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Have you ever wondered who is funding politicians? Well, now you can find out, and it's all thanks to this 18-year-old entrepreneur.
18-year-old Nick Rubin has created a free browser plugin application that allows citizens to find out how much funding members of Congress are receiving, who they received it from, how that money influences elections, and how the Congress member made. The plugin is titled Greenhouse and is currently supported by Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Once the application is installed and you are looking at an article with a politician's name, the app will showcase that politician's top ten monetary influences. Rubin stated to Vice, "Greenhouse allows people to see the money story behind the news story." One of the app's sources of data is OpenSecrets.org, which is the official website for The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan and nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C. who tracks where the money used in politics is coming from.
It might only be a few state right now, but drone race betting is now a real thing -- and legal. Drone Racing League has teamed with DraftKings to make it happen.
There's only a few states where it is legal right now, but after future regulatory approvla it shouldn't be too long until other states take on drone race betting. If you didn't know what drone racing is, well operators will use drones and control them through first-person view (FPV) and race other operators.
As for the Drone Racing League, they're a pro-tier international league for drone pilots with super high-end custom high-speed UAVs that speed through courses in particular locations. DraftKings on the other hand is a sports betting operator that lets you place bets on sporting events.
We were all on our smartphones more this year with over 1.4 billion voice and video calls being made on New Year's Eve 2020 globally on WhatsApp... that's a helluva lot of calls, and a record number of calls made on a single day for WhatsApp.
The news comes directly from Facebook -- which owns WhatsApp -- and a new post on their website providing the world with some NYE celebration stats across their services. WhatsApp wasn't the only app lit up like a Christmas tree in terms of activity, but FB also owns Messenger, Instagram and Facebook Live.
All of these services were flooded with users but didn't come close to the 1.4 billion voice and video calls over WhatsApp, with over 55 million live broadcasts across both Facebook and Instagram globally on New Year's Eve.
Did you or anyone you know buy any apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on Christmas Day? If so, you contributed towards a record-breaking $407.6 million on Christmas Day alone.
Sensor Tower estimates that worldwide spending on mobile apps and mobile games has passed $100 billion for the first time ever -- but on Christmas Day alone they estimate spending reached an also-record-breaking $407.6 million for the day. This is an increase from the $303 million in 2019 -- an increase of 34%.
Interestingly, out of the $407.6 million on Christmas 2020 -- $295.6 million of that was on game-related purchases, while $112 million was on non-game purchases.
I'm sure you know someone in your life, or maybe you've even done it -- where you've wiped data on your phone or done a factory reset and forgot to back something up. Well, that's where Dr Fone comes in. Check out the introduction video:
Dr Fone started out as a normal iOS repair and recovery kit of software, but it quickly began to grow into a much larger toolkit. Dr Fone is available on both iOS and Android (as well as PC and Mac) but offers different features and functions between the operating systems -- the iOS version seems to be the better one. It has quickly become one of the best free iPhone data recovery software packages on the market.
The Dr Fone Toolkit is the perfect iPhone recovery software, it will show you how to recover data after factory reset iPhone, and even recover iPhone data lost after restoring to factory settings. It's like the perfect vaccine for your phone, from Dr Fone -- get it? The perfect software to recover iPhone data after restore.
With millions of parents home right now over COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing across the world, keeping your kids safe online has never been more important -- and that's where FamiSafe steps in.
FamiSafe and its Parental Control App offers you the ultimate in keeping your children safe online, available on both iOS and Android. The FamiSafe Parent Control App features including kids' location tracking, screen time limiting, website filtering, game & porn blocking, suspicious photos detecting and suspicious text detecting on social media app like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and more. Link family devices, keep your family safe.
As a parent, you cannot be behind your child watching every conversation they have with someone online, every website they visit, which videos they're watching, what games they're playing or what apps they're using. FamiSafe Parental Control gives you control over all of that, ensuring they're not doing something you don't want them to when they're online.
Coronavirus information is everywhere online, which means there's still quite a large amount of misinformation coming with it. To battle this misinformation, the World Health Organization is developing their own app.
According to a report by Reuters, the WHO is currently in the middle of developing a coronavirus app that will provide all that download it legitimate information regarding COVID-19. The idea behind the app is to provide education on the virus for people (especially in under-resourced countries) who might not have the resources to figure out if they have COVID-19, or if they have the symptoms.
The app will ask users a series of questions about their symptoms and then provide guidance for what that person should do next. The app is also rumored to have Bluetooth-based contact tracing, according to an official who spoke to Reuters. The app will apparently be released in about a month, and when it is, I'll be sure to update you with another post.
Many people around the world are quietly wondering if they have contracted the coronavirus COVID-19, and don't even know it yet. Well, now you can just ask Siri.
Apple has quietly rolled out a new update to Siri in the past week, inside of this update is a new questionnaire that Siri will ask people when she is asked: "how do I know if I have coronavirus?". Siri's questionnaire will run the person through a set of questions that will ask if you have any developing symptoms such as a fever or a cough. After those questions are answered, Siri will then advise the person to avoid contact with other people if you appear to be sick or infected in any way.
Siri's answers use US Public Health and CDC data, and if the answers become too complicated for Siri, she will point the user towards the App Store to download telehealth apps. These apps enable users to be able to contact health officials remotely for more answers. At the time of writing this, Google and Amazon haven't rolled out similar questionnaires for users, and instead, just refer users to official sources.
With many people in panic-mode due to the coronavirus, some nasty people are attempting to use the pandemic to make a quick buck or two. Here's how to avoid being a victim.
Many hackers and scammers are using the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a means of accessing people digitally and ripping them off. Some scammers are using phony coronavirus tracking websites that ask users to download an application so they can 'keep tabs on the spread'. Some people have done this and fallen victim to scams and data leaks, but now the exact same thing is happening in the app world.
According to DomainTools, many Android (and likely coming to iOS) apps are being seen in the wild that claim they are designed to track the spread of the coronavirus. These apps are not trackers, but in fact, are ransomware. DomainTools has titled some of these apps "CovidLock", as once the app is download, it locks the person's phone and requests a password for it to be opened. The app then asks the user to send $100 USD in bitcoin within 48 hours to a bitcoin address and says if this request isn't completed, then the app will leak the contents of the phone online.
As the coronavirus pandemic reaches millions, people from around the world are gathering under one hashtag to spread the fun of staying home in quarantine.
The hashtag that people are using is #stayhomechallenge, and it's currently trending on Twitter with over 75,000 tweets. Inside of this hashtag is a bunch of people who are sharing what they are doing while they are quarantining themselves. Some people are asking the general public what they can do to pass the time, and others are merely joking at the fact that they are introverted and have been preparing for this moment their entire lives.
On a more serious note, businesses such as Jimmy John's are also jumping in on the hashtag to remind people to stay at home as much as they can and that they can deliver food if needed. Most people that are jumping in on the hashtag are recommending people T.V shows and movies to watch, while others are recommending video games to play. This #stayhomechallenge represents that even in some of the toughest times people can come together and have a laugh and try and stay positive.