Friday, June 23, 2017

Things I learned lately - 23 Jun

  • Vancouver has set a goal of producing "zero waste" by 2040. In 2016, council directed staff to consider options for reducing waste from such items -- including the possibility of banning them.
  • Amazon, will now let customers try on clothing before purchasing it, with a service known as Prime Wardrobe. The customer picks a few clothing items, they are shipped, and then the customer gets to try on the clothing before deciding what to keep / buy and what to send back. You get 7 days to make a decision. Shipping is free both ways. A 10% discount will be applied if customers choose to keep 2-3 items, while those who pick 4 items or all of them will receive a 20% discount. You can also order a box as often as you wish. There's no monthly subscription. Not all clothing sold on Amazon is part of Prime Wardrobe, but the over 1 million items that are will be marked with a logo for the service.
  • The Boeing 777 was the first airliner to be completely designed using computers.
  • Daimler, the German automaker, is planning to have the very first commercial vehicle plant that runs entirely on renewable energy. Daimler's BharatBenz division, is in the Indian market. Daimler is working to convert its manufacturing plant in Oragadam, Chennai, India, to 100% renewable energy by the end of next year. They will have the first commercial vehicle plant in the world which is totally sourced by renewable energy.
  • The State of Hawaii is going to begin evaluating universal basic income. They are the first.
  • In the first quarter of 2017, the number of US Netflix subscribers overtook the number of American cable TV subscribers for the first time. While Netflix has rapidly gained new subscribers, cable has been slowly losing them. 
  • Amazon Prime members can use their Amazon app on their phone to upload two pictures of you in different outfits. Then, using Outfit Compare, a human will tell you which one looks better on you.

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