Safety Razor Vs. Cartridge: Which One Should You Get? Cost vs Environment vs Shave Quality Compared

Date Published: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:55:49 +0200

No real surprises here, as this pretty much the consensus I've been seeing for a while (unless you watch Gillette adverts, and then remember they relaunched their own safety razor recently). A straight razor is probably the best overall, but not everyone in the modern era has got past the longer learning curve in stropping the blade and using it.

For me personally, a safety razor has definitely been noticeably better for my skin, and I have not disposed of a single blade yet over many years (they are all collected in a large money tin for recycling disposal one day). Cost? Well I bought 400 safety razor blades a few years ago, and am still working my way through those packs, replacing the blade weekly. My father's 1960's Gillette safety razor actually still works fine today, 60 years on.

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Which is better for you—a safety razor vs cartridge razor? In this article, we give the pros and cons of the two razors to help you choose which to go for.

Have you also ditched your SLR for your smartphone camera when travelling?

Date Published: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 18:52:02 +0200

I had a Pixel 2 XL (replaced now with a iPhone 12 Pro) and both take excellent photos with all the HDR, colour correction, geolocation, etc needed. My last overseas holiday, a few years ago, did still include my Sony travel zoom camera, which I used about 50% of the time. No-one wants to have to keep pausing to change SLR lenses or wait for GPS locks, etc.

So I'm also feeling my next holiday will be my smartphone alone for photos. It is true though, that the one feature really lacking for smartphones is a good optical zoom capability (at least to 5x or 10x), as well as a good wide angle lens (although I'll venture to say the wide angle lens is now actually pretty good that I have on the iPhone 12 Pro). So I'll probably test out buying a good glass pop-on zoom lens for my smartphone, as a backup.

My Sony DSLR setup consists of an entire rucksack of accessory lenses, flashes, batteries, charger, and so on.

See The Pixel 5's camera is so good that I've ditched my mirrorless cam while traveling

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A few years ago, the only camera in my pocket/bag was my phone. Starting with the LG G2 and going up to the G3, G4, Galaxy S7 Edge, then Pixel 2 XL, all

iVerify for iOS has just been updated to detect trails of Pegasus Project on your device

Date Published: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 15:22:44 +0200

I did mention this software about a month back for its ability to strip geolocation data from any photos you share via 3rd party apps on iOS, but their latest update claims to be able to detect trails left by the Pegasus Project software. This is an easier alternative than running lots of command line checks, but the app does requite a once-off purchase cost.

See ‎iVerify. - Secure your Phone!

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‎iVerify is your personal security toolkit. Use iVerify to manage the security of your iOS device and detect modifications to your smartphone. iVerify makes it easy to manage the security of your accounts and online presence with simple instructional guides.

If you've only ever used your Android phone's default launcher, you may want to try Nova's new Public Beta

Date Published: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:26:19 +0200

I used Nova launcher for many years as the launcher on my Android phones as it offered some of the best additional features and customisation over default launchers from Google, Samsung, Huawei, and others.

Installing a second (or third) launcher does not affect your original launcher at all, and you can switch between them very easily. You may just be pleasantly surprised with Nova launcher, and it will give your launcher pages a whole new look and feel.

See Nova Launcher version 7 beta is now available on Google Play

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Nova Launcher version 7 beta is now finally available as a public beta on the Google Play Store. Read on to learn what's new.

Artemis - A cellular geolocation system from an aircraft to locate the phone of a person in distress at up to 35 km range without network coverage

Date Published: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:15:40 +0200

Artemis can be used to locate the phone of a person in distress. It can operate in local network coverage, or where there is poor or no coverage at all. Artemis can locate any powered mobiles in a disaster area. Options include: Sending texts to everyone in the area, receiving messages & calls from those in need of assistance.

For border security type operations, it can detect and locate phones in offshore boats (people smuggling). Generating alerts from phones in restricted areas, border intrusions etc.

It obviously operates as a type of Stingray device (faking being a cellular tower) to encourage the phone to connect to it, it identifies the phone, and determines the location from single strength plottings as the aircraft is flying in a pattern. Obviously, it is ideal for finding people lost in wilderness conditions. It has an accuracy of around 10 - 20 m.

See Artemis | Smith Myers | SAR location Beacon

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Artemis, turns a mobile phone into a Search and Rescue location beacon. SAR equipment for Manned or Unmanned aircraft.

South African electric vehicle dealer Eleksa plans to launch the cheapest electric car in the country yet — the R200,000 CityBug for 15c/km travel costs

Date Published: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:01:05 +0200

That makes it more affordable than the most popular hatchback in the country in June, the VW Polo Vivo, which starts at R222,100.

This 2-door, 4-seat compact hatch is designed for use in urban areas, boasting a top speed of 60km/h (which is not intended for cross-country travelling). It has a lithium battery which can provide a starting range of 100km, upgradeable to 200km.

Eleksa says the CityBug has an extremely low running cost, with a charging cost of 15c per kilometre, which works out to R15.00 for a full charge on the 100km model. With the inland unleaded 93 petrol price of R17.20, that means it will cost about R49 over 100km, more than three times the price of recharging the CityBug.

The point is that it is for really cheap inner-city travelling so for many this may be a second car in the household, and one also needs to remember that servicing is going to be way cheaper than a petrol or diesel powered car.

See New R200,000 electric car coming to South Africa

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The Eleksa CityBug is set to launch in South Africa in September 2021, and will be the cheapest electric car in the country.

University of Cape Town (UCT) launches online high school - Free curriculum, and monthly payment gets access to teachers, mentoring, support, exams, etc

Date Published: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:47:39 +0200

UCT said the online high school ecosystem was designed to service South African learners from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds.

It offers a CAPS-aligned curriculum and enables learners in grades 8 to 12 across the world the opportunity to study at a monthly fee of R2,095 (US$145).

The full curriculum will be made available for free on an interactive online platform. Users of this free content will be issued with a learner number to save their learning path and data. Learners will have full access to expert-designed interactive notes, videos, animations, simulations, practise assignments, and quizzes.

See University of Cape Town launches online high school

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The University of Cape Town has launched a university-based online high school for grade 8 to 12 learners.

DuckDuckGo Announces Cross Platform Alternative to Apple's Hide My Email which will also strip out Tracking code

Date Published: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:22:12 +0200

DuckDuckGo announced on 20th July its brand new Email Protection feature that will allow users to save themselves from being tracked by trackers embedded into emails by forwarding them to a free and personalized DuckDuckGo email before being sent to their actual email.

One of the largest cornerstones of DuckDuckGo's offering, compared to Apple's Hide My Email, is its cross-platform compatibility. Apple's Hide My Email will only work on Apple devices. At the same time, thanks to DuckDuckGo's browser extension and apps available on other platforms, DuckDuckGo's Email Protection is available no matter where a user chooses to browse the internet.

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DuckDuckGo today announced its brand new Email Protection feature that will allow users to save themselves from being tracked by trackers embedded...

One of the biggest myths about EVs is busted in new study - Even EVs that plug into dirty grids emit fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline-powered cars

Date Published: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 13:32:24 +0200

A new study lays to rest the tired argument that electric vehicles aren’t much cleaner than internal combustion vehicles. Over the life cycle of an EV — from digging up the materials needed to build it to eventually laying the car to rest — it will release fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a gas-powered car, the research found. That holds true globally, whether an EV plugs into a grid in Europe with a larger share of renewables, or a grid in India that still relies heavily on coal.

“We have a lot of lobby work from parts of the automotive industry saying that electric vehicles are not that much better if you take into account the electricity production and the battery production. We wanted to look into this and see whether these arguments are true,” says Georg Bieker, a researcher at the nonprofit research group the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) that published the report. The ICCT’s analysis found that those arguments don’t hold true over time.

In the US, an EV produces between 60 to 68 percent fewer emissions. In China, which uses more coal, an EV results in between 37 to 45 percent fewer emissions. In India, it’s between 19 to 34 percent lower.

See One of the biggest myths about EVs is busted in new study

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New report calls for a global phaseout of gas-guzzling cars.

All three big US carriers will be switched to Android Messages as default for RCS Chat, just Apple remains for supporting E2EE RCS

Date Published: Tue, 20 Jul 2021 16:19:19 +0200

Beginning next year, Verizon will join AT&T and T-Mobile in preloading Android Messages as the default texting app on all Android phones it sells. It’s the final step for making RCS Chat — the next-gen standard designed to replace SMS — the default experience for Android. In the US, that only leaves one large cohort that will not use RCS as a default SMS replacement: iPhone users.

So yes, Apple has iMessages, but only on Apple so that is of zero use in any situation where you have friends, colleagues or family on Android (it's a real world out here). For anything to replace SMS, it needs to be completely cross-platform and able to be the default messaging app. Google supposedly has no plans either to try to introduce a messaging app that supports RCS on the iPhone.

See Verizon is also switching to Android Messages as default for RCS

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T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon are on board — will Apple ever be?

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