10 Best PCB (printed circuit board) Design Software Tools In 2021

Date Published: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 20:46:20 +0200

These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production. Doing your design electronically, in this manner, is also an easy way to share and collaborate with others on a project.

Nine out of the ten are free to use and some are even open source.

See The Most Famous PCB Design Software Ultimate Guide

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There are many software tools available for PCB design. The online tools to develop PCB design software are the most famous.

Facebook Internal Research: People tended to comment on and share controversial content, and in the process they apparently made Facebook in general angrier

Date Published: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 19:50:20 +0200

Today, The Wall Street Journal posted leaked reports from Facebook after it boosted “meaningful social interactions” on the platform. While Facebook framed the move as helping friends connect, internal reports said it had “unhealthy side effects on important slices of public content, such as politics and news,” calling these effects an “increasing liability.”

Today’s report delves into the fallout of a 2018 decision to prioritize posts with lots of comments and reactions. Facebook allegedly made the change after noticing that comments, likes, and reshares had declined throughout 2017.

The issue that many people have with Facebook, apart from selling access to personal and usage information, is the tweaking of algorithms to favour Facebook's business interests. It's probably why so many people who left Facebook have rather opted for networks with straight chronological algorithms which show only the profiles they are following.

See Political parties told Facebook its News Feed pushed them into ‘more extreme positions’

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Parties worried about "long-term effects on democracy."

Use open source Manuskript to organize your writing projects on Linux, macOS, or Windows

Date Published: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 10:53:35 +0200

Need a good writing tool for your Linux PC? Check out Manuskript. It has some seriously awesome features that any writer will love, such as an outlining tool, distraction-free mode, a built-in assistant tool, importing and exporting tool, spell and grammar checking, frequency analyser, index cards, and many others.

Although the guide below is for Linux, installation instructions exist on the main website for macOS and Windows too.

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Need a good writing tool for your Linux PC? Check out Manuskript. It has some seriously awesome features that any writer will love, such as an outlining

Designated Judge for the Interception of Communications has revealed that there is no way to verify whether the applications they receive from law enforcement are truthful or not

Date Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 19:45:44 +0200

According to Nkabinde, there are now several cases in the public record where law enforcement officers lied to get interception orders against targets such as journalists and prominent businesspeople. “Undisputed evidence was before Court that in certain instances the agencies can obtain fictional intelligence report about an individual,” stated Nkabinde.

Which is very likely the identical problem faced by other democracies around the world. It is not about just ticking boxes, and abuse of the system breaks down trust in the justice system as well as for law enforcement. Often for many democracies, an independent justice system and media organisations, are their last bastions of democracy and citizen rights.

See RICA is a joke

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The Designated Judge for the Interception of Communications, Justice Bess Nkabinde, has highlighted major problems with South Africa’s lawful interception regime.

12 Inspiring Quotes About Books and Reading

Date Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 17:41:06 +0200

For example: My grandfather always says that’s what books are for … to travel without moving an inch.” —Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

I can never get enough of reading!

See 12 Inspiring Quotes About Books and Reading

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Profound quotes about books and reading from the likes of Toni Morrison, Jane Austen, George R.R. Martin, Salman Rushdie, and more of your favorite authors.

ExpressVPN bought for $1bn by UK-headquartered Kape Technologies - Hopefully they have left their Crossrider ad-injection days behind

Date Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 15:05:43 +0200

Kape used to be known as Crossrider until it changed its name in 2018 to move away from its advert-slinging past and reinvent itself as a cybersecurity outfit. Crossrider was founded in 2011, and in 2012, billionaire Teddy Sagi took control of it for $37m.

In 2015, a joint study by the University of California, Berkeley and Google identified Crossrider as a major affiliate of ad injectors, including SuperFish that you may remember from the laptop adware fiasco.

Crossrider made tools for building browser extensions and applications for Windows PCs and Macs that could be monetized by forcing ads onto people's screens. It could be, and was, used by developers to make add-ons for browsers that injected adverts into the webpages users were looking at.

In the year Crossrider became Kape, its CEO Ido Erlichman vowed that his company had "completely broken away from the ad-tech world."

See ExpressVPN bought for $1bn by Brit biz with an intriguing history in adware

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'Kape has moved on from those times'

Bored of Flat Gnome Desktop UIs? Check Out Skeuos GTK Theme

Date Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:18:48 +0200

Ever find yourself wishing your GTK theme had a bit more depth to it?
If so, check out the Skeuos GTK theme by Daniel Ruiz de Alegría. His sumptuous skin skewers modern expectations by embracing the bevels, drop-shadows, and gradients most modern themes actively avoid.

The result is a confident look with real visible visual hierarchy to it. Buttons look like buttons, toggles look like toggles, and focused elements have clear presence — you won’t mistake a label for an action while using this theme.

Even if you don't use Gnome, it is well worth having a browse through the latest theme releases for your desktop, as the last year has produced some great looking themes (especially dark) which gives your desktop a whole new look and feel.

See Bored of Flat UIs? Check Out Skeuos GTK Theme - OMG! Ubuntu!

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Bored of flat themes? Check out this non-flat GTK theme for Linux desktops, including GNOME and Xfce. It's called Skueos and it's beautiful – check it out!

Xiaomi’s Smart Glasses are a HUD for your phone and more, but pity it does not have a shutter for the camera, although it does have an indicator light

Date Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 12:43:12 +0200

This product seems aimed at the Chinese market for now, but would likely be more accepted if the camera could have a small hardware shutter over it. The presence of an indicator light though does show some attention was given to privacy. I like the concept of a heads-up display built into a design that looks pretty like regular glasses. A big bonus of course is that Facebook, Google, etc has no involvement, so as far as we know, no data is being sold to advertisers.

Ideal uses could be a teleprompter for speeches, navigation prompts, menu/sign translations, etc.

See Xiaomi Smart Glasses are more than a wearable companion to your phone

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Xiaomi has unveiled its first smart glasses, the Xiaomi Smart Glasses, which they say is more than just a secondary smartphone display.

Electrifying Trucking From Delhi To Shenzhen and San Francisco - How Lessons Learned Around the Globe Can Accelerate the Electrification of Road Freight

Date Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 12:41:02 +0200

While freight movement plays a critical role in economic development and quality of life, it also has adverse consequences for public health and carbon emissions. This is due mostly to the pollution from diesel and gas used to fuel these vehicles, which ends up in our atmosphere and our lungs. And it’s particularly true in cities — many of which already have poor air quality.

There are now over 215 zero-emissions commercial freight vehicle models available globally — a number expected to rise to over 240 by 2023.

The United States has also made progress with respect to electric truck adoption. For example, over 137,000 zero-emissions freight vehicles have been deployed or ordered to date. Much of this progress has been thanks to industry leadership and collaboration.

See Electrifying Trucking from Delhi to Shenzhen & San Francisco

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How Lessons Learned Around the Globe Can Accelerate the Electrification of Road Freight

Infinix’s new Zero X series comes with high refresh rate displays and 5x periscope zoom camera - Zoom is probably the next Frontier for Mobile Phone Cameras

Date Published: Mon, 13 Sep 2021 17:13:16 +0200

Megapixels are increasing, and we've seen wider angles, but the next differentiator will probably be optical zoom capability, as megapixels can only do so much without real optical capability. Optical zoom, along with really wide angle, and macro capability are what holds mobile phone cameras well back from DSLRs, yet many prefer to use their phones as they always have them close but due to their compact size.

So we see Infinix's Zero X now has a 5x optical zoom, and tomorrow will tell if Apple has made any real differences to their iPhone.

See The new Infinix Zero X series brings periscope cameras to the masses

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Infinix today unveiled the new Infinix Zero X series featuring high refresh rate displays, the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, and 60x periscope zoom cameras.

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