caption Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo cook food in the Kagoma reception centre within the Kyangwali settlement on April 10, 2018 in Kyangwali, Uganda. source Jack Taylor/Getty Images Bill Gates likes to tout himself as a pretty sunny guy. He regularly asserts that the world is getting better every day, in spite of the fact that the price of a loaf of bread is climbing, many people can no longer afford to buy a place to live, and free and fair elections are consistently under threat. Gates remains undeterred. “Overall, I’m quite optimistic,” he told a crowd of Harvard students in April. He uses hard numbers to back up this persistently cheery outlook, pointing out that since the $50 billion-plus Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation began in 2000, the number of extremely poor people around the world has fallen sharply. Since then, over one billion previously impoverished people have busted out of a so-called “extreme … [Read more...] about The CEO of The Gates Foundation says we’re approaching a dangerous tipping point in global poverty. We still have time to reverse it.
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Tech companies are facing scrutiny like never before. As Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation says, the mood had turned around completely since 2010 – the year of the Arab Spring, when web companies were hailed as a tremendous force for positive change.Then, social media was a way for people whose voices were stifled by mainstream media channels to spread awareness and organize protests.Now, Facebook and Twitter are struggling to encourage civil conversations, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal has thrust their privacy practices into the public eye.Against this backdrop, Mozilla (creator of Firefox) has updated its manifesto – a set of guiding principles the non-profit organization uses to direct its work. We spoke to Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, about the reasons for the update and the role of tech companies in society today.A disturbing setting"We’ve always been a technology organisation that’s … [Read more...] about Mozilla: “To have a healthy society, you need a healthy infrastructure”
According to a leaked schematic originally published by French tech blog Nowhereelse, the upcoming Apple iPad Air 3 will come with a number of small but important hardware tweaks. Before we get to the full details, it should be noted that the source is said to have an on-off track record when it comes to reporting on upcoming Apple devices. As such, make sure to digest this information with a healthy dose of skepticism. Probably the most interesting new hardware shown by the alleged leaked schematic is an LED flash on the back. None of the previous iPad models came with an LED flash, a decision that seemed to suggest that Apple isn't fully supporting tablet photography. Despite the lack of an LED flash, however, many iPad users routinely snap pictures with their iOS tablets. As such, the introduction of an LED flash - should the feature become a reality - has every chance of being interpreted as a sign that Apple is getting behind iPad photography. Unfortunately, however, … [Read more...] about Apple iPad Air 3 tipped to come with LED flash, four speakers
A smartphone without a battery is like a time machine without a 1.21-gigawatt nuclear power source. In other words, it is useless – the battery is what provides that magic juice every smartphone needs to operate. Unfortunately, even if you take good care of your smartphone's battery, it will inevitably degrade over time and lose some of its charge capacity. At that point, it might be hard to tell if the cell is still in good health or in need of a replacement. That's why we thought we'd share a few tips on the matter.Perform a visual inspectionYou don't need to be a rocket scientist to tell a faulty battery from a healthy one. In fact, some common battery failures are easy to spot with a naked eye. If the battery of your phone is removable, simply take it out with caution (after turning the phone off, of course) and look for symptoms like bulging, corrosion near the metal terminals, and green or white-ish stains. These are all signs that the cell is about to kick the bucket. … [Read more...] about How to tell if your smartphone’s battery is healthy or bad (iPhone and Android guide)
Bet you didn't know your Mac could do all this Now that macOS High Sierra has been out for about six months, you might be trying to find out what features and tricks have slipped under your radar, whether you’re a Mac newbie or an Apple II veteran. Luckily, there is such a plethora of secrets hiding beneath the surface of macOS that it’s essentially a Pixar movie.Once you get past the beautiful mountain landscape that is the default desktop background, you’ll find an extremely intuitive piece of software, with a UI that is easier to grasp than you may have believed in the past. And armed with this guide to the 50 best Mac tips we could think of, you’ll be a master of all things Mac in no time flat – just like the TechRadar staff that created this list.Neither formal nor exhaustive, this easily digestible list comprises the 50 top Mac tips we could think of and organizes them into bite-sized slides. Click or tap ‘Next’ to dive in.Linux, Windows … [Read more...] about The 50 best Mac tips, tricks and timesavers