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Google commits to sustainable design

All made by Google products will include recyclable materials by 2021. That means its Design team will be asked to change and make products that last as long as possible are easy to disassemble for recycling at the end of the product’s life and use the most sustainable materials.

Ivy Ross, head of Google’s hardware design team, says, “Some people think design is about making things look pretty or look good. And really design is about solving problems for humanity. Sustainability is probably the most important problem of our lifetime. Won’t we feel great as designers if we are taking that on?”

Google Green

And has updated a list of things Google Assistant can do. What strikes me compared to a year ago is that the commands are much less structured, more conversational and more intuitive. Most questions now are in simple phraseology. It will now answer from your favourite sources and use Australian references instead of having to nominate them. One I really like is the ability to string three commands together. Small steps but a big difference over a year.

Global smartphone shipments down 2.3% y-o-y but Apple down a disastrous 18.2%

IDC has released the Q2, 2019 Global smartphone sales figures (April/May/June). Samsung sold 5.5% more, Huawei 8.3% more (before its death dive caused by the US Presidential Executive Order) but the huge casualty was Apple with an 18.2% decline year-over-year.

ITy Bytes 19 August

But that only tells half the story – look at Q1 as well.

ITy Bytes 19 August

Apple is continuing to haemorrhage in China where patriotism is pushing sales towards Huawei, Xiaomi and OPPO/vivo.

Of course, Q2 does not fully reflect the impact of the US Presidential Executive Order, where we understand Huawei sales are down 60-80% in Western markets.

ITy Bytes 19 August

Scam watch – secret questions should never be asked

A growing number of scam websites are now asking ‘secret questions’ that are the same as your bank or government department asks. The scammers sell the information on the dark web to complete your potential ID theft profile.

Secret quesion

For example, the age-old questions like

  • The first and last name of your first boyfriend or girlfriend?
  • Phone number do you remember most from your childhood?
  • Favourite place to visit as a child?
  • Favourite actor, musician, or artist?
  • Name of your favourite pet?
  • City were you born?
  • High school did you attend?
  • Name of your first school?
  • Favourite movie?
  • Mother’s maiden name?
  • Street did you grow up on?
  • What was the make of your first car?
  • When is your anniversary?
  • Favourite colour?
  • Father’s middle name?
  • Name of your first-grade teacher?
  • High school mascot?

They are also mining social media for potential secret answers like pets, schools etc.

DO NOT PROVIDE SECRET QUESTION ANSWERS TO ANY WEBSITE EXCEPT LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT OR YOUR OWN BANK’S SITE. IF YOU MUST INVENT ANSWERS THAT ARE NOT USED ANYWHERE IMPORTANT!

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