15 Android apps that are worth buying

Also in today's open source roundup: Is Bedrock Linux the one distro to rule them all? And Linux computers that don't track you

15 Android apps that are worth buying

15 Android apps that are worth buying

Android offers thousands and thousands of apps in the Google Play Store. But sometimes it can be hard to find ones that are worth spending money on. PCMag has a helpful roundup of 15 Android apps that are worth your hard earned dollar.

Evan Dashevsky reports for PCMag:

My fellow Android users, it’s unfortunate that you’re not buying apps. Your hesitance is one reason iOS users get the cool apps first. The Android app developer community is now growing by leaps and bounds, but that is based on the sheer number of Android users out there. Just imagine how dynamic our shared ecosystem would be if there was a correlating financial incentive!

Everybody wins when you are willing to shell out a little for the apps you use every day. Here we present 15 apps available for download in Google Play that are completely worth the tiny cost of entry.

Pocket Casts ($3.99)

Runtastic Pro ($1.49)

Swype ($0.99)

Tasker ($2.99)

Star Walk ($0.99)

TuneIn Radio Pro ($9.99)

Bitdefender (Free download, $14.95 per year after four day trial ends)

LastPass (Free download, $12 per year after the 14 day trial ends)

Monument Valley ($0.99)

Pudding Monsters Premium ($0.99)

Weather Timeline – Forecast ($0.99)

Small World 2 ($6.99)

Spotify Premium (Free download, $9.99 per month)

Norton Family Parental Control (Free download, $49.99 per year subscription)

NordVPN (Free download, $8 per month subscription)

More at PCMag

Bedrock Linux: One distro to rule them all?

There are many different Linux distributions available, and each of them has its advantages and disadvantages. But what if you could use one distro to run software from different distributions? There’s a new distribution called Bedrock Linux that could make that a reality.

Serdar-Yegulalp reports for InfoWorld:

An experimental Linux distribution under heavy development makes it possible to use software from other, mutually incompatible Linux distributions, all under one roof.

Bedrock Linux does this without using virtual machines or containers. Instead, it uses a virtual file system arrangement, allowing each distribution’s software to be installed in parallel and executed against each other.

Bedrock Linux’s documentation provides a use example: “One could have an RSS feed reader from Arch Linux’s AUR open a webpage in a web browser from Ubuntu’s repos while both of them are running in an X11 server from Fedora.”

The point, according to the project’s creators, isn’t simply to pull frivolous stunts, but to solve real-world problems that pop up when dealing with the quirks and eccentricities of multiple distributions. For instance, if an application package is dropped from the repository of one given distribution but is kept in another distribution, it’s possible to use the second distribution to gain access to the software in the context of the first.

More at InfoWorld

Linux computers that don’t track you

Privacy has become an important issue for many users, and many people long for computers that don’t track them. A recent video on YouTube features Todd Weaver, the CEO of Purism, talking about his Librem computers. The Librem line is based on Linux and runs PureOS.

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