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Hit the Brakes on Killing People & Animals

Curated by CLAI

½ WORLD’S ANIMALS DEAD: We’ve killed roughly half of the world’s non-human vertebrate animal population since 1970. Tropical areas saw greater declines, while temperate regions – like North America – saw lesser drops. Habitat-wise, land and saltwater species saw declines of roughly 39 percent. But freshwater animals – frogs, fish, salamanders and the like – saw a considerably sharper 76 percent drop. Habitat fragmentation and pollution (think algae blooms) were the main killers of freshwater species.

Decrease of vertebrate species populations since 1970 (World Wildlife Fund/WAPO)

Decrease of vertebrate species populations since 1970 (World Wildlife Fund/WAPO)

NO TEXTING AND DRIVING APP: Katasi, installed under a car, stops all incoming and outgoing text from those in the driver’s seat.

  • The telematics box sends a wireless message that the car is moving. The phone sends its own message about its location. Both sets of information — from the car and phone — are sent to Katasi’s servers.
  • Then, an algorithm weighs the incoming data with other information, like the location of the phones belonging to all the people who drive the car and the starting point of the trip; if the trip starts at Junior’s high school, and mom and dad’s phones are at work, the driver has been identified — Junior is driving.
  • So what happens when husband and wife share a car and Katasi’s servers say that both are in the car at the same time with their phones? Which one is driving? At that point, Katasi generally doesn’t block the messages on the assumption that the passenger will prevent the driver from texting. The system is capable of blocking calls, email and other data, but initially the plan was to block texts.

 

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Social Life 2.1: Texting Decline, Apps for Sports and Keeping Track, and Facebook Ads

Curated by CLAI

TEXTING is on the decline. For the first time ever, traditional texting — the kind you do through your cell phone provider — has dropped in Britain. Bye bye texting and hello IMing!

Texting

Texting (NPR)

JOURNAL APPS: Keep track of your doings in 2014 with My Wonderful Days, Moleskine Journal and 1 Second Everyday. (NYTIMES VIDEO)

SPORTS 2.0: Upgrade Your Game – App-enabled sports technology promises to put a coach in your pocket and help you improve your game in baseball, golf and basketball. Does it work? (NYTIMES VIDEO)

FACEBOOK MARKETING allows ads in both News Feed and the side bar to increase clickage.