Technology and Gadgets

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  • My biggest passion - anything relating to general technology and gadgets... This is a blog of my tech news articles that I find interesting and I curate them to stay on topic with about 2 to 3 posts per day. Anyone is free to comment and discuss the posts as long as it stays on the topic of the post.
     
    [Note: This Group is on trial basis still as I'm intending for it to be curated on-topic posts created by myself which anyone can comment on and discuss (G+ Collections style). I did not want it to be a post all by everyone as I'll spend all my time moderating and won't be able to find content to post. I want it to be a focussed feed with just a few posts per day so that it does not overwhelm everyone So let's see how it goes.]

Recent Activities

  • Danie van der Merwe
    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 tha...  more
    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!
  • Danie van der Merwe
    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 kno...  more
    These health apps are sharing sensitive information with Facebook - The Verge
    Facebook is getting ahold of sensitive personal information that smartphone owners submit to entirely separate mobile apps, thanks to a software...
  • Danie van der Merwe
    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/20...  more
    How to use a two-factor security key - The Verge
    Hardware security keys can offer an extra layer of security to password-protected online accounts and, in turn, your identity. They’re also not...
  • Danie van der Merwe
    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 repor...  more
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    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 i...  more
    How to get low/full battery alerts on macOS
    How to get low/full battery alerts on macOS
  • Danie van der Merwe
    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 also improv...  more
    Decentralized Slack Alternative Riot Releases its First Stable Version - It's FOSS
    The first stable release of decentralized, open source messaging software Riot has been released. See what's new!
  • Danie van der Merwe
    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 t...  more
    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.
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Samsung’s foldable phone is finally official — meet the Galaxy Fold and it will start at $1,980

    The device will start at a whopping $1,980 and arrive on April 26. Samsung says both LTE and 5G-capable variants will be available.

    As the company hinted at its developers conference last year, the Galaxy Fold consists of two displays: a 4.58-inch, 1960x840 resolution panel that serves as a more traditional smartphone display, and a foldable 7.3-inch, 2152x1536 resolution panel that behaves more li...  more
    Samsung foldable phone: Galaxy Fold specs, release date, price | Ars Technica
    Samsung's half-phone, half-tablet is real, starts at $1,980, launches April 26.
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Big security flaws found in popular password managers 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass, and LastPass - But open source KeePass may be least affected

    A report by the Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) shows that many popular password managers store their master passwords in plain text, potentially exposing users’ data to hackers.

    The ISE tested 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass, and LastPass on Windows, and found that all of these apps “fail in implementing proper secrets sanitisation”.

    See https://...  more
    Big security flaws found in popular password managers
    A report shows that many popular password managers store their master passwords in plain text within system memory.
  • Jamez Frondeskias
    Interesting podcast
    Tech.eu Podcast #106: Fintech in Lithuania, Revolut's banking licence, Malt funding, the future of work, interview with MEP Julia Reda, and more - Tech.eu
    This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler talk about the rush for financial licences in Lithuania, Revolut's standoff with Lithuanian...
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked

    Early last month, the security team at Coinbase noticed something strange going on in Ethereum Classic, one of the cryptocurrencies people can buy and sell using Coinbase’s popular exchange platform. Its blockchain, the history of all its transactions, was under attack.

    An attacker had somehow gained control of more than half of the network’s computing power and was using it to rewrite the transaction history. That made it possible ...  more
    Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked - MIT Technology Review
    More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built.
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Best Multi-Tools & Pocket Tools for Your Everyday Carry

    There is no excuse as they come in all sizes and shapes, even disguised as pens... I permanently carry my Leatherman Charge TTi everywhere I go (apart from flying, unfortunately). Whether I'm in the roof working or at friends' houses there is always that time you just quickly need to cut a wire, tighten a screw, twist something off, file something smooth, cut a piece of PVC pipe, etc. Why I love my Charge TTi is because I can carry some r...  more
    Best Multi-Tools & Pocket Tools for Your Everyday Carry by Mantality
    Multi-tools and pocket tools are becoming more and more essential. As men we like to be prepared for anything that life throws at us.