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Startups leave Silicon Valley
Other innovative hubs are becoming more popular — for example, London with fintech, Phoenix and Pittsburgh with developers of autonomous vehicles, Shenzhen with manufacturers of hardware. The main reasons for moving are high cost, competition for workers, congested roads and low quality of life.
Autonomous helicopters are getting closer
According to pilots, it is more difficult to fly a helicopter than a plane, because they fly lower and encounter more obstacles. Because of this, creating an autonomous helicopter is more difficult than a plane. Sikorsky Aircraft has developed an intermediate option — a tablet helicopter control system. The Verge reporter checked what it would be for a layperson to use.
Clothing becomes smarter
Clothing manufacturers team up with technology companies to make wardrobe smarter. This can protect the owner of clothing from scams or thieves — NFC chips prove the authenticity of things, and built-in trackers determine where and how often they are worn. Other things just care about the owner — for example, Levi’s jacket plays music, and Nike sneakers lace themselves up.
How to improve productivity
According to research by Draugiem, productivity is affected not by the length of the working day but by its structure. The optimal mode is the alternation of 52 minutes of work and 17 minutes of rest. It is necessary to work and rest in full force — not to be distracted during the peak of activity and not to reach for a computer or a phone during a break.
Facebook's new focus
Facebook has repeatedly appeared in the center of the scandal due to large users’ data leakage and cyber attacks. As a result, by March 2019, the audience of the platform in the United States alone decreased by 15 million people compared with 2017. To stop the outflow of users, Facebook updated the development program. The social network will focus on instant messengers, their encryption and privacy.
Also published on Medium.