The Rise of the Wokefluencer

Emilee Geist

Over the summer, influencer Kris Schatzel went to a protest against police violence in Los Angeles. While there, she figured she’d do a little bit of work, too: in a video taken that day, she can be seen arranging her hair, swinging her dress into position, clutching her Black Lives Matter sign, and darting into the middle of the protest. Standing idly in the middle of a march, she waits for her photograph to be taken. When the scene was posted to the @InfluencersIntheWild Instagram account, comments accused her of using the movement to further her own social media fame. To Schatzel, this was simply part of the job. “I took a few pictures, since I’m a social media influencer/model,” she wrote in an apology, also posted to Instagram. She continued, “My intent was to spread the message the best way I know how.” For influencers like Schatzel, something as

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This New Simulator Lets You Drive Classic Cars on the Virtual Track

Emilee Geist

With the coronavirus having made track days a difficult proposition, auto enthusiasts are increasingly turning to high-tech simulators to get their racing thrills. And while this usually means strapping into the virtual cockpit of a modern-day race car, a new VR system from The Classic Car Trust will let you get behind the wheel of the vintage auto of your dreams.

The Italian organization has just announced that its teaming up with Racing Unleashed on an upcoming classic car simulator called the eClassic. And to add to the experience, the organization has enlisted two of the biggest names in coach building, Pininfarina and Zagato, to help design the machine.

While most simulators are focused on recreating the experience of driving a cutting-edge race car down to the most intricate details, the eClassic tries something different. While details about its full technical capabilities remain scarce, the group has made clear that

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Tory Burch is having a major fall savings event on bags, boots and more

Emilee Geist

National Review

Andrew Cuomo’s Horrific Decisions

Observers of New York politics over the past several years understand that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fanatical obsession with humiliating and overruling his fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio towers over every other consideration in the Empire State. Sometimes Cuomo’s habits come across as merely silly, as when he intervened in de Blasio’s decision to euthanize a deer found roaming around in Harlem. Sometimes Cuomo has slowed down de Blasio’s aggressive moves to the left. But when it came to the coronavirus, de Blasio was the first of the two to decide to take it seriously. As always, Cuomo could not allow de Blasio to seem to be ahead of him on any matter, so he reflexively opposed de Blasio’s suggestion to take serious steps to curb the spread of infection. Here at last New York’s petty political turf war led to the deaths of innocent

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How Birkenstock Managed to Make 2020 One of Its Best Years Yet

Emilee Geist

Birkenstock has once again found itself at the forefront of the marketplace — and the center of the zeitgeist.

Speaking with FN by phone from the company’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany, earlier this month, Birkenstock Group co-CEO Oliver Reichert wasn’t exaggerating when he described the brand as the “official home-office shoe.”

Since the global coronavirus pandemic began to take hold in Europe and the U.S., consumers have been living and working primarily at home, causing an abrupt shift in their wardrobe needs and shopping habits. “What have we seen as people stay home: They are buying exercising materials, like dumbbells and an electronic bike, because they want to stay fit,” said Reichert. “And on the other hand, they start buying quality-driven materials and quality-driven shoes. It has increased the number of Birkenstock fans globally.”

Indeed, fashion search platform Lyst reported that the Birkenstock Arizona was the most-searched shoe in the

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How to make a Minecraft server

Emilee Geist

Minecraft has changed significantly since its inception, but one thing certainly hasn’t: Crafting worlds with friends and family is just plain fun. With only a few clicks of a mouse or controller button, players can design their own persistent worlds with space for others to gather and create.

Whether you’re hosting a server for a few friends or launching a massive effort to recreate your favorite TV show’s world, there are several different options for hosting a Minecraft server. Here are a few ways you can create your own private oasis for you and your friends to explore.

Minecraft Realms

Mojang discontinued Minecraft Realms in December 2019. It was a single-subscription service that allowed one player to host a world on a cloud-based server. In its place are now two separate subscription models: Realms Plus for all editions with Minecraft Marketplace (mobile, Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) and

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From materials to filters, here’s everything you need to know

Emilee Geist

The main benefit is most of your germs will be caught in it, making you less of an infection risk to others (iStock)
The main benefit is most of your germs will be caught in it, making you less of an infection risk to others (iStock)

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life.

The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 15 June, it has been mandatory in England to wear them while using public transport and in hospitals. Failure to follow these rules can result in people being refused entry and a £200 fine. 

The new rules mean that anyone travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane in England should be wearing a face covering. Those travelling by train will be asked to cover their face as they enter a station. 

It is also required to wear a face covering when in shops, supermarkets,

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Microsoft’s Bethesda Buyout to Intensify Console Gaming War

Emilee Geist

Microsoft MSFT is leaving no stone unturned to make the launch of the highly awaited next-generation Xbox Series X gaming console, which is scheduled to release on Nov 10, 2020, a blockbuster hit.

The tech giant recently announced its intentions to acquire leading video game developer Bethesda Softworks’ parent company ZeniMax Media for an all-cash deal valued at $7.5 billion.

The deal will help boost the subscriber base for Xbox Game Pass service as Microsoft will be adding Bethesda’s popular AAA titles to its Game Pass roster. At present, the subscription service has 15 million users.

Rockville, MD-based Bethesda Softworks boasts a robust IP portfolio and exclusive AAA console and PC game content, with popular video titles like The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Fallout, under its banner.

Moreover, Microsoft, currently carrying a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), is likely to make the upcoming Bethesda

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Shop This Virtual Pop-Up and You’ll Be Supporting Latina-Owned Businesses

Emilee Geist

Courtesy of Lisa Nicole Rosado

Whether you want to get an early start on holiday gift shopping or you just want to treat yourself to something special, the Latina-Owned Pop-Up Shop hosted by We Are Women Owned is one you won’t want to miss. This month-long event aims to make a big impact on small Latina-owned businesses through a virtual shopping experience in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Everything that I am and everything that I do is community oriented,” says Lisa Nicole Rosado, founder of We Are Women Owned (WAWO), pictured above. Prior to WAWO, Rosado began organizing pop-up shopping events to help herself and other small businesses raise brand awareness. Today, the online community she founded is dedicated to creating opportunities for women-owned businesses by offering resources like branding and business support as well as networking events. The platform has also hosted numerous pop-up shows both in-person and

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Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’ is Elon Musk’s chance to fend off competition from GM’s novel Ultium design

Emilee Geist

Tesla CEO Elon Musk could have some surprises in store for battery day. <p class="copyright">Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images</p>
Tesla CEO Elon Musk could have some surprises in store for battery day.
  • Investors and analysts have their eyes on Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’ on Tuesday, anticipating some major announcements.

  • CEO Elon Musk and his team could have some surprises in store, but with new car factories operating, planned, or under construction on three continents, the critical issue to address is battery supply.

  • Meanwhile, General Motors has been promoting its own, competing Ultium technology since the beginning of 2020.

  • Tesla and GM are using different battery designs, but thus far, only GM has treated its batteries as a distinctive brand.

 

Tesla is holding an annual shareholders meeting and a much-anticipated “Battery Day” on Tuesday, with investors and analysts expecting some big announcements from the company. Musk has promised “many exciting things” and a “very insane” event

Batteries and battery management technologies are the most

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Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’ is Elon Musk’s chance to fend of competition from GM’s novel Ultium design

Emilee Geist

Tesla CEO Elon Musk could have some surprises in store for battery day. <p class="copyright">Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images</p>
Tesla CEO Elon Musk could have some surprises in store for battery day.
  • Investors and analysts have their eyes on Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’ on Tuesday, anticipating some major announcements.

  • CEO Elon Musk and his team could have some surprises in store, but with new car factories operating, planned, or under construction on three continents, the critical issue to address is battery supply.

  • Meanwhile, General Motors has been promoting its own, competing Ultium technology since the beginning of 2020.

  • Tesla and GM are using different battery designs, but thus far, only GM has treated its batteries as a distinctive brand.

 

Tesla is holding an annual shareholders meeting and a much-anticipated “Battery Day” on Tuesday, with investors and analysts expecting some big announcements from the company. Musk has promised “many exciting things” and a “very insane” event

Batteries and battery management technologies are the most

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