子供の見守りに必携のGPSトラッカー。どこかなGPSとGPS BoTを試す

新型コロナウイルスの影響で学校が休校になっていたところも、6月からは徐々に授業を再開し始めていることと思う。2人の子をもつ筆者としては、家事や仕事のかたわら子供を世話したり、勉強の面倒を見たりする生活からようやく解放されるのをありがたく思う。しかしその一方で、上の子は新1年生ということもあって、道に迷わず学校にたどり着けているのか、学校が終わった後に寄り道していたりしないか、心配になる気持ちもある。

そこで筆者が子供の4月の小学校入学タイミングに合わせて入手していたのが、GPSトラッカー。携帯している子供の位置情報を親のスマートフォンで逐一知ることができるデバイスだ。最近では、小型で持ち運びの負担が少なく、通信機能を搭載しながら比較的低料金で利用できるGPSトラッカーも増えてきた。

そのなかでも人気が高いと思われる2つの製品、+Styleの「どこかなGPS」と、ビーサイズというメーカーが展開する「GPS BoT」の2機種を試してみた。

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Troy Hunt: Data From The Emotet Malware is Now Searchable in Have I Been Pwned, Courtesy of the FBI and NHTCU

Earlier this year, the FBI in partnership with the Dutch National High Technical Crimes Unit (NHTCU), German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and other international law enforcement agencies brought down what Europol rereferred to as the world’s most dangerous malware: Emotet. This strain of malware dates back as far as 2014 and it became a gateway into infected machines for other strains of malware ranging from banking trojans to credential stealers to ransomware. Emotet was extremely destructive and wreaked havoc across the globe before eventually being brought to a halt in February.

Following the takedown, the FBI reached out and asked if Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) might be a viable means of alerting impacted individuals and companies that their accounts had been affected by Emotet. This isn’t the first time HIBP has been used by law enforcement in the wake of criminal activity with the Estonian Central Police using it for similar purposes a few years earlier.

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FDA Commits to Evidence-Based Actions Aimed at Saving Lives and Preventing Future Generations of Smokers

Efforts to ban menthol cigarettes, ban flavored cigars build on previous flavor ban and mark significant steps to reduce addiction and youth experimentation, improve quitting, and address health disparities

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is committing to advancing two tobacco product standards to significantly reduce disease and death from using combusted tobacco products, the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. The FDA is working toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and ban all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars; the authority to adopt product standards is one of the most powerful tobacco regulatory tools Congress gave the agency. This decision is based on clear science and evidence establishing the addictiveness and harm of these products and builds on important, previous actions that banned other flavored cigarettes in 2009.

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輸入木材が「かつてない価格高騰」、新築物件への影響は

中国の需要増・米国の新築ブームで木材不足が深刻化、「ウッドショック」の声も

住宅用の輸入木材不足が深刻化している。中国の木材需要の急増や、コロナ禍で大規模な金融緩和策が取られたことなどから、米国を中心に新築住宅の建設需要が急増、供給がひっ迫した形だ。さらには新型コロナウイルスの影響による輸送費の上昇なども相まって、現在、住宅用木材は一部で「かつてないような価格高騰」(市場関係者)に直面している。一部では「オイルショックならぬウッドショックだ」との声も聞かれる。

不動産投資家の中には、木造アパートの新築を予定している人もいるだろう。木材不足や価格の高騰は建築費のアップにもつながり、利回りが低下する恐れがある。また木材不足により工期が延びれば、賃貸経営の計画が大きく狂う可能性も考えられる。現在、新築物件に影響は出ているのだろうか。そしてこの先の見通しはどうなっているのか。

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Outdoor Space Is the Hottest New Office Feature

We are about to witness the most legendary game of tug-of-war this side of your local firehouse fundraiser. On one side, we have the workplace, with its spaces designed for optimal efficiency, concentration of coworkers allowing for easy collaboration and opportunities for socialization. On the other hand, we have the remote work arrangement, with its flexibility, tech industry new car smell, and promise of employees working from Bali or Cancun or, more likely, their beds.

Of course, for every true digital nomad sharing photos of the “view from their office,” you have a remote worker who for whatever reason just can’t make the working part of work from home work for them. And for every remote worker who wished he had an office to go to, there’s an office-bound employee who wishes she could see the sky while typing into Excel.

Unlike most tug of war games, there probably won’t be a clear resolution to the question of which side will win. Instead, we will have to find hybridized methods to bring the fun loving “work-from-anywhere” atmosphere to the professional setting. The best way to do this may be by creating more usable outdoor space. Why not? We already have recaptured the outdoors for almost every other kind of activity. The first outdoor music festival took place in the U.K. yesterday, for whatever that is worth. I have even seen a gym in my home town that has completely relocated its equipment onto the parking lot. Before you roll your eyes and tell me “big deal, I have that in my town too,” I should say that I live in Tuscon, Arizona, and as I write this I am looking at my thermometer as it breaks the 110° mark. But, you know, it’s a dry heat and all that.

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