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It’s been a long time since I suggested that a system like S5 should include an editing mode, and see my post of March 15, 2012 repeated that suggestion. As it turns out, there is now a very similar tool that does just that: remark. No, it’s not a Wiki, it’s a lightweight CMS, using Markdown (plus extensions) to do its magic.

To be honest, between my first suggestions in 2005 and now a number of similar tools have been created, many based on S5, by the way – just check out http://wiki.s5project.org/HTML_slideshow_tools. But things over there aren’t too lively anymore, it seems…

I’m waiting for a good opportunity to try ‘remark’ out, if only to see  on how many platforms it can be used for editing without too many limitations.

For a quick try-out, head over to Platon.io – it’s an editable webpage powered by remark.

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Here in Belgium, at least, Samsung released an OTA update for the Galaxy S7 to bring Android up to the security patch level of July 1st, 2017. I’m beginning to think that Samsung might make this a regular thing ;-)

After the patch, this is what the system says.

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The language isn’t new: Kotlin was created more than 5 years ago by JetBrains engineers. A preview version was released in 2011. Kotlin is a statically typed programming language for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Being crude, you could say that it’s “just another” enhancement of the Java language, just like Groovy or Scala. Nice, but hardly indispensable.

But Kotlin made a name for itself in May 2017, when Google announced “that it is making Kotlin […] a first-class language for writing Android apps” (in the words of Frederic Lardinois on TechCrunch). The Wired website has a bit more info on why the language was developed and why it is so “hot” these days. And the article concludes:

And its applications extend well beyond Google’s platform. Like Java, it can be used to write apps that run on desktops and servers as well. Plus, JetBrains has released tools for translating Kotlin code into code that can run on iOS or even in web browsers. All of which is to say, you can expect to find yourself using apps written in Kotlin more and more often in the coming months and years.

I have not yet written a line of Kotlin, but perhaps I should try that sooner rather than later. Since I’m also looking at Apple’s Swift language, the combination of learning both could be beneficial… or problematic, since someone asserts that both are quite similar (but not the same, of course): see “Swift is like Kotlin” for details.

I still would like to know how the name “Kotlin” was chosen…

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Just a quick notice, to inform all SGS7 users in Belgium that Samsung made a system update available in Belgium. This update brings Android on the SGS7 up to the Android security patch level of June 1st, 2017. We can only hope that Samsung will increase the number of updates in the near future. Oh, and they might offer us Android 7.1 as well, of course – if they wait much longer I will be requesting Android 8 rather than 7.1 !

This is what my machine now tells me about the operating system

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Yesterday, Samsung pushed an OTA software update to my Galaxy S7. I’m not in a position to tell you exactly which modifications were applied – it certainly was not Android 7.1. Samsung offered no details on screen, so I can only rely on what I can glean from the current status of the device. My conclusion: I suppose that the 214MB update mostly consisted of security enhancements…

Here’s what the “Software information” screen has to say:

Software Information about the latest S7 update in Belgium

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I have noticed a lot of traffic to my post titled ‘Samsung Galaxy J5 Sadly Does Not Support Marshmallow’s Adoptable Storage‘. Now that I own and use a Galaxy S7, you might think that I would try out that adoptable memory for the S7, and report on that. But in fact all – well, much – has already been written and said about that; let me just point you to EpicDroid’s ‘You Can Enable Adoptable Storage On Galaxy S7, But Should You?‘ where all essential info and links are summarised in a single post.

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Samsung took their time to deliver the update to my Phone, but at lastmy Galaxy S7 is now running Android 7. It’s only version 7.0, but at least it’s a start on the road to more up-to-date software on my device.

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Anyway, now is the time to discover this version in detail. I don’t call my Phone ‘gigantic’, but this overview over the Nougat release will help me: “Android 7.0 Nougat review—Do more on your gigantic smartphone“.

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