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Your Best Digs Review: The Best Safety Razor - the Parker 99R at only $29.99

Date Published: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 21:05:08 +0200

Your Best Digs Review: The Best Safety Razor - the Parker 99R at only $29.99

During nearly two months of researching, testing and even dreaming about double-edge safety razors, they asked five different testers to put their faces on the line with each of the seven best products available to discover the Parker – 99R was the best safety razor for the money. The Parker – 99R earned high marks for easy manoeuvring, blade loading, construction material and all-around shaving comfort. The Viking – Chieftain came in a close runner-up.

What's interesting about this review is that it not the usual suspects (like th4e Merkur 49c) so gives a slightly different perspective. Also some useful background on aspects of safety razors to consider.

See https://www.yourbestdigs.com/reviews/the-best-safety-razor/

#safetyrazor #wetshaving #shaving


The Best Safety Razor of 2019 - Your Best Digs
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Monkey Shoulder - A buttery smooth blended Speyside Malt Whisky

Date Published: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:41:28 +0200

Monkey Shoulder - A buttery smooth blended Speyside Malt Whisky

Finally got a bottle of this excellent Speyside blended malt whisky as it was on special today. It's probably on the opposite end of the tasting scale compared to say a Highland Park whisky (complex peaty taste). Also being a Speyside blend it is quite similar to Chivas Regal but more will be revealed I'm sure once I get a bit further into the bottle.

The name monkey shoulder referred to a temporary injury suffered by the malt-men when turning the barley by hand. As working practices have since changed, the injury no longer exists and now the name Monkey Shoulder lives on as an affectionate tribute to the malt-men of Yore in recognition of the times they suffered for their art.

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#monekyshoulder #whisky


Monkey Shoulder Blendeed Speyside Malt Whisky | Danie's Photo Site
Finally got a bottle of this excellent Speyside blended malt whisky as it was on special today. It's probably on the opposite end of the tasting scale compared to say a Highland Park whisky (complex peaty taste). Also being a Speyside blend it is quite similar to Chivas Regal but more will be revealed I'm sure once I get a bit further into the bottle.

The name monkey shoulder referred to a temporary injury suffered by the malt-men when turnin...

Feedbro - With G+ going you need to discover RSS feeds from your favourite websites and sources for ...

Date Published: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 12:52:10 +0200

Feedbro - With G+ going you need to discover RSS feeds from your favourite websites and sources for a rich varied source of good news

I use RSS feeds in Feedly to daily skim over 200 different sources for tech and other news. If something is of interest then I can zoom straight into the source and read it. Many sites and services do actually have active RSS feeds but often do not advertise it or post an RSS link icon.

Feedbro is an extension for Google Chrome, Vivaldi and Firefox browsers that will help you easily find those RSS feeds. You can use its in-built RSS reader or paste the RSS link into a 3rd party RSS reader like Feedly or another reader. Why I use Feedly is so that my unread articles are synched across my desktop browsers as well as my mobile phone.

See https://nodetics.com/feedbro/ and don't forget all my posts can also be found in my RSS feed at https://gadgeteer.co.za/rss.xml

#RSS #atom


Feedbro - Feed Reader (Atom RSS RDF) with integrated Rule Engine
Feedbro Feed Reader with an integrated Rule Engine - follow Atom/RSS/RDF based blogs and news effortlessly!

Apps makers are sharing sensitive personal information (Including ovulation-tracking and real estate...

Date Published: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 10:36:48 +0200

Apps makers are sharing sensitive personal information (Including ovulation-tracking and real estate apps) with Facebook but not telling users - Because its only intended to better target adverts

Facebook is getting ahold of sensitive personal information that smartphone owners submit to entirely separate mobile apps, thanks to a software tool that immediately shares that data with the social network to improve ad targeting, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. It’s long been known that apps outside of Facebook’s ecosystem can and do willingly share data with the company to make it easier to reach existing and new users on the platform through ads. Yet the WSJ report highlights a particularly privacy-violating behavior by health and fitness apps where the information shared can be anything from diet and exercise activities to a user’s ovulation cycle and whether they intend to get pregnant.

According to the report, app makers like ovulation tracker Flo Health and Azumio Inc., the maker of the most popular third-party heart rate tracker on iOS, use what’s known as “App Events,” a Facebook-provided tool that shares sensitive, user-submitted data directly with the social network that, in most cases, a user must manually submit. That data is then used to inform Facebook’s ad-targeting tools, which it provides to those same developers and others so they can reach existing and new users when they’re browsing Facebook. In the case of Flo Health, Facebook is effectively matching information it collects from the software’s ovulation-tracking feature to real profiles, the Journal says, users it can then potentially label as a viable target for ads regarding expecting mothers and new parents.

The stories never stop, which a glimpse of how deep Facebook's revenue model is built up around monetisation of adverts. The monetisation is not just intended to keep the platform running, it really appears to go a lot deeper than that in terms of squeezing every last drop of cash out of the data.

Earlier this month, the UK government issued a lengthy and damning report concluding that Facebook was no longer fit to govern itself and that a regulatory body should step in. The report said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg “continually fails to show the levels of leadership and personal responsibility that should be expected from someone who sits at the top of one of the world’s biggest companies.” Apparently Mark Zuckerberg has now agreed to meet with UK Ministers about the report.

See https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/22/18236398/facebook-mobile-apps-data-sharing-ads-health-fitness-privacy-violation

#facebook #deletefacebook


Apps makers are sharing sensitive personal information with Facebook but not telling users
Including ovulation-tracking and real estate apps.

How to use a two-factor security key and which are the best to consider

Date Published: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 10:27:00 +0200

How to use a two-factor security key and which are the best to consider

Two-factor authentication is a good way to add an extra layer of security to online accounts. It requires the use of your smartphone, however, which is not only inconvenient, but it can be a problem if your phone is lost or breached. Hardware security keys can offer an extra layer of security to password-protected online accounts and, in turn, your identity. They’re also not hard to install.

See https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/22/18235288/two-factor-authentication-security-key-how-to on how to set them up for your Google account, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can also have a look at https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/22/18235173/the-best-hardware-security-keys-yubico-titan-key-u2f where some of the best security options are compared.

#U2F #securitykey #twofactor


How to use a two-factor security key
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CleanTechnica Report: Fossil Vehicle Sales Are Officially Now Decreasing In China, Europe, & USA

Date Published: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 23:15:17 +0200

CleanTechnica Report: Fossil Vehicle Sales Are Officially Now Decreasing In China, Europe, & USA

Sales of fossil-fuelled vehicles are now on the decline in the world’s three largest auto markets, and being replaced by electric vehicles.

For example in China, total light-duty vehicle (LDV) sales declined in 2018 relative to 2017. This was the first year-on-year drop since 1992. Yet, in this shrinking overall auto market, EV sales (including BEVs and PHEVs) almost doubled in volume to 1.1 million, from 600,000 in 2017.

It's interesting this was seen across the markets which is less likely then to be a single year decrease, but I think the proof will only be there once another year's sales are also down. If this is the case it is a bit earlier than I was expecting it to really start showing. It is true too that cars are getting lighter on fuel consumption, although I'm also sure there are probably more cars on the road every year.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/16/fossil-vehicle-sales-are-officially-now-decreasing-in-china-europe-us/

#fossilfuel #EV


Boom! Fossil Vehicle Sales Are Officially Now Decreasing In China, Europe, & USA — #CleanTechnica Report | CleanTechnica
Sales of fossil fuelled vehicles are now on the decline in the world's three largest auto markets, and being replaced by electric vehicles. Fossil car sales will only decrease from here on out. EVs for the win!

How to get low/full battery alerts on macOS using a free app called Battery Monitor: Health, Info

Date Published: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:41:44 +0200

How to get low/full battery alerts on macOS using a free app called Battery Monitor: Health, Info

A Macbook has a pretty great battery life to begin with it and you’ll find that it outlasts a lot of other laptops that are available in the same or higher price range. Like any battery, a Macbook’s battery has a limited number of cycles that it can be charged through and after that, slowly, very slowly, it will begin to hold less charge. The decline is slow however, if you want to keep an eye on its charge level, you can enable low/full battery alerts on macOS.

Install Battery Monitor: Health, Info and run it. It will add an icon to the menu bar that will indicate if the battery is currently charging. If it’s discharging i.e., you’re running on battery power, it will show you the current battery percentage and time remaining.

See https://www.addictivetips.com/mac-os/get-low-full-battery-alerts-on-macos/

#macos


How to get low/full battery alerts on macOS
How to get low/full battery alerts on macOS

Decentralized Slack Alternative Riot Releases its First Stable Version

Date Published: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:09:59 +0200

Decentralized Slack Alternative Riot Releases its First Stable Version

Remember Riot messenger? It’s a decentralized, encrypted open source messaging software based on the Matrix protocol. About a year ago the French Government banned their diplomats from using WhatsApp and moved them to a securely internally hosted Riot server.

Version 1.0 has brought more than just better looks. One of Riot's claims to fame is its end-to-end encryption which you can manage yourself. And this has alos improved further.

See https://itsfoss.com/riot-stable-release/

#riot #matrix


Decentralized Slack Alternative Riot Releases its First Stable Version - It's FOSS

Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken - Europeans can't find...

Date Published: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:04:09 +0200

Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken - Europeans can't find any evidence of Chinese spying

German is expected to snub US pressure to cut Huawei out of its next-generation 5G networks, rejecting claims that the Chinese manufacturer is a security risk.

According to German media reports, a weekend meeting of the German cabinet dug into the issue and effectively rejected America efforts to impose a global ban on the company. The meeting considered a report by its own security services that said it has failed to find any evidence of spying.

That report reflects an early indication by UK security services that they have been unable to find any evidence that Huawei is installing backdoors in its products, something that is credible given that GCHQ has access to Huawei's source code.

But if you remember not too long ago the American NSA was caught out spying on the German Chancellor's mobile phone. So again I ask myself, why is it that there is evidence of the US spying on its Allies, but all attention seems to be focussed on Huawei, whilst no evidence has been forthcoming against that front? That said it is acknowledged that all countries spy on each other in some form or another.

Seeing ist now in the public domain maybe South Africa's solution was an interesting one - deploy a Huawei government cloud with Huawei (China) and IBM (USA) and an SA Partner Gijima to play referee. In this way we have China and the USA working together and they can watch each other.

See https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/02/19/germany_huawei_5g_security/

#huawei #IBM #security


Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken • The Register

Upgrade your car's emergency preparedness with these 5 products

Date Published: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:55:09 +0200

Upgrade your car's emergency preparedness with these 5 products

The first three are fairly well known but the last two are more interesting:

* PanicSafe Emergency Locator & Car Charger - stays in the charger outlet which is useful if your car rolls or otherwise tosses everyone around in an accident as chances are this stays in the outlet plug. Triggered by G-Force or pushing its panic button, it will notify up to 7 of your contacts.

* Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool - also fits in the charge outlet but will act as a window breaker and seat belt cutter (OK I have one of these on my car keys but seeing my car is a keyless start, my keys stay in my pocket.

See https://mashable.com/shopping/feb-20-car-emergency-preparedness-products-on-sale/


Upgrade your car's emergency preparedness with these 5 products
You'll want to have the right tools to get yourself out of emergency situations.
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