A man uses an E-cigarette, an electronic substitute in the form of a rod, slightly longer than a normal cigarette, in this illustration picture taken in Paris, March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
For the past two years, an average of 10 new e-cigarette brands enter the market every month, and more than 7,700 total flavors, according to a new online survey.
"The product has caught on fire," said Shu-Hong Zhu, a public health researcher at the University of California-San Diego who helped lead the research.
And in related news, a group of 129 physicians, epidemiologists and other professionals from 31 countries around the world sent an open letter to the World Health Organization this week urging the United Nations agency to impose strict regulations on electronic cigarettes.
The letter was a response to one sent last month by 53 other experts who urged the WHO to go easy on e-cigarettes, which the advocates called "part of the solution" in the fight against smoking.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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