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A new Microsoft Flight Simulator is on the way - the 4k video trailer looks very impressive

Date Published: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 17:45:56 +0200

Microsoft has announced a new instalment of its long-running Microsoft Flight Simulator series. The new Flight Simulator, which was teased briefly at Microsoft’s E3 keynote, is powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud artificial intelligence. There’s not a lot of detail beyond that — except that the trailer, captured in 4K video, looks gorgeous.

The detail right down to realistic looking walking giraffe is pretty impressive. It's hardware, OS and bandwidth requirements will be interesting to see when more detail becomes available.

Watch the trailer at #^https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/9/18658865/microsoft-flight-simulator-azure-ai-4k-trailer-e3-2019

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#^A new Microsoft Flight Simulator is on the way

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It uses Azure AI and looks great

LineageOS Pie arrives on 10 more phones, including the Xiaomi Mi 6 - I even have it running on my old Samsung Galaxy S3

Date Published: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 08:02:20 +0200

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs around, and certainly the one with the most officially-supported devices. And with GApps flashed to it, it will have all the Google apps support if you want it.

Why sit on an old outdated version of Android when you can have the latest on your older device.  Yes, it does involve some flashing but I've done probably 6 different phones myself over the last few years and there are excellent how-to guides available. I have had some issues on first attempts sometimes but persevering gets it right and it is well worth the effort. You get a few extra tweaks that even Google's Android does not give you.

See #^https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/06/09/lineageos-pie-arrives-on-10-more-phones-including-the-xiaomi-mi-6/

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#^LineageOS Pie arrives on 10 more phones, including the Xiaomi Mi 6

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LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs around, and certainly the one with the most officially-supported devices. The last time we covered the... by Corbin Davenport in Lenovo, Mi Mix 2, News, Oppo, ROMs & Modding, Storm, Swift, Wileyfox, Xiaomi

The BIG List of RTL-SDR (Software Defined Radio) Supported Software

Date Published: Sun, 9 Jun 2019 21:32:52 +0200

There are now dozens of software-defined radio packages that support the ultra cheap RTL-SDR. On this page they have attempted to list, categorize and provide a brief overview of each software program. They have categorized the programs into general purpose software, single-purpose software, research software and software compatible with audio piping.

It's the most comprehensive list I've seen to date all in one place.

See #^https://www.rtl-sdr.com/big-list-rtl-sdr-supported-software/

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#^The BIG List of RTL-SDR Supported Software

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There are now dozens of software defined radio packages that support the ultra cheap RTL-SDR. On this page we will attempt to list, categorize and provide a brief overview of each software program. We categorize the programs into general purpose software, single purpose software, research software and software compatible with audio piping. If you know of a program that is missing please leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of the page. 13/02/2014 - Added Sodira, gr-wmbus, rtlsdr-waterfall, QTRadio, multimon, sdrangelove, lte-scanner, rtl_tcp, rtl_sdr_FS20_decoder. 17/02/2014 - Updated the Linrad description. 28/04/2014 - Added Modesdeco and Trunk88. 30/05/2014 - Added

Honda's high-tech side-camera mirrors will be standard for new EV later in 2019

Date Published: Sun, 9 Jun 2019 17:07:08 +0200

Honda has confirmed that the Side Camera Mirror System of the new Honda e urban electric vehicle will be available as standard when the car enters production. As seen on the prototype version, the technology is a first in the compact segment and brings significant benefits for styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement.

The Side Camera Mirror System replaces conventional side view mirrors with compact cameras providing live images to two six-inch screens inside the vehicle. Integrated at either end of the dashboard, these ergonomically positioned screens ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver.

The next-generation camera technology helps the car retain a modern, clean and simple design, and complements the stepless A-pillars and flush ‘pop out’ door handles, also confirmed for the production version of the Honda e.

These types of mirrors have the potential to not only enhance view angles but could also enhance vision and provide automated alerts (neither are mentioned as current planning but it is all possible from enhancements that could be made to the software).  The future will bring software and security patches for mirrors ;-)

See #^https://m.wheels24.co.za/News/Gear_and_Tech/watch-hondas-high-tech-side-camera-mirrors-will-be-standard-for-new-ev-20190528

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#^WATCH: Honda's high-tech side-camera mirrors will be standard for new EV

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Honda has confirmed that the Side Camera Mirror System of its new urban electric vehicle will be available as standard when the car enters production.

Electric vehicles in South Africa still only 867 in total operating on the road – These are still your only 3 options in SA

Date Published: Sun, 9 Jun 2019 11:33:25 +0200

Electric cars have come under the spotlight in recent years as a way to reduce the effect of traditional, fuel-powered motor vehicles on the environment.

Former Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande, released statistics in March which highlighted that there were only 867 electric vehicles currently operating in South Africa.

One of the reasons for this low number could be that customers do not trust Eskom to provide them with reliable vehicle charging access.

In my opinion, though the high cost is another factor in South Africa. The cheapest EV on offer is a good 50% more than my hybrid car (and about 400% the cost of entry-level ICE cars). Even though operating costs can be lower this purchase price gap has to narrow a lot more before we'll see any movement.  South Africa has not started to promote EVs at all and it is only the likes of Nissan, BMW and Jaguar who are investing in this future right now.

See #^https://mybroadband.co.za/news/motoring/308635-electric-vehicles-in-south-africa-these-are-your-options.html

#southafrica #EV
#^Electric vehicles in South Africa – These are your options

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These are the electric vehicles available to those who wish to make the jump from fuel-powered vehicles.

Virta Health publishes two-year data on low-carb diet versus usual diabetes care for type 2 diabetes

Date Published: Sun, 9 Jun 2019 09:00:31 +0200

Can following a low-carb diet reverse type 2 diabetes long term by improving blood sugar control while reducing or eliminating diabetes medication?

The recent publication of Virta Health’s two-year clinical trial data answers that question with a resounding “yes”.

Some of the outcomes:
* Nearly half (53%) of participants were considered to have reversed their diabetes, meaning their blood sugar control improved, yet medication was reduced or eliminated
* Weight: Average weight loss was 26 pounds (11.9 kg), and three-quarters of the participants lost at least 5% of their body weight, including abdominal fat
* Cardiovascular risk markers: Triglycerides decreased and HDL cholesterol increased, whereas LDL cholesterol increased only slightly, on average
* Liver health: Liver function markers, fatty liver scores, and liver damage scores improved
* No adverse changes in bone health or thyroid or kidney function were seen

By contrast, the group that received usual diabetes care and nutrition recommendations didn’t experience diabetes reversal or improvement. In fact, some of the usual-care participants needed more diabetes medication after two years.

See #^https://www.dietdoctor.com/virta-health-publishes-two-year-data-on-low-carb-diet-for-type-2-diabetes

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#^Virta Health publishes two-year data on low-carb diet for type 2 diabetes — Diet Doctor

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Can following a low-carb diet reverse type 2 diabetes long term by improving blood sugar control while reducing or eliminating diabetes medication?

What Is A Straight Razor For And What Are The Benefits?

Date Published: Sat, 8 Jun 2019 20:54:40 +0200

Straight razor shaving is making a comeback. And as with many nearly lost arts, there is a growing desire to understand, perfect, and share this wet shaving ritual. So, if you’ve been thinking about going “cut-throat”, read on to discover the benefits of this age-old practice as well as the history, terminology, and maintenance of a straight razor.

How can you get the closest experience to a barbershop shave without actually going to a barbershop? With a straight razor, of course! The single, sharp edge of a straight razor allows for maximum contact with the skin, allowing you to get the closest, smoothest shave.

Straight razors do pretty well much separate the men from the boys and clearly, I have not yet grown up as I've not yet mastered this art.

See #^https://www.westcoastshaving.com/blogs/wet-shaving-and-grooming-blog/what-is-a-straight-razor-for-what-are-the-benefits

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#^What is a Straight Razor For & What are the Benefits?

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Straight razor shaving is making a comeback. And as with many nearly lost arts, there is a growing desire to understand, perfect, and share this wet shaving ritual. So, if you’ve been thinking about going “cut-throat”, read on to discover the benefits of this age-old practice as well as the history, terminology, and maintenance of a straight razor.

Google argues the Huawei ban would hurt its Android monopoly - the export ban would create a competitor to US operating systems, argues Google

Date Published: Sat, 8 Jun 2019 20:50:50 +0200

The Trump administration would probably describe its Huawei export ban as a move that improves national security by keeping China's pet telecom company out of the US market. According to a report from The Financial Times, Google's recent discussions with the US government actually argue that the Huawei ban is bad for national security. Google is reportedly asking for an exemption from the export ban.

The argument, reportedly, is that Huawei is currently dependent on Google for its Android smartphone software, and that dependence is a good thing for the US. The Financial Times quotes "one person with knowledge of the conversations" as saying, "Google has been arguing that by stopping it from dealing with Huawei, the US risks creating two kinds of Android operating system: the genuine version and a hybrid one. The hybrid one is likely to have more bugs in it than the Google one, and so could put Huawei phones more at risk of being hacked, not least by China.”

Well not so much that as I see it more like Huawei has a massive market and if they get it right to create a good Android experience, with good hardware, and a good app store, then who needs Google?  Most users go with the "default" and Huawei's "default" will be massive. So, in essence, this cuts a chunk out of a big US business....

See #^https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/06/report-google-argues-the-huawei-ban-would-hurt-its-android-monopoly/

#huawei #android #google
#^Report: Google argues the Huawei ban would hurt its Android monopoly

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Export ban would create a competitor to US operating systems, argues Google.

Audm is a long-form news narration app now available for Android (Previously iOS-exclusive) at $6.99/month

Date Published: Sat, 8 Jun 2019 20:41:58 +0200

Too much content to read but not enough time? Consider listening to it instead. Audm (pronounced 'autumn') is an app that gets professional voice actors to narrate long-form articles from the web. Previously iOS-exclusive, people have been asking for an Android version since 2016, and last year Audm hired a developer for the job. After a brief closed beta, the app is now publicly available for Android.

In a world where content aggregators like Pocket already support text-to-speech, why would I subscribe to a separate service to perform essentially the same task, one may ask? Audm seems to hope that actual humans reciting the content is differentiation enough, and it seems to have a subscriber base who agree.

See #^https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/06/05/audm-is-a-long-form-news-narration-app-now-available-for-android/

#audm #news #android
#^Audm is a long-form news narration app now available for Android

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Too much content to read but not enough time? Consider listening to it instead. Audm (pronounced 'autumn') is an app that gets professional voice actors... by Aatif Sumar in Applications, News

Fossil Fuel Pain Increases For Auto Makers As Ford Shutters Bridgend Engine Factory in South Wales - The End is Beginning?

Date Published: Sat, 8 Jun 2019 10:51:25 +0200

Nothing defines a conventional car more than the engine under its hood. And nothing spells out the approaching disaster facing traditional automakers than having to close an engine manufacturing facility due to lack of demand for internal combustion engines.

That’s exactly what Ford is doing at its Bridgend engine factory in South Wales. One worker identified only as Stephen tells The Guardian, “The writing has been on the wall for a long time. We knew when the Sigma engine finished there was no replacement. We knew when the AJ engine finished there was no replacement. The predicted volumes for new Dragon engine were 250,000, then 125,000, then the last thing we had was for 70,000.”

Assembly plants have to plan for the coming few years or be faced with massive stockpiles that cannot be used. There will still be plenty of ICE assembly plants not affected in any way yet but as a tipping point starts to approach we can expect a rapid decline or at least a transition to other types of engines. It's not that there are necessarily fewer jobs as other factories are opening to manufacture batteries, electric motors, etc. And at least for the near future car bodies and components are still needed. We can, however, expect a big decline in demand for brake pads in future as EVs use electric braking mostly and a set of legacy brake pads will last two or four times longer.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2019/06/06/fossil-fuel-pain-increases-for-auto-makers-as-ford-shutters-bridgend-engine-factory/

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#^Fossil Fuel Pain Increases For Auto Makers As Ford Shutters Bridgend Engine Factory

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Ford is closing its Bridgend engine factory in Wales due to declining demand for the gasoline engines it produces. That's a win for EV advocates but a bitter blow for the workers.

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