Stay-at-home orders cut noise exposure nearly in half — ScienceDaily

People’s exposure to environmental noise dropped nearly in half during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to University of Michigan researchers who analyzed data from the Apple Hearing Study.

Researchers at U-M’s School of Public Health and Apple Inc. looked at noise exposure data from volunteer Apple Watch users in Florida, New York, California and Texas. The analysis, one of the largest to date, included more than a half million daily noise levels measured before and during the pandemic.

Daily average sound levels dropped approximately 3 decibels during the time that local governments made announcements about social distancing and issued stay-at-home orders in March and April, compared to January and February.

“That is a huge reduction in terms of exposure and it could have a great effect on people’s overall health outcomes over time,” said Rick Neitzel, associate professor of environmental health sciences at U-M’s School of Public

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‘A potential game-changer’: Woolworths is trialling new automation technology in Melbourne to speed up the fulfilment of online orders

  • Woolworths has opened up a new floor at one of its Melbourne supermarkets to speed up fulfilment of online orders.
  • The shop floor, at the back of the Carrum Downs Supermarket in Melbourne, has technology that moves products from automated storage units to staff members.
  • Woolworths plans to trial this new system at more stores in New Zealand.
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Woolworths has launched new automation technology at one of its supermarkets in Melbourne to address the rise in online orders.

A new e-com floor spanning 2,400 square metres opened at the back of the Carrum Downs Supermarket, which uses technology to sort and move items from automated storage units to staff members that fill out customer orders. These units are able to hold up to 10,000 grocery items, save for products like meat, fruit and vegetables that will be picked from the shopfloor.

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Woolworths speeds up online grocery orders with automated fulfilment technology

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Image: Leigh Henningham/Woolworths

Woolworths has deployed its first micro-automation technology in the e-commerce facility located at the back of its existing Melbourne-based Carrum Downs supermarket, in a bid to speed up the delivery of online grocery orders.

The supermarket giant claims to be the first in Australia to deploy the Takeoff technology, which has been designed to sort and move up to 10,000 grocery products from automated storage units to team members that are handpicking customer orders. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat will continue to be handpicked from the shop floor, Woolworth said.

According to Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci, automating the picking of products will help dispatch five times the online order volume of a standard Woolworths store.

“As customer expectations continue to rise, we’re investing in new technology to keep pace with the growth and focusing on building an ever more convenient online offer,” he said.

“The micro-fulfilment

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Samsung Electronics profit likely at two-year high after Huawei chip orders, phone recovery

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s third-quarter profit likely jumped 58% to its highest in two years, beating analyst estimates as U.S. restrictions on China’s Huawei boosted the South Korean tech giant’s phone and chip sales.

U.S. action against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has dampened demand for its phones outside of China, giving a leg up to Samsung, analysts said, while the Chinese firm also hurried to order more chips from Samsung after Washington moved to choke its access to commercially available chips from mid-September.

Samsung said on Thursday operating profit was likely 12.3 trillion won ($10.6 billion) for the three months ended September, well above a Refinitiv SmartEstimate of 10.5 trillion won. It would be the strongest result since 17.57 trillion won in the third quarter of 2018.

Revenue likely rose 6% from the same period a year earlier to 66 trillion won,

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LTFRB orders zero additional fees on cashless payment modes for PUVs

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a directive that would prohibit any additional fees for the purchase of beep cards on public utility vehicles (PUV).

The regulator issued Memorandum Circular (MC) 2020-057 following the government’s stance to remove any fees on top of the fare load.

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From MMDA FB Bus

Based on MC 2020-057, the LTFRB “deems it necessary to order PUV operators and the automatic fare collection system (AFCS) providers to the cost of the card” so as the commuting public not to shoulder any additional burden when taking the public transport.”

Issued October 6 and will be effective tomorrow (Friday, October 9), the latest directive from the LTFRB followed the string of complaints and reports about added payment as high as P80 charged fee for Beep card purchases.

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The board also cited in the circular that President Rodrigo Duterte dipped his finger

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Judge Orders Twitter To Unmask FBI Impersonator Who Set Off Seth Rich Conspiracy : NPR

A federal judge has ordered Twitter to reveal account information related to an anonymous user who allegedly peddled a fake FBI report pertaining to the death of Democratic National Committee aide Seth Rich.

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A federal judge has ordered Twitter to reveal account information related to an anonymous user who allegedly peddled a fake FBI report pertaining to the death of Democratic National Committee aide Seth Rich.

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A federal judge in California has ordered that Twitter reveal the identity of an anonymous user who allegedly fabricated an FBI document to spread a conspiracy theory about the killing of Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer who died in 2016.

The ruling could lead to the identification of the person behind the Twitter name @whyspertech. Through that account, the user allegedly provided forged FBI materials to Fox News. The documents falsely linked

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