Elisa is simple by default, powerful when needed.

A new music player on the KDE stage, Elisa is still in development, but it's an exciting project to follow. One of its main features is music indexing, which optimizes the speed of your music collection. Elisa allows you to browse music by artist and album, or display all tracks, as well as create custom playlists. The developers are currently focused on improving the interface. You can try Elisa on Linux and Windows.

Akademy on the Blue Danube

August may seem far away, but we're already preparing for the biggest KDE Community event of the year - Akademy 2018! The annual gathering of KDE community members will take place in Vienna, Austria, from the 11th to the 17th of August at the University of Technology (TU Wien).

The call for participation is now open, and you can send your proposals for talks, panels, and workshops until March 12th, 2018. Of course, you can also simply come as an attendee -- after all, there is no admission fee, and everyone is welcome. Whether you're a seasoned KDE contributor or someone who just started using KDE software two days ago, we would like to meet you!

More Ways for You to Contribute

During our end-of-year fundraiser, many people asked us about using cryptocurrency to support KDE. We listened, and we made it possible - now you can donate Bitcoin using bitpay. You can also donate directly from Join the Game project, where you can become a supporting member of KDE and take part in our General Assembly meetings.

Of course, it's not all about the money. If you would like to contribute to KDE as a developer, take a look at our Season of KDE mentorship project. Want to write articles about KDE for this website? Get in touch with the KDE Promo team, and they will help you get started. There are so many venues to becoming a KDE contributor, and as part of our long-term goals, we will work on making the process of joining easier.

Let's konquer 2018 together!

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Veeam buys AWS EC2 instance backup and recovery biz

The Register - 12 hours 26 min ago
Swallows N2WS so it can stick oar deeper in Amazon cloud

Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2WS, an IaaS startup, whose board includes Veeam co-founder and President Ratmir Timashev, for $42.5mn cash.…

Is it possible to upgrade the privileges of a running process?

Say I have a process such as vi /etc/passwd which is not writable initially because I started with out root access. Is it possible to give more privileges to the running process (rather than restart it with sudo)?

Ideally, I want to upgrade the privileges for a limited time. But I would be happy if I can restrict the privileges during the startup and then allow the full privileges.

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MapR: How Next-Gen Applications Will Change the Way We Look at Data

Linux.com - 12 hours 52 min ago

The data landscape is changing right in front of our eyes. We are seeing gargantuan growth in total volume of data; we are generating and consuming massive amounts of video, images, sensor inputs of all sorts.

Show me your gpg.conf / gpg-agent.conf

Command Line - 13 hours 13 min ago

Hi everybody,

I am currently trying to improve my gpg.conf and gpg-agent.conf for that I wanted to have a look at what other people have set.

I'd be happy if some of you could share your configurations or link me to their dotfiles.

Mine are:

gpg.conf:

use-agent utf8-strings auto-key-locate local

gpg-agent.conf:

default-cache-ttl 0 max-cache-ttl 0 pinentry-program /usr/bin/pinentry-x11 allow-loopback-pinentry

X-post gnupg, but I didn't receive any feedback yet.

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ServiceNow unleashes its 'Kingston' release

The Register - 13 hours 19 min ago
Company's journey from the heart of IT to the rest of the business continues

ServiceNow has slipped into 2018 by slipping out a new release of its platform.…

Possible to setup fake power off using Tasker?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - 14 hours 11 min ago

Hi, I was wondering whether I could setup a fake power off action using tasker for anti theft reasons. It would basically work like this --> If the power button is long pressed & phone state is unlocked, the regular power menu shows up. But if the power button is long pressed & phone state is locked, a custom power menu shows up(system action blocked), made using Autotools. Pressing on power Off on the custom power menu shows a fake animation screen which says "Powering down" & then turns Off the screen. Then the power button is blocked(so that the screen can't be turned On), either for a short amount of time or is unblocked with some other trigger (like pressing the power button 4 times in a row). I tried using AutoInput to set a trigger when the power button is long pressed, but it didn't work. It seems the power button is protected unlike other physical buttons. How would one go about doing this? I have xposed installed, but would prefer a root only solution.

P.S. I know Cerberus has this feature, but I don't want to pay for a subscription just for this.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

The Register - 14 hours 26 min ago
Needs to make six to eight a year, predicts it can get back to 25 a year once airlines wake up

Airbus has reported its most prolific year to date in terms of deliveries, but also warned that it needs a new buyer of its flagship A380 if it is to continue production.…

Page Table Isolation Explained

Linux - 14 hours 54 min ago
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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

The Register - 15 hours 21 min ago
Boffins figure out when drones are watching, without decrypting the video stream

If a drone-creeper is snooping on you, you could catch them by grabbing the video stream – but what if it's encrypted?…

Repeat Android Espresso test?

Developing Android Apps - 15 hours 32 min ago

Is there a way to repeat an Android Espresso test N number of times? Thanks.

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Top 3 Mail Server Solutions for Linux

Linux - 15 hours 38 min ago
Categories: Linux

Irssi 1.1.0 Released.

Linux - 16 hours 16 min ago
Categories: Linux

Developer plots server virtualization comeback for XenServer

The Register - 16 hours 20 min ago
Plans open source revival of XCP, to go places Citrix won’t

Moves are afoot to revive Xen Cloud Platform (XCP), the open source version of XenServer that existed independently of Citrix before the company released its code to the Xen Project and made its own efforts open source.…

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