Some of the best consolidation devices on the market today are smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note8, replacing cameras, music players and video recorders. Other products like the iPad Pro are said to have enough power to replace your computer! However, there are many other gadgets too that do interesting things by fusing the function of two or more devices into a single unit; and below are different ideas where this approach makes sense – and where it’s functional.

1. A Powerbank and Router in One

The powerbank is a powerful lifesaving gadget used for keeping your smartphones on for gaming, streaming video and audio, taking photos, booking cabs and other battery-hogging activities. On the other hand, a pocket router is a good idea for people who use laptops on the move – instead of an unsightly dongle sticking out of a USB port, having a wireless device is a good idea. Thanks to numerous data plans available, such pocket routers are useful as spare Internet connections in times of need.


More and more people are switching to Linux. Why? Perhaps they’re seeking refuge from the flawed Windows operating systems. And Linux is becoming more accessible, partly because it can now provide much of what Windows can offer.

Many apps have Linux alternatives. Microsoft Office, for example, can be replaced by LibreOffice. There are also 1,000s of games now available for Linux on Steam, and this number is increasing all the time.

Yet every now and then, Windows users might still need an app that isn’t available on Linux or want to play a game that doesn’t have a Linux version. In these cases, they can use Wine to run whatever Windows programs they still need.

Installing and Using “Wine”

Wine is an open-source “Windows compatibility layer” that allows you to run Windows software directly on your Linux desktop. It is not an emulator, nor is it a virtual CPU. Wine simply gives you the compatibility to run Windows software without running Windows.

To install Wine, simply open your Linux terminal window and enter the correct command. For Ubuntu, the command is “sudo apt install wine-stable”. The command for other providers will differ slightly but will follow the usual format. Alternatively, you can search for “Wine” using your software installer. Click “install” once you find it.

Once installed, you can download .exe files and run them through Wine. This will allow you to play Windows games on your Linux.

Should You Always Use “Wine”?

It’s worth noting that Wine is not always the best option as you may encounter bugs or performance issues when playing some games. Others have proven to run fine. “World of Warcraft,” for example, is enjoyed by many players using Linux and Wine.

Sometimes it’s a good idea to seek out Linux alternatives to apps or games first. If you can’t find them, see if the games you’re looking for have instant play options without the need for download.

For example, you can play poker online at by visiting the website and clicking the “instant play” option. A new window will open that allows you to play all of the top games available, such as Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha poker. This is possible through an internet browser, without a download.

If there are no alternative Linux apps or instant play versions, you should use Wine to play Windows games. You can check out the Wine application database for information on how individual games and apps will run, and for any tweaks that you need to make them perform well.

The Easy Way to Run Games with “Wine”
There is also an easier way to play Windows games on Linux using Wine. Download the PlayOnLinux app. This program offers several helpers for downloading and installing games simple. You can get it by searching for it in your software tool or by using the correct code. For Ubuntu, the code is “sudo apt install playonlinux.”

If you don’t have it already, Wine will download automatically when you get PlayOnLinux. You can then go ahead and download Steam or download straight from the gaming app itself. PlayOnLinux will configure the game ready for Wine, making the whole process much more straightforward.

There are several other ways in which you can play Windows games on Linux, including using a virtual machine to run windows on your desktop or using a dual-boot system so that you can run Windows as a separate operating system when you reboot. However, using Wine is an effective method for many games, and using PlayOnLinux makes it much easier. Enjoy your gaming!

openshot video editor
OpenShot video editor is an open-source video editor for Linux but also available for Windows and Mac, it is free and released under GNU GPL 3 license. Using OpenShot video editor you can create a film with your videos, photos, and audio tracks that you have always thought of. It lets you add transitions, effects, and sub-titles, and you can export to DVD, YouTube, Video, and many other common formats. OpenShot is written primarily in Python, with a GTK+ interface, and uses the MLT framework, FFmpeg, and Blender to power many of the advanced features. After a successful Kickstarter campaign of OpenShot we have seen that it reached to 2.3.1 version in recent past and made tremendous improvement. Recently developers released a new update 2.4.1.

Mozilla released the 57th version of open source browser Firefox "Quantum" for Windows, Mac and Linux computers. The newest update made some platform-specific changes, major visual changes, two times faster than previous versions, added additional language support, enhanced content for developers and made accessibility changes to better accommodate visually and physically impaired users. While these changes will please many users, are they enough to make Firefox a compelling choice for Linux users?

Firefox comes installed on many Linux machines, but past performance issues have led many Linux users to switch default browsers. While Google Chrome is a closed-source browser, it remains competitive with Firefox. Chrome is not as customizable as Firefox, but it's fast and integrates updates better than Firefox. The open-source Firefox is much more customizable and has a huge extensions library that appeals to Linux users. irefox Quantum is roughly 2X faster than Firefox 49 on the Speedometer 2.0 benchmark, thanks to its new CSS engine, its “just right” multi-process architecture, the way it prioritizes your active tab, and much more. Firefox Quantum also includes a visual refresh – Photon – that looks and feels right at home with modern operating systems.

What's new in Firefox 57 Quantum

  • Firefox is getting a major Visual Redesign (Photon project) activated on the Nightly channel and which will ship with Firefox 57 on the release channel.
  • AMD VP9 hardware video decoder support for improved video playback with lower power consumption
  • Accessibility indicator will now appear in the title bar of the window when Accessibility services are enabled
  • The browser's autoscroll feature, as well as scrolling by keyboard input and touch-dragging of scrollbars, now use asynchronous scrolling. These scrolling methods are now similar to other input methods like mousewheel, and provide a smoother scrolling experience
  • Added support for Date/Time input
  • Allow users to manage the site data

Available for Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic/17.10 Artful/17.04 Zesty/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 18/17/other Ubuntu derivatives
To install FireFox Quantum in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

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KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.

The Enlightenment desktop shell provides an efficient yet breathtaking window manager based on the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries along with other essential desktop components like a file manager, desktop icons and widgets. It boasts an unprecedented level of theme-ability while still being capable of performing on older hardware or embedded devices.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, which is codenamed the Bionic Beaver, is currently penciled in to ship on 26 April, 2018. The release date Ubuntu 18.04 has now been firmed up as are the other development milestones leading up to the end-April, after a long time Ubuntu making Gnome its default desktop environment for LTS, Ubuntu community can help iron this transition from Unity to Gnome by testing pre-release version.
Bionic Beaver is a Long-Term-Support release for 5 years including selected application updates, critical security updates and bugs fixes.

The schedule of the release of Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver with given dates are as follows:
  • 4th January 2018 - Alpha 1 (Not Public Release - opt-in)
  • 1st February 2018 - Alpha 2 (Not Public Release - opt-in)
  • 8th March 2018 - Beta 1 (Not Public Release - opt-in)
  • 5th April 2018 - Final Beta
  • 19th April 2018 - Release Candidate
  • 26th April 2018 - Final Release

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SMPlayer is an open source and free multimedia player available for Linux and MS Windows, released under GNU General Public License. Unlike other players it doesn't require you to install codecs to play something because it carries its own all required codecs with itself. This is the first release which now support MPV and some other features such as MPRIS v2 Support, new theme, 3D stereo filter and more. It uses the award-winning MPlayer as playback engine which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats (avi, mkv, wmv, mp4, mpeg... see list).

adobe air ubuntu
The Adobe Air runtime enables developers to package the same code into native apps for desktop operating systems as well as for smartphone such as Android devices, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other devices, reaching the mobile app stores for over 500 million devices.
With Adobe Air you can build stunning, blazing-fast cinematic 2D and 3D games for the browser, iOS, and Android™. Use fully accelerated GPU rendering, which leverages the power of OpenGL and DirectX graphics. It give developers the ability to call into their native, platform-specific code using AIR native extensions. Free sets of native libraries are available through the Adobe Game Developer Tools to further empower developers.

CobiBird theme is designed to work in most of the Linux desktops including Gnome, Unity, Xfce, Lxde, Cinnamon, and Mate. It was based on Greybird theme with dark menus for a while but since version 0.8.2 the creator changed almost everything (from menubar items, menu adjustment, color selection fix, improves insensitive menus, to fixed menu separators) in this theme and now it is not based on Greybird Gtk. The initial version was released way back in 2013 and recently a new version of CobiBird has been released to support Gtk 3.22. We have added it to out PPA and it is now available for Ubuntu 17.10/17.04/16.04/14.04/Linux Mint 18/17. If you find any kind of bug or problem with this theme then report it to creator and it will get fixed in the next update.

Available for Ubuntu 17.10 Artful/17.04 Zesty/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 18/17/and other Ubuntu derivatives
To install CobiBird theme in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

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26 years ago a young computer science student at the University of Helsinki called Linus Torvalds set himself the task of creating a free operating system that would take the best parts of UNIX, which had originally been developed by A T & T’s Bell Labs back in 1969, and improve on them to create a mould-breaking solution.

Already some developers had been working to achieve this with an operating system called GNU but what it lacked was the kernel, that all-important element that was vital to turn it into a fully usable piece of software. Because many elements of UNIX were legally protected from adaptation by developers the only solution for Torvalds was to create his own software which he gradually did.

At the time Microsoft was establishing its almost total monopoly on the computing world but, nonetheless, Linux started to quickly find favor and its success was accelerated by the emergence of the internet. Because it was an open source system, developers could tweak it to their precise needs in a way that was not possible with proprietary Microsoft products so it found its way into powering web servers for some of the world’s largest organizations which had been manufactured by companies including Dell, IBM and Hewlett Packard. Today, according to research carried out by W3Techs, UNIX operating systems power about 67% of all web servers and the vast majority of these are running Linux-based software.

Even the age-old foe Microsoft has come round to accepting that Linux is here to stay by letting clients run it instead of Windows on its cloud computing offering, Microsoft Azure, and around 33% of them are believed to do so. The company even uses it itself to power the tech behind the system so the Linux mascot, Tux the Penguin, really has been popping up everywhere.

"Paper-tux" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Sunfox

But the real breakthrough into the consumer market for Linux has come with the explosion in the use of Android mobile devices which also use it as the basis for their operating system and, with an estimated 88% share of the market, it truly can be said to have arrived in the mainstream.

It hardly needs to be said that making calls and sending text represent just small proportion of the uses of smartphones; accessing the internet and gaming are even more popular. So whereas games developers previously concentrated on creating them using Windows this has led to an explosion of Linux-based titles. Gaming companies have also been very quick to react to the whole new audience that Linux-based smartphones have created. Linux supports a whole range of popular sites and the rise in the popularity of online bingo has created a new market. The ability to play bingo via a site supported by Linux is proving to be a hit with online gamers.

So really it has been consumer demand which has driven this development in much the same way that the fast emerging sector of hybrid and electric-powered cars are now meeting the needs of ecologically-sensitive drivers (appropriately enough, the Tesla on-board computers and displays are also Linux-powered).

So, with a name which its inventor once thought was far too egocentric to consider, Linux is come a long way from that Helsinki computer science lab in the early 90s - and it certainly has much further to go.

The Linux operating system was a development of UNIX created by Linus Torvalds in Helsinki in the early 90s. It was adopted by many mainframe manufacturers who wanted to use open-source software instead of Windows but its big breakthrough came when it was adopted by Android and used on the majority of the world’s mobile devices. In turn this meant that many more games were developed which could run on Linux so now players have a very wide choice to enjoy.

Canonical announced the latest version of Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark, along with other flavors. It features Linux kernel 4.13, Gnome desktop is the default desktop instead of Unity, GDM has replaced LightDM as the default display manager, GTK 3.26 & Gnome 3.26. Python 2 is no longer installed by default. Python 3 has been updated to 3.6. On supported systems, Wayland is now the default display server. The older display server is still available: just choose Ubuntu on Xorg from the cog on the log in screen.: "Codenamed "Artful Aardvark", Ubuntu 17.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technology into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. As always, the team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 4.13-based kernel, glibc 2.26, gcc 7.2, and much more. Ubuntu Desktop has had a major overhaul, with the switch from Unity as our default desktop to GNOME3 and gnome-shell. Along with that, there are the usual incremental improvements, with newer versions of GTK and Qt, and updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice..." You can checkout complete release announcement and release notes.

ubuntu 17.10

  • Linux Kernel 4.13
  • Gnome Desktop replaced the Unity
  • Gnome 3.26 Stack
  • GTK 3.26 Support
  • On supported systems, Wayland is now the default display server.
  • Default applications of Ubuntu updated
  • GDM has replaced LightDM as the default display manager.
  • Window control buttons are back on the right for the first time since 2010.
  • Driverless printing support.
  • Python 2 is no longer installed by default. Python 3 has been updated to 3.6.
  • The Settings app has been redesigned.
  • Many changes and bug fixes under the hood


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ClipGrab is a free software to download and convert videos from different famous sites of Internet. You can easily save your favorite videos from sites like Dailymotion or Vimeo. And you can convert these videos into "usable" formats like WMV, MPEG or MP3. You can check here which sites are supported by this software.
It can convert videos to WMV, MPEG4, OGG Theora, MP3 (audio only), OGG Vorbis (audio only) or simply download videos in their original format. However, downloading from some sites doesn't allow you to select other format from drop-down menu, it could be issue with site videos.
ClipGrab can download from the following sites: Clipfish, Collegehumor, Dailymotion, MyVideo, MySpass, Sevenload, Tudou, Vimeo and others. ClipGrab isn't limited to the sites listed, because many more sites are supported "unofficially" through the automatic site-recognition of ClipGrab. By the way, ClipGrab can also download HD videos from sites that have support for high definition.


Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, although it has image processing capabilities, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters. Fields of painting that Krita explicitly supports are concept art, creation of comics and textures for rendering. Modelled on existing real-world painting materials and workflows, Krita supports creative working by getting out of the way and with a snappy response.