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Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update For Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Available

A custom firmware based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update was released for Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Owners of the 2013 phablet released by the South Korean tech giant can now opt to install Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update through FlymeOS ROM, according to Team Android. This firmware allows the users to fully customize their mobile device. It also provides a smooth and stable performance.
Particularly, the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom firmware is compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE variant, which bears the model number N9005. At launch, the phablet came pre-installed with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It became upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. Currently, according to GSM Arena’s specs list for the smartphone, Note 3 can only be officially updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware.

Source: http://www.inquisitr.com/2772301/android-5-1-1-lollipop-update-for-samsung-galaxy-note-3-available/
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

The five-year-old Samsung Galaxy S2 gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow through CM13 nightlies

The term ‘old’ is thrown around liberally at a time when smartphones are treated to a paltry one-year life cycle. Essentially, it doesn’t take long for the hottest property in tech to become old news — the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are now precisely that as we look ahead to the seventh-coming at Unpacked later this month. But the Galaxy S II? Now that’s a relic, and one that, believe it or not, is half a decade young. What’s perhaps even more astonishing is that with a helping hand from CyanogenMod, it can run the latest flavor of Android.

Source: http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-five-year-old-Samsung-Galaxy-S2-gets-Android-6.0-Marshmallow-through-CM13-nightlies_id78060
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Canonical Unveils Flexible BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet

It goes without saying that many of the devices we own these days are convergent in nature – and our smartphones would be the best example to cite, taking into consideration the sheer number of tasks in which it is capable of achieving. Well, Canonical has just shown off its multi-talented BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet that actually brings about its Linux convergence vision to reality. In other words, one will be able to function productively even in tablet mode, as well as turn it into a full desktop experience by docking it with the right peripherals. Certainly looks to be far better than its spiritual predecessor.Canonical claims that the “Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is the first device to offer an Ubuntu convergent experience. It is also the first tablet with the Ubuntu Operating System. Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition brings Ubuntu’s rich full touch experience to life.

Source: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2016/02/canonical-unveils-flexible-bq-aquaris-m10-ubuntu-edition-tablet/
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Phone Update: OTA-9

The full list of key Ubuntu Phone updates are provided below:

Sound controls and playlist support from indicator controls

  • A new Music app will be released shortly to utilise this feature


  • Smooth refresh of contents
  • Background audio playback supported with control via indicators

System settings and Indicators

  • Custom ringtones are now supported
  • High volume warning
  • Audible warning on low battery


  • Updated to Bluez5 (I’ll get you more details on what this means)


  • Now supports downloads of arbitrary files

First release of Pocket desktop components

Juju Charmers Summit: The Real Day


Okay then, day 3. My liver is still pretty much functioning although hopefully I can “juju deploy new-liver” on my trip back to the UK.

So what happened on day 3? Of course for those not interested in Juju there was no day 3, but for those who stuck around, hopefully they had a very benificial extra day, the consensus at the end was certainly good.

Day 3 was a morning of a couple of talks followed by 8 lightning talks(which weren’t really lightning because Marco didn’t really dare cut people off, not because he’s a wimp, but mostly because the talks were really interesting). Then we had lunch and the mandatory photograph, followed by the long awaited breakout session.

Thank god! As an app developer I’d been awaiting the breakout sessions where instead of consuming ideas and things we could/should do, I could ask questions, prod developers and everything else that comes with a breakout session. Kevin Monroe, Cory Johns, you are worth your weight in gold. The advice, hints, tips and help you offered both during the session in the afternoon but then offering to sit down in the evening and put more effort into helping me get the charm running. That shows an amazing dedication to what you do, or the most amazing salary every, but, I suspect it would be the former even if the later is also true. This afternoon we spent time writing a Pentaho Data Integration charm, which allowed me to pick the brains of the guys that know, build a layered charm that depends on stuff, auto deploys etc. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I mean this stuff is really clever once you’ev wrapped your head around the logic.

From a personal perspective, I have to thank Marco, Antonio, Jorge, Kevin, Cory, Andrew, Samuel and probably a bunch of people who I’ve forgotten and Mark Shuttleworth and Abi Birrel for both funding and organising the trip. Mark, if you want to call me to discuss BI usage and data ingress and egress, please do, you need some help! But really guys, one of the best and most hospitable events I’ve been to and hopefully I can show non sys admins and “techies” how they should be deploying data platforms.

What’s annoying is, if I had one take away from this conference, it is I would like write charms, right now. Plus get the open source business intelligence community actively involved in doing so. Sadly, I have a day job!

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About the author

Tom Barber

Tom is the founder and technical director of Meteorite.bi, a consulting company specialising in the Saiku Analytics platform. His weekly duties include BI consulting, Scala & Java programming and tinkering with System Administration frameworks. In his spare time Tom is a regular blogger and open source committer. You can read more about Tom on the Meteorite.bi blog.

Juju Charmers Summit: Day 2


I’ll be honest with you here, I love open source software evangelism, I will talk about it for days given an audience. You are my audience, so thank you very much….

Okay, so I won’t lie last night involved some consumption of alcohol. Luckily everyone rocked up pretty much on time, and then it rained really hard, so anyone who drank too much and missed the bus got quite wet. Anyway, on to the conference, the morning was filled with some interesting talks, having worked on systems continuous testing with Jenkins many years ago I hung out in the testing track room. It was a nice bit of validation that I wasn’t completely mad 6 years ago when I was trying to test all our stuff, even though it wasn’t cloud based back then.

In the afternoon I hung out in the Juju room. Today was curtailed, in that there were only 3 talks, but they packed a lot of useful information. The final talk of the day was about Juju’s big data charms. If you’ve not used them, I highly suggest you do. Instead of messing around with virtual box machines and scaling a demo, you can run a whole multi node Hadoop cluster in one line of code. This is great for explaining Hadoop ecosystems to clients, because when they ask “what does it take to get this into production?”, the answer is of course, “it is in production”, this isn’t some laptop based container demo(although it can be), this is “live” in the cloud.

If you are already users of alternative systems orchestrations platforms there was a good talk today about using some of that code in your charms for deployment across your cluster. This may not be the best way to maintain charms in the long term, but certainly, if your company already uses an orchestration platform but you want to enhance that with Juju, there is no reason to not combine the two.

Sandwiched in between the two was a talk on Kubernetes, I’m not overly knowledgeable on the subject, so at that point I tuned out and got down to properly investigating layers. Layers are Juju style inheritance and I had fun on my first iteration of a Pentaho Data Integration charm. The cool thing about this charm is that you will be able to scale instantly using the PDI clustering configuration to be able to instantly build a multi-node ETL cluster.

If you are bored and looking for something to do, building a charm isn’t a bad thing. Being able to leverage the power of your chosen tool on a flexible computing platform with minimal configuration is a great thing. Juju is open source and actively developed and used by Canonical. Get involved, talk to the folks, they are very nice. If you mail the mailing list you’ll get a reply, half the time by Mark Shuttleworth, which does make me wonder when he does real work, but then I noticed he had a little nap in Mondays sessions, so I guess he gets it when he can….

Most of the non hardcore guys are off home after 2 days of learning. Us hardcore people are back for day 3, which is Juju only, I can’t wait.

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About the author

Tom Barber

Tom is the founder and technical director of Meteorite.bi, a consulting company specialising in the Saiku Analytics platform. His weekly duties include BI consulting, Scala & Java programming and tinkering with System Administration frameworks. In his spare time Tom is a regular blogger and open source committer. You can read more about Tom on the Meteorite.bi blog.

Why robots can’t live without apps


We’re living in a pretty exciting period where robots have become ever more present in our “human lives”. They aren’t simply watched in Sci-Fi films on our living room screens anymore, but like the BB8 they are rolling around our homes (!) transforming our videos into holograms.

As the world we live in gets smarter, we all expect new devices that will change our lives….and smart robots are first in line to deliver these differences! They can transform the way we work to be more productive, assist in our personal life with household chores and even help the ageing population through greater independence.

The potential of smart robotics is huge! Though to get there they have to be up-to-date with what is and isn’t working in our society and understand what we are using in our daily lives so they can bring about these transformations.

They need a smart ecosystem. One that’s relevant, up-to-date with user experiences…something like an app store.

Robots powered by apps hold a longer life span as they rely on software updates which maintain their relevance. Think about a robot that’s controlled via a social network. If this network loses popularity after a few years and a new one takes the crown – not an unlikely situation – a robot connected to an app store can get a software upgrade or a new app downloaded which will give it a new life. Robots without apps just do not have a future with consumers always demanding a more relevant, more affordable option.

Robot App stores probably hold the most important roles in the future of robotics, as this is where the industry’s greatest potential lies. It’s still far away from the popularity of phone apps but as the robotics industry grows and more developers participate, be it professionals, students or hobbyists, this will inevitably change.

We’re excited to be a part of this change and can’t wait to showcase some of these app powered robots at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year.

Erle Spider, is an Ubuntu drone with legs! It’s powered by ROS, the programming language for Robots, and has a couple apps that make him a very special robot indeed. The spider can be remotely controlled via a Twitter app and whatever the robot sees can also be streamed on YouTube via its app!

The same makers, Erle, launched its first flying drone with apps at the back of a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015 which we’ll also be showcasing. Drones are the fastest growing market in the robotics space, particularly led by commercial drone adoption. The Erle Drone powered by Ubuntu Core can easily be extended through a number of apps including the Youtube streaming app and the Altitude Angel app that prevents drones from going into no-fly zones.

And there’s UAVIA, which is the only drone in the world to be entirely remotely piloted via a 4G connection. This is an interim step between a fully autonomous and locally piloted drone which means venues could have a drone in residence which would land in a nest to get recharged after each flight.

Drones and Robotics are an exploding market! And for those of you heading to MWC we’d love to discuss this topic more. For more info on our MWC demos see here.

Google removes Samsung’s first Android ad blocker from the Play Store

Just days after it shot to the top of the Play Store, Android’s newest ad blocker has been removed for violating developer guidelines. Called Adblock Fast, the plug-in from startup Rocketship Apps worked within Samsung’s mobile browser thanks to a partnership with the phone maker, which opened an API this week allowing third-party developers to build content blocking features for the preinstalled Samsung Internet app.
According to Rocketship developer Brian Kennish, Google says Adblock Fast violates section 4.4 of of its Developer Distribution Agreement, which disallows apps or plugins offered through the Play Store from “interfering” or “disrupting” devices, networks, or services of third parties.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/3/10905672/google-samsung-adblock-fast-android-ad-blocker-removal
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Juju Charmer Summit Update

Author Tom Barber is the Technical Director of Canonical Charm Partner Meteorite Consulting.  He is currently attending the Juju Charmer’s Summit in Ghent, Belgium.  

Juju Management Camp Day 1

Okay it’s a lie, it was really Config Management Camp, but I was really only there for one purpose. Over the years as a small tech company we have tried a number of automation systems for our server and the honest truth, is that unless you have a dedicated sys admin and people running your infrastructure, it will fail at some point. The urge to do something “manually” is too big a draw and as soon as you do that, your systems are out of sync and it’s hard to come back from that point. Of course with Juju you can do that also, but as the systems are designed at a different level, it removes that “hackable” level and manages my servers and containers for me, which to some extent minimises that urge.

The other thing as well is that all “recommended charms” (the stuff you deploy with Juju) are peer reviewed by Canonical employees, and, as I found out tonight, are automatically tested on a range of cloud services with each commit. One of the bigger problems we found with Puppet over the years was finding Puppet modules that were built in a way that allowed easy deployment on my operating system of choice without hacking to move it out sync with the upstream maintainer. Of course you can still do this with Juju, but the charm developers add sensible properties into their charms in the hope this won’t be necessary. You can also extend charms with their new “layers” approach coming in 2.0, if you come from a programming background, think of inheritance, you can extended charms with more code, without writing all the other stuff or copying and pasting.

The other take away from today, is how enthusiastic all the folks at Canonical are about their product. This is from the top down, from Mark Shuttleworth, wanting to do seat of the pants demos with the Ubuntu Orange Box (http://cluster.engineering/ubuntu-orange-box/) and answering questions in detail on the mailing list. To Jorge and his love of ZFS, Antonio and his wanting to demo the Juju Weather Report to me so I understand how the cross cloud testing metrics work and of course Marco Ceppi who thinks (quite rightly) that every question is a really good question and answers it in as detailed way as possible, how he didn’t lose his voice is beyond me.

The whole setup is really slick, whilst most techies may not use the GUI, it is there and readily available for systems engineers to explain platform topology to no techies, but similarly, the command line and its excellent tab complete support is there to support day to day tasks. The ease of adoption and getting up and running is so easy, it makes you want to use the platform for everything, instead of it being an after thought.

I have to be honest with you, when we were asked to write a Saiku charm, I was sceptical, YACMS (yet another content management service), but the whole ecosystem has changed from, “let’s write a charm and hope people consume it”, to, “lets port our systems to Juju because it makes our lives easy and if people use our charm thats a bonus”.

Of course Canonical would like us to get our charm finished and everything in production but from a consumers point of view, Juju is good. Very, very good.


This article was originally posted on http://www.meteorite.bi/blog/

To learn more about Canonical’s partner programmes, please visit http://partners.ubuntu.com/.

Sanjay Sinha from Oracle on Cloud adoption and working with Canonical


Sanjay Sinha, Vice President of Platform Products at Oracle speaks to Alexander Gallagher, Business Development for Canonical’s Certified Public Cloud on the drivers behind cloud adoption..

Alexander: What do you think are the biggest barriers facing enterprises when it comes to cloud adoption?

Sanjay: The barriers have been coming down and we have seen rapid adoption of our Cloud offerings.  Enterprises typically express concern over security, data residency, regulatory compliance, and how to integrate on-premise with cloud for a hybrid model.  In addition, enterprises have a long tail of on-premise applications in their datacenters that they would like to move to cloud, but that effort will be a decade long transition.  Enterprises do not want to rewrite nor incur additional IT costs in their migration to the cloud, and they are coming to Oracle as their strategic provider today.

Alexander: Last week it was announced that Canonical and Oracle had expanded its partnership and would be providing Ubuntu Certified Images in Oracle Marketplace. How do you think our partnership will help remove these barriers?

Sanjay: Our relationship with Canonical optimizes Ubuntu for the Oracle Cloud Platform, both public cloud and on premise.  This is available today in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.  With Ubuntu, we bring a very popular cloud OS to users of the Oracle Cloud Platform for enterprise application development, cloud-native DevOps, and the open source applications ecosystem.

Alexander: How do you think the needs of the enterprise are changing and how are you responding?

Sanjay: Enterprises are adopting a “cloud-first” strategy and agile methodologies for new application development. This strategy enables them to compress their DevOps cycles, which gives them business agility and competitive advantage. We are also seeing enterprises shifting from a CAPEX model to an OPEX economics.  New employees coming into enterprises have different expectations for how they work and interact.

However, the need for security and compliance is not changing. To respond to the changing landscape, Oracle provides the same user experience on the Oracle Cloud enterprises require, now running Ubuntu based applications. We offer Elastic Compute and pricing for dynamic workloads with short start/stop cycles to fit into OPEX budgets. Oracle Public Cloud is the platform designed for extensibility that allows line-of-business (LOB) developers to go directly to the cloud for agility. In the same manner, Oracle enables IT organizations to use the same cloud infrastructure to gain agility to meet LOB requirements.

Alexander: Where do you see the evolution of cloud computing going?

Sanjay: Dev/Test was the first mover to the Cloud, but the majority of the production workloads are still on-premise. We see migration of Oracle technology workloads to our optimized Platform as a Service, and non-Oracle technology fitting well into our Infrastructure as a Service.  We see an integrated stack i.e., SaaS + PaaS + IaaS. Our strategy is to offer a software defined virtual datacenter in the cloud, to give customers control and choice.

Cloud computing has great appeal for the elastic nature of the infrastructure, but it is imperative to offer predictability of performance in addition to elasticity. The volume and velocity of information generated will continue to drive Big Data and Analytics to turn insights into actions.

Enterprises also need to adapt to the Millennial Generation in the workforce, with greater emphasis on mobile and social networking.

Alexander: What role does open source play in Oracle’s future?

Sanjay: Open source will bring the latest and greatest OS innovations to enterprise customers who want to build applications leveraging the most popular technology. More enterprises will be adopting an open source strategy and will want to run open source apps on the Oracle Cloud. For example, many popular applications built on open source technologies can be integrated today with the Oracle Database Cloud Service.

DevOps in the Cloud, uses a lot of open source tools and they are innovating how new breed of applications are developed, deployed, and used. We see open source applications running alongside cloud services and traditional enterprise apps running on the cloud. Oracle Cloud provides the flexible platform for running any of these customer workloads.

Alexander: Why is it important for Oracle Cloud to be using Certified Images for Ubuntu?

Sanjay: Certified Ubuntu images fit into the Oracle Cloud Marketplace model so Canonical can provide support, security, and stability. It is optimized for the Oracle Cloud and provides the best experience of Ubuntu on Oracle Cloud Platform (IaaS) for our mutual customers, giving them the confidence of running their business critical applications on Ubuntu and Oracle.

Alexander: What, in your opinion, will the typical on-premise Oracle customer do differently in the cloud, in terms of technology and operational choices?

Sanjay: We believe that DevOps will become increasingly important in the cloud, with more continuous integration and delivery, in a faster cycle-time. The great majority of existing enterprise applications will be interconnected and integrated i.e., integration in the cloud with 3rd party applications, custom applications, and data sources.  New apps and new innovations will be cloud-native. Enterprises will look to migrate their entire datacenter to the cloud in a phased manner for agility and cost management, without being disruptive or forcing re-writes.

Hybrid Cloud, which is the integration of corporate data centers with the public cloud, will be the prevailing operating choice for the majority of our customers for quite some time.  Oracle’s Network Cloud Services support a variety of technologies for Hybrid Cloud, such as VPN, Direct Connect, and Cloud Exchange.

Finally, we believe that high availability and disaster recovery will remain very important.  Data residency and compliance will be a priority for IT and corporate governance.  Supporting heterogeneous guest operating systems and technology stacks is an important part of supporting migration to the cloud without disruption.