Purdue University: Dark mode may not save your phone’s battery life as much as you think, but there are a few silver linings

Purdue University: Dark mode may not save your phone’s battery life as much as you think, but there are a few silver linings. “When Android and Apple operating system updates started giving users the option to put their smartphones in dark mode, the feature showed potential for saving the battery life of newer phones with screens that allow darker-colored pixels to use less power than lighter-colored pixels. But dark mode is unlikely to make a big difference to battery life with the way that most people use their phones on a daily basis, says a new study by Purdue University researchers. That doesn’t mean that dark mode can’t be helpful, though.”

‘Scumbags’: Influencers caught stealing rescue boat to fake saving people in Henan floods (SupChina)

SupChina: ‘Scumbags’: Influencers caught stealing rescue boat to fake saving people in Henan floods. “The boat-stealing influencers weren’t the only small-time social media personalities to use the deadly floods to grow followers, likes, and views. China Youth Daily reported (in Chinese) that in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, hundreds of influencers flocked to Henan, despite officials advising the concerned public to leave rescue work to professionals and not to go to affected areas to take up local resources.”

HuffPost: GOP Lawmakers Melt Down Over Having To Wear Masks Again

HuffPost: GOP Lawmakers Melt Down Over Having To Wear Masks Again. “On the advice of the congressional physician, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reinstated a mask mandate for all House lawmakers and staff members on Wednesday. The move comes amid rising cases connected to the delta variant of the coronavirus. The result has been a blow-up by House Republicans, with members erupting in fighting and yelling. ”

AP: Tenants prepare for unknown as eviction moratorium ends

AP: Tenants prepare for unknown as eviction moratorium ends . “The Biden administration announced Thursday it would allow the nationwide ban to expire, saying it wanted to extend it due to rising infections but its hands were tied after the U.S. Supreme Court signaled in June that it wouldn’t be extended beyond the end of July without congressional action.”

NBC News: Tokyo’s daily Covid-19 cases hit record high during Olympics

NBC News: Tokyo’s daily Covid-19 cases hit record high during Olympics. “A record number of new Covid-19 infections was reported by Tokyo’s metropolitan government Saturday, as health workers warned they were reaching ‘crisis levels.’ For the first time since the start of the pandemic, more than 4,000 cases were recorded in the Olympics host city, with 4,058 cases in 24 hours.”

Celebrating Mozilla VPN: How we’re keeping your data safe for you (Mozilla Blog)

Mozilla Blog: Celebrating Mozilla VPN: How we’re keeping your data safe for you. “Developed by Mozilla, a mission-driven company with a 20-year track record of fighting for online privacy and a healthier internet, we are committed to innovate and bring new features to the Mozilla VPN through feedback from our community. This year, the team has been working on additional security and customization features which will soon be available to our users.”

Search Engine Journal: How to Use GMB Posts & Facebook Events for Local Marketing

Search Engine Journal: How to Use GMB Posts & Facebook Events for Local Marketing. “Looking for new ways to market to a local audience? Google My Business Event Posts and Facebook Events are two great ways to get a little extra exposure. In this article, you’ll learn how to utilize Google My Business Posts and Facebook Events to gain extra exposure for your local business or clients.”

FiveThirtyEight: Where Marjorie Taylor Greene’s False Claim About COVID-19 And Obesity Came From

FiveThirtyEight: Where Marjorie Taylor Greene’s False Claim About COVID-19 And Obesity Came From. “Since the earliest days of the pandemic, researchers have been studying which kinds of comorbidities can make someone more likely to have a severe case of COVID-19 that could lead to hospitalization or death. After a year and a half, it’s clear obesity or old age does make someone more susceptible. But so do lots of other conditions. ”

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s New Soundmojis on Messenger

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s New Soundmojis on Messenger. “There are different ways of expressing yourself on Facebook Messenger. You can call, via audio or video, sent plain text messages, audio messages, or even use emojis, GIFs, and stickers to convey a message. In addition to that, you can also now use Soundmojis—emojis with sound—which makes chatting even better. This article will explain what Soundmojis are, how Soundmojis work, and how to use them in Facebook Messenger.”

WUSF: Google Plans To Expand Its Campus — Which Might Become Unsafe As Sea Levels Rise

WUSF: Google Plans To Expand Its Campus — Which Might Become Unsafe As Sea Levels Rise. “Google is expanding its campus in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company is planning to build offices as well as housing and green space near the shoreline, which is at risk from rising sea levels. And that’s raising the question of whether building there should happen at all. NPR’s Lauren Sommer has the story.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Calif. task force recommends public archive for digital campaign ads

San Diego Union-Tribune: Calif. task force recommends public archive for digital campaign ads. “A task force convened by the state agency in charge of enforcing the California Political Reform Act is recommending the creation of a digital archive to track online advertisements promoting candidates for state office. In a report released this week by the Fair Political Practices Commission, task force members say a public database of digital ads would help voters, researchers, journalists and others keep better track of campaign spending by state office seekers.”