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Just a quick reminder for Android users, using the guide below should help a bit if you need to have any of these apps installed at all (as far as info the apps grab from your device) - https://lemmy.ml/post/54596


Looking at the comments on the teddit thread I cant say Ive had issues with speed on OsmAnd but like the look of this all the same (and find the search option easier too). Thanks for sharing it!


I havent seen more than a list of eligible devices and a general timeframe like the above article describes.

Some sources stated that it’s only for the ALS models (Chinese) and that others arent getting the update due to not being sold in China. I’d assume that someone will find a way to opt-in early on said devices (maybe through their desktop update tool or changing regions) but I couldnt locate a nice list with dates and models for outside of China.

The closest I’ve seen is this one:

https://www.huaweiupdate.com/harmonyos-2-0-eligible-devices-updates-news-and-more-june-04-2021/


Really liked this, there’s a lot of Ring doorbells around my area so even without some of the other tech mentioned it still felt pretty relevant.


Ive got a lot of thoughts on these two posts, and am not sure how to articulate them all.

I don’t feel like the point of the project was to be a private YouTube alternative but rather one that avoided take downs and censorship (though the added benefit of not being Google was a plus). This doesn’t excuse the privacy policy, and it would be nice to see it updated if it is indeed something that keeps users away.

I also don’t think Peertube makes it as easy for an existing YouTube creator to port their videos over - the ease of use has seen some larger channels (Louis Rossman comes to mind) use LBRY where I don’t believe they would have other wise.

This part is preference, I find the player (loading) and look (UI, layout) of LBRY to be better than Peertube when sharing with non-tech/privacy focused friends/family/forums (instances also make this area murky). Those users wont use a VPN and/or TOR for anything, so the recommendation to protect their IP address will flat (as does the concern of being a US company).

Those points aside Im glad someone is doing deep dives on policies, even if I don’t think this particular site tried to be a bastion of privacy in the first place it’s nice to have a plain language look at things. I’ll consider looking at Peertube when sharing links when possible but am still glad that LBRY is a thing in the meantime.


I agree, but I dont believe legislation and regulation has caught up to techniques/product evolutions such as this and feel it might take awhile for people to take notice.


“Further, if someone pauses their subscription and forgets to restart it, they won’t actually be able to get their In&box into ride-ready status when they go to turn it on. If they then choose to ignore the indicators and ride with the In&box inactive, that’s on them and we can expect it not to inflate in the event of a crash.”

Ah there it is, I wondered how they were going to justify the safety features being disabled if a crash occurred. My gut reaction is that it seems like a great opportunity for some enterprising person to supply a patch to fix that particular issue, but that’s mostly due to the idea of subsidizing safety or other features in items I purchased feels wrong.

The site for the vest is relatively straight up about the extra cost of activation in the FAQ section, but feels like a bad example to post the base price and not include an asterisk or call-out to the FAQ below imo.


I’d be interested to see how work from home has impacted this (practice of screen breaks every 20min). For myself it’s far easier and the pressure to always be 100% “present” isn’t there.

Glad there’s a solid open source Windows option for this!


I really like that you can switch the OS relatively easy - I really want to try to stick with the “official” os so Ive stuck with Manjaro Plasma Mobile so far.

Youre spot on about the speed, Ive been using it for all my social media-esque apps and find it usable but still need a charge at least twice a day. Really impressive all the same though from some of the earlier builds, this year we could see some nice improvements in the software.


Apple too - https://9to5mac.com/2021/04/22/judge-says-apple-must-face-lawsuit-over-misleading-buy-option-on-itunes/

I’ll be excited to see if this changes the verbiage on said stores - once I had one movie “purchase” removed I stopped caring about online film purchases entirely. I’ll use online options for rentals, but I want a physical disc or my own (non-cloud) download of content I really enjoy.


The ​“blood of the private sector” that Bourla appeals to is not some natural state of affairs, but reflects a global trade structure the company helped create — to the detriment of poor people around the world who seek access to life-saving drugs.

In 1982, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told the World Health Assembly, ​“the idea of a better ordered world is one in which medical discovery will be free of all patents and there will be no profiteering from life and death.” The Christian Science Monitor reported in 1986, ​“Brazil and Argentina have spearheaded a group that has blocked U.S. attempts to include intellectual property protection in the new round of talks.”

​“TRIPS required developing countries, and countries around the world, to adopt a U.S.-type patent and copyright rule. Previously, both had been outside trade agreements, so countries could have whatever rules they want. India already had a well-developed pharmaceutical industry by the 1990s. Pre-TRIPS, India didn’t allow drug companies to patent drugs. They could patent processes, but not drugs.”

A good read, and one from December of 2020 at that (which only furthers their point imo with these events still ongoing).

I really enjoyed the quoted sections, as someone from the USA it’s not something we hear about (India’s different approach to pharam, ins and outs of TRIPS) or think about unless discussing alternate governing systems. Even then I would argue that the idea of IP is pretty ingrained and something the majority just consider normal.

Really like that this situation has brought IP law and regulation more into the light and news space, hopefully it drags into the public consciousness so something can be done.


Step counter is standalone, some of the watch apps need a paired device (notifications, the navigation app, music playback controls) but the health features (heart rate and step counter) are all standalone.

If you pair the device using Gadgetbridge on Android you would get the steps synced and shown in that app, using it without any apps it still counts steps and resets at midnight back to 0 on the watch display.

Not to complicate things but this is also just using the default OS, more options are available and Wasp-OS has a different layout and more options like an alarm app for example.

Video of default OS (recent version) - https://odysee.com/@IzaicNIX:e/infinitime

Video of Wasp OS (recent version) - https://odysee.com/@IzaicNIX:e/waspos


That makes sense, I’d rather not have the currency impeed the messenger (regulations, climate impact, etc) if given the choice.


Arrived yesterday, did the setup with my computer (updates, time sync) and was pretty straight forward.

Size and weight is like a Pebble Time if you ever used one, the band is worse but easily changed. The watch doesnt turn off, and on day 2 Im on 84%.

Havent used the heart meter or the games since they are not my thing, the step counter works well (user compared to Apple Watch on long hike in the video below) as does the raise to wake screen option.

Overall it was affordable, FOSS and seems capable.

Video over view worth watching: https://odysee.com/@pizzalovingnerd:5/the-best-pine64-product-pinetime-review:2


Maybe someone else can chime in that knows, but Session states the following in their FAQ which reads to me as if the crypto portion of the network isn’t yet merged with the messenger at all levels (yet). I would be curious to hear from someone else with more knowledge, as I liked the idea behind the messenger otherwise.

If the two (their coin and the messenger) are able to run together but still stay “unlinked” in regards to message content and I don’t have to hear about earning Oxen by using the service I am more inclined to consider it an option.

The Session team is hard at work fixing bugs and shoring up core messaging functionality, but once the app is working reliably, we’ll be moving on to Lokinet integration to bring voice calling functionality to Session. We’ll keep the community updated on our progress, so be sure to follow our Twitter to stay up to date!

No, your messages are not stored on a blockchain. Messages are stored by swarms, and are deleted after a fixed amount of time (called the “time-to-live”, or TTL). All of your messages are encrypted, and can only be decrypted using the private key which is stored locally on your device.


I sure hope they do, and while it would be nice to turn my existing Android device into something more open I’m pretty happy with the concept of using unique hardware instead.

I really like what Ubuntu Touch has done with their installer and their app availability, but since I don’t own a device that I want to run it on (my Nexus 5 is in need of a battery replacement) I’m happy we have options line the PinePhone, Volla and F(x)Tec depending on my needs (not including the Librem 5 due to shipping issues, though there are a handful of users with that device too).

Not forgetting Sailfish, they (Jolla) have been around awhile but in my market the device feature set may soon not be viable depending on VoLTE options.


From the head of PowerDNS a bit about toasters, outsourcing, innovation and how it’s tied together from an EU facing view. …


Nice! I think this could be handy with more than a few apps that still have scaling problems or the UI of the button I need is just out of reach due to being visible but no clickable (too close to the edge of the screen).


Yes please, more competition and price wars (but dont fight over charging standards, please pick one already).

I really want to see lower cost options be available, I know with rebates some like the Chevy Bolt EV are quite low comparatively (around the $24,000 range) but get the feeling those prices wont last unless something helps keep them there.


Librem product delays, but for the relevant one: Librem 5 delays and price increases of $100 on June 30th 2021. …


"Fine, now it’s not grand aristocratic families, it’s Silicon Valley Big Tech companies,” he says. “But it’s an identical system in terms of one person giving a right to another giving it to another giving it to another, who eventually hands on a little bit of it to you. And if anybody above you doesn’t like it, or you don’t use it the way they tell you, the whole thing goes away.”

Thats an interesting way to look at it, and the comparison to feudalism isnt one I had thought of before. I found myself buying more movies during the pandemic than I ever had in the past - with no movie theaters open I valued the experience, and bought accordingly. I also didnt like feeling like I needed to get another service or pay around half the cost of the physical disc to rent a film in good quality.

Theaters are opening up slowly now, but I think Ill continue to purchase the ones I really like on disc for those rainy days all the same.


Take a look here if you change the display timeout settings - a known bug can cause the display to autolock if you’re not plugged in.

This thread has an example /.config/powermanagementprofilesrc to make changes off of (you want to look at the DimDisplay numbers) and this earlier one has more specifics.

Mine was at 30 for “low power” and was driving me nuts until I got things edited.



Some good news on further device batches, updates on keyboard, pictures of the wireless charging and fingerprint case (LoRa mentioned too!). …


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. …


If you’re lucky enough to have a Librem 5 (or are still waiting for that shipment email) these updates look quite nice. …


[JMP-news] One app for calls/SMS, automated Bitcoin support, and more!

JMP Chat is an XMPP based sms/call solution, with the latest change allows calls to be made over Jingle (incoming calls via Jingle were already working prior). …


Plasma Mobile February Update

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). …


Oh my, I cant say I like the length of the snippet the link brought over - tried to edit it but you cant (seems tied to the link) - apologies for that! …


Protonmail: Suspended account for online website signup

Since Protonmail has been a recent topic of discussion 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 interacti…


First Impressions of the FINAL LIBREM 5 HARDWARE

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…


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 for d…


KDE Pinephone version coming in December, read on in the post for comments on more than a few things (wireless charging backplate, display now running at 60Hz etc)…


Proposed shipping timeframes, with early backers potentially able to get devices before the end of the year…