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    Une société chinoise clone un chat pour la première fois

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek – Friday, 6 September - 09:05

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23 ans après le clonage de la brebis Dolly, Sinogene, une entreprise pékinoise a annoncé être parvenue à cloner un chat pour la première fois, rapporte le Parisien . Après avoir perdu son chat sept mois plus tôt, Huang Yu, un Chinois de 23 ans, a pu retrouver une copie conforme de son compagnon sur pattes. « Ils se ressemblent à plus de 90% « , a t-il assuré. La société ne serait pas à son coup d’essai : elle aurait déjà commencé à cloner des chiens de police et espère une production de masse. Huang Yu a tout de même dû débourser 250 000 yuans, soit 32 000 euros, pour voir naître le sosie parfait de son chaton au pelage gris et blanc. Mi Jidong, le DG de Sinogene aurait dit à l’AFP que les gens étaient prêts à mettre le prix pour cloner leur animal de compagnie, rapporte Le Point. « Une grande partie des clients sont de jeunes diplômés « , a t-il déclaré. « Quelle que soit l’origine des animaux, leurs maîtres les considèrent toujours comme un membre de la famille. Le clonage animal répond à la demande d’affection des jeunes générations « . Si le clonage est illégal en France, il est autorisé dans plusieurs pays comme la Chine, les États-Unis ou encore la Corée du Sud. La Fondation Sooam de recherche en biotechnologie basée à Séoul aurait quant à elle déclaré avoir cloné 800 compagnons sur pattes, avec une facture s’élevant à pas moins de 90 000 dollars par prestation.

Le clonage, pour sauver des espèces en voie de disparition ?

Le clonage de chats et de chiens pourrait néanmoins apporter son lot d’avancées sur le domaine de la protection et la défense des animaux. On pourrait par exemple, envisager le clonage d’espèces menacées. L’Académie chinoise des sciences envisageait même de cloner un panda en utilisant une chatte comme mère porteuse. L’information a toute l’air d’un canular, si l’on se fie au gabarit des deux espèces. Mais sachez que les chatons, comme les bébés pandas, ont une taille similaire à la naissance. De plus, la gestation du chat et du panda dure entre deux et trois mois. Cette démarche pose tout de même de sérieuses questions éthiques. Reste à voir également si des sociétés comme Sinogene et Sooam, qui font leur business autour de l’affection qu’on les gens pour leurs animaux de compagnie, auront pour ambition de cloner un membre de la famille disparu dans le futur. Si on en est encore loin, une société californienne a déjà réussi à concevoir des mini-cerveaux artificiels , cultivés en laboratoire.

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    Skype upgrades its messaging feature with drafts, bookmarks and more

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch – Friday, 30 August - 19:10

Skype is best known for being a video calling app and, to some extent, that’s because its messaging feature set has been a bit underdeveloped. Today, the company is working to change that image with a series of improvements to Skype’s chatting features aimed at further differentiating it from rival apps.

One of the most useful of the new features is support for Message Drafts.

Similar to email, any message you type up in Skype but don’t yet send is saved within the conversation with a “draft” tag attached. That way you can return to the message to finish it and send it later on.

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It’s a feature it would be great to see other messaging clients adopt, as well, given how much of modern business and personal communication takes place outside of email.

People have wanted the ability to draft and schedule iMessage texts for years — so much so that clever developers invented app-based workarounds to meet consumers’ needs. Some people even type up their texts in Notepad, while waiting for the right time to send them.

In another email-inspired addition, Skype is also introducing the ability to bookmark important messages. To access this option, you just have to long-press a message (on mobile) or right-click (on desktop), then tap or click “Add Bookmark.” This will add the message to your Bookmarks screen for easy retrieval.

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You’ll also now be able to preview photos, videos, and files before you send them through messages — a worthwhile improvement, but one that’s more about playing catch-up to other communication apps than being particularly innovative.

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And if you’re sharing a bunch of photos or videos all at once, Skype will now organize them neatly. Instead of overwhelming recipients with a large set of photos, the photos are grouped in a way that’s more common to what you’d see on social media. That is, only a few are display while the rest hide behind a “+” button you have to click in order to see more.

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Unrelated to the messaging improvements, Skype also rolled out split window support for all versions of Windows, Mac, and Linux. (Windows 10 support was already available).

As one of the older messaging apps still in use, Skype is no longer the largest or most popular, claiming only 300 million monthly active users compared to WhatsApp’s 1.5 billion , for example.

However, it’s good to see its team getting back to solving real consumer pain points rather than trying to clone Snapchat as it mistakenly tried to do not too long ago. (Thankfully, those changes were rolled back .) What Skype remaining users appreciate is the app’s ease-of-use and its productivity focus, and these changes are focused on that direction.

Outside of the expanded access to split view, noted above, all the other new features are rolling out across all Skype platforms, the company says.

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    DeltaChat - cooler than XMPP?

    debacle – pubsub.movim.eu / berlin-xmpp-meetup – Thursday, 8 August - 22:26

This month we will listen to a talk about an competitor of XMPP in the IM world, DeltaChat. It's based on Email, which means practically everybody already has an account. It uses Autocrypt for E2EE. Which are the pros and cons compared to XMPP?

When? Wednesday, 2019-08-14 18:00 CEST

Where?xHain hack+makespace, Grünberger Str. 16, 10243 Berlin

See you then!

#berlin #xmpp #meetup #community #federation #deltachat #email #chat #freesoftware #autocrypt

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    Kaidan: Neuigkeiten Juli 2019

    debacle – pubsub.movim.eu / berlin-xmpp-meetup – Sunday, 7 July - 17:37

Kaidan: Neuigkeiten Juli 2019

Es werden zwei Entwickler des XMPP-Clients Kaidan (https://kaidan.im) über dessen Neuerungen berichten.

Sie werden weiter daran arbeiten, mit Kaidan einen benutzerfreundlichen XMPP-Client für alle gängigen Betriebssysteme zu bieten. Kaidan läuft unter Linux, Android, Windows, macOS und iOS.

Wer also Lust hat, von einem Client zu erfahren, der das Ziel hat, neue Maßstäbe in Sachen Usability, Privacy und Performance zu setzen, ist herzlich eingeladen. Wir freuen uns auf Euch!

Wann? Mittwoch, 2019-07-10 18:00 CEST

Wo?xHain hack+makespace, Grünberger Str. 16, 10243 Berlin

#berlin #xmpp #meetup #community #federation #kaidan #chat #freesoftware #android #linux #ios #macos #windows #qt


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    You can now quickly take pictures in Movim and publish them in an article. I'll also add the feature soon in the Chat. 😛 #movim #feature #HTML5 #camera

    people Timothée Jaussoin 19 June

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  • 22 June fish

    What does it mean?

  • 22 June Timothée Jaussoin

    Check the original article. It's a feature added to Movim that allows you to trigger your device webcam/camera to shoot quick pictures and publish them in the post/discussion :)

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    News is spreading that Google will replace classic Hangouts with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

    ericbuijs – Sunday, 27 January, 2019 - 15:57 edit

I've used #Hangouts for a considerable amount of time but this is a good incentive to try something else, something FLOSS rather. While I'm pretty happy with the Fediverse social networks I haven't been able to find a chat service in the Fediverse. Perhaps the social networks protocols of the Fediverse aren't very suitable for chat. Earlier I had some good experience setting up a #chat with Movim so the coming period I'll start evaluating #Movim as a replacement for Hangouts.

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  • 2 February, 2019 debacle

    Note, that I tried 1:1 video phone calls via the Movim web interface successfully. Not so bad.

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    Movim 0.11 - Tuttle

    Timothée Jaussoin – pubsub.movim.eu / Movim – Friday, 31 March, 2017 - 08:00 edit

Six months after Movim 0.10 Holmes, here is the new winter release of the Movim project.

Small recap: Movim is a project that aims to build an IM and social networking service exclusively on top of the XMPP protocol.

This 0.11 version refined several features and will introduce a couple of big changes, mainly regarding the navigation and the project UI.

Features

New contacts list

The contacts list (or roster) has always been a very complex element inside Movim. It was ported on Angular 1 a couple of versions ago but suffered since then of performances issues (that could block the page loading for several seconds).

This new version brings a complete rewrite of this feature in pure PHP (with a bit of JavaScript). The contacts are now grouped in a simple list. The search has been improved and now allows you to search instantly among your contacts using their name, ID, nickname or group.

Onboarding

At first startup, Movim is now asking for some browser and account preconfiguration regarding notifications and pop-ups (used for videoconferencing) preferences.

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The sharing feature

As promised, articles sharing has been greatly improved in and around the Movim project. It is now possible to share an article (as in "write an article as an answer to") on your own Blog. This feature is based on the IETF — Atom Threading Extensions (RFC 4685) norm. Again, Movim aims at showing that it's possible to build a social solution relying only on existing standards.

Sharing an external link has also been improved. Movim now understands XMPP URIs.

Communities

Communities, previously named "groups", are the result of a deep redesign of the way articles are displayed navigated through. The reorganization of the content makes the exploration much easier and natural. This new name also lets Communities clearly stand out from group discussions (chatrooms) and groups in the contacts list.

Communities also benefited of a better management system, for users, but also for administrators who can now assign roles in a more precise way.

All in all, that's a lot of changes but don't worry, Movim will still be compatible with old versions as nothing has changed on the XMPP side. ;)

Posts

Two littles features have been added on the articles page to facilitate articles discovery and evaluation. An article is now surrounded by links to the previous and following articles of the same Community or from the same contact and a "Like" button let's you express your contempt to the author of the article. :)

As an author, a new Notifications block on the homepage informs you of comments and likes on your published articles.

Discovery

The interface redesign also brings new features of content discovery.

Movim now provides readers with related articles published on Blogs or in Communities. Suggestions are so far pretty basic but should get better in the upcoming versions.

Chat

The Chat part has not been forgotten. A lot of changes have been done on the interface to ease the navigation on small and big screens (removal of useless spaces) and to fix a few bugs (on Android). A new pack of stickers has been added with a Creative Common BY-SA license.

The file upload and file sharing UI have both been redesigned and now make use of one of the latest XMPP norms, XEP-0385 : Stateless Inline Media Sharing (SIMS). It allows Movim to integrate them better in Chats.

Videoconferencing (beta)

In this version, the videoconferencing feature is coming back in Movim. As usual, nothing but standards here (WebRTC and XMPP Jingle this time). However some bugs still remain. They should all be fixed for the upcoming (0.12) version. This feature is only available for the desktops for now.

Refactoring of the session system

The user sessions management code within Movim was one of the oldest ones in use in the project. It has been heavily redesigned and now brings a new way of handeling cookies and session variables both in memory and in the database.

Around Movim

We now see more and more external contributions on Movim and its linked projects.

Android Client

Thanks to schlusslicht the Android native file selector has been integrated to the application. You can now upload files from your phone.

A little security update regarding certificates management has been added at the same time (non valid certificates are no longer accepted).

The Android application is available on Google Play and F-Droid.

Electron Client (desktop)

The Electron client has been updated. Mike Barnes (bremensaki) has added the support of contextual menus in the interface. Thanks Mike !

New Debian and RPM packages have been made. Movim is now also available on Windows and macOS. All those applications are available on the official website.

Atomtopubsub

Atomtopubsub is the little magic tool that, as its name suggests, parses Atom feeds and injects them on Pubsub nodes. It allows Movim to offer a lot of news feeds among Communities. A big thanks to Link Mauve, who took some time during the 33c3 to port atomtopubsub in Python 3 and to optimize the processing of articles inside the application.

Movim Europe

Movim Europe is a structure that provides support for the Movim project. It has been declared in the Netherlands and currently offers two services.

  • technical support and advices to deploy the platform (and linked services such as XMPP servers or SQL databases) and/or on the technologies involved in the project;
  • the possibility as a company, an association or an individual to fund the development of features that were not initially planned on the roadmap and that are part of a particular need.

The gathered funds will first cover the running costs (domains, hosting, travels...) that were until now payed by the founder, but also to free more time to develop the project and its surroundings (administration, linked projects, conferences...).

Don't hesitate to contact us on the official chatroom.

A few figures

We also have two official servers: one hosted in Amsterdam, with around 4 000 registrations and 50 connected people, and one in Roubaix with 2 800 registered people and around 20 simultaneously connected people.

Everyday, 4 000 messages (simple or from groupchats) are sent or received, and around twenty articles are written by the users of nl.movim.eu.

Statistics that are (voluntarily) sent on api.movim.eu by the deployed instances are showing a total of 8 000 registered users and around 250 simultaneously connected ones along the day. The XMPP server movim.eu reaches 300 connected people during the day.

Some plans are made to open new servers both in Australia and in Russia.

Movim 0.12

A new roadmap is also planned for the 0.12 that should be released this summer. Two main changes are planned:

  • Movim has a heavy memory consumption, it can reach 50 Mio for some users connected on a server. This problem is not due to memory leaks but to architectural decisions that are duplicating for each session some parts of the Movim code in memory. A huge change on this subject is planned, that should significantly reduce the memory footprint during runtime.
  • An implementation of the OMEMO protocol has been strongly demanded by the community. A preliminary research work has been done in January and it seems that this end-to-end encryption protocol could be implemented in Movim. A publication about this feature will most probably be released in the next few months.

We need you!

Don't forget, the Movim project needs you! As a source code contributor, but also as an administrator, packager, translator or even a drawer (if you want to add your own stickers to Movim!).

All contributions are welcome, so don't hesitate to come and discuss them with us on movim@conference.movim.eu. :)

That’s all folks!

Translated from the original French article by nodpounod - Christine HO & daftaupe - Pierre-Alain TORET

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    Movim is a kickass distributed social networking platform that protect your privacy an comes with a set of awesome features.

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  • 31 March, 2017 Matija Šuklje

    If anyone wonders, AtomPubSub is available through GitHub and edhelas is its main author.

    Link to code and project: <https://github.com/edhelas/atomtopubsub>