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Your electric vehicle might not be as green as you think it is

Originally posted on Grist:

Driving an electric car feels good: You’re not burning gasoline, and you’re avoiding its attendant ills, like poisoning your community and contributing to climate change. But, when you take into account where the electricity that powers your car comes from, it turns out that those warm fuzzies might be baseless.

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that if you live in a coal-dependent state, driving an electric vehicle might make your net effect on the environment and public health worse than if you had just stuck with a gas-powered vehicle. A team from the University of Minnesota compared cars powered by 10 different gasoline alternatives. The AP’s Seth Borenstein reports:

The study finds all-electric vehicles cause 86 percent more deaths from air pollution than do cars powered by regular gasoline. Coal produces 39 percent of the country’s electricity, according to the Department of…

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Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 17, 2014

Originally posted on Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts:

How to avoid getting hacked when shopping online;  The very best tech you can buy for $200 or less;  Google Reveals 2014’s Top Searches;  Google Maps 9.2 adds navigation voice controls;  50 Best Free iPhone Apps for 2014;  Sway, Microsoft’s new Office app, opens up to everyone;  Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos;  Instagram Adds Five New Filters;  Skype Translator preview goes live starting today;  Hands On: Preview of HP’s new $200 laptop;  Turn a text message into a video message with Crumbles;  Gmail Now Protects Your Inbox From Malevolent Extensions;  Feds used Adobe Flash to identify Tor users;  Don’t let thieves steal your child’s identity;  Keycharge portable battery fits on a keychain;  Hearthstone finally comes to Android;  You Asked: How Does the Internet Work?

How to avoid getting hacked when shopping online – The hectic shopping season isn’t just about finding perfect gifts…

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Weekly Round Up – 02/11/14

Here’s a quick round up of some of the articles I’ve found interesting this week:

1) Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Envy – Vauhini Vara

An run through of Microsoft’s current outlook and its change from ‘devices and services’ to one that ‘facilitates experiences’.

Full article: http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/microsofts-silicon-valley-envy

2) Audi to Retain WPP’s AKQA for Digital – Alexandra Bruell

Quick analysis of Audi USA’s digital agency roster, including the news that they’re continuing a search for a social media agency.

Full article: http://adage.com/article/agency-news/audi-retain-akqa-digital-conducts-social-search/295584

3) Facebook Offers Life Raft, but Publishers Are Wary – David Carr

The ongoing debate around whether Facebook becoming a content host is good or bad for publishers – accessibility and audience access versus data handcuffs?

Full article: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/business/media/facebook-offers-life-raft-but-publishers-are-wary.html

4) Uber: The Next Logistics Framework – Lindsay Rego

The how, why and what of Uber’s model and growth with reference to Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point.

Full article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141101171034-18809237-uber-the-next-logistics-framework

5) Touchtronic III – Advanced Technology Advancing AM.com – Pete Norwood

A look at how we created a unique web experience to launch and explore our latest 15MY Vanquish and Rapide S transmission.

Full article: http://www.astonmartin.com/live/blog/aston-martin-live/2014/10/27/touchtronic-iii—advanced-technology-advancing-astonmartin.com

Slice: A Media Player and More

I always like to keep an eye on Kickstarter, it’s a great way of seeing ideas develop, succeed and fail within a crowd environment and away from the more sharky and aggressive ‘investment’ model. Indeed I’ve contributed to a few and it’s been great to help projects reach fruition.

There are more projects than ever now listed so I’d recommend you take the time to look through, and don’t immediately go for the Technology category as there are lots of other cool things on there in Arts, Food and Fashion.

Here’s a project which easily reached their funding target – a media player ‘Slice‘. A nicely presented product, communicated well and made applicable to the audience, it’s no surprise they got the cash they wanted.

See their promo video below:

Apple’s Boilerplate

It’s always interesting to look at a company’s press release boilerplate to see what a company concisely and simply thinks of itself. Apple have just updated theirs to include the Apple Watch – the confidence just oozes out…

Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, defined the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad and has announced Apple Watch, its most personal device ever. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, continues the rapid pace of innovation of mobile software with iOS and integrated services including Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world with OS X, and free iOS and OS X apps like iWork and iMovie.

Taken from: https://www.apple.com/uk/pr/library/2014/09/15Apple-Announces-Record-Pre-orders-for-iPhone-6-iPhone-6-Plus-Top-Four-Million-in-First-24-Hours.html 

Reversible USB Plug?

Lots of coverage for the iPhone 6’s reversible USB plug – something that the Guardian say will save the average person 16mins a year. It’s a nice little feature and of course it’s ingenious, but something so relatively trivial is getting way too much attention. Let’s hope it’s a footnote in the main Apple launch presentation.