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Here’s a classic, chewy Oatmeal Cookie! 

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Best WordPress themes of 2021: paid, free, and for business

We’ve looked at various types of themes to power your WordPress site. We’ve checked which would be best for an e-commerce site, which would be best for displaying a portfolio, or for blogging, that kind of thing. So now it’s time to focus our attention on the most subjective subject of all: which are the best themes, period.

It’s impossible for such a list not to be coloured by personal preference, but we have tried to do our best, and although you will find some themes that we have already discussed in previous articles, we thought we’d keep things interesting by also including a couple that haven’t been brought up before. So strap yourselves in for what are, in our opinion, the best WordPress themes – at least for early 2021…

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How Organizations Can Build Trust Into Their User Experience

By Guido Wagner, Chief Development Architect and Andrea Waisgluss, Content Strategist, SAP Design

The last few years have shown us the business impact of forsaking the trust element in user experience design. Back in 2017 when Hurricane Irma was approaching Florida, airlines were accused of unethically hiking up prices, something that was chalked up to price-calculating algorithms. Even when it may be legally sound to raise airfares prior to an upcoming hurricane, is it ethically sound for a company to profit from a dangerous situation?

A recent Qualtrics study revealed that 79% of consumers believe brand actions have a significant impact on trust, with the top drivers of trust being taking care of customers, and you guessed it, not taking advantage of a crisis.

That kind of scenario might not look like much of a design challenge, but it very much is. Where artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are used, it turns out that it’s not good enough for companies to blame the technology. Humans always need to be in control and informed about the potential impact of an AI-based decision, as well as have the power to ultimately override the algorithm. That’s called responsible design, and it has a bottom line.Trust is the new UX paradigm

The last few years have transformed the way we understand software design, and expectations are higher than ever. Software needs to be useful and intuitive. People want to enjoy working with it, and more and more users expect the design to be inclusive and accessible to as many users as possible. But, additionally, people expect to be able to trust in what the software does – or to be more precise, to trust the company and the people that provide the software.

The quadrumvirate of AI ethics, business ethics, security and data, and legal compliance can be used to cultivate users’ trustSAP

Building trust into the user experience is a complex task. It involves aspects such as transparency – How safe is the users’ data? Do users know if they are interacting with a human or a machine? – and options such as, can they opt out of talking to a machine if they wish to do so?

Simultaneously, cultural and ethical aspects of human behavior and business have to be taken into consideration not only by designers but by algorithms as well. AI and business ethics need to go hand-in-hand to ensure the trust of all users. Additionally, there should not be a discrepancy between these aspects and the local legal requirements. Security and safety measures are essential to avoid any breach of trust.Bringing it all together – how organizations can introduce responsible design

Trust is not something that magically happens between a software and a user. It is the result of a conscious decision made by an organization to embed ethical behavior into every aspect of the user experience. In this sense, designing trust in the age of AI is not the task of an individual or a team, it needs to be an organizational characteristic, ingrained in the corporate culture.

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Apple Car Could Be Introduced Later This Year

Amidst all the rumors that have surfaced, there are some that believe that the Apple Car could be introduced later this year.

Renowned Japanese chemist Akira Yoshino, the inventor of the first safe, production-viable lithium-ion battery, recently spoke about Apple‘s foray into the automotive world in a recent interview with Reuters. Discussing the possibilities, Yoshino noted that “Apple could lead the convergence of the automotive and information technology industries in future mobility.” Going on to discuss the place of both Tesla and Apple in the electric car industry, revealing his belief that we could see the unveiling of the Apple Car later this year.

“Tesla has their own independent strategy. The one to look out for is Apple. What will they do? I think they may announce something soon. And what kind of car would they announce? What kind of battery? They probably want to get in around 2025. If they do that, I think they have to announce something by the end of this year. That’s just my own personal hypothesis.”

Hear over to Reuters to read the interview with Akira Yoshino.

In case you missed it, one of Steve Jobs’ last emails outlined plans for an Apple “iPhone Nano.”

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Painters paint outdoors, writers speak and historians celebrate

The Wellness Center for Hope at Hope Cancer Resources offers a yoga, meditation and fitness class for cancer patients and caregivers in person, via Zoom and YouTube.

Their team of counselors and social workers support cancer patients and their families every day with a focus on emotional health, no matter the circumstances.

A certified tobacco treatment specialist is available to support those looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.

Those in need of medical supplies, liquid nutrition or durable medical equipment, such as shower chairs or walkers, are asked to reach out. Donations of new or gently used items are also accepted.

Information: (479) 361-5847 or hopecancerresources.org.

Writers’ Colony

“Words in the Garden” is a weekly literary reading series from the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow and the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library. At 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday through the summer a local and/or visiting WCDH writer-in-residence will present a reading and answer questions under the tent in the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library Garden at 188 Spring St. The readings are free and open to all. Sept. 1 will feature local poet Wendy Taylor Carlisle and novelist Charles Templeton.

Carlisle, who lives on the backside of a hill in the Ozark Mountains, is the author of “The Mercy of Traffic” (Unlikely Books, 2019), winner of the Phillip H. McMath Post Publication Book Award, “Discount Fireworks” (Jacaranda Press, 2008) and “Reading Berryman to the Dog” (Jacaranda Press, 2000.) Her work appears in multiple anthologies including the forthcoming “Dairy Hollow Echo” anthology of “eMerge,” the online literary magazine of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. Learn more about her at wendytaylorcarlisle.com.

Templeton is the author of the award-winning, bestselling novel “Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam.” Most recently, he had an essay published in Dan Krotz’s collection of perspectives on death and dying, Not Dead Yet Vol. 2. He also serves on the Board of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow and is the acquisitions rditor for the Colony’s online literary magazine, eMerge.

In other news, WCDH has announced the winner of the 2021 “Dancing in the Rain” fellowship, for writers of children’s or young adult literature. Diane Gottlieb was selected for her project’s insight, honesty, literary merit and likelihood of publication. She will receive a two-week residency at WCDH to focus on her writing project. Gottlieb, an educator with three master’s degrees, is planning a January 2022 residency where she will be working on a young adult novel. During her residency, she will teach a cross-generational memoir-writing workshop.

Information: (479)253-7444 or writerscolony.org.

Plein Air

The public is invited to interact with artists as they paint in the downtown Siloam Springs area Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 during Siloam Springs Plein Air, hosted by the Heart of America Artists Association. The exhibit, sale and announcement of awards will be held during the Homegrown Festival from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 2 at Phat Tire Bike Shop, 101 S. Broadway St.

Information: heartofamericaartists.com or email info@heartofamericaartists.com.

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Free Krispy Kreme alert that doughnut with card deal

Looking for more free doughnuts from Krispy Kreme? You’re in luck. From Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, as part of a “Show Your Heart” campaign, the company is bumping up its vaccine offer to include two free doughnuts to anyone who has a vaccination card showing at least one vaccine shot.

The two doughnuts are a regular circular Original Glazed Doughnut and a heart-shaped Original Glazed Heart Doughnut. On Sept. 6 the company will return to its previous offer of one free Original Glazed doughnut for the remainder of the year with proof of one vaccine shot.     

Read more: 7 ways to keep a digital copy of your vaccine card on your phone

As with before, no purchase is necessary for any of the offers. 

“We all hoped we’d be near the end of this pandemic by now. We’re not. So, please consider getting vaccinated if you’ve not done so already. And then enjoy and share two amazing doughnuts with our heartfelt thanks,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme’s chief marketing officer, said in a press release announcing the new deal.

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Buy or wait? Here’s a guide to phone upgrades

Google’s affordable Pixel 5a is here, but you might be left wondering how it compares to the Samsung Galaxy S21. We’ve got you covered in this Pixel 5a vs. Galaxy S21 face-off.

It might seem a bit silly to compare these two phones given the gap in price. But thanks to Google’s photography prowess, the Pixel 5a punches well above its weight. When you use both phones side-by-side, Google’s phone feels very similar to Samsung’s device in several areas.

The winner in some of the following categories might be obvious — the Galaxy S21 has a much better processor, for example — but we wanted to give the Pixel 5a a fair shot. You might actually be surprised at how well Google’s phone holds up, even if you’ve already guessed the end result.Google Pixel 5a vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: Specs Pixel 5a Galaxy S21 Starting price $449 $799 Screen size 6.43-inch OLED (2400 x 1080) 6.2-inch Super AMOLED (2400 x 1080) Refresh rate 60Hz 48-120Hz CPU Snapdragon 765G Snapdragon 888 RAM 6GB 8GB Storage 128GB 128GB, 256GB Rear cameras 12.2MP (f/1.7), 16MP (f/2.2) ultrawide 12MP (f/1.8) wide; 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide; 64MP (f/2.0) telephoto 3x optical Front camera 8MP (f/2.0) 10MP (f/2.2) Battery size 4,680mAh 4,000 mAh Battery life (Hrs:Mins) 9:45 09:53 (60Hz) / 06:31 (adaptive) Size 6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches 5.97 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches Weight 6.5 ounces 5.96 ounces Google Pixel 5a vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: Price and availability

The Pixel 5a costs almost half of what Samsung charges for the Galaxy S21. Google set the price at $449 ($100 more than the Pixel 4a) for a phone with a 6.43-inch OLED display, 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, and two cameras. 

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The Best Dive Destinations for Advanced Diving

Divers looking for challenging conditions — and the big payoffs they bring — will be delighted with of these destinations, selected at the healthiest marinescapes by nearly 6,000 Scuba Diving magazine readers.Mexico

The island of Cozumel, off of Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast, could be considered advanced diving for its currents alone. Every dive off the 34-mile-long island is a drift where boats drop guests into the water at one spot and pick them up at the end of the dive, down-flow.

It could also be considered a challenging destination for its wall dives, which are the majority of sites. But the most intriguing reasons why Cozumel hails as a paradise for experienced divers are reefs at each end of the island—Barracuda to the north, and Maracaibo at the southern end.

Both have strong currents, and their topography can appear to play tricks. “These sites are bottomless,” says Henry Schultz, owner of Salty Endeavors, a dive shop based on island. “By that I mean you will never see the bottom—or if you do, it’s not a good thing.”
 At 115 feet deep, the Maracaibo wall cuts inward and becomes an overhead environment for divers below that depth. “What makes Maracaibo interesting is that the wall is concave,” Schultz says. This is where you get the bigger animal sightings, including hammerheads, mantas and eagle rays.

These are the sorts of dives that Schultz likes to vet divers for beforehand. Neither is a first-day option for any of his guests.Readers Picks

OperatorsAldora Divers, Cozumel, MexicoCave Training Mexico, Riviera MayaCozumel Marine World, MexicoDive with Martin, Cozumel, MexicoPro Dive International—Mexico, Riviera MayaScuba Club CozumelDive Center, MexicoScuba Du, Cozumel, Mexico

ResortsAllegro Cozumel of Barcelo Hotel Group, MexicoCasa Del Mar, Cozumel, MexicoCozumel Hotel & Resort by Wyndham, MexicoOccidental Cozumel of Barcelo Hotel Group, Cozumel, MexicoPalace Resort, Cozumel, MexicoMelia, Cozumel, MexicoPresidente Intercontinental, Cozumel, MexicoScuba Club Cozumel, Mexico

Liveaboards:Nautilus Explorer, MexicoRocio Del Mar, Baja, MexicoIndonesia

Depending on how one defines advanced diving, much of Indonesia could qualify. But if areas that demand strong buoyancy skills are taken into account, then the destination most demanding is Komodo and its surrounding islands, where pinnacles point toward and break the surface. These underwater seamounts are dramatic structures that jut out from deeper water. While they are breathtaking, they can present unique diving challenges.

“The water creates a Venturi effect when it comes around the sides of the pinnacles, speeding up,” says Wayne Brown, owner of Aggressor Adventures, the parent company of the Indo Aggressor liveaboard boat. “If you’re in the front of it, you can get pushed into things, but you can also just ride it and enjoy it.”

That fast-flowing water is a challenge for sure, but it is a big reason advanced divers find the destination so rewarding. Not only is drift diving its own kind of fun, it invites in nutrients, and with that, animals higher up the food chain as well.

“You’ll get the animals that stay in the current to feed,” says Brown.

Chief among them: mantas—both reef and oceanic varieties. At Manta Point, reef mantas swoop, swim in trains and circle the site, typically for the duration of the dive.

With this much action, most people forget about the currents, especially because it’s common to tuck down behind a rock, out of the flow. “Everybody is so worried about currents until they experience them,” Brown says.

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Tesla on autopilot slams into Florida police car

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — A Tesla using its partially automated driving system slammed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser Saturday on an interstate near downtown Orlando and narrowly missed its driver, who had pulled over to assist a disabled vehicle.

Earlier this month, the U.S. government opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot driving system after a series of similar collisions with parked emergency vehicles.

The trooper whose cruiser was hit shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday had activated his emergency lights and was on the way to the disabled vehicle when the Tesla hit the cruiser’s left side and then collided with the other vehicle, highway patrol spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes told The Orlando Sentinel.

The report said the 27-year-old man in the Tesla and the driver of the disabled vehicle suffered minor injuries and the trooper was unhurt.

Tesla did not immediately respond to an email sent to its press address.

Autopilot has frequently been misused by Tesla drivers, who have been caught driving drunk or even riding in the back seat while a car rolled down a California highway.

The electric vehicle maker uses a camera-based system, a lot of computing power, and sometimes radar to spot obstacles, determine what they are, and then decide what the vehicles should do. But researchers say it has had trouble with parked emergency vehicles and perpendicular trucks in its path.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the Tesla probe after tallying 11 crashes since 2018 in which Teslas on autopilot or cruise control have hit vehicles where first responders have used flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board or cones warning of hazards.

In those crashes, 17 people were injured and one was killed, the NHTSA said. An investigation could lead to a recall or other enforcement action.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which also has investigated Tesla crashes, has recommended that NHTSA and Tesla limit the autopilot’s use to areas where it can safely operate. It also recommended that Tesla be required to improve its system to ensure drivers pay attention.

Last year the NTSB blamed Tesla, drivers and lax regulation by NHTSA for two collisions in which Teslas crashed beneath crossing tractor-trailers.

The crashes into emergency vehicles cited by NHTSA began on Jan. 22, 2018, in Culver City, California, near Los Angeles when a Tesla using autopilot struck a parked firetruck with flashing lights. No one was injured in that accident.

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21 Teen Movies With Brilliant Secret Details

Here’s the full riff-off scene. 17. Mark, the potential father in Juno, dresses more and more like Juno throughout the movie.

In case you forgot, Mark develops feelings for 16-year-old Juno and connects with her as a way to make himself feel better.Here’s the wonderful, hard scene where Mark’s Mark-ness comes to a head. 18.To All the Boys: Always and Forever gives a small shoutout to another movie Lana Condor, who plays Lara Jean, starred in. 19. In Napoleon Dynamite, the farmer shoots a cow because Grandma needs steak. 20. Miles Morales’ spidey-sense in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse goes off before Gwen Stacy’s and Peter B. Parker’s do.

If you don’t view Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as a teen movie, I get it, but I’m keeping it on this list.

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