If you need me, I’ll be in my invisibility shield

Plus, creepy caves.
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Smartphone-maker’s new EV aims to equal Porsche and Tesla | Cult of Mac

“A smartphone giant just came out with its first car. No, Apple hasn’t about-faced on its plans to scrap its decade-long Project Titan car program. Instead, Chinese tech behemoth Xiaomi unveiled a sporty electric vehicle last week it hopes will rival those made by Porsche and Tesla. It’s the Xiaomi SU7 EV series. … ‘Xiaomi wants to build a ‘dream car’ comparable to Porsche and Tesla,’ Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun said on Weibo. ‘If we want to build good cars, we must seriously learn from these two best car manufacturers in the world.’”

The Home Depot - You don’t need to be a genius to DIY; you just need the right supplies [Partner]

Raise your hand if you’ve ever scrolled past a social media post about some cool DIY project and thought, dang, I could probably do that. With the right tools and the right DIY — decorate it yourself — supplies from The Home Depot, you can. (You can put your hand down now, btw). Now through 5/1, during their Spring Black Friday event, you can get up to 35% off select home goods. Shop a wide selection of cozy furniture, trendy kitchen essentials, and décor to match any style, from farmhouse to modern. Feeling inspired? Consider this your cue to hunker down and finally get working on that dream project. [Ad]

A faster spinning Earth may cause timekeepers to subtract a second from world clocks | AP News

“For the first time in history, world timekeepers may have to consider subtracting a second from our clocks in a few years because the planet is rotating a tad faster than it used to. Clocks may have to skip a second — called a ‘negative leap second’ — around 2029, a study in the journal Nature said last week. ‘This is an unprecedented situation and a big deal,’ said study lead author Duncan Agnew, a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. ‘It’s not a huge change in the Earth’s rotation that’s going to lead to some catastrophe or anything, but it is something notable. It’s yet another indication that we’re in a very unusual time.’”

Personal 'invisibility shield' goes on sale, starting under $70 | New Atlas

“If you've ever wished that you could turn invisible, here's your chance. A consumer ‘invisibility shield’ has just hit Kickstarter, and it could be yours for as little as £54 (about US$68). … So, how does it work? Well, the Shield takes the form of a curved sheet of clear high-grade polycarbonate, which is held upright by a clear polycarbonate frame on the back. An array of tall, skinny lenses is embedded side-by-side in that sheet, each lens running all the way from the top to the bottom of the Shield. As the user stands or crouches behind the device, the lenses diffuse the ambient light that's reflected by their body across the entire front surface of the Shield. … As a result, someone viewing the Shield from the front sees just the diffused background light, which blends right in with their view of the background itself.”

Jurny - Can you automate hospitality? [Partner]

The short answer is yes, but it’s gotta leave you wondering: how? Like all things these days, through AI. Jurny’s platform is taking the labor out of hospitality and replacing it with AI. But not the shoddy kind of AI (à la GPT-3) — the good kind that’s brought them a 5x increase in customer base in 2023 alone. The kind that lets a single person manage dynamic pricing, listing optimization, customer service, and the workload of an entire team all by themselves. The result? Streamlined services, which means happier guests, which means more profit. Triple win. Add AI to your portfolio today at just $1.61 per share with a $499 minimum investment. [Ad]

Earth's 8 weirdest cave systems | Gizmodo

“Shelters of our ancestors, galleries for our artwork, hiding places for our treasures, portals to the underworld. Caves have meant many things for human culture through the ages, and still capture the imagination with their inextricable passageways and impossibly large caverns. Some caves are so alien from the land aboveground that one can feel as though they’re part of another world, or they are (at the least) arenas forbidden to humankind. The following caves are known for their size, for their age, or for the things, living and dead, that have made their mark on the Earth’s underbelly.”

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