A group of scientists think they’re closer to understanding why some people’s immune systems seem to recognize the coronavirus that causes covid-19, despite the person never having been infected by it. The team’s new research released Monday suggests that past infections with much milder but related coronaviruses that…
Source: Gizmodo – Common Cold Coronaviruses Might Prime the Immune System to Recognize SARS-CoV-2
There are many reasons why you may want to create compressed encrypted file archives. You may want to create an encrypted backup of your personal files. Another possible scenario is that you may want to privately share content with a friend or colleague over the web or through cloud storage. Tar.gz files, or compressed tarballs, are created using the tar command. These tarballs are pretty much the standard go-to format for archives on GNU/Linux, however they are not encrypted. In the above scenarios that we mentioned it is often desirable to have encryption in order to secure your data. This is where gpg comes in.
Source: LXer – How to create compressed encrypted archives with tar and gpg
Twitter acknowledged today that there was a security vulnerability in its Android app that would have exposed private data such as Direct Messages (via CNBC). The issue is now fixed and is related to an underlying Android OS security issue that only…
Source: Engadget – Security flaw in Twitter Android app might have exposed Direct Messages
The much awaited LibreOffice 7.0 is finally released. Check out the key changes in this new release and learn how to get the latest release on your Linux distribution.
Source: Linux Today – LibreOffice 7.0 is Finally Available Now! Here are the Key Changes in this Major Release
As the search for survivors of yesterday’s explosion in Beirut continues, at this point we know that it left more than 100 people dead and thousands of others injured. The blast happened near the Lebanese capital’s port, though it could be felt from more than 150 miles away in Cyprus, the New York Times reports.
Source: LifeHacker – How to Help People in Beirut After the Deadly Explosion
Being well past the half-way point for the year, here is a look at how Intel’s performance-optimized Clear Linux distribution is performing compared to its rolling state last December. Plus there are also benchmarks looking at how the current Clear Linux is performing against other rolling-release distributions.
Source: Phoronix – Intel’s Clear Linux Still Outperforming Other Distributions For Mid-2020
This week, Virginia plans to release a COVID-19 exposure notification app based on the specifications published by Apple and Google in April. From a report: The app, called COVIDWISE, is the first fully deployed implementation of Apple and Google’s system in the US and was beta tested by the state department of health. The specification is designed to preserve patient privacy, particularly around their location and whether they have tested positive for COVID-19. “No location data or personal information is ever collected, stored or transmitted to VDH as part of the app,” a health department official told Virginia Public Media, which first reported the news. “You can delete the app or turn off exposure notifications at any time.”
If someone tests positive for the coronavirus, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will give them a PIN number that they can choose to use to report that result within the app. Then, other users of the app should get a notification if their phones were near the sick person at some point in the past 14 days. However, those notifications will only go out to phones when the exposure met a threshold for a strength and duration of the Bluetooth signal that can be estimated as a user being within six feet of the other user for 15 minutes (based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “close contact”).
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Apple and Google’s COVID-19 Tracking System Will Make Its Full US Debut in New Virginia App
During its Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung announced it would support its latest devices with “OS updates up to three generations.” Until now, it has offered two years of full software support. On the surface, that suggests Samsung will update recent…
Source: Engadget – Samsung extends Android support on flagship phones
Alongside the new Note20 series smartphones, Samsung is today pre-announcing the brand-new Galaxy Z Fold 2, the successor to last year’s quite controversial Galaxy Fold smartphone, a device which had been marred by manufacturing defects and delays. Today’s coverage of the Z Fold 2 isn’t an actual launch, but rather a pre-announcement ahead of the device’s proper debut in September. Today’s coverage mainly divulges the new phone’s design, with Samsung talking about how they have improved the folding mechanism of the phone and solve some of last year’s issues.
Source: AnandTech – Samsung Announces Galaxy Z Fold 2: Second-Generation Foldable
Samsung has officially announced its true, powerhouse flagship smartphone. No, we’re not talking about the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but rather the Galaxy Z Fold 2. This is the follow-up to last year’s problem-prone Galaxy Fold, and Samsung is hoping to make a bigger splash in the folding smartphone with improved specifications and useful improvements.
Source: Hot Hardware – Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 Gets Official With Larger 120Hz Primary Display And Snapdragon 865+
Disney announced recently that the live-action remake of Mulan will now be available to Disney+ subscribers on September 4 in lieu of a theatrical release. The movie will cost $29.99 to rent, on top of the $6.99 it already costs to subscribe to the service. This is well and good for Disney, a company that is certainly…
Source: io9 – Just Remember That the Original Mulan Is Perfect
How do you advertise a virtual convention that people can’t actually attend outside of clicking a link in their browsers? Well, for DC Entertainment, it apparently involves an oddly haunting deployment of classic John Williams music and some incredibly creepy CG people.
Source: io9 – DC Weaponizes John Williams’ Superman Theme to Hype Its FanDome Event
Despite how much has changed in terms of how we search for jobs (we’ve come a long way from paging through the local newspaper’s classified ads section) and the hiring process now being largely virtual, there’s one practice that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere: having to provide references.
Source: LifeHacker – How to Ask Someone to Be a Job Reference
Identifying depression can be a tricky beast. However, UCLA researchers are collaborating with Apple in a three-year study to see if gadgets can help revolutionize how depression is detected and treated.
Source: Gizmodo – UCLA Researchers Will Use Apple Gadgets in Study to Detect and Treat Depression
When it comes to depicting the prejudices of historical time periods, most video games sidestep the issue. They avoid acknowledging that these prejudices existed or don’t emphasize them.
Source: Kotaku – Red Dead Redemption 2’s Depiction Of Jim Crow Racism Doesn’t Add Up
We last looked at the idea of a Python
“match” or “switch” statement back in 2016, but it is something that has
been circulating in the Python community both before and since that coverage.
In June it was raised again, with a Python Enhancement Proposal (PEP)
supporting it: PEP 622
(“Structural Pattern Matching“). As that title would imply, the
match statement proposed in the PEP is actually a pattern-matching
construct with many uses.
While it may superficially resemble the C switch statement, a
Python match would do far more than simply choose a chunk of code
to execute based on the value of an expression.
Source: LWN.net – [$] “Structural pattern matching” for Python, part 1