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MLMs like Avon and LuLaRoe are sending people into debt and psychological crisis — Quartz
In MLMs, “you’re trained to avoid people who question whether this is a viable business or not,” Brooks says. “Which is exactly the same technique that cults use—they try to isolate you from people who question your belief system. I’ve been contacted by a number of people who deal with cult survivors, and some of their clients are former MLM people.”
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4 days ago by seaugust
These Tree-Planting Drones Are About To Start An Entire Forest From The Sky
The drones, from the startup BioCarbon Engineering, can plant as many as 100,000 trees in a single day, leaving the local community to focus on taking care of the young trees that have already started to grow.
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MIT Researchers use radio waves to wirelessly monitor sleep patterns
Testing was conducted on 25 volunteers over 100 nights of sleep. Study lead professor Dina Katabi tells TechCrunch that the system was able to detect sleep patterns with around an 80 percent accuracy rate — roughly the same as industry standard EEG sleep tests.
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Pensioners who fall while home alone can now use Amazon Echo's Alexa to raise the alarm
In the USA, another Alexa service has been developed called “Elderly Alexa,” which allows older people to ask Alexa what medicine they need to take and what they have already taken.
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Wim froyo maker hopes for Nespresso success, not Juicero scorn
The $299 gadget takes single-serve bowls of organic yogurt mix which, when you add your choice of milk, are converted in reasonably short order into a dessert.
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AI is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen next
According to Reuters, the city’s January to July shooting rates decreased 39% year-on-year, while murder rates have dropped a single percentage point to 33%. Districts utilizing this technology have also seen massive decreases in shootings ranging up to 29%, as well as up to 18% fewer homicides.
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China’s Didi backs Uber rival Careem to expand its global footprint into the Middle East
Yes, Didi is backing yet another Uber rival in another corner of the world.
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Walmart is taking a direct shot at Amazon and making checkout lanes obsolete
Here's how it works: shoppers download Walmart's "Scan & Go" app, then scan the barcodes of the items they wish to purchase. Once they are finished shopping, they click a button to pay for their goods and show their digital receipt to a store greeter on their way out the door.
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Spotify for Xbox One released today for free and Premium users
Spotify for Xbox One is available for download today, with the new streaming music app finally launching on Microsoft’s console. Late to the game after the version of the Spotify player for Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, its arrival is nonetheless a welcome one for gamers looking to escape the normal soundtrack for their favorite titles.
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Tile’s new lost item trackers have double the range, better looks
The line today includes two new devices, a dark slate-and-graphite Tile Sport and a white-and-gold Tile Style. Beyond their more fashionable look, these Pro trackers include upgraded internals, allowing the devices to be located from further away. They also offer a louder ring, better water resistance, and improved durability.
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Stanford AI researchers make ‘socially inclusive’ NLP using Urban Dictionary and Twitter
Equilid was made to better understand slang, regional dialects, and the natural way people communicate online when they speak more than one language, like, say, the 90 million English speakers in the Philippines who may regularly switch between English and Tagalog.
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Israel’s Oryx Vision raises $50 million to develop new lidar for autonomous vehicles
Based in Petach Tikva, the company is developing a new technology that allows it to simplify the manufacturing process for its lidar (light detection and ranging) camera. Lidar is an essential component to allow autonomous vehicles to see and understand the terrain around them.
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Uniqlo's Vending Machines Will Make the World More Convenient and Samey
Uniqlo plans to install vending machines in 10 airports and shopping centers this summer, selling $15 t-shirts and $70 jackets. It’s a smart way for the global brand to expand with low overhead, and a convenient way for you to grab forgotten essentials without waiting in line.
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US military bases can now shoot down consumer drones
This policy comes with its own rules; only drones that are over military bases and that are a possible threat can be taken down. The military also has the right to capture and retain the drone if it so chooses, or to alternatively track it back to its operator.
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Disney is ditching Netflix in 2019 to launch its own streaming service
Disney has just announced plans to end its distribution agreement with Netflix in 2019, instead opting to launch its own streaming service sometime during that same year.
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BAMTech valued at $3.75 billion following Disney deal
Disney now owns 75 percent of the company that will power its shift into streaming.
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'Self-driving car' actually controlled by man dressed up as a car seat
But one aspect of the rumour mill was correct: the guy really was associated with Virginia Tech. According to the university’s transportation institute, he was engaged in research about autonomous vehicles, likely gathering data about the reaction of normal drivers to sharing road space with a self-driving car.
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This exoskeleton can be controlled using Amazon’s Alexa
But robotics company Bionik Laboratories says it’s the first to add the digital assistant to a powered exoskeleton. The company has integrated Alexa with its lower-body Arke exoskeleton, allowing users to give voice commands like “Alexa, I’m ready to stand” or “Alexa, take a step.”
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4 days ago by seaugust
Sandman Doppler Amazon Alexa Alarm Clock (video)
The Sandman Doppler Is a new next-generation Amazon Alexa enabled alarm clock which has been created by a team of developers based in Santa Clara, California and has already raised over $125,000 thanks to its successful Kickstarter campaign.
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4 days ago by seaugust
Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability
The company’s total funding is now at $330 million, and private co. share marketplace Equidate estimates its total valuation at $1 billion, though Essential itself isn’t disclosing any official valuation figures.
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