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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. 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.

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  • Danie van der Merwe
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    Design and build of a Rasbperry PI based Calendar, ToDo and Weather display on a colour e-ink screen

    The case is made of all 3d printed parts and is able to be set on a desktop, or hung upside down from a shelf. All code written in python and pulls data from Open Weather Map for weather, Google Calendar for the calendar items and Todoist for ToDo items.

    The colour screen is a Waveshare 7.5 inch e-Paper HAT selling for about $54. It is ultra-low power consumption without backlighting or touch i...  more
    Design and build of a Rasbperry PI based Calendar, ToDo and Weather display on an e-ink screen. The case is made of all 3d printed parts and is able to be set on a desktop, or hung upside down from a shelf. All code written in python and pulls data from Open Weather Map for weather, Google Calendar for the calendar items and Todoist for ToDo items: http://bit.ly/2QRhKQg

    Engage...
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    Google Assistant now supports 3rd party Notes and Lists in Google Keep, Any.do, AnyList, or Bring! across devices

    Way back at Google I/O 2018, the company talked about adding 3rd-party app support for lists and notes in Google Assistant. People were very excited about this as Assistant’s built-in lists and notes features are pretty limited, not to mention people already have established favorite apps. A little over a year ago, it appeared the feature may be rolling out, but that never actually ...  more
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    E Ink has unveiled a new colour e-paper screen that can be used in various e-readers and note taking devices

    At the Wacom Connected Event in Japan, E Ink unveiled a new type of colour e-paper that is based on a TFT screen. This technology will display thousands of different colour combinations and will undergo mass production in Q2 2020, and new products will be ready by Q3 2020. We finally have real colour e-paper that will be used on digital note taking devices!

    The real decider will likely...  more
    At the Wacom Connected Event in Japan, E INK unveiled a new type of color e-paper that is based on a TFT screen. This technology will display thousands of different color combinations and will undergo mass production in Q2 2020, and new products will be ready by Q3 2020.

    We finally have real color e-paper that will be used on digital note taking devices. Good e-Reader was told a...
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Xiaomi Mi Note 10 review: Monster 108-megapixel camera can really zoom and has a humongous 5,260mAh battery

    Xiaomi has a simple smartphone strategy: Focus on the features people really want, and offer that at the lowest possible price.

    The company's latest smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, takes this approach to the extreme. It's a phone that outmatches expensive flagships with its 108-megapixel, penta camera and massive battery, while keeping the price at a fairly reasonable 550 euros ($610...  more
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    100Mbps fibre pricing – South Africa at $87pm vs The World - We are THE most expensive of 62 countries surveyed!

    This is a pretty dismal picture and I can see why government wants to step in to "adjust" this as it is not competitive and costs our local industry dearly to do business.

    Eastern European countries filled the top three spots for the cheapest 100Mbps fibre prices, with all three (Ukraine, Russia, and Moldova) charging less than $10 (R146.48). Some countries – including Poland, Roman...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    WhatsApp gets Any.do integration for tasks and reminders, adds call waiting support - but seems Any.do is a paid subscription

    The call waiting could be useful but it does appear the Any.do integration mentions a week trial period, so I'm assuming that is paid. It's worth remembering that Telegram messenger also has a rich ecosystem of bot integration (usually free) and there are at least three different options just for reminder scheduling. So don't feel locked into Whatsapp because it's the on...  more
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    Free Plex streaming service tested – A long way from Netflix in South Africa likely due to geo-locking

    MyBroadband did a test of this free ad-supported service and although it performed well technically the content selection was dismal. The geo-locking in SA could mean someone else has snatched the rights to the better movies.

    Which means that the Plex streaming service may have a lot more on offer elsewhere in the world.

    See more details on the testing at https://mybroadband.co.za/news/broad...  more
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    Spotting drivers on their phone is just the tip of the iceberg for AI-enabled cameras - Automated surveillance starts simple, but who knows where it will end

    It also demonstrates the slow creep of artificial intelligence into state and corporate surveillance — a trend that experts say could lead to some dark places: chilling civil rights, automating prejudices and biases, and pushing society slowly towards authoritarianism.

    But as the roadside cameras of New South Wales show, identifying peopl...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    New Kindle Oasis 10th Generation e-Reader arrived today

    New Kindle Oasis 10th generation e-reader arrived 4 Dec 2019. I bought it on the Black Friday Special so got 30% off. It is an upgrade to my Kindle Paperwhite 2 (6th edition).

    So key differences are:
    * 7" screen over the 6" Paperwhite
    * 8GB RAM over 4GB RAM
    * Auto page orientation
    * Page turn buttons
    * Waterproof
    * Bluetooth audio
    * More LEDs but also a warmer colour can be set
    * 300 ppi over 212 ppi resolution

    See photos at htt...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Fairphone 3 review: A 10 out of 10 iFixit repairability score but sluggish performance

    I can seriously live with a phone that is 1cm thick if it is so repairable and has reasonable battery life. There is a good suggested workaround to get the most out of the camera (same IMX363 sensor you can find in the Pixel 3 and 3a) but the performance is a bit worrying. I'd probably watch a few video reviews to see what the actual performance is like.

    See https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/12/03/fairphone...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    You can migrate your photos from Facebook directly to Google next year (and possibly other services)

    If you feel like you don't want to spend much time on Facebook anymore but don't want to lose up to 15 years' worth of shared photos, good news: the company is rolling out a tool that will let you export your image library directly to Google Photos. Facebook announced the new tool in a corporate blog post today. The initiative springs from the Data Transfer Project, a collaboration among Apple, ...  more
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    December 2019 security patches roll out with Pixel Themes, Live captions, gesture navigation in 3rd-party launchers for older Pixels

    All but the original PIxel should now get these Pixel 4 functions enabled.

    See https://www.xda-developers.com/december-2019-android-security-patches/

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