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ACLU accuses Facebook of running job ads that women can't see – CNET

Facebook is currently reviewing the complaint.
Source: CNET

Amazon's new Alexa Gadgets Toolkit lets Alexa have some toy-friendly fun – CNET

Robots that can lip sync Alexa’s speech? Disco balls that sparkle whenever you say the wake word? Amazon’s new software makes it possible.
Source: CNET

It's the Emmy Awards That Need a 'Popular' Category, Not the Oscars

A lot of great shows came up empty-handed last night; others weren’t nominated at all. Here’s an idea: Let’s celebrate TV we *talk* about.
Source: Wired

Firefox Reality wants to bring the ‘whimsical web’ to VR

Mozilla launched a VR-powered web browser today called Firefox Reality. But just what does browsing the web in VR feel like? We went hands-on with this new browser to see how Mozilla imagines the future of virtual reality content.

The post Firefox Reality wants to bring the ‘whimsical web’ to VR appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

ACLU Says Facebook Ads Let Employers Favor Men Over Women

Charge filed with the EEOC says employers can discriminate by targeting ads at men and excluding women.
Source: Wired

Ostrichpillow Hood, the latest product from Studio Banana, is no joke

I’m not going to lie, when Studio Banana released the original Ostrichpillow back in 2012, despite breaking all Kickstarter records at the time, I thought the whole thing might be an elaborate joke. Or, worse still, since the sleep-at-your-desk styled product had found popularity amongst people who worked at startups, Silicon Valley was now parodying itself.

Except that “transformative” design company Studio Banana is based in Europe, with offices based in London, Lake Geneva and Madrid. And 500,000 sales and five products later, the joke is arguably on its critics. As I’m fond of telling founders who ask for validation, ultimately it is the market that decides.

Enter the latest Ostrichpillow creation: the aptly named Ostrichpillow Hood. Aptly named because, well, it’s a hood. However, unlike the previous products in the range, which were designed to facilitate sleep in non-traditional places, the Ostrichpillow Hood, we’re told, is to be used in “everyday waking life”.

Specifically, by reducing the ability to see activity in the edges of your field of vision, it is intended to help you focus on the task at hand and/or reduce overstimulation, such as the kind induced by open plan co-working spaces.

The Ostrichpillow Original

“The product we’re launching now is the sixth of the different products that have emerged in the Ostrichpillow family and they’re catering to different needs,” Ali Ganjavian, co-founder of Studio Banana, tells me in a video call yesterday. “Ostrichpillow was really about complete isolation and it was really a statement product… So different products have different use-cases and different functions, and also different social acceptances”.

I suggest that the Ostrichpillow Hood may turn out to be broadly socially acceptable, not least for anyone already familiar with the original Ostrichpillow, but also because asking work colleagues to respect the need to focus is a lot different to asking them to ignore your need to take a nap at your desk. Ganjavian doesn’t degree, even though there is no doubt the two products share the same design heritage.

“A lot of the stuff we are thinking about now is about the state of mind,” he says, noting that throughout the working day we are bombarded with stimuli and information, from messaging apps, emails, social media, meetings and even something as innocuous as having to say hello to work mates. “[The Ostrichpillow Hood] is really about sheltering. It is not only a physical movement, there is psychology in the way it shelters you… it’s about shifting your mood”.

Next Ganjavian demonstrates the three positions the Ostrichpillow Hood is designed to be worn.

The ‘Hood’ position is for when you need to concentrate on something in public, for example when commuting or in an open plan office or coffee shop. Like wearing a pair of visually loud headphones, it also has the added effect of signalling to colleagues that you’d rather not be disturbed or are “wired in“.

The ‘Eclipse’ position, where the hood can be turned around to cover your face completely, is for when you need to truly switch off from your surroundings, such as to deeply think, take a short break or meditate. “If I’ve got my headphones on in that posture then what it allows me to do is to totally isolate myself in the same way I would with an Ostrichpillow but in a much more acceptable way,” says Ganjavian.

Finally, the ‘Hoop’ position, with the hood worn down around your neck, is designed to feel warm and cozy and turns the Ostrichpillow Hood into attire more akin to a fashion accessory.

Adds the Studio Banana co-founder: “What I find really exciting about this moment is that I currently work in between three different geographies, there is so much going on, and how do we create a tool or object that makes me feel good, helps me perform better, and helps me become more efficient, and also feeds that overall well-being that I’m looking for in my workplace. At the same time, I can just walk out into the street with it on and just go home and feel good about it”.


Source: TechCrunch

How Audi's Electric E-tron SUV Stacks Up to Its Competitors

From kilowatt-hours to horsepower to acceleration times, see how the E-tron SUV compares to similar offerings from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and others.
Source: Wired

Captain Marvel: New trailer coming soon, plus release date, cast, plot info and more – CNET

Grab your pager and get ready to head back to the 1990s for a solo film about a Marvel heroine who just might save the universe. Here’s what we know.
Source: CNET

Apple iPhone XS Max review: Gigantic-screen phone for a gigantic price – CNET

The bigger iPhone XS is all about more screen, more battery life… and more money.
Source: CNET

On-demand delivery and moving app Dolly hits $1 million in revenue and expands into SF and DC

The Seattle-based on-demand delivery and moving service, Dolly, is rolling out its services in San Francisco and Washington, DC, as it eyes a broader national expansion in the coming months after hitting a milestone of $1 million in monthly revenue earlier this year.

The company, which raised $8 million in a 2015 funding round, currently operates out of Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston.

What separates Dolly from moving services like the recently launched Moved, it its focus on single pieces of furniture or select small items that can fit in the back of a pickup truck. Dolly isn’t for big house moves, but rather getting that couch, cabinet, or dresser from the furniture store or the flea market to your home or apartment.

The company currently has 5,000 contracted movers or delivery representatives on its platform and is hoping to add between 200 and 400 more in San Francisco and DC (along with planned expansions into Los Angeles and Orange County) within the next six months.

The company said it hopes to hit the top 30 U.S. markets by the summer of 2019.

“Over the past four years we’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t in terms of the markets we serve,” says Mike Howell, Dolly’s chief executive, in a statement. “We could have expanded a long time ago but we wanted to be smart about where and when to grow the business. Our approach has been intentionally methodical and data-driven.”

Dolly attributes its growth to partnerships with retailers like Costco, Big Lots, Lowe’s and Crate & Barrel, and that data-driven approach which has seen the startup analyze more than 100,000 moves in the markets that it enters.

“We understand that most people do not need a Dolly every day, every week or even every month,” says Howell. “As a result it doesn’t make sense for Dolly to heavily subsidize a first use-case like many subscription businesses do.

Dolly was launched in Chicago in 2013 by co-founders Howell, Jason Norris, Kelby Hawn and Chad Wittman. the platform uses an algorithm to set prices for jobs with initial prices ranging between $50 to $85.

And while the company is hoping to bring the on-demand marketplace model to moving services, it’s running into some of the same problems that have hit larger marketplaces like Lyft and Uber in ride-sharing and Airbnb in rentals.

The company has been exchanging lawsuits with Washington state over whether it needs to apply for a license to operate its services in the region. Washington says that Dolly needs to adhere to regulations governing moving services, while Dolly says the laws on the books are archaic and haven’t kept up with changes in consumer behavior and demand.

No matter the outcome, Dolly is pushing ahead with a nationwide rollout. As logistics and last mile delivery become more important, demand for services like Dolly’s should increase.

 


Source: TechCrunch

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