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Share your experiences monitoring screentime with iOS 12

The Guardian

Digital wellbeing tools built into the latest Apple mobile software aim to help people reduce the time they spend looking at screens. In common with some services on Google's Android, the Screen Time app generates weekly reports showing app usage, notifications received and even how often you pick up your phone. Personal timers can "limit" app usage. Ahead of the full iOS 12 rollout the Guardian's Samuel Gibbs wrote about his experiences using the app, and now we would like to hear from readers. How are you using the apps and what you have learned about your usage?


Robot usage is soaring during pandemic

ZDNet

As Q2 data begins to emerge, we're seeing a notable uptick in robotics usage. The trend seems widespread but is nowhere as apparent as with cleaning robots, which have become vital tools in a number of sectors during the pandemic. The pandemic has created ideal conditions for automation adoption. The robotics sector in general has been maturing with a number of sectors like logistics, retail, delivery, and inspection already partially automated. Longterm plans to move toward fuller automation stacks have been easy to fast track thanks to a new focus on sanitation and a wariness among consumers of unnecessary contact and handling in the supply chain.


Verizon's new plans don't have to cost extra

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

This file photo shows a Verizon building in New York City. Now that Verizon's changed up its pricing yet again, should I drop my current plan for one of the new ones? A. The plans that Verizon Wireless rolled out Wednesday do cost more than their predecessors--which led grumpy Twitter users to tee off on the nation's largest wireless carrier. But they also include some features that may let VzW customers save a little money. This 2.0 version of the "Verizon Plan" has the same structure as the 1.0 release: small, medium, large, extra-large and XXL buckets of wireless data, plus a 20 device fee per line for unlimited calling and texting. But where a week ago you could have paid 30 for 1 GB, 45 for 3 GB, 60 for 6 GB, 80 for 12 GB, or 100 for 18 GB, you now choose from 35 for 2 GB, 50 for 4 GB, 70 for 8 GB, 90 for 16 GB, and 110 for 24 GB.


This Kickstarter project promises to help audit energy usage in your home

Mashable

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. So you want to help the environment, you want to take control of your energy usage, heck, you might even be your home's own light switch police -- but where do you start? You know cutting back on energy usage is part of the solution, but it's hard to know just which things to unplug. A few tech-savvy individuals are looking to tackle this very issue, and have whipped up a Kickstarter project that could help you visual your energy usage more easily. Glow is a tabletop energy audit device that promises to instantly display your home's energy usage, with the help of a simple sensor that gets place above your electric meter.


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With traditional analytics, analysts just looked at baseline trends in energy usage and consumption. With Machine Learning, analysts can combine usage data with other data sources, including enterprise systems (e.g., outage management systems, billing systems, and customer data) and external sources (e.g., weather), and more specifically learn the patterns associated with theft. Machine Learning can train the model to identify what many different energy theft schemes "look" like, including: "disconnected and unreachable," "repeated outages," and "generation after dark."