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HP Chromebook

Enable Canary channel in Chrome OS

Google earlier introduced Canary channel for Chrome to let users play with experimental features without leaving the comfort of the stable channel. Chrome Canary is installed as a separate browser and works independently. The advantage is, you can install Chrome with stable channel and keep it for your daily use, and try new features on the canary channel whenever you want to.

This Canary channel is now available for Chrome Os and can be installed with only two commands. Although the story here is slightly different. If you are willing to test the Canary build you have to dual boot your Chromebook with Chrome OS and Chrome OS Canary.

How to Update to the Hidden Canary Build :

First and foremost put your Chromebook in developer mode. Once this is done,

1. Press Alt + Ctrl + T to get a command prompt.

2. Type shell and press enter to get to the shell prompt.

3. Type sudo su and press enter to get to the root prompt.

4. Enter the following two commands to run the update:

update_engine_client -channel canary-channel

update_engine_client -update

5. Finally, reboot your Chromebook to enter Canary build.

A much detailed writeup can be found in Kenny Strawn’s blog. Read it here.


HTC Executive Charged with Leaking Company Secrets

A senior executive at HTC Corp. and five other employees has been charged with leaking company secrets and fraudulent expense claims. Taiwan prosecutors indict a former HTC Corp. executive for allegedly leaking company secrets and five other employees for falsifying expenses, and taking kickbacks, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Thomas Chien, HTC’s vice president of product design, is alleged to have leaked upcoming smartphone interface designs to a partner who he planned to start a new business with. Apart from this, the five HTC employees and Chien has reportedly also been charged for collectively receiving around 33.57 million New Taiwan dollars (US$1.12 million) by falsifying expenses and receiving kickbacks from suppliers.

Chien and the other HTC employees were first arrested in August under suspicion of fraudulent expense claims, as well as stealing trade secrets ahead of leaving the company to run a new mobile design firm in both Taiwan and mainland China. Engadget’s Richard Lai cites several Chinese sources as reporting that HTC “caught Chien secretly downloading files related to the upcoming Sense 6.0 UI design” and sharing the data with external contacts via email. HTC’s R&D director, Bill Wu, and design team senior manager, Justin Huang (who also personally sketched out the HTC One’s design), were reported to be among the other five facing charges at the time of the initial report.

HTC, on a media statement had this to say,

“The company expects employees to observe and practice the highest levels of integrity and ethics. Protecting the company’s proprietary and intellectual properties, privacy and security is a core fundamental responsibility of every employee. The company does not compromise nor condone any violation at any level of our organization and the company shall act in accordance to the law. As this matter is currently under investigation by the relevant authorities, we therefore refrain from further comments.

In addition, the company has sufficient resources in our design team and this situation will not impact the company’s operations, product portfolio plans and our overall business performance.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Holiday Apps for Android

10 Android Apps for Christmas

Ho ho ho! It’s Christmas and we are looking at 10 Android apps for this holiday season. Be sure to check out the download links provided with the descriptions if you want these apps on your Android device.

1. Google Santa Tracker

Developed by Google Inc., Google Santa Tracker follows Santa on his December 24th journey as he delivers gifts to children all over the world. This is the newest release of this app and according to Google it will give the users a better Santa tracking experience. It also features three absolutely new games and awesome Chromecast integration.


2. Christmas Rink Live Wallpaper

Get into the Holiday spirit with a beautiful winter-themed Live Wallpaper. Featuring several interactive characters who are gliding along to the softly falling snow.


3. Christmas Photo Frames

With Christmas Photo Frames you can spice up your best holiday photos with charming Christmas photo frames and effects. You can make customizable Christmas cards easily with a variety of templates and share them with your friends. You can also Winterize your phone background image with icy and frozen patterns, decorate your photos with Christmas baubles or put a Santa hat on your picture.


4. Holiday Charades!

Holiday Charades! is the outrageously fun and exciting multi-activity Holiday-themed variant of the popular game Charades. You can sing, dance, act or describe clues to your friends to help them guess the word before the timer runs out.


5. Snowflake

This is an amazing app for those who like to make paper snowflakes. Create your own beautiful designs by cutting out areas with a touch of your finger.


6. Touchnote Postcards

This is the simplest way to say thank you to your friends for the Christmas presents. Choose from your favorite photos and quickly turn it into a lovely greeting card that gets printed and mailed worldwide.


7. Doodle Jump Christmas Special

A Holiday makeover for the popular game Doodle Jump. Doodle Jump Christmas Special includes all new stunning art, new monsters, super cool rocket power-up and much more. This game is fun, addictive and a nice way to kill time.


8. Kids Christmas Songs & Stories

Great collection of Christmas Songs and Stories for kids. The app contains a number of beautifully animated stories including “The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “The Mitten”, “A Christmas Carol”, and more.


9. Christmas Snow Clock

Wonderful sparkling Christmas snowflake themed clocks for your Android home screen. Definitely a Holiday makeover for your smartphone or tablet.


10. Christmas Tree Maker

We all love Christmas trees. Here is an app that can help you make your own virtual Christmas tree decorated with lights, balls, garlands, candy canes and gingerbread men.


Have fun with all these awesome apps. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Ho ho ho!