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In Germany, Volkswagen recently decided to improve the work-life balance of its employees by disabling the receipt of work emails outside of working hours. All other functions of the smartphone are not affected, so it still can be used as normal.
Why it matters
VW’s initiative is based on the findings that being accessible all the time can be both a blessing and a curse. Although this is well-intended, it is questionable if shutting down emails really stops people from working overtime. Will this company rule be a point of advantage or maybe even disadvantage for the company as an employer brand?
C,mm,n (pronounced common) is an open-source eco-car designed via a wiki. The car’s blueprints are publicly available; the design can be used and modified by others as long as any derived works are shared.
Developed by ScentSciences, ScentScape uses scent cartridges to augment audiovisual entertainment experiences like gaming or home-movies. Consumers can plug the device into a USB port, program their own scent landscapes and then share their ‘codes’ with friends.