This is the 41st post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.
I agree with James Whittaker. Google now seems more focused on the commercials than the product that they offer. It feels like everything they have done in the past couple years is focused on learning more about you so they can display more relevant ads to make more money.
I witnessed this first hand during my time in India and Tanzania in 2009. Local and national governments do not have the resources to build the infastructure to provide clean water and sanitation to everyone. Multinational corporations can provide cell service in the most remote places in the mountains of India and Tanzania. Impoverished people can afford to have a cell phone (rates are very inexpensive).
I have decided to take action and try to make a difference for those that don't have access to clean water. I am trying to raise $2700 by my 27th birthday in October. I have started a fundraiser through Water.org. If you would like to help me make a difference in the world for those less fortunate please visit my fundraiser page.
I think that adding features just for the sake of adding features is a mistake. Smartphones can do so many things out of the box and when you start to add apps the possibilities are almost endless.
I don't mind a company adding new features as long as they are well thought out and don't make the product more difficult or frustrating to use.
I think that it is pretty cool that Apple's data centers are now using 100% renewable energy. Check out the video above to see the solar array they built next to their data center in North Carolina.
Could you imagine being locked up in prision in 2013 and being released in 2038? Technology and the world would change so much over that span of time!
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