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    THIS Is What AR Glasses Will Be Like In 2021 - Qualcomm XR1 AR Is A Blueprint For Other Manufacturers To Use

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Yesterday - 20:06 · 1 minute

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 information over what you still see in the real world, so its use case is directed more at productivity, whilst VR is often more directed towards gaming (or removing you from reality).

A lot will depend though on useful and affordable software applications, and whether there will be open standards across AR devices. Open standards lower the cost of development of applications (cheaper to buy and quicker to develop), and will make it easier for buyers knowing they won't be locked into just one manufacturer's products (or be forced to log into Facebook to use a device).

AR glasses may seem expensive but if they can replace three very large desktop monitors in a small space, it starts making a lot of sense. But we're probably not quite there yet in terms of resolution... so watch this space over the next year or two.

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/NpXee05P3oo

#technology #AR #augmentedreality #productivity

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    How to change an app icon and description on the iPhone home screen

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Yesterday - 17:36

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.

Why? Well because some third party apps for services like XMPP and Mastodon have really cryptic names and icons and I really can never remember what services they are for. This solves that problem once and for all!

See https://www.cnet.com/how-to/make-your-iphone-aesthetic-in-ios-14-3-heres-how-to-customize-your-home-screen/

#technology #ios #tip #iphone #apple

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    A solar panel in space is collecting energy that could one day be beamed to anywhere on Earth... For Good or Bad?

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Yesterday - 09:05

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.

A very interesting project and maybe the key to it is better collection and the conversion to microwave to better penetrate the atmosphere (where sunlight loses some of its effective energy).

Beyond that, scientists will have to test sending the energy back to Earth. The panels would know precisely where to send the microwaves -- and not accidentally fire it at the wrong target -- using a technique called "retro-directive beam control." Now seeing this is being funded by the US Pentagon... I was just wondering what happened if that energy goes to the "wrong target".

But that said, we have to also remember that many of our scientific advances and inventions have been borne out of military and space travel needs. In fact the Internet was borne out of one such project.

See more details at https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/23/americas/space-solar-energy-pentagon-science-scn-intl/index.html

#technology #energy #USA #space #renewableenergy

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    Confuse Google Ads With The AdNauseum Firefox/Opera/Chrome/Chromium Derivatives Extension To Obfuscate Browsing Advertising Data

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 2 days ago - 16:57

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 the collected data gathered shows an omnivorous click-stream, user tracking, targeting and surveillance become futile (that's the theory anyway).

So this works similarly to the Firefox extension TrackMeNot, and the AdNauseum website also links to a paper that explains further how the obfuscating should be effective.

Note though this extension is not in the Google Chrome store, so you need to install it separately along with whatever risks that can entail. I see the extension is open source on Github so it is possible to examine the code if you wish.

See https://lifehacker.com/confuse-google-ads-with-this-chrome-extension-1846337139

#technology #browsers #trackers #privacy #adnauseum

  • Confuse Google Ads With This Chrome Extension

    In an online world in which countless systems are trying to figure out what exactly you enjoy so they can serve you up advertising about it, it really fucks up their profiling mechanisms when they think you like everything. And to help you out with this approach, I recommend checking out the Chrome/Firefox extension AdNauseum. You won’t find it on the Chrome Web Store, however, as Google frowns at extensions that screw up Google’s efforts to show you advertising for some totally inexplicable reason. You’ll have to install it manually, but it’s worth it.

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    Dozens of Huawei and Honor devices with Kirin processors can now be bootloader unlocked which can allow custom ROMs and kernels to be installed

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 2 days ago - 13:50

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 a low-level bootloader flashing method discovered by XDA Senior Member hackintosh5. The tool, which makes use of the VCOM_DOWNLOAD mode, requires users to open up the target device and access the test points on the motherboard.

With the release of PotatoNV, owners of the aforementioned Huawei and Honor devices are finally able to flash all the custom ROMs and kernels they desire. So this can mean being able to replace the Huawei software with a custom ROM like LineageOS or others, where you can optionally install the Google apps if you wanted to. Point is Huawei still gets to sell their hardware device so there is no loss to them, it just opens up additional options for users.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/huawei-honor-bootloader-unlock-potatonv/

#technology #mobile #huawei #rooting

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    University of Cape Town (UCT) launched an open source textbook that introduces first-year students to marketing but with a lens on the local marketplace

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 3 days ago - 20:53

The textbook is aimed at UCT’s first-year marketing students and will be their primary textbook this year. There are 21 chapters, written by 22 authors, including academics, practitioners and students, and the book has been peer reviewed by 23 industry experts.

Being open access and digital (in multiple formats, including PDF, HTML and audio) it is perfect for times such as these. South African families in general have taken a big financial hit this past year and not everyone has the means or access to get books at textbook stores.

They also have a dream to use this publication as a springboard to empower academics and businesspeople in neighbouring African countries to write about marketing in their own context.

See https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2021-02-16-new-open-source-textbook-focuses-on-local-trade-environment

#education #opensource #textbooks #southafrica

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    Samsung now updates Android 4 years of security updates, even longer than Google does for Pixels

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 3 days ago - 16:43

Samsung is upping the ante on Android updates and offering four years of security updates on many of its Android devices. The company's full update package is now three years of major OS updates and four years of security updates, besting even what Google offers on the Pixel line.

Battery life (or replaceability) and OS updates are two of the most critical features that should be considered when buying a smartphone, so I'm really happy to see Samsung pushing the limits a bit. Nowhere near the 7+ years that Apple does for iOS, but still a positive move. Now if only Samsung pushed its updates out a bit quicker...

See https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/samsung-now-updates-android-for-longer-than-google-does/

#technology #mobile #android #samsung