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At least half of the women across the UK feel unsafe when walking alone at night - but could advancements in tech be the way forward to make the streets safer?
Since its launch in March of this year, there’s been a surge in popularity of the β€˜WalkSafe’ app with more than 500,000 downloads and it’s one of the fastest-growing safety apps.
The University of Bath is also trying to combat problems with activating safety products - their solution ➑️ a smartwatch app β€˜Empowar’ which automatically sends alerts if it senses the user is in distress, by monitoring heart rate and body motion. πŸ‘
πŸ”­ Science & Futuristic Tech
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boohooMAN just launched an NFT collection so you can turn your digital wallet into a digital wardrobe. πŸ› Luxury brands are now flocking to the digital realm, with Dolce & Gabbana hitting an incredible 6 million dollar sale on its first NFT collection. Cathy Hackl, an industry expert and chief metaverse officer plus CEO of the Futures Intelligence Group, said: β€œWe’ll see an evolution of volumetric video and NFTs that will not only unlock unique access and experiences but also take ownership of digital assets to new levels. We’re just scratching the surface of what NFTs will be able to unlock for fashion.”
Just recently announced - an NFT owner made a mistake that cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars. Maxnaut, on the digital marketplace OpenSea, listed a Bored Ape NFT for 75 ether (roughly $300,000) but they accidentally typed 0.75 ether ($3,000) as the price. Before he could change it, it had already been bought! 🀯
Did you know that NFT is also the word of the year, according to Collins Dictionary.
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Programming, Design & Data
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βš™οΈ Miscellaneous
  • Monzo’s valuation soars by 200%, after their latest Β£3.7M funding round. πŸš€
  • *SPOILER ALERT* Peloton fires back and resurrects one of the main characters from the β€˜And Just Like That’ show.
  • Nike has bought a virtual shoe company, that makes NFTs and sneakers for the metaverse. πŸ‘Ÿ
  • Twitter’s heads of engineering and design are set to leave in a company shake-up.
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πŸ“š Blog Round-up
Over the past 12 months, Haystack has been working closely with thousands of developers to uncover their next role - and we’ve discovered tonnes of insights along the way. Read more.
Micro frontends are an architectural approach to frontend development that has become increasingly popular. This could easily represent the future of frontend web development, and this is why learning the main benefits that such an architecture can bring to your applications and development team is critical. Read more.
A journal comes in handy. It gives you a place to work through your thoughts (e.g. algorithm steps, design process, or whatever else) in a concrete way. You can see everything before you. Not only does it make you less prone to errors, but it’ll help solidify those concepts in your mind. Read more.
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