Tesla’s portable phone-charging battery will complement your Tesla-branded life

Tesla’s had a big week so far with the launch of its ultra fast supercar and its new electric semi truck. But what’s the biggest announcement for us here at Circuit Breaker? I’m glad you asked. The company, along with all its other news, also launched a portable Tesla-themed battery that can charge iPhones, iPads, or any other device that takes a microUSB.


The 3,350mAh battery pack is modeled after Tesla’s Supercharger monument at the Tesla Design Studio, which you’d probably recognize if you live and breathe the Tesla lifestyle. You would also probably the person interested in a Tesla-branded charging pack, so that works out. It costs $45 and, unfortunately, it’s already sold out.

The company also sells a desktop Supercharger that features a USB port for any charging cable. It costs $45 as well and is also sold out. With that said, you can always make your own charger. You just need a 3D printer and some motivation.

If you make $75,000 a year or less, you’ll be taxed much higher by 2027

If you make $75,000 a year or less, you’ll be taxed much higher by 2027

If you make $75,000 a year or less, you’ll be taxed much higher by 2027

Owing to the recent tax bill currently being supported by Senate Republicans, individuals earning less than $75,000 a year can expect to see higher taxes by 2027. Those earning less than $30,000 a year will see their taxes increase by 2021 if the bill is passed and enacted.

What’s more is that individuals earning over $100,000 a year would enjoy lower taxes in the years to follow. According to The Washington Post, these statistics come from a recent report released by Congress’s nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).

The GOP’s bill will also remove the Obamacare provision that requires all Americans to buy health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office predicted this removal would lead to 13 million more Americans dropping their insurance due to higher premiums caused by the GOP bill.

Middle and lower-income families and individuals will be paying higher taxes by 2027 because individual tax cuts will go away by 2025. The GOP bill specifically states that business tax cuts will remain, but individual tax cuts will expire.

On Thursday, November 16th, the House Republicans voted on and passed their version of the tax reform bill. The Senate Republicans passed theirs through the Senate Finance Committee, and the full Senate will vote on the bill after they return from Thanksgiving break.

PASSED → The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. #1182more #taxreform https://t.co/fRg2HoyXPI

— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) November 16, 2017

The House bill is making an effort to simplify the tax process by hacking the existing seven tax brackets down to four. They also want to remove many of the existing credits and deductions, and replace them with a larger standard deduction.

House passes GOP tax reform bill on 227-205 vote. Bill gets no support from Democrats, and 13 Republicans vote against it.

— Karin Caifa (@karincaifaCNN) November 16, 2017

Some of the deductions that would disappear are medical expense deductions, tax credits for plug-in electric vehicles, tax benefits for college, and the deduction for theft.

BREAKING: Senate Finance Committee advances tax overhaul package, another step closer to delivering middle-class tax relief. #taxreform pic.twitter.com/RuFVdMpp3X

— GOP Senate Finance (@GOPSenFinance) November 17, 2017

If you don’t wish to see your taxes spike in the next ten years, call your senator now and ask them to vote no on the Senate Republican tax reform bill.


One small backflip for a robot is one giant leaping backflip for humankind

Something that often bothers me about sci-fi is the loner inventor trope. A guy in a garage builds a robot, or AI, or frequently both that are somehow decades beyond the technology of his day, and all the wild implications of his vast technological leap are the fuel for the next two and a half hours of popcorn entertainment.

But the latest video from Boston Dynamics is the closest equivalent I’ve ever witnessed IRL. Sure, it’s the achievement of an entire company, and they’re doing it on YouTube for everyone to see, not in a basement. But a backflip?

It’s hard to even appreciate how hard this is for robots to do, because it’s hard to appreciate how difficult walking still is for humanoids. I wrote a whole piece about the problem of building walking robots back in 2011 — it wasn’t pretty back then, and it’s still a challenge for most full-sized humanoids.

A backflip though?

It’s a barely-believable jump forward for the state of the art. It’s astonishing. It’s a moon landing, basically, except instead of all of the people of Earth gathering around tube televisions to witness it, it just popped up on our social feeds yesterday afternoon without warning.

Let’s get a bit of historical context. Eleven years ago we were laughing as Honda’s Asimo robot fell off a set of stairs.

In 2015, here’s how far we’d come:

Yeah, we were challenging humanoid robots with much more complicated, dynamic, and demanding tasks than a staged ascent of a perfectly level set of shallow steps. But if you asked me, “How long until these robots are doing backflips?” in 2015, after a weekend of watching DARPA pratfalls, I would’ve frowned and said something like, “Ugh.”

Would we have to develop some new form of organic mechanisms, more akin to the human body, to get the power / weight ratio just right? Would we have to rebuild software engineering from scratch to combine realtime responsiveness with machine learning complexity? Would we end up in some economic recession or war that would require the companies and institutions investing in humanoid robotics to stop wasting money and just ship something boring and useful?

I guess I could have said, “Maybe a decade. We have to figure out jumping first, and also running and walking.” But “a decade” in the technology world means, “I literally have no idea.”

And I guess I would’ve been right about one thing: I had no idea.

In 2016, not too long after the DARPA challenge, where many of the robots in the competition were based on Boston Dynamics’ best-in-class Atlas humanoid, Boston Dynamics hit us with a new YouTube video: “Atlas, The Next Generation.” The video showcased a much lighter and more agile version of the robot opening a door, walking through snow, picking up boxes, and getting hit with a hockey stick for no reason. It was a big improvement over the previous generation.

“When will it do backflips, Paul?”

“Um, a decade?”

Earlier this year, Boston Dynamics introduced an all-new robot called Handle with a four foot vertical jump. But it was a wheeled robot, and while impressive, wheels are vastly simpler than biped locomotion. What Handle proved is that Boston Dynamics could blast enough power through its hydraulics to generate the necessary force for lift-off. So all we needed was a few years of software improvements to get the balancing algorithm just right, and we could finally have jumping robots.

But yesterday, Atlas jumped on video. It leaped from box to box like a gazelle. It did a 180. And it did a backflip.

A humanoid strong enough to jump like that is capable of any “typical” human locomotion. Stairs, curbs, uneven ground, accidental jostling, sitting down, standing up, getting in and out of cars, subway lurches… all moves which are frequently performed by humans who can’t land a backflip, and who get mad if you shove them with a hockey stick.

A backflip is a marvel of mechanical engineering and software control. It’s a statement of power and poise. It’s bonkers.

I’m certain there’s still much more to do on the software side. Performing powerful jumps in a controlled, measured environment is easier than doing dynamic, improvisational parkour. And then humanoids still have to be taught how to do something useful with their newfound physical capabilities. Also, other companies will have to catch up with Boston Dynamics — just because this is possible it doesn’t mean it’s easy. We’re still a ways away from having backflipping robots as next door neighbors.

But I think we’re in a new robotic age now. There was a time before Atlas could do backflips, back when robots were for factories, bomb disposal, vacuuming, and the occasional gimmick, and none of the useful ones were humanoids. Now we’re living in an era where humanoid robots are apparently as agile as we are. So what will they be used for? It’s time to get out the popcorn.

Question: I can t function for longer than 12 hours. Why? Hypothyroidism?

I wake up before 9am, eat breakfast and immediately work on my projects (I work from home), I have little breaks during the day, often I get sleepy even like 2 or 3 hours after waking up but I manage to work okay until the clock hits 9pm, then I suddenly feel so tired I cannot force myself to focus on anything. That s every day for me for the past couple of months even though I always get at least 8 hours of sleep, would lack of exercise or social interaction be causing this?
I do also experience muscle and joint pains, depression, dry skin so could this be hypothyroidism?

Kylie Cosmetics is launching the holiday collection soon, so here’s what you need to know

Kylie Cosmetics is launching the holiday collection soon, so here’s what you need to know

Kylie Cosmetics is launching the holiday collection soon, so here’s what you need to know

Although we’re still drooling over Kylie Cosmetics’ new marble lip sets, released exclusively through Topshop, we’re just as excited about Kylie’s new holiday collection

The holiday collection features two new palettes, highlighters, and lip sets you won’t be able to resist.
Kylie Cosmetics shared sneak peeks of the holiday collection and of course, we can’t wait to shop the new-new.

And nothing short of amazing, each item inside the holiday collection is festive and glam as the new Naughty and Nice palettes, The Wet Set highlighting kit, and Sugar and Spice lip collections won’t disappoint.

Plus, if you are looking for the perfect holiday beauty gift, each of these offerings are sure to please any makeup lover on your list. However, like most Kylie products, you’ll want to get your hands on all the holiday beauty loot pretty early, as a lot of Kylie products tend to sell out pretty quickly.

To give you a closer look at Kylie Cosmetics’ amazing new holiday collection before it launches next week on November 22nd, here are five new items we NEED.

1. Kylie Cosmetics Nice Palette

Say Hello To The Nice Palette #Holiday2017

A post shared by Kylie Cosmetics (@kyliecosmetics) on Nov 15, 2017 at 6:35pm PST

Filled with 14 gorgeous shades, it’s safe to say that each shadow inside this palette is perfect for those who love simple and elegant eye looks.

2. Kylie Cosmetics Naughty Palette

The Naughty Palette #Holiday2017

A post shared by Kylie Cosmetics (@kyliecosmetics) on Nov 15, 2017 at 6:50pm PST

But if you’re feeling a bit more daring, each of these 14 shades can help achieve all of those sy and mysterious eye looks.

3. Kylie Cosmetics The Wet Set

The Holiday Wet Set

A post shared by Kylie Cosmetics (@kyliecosmetics) on Nov 16, 2017 at 5:57pm PST

Filled with four dazzling shades, each highlighter inside this palette is sure to take your beauty looks to the next level.

4. Kylie Cosmetics The Spice Set

The Spice Set

A post shared by Kylie Cosmetics (@kyliecosmetics) on Nov 16, 2017 at 5:53pm PST

Each of these five gorgeous shades are sure to get a smooch (or two) under the mistletoe.

5. Kylie Cosmetics The Sugar Lip Set

@kyliejenner wearing Blizzard from The Nice Palette & Sugar from The Sugar Lip Set ❄️

A post shared by Kylie Cosmetics (@kyliecosmetics) on Nov 16, 2017 at 5:55pm PST

Although Kylie Cosmetics hasn’t exactly given us a closer look at The Sugar Lip Set, Kylie herself wore the Sugar shade from the set in this photo, making us super hopeful to see what other sy shades are in store.

If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift, each of the new items inside the Kylie Cosmetics holiday collection will surely please any makeup lover.

If you make $30,000 or less, you’ll be paying way higher taxes by 2021

If you make $30,000 or less, you’ll be paying way higher taxes by 2021

If you make $30,000 or less, you’ll be paying way higher taxes by 2021

Senate Republicans are currently pushing their tax reform bill that, if passed, would cut taxes for the wealthy and increase taxes for middle/lower-class families. According to The Washington Post, families with an income of $30,000 or less per year will see higher taxes by 2021 if this tax reform is passed.

On Thursday, November 16th, House Republicans passed their version of the tax reform bill with 227 votes in favor and 205 against. The Senate’s version passed through the Senate Finance Committee Thursday night and now awaits clearance from the full Senate. The Republicans backing the bill and President Trump are banking on the reform bill to be passed by the end of the year.

A statement released by the White House claims, “This legislation cuts taxes for middle-income families and empowers American businesses to create more jobs, increase wages, and propel our economy toward a brighter future.”

The Senate bill would drop the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, and would temporarily change individual tax rates and deductions. It would also abolish the Obamacare rule, which states that Americans must buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

But the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’ nonpartisan analysts, released a report showing that tax increases would hit the lower/middle classes within the next five years ,whereas individuals making more than $100,000 per year would continue to pay less as times goes on.

Republican Senator Ron Johnson says he is voting against Trump's Tax Plan and openly admits the main benefactors are big companies and CEOs.

This took guts. https://t.co/c6SScgK2YK

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 16, 2017

Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), heading authorship of the GOP tax bill, doesn’t believe the Joint Committee on Taxation’s findings to be accurate.

BREAKING: Senate Finance Committee advances tax overhaul package, another step closer to delivering middle-class tax relief. #taxreform pic.twitter.com/RuFVdMpp3X

— GOP Senate Finance (@GOPSenFinance) November 17, 2017

“Anyone who says we’re hiking taxes on low-income families is misstating the facts,” he stated, according to The Washington Post. “Obviously we have no intention of raising taxes on those families. Every Republican on this committee has been committed to providing tax cuts for every income cohort.”

Did you see this → The House PASSED the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act! Yesterday’s vote is a major step in turning the page on 31 long years of hardworking Americans struggling to find good-paying jobs, make ends meet, & providing for their families. #1182MOREhttps://t.co/zNTG4r3VAy

— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) November 17, 2017

Now’s the time to call your senators and ask them to vote against the GOP’s tax reform bill. The Senate will vote when they return from Thanksgiving break, so act now and let your voice be heard.