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What keyboard are you using on your Android phone?

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-01 - 23:19 By: admin

What keyboard are you using on your Android phone?

Thanks to the open nature of Android, it’s extremely easy to go on the Google Play Store and pick out a keyboard of your liking for typing. While most keyboards are remarkably similar, you occasionally will get something a bit more unique included. The Google Keyboard (Gboard), for example, can translate into another language directly into the input box that you have selected. That’s not all either, as SwiftKey was just upgraded to support Bing searches, directly from the keyboard itself. The fact it’s Bing may be disappointing to some, but it makes sense given that Microsoft somewhat recently acquired SwiftKey. Still, it shows the potential greatness that keyboards can have.

Seems the two main options most people quote now are Swiftkey or GBoard whilst some other interesting ones come up like Blackberry's one which makes any letter a capital if you long press the key.

I seem to gravitate back to Swiftkey purely because of its amazing word prediction and auto-correct. But I alternate with GBoard as I try out GBoard features.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/discussion-best-android-keyboard/

#android #keyboard #poll

'Unfollow' People on Facebook for a Happier Life

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-01 - 22:41 By: admin

'Unfollow' People on Facebook for a Happier Life

Facebook was more peaceful in its infancy. Grandma and Uncle Bob didn’t know about it, and the only friends you had were people you called friends in real life. But times change, and so has Facebook. Grandma and Uncle Bob are on Facebook now, and they expect to be your friend.

With greater numbers of people comes greater amounts of frustration. People you still have to deal with in real life post things that range from mildly annoying to downright offensive. Some of them fill their posts with half facts, wild lies, tired memes, and scathing criticisms on the stupidest of topics.

When you unfollow a person, you won’t see their posts anymore. And they aren’t notified that you unfollowed them.

If the person does happen to ask if you’ve seen a particular post, you can either blame Facebook’s algorithms or say you haven’t looked closely at Facebook lately. Unfollowing is a quick and easy process to curate your feed only to see things you want to see. Because social networks should leave you feeling better, not feeling worse.

See https://www.howtogeek.com/396919/unfollow-people-on-facebook-for-a-happier-life/

#deletefacebook


Unfollow People on Facebook for a Happier Life
Facebook is a great place to keep in touch with friends and family—especially those for whom you’d like to do so at a distance. Unfortunately, your friends list is probably filled with people you can’t unfriend but would prefer not to hear from. Go ahead and unfollow them.

Safety Razor vs Cartridge: Should You Continue Using That Multi-Blade Cartridge?

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-01 - 21:16 By: admin

Safety Razor vs Cartridge: Should You Continue Using That Multi-Blade Cartridge?

Perhaps one of the most hotly debated topics in the world of shaving (I really wish it was far more debated...) – whether to use a safety or a double-edged razor or your trusty Gillette cartridge.

For years now big brands like Gillette have dominated the shaving market with clever marketing. This has resulted in a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow every year.

Another product making a comeback is the safety razor thanks to Vloggers like GeoFatBoy and Nick Shaves who educate their viewers on the right wet shaving techniques.

Despite the resurgent popularity a lot of people still don’t know about this product and its benefits.

And these are all talked about by Garrick Dee in the post at https://groomingessentialsblog.com/safety-razor-vs-cartridge/ which does a very good job of covering the essentials.

#traditionalshaving #wetshaving #safetyrazor #gillette


Safety Razor vs Cartridge: Should You Continue Using That Multi-Blade Cartridge?
Perhaps one of the most hotly debated topics in the world of shaving – whether to use a...

Google Assistant adds Pretty Please functionality, updated lists, and other features

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-01 - 17:12 By: admin

Google Assistant adds Pretty Please functionality, updated lists, and other features

The question of whether or not it’s necessary to say “please” and “thank you” to smart assistants is one that divides users, but it’s clear tech companies think it should at least be an option. Following Amazon’s decision to reward children when they’re polite to Alexa, Google is introducing similar functionality to the Google Assistant named Pretty Please (first announced at I/O earlier this year). It’s part of a raft of new updates out today, including better list-taking functionality and more family-orientated games and stories.

Pretty Please is an optional feature which will “reinforce polite behavior.” If users say “please” or “thank you” to Google Assistant they’ll be rewarded with what Google is calling “delightful responses.” These mean that the Assistant will acknowledge their politeness and respond in kind. So, say something like “Hey Google, please set a timer for 5 minutes” and the Assistant will reply: “Thanks for asking so nicely. Alright, 5 minutes. Starting now.”

The feature will be automatically enabled for all voice matched users (that is, those who have registered their voices using the app) and Google says it’ll work with both smart displays and smart speakers. For parents worried that virtual assistants are encouraging bad manners in children, it’ll be a good way to prod the little ones to remember their p’s and q’s.

With the update, users will have the ability to ”manage multiple lists in one central place” using Google Assistant. With voice commands, users can create new, named lists (“Hey Google, create a gift list”) and check what’s on existing lists (“Hey Google, what’s on my to-do list?”). These lists will be stored in the Assistant app, but Google says it’ll soon be adding support for other services including Google Keep, Any.do, Bring!, and Todoist.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/29/18117585/google-assistant-pretty-please-thank-you-polite-feature-lists-notes-stories-holiday-updates

#googleassistant


Google Assistant adds Pretty Please functionality, updated lists, and other features
‘OK Google, teach my kids some manners’

France Announces Cuts To Nuclear & Coal, Boost For Wind & Solar - last remaining four coal-fired power...

Posted on: Fri, 2018-11-30 - 23:53 By: admin

France Announces Cuts To Nuclear & Coal, Boost For Wind & Solar - last remaining four coal-fired power plants by 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech on Tuesday in which he announced a raft of new energy policies, including a promise to close the country’s remaining four coal-fired power plants by 2022 and 14 of the country’s 900 MW first-generation nuclear reactors by 2035.

The country’s two oldest nuclear reactors at Fessenheim will be closed by the summer of 2020, and between four to six reactors will be closed before 2030, with the remainder to be closed by over the next five years.

Macron also promised support for further renewable energy capacity additions over the coming few years, including a promise to triple the amount of onshore wind by 2030 and to increase by five times the country’s solar PV capacity. France will also seek to develop offshore wind, and over the next five years the country will commission the first fleet of turbines off Saint-Nazaire and will launch four new offshore wind tenders.

France is committing €5 billion a year to its new renewable energy plans, funds which will be entirely financed by the country’s controversial fuel tax.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/27/france-announces-cuts-to-nuclear-coal-boost-for-wind-solar/

#coal #france


France Announces Cuts To Nuclear & Coal, Boost For Wind & Solar | CleanTechnica
French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech on Tuesday in which he announced a raft of new energy policies, including a promise to close the country's remaining four coal-fired power plants by 2022 and 14 of the country's 900 MW first-generation nuclear reactors by 2035.

Clean Power Sees First Win Over Fossil Fuels in Emerging Markets

Posted on: Thu, 2018-11-29 - 07:38 By: admin

Clean Power Sees First Win Over Fossil Fuels in Emerging Markets

Developing countries have added more clean power capacity than fossil fuel generation for the first time ever, charging ahead of wealthier nations in the global green energy push, according to Bloomberg NEF.

Wind and solar generation accounted for just over half of the 186 gigawatts of new power capacity in developing nations last year, according to BNEF’s annual Climatescope survey released Tuesday. Not only that, they’ve added more clean energy generation than developed economies, increasing zero-carbon capacity by 114 gigawatts compared with about 63 gigawatts in richer countries.

The findings show a turnaround from a decade ago when the world’s wealthiest nations dominated renewable investment and deployment activities. Many developing countries have an abundance of natural resources and lower equipment costs, allowing new renewable projects to become cheaper than fossil plants, according to the report.

“Just a few years ago, some argued that less developed nations could not, or even should not, expand power generation with zero-carbon sources because these were too expensive,” Dario Traum, BNEF Climatescope project manager said in a statement. “Today, these countries are leading the charge when it comes to deployment, investment, policy innovation and cost reductions.”

See https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2018/11/clean-power-sees-first-win-over-fossil-fuels-in-emerging-markets.html


Clean Power Sees First Win Over Fossil Fuels in Emerging Markets
Developing countries have added more clean power capacity than fossil fuel generation for the first time ever, charging ahead of wealthier nations in the global green energy push, according to Bloomberg NEF.

South Africa Solar and Storage Plant Reaches Milestone by generating its first power to the national...

Posted on: Wed, 2018-11-28 - 22:07 By: admin

South Africa Solar and Storage Plant Reaches Milestone by generating its first power to the national grid

A 100 MW solar and storage plant in South Africa has generated its first power to the national grid. It is estimated that the Kathu Solar Park will save six million tonnes of CO2 over 20 years.

The milestone means that construction of the Kathu Solar Park by Spanish companies SENER and ACCIONA Industrial has taken a major step towards conclusion.

Kathu is equipped with a molten salt storage system that will allow it to keep producing electricity for almost five hours after the sun has gone down. It generates electricity via parabolic trough technology designed by SENER.

See https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2018/11/south-africa-solar-and-storage-plant-reaches-milestone.html

#gridstorage


South Africa Solar and Storage Plant Reaches Milestone - Renewable Energy World
A 100 MW solar and storage plant in South Africa has generated its first power to the national grid.

watchOS 5.1.2 Will Enable ECG App on Apple Watch Series 4

Posted on: Wed, 2018-11-28 - 22:04 By: admin

watchOS 5.1.2 Will Enable ECG App on Apple Watch Series 4

ECG functionality will be enabled on the Apple Watch Series 4 in the publicly released version of watchOS 5.1.2, which is currently in beta testing, according to an internal Apple Store training document obtained by MacRumors.

watchOS 5.1.2 will feature an Apple-designed ECG app that can indicate whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation, a serious form of irregular heart rhythm, or a normal sinus rhythm. Apple Watch Series 4 is capable of generating an ECG similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram, according to the FDA.

ECG and other heart data is collected in the Health app on a paired iPhone. Apple's document lists a minimum requirement of an iPhone 5s or later running iOS 12.1.1, currently in beta testing, or later.

More at https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/28/watchos-5-1-2-ecg-apple-watch-series-4/

#ECG #watchos


watchOS 5.1.2 Will Enable ECG App on Apple Watch Series 4

Open Source Tools for Writers

Posted on: Wed, 2018-11-28 - 22:01 By: admin

Open Source Tools for Writers

When it comes to writing, using the right tools can free you up to focus on your content.

Sooner or later, open source development comes to every field, and tools for working writers are no exception. However, if you search for the topic, you will find the lists of writing tools are full of apps that are no longer in development and have been dropped from most distributions.

Accordingly, here is a list of useful writing apps that are still available as of late 2018. Some have been around for a long time, while others are newer and little known.

See http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/Features/Open-Source-Tools-for-Writers

#writing #authors


Open Source Tools for Writers » Linux Magazine
When it comes to writing, using the right tools can free you up to focus on your content.

This person's 45-tweet rant about the imperial system is hilariously relatable

Posted on: Wed, 2018-11-28 - 20:25 By: admin

This person's 45-tweet rant about the imperial system is hilariously relatable

If you've ever found yourself somewhat confused by the logic of the imperial system — you know, pounds, ounces, all that good stuff — you're not alone.

Because unlike the more modern metric system, which is fairly logical when it comes to the way different measures and weights are broken down, the imperial system just seems a bit... messier.

I suppose if you grow up using the Imperial system you get used to all the odd amounts that get divided by to arrive at half measures etc. Anyway this is still quite a hilarious read at https://mashable.com/article/imperial-system-angry-rant/ especially now that the metric kilogram has been redefined.

#imperial #metric


This person's 45-tweet rant about the imperial system is hilariously relatable
So. Much. Anger.
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