Wine 3.4 is out !

Linux - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:40
Categories: Linux

PSA about Atmos for mobile devices

Android - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:35

Mobile devices are starting to add Dolby Atmos software as a selling point. It is misleading and confusing to most consumers.

First of all, some people have heard it and claim it sounds better. But people will also think audio sounds better if you simply boost the bass and treble. Atmos is different technology, but the result is similar. Unless you are listening to a source that is mixed and presented in surround, like Dolby Digital 5.1, etc., Atmos for stereo speakers is not going to provide any benefit. It might sound flashy by comparison, but it is not how the original creator intended for the audio to sound.

Atmos for home theaters with more than two speakers is awesome!

Atmos for mobile devices (headphones) is very different and has very limited benefits.

Atmos 'virtual surround' for headphones is decent technology (an improvement on similar technologies) and it's good to have options, but it should have been branded differently from home theater surround sound. That's my main disappointment - they're confusing customers.

Atmos only applies audio mixed for surround. While some people will occasionally watch something like Netflix with 5.1 on their phone, the vast majority of audio consumed is going to be from a stereo source like YouTube, Spotify, etc. So, there is no expectation of surround sound from those stereo sources.

Atmos doesn't improve resolution. The quality of hardware (DAC + headphones/speakers) is what matters when it comes to the fidelity of the sound.

Ultimately, with stereo devices, it's still just two speakers (with no head-tracking). You could record the Atmos-processed (stereo) audio and play it back on a non-Atmos device and it would sound the same.

It could also be argued that any attempt to take a source mixed for multiple speakers and virtualize it down to headphones will inevitably result in occasional unintended artifacts.

There is a ton of misinformation about Atmos going around. Let's educate each other on what it really is. Audio is very susceptible to placebo effect. Just because it's louder and has an effect applied doesn't mean it's better.

I am open to arguments of what I have presented, but I've been a home theater enthusiast for many years and I've done significant research.

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[Help] GoHome var does not work, only goes to current page

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:30

Hi, I just started using tasker and I am trying to create a task to turn on an LED light. I have a widget on home page 6 and an autoinput action to click on. This task runs fine and works if I am on the home page that has the widget. It does not work on any other home page. The home page variable seems to have no effect regardless of what value is input.

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Konichiw-aaaaargh! Amazon's Japanese HQ raided in antitrust probe

The Register - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:27
Bezos Bunch under the microscope of anti-monopoly cops

Amazon has had its Japanese headquarters raided by police as the web giant finds itself the focus of an antitrust probe.…

Completely Headless Firewall Distro, with OpenVPN ?

Linux - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:16

Hi guys, I have a PC that the video card ( internal is busted ), and it's an old OLD box that only takes AGP or PCI video cards ( and I have non ) so I thought I could make it a firewall box, and use it for OPENVPN, I've tried pfsense, but at the end it did not run because I had to setup the ethernet so it got messy, so is there a distro like a router where you connect the cables and manage it all from a web server ? Thanks !

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Categories: Linux

[REQUEST] Profile for Dow Jones data

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:07

As a preface let me say that my coding skill is terrible.

What I'm looking for is a profile that gives me the Dow Jones level and how many points change has occured during a trading day. I don't need it to be live or real time, I actually need it at 7:00pm new york time. Way after markets have closed.

I am only just aware of the Yahoo finance API but I have no clue on how to use it.

Preferably, what I would love is, a profile that gives me that data as a swipeable notification in my notification panel, which has the current Dow Jones level, and points change for the day.

I realise that this is probably difficult to do, so it would be great if I could get some kind of step by step guidance for this.

I also know this is a huge ask. So thanks a lot in advance if you do decide to take the time to help me.

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Make sure you are using the most effective ads for your app

Developing Android Apps - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:03

Ad mediation is by far the preferred choice. This is because it allows developers to automatically choose the best yielding ad networks at the moment. The ideal ad mediation platform should also let you choose who (which users) sees the ads, and where they see them. This is very useful to figure out which ad strategy works better. This is how you can do it:

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Categories: Android, Linux

How are API keys safe?

Developing Android Apps - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:51

Been focussing on securing my backend apis and I was just thinking that I ship my app with plenty of api keys for different 3rd party services.

What happens if someone hijacks my api key? Revoking? Rotation of the key? Are any of these things really important.

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TIL that Linus Torvalds makes more in Salary than Jim Zemlin, contrary to another post

Linux - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:16

Another post on this subreddit claims that Jim/James Zemlin makes more than Linus according to a tax filing. The reference is a video from Bryan Lunduke. I like Bryan Lunduke a lot, hell I was even a patreon supporter for a period when I could afford it, but I think his video is actually wrong. Look at the tax document Bryan is referencing. In his video, Bryan is hiding the column for other compensation.

  • Jim/James Zemlin - 608,000 + 37,017 = 645,017
  • Linus Torvalds - 451,672 + 281,921 = 733,593

If you include all the compensation that they make, Linus makes more than Jim.

It's good to know how our charitable donations get spent, though I'm sure that Jim and Linus really hate that we're talking so much about this. I'm not a huge fan of the Linux Foundation, though out of respect for the individuals I'm going to delete this post in a couple days. I hope the OP for the other post will do the same.

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New changes coming to the play store listing!

Developing Android Apps - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:49

Have you noticed the new changes made to the play store listing? The ranking list is now vertical showing also the count of thumbs up for each comment.


And this is the old version (Friend Computer):

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