Uninterrupted, good quality mobile phone reception is extremely important to rail passengers. In technical terms, it’s the pièce de résistance for every network provider because the demands on bandwidth increase with data-intensive applications. Swisscom has now successfully achieved a transmission speed of over 1 Gigabit per second on a moving train under test conditions. This result sets a new benchmark for the mobile phone industry.

Source: Swisscom

Apple has clarified the situation with the WordPress iOS app, apologizing for the mistake of blocking developer updates to the app until they added in-app purchases, despite the app not including any functionality involving payments.

On Friday, it was reported the lack of app updates for the WordPress app were due to it being “locked” on the App Store. After three weeks of absence, developers of the app had agreed to implement some form of in-app purchase to the app to enable updates to go through again, among other possible solutions.

In a statement provided to AppleInsider on Saturday, Apple claims the issue with the app has been “resolved” overnight.

Source: AppleInsider

Nothing to see here. Go ahead.

President Trump said late on Tuesday that he would support Oracle’s buying TikTok, the Chinese-owned viral video app that his administration says must be sold in the next few weeks.

In comments to reporters at an event in Arizona, Mr. Trump called Oracle a “great company” and said the firm, which specializes in enterprise software, could successfully run TikTok.

“I think that Oracle would be certainly somebody that could handle it,” he said.

Source: New York Times

Oracle’s one of those companies which has successfully managed to kill technology in the past. Just think of Sun and Java. So, if he really wants TikTok to be dead Oracle is the right choice.

Just keep in mind that he talks about lots of things he isn’t capable of to understand.

Toyota has expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services in ways that will see many of its models upload performance data into the Amazonian cloud to expand the services the auto-maker offers to drivers and fleet owners.

Toyota already operates a “Mobility Services Platform” that it says helps it to “develop, deploy, and manage the next generation of data-driven mobility services for driver and passenger safety, security, comfort, and convenience”.

That data comes from a device called the “Data Communication Module” (DCM) that Toyota fits into many models in Japan, the USA and China.

Toyota reckons the data could turn into “new contextual services such as car share, ride share, full-service lease, and new corporate and consumer services such as proactive vehicle maintenance notifications and driving behavior-based insurance.”

Source: The Register

I don’t like their cars anyway. They are too small, too slow and the level of quality is bad. They use lots of plastic where others at least hide that under some fine leather or alcantara. The real issue with this is that others also collect driving behavior and will likely sell that data to insurance companies. Toyota is just the one who did the first step into that direction. So, you’re better off buying an old car without any phone-home crap in.

Paywalls are justified, even though they are annoying. It costs money to produce good writing, to run a website, to license photographs. A lot of money, if you want quality. Asking people for a fee to access content is therefore very reasonable. You don’t expect to get a print subscription  to the newspaper gratis, why would a website be different? I try not to grumble about having to pay for online content, because I run a magazine and I know how difficult it is to pay writers what they deserve. 

Source: Current Affairs

I’d rather say “Proper news are paywalled while opinions are free”. News require analysis and research. Both is expensive, so since opinions are free and everyone has one, it’s quite easy to spread that opinion and claim it’s news.

The demand to reform police departments is causing some local governments to look at new regulations and laws. In San Francisco, the board of supervisors is considering a resolution introduced last week that would urge the civil service commission there to prohibit hiring officers with a history of serious misconduct. San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

Source: PBS

So, you’re telling me that was not already the case? What the fuck is going on there!?

“Black Mirror” can be called a number of things—intelligent, well-crafted, beautifully acted, and gripping, just to name several descriptors. But one thing that the bulk of “Black Mirror” can’t be called is uplifting. And that’s something that creator Charlie Brooker is painfully aware of, and it’s the driving force behind his reluctance to write more episodes of the sci-fi anthology series.

Brooker was recently interviewed with Radio Times, and as you might expect, the conversation eventually turned to “Black Mirror” and the future of the Netflix series. When asked about the possibility of a new season of “Black Mirror,” Brooker replied, “I’ve been busy, doing things. I don’t know what I can say about what I’m doing and not doing.”

“At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working away on one of those,” he added. “I’m sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh.”

Source: The Playlist

Here’s a comment by John Fiddle about that article:

Black mirror portraits dramatized possible scenarios where modern technology and society enslaves, kills or monitors people.

Imaginable, officials don’t want such topics while they are launching an app that could track our movement, behavior and social relations on a huge, if not global scale.

So black mirror is either on hold because it has been required by a government or Netflix’ interest in their customers overall mood became bigger than their greed for money.

The world needs your hardihood of self-thinking. Sometimes asking the right questions impacts more than giving the right answers.

Anyways. This hypothesis supports the theory that the corona app’s main purpose is mass surveillance and not aid. So I’m officially denying it now, because an increase in fear could result in further holds of black mirror. The current global crisis however would fit excellent as a black mirror episode.

John Fiddle

A paramedic who complained about being forced to work despite contracting coronavirus is in critical condition after he fell from a hospital window in western Russia this weekend, local media reported.

This is at least the third incident in which a Russian healthcare professional has plunged from a hospital building under mysterious circumstances in the past two weeks. The two previous doctors have died from their injuries.

Source: The Moscow Times

US President Donald Trump has been lambasted by the medical community after suggesting research into whether coronavirus might be treated by injecting disinfectant into the body.

He also appeared to propose irradiating patients’ bodies with UV light, an idea dismissed by a doctor at the briefing.

Another of his officials had moments earlier said sunlight and disinfectant were known to kill the infection.

Source: BBC

But then who will vote for him if every dumbass is dead?


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