How to protect the environment and extend the life of your smartphone

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Entrepreneur

How to protect the environment and extend the life of your smartphone

Electronics requires rare earth, very polluting to extract and politically sensitive. As for metals such as cobalt or tantalum, they have too often emerged from the ground under deplorable conditions. The vast majority of the CO² emitted by a smartphone during its lifetime comes from its manufacture.

Our advice is to keep your device as long as possible and only change it when you need it. Here are all our tips to make sure your smartphone has a long life.

Choosing the right phone

A new and recent device deserves to spend at least 150 to 250 euros, but some raise this figure to 400 euros, which corresponds to the mid-range. No matter how much you choose to spend, since you will keep the phone longer.

For environmental considerations, it may be an excellent option to buy a used or refurbished smartphone. For all owners combined, their lives will have been much longer. Refurbished phones are half recycled, half new versions of the devices.

When you want to change your phone, if it still works properly, you can sell it on the second-hand market or give it to someone. An appliance that is permanently out of service must finally be recycled or reconditioned. Recycling is a last resort.

Protect the smartphone from the elements

To protect the screen, which is often the first element to break in a smartphone, stick a good quality protective film on it. If the screen still cracks, it should be repaired as soon as possible, either by yourself or through a repairer. Dust can seep into the breaches and damage the underlying elements.

It’s essential to keep your smartphone clean. They are best cleaned with a microfiber cloth, as with eyeglasses, and do not like contact with cleaning products or damp wipes. Dust tends to accumulate in speakers and connectors, which can cause them to malfunction. All this must be blown out with a compressed air bomb, available from electronics retailers.

In everyday life, it is better to keep the phone safe from extreme conditions. In addition to not dropping it into the water, it must also be kept away from moisture, being careful in the rain, for example. The sand is abrasive and can damage the connectors. Finally, very cold or hot temperatures can damage the battery, and leaving your smartphone in the sun is not suitable for the screen.

Taking care of the battery

You can let the battery drop to a few percent charges, although it’s good to keep a little more margin. Leaving the smartphone connected 100% for a long time, at night, usually is not a problem (even if it is useless): the charging stops automatically when the battery is full.

Limiting the energy consumed is also an effective strategy, although a little constraining daily, and is very useful when the battery ages. Energy management applications exist, although there is no consensus on their effectiveness. Effective measures include manually reducing brightness, avoiding vibrating mode, or disabling GPS and other mobile connections when not in use.

When the battery is dead, it must be replaced. The procedure is more or less easy to do at home, and it is a cheap option if the smartphone is no longer under warranty. Otherwise, all repairers offer this kind of service.

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Slack is getting new features

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Entrepreneur

Slack is getting new features

“Make sure that Slack users have as little need as possible to open other software.” It seems to be the goal of the company that is organizing Frontiers in San Francisco on April 24 and 25, 2019, a great success for its customers and partners.

It is also an opportunity to make announcements on the most recent developments of the software whose ambition remains the same: to make people’s work “more pleasant, easier and more productive.”

Connect to your mailboxes

How? By making cross-application use easier and simpler. You work in a company, and you have a colleague who doesn’t use Slack when you are addicted? It doesn’t matter, since from now on your messages will be sent to him via e-mail. It will be able to answer with the same media, and his answer will appear on your conversation thread. This new service works with Outlook, Gmail and major email accounts.

By the way, Slack announces that he has improved his search engine. From now on it will be easier to find an element whether it is a member of a conversation, a term used in a discussion or the name of a file inserted in a group.

Open to the outside world

Slack will also make what are known here as “shared channels,” or shared communication channels, more accessible. While Slack is handy within companies, the new features announced aim to make conversation between users from one company to another easier. It means acknowledging an evolution in the way of working for this tool. Slack is reputed to facilitate teamwork. Teamwork is becoming more and more open.

With it, the company’s boundaries become more porous. In other words, to move a project forward, it is not enough to bring people together in a department but to communicate with external people. It will be done with this new service that opens Slack up more. A company-specific icon will distinguish people working in another firm to avoid confusion, which may be useful to prevent spreading confidential information. This feature is not limited to two companies. For example, Slack’s press relations manager ensures that information is shared in this way with all the agencies with which he works worldwide.

The young recruit will thus be able to answer a pre-written questionnaire, for example concerning the type of computers he needs. Slack’s teams assure you that these applications will be straightforward to build. We can do it without being a developer. Note: users of the free version will only be able to develop 10 workflows, unlike users of the paid version who will not have this limit.                          

Conquer by opening

The five ads are in the same direction: making Slack a necessary but not sufficient tool. Indeed, Slack does not multiply ad hoc developments so much as it confirms the philosophy of its development: to be all the more open to other software and platforms as it guarantees to be more and more essential. It is as if the company’s strategists had taken note of the fact that today no company, however powerful it may be, can offer a suite that covers all uses. The solution is then to be the most open so that users remain on the in-house platform rather than opening up the tools of potential competitors. At Slack, on Howard Street, in-house spokespeople say it: “We easily collaborate with Microsoft, Google….. To date”, this strategy has paid off and will soon lead Slack into the financial markets.

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Google launches Adiantum, an encryption system for low-end devices

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019 in Tools

Google launches Adiantum, an encryption system for low-end devices

Google has officially unveiled its new encryption solution, designed to secure data stored in Android smartphones and other smart devices with insufficient processing power.

Adiantum was designed to work on phones and other smart devices “that do not have the specialized equipment needed to use current methods to encrypt locally stored data effectively,” said Eugene Liderman, Google’s director of mobile security strategy for Android.

In addition to low-cost Android devices for emerging markets, Adiantum can also optimize the encryption of all low-power Linux devices, as well as smart watches for connected medical devices.

A response to users’ expectations

Making sure that information stored on mobile phones is locked is a critical marketing strategy for people having personal data on their device.

That’s why most Android phones enable storage encryption by default. Smartphone manufacturers have even made this a requirement since Android 6.0. However, an exemption is provided for phones with low processing power, whereas it is precisely this latter that is required to perform encryption directly on the device.

For example, Android Go is designed for devices with low-end processors, delivered with 1GB or less of memory. On these devices, storage encryption is disabled by default to improve performance, or even non-existent. We can also mention the ARM Cortex-A7 processor, used by some phones, watches and connected TVs running on Android, which does not yet offer hardware support for AES (Advanced Encryption Standard).

Google has therefore created Adiantum to solve these problems and make everyone’s data more secure.

The importance of data confidentiality

After countless leaks and controversies that have affected all major consumer technology companies, data protection is more critical than ever.

That is why all these companies are communicating extensively about their privacy efforts. Earlier this week, Google already launched a Chrome extension, Password Checkup, to help thwart data breaches.

As an Open Source project, Adiantum is already available on GitHub. It is after the encryption solution has been circulating in developer circles for a few months now, increasing its notoriety even before its official release.

To restore its image in terms of data protection, it is in Google’s interest to have new solutions for a safer web, as well as for the security of connected devices. Liderman, therefore, took advantage of the week dedicated to the “Safer Internet” to announce the implementation of Adantium to the whole world:

“Just as you wouldn’t buy a phone without text messaging, there would be no excuse to compromise its security at the expense of its performance. Everyone should have access to privacy and data security, regardless of the price of their phone. »

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Advantages Of Using Dry Herb Vaporizers

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Fun

Advantages Of Using Dry Herb Vaporizers

The consumption of dry herbs without smoking has risen in popularity in recent years. A dry herb vaporizer is a battery-powered device that is used to inhale and exhale dry herb or dry flower. They are usually small in size and portable. The vaporizer turns tobacco, medical marijuana or robust herbs into a vapor. Combustion does not take place in the herbal vaporizers hence no smoke is produced.

Various benefits are associated with using dry herb vaporizers.

1. Healthy process due to the elimination of harmful toxins

Dry herb vaporizers are much healthier and safer alternatives to smoking due to how they work. After loading the robust herbs into the chamber, heating occurs at temperatures beneath the point of combustion hence no smoke flows into the user’ lungs. Advanced vaporizers now heat dry herbs with hot air thus producing combustion free vapor.

By inhaling vapor, the user avoids introducing carcinogenic elements such as tar into their lungs. Dry herb vaporizers are also safer for people with throat or respiratory problems. Their use reduces coughing and mucous build up.

2. Discreet

Most of the dry herb vaporizers are very compact units that are portable. It is very useful for people who would wish to be discreet. Portable dry herb vaporizers are small in size and thus provide flexibility in usage.

Some dry herb users are also conscious of the odor that emanates from smoking. Though it cannot be entirely avoided, vaporizers make the smell less conspicuous. It is extremely useful and important for people using or living in shared spaces.

3. Saves money

The initial cost to buy the vaporizer is high but worth it in the long run. Lesser herbs are used up because not all the cannabinoids are being burned. When using dry herb vaporizers, the active ingredients are preserved much longer instead of being destroyed immediately due to high temperatures.

4. Produces better flavor

Since burning is not involved the flavor of your chosen strain of herb is felt better. The burning taste is also eliminated by giving a better experience.

5. Convenient for group settings

Vaping sessions in a group can be a messy affair, especially when passing a roll around. Desktop vapes are usually larger and thus can serve a group. Desktop vapes guarantee big vapor clouds and better tastes due to their advanced vaporization technology. Overall the experience is generally cleaner.

6. Specialty experience using apps

High-end vapes come with an app that can be used to guide the vaping experience from setting the temperature, puff intensity, puff length, etc. Augmenting all these factors to one’s tastes leads to a good vape session while tailoring the vaporizer to operate at peak efficiency.

There are many advantages of using dry herb vaporizers in comparison to smoking. Using a dry herb vaporizer means the toxins you inhale are significantly reduced. Risks of diseases such as lung cancer are then diminished. In the long run, one can save on the cost of ingredients while enjoying the rich profile and flavor of their favorite dry herbs.

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Surface Go, Microsoft’s response to iPad and Chromebooks

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Entrepreneur

Surface Go, Microsoft’s response to iPad and Chromebooks

Beginning of the last month, Microsoft made the announcement of its new Surface Go, a tablet released to take marketshare off Apple’s “almighty” iPad, with an alternative vision, and a moderate price. The device will be available this summer.

To power of the Surface Go is offering up to nine hours of autonomy. Microsoft has set its sights on the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, a dual-core processor that would be a good balance between performance, efficiency and temperature control (an important data for an object with a minimalist and fanless design). For $399, you will get 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB for files (eMMC). For $549, the RAM will be doubled, as well as the storage space (SSD). LTE versions will arrive later.

In terms of connections, the Surface Go gives way to the USB-C connectors, an interface capable of charging the tablet and sending a video signal. The Surface Connector, proprietary format, is also there, as is the microSD card reader and jack port. There is also a camera at the front and rear.

Like the Surface Pro, the Go version will be accompanied by a battery of accessories, in order to become a productivity-oriented device. All accessories are optional, to keep the price low. This includes the backlit keyboard with a large trackpad ($99 or $129 if you choose its version with soft Alcantara coating), Bluetooth mouse ($35) and stylus ($99). A 64 GB Surface Go with stylus will cost $498. An iPad 6 with 32 GB and a Pencil cost $428.

In this configuration, the Go is much more a PC than a substitute for the iPad.

During the first boot, the Surface Go will run under Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s closed operating system. But owners are free to switch to the normal OS for free.

Features offered by Microsoft

In terms of functionality, we were presented with new possibilities with PowerPoint, which can now use artificial intelligence to help you make beautiful presentations. It can now, according to your choices, adapt to offer you suggestions for future presentations that you may like. New 3D animations can also be added and triggered with the tablet stylus. A really good idea if you are used to making presentations.

Another interesting feature is in OneNote. And this one should please parents and children. Indeed, it is possible to select a text so that the software can break it into syllables to facilitate learning to read. Moreover, by clicking on each word, the child will be able to see a small illustration image of the selected word. A real plus for learning to read.

Although these features have been around for some time, they take on a new dimension with this kind of tablet that is powerful, yet ergonomic and affordable. Microsoft has also sniffed the good idea since the firm will offer significant discounts for education, professionals, but also students. Microsoft definitely seems to demonstrate its desire to compete with Apple’s iPad.

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