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Google to stop ad-blocking by Chrome users - No matter, they'll use Chromium, Brave, Vivaldi or other Chrome alternatives instead!

Date Published: Thu, 30 May 2019 22:22:36 +0200

Google has confirmed that it will be stopping non-enterprise users from using ad-blocking plug-ins on its Chrome browser.

Google said it has listened to the feedback it has received from users after previously announcing its intentions to deprecate webRequest’s ability to block requests before they’re loaded.

In response to largely negative feedback, it said that it will allow enterprise users of Chrome to use ad-blocking extensions, but will continue to proceed with the changes for non-enterprise users.

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Google has confirmed that it will be stopping non-enterprise users from using ad blocking plug-ins on its Chrome browser.

#chrome

5 best KDE-based Linux distributions to try out

Date Published: Thu, 30 May 2019 21:52:55 +0200

The KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment is a traditional, modern interface that is similar to Microsoft Windows. It’s currently the version 5 iteration of the desktop, and ships on all major Linux operating systems, as well as BSD and other Unix-based OSes.

In the Linux community, many distributions choose to ship KDE Plasma 5 as their primary desktop. That said, some do it better than others. This list shows some of the best to try out.  I have been using Manjaro KDE for a while now and am really happy with it. If you want to use KDE, going with a distro that uses it as a primary desktop is always a better experience.

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5 best KDE-based Linux distributions to try out

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How to Check for and Report Speed Traps, Speed Limits, and Traffic Accidents in Google Maps for over 40 countries

Date Published: Thu, 30 May 2019 21:46:15 +0200

Starting today, Google Maps is expanding its traffic features to more regions. The app will now display the speed limit for roads you’re currently on, as well as the location of various key pieces of traffic information—such as accidents, mobile speed trackers, and traffic cameras—in over 40 countries.

Speed limits are displayed in the lower left corner of Google Maps during navigation mode, and the app will alert you verbally if a reported accident, traffic slowdown, or speed trap is up ahead.

See how at How to Check for Speed Traps, Speed Limits, and Traffic Accidents in Google Maps

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Starting today, Google Maps is expanding its traffic features to more regions. The app will now display the speed limit for roads you’re currently on, as well as the location of various key pieces of traffic information—such as accidents, mobile speed trackers, and traffic cameras—in over 40 countries.

#googlemaps #navigation

Huawei's Android replacement OS (running Android apps) will start rolling out in a few months in China followed by global in early 2020

Date Published: Wed, 29 May 2019 07:58:24 +0200

The OS goes by the name HongMeng internally and it is compatible with phones, tablets, smartwatches, computers, TVs, and more. According to Elshimy, all Android apps will work with HongMeng and users will be able to download apps through the Huawei AppGallery.

As I said on a previous post many users wipe the OEM Android OS off their phones and replace it with LineageOS or similar and then either flash GApps on to get "full Google" app installation or many also opt for alternative app stores that have 900,000+ apps including all the popular ones. There is no reason at all to panic about the situation as many people do this all on the own and I'm sure that a default support from Huawei on assisting its users should work out even better for most.

See www.androidcentral.com/huaweis…

#huawei #HongMeng youtu.be/0ZzQI7qvlz4

Live text translation now rolling out to Google Lens - New restaurant menu features are also on their way

Date Published: Wed, 29 May 2019 07:49:04 +0200

First on the list, Lens has a new tool for you to use the next time you go out for dinner. Open Google Lens, point the viewfinder at your menu, and Lens will highlight certain dishes that are particularly popular. When you tap on the dish, you can see pictures of it and people's reviews from Google Maps.

Also new is something that's been available in Google Translate for a while — live text translation. With this, you'll point your camera at foreign text, and right in front of you, Lens will convert the words to your language of choice on top of the original text. At launch, it'll work with over 100 different languages.

See www.androidcentral.com/live-te…

#translation

Washington Governor signs bill to allow composting human bodies for a greener green burial - One way humans can finally give back to the environment

Date Published: Mon, 27 May 2019 23:07:57 +0200

This week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill to allow the composting of human remains within the state. It is the only state in the US—and possibly the only government in the world—to explicitly allow "natural organic reduction" of human remains.

The bill also legalizes alkaline hydrolysis, a base chemical process that also uses heat, pressure, and water to liquify remains. Bone is not liquified in the process, so it can be crushed and given to loved ones. Alkaline hydrolysis is legal in 19 other states, according to the New York Times.

The new law, which will take effect in May 2020, is a boon for Recompose, an organization that wants to offer composting as an alternative to green burials and cremation. Traditional burials usually require embalming chemicals and caskets that will remain in the ground for centuries if not millennia. Green burials, which forgo elaborate caskets and embalming chemicals, still require some amount of land, which can be expensive, especially in urban areas. Cremation, on the other hand, requires a significant amount of energy (mostly from fossil fuels) to complete, releasing greenhouse gases in the process. Although composting itself is not emissions-free, Recompose says it has conducted a Life Cycle Assessment to compare conventional burial, cremation, natural burial, and recomposition and it is still better than the other options.

Whilst we in South Africa, and many other countries, go for more natural burials (without embalming) or cremations in the first place there are some countries have leaned towards embalming with harmful chemicals etc. Like it or not this may become a more popular option in future.

See arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

#environment

Android Q Desktop Mode Preview with a custom launcher (video)

Date Published: Mon, 27 May 2019 22:55:13 +0200

Interesting preview video of what the desktop mode could look like with Android Q in future. Much like Samsung's one except this should be more generic to other brands. It will be able to function more like a desktop computer using a full-screen monitor with a mouse and keyboard.

Watch at youtu.be/Fj2P0omAkek

#androidq #desktopmode youtu.be/Fj2P0omAkek

The Ultimate Guide to Merkur Safety Razors 2019

Date Published: Sat, 25 May 2019 19:43:59 +0200

Merkur safety razors are Merkur company’s flagship products. A leading worldwide manufacturer of quality shaving equipment since 1906, the Merkur Solingen company is a subsidiary of DOVO Solingen Steelware. DOVO is an independent concern headquartered in Solingen, Germany producing a variety of men’s grooming accoutrements including scissors and manicure tools. They make some of the best value for money DE razors.

Master Shave has been updating this guide since 2014 and the update for 2019 just appeared at www.mistershaver.com/ultimate-…

#merkur #traditionalshaving #shaving

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Cement manufacture for concrete is responsible for 8% of the global emissions each year - industrial residues of kaolin and aluminium could replace the limestone and reduce this

Date Published: Sat, 25 May 2019 18:32:59 +0200

The making the cement which is used in concrete is responsible for 8% of the global emissions each year. Cement production creates a third as much carbon pollution as the world’s entire transportation sector. If we are serious about reducing carbon emissions, we need to find environmentally friendly, low carbon alternatives to cement.

The basic raw material for cement is limestone, which is converted to cement clinker in large furnaces. Not only do those furnaces consume an enormous amount of energy, the environmental impact of the process is disastrously large. “Around one ton of carbon dioxide is released during cement production for every ton of limestone. The majority of this is emitted by the limestone itself,” Professor Herbert Pöllmann, a geoscientist at MLU, tells Science Daily.

It is actually industrial residues that can still be used very effectively, for example to produce alternative forms of cement,” says Pöllmann. The researches investigated a number of different ratios of ingredients and analyzed the physical properties of the new cement products they formed. The biggest advantage is that both aluminum and kaolin contain no carbon dioxide that can be released during processing.

“You can use them to produce large quantities of cement that has great properties,” explains Pöllmann. He says producers could either switch completely to the more climate-friendly materials or produce cement mixtures that use a lower ratio of limestone and are therefore more climate friendly.

A suitable alternative is not all cut and dried yet due to the quantities required but its good to see the biggest impacters on atmospheric carbon dioxide are being tackled to find alternatives.

See cleantechnica.com/2019/05/23/s…

#climatechange

How to pin sticky notes on virtual desktops on Windows 10

Date Published: Sat, 25 May 2019 16:59:25 +0200

Virtual desktops (on Linux since the "beginning") are great for organising work around different topics eg. gaming, work, a hobby, etc so that you can have all your icons, notes, backgrounds, etc suited to what you are doing. Windows users always had to make do with only one desktop but now their functionality and options are growing too. So on Linux, if I'm at work I can have all my private apps open with notes etc and as soon as the boss comes by I just move the mouse middle scroll button and the desktop instantly changes to my works apps that are open with that long report I'm busy with (I'm only joking as I don't really do this but it is fully possible and now should work on Windows 10 and gives an idea of what virtual desktops can do).

Sticky Notes for Windows 10 was recently updated. The update came a few days before Windows 10 1903 was released which means if you’re on Windows 10 1809, or even 1803, you can still get the updated Sticky Notes app. The update has one highlight feature; you can finally pin sticky notes on virtual desktops. The notes that you open on a particular desktop will be pinned to it. If you switch away from the desktop, the note will not reappear on the desktop you’ve switched to.

See www.addictivetips.com/windows-…

#stickynotes #productivity

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