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simple classification of the most popular opensource social platforms. good for beginners and those who is interested in trying the open source alternatives:
My List of Alternatives to Big Tech Social Media Networks

It is not intended to be a list of everything that exists (there are hundreds and hundreds) but the on'e I'm using fairly actively still.

See https://gadgeteer.co.za/altsocialmedia

#technology #socialnetworks #alternativeto #BigTech #decentralised
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#opensource #social networks

 
Hey everyone, I’m #newhere. I’m interested in #art, #games, #science, and #technology.

I'm looking for an active alternative to mainstream social media websites. I am hoping this is the place :)

 
Hey everyone, Please forgive the intro message (which you probably get millions of, but...) Having got really hacked off with Facebook I thought I'd give diaspora a try so I'm #newhere. Whilst I’m interested in lots of stuff I think #music is my number 1, perhaps followed by #cars, #movies and #technology . Anyhow thanks for having me !!

 

Dr Robert Malone (Inventor mRNA Vaccine technology), PhD Bret Weinstein & Steve


#Spike #Protein #Immune #Escape - Dr #Robert #Malone #Inventor #mRNA #Vaccine #technology , PhD #Bret #Weinstein & #Steve #covid #covid19 #vaccines

 

Openserve Connect fibre provider self-service app for South Africans to check and report Internet status issues and receive service notification alerts


The Openserve Connect App puts self-service capabilities in your hands, allowing you to engage with Openserve directly and get your home connected to the Openserve Broadband network, to check status of connectivity, receive network notifications, or report faults.

Registering was quite easy and it scanned the serial number barcode on my ONC to link to my account.

See Openserve - news and campaigns

#technology #southafrica #openserve #fibre

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Openserve - news and campaigns

https://gadgeteer.co.za/openserve-connect-fibre-provider-self-service-app-south-africans-check-and-report-internet-status

 

End-to-end encrypted RCS Chat messaging is now available for more users in Google Messages


Google began rolling out end-to-end encryption at the end of last year for select Google Messages beta users who have enabled Chat, Google’s implementation of RCS. End-to-end encryption ensures that conversations stay encrypted from when they leave your smartphone, to when they arrive at the other end. There is no server-side decryption, meaning that data can’t be collected in the middle from the servers that pass your messages along. This is a selling point of many texting applications like Signal as it’s a major step towards ensuring the privacy of a user, and now it’s finally rolling out to more users who use Google Messages.

Of course, until either RCS (Rich Communications Services) or iMessage is available across both Android and iOS, neither will be a solution to universal messaging or replacing SMS. Ironically, as I understand it, both depend on Tim Apple! RCS needs to be a standard independent of just Google alone as we've seen how many times Google changes its mind over messaging apps, and having iMessage controlled by a single company is also... Show more...

 

Telegram Beta 7.8 adds video and screen sharing in groups (that's with up to 200,000 people)


Telegram is getting better all the time thanks in part to a beta program that allows users to test new features and provide feedback. Version 7.8 of the app has just reached beta, bringing with it new options for video calls and customization.

Anyone engaging in a group voice chat can now start a video broadcast or share their screen. If you want to try this out, the name of the chat needs to have #vid in it.

See Telegram Beta 7.8 adds video and screen sharing in groups

#technology #instantmessaging #telegram #telegram

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Telegram is getting better all the time thanks in part to a beta program that allows users to test new features and provide feedback. Version 7.8 of the

https://gadgeteer.co.za/telegram-beta-78-adds-video-and-screen-sharing-groups-thats-200000-people

 

Cube.js is an open source analytical platform that acts as a layer between data sources and applications


Cube.js supports serverless data warehouses and most modern relational database management systems (RDBMS). You can work with any JavaScript front-end library for data visualization, and Cube.js will take care of the rest, including access control, performance, concurrency, and more.

See Try this new open source tool for data analytics

#technology #opensource #dataanalytics

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Data analytics is a trendy field with many solutions available. One of them is Cube.js, an open source analytical platform. You can think of Cube.js as a layer between your data sources and applications. As the diagram below shows, Cube.js supports serverless data warehouses and most modern relational database management systems (RDBMS). You can work with any JavaScript front-end library for data visualization, and Cube.js will take care of the rest, including access control, performance, concurrency, and more.

https://gadgeteer.co.za/cubejs-open-source-analytical-platform-acts-layer-between-data-sources-and-applications

 

IRL (In Real Life) is a new social network taking on Facebook groups - The SoftBank-backed social network already has 12 million users


Do people want an app specifically for discovering events and messaging as a group? That’s the bet behind IRL, a young social network that has been quietly growing over the past year and just attracted an eye-popping amount of money to take on Facebook.

The two-year-old startup is betting that a post-pandemic world will fuel its mission to help people “do more together,” usually by meeting up in real life — you know, IRL. The idea has attracted the deep pockets of the Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank, which is the biggest investor in a new $170 million round of funding that values IRL at roughly $1 billion.

It is a much simpler interface without all the clutter that Facebook has. It seems to revolve around posting to Events and Groups (not Profile walls), with Groups just have a simplistic chronological chat stream with text, photos, polls and emojis (a bit like a modern IRC). But I get that most people will want to focus on the actual chat with their friends, so really a hundred 3rd party add-ons is not what most people are after.

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With Deskreen, You Can Mirror or Stream Your Linux, Windows of MacOS Computer Screen to Any Device


Screen sharing or screen mirroring apps available out there aren’t that good. Even though most of the dedicated options are only available for Windows/Mac, you may have a tough time finding an open-source solution for Linux.

With such an app, you can share your screen with any device connected to your network. If you have a multi-monitor setup, you realise the advantages of having multiple screens. And, with Deskreen, you can turn any device into your secondary screen, how exciting!

Only pity is no audio streaming yet, but it is planned to be included.

See With Deskreen, You Can Mirror or Stream Your Linux Computer Screen to Any Device - It's FOSS

#technology #opensource #linux #deskreen #utility

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Deskreen is a free and open-source application that lets you use any device with a web browser to use as a secondary screen for your computer.

https://gadgeteer.co.za/deskreen-you-can-mirror-or-stream-your-linux-windows-macos-computer-screen-any-device

 

Turtle Beach is making dedicated flight sim hardware for PC and Xbox consoles for $350


Gaming peripheral company Turtle Beach announced at E3 2021 that it’s getting into a new product category: flight sim hardware. The company is launching the VelocityOne Flight system for $350, and it’s compatible with PC and Xbox consoles via USB. And, for a first effort in this competitive space, it seems like a very comprehensive offering and a decent value if you’re into playing Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

The VelocityOne Flight was made in collaboration with aeronautical engineers and pilots to provide a realistic flight experience. It has a 180-degree yoke handle with rear rudder controls for easy access. To its right, there’s a modular throttle quadrant with an integrated trim wheel, as well as both vernier-style and lever controls (with swappable tops for prop and jet planes). All in all, Turtle Beach says the VelocityOne Flight features 12 analogue axes, two POV switches, two four-way HAT switches, and 18 extra buttons that can be mapped to your liking.

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Organic Maps is an open source privacy respecting Android & iOS offline maps app based on OpenStreetMap data


Organic Maps is pure and organic, made with love: Respects your privacy, saves your battery, and has no unexpected mobile data charges.

Organic Maps is free from trackers and other bad stuff:
* No ads
* No tracking
* No data collection
* No phoning home
* No annoying registration
* No mandatory tutorials
* No noisy email spam
* No push notifications
* No crapware

See Organic Maps

#technology #opensource #maps #openstreetmap #navigation

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Fast detailed offline maps for travelers, tourists, hikers and cyclists curated with love by MAPS.ME founders

https://gadgeteer.co.za/organic-maps-open-source-privacy-respecting-android-ios-offline-maps-app-based-openstreetmap-data

 

10 useful smartphone gadgets — from microscopes to haptic sneakers


A breakdown of what the article covers:
* An AI controlled videoing assistant for when you don't have a dedicated camera person
* A laptop shell with a functional full HD touch display, keyboard, and touchpad that is powered by plugging in an Android phone
* A natural wood horn speaker that amplifies your smartphone’s sound
* An adaptor to let wired headphones connect to the USB/Lightning port on Android and iPhones
* A handy smart sports ring that comes with a joystick which allows you to control various functions on your smartphone or other connected Bluetooth devices from your finger
* Clip-on lens for camera
* Clip-on microscope
* A powerful but compact soft LED light with a clamp for easily attaching to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop
* A gamepad for Android and iOS snaps onto the back and sides of your smartphone
* Haptic sneakers are designed to provide a “full body sound experience” with 360-degree vibrations around the foot (really?)

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Apple AirTag vs Samsung SmartTag — The best smart tracker for finding stolen items in South Africa


It does really boil down to which of the most potential locating devices are circulating in the area. So yes in South Africa (and many non-USA countries) there are more Samsung (and Huawei) devices.

That said, both tag types were effective in being located. Also, worth noting that these work without first having any 3rd party app needing to be intentionally installed in order to locate the lost tag. Having to first intentionally install an app is basically a 'lost' cause.

As an aside it is humorous to note in SA we worry about stolen items, not lost items <img class=">

See Apple AirTag vs Samsung SmartTag — The best smart tracker for finding stolen items in South Africa

#technology #airtag #samsung #tracker #lost #southafrica
We tested the Apple AirTag and Galaxy SmartTag to see which would be easier to find if an item it was attached to was stolen. Here is what we found.

https://gadgeteer.co.za/apple-airtag-vs-samsung-smarttag-best-smart-tracker-finding-stolen-items-south-africa

 

Learning how to program with Python can be done with just Raspberry Pi computers


"I offered to self-fund a Raspberry Pi and Python programming course in our local public library system. The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library system accepted my proposal, and the co-central library in Olean, N.Y., offered to fund my program. The library purchased five Raspberry Pi 400 units, Micro-HDMI-to-VGA adapters, and inline power adapters, and the library system's IT department loaned us five VGA monitors."

Which goes to show that innovation and learning can be done without expensive technologies.

See How I teach Python on the Raspberry Pi 400 at the public library

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Digital Sovereignty Or Digital Colonialism? Beware The Adoption Of New Tech At A Massive Scale Does Not Create Further Inequality, Exclusion, Or Imposition Of Values And Practices That Are Fo


Beyond tensions of privacy and security, we are witnessing today a real confrontation between control and freedom, not only of the individual, but of entire populations and regions, enhanced by technologies and massive collection and analysis of data—from predicting and influencing behaviours, to the automation of public services and the ability to fully control and disrupt those services, even remotely. From gaining access to a global communications platform to losing the ability to protect the rights of those who are interconnected through those platforms. Are we witnessing a new form of digital colonialism?

Several governments rely on communications infrastructure that are completely located in the cloud (i.e., in foreign data centres under foreign-applicable laws). Furthermore, those services are provided under constantly changing terms of use and arbitrary suspension of services. The problem is not only about dependency on a foreign provider or applicable laws to digital data; the problem is also about the absence of public policies to address the issue at all level... Show more...

 

RTFM! How to Read (and Understand) the Fantastic Man Pages in Linux


The man pages, short for reference manual pages, are your keys to Linux. Everything you want to know is there – take it all in an run with it.
The collection of documents will never win a Pulitzer prize, but the set is quite accurate and complete. The man pages are the primary source and that authority is well-known.

At first glance, the pages may look incomplete but, believe it or not, the man pages aren’t designed to hide information from you – it’s just that there is so much information that the pages have to be structured and information is given in the most brief form possible. The explanations are rather spartan and they will take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of using them, you’ll see how useful they actually are.

See Understanding man Pages in Linux [Beginner's Guide]

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Relevant again for South Africans if you've still not made a plan: Cheapest backup power options for load-shedding


South Africans who cannot afford a fully-fledged backup power system have a range of cheaper options available that can keep certain key appliances powered during load-shedding.

Eskom has warned that load-shedding will likely be necessary throughout winter (and we all know for the next few years actually) and recently implemented stage 4 load-shedding yesterday evening.

If you simply want to keep your Internet working while connecting via battery-powered devices such as a laptop or smartphone, then your best option is a small uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or power bank with a DC port. The power consumption of your Wi-Fi router will be the important factor to consider, and in the case of fibre connections, the optical network terminal (ONT) as well.

Some good cheaper options listed at Cheapest backup power options for load-shedding

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iOS 15 Will Let iPhone Users Find Their Phone Even If It’s Turned Off Or Has Been Reset By Thieves - ONE Advantage Of A Non-Removable Battery


If the iPhone has iOS 15 installed, the phone will not truly be turned off and instead, stay in a low-power state and acts like an AirTag. This mode will allow other nearby iOS devices to pick up its Bluetooth signal and send back its location to the owner.

Apple says that the new tracking method will also let users locate iPhones if their device has been reset to factory settings. The iPhone will have the Activation Lock enabled and Apple will inform the user about the phone being reset with an alert dialogue. The text in the alert refers to a feature that will help in recovering stolen items.

See iOS 15 Will Let iPhone Users Find Their Phone Even If It’s Turned Off Or Has Been Reset By Thieves

#technology #iOS #antitheft #tracking

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Losing your iPhone is getting more & more difficult.

https://gadgeteer.co.za/ios-15-will-let-iphone-users-find-their-phone-even-if-its-turned-or-has-been-reset-thieves-one

 

Bitcoin now legal tender in El Salvador, first nation to adopt cryptocurrency... What could possibly go wrong


On Wednesday, El Salvador’s president signed into law a proposal to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, making the Central American nation the first in the world to officially use the cryptocurrency.

The new law says that companies must accept Bitcoin as a form of payment, and the government will allow people to pay taxes with it as well. The exchange rate with the dollar will be set by the market, and exchanges from dollars to Bitcoin won’t be subject to capital gains tax. The law was passed by a super majority vote of the legislature, with 62 of 84 deputies assenting.
President Nayib Bukele said the new law would make it easier for Salvadorans living abroad to send remittances back to friends and family in the country.

Well it is very forward-thinking, and adopting a cryptocurrency in theory is fine (other banks are also looking at it), but Bitcoin itself is quite volatile, and generally a country wants predictability around its currency. An advantage for remittances I suppose it not having to make use of expensive international banking transfer systems.
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What is Ultra Wideband and why it is good for location services?


If you’ve been following the world of mobile phone technology of late, you may be aware that Apple’s latest IPhones and AirTag locator tags bring something new to that platform. Ultra wideband radios are the new hotness when it comes to cellphones, so just what are they, and what’s in it for those of us who experiment with these things?

The real trick up the sleeve for UWB comes not in its data transfer capabilities but in location services, because it allows the synthesis of extremely short RF pulses on the order of a fraction of a nanosecond by combining frequencies across that wide bandwidth. These pulses can be used for extremely accurate time-of-flight measurements between transmitter and receiver, allowing for the distance between them to be determined to an accuracy of a few centimeters. In a system such as Apple AirTags where a tag is likely to have visibility to more than one UWB-equipped Apple product, it can then be used for triangulation with several sources, and thus for accurate 2D and 3D positioning.

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How to use a hardware two-factor security key - Two-factor authentication is a good way to add an extra layer of security to online accounts


It requires the use of your smartphone, however, which is not only inconvenient, but can be a problem if your phone is lost or breached. Hardware security keys can offer an additional layer of security to password-protected online accounts and, in turn, your identity. They’re also not hard to install. Here’s how to set them up for your Google account, Facebook, and Twitter.

When you insert a security key into your computer or connect one wirelessly, your browser issues a challenge to the key, which includes the domain name of the specific site you are trying to access. The key then cryptographically signs and allows the challenge, logging you in to the service.

Many sites support U2F security keys, including Twitter, Facebook, Google, Instagram, GitHub, Dropbox, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Microsoft account services, Nintendo, Okta, Reddit, and many more.

See how to set up and use them at How to use a two-factor security key

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These are the Best Mechanical Keyboards to buy: Corsair, Logitech, Razer, and more


Why should you buy a Mechanical Keyboard? Cheaper keyboards usually incorporate a rubber-dome or a membrane switch system wherein a keypress pushes onto a silicone dome, connecting the circuit to register what the user is typing. These often require a large amount of force for actuation and give off mushy feedback due to the silicon underneath. These are relatively silent and don’t offer audible feedback, while the overall lifespan of the keys is also comparatively shorter.

When you press a key on a mechanical keyboard, an actual physical switch, including a spring-based pushback mechanism, comes into play. Depending on the type of key switch, you get a certain tactile or linear feedback as you type along. While that in itself makes a huge difference, these switches also last really long, with certain manufacturers claiming up to 50-80 million keystrokes.

In short, mechanical keyboards offer a longer shelf life, and you can expect a much better typing experience thanks to the wide variety of switch options.

Glad to see Redragon getting a mention as I've bee... Show more...

 

New Separation Alerts in iOS 15 Let You Know If You Leave an AirTag or Apple Device Behind (a bit like how Android Tasker app works)


This is something I've been looking for on iOS for a while now. It fits the scenario where you are sitting in a restaurant using your mobile hotspot and then leave it behind. Android's Tasker app would do this for any Bluetooth or WiFi connected device.

In that way AirTag separation alerts would be better as they can be attached to anything, not just working with WiFi or Bluetooth lost connections. I'm still surprised that Apple Shortcuts did not provide this simple functionality. But AirTag separation alerts can now potentially work for your keys, bag, your kids, etc that are AirTagged.

A simple but really quite essential functionality for early warning.

See New Separation Alerts in iOS 15 Let You Know If You Leave an AirTag or Apple Device Behind

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Australian cops, FBI created backdoored chat app called ANOM, told crims it was secure — then listened to 9,000 users' plots


Which is why many are suspicious of existing secure chat apps, and why the French government hosts its own server instance of Matrix, because you cannot even trust your allies.

This happened before of course in Switzerland with Crypto AG, the provider of secure encryption equipment to over 100 countries, which was owned by the US's CIA all the time. And ironically it is always what the Chinese are suspected of doing.

Busting criminals though of course is a good thing as long as innocent people are not being spied on (like one of Germany's Allies were caught doing on their Chancellor).

See Australian cops, FBI created backdoored chat app, told crims it was secure — then listened to 9,000 users' plots

#technology #crime #securechat #ANOM #privacy

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Hundreds of arrests already in Oz, details of European and US ops to be revealed soon

https://gadgeteer.co.za/australian-cops-fbi-created-backdoored-chat-app-called-anom-told-crims-it-was-secure-then-listened

 

Apple’s new privacy feature will not be available in China – or South Africa, Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Uganda and the Philippines


It's pretty revealing nowadays which governments are for the privacy of their citizens versus those who want to watch their citizens (the very people who voted them in and whom they represent). I'm strongly suspecting this is not the full list at all as I'm aware of another government who has a censorship list of blocked sites their citizens may not visit, and they don't appear here yet.

See Apple's new privacy feature will not be available in China - or South Africa - TechCentral

#technology #privacy #southafrica #ios15 #china #uganda #egypt #Colombia

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Apple on Monday said a new "private relay" feature designed to obscure a user's Web browsing behaviour from Internet service providers and advertisers will not be available in China - or South Africa.

https://gadgeteer.co.za/apples-new-privacy-feature-will-not-be-available-china-or-south-africa-belarus-colombia-egypt

 

What Indian and Nigerian governments should have told their citizens rather than trying to control Twitter: Join the Fediverse!


Sometimes the answer isn't 'Going Big'. Rather than build new centralized platforms that will inevitably fail in proportion to their user base. Choose 'protocols' that can naturally scale and deliver the best for every person. Smaller tight knit communities 'on your own terms' that are user-first is the future of social media. Facebook's goal is not to 'connect the world' their true goals lie in their business model 'to sell your data to advertisers'.

The Fediverse tries to put social networking back into your hands, just like email and websites - it's based on the #ActivityPub protocol that's internationally accepted and works according to your needs and not to some advertiser's! Pick any server or host your own. You can set the rules.

The irony of it is that this drive by governments to want to try control privately owned centralised social networks, will very likely increase the move to smaller more decentralised and federated social networks, in much the same way the laws of e... Show more...

 

The OpenCalc: An Open-Source Scientific RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) Calculator


Why reach for a bland, commercially available calculator when you be using a model that employs RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) in its calculations and be a custom build all at the same time? The kids may have colour TFTs and graphing functions, but your keyboard has no equals sign, and that means something.

Wonder if today's kids even know what RPN is? You really have to have used it to appreciate it. There is a good link in the article below too giving some history on how RPN came about. I still treasure my working HP41CV.

See An Open-source Scientific RPN Calculator

#technology #opensource #RPN #calculator

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Why reach for a bland, commercially available calculator when you be using a model that employs RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) in its calculations and be a custom build all at the same time? The kid…

https://gadgeteer.co.za/opencalc-open-source-scientific-rpn-reverse-polish-notation-calculator

 

SCOTUS limits core anti-hacking law in Van Buren decision


Source: https://www.protocol.com/supreme-court-van-buren
In a narrow interpretation of the law, the #court essentially interpreted the #CFAA as a prohibition on breaking into a #computer system, whether that's as an outside #hacker or as an authorized user breaking into some gated part of that system.

"This provision covers those who obtain information from particular areas in the computer—such as files, folders, or databases—to which their computer access does not extend," the majority opinion reads. "It does not cover those who, like #
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Oversteer is an open source GUI application to configure steering wheels on Linux


Came upon this software whilst trying to resolve an issue with my Logitech G29 racing wheel. It currently supports many Logitech wheels, but also soon Thrustmaster and FANATEC wheels.

There is quite a bit of fine-tuning you can do, and saving different profiles, means being able to recall them at the start of different games as needed.

See berarma/oversteer

#technology #gaming #logitechg29 #linux #opensource

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Steering Wheel Manager for GNU/Linux. Contribute to berarma/oversteer development by creating an account on GitHub.

https://gadgeteer.co.za/oversteer-open-source-gui-application-configure-steering-wheels-linux

 

Google is making it harder for Android apps to track you once you’ve opted out - Advertising IDs will be disabled for users who opt out of tracking


Which is why healthy competition is absolutely essential in the market otherwise we'd be where we were a year or five ago...
It’s going to get harder for Android apps to track users who’ve opted out of receiving personalized ads, the Financial Times reports, after Google announced changes to how it’ll handle the unique device identifiers that allow marketers to track them between apps. Starting later this year, Google is cutting off access to these “Advertising IDs” after a user opts out, and will show developers a “string of zeros” in its place.

The news was announced in an email to Play Store developers, and Google has also updated its support page for Advertising IDs with the announcement. Google told developers the changes will “provide users with more control over their data, and help bolster security and privacy,” the Financial Times reports.

Google’s support page still refers to the decision to stop ad tracking as an “opt-out” process, while Apple’s changes effectively make tracking... Show more...

 

Video Overview of open source Rocket.Chat Collaboration Platform as an alternative to Slack


Rocket.Chat can be a free and open source alternative to Slack or MS Teams which you can self-host for free. It has integrations and rooms/channels with threaded replies just like Slack.

In this video I go over the interface as well as the various admin settings (if you intend to host it yourself).

Watch at Overview of Rocket.Chat Collaboration Platform as an alternative to Slack

#technology #opensource #selfhosting #alterntaiveto #collaboration #rocketchat

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Rocket.Chat can be a free and open source alternative to Slack or MS Teams which you can self-host for free. It has integrations and rooms/channels with thre...

https://gadgeteer.co.za/video-overview-open-source-rocketchat-collaboration-platform-alternative-slack

 

South Africa's Cybercrimes Act is now law prohibiting the publishing of three types of messages on any social media or 'electronic communication network'


President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Cybercrimes Act into law on Tuesday, introducing new laws that criminalise the sending of certain types of harmful messages on social media in South Africa.

Penalties for sending such messages include imprisonment for up to three years and/or a fine.

The Cybercrimes Act defines three types of harmful messages that have been criminalised in South Africa. They are messages which:
* Incite damage to property or violence.
* Threaten people with damage to property or violence.
* Unlawfully contain an intimate image.

The news headline is incorrect as it does not only apply to WhatsApp but to any social media. Actually it is not restricted to only social networks, but refers to any electronic communication network. The actual transgressions are not really new as the first two types are anyway transgressing the Constitution, and the third one is just more specifically classifying this Constitutional violation for easier prosecution.

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A sobering read: Gadgets have stopped working together, and it’s becoming an issue


Interoperability is the technical term for what we’ve lost as tech has matured. Software can be interoperable, either through common, open file formats, or through different programs speaking directly to one another, and so too can hardware: open standards are what allow you to use any headphones with any music player, for instance, or buy a TV without worrying if it will work with your streaming set-up, or send an e-mail to another person on a different mail system.

It was a hard-fought victory. Think, for instance, of the hassle of receiving a text document a few years back. Not only would you be lucky to be able to open it using a different program from the one that made it – you would frequently need to have exactly the same version of the program, or face issues (like with Microsoft documents).

“There’s a ton of issues here,” says Ari Lightman, professor of digital media and marketing at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “but I think one of the major ones is economics. As data becomes m... Show more...

 

Linux Directory structure explained : A reference guide


When we install a Linux distribution, we see that a number of directories are created. These created directories may be the same or partially different on various Linux distributions. You might know about the directory structures and what purpose they serve, instead of blindly searching around for something.

A lot of configuration files also sit in the user's home directory under .config or .local. I also recall hearing a while back that the /usr directory which is commonly thought to be named for 'user' in fact does not stand for that at all, as it was used as a general purpose directory originally.

Another famous saying I remember from my Linux course days was "everything is a file" in Linux so a directory is also just a type of file, and that makes it easier to understand why and how the permissions work.

See Linux Directory structure explained : A reference guide - LinuxTechLab

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 finally has an experimental beta of a multiplayer version of the game for up to 8 players, with CB radio comms


This has been very long requested as many wanted to explore areas together and take on jobs together. The video below demos the functionality as also explains some of the cautions you need to consider before diving in. The CB radio functionality is a clever touch.

This will certainly give ETS2 a big boost in terms of additional fun to be had.

Watch at Official ETS2/ATS Multiplayer!

#technology #gaming #ETS2

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SCS has only gone and released an official multiplayer! Currently in experimental form I take you through how it works, it's limitations and how to create an...

https://gadgeteer.co.za/euro-truck-simulator-2-finally-has-experimental-beta-multiplayer-version-game-8-players-cb-radio

 

Here’s a little-known iPhone trick that you’ll definitely want to remember, to close (and auto close) tabs on Safari browser


I thought this may be of no use but when I long pressed on that icon I was surprised to see I had 74 tabs open in Safari browser on my iPhone. A normal press shows all the previous tabs which you can browse through and switch to, but the long press gives an option to close everything in one go. Also I noticed another option on that pop up which you could select to auto-close tabs after a period like a day or a week.

See Here’s a little-known iPhone trick that you’ll definitely want to remember

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If you’re like me, there’s a good chance that when you open up the Safari browser on your iPhone there are dozens upon dozens of open tabs lurking there in the background. And while this may not ordinarily impact the user experience due to capable iPhone hardware, it can sometimes make finding something you were …

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Devs of open source Freenode IRC (Internet Relay Chat) have quit and launched Libera Chat - Thousands of users and channels have already migrated


Developers of the open source organization Freenode are quitting en masse after Andrew Lee, a tech entrepreneur and the Crown Prince of Korea, has taken control of the network in what developers are describing as a "hostile takeover."

Freenode was founded in 1994 and has since become the largest free and open source project that runs Internet Relay Chat (or IRC) networks, which were once hugely popular and are still an important internet chat protocol. It has traditionally been run by volunteers and has amassed "90,000 users and just shy of 50,000 registered channels," according to the organization's official website. While it is not as popular as it used to be, it is still a key site for free software project coordination.

The new Libera Chat is described as a next-generation IRC network for FOSS and peer directed projects, formed as a nonprofit organisation where all its staff has equal representation at the table to safeguard its future.

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Facebook Tracks Your iPhone Location Via Photo Uploads Even When EXIF Info Is Stripped Off by Facebook — This Is How To Stop It


The nitty gritty is that using the Facebook app itself to post photos to Facebook does the removal of the location data (because only shares from Apple Photos itself strips out the location data) but replaces it with Facebook block codes which it still uses to pinpoint your location for advertising.

Facebook generates almost all its revenue from digital advertising—targeting ads by harvesting as much data from you and about you as it can. “Facebook marketing is generally dominated by iOS,” one ad industry article laments, “it’s pretty safe to assume Facebook has lost at least half their data, arguably the most valuable half.” All of which means that Facebook will be doing ever more with the data that remains.

The linked article gives a few suggestions to try as well as an app that can help create duplicate photos for uploading without location data. These photos can be used for uploading to any other social media site.

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Meet CutefishOS: A New Manjaro Community Spin That Looks Like macOS - But You Could Adapt Your Existing Linux Distro Too


CutefishOS is based on Manjaro Linux fueled by its in-house desktop environment called Cutefish Desktop Environment (CDE). It looks similar to JingOS made for tablets and computers with touch input and JingPad A1.

Design-wise, the OS resembles macOS and iPadOS a lot. Heck! Even the PulseAudio sound control app has the Apple Music logo on it, with the only difference being a gear embedded in the logo. Well, it’s in the beta unstable state, and I think it’s too early to comment on anything at this point as everything is very unpolished.

Being Linux you could go and replicate the similar theming to an existing distro, but this is really intended for those who like the macOS type appearance, who like rolling distros, and who want to try Manjaro as well.

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Modern life and Technology are Linked


Present day life and innovation are inseparably connected. Similarly as science and innovation are straightforwardly identified with one another, so as well. Science is the revelation, the useful parts of its different hypotheses and recipes are called innovation. At the ...

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