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  • I seriously wouldn’t buy a car at this point if it didn’t have CarPlay or Android Auto in it. Navigation with Google Maps or Waze is vastly superior to anything a car company is ever going to come up with (props to Apple Maps too for making big improvements in the last several years). Integrated music experiences where I can directly see my Spotify playlists or favorite tracks without touching my phone is just something I’m used to and couldn’t go back. Having a voice assistant that works from Google / Apple (I know Siri is rough sometimes lol) will always be better than any voice controls a car company comes up with. Oh, and huuuge points to Overcast for just reliably being the best podcast app for many years and having a super easy to navigate CarPlay app. I’d lose all of that and more if there was no integration with my phone and we went back to the awful bluetooth pairing that we had before with terrible UI design and no support for third party apps.

    At this point, that’s more important to me than whatever engine they’ve stuck in it. Just give me good mileage, pass inspection and last at least 150k miles and we’re good. I’m not drag racing so I don’t need a rocket ship lol


  • That’s awesome! I think there’s a newer generation of CarPlay from Apple that lets the auto-makers use the Apple UI for everything, including the spedometers, climate and other gauges. If that data can be integrated into third party apps, I think developers would come up with some really cool things.

    I really wish my Hyundai would let me do that, maybe I should look into Nissan for my next car haha. How have you been finding the Leaf? I’ve only heard good things about it from others.



  • fry@fry.gsMtoTechnology@lemmy.worldWHAT DO I DO
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    10 months ago

    I had thought you’d installed Norton 360. I just realized 360 Total Security is a different company altogether. I’d instantly remove that from your PC, that’s a Chinese security software that looks like it’s named itself to be similar in name to Norton 360 (US developed but still not great). Any software that’s trying to draw people in by looking like something else is a big red flag.

    Security software runs at a very low level and generally has full control over your PC if it wants. It needs to be something reputable. For me that means a few things: how good is it at defending against threats (both known and zero day), how many resources does it use on the PC (I still want to be able to game), how much do I trust the country where it was developed. The last one isn’t a one size fits all and really needs to be person to person. In terms of raw performance and security the two best are likely Bitdefender (Romania) and Kaspersky (Russia). AVG (Czech Republic), ESET (Slovakia), Webroot (USA) and Sophos (UK) are all decent options with good security and performance. All of them cost less than a single game for multiple years of protection so I’d pick one, pay for it and keep it running always.


















  • While it does track high population areas, it’s important to monitor how it spreads. There’s some blips showing up in the ocean where obviously nobody lives. Maps like these could give us information about not only the biggest polluters, but the downstream recipients of said pollution.

    I’ve also heard of new efforts starting to be used on a local level to identify exact sources of pollution more recent, original study I saw. I’m hopeful that new data being fed into those models, from satellites like this, will help identify individual culprits of specific pollution faster. I’m really thinking of areas where’s there’s dozens of companies and all are following the rules and operating responsibly, but one is cheating. I want to find that cheating one ASAP and put an end to the cheating.