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Grab, World Bank turn to traffic data to decongest Philippine roads

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The traffic situation in major metropolitan areas in the Philippines, particularly Metro Manila and Cebu City, could become more bearable in the future, thanks to a collaboration between the World Bank, the Philippine transportation authority, and Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing service.

The goal is to decongest Metro Manila and Cebu City and identify potential road hazards by analyzing real-time data mined from GPS activity from Grab vehicles.

OpenTraffic, as the pilot program is called, will allow government agencies to create better public-transportation routes, and determine the best locations for public infrastructures like bridges, highways, and railways, and optimize traffic signals in cities that have some of the densest urban populations in the country.

Metro Manila alone has an estimated population of 16.5 million people. To put that into perspective, it’s more than the combined population of Sweden and Denmark and nearly as many as the current number of refugees who have left their countries altogether.

In the future, information from OpenTraffic will be sent to another tool called DRIVER (Data for Road Incident Visualization, Evaluation, and Reporting), which was developed by the World Bank and designed to improve the management of accident-prone areas and promote faster emergency response. With DRIVER, concerned agencies will receive notifications of road incidents as they happen.

Back in March, the Philippines’ transport ministry and the World Bank worked to train hundreds of government staff, including police and traffic personnel, on how to use the OpenTraffic program.

And the Philippines is just the start, not the destination, for OpenTraffic — in the same way that OpenTraffic could be the grease that starts the conversation for holistic solutions to the worsening traffic problem in Metro Manila and Cebu City.

Grab and the World Bank say they want to continue working on the project in hopes of making it available to other countries in the region.

Source: e27

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How to hide from Instragram’s new Activity Status feature

It’s on by default!

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Instagram silently rolled out a new feature of its app. If you don’t like your friends to know that you’re online (and also protect your privacy), you might want to take action. Why? Because it’s automatically turned on.

If you have the latest app, you probably noticed something new inside the Direct Messages section. This new feature dubbed “Activity Status” lets your Instagram buddies know if you’re online. If you happen to be scrolling through your timeline moments ago, the status will show that you’ve been available earlier.

This is switched on by default but the data is only shared with users that you follow and those you message privately. There’s no need to panic if you think a stalker will know that you’re online — unless you follow them, too.

How to turn it off?

You can easily switch it off inside the app. Just go to your profile page and tap the top-right icon for Options.

Next, scroll down until you see “Show Activity Status” and switch the toggle button beside.

That’s it! Now that it’s off on your end, your status will not show up to your buddies. Although, you won’t be able to see the status of other accounts as well.

Since the new feature was smoothly included in the recent updates from the Play Store or App Store, it’s not clear when Instagram introduced the function. Some might not have it yet, which could mean it’s still an experimental approach with a limited number of users.

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Pokémon Go will drop old iPhones that don’t support iOS 11

You must upgrade to play!

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Bad news for Pokémon Go trainers out there with an old iPhone. If the “battery-gate” fiasco is not enough to make you upgrade, this announcement might force you if you want to keep on playing.

Niantic announced its plans to drop support for iOS devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11. Primarily, these are iPhones and even iPads released in or before 2013. They are the following:

  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (1st generation)
  • iPad 2

The anticipated update will take effect starting February 28, 2018. After that date, Trainers using Apple devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11 will no longer be able to log in, catch Pokémon, and use their PokéCoins or other items. They must switch to a supported device to continue playing.

Niantic stated that the change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go which push the game ahead of the capabilities of old iPhones and iPads.

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6 free VPN apps for Android and iOS

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If you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi, it’s best to use a virtual private network or VPN to mask your IP address and avoid security risks. A VPN creates a secure, encrypted “tunnel” over the internet between your device and any website or app you are trying to access.

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