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Feedly Pro+ Uses AI to Filter RSS Feeds

I rely on RSS to keep up with the news and have used Feedly for years. Feedly has a new service called Pro+ that uses artificial intelligence to improve the relevance of what you see on the service. It also allows you to follow Google News and Twitter feeds. A lifetime upgrade costs $99. I am giving it a try. I’ve tried many RSS readers after the demise of the Google RSS Reader in 2013 and always come back to Feedly. On iOS, I use it with Newsify which brings in full text articles.

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Iran Cuts Off Internet for Most Iranians

Bruce Schneier notes that “Iran has gone pretty much entirely offline in the wake of nationwide protests.” Schneier recommends an article in Wired and an opinion piece in The New York Times. A group called AccessNow works to keep the internet open and secure.

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Pope Francis calls for a world free from nuclear weapons – The Washington Post

The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral.

Pope Francis speaking at the sites where in 1945 the US detonated nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki  (via The Washington Post)

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On the importance of doing

“The solution to depression is action …”

Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia
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Apple AirPods Pro – First Impressions

The original AirPods didn’t stay in my ears. I returned them to Apple for a refund. Apple AirPods Pro stay in my ears just fine. I ended up with the largest ear tips after running the Apple Ear Tip Test on my iPhone.

The sound is phenomenal. The noise cancellation is impressive. These aren’t just for podcasts. My favorite music sounds like it’s just there.

The AirPods are exceptionally comfortable. I barely feel anything in my ear.

I have nothing but praise for this product. They are, in my opinion, worth every penny. The Apple magic is there. Full stop.

Apple AirPods Pro
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‘Museum Diplomacy’ as New Pompidou Center Opens in Shanghai – The New York Times

Situated along the banks of the Huangpu River on Shanghai’s version of Museum Mile, the new outpost is a collaboration with the West Bund Group, a Chinese state-owned development corporation that together with the local government has reportedly invested more than $3 billion in recent years to transform a former industrial neighborhood into a 7-mile waterfront cultural corridor.

‘Museum Diplomacy’ as New Pompidou Center Opens in Shanghai – The New York Times
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Behind the scenes of Germany’s foreign intelligence service

Ever since Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service completed its move to Berlin, the agency has tried to promote an image of openness rather than secrecy. An interactive exhibition is now open to visitors.

Source: DW

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Berlin bans Checkpoint Charlie ‘soldiers’

Local authorities have revoked permission for actors to dress like US soldiers and take pictures with tourists. Police had reportedly requested the ban, saying some actors pressured tourists into paying for the photos.

Source: DW

Too bad. This was fun:

David Enzel at Former Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany
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Privacy Resources

I am not a privacy expert. I have found the following to be useful sources of information about privacy and am sharing them to help other people:

That One Privacy Site: The site has excellent VPN reviews. The site also has valuable information about email providers.

Privacy Tools: Provides knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against mass surveillance.

Techlore YouTube Channel: Useful privacy-related tutorials in plain English.

The Complete Privacy and Security Podcast is a weekly podcast that helps listeners to maintain their privacy in the digital age.

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University: The Center brings “together the sharpest, most thoughtful people from around the globe to tackle the biggest challenges presented by the Internet.”

ProtonMail: Encrypted Email and VPN provider in Switzerland

Tutanota: Encrypted Email provider in Germany

Tutanota Guide to Leaving Google

Secure Messaging Apps Comparison

Choosing a Linux Distribution

Encryption Tools

But see also:

If your main worry is that hackers could gain access to your email, then you should rely on Gmail. To be clear, for a majority of users, the threat of hackers trying to break into their emails looking for a way to make a quick buck is more real than the threat of a government investigating them as part of a crime. With the proliferation of phishing attempts and the threat of hackers obtaining your password via hacks of other services, this is what the average consumer should be worried about.

Google has one of the best teams of security engineers in the world. Moreover, the company has several strong security mechanisms for users to protect their account.

Vice: Gmail vs ProtonMail: Which is More Secure?

I have never heard of a successful hack of Gmail.

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Photography: War Photo Limited in Dubrovnik

War Photo Limited, Dubrovnik © David H. Enzel, 2019

In the early fall, I visited a photography exhibition center called War Photo Limited in Dubrovnik’s old city. The center has two floors with 3, 800 feet of display space featuring photographic exhibits by world renowned photojournalists covering recent and ongoing regional and global conflicts. 

I was especially moved by the center’s permanent collection of images from the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. These images depict the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. The collection includes the work of more than ten photographers including Alexandra Boulat and Ron Haviv. The exhibition left a lasting impact.

When I visited there was also an excellent exhibit of images about the Vietnam War by English photographer Tim Page.

Both the quality of the photos and their presentation are first rate. The entrance fee is 50 kuna (about $7.50). If you have an interest in photography, War Photo Limited is worth a visit.