Venezuelan Women Forced To Turn To Prostitution To Afford Food


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All twelve women who work at the “Show Malilo Night Club” brothel in Arauca, Colombia are from Venezuela. As Venezuela’s socialist economic crisis continues, many Venezuelan women have turned to the sex trade in neighboring Colombia to eat and provide for their families.

“We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” brothel owner Gabriel Sánchez said of the women who sell their bodies for $25 an hour.  “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.” 

Sanchez who is 60 years-old, started the brothel in Arauca, Colombia after he lost his job in a car repair shop in Venezuela thanks to the government’s socialist policies.

Sánchez and others in the sex industry say Venezuelans dominate the trade now because they’re willing to work for less pay.

“I would say 99 percent of the prostitutes in this town are Venezuelan,” he said. 

Amid food shortages, hyperinflation, rampant poverty driven by socialism, and U.S. sanctions, waves of economic refugees have fled the country. Those with the means to do so have gone to places like Miami, Santiago, and Panama. But those who are less fortunate, have had to sink low to simply eat.

A recent study suggested as many as 350,000 Venezuelans had entered Colombia in the last six years. With jobs scarce in the country though, many young (and some not so young) women are turning to the world’s oldest profession to make ends meet. According to the Miami Herald, prostituting for money to buy basic necessities has become commonplace for Venezuelan women.

“If you had told me four years ago that I would be here, doing this, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Dayana, who asked that her last name not be used.


“But we’ve gone from crisis to crisis to crisis, and now look where we are.”

Dayana is a 30-year-old mother of four who found herself struggling to feed her family in Caracas.  Seven months ago, she came to Colombia looking for work. Without an employment permit, she found herself working as a prostitute in the capital, Bogotá.  Dayana said she used to be the manager of a food-processing plant on the outskirts of Caracas, but that job disappeared after the government seized the factory and “looted it,” she said.

With inflation running in excess of 700 percent and the bolivar currency in free fall, finding food and medicine in Venezuela has become a frustrating, time-consuming task. Dayana said she often would spend four to six hours waiting in line hoping to buy a bag of flour. Other times she was forced to buy food on the black market at exorbitant rates. Hunger in Venezuela is rampant. –The Miami Herald

Many in Venezuela didn’t prepare for the certain economic failure and food shortages that inevitably result from socialism. As The Prepper’s Blueprint says “If we have learned one thing studying the history of disasters, it is this: those who are prepared have a better chance at survival than those who are not. A crisis rarely stops with a triggering event. The aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life.” And Venezuela is in the midst of such a crisis.  This is made evident by the seeking of prostitution jobs by previously successful and professional women.

Dayana claims she can make between $50-$100 per night by selling herself for 20 minutes at a time.

 “Prostitution obviously isn’t a good job,” she said.


“But I’m thankful for it because it’s allowing me to buy food and support my family.”

There seems to be no end in sight for Venezuela’s economic pain either.  And President Nicolás Maduro has been digging in and avoiding the economic reforms that economists say are necessary.

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Kano combines its coding kits for a DIY ‘laptop’


Kano, the company behind a variety of build-it-yourself computer and coding kits, has unveiled a "laptop" today. A portable computer is probably more accurate. Whereas most laptops have a clamshell design, the new "Computer Kit Complete" keeps the screen and keyboard separate. All of the components are kept inside the display unit, and like a box of LEGO, there’s an instruction booklet that teaches you how to put everything together. One of the parts is a Raspberry Pi 3 board, which runs custom software called Kano OS. It’s packed with child-friendly programming activities and some basic apps including YouTube and WhatsApp.

From afar, the kit looks like Kano’s old Computer Bundle. This deal, which is no longer available to purchase, included the Kano Computer, contained in a transparent shell, and the optional Screen Kit. The new, 10.1-inch "laptop" is different, however, because all of the necessary components are contained in one unit. They include a battery (unlike the Screen Kit), an 8GB memory card, a build-it-yourself speaker and three USB ports. It also comes with a Sound Sensor that connects over USB and, similar to Kano’s $30/£30 Motion Sensor, can be used to trigger and manipulate code.

As with all of Kano’s products, hardware is only half of the story. Once you’ve built the "laptop," you’ll learn how to make games like Snake and Pong, manipulate Minecraft using code, and program your own music. The software has come a long way since the original Kano computer in 2013, adding additional challenges and some much-needed polish to the user interface. Kano’s block-based programming language is easy to follow and there’s a game-like levelling system that rewards your progress through all of the tutorials. You can also share your coding projects online and download, or "remix" others posted by the community on Kano World.

The new Computer Kit Complete costs $250/£230 and will be available through the Kano website and select retailers from November 1st.

In addition, Kano is launching a reworked version of its basic Computer Kit today. The 2017 edition comes with a Raspberry Pi 3 board and a programmable light ring that sit inside its plastic container. There are new challenges to complete and data sources, like weather information, sports scores and stock prices, that can be plugged into your coding projects for additional functionality. (Think If This Then That.) All of this will set you back $150/£140 when the first units ship in roughly six weeks.

The new products will come as a shock to people who backed Kano’s Camera, Speaker and Pixel kits on Kickstarter exactly one year ago. So far, Kano has only managed to ship the Pixel, a charming and highly educational coding kit centered around a light board. It’s not clear when the Speaker and Camera kits will follow. They are, admittedly, more complicated than the Kano Computer, given they require all-new parts and work as a single ecosystem. The idea being that you can use them together, swapping the various sensors to create increasingly elaborate projects. Still, it’s notable that Kano has shipped other products before them.

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An Inside Look at the Habits of Millennial Shoppers [Infographic]


Oh, Millennials. That unique group that seems constantly to be on marketers’ minds. What are they up to these days?

They are shopping and engaging, but in ways different from previously generations, according to an infographic by MergeIn.

Some 39% of Millennials post reviews of products or brands, and this generation is more likely to listen to and connect with people like them rather than celebrities: Over 60% of people age 18-24 would try a product suggested by a YouTuber, and 69% of Millennials have admitted to experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out), the infographic explains.

And, of course, how they buy is different because of changing technologies. Millennials are 4.6 times more likely than other generations to rent products online and 2.3 times more likely to use sharing services, according to the infographic.

To see more about this dynamic generation, check out the infographic. Just click on the image below to view a larger version.

Laura Forer is the manager of MarketingProfs: Made to Order, Original Content Services, which helps clients generate leads, drive site traffic, and build their brands through useful, well-designed content.

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Blue Origin selected as launch provider for satellite startup mu Space


Thai space startup mu Space will launch its first geostationary satellite with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, the companies announced today at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia. Mu Space, founded by Northrop Grumman Corporation alum James Yenbamroong, will launch its first geostationary satellite with a target date of 2021, with the aim of helping provide space-based satellite broadband, broadcast, mobile and satellite services to Thailand.

Blue Origin, the Amazon billionaire’s rocket company, intends to build New Glenn to bring orbital payloads to space, with a reusable platform that can potentially be flown multiple times like rival SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch craft. New Glenn is expected to make its first test launches before 2020, and then move on to serving customers.

mu Space is focused on satellite tech and communications in the near-term, but it also wants to eventually offer space transportation and tourism for the Asia-Pacific region. It’s also the first Asian launch customer to work with Blue Origin.

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A Guide to Creating Stunning HDR Images


The simple contrast between light and shadow can have a powerful effect on a photographic image. In fact, quite often you may find that contrast is what inspires you to photograph a particular scene or subject in the first place. Sometimes, however, the contrast of a scene exceeds the ability of your camera to contain all of that information. Fortunately, with the help of powerful software such as Aurora HDR 2018, you can transform a scene with high contrast into a stunning photographic image with tremendous detail. In this article, I’ll show you how it’s done.

Photographing the Scene

The first step in creating a high dynamic range (HDR) image is to capture a sequence of photos. Put simply, when you aren’t able to capture a single photo that includes detail in the darkest shadows and the brightest highlights of a scene, you’ll want to capture multiple exposures and blend them together with software such as Aurora HDR 2018.

Bracketed Exposures A Guide To Creating Stunning HDR Images

Most cameras include an automatic exposure bracketing (AEB) feature that can help streamline the process of capturing the several exposures which are needed to create an HDR result. If your camera only enables you to capture a bracket of three exposures, you can separate the exposures by two stops each. If you are able to capture a bracketed sequence of five or more photos you can separate the exposures by one stop each. It is highly recommended that you use the RAW capture mode for these exposures, to ensure there is maximum information available for creating your final image.

In most cases you will want to keep the lens aperture setting fixed, altering the shutter speed for each frame to adjust the exposure. This will help ensure consistent depth of field in the scene. The ultimate goal is to be sure that you have one exposure that is dark enough to include full detail in the bright areas of the scene, one exposure that is bright enough to include full detail in the dark areas of the scene, and exposures in steps of one or two stops to transition between the darkest and brightest exposures.

Creating the Initial HDR

There are two basic steps to creating a final HDR image. The first is to assemble the multiple exposures into a single image with a tremendous amount of information. The second is to perform what is referred to as “tone mapping” or translating the huge range of tonal and color values into the range of values available for a “normal” photographic image.

With Aurora HDR 2018, there are a couple of ways you can start the process of creating the initial HDR image. If you’re using other software such as Lightroom or Photoshop as the foundation of your overall workflow, you can employ Aurora HDR 2018 as a plug-in for these other software tools. The other option is to simply open the original captures directly from within Aurora HDR 2018.

Open your images

When you initially launch Aurora HDR 2018 you’ll see the “Open Image” button. You can click that button, or choose File > Open from the menu to get started. Note, by the way, that you could also take advantage of the “Batch Processing” option to assemble multiple HDR images in a single process.

Aurora Open Images - A Guide To Creating Stunning HDR Images

After selecting the option to open images, you can navigate to the folder containing the photos you want to assemble into an HDR image, and select those images. Then click the Open button to initiate the process of creating your HDR image.

The images you selected will then be presented as thumbnails so you can confirm which photos are going to be assembled into an HDR image. More importantly, however, you can adjust the settings for how the individual captures should be combined.

HDR options and settings

Almost without exception, you’ll want to turn on the “Alignment” checkbox. Even if you used a tripod when capturing the bracketed frames, it is possible that there was a tiny movement of the camera during the capture process. By having the Alignment checkbox turned on, Aurora HDR 2018 will analyze the contents of the images and fine-tune the positioning of each to ensure perfect alignment.

Aurora Initial Settings - A Guide To Creating Stunning HDR Images

Next, click the popup with the gear icon to adjust the settings for assembling your HDR image. If there was any movement of subjects within the frame, such as people or cars, or even trees blowing in the breeze, you’ll want to turn on the “Ghost Reduction” checkbox. In many cases having this option enabled can completely eliminate the “ghost” effect that results from objects moving within the frame from one exposure to the next.

Once you have turned on the “Ghost Reduction” checkbox, you can choose which exposure to prioritize by selecting it from the “Reference image” popup. In most cases, you will want to choose the image that would provide the best overall exposure if you hadn’t captured bracketed exposures in the first place.

You can also choose the strength setting for ghost reduction, depending on how much movement there was in the scene you were photographing. If there was minimal movement in the scene you can use the “Low” option. However, there are also settings for Medium, High, and Highest to help you achieve good results even when there was considerable movement within the scene you photographed.

Other settings

For many situations where you might employ HDR techniques, you may be photographing a scene with relatively low light levels. If so, you can turn on the “Color Denoise” checkbox to apply noise reduction to your original captures as Aurora HDR 2018 is processing them.

It can also be helpful to turn on the “Chromatic Aberration Removal” checkbox so that any color fringing that appears in the captures can be removed. This fringing is most common when using a wide-angle lens to photograph a high-contrast scene, but it can also occur with other lenses or photographic situations.

Once you have established the desired settings for the assembly of your HDR image, click the “Create HDR” button. Aurora HDR 2018 will then combine the multiple exposures you selected into a single high dynamic range result.

Presets and Beyond

Put simply, an HDR image contains a greater range of tonal information that can actually be displayed on a computer monitor or presented in a printed output. It is, therefore, necessary to translate that huge range of information into the range used for a normal digital photo. That process is referred to as “tone mapping”. Fortunately, Aurora HDR 2018 makes it easy to exercise considerable control over the interpretation of your image during this process.

One of the great features of Aurora HDR 2018 is the ability to use a variety of presets to quickly achieve the optimal look for your image. Even better, these presets are presented as thumbnails that provide an actual preview of the effect you’ll achieve with each preset. In other words, there is no guessing involved. You can browse the preset thumbnails, and easily find a good starting point for processing your photo.

Preset Categories - A Guide To Creating Stunning HDR Images

The presets are organized into categories, so you can start by clicking the “Categories” popup at the center of the thumbnail display at the bottom of the Aurora HDR 2018 interface. Choose a category from the popup (including an option to view all presets at once), and then browse the thumbnails to find a preset that looks good to you. To apply the effect, simply click on the thumbnail for the desired preset.

Adjust to your taste

Of course, the presets are merely a starting point in the process of optimizing your interpretation of the HDR image. You can still exercise tremendous control over the image with a variety of adjustments.

First, you can tone down the effect of the selected preset by reducing the strength with the “Amount” slider. As soon as you select a preset, you’ll see a slider on the thumbnail for that preset. Simply drag that slider to a lower value if you want to reduce the strength of the overall effect.

In addition, there is a wide variety of adjustment controls available on the right panel within Aurora HDR 2018. The preset you selected will have changed the value for many of these controls, but you can go far beyond the effect applied by that preset.

You will probably want to get started in the “HDR Basic” set of controls, where you can fine-tune the overall color and tonality of the image. For example, you can bring out more detail in darker areas of the image by increasing the value for Shadows. In the Color section, you can adjust the intensity of colors in the photo.

HDR Basic A Guide To Creating Stunning HDR Images

Many options available

You’ll then want to move on to some of the other powerful adjustments available. The HDR Structure section provides controls for enhancing the overall appearance of detail in the image. You’ll also find a variety of special effects available, including a polarizing filter effect, graduated adjustments to refine the top or bottom areas of the image, color tinting, dodging and burning, a vignette effect, and much more.

Be sure to also take a look at the Lens Correction and Transform controls available via a popup at the top of the right panel in Aurora HDR 2018. These enable you to correct for lens distortion as well as perspective issues caused by your position relative to the subject you photographed.

As you refine the settings for the many available adjustments in Aurora HDR 2018, you will likely find it helpful to see a “before” and “after” view of the image. You can click and hold your mouse on the “Quick Preview” button (the eye icon) at the top-center of the Aurora HDR 2018 interface to see the image without any adjustments applied. Then release the mouse to see the final effect. You can also enable the Compare view with the button to the right of the Quick Preview button.

Compare View A Guide to Creating Stunning HDR Images

Tone mapping a single image

By its nature, creating a high dynamic range image involves capturing multiple exposures and combining them into a single image with tremendous detail. However, the powerful adjustments available in Aurora HDR 2018 can also be used to improve the appearance of a single photo.

To use Aurora HDR 2018 to process a single image, you can simply open that image. Instead of selecting multiple exposures when you initiate the process of working in Aurora HDR 2018, you can select a single image. The overall workflow is exactly the same as when assembling an HDR image from multiple exposures, and all of the same adjustments are available.

So after getting familiar with the use of Aurora HDR 2018 to process a series of exposures into a single stunning HDR result, you can use the same basic process to apply similar adjustments to individual photos.

Single Image - A Guide to Creating Stunning HDR Images

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Only the beginning

The ability to assemble multiple exposures into a single image containing a tremendous amount of detail and texture provides you with incredible creative control as a photographer. Aurora HDR 2018 provides a powerful solution for creating high-quality HDR images and creating unique interpretations of those images with a variety of features and effects.

In this article, you’ve learned the basic process of creating great HDR images using Aurora HDR 2018. But this is only the beginning. If you spend a little time exploring the many adjustments available within Aurora HDR 2018, you’ll be able to create stunning HDR images with ease.

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The Ataribox will cost under $300 and ship next spring


Atari has so far kept pretty schtum about its forthcoming Ataribox, but in an email newsletter it’s now revealed a few nuggets of information that should tide fans over until the console’s Indiegogo launch this fall. As the newly-released pictures show, design-wise you can expect an Atari 2600 influence with a modern twist (and yes, that is real wood). Inside, the console will be powered by an AMD customized processor and run Linux, so you’ll be able to tinker with the OS and access games bought from other platforms, as well as do all the usual PC-for-TV things, such as streaming, listening to music and navigating social media.

Frustratingly, there’s still no word on pre-loaded games, although the company says it’ll "start talking titles very soon". However, it has said it plans on shipping in late spring 2018, with an expected price tag of $250-$300 (£185-£225). Fans who get involved with the Indiegogo campaign, coming this fall, will be able to get their hands on special editions and exclusive pricing. And by then they’ll be chomping at the bit.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ presents a murkier vision of the classic franchise


Star Trek: Discovery has a lot riding on it, both for CBS executives (who are counting on the show to help them launch their paid streaming service CBS All Access) and Star Trek fans (who’ve been waiting more than a decade for a new Trek series).

On the business side, last night’s premiere seems to have been a success, though it’s hard to say for certain without real subscriber numbers. The first episode, “The Vulcan Hello,” aired on CBS, while the second, “Battle at the Binary Stars,” was available immediate afterwards on All Access — CBS says Discovery drove record sign-ups for its streaming service.

On the creative side? Well, I wouldn’t say it was a great premiere (and I’ll have more thoughts to share on this week’s episode of the Original Content podcast), but it was effective at establishing how the show might break the franchise template without totally abandoning the elements that Star Trek fans love.

Discovery takes place about 10 years before the original series and stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, a human who was raised by the Vulcan Sarek (for non-Trek fans: Sarek is also Spock’s dad) and now serves as by first officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou.

In the first episode (plotted by series creators Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, with a teleplay by Fuller and Akiva Goldsman), an investigation into a damaged “interstellar relay” quickly leads into a confrontation with the Klingon Empire — a confrontation that sets the stage for the rest of the season, and perhaps the rest of the series.

That setup already breaks with Trek tradition in a few key ways. For one thing, Trek has moved slowly and fitfully away from the default of white male leads, so it’s nice to see Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh (who plays the Shenzhou’s captain Philippa Georgiou) at the helm of a starship.

For another, you may have noticed that I haven’t even mentioned the Discovery, the ship that gives the series its name. In fact, you don’t hear about the Discovery at all in those first two episodes, which function less like a traditional Trek pilot (which would focus establishing the characters and status quo), and more like the opening chapter of an ongoing, serialized story. In other words, more like the opening episode of a show on cable or Netflix.

And then there’s the lead character — not a captain, but a first officer, and one who may or may not make the right decisions when she’s repeatedly faced with tough choices. Trek has always had a core of optimism and politically progressive values, but like some of the best Trek series, it looks like Discovery will be willing to test those values, sending its characters into morally complex territory, then forcing them to deal with the consequences of their actions they make.

This might make Discovery sound like a dry talkfest — you know, the kind of thing some viewers have in mind whenever they here the words Star Trek.

In truth, however, the franchise has always worked to balance out its big speeches and technobabble with humor and action. So “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle of the Binary Stars” are interested in big questions about war and pace, but they center on a tense standoff between starships, and I don’t think I’m giving too much to away (it’s in the episode name, after all) to say that the standoff eventually leads into a big battle that shows off Discovery‘s sizable special effects budget.

Not everything works. The dialogue can get pretty clunky, and the show seems determined to echo its moral murkiness with a drab color palette that looks particularly disappointing when you compare it to the bright colors and lens flares of the current Trek movies. The Klingon scenes the worst, combining both flaws with dimly lit actors hidden in underwhelming Klingon makeup, who spend long minutes growling tediously at each other.

Still, as maiden voyages go, this one was pretty promising. For all the new touches, it’s still very recognizable as Star Trek. And even if it’s behind a subscription paywall, it feels pretty darn good to see Trek back on TV.

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Twitter Promises to Clarify Rules in Wake of Trump North Korea Threat Tweets –


Twitter said Monday that President Donald Trump’s weekend tweet warning that North Korea “won’t be around much longer!” didn’t violate its terms of service, which it said it would clarify publicly at a later date.

Trump tweeted Sunday that if North Korea’s foreign minister “echoed thoughts of Little Rocket Man [Trump’s nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] they won’t be around much longer!”

Five days earlier, Trump also tweeted that under certain circumstances, the United States “will have no choice but to destroy #NoKo.”

In June, the White House said Trump’s tweets “are considered official statements by the president of the United States.”

In a thread on its Public Policy page, the company said it had been asked why it didn’t take down Trump’s tweet in light of its rule reading: “You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.”

“We hold all accounts to the same rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules,” the company said. “Among the considerations is ‘newsworthiness’ and whether a Tweet is of public interest.”

Related: What Would It Take to Shut Down Trump on Twitter?

It acknowledged, however, that those guidelines were internal and that “we need to do better” on being transparent about its rules.

“We’ll soon update our public-facing rules to reflect it,” Twitter said.

Making those guidelines public could alleviate some of the criticism the social-media platform has come under since Trump announced his presidential campaign in 2015.

Related: Is President Donald Trump Good For Twitter’s Bottom Line?

The company’s publicly posted rules already ban “hateful conduct,” including direct attacks on other people.

But since he launched his campaign, the president has tagged numerous people with insults like “low class snob,” “perv sleazebag” and “low I.Q. crazy,” — and he famously labeled his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, as “Crooked Hillary.”

Here’s the full thread Twitter posted on Monday:

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Japan wants to launch a new digital currency: J-Coin


A man uses a smartphone in front of a branch of Mizuho bank, belonging to Mizuho Financial Group, in Tokyo January 29, 2013. Mizuho Financial Group Inc, Japan's second-largest lender by assets, reported a 45 percent increase in net profit for the nine months ended December, helped by a year-end rally in Japanese equities. Picture taken January 29, 2013.

LONDON — A consortium of Japanese banks are set to launch a new national digital currency in a bid to wean citizens off cash, the Financial Times reports.

The FT says that a consortium led by Mizuho Financial Group and Japan Post Bank plans to launch the new digital currency in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The new project, which has the support of Japan’s central bank and regulators, aims to develop technology to allow Japanese people to pay for goods and services with their smartphone.

Cash currently represents 70% of all transactions by value in Japan but such a heavy cash dependency incurs costs for banks and governments. Banks must pay to handle, transport, and audit large amounts of cash, while governments risk losing tax revenue to undocumented cash-in-hand work or black market transactions.

The consortium of banks estimate that the adoption of a new digital currency could add ¥‎10 billion ($90 million; £67 million) to the economy, the FT reports. J-Coin will be exchanged at a one-to-one rate with yen.

Several European economies are moving towards a cashless society thanks to the success of digital payment methods: physical cash in circulation has declined by 27% since 2011 in Sweden thanks to the popularity of digital payments; Denmark wants to allow shops, including restaurants, gas stations, and clothing stores, to stop taking cash; The Bank of Korea has said it’s aiming for a cashless society by 2020; and cash is now in the minority in Britain.

The move towards cashlessness in the Nordics has been helped by the popularity of payment apps like Swish in Sweden and MobilePay in Denmark, while the rise of contactless payments through debit and credit cards has helped in Britain.

Japanese banks are not alone in looking to develop their own digital currency. Leading banks including HSBC, Barclays, UBS, and Santander are developing a "Universal Settlement Coin" to make trade amongst themselves easier, inspired by the success of digital currencies like bitcoin.

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Dubai just tested it’s flying drone taxi for the first time


Autonomous air taxi service Volocopter just had its first test flight in Dubai.

The giant drone-like vehicle has 2 seats, 18 propellers, and is powered by 9 batteries. This allows it to have a flight time of around 30 minutes. 

The flight was unmanned as it is still in its testing phase, which will last 5 years and eventually include pilots. 

The aim for the Volocopter is to be compatible with a smartphone app, whereby you order one and have it pick you up like an Uber service.

Dubai sees Volocopter as the eventual future of passenger travel.

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