How to upgrade to OpenShot 2.5 on Linux

The OpenShot video editor is a favorite in the Linux community. Why? It’s got a refreshingly simple user-interface, it’s easy to use, has dozens of plugins, can export video files, and even makes use of Blender.

Recently, a new version of OpenShot (2.5) hit the internet. It’s got even more enhancements, improvements, and features Linux users are sure to love. Here’s how to upgrade to it!

Ubuntu installation instructions

Ubuntu Linux has version 2.4 of OpenShot in their “Universe” software repository, so, sadly, it is not easy to get the new release (2.5) in this way. Unfortunately, if you want to use the latest OpenShot on your Ubuntu PC, adding a third-party software repository is necessary.

Note: you must uninstall the “openshot” package from your Ubuntu Linux PC with sudo apt remove openshot before attempting to install version 2.5, as it uses a different package name.

Adding a third-party software repository (PPA) to Ubuntu is done in the terminal. So, press Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the add-apt-repository command below to add it to your system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

After adding the PPA to your Ubuntu Linux system, you must run an update with the apt update command. This command will set up the PPA.

sudo apt update

Finally, after running the apt update command, use the apt install command to upgrade to version 2.5 of OpenShot.

sudo apt install openshot-qt

Debian installation instructions

Debian Linux has OpenShot 2.4 in their repositories and not the new 2.5 release. If you want to use the new 2.5 version, you will need to download the AppImage release of the program. Follow the AppImage section cover later in this guide to get the app working.

Note: you must uninstall the Debian 2.4 version of OpenShot before continuing, as the AppImage release may interfere with it. Use the sudo apt-get remove openshot in a terminal window.

Arch Linux installation instructions

Arch Linux usually gets the absolute latest programs right away. So, if you’re looking to upgrade to OpenShot 2.5 on Arch and are currently using an older version, open up a terminal window and use the command below to update.

sudo pacman -Syyu

Alternatively, if you don’t already have it set up, use the following installation command to get OpenShot 2.5 working.

sudo pacman -S openshot

Fedora installation instructions

Fedora Linux does not distribute OpenShot through their software repositories, even though it is open-source. Instead, users need to be using RPM Fusion Free to get the app.

Assuming you’ve already gotten OpenShot 2.4 set up via RPM Fusion, you’ll be happy to know that OpenShot 2.5 is in the RPM Fusion Free Updates software repository. You’ll be able to upgrade simply by running the dnf update command below.

sudo dnf update

Are you not seeing OpenShot 2.5 in the dnf update manager? Don’t already have it installed but want to get the latest OpenShot 2.5 working on your system? Enter the following commands below.

First, add RPM Fusion Free to your Fedora OS.

Note: replace X in the command below with the release of Fedora you currently use. As of writing this, the latest Fedora is 31.

sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-X.noarch.rpm

Install version 2.5 of OpenShot with the dnf install command.

sudo dnf install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/updates/31/x86_64/o/openshot-2.5.0-1.fc31.noarch.rpm

OpenSUSE installation instructions

No release of OpenSUSE, even their bleeding-edge release Tumbleweed currently has a stable release of OpenShot 2.5 in their software repositories. As a result, if you’d like to upgrade to the new version, uninstall 2.4 with the following zypper command. Then, follow the AppImage instructions in this guide.

sudo zypper remove openshot

AppImage installation instructions.

To get started, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the wget download command to grab the latest 2.5 AppImage release of OpenShot.

Note: it is also possible to download the AppImage release of OpenShot from the official OpenShot website.

wget https://github.com/OpenShot/openshot-qt/releases/download/v2.5.0/OpenShot-v2.5.0-x86_64.AppImage -O ~/Downloads/OpenShot-v2.5.0-x86_64.AppImage

When the OpenShot AppImage file is done downloading, it’ll appear in the “Downloads” folder in the home directory (~) on your current user. Using the CD command, move the terminal session to this folder.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” folder, it is time to update the file permissions. To update permissions of files, make use of the following chmod command.

sudo chmod +X OpenShot-v2.5.0-x86_64.AppImage

With the permissions of the OpenShot 2.5 AppImage file updated to “executable,” use the mkdir command to make a new folder in your home directory (~) with the label “AppImages.”

mkdir -p ~/AppImages

Move the OpenShot 2.5 AppImage file into the new folder with the mv command.

mv OpenShot-v2.5.0-x86_64.AppImage ~/AppImages

After moving the AppImage file into the AppImages” folder, close the terminal window and open up your Linux file manager. Click on the “AppImages” directory in your home folder (~).

Inside of the “AppImages folder, double-click on OpenShot-v2.5.0-x86_64.AppImage with the mouse to use the new OpenShot 2.5!

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OTT Explains: Do AirPods Work with Android?

Do AirPods work with Android devices? The answer is yes, AirPods use Bluetooth technology to connect, but you’ll need to install a suitable control app to gain full functionality. That includes checking the current battery levels for both your AirPods and charging case, as well as being able to control your music or calls using them.

There are several apps available for you to control your AirPods on Android devices. We’ll walk you through how to pair your AirPods with Android, as well as explain how to control and use certain apps like AirBattery. Here’s everything you need to know about making AirPods work with Android.

AirPods & Android: An Unhappy Mix

Once you buy one Apple product, it’s very easy to be drawn into the Apple ecosystem with others. Apple products rarely play well with non-Apple devices, and as the main competitor in the mobile market, Android devices are no different. AirPods work perfectly with an iPhone or Mac, but you’ll need a little extra for Android.

That’s not to say that some functionality won’t work out-of-the-box, but many of the must-have AirPod features like ear detection to pause your music automatically won’t work without a third-party app installed. Thankfully, Android app developers have stepped up, and there are several AirPod control apps available.

We’ve already mentioned one—AirBattery, which has over a million downloads in the Google Play Store. Others are available, however, including AirDroid and PodAir. Each of these apps attempts to offer the same functionality for AirPods that you’ll see on iOS and macOS devices, but your own experiences may vary.

If one app doesn’t work, try another. Your success in using them may depend on the app or your device, but they aren’t guaranteed to work. Unfortunately, even with these apps installed, you won’t have the same, seamless experience that you’d find using an iPhone, but it will be close.

Pairing AirPods With Android

Just as you might connect a PS4 controller to an Android device, AirPods should be able to connect to any Bluetooth-capable device. Almost all Android devices available come with Bluetooth connectivity, so assuming your Android device isn’t too old, pairing your AirPods with Android shouldn’t be a problem.

These steps may vary, of course, depending on your version of Android, and the type of device you have. These instructions should work fine with a modern version of Android (Android 10) and the process should be similar for other versions, too.

  • You’ll need to enable Bluetooth on your Android device before you can pair it. You can do this by swiping down to access your notification drawer and pressing the Bluetooth tile, or by pressing the Bluetooth slider in your Android settings menu. This may be listed in another sub-menu like Connections on Samsung devices.
  • With Bluetooth enabled, you can begin scanning for your AirPods. With your AirPods in the charging case and the case lid open, press and hold the setup button at the back of the case. Once your AirPods are in pairing mode, the LED light at the top of the case will begin to flash white. 
  • While the LED flashes, enter the Bluetooth settings menu and check your list of Available Devices. If you don’t see the AirPods listed, press Scan. Press on the device listing for your AirPods in the list to begin the pairing process, pressing OK to confirm. Once the pairing process completes, your AirPods should move to the Paired Devices section.

Once paired, the AirPods should work for basic calls and audio playback. Many of the additional features aren’t supported by Android, which is why you’ll need to install an AirPod control app.

Installing An AirPod Control App

An app to control your AirPods will allow you to skip tracks by tapping your AirPods, automatically pause your AirPods when you remove one of them from your ear, as well as check the battery levels for your AirPods and charging case.

We recommend AirBattery or AirDroid (not to be confused with the popular file transfer app), but many similar apps are available in the Google Play Store. These instructions will explore how to install and use AirBattery on Android, but the steps should be similar for other apps.

  • Start by installing AirBattery from the Google Play Store. When you first open the app, you’ll need to grant the app certain permissions to control your device. Press Grant Permission and follow the on-screen instructions for your version of Android to allow the app access to each setting.
  • Select your AirPods device from the list. AirBattery, for instance, supports various AirPods clones alongside the official Apple versions. Once your device is selected, press OK to proceed.
  • Once you select your device from the list, AirBattery will be configured. You can view your AirPods status by swiping down the notifications drawer. Pressing on the AirBattery notification or opening the AirBattery app directly will show the current battery levels, as well as allow you to access other AirBattery settings. Press the spanner icon to access AirBattery settings.
  • You’ll need to enable AirPod Ear Detection for your AirPods to automatically pause any playing video or music when you remove one or both from your ears. Press the slider next to that option under the Behavior section in the AirBattery settings menu.
  • Enabling AirPod Ear Detection in AirBattery disables the up-to-date notifications bar. If you’d prefer to keep this enabled, disable AirPod Ear Detection by pressing the slider next to it, then press Show notification under the Notification section.

Once AirBattery (or another AirPod control app) is installed and configured, you should have near-to-full functionality enabled on your Android device. You won’t be able to configure your AirPods to activate Siri, for instance, but you should be able to use other AirPods features like ear detection and track skipping.

Using AirPods Productively

Asking “do AirPods work with Android?” isn’t the right question to ask. As we’ve shown here, AirPods can and do work well with Android devices, but you’ll need a third-party app to gain full functionality.  It’s a little easier to use AirPods on Windows, but you’ll find the best experience is to be found on iOS and macOS. 

You can also change the function of your AirPods to use them in other ways, especially on an iPhone or Mac. What devices do you use your AirPods with? Let us know in the comments below.

View Websites in Dark Mode With This Browser Add-on

DarkReader

This browser add-on changes the color of websites from bright to dark mode.

Dark Reader enables night/dark mode by creating dark themes for websites on the fly in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Dark modes for sites can make viewing websites much easier on the eyes and more readable at night.

Once installed, the extension adds an icon to the browser toolbar which you can use to customize how sites appear. Clicking on the toolbar icon generates a pop up box to change the add-on options:

– switch from Dark to Light mode

– adjust Brightness

– adjust Contrast

– adjust Sepia

– adjust Grayscale

– change per site settings

– change font

– change text stroke

– add sites to ignore list

– apply settings the current site only

– change the theme engine (Filter, Filter+, Static and Dynamic)

Dark Reader can be set to activate after sunset and deactivate after sunrise, based on your location or your system preferences. Dark Reader generates themes on the fly, seeing a site flash of white when the site loads before dark mode appears is normal.

If you have any similar add-ons/extensions, disable them before using Dark Reader to avoid issues.

Dark Reader has over 2,000,000 active users, doesn’t show ads and doesn’t send user’s data anywhere. It is fully open-source, the code is on GitHub . Dark Reader is available for free from the Firefox Add-on page and Chrome web store. Safari users are charged $4.99 USD to download it from the Mac App Store.

Dark Reader worked well on the sites I tested it on. Search engines, social media, and a wide variety of popular and niche sites. It doesn’t work on certain protected sites like the Firefox add-on page or the Chrome web store. It worked well in other Chromium based browsers (Brave, Chromium Edge, Iridium) and Firefox based browsers (Waterfox Current and Waterfox Classic) on my system.

There is a similar add-on for most browsers called Night Eye . It has a limitation – the free version of the extension allows you to see five sites in dark mode. If you want to see dark mode on all websites there’s a paid plan. If you install the extension, you get a 3 month free trial, where the extension works at most sites. After the trial the plan ends, dark mode is limited to five sites of your choosing. Night Eye works by converting colors, which may improve the appearance for some (I noticed minor differences, others may see more) but also takes processing power which can cause websites to load slowly.

If you’re on the computer at night, your eyes need a rest or you prefer dark mode, give Dark Reader a try. Links to install extensions for Firefox, Safari and Chrome are on the Dark Reader home page. Read More

The 10 Best YouTube Channels For Retro Computer Games

Retro gaming is all the rage these days. Everyone’s selling a mini-console with classic games from years gone by, it seems. The offerings from Sega and Nintendo’s SNES and NES mini consoles are particularly good as a gateway into gaming’s amazing history of quality titles. 

However, retro computer games from systems like the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum are also starting to get the attention they deserve. With mini consoles featuring their games also seeing the light of day. It’s certainly a cheaper and easier path to playing these games compared to buying the original hardware and software.

That being said, there’s a fun and even simpler way to learn about retro gaming from people who know more than anyone about the subject. All you need to do is check out these excellent YouTube channels packed with the best retro computer game content on the web.

Just remember, we’re looking at channels that have content related to retro computer games. Sadly channels that focus exclusively on retro console gaming will have to wait for another article.

Metal Jesus Rocks

This channel has been around since 2006 and has become one of the best-known names in retro computer games on YouTube. His real name is Jason Lindsey, and along with a variety crew of friends you’ll find a variety of creative retro computer game topics to explore.

Although Metal Jesus has plenty of video game console content, he’s a big collector of PC games, especially the classic big-box variety. Even better, Jason is a former Sierra On-Line employee, effectively making him classic PC gaming royalty. The show itself has that schlocky 90s vibe, from the cheesy awkwardness to the garage band metal intro, it’s all just so perfect.

Jason himself is a down to earth dude who seems like that friendly nerd friend we all wish we had growing up. Is he the Mister Rogers of retro gaming? We’re not saying he’s not.

For the best of Metal Jesus’ retro computer game content, we recommend heading straight to the Classic PC Gaming playlist.

Cinemassacre (The Angry Video Game Nerd)

It might seem a little strange to have Cinemassacre, home of the Angry Video Game Nerd, on a list of retro computer game channels. While it is true that they deal primarily with console gaming, there’s a healthy number of videos that apply the writing, production and humour standards to takedowns of classic computer games the Angry Video Game Nerd is famous for. 

Apart from the AVGN episodes, which are the main draw, the folks over at Cinemassacre have come up with some really creative angles when it comes to classic video games. The AVGN: Bad Video Game Art is a notable example, and you’ll find hilarious takedowns of box art for games on the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, along with all the usual console suspects. 

If you’re in a cynical, sarcastic and somewhat darker mood there’s nothing better than a dose of AVGN to really twist the knife. We recommend the AVGN playlist to get you started.

DF Retro

OK, this entry is cheating just a little bit since DF Retro is actually a series that exists as part of the larger Digital Foundry channel. Digital Foundry is a YouTube channel that we’ve featured before as an essential technology destination on the site.

DF Retro applies the same technical detail to the games of yore. There’s plenty of console-centric episodes here, but one of the best parts of their work is cross-platform comparison. Which means that if a game was released on both computer and console, you’ll get to see a fascinating breakdown of the differences.

There are also a good number of episodes dealing with classic PC gaming and the technologies of the various eras. The series is the brainchild of DF staffer John Linneman, who has made some standout footage for the pleasure of retro computer game enthusiasts.

We recommend everyone start with the Mortal Kombat feature. Which is quite possibly DF Retro’s finest work yet.

Gaming Historian

The Gaming Historian offers a radical change of pace to other retro computer game channels. Episodes are released at much longer intervals, usually months apart. However, this is very much a question of quality over quantity, as each video is a full-blown documentary filled with deep research, excellent editing and great narration by creator Norman Caruso.

As you would expect, many of the episodes center around retro console gaming, but since these are historical documentaries, even those videos touch on contemporary computer games of the time as a form of context. There are also episodes focusing on retro computer game series such as Wolfenstein and pivotal figures such as Steve Jobs and their role in the history of gaming. 

If you aren’t also interested in console gaming, many of the documentaries won’t be all that interesting to you, but that still leaves a substantial number of episodes that make the trip over to Norman’s neighbourhood more than worth it. We suggest starting with the History of Wolfenstein three-parter. It’s an essential part of computer gaming history.

The 8-Bit Guy

Yes, this is the second time the 8-Bit guy has featured on one of our YouTube lists, but for very good reason. This channel features chill, laid-back presentation with simple explanations of how the technology of yesteryear works. It belongs on this list because a significant amount of content is dedicated to classic computer hardware and the games that ran on that hardware. 

From a series outlining the history of Commodore computers to fascinating restorations of busted classic computers, if you love retro computer games you’ll find something to love here.

We suggest you get started with the “How Old School Computers and Games Work” playlist. It will unravel the mysteries of CGA graphics and what’s really happening behind the scenes of classic Apple computer graphics. It’s just a good time all around!

Classic Game Room

This is a bit of a weird one if you don’t know about it already. At the time of writing, Classic Game Room has been done with creating YouTube video content for about four years. It is how a publishing company, which still makes books that deal with classic video gaming as a significant part of their portfolio. 

Before that, CHR as the distinction of being one of (if not THE) first online video game review shows. Which means that plenty of their reviews may be considered retro now, but were contemporary when they were made.

The main link in the title above will take you to CGRundertow, which has hundreds of videos from their active years, but you can also head over to 80s Comics which is their active brand and also hosts many of the CGR videos. We suggest you start with the PC/Mac Review playlist.

RetroManCave

RetroManCave takes it all back to basics. If you just want to see the original hardware and games in action this is the place to be. There’s also a good measure of emulation when warranted, but there are few channels that showcase retro computer game hardware as well as RetroManCave. 

We can’t just stick with recommending one particular list or clip. There’s content on the BBC Micro, building a new Amiga and the Amstrad Mega PC. That’s really just the tip of the iceberg and any retro computer game fan will find just about every video on this channel worth watching. The production quality is beautiful and the presentation is wonderfully chilled out. This is definitely one to support!

Lazy Game Reviews

This author has a big soft spot for Lazy Game Reviews and not just because the host and creator does a mean Duke Nukem impersonation. This channel is almost entirely dedicated to classic PC gaming. Mainly on DOS and early Windows machines. 

It’s one of the largest channels on YouTube with well over a million subscribers, but the videos have never changed their home-made tone or lost any of their charm. 

Honestly, it’s hard to pick just one place to start off with all the content on offer. The hardware, restoration and DOS game playlists will most likely give you the best idea of what this channel is about. If you’re a fan of retro computer games from the IBM PC era onwards, there’s hardly a better channel for you to support than this one. 

Guru Larry – Larry Bundy Jr

Hello you! Yes, Guru Larry has his own catchphrase and the rest of the channel is similarly packed with personality. Not everyone is going to get along with this channel’s particular sense of humor and style, but there’s not arguing that Larry Bundy Jr is a true original on YouTube and puts out some corking content. 

We absolutely recommend you get started with the Fact Hunt which contains some of the most interesting facts and trivia from video game history, plenty of which pertain to retro computer games. 

Nostalgia Nerd

We end this roundup on a particularly high note with Nostalgia Nerd. The channel as a whole takes a look at retro hardware, software, toys and even magazines. Scattered amongst the general retro-ness are some truly interesting pieces on retro computer games. For example, there’s this archive of Demoscene content for Amiga Computers. Who else would have thought to collect that?

Then there’s the superlative collection of videos reviewing various systems. These videos don’t only look at the computers and consoles themselves. You also get a proper historical recounting and all the context you’ll need to understand what all the fuss was about. Nostalgia Nerd is a proper treasure trove and…you’re watching it right now. OK, fair enough.

It’s Like, Only Your Opinion Man!

Are these the best retro computer game channels on YouTube? This author thinks so, but there are plenty of other worthy YouTubers making top-notch retro computer game content. 

So here’s your chance to highlight who you think everyone else should give a shot. Sound off in the comments and share the hidden gem channels with the world. Whether established or up-and-coming, we’d love to know about them!

How to view and save the console log in a browser

When you interact with a website, there’s a lot going on behind the UI that you see. For everything that you click on, the website communicates with a server to show you the information that you want. When a website doesn’t respond the way it should, you need to examine what went wrong and one of the things you’ll look at is the messages/requests that were sent and received. You can do this through a web console that is a feature on some browsers. Specifically, you can do this in Chrome and all other Chromium-based browsers like Edge or Opera. The process will be the same so we’re going to show you how to do it in Chrome.

View and save console log

Open the browser and navigate to the website you’d like to view all sent/received requests for. Use the website until it throws an error or it reacts in a way it shouldn’t e.g. you click on ‘Sign in’ and it takes you to its home page.

Tap the F12 key, or tap the Ctrl+Shift+I keyboard shortcut, or go to the browser’s settings menu and look for Developer Tools. In Chrome, you have to click the more options button and go to More tools>Developer Tools.

The tools will open at the bottom, or the side, splitting the current tab. The developer tools have lots of little tabs. Look for the Console tab and select it.

The log will already be populated with every request that was sent between the website and the server it communicates with. You just have to save it all. Right-click inside the console, and select the ‘Save as’ option. A save file dialog box will open. Select where you want to save the file, and you’re done.

The file will have the LOG file extension but it is a text file so you can view it with Notepad, or any other text editor of your choice. If you’re experiencing trouble on a website, this file can help troubleshoot it. In the event the problem is specific to a browser, e.g., a website fails to respond in Firefox but works fine in Chrome, you’re going to need a different way to get the log. A lot of people use a paid tool called Charles Proxy. It’s been around a while and has become the go-to tool for viewing network traffic. You can look for a free alternative; there’s Fiddler that is free. These tools tend to be a little complicated to set up which is why browser consoles are so much better.

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