The future workplace and the triple bottom line: people

There have been some bold claims made during 2020 regarding the future of the workplace: it will be one determined by the exercise of free choice; when we turn up it will be because we have chosen to collaborate, not to do our own individual work – we’ll do that from somewhere else; and the wellbeing of its people will replace productivity as the prime driver for organisations. Aspirational as they may be, we might instead consider them hopeful, even idealistic. Are they possible?

The three key issues are intrinsically related – choice, purpose and wellbeing. The answer to one is not necessarily the answer to another. The evidence to date certainly asserts that people want something more from their work and workplace experience than pre-Covid. Yet achieving each presents significant challenges, both as ideas in themselves and in their potential impact.

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Untamed Humans Debuts Line of Science-Backed, Hyper-Individualized and Super-Simplified Skincare Products

Untamed Humans is made for the individual, using products designed to enhance each customers’ natural beauty through precise and personalized formulations. Untamed Humans isn’t about achieving a homogenous standard of beauty. It’s about allowing every human to live and present their true and authentic selves: the rough edges, the imperfections, the fresh-faced glow, and the meticulously made up for whatever the day or night may bring.

Created by an organic chemist and entrepreneur, Untamed Humans seeks to eliminate the guesswork and high cost associated with finding skincare products that work specifically for you. Backed by science and built on the belief that skincare doesn’t need to be so hard, Untamed Humans formulates made-to-order skincare for every individual based on information specific to their exact needs.

Untamed Humans is committed to single bottle skincare—meaning that each product is made one bottle at a time, never mass produced. Each formulation is

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Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 13 predictions from proven model

The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are set to square off in a Big 12 matchup at noon ET on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State is 5-2 overall and 3-1 at home, while the Red Raiders are 3-5 overall and 0-3 on the road. The Red Raiders hold a 23-21-2 edge in the all-time series thanks to back-to-back victories in the last two seasons to stop a nine-year Cowboys winning streak from 2009-2017.

Texas Tech has also covered the spread in each of those victories and has two outright wins this season as underdogs. The Cowboys are favored by 11-points in the latest Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 54. Before entering any Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.

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HelloOffice Announces Company Name Change to Raise, Launches New Product and Service Line


Raise, the technology-powered commercial real estate brokerage helping companies re-imagine the workplace, announced today the official launch of its re-designed technology platform, new website, and new workplace services offering for all clients. The company will fully transition to Raise Commercial Real Estate from its former moniker of HelloOffice.

“The pandemic accelerated the future of the workplace in a matter of months, what was previously a decade in the making,” said Justin Bedecarre, CEO of Raise. “After surveying hundreds of clients and interviewing workplace leaders across many industries, it was clear to us that the reimagination of work is upon us. The need for intuitive technology and scalable workplace services has never been greater.”

Capitalizing on its $20 million Series A funding raised in the height of the pandemic, Raise is uniquely positioned to help companies both reimagine how they work and build the office of

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Apple’s App Store Concession Will Hardly Affect Its Bottom Line

20201119_App_Store_Program_IBT Estimated share of developers eligible for Apple’s reduced commission and their share of total App Store revenue Photo: Statista/IBT

In its ongoing battle with app makers over App Store commissions, Apple extended an olive branch to the developing community on Wednesday. The company announced the App Store Small Business Program, which will reduce the disputed commission Apple charges on paid apps and in-app purchases from 30 to 15 percent for developers earning less than $1 million a year.

Having long defended its commission policy as industry-standard, Apple appears to have found a way to appease the vast majority of its developer base without making concessions to those pushing hardest for change, namely Fortnite maker Epic Games, Spotify, and other app publishers certainly too big to qualify for the cut.

At the same time, what sounds like a big concession to make on Apple’s part will likely have a very limited

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Big dish of Arecibo observatory has reached the end of the line

Image of a large silvery dish embedded in a hilltop.
Enlarge / An aerial view of the Arecibo facility, showing the increasingly fragile cables supporting the instrument platform, as well as the gash caused when one of those cables failed.

Today, the National Science Foundation announced that its famed Arecibo radio observatory would be shut down. Built into a hilltop in Puerto Rico, the main dish of the observatory is over 300 meters across, and its massive size has made it a feature in popular culture ranging from James Bond movies to video games. But despite a long history of scientific contributions, the observatory has been struggling for funding for over a decade, and two cables that support it have failed this year, leaving it in a precarious state.

After engineering studies determined there was no way to repair the hardware without putting workers at risk, the NSF made the decision to shut the observatory down.

More than a big

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Alpha Motor Corporation Unveils New Line Of Pure Electric Vehicles – Advanced Mobility Technology For A Sustainable Future | News

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Alpha Motor Corporation, a rising key player in the automotive landscape today announced the company’s official launch from its Irvine, California headquarters. The launch illustrated the company’s vision to transform the automotive industry with its innovative offering of electric mobility. Alpha offers a range of pure electric vehicles that address various mobility needs in three categories:

Commute – driving for daily personal needs.
Business – driving for business and commercial travel.
Recreation – driving for pleasure.

Alpha’s launch was spearheaded by an exciting presentation of the company’s pure electric vehicles built on a proprietary modular platform to company stakeholders. The presentation centered around Alpha’s full family of vehicles, led by the company’s sleek EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) center stage.

“Alpha is a unique legacy in the making,” said Alpha Motor Corporation Chief Executive Officer Michael Smith. “Our purpose-driven mission is straightforward:

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Nadal no fan of replacing line judges with technology

By Martyn Herman

a baseball player holding a racket: ATP Finals

ATP Finals

LONDON (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal may appear an unlikely traditionalist given the way he has ripped up the tennis blueprint in the past 15 years but some aspects of the sport, he believes, should not change.

Fans are not the only thing missing from this year’s ATP Finals which is being held in London for the 12th and last time.

Changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic also include the absence of line judges — with Hawkeye line-calling technology automatically deciding whether a ball is in or out.

Nadal is not one to argue the toss with officials, but even if he was, there would be nobody to vent his anger at.

With no room for human error, players have also been denied the chance for Hawkeye challenges — a popular feature for tennis since it was introduced at the 2006 U.S. Open.

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Covid Shots Barrel Toward Finish Line in 300-Day Science Feat

(Bloomberg) — In early January, about the only thing the world’s scientists knew for sure about the novel coronavirus was its genetic profile. Now, some 300 days later, vaccine developers are on the brink of a major victory against a pathogen that’s inflicted untold personal and economic damage.

Virus specialists including Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease doctor, predicted in early 2020 that it would take a year to 18 months to develop a vaccine to confront the contagion. Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc.’s collaboration with BioNTech SE are poised to beat that forecast if preliminary positive results from their vaccine trials hold up.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday that the company had reached a key safety-data milestone and would apply for U.S. emergency-use authorization. The news is fueling optimism for the quest to halt a disease that’s killed more than 1.3 million people and continues to

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GrapeCity Developer Solutions Introduces New Technology for .NET Product Line

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — GrapeCity, a global provider of award-winning enterprise software development tools, announced that its .NET product, ComponentOne, is now compatible with .NET 5 – Microsoft’s latest release. .NET 5 is the most significant advancement for .NET desktop development in the past decade. This new technology brings many new capabilities to applications, including single-file applications, performance improvements (like 20% faster JSON serialization), web and cloud investments, ARM64 support, and much more. .NET 5 is a step forward for desktop applications built on WinForms and WPF because it unifies development across the web, cloud, mobile, and gaming (insert applications or platforms?) by providing a single .NET runtime and SDK. Merging the .NET framework, .NET Core, and Xamarin/Mono will improve developers’ work by providing components for the many different versions of .NET. To learn more about ComponentOne’s .NET 5 controls and support, visit GrapeCity’s website.

ComponentOne’s .NET

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