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The Weekly Roundup 7.24 Edition

by Cassie July 24, 2015


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Uber Expands Service for Seniors and People with Disabilities

If you’ve ever experienced the misfortune of breaking an ankle or foot, you know how challenging it can be to get around. Particularly if a cast or crutches prohibits your ability to drive. The start-up cab service, Uber, understands those struggles too. uberASSIST, a niche division, recently introduced new vehicles, with specially trained drivers, prepared to handle disabled or injured passengers who require assistance with crutches, walkers, scooters or wheelchairs. Currently operating in limited areas, uberASSIST intends to expand its service in the near future.

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Tweet an Emoji and Get a Sandwich Delivered, Hot and Fresh

When you’re home, and hungry, and just want to eat, delivery is the next best thing to take out. But the ordering process can often be long and laborious, pouring over lengthy online menus with too many options and choices. Introducing Fooji, a creative new way to order food fast, through your Twitter account and a simple emoji selection. Food choices are grouped into basic categories; pizza, burgers, pasta, for example. Simply select and tweet the category emoji you’re hungry for, and let Fooji do the rest. WARNING: For adventurous eaters only.

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5 Home Security Tips for Frequent Travelers

With more than two million home burglaries in the United States each year, it’s important to secure your home from invasion. Here are five steps you can take to protect your home if you plan to be away:

  1. Monitor your home
  • Install security cameras or invest in a monitoring service with a trusted security company.
  1. Make it look like you are home
  • Precautions such as stopping your mail, keeping up with yard work, and automating your lights will make it appear that you are home.
  1. Keep your travel plans to yourself
  • Don’t tweet or post your travel plans; you never know who is looking at your social accounts.
  1. Pull the plug on electronics
  • This not only reduces the risk of fire, but makes it harder for burglars to mess with your stuff.
  1. Prepare for the worst
  • Check in with a neighbor while you’re away, and make sure your homeowners insurance is up to date.

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Computer Chip Made of Wood Works as Well as the One in Your Phone

As mobile phone use continues to increase, so too, does electronic waste. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, however, may have found a viable alternative to the often toxic, semi-conducting plastics found within electronic devices. The new invention, called nanocellulose paper, is a high performing, wood derived material that is both efficient and biodegradable. Phone chips manufactured from nanocellulose paper show early promise, but don’t expect them in your smartphone any time soon. Professor Ma, head of the research group, believes it will take strong environmental pressure before electronic manufacturers adopt this new material. With that in mind, one thing is clear: at the rate consumers are disposing of old cellphones and upgrading to new ones, the sooner an environmentally friendly production solution is necessary.

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