That’s a big 10:4 Rubber Ducky…we got us a Uber-clone Convoy

The local trucking industry is getting a big delivery of sharing economy disruption in the form of Convoy, an on-demand service for short-haul delivery drivers, The New York Times reports. Convoy was founded by a group of ex-Amazon employees with the goal of “giving local truckers — who specialized in jobs that could be completed in a day — a more efficient way to connect with clients who needed goods shipped,” the NYT writes. Today Convoy will announced it has raised $16 million in a new investment to expand its service.

Carbon emissions at 66 million year high

You’d have to have the memory of a dinosaur to recall the last time the earth spewed so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That’s the conclusions of new research published in the journal Nature Geoscience that shows “the world has entered ‘uncharted territory’ and that the consequences for life on land and in the oceans may be more severe than at any time since the extinction of the dinosaurs,” the Guardian reports. What that means, the paper suggests, is that geological records are unable to help predict the impacts of current climate change.

Liam takes the lead (and other parts) in iPhone recycling

One of the unintended impacts of Apple launching new version of the iPhone and iPad is that a lot of the older ones get discarded. On Monday Apple announced a new scheme to help owner recycle their redundant devices, Guardian Sustainable Business writes. With Apple Renew, owners can send old devices to Apple for free, or drop them at an Apple retail store. The iPhones and iPads will the be “deconstructed by a robot called Liam (or an entire assembly line of them, presumably) so Apple can recover and reintroduce the components into its supply.” Before you ask, no, we don’t know why the robot is called Liam.

Sick kids travel the world with the help of VR

Virtual reality experiences are changing everything from gaming to emergency evacuation training to previewing your new dream home. So it’s no surprise that VR could also have benefits in therapeutic care. Adweek reports how travel company Expedia has created a 360 degree VR journey to help cancer-stricken kids at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital experience outdoor activities their treatment prevents them from doing in person. The campaign, Dream Adventures, follows similar work by other creative agencies. Adweek writes: “To support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wieden + Kennedy used virtual reality headsets and 360-degree cameras to help MS sufferers reconnect with athletic passions, like surfing and dancing. In Peru, LAN airlines and McCann Lima flew poor children from remote regions to Peru's capital so they could experience air travel while playing out fantasies—like singing among the clouds—along the way.”

How Wordpress runs without office space or email    

Finally today, if you’re chained to your desk snowed under by an assault of group email messages all trying to organise that next conference call you might want to read how Automattic operates. Inc profiles Matt Mullenwag, founder of the $1bn-valued company that operates as a service and product platform for the insanely popular Wordpress publishing system. Mullenwag explains how “his 400-person team works largely from home or in co-located offices in 43 countries, and relies almost entirely on an internal blogging platform for communication and collaboration - while avoiding the use of email.”

 

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