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Tech News Flash: Thursday -- August 24, 2017

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Samsung's Note8 Is Its Biggest Galaxy Phone Yet
Google May Have Pixel Chromebook Showcase, Tiny Home in the Works
Kolab Now Is a Smooth On-Ramp for LibreOffice Online
The Smart Home Appliance and You
Google Touts Android Oreo's Tasty New Features
What Tech Companies Are Doing Wrong With Extremists
Heading in the Right (Re)Direction

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Samsung's Note8 Is Its Biggest Galaxy Phone Yet
Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy Note8 smartphone, positioning the
oversized handset as the ideal choice for those who want to do bigger
things. The new Android-powered device's larger Infinity Display
features nearly bezel-less full-frontal glass and an edge-to-edge
screen. The Note8 comes with an improved S Pen that will allow users to
communicate in what the company called more "personal ways."

Google May Have Pixel Chromebook Showcase, Tiny Home in the Works
Google appears to be planning a Pixel-branded Chromebook and a downsized
version of its Home smart speaker, following in the steps of Microsoft
and Amazon respectively. Along with two expected new Pixel phones,
Google this fall will unveil a Pixel-branded Chromebook and smaller,
lower-priced version of its Home smart speaker, according to a report.

Kolab Now Is a Smooth On-Ramp for LibreOffice Online
As cloud popularity grows, so does the collection of free or low-cost
online office tools that services like Microsoft Office Online and
Google Docs/G Suite provide. However, those two major league offerings,
along with a swarm of other cloud-based productivity platforms, are
proprietary. Until now, online open source office suites have been
little more than vaporware.

The Smart Home Appliance and You
The recent rumor that iRobot had engaged in talks with Apple, Amazon and
Google parent Alphabet to sell the data its Roomba vacuum cleaner
gathers caused widespread privacy concerns. Roomba maps homes -- the
spatial dimensions of rooms and distances between furniture and other
objects -- and the data it collects would be valuable to any of the
major players battling to control the smart home.

Google Touts Android Oreo's Tasty New Features
Google has pulled the wraps off the latest version of its Android mobile
OS. Version 8.0 Oreo has a number of improvements over 7.1 Nougat, the
previous release of the OS. Google has tweaked Android's notification
feature, for instance, so when an app has notifications pending, a dot
appears in a corner of the program's icon. Press the dot and a window
will pop up showing the notifications.

What Tech Companies Are Doing Wrong With Extremists
It is starting to worry me how little the responses by tech firms will
do to fix the problem of extreme views instead of just driving them
underground. This is largely due to the excessive focus firms now have
on how they are run. Companies tend to be run tactically, with officials
more likely to make decisions that will seem to make a problem go away
but do not deal with the cause of the problem.

Heading in the Right (Re)Direction
If you've taken the time to get the hang of terminal basics, you're
probably at the point where you want to start putting together what
you've learned. Sometimes issuing commands one at a time is enough, but
there are cases when it can be tedious to enter command after command
just to perform a simple task. This is where the extra symbols on your
keyboard come in.

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