Virtual Assistants for Linux You Can Use on Your Desktop

virtual-assistant-linux-featured-image.j You have most likely heard about virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, and even Google Assistant. It isn’t common, however, to hear about virtual assistants for Linux. That doesn’t mean Linux doesn’t have anything to offer, however. Here, we’ll take a look at two virtual assistants that are available for Linux. Related: Which Is the Best Voice Assistant? Here’s What We Found 1. Betty Betty is a command-line based virtual assistant. You can easily carry out various commands with Betty simply just by typing in a command which asks the question you want answered. Commands are entered… Read more13683015.gif

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Which Ubuntu Flavor Should You Choose?

which-ubuntu-flavor-featured.jpg If you are a fan of Ubuntu but not a fan of Gnome, what can you do? You should know that you are not stuck to using the Gnome version of Ubuntu. You can install another desktop environment or simply use another “flavor” of Ubuntu that can be another desktop manager by default. Let’s see how they differ and which Ubuntu flavor would be better for you. What is Ubuntu Flavor? Ubuntu flavors are generally Ubuntu running with a different desktop environment. The default desktop environment used in Ubuntu is Gnome, but not everyone is a fan of… Read more13683601.gif

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Waze lets drivers display their moods in the app

58a47a10-b7b1-11ea-b6ff-469ea92a82b9In the past year, Waze has added a handful of useful features like lane guidance, COVID-19 info, alerts when a road is unplowed, YouTube Music integration and Google Assistant compatibility. But it’s been several years since Waze updated its design….

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macOS Big Sur: New Features, Availability, Compatibility

macOS-Big-Sur-Cover.jpg At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple introduced its latest version of macOS: Big Sur. This latest release includes major updates to the Safari web browser, refreshed Maps and Messages apps, and more. Read on to find out all about Big Sur and when it is expected to be released. UI and Control Centre macOS hasn’t had a major interface change for a long time now, and it’s good to see a new refreshing look with Big Sur. The top menu bar is now translucent and customizable. It also added more round and refined corners… Read more13684567.gif

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How to Fix High CPU Usage in Linux

fix-high-cpu-in-linux-featured.jpg Is your PC freezing? Or have you started hearing loud CPU fan noise coming from your computer? There are many reasons for high CPU utilization in Linux, but the most common one is a misbehaving app. Read on to find out how you can fix high CPU usage in Linux. Find the Culprit A misbehaving app can bring even the fastest processors to their knees. You can use the System Monitor app or top in the Terminal to find the problematic application. Open your terminal, type top, and press Enter. … Read more13685075.gif

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Microsoft’s New File Recovery Tool is Free for Windows Users

Microsoft's new command line tool for recovering lost files.

Imagine, if you will, someone selling an antique sewing machine. Heavy, unwieldy, and covered in decades of dust, but still entirely operable if you know what you’re doing. Now imagine that antique sitting on the shelf of your local Walmart, right next to a shiny new toaster. That is the new Windows File Recovery Tool.

Microsoft released the tool to help users who’ve lost files that are now irretrievable, either because they didn’t go to the Recycle Bin in Windows 10 or because the drive has suffered some kind of horrible hardware failure. Good! But Microsoft made it as a command line tool—it only works in Command Prompt (cmd.exe) or the new Windows Terminal. Strange. And it’s a free download for all users. Good! They download it on the Microsoft Store, sitting next to Candy Crush and Sea of Thieves. Strange.

Odd juxtapositions of tools separated by decades of computing interfaces aside, it seems to be working, at least for some users. I was able to get it to scan my primary SSD for ZIP files (including deleted ones) and back them up to a newly-created folder on my secondary hard drive. It felt like rubbing sticks together to make fire.

Keep in mind that the files recovered from one drive must go to a separate drive in the tool (so you’ll need a flash drive or external hard drive if your computer only has one). And also that, because of the way Windows handles free drive space, recently-lost files are more likely to be successfully recovered. But if you get the tool running, you can filter by folder or file type fairly easily. If you need help with the syntax, check out this Microsoft page. And if you find yourself needing this tool and wanting an interface from this century, there are plenty of alternatives.

Source: Microsoft Store via The Verge 

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Facebook Is Rolling Out Dark Mode to Mobile

The Facebook app in dark modeNotFridayCraig

If you’re on desktop, you can already get Facebook on dark mode, but what if you’re on iOS or Android? If you’re one of a few lucky iOS users, you can get dark mode on Facebook today. But very few users have the option yet, and there’s no word on Android.

Some people love dark mode, and it’s easy to see why. Implemented correctly, it’s easier on the eyes, and for some devices, it also extends battery life. Facebook already has a dark mode for Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and its desktop interface. But mobile didn’t get the same attention until now.

So I have dark mode on Facebook now. 😍 #darkmode #facebook #iOS14 pic.twitter.com/AuC5uYoMJ2

— 🐍🏀💜💛 (@NotFridayCraig) June 26, 2020

As spotted by SocialMedia Today, a few users found a new dark mode option on the Facebook iOS app. You see screenshots and examples on Twitter. When SocialMedia reached out to Facebook, the company confirmed that it released the feature for “a small percentage of users globally right now.”

The company didn’t say when it would start rolling out the feature more widely or when Android users would get the option. But if you want to check if you’re one of the lucky chosen few, head to your Facebook app settings. The rest of us will have to wait.

via SocialMedia Today

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PowerA’s Nano Enhanced is a compact Switch controller with pro features

ad454ae0-b78e-11ea-bf3a-20d28ed004dbPeripherals maker PowerA does a good job of making third-party gamepads — the MOGA Pro has been a bit hit with Android gamers, for example. Now, the company is launching a new controller for the Nintendo Switch. The Nano Enhanced Wireless controller…

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