Article: MacStadium offers free cloud-based Mac mini for open source developers

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MacStadium offers free cloud-based Mac mini for open source developers

Qualifying iOS and macOS developers can now remotely build software on a Mac mini, provided by MacStadium specifically to support the creation of open source apps.

Hosting company MacStadium has already helped developers move to Apple Silicon, such as the team behind macOS utility HomeBrew, and now it wants to extend that help to more people. Developers working on open source projects, and not funded by other companies, can apply to use MacStadium’s services for free.

Article: How Railsbank can provide new financial opportunities in Australia

Money, Open Governance

How Railsbank can provide new financial opportunities in Australia

London-based Railsbank has partnered with Australian neobank Volt and the former plans to improve and provide fintech opportunities in the country. Railsbank wants to use Volt’s banking-as-a-service platform to distribute various products, such as cards and payments. This is a partnership that will contribute to Railsbank’s expansion in the Asian region.

Open banking got a slow start in Australia, but by adding cards in summer 2020, the country also contemplates adding more financial services this year. The concept of online banking has been rising in recent years, and Australia is no exception.

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Article: Pilot Program Offers NYU Students and Faculty Instant Access to 150,000 Ebooks Via App

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Pilot Program Offers NYU Students and Faculty Instant Access to 150,000 Ebooks Via App

NYU Libraries and ProQuest launch pilot program to offer the NYU community an additional, user-friendly option for accessing and reading ebooks. NYU Libraries and ProQuest have launched a pilot project that will make over 150,000 scholarly titles available to students and faculty via their mobile devices. NYU users can access coursebooks, ebooks, and reference works from major publishers through an e-reader app called SimplyE.

Available on both Apple and Android devices, SimplyE is a free-to-use service that allows library users to browse, borrow and read ebooks on their phones or tablets. Based on open-source technology and developed through a non-profit collaboration between the New York Public Library (NYPL) and LYRASIS, SimplyE is widely used in public libraries.

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Article: Advances in open source CAD software, new open source project aims to bring Linux to Apple, and more

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Advances in open source CAD software, new open source project aims to bring Linux to Apple, and more

FreeCAD 0.19’s migration from Python 2 to Python 3 and Qt4 to Qt5 is complete. This newest major feature release includes updates to its navigation cube, dynamic properties, backup file handling, and more. FreeCAD 0.19 includes several new features, as well.

Icon theme management, a dark stylesheet, a WebGL exporter, Arch Fence, and Arch Truss tools are just a few of the update’s new additions. Want to learn more? Visit the FreeCAD wiki for project updates and to learn how you can contribute.

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Article: The tale of the Chinese citizen who makes pro-China edits to open-source maps of the Line of Actual Control

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The tale of the Chinese citizen who makes pro-China edits to open-source maps of the Line of Actual Control

OpenStreetMap.org is a project that creates and distributes free geographic data to the world. Major corporations like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc. utilize the services of OpenStreetMap (OSM).

It is a free and editable map of the world built up by volunteer users from around the world. Naturally, the editable nature of the map has led to some users propagating the strategic territorial interests of their own countries in the form of OSM edits, demarcating any disputed or non-disputed territory in favour of their own particular country.

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Article: How can banks respond to the open banking revolution?

Money, Open Governance

How can banks respond to the open banking revolution?

Open banking possibilities are endless, yet many banks are still stuck in the dark ages. It’s time for banks to move with the times. The success of open banking has been widely documented, with more than two million people and small businesses currently using it in the UK.

These services give third-party financial service providers open access to financial data from banks and other financial institutions through Application Programming Interface (API) driven ecosystems. Open banking’s popularity is no surprise considering the benefits it offers customers.

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Article: StrongKey Expands FIDO Strong Authentication Support for Android and Apple Devices

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StrongKey Expands FIDO Strong Authentication Support for Android and Apple Devices

With a Preview release of the open source StrongKey Android Client Library (SACL), StrongKey enables Android developers to build native apps using Android mobiles devices as FIDO Authenticators, enabling frictionless user experiences for medium to high risk business transactions.

StrongKey also now supports Apple Attestation, enabling current iPhones to be used as FIDO Authenticators with native iOS apps or browser-enabled applications using Safari.

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Article: Open-source team details the complexities in bringing Linux to Apple’s M1 Macs

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Open-source team details the complexities in bringing Linux to Apple’s M1 Macs

The crowdfunding Asahi Linux project has published the first progress report detailing its effort to port Linux to the Apple Silicon platform with the M1 Macs. Apple’s new processor architecture is creating some difficulties…

In the blog post (via The Register), kernel hacker and Asahi Linux cofounder Hector Martin describes the challenges faced by the project in understanding how this new Apple chip works.

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