Android security update tracker, August 2020: Rankings for popular smartphones ranked by how quickly they receive monthly security updates

Date Published: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 21:59:13 +0200

Major updates of Android don't matter as much as they used to. Many components of the operating system are updated through the Play Store, so even if you're on Android 8 or 9, you can still access most of the same apps and features as someone on the latest release of Android 10. However, the security updates that Google releases on a monthly basis are still critical to keeping your phone or tablet safe. Dozens of security flaws are discovered in components of Android each month, which is why Google releases monthly security patches.

However, unlike app and API updates, the security patches can't be delivered directly to devices — phone manufacturers have to integrate the changes into their own flavors of Android, and release them as system updates.

It's common knowledge that some companies are better than others when it comes to patching their phones, but making direct comparisons is somewhat difficult. It's hard to track down information about when exactly updates are released, so news coverage often relies on device owners seeing the update themselves. Carriers and slow rollouts only make matters more complicated.

See Android security update tracker: Ranking the top smartphones

#technology #mobile #android

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Major updates of Android don't matter as much as they used to. Many components of the operating system are updated through the Play Store, so even if

5 reasons to run Kubernetes on your Raspberry Pi homelab - A new free eBook offers step-by-step instructions for creating a private cloud at home, including what you can do with it when you'r

Date Published: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 11:42:32 +0200

The open source world likes to talk about an open hybrid cloud, a model that allows you to choose your own infrastructure, select your own OS, and orchestrate your workloads as you see fit. However, if you don't happen to have an open hybrid cloud available to you, you can create your own — either to help you learn how the cloud works or to serve your local network.

Building your own cloud requires at least three Raspberry Pi units, an Arm Linux distribution to serve as an OS, and Kubernetes to help you manage the containers your cloud will run. Chris Collins explains every step you need to take to make this happen in their new eBook. If you've ever built an array of distributed computing nodes, you'll probably be surprised at how simple it is.

See 5 reasons to run Kubernetes on your Raspberry Pi homelab

#technology #opensource #cloudcomputing #RaspberryPi

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There's a saying about the cloud, and it goes something like this: The cloud is just somebody else's computer. While the cloud is actually more complex than that (it's a lot of computers), there's a lot of truth to the sentiment. When you move to the cloud, you're moving data and services and computing power to an entity you don't own or fully control. On the one hand, this frees you from having to perform administrative tasks you don't want to do, but, on the other hand, it could mean you no longer control your own computer.

For The Love Of Steam Locomotives: The Incredible Story Of the Saving And Restoration of The Flying Scotsman

Date Published: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 11:35:47 +0200

This is a fascinating look at the innovation of humans which helped bring about the industrial revolution through steam locomotion, and the times that the Flying Scotsman was on the brink of being cut up for scrap, and how she was saved. It's a marvel of engineering (the original build as well as the restoration) and a testament to the few with the vision and will to ensure her survival, even, if it cost them everything.

It's interesting when I look back on my own career to realise governments are really concerned with the day-to-day material issues of life, and for the preservation of history for future generations to enjoy, we often have to look to individuals with a passion and will to achieve this. What is considered of little value today, is often well appreciated in decades to come. Many tourism industries around the world make their money from people wanting to see icons and relics representing previous generations.

See Flying Scotsman with Robson Green

#technology #steamlocotives #retro

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Robson tells the remarkable story of Flying Scotsman, the most famous steam engine in the world. He spends a year (2015) with the team rebuilding the engine,...

How to rescue virtual machines with Virt-rescue command line utility in Linux - Virt-rescue is like a rescue CD, but for virtual machines only

Date Published: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 23:21:23 +0200

Virt-rescue is particularly suited to rescuing a virtual machine that has failed to start. If a VM doesn't boot, you can simply launch a rescue shell on the VM or disk image using virt-rescue and try to fix it using the standard Linux commands.

You can use virt-rescue on any disk image file or device, not just a virtual machine. For example, it can be used on USB drives, SD cards and hard disks. It doesn't require root permission unless you need root to open the disk image. Virt-rescue is part of libguestfs which provides a lot of command line utilities to access and modify virtual machine disk images.

See how at How To Rescue Virtual Machines With Virt-rescue - OSTechNix

#technology #utility #VM

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Virt-rescue is like a rescue CD, but for virtual machines. This guide describes how to rescue virtual machines with Virt-rescue in Linux.

ERR_CONNECTION_RESET (Solved) – Good Advice On Diagnosing Website Loading Errors

Date Published: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 20:53:42 +0200

When we visit a website, information is sent from our system and received by it. The website we’re trying to reach sends data (files) that allow a browser to load and display it. This information must be sent and received within a reasonable amount of time. It is unrealistic to wait a whole minute for a website to load, or to show any signs that it is loading. When the response from a website does not arrive within a reasonable timeframe, your browser will show you an error message. The nature and language of the error message depend on what the browser thinks went wrong when loading the website.

The steps described below will help you diagnose many website loading errors.

See ERR_CONNECTION_RESET (Solved) - How to FIX the Error

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When we visit a website, information is sent from our system and received by it. The website we're trying to reach sends data (files) that allow a browser

Facebook launches TikTok clone called Reels - Because they've mucked up Instagram and need to clutter something else up now ;-)

Date Published: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 16:23:59 +0200

Facebook rolled out its own version of social media rival TikTok in more than 50 other countries on Wednesday, embedding a new short-form video service called Reels as a feature within its popular Instagram app.

The debut comes days after Microsoft said it was in talks to acquire TikTok’s US operations from China’s ByteDance. ByteDance has agreed to divest parts of TikTok, sources have said, under pressure from the White House which has threatened to ban it and other Chinese-owned apps over data security concerns.

Seriously I'd like to see more EU based social networks. Have to also say the non-US social networks that I am on, have a lot less politics and polarised discussions. The only 'problem' maybe with the decentralised networks is that they are mostly text posts with image attachments (apart from maybe PeerTube and BitChute which are video), but that said, the discussions are around the content and are free of adverts, censorship, and algorithms that mess with what you see (block someone, and they're gone).

See Facebook launches TikTok clone called Reels - TechCentral

#technology #socialnetworks

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Facebook rolled out its own version of social media rival TikTok in more than 50 other countries on Wednesday, embedding a new short-form video service called Reels as a feature in Instragram.

LibreOffice 7.0 Released - New ODF v1.3, Digital Signatures, OpenPGP-based encryption, a new Skia graphics engine, and more

Date Published: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 15:51:17 +0200

The headline change in LibreOffice 7.0 is support for ODF 1.3. This is the ‘Open Document Format’ that LibreOffice natively uses to save documents. The latest version of the spec includes support for digital signatures, OpenPGP-based encryption of XML documents, and better handling of elements within pages.

Another ‘big ticket’ addition comes courtesy of AMD. This sponsorship helped implement a new Skia graphics engine used for drawing text, shapes, and images in 2D. This is enabled by default on Windows. There’s also Vulkan GPU-based acceleration. This puts the suite on a good footing for future developments.

Each new release of LibreOffice refines the software’s ability to open, save, and read Microsoft Office documents in .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx. The former of these longer saves in 2007 compatibility mode, thus improving interoperability of documents created in LibreOffice with newer versions of Microsoft Office.

See LibreOffice 7.0 Released, This is What's New

#technology #opensource #productivity

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LibreOffice 7.0 is here, serving as the latest stable release of the hugely popular open source productivity suite. Naturally LibreOffice 7.0 boasts a

What a good eye-dea: Battery-less, grain-of-sand-sized 2.4GHz transmitter to help save your eyesight - wireless sensor to show 'how the body is responding in real-time' to treatment

Date Published: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 11:11:07 +0200

Scientists have developed a tiny, implantable, self-powered, wireless transmitter chip for monitoring and treating glaucoma patients and other biomedical applications.

Irazoqui said a lot of medical treatments operate in an open loop. "You take antibiotics, but no one is measuring their effectiveness," he said. "What you really want to know is how the body is responding in real-time."

Having an implanted device that can report biomedical data and apply a therapeutic response closes that loop, he suggests.

Rather than relying on a battery, which isn't something people want in their bodies, the transmitter harvests power by converting radio frequency waves into direct current, using cavity-resonator based magnetic resonance coupling.

See What a good eye-dea: Battery-less, grain-of-sand-sized 2.4GHz transmitter to help save your eyesight

#technology #medical

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Wireless sensor to show 'how the body is responding in real-time' to treatment

Logitech’s new G923: One of the best entry level gaming wheels upgraded with advanced force feedback system to feel the engine rumbling under your fingers

Date Published: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 11:05:23 +0200

I bought a Logitech G920 earlier this year and am still very happy with it. It is one of the best value for money gaming wheels you can get.

Though the G923 looks very similar to the G29 and G920, it features an all-new force feedback system the company is calling “TrueForce.” The system is designed to provide more realistic feedback through the wheel, thanks to integration with a game’s physics and audio engines. The wheel can then take those inputs, such as the level of noise coming from a car’s engine or the surface the wheels are traveling over, and translate them into vibrations that can be felt through the wheel. The company says the electronics inside the wheel are able to sample these inputs 4,000 times per second and adjust its force feedback motors accordingly.

Compared to other force feedback systems, TrueForce is able to provide a wider variety of inputs to the driver. In practice, that means the wheel is basically humming or vibrating the entire time you are racing. You can feel the engine rev as you hit the accelerator or subtle changes in the road as you are driving. It’s all meant to make the experience closer to real life, or at least more immersive than before.

Game developers will have to integrate Logitech’s SDK to support TrueForce, otherwise the wheel will have the same force feedback system as the prior versions. Logitech says GRID, Assetto Corsa Competizione, and Gran Turismo Sport will have support for the system immediately, while iRacing, F1 2020, and Dirt Rally 2.0 plan to add the feature in September.

See Logitech’s new G923 racing wheel comes with an advanced force feedback system

#technology #gaming #hardware

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Upgrade your racing simulator with better force feedback.

Comedy theatre goes online in South Africa: Alan Committie in STREAMING WITH LAUGHTER - 15 Aug 2020

Date Published: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 10:26:03 +0200

Alan is famous for his 'Defending the Caveman' sketch and I've been to his live shows which have been hilarious with an obviously South African sense of humour.

In yet another positive spin off with Covid-19 taking so many things digital and online, here we now have the opportunity for South Africans around the world to enjoy some 'live' South African comedy (or delayed by up to 3 days if you are in an Australian time zone).

Tickets are a very reasonable R80 (US$5) per viewing e-mail address so that would also cover a small group in the same room.

Details at Alan Committie in STREAMING WITH LAUGHTER

#southafrica #Comedy

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