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Technology and Gadgets

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. It is being run as a Collection which means only I am posting but anyone is free to comment and discuss the posts as long as it stays on the topic of the post.
Out of long experience this has shown me to be the most focussed way of obtaining relevant interesting news without lots of spam and off topic chatter. I have no intention of spending time moderating a social Community. I've previously had over 500,000 followers on G+ and they followed because posts stayed strictly on topic. I hope people will appreciate that here and if you'd rather do social chat there will be other Groups for that. I honestly can't find time to do news as well as moderate lots of other posts that I have not researched myself.



  • Danie van der Merwe
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    Download 'The Sims 4' Standard Version for Free Right Now (4 Days Only)

    The Sims 4, the latest game in the popular Sims series, is completely free to download right now. The Sims publisher, EA, is giving away the standard PC version of the game until May 28th, through the EA Origin launcher.

    See https://lifehacker.com/download-the-sims-4-for-free-right-now-1834979262

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    5 Best Free Tools to Monitor Website Changes - Get alerted of changes to any website page

    To know when a website changes its content, you have to go to that website and check it frequently and manually. This doesn’t sound like much work, unless it comes to an e-commerce site or a news website where web content changes happen quickly and suddenly. In such a case, you should leave it to web content monitoring tools.

    Like price tracking tools that help you shop wiser, content monitoring tools hel...  more
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    Morse code marks 175 years of dots and dashes - And still going strong today

    Interesting background in linked article and I'm glad they mentioned one (there are more) instance of prisoners of war using Morse Code gestures to communicate secret messages back to allies and friends.

    Morse is still popular with amateur radio enthusiasts because it requires very little power to transmit far distances and to be intelligable where voice is not. So it still outperforms voice for many things which mean...  more
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    How to install Android apps if your smartphone is not supported by Google, and to still install and use Google apps (even on Huawei phones)

    The short of it is that Huawei could opt to go for using and customising the open source version of Android, and use say the Aptoide app store (they are in negotiations) but this would by default NOT include the Google Play Store or Google apps.

    But this is NOT the end of the world at all for users. Huawei (or other phone OEM) can still work their magic wi...  more
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    "I charged $18,000 for a Static HTML Page... and got away with it" - It's not just clueless clients but also often the bureaucracy within big corporates

    Interesting story at the linked article and although the quote was reasonable the corporate bureaucracy and time wasting ends up costing that much. I've seen this horrific wastage myself before and its often due to the roleplayers having no clue what static webpages generally cost, and then also not realising what their internal paperwork adds ...  more
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    The MB1 SDR HF/6M/VHF Ham Radio Transceiver runs Windows10 - Roll on Vulnerabilities, Forced Reboots after Updates, End of Support, and Blue Screen of Death for Ham Radio now?

    It's nice that you don't need a computer plus a radio, and I know ham radio breaks new ground with new technology and modes, but you invest a lot in a good radio and I'm just wondering if this is not taking things too far along a road not known for its rock-solid stability as GUI computer OSs tend to run out of support af...  more
    This is MOST IMPRESSIVE! I think it is the Elecraft K4 KILLER.A full SDR for HF, 6M and VHF with a Windows 10 Core i7 PC built in. So many features on this radio, a complete review should be done in the future.
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    Google has been tracking nearly everything you buy online — see for yourself with this tool - The "Transparency" is Great but why are they tracking my non-Google purchases?

    Google has been quietly keeping track of nearly every single online purchase you’ve ever made, thanks to purchase receipts sent to your personal Gmail account, according to a new report today from CNBC. Even stranger: this information is made available to you via a private web tool that’s been active for an indeterminate amo...  more
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    Good heavens, is it time to patch Cisco kit again? Prime Infrastructure root privileges hole plugged... Better be careful or the US Administration will ban them next as a security risk

    Among a bumper crop of 57 security issues Cisco divulged on Wednesday was a fix for a trio of vulns, one critical, in networks management tool Prime Infrastructure. The latter potentially allows unauthenticated miscreants to execute arbitrary code with root privileges on PI devices.

    The updates come just two day...  more
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    Your internet data is rotting - If MySpace could recently lose 50 million files, where will your memories be in 10 years time?

    Many MySpace users were dismayed to discover earlier this year that the social media platform lost 50 million files uploaded between 2003 and 2015.

    The failure of MySpace to care for and preserve its users’ content should serve as a reminder that relying on free third-party services can be risky. MySpace has probably preserved the users’ data; it just lost their conten...  more
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    How to take a scrolling screenshot on Windows 10 using PicPick

    PicPick is free for individual use and it does the job really well. It has auto scroll which means you only have to start taking a screenshot, and tell the app when to stop. Note it is not open source software and is Windows only - not my favourite choices at all but could be useful.

    See https://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/take-a-scrolling-screenshot-on-windows-10/

    #pickpick #screenshot
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    Google’s K-2 reading practice app Rivet adds smartphone support and leaves Beta

    Rivet now works well on most Android devices and offers more than 1,500 free books for kids to practice reading. The UI is child-friendly and exempt from unnecessary buttons or menus. While reading, youngsters can swipe through pages and tap on any word to hear it out loud. They can even get its definition and practice pronunciation very intuitively. Plus, parents can track their nipper's progression through activit...  more
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    High frequency (HF) radio "essential" in an emergency: amateur operators

    If disaster strikes in the US northwest, amateur radio operators like Woody Linton are ready to spring into action.

    During disasters, communication lines are the first thing to break down, Linton said — bad news for emergency responders. That’s why a new high-frequency radio station recently installed at the City of Kenora Fire Station One’s emergency operations centre is so vital, Linton said.

    Linton is a member of the ...  more