October 14, 2015Blog
A Cashless Society Is Closer Than You Think + Playboy to Remove Nudity
- Sweden is quickly becoming a cashless society, with most of transactions happening on smartphones. The concept of “cashless societies” was introduced by economists years ago, but now it’s becoming a reality. A new study by Industrial technologists at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology reveals just how fast cash is disappearing in Sweden. “Our use of cash is small, and it’s decreasing rapidly,” says Niklas Arvidsson, an author of the study. — Tech Radar
- Playboy will be removing all nudity from its magazines. Playboy Chief Content Officer Cory Jones approached founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion to present the idea, and they agreed. The new redesign will still feature women in “provocative poses,” but they won’t be completely naked. The website already did away with nudity last year, and the magazine will continue its Playmate of the Month, but in a PG-13 version. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” said Jones. — The New York Times
- A photo of Billy the Kid purchased for $2 at a junk shop could sell for millions. The image of the Western outlaw was bought by Randy Guijarro in 2010 as part of a miscellaneous lot at a Fresno, California, junk shop. Rare coin dealer Kaigin’s confirmed the photo’s authenticity, which took almost a year with a team of experts. Kaigin’s predicts it could sell for $5 million at auction. The photo was taken in the summer of 1878 and shows the outlaw with members of his gang playing croquet near a small cabin. — USA Today
- Boeing’s new microlattice material is the lightest metal ever. Described as as 99.99% air, it looks like a sponge or mesh and is as flexible as it is strong. The weight savings could be crucial to future aeroplane design since a lighter craft requires less fuel. Boeing hasn’t released details on exactly how much it weighs, and it isn’t ready to be used commercially yet. The material will mainly be used for structural components, including the sidewall or floor panels of commercial jets. — Money
- An alarming 62% of Americans have less than $1000 in a savings account. According to a survey of 5006 Americans, only 29% have more than $1000, and 28% admit to having no savings at all. And if that isn’t shocking enough, about one in five people don’t even have a savings account. About 14% do have a savings account with a balance usually exceeding $10,000. — AOL
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