Downdetector offers a realtime overview of status information and outages for all kinds of services
Downdetector is an independently owned and operated by Serinus42 BV. Downdetector spawned from the notion that existing solutions did a poor job at informing the public. People who are affected by an on outage typically turn to their provider or the media for updates, but in fact they know best if there are any issues.
Downdetector collects status reports from a series of sources. Through a realtime analysis of this data, their system is able to automatically determine outages and service interruptions at a very early stage. One of the sources that they analyse are reports on Twitter.
Their system detects outages when the number of reports shows a significant jump relative to the baseline. They track reports for each company on a seperate page and will publish a brief update once an issue is determined.
See more info http://bit.ly/2yolKfu
Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore – No fingers or Voice Required to Type
"The text on the screen is being generated not by his fingertips, but rather by the signals his brain is sending to his fingers. The armband is intercepting those signals, interpreting them correctly, and relaying the output to the computer, just as a keyboard would have. Whether or not Reardon’s digits actually drum the table is irrelevant — whether he has a hand is irrelevant — it’s a loop of his brain to machine. What’s more, Reardon and his colleagues have found that the machine can pick up more subtle signals—like the twitches of a finger—rather than mimicking actual typing."
I do find voice a bit slow and it really does not work while I'm listening to podcasts or there is other loud ambient noise. So this tech has tremendous potential but all that is proven so far is that it can actually work. As they say, who would use a mouse that works 90% of the time? It still needs some perfecting.
|The Brain-Machine Interface Isn’t Sci-Fi Anymore | Backchannel
This startup lets you control machines with your mind—no implants required.
Make a 3D model of your face from a single photo with this AI tool
It actually works but you may want o try switching off the background image as well. Read more about it at http://bit.ly/2wvaikI or you can jump straight to the online demo and try it yourself at http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~psxasj/3dme/.
|Make a 3D model of your face from a single photo with this AI tool
Just look how much Mark is enjoying the wonderful world of 3D
Why diesel vehicles are such a health issue in Europe
What caught my eye here was not about the "potential deaths" from diesel cars in Europe, but the stats with regards to the far higher usage of diesel vehicles in Europe, and although CO2 emissions are way lower than petrol vehicles, the real-world NOx emissions are way higher…. multiply that by 100 million diesel vehicles in Europe and it is not a pretty picture. Just because there is no smoke, does not mean there is no fire….
|5,000 ‘Dieselgate’ deaths in Europe per year: study|
How one software engineer is using an app to fight hunger in Nigeria
Chowberry uses cloud-based software to provide retail merchants with data on any soon-to-expire food in stock. This allows food nearing the end of its shelf life to be discounted, acquired, and distributed by charities, orphanages, and non-profit organizations rather than simply tossed out.
"On one hand we help reduce food waste at the retail and consumption site, and other hand we facilitate the redistribution of those products that would have otherwise gone to waste to underserved communities and people who are facing food poverty."
By democratizing these resources, Ekponimo explained how Chowberry is able to empower low-income earners and households that are underserved. With the app's deep discounts users can spend as low as $50.00 to feed 50 people.
|How one software engineer is using an app to fight hunger in Nigeria
The app cuts down on food waste while simultaneously helping those in need.
South African renewable energy myths “peddled by former Eskom executives” dispelled
An engineering study has dispelled the myths “peddled by former Eskom executives” about the limits and costs of renewable energy capacity in South Africa.
The study was prepared for the South African Department of Energy and Eskom, and was commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – under the department’s South African-German Energy Programme. It was conducted by engineering consultants Markus Pöller and Marko Obert, of Moeller & Poeller Engineering GmbH.
The study confirmed that the South African power system will be sufficiently flexible to handle large amounts of variable wind and solar PV generation. The study confirms that large penetration levels of wind and solar PV can be handled by the South African power system from an active power balancing point of view, at moderate additional costs.
|South African renewable energy myths dispelled
An engineering study has dispelled the myths about the limits of renewable energy.
Linux Foundation Head Calls 2017 ‘Year of the Linux Desktop’… While Running Apple’s macOS Himself
Then again I was personally witness to a group from Oracle giving us a presentation and using Microsoft Windows… when Oracle Linux is their own OS.
But still, if you want to be taken seriously then use what you are preaching about.
|Linux Foundation Head Calls 2017 ‘Year of the Linux Desktop’… While Running Apple’s macOS Himself
Ironical! Head of The Linux Foundation uses macOS and announces 2017 as the year of Linux Desktop.
An electric car for Africa – Because Africa is not for Sissies!
Africa is a tough place and it's requirements differ vastly from 1st world urbanised countries. Not only must the vehicle be tough but it must be easily and cheaply serviced.
An electric car to “serve the needs of the African population” was unveiled at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Technical University of Munich designed the car, aimed at rural transportation. Called the aCar, it was designed for passenger and cargo transportation.
“The aCar is an offroad-capable vehicle that is affordable for people there and is capable of transporting heavy loads.”
The aCar is powered by 2 x 8kW motors and has an electric range of 80km. It has a battery capacity of 20kWh, a top speed of 60km/h, seating for 2 people, and can carry a load of 1 ton.
|An electric car for Africa
An electric car to serve the needs of the African population has been unveiled.
The best AA battery in South Africa – MyBroadband Test
Of course, the "best" battery all depends on the type of usage you intend for the battery. Some usage scenarios, like for camera flashes, are short deep discharges which are completely different from a longer steady discharge. But be that as it may, this is still an interesting test conducted on AA batteries commonly available in South Africa.
See the results at http://bit.ly/2yldqgn
|The best battery in South Africa – MyBroadband Test
MyBroadband tested Duracell, Energizer, Eveready, and Philips batteries – here are the results.
How many South Africans are on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
World Wide Worx has revealed the results of its latest research into South Africa’s social media landscape. Managing director Arthur Goldstuck said the number of people on Facebook in South Africa has grown to 16 million – with 14 million accessing the service from a mobile device.
“The data shows that mobile is driving social in South Africa, and particularly that mobile is driving Facebook,” said Goldstuck. He said we are heading toward a third of South Africa’s population being on Facebook.
|How many South Africans are on Facebook
World Wide Worx has revealed the results of its latest social media research.