University of California (UC) San Diego designs new wearable all-in-one health monitor patch attaches to the neck and can report on users' blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic condition

Date Published: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 12:17:03 +0200

Engineers have developed a stretchy skin patch for the neck that provides all-in-one health monitoring capabilities. The innovation can track blood pressure, heart rate and measure glucose levels, but is the first to monitor cardiovascular signals and biochemical levels.

'It would also serve as a great tool for remote patient monitoring, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when people are minimizing in-person visits to the clinic.'
This is not really intended for home or casual use at all, but more as an extension of existing medical treatment and monitoring, but it shows again what is becoming possible with non-invasive monitoring technology.

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A wearable device made of a stretchy polymer and sensors attaches to the neck to monitor heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels to identify changes in the user's health.

Use this bootable USB drive on Linux to rescue Windows users - WoeUSB makes Windows boot disks from Linux

Date Published: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:52:42 +0200

Open source is all about helping other people. Very often, you can help Windows users by using the Linux-based System Rescue CD. But sometimes, the only way to help is directly from Windows, and WoeUSB-ng is a great open source tool to make that possible.

WoeUSB-ng is a Linux tool that creates a bootable USB drive for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10. The open source software has two programs: a command-line utility and a graphical user interface (GUI) version.

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People regularly ask me to help them rescue Windows computers that have become locked or damaged. Sometimes, I can use a Linux USB boot drive to mount Windows partitions and then transfer and back up files from the damaged systems.

The Making of Turning Tide - An Epic WW2 Movie On A Low Budget

Date Published: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:26:07 +0200

This video shows what can really be done with a ton of determination and creativity when you only have a low budget. Technology does help fill a lot of the gaps, but it is very clear technology alone would have failed.

Watch at How We Made An Epic WW2 Movie On A Low Budget | The Making of Turning Tide

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A glimpse behind the scenes of Turning Tide (FULL FILM HERE: #^ )0:00 - Intro0:55 - Casting2:28 - Pre-Production2:59 - Production5:...

PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III reverse-engineered to raw source code

Date Published: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 19:52:59 +0200

A group of dedicated coders has generated complete reverse-engineered raw source code for the PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City, which comprises hundreds of thousands of lines of C++ code, in a years-long process.

With that code in hand, coders can examine what makes the game tick and make improvements and changes at a much more granular level than with traditional modding. In the case of Grand Theft Auto, those improvements include bug fixes, reduced load times, improved rendering, widescreen monitor support, and a free-floating camera system, to name a few examples. The source code can also be used to generate ports of the game to new platforms like Linux, Switch, and PlayStation Vita (though these recompiled versions all require the copyrighted art and music files extracted from the original game).

So this is not GTA5 but gives a taste of what can be done if the code can be used. The GTA series already offers lots of modding opportunities but this allows modders to go a lot deeper and to build on something that was already very good (in its day).

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Decompilation leads to Switch port, improved load times, and more.

LastPass Free to force users to choose between mobile or desktop... Seriously, use open source BitWarden instead!

Date Published: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 19:39:18 +0200

The Free service is changing dramatically on March 16th, 2021, when LastPass will restrict free accounts to either a 'Computer' or 'Mobile' device platform simultaneously. For example, LastPass Free users will be able to use the service on their Android and iOS mobile devices simultaneously but not on computers or vice-versa.

Even the premium version of BitWarden is half the price of LastPass' Premium offering, and it does all it needs to do including generating of 2FA codes all built in. I exported my 900+ passwords from LastPass into BitWarden two years ago, and have never looked back.

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Starting next month, LastPass will no longer allow a free account to be used on multiple types of devices (computers and mobile) at the same time.

BritBox streaming service to launch in South Africa in the second half of 2021

Date Published: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 13:14:56 +0200

South Africa is the fifth region in the world that the streaming service has expanded to, following the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. BBC Studios president of global distribution Paul Dempsey noted the affection held by South Africans for British television.

“BritBox will bring South Africans an unrivalled collection of British TV, from beloved classics to the biggest shows direct from the BBC and ITV,” the website states.

This is pretty good news as I used to subscribe to the US version of this service via VPN. It's a great alternative to US style TV because many will appreciate there is a quite a difference in style regarding comedy on US vs British TV.

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BritBox, the British streaming service operated by BBC Studios and ITV, will launch in South African in the second half of this year.

PinePhone Devs Finally Decide on a Default Distro and it is Manjaro ARM running Plasma Mobile

Date Published: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 20:24:57 +0200

“We are very pleased to announce that the PinePhone will ship with Plasma Mobile on a Manjaro ARM base from this point on. We have a long-standing relationship with Manjaro and KDE Community, and both projects have supported us and our efforts since the dawn of PINE64,” writes Pine64’s Lukasz Erecinski in a February update.

This is good news as it means there is a single distro that will at least be standardised on and receive all the attention needed to ensure stability and compatibility. I use Manjaro myself on my desktop computer, and I've favoured KDE for a long time too. KDE Connect will bring some good integration between mobile and desktop too.

See PinePhone Devs Finally Decide on a Default Distro - OMG! Ubuntu!

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If you've been patiently waiting to learn which mobile Linux system the PinePhone will ship with, you're in luck! PINE64 has announced Manjaro ARM running

Apple Watch 7 and the Galaxy Watch 4 could get blood sugar sensors which would allow people with diabetes to monitor blood sugar levels non-invasively

Date Published: Sun, 14 Feb 2021 13:18:50 +0200

A report from Korea said a few weeks ago that the Apple Watch 7 and the Galaxy Watch 4 would get blood sugar sensors. The Samsung device might use a technology called Raman spectroscopy to measure blood glucose. Samsung has worked with MIT researchers on the topic in the past.

It’s unclear how the Apple Watch would deliver glycemia readings, but AppleInsider found four new Apple patents that describe tech that could be used for measuring blood glucose through the skin.

If so this could be pretty big as diabetes affects very many people, as well as so many who are not aware that they have it. Even if this is not as accurate as actual blood testing, just having an always on tracking ability to show relative peaks or troughs could mean a lot to many. But as of now there is no actual conformation yet from Apple or Samsung.

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The Apple Watch 7 is rumored to feature a blood glucose sensor, which would allow people with diabetes to monitor blood sugar levels non-invasively. Current methods to measure blood sugar involve d…

10 Top Open Source API Gateways and Management Tools To Safely Expose Services To External Stakeholders

Date Published: Sat, 13 Feb 2021 20:42:04 +0200

Microservices and APIs (short for Application Programming Interfaces) have become almost commonplace in sustainable modern application development. APIs drive microservices (an architectural design that structures an application into small, self-contained, and manageable services/pieces) and they define how a consumer (of the API) can interact with and use the underlying service.

An example of an API service is something like say Twitter where rather than letting a 3rd party developer log directly into the inner workings of Twitter to allow say sending and receiving of Tweets for their external 3rd party application, they will instead create and expose an API which allows very limited and controlled access for that 3rd party app. The API is structured and documented to allow for authentication, extraction (reading) of allowed data, and updating/posting of allowed data. The API acts similarly to how a firewall works for an operating system.

API services are a great way of allowing 3rd party innovation, saving internal IT dev costs especially on reporting data, and also ensuring own client privacy is not breached.

See some options for API tools at 10 Top Open Source API Gateways and Management Tools

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In this article, we will review 10 open-source API gateways and management solutions for your Linux infrastructure.

iPhone has limited support for IFTTT and no Android Tasker... But it is worth exploring Shortcuts for some good automation

Date Published: Sat, 13 Feb 2021 13:52:45 +0200

Having moved aback again to iPhone to see how it has progressed over the last 9 years I realise that one area it does still lack is with really powerful scripting like Tasker for Android provides. I'm not exaggerating when I say Tasker is extremely powerful, and you can automate all sorts of low level functionality, or even simple ones like alerting you to a lost WiFi signal (ie. you may have lost your mobile hotspot).

But iPhone does have an app called Shortcuts which is well worth having a look at for lots of useful automation that can be set up. You need to go through it a bit just to be aware of what all can be done.

The linked article below gives a taste of the types of automation you can set up and may give you some ideas.

See iOS 14: 11 cool tricks your iPhone's Shortcuts app can do for you now

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If you've never used Apple's Shortcuts app or you've only dabbled, it's well worth getting to know the ins and outs of this app. It can boost your iPhone in new ways.

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