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No, I meant no 2FA via YubiKey or other to access the actual app on your device.


The genealogy platform MyHeritage released a feature that animates faces in still photos using video reenactment technology. The feature, called Deep Nostalgia, produces a realistic depiction of how a person could have moved and looked if they were captured on video. …


This is one area where Apple seriously falls behind Android. Shortcuts just pales in comparison to the power and depth that Tasker offers Android users. Tasker lets you delve into reading and often modifying all sorts of system and app variables. For example on iOS I still cannot test (read only) fo…


The book, published in 1973 by [David Ahl] was a staple in its day and the first computer book to sell over one million copies. Of course, if you want to run Super Star Trek or Hamurabi, you better fire up an old retrocomputer or a simulator because BASIC in 1973 doesn’t look like what we have today…


They do explain that a bit more in the article and if I remember correctly at the end they linked to a more detailed study about that.


Valve is currently testing a new feature on Steam Beta. The “Invite Anyone” upgrade to the existing Remote Play feature allows you, a Steam gamer, to play compatible games with any of your friends. They won’t need to set up an account on Steam to do so; they’ll just be able to hop right in after the…


So this is not for consumers but intended for other manufacturers to use to develop their own products. There are already a number of merging AR glasses on the market, not all ready for prime time use though. Augmented Reality (AR) is different from Virtual Reality (VR) in that it overlays informati…


Not sure at that level actually although if Google could prevent it they should not have banned it from their app store, they do recommend disabling similar apps though as the other may well block before this one can act.


Yes another thing taken for granted on an Android phone by just long pressing on the app icon (at least with Nova Launcher) but there is an effective trick using Shortcuts on an iPhone to do the same. It may be a bit long-winded, but you only have to do it once. …


And of course displaying in bright sunlight. Well colour e-Ink is improving so who knows what may arrive back on the market in the future.


I’ve been through Android Wear OS, Pebble, and now an Apple Watch and I can honestly say the Bluetooth is not the problem, it is more screen on-time that chews the battery. So I’d rather look at the screen technology. Another thing thing is Wear OS specifically is heavier on a battery than proprietary OS that Huawei and Samsung use - notice they get a lot more battery life than Wear OS?

In my own case I use my watch a lot for grocery shopping so presence of a suitable and ideally my favourite app, was what it came down to. So I had to really choose between Wear OS and Apple Watch. The latest Ticwatch Pro is about the best out of the Wear OS watches though.


Scientists working for the Pentagon have successfully tested a solar panel the size of a pizza box in space, designed as a prototype for a future system to send electricity from space back to any point on Earth. …


As online advertising becomes ever more ubiquitous and unsanctioned, AdNauseam works to complete the cycle by automating ad clicks universally and blindly on behalf of its users. Built atop uBlock Origin, AdNauseam quietly clicks on every blocked ad, registering a visit on ad networks’ databases. As…


Defeating Huawei’s draconian security measures wasn’t an easy task, but a developer named Andrey Smirnoff actually managed to decipher the bootloader unlock code generation algorithm for devices that are based on HiSilicon Kirin 960/659/655 chipsets. Apart from that, what makes PotatoNV possible is …


See https://stackoverflow.com/questions/23988889/replacement-for-facebook-chat-api-in-v2-0. “Easier” for WhatsApp yes they would not have to have negotiated to extend and existing standard along with others. That still does not make it right - we’d have no common standards if everyone just did that, and essentially e-mail would not exist today.


How to use open source peer-to-peer OnionShare desktop apps to anonymously share and receive files, host a website and anonymously chat

OnionShare uses Tor onion services, so sharing of addresses should resolve remotely within just the Tor Browser, or even Brave browsers. There are apps for Linux, Windows and macOS. But you should read the guide and precautions at the linked article below. …


I sometimes show a mobile screen when I record videos and have been looking for something as easy to use as Android has through their emulator. I tried a few apps but most were quite clunky, and I have now got it down to RPiPlay (Linux desktops or for a Raspberry Pi) or installing the Windows versio…


Yes these are really meant for those who don’t like using command line.



Youtube-dl is a very useful command-line tool that lets you download videos from YouTube and some other websites. Using youtube-dl is not that complicated but I understand that using commands for such tasks is not everyone’s favorite way. …


I was used to Watchmaker for some excellent 3rd party watch faces for Android WearOS but was a bit disappointed with the selection there for Apple Watch. After looking around a bit I discovered Clockology and was really impressed with some of the watch faces there. …


To infinity and beyond: Linux and open-source goes to Mars powering the rover's companion drone helicopter

Perseverance hit Mars’ atmosphere at almost 12,000 miles per hour (19,312 kilometers per hour) and a mere seven minutes later NASA landed its latest Mars rover softly and safely. Onboard the one-ton mobile science lab is its tiny flying companion, the drone helicopter Ingenuity. If all goes well, th…


Usually each component manufacturer has their own software for controlling RGB lights, with some requiring an online account to function. For Linux users, even that is not usually available since most of these applications are proprietary and Windows only. This is where OpenRGB comes in. OpenRGB is …


This open source and privacy focussed social network offers a lot more functionality than most other social networks especially in the P2P space. In this video I explain how to get connected to other peers, I give an overview of all the functions it can perform, and end off touring around the interf…


Oh this is good news! I just moved back to iOS and realised Android is very spoilt for mobile apps for all the alternative social networks.


Full-text search pages you annotated and bookmarked with highlighting and annotation for websites visited. No signup is necessary, and you can import from every major bookmarking service. IT has extensions for Firefox and all Chromium based browsers. …


Engineers have developed a stretchy skin patch for the neck that provides all-in-one health monitoring capabilities. The innovation can track blood pressure, heart rate and measure glucose levels, but is the first to monitor cardiovascular signals and biochemical levels. …


Open source is all about helping other people. Very often, you can help Windows users by using the Linux-based System Rescue CD. But sometimes, the only way to help is directly from Windows, and WoeUSB-ng is a great open source tool to make that possible. …


Don’t think LessPass tracks additional info apart from password algorithm, nor built in 2FA?


I’ve been wishing for a long time that “popular amongst the masses” sites had to be federated as that way anyone would be able to stay where they are and still follow you. But seeing FB, Google, and others shut down their XMPP that’s not going to happen unless legilstated I guess.

Maybe this is only my problem but my IRL are not FOSSheads or even really passionate about tech like I am, so I realised I could not rely on them following me in the Fediverse, and I’ve built up new followers and online frioends wuith those who share interests similar to mine. Certainly Mastodon has been my most successful with my follower count soon over takling my Twitter follower count, and I get way more engagement on Mastodon. Obviously follower count groiwes also with me engaging with others.

I have seen a few of my IRL coming across this last month but it seems that was due to privacy issues more than FOSS and tech. So it may be worth promoting to IRL the no ads, privacy, etc advantages.

Where a few more IRL went to is MeWe, which is not federated at all, although is privacy respecting. Because it has a centralised interest based group directory it is easy to be found, and I have a bit over 40,000 followers in one of my groups there. It’s not the ideal but it has pulled quite a few people away from Facebook itself.


The pity is we don’t know much about the study as it was not published. A good study would have likely tested three or more catagories of news. The study originates from an environmental organisation hence why that topic was probably chosen as they know something about the quality of that news.


“Loki” is a protocol that establishes a user-operated decentralised payments and private routing network using cryptography and peer-to-peer networking technologies. The “Loki” protocol is defined in a whitepaper which outlines the structure and function of the network on a broad conceptual level. An implementation of this concept is written into the ‘loki-project/loki’ software. This software was derived from the Monero project, another cryptocurrency project. The ‘loki-project/loki’ software is completely open-source, and is made available for anyone to use WITHOUT WARRANTY. It is left to users of the software to review its code, assess its strengths, weaknesses, and security, and determine the software’s suitability for their use cases. Contributors and distributors of this software cannot be held liable for any loss incurred in association with its use.

The ‘github.com/loki-project/loki’ software is currently the only known software that is compatible with the “Loki” network. However, anyone is able to create alternative implementations of the Loki protocol, whether these alternative distributions are based on the existing software or not. So long as the rules of the network are followed, users of alternative software distributions can interact with other users on the “Loki” network without restriction.

At times, the users of the “Loki” network may decide to change the network rules in order to meet some end. Such changes are often referred to as a ‘hardfork’ or similar, and if successful, they will render older software versions (or incompatible alternative versions) non-functional on the new network.

So it is open to use but worries me a bit that they can change it and break backwrd compatibility. I do see a difference between Loki and say ActivityPub and XMPP that is established through a standards bodies such as W3C, and incrementally updates.


I have no idea if they have their own algorithm but they donate money from searches to non-profits for planting trees - so it is relevant to them.


Yes real pity that it was not actually published as I also find no reference to the study, just the quotes given by the professor.

Google stood out amongst all others but what I suspecting is that other search engines are getting better. Ecosia may have an edge too on this topic as that is something they support.

But I think it also shows that we got so used to using Google we assume everything will stop working without it. The shiny new parts of Google seem a bit tarnished nowadays and I suspect they are not innovating as much. What with union issues now etc, Google is not the Google it once was when it started up ;-)


I Use a Bluebeards Revenge brush which I discovered the other day is synthetic. It has a good backbone so it ideal for the harder types of soaps.


I can’t recall exactly but about 6 months at least. I’ve been Tabac Original for about $12 to $13. It lathers very quickly so I don’t need to use a lot.



Yes they can work together, but WebRTC is mainly used in Jitsi and others for streaming video and audio. I think the shortcoming may be lack of presence, or chatrooms or something in the protocol?



Yep and an app does not take a year to develop. The better the dev, the quicker they can put the app together especially if the protocol is well documented and supported already.