Starbucks’ holiday drinks are out and, apparently, they’re trying to KILL YOU. Because according to a new study, they have a RIDICULOUS amount of sugar in them. And that’s actually BETTER than they’ve been in the past. Starbucks says they’ve cut the sugar in their Christmas drinks by 33% in the past three years. A grande Gingerbread Frappuccino, Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino, or Caramel Brulee Frappuccino all have as much sugar as seven Krispy Kreme glazed DONUTS. And a venti Eggnog Latte has as much as five-and-a-half.
Checkpoint Systems recently announced StrapLok™, a high-theft alarming solution designed to attach directly to existing nylon straps on boxed merchandise, and Bug Tag 2 for the protection of six-sided packaged goods, tablets and display merchandise.StrapLokMany high-theft products received by retailers arrive with nylon straps around the box to protect inside contents. StrapLok quickly attaches onto the existing nylon straps. Because of dynamic tension adjustment, it is compatible with low-quality, loose straps found on boxes already pre-strapped from manufacturing. StrapLok actively monitors the strap’s tension and will only alarm if the strap is being cut. This is one of the key advantages of the StrapLok, as it will not generate false alarms.Key features include:- Sponsor – AM or RF technology2- or 3-Alarm®95 dBA alarm and flashing LED lightIsolated sound chamberQuick and easy to apply and remove; tough, secure and reusableBug Tag 2/SnareThe Bug Tag 2 is specifically designed to protect a variety of six-sided boxed merchandise and electronics, such as tablets, sell-through packaged merchandise as well as displayed merchandise. Its multifunctional design allows the Bug Tag 2 to be converted to a “line-alarm” system, combining it with the specially designed “Snare” accessory. Applications include protecting display tools, sporting goods, kitchen appliances and handbags. Any attempts to cut the coiled cable or the CableLok lanyard results in the alarming of the Bug Tag 2 module.Key features include:AM or RF technology2- or 3-Alarm95 dBA alarm and flashing LED lightCompact designQuick and easy to apply and remove; reusable module; disposable adhesive sledSnare accessory for securing display merchandise“We are excited to bring to market these new and innovative solutions,” said Stuart Rosenthal, VP of sales and marketing for Checkpoint/Alpha High-Theft Solutions. “These offerings are a direct result of listening to our customers’ needs and combining with our deep understanding of the competition and retail market to bring the very best solutions to market.”AvailabilityStrapLok and Bug Tag 2 are available immediately. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now read more
Armando Solar-Lezama, a professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, said that “programming, after all, has always evolved. When Fortran was introduced in the 1950s, it was meant to replace human programmers. Its full name was Fortran Automatic Coding System, and its goal was to write programs as well as humans, but without the errors. What it really did was automate much of what programmers did before Fortran. It changed the nature of programming.” Programmers today don’t need to worry about their jobs just yet. Near-term AI will more likely produce tools that will focus on speeding the work of developers. Solar-Lezama said that “the potential for automation that this kind of technology offers could really signify an enormous [reduction] in the amount of effort it takes to develop code.” Rajeev Alur, a professor in the department of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania , said that “computers have revolutionized our daily lives, and yet the way we program computers has changed little in the last several decades.” Engineer.AI said that “we realize ourselves that automatic software development (program synthesis) is at least 7 years away. We will continue to use AI to eventually automate all of the repetitive tasks in the build, run, and scale process.” Can AI algorithms ever take over the role of software engineers? It may be a long ways away, but researchers are trying to teach computers to write software, a task that they’re calling ‘Program Synthesis’ or ‘Automated Programming’. AI is beginning to influence the way that software is created. read more