Monthly Archives: October 2021

Facebook changes its name to Meta in major rebrand | BBC News

Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of a major rebrand.

The company said it would better “encompass” what it does, as it broadens its reach beyond social media into areas like virtual reality (VR).

The change does not apply to its individual platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, only the parent company that owns them.

The move follows a series of negative stories about Facebook, based on documents leaked by an ex-employee.

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5 Startups That Are Shaping the Future of the Health Care Industry |

“The fourth industrial age is here,” says Daniel Kraft, a health care futurist and medical doctor. “It’s transforming how we get our digital banking done, how we stream movies. But health care is still stuck in the third–or maybe the second–industrial age, with fax machines and CD-ROMs.”

Specifically, innovations such as artificial intelligence and machine learning have been stubbornly slow to enter the health sector. And the big strides that have been made in data collection–wearables that monitor your vitals, voice biomarker trackers, and genomic sequencing, to name just a few–have so far resulted in only a few widely used, truly useful applications.

“Nobody wants more data–they want the actual insights that are useable,” says Kraft, who prefers the term now-ist to futurist. “How do we make actionable information that translates to the point of care or the bedside?”

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YouTube warns creators it will start to demonetize low-quality kids’ videos next month | TechCrunch

YouTube says it will soon begin to demonetize some of the channels on its platform that market themselves as “made for kids” if the content they produce is low-quality, encourages negative behavior or attitudes, or is heavily commercial. The company had previously warned this sort of content would no longer be eligible for inclusion in its dedicated YouTube Kids app, but starting next month YouTube will also begin to enforce new monetization policies as well, which may impact the creators’ eligibility for or possible removal from the YouTube Partner Program.

YouTube first announced its plans to increase its protections for minors in August, saying that some of the updates would directly address upcoming regulations, while others were going beyond what would be required by law. At the time, YouTube said it would shift the default settings on videos for users ages 13 to 17 to private, would enable “take a break” and bedtime reminders for minors, would stop leveraging “interests” data for targeting teens and kids with ads, and more.

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12 Best Wireless Gaming Headsets (2021): PS5, Switch, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One | WIRED

GOING WIRELESS IS cheaper than ever, but if you’re going to spend hours wearing a headset coordinating with your squad in a game—or maybe sitting through your tenth Zoom meeting of the day—it needs to be comfortable, sound crisp, and pick up your voice clearly. Over the past three years, we’ve tested dozens of headset and headphones to pull together this list of the best wireless gaming headsets for PCs, Mac, Android phones, iPhone, Nintendo Switch (all models), Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4. We’ll continue testing new models over time, so bookmark this page to see our future picks.

Be sure to check out our many buying guides. For more accessory suggestions, check our picks for the Best Nintendo Switch Accessories and Best PS5 Accessories.

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Tesla surpasses $1 trillion market value | TechCrunch

Tesla’s market valuation hit and then surpassed the $1 trillion mark Monday, a milestone reached by the company 11 years after it became a publicly traded company. It also puts Tesla in select company with Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, all of which have market caps above $1 trillion.

Tesla met the $1 trillion market cap mark around midday Monday when shares hit $998.22. Share prices hovered just below $1,000 and then suddenly shot past it — another first for Tesla. Shares closed up 12.66%, at $1,024.86. This is the first time the company’s share price reached $1,000 a share.

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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Review: Return of the Camera King | WIRED

“HEY GOOGLE, TYPE.”  I’ve composed much of this review with my voice. That’s thanks to Assistant voice typing, one of many new software features in Google’s new Pixel 6 smartphone. In any text field, you can say the magic command above and start talking. It even works when the phone is offline. It might sound like an ordinary voice dictation feature, but it’s incredibly fast on the Pixel. It’s also surprisingly accurate, and it can adapt to your speech as you use it. For example, it didn’t understand when I spoke out my Korean friend’s last name, but after typing it out twice, the phone now spells the name correctly every time.

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Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Pricing for a Luxury Design Startup | Entrepreneur

The consequences of the wrong price can destroy the authority and credibility of a luxury brand. That’s why the pricing strategy needs to be managed as rigorously as clients and budgets.

When it comes to luxury, price is about perception. When clients think the prices are higher than what they are, pricing power is built. The “luxury extra value” is to be found in the experience and activations luxury companies create.

Annual increases of 5% – 10% on the price list are expected by luxury customers, and this expectation doesn’t change during an economic downturn. But during a recession, many businesses lose their confidence and they are tempted to discount with the hope of keeping up with the forecasts. Discounting luxury products always dilutes the brand’s equity, authority and perception of luxury.

The four most common mistakes in pricing luxury are costly because they are all reasons why companies go out of business.

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Natural Jet Lag Prevention, to Make Your Trip a Little Easier | Green Matters

We’re completely obsessed with traveling, but jet lag can really take away from an awesome trip. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of natural jet lag prevention tips, so you can enjoy vacay, without feeling tired or rundown as soon as you arrive. Bon voyage!

Stay hydrated

This may sound obvious, but make sure to drink water before, during, and after your flight. According to Mayo Clinic, a sure-fire way to avoid jet lag is to stay hydrated. The aircraft cabin in most commercial airplanes tends to be super dry, and dehydration can seriously exacerbate jet lag symptoms. Keep your skin hydrated, too, by staying moisturized during your flight.

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Alive Day – October 25, 2020 | Peter Mehit

I had a heart attack on October 25, 2020, which coincidentally, was my 23rd wedding anniversary.  No, I don’t think the two are related.

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Benefits of Drinking Aloe Vera Juice |

For centuries, people have looked to aloe vera for its bountiful healing properties. The outside of these tropical succulents might be spiky and unfriendly-looking, but the gooey, gelatinous inside of the aloe vera leaf is good for more than just soothing summer sunburn. Mildly flavored, though remarkably viscous, the many benefits of drinking aloe vera are most often found when its mixed into shakes, smoothies, or refreshing, efficacious elixirs.

Be aware that the conclusions drawn about aloe vera in this article are not those of medical professionals. Aloe should not be seen as a replacement for medicine or medical care, and any decisions to ingest significant amounts of aloe vera should be made with a doctor’s approval.

That said, here are a few benefits you may get from drinking aloe vera.

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