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Facebook has updated in a big way, but the new changes are only meant for sports fanatics in the US.

The social network has introduced a dedicated hub called Facebook Sports Stadium and is describing it as a place where you can go to “experience sports in real-time with your friends and the world”. There are more than 650 million sports fans currently using Facebook to “celebrate, commiserate, and talk trash” with other fans, and so it made since for the social network to build a place that’s all about sports.

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About a week ago, the Netrunner team released an update to its rolling release operating system. Based on Arch/Manjaro, I advised Linux beginners to steer clear, and instead opt for the Kubuntu-based variant.

There are a couple of reasons for this. For one, the Ubuntu community is arguably friendlier and better for newbies — there are a ton of instructions and .deb files available too. More importantly, however, the rolling release could be less stable overall.

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While Cyanogen has whipped up a suite of exclusive apps for the commercial version of its mobile operating system, those using the open source CyanogenMod were unfortunately left out.

Now it’s changing that, by offering a “Cyanogen Apps Package” as an optional download that adds its Boxer email app, redesigned AudioFX and more — it doesn’t have every custom tweak but the company says more parts will come along in future updates.

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Robolinux Mate Raptor v8.1 is a stunningly gorgeous and well-tuned operating system that soars with unmatched functionality.

This release of the Robolinux distro line runs the newest iteration of the Gnome 2 fork desktop Mate. It is fast and slick.

The integration of Mate as a modern desktop environment is growing on me. This assessment becomes even more true with how Mate is paired with the really cool features in Robolinux.

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Chromebooks are wonderful computers for light and medium computing. While Windows and OS X are superior for heavy lifting – especially with legacy software – Chrome OS is a dream for web surfing, email and writing. If either you or someone you know lives in the web browser, laptops running Google’s Linux-based operating system could be perfect. By design, they are virtually malware-free, and OS updates are a breeze.

Finding the perfect Chromebook is difficult, as everyone’s needs may be different, but I only suggest models with at least 4GB of RAM regardless.

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Tuesday announced the availability of a touchscreen that brings the low-cost tiny computer one-step closer to becoming a standalone mobile device. The touchscreen was in development for nearly two years.

The first round of screens will require some assembly of parts that arrive in a small kit, noted Gordon Hollingworth, director of software at Raspberry Pi. For those who can tolerate the wait, shipments of assembled screens will come later.

Although Hollingworth pegged the display’s price at US$60, the Raspberry Pi Authentic Swag store was offering it for Pounds 48, or about US$74, as of Thursday.

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The Jolla tablet started life with an interesting pitch: a crowdfunded slate with a novel, gesture-based OS, an Intel 64-bit quad-core CPU, a high resolution 7.85-inch screen and software features culled from the community’s most popular suggestions. That was almost a year ago, and now the tablet is getting ready to ship. Didn’t pitch in on the crowdfunding? Don’t worry — you can pre-order the tablet today for €267.

Okay, technically that price varies by country: the Finland-base country assumes a 24% VAT will apply on its product page, but adjusts the price for each country during checkout. For US buyers, that brings the price down to €215.32, or about $241.

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Supercomputers are serious things, called on to do serious computing. They tend to be engaged in serious pursuits like atomic bomb simulations, climate modeling and high-level physics. Naturally, they cost serious money. At the very top of the latest Top500 supercomputer ranking is the Tianhe-2 supercomputer at China’s National University of Defense Technology. It cost about $390 million to build.

But then there’s the supercomputer that Joshua Kiepert, a doctoral student at Boise State’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department, created with Raspberry Pi computers. It cost less than $2,000.

No, I’m not making that up. It’s an honest-to-goodness supercomputer made from overclocked 1-GHz Model B Raspberry Pi ARM11 processors with Videocore IV GPUs. Each one comes with 512MB of RAM, a pair of USB ports and a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port.

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