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Datally - Find a Free WiFi Network Near You With This Google App

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:08:42 +0200

Datally - Find a Free WiFi Network Near You With This Google App

WiFi networks, especially free ones, are always the hardest to find when you actually need them. Now Google has made tracking one down a little easier thanks to a new feature in its data-saving app Datally.

Datally was introduced late last year as a way for Android users to monitor how much data they’re using on their device. The app is primarily geared towards users in developing countries where data comes at a premium, but is useful for anyone who isn’t on an unlimited plan.

The app will show you what apps are using the most data on your phone as well as what apps you don’t use are still chipping away at your data limits. New features added along with that WiFi map include the ability to set daily data limits on your device as well as a new guest mode so you can control how much data a pal can use on your phone if you let them borrow it.

See https://lifehacker.com/find-a-free-wifi-network-near-you-with-this-google-app-1827088003

#datally #wifi


Find a Free WiFi Network Near You With This Google App

Datallay - Find a Free WiFi Network Near You With This Google App

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:08:42 +0200

Datallay - Find a Free WiFi Network Near You With This Google App

WiFi networks, especially free ones, are always the hardest to find when you actually need them. Now Google has made tracking one down a little easier thanks to a new feature in its data-saving app Datally.

Datally was introduced late last year as a way for Android users to monitor how much data they’re using on their device. The app is primarily geared towards users in developing countries where data comes at a premium, but is useful for anyone who isn’t on an unlimited plan.

The app will show you what apps are using the most data on your phone as well as what apps you don’t use are still chipping away at your data limits. New features added along with that WiFi map include the ability to set daily data limits on your device as well as a new guest mode so you can control how much data a pal can use on your phone if you let them borrow it.

See https://lifehacker.com/find-a-free-wifi-network-near-you-with-this-google-app-1827088003

#datally #wifi


Find a Free WiFi Network Near You With This Google App

Report: It's not a question of ‘if’ electric vehicles will replace petrol and diesel cars, but ‘when...

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:30:40 +0200

Report: It's not a question of ‘if’ electric vehicles will replace petrol and diesel cars, but ‘when’ and 2023 they should be cheaper

The question of whether electric cars will at some point replace petrol and diesel does now seem to be settled. In 2017, the UK government announced that from 2040 it will ban the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars and vans in this country, putting a definitive date on a change that was probably set to happen anyway.

Most of the main sticking points that are currently putting drivers off from switching to an EV, such as range anxiety, are coming unstuck at a rapidly increasing rate. Currently, the largest obstacle to mass uptake appears to be the purchase price of the cars themselves, and in the short term, this will continue to put many people off from making a purchase.

However, with many manufacturers now putting sizeable amounts of money into developing new electric models over the next two to five years, with reducing the cost of batteries being a major part of this, it seems likely that costs will come down quite significantly within a similar time frame.

Considering how quickly things are moving in the electric car market, the UK government’s 2040 announcement seems very conservative and it’s likely this motoring revolution will have happened sometime before then.

Topics in the report include:
* History of the electric car
* What is an electric car?
* What do drivers think?
* Why should I own an electric car?
* Why aren't more drivers making the switch?
* EV mythbuster - A look at two common misconceptions
* What does the future hold?

“Over three years, a 100% electric car could save an average of more than £1,800 in fuel costs and road tax” - Poppy Welch, Go Ultra Low

Read the report at https://www.confused.com/car-insurance/electric-cars-report

#EV #electricvehicles


Electric cars - A special in-depth report
As we march toward the 2040 petrol and diesel ban, we take an in-depth look at whether we're truly ready for such a change.

Theodore Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism and the Courage to Create Rather Than Tear Down

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:04:38 +0200

Theodore Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism and the Courage to Create Rather Than Tear Down

A century before Caitlin Moran cautioned that “cynicism scours through a culture like bleach, wiping out millions of small, seedling ideas,” Roosevelt admonishes against “that queer and cheap temptation” to be cynical, and writes:

"The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twister pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt. There is no more unhealthy being, no man less worthy of respect, than he who either really holds, or feigns to hold, an attitude of sneering disbelief toward all that is great and lofty, whether in achievement or in that noble effort which, even if it fails, comes to second achievement. A cynical habit of thought and speech, a readiness to criticise work which the critic himself never tries to perform, an intellectual aloofness which will not accept contact with life’s realities — all these are marks, not as the possessor would fain to think, of superiority but of weakness. They mark the men unfit to bear their part painfully in the stern strife of living, who seek, in the affection of contempt for the achievements of others, to hide from others and from themselves in their own weakness. The rôle is easy; there is none easier, save only the rôle of the man who sneers alike at both criticism and performance."

“There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic,” Maya Angelou wrote in contemplating courage in the face of evil, “because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”

How to prevent that cultural tragedy, which poisons the heart of a just and democratic society, is what Theodore Roosevelt examined when he took the podium at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23 of 1910 to deliver one of the most powerful, rousing, and timelessly insightful speeches ever given, originally titled “Citizenship in a Republic” and later included under the title “Duties of the Citizen” in the 1920 volume Roosevelt’s Writings.

One of the tendencies I find most troubling in contemporary culture is that of mistaking cynicism for critical thinking. This confusion seeds a pernicious strain of unconstructive and lazily destructive opprobrium. Amid this epidemic of self-appointed critics, it becomes harder and harder to remember just how right Bertrand Russell was when he asserted nearly a century ago that “construction and destruction alike satisfy the will to power, but construction is more difficult as a rule, and therefore gives more satisfaction to the person who can achieve it.”

See https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/04/30/theodore-roosevelt-arena-cynicism-critic/

#courage #cynicism #citizenship


Theodore Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism and the Courage to Create Rather Than Tear Down
“The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twister pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others…

Cancer valley pays a high price for South Africa's oil needs - It's not just coal power stations, oil...

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:10:35 +0200

Cancer valley pays a high price for South Africa's oil needs - It's not just coal power stations, oil slicks, and ICE vehicles doing the killing - Emissions limits are too high as well

Cancer rates are so high that everyone speaks about it as “cancer valley”. Research by the University of KwaZulu-Natal shows that leukaemia is 24 times higher here than anywhere else in the country. Half the schoolchildren in the area suffer from asthma.

The two largest industries are the oil refineries, but the presence of many other petrochemical plants means there are about 300 smokestacks in South Durban. Oil tankers bring 80% of the country’s crude oil to a mooring buoy 2km off the coast.

The 60-year-old Engen refinery and the 50-year-old Sapref refinery (owned by Shell and BP) process this oil into petrol, diesel and paraffin. Other industries that rely on petrochemicals, such as plastics and benzene manufacturing, have opened around them.

The city’s air quality records show that over 100 different chemicals are pumped into the air. The worst are sulphur dioxide and benzene, which the World Health Organisation says causes asthma, cardiopulmonary disease and cancer.

The refineries have said the high level of illness in the area is a coincidence and none has been convicted of causing illness there.

The various parts of the health department refer questions to each other, but a doctor in the community says treating chest problems takes up a large part of every day. It is also expensive, because patients require constant medication and consultations, as well as emergency treatment and hospitalisation. People with cancer are also a disproportionate health burden, with many not having the money to access more advanced treatment such as chemotherapy, the doctor says.

The eThekwini municipality’s air quality monitoring report from 2008 says the average levels of sulphur dioxide are within guidelines. In South Africa, refineries can emit 19 tonnes a day although in Europe the limit is two tonnes.

See https://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-05-cancer-valley-pays-a-high-price-for-south-africas-oil-needs

#oil #pollution #environment #durban


Cancer valley pays a high price for South Africa's oil needs
Respiratory illnesses are taking their toll on South Durban residents, but petrochemical firms deny culpability and won't cough up for health costs.

Edtech needs to bridge the divide - Some practical considerations for South African companies wanting...

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:55:17 +0200

Edtech needs to bridge the divide - Some practical considerations for South African companies wanting to invest

Edtech — hardware, software and content designed to improve the quality of and access to learning, as well as linkages to lasting employment — can revolutionise education.

Such innovations can reduce costs and tailor learning to the individual in unprecedented ways. Solutions such as Edmodo, ClassDojo and Knewton boast millions of users, and funding has poured into the sector — in 2017, venture capital funding for edtech startups in the United States reached about $1.4-billion, and the K-12 edtech segment (kindergarten to grade 12) is valued at $15.2-billion globally.

Better-off schools in South Africa have picked up on these technolo­gies, and an industry has arisen to meet the needs of private and fee-paying public schools that can afford such tech. But these school only account for 25% of the nearly 26 000 schools in South Africa, leaving the other 75% unserved.

Edtech risks exacerbating the digital divide by widening the chasm at a time when the country desperately needs a workforce that is ready for the digital era.

Why aren’t we seeing these technologies reaching the pupils who need them the most? And what can be done to ensure the education system is truly leveraging edtech to strengthen opportunities for learning?

But there are practical challenges such as:
* Teachers fear technology partly because many did not grow up with it and thus feel uncomfortable using it, especially around digitally native learners
* Technology is an enabler for the existing education system, not a way of replacing its core assets, and edtech will never take off without willing and able teachers
* If a solution does not address immediate needs such as curriculum coverage, test scores and language, it will not be a priority
* Edtech is focused on the well-off segments that can afford to pay, and is often developed by those who are a product of those same affluent schools
* Too many solutions are sold or donated to poorer schools in poorer areas, only to fail over time (don't test in affluent schools if you intend to scale to poorer schools)
* Edtech firms propose pilots in the hope that, once schools and governments use their products and see the value, they will invest (but governments often have to follow open tender routes to procure)
* But for government, pilot projects rarely translate into larger investments (scaling often becomes unaffordable)
* Buyers, whether at the school level or in government, struggle to make informed decisions about which complex technology is right for them, and are often inundated with purchasing decisions and vendor choices (they should develop non-brand specific requirements before looking at solutions)

See https://mg.co.za/article/2018-06-15-00-edtech-needs-to-bridge-the-divide

#edtech #education


Edtech needs to bridge the divide
Problems such as cost and inadequate teacher support reduce its availability to all schools

Energy drinks set to be banned for under-16s as part of UK government plan to tackle obesity

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:15:21 +0200

Energy drinks set to be banned for under-16s as part of UK government plan to tackle obesity

The sale of energy drinks to children is set to be banned as part of a new government drive to tackle childhood obesity.

Plans to force restaurants and cafes to include calorie details on menus are among other proposals put forward by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, as part of a bid to halve the number of obese children by 2030.

New advertising restrictions could also be introduced to stop foods high in salt and sugar being targeted at children, including a potential 9pm watershed on adverts for the unhealthiest products.

One in three children in the UK is obese or overweight by the time they leave primary school, with those from deprived areas twice as likely to be affected. Childhood obesity is placing a growing burden on the NHS and can lead to a range of health problems later in life.

See https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/energy-drinks-caffeine-banned-children-child-obesity-plan-government-jeremy-hunt-a8413641.html

#obesity #health


Energy drinks set to be banned for under-16s as part of government plan to tackle obesity
Compulsory calorie information in restaurants and tighter rules on adverts also among ministers' proposals for halving number of obese children by 2030

Car dealers are erecting barriers for electric car buyers

Date Published: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 19:37:26 +0200

Car dealers are erecting barriers for electric car buyers

Even in environmentally conscious Scandanavia, it’s hard to sell electric vehicles (EV). That’s in part due to the people selling them. “Dealerships and sales personnel pose a significant barrier for [EV] uptake,” states a study published in May in the journal Nature. “Dealers have little to no incentive to properly sell EVs, even in a Nordic region so steadfastly committed to decarbonizing transport.”

To study this, Danish university researchers sent undercover shoppers to visit 82 car dealerships in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Buyers were asked to remain neutral with no initial inclination toward any type of vehicle. Over the course of 126 car-shopping encounters, the researchers quantified sellers’ interactions with the buyers. They found that salespeople tended to systematically misinform shoppers about EVs, if not dismiss or ignore EVs entirely (77% of the time). In the minority of cases when EVs were mentioned, most steered buyers toward gasoline or diesel vehicles.

EVs should reach price parity with conventional vehicles around 2025, and the economics should then change dramatically, since electric cars will then both cost less to make and operate. But as nations gear up for bans on internal combustion engines in the coming decades, and incentivize EV manufacturers with millions of dollars, they can’t forget about one of the most crucial steps: the point of sale.

Of course servicing EVs also means way mess money for dealers so they do likely prefer selling ICE vehicles...

See https://qz.com/1309799/car-dealers-are-erecting-barriers-for-electric-car-buyers/

#EV


Car dealers are erecting barriers for electric car buyers
What electric car?

BYD Locks In Contract For 37 Electric Double-Decker Buses To Serve Central London

Date Published: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 18:25:34 +0200

BYD Locks In Contract For 37 Electric Double-Decker Buses To Serve Central London

BYD and its local partner Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) have won London’s first order for fully-electric double-decker buses. The deal will see 37 BYD ADL Enviro400EV buses serving London’s transit passengers in the spring of 2019.

The buses will run the popular Route 43 that runs from Friern Barnet down to the infamous London Bridge, giving locals and tourists alike the experience of riding on a zero-emission electric bus. London’s iconic double-decker buses have been an item on the checklist of many a tourist as they take in all that the city has to offer.

The new electric buses will join the 5 double-decker buses BYD supplied back in October of 2015 to pilot on transit operator TfL’s Route 98 which runs up and down Oxford Street. With more than 6,800 double-decker buses serving London ramping up from 5 buses to 37 represents progress towards the electrification of the fleet but there is still a lot of room to grow the electric bus fleet in the coming years.

“So far the Enviro200EV single decks have delivered in excess of 1.5 million miles of zero-emission transport in the UK.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/21/byd-locks-in-contract-for-37-electric-double-decker-buses-to-serve-central-london/

#EV #zeroemissions #buses #london


BYD Locks In Contract For 37 Electric Double-Decker Buses To Serve Central London | CleanTechnica
BYD and its local partner Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) have won London's first order for fully-electric double decker buses. The deal will see 37 BYD ADL Enviro400EV buses serving London's transit passengers in the spring of

Cubic Mobile for Travelers - Coming soon to cities: one transit app to rule them all

Date Published: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 18:05:18 +0200

Cubic Mobile for Travelers - Coming soon to cities: one transit app to rule them all

The app, called Cubic Mobile for Travelers, encapsulates a lot of the energy around streamlining and re-prioritizing public or car-free transportation for users. Cubic takes it a step further by incorporating mobile payments and ticketing – often a sticking point in multi-modal journey planning. For local bus and subway systems, which often use swipe cards and turnstiles to collect payments, the Cubic app acts as something as a mobile ticketing kiosk.

On this new app, which will roll out in Chicago – as well as Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City – in the coming months, a user can access a mobile version of every local transit operator’s ticketing service. In Chicago, that might be Ventra – which works with the L and the city’s bus network–alongside Metra, the commuter rail operator. In New York, passengers could access digitized Metrocards, which pay for the subways and buses, as well as mobile commuter rail tickets, and Boston’s would work similarly. In Los Angeles, the city’s 26 different services are all supported.

Below the different mobile passes, a passenger could enter their location and see a snapshot of all the available transit options near to them. A down-to-the-second tracker will let her know when the next bus or subway will arrive at the nearest station, and Cubic is also integrating with local bikeshare systems to map nearby docking stations and how many bikes are available (soon, people will also be able to pay for bikeshare on the app).

See https://www.fastcompany.com/40588324/coming-soon-to-cities-one-transit-app-to-rule-them-all

#transit #cubic


Coming soon to cities: one transit app to rule them all
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