Anbox for Linux Runs Android Apps Like Native Applications on Desktop

While virtualisation and emulation software like Bluestacks and AMIDuOS have allowed users to run Android applications on desktop for quite some time, a new tool – Anbox might just be the best solution available for this functionality till now. The software, although still in alpha stages, allows users to run Android applications like native applications on Linux.

The tool makes use Android 7.0’s freeform mode, which allows app windows to be resized and moved around and allows users to run native applications on Linux on the side as well, as pointed out by Android Police. Interestingly, unlike other software, Anbox doesn’t use emulation and runs the Android applications in a sandboxed Linux subsystem, as per the report.

“Anbox puts the Android operating system into a container, abstracts hardware access and integrates core system services into a GNU/Linux system. Every Android application will behave integrated into your operating system like any other native application,” the description of the tool says on its website.
Anbox for Linux Runs Android Apps Like Native Applications on DesktopIn order to keep the Android operating system separate from the host, Anbox uses standard Linux technologies like containers (LXC), as per its website. With the help of Android Open Source project, the tool tries to keep up with the latest version of Android as well.

The developers behind the tool say that as the Android operating system is sandboxed in a container, Android app’s don’t have a direct access to user’s data.

Notably, users will have to use ADB to install third-party applications as Anbox doesn’t come along with a pre-installed app store, AP notes. Further, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later versions are officially supported as of now.

Apple MacBook Event: Highlights From Apple’s October 27 Event

Apple’s MacBook event is very likely to be all about updating its lineup of desktop and laptop computers. The company hasn’t updated its range of desktop and laptop computers in a while and it’s about time the lineup got a much-needed refresh. Gadgets 360 is at the launch venue in Cupertino, California and we’ll be bringing you live updates. Wondering what the Apple event start time is? The Apple event of October 2016 begins at 10:30pm IST.

If you’re wondering how to watch the Apple event, we’ve got you covered. But if you are stuck somewhere and can’t tune in, this live blog and our Twitter feed should be more than adequate. We’ll bring you to-the-second updates from the Apple MacBook event of October 2016, along with pictures so you feel like you’re as much a part of the event as us.

Apple MacBook Event: Highlights From Apple's October 27 EventApple is expected to launch several new Macs at the October 2016 event, not least of which will be new MacBook Pros and iMacs. The Mac Pro is also likely to get an update, and some are even hoping for an update to the Mac Mini. We’ll have confirmation on all of that and more during the event.

The MacBook Pro is likely to be faster, thinner, and lighter, or at least that’s what the Apple we know would do. It could also have an Oled display panel on the keyboard and get rid of the Esc key. Support for Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor technology is also expected to be unveiled.

In other news, Apple may announce a TV guide app for the Apple TV, to make it easier to manage all of your subscriptions across content providers. This could be a great move for Apple TV users, but we’re not yet sure how much it’ll affect those who use it in India.

Intel Launches ‘Kaby Lake’ 7th-Gen Core Processors, 2XX Chipsets for Desktops and Laptops

Intel Launches 'Kaby Lake' 7th-Gen Core Processors, 2XX Chipsets for Desktops and LaptopsIntel has formally unveiled its 7th-gen lineup of desktops and laptop processors, codenamed ‘Kaby Lake’, ahead of CES 2017. The announcement follows the launch of lower-power 7th-gen variants in the second half of last year, which are already shipping in Ultrabooks and 2-in-1s. Today’s launch is aimed at gamers, enthusiasts, and mainstream PC users.

The lineup comprises of three Core i7 models, eight Core i5 models, and five Core i3 models, along with five low-end chips using the legacy Pentium brand name. At the top end is the Core i7-7700K with a 4.2GHz base speed, followed by the Core i5-7600K with a speed of 3.8GHz – both have TDPs of 91W. For the first time, there’s an unlocked Core i3 CPU, the i3-7350K which has two cores, a base speed of 4.2GHz, no Turbo Boost, and a TDP of 60W. The rest of the lineup is split into 65W and 35W SKUs.
Kaby Lake is most notable for being an unplanned entry into Intel’s product roadmap. In mid-2015, the company announced that its 10nm manufacturing process would be delayed long enough to warrant the insertion of a whole new 14nm generation, thus breaking the two-year “tick-tock” cycle of alternating architectural refreshes and process shrinks. Kaby Lake is an “optimisation” step in the new “process-architecture-optimisation” strategy.

Intel says that by using a refined “14nm+” manufacturing process, performance gains can be squeezed out of each processor regardless of architectural changes. The main difference between Skylake and Kaby Lake processors is their integrated GPUs. Intel has introduced new acceleration blocks for HD and 4K video in the H.265, VP9 and HEVC formats, which greatly improve speed and reduce power consumption.

Desktop Kaby Lake processors are pin-compatible with Skylake, and should work in the same motherboards. Even so, new boards using the new 2XX platform controllers will hit the market alongside Kaby Lake. Intel has announced the Z270, which supports overclocking and multiple graphics cards; the H270 and H210 for mainstream and budget users respectively.

Google’s Fuchsia OS Is Open Source and Independent of Android, Burke Explains

Google's Fuchsia OS Is Open Source and Independent of Android, Burke ExplainsLast year in August, reports emerged that Google was developing a new operating system, called Fuchsia, which was speculated to be the first OS developed by search giant that is not based on Linux kernel. A more recent leak showed the operating system in action as the smartphone-centric Armadillo OS. While we would have preferred for Google to share more information about the new operating system at Google I/O, at least the search giant has shared first bits of information about the project.

Dave Burke, Vice-President Engineering (Android), shared at the I/O conference that Fuchsia is one of the many early-stage experimental projects at Google and that one of the most interesting aspects about it is that its open source, meaning people can see and comment on it. Further, Burke went on to clarify that Fuchsia is an independent project to Android. You can see his response during the Android Fireside Chat in the video below.

While Burke suggested that “some really smart people” are working on the aforementioned project, he didn’t provide any specific details about it. As it has been described as an early-stage experimental project, there is a chance that the company might choose not to go ahead with the project eventually, or do if everything falls in right place.

To recall, last year it was found that the new operating system was largely built to favour IoT and embedded hardware. The rapid increase of products in this space evidently led Google to build a lightweight OS that was meant to be more compatible with modern IoT hardware. However, notably it was found that Fuchsia was designed so that it can scale to support smartphones and desktop computers as well.