From the head of PowerDNS a bit about toasters, outsourcing, innovation and how it's tied together from an EU facing view.
Note: Not anti-outsourcing, more about taking a step back and looking at what companies are turning into in the tech space.
Librem product delays, but for the relevant one: Librem 5 delays and price increases of $100 on June 30th 2021.
I think this makes the phone a much harder sell, but am excited to see what the funds do for software development. Since Pine64 has stated there is enough stock of materials to complete their scheduled batches throughout the year at least those desperate for something in that same vein will have an option.
Screenshot of relevant info below.
Some photos in the linked post, and a video too!
Video for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f_cT3Fksho&feature=emb_imp_woyt
Cant wait to see what this is like in personal, excited about the extra battery life it will bring as well.
Some good news on further device batches, updates on keyboard, pictures of the wireless charging and fingerprint case (LoRa mentioned too!).
> PinePhone BE & Pinebook Pro orders prior to April 12th ship out this month & orders made after the 12th mid-May; follow the shipping update thread
> We have the PinePhone production under control, at least for the foreseeable future, and despite the component shortages we’ve managed to secure at least 3 more large production-runs this year. Keep in mind that each pre-order and shipping cycle takes approx. 2 months.
Video overview: odysee.com/@PINE64#a/april-update-new-developments#d
With the PinePhone beta version being in-stock, this video takes a quick overview for those who are on the fence or just waiting for that shipment email.
I like the uploaders style, and apparently share a lot of stuff about Plasma Mobile looking back at my past posts here.
JMP Chat is an XMPP based sms/call solution, with the latest change allows calls to be made over [Jingle](https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0166.html#howitworks) (incoming calls via Jingle were already working prior).
This means if you're using a supported XMPP client (Movim, Gajim, Converations) you can do calls and sms all without needing a SIM card or traditional carrier plan. Calls also work over SIP using an application of your choice, however it's nice to handle calls and messaging in one location.
FAQ for the project: https://jmp.chat/
General support room:
I used this on the PinePhone to get around the lack of MMS support, and am excited to see where else this project goes (JMP Chat) as updates get released to the Linux phone offerings we have available.
Normally don't think these style updates fit here all the time but Elisa (music player) looks quite good and being able to get USSD codes and DTMF tones working in the dialer of the PinePhone is a great QoL improvement for those looking to go all-in on a Linux device.
I don't agree with his lock screen comments as I find the number pad to be too large, and I also don't mind some of Plasmas apps being more mobile focused (as convergence isnt the main draw for me).
It's nice to see Plasma Mobile coming along though, I do like the UI and feel it would do well for people coming from Android (or who just don't enjoy Phosh).
Since Protonmail has been a recent [topic of discussion](https://lemmy.ml/post/48460) I wanted to share this thread from Reddit where a user had their email suspended for joining a community marketplace (video game based) that they had no emails received/sent from - the signup was the only interaction per the user.
Common ideas of why the ban occurred include a list of email addresses being sent to Protonmail as part of an active investigation to more privacy invading thoughts - I'm not sure you'll find a (satisfactory) answer in these threads but thought it was worth the read/sharing; the ban has since been reviewed and lifted.
The Proton team provided the following info:
> OP was informed about the reason of his account suspension when he appealed. For privacy reasons, we cannot legally comment publicly or share further details about this beyond what has already been stated.
> To clarify:
> We do not suspend accounts for no good reason. What constitutes a permissible use of our service is clearly outlined in our Terms & Conditions: https://protonmail.com/terms-and-conditions
> In the case of false positives, or accounts that may have been mistakenly disabled, users can appeal: https://protonmail.com/abuse Appeals are always reviewed by a person, not a machine.
> There are reasons why we are often not able to give advance notice of account suspension. First, some account suspension happens algorithmically. For instance, if accounts are being used to send spam, we need to act immediately to prevent damage to Proton's IP reputation. Second, in cases like ransomware, if we give warning before account suspension, ransomware actors will not suffer any losses and therefore will continue to conduct illegal activities on ProtonMail. Third, there are also cases where due to court order, we are legally forbidden from informing users in advance.
> Our anti-abuse systems and team are not foolproof, and we do make mistakes (although not in this specific case). However, we need to strike a balance between protecting our users, the integrity of our service and compliance with Swiss laws, on one side, and false positives (which we understand can be a source of major inconvenience).
And for comments on Protonmails response see: https://www.teddit.net/r/ProtonMail/comments/l0jayb/protonmail_deleted_my_acct_after_it_was_reported/
TL;DR for this month’s update
* RK3566 boards available to developers next month; more info in January
* Community page (.org) getting a make-over & chat bridge will be worked on over the holidays.
* An apology to early KDE CE pre-orders who received refunds and an explanation of what happened
* A word about retail stores coming early next year
* Look back at 2020 – our shortcomings and accomplishments discussed
* PineTime – classy analogue watch faces available for InfiniTime
* PineTime – InfiniTime receives many fixes including wake-up time, battery readout and call notifications
* PineTime – new WaspOS version has been released
* PineTime – Amazefish companion app now runs on multiple distros, including KDE Plasma Mobile; you can now sync your PineTime to the * PinePhone running Manjaro KDE & more!
* Pinebook Pro – production resumes after Chinese New Year, late February/ early March 2021
* Pinebook Pro – is now supported by official Debian Installer (Alpha 3)
* Pinebook Pro – the Docking Deck receives a warm response from end-users and reviewers
* PinePhone – software and firmware news: Megi’s 5.10 kernel and new firmware for the modem result in improved power management + thermals
* PinePhone – Megapixels camera app now supports smooth 30FPS viewfinder; works on multiple mobile UIs.
* PinePhone – We signed a contract for a PSION5-like keyboard with a specialized vendor(!); developers will receive keyboards already in January 2021
* PinePhone – Qi charging back case entered production (molding process)
* PinePhone – We’re working on a fingerprint reader back case with a community member who created a working prototype
* PinePhone – showcase of awesome PinePhone hacks and DIY projects
* PinePower – a range of power supplies (PSUs) for PINE64 products coming soon
* PinePower – portable 65W GaN PSU due in late Jan/ early Feb and a 120W desktop PSU coming later in 2021
* PineCube – we now have Armbian support (Debian & Ubuntu) for the PineCube
* PineCube – we created a case for the PineCube and released STL files for it
* Pinecil – initial batch sold out incredibly fast, more units are being produced for January 2021
* Nutcracker Challenge – more evaluation boards shipped
* Nutcracker Challenge – we’re getting more source code soon & early community developed flashing tools now available
Checkout @TheLinuxGamer's impressions (far from an extensive review however) on the "final" hardware of the Librem 5 - it's nice to have a video instead of a Purism forum post to read. Unsure if this is his own unit due from backing or if Purism sent him the device (he mentions it's a review device im the video so I assume the latter?) but nice to see either way.
More updates in January, but the gist is there will be a online retail presence (North America and Europe were both mentioned) complete with support options like RMA but at an increased cost; the PineStore will still have the same (lower) prices we're used to.
Edited: Said USA instead of North America
Post showcases final/shipping hardware as well as software (video walkthrough linked inside the post). Select September 2017 backers have begun to either receive notifications on shipping or the device itself (see [this forum post](https://forums.puri.sm/t/received-my-librem-5-evergreen/10877) for details/first impressions from one such user).
> Through public records, interviews with developers, and technical analysis, Motherboard uncovered two separate, parallel data streams that the U.S. military uses, or has used, to obtain location data. One relies on a company called Babel Street, which creates a product called Locate X. U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), a branch of the military tasked with counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and special reconnaissance, bought access to Locate X to assist on overseas special forces operations. The other stream is through a company called X-Mode, which obtains location data directly from apps, then sells that data to contractors, and by extension, the military.