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Samsung Pay early access now available in South Africa

Posted on: Tue, 2018-07-31 - 18:52 By: admin

Samsung Pay early access now available in South Africa

Samsung is rolling out its payment app in South Africa, now offering an early-access programme.

Users can sign up for the early-access version of Samsung Pay by downloading the app on a compatible device and registering on the Samsung website.

Currently, only Absa customers are eligible. Standard Bank will join the early access programme in the near future.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/banking/270315-samsung-pay-early-access-now-available-in-south-africa.html


Samsung Pay early access now available in South Africa
Samsung is rolling out its payment app in South Africa.

Why Android is losing in aviation apps

Posted on: Tue, 2018-07-31 - 15:46 By: admin

Why Android is losing in aviation apps

It is pretty well much a chicken-and-egg situation because the apps need to be there to be used on Android. It is true that many small companies may develop for the iPad and stop there. The fragmentation issue in Android should not be the problem it used to once be, as long as you target say 10" or larger displays.

ForeFlight is one of the best aviation apps but is only available on iOS.

See https://ipadpilotnews.com/2013/04/why-android-is-losing-in-aviation/

#aviation


Why Android is losing in aviation - iPad Pilot News
Lots of ink is spilled about the Apple vs. Google war. But in aviation, iOS is dominating Android. We offer a few reasons why.

Replaced my old Fitbit Charge HR with a Fitbit Charge 2

Posted on: Tue, 2018-07-31 - 15:34 By: admin

Replaced my old Fitbit Charge HR with a Fitbit Charge 2

Little things that can irritate you after a few years and now that the Charge 2 is already at the end of its cycle, there are some bargains to be found as dealers start to clear their stock (in my case it was at Cape Union Mart who only had a few left).

What I'm gaining on the upgrade are a proper battery level meter, a bigger display with more info at a glance, and selection of the exercise type before starting the exercise (I used to set this manually on the desktop dashboard after exercising). The physical dimensions are actually the same as I still needed a fairly slim design to sit side-by-side with my LG watch.

#fitbitcharge2 #fitbit


How to Schedule File Backups to Google Drive on Ubuntu (or other Linux)

Posted on: Tue, 2018-07-31 - 14:31 By: admin

How to Schedule File Backups to Google Drive on Ubuntu (or other Linux)

The official Google Drive app for Windows and macOS offers built-in backup & sync option. This lets users on those platforms effortlessly store important photos, videos and documents in the cloud, safe from crashes, accidental edits, and unintended deletions. Sadly, no official Google Drive client for Linux exists.

Thankfully, there is an official Google Drive API though. This API allows third-party apps like Deja Dup integrate with and make use of Google Drive on the Linux desktop.

The Deja Dup backup tool is preinstalled on the Ubuntu desktop by default and can backup files to Google Drive automatically. Thanks to some spiffy GNOME Online Accounts integration Deja Dup is able to schedule file, folder and even entire system backups directly to Google Drive.

See how at https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/07/backup-files-to-google-drive-on-ubuntu


How to Schedule File Backups to Google Drive on Ubuntu - OMG! Ubuntu!
The Deja Dup backup tool is preinstalled on the Ubuntu desktop by default — but like many, I don’t use it. Or rather I didn’t, not until this week when I learned that Deja Dup can backup files to Google Drive automatically. Simple, zero-fuss backups, at that. Thanks to some spiffy GNOME Online Accounts integration Deja […]

Google took a serious swipe at Apple and Microsoft in its new Chromebook advert

Posted on: Tue, 2018-07-31 - 14:09 By: admin

Google took a serious swipe at Apple and Microsoft in its new Chromebook advert

Clever in that the advert does capitalise on something Chromebook does well - rock solid stability and simplicity. Chromebooks weaker part used to of course be the lack of variety of apps but that gap is becoming less of an issue with Android and Linux apps now being able to run on it. It's not competing though in the gaming and higher end video creation market though so has its niche where it fits in.

See https://www.businessinsider.com/google-swipes-at-apple-and-microsoft-in-its-new-chromebook-advert-2018-7?IR=T

#chromebook


Google took a serious swipe at Apple and Microsoft in its new Chromebook advert
In a sign of Google's confidence in Chromebook, the company mocked the load times and error messages of its rivals. Chromebook sales in the US grew 70% last year, according to Google.

WhatsApp has finally encrypted group video calling for everyone

Posted on: Tue, 2018-07-31 - 10:33 By: admin

WhatsApp has finally encrypted group video calling for everyone

WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that brings its features up to par with other major messaging apps: group video calls.

That's a fairly modest increase, particularly compared to other services. Facebook Messenger supports group video calls of up to 50, while Snapchat supports 16 participants. Apple's FaceTime will work with up to 32 people when iOS 12 launches later this year. But the feature is likely more challenging for WhatsApp than some of its competitors. Its video calls, like other messages sent within the app, are end-to-end encrypted by default, for one thing. The company also needs to ensure new features are optimized for people with slower connections and older devices.

See https://mashable.com/2018/07/30/whatsapp-launches-group-video-calling

#whatsapp


WhatsApp has finally encrypted group video calling for everyone
WhatsApp gets a major new feature.

Hidden power: Sydney dump to turn plastic into fuel

Posted on: Tue, 2018-07-31 - 05:51 By: admin

Hidden power: Sydney dump to turn plastic into fuel

A new recycling factory in Sydney will turn a quarter of a million tonnes of garbage into fuel every year, replacing 100,000 tonnes of coal power and taking the equivalent of 20,000 cars off the road. The facility in Wetherill Park, in Sydney’s west, co-owned by waste companies Cleanaway and ResourceCo, will turn non-recyclable waste into a fuel.

It works by taking dry waste such as plastic, dirty paper and cardboard, and non-recyclable wood and turning it into small solid material - known as processed engineered fuel (PEF) - that can be burnt for power.

Electricity generator EnergyAustralia is currently trialling a similar project repurposing waste alongside its Mt Piper coal-fired power plant outside Lithgow in NSW. EnergyAustralia’s energy recovery process can generate about 27 megawatts, or power to about 40,000 homes, solely through using garbage as a fuel source.

See https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/hidden-power-sydney-dump-to-turn-plastic-into-fuel-20180730-p4zuga.html


Hidden power: Sydney dump to turn plastic into fuel
A recycling factory in Sydney will turn garbage into fuel, replacing 100,000 tonnes of coal power and taking the equivalent of 20,000 cars off the road.

Ditching Windows: Here's How Ubuntu Updates Your PC And Why It's Better

Posted on: Mon, 2018-07-30 - 22:41 By: admin

Ditching Windows: Here's How Ubuntu Updates Your PC And Why It's Better

Jason Evangelho writes about his experience of having ditched Windows for Ubuntu:

Updates on both Windows and Ubuntu come in many forms. You have security updates, feature updates and software updates among others. If you’re someone who’s ever entertained the idea of ditching Windows for Linux, chances are Windows’ aggressive update behavior is a primary reason.

Microsoft’s system update policy has reached a point where it's implementing artificial intelligence to guess when a user is away from their PC so that Windows can reboot and apply the latest updates. When I wrote about that so many people said “hey, what about just letting the human in front of the PC make that choice?”

While Windows 10 does give users some level of control over when to update, it still has a nasty habit of forcing a reboot on us where work can be lost if we're not diligent about rebooting. Or it simply results in a headache and lost time.

So that’s been one of the most refreshing things about using Ubuntu so far. No forced reboots, no aggressive update nags. And the fact that the majority of the software you’ve installed on your own (via the included Software Center or Snap Store) updates right alongside the system.

If an affected application is being used, Ubuntu simply waits until the software is closed. Once it’s reopened the new version is loaded. No nags, no interruptions, no stepping through multiple dialogue windows. It’s pretty much an invisible process to the user.

See https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2018/07/30/ditching-windows-heres-how-ubuntu-updates-your-pc-and-why-its-better


Ditching Windows: Here's How Ubuntu Updates Your PC And Why It's Better
I've written about why Windows Updates annoy me, so what makes updates on Ubuntu better?

Harley-Davidson is taking a big risk by launching new smaller motorcycles by 2020 to grow its business...

Posted on: Mon, 2018-07-30 - 22:29 By: admin

Harley-Davidson is taking a big risk by launching new smaller motorcycles by 2020 to grow its business — but it could pay off

The news just keeps on coming from the embattled — yet still iconic — American motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson.

On Monday, the Milwaukee-based company announced a substantial overhaul of its global strategy. Notably, the move wasn't in response to President Donald Trump's recent attacks on the brand. Trump complained when Harley announced in June that it would shift production to non-US markets to build bikes for Europe, dodging potential tariffs.

Harley said it would bring to market three new bikes — based in a smaller, "modular" architecture — in 2020. They'll be what the company called its first Adventure Touring motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250, as well as a 1250cc custom model and a 975cc Streetfighter model.

The much-anticipated all-electric Harley, the LiveWire, was announced in third place. Old news, to be sure, and couched in the terminology of ongoing market leadership for Harley. But electric motorcycles are a very niche area, so it's unclear whether Harley will be able to use the technology to reverse its fortunes. (The stock has slid 15% in the year to date.)

The LiveWire is still on schedule for a 2019 launch and could bring some new riders into the fold, as it will be simpler to operate than a gas-powered bike.

See https://www.businessinsider.com/harley-davidson-is-taking-a-risk-with-smaller-motorcycles-2018-7?IR=T

#harley


Harley-Davidson is taking a big risk by launching new motorcycles by 2020 to grow its business — but it could pay off
Harley-Davidson has announced a new strategy to take on global markets and push forward with electric motorcycles. The iconic company has been reeling from attacks by President Donald Trump and a structurally declining US market.

Fortnite’s grand e-sports plans are off to a shaky start

Posted on: Mon, 2018-07-30 - 21:43 By: admin

Fortnite’s grand e-sports plans are off to a shaky start

When Epic Games announced that it would be investing a hefty $100 million in Fortnite e-sports and launch a competitive world cup for the game, there was a lot of excitement. Fortnite is already a massive cultural phenomenon, and here was a chance for it to make a splash in the burgeoning world of e-sports. The successful Fortnite Pro-Am at E3 was followed by the launch of Summer Skirmish, a series of eight weekly tournaments featuring $8 million in prizes. But despite some big money and many of the most popular names in streaming, Fortnite’s competitive gaming splash has been mostly a disappointment so far.

Things got off to a very bad start. The first tournament was cancelled halfway through after players suffered from such significant lag that it was impossible to continue. A week later, the next skirmish featured a nice underdog story, as console player “iDropz_bodies” — well-known in Destiny circles, but not a big name in Fortnite — surprised everyone by snagging the tournament win and $130,000 in prizes. This, naturally, led to accusations of cheating on Reddit and elsewhere; Epic was forced to release a statement defending the player and verifying that the win was legit.

There have been other problems. The tournaments have conflicted with the already popular Friday Fortnite series, run by YouTuber Daniel “Keemstar” Keem. And, perhaps most surprisingly, Epic’s broadcasts have felt shockingly amateur. The presentation is lackluster, and there have been no real concessions made for viewers; there’s no spectator view, or any tools used to give people watching a good understanding of the overall game. Instead, you’re simply watching from the perspective of a single player, with the viewpoint shifting regularly between the various competitors. It’s fine if you just want to watch Ninja, but not so much if you’re trying to take in the competition as a whole.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/30/17629486/fortnite-summer-skirmish-esports-overwatch-pubg

#fortnite #esport


Fortnite’s grand e-sports plans are off to a shaky start
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