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Starbucks will start banning porn access on its Wi-Fi

After McDonald’s and Subway had done it

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By next year, you’ll have one less place to watch porn in public.

That’s because Starbucks will soon block access to pornography and other NSFW content on its public Wi-Fi. Currently, porn is only banned from being viewed while inside a Starbucks branch, but there’s no actual software in place to prevent sneaky fellows from doing so.

A Starbucks rep told Business Insider that they’ve figured out how to prevent this type of content from being viewed on their network and stores in the US will be the first to roll this out.

Internet-safety organization Enough Is Enough had been pressuring Starbucks to implement a porn-blocking system for years, starting that other major chains such as McDonald’s and Subway had already made a move way back in 2016.

Enough Is Enough CEO Donna Rice Hughes said, “People sit there for hours using the internet. They’re known for this. Let’s make it safe and secure.”

Hughes believes that by enforcing this, convicted sex offenders won’t be able to use public Wi-Fi to access illegal child and hardcore pornography. The added layer of security should also prevent kids from bypassing parental controls on smartphones and tablets.

How effective Starbucks’ porn filter will be is still up in the air. Traditionally, relying on computers and algorithms to dissect content and feed us only the good stuff has been hit or miss at best.

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Fitbit wearables can identify influenza outbreaks, research says

Heart rate and sleep tracking are more than just a feature

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By now, we all know that smartwatches are more than just a device tracking your steps and heart rate. For instance, Fitbit improves someone’s sleep cycle and Apple Watch has saved a man’s life. Apart from being a lifestyle companion in achieving your fitness dreams, smartwatches can help prevent us from getting sick.

Since we’re currently in the midst of flu season, people are required to be more vigilant about their health and their surrounding. Fortunately, your smartwatches can help predict an influenza outbreak.

In a published study on The Lancet Digital Health journal, wearable devices can perfectly capture affected individuals through their spiking resting heart rate and changes in their sleep. The study came from de-identified data of 47,248 Fitbit users from California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, who participated in Fitbit’s research and study with The Scripps Institute.

Dr. Jennifer Radin, author of the published study said, “Responding more quickly to influenza outbreaks can prevent further spread and infection, and we were curious to see if sensor data could improve real-time surveillance at the state level.”

“In the future as these devices improve, and with access to 24/7 real-time data, it may be possible to identify rate of influenza on a daily instead of a weekly basis,” Radin added.

The partnership between Fitbit and The Scripps Institute has been crucial for clinical researchers using wearables to better understand, prevent, and treat diseases. In a way, a wearable’s potential expands to keeping people healthy and improve the healthcare system we have.

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Limited edition Honor MagicWatch 2 design series unveiled

Honor taps into the world of art and fashion

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Time-pieces have always been more than just a way to tell time. In some ways, it’s become a form of self-expression. With that in mind, Honor launches nine limited edition Honor MagicWatch 2 designs.

The designs were made in collaboration with a number of rising stars in the worlds of art and graphic design including Jacky Tsai, George Greaves, Wang DongLing and Giovanni Ozzola. These were made with the vision of bringing together elements of illustration, graphic design, photography, sculpture and calligraphy.

HONOR x Jacky Tsai An Innovative Fusion of Pop Art and Chinese Craftmanship with “Floral Horse” and “Shanghai Tang Café” 

With two eye-catching limited-edition designs, named “Floral Horse” and “Shanghai Tang Café” respectively, Jacky fuses elements of pop art with iconic eastern influences using splashes of colour across the watch faces and straps.

“Floral Horse” by Jacky Tsai

With two eye-catching limited-edition designs, named “Floral Horse” and “Shanghai Tang Café” respectively, Jacky fuses elements of pop art with iconic eastern influences using splashes of colour across the watch faces and straps.

“Shanghai Tang Café” by Jacky Tsai

HONOR x George Greaves A Touch of Exotic with “The Palm Tree”

“The Palm Tree” by George Greeves

Bristol-based illustrator George Greaves is a master in dreamlike, archetypal imagery. Inspired by nature, the unisex palm tree design combines geometric elements with a muted color palette, evoking a sense of majestic landscapes and far-flung adventures

HONOR x Wang DongLing Reinterpreting Historical Calligraphy with “Cheng Hao, ‘Autumn Moon’, Entangled Script”

“Cheng Hao, Autumn Moon, Entangled Script 1” by Wang DongLing

Wang Dongling is widely recognized as China’s greatest living calligrapher and is known for his large abstract works that he calls “calligraphic paintings.” Bringing together poetry and painting, Dongling creates his work through performances where he translates the text of ancient Chinese verses into gestural interpretations of traditional characters.

“Cheng Hao, Autumn Moon, Entangled Script 2” by Wang DongLing

HONOR x Giovanni Ozzola Experimenting with light, photography and sculpture in “One Day”, Old Walls” and “Ficus” 

“One Day” by Giovanni Ozzola

Originating from Florence, Giovanni is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in photography, as well as video and sculptural installation.

“Old Walls” by Giovanni Ozzola

His artworks have been exhibited internationally in numerous public and private institutions, including Fosun Foundation in Shanghai, 313 Art Project in Seoul, District 6 Museum in Cape Town, Tate Modern in London and many more.

“Ficus” by Giovanni Ozzola

HONOR x Zhou Li Creating movement and rhythm with dynamic lines and brunch strokes

“Peach Blossom Yard” by Zhou Li

Known for her oriental aesthetic and acute sensory observations of the world, Zhou Li is one of the most influential female artists in China. Zhou creates paintings, sculptures, installations and public arts using multiple mediums including oil paint, ink, charcoal and cotton textiles.

HONOR x Pencil Bryan Capturing the surreal through dreamlike illustration

“Pencil Bryan” by Xu Lei

Founder of Pencil Bryan’s design team, Xu Lei has produced a number of illustrations for high-end fashion magazines over the years as well as collaborating with a range of global brands. Xu is known for his surreal, conceptual art, with a vivid and unique style, combing the rational and the conceptual he is able to illustrate the perceived world with a unique, avant-gard perspective.

Honor MagicWatch 2 pricing and availability

The Honor MagicWatch 2 will be available in two sizes — 46mm and 42mm.  The 46mm variant is designed with an auto-racing watch panel for a sporty, bold and adventurous look, the 42mm variant is designed with fashion in mind.

It has a 1.39-inch full-color AMOLED touchscreen, customizable watchfaces, up to 14 days of ultra long-lasting battery life and a range of health and fitness features. There will also be three straps to choose from: including elastic rubber (an eco-friendly hypoallergenic material), leather and metal, you can customize the watch for any occasion.

The Honor MagicWatch 2 46mm Charcoal Black is available to purchase from GBP 159.99 in the UK on Amazon and eBay and coming soon to John Lewis starting  February 3, 2020. The 42mm Agate Black variant of the watch will be available from GBP 149.99 in the UK on Amazon and John Lewis starting from February 12, 2020.

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The future of shopping solves the most basic clothes-buying mistake

It’s like having your own stylist and personal shopper

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One of the most basic shopping mistakes we all make is buying clothes that don’t fit well and don’t look flattering on our bodies. This is nothing new, but it’s easier said than done.

When shopping, you should not just take into account sizing and fit, but also the fabric, cut, and style of a clothing item, as well as your own body type. All these factors affect how something looks like when worn. With the ThinQ Fit, LG hopes to solve these shopping woes, and more.

The ThinQ Fit Collection Zone allows visitors to virtually try clothes on, without having to step into a typical fitting room. It’s an evolution of LG’s original Smart Mirror concept, and uses 3D cameras to get your height, accurate measurements, as well as your body type. It will then suggest styles that would look best on you.

While virtually trying clothes on, you can check the fit map. It’s essentially a heat map that shows you which parts are too tight or too loose. This can also help you check if you should go a size up or down.

With the lookbook mode, you can get a virtual “feel” of the clothes to check the fit and texture. With taps and swipes you can see how a flowy blouse falls on your body. You can also see how an outfit would look like if you tucked it in or rolled its sleeves up.

With tailor mode, you can virtually hem your clothes. Jeans too long for your legs? Just swipe up to see how they look like when altered before even going to the tailor.

It also allows you to virtually style an outfit before buying. When you edit your avatar you can try on different accessories like shoes. This makes it easier to see if your outfit will work with existing items you already own.

The technology is far from final but the idea of having a tool that will help me in my journey of finding my personal style is exciting, to say the least. Seeing what’s flattering for my body type, as well as cuts and textures that look best on me without going to a physical store takes the joy out of retail therapy; but if the future of shopping means saving so much time and being wiser about my purchases, sign me up.

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