Happy Earth Day: Free apps for greener living

In honor of Earth Day we have put together a list of free apps designed to help you live a more earth-friendly lifestyle. The recommendations include:

PaperKarma – This free app is designed to help you cut your paper waste. Tired of getting unwanted paper junk mail? Just snap a photo of the unwanted mail, and PaperKarma will figure out what it is and how to stop it. Using a large database of company information, the app uses the photo to submit a request on your behalf to stop the mail.000102 EARTH

iRecycle – With this free app, you can find local, convenient recycling opportunities when you’re on-the-go or at home. iRecycle provides access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle over 350 materials. Using your current location, ZIP code, address or city, the app provides you access to details about collection points, such as website address, phone number, directions, hours of operation and materials collected.

Seafood Watch – This free app provides recommendations to help you choose ocean-friendly seafood at your favorite restaurants and stores. With the app, you learn more about the seafood you eat and can locate and share businesses that serve sustainable seafood.

JouleBug – This fun and educational app is an easy way to make your everyday habits more sustainable at home, work or play. The apps shows you how you can use resources without using them up. A free app, JouleBug organizes sustainability tips into Pins that you can earn in the app by doing simple actions in real life that help the planet. You learn more about each tip with easy-to-understand Impact Stats, Bonuses, How-To Videos, and Helpful Links.

GoodGuide – The GoodGuide app reveals whether products are safe, healthy, green and socially responsible while you shop. The free app’s barcode scanning feature lets you quickly access GoodGuide’s science-based health, environment and social ratings for more than 170,000 products.

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Tomorrow is Earth Day. From reusing and recycling to reconsidering and reconnecting, people will be assembling in a wide range of awesome green approaches to praise our Mother Earth this week. The festivities in her respect will proceed with well into the weekend, so in case you’re requiring thoughts, we’ve got a developing rundown of Earth Week Events to inspire you.

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The greatest challenge of mankind is upon us. For Mother Earth’s birthday this year, let’s engage our company leaders, colleagues, friends and family in meeting that challenge with everything we’ve got.

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InstaPlace – Travel

A location based Photo App to let everyone know exactly where and when you were in that photo. Location overlay will give you a chance to share with friends what you’re seeing in real time! Beautifully crafted custom skins will give your photos CLEANER, more ELEGANT look.

Granny vs Zombies HDGames

The Zombies are in town, and its up to you to send them back to where they came from! You start playing as a lovable granny, but don’t be fooled by appearances! This granny is really kick-ass! Collect different weapons, items, cash, and blast your way through the hordes of Zombies to clean-up the town. Granny vs Zombies HD is a fast paced action shooter for the iPad.

Tracing Paper – Productivity

Tracing Paper is a simple yet elegant universal application for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch that helps you practice and improve your drawing and sketching skills by giving you a blank translucent canvas with a clean and simple grid on which you can trace anything you wish as often as you like. I believe it will be great for anyone who enjoys drawing or for kids that just want to play around!

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iPhone case got a new look from Moscase

The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart rate monitor, a grappling hook, or a backup battery? Now you can.

Moscase comes to use from Hungary and is being crowdfunded to the tune of $150,000. The case protects your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and has a removable back. You can quickly snap out the back and replace it with one of the optional tools, turning your case into a breathalyzer, a speaker, or even an e-ink screen for reading.

The device comes in two parts. The bumper without a backplate can sense your pulse, temperature, and body impedance AKA how fat you are. It costs $129 and comes with a “passive” backplate. A model with one “active” backplate costs $219. I think the e-ink solution is the coolest, allowing you to read on the back of your phone, saving your battery for more important work.

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Obviously all this is pretty pricey but it’s a cool way to add lots of sensors to your iPhone for not much money. I met one of the founders in Budapest and he told me that they found traction at home but not abroad and, when they ship in June, you’ll have plenty of time to play with your new case before Apple releases the iPhone 7 with USB-C and a huge rear camera.

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India wants a neutral Web, and Facebook’s Internet.org can’t be a part of it

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It’s been a little over two weeks since a major public debate on the issue of net neutrality kicked off in India, and things have been hotting up ever since.

We reported that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently released a paper outlining the framework for over-the-top services (OTTS) like search engines, video platforms and social networks, and invited citizens to voice their opinions on the licensing of internet services in the country.Since then, savvy Indian Web users have been hard at work getting the word out. One Change.org petition has received nearly 240,000 signatures.Meanwhile, SaveTheInternet.in helps users send a lengthy plea in support of net neutrality to the TRAI with a couple of clicks.

Local comedy act All India Bakchod also launched a video that features the team’s well-known stand-up comedians explaining the issue and urging viewers to write to the TRAI by April 24.

To date, the regulator has received over 600,000 emails from netizens voicing support for net neutrality. Unfortunately, SaveTheInternet India’s investigation has shown that the TRAI’s paper includes misleading edits of quotes from The Economist’s articles on net neutrality, which are biased towards telecom operators and internet service providers (ISPs). So it’s not clear if the organization can be completely trusted to accurately represent people’s sentiments in its report.

Ultimately though, it’s not the TRAI that will pass legislation or make amendments. That’s down to the Department of Telecommunications, which is part of the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology.

The regulator can only make recommendations to the DoT, which can apply or ignore them as it sees fit.

The ministry has set up a committee [PDF] to consider net neutrality. It will publish a report in the second week of May.

Once it has made a decision, the DoT can make changes either by amending the license agreements [PDF] it makes with mobile and broadband providers, or by issuing a notification to them under the IT Act (2000).

The department could also consider amending the IT Act itself to add stronger net neutrality provisions. However, that would need to go through parliament and would take significantly longer.

Zero-rating services

Over the past few days, the debate has focused on mobile operator Airtel’s upcoming Zero services, which lets companies pay to offer their internet services to users at no charge — including those who don’t even have a data plan.

This is what’s called a zero-rating service. While it does bring the benefit of free internet access, it violates net neutrality principles, as the bouquet of sites and apps available are controlled by providers.

For the ISPs themselves, there’s plenty of money to be made. Content providers and online services will have to bear the cost of data usage by consumers, and ISPs can dictate how much those audiences are worth.

This makes it hard for companies with limited budgets to compete with established players. It also limits users’ choice of sources of information and services.

Major online retailer Flipkart was said to be in talks with Airtel to sign up for Zero and allow mobile users to shop online through the company’s app without incurring data charges.

Twitter and Facebook users began to attack the e-commerce giant for disregarding net neutrality, and even posted 1-star ratings and negative reviews to its Android app on Google Play.

The company then announced that it is no longer considering signing up to Airtel Zero.

Similarly, Cleartrip, a travel ticket platform that lets users book seats on flights, buses and trains, has opted out of Facebook’s Internet.org program. The company was joined in its decision by others on the platform like NDTV, Times Group and Newshunt.

Cleartrip clarified its stance in a statement:

“The recent debate around #NetNeutrality gave us pause to rethink our approach to Internet.org and the idea of large corporations getting involved with picking and choosing who gets access to what and how fast. What started off with providing a simple search service has us now concerned with influencing customer decision-making by forcing options on them, something that is against our core DNA.So while our original intent was noble, it is impossible to pretend there is no conflict of interest (both real and perceived) in our decision to be a participant in Internet.org.”

Even Facebook acknowledges that Internet.org is in its own interests. On a recent earnings call, Facebook’s finance chief Dave Wehner said, “I do think that over the long term, that focusing on helping connect everyone will be a good business opportunity for us.”

Wehner explained that if Facebook becomes one of the top services in these countries, “then over time we will be compensated for some of the value that we’ve provided.”

Leo Mirani of Quartz makes a great case against zero-rating, as it allows services to dominate Web experiences for users. He takes the example of Facebook:

“If the majority of the world’s online population spends time on Facebook, then policymakers, businesses, startups, developers, nonprofits, publishers, and anyone else interested in communicating with them will also, if they are to be effective, go to Facebook.That means they, too, must then play by the rules of one company. And that has implications for us all.”

However, Mark Zuckerberg believes otherwise and still stands behind Internet.org. In an article in today’s Hindustan Times, the Facebook CEO said:

“Arguments about net neutrality shouldn’t be used to prevent the most disadvantaged people in society from gaining access or to deprive people of opportunity.Eliminating programmes that bring more people online won’t increase social inclusion or close the digital divide. It will only deprive all of us of the ideas and contributions of the two thirds of the world who are not connected.”

My take on zero-rating is that it may indeed offer short-term benefits, but in the long run, could end up empowering telecom operators to control what we see online and how we use the internet.

If the idea is to bring free Web access to those who can’t afford it right now, there are other ways to go about it — such as offering limited data for free, or subsidising internet access — without creating a walled garden of services and content.

Privacy

In order for internet providers to ‘manage’ bandwidth and internet speed for various kinds of traffic, such as VoIP calls and streaming video, they will have to monitor your browsing activity… closely.

ISPs can use what is called Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to look at what sort of content you’re accessing online. The Centre for Internet & Society, a non-profit organization in India, queried two state-run ISPs about whether they used DPI; both BSNL and MTNL said they don’t deploy DPI on their networks.

It’s harder to coax such information out of private ISPs, but there’s reason to believe that some of them do. For example, Airtel mentioned its plans to charge mobile users different rates for VoIP services than their standard data plans last year — the only way they could implement such an initiative is if they actively kept tabs on your Web traffic.

It’s one thing for ISPs to monitor types of bandwidth for the purpose of creating different speed lanes, but such programs could easily lead to increased collection of data on users’ browsing habits. That data could then be sold to third parties or even stolen by hackers.

Is there hope for net neutrality in India?

It’s hard to say, because there are so many moving parts in the country’s massive and convoluted machinery. As mentioned above, both the DoT and TRAI are looking into the matter and will publish reports soon. However, the DoT is not legally required to take the regulator’s recommendations on board.

If it opts to amend license agreements or issue notifications — both of which are executive actions that don’t require new legislation — the government agency could settle the matter in less than a couple of months, based on its handling of previous cases.

But there is always the threat that the country’s rampant corruption could rear its ugly head, steering decisions in favor of organizations with deep pockets.

It’s heartening though that Indian Web users are coming together in greater numbers than ever before to fight for a neutral and open internet. The energy on social networks and blogs around the country is palpable. The net neutrality campaign in India won’t go down without a fight.

Thanks to Amlan Mohanty, a Bangalore, India-based IP lawyer.

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WikiLeaks releases a searchable archive of hacked Sony Pictures emails and documents

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WikiLeaks today released “The Sony Archives,” a searchable online database that the organization claims contains the 173,132 emails and 30,287 documents that were stolen as part of the 2014 Sony Pictures hack.

According to WikiLeaks, the archive details email exchanges between the company and the White House, with “almost 100 US government email addresses” in the database.

Some of the emails offer insight into the connection between Sony and the Democratic Party, such as Sony employees’ attendance at a fundraising dinner and campaigns to help get Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo elected.

“This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation,” WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said in the press release. “It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”

Following the hack in 2014, the White House named North Korea as the attacker behind the hacks in retaliation for the release of the film “The Interview,” in which the main characters plot to kill Kim Jong-un.

Since then, President Obama has made moves against cyber threats, such as the establishment of a new cybersecurity agency and the recent order for the American government to authorize sanctions against individuals or entities who threaten US national security.

Many of the leaked documents also made headlines last year when they disclosed the titles and scripts of upcoming movies from Sony Pictures, the salaries of actors who appeared in “The Interview” and private email exchanges between celebrities and Sony, among others.

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5 cool new features in iOS 8.3

5 cool new features in iOS 8.3

Apple released iOS 8.3 last week, but it didn’t really divulge many of the newest features that you can use in your workflow now. After upgrading your device, here are five of the coolest features you’ll find in the latest iOS update.

1. Password not required for free downloads

With the iTunes App Store, if you don’t have Touch ID enabled for purchases, you can easily tweak the password settings so that you no longer have to enter the password when downloading free items from the iBook Store or iTunes App Store.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to iTunes & App Stores | Password Settings
  3. Select either Always Require or Require After 15 Minutes
  4. Disable the toggle for Require Password (Figure A)

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Disabling this option will no longer require you to enter your password when downloading free items.

2. Wireless CarPlay

If you utilize CarPlay in a compatible car, you’ll love this new feature. With iOS 8.3 and compatible CarPlay systems, you can now use CarPlay from your device without the need to plug your device into your car. Consult your particular CarPlay system to find out how to enable this feature.

3. Siri speakerphone calls

You can now make speakerphone calls using Siri in iOS 8.3. Use Siri as you normally would to call a contact, but add “using speakerphone” after the comment. For example, you can easily call a contact by saying the following phrase to Siri:

“Call [Contact Name] using speakerphone”

When you do this, Siri will initiate a call per normal; however, the call will be placed on speakerphone, allowing you to be completely hands-free with the conversation. Pair this with the “Hello Siri” command to wake Siri when your iPhone is plugged in, and you can start a phone call on speaker without ever needing to touch your phone.

4. Filtering iMessage conversations

The Messages app includes a new feature that lets you easily filter out messages based on people who are in your contacts list and those who are not. To enable this feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Navigate to Messages
  3. Locate the Filter Unknown Senders toggle, and ensure that it’s switched ON

After doing this, whenever you navigate to the Messages app, a new toggle will appear at the top of the view that lets you switch between Contacts & SMS and Unknown Senders (Figure B).

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This feature lets you easily determine which messages you want to focus on at a particular time.

5. Report iMessage spam

If a sender is not in your contact list in iOS, and you receive an iMessage from them, you can now report their message to Apple as a junk message. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messages app
  2. Select a message thread that you want to report as junk
  3. At the bottom of the message list, you’ll see a new button that says Report Junk. Tapping this button will mark the message as Junk and report it to Apple (Figure C).

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Marking a message as Junk automatically reports the sender to Apple.

What other cool new features have your discovered in iOS 8.3? Let us know in the discussion thread below.

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