VLC media player to bring support for 360 degree videos across all platforms

VLC Media Player, you have to be someone who doesn’t play videos on his computer to not know the name. The app that lets you play basically any video format on practically any platform, is now about to add support for the possible future. By future I mean, 360-degree videos which are becoming more and more common, and yet, strangely, we hardly have any native apps to play them apart from the web browser.
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Mirosoft joins Linux Foundation, Google joins .NET foundation : What it means for Android?

If there’s one thing to be said about 2016, it’s that it’s full of surprises. This year has seen events you would’t have dreamt of a decade ago. A new era in the tech world is upon us, driven by the rise to power of new blood in big companies who are friendlier and more modern in their approach to the rest of the tech world.

If you want proof of that, look no further than Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Much like Sundar Pichai has with Google, Nadella has softened Microsoft up a bit and made the company as a whole more willing to embrace what’s going on around them. Continue reading “Mirosoft joins Linux Foundation, Google joins .NET foundation : What it means for Android?”

Who’s No. 1 in open source contributions? Microsoft! Not Google

Over the course of the 90’s and ’00’s, Microsoft became notorious for competing aggressively with the very concept of open source – free software, developed by teams of volunteer programmers from all over the world.

Since Satya Nadella took the CEO job at Microsoft in 2014, the company’s views towards open source have evolved. Microsoft has embraced open source, and even supports the open source Linux operating system on its Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform.

Don’t believe the love is real?

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Microsoft isn’t forcing Lenovo to block Linux

After failing to install Linux on a recent Lenovo laptop, a Reddit user claims to have received a short reply from Lenovo’s support team: “This system has a Signature Edition of Windows 10 Home installed. It is locked per our agreement with Microsoft.” Which is how the story started.

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Microsoft’s Service Fabric is now available on Linux

Microsoft edged another step toward making Azure Service Fabric open source. The company released not the long-awaited Service Fabric source code but the next best thing: an official, supported release of Service Fabric on Linux. With Azure Service Fabric for Linux, customers can now provision Service Fabric clusters in Azure using Linux as the host operating system and deploy Java applications to Service Fabric clusters.

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Microsoft is working on its Slack killer


Despite a varied portfolio of collaboration services, Microsoft is still struggling to field a strong competitor to enterprise group messaging apps like Slack and HipChat. It has SharePoint, Skype for Business and Yammer, but none of them is really a direct competitor to the slickly designed, GIF-stuffed and bot-laden crop of modern messaging applications. That may be about to change.

The tech giant is reportedly working on a messaging app for team collaboration, much like how Slack works.  Continue reading “Microsoft is working on its Slack killer”

How to dual boot Ubuntu 16.04 and Windows 10

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is the latest from Canonical and the LTS part ensures a 5 year long term support from Canonical. Windows 10 is a pretty good OS in its own right. But if you’re like me, it can get pretty boring at times doing things the same way over and over. Windows is quite customizable but its nowhere near the level of an open source platform as Ubuntu. But then, Windows has the apps advantage so it can’t be replaced as easily for many. That was my very simplistic reason for a dual boot setup. But there are a lot of other reasons you might want to have both Windows and Ubuntu on your machine.

This tutorial will guide you on how you can perform the installation of Ubuntu 16.04 in dual-boot with a Microsoft Operating System on machines that come pre-installed with Windows 10.

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Maru OS lets your phone be a full fledged desktop computer, goes open source

Not to be confused with Maru the adorable YouTube cat, Maru OS, the bite-sized Android add-on that turns your phone into a desktop, just went open source.

Maru OS doesn’t change much about the way your phone operates on its own, but once you connect a desktop monitor via a slimport cable, Maru really comes to life. When connected to a display, Maru OS allows you to run a desktop Linux environment straight from your phone.

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