TIME LG

LG’s ‘Rolly’ Keyboard Rolls Up Into a Stick to Fit In Your Bag

LG's Rolly Keyboard.

You could also use it to poke and annoy your sister

LG has launched the first “rollable” keyboard for mobile devices, one where users can fold into a stick and carry it in their pocket or bag.

Called the “Rolly Keyboard,” the product will be launched at IFA 2015, Europe’s largest electronics trade show, in Berlin next week. Prices and more details of the roll-out of the Rolly will be revealed at the launch.

One AAA battery is needed for three months of use, and the full-sized keyboard connects via Bluetooth.

LG is also expected to launch the latest version of its G Pad tablet at IFA 2015. The Korean company will be hoping these products will help pull up last quarter’s poor financial results, when it announced operating profit fell to $211 million from $516 million in the same period last year, amidst slackening demand for its LCD TVs and smartphones.

TIME twitter

Twitter Hops On the Diversity Goal Train

Twitter Prices At $23-25 Per Share Ahead Of IPO
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This is a huge step forward for the company

Following similar announcements from tech companies such as Pinterest, Twitter released its diversity goals for 2016 Friday.

Janet Van Huysse, Twitter’s VP of Diversity and Inclusion, explained the move in a blog post:

“We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter. Doing so will help us build a product to better serve people around the world. While we’ve already been working towards internal diversity goals at different levels of the company, I’m very pleased to report that we are now setting company-wide diversity goals — and we’re sharing them publicly.”

The social media platform’s goal is to increase the overall representation of women in the company from 34% to 35%, representation in its tech division from 13% to 16%, and in leadership roles from to 22% to 25%.

Gender twitter

Twitter also plans to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the U.S. from 10% to 11% overall, and from 7% to 9% in tech roles. It also wants to see the number of underrepresented minorities in leadership roles rise to 6%.

Ethnicity twitter

Compared to nine other major tech companies, Twitter is fairing pretty well when it comes to gender diversity. It is less diverse overall than Airbnb, eBay, and LinkedIn, but more diverse than other major players, such as Facebook and Google. For underrepresented minorities, it’s essentially in the middle of the pack.

While Fortune will not be including Twitter in its tech diversity rankings until its 2015 EEO-1 Report is released, we can compare this new information to last year, when it ranked ninth (out of 14) on gender diversity, and sixth on ethnic diversity (in Fortune’s rankings, all non-white employees are considered diverse).

The diversity push comes after a backlash over Twitter’s frat-themed party highlighted just how white- and male-dominated the company is. After apologizing for the party, interim CEO Jack Dorsey promised that diversity would be made a company-wide goal, according to reporting by Re/code.

Increasing its representation of women and underrepresented minorities by one or two percentage points might not seem like a huge shift, but being held publicly accountable for its diversity goals is a huge step forward for the company, and for the tech industry as a whole.

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(Charts based on self-reporting in 2015 by Twitter’s employees, and are courtesy of Twitter.)

TIME Burger Wars

Move Over Mcdonald’s, Wayback Burgers Wants to Partner With Burger King

Half-eaten Burger King hamburger is seen in this picture illustration taken at the fast food restaurant chain's branch in Hanau
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There’s a third player in the burger mix.

Who needs the McWhopper when you can have the Whipple Whipple?

At least that’s what John Eucalitto, president of Wayback Burgers, a private, Connecticut-based burger chain, implied yesterday, when he offered to take McDonald’s place in a burger partnership with Burger King. Eucalitto wrote in a statement:

“Wayback Burgers would be happy to take Burger King up on its offer to partner to raise money surrounding International Day of Peace. Our nine patty burger, The Triple Triple, could be a great vehicle to work with. Perhaps we could create the Whiple Whiple. Besides, wouldn’t Burger King prefer to partner with a fresh and innovative brand that is on the rise? Either way, we hope to hear from you.”

The statement comes after McDonald’s declined on Burger King’s proposal to collaborate on a “McWhopper” in celebration of world peace. In addition to full-page ads in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, Burger King tweeted about “settling the beef”:

In response, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook wrote in a Facebook post that “our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference,” and reminded its burger rival that the competition between them does not equal “circumstances of the real pain and suffering of war.”

And so the burger games continue, with perhaps a third player in the mix.

TIME Innovation

This Material Can Heal Itself in Less Than One Second

An extra precaution for astronauts

Researchers have developed a new material that can heal itself when punctured, according to an American Chemical Society news release.

The material is made by inserting a liquid with a “key ingredient” in between two layers of a solid polymer. When the solid layers are penetrated and the liquid is released, the key ingredient reacts with oxygen to quickly form a solid plug. A video of the researchers testing the material by shooting a bullet through it shows that it fixes itself in under a second.

This research, funded by NASA, could help prevent damage to spacecraft, and perhaps even save lives. The International Space Station is the most highly protected spacecraft to ever exist, equipped with bumpers that destroy debris before it has a chance to hit its walls. However, in those conditions, it’s extremely reassuring to have a backup plan just in case the bumpers fail.

The researchers made sure to mention that this technology could be applied to other structures as well, such as automobiles.

Watch the self-healing material in action:

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

TIME Ashley Madison

CEO Of Ashley Madison Parent Company Stepping Down

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman poses during an interview in Hong Kong
Bobby Yip—Reuters Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman poses during an interview in Hong Kong on Aug. 28, 2013.

Avid Life Media chief exec Noel Biderman quits amid hacking scandal.

A week after hackers first published stolen data from the infidelity website Ashley Madison, parent company Avid Life Media’s chief executive officer Noel Biderman has tendered his resignation.

“Effective today, Noel Biderman, in mutual agreement with the company, is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Avid Life Media Inc. (ALM) and is no longer with the company,” the company wrote in a statement. “Until the appointment of a new CEO, the company will be led by the existing senior management team.”

AshleyMadison.com has lately been at the center of a hacking scandal in which personal information for more than 30 million users—ostensible extramarital affair-seekers—became public. The data dumps have included information such as names, email addresses, sexual preferences, partial credit information, profile information, and more.

Last week, the individual or group behind the attack, known as the “Impact Team,” leaked to the dark web a cache of Biderman’s alleged email correspondences. The 197,000 messages have revealed that Biderman apparently encouraged hacking a competitor, considered buying the gay, bi-sexual and bicurious dating app Grindr, planned a proprietary wife-rating app, and wrote a script for a movie called In Bed with Ashley Madison.

As the investigation to uncover the attackers continues, reports have surfaced that some users may have committed suicide as a result of having their personal information exposed. Cybercriminals are also apparently targeting individuals listed in the Ashley Madison database for extortion schemes.

“This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees,” the Avid Life Media statement reads, regarding the Biderman’s decision to step down.

The company says it is working alongside law enforcement, which has dubbed the investigation “project unicorn,” to apprehend those responsible for the data breach. Avid Life Media also says it will award tipsters $377,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator (or perpetrators).

“We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals,” the company said in the statement. “We will continue to provide access to our unique platforms for our worldwide members.”

TIME Amazon

This Is How Much Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson Could Make From His New Amazon Show

Top Gear Festival Sydney
Brendon Thorne—Getty Images Jeremy Clarkson

It’s a ton of money

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson will make £9.6 million ($14.7 million) to host a new car show on Amazon Prime, according to a report in the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper.

Clarkson left Top Gear earlier this year after a series of controversies, including his getting into a fight with Oisin Tymon, one of the show’s producers. The BBC’s loss, however, is Amazon’s gain, as the online marketplace competes with other streaming firms such Netflix and Hulu for the most attractive content, and the BBC’s Top Gear show is one of its most popular offerings.

According to the report, Amazon will spend a total of £160 million ($246 million) on 36 episodes over three years, which will give the show a budget ten times as large per episode as it enjoyed on the BBC.

TIME Apple

Apple’s Siri Will Give You Hints About the Upcoming iPhone Event

Apple Poised to Sell 10 Million IPhones in Record Debut
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She doesn’t promise to be helpful

The tech world is on the edge of their collective seat in anticipation of Apple’s upcoming Sept. 9 event, when the tech giant is expected to unveil its newest iPhones.

If you’re like just about every tech blogger under the sun, and want the inside scoop on what Apple CEO Tim Cook will reveal at the event, you now have an option besides stalking the apple-obsessed blogosphere: just ask Siri.

Ask the robo servant to “give me a hint,” and you’ll be served with a variety of answers, from the admonishing to the playful, like, “look deep within yourself and you will find the answer. Especially on 9 September.”

These answers aren’t probably any more insightful that the predictions of Apple bloggers, but they will at least give you something to do before the big day.

TIME SoulCycle

Proposed Lawsuit Against Soulcycle Says the Studio ‘Robs’ Customers

SoulCycle
The Washington Post—The Washington Post/Getty Images A SoulCycle class.

Using ‘Series Certificates’ is not a fair and transparent practice, suit alleges

The SoulCycle IPO just got a little more interesting.

Less than a month after the high-end cycling studio filed for an initial public offering, SoulCycle has been hit with a proposed class-action lawsuit, reports Business Insider.

The lawsuit, which was filed by (former) California-based customer Rachel Cody, brings seven charges against the studio, although the crux of the lawsuit is the violation of the Credit Card Accountability and Disclosure Act. The law states that businesses must “establish fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit under an open end consumer credit plan.”

The lawsuit alleges that SoulCycle’s practice of not allowing customers to directly pay for classes, instead requiring them to purchase “Series Certificates,” is not a fair and transparent practice, as these Series Certificates “have unreasonably short expiration periods—much briefer than the expiration periods allowed under federal and state laws.”

The lawsuit accuses SoulCycle of a “relentless effort to maximize its profits” and states that the expiration policies “rob customers of their money, creating windfall profits for SoulCycle.”

Creating windfall profit is definitely the goal, especially since the studio hopes to raise $100 million in its upcoming IPO.

TIME Advertising

Say Goodbye to the Famous Goodyear Blimp

Maryland Terrapins v Miami Hurricanes
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Say hello to the Goodyear semi-rigid dirigible

Long since blimps stopped being useful, besides as floating billboards, America still associates the airship, somewhat ironically, with the tire company Goodyear.

But according to the Associated Press, the Goodyear Blimp — technically called The Spirit of Goodyear — has been retired and will be replaced by another set of airships, although they technically won’t be blimps. That’s because they will include a fixed structure that holds the gas-filled balloon in place.

“It’s a brand new design. It is a much larger airship. It’s a semi-rigid dirigible,” Goodyear’s Priscilla Tasker told the AP.

If you spy the blimp on TV, say hovering over your favorite high-profile sporting event, you likely won’t notice a change, as the airships will look similar to previous incarnations, and they’ll still be used as a means to take overhead camera footage.

TIME stocks

A Japanese Day Trader Made $34 Million In the Market This Week

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KAZUHIRO NOGI—AFP/Getty Images Japan's Nikkei index had its biggest one-day fall in nearly 10 months in the wake of Monday's carnage on Wall Street.

Not everyone's afraid of volatility

One of the iron-clad laws of trading is that you can’t time the market.

Of course, there’s always the exception that proves the rule. According to a report in Bloomberg, day trader in Japan perfectly timed the global market meltdown this week, netting himself a cool $34 million in the process.

The trader, known only by his internet handle “CIS,” believed there would be a sharp downturn in the markets, and had been “shorting futures on the Nikkei 225 Stock Average since mid-August.” By Monday of this week, he was looking at a paper profit of $13 million, but he didn’t stop there. He wagered that once the U.S. markets opened to a global selloff, it would force the markets lower in Japan too.

After doubling his winnings, CIS pivoted betting correctly that the market had bottomed.

“I do my best work when other people are panicking,” the trader told Bloomberg.

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