Home improvement store Lowe’s is testing out a customer service robot that scans inventory and helps customers find products. – Source
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I’ve been there myself.
Trapped under the glow of unnatural fluorescent light, hunched over a keyboard, crammed into a tiny cubicle, and forced to constantly engage in inane office banter…
“Uh oh. Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.”
“What’s our workflow going to be going forward?”
“TGIF, am I right?”
Human beings didn’t evolve to be office drones. We’re not built to wake up for the morning commute, fight traffic, and crawl home just to pass out long enough to survive the next day.
We shouldn’t dread Mondays.
Fridays shouldn’t be a cause for celebration.
A recent study shows that we spend over half our waking life working. Why should we be miserable for more than half our lives?
And what even are neck ties? Okay, this might be more of a personal gripe, but is this thing supposed to keep me warm? It doesn’t clothe me. It doesn’t serve any function except to serve as a constant reminder that this job has me by the throat.
Here’s the thing…
The 9-to-5 job is dying. And with good reason.
A report from the Roosevelt Institute and the Kauffman Foundation have determined that the US economy will be “scarcely recognizable” by the year 2040.
The traditional work day is in its death throes because millions of people are finally saying “enough is enough.” It’s a cycle of misery, isolation, and dehumanization, and people are starting to aggressively take their lives back.
But where are they going?
For many, the answer is freelancing. Freelancers now constitute a full 34% of the American workforce. That’s 53 million people living on their own terms rather than bowing to the demands of an office.
This is a massive opportunity for early adopters.
The previously mentioned Roosevelt-Kauffman report enlisted 30 economists, technologies, policy makers, and entrepreneurs. It’s goal was to attempt to describe the future of work, technology, entrepreneurship, and inequality. It’s conclusions?
I’ll avoid burying the lead here. The takeaway is that Android developers are going to be making bank. But here’s why:
The future is tech
Roosevelt and Kauffman determined that the future of the economy is intrinsically tied to the tech industry.
Although niches will exist for other goods and services, such as handcrafting products for markets like Etsy, the muscle of the looming economic market is tech. This isn’t even something that people are debating.
As automation continues to be on the rise, baristas, retailers, truckers, and even writers will start seeing robots edging in on their jobs.
The machines are rising, and the world needs masters of these machines.
I have four heavily educated friends, three of whom are lawyers and one who is a physician. All of them are struggling to make it in their careers.
Two of the lawyers and the physician seem pretty disenfranchised with their current position. They were told that these jobs were basically automatic success.
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Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange is only about two months away, but we don’t really know much about the movie. This new video featurette provides a few more hints at what awaits us in November.
One minute the Note 7 was totally pristine. And then, it wasn’t. What cracked the delicate curved screen remains a mystery, and a cautionary tale. – Source
The glassmaker revealed Gorilla Glass SR+, a new super scratch-resistant material made specially for smartwatches. – Source
If you weren’t already aware, there are people in your company’s IT department that can see all if they need to. Most of the time, they’re busy with other things, but these four activities will likely put you under the microscope
The border-crossing scene of Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario might just be the most tense moment of the entire film.
We broke it down to see just how the filmmakers establish the scene and lead viewers through the big crescendos. While the build up lasts for 13 minutes, there are only nine seconds of actual violence.
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From books to television to movies, clowns have managed to become symbols of terror, a feeling the residents of one South Carolina community know all too well.
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It all began with a pair of reports to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in Greenville, South Carolina, on August 20 of “a suspicious person dressed in circus clown clothing and white face paint” trying to lure kids into the woods close to Fleetwood Manor Apartments.
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As Kickstarter backers are still months away from receiving the Pebble 2 or Pebble Time 2 that they’ve already ordered, Pebble has launched a major v4.0 firmware update for the Time, Time Steel, and Time Round. Announced back in mid-July, the update comes with a range of new or improved features, most of which are centered around simplicity and fitting in more information on the screen.
One of the most notable changes brought by the new update is a new Health app. Redesigned with a focus on simplicity, the app reintroduces the weekly health activity … – Source
Sonos is opening up their speakers to work with Amazon Echo and Spotify. Starting next year, you’ll be able to control playback on Sonos speakers with voice commands through Alexa-enabled devices.
According to a new study by Eötvös Loránd University, you’ve been right all along: your dog can actually understand you.
Researchers found that dogs were able to understand both the meaning and tone of words, meaning that if your dog looks a little angry, they may have actually understood that it was time to go to the vet.
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After an in-depth analysis of Apple, the European Commission found that Ireland gave the company illegal tax benefits worth $14.5 billion (€13 billion).
On Tuesday, after a three-year investigation into Apple’s Irish tax affairs, Apple was ordered to pay the €13 billion to the Irish government. The ruling states that the dealings are “illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid.”
Now, $14.5 billion sounds like a lot of money, but to really put things into perspective, we figured we would break that figure down in terms of popular …
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In my experience, the Honor 8’s Mali-T880 MP4 GPU performed very well when playing mobile games. Do keep in mind, however, that it may not be as future proof as the high-end Adreno GPUs. For example, in a 3Dmark test, the ZTE Axon 7 with the Adreno 530 scored a 2580 whereas the Honor 8 with the Mali-T880 MP4 scored a 964.
As is the case with many Chinese smartphones, the Honor 8 is unlocked and includes dual-SIM card support, meaning that you can use up to two different lines with this single phone. In the US, carrier support includes AT&T, T-Mobile, and their respective MVNOs. The phone also supports Band 12 LTE, so you’ll receive T-Mobile’s extended range coverage.
If you’re willing to give up one of the SIM card slots, you can expand the phone’s base 32 GB of storage via microSD card, up to 128 GB. This is always a great option to have, even if you don’t think you’ll need it.
The USB Type-C charging port is accompanied by the headphone jack on the left and a single speaker on the right. The speaker is decent; it gets the job done, but sounds hollow and distorted. I would say that it performs slightly below average overall.
The fingerprint reader on the back of the Honor 8 is quite good: it’s fast while still being accurate. It’s comparable to the one found on the Axon 7, but that’s before considering the unique functionality that Huawei has implemented.
Since the reader also doubles as a tactile button, or what Huawei calls a “smart key,” you can program different shortcuts including flashlight, screenshot, or voice recording to tap, double tap, and hold. You can also have it open an app instead, if you find that useful. It’s a pretty nifty idea, and I’ve found my settings for double tap for flashlight and hold for Google Now to be quite handy.
Huawei provides three battery profiles out of the box: performance, smart, and ultra. While the default smart mode does seem to marginally improve battery life, I noticed that it prevented many of my apps from sending notifications. This made me miss a few important messages in Slack and a couple of Snapchats within the first few hours of using the phone, so I had to switch to the less power-conservative performance mode in order to continue with my review.
Heavy users may need to charge up more than once per day
In my testing, the 3000mAh battery delivered lackluster results. Battery life is long enough to get most light to moderate users through a full day of use, but heavy users may need to charge up more than once – Source
A Google self-driving car. (credit: Google)
A Michigan senator has introduced a bill that would make it legal for driverless autonomous vehicles to roam the streets of his state. Tomorrow, a committee on economic development will hold a hearing to discuss the bill, which has support from both Democrats and Republicans in Michigan’s senate.
The bill would keep a lot of the autonomous research and development that’s going on in Michigan in the state, and it could bring in other companies seeking to test out their driverless cars without human operators at the steering wheel.
“I want to make sure we plant the flag here and we maintain the lead in terms of automotive research and development,” Mike Kowall, the Republican state senator who introduced the measure, told CNN Money.
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Waze Carpool’s move into San Francisco is just the latest volley as Google and Uber encroach on each other’s territory. – Source
Dentists are less likely to prescribe antibiotics after they receive a personalized report detailing their past prescription rates, according to a randomized controlled trial of UK dentists. – Source
Scientists have developed a new bioethical framework for addressing concerns surrounding potentially revolutionary research on human-animal embryos. – Source
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Most of us have a habit or two we’d like to break, but we lie to ourselves so those bad habits don’t seem as bad as they are. If you want to give a jump start to the unlearning process, begin by showing yourself hard evidence that your habit really is affecting you in a negative way.
Stock up on your boxes of tissues, cat lovers.
Andrew Bernhard had to say goodbye to his beloved cat, Little Andrew, who was a part of his family for 15 and a half years.
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In Bernhard’s post on Reddit, he wrote that Little Andrew rested his little paw on his owners’ hands on the long, last drive to the vet where Little Andrew would eventually be put to sleep.
We’re choking back tears just looking at this picture. Little Andrew had been diagnosed with an illness and was struggling from day-to-day.
“He was by my side for a long time and just had been running out of gas. He wasn’t eating or drinking, stopped purring, and just wasn’t himself. It would’ve been selfish to keep him just because I didn’t want to lose him,” Bernhard told …
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So it’s that time of the year again. School is restarting and Back to School sales are still going full steam. The smartphone industry makes sure it is part of the action, with enticing deals to get you starting the school year refreshed with the newest mobile capabilities. If you’ve partaken on a new OnePlus device as of late, you should know that the manufacturer is having its own price-cutting event. Right now, you can grab accessories for your precious at up to 70% off.
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Most of the offerings are a flock of phone cases that OnePlus has in its online store, for last year’s OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X phones, to the company’s current OnePlus 3 flagship. Naturally, accessories for the older devices get a steeper price cut. For instance, the various OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X StyleSwap covers/cases get the 70% drop, while the OnePlus 3’s corresponding cases only get knocked a couple dollars.
Other types of cases and screen protectors are also part of the sale, as well as the Dash charger at a modest 10% off. Take a gander via the source link and see if any item and deal tickles your fancy.
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YouTuber Zach’s latest compilation is perfect for all the niche The Avengers-Full House fans out there.
Zach combined clips from Marvel’s superhero films with Full House-style titles and the TV show’s irritatingly catchy theme song. He also put together a side-by-side version of both title sequences.
Even if you aren’t an Avengers fan, hearing the extended version of “Everywhere You Look” is oddly satisfying.
Giant black sea slugs exist and they’re gross AF
This daughter gave her stepfather the ultimate birthday gift
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It’s not exactly an Uber competitor. In fact, Google hopes that its users *won’t* end up turning into taxi drivers. – Source
Today a new lower-midrange ZTE smartphone running Android has been launched by Boost Mobile. Almost five years after the Warp brand was first used on a phone, Sprint’s prepaid brand already has the new ZTE Warp 7 up for sale through its online store, yet the device will only make it to brick and mortar establishments starting on September 5.
It comes with a 5.5-inch 720p touchscreen, a 64-bit Qualcomm 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP selfie snapper, LTE, and a 3,080 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick charge…
Horrible haircuts can happen to anyone, even a seemingly-impervious-to-rules mega-wealthy pro-football player like Tom Brady.
While giving a press conference today regarding the upcoming NFL season and his suspension from the first four games due to Deflategate, the audience could only focus on the state of Brady’s hair.
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Can a peanut butter and jelly sandwich be beautiful? Even underneath all the cheap, floppy white bread and easy-squeeze jelly?
That’s the question posed by Foodbeast’s new series, Jeff’s Table, the satirical response to the Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table. Instead of world-famous chefs preparing ornate foods, we meet Jeff, who makes a cheap sandwich with “whatever’s on sale.”
Like Chef’s Table, though, Jeff and his sandwich creation is mostly elegant. Until the belch, at least.
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