How to play the Android 6.0 hidden Flappy Bird game

Also in today's open source roundup: Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 released, and Google finally kills the Picasa Web service and desktop client

How to play the Android 6.0 hidden Flappy Bird game
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Play the Android 6.0 hidden Flappy Bird game

Android 6.0 Marshmallow has a hidden version of Flappy Bird included in it. But it will require a little bit of elbow grease on your part to play it. Fortunately, Groovy Post has a helpful guide on how to access the hidden Flappy Bird game in Android 6.0.

Brian Burgess reports for Groovy Post:

If you have a Google Nexus device that comes with Android 6 Marshmallow or your current device has received the update, there's a hidden Android-themed Flappy Bird game that you can pull up. Google did this with Android 5.0 Lollipop, too and accessing it is virtually the same. But this version has been revamped and polished and worth checking out.

To get to it, go to Settings > About Phone and repeatedly tap the Android version number quickly about four to six times or so. It's not an exact science, so your mileage will vary.

Then you'll get the screenshots shown below, one is a graphic of the letter "M", and if you tap it again, the image will change to a marshmallow with the familiar Android antenna.

Long press the Marshmallow graphic to start the Flappy Bird clone and have some fun navigating a droid through obstacles of marshmallows and other obstructions.

More at Groovy Post

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 released

Parsix Linux is a Debian-based distribution. Version 8.5 has just been released, and it's built on Debian 8 Jessie. The latest release of Parsix includes Linux kernel 4.1.17 as well as a variety of updated packages.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

Dubbed Atticus, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5r0 is the first stable release of the distribution, which has been in development for the past three months, during which the project's developers have announced no less than three test builds with all sorts of improvements and updated packages.

Prominent features in Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5r0 (Atticus) include the long-term supported Linux 4.1.17 kernel injected with the BFS, TuxOnIce 3.3, as well as several other extra patches, the latest GNOME 3.18 desktop environment with the GNOME Shell 3.18.3 user interface, and GRUB 2 as the default bootloader.

"Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 (code name Atticus) ships with stable GNOME 3.18 desktop environment and an updated kernel. This version has been synchronized with Debian Jessie repositories as of February 13 2016. Parsix Atticus ships with GNOME 3.18 and LibreOffice 4.3.3 productivity suit by default," reads today's announcement.

Among the updated packages in Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5r0, we can mention X.Org Server 1.16.4, GNU Iceweasel 44.0, Chromium 48.0, LibreOffice 4.3.3, Glibc 2.19, GParted 0.19.0, Empathy 3.12.11, GIMP 2.8.14, Grisbi 1.0.0, Oracle VirtualBox 4.3.36, VLC Media Player 2.2.1, and Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.569.

More at Softpedia

Google finally kills the Picasa Web service and desktop client

The death of Picasa has been expected for quite some time as Google shifted its efforts toward Google Photos. And now the company has finally announced the end of Picasa.

Joel Hruska reports for ExtremeTech:

According to Anil Sabharwal, head of Google Photos, the phase-out is designed to give users time to migrate their photos — in fact, if you used Picasa Web Albums, you'll apparently now find your content mirrored on Google Photos already. Google is apparently sensitive to the fact that people might either like some of the features formerly provided by Picasa or don't want to lose captions or metadata.

If you use the Picasa Web Albums feature, you'll have until May 1, 2016 to use it as normal. The changes above and the migration to Google Photos will begin after that date.

Users who prefer the desktop application have fewer options. Google has stated that it won't support the desktop application after March 15, 2016. It also states: "For those who have already downloaded this—or choose to do so before this date—it will continue to work as it does today, but we will not be developing it further, and there will be no future updates." This seems to imply that Google will remove the software altogether, rather than leave it online in its current state.

If you liked Picasa because of its desktop features, Google Photos is no replacement at all. It's a cloud management tool for photos, not a desktop application. If you aren't interested in uploading your images to Google's servers, you'll have to look elsewhere for photo management options.

More at ExtremeTech

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