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Action Launcher v37 adds Desktop Shortcuts and faster settings admin Sat, 2018-06-16 - 11:54

Action Launcher v37 adds Desktop Shortcuts and faster settings

Action Launcher has become my regular use launcher on my Pixel 2 XL phone for the last few months. Although not packed with some of the richer features of Nova launcher, I'm finding it a tad more stable and faster.

One thing I still miss and have suggested to the developers is to allow a custom icon for folders. For some reason, they either show four mini icons (pixel launcher style) or the first app's one (but with a swipe up which I don't really like).

But it's fast and stable and does everything else I want it to.

See https://ausdroid.net/2018/06/16/action-launcher-v37-adds-desktop-shortcuts-faster-settings/

#actionlauncher #android


Action Launcher v37 adds Desktop Shortcuts and faster settings - Ausdroid
For fans of Chris Lacy's Action Launcher, a new update awaits this morning with V37 rolling out thro
Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-16 - 11:47 By: admin

Why Open Source Needs Marketing (Even Though Developers Hate It)

The concept of creative commons is far older than the advent of Linux some 25 years ago. Like creative commons, word of mouth has long been the foundation of open-source marketing. Indeed, it is how open source has grown its community of contributors. Talk to just about any developer, however, and they’ll tell you they don’t want to be marketed to -- not in the traditional sense, anyway.

So, what role does marketing have and what value does marketing bring to the open-source community?

In my fifteen years of marketing -- several of them for open-source projects, including my current role -- I’ve learned that marketing is absolutely essential to open source’s ability to thrive. I may be a bit biased, but hear me out. What does open source need most? Code contributors. Community. Adoption. All the code and community in the world will be useless if no one adopts it. And user adoption won’t happen without marketing.

It might help if we reframe marketing as advocacy. You need passionate people dedicated to advocating for open source’s success and adoption. That’s where marketing (or advocacy, if you prefer) can help.

The bottom line is that "success" is ultimately measured in perceived value and usage by users... and marketing (or advocacy) is what helps makes this happen.

Read the full article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescommunicationscouncil/2018/06/13/why-open-source-needs-marketing-even-though-developers-hate-it/#77b17393425b

#marketing #advocacy #marketing


Why Open Source Needs Marketing (Even Though Developers Hate It)
Marketers must recognize and champion the importance of the community for open source to thrive.

People are switching from Facebook to WhatsApp (and other instant messengers) for news

Posted on: Fri, 2018-06-15 - 22:54 By: admin

People are switching from Facebook to WhatsApp (and other instant messengers) for news

With all the hot water Facebook has been in for the role of news on its platform, it looks like the social media giant is getting what it wanted.

A new study from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that the use of Facebook for news has declined. Instead, people are turning to messaging apps — most notably WhatsApp — to receive and share news.

The study's data come from surveys conducted by YouGov of representative sample populations in countries around the world.

Taking the place of news blasted out to entire social networks is one-to-one sharing or group messaging. News reading and sharing on WhatsApp in particular increased 4 percent from 2016 to 2018.

Of course Facebook also owns WhatsApp, but it is more about how news is received on any instant messenger app, than who actually owns it.

See https://mashable.com/2018/06/15/facebook-whatsapp-news-consumption/

#news #instantmessaging #facebook




People are switching from Facebook to WhatsApp for news
LMAO but Facebook still owns WhatsApp anyway!

Introducing VR180 Creator for Mac and Linux desktops, simplifying the video editing process

Posted on: Fri, 2018-06-15 - 22:30 By: admin

Introducing VR180 Creator for Mac and Linux desktops, simplifying the video editing process

VR180 cameras allow creators to shoot three-dimensional, immersive photos and videos using affordable cameras that are small enough to fit in your pocket.

And to make it even easier for you to create and edit high quality VR videos, we’re launching VR180 Creator on Mac and Linux. This desktop tool lets anyone edit VR180 footage with existing VR video tools.

VR180 Creator currently offers two features for VR videos. “Convert for Publishing” takes raw fisheye footage from VR180 cameras like the Lenovo Mirage Camera and converts it into a standardized equirect projection. This can be edited with the video editing software creators already use, like Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. “Prepare for Publishing” re-injects the VR180 metadata after editing so that the footage is viewable on YouTube or Google Photos in 2D or VR.

See https://www.blog.google/products/google-vr/introducing-vr180-creator-simple-video-editing/

#VR180


Introducing VR180 Creator, simplifying the video editing process
VR180 Creator on Mac and Linux lets anyone edit VR180 footage with existing VR video tools.

Nobe 100 Electric Car Is A Three-Wheeled Dollop Of Retro Cuteness (with a removable battery!)

Posted on: Thu, 2018-06-14 - 22:08 By: admin

Nobe 100 Electric Car Is A Three-Wheeled Dollop Of Retro Cuteness (with a removable battery!)

If you were alive in the 1950s, you will recognize the Nobe 100 three-wheeled electric car. Autoblog says it looks like the original Fiat 500, the Saab 96, or the Messerschmitt KR175 that came with a bubble-top Plexiglas canopy.

It is an electric trike from Estonia with three-wheel drive, a top speed of 68 mph, a range of 136 miles, and a battery that can be recharged in two hours.

The car is a full retro recreation of a 1950s automobile — white plastic knobs on the ends of the chrome window winders, instruments nestled beneath a double bubble arrangement directly in front of the driver, a dashboard with nothing but a glovebox and two slide controls for air temperature and fan speed.

Under the dash is a package shelf and beneath that is the battery, which is contained in what looks like a leather suitcase. The battery can be removed from the car to take it inside for charging (which is really ideal if you cannot park next to a charging station - wonder if this is a solution for artment building residents?).

The Nobe 100 may look retro, but it is thoroughly modern in some respects. The company says it is “fully connected” and “designed as autonomous ready.” It features a lightweight composite body and can reach 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/09/nobe-100-electric-car-is-a-three-wheeled-dollop-of-retro-cuteness/

#nobe100 #retro #EV


Nobe 100 Electric Car Is A Three-Wheeled Dollop Of Retro Cuteness | CleanTechnica
The Nobe 100 from Estonia is terminally cute in a retro sort of way. It features three-wheel drive and a removable battery pack for easy indoor charging.

A Netgear Aircard 790s (AC790S) LCD Touchscreen 3G/4G Wireless Mobile WiFi Router Mobile Hotspot for...

Posted on: Thu, 2018-06-14 - 19:27 By: admin

A Netgear Aircard 790s (AC790S) LCD Touchscreen 3G/4G Wireless Mobile WiFi Router Mobile Hotspot for only R1,717.99 in South Africa

I have been looking around for a replacement for my existing Huawei LTE mobile Wifi hotspot as its battery is starting to give in and it is not the easy-to-replace type battery. I'd also been noticing most of the budget end hotspots only give "up to 6 hours of battery" and I need at least 8 hours.

So I cast my eye around and narrowed it down to a Netgear AC790S having up to 13 hours battery life, touchscreen with full menu (no need to use an app to manage the device), and best of all its Wifi will run 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wifi simultaneously. Its software menu management is also a lot better than the usual Huawei devices we have everywhere. It also has a standard replaceable battery. I was happy with the R3,000 pricetag but could just not find any in stock online in SA at all.

Then I found this offer at Zasttra at nearly half price. I was convinced it was a mistake but thought I'd take a chance on it. Well, it actually happened and the device is busy being shipped to me locally now. There is a 15 day wait so I am assuming they are importing it (it is unlocked tho) but hey the price to my door is R1,717.99 inc VAT and nothing extra so I'm happy to wait the 15 days.

I double checked with the supplier today before making this post, and they assure me the price is correct and they can get more stock as long as people are prepared to wait the 15 days. So if you want to get off contract for mobile LTE and want to get a decent device you can use for a few years, this may be it.

See https://www.zasttra.com/products/netgear-aircard-790s-ac790s-2-4-inch-qvga-capacitive-lcd-touchscreen-3g-4g-wireless-mobile-wifi-router-mobile-hotspot-unlocked-versionblack

#mobilehotspot #netgear #LTE


NETGEAR Aircard 790s (AC790S) 2.4 inch QVGA Capacitive LCD Touchscreen 3G/4G Wireless Mobile WiFi Router Mobile Hotspot Unlocked Version(Black)
Quick Overview 1. Brand new and high quality. 2. It is a new LTE category 6 mobile hotspot which supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and carrier aggregation technology. 3. Aircard 790s could...> See more product detail

Unplanned Grid Load Shedding Just Started Around South Africa due to the Eskom Strikes

Posted on: Thu, 2018-06-14 - 18:44 By: admin

Unplanned Grid Load Shedding Just Started Around South Africa due to the Eskom Strikes

Grid Power just went off in our area in Cape Town and thank goodness my solar power investment finally paid off! We're the only house in the area with lights and Internet on! It's the first grid outage we've had since we installed the solar system a few yeqars back.

As peak demand wanes it is expected the still operating power stations will be able to handle everything after 20:00 and the power should hopefully be on everywhere again.

Pictured below is my solar system powering the house off battery and inverter power. The load is fairly light as we are only running the lights, TV, computers, Internet and pond pump.

#EskomStrike #Eskom #solarenergy


New NIUs: Chinese electric scooter maker unveils latest two models designed for the streets of Europe...

Posted on: Thu, 2018-06-14 - 18:04 By: admin

New NIUs: Chinese electric scooter maker unveils latest two models designed for the streets of Europe

Even though Europe is ripe with scooters zipping around its streets, the variety and options for all-electric scooters don’t come close to matching those of gas scooters.

That may not be the case for long though, as an increasing number of electric scooter options are becoming available every month. Yesterday, the Chinese company Niu unveiled their two latest electric scooters that have been developed specifically for the European market. Niu is aggressively targeting Europe with its new electric scooters, focusing on young, stylish consumers that are likely to make up a large portion of the growing electric scooter market.

The two new electric scooters were unveiled in style at the Louvre Museum in Paris, where the company pitched the scooters to hundreds of journalists in the audience.

The Niu M+ scooter is the entry model based on the existing Niu M-series line of scooters, but upgraded to accommodate two riders. The M+ comes with a removable Li-ion battery pack built with Panasonic 18650 cells and which can be charged in 3.5 hours.

Niu claims that a full battery charge should last for 130 km (81 mi) and comes with a 3 year warranty. The slick-looking battery comes in a rigid case with folding carry handle, making it easy to remove to charge indoors, like many other electric scooters. Niu estimates the battery to last for 5 years of use based on its cycle life rating.

The M series scooter that it is based on has a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph), which usually allows it to legally fit into the looser legislated class of sub-50 cc scooters. It is priced at €2,299 ($2,700) in Europe. This scooter is clearly destined for inner city commuting.

There is also another option which is the N-GT which can reach a higher top speed of 70 km/h (43.5 mph) with a range of 170 km (106 mi), but is a bit pricey at €4,499 ($5,300).

But more competition and options (as well as ongoing technical innovations) means the affordability will only get better in the next few years.

See https://electrek.co/2018/06/13/new-niu-chinese-electric-scooter/

#NIU #electricscooter


New NIUs: Chinese electric scooter maker unveils latest two models designed for the streets of Europe
Even though Europe is ripe with scooters zipping around its streets, the variety and options for all-electric scooters don’t come close to matching those of gas scooters. That may not be the …

How to Stream the World Cup 2018 Russia for Free, No Cable Subscription Needed

Posted on: Wed, 2018-06-13 - 19:56 By: admin

How to Stream the World Cup 2018 Russia for Free, No Cable Subscription Needed

Sometimes cord-cutters may find a need to watch sport. For some reason (especially local sports) seems to be locked into regional TV/Cable subscription services. It's often the last bastion holding many back from ditching a TV/Cable service. But for international games the options are more varied...

See https://www.addictivetips.com/media-streaming/stream-world-cup-2018-no-cable/

#FIFA #worldcup #soccer


How to Stream the World Cup 2018 Russia for Free, No Cable Subscription Needed
Eager to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup but worried your cordcutting habits might get in the way? Don't worry, you can still get your football fix without c
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