Meet the Twitter ‘mafia’ in health and fitness tech

A LinkedIn search revealed that more than 20 former Twitter employees are now at health, fitness and bio-tech start-ups. The vast majority of them joined or founded these companies in the past two years, in the midst of Twitter’s well-documented executive shakeup. This list includes but is not limited to: Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who’s now running a fitness app called Chorus Former Twitter industry manager Julie Martin, who’s now working with Costolo as head of partnerships at Chorus Fitness; and ex-Twitter senior product manager Erin Moore, now head of product…

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Meet The Fashion Student: Greg Dugdale

With SCAD FASHWKND just days away, we chatted with seniors about their fashion inspirations. Here, meet Greg Dugdale. “I decided to go into fashion because I couldn’t stop creating,” Dugdale says. “Every weekend, from about fifth grade to now, I’ve work on something [that’s] art or fashion.”  Dugdale’s collection exudes a colorful, enthusiastic feel you might expect from a beloved kid’s book character (he’s a self-professed Amelia Bedelia fan, after all), but his intricate manufacturing is all art-school finesse. “The most common materials I work with are cotton and denim, but I love…

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Meet Miko, India’s First ‘Emotionally Intelligent’ Companion Robot for Kids

Would parents in India buy a companion robot for their child? That’s the question that Mumbai-based startup Emotix is trying to answer today, with a bot it has built called Miko. The little robot can talk to children, and play with them, but at Rs. 19,000 it’s not exactly cheap. Gadgets 360 went to the Emotix office in Mumbai to meet Miko for ourselves, and get a better understanding of what the company is attempting. Miko’s design reminded us a bit of Eve, the robot from the movie Wall-E. Unlike…

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HOSPITAL FOOD ‘DIABOLICAL’ Report shows half of hospitals are failing to meet basic government food standards

Rules brought in to drive up standards include providing “flexible” meals and drinks day and night. But new data from the Department of Health shows only 54 per cent are fully compliant. Katherine Button, of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “The situation is diabolical. “When the hospital food standards were brought in two years ago, we were promised that these hospital food standards were legally binding. “With half of hospitals still not meeting even the basic standards, we can now see that this is demonstrably not the case….

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Smart remote to self-balancing car: Meet the game changing gadgets at CES 2017

I started this column as part II of a report on CES 2017 with some good stuff, a few of the junky products and closing it with some of the weird. Halfway through, I realised that the list of truly innovative stuff was long and very meritorious. Thus, I’m dedicating this column to all the game-changing technology and products of CES 2017. Some of these will change the world this year. Sevenhugs Smart Remote Sevenhugs Smart Remote Remotes are a mixed blessing. A universal remote was supposedly the solution, but…

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Can sub-Saharan Africa produce enough food to meet growing demand?

Each year, the planet has to feed more hungry, hungry humans. Right now, projections suggest that we might just be able to meet the challenge of feeding our growing population in 2050, but only if we make better use of the land that we use for agriculture. For sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), though, the question gets a little more complicated. Even if there’s enough food globally to go around by 2050, will SSA be able to produce enough to be self-sufficient? A paper in this week’s PNAS suggests that the region…

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Morocco: India to push agenda of sustainable lifestyle at Global Climate Meet

India will push the agenda of sustainable lifestyle at the global climate conference beginning in the Moroccan city of Marrakech today, where the focus will be on enhancing ambition, promoting implementation and providing support. At the 12-day conference, nations will continue their work on strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change. The Environment Ministry said in a statement that the importance of sustainable lifestyle anchored for the first time in the climate change agreement was a big victory for India. It said that India has always followed…

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Meet Katiti Kironde, the First Black Woman to Appear on the Cover of a Fashion Magazine (And It Was Glamour)

Katiti Kironde was an undergraduate at Harvard with an interest in fashion. She knew she was beautiful—she’d been told as much—but she also knew that her beauty was “different,” and not the kind celebrated by the fashion industry. She was black in a very white world—especially when it came to fashion. Then, she applied to Glamour’s “Best Dressed College Girls” contest (the name has has since been changed to “College Women Of The Year”) and won, earning her a spot on our cover and making history in the process. The…

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Uri terror attack: Modi chairs high-level meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a high-level meeting, attended by top Ministers and officials on the deadly terror attack in Uri. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag were among those who attended the meeting. Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the border areas of the State. The top security brass briefed the Prime Minister on the prevailing ground situation in Kashmir…

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