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Lawnchair v1 brings Pixel features to any Android

Lawnchair is a customizable launcher based on the Pixel Launcher. It’s been in the works for about a year now, and Lawnchair v1 stable has just been released. Lawnchair boasts a huge amount of features over similar launchers, such as the Rootless Pixel Launcher. That’s not to say it’s any better, it’s just made differently. Lawnchair is a separate application under a different package name with features ported from the Pixel Launcher over to it. This also meant that it could be released on the Google Play Store. You can check out XDA TV’s review of the initial release below. 

Note that for now, it isn’t guaranteed to work on Android Oreo. We had no issues, but that doesn’t mean you won’t either. 

 Lawnchair Stable v1 Features and ScreenshotsGoogle Now (a.k.a. Google Feed) integration (Requires the Lawnfeed add-on app)Android Oreo shortcuts and notification dotsIcon Pack supportVariable Icon SizeCustom Grid SizeDock CustomizationAdaptive Icons (For Nougat & above)Optional Blurry UI …
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GitLab Ultimate and GitLab Gold now free

Nearly every developer will be familiar with GitHub, but slightly fewer may be familiar with its competitor GitLab. Following the purchase of GitHub by Microsoft for $7.5 billion, many are switching over from GitHub. The platform has seen a surge of activity in the past 24 hours. To gain the trust of more users as an alternative to GitHub, GitLab will now be offering GitLab Ultimate and GitLab Gold for free to open source projects and educational institutions. What do both of these packages offer? The base service already offers a number of features for free that GitHub doesn’t including the option to create private repositories. The Ultimate and Gold packages offer pretty much the same thing, but while Ultimate is self-hosted, Gold is provided as a service. Both include all features available on the platform including Epics, Roadmap, Static Application Security Testing, Container Scanning, and more. The only thing you won’t get as part of an open source project or educational instit…

How to Get Google Playstore cerified

Device manufacturers work with Google to certify that Android devices with Google apps installed are secure and will run apps correctly. To be certified, a device must pass Android compatibility tests. If you are unable to add a Google Account on your Android device, your Android device software might not have passed Android compatibility tests, or the device manufacturer has not submitted the results to Google to seek approval. As a result, your device is uncertified. This means that your device might not be secure.

If you are a User wanting to use custom ROMs on your device, please register your device by submitting your Google Services Framework Android ID (not Settings.Secure.ANDROID_ID or SSAID) below. This can be retrieved by using the ADB shell command:

1. adb root
2. adb shell 'sqlite3 /data/data/ "select* from main where name = \"android_id\";"'

It will return an id. Register The id at…

Linux Mint 19 Beta Released

This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 19 “Tara” 

Cinnamon Edition.
Linux Mint 19 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. New features: This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements. For an overview of the new features please visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon“. Important info: The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions. To read the release notes, please visit: “Release Notes for Linux Mint 19 CinnamonSystem requirements: 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen). Notes: The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.The 64-bit ISO is recommended …

Microsoft has reportedly agreed to buy GitHub (Deal official at $7.5 billion)

As it was previously rumored, Microsoft has now officially announced today that they’re buying GitHub for $7.5 billion.
You’re probably well acquainted with GitHub. After all, it’s the go-to place for developers on our forums to upload the source code for their applications, custom kernels, custom AOSP-based ROMs, and much more. On the off-chance that you aren’t familiar with GitHub, it’s the most popular hosting service for Git repositories where you can upload the source code for your project and manage it with collaboration features such as bug tracking, commits, feature request, wikis, and more. GitHub has remained independent for the entirety of its existence, but that could change as Microsoft has reportedly agreed to purchase it. It’s a stunning move if you consider Microsoft’s early history with regards to Linux, but less surprising given the company’s more recent history. Microsoft has slowly shifted their stance towards open source projects, even going so far as open sourcin…

GitHub on the acquisition by Microsoft

Congratulations to GitHub on their acquisition by Microsoft! This is validation of the growing influence of software developers in the world, and the importance of modern DevOps. The software community owes a lot to GitHub, and that includes the GitLab community. GitLab was first developed on GitHub and found its first contributors through it.

Code collaboration before GitHub Over the years, code collaboration has come a long way. Many developers will remember how code was often hosted on private websites, FTP servers, email, and IRC. We used to stuff a floppy disk or CD-ROM with code and mail it back and forth, or send patches to newsgroups or mailing lists in order to share and work on code together. It was a painful, error-prone time. Git, the version control system used by GitHub, GitLab, and others, was first introduced in 2005. It allowed developers to work asynchronously, across the globe, on the same code. GitWeb went a step further, with its web interface for browsing a Git r…

A mid-range Google Pixel with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710

According to a comment by notable leaker Roland Quandt from WinFuture, Google is reportedly planning on launching a mid-range Google Pixel device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system-on-chip in the first half of 2019.

Posted on twitter

A return to their roots?
The Google Pixel series of smartphones is a flagship line-up. They all cost a pretty penny because they feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL), the latest Android experience from Google with years of guaranteed support, and the best Google software such as the Google Camera app.Before the Pixel, the Google Nexus was known for their flagship-tier specifications at a mid-range price (though that’s really only true for the Google Nexus 4 and Google Nexus 5 as phones like the Google Nexus 6 and Google Nexus 6P were priced quite high at launch.) Many have…