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1Password Families 6.8.6 - Powerful security for sensitive information for up to 5 family members.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 7 min ago

1Password Families is the one password manager that’s ideal for your whole household. Decide who you share your information with and what they can do with it. You can give your loved ones the tools to stay safe online without taking away their independence. But not everything needs to be shared with the whole family. Personal vaults let everyone keep their own private passwords and documents, all managed under a single subscription.

  • Share. 1Password is the easiest and safest way to share passwords, credit cards, and anything else that’s too important to email.
  • Protect. 1Password helps your family practice smart online security by generating strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts.
  • Relax. 1Password remembers everything for you, and automatically signs you into your favorite sites with a single click.
  • Features
    • Protection for the whole family - Five people can join in and have individual accounts on your single subscription. They don't even have to belong to the same household.
    • 1Password on-the-go - Sign in to your account, view and edit your items, and manage your family from your web browser.
    • Always up-to-date - You will always get the latest versions of 1Password and all new features as soon as they come out. Never pay for upgrades again.
    • Award-winning 1Password apps - Your subscription includes the latest, full versions of the 1Password apps for Mac, iOS, and Android at no extra charge.
    • Secure documents - Your family gets 1 GB of encrypted storage for documents, which you can share and access securely from anywhere.
    • Use on all your devices -- for free - Don’t stress about licenses -- install 1Password on as many computers and devices as your family owns.
    • Seamless sync - All your data appears instantly on all your devices with no work on your part whatsoever. There is no sync service to set up.
    • Watchtower service - Receive around-the-clock alerts whenever there are security breaches for the services and sites that your family uses.
    • Item history backup - Go back in time up to one full year and recover passwords which you or your family members have deleted or changed.
    • 24/7 support - Get free, one-on-one support from AgileBits employees whenever you need it. We're here to help you at any time of day or night.

    The published price is that of a monthly charge for an all-access subscription (desktop and mobile apps, free upgrades, Web access, and sharing) for up to five (5) people.

    Version 6.8.6: New
    • iCloud sync has been reimplemented using Apple's native iCloud framework.
    • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from viewing an attachment more than once
    • Quick Look windows now close when 1Password is locked.
    • When fetching rich icons, 1Password will not request icons for items with invalid URLs.

    • OS X 10.10 or later

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1Password 6.8.6 - Powerful password manager; integrates with Web browsers and more.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 9 min ago

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.

Version 6.8.6: New
  • iCloud sync has been reimplemented using Apple's native iCloud framework.
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from viewing an attachment more than once
  • Quick Look windows now close when 1Password is locked.
  • When fetching rich icons, 1Password will not request icons for items with invalid URLs.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

Download Now]]>

NASA: 2017 was Earth’s second-warmest year since 1880

Engadget - 5 hours 15 min ago
After careful analysis, NASA has declared that 2017 was the second-warmest year since the end of the 19th century. In a separate study using different analytical methods, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ranked last year as the...

Essential is working to fix its sluggish touchscreens

Engadget - 5 hours 21 min ago
The Essential Phone launched last August, but five months later, there are still some issues with the phone that remain unfixed. One of those is the lagging touch latency. If you have a PH-1, though, know that Essential hasn't forgotten about the pro...

Visual UI for calculation functions

I would like to implement sum of two step-functions.

To calculate for every number, would be tedious.

Is there a tool which can generate function and calculate for you with UI input and output ?

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Is it better to learn mobile apps after getting through HTML CSS and JS, or should I focus on back end?

Learn Programming - 5 hours 24 min ago

I'm a 21f, enrolled in Comp Sci at university. The classes are interesting and the theory does help, but we don't do much programming, so I've been trying to learn more myself. I've gotten through HTML CSS and Vanilla JS.

I asked a few developer friends this same question, but never got a straight answer. I need to really build my portfolio + skills if I want to freelance (my preference) or get hired at a company but I'm not sure which route I should go. My Github is sparse with two full websites and a few mini projects/exercises.

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Man who tweeted vulnerable adults' details prosecuted

The Register - 5 hours 25 min ago
Kent bloke 'threatened' the ICO that he'd release more

A man from Kent has been prosecuted under the Data Protection Act for leaking sensitive information on Twitter.…

Solenoids and Servos for Self Actuated Switches

Hack a Day - 5 hours 29 min ago

The new hotness in home automation is WiFi controlled light switches. Sure, we’ve had computer-controlled home lighting for literally forty years with X10 modules, but now we have VC money pouring into hardware, and someone needs to make a buck. A few years ago, [Alex] installed WiFi switches in a few devices in his house and discovered the one downside to the Internet of Light Switches — his light switches didn’t have a satisfying manual override. Instead of cursing the darkness for want of an Internet-connected candle, [Alex] did the only sensible thing. He installed electromagnets, solenoids, and servos behind the light switches in his house.

The exact problem [Alex] is trying to solve here is stateful wall switches. With an Internet-connected lamp socket, the wall switch no longer functions. Being able to turn on a light when your phone is out of charge is something we all take for granted, and the solution is, of course, to have Internet-connected switches.

Being able to read the state of a switch and send some data off to a server is easy. For this, [Alex] used a WeMos D1 mini, a simple ESP8266-based board. The trick here, though, is stateful switches that can toggle themselves on and off. This is a mechanical build, and although self-actuated switches that can flip up and down by computer command exist, they’re horrifically expensive. Instead, [Alex] went the DIY route, first installing electromagnets behind the switches, then moving to solenoids, and finally designing a solution around four cheap hobby servos. The entire confabulation stuffed into a 2-wide electrical box consists of two switches, four hobby servos, the D1 mini, and an Adafruit servo driver board.

The software stack for this entire setup includes a NodeJS server connected to Orvibo Smart Sockets over UDP. Also on this server is a WebSocket server for browser-based clients that want to turn the lights on and off, a FauXMo server to turn the lights on and off via an Amazon Echo via WeMo emulation, and an HTTP server for other clients like [Alex]’ Pebble Watch.

This is, without question, the most baroque method of turning a lamp on and off that we’ve ever seen. Despite this astonishing complexity, [Alex] has something that is also intuitive to use and, to borrow an applhorism, ‘Just Works’. With a setup like this, anyone can flick a switch and turn a lamp on or off over the Internet, or vice-versa. This is the best Home Automation build we’ve ever seen.

You can check out [Alex]’ video demo of his build below, or his GitHub for the entire project here.

Lenovo YOGA vs. Dell XPS 15

Mechanical Engineering Student here,

I’m about to pull the trigger on a new laptop needing to be capable of 3D drawing, rendering, and simulations. All other times I’ll be taking notes and doing homework on it (No gaming). Budget is right at $2k. I wanted a 2-in-1 originally so I could write on professors lecture notes, but have since been leaning towards the XPS because of battery life. Dell will also build me a XPS for slightly more cost with more ram.

My questions for you guys is? Which machine is best for the price and my use? Is 16GB of ram sufficient, or should I upgrade to 32 with the XPS? Should I be concerned about the YOGA’s 8 hr battery life versus the XPS’s 15? Also, how much hard drive should I consider? 500+GB or 1 TB. Both laptops stock have the same RAM, SSD, and NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card.

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Writing a multithreaded web server, any advice ?

Learn Programming - 5 hours 32 min ago

i am starting this project (multithreaded web server) in some days. i will be using java to implement it and will be able to allocate around (150 - 200)man hours to this task. any thing you guys want to suggest related to project scope, technologies to use, specific functionality that i should focus on and good resources.

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15" laptop for business and travelling for < $500

I'm looking for a mid-range business laptop. Budget is around $500 and below. Brand preference is Dell. The laptop will be used for basic office applications.

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[Fortran] How to take values from a text file?

Learn Programming - 5 hours 35 min ago

Hi guys. (I'm using Code::Blocks to write the program if that matters)

I have a text file with 2 columns of 8 numbers, the first one are all values of "r", and the second are all the "yi" values corresponding to the r-values.

I need to create a program where fortran uses a long formulae for each of these numbers to create 8 C-values, then add them all together for C-total.

I know some of the basics of Fortran, but was never shown how to read from a file/use the data, so I'm quite stuck on where to start. I tried looking for solutions online, but they didn't explain what they were doing, and copy/pasting their solutions comes up with errors

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Purism Progress Report, Spectre Mitigation for Ubuntu, Malicious Chrome Extensions and More

Linux Journal - 5 hours 39 min ago

News briefs for January 18, 2018.

Purism, the group behind the security and privacy-focused Librem 5 phone just recently published a progress report highlighting the latest developments and design decisions to its crowdfunded project. Changes include an even faster processor. more>>

Easy-Cat 1.0.0 - GUI for the 'cat' command-line tool.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 5 hours 42 min ago

Easy-Cat is a GUI for the Terminal cat tool, which can be used to concatenate several files into a single file. In addition, Easy-Cat has the capability of batch processing, so that everything can be prepared and the concatenation can take place in the background.

Why is Easy-Cat helpful? - Working with the Terminal-tool cat is not very comfortable. The to be concatenated, files must be laboriously specified, and you have to wait for completion of the concatenation before you can move on to the next concatenation. Easy-Cat spares you from this tedious work by predefining multiple concatenations and by easily putting together the files to be concatenated using drag-and-drop. Once the actual concatenation has started, you can sit back and let Easy-Cat do all the work for you.

What data can be chained? - The cat Tool can be used for concatenating plain data such as plain text-files, uncoded music and movie files (for example, Wave, MPEG).

Version 1.0.0:
  • Initial release

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Laptop for Engineering applications, traveling, and battery life

Hi everyone. I'm going to start off by saying that my current laptop is a Lenovo T430s, with an nvidia nvs 5200 and i5-3210M. After upgrading it to having two SSD's (msata and sata, no raid) and replacing the DVD drive with an extra battery pack, I am extremely satisfied with this machine. Literally the only thing that I didn't enjoy about it is how quickly the latch to the secondary battery broke, and that once upon a time I melted the space bar by letting the sun reflect off my necklace.

  • Total budget and country of purchase: Let's say, no more than $1500 in the USA.

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. All three? I would like to utilize pen and touch functionality for engineering applications. Good battery life for me is not shutting down if I turn it on at lunch and put it to sleep right before dinner, so ~5 hours+. Best specifications...I don't mind a midrange CPU but the GPU has to be able to handle solidworks.

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? The weight is super important to me, having a laptop below 5lb (~2.3kg) is a valuable asset to me. Laptop visual appeal....barely relevant.

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. If it doesn't run Windows 10, I will make it run Windows 10.

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. N/A, as long as the weight limitation is met.

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. CAD and some light gaming. Solidworks, Abaqus/Simulia package, Rocket League(?),

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Rocket League, to be sure. After that, I'm not super particular. I think I'm generally leaving the realm of gaming.

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Touch screen, ideally with a pen input, would be great. Thunderbolt 3 so that I can expand the use of the laptop to Oculus based applications if I so desire. I do not require the laptop to have native support for 3D for that express reason.

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Ultimately, I want a light laptop, with above average battery life, with a CAD graphics card that can handle some light gaming in a pinch, pen and touch input, and a Thunderbolt 3 input for external GPU setups. My laptop is a 14" with 1600x900 and I don't notice the "screen door effect" so anything below this PPI is unacceptable while anything with equal or higher PPI is treated effectively the same. I don't need a retina display because for the most part I won't notice the difference.

If no such laptop exists, that's ok too! I can wait another year, I'm not in a rush. I just want to stick my toes in the water and see if the world has caught up to my demands for my next laptop. Thank you very much, everyone!

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Contributing to Open Source

Learn Programming - 5 hours 43 min ago

I'm really starting to get interested in board game development (both move generation and engines) and have discovered it's a small, but lively niche community. I want to extend functionality some of the open source projects that exist out there but their code bases are so large I don't even know how to begin without breaking something. Like the enterprise level projects at work that I'm on aren't even as complex.

I look at some people's Git profiles and they just have thousands of contributions of super well written, clever code and I'm just wondering how did do they get to the point where they can just do that so easily. I wouldn't consider myself a beginner programmer by any means but at the same time, I can't just whip up an entire full-featured library extension in a few weeks like a lot of these guys can.

What are they doing differently in their approach?

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Instagram DMs now show when you were last active

Engadget - 5 hours 43 min ago
Less than 24 hours since we learned of Instagram's new text fonts for Stories, the Facebook-owned app has added another feature. But this one may not be to everyone's liking. Taking inspiration from its parent company's Messenger service (instead of...

Linear Raid Array on multiple encrypted disks

Hi everyone,
I need to create a linear aray (no RAID-X, just a concatenation of disks, JBOD) on some luks-encrypted disks on Linux.
This is the main idea:

1) Have N disks
2) Encrypt each disk with LUKS
3) With mdadm create a linear array (no raid-x, just concatenation) to see it as a single drive

These are the important requirements:

  • Files must not spread across multiple drives, a single file must be contained on a single disk
  • If you extract a single disk, we should be able to extract data on said disk, after unblocking the drive with a luks passphrase

Can this be done?
What happens to the array if I remove a disk?
Can I recover data from all the other disks If I remove a single drive?
Are there any particular mdadm flags I should set?

Thanks in advance

EDIT: I understand that disks have to be unlocked one by one

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