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Encrypt Your Cloud Files With Cryptomator (Open Source, Cross-Platform)

Cryptomator is a free and open source client-side encryption solution for your cloud files, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, as well as iOS. An Android app is currently under development.

GNOME Software Update That Fixes Installing Third-Party Deb Files Lands In Ubuntu 16.04 Proposed Repository

A GNOME Software update that fixes the issue with installing third-party deb files was pushed to the Ubuntu 16.04 Proposed repository a few minutes ago.

GNOME Software Ubuntu

A Quick Look At Budgie Remix 16.04, The Unofficial Budgie Desktop Ubuntu Flavor

Budgie Remix 16.04, the unofficial Ubuntu flavor that uses Budgie Desktop by default, was released recently.

Ubuntu Budgie Remix

How To Install Cinnamon 3.0 In Ubuntu 16.04 Or 15.10 Via PPA

Cinnamon 3.0 was released yesterday and it includes improved GTK+ 3.20 support, new accessibility and sound settings and more.

Cinnamon 3.0 Ubuntu

Enpass Password Manager 5.2 Released With Time-Based One-Time Passwords (TOTP) Support

Enpass 5.2 for Linux and Windows was released today, bringing support for "Time-based One-time Password Algorithm" (TOTP), along with other improvements.

Streaming And Recording App `OBS Studio` Sees New Release

OBS Studio 0.14.0 was released today (and 0.14.1 shortly as a hotfix release), adding deinterlacing, full NVIDIA NVENC encoder support, ALSA sound input source on Linux and more.

OBS Studio Ubuntu Xenial

OBS Studio is a free, open source application which allows video recording and live streaming, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. 

Use Google Hangouts With Extra Features In Pidgin With Purple Hangouts Plugin (Ubuntu PPA)

Purple Hangouts is a libpurple plugin which adds support for the proprietary protocol that Google uses for its Hangouts service.

Using it, you can get extra Google Hangouts features that aren't available through the XMPP interface in Pidgin and other applications that use libpurple.

Among the extra features (compared to using XMPP) provided by Purple Hangouts are group chats, self messages, synchronized history between devices and SMS support via Google Voice.

You can see a feature comparison between using Google Hangouts in Pidgin via XMPP and using the Purple Hangouts plugin, HERE.

Use WhatsApp On Your Linux Desktop With Whatsie

Whatsie (beta) is a simple desktop client for WhatsApp Web, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

WhatsApp Linux Whatsie

How To Install GNOME 3.20 In Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)

Now that Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) is out, you may want to install the latest GNOME 3.20. I won't get into details about what's new in GNOME 3.20 since I've already covered that.

GNOME 3.20 Ubuntu 16.04

Ubuntu 16.10 Codename Revealed: Yakkety Yak

Ubuntu Yakkety Yak

Ubuntu 16.10 will be codenamed "Yakkety Yak". The announcement was made by Mark Shuttleworth on his blog, which I'll quote in its entirety below:

A Quick Look At Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS was released today and it includes some interesting changes, like a complete overhaul of the MATE Welcome user interface, a new panel layout option in Ubuntu MATE Tweak, which mimics Unity with a dock-like panel and global menu setup, and more.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Xenial Xerus screenshots

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Available For Download, See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is available to download! Let's take a look at the most important new features and changes in this long term release.

Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)

Ubuntu 16.04 will be available for download in a few hours and since many of you will be installing it as soon as it's released, here are some useful things you can do right after the installation.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Cross-Platform Music Player `Clementine` 1.3.0 Released With Vk.com And Seafile Support

After a year of development, Clementine 1.3.0 was released recently, bringing Vk.com and Seafile support along with various other improvements and bug fixes.

Clementine Music Player

Opera Beta Adds New Video Pop Out Feature

The latest Opera beta adds a cool new feature across all supported desktops: video pop out. This feature allows shifting the video frame outside the browser, the goal being to allow "true multitasking".

The new video pop out feature skipped the Opera developer channel, landing directly into beta, as a surprise for Opera users. This feature only supports HTML5 videos so it won't work with Flash.

Here's how this feature works: go to YouTube, DailyMotion or any other page that displays HTML5 videos while using the latest Opera Beta and you should see an additional button in the middle of the top border. Clicking this button pops out the video:

Get Weather Information From A Terminal Using Nothing But cURL

wttr.in is a web frontent for Wego, a weather app for the terminal. Using nothing but cURL and wttr.in, you can get weather information from a terminal, without having to install anything (well, except for cURL).

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS To Offer Updates Via Snap Packages

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will allow installing snap packages along traditional deb packages, announced Olli Ries, SW Engineering Ubuntu Client Director at Canonical.

GNOME Twitch 0.2.0 Adds Chat Feature (Ubuntu PPA)

GNOME Twitch

GNOME Twitch was updated to version 0.2.0 recently, adding a much needed chat feature, along with various user interface improvements and bug fixes.

In case you're not familiar with Twitch.tv, this is a popular live streaming video platform that primarily focuses on video gaming. GNOME Twitch lets you play Twitch streams without Flash, browse games and channel lists, add favorite channels and change the video quality.

WebTorrent Desktop Is A New Streaming BitTorrent Client With Chromecast, AirPlay And DLNA Support

WebTorrent Desktop (beta) is a simple, open source BitTorrent client that lets you stream torrents, available for Linux, Windows and Mac. 

The application comes with a very basic user interface, which allows dropping a torrent file or pasting a magnet link to start streaming it.

WebTorrent Desktop Ubuntu

Take Screenshots And Upload To Imgur With Imgur-Screenshot (Optional: Nautilus, Nemo And Caja Imgur Upload Scripts)

The Shutter Imgur.com upload plugin stopped working recently, so I've been looking for alternatives and I stumbled upon Imgur-Screenshot, a bash script that can take screenshots and upload them to Imgur.

How To Get Flash And H.264 To Work In Vivaldi Browser (Ubuntu, Linux Mint)

Vivaldi 1.0 stable was released today and if you gave it a try, you might have noticed, at least on a fresh Ubuntu installation, that Flash and H.264 don't work out of the box.

Here's how to get Adobe Flash and H.264 (used, for instance, by the YouTube HTML5 player) to work with Vivaldi browser, in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and derivatives.

Vivaldi Browser Sees Its First Stable Release

More than a year after its first technical preview was available for the public, Vivaldi 1.0 was released today.

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu

Vivaldi is a new web browser especially created for users who "have problems fitting all their open tabs on one screen".

Developed by Vivaldi Technologies, whose chief executive and founder is John von Tetzchner, former Opera CEO and co-founder, the browser is built using open source technologies (it uses the Blink engine and, according to Wikipedia, is built using  Node.js, React.js, and numerous NPM modules), but is not open source software.