This article was originally published on TechRepublic. Every morning for the past two years, Eric Shashoua, the founder and CEO of Kiwi for Gmail, cracks open a Soylent meal replacement drink for breakfast. And lunch. And a snack. His 12- to 14-hour workdays leading a tech company require deep concentration, and little time to break for lunch. "I'd been searching for something like Soylent for ages, ever since I could imagine how convenient it would be if you could just drink food," Shashoua said. "I'm not a foodie guy. For me, it's more convenient during the day." Elon Musk once said, "If there was a way that I couldn't eat so I could work more, I would not eat. I wish there was a way to get nutrients without sitting down for a meal," according to the book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. Today, a relatively small but enthusiastic number of tech professionals have followed this ethos, replacing some or all meals with … [Read more...] about Meal replacements make tech workers more productive. Can they also solve world hunger?
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LORI HINNANT and BRAM JANSSEN, Associated Press Updated 10:36 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 In this Thursday, April 12, 2018 photo, mortuary workers carry the coffin of an unidentified man for burial at a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of each other in each grave. less In this Thursday, April 12, 2018 photo, mortuary workers carry the coffin of an unidentified man for burial at a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of ... more Photo: Bram Janssen, AP This Wednesday, April 11, 2018 photo shows burial plots in a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of each other in each grave. This Wednesday, April 11, 2018 photo shows burial plots in a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of … [Read more...] about The global lost: 56,800 migrants dead and missing in 4 years
Could quantum computing help feed the hungry? That’s one possible way that it will transform the world around us, University of Chicago computer science professor Fred Chong told Digital Trends. According to Chong, in the long-term quantum computers could employ special quantum chemistry algorithms to better understand and improve nitrogen fixation, thereby leading to more energy-efficient production of fertilizers and greater food production. While that’s still a way off, Chong has reason to be optimistic: his department at the University of Chicago is among seven universities selected to receive a total of $15 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, with the goal of developing the world’s first practical quantum computer over the next five years. They are employing a different approach, based around trapped ions, to the quantum computers developed by companies such as Google. The funding could help make quantum computers that can attack real-world … [Read more...] about The world’s first practical quantum computer has cash and a timeline
We often acknowledge the fact that, in the eyes of dedicated gamers, mobile games are mostly a joke. The combination of limited input controls, smartphone hardware, and the general public that studios are trying to reach just ends up with shallow, easy, grindy games – well, most of the time. Of course, there are a few idealists among game creators who want to give gamers what they want – as much of a "real" gaming experience as they could cram into a mobile device. And, OK, real talk – even then, the titles are not ideal, but they are certainly worth keeping on one's phone, when a certain itch comes up, but there is no PC or console around.So, we're about to talk tactical strategies – the genre really works well with touch controls, due to the fact that it's much less clicky-clicky and more thinky-thinky. That said, we will deliberately skip XCom: Enemy Within – it's a fantastic game, especially among mobile competitors, and we've mentioned it so many … [Read more...] about Five great, deep, and tough tactical strategies to sate that hardcore game hunger
Most fancy gadgets in the tech world usually follow a well established pattern, when it comes to their looks – the first representatives of a brand new gizmo usually look bland, are commonly painted black (“Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black"), and do not look to draw attention to themselves with any flashy looks, as the fact that they bring technological novelty to our lives makes them exciting enough to sell like hot cakes.Flash forward a few years in the future and the market is saturated. Everybody owns or has owned a few of the gizmos in question and they are barely looking as desirable and special as they used to. A number of manufacturers has spawned and competition is fierce. Around this time, a new demand arises – people love the gadget, but are getting exceedingly bored with its looks and irritated that they can't have a choice of appearance options, which better express their individuality (or at least creates … [Read more...] about Color thy world – here are 9 colorful smartphones that are offered in selections of vibrant or unique paintjobs