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After the Iranian Revolution, in 1979, the theocracy called on women to breed a new Islamic generation. It lowered the marriage age to nine for girls and fourteen for boys; it legalized polygamy and raised the price of birth control. By 1986, the average family had six children. A leading cleric said that the government’s goal was to increase the number of people who believed in the Revolution in order to preserve it. The population surge coincided with mass migration to Iran’s cities, spurred first by Iraq’s invasion, in the eighties, and then by the lure of jobs and education, in the nineties. The government introduced family planning, which brought the average family size down to two children, but Iran still struggled to feed, clothe, educate, employ, and house its people. Four decades after the Revolution, the population has grown by almost fifty million; the number of households has quadrupled. Teeming, polluted Tehran can no longer hold all those who need or want to live there.

The government responded to the housing shortage by building satellite towns of sterile high-rises on barren land far from the capital. They were supposed to be affordable, ready-made utopias with modern utilities for low-income and middle-class workers who couldn’t afford Tehran. But the early apartments had faulty sewage systems and heating, inadequate access to water, and only intermittent electricity. Many were destroyed in the earthquake of 2017.

Hashem Shakeri first glimpsed some of these ghostly concrete towers on a weekend drive in 2007. He was baffled by the idea that Iranians would be expected to live in the austere structures. “They were like a remote island,” he told me. “When I thought about the people who were supposed to come and live there, I couldn’t even breathe.” In 2016, he began to photograph the satellite towns and their residents. He started in Pardis; the name is Persian for “paradise.”

“Most of the people who came there had lost something in their lives,” Shakeri said. “They had been employees who used to receive monthly payments. After the economic crisis, they couldn’t make ends meet.” There were few parks, playgrounds, or social outlets, and limited signs of life outside the high-rises. To capture the sterility and the eerie quiet in the satellite towns—including Pardis and Parand—he took the photographs using medium-format film, in direct sunlight, and overexposed them.

He said, “I wanted my audience to see the bitterness that applies to all of those towns,” many of whose residents travel hours each day to jobs in Tehran. “There is a recurrent, vicious cycle where people are sleep-deprived—they have to wake early and work until late to commute to Tehran, which takes a lot of time. They only sleep in the towns. Like Sisyphus, they have to repeat the cycle over and over.”

The country’s housing crisis deepened after President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, in May, 2018, and reimposed economic sanctions six months later. The rial is now down by sixty per cent, and real-estate prices in Tehran have more than doubled. Yet tens of thousands of apartments in the new towns are empty, because, though they are cheaper, many Iranians still can’t afford them. Shakeri, like other Tehran residents, feels the squeeze. He told me that, as he took the photographs, “I was worried that I may be one of the people who have to leave Tehran and move into one of these apartments.”

—Robin Wright

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When Volvo decided a decade ago that it wanted to make a push on safety, the automaker created a plan to eliminate deaths and serious injuries in its vehicles by 2020. Though it admitted earlier this year that the company wouldn’t get there—putting some blame on drivers’ “bad behavior”—today’s Volvos offer a bevy of innovative safety systems. They work to mitigate injuries when cars go off the road, issue distracted driving alerts, and even watch for moose. Now the Swedish automaker (owned by China’s Geely) is setting its sights on another ambitious goal—the carbon footprint.

By 2025, Volvo aims to reduce its emissions by 40 percent, targeting manufacturing processes, operations, and even the shipping of new vehicles from its factories. The cars themselves will play a part too. In Los Angeles on Wednesday, Volvo showed off its first all-electric car, a battery-powered version of its XC40 small SUV, dubbed the XC40 Recharge.

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Volvo will continue to roll out new EVs in coming years, and hopes to make half its sales from fully electric cars by 2025. The rest will be hybrids, as Volvo plans to offer some form of electrification in all its models. The Recharge name will apply to all models that are either fully electric or have plug-in capability. Beginning Wednesday, consumers who purchase a plug-in hybrid Volvo, or eventually the fully electric one, will also get a year of free charging, in the form of a refund for the average electricity costs in their region.

“Stopping movement is not the answer to solve the climate issue,” says Volvo CTO Henrik Green. “We want to offer people the freedom to move in a sustainable way. You cannot and will not solve the climate problem by gradually by improving petrol and diesel engines. Pure electric cars running on and built using renewable energy are the only cars that can really do it.”

The XC40 Recharge uses two 150 kW motors, one on each axle, and a 78 kWh battery pack that’s embedded in the floor. The system will produce 408 hp and an estimated 442 pound-feet of torque, sending the small SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. At a 150 kW DC fast-charger, the car should reach 80 percent charge in under 40 minutes. Range won’t be known until the EPA tests the car, but Volvo estimates it will reach 248 miles under the European WLTP testing schemes, which typically translates to about a 200-mile range in the US, Volvo said. The company plans to begin sales next year starting at about $50,000, after government incentives.

Volvo hasn’t provided many details to go with its broader carbon pledges. The plan will include improving efficiency of its operations and bringing suppliers on board, as it converts to wind, solar, and hydro power for its manufacturing, according to Green.

rechargable battery in volvo. Four wheels at the base of the vehicle

The powertrain for the new Volvo XC40 Recharge includes a 78 kWh battery pack embedded beneath the floor and dual electric motors totaling 300kW.

Photograph: Volvo

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È online l’eshop che permette di provare a portarsi a casa un’opera di Banksy

Portarsi a casa un’opera di Banksy è ora possibile. L’artista misterioso ha aperto uno shop online dove è possibile acquistare (seguendo un iter particolare, altrimenti non sarebbe Bansky) oggetti creati dal writer. Molti dei quali in edizione limitata.

Che l’eshop sarebbe arrivato, Banksy l’aveva annunciato a inizio mese con un negozio-vetrina aperto a sud di Londra. Adesso il sito grossdomesticproduct.com, cioè prodotto interno lordo, è online ed è possibile tentare di aggiudicarsi uno degli irriverenti oggetti firmati dall’artista (la cui identità è sconosciuta).

Trattandosi in gran parte di opere d’arte, disponibili in numero limitato, non basta un clic per portarsele a casa. I potenziali acquirenti hanno tempo fino al 28 ottobre per navigare, scegliere il prodotto a cui puntano (uno solo), registrarsi e rispondere a una domanda sul senso dell’arte. I compratori verranno selezionati in modo casuale e avranno sette giorni per completare l’acquisto.

I prezzi variano molto (dalle 10 sterline della mug in edizione illimitata a migliaia di sterline), ma sono pensati per essere accessibili a tutti. Anzi, Banksy lo dice apertamente sul sito: “Ti preghiamo di astenerti dal registrarti se sei un ricco collezionista d’arte”.

E aggiunge: “Questo non è un negozio in senso tradizionale – è un vero negozio, vende articoli, offre rimborsi e rispetta la protezione dei dati – ma tutti i prodotti sono realizzati in uno studio d’arte, non in una fabbrica. Tutto è prodotto da una manciata di persone che utilizzano materiale riciclato, ove possibile, nella cultura del luogo di lavoro in cui si beve di giorno. Quindi non ce n’è un sacco e non è tutto pronto per la spedizione immediata. Si informa che Gross Domestic Product potrebbe rivelarsi un’esperienza deludente al dettaglio, soprattutto se si è riusciti a effettuare un acquisto”.

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Marking its introduction into CASETiFY’s newly launched co-lab creative program, DHL teamed up with the case purveyor to celebrate its 50 year anniversary.

The second collaboration from the duo, the latest collection will build on the first sell-out release centered the leading international express service provider’s iconic branding. The special “50 Years of DHL” range is comprised of Apple iPhone and Samsung cases, Apple Watch bands, AirPods cases, Phone Slings and wireless charging pads marked with DHL’s signature waybill and yellow/red logo.

CASETiFY has also prepared a 1969 vintage and 2019 modern special edition custom case that allows customers personalize the two takes on DHL’s waybill design. The DHL x CASETiFY “50 Years of DHL” collection will be releasing in a series of drops, along with 300 limited edition rare box sets filled with one-of-a-kind merchandise like exclusively numbered iPhone cases and phone slings.

Stay tuned for the official release of the DHL x CASETiFY “50 Years of DHL” collection which will be available exclusively on casetify.com/dhl with DHL Express shipping and special in-store activations.

In case you missed it, Apple’s iPhone SE 2 is reportedly launching at $399 USD.

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Pelican’s new, magnetic Easy Mount System, or EMS, is, fittingly, one of the easiest modular phone mount systems that I’ve ever used. The car mount is also a Q-certified charger. Simply pinch it onto one of your car’s vent flaps, put your phone in a magnetic Protector case, and touch it to the base. The Protector case was designed for first responders and has a rubber lining to absorb more impact. Unfortunately, this means that whoever is riding shotgun and wants to mount their own phone will have to buy a Protector case as well.

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Ce 15 octobre, Huawei a ouvert son événement télécom Global Mobile Broadband Forum annuel à Zurich. Le même jour, la Chancellerie suisse donnait son accord pour une initiative populaire fédérale visant à limiter l’extension du réseau 5G. Ses défenseurs ont jusqu’au 25 avril pour récolter 100 000 signatures. Voilà qui résume parfaitement les contradictions du pays. Technologiquement à la pointe au niveau européen et même mondial, il doit faire face aux peurs exacerbées de sa population envers le nouveau standard.

La Suisse compte trois opérateurs : l’historique Swisscom, le challenger Sunrise et le « trublion » Salt, dernier arrivé sur le marché, et qui appartient à la holding personnelle de Xavier Niel. Ils ont tous obtenu des fréquences 5G, mais seuls les deux premiers ont ouvert un service commercial depuis le printemps. La bataille se joue donc entre Swisscom, équipé par Ericsson, et Sunrise, qui utilise du matériel Huawei. « Nous avons actuellement environ 200 antennes en service dans 120 localités », nous a précisé un porte-parole de Swisscom. Sunrise fait mieux avec 262 localités couvertes avec au moins 80% de la population éligible. Mais les deux acteurs sont confrontés à un problème qu’ils n’avaient absolument pas vu venir : une opposition profonde des habitants à la 5G qui a débuté il y a quelques mois.

La 5G dans une boutique de Sunrise à Zurich.

Une opposition principalement francophone

La contestation se situe principalement en Suisse romande. Genève, Vaud et le Jura ont décrété un moratoire considéré comme illégal par l’Ofcom (Office fédéral de la communication). Fribourg a restreint les installations, Neuchâtel les a suspendu et le parlement du Valais s’est écharpé sur la question avant de renoncer à tout geler. Des manifestations ont rassemblé plusieurs milliers de personnes et les frondeurs ont fini par se structurer en une association baptisée Frequencia. D’après un sondage du magazine L’Illustré datant du mois d’avril, 65% de la population de Suisse romande redoutait que la 5G ne nuise à leur santé. Les Alémaniques ne sont « que » 51% à partager ces craintes. Ce qui fait une moyenne de 54%. Des résultats qui ont pu augmenter depuis. Des pétitions « Stop 5G » en français, allemand ou italien ont rassemblé chacune plusieurs dizaines de milliers de signatures en ligne.

Le discours reprend les arguments classiques des anti-ondes : la 5G aboutirait à une « irradiation massive de la population » avec des dommages corporels à la clef et des nuisances pour les animaux et les végétaux. Les contestataires demandent des études plus poussées sur les effets des ondes millimétriques, exigent de fixer des valeurs limites plus strictes et refusent la densification des antennes.

Les différents types d'antennes 5G déployés par Huawei en Suisse.

Le déploiement est ralenti

Ce mouvement a pour conséquence d’avoir stoppé le déploiement de la 5G dans de nombreuses villes suisses. Swisscom et Sunrise se rabattent donc sur les zones rurales, en mettant en avant leur solution Fixed Wireless Access permettant d’accéder au Très Haut Débit fixe via une box 5G.

« Nous avions totalement sous-estimé les réactions de la population », a déclaré Bruno Duarte, le CCO de Sunrise, lors du Global Mobile Broadband Forum de Huawei auquel nous étions présents. « Il est évident que ces oppositions ralentissent ponctuellement le déploiement mais nous maintenons nos objectifs de 90%  de la population couverte d’ici la fin de l’année », nous a précisé un porte-parole de Swisscom. « Il va nous falloir faire preuve de pédagogie, encore et encore pour expliquer que la 5G n’aura pas d’impact sur la santé », nous a-t-on encore confié chez Sunrise.

Cet exemple suisse devrait en tous cas servir de leçon aux opérateurs français. Ils ne pourront pas commencer à déployer sans avoir fait l’effort d’expliquer ce qu’est la technologie à la population, ni se montrer totalement transparents quant à ces effets sur l’environnement. Ils pourront pour cela se baser sur les conclusions de l’Anses, qui va rendre un rapport sur le sujet à l’automne. L’ANFR a également effectué des contrôles sur tous les sites pilotes en 3,5 GHz dont les résultats seront communiqués. Mais cela ne constituera jamais qu’une première étape. Tout sera à recommencer pour la bande de fréquence 26 GHz, dite millimétrique, qui devrait concentrer les hostilités. Or, les tests sur les sites pilotes n’ont pas encore commencé. Seules quelques expérimentations ont eu lieu il y a deux ans en coopération avec l’ANFR.

La 5G pourrait-elle susciter autant d’animosité que Linky ? Le compteur électrique communiquant développé par Enedis fait en effet l’objet d’une défiance massive en France. Un scénario que le gouvernement et tous les acteurs des télécoms redoutent et espèrent bien ne pas reproduire.

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Ben Cook has stepped down as president of Atlantic Records UK following a controversial Run-D.M.C. costume he wore to an event. As the BBC reports, Cook admitted to wearing the “offensive” costume nearly seven years ago, stating that “while my intention was to honor a musical hero, I recognize my appearance was offensive and I made a terrible mistake.”

Cook furthered his thoughts on the controversy:

…at a birthday party where guests were asking to come dress as their favorite musical icon, I came as a member of Run DMC…Late last year rumors began to circulate about my appearance at that event, many of which are simply untrue. As a consequence of this, I readily agreed to disciplinary actions by my employer last year. Since then however, allegations surrounding the party have continued to be made against me. I have therefore come to the conclusion that I should make this statement and step down, with immediate effect.

Atlantic Record’s parent company, Warner Music, equally issued the following statement: “Ben Cook is leaving Atlantic UK and this will be his last week in the office.” The company noted that Mark Mitchell, co-president of Parlophone will lead the label on an interim basis.

Cook remained “devastated that this mistake has caused upset and has  called into question my commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, values which I have championed throughout my career,” further noting that he had “learned a great deal” from the controversial issue, further apologizing “to anyone who has been hurt.” Cook’s seven-year stint as the president of the label’s UK division saw relatively steady growth for the label. Much of this is thanks to Cook’s signing of now-global sensation Ed Sheeran, as well as his work with Stormzy, Charli XCX, and more.

For more music news, Arca will be composing music for the MoMA lobby.

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Si alguien sabe cómo subir la temperatura e incendiar las redes sociales es Emily Ratajkowski. No tiene más que subir una foto luciendo alguno de sus escuetos bikinis o trikinis para “romper internet“. Ella es la mejor embajadora de su marca de moda baño Inamorata.

Esta vez luce una pieza de baño minúscula que no alcanza la categoría ni de bañador. Casi tampoco podríamos calificarlo de trikini.

El atrevido (y escueto) bikini de Emily Ratajkowski que pocas personas se atreverían a lucir....

Lo cierto es que la modelo, a sus 28 años, tiene el cuerpazo suficiente para lucirlo de frente, de costado y por detrás y que todo le quede perfecto y en su sitio.


Emily Ratajkowski nos ha deleitado con estas sensuales imágenes de sus vacaciones en Miami, donde ha lucido el modelo Encinitas en negro, que cuesta 160 dólares y que está inspirado en el culto al cuerpo de los años 80.

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Encinitas Black Front 2 2400x2400

Para algunas afortunadas el verano no termina nunca. Además, Emily Ratajkowski conoce los secretos de un posado sensual para que los diseños más atrevidos sean más irresistibles. No es la primera vez que los luce en su Instagram para aprovechar su reclamo como it girl.

Fotos | Instagram @emrata