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Apple will put its screen repair machines in 400 third-party service centers by end of 2017

Date Published: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 22:09:57 +0200

Apple will put its proprietary screen repair machines in hundreds of third-party locations by the end of 2017, making it easier for customers to fix cracked, damaged, or otherwise broken iPhone displays. Reuters reports that Apple will outfit some 400 authorized repair centers in 25 different countries with the machines, which it calls “Horizon.” The machine is the only one that can install a replacement fingerprint sensor, for example, as other repair procedures won’t be able to tell the iPhone’s processor to accept the new hardware.

Reuters notes that the company doesn’t specify how much it earns from screen repairs, but with standard procedures costing $129 without AppleCare+, analysts estimate it pulls in between $1 and $2 billion a year in revenue.

See https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/7/15751890/apple-repair-screen-crack-machine-third-party
Apple will put its screen repair machines in 400 third-party service centers by end of 2017

Apple will put its proprietary screen repair machines in hundreds of third-party locations by the end of 2017, making it easier for customers to fix cracked, damaged, or otherwise broken iPhone...

Android Auto finally gets Waze integration—in beta, at least

Date Published: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 21:18:52 +0200

After showing off Waze Android Auto integration at Google I/O 2016 (yes, over a year ago), the integration has finally launched — in beta, at least. Android Police reports that after an April beta sign-up, real, working code has finally gone out to beta testers.

Right now this is for cars with Android Auto working on their head units and is not intended for Android Auto the app version on the phone. But regardless it is finally a move in this direction.

See https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/06/waze-beta-finally-launches-for-android-auto/
Android Auto finally gets Waze integration—in beta, at least

One year later, Google's other navigation app comes to its in-car interface.

Linux Mint 18.2 Long Term Support Release for Cinnamon and MATE editions are out in Beta

Date Published: Tue, 6 Jun 2017 18:50:05 +0200

Linux Mint 18.2 will receive security updates until 2021. This beta version can be upgraded to the final release when it is out.

See the changes at https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_sonya_cinnamon_whatsnew.php
New features in Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon - Linux Mint

Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution.

Cape Town Safe Freeway Project - major traffic delays, protesting, fires, motor vehicle and any other crashes

Date Published: Mon, 5 Jun 2017 07:22:25 +0200

"We are a network of concerned commuters, looking out for each other's safety.
Started off as The Safe N2 Project, this initiative has grown within a year with more than 8,000 registered members and now also covering all major freeways in the Western Cape, these roads include N2, N1, R300, M5, M3, etc."

"We have established a movement and created a platform that is daily growing from strength to strength. Our strength lies within our members united for one single cause, and that is striving towards saver traveling experiences on our roads. The more eyes and ears we have on the roads the stronger all of us become. We gather information from various sources and relationships built up over the last year and broadcast real-time updates back into the network. These broadcasts keeps our members updated and informed on conditions of the roads. Broadcasts will include, major traffic delays, protesting, fires, motor vehicle and any other crashes, roadworks, bricks or objects in the road, etc."

"In our on-line User Access Area all our updates can be found for your perusal at any time when you are ready to travel on the freeways. We also have a very unique way of displaying the cameras provided by FMS along all major freeways in the Western Cape that will give you real-time images of the current conditions of the roads."

"Your minimal annual membership fee (R89 pa) helps us run a dedicated control centre where we have an operator whose specific task is to keep an eye on the conditions of the roads, gather and validate all information from different sources and report relevent information to our network of road users."

"We will call on emergency services who can respond should you find yourself stuck, or want to report of someone else stranded next to the freeway and needs help. We can facilitate and assist in getting these authorities or emergency services out to help."

See http://safen2.co.za/Cape Town Safe Freeway Project - major traffic delays, protesting, fires, motor vehicle and any other crashes"We are a network of concerned commuters, looking out for each other's safety.Started off as The Safe N2 Project, this initiative has grown within a year with more than 8,000 registered members and now also covering all major freeways in the Western Cape, these roads include N2, N1, R300, M5, M3, etc.""We have established a movement

The Differences Between Multiverse, Universe, Restricted, and Main Repositories on Ubuntu

Date Published: Sun, 4 Jun 2017 17:58:40 +0200

When you want to install new software or updates to already installed Ubuntu software, by default Ubuntu provides four different software repositories to get it from. These repositories are Main, Universe, Restricted, and Multiverse. Maybe you have wondered what’s behind their cryptic names. Here is what each of these represent.

See https://www.maketecheasier.com/multiverse-universe-restricted-main-repositories-ubuntu/
Differences Between Multiverse, Universe, Restricted & Main Repositories

If you are a Ubuntu user, you have seen the different repositories: Main, Universe, Restricted, and Multiverse. Here is what each of these represent.

Vint Cerf: Preserving digital art - How will it survive?

Date Published: Sun, 4 Jun 2017 11:48:59 +0200

For millennia, people have created art — in media ranging from paint on cave walls to metal or stone sculpture to computer-generated images, sound and motion. In recent years, many have made an effort to digitize physical art in an effort to preserve it for future generations and make it accessible to a wider audience. And many contemporary artists have produced creative works using digital media, to be experienced completely online. Yet while the cave paintings in Lascaux are an incredible 20,000 years old, it isn’t clear whether digitized images of that art — or any digital art created today — will last 20 years, let alone 20,000.

That’s because digital art requires readers and, often, software in order to to be viewed, heard or experienced. And as software, browsers, and files either update versions or become obsolete, both digital art — art produced by means of computers and software — and digitized art — reproduced or copied art, rendered in digital form from original physical media — are at risk of disappearing.

It's a very real problem. It’s with this in mind that Google Arts & Culture has partnered with Rhizome to help in the preservation of digital art. Rhizome grew out of the blossoming web-artist community of the mid-1990s, and is now a thriving nonprofit in New York City.

See https://www.blog.google/topics/google-europe/preserving-digital-art/
Preserving digital art: How will it survive?

As software, browsers, and files update or become obsolete, both digital art—art produced by means of computers and software—and digitized art—reproduced or copied art, rendered in digital form from original physical media—are at risk of disappearing.

War on Sugar Reaches Tipping Point

Date Published: Sun, 4 Jun 2017 11:46:25 +0200

It’s not this year’s price crash that haunts the $150 billion sugar industry. It’s the fear of worse to come (food giants are only just beginning to respond to noisy calls from customers, lobby groups and lawmakers to cut empty carbs from products).

Raw sugar’s 16 percent drop ranks it bottom of the 22 raw materials on the Bloomberg Commodity Index. Shocks to demand in top consumer India and prospects of more European supply are helping shift the market to a surplus, hurting prices. Yet beyond such market dampeners, hang darker clouds.

After decades of stable demand growth, almost doubling per person since 1960, the world is heading for a tipping point as shoppers turn against the cola and candy blamed for an obesity epidemic in the rich world. At the same time, sugar has to compete with cheap syrups increasingly used in processed food.

My note: Amusing to see the industry is justifying itself through the total calorie count, but that has also been proven to be a myth as calories are not all equal.

See https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-22/war-on-sugar-turns-decades-of-growth-into-industry-tipping-point
War on Sugar Turns Years of Growth Into Market Tipping Point

It’s not this year’s price crash that haunts the $150 billion sugar industry. It’s the fear of worse to come.

Italy Switches on Five New Subsidy-Free Solar Power Plants

Date Published: Sun, 4 Jun 2017 11:46:45 +0200

Octopus Investments Ltd. started generating power from five subsidy-free solar plants in Italy in the latest sign that clean-energy can be profitable without government support. Which is important because most fossil fuel powered generating plants are government owned or subsidized.

The plants have a two-year fixed power price agreement in place with Italian power trader Green Trade SA, said Matt Setchell, head of renewable energy investments at Octopus, in a phone call. The plants are located in the Montalto di Castro region of Italy and have a combined capacity of 63 megawatts. Panels were supplied by Canadian Solar Inc.

See https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-01/italy-switches-on-five-new-subsidy-free-solar-power-plants
Italy Switches on Five New Subsidy-Free Solar Power Plants

Octopus Investments Ltd. started generating power from five subsidy-free solar plants in Italy in the latest sign that clean-energy can be profitable without government support.

Videos Showing New 10.3" e-Ink reMarkable Paper Tablet in Action

Date Published: Sat, 3 Jun 2017 16:48:25 +0200

The device supports PDF and ePub formats, but it seems to be geared toward writing and drawing as much as reading. It has a 10.3-inch E Ink screen with a resolution of 1872 x 1404 (226 ppi). It features a capacitive touchscreen and a Wacom-based touchscreen to use a stylus pen that supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Pre-orders are currently available from the reMarkable website for $479.

What is "remarkable" is that it is much cheaper than the 13.3" Sony DPT-RP1 which has no ePub support.

See http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2017/05/31/videos-showing-new-remarkable-paper-tablet-in-action/
Videos Showing New reMarkable Paper Tablet in Action | The eBook Reader Blog

The 10.3-inch E Ink reMarkable paper tablet was unveiled last November when they first started accepting pre-orders for it. This week the reMarkable has been

Tags: Reading

Wacom Announces $80 'Bamboo Sketch' Stylus for Drawing and Writing on iPhone and iPad

Date Published: Sat, 3 Jun 2017 16:46:59 +0200

Wacom today announced the Bamboo Sketch, a new precision stylus for drawing and sketching on both iPad and iPhone devices through a Bluetooth connection. The company said that the stylus mimics a traditional pen-and-paper writing and drawing experience thanks to two customizable shortcut buttons and two interchangeable pen nibs, in both soft and firm.

The Bamboo Sketch can be used within apps like Bamboo Paper, ArtRage, Autodesk SketchBook, Concepts, and MediaBang Paint, and when it's in use the stylus boasts 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The pressure sensitivity is in the stylus so this will work on older tablets too. Actually no reason why it could not work on Android either but it would need app support.

See https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/31/wacom-bamboo-sketch-stylus/
Wacom Announces $80 'Bamboo Sketch' Stylus for Drawing and Writing on iPhone and iPad

Wacom Announces $80 'Bamboo Sketch' Stylus for Drawing and Writing on iPhone and iPad

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