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AI 101: How learning computers are becoming smarter

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 23:01

Many companies use the term artificial intelligence, or AI, as a way to generate excitement for their products and to present themselves as on the cutting edge of tech development.

But what exactly is artificial intelligence? What does it involve? And how will it help the development of future generations?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in AI 101, a brand new FREE report from  Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, that describes how AI works and looks at its present and potential future applications.

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Haiku gets NVMe driver

OS News - So, 2019-04-20 19:32
Due to the awesome work by long-time developer waddlesplash, nightly images after hrev53079 have read/write NVMe support built-in. These devices now show up in /dev/disk/nvme/ and are fully useable by Haiku. I’ve personally tested my Samsung 950 Pro and seen raw read speeds up to 1.4GiB/s. Another important driver for Haiku to have, and with today’s modern laptops (and most desktops) all having NVMe support, pretty much a must-have.

We’re altering the climate so severely that we’ll soon face apocalyptic consequences. Here are 11 last-ditch ways we could hack the planet to reverse that trend.

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 18:59

  • Geoengineering is a term that refers to technology that can alter Earth's natural cycles to cool down the planet. It's being increasingly discussed as a potential way to address climate change.
  • Putting mirrors in space, capturing carbon dioxide, and seeding clouds with particles are all ways of manipulating weather or the atmosphere.
  • But some scientists and politicians think geoengineering could damage the planet or lead to war
  • Here are 11 strategies researchers have put forth to hack the planet and combat climate change.

Oceans are hotter than they've ever been in recorded history. Ice Sheets are melting at unprecedented rates. Sea-level rise threatens countless species, coastal cities, and local economies.

As researchers' warnings about the consequences of climate change get more dire, some scientists and politicians are suggesting we do more than just curb our greenhouse-gas emissions — they want to hack our climate.

The technical term for this is geoengineering.

The concept evokes fantastical images of weather-controlling satellites, giant space mirrors, and carbon-sucking tubes. But some techniques for modifying Earth's atmosphere aren't in the realm of fantasy.

In fact, discussions about manipulating the atmosphere to cool the planet are growing increasingly mainstream. Climeworks, a company that captures carbon dioxide from the air, opened its first commercial plant in Switzerland in 2017. Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's largest incubator, has requested proposals from geoengineering-focused start-ups. And some political candidates, including presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, think the US needs to beat other countries to these technologies.

Read More: Longshot presidential candidate Andrew Yang thinks rogue geoengineering could cause a war

But other experts are less than convinced that these planet hacks are a good idea.

"The side effects may be almost as bad as the disease you're trying to cure," author and environmental activist Bill McKibben told Business Insider. What's more, McKibben said, geoengineering does little to address other problems that arise from greenhouse-gas emissions, such as ocean acidification. 

Here are 11 potential geoengineering methods that have been proposed so far.

SEE ALSO: How a last-ditch ‘planet-hacking’ plan could keep Earth habitable for longer

There are two main types of geoengineering. The first is carbon capture, which entails removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Carbon capture and storage (CSS) is becoming widely accepted as a safe and potentially effective climate-change-fighting tool. Many people see it as a way to simply undo the changes that human activity is already causing.

Power plants in the US and Canada have already started utilizing CSS to lower their emissions. In the fall of 2014, the Boundary Dam Power Station near Estevan, Saskatchewan became one of the first power stations in the world to successfully use the technology.

According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 21 commercial-scale carbon capture projects are operating around the world, and 22 more were in developmentas of 2017.

In some cases, CSS technology can also prevent carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere at all. Instead, carbon dioxide that's created when coal burns or electricity is generated can be captured in a plant, then transported and stored somewhere else.

Some companies are already developing promising carbon-capture technologies.

Norway's state-owned carbon-capture technology coordinator, GassNova is facilitating financial support for the development, demonstration, and pilot studies of CCS technologies in the country.

A New York-based start-up, Global Thermostat, uses carbon sponges to absorb carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, smokestacks, or both.

The company is building its first commercial-scale direct-air carbon-capture plant in Huntsville, Alabama. Global Thermostat cofounder Graciela Chichilnisky told Grist that once the plant is up and running, it will suck "up to a million tons of CO2 per year or more — all removed from air," 

Carbon Engineering, a British Columbia-based company owned in part by Bill Gates, is also striving to open commercial plants to pull carbon dioxide directly out of the the air.

One of the biggest issues with these carbon-capture technologies, however, is figuring out where to put the carbon dioxide after it's captured.

According to the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, storage sinks for captured carbon are typically deep underground in depleted oil and gas fields.

A Saskatchewan-based carbon storage effort, the Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage project, has successfully moved and injected stored carbon into two depleted oil fields.

In 2008, a facility on an island in the Barents Sea stored nearly 4 tons of carbon in an offshore subsurface reservoir.

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An explorer took a $48 million submarine on 3 record-breaking dives to the deepest corners of the ocean — and discovered a mysterious new species

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 18:28

At age 53, explorer Victor Vescovo has already climbed the world's seven highest peaks. Now he is on a mission to explore the bottom of the ocean — a treacherous territory that remains largely untouched by humans.

"I think it's almost cliche at this point, how people mention that 70% of the Earth is ocean, and we've only explored 5% of it," Vescovo told Business Insider. 

That fact inspired Vescovo's quest to visit the deepest points of all five oceans — a mission appropriately called the Five Deeps Expedition.

In December, Vescovo became the first person to reach the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean. He traveled to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench — 27,480 feet below the surface (8,376 meters) — in a $48 million titanium submarine.

At that depth, any message you send takes 7 seconds to be heard. By comparison, radio waves sent back-and-forth from the moon during the Apollo missions took less than 3 seconds to transmit.

Read more: A $48 million submarine just took a record-breaking dive into the deepest corner of the Atlantic Ocean — 27,840 feet down

Since that first record-breaking dive, Vescovo has successfully completed two other expeditions in the Triton 36000 submarine. On his third dive, at the bottom of the Java Trench in the eastern Indian Ocean, Vescovo discovered a mysterious species that's never been seen by humans.

His final mission as part of the Five Deeps project will be a dive in the Arctic Ocean in September 2019.

The explorer discussed these efforts on Wednesday at the TED 2019 conference in Vancouver, Canada. Here's what he revealed about his death-defying journey. 

Hilary Brueck contributed reporting to this story. 

Vescovo's expedition is designed to take him to the deepest points of all five oceans.

Vescovo described the bottom of the ocean as "an incredibly hostile environment." But in general, being underwater in a submarine is "relatively peaceful," he said.

If he's successful, Vescovo will eventually become the first person to have climbed to the highest point of each continent and reached the deepest point of each ocean.

About a decade ago, billionaire Richard Branson tried to embark on a similar diving feat, but the project was suspended after it failed to build a submarine that could sustain multiple dives. 

Vescovo's journey began in December 2018 with the Puerto Rico Trench dive, and is expected conclude in September 2019 in the Arctic Ocean.

"These aren't going to be one-off dives that are experimental in nature," Vescovo told Business Insider. "We are trying to construct a system that opens the door to the ocean."

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Red Hat replaces Oracle as OpenJDK 8, OpenJDK 11 steward

OS News - So, 2019-04-20 17:55
Red Hat has taken control of two popular versions of the open source Java implementation, so developers can continue to build apps after Oracle’s support ends. A big deal to enterprise users and Minecraft players, but I can’t really muster any form of excitement over this. Then again, every bit less of Oracle in this world is good news.

We'll be eating the first Crispr'd foods within 5 years, according to a geneticist who helped invent the blockbuster gene-editing tool

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 17:02

While ethicists debate the applications of blockbuster gene-editing tool Crispr in human healthcare, an inventor of the tool believes it has a more immediate application: improving our food.

"I think in the next five years the most profound thing we'll see in terms of Crispr's effects on people's everyday lives will be in the agricultural sector," Jennifer Doudna, the University of California Berkeley geneticist who unearthed Crispr in early experiments with bacteria in 2012, told Business Insider.

Crispr has dozens of potential uses, from treating diseases like sickle cell to certain inherited forms of blindness. The tool recently made headlines when a scientist in China reportedly used it to edit the DNA of a pair of twin baby girls.

Then there are Crispr's practical applications — the kinds of things we might expect to see in places like grocery stores and farmers' fields within a decade, according to Doudna.

Relatively cheap and easy to use, Crispr is showing up in everything from veggies to lab-grown meat

Crispr's appeal in food is straightforward: it's cheaper and easier than traditional breeding methods, including those that are used to make genetically modified crops (also known as GMOs) currently. It's also much more precise. Where traditional breeding methods hack away at a crop's genome with a dull blade, tools like Crispr slice and reshape with scalpel-like precision. 

Want a mushroom that doesn't brown? A corn crop that yields more food per acre? Both already exist, though they haven't yet made it to consumers' plates. What about a strawberry with a longer shelf life or tomatoes that do a better job of staying on the vine?

"I think all of those things are coming relatively quickly," Doudna said.

Read more: The 10 people transforming healthcare

Work on Crispr'd produce has been ongoing for about half a decade, but it's only recently that US regulators have created a viable path for Crispr'd products to come to market. 

Back in 2016, researchers at Penn State used Crispr to make mushrooms that don't brown. Last spring, gene-editing startup Pairwise scored $125 million from agricultural giant Monsanto to work on Crispr'd produce with the goal of getting it in grocery stores within the decade. A month later, Stefan Jansson, the chief of the plant physiology department at Sweden's Umea University, grew and ate the world's first Crispr'd kale. 

More recently, several Silicon Valley startups have been experimenting with using Crispr to make lab-grown meat.

Read more: Startups backed by celebrities like Bill Gates are using Crispr to make meat without farms

Memphis Meats, a startup with backing from notable figures like Bill Gates and Richard Branson that has made real chicken strips and meatball prototypes from animal cells (and without killing any animals), is using the tool. So is New Age Meats, another San Francisco-based startup that aims to create real meat without slaughter.

US regulators will likely allow Crispr'd crops to come to market

Last spring, the US Department of Agriculture issued a new ruling on crops that exempts many Crispr-modified crops from the oversight that accompanies traditional GMOs. So long as the edited DNA in those crops could also have been created using traditional breeding techniques, the Crispr'd goods are not subject to those additional regulatory steps, according to the agency. 

"With this approach, USDA seeks to allow innovation when there is no risk present," secretary of agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement. Genome editing tools like Crispr, he added, "will help farmers do what we aspire to do at USDA: do right and feed everyone."

Read more: A controversial technology could save us from starvation — if we let it

Although several researchers and scientists have cheered the decision, many anti-GMO activists have not been pleased. 

Despite the pushback, Doudna believes that Crispr'd food could help dispel some of the fear around GMOs and increase awareness about the role of science in agriculture.

"I hope this brings that discussion into a realm where we can talk about it in a logical way," she said. "Isn't it better to have technology that allows for precise manipulation of a plant genome, rather than relying on random changes?"

DON'T MISS: A controversial technology could save us from starvation — if we let it

SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley startups backed by celebrities like Bill Gates are using gene-editing tool Crispr to make meat without farms — and to disrupt a $200 billion industry

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23 tech gifts for women that she'll love to get

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 17:00

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  • The old stereotype used to be that women wouldn't like tech unless it was dumbed down, pink, or sparkly, but now, the industry is changing.
  • You can find tons of excellent tech for women out there that is as stylish as it is powerful.
  • We've rounded up the best tech gifts for women here, including headphones, wearables, accessories, and more.
  • You can also check out the rest of our Mother's Day 2019 gift guides here.

Instead of buying a bedazzled fitness tracker or a pair of pink headphones and calling it a day, why not get her the tech gifts she actually wants?

As a woman in the tech world, I've looked over hundreds of tech products that are made for women to separate the good gadgets from the bad.

Whether your leading lady wants a pair of excellent headphones that look as good as they sound, wants to track her fitness in style, or craves stylish accessories for her phone that aren't hot pink, we have a gift for her in our guide to the best tech gifts for women.

Read on to check out the best tech gifts for women:

SEE ALSO: 34 Prime-eligible Mother's Day gifts on Amazon that are all under $25

A phone grip and stand

PopSocket Grip, available at PopSocket, $9.99+

PopSocket grips make it super easy to hold even the largest of phones no matter how small a woman's hands may be. The grips stick onto almost any phone case, pop out twice to give excellent grip, and double as a stand when she wants to watch videos. PopSockets come in a multitude of colors, patterns, and styles, so you'll be sure to find one she'll love. I have PopSocket grips on all the different phone cases I use because I can't imagine using my phone without one.

A smart display

Google Home Hub, available at Walmart, $129 (originally $149)

The Google Home Hub puts all the smarts of the Google Assistant into a smart home hub with screen. That way, she can see visual answers to her questions, the weather forecast, news reports, YouTube videos, and more right on the screen as the Assistant reads back the information. It also has a speaker, so she can play her favorite music. Plus, the Home Hub can control smart home devices.

A piece of smart jewelry

Bellabeat Leaf Urban and Leaf Chakra, available at Amazon, $100 and up

Bellabeat has been making gorgeous pieces of smart jewelry for years now, and the Leaf Urban and new Leaf Chakra make excellent gifts. Not only does Bellabeat's smart jewelry look fabulous as a necklace, bracelet, or brooch, it also packs a lot of smart features. The Leaf Urban and Chakra can track activity, mindfulness breathing exercises, and sleep patterns. It also doubles as a silent alarm so she'll awaken peacefully each morning.

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Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 16:46

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THE FUTURE OF APPLE: The road ahead for the tech giant is services, not iPhones (AAPL)

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 16:04

Apple is at a tipping point.

The tech giant’s fiscal Q1 2019 represented the first time in more than a decade the company saw declines in both revenue and profit during a holiday season.

Apple’s peripheral segments — 'Services' and 'Wearables, Home, and Accessories' — were two bright spots for the company.

And Apple’s latest event marked a shift in the company’s approach, with a focus on news, games, videos, and other content.

Business Insider Intelligence has outlined the road ahead for the tech giant in The Future of Apple.

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Huawei's new China campus is divided into 12 European-style towns connected by a train — here's what the 25,000 person campus looks like

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 16:00

The smartphone maker Huawei already employs hundreds of thousands of workers around the world, but the tech giant recently built a new campus in China to make room for even more employees, CNBC reports.

Huawei's massive campus, dubbed "Ox Horn," is located in southern China. The Ox Horn campus is divided into 12 "towns," each designed to mimic a different major European city, CNBC reports. The campus has a lake, its own tram system, and enough room to accommodate up to 25,000 employees.

Although Huawei is known for being incredibly secretive, reporters were given access to the new campus in China for the first time earlier this year.

Here's a look at Huawei's massive new campus made for 25,000 employees:

SEE ALSO: Here's everything you need to know about Huawei, the Chinese tech giant whose founder's daughter was arrested and could spark an all-out trade war

Huawei was founded by Ren Zhengfei in 1987, and has since grown to be one of the biggest tech companies in the world. Huawei is the world's biggest maker of telecommunications equipment and the second-largest smartphone manufacturer, behind only Samsung.

Source: Business Insider

The company is little-known in the US, however, because its products aren't sold there. There are several high-powered US officials who have said Huawei's phones and tech could be used for Chinese government-sponsored spying, and have made it hard for the company to bring its products to the US.

Source: Business Insider

Despite the crackdown over national security concerns in the US, Huawei brought in $107 billion in sales last year. Huawei's 2018 sales were up almost 20% from 2017, company growth that shows why Huawei might need room for more employees on a new campus.

Source: Business Insider

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I reviewed Amazon's new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite to see if the upgrade is worth it — and I'd recommend it to anyone

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 16:00

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  • The new Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof, holds thousands of ebooks, and costs just $130, making it the best ebook reader for most people's needs.
  • I read dozens of ebooks on the Kindle Paperwhite to put it to the test, and it's a wonderful reading experience.
  • The small size makes it easy to travel with and it's waterproof enough to take a spill into the bathtub or pool without sustaining damage.
  • If you've been on the fence about ebook readers, this is the one that will push you over the edge and convince you to give ebooks a try. Once you go digital, you never go back.

Amazon's Kindles are the most popular ebook readers by far, and they just keep getting better. For years, Kindles stayed largely the same: They were essentially 6-inch tablets with black-and-white E Ink screens encased in chubby, black plastic borders.

The first Kindle Oasis shook things up with its slim, sleek design, and the second-generation Oasis did one better by being the first "waterproof" Kindle ever made. For ebook lovers everywhere, a Kindle that was water resistant enough to survive a two-hour dunk in a tub of water was a prayer finally answered.

There was just one problem: The price.

The Kindle Oasis cost $250 while the Kindle Paperwhite cost $130, and the entry-level Kindle cost just $80. Although a waterproof Kindle was nice to have, a lot of people balked at the big price jump.

Amazon seems to have heard the protests of Kindle owners everywhere, and in 2018, the company answered with the water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite.

I've tested many Kindles and ebook readers over my past six years as a tech-product reviewer, including the $80 Kindle, the older Paperwhite, the high-end Oasis, and several ebook readers from Kobo, Amazon's main competitor in the space. Although I'm a firm believer that the Oasis is actually worth its high price and it's my ebook reader of choice, I know not everyone has that kind of money to spend on an ebook reader.

I've been testing the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite for several months, and I can confidently say that it's the best Kindle for your money, and arguably the best ebook reader as well.

Here's my full review.

Finally — a water-resistant Kindle you can take to the beach

Let's start with the design and key specs.

The biggest improvement to the new Kindle Paperwhite is that it is finally water resistant. Thanks to its IPX68 water-resistance rating, you can drop this Kindle in fresh water for up to 30 minutes without destroying your ebook reader. That means you can finally take it to the beach, pool, or bath and read in peace.

The 2018 Paperwhite has the same 6-inch E Ink screen in black and white as the previous version. The text looks crisp and clear, thanks to the sharp resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Like all other Kindles, it has fairly chunky black bezels and a nice grippy feel to it. There are no page-turning buttons, so all you have is the power button and Micro-USB charging port.

The ebook reader also has a built-in backlight so you can read in the dark without turning a light on. I find this feature especially useful when I'm reading at night, because I don't have to worry about disturbing my partner. It's also great for reading on flights when they turn off the overhead lights. The backlight is the reason I've never really liked the basic, entry-level Kindle — its lack of a backlight means no reading in the dark, which makes it more or less like a physical book.

Beyond the screen, the most important specs are battery life and storage, and the Paperwhite has both — in spades.

With the 8GB model, you can have thousands of ebooks on your Kindle, so most people won't even need the 32GB version. You can also connect the Paperwhite to a pair of wireless headphones or a wireless speaker and listen to Audible audiobooks, thanks to its new Bluetooth connectivity.

As for the battery, if you read half an hour a day with wireless off and the light setting at 13, the battery should last for six weeks. In testing, I found Amazon's battery-life claim to be entirely accurate. The Paperwhite's battery lasts a long time with normal use, and I've rarely had to charge it.

If you jack up the brightness or read more hours a day, battery life gets shorter, of course. If you don't turn the Wi-Fi off by hitting the little Airplane icon, you will lose battery much faster and have to recharge sooner, so definitely turn Airplane mode on whenever you're not browsing for ebooks to buy on the Kindle store or downloading new ebooks.

The Bluetooth feature will also drain the battery because it requires Airplane mode to be turned off so your Kindle can connect to headphones or the speaker, so if you're listening to audiobooks with your Kindle, you'll have to charge it more often.

Here are all the specs and dimensions
  • Screen: 6-inch E Ink Carta, built-in light, 300ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.6 x 0.3 inches (167 x 116 x 8.18 mm)
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces (Wi-Fi) or 6.8 oz (LTE version)
  • Storage: 8 GB or 32 GB — holds thousands of books
  • Battery Life: 6 weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi with LTE; Bluetooth
  • Supported ebook formats: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PMP through conversion; Audible audio format (AAX)
  • Waterproofing: IPX8 water resistance rating, can withstand immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes
What it's like to read on the Kindle Paperwhite

I never thought that I'd enjoy reading on an ebook reader. I was completely a physical paper book person until I became a tech reporter and found myself traveling all the time and always running out of room for books in my carry-on bag. I started reviewing ebook readers, and I simply fell in love.

The ebook reader that converted me was the Kindle Oasis, mainly because of its page-turning buttons and slim design, which make it easy to hold and read one-handed. It's still my go-to ebook reader, but the new Kindle Paperwhite is the one I'd recommend to most people. I fully admit that the $250 price tag of the Oasis is too much for most people, and the Paperwhite has nearly all the same features for just $130.

Although I miss the page-turning buttons, the Paperwhite makes it a pleasure to read. It's comfortable to hold, thanks to its thicker, rubbery bezels and grippy plastic back. Turning pages is easy with a simple tap of my finger, and I can easily adjust the brightness, font, and text size to suit my preferences. I also love to highlight quotations from the books I'm reading and share them on Goodreads, the social network for readers, which is built right into the all Kindles.

Because I already use a Kindle, all my ebooks from my Amazon account automatically appeared on the Paperwhite when I signed in with my email address. I then chose which ones to download, waited for them to finish, and then turned on Airplane mode to save battery.

Amazon has tons of ebooks available, so you should be able to find most titles easily. If you want to get deals on ebooks, you can subscribe to BookBub, a free service that sends you a daily email with ebook deals and discounts.

You can also get a lot of ebooks for free from a variety fo sources. Prime subscribers can read a selection of ebooks for free with Prime Reading, and anyone can browse all the free Kindle ebooks on Amazon or check out Project Gutenberg's collection of free classics.

I also like to get ebooks from my local library, which is super easy to do with the Libby or Overdrive apps. You simply sign into your library with your card number and PIN and search for Amazon-friendly ebooks that are available to borrow. When you go to borrow the ebook, you can ask it to send to your Kindle once you sign in with your Amazon account. The next time you connect to Wi-Fi with the Kindle, the library ebook will download.

You can learn how to get library ebooks on your Kindle and other great tips and tricks in my full guide to how to use a Kindle.

The bottom line

Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite still has many of the same specifications as older Kindle Paperwhite ebook readers. The biggest changes come from the addition of waterproofing, which allows you to safely take your Kindle to the beach or in the bath without worrying about it getting wet; and Bluetooth technology, which allows you to listen to Audible ebooks when you pair your Kindle with Bluetooth headphones or a speaker. 

Both of these changes are very welcome and make the new Paperwhite a worthwhile upgrade for those of you who have older Kindles from several years ago. It's also the most fully-featured Kindle you can buy for $130, though if you want to get a slimmer design and the benefit of page-turning buttons, you'll have to spend $120 more to get the Kindle Oasis, Amazon's most high-end ebook reader.

  • Should you buy it? Yes. Unless you want to spend $120 more to get the slim design and page-turning buttons of the Kindle Oasis, the Paperwhite is the best ebook reader you can buy.
  • Which model should you get? We recommend the 8GB model, because it holds thousands of ebooks and if you ever exceed the onboard storage, you can keep all your other ebooks in the cloud. If you really hate ads on your lockscreen, you may want to pay extra for the ad-free version, but it's not necessary, as the ads aren't really intrusive.
  • What are your alternatives? The other Kindle we recommend is the Oasis, but again, it will cost you $120 more. If you don't want to get an Amazon-based ebook reader, we recommend the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2. Kobo is Amazon's main competitor, and it supports more ebook formats, including EPUB files. The Aura H2O Edition 2 is just as water resistant as the Kindle Paperwhite and it holds just as many ebooks.

The Kindle Paperwhite is a great buy, and we highly recommend it. If you do decide to buy the Paperwhite, I also have a full guide on how to use your Kindle, including how to get free ebooks and more. 

Pros: Water resistant enough to take to the beach, holds thousands of ebooks, has a backlight, supports many ebook formats, easy to use, huge library of ebooks available, comfortable to hold, long battery life

Cons: Not as cheap as the entry-level Kindle, not as slim as the Kindle Oasis, no page-turning buttons, Amazon ebook format locks you in

Buy the Kindle Paperwhite on Amazon for $129.99

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Jaguar's electric I-Pace SUV was just named the best car of 2019 — here's how it stacks up against Tesla's Model X

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 15:07

  • Jaguar's electric crossover SUV, the I-Pace, was named the best car of 2019 by the World Car Awards.
  • The I-Pace was released in 2018 and is Jaguar's first, fully-electric vehicle.
  • While luxury rivals like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW plan to release electric SUVs in the coming years, Jaguar's closest competitor to the I-Pace at the moment is Tesla's Model X, though the Model X is larger and seats more people than the I-Pace.
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Jaguar's electric crossover SUV, the I-Pace, was named the best car of 2019 by the World Car Awards.

The I-Pace was released in 2018 and is Jaguar's first, fully-electric vehicle. It starts at $69,500 before federal and state incentives for electric-vehicle customers.

Read more: We drove an $87,000 Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV to see if it can take on Tesla, Mercedes, and Audi. Here's the verdict.

While luxury rivals like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW plan to release electric SUVs in the coming years, Jaguar's closest competitor to the I-Pace at the moment is Tesla's Model X (though the Model X is larger and seats more people than the I-Pace), which was first released in 2015 and starts at $89,500 before federal and state incentives.

Here's what Business Insider thought about the I-Pace and how it stacks up against the Model X.


SEE ALSO: We drove an $87,000 Jaguar I-PACE to see how it compares with a $57,500 Tesla Model 3 and a $150,000 Model X. Here's the verdict.

The I-Pace was released in 2018, and is Jaguar's first, fully-electric vehicle.

It has a 90 kWh battery and a range of 234 miles.

The Model X was released in 2015.

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Extreme opinions about Tesla are completely wrong — here's why (TSLA)

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 14:57

  • The debate around Tesla is being defined by extreme bulls to one side and extreme bears to the other.
  • A rational middle ground is hard to hold in this two-front battle over Tesla's future.
  • Tesla moderates can take solace in the probability that the extremists are wrong.
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Tesla is about to enter yet another critical moment. The carmaker will report first-quarter earnings next week, and after two consecutive quarters of profits, analysts expect a loss — and they've been guided toward that prediction by CEO Elon Musk himself.

Tesla shares have slid 12% year-to-date, and at about $270, they're far, far away from the now-notorious $420 price that Musk proposed to take the company private last year. Tesla also didn't climb above $350 a share this year before it had to cover a convertible bond payout, so the carmaker took care of the bill with over $900 million in precious cash.

That just the tip of the troubling iceberg, too. Tesla reported lower-than-expected vehicle sales for Q1 (although 10,000 cars were in transit to owners and weren't counted in the total), disappointing investors who had seen almost 250,000 vehicles delivered in 2018. 

Read more: Tesla isn't the next Theranos — here are 10 reasons why

I won't go on, but the bad news has invigorated Tesla bears — both professional investors such as hedge-fund manager David Einhorn, who has been short Tesla for years, and the ad-hoc "#TSLAQ" community that congregates on Twitter, widely discussing Tesla's impending bankruptcy. But plenty of bulls have doubled down. Cathie Wood of ARK Invest hasn't backed off on her firm's ambitious (some might say comical) $4,000-per-share target, Loup Ventures' Gene Munster remains thoroughly Tesla-positive, and assorted sell-side analysts have re-affirmed buy ratings and price targets above where Tesla has been trading.

Fantasies to the left of me, fantasies to the right

Tesla is holding an investor event to showcase its "full self driving" (FSD) technology next week, and this has added fuel the fires that both sides have been tending. For the bears, it's another case of Musk promising something that Tesla can't deliver — because he's seen the multi-billion investments that the likes of GM's Cruise has raked in from SoftBank and Honda for autonomous vehicles. 

For the bulls — well, for some of them (chiefly Wood), it's a signal that Tesla will soon morph into a high-margin provider of "transportation services" and move away from the capital-intensive, low-margin, hard-t0-disrupt car business (despite Tesla's plan to build another factory in China, presumably to manufacture cars).

Each group is furiously blowing its dog whistles. Wood tweeted that Tesla's autonomous event would shame Lyft (the idea is that Tesla is going to create a fleet of self-driving, hailable electric cars), while Einhorn told investors that Tesla is again on the "brink" of tanking. In the wilds of #TSLAQ, Musk has been getting pulverized, and of course at Seeking Alpha the negativity just keeps on coming. The whole thing sounds like two opposing armies banging swords and axes against shields before unleashing hell.

This is all good for business. Bulls and bears both need to market their views, and in the auto segment, Tesla is the only chance to use a public company to stake out outlandish positions. Everybody else — Ford, GM, FCA, Ferrari — has a relatively transparent enterprise and has spent the past decade doing nothing but making money. But anyone who wants to rationally assess Tesla needs to block out the noise and locate the signal.

It isn't hard. Tesla fundamentally makes cars and sells them. The business isn't different from what Henry Ford undertook over 100 years ago. Back then, people loved their Model T's. In 2019, people love their Model 3's (and Model S's and Model X's). This type of business requires a huge amount of money to keep running, at a global scale can bring in tens of billions of revenue each quarter — and throws off decent, if not spectacular margins, (Unless you're Ferrari!).

Tesla has created the electric-car market

Looking at Tesla's business in this context, we see a carmaker that has singlehandedly created an EV market in the US — Tesla's overall share of the 17 million in annual vehicle sales is about 3%, on par with Volkswagen. Tesla sold almost 250,000 vehicles last year and in the fourth quarter moved above $7 billion in revenue. Its net margins, given its pricing mix (roughly $50,000-$150,000), probably average out to something like 10%-15%, although it's too soon to credit Tesla with a number there because it hasn't slowed down long enough to consolidate profits.

Tesla's cash position could be better, and its debt load is concerning (although much of it is a legacy from SolarCity, which Tesla acquired in 2016 and whose solar-panel leases it had to absorb). But its massive sales and revenue increases place it well above other niche automaker and give it a level of market credibility that's closing in on the BMWs and Audis.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is it. 

I'm sorry to have to break this to you. There is no massive, Theranos/Enron-grade fraud at work. Nor is there an impending takeover of the worldwide transportation industry. The extremists are flatly wrong. Short-seller Jim Chanos is wrong, uber-bull Ross Gerber is wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. But don't worry, they and their supporters on each side will continue pumping their arguments. 

The big short sellers have been, at the macro level, wrong for years. But so have the mega-bulls, with their crazy futuristic visions drawn from Silicon Valley examples, such as Apple and the smartphone business or Amazon and its disdain for profits. That hasn't stopped them from endlessly chasing new angles.

It's scary in the middle

I will tell you, however, that's it's lonely in the middle — or scary, as when Odysseus had to navigate between the Scylla and Charybdis. That's where I've been sitting for some time now, and the only people I can find who are sympathetic to my view are in the actual auto industry. 

And to be honest, I don't think Tesla's current valuation is justified by the growth of its business. But I also think that a real correction is unlikely to happen until the US auto industry slips into a downturn, and that's perhaps a year more away. Tesla might not even be hit that hard because its buyers are more committed than consumers at large — and tend to be more affluent and able to keep on buying even when times are bad.

The more serious Tesla naysayers usually cite a deluge of new electric vehicles coming to market from established automakers as a sign that Tesla's advantages could soon go away. But they ignore that Tesla has achieved its market share with essentially no advertising. For big auto to start eating Tesla's lunch, it's going to need to spend billions on top of the billions they've already spent developing electric cars— and in the short term, that might not be worth it. Big auto can take its time, so long as it continues to print money selling SUVs and pickup trucks.

Extremist are rarely correct, but they have one thing going for them: there's an insatiable appetite for their views on Tesla. Tesla moderates, meanwhile, are fighting on two fronts. You don't win in such scenarios; you just hang on, at best, until one or both combatants on your flanks run out of ammunition or retreat. 

They usually do. And when that happens, Tesla will move on and become the company its existing business predicts it will be. The extremists, predictably, will vanish, or switch to a new fantasy. And then they can be wrong all over again.

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I've been using the Samsung Galaxy Fold for almost a week, and my favorite thing about it isn't the folding screen

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 14:25

  • The trademark feature on Samsung's Galaxy Fold is its foldable display, which enables it to function as both a smartphone and a tablet.
  • But it was the device's long battery life that impressed me most.
  • I was able to use the Galaxy Fold for two full days without plugging it in. 

There's nothing typical about the way Samsung's Galaxy Fold looks or how it works.

The Fold, which starts at $1,980 and hits stores on April 26, is the company's first foldable phone. It opens like a book to reveal a large, flexible screen on the inside that enables it to serve as both a smartphone and a tablet, with its front and back panels connected by a custom-designed hinge. 

But after spending nearly one week with the device, it's not the Fold's unconventional design that stood out to me the most. Rather, it's the Galaxy Fold's extensive battery life — which lasted for two full days on a single charge — that left me impressed.

I charged the device overnight on a Tuesday and unplugged it around 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday when I left home to commute to work. It lasted all day Wednesday and the following day before it finally died overnight on Thursday going into Friday morning. 

The Galaxy Fold has a 4,380 mAh dual battery, which means the phone actually has two batteries — one on each side of the device. But Samsung says it's built custom technology to combine the energy from two batteries into one power source. 

Many large-screened smartphones offer lengthy battery life, but they don't seem to last quite as long as the Galaxy Fold. Reviews of the Galaxy S10+, for instance, indicated that the phone persisted for an entire day with some battery life to spare, while iPhone XS Max reviews suggested the phone lasts for about a whole day.

That's about on par with my usual experience with modern phones like the S10+ and iPhone XS Max. I can typically get through an entire day with some power left over at night. If I choose not to plug in my phone before going to sleep, I could probably get through about half of my work day the following day. But certainly not an entire additional day.

Of course, battery life will always vary depending on how you use your smartphone. During my time with the Fold, I typically used it for sending messages, perusing Facebook and Instagram, watching Netflix, playing games like "Asphalt 9," and browsing the web. But you'll likely experience slightly different results, and could see a dip in battery life if you do things like crank up the brightness to the highest setting and often run power-hungry apps.

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IoT 101: Your Essential Guide to the Internet of Things

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 14:03

You’ve likely heard the phrase Internet of Things, or IoT, at some point if you have been following any tech news in the last several years.

But at the same time, you might be scratching your head figuring out what it is or what it means past a flashy buzzword.

Simply put, the IoT refers to the connection of devices (other than typical fare such as computers and smartphones) to the Internet. Cars, refrigerators, juicers, wine racks, heart monitors, ovens, watches, and more are all candidates for connection.

A new report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, called IoT 101: The Essential Guide to the Internet of Things, outlines the basics of the IoT and what this next wave of technology means to the everyday individual.

The report dives into key IoT terms, predictions and trends for the IoT in the next five years, the industries that the IoT will affect the most, and the biggest challenges facing the IoT.

To get your copy of this exclusive report absolutely FREE, simply click here.


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There's now a version of the Bible that uses only Bitmoji, and it's arrived just in time for Easter and Passover (SNAP)

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 14:00

  • The Christian and Jewish bibles may be two of the world's most popular books, but what if they were told through emoticons? 
  • That's exactly what two men did with the Bitmoji Bible — a handful of stories from both the Jewish and Christian bibles have been recreated with Snapchat's popular Bitmoji emoticons.
  • As you might expect, these are extremely truncated versions of the classic parables.
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For thousands of years, humans all over the world have pored over the Christian and Jewish bibles.

The books have been translated repeatedly throughout the millennia, often a measure of accommodating the prevailing language of whatever culture was most dominant at the time — from Aramaic to Latin to Greek, and to hundreds of other languages.

For the first time ever, some of the most well-known stories from both books are being converted to a language even Millennials will understand: Bitmoji.

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The Bitmoji Bible is the creation of Daniel Eckler and Phil Lebovits. Why create it? As "a quick way to learn Bible stories without having to read words."

Bitmoji Bible isn't exhaustive — it's only the most well-known highlights from both the Jewish and Christian bibles.

Some of the stories are just a single Bitmoji:

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The 20 best iPhone tips and tricks to make your life easier (AAPL)

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 13:58

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone on the planet — for good reason.

Since 2007, Apple's smartphone line has paved the way for all of the smart devices we use and rely on every day. And despite growing competition, the iPhone continues to be the gold standard in terms of what a smartphone should look like, feel like, and do.

The iPhone is packed with useful features and capabilities. Some of them are obvious; others, not so much. With that in mind, we decided to round up the 20 best iPhone tips and tricks to make your life easier.

Check them out.

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You can search anything on your phone with one simple gesture.

Swiping down from the middle of your display activates Spotlight Search.

From here, you can search for anything on your phone, like a file or setting, and you can even get web results, too.

Similarly, you can swipe from the top of the Settings app to search through its lengthy contents.

Open the Settings app and pull down from the top to access the Search bar. You can now type any setting you're looking for.

Given how big the Settings app is, looking for a particular preference or application is made much easier thanks to manual search.

You can create custom alerts for different people, so you always know who's calling or texting without needing to look at your phone.

Go into your Contacts app, click on the person you want, click Edit, and then click either Ringtone or Text Tone.

From there, you can choose from a handful of Apple-made ringtones or text tones to play whenever that person calls or texts.

Unfortunately, Apple doesn't let this feature hook up to any music services.

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The 8 most important details we already know about PlayStation 5, Sony's next-generation video game console

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 13:51

Who's ready for the PlayStation 5?

At the very least, Sony clearly is — the company detailed the successor to the PlayStation 4 in an interview with Wired on Tuesday, where it discussed everything from the specific chips powering the console to when it's expected to launch. (Spoiler: not this year!)

Here are all the most important things we just learned about the next major PlayStation console:

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1. It will have much nicer graphics.

Unlike the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X — half-step consoles that offered more power in the same console generation — the new PlayStation "allows for fundamental changes in what a game can be," Mark Cerny, Sony's lead system architect, told Wired.

Core to that mission is the new console's processing chips: a new central processing unit and a graphics processing unit from AMD. The former is based on AMD's Ryzen line, while the latter is part of Radeon's Navi GPU line.

What that means for you: The PlayStation 5 is built on chips that are yet-to-be-released.

2. It will have much faster — or almost non-existent — load times.

When you think of flashy new video game consoles, you probably don't think too much about hard drives — the thing you store games and game saves on. 

But Cerny told Wired that the next PlayStation's hard drive is, "a true game changer." Why's that? Because, for the first time ever, the next PlayStation will come with a solid state drive. 

What's different about that? It's much, much faster than a traditional hard disc drive. In a demonstration of the new drive, 2018's "Marvel's Spider-Man" was loaded up on an early development kit for the next PlayStation — it demonstrated a reduction in load times from 15 seconds to less than a single second.

That indeed could be a game-changer. Just imagine all the time you've wasted waiting for games to load — now, imagine that being erased permanently.

3. It's capable of producing 8K visuals.

8K? Yes, 8K — as in "the next step for television resolutions after 4K." And yes, you probably just got a 4K television. (Even more likely: You still don't have a 4K television!)

That's fine. Though the PlayStation 5 will apparently be capable of producing 8K visuals, we don't expect that any games will take advantage of that for some time. After all, there are barely any 8K sets available for sale, let alone a large audience of people waiting for 8K content.

This capability seems more like a measure of future-proofing against what will come next rather than a new standard for visual fidelity.

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Ranked: The 10 best Star Wars games you can play today

Business Insider SAI - So, 2019-04-20 13:30

  • Along with its iconic movies, the Star Wars franchise has spawned dozens of video games over the last 30 years.
  • Electronic Arts recently announced that the next Star Wars game, "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," will launch on November 15, 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
  • To help pass the time until "Fallen Order" arrives, we've ranked the 10 best "Star Wars" games. Games that are no longer available for purchase were not considered.

While the original "Star Wars" film trilogy cemented the series' legacy, the video games and books in the Star Wars extended universe helped fuel the massive fandom that continues to thrive today.

Star Wars creator George Lucas founded Lucasfilm Games in 1982, prior to the release of "Return of the Jedi." The game development branch of Lucas's company was eventually renamed LucasArts, and went on to publish dozens of games for computers, home video game, consoles, and arcades.

With no parent company to limit "Star Wars" video game partnerships, LucasArts was free to publish games in a wide variety of genres. Early "Star Wars" games included "Dark Forces," a first person shooter for PC; "Rebel Assault," a space combat game; and trio of adventure games recreating the original "Star Wars" trilogy  on Super Nintendo.

Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, but decided to close the company's internal video game studio. Disney then licensed the "Star Wars" brand to Electronic Arts, one of the largest video game makers in North America. Electronic Arts has delivered two "Star Wars" games so far using the exclusive license, "Battlefront" and "Battlefront II," and a third is on the way later this year.

Electronic Arts recently revealed that the next Star Wars game will be a single-player adventure game called "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order." The game will be developed by EA subsidiary Respawn Entertainment, the developers behind "Apex Legends" and "Titanfall." "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" is due out on November 15th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Before "Fallen Order" arrives, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the best Star Wars games over the years, ranked from worst to best:

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10) "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire" (1996)

"Shadows of the Empire" was an exclusive title for the Nintendo 64. Set between "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," the game stars bounty hunter Dash Render and employs a few different styles of gameplay.

The game is primarily a third person shooter, with specific levels designed for piloting vehicles. Unfortunately the graphics and controls don't hold up too well compared to modern games, but there are a few moments that made "Shadows of the Empire" a memorable experience.

For example, players get to pilot a snowspeeder during a fun recreation of the Battle of Hoth from "Empire Strikes Back." Later, Dash uses a jetpack to duel Boba Fett during an attempt to rescue Han Solo. 

9) "Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance" (1999)

"X-Wing Alliance" is the third and final game in the "X-Wing " series of space flying simulators. The game is entirely focused on piloting the many starcrafts in the "Star Wars" universe, and takes place exclusively from the inside of the cockpit.

Players can choose from recognizable ships like the X-Wing and TIE Interceptor and playthrough more than 50 single player missions. Multiplayer dogfights are also available for up to eight players.

8) "Star Wars: Republic Commando" (2005)

"Star Wars: Republic Commando" is a first person game with an emphasis on squad mechanics. Players control an elite squad of soldiers during the Clone Wars, the conflict between the Republic and the Trade Federation depicted in "Star Wars" Episodes II & III."

While the gunplay in "Republic Commando" pretty run of the mill by modern standards, the amount of strategic control players can exert over their AI control squadmates is impressive. Players can give their teammates specific commands based on the situation, or give them general objectives, like guarding a particular location.

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