Basic Universal Income

Firstly what is a Basic Universal Income?

BASIC UNIVERSAL INCOME: Basically everyone in a country will receive state funded “wages” with everyone receiving the same amount of money each month in addition to any other form of income received from other avenues.

Elon Musk of Tesla Motors and the hyperloop amongst other really cool things, thinks we’ll eventually need a basic universal income because of “automation.” Automation being the theory that eventually all of our jobs will be taken up by Robots, leading to a loss of jobs for humans. How would human’s live without jobs? This is where Elon’s theory of Basic Universal Income (by way of Robots and job loss) comes into play.

There are a lot of benefits to a basic universal income. Speaking to CNBC Elon states that we will have a lot more time to do more “complex things and more interesting things” One of the most notable benefits being a lot more leisure time! (Plus it allows us to show you more ways to kill time!) But Elon did send out a small warning to anyone thinking that we are about to lose our jobs to those pesky robots, he states that we have got to “Figure out how we integrate with a world and a future with vast A.I….. there has to be some improved symbiosis with digital super intelligence,” He’s not wrong! We’ve seen Terminator! 

However on the flip side there is an incredible amount of benefits to the idea of basic universal income, everyone would essentially receive enough income to survive without working and we’d all live happier lives due to the less stress that we would be under. Plus the threat of homelessness and poverty levels would decrease causing an increase in the health of a countries economy.

So maybe robots taking our jobs aren’t such a bad thing after all……..

Click here to here the guys talking about basic universal income on the show!

Cornerstone Razors – A better way to shave?

We were recently received a Cornerstone Razor at the office. And we wanted to see if this razor on demand service lived up to all the hype. Read more

iKettle 2.0!

We here at How To Kill An Hour didn’t think that the act of boiling a cup of tea needed revolutionising, or that the kettle could be any more technologically advanced than it already is.

But we were WRONG!

We have been introduced to the iKettle 2.0 by Smarter and it is simply amazing! Who knew the simple act of boiling a kettle could be so much fun! Basically it’s a Kettle which has a WiFi connection in it. But that WiFi connection opens up a whole heap of features such as:

Remote Boil: Instead of hanging around in the kitchen waiting for what seems like a 1000 years you can set your kettle to boil over wifi and have it ready for you when you get in! Or you can request for it to be boiled from another room in the house. How cool is that?!

Wake Up Mode: Set your iKettle to boil as soon as you wake up, thus saving you from being late to work for the 3rd time this week!

Temperature Setting: You are able to set the kettle to boil within a single degree. That way you can create the perfect green tea or black tea if that takes your fancy. Either way it will make for a better tasting tea as it hasn’t been over-boiled!

Water Sensor: Can see how much water is in the kettle all from the app, so you got no excuses for having people left out.

Warmer for Longer: The Kettle is able to keep your water for longer, long after it has been boiled!

Cooling: Cool the water to just the right temperature, perfect for those who like their brews at just the right temperature or for those with babies who require very specific temperatures for their food and milk!

 

A lot of the features that the iKettle 2.0 has is not on the kettle physically but rather in the complimentary smarter app. It’s very simple and a single setting can be changed with a simple touch of a button, for example setting the kettle to boil at any temperature! The center dial giving complete control with a simple two touch experience.

To buy your own iKettle 2.0 by Smarter please click here! 

To download the Smarter app please click here: Apple / Android

To listen to the guys discussing the iKettle 2.0 please click here! 

 

 

 

Philips Hue Smart Bulbs

Nick Bright on the show introduced us to some ‘Smart Bulbs’ called Philips Hue and they are quite impressive!

The lights allow you to choose from 16million colours in the complimentary hue app to allow you to set the light to match your mood. The bulbs themselves have been improved with deeper green, cyan, and blues for even better scene setting. You can even use a photo and set the bulbs to colour that particular photo! The bulbs are even compatible with iOS’s HomeKit technology, ask Siri to turn on or dim the lights! You can even save your favourite light settings and recall them whenever with a touch of a button.

You can extend your TV Viewing experience to sync with your favourite show or favourite music to flicker to the beat! Can even control the lights away from the house! Remotely check if you have left the lights on, you can even and check out how cool this is, by using geofencing technology you can set the lights to turn on as soon as you walk through the door after work! Not only that you can wake up naturally with your Philips Hue Smart Bulbs and have the bulbs increase with intensity to reflect the sunrise or vice versa and have it dim slowly to reflect a sundown.

To buy your own Philips Hue Smart Bulbs please click here! 

To listen to the guys discussing the Philips Hue Smart Bulbs please click here! 

Roli Blocks

Marcus recently went to a Roli event to check out their latest product: Blocks. Basically for all the music producers out there it’s a modular music studio that lets anyone create music as it is so simple to use!

It lets you easily make music whether your a beginner or a seasoned pro through intuitive gestures on a small touch sensitive gesture pad you can connect multiple blocks to one another and with the FREE NOISE app by Roli (available on the app store) start to make music quickly and easily.

They suggest to start off with the ‘Lightpad Block’ which is the center of the BLOCKS system. You make music by making natural movements on the pad, drop melodies and beats by striking, gliding and pressing your fingers on the surface while the illuminated grids help you find notes. While the Light Trails guide you through making music via musical gestures quickly!

Check below for a video on BLOCKS

 

 

 

To find out more about Roli Blocks please click here! 

To hear the guys talking about Roli Blocks please click here!

The New Macbook Pro

The new Macbook Pro’s are here and they’re better than ever and they look so cool for one!

They’re obviously much more powerful than previous models, they’re much thinner and lighter and not to mention the screen has had a massive upgrade too! Now more brighter and colourful allowing you to work and view media gloriously!

But what is getting everyone talking is this new touch bar, a multi-touch enabled strip of glass that is fully customisable and changes depending on what app you’re using.  They replace the function keys along the top strip of the keyboard and become something that is much more versatile than regular old function keys. For example you can have intelligent typing complete with auto-complete and emoji’s like you already have on your phone or on Final Cut Pro X you can scroll through your timeline with the Touch Bar quickly and easily.

 

The keyboard has had a slight upgrade too, becoming shallower than previous generations and is now much more responsive with a Force Touch trackpad which is now 2 times larger than before.

The Macbook Pro comes in 3 different formats:

13 inch Macbook Pro (with no touch bar)

13 Inch Macbook Pro

15 Inch Macbook Pro

For more information please click here!

To listen to the guys talking about the Macbook Pro please click here!

iOS AutoComplete Essay!

A New Zealand professor has been asked to present a talk at a US event based on Nuclear physics, yet there is a lot of gibberish throughout!

The academic paper was written by Christoph Bartneck an associate professor at the Human Interface Technology laboratory (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) after an email asked him to submit a paper to the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics in the United States in November.

Written only in iOS auto complete Christoph said he “resorted to iOS autocomplete function to help” when writing the paper. Writing on his blog he said:

“Since I have practically no knowledge of nuclear physics…I started a sentence with ‘atomic’ or ‘nuclear’ and then randomly hit the autocomplete suggestions”

Here is an extract from Christophs paper:

“The atoms of a better universe will have the right for the same as you are the way we shall have to be a great place for a great time to enjoy the day you are a wonderful person to your great time to take the fun and take a great time and enjoy the great day you will be a wonderful time for your parents and kids,”

Christoph decided to submit the paper under a fake identity, it was accepted three hours later and he was asked to pay a fee of $1099 US dollars to register at the conference. It was at this point that Christoph decided that enough was enough and his fun was over as the University would not have liked to pay for him to go to such an event.

Christoph told Guardian Australia: “My impression is that this is not a particularly good conference…. reasonably certain that this is a money-making conference with little to no commitment to science” due to such a high registration fee and the fact that his paper was accepted in such a quick amount of time…not least forgetting it was full of text that didn’t make any sense!

What’s the funniest autocomplete you have done? Let us know tweet us @howtokillanhour

To hear the guys talking about this please click here! 

RIP VINE :(

What was once the epicenter for the short viral video creators you know and love today (King Bach, DeStorm, Hannah Stocking, Page Kennedy) Vine (before they all went to Facebook) was loved by millions of millennials around the world, creating usually relatable video meme’s or short funny videos that became meme’s in their own right has died.

Granted a lot of the creators had jumped ship to Facebook/Snapchat/Instagram due to more monetary values and the alure of Vine became less and less and less and less creators used Vine and thus did their audience.

Only four years ago before the app had even launched Vine, a mobile and web platform where users could post videos of up to 6 seconds which was put on an endless loop was purchased by Twitter for £24Million. Despite users being locked into Vine/Twitter (There was no way for the clips to be embedded on another social platform) Vine celebrities were created with hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of followers, with many earning a living with promoted and sponsored Vines.

There is not a date when the app will be closed by in a blog post from the creators on Vine’s blog site said that users will be “notified before we make any changes to the app or website”

However in a twist of events Pornhub VP Corey Price has offered to take Vine off of Twitter in an open letter:

“We figure since Twitter has dropped (Vine) and is having significant layoffs, that you and your stakeholders could benefit from a cash infusion from the sale of Vine. Not to mention we would be saving Vine gems like ‘Damn Daniel,’ ‘Awkward Puppets’ and many more.”

Not only that Pornhub wishes to “restore Vine to its NSFW glory…….six seconds is more than enough for most people to enjoy themselves.”

Let us know some of your favourite Vines via our Twitter : @howtokillanhour

To hear the guys talking about the death of Vine: please click here!

Philips Shaver Series 7000

We here at How To Kill An Hour are a hairy bunch and what comes with hair comes with responsibility (unless your like this guy from Rebellion games with a MAGNIFICENT Beard that puts us all to shame) but if you’re not him and have to shave your beard every now and then well you have come to the right place as we have featured many a shaver on How To Kill an Hour throughout the time we have been live!

We recently used the Philips Series 7000 electric shaver with vacuum and let us tell you, this shaver is AMAZING! As it cleans up most of the mess that us guys leave in the sink (and get consequently moaned at by the other half) via the integrated vacuum cleaner! Yes that’s right an intergrated vacuum cleaner! For your face!

The shave has an innovative lift-and-trim system which raises those pesky hard to get to hairs then guides them towards the blades of the shaver, which in turn creates a quick and easy trim, especailly good for those “I’m going to be late” moments”

For more information on the Philips 7000 Beardtrimmer with Vacuum please click here! 

To buy a Philips Series 7000 shaver please click here! 

To listen to the guys talking about the Philips Series 7000 please click here!

Hickies!

We are always on the look out to make life easier for ourselves and like the Couch Coaster the Hickies shoe lacing system is no different!

Remember as a kid you never usually wanted to tie your shoes and we were lazy and just slipped your feet into your shoes, well this new invention will help make that dream become a reality!

The Hickies lacing system is a responsive lacing system is a memory fit elastomer that moves with your feet while walking to provide the comfort stability to keep your shoes safe and secure! Making your trainers look better and helping to provide security from your shoes falling off as you run, so a perfect fit of combination of fit, function, and fashion.

What is memory-fit performance elastomer?

A material that expands and contracts in sync with your feet as you walk. Each strap works independently to deliver the best possible fit, whatever you’re doing. Hickies is suitable for all sizes and there is three different ways to ‘lace’ your shoes with the Hickies lacing system.:

 

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Price: £5-16

To buy Hickies please click here!

To listen to the episode where the guys discuss the Hickies please click here: