A few weeks ago we took a look at the release candidate for Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” and liked what we saw. Now the training wheels are off and Linux Mint 17 is available for anyone to download.
Meanwhile, folks who are waiting for new gadgets from Toshiba, Vertu and LG can bide their time by checking out FCC certification listings for those new products… plus a trademark filing for an unannounced Samsung tablets suggests the company could be developing a rugged Galaxy Tab 4.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Linux Mint 17 final now available for download
The latest version of Mint is a long-term release with support through 2019. Linux Mint 17 is based on Ubuntu 14.04, but it features a choice of desktop environments that should be a bit more familiar to Windows users, and the new version includes a new update manager, imrpoved driver manager, support for high resolution displays, and more. [IT World]
- Real-world look at the Pipo T9 octa-core, 8.9 inch, full HD Android tablet
This tablet sells for about $225 in China and features an 8-core CPU from MediaTek, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, WiFi, Bleutooth, WCDMA, GPS, FM Radio, and a 7300mAh battery. It’s not a bad looking tablet either. [CNGadget]
- Toshiba Satellite Radius 360-degree rotating 15.6 inch laptop/tablet hits the FCC
The Toshiba Satellite Radius is a 15.6 inch laptop with a touchscreen display. But if you push that screen back far enough it’ll bend 360 degrees until it’s back to back with the keyboard, giving you a big, heavy Windows tablet. [FCC]
- Vertu Signature Touch smartphone hits the FCC
Vertu makes ridiculously expensive phones for folks who are willing to pay for “luxury” devices. The latest model at least seems to have some decent specs including a Snapdragon 800 CPU and a full HD display, if recent benchmark results are accurate. [FCC]
- LG G Watch passes through the FCC
LG’s first smartwatch featuring Android Gear software is coming this summer. Like any wireless device it needs FCC certification before it can go on sale in the US. Now it has it. [GigaOm]
- Google Stars bookmark system for Chrome goes live
Thanks to a new Chrome extension and web interface, you can get a sneak peek at Google’s upcoming bookmark system which lets you sort by date, topic, and more. [Android Police]
- Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader now available just about everywhere Kindle is
Kindle Cloud Reader is a web-based app that lets you read books purchased from the Kindle Store on any laptop, desktop, or tablet with a supported browser. [The Digital Reader]
- Looks like there could be a Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Active tablet with a rugged case in the works
Samsung typically uses the Active name for its waterproof, dustproof phones meant for outdoor use. This trademark filing suggests we could see the brand expand into the tablet space.[Phone Arena]
- Google now lets you ask to remove links from search results… if you’re in the European Union
An EU court ruling recently established a “right to be forgotten,” which means Google has to give users a way to delete links from the search engine… but right now you can only use Google’s form if you’re in the EU, and the links will only disappear in EU versions of Google. You can’t make your embarrassing history disappear from the US version of Google yet. [Search Engine Land]