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  1. What Apps Do You Wish Linux Had, Or Can’t Find a Replacement For? If you could magically, instantly, create any sort of app for the Linux desktop right now, what would it be? This question has been tumbling around my brain all weekend thanks to some new (totally spammy) comments being left on an article of mine from 2013 — an article in which I decried the lack of “simple, purposeful” Linux desktop apps. Now, don’t misunderstand my intention in asking you what you’d create if you could. I am not saying Linux has an app gap. I am not implying that open-source suffers from any sort of major software malaise. Those of us who use Linux full time know that we’re not short of drop-in replacements for a broad range of well-known software types. GIMP is, for most of us, every bit as capable as Adobe Photoshop; Kdenlive, Blender and Lightworks all cater to different types of Linux-based video editors; and between Geary, Nylas N1, Evolution, Thunderbird, Sylpheed, K9, there’s barely any e-mail need left uncatered for. No, I’m asking more about tools that fill a specific need in a specific way. “App” apps if you will. What sort of app do you find yourself searching for only to come up empty? LINUX Y U NO MEME APP? There are apps on my phone I can’t wait to use on the desktop I used to really, really long for a desktop meme-maker. Why? App envy. I subscribe to many awesome sites, like Lifehacker, that spotlight awesome apps. I used to see really nifty meme generators that were Windows and Mac OS X only. I really wanted someone to create a simple GTK+ app that could let me hammer out impact bold witticisms over a well established meme template, and let me quickly upload my creations to sites like imgur, in-app. I’ve since outgrown that desire. A desktop meme maker would be overkill now that many competent online tools exist for the job. But I feel the point I was making still (somewhat) stands: there are apps that I love using on mobile platforms for which a decent, comparable alternative on the Linux desktop is (currently) missing. Hope for the future There’s reason to be hopeful. Though I’d wager that native app development for Ubuntu on Phones and Tablets is far scarcer than it should be, the lure of Convergence is poised to bring apps like Dekko, Music and Calendar to the Ubuntu desktop. One of my favorite Ubuntu Touch apps is Pockit, an offline-equipped Pocket reader, one I’d dearly love to see make the transition (Pocket offer a native desktop app for OS X). Snaps will also offer app makers a really clean, sane way to distribute software free of the usual packaging hurdles and distribution headaches. Back to the question, and over to you But back to the question: If you could make any sort of native app for your Linux desktop what would it be? Share your app ideas, inspirations, rants, wants, mockups, etc. in the comments section of source article and please do mention in the comments section below. To keep this a realistic discussion — app developers be lurking — let’s avoid the usual clamour for Adobe products and focus on more general themes, such as “a photo manager comparable to iPhoto”, “a native GTK+ Pocket app” , “an e-mail client that handles Exchange”, etc. Source
  2. HTML5 Games Workshop: Make A Platformer Game With JavaScript! I have always wanted to run a game development workshop, and some weeks ago, thanks to AdaJS in Barcelona, I finally got my chance. Empezamos con lleno el taller de videojuegos de @ladybenko en @CanodromBCN ???? pic.twitter.com/FWyfcSF16R — adaJS (@adabcnjs) March 4, 2017 Best news? The materials that I created are available online! And you can use them to guide yourself or to design a game development workshop of your own. The content I cover includes: Setting up your machine to develop games with Phaser and JavaScript. Loading the assets (images, audio files, etc.) you’ll use in your game. Rendering animated sprites. Getting the players’ input via the keyboard. Using a physics engine to handle movement, jumps, gravity, etc. Playing sound effects and background music. Changing between different levels. And more! You can check out the final game here –and play it! Move the character and jump with the arrow keys. Your goal is to pick up the key and reach the door. Try the workshop at home Do you want to try the workshop on your own and make a game? Please go ahead! There are indications at the beginning of each lesson, as well as explanations at every step, so that you can use this as a self-guided workshop, without a coach. If you get lost, you can download the source code at the end of every chapter and compare it with your work. There is also a checklist to help ensure you are on the right track before advancing to the next step. Run your own workshop If you would like to replicate the workshop in your local community, please do. It’s really fun and inspiring to see how people create a game for the very first time. We’d love to hear from you! The workshop website includes a guide for coaches and instructors that will help you set up run your own game-making workshop. Source
  3. BitTorrent Inc. to Refocus on What Made it Rich – uTorrent BitTorrent Inc is best known for its uTorrent client, but in recent years the company has publicly placed almost all of its emphasis on other projects, despite the software being its major breadwinner. Now, however, it appears the company is set for another shake-up, with yet another CEO and a fresh commitment to focus on its uTorrent and Mainline clients. While torrent clients such as qBitTorrent and Deluge have a passionate following among enthusiasts, there can only be one winner when it comes the true king of BitTorrent transfers. Owned by San-Francisco based BitTorrent Inc., uTorrent is the leading torrent client in the West. It has more than 150 million active users a month, a staggering achievement for a piece of software that started out as a one-man project in Sweden back in 2004. Now on version 3.4.9, uTorrent has undergone more than 12 years of development, 11 years under the guidance of BitTorrent Inc., who took control of the client (and its creator Ludvig Strigeus) back in 2006. The client’s massive success since has had a significant effect on BitTorrent Inc., generating tens of millions of dollars in advertising and affiliate revenue. Indeed, this revenue has been the major contributor to BitTorrent Inc.’s very existence, financing a basket of other products the company has brought to the table in recent years, such as the popular Dropbox competitor BitTorrent Sync. But despite the huge contribution uTorrent has made to the company and its various forays into other areas, in recent years the software has descended into something of an unsung hero. Caught between the bad publicity generated by millions of pirates using the software for less than legal activities, a reliance on its huge revenue, plus its role in distributing content from signed-up artists, BitTorrent Inc. has at times been required to delicately maneuver around the client’s very existence. Now, however, that might be about to change. According to a report from Variety, changes are underway at BitTorrent Inc that could see uTorrent and its Mainline sister client come back into the limelight. First up, the company has yet another new CEO. Rogelio Choy joins the company after spending two years at parking service Luxe Valet. However, Choy is also a former BitTorrent employee, serving as its Chief Operating Officer between 2012 and 2015. The hiring of Choy reportedly coincides with a shake-up of BitTorrent Inc.’s product line. BitTorrent Live, the patented live video streaming project developed by BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen, will be set loose as a separate, venture-funded company, Variety reports. That company will be headed up by Cohen himself, who will reportedly step back from his day-to-day involvement with BitTorrent Inc. but remain on the company’s board. He also has a little something up his sleeve. Cohen, a serial inventor and self-confessed puzzle enthusiast, is said to be focusing on a new crypto-currency project. Given how active Cohen has been in related and often heated discussion online in recent years, that doesn’t come as a surprise. But with all these changes underway, perhaps the most important news for torrent fans is that BitTorrent Inc. will refocus on its flagship products, the uTorrent and Mainline clients. Quite how this will manifest itself is open to debate, however. Most of the really important additions such as magnet links, PEX, and the network-friendly uTP protocol enhancement happened before 2010, some seven years ago. There have been a few minor additions in recent times, such as altruistic mode in 2016, but other than that development has been flat. Pulling something exciting out of the hat at this late stage in a product’s life could be a big ask but considering BitTorrent’s success and longevity (nothing else has come along to beat it from a technical perspective in 15 years), the company could yet deliver a surprise. It’s certainly possible, however, that BitTorrent Inc. will choose to continue its policy of focusing on what positive things the software can do, rather than the software itself. For years the company has been trying to attract artists to its distribution platform, even going as far as offering to finance them through its discovery fund. But with that now scrapped, it will need to rely on artists who understand the benefits of BitTorrent Bundles. They will join the likes of Bribery Corporation, who recently struck a deal with BitTorrent to provide the exclusive platform for all their releases. Whatever happens, uTorrent remains an exciting part of the P2P landscape and doesn’t look like it will disappear anytime soon. Whether it can receive an unexpected technological boost will remain to be seen, but in the meantime it will remain the client of choice for tens of millions of fans, many of whom are happy with it, just the way it is. Source
  4. Top Firefox Add-ons, And Their WebExtensions Status The following article looks at a list of top Firefox add-ons, and checks whether those add-ons are available as WebExtensions already, or are planned to be released as WebExtensions. Top Firefox add-ons in this context means the following: first page of add-ons on Mozilla AMO based on user count, user rating, and featured. Mozilla plans to drop legacy add-on support with the release of Firefox 57. While legacy add-ons will live on for a while in Firefox ESR and development builds of the browser, these exceptions will be removed eventually as well. Considering that Firefox 57 will be released in November 2017, it is important to look at the current state of add-on migration. Note: we did not list video downloaders. Note: The availability as a WebExtension does not necessarily mean that you will get the same functionality or layout. Also note that a status of unknown does not mean that a WebExtension is not in the works. It simply means that I was not able to find information about it online. Firefox Add-ons with the Most Users Adblock Plus -- WebExtension is being worked on. See Bug uBlock Origin -- WebExtension is being worked on. See GitHub page. Easy Screenshot -- Unknown.. NoScript Security Suite -- WebExtension is being worked on. See our article. Firebug -- Will be integrated into Firefox natively. Search and New Tab by Yahoo -- Unknown. Ghostery -- Already available as WebExtension. DownThemAll -- Not going to happen. Greasemonkey -- Unclear, design document exists, but APIs missing. Mozilla tracking bug. iMacros for Firefox -- Unknown Google Translator for Firefox -- Unknown LastPass Password Manager -- LastPass 4.0 is a WebExtension. Tracking Bug. Tab Mix Plus -- Unknown, tracking bugs exist. FlashGot Mass Downloader -- Unknown. Developed by NoScript developer. YouTube High Definition -- Unknown. Top-Rated Firefox Add-ons Beyond Australis -- Not going to happen. Classic Theme Restorer -- Not going to happen. YouTube High Definition -- Unknown. OmniSidebar -- Not going to happen. Disable CTRL-Q Shortcut -- Unlikely, last update in 2012. YouTube Flash Video Player -- Unknown. Puzzle Bars -- Not going to happen. TableTools2 - Copy/Sort/Chart/Filter Table&More -- Unknown. Google search link fix -- Already a WebExtension. Theme Font & size Changer -- Unknown. Decentraleyes -- WebExtension is being worked on. Source. Add-ons Manager Context Menu -- Unlikely, last update in 2013. YouTube Plus -- Already a WebExtension. Magic Actions for YouTube -- Already a WebExtension. Classic Toolbar Buttons -- Not going to happen. Pray Times -- Unlikely, last updated in 2013. Pearltrees -- Unknown. Reader -- Unknown. Adblock Plus -- Being worked on. QuickMark -- Unknown. Top Featured Firefox Add-ons History Submenus II -- Unknown. Gmail Notifier+ -- Unknown. Copy Plain Text 2 -- Unknown. Clear Console -- Unknown. Dictionary (Google Translate) Anywhere -- Unknown. Tile Tabs -- Tile Tabs WE is a WebExtension version. Tab Scope -- Unknown. Private Tabs -- Unknown. Weather Forecast Plus -- Unknown. Lightbeam for Firefox -- In development. NoScript Security Suite -- Being worked on. Gmail Notifier (restartless) -- Unknown. Messenger & Notifier for Facebook -- Unknown. Enhancer for Youtube -- Seems likely, as a Chrome version exists. Torrent Tornado -- Unknown. BetterPrivacy-signed -- Unknown. Forecastfox (fix version) -- Seems likely, as a Chrome extension exists. Emoji Keyboard -- Unknown. Clean Uninstall -- Unknown. Cleanest Addon Manager -- Unknown. Stats Working: 6 Being Worked On: 5 Unknown: 33 Won't be available: 6 Closing Words We will revisit this page regularly to update the state of all listed browser add-ons for Firefox. Source
  5. Visual Studio 2013 lands alongside a cloud-hosted IDE. Nov 13 2013 - Though it has been available on MSDN for a few weeks now, today marks the official launch of Microsoft's flagship development environment, Visual Studio 2013. In addition to supporting Microsoft's latest platforms—in particular, Windows 8.1—Visual Studio 2013 includes some pretty neat productivity features. Revision history and work item information appears inline within the code editor to show what has changed and why. In the new release, the IDE also includes a bunch of new profiling capabilities for Windows Store apps. There's a profiler to measure application energy usage, user interface responsiveness, memory usage, and, of course, processor usage. Enlarge / Show who changed what, and why. Alongside the new IDE, the company is also launching a quintet of new and updated services, collectively known as "Visual Studio Online." Underpinning the entire set of online offerings is Team Foundation Service, the cloud-hosted version of the Team Foundation Server application lifecycle management suite. This provides both centralized version control using the Team Foundation version control system and distributed version control using git, along with work item tracking, planning, and management. Building on this service is a software-build service to perform cloud-based building from within Visual Studio and on Visual Studio Online. Once built, the Elastic Load Test Service allows that software to be tested with tens of thousands of virtual users to see how it performs under load. TFS, Hosted Build, and Elastic Load Test are all available in public preview from today. The remaining two services are more limited. The first of these is Application Insights, which initially collects performance and usage data from .NET and Java applications on Windows Server and Windows Azure, as well as Web and Windows Phone 8 apps. With Application Insights, developers can see how their applications are being used and how they're performing, and they can then collect diagnostic information when there are problems. The second is an IDE in the cloud codenamed Monaco. Monaco is still an early preview at the moment—hence only having a codename—that right now allows quick browser-based editing of Azure websites. Visual Studio Online will be free for teams of up to five and will give users 60 minutes of build time and 15,000 load test user-minutes. MSDN subscribers will receive Visual Studio Online benefits as part of their subscriptions. For nonsubscribers who need to support larger teams, there are subscription options, and more minutes of building and load testing can be bought for $0.05 and $0.002, respectively. Finally, Microsoft is also offering a fourth update to Visual Studio 2012 to fix bugs and enhance compatibility with Visual Studio 2013. Source: Ars Technica
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