A self-sustaining shower speaker Waterproof shower speakers are hardly new, but Ampere has gone a step further by using hydropower to keep its speaker charged. The Shower Power speaker installs between your shower’s water pipe and showerhead, working like a water wheel to charge its battery and playing audio over Bluetooth from your phone. Ampere says that if you use the speaker only while the water’s on, it should never run out of power. … [Read more...] about CES 2021: The smartest ideas from the scaled-down virtual show
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Instead, the team relies on Facebook-owned WhatsApp. “It works really well in low-bandwidth environments,” says CEO Nate Mook, who notes that WhatsApp will heavily compress an image before sending, while Apple’s iMessage strives to preserve the full-quality version.Mook’s chief complaint with WhatsApp may sound familiar: its requirement that you add somebody to your WhatsApp contacts list before texting or calling: “You end up with these massive address books,” he says. … [Read more...] about The tech that keeps World Central Kitchen cooking in times of disaster
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is hoping to help restore cell service and internet connectivity to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through its high-flying Project Loon balloons. In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, residents of the islands lack access to basic supplies like food and running water, and 83% of people still lack cell reception. Alphabet aims to fix that with its so-crazy-it-just-might-work plan to use balloons that fly in the stratosphere thousands of feet in the air to relay high-speed internet from a telecommunications center through the balloon network, to users’ LTE-equipped phones on the ground. The plan worked in a flood-ravaged Peru earlier this year, and they hope to replicate that success in the Caribbean. Alphabet already has experience working in Puerto Rico, having sent one of their balloon autolaunchers to the island in 2016. … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico cell phone service is still out. Can Alphabet’s Project Loon fix it?
There are a vast array of other free and affordable resources at your fingertips to help you acquire skills in data science, crisis leadership, and economics. And many U.S. employers offer free training and career development, partly supported by government funding. New pending legislation, the U.S. Upskilling and Retraining Assistance Act, which seems to have bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, would increase to $12,000 the amount companies could deduct for tax purposes when paying for employee training. So be sure to check with your employer about what resources are available. … [Read more...] about These are the 3 skills you need to succeed in 2021
Use the task manager in Outlook and convert emails to tasks, assign due dates, delegate them to team members, and view them on your calendar. If you are a Gmail user, you can use an app such as Drag, Yanado, or BasicOps to create, track, and delegate tasks. Create an email shopping account. Use this account only for online purchases and shopping-related newsletters. Your primary inbox will remain clutter-free and it’s easier to find a coupon from your favorite retailer. Email = boundaries Email is an excellent filter of people, projects, ideas, and requests for my time. I can check email when I choose to check it. I use the email out-of-office notification as a boundary around my time—the project time I carve out to do work, my thinking time, and my personal time. Email enables me to filter and then respond based on my priorities so I can work and play from a place of relaxed control. … [Read more...] about Why I love email and you can too if you try these extremely easy tips