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Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-19 - 23:09 By: admin

More than 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air, says new report

More than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit, a new report has found.

According to the annual State of Global Air Report, published Tuesday by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), long-term exposure to air pollution contributed to an estimated 6.1 million deaths across the globe in 2016.

The report says exposure to air pollution led to strokes, heart attacks, lung cancer and chronic lung disease, causing many of those premature deaths.
It also says that air pollution is the fourth-highest cause of death among all health risks globally, coming in below high blood pressure, diet and smoking.

See https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/17/health/world-dangerous-air-report-intl/index.html

#pollution


Over 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air, says new report - CNN
More than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit, a new report has found.

A South African is taking on Uber and Taxify with scooters – after they rejected his job application...

Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-19 - 07:22 By: admin

A South African is taking on Uber and Taxify with scooters – after they rejected his job application ten times

Scooter is set to go live in South Africa by September. Founder Fezile Dhlamini launched the business after Uber and Taxify rejected his job application 10 times. Like the ride-sharing services that didn't want to employee him, Scooter will connect customers to private drivers – only scooter drivers.

Certainly, something to watch and I hope these scooters are also available for purchase.

See https://www.businessinsider.co.za/south-african-takes-on-uber-and-taxify-with-scooter-company-after-they-rejected-his-job-application-ten-times-2018-4


A South African is taking on Uber and Taxify with scooters – after they rejected his job application ten times
26-year old Fezile Dhlamini decided to go it alone with electric scooters from Sweden.

How To Resize Active/Primary root Partition In Linux Using GParted Utility

Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-19 - 02:56 By: admin

How To Resize Active/Primary root Partition In Linux Using GParted Utility

This article we will teach you how to resize the active root partition on Linux using Gparted utility. Just imagine, our system has 30GB disk and we didn’t configure properly while installation the Ubuntu operating system. We need to install another OS in that so we want to make secondary partition on that. It's not advisable to resize active partition. However, we are going to perform this as there is no way to free up the system.

GParted is a free partition manager that enables you to resize, copy, and move partitions without data loss. We can use all of the features of the GParted application is by using the GParted Live bootable image. GParted Live enables you to use GParted on GNU/Linux as well as other operating systems, such as Windows or Mac OS X.

See https://www.2daygeek.com/how-to-resize-active-primary-root-partition-in-linux-using-gparted-utility/


Amazon launches International Shopping in app - Because much of what you want to buy 'does not ship ...

Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-18 - 21:25 By: admin

Amazon launches International Shopping in app - Because much of what you want to buy 'does not ship to your country'

Amazon has launched its International Shopping experience in the Amazon Shopping App.

International customers can now “browse and shop over 45 million eligible items that can be shipped to their country from the United States”, said Amazon.

Customers can also choose from different shipping options and delivery speeds, depending on how quickly they want their package, it added.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/256527-amazon-launches-international-shopping-in-app.html

#amazon


Amazon launches International Shopping in app
Amazon has launched its International Shopping experience in the Amazon Shopping App.
Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-18 - 20:52 By: admin

How to Set Up and Use a YubiKey for Online Security

As we become more dependent upon online platforms for social and professional purposes, it grows increasingly important that we embrace stronger online security measures. One of the most important steps you can take to secure your online services is setting up two-factor authentication. This protocol — commonly abbreviated as 2FA — requires you to type in a password and also provide one other piece of proof that you are who you say you are before you can log into a service. One of the more common 2FA methods in use today employs six-digit passcodes that are sent to your phone via text message. When a unique scramble of numbers shows up on your phone, you type them into the browser along with your password at the login screen. Combined with a strong passphrase like those generated by password managers such as 1Password or LastPass, a 2FA login is quite effective at verifying your identity.

But no matter how strong a password is, or what level of code-based authentication a website is using, any system that sends codes in a text message can be compromised from afar by a skilled attacker. The best way to set up two-factor authentication is using a secure app on your phone to generate those six-digit codes, or to carry a piece of hardware that can verify your identity.

Find out more about what a Yubikey is and how you would set one up at https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-use-a-yubikey

#security #yubikey


How to Set Up and Use a YubiKey for Online Security | WIRED
These simple, battery-free devices provide an easy way to securely verify that it's really you who's trying to access your online accounts.

13 South Africans installed the Facebook app from Cambridge Analytica and exposed 96,121 friends' personal...

Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-18 - 20:32 By: admin

13 South Africans installed the Facebook app from Cambridge Analytica and exposed 96,121 friends' personal data

Facebook has responded to a letter from South Africa’s newly established Information Regulator, telling it that more local users of the social media platform may have had their data shared with UK data marketing firm Cambridge Analytica than originally disclosed.

It has raised the number of users potentially impacted from 59 777 – a number is disclosed on 8 April – to 96 121 now. However, the number of South African users who directly downloaded the app, which extracted user data, has been revised down from 33 to just 13.

So it is not always about what you do yourself, but also what your friends do and what data you have shared with those friends (well at least on Facebook). And of course it is not just what is in the raw data, it is about the conclusions drawn from lots of data that describe patterns of behaviour.

Facebook has a complex platform built around a model of profiting off its users' data, and has apologised many times before (and not seem to have learnt its lesson). For me personally, the trust is most certainly broken and whatever they now want to start doing, is too late for me to go back to Facebook. I'm glad to see many privacy based donor-funded alternatives doing very well now. It may be a new era of social networking dawning where a single monolithic autocratic network is no longer the norm.

See https://techcentral.co.za/more-south-africans-exposed-in-facebook-data-scandal/80777/

#deletefacebook #privacy


More South Africans exposed in Facebook data scandal - TechCentral
Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-18 - 07:27 By: admin

Can We Please Stop Talking About Generations as if They Are a Thing? The research on generations is flawed.

We spend a lot of time debating the characteristics of generations—are baby boomers really selfish and entitled, are millennials really narcissists, and the latest, has the next generation (whatever it is going to be called) already been ruined by cellphones? Many academics—and many consultants—argue that generations are distinct and that organizations, educators, and even parents need to accommodate them. These classifications are often met with resistance from those they supposedly represent, as most people dislike being represented by overgeneralizations, and these disputes only fuel the debate around this contentious topic.

But the science on “generations” does not back up these distinctions. In fact, solid evidence supporting generations, their characteristics, or even their existence, is lacking. In short, the science shows that generations are not a thing.

Some good examples are given in the article and I observe the same thing. You can't just generalise that all older generations are not going to like or understand technology. I notice pro-tech and anti-tech people across all generations. Similarly, with the so-called narcissistic tendencies, we have cheaper available tech now that was not freely available say 40 years ago so it may appear that today's youth tends more towards these tendencies but it is not a fair comparison at all.

See https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/the-evidence-behind-generations-is-lacking.html


Can We Please Stop Talking About Generations as if They Are a Thing?
The evidence is lacking.

The Shipping Industry Sets Sail Toward a Carbon-Free Future

Posted on: Tue, 2018-04-17 - 23:08 By: admin

The Shipping Industry Sets Sail Toward a Carbon-Free Future

Cargo-shipping regulators have struck a historic deal to set their dirty fuel-burning industry on a low-carbon course.

On Friday, the International Maritime Organization agreed for the first time to limit greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping. The nonbinding deal marks a critical shift for the sector—which, until last week, was the only major industry without a comprehensive climate plan.

Cargo ships are the linchpin of our modern global economy, transporting roughly 90 percent of everything we buy. They also contribute significantly to planet-warming gases in the atmosphere. If the shipping industry was a country, its total annual emissions would rank in the top 10, between those of Japan and Germany.

Left unchecked, shipping-related emissions are on track to soar by as much as 250 percent by 2050 as global trade expands, the maritime body projects. Such a spike at sea would offset progress in carbon reduction made on land.

See https://www.wired.com/story/the-shipping-industry-sets-sail-toward-a-carbon-free-future


The Shipping Industry Sets Sail Toward a Carbon-Free Future | WIRED
Cargo-shipping regulators have struck a historic deal to set their dirty fuel-burning industry on a low-carbon course.
Posted on: Mon, 2018-04-16 - 23:19 By: admin

The Roadie 2 tuner ups your guitar game

The first Roadie tuner was a modern marvel. An automatic guitar tuning system, the little device connected to your phone to listen to your guitar strings and then set them to the proper tuning using an internal motor. The new model, the $129 Roadie 2, is even cooler.

With the Roadie 2 you just place the winding end on the pegs and press a button. A quick pluck of the string and you’re tuned in seconds.

The Roadie 2 is completely self-contained and charges via USB-C. It has a built-in vibration sensor that can also assess the current string and change the tuning accordingly. The system also allows you to add multiple stringed instruments – you can set up profiles for your electrics and acoustics and even your banjo . You can also tune them to standard or even open tunings. The high-torque motor spins the pegs quickly and effortlessly and you can wind and unwind your instruments as well.

See https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/13/the-roadie-2-tuner-ups-your-guitar-game/

#guitar #tuning


The Roadie 2 tuner ups your guitar game – TechCrunch
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