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Download APKs From Google Play To Your Computer With Google Play Downloader

Google Play Downloader is a simple open source application which can be used to download APKs from Google Play to your computer.

Google Play Downloader

According to its developer, the application was created because he "didn't like [his] Android AOSP system being tainted by Google root services, neither being filed in the Google account database".

Folder Color Gets Caja And Nemo File Managers Support, Other Changes

Folder Color is a file manager extension that allows you to easily change folders  icon color, useful for instance to organize your folders, make some important folder stand out, etc.

The latest Folder Color, which already supported Nautilus, adds support for Caja (the default MATE file manager) and Nemo (the default Cinnamon file manager):

Folder Color Caja
Folder Color for Caja file manager

How To Install GNOME 3.14 In Ubuntu GNOME 14.10

GNOME 3.14 was released back in September and it includes some interesting changes like multi-touch gestures for both the system and applications, re-worked default theme, new animations as well as various enhancements for the code GNOME applications. More information HERE.

GNOME 3.14 Ubuntu 14.10

Unfortunately, Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) ships with GNOME 3.12 for the most part (there are even some GNOME 3.10 packages, like Gedit or Nautilus) but, as usual, you can install the latest GNOME (3.14) by using a PPA.

ownCloud Ubuntu Package Affected By Multiple Critical Security Issues, Nobody To Fix It [Updated]

ownCloud

ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has sent an email to the Ubuntu Devel mailing list, requesting that ownCloud (server) is removed from the Ubuntu repositories because the package is old and there are multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported. He adds that:

Ubuntu MATE Sees Its First Release (14.10)

Along with the other flavors, Ubuntu MATE 14.10 was released today. This is an unofficial (it will most probably become an official Ubuntu flavor in the near future) MATE-based Ubuntu flavor, "ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor", which had its very first stable release today.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10