AzuraCast is a free and open-source self-hosted web radio management suite

Date Published: Sun, 18 Jul 2021 12:22:02 +0200

AzuraCast installs everything you need to get a web radio station up and running in minutes. Manage every aspect of your radio station via a simple yet powerful web interface. Install AzuraCast directly onto any Ubuntu VPS, or run it on any server (or desktop) that supports Docker.

Upload media, manage playlists, create local mount points and remote relays, view analytics and reports and much more, all from the convenience of your web browser. Host multiple stations on a single installation, create new user accounts and unique roles with granular permissions. Back up your installation and keep track of every station from one central location.

Out of the box, each station includes a public-facing player page that can also be embedded into your own web site. There are also powerful APIs which let you build your own players and interfaces that take advantage of their rich metadata support.

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AzuraCast is a free and open-source, self-hosted web radio management suite.

Analogue camera goes digital with a Raspberry Pi Zero and camera sensor

Date Published: Sun, 18 Jul 2021 10:50:52 +0200

Befinitiv’s latest project handles this conversion by swapping in a Raspberry Pi Zero where the film cartridge would otherwise be inserted into the camera. The Pi is attached to a 3D-printed case which mimics the shape of the film, and also houses a Pi camera right in front of the location where the film would be exposed. By removing the Pi camera’s lens, this new setup is able to take advantage of the analogue camera’s optics instead and is able to capture images of relatively decent quality.

There are some perks of using this setup as well, namely that video can be broadcast to this phone over a wireless connection to a computer via the Raspberry Pi. Would be nice to be able to add a slightly larger and higher resolution camera sensor.

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#technology #photography #raspberrypi #retro #vintage


The digital camera revolution swept through the world in the early 2000s, and aside from some unique situations and a handful of artists still using film, almost everyone has switched over to digit…

Finger wrap could one day let you power up wearables while you sleep - This thin, flexible strip generates small amounts of electricity from finger sweat

Date Published: Sat, 17 Jul 2021 18:04:13 +0200

“Even with the minute amount of sweat compared to the sweat you got from a really intense workout, this power is still very sizable,” co-author Lu Yin told New Scientist. “No matter how clean your hand is, it’s very easy to leave your fingerprint everywhere. That’s basically the residue of your sweat, with a lot of metabolites. What we did is to take advantage of this.”

The new UCSD biofuel cell is a thin, flexible strip that wraps easily around the fingertip like a Band-Aid. There is a pad of electrodes made out of carbon foam and a hydrogel that absorbs any sweat. Enzymes in the electrodes then trigger chemical reactions between the lactate and oxygen molecules in the sweat to produce electricity. The researchers next added a piezoelectric chip so that even more energy could be produced just by pressing one's fingertips against an object. That energy is then stored in a small capacitor until it is needed.

The UCSD team found that their biofuel cell could produce nearly 400 millijoules of energy per square centimeter (sufficient to power an electric wristwatch for 24 hours) as a test subject slept for ten hours. An hour of light typing or clicking on a mouse produced nearly 30 millijoules from a single fingertip. Adding strips to the rest of the fingers could potentially produce ten times more energy, making for a great return on energy investment. "When you are sleeping, you are putting in no work," said Yin. "Even with a single finger press, you are only investing about half a millijoule.”

Not sure what sort of electric wristwatch they're thinking of, but don't think that is today's WearOS and WatchOS powered devices. It is probably early days for this, but I can see if powering small dedicated sensors and in future slightly bigger devices.

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This thin, flexible strip generates small amounts of electricity from finger sweat.

Fakespot extension for detecting fake shopping reviews - Is it tracking you?

Date Published: Sat, 17 Jul 2021 13:46:48 +0200

I heard about this app and extension service because it was pulled from the Apple Store because Amazon issued a takedown notice for something that is wrapping around their website and potentially exposing your data etc. So it got me interested as yes that is essentially what any extension or app can do, so nothing really unusual.

Well, what I noticed was this:
1. Fakespot's website no longer seems to have a 'paste URL' to search. That is how I would have wanted to use it as I'd then know there is no browser extension watching every movement I make 24/7.
2. On their website, my tracker blocking shows some usual ad server sites (not unusual if you want to display adverts there), as well as Connect Facebook, TikTok Analytics (really?), and Google Tag Manager.
3. So I went to look at what the privacy policy is and what is stated for the Google Chrome extension, and it says for 'User activity: For example: network monitoring, clicks, mouse position, scroll, or keystroke logging'; and for 'Authentication Information: For example: passwords, credentials, security question, or personal identification number (PIN)'. Again, potentially any extension 'could' access this info, but why would they need to? It also states: 'Not being sold to third parties, outside of the approved use cases'.
4. On their privacy policy page: 'Please note that we do not alter our Service’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser' and 'Market our products and services to others'.

Maybe I'm just getting too cynical, but why can't it just do a plain URL lookup on the page without gathering so much other data? I mean, you'd be interested in such detailed shopping browsing apart from Facebook?

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#technology #privacy #tracking #adverts #fakereviews


Thank you for using Fakespot. Our mission is to bring transparency and trust back to the Internet. As part of that mission, we believe it is important to be open and clear with our users on what personal information we collect and how we use it. To be clear, we do not sell any user’s personal information. We may share your personal information...

How to easily get eSIM access for data while travelling e.g. with Mobimatter or eSIM2Fly

Date Published: Sat, 17 Jul 2021 11:10:12 +0200

I suspected it was going to be as easy as this. It is really the app to choose a suitable package, subscribe, get e-mail, and activate. I'm just not sure how you actually scan a QR code for an e-mail received on your phone (assuming you're setting this up using a public WiFi hotspot if you're already in a country (that's what coffee shops are for). It apparently includes a eSIM download profile with instructions.

Most are data only, but there are some with voice numbers. Without a voice calling number you can still accept calls on your primary voice number (at a cost often) or use the data to call via WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, Viber, etc.

You can store multiple eSIMs on your phone too, and just choose which is active when. This also removes that risk of damaging physical SIM cards (or losing them).

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#technology #eSIM #roaming #travelling #mobiledata


Whenever I plan a trip to a new country, the first thing I research are prepaid SIMs. Messaging family, urgent work matters, on-the-spot research, all of

Openview channel list - What you get for purchasing a R499 decoder and zero subscription fee per month in South Africa

Date Published: Fri, 16 Jul 2021 20:12:53 +0200

If you have an existing DSTV dish then all you need is the Openview decoder, otherwise R1,499 will get you the decoder and a dish. This service requires no contract or monthly subscription.

Openview currently broadcasts 21 TV channels and 29 radio stations. All of its broadcasts are delivered in a digital format, with video channels offered in HD resolution.

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Openview has made several changes to its channel line-up over the years.

ProtonVPN - an open source cross-platform trusted VPN service based in Switzerland, with a proper fully-featured native graphical Linux app

Date Published: Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:28:57 +0200

Their apps are open source (and audited) and work across all the major platforms, but very interestingly they also have a proper native Linux app (not just a CLI version). Their paid tier that gets you around Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, etc and is a few dollars per year cheaper than ExpressVPN. But they have a free tier too that anyone can use, which has a few feature limitations, but is great if you want to test the service, or just want a trusted basic secure VPN.

Full features include Netshield Ad-blocker, quick connect, kill switch, secure core, DNS leak protection, IPv6 leak protection, access to their P2P, Tor, and streaming servers. There is still the CLI option for those wanting to use minimal system resources.

Proton Technologies is not hidden behind a shell company based offshore in a suspicious jurisdiction. They are not only incorporated in Switzerland, but also headquartered there, and the bulk of their engineering team lives and works there. Switzerland is not only a country with strong privacy rights, but also a country with a strong rule of law and is part of the European Single Market. This means that, unlike other VPN companies, they can actually be held legally accountable for breaches in user privacy or false advertising. Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (which they are obligated to comply with), breaching user privacy can lead to fines of up to €20 million. Unauthorized sharing of user data with third parties like foreign intelligence agencies is also a criminal offence under article 271 of the Swiss Criminal Code.

See ProtonVPN: Secure and Free VPN service for protecting your privacy

#technology #security #privacy #VPN #ProtonVPN #Linux


ProtonVPN is a security focused FREE VPN service, developed by CERN and MIT scientists. Use the web anonymously, unblock websites & encrypt your connection.

Steam Deck: Hands-On With Valve’s Handheld Gaming PC

Date Published: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 21:35:36 +0200

The Valve Steam Deck is running a new version of SteamOS based on Arch Linux, using Proton, a compatibility layer that should make it possible to play your games without any compatibility issues. It has an AMD CPU and comes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB versions, but can take an external SD card too.

It can run fully hand-held, or have a mouse, keyboard and external monitor plugged in to operate like a desktop PC.

I'm running Proton GE on my Manjaro Linux computer and all the Windows games I have in Steam, are running just fine. I've just always found it difficult to migrate away from using a mouse, and still prefer the mouse over even the Steam Controller.

The Steam Deck is expected to start shipping in December 2021.

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We went to Valve's office to go hands-on with its new handheld gaming PC, the Steam Deck. IGN's own Bo Moore goes in-depth on how its controller feels, its d...

Neurocracy is Future Fiction in the form of Wikipedia - How Half-Life and Deus Ex laid the foundation for a Wikipedia-style murder mystery game

Date Published: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 16:58:00 +0200

In 2048, Wikipedia doesn’t exist. Without enough donations and too many copyright claims, it has to shut down. In 2049, a new substitute rises: Omnipedia, built in the spirit of its predecessor as a free encyclopedia for all. Days after Omnipedia’s launch, its main investor Xu Shaoyong, arguably the most powerful man on the planet, is assassinated.

This is the fictional universe of Neurocracy, an experimental narrative project that takes place over 10 episodes, starting on July 14th. Through Omnipedia, it invites readers to solve Xu’s murder in a near future where millions of people suffer from Cariappa-Muren disease, a fatal condition caused by infected tuna. Famed neuroscientist and activist Connie Muren, who helped discover the disease, has vanished without a trace. The environment is falling apart from irreversible climate change, and the world lives under a biosurveillance system called G6.

Whether you see Neurocracy as hypertext fiction or an offshoot of an alternate reality game, it’s the first project of its kind, using a medium that we take for granted every day. The entire game takes place in your browser on the Omnipedia site.

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#technology #neurocracy #mystery #reading #fiction


The episodic game kicks off on July 14th.

Are Ultra-Processed Foods a Silent Killer? Overconsumption of highly processed foods over time can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Date Published: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 16:55:32 +0200

Ask any nutritionist and they'll tell you that our health is a reflection of the lifestyle we lead and what we put on our plates. The food we eat not only satisfies our hunger. It also fuels our bodies with energy to carry on. In today’s fast-paced life, there's limited time to make elaborate home-cooked meals. It's no wonder that 80 percent of Americans' total calorie consumption is thought to come from store-bought foods and beverages. Many of these food items are considered ultra-processed, causing a growing rate of concern for human health among scientists.

You may be wondering what exactly ultra-processed foods are. The concept of processing refers to changing food from its natural state, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Methods of accomplishing this include canning, smoking, pasteurizing and drying. Ultra-processed foods take processing one step further by adding multiple ingredients such as sugar, preservatives and artificial flavors and colors. Commercially prepared cookies, chips and sodas are just a few of many examples of foods that fall into the highly processed category.

This group is considered highly processed due to a large amount of added ingredients. Nova typically classifies this group as industrial formulations made entirely or mostly from substances such as oils, fats, sugar, starch and proteins as well as flavor enhancers and artificial colors that make these foods appear more attractive. Frozen items such as pre-prepared burgers or pizzas, candies, sodas, chips and ice cream are a few examples.

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Frozen meals and fast foods have become popular meal options around the world. But overconsumption of these highly processed foods can pose serious health risks.

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