New Open Source Mobile OS Puts Privacy Front and Center

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A renowned Linux innovator has developed a new mobile operating system, called “Project eelo,” in an effort to provide a level of data privacy that traditional Android and iOS devices fail to offer.

The new eelo system will allow mobile phone users to regain control over their personal information at a price they can afford, said Gael Duval, who created Mandrake Linux back in 1998.

Apple has become too expensive, too boring and is “going crazy with its products,” he said, while Google has “become too big” and is capturing too much information about what we do.

“They want to know us as much as possible to sell advertising,” Duval wrote in a post introducing eelo’s Kickstarter campaign, which has more than doubled its goal with 14 days remaining.

“Information is currency, and people are going to want more control over who has information on their behaviors and habits on a mobile device,” said Ryan Spanier, director of research at Kudelski Security.

“Eelo is focused on maintaining privacy,” he told LinuxInsider, “preventing tracking and monetization of your actions without your consent.”

New Open Source Mobile OS Puts Privacy Front and Center

Google Duo Aims to Make Video Calling Super-Easy

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Google on Monday launched Google Duo, a one-on-one video calling app that runs on iOS and Android.

The app will be available worldwide in the next few days, said Justin Uberti, principal software engineer at Google.

Duo switches from cellular service to WiFi, and transitions from high-speed to lower speed wireless service smoothly, promising to let users continue video calls irrespective of their location and service speeds, although video degradation may be apparent on slower services.

A separate account isn’t necessary to sign up for the app — a phone number will suffice.

Google Duo Aims to Make Video Calling Super-Easy

Polaroid Swing Gives New Meaning to Moving Pictures

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Polaroid Swing, a new iOS app for creating animated photos, on Tuesday debuted at the App Store. The app has ties both to instant photography pioneer Polaroid and Twitter founder Biz Stone.

Polaroid Swing lets a “phonetog” capture 1-second videos posing as images that become animated when a phone is tilted, or when they’re swiped or tapped.

An Android version is coming soon.

Since the invention of photography, its essence has been “the moment” — a point in time that’s poignant, revealing or memorable. By creating images at 60-frames-a-second, Polaroid extends the idea of the moment, Rise explained.

“My whole life as a photographer has been trying to perfect that 250th of a second to capture a moment. Now I have 60 chances to do that,” he said. “We’re expanding what it means to hit a button and save a moment. We’re evolving what that means.”

Polaroid Swing Gives New Meaning to Moving Pictures