Tide TIPS: Volume 15
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Don’t pass the gas
The need for vehicle charging stations in the United States is about to be at an all time high, as the number of electric cars on the road by 2022 is projected to be in the millions. This is because the auto industry plans to roll out 100 different car, truck, and crossover models globally by this point. This brings up the issue of the number of charging stations available in the United States, which is fairly low unless you are in California or some major metropolitan cities. Thankfully, the nation’s metros are feeling the pressure and electric car drivers should expect to see many more chargers available to them. One small step for man, one giant leap for renewable energy. (Wired)
Cable Schmable, Streaming is In
As people are starting to “cut the cords” and get rid of their cable service in favor of streaming, certain companies are having their time to shine. With cable dropping in popularity, many people have argued that the cost of streaming services such as Netflix actually end up costing the same amount as if you had kept your cable plan. However, they haven’t considered ad-supported companies such as Tubi, that offer streaming services for free. Tubi has gained popularity as people start to search for cheaper alternatives to cable. This rise of ad-supported streaming is very likely to become the future, as customers are likely to choose one paid streaming service and supplement that with a few free ad-supported ones. (Fast Company)
Mythbusters: Success Edition
With the new year in full swing, it’s time to change your thinking and stop believing the myths about success. The first myth about success is that data is always the answer. Data is definitely critical, but instead of using data to determine what to follow, you should just be using data to ask better questions about how to direct your creative energy. Secondly, many believe that the harder you work, the more success will come to you. However, long hours do not always lead to results. You need to work with a purpose. Lastly, it is believed that the best leaders are DIYers. On the contrary, it is okay to ask for help. In fact, asking for help can make you more respected and people will know that you are doing what it takes to do the best job possible. (Entrepreneur)
Robots Are Taking Over the World: Part 53647
No need to tip your valet anymore, because it may be a robot. London’s Gatwick Airport is testing out a robot valet that can take your car to it’s spot by sliding a large, thin bed underneath. The robots would come from Paris-based company, Stanley Robotics, and the hope is that they could fit many more cars into the same amount of lot space. Not only would they increase the amount of capacity, the valets would have your flight information so that they could bring your car to a cabin for you just before your arrival. The airport plans to experiment with these robot valets for three months in one of their long-term lots and, if it goes well, they will expand the autonomous valets to some of their other parking areas. (CNN)
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