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Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish New Features

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 15:13 By: admin

Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish New Features

Ubuntu 18.10 which is codenamed as Cosmic Cuttlefish is around the corner, is planned to be released next month on 18th October 2018. You will be able to download this release from the official website as well upgrade manually from previous releases. This time there is no alpha or beta milestones rather testing weeks for releases.

Some of the key highlights:
- New Default Theme: Yaru
- GNOME v3.30
- GSconnect for Android Integration (based on KDE Connect)
- Improved Boot time and Performance
- Linux Kernel v5.0 (possibly)
- Fingerprint Scanner Support
- DLNA Support for media transfer to Smart TVs
- New Installer From Ubuntu 18.10 Onwards (possibly)
- Public Website for Metrics (may be a good thing to see the numbers)

See http://www.linuxandubuntu.com/home/ubuntu-1810-cosmic-cuttlefish-new-features

#ubuntu #linux #cosmiccuttlefish


Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish New Features
Ubuntu 18.10 which is codenamed as Cosmic Cuttlefish is around the corner, is planned to be released next month on 18th October 2018. You will be able to download this release from the official website as well upgrade manually from previous releases.

Firefox Reality VR Browser Now Available To Download

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 15:08 By: admin

Firefox Reality VR Browser Now Available To Download

Mozilla has today announced the availability of its new virtual reality and augmented reality browser which was previously unveiled in the form of Firefox Reality. The new browser that has been designed from the ground up to work with mixed reality, VR and AR headsets. From today those of you equipped with Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream VR or AR headsets can now download the Firefox Reality VR browser directly from the relevant application store.

“We had to rethink everything, including navigation, text-input, environments, search and more. This required years of research, and countless conversations with users, content creators, and hardware partners. The result is a browser that is built for the medium it serves. It makes a big difference, and we think you will love all of the features and details that we’ve created specifically for a MR browser.”

See https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/firefox-reality-vr-browser-19-09-2018/

#firefox #VR


Firefox Reality VR Browser Now Available To Download - Geeky Gadgets

My new Huawei E5885Ls Mobile Wifi Pro2 Hotspot with LTE Cat6, Ethernet and 6400mAh battery

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 15:01 By: admin

My new Huawei E5885Ls Mobile Wifi Pro2 Hotspot with LTE Cat6, Ethernet and 6400mAh battery

So my imported Netgear Aircard 790S mobile hotspot did not work so well with Waze (had the searching network issue) and nor did it connect to do firmware updates (it was a Telstra branded import). This Huawei is certified for local use (so it updates too) and has a whopping 25 hour usage battery (and can charge an additional device). It has the normal LTE 300 Mbps upstream and can also connect to Ethernet, and on the WiFi side it will connect to 2.4GHz or 5GHz or both. It has no major bells and whistles apart from that but does also cater for a guest WiFi connection which can be enabled, and a NFC auto-configure option.

For me the biggest plus is no flat battery by 5 or 6pm after a long day at work. My Pixel 2 XL phone already gives a full day's use without charging during the day but with these two devices together battery capacity is just no longer going to be any issue regardless of how long the day gets.

#huawei #hotspot #e5885

19/09/2018


Audio Podcast: Our Better Nature - How a green environment could affect crime rates and depression medicine...

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 10:58 By: admin

Audio Podcast: Our Better Nature - How a green environment could affect crime rates and depression medicine consimption

If you live in a big city, you may have noticed new buildings popping up — a high-rise here, a skyscraper there. The concrete jungles that we've built over the past century have allowed millions of us to live in close proximity, and modern economies to flourish. But what have we given up by moving away from the forest environments in which humans first evolved? This week, we discuss this topic with psychologist Ming Kuo, who has studied the effects of nature for more than 30 years.

A very interesting listen for any city planners and community environmental activists.

Listen at https://pca.st/9z76

#crime #green #environment


Our Better Nature - Hidden Brain
If you live in a big city, you may have noticed new buildings popping up — a high-rise here, a skyscraper there. The concrete jungles that we've built over the past century have allowed millions of us to live in close proximity, and modern economies to flourish. But what have we given up by moving away from the forest environments in which humans first evolved? This week, we discuss this topic with psychologist Ming Kuo, who has studied the effec...

Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 03:25 By: admin

Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train

Germany on Monday rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.

Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, began running a 100-kilometre route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany—a stretch normally plied by diesel trains.

Hydrogen trains are equipped with fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, a process that leaves steam and water as the only emissions. Excess energy is stored in ion-lithium(?) batteries on board the train. The Coradia iLint trains can run for around 1 000 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains.

See https://mg.co.za/article/2018-09-17-germany-rolls-out-worlds-first-hydrogen-train


Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train
Hydrogen trains are equipped with fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen

Game streaming’s latency problems will be over in a few years, CEO says - Zelnick also says "closed ...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-09-18 - 18:45 By: admin

Game streaming’s latency problems will be over in a few years, CEO says - Zelnick also says "closed system walls are coming down" for cross-platform play

Since the hyped-up launch and dramatic fall of OnLive, there has been significant debate over when the idea of streaming games from remote servers will move from niche services like PlayStation Now and Nvidia's GeForce Now to a market-moving mainstream force.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick weighed in on that debate recently, saying he thinks a large-scale market for streaming games could "happen in one to three years."

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia conference last week, Zelnick said the rise of streaming gaming was an inevitability that was just waiting on the technology to power it at scale. While Zelnick acknowledged that the streaming game servers "have to be pretty close to where the consumer is" to address latency issues, he said there are a few large-scale companies "that have hyperscale data centers all around the world," and that infrastructure will be able to address that last remaining hurdle in a few years time.

Elsewhere in the interview, Zelnick suggested that "the closed system walls are coming down" when it comes to cross-platform gameplay, despite Sony's continuing reluctance to engage on the issue. "Eventually, I think we'll be in a cross-platform world for a lot of titles. Certainly, between console and PC we will. Microsoft is basically already there.... Streaming is going to accelerate those walls coming down."

See https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/09/take-two-ceo-sees-streaming-gaming-hitting-big-in-one-to-three-years/


Game streaming’s latency problems will be over in a few years, CEO says
Zelnick also says "closed system walls are coming down" for cross-platform play.

The Rise and Demise of RSS

Posted on: Tue, 2018-09-18 - 16:52 By: admin

The Rise and Demise of RSS

There are two stories here. The first is a story about a vision of the web’s future that never quite came to fruition. The second is a story about how a collaborative effort to improve a popular standard devolved into one of the most contentious forks in the history of open-source software development. It is also a fascinating read about the history and development of RSS.

RSS was one of the standards that promised to deliver this syndicated future. To Werbach, RSS was “the leading example of a lightweight syndication protocol.” Another contemporaneous article called RSS the first protocol to realize the potential of XML.4 It was going to be a way for both users and content aggregators to create their own customized channels out of everything the web had to offer.

Today, RSS is not dead. But neither is it anywhere near as popular as it once was. Lots of people have offered explanations for why RSS lost its broad appeal. Perhaps the most persuasive explanation is exactly the one offered by Gillmor in 2009. Social networks, just like RSS, provide a feed featuring all the latest news on the internet. Social networks took over from RSS because they were simply better feeds (Except they're not as they are limited to one social network's view/algorithm of the world which they rank).

But syndication on the web only happens through one of a very small number of channels, meaning that none of us “retain control over our online personae” the way that Werbach thought we would. One reason this happened is garden-variety corporate rapaciousness — RSS, an open format, didn’t give technology companies the control over data and eyeballs that they needed to sell ads, so they did not support it. But the more mundane reason is that centralized silos are just easier to design than common standards.

Yep, I think some companies don't like RSS as it tends to provide a view without the ads... For me personally, I still love (and use daily) a cloud-based RSS reader to scan over 200 feed sources. I get all the raw feeds which I can scan quickly and not just what Facebook, G+ or a single source wants to show me. I can synchronise my reading progress across desktop and mobile clients, and save to Pocket for later reading. I tend to move between using InoReader and Feedly as my RSS readers. You can follow an RSS feed of all my posts at http://gplus-to-rss.appspot.com/rss/112580063909169692065.

See https://twobithistory.org/2018/09/16/the-rise-and-demise-of-rss.html

#RSS


The Rise and Demise of RSS
An unabridged history of RSS' triumphs and failures.

Kickstarter Project: Stark Drive Mini - The Most Affordable eBike Ever starting at $299 with various...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-09-18 - 14:32 By: admin

Kickstarter Project: Stark Drive Mini - The Most Affordable eBike Ever starting at $299 with various options

Stark Drive Mini includes a high capacity Lithium-Ion Battery based on the most advanced cells. The same batteries are used by companies such as Tesla for their electric cars. All of their cells are sourced from Japan and assembled in China with their manufacturing partners. The battery can be charged within the bike or unlocked from the frame and removed to charge at your home or office. Their included charger will charge an empty battery in approximately 3-4 hours.

Locking the battery within the frame guarantees that no one can remove the battery from the bike and while within the frame it's well hidden to not even look as if Stark Drive is the ultimate electric bike

Weighing at approximately 13kg, it's easy to carry up to the office or on public transportation. Breeze through the city at 20 mph(35kph) without peddling (36V 250W) and travel up to 25 miles / 40 km on just a single charge!

Good news is they have delivered before on a similar bike: They launched crowdfunding for Stark Drive at the end of April 2017 through their own website. Deliveries for their backers started September 2017 and continued through to the conclusion of crowdfunding at the beginning of July 2018.

Some options available:
- add $175 for a 350w motor upgrade
- add $40 for Airless tires
- add $45 for integrated rear light
- add $35 for a Stark Rack Bag
- add $65 for Cruise Control/Throttle upgrade
- add $150 for a 7ah to 9ah upgrade or
- add $250 for a 7ah to a 12ah upgrade
- add $75 for Carbon Belt Drive
- add $35 to upgrade to LCD-A display or
- add $65 to upgrade to LCD-V display or
- add $85 to upgrade to LCD-H display
- add $35 for fenders/Mudguards
- add $30 for a rear rack
- add $15 for an alloy water bottle holder
- add $99 for a GPS Tracking System

Worldwide delivery is between US$220 to $250.

See https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1510179091/stark-drive-mini-the-most-affordable-ebike-ever-at

#ebike #starkdrivemini


Stark Drive Mini - The Most Affordable eBike Ever at $299
Redefining Affordability with the first ever purpose crafted, configurable eBike under $300. Mini arrives fully assembled and Charged

South African ConCourt rules that personal use of dagga is not a criminal offence

Posted on: Tue, 2018-09-18 - 11:30 By: admin

South African ConCourt rules that personal use of dagga is not a criminal offence

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the personal use of dagga is not a criminal offence.

"The right to privacy is not confined to a home or private dwelling. It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private space," Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said on Tuesday.

The ruling follows a Western Cape High Court judgment that the possession, cultivation and use of dagga for private use was allowed. Key laws debated in the Western Cape High Court in 2017 were the Drugs Act sections 4 (b) and 5 (b) as well as section 22A of the Medicines Act.

Zondo took the view that it should be the left to Parliament to decide on the quantity of cannabis that an adult person may use, possess or cultivate in order for it to amount to "personal use".

Which could be good news for those wishing to use cannabis for health treatments (obviously smoking it is not going to be a healthy way of doing that). Interesting though how times change though as this ruling would never have happened 10 or 20 years back. The unanswered challenge is how the individual will source their cannabis if it cannot be legally dealt. Personally, I'd also hope it breaks the back of petty criminal drug dealing and let the police focus on serious drug offences.

See https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/concourt-rules-that-personal-use-of-dagga-is-not-a-criminal-offence-20180918

#cannabis #dagga #cancer #southafrica


ConCourt rules that personal use of dagga is not a criminal offence
The Constitutional Court has ruled that the personal use of dagga in a private space is not a criminal offence.
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