View what your smart mobile device and apps are up to behind the scenes

This applies to Android but I assume similar is possible on Apple iOS devices.

You can enable debugging and check all running processes and services, view the system log(s) to get much more details on what is happening with the OS and Apps than what you can get by default.

Viewing logs and some other debugging requires using a computer with USB cable and some of Software Development Kit components initially but supports access over WiFi after that.

It was not straight forward even for a person with IT experience but hopefully this how to guide with screenshots has simplified. I am open to feedback and can update it if anyone tries and runs into issues.

I am not a developer but needed to enable debugging on my phone to find out more about what I thought might be unusual or unexpected behavior with location tracking.

After I accepted the prompt on my Samsung phone to install the software update for Android version 10, I started getting notifications that some apps were requesting location in the background and did I want to allow this, only when running the app or not at all.

One example was a notification about Map My Ride which I was not using at the time but do use to track my exercise when cycling. I figured only when I use the app was a good choice but later I noticed after using the App it was not showing a route or just a straight line from start and end of my rides and very little stats. I changed permission for the app to allow getting location in the background and all was good again.

I was curious if the notification from Android was delayed or if the App was requesting location when I was not using it. I always close the app after my rides but some apps continue to run after closing. If needed you can force close via Settings, Apps but some will auto start when you restart your device or before whether you use the app or not. There is a permission to not allow to run in the background but that can cause issues with some apps.

By default under Settings Location you can see what apps have permissions but not a history. I have disabled tracking history globally on my device and on my Google account so it should only store locations while I am using an App that is using GPS. I also don’t need high accuracy so disabled using WiFi and Bluetooth to save battery and reduce data collection.

Enabling Debugging

You need to do a few things to be able to enable debugging and view the running processes, Android log etc …

You can enable several pages of debugging option on at least Android.

Warning, do not change anything you are not sure about as you may get unexpected results.

Enabling USB Debugging on an Android Device
  1. On the device, go to Settings > About <device>.
  2. Tap the Build number seven times to make Settings > Developer options available.
  3. Then enable the USB Debugging option. Tip: You might also want to at least temporarily enable the Stay awake option, to prevent your Android device from sleeping while plugged into the USB port.

See Images 1 to 3 below.

To go any further you need a Windows, Mac or Linux computer and download at least parts of the Android SDK

The full SDK is around 700 MB.

https://developer.android.com/studio

or just the SDK command line tools which are a few MBs plus one or two small packages.

https://developer.android.com/studio#command-tools

After you extract you can use sdkmanager to download the Platform Tools package which has Android Debug Bridge (adb) which is used to connect to your device over USB or WiFi.

Open a command window and go to folder android_sdk/tools/bin

Run

sdkmanager packages “platforms;android-28″ “extras”

You can drop “extras” if you going to use OEM USB driver for your device.

https://developer.android.com/studio/command-line/adb

Or download the tools directly here:

https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Check for an USB driver for your device from the manufacturer

https://developer.android.com/tools/extras/oem-usb

In my case I had installed Samsung DeX to control my Samsubg phone from my computer via USB so it had already installed the driver.

If there is not a specific driver for your device or you want to try a genetic usb driver you can download the google driver.

sdkmanager packages “extras”
When done, the driver files are downloaded into the \extras\google\usb_driver\ directory.
For installation information, read Install a USB Driver.

Run adb to connect to device

android_sdk/…/adb

shell

logcat -d

To create the log on your computer

Then you can view and search in it.

E.g. search for location to find out more about the times apps requesting your devices location.

More information

https://developer.android.com/studio/command-line/logcat

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B.C.’s money laundering fuelled by offshore and drug money, inquiry hears – The Globe and Mail

Peter German, former deputy commissioner of the RCMP, speaks at a news conference on money laundering in Vancouver in 2018.
DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS
MIKE HAGER – VANCOUVER

MAY 25, 2020

Some of the billions of dollars that have been spirited out of China and pumped into British Columbia’s economy in recent years have mingled with drug money and bolstered the underground money-laundering sector, one of Canada’s foremost academics told a provincial inquiry Monday.

“… most criminal groups still launder cash, but online video games and cryptocurrencies offer new avenues for these groups to wash their ill-gotten gains.

Massively popular online games have created their own forms of currency that players use to buy in-game products or advance to the next level. These currencies also have real value and can be used to launder the proceeds of criminal activity.”

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bcs-money-laundering-fuelled-by-offshore-and-drug-money-inquiry/

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Alberta flooded with applications for grants to clean up inactive oil and gas wells

Calgary’s Scott Darling, who owns two oil-well service companies – Performance Energy Services and Performance Production Services – is hoping to participate in Alberta’s Site Rehabilitation Program.
Todd Korol/The Globe and Mail

May 25 2020
Alberta flooded with applications for grants to clean up inactive oil and gas wells

“… Saskatchewan also requires companies to “pay to play,” Ms. Eyre said, in that they must be fully paid-up on all taxes, levies, royalties and lease payments. Phase 1 in Alberta prioritized similar wells, though Phase 2 will focus on sites where the province is on the hook for lease payments after companies failed to pay landowners. …”

Archive of the full article and related below

I am glad they are providing this economic relief that is also helping get some of the outstanding oil and gas well cleanup done. It does require companies get caught up if behind on taxes, royalties and lease payments.

There is likely some that are legitimately behind after struggling from Covid-19 and low oil prices. It has been harder for oilsands producers, especially the smaller ones to compete with lighter oil producers with much lower costs of extraction and transport. Some have been dependent on subsidies and tax breaks.

There is also some that have not saved from the many boom years or chose excess profit taking over cleanup and other responsibilities.

Related

Here is another article that looks at some companies or executives that have gotten away with dumping orphan wells and their cleanup liabilities on the public. More needs to be done to prevent this plus properly investigate and prosecute any crimes.

How to get away with dumping your orphan wells on the public
By Jeremy Appel
Analysis

National Observer
May 25th 2020

Alberta flooded with applications for grants to clean up inactive oil and gas wells

Emma GraneyEnergy reporter
May 24, 2020

Applications flooded the Alberta Energy Ministry for the first round of its $1-billion program to clean up inactive oil and gas wells, leading the province to close its online portal two weeks earlier than planned.

Continue reading

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Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

British environmental photographer’s copyright claim prompts website to remove film that has been condemned by climate scientists

Jonathan Watts
@jonathanwatts
Mon 25 May 2020 20.33 EDT

Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube – The Guardian

Related commentary

“The cat would love to eat fish, but hates to get her feet wet”

“This documentary is outdated. It uses old and sometime wrong data to imply that basically we are all doomed – mainly because of this hidden agenda of seemingly well-intentioned politicians.

While I agree that there is room to improve the energy generation process; we need to start somewhere. Here are some false tidbits: the film implies that renewable energy, such as a solar plant uses more fossil fuel energy in manufacturing it than it ever produces. This is not correct, at least not anymore. A large wind turbine recovers the energy it took to make it in months, then it runs producing emissions-free electricity for years.

I agree that over-consumption is a big problem, magnified by overpopulation. So yes, go watch his free 1 hour 40 minutes documentary filled with redundant information but don’t expect to find a solution, or an attempt at one. The documentary itself, not the content, goes out of its way to be quite depressing.”

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Ontario court strikes down move by Ford government to cancel massive wind farm project – The Globe and Mail

A wind turbine, part of the EDP Renewable’s Nation Rise Wind Farm, is seen in the Municipality of North Stormont, on Jan. 30, 2020.
JEFF GRAYQUEEN’S PARK REPORTER
PUBLISHED MAY 14, 2020
JUSTIN TANG/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

The decision also orders the Ford government to pay the company’s $126,500 in legal cost.

The wind farm project for 29 turbines has spent $230 Million so far, created 230 local construction jobs and will provide electricity at approximately half the price of typical residential rates, with no greenhouse gas emissions.

Even when considering emissions after doing a LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT that looks at the extraction of the raw materials, transportation, manufacturing, installation, maintenance, recycling etc … wind farms have been shown to break even for emissions after 8 months to a year.

Improvements are also being made to reduce environmental impacts during manufacturing and other phases.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-ontario-court-strikes-down-move-by-ford-government-to-cancel-massive/

References

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/e162ad9d89f34ec5ac7b84997df1186c

https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/12/17/3263/htm

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Alberta suspends environmental monitoring rules for oil sands during pandemic

Oil goes into a tailings pond at the Suncor oil sands operations near Fort McMurray, Alta., September 17, 2014. Todd Korol/Reuters

Carol Scott
The Canadian Press
Published May 14, 2020

The Alberta Energy Regulator has suspended a wide array of environmental monitoring requirements for oil sands companies over public health concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision means that Imperial Oil, Suncor, Syncrude, and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. don’t have to perform much of the testing and monitoring originally required in their licences.

The latest exemptions specifically relieve operators of having to monitor most ground and surface water, unless it enters the environment. Almost all wildlife and bird monitoring has been suspended.

Air quality programs, including ones for certain First Nations communities, have been reduced, and testing for leaks of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, has been suspended.

Regulator spokesman Shawn Roth said the suspensions are likely to remain in place as long as there are other COVID-related orders under the Public Health Act, although some of the exemptions have an end date of September 30th.

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May 7, 2020

Oil sands tailings ponds (Canada) – Wikipedia

Alberta’s toxic tailings ponds have become an emblem of what critics view as the energy industry’s disregard for the environment.

© TODD KOROL / REUTERS/REUTERS
CARRIE TAIT
JEFF LEWISENVIRONMENT REPORTER
CALGARY
PUBLISHED DECEMBER 10, 2014
UPDATED 2018

Alberta to rewrite oil sands tailings ponds regulations

Sept 2017

Showdown looming for Alberta’s oilsands over cleanup of tailings ponds: report

A tailings pond near the Syncrude tar sands operations near Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Sept. 17, 2014. Alberta’s oilsands could be heading for another showdown over tailings ponds after an independent assessment found that the cleanup plans of six major operators don’t meet new rules.
© TODD KOROL / REUTERS
BOB WEBER
EDMONTON
THE CANADIAN PRESS
PUBLISHED MARCH 30, 2017

Ottawa, Alberta eye looser rules for releasing oil-sands wastewater

JEFF LEWISENVIRONMENT REPORTER
INCLUDES CORRECTION
PUBLISHED MAY 20, 2019
UPDATED MAY 21, 2019
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June 2019

Toxic tailings do not belong in the Athabasca River

DAVID SCHINDLER AND MAUDE BARLOW
CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED JUNE 4, 2019
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Alberta to rewrite oil sands tailings ponds regulations

Oil goes into a tailings pond at the Suncor tar sands operations near Fort McMurray, Alberta, September 17, 2014. Alberta’s toxic tailings ponds have become an emblem of what critics view as the energy industry’s disregard for the environment.
© TODD KOROL / REUTERS/REUTERS
CARRIE TAIT
JEFF LEWISENVIRONMENT REPORTER
CALGARY
PUBLISHED DECEMBER 10, 2014
UPDATED 2018

Alberta to rewrite oil sands tailings ponds regulations

Related

Oil sands tailings ponds (Canada) – Wikipedia

Sept 2017

Showdown looming for Alberta’s oilsands over cleanup of tailings ponds: report

A tailings pond near the Syncrude tar sands operations near Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Sept. 17, 2014. Alberta’s oilsands could be heading for another showdown over tailings ponds after an independent assessment found that the cleanup plans of six major operators don’t meet new rules.
© TODD KOROL / REUTERS
BOB WEBER
EDMONTON
THE CANADIAN PRESS
PUBLISHED MARCH 30, 2017

June 2019

Toxic tailings do not belong in the Athabasca River

DAVID SCHINDLER AND MAUDE BARLOW
CONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED JUNE 4, 2019

May 14 2020

Alberta suspends environmental monitoring rules for oil sands during pandemic

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