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By +Raphaël G.
Most of you will know me as the developer of audio player Dopamine. Today, I'd like to present another one of my applications: Knowte.
Knowte was born in 2013, under a different name. Back then, it was called Note Studio. I created it because I needed a simple application to write and organize work notes. A great search functionality was also a must have. Today, I have more than 1000 notes in my work collection. Until recently, Knowte was a Windows-only application. That changed with Knowte 2.0, which was released a few weeks ago. Yesterday I released version 2.0.1 and thought it might be nice to present it here.
This is a list of its features:
- Creation of notes
- Organize notes in notebooks
- Group notebooks in collections (allows separating home and work notes for example)
- Note formatting
- Task lists
- Runs on Windows and Linux (theoretically it can run on Mac, but I don't have a Mac to build it for that platform)
- Export to PDF
- Note printing
- Mark notes
Knowte can be downloaded on GitHub: https://github.com/digimezzo/knowte-electron/releases
By Namerah S
Batman Arkham Collection Steelbook Edition coming to Xbox One and PS4 on September 6
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Recently Amazon UK listed the Batman Arkham Collection Steelbook Edition on its online store. The product page states that this version will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the official release slated for September 6, 2019.
The latest Batman collection includes three games from the Arkham series, excluding Batman: Arkham Origins. It comes in an exclusive Steelbook packaging, contains all post-launch content, and comes with the 'Return to Arkham' remastered versions of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City as well as the GOTY edition of Arkham Knight. Additionally, PlayStation 4 buyers get a free exclusive Batman: Arkham Knight "Earth to Dark Knight" skin.
The blurb on Amazon reads:
Coming to Xbox One and PS4 later this year, the Batman Arkham Collection can currently be pre-ordered through Amazon, with free delivery to customers residing in the UK. As for the price, the collection will set back customers £39.99 a pop for either platform.
Source: Amazon UK
By Jett Goldsmith
FTC complaint says kid's toys "spy" by recording, storing audio on remote servers
by Jett Goldsmith
Image: The i-Que Intelligent Robot, via Genesis Toys An FTC complaint filed yesterday by four consumer advocacy groups has alleged that Genesis Toys - a popular "smart" toymaker with products on the shelves of Target and Walmart - has created two products with predatory privacy policies which collect and upload audio data to third-party servers without any disclosure as to how the data will be used.
Genesis Toys makes the "My Friend Cayla" and "i-Que Intelligent Robot" toys, which are marketed to children from the ages of 3-12. They're sold as "smart" toys; similar to barebones versions of voice recognition software used by Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, My Friend Cayla and the i-Que Intelligent Robot utilize a Bluetooth connection to a companion smartphone app (available on Google Play and the iOS app store) to parse and analyze children's queries via the internet. They can answer questions, provide historical facts, and play puzzle games with children.
But this software doesn't only serve as a core feature of the toys - it may also serve to provide a secondary channel of profit for Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications (which makes the voice recognition software used in Genesis Toys products).
The complaint, which urges the FTC to take action in investigating numerous alleged violations of federal law, asserts that "Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications unfairly and deceptively collect, use, and disclose audio files of children’s voices without providing adequate notice or obtaining verified parental consent."
The advocacy groups involved - the Center for Digital Democracy, the Consumers Union (which publishes Consumer Reports), the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center - have stressed the severity and potential privacy concerns associated with these popular toys ahead of the holiday season, as they effectively amount to "toys that spy."
The complaint alleges many concerns:
Nuance is among the largest data services and software corporations in the world, and provides services to Apple's Siri and OS X voice recognition programs. It owns Swype and Equitrac, and holds a number of contracts with government and law enforcement agencies for use of its voice recognition services.
It is unclear whether these toys will remain on store shelves during the upcoming holiday season, or if retailers will face pressure from consumers and media to pull the products.
Source: EPIC via Consumerist
I am currently making a list of all the movies I want to buy for starting my blu-ray movie collection and I thought that would be great if you guys could give your input and add or remove movies, by stating why you would add a movie or why you would remove a movie, from the list I'll provide.
As you might see from the list, I like artsy movies and masterpieces, and some other random stuff here and there.
I would like to get to the magic number of 250 movies which will all be bought in a one shot deal (Probably from 3 or 4 online store since prices are pretty random).
So here is my current list (150 movies):
2001: A Space Odyssey A Clockwork Orange A Serious Man Aliens American Beauty American Gangster Andrei Rubble Annie Hall Back to the future 1 Back to the future 2 Back to the future 3 Barry Lyndon Barton Fink Batman Batman Returns Batman & Robin Batman Begins Batman Forever Beetlejuice Ben-Hur Big Fish Blade Runner Blue Velvet Braveheart Burn after Reading Carlito's way Casablanca Casino Casino Rozale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Chinatown Citizen Kane Corpse Bride Death Proof Die Hard 1 Die Hard 2 Die Hard 3 Die Hard 4 Doctor Zhivago Donnie Darko Dr. Strangelove E.T. Ed Wood Edward Scissorhands Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Evil Dead Evil Dead 2 Eyes Wide Shut Family Plot Fargo Fight Club Frenzy Full Metal Jacket Gladiator Gone With the Wind Goodfellas Heat Hustler Inception Indiana Jones 1 Indiana Jones 2 Indiana Jones 3 Indiana Jones 4 Inglourious Basterds Inland Empire Intolerable Cruelty It