Notebook app – Ziyaretci Defterim Tue, 14 Jun 2022 04:48:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Notebook app – Ziyaretci Defterim 32 32 Bridlington man swaps bins for business with new takeaway app Tue, 14 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000

Garbage collector Tom Cone ditched trash cans for businesses and launched his own app.

Tom said his final goodbyes to his fellow street scene crew at East Riding Carnaby Depot on Monday as he bid farewell to the duties of collecting rubbish, loading bins and picking up rubbish.

It’s now on track to do battle with some of the food industry’s biggest brands with its own takeaway app, aptly named Bridlington Eats. The company already has 27 independent local outlets that customers can choose from.

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Entrepreneur Tom said: “Suffering from depression during lockdown, I needed to get out. The early start with the guys and girls on the bins was great for me: the really nice company and the physical challenge left me cheered up!”

Tom moved to Bridlington just as the third lockdown was announced, but sadly a shoulder injury prevented him from continuing in that role. Luckily for Tom, a new opportunity soon presented itself.

Bored while his shoulder healed, undergoing physiotherapy and waiting for doctors to allow him to return to work, Tom spotted an opportunity to launch an app similar to JustEat, UberEats, Deliveroo and many others. However, his unique perspective would be to focus his efforts on Bridlington and the surrounding area.

Tom went from binman to businessman

Tom said, “Most people don’t realize that big brands charge up to 30% commission on takeout! And that’s not Just Eat…it’s just outrageous!”

Tom’s app offers all the bells and whistles of other apps, and he’s worked hard to sign up for many outlets so people have a good choice. With a charge of just 7.5%, Tom offers over 20% savings for the cafes, burger bars, restaurants and takeaways he recruits.

He continued: ‘When people switch to BridlingtonEats they know the outlets have a much better deal and that will help keep prices down.’

A particularly big issue in this time of runaway inflation, Tom is also helping to cross-promote Bridlington businesses through his creative and imaginative use of social media, competitions and Facebook posts. These include alerts on dodgy £20 notes seen by over 20,000 people!

Tom is also working to raise Bridlington’s profile on TikTok. You can see his latest promotion by by clicking here.

BridlingtonEats will launch in June.

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]]> Apple changes payment rules for third-party dating apps to comply with Dutch regulator”s order Sat, 11 Jun 2022 15:51:45 +0000

Apple has announcement a handful of changes to its rules around dating app payments to comply with orders from the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). If you recall, the regulator ordered the tech giant to allow third-party payments in locally available dating apps by January this year. A Reuters March report said the company had yet to join to orders in a way that is really in line with what the regulator wanted, however – so far, of course.

In its announcement, Apple said it has made user interface adjustments for third-party payments. As part of its efforts to comply with the ACM, it has started showing a warning whenever someone tries to pay with a third-party payment option, warning them that they will need to contact the developer for a refund. . As Reuters note, this warning was originally accompanied by a button that made it easy to opt out of using an external payment system. The ACM apparently didn’t approve of this button, so Apple had to remove it.

Apple also clarified in its post that even developers who already pay lower discounts are eligible for the reduced commission rates they charge on third-party payments. Back when the company said it would comply with ACM requirements, it revealed that developers paying a 30% discount would only be charged 27%. However, it was unclear whether developers who already pay lower rates to meet certain criteria, such as earning less than a million a year, will also benefit from the 3% discount. Apple clarified in its announcement that they will indeed pay lower commissions for third-party payments, so those who are only charged 15% will only have to remit 12% to the company.

In a statement published on its website, the ACM said that with these changes, “Apple will comply with the requirements that the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has set under European and Dutch competition rules.” The regulator also revealed that Apple had to pay fines totaling 50 million euros for failing to meet ACM compliance requirements in recent months. Apple, however, said it doesn’t believe some of the changes it needs to implement are in the privacy or data security interests of its users. “As we have said before,” the company added, “we disagree with the initial ACM order and are appealing it.”

Singapore Develops Asia’s First AI-Based Shark and Ray Fin Identification Mobile App to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade | Taiwan News Wed, 08 Jun 2022 03:00:00 +0000
  • Singapore National Parks Board, Microsoft and Conservation International are collaborating to create an AI-powered mobile app that visually identifies shark and ray species
  • Sharks and rays are in rapid decline. This joint innovation aims to address a key driver of this decline; illegal wildlife trade

SINGAPORE – Media outreach – June 8, 2022 – The Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), Microsoft and Conservation International have announced the launch of Fin Finder, Asia’s first mobile app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to visually identify shark species and illegally traded rays.

Shark fin species detection by Fin Finder. Rapid identification of shark and ray species will help officers quickly flag suspicious fin shipments for further DNA testing and combat the illegal trade in shark and ray fins.

Photo by: Microsoft, Conservation International and the National Parks Board of Singapore

Through tripartite collaboration, the mobile app was created by a Singapore-led team from Conservation International in consultation with NParks with support from the Microsoft AI for Earth program. The app will be used by Singapore National Parks Board officers to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

In accordance with Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)[1], there are approximately 1,000 species of sharks and rays worldwide, of which more than 30 species are listed in Appendix II of CITES for regulated trade. In Singapore, more than 160,000 kilograms of CITES-listed shark and ray fins entered borders between 2012 and 2020[2]. The current process requires officers to collect fins from each shipment for DNA testing to determine its species. This takes on average up to a week.

Fin Finder streamlines this process by allowing officers to take photos of fins which will be compared against a database of over 15,000 shark and ray fin images via an AI-driven algorithm in the app. . In seconds, the AI-powered application running on Microsoft Azure will quickly and accurately provide visual identification of shark and ray species on site and allow officers to quickly flag suspicious fin shipments for testing. additional DNA in order to stop the illegal shark trade. and ray-finned.

Dhanushri Munasinghe, Project Coordinator, Conservation International Singapore said: “Sharks and rays play an important role in maintaining marine ecosystems by controlling other fish populations. If they were removed from our oceans, the consequences would be disastrous for the health of the oceans, which would affect us , as well as our food security. As the world’s most important transshipment hubs, Singapore is well placed to combat the illegal wildlife trade. Conservation International, backed by Microsoft and other partners, is delighted to support Singapore and the leadership of the National Parks Board of Singapore in conservation through the establishment of Fin Finder”.

Dr Adrian Loo, Group Director Wildlife Management, NParks, said: “When wildlife is traded illegally, the consequences are far-reaching for many ecosystems, economies and communities around the world. By using cutting-edge technology in the creation of Fin Finder, we can strengthen the fight against the trade illegal shark and ray species under CITES regulations and strengthen Singapore’s ability to conserve valuable biodiversity. The collaboration with Microsoft and Conservation International also reinforces the importance of collective public and private sector efforts in combating the trade illegal wildlife.

Ivonne Higuero, Secretary General of CITESsaid: “The first step in ensuring that international trade complies with CITES regulations comes with the sometimes difficult process of identifying species in trade. Fin Finder is a welcome and innovative addition in fin identification and will complement other tools such as iSharkFin. It will provide customs and law enforcement officials with an easy-to-use tool that will contribute to international trade in CITES-listed species that remains legal, traceable and sustainable.”

Beyond identifying illegally traded shark and ray fins, Singapore National Parks Board officers will also use Fin Finder as a one-stop repository of relevant shark and ray species. The app also provides on-site access to reference documents that can be used for validation of permits or CITES-approved shipping documents. This feature should reduce the time and effort spent validating shipments, allowing officers to help bring the illegal wildlife trade to a faster end.

Fin Finder, a complex AI and cloud-based mobile app that runs on Microsoft Azure, was created in just nine months to fill a pressing need. The project was led by a Singapore-based team that was supported by a highly collaborative consortium of global conservation and technology experts, with resources, data and volunteer contributions from Microsoft, Conservation International, the Singapore National Parks Board , Sineurope Pte Ltd, Rumah Foundation, Coastal Natives and Wild Me.

Richard Koh, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Singapore, shared, “AI has the potential to solve critical environmental challenges. By taking AI tools out of the lab and into the hands of experts in the field, we can accelerate new solutions for a better world. That’s why we’re proud to support Fin Finder as it protects the world’s populations of sharks and rays and preserves the life of our oceans. By preserving wildlife with the help of technology, future generations can enjoy our world. natural, because we empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Fin Finder is a project of Microsoft AI for Earth, a global program that supports organizations applying responsible AI and cloud computing to solve critical environmental problems. The program is part of Microsoft’s AI for Good initiative, which aims to solve the world’s toughest problems, from climate change to agriculture, biodiversity and water. To date, AI for Earth has awarded 138 grants to individuals and businesses in over 45 countries around the world.

Learn more about FinFinder here and here.

Notes to Editor:
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement that regulates international trade in wild animals and plants to ensure that it does not threaten their survival.

[1] 39 CITES Appendix II, News from the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, January 2022 issue, p. 16

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About the National Parks Council

The National Parks Board (NParks) is responsible for improving and managing our city’s urban ecosystems in the wild. We are the leading agency for greenery, biodiversity conservation and the health, welfare and management of wildlife and animals. We also work closely with the community to improve the quality of our living environment.

NParks manages some 400 parks, 3,347 hectares of nature reserves, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Pulau Ubin and the Sisters Islands Marine Park. This is complemented by the extensive network of Nature Ways and the more than 300 km Park Connector network that connects major parks, nature areas and residential developments island-wide. Each year, we organize more than 3,500 educational and awareness programs in our various green spaces.

NParks has developed an urban biodiversity conservation model, which aims to conserve representative ecosystems in Singapore, where land is scarce. NParks also monitors and coordinates measures to improve the presence of biodiversity in our urban landscape.

NParks works closely with partners in the landscaping, horticulture, veterinary and animal medicine industries to increase productivity and provide training for all levels of the workforce. Improving industry skills will support Singapore’s vision of being a city in nature.

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Conservation International protects nature for the good of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork and finance, we highlight and secure the places in nature that matter most to climate, biodiversity and people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, businesses, civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.

In Singapore, Conservation International is a registered charity approved by the Charities Commissioner with the status of a Public Character Institute (IPC). Go to to find out more, and follow our work on , , , , and .


Finally, Apple’s iPad has a default weather app – TechCrunch Mon, 06 Jun 2022 20:12:18 +0000

Hell has frozen over, apparently. Today, Apple addressed a long-standing user complaint about the iPad by announcing that the device will finally get its own default weather app — some 12 years after the tablet’s debut, if you can believe it. Curiously, Apple had neglected to add this key app, despite acquiring weather app maker Dark Sky in 2020 and revamping the iOS Weather app with the launch of iOS 15. The company even went so far to deploy a iPadOS Home Screen Weather Widgetbut instead of launching a native app, it linked users to The Weather Channel website.

It was a less than ideal experience, as the site ( is cluttered with ads and isn’t the kind of clean, easy-to-navigate experience that Apple users expect. Apple never explained its thinking here, but the fact that it launched a weather widget for iPad without an accompanying app made it all weirder and weirder. Did The Weather Channel, owned by IBM, have an undisclosed traffic deal with Apple? Did Apple really think users would rather visit a website than a native app? Was it an antitrust thing? What was happening?!

While there were plenty of great third-party apps that users could rely on to access weather information on the iPad, it seemed odd that a flagship Apple device like this didn’t have such a basic utility at this point. stadium.

But today, during the keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced that the iPad would finally have its own weather app.

“We’re also bringing weather to the iPad, taking full advantage of the stunning display with beautiful animations like those soft moving clouds, heavy snowfall, and pouring rain,” noted Craig Federighi, vice-president. Apple’s Chief Software Engineering President, as he briefly presented the new features of the native application. The app isn’t that great, largely just an iPad-optimized version of the native iPhone app. But it will be a welcome addition.

Picture credits: Apple

The update coincides with The new feature of iOS 16 which allows users to customize their device’s lock screen with a live weather wallpaper that shows current conditions as they change throughout the day. Likewise, the iPad app will include these same types of animations – clouds, rain, lightning, snow, etc. The native app will also offer actionable weather modules that will allow users to explore areas such as forecast, temperature, precipitation, UV index. , air quality and more. When tapped, a window pops up and overlays the app’s home screen to show detailed information, Federighi explained.

Additionally, Apple followed up on the weather app news with the long-awaited launch of Weather kit. This development toolkit materializes Apple’s plans to allow third-party developers to build applications on top of Apple’s weather data – an area in which Apple had signaled interest with the acquisition of Dark Sky. It was an under-the-radar announcement that has bigger ramifications for the app industry, as it sees Apple introduce its own weather-related revenue-generating service.

As the company transitions developers from the Dark Sky weather service to WeatherKit, it says it will provide up to 500,000 API calls per month as part of its membership in the Apple Developer Program during the beta period and beyond. After this point, it will start charging at the following rates:

  • 1 million calls/month: $49.99
  • 2 million calls/month: $99.99
  • 5 million calls/month: $249.99
  • 10 million calls/month: $499.99
  • 20 million calls/month: $999.99

For comparison, the Dark Sky API had Free 1,000 free API calls, then charged $0.0001 for each subsequent call.

Apple says WeatherKit requires iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, or watchOS 9 and notes that REST APIs can be used for websites and other platforms. The Swift APIs for WeatherKit will require Apple OS Beta and Xcode 14.

The native weather app for iPad is rolling out with the release of iPadOS 16.

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Google will remove the Android Auto for Phone Screens app Sun, 05 Jun 2022 05:41:52 +0000

This move was already anticipated when Google removed the Android Auto for Phone Screens app from new Android 12 devices last year.

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Stock photo of a vehicle’s infotainment system used for representation purposes only

Google is removing the Android Auto for Phone Screens app that works through an in-app pop-up message, Verge reported. This feature is used by people who don’t have a car with the latest versions of Android Auto running on the infotainment screen as the app offers an in-car interface of Android which is safer to use when mounting the phone on a car dashboard. This move was already anticipated when Google removed the app from new Android 12 devices last year.

Until now, older smartphone users could still access the app, but now Google is finally removing the app from all devices. The Android Auto app for phone screens is an affordable and accessible solution that every vehicle owner can use to enjoy all the benefits of Android Auto. However, now they will either have to buy an expensive new headunit that supports Android Auto or buy a newer car to experience Android Auto.

(Also Read | Google updates Android Auto app with new split-screen interface)

The report says the move is part of a debacle due to Google’s “confusing plans” from 2019, when the tech giant wanted its users to switch from a phone-based Android Auto experience to Google Driving Mode. Assistant then to come. But then the latter was delayed and only released in 2020.

It was during this time that the Android Auto for Phone Screens app became the stopgap solution for using Android while driving, even though it didn’t have the latest car that supported Android Auto.

The report notes that Google Assistant’s driving mode isn’t a one-on-one replacement either, as the app’s linear approach receives prompts that could be distracting compared to the Android Auto interface. It could also cause users to fumble with a cell phone while driving if Google Assistant receives a bad voice request.

Date of first publication: June 05, 2022, 11:11 a.m. IST

App detecting jaundice in babies a success in Fri, 03 Jun 2022 10:57:20 +0000

A smartphone app that identifies severe jaundice in newborns by scanning their eyes could save lives in areas that don’t have access to expensive screening devices, suggests a study co-authored by researchers at the UCL (University College London) and the University of Ghana.

The app, called neoSCB, was developed by UCL clinicians and engineers and has been used to screen more than 300 newborn babies in Ghana for jaundice, following an initial pilot study of 37 new -born at University College London Hospital (UCLH) in 2020.

For the large-scale study, published in Pediatrics, the team tested more than 300 babies with the app, which analyzes images taken on a smartphone camera to quantify yellowing of the white part of the eye (sclera) – a sign of neonatal jaundice. Analysis of yellowness of the eye simply by looking is unreliable, and the neoSCB app can give early diagnosis of neonatal jaundice requiring treatment.

The study compared the effectiveness of the neoSCB app with conventional screening methods. Of the 336 babies tested by the app, 79 were newborns with severe jaundice, and the app correctly identified 74 of them. This is in line with the accuracy of the most common conventional screening method, a non-invasive device known as a transcutaneous bilirubinometer, which correctly identified 76.

The transcutaneous bilirubinometer works by measuring the yellow pigment under the newborn’s skin to give a measure of jaundice levels. All screening results are then followed by blood tests to determine the type of treatment required.

Dr Terence Leung (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) who developed the technology behind the app, said: “The study shows that the neoSCB app is as good as currently recommended commercial devices for screening newborns. severely jaundiced, but the application only requires a smartphone which costs less than a tenth of the commercial device. We hope that once deployed on a large scale, our technology can be used to save the lives of newborns in parts of the world that do not have access to expensive screening devices.

Dr Christabel Enweronu-Laryea (University of Ghana School of Medicine), study leader, said: “The neoSCB method was acceptable to mothers in the urban and rural communities where the study was conducted. Mothers have easily found ways to keep the baby’s eye open, most often by initiating breastfeeding.

Jaundice, where the skin and the whites of the eyes turn yellow, is common in newborn babies and is usually harmless. The yellowing is caused by a substance called bilirubin, which in severe cases can enter the brain, leading to death or disabilities such as hearing loss, neurological disorders such as athetoid cerebral palsy, and developmental delays.

Every year, severe jaundice causes approximately 114,000 newborn deaths and 178,000 cases of disability worldwide, although it is a treatable condition. Most cases of neonatal jaundice occur within the first week after birth, and routine screening for early diagnosis in high-income countries has reduced the risk of serious complications.

Newborns in low- and middle-income countries are generally at higher risk of severe jaundice or neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, due to lack of resources for screening. A commercial transcutaneous bilirubinometer usually costs around £4,000 per device, and blood tests require a large capacity. Additional factors such as a higher prevalence of home births and early postnatal discharge may contribute to reducing the number of newborns screened.

Babies in sub-Saharan Africa are also at greater risk due to a high prevalence of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, which is an inherited genetic condition associated with an increased risk of haemolysis – where blood cells red cells are broken down at a faster rate than they are made – and hyperbilirubinemia.

Lead author Dr Judith Meek (UCLH) added: “This app has the potential to prevent death and disability around the world in many different settings. It will reduce unnecessary hospital visits and enable potentially enable community health workers and parents to safely care for newborns.

A total of 724 neonates between the ages of 0 and 28 days were initially considered for the study. The 336 whose datasets were used for the article had had no prior treatment for jaundice. Babies born at less than 35 weeks, seriously ill or with very low birth weight were excluded from the final study. The app was tested with frontline healthcare workers and the babies’ mothers, who provided feedback on the usability of the app.

The study was supported by the Saving Lives at Birth Consortium and the UCL EPSRC Center for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Integrated Imaging in Healthcare.

Notes to Editors

This study is made possible through the generous support of Saving Lives at Birth partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of Norway, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada , the UK government and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

For more information or to speak to the researchers involved, please contact

Kate Corry, UCL Media Relations. T: +44 (0)20 3108 6995 / +44 (0)7539 410 389, E: or
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Christabel Enweronu-Laryea, Terence Leung, Felix Outlaw, Nana Okai Brako, Geneviève Insaidoo, Nana Ayegua Hagan Seneadza, Mary Ani-Amponsah, Miranda Nixon-Hill, Judith Meek; Validation of a sclera-based smartphone application for screening neonates with jaundice in Ghana will be published in Pediatrics on Friday June 3, 2022, 05:01 UK time / 00:01 ET and is under strict embargo until that time.

The DOI for this article will be 10.1542/2021-053600

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Sanlo, a startup that gives app and game developers access to financial tools and capital, raises $10 million – TechCrunch Thu, 02 Jun 2022 11:00:17 +0000

Sanloa San Francisco-based fintech startup that provides small and medium-sized games and app companies access to tools to manage their finances and capital to fuel their growth, raised $10M in series funding Led by Konvoy.

The startup was founded in 2020 by CEO Olya Caliujnaia and CTO William Liu, who both have a background in fintech and gaming. Sanlo provides companies with access to technology, tools and information that aims to help them achieve scalable growth. When Sanlo determines that the company could benefit from deploying capital, the startup helps by offering funding. Sanlo notes that this is not a venture capital fund that takes equity in exchange for financing or a lender that charges compound interest. The amount of financing provided varies, but it is non-dilutive capital, which means that Sanlo does not take any equity stake in the companies it finances.

Caliujnaia told TechCrunch in an interview that one of the differences between Sanlo and other fintech companies is its focus on game and app developers. She noted that while there are other companies that focus on other e-commerce or SAAS verticals, Sanlo is focused on gaming and consumer apps.

“We are a technology company, not a fund,” Caliujnaia said. “It allows us to act quickly and be transparent about how we work and how we arrive at the products we build and deliver to customers. We also build a full line of products, it’s not just about growth capital. Developers have other options through publishers, VCs, and banks, but these usually involve complex and time-consuming processes.

To start, Sanlo asks companies for certain types of data, including product data on how the app or game is monetized. Sanlo also obtains information on customer acquisition and retention, as well as marketing data and a subset of financial data. Its predictive algorithms then continuously monitor the company’s growth trajectory to surface insights to identify where and how the company can grow. Sanlo then provides businesses with access to capital.


Picture credits: Sanlo

Regarding the new funding, Caliujnaia said that Sanlo would use the money to create more products for developers and to recruit more people to expand its 15-person team.

“The plan is to develop more products and grow the team,” Caliujnaia said. “We are looking for passionate people to help us build better and faster. We work primarily with people in North America at this stage, but are open to talented people in other places around the world.

The funding round included participation from existing investors including Initial Capital, Portag3 Ventures, XYZ Venture Capital, London Venture Partners and Index Ventures. The funding round also included the participation of new investors, including Fin Capital, GFR Fund and a number of angel investors. Sanlo’s Series A funding comes a year after the announcement of $3.5 million in seed funding co-led by Index Ventures and Initial Capital.

As part of the funding announcement, Sanlo also revealed that it has partnered with HCGFunds to expand its capital pool to $200 million to provide funding to the developers it works with.

Sanlo has spent the past 12 months onboarding select developers and is currently working with dozens of companies. Caliujnaia said the company carefully selects companies to work with and checks in with them regularly to enable close collaboration. In one instance, Sanlo said he helped a large game publisher looking to consolidate and gain visibility into cash flow across multiple platforms. The company also helped a subscription-based consumer app developer who wanted additional financial bandwidth to get budget builders to boost monetization. In another case, Sanlo helped another game developer who was looking for predictable, non-dilutive capital to fund the development of their growing game portfolio.

Into the cumbersome world of electric vehicle charging and its ecosystem of apps Tue, 31 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000

There are dozens of applications that may be needed to locate an electric vehicle charging station and then charge that electric vehicle.Krystyna Lagowski/The Globe and Mail

Imagine if every gas station chain had its own exclusive pump network, which required every driver to download an app, create an account, and connect their credit card before they could fill up their gas tank.

And then imagine that every driver who wanted to drive across Canada had to download about 50 apps because there are so many networks.

This is precisely the problem faced by many electric vehicle (EV) owners in North America, especially those without home charging.

Each charger belongs to a network. And whenever you want to charge your car on a network you’ve never been before, you need to create an account. Only then can you charge your EV.

According to Simon Oullette, general manager of ChargeHub, a charger locator network based in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, the problem started in the early days of the industry.

“The people who were deploying the charging stations were making the hardware and the software, and had a venture capitalist mentality,” he said. Each network wanted to “own” the customer, so they could monetize the product. This created an awkward app ecosystem, making it difficult for EV owners to switch between networks.

A charger app shows where chargers are for a specific network, allows drivers to activate a charger from that network, and pay. There are also charger locator apps, which show the location of charging stations for many different networks.

No matter where it is located or which charging network it belongs to, however, a charging station usually does not generate enough funds to be self-financing, and that should not change any time soon. “Public EV charging alone is a losing proposition for whoever operates the charging station,” Oullette said.

It is generally up to the site host – whether it is a retail business, one of those rest areas on major highways, a municipal or private car park – to set the price. , or the price paid to use electricity, at the charging station, not the utility or the province.

When the host purchases the charger, the cost includes not only the purchase of the electrical “pump”, but also its installation (for DC fast chargers, this may require electrical infrastructure upgrades, breakdown of the concrete, trenches for underground lines, etc.), plus the cost of maintaining the charging station and any networking or payment processing costs, plus the cost of electricity to operate terminal. That’s more than the revenue that will be generated from using the station over its lifetime, according to Oullette. This is why many public charging stations are located in merchant lots. While people wait for their car to charge, they often go shopping, which subsidizes the cost of chargers.

Oullette notes that rising charging costs at public charging stations will likely discourage use, since most EV drivers can charge at home, unless they’re traveling out of town. There are a few high-traffic sites with multiple charging stations that can generate profit, such as highway rest areas along the main road between two cities, but these are a minority.

As a result, most networks do not view the EV driver as their customer, according to Oullette. Their business is to sell the charging station to the host entity, be it a donut shop or a commercial real estate developer. That’s how they make money.

Oullette says most accommodation entities typically pay chargers out of their marketing or corporate social responsibility budget. They pay for hardware, installation, and construction upfront, while maintenance, networking, and electricity costs are usually paid monthly. Repairs can be paid for if necessary. Some shipper organizations are beginning to offer an equipment rental option to reduce the initial cost.

But times are changing as quickly as new models of electric vehicles are hitting the market. Former fossil fuel players such as Petro-Canada, automakers such as Volkswagen and regional electric utilities are joining the electric vehicle charging industry. Their focus is less on keeping the driver to themselves than on providing a good user experience as the chargers work together.

For example, Brenna Strohschein, a marketing consultant in the Vancouver area, doesn’t have home charging, but only needs three apps to get around her 2014 Nissan Leaf. She uses two charging apps: BC Hydro and ChargePoint, plus the PlugShare charging locator app.

Although her Leaf only travels about 100 kilometers per charge, that’s fine for her. Strohschein and her husband both work from home and spend a lot of time at local parks with their two young children. They covered about 12,000 kilometers last year.

“We plan our activities around places where we can find refills, like BC Hydro’s free Level 2 chargers at the park,” Strohschein said. “But because of the stage of life we’re in, we don’t find it boring.”

Mélanie Nadeau, assistant director in Montreal, does not have home charging either. She initially downloaded about 10 apps when she bought her 2021 Chevy Bolt last year. However, Nadeau only uses three of them: the Circuit Electric/Electric Circuit application (from Hydro-Quebec), PetroCanada and ChargePoint.

Currently, Nadeau has six level 2 charging stations within a five-minute walk of his condo in the borough of Saint-Laurent, all of which are from the Electric Circuit/Electric Circuit. She is delighted that the two chargers are installed right in front of her building. “It will be especially good in the winter,” said Nadeau.

Another way to improve the EV experience for drivers is to make networks more compatible with each other. Some EV charging networks share information through their back-end software, creating a form of roaming. For example, EV drivers can use the ChargeHub Passport app to activate and pay for chargers on the Flo network, as well as Greenlots, Electric Circuit/Electric Circuit, SemaConnect, Blink and others.

In turn, EV drivers can use the Flo network to access other networks like Greenlots, Electric Circuit/Electric Circuit, eCharge, BC Hydro EV and ChargePoint.

It’s something Plug’n Drive’s Cara Clairman compares to the early days of ATMs.

“When ATMs first came out, you couldn’t use your bank card at another bank,” Clairman said. “Over time, Interac has been developed so that you can use any bank machine for a fee.”

She thinks some of the recently announced federal spending on EV infrastructure should be directed to supporting “interoperability” between EV charging networks. “That would be very helpful because interoperability is an expensive process,” Clairman said.

And because it’s expensive, that means it’s not a priority for EV charging networks. The process is long and complex, and networks must devote time and resources to make it work. Software systems must be analyzed and integrated in order to make them transparent to the driver of the electric vehicle.

According to Oullette, integrating a network into ChargeHub’s Passport system can take months.

“The federal government certainly has a role to play,” he says. “It’s such a losing proposition for people to deploy Chargers without the help of government funding. If Natural Resources Canada had conditions attached to its funding in terms of interoperability, that would be a good thing.

Create Lists in Style with the “Listy” Android App Mon, 30 May 2022 12:35:24 +0000

If you tend to create a lot of lists, Listing is an application that you may not know you need. Sure, you can create lists in any note-taking app, but that’s not the same as using a dedicated app for something like this.

Listy is a very good application to create beautiful lists

Along comes Listy, a really awesome Android app for creating lists. The lists in this app will be much more visually appealing than the lists in your note-taking apps, not to mention that the app can actually extract information from the links you provide.

So, for example, if you want to create a list of movies you would like to see, you can simply share IMDB links with the app, and the app will extract all the necessary information from those links. In other words, you will get featured image, plot, movie rating, etc.

You will of course be able to open each of these links from the application and simply mark them if you no longer need them. IMDb is just one example, of course, those links don’t have to come from there.

You can also create lists of video games, restaurants, books, etc. Yes, you can go even simpler than that and use this app for your grocery lists, and even use it as a bookmark app.

The user interface is simple, but pleasant to use

The app has a really simple yet awesome user interface. It works great, and it doesn’t require you to sign up or anything like that, you can start using it right away. All the content you enter stays on your device, in case you’re worried about privacy.

You can of course manually export and import your data and use it all on another device. Dark mode is also available in the app, but you’ll need to enable it manually.

Some planned features are the ability to share your lists and an optional backup system (so you don’t have to do it manually), while the company is also planning tablet, desktop and watch versions. ‘application.

You can check out some official screenshots below, and also try the app for yourself by getting it from the link below.

Listy App (Google Play Store)

Overview of each application preinstalled on the iPhone Sat, 28 May 2022 12:00:00 +0000

If you just got a new iPhone, you might be wondering what’s wrong with all those pre-installed apps. After all, there are a lot of them and Apple adds more from time to time.

If you want to know what are all the pre-installed apps on your iPhone, this guide is for you.

1. App Store

One of the most important pre-installed apps, the App Store app lets you download new apps to your iPhone. Whether you want a free app or want to spend some money on something premium, you can get it from the app store. There are hundreds of thousands of apps available for download, so there’s something for everyone.

2.iTunes Store

Similar to the App Store, the iTunes Store app helps you get new content on your iPhone. Although it does not download apps, it does help you download music, movies, and TV shows. The iTunes Store also lets you download new ringtones. If you’ve purchased anything from the iTunes Store in the past, it will save your past purchases so you can re-download them anytime.

3. Television

The Apple TV app lets you stream movies purchased with iTunes. If you have an Apple TV+ subscription, you can also stream Apple Originals. If you are not yet a subscriber, consider subscribing to Apple One which includes, among other things, an Apple TV+ subscription.

4. Face Time

FaceTime is one of the most popular iPhone apps. With FaceTime, you can video chat with other iPhone users, as long as you’re connected to the Internet. FaceTime even supports screen sharing.


5. Find My

Are you the type to lose your iPhone or other devices? If so, the Find My app might be the one you use regularly. Although you can’t use the Find My app without your phone, you can use it to find your MacBook, AirPods, and other devices. You can also use this app on a friend’s iPhone if you have lost your own device.


Safari is a browser application found on other Apple devices, such as MacBooks. This will be the app you can use to browse the internet. It will also save your most frequently visited websites on the homepage for quick access. If you prefer to use another app to browse the internet, there are other browsers you can download from the App Store.

7. Tips

If you just got your first iPhone, consider using the Tips app. This app contains useful information about navigating your device and configuring it to get the most out of it.

8. Settings

The Settings app is an app that you will most definitely use at some point. With Settings, you can change how your iPhone works. Here you can connect to Wi-Fi, toggle your brightness, change your wallpaper, and more.

9. Files

The Files app is an app you might not use much, but it’s an important app. With Files, you can download PDFs and other documents from the Internet and view them on your iPhone.

10. Mail

If you’re always on the go, you might want to take some time to set up the Mail app. With Mail, you can view all your emails and email accounts in one place. You can read and reply to emails on the go and even send documents from the Files app.

11. Pictures

The Photos app is where you can see all the photos you take. This will also be the app you use to view screenshots or photos you save from Safari. This app also contains folders that you can use to organize your photos.

12. Camera

What would the Photos app be without the camera? After all, most images in the Photos folder will be photos you take yourself. This is why the Camera app is so important. With the Camera app, you can take photos with the rear camera or selfies with the front camera.

Gone are the days when you had to write down the names and numbers of all your friends. With the Contacts app, you can store your friends’ names and numbers to call and text them anytime. When you get a new iPhone, you can transfer contacts during setup, so you won’t need to enter them again.

14. Cards

Many people will use their iPhone to browse. With Maps, you can turn your iPhone into a GPS device. It lets you navigate to any address and get real-time traffic data so you know when you’ll arrive.

15. Messaging

The Messages app is the app that allows you to send text messages to your contacts. If you text other iPhone users, you can send iMessages instead of text messages, which can be sent for free as long as you’re connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. You can also send images and voice messages.

16. Telephone

The Phone application is the application that allows you to make and receive calls. Here you can also check your voicemail and call logs. FaceTime calls are also recorded in phone call logs. You can also add your favorite contacts, which is similar to speed dialing.

17. Music

If you are a music fan, you might like to use the Music app. This application allows you to play your downloaded songs as well as songs from Apple Music. You can even follow friends on Apple Music to discover new songs.

18. Podcasts

The Apple Podcasts app offers thousands of popular podcasts available for streaming. All you have to do is find your favorite podcast and subscribe. The Podcast app will notify you of new episodes

19. Notes

Notes is a useful app that will help you organize your thoughts and remember things. With the Notes app, you can create lists, jot down ideas, and even create charts. The Notes app will also be backed up to iCloud, so you won’t lose your ideas.

20. Calendar

The Calendar app will help you stick to your schedule while on the go. You can use the built-in Apple Calendar app or add your calendar from another source like Google or Outlook.

21. Watch

Do you have an Apple Watch? The Watch app will make it easy to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone. Although not a useful application for everyone, this application will be useful for some.

22. Voice Memos

If you prefer saying things rather than writing them in the Notes app, you could use the Voice Memos app. Just open the app and tap the record button, then tap it again to stop recording when you’re done. The app will save all your recordings so you can listen to them later.

23. Apple Health

The Apple Health app lists different health records and tracks your activity. If you have an Apple Watch, you can integrate your data and track your stats here.

24. Wallet

The Wallet app is how you pay for transactions with your iPhone. With Wallet, you can configure how apps pay in the App Store or pay for orders in other apps like Uber Eats. You can also use Apple Pay in stores and online.

25. Translate

If you love to travel, the Translate app will come in handy. By speaking in the app, it will translate your phrase into another language. This app also works offline so you don’t need any data to use it.

26. Home

Do you have smart devices in your home, like lights and speakers? If so, the Home app will connect all your devices and help you control them from one place.

27. Weather

Want to know what the weather will be like today? Just open the Weather app to get a quick forecast. You can also add cities to see the weather there or get information before you travel.

28. News

Knowing what’s going on in the world can be useful, especially when you’re on the go. By opening the News app, you can get a news feed from your favorite publishers.


If you have investments, you should consider using the Stocks app. Here you can view all your favorite companies and funds to see how they are performing.

30. Reminders

Your iPhone has a handy Reminders app, which makes it easy to create lists. While the Notes app can also do this, the Reminders app helps you be productive and cross things off your list.

31. Books

Books is Apple’s own e-book and audiobook app. Unlike its competitors, you don’t need to pay a monthly subscription and instead can pay per book.

32. Shortcuts

Shortcuts is a useful app if you want your iPhone to automate tasks for you. For example, you can create custom battery notifications on your iPhone, to receive reminders when your battery starts to run low. The possibilities created by the Shortcuts app are nearly endless.

33. Utility Apps

Your iPhone also comes equipped with a variety of handy utility apps to take on the go. These apps are:

  • The clock
  • Calculator
  • Compass
  • Measure

These apps do exactly what their names describe.

Should you remove pre-installed apps?

Some users may not know this, but you can remove many pre-installed apps from Apple. But should you? After all, these apps are there to help you get the most out of your iPhone. Unless you need space, keeping these apps installed can be useful if you need them.

No matter what you decide to do, a better understanding of installed apps can help you get the most out of your iPhone.

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