Canonical’s goal to build a smartphone that could act like a desktop PC when you connected a mouse, keyboard, and monitor always seemed like a bit of a longshot. The company wanted to raise $32 million through crowd-funding site Indiegogo. That’s more than anyone’s ever raised for a crowd-funded project to date, and it’s for a phone running a brand new operating system from a company that’s never made a phone before.
Over the past few weeks the team has managed to raise $11.5 million in pledges from about 25,000 people, which is kind of an astonishing amount. But it’s still not even halfway to the finish line, which means the project probably won’t get fully funded unless Canonical founder (and half-billionaire) Mark Shuttleworth pulls out his wallet to make up the difference.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Less than 3 days to go in the Ubuntu Edge crowd-funding campaign… $20.5 million left to raise
Canonical’s foray into crowd-funding its first smartphone appears destined to end in failure. But there’s always a chance the Ubuntu Edge campaign could inspire others to build devices that straddle the line between a smartphone and a desktop PC. [Indiegogo]
- Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch unveiling likely coming in September
Samsung appears poised to introduce its smartwatch at least a little while before Apple’s expected watch. It’ll likely bring some functionality of a smartphone to your wrist, but it won’t make calls on its own. [The Verge] Oh, and [GigaOm] has a good idea what to expect: a 1.1 inch OLED display, a dual-core CPU, a camera, NFC, and Bluetooth.
- Kaiboer Q7 is a dual-core Android media player with a 3.5 inch hard drive bay
Sporting a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, Ethernet jack, and dual antennae, this TV box looks a bit more hardy than your typical Android mini PC. It’s also one of the few with room for a 3.5 inch hard drive or SSD. [AndroidPC.es]
- MINIX Neo X7Mini up for pre-order for $119 (Android TV box)
The MINIX Neo X7Mini is an Android TV box with an RK3188 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, Ethernet, and an IR remote. [Geekbuying]
- Cerberus developer says the security vulnerability in his security app for Android has been fixed
A few days ago an exploit was discovered that could allow someone to take control of your phone remotely and even wipe your data if you had Cerberus security installed. Now the developer says that vulnerability has been removed. [Reddit]
- Microsoft’s Tag (alternative to QR codes) will shut down August 19, 2015
QR codes have always felt like a stop-gap measure allowing you to scan a barcode with your phone to get more data about… well, just about anything. Eventually you’ll probably be able to do that using NFC, Bluetooth, or some other wireless protocol. But Microsoft liked the idea enough that it tried to adopt its own alternative to QR codes called Tag. It was never very popular, and now Microsoft has announced it’s (slowly) pulling the plug. Tag has two years to live. [Microsoft (on Facebook)]