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newsThis week in the news, Microsoft founder Bill Gates drinks ‘feces water’ as a way to tackle the world’s health problems, Intel has pledged to spend $300 million to boost diversity within its company by 2020, and basketball star Shaquille O’Neal teams up with headphone company Monster Inc. to promote the company’s latest inventions, including a waterproof floating speaker.

Bill Gates Drinks Water Made From Poo

Billionaire Bill Gates says a new plant, called the Omniprocessor, can turn human feces into clean drinking water and has the potential to save a huge number of lives. The plant was designed and built by Janicky Bioenergy, an engineering firm based in Seattle, Washington. A recent blog post, Bill Gates drinks feces water, which he describes as “delicious.” “Having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe,” he wrote on the post. He also said that the next-generation processor will be designed to handle waste from 100,000 people, which can produce up to 86,000 liters of portable water a day and a net 250 kw of electricity. “If it helps even one family get a glass of fresh water, it seems well worth the effort.” (Tech Crunch)

Intel Pledges $300 M to Boost Diversity by 2020

Intel‘s CEO Brian Krzanich said the company has pledged to spend $300 million to boost the representation of women and minorities within its workforce by 2020. In an afternoon keynote at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas, Krzanich said the initiative will fund programs that support computer science education and broaden the representation of women and minorities in the tech and gaming industries. Increasing diversity in the gaming industry is becoming particularly important as women are now a key gaming audience, making up 48 percent of average video game players in the US. (U.S. News)

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Uber Launches Logistics Service

App-based taxi service Uber has taken its first step into the logistics industry this week by launching a new service called Uber Cargo. According to an Uber blog post, customers can rent a van to make deliveries. The van can then be tracked in real-time through the app and the item’s location can also be shared with the recipient. Uber covers more than 200 cities worldwide, including 35 in Asia Pacific. It has already confirmed that its latest $1.2 billion financing round will go towards expanding its presence in Asia. (Tech Crunch)

Monster Unveils Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Headphone company Monster Inc. has recently unveiled a new Bluetooth speaker that can be completely submerged in water. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company garnered the help of Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal to promote the device called the Monster Superstar Backfloat. ”We’re unlocking a whole new arena, this is the first audio file speaker that can float on its back,” said Monster director of product development Vern Smith. “The SuperStar Backfloat Speaker aims to revolutionize pool parties with its ability to float while still producing quality musical sound.” The device will soon be on sale for $170. (Pocket-lint)

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