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Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment. The lively comments in yesterday's Nest thermostat post got us thinking: for all our talk of smartphones a...

October 26th 2011 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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If you don't know what Ubuntu is by now, we're not sure what tech blog you're reading -- 'cause it sure isn't this one. Ok, so finding a computer with the world's most popular Linux distro preloaded on it isn't exactly easy (there aren't any lurking in your local Best Buy, that's for sure). But,...

October 19th 2011 at 2:35pm 0 Comments
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In case you haven't been keeping an eye on the countdown, we thought we'd remind you that Ubuntu 11.10 -- otherwise known as Oneiric Ocelot -- is now available to download (completely free of charge, of course). That brings with it an updated version of the Unity interface that includes features...

October 13th 2011 at 3:37pm 0 Comments
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Canonical's still one month away from letting Natty Narwhal (also known as Ubuntu 11.04) out of the cage, but it's already teasing us with another OS flaunting an alliterative mammalian monicker. Like the Narwhal before it, Oneiric Ocelot (or Ubuntu 11.10), due out this October, will offer a 2D Open...

March 9th 2011 at 6:13am 0 Comments