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Nissan concept uses recycled Leaf batteries to power camping trips - Could open a new market

Date Published: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:24:41 +0200

Nissan concept uses recycled Leaf batteries to power camping trips - Could open a new market

Nissan has sold more than 350,000 Leafs since the car debuted in 2011, and as they’ve aged, the company has thrown around a lot of ideas about how to recycle their batteries. The latest idea: a smart pop-up camper powered by old Leaf battery cells.

The camper concept was developed in partnership with off-road camping manufacturer Opus. The Leaf-powered pack in the concept camper stores just 700wH, and has a maximum output of 1kW — a small slice of a typical Leaf battery, but still plenty to power all the electronics in the camper for a few days, including multiple USB sockets, LED lighting, a 4G hotspot, as well as the included portable microwave, dual-burner gas stove, and fridge. A 400W solar panel can recharge the battery pack in two to four hours, according to Nissan. But the pack can also be removed and plugged directly into any 230V outlet.

Just a concept for now but used EV batteries are actually great as static storage for a second life. Of course, if you have Leaf you could just go camping with it?

See https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/18/18229946/nissan-concept-recycled-leaf-batteries-power-camping-trips

#batteries


Nissan concept uses recycled Leaf batteries to power camping trips
Go off the grid and green at the same time

We’re 10 days away from new mobile data laws (out of bundle protection) in South Africa – here’s what...

Date Published: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:10:56 +0200

We’re 10 days away from new mobile data laws (out of bundle protection) in South Africa – here’s what you need to know

South Africa is 10 days away from new data regulations – with mobile customers soon to be spared from out of bundle charges, unless they choose to opt in.

The amended End User and Subscriber Services Charter (EUSSC) Regulations will come into effect on 1 March, which will prevent mobile operators from automatically charging out of bundle data rates for customers who do not opt into the service.

The regulations also state that mobile operators must send usage depletion notifications (SMSes) as customers consume their data bundles.

Good news as many subscribers got caught by surprise - myself included once.

See https://businesstech.co.za/news/mobile/300412/were-10-days-away-from-new-mobile-data-laws-in-south-africa-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

#southafrica


We’re 10 days away from new mobile data laws in South Africa – here’s what you need to know
South Africa is 10 days away from new data regulations – with mobile customers soon to be spared from out of bundle charges, unless they choose to opt in.

When India Kicked Out Coca-Cola, Local Sodas Thrived - But it can also happen with software too...

Date Published: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:53:20 +0200

When India Kicked Out Coca-Cola, Local Sodas Thrived - But it can also happen with software too...

It's always interesting (frustrating) to me to see how an organisation starts to buy an outsider service (the latest hype one is a cloud service) and then becomes even more dependent on it over time as they let their internal skilled resources shrivel and die. Don't think external service providers don't know this as their first prize is to feed your dependence and then secure your lock-in... It's then very difficult to switch providers or pull the service back internally as now you don't really have those skills internally to take it over or to even successfully judge the external provider.

You end up then with your local service providers just marking up a foreign service and dropping the boxes off. There are lots of disguises in the form of digital villages, skills transfers, etc but when you are paying double or triple and getting a token 15% back who is being fooled?

To quote an unsavoury part of South Africa's own past it was isolated through sanctions during the Apartheid years and its defence force allowed local industries to innovate and thrive. I'm certainly not promoting going back to that era but it is interesting what effect it has on a local industry to push all the investment their way and let them innovate with it. The money is now 100% directed at local manufacturing and jobs.

Instead in South Africa, we've been seeing our software innovation around Ubuntu Linux and Elon Musk's Zip2 being snapped up overseas. I suppose you have to decide at a fundamental level as a country/organisation whether you want to be a net consumer or producer...If you remain a consumer you will be dependent and have to continue paying someone else whatever you are charged. But the slogan "Nobody Gets Fired For Buying IBM" still seems to ring true...

See the Indian soda story though at https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-thums-up


When India Kicked Out Coca-Cola, Local Sodas Thrived - Gastro Obscura
Some still reign today.

How to test your VPN security for leaks inc DNS leaks

Date Published: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:27:23 +0200

How to test your VPN security for leaks inc DNS leaks

Yes, I know I seem to be reading many articles that keep promoting VPN services and I have mostly just ignored them but this one does, after you've scrolled past the 4 VPN services being promoted, have a link to a pretty thorough leak test for your VPN service. I'm using ExpressVPN and it passed all tests with zero leaks.

See https://www.addictivetips.com/vpn/test-vpn-security/

#dnsleak #vpnsecurity


How to test your VPN security for leaks
A VPN is arguably the best tool you can use to bypass regional restrictions and beat censorship blocks. It works by masking your real IP address and making

The MeWe social network made a tool to import your Google+ data (Posts and Collections) to their platform...

Date Published: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:59:46 +0200

The MeWe social network made a tool to import your Google+ data (Posts and Collections) to their platform

The MeWe social network has just announced that they have made a tool that will import your Google+ data to their platform. The tool is simply called the G+ MeWe Importer. The tool is expected to go live on March 12th, possibly even sooner.

Here are some of the details of this G+ MeWe Importer tool:
* Move your public G+ posts to MeWe as open posts on your MeWe timeline (dated and ordered the same as they were on G+).
* Move your public collection and community posts to MeWe and create open posts on your MeWe timeline (dated and ordered the same as they were on G+) with the collection or community name as a #hashtag.
* They’ll make improvements to the G+ MeWe Importer after launch, including the ability to import your data from Circles onto MeWe, which is expected to be live April 1.
* To make your transition to MeWe easier, by the end of March a “posting to close friends” feature will also go live on MeWe.
* To make your transition simple, they suggest you do two things right away – download your G+ content in JSON format and create your MeWe (https://mewe.com) account. Note my data export from G+ was around 10GB and too big to fit on my GDrive so I'm putting mine off for later in March.

Clever MeWe as this will likely pull a lot of G+ users across to them. Does anyone know of other social networks that are close to importing G+ data into their network?

See https://techaeris.com/2019/02/15/the-mewe-social-network-made-a-tool-to-import-your-google-data-to-their-platform/

#mewe #googleplus


The MeWe social network made a tool to import your Google+ data to their platform
The tool is called, the G+ MeWe Importer. The tool is expected to go live on March 12th, possibly even sooner.

Mounted my DIY VHF Antenna made from solid brass brazing rods

Date Published: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:54:57 +0200

Mounted my DIY VHF Antenna made from solid brass brazing rods

This is now replacing the previous one I had made out of 2mm copper wire as its vertical blew off in the gusting wind due to the solder joint not being very strong on the weak centre pin of the UHF panel mount connector.

The new one is using choc block connectors (the brass part) to screw on the vertical and radials onto the panel mount UHF connector. It sounds better but I'm still not happy with it as the choc block connectors cannot be screwed very tight (brass is a bit weak and the first one I screwed on just split) so I used a clear epoxy resin which I hope will prevent it working loose in the wind. The vertical was again a problem with that thin centre pin but I bout a small 4mm brass sleeve that I drilled the centre out with a Dremel to 3mm so it could fit tightly over the centre pin. Then the vertical brazing rod with its choc block connector fitted quite tightly over that sleeve, with more epoxy resin.

It's receiving quite well on my SDR right now but not tested it yet on my actual radio.

#amateurradio #hamradio #antenna

17/02/2019


This wireless AI camera runs entirely on solar power and costs around $10 - Stick it in sunlight and...

Date Published: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:34:57 +0200

This wireless AI camera runs entirely on solar power and costs around $10 - Stick it in sunlight and it can transmit data pretty much indefinitely

Seattle-based startup Xnor is certainly right at the bleeding-edge. This week the company unveiled a prototype AI camera that runs entirely off solar power — no battery or external power source required. The camera has a piddling 320 x 320 resolution, an FGPA chip to handle processing, and is loaded with a state of the art object recognition algorithm.

You could, theoretically, stick a device like this anywhere outdoors and have it transmit data back to you indefinitely. It’s compatible with a few different low-energy wireless communication protocols (because Wi-Fi drains too much battery) which let it send information over tens of kilometers.

Yes, it's not high-end at all but it serves the type of purpose it may be needed more in remote areas where there is no power. There are already wireless AI networks that cover hundreds of square kilometres using this low-end wireless transmission.

See https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/2/15/18225972/tiny-solar-powered-ai-camera-xnor

#AI #solar


This wireless AI camera runs entirely on solar power
Stick it in sunlight and it can transmit data pretty much indefinitely

10 Benefits of Publishing Your App in the Snap Store [Video]

Date Published: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:31:37 +0200

10 Benefits of Publishing Your App in the Snap Store [Video]

Snaps need little introduction themselves. These versatile, distro-agnostic app bundles come furnished with all sort of bells and whistles, including transactional updates, auto-updates, roll back, security, permissions, and so on.

And developers are, clearly, taking advantage. There are several hundred apps available in the Snap store, including big-name software like Spotify, Skype and LibreOffice.

Clearly, snaps help defrag the many different Linux distro choices and make it for seamless for users, especially non-tech ones. Alan, or ‘Popey’ as he’s better known, reels off a compelling set of reasons why app developers may want to Snap their app up and make it available to the world via the snazzy Snap store. It is only 15 mins long and well worth watching.

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/02/why-create-a-snap-app-this-video-explains-all

#snaps #linux


10 Benefits of Publishing Your App in the Snap Store [Video] - OMG! Ubuntu!
Canonical's Alan Pope lists 10 benefits of publishing apps in the Snap store. His talk was recorded at the FOSDEM Linux conference in Belgium.

UK Government Invests In 350 New Charging Points for uptake of Electric Taxis

Date Published: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:59:28 +0200

UK Government Invests In 350 New Charging Points for uptake of Electric Taxis

The government has set aside £6 million for 17 councils to install electric car charging points that will support the uptake of electric taxis.

The local authorities, which are dotted around the country in cities such as Manchester, Brighton and Leicester, will build a combined total of almost 350 charge points. Of those, around 300 will be rapid chargers, while 46 will be fast chargers.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), around 800 ultra-low-emission taxis and some 3,000 private hire vehicles will make use of the charging points.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman said the new infrastructure would help the country make the switch to low-emission transport.

See https://insideevs.com/uk-government-invests-in-charging-points-for-electric-taxis/

#taxis #EV #UK


UK Government Invests In Charging Points For Electric Taxis
Councils across the country will install around 350 new charging points to support electric taxi uptake.

My G+ Music Technology Collection has a presence on MeWe

Date Published: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:40:06 +0200

My G+ Music Technology Collection has a presence on MeWe

You'll find all my posts for this Collection over there was well as on Youme Social, Minds, Mastodon, Friendica, Hubzilla, Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter. Links are on my G+ Profile About page.

See https://mewe.com/join/music_technology

#music


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