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).

See I can’t believe how actually convenient it is to get a new eSIM while traveling

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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.

See Openview channel list — What you get for R1,499

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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

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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.

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

#technology #linux #steamgames #steamdeck #gaming

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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.

See Neurocracy is future fiction in the form of Wikipedia

#technology #neurocracy #mystery #reading #fiction

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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.

See Are Ultra-Processed Foods a Silent Killer?

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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.

Are We in the Metaverse Yet? Crypto people say they’re building it. Gamers might already be living in it. The art world is cashing in on it. Web veterans are trying to save it. But what is it

Date Published: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:23:51 +0200

The biggest ideas in tech often lurch into the lexicon before they are truly coherent. Jargon appears out of nowhere, underexplained and overused: the internet of things, the sharing economy, the cloud.

In some rare cases, the terminology sticks. A lot of people talk a lot about a lot of loosely related things, and then those things merge into a single semi-comprehensible thing. Then we live our lives within that thing forever. Remember hearing about “the internet”? Get ready for “the metaverse.”

In fiction, a utopian metaverse may be portrayed as a new frontier where social norms and value systems can be written anew, freed from cultural and economic sclerosis. But more often, metaverses are a bit dystopian — virtual refuges from a fallen world.

Interesting article touching on Decentraland, Second Life, Roblox, Fortnite, avatars in video conferencing, NFTs, online virtual markets, and more. There are already various metaverses in existence, and some are over a decade old and still going.

See Are We in the Metaverse Yet?

#technology #metaverse #virtualworld #gaming

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Crypto people say they’re building it. Gamers might already be living in it. The art world is cashing in on it. Web veterans are trying to save it. But what is it?

How to Install Multi-User Free and Open Source Akaunting Accounting Software on Ubuntu 20.04

Date Published: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 16:39:09 +0200

Written in PHP, Akaunting is a feature-rich and open-source online accounting software that allows users to manage finances and keep track of all the invoices, payments, and expenses, to mention just but a few of the financial-related tasks.

It’s an ideal online accounting platform for small businesses that do not have the financial wherewithal to procure pricey accounting software. Akaunting provides an elegant and intuitive UI will all the features and controls needed to stay abreast of your cashflows and transactions.

Notable features include:
* Multi-currency support.
* Visual reporting using graphs.
* Vendor management system.
* Ability to send invoices to clients via the SMTP protocol (Requires a mail server configured on your server).
* Creation and management of bills, invoices, and other payments for jobs in progress.
* Ability to accept bulk payments.
* Discount management system.
* Customer Summary.

See the guide at How to Install Akaunting Accounting Software on Ubuntu 20.04

#technology #opensource #accountingsoftware #business #smallbusiness

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In this article, we will walk you through the installation of Akaunting self-hosted free Accounting software on Ubuntu 20.04.

Apple Supplier Rockley Photonics Unveils Health Tracking Tech Likely to Come to Apple Watch including Core Body Temp, Blood Pressure, Body Hydration, Alcohol, Lactate, and Glucose Trends

Date Published: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:16:11 +0200

Many wearables use green LEDs to monitor heart rate, but Rockley's sensor uses infrared spectrophotometers that can detect and monitor a much wider range of biomarkers to dramatically increase the functionality of wearable devices. The sensor generates lasers to non-invasively probe beneath the skin to analyze blood, interstitial fluids, and layers of the dermis for specific constituents and physical phenomena.

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Rockley Photonics, an Apple supplier, has today unveiled an advanced digital sensor system that is likely to come to the Apple Watch to enable a wide...

How different programming languages read and write data: C, C++, Java, Groovy, Lua, and Python

Date Published: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 11:55:21 +0200

In his article How different programming languages do the same thing, Jim Hall demonstrates how 6 different languages accomplish the same exact task with different syntax. The lesson is that programming languages tend to have many similarities, and once you know one programming language, you can learn another by figuring its syntax and structure.

In the same spirit, Jim's article compares how different programming languages read and write data. Whether that data comes from a configuration file or from a file a user creates, processing data on a storage device is a common task for coders.

Every programming language has a unique way of accomplishing a task; that's why there are so many languages to choose from. You can and should choose the language that works best for you. But once you understand the basic constructs of programming, you can also feel free to try out different languages, without fear of not knowing how to accomplish basic tasks. More often than not, the pathways to a goal are similar, so they're easy to learn as long as you keep the basic concepts in mind.

See How different programming languages read and write data

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In his article How different programming languages do the same thing, Jim Hall demonstrates how 13 different languages accomplish the same exact task with different syntax. The lesson is that programming languages tend to have many similarities, and once you know one programming language, you can learn another by figuring its syntax and structure.

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