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WhatsApp vs Telegram – Features and security

Posted on: Sun, 2017-12-31 - 11:13 By: admin

WhatsApp vs Telegram – Features and security

WhatsApp may be the smartphone app of choice around the world, but other secure messaging services are not obsolete. Telegram has proven that it is a solid competitor to WhatsApp and has been gaining popularity due to its powerful features.

The spoiler is really that Telegram beats WhatsApp on nearly all points except that Telegram uses a closed proprietary security algorithm.

See http://bit.ly/2BXWxtD


WhatsApp vs Telegram – Features and security
WhatsApp may be ubiquitous across the world, but other messaging services are not obsolete.

Best Overall Kodi Add-ons Working in 2018 (Updated List)

Posted on: Sun, 2017-12-31 - 08:03 By: admin

Best Overall Kodi Add-ons Working in 2018 (Updated List)

Kodi is an amazingly useful piece of software for your PC, tablet, or phone. It was originally designed for organising and playing your media files, but you can install add-ons to extend its functionality in all sorts of ways. These add-ons can let you watch sports, view YouTube videos, listen to music, and much more. These add-ons are available to download from third party hosting sites called repositories, and there are many Kodi repositories across the internet.

Unfortunately, however, this year there have been a whole lot of Kodi repositories shut down and even more add-ons which have stopped working. This has happened due to legal threats from copyright holders over the fact that some add-ons allow users to stream content easily. This has been annoying for your average Kodi user – you were used to being able to use your favourite add-ons and repositories, but now lots of them don’t work!

But this isn’t the end of Kodi add-ons by any means. If you’re looking for a new add-on which will let you stream movies, episodes of TV shows, and more, then read the recommendations for the top 5 best overall Kodi add-ons which are still working.

See http://bit.ly/2C0uRVb


Is Terrarium TV for Android safe and legal to use? What are the alternatives?

Posted on: Sat, 2017-12-30 - 23:01 By: admin

Is Terrarium TV for Android safe and legal to use? What are the alternatives?

This streaming TV and movies app has become very popular due to its great interface and exceptionally good performance (unlike many other streaming TV apps that stutter and pause). The short of it though is:
1. Safety - it is not published on the app store so that makes it a bit grey, but on the positive side no malware has actually been found in the app itself - https://thevpn.guru/is-terrarium-tv-illegal-uk-usa-australia/. Make sure you download the app from the official website.
2. Legality - it falls into the Hollywood geofencing / use of VPN and restreaming area. While Terrarium TV does scrape from some online sources that offer content legally, the majority of its content breaks copyright laws.

From a pure legality perspective though we are probably better off using Kodi with plug-ins that are supporting free to air programming.

See http://bit.ly/2BZ4OgW


Top 10 Microsoft Visio Alternatives for Linux

Posted on: Sat, 2017-12-30 - 14:10 By: admin

Top 10 Microsoft Visio Alternatives for Linux

Microsoft Visio is a great tool for creating or generating mission-critical diagrams and vector representations. While it may be a good tool for making floor plans or other kinds of diagrams – it is neither free nor open source. Moreover, Microsoft Visio is not a standalone product. It comes bundled with Microsoft Office.

Have a look at some excellent alternatives to get the job done at http://bit.ly/2Cm0qvI


The 5 Best Docks To Use On Linux

Posted on: Sat, 2017-12-30 - 09:03 By: admin

The 5 Best Docks To Use On Linux

Are you a fan of how Mac OS users switch between applications? Want to install a dock to mimic this experience, but not sure what the best one to use is? It’s understandable, as there are a lot of different options. From simple docks, to intricate ones; Linux has a lot to offer to anyone who wants to make a Linux Desktop look like macOS.

The article below delves into the individual features each dock has and the use case for each dock, the desktop environments they support.

See http://bit.ly/2ClSdHU


ERATO Introduces VERSE True Wireless Headphones with Graphene Drivers, Delivering Untethered and Premium...

Posted on: Sat, 2017-12-30 - 04:38 By: admin

ERATO Introduces VERSE True Wireless Headphones with Graphene Drivers, Delivering Untethered and Premium Sound Quality for Mobile Users

We're going to see more and more new models of fully wireless earbuds coming out in 2018 and the choice for those wanting to use them will get ever more difficult. It's always important to decide what are the most important factors for you, and then to compare based on that.

What caugyt my eye with these is their box and price ($149.99) resembles the Apple Airpods quite closely. But these one's have 3 hours play time vs the Airpod's 5 hours, and fit a bit tighter within the ear, and do come in a black colour option.

Key features:
* Ultra-light: Each earbud only weighs 4.5 grams, which is about the weight of two dimes.
* SpinFit® Silicon Eartips: The patented SpinFit eartips allow for a 360-degree rotation. The specially designed ear tips shape to the ear canal so it can go in deeper and create a better seal and superior noise isolation.
* IPX5 Waterproof: With VERSE’S IPX5 sweat and waterproof rating, users can enjoy outdoor activities without hesitation.
* Battery Life: VERSE offers three hours of music and four hours of talk time per charge. The included charging case holds up to four full recharges, giving users 15 hours of on-the-go battery life.
* Bluetooth 4.2 Technology: VERSE uses the most advanced CSR Bluetooth 4.2 technology. Users can travel 30 feet from their mobile devices without losing connection.
* Single-touch Multifunction Button: Users can power the headset on and off, adjust the volume, play or pause music, skip tracks, accept and reject calls, and access Siri or Google Now.

See their website at http://bit.ly/2BRvYGn


Happy 48th Birthday Linus Torvalds (28th Dec)! Here are 20 Facts About Him

Posted on: Fri, 2017-12-29 - 23:07 By: admin

Happy 48th Birthday Linus Torvalds (28th Dec)! Here are 20 Facts About Him

Linus Torvalds, a Finnish student developed a Unix-like operating system while he was doing his masters in the year 1991. It has become a revolution since then and today it powers most of the web, embedded devices and all of the top 500 supercomputers.

See 20 interesting facts about him at http://bit.ly/2BRBDMD


How To Make Linux Look Like Windows 10 - Because You Can (If You Want)

Posted on: Fri, 2017-12-29 - 22:01 By: admin

How To Make Linux Look Like Windows 10 - Because You Can (If You Want)

Yep I know most Linux diehards want their custom look at feel and are only too happy to be as far as away from a Win10 look at possible, but for many newbies to Linux, the familiar look and feel can make them feel more at home in the beginning.

Win10 look at http://bit.ly/2ClYrrt
MacOS look at https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/make-linux-look-like-macos/


Drupal 8 version of my Gadgeteer website is now live at https://gadgeteer.co.za

Posted on: Thu, 2017-12-28 - 22:11 By: admin

Drupal 8 version of my Gadgeteer website is now live at https://gadgeteer.co.za

I've been teaching myself Drupal 8 over the last 10 days or so and have now fully migrated my old Wordpress site to Drupal. It is a complete revamp so menus will be a bit simpler, content has been refreshed, and I've added a new page about solar tips. All previous bookmarked links should still work as the same URL hierarchy has been maintained for this reason. The site should also be fully mobile compatible.

All content that I blog about on G+ (and Twitter and my new Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/gadgeteerza/) will appear on the My Blog page on the new site. The blog entries are fully searchable which is useful if you're trying to find one of my previous posts on G+ from a while back as G+ does not allow you to filter on anyone's posts apart from your own.

See the new website at https://gadgeteer.co.za


WeChat poised to become China’s official electronic ID system

Posted on: Thu, 2017-12-28 - 17:32 By: admin

WeChat poised to become China’s official electronic ID system

Interesting blend of tech social media and government services. My fear for Western countries is that Facebook would likely be seen as the dominant social media platform (hang on, have they not been experimenting too with facial recognition?) and we like to preserve having an equal choice between different options. There is no telling though what ideas a politician may "buy" into...

The government of Guangzhou, capital of the southern coastal province of Guangdong, started on Monday a pilot programme that creates a virtual ID card, which serves the same purpose as the traditional state-issued ID cards, through the WeChat accounts of registered users in the city’s Nansha district, according to a report by state news agency Xinhua.

It said that trial will soon cover the entire province and further expand across the country from January next year.

The WeChat ID programme was co-developed by the research institute of the Ministry of Public Security and Tencent’s WeChat team, and supported by various banks and several other government departments. The project is expected to help deter online identity theft, as facial recognition technology is used to verify applicants before their virtual ID cards get authorised. Those verified will be able to use their WeChat ID to register in hotels and apply for government services without the need of bringing their physical ID cards.

See http://bit.ly/2Cj5NvG

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