Microsoft enables Linux GUI apps on Windows 10 for developers - No third-party X server required

Date Published: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 22:27:57 +0200

Microsoft is starting to allow Windows 10 testers to access Linux GUI apps. The first preview of support for GUI applications is available today for Windows Insiders, allowing developers to run GUI editors, tools, and applications to build and test Linux apps. It’s a significant extension for Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), after the company added a full Linux kernel to Windows 10 last year.

While it has been possible to run Linux GUI apps within Windows previously using a third-party X server, official support from Microsoft means there’s also GPU hardware acceleration so apps and tools run smoothly. Audio and microphone support is also included out of the box, so Linux devs can easily test or run video players and communications apps.

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Linux GUI apps can run alongside Windows ones.

A report by UC Berkeley claims a transition to all electric vehicles by 2035 would save Americans $2.7 trillion while adding 2 million new jobs to the economy

Date Published: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 20:07:57 +0200

A new report by the University of California at Berkeley makes several bold claims. First, it says all new cars and trucks sold in the US can be electric by 2035. Second, making the transition to electric vehicles will save American households $1000 a year on average between now and 2050, for total savings of $2.7 trillion. Third, the transition to electric cars and trucks will create a net gain of 2 million jobs. Fourth, the changeover will prevent 150,000 premature deaths and avoid $1.3 trillion in environmental and health costs through 2050.

In summary, the EV revolution will net the US economy 2 million new jobs and allow the nation to reap direct and indirect savings of $4 trillion in the next 30 years. How is all that possible? Check out the report for yourself.

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A report by UC Berkeley claims a transition to all electric vehicles by 2035 would save Americans $2.7 trillion while adding 2 million new jobs to the economy.

Apple announces AirTag for finding your lost items - Big Plus is the Network and Privacy, but it is Pricey

Date Published: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 19:58:48 +0200

Apple certainly seems to have taken location tags to a new level with the security and privacy features, as well as built-in speaker. The biggest plus though is that they can leverage off an almost global presence of iPhones constantly moving around, unlike all other trackers which rely on others having installed the specific application.

Apple said AirTag keeps location data private and secure. No location data or history is stored inside the accessory, and communication with the Find My network is end-to-end encrypted. Apple said AirTag has also been design with a set of proactive features that discourage unwanted tracking.

This could likely change the game a bit for location trackers as 3rd party tags can also make use of the network. But it is not at all cheap at $29 each or $99 for a pack on 4.

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After months — no, years — of rumors, Apple has finally unveiled AirTag. The location tracking puck is designed to help find lost devices.

How It Works: The Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios

Date Published: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:18:32 +0200

The Hogwarts Express is an incredibly immersive ride at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, and this video shows some of the impressive tech that gives this illusion such a feeling of realism.

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The Hogwarts Express is an incredibly immersive ride at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. In this video I'll show you the histo...

5 ways to protect your documents with open source software - Control your own data so that unauthorized users can't access it on desktop, cloud or self-hosted

Date Published: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 10:59:10 +0200

Users have every right to be concerned about the safety and security of their data. When you create data on a computer, it's reasonable to want exclusive control over it.

There are many ways to protect your documents. At the filesystem level, you can encrypt your hard drive or just a file. A good office suite affords you many more options, though, and the article below mentions five of the methods (and well used applications) to use to secure your documents with open source software.

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Users have every right to be concerned about the safety and security of their data. When you create data on a computer, it's reasonable to want exclusive control over it.

13 Reasonable Alternatives to Adobe's Expensive Apps

Date Published: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 22:06:45 +0200

Jumping into the full suite of Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps is an expensive proposition: a $53/month setback (as of this writing) that might be overkill for your needs unless you’re producing a lot of media across a variety of formats.

You can go piecemeal, of course, but you’ll still be paying quite a bit more than your typical monthly music subscription to edit photos/videos/audio/print pages/etc. And then there are the cancellation fees, which might come as an unanticipated shock if you’re trying to get out of an annual plan early.

Not to hate on Adobe, but if you’re looking for alternatives that cost less, cost nothing, or simply aren’t as bulky to work with as some of Adobe’s apps, have a look at the linked article below. Some are fully open source too.

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Jumping into the full suite of Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps is an expensive proposition: a $53/month setback (as of this writing) that might be overkill for your needs unless you’re producing a lot of media across a variety of formats.

EndeavorRx is a prescription video game already FDA cleared for use in ADHD and now Doctors are testing it for COVID-19 ‘brain fog’

Date Published: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 16:54:52 +0200

A research team is testing a prescription video game to see if it can help people who have lingering memory and attention problems after recovering from COVID-19. Many people who survived the disease say that they’re often confused and have difficulty focusing, and research studies show that the symptoms can stick around for months after they recover.

Faith Gunning, a neuropsychologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, thinks the EndeavorRX video game might be able to treat some of those symptoms. The game, made by Akili Interactive, made history last summer when it became the first video game to get the Food and Drug Administration’s sign-off to be prescribed as a medical treatment. It’s cleared as a treatment for kids between the ages of eight and 12 with ADHD.

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It could be an accessible option to help patients.

Home but never alone: Celebrating World Amateur Radio Day 18 April

Date Published: Sun, 18 Apr 2021 11:00:23 +0200

On this day in 1925, the IARU was formed in Paris. Since then, on 18 April every year, radio amateurs worldwide have taken to the airwaves to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. Today, the hobby is more popular than ever, with more than 3 million licensed operators worldwide, according to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

We often hear about amateur radio assisting during disasters when cellphone networks and the Internet is down for extended periods, but not many know that amateurs also regularly assist with coordinating communications for large scale public events where there are areas with no cellphone coverage (car rallies, cycling tours, etc), as well as during mountain and wilderness rescue where again vital emergency communications must be coordinated between the rescue teams and emergency services. Here in Cape Town we have HAMNET who perform these services almost weekly.

The International Space Station also has amateur radio operators on board and amateurs also conduct a lot of experiments and pioneering around the use of radio still today. With just a few Watts of power an amateur can communicate to the opposite side of Earth using digital modes, and even bounce their signals off the Moon.

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ITU News caught up with Lisa Leenders to learn what amateur or "ham" radio means to her as a young operator, and its role - and revival - amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

BYD's EV Centre is the first dedicated EV Dealership in Zimbabwe and probably also the first in most of sub-Saharan Africa

Date Published: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 23:05:16 +0200

BYD’s entry into Zimbabwe should help catalyze the adoption of brand new EVs, giving consumers the comfort of full service back up and warranties, which are key concerns for potential corporate customers. BYD Zimbabwe has just opened its new EV experience center as well as a service center where people are welcome to come in for a coffee and check out the EVs. They say seeing is believing, and now that consumers have an opportunity to come in and see full electric vehicles for themselves, interest is growing from corporates and fleet operators.

It has just introduced the new BYD E6 with the revolutionary Blade battery. The Blade battery uses cobalt-free LFP (LiFePO4) cells in module-less CTP (cell-to-pack) configuration. The E6 comes with a 70 kWh battery, with an estimated range of 450 km in the WLTP cycle.

More info at You Can Now Buy The New BYD E6 With Blade Battery In Zimbabwe

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BYD Zimbabwe recently launched the T3 electric van in the Zimbabwean market. This made it the first company to introduce brand new electric vehicles in Zimbabwe. Previously, EV enthusiasts and early adopters had been importing some EVs directly from the United Kingdom and Japan, but these were mostly used vehicles and were predominantly preowned Nissan […]

Get Rid of Pimples, Acne, and Ingrown Hairs Faster with Alum! Alum is not just for Cuts and Nicks

Date Published: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 19:38:03 +0200

Generally speaking traditional shaving with a safety or straight razor already helps prevent skin irritation that causes ingrown hairs, but this is also a handy tip for slightly more general use of Alum itself.

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Greetings! In this episode Geofatboy makes lemons from lemonade! He talks about pimples and acne and how to use an alum block or stick to lessen the appearan...

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