Smart Speakers are totally safe and privacy-enhancing (just kidding)

Home Assistant Self-DestructA recent study about smart speakers revealed that they are, in a word, crap.

The study, entitled, WHEN SPEAKERS ARE ALL EARS: Understanding when smart speakers mistakenly record conversations, revealed that these smart gizmos are very often activated by words and phrases that have little to do with anything.

Of course, that means they are recording and sending audio clips when they really shouldn’t be.

Not to worry, though – we are reassured by the researchers that it’s no big deal!

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All the smartphone features, none of the Google!

No-Google SmartphoneI’ve been using dumbphones for awhile now, but I started to miss some smartphone features.

Then a friend of mine mentioned LineageOS again. I decided to take the plunge… And I’m glad I did!

It IS possible to have a relatively private smartphone without all the Googley madness – even in this day and age.

But it does take a bit of time, patience, and some technical know-how.

Note that I don’t walk through the entire installation process here since it’s particular to your specific phone…

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Can aluminum foil protect you from your phone?

Tin Foil your Phone!There are quite a few smartphone cases, Faraday bags, and other little gizmos out there that claim to protect you from the phones RF waves.

A common method that people use is to line one (or both) sides of their phone case with good old aluminum foil.

So, the question is: Does tin foiling your phone really work? How much? And where exactly should you put the foil?

Watch to find out!

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Is Wi-Fi 6 really that much better?

How good is Wi-Fi 6?There’s a new flavor of Wi-Fi in town: Wi-Fi 6!

In case you’re confused, I’m talking about IEEE 802.11ax, the successor to 802.11ac (which is now called Wi-Fi 5).

Are you confused yet?

While I’m not a terribly big fan of wireless stuff, Wi-Fi 6 does include several improvements that increase capacity and speed for more connected users.

The question is: does Wi-Fi 6 go far enough, or is wired still better?

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The Biggest threat to Privacy: Browser Fingerprints

A lot of people these days are talking about protecting their online privacy.

We have hearings going on, threats of breaking up Facebook and other Big Tech companies, data leaks, and so on.

Many people are going so far as to boycott Google (which is easier said than done).

But so far, no one – except Mozilla – is talking about the biggest threat to online privacy: Browser Fingerprints.

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Nokia 2720 Flip + Why KaiOS dumbphones are truly smart

Nokia 2720 Flip 4GThis one’s a double header!

First, I quickly review the new Nokia 2720 Flip 4G dumbphone.

Then, I talk a bit more about exactly why dumbphones that run KaiOS are really NOT smartphones.

Did I mention that the 2720’s HUGE buttons are an absolute joy to use?

Or that it’s the first phone (of any kind) that I’ve had in years that actually fits in my pocket?

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Can EMF exposure ever be GOOD for you?

Good EMFs?!You all know I’m not a big fan of wireless due to the health risks.

I’ve also said before that resources should be devoted to making these wireless technologies safe – so that we don’t have to just ditch it all!

But then, the question is: Is EMF ever safe?

Better yet, are there examples of EMF / radio frequency energy being used to possibly even HEAL people?

It turns out, there are! And it’s all pretty interesting…

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Dumbphone with KaiOS: Hang on, isn’t that a smartphone?

A Smart OS for Dumb PhonesLast week, I published a video entitled 4G Dumbphones: Get one with KaiOS!

In that vid, I talked about why KaiOS is a great OS to have on a 4G dumbphone.

Quite a few people asked various questions, like:

But hang on, isn’t that just a smartphone disguised as a dumbphone? But if it has Google, how is that different from an Android smartphone?

And so on.

So this week, I want to dig into some of the details of KaiOS and why it is NOT your daddy’s smartphone.

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