Android Central's Best Android Apps in 2020 - Over 35 Categories With Interesting Options

Date Published: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:36:29 +0200

This was quite an interesting list and I see I've 7 apps I want to look further into. There are a good few tried and tested well known options but also quite a few I did not know about (which is why its worth scanning these lists sometimes - things change).

See #^https://www.androidcentral.com/best-android-apps

^These are the best apps for your Android device — period

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It can be difficult to find the "right" app when surfing the Play Store simply due to the sheer number of options available. Regardless of what type of app you're looking for, there's an app that can help make your life easier.

Avast anti-virus spies on every click and sells your data – Reports Vice and PCMag - See nothing is truly free

Date Published: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 19:28:51 +0200

Vice and PCMag reported that they obtained documents which show how the Avast anti-virus is used to effectively sell more detailed versions of people’s Internet browsing histories.

The data is monetised through an Avast subsidiary called Jumpshot.

According to the reports, Vice and PCMag obtained Jumpshot data that includes web searches on Google, location searches on Google Maps, visits to LinkedIn pages, specific YouTube videos, and interactions on porn websites.

In some cases it is possible to see what search term someone entered on a porn website and which specific video they watched, Vice reported. This data also includes exact timestamps.

Oh dear this is just not good... you see the trend with "free" services on the Internet? They are clearly coming at a cost that some are not willing to pay in terms of privacy - well then be prepared to pay in dollars. There are many really free (as in cost and freedoms) services on the Internet but you'll notice that most do ask for donations if you can afford it, because services cost real money to operate. So operators either get it from selling the service, selling adverts (which we don't like and block), selling your data behind your back, or funding from their personal funds if they can afford it. Nothing is free.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/security/336578-avast-anti-virus-spies-on-every-click-and-sells-your-data-reports.html

#technology #privacy

#^Avast anti-virus spies on every click and sells your data – Reports

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Free anti-virus program Avast tracks the behaviour of its users and sells people’s private data to other companies, Vice and PCMag reported.

Run your own federated social node within your Nextcloud hosting and connect to the Fediverse via the open ActivityPub protocol

Date Published: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:26:36 +0200

Yes it's still in Alpha release but its working quite well - all I'm really missing is the ability to attach an image and to edit my profile info but posting, following, being followed, etc all working OK.

What this means is if you already have a recent version of Nextcloud, instead of creating a social network account at one of the Mastodon, Diaspora, Friendica, Hubzilla, etc nodes, you could just use your own Nextcloud hosting with the only effort being to tick on the social module in Nextcloud. If your Nextcloud hosting carries your own domain name (like mine does) then this would be part of your Fediverse social address.

FYI this social network is similar to Twitter and Mastodon in that it gives you basic status update posts without other fancy features but as you host this one yourself you set the rules and you won't find your user name taken by someone else, nor anyone censoring your posts. Anyone across the whole Diverse can follow you and like or reply, but sorry nothing from Twitter as that is a walled garden.

#technology #nextcloud #socialnetwork

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New Study In Canada Says 96% Of EV Owners Will Not Buy ICE Again - Of 1,090 EV Owners Surveyed

Date Published: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:53:08 +0200

This study has also found that 40 million Americans are interested in buying electric. The price of electric vehicles is the thing that is keeping them away — not range anxiety. This is why government incentives and tax rebates are vital when it comes to EV adoption.

The new study finds that 75% of EV owners charge at home. The cost of driving 24,000 km (almost 15,000 miles) in an EV is around $546, compared to $1,255 for a somewhat equivalent gas vehicle. On average, electric vehicle owners drive 39 miles per day.

More interesting observations at https://cleantechnica.com/2020/01/27/new-study-in-canada-says-ev-owners-will-not-buy-ice-again/ as well as a link which has more detail.

#environment #EV #Canada
 

New Study In Canada Says EV Owners Will Not Buy ICE Again

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A new study by AAA in Canada tells us that EV owners will not buy fossil fuel vehicles again. The new study shows that 96% of its survey respondents say that they would buy or lease another EV the next time they have to get another car.

Wireless charging explained: What is it and how does it work?

Date Published: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 09:56:38 +0200

Wireless charging technology has been around for more than 100 years, but its inclusion in devices such as Apple's new iPhone line has given it new life. It is based on the simple principle of induction that all transformers work on so no magic involved. It is mostly being used with smartphones, watches and toothbrushes but the article also covers wireless charging with electric vehicles. One additional advantage is no wear and tear on a USB plug being plugged in and out of a device. Here's how it works, and why it could soon show up in everything from homes to robots - because not all chargers use the same standards...

See https://www.computerworld.com/article/3235176/wireless-charging-explained-what-is-it-and-how-does-it-work.html

#technology #hardware

#^Wireless charging explained: What is it and how does it work?

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Wireless charging technology has been around for more than 100 years, but its inclusion in devices such as Apple's new iPhone line has given it new life. Here's how it works, and why it could soon show up in everything from homes to robots.

Track the Coronavirus Outbreak With This Dashboard Using WHO Data

Date Published: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:09:08 +0200

The spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus (also known as 2019-nCoV) throughout mainland China and into other parts of the world is alarming, but it can be hard to understand the current scope of the outbreak without solid figures. For those who are curious (or concerned), the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has created an online dashboard that tracks the current status of the coronavirus outbreak.

The site includes multiple graphs and figures—such as the number of confirmed cases, their locations, as well as the number of recoveries and deaths—that are all updated in real-time. You can click on the various boxes and figures to expand the view for more details on some of the data, too.

See https://vitals.lifehacker.com/track-the-coronavirus-outbreak-with-this-website-1841264738

#health #GIS #WuhanCoronavirus

#^Track the Coronavirus Outbreak With This Website

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The spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus (also known as 2019-nCoV) throughout mainland China and into other parts of the world is alarming, but it can be hard to understand the current scope of the outbreak without solid figures. For those who are curious (or concerned), the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has created an online dashboard that tracks the current status of the coronavirus outbreak.

India is now the second largest smartphone market in the world, surpassing the U.S. - Brands will take notice of its 1,3 billion citizens

Date Published: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:58:23 +0200

The U.S. has been dethroned as the second largest smartphone market.

A new report by Counterpoint Research estimates that India surpassed the United States to become the second largest smartphone market with an estimated 158 million devices shipped to the country in 2019. China is still the global leader at number one.

Interestingly, India’s surge to second place is largely thanks to Chinese smartphone manufacturers. Phones manufactured by companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Realme made up a whopping 72 percent of devices shipped to India in 2019. The report largely attributes series’ of budget-priced phones from these companies as leading to their growth in the country.

Now that the country is a global leader in the smartphone market, second only to China, brands are going to take notice of the Indian consumers' wants and needs when it comes to its smartphone devices.

See https://mashable.com/article/india-smartphone-market/

#technology #india
#^India is now the second largest smartphone market in the world, surpassing the U.S.

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Chinese phone manufacturers lead the way in the country.

Linux 5.6 Is Looking Like It Will Be Spectacular With A Long List Of Features

Date Published: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:54:28 +0200

Some things that look interesting to me are:
* WireGuard finally going into the mainline kernel for this secure VPN tunnel
* USB4 support
* Finally having an in-kernel SATA drive temperature reporting driver
* Btrfs Async Discard support for better TRIM/discard performance on SSDs with Btrfs
* Open-source NVIDIA RTX 2000 "Turing" graphics support
* EXT4 Direct I/O optimizations
* Supporting more Logitech drivers

And lots more - going to be quite a move forward.

See more with links to what the features will mean at https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Linux-5.6-Spectacular

#opensource #linux
#^Linux 5.6 Is Looking Like It Will Be Spectacular With A Long List Of Features - Phoronix

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Phoronix is the leading technology website for Linux hardware reviews, open-source news, Linux benchmarks, open-source benchmarks, and computer hardware tests.

How to get low-skilled South Africans into jobs by getting them onto digital platforms to connect to customers

Date Published: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:47:24 +0200

For the digital revolution to make a dent in South Africa’s unemployment, it has to provide work for a wide range of skills, with a particular focus on lower-skilled South Africans, says South Africa in the Digital Age (SADA). SADA is an initiative set up to develop a forward-looking economic strategy in the digital age. It is a joint venture by University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Genesis Analytics and the Pathways for Prosperity Commission.

Its core mandate is to answer the question: what are the income-generating opportunities for South Africans in the digital revolution? The group has published a report which maps out several pathways for the country to create income-generating work in the digital age, detailing the practical actions required. One such pathway entails unlocking demand for low-skilled labour through digital platforms.

Whilst global platforms such as Uber, Airbnb and Amazon are the most prominent, there are upwards of 90 digital platforms operating in the real economy in South Africa (i.e., facilitating the exchange of tangible goods, services and labour). At least half of these have been developed locally, it said.

As we stand to lose thousands more regular jobs during 2020, and even with the advent of AI and 4IR which may lose more jobs, these digital platforms become crucial. With fewer and fewer people buying newspapers, digital again becomes more crucial to connect sellers with buyers.

See https://businesstech.co.za/news/enterprise/367724/how-to-get-low-skilled-south-africans-into-jobs/

#southafrica #employment #jobs
#^How to get low-skilled South Africans into jobs

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For the digital revolution to make a dent in South Africa’s unemployment, it has to provide work for a wide range of skills, with a particular focus on lower-skilled South Africans, says South Africa in the Digital Age (SADA).

You APPsolutely need these apps in Cape Town - Hiking, MyCiTi bus, Animal ID, Audio City Tour, Eating Out, Parking, Cleaners and More

Date Published: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:23:47 +0200

Cape Town is no different from the rest of the world when it comes to being dependent on our phones for a variety of things. We are after all living in an age of connectivity. So if you’re looking for the next app to add to your collection, here are a few interesting ones.

See https://www.capetownetc.com/cape-town/you-appsolutely-need-these-apps-in-cape-town/

#capetown #apps #technology #sweepsouth
#^You APPsolutely need these apps in Cape Town

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We're living in an age of connectivity and Cape Town is no different from the rest of the world when it comes to being dependent on our mobile for a variety of things.

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