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The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

Recommendation algorithms on sites like Facebook and YouTube can send users down rabbit holes, spread falsehoods, and foster conspiracy theories.
Source: Wired

WorkClout brings SaaS to factory floor to increase operational efficiency

Factory software tools are often out of reach of small manufacturers, forcing them to operate with inefficient manual systems. WorkClout, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, wants to change that by offering a more affordable SaaS alternative to traditional manufacturing software solutions.

Company co-founder and CEO Arjun Patel grew up helping out in his Dad’s factory and saw first-hand how difficult it is for small factory owners to automate. He says that traditional floor-management tools are expensive and challenging to implement.

“What motivated me is when my dad was trying to implement a similar system,” Patel said, noting that his father’s system had cost more than $240,000, took over a year to get going and wasn’t really doing what he wanted it to do. That’s when he decided to help.

He teamed up with Bryan Trang, who became the CPO, and Richard Girges, who became the CTO, to build the system that his dad (and others in a similar situation) needed. Specifically, the company developed a cloud software solution that helps manufacturers increase their operational efficiency. “Two things that we do really well is track every action on the factory floor and use that data to make suggestions on how to increase efficiency. We also determine how much work can be done in a given time period, taking finite resources into consideration,” Patel explained.

He said that one of the main problems that small-to-medium sized manufacturers face is a lack of visibility into their businesses. WorkClout looks at orders, activities, labor and resources to determine the best course of action to complete an order in the most cost-effective way.

“WorkClout gives our customers a better way to allocate resources and greater visibility of what’s actually happening on the factory floor. The more data that they have, the more accurate picture they have of what’s going on,” Patel said.

Production Schedule view. Screenshot: WorkClout

The company is still working on the pricing model, but today it charges administrative users like plant management, accounting and sales. Machine operators get access to the data for free. The current rate for paid users starts at $99 per user per month. There is an additional one-time charge for implementation and training.

As for the Y Combinator experience, Patel says that it has helped him focus on what’s important. “It really makes you hone in on building the product and getting customers, then making sure those two things are leading to customer happiness,” he said.

While the company does have to help customers get going today, the goal is to make the product more self-serve over time as they begin to understand the different verticals for which they are developing solutions. The startup launched in December and already has 13 customers, generating $100,000 in annual recurring revenue (ARR), according to Patel.


Source: TechCrunch

Moby’s new album is exclusive to the Calm meditation app

Album exclusives are nothing new in the age of Tidal, of course. But Moby’s latest is taking a kind of circuitous route to the world’s mobile devices. The electronic artist has released his latest, Long Ambients 2, as an exclusive through the Calm meditation app.

The album dropped over the weekend in celebration of World Sleep Day — which we fittingly appeared to have slept on. It’s a sequel to 2016’s fittingly titled Long Ambients 1: Calm . Sleep. This time out, there are six ambient tracks each running ~37 minutes.

“I originally made these songs for myself because I couldn’t find this type of music anywhere,” the musician and tea entrepreneur said in a release issued with the news. “Long Ambients 2 was designed to help me sleep and to help other people find calm and maybe get a good night’s sleep. I hope to share it with other people who have sleep issues or battle anxiety or have a hard time calming themselves down.”

Calm certainly has the money to throw around. Last month it announced an $88 million Series B, freshly minting its unicorn status. At the time, it noted that the funding would go toward an international push and an investment in content. The mobile deal marks an interestingly high-profile version of the latter.


Source: TechCrunch

Psychedelic Portraits Made With a Hunk of Beveled Glass

Photographer Mikayla Whitmore creates these images without any apps or effects filters.
Source: Wired

Star Wars News: Here's What One Dude Has Seen of 'Episode IX'

Disney showed a bit of the next ‘Star Wars’ movie to shareholders. This guy tweeted about it.
Source: Wired

Facial recognition 101: Your face is your new fingerprint – CNET

Facial recognition technology is both innovative and worrisome. Here’s how it works and what you need to know.
Source: CNET

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case – CNET

Authorities call facial recognition a valuable tool. Civil liberties groups say it’s dangerous.
Source: CNET

Galaxy S10 tips and tricks video – CNET

Take your Samsung phone to the next level.
Source: CNET

I tried an online doctor — and survived – CNET

A Singapore-based app let me consult with a doctor (become a guinea pig) without leaving my sick bed (couch).
Source: CNET

Fisker plans to launch $40,000, 300-mile electric SUV in 2021 – Roadshow

A “drivable prototype” will be shown by the end of this year.
Source: CNET

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