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I cannot wait for AI to take over
Recently, we have experienced a significant heat wave in England. The temperature soared well above what is normal for June and air stood still for several days. England is not a country where many residential dwellings have any inbuilt air conditioning, so buying a portable fan or an air conditioner was the only option for those who wanted to be comfortable in the scorching heat. The problem was, however, that most of the shops have completely ran out of these appliances in a matter of days. When the stock was finally replenished and prices were put up, the heatwave was over and shops ended up with piles of cooling appliances that nobody wanted to buy any longer.
Remember that selfishness can be healthy and ethical
When I was studying at university, I wanted to become a part of something that would make the world a better place. I didn't want to be yet another cog in a corporate profit-earning machine. This is why I have chosen Environmental Biology as my bachelor's degree and have later chosen Environmental Informatics as masters degree. I wanted to be as altruistic as possible and I despised self-interested people. I was also a practicing Christian. However, since then, I gained more insight into how capitalist economic system actually works and realised that self-interest can be good, depending on the circumstances. Moreover, I am still a Christian and I don't see any conflicts between my believe that selfishness can be good and my Christian beliefs.
How to prevent your phone from spying on you
Nowadays, more and more people are worried about their personal data getting in wrong hands. People see personalised ads in their mobile apps and the web browser and they wonder how the heck did the advertisers find out what to advertise to them personally. Snowden's revelations about the spying practices of the secret services uncovered much more sinister reasons to worry. Based on the information that he has revealed, even your mobile games can be used as access points to your personal data. So, is it true that you should be worried about that humble smartphone spying on you? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, the device can reveal your personal data to third parties; however you can prevent it. This is how.
Why software developers earn more than average
The great global economic recession is over and the global economy has bounced back. However, reports on the news about people being dissatisfied with their salaries became very frequent.
There are many professions that have been gradually declining in value for various reasons, for example increasing adoption of automation and new technologies. However there are some professions where salaries have historically been high which shows no sign of change in pattern. Software engineer is one of them.
Ethical side of tax avoidance
From time to time, news headlines tell us about one of big corporations avoiding a large proportion of its tax liability. More often than not, this applies to tech giants. As Google and Facebook were featured in the headlines for a long time, the tax liability that is avoided by corporations is often referred to as "Google tax".
However, tax avoidance is almost never illegal and often isn't immoral. The key difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance is that tax evasion is strictly illegal and involves deliberate failure to declare some of the income, while tax avoidance work by reducing tax liability via completely legal means. Major companies almost never participate in tax evasion. Also, more often than not, it is not a simple greed that motivates the companies to reduce their tax liabilities, but rather responsibility before the shareholders.
What authors of call recording apps for Android aren't telling you
There are many reasons why you would want to record phone calls on your mobile device. Perhaps, you want to ensure that you don't miss any important details, especially when asking for directions or accepting a business order. Perhaps you want to do it for legal purposes so, if you receive any calls from fraudsters or if a company that you are doing business with goes back on its promises, you will have the evidence of misdeeds.
There are plenty of call recording apps on Google Play store but, the truth is, most of them suck. If you are willing to read user reviews, you will know that there are plenty of people out there who can't get any of them to work. And this is down to one thing that authors of call recording apps are not willing to tell you.
What prompted me to develop Pocket Spy Sound Recorder app for Android
We use MobileTechTracker as a platform to release our apps and we specialise in those kind of apps that would help ordinary citizens to protect themselves from people with bad intentions. Mostly, we achieve that by turning users' Android device in a powerful undetectable surveillance tool. The most recent of such apps is Pocket Spy Sound Recorder. However, the question that we often receive is "Why are you so obsessed with spy and security apps?". The reason for it is because in the past, I myself have been in situations, or had one of my friends in a situation, where having such app would have been extremely useful.
How to avoid downloading Facebook Messenger
Until fairly recently, it was possible to use Facebook on mobile devices through browser without having to download any apps. User was able to do pretty much everything he or she could do on the desktop version of the website.
However, recently, Facebook began insisting on downloading its Messenger app to use the messages. First, it would show the user a reminder to download the app when he or she navigates to the messages. However, the user still had a choice to dismiss the reminder and proceed to the messages. However, as of yesterday, I have discovered that I could not read my messages via browser at all. I was not able to dismiss the reminder and I was kept being redirected to the Play store to download the app.
How to block nuisance calls on Android
Most of us get unwanted calls from time to time. Whether it is about a PPI on a loan that you never had or a car accident that has happened "at some point in the last two years", these calls waste your time and may ruin your mood.
Unfortunately, not all Android phones have an easily accessible option of blocking or blacklisting the nuisance calls. However, there are apps out there that can do it much more effectively than any phone would be able to do on its own. Below are my personal favourite free call blocking apps from Play Store.
10 things to know when using a recruitment agency
Recruitment consultants are very popular in tech industry. They can be extremely useful to both employers and candidates. The former can benefit by filling an open position very efficiently with the total cost pretty much limited to the agency fees. To the latter, recruitment agencies are even more beneficial, as they allow job seekers to find suitable positions without dedicating too much effort to job search. Indeed, these days it is possible to find a good job by simply registering your CV on a job board site, ticking the box to make the CV searchable and waiting for the barrage of calls and emails from recruiters.
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