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How to shake the device to turn on the flashlight on Android [No Root] even when the device is locked

Date Published: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 13:22:52 +0200

On both Android and iOS, you can use the camera flash on your phone as a flashlight. The option to do so is a stock feature on the respective operating systems however, this feature didn’t start out that way. It was an app that was created years ago. Several others were developed in imitation and some were better than the original. They were so popular that eventually, the flashlight became a feature on both iOS and Android.

On both operating systems. you have to go through a few menus, and some taps to open the flashlight. It’s not too hard but if you need a quicker way to open the flashlight you can install Shake Flashlight & Camera. It’s a free app that lets you shake a device to turn on the flashlight. It’s Android only, but you do not need a rooted phone for it to work. The app has ads.

Yes, many phones will allow the flashlight button to be included in the quick access pull-down menu but often you may need your reading glasses to see which button or you have to unlock the phone.

See https://www.addictivetips.com/android/shake-device-to-turn-on-flashlight-android-no-root/

#android #flashlight
#^How to shake device to turn on flashlight on Android [No Root]

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How to shake device to turn on flashlight on Android [No Root]

A quick introduction to the not-so-different Linux filesystem for Windows users

Date Published: Sat, 7 Sep 2019 13:15:03 +0200

If you've considered giving Linux a closer look but are put off by the slashes, dots, roots, mounts, and terminal weirdness, this introduction to the Linux filesystem structure explains it all from a DOS/Windows perspective. The only assumptions made is that you're somewhat familiar with the Windows filesystem layout, as well as some DOS or Command (CMD) Window navigation. You'll find that Linux isn't so different than Windows in many ways.

LInux is actually very tried and tested and has stayed true to its roots and something many non-Linux users may not know is that the Linux filesystem and permissions are pretty much standard across all those different looking distros. Package managers (for updating files) and desktop GUIs work differently but the filesystem will look familiar. So going on a Redhat Essentials Linux Course (like I did) was 99.5% the same for Ubuntu which I was using at the time. Something we were told at the time to make sense of the Linux filesystem is "everything is a file" including a directory. It's a beautifully simple and powerful concept.

See https://www.redhat.com/sysadmin/linux-filesystem-windows

#linux #filesystem #tutorial
#^A quick introduction to the Linux filesystem for Windows users.

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This quick tour offers a non-threatening introduction for DOS/Windows users to the not-so-different Linux filesystem structure.

How to message without internet like the Hong Kong protesters - Using Bridgefy and Bluetooth Mesh-Networking

Date Published: Fri, 6 Sep 2019 22:52:31 +0200

Censorship isn’t limited to just the news that you see, or don’t see. It also limits how average people communicate and governments will clamp down mass communication channels when it needs to deal with dissent. Messaging apps are one of the first casualties of these clamp downs but given the power governments have, they can also limit connectivity services like internet for select areas, among other things. You’ve probably heard by now that Hong Kong has seen a series of continuous protests for well over a month and the protesters have had to get creative since they have to message without internet.

Chat with people more than 330 feet from you by connecting through other Bridgefy users found in the middle. Example: person 1 can talk to person 3 if person 2 is in the middle, making the possible distance of 660 feet (200 meters). The same goes for an unlimited number of people in the chain. Don’t worry! Your messages are safe and can’t be read by those people in the middle.

You can also go into the Broadcast section and send messages to every Bridgefy user around you at the same time, even if you don’t have them on your contacts list!

The solution is actually one that’s available to anyone and everyone that needs it; Bluetooth. There are apps that allow you to message using just the Bluetooth on your device which isn’t something the government can turn off. The app that’s being used in Hong Kong is called Bridgefy. It’s free and available for both iOS and Android.

As usual with any disaster or mass censorship, you want to be prepared before anything happens. Sometimes cell towers become overloaded during mass concerts and events where your family may be. Ideal therefore for music festivals, sports stadiums, rural communities, natural disasters, travelling abroad, and much more.

See https://www.addictivetips.com/ios/message-without-internet-hong-kong-protesters/

#bridgefy #hongkong #protests
#^How to message without internet like the Hong Kong protesters

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How to message without internet like the Hong Kong protesters

European governments, wary of American public clouds, are turning toward Nextcloud private clouds for Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds

Date Published: Fri, 6 Sep 2019 21:14:22 +0200

Just like their American counterparts, more than half of European businesses with over 1,000 employees now use a public cloud platform. But European governments aren't so sure that they should trust their data on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Cloud, or the IBM Cloud. They worry that the US CLOUD act enables US law enforcement to unilaterally demand access to EU citizens' cloud data -- even when it's stored outside the States. So, they're turning to private European-based clouds, such as those running on Nextcloud, a popular open-source Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud.

"European governments are starting to take digital sovereignty more and more seriously, moving away from cloud solutions from large, centralized, foreign firms," said Jos Poortvliet, Nextcloud's head of marketing. Specifically, they're doing this because of President Donald Trump's threats over France's digital services tax and continuing legal privacy conflicts between the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the CLOUD Act.

So far the French Ministry of Interior, the Dutch Ministry of Education, the German federal government, and the Swedish federal government agencies are deploying Nextcloud-based private clouds.

Attached is a screenshot of some of the apps that I can easily enable or disable as services on my Nextcloud hosting. They are releasing more and more functionality and the latest was OpenStreetMaps where your places and tracks can be saved privately in your own Nextcloud hosting.

See https://www.zdnet.com/article/eu-turns-from-american-public-clouds-to-nextcloud-private-clouds/

#nextcloud #privacy #EU

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#^EU turns from American public clouds to Nextcloud private clouds | ZDNet

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European governments, wary of American public clouds, are turning toward Nextcloud private clouds for Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds.

Joplin, an open-source Evernote alternative, allows you to store and organize notes, files, and more, without fear of vendor lock-in

Date Published: Fri, 6 Sep 2019 21:01:14 +0200

Joplin is an open-source cross-platform note-taking and to-do application. It can handle a large number of notes, organized into notebooks, and can synchronize them across multiple devices. The notes can be edited in Markdown, either from within the app or with your own text editor, and each application has an option to render Markdown with formatting, images, URLs, and more. Any number of files, such as images and PDFs, can be attached to a note, and notes can also be tagged.

I've been using Qownnotes for the last two years (imported all my notes from Evernote) but I've recently relooked at Joplin and it has really become well polished and now supports clients for Windows (including portable version), MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and a terminal-based version. I like that you can choose to sync via Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV, Nextcloud or local file system. It also imports from Evernote which is a great way to try it out if you are still on Evernote. Its text formatting options work nicely as does the ease of attaching images inline, which are syncing between my Android, Linux and MacOS clients.

Another nice feature is its built-in optional encryption. So you could sync to Dropbox but encrypt your notes with your own encryption key, or even for Nextcloud if you host with an Internet provider.

Only downside for me is the lack of easy to use web browser viewer and editor... yes you have a client everywhere and even a portable version for Windows but I always like to be able to login from anywhere via a browser too.

See https://opensource.com/article/17/12/joplin-open-source-evernote-alternative

#joplin #productivity #notes
#^An introduction to Joplin, an open source Evernote alternative

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Get a brief introduction to Joplin, an open source Evernote alternative for storing notes, files, and more.

Telegram Messenger 5.11 adds Scheduled Messages, Custom Cloud Themes, Reminders, and more (a week after they added silent notifications)

Date Published: Fri, 6 Sep 2019 20:47:06 +0200

Telegram, the cloud-based instant messaging and VOIP service that is well-known for its fluidity and ease-of-use, has continually added new features since its initial explosion in popularity. While its best known for its security, the platform is by no means lacking in features that we’re used to seeing from more popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger. In its latest major update, it’s added more features that would make even Messenger green with envy. This includes scheduled messages, reminders, custom cloud themes, and extended privacy settings.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/telegram-5-11-scheduled-messages-custom-cloud-themes/

#telegram #messaging
#^Telegram 5.11 adds Scheduled Messages, Custom Cloud Themes, and more

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Telegram's latest update adds to its extensive privacy features, allows users to schedules messages, customise the app's appearance, and more.

If You Keep Your Old Tech, Take Out The Batteries

Date Published: Fri, 6 Sep 2019 20:41:35 +0200

Its happened to me twice over the years after putting away a very nice Seiko watch and the other one was a pretty expensive Maglite torch. Both were ruined after a few years when the batteries had leaked and corroded everything.

Some more detail and tips at https://lifehacker.com/if-you-keep-your-old-tech-take-out-the-batteries-1837907266

#betteries #oldtech
#^If You Keep Your Old Tech, Take Out The Batteries

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I don’t want to scare you, but every piece of old tech you own may be a ticking time bomb.

Viper4Android FX (rooted phones only) - unparalleled control over tweaking your music listening experience

Date Published: Wed, 4 Sep 2019 19:28:31 +0200

If you have Magisk installed on your rooted phone you can install the Magisk module. Some of the controls it provides are:
* FET Compressor: New compressor/limiter is simulating the operation of FET circuits.
* Quad-Channel Convolver: IRS support extends to 4-channels. Requires particular IRS files
* AnalogX: Richer and warmer sound by simulating the sound signature of pure class A amplifier. v2.4.x and above+
* ViPER-DDC (Now Customizable!): Enjoy near HIFI sound on your headphones. [Some Models are not Supported]
* Spectrum Extension: Make your music sound lossless with enhanced high frequencies.
* x86 Platform Support: Viper 4 Android supports x86 (Atom/Core i3/i5/i7) platforms.
* USB/Dock effect Support: ViPER 4 Android supports USB/Dock audio output.
* Speaker Optimization: First effect for speakers. Try it yourself.
* Channel Pan: Controls left/right channel output.
* Differential Surround / Haas Effect
* ViPER Fidelity Control
* Viper Bass: There are different bass modes, you can get the greater bass experience than before!
* ViPER Clarity: By Selecting This mode you can get the best Clarity Experience by balancing the Heavy bass.
* Headphone Surround+ (VHS+): With this VHS+, V4A made its way to achieve great surround technologies for Android.
* Auditory System Protection (Cure Tech+)
* Convolver

An old but good review that gives an idea of what it can do is at https://youtu.be/htrGxMKpKEE

#viper4android #audio #rooted
#^Get the Sound you Deserve with ViPER4Android -- Android App Review

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A couple weeks ago XDA Editor in Chief Will Verduzco wrote an article about ViPER4Android, an application that allows you to tweak your audio settings for yo...

Android 10 navigation gesture FAQ: How to use it and how to disable it

Date Published: Wed, 4 Sep 2019 19:05:35 +0200

This FAQ helps explain how you can use the gestures, in place of the home and back buttons, to go Home, access the Multitasking page, switch between apps and to go Back.

Be aware that it has been reported to be buggy with other edge-aware apps which is why it is also important to know how to disable it.

See https://www.androidcentral.com/android-10-gesture-faq

#android10 #gestures
#^Android 10 gesture FAQ: How to use it and how to disable it

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Android 10 changes the way Android's gesture navigation works, and it's not always the easiest system to understand. Here's an FAQ breaking down everything.

472 Vehicle-To-Grid Smart Chargers Coming To The Netherlands - The Cars Give Back By Helping Stabilise The Grid

Date Published: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 22:48:52 +0200

The Dutch government states that a more stable electric grid, better use of renewable energy, and making money with your battery electric car (BEV) are the reasons it is promoting the use of smart chargers, which are able to invert the flow of the current to go from the car battery back into the grid.

Of course, the whole capacity of a car’s battery won’t be available as a buffer for the grid. The owner/driver can set the amount of electricity the grid can borrow and what minimum charge the car should have. With only 472 cars connected to the grid, it is not the size of the reserve capacity that matters, but the speed with which it can react to fluctuations in the grid. When we have a hundred times as many smart public chargers, that’s when capacity becomes relevant.

Yes going electric means being able to do so much more instead of a legacy type one-way grid with a massive base-load generation. Smarter grids allow for EVs to help stabilise fluctuations along with static battery storage, and should allow for decentralised wind and solar PV generation from different areas across a country or a continent. It even offers the opportunity for individuals to generate and sell their own power. It's a whole new world...

See https://cleantechnica.com/2019/09/02/netherlands-subsidy-for-472-vehicle-to-grid-smart-chargers/

#environment #gridstorage #EV
#^472 Vehicle-To-Grid Smart Chargers Coming To The Netherlands

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The Dutch government states that a more stable electric grid, better use of renewable energy, and making money with your battery electric car (BEV) are the reasons it is promoting the use of smart chargers, which are able to invert the flow of the current to go from the car battery back into the grid.

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