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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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:

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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 […]

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Photography: War Photo Limited in Dubrovnik

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 […]