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Quick #Kindle tip: If you want to use a recent Kindle as an offline non-DRM #eBook reader, you can use it without logging into an Amazon account (or even Wifi). Just plug your USB cable in when it prompts you to connect/sign in during first-boot, copy your books over, then unplug & reboot. When it reboots, it'll drop you to the home screen with your books on it. This information was not as easy to find as I'd have hoped, but does actually work.
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Changes to the #Chrome extensions API mean that ad-blocking will effectively be limited to enterprise (read: paying) customers. #Google even admits that ad-blocking is a thread to their revenue stream in recent SEC filings.
Google is essentially saying that Chrome will still have the capability to block unwanted content, but this will be restricted to only paid, enterprise users of Chrome. This is likely to allow enterprise customers to develop in-house Chrome extensions, not for ad blocking usage.
Google themselves have even admitted as such in a recent SEC Form 10-K filing by Alphabet, uncovered by Hill, in which ad blocking extensions are labeled as a “risk factor” to Google’s revenues. — 9to5google
As Google themselves put it:
New and existing technologies could affect our ability to customize ads and/or could block ads online, which would harm our business. — Google's SEC 10-K filing
Not only will this affect ad-blocking, but other extensions that use content-blocking as well - for example, certain accessibility and content-warning plugins could equally be affected by this change.
Google Chrome is moving to remove autonomy from Web users.
Google Chrome is not built for people; it’s built for Google, by Google. You are their bank. — Jacky Alciné
I've written a very hacky #Mycroft #REST webhook to run on a Mycroft box and allow you to integrate other apps with it. It's far from done, and it's super hacky at the moment, but it's working. I use it for some custom #HomeAssistant integrations & have a few other plans for it. It's available on #GitHub.