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Years after predicted “death,” game consoles are doing better than ever - Gaming is in a league of its...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-01-23 - 05:47 By: admin

Years after predicted “death,” game consoles are doing better than ever - Gaming is in a league of its own

It's hard to remember now, but we're only four or five years out from widespread and confident predictions that the game console market was effectively dead or dying. In 2012, Wired cited mobile disruption and "the whole box-model mentality" in declaring the death of the console. Around the same time, CNN cited a "four-year tailspin" in sales for dedicated consoles (which, coincidentally, started right around the same time as the global financial crisis) to explain "why console gaming is dying."

And IGN, in its own 2012 look at the fate of the console market, offered a bold prediction for the fate of the PS4 months before it was even officially announced: "A better-graphics box at $400? Not going to work."

Today, those and many other relatively recent predictions of doom for the console market look downright silly. The industry analysts at NPD announced last night that the US video game market grew 11 percent in 2017 to $3.3 billion. The reason? "Video game hardware [meaning consoles] was the primary driver of overall growth," as hardware was up 27 percent for the year, to $1.27 billion.

See http://bit.ly/2F3Ei7i


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WhatsApp just fixed a huge problem with its Android app - Now priority of notifications can be set

Posted on: Tue, 2018-01-23 - 02:43 By: admin

WhatsApp just fixed a huge problem with its Android app - Now priority of notifications can be set

WhatsApp, the cross-platform instant messenger owned by Facebook, will finally allow Android users to choose how different types of notification appear.

This feature is pretty convenient, in theory. It allows users to assign priority to different types of notification. For example, I could set a Facebook notification to "Urgent" importance, meaning it would make a noise and show a message on my screen, and a Facebook friend request to "Medium" importance, meaning I'd see a message, but hear no sound.

The problem is that apps have to be individually updated by their third-party developers to include notification channel functionality. Until an app was optimized for Android 8.0 Oreo, users couldn't assign any importance to notifications from that app.

This means for the past few months, it was impossible to change WhatsApp notifications at all. You couldn't control whether it made a noise or showed an icon, or disable certain notifications without disabling all of the app's notifications.

More detail on how to use it at http://on.mash.to/2F3HIXs


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Java vs Python programming languages – South African salaries

Posted on: Mon, 2018-01-22 - 22:07 By: admin

Java vs Python programming languages – South African salaries

Java and Python are two of the most popular programming languages in the world.

Java consistently takes top spot in the rankings in terms of popularity, while Python is regularly in the top five. Java is a general-purpose computer programming language that is popular for client-server web applications.

Python is an interpreted high-level programming language for general-purpose programming, and was released in 1991.

To see whether Java or Python is the better language to have on your CV, MyBroadband looked at PayScale’s latest salary data for South Africa. PayScale’s data is based on reported information by over 270,000 South African employees with up to nine years working experience, updated as of January 2018.

See which is the winner is at https://mybroadband.co.za/news/software/245275-java-vs-python-south-african-salaries.html


Java vs Python – South African salaries
Java and Python are two of the most popular programming languages in the world.
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This tool checks your Windows PC’s vulnerability to Spectre and Meltdown

Posted on: Mon, 2018-01-22 - 21:56 By: admin

This tool checks your Windows PC’s vulnerability to Spectre and Meltdown

The recent discovery of a major chip vulnerability has exposed millions of devices to potential attacks, and manufacturers are rushing to fix the issues. The vulnerability is related to speculative execution – a mechanism CPUs rely on to keep their pipelines filled with instructions so they can be as efficient as possible. The vulnerabilities apply to AMD and Intel processors, and the security patches implemented to fix them can drastically slow down your computer.

Operating systems are also releasing patches for security holes or to restrict access to the vulnerabilities.

If unresolved, the Spectre and Meltdown attacks can leverage the vulnerability to gain access to your personal files and passwords.

The file is compatible with any version of Windows and is 124kB big. It does not require a full installation and can be run as a standalone executable.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/security/245417-this-tool-checks-your-pcs-vulnerability-to-spectre-and-meltdown.html


This tool checks your PC’s vulnerability to Spectre and Meltdown
The Gibson Research Centre has released a tool called InSpectre.
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No More Ubuntu! Debian is the New Choice For Google’s In-house Linux Distribution

Posted on: Mon, 2018-01-22 - 21:01 By: admin

No More Ubuntu! Debian is the New Choice For Google’s In-house Linux Distribution

After more than five years with Ubuntu, Google is replacing Goobuntu with gLinux, a Linux distribution based on Debian Testing release.

As MuyLinux reports, gLinux is being built from the source code of the packages and Google introduces its own changes to it. The changes will also be contributed to the upstream.

This ‘news’ is not really new. It was announced in Debconf’17 in August last year. Somehow the story did not get the attention it deserves.

It is, however, a move from a "stable" distro to a more "beta" distro. It is a version between stable and bleeding edge developer. It's probably the same reason why I moved from Linux Mint to Manjaro - I get my upstream updates quite a bit quicker.

See http://bit.ly/2F3EQKq


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OrderIn - Flat delivery fee of R10 in SA for delivery from many restaurants

Posted on: Mon, 2018-01-22 - 19:35 By: admin

OrderIn - Flat delivery fee of R10 in SA for delivery from many restaurants

I'm not sure how this business model works at a flat R10 (less than US$1) per delivery. To double check, I went to look at the menu prices and they seem the same as the prices from the restaurants (see an example from the Spur attached). The Spur option, for example, then prompts your for extra portions, different side dishes, etc as if the waitron was was asking you.

I see they do have an option for a gratuity which is a great idea as often people will give more when paying via credit card online. I suppose this will help cover costs of the driver. But considering there the online business as well as physical driving involved, where are the margins? If it was some monthly subscription service that could be increased I'd understand it better maybe.

Well, all I can say is that is a no-brainer for South Africans as the R10 is cheaper than the petrol to drive to the restaurant, pay for parking (or a parking tip, and then also the waitron tip anyway (for sit down meals).

It is great to see more useful online deals like this as these go a long way to being useful for the elderly or physically disabled.

See https://orderin.co.za

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with OrderIn and not have not even ordered from them. I just noticed a promotion via e-mail.


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Unnotification - Bring Back Notifications You Already Dismissed With an Android App

Posted on: Mon, 2018-01-22 - 07:49 By: admin

Unnotification - Bring Back Notifications You Already Dismissed With an Android App

The idea behind Unnotification is simple. Every time you dismiss a notification on Android you’ll get a second alert asking if you want to undo that action. It also lets you blacklist other apps so you’re not constantly bombarded with messages from Unnotification.

If that’s still too much, an update to the app added the ability to remove those Unnotification entirely. Instead, you can pull down Android’s Quick Settings menu to find an undo button for your latest dismissed notification.

The only catch is that Unnotification can’t actually recall the original notification. Instead, it creates a barebones copy with the information you dismissed. So you can’t interact directly with the new notification, but it will tell you what app it was from and relay the message.

It is Oreo and above but I have posted previously about other notifications recording apps that should work for other versions still.

See http://bit.ly/2DBUYpa


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South Africa could see a new cryptocurrency trading app soon

Posted on: Sun, 2018-01-21 - 17:51 By: admin

South Africa could see a new cryptocurrency trading app soon

South Africa could soon see a new cryptocurrency app to be launched by the deVere Group, amid “soaring global demand” and in defiance of financial traditionalists. The company, renowned as a hotel firm, is expected to make its second major fintech investment with the app being available “in a matter of weeks”.

The deVere Group, which also acts as an independent international financial consultancy with a base in Durban, is expected to ride the cryptocurrency wave with an app that will allow users to store, transfer and exchange five major cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and ethereum.

When the app is released, it will compete against other apps and services already being used by South Africans. One of the most popular includes Luno, which allows for locals to trade in bitcoin and ethereum. The Luno app is also used to make purchases using the cryptocurrencies through QR code payments, most recently during a trial held by retailer, Pick n Pay, where customers were able to use bitcoin to pay for items.

Another popular international platform used by South Africans is Bitfinex, which since 2014 has become the world’s biggest trading platform for bitcoin.

See https://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/sa-could-see-a-new-cryptocurrency-trading-app-soon-20180119


SA could see a new cryptocurrency trading app soon
South Africa could soon see a new cryptocurrency app to be launched by the deVere Group, amid “soaring global demand” and in defiance of financial traditionalists.
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MATRIX Voice - an open source Voice Development Board For Everyone

Posted on: Sun, 2018-01-21 - 16:48 By: admin

MATRIX Voice - an open source Voice Development Board For Everyone

MATRIX Voice is a development board for building sound driven behaviors and interfaces. MATRIX Voice was built with a mission to give every maker, tinkerer, and developer around the world a complete, affordable, and user-friendly tool for simple to complex Internet of Things (IoT) voice app creation. It is is an open-source Voice Recognition platform consisting of a 3.14-inches in diameter dev board, with a radial array of 8 MEMS microphones connected to a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA & 64 Mbit Flash, a 512Mbit SDRAM and 18 RGBW LED’s.

It is intended for Makers, Industrial Engineers, and Home IoT type applications where developers can design useful solutions around this (it plugs onto a Raspberry Pi).

See http://bit.ly/2DzVCDW


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Review of two of the most popular safety razors manufactured!

Posted on: Sun, 2018-01-21 - 15:09 By: admin

Review of two of the most popular safety razors manufactured!

The Merkur 23C and 34C HD are reviewed here and I must say my own personal favourite is the 34C which I've been using for a few years now.


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Review of two of the most popular safety razors manufactured!


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