You can actually enable a non-Chinese iPhone to accept dual SIMs but better to use eSIM if you can

Date Published: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 16:41:13 +0200

This is an interesting mod done by purchasing a dual-SIM module that is found in Chinese iPhones and inserting it into other iPhones where it actually works fine. But your first option would always be to rather use an eSIM or digital SIM if your carrier supports it as this type of work could void warranties or lose the waterproof ratings of your iPhone, and of course Apple may disable this "feature" on future versions.

For me, what was interesting to see was how much easier it is to access the battery on an iPhone because replacing the battery on my Google Nexus 6P phone was a mass of glue and difficulty.

Watch at Hidden iPhone 12 Hardware Upgrade Apple Never Told You About.

#technology #iphone #dualsim

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Video review of the new Brave browser search engine which will work with other browsers too

Date Published: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 15:32:53 +0200

Many of us who wanted to avoid data collection by Google and Microsoft have been using DuckDuckGo which does a good job of this, but it still does source some of it's results from Bing and other search engines.

Currently, I'm using Firefox browser again with DDG as the default search engine. I was interested to note that Brave's search engine works perfectly well in Firefox and it can even be set as the default search engine with about 2 steps. Brave is building up their own indexes to avoid using Google and Bing, so I tested the search by searching on some terms and was pleasantly surprised to see the results are a bit more relevant than I was getting with DDG.

See a video overview at The Brave Search Engine. Will This Be The Google Killer?

#technology #search #bravesearch #privacy #bigtech

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Brave's new search engine recently had it's public launch. Brave, the makers of the Brave Browser, aim to provide a truly privacy-focused search engine that serves independent results rather than pu...

13 Important Privacy and Security Settings in Ubuntu and other Linux distros

Date Published: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 13:42:31 +0200

Everybody should be concerned about their privacy and security in this day and age. It is a common misconception that if you are running Linux you do not need to concern yourselves with privacy and security issues. Every operating system has risks and vulnerabilities that can be exploited and leave you exposed.

In this article, you will learn about best practices that you can follow to avoid privacy risks and leaks.

See 13 Important Privacy and Security Settings in Ubuntu Linux

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Everybody should be concerned about their privacy and security in this day and age. It is a common misconception that if you are running Linux you do not need to concern yourselves with privacy and security issues. Every operating system

OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.3 Approved - brings support for digital signatures for documents and OpenPGP-based encryption of XML documents as the main features

Date Published: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 13:20:48 +0200

Open Document Format is the official document format of many governments for the reason that it is interoperable across different office suites, is not locked into any brand or vendor, and is an open standard which can providing reading and editing compatibility in the future decades (for archiving).

One of the best known office suites that supports it by default is LibreOffice, but Microsoft Office and Google Docs also provide some measure of support, but more as an afterthought than as their primary format standard.

See OpenDocument Format 1.3 Approved As OASIS Standard - Phoronix

#technology #interoperability #ODF

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Phoronix is the leading technology website for Linux hardware reviews, open-source news, Linux benchmarks, open-source benchmarks, and computer hardware tests.

A Google Drive update is going to break a bunch of your links as well as a change unlisted YouTube videos to private videos

Date Published: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 21:40:46 +0200

Well this is very irritating as I shared a number of Google spreadsheets over the years with view-only links for my comparisons I did. I also shared a number of old family videos (one which Google repeatedly kept flagging for some violation) as unlisted. Sharing as Private means the viewer needed to log in with a Google account, which not all of my family use.

Luckily for the change to videos, we did have an option to opt out of the change and the links will continue to work. Of course, if you did not see the mail and did nothing, your videos change to Private.
Yes it's my own fault I suppose as I had actually moved all my 12.5 GB of photos to my own self-hosted service precisely, so I would not be affected by changing cloud service provider whims. Videos though, take up a massive amount of hosting space, as well as bandwidth for viewing...

See A Google Drive update is going to break a bunch of your links

#technology #cloudservices #google

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A big Google Drive change coming down the pipe will prevent people who want to look at a file for the first time from doing so unless they get a hold of a

R54-billion crypto ‘hack’ shocker hits South African investors - If it's too good to be true it probably is a scam

Date Published: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 10:33:37 +0200

Africrypt, which reportedly counts several high profile South Africans and celebrities among its investors, was hacked on or about 13 April. A staggering US$3.6-billion (about R54-billion) was swiped out of multiple wallets controlled by directors of the company in a matter of hours.

The “hack” is deemed extremely suspicious by investigators, not least because the two founders of Africrypt – Raees and Ameer Cajee – reportedly disappeared to the UK within days of this happening.

Also suspicious is the fact that clients were requested to sign an investment agreement with Hong Kong-based RaeCreateWealth Limited, which limited the liability of the company for virtually any kind of loss. The agreement is so weighted in favour of RaeCreateWealth Limited that it exonerates it from any hacks – but this contractual limitation of liability does not apply where a crime has been committed.

While MTI was offering returns of up to 10%/month using a trading bot, Africrypt’s sales pitch was even more outrageous, with some clients being promised 10%/day, also using a computerised algorithm.

Which is also just more excuse for authorities to clamp down on cryptotrading to "protect citizens from themselves".

See R54-billion crypto 'hack' shocker hits South African investors

#technology #southafrica #cryptotrading

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While thousands of investors were scrambling to find out what happened to funds they had invested in failed crypto scam MTI, a far bigger crypto disappearing act has been playing out.

A very brief history of every Google messaging app - What a decade and a half of confusing services can tell us about the future

Date Published: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 15:55:14 +0200

Over the past 15 years, Google has introduced more than a dozen messaging services spanning text, voice, and video calling. This week, the company’s efforts culminated in the general availability of Google Chat, a combination of Slack / Discord-style rooms with more traditional messaging.

It’s the sort of announcement that might have been expected to bring some consistency to the company’s muddled messenger messaging, but — as is traditional for Google in this area — there’s plenty of confusion to go around.

It got so bad for me that I have abandoned using Google's chat apps a while ago. Personally, I think it's way better to have a known brand name for your service, and you keep iterating and improving updates to that. The way Google (and even Microsoft) has approached messengers and chat apps has just been all over the place, and they don't seem to stick long term with anything. When they do, in the case of Microsoft, look what has happened with Skype. I have close to zero interest in anything new that Google or Microsoft launches. If you want innovation and focus, just think of start-ups like Zoom, WhatsApp (original), Instagram (original), Skype (original P2P version), Android (original).

See A very brief history of every Google messaging app

#technology #google #messaging

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A look back at Google’s messaging mess.

What is a Linux config file? There are several popular formats for configuration files, each with its own strengths, and they're useful to tweak hidden settings

Date Published: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 15:40:54 +0200

There are thousands of configuration files on your computer. You may never directly interact with the bulk of them, but they're scattered throughout your /etc folder and in ~/.config and ~/.local and /usr. There are probably some in /var and possibly even in /opt. If you've ever opened one by accident or to make a change, you may have wondered why some configuration files look one way while others look completely different.

Having mostly text config files is one of Linux's great strengths as there is no single binary registry file to get corrupted, and secondly you can have a look at a text config file and sometimes fix what is broken, or even tweak some settings that you don't find in menus for an application.

See What is a config file?

#technology #linux

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There are thousands of configuration files on your computer. You may never directly interact with the bulk of them, but they're scattered throughout your /etc folder and in ~/.config and ~/.local and /usr. There are probably some in /var and possibly even in /opt. If you've ever opened one by accident or to make a change, you may have wondered why some configuration files look one way while others look completely different.

How to Make LibreOffice Look Like Microsoft Office

Date Published: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 13:36:01 +0200

LibreOffice is a free and open-source office productivity suite that provides you a complete collection of applications. It consists of a Word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet program (Calc), Presentation (Impress), and a drawing program (Draw). It also gives you a stand-alone database system LibreOffice Base while LibreOffice Math is a program that helps students, researchers to write formulas and equations.

If you can make LibreOffice look like Microsoft Office, then it is much easier for first-time users to adopt – mostly coming from Microsoft Office background. The look and feel play a big part in users’ minds including their muscle memory and familiarity of colors, menu items.

See An Attempt to Make LibreOffice Appear Like Microsoft Office [Tutorial]

#technology #opensource #libreoffice #alternativeto

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We made an attempt to make the LibreOffice suite look like Microsoft Office. Is it possible? Let’s find out. LibreOffice is a free and open-source office productivity suite that provides you a complete collection of applications. It consists of a Word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet program (Calc), Presentation (Impress), and a drawing program (Draw). It

Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Google Earth Pro

Date Published: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 13:28:36 +0200

Google has a firm grip on the desktop. Their products and services are ubiquitous. Don’t get us wrong, we’re long-standing admirers of many of Google’s products and services. They are often high quality, easy to use, and ‘free’, but there can be downsides of over-reliance on a specific company. For example, there are concerns about their privacy policies, business practices, and an almost insatiable desire to control all of our data, all of the time.

What if you are looking to move away from Google and embark on a new world of online freedom, where you are not constantly tracked, monetised and attached to Google’s ecosystem.

They cover:
* Marble
* WorldWind
* OpenStreetMap
* QGIS

See Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Google Earth Pro - LinuxLinks

#technology #opensource #alternativeto #googleearth

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Google Earth Pro lets you fly anywhere to see satellite imagery, 3D buildings, 3D trees, terrain, Street View, planets and much more.

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