The scooter craze sweeping the United States is now over a year old, which means its been around long enough to start producing its own distinct subcultures. There’s the subculture of scooter “juicers,” people who gather up the devices in the evening to charge them for the next day’s riders. There’s the teenagers who love riding scooters despite the rules prohibiting it. And then there’s the emerging subculture of scooter riders that I like to call “lazy geniuses.”
Plastic water bottles are, in many ways, the scourge of the planet. More than 90 percent of the environmental impact of plastic water bottles happens during manufacture.
Some people have switched over to reusable water bottles and canteens, but once they do, there is no way to search for water fountains or sources of drinking water. That’s where @findtap comes in. #drinkdifferent
A year after @amazon introduced its first smart display, the Echo Show, @google has responded with its own version: the Google Home Hub.
It’s good timing, since the 2018 version of the Echo Show ships out to customers on Thursday.
These smart displays are still relatively new, but what they can do goes way beyond the first iterations of virtual voice-assistants, which more than 60 million people already have in their homes.
@sonos has finally updated its desktop controller app to make the look and feel of it in line with its mobile software, the company announced in its app release notes published today. The desktop controller is now a lot easier to use and understand, and it looks quite similar to what you’ll find on Sonos’ iOS and Android apps. #sonos
Aeva, a Mountain View, California-based startup founded only just last year, has built what its two-cofounders claim is a next-generation version of LIDAR, the 3D mapping technology that has become instrumental for how self-driving cars measure the distance of objects and effectively see the road in front of them. And today, the company is officially unveiling its product, a tiny box that can more directly measure objects in a given scene and the distance and velocity of those objects relative to one another. This, the company says, will help power future self-driving systems of autonomous cars. #selfdrivingcarsa#aeva
Apple Watch series 4 was announced yesterday and it is definitely looking sleek and stylish. With that new curved OLED display it is looking better than ever! Can’t wait to get our hands on one. #applewatch
Today was the announcement of the brand new iPhone XR. Very similar design to the more expensive iPhone XS model, it has many of the same features for a considerably lower price. We can’t wait to get our hands on one! Which model are you going to buy??? #iphonexr or #iphonexsmax
@djiglobal has released the new Mavic and it comes in two options! The Pro and the Zoom! It’s a big choice. Personally we like the pro because of the @hasselblad camera but they are both unbelievable! Comment below which one you would buy
DELIVEROO OPENS SHARED KITCHEN
Food delivery startup @deliveroo_au opened its first shared kitchen in Paris earlier this week. Deliveroo first launched this concept of shared kitchens called Deliveroo Editions in London last year.
The company is starting with 12 kitchens in a warehouse. So far, 8 restaurants have agreed to make a deal with Deliveroo.
Is this going to be the future of the hospitality industry?
INSTAGRAM STORIES NOW HAVE MUSIC
The right music can make a boring photo or video epic, so @instagram is equipping users with a way to add popular songs to their Stories. Thanks to Facebook’s recent deals with record labels, users will be able to choose from thousands of songs from artists including @brunomars, @dualipa, and @calvinharris. The launch could make Instagram Stories more fun to post and watch in a way that copyrights won’t allow on Snapchat, while giving the app a way to compete with tween favourite @musical.ly.
THE TOP 8 CHINESE PHONES
It’s time to stop dismissing Chinese phones as knockoffs. We’ve all seen the endless parade of iPhone clones, yes, but over the past couple of years, manufacturers from China have stepped up their game in a big way, turning out devices that are innovative, attractive, and straight-up desirable in their own right. If you don’t think there’s any reason to pay attention to Chinese phones, it’s because you haven’t been paying attention.
Here is a list to look into
1 VIVO NEX S
2 OPPO FIND X
3 XIAOMI MI MIX 2S
4 HUAWEI P20 PRO
5 MEIZU 15
6 VIVO X21
7 OPPO R15 PRO
8 XIAOMI MI 8
INSTAGRAM HAS BIG NEWS “Today, we have two big announcements to share. First, @instagram is now a global community of one billion! Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown. This is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you!
Second, we’re announcing our most exciting feature to date: IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favourite Instagram creators, like @laurdiy posting her newest project or @kingbach sharing his latest comedy skit. While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start.” #igvt#instagram#inovation
AMAZON LAUNCHES AN ALEXA SYSTEM FOR HOTELS
Alexa is coming to your hotel room. @amazon this morning is announcing a new program called Alexa for Hospitality, designed to bring its voice assistant technology to everything from chain hotels to vacation rentals. The system can be customized to include key guest information, like checkout time or pool hours; allows guests to request services like housekeeping or room service; and can be configured to control “smart” hotel room functions, like adjusting the thermostat or raising the blinds
TEACHING COMPUTERS TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
As humans, we’ve gotten pretty good at shaping the world around us. We can choose the molecular design of our fruits and vegetables, travel faster and farther and stave off life-threatening diseases with personalised medical care. However, what continues to elude our molding grasp is the airy notion of “time” how to see further than our present moment, and ultimately how to make the most of it. As it turns out, robots might be the ones that can answer this question.
Computer scientists from the @universitaetbonn in Germany wrote this week that they were able to design a software that could predict a sequence of events up to five minutes in the future with accuracy between 15 and 40 percent. These values might not seem like much on paper, but researcher Dr. Juergen Gall says it represents a step toward a new area of machine learning that goes beyond single-step prediction