PinePhone running Manjaro KDE arrives in Cape Town

Date Published: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 20:31:55 +0200

A local follower of mine invited me to see his new PinePhone that arrived today in Cape Town. Must say I'm very impressed with it.

Apart from the known hardware kill switches, I could see it is slightly longer than the iPhone 12 Pro, but also slightly thinner, and of course it has an easily removable battery. What I did not know is that it takes a standard Samsung type battery, so it is pretty cheap and easy to replace that battery (the thing that usually goes on a phone).

The basics seem to work OK, like webapps and browser etc, but what he needs to test a bit is how easily apps like Signal will install and work, if installed as native Linux applications.

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#technology #pinephone #linux #opensource

Mastodon Social Network has an instance specifically for ham radio operators

Date Published: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 15:58:15 +0200

An instance allows for localised following and connections between everyone with a similar interest. So this may be of interest to those in ham radio or amateur radio.

See Mastodon.Radio

#hamradio #amateurradio#mastodon

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Mastodon.Radio is a community space for the Amateur (Ham) Radio community.

Come join us and talk radio, technology, and more!

Turn your Galaxy Watch 4 into a Walkie Talkie with Samsung’s new app - Zello could have been the cross-platform killer app for this

Date Published: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 10:20:34 +0200

Before Wear OS 3 for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series was officially announced, it was rumored that the company was working on a walkie-talkie feature. Now, Samsung’s WalkieTalkie app has been released on the Google Play Store, and it allows two users to have a conversation with just their watch. Only Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 owners can use it to talk to one another, and you can’t use previous watches from the company either.

So it is pretty limited right now, as is Apples, except maybe there are a lot more Apple Watches in circulation. I was sort of surprised on my Apple Watch to see no Zello app (phone only). Zello could have been the cross-platform killer Walkie Talkie app. We don't need more limited fragmentation.

See Turn your Galaxy Watch 4 into a Walkie Talkie with Samsung's new app

#technology #walkietalkie #samsung #zello

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You can turn your Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 into a walkie-talkie with Samsung's latest app, though it only works with Galaxy Watch 4 owners.

Luminate aims to make hair loss from chemotherapy a thing of the past

Date Published: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 20:54:29 +0200

When a patient is undergoing chemotherapy, the cancer-inhibiting drugs course through their entire body — anywhere the blood goes. This has a variety of side effects, like weakness and nausea, and on a longer time scale hair loss occurs as the substances affect the follicles. Luminate’s solution, developed in partnership with the National University of Ireland Galway, is to prevent the blood from reaching those cells in the first place.

The device that effects this is a sort of mechanized compression garment for the head. If that sounds a bit sinister, don’t worry — it uses only soft materials to achieve the pressure; Hannon says that it isn’t uncomfortable and pressure is carefully monitored.

See Luminate aims to make hair loss from chemotherapy a thing of the past – TechCrunch

#health #cancer #chemotherapy #Luminate

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Hair loss resulting from chemotherapy is one of the most recognizable side effects in all of medicine, and for many is an unwanted public announcement of their condition and treatment. Luminate Medical may have a solution in a medical wearable that prevents the chemical cocktail from tainting hair …

Keep Fuel Dollars Local By Switching To EVs - Electricity Is Usually More Locally Produced Than Oil

Date Published: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 19:42:19 +0200

Sometimes, logical considerations are so simple that our natural tendency is to question them. Personal transportation is a good example. We’ve been taught to think of pumping gas and the associated fuel dollars spent as a given, as the cost of having independent mobility freedom. Right? And we accept that, because many parts of the US don’t have regional gas production facilities, it costs us even more than other places to buy gas.

Let’s step back from this norm about fueling dollars and think about it a bit more closely. Wouldn’t it make sense to focus on generating electricity locally, so consumers can shift to electric transportation and save money as they plug in? Wouldn’t EVs that source electricity locally keep transportation expenditures recirculating through local economies?

The answer to those questions is yes. When we drive our EVs in our home regions and draw upon locally-generated electricity, we’re saving a whole bunch of money.

See Keep Fuel Dollars Local By Switching To EVs

#environment #EV #BigOil #localeconomy

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Using the example of the southeastern US, a new analysis outlines how electrifying transportation regionally could result in $47 billion in transportation fuel spending retained annually.

Tabox - Save and Share Tab Groups for Chromium based browsers

Date Published: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 16:50:04 +0200

Every now and again (sometimes after a software update) my Brave Dev browser loses its tab groups on restore. It always restores the 48+ open tabs, but my tabs are in Tab Groups, so I can collapse what I'm not busy with. This loss of the groups can be very irritating, and so far I had just not seen any extension that solves this, and none of the browsers seem to restore the groups.

Tabox though is saving the open tabs, along with groups (names and colours), and saves this locally on your drive. It has a sync feature too with Google Drive (optional), that will sync to your own GDrive (and not a third party site). I have a collection named for each browser I have open, and both named sessions show up in the cloud sync.

It will work on Chrome, Edge, Chromium, Brave, and should work too with Vivaldi and other Chromium based browsers.

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#technology #browsers #tabgroup #tabox

Nebula is an open source cross-platform scalable overlay networking tool with a focus on performance, simplicity and security

Date Published: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 14:18:34 +0200

It lets you seamlessly connect computers anywhere in the world. Nebula is portable, and runs on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android. It can be used to connect a small number of computers, but is also able to connect tens of thousands of computers.

Nebula incorporates a number of existing concepts like encryption, security groups, certificates, and tunneling, and each of those individual pieces existed before Nebula in various forms. What makes Nebula different to existing offerings is that it brings all of these ideas together, resulting in a sum that is greater than its individual parts.

Nebula is a mutually authenticated peer-to-peer software defined network based on the Noise Protocol Framework. Nebula uses elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman key exchange, and AES-256-GCM in its default configuration. Nebula was created to provide a mechanism for groups hosts to communicate securely, even across the internet, while enabling expressive firewall definitions similar in style to cloud security groups.

It was developed by Slack and powers their networking worldwide.

See GitHub - slackhq/nebula: A scalable overlay networking tool with a focus on performance, simplicity and security

#technology #networks #security #nebula #slack

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A scalable overlay networking tool with a focus on performance, simplicity and security - GitHub - slackhq/nebula: A scalable overlay networking tool with a focus on performance, simplicity and sec...

How game makers are catering to disabled players - Hardware and software solutions open gaming to a wider audience than ever

Date Published: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 12:21:53 +0200

According to a recent study, more than 2 percent of the US population can't play video games due to poor accessibility options. This same study suggests more than 9 percent are unable to enjoy the traditional gaming experience because of visual, cognitive, or physical impairments. Additional research suggests 20 percent of the casual gaming audience is disabled in some fashion.

That amounts to millions of disabled players who are locked out of games because of a lack of support. But after decades in which accessibility options were absent or an afterthought, game developers in recent years have shown an increasing willingness to cater to this audience explicitly.

See How game makers are catering to disabled players

#technology #gaming #hardware #disabled #accessibility

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Hardware and software solutions open gaming to a wider audience than ever.

17 KDE Plasma Features That You May Not Know About

Date Published: Sun, 29 Aug 2021 19:33:52 +0200

KDE Plasma is just packed with features, some of which, even long term plasma users might not know about. I have been using the Plasma desktop for many years now and I am still finding new cool features. Here is a list of 17 cool features of KDE Plasma that you probably didn’t know about.

KRunner is really an excellent utility, especially if you activate its additional plugins. The biggest problem for me is getting my muscle memory to just remember to use it.

See 17 KDE Plasma Features That You Didn't Know About - Front Page Linux

#technology #opensource #KDE #Linux

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KDE Plasma is just packed with features, some of which, even long term plasma users might not know about. I have been using the Plasma desktop for many years now and I am still finding new cool features. Here is a list of 17 cool features of KDE Plasma that…

Arthur C. Clarke (Sci-Fi Writer) predicting ebooks, remote working, etc back in 1976

Date Published: Sun, 29 Aug 2021 17:03:41 +0200

In 1976, AT&T and MIT held a conference on futurism and technology, attended by scientists, theorists, academics and futurists. This interview with Clarke during this conference is remarkably prescient—especially about the evolution of communications systems for the next 30+ years.

The interview was conducted for an episode of a Bell System news magazine, but this is the raw interview footage.

Watch at Interview with author/futurist Arthur C. Clarke, from an AT&T-MIT Conference, 1976

#technology #futurist #predictions #arthurcclarke #scifi

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Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction author and futurist, crossed paths with the scientists of the Bell System on numerous occasions. In 1945, he concurrently, ...

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