Oppo smartphones officially launched in South Africa - A72 is R6,999 with 48MP camera and 5,000mAh battery

Date Published: Sat, 26 Sep 2020 19:45:45 +0200

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has officially landed in South Africa, offering a number of devices in the country.

Oppo is the second-biggest smartphone manufacturer in China, and it has a major presence in a number of countries around the world, where it offers everything from entry-level handsets to cutting-edge flagship smartphones.

This is pretty good bang for the buck and their flagship product will be coming next year.

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has officially landed in South Africa, offering a number of devices in the country.

Ring launches security camera drone that flies around your house - It's a quick remote 'walk around' to check everything is in order

Date Published: Sat, 26 Sep 2020 19:06:02 +0200

Amazon’s Ring security camera business has unveiled the Ring Always Home Cam, which is a camera that flies around your home to monitor the parts of your home you choose.

According to Ring, the user sets up personalised paths and then, when they want to monitor one of these paths, the user can initiate this instruction remotely.

This is quite unique, and if you could do it on command, also a way to check if you left a window open or a door etc. Not sure how it navigates up or down stairs though ;-)

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Amazon’s Ring security camera business has unveiled the Ring Always Home Cam, which is a camera that flies around your home to monitor the parts of your home you choose.

My Hubzilla and Main Gadgeteer Website Completed Migration and are Up and back at DigitalOcean

Date Published: Sat, 26 Sep 2020 11:24:44 +0200

Rather more complicated than I thought so took a day and five hours in the end.  For some reason the Drupal was split into two databases with two config settings.php files which I only realised much later. Any both the Drupal and Hubzilla sites are up and I'll be running updates a bit later after I have also got the remainder of my sites up.

I am back with Digital Ocean VPS as it really gives more control than a cPanel hosting. My last provider claimed Drupal update was failing because it wanted more than 2 GB of RM... we'll see, but I really doubt it.

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My Hubzilla and Main Gadgeteer Website Down For Migration

Date Published: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:36:43 +0200

Busy migrating my sites back to previous hosting provider so they will be unavailable for a few hours from 24 Sep to 25 Sep 2020.

All URLs and domain names etc should work exactly the same when the sites come up again.

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Manage knowledge with BlueSpice, an open source alternative to Confluence

Date Published: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:43:40 +0200

Knowledge management is a key to success in modern enterprises—but it is not exactly easy to achieve. Keeping track of all relevant details across all employees is a huge challenge, especially in agile environments, which most companies say they are.

Most companies resort to buying wiki-like solutions, such as Confluence from Atlassian, which exposes them to the lock-in effect of proprietary software. But many would do well to consider BlueSpice, an open source alternative to Atlassian Confluence that has a noble ancestry: it's based on Wikipedia's MediaWiki.

Source code is on SourceForge.

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Knowledge management is a key to success in modern enterprises—but it is not exactly easy to achieve. Keeping track of all relevant details across all employees is a huge challenge, especially in agile environments, which most companies say they are.

AMD launches new Zen-based Ryzen processors for Chromebooks - A game changer with up to 212% better performance for multitasking and content creation and 251% better graphics performance

Date Published: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:54:59 +0200

Chromebooks ran a "lighter" OS and never had a reputation for power or performance really but this looks all set to dramatically change with AMD going in.

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AMD has announced new Zen-based Ryzen 3000 C-Series and Athlon 3000 C-Series processors for high-end Chromebooks.

Blacklight - New tool makes it easy to see which websites are in bed with Facebook especially which use Facebook Pixel

Date Published: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:51:13 +0200

Facebook tracks users (and non-users), even when they're not logged in, via the Pixel. The Pixel is a largely unnoticeable "analytics tool" running in the background of millions of websites (including this one) which collates and reports your actions, on a granular level, back to Facebook. Among other things, the Pixel enables website owners to later target their visitors with ads on Facebook. In a recent test done by the Markup, 30 percent of popular websites were laden with an embedded Facebook Pixel.

One site with the Facebook Pixel is WebMD. Ever searched for anything personal, or private, on WebMD? "Our advertising service partners may use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect information about your use of the WebMD Sites, including content you have viewed," reads the WebMD privacy policy. "Two of the third parties that WebMD works with are Google and Facebook."

Privacy Badger, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, can identify tracking pixels, and uBlock Origin blocks all kinds of nefarious trackers. Blacklight reveals what trackers are running in the background of websites without — and here's the key— you having to visit those websites first.

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Facebook tracks users even when they're not logged in.

Starving Artists and Design Students Can Afford This Cheap $59 but Accurate Real-Life ColorReader EZ Color Picker from Datacolor

Date Published: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:37:26 +0200

At $59, the ColorReader EZ is now the cheapest color detector that Datacolor sells, but its performance will lag behind the company’s $249 ColorReader Pro, which uses six white LEDs to illuminate a sample and promises “over 92% first-match accuracy” compared to 85% with the new budget option. Still, it will definitely outperform a smartphone if color accuracy is important to what you do, and won’t break the bank if you’re not a famous reality show interior designer.

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Check the camera roll on any designer’s smartphone and you’ll find hundreds of random images they snapped for inspiration or because they simply liked a color. But it’s not the best tool for the job. A dedicated color detector is far more accurate, and with Datacolor’s new ColorReader EZ, it’s no longer an obscenely expensive tool accessible to only professional designers.

Tesla announces self-manufactured ‘tabless’ battery cells that will improve range of its electric cars with less cost per kWh

Date Published: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:29:30 +0200

It's still a way off before we actually see them in vehicles but as battery costs are the biggest factor in buying EVs it is this type of innovation (and more will follow even from outside of Tesla) which will make EVs truly affordable to the ordinary driver.

The 4680 batteries will also be Cobalt-free using Nickel instead, which is mined more widely than Cobalt.

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The company is bringing battery production in-house.

Tesla announces self-manufactured ‘tabless’ battery cells that will improve range of its electric cars with less cost per kWh

Date Published: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:29:30 +0200

It's still a way off before we actually see them in vehicles but as battery costs are the biggest factor in buying EVs it is this type of innovation (and more will follow even from outside of Tesla) which will make EVs truly affordable to the ordinary driver.

The 4680 batteries will also be Cobalt-free using Nickel instead, which is mined more widely than Cobalt.

See Tesla announces "tabless" battery cells that will improve range of its electric cars

#environment #EV

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The company is bringing battery production in-house.

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