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A brief guide to everything that’s annoying about Apple ….. as Apple’s sales decline – analysis

A brief guide to everything that’s annoying about Apple

This week, the tech giant reported its first fall in sales for 13 years. Have we finally fallen out of love with its shiny new iPhones? Not quite – but there are some small issues …
What’s upset the Apple cart? Its share price fell by 8% yesterday, wiping more than $40bn off its value.
What’s upset the Apple cart? Its share price fell by 8% yesterday, wiping more than $40bn off its value. Composite: Alamy/Getty

How Facebook plans to take over the world

How Facebook plans to take over the world


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at the F8 conference.

Social network went from digital directory for college kids to communications behemoth – and it’s planning for prosperity with its global takeover

It’s late afternoon on a blustery spring day on the waterfront at San Francisco’s Fort Mason, a former military base that’s now hired out for corporate functions. Vast warehouses, once used to store army supplies, are awash with sleek signs, shimmering lights and endless snacks. Behind them is an Instagram-ready view of Alcatraz island. In front, a fleet of Uber and Lyft cars lines up in the car park, while inside one of the warehouses Scottish synthpop band Chvrches take the stage.

For the first few songs there’s only a small group of hardcore vocal fans at the front of the stage, flanked by a subdued mix of backpack-wearing dad types politely bobbing their heads, drinking cocktails out of plastic cups.  Continue reading

Android software: The European Commission goes after Google again

The European Commission goes after Google again

Apr 20th 2016 | Business and finance – The Economist

Europe v Google: Fully charged
This afternoon the European Commission formally charged Google with using its Android mobile operating system to “preserve and strengthen its dominance in internet search”. Though notionally open-source, Android comes with conditions that, for example, require handset-makers to install Google as the default search engine. If the commission prevails, Google could face a fine of up to $7.4 billion, writes our technology editor

AndroidIN 2001—aeons ago in internet time—the European Commission sent a sternly worded missive to Microsoft. It accused the software maker of having illegally extended its dominance in operating systems for personal computers (PCs) into adjacent markets, for instance by tying Windows to programs that play music and videos. The legal action lasted more than a decade and took many turns, but Microsoft eventually had to unbundle its Windows monopoly from other software, in particular by giving consumers the choice of which web browser they want to use.   Continue reading

Black Markets and Secret Thumb Drives: How Cubans Get Online

Black Markets and Secret Thumb Drives: How Cubans Get Online

PC MagazineIn 2007, it was illegal to purchase a PC in Cuba. Now Cubans use a variety of crafty solutions to get online. How did we get here? Will Fenton travels to Havana to find out.

In 2009, Alan Gross faced 15 years in prison for setting up a Wi-Fi network in Cuba. Today I can sit on a bench in Havana with a Materva soda and a bag of chiviricos (fried dough) and surf the New York Times website using a government-issued navigation card.

Seven years ago, Gross traveled to Cuba under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development and created three satellite Internet networks via Jewish synagogues in Havana, Santiago, and Camagüey. He was arrested, and served more than five years in prison before he was released through a prisoner exchange.  Continue reading

Oil exploration activities in Guyana waters intensify

Oil exploration activities in Guyana waters intensify


The Deep Water Champion Oil Exploration Rig

The Deep Water Champion Oil Exploration Rig

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday February 25, 2016 – Oil exploration efforts have intensified following the discovery of commercial quantities of oil in Guyana’s Maritime Zone.

Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. (EEPGL) has commenced a meteorological and oceanographic survey in the Stabroek Block, scheduled to be completed during May 2018.

And March 9 will see the commencement of seismic surveys within the Canje block for a period of six months.    Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Coal-fired Power Plant

Coal-fired Power Plant
Photo Credit: Forbes/Sem Tech Solutions

USA Clean Power Plan on Hold

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday [February 9, 2016] delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his administration’s strategy to combat climate change.
~ U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Clean Power Plan by Lawrence Hurley & Valerie Volcovici, Scientific American, February 9, 2016
~ Learn more about the EPA Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants
~ Existing coal plants in the USA from SourceWatch

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We would never see all of these things in ourlifetime if not for the Internet and excellent photography!!

St. Mary’s Altar, Krakow , Poland

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Using Clean Power To Get Off The Grid 


Source: Using Clean Power To Get Off The Grid | The Energy Collective |

Clean energy is now more of a reality than ever before and there are so many options out there for people looking to go green. So, we thought we’d create some great green alternative energy tips for you to use to make your home a more eco-friendly one.

1.  Begin by switching over to green power

To switch over to green energy, the easiest way is to usually contact your current provider to see if they have an alternative to offer you.  More and more companies are offering them these days, by harnessing renewable sources such as solar and wind power to offer their markets with electric service.  For the consumer it costs more, since you will be paying a premium in order to offset the costs that are involved in offering an alternative source of…

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Drone Photography in Guyana: Early signs of a revolution- by Dave Martins.

Drone Photography in Guyana:


Dave Martins 2010 CDSometimes the social revolution lands on us seemingly out of the blue, but sometimes we can see it coming. This week, because of my wife’s conservation activities, I was fortunate to see aerial footage of Guyana, taken separately by two owners of drones fitted with high-tech cameras, and I’m here to give you the wink: a revolution is coming from this device and one aspect of it will be the impact it will create on tourism destinations showing their product in new exciting ways.

The views that can now be garnered of landscapes by these drones fitted with high-tech cameras are astonishing. The drones are quite small, often just two feet square, extremely light, virtually noiseless, and operate for hours with small rechargeable batteries. The device is operated by someone standing in the open anywhere and controlling it with two small toggle switches as commonly used in video games. The operator can be in control of the drone and its camera as far as a mile away, and tracks its movements from a cell-phone-size screen.  Continue reading

The last Defender: Is Land Rover’s off-road heyday over? – BBC News

The last Defender: Is Land Rover’s off-road heyday over?

  • Land Rover Series vehiclePhoto: Jaguar Land Rover’s classic vehicle is perhaps the most recognisable off-road car of them all

The last of Jaguar Land Rover’s classic Defenders will roll off the production line this week, ending 68 years of production – does this mean the carmaker’s best off-road days are behind it?

Picture a Land Rover and you might imagine a box-shaped green vehicle etching desert sand or surging through floodwater.   Continue reading


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