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Facebook shuts down Friend List Feeds - will have Facebook's News Feed instead

Posted on: Fri, 2018-08-10 - 21:26 By: admin

Facebook shuts down Friend List Feeds - will have Facebook's News Feed instead

Facebook will remove its Friend List Feeds in an effort to improve its News Feed platform, TechCrunch reported. This feature allowed users to view content which only included what their friends were posting, hiding posts from Facebook pages and unfollowed friends.

A message posted to the Facebook app stated that Friend List Feeds would no longer be available from 9 August 2018. Facebook told TechCrunch that users can still customise their News Feed using the various options available in the Preferences menu.

Well, there you have it... while other services are offering users greater control of what they see or don't want to see, Facebook knows their news feed is better for you than news from your friends. Luckily their name is not Friendster or Friendbook as then they'd have to have rebranded. If I want to follow just one friend and nobody/nothing else, I should be able to.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/271427-facebook-shuts-down-friend-list-feeds.html

#deletefacebook


Facebook shuts down Friend List Feeds
Facebook will remove its Friend List Feeds in an effort to improve its News Feed platform.

Standard Bank in South Africa goes live with Samsung Pay

Posted on: Fri, 2018-08-10 - 21:02 By: admin

Standard Bank in South Africa goes live with Samsung Pay

Samsung’s tap-and-go payments platform, Samsung Pay, is now live in a trial phase for Standard Bank customers. This follows the soft-launch of the service earlier this month with Absa.

Standard Bank cards supported during early access are Mastercard credit and cheque cards, Samsung said in a statement on Friday.

Samsung users who bank will Standard Bank can try the payment service provided they have a Galaxy Note8, S9, S8, S7, A8, A5 or A7 (2017 edition) smartphone.

See https://techcentral.co.za/standard-bank-goes-live-with-samsung-pay/82998/

#standardbank #samsungpay


Standard Bank goes live with Samsung Pay - TechCentral

How to Watch the Roku Channel's Free Content Without Owning a Roku

Posted on: Fri, 2018-08-10 - 20:49 By: admin

How to Watch the Roku Channel's Free Content Without Owning a Roku

Surprise! You don’t need a Roku device or television to watch a ton of free, ad-supported movies and shows anymore. This week, Roku brought “The Roku Channel” to the web, and it’s free for you to watch from your favorite browser (or select Samsung televisions).

It won't work for all countries and although I'm in, I do get an error "The media playback was aborted because too many consecutive download errors occurred" when I start to play a movie. But maybe it will work better for others.

See https://lifehacker.com/how-to-watch-the-roku-channels-free-content-without-own-1828252849

#roku


How to Watch the Roku Channel's Free Content Without Owning a Roku

The Tiny Electric Microlino Is The Ideal City Mobility Answer

Posted on: Thu, 2018-08-09 - 21:53 By: admin

The Tiny Electric Microlino Is The Ideal City Mobility Answer

Microcars are nothing new. In fact, Isetta, Messerschmitt, and BMW shared a successful three-wheeled car in the 1950s. Although the original car ran on a highly inefficient two-stroke gasoline engine, today’s electric drivetrain is a given for such micro-mobile platforms. So, why haven’t we seen more micro EVs?

According to the company, the Electric Microlino will be available the second half of 2018 at the Tazzari factory in Italy. Although the Microlino will be initially available only for the European market, the company plans to distribute it globally. The company plans on granting licenses to manufacturers to allow local assembly and distribution. This boosts local employment, avoids high import duties, and reduces CO2 transportation emissions.

Top Speed is around 90 km/h (55 mph) and range about 120 to 215 km ( ~ 75 to 134 miles).

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/08/the-tiny-electric-microlino-is-the-ideal-city-mobility-answer/

#microlino #EV


The Tiny Electric Microlino Is The Ideal City Mobility Answer | CleanTechnica
Microcars are nothing new. In fact, Isetta, Messerschmitt, and BMW shared a successful three-wheeled car in the 1950s. Although the original car ran on a highly inefficient two-stroke gasoline engine, today's electric drivetrain is a given for such micro-mobile platforms. So, why haven't we seen more micro EVs

FLOSS Weekly 492 - The Legacy of Linux Outlaws podcast - A Blast from the Past

Posted on: Thu, 2018-08-09 - 21:19 By: admin

FLOSS Weekly 492 - The Legacy of Linux Outlaws podcast - A Blast from the Past

This used to be my favourite Linux podcast show a while back before they ended the show after 7 years. I got going with Linux from around 2007 and this podcast helped inspire me and kept me up to date on all things Linux. The FLOSS Weekly podcast below interviews the two hosts of Linux Outlaws.

The Linux Outlaws website is still available at http://sixgun.org/linuxoutlaws/.

Watch the FLOSS Weekly podcast interview at https://twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly/episodes/492

#linuxoutlaws #flossweekly


FLOSS Weekly 492 The Legacy of Linux Outlaws | TWiT.TV
Dan Lynch and Fabian Scherschel hosted a weekly podcast called Linux Outlaws from the fall of 2007 until the end of 2014. In that time they produced 370 episodes (most of them 2 ho…

My new Asus RT-AC88U Wireless-AC100 Dual-band Gigabit gaming router

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-08 - 21:14 By: admin

My new Asus RT-AC88U Wireless-AC100 Dual-band Gigabit gaming router

This is an upgrade to my previous Asus RT-AC87U router. No, I don't actually need it for ultra high-end gaming... the key reason was my AC87U only had 64k of NVRAM which was constantly full and I was finding my traffic stats monitoring was stalling. This new router has 128k of NVRAM which is now only 71k utilised. I flash my Asus routers with Asuswrt-Merlin firmware (https://asuswrt.lostrealm.ca) which squeezes some extra functionality out of them and probably also fills that NVRAM a little more than normal.

So apart from that, this version of the router loses the tri-band Wifi but instead has 8 gigabit LAN ports. This means I could lose the extra network switch I had connected and it streamlines things a bit. This router also has a faster CPU with double the RAM.

Functionality-wise only things to really note are a smart load-balancing between the 2.4Ghz and 5GHz WiFi, and I see an Amazon Alexa / IFTTT remote control functionality added.

I used an interesting utility that fully backs up an Asus router's NVRAM settings and migrates it to a different version Asus router. So had no manual setup to and all the settings were restored including all the traffic stats data. The utility can be found at https://www.snbforums.com/threads/user-nvram-save-restore-utility-r26-2.19521/.

#asus #gaming #router #merlin


SA township woman's Rooibos tea bag purses all the rage in Paris thanks to environmentalism and tourism...

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-08 - 07:37 By: admin

SA township woman's Rooibos tea bag purses all the rage in Paris thanks to environmentalism and tourism

A 33-year-old Zimbabwean woman living in Cape Town is seeing her creation of purses made from Rooibos tea bags take off in Paris, one of the fashion capitals of the world.

Dube said when she moved to South Africa she got involved with a company called Original T-Bag Designs in 2006. Original T-Bag Designs was a company that started out as a social responsibility project by founder, Jill Heyes, to help impoverished women from Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay earn money, by making unique arts and crafts from tea bags and boxes.

Like Dube, other artists from Original T-Bag Designs also use recycled tea bags that are donated by tea-lovers from all over the world to make anything from animal sculptures (out of paper mache – the final layer of which is decorated with a variety of tea bags) to gift cards, trays, notebooks, dolls, paintings, soap, fridge magnets, handbags and other décor items such as keepsake boxes, heart-shaped door signs/posts, coasters and even beaded jewellery.

The product creation is sourced from recycling of used products and it was thanks to tourism that the product spread to Paris (the product was spotted in Cape Town by a Parisian designer). A further reason for it taking off in Paris is because there is a growing awareness around environmentalism and re-using what has been discarded and this also makes the use of the bag an attractive proposition to buyers.

See https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/careers/sa-township-womans-rooibos-tea-bag-purses-all-the-rage-in-paris-14111402

#rooibos #handbag #paris


SA township woman's Rooibos tea bag purses all the rage in Paris | IOL Business Report
A Zimbabwean woman living in Cape Town is seeing her creation of purses made from Rooibos tea bags take off in Paris.

Time for a refresh: Meet the new Google Classroom

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-08 - 07:30 By: admin

Time for a refresh: Meet the new Google Classroom

From Google: "In 2014, a team of Googlers, including several former teachers, began spending time with educators. We learned that teachers loved using G Suite’s collaborative tools with their students, but found that some of the features were complicated to use. From the very beginning, Google Classroom focused on simplifying tech, so that teachers and students could spend time on learning. Today, we’re continuing that mission and announcing the biggest refresh to Classroom since its launch."

I have some contact in my own capacity with an education department and was interested to hear in July about their uptake and interest in Google Classroom so it is good to see the offering improving further.

See https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/time-refresh-meet-new-google-classroom/

#googleclassroom #education


Time for a refresh: Meet the new Google Classroom
The best school year starts with the best Classroom updates—just in time for back to school.

10 Must-Have Magisk Modules for Your rooted Android Device

Posted on: Tue, 2018-08-07 - 22:01 By: admin

10 Must-Have Magisk Modules for Your rooted Android Device

Of the different ways to root an Android phone, Magisk is arguably the best. It’s a systemless method, meaning it doesn’t actually change Android’s system partition.

This lets the phone hide its rooted status from security-conscious apps, like banking apps. It also makes it much simpler to unroot when you need to.

And there’s another benefit: support for Magisk modules.

These tiny apps tweak, enhance, and add functionality to your device. You can use them for everything from improving battery life to installing iOS emojis on your Android phone.

In the guide at the link below, they look at how to install Magisk modules, and then get you started with 10 of the best.

See https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-magisk-modules/

#magisk #rooted #android


10 Must-Have Magisk Modules for Your Android Device
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