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Le «binge-viewing», la pratique qui consiste à regarder la télévision ou tout autre écran pendant des heures d’affilées, en visionnant à la suite les épisodes d’une même série, rentre dans les moeurs et devient «la nouvelle normalité».

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Put warning labels on smartphones to prevent digital addiction, say researchers
Warning labels on smartphones, tablets and other digital devices in the manner of cigarette packaging could help prevent users becoming addicted to their gadgets, according to research. [The Telegraph]

quotemarksright.jpgApplying labels or messages on devices could encourage responsible usage and raise awareness of the potential side effects of digital addiction, researchers at Bournemouth University said.

Symptoms of addiction to social networks, sites and games can include tolerance to a continuous increase of usage, changes in user mood once they are online, withdrawal symptoms when away from the device and relapsing when trying to adjust to using it less, the study found.

The research drew parallels between the labelling used in the tobacco and alcohol industries to raise awareness of the potential consequences, stating ”we still do not have the same for addictive software”.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Nike’s COO thinks we could soon 3D print Nike sneakers at home
Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 09.23.27.png Eric Sprunk, Nike’s COO, talked about the innovation in Nike’s Flyknit technology and what it suggests about the way sneakers could be made in the future. Based on what Nike is already doing with Flyknit, Sprunk says the ability for consumers to 3D print a pair of sneakers is close at hand. [via Quartz]

quotemarksright.jpgThe way it might work goes something like this: You could head to Nike’s website, customize a sneaker to your specifications, and buy a file containing the instructions for the 3D printer. If you have a printer at home, you could print it yourself and have a new pair of sneakers in a matter of hours. If you don’t, you could take the file to a Nike store and have them print it for you.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Drones Could Plant 1 Billion Trees a Year
Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 09.41.22.png How do you reverse the damage done to the planet when 3 billion to 6 billion trees are cut down every year to make way for other crops such as soy beans, palm oil trees or grazing land for cattle? [via Discovery News]

quotemarksright.jpgA UK-based startup called BioCarbon Engineering thinks they have an answer. CEO Lauren Fletcher and his team have a plan for using fixed-wing and multiple-rotor drones to plant 1 billion trees per year.

The process begins by deploying fixed wing drones to assess areas in need of replanting and create 3-D maps.

Using the mapping data, multiple-rotor shoots seed pods at specific locations — much like a paintball gun shoots pellets, according to the startup’s team.

Later, drones will swing back around to audit the status of growth, information that will be used to assess the ecosystem and improve planting methods going forward. See the video below for more details.

BioCarbon Engineering won best startup at the Hello Tomorrow Challenge and was awarded €100,000 as the Orange Grand Prize.

They’ve recently committed to planting trees on a plantation in South Africa.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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