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Woman Performs Surgery On Monarch Butterfly With Broken Wing, Next Day It Surprises Her In The Coolest Way

Depending what time of year they’re born, Monarch butterflies can live from 2 weeks to about 5 months, but this guy’s time was threatened to be cut ever shorter. Romy McCloskey committed to raising these creatures some time ago, and after one of them came into this world with a wing defect, she knew something had to be done. McCloskey turned her home into an operating room and used common household items to perform a wing transplant.

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We don’t give kids free access to junk food. We shouldn’t give them free access to the iPhone.

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It’s fine-tuned to be as engaging as possible, so that you don’t want to put it down once you pick it up. It lacks real substance and is engineered to be desirable. With their sufficiently random rewards systems giving you unpredictable dopamine hits, they’re designed to be addictive. You don’t need it, but you want it, and companies spend billions of dollars each year to convince you to consume it. 

Once you tap, you can’t stop. 

Our addiction to smartphones has taken on many of the hallmarks of the junk food that has become ubiquitous in our culture. 

Adults have enough problems with this kind of self control in the face of advertising. For kids, it’s an entirely unreasonable ask and a growing body of research speaks to the profound negative effects smartphones are having on them. Excessive smartphone use is correlated with depression and other negative mental health outcomes.  Read more…

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These might be the most millennial iPhone cases of all time

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Do you hear how insane you sound? I can’t make any promises. Don’t call me, I’ll call you. If these are phrases you say (or want to say) on the daily, you can project that sentiment to the world with Incipio’s new collection of iPhone cases.

The mobile accessories retailer manufactures iPhone cases for trendy fashion brands such as Rebecca Minkoff and Kate Spade and collaborates with graphic designers like Joy Cho of Oh, Joy! on exclusive collections. Their latest collaboration with New York artist Baron Von Fancy (a pseudonym, obvi) fits perfectly into their wheelhouse of playful-but-pretty designs.  Read more…

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This smart lock is powered by the sun

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The Internet of Things is going green. 

Brinks (a division of hardware manufacturer Hampton Products) has announced that it is taking preorders for its ARRAY Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock you can operate with your smartphone. 

Unlike many smart locks, however, which require standard cylindrical batteries, ARRAY draws from a proprietary lithium polymer battery. This connects to an onboard solar panel, meaning it can be powered directly by sunlight. 

Don’t worry: If your lock is in a shady place, you can still charge its battery the normal way.  Read more…

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BizPlan software is a must-have for anyone starting a business

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So you just had a Eureka moment and a brilliant business idea magically popped into your head. You presented the concept to your friends and family and garnered a favorable response. You even wrote a business plan that lays down all your ideas.

And now what?

As an aspiring business owner, you should know from the start that there’s a difference between a business plan and a business plan that results in funding. Writing one is easy, sure, but crafting a compelling one that would get investors to drop dough is an entirely different story. Thankfully, as with all things, there’s an app for that! Read more…

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Ex-Tinder employees launch professional networking app Ripple

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A team of former Tinder employees has launched a new professional networking app in a bid to make waves in the LinkedIn-dominated market.

Dubbed Ripple (nope, not the cryptocurrency), the mobile app was launched by a team of ex-Tinder folks, including former CTO Ryan Ogle.

According to TechCrunch, the iOS and Android app was backed by IAC’s Match Group, which owns Tinder, for an undisclosed sum — there are no other investors, apart from the founders.

“Professional networking is pretty terrible today,” wrote Ogle on Ripple’s news blog. “That was our consensus when we started reflecting on our own experiences with the networks out there today. Interfaces packed with ads, unwanted mail from recruiters and salespeople, and a lack of community.  Read more…

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This smart deadbolt uses Google Assistant to keep you safe

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In the future, Google Assistant could lock and unlock your door. 

That’s the idea behind Schlage’s Sense Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock enabled with Google Assistant

All you have to do to operate the Sense Smart Deadbolt is say “OK Google, lock my door,” or ask “OK Google, is my door locked?”

You can also operate the lock remotely through the Schlage Sense app, available for iOS and Android.  Read more…

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3 companies helping make China a global hub for IoT technology

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To talk about the Internet of Things in China is to talk about manufacturing. 

Manufacturing spending on IoT technologies in China is estimated to rise to $127.5 billion by 2020. Since China currently produces a large chunk of the world’s electronics (including technologies like sensors and microchips that are fundamental to the IoT), the country is well positioned to shape the backbone of connected homes, IoT-integrated infrastructure, and smart cities around the world.

The Made in China 2025 initiative, for example, focuses on comprehensively upgrading the country’s industries and IoT infrastructure. In addition to country-wide initiatives like this, several China-based startups are helping shape the rapidly growing IoT industry in this region of the world and beyond. Their efforts are being fueled largely by advancements in AI and big data.  Read more…

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30+ Epic Toy Design Fails That Are So Bad, It’s Hilarious

We’ve seen our share of crappy design, but store shelves are so abundant of it, there’s always more to poke fun at. For example, toys. They’re usually designed and made by adults, so you’d expect a considerable amount of consideration before manufacturing them, right? Well, not so much. Bored Panda has collected some of the most questionable toys to prove that some designers have no clue what they’re doing.

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Two Apple investors want the company to study limiting children’s iPhone use

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Kids and smartphones has always been a sensitive topic, but now a two Apple investors are calling on the tech giant to actually do something about it. 

According to a story from the Wall Street Journal, Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System sent a letter to Apple asking the iPhone maker to “develop new software tools that would help parents control and limit phone use more easily and to study the impact of overuse on mental health.”

The two groups control about $2 billion in Apple stock, which is a small chunk given the company’s market value is over $900 billion.  Read more…

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Apple admits that new updates slow older iPhones—but for a good reason

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Apple is slowing down older phones to save battery life and to prevent your iPhone from shutting down. If your phone draws more power than its battery is capable of, the phone will shut down. Older batteries will also not perform as well as newer batteries. Apple is offering discounted battery replacement for customers who own an iPhone 6 or later. While this may give your old phone a boost, it does also encourage you to buy their latest products. Read more…

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Dog Goes To Target, Has The Best Time Of Her Life

If you’re super young and still learning about the things around you, even a shop can blow your mind. So when Zira, the cutest half Corgi on the planet, and her human went to Target, she just couldn’t handle the excitement. Her infectious ear-to-ear smile is taking Twitter by storm, and it’ll brighten your day.

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Those huge CPU vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, explained

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By now you’ve probably heard. A large portion of the world’s computer processors are vulnerable to at least one of two exploits that render them susceptible to hackers. But what, exactly, is going on — and what can you do to protect yourself?

While the answer to the first question is complicated, thankfully the answer to the second isn’t. It turns out that companies like Google and Microsoft have been working behind the scenes to create patches for what the security community has named Meltdown and Spectre. 

But we’re not out of the woods yet, and, depending on your operating system, you still need to take some proactive measures to make sure your data is safe.  Read more…

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