Google Maps’ location sharing now includes your battery life

By showing people you trust that your battery’s nearly empty, for instance, they won’t be as worried in case they can’t get in touch with you for the next hour or so. On the other hand, if they know your phone still has a lot of juice left and you’re not picking up when you’re supposed to be free to talk, then they can take action to make sure that you’re safe. It’s a small change with a big potential when it comes to safety. I can see myself taking advantage of it if I’m going to a place I’m unfamiliar with or any area I know could be dangerous. If you want to try it out yourself, simply fire up Google Maps, go to the app’s menu, then to Location Sharing and choose who you want to send your location to.

social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #engadget

MallforAfrica goes global, Kobo360 and Sokowatch raise VC, France explains its $76M fund

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B2B e-commerce company Sokowatch closed a $2 million seed investment led by 4DX Ventures. Others to join the round were Village Global, Lynett Capital, Golden Palm Investments, and Outlierz  Ventures.

The Kenya based company aims to shake up the supply chain market for Africa’s informal retailers.

Sokowatch’s platform connects Africa’s informal retail stores directly to local and multi-national suppliers—such as Unilever and Proctor and Gamble—by digitizing orders, delivery, and payments with the aim of reducing costs and increasing profit margins.

“With both manufacturers and the small shops, we’re becoming the connective layer between them, where previously you had multiple layers of middle-men from distributors, sub-distributors, to wholesalers,” Sokowatch founder and CEO Daniel Yu told TechCrunch.

“The cost of sourcing goods right now…we estimate we’re cutting that cost by about 20 percent [for] these shopkeepers,” he said

“There are millions of informal read more

Surface Go Review: Welcome to the Tiny-Computer Future

Taking a premium product and making it more affordable is a dangerous game. In the worst case, you end up with the notorious Cadillac Cimarron—a frumpy sedan that was barely different from its cheap Chevrolet and Pontiac stablemates. You can’t just take any old widget, apply an expensive brand, and call it a day.

That’s why I think the new Microsoft Surface Go is an impressive device. It’s a cheaper Surface Pro-style tablet, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll miss out on important features. While you can find cut corners, most folks who need a super portable basic computer won’t feel like they’ve been swindled.

The teeny-tiny Go, focused on portability and starting at $399, might not be powerful enough to replace a brawny laptop. But if you’ve got a desktop that could benefit from a companion device, or you’re a student whose needs are limited to Google Docs, web browsing, and the occasional Netflix binge, Surface read more

Pavia, picchia e umilia la figlia 12enne: “Non rispetta i precetti dell’Islam”

Un cittadino egiziano residente a Pavia è stato allontanato da casa in seguito alle ripetute violenze ai danni di sua figlia, una ragazzina di 12 anni: ‘colpevolè di non rispettare i precetti dell’Islam.
Il provvedimento è stato adottato dopo l’intervento della Squadra Mobile, chiamata dalla stessa minorenne (che si era rivolta anche al Telefono Azzurro) dopo era stata picchiata per l’ennesima volta dal padre davanti agli occhi della mamma che non era intervenuta in sua difesa.
Secondo la ricostruzione della polizia, basata sul racconto della ragazzina, l’uomo si accaniva più volte sulla figlia sin dall’età di cinque anni. Almeno tre volte la settimana la picchiava con calci, schiaffi, pugni e a volte anche con la fibbia della cintura. Il padre pretendeva che la figlia indossasse il velo: avendo saputo che la ragazzina se l’era tolto per partecipare a una festa, l’aveva percossa con violenza.
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Samsung Duo wireless charger accidentally leaked by Amazon

Rumors have been swirling ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 launch about a wireless charging pad known as the Duo, and now Amazon has all but confirmed this unreleased product.

As the name should imply, the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo is capable of charging two devices simultaneously, whether that’s the upcoming Note 9 and Galaxy Watch, or a pair of older mobile devices like the wireless charging-capable Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S9.

In a press preview event attended by Gizmodo, Amazon put a device on display that looks identical to the current leaked image of the Duo, although it was labelled here as the Samsung Qi Pad (2018) and its associated QR code linked to Samsung’s standard single charging pad.


p class=”bordeaux-image-check”>Samsung Wireless Charger Duo

From the rear, you can see the Duo’s USB-C connection. [Image by Sam Rutherford, Gizmodo] (Image: © Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo))

What appears to be the Samsung Duo has a single USB-C connection and twin indicator lights to show each device’s charging status. 

One half of the unit retains the same angular disc design of the original Samsung Qi Pad, which presumably read more

Meteo : oggi il picco del caldo! Tanta afa e anche temporali!

Anticiclone africano verso il culmine. Oggi il picco del caldo da nord a sud, anche afa e qualche temporale. Meteo / Il vasto anticiclone africano che sta assediando l'Europa sud-occidentale coinvolgerà in maniera più diretta anche l'Italia nel corso
by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #thisisnews

Google slowly lifting ban on addiction center ads after adding vetting process

Google will now allow ads to run on addiction-related keywords and phrases after a nearly year-long ban instituted to crack down on shady providers cashing in on vulnerable patients. A small group of providers vetted by a third party have been approved by the company to appear in results for searches like “help quitting pills” or “meth addiction.”

The ban on these ads was rolled out in stages starting in September of last year in the U.S. and going global in January. It was provoked by a series of reports showing that people looking for help were being essentially traded like commodities and sent to incredibly expensive “addiction centers” that often provided little recovery help at all.

At the time Google pledged to keep the ban in place until it could find a way to reintroduce ads safely and ethically, and it has taken its time doing so. All addiction-related ad words were shut off completely, and while this introduced problems of its own (people searching for “help quitting read more

Sennheiser’s Memory Mic can record audio from afar

Your phone’s built-in mic will still pick up ambient sounds for a more accurate representation of your recording conditions, which is great if you want to relive particular moments. The Memory Mic can record and store up to four hours of audio, and its accompanying app will automatically sync it with the video you take. It’s now available from Sennheiser’s website and various retailers for $200.

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