Smartphones

Brilliant for the World – tragic for the Left/Socialism

Bill Gates has published his annual letter.

In it he states:

The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else’s.

and;

But we think the next 15 years will see major breakthroughs for most people in poor countries. They will be living longer and in better health. They will have unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food, and benefit from mobile banking. These breakthroughs will be driven by innovation in technology ? ranging from new vaccines and hardier crops to much cheaper smartphones and tablets ? and by innovations that help deliver those things to more people.

The rich world will keep getting exciting new advances too, but the improvements in the lives of the poor will be far more fundamental ? the basics of a healthy, productive life. It’s great that more people in rich countries will be able to watch movies on super hi-resolution screens. It’s even better that more parents in poor countries will know their children aren’t going to die.

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Police now hassling Uber passengers as they continue their commercial jihad on behalf of cab companies

The police have involved themselves very prominently in a civil dispute between Uber and other cab companies and are now shaking down passengers as they continue their jihad against Uber on behalf of cab companies.

Auckland police are questioning?Uber?passengers in their crack-down on the driver-on-demand system.

Holly, a 26-year-old woman who did not want her surname used, said she was in an?Uber?car at Auckland’s ferry terminal on Saturday.

A police officer in an unmarked police car stopped the car and questioned her telling the driver to stay away while she was grilled, she said. Holly said the officer pulled her aside and asked how she ordered the vehicle and whether they had agreed a set price before the journey.

When she said “it (the?Uber?app) tells me at the end”, the officer turned his attention to the driver.

Holly said the officer told her that?Uber?was illegal in New?Zealand.

It’s not, but the manner of billing passengers is what has caused contention. Uber?operates as a private hire service which means the fare has to be set at the time of booking, rather than using a meter.

Police have confirmed they have stopped several?Uber?drivers and charged them or issued them infringement notices for using their?smartphone app as a meter – a breach that would make them subject to taxi regulations. ? ? Read more »

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I know it’s a little late to report on this… top notch April Fools prank

Kim Dotcom wants to spy on you…he really does

It looks like Kim Dotcom’s life has come full circle, he started off?hacking phone cards, PABXs, Banks, the Pentagon, the Taliban…well that’s what he has claimed.

And his blowhard skiting has followed him around the planet. Pity our media are too thick to use google. ? Read more »

Unsurprising really, I haven’t used Microsoft products for years

I haven’t used Microsoft Office products in years.

I mostly live in the cloud and where possible use Google Apps and in the past have used OpenOffice as a viable alternative to Office.

Office applications became more and more bloated and the days of massive installations on hard drives to do basic things like simple spreadsheets and documents is long gone.

The advent of tablet and mobile computing has pretty much killed off applications like Office.

It may be one of Microsoft’s biggest squandered opportunities.

Tired of waiting for Office to be optimised for their mobile gadgets, a growing contingent of younger companies is turning to cheaper, simpler and touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the cloud.

Take Artivest Holdings, a New York-based financial services startup that sells alternative investment products. The New York-based company uses an app called?Quip, which combines word processing and messaging, to handle all but the most sensitive legal and financial files.? Read more »

Women are nosier than men – they paid money for this?

It continues to amaze me (it shouldn’t, but it does) that people are happy to spend hard earned cash on “surveys” to find out stuff we already know. ?Michael Forbes reports on one:

Husbands and boyfriends, beware. Kiwi women are twice as likely as men to go snooping through their partners’ mobile phones without permission.

A survey of 2144 mobile phone users by market researcher Canstar Blue found 13 per cent had secretly looked through their partners’ phones. Women were twice as likely as men to do this.

People aged 18 to 29 were the main offenders, with 26 per cent of them admitting to having had a sneaky peek. Those aged 30 to 44 were not far behind, on 20 per cent.

Those aged 45 and older were the most trusting age group. Only 5 per cent of them said they had snooped on their spouses.

That was no surprise to private investigator Julia Hartley Moore, who said mobile phones were the first thing people checked if they suspected their partners were cheating.

Smartphones are more than text messages and call logs these days. ?Unauthorised access is probably the most severe invasion of privacy that any private citizen has been able to enact on another in history.
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Claim your life back

Steve Deane at the NZ Herald has figured out a way to combat the Rise of Whaloil – stop looking at your phone

Former Air Force reservist Demelza Challies, of Auckland, used to sleep with a notebook by her bed so she could write down ideas about how to do her job better in the middle of the night.

A solo mother who was also studying for a business degree, Ms Challies never watched TV and hadn’t read a novel in over two years. “I’d never really switch off,” she said.

With resources increasingly stretched by the move towards civilianisation, Air Force employees would take it on themselves to devote more of their lives to work, she said.

The job, which involved supplying Hercules aircraft, became a “never-ending thing”.

“We didn’t want it to be us who was the breaking point so everybody would just keep doing as much as they could.”

Eventually it became too much and she quit the Air Force to take up fulltime study, but she still had trouble letting go.

I personally find it great – have can fit all sorts of small tasks into nooks and crannies that used to go to waste, and you’re switching from work to play without even noticing.

So if you find yourself chained to your iPad, smartphone or tablet, don’t turn it off, don’t walk away – come see what’s new on Whaleoil 🙂

Sunday General Debate

How did you do in the Town Slogan contest (see top right). ?Some really good ones there, some not even mine.

Sunday’s General Debate suggests that

The prevalence of smartphones, tablets and eReaders is destroying social skills and the fabric of society. ?Or is it? ?(see photo) ? Read more »

A public service announcement

Hmmm… too close to home for my liking…

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