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Albert Quick Launcher 0.9.0 Released With External Extensions Support

Albert is a quick launcher for Linux inspired by Alfred (Mac). It can be used to run applications, open files, search the web, open bookmarks in your web browser, calculate math expressions, and more.

Albert quicklauncher

Add A Searchable Command Palette To Any GTK3 Application Using Plotinus

Plotinus is a library that adds a searchable command palette to any GTK+ 3 application, similar to the Atom and Sublime Text Command Palette feature (or Unity HUD).

Plotinus with Gedit

Secure Text Editor EncryptPad Sees New Release

EncryptPad, a free, open source text editor for sensitive information, was updated to version 0.3.2.5 recently, bringing numerous bug fixes along with some minor new features.


EncryptPad

Integrate Your Android Device With Ubuntu Using KDE Connect Indicator Fork

KDE Connect is a tool which allows your Android device to integrate with your Linux desktop. With KDE Connect Indicator, you can use KDE Connect on desktop that support AppIndicators, like Unity, Xfce (Xubuntu), and so on.

KDE Connect Indicator

The original KDE Connect Indicator hasn't been updated in about 2 year however, Steeven Lopes forked it, getting it to work with recent Ubuntu versions, while also adding various improvements:

Nemo 3.2.0 With Unity Patches And Without Cinnamon Dependencies Available In New PPA For Ubuntu 16.04 And 16.10

Nemo 3.2.0 with Unity patches and without Cinnamon dependencies is available for Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10. To make it easy to go back to Nemo 2.8.0 for Ubuntu 16.04 users in case something doesn't work properly (because there were quite a few under the hood changes in Nemo), I decided to upload the latest Nemo 3.2.0 to a new PPA.

Nemo 3.2.0 Unity

Vivaldi Browser Sees New Stable Release

Vivaldi browser

Vivaldi, the browser aimed at power users, was updated to version 1.5 today, bringing support for bulk tab commands, smart-home lighting integration, and more.

Recent Notifications Indicator Lets You Access Missed Desktop Notifications

Recent Notifications is an Ubuntu Indicator that collects desktop notifications, displaying them in its menu. This is useful if you missed some important notification for various reasons, like being away from the computer, etc.

Ubuntu recent notifications

I've covered Recent Notifications before, however, the last article on WebUpd8 dates back to 2011, so I decided to post another article about it (and redirect the old ones to this one), especially since the indicator changed / improved since then.

Bypass ISP Website Censorship With Alkasir 2.0

Alkasir is a free, open source website censorship circumvention tool, available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Android and iOS versions are "main objectives for 2016". For now it only works with Google Chrome.

alkasir website censorship circumvention tool

Get A Live Preview Of A Window From Another Workspace With WindowSpy (Unity)

WindowSpy is a new Unity AppIndicator that allows displaying a small live (well, almost) preview of a window on another workspace.


Xfce Gets A `Do Not Disturb` Mode And Per Application Notification Settings

The Xfce developers are busy porting Xfce applications and components to GTK3, and in the process, they are also adding new features.

"Do not disturb", a much requested feature, landed in xfce4-notifyd 0.3.4 (the Xfce notification daemon) recently. Using this, you can suppress notification bubbles for a limited time-frame.