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Four messengers that are better than WhatsApp

Sven Krumrey
Today, messengers have mostly replaced SMS messages with WhatsApp being in the vanguard and having acquired over one billion active users to date. In most cases, the app works flawlessly and handles fairly well. So all is good, right? Hardly! WhatsApp's reputation has received quite a few dents over the years not least due to its acquisition by Facebook - and reports of a linking between Facebook and WhatsApp user profiles to consolidate their databases. Meta data (Who talked to whom?) is still considered a gold mine by data collectors and the struggle to create ever denser user profiles is ongoing. Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, also owned by Facebook, already enjoy a close cooperation. On top of that, WhatsApp is also regularly dogged by security issues. Time to start looking for viable WhatsApp replacements! more
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LIFE

The magic eye - Google Lens

Sven Krumrey
It seldom happens that we feel special while testing a new app. Most programs are neat and offer some benefit but fade into oblivion all too soon. This even applies to Google that frequently put out apps that will be all forgotten about the following day. Google Lens, which has now been available on Android and iOS for a few days, might be the exception and soon become a part of many people's daily lives. Reason enough to give the app a go! more
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Using a high-end PC without actually owning one: PC streaming

Sven Krumrey
We've gotten used to obtaining all sorts of content online. Internet-based texts, images or videos are common place - but how about a high-end PC that is accessible from anywhere and without ever having purchased one? Although still in its infancy, this approach may soon become mainstream for users who seek to play real games on their Macs, don't want a gaming rig in their homes or shun the high prices and fast aging of computer hardware. So how does PC streaming work? more
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LIFE

Spectre, Zuckerberg and Bitcoin - three current annoyances of mine

Sven Krumrey
It always pays to have a warm personality. You get upset less often, take things with equanimity and don't end up writhing in pain under the desk because of a stomach ulcer. Something has to be seriously awry to spoil my mood. This week, there were three such occasions that spiked my pulse and got my heart racing. Let me tell you about them more
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What is VPN? A short introduction plus test

Sven Krumrey
The term "VPN" frequently shows up on the Internet. This technology is old hat for some and a mystery to others. Read on to learn what VPN means and what it looks like in practice. more
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