This UN Tracker Shows That Even Far-Fetched Voluntary Pledges Actually Make a Difference

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The 17 goals of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are so broad and ambitious that they seem almost ludicrous.

For example: the signatories want poverty “to end in all its forms everywhere” by 2030. Sure.

Plus, countries can agree they will do their best to meet these goals, from reducing inequality to taking urgent action against climate change, but at the end of the day they’re all voluntary anyway. Let’s be real, it’s very unlikely this is going to happen as soon as 2030 (or ever, cynics may argue).

So why make these goals, and commit to them, in the first place?

The Our World in Data initiative set out to answer this question. Its SDG Tracker collects data from official sources, such as the UN and the World Bank, and organizes them in maps and charts to help us track the progress (or regress) towards each goal. It incorporates contemporary data as well as the Millennium Development Goals, predecessors of the SDGs, have achieved.

Some indicators show an unfortunate trend — the number of deaths from road accidents, for example, increased between 1990 and 2015. But things have improved in a number of key areas, from maternal and child mortality to deaths from HIV/AIDS. The number of people in extreme poverty dropped from from 2.2 billion in 1970 to 705.55 million in 2015.

Overall that tool shows us something critical about these voluntary, unrealistic goals: it shows they work. Lives of people around the world are better because of them.

That could mean that similar agreements could have their intended effect, too. The Paris Agreement, for example, is also voluntary. Though some argue that these commitments are nowhere near enough to save the climate, governments and corporations are now taking action in a way that seemed impossible before the deal.

This works because these voluntary schemes focus on the implementation of measures on the ground. The Montreal Protocol  the voluntary international agreement that reduced the number of CFCs entering the atmosphere  thousands of experts deployed to individual cities to help countries as a whole move away from CFCs.

The SDGs and the Paris Agreement work similarly, engaging businesses and administrations at the local level.

If that sounds boring, think of what it’s achieved so far: Protecting the ozone layer may have avoided as much as 2 million skin cancer cases, and while global population has more than doubled since the 1970s, extreme poverty has been cut in half. International voluntary pacts may seem just abstract PR, but the data shows that they may be the way to go if we want a better world.

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Tested: Hater, the dating app with a difference

If you’ve tried dating apps, you’ll know that most try to match people based on shared interests. Hater does things a bit differently…

Created by former Goldman Sachs banker Brendan Alper, Hater offers up topics, usually in the form of a gif, which you decide if you hate or not. They’ll then match you up based on your selected “hates” and the rest could be history.

Hater currently has a whole host of randoms topics including Boston Terriers, bubble baths, the sound of filing nails and even YouTube stars. Like Bumble and Tinder users swipe through the topics choosing either right or left depending if they like it or hate it and can skip altogether if no preference.

The app will then find your most compatible matches, giving you the option to see, in detail, what they like and hate. You can even choose if the app searches locally or across the world…

The rest is up to you, if you fancy giving it a go download Hater from the Google Play Store, happy swiping!

If you’re in a relationship and want to know if Hater would have matched you and your SO, ask yourself… how would you feel about their answers to the below:

Love or hate?

– Sudoku
– Eating straight from the fridge
– Will Ferrell
– The beach
– When someone you hate makes a joke
– Big cities
– Harley Quinn
– Community
– Pet sitting
– Thunderstorms

Have you used your smartphone to find love? Post your stories in the comments below…


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HomePod Diary: The best party gadget ever, and the difference between ‘really good’ and ‘great’

Friday morning, my HomePod arrived; Friday evening, we had a small party. And the belle of the ball was the HomePod.

We had a group of friends round for drinks and pizza. That seemed a good opportunity to put HomePod to the test – both to see what others thought of it as a speaker, and to allow friends to try Siri control …



Hyrule Warriors vs. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: What’s the difference?

Hyrule Warriors is coming to the Switch, but what makes it different from Breath of the Wild?

First, you finish Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Then you turn your sights to the expansions and you squeeze every last possible second of gaming out of that. You then lift your head from your Nintendo Switch as you start to surface from your Zelda-induced stupor. You are well aware of the fact that there are other games out there, and perhaps you should play one of those. However, you hunger for more Zelda. You know that no other franchise can scratch the itch that lives deep inside your gaming soul. That’s when you begin to hear it. There are rumblings coming from far out on the horizon. There is a different Zelda title coming to the Switch in spring of 2018. It’s Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. You breathe a sigh of relief. You can take solace in the fact that there will indeed be more Zelda for your Switch.

Is it anything like Zelda: Breath of the Wild?

Hyrule Warriors was originally released in the summer of 2014 on the Wii U. It was developed by Omega Force, which means that it has far more shared DNA with Dynasty Warriors than it does with any previous Zelda title. Hyrule Warriors is most decidedly a hack-and-slash affair. Whereas other Zelda games are beautifully and lovingly crafted to give you a perfectly designed experience, Hyrule Warriors is madness. If you have very specific feelings about Link and what he should be up to, then maybe this title isn’t the one for you. However, if you love everything Zelda and can get behind a crazy, action-packed, sword-swinging romp, then you are probably going to love Hyrule Warriors

Whilst controlling Link, you will utilize various weapons and moves which you will find familiar from the Zelda franchise. However, rather than combating just a few characters at a time, you will be pitted against vast multitudes of enemies. It’s Link versus the world. As expected, once you manage to smash through a few armies, you will have to stand toe to toe against massive bosses. These sorts of games are all about feeling powerful and you will definitely feel like a hero as you take down army after army and boss after boss.

Hack-and-slash games can run the risk of feeling painfully repetitive. While you will be repeatedly tasked with taking down hundreds of foes, Hyrule Warriors manages to keep things interesting and engaging. There are nearly 30 unlockable characters from Link’s long and storied past that will keep you pushing for the next goal. In addition, the game is absolutely overflowing with winks and nods to Zelda enthusiasts. If you have been looking for a game which services Zelda’s massive fandom then maybe you should take a second look at Hyrule Warriors.

The Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition on Nintendo Switch will feature every bit of expansion that was released for the original game plus some new outfits modeled from Breath of the Wild. Hyrule Warriors may be wildly different than Breath of the Wild, but it is still a lot of fun. If you’re a Zelda purist, then you may want to give this one a pass. However, if you love crazy action games and you love Link, then you should consider putting Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition on your must-play list this spring.

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iCloud Photo Library vs. My Photo Stream: What’s the difference?

iCloud Photo Library lets you access your photos across all your devices, and so does My Photo Stream, so why use one or the other?

Apple’s iCloud Photo Library makes it possible for you to store all of your photos and videos in iCloud. Once uploaded, you can view them on all of your iCloud-connected devices, as well as via

My Photo Stream automatically uploads new photos and sends them to all of your iCloud-connected devices. It stores the most recent 30 days’ worth of photos (up to 1,000 photos). So what’s the difference between them and why would you want to use one over the other? We’ve got the answers to your questions right here.

What’s the difference between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream?

The short and most important answer is that My Photo Stream doesn’t count against your iCloud storage, but it also doesn’t let you access all of your photos across your devices. So the trade off is up to you and your needs.

  • Do you have a lot of photos that you want to access across your devices at any time? – You should use iCloud Photo Library to store and access your photos and videos. My Photo Stream only gives you access to your most recent 1,000 photos (or the past 30 days) across your devices.
  • Do you have the lowest tier iCloud storage? – If you’re still using up less than 5GB of iCloud storage and don’t ever want to pay even $ 0.99 per month for more, you should stick with My Photo Stream. It doesn’t count against your iCloud storage capacity. Photos tend to take up a lot of space, and you can easily max out your 5GB of free storage space if you switch to iCloud Photo Library. In fact, you’ll probably get a notification as soon as you try to switch asking you to upgrade your storage plan.
  • Do you want to sync your videos across all devices? – You definitely need iCloud Library, then. My Photo Stream doesn’t support video at all.
  • Do you use another photo storage app that works just fine? – If you’ve already got your cloud-based storage needs taken care of, then you probably don’t want to fill up your iCloud storage with another version of the same photos. If you keep your pics and videos in Dropbox or Google Photos, or some other storage app, you could stick with My Photo Stream and only use it on occasion for pics you’ve recently taken.
  • Do you want to access your photos from anywhere you have a web browser? – iCloud Photo Library is the only Apple Photos service that lets you view your entire photo library from anywhere you have internet access and a web browser through

Basically, My Photo Stream is for people that either don’t take a lot of photos, don’t need to access them across all of their devices on a regular basis, or use another cloud storage service to keep and access their photos. It is also for people that refuse to upgrade from the free 5GB iCloud storage tier but have more than 5GB of photos.

iCloud Photo Library is for people that do take a lot of photos and want to be able to view all of their pictures across their devices (including very old ones) and want to stick with the Apple ecosystem. It’s for people that are willing to spend at least a dollar every month to have that access. It’s for people that also take at least some videos that they want to be able to access on all of their devices. Lastly, it’s for people that want to view their photos from any device with a web browser (because

You can find out more about iCloud storage plans and which one is right for you.

What happens to My Photo Stream when you enable iCloud Photo Library?

If you’ve decided to finally make the switch from My Photo Stream to iCloud Photo Library to share your content across devices, you should know a couple of things before you get started.

After you switch over to iCloud Photo Library, you’ll notice that the My Photo Stream album no longer appears on your device. Don’t worry. Those photos haven’t disappeared. They’ve just been folded into your “All Photos” section. That’s because iCloud Photo Library stores, well … all your photos. If any of your devices don’t have iCloud Photo Library switched on, you will still see the My Photo Library album, but once iCloud Photo Library is enabled, that album disappears.

Note: New photos from iPhone or iPad that don’t have iCloud Photo Library enabled will not upload to it unless you have iCloud Photo Library enabled on the Photos App on your Mac, in which case all photos will upload to iCloud via your Mac. So if you enable iCloud Photo Library for one device, you should probably enable it for all of the devices you’ve connected your iCloud Apple ID to.

How do I access my pictures on Mac and PC with iCloud Photo Library?

Your pictures are more accessible than ever once you switch to iCloud Photo Library to store them. You can find them in the Photos app on Mac. If you’re on a PC, you can download and install the iCloud app and find them there. And if you’re on anyone’s computer or phone (or tablet), you can navigate to and sign in to view all of your photos from any web browser.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about the difference between My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library? Put them in the comments and we’ll help you out.

Updated January 2018: All of this information is up-to-date for the latest version of Photos and iCloud Photo Library.

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What a difference a week makes: Apple’s $88.3 billion quarter is even more impressive broken down week-by-week

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Not only was Apple’s holiday quarter of 2017 a hard compare to previous year’s numbers because of three flagship models, but the year-ago quarter had an extra sales week. AppleInsider breaks down the numbers for a closer look at Apple’s earnings, on a "average per week" basis.
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Snapdragon 670 performance will split the difference between the 660 and the 845

The Geekbench 4 has some results which claim to be from Snapdragon 670 chipset – the exciting new chip that uses the same Kryo cores as the flagship Snapdragon 845. There’s no official word from Qualcomm yet so details like the 10nm process are yet to be confirmed. The performance is on the level we’d expect – right between the Snapdragon 660 chip it is meant to replace and the 845 top dog. Of course this shows only the speed of the processor, which is clocked down slightly, and tells us nothing on the GPU. Also note that there are no phones with either of these chipsets so the tests were… – Latest articles

Soon We Won’t Be Able to Tell the Difference Between AI and a Human Voice

The Voice of AI

Using their DeepMind artificial intelligence (AI), Google’s Alphabet AI research lab developed a synthetic speech system called WaveNet back in 2016. The system runs on an artificial neural network that’s capable of speech samples at an ostensibly better quality than other technologies like it. The voice of AI is becoming more human-like, so to speak. WaveNet has since been improved to work well enough for Google Assistant across all platforms.

Now, WaveNet has gotten even better at sounding more human.

In a still-to-be-peer-reviewed paper published by Google in January 2018, WaveNet is getting a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2. Effectively the second generation of Google’s synthetic speech AI, the new system combines the deep neural networks of Tacotron 2 with WaveNet.

First, Tacotron 2 translates text into a visual representation of audio frequencies over time, called a spectogram. This is then fed into WaveNet, which reads the spectogram and creates a chart with the corresponding audio elements.

According to the study, the “model achieves a mean opinion score (MOS) of 4.53 comparable to a MOS of 4.58 for professionally recorded speech.” Simply put, it sounds very much like a person speaking.

In fact, Google put recordings of a human and their new AI side-by-side, and it’s difficult to tell which is the person and which is the machine.

Here’s a sample.

Synthetic Speech System

To date, AI systems have gotten better at blurring the line between human and machine. There are now AIs capable of generating images of human beings that aren’t real, but look it. Another AI can even make fake videos. One can’t also discount the fact that some AIs are getting better at storytelling, or making art.

Mimicking human speech was always a challenge for AI networks. Now, DeepMind’s WaveNet and Tacotron 2 seem to be changing that, and at quite an impressive rate. Not only does the AI pronounce words clearly, but it seems to be able to handle difficult to pronounce words or names, as well as put emphasis on the appropriate words based on punctuations. Listen in.

This isn’t to say that the new AI system is perfect, however. Its current iteration has only been trained to use one voice, which Google recorded from a woman they hired. For the WaveNet and Tacotron 2 system to work using other voices — say a male’s or another female — the system would have to be trained again.

Apart from having immediate applications for Google Assistant, as soon as the Tacotron 2 system is perfected, the technology could assume other roles. Perhaps it could even take over certain jobs, adding to the already long list of occupations that seem ripe for AI.

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The difference between good and bad Facebooking

 “Social media” is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It’s a double-edged sword whose sides aren’t properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we can’t decide if it “brings the world closer together” like Facebook’s new mission statement says, or leaves us depressed and isolated. Read More
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