Top Signs Your UTV Needs New Tires

Utility vehicles, more commonly called UTVs, are great for off-road adventures and those who live in rural communities. You can hop on one and head out to pick up your mail, visit your neighbors or do a sweep of your property. One of the top features of a UTV are the rugged tires that grip to different surfaces to give you the traction that you need. While you may not think that tires are very important, bald tires can lead to accidents and injuries. As you drive around on your UTV, you can look for signs that you need new tires.

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Lack of Traction

Before you decide that you need brand new tires because your vehicle slipped a few times when driving through mud, keep in mind that even the best tires cannot handle all types of terrain. Most tires are suitable for driving through basic fields with a little mud or across your lawn after a rain. If you need more traction, you can invest in UTV mud tires that give you traction on even the most muddiest of fields. Tires that no longer have any traction and slide on concrete or other flat surfaces will most likely need replaced.

Issues Coming Up to Speed

When you hit the gas pedal with your foot, the wheels will spin as the vehicle comes up to speed. Any issues that you have with the UTV coming up to speed may occur because of your older tires. These tires may have a few bald spots or some bad patches that cannot spin as well as newer tires can. This can cause the wheels to spin for several seconds before you can even drive off and keep you from hitting the top speed that you need.

Running Out of Air

Another common sign that you need new tires is when the current tires you have keep running out of air. Most drivers notice major leaks because those larger holes cause the tires to deflate pretty fast. If you only drive your UTV every few weeks or days, you may have problems with both larger and smaller leaks. A smaller leak can occur because you ran over a pine cone or a branch that punctured the rubber. You can inflate that tire and drive on it for a few hours or more before it will start running out of air again.

No matter how often you drive your UTV, you need the tires to keep up with you. Tires that cannot gain traction on wet or slick surfaces and problems reaching a top speed are a few signs that you need to replace your old tires with a new set.

The Top 5 Most Notable Things About the US Economic Policies Today

In the few months that President Donald Trump has been in office, many would agree that the US has already seen several changes in its economic policies. From having a Democrat in Barack Obama to having a Republican in Donald Trump, the country is bound to see even more changes in the years to come. Whether these changes are good or bad is completely up to the people. For now, all we can do is take everything that the Trump administration has done so far and try to see what direction his policies will take the country.

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  1. America First Policy

Ever since his candidacy, media coverage of Trump administration news has already shown his vision of making America “great again”. According to him, the country has long been giving a big chunk of its budget to foreign aid. The time has come to focus more on America’s problems before giving aid to those outside.

Apart from cutting its budget for foreign aid, the Trump administration is also looking into reducing its deficits by bringing in more revenue. By focusing on reviving industries such as the oil and gas industries, President Trump believes that these will help expand the country’s economy.

President Trump also plans to bring more jobs into the country by slashing outsourcing from countries like China, Japan, and Mexico. This can be achieved by making the US a manufacturing country once again.

  1. Energy Before Environment

Since Trump’s administration will focus on bringing back the coal industry, the country should expect its environmental policies to take a backseat. Trump has already taken significant steps in cutting down some of the country’s environmental programs that Obama helped move forward such as the Paris Climate Accord. The Paris Climate Accord is an agreement among 195 countries to cut down their carbon dioxide emissions and to provide aid to developing countries suffering from the effects of climate change. The country’s withdrawal is a significant move as the US is responsible for 20% of the world’s carbon emissions. Without the country’s participation, the other countries would have a harder time to reach the agreement’s goal.

  1. Obamacare vs Trumpcare

The country’s healthcare system is also bound to change with the Trump administration pushing for the American Health Care Act. This aims to amend Obama’s Affordable Care Act by allowing health insurers to do business in other states and allowing consumers to buy drugs overseas. This could also affect the millions of people given health insurance during Obama’s time, as the ACA made it possible for everyone to have insurance. With AHCA, these people could possibly lose their insurance.

  1. Tweaking Government Spending

President Trump has proposed to reallocate the government’s budget. He has cut down the budget of the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency. He then increased the Department of Defense’s budget 10 percent, showing where his administration’s priorities lie.

  1. Protectionism

There have been speculations that the Trump administration is pushing towards protectionism which many countries are definitely going to disagree with, especially in this globally-integrated world. He has suggested putting taxes on imports from China and Mexico which would only make things worse for the US economy since a majority of these imports are actually owned by American firms. This would then increase the costs of American firms, resulting in higher retail prices.

The country’s economic policies are definitely taking a different turn with Trump’s win as President of the United States. With 4 years to go in his term, who knows where the Trump administration will the us?

Casinos At Vancouver At Its Best Popularity

There are hundreds of casinos in all over the world. Mostly all cities have a place for gambling. In Canada, British Columbia has great casinos. The country legally allows casinos to operate though the limits are set by provincial and territorial governments. It is a craze among many and thus people who are citizen of Canada happily involve their time in this. There are other cities in Canada which have casinos and their special features to hold the market at that place.

Casino at Vancouver, Canada

For people in Vancouver the casino is located amidst beautiful surrounding. Vancouver skylines combine with high standard casino experience. Some of the most popular casinos are Lake City Casino in Okanagan Valley and the St Eugene Golf Resort and Casino in Rocky Mountains. The casinos not only depend upon competing with real money but involve free play to enjoy your time. The casinos operate under auspices of the BC Canadian Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch which provides oversight of the lotteries , bingo halls, land based casinos, race tracks and all other places where gambling is involved in the province. Thus players are ensured to have best standard of casino experience in Vancouver Casinos.

The online gaming

Vancouver casino is not land based only. It is well understood that many people may find it inconvenient to reach a place to pursue their fun time. They have thus introduced their gambling section with online casinos. You get to play the old favorites and new ones all on the internet. No matter where you are in the world you can get on the internet and log in the site to play in these casinos. There are many attractions like free play in these casinos which attracts not only experience players but also fresh interested crowd.

Indulge in the fun

It is true that convenience is a factor and therefore the online aspect is quite a relief for gamers. If you are interested in gambling you can do it from anywhere you want. In the calm atmosphere at home can also sooth your mind to function better. It is always advised that being an adult you set your own limit as gambling can be very addictive. It is fun and should be restricted as a hobby in limits. Hope you make yourself well aware of the risks before participating.

Experience Remarkable Weight-Loss Effects of the Clen

Clenbuterol is a size-zero diet pill employed to generate quick weight loss. Though it is a steroid-like substance yet not actually a steroid as it falls under a group of drugs, recognized by beta-2-agonists. It shares similarities with stimulant drugs. Initially, this drug was manufactured for treating the symptoms of asthma but found to be very operative in promoting weight-loss and muscle growth. Additionally, this medicine helps in improving the flow of oxygen thereby enhancing the cardiovascular performance. This further helps bodybuilders charge up their body muscle for a powerful workout.

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Cycling of doses

Every medication has its own process of working. You just cannot consume a pill and experience the magical outcome the very next day. This medicine too needs to be taken for a certain period of time to witness the results. Clen Cycle is known as the combination of days and weeks with the number of times this medicine is taken. Individuals differ in their metabolic rate and tolerant levels. This proves that a specific prescription cannot be assigned to everyone. So every individual has to follow his own unique cycle depending on his metabolic rate. There are mainly three ways of cycling this medicine.

  • The Bursting Cycle – The couple of days on/off method is known as the bursting cycle. In this mode, the users take a big amount of this supplement for two days and then take a break of two days. This process is used for lengthy periods and continues for months also. This method causes stress and lots of up and down activities inside your body.
  • The Common Cycle – This two week on/off cycle is used extensively by most of the bodybuilders. The dosage begins with a low dose between 20mcg and 40mcg range. With each day the users increase the dose and the maximum dose falls within the range of 100mcg to 140mcg.
  • The Incremental Cycle – This method is gaining popularity over time. This cycle begins with a small dose, in the 20mcg-40mcg range. The users then increase the amount of dose of 20mcg each 2-3 weeks per requirement. The drug gets to circulate in the body as there is no break between consumptions.

Market availability

The Clen is widely available and very affordable. International brands are high in supply easily obtainable. You can also buy this medicine from various suppliers of different medicines outside the market selling anabolic steroids. It is recommended to avoid the purchase of this product from the black market due to the variation in the dosage level that might occur from such use.

This medicine can also be bought from a research chemical lab. In recent years RCL has dashed into the online market. They have got legal permission to sell items to the people of the United States for research purposes. Particularly for research work, it will be found in a liquid form instead of its original tablet form. Irrespective of using this medicine for research purpose or personal purpose this product has high effectiveness. Following a proper Clen Cycle can only be ensured if true version of this product is purchased.

Postepic is an app for elegantly sharing book quotes

It’s fair to say the smartphone camera has become the digital tool of most use, rendering the average person’s camera roll essentially a memory buffer where carefully composed photographs rub up against snaps of receipts, funny stuff you saw on the street and fancied sharing with friends, and, sometimes, snippets of text you came across in a (paper) book and wanted to make a note of. Snapping a photo in that moment is a stand in for the lack of real-world copy and paste.

And it’s the latter kind of photo (text quotations) that the founders of smartphone app Postepic want to liberate from this unstructured jumble of visual data. Indeed, the first version of the app, released last year as a bootstrapping side-project by a bunch of book-loving friends after they graduated from university in Poland, was just a basic way for them to organize and share photos of the quotations they had cluttering their camera rolls.

“We started this project as we wanted to build something together,” says co-founder Łukasz Konofalski. “We all share a passion for books and were used to sharing quotes and books recommendations between each other. We came across some reports that showed that in Poland in 2016 only half a book will be read on average, so we also wanted to support readership in general by building a bridge between traditional books and mobile world.

“Two things really surprised us when we finally launched it in June 2016: the number of new books worth reading we discovered by simply sharing quotes with each other; and a very warm reception we received from the developers and users communities alike. We have received volumes of valuable feedback from them — and got back to work.”

Version 2 of the app, which launched this week, turns a basic idea into an app that has enough form and function to feel appealing to use. The core additional feature is optical character recognition (OCR) — meaning that instead of uploading and sharing ugly-looking (and hard to read) chunks of raw page text, i.e. in their original photo form, Postepic users can now lift the words off the page, capturing and editing the text and its visual presentation by choosing from a selection of fonts and backgrounds.

The final result presents the text snippet inside a square frame, in a way that’s both easy to read and visibly pleasing (for an example of how utilitarian quotes looked in v1 of the app see the image at the bottom of this post). So Postepic basically lets people turn a favorite quote into an easily shareable unit of digital social currency. Aka, an ‘Instagram for book quotes’.

Last year Facebook added a feature aimed at enhancing the impact of the text statuses being shared via its platform, giving users the ability to add colored backgrounds to their text updates to make them more visual. And with so much visual noise being injected into messaging and communications apps, this is hardly surprising. Point is, if you want something to stand out in the age of Instagram Stories (Snapchat Stories, Facebook Stories, WhatsApp Stories… etc etc), it has to look right as the bar for being noticed keeps getting higher.

And with all this visual noise clamoring for our attention, it can feel like the written word is being forgotten or overlooked as people ditch a thousand words in favor of sharing a few photos. Yet a well-turned phrase has the power to be both arresting and enlightening, as well as a hint of greater depths lurking within the full work. So given how much attention has been (and continues to be) lavished on visual forms of communication — from photo filters to selfie lenses to style transfer — there’s arguably space for a clever social sharing app that brings the power of the written word back into focus.

Notably, Apple’s new social video sharing app Clips includes an auto-captioning feature. That’s great for accessibility, but also a reminder that words-as-text still have power and — with a little technological automagic — can be effortlessly edited back into the selfie frame.

Postepic is not the first app to take a shot at wordy snippets, though. Others have tried to build an ‘Instagram for book quotes’ — Quotle, for example — but no one has yet managed to generate significant momentum for the concept. It might be because sharing book snippets is inherently more niche than sharing photos (it’s certainly more bounded, given language barriers). Or because no one has made a slick enough version to attract more mainstream appeal.

Postepic’s v2 app seems to beat Quotle on OCR speed. And because it’s chosen to fix the sharing format as a square its content inherently feels better groomed for social sharing vs the more wordy/text-heavy Quotle. (Although, on the flip side, Postepic’s ease of use and more formulaic format might attract a flood of cliché sharers and drive down the quality of discoverable quotes.) But clearly the founders’ hope is that the uniform sharing format sets Postepic up to benefit from viral uplift if users share watermarked quotes to their larger follower bases on platforms like Instagram (as other apps have). Time will tell if they can make it catch on.

It’s certainly still a fairly unformed thing at this stage, especially given the size and nature of its early adopter community — having only clocked a few thousand downloads for its MVP v1 via a launch on Product Hunt. So even though the team has curated a bunch of quotations themselves to populate the app, you’re more likely to find quotes about scaling a startup than lines from a Shakespearean sonnet. But the core function of v2 has been executed well, within a clear app structure. So it’s super simple to capture, edit and share nicely presented quotes.

Quotation length is capped at 600 characters to ensure readability (and curtail any copyright concerns). Photo backgrounds are also limited to a handful of generic shots and textures offered within the app — at least for now, to avoid users uploading inappropriate imagery, says Konofalski (on that front, remember Secret?). While the OCR tech supports ten languages at this point: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The app also lets you tag quotations for subject matter and to add sources (a requirement if you’re making a quote public). Using these labels you can then browse and search quotes, while a favorites feature lets you curate a like-list if you spot quotes shared by others that you like. And if you don’t want to share the quotes you create with the crowd you don’t have to — you can keep individual quotes private and just use the app to create an organized, visual library of the best bits from the books you’re reading.

On the community front, the main feed of Postepic is an assorted jumble for now, showing a stream of non-topic sorted ‘trending’ quotes that Konofalski says turns over every few hours based on what others are liking. Currently there’s no way to follow other users to customize what you see here but that’s down to how nascent the community is. “Our goal is to offer a solution that many content and photo sharing apps use: to give users a choice to pick their favorite genres and authors to adjust their feed,” he says. “Additionally, we want to launch a functionality of following other users, so their posts show up in user’s feed… [but] decided to postpone the functionality… until we reach a community size that would warrant this.”

Postepic does also support social sharing to other platforms, as you’d expect. Though this doesn’t always work as you’d imagine. For example, testing sharing to WhatsApp the app merely created a generic text message with a link to view the quote in Postepic, rather than including the visual form of the quote in a WhatsApp message template (though this is likely a WhatsApp restriction on sharing from a third party app). A basic workaround is obviously to screengrab a quote and upload it manually where you like as a photo. Sharing to Twitter incorporated both the image and a text message with a link when I tested it. Konofalski says that with most “well known apps” it will automatically import/drop an image into the other app.

The app is free to download (and iOS only for now), and while the team says it has a few ideas for potential monetization down the line — such as hosting pre-launch book campaigns, or offering writers a subscription-based platform to connect with fans — the focus for now is fully on building up the size of the community to try to reach a “critical mass” of readers.

Spotify Premium Director Robert Lamvik leaves company for meditation app Headspace

Meditation app Headspace recently brought on Robert Lamvik, Spotify’s now-former director of its Premium service, and Dr. Megan Jones Bell, former chief science officer at mental health startup Lantern. Their respective roles at Headspace are head of growth and chief science officer — two new roles at the company.

“We’ve always had team of scientists, but as we go into this next stage of growth, we thought it was important to build out the seniority of the team and bring real leadership to it,” Headspace co-founder Rich Pierson told me. “It’s a really important part of what we do. With the growth side, we’ve got to that stage now where turning our free users into subscribers is a really important part of the mission as well.”

Lamvik spent almost four years at Spotify working on the music streaming company’s growth and revenue initiatives, i.e. subscription service Spotify Premium. With Lamvik on board Headspace as head of growth, the goal is to essentially turn Headspace into a subscription leader like Spotify.

“[Spotify has] basically perfected the freemium model,” Lamvik told me. “This was an opportunity to join a mission-driven startup like Headspace and an opportunity to bring people together and bridge together health and happiness.”

He went on to say that his goal at Headspace will be to educate and inspire people to learn more about the freemium product. Lamvik’s departure from Spotify is notable, given that Spotify has been rumored to be considering going public but might not take the traditional approach of filing an initial public offering, TechCrunch’s Katie Roof reported this past week.

Headspace makes money through selling subscriptions to its guided meditations. Anyone can try out the service for free through Headspace’s “Take 10” program, which offers 10 guided meditations that you can replay as many times as you want. But if you want a variety of meditations, that’s where the money comes in. Headspace has a few membership plans. One costs $12.95 per month on a month-to-month basis and another costs $7.99 per month if you sign up for a full year.

Headspace wouldn’t get into specifics about growth projections, but was willing to say that more than 14 million people have downloaded the app, and that the goal is to more than double revenue this year versus last year. Super helpful, I know.

 Bell, on the other hand, told TechCrunch she was attracted to Headspace for the “broader canvas to paint on” in regards to changing the culture around mental health wellness.

“For me, joining Headspace is bringing me back to the root of my personal and professional mission — to make that broader impact,” Bell said.

As chief science officer, Bell plans to expand upon the research and evidence of the work Headspace is doing.

“We’re very keen to show measurable impact and particularly to validate that,” Bell said.

Headspace has raised $38.3 million in funding, with its most recent round coming in at $30 million in September 2015 from The Chernin Group, Advancit Capital, Allen & Company, Breyer Capital, The Honest Company co-founder Jessica Alba, actor Jared Leto, TV personality Ryan Seacrest, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and others.

Robinhood stock trading app valued at $1.3 billion with big raise from DST

Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood is completing a huge fund raise to fuel its attack on old brokerage firms that charge around $7 to $10 per trade. According to sources, the round is led by Yuri Milner investment vehicle DST Global and values the company at $1.3 billion. Robinhood declined to comment.

Robinhood got its start in 2013 by offering a way for younger, less-wealthy users to start investing. It provides an easy-to-use app for free tracking and trading of stocks. Robinhood replaces the traditional brokerages like Scottrade and E*Trade which charge per trade to cover their brick-and-mortar franchise, sales staff and marketing spend.

Because Robinhood instead employs a leaner engineering-focused team and doesn’t need physical locations, it can pass the savings on to customers and undercut competitors by charging no per-trade fee.

Robinhood founders Baiju Bhatt (left) and Vladimir Tenev (right)

Robinhood has since built a platform that allows other developers to offer zero-fee trades in their own apps. Last year, it launched its primary revenue stream, a $10 per month premium Robinhood Gold option. That allows users to skip the three-day waiting period for deposits and make trades instantly, as well as borrow up to double the amount of money in their account to trade on margin with leverage.

Sources say Robinhood Gold has sold better than expected, which likely gave it the momentum for this big raise as investors seek to ‘pour gasoline on the fire’. Robinhood’s status was further bolstered by the fact that established brokerage Charles Schwab reduced its fees in February.

At the time, the startup issued a statement that “We’re happy to see Charles Schwab lower its commission fees. Ideally, they would have eliminated them altogether, along with the required $1,000 account minimum. At Robinhood, we view commission fees as arbitrary mark-ups like taxes, which discourage participation in the financial markets.”

Robinhood will have to continue to minimize fraud rates that could threaten its finances. It will also have to jump plenty of regulatory hoops to expand further abroad. It’s made in-roads to China through Baidu, though that will still be a tough market to crack from the outside.

Earlier today, Fortune reported that Robinhood was seeking a round of financing valuing it at more than $1 billion. Sources tell us that the deal is essentially done, and was led by DST Global, which put in money at a $1.3 billion pre-money valuation.

DST is best known for its investments in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and Zynga in the years leading up to those companies going public. Since then the firm has been quieter but no less active, as it continues to fund high-growth later-stage companies.

Most recently, Robinhood raised $50 million from New Enterprise Associates in early 2015. Prior to the DST investment, the company had raised $66 million total, with previous investors including Index Ventures,  Andreessen Horowitz, Elefund, GV, IT Ventures, LocalGlobe and Machine Shop Ventures, as well as angel investors Aaron Levie, Dave Morin, Howard Lindzon, Jared Leto, Jordan Mendell and Nasir “Nas” Jones.

DST and other investors may see outdated brokerages which haven’t swiftly adopted mobile technology as running scared. Unless or until they approach Robinhood’s $0 price point, the startup has an opportunity to steal their customers while recruiting new ones who aren’t rich enough to afford the traditional fees.

Scientists use magnetic fields to remotely control biologically inspired soft robots

The field of soft robotics has been the subject of increasing interest in recent years for the alternatives it presents to the rigid machines we tend to associate with the space. A team of scientists at North Carolina State University is offering an interesting take on the space, utilizing magnetic fields to move around the biologically inspired robots.

In a paper published earlier this week, the team highlights how magnetic fields can be used to control predetermined movements in the small soft robots, potentially paving the way for their use in a variety of different fields, including different biomedical applications, like embedded pumps that can be triggered remotely to deliver medication to a system.

The team’s work means that movement can be induced remotely in the robots. It also can be accomplished without having to tether the robot or plug it into a power source or air pump, as is the case with more traditional soft robots, which require their bladders to be inflated and deflated in order to perform tasks like opening and closing a soft robotic hand.

“The magnet chains are embedded in the polymer, and when we apply a magnetic field, a torque is generated that tries to align the chains with the field directions,” associate professor Joe Tracy tells TechCrunch. “So, if the polymer can bend, it’s free to bend in a direction that allows the chains to align with the field, then it will bend.”

Using magnetic particles embedded in the device, the team is able to get the robot to complete relatively complex tasks, in spite of their simple designs. Video of the team’s work in action looks downright alien. When a magnetic field is applied to the structures, an accordion-shaped soft robot flattens and a straight one coils. The moving structures bring to mind bacteria, moving at the behest of some invisible force.

For those familiar with the field of soft robotics, they no doubt also conjure up memories of the work of Harvard’s team, like George Whiteside’s otherworldly multi-gait robot, which is capable of shimmying under a door. Like that octopus-inspired robot, the team at NCSU has drawn its inspiration from nature.

“A lot of the idea behind soft robots is biomimetic,” says Tracy. “We see how plants and animals work, and a lot of that is soft materials. The overall field is trying to move in the way of mimicking nature and natural structures.”

Soft robots have a number of built-in advantages over their more traditional counterparts. They’re cheaper, they’re more pliable and they’re safer for human interaction than their harder predecessors.

And the team’s robots take the notion of simplicity even further, stripping the robots to their bare minimum, while still making them capable of lifting up to 50 times their own weight, expanding and contracting and working as a makeshift pump.

At present, each is only capable of a single task, but part of the beauty of soft robotics is a pliability that allows them to be manipulated to perform different tasks. For now, however, the team is able to alter the strength and the direction of the reaction, based on the magnetic field.

Faraday Future cancels plans to build an assembly factory in California

Faraday Future, the would-be Tesla rival facing well-documented challenges in terms of capitalization and efforts to bring its first production vehicle to market, has scrapped plans to construct an assembly facility and “experience center” (read: showroom) in Vallejo, California on Mare Island. The car maker had already secured a negotiating agreement with the Vallejo city council regarding the site, but the company has been scaling back some of its ambitions in the interest of protecting its core interests.

Faraday’s planned North Bay site would’ve been its second assembly plant, intended to begin operation sometime after its Nevada factory maximized its own production capacity. The Nevada plant has faced its own challenges, after the 3 million-square-foot, $1 billion facility saw work stop on its construction late last year due to contractor non-payment. The Nevada facility plans have been reset, with a more modest 650,000- square-foot facility planned for completion sometime this fall. Faraday says it’ll resume work on this Vegas facility shortly.

The electric car company hasn’t closed the door entirely on future potential projects with Vallejo, noting in a statement to TechCrunch that it “would like to thank the City and its officials for their generosity and professionalism throughout this process, and looks forward to exploring future opportunities with the City.” But despite an optimistic launch of the FF 91 at CES earlier this year, its first production target vehicle, it’s unclear where the future will lead for Faraday.

A Faraday spokesperson noted that while it found through its initial study that the Mare Island site was appropriate for its needs, its focus is now on the North Las Vegas facility, for which construction efforts will resume “soon.” The full statement from Faraday is included below:

Faraday Future (FF) has an update on its planned manufacturing facility and user experience center on North Mare Island in Vallejo. Due to the new strategy to focus corporate efforts on development of its first production vehicle and plant in North Las Vegas, FF has decided to end its Exclusive Right to Negotiate (ERN) with the City of Vallejo. FF will stay in contact with the City, and remains interested in acquiring land on North Mare Island in the future. FF would like to thank the City and its officials for their generosity and professionalism throughout this process, and looks forward to exploring future opportunities with the City.

As part of its due diligence, FF conducted various technical studies to assess the Island for development feasibility. The 157-acre North Mare Island site was found adequate to support development of a manufacturing facility and user experience center, and the results of these studies will be shared with the City as part of the original agreement.

FF’s new multi-phased manufacturing strategy in Nevada is designed to bring FF 91, the company’s flagship vehicle, to production more quickly, allowing FF to fill vehicle reservations that were collected following the car’s launch at CES 2017.

FF plans to restart construction at the North Las Vegas site very soon.

With a service that donates to the ACLU when Trump tweets, Make Tweets Great Again is a prime example of apps as activism

Earlier this month, Sarah Silverman tweeted about a new website called Make Tweets Great Again that had sprung up to give money to the ACLU every time President Donald Trump dropped a tweet bomb from his personal account.

The project is a prime example of a newfound “apptivism” from coders and developers across the Web, and the til-now-anonymous developers of the site hope that other programmers will get in on the act.

The site is the work of HappyFunCorp developer Aaron Brocken, a product architect at the Brooklyn-based app development shop.

While other sites and services are providing tools to communicate with voters and Congressional representatives, or engage directly with the White House, Brocken felt that he had another, equally powerful tool at his disposal — his coding skills.

In the wake of the election, Brocken, who grew up gay in the Midwest, felt exposed to a level of antagonism he hadn’t experienced since he made his way to New York.

“Living in New York City and working in tech, you feel pretty insulated [from hatred]. This is the first time in my life that I didn’t feel insulated.”

That exposure left Brocken somewhat powerless, he said, so he turned to what he knew best. “It was as much an action item for me as calling a senator,” he said. “All I can do is code and build shit.”

And that’s how Make Tweets Great Again was born.

Brocken went to company co-founder Ben Schippers and asked if Schippers would fund the project. Initially reluctant to get involved in politics, Schippers said he quickly changed his mind after the president signed the executive order for what has become known as the first Muslim Ban.

“It’s hard to be a business owner and get involved in politics,” said Schippers. For a while, Schippers said he was concerned about the way potential and current customers may react to the role the company was playing.

“A lot of people in New York and San Francisco… they aren’t really speaking out,” said Schippers. “Aaron pitched the idea to me and I thought this was a positive way to engage.”

The Make Tweets Great Again premise is simple. Users pledge to donate a certain amount of money every time Donald Trump tweets from his personal account. It’s a passive way to be involved, but it’s one that can engage people across the political spectrum by supporting one of the most active civil rights organizations in the country.

Already they’ve been overwhelmed by the feedback on Twitter, and Brocken hopes it inspires other developers to work on similar projects.

“There’s definitely ways to upset the status quo and have a bunch of projects jumping up,” he said.

At the same time, both Schippers and Brocken wanted this to be a project that everyone could get behind.

“Aaron and I spent a lot of time to make sure that this is not a negative thing,” said the HappyFunCorp co-founder.

If it’s successful, the company said it would look to expand the project so that would-be donors could pick their organization and their Twitter target. The idea is to make it easier for people to engage with organizations they care about in a way that could, ostensibly, influence behavior.

And they’re opening up the platform to other developers, as well.

“Even if people don’t donate, as long as it inspires someone to take some action, it’s worth it,” said Brocken.