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4 Things to Know About Kindles Before Buying - And Why They Are Different From Tablets

Date Published: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:49:03 +0200

Dedicated reading devices like Kindles have been around for over 10 years now, but they’re still largely a niche product that is often misunderstood. A lot of people still aren’t sure how they work exactly and how they differ from tablets and phones, so let’s outline some of the main differences.

First off, Kindles are simple devices that are designed with a primary focus of reading books. There’s no getting distracted by pestering notifications, emails, text messages, etc.

They have a few other features which make them uniquely suited to serious reading. I'm using my 3rd Kindle (I have one Kobo too) which is a Paperwhite and I use it every single day and it's one of the first gadgets I pack when travelling.

See https://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2019/11/13/4-things-to-know-about-kindles-before-buying/

#technology #reading
#^4 Things to Know About Kindles Before Buying | The eBook Reader Blog

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Dedicated reading devices like Kindles have been around for over 10 years now, but they're still largely a niche product that is often misunderstood. A lot of

DJI wants to let anyone with a smartphone monitor nearby drones - the app could identify a nearby drone’s identification number including non-DJI drones

Date Published: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:16:30 +0200

The tracking technology will be made available to the public via a smartphone app, DJI said. Using only Wi-Fi, a person could use the app to identify a nearby drone’s identification number, as well as location, altitude, speed, and direction of the drone. The application could be made available in 2020, pending regulatory approval. The Chinese company said the purpose of the new technology was “enhanced safety, security and peace of mind.”

See https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/13/20963702/dji-drone-remote-identification-smartphone-app

#privacy #technology
#^DJI wants to let anyone with a smartphone monitor nearby drones

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The new app will be released in 2020

Brave Browser 1.0 launches, bringing the privacy-first browser out of beta - And it has a plan to pay users and publishers for ads

Date Published: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:08:21 +0200

Today marks the official launch of Brave 1.0, a free open-source browser. The beta version has already drawn 8 million monthly users, but now, the full stable release is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Brave promises to prioritize security by blocking third-party ads, trackers, and autoplay videos automatically. So you don’t need to go into your settings to ensure greater privacy, though you can adjust those settings if you want to.

Brave Rewards gives users blockchain tokens when they opt into Brave Ads. If you read an article you really like or want to support your favorite creator, you can give those tokens to sites and creators. Alternatively, you can cash them yourself via Brave’s partner Uphold or eventually exchange those tokens for gift cards and restaurant vouchers.

See https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/13/20962085/brave-beta-1-0-privacy-browser-chrome-firefox-safari-ad-block-tracker

#technology #privacy
#^Brave 1.0 launches, bringing the privacy-first browser out of beta

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It also has a plan to pay users and publishers for ads.

IBM Announces Research Showing Mac Enables Greater Productivity and Employee Satisfaction at IBM

Date Published: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:03:28 +0200

In 2018, Previn announced IBM managed more than 277,000 Apple devices, all supported by 78 staff members. Previn also announced that IBM open-sourced its provisioning process to assist the Mac community in delivering the same new-hire experience as it does with its Mac@IBM program.

This year, Previn announced first-of-its-kind research that shows how Mac enables IBM employees to be more productive, along with improving employee satisfaction and retention. Mac users are happier with the third-party software availability within IBM. Only 5% of macOS users ask for additional software, compared to 11% of Windows users.

It would be very interesting to hear some analysis of cause and effect here as I immediately wonder whether the choice of using a Mac indicates something within the person, or whether its because they end up using a Mac, for example. Often we jump to an obvious conclusion.

See https://www.jamf.com/resources/press-releases/ibm-announces-research-showing-mac-enables-greater-productivity-and-employee-satisfaction-at-ibm/

#Apple #Microsoft #technology
#^IBM Announces Research Showing Mac Enables Greater Productivity and Employee Satisfaction at IBM

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Findings affirm that offering choice delivers strategic value in addition to IT efficiency and lower total cost of ownership | Jamf

Traveling abroad? Google Maps can now talk to your taxi driver for you

Date Published: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:55:19 +0200

Starting Wednesday, a new Google Maps translation feature using tech from the company's own Translate app will begin rolling out. You'll notice a new speaker button next to the place name or address of interest on the Google Maps app. Simply tap it and the app will speak the location out loud. Google Maps does this by automatically detecting if the language you normally use in the app isn't the same as the place you're visiting.

See https://mashable.com/article/google-maps-google-translate-button/

#technology #navigation
#^Traveling abroad? Google Maps can now talk to your taxi driver for you.

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When hand gestures don't cut it.

8 great podcasts for open source enthusiasts - Expand your knowledge about Linux, Python, and open source generally while you're doing other things

Date Published: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:15:50 +0200

I love podcasts for filling in all the gaps in my day whilst driving or walking and I can't do anything else. Here are 8 suggestions that cover Linux, open-source and even one on Python programming.

See https://opensource.com/article/19/11/open-source-podcasts

#podcasts #opensource
#^8 great podcasts for open source enthusiasts

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Where I live, almost everything is a 20- or 30-minute drive from my home, and I'm always looking for ways to use my car time productively. One way is by listening to podcasts on topics that interest me, so as an open source enthusiast, I subscribe to a variety of open source-related podcasts. Here are eight Linux and open source podcasts that I Iook forward to every week.

In case you did not think Deepfake videos are 'real' - Deepfake video shows UK prime minister endorsing his main opponent

Date Published: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:55:16 +0200

On Tuesday morning, a think tank called Future Advocacy released two videos ahead of the UK's general election: a deepfake of UK prime minister Boris Johnson appearing to endorse Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and vice versa.

Do you think videos like this on Facebook may sway elections? Yes, we should have freedom of choice and speech but what if it is deliberately abused and it ends up changing the outcomes of a country's elections.

See https://mashable.com/article/deepfake-boris-johnson-endorsing-jeremy-corbyn/

#technology #deepfake
#^Deepfake video shows UK prime minister endorsing main opponent

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Well, this is disturbing.

BatteryGuru for Android helps you track usage and optimize battery health for longevity

Date Published: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:17:27 +0200

Practically all smartphones these days come with non-removable batteries and some form of fast charging technology. Unless done properly with adequate heat management, charging and fast charging do degrade the life of your phone’s battery, and non-removable batteries make it difficult to swap out an older degraded battery for a new one. Glass sandwich designs further complicate the swapping process, often cracking either the front or the back glass if you are not experienced enough. In these situations, it becomes really important to maintain the health of your battery, especially if you plan to use your phone for more than 2 years. BatteryGuru attempts to help you in this endeavor.

BatteryGuru by XDA Recognized Developer Paget96 tries to help your phone’s battery life by focusing on its overall longevity rather than getting you the most work done with a full charge.

See a few screenshots at https://www.xda-developers.com/batteryguru-track-usage-optimize-battery-health-longevity/ which shows what functionality it offers.

#android #batterylife #technology
#^BatteryGuru helps you track usage and optimize battery health for longevity

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BatteryGuru aims to make your smartphone's battery remain healthy for longer, giving useful info, tips and reminders to ensure optimum battery health.

Getting Started With ZFS Filesystem on Ubuntu 19.1

Date Published: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:02:45 +0200

One of the main features of Ubuntu 19.10 is support for ZFS. Now you can easily install Ubuntu with on ZFS without any extra effort.

Normally, you install Linux with Ext4 filesystem. But if you do a fresh install of Ubuntu 19.10, you’ll see the option to use ZFS on the root. You must not use it on a dual boot system though because it will erase the entire disk.

ZFS is designed with two major goals in mind: to handle large amounts of storage and prevent data corruption. ZFS can handle up to 256 quadrillion Zettabytes of storage. (Hence the Z in ZFS.) It can also handle files up to 16 exabytes in size.

See https://itsfoss.com/zfs-ubuntu/

#ubuntu #zfs
#^Using ZFS Filesystem on Ubuntu 19.10

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Ubuntu 19.10 gives the ability to install use ZFS on root. What is ZFS filesystem and how to use it? This tutorial tries to answer your questions.

Why can’t mainstream medicine admit low-carb works asks Dr. Tro Kalayjian, a board-certified internal medicine and obesity medicine physician?

Date Published: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:58:26 +0200

Dr. Tro Kalayjian just published a heartfelt, almost despairing blog post about spending a week listening to speakers at the recent Obesity Week Conference in Las Vegas, Nov 3-7. The conference brought together more than 4,000 obesity professionals from around the world. This year, the annual conference focused on diabetes.

Kalayjian, who goes by the name “Dr. Tro” on his blog and social media, lamented: “I don’t quite know how to express my feelings and thoughts about this event, but the words ‘anger’ and ‘hopelessness’ immediately come to mind.” That’s because speaker after speaker at the event, while touting “there is no one best diet”, still then defaulted to promoting a low-fat diet, with multiple small meals featuring plenty of “healthy” grains, fruits and vegetables. This, writes Dr. Tro, is “legacy” messaging that ignores the mounting evidence in favor of low-carbohydrate diets for diabetes management and reversal.

See https://www.dietdoctor.com/why-cant-mainstream-medicine-admit-low-carb-works

#LCHF #health
#^Why Can’t Mainstream Medicine Admit Low-Carb Works? — Diet Doctor

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A leading American low-carb physician (who personally lost 150 pounds on the ketogenic diet) expressed his anger and frustration over the closed-minds of mainstream physicians who won’t acknowledge the mounting medical evidence in favor of low-carb eating.

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