Find yourself watching the screen instead of webcam in VCs? Try this open source Eyecam instead which mimics a real eye

Date Published: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 21:37:39 +0200

The eyebrow-raising design pulls no punches in the uncanny department: the eye behaves as you’d expect (if you could have expected this) — it blinks, looks around, and can even waggle its brow. The eyeball, brow, and eyelids are actuated by a total of six servos that are controlled by an Arduino Nano.
Inside the eyeball is a Raspberry Pi camera connected to a Raspi Zero for the web cam portion of this intriguing horror show.

Creepy or fascinating, it succeeds in making people think about the vast amount of sensors around us now, and what the future of them could look like. Would mimicking eye contact be an improvement over the standard black and gray oblong eye?

Yes it may not be so easy for everyone to just 3D print and build this from scratch, but it is fully open sourced including the hardware, so it's quite possible, or maybe someone will start selling them. Bonus is you don't need to shutter it when not in use, it should just close it's eye and 'sleep'.

See Eyecam Is Watching You In Between Blinks

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We will be the first to admit that it’s often hard to be productive while working from home, especially if no one’s ever really looking over your shoulder. Well, here is one creepy way …

Your WhatsApp account can be suspended by anyone who has your phone number... Because it still uses phone number verification and has a bug

Date Published: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 19:27:40 +0200

Yes it's partly an oversight on Whatsapp's side ie. they should not disable the whole account, just the new device. But phone numbers are often known, so it is quite easy to sabotage someone's account this way. Good services like Threema and others won't even require your phone number or e-mail address, so it is basically impossible to cause mischief.

Yet another reason why you want to always be sure to have a secondary or more service as alternatives.

See Your WhatsApp account can be suspended by anyone who has your phone number

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If you're a frequent user of WhatsApp, you may want to keep an eye on a disturbing hole discovered in its security this weekend. It's possible for an

Open source Monster Mash is Google's fun new tool for getting started with 3D animation

Date Published: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 19:07:05 +0200

3D animation isn't an easy task. Each stage in the process is incredibly complicated, often taking large teams of people to create even small animated scenes. Google wants to beginners learn the tool of the trade with a new tool called Monster Mash, a web-based open source project that lets anyone experiment with 3D animation.

See Monster Mash is Google's fun new tool for getting started with 3D animation

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3D animation isn't an easy task. Each stage in the process is incredibly complicated, often taking large teams of people to create even small animated

VeraCrypt offers open source file-encryption with cross-platform capabilities

Date Published: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:55:00 +0200

TrueCrypt eventually closed down, but a replacement project called VeraCrypt quickly sprang up to fill the void. VeraCrypt is based on TrueCrypt 7.1a and features many improvements over the original (including significant algorithm changes for standard encrypted volumes and boot volumes). With VeraCrypt 1.12 and later versions, you can use custom iterations for increased encryption security. Better yet, VeraCrypt can load old TrueCrypt volumes, so if you were a TrueCrypt user, it's easy to transfer them over to VeraCrypt.

Back in the day when we had clients or officials travelling overseas into the then 'Communist' countries I'd recommend they use Truecrypt on a USB key to protect their data. Today we have VeraCrypt, wihich is a big improvement for the reasons stated in the article below. It is a cross-platform product that will work on most storage mediums and provide security and privacy.

The article below gives an overview of how to get going but I don't think it covered the hidden volume feature which is amazing, and helps if you are forced to give up a password.

See Encrypt your files with this open source software

#technology #privacy #encryption #security #opensource #veracrypt

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Many years ago, there was encryption software called TrueCrypt. Its source code was available, although there were no major claims that anyone had ever audited or contributed to it. Its author was (and remains to this day) anonymous. Still, it was cross-platform, easy to use, and really, really useful.

Open-SmartWatch - an open source ESP32 powered watch for a bit over $24 that you can assemble and repair yourself

Date Published: Fri, 9 Apr 2021 22:51:41 +0200

The Open-SmartWatch from [pauls_3d_things]. This ESP32 powered watch packs a gorgeous circular 240×240 TFT display, DS323M RTC, BMA400 three-axis accelerometer, and a 450 mAh battery inside of a 3D printed enclosure that can be produced on your average desktop machine. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity are a given with the ESP32, but there’s also an enhanced edition of the PCB that adds another 4 MB of RAM, a micro SD slot, and a Quectel L96 GPS receiver.

As it’s an open source project you’re free to download the PCB design files and get the board produced on your own, but [pauls_3d_things] has actually partnered with LILYGO to do a run of the Open-SmartWatch electronics which you can pick up on AliExpress right now for just $24 USD. You’ll still need to order the battery separately and 3D print your own case, but it still seems like a pretty sweet deal.

See An Open Source Smart Watch You’d Actually Wear

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We’ve seen a number of open source smart watches over the years, and while they’ve certainly been impressive from a technical standpoint, they often leave something to be desired in ter…

Digital payment wallets in South Africa (currently Apple, Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung Pay) – how they work and which banks support them

Date Published: Thu, 8 Apr 2021 14:11:30 +0200

I've so far used both Fitbit Pay and Apple Pay, and they have worked flawlessly. Basically the same as using your contactless bank card.

But no Google Pay yet in SA, and one bank glaringly absent from all services is Capitec.

See Digital payment wallets in South Africa – how they work and which banks support them

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South African banking customers now have wide selection of contactless digital payment wallets for smartphones and smartwatches to choose from.

An open source ESP32 Walkie-Talkie project using UDP data packets over 2.4 GHz WiFi

Date Published: Thu, 8 Apr 2021 11:01:08 +0200

One of the most thrilling childhood toys for the adventurous 1970s or 1980s kid was probably the toy walkie-talkie. It didn’t matter that they were a very simple AM low-end-VHF radio with a range of about 500 m and a Morse key of debatable utility, you could talk clandestinely with your friends, and be a more convincing spy, or commando, or whatever was the game of the moment. It’s a memory conjured up for grown-ups by Chris G with his ESP32 walkie-talkie, which replaces a shaky 49MHz connection with one a bit more robust through the magic of WiFi.

See AN ESP32 Walkie-Talkie, For Those Spy Radio Moments

#technology #opensource #ESP32 #walkietalkie #hardware

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One of the most thrilling childhood toys for the adventurous 1970s or 1980s kid was probably the toy walkie-talkie. It didn’t matter that they were a very simple AM low-end-VHF radio with a r…

10 Best Linux Laptops of 2021 - For when you don't want to pay for Windows OS that you won't be using

Date Published: Thu, 8 Apr 2021 10:50:03 +0200

Two good reasons to consider such laptops are:
* There is no included Windows OS that has been paid for as part of the price.
* The pre-installed Linux is already 100% compatible and ready to go so you are assured that all components are fully supported out of the box.

See 10 Best Linux Laptops of 2021

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Today, we bring you a list of the best Linux laptops to purchase in 2021 starting from the best overall and then the rest in no particular order.

Chipolo Announces New 'ONE Spot' Item Tracker With Find My Integration (Before Apple Has Launched Their Own AirTags)

Date Published: Wed, 7 Apr 2021 21:57:01 +0200

Well this a surprising turn of events, and shows also what competition laws can achieve, by getting Apple to integrate other brands. It gives us a closer look at how third-party ‌Find My‌ accessories will work and perhaps hints at what we could see from Apple's own AirTags item trackers that are rumored to be in the works.

In Lost Mode, the ‌Find My‌ network, comprised of millions of iPhones, iPads, and Macs, can be used for tracking purposes and will let the item's owner know if it happens to be located (That confirms what I was guessing as a major plus). If the ONE Spot is found by someone other than the owner, that person can use the ‌Find My‌ app on iPhone to identify it and be taken to a website that will offer a message and a phone number for contact purposes.

According to Chipolo, the ONE Spot uses "advanced encryption" to ensure that no one else is able to view the location of the tag, including Apple and Chipolo. Apple is requiring this security of all ‌Find My‌ accessories.

See Chipolo Announces New 'ONE Spot' Item Tracker With Find My Integration

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Following Apple's official launch of the Find My network accessory program, Chipolo has announced the launch of the new ONE Spot item tracker...

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report: Red meat is not associated with heart disease, cancer, or early death; but hints processed food may do so

Date Published: Wed, 7 Apr 2021 18:52:30 +0200

A new analysis of the PURE study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports no association between eating red meat and the risk of early death, heart disease, cancer, or stroke.

This study did find a small increased risk (hazard ratio ranging between 1.3 to 1.8) of heart disease, cancer, and death for those who ate more than 150 grams per week of processed meat.

The study also reported:
“A higher intake of total trans-fatty acid (TFA), but not ruminant TFA, was probably associated with an increased risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease based on existing (systematic reviews).”

This means industrially created trans fats — such as margarine, or fats found in fried foods, and baked goods — are worse for you. But natural trans fats — from cows or other animal sources — are not associated with poor health outcomes.

See Red meat is not associated with heart disease, cancer, or early death - Diet Doctor

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Red meat is not associated with increased health risk, according to an analysis of the PURE study. Read here to learn more.

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