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Health tech is on the rise, and a spooky shift
Good morning everyone! We hope you had a great week and are ready for the weekend — we certainly are!
Researchers are finally starting to test the question that everyone’s been asking since more than one vaccine got approved — “What happens if we mix shots?” Currently scientists in London are testing that theory on volunteers by giving them the Pfizer shot first, and then the AstraZeneca shot second. If this idea ends up being validated in human trials, it could help tremendously by solving supply problems across the country.
0:25- Pixel perfect health?
As the health tech industry continues to explode, Google is attempting to expand their reach (they currently own Fitbit) by launching a new slate of features for their Pixel phones starting next month. By issuing a software update, Google will soon be able to measure both respiratory rate and heart rate by utilizing the camera and machine learning. In their press release they stated that all features have been backed by clinical trials and should work for all “skin tones, ages and lightning conditions.”
Amazon must think it’s still Halloween because they’re transitioning workers around the country to “megacycle” shifts which have affectionately been named “graveyard shifts” by employees who despise the change. These shifts run from 1:20am to 11:50am for four days out of the week and will replace the four different shifts previously available. The workers at the most recent plant to change are currently protesting the “cruel” change. Amazon has made no public comments other than to state that it will now allow users to order up until 12am for next day delivery.
...lack of supplies. In Ford’s earning call today they announced that it would be cutting F-150 production due to a shortage in available semiconductors. Its Detroit factory will only run one eight hour shift next week, while the Kansas City plant will only run two. This stoppage will heavily impact Ford’s financials as the F-150 is Ford’s top selling vehicle and has one of the largest profit margins as well.
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