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Anasticia Sholik

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The future of cars

India's wealth gap

One small step

Chinese censorship goes global

The future of gaming

Call of Duty turns down the loot. Players of the latest edition of the military-themed first-person shooter will no longer be able to pay for a chance of getting better at the game. Ridding loot boxes is a big step for the company, which generated $4.2 billion in revenue last year.

Call of Duty won’t be the last high-profile game to get rid of loot boxes

As an avid gamer I am extremely happy about this! This returns the game to a more skill-based system rather than a “pay to win” model. If you want pay to win, play mobile games or Fortnight and try not to get eliminated by some 8 year old who stole his moms credit card to buy better weapons.

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes are more aligned with player engagement b/c you buy the pass and in order to maximize all its benefits you have to play more, play with friends, complete challenges, etc. to unlock things. Brilliant from a user engagement standpoint vs dumb chance loot boxes.

Top dollar TV

Can you hear me now?

Brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers. The loudest models may have noise levels of up to 112 decibels—louder than a plane taking off, a freight train, or a live rock concert.

More and more brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers

Noise pollution is one of the next major challenges to overcome, and the solutions cannot only come from technology advances. Machines, even the quietest, generate their own low-level noise that contributes to both overall pollution and the insistent, steady thrum.

Talkin' Texas

The Lone Star State, but make it fashion. The world’s biggest luxury brand, Louis Vuitton, is investing $50 million into a bag production factory on a Texas ranch south of Fort Worth. They have good reasons why.

Why Louis Vuitton opened a factory on a ranch in Texas

I never thought I'd see the day where Bernard Arnault would be in a photo with Trump. But this is a great set of news for the US manufacturing sector, and hopefully this can create a bigger trend towards fashion brands setting up more US plants.

That said, "Made in the USA" is a tag that brands can

I never thought I'd see the day where Bernard Arnault would be in a photo with Trump. But this is a great set of news for the US manufacturing sector, and hopefully this can create a bigger trend towards fashion brands setting up more US plants.

That said, "Made in the USA" is a tag that brands can only use if 100% of their products are sourced there. The leather isn't entirely from Texas (which is a bit odd) but this issue has also hindered the watch world.

There so much more under this hood, but kudos to LVMH for this news.

The next big thing in banking is small

What is better than neobanks? Neobank killers. Venture capitalists have poured billions of dollars into digital bank startups like Revolut, but some investors think they’ve found an even better bet in the fintech sector.

As neobank valuations bubble up, some investors think there’s an even better bet in fintech

Doubt is growing about the sky-high valuations for tech unicorns, including the much hyped fintechs. I've been speaking with investors who are wary that these companies will ever truly be worth these lofty price tags. At this point, they are looking for less sexy alternatives.

In the meantime, judgement

Doubt is growing about the sky-high valuations for tech unicorns, including the much hyped fintechs. I've been speaking with investors who are wary that these companies will ever truly be worth these lofty price tags. At this point, they are looking for less sexy alternatives.

In the meantime, judgement day will come for the neobanks, if they survive long enough to try to go public.

The world in 50 years

What will we wear? Executive producer of “The Bold Type”, Joanna Coles, envisions a better marriage between tech and clothing. “I think we’ll wear much more intelligent, sustainable fabrics that work with our bodies.”

The World in 50 Years: What will we wear?

I think the future of fashion is uniforms. Maybe it's not wearing the exact same thing every single day but I do foresee a drastic reduction in the quantity of clothes we buy and wear. Capsule closets have gained momentum in recent years as consumers Marie Kondo their wardrobes. Companies such as Rent

I think the future of fashion is uniforms. Maybe it's not wearing the exact same thing every single day but I do foresee a drastic reduction in the quantity of clothes we buy and wear. Capsule closets have gained momentum in recent years as consumers Marie Kondo their wardrobes. Companies such as Rent the Runway have successfully capitalized on a clothing rent and return model. While a focus on utilizing sustainable garment materials is equally important, I think in the next 5 (or 50 years) fashion will continue to embrace the "less is more" mindset. 

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FDA restricts all flavored e-cigarettes; moves to ban menthol

FDA restricts all flavored e-cigarettes; moves to ban menthol

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From Our Members

  • This is just big tobacco using their power to limit vaping so they can maintain the market. For those saying vaping is unhealthy what about cigarettes?? Why weren’t they also banned then?

  • Banning menthol cigarettes and e-cigarettes makes sense. Menthol adds a “rush effect”, which has been seen addictive to the brain similar to spicy foods and substances where one can get High. It’s a behavioral additive that establishes a craving for more, leading to addictive behaviors and over-consumption

    Banning menthol cigarettes and e-cigarettes makes sense. Menthol adds a “rush effect”, which has been seen addictive to the brain similar to spicy foods and substances where one can get High. It’s a behavioral additive that establishes a craving for more, leading to addictive behaviors and over-consumption. While Big Tobacco has profited on this emerging trend and start-ups such as Juul took the USA by storm, one only need look at Europe, where e-cigarettes have been heavily regulated and often banned since 2015. The USA is playing catch-up, and in a perfect world, this would lead to healthier lives for students and adults. The consequence can not be more clear, however: other industries such as cannaboids and low-calorie foods may see an upswing in valuation as consumers shift their wallets to other trendy and anxiety-reducing products.

  • This will be the rise of DIY e-cigarette. Food flavoring and mixer is cheap. I don't think thete will be more cannabis users because vapers don't necessarily like cannabis. In fact many hate to be lumped together.

  • In a word where menthol cigarettes are criminal - only criminals will smoke menthol cigarettes.

  • Hallelujah. Hallelujah. HALLELUJAH. My siblings have friends in the high school that participate in this stuff. I have always been anti-cigarettes, anti-vaping, and this news is music to my ears. No more strolling my child down the street and passing literally dozens of menthol smokers and vapers. It’s abhorrent and disgusting.

  • Absolutely absurd (apart from keeping youths away from this stuff, that makes sense.). The consumers want it, let them goddamn have it.

  • If you are a “My Body, My Choice” advocate, but are cheering this ban - doesn’t that seem a bit hypocritical?

  • This is moving towards the wrong direction. Have we not learned from our failed war on drugs? You cannot simply ban things and they will go away. more DIY flavors and cigarettes will be made, with less regulation and oversight possibly making them more unsafe. If there’s a demand there WILL be a supply

    This is moving towards the wrong direction. Have we not learned from our failed war on drugs? You cannot simply ban things and they will go away. more DIY flavors and cigarettes will be made, with less regulation and oversight possibly making them more unsafe. If there’s a demand there WILL be a supply. What we need is better education, harm reduction, and allowing people to make their own decisions and not have the government decide what is allowed in your own body. The war on drugs is a war on ourself.

  • After 17 years of 2 pack a day smoking, I quit specifically and directly because of 8 months of vaping. Specifically a honeydew flavor. Sorry, Evil and vicious honeydew flavor.

  • I think this is government over reach. The government has no right to tell me what I can and can’t put in my body. That being said I’m not a smoker or a vapor, I don’t like being around it, but it’s not the governments job or right to tell anyone what they can and can’t put in their own body.

  • I learned in the military if you didn’t want people bumming cigarettes off of you ,

    smoke “killer Kools”. Like a kick to the chest lol

  • About time‼️ These products are incredibly unhealthy!

  • I am getting real tired of these holier than thou people telling me what I can and can't do. Vaping affects nobody but me. You anti-smoking screechers might have had a point about INDOOR secondhand smoke. But you whiners do not have a leg to stand on about vaping. It does nothing to you.

  • It’s about time. It’s poison

  • Yeeessssssssss