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Afrikaans and Malay added to Google Translate camera tech

Date Published: Sun, 14 Jul 2019 11:54:00 +0200

Afrikaans, Arabic, Hindi, Malay, Thai and Vietnamese are among the 60 additional languages supported, bringing the total number to 88, in a bid to help more people travelling abroad.

The Google Translate app allows users to hold up their smartphone and take a photo of any text they see for an instant translation.

See #^https://techcentral.co.za/afrikaans-added-to-google-translate-camera-tech/90931/

#afrikaans #southafrica #translation
#^Afrikaans added to Google Translate camera tech - TechCentral

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Google is expanding the number of languages its camera translation app is capable of understanding.

INKHUNTER - try virtual tattoo designs with augmented reality on your body for Android and iOS - See before you Ink

Date Published: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:10:37 +0200

Try on virtual tattoos with augmented reality before it’s inked forever. The app projects any tattoo design, on any part of your body to let you see how it will look. Try on your own tattoo design or choose one from the gallery, check out your tattoo from different angles!

Another useful idea for AR in real life.

See #^https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tattoo.inkhunter or #^https://apps.apple.com/app/id991558368

#AR #tattoos
#^INKHUNTER - try tattoo designs - Apps on Google Play

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Try on virtual tattoos with AUGMENTED REALITY before it’s inked forever. The app projects any tattoo design, on any part of your body to let you see how it will look.

- Try on your own tattoo design or choose one from the gallery.
- Check out your tattoo from different angles!
- It’s super easy to make it look real using the advanced photo editor.
- DOWNLOAD THE APP and HAVE FUN!

Don’t forget to tell your friends about this one.

THINK BEFORE YOU INK
#NOMOREREGRETS with ink Hunter tattoo app

This Is Exactly Why Clean Coal Is A Joke - It's the tons of toxic coal ash that must be disposed of somewhere

Date Published: Wed, 10 Jul 2019 07:22:47 +0200

The US utility Ameren Missouri should be walking on sunshine right now. The company has just announced its second rate cut this year, thanks in part to its new “Smart Energy” plan which is loaded with clean tech goodies. Instead, Ameren Missouri is facing the wrath of environmental groups and local residents over its plan for dealing with tons of ash left over from its coal power plants. Clean coal my foot!

coal ash is the toxic material left over when coal burns. It can be re-used in various ways but it is loaded with mercury, arsenic and other materials. The worst thing to do is store it indefinitely in unlined, open air ponds or lagoons, often by a river or stream.

Basically, it’s cheaper to cap old ash pits than excavating all the ash and putting it into more secure containment, though that leaves the pesky issue of groundwater contamination to sort itself out.

See #^https://cleantechnica.com/2019/07/07/this-is-exactly-why-clean-coal-is-a-joke/

#cleancoal #environment
#^This Is Exactly Why Clean Coal Is A Joke

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The coal ash problem will continue to bedevil the "clean coal" label, regardless of whether or not utilities reduce carbon emissions.

9 Open Source Password Managers to Secure Yourself With

Date Published: Mon, 8 Jul 2019 22:08:45 +0200

People use password managers so that they don’t have to remember all the usernames/passwords of the websites they visit. Instead, they can just remember 1 password, and then access all the other passwords whenever they need. In addition to that, this allows you as a user to increase the length and the complexity of the passwords you use, because now, you no longer have to remember them, so you can make your Facebook’s password something like 21#^#Y3#^2h281+_0H^I@F!##YU&^ with no problem.

Also, some password managers offer other features that you can use. E.g: Auto-fill (automatically fill the passwords when you open the URL in your browser), synchronization between devices, team storage (sharing passwords between multiple people), smartphone integration, various types & tools of encryption, emergency codes.. And so on.

Traditionally, there are many closed-source proprietary password managers, and there are those which are open source.

It is good to see some newer password managers in the list and not just the same old ones we are used to seeing - see #^https://fosspost.org/lists/open-source-password-managers

#security #passwords
#^9 Open Source Password Managers To Secure Yourself With

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Here's a good list of 9 open source password managers that you can use to secure your passwords. Using of these is a must, but which one would you choose?

Both Google Drive and Dropbox mobile apps have built-in multi-page scan-to-PDF functionality

Date Published: Mon, 8 Jul 2019 21:47:26 +0200

I've still been labouring recently with a standalone scan-to-PDF app until my non-tech sister pointed out she has been using the Dropbox app for this for ages now (maybe because I mostly use NextCloud?).

Google Drive takes a plain photo (in the app) and you can rotate (pinch gestures too), crop, and change the colour type (B&W, Colour, Colour drawing for each individual captured image). You can optionally hit the + button to add more pages. Each page can be rotated individually but I do not see an option to re-arrange the order of the pages. It then prompts you where to save it on Drive.

Dropbox starts out the same but captures differently in that you point the camera at a piece of paper (even if it is skew) and it will identify the edges of the paper and capture automatically to show a preview which you can then adjust between original, B&W or Whiteboard also per page (with a contrast slider for the two non-original options). It also offers rotation and addition of additional pages, where you can then rearrange the order of the pages (individual pages can be rotated). It also finishes off with prompting to save to a location on Dropbox storage.

So key differences are Dropbox can be quick to capture if the pages are easily discernable from the background for auto-capture (pressing the capture buttons no edge differentiation but you can adjust manually afterwards) and it has the page re-arrange functionality. On similar white on white backgrounds, neither app could discern the edges properly. They will both do multipage scanning though as well as automatic de-skewing so it may just come down to which storage service you prefer to use.

That said neither of these apps is specialised at what they do and some of the paid scan to PDF apps offer advanced functionality with document types, image correction, etc.

#scan2PDF #PDF
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I just installed solar panels because now’s the time in the US as price reductions lose momentum and subsidies reduce from 2020

Date Published: Mon, 8 Jul 2019 19:53:37 +0200

OK I don't live in the US but I am busy with my second solar installation here in South Africa. The downside in South Africa is zero government subsidy towards solar installations but the cost benefits still work out for me over 5 years or so in savings on electricity and no impact from grid outages due to periodic load shedding.

The lesson for me was starting too small and realising that upgrading is not easy as you should not mix battery ages, a 12V system may have to become a 48V system, etc. So mine has been a full rip out and replace.

But if you are in the US you may seriously want to consider installing before the end of 2019 - see #^https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/5/20679189/solar-panel-price-incentive-federal-tax-credit-2019

#solar #greenenergy #environment
#^I just installed solar panels because now’s the time

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Save the planet, save money, but maybe act soon

Military Tech: M3 Amphibious Rigs driving into River to create a Ferry Operation

Date Published: Sun, 7 Jul 2019 22:13:27 +0200

With the M3 Amphibious Rig over the Weser river: 4 Amphibious bridging vehicles were joined to set up a ferry service for a bicycle festival at the ferry terminal in Großenwieden, Germany. For the first time, the pioneers of the German Bundeswehr were supported by British soldiers.

The 360 ​​hp amphibious vehicle has a 360-degree rotating jet propulsion system at the bow and stern. In ferry mode, up to 63.5 tonnes of payload are possible. The maximum speed in the water is 14 k.p.h.

There is something really satisfying in watching this unique operation being carried out with such efficiency. Just over 2.3 million views in 6 days shows many other viewers also thought so!

Watch at #^https://youtu.be/ratKBu2cRp0

#military
#^M3 Amphibious Rig driving into River | Ferry Operation

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With the M3 Amphibious Rig over the Weser river: 4 Amphibious bridging vehicles were joined to set up a ferry service for a bicycle festival at the ferry ter...

Create Written Notes From YouTube Video Transcriptions Instantly With this Chrome Extension

Date Published: Sun, 7 Jul 2019 19:38:52 +0200

When you’re watching a YouTube video you might want notes for, the Chrome extension can create those notes in real time.

Unlike a transcription app that would just transcribe the whole thing for you, Gnotes has you identify what parts of the video are important to you and then it creates notes specifically for that portion. For instance, maybe you watch a 15-minute video on how to do something, but you really just need information from the last few minutes written down.

Watch the explanatory video at #^https://lifehacker.com/create-written-notes-from-youtube-videos-instantly-with-1835990145

#youtube #notes
#^Create Written Notes From YouTube Videos Instantly With this Chrome Extension

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There are a ton of informative YouTube videos out there. When you’re watching one where you’re hoping to learn something; however, you have to take your own notes on the topic for later. Gnotes is an extension that can help with that.

Tesla Supercharger Network Evolution — From 6 To 13,344 Superchargers In 6 Years in US but have other countries got ready yet?

Date Published: Sun, 7 Jul 2019 19:32:09 +0200

The Tesla Supercharger network is still one of the top reasons electric car buyers are convinced to buy a Tesla rather than another company’s electric car. The network was a critical competitive advantage identified years ago when surveying EV drivers and potential EV drivers, and it seems to be referenced every day in comments on CleanTechnica as a core competitive advantage for the Silicon Valley EV & clean energy giant. But rolling out vast superfast/ultrafast charging stations takes time, and a lot of money.

We are seeing manufacturers "gearing" up to manufacture EVs but many countries have made little headway with rolling out charging networks in their countries. We can expect the cost of ICE vehicles as well as fuel prices to rise as demand falls off (high volumes is what keeps margins low) and considering charging networks take time to establish it means transitioning could be slow (it took a long time for fuel stations to expand across countries in the early part of the 20th century).

See #^https://cleantechnica.com/2019/07/06/tesla-supercharger-networks-evolution/

#EV #environment
#^Tesla Supercharger Network Evolution — From 6 To 13,344 Superchargers In 6 Years

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Last year, I published a short review of the Tesla Supercharger network's tremendous evolution from

World Bank Group encourages the use of open source software for all governments

Date Published: Sat, 6 Jul 2019 14:17:17 +0200

The World Bank Group recommends governments use open technology - open source, open data, open standards and open innovation - to enable open collaboration and inclusive development ecosystems. Stela Mocan, who leads the group’s technology and innovation lab, says this lets governments build future-proof digital infrastructures and service-delivery platforms.

According to Ms Mocan, the World Bank Group is increasingly sharing the source code of the software solutions that it develops. The group started sharing code on GitHub in early 2014. Since then it has published 41 projects, including tools for analysing data on development and urbanisation.

The World Bank Group’s “Open Source Software Working Group” drives the adoption of open source software at the organisation. This includes an open source program office, helps with procedures and policies, provides training, and helps raise awareness and share knowledge.

See #^https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection/open-source-observatory-osor/news/inclusive-collaboration

#FOSS #opensource #worldbank
#^Inclusive collaboration | Joinup

The World Bank Group recommends governments use open technology - open source, open data, open standards and open innovation - to enable open collaboration and inclusive development ecosystems. Stela Mocan, who leads the group’s technology and innovation lab, says this lets governments build future-proof digital infrastructures and service-delive...

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