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Trekkies rejoice, you can now pilot a 'Starfleet' ship in VR

Posted on: Fri, 2017-04-28 - 21:21 By: danie

Star Trek fans, this is the game you've been waiting for. Ubisoft has created a virtual reality, cooperative multiplayer experience that let's players work together to command a Federation star ship.

Bridge Crew will be available for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and expected launch date is 30 May 2017.

See http://mashable.com/2017/04/27/star-trek-vr-game/ or game site at https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/star-trek-bridge-crew (latter link not loading for me right now)
Trekkies rejoice, you can now pilot a 'Starfleet' ship in VR

Time to start your captain's log.

Why you'd want to think of running a notifications history app on Android

Posted on: Fri, 2017-04-28 - 20:21 By: danie

Not only do you sometimes quickly dismiss a notification, and realize you needed to read it, but recently I lost a SOS button that connects by Bluetooth, and by seeing when the disconnect happened I could likely work out where I was at the time and go back and find it.

But..... Android wipes out its record of past notifications on rebooting (otherwise it keeps filling up) and if you have not already installed an app to save those notifications you will likely not see back say a week to find what you are looking for.

So you may want to think about installing an app ahead of time like Notification History (or another similar one).

See https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evanhe.nhfree
Notification History

Notification History records USSD, Class 0 (Flash) SMS, popped dialog, app installation, toasts and notifications. This can be used to: 1. Backup messages by apps and read them later 2. Find out which app pushed annoying status bar advertisement, and uninstall it. 3. Auto dismiss USSD and Class 0 dialog (pro version) Features: * Record notifications on status bar * Record toasts * Record USSD messages (android 4.0+) * Record class 0 (Flash) SMS m...

Ewizz Spark 3 NX electric scooter available in South Africa

Posted on: Fri, 2017-04-28 - 19:33 By: danie

Acceleration on an electric scooter can be quite quick but the 70km range for the entry level model may be a bit tight for many. The top speed of 94km/h is pretty much on par with my 125cc petrol scooter.

The difference comes in with running costs: A full charge for the 2.9kWh nickel cobalt manganese battery takes about eight hours from a domestic 220 volt supply, and costs less than R5. My petrol scooter is 2L per 80km = R26. So 5x cheaper is not bad and remember that there are no filters or lubricants to change when servicing.

The top end Lightning NX: Higher power and 20% longer range with their biggest battery. Lightning NX offers 300cc equivalent power with a 7.2 kWh long life Lithium battery. Top speed is 120 km/h and average range is 150 km. Charge rate is 30 km/h, charge time from flat is 5 hours and opportunity charging is supported.

See http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/bikes-quads-karts/we-test-ewizz-spark-3-nx-electric-scooter-8785300 or http://www.ewizz.co.za
We test: Ewizz Spark 3 NX electric scooter | IOL

It’s very easy to dismiss an entry-level electric scooter such as the Spark 3 NX as a motorcycling non-starter. Don't.

Plan of National Chi-Nan University to Stop Purchasing Microsoft Office from 2018 Raises Heated Discussions

Posted on: Fri, 2017-04-28 - 19:06 By: danie

Ben Jai, a famous entrepreneur and public opinion leader in Taiwan, said on his Facebook page: “For a student, it should be more important to actively explore new things rather than waiting for someone to teach him. If he just waits for teachers to teach him how to use a tool and plans to use the tool all his life, he will be very easily eliminated.”

Another article on The Inside Media discussed this topic and gave a conclusion by asking this question: “Maybe Microsoft Office has been the basic skill of many enterprises. However, why our education only teaches our students a single tool, instead of training our students to learn and adopt new skills actively?”

See https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2017/04/27/taiwan-ncnu/
News about the migration to ODF in Taiwan

Plan of National Chi-Nan University to Stop Purchasing Microsoft Office from 2018 Raises Heated Discussions in TaiwanApril 23, 2017, Taiwan – The migration of ODF keeps going in many different fields in Taiwan. Since 2016 the Ministry of Education in Taiwan entrusts the Information Service Association of Chinese Colleges (ISAC) and Software Liberty Association Taiwan (SLAT) with the task o ...

We need more designers and user experience people involved in FOSS projects

Posted on: Fri, 2017-04-28 - 17:27 By: danie

#OUconnect

FOSS projects address a myriad of solutions for education, networking, finance, project management, graphics design, etc. But has anyone wondered why a powerful graphics editing application like the GIMP has not yet displaced Adobe? Often it is due to a user interface experience or #UX that is just not intuitive or friendly enough because many technical developers are good at programming, but not as good at user experience design.

Although we have had GNU Social and Diaspora, we also saw recently that the new Mastodon network doubled its user base within a week and I feel it is largely due to a more user friendly interface.

The great thing with FOSS projects is that anyone can contribute with what expertise they have. So much like people have started to assist with better manuals, language checking and translation, etc we now need more #designers and UX people to also add their bit, and at the same time for developers on projects to recognize this need.

There are already sites that give guidance and awareness around this such as http://www.openusability.org/ and at http://opensourcedesign.net/about/.

We'll all (all end users) be complaining for years to come otherwise how much slicker and better Adobe applications work unless user design is addressed seriously on FOSS projects. For this to happen we need developers to recognize the need, and for UX designers to get involved and help out. The benefit then flows to all users worldwide.

Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ux_katzenbergdesign_engl.jpg

Image/photo
We need more designers and user experience people involved in FOSS projects #OUconnectFOSS projects address a myriad of solutions for education, networking, finance, project management, graphics design, etc. But has anyone wondered why a powerful graphics editing application like the GIMP has not yet displaced Adobe? Often it is due to a user interface experience or #UX that is just not intuitive or friendly enough because many technical

Who’ll Be the First to Meld With the Machines? Diabetics

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 16:57 By: danie

Two main approaches right now are:
1. Soon to go commercial black-box MiniMed 670G which will be a few thousand Dollars.
2. DIY open-source hybrid loop system with Raspberry Pi at https://diyps.org/2016/05/12/how-i-designed-a-diy-closed-loop-artificial-pancreas/.

See https://www.wired.com/2017/04/wholl-first-meld-machines-diabetics/
Who’ll Be the First to Meld With the Machines? Diabetics | WIRED

Five years ago, the feds would never let a computer deliver a drug that could kill you. Then they approved the artificial pancreas.

This Video Explains How GitHub Works As Simply As Possible

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 13:12 By: danie

Ever wondered how open source projects collaborate with developers around the world to coordinate issues and input from users and contributors? One very popular platform is GitHub.

The video is essentially a beginner’s guide to GitHub’s terminology, how it works, why you’d use it, and more. It walks you through how pull requests work, when you’d fork a project, and more. It’s a straightforward introduction that doesn’t provide much more than a few vocabulary words, but it’s still useful for anyone new to GitHub.

See http://lifehacker.com/this-video-explains-how-github-works-as-simply-as-possi-1790751782
This Video Explains How GitHub Works As Simply As Possible

As ubiquitous as it is, GitHub is a little baffling for beginners because it’s not evident at the start how it actually works. So, GitHub made a video to help make sense of it all.

Global music sales hit high on streaming boom

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 13:01 By: danie

Music sales rose robustly for a second straight year to show growth not seen in two decades thanks to the rapid adoption of streaming, the global industry body said Tuesday.

Despite sliding CD sales and downloads, revenue from recorded music around the world grew 5.9 percent in 2016 to total $15.7 billion, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said.

Streaming revenue jumped 60 percent in 2016. Spotify led the way but the report said the market was buoyed by rising consumer choice among on-demand platforms including Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer.

See https://sg.news.yahoo.com/global-music-sales-grow-robustly-second-004230213.html
Global music sales hit high on streaming boom

Music sales rose robustly for a second straight year to show growth not seen in two decades thanks to the rapid adoption of streaming, the global industry body said Tuesday. Despite sliding CD sales and downloads, revenue from recorded music around the world grew 5.9 percent in 2016 to total $15.7 billion

Social media analysis report on RSA protest actions

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 12:54 By: danie

Following the recent cabinet reshuffle and subsequent downgrade of South Africa's economic rating, there has been a surge in the number of public tweets and posts on related topics. Praesignis, in partnership with Insights Radar, conducted an advanced social media analysis on the protest actions in South Africa.

No real surprises actually but it is good top see South Africans able to communicate with each other online. It also helps keep politicians in tune with what their electorates are thinking and saying.

See http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161329:Social-media-analysis-report-on-RSA-protest-actions&catid=160
Social media analysis report on RSA protest actions | ITWeb

Social media analysis report on RSA protest actions | ITWeb

Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking

Posted on: Thu, 2017-04-27 - 12:40 By: danie
glynmoody@joindiaspora.com 2017-04-27 07:16:30:

Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/27/plain-cigarette-packaging-could-drive-300000-britons-to-quit-smoking let's hope so, & that others follow suit
Plain cigarette packaging could drive 300,000 Britons to quit smoking

Review by research organisation Cochrane suggests impact of UK’s ban on branded packs could echo results seen in Australia

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