16 Best Free and Open Source RSS Feed Readers for Linux in 2021 - Because RSS is News without Algorithms

Date Published: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 18:38:26 +0200

There is a wealth of information on the web that you probably want to keep up to date with; from news to how-tos, guides, tutorials, and more. Imagine having to visit, on a daily basis, all your favorite blogs or websites – it’s a bit of a challenge, especially if you have a tight schedule. This is where RSS comes into play.

RSS (Rich Site Summary or also Really Simple Syndication) is a popular and standardized web format used to deliver regularly changing content on the web. It is employed by blogs, news-related sites as well as other sites to deliver their content as an RSS Feed to Internet users interested in it.

RSS feeds enable you to see when blogs or websites have added new content so you can get the latest headlines, videos, and images within a single interface, immediately after being published, without necessarily visiting the news sources (you have taken the feeds from).

To subscribe to a feed, simply go to your favorite blog or site, copy the RSS URL and paste it into your RSS feed reader: do this for sites you visit frequently.

Some of these are desktop installable applications and some are self-hostable that you access with your browser or a mobile app. A few will also install on Windows and macOS. My own blog also contains an RSS feed, which I often use to replicate my posts elsewhere.

See 16 Best RSS Feed Readers for Linux in 2021

#technology #news #RSS #opensource #linux

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There is a wealth of information on the web that you probably want to keep up to date with; from news, to how tos, guides, tutorials and more.

Battery recycling boosted by dentist-style ultrasonics, if manufacturers can cooperate

Date Published: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 18:23:24 +0200

Electric vehicles may come with impressive green credentials, at least while they're being driven, but as any laptop owner knows batteries come with a finite lifespan. End-of-life EV batteries may find a second use as backing storage for power grids but there will come a time when they need to be recycled – and the current process is neither clean nor easy.

"This novel procedure is 100 times quicker and greener than conventional battery recycling techniques and leads to a higher purity of recovered materials," claimed Andy Abbott, professor at the University of Leicester. "It essentially works in the same way as a dentist's ultrasonic descaler, breaking down adhesive bonds between the coating layer and the substrate."

"It is likely that the initial use of this technology will feed recycled materials straight back into the battery production line. This is a real step change moment in battery recycling," he added.

As expected though, masses of research is going into more efficient batteries as well as ways to recycle and re-use them, so the overall situation only keeps getting better.

See Battery recycling boosted by dentist-style ultrasonics, if manufacturers can cooperate

#environment #EV #batteries #recycling

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New technique quicker and greener, but needs batteries to be designed for dismantling

Flora Incognita - a grant funded advert-free automated plant identification application using an open platform

Date Published: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 13:51:06 +0200

Does not appear that the actual Android or iOS apps are open source software, but the data platform is an open one.

The Flora apps use traditional methods of species identification and benefit from the latest methods of artificial intelligence. This is already inspiring experts from biology and computer science – but also a large community of laymen and interested people.

Modern artificial intelligence techniques are used to perform this complex task. An image set of an individual is created with the camera of the smartphone. Here, the plant itself and additional plant parts relevant for the determination are taken up from clearly defined perspectives. The resulting data set allows an image-based taxon determination based on so-called „Deep Learning“ algorithms possible.

Taxa identified are transmitted together with their location, time of observation and additional data to central databases of nature conservation authorities and research institutions, where they can then be made available to interested parties and authorities in an open platform.

See The Flora Incognita research project | Flora Incognita - en

#technology #flora #AI #machinelearning #taxonomy

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24. June 2020 by Jana Wäldchen Jana Wäldchen and her team from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry have played a key role in developing the plant identification app, Flora Incognita. We discussed with her how being...more ...

Microsoft wasn't joking about the Dev Channel not enforcing hardware checks: Windows 11 pops up on Pi, mobile phone - so why limit it?

Date Published: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 13:25:51 +0200

The enthusiast community has thumbed a nose at Microsoft's hardware requirements for Windows 11, with Insider builds demonstrated on Raspberry Pi hardware and the inevitable mobile phone.
The latter will delight Windows Mobile holdouts, still mourning the death of their beloved operating system and stung by Microsoft's latest take on a telephone, which runs Android.

A video surfaced yesterday showing the operating system running on a Lumia 950XL, inadvertently demonstrating that the operating system is less than ideal on the small screen, even if such wonders as screen rotation appear to work well.

Could it be that Windows 11 is respecting not competing head-to-head with Linux across all devices?

See Microsoft wasn't joking about the Dev Channel not enforcing hardware checks: Windows 11 pops up on Pi, mobile phone

#technology #windows11 #raspberrypi

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So what's with the TPM malarky?

The Internet Is Rotting - Too much has been lost already. The glue that holds humanity’s knowledge together is coming undone, and it's affecting court cases and more

Date Published: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 10:35:07 +0200

As far back as 2001, a team at Princeton University studied the persistence of web references in scientific articles, finding that the raw number of URLs contained in academic articles was increasing but that many of the links were broken, including 53 percent of those in the articles they had collected from 1994. Thirteen years later, six researchers created a data set of more than 3.5 million scholarly articles about science, technology, and medicine, and determined that one in five no longer points to its originally intended source. In 2016, an analysis with the same data set found that 75 percent of all references had drifted.

Deletion isn’t the only issue. Not only can information be removed, but it also can be changed. Before the advent of the internet, it would have been futile to try to change the contents of a book after it had been long published.

So yes it is a very real problem and due to the decentralised nature of the Internet sites, blogs, books, and even government sites get deleted and changed. On the site/hosting side this will not change, so right now our hope really lies in the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine (and that it keeps getting funding) and efforts like Amberlink, as it is unlikely that any legislation will change this reality. The fact is, we are doomed to lose a lot of human knowledge though the Internet, at least for now.

See The Internet Is Rotting

#technology #archiving #knowledge #internetarchive #waybackmachine

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Too much has been lost already. The glue that holds humanity’s knowledge together is coming undone.

Android App Bundles are replacing APKs - They can handle bigger apps but can only exist within the Google Play Store

Date Published: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 23:18:32 +0200

For apps that need more than 150MB, App Bundles introduce a new feature to replace OBBs called Play Asset Delivery. Using better data compression and dynamic delivery strategies, this PAD system promises faster downloads for non-code assets as well, perhaps even while already playing the game. Future updates can also be smaller because PADs won’t contain all the new assets but only what changed between different versions of the assets, a.k.a. their deltas.

This definitely sounds great, at least for users, but it does come with one subtle fine print. All of these features are available only on Google Play Store, which sounds like a no-brainer but has important implications for some Android developers. Unlike APKs, Android App Bundles cannot exist outside of Google Play and cannot be distributed outside of it. This means that developers switching from APK to App Bundles can no longer provide the exact same package or experience on other app sources unless they opt to maintain a separate APK version.

So we'll have to see how the analysis unpacks this all over the next month or so. But certainly, if the dev is no longer producing a separate APK file, the days of sideloading outside of a region etc maybe at an end.

See Android App Bundles are replacing APKs – why it matters

#technology #android #sideloading #google #apps

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Google Play Store is constantly evolving to meet the growing needs and demands of Android users and developers. Many of those improvements rely on automated systems powered by AI and machine learni…

How to Install the iOS 15 Public Beta - You Need To Manually Switch From The iOS 14 Public Beta

Date Published: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 21:44:44 +0200

You won't see an automatic notification with iOS 14.7 Public Beta to move to iOS 15 Public Beta. So if you want to grab the iOS 15 Public Beta (now available - this is not the dev beta version), then follow the instructions at the link below.

Read them carefully, as you also need to remove the iOS 14 Public Beta profile.

See How to Install the iOS 15 Public Beta

#technology #ios15 #publicbeta #apple

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After promising to release iOS and iPadOS 15 to the public in July, Apple today seeded new iOS and iPadOS 15 beta updates to its public beta testing...

You Can Now Test T-Mobile's Network (USA and iOS) Using an App and eSIM but shows what's possible with an eSIM

Date Published: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 17:36:40 +0200

As noted by Light Reading (via The Verge), those who have an ‌iPhone‌ that supports eSIM can download the T-Mobile Network Test Drive app to try out the T-Mobile network, a feature that T-Mobile rolled out last week. T-Mobile says that the T-Mobile Network Test Drive gives customers up to 30 days or 30GB of high-speed data along with unlimited talk and text for free, while maintaining their current phone number and carrier.

What's interesting is how easy it is to provision an eSIM vs a hardware SIM, and in theory this can be done by any cellular network as well as for Android phones with eSIMs.

See You Can Now Test T-Mobile's Network Using an App and eSIM

#technology #mobilephones #eSIM

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T-Mobile has made it easier than ever for iPhone owners contemplating a carrier switch to test out its network, adding eSIM support to its existing...

If you're an IT manager who hasn't touched anything other than packages of Microsoft stuff in years, then one of the simplest ways to de-risk the process is to outsource it

Date Published: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 15:32:53 +0200

"It's a symptom of a wider cultural issue within all NHS tech organisations."

It's difficult to reap the cost benefits of free and open source software within governments when your IT resources are only used to installing Microsoft patches or getting consultants in to do installations and support. It's not to say FOSS is completely free, as you'd still be paying your internal IT staff, as well as hopefully contributing financially to the FOSS projects you use, but there should be cost benefits nonetheless.

"They've hired directors of everything, and yet they still haven't actually turned out any particularly useful products. The NHS COVID app, something they brandish as a success of NHSX... well, that was delivered by NHS Digital."

Too often, government ends up losing its ability to deliver internally. I've seen (and still know of) internal government employees getting paid average wages and actually supporting a number of open source applications that manage wide area networks, collaboration, video conferencing, and more. These services will all convert into expensive annually increasing subscription services when these employees leave one day. It's a worldwide trend, unfortunately, and one which will drain taxpayers. The culture of doing more with less is unfortunately not alive and well.

See When free and open source actually means £6k-£8k per package: Atos's £136m contract with NHS England

#technology #opensource #government #outsourcing

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'All software must be safely and securely deployed within guidelines provided to us,' says outsourcer

Kobo Elipsa 10.3" e-Reader with Stylus is now available for US$400

Date Published: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 15:02:58 +0200

No, this is not a colour e-Ink device, but it is a larger size with full annotation and sketching support from the world's number two player in the e-Reader industry. Why number two when they offer so much more than Kindles? Well because Kindle works with Amazon's proprietary format which Amazon distributes via their massive online store. Kobo does support PDF and ePub, and will read DRM ePubs without any issue, but Amazon does not sell ePub format so that market is closed to Kobo and other e-readers.

This stylus is proprietary, no other pens work with the Elipsa, which is a pity, but it works just fine. Kobo has always used Linux has an operating system for all of their consumer e-readers and the Elipsa is no different.

Viewing and editing PDF files is also one of the flagship functionalities. You can freehand draw anywhere on the document, although you cannot highlight a specific word or body of text in a conventional manner. You basically need to press down on the highlight button and paint the highlight, think of it as just scribbling. You can save DRM-Free PDF files to your devices internal storage, send to Dropbox or export them to your PC/MAC.

More details in the review at Hands on Review of the Kobo Elipsa

#technology #ereader #kobo #notes #annotations

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Kobo is the global number two player in the e-Reader industry. The company has done a very good job over the years with international expansion and selling their devices in a retail setting. This allows customers to play around with the units before they buy them, this is something that Amazon has not really been able to solve, outside of the US, with their small footprint of bookstores. Kobo first started developing e-readers in 2010 and have released 16 different E INK devices over the years. They have always put a priority on consumers and various e-readers hit different price

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