GeeWiz - The South African tech and gadget store with 1-day delivery to major centres which is a lot quicker than a major well-known rival

Date Published: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 21:55:59 +0200

So GeeWiz is not the cheapest from what I can see, but they claim to know more about what they sell, and a test showed that they did deliver within their stated timelines. That in itself is a major move forward as South Africans have had to be used to 4 days to 7 or more days for local deliveries (excluding where you can go collect your item from a warehouse when item is in stock).

I'm not joking when I say I've had numerous deliveries from Amazon in the US that arrive quicker than Takealot's deliveries within South Africa. I've made a point of only ordering from Takealot if the item is actually in stock by them.

So GeeWiz is a welcome addition to choices SA has for online e-commerce.

See The South African tech and gadget store with 1-day delivery – Tested

#technology #southafrica #ecommerce

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MyBroadband recently spoke to highly-praised online tech retailer GeeWiz, which has expanded its product selection following a surge in sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

7 things you may not know you could do on GIPHY (a GIF search engine)

Date Published: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 21:30:33 +0200

GIFs are a major form of communication online, used for reactions, punchlines to jokes, simple greetings, and just about anything else.

If you've spent any time messing around with GIFs, you've probably spent some time with GIPHY. The site is a GIF search engine and an essential stop for anyone who spends a good portion of their life online.

See 7 things you didn't know you could do on GIPHY

#technology #socialmedia #animation

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All kinds of fun stuff (and even some things for work).

'The Social Dilemma' Documentary: Like a Magician, YouTube/Facebook/Twitter/Google Controls Your Newsfeed - Advertisers are the Customer and You are the Product

Date Published: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 20:21:09 +0200

Awareness is probably your best weapon - How do you wake up from the Matrix if you don't know you're in the Matrix? The documentary (with some dramatised footage) is a series of interviews with former engineers, marketers, VPs at some of the largest and richest tech companies discussing how they compete for users attention and keep them focussed on reading and engaging on their platforms.

Now we can understand why we can no longer get a plain chronological feed stream on these platforms... Yes you can get these feeds still elsewhere on platforms like Mastodon, YouMe Social, MeWe, Hubzilla, Diaspora, Aether, Secure Scuttlebutt and lots of others, but you will also see there are no adverts there, and many have decentralised control, allowing no centralised control. These alternative networks do not operate based on advertising or by selling your online habits for profit.

It is concerning when social media gets manipulated for covert purposes because social media has a global, powerful and deep reach. It can do good and bad, and depends really on how it is used or abused. Even algorithms (AI) can be built for a purpose...

See The Social Dilemma - A Netflix Original documentary

#technology #socialmedia

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We tweet, we like, and we share- but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? Discover what's hiding on the other side of your screen at TheSocialDilemma.com

If you've been shaving with the Merkur 34C razors, these are some alternative Merkur razors maybe worth trying

Date Published: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 09:43:59 +0200

The Merkur 34C is one of the most popular safety razors out there and many stick with it for years (like I have) but it some alternative relatives with a longer handle, a slant bar, the Sledge Hammer, etc which are worth considering to improve the shaving experience even further.

Watch Merkur 34C-37C-38C-39C Comparison and 37C Shave

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SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet only has 20-millisecond lag and over 100 Mbps download rates

Date Published: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 09:36:07 +0200

SpaceX included the data in a presentation it sent to the FCC last Friday, which was spotted by Reddit users. The two benchmark tests, conducted using Ookla’s Speedtest service, show Starlink achieving a 102 to 103Mbps download rate, 40 to 42Mbps upload rate, and a latency of 18 to 19ms.

The presentation is also attached to a letter from SpaceX’s director of satellite policy, David Goldman, which says initial beta tests for Starlink are hitting below 30ms on latency. For comparison, the average latency for fixed broadband in the US is 25ms, while the rate on mobile networks is at 48ms, according to Speedtest.

According to the presentation, SpaceX is manufacturing about 120 Starlink satellites each month. The goal is to launch thousands of them into space to enable worldwide coverage and download speeds of 1Gbps.

The bigger challenge may be the 'political' one - how will US, Australia, China, etc censorships be enforced for bannings.

See SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet only has 20-millisecond lag

#technology #broadband

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The company disclosed the benchmarks in a presentation to the FCC.

Facebook Fights Irish Privacy Watchdog’s Data-Transfer Curbs... Seriously Facebook? Whose data is it and why do you want to move it to the USA?

Date Published: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 18:52:04 +0200

The social network giant said it sought a judicial review of the Irish Data Protection Commission’s preliminary decision that the company may have to halt trans-Atlantic data transfers using the most commonly used EU tool still available to firms.

“A lack of safe, secure and legal international data transfers would have damaging consequences for the European economy,” Facebook said in a statement Friday. “We urge regulators to adopt a pragmatic and proportionate approach until a sustainable long-term solution can be reached.”

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems has been complaining to the Irish watchdog that Facebook’s data transfers were as a result no longer safe, because EU citizens’ data is at risk the moment it gets transferred to the U.S.

See Facebook Fights Irish Privacy Watchdog’s Data-Transfer Curbs

#technology #privacy #socialmedia

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Facebook Inc. sought to derail proposals by the Irish data protection watchdog that the tech giant warns could curb transfers of vast amounts of commercial data across the Atlantic.

The Biggest Lie About Renewable Energy - Big Oil is marketing much like Big Tobacco did when the link between smoking and cancer was established - The change is already happening

Date Published: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:44:40 +0200

A lot of context seems to have been lost when criticism is levelled against renewal energy, and we should also remember that 100 years ago there were no massive electrical distribution grids - they all had to be built from scratch (as were railways and roads), but that was not a reason for not adopting electricity for homes and industries.

The tipping point has been reached and it's now really a question of how and when legacy industries get transitioned, not to happen overnight, but a start needs to be made.

See The Biggest Lie About Renewable Energy

#environment #renewableenergy #3IR

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Study: The surprising traits of good remote leaders - Strong in-person leadership skills don’t necessarily translate to being a good virtual leader. Instead, organisation and competency reign

Date Published: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:15:21 +0200

The study shows that, instead of those with the most dynamic voices in the room, virtual teams informally anoint leaders who actually do the work of getting projects done. “They are the individuals who help other team members with tasks, and keep the team on schedule and focused on goals,” says lead author Radostina Purvanova, an associate professor of management and leadership at Drake University in the US state of Iowa.

The ascendance of worker bees to remote leadership roles may provide validation – and even relief – to the legions of hard workers who have, for generations, watched charming colleagues rise to the top.

In other words, virtually, the emphasis shifts from saying to doing. This discovery is timely, as most of our workplace in-person teams are now all or partially digital operations in the wake of the pandemic.

“In face-to-face interactions, most of us are very easily swayed by the power of personality,” says Purvanova. “Virtually, we are less swayed by someone’s personality and can more accurately assess whether or not they are actually engaging in important leadership behaviours. People are more likely to be seen based on what they actually do, not based on who they are.”

See #^[url=https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200827-why-in-person-leaders-may-not-be-the-best-virtual-ones

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System 76 Oryx Pro - The COMPLETE OPPOSITE of a MacBook as its open source right down to its Coreboot firmware

Date Published: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:30:48 +0200

This is a pretty high-end laptop running Pop!_OS and is open source all the way through. System76 is a Denver-based firm with a "by hackers, for hackers" ethos.

The only downside reportedly is the battery life which is a few hours and nowhere near what a Macbook gets (my Macbook Air used to get a good 10+ hours of usage).

Watch at The COMPLETE OPPOSITE of a MacBook - System 76 Oryx Pro

#technology #hardware #opensource #Linux

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Increasing reports of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL battery swelling damaging phones - Give me a thicker phone with a replaceable battery!

Date Published: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:01:28 +0200

So after we had Nexus 6P battery related issues (which was only resolved for US citizens) now we have reports growing around Pixel 3 battery issues. I will keep repeating that I am still bitterly disappointed with my Nexus 6P battery death (including the replacement battery I fitted with great effort) and that the compensation never reached buyers in Africa. A flagship phone is not a cheap purchase and you expect it to last at least a full 2 to 3 years (it should be 4 years actually).

I'm seriously going to consider any flagship phone that has quick updates and a replaceable battery, even if it is a PinePhone in future - wafer thin is just not on my top 5 considerations for a phone.

Google seems to be more geared for the US market only and I'm doubting I'll be buying another Pixel phone as there has been a rumour that every second release has "issues".

See Increasing reports of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL battery swelling damaging phones

#technology #mobile #hardware

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We're seeing many reports of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones with swollen batteries — enough to cause the backs of the phones to lift off. There are

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