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Qantas launches athleisure clothing line in latest revenue-raising initiative

FILE PHOTO: Workers are seen near Qantas Airways, Australia’s national carrier, Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the tarmac at Adelaide Airport, Australia, August 22, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Cash-strapped Qantas Airways Ltd on Wednesday launched a range of pricey athleisure clothes as its latest revenue-raising scheme to help weather the coronavirus pandemic.

The branded range includes A$150 ($107.46) T-shirts and A$425 cashmere sweaters designed by Australian Martin Grant, and comes after recent sold-out sales of bar carts from retired Boeing Co 747 planes and business class pajamas and amenity kits.

Qantas has grounded the bulk of its fleet and raised equity and debt to boost liquidity during the pandemic, which has seen it announce plans to cut nearly 30% of its workforce. It is bracing for a A$10 billion hit to revenue this financial year because of border closures and lower travel demand.

On Saturday, 150 passengers joined a

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Apple launches new ecosystem of accessories and wireless chargers with MagSafe

Apple just announced the iPhone 12, and it features some new capabilities hidden in the rear of the phone. Thanks to alignment magnets, you can snap accessories to the back of your phone. And the company is releasing new accessories that work with this magnetic back, including new cases, a wireless charger and a card holder.

There are many layers tucked in the back of the device, such as a magnetometer, a copper-graphite shield, two shields, multiple layers of magnets, an NFC antenna and more.

But the company isn’t just adding magnets for the sake of adding magnets. It opens up a whole new ecosystem of accessories, including Apple-branded accessories.

Apple is introducing a wireless charger. This is the second time the company is announcing a wireless charger. But Apple had some production issues with its previous attempt, the AirPower charger.

The new MagSafe charger is a simple wireless charger

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Innersense Organic Beauty Launches Online Hair Concierge, Provides Hair Stylists New Revenue Stream

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning clean hair care brand Innersense Organic Beauty announces the launch of a hair concierge service on its website. Facilitated by seasoned beauty professionals, the online “chat” service connects its devoted consumer base with experienced stylists for personalized product recommendations coupled with detailed application and usage guidance.

Using an interactive software platform that creates virtual shopping experiences, consumers access the concierge service via a chat box on the innersensebeauty.com website. Consumers receive specific product recommendations for their hair type and learn personalized application techniques from the professionals who use the products behind the chair.

The service allows beauty professionals to utilize their craft and supplement their earnings at a time when many salons remain closed or are open with limited appointments. The brand is one of the first in the clean hair care industry to offer this level of individualized advice and

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Kegg, a connected fertility tracker and kegel trainer for women, launches out of beta

Fertility tracking has seen an explosion of startup activity in recent years. Femtech startup Lady Technologies is adding to this rich mix with the full U.S. launch of a dual-purpose device, called kegg, that’s designed to measure hormonal changes in a woman’s cervical fluid to help her determine the chance of conception on a given day.

The egg-shaped gizmo, which features a gold-plated steel cap and band ringing its tip, as well as a silicone tail to house its Bluetooth radio (so it can chat to the companion app), doubles as a connected pelvic floor trainer (the ‘k’ in kegg is for ‘kegels’) — taking a leaf out of UK femtech pioneer Elvie’s playbook. Though the two-in-one function is a new twist.

Kegg relies on a technology called impedance to sense electrolyte levels in a woman’s cervical fluid in order to detect the hormonal switch from estrogen to progesterone dominance

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Richardson startup Layerist launches jewelry styling service that anticipates what you want

Growing up in a family with three sisters, Hannah Brown, 37, is a little nostalgic about opening gifts with her siblings on Christmas morning.

She’d often order jewelry and accessories to match her sisters’ styles. But when the gifts arrived, they weren’t quite the color or quality she expected. Yet her mother was always able to pick out gifts she wasn’t expecting but ended up really enjoying.

Capturing that feeling of Christmas morning year-round is what Brown and her business partner, Kelsey Fraley, 33, want to create with their Richardson-based startup Layerist.co. The jewelry and accessory styling service launched its website last week.

“It would be really great if someone really knew our style, and could just send us a box of stuff, and we could try it on, hold it and see the quality,” Brown said.

The concept for Layerist is similar to the serendipity achieved by popular apparel

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Quince launches out of beta with new ‘manufacturer-to-customer’ model

The retail landscape is shifting rapidly. While D2C brands have changed the way we shop, Quince is looking to change retail even more dramatically.

The brand, which raised $8.5 million in seed funding last year (and only revealed as much today), is looking to rethink the supply chain with its own line of 700 items including men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry and home goods.

After beta testing for a year as ‘Last Brand,’ Quince is launching with a new model called ‘M2C,’ or manufacturer to consumer.

The idea is that Quince goes directly to factories with designs for essentials — not overly patterned or branded items — with an order that can dynamically adjust each week based on demand. As orders start coming in, Quince can work alongside manufacturers to ensure they aren’t over or under producing on a specific SKU. The factory then ships directly to the customer,

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Megan Thee Stallion Launches a New Scholarship Fund to Support Women of Color

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Megan Thee Stallion has launched a new scholarship fund to support women of color.

The rapper has partnered with Amazon Music’s Rap Rotation to create the “Don’t Stop” fund. As the scholarship’s website reveals, “In honor of all the young women out there who don’t stop working hard to get their education! Women remain underrepresented and undervalued in society and female students of color are at a larger disadvantage when it comes to access to financial resources.” Megan Thee Stallion is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in health administration, alongside her super-successful rap career.

On Instagram, Stallion announced the prize and wrote, “COLLEGE HOTTIES LISTEN UP BECAUSE THIS ONE IS FOR YOU ‼️‼️‼️ I AM GIVING AWAY TWO 10,000 DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIPS TO WOMEN OF COLOR PURSUING A DEGREE IN ANY FIELD OF STUDY IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD🔥🔥🔥 APPLY RIGHT NOW LINK IN MY BIO

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Razer launches 120-Hz screen Blade Stealth 13 laptop with fall accessories lineup

Razer unveiled its fall lineup of gaming products for its base of hardcore gamers, with everything from new laptops to an ergonomic gaming chair.

The company unveiled the new gear at its first annual RazerCon weekend-long event, a virtual festival filmed at the company’s Las Vegas store. The event includes concerts with artists such as Deadmau5, DragonForce and Friends, Sabaton, and Speaker Honey.

More than a million people were watching at the outset of RazerCon as Min-Liang Tan, CEO of Razer, took the stage. He noted that Razer donated more than a million masks during the pandemic, and 75,000 were donated by fans. He said Razer also created a $15 million COVID-19 relief fund, and he also announced that Razer is supporting green product design with its products and packaging. Tan announced a partnership with Conservation International to fund the protection of trees worldwide.

Razer Blade Stealth 13

Razer announced

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Exer Labs raises $2 million and launches computer vision app for Peloton-style coached workouts

Exer Labs has raised $2 million in funding and unveiled its AI and computer vision Exer Studio app for the Mac. Exer Studio captures your movements for coaching advice and offers Peloton-style leaderboards for workouts.

The Denver-based fitness startup captures your movements with your laptop’s camera and evaluates your form. It can share your results with friends, fitness coaches, or others to see where you rank on the leaderboards, motivating you to work harder or faster.

CEO Zaw Thet said in an interview with VentureBeat that Exer relies on edge-based AI (meaning it uses your smartphone’s computing power) and computer vision to power its motion coaching platform. It offers real-time audio and visual feedback on almost any type of human motion via a Mac (and its camera), without having a human in the loop. The mission is to help people move, train, and play better. Coaches can use the app

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CoreLogic Launches Second Model on Nasdaq’s Multi-Vendor Risk Modelling Service

The property data and analytics company CoreLogic® recently released its updated Japan Earthquake Model on Nasdaq’s catastrophe risk modelling service. This is CoreLogic’s second model to be made available through the Oasis Loss Modelling Framework (LMF) and Nasdaq, following the launch of its U.S. Earthquake Model in February 2020.

We sat down with David Gregory, product manager for the global earthquake product suite at CoreLogic, to discuss the new model and latest developments within the catastrophe risk management department in CoreLogic.

As a bit of background, tell us about CoreLogic and your mission.

CoreLogic is a property data and analytics company with a strong division in insurance solutions, including catastrophe model development. We support financial institutions, real estate professionals, government agencies, insurance carriers and more in the pursuit of enabling millions of people to find, buy and protect the homes and businesses they love. This includes helping protect from

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