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Find your beach: As the Northern Hemisphere is gearing up for colder temperatures, some British tech workers are moving to warmer places. Many workers are working remotely, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, there has now been a recent spike in some tech workers moving temporarily to warmer countries, while others plan on visiting multiple locations and staying in Airbnbs. 

On today’s menu: Food tech startups in Singapore are serving up lab-grown milk and other edible products from natural ingredients. This type of cell culture technology is an effort to boost national self-sufficiency. Singapore imports 90% of its food, due to land scarcity, and is vulnerable to food shortages and price volatility. The situation was exacerbated when COVID-19 first struck. Efforts like this can reduce the island-nation’s import bill, as well as its carbon footprint.

Always home: Think you might’ve left the stove on or window open? Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around the inside of your house when you’re not home. The new Always Home Cam is an autonomous device that can now give residents a perspective of any room, without needing multiple cameras. Once it’s done flying, the Always Home Cam returns to its dock to charge its battery.

Promoting diversity: Tech companies are looking to take concrete actions to improve diversity within their workplaces, and encouraging others to do the same. Two Seattle-based entrepreneurs, Michael Brown and Don Hyun, have launched Diversity Window: A platform that helps organizations make meaningful transformations around the culture of diversity and inclusion through surveys, tools, metrics, and sourcing. Companies can now analyze employee diversity data, set diversity hiring goals and create reports to share with employees and the public.


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