When you sign up for a monthly subscription, the app gives a running tally of how much you’ve helped. “We wanted to make sure that we don’t have that experience of donating into a black box, but really showing that your money is working for you,” Gilles says. “So you see, in real time, a counter that shows you every minute how much carbon you’re offsetting. We break it down further into individual units just to make it very visceral and intangible—how many trees have been planted by the money you’ve funded, how many kilowatt-hours of solar energy. We really want to make that as tangible as possible, because we feel a big inhibitor for people to take climate action is the fact that CO2 is simply invisible, and climate change is an abstract topic in general.” … [Read more...] about This new app offsets your carbon footprint, then helps you shrink it
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McCue envisions storyboards being used for thoughtful list-style assemblages of material that lives outside of Flipboard—”The five best pieces of gear to bring with you on the Appalachian trail, or the three stories you have to read to understand what’s happening with Black Lives Matter, curated by people with a perspective,” he says. Though you can go back and edit your storyboards later, they only get a big algorithmic push upon first publication, emphasizing their purpose as as a tool for once-off curation rather than ongoing feeds. … [Read more...] about Flipboard’s ‘storyboards’ are a new curation tool for the proudly picky
Panay describes the initial target audience for the Surface Duo as “Surface fans who live in the Microsoft app ecosystem,” and such folks may well be thrilled with the device right out of the box. Those who do at least some of their living in Slack, Zoom, and other non-Microsoft apps will be happiest if other developers begin to support the double-wide view, along with another feature that Microsoft implemented in its own apps: the ability to drag and drop elements such as text from one app to another. Microsoft calls support for these features “enlightening” an app, and says that it’s working to help other developers do just that. (One early example: An upcoming update to Amazon’s Kindle e-reading app will show a page of text on each screen, like a real dead-tree book.) … [Read more...] about The many sides of Microsoft’s new two-screen Suface Duo phone
With its room full of guys in suits and ties, this video has an overpowering 1970 vibe to it. But the Picturephone II looks pretty slick from a design standpoint. And its features—including a zoom option, document sharing, mute control, and privacy mode that blacked out the screen—show that AT&T had a good sense of what would make the technology useful and appealing as a business tool. … [Read more...] about Watch the first videoconference, which took place 50 years ago today
That means that gas stoves will need to be replaced by electric or induction stoves, gas water heaters will be replaced by electric water heaters, and furnaces that run on natural gas will likely be replaced by heat pumps, which make use of the constant heat underground to transfer heat inside when it’s cold (in the summer, the process can be reversed to create efficient air cooling). In Maine, the government is paying to help homeowners switch to heat pumps, with a goal of installing 100,000 by 2025. In New York, the state is spending billions on heat pumps as well. Some international governments already plan to go further. In the Netherlands, where natural gas is even more common than it is in the U.S., the country plans to be completely gas-free by 2050. … [Read more...] about What will it take for cities to get rid of natural gas?