Note-taking apps for Linux

In today's open source roundup: Seven apps for note-taking in Linux. Plus: Samsung's Galaxy A7 phone announced, and DistroWatch reviews Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon

Note-taking apps for Linux

Taking notes is something we all do at times. But finding the right application for it can be a pain. Fortunately, MakeUseOf has compiled a helpful list of seven note-taking apps for Linux users.

Danny Stieben at MakeUseOf reports:

As a college student, it’s important to be able to write down notes efficiently and find them quickly when needed. As a Linux user, you sadly won’t have access to official desktop clients for Evernote, OneNote, and Simplenote. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get stuff done, including writing notes.

Here are seven different applications you can use to write notes and increase your productivity. Do note that several popular note-taking services do have web versions available, but we’re going to assume that you know about them and will instead focus on alternative desktop applications you can use.

NixNote and GeekNote
Future Pick: Springseed

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Samsung's Galaxy A7 phone announced

Samsung's Galaxy line of phones have long been one of its staple products. Now the company has announced its new Galaxy A7 phone.

Brandon Chester at AnandTech reports on the Galaxy A7:

The Galaxy A7 comes with one of two similar processors depending on which SKU you buy. The single-SIM LTE model comes with Samsung's Exynos 5430 which has a 1.8GHz 4 x Cortex-A15 cluster and a 1.3GHz 4 x Cortex-A7 cluster. This model uses Ericsson's M7450 Cat4 LTE modem. The dual-SIM LTE/3G model uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 MSM9839 which has a 1.5GHz 4 x Cortex-A53 cluster and a 1.0GHz 4 x Cortex-A53 cluster.

Beyond the SoC, we see what looks to be standard specs for a 2015 mid-range phone. The Galaxy A7 is actually very similar to the Desire 826. It has a 2600mAh (9.88Wh) battery, a 13MP rear-facing camera, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB of NAND, and a MicroSD slot. The Galaxy A7 bests the Desire 826 with its size though. It's smaller, lighter, and much thinner. In fact, with a thickness of only 6.3mm, it's thinner than Apple's flagship iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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You can also read the official announcement at Samsung's Mobile Press site:

The Galaxy A7 is equipped with a multicore processor combining two separate quad core processors, enabling users to quickly and easily perform data intensive tasks. The Galaxy A7 has 16GB of memory and 2GB of RAM to power all of a user’s favorite apps and media, and is supported by a long-lasting 2,600mAh battery.

The Galaxy A7 also supports the intuitive features and services offered by the Galaxy A5 and A3, with an advanced 5 Megapixel front-facing camera and advanced selfie features including ‘Ultra Wide Shot’ and ‘Auto Selfie’ modes, which make it possible to take a photograph using only a voice command or even a simple wave of the hand. The device also features ‘Always Clear Voice Auto Control’ to reduce noise from the surrounding environment, as well as LTE Category 4 support for quick and easy photo and video uploads on any social network. In addition to these features, the Galaxy A7 offers a Private Mode, which adds an extra layer of security for important files and documents. The A7 also has Multi Screen app function capability.

More at Samsung Mobile Press

Redditors had some thoughts to share about the Galaxy A7:

RadiantSun: "This is a midrange device. What I'm concerned about is 5.5 inches at 720p. What's up with that? I'm sure it'll help the battery life but I don't think that's worth the loss in resolution from 1080p for a device with an efficient processor, SAMOLED display and 2800 MAh battery."

Listsave: "I feel like I'm the only one around here that thinks 2 GB ram and 16 GB storage is enough. I never have more than 3 apps running and my music is saved as 100 kbps eAAC+ files so 1000 songs only take about 3 GB of space."

MalevolentFerret: "...there are millions of people out there for whom Samsung phones work for just fine, thank you very much. They don't care about bootloaders or having 4GB of RAM, they want a phone they can text, call, take nice pictures and play Candy Crush on. That's it. And Samsung has the budget to say "you want to do these things without splashing out on an iPhone? We're your guys."

DroidMasterX: "And I thought Samsung is supposed to come out with less phones in 2015. But, this does look amazingly nice. Great design."

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