A hardware and software hacker created a physical music player with a Winamp-inspired user interface. You can now jailbreak the latest version of feature phone operating system KaiOS on the Nokia 2780 Flip. And a useful app for Android-based media streamers has been booted from the Google Play Store… basically because it has a web browser (which, according to a DCMA takedown complaint means it can be used to access pirate sites… just like any other web browser).
And HP is bringing back a classic scientific calculator with a new edition that’s much faster, but basically looks the same. Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
HP 15C Collector’s Edition [HP]
HP 15C Collectors Edition looks just like the classic scientific calculator from the 1980s, but features “up to 100x faster processing speed.” Up for pre-order now in Europe, the UK, and the Asia Pacific region for around $120 and it should begin shipping in late June or early July, 2023.
Downloader app booted from the Play Store because… it can access web sites [AFTVNews]
In addition to running a website with news and how-to guides about Amazon Fire TV devices, Elias offers a Downloader app that makes it easy to download and install applications and other items on Fire TV or other Android-based media streamers. But it was booted from the Google Play Store last week due to a DMCA takedown issued on behalf of a company claiming that this app can be used for piracy… since it can visit websites that host pirated content. You know… like any app that has a web browser.
Elias has tried to appeal the decision, but Google makes it notoriously difficult to resolve cases like this unless you can get an actual person at the company to notice the error (and this really does seem like an error, because if it’s against the rules for Android TV apps to access internet sites, then Google would need to remove many, many more apps from the Play Store.
Cheng Liang’s LVGL-Driven Winamp Clone Really Whips the Llama’s Ass on an Espressif ESP32 [Hackster.io]
Build your own tiny music player with a touchscreen LCD display, an ESP32 micrcontroller, a microSD card… and open source software that gives you a clone of the classic Winamp media player.
$25 Sipeed Tang Nano 20K FPGA board can simulate a RISC-V core, run Linux, retro games [CNX Software]
This board’s FPGA can be programmed to function like a Linux-capable 32-bit RISC-V core and features a USBC-C port for power and data and an HDMI port for video output. There are also various other odds and ends including RGB lights, two buttons, and GPIO pins.
Weekly GNU-like mobile Linux Update [LinMOB]
You can now jailbreak KaiOS 3, the operating system running on the Nokia 2780 Flip feature phone or run Fedora Linux on the OnePlus 6, among other things.
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HP15c ;( very fat, too fat
and old screen. no this screen is not good idea
It’s a retro design. Anyone wanting a real modern HP-style calculator will pick up a swissmicros anyone.