All tech products should be designed like my toaster

Christel Deskins

I write about and review cutting edge tech products for a living, yet every time I pick up a new piece of hardware I always think about my toaster. Not because I’m obsessed with bread, but more that my toaster is designed for how humans actually use gadgets. I use my toaster every week, and it’s a constant reminder of how other products are often badly designed.

Most toasters are pretty simple, you drop one, maybe two pieces of bread inside the top, pull a lever, and a few minutes later your toast comes flying out as if it just woke up from a dough-induced nightmare. The results can vary widely, from a perfectly golden slice to a visit from the fire department. My toaster is a little different.

The designers have clearly thought about how humans actually want to toast bread, bagels, and crumpets (yes, it’s a weird British

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Smart Office Market 2020 : Top Countries Data, Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast to 2026

Christel Deskins

The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Sep 17, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
Global “Smart Office Market” 2020 Research Report provides key analysis on the market status of the Smart Office manufacturers with best facts and figures, meaning, definition, SWOT analysis, expert opinions and the latest developments across the globe. The Report also calculate the market size, Smart Office Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share, cost structure and growth rate. The report considers the revenue generated from the sales of This Report and technologies by various application segments.

COVID-19 can affect the global economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by its financial impact on firms and financial markets.

Final Report will add the analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on this industry.


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Tesla patches hack that upgraded Model 3 capabilities at half price

Christel Deskins

One of the concerns that come with connected and complex, computer-controlled modern cars is their vulnerability to hacking. It turns out, however, that there are some hacks that are being done for the benefit of car owners rather than for their harm. One prime example is the Tesla Model 3 that has an “Acceleration Boost” that’s already part of the car but disabled only via software. Unsurprisingly, a company was already selling unofficial ways to remove that limitation at half the price Tesla is asking for. Unsurprisingly, Tesla is not amused.

One of the advantages of some more modern cars is that capabilities that are already built-into them can simply be unlocked with a software update rather than having to bring in the car for a physical installation. The Tesla Model 3, for example, has an Acceleration Boost upgrade that reduces acceleration to 3.9 seconds when going from 0 to

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Trump Administration Invests More Than $2 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural North Carolina

Christel Deskins

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $2 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in North Carolina. This investment is part of the $100 million Congress allocated to the ReConnect Program through the CARES Act.

“The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now – as our nation manages the coronavirus national emergency. Access to telehealth services, remote learning for school children, and remote business operations all require access to broadband,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “I am so proud of our rural communities who have been working day in and day out, just like they always do, producing the food and fiber America depends on. We need them more than ever during these trying times, and expanding access to this critical infrastructure

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Best gadgets of IFA 2020

The coronavirus pandemic might mean that the IFA 2020 tech show, usually held in Berlin every year, is mostly being held as a series of online events, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t as many neat new gadgets being launched. I’ve swapped a German beer for a strong coffee and a creaky press conference bench for my lumbar-supporting office chair to bring you the hottest products of the show. 

a hand holding a cell phone: The Z Fold 2 is one of the show's big hitters. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

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The Z Fold 2 is one of the show’s big hitters. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

I’ll be updating this article throughout the week, swapping in any new launch that deserves recognition for being particularly cool. Make sure to bookmark this page and come back to see what’s new.

Creating the German tech show experience at home



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First shown off a couple of weeks ago, and demonstrated more fully at Samsung’s online

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Spanish Bank Deal Brews to Create a Regional Powerhouse

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CaixaBank SA’s potential acquisition of Bankia SA would create a new powerhouse in Spanish finance, putting pressure on the country’s other three top banks.

A takeover, which may be announced within days, would allow the combined company to lead rivals Banco Santander SA and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA in the domestic market by almost every measure, with more than 600 billion euros ($715 billion) of assets in Spain. In some key areas, CaixaBank is already No. 1 on its own.

That may prompt rivals to look for ways to catch up. Banco de Sabadell SA, which stands to be left far behind, is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to explore strategies that may include consolidation or selling assets. Here are six charts to show how the combined bank would stack up against its Spanish competitors.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Taking the Lead

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Taking the Lead

The new bank would also be

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Pandemic meal delivery has spurred virtual restaurants and ghost kitchens

Management made a decision, embracing one of the industry’s hottest trends, one that has been supercharged by the coronavirus crisis.

It decided to raise a ghost. These are kitchens without dining rooms, culinary concepts designed for delivery, most never becoming a bricks-and-mortar destination for diners.

Ghost kitchens, dark kitchens, virtual restaurants, cloud kitchens: The path forward for restaurateurs trying to escape the collapse of their business models is illuminated by a digital glow. The stratospheric rise in online ordering and food delivery during the pandemic has prompted restaurateurs to chase those delivery dollars in a number of novel ways.

For many, it’s a matter of survival.

Nearly two-thirds of New York restaurants responding to a questionnaire from the New York State Restaurant Association say they are likely to close by the end of the year without some form of financial relief. Employment in restaurant and food service jobs is down

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Razer and Humanscale ‘Pro’ ergo keyboard and mouse review: A dream for the modern office

Razer Proclick ProtypeSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

“The average person spends 40% of their day working, 40 hours a week, and around 40 years of their life” is how Razer starts its PR spin on its new co-branded and developed mouse and keyboard accessories. While those numbers are sobering, they offer a stark reminder that, like owning a good bed, using ergonomic PC accessories to reduce stress and injury is worth some thought.

The Pro Click, Pro Type, and Pro Glide computer accessories, which are made in conjunction with Humanscale’s knowledge of design, offer a clean, non-gaming aesthetic that would make any Surface Studio owner proud. These wireless accessories are not low-cost, but they do provide some things I’ve been looking for, including backlit LED lights on a 2.4GHz keyboard.

I’ve spent the last few weeks using these tools, trading in my usual Razer gamer-focused ones. Here is what I think

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SpaceX just launched a record 180 satellites in 1 month

In the weeks after SpaceX brought two NASA astronauts home from the space station, the company has rocketed satellites into Earth’s orbit faster than history has ever seen.

On Thursday morning, the company’s Falcon 9 rocket launched yet another batch of desk-sized internet satellites — the third launch in a month for SpaceX’s Starlink project.

The initiative eventually aims to send tens of thousands of broadband satellites into orbit, blanketing Earth in high-speed internet. Already, it has launched 650 satellites, 175 of which went up in the last month alone.

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An animation of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation providing internet coverage to the Americas.


That means Elon Musk’s rocket company has sent up more satellites in a single month than any other company or agency ever has before, according to a database kept by the Union of Concerned Scientists. And the project has two more launches planned in September, according

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Positive Effects of Utilizing Modern Gadgets

The world is evolving every single day, and brilliant gadgets are being introduced every year to make those things possible which were once thought to be impossible. Our lives have transformed so much that the endless technology surrounding us has become so typical in our lives that we often forget just how much further we have come in the last few decades.

How Far We’ve Come

Today we utilize many modern-day gadgets in our everyday life. Everything from smart cooking equipment to music devices, they all make use of science and technology in one way or the other. Communication gadgets are another classification of these devices which play a crucial part in our lives by helping us connect with our friends and relatives from all over the world. However, these are not the only gadgets that have a favorable influence on our lives. Think of that security camera outside your

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