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[Video] How to play PC games on Android using Parsec

Posted on: Wed, 2018-11-28 - 20:17 By: admin

[Video] How to play PC games on Android using Parsec

Parsec is a game streaming app with a lot of cool functionality. You can either rent a cloud PC from Amazon or Paperspace or use your own PC as a host and play with that. Parsec also allows for you to share your PC with your friends so they can borrow it and use it. Parsec supports controllers over USB OTG or Bluetooth and has partial mouse and keyboard support.

The video on XDA TV shows how to install Parsec, set it up, and a bit of gameplay in Fortnite, PUBG, and DOOM (2016.) Any PC games should work if it has controller support. Parsec is very low latency so you will not notice much input lag. Check out the video at https://www.xda-developers.com/play-pc-games-android-parsec/ to see how it works.

#parsec


[Video] How to play PC games on Android using Parsec
Parsec is a game streaming app with a lot of cool functionality. We'll show you how to set it up on Android and play some popular games.

The Best iPhone Podcast Managers for 2018

Posted on: Tue, 2018-11-27 - 21:53 By: admin

The Best iPhone Podcast Managers for 2018

I'm a big fan of podcasts (they fill the gaps in my day when I can't read something) and its interesting to see only two strong contenders listed for iOS. Pocket Casts, of course, is really good a syncing across devices and with the web player version - great for if you move between devices but always want to be in sync at all times with listening progress.

See https://lifehacker.com/the-best-iphone-podcast-managers-for-2018-1830569398

#podcasts #iOS


The Best iPhone Podcast Managers for 2018

US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts on the US itself - Following...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-11-27 - 20:51 By: admin

US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts on the US itself - Following China and others the US has done its own peer-reviewed research on climate change

“Black Friday” took on a darker connotation last week when US officials suddenly pushed forward the release date of climate scientists' latest report on the dangerous impacts of climate change in the United States. The report had been scheduled to come out in two weeks, but scientists were told to get it finalized on short notice so it could be released on a busy Friday instead.

The latest US National Climate Assessment report—available in an exceptionally readable format online — is a second volume, and it follows last year’s volume on the physical science of the climate system. The 2017 report was written by a large group of volunteer scientists and approved by federal agencies, and it summarized peer-reviewed climate research by explaining that climate change is real and the result of human activities.

The new report goes into what we know about the impacts climate change will have on life in the US. It’s also organized in a practical way: there are chapters covering particular types of communities, specific aspects of infrastructure, and each region of the country. This makes it easier to think about how multiple impacts can build on each other, making it easier for readers to find the most relevant sections.

The statement the White House put out in response to press questions about the report claims that it “is largely based on the most extreme scenario,” which is false (fake news?). A range of future emissions scenarios — the standard set currently used in climate science — is presented everywhere in the report.

In a recent interview with Axios, President Trump was asked about last year’s National Climate Assessment report. He answered that he had not seen it and did not accept its conclusion that human activities are clearly responsible for climate change. Trump answered, “I can also give you reports where people very much dispute that,” but no such report based on peer-reviewed science exists because the evidence and research provide no support for that position.

UPDATE: On Monday, President Trump said of the report, "I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine." But when asked about the report's description of the great economic impacts of continued climate change, he answered, "I don't believe it."

See https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/latest-dire-us-climate-report-was-pushed-out-on-black-friday/

#climatechange #USA


US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts
Release schedule changed at the last minute.

VAT on electronic services (inc cloud and software): what you need to know - The VAT has always been...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-11-27 - 20:30 By: admin

VAT on electronic services (inc cloud and software): what you need to know - The VAT has always been payable by the buyer but the duty to register by the seller is the new requirement

National treasury recently published an amended regulation for electronic services, in line with the proposal by the minister of finance in the budget review of 2017. They stated that the VAT base for electronic services would be expanded.

The amended regulation has an effective date of 1 April 2019. International suppliers of services to South African customers must evaluate whether their supply of services qualify as electronic services, and whether this would create a liability to register for VAT in South Africa.

The impact of the amended regulation is that all services that are supplied from abroad by an “electronic agent”, “electronic communication” or the “Internet” are now electronic services for the purposes of VAT.

The reach of the new regulation is staggering and may also include the supply of the following services: software subscription services; the use of software by an entity in South Africa provided electronically by its holding company situated abroad (unless the exclusion applies); broadcasting; cloud computing; advertising services; gaming; and any reservation services made via an online platform.

It is worth noting that the current VAT Act places the duty on the South African buyer/import to declare and pay their VAT even when buying an ebook. In reality, this has not happened hence the new amendment. All hardware goods have anyway been taxed and had VAT paid when importing through customs.

See https://techcentral.co.za/vat-on-electronic-services-what-you-need-to-know/85470/

#VAT #southafrica


VAT on electronic services: what you need to know - TechCentral

The all-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventurers - With a not-so-dreamy starting price of...

Posted on: Mon, 2018-11-26 - 23:17 By: admin

The all-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventurers - With a not-so-dreamy starting price of $69,000 but it gets a 400 mile range

After spending the better part of the last decade operating completely out of the spotlight, US-based automotive startup Rivian has finally debuted its first electric vehicle: a five-passenger pickup truck called the R1T. Announced on Monday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the R1T is positioned as a dream truck for outdoorsy types, combining the utility of a Ford Ranger or Toyota Tacoma with bleeding edge technology — all while putting out zero emissions, meaning owners can help reduce the harm being done to the natural world the company’s vehicles are meant to explore.

A big part of Rivian’s long, meticulous road to this debut has been all about making sure the R1T (and a sibling SUV scheduled to be revealed on Tuesday) offer top-of-the-line specs when it comes to performance and range. The result is a quad-motor electric pickup truck capable of up to over 400 miles of range that’s able to reach 60 miles per hour in three seconds, putting Rivian’s first offering in rare air typically reserved for Teslas and supercars.

In accordance with all that, the R1T will be outfitted with a dream car price tag when it goes on sale in 2020. The base model starts at $69,000, with different battery configurations running the truck’s price ceiling to around $100,000. Preorders start this week and require a (refundable) $1,000 deposit.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/26/18111782/rivian-r1t-electric-pickup-price-specs-la-auto-show-2018

#Rivian #EV


The all-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventurers
With a not-so-dreamy starting price of $69,000

Big Frogfoot fibre expansion in the Western Cape (well Cape Town actually)

Posted on: Mon, 2018-11-26 - 23:08 By: admin

Big Frogfoot fibre expansion in the Western Cape (well Cape Town actually)

Frogfoot is expanding its fibre-to-the-home network in the Western Cape and plans to connect 14,000 more homes in the Southern Peninsula. This is an actual fibre installation and not an ISP service that sits on top of another fibre provider.

The latest rollout of fibre will take place in:
- Fish Hoek
- Capri
- Glencairn
- Kommetjie
- Lakeside
- Muizenberg
- Noordhoek
- San Michel
- Simon’s Town
- Sun Valley
- Sunnydale

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/fibre/286994-big-frogfoot-fibre-expansion-in-the-western-cape.html


Big Frogfoot fibre expansion in the Western Cape
Frogfoot is expanding its fibre-to-the-home network in the Western Cape.

Three Awesome Raspberry Pi projects for you to try in December

Posted on: Mon, 2018-11-26 - 23:03 By: admin

Three Awesome Raspberry Pi projects for you to try in December

A Raspberry Pi is one of the best gadgets a DIYer can own, as it is capable of everything from being a smart home hub to acting as the brain for an autonomous robot.

If you have one of these versatile mini-computers, it can serve as a great project for the holiday season.

Raspberry Pi boards come in a variety of models, from the larger, recently-released Model 3 B+ and Model 3 A+ to the ultra-light Pi Zero W.

Many of these boards feature both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality, greatly increasing their potential for DIY projects.

If you are looking to dust off your Raspberry Pi, or buy a new one, and attempt to tackle an interesting project, try one or more of the following projects:
* Spotify speaker
* Google Home speaker
* Wi-Fi Access Point

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/hardware/286958-awesome-raspberry-pi-projects-for-you-to-try-in-december.html

#raspberrypi


Awesome Raspberry Pi projects for you to try in December
If you have one of these versatile mini-computers, it can serve as a great project for the holidays.

Hands-on with Linux on Samsung DeX for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Posted on: Mon, 2018-11-26 - 22:54 By: admin

Hands-on with Linux on Samsung DeX for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Some reality cast on the current status of the software. In essence, apart from a sluggishness, it has to run Linux apps that have been compiled for the ARM64 architecture which is not every Linux app out there. So yes you can run many apps but you will likely have to compile those yourself, or has some set up some repo for easy downloading and installing ARM64 compiles?

See https://www.xda-developers.com/hands-on-linux-on-samsung-dex-samsung-galaxy-note-9/

#samsungdex


Hands-on with Linux on Samsung DeX for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Linux on Samsung DeX lets you use Ubuntu 16.04 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. But how good is it?

How to Get Automatic Call Screening Transcriptions on Your Pixel Right Now

Posted on: Mon, 2018-11-26 - 22:46 By: admin

How to Get Automatic Call Screening Transcriptions on Your Pixel Right Now

When answering the call, Google Assistant gives the other party a standard greeting: “Hi, the person you’re calling is using a screening service from Google, and will get a copy of this conversation. Go ahead and say your name, and why you’re calling.”

You can then watch your device transcribe the entire conversation in real time on your phone. At any time during the call, you can choose to answer it, have Google Assistant respond for you with automated phrases like “call back later” or “tell me more,” or even block the number and report it as spam.

For those curious, all transcriptions happen locally on the phone and not on Google’s servers, so the company doesn’t collect data from these calls or writeups.

Basically you need to subscribe to the beta version of the Phone app - see more at https://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-automatic-call-screening-transcriptions-on-y-1830592311


How to Get Automatic Call Screening Transcriptions on Your Pixel Right Now

Configure GIMP 2.10 with GimpPs To Use Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts (How-To)

Posted on: Sun, 2018-11-25 - 17:25 By: admin

Configure GIMP 2.10 with GimpPs To Use Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts (How-To)

GimpPs is a project to make GIMP more like Photoshop. It was created for the old GIMP 2.8, and it includes Photoshop keyboard shortcuts, a Photoshop-like GIMP icon theme, and a Photoshop-like layout. It appears the Photoshop icon theme doesn't work with the recent GIMP 2.10 (and the installation script doesn't work with the latest GIMP due to the configuration directory being changed), but that wasn't a problem for this author as they were only interested in the pre-defined Photoshop-like keyboard shortcuts for GIMP, which still works with GIMP 2.10.

For those who are used to the Photoshop keyboard shortcuts and want to use them in GIMP, the post explains how to install this in GIMP 2.10 on Linux (installed using a regular GIMP package, Flatpak or Snap packages), Windows or macOS. Note that this will replace any keyboard shortcuts you may have previously changed.

See https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/11/configure-gimp-210-to-use-photoshop.html

#GIMP #photoshop


Configure GIMP 2.10 To Use Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts (How-To)
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