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Adidas is making strides in the world of sustainable practices—and leaning heavily into recycled materials.This year, it’s on target to produce 11 million pairs of shoes made from recycled ocean plastic as part of its partnership with Parley for the Oceans.By 2024, it’s committed to using only recycled polyester in its products, which accounts for about 50% of the material used in the brand’s more than 900 million items available for purchase.These efforts tie in with the brand’s long history of innovation around sustainability, which started back in 1989.Lately, however, Adidas has shown a more intense focus on eco-friendliness with creative approaches to everything from material-sourcing to production, even picturing a world where running shoes could be recycled and used over and over again, thus dramatically reducing the energy and materials required to manufacture new shoes when an old pair wears out.Enter FutureCraft.Loop: the brand’s 100% recyclable, high-performance running shoe made via a closed-loop manufacturing process that’s currently slated for release in 2021.
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Wrapped in a sweater the color of hot chocolate, the 66-year-old founder of Craigslist is painfully self-effacing, yet he started a wildly successful online marketplace emblazoned with his name.For a man whose temperament begs to shirk from the spotlight, Newmark's extraordinary success thrust him unwittingly onto the national stage when he created Craigslist in the mid-1990s.But to understand how we got from founding a company to his focus on the intersection of technology and trust and a new effort to train 100 women to become cybersecurity professionals in 100 days, we have to travel back to the beginning.Unlike Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon.com the same year with grand ambitions -- Amazon was dubbed "Earth's Biggest Book Store" at launch -- the Craigslist story is one of unintended consequence that stemmed from Newmark's life as a nerd.Programming came naturally to Newmark, and as the internet began to unfurl, he whipped up an instant web publishing tool to convert the emails into a website.Craigslist doesn't announce traffic numbers or revenue, but a fact sheet that was posted on the site said that more than 60 million people in the US visited the site each month and earned 50 billion total pageviews from around the world.
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When I first started testing out the new electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 -- which launched in December with the update to Watch OS 5.1.2 -- the last thing I expected was to find something abnormal about my heart rhythm.Smartwatches and fitness trackers have for years used LEDs and optical sensors on the back to measure the changes in blood flow under the surface of the skin, aka your pulse.In 2017, Apple became proactive about how its Watch uses heart rate information by adding the high heart rate notifications, which let users know when their heart spiked above a certain level, and then later adding low heart rate notifications.But the heart rate only measures beats per minute, or the frequency of the heartbeat over time, and not the patterns between each beat known as heart rhythm.With the new irregular rhythm notification, the Apple Watch uses the optical sensor to measure heart rhythm and alerts users when it detects an irregular pattern that may be atrial fibrillation (AFib), a type of arrhythmia that can increase your risk of stroke and other serious heart complications.EKG on the Apple Watch
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The transducers vibrate as music plays, much like a driver inside of an earbud does, except this vibration makes its way to your inner ear by taking an alternate route through your skin and bones.These are a great fit for people who want to remain present, whether that’s to stay safe while cycling down the street or just to be able to hear someone call out to you in the office.Compared to being completely immersed in my over-ear Sony 1000X M3 noise-canceling headphones, the Aeropex don’t make me feel like I’m stepping out of a sensory deprivation chamber when I need to talk with people.Bone conduction headphones are nothing new, and though this is Aftershokz’s first new product since 2017, the Aeropex have many of the same flaws as the Trekz Titanium that we tested three years ago.I find it nearly impossible to concentrate at work while I’m wearing them.Wearing earplugs is a decent but imperfect solution for this issue.
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No one will ever say that police have an easy job, but sometimes, just sometimes, circumstances do half the work for them.Like in Sydney, Australia, where a van jammed with AU$200m (£112m) worth of crystal meth slammed into a cop car parked outside Eastwood Police Station at 10:30am local time yesterday.ABC News reports that the Toyota HiAce totally crushed the front of the marked sedan and shoved it into the cop van next to it.No officers were injured and the incident was caught on CCTV, it being right on the doorstep of a bloody police station.The van was clearly made of sterner stuff as it immediately sped off from the scene, likely to cries of "oh shit, oh shit, oh shit."The alleged driver, 26-year-old Simon Tu, was stopped an hour later in the suburb of Ryde.
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Application uses near-field communication (NFC) technologyHolland’s ING Bank is testing a new software application that turns a smartphone into a point-of-sale (POS) device, without the need for any additional hardware.The trials are being conducted alongside Mastercard.They are using a POS software system developed by Istanbul-based software developers ProvisionUsing the SoftPos application, small retailers and outdoor merchants will be able to use their mobile device to process card payments.While payments are currently limited to the CVM (contactless) limit, Provision says it hopes to expand the amount the application can accept by using PIN on glass or other technologies.
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“The US-China trade clash will accelerate China’s domestic semiconductor production, as well as create local forks of technologies such as ARM processors”Worldwide semiconductor revenue will tumble 9.6 percent year-on-year to $429 billion in 2019, down from $475 billion in 2018, according to Gartner, as the research house downgrades its forecast from an earlier projection of a 3.4 percent fall.While the fall in revenue is steep, it pales in contrast to ongoing oversupply in the DRAM market that will push pricing down 42.1 percent in 2019.This oversupply is expected to extend through the second quarter of 2020, Gartner said.“The semiconductor market is being impacted by a number of factors.A weaker pricing environment for memory and some other chips types combined with the US-China trade dispute and lower growth in major applications, including smartphones, servers and PCs, is driving the global semiconductor market to its lowest growth since 2009,” said Ben Lee, senior principal research analyst at Gartner.
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A report from right-wing think tank Freer has estimated failed government projects in the last few years have created delays totalling 34 years and wasted an eye-watering £7.5bn.This was achieved by just nine projects examined by one Parliamentary committee, it said.The paper was written by the think tank's co-chair, Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, who also sits on the Public Accounts Committee.The Home Office gets the blame for two large IT fails.The Emergency Services Network has racked up £3.1bn more than expected in costs and is currently 48 months late – with no certainty of when or if it will be switched on.The Home Office also gets fingered for the Disclosure and Barring Service, which the report estimated overran its budget by £228m and is 46 months late.
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I’m irked by journalists who can’t speak any Chinese calling them “Wah-way,” as if “Hua” is somehow difficult to pronounce.And sweet Lord, I never want to hear the word “smoking gun” again in my life.What we get from that cocktail is pretty much what we’ve seen for the past eight months or so: intriguing headlines, drama, arrests, speculation, controversy, diplomatic kerfuffles, and don’t forget tweets.This entire situation is one big swirly-eye emoji, followed by a facepalm.Here are a few bullet points which will hopefully provide a bit more clarity:Mark August 19 on your calendar: Despite all the orders and proclamations, it’s safe to say that at least thus far, there has been more thunder than lightning about the impact on Huawei’s day-to-day operations.
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Franky Zapata delighted crowds at France’s Bastille Day celebrations last week when he took a solo flight over Paris on his jet-powered hoverboard.The stunt even prompted a nod of approval from President Macron.But flying over spectators on the Champs-Élysées clearly wasn’t enough for Zapata, who says he’s now planning a far more ambitious trip on his Flyboard Air machine — from France to England.The challenge, which Zapata intends to take on this Thursday, would see the inventor cross the English Channel at its narrowest point, a distance of about 21 miles.That’s like going from New York City’s Times Square all the way to White Plains, but with only water in between.The date is significant, too, as it will mark the 110th anniversary of the first cross-Channel airplane flight, piloted by Louis Blériot.
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Now we can reveal that this autumn, DC’s launching two new series under its Black Label imprint from writer Jeff Lemire and artists Andrea Sorrentino, Denys Cowan, and Bill Sienkiewicz that are squarely focused on Joker and the Question.Joker: Killer Smile follows the Clown Prince of Crime as he has a fateful encounter with a mental health professional that radically alters the course of a number of lives, and while that premise sounds familiar, the story isn’t about Harley Quinn.At first, The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage comes across like a classic, hardboiled detective series, but the series opens with an existential twist: For reasons the Question doesn’t understand, he’s been living and dying in Hub City, seemingly trapped in a loop of reincarnation that spans from the Old West into the 1930s.When we think about the characters in Batman’s orbit who really define the darkness that follows him, the Joker obviously comes to mind, and Killer Smile happens to come at a time when we’re having conversations about the Joker because there are so many incarnations of the character bouncing around in the spotlight right now—Jared Leto, Joaquin Phoenix, the Batman Who Laughs, you get what I’m talking about.Jeff Lemire: Over the course of working together on things like Green Arrow and Old Man Logan over at Marvel, Andrea [Sorrentino] really developed a great chemistry and shared visual language.I think he really tends to gravitate towards darker stories with a lot of psychological and dramatic underpinnings, so the Joker’s right up his alley.
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While birds have always been the main inspiration behind airplanes, the two flying objects share very little in common.While essential for real birds, the design of wings and weathers are impractical and may even be dangerous for planes.That’s not stopping some from designing concepts that could eventually become reality.Such may be Airbus’ “Bird of Prey” that takes imitation to new heights, pun totally intended.A plane’s wings and tail may be segmented in some parts but, as a whole, they’re single pieces of metal that keep the plane afloat in the skies.The age-old design of planes hasn’t seen much change over the decades but Airbus’s new concept design takes biomimicry’s potential quite seriously.
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Given the growing number of young users on the Internet, that has also been a rise in apps that cater specifically to this young audience.Those range from educational or entertainment apps to parental control apps.Those, of course, have to take great care in making sure the young ones don’t get exposed to harmful content.Unfortunately, just like in any other piece of software, those apps can have bugs and one found in Facebook’s Messenger Kids app practically bypassed all the protection that the app promised.Kids chatting with strangers is one of parents’ worst nightmares.That is why most chat apps designed for kids limit them to contacts that are explicitly handpicked or approved by parents and guardians.
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Tesla has filed a patent application for a new wiring architecture that would make its cars easier for robots to assemble, according to a report published Monday by Electrek.When Tesla was in the process of ramping up production for the Model 3 and attempted to employ even more automation than it had with previous models, the robots had trouble with laying out the long, floppy wiring harness and Tesla had to revert back to having humans perform the process.Tesla's immediate solution at the time was to shrink the size of the various harnesses into smaller sections that were less complicated to install in the vehicle.The new architecture design iterates on that idea by breaking the harnesses out into subassemblies with controllers.This also allows the harness pieces to be made more rigid, which will ease installation for robots.These subassemblies can be preassembled and placed into vehicle components -- Tesla uses the example of doors in its patent application -- so that the only electrical connection that needs to be made on the line is the one between the door subassembly and the main loom.
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Unicron is the kind of character who makes other Transformers and Decepticons look downright puny.It debuted in the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie.Now fans have a chance to buy the massive figure via the Hasbro Pulse crowdsourcing platform HASLAB.In robot mode, the figure, called the Transformers: War For Cybertron Unicron, will be over 2 feet tall (686 mm) and has more than 50 points of articulation.Unicron approximately weighs 19 lbs (8.6 kilograms).The gigantic Unicron will be Hasbro's largest converting Transformers figure ever created, taking the title from Fortress Maximus.
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He was the man flying on the hoverboard through Paris, armed with a rifle, during the Bastille Day celebrations last month.Zapata was part of a military parade featuring the 10 European countries that make up the European Intervention Initiative.He had received a €1.3m grant from the French government defence and procurement agency in December 2018.French President Emmanuel Macron cheered him on as he showed off the potential of his turbine engine-powered hoverboard.The internet, of course, quickly cottoned on to the fact that Zapata was about as close to a real life Green Goblin as we're ever going to get.But Zapata is far from done.
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Christoper Columbus Kraft Jr., NASA's first flight director, pioneer of Mission Control and a key figure in the spaceflight program, died Monday.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called Kraft a "national treasure," pointing to his work in establishing NASA's Mission Control, which directs human spaceflight activities from the ground.Kraft's work in developing the procedures and processes for sending humans to space would eventually pave the way for the Apollo missions to the moon and, to this day, provides communications for astronauts aboard the International Space Station."Chris was one of the core team members that helped our nation put humans in space and on the moon, and his legacy is immeasurable," said Bridenstine in a NASA press release."Chris' engineering talents were put to work for our nation at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, before NASA even existed, but it was his legendary work to establish Mission Control as we know it for the earliest crewed space flights that perhaps most strongly advanced our journey of discovery."Kraft was born in Phoebus, Virginia on Feb. 28, 1924.
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As more and more reports of flaws in the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers surface, a New England law firm is championing the players with a lawsuit against the company.If you haven’t experienced it, the fault occurs sometimes in Joy-Con that have been in use for a while.The Switch will react as if the thumbstick is being moved even when it’s not being touched, which can obviously cause some gameplay problems.The so-called “Joy-Con drift” has never really been explained.Is it the result of a hardware problem or stress from use?Nintendo isn’t saying, and I can’t even find a reliable source who knows what part of the Joy-Con causes the drift.
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The results focus on pumping massive amounts of artificial snow onto the surface to stabilise West Antarctica’s glaciers, an idea that would staunch sea level rise but could also have a host of unintended consequences.These types of thought experiments, while interesting to gauge all options humanity has to deal with climate change, also show how desperation could lead to some dangerous decisions by policymakers if carbon emissions aren’t cut soon.West Antarctic is ground zero for the sea level rise crisis.The coastal glaciers hold back an ice sheet that would raise sea levels more than 10 feet if it melted entirely, but they’re being undercut by warm water .Their eventual collapse is possible even if the world meets the Paris Agreement goals, and if that happens it would completely reshape the shorelines of the world.“There is no alternative to reducing carbon emissions to zero and keeping the Paris Climate Agreement, but even if without further warming the planet we have already caused serious damage,” said Anders Levermann, a climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research who worked on the study.
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Consumers curious to know how Intel’s upcoming 10th-generation processors will stack up against AMD’s lineup are now getting their first snapshot, as benchmarks for an i7 model have leaked showing an edge over AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X.The test, performed using Geekbench benchmarking tools on an HP Spectre x360 laptop, confirms that the i7-1065G7 CPU from Intel’s next generation of chips (known by the Ice Lake moniker) outperforms the Ryzen 9 3900X in single-core performance.Although the Ryzen 9 3900X still enjoys a clear lead in multi-core processing, this is still quite a feat for the Ice Lake i7, and a huge vote of confidence for Intel.The results are that much more impressive considering that the nimble Ice Lake mobile chip can put out a higher single-core score despite the fact that it runs at less than half the base clock speed, and less than 20% of the thermal design power (TDP) wattage, of the beefier AMD Ryzen 9 desktop chip.For Intel, this does more than merely deflate the boastful performance claims of their competitor’s powerhouse CPU.The leaked test scores more immediately stand as a compelling answer to the criticism surrounding Intel’s decision to push back a die-size shrink to 7nm until 2021.
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