Google Chrome 94 is here and it has introduced a controversial idle detection API. For those people that do not know what idle detection API is, well basically Chrome can be asked by a website to report when a user of the site has a site open and is idle on the device. The issue that people have with this is that this particular feature can be used to report when the user is not using a computer at all.
Good thing is that website or web application will prompt you to allow it to use this feature like when a site/application wants to use your microphone or web camera. Developers are on board with this feature since it can provide them with more telemetric data on how users are interacting with their website/application but there are some that are strongly voicing against this.
Tantek Çelik, Mozilla Standards Lead, commented on GitHub, saying:
As it is currently specified, I consider the Idle Detection API too tempting of an opportunity for surveillance capitalism motivated websites to invade an aspect of the user’s physical privacy, keep long-term records of physical user behaviors, discerning daily rhythms (e.g. lunchtime), and using that for proactive psychological manipulation (e.g. hunger, emotion, choice)…
Thus I propose labeling this API harmful and encourage further incubation, perhaps reconsidering simpler, less-invasive alternative approaches to solve the motivating use-cases.
Others who have spoken against this feature are people from the WebKit development team inside Apple. Ryosuke Niwa, an Apple software engineer who works on WebKit said:
That doesn’t seem like a strong enough use case for this API. For starters, there is no guarantee that the user won’t immediately come back to the device. Also, who is such a service supposed to know what another device user might be using at any given point? We’re definitely not going to let a website know all the devices a given user might be using at any given point. That’s a very serious breach of the said user’s privacy. It seems to me that such a suppression/distribution mechanism is best left for the underlying operating systems/web browsers to handle.
Of course, technology itself as always can be used for good or for bad and time will tell if this feature has brought good stuff or it has paved another brick in surveillance and privacy manipulation. As said for now option will prompt for agreement and let's hope that it will be used for good causes from this day into the future.
chkdsk /f /r
powercfg /hibernate /size 100
Error codes on Windows devices can result from many reasons, including lack of proper PC maintenance, the presence of malware, and issues related to servers. In the case of error code 0xc00007b, it manifests itself on various versions of the Windows operating system when users attempting to run applications incompatible with their system or use the incorrect bit location. To correct these issues that may be causing error code 0xc00007b, users will need to use manual repair methods listed in this article. Failure to rectify this error code could result in others such as error code 0xc0000142.
The manual repair procedures listed in this article do not require extensive technical knowledge. Thus, even average Windows users will be able to apply these solutions in order to fix error code 0xc00007b in Windows 8. However, in case of difficulty applying the solutions listed below, contact a Windows repair technician.
One of the first manual repair methods you can attempt is to use Windows Update. This will enable users to access the latest updates for the version of Windows they have on their system. To update your system, follow the instructions below.
After you’ve completed the installation of the latest updates, reboot your machine then attempt to run the gaming application you were unable to open due to error code 0xc00007b. You should be able to run the application if Windows Update fixed the issue. However, if the error code reoccurs, proceed to the next manual repair method by installing Microsoft DirectX.
Another important manual repair method relates to the use of DirectX, a free tool available to Windows users regardless of the version of the Windows operating system present on their PC. Visit Microsoft’s official website and search for DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer. Ensure you access the latest version of the program, then click download.
The app enables Windows users to access high-speed gaming by providing a powerful platform for games and multimedia applications. Access to the latest version of DirectX can help users fix the issues causing error code 0xc00007b in Windows 8.When the installation process is complete, reboot your PC, then proceed by checking if you are able to run your gaming applications. If you are still unable to run the applications the issue will need to be resolved via another manual repair method.
Access the latest version of Microsoft’s .NET Framework to complete the final manual repair method. Be sure to follow the steps listed below to download the latest version of the .NET framework. This is crucial as only the latest version of the framework is equipped with the necessary capabilities required to successfully address the issues causing error code 0xc00007b on your device.
Restart your computer after you’ve downloaded the latest version of the .NET framework. Open the gaming application you were previously unable to run due to error code 0xc00007b.
You’ll be able to access all your gaming or multimedia programs if the issue was resolved via this manual repair method. Otherwise, you may need to reinstall the programs you are unable to run as there may be an issue with the program itself resulting in software conflict or the inability to run other gaming programs.
If you wish to always have at your disposal a utility tool to fix these Windows 8 and other related issues when they do arise, download and install a powerful automated tool.
WeatherBlink is an extension for google chrome, Mozilla, and internet explorer. It allows users to check out the weather anywhere in the world at any time. This might seem like a convenient feature, however, this toolbar also displays unwanted ads, hijacks your browser home page, collects personal data about your web surfing habits, visits, and clicks. From the author: Access local weather forecasts, weather radar, allergy, and pollen reports, and worldwide weather news – all in one convenient spot! This extension configures your New Tab page to WeatherBlink™ to provide these features.Be prepared with instant weather forecasts. Access FREE and accurate weather forecasts with one click!
In today's age of smart gadgets and complete replacement of even some simple things with their smart counterpart, it is not really a surprise to see some strange innovations that try to take advantage of modern technology.
One of these innovations is a smart book, or to be more precise smart note, a reusable notebook that could be connected to your phone.
One thing that could justify, well it should justify buying Rocketbook is the preservation of trees and the environment since it can be reused. The second argument would be its price since it is not expensive considering what it offers.
On top of all, you also have a free application for your phone in order to take full advantage of it.
Imagine this scenario, you have a notebook of 42 pages with several different page styles inside. You write in it and after it is filled you upload its content to your email or cloud service of your choice, get a cloth, erase everything and start again from zero.
So as mentioned notebook comes with 42 pages of various page styles. Most of the pages are either lined or dotted but the notebook also includes a monthly calendar, two-week detailed calendar pages, and three pages for project or idea tracking. Since everything can be erased this is enough variety to cover all basis and eliminate any need for another workbook ever.
When you feel like you want to save work or once it is filled you can easily upload and save the workbook from the scan page option in the free Rocketbook app. Once scanned pages can be uploaded to your preferred cloud service or sent to your email.
Now in order to write and be able to erase any of Rocketbook's notebooks, you will have to use Pilot's Frixion writing pens. They will dry around 15s on the page and can be of course easily wiped with a damp microfiber cloth that is included with the purchase. One pen also comes with a workbook when purchased.
Application has cool features, of course, the most important and most useful one is setting your upload scan destination so when you scan your pages they get automatically uploaded to your chosen destination.
In the application settings, you can also toggle some handwriting recognition features that will allow you to easily search your uploaded documents. For example, you can search through documents just by writing now or two words. There is also a Smart List feature as well that will take your checklist and make it into a virtual checklist.
The app also has a fun Explore section where you can find all sorts of fun hacks and different ideas on how to use your Rocketbook.