How to install DroidStar on iPhone to Rx/Tx on D-STAR, DMR, Fusion YSF/FCS, NXDN, P25, M17, and IAX (AllStar client) over UDP for Ham Radio digital modes

Date Published: Sat, 8 May 2021 12:26:22 +0200

Android users have had the Droid-Star app for this purpose for quite a while but recently a beta version for iOS has surfaced which can be tried by ham radio operators on the iPhone. The video below takes you through the steps to install it via the Test Flight app.

Just to note for DMR you need to have also created (under SelfCare on the Brandmeister website in your Profile) a password by HotSpot security after enabling that setting. This password must be set inside this app's settings too. The Tx button is a toggle button so you need to kerchunk it (tap twice) to register in the Talk Group.

Interesting that this iOS version is a branch off the DUDE-Star Github project and that main branch can also compile to work on Linux, Raspberry Pi and MacOS (with Windows executable only downloads under Releases in the project).

See How to install Droid star on iPhone

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Free and Open Source Eyes Guard for Windows - Because Taking a Break is best for Avoiding Eye Strain from long time in front of Screens

Date Published: Sat, 8 May 2021 10:32:45 +0200

I've featured Safe Eyes for Linux before so this one is for Windows users. We read more and more about blue light filters (and it also being recently debunked) to avoid eye strain, but the most important preventions are taking forced breaks every 20 minutes, not sitting too close to the screen, having correct eye focus, and not having the brightness set too high.

Eyes Guard will allow you to enable forced breaks. Another good alternative for Windows (not open source) is called Eye Saver which in addition has anti flicker and blue light filter options too.

See avestura/EyesGuard

#technology #opensource #eyestrain #health #bluefilter

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👀 Windows Application for protecting your eyes. Contribute to avestura/EyesGuard development by creating an account on GitHub.

Qualcomm modem vulnerability has been patched, but millions of Android phones are at risk due to OEMs not rolling out updates

Date Published: Fri, 7 May 2021 16:29:43 +0200

The news comes from Israeli security firm Check Point in a new report. The security firm says hackers could use the flaw to read your text messages, listen to your phone conversations and in some cases even unlock your SIM card. Qualcomm told Tom's Guide that it has released a fix for the flaw to handset makers, but it may still be some time before many handset makers push the fix out to most users' phones.

This highlights the issue again around the need for more regular and uniform security patching and updating across the different Android brands, and especially for it to be happing over a few years as this vulnerability dates back to phones from 1990. I was attracted to Android originally because of the freedoms of choice that manufacturers could offer, then I moved to Pixel phones because I was worried about not getting patches quickly enough, and then I ditched Android for iOS mainly because patches and updates roll out quickly for 7+ years.

So this is a problem of the ecosystem in that both Qualcomm and Google have done their bit, but now users are at the mercy of OEMs to roll out the patches. Most will do it for new phones (as will LineageOS and other custom ROMs), but anyone with 3 or 5 year phones is not likely to see any patches coming through at all. That is not good!

See Serious Android flaw threatens hundreds of millions of users — what to do

#technology #security #android #softwareupdates

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Modem flaw could be used to steal data, hide malware

Me Too! Google Play Store to add privacy information for all Android apps

Date Published: Fri, 7 May 2021 16:08:31 +0200

Google announced the introduction of a privacy information section on the entries of Android applications listed in its Google Play Store digital distribution service starting with Q1 2022.

"Today, we're pre-announcing an upcoming safety section in Google Play that will help people understand the data an app collects or shares, if that data is secured, and additional details that impact privacy and security," Suzanne Frey, Product VP for Android Security and Privacy, said.

We've just seen with Apple's roll out that only around 4% of users opted to enable the tracking in their settings. Apple defaulted it to disabled, so it will be interesting to see what default Google chooses, and whether they will have that option. It would be rather pointless having privacy labels without some way the user can choose to opt out. Seeing a majority of free Android apps are advert driven it will also be interesting to see how this shifts that ecosystem.

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#technology #privacy #tracking #android

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Google announced the future introduction of a privacy information section on the entries of Android applications listed in its Google Play Store digital distribution service starting with Q1 2022.

WhatsApp scraps May 15 deadline for its controversial privacy policy - Was NOT failure to 'educate' users, but too many users now understand risks of external metadata sharing

Date Published: Fri, 7 May 2021 15:16:49 +0200

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WhatsApp has reportedly scrapped the May 15 deadline for enforcing its new privacy policy which allowed for deeper Facebook integration.

The European Commission has funded an open source project to create a Gateway between the ActivityPub and XMPP PubSub Protocols, and E2EE on PubSub

Date Published: Fri, 7 May 2021 10:20:07 +0200

From goffi: "it's my pleasure to announce that an ActivityPub <=> XMPP gateway doubled with Pubsub end-to-end encryption project has been selected for a grant by NLNet/NGI0 Discovery Fund (with financial support from European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme)".

The XMPP <=> ActivityPub gateway will join two major open and decentralised protocols. In practice it will be a XMPP server component (usable with any server), and implement the ActivityPub server to server protocol (or "Federation Protocol"). On XMPP side, it will be mostly a Pubsub service (with some extra, like private messages converted to XMPP message stanza).

XMPP blogging (XEP-0277: Microblogging over XMPP) will be used, and thus any client supporting it will have access to ActivityPub publications (Libervia and Movim for instance).
For features present in ActivityPub and not yet in XMPP, it is planned to propose protoXEPs (i.e. proposition of XMPP extensions), to implement them. Events will also be part of the project, with a compatibility between Mobilizon and Libervia expected, and a protoXEP to have this standardised on XMPP side.

This is quite exiting, as it will extend both networks, and boost projects integrating blogging and XMPP chat.

See ActivityPub Gateway and Pubsub e2ee - Libervia

#technology #opensource #XMPP #ActivityPub #Fediverse

goffi 2 weeks ago jabber-xmpp-en SàT Libervia project libre ActivityPub e2ee Hello, it's my pleasure to announce that an ActivityPub <=> XMPP gateway doubled with Pubsub end-to-end encryption project has been selected for a grant by NLNet/NGI0 Discovery Fund (with financial support from European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme)...

How Fake Crowds Are Made For Movies And TV, And Showing How The Ted Lasso Series Used This To Overcome Limitations Due To The Pandemic

Date Published: Thu, 6 May 2021 16:38:48 +0200

Using completely real crowds in Hollywood productions can be a huge logistical challenge. That's why movies and TV shows have found many ways to make crowds look bigger than they are. Older movies like "Ben-Hur" used matte paintings, while movies like "Glory Road'' have used inflatable extras.

Today, duplication and CGI are the most frequently used techniques. On the Apple TV series "Ted Lasso," Barnstorm VFX had the daunting challenge of filling a 26,000-seat stadium using a mix of real and fake people. As Barnstorm VFX supervisor Lawson Deming says, it's the mix of the two that best convinces the viewer.

Watch How Fake Crowds Are Made For Movies And TV | Movies Insider

#technology #CGI #moviemaking #fakecrowds #TedLasso

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Using completely real crowds in Hollywood productions can be a huge logistical challenge. That's why movies and TV shows have found many ways to make crowds ...

AirTag Precision Finding Interface Includes Hidden 'Developer Mode'

Date Published: Thu, 6 May 2021 11:36:05 +0200

The hidden mode, which appears after tapping the item's name multiple times in the Precision Finding interface, displays real-time diagnostic and technical information about the feature's operation, including accelerometer and gyroscope coordinates, haptic feedback, screen resolution, tracking animations, and more.

See AirTag Precision Finding Interface Includes Hidden 'Developer Mode'

#technology #apple #airtag #hack #hiddenmode

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A frustrated AirTag owner has inadvertently discovered the existence of a hidden "developer mode" in the on-screen interface that Find My...

A DIY enclosed motorcycle to keep you dry in the rain - Just not something most of us will attempt at home

Date Published: Thu, 6 May 2021 10:25:44 +0200

The vehicle started life as a 125cc scooter, stripped of all the unnecessary bits, he welded a steel cockpit onto it. A windshield, doors, and side windows were also added. The ends of the handlebars were cut off and reattached at 90 degrees to fit inside the narrow cockpit. A pair of retractable “training wheels” keep the vehicle upright and at slow speeds.

This sort of design without being able to put your feet down, and having wide "training wheels" at low speeds, won't allow for normal motorcycle movement between the busy traffic. I get the retractable wheels are certainly a good idea for higher speed cornering. I've only ever seen a few enclosed BMW bikes in my city and it's true these designs never really caught on, and yet they could be so practical for really wet climates.

Quite entertaining though watching the video on the build process as well as the hilarious oversight on the first test ride.

See A DIY Enclosed Motorcycle To Keep You Dry In The Rain

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Motorcyclist’s vulnerability to bodily harm and weather has spawned several enclosed motorcycle designs over the years. Fascinated by the idea, [Meanwhile in the garage] finally got around to…

10 Free Open Source Video Editors for Linux

Date Published: Thu, 6 May 2021 10:01:16 +0200

Those covered are:
* Natron compositing software for VFX and motion graphics
* Cinelerra video editing and composition program
* Blender open source 3D creation suite
* Pitivi open-source non-linear video editor
* Avidemux free video editor designed for simple cutting
* Flowblade multitrack non-linear video editor
* Shotcut open-source cross-platform video editing application
* Kdenlive video editing software based on the MLT Framework
* LiVES video editing software and VJ tool
* OpenShot open-source video editor

We often just get stuck on what we first use but there are other video editors to consider and some like Kdenlive will also work on other OSs.

See 10 Free Open Source Video Editors for Linux [ in 2021 ]

#technology #linux #opensource #videoeditors

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We are going to check, which are the ten best video editing software's that can run in Linux. If you are in video editing then this article is for you.

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