The Present & Future of Vehicle-to-Grid Technology - By 2050, up to 45% of households will actively help stabilise electrical grid demand

Date Published: Sat, 5 Sep 2020 10:58:47 +0200

V2G charging will be more effective than smart charging. This is due to the ability to link EVs together and put significant levels of energy back into the grid at peak times, like a huge decentralized power station. V2G will therefore help to reduce the grid’s need for additional energy generation, typically supplied by fossil fuels at peak times, as well as reducing demand on electricity networks, and allowing EV drivers to use greener and cheaper electricity.

However at present only Nissan battery electric vehicles (BEVs) (LEAF & e-NV200 van) can use V2G due to their CHAdeMO charging technology. Virtually all other EVs instead use the Combined Charging System (CCS) technology; the body promoting CCS, CharIN, has said it will be 2025 before it can support V2G. The EV manufacturers also need to develop their own products and bring them to market.

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By 2050, up to 45% of households will actively provide Vehicle to Grid (V2G) services, according to National Grid ESO’s Future Energy Scenarios, July 2020.

The Metaverse Is Here: Now In Open Beta After 6 Years Of Development, Dual Universe's Lead Creator Speaks

Date Published: Sat, 5 Sep 2020 10:56:32 +0200

A single shard, fully persistent world with user-generated content and an internal economy, many believe Dual Universe is the closest thing we have to a metaverse worth the name, and now it’s open to all.

Even shortly after launch, gamers are already plowing deeply into it, especially on Twitch, where one player even streamed his Dual Universe experience for 13 hours straight. (While he declines to report total user numbers, J.C. Baille tells me that “thousands connected at any given time.”)

Unlike a traditional MMO like World of Warcraft, as J.C. points out, “where there’s sort of an invisible wall” of many different shards, someone watching a live Dual Universe stream can log in, travel to the streamer’s in-world destination, and join them on camera.

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Just in time for the long weekend, the Metaverse is here: Dual Universe is now available in open beta. A single shard, fully persistent world with user-generated content and an internal economy, many believe Dual Universe is the closest thing...

Huawei Finally Launches Brilliant Google Alternative - Huawei AppGallery now has TomTom Go Navigation

Date Published: Sat, 5 Sep 2020 10:28:39 +0200

Whilst 3rd party e-mail apps can easily replace the GMail app and still work with Gmail itself, a good mapping and navigation app is often required. TomTom Go Navigation already has a good reputation and it is cross-platform so will work on iOS, Huawei and the Google Play Store.

Here WeGo Maps is also on the Huawei AppGallery and in South Africa we are seeing quite a few South African apps as well.

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A new app has reached Huawei’s AppGallery which will make a significant difference to how the store is perceived. Hello, TomTom Go Navigation.

The Linux Foundation is using Apple Macs with Adobe to produce its published reports... Is the Linux I use daily not good enough?

Date Published: Fri, 4 Sep 2020 23:00:15 +0200

The Linux Foundation was spotted, once again, not using the Linux operating system. In a recent report that they published, you can see that it was created on a Mac using Adobe software.

Needless to say I e-mailed them suggesting they try using Linux with LibreOffice as it won't even cost them money. I had Linux running quite happily on my Macbook Air actually so the use of a Macbook is not the issue.

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The Linux Foundation was spotted, once again, not using the Linux operating system. In a recent report that they published, you can see that it was created o...

New Honor Watch GS Pro with 25 day battery life - Another new smartwatch with long battery life but no Wear OS in sight

Date Published: Fri, 4 Sep 2020 20:48:26 +0200

The new Honor Watch GS Pro is a rugged smartwatch that features a circular dial with a 1.39-inch AMOLED touch screen display. The watch is powered by Huawei’s Kirin A1 chip and it boasts of battery life of up to 25 days on a single charge. The Honor Watch GS Pro comes with GPS built-in, which will help users track their morning run without carrying their smartphones. However, using the GPS feature continuously will drop the battery life to 48 hours.

Google is going to have to seriously do something about Wear OS for two reasons: Firstly all Wear OS watches have a battery life of one or two days max only, and secondly with the Huawei "challenges" it may be more attractive for many OEMs to produce their own OS which they have some certainty over. For me it comes down to whether the watch OS Has a good grocery app and many do not seem to have one, so I'm still stuck on Wear OS watches.

See Honor launches the Watch GS Pro and ES smartwatches and the MagicBook 14, 15, and Pro laptops

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Honor today has announed a new slew of new products, including the Honor Watch GS Pro, Watch ES, and a new MagicBook lineup. Check it out!

Garmin Catalyst - a $999 GPS unit designed specifically for motorsports aims to be a motorsports coach of sorts, helping drivers improve lap times, and more

Date Published: Thu, 3 Sep 2020 19:12:21 +0200

The GPS unit uses a series of sensors and components to generate the car’s racing line on the track. The included camera captures 1080p video, which can be played back on the unit with the track data overlaid showing speed, lap data and more.

When driving, the Catalyst is said to be able to provide adaptive instruction to the driver based on past driving laps, instructing the driver on when to turn in, apex and exit turns, along with braking data when needed. This information can playback through compatible headsets or the vehicle’s Bluetooth stereo.

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A Perspective on the Fediverse - Open Web Protocols means that when you switch social networks (or it shuts down) your friends and followers are never lost

Date Published: Thu, 3 Sep 2020 18:53:34 +0200

This is not yet the Promised Land. The big issue continues to be that only a small fraction of social media users have discovered The Fediverse, and seeing your niece’s baby pictures will not happen here in most cases, at least not yet. But ActivityPub is a W3C recommended protocol that aims, in the words of Mozilla Fellow Darius Kazemi:

“You might remember the heyday of RSS, when a user could subscribe to almost any content feed in the world from any number of independently developed feed readers. ActivityPub aims to do for social network interactions what RSS did for content.”

“And that’s the strength of using open web protocols. When you decide to switch to Mastodon, you’re not just gambling on the success of one project. You can be certain that regardless what happens with Mastodon, the network will live on and flourish. Newer and better software will be born within this ecosystem, but you will never have to drag all your friends and followers someplace else again–they’ll already be where they need to be.

If Twitter shuts down, you’ll lose your followers. If Facebook shuts down, you’ll lose your friends. For some platforms, it’s not a question of “if”, but “when”.

More at The Fediverse - zwilnik

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I first mentioned in Better Social Media? that I heard a talk by Ed Platt that got me started on the new kind of social media. Well, Ed was one of the panelists at Penguicon 2019 on a panel about The Fediverse which helped me to bring this into a better focus. Also on the …

TCL announces smartwatch for seniors with larger icons and features like medication reminders, heart rate monitoring and automatic fall detection for $271

Date Published: Thu, 3 Sep 2020 14:08:37 +0200

The design of the watch should surprise no one, as it looks a lot like the Apple Watch, with an 41x48.5mm AMOLED display. However, unlike the Apple Watch, the Movetime is optimized for seniors, with larger icons, and watch faces with graphics that should be very easy to see. It's water and dust resistant up to IP67 specifications, and comes in two colors: Dark Gray and Black.

The Movetime Family Watch MT43a will be available in North America and Europe in the Northern Hemisphere fall, for the price of 229 EUR ($271).

See TCL announces smartwatch for seniors, new type of 'zero eye strain' display

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TCL has a bunch of new products at this year's IFA.

Serge Vaudenay and Martin Vuagnoux released a video yesterday documenting a privacy-breaking flaw in the Apple/Google COVID-tracing framework - affects Bluetooth LE range for some phones

Date Published: Thu, 3 Sep 2020 13:36:25 +0200

The Apple/Google framework is, in theory, quite sound. For instance, the system broadcasts hashed, rolling IDs that prevent tracing an individual phone for more than fifteen minutes. And since Bluetooth LE has a unique numeric address for each phone, like a MAC address in other networks, they even thought of changing the Bluetooth address in lock-step to foil would-be trackers. And there’s no difference between theory and practice, in theory.

In practice, they found that a slight difference in timing between changing the Bluetooth BD_ADDR and changing the COVID-tracing framework’s rolling proximity IDs can create what they are calling “pebbles”: an overlap where the rolling ID has updated but the Bluetooth ID hasn’t yet. Logging these allows one to associate rolling IDs over time. A large network of Bluetooth listeners could then trace people’s movements and possibly attach identities to chains of rolling IDs, breaking one of the framework’s privacy guarantees.

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[Serge Vaudenay] and [Martin Vuagnoux] released a video yesterday documenting a privacy-breaking flaw in the Apple/Google COVID-tracing framework, and they’re calling the attack “Little…

Why cloud costs get out of control: Too much lift and shift, and pricing that is 'screwy and broken' - Insights into the reality

Date Published: Thu, 3 Sep 2020 13:25:54 +0200

Organisations are "over budget for cloud spend by an average of 23 per cent, and expect cloud spend to increase by 47 per cent next year," according to a "State of the cloud 2020" report by Flexera, based on a survey of 750 technical professionals. The biggest problem, said Bradley, is that organisations "make a lot of compromises" moving to the cloud because the level of digital transformation needed to get the full benefit is not there.

Yes I saw this myself with trying to manage my VPS at AWS. I moved to a tiered level costing so I could manage it better.

Interesting insights at Why cloud costs get out of control: Too much lift and shift, and pricing that is 'screwy and broken'

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The Reg talks to the experts about how to manage spend

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