Open access Atlas maps out microbial natural products

A new open access database of microbial natural products has launched online. The Natural Products Atlas (NPAtlas) is free to use and contains more than 24,000 chemical structures. The tool is based on Fair data principles, making the information within it easier to search and use in secondary analysis. ‘Despite the fact that we’ve made advancements in a lot of areas of data-driven science, there still isn’t a central repository to record all of the chemistry that’s come from the microbial environment, in a public and open format,’ says the project’s leader Roger Linington,…

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[Update: Hello, Protect] Existing Nest products get new Google Nest packaging

From I/O 2019 onwards, unified Google Nest branding has permeated across the company’s existing smart home products. The latest step sees Made by Google repackaging existing devices, starting with the Nest Cam Indoor. Back in May, the fairly recent “Google Home Hub” was rebranded into the “Google Nest Hub,” while the first product to be announced and launched under this brand was the Nest Hub Max in September. With the 7-inch Assistant Smart Display, Google was quick to append stickers announcing the change. All other Nest products at this point have seen a similar marker. This weekend [10/19/19], we…

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OnePlus Expands To IoT Products And Offline Stores

After its success in the smartphone market, Shenzhen, China-based startup, OnePlus, is now looking to explore the Internet of Things (IoT) market and expand offline retail stores in India. In a recent report, OnePlus said that it is planning to aggressively expand its presence offline, and develop new categories of IoT products made for India. However, apart from its IoT-powered smart TV, the details of other products were not disclosed by the company. Also, during the launch of its flagship product, the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro in September 2019, the company had…

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Context-based products: The future of insurance

Millennials comprise almost 40% of India’s population today, making them a formidable force. They take risks and prefer experiences rather than long term investments. For example, 47% of millennials surveyed in a poll said that they would rather save money and travel than save for a property down payment. They prefer using Uber, Ola and car-pooling services to buying their own car. To cater to millennial trends, insurance companies have launched innovative need-based products which are small-ticket sized. When we think about insurance we think about life, health and motor…

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5 Products to Dry-Style Your Curls as the Days Get Colder

As those who have it know, curly and highly textured hair requires a lot of water, moisture, and attention. But as the weather gets colder and calendars fill up with holiday festivities, not everyone has the time to pull out a diffuser, or wash-n-go and risk having frozen hair—or getting sick. Luckily, a set of new dry-styling products designed specifically for curly textures are here to help your curls look just as good as they did on day one. When custom haircare brand Prose was developing their first-ever dry shampoo, they were conscious of curly-haired…

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Redefine How You See Products To Sell More With CPQ

Bottom Line: Next-generation configurable products sold through Configure, Price, and Quote (CPQ) channels will need to flex and scale to a broader range of customer needs than ever before, making real-time integration of product design, engineering, quality production and sales a must-have to succeed. What A Successful CPQ Product Strategy Looks Like In 2020 Supporting short-notice production runs, achieving higher product quality levels, and launching next-generation products that are more configurable to customer needs is how manufacturers are going to grow in 2020 and beyond. Walk any factory floor where configure-to-order…

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LISTED GROUP ACQUIRES PARKING PRODUCTS MAKER

Solihull-headquartered manufacturing group Hill & Smith Holdings has completed the acquisition of a Tamworth-based parking and access control products maker. Parking Facilities Ltd has been snapped up by the listed company for a cash consideration of £12.4m. The consideration will be funded from Hill & Smith’s existing debt facilities. Parking Facilities specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of a market-leading range of parking and access control products including cantilever, bi-fold and swing gates, automatic and manual barriers, automatic bollards, rising kerbs, speed ramps and access control equipment. In the…

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Vape tracking tech is here to weed out counterfeit THC products

As the CDC looks into the cause behind hundreds of possible cases of vaping-related illnesses in 36 states, people are (rightly) thinking twice about vaping. While the Trump administration has moved to ban flavored e-cigs in the wake of the outbreak, it’s unclear whether the rash of illnesses and deaths are due to vaping itself, which the FDA has scarcely regulated so far, or if the CBD, THC, or nicotine product that was vaped was counterfeit or tampered with in some way. One cannabis company is not waiting around to find out. Akerna, the…

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