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Post-Pandemic World: Homebuilder KB Homes Is Now Including Built-In Office Space In New Homes

Post-Pandemic World: Homebuilder KB Homes Is Now Including Built-In Office Space In New Homes

by Tyler DurdenSat, 08/08/2020 - 12:25 Capitalism is, once again, the solution.

At least that is the case with the housing industry which - like all other industries - is working to adapt to what life is going to be like in a post-pandemic world. For KB Homes, that means acknowledging that less people will be going into the office on a daily basis and including new, built-in offices in homes that they sell.

The KB Home Office, as it's being called, is "is a dedicated room that delivers comfort, function and aesthetics," the company said in a press release. "In this private workspace, homeowners can host online presentations or small in-person meetings and boost their productivity," it continued.

In the press release, KB acknowledges that the shift to work-from-home inspired the new office concept: "The pandemic has served to accelerate the trend of working from ho…

Are Airlines About To Get New Social Distancing Seats? This Startup Thinks So

Are Airlines About To Get New Social Distancing Seats? This Startup Thinks So

by Tyler Durden Sat, 08/08/2020 - 08:45

A startup company by the name Zephyr Aerospace has designed a "social distancing compliant seat for airlines."

The company launched a funding round on Republic Note, offering accredited investors under Rule 506(c) to buy into the dream of revolutionizing airline seating for a post-virus world.

So far, the startup has raised $266,000 out of its $1,070,000 top goal. The seats are easily retrofittable into Boeing and Airbus commercial aircraft will also increase ancillary revenue for airlines by at least 30%.

The startup said there's a significant problem with airline seats. They haven't changed in nearly five decades. All Economy Class seats are fixed upright and difficult to sleep in, forcing "unnatural postures over long periods of time and can damage health," the startup said.

The new double-decker seat design allows travelers the abili…

NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat

NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat Disable location-sharing on apps, agency says in new guidance for military and intelligence personnel ‘Location data can be extremely valuable and must be protected,’ the National Security Agency said Tuesday. By Byron Tau and Dustin Volz Aug. 4, 2020 1:45 pm ET WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency issued new guidance on Tuesday for military and intelligence-community personnel, warning about the risks of cellphone location tracking through apps, wireless networks and Bluetooth technology. The detailed warning from one of the nation’s top intelligence agencies is an acknowledgment that Silicon Valley’s practice of collecting and selling cellphone location information for advertising and marketing purposes poses a serious national-security risk to many inside the government. “Location data can be extremely valuable and must be protected. It can reveal details about the number of users in a location, user and supply mov…

New York Times tops Q2 estimates as digital revenue exceeds print revenue for the first time

New York Times tops Q2 estimates as digital revenue exceeds print revenue for the first time By  Ciara Linnane Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 7:35 a.m. ET The New York Times Co. posted better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter on Wednesday, and said digital revenue exceeded print revenue for the first time. The newspaper group said it had net profit of $23.7 million, or 14 cents a share, in the quarter, down from $25.2 million, or 15 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to 18 cents, ahead of the 3 cents FactSet consensus. Revenue fell 7.5% to $403.8 million from $436.3 million, but beat the $390.0 million FactSet consensus. "We believe that the significant growth over the last several years in subscriptions to our products demonstrates the success of our "subscription-first" strategy and the willingness of our readers to pay for high-quality journalism," the company said in a statement. New York Times added 493,000 net ne…

Scared For School: 4 In 5 Parents Considering Homeschooling Kids This Fall

Scared For School: 4 In 5 Parents Considering Homeschooling Kids This Fall by Chris Melore August 3, 2020 New survey shows that 82% of parents are more worried about sending kids back to school than ever before. A quarter say they absolutely will not allow their children in a classroom. NEW YORK — As autumn nears and the coronavirus outbreak wears on, the next school year is becoming more uncertain for many parents. A new survey finds four in five parents are thinking about homeschooling their school-age children this fall. Of those parents, nearly half say they’re seriously considering keeping their kids home in 2020 and 2021. The poll, commissioned by Crispy Green and conducted by OnePoll, spoke with 2,000 parents to see how families are adjusting to the “new normal” created by COVID-19. Researchers reveal, if given the choice to open or close all schools this fall, one in four parents would not allow children back into the classroom. Health is the biggest concern for most parents The va…

Google's secret home security superpower: Your smart speaker with its always-on mics

Google's secret home security superpower: Your smart speaker with its always-on mics Google speakers are listening to more than just voice commands. Using them for home security could supercharge Google's $450 million ADT deal. Janko Roettgers August 3, 2020 Last week, Reddit user Brazedowl received a curious notification on his phone: Google was telling him that a smoke detector in his home had gone off. Brazedowl, a teacher from North Carolina who goes by Drew in real life, knew about the smoke alarm — he was at home himself and had just fried some sausages in his kitchen. But up until that moment, he had no idea that his smart speaker was able to detect such events. "Google just made my dumb smoke detectors smart," he wrote on Reddit. "Pretty rad." A Google spokesperson told Protocol that the feature was accidentally enabled for some users through a recent software update and has since been rolled back. But in light of Monday's news that Google invested …

Here's The Data Congress Needs To Regulate Social Media

Here's The Data Congress Needs To Regulate Social Media by Tyler Durden Wed, 07/29/2020 - 14:15 Authored by Kalev Leetaru via RealClearPolitics.com, As Washington intensifies its focus on the influence of social media platforms on American life and the democratic process, the heated rhetoric and myriad policy proposals lack one crucial element: data. For all the concern over “community guidelines,” content moderation, fact-checking and advertising policies, we have few of the actual data points necessary to evaluate how well the companies are doing. Could it be that they get it right most of the time and it is just a few high-profile mistakes that are driving our concern? Conversely, are the companies getting it wrong much more than we -- or even they -- realize? What are the datasets that Congress should require from social companies in order to help the public better understand the role those platforms play in society today? On paper, the platforms’ content moderation practices and …