Ready to fight climate change? Website launched by Duke undergrads aims to show you how

Noble Horvath

DURHAM — Climate change is one of the biggest threats to the plant today, but many people struggle with how they can personally make a difference.

Not anymore.

An international group of GenZ environmentalists — led by Duke undergrad Saad Ibrahim — has launched “You Change Earth,” an interactive site that aims to guide individuals to action.

Funded by Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and tech founder Paul English, it provides users with personalized guide on how they can devote their time or money to most effectively reduce their carbon footprint.

“The goal of the project was to create a simple answer to the ever prevalent [question]: ‘What can I do about climate change’,” explained Ibrahim.

“There are millions of people out there who care deeply about the climate crisis, but there is no clear path for them to take action. We wanted to put in their hands an

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Storelift launches autonomous convenience stores using AI and computer vision

Noble Horvath

As physical retail struggles amid the global pandemic, storeowners are rapidly trying to adapt to new realities that also include growing competition from Amazon. But a French startup called Storelift believes it can create a new convenience store concept that leans on many of the same AI and computer vision tools used in Amazon Go stores to reinvent the shopping and checkout experience.

This week, Storelift announced that it has launched its first two stores under the name “Boxy.” The Boxy stores are repurposed shipping containers that can be plopped down in various urban neighborhoods that lack good shopping options.

The founders believe their approach demonstrates how businesses can exploit new shopping niches with the help of sensors, data, and AI that allows them to optimize their inventory and reduce costs.

“Our vision is really to address all the city areas where there are 10,000 people who have no convenience

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China’s internet users reach 940 million: report

Noble Horvath

China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) Photo: CNNIC


The number of people using the internet in China reached 940 million in June, an increase of 40 million from 2019, according to the China Internet Network Information Center’s (CNNIC) annual report on internet development in China on Tuesday.

The report says in June, the number of mobile internet users in China has reached 932 million, an increase of 35.46 million compared to March. Internet users in rural areas reached 285 million in June, accounting for 30.4 percent of the total. 

The rising numbers highlight the achievements of “New Infrastructure” which is said to be digital, smart, and innovative, in the first part of this year. 

As part of the country’s relief package in a post-COVID-19 era, China is ramping up plans to construct new digital infrastructure across the country – including building 5G networks, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT),

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Bagotte BG800 robot vacuum review

Noble Horvath

Having a robot vacuum in your home is pretty damn cool. There’s something about the peace of mind that comes with owning one, knowing it can put in the time when we don’t necessarily want to. Even better, it’s great that they can get a head start on cleaning the house in the event of guest.

We’re a few generations into robot vacuum cleaners and the kinks have been largely ironed out. Indeed, they’re one of those things that often work better than expected.

We’ve seen and used our share of smart/robot vacuum cleaners over the last few years. Offered at different price points, there are various features one might look for or need when considering one.

As is the case with other gadgets you can usually apply the old adage of “you get what you pay for” with robot vacuums. But, much like we’ve seen in headphones, speakers, and

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