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This SA-born entrepreneur is helping to build a 'Tesla killer' – a car fully powered by the sun

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-08 - 16:11 By: admin

This SA-born entrepreneur is helping to build a 'Tesla killer' – a car fully powered by the sun

The Dutch-owned company Lightyear has much in common with Tesla.

Both want to revolutionise the automotive industry with vehicles that don't run on petrol. Both also have founders from Pretoria. In Tesla's case, Elon Musk attended Pretoria Boys High. Qurein Biewenga, Lightyear's co-founder, went to Hoërskool Waterkloof.

Lightyear has been making waves with its plans for a four-wheel-drive luxury sedan that will be powered by the sun, named the Lightyear One.

In colder countries, the vehicle should be able to do 10,000 kilometres a year on solar charging alone, without ever needing a wall plug. In sunnier places – like South Africa – the car should be able to reach 32,000 kilometres powered by the sun.

See https://www.businessinsider.co.za/new-solar-charged-car-lightyear-one-car-set-to-launch-this-said-to-charge-faster-than-tesla-2018-3

#greentech #solarcar


This SA-born entrepreneur is helping to build a 'Tesla killer' – a car fully powered by the sun
In a country like South Africa, it could travel up to 32,000 km a year on solar only.

#replacefacebook should supplant #deletefacebook as many seek alternatives to Facebook

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-08 - 14:57 By: admin

#replacefacebook should supplant #deletefacebook as many seek alternatives to Facebook

"The reality is that people will not leave Facebook unless they can find a way to replace its function. This brings up the question: what exactly is Facebook's function? Originally, this post was intended to be a list of all the platforms that functionally can replace Facebook. In trying them though, I have found that all of them lack something that Facebook had going for it. Certain aspects might be great, but as a whole the platform felt inadequate. Eventually I figured it out. It's not just one magic element that Facebook had, but three core components: Community, Messaging and Discovery."

The author then mentions a few of the best alternatives as well as the fact that they are federated (meaning you join one but can follow and connect with people on other instances). More interestingly a few communities are listed where the discussions are taking place about the suitability of replacements for Facebook.

I'm going to list them here too so that they are easily referenced:
- Matrix room: #replacefacebook:disroot.org
- XMPP room: replacefacebook@conference.movim.eu
- Friendica Community: replacefacebook@libranet.de or at https://libranet.de/profile/replacefacebook

See the blog article at https://brainblasted.gitlab.io/replacefacebook/


AndrOpen Office for Android is a full-service port of OpenOffice that allows you to view, edit, export...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-08 - 13:59 By: admin

AndrOpen Office for Android is a full-service port of OpenOffice that allows you to view, edit, export and insert office documents

AndrOpen Office for Android is a full-service port of OpenOffice that allows you to view, edit, export and insert office documents.

It is broken down into 6 essential components, Calc (spreadsheet/worksheet), Impress (presentation graphics), Writer (a word processor), Draw (drawing), Math (equation editor), and Base (database). If you are a person on the go then you will find this a useful asset for keeping on task even when away from your desktop.

In a nutshell, AndrOpen Office for Android is a solid MS Office alternative designed for your Android device.

You can import and export following formats:
- Microsoft Word (DOC / DOT / RTF)
- Microsoft Excel (XLS / XLT)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT / POT)
- OpenDocument (ODT / ODS / ODP / ODG / ODF)
- Portable Document Format (PDF)
- OpenOffice.org1.0 / StarOffice6.0 (SXW / SXC / SXD / SXI / SXG / SXM)
- Text (TXT / CSV)
- Adobe Photoshop (PSD)
- Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
- Windows Metafile (EMF / WMF)
- Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
- Data Interchange Format (DIF)
-And many more

Some of the Formats you can Import:
- Microsoft Word 2007 (DOCX / DOTX / DOCM)
- Microsoft Excel 2007 (XLSX / XLTX / XLSM)
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 (PPTX / POTX / PPTM)
- AutoCAD (DXF)

See http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/andropen_office.html or fownload from the Play Store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andropenoffice&hl=en


AndrOpen Office for Android

Volkswagen eCrafter Electric Van To Make UK Debut At Commercial Vehicle Show At NEC (April 24–26)

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-08 - 13:49 By: admin

Volkswagen eCrafter Electric Van To Make UK Debut At Commercial Vehicle Show At NEC (April 24–26)

Volkswagen will be officially unveiling its new all-electric van, the eCrafter, at the upcoming Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham (UK).

From the press release: “The eCrafter has been tailored precisely to these typical city operations with its 100 kW power output, range of around 160 km and top speed limited to 90 kph. The eCrafter’s lithium-ion battery is completely integrated into the underbody, meaning the standard vehicle’s entire cargo volume (10.7 m3) is fully usable. A maximum payload of between 1.0 and 1.75 tonnes is available. At a CCS charging station supplying the battery can be charged to 80% in just 45 minutes. From a wallbox, charging time to 100% is around 5.5 hours.”

With regard to commercial availability of the new Volkswagen eCrafter, it should be noted that while European deliveries are expected to begin later this year, presuming that real-world trials go well, deliveries to the UK and other left-hand-drive markets aren’t expected to begin until 2020 or 2021.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/06/volkswagen-ecrafter-all-electric-van-to-make-uk-debut-at-commercial-vehicle-show-at-nec-april-24-26/


Volkswagen eCrafter Electric Van To Make UK Debut At Commercial Vehicle Show At NEC (April 24–26) | CleanTechnica
Volkswagen will be officially unveiling its new all-electric van, the eCrafter, at the upcoming Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham (UK)

These are the classic cars South Africa’s millionaires want in their garages - and Why classic cars ...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-08 - 11:39 By: admin

These are the classic cars South Africa’s millionaires want in their garages - and Why classic cars are so sought after vs other investments

Classic cars were the best-performing asset classes over the past decade, a new report by New World Wealth shows – and South Africa’s super wealthy are getting in on the gains.

New World Wealth has published its 2018 South African Wealth Report, showing exactly how the country’s richest people are investing and spending their money.

The group looked specifically at investment avenues being taken in South Africa, highlighting the best and worst-performing asset classes over the last 10 years – with classic cars being the stand-out investment.

According to NWW, the global classic car market is valued at around $5 billion, with the group’s in-house indices showing that classic car prices have risen by a strong 160% over the past 10 years (in US$ terms), making it the best-performing investment class for wealthy people globally.

There just can't be many of those Bugatti Type 41 Royale (from 1930's) around to buy. One great outcome is that these classic vintage cars get to be preserved for future generations and one hopes at those prices they are extremely well looked after.

See https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/236097/these-are-the-classic-cars-south-africas-millionaires-want-in-their-garages/


These are the classic cars South Africa’s millionaires want in their garages
Classic cars were the best-performing asset classes over the past decade, a new report by New World Wealth shows – and South Africa’s super wealthy are getting in on the gains.

Q4OS Makes Linux Easy for Everyone and targets Business users looking for a Windows XP/7 replacement...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-08 - 08:52 By: admin

Q4OS Makes Linux Easy for Everyone and targets Business users looking for a Windows XP/7 replacement

Modern Linux distributions tend to target a variety of users. Some claim to offer a flavour of the open source platform that anyone can use. And, I’ve seen some such claims succeed with aplomb, while others fall flat. Q4OS is one of those odd distributions that doesn’t bother to make such a claim but pulls off the feat anyway.

What’s very interesting here is that the Q4OS developers offer commercial support for the desktop. Said support can cover the likes of system customization (including core level API programming) as well as user interface modifications.

Once you understand this (and have installed Q4OS), the target audience becomes quite obvious: Business users looking for a Windows XP/7 replacement. But that should not prevent home users from giving Q4OS at try. It’s a Linux distribution that has a few unique tools that come together to make a solid desktop distribution.

Find out more at https://www.linux.com/learn/intro-to-linux/2018/2/q4os-makes-linux-easy-everyone


Q4OS Makes Linux Easy for Everyone
Modern Linux distributions tend to target a variety of users. Some claim to offer a flavor of the open source platform that anyone can use. And, I’ve seen some such claims succeed with aplomb, while others fall flat. Q4OS is one of those odd distributions that doesn’t bother to make such a claim but pulls off the feat anyway. So, who is the primary market for Q4OS? According to its website, the distribution is a:

Top 20+ Best Utility Apps For Rooted Android Devices

Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-07 - 21:55 By: admin

Top 20+ Best Utility Apps For Rooted Android Devices

As we all know, Android rooting is the process of allowing a user to get the absolute control and authority within Android’s system. When you root an Android smartphone, it permits you to act as the administrator of the Android phone. Till now, we discussed lots of cool rooted android tricks. Hence, in this article, we will be discussing some of the best utility android apps that you will surely love to try in your rooted android phone. These apps are the other apps that you can try after rooting your android phone as these apps are the must install apps.

Many well-known regulars in the list but also a few newer ones. There is also a link near the top of the article to another list of 25 best root apps for 2018 that is well worth checking.

See https://techviral.net/best-utility-apps-for-rooted-android/


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How to Find Everything New on Netflix at Any Time (Without Using Netflix)

Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-07 - 20:21 By: admin

How to Find Everything New on Netflix at Any Time (Without Using Netflix)

One good way to save yourself some time is to just concentrate on new Netflix content. And while you can find that within Netflix’s Recently Added category, you’re still going to have to pull up Netflix to see it—that might not be an option while you’re at work, browsing around at the wine store for something to pair with your films, or on the train speeding home to your couch.

Instead, consider checking out New on Netflix. As its name implies, the website tracks all the latest (but not necessarily greatest) content arriving on Netflix—as well as anything Netflix has opted to remove from its service. All the new televisions shows and movies are presented chronologically, complete with promotional art, a listing of the Netflix categories you’ll find them in, aggregated ratings from sources like Rotten Tomatoes, and a handy link for viewing the content directly on Netflix.

The service covers options for Netflix USA, Netflix UK, Netflix AUS/NZ, BBC iPlayer, and New on Now TV.

See https://lifehacker.com/how-to-find-everything-new-on-netflix-at-any-time-with-1825022403

#netflix


How to Find Everything New on Netflix at Any Time (Without Using Netflix)
If you’re a Netflix junkie, you know the drill by now: you come home from work, kick off your shoes, decant that red you’ve been saving all week, and fire up Netflix. You then spend the next 45 minutes scanning through every single movie or TV show on the service to make sure you haven’t missed anything that’s a better candidate than that which you have already scrolled past.

Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Users Would Have to Pay for Total Privacy

Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-07 - 20:12 By: admin

Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Users Would Have to Pay for Total Privacy

In an interview with NBC’s Today show, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that users who wished to entirely stop the social media platform from making money from their personal data would have to pay for the privilege, if the option were to be made available.

“Could you come up with a tool that said, ‘I do not want Facebook to use my personal profile data to target me for advertising.’?” Sandberg was asked by Today’s Savannah Guthrie. “Could you have an opt-out button – ‘Please don’t use my profile data for advertising’?”

“We have different forms of opt-out,” Sandberg replied. “We don’t have an opt-out at the highest level. That would be a paid product.”

Which is only true because of the business model Facebook follows = lots of profit by maximising what we can get paid to push adverts and provide information. Sorry Sheryl but there are many social media sites that do not sell information nor push adverts, and they survive. Users that can afford it do pay donations but it is not required. The difference is these are not "big business", they are run by volunteers witha passion for real social networking.

So users have a choice they can make themselves... they must exercise that right for themselves.

See http://fortune.com/2018/04/07/sheryl-sandberg-says-facebook-users-would-have-to-pay-for-total-privacy/

#deletefacebook #privacy


Facebook Users Would Have to Pay for Total Privacy, Sandberg Says
Facebook's COO admits the obvious - that it makes money by watching you closely.

25 health 'facts' that are totally wrong - About Half are Misinformation and Many are just Devious Marketing...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-07 - 20:06 By: admin

25 health 'facts' that are totally wrong - About Half are Misinformation and Many are just Devious Marketing

There's something about health and nutrition folk wisdom that's resistant to truth.

Common health "facts" include the ideas that MSG will make you sick, that a juice detox is just what you need after a week of indulgence, and that sports drinks like Gatorade are totally fine since you need the electrolytes.

None of these things are true. They, like many other folk sayings and tips, fall into the category of health myths that are totally — or at least mostly — wrong.

Here's the truth behind some of those health claims you've heard all your life, but might not hold water at all.

See http://www.businessinsider.com/mythbusting-health-wisdom-and-sayings-2017-5?IR=T

#health #myths #facts


25 health 'facts' that are totally wrong
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