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Google Home and Assistant now work with more than 1500 smart home devices from 200+ brands

Posted on: Fri, 2018-01-05 - 15:46 By: admin

Google Home and Assistant now work with more than 1500 smart home devices from 200+ brands

Home automation and smart speakers (generally not just Google's) are accelerating at a rapid pace as numerous IoT and smart device manufacturers are getting on board. Combine this with services such as IFTTT and the connected smart home is basically here. It is expected that the smart speaker and home device control market will grow strongly through 2018. The bits I have managed to do myself involved so programming code at all and no soldering iron - it's got that easy!

The list of supported smart home partners on Google Assistant and Home continues to grow and that growth even seems to be accelerating as time passes. Just last October, 65 direct partners were being supported by Assistant and now if you go over to the Home Control section of your Google Home app or Assistant's settings, you can find that the number has jumped a little over 100.

With all of these additions, Google has also updated the page to say that Assistant and Home now work with over 1500 products (previously 1000) from over 200 brands (prev. 150).

See http://bit.ly/2CI5xqc


Nissan's future cars could read your brainwaves

Posted on: Thu, 2018-01-04 - 20:25 By: admin

Nissan's future cars could read your brainwaves

Japanese automobile manufacturer, Nissan, has just unveiled a new technology that interprets the drivers' brain signals to tell which actions they intend to take next. The system, called "Brain-to-Vehicle" technology, can then transmit this information to the car's driver assist functions so that they initiate the desired manoeuvre hundreds of milliseconds before the driver can actually react. Nissan will demonstrate the system using a driving simulator at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

Manufacturers are not resting on the laurels of self-driving cars (even though that is not perfected yet). They are already pushing the next boundary by tapping into your thoughts to anticipate actions that you have not yet had time to execute. Nissan is not the only manufacturer busy with this either.

See http://on.mash.to/2lT1OvE


How To Get Macbook Touchpad Gestures On Linux

Posted on: Thu, 2018-01-04 - 16:57 By: admin

How To Get Macbook Touchpad Gestures On Linux

Linux has really great device support. With each release, new drivers are added to the kernel. From touch-pads, to wireless cards, and even fingerprint scanners. Unfortunately, even though devices are well supported, the platform lags far behind other operating systems when it comes to modern uses of track-pads, click-pads and the like. For years, Linux users have wanted to have a more modern touch/gesture experience that Mac users enjoy. Many projects have attempted to mimic the Macbook touchpad gestures on Linux but the best, most universal way to get Mac-like touch gestures for laptops is by installing Touchegg. It’s a program that allows users to add individual gestures to the Linux platform.

See instructions how to set it up at http://bit.ly/2lVdbDd or watch a short video on its configuration at https://youtu.be/1Ek4QaFQ1qo


Cool tech projects to tackle over a weekend

Posted on: Thu, 2018-01-04 - 01:05 By: admin

Cool tech projects to tackle over a weekend

Some interesting ideas here especially the one building a weather station from scratch. Project ideas covered are:
- Set up a media server
- Try a new programming language or tool
- Speed up your PlayStation’s download speeds
- Make your own Amazon Echo
- Make a weather station with a Raspberry Pi
- Switch to a password manager
- Backup everything

See http://bit.ly/2CyrsjB


VR Screensharing with Google Cardboard and Chromecast, or Watch in full 3D on TV

Posted on: Wed, 2018-01-03 - 21:14 By: admin

VR Screensharing with Google Cardboard and Chromecast, or Watch in full 3D on TV

The video below shows how to easily let others watch on TV what you are seeing in VR in Google Cardboard or with Daydream. But you can take this an exciting step further if you have a 3D TV. The TV's 3D mode can be set for a split vertical screen, and it will convert the picture into full 3D for the other viewers. No more solo Google Cardboard and leaving everyone else out! The same 3D setting works for most 3D Youtube videos as well.

See http://bit.ly/2CyyMM5


Google's Project BikeAround: Virtual 3D Streetview Intended for Dementia Patients

Posted on: Wed, 2018-01-03 - 19:45 By: admin

Google's Project BikeAround: Virtual 3D Streetview Intended for Dementia Patients

Imagine doing stationary cycling whilst watching a seamless morphing/merging Google Streetview passing by where you can look around as you pass the scenery.... I remember posting in Aug 2016 about a guy that had built something like this himself using an application that he had developed (https://plus.google.com/+DanievanderMerwe/posts/UZzREnYPWzN - this video gives a good idea of what it should work like for the rest of us). I could not find any freely usable version of this anywhere apart from seeing one stretch of road in the USA where it seemed to be used a gym.

But currently, Google themselves have done a similar thing and are testing its effect with dementia patients. Hopefully this spins off for everyone to use, whether for stationary cycling, sitting in a hospital bed, or even doing VR driving. I love the more natural morphing effect - way better than clicking and jumping static images in Streetview.

See more about Project BikeAround at http://bit.ly/2CwTPyW


How to apply for a South African ID or Passport online

Posted on: Wed, 2018-01-03 - 15:48 By: admin

How to apply for a South African ID or Passport online

The link below will take you to an article explaining how the process works. Biometrics are required (done when collecting the passport) but you can opt to go to a Home Affairs branch (with a queue) or make an appointment at qualifying bank branches (listed in the article). The online service on the Home Affairs site is at https://ehome.dha.gov.za/echannel.

See https://inafricaandbeyond.com/online-passport-application-south-africa/


How to apply for a South African passport online - In Africa and Beyond
South Africans can now apply for or renew their expired passports over the Internet. I did it. Learn how to apply for a passport online here.
Posted on: Tue, 2018-01-02 - 17:54 By: admin

Lore of Nutrition: Using Science Power to Beat Diet Dictators - A Book Challenging Conventional Dietary Belief

Noakes devotes much of the book to the growing body of compelling science for benefits of low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets.

In it, they also reveal the “Diet Dictators”. These are the many top doctors, dietitians and academics who have tried to suppress or distort the science for LCHF. It’s probably no coincidence that most have industry links. The book documents how the Diet Dictators and assorted hangers-on also tried and failed to destroy Noakes’s career, character and reputation. They show how and why eminence-based medicine is giving way to evidence-based medicine.

Lore of Nutrition documents how conflicted doctors, dietitians and academics made gratuitous and often slanderous, unscientific attacks on Noakes. And how they ultimately laid the groundwork for the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) hearing against him. The HPCSA charged Noakes with unprofessional conduct for a single tweet in February 2014. That was for saying that good first foods for infants are LCHF. The public soon dubbed the hearing The Nutrition Trial of the 21st Century. And a multi-million-rand trial it became as the HPCSA stretched hearings over more than three years.

As showed in the book, when the HPCSA saw that their case was weak, they refused to acknowledge it. Instead, they simply engaged an expensive team of external lawyers to prop it up. Lore of Nutrition covers the hearings in full, day in and day out. They also show how those lawyers might have won the day. However, they came up against Noakes’s powerhouse, energetic team of lawyers.

HPCSA hearings are also “not the appropriate mechanism to resolve such major and complex academic debates”. Thus, Noakes’s message to readers in Lore of Nutrition becomes an even important one: “All people are entitled to their own opinions. But not to their own set of facts. So do not believe what you want to believe. Believe what the facts tell you is the truth.”

See http://bit.ly/2Ct2wtP


Telegram 4.7 brings themes, multiple accounts (for three different phone numbers), quick replies and...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-01-02 - 15:27 By: admin

Telegram 4.7 brings themes, multiple accounts (for three different phone numbers), quick replies and more

Telegram has rolled out a new update to its app which brings the version number 4.7. The new update brings several new features like the themes to change the look and feel of the U.I, multiple accounts with different phone numbers under one roof, quick replies in a chat.

With the latest update, Telegram is also adding support for multiple accounts. You can add up to three accounts with different phone numbers and can quickly switch between them from the side menu. You will be getting notifications from all accounts; however, if you wish to disable, you can change that in the notification settings.

Telegram can handle different phone numbers as it never required its use whilst the SIM was active in the device (or the desktop version does not even require the phone to be on at all - unlike Whatsapp). You will, of course, need the phone SIM to be active initially to authenticate and set up that account.

See http://bit.ly/2CwMhvO


Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode Ported to some Non-Google Devices running Android Oreo such as OnePlus 3 & 3T...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-01-02 - 13:20 By: admin

Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode Ported to some Non-Google Devices running Android Oreo such as OnePlus 3 & 3T on OxygenOS 5, Moto G5s Plus, and reportedly even the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode is perhaps its best new feature due to how the algorithm can produce beautiful photos that focus on one or more persons. While Pixel 2 camera features such as Motion Photos, Face Retouching, and even the new AR Stickers have been ported, it was thought that Portrait Mode would remain a Pixel 2 exclusive for quite some time. Fortunately, XDA Senior Member Charles_l proved that Portrait Mode could be forced to work on other devices, starting with the first generation Google Pixel & Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X. Thanks to this preliminary work, other developers have joined in to port the Portrait Mode feature over to some non-Google devices running Android Oreo.

XDA Senior Member Arnova8G2, best known for his work on porting a Snapdragon-optimized version of Google Camera app, has modified Charles_l’s Camera NX 7.3 app to work on non-Google devices. We’re seeing reports that his app brings a functioning Portrait Mode feature to devices such as the Xiaomi Mi 5/5s on LineageOS 15, OnePlus 3 & 3T on OxygenOS 5, Moto G5s Plus, and reportedly even the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 running the leaked Oreo beta ROM.

It seems like many 64-bit devices running Android Oreo are compatible with Arnova8G2’s port of the Pixel 2 Portrait Mode feature. The best part of this mod is that it doesn’t require root to function!

See http://bit.ly/2CtKrvK




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