According to new research published in Science Advances, a team from the University of Monash, in Melbourne, claims to have developed the “most efficient lithium and sulfur battery in the world,” which can “exceed up to four times” the performance of Traditional lithium-ion batteries. Learn more about new devices at generationrwanda.org
The lithium and sulfur and are not new, today are used for some small tasks in airplanes and automobiles. However, its use is very limited due to the insulating nature of sulfur, which causes them to degrade rapidly and their useful life is lower than those of lithium ions.
A reconfiguration that would extend the life of the batteries and their density
Lithium and sulfur batteries offer up to five times more energy by weight, the problem is in its useful life. According to these researchers, they have managed to develop a new type of architecture to join the components so that the battery efficiency can be extended for a longer time.
Dr. Mahdokht Shaibani of Monash University, and lead author of the study, stated:
“Ironically, one of the main challenges for mass adoption of lithium and sulfur batteries so far has been that the storage capacity of the sulfur electrode is so great that it cannot handle the resulting stress.”
As explained in the study, the key is in the binder material found in the carbon matrix responsible for passing electrons to the insulating sulfur. This polymer binder keeps those two materials together, and stress during charging causes a break in this connection that causes rapid deterioration in battery performance.
What these researchers have done in focusing on this material, and instead of using the binder to form a dense mass with little free space, they decided to “give the sulfur particles some breathing space.”
That is, this lithium and sulfur battery is now based on a traditional binding agent, but processed differently to form strong bridge bonds between the carbon matrix and the sulfur particles, allowing for extra space as the Battery expands during charging.
According to their first tests, they subjected the battery to 200 charge and discharge cycles showing the efficiency of “more than 99%”, something that had never been seen before in this type of lithium and sulfur batteries. Given this, they claim that this battery could power a smartphone for five continuous days, or have an electric car with up to 1000 kilometers of autonomy.
In addition to this, they ensure that this lithium and sulfur battery would also represent a lower manufacturing cost and a lower environmental impact compared to traditional lithium-ion batteries.
The project is funded by the Australian government and has just applied for the patent for this investigation. They also plan to carry out more tests towards the end of the year, among which is the storage of solar energy, this with a view to commercializing its development in early 2021.
The next major update of Windows 10 is about to arrive, if everything follows Microsoft’s plan, the May version should arrive, so in May. It is important that you take some things into account before updating, because with this release changes the way Windows Update behaves.
In addition to this, May 2019 Update will need more disk space than any other, so an important part of the process is to make sure you have that available space or recover it. In any case, we tell you everything you should do to update your Windows 10 without major inconvenience.
Remember, if instead of updating immediately, you prefer to postpone the update as much as possible, Windows now gives you more control, and we explain how to exercise that control over this and the next Windows 10 updates.
Make sure you have the latest version of Windows 10
Here is an important detail, and that is that the previous update, the October 2018 Update, famous for its multiple launch problems and subsequent bugs, took a long time to reach all computers, so much so that six months after its arrival it had barely been installed by a quarter of users.
So it’s possible that you haven’t even installed it, consciously or unconsciously, and if you don’t have the October 2018 update (version 1809) you won’t be able to install the May 2019 (1903) version.
To check your version of Windows 10 just press the Windows + I key to go to the Configuration, then select System, and finally choose About in the left menu.
If you already have version 1809 then you can proceed to check for updates from Windows Update to check if your computer has already reached version 1903.
Make sure you have enough disk space and how to free it if you need it.
Open the File Explorer and navigate to “This computer”, there you should see all your available drives and the space they have left. You will need at least 32 GB to install this update.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that Windows 10 is going to take up 32 GB more, it’s just its minimum space requirement. Usually the system downloads the new files and after installing the update, deletes the files from previous versions of Windows that are no longer needed.
To free disk space you can try using the same tool integrated in Windows 10. Just open the Configuration again, go to the Storage section and free space according to Windows 10 tips, either deleting temporary files, uninstalling unused apps or features that do not interest you, among other things.
Once you are ready both in free space and in current version of Windows 10, just go to Windows Update and check for updates manually, and Windows 10 will not download or install automatically without your permission, so you must tell him to do it by hand.
You like to have everything under control. You have a calendar where you write down each day’s activities, manage your tasks in a diary, make lists of everything you want to take with you every time you make a trip, write down all the household expenses to control finances, and keep track of what you eat, the sport you do and the hours you sleep.
While to many this will sound like total freak control, many others can fully identify with that image. To a greater or lesser extent, many of us like to make lists, keep agendas, write things down (whether online, on an app or on paper), in short, organize your life a little better. And look where, a program that can help you with it, even if it doesn’t seem it at first glance, is Excel.
Excel in a program that leaves no one indifferent: either you love it, or you hate it. It’s usually synonymous with work (who hasn’t had to fill in countless Excel sheets at the request of their boss?), but it also has a wide repertoire of tools and functions with which the most experts can do real wonders.
But in addition to its more standard uses, the flexibility of Excel allows you to use it for many other things, thanks to the use of templates. With them you can do exactly what I mentioned at the beginning of the article: manage absolutely everything, from your daily tasks to children’s homework, through all kinds of lists, agendas, planners and tracking sheets.
All this range of possibilities comes from Vertex42, an impressive collection of Excel templates that allows you to take advantage of this program in every conceivable way. Whether you want a simple calendar to print and have it visible on your desktop, or you need a budget sheet to organize a wedding, this website has just about everything you need. And here we have made a selection of those that we found most useful.
There are two things to keep in mind: first, that the templates are all in English (although they are completely customizable); and second, that although you can download them for free, most of them are only for personal use.
Calendars and schedules
Class time. A very simple but very useful weekly class schedule, with which you will not lose a single hour of class times and you will be able to make the most of your time. It is also available in printable PDF format, if you prefer to fill it in by hand.
Generic timetable: Don’t you go to class, or do you simply prefer a more generic timetable that you can adapt to your needs? Try this weekly template, perfect for keeping your days organized (morning, afternoon and evening shifts), and that even works with Google Sheets.
Calendar of cleaning tasks. If there are several of you at home, the most logical thing is to clean it together, and this template can be of great help for it. In it you can organize the distribution of cleaning tasks for a month, each day of the week, deciding who cleans what. Download it, personalize it and hang it with magnets in your fridge.
Children’s homework calendar. Speaking of cleaning, involve the children in it too! With tasks appropriate to their age, of course, so that they can take habits such as picking up their room, helping to set or remove the table, or not leaving dirty clothes lying around. This template is perfect for that.
Calendars of various types. If what you are looking for is a simple calendar (perhaps to print and have at hand), in this section you will find a bit of everything: blank calendars to fill them by hand, calendars that you can decorate with a photo, birthday calendars, ovulation calendars, weekly, monthly, annual …
Agendas and planners
Menu planner. If you’re worried about your diet and want to start eating better, one way to do it is to organize your meals better, controlling what you eat every day and how you distribute proteins, hydrates, fruits, vegetables and so on. This template for planning your week’s meals will surely help you.
Daily diary. For those who have the good habit of writing down the tasks of the day as soon as you start the day (or even the day before, at night) this template is going to come that not even painted. In it you can organize your whole day: tasks, meetings, calls, things you can not forget …
Weekly agenda: Would you prefer to have the whole week in view, in order to organize yourself better? This weekly version of the daily diary makes it easy for you. Like the previous one, but with seven days to have everything under control.
Homework agenda. A template that can help young people to be a little more organized with homework. It allows you to make a list of the tasks assigned to each subject, as well as distribute them in a calendar so that each one has its moment.
Family planner. This template combines a bit of everything (meal plan, household chores, shopping list, list of tasks …) on a single sheet, to organize life in your home easily. It is also available in PDF format, to print and fill out by hand.
Calculators and budgets
Family budget. A complete template with which to manage in detail the financial movements of the family. It allows to make a budget for the whole year and to control exactly the balance between income and expenses. It is not a template and requires familiarity with Excel, but it is one of the most complete in this section.
Monthly budget for home. Although this template is used for the same as the previous one, the difference is that in this one the budget is monthly, and includes a lot of detailed expense categories.
Personal budget. But if what you are looking for is to be able to control finances on a personal level, then this is your template. Customize the categories and easily track your income and expenses throughout the year. Prefer to go into more detail? Use the monthly template to keep your finances under control month by month.
Annual budget calculator. This calculator combines functions from the family budget and monthly budget templates. With it you can create and manage a monthly budget, all in a single Excel sheet. It allows you to customize categories, plan irregular expenses, and make predictions that can help you make decisions.
Task and Control Lists
List of tasks with priority. A simple template for creating task lists organized by priority. It is also available in two-column design (portrait orientation) or three-column design (landscape orientation), and in PDF format for printing and hand-filling.
Weekly task list. Sometimes it’s good to be able to go over the pending tasks for the whole week, so you can have everything better organized for the next few days. This template is perfect for that, with separate task lists for each day. They are also available in PDF format.
List of tasks with date. The most important thing about your tasks is the date they should be completed? Then use this template, which emphasizes just that point: the deadline for each task.
Family to-do list – no one gets off! The whole family can have a more organized control of their tasks in this one template for everyone, with a different section for each member of the family. And who says family says flatmates, for example.
Ready to pack. Going on a trip? With this template you make sure you put everything you need in the suitcase. It’s available in three versions, to pack for a vacation, business or college trip – but you can also customize it for whatever you need.
Moving list. Moving is a tiring and stressful process we all go through at some point in our lives. Make it a little easier (or at least more organized) with this template.
Ready for thorough cleaning. If you’re one of those who does a thorough house cleaning at least once a year, take note of this template by the time that time comes, and you’ll make sure you don’t leave a single corner unreviewed!
Ready to organize a wedding. Are you getting married soon?
Congratulations! Be patient, though, because planning a wedding is often quite complex. Arm yourself with patience and this template, with which you will have all the details (dress, invitations, decoration, photographer…) under control.
Ready for the arrival of a baby. The birth of a child is another one of those exciting and stressful moments at the same time. Do you want to make sure you’ll have everything ready when you come home from the hospital with your little one in your arms? Download this template and start organizing it all.
Health and sport
Food diary. The first step to start losing weight is to control exactly what you eat, so you can better distribute the intake of calories, protein and carbohydrates. And although nowadays there are many apps that allow you to do it from your mobile, if you prefer to use Excel this is your template.
Exercise table. As with food, exercise tracking can also be done via mobile apps. But if Excel is your thing, who’s stopping you from using it for this too? With this template you can take note of your entire fitness plan. It can also be useful if you are a monitor in a gym and you want to distribute them among your students.
Weight loss table. From the combination of exercise and food control comes weight loss. And thanks to this template you can have it completely under control, week by week, with the possibility of setting a goal and graphs based on your numbers.
The local zaragozana press has dawned this Friday with headlines as forceful as the one that showed El Periodic de Aragon: “Massive fraud”.
We would be talking, according to the newspaper, of an “uncontrolled hacking” that is allowing, through a mobile application with NFC, the recharging of fraudulent transport tickets for the use of urban buses and the tram of Zaragoza undetectable by the inspectors who monitor the fraud.
Almost 400 cards would have been involved in the fraudulent reloading of balance to spend on public transport in Zaragoza.
Specifically, according to data collected by the City Council of Zaragoza, this fraud would involve 300 citizen cards, an identification for those registered in the Aragon capital that allows payment of different municipal services, and 69 Lazo cards, a card similar to the citizen and available for those not registered in the city.
The dimension of what happened is “incalculable”.
From the consistory zaragozano have explained that since late last week spread a rumor in the city, especially in the university area, about the offer to recharge the citizen card at 20% of the cost. If you wanted to top up 50 euros, for example, you only had to pay 10 euros.
The matter will be reported to the police after a meeting between Zaragoza City Council and Hiberus Technology, the company responsible for the operation of these contact fewer cards. It is not the first time that these rumors had spread throughout the city, explain since the Argonne edition of eldiario.es, and in the second half of last year were recorded at least 75, according to municipal sources cited by El Periodic de Aragon.
They would have recharged up to 200 euros in the same card
These media assures that both the municipality and the company responsible for the cards “have tried to minimize the scam” by revealing those possible 300 cards involved in the detected “incidences”, but that nearby sources maintain that the dimension of what happened is “incalculable”. In addition, according to El Periodic de Aragon, citing more sources, the two people responsible for the scam have been located, with a large group of young people being the “collaborators” and in charge of “spreading the word” and searching for “possible clients”.
The usual thing, explains the local media, was to charge 10 euros in exchange for recharging 50 euros of balance that could be spent on urban buses and the tram of Zaragoza. However, they claim that up to 200 euros had been injected into the same card in several operations. The application supposedly capable of carrying out the hacking could also be acquired for 300 euros.
If the recharge was valid, it should be recorded in one of the machines that performs them legally.
The only way to carry out the control on the loaded amounts is through the validations in the modes of public transport. When one of these fraudulently reloaded cards was used on a bus or tram, the increase in the balance over a previous validation is recorded. If the recharge was valid, it should be recorded in one of the machines that performs them legally. In addition, if the balance difference between validations is very significant, the system automatically creates an alert signal for the recharge to be checked.
Zaragoza City Council has explained that all cards with detected incidents do not necessarily have to be related to the possible fraud in the investigation. However, those that have been fraudulently charged, once the fact has been confirmed, will be cancelled.
In 1950, an artificial intelligence was a machine capable of simulating human thought. It has taken us some time to realize that this task must be “cut up” into smaller ones. That is why today we are more modest, and we are satisfied with an AI successfully simulating a small percentage of ourselves. But what will become of artificial intelligence in 2025?
There is no doubt that, as it progresses – by leaps and bounds, as it seems – we will also change what we understand by it. Artificial intelligence currently helps us to optimize processes. Given its versatility, in the future we could frame it in many other areas.
The IA will be in charge of services that we don’t even think about.
In very general terms, technology related to the “thinking” of machines is related to delegating tasks. First, the calculation, then the predictive. It is possible that in 2025 we will leave everything else to them and allow them to make decisions for us if we discover that it benefits us or improves our quality of life.
It is very likely that at some point in the next decade we will delegate much of the work conversations to machines. Today technology already allows us to call a local for us and reserve a table (above). We will probably give the machines a certain degree of social solvency, “letting go of the belt” with which we now tie them.
As we saw at the time, consultants such as PwC and Gartner believe very likely that smartphones with artificial intelligence will become a digital “I” of the user, a sort of virtual butler in the style of Iron Man’s JARVIS. As machines become more intelligent, we can delegate more tasks. Also, more responsibility.
Making AI available to all
Statistically, we’re unlikely to know how to program a neural network. Most of us don’t have this knowledge, just as we don’t light a fire when we want to warm up. Instead, we turn on the heating. It seems that the near future of artificial intelligence will inexorably pass through its democratization in all directions, perhaps starting with employees.
What the AI will bring us in 2019
High-tech companies have a bottleneck in the development department. They are the ones who invent the future every day, but there is a lot of labor friction when trying to transmit day by day part of this knowledge to other verticals of the company. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence is gaining skills.
We will see the real jump of AI when it can be programmed in a simple way by an average user, in the same way that he is able to investigate a little and start creating tables, dynamic tables or macros of increasing difficulty in Excel. The day when these tools are accessible to the average population will begin “the revolution”. And it will probably be soon.
The revolution has not yet begun
A year ago, Michael Irwin Jordan, one of the world’s undisputed leaders in machine learning, wrote an article entitled ‘Artificial Intelligence – The Revolution Has Not Yet Happened’. A few years earlier, Tim Urban of Wait But Why wrote about the “artificial intelligence revolution” and the road to super intelligence. The graph describes the phenomenon quite well.
It depicts the “edge” of human progress. Despite our efforts, it will look linear once the potential of AI and the emerging systems, whose unpredictability we discuss later, have been unleashed. To understand scale, we bring a riddle that is used in classes to teach the speed with which these emerging systems manifest.
“You are inside a barrel with a drop at the bottom. The amount of water doubles every minute and in one hour the barrel will be full. In what minute will you drown?”
Our brain is not developed to think about disruptive changes, but there is no doubt that these will come at some point. Almost certainly by 2025.
Emerging systems cannot be predicted
Who could have predicted the explosion of knowledge after the printing press, the automaton of the scribes? Something similar happened with smartphones. One, isolated, is a very useful pocket computer, but the emerging system that changed the world a few years ago came from millions of them interacting with each other. Its consequences could not be accurately predicted.
Now that devices such as the Huawei P30 Pro already incorporate chips oriented to artificial intelligence, a new emergency is being cooked (in the sense of emergent) whose end we cannot imagine. We smell something, but fixing it on paper won’t make it more likely.
Let us take reflection, for example, to autonomous mobility. It is estimated that there are more than 330,000 professional drivers in Spain. In a decade, as far as we know, a third of a million people (0.7%) may have to look for a new job. Imagine the impact this has on other sectors.
Now let’s think that there are already machines that make hamburgers, analyze the stock market, translate, organize trips, generate summaries and even paint pictures. The two best chess players in the world are not peopled, they are artificial intelligence. Slowly, machines learn to do something, and once they do, they don’t forget it.
We cannot predict the future, and there is the paradox that the more data we have to try to analyze it, the more divergent the approximations seem. But we do know that there will be changes. Soon a new emerging system will emerge, perhaps educational or economic, and the key will be to understand what is happening and how to adapt to change.
A unitary AI made up of many specific ones
We opened this article by saying that in 1950 machines were going to be as intelligent as people. Alan Turing fantasized about making them indistinguishable from us. Along the way we learned that it was easier to create artificial intelligence for each specific problem. The question we can ask ourselves is: can we unite them into a larger AI?
Perhaps by 2025 we will use a succession of artificial intelligence coordinated with each other by natural language processing. Interconnected, from our limited human perspective we will seem to speak with a single assistant while, behind the scenes, hundreds or thousands of “small” AI will solve each demand.
According to all experts, we are at an early stage in the development of artificial intelligence. In a decade, the breakthroughs we are astonished at today will go completely unnoticed. We are living in an exciting time, and soon we will have to redefine what artificial intelligence is to us.
Paint’s life in the last two years has truly been a roller coaster of emotions, when Microsoft released Paint 3D to replace it in 2017 it seemed that his days were numbered and that by the next version of Windows 10, it would disappear forever.
But in practice, Paint never really disappeared from Windows 10, and after recently confirming that it would still be part of the operating system, Redmond’s have now gone even further by announcing that the program will receive new features.
In a recent note in Microsoft’s blog about the Windows Insider program, MS Paint’s responsible team announced the arrival of new accessibility features for the tool, these new features will reach all users with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update that should begin to arrive at some point in the coming weeks.
Drawing in Paint using only the keyboard
The most important novelty is that Paint will now allow you to draw using the keyboard, that is, the keyboard will become one of the primary input methods of the app, and you will be able to make all forms simply by using combinations of keys.
For example, using the keyboard arrows you can move the cursor on the screen, with the space bar you activate a tool, using CTRL + Arrows you can scroll the canvas, Space bar + Arrows move the cursor to select a part of the canvas, and so on.
There are enough shortcuts for several complex operations that will allow you to draw and insert shapes using only the keyboard, if we are lucky, perhaps from the same app of Windows 10 Recommendations will show us in detail the news after updating so that they do not go unnoticed.
In addition to keyboard support, Paint has also received improvements in the way it interacts with screen readers as in Windows Narrator.
Everyone or almost everyone knows the tools of the different browsers that allow us to inspect elements of any website. In the case of Google Chrome, for example, just right-click and click Inspect in the menu. It’s an easy and simple way to see what’s behind it.
However, these utilities are for many somewhat archaic. They haven’t evolved at the same time as other browser options have evolved for the majority of users, and not so much for those closest to development. Therefore, the margin for improvement that they have is evident.
And the example of this are alternatives, in this case when it comes to visualizing the styles of a web page, such as CSS Scan.
“Don’t ever open DevTools again to check the styles”.
Perhaps the first thing that needs to be said is that CSS Scan is fee-based. It usually costs $24.99, although occasionally it can be found at a promotional price of $14.99. But, given your options and ease of use, your purchase is justified if it solves our life in terms of style inspection.
Its creators, in fact, rely so much on its tool that they are clear on its website: “Don’t ever open DevTools again to check the styles.
One of the goals of CSS Scan is to make you waste less time inspecting styles.
CSS Scan uses the same technology used by Google and Github with, according to those responsible, “improvements to quickly clean up any CSS garbage”. It is designed to go to the important and avoid wasting time trying to understand why a style sheet is not delivering the expected result. You use the cursor, take it to the problematic element, and you’ll get the answer to the code that’s defining it.
CSS Scan also makes it clear that besides inspecting, it allows you to copy the CSS code. All you have to do is pass the cursor and click. So it is copied to the clipboard and can be copied anywhere else for the purpose you want. The tool is available in Google Chrome extension and Firefox add-on. The payment of $24.99 offers lifetime utility.
Telegram’s co-founder and chief executive, Pavel Durov, is very clear in one of his latest publications: “WhatsApp will never be safe. This forceful statement is part of a text in which the developer seeks to explain why, in his view, the messaging application in the hands of Facebook will remain open to surveillance.
“All their security problems are conveniently suited for surveillance and look a lot like backdoor.”
Durov takes as his starting point WhatsApp’s latest major security problem, claiming that “the world seems surprised,” to argue why he believes the application bought by Mark Zuckerberg a few years ago has numerous security problems that “look a lot like the back doors. The insinuations are clear.
“No wonder dictators like WhatsApp.”
Pavel Durov begins to sow doubts about WhatsApp’s safety from the beginning of his article. Before speculating about backdoor and the resemblance that some Facebook application security problems have to them, the founder of the Russian alternative makes things clear: “Every time WhatsApp has to correct a critical vulnerability in its application, a new one appears in its place.
The doubt about hypothetical backdoor reinforces it with a fact: “Unlike Telegram, WhatsApp is not open source, so a security researcher cannot easily check if there are backdoor in his code. And it goes further, because it claims not only that it does not publish it, but that it does exactly the opposite: it deliberately obfuscates it “to make sure that no one can study them in depth”.
“WhatsApp is not open source, so a security investigator can’t easily check for back doors.
However, Durov says that it is possible that these back doors are demanded of them from the FBI. And, he says, “it’s not easy to run a secure communication application from the United States. As he explains, a Telegram team spent a week in the land of the stars and stripes in 2016 and, during that time, recorded three attempts at infiltration by the FBI. “Imagine what 10 years in that environment can bring to a U.S.-based company,” he says.
The confuser of one of WhatsApp’s great rivals, a regular winner of its falls, recalls the anti-terrorist justification for the back doors of communication platforms and the obvious problem: that those back doors “can also be used by criminals and authoritarian governments. And he goes on to say, “No wonder dictators like WhatsApp.
“Their [WhatsApp’s] lack of security allows them to spy on their own people, so WhatsApp is still available for free in places like Russia or Iran, where authorities prohibit Telegram.
In fact, I started working at Telegram in direct response to personal pressure from the Russian authorities. At that time, in 2012, WhatsApp was still transferring plain text messages in transit. That was crazy. Not only governments or hackers, but also mobile phone providers and Wi-Fi administrators had access to all WhatsApp texts.
Pavel Durov goes on to explain the different encryption measures implemented by the famous messaging application, with “some encryption” first, and then end-to-end encryption “so that no one else can access the messages. The latter coincided with “an aggressive campaign” for users to back up their conversations. “WhatsApp did not inform its users that, when backing up, messages are no longer protected by end-to-end encryption and can be accessed by hackers and law enforcement,” he says.
According to his text, those who have not agreed to make backups as requested by the pop-ups that appeared in WhatsApp, “can be tracked with a series of tricks, from accessing the backups of their contacts to invisible changes in encryption keys. “Metadata generated by WhatsApp users is filtered to all types of agencies in large volumes by the parent company,” he says.
“Looking back, there hasn’t been a day in WhatsApp’s 10-year journey that this service has been secure.”
“WhatsApp has a consistent history, from zero encryption at its inception to a succession of security issues strangely suited for surveillance purposes. Looking back, there hasn’t been a day in WhatsApp’s 10-year journey that this service has been secure. That’s why I don’t think the simple update of WhatsApp’s mobile application makes it safe for everyone. For WhatsApp to become a privacy-oriented service, it must risk losing entire markets and colliding with the authorities in its home country. They don’t seem ready for that.
The head of Telegram also recalls that last year the founders of WhatsApp left the company “because of concern for users’ privacy” and says that he himself had to leave his country, Russia, after refusing “to comply with violations of the privacy of VK users authorized by the government. He explains that it was not pleasant, but he would gladly do it again.
“Telegram has had no data leaks or security problems.”
Pavel Durov states that Telegram has done a “bad job” in persuading WhatsApp users since, although they have attracted hundreds of millions of users in recent years, “many people cannot stop using WhatsApp because their friends and family are still using it” and “most Internet users are still hostages of the Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram empire”.
At this point, Durov boasts of the security he says he has Telegram:
“In almost 6 years of its existence, Telegram did not have any major data leakage or security flaws of the kind WhatsApp demonstrates every few months. In the same 6 years, we revealed exactly zero bytes of data to third parties, while Facebook/WhatsApp has been sharing almost everything with everyone who claimed to work for a government.
“It’s either us or Facebook’s monopoly.”
Finally, the head of Telegram says that in recent times WhatsApp copies functions from its application, even says that Mark Zuckerberg wants to appropriate the philosophy of its platform around privacy and speed, but that complaining about it will not help them and must admit that they are carrying out an intelligent strategy. And he recalls the case of Snapchat and the emulation of part of its functioning.
“At Telegram we have to recognize our responsibility in shaping the future. It’s either us or Facebook’s monopoly. It’s freedom and privacy or greed and hypocrisy. Our team has been competing with Facebook for the last 13 years. We already beat them once, in the Eastern European social networking market. We will beat them again in the global messaging market. We have to do it.
Durov acknowledges that it won’t be easy, but he appeals to his users. “If you like Telegram enough, you will tell your friends. And if every Telegram user convinces 3 of their friends to remove WhatsApp and move permanently to Telegram, Telegram will already be more popular than WhatsApp,” he explains. “The era of greed and hypocrisy will end. An era of freedom and privacy will begin. It is much closer than it seems.
A 16-year-old Malaysian teenager took her own life after asking her Instagram followers whether she should die or not. In a survey published on the social network, 69% of voters said yes for an answer, triggering the young woman’s reaction.
According to The Guardian, the Malaysian police, who wanted to maintain the anonymity of the young woman, stated that the survey contained the following message: “Really important, help me to choose D [death] / L [Life]”.
Instagram and its impact on adolescent behavior
Lawyers for the case began to suggest that those who voted yes might be guilty of inciting suicide, putting on the table what would have happened if they had not encouraged her to die.
On the other hand, Malaysia’s own Minister of Youth and Sports stated that he was concerned about the mental health of young people, raising the need for attention to be paid to the issue at the national level.
“I am really concerned about the mental health status of our young people. It is a national issue that must be taken seriously. Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia.“
In February, Instagram acknowledged that publications on self-harm should be regulated following the suicide of Molly Russell, a 14-year-old English teenager who committed suicide in 2017. In this case, the girl’s parents argued that she frequently consumed self-harm content, and that this helped kill her daughter. After this case, the application began to block this type of images on the social network.
After the news, it is again on the table how social networks affect behavior, especially in the case of teenagers. Instagram already announced that it was studying to remove the “Me Gusta” from public view, in search of “alleviating the pressure” that is currently suffered in some Instagram accounts, and that so many ends up influencing the content that we upload (or even delete) in the social network.
We have already seen how in some countries they are using facial recognition to monitor entire cities or strategic points. China is one of the territories that are at the forefront with this technology, and were recently accused of using it to track a minority.
Instead, a few hours ago San Francisco became the first city in the United States to prohibit the use of facial recognition to different government agencies and agencies.
“We support the police, but not a police state.”
That means the city’s mayor won’t allow local agencies (including the Police) to use facial recognition techniques to identify criminals in public places.
With eight votes in favor and one against, they have managed to give the green light to this measure, which ensures that (unlike what we saw happening in China) the protection of minorities and the right to privacy should take precedence.
It is the first U.S. city to approve it, but it is expected that it will also be implemented in other regions of the country (at moment the city of Oakland and the state of Massachusetts are ringing loudly).
This legislation was drafted by supervisor Aaron Peskin, who claims that “they support a good police force, but none of us want to live in a police state. Peskin believes this technology is “invasive” and that San Francisco has a “responsibility” to set an example:
“I think San Francisco has a responsibility to talk about the things that are affecting the whole world and are happening in our front yard.“
We’ll have to see if Peskin’s wish becomes a reality and this law ends up being implemented in other parts of the country or the planet. It’s a measure, in a way, against the tide, in a world where it’s increasingly common to use this technology to keep an eye on society.