Business and tech industry groups-representing Amazon.com Inc., Google, Visa Inc. and other companies-are urging the Trump administration not to halt work authorizations for spouses of immigrants who have specialty worker H-1B visas and are seeking permanent residency.
Recent mudslides in a star-studded California coastal town took a heavy toll on gardeners and housekeepers, with members of working immigrant families accounting for nearly a third of the deaths.
Apple recently received FCC approval for the HomePod, signaling that the company's highly anticipated smart speaker -- which has been delayed for quite a few weeks now -- may finally hit store shelves in the near future. Apple, it's worth noting, was required to submit the HomePod for FCC approval because the device incorporates wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi. Though the FCC filing doesn't reveal any new or juicy tidbits about the HomePod, the fact that the documents released by the FCC are from September strongly suggests that there haven't been any major hardware changes to the HomePod, if any, over the past few months. Indeed, this jibes with previous reports which attributed the HomePod delay to software kinks Apple was still trying to work through. Originally unveiled this past June at WWDC, Apple initially said that the HomePod would launch sometime in December of 2017. Come November, Apple announced that the HomePod launch was being pushed back to sometime in early 2018, with the company providing no specific details regarding the delay. Priced at $349, Apple's HomePod certainly isn't cheap, especially compared to rival smart speakers from the likes of Amazon and Google. Nonetheless, Apple is positioning the HomePod as a speaker with premium acoustics that competitors won't be able to match. Interestingly enough, we've since learned that Apple's work on the HomePod began all the way back in 2014. In fact, a Bloomberg piece on the HomePod's development reveals that Apple engineers were completely caught off guard when Amazon released its Echo smart speaker in November of that year. "The Apple engineers jokingly accused one another of leaking details of their project to Amazon, then bought Echos so they could take them apart and see how they were put together," the report notes. "They quickly deemed the Echo’s sound quality inferior and got back to work building a better speaker. Now, more than three years later, we'll soon find out if the wait was worth it.
It was bleak medical diagnosis for his young nephew that put the idea in Manmeet Maggu’s head to launch a startup focused on robotic exoskeletons for children. A few years ago, Maggu and Trexo Robotics co-founder Rahul Udasi were still undergraduates at the University of Waterloo. That’s when they found out Maggu’s nephew had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy - and that he might never be able to walk as a result. Building robots was already something of an interest they shared. The diagnosis caused them to look around at the robotics market and decide - they ought to build something to help Maggu’s nephew. “When we started looking around, we realized the tremendous negative health effects of being in a wheelchair, especially for a child that’s going to spend their entire life in the wheelchair,” Maggu told BGR. “For us it was something - we started looking for ways to get (his nephew) out of the wheelchair, and pretty soon we realized today there’s no solution out there. There’s no exoskeleton or robotic solution that can help a child get out of the wheelchair and be walking around. That was when we decided to us our robotic experience and background to really build something for him.” It started off as a project, a kind of side hustle, before getting formalized into what would become Trexo, a Toronto-based startup. The company was launched in 2016, and it’s been moving forward incrementally since then. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJSlxFPd1F0 Maggu has been handing business development as the CEO, while Udasi is more on the product development/CTO side. Working in tandem to bring a product to life that excites physicians, therapists and parents. The company completed its first testable prototype in 2016. They also took it to India, to introduce it to Maggu’s nephew for a tryout. “We essentially watched him take some of his first steps using our device. That was an incredibly proud moment for us.” Since then, Trexo has been chosen as a finalist in the New Startup category in the upcoming Canadian Innovation Awards. At the end of 2017, the startup won first prize in a pitch competition led by a Toronto hospital’s philanthropic arm. And Trexo will be even busier this year. The startup is preparing to launch a pilot study with its device - which weighs about 30 pounds - with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Trexo also is hoping to have secured U.S. approval for the device by the end of this year. Trexo’s device is essentially a converted walker. Two robotic legs attached to any walker are what allow the child to walk independently, using equipment they’re already familiar with. The response the team got from testing it out with Maggu’s nephew is what convinced them to keep going. “Then we started working on the next one and just after that - we started talking to more families, clinics and hospitals and realized the tremendous potential of this sort of device,” he said. “It’s families all over looking for a device like this. We started getting contacted by people in India, Canada, the U.S. - literally all over the globe. “Essentially, the way our device works is we take an existing walker - we decided to build around the walker. So we built robotic legs that attach onto the walker, and it provides powered assistance. So it’s basically powered motors on the hip joint as well as the knee joint that kind of provide the assistance in allowing a child to walk.” The entrepreneurs have participated in the Techstars Internet of Things accelerator, which helped get them even more ready to take the business farther. And it’s helped connect them to partnerships like the Cincinnati hospital that could prove useful long-term. “For us right now, it’s about building the right partnerships,” Maggu said. “There’s been a few exoskeleton companies out there. Most have started off with the adult market. We see the children’s market as the right place to start. We believe the future of exoskeletons begins with children. This is where you can have the highest impact. And then grow with the children as they grow into adulthood.”
There are so many important factors that go into getting a good night’s sleep. The mattress you sleep on is important, the amount of ambient light in the room plays a role, and ensuring your room is as quiet as possible is also a big deal. But so many people forget their pillows are near the top of the list. If your pillow isn’t up to snuff, there’s no way you’re going to sleep deeply and comfortably through the night. Do yourself a favor and check out the Shredded Memory Foam Pillow by Comfortac. Trust us, it’s going to change your life, and it's Amazon's deal of the day so it just dropped to its lowest price ever in queen and king sizes. Just don’t forget to toss it in the dryer for about 15-20 minutes on low heat before the first time you use it. Do that again every time you want to refresh the pillow, and you’ll enjoy the best sleep of your life. Here’s some key info from the product page: TIPS – Before your first use, put the pillow in dryer for 20min to speed up the fluff process right out of vacuum package; the pillow case is totally removable and washable, making accidental messes worry-free EXTRA 20% FILL - add or remove foam to adjust to your comfort; perfect custom-made pillow each time for all sleep positions 100% COTTON REMOVABLE COVER - extra breathable and greater ventilation; gives you a unbeatable clean, crisp feel that you don’t get from polyester INSIDE MATTERS - our certified memory foam is made without TCEP flame retardants or any heavy metals; meets high standards for content, emissions and durability MOLDABLE SHREDDED MEMORY FOAM - provides the plushness, breath-ability and shape-ability of down and the support of memory foam
A "Game of Thrones"-themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel chain and the U.S. producers of the hit TV series
It’s a brand new week, which means we have plenty of new movies to watch or dream about. 12 Strong and Den of Thieves open this weekend, and both of them look good, at least in trailers. The latter is more appealing to me. It’s like a Heat remake, but without DeNiro and Pacino. Speaking of new movies that will make you think of older flicks, let’s check out some of the new trailers of the week. Beast of Burden Beast of Burden is a movie about a guy who has to decide whether to help the DEA or a drug cartel to make sure his wife gets the treatment she needs. He only has an hour to do it, and it all happens in the cockpit of hits Cessna plane. It’s like American Made meets The Commuter. Harry Potter and the Beast of Burden launches this February — yes, I had to insert the Harry Potter jokes because Daniel Radcliffe will be Harry Potter forever, at least for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynrVa9YWSJU Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Joaquin Phoenix stars in not one but two strangely named films that we’re previewing today. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is the first one, an Amazon creation that tells the real story of John Callahan, played by Phoenix. He was paralyzed at age 21 and then turned to drawing for therapy. Gus Van Sant’s movie launches on May 11th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWku5rgaJWM Love, Simon Love, Simon Love, Simon is a drama about love and coming out. Simon has a loving family that he tolerates, but he also has a considerable burden. He hasn’t told anyone he’s gay, and he happens to be a teen looking for his own high school love story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0cbWdlQg_8 Show Dogs Speaking of movies that we’ve already seen, here comes Show Dogs. It’s about animals that talk, and they need to save other animals. Well, it’s about dogs, one of them is a cop, who has to help a human save a panda baby. It launches on May 18th, but it’s totally fine to wait for its Netflix arrival. If you don’t have kids, that is. Then, absolutely go watch it. A dog is an undercover cop! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5G0caWE7p8 The Death of Stalin The Death of Stalin already launched in various markets but will debut in late January and early February in others. It’s a biography/satire about Stalin’s death. The trailer shows the movie’s great potential, and The Death of Stalin is definitely a title to add to your must-watch list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9eAshaPvYw Tomb Raider Warner Bros. thought that Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft franchise should be rebooted, and gave the job to someone younger, but equally qualified. Oscar winner Alicia Vikander plays the video game heroine who will stop at nothing to… do some sort of justice. The new Tomb Raider movie launches on March 16th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KkhD0MnaJU Traffik When a regular couple crosses paths with a dangerous group of people and manages to attract their attention in the process, things are guaranteed to go south. Especially if said group is into what looks to be the trafficking people business. And especially if the couple is heading to a remote location in the mountains. Traffik launches on April 27th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT_Mah1Do5s You Were Never Really Here Our final trailer today is the second strangely name Pheonix movie, though You Were Never Really Here doesn’t sound as strange. Launching on April 6th, the film is like Taken, but with Phoenix, not Neeson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6E0-JoE8DM
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