Month: April 2019

Why Volvo gave away the patent for their most important invention

Stumbled on this via the TIL subreddit. Volvo invented the three point speedbelt back in 1959 – then gave it away because saving lives was more important than profits. https://www.arnoldclark.com/newsroom/265-why-volvo-gave-away-the-patent-for-their-most-important-invention This is an important precedent for those currently working on the future of mobility. I trust that when saving lives is at stake, the likes…

What Is a Time-of-Flight Camera and How Does It Work?

Make Tech Easier explains ToF cameras beautifully https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-time-of-flight-camera/ There has been a lot of interest in ToF cameras lately. There are various potential security applications for these cameras. Interest heightened recently after Huawei launched its camera focused P30 phones.

Brave launches privacy aware ads, will pay users in crypto to view ads

Javascript inventor Brendan Eich’s browser startup Brave announced today the launch of what the company calls the first advertising platform build on privacy. Starting today, users of Brave’s latest release of the desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and Linux can choose to view privacy-preserving Brave Ads by opting into Brave Rewards. These users will receive…

I changed my phone’s language from English (US) to Kenyan English, here is what happened

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Annoyed by how WhatsApp keeps displaying dates in the nonsensical American way (04/23 not 23/04), I changed my phone’s language from English(US) to English (Kenya). A lot of interesting changes have appeared. Now WhatsApp says it’s 10.00 o’clock in the morning, not 10.00 a.m. Or 8.26 at night not 8.26 p.m. Lots of subtle differences…