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Brain Gains for Older Adults Who Start Exercising - No Real Surprise

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-09 - 18:30 By: admin

Brain Gains for Older Adults Who Start Exercising - No Real Surprise

Beginning an exercise program may help protect older adults' brains or even reverse early mental decline, a small study suggests.

Researchers placed 34 inactive people, aged 61 to 88, on an exercise regimen. It included moderate-intensity walking on a treadmill four times a week for 12 weeks.

On average, heart/lung health improved about 8 percent over that time, the researchers found.

Brain scans also showed an increase in the thickness of the participants' cortex, the outer layer of the brain that typically shrinks with Alzheimer's disease. Those with the greatest improvements in physical fitness had the most growth in the cortex, the University of Maryland researchers found.

The thickening of the cortex occurred in both healthy people and those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), an early stage of Alzheimer's disease, the study showed.

The study was published recently in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

See https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=192174

#alzheimers


Brain Gains for Older Adults Who Start Exercising - MedicineNet

Fully Charge's Road Review of the KIA e-Niro with 300 mile (482km) range

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-09 - 17:00 By: admin

Fully Charge's Road Review of the KIA e-Niro with 300 mile (482km) range

Due for release from April 2019 this car (and similar) are set to start a tipping point for far more affordable EVs. It has a full 7-year warranty across the vehicle and should cost around $42,000. It will either charge overnight at home or expect to wait just under an hour for an 80% recharge, reckons Kia, if you can access a potent 100kW fast charge power source.

Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR5sDwF5aBM

#EV #kia #eniro


MacRumors Hands-On With the ECG Feature for Apple Watch Series 4

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-09 - 15:26 By: admin

MacRumors Hands-On With the ECG Feature for Apple Watch Series 4

Apple has received de novo FDA clearance for the ECG feature in the Apple Watch Series 4, but FDA clearance is not the same as full FDA approval. The FDA does not recommend that the ECG feature be used by those under 22 or those who have already been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

The Apple Watch Series 4's ECG function is not designed to replace traditional methods of diagnosis or treatment, and Apple intends for it to be used for informational purposes.

At the current time, Apple Watch Series 4 owners in the United States are the only Apple Watch customers who can take an ECG because the feature needs regulatory approval to be made available in other countries. Apple is working to expand the feature to additional countries.

While the ability to take an ECG is limited to Apple Watch Series 4 users, Apple is implementing a secondary feature designed to send Apple Watch Series 1, 2, 3, and 4 users a notification if an irregular heartbeat is detected via the normal heart rate sensor in the device.

See the review at https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/06/apple-watch-series-4-ecg-hands-on/ but note it does no side-by-side comparison with medical equipment.

#applewatch #ECG


Hands-On With the ECG Feature for Apple Watch Series 4 - MacRumors
Apple today released the watchOS 5.1.2 update to the public, and the update implements a much-anticipated ECG feature for all Apple Watch Series 4...

How To Boot Into Rescue Mode Or Emergency Mode In Ubuntu 18.04

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-09 - 15:10 By: admin

How To Boot Into Rescue Mode Or Emergency Mode In Ubuntu 18.04

As you might already know, Runlevels are replaced with Systemd targets in many recent Linux distributions like RHEL 7 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The brief tutorial linked to below shows how to boot into rescue mode and/or emergency mode. The guide is tested in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, however, the steps given would work on most Linux distributions that use Systemd as default service manager.

The rescue mode is equivalent to single user mode in Linux distributions that uses SysV as the default service manager. In rescue mode, all local filesystems will be mounted, only some important services will be started. However, no normal services (E.g network services) won’t be started. The rescue mode is helpful in situations where the system can’t boot normally.

In contrast to the rescue mode, nothing is started in the emergency mode. No services are started, no mount points mounted, no sockets established, nothing. All you will have is just a raw shell. Emergency mode is suitable for debugging purposes.

See the guide at https://www.ostechnix.com/how-to-boot-into-rescue-mode-or-emergency-mode-in-ubuntu-18-04/

#ubuntu #rescuemode #emergencymode


How To Boot Into Rescue Mode Or Emergency Mode In Ubuntu 18.04
In this brief tutorial, we are going to see how to boot into rescue mode and/or emergency mode in Linux systems that uses Systemd.

Cisco vs Huawei - US NSA vs Chinese Gov - Whose Backdoors Do You Trust? We Should Go Open Source Instead...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-09 - 14:59 By: admin

Cisco vs Huawei - US NSA vs Chinese Gov - Whose Backdoors Do You Trust? We Should Go Open Source Instead

Whilst its true Cisco has had 7 security backdoors discovered in their devices during 2018 and the US's NSA is frantically pointing fingers at Huawei, I'm not aware actually of similar backdoors being discovered on the Huawei devices apart from the unsubstantiated Bloomberg report.

It may be that the Chinese are far cleverer than Cisco, it may be that both are spying on us, or maybe neither are... We don't know. It may just boil down to which superpower you trust most if you assume both are spying on us (we know both are spying on their own citizens, as are many governments nowadays). The US has already been caught out spying on their German allies, and the French government ordered their diplomats to stop using WhatsApp messenger.

It is high time that open source software started moving seriously into enterprise routing (it has done supercomputers, servers, desktops, cars, home routers, watches, phones, etc).

Well, the Free Range Routing project has been taking aim at Cisco with the server-as-router project and there are similar projects around (like ClearOS, OpenWRT, etc). Ultimately this lets a government or an enterprise have the software code audited, then compiled under its control, and working with some assurance that the software is not spying on you. A bonus is you can also likely use far cheaper hardware (this has been seen in the home router market where a cheaper devices scores all the really high-end software functionality through the likes of DD-WRT and others.

See https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/04/04/quagga_open_source_routing_resuscitated_as_free_range_routing/

#cisco #huawei #FRR #clearOS #spying


Free Range Routing project takes aim at Cisco with server-as-router project • The Register

How to screenshot YouTube videos [Firefox]

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-09 - 14:29 By: admin

How to screenshot YouTube videos [Firefox]

Screenshot tools are absurdly common both for the desktop and for browsers. In fact, you can even find tools that let you take screenshots of your desktop and entire websites from the terminal/command prompt. If you have a very specific screenshot need i.e., you need to screenshot YouTube videos, and you need an easy way to do it that other tools don’t give you, you can try the YouTube Screenshot Button add-on for Firefox.

The problem with normal screenshot tools is that YouTube videos often show overlays like the play button. This extension takes a clean screenshot without any overlays or controls visible.

See https://www.addictivetips.com/web/screenshot-youtube-videos/

#youtube #screenshot


How to screenshot YouTube videos [Firefox]
How to screenshot YouTube videos [Firefox]

Downdetector - Website and Android App to show if your favourite web services are down such as banking...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-09 - 14:20 By: admin

Downdetector - Website and Android App to show if your favourite web services are down such as banking, telecoms, gaming, weather, etc sites

Downdetector monitors over 4,400 services in 32 countries including telecommunication outages (internet, phone and TV service), online banking problems, websites that go down and apps that aren’t working.

Their outage detection is based on a real-time analysis of user reports from multiple sources, including social media such as Twitter, the Downdetector website and reports filed through the app.

Functionalities:
- Track outages with services in your country (32 countries supported)
- Remove in-app advertising (premium feature)
- Receive an alert when your favorite service has an outage (premium feature)
- Select your favorite services and have them displayed at the top of the list
- File an outage report when a service is down for you
- Check problem reports from other users of the app and the Downdetector website.
- Read and write comments using your Facebook account
- View outage maps to check for local outages with telecommunications providers
- View tweets about service problems from other users
- Services and ordered alphabetically or based on the number of complaints over the past hour.
- View support contact information for each service, such as phone number, web contact form or e-mail address (if available).
- Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Japanese, Russian, Polish.

Well worth having this app downloaded and ready for the next time you think your bank or telecoms company is offline. It may help prevent you from rebooting your whole house thinking the problem is by you.

Android app at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.serinus42.downdetector&hl=en or website at https://www.downdetector.com

#outages #downtime #telkomza


Downdetector - Apps on Google Play
Downdetector monitors over 4,400 services in 32 countries including telecommunication outages (internet, phone and TV service), online banking problems, websites that go down and apps that aren’t working.

Our outage detection is based on a real-time analysis of user reports from multiple sources, including social media such as Twitter, the Downdetector website and reports filed through this app.

Functionalities:
- Track outages with services i...

Balding Beards' The 6 Best Safety Razors That Provide a Super Close Shave

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-08 - 23:07 By: admin

Balding Beards' The 6 Best Safety Razors That Provide a Super Close Shave

All fine razors and I hope to try that Merkur out one day (I've got their earlier adjustable one) but an essential piece of advice about trying any new safety razor is, try a variety of blades. Don't assume the super sharp Feather blade is "best". It all depends on the razor and your own skin. Try a Feather blade (carefully) and try Astra SPs and a few others.

See https://www.baldingbeards.com/best-safety-razor/

#safetyrazors #DEbaldes #shaving #traditionalwetshaving


Balding Beards

Lenovo Smart Display UK review: The premium smart home hub - its not cheap at £199 but you can physically...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-08 - 12:30 By: admin

Lenovo Smart Display UK review: The premium smart home hub - its not cheap at £199 but you can physically block its camera

The Lenovo Smart Display is among the first in a new class of device that wants to sit at the heart of your digital home, tying together a wealth of functionality through the Google Assistant. Like the Google Home Hub, it's a natural evolution of early Assistant-enabled gadgets like the original Google Home. But unlike Google's cheaper, own-branded offering, you get an expanded feature set, a larger display, and a superior audio experience. It's part tablet, part smart TV, part digital photo frame, part video-calling box.

Like most of Google's own hardware, you'll get the most out of this device the more of Google's features you use in everyday life. Assistant "routines" for certain times of day let you quickly get up to speed with the news and appointments in the morning, or dim the lights and unwind with your favorite music in the evening. In between, it can tap into your favorite shots in Google Photos, essentially turning it into a super-advanced digital photo frame. And, of course, Google Assistant is always listening for your commands -- until you flip the switch to tell it not to.

The display itself is a 10-inch 1920x1080 LCD touchscreen with ample brightness, appealing colors and good viewing angles. It's not going to replace your TV for extended movie marathons, but it's good enough for the occasional BBC iPlayer binge or YouTube session. Perhaps the smartest feature of the Smart Display is its camera -- specifically the tiny switch letting you physically block the lens when you're not using it.

See https://www.androidcentral.com/lenovo-smart-display-uk-review

#googleassistant #lenovo


Lenovo Smart Display UK review: The premium smart home hub
Lenovo's smart home device is a worthy upgrade over the Google Home Hub.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Now Rolling Out to Ubuntu Phone Users, Here's What's New

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-08 - 08:48 By: admin

Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Now Rolling Out to Ubuntu Phone Users, Here's What's New

The UBports community released today the sixth OTA (Over-the-Air) update of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for all supported Ubuntu Phone devices.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 is now rolling out to Fairphone 2, Nexus 5, OnePlus One, BQ Aquaris M10 FHD, Nexus 4, Meizu PRO 5, Meizu MX 4, BQ Aquaris E4.5, and BQ Aquaris E5 HD devices as an incremental update to the OTA-5 version released two months ago, which rebased Ubuntu Touch on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series.

"Ubuntu Touch is the privacy and freedom respecting mobile operating system by UBports. Our newest update, OTA-6, is rolling out over the next five days (completing on Wednesday, December 12). You can skip to "How to get OTA-6" to get it now if you're impatient, or read on to learn more about this release," said UBports in today's announcement.

See https://news.softpedia.com/news/ubuntu-touch-ota-6-now-rolling-out-to-ubuntu-phone-users-here-s-what-s-new-524169.shtml

#ubuntuphone #ubuntu


Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Now Rolling Out to Ubuntu Phone Users, Here's What's New
The update will rollout over the next few days
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