Siri heckles UK defense secretary in parliamentary debate

A British Member of Parliament has demonstrated the issues of having the ‘Hey Siri’ function active during meetings, by suddenly being heckled by his iPhone while addressing his peers in the UK House of Commons on Tuesday.
 
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Scout Archives – DPLA: Open Bookshelf

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On June 21, 2018, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) introduced Open Bookshelf, a one-stop shop for hundreds of e-books that are freely available online. This collection, which currently features over 1,000 books, includes titles that are in the public domain along with titles that are Creative Commons licensed. These titles are selected by the Curation Corps, a team of librarians from across the country that includes public, school, and academic librarians. The books available on Open Bookshelf reflect the diversity of the Curation Corps: the collection features classical literature (including Pride and Prejudice and Little Women), textbooks, academic titles, and children’s books. Visitors may browse this collection by language or genre (e.g. science fiction, education & study aids, and computers). Individual users can access Open Bookshelf through SimplyE, a free mobile application. Open Bookshelf is also available to participating libraries through the DPLA Exchange.

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Pretty Good Procedures for Protecting Your Email | Electronic Frontier Foundation

BY GENNIE GEBHART

A group of researchers recently released a paper that describes a new class of serious vulnerabilities in the popular encryption standard PGP (including GPG) as implemented in email clients. Until the flaws described in the paper are more widely understood and fixed, users should arrange for the use of alternative end-to-end secure channels, such as Signal, and temporarily stop sending and especially reading PGP-encrypted email. See EFF‘s analysis and FAQ for more detail.
 
 

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Google Revamps Gmail’s Web Interface – TidBITS

Gmail’s Web interface on the desktop has just undergone a significant overhaul, the first in some time. This won’t make any difference to those who read Gmail via an app like Mail on the Mac, and even if you use Gmail in a Web browser or via Mailplane, you won’t be dumped into the new interface automatically. To switch to the new version of Gmail, you must click the gear icon in the upper-right corner and choose “Try the new Gmail.”

HeartMonitor Apple Watch app lets you continuously track heart rate without workouts | 9to5Mac

Developer Zach Simone has today unveiled a new iPhone and Apple Watch app that tracks heart rate without activating a traditional Workout. The app, called HeartMonitor, allows you to continuously track your heart rate during so-called “sessions” of activity, while the accompanying iPhone app makes that heart rate data easy to monitor…
 
 
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Review: Prizmo Go — get text from a piece of paper into your iPhone – iPhone J.D.

Jeff Richardson

In my increasingly paperless law practice, most of the documents that I need are already in PDF or some other electronic format, so when I need to get some text out of a document, I can typically just select that text using my computer or iOS device.  But sometimes I find myself working with a paper document — perhaps a single sheet of paper, perhaps a magazine, book, etc. — and I need to get some text out of that document so that I can work with it.  If it is short enough I can just retype it manually, but that is a pain for longer text.  Prizmo Go, an app which was released in 2017, has as its single focus the task of getting text from a paper document into your iPhone (or iPad) so that you can work with it.  Use the app to take a picture of the document, the app does an OCR to read the text, and then the app gives you the text.  The app itself is free, but there are some in-app purchases, discussed below.  The developer gave me a one-month Premium Plan account at no cost (which normally costs $0.99) so that I could see all of the features.  The app works well and I can recommend it.

Library Extension – See book availability from your local library | Library Extension

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Library Extension detects when you’re viewing a book or ebook on a site like Amazon or Goodreads and adds a box showing the availability of that item in your local library. If you have access to more than one local library, it is able to check all of them. When an item is available from your library, Library Extension will also include a link allowing you to reserve it. Library Extension currently integrates with over 4000 local libraries. Users can request support for additional libraries with a simple contact form. Users do not need to register for any additional accounts to use Library Extension. Currently, Library Extension is available for Google Chrome. A version for Mozilla Firefox is under development.
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