A Beautifully Illustrated Travel Guide On Flickr To Wonderful Second Life Locations -- Teleport Links In Every Description

Date Published: Fri, 30 Apr 2021 15:48:12 +0200

Second Life has hundreds of sims so a travel guide is a useful person to know or at least to follow. Anthony Gartner is just such a person. Posting single snaps as he travels from sim to sim, he gives you an idea of what you will see and he kindly provides a SLURL to each location.

I've not been on Second Life for a while but was a bit sad to see on my last visit, about three months back, that quite a few of the beautiful sim destinations I had visited and "photographed" had become derelict.

So it's refreshing to see some really good-looking destinations catalogued with photos and easy to use teleport links to find them.

For those who don't know, SL is a collection of virtual worlds that you can walk, fly, etc in and interact with objects. You create your avatar from easy menu options and can purchase (or sell) clothing, skins, vehicles/objects and even rent or create your own home to live in online. It is also sometimes used for simulation of emergency services, hospital admissions and other training scenarios, as well as for virtual conferences and other support groups. The link below will give a flavour of what can be experienced.

See A Beautifully Illustrated Travel Guide on Flickr to Wonderful Second Life Locations -- Teleport Links in Every Description

#technology #virtualworld #secondlife #gaming

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Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting Second Life has hundreds of sims so a travel guide is a useful person to know or at least to follow. Anthony Gartner is just such a...

Free and Open Source Video Editor Kdenlive v21.04 Released with Automatic Speech-to-Text, Typewriter Animation Effects and Other Improvements

Date Published: Fri, 30 Apr 2021 13:40:35 +0200

The free and open-source non-linear video editor Kdenlive (KDE Non-Linear Video Editor) brings speech to text, Interface, and usability improvements, new effects, and more with this major release.

A new speech-to-text feature allows you to automatically transcribe any audio to text via the Vosk speech recognition toolkit. This engine supports 17 different languages and dialects today. Note though you must adjust the timeline zone, the blue line above the timelines, to indicate what portion to generate text for otherwise nothing happens (like happened to me).

The typewriter effect is introduced with three animation modes (by character, word, line). Another one I really liked but may get annoying for viewers of your video ;-)

See Kdenlive 21.04 Release - New Feature Highlights and Download Details

#technology #opensource #videoeditor #kdenlive #crossplatform

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Kdenlive 21.04 release brings major updates and new features. We take a look at those and give you download details. The free and open-source non-linear video editor Kdenlive (KDE Non-Linear Video Editor) brings speech to text, Interface, and usability improvements, new effects, and more with this major release. Kdenlive is a popular and simple non-linear

An Overview of How to Use the Open Source OpenWebRx Web-Based Radio Receiver to Listen to Remote Radio Transmissions

Date Published: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 16:26:19 +0200

OpenWebRx allows anyone worldwide with Internet browser access to listen to radio transmissions at the location of the receiver. Depending on the OpenWebRx configuration this could be broadcast FM stations, ham radio stations (various modes), two-way radios, APRS, etc. For ham radio digital modes it can decode the signal into audio and text.

My video explains what it can be used for, and I give a tour of the interface showing you how to operate it.

Watch at An Overview of How to Use the Open Source OpenWebRx Web-Based Radio Receiver

#technology #radio #opensource #amateurradio #openwebrx

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OpenWebRx allows anyone worldwide with Internet browser access to listen to radio transmissions at the location of the receiver. Depending on the OpenWebRx c...

Samsung has SmartTag Bluetooth trackers, but you may want to use Tile trackers instead if you are on Android

Date Published: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:52:28 +0200

Samsung phones are probably the most prolific Android phones circulating out there so could have the same advantage as Apple AirTags if the tracking was built-in to the OS... but it is not. It requires firstly that an app must be installed (like Tile) but it further only works on Samsung Galaxy devices (not all Samsung phones and not on any other Android phones).

So coverage-wise Tile is still a way better bet for Android users, and at the end of the day a lost tag's chance of being found is only as good as the number of potential detection devices circulating nearby.

I'd hope that Apple's move would spark something similar on Android devices but due to that either requires Google baking something into Android OS (that OEMs could disable if they choose to, or OEMs bake it into their brand phone eg. Samsung.

No need to panic about Google tracking you with this, as they already can/do via the OS. Apple has a set a good bar on privacy at least for 3rd party tracking, or misusing AirTags to track others (well if they have an Apple phone that is).

See How Samsung's SmartTag Bluetooth trackers work (and how to buy them)

#technology #tracker #airtag #smarttag #lost #tile

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The SmartTag and SmartTag Plus are brand-new Bluetooth trackers announced alongside the three new Galaxy S21 phones. Here's what you should know.

Meet the influencers who are fighting the spread of online conspiracy theories

Date Published: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 21:02:02 +0200

The post that started it all draws distinct lines between what we might think of as harmless conspiracy theories (like aliens building Stonehenge) and conspiracies that can have a detrimental effect on society as a whole. The bottom tip corresponds to ideas that are grounded in reality — things that actually happened, like COINTELPRO and NSA mass surveillance. As you move up the chart, you go through various points — the "Speculation Line," "Leaving Reality," "Science Denial," and "The Antisemitic Point of No Return," each of which pairs with various conspiracies like Area 51 and chemtrails. At the top of the triangle are ideas completely detached from reality — dangerous beliefs about QAnon, the deep state, Bill Gates microchipping, and Holocaust denial. Those who believe the theories at the top should get help, the chart says.

Yes conspiracy theories were once harmless, but they have started to take on a really sinister angle and are affecting election outcomes and even fuelling violence for no reason. They are complex as they can be motivated by revenge, politics, economics, maliciousness, or any other reason but the 'uninformed' become the amplifiers. We need wrongs called out, but there is a fine line between accusing the guilty vs the innocent before any form of judicial process has even started.

See Meet the influencers who are fighting the spread of online conspiracy theories

#technology #socialnetworks #conspiracytheories #fakenews

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They're trying to "pre-bunk" the dangerous misinformation that spreads easily on social media

Android phones now show earthquake alerts in Greece and New Zealand

Date Published: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 20:41:02 +0200

In the middle of last year, Google announced that it was turning Android phones into an early earthquake alert system. The system was first deployed in California which already has a sophisticated network of seismometers in place. In California, the Android Earthquake Alerts System disseminated alerts from the existing ShakeAlert system, but in regions that don’t have seismometer networks, Google said that users could opt in to turn their Android phone into a mini seismometer. Today, Google has announced that Greece and New Zealand (first entire countries) will be using the Android Earthquake Alerts System for both detection and alerting of earthquakes.

The company previously said it plans to open up an earthquake detection API but has not provided any further details as part of today’s announcement.

See Android phones now show earthquake alerts in Greece and New Zealand

#technology #android #earthquakes #newzealand #greece

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Google has announced that Greece and New Zealand are the first to use the Android Earthquake Alerts System for both detection and alerting.

Barrier is a free and open source alternative to Synergy for sharing a keyboard and mouse cross-platform

Date Published: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 17:07:36 +0200

Yes I did post about this application a good two years back, but it is well worth repeating. Yes you could run VNC or similar remote manager, but that is often a lot of overhead as it's also replicating the display.

I use Barrier when I want to do something on my Macbook Air and the Macbook is connected to one of my desktop screens, and I can then use my mouse and keyboard that I'm using on my main Linux desktop machine, with the advantage of clipboard copy-and-paste between the two as well. This will work just as well with a dedicated Raspberry Pi that you just attach to one of your screens. It works across Windows, Linux (inc Pi), FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and MacOS.

Synergy went paid model only and Barrier was forked from it, so it is fully open source and free to use.

See Barrier Is the new Free and Open Source Synergy - share keyboard and mouse cross-platform - NEXTOFWINDOWS.COM

#technology #opensource #barrier #KVMswitch #crossplatform

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With COVID and the new work from home norm, your home office setup is going to trumps everything else. For those of us that have multiple devices to work

Eddy Cue wanted to bring iMessage to Android in 2013 - Not surprisingly Big Tech's want to lock users into their own Walled Gardens

Date Published: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 14:36:42 +0200

This is the reason why I've never used an OEMs app that is unique to them only (well also because I have many friends using different phone brands and OSs). Even when I had an iPhone 3 (and now an iPhone 12 Pro) and a Samsung Android phone, I always stuck to using a service that was generally available across devices.

So yes that was why it was easy for me to switch from an iPhone to Android, and back again now in 2021 to an iPhone. Inter-operability and compatibility is what we as consumers should be demanding and ourselves choosing. The point is of all my colleagues, and friends and family, are using different phones and OSs. We should resist using a product locked only into one ecosystem.

There is a rumour (and only that) that Apple may consider adopting RCS, and if so that would change the game somewhat (and will have some effect on WhatsApp, Telegram and others). SMS was a universal messaging standard dictated by the cellular networks, but it does not look like Big Tech companies will voluntarily support a single standard otherwise. What we should have though is a mandatory open standard used by all that is not aligned to any specific brand or provider. This is something consumers should push governments to adopt.

A parting thought: Imagine a world with no single standard for e-mail or SMS messaging...

See Eddy Cue wanted to bring iMessage to Android in 2013

#technology #openstandards #apple #instantmessaging #bigtech

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No more green bubbles.

Genius Turns Old Android Phone With a Dead Battery Into an Android Auto Machine - Downside may be the Start-up Time

Date Published: Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:58:53 +0200

Quite a clever idea to just bypass the battery and connect it to the 5V USB (assuming your phone will handle the 5V) so that the phone is always connected, and just starts up with the vehicle. It was equipped with a SIM that shares the same number so that it operates like the primary phone.

So nothing major required here apart from the tweak to have the power connected up. Perfect for that excellent old phone you have just lying around because its battery died, and it's non-replaceable.

See Genius Turns Old Android Phone With a Dead Battery Into an Android Auto Machine

#technology #androidauto #hack #deadbattery

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Right now, most people use Android Auto with their primary devices, and that makes perfect sense given this is the most straightforward way to handle calls, take your favorite music with you wherever you go, and always be up-to-date with what’s happening on your phone.

These are the Best Free Password Managers: Bitwarden, KeePass, and more!

Date Published: Tue, 27 Apr 2021 13:11:22 +0200

Having a password manager is one of the best courses of action if you want to keep your online presence secure, and it’s one of the very first recommended apps we should be installing on our phones. It has been known for a long time that keeping the same password (or just slight variations of the same password) across several websites, is insecure as once someone manages to get their hands on your password, they can have easy access to all of your other accounts.

But some things you need to consider are:
* 2FA for app - very necessary now to prevent someone taking control of your password manager itself
* Sync across devices - not only for convenience but also as backup if primary device gets lost
* Automated backups - certainly needed if not syncing across devices
* Cross-Platform - to auto-fill on desktop browser, iOS, Android
* Independent audits - essential to know the app has been independently tested and verified
* 2FA Auto-Fill - nice to have for many sites that now use 2FA and where you don't want to run a separate 2FA app

See Best Free Password Manager: Bitwarden, KeePass, LastPass and more!

#technology #security #passwords #passwordmanager

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Tired of using the same password for everything? Looking for free password managers to manage all your passwords? We have you covered!

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