Forbes: The Entrepreneur Who Is Using Video Games And Cryptocurrency To Protect Biodiversity

Forbes: The Entrepreneur Who Is Using Video Games And Cryptocurrency To Protect Biodiversity. “A free app, QuestaGame has captured the imaginations of children and adults alike. Players take photos of flora and fauna with the app on their phones. They earn points for sightings and the rarity of their location and season and gain special powers as they climb to higher levels.”

The Verge: Why NASA wants you to point your smartphone at trees

The Verge: Why NASA wants you to point your smartphone at trees. “NASA would like you to take a picture of a tree, please. The space agency’s ICESat-2 satellite estimates the height of trees from space, and NASA has created a new tool for citizen scientists that can help check those measurements from the ground. All it takes is a smartphone, the app, an optional tape measure, and a tree.”

TikTok Ban: Government Asks Apple and Google to Take Down TikTok From App Stores (News18)

News18: TikTok Ban: Government Asks Apple and Google to Take Down TikTok From App Stores. “India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has reportedly asked Google and Apple to remove the Chinese video sharing application TikTok from their app stores. This development comes just a day after the Supreme Court had rejected TikTok’s plea to stay a Madras High Court order from April 3, to put a ban on the app’s downloads.”

Lifehacker: Quickly Find a Nearby Scooter Using This App

Lifehacker: Quickly Find a Nearby Scooter Using This App. “I have admittedly been reluctant to embrace the scooters that are infiltrating our cities. In my neighborhood in San Francisco, you constantly have to be on the lookout to make sure an inexperienced rider isn’t going to mow you down on the sidewalk, and on weekends that sidewalk is also often literally blocked with piles of them. I hate them. But in my hometown in North Carolina, where there are considerably fewer of them, I see the appeal.”

Taking local news to the really local level: Using location data to deliver relevant local news (Nieman Lab)

Nieman Lab: Taking local news to the really local level: Using location data to deliver relevant local news. “Our way of exploring the issue was to test an app that sends people local news stories about where they actually are. Unlike national or international newsrooms that are incentivized to send or organize stories by continent, country, state, or city — local newsrooms can organize stories about neighborhoods, wards, counties, and towns. They write about block-level issues, and if technology lets us deliver stories by block now, the chances that a nearby local story will be relevant to someone increases significantly.”

TechCrunch: New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings

TechCrunch: New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings . “Jumbo saves you hours as well as embarrassment by automatically adjusting 30 Facebook privacy settings to give you more protection, and by deleting your old tweets after saving them to your phone. It can even erase your Google Search and Amazon Alexa history, with clean-up features for Instagram and Tinder in the works. The startup emerges from stealth today to launch its Jumbo privacy assistant app on iPhone (Android coming soon). What could take a ton of time and research to do manually can be properly handled by Jumbo with a few taps.”