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    Facebook rated the least safe e-commerce option in government rankings - Singapore's safety scheme measures scam-combatting capability

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 2 days ago - 10:23 · 1 minute

A newly implemented e-commerce rating system in the city-state of Singapore has rated Facebook's Marketplace as the least trustworthy e-commerce platform, behind Amazon and its Alibaba-owned Asian analogue Lazada. The ratings system, known as the E-commerce Marketplace Transaction Safety Ratings (TSR) [PDF], was launched on May 14th by the Inter-Ministry Committee on Scams (IMCS).

From personal experience, my own daughter has been defrauded twice via Facebook Marketplace. My own dealings with Amazon have not been bad, as they at least have a call centre which sorts things out for you. On Facebook's side, they have zero interest in sorting anything out, as it is mostly user to user sales. Locally we also have a marketplace called Bid or Buy, and they can act as the middle-person by accepting the client payment, you dispatch the goods, and then withdraw the funds from them if the buyer has received them in order. This has worked very well for me, as it also assures me that an actual payment has been made. I'd happily part with a small percentage for this service, as it gives the buyer some peace of mind too.

See https://www.theregister.com/2022/05/17/facebook_rated_least_safe_ecommerce/

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    Erase.bg is a free iOS and Android app that removes any photo background without ads, watermarks, or in-app purchases

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 3 days ago - 17:46

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Erase.bg is an incredibly simple background remover tool that was first created for companies to use for e-commerce projects. But it’s also available for free to use for anyone. You can use the iPhone or Android app, or you can use it directly on their website.

I tested it on iOS with two images, and it did an excellent job. It's worth noting too that the developer has state don on the Apple app store that no data is being collected from users.

See https://lifehacker.com/this-free-app-removes-any-photo-background-1848930015

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    An iPhone now has the ability to perform visual look-ups on photos to identify plants, like Google Lens

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 3 days ago - 10:09

The iPhone can now recognise and identify numerous subjects, one of which is plants! This little known feature is useful in a few ways. Obviously, keen gardeners and plant lovers can now simply take an image of a flower they like, look it up instantly (or when it suits them) and then go buy one for themselves, all without needing to ask for or remember the grandiose Latin name. 

So actually this did not work on my iPhone 12 Pro, but the Google Photos app (on the iPhone) did in fact do a lookup and worked. (at least my wife says it is correctly identified, as I have no clue which plant is which).

See https://www.tomsguide.com/how-to/how-to-identify-plants-on-iphone

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    ONLYOFFICE 7.1 is Out With New PDF Viewer, Slideshow Animations + More, as an open source alternative to MS Office and LibreOffice for Windows, macOS and Linux

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 3 days ago - 09:48

ONLYOFFICE offers a high-performance, well-featured, and fully-functional alternative to LibreOffice (which, though awesome, is a bit ‘old-school’ for some folks’ UI tastes). It’s also the next-best thing to that stalwart of the productivity software scene: Microsoft Office.

ONLYOFFICE 7.1 inherits a swathe of improvements recently deposited in the cloud-side version of the suite, such as improved performance, better Microsoft Office compatibility, and a handy new print preview mode in all of the suite’s respective components.

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2022/05/onlyoffice-desktop-editors-7-1-released

#technology #opensource #alternativeto #onlyoffice #officesuite

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    How to use Shizuku to batch restore your Android apps after a factory reset - No root access needed

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 5 days ago - 13:18

Back in the early days of Android, Titanium Backup was the go-to backup solution made exclusively for root users. Its impact on the power user community over the years is undeniable; however, Titanium Backup's days are numbered since it isn't being maintained. Luckily, there's a more modern option for those that don't want to rely solely on the online backups you get from your Google One account. Swift Backup is the perfect choice for your backup needs, giving you both offline and custom cloud storage options without requiring full root access.

So if Google provides online device backups using Google One, why would anyone want to use another option instead? Many users prefer to have more choice over how they back up and restore their devices. Also, when restoring your apps using a Google One backup, you'll have to redownload them from the Play Store since it only keeps a list of which ones were installed. Using Swift Backup as your recovery option after a factory reset can save time, battery, and network data since you won't have to download them from scratch.

See https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-use-shizuku-to-restore-your-android-apps/

#technology #android #backups #shizuku

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    MIT researchers have developed a portable desalination unit that can remove particles and salts to generate drinking water

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 6 days ago - 18:10

The suitcase-sized device, which requires less power to operate than a cell phone charger, can also be driven by a small, portable solar panel, which can be purchased online for around $50. It automatically generates drinking water that exceeds World Health Organisation quality standards. The technology is packaged into a user-friendly device that runs with the push of one button.

Unlike other portable desalination units that require water to pass through filters, this device utilises electrical power to remove particles from drinking water. Eliminating the need for replacement filters greatly reduces the long-term maintenance requirements.

See https://news.mit.edu/2022/portable-desalination-drinking-water-0428

#technology #desalination #drinkingwater #USA

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    Tesla’s Recycled Batteries: Almost 92% Reuse Of Raw Materials

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 7 days ago - 15:33

Tesla’s recycled batteries have provided almost 92% of their original raw materials back to Tesla for future use, according to new information in Tesla’s 2021 Impact Report. Tesla’s factories are already using an in-house, closed-loop recycling system. This allows for all of Tesla’s batteries that it receives to be recycled with up to 92% of the raw materials being used again.

Tesla also shared some details about its battery chemistry, noting that lithium only accounts for around 1.5% of the full battery pack weight. Tesla’s iron phosphate battery packs have neither any cobalt nor nickel.

What's probably most important, though, is that these matters are being focused on, measured, and reported. That's how improvements are gauged and achieved.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2022/05/08/teslas-recycled-batteries-almost-92-reuse-of-raw-materials/

#technology #environment #batteries #tesla #recycling

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    Immersive AI-powered view coming soon to Google Maps will raise the realism bar for mapping

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 7 days ago - 15:20

Thanks to advances in computer vision and AI that allows Google to fuse together billions of Street View and aerial images to create a rich, digital model of the world — they’ve introduced a whole new way to explore with Google Maps. With their new immersive view, you’ll be able to experience what a neighborhood, landmark, restaurant or popular venue is like — and even feel like you’re right there before you ever set foot inside. So whether you’re traveling somewhere new or scoping out hidden local gems, immersive view will help you make the most informed decisions before you go.

Glide down to street level to explore nearby restaurants and see helpful information, like live busyness and nearby traffic. You can even look inside them to quickly get a feel for the vibe of the place before you book your reservation.

This is clearly a whole level above plain satellite imaging and 3D buildings. It starts rolling out in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo later this year with more cities coming soon.

See https://blog.google/products/maps/three-maps-updates-io-2022/

#technology #googlemaps #immersiveview #mapping