Let’s Talk Tips for Thursday, August 1st 2019 – Volume 11
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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:
1.) DARPA’s Squad X Project Pairs Marines and Robots to Eliminate the Fog of
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has been working on a
project that partners dismounted soldiers with autonomous robots and drones
called Squad X. It’s designed to provide soldiers in the field with more
information about their surroundings. An included video helps to
demonstrate. The project uses a variety of tools to gather and transmit
information to Marines and soldiers: autonomous robots that can drive around
their locations; aerial drones that can survey their immediate surroundings;
and off-the-shelf Android tablets to take in all of that information and
present it to soldiers on the ground. An artificial intelligence system
processes the information from the sensors, and presents the relevant data
to the participants.
2.) Boston Dynamics’ Robots Are Preparing To Leave The Lab – Is The World
Not many robotics companies can boast legions of fans online, but not many
robotics companies make robots quite like Boston Dynamics. After decades of
kicking machines in parking lots, the company is set to launch its first
ever commercial bot later this year: the quadrupedal Spot. It’s a crucial
test for a company that’s spent decades pursuing long-sighted R&D. And more
importantly, the success – or failure – of Spot will tell us a lot about our
own robot future. Are we ready for machines to walk among us?
3.) For Better or For Worse A Flamethrower Drone is Now A Thing You Can Buy.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
You can now easily build a flying flamethrower yourself. Included is a video
of the Throwflame TF-19 Wasp, a functional flamethrower attachment for
commercial-grade heavy lift drones that can hit targets up to 25 feet away,
with a one-gallon fuel tank that can produce a stream of fire for 100
seconds, according to the company.
4.) When an Online Teaching Job Becomes a Window into Child Abuse
More than half a million Chinese kids take virtual English classes on
VIPKid. What can the platform do to keep them safe in their own homes? Many
US teachers still feel they are better off staying out of it. As Mindy, a
VIPKid instructor from Michigan, puts it, “We can go to many places in the
world, and children are not treated the same way. They don’t have a time-out
chair they sit in. There are much harsher things people do to discipline
5.) These Hackers Made an App That Kills to Prove a Point
Medtronic and the FDA left an insulin pump with a potentially deadly
vulnerability on the market – until researchers who found the flaw showed
how bad it could be.
1.) Tips for Fighting Fourth of July Weight Gain
Did you know that the average American consumes more than 3,000 calories at
a summer cookout? And with Independence Day falling on a Thursday this year,
there is an extra-long weekend full of opportunities to overindulge on the
fattening barbecue favorites responsible for frustrating weight gain.
2.) James Martin Weight Loss: Celebrity Chef Cut This One Thing From His
Diet To Shed 6st
James Martin is an English chef who has worked in a number of Michelin star
restaurants during his career. He regularly appears on screens showing off
his cooking skills and took part in the reality dance show, Strictly Come
Dancing. As well as this, the chef has been working hard off the screens too
and has gone through an impressive weight loss transformation. He opened up
about the diet and fitness plan which helped him slim down.
3.) Bethenny Frankel Is Keeping Her Followers Posted On Twitter With Her
Bethenny Frankel, reality star on Real Housewives of New York and founder of
the mega brand Skinnygirl, recently issued a challenge to her Twitter
followers encouraging an uptick in exercise and healthier nutrition. Using
the hashtags #IMIN and #summerreboot, Frankel asked fans to join her in the
4.) Weight Loss Diet: This Plan Can Help You Lose 10lb In One Week – What
Can You Eat?
Weight loss is on the minds of many and there are different ways to achieve
this. To lose weight quickly, eating certain foods can help slimmers shift
up to 10lb in just one week. What can you eat?
5.) Four Tips To Cope With PMS
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects a high number of women, with many
experiencing mood swings in the days before menstruation. According to
Healthline, PMS is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms that
start a week or so before a woman’s period. Other than mood swings, symptoms
of PMS might include sadness, irritability and anxiety. Though they may not
be life threatening, the symptoms can still make day-to-day life more
challenging. Here are four tips on how to cope with PMS, as compiled by
1.) Facebook Warns Pages It Is Downgrading Posts That Use Exaggerated Health
Claims To Promote Products
Facebook announced in early July 2019 that it has made ranking updates to
its News Feed algorithm, aiming to reduce posts that contain exaggerated or
sensational health claims, as well as posts that promote or attempt to sell
products or services based on health-related claims.
2.) What is Social Proof? And How Do You Use it In Your Marketing Strategy?
Put simply it means relying on the wisdom of others when making a decision.
Relying on social proof is universal behavior. 92% of 18- to 34-year-olds
get input from friends and family before making a purchase. And as a
marketer, it’s one of your most important tools. Social proof takes many
forms, and there are tons of ways to incorporate it into your marketing
strategies. Below, we’ll walk through some of the most valuable forms of
social proof marketing and how they can work for you.
3.) Facebook Announces Libra Crypto-Currency. All You Need To Know
Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency, Libra,
which will let you buy things or send money to people with nearly zero fees.
You’ll pseudonymously buy or cash out your Libra online or at local exchange
points like grocery stores, and spend it using interoperable third-party
wallet apps or Facebook’s own Calibra wallet that will be built into
WhatsApp, Messenger and its own app. Facebook released its white paper in
late June 2019 explaining Libra and its testnet for working out the kinks of
its blockchain system before a public launch in the first half of 2020.
4.) Introducing a New Twitter.com
On July 15, 2019 Twitter rolled out a new Twitter.com – a refreshed and
updated website that is faster, easier to navigate and more personalized.
The site has an updated look and feel that is more consistent with the
Twitter you see on other devices, making it easier to access some of your
favorite features, and with more options to make it your own.
5.) 25 of the Best Facebook Page Apps to Give Your Business a Boost
As the adage goes, there’s an app for just about everything these days, and
that’s true when it comes to Facebook pages apps, too. There are apps that
can help Facebook page managers do everything from work more efficiently, to
create more engaging content and sell more products. We’ve assembled the
best of them here.
1.) Michael Alfred del Vecchio Provides Suggestions on How Small Businesses
Can Invest their Earnings
Expert financial advisor Michael Alfred Del Vecchio provides guidance for
businesses on how to invest in order to gain additional profits.
2.) From Shrimp To Fake Eyelashes, Social Media Sales Soar In
Propelled by upgrades to mobile banking apps, sales via social media in
Thailand more than doubled to 334.2bil baht (RM45.27bil) in 2017, according
to the latest report from the country’s Electronic Transaction Development
3.) A Soaring Tower Designed For Seniors To Rise In Center City
A soaring tower designed with aging baby boomers in mind is coming to a
prime Center City intersection. A building permit filed by developer
Brickstone Realty last week detailed a 300-unit residential structure,
including 60 assisted-living beds, and an 84-car underground garage. The
24-story project will rise on S. 12th Street at Sansom, replacing a
two-story Park America garage that will be demolished. The building, to be
ultimately owned and operated by Benchmark Senior Living, will also include
80 bike parking spots and retail space on the ground floor.
4.) Millennials Set For Longer Retirements Than Baby Boomers Despite Rising
Young workers can look forward to longer retirements than their parents’
generation because life expectancies have risen much more sharply than
planned pension ages. People born in 1996 can expect to spend more than a
third of their adult lives as pensioners, according to an OECD study of 37
5.) 25 Senior Service Business Ideas
The baby boomer generation controls the majority of the disposable income in
the U.S. And as that generation ages, there’s an increasing need around the
country for businesses that provide important senior services.
1.) Canadian Transportation Agency Announces Plans To Enhance Accessibility
Of Canada’s National Transportation System
Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act , which received Royal Assent on June
21, 2019, will provide the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) with new
tools to help advance the accessibility of the national transportation
system. Once in force, this legislation will provide the CTA with the
2.) LEGO Introduces Braille Bricks to Help Visually Impaired Kids (Video)
The LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group will pilot a grassroots innovation that
can help blind and visually impaired children learn through play using LEGO
bricks. LEGO Braille Bricks will be molded with the same number of studs
used for individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet, while
remaining fully compatible with the LEGO System in Play.
3.) Lyft Fights To Avoid Americans With Disabilities Act In Federal Court
Lyft argues it should not be subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act
and is fighting a federal class action lawsuit filed in Westchester County
on the grounds that “it is not in the transportation business.”
4.) Voting Device To Help Blind People is Unlawful, High Court Rules
Enabling a blind voter to mark ballot papers without being able to know
which candidate she is voting for is a parody of the electoral process. The
government’s current arrangements for helping blind voters do not allow
people to vote independently and are unlawful, the High Court has ruled.
5.) Study Shows High Ranking Websites Are Neglecting Accessibility
Searchmetrics’ analysis of Google Lighthouse Ranking Factors reveals the
standard of technical optimization of the top-ranking websites on Google.
The report shows that there are clear correlations between factors like
faster load times or use of modern web technologies and better ranking
positions in the Google search results. Besides presenting the most relevant
findings, drawing on the results of over 15 million Google Lighthouse
audits, the study also provides a preview of more targeted Lighthouse
reports that can be used to guide the technical optimization of websites in
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