Monthly Archives: December 2020

Man Uses Brain-Controlled Robot Arms to Eat a Twinkie | Digital Trends

Robert “Buz” Chmielewski, a quadriplegic man who suffered an accident in his teens that left him with minimal movement and feeling in his hands, recently fed himself dessert with the aid of two prosthetic robot arms he was able to control using his mind.

Two years ago, Chmielewski underwent a 10-hour brain surgery at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital. This was part of a clinical trial designed to allow participants to control assistive devices using neuro signals. As part of the procedure, he had six electrode arrays implanted into both sides of his brain. This has now allowed Chmielewski to be able to control smart prostheses, such as these robot limbs, to carry out tasks like feeding himself.

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5 Smart Ways to Reduce Outstanding Accounts Receivables | The Startup Magazine

Getting companies to pay invoices can be hard sometimes, especially if they’re a large multi-faceted client with multiple departments and teams of people to work through when you’re trying to square off your outstanding accounts receivables. This is a tricky scenario that requires careful steps to resolve.

While you are deserving of the money you are owed, you need to be careful about fostering your relationships with clients so you don’t cause problems down the road. If you’re too forceful in demanding payment, you could damage important business relationships that were otherwise going well.

With that in mind, here are 5 smart ways to reduce outstanding accounts receivables!

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FTSE 100 index of leading shares hits highest since March | BBC News

Britain’s index of leading shares closed at its highest since the pandemic sparked a market rout in March as investors on Tuesday cheered the post-Brexit trade deal.

In the first day of trading since markets closed on Christmas Eve, the FTSE 100 ended up 1.6% at 6,603 points.

It was the Footsie’s best day since 9 November, and only falls in bank shares stopped the index from rising further.

US shares also rose in the first few hours of trading.

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You’re Never Too Old to Start a Business, Even If That Business Is Winning $26 Million in the Lottery |

Maybe you think you’re too old to start your business — especially your own successful business.

If so, you’re wrong: A study conducted by the Census Bureau and two MIT professors found:

  • A 50-year-old startup founder is 2.2 times more likely to found a successful startup than a 30-year-old.
  • A 50-year-old startup founder is 2.8 times more likely to found a successful startup than a 25-year-old founder.
  • A 60-year-old startup founder is 3 times as likely to found a successful startup as a 30-year-old startup founder — and is 1.7 times as likely to found a startup that lands in the top 0.1 percent of all companies.

Case in point: Jerry and Marge Selbee. After running a local convenience store in Evart, Michigan (population 1,900) for 17 years, Jerry and Marge sold the business and retired.

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Not even 5G could rescue smartphone sales in 2020 | TechCrunch

This was going to be the year of 5G. It was going to be the year the next-generation wireless technology helped reverse some troubling macro trends for the industry — or at the very least helped stem the bleeding some.

But the best laid plans, and all that. With about a week left in the year, I think it’s pretty safe to say that 2020 didn’t wind up the way the vast majority of us had hoped. It’s a list that certainly includes the lion’s share of smartphone makers. Look no further than a recent report published by Gartner to answer the question of just how bad 2020 was for smartphone sales.

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The Worst Hacks of 2020, a Surreal Pandemic Year | WIRED

WHAT A WAY to kick off a new decade. 2020 showcased all of the digital risks and cybersecurity woes you’ve come to expect in the modern era, but this year was unique in the ways Covid-19 radically and tragically transformed life around the world. The pandemic also created unprecedented conditions in cyberspace, reshaping networks by pushing people to work from home en masse, creating a scramble to access vaccine research by any means, generating new fodder for criminals to launch extortion attempts and scams, and producing novel opportunities for nation-state espionage.

Here’s WIRED’s look back at this strange year and the breaches, data exposures, ransomware attacks, state-sponsored campaigns, and digital madness that shaped it. Stay safe out there in 2021.

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10 Home Office Essentials for Less Than $50 That Can Seriously Spruce up Your Space | Entrepreneur

Most people transitioned to working from home in 2020, and many people can expect the work from home life to continue in 2021. If you haven’t gotten your home office in the shape you want it to be in, now’s a great time to do so.

We’ve rounded up some of the most useful home office accessories, all of which are on sale for an extra 20 percent off with promo code HOLIDAY20. That code brings everything down to less than $50! But act fast, these sales are live for a limited time only.

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The Rise Of Disney Streaming |

In 2021, the biggest US beneficiary of the streaming bonanza will be Disney. After a plethora of streaming competitors launched in 2020, Netflix still added a substantial number of subscribers. As impressive as Netflix’s sustained dominance was Disney+’s ability to quickly gain viewers. These developments show there’s room for multiple services to thrive in this fast-growing market.

But no other new US streaming service had a debut like Disney+ did—we estimate that it will reach 72.4 million US monthly viewers in 2020, its first full year in service. We forecast that more than one-fifth of the US population will use Disney+ this year, and in 2024, more than one-third will. So far, other streaming entrants suffered from distribution limitations, confusing branding, or a lack of quality programming. None of these problems have hampered Disney+, which will become the third most popular US streaming service by the end of 2024.

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Tree-hugging luxury hideaway overlooks breathtaking Norwegian fjord | New Atlas

Helen & Hard has designed a particularly stunning treehouse in rural Norway. Named Woodnest, the forest dwelling is supported by a living pine tree that runs through its center, and it offers a well-stocked interior that sleeps up to four people.

The Woodnest shown is one of a pair of identical treehouses situated in a forest near the Hardangerfjord in Odda, Norway. It consists of a glulam (glued-laminated timber) frame that’s fastened to the trunk of a pine tree with a steel collar. The tree runs through the center of the interior, rather like Ethan Schlussler’s amazing treehouse, and exits through the ceiling. The firm told us that there’s a little extra space for the tree to expand in width as it continues to grow in height. The exterior is finished in timber shingles.

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Carlo Ratti Associati designs “world’s first” fully compostable marker pen | Dezeen

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) has designed a concept for a compostable marker pen comprising natural fibres and a water-based, edible ink that would break down within six months.

The Scribit Pen comprises a barrel made from a choice of either wood, bioplastic or anodised aluminium, which is designed for repeated use.

This holds a nib and cartridge made from natural fibres including sawdust, hemp fibres, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) – a polymer that is used to produce biodegradable plastic – and lignin.

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