Since no community is immune from the effects of climate change—2019 saw people commuting by boat in Nebraska, fleeing from fires in Los Angeles, and dying from extreme heat in Phoenix and Maryland—cities everywhere will also have to become more resilient. Even New York City, which recognized its vulnerability after Superstorm Sandy and is investing heavily in resilience, isn’t fully prepared for another similar storm. The city’s transit agency is still working on some repairs, including adding a new wall around the Coney Island rail yard, which serves multiple subway lines and was flooded with 27 million gallons of floodwater and debris in 2012. … [Read more...] about We’re on track to hit 1.5°C of warming in 2040. Here’s how it will change our work lives
Tune in with a tap Like other wireless earbuds, Sony’s WF-1000XM3 buds are sure to be overshadowed by Apple’s best-selling AirPods. Still, Sony did get a jump on Apple with a feature called Quick Attention, which turns down the music and lets in more ambient sound when you press and hold the left earbud’s touchpad. It’s an idea that Sony brought over from its over-ear headphones that launched in 2018, and one that Apple eventually latched onto for the “Transparency” mode in the AirPods Pro, which got lots of attention even though Sony did it first. … [Read more...] about The 11 cleverest tech ideas of 2019
Challenges: With the first hotel’s grand opening still nearly three years away, the gym brand must maintain its momentum to avoid playing catch-up with other wellness-themed brands, including Barry Sternlicht’s growing 1 Hotels, which feature SoulCycle studios. … [Read more...] about Updates From Our Most Innovative Companies
9. YouTube YouTube launched in 2005 as a video-dating site. Users didn’t bite, but the company’s founders soon noticed that people had started sharing other kinds of video content. … [Read more...] about How YouTube, Instagram, Pixar, And Others Found Major Success After A Big Pivot
After searching in vain for a durable, waterproof camera at trade shows around the country, he decided to build his own. He set to work on a prototype, in what can only be described as obsessive fashion. He wore a CamelBak backpack for rehydration and worked 18- to 20-hour days, carving and shaping plastic with a Dremel and using a glue gun to affix plastic buttons and lenses. He sent his model to Hotax, a Chinese camera company, and it sent him back a digital file that he couldn’t open. It took him a few hours to figure out it was in a standard format for 3-D modeling, and when he finally glimpsed and rotated the model, with the water housing and all the fit points that would allow it to stay attached to an athlete at play, “I was so stoked.” With around $20,000 left over from FunBug (and his wife’s shell belts), plus a $200,000 loan from his parents, he made a deal with Hotax to manufacture each camera for about $3 and sold them at surf shops for $14. The … [Read more...] about Can GoPro Rise Again?