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Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why you don't need a college degree to be successful (AAPL)

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 18:40

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook says there's a "mismatch" between the skills learned in college and the skills that businesses need, especially when it comes to coding.
  • He also said that half of Apple's US employment last year was made up of people who did not have four-year degrees.
  • The comments were made during the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday.

While a four-year college degree has become a common requirement for many jobs in the United States, even for positions that did not previously require one, Apple CEO Tim Cook is taking a different stance.

According to Cook, there are certain in-demand skills that students may not learn in college — namely, coding. 

"And so to that end, as we've looked at the — sort of, the mismatch between the skills that are coming out of colleges and what the skills are that we believe we need in the future, and many other businesses do, we've identified coding as a very key one," Cook said during the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, during which President Trump met with the board's members, including Cook.

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Cook also added that about half of Apple's US employment last year was made up of people who did not have a four-year degree.

The Apple CEO also said he believes that it should be a requirement for every kid in the U.S. to have some level of coding education before they graduate high school. Apple launched its Everyone Can Code program in 2016, a curriculum designed to help students from Kindergarten to college learn coding. There are 4,000 schools in the US using Apple's curriculum, according to Cook.

Apple is one of several corporations that doesn't require a college diploma for certain jobs, along with Google, IBM, Bank of America, and Hilton, according to Glassdoor.  

While opportunities for those without a college degree are expanding, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics published last month suggests that there's still a sizeable discrepancy in weekly earnings between those with a college degree and those without. The median usual weekly earnings for workers with a high school diploma but no college education was $730 in 2018, while it was $1,198 for workers with a bachelor's degree. 

Apple founder Steve Jobs famously started the company in his garage in 1976 after dropping out of Reed College.

"So we've never really thought that a college degree was the thing that you had to do well," said Cook. "We've always tried to expand our horizons."

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Tesla has reportedly not decided where it will build the Model Y SUV (TSLA)

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 18:36

  • Tesla has not decided where it will build its Model Y crossover SUV, which it is expected to unveil March 14, CNBC reports, citing six current and former employees.
  • Tesla executives are said to be considering two locations for Model Y production: the automaker's battery factory in Nevada and its vehicle assembly plant in California.
  • Two employees of Tesla vendors told CNBC that Tesla contacted their companies about assisting with Model Y production only after Tesla CEO Elon Musk's Sunday tweet announcing the date of the Model Y unveiling.
  • Tesla declined Business Insider's request for comment, but CNBC says the automaker directed it toward its fourth-quarter earnings letter from January, in which it said Model Y production would most likely occur at its battery factory.

Tesla has not decided where it will build its Model Y crossover SUV, which it is expected to unveil March 14, CNBC reports, citing six current and former employees.

Tesla executives are said to be considering two locations for Model Y production: the Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada — where the automaker makes batteries and drive units — and its vehicle assembly plant in Fremont, California. The Fremont option would reportedly involve merging the production lines for the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV.

Two employees of Tesla vendors told CNBC that Tesla contacted their companies about assisting with Model Y production only after Tesla CEO Elon Musk's Sunday tweet announcing the date of the Model Y unveiling.

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Tesla declined Business Insider's request for comment, but CNBC says the automaker directed it toward the carmaker's fourth-quarter earnings letter from January, in which it said Model Y production would most likely occur at the Gigafactory. Tesla also said in the letter that it intended to begin volume production of the vehicle by the end of 2020.

During Tesla's fourth-quarter earnings call, Musk reiterated the letter's prediction that Tesla would most likely produce the Model Y at the Gigafactory.

"The Model Y, we think, most likely will be produced at Gigafactory, but that's — unless we encounter some obstacle — that's the default plan that we're proceeding towards," Musk said during the call.

Business Insider reported in December that Tesla planned to produce 7,000 Model Ys a week at the Nevada Gigafactory, known as Gigafactory 1, by December 20, 2020, and 5,000 Model Ys a week at its coming factory in China, known as Gigafactory 3, by February 2021.

A Tesla representative said at the time that documents viewed by Business Insider describing the production timeline were out of date.

The Model Y will be Tesla's second SUV, after the Model X. Musk has said it will share about 75% its parts with the Model 3 sedan while being about 10% larger and more expensive than the Model 3. The internal Tesla documents reviewed by Business Insider said the Model Y would have some features absent from the Model 3, like a third row of seats, an IP Riser, and a center console riser.

Read CNBC's full story here.

Have a Tesla news tip? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.

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Samsung's absurd 219-inch TV takes up an entire wall — thus its name, 'The Wall'

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 18:19

  • Yes, that's a television above. Really!
  • It's Samsung's latest version of "The Wall" — a new type of TV that uses multiple panels to make up a massive single screen.
  • There's no price on this massive screen yet, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.

It's official: Your TV isn't as big as Samsung's television known as "The Wall." Unless you own a movie theater, perhaps?

This hulking 219-inch TV isn't just huge — it also sports a fancy display technology known as microLED, which Samsung says is at the heart of what it calls "the screen of the future."

So what's the big deal? Here's what we know.

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At 219 inches, Samsung's TV known as "The Wall" is bigger than ever before:

Last year, Samsung showed off The Wall as a 146-inch TV. This year, that TV has expanded to 219 inches — and there's a good reason for that!

It's not just bluster, though that's certainly part of the equation; The Wall is a modular television, meaning it can be expanded and shrunk. It does this through a new screen technology that Samsung showcased at this year's Consumer Electronics Show: microLED.



Here's one of those screen modules:

As you can see above, the panels that make up the 219-inch TV aren't particularly large — it's the black square being held in a single hand.

To that end, the concept can be scaled to a variety of applications.



One such application: Displays with strange shapes being used for very specific things.



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Mark Zuckerberg's boast about Facebook's data storage was torn apart by human rights groups

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 18:17

  • In his blockbuster blog, Mark Zuckerberg boasted that Facebook has chosen not to store data in countries that "have a track record of violating human rights like privacy or freedom of expression."
  • But just months ago, Facebook announced plans to open a data center in Singapore, a country with a poor record when it comes to freedom of expression, according to human rights groups.
  • Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch tore into Zuckerberg, claiming his "rhetoric on secure data storage is taking a back seat to the convenience of operating in Singapore."

Mark Zuckerberg laid out his vision for Facebook's pivot to privacy on Wednesday in a lengthy blog, but it hasn't taken long for the shine of some of his pronouncements to be dimmed.

Detailing plans to keep user information safe, the Facebook CEO boasted that the company has chosen not to store data in countries that "have a track record of violating human rights like privacy or freedom of expression."

"If we build data centers and store sensitive data in these countries, rather than just caching non-sensitive data, it could make it easier for those governments to take people's information," he said.

Zuckerberg said that while this decision could lock Facebook out of certain markets, "that's a tradeoff we're willing to make." This was seen by some as a shot across Apple's bows. The iPhone maker last year established a data center in China so it could continue to offer its iCloud services in the country.

Read more: It looks like Facebook is giving up on its years-long effort to bring its social network to China

But within hours of Zuckerberg publishing his 3,200-word missive, it was pulled apart by human rights groups.

In September last year, Facebook announced that it was spending $1 billion building a new data center in Singapore. Zuckerberg posted about the news on his Facebook page, saying it would be the company's 15th data center and its first in Asia.

Singapore has attracted many tech companies, including Google and Microsoft. It does not, however, have a good track record on human rights. Human Rights Watch describes Singapore's political climate as "stifling," adding that citizens face "severe restrictions on their basic rights to freedom of expression."

"Singapore is a seriously rights-abusing government that spends an inordinate amount of time trying to intimidate and harass those who express views the government doesn't like," Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division, told Business Insider.

"Singapore is not a place where freedom of expression is protected and it's really shocking that somehow Facebook thinks it's okay to put a data center under the thumb of such a repressive government."

Rachel Chhoa-Howard, a researcher at Amnesty International who covers Singapore, agreed and said Zuckerberg's claims in his blog were "hypocritical." She said Facebook's data center plan is "very concerning," adding: "Singapore definitely has a very poor track record on freedom of expression, including freedom of expression online."

She said that over the last few months human rights activists in Singapore have been subject to politically motivated prosecutions for "peacefully expressing their opinion online, including on Facebook."

Chhoa-Howard pointed to an ongoing case in which the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong is suing blogger Leong Sze Hian for defamation over an article he shared on Facebook, alleging that the leader was caught up in a Malaysian money laundering scandal.

In another example, Human Rights Watch highlighted a case where Singapore's government charged activist Jolovan Wham with "scandalizing the judiciary" after he posted on Facebook criticising the country's judges. Wham was convicted in October, and awaits sentencing later this month. He faces up to three years in prison.

Both Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have also raised objections to a series of hearings Singapore held on "online falsehoods" last year. In a statement last year, Amnesty said it was "alarmed by the criticism of and misrepresentation of civil society activists and organisations that have participated in the hearings, including the forced removal of human rights defender and political activist, Han Hui Hui."

Elaborating on Zuckerberg's blog, Human Rights Watch executive Robertson said:

"Reading Zuckerberg’s words about on secure data storage, one would think Singapore would be the last country in Asia where Facebook should build a storage center. All he and his staff had to do is talk to the besieged human rights movement in the country to learn how repressive the environment is for freedom of expression.

"As for security of information, suffice to say that Singapore has such intrusive, persistent surveillance that it’s one of the countries where we must take special precautions when we go there. No one who cares about human rights; democratic, grass-roots organizing against corporations, migrant worker empowerment, LGBT rights, or a host of other rights issues should feel comfortable that Facebook is building a data center in Singapore.

"It looks like Zuckerberg’s rhetoric on secure data storage is taking a back seat to the convenience of operating in Singapore, and sadly, this short-sighted decision will probably come back to haunt them as well as their customers whose privacy Facebook professes to care about."

Facebook did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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The original 'Legend of Zelda' has a massive hidden area that one player finally opened, more than 30 years later

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 18:15

  • In 1986, the original "Legend of Zelda" arrived on the Nintendo Entertainment System and, subsequently, spawned a decades-long blockbuster franchise.
  • The original game's open-world environment was massive at the time, and half of that world was hidden from players — it's known as the "minus world."
  • One intrepid YouTube creator managed to access to the game's minus world earlier this year. What he found is fascinating and bizarre.

The original "Legend of Zelda" for the Nintendo Entertainment System is a massive, open-world game — and it could've been even bigger.

That's because the game's voluminous open world was actually cut in half before the game's release; the lower half is known as the game's "minus world," where elements of the game could be tested by its developers at Nintendo.

Here's a look at what that means in practice:

The concept of an unplayable section of a game has been around for decades.

The original "Super Mario Bros." is known to have a glitch enabling players to access hundreds of hidden levels — many of which are full of bizarre, often broken elements — and it's far from the only one. Even modern games often contain elements that are hidden from players. Entire levels, enemies, bosses, and sections of story are relegated to these hidden places.

In the case of the original "Legend of Zelda," a full half of the game's open-world environment was employed as a minus world.

Through some code manipulation across several hours, one intrepid YouTube creator managed to break through the game's barriers and access the massive section of the game.

What he found, unsurprisingly, is mostly a mess.

That's because the minus world was never intended for players — it was an area where code could be tested before being implemented into the playable game. As such, enemies glitch into existence, text is often garbled, and some of the areas look like replicas of areas you may have seen in the game (albeit with weird aberrations). You probably don't want to play this stuff, as interesting as it looks.

That said, it's a fascinating look into a gaming classic during its creation — check out the full video right here:

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Starting now, you can finally play PlayStation 4 games on your iPhone

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 18:08

  • Sony's PlayStation 4 has a function called "Remote Play" that lets owners play their PS4 games from other devices.
  • The feature was touted during the introduction of the PlayStation 4 in 2013 and has been rolling out to various devices in the past several years.
  • Starting this week, PlayStation 4 owners can finally use Remote Play through iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad.

Starting this week, you can play PlayStation 4 games on your iPhone.

That's the long and short of Sony's latest PlayStation 4 update, which lets PS4 owners stream their games to iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad.

The service, known as "Remote Play," has existed on the PlayStation 4 since its launch in 2013. In the past several years, Sony has rolled out Remote Play support to a variety of devices: the PlayStation Vita, various Sony devices, PC, Mac, and now iOS.

Here's what using Remote Play on an iOS device looks like — note the overlaid buttons that stand in for a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 gamepad:

Remote Play on iOS doesn't allow users to pair a PlayStation 4 gamepad with the smartphone or tablet they're playing on. Instead, users must use the overlaid virtual buttons.

Through the iOS app, PlayStation 4 Remote Play users have full access to their entire PlayStation 4 console, not just games.

To use Remote Play through your iOS device with your PlayStation 4, you'll need to do two things:

  1. Update your PlayStation 4 to firmware 6.50, which is available now. Here are the instructions for updating your PS4.
  2. Download the iOS app, which you can find on the App Store here.

After doing those two things, turn on your PlayStation 4 and open the app, then follow the instructions.

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This former engineer at Apple, Google, and Twitter explains the big problem for developers she just got $12 million in funding to solve

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 18:00

  • On Thursday, startup Transposit announced that it's closed $12.2 million in Series A funding. 
  • Transposit CTO and co-founder Tina Huang previously worked with API integrations at Twitter and Apple, which inspired her to start Transposit.
  • With Transposit, Huang hopes to focus on developers and the developer community, as it helps make it easier for them to build apps that integrate with other services.

Transposit CTO and co-founder Tina Huang — formerly of Twitter, Google, and Apple, calls developer tools her "first love."

So she and co-founder and CEO Adam Leventhal decided to take that idea and turn it into Transposit, a startup to make it easier for developers to manage the integrations between multiple apps. 

And Thursday is a big day for Transposit: Not only did it launch a public beta test for developers to get their hands on, it it raised $12.2 million in a series A funding led by Sutter Hill Ventures, with participation from SignalFire and Unusual Ventures. 

Transposit makes it easy for developers to manage and weave together application programming interfaces, better known as APIs, which allows different software and services to "talk" to each other. For instance, when you use Facebook to log in to Spotify, you're using the Facebook Login API to pass information from one to the other.

For developers, Transposit offers a way to manage all of those different APIs, and work them into their own apps. Users can also publish APIs on Transposit that can be shared and reused by other developers.

"For me, Transposit was built out of a natural desire to build applications faster," Huang told Business Insider. "We all know API’s are super powerful. As a developer, API’s are often very cumbersome to use."

From building API's to building an API company

Huang herself has a long career working with API integrations, at both Apple and Twitter.

"I feel like my work at Apple, in a way I would not have expected, has a massive impact on how I think about products," Huang said. "They would do user research to figure out the right interface in order to make it easy and delightful for developers to build things."

After Huang left Apple, she spent nine months studying cultural anthropology. At the time, she started to feel that it was isolating to write code all day, and so she wanted a change in pace.

Huang returned to the tech world when she joined Google. There, she spent some time conducting user research, and realized she enjoyed it.

"Over time, because I’ve always had an interest in user research, product and engineering, I knew the only way I could satisfy these interests of mine was be in a startup," Huang said. "Ultimately, you’re wearing one hat as an engineer. You can’t do a little bit of all of it."

Huang met Levanthal, who is known for creating the troubleshooting tool DTrace, during their times as entrepreneurs-in residence at Sutter Hill Ventures. They started working together in 2016, and came up with Transposit as the way they wanted to focus on developers and developer communities.

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"First and foremost, we saw eye to eye on how we saw the world and how we wanted to build a company," Huang said. "We said, if we can find a technology we’re both really excited about, let’s start a company together."

Building relationships with investors

Huang says that Transposit faced a challenge in explaining what problem, exactly, it solves to non-technical investors. 

And so, Transposit focused on more technical investor firms. For example, Sam Pullara at Sutter Hill Ventures, one of Transposit's investors and board members, had previously worked with Huang at Twitter as an engineer. Pullara immediately recognized the potential for helping developers manage those cumbersome APIs. 

"Transposit is a horizontal platform that does that work for you," Pullara told Business Insider. "What made me interested in investing or incubating the company is this is mapping a problem across all enterprises."

Stephen Trusheim, principal and head of operations at SignalFire, even took the initiative to contact Huang because he was interested in using Transposit to build the firm's own internal tools. When it was time for Transposit to raise a series A round of funding, Huang reached back out to SignalFire.

"I think all startup founders have moments of insecurity, but I think pretty early on, after a few months, after Adam and I decided this was the direction we wanted to go, we realized there’s a there there," Huang said. "I feel like entrepreneurs, you have to just turn that part of your brain off. We’re just going to take it day by day what we need to do."

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James Gunn's 'Suicide Squad' sequel strategy represents the grander ambitions of the DC movie universe

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 17:51

  • James Gunn is focusing on a new cast of characters for his "Suicide Squad" sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Gunn's strategy for the sequel represents Warner Bros.' grander ambitions for the DC movie universe going forward, which is to focus on what has worked and get rid of what hasn't.

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Will Smith will not return to James Gunn's "Suicide Squad" sequel. And on Wednesday, multiple outlets, including THR and Variety, reported that Idris Elba will replace Smith as the mercenary with perfect aim, Deadshot.

Warner Bros. did not immediately return a request for comment from Business Insider.

THR reported that Smith departed due to scheduling issues, and that aside from Deadshot and Harley Quinn, Gunn will focus on a new cast of characters for the sequel, which is tentatively titled "The Suicide Squad." Gunn's strategy for the "Suicide Squad" sequel represents what's happening with Warner Bros.' larger DC movie universe.

After "Justice League" was a critical and box office disaster in 2017, Warner Bros. shifted gears to focus on standalone stories rather than a connected universe like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara told the Los Angeles Times last week that the movies will focus more on "individual experiences around individual characters."

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"Aquaman" proved the strategy could work, as it raked in over $1 billion. Now, Warner Bros. is going full steam ahead with its DC superhero projects, including "Shazam" in April and "Joker" in October.

Gunn was hired to write and possibly direct the sequel in October, three months after he was fired by Disney from the third "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie after past offensive tweets resurfaced. While "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" is currently in limbo, the "Suicide Squad" sequel is moving along swiftly.

The first "Suicide Squad" performed well at the box office with $746 million worldwide. But it bombed with critics (it has a 27% Rotten Tomatoes critic score) and its box office fell dramatically in the US after its fist weekend (it dropped 67% in its second weekend). 

Gunn steered unknown characters to box-office success with the first two "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies, which grossed $1.6 billion worldwide combined. Now, he's starting over with the "Suicide Squad" sequel, save for what worked.

Robbie's Harley Quinn was the most acclaimed performance in "Suicide Squad," and she is even starring in another movie coming to theaters in February, 2019: "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn"). Elba, meanwhile, is a proven movie star, and will appear in another action-packed, physically demanding role this summer as the villain in the "Fast and Furious" spin-off, "Hobbs and Shaw."

With Gunn at the helm, the sequel seems to be course correcting, a familiar theme among the DC movies. The DC movie universe is focusing on what has proven to be successful, such as the standalone stories in "Wonder Woman" and "Aquaman" (a sequel and spin-off to "Aquaman" are already in the works).

Below is every upcoming DC movie with an official release date:

  • "Shazam!" — April 5, 2019
  • "Joker" — October 4, 2019
  • "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" — February 7, 2020
  • "Wonder Woman 1984" — June 5, 2020
  • "The Batman" — June 25, 2021
  • "The Suicide Squad" — August 6, 2021
  • "Aquaman 2" — December 16, 2022

Have a tip about DC, Warner Bros., or anything else? Email the author at tclark@businessinsider.com

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Samsung's new Galaxy S10 is almost a master class in how to make a superb, premium smartphone

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 17:36

  • Samsung's new Galaxy S10 comes with a welcome overhaul in design, performance, and features over previous Galaxy S phones.
  • It's a fantastic smartphone that anyone would be happy with.
  • That said, there are some disappointing aspects of the Galaxy S10.

Samsung's last few Galaxy S phones have been boringly good, but I can drop the "boring" part with the Galaxy S10.

Samsung's previous Galaxy S devices were some of the best smartphones you could buy, but the Galaxy S9 was an incremental update over the Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S10 is an overhaul in design, performance, and features, all while maintaining the Samsung smartphone formula that makes its phones great.

That said, the Galaxy S10 isn't without its disappointments.

I've been using the Galaxy S10 Plus for more than a week, but almost everything mentioned below applies to the regular Galaxy S10 too.

Check it out:

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There's no doubt this is the best-looking smartphone Samsung has made so far — at least without a case.

You get the familiar Samsung Galaxy glass back and curved display edges, but the narrow display bezels are the most striking thing about the Galaxy S10 that differentiates it from previous Galaxy phones and pretty much any other Android phone.

But the Galaxy S10's good looks and narrow bezels disappear almost entirely with a thick-ish case. I used the phone with Incipio's new Aerolite case, and I had forgotten just how narrow the bezels were until I removed it. But good protective cases that are somewhat thick will do that to any phone.



The "hole punch" is better than the notch.

I don't really have any issues with the divisive display notch, but if I had to pick, I'd go for the hole-punch design over the notch.

The hole-punch design for the selfie camera(s) looks and feels far more efficient than the notch found on the iPhone XS and other Android phones. There's no wasted screen space with the hole-punch design, and it isn't as noticeable in everyday use.

And the hole-punch design doesn't interrupt the display's top edge, making for a solid rectangular display shape that complements the Galaxy S10's narrow bezels.



The display is fantastic, but I don't see the added benefits of Samsung's new "Dynamic Amoled" display that's supposedly better than previous Galaxy displays.

The Galaxy S10 touts a "Dynamic Amoled" display that supports HDR10+ and is great-looking, but I haven't noticed much of a difference from the Galaxy S8 or S9.

You get the same 1440p resolution as previous Galaxy phones (though the resolution is set to 1080p by default, also like previous Galaxy phones). Colors might be slightly more vibrant and richer but it's nothing to write someone with a Galaxy S8 or S9 about.

The HDR10+ works only with content that supports HDR10+, which I don't encounter much of daily. And I don't get the hype of HDR on videos. I've tried to understand how it looks better than non-HDR content, and I just don't see it. Perhaps I'm HDR-blind.



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Bond trading platform Tradeweb just filed for an IPO

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 17:12

  • Tradeweb, which runs electronic markets in bonds, derivatives and ETFs, just filed to go public. 
  • The company made a profit of $130.2 million in 2018, which was a 55.6% increase from 2017. 

Tradeweb, an operator of electronic markets in bonds, derivatives and exchange-traded funds, just filed to go public. 

Refinitiv, a venture between Blackstone and Thomson Reuters, is the currently majority owner in the New York-based company and will retain a controlling interest in Tradeweb following the IPO, which will take place on Nasdaq. 

A consortium of banks, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs, also hold a minority interest in the company. 

See also: 'The boom in new corporate bond trading platforms is over': There could be a wave of M&A in the bond-trading business

The complex markets Tradeweb operates in, such as corporate bonds and swaps, have seen increased electronification over the years. In addition to Tradeweb, platforms like MarketAxess, which went public in 2004, Bloomberg, and Trumid have gained market share in asset classes where deals were traditionally done over the phone.  

Tradeweb saw an average daily volume of $549.3 billion in 2018, which was a 37.5% increase from the previous year. Gross revenue of ($684.4 million) and net income ($130.2 million) in 2018 also increased 21.6% and 55.6% respectively from the previous year. 

JPMorgan is leading the IPO, and additional underwriters include Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. 

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Lenovo Unveils ThinkStation P520 & P920 ‘AI Workstations’: Xeon Plus Quadro RTX 6000

AnandTech - Čt, 2019-03-07 17:00

Lenovo this week has introduced its new single and dual-processor “AI Workstations”, which the company is pitching at the artificial intelligence and deep learning markets. The new machines are based on the existing ThinkStation P520 and ThinkStation P920 workstations, and are powered by Intel’s Xeon processors as well as one or two of NVIDIA’s latest Quadro RTX 6000 professional graphics cards.

The Lenovo AI Workstation lineup consists of two systems which specs are tailored for AI, DL, and similar workloads, according to the manufacturer. The systems can additionally be clustered together using Lenovo's Intelligent Computing Orchestration (LiCO) software to further improve their aggregate performance at both the desktop and datacenter levels. Both new ThinkStation machines run Ubuntu Linux, which in a departure from the usual PC desktop situation, is actually far more common than Windows when it comes to deep learning work. Besides the usual *nix synergies, a big reason for this is because Ubuntu Linux is the only OS currently recommended by NVIDIA for its popular RAPIDS open source software libraries, which are widely used in analytics and data science tasks.

Under the hood, the new ThinkStation P520 AI Workstation is powered by Intel's Xeon W-2155 processor (10/20 cores/threads, 3.3 – 4.5 GHz, 13.75 MB L3, 140 W) and paired with NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 6000 graphics card (4,608 cores, 576 tensor cores, 72 RT cores, 16.3 FP32 TFLOPS, 24 GB GDDR4). The system is outfitted with 128 GB of DDR4-2666 ECC memory, a 512 GB NVMe SSD, as well two 1 TB 2.5-inch SATA SSDs.

Meanwhile the ThinkStation P920 AI Workstation is an inherently more powerful machine. It runs two Intel Xeon Gold 6136 chips (12/24 cores/threads, 3 – 3.7 GHz, 24.75 MB L3, 150 W) accompanied by a pair of NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 6000 accelerators. The workstation comes equipped with 384 GB of DDR4-2666 ECC memory, 1 TB NVMe SSD, and two 2 TB 2.5-inch SATA SSDs.

Lenovo ThinkStation P520 & P920 AI Workstation Specs   ThinkStation P520
AI Workstation ThinkStation P920
AI Workstation CPU Intel Xeon W-2155
10/20 cores/threads
3.3 - 4.5 GHz
13.75 MB L3
140 W 2 × Intel Xeon Gold 6136
2 × 12/24 cores/threads
2 × 3 - 3.7 GHz
2 × 24.75 MB L3
2 × 150 W GPU NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000
TU102
4,608 cores
576 tensor cores
72 RT cores
24 GB GDDR4 2 × NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 RAM 128 GB (8 × 16 GB) DDR4-2666 384 GB (12 × 32 GB) DDR4-2666 Boot Storage 512 GB NVMe SSD 1 TB GB NVMe SSDs Data Storage 2 × 1 TB SATA SSDs 2 × 2 TB SATA SSDs OS Ubuntu Linux

Both of new ThinkStation systems are also available with further customizations as a build-to-order operation, allowing for more storage and other tweaks. Lenovo says that the new systems will be available by the end of March, and while their press release does not reveal any pricing information, these professional systems won't be cheap. As they're based on Lenovo's high-end workstation platforms, the P920 AI Workstation in particular will easily be a $10,000+ machine.

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AT&T is joining the Global Telco Security Alliance to target cybersecurity thought leadership (T)

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 16:55

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US-based telecom AT&T is joining the Global Telco Security Alliance in an effort to augment security solutions for enterprise telecommunications, according to Mobile World Live.

The telecom is the group’s first North American member, and in signing on to the Alliance, AT&T is signaling to customers that it’s looking to assume a thought leadership role in enterprise wireless communication security that could help the company to grow its enterprise business and IoT portfolio.

The addition of AT&T to the Alliance will add another large group of dedicated support workers with expertise in the North American market and its specific cybersecurity challenges. 

The group was formed last year through an agreement between Telefonica, SoftBank, Etisalat, and Singtel. Members share cyberintelligence and security capabilities with each other in order to identify and counter emerging threats. The founding members already operate 22 separate security centers with more than 6,000 workers covering customers in over 60 countries. 

Joining forces with this group of international telecoms will help AT&T bolster its own security offerings for enterprise customers. AT&T will benefit from information shared by other members of the Alliance, which will help the company to identify more quickly potential threats that could leave customers exposed.

The telco's membership in the Alliance will also serve as proof that its enterprise offering is differentiated from competitors. It signals to customers that the company’s security capabilities are top-notch, and that it’s not only keeping up with security protocols, but also providing guidance and leadership in the wider telecommunications space — similar to its partnership with Ericsson for IoT device certification.

Enterprise customers understandably demand that their vendors offer secure solutions; in considering features of IoT platforms, for instance, 76% described security features as extremely important, far outstripping other choices.

Taking steps such as joining industry associations can be tangible examples of a company's dedication to addressing cybersecurity issues, which it can point to when attempting to bring in new customers or expand relationships.

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This $230 home security system has made living in a high-crime area less stressful for my family

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 16:30

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  • According to the FBI, property crimes rates have steadily decreased over the last 15 years, but burglaries still account for more than $15 billion in losses per year.
  • A good home security system will not stop a determined burglar, but it does an excellent job of scaring away the vast majority of thieves.
  • SimpliSafe is considered one of the best home security systems by experts and buyers alike because of its easy installation, endless customization options, and 24/7 professional monitoring.
  • Starting at $229 on Amazon for the home protection system plus $14.99 per month for monitoring and police dispatch, SimpliSafe is relatively inexpensive and doesn't require you to sign a contract.

I live in Lansing, Michigan. My city has some of the highest violent and property crime rates in the United States. And, my neighborhood is among the worst in town. All of my neighbors have a story or three of someone breaking into their house and stealing whatever valuables they could grab quickly. In fact, a neighbor tells me that before I moved in, there were several burglaries in my house.

So, when I came to town five months ago, I knew I'd need to take some protective measures to scare off ne'er-do-wells. Fortunately, SimpliSafe was game to send me a review unit of their all-new third-generation home security system to test out. Below are my experiences with it.

My first experiences with SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe's system uses Wi-Fi and cellular connections to send alerts. Each of the devices is also powered by batteries. This means that if the power is knocked out or your landline is cut, the monitoring stations will still get your signal. They have even made the keypad and base station "smash safe."

The review set included 10 pieces of security equipment:

  • Base station — This is the brains of the operation. It also features the on-location siren that will hopefully chase off intruders. The base station communicates with all of the sensors, your smartphone, and the professional monitoring. SimpliSafe recommends installing this in a central spot in your home.
  • Keypad — The keypad is installed next to your main entrance so you can easily enter your PIN to turn it off when you get home. It also tells you if the alarm has been triggered and if there are any software updates.
  • Entry sensors (3) — These two-piece units go on doors and windows. They let you know when a potential point of entry is opened or closed.
  • Motion sensor — This uses infrared technology to tell if someone enters a room.
  • Glassbreak sensor — Installed on a wall or shelf within 30 feet of windows that are most likely to be broken into, the glassbreak sensor is triggered when it "hears" the specific frequency of glass breaking.
  • Panic button — I put this by my bed — you just push it if there is a threat that the other sensors didn't pick up.
  • Freeze sensor — This sensor monitors the temperature in your house and sends an alert if it gets too cold or too hot.
  • Water sensor — If your basement is flooding, you want to know right away. The water sensor will alert you.

Installation of these units took a total of 45 minutes. This included reading the manual, installing the app, installing the sensors, and testing. There were no tools needed. All of the devices have adhesives on them that make it easy to stick them to the walls. They also come with screws if you want to mount them that way.

Read more: The best security cameras you can buy for your home

How SimpliSafe performed

With SimpliSafe, you can self-monitor or pay $14.99 per month (no contract required) for 24/7 professional monitoring. If you choose to self-monitor, the onus is on you to assess the threat and contact the police when you receive an alert. Self-monitoring fails when you are in a compromised position and cannot contact the police.

With SimpliSafe's professional monitoring and police dispatch, they call you when the alarm is triggered. If you don't answer, they contact the backup number. If the secondary contact doesn't answer, then a SimpliSafe representative calls 911. Because of false alarms tying up police resources, different municipalities have different processes for these calls. For instance, in order for a third-party to contact police on your behalf, some cities require you to register your security system and also provide some sort of audio or video proof of a crime in progress.

I set off the alarm a couple of times. Within about 10 minutes of leaving the house after first arming the system, I got a call from SimpliSafe asking if I had an emergency event because the motion sensor had been triggered by my dog. I gave the representative my safe word, and there was no need for a police dispatch.

The setup guide directs you on how to place the motion sensor if you have cats or dogs but not both. I have two cats and a dog. I emailed SimpliSafe's customer service on a Sunday evening for help on the correct placement of the motion sensor, and they got back to me the next morning. The service rep recommended installing the motion sensor upside down about four feet above the floor. This is because the sensor doesn't monitor upwards. So, people four feet tall and taller will set it off. Four-legged creatures will not. Once I resolved this, I didn't have any other false alarms from the motion sensor.

The app is incredibly easy to use and makes it effortless to customize your experience. You can choose to get push notifications, SMS texts, or emails when any of your sensors are triggered. There is also an option to instantly sound the alarm. I set this up for when the glassbreak sensor is triggered.

Read more: The best home security products you can buy

Some concerns about the home security system

At 95 decibels, the alarm is quite loud, but it may not reach all parts of your home. SimpliSafe instructs you to install the base station in a central location in your home. At first, we figured that would be the second floor of our three-story home. But, from the first floor, where intruders will likely enter, the sound of the siren was not as intense as we would have liked. So, we moved the siren to the first floor. It would be nice if SimpliSafe offered a few sirens throughout the home. For $60, SimpliSafe offer an extra-loud 105-decibel siren that can be used inside the home or outside to alert neighbors.

I wanted to keep the key fob on my keychain for easy access, but I accidentally armed the system while it was in my pocket. At the time, I was next door talking to my neighbor and didn't have my phone on me. I faintly heard an alarm-like sound, but I assumed it was coming from elsewhere. Well, it turns out it was our system and my wife got a call from the SimpliSafe rep. Now, I just keep the key fob next to my bed to arm the system when I go to bed. I use the keypad when leaving the house.

Lastly, there's a reported hack that can disarm the second-generation SimpliSafe system. The signals for the new third-gen system are encrypted and should protect against this hack. If you are concerned about this, I recommend not advertising that you are using a SimpliSafe system. Instead, consider purchasing generic signs off Amazon or elsewhere. Either way, it's important that you advertise that you have a security system. That should be enough to deter most scofflaws.

Bottom line

Even the best security system won't stop a determined burglar. But, when it comes to opportunistic crimes, a security system should be enough to ward off most criminals. In the five months we've lived here, we haven't had any security issues. And, my wife and I sleep easier at night knowing that our home is being monitored 24/7.

Based on my experience, the third-generation of SimpliSafe's wireless home security system is everything it claims to be. I strongly recommend it for safeguarding your home.

Buy the SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security System starting at $229 on Amazon

Update 10/30/18: After this review was published, SimpliSafe contacted us to let us know about their video alarm verification. If you have the SimpliSafe Camera, the monitoring center will receive a short clip of what triggered the alarm and use it to verify the alarm for the police. They never have access to your camera so your privacy is protected. SimpliSafe says this reduces false alarms and often leads to faster dispatch and higher arrest rates.

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The iced-tea company that pivoted to blockchain is finally going all in on blockchain

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 16:03

  • Long Blockchain has announced its intention to sell its ready-to-drink tea business.
  • Should the transaction close, the company will be entirely focused on its blockchain activities.
  • Watch Long Blockchain trade live.

Long Blockchain, the iced-tea company that pivoted to blockchain, is going all-in on blockchain after announcing it has signed a letter of intent to sell its drinks business. 

In an SEC filing dated March 6, the company said it had reached an agreement to sell its ready-to-drink tea business to ECC2 Ventures Corp., an entity listed in Canada, for a combination of cash and shares. As part of the potential transaction, ECC2 is seeking to raise $2 million.  

Long Blockchain, previously named Long Island Ice Tea Corp., announced its name change at the height of the crypto craze in December 2017, sending the stock soaring by over 400%.  At the time of the announcement, the company said that it planned to partner or invest in companies that develop the decentralized ledgers known as blockchain.

Subsequently, the SEC announced an investigation into the company which has now been delisted by the Nasdaq and currently trades over the counter. 

Over the last 12 months, the company's stock is down 88%.

 

 

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The world's most valuable parasite, caterpillar fungus, can cost up to $63,000 per pound

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 16:00
  • Caterpillar fungus is a hybrid of a fungus that kills and lives in caterpillars.
  • It can sell for up to 3 times its weight in gold and can be as much as about $63,000 per pound.
  • Some towns in the Himalayas rely on collecting and selling this fungus for a living.

Caterpillar fungus has been used in traditional herbal medicine for many centuries but has gained popularity in recent decades. Subsequently, driving up the price which can be as much as about $63,000 per pound.

Following is a transcript of the video.

What would you do if a fungus invaded your body, and started consuming you from the inside? It sounds like something out of a horror film, but that's actually what happens to a certain type of baby moth.

The fungus eats its way through the helpless moth larvae and then sprouts out of their heads like a spring daisy. But this rare hybrid, the caterpillar fungus, isn't just totally fascinating, it's also expensive. Sometimes selling for more than 3 times its weight in gold!

Caterpillar fungus grows in the remote Tibetan Plateau and Himalayan Mountains but that's not the only place you can find it. Here we are in New York City's Chinatown. And nestled among countless drawers of dried mugwort leaves and hibiscus flowers,

There it is a small pile of 50 or so pieces of dried caterpillar fungus. Here, 1 gram of it costs about $30. But even that might be considered a good deal. Vendors on eBay, for example, list a gram for up to $125. The price is so high because this hybrid creature is incredibly rare.

It shows up for only a few weeks each year in remote regions of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan. And even then, the fungus can be tricky for collectors to find, hidden amidst a sea of grass. For centuries, it's been a staple of traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicine.

Kelly Hopping: "Traditionally, it was used as a general tonic, for immune support."

For instance, a family might add half of this to a chicken soup. And it's even rumored that it can be used as a sort of Himalayan viagra though there's little evidence to back it up. People also buy the fungus as a gift or use it for bribes or as a status symbol. As a result, better looking pieces fetch a higher price.

Kelly Hopping: "It's all dependent on exactly the color of the caterpillar fungus, even the shape of its body when it died, all of these things that don't necessarily have anything to do with medicinal value make all the difference for the economic value."

In 2017, for example, high quality pieces sold for as much as $140,000 per kg, or about $63,000 per pound. Now, caterpillar fungus has always been pricey. But experts say its value really skyrocketed in the 1990s and 2000s because of a growing Chinese economy, and the resulting increase in disposable income. Which ultimately, helped drive a massive boom in harvest.

In the Tibet Autonomous Region, for example, collectors reportedly hauled out more than three times as much caterpillar fungus in the early 2000s, than they did in the 1980s. And now, many families depend on the cash it brings in.

In fact, experts say that up to 80% of household income in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas can come from selling caterpillar fungus. One district in Nepal reported collecting $4.7 million worth of caterpillar fungus in 2016. That's 12% more than the district's annual budget! But those profits are at risk.

Surveys indicate that annual harvests have recently declined.

Kelly Hopping: "The collectors themselves mostly attributed this to overharvesting, acknowledging that their own collection pressure was driving these declines."

And it doesn't help that it's difficult to regulate the harvest.

Daniel Winkler: "All these different political units have different policy. In the end, it is really down to county level, how it's implemented."

Climate change is also causing problems. You see, the fungus is more abundant in areas with long, cold winters, which are increasingly hard to come by.

Daniel Winkler: "For the rural economy, if there's a lot of loss, that would be devastating."

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Daylight-saving time is one of humanity's dumbest rituals, and you should be furious it still happens

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 15:45

  • In 2019, daylight-saving time (or DST) begins on Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. Clocks move forward one hour at that time.
  • The practice started in the US the early 1900s as a way to conserve energy. Today many Americans think the it's no longer worth the hassle.
  • Research also suggests DST time shifts cause more problems than they solve.
  • There are two main ways we could get rid of DST: Create fewer time zones or move to one universal time.

It's almost time for the start of daylight-saving time, and you should be furious.

This Sunday — March 10, 2019 — most clocks in North America will advance themselves by one hour after 1:59 a.m., altogether skipping the 2 o'clock hour and moving straight to 3:00 a.m. Owners of any analog clocks will have to manually adjust them. (Much of Europe starts its variant of DST, called summer time, on the last Sunday in March.)

This is only the beginning of the woes caused by one of the world's dumbest rituals — a tradition that's long overdue for abolishment.

Daylight-saving time, or DST, has existed as a concept since at least the late 1800s. However, it gained traction during World War I as a way to cut energy use: Not waking up in the dark, the thinking went, would decrease fuel use for lighting and heating, and this would help boost energy supplies for the war effort. In the US, the practice was implemented year-round in 1942, during WWII.

Decades later, though, the US is a divided nation on this topic. A 2012 Rasmussen poll of 1,000 American adults found that 45% thought daylight-saving was worth it, while more than 40% considered it worthless. In 2017, about 41% of Americans polled by Princeton said losing an hour in the spring was disruptive, while about 55% of people in the same poll disagreed. (I'm not sure what planet the latter group is from.)

As of today, people have sent about 164,582 messages to Congress for a never-ending (and often comical) petition to end DST in the US. Some of the public comments are practical appeals.

"I own a child care [center], every year we have children crying because, 'it's getting dark and mommy or daddy have not picked me up yet.' They don't understand," wrote an anonymous signer from Crestline, Ohio.

"This is the worst energy wasting garbage idea ever conceived," said David D. from Losa Angeles, California

Others issued blunt emotional appeals.

"Please stop this, everyone hates it," said D.H. from Swedesboro, New Jersey.

I'm with them, and here's why.

What's the problem with DST?

According to advocacy groups like Standardtime.com, which are trying to abolish daylight-saving time, claims about energy savings are unproven.

"If we are saving energy, let's go year-round with daylight-saving time," the group says. "If we are not saving energy, let's drop daylight-saving time!"

In his book "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight-Saving Time," author Michael Downing says there isn't much evidence that daylight-saving actually decreases energy use.

In fact, sometimes DST seems to increase energy use.

For example, in Indiana — where DSTe was implemented statewide in 2006 — researchers saw that people used less electricity for light, but those gains were canceled out by people who used more air conditioning during the early evenings. That's because 6 p.m. felt more like 5 p.m., when the sun still shines brightly in the summer and homes haven't had the chance to cool off.

DST also increases gasoline consumption, something Downing says the petroleum industry has known since the 1930s. This is probably because evening activities — and the vehicle use they require — increase with that extra daylight.

Changing the clocks also causes air travel synchronization headaches, which sometimes leads to travel delays and lost revenue, airlines have reportedly said.

There are also health issues associated with changing the clocks. Similar to the way jet-lag makes you feel out of whack, daylight-saving time is like scooting one time zone over. This can disrupt our sleep, metabolism, mood, stress levels, and other bodily rhythms. One study suggests recovery can take three weeks.

In the days after DST starts or ends, in fact, researchers have observed a spike in heart attacks, increased numbers of work injuries, more automobile crashes, and higher suicide rates.

Reasons to keep daylight-saving time

Despite those early studies about energy use, one analysis from 2008 did find a small amount of energy savings after we extended DST by four weeks in 2005.

According to the Christian Science Monitor:

"Most advocates cite a 2008 report to Congress by the Department of Energy which showed that total electricity savings from the extended daylight-saving period amounted to 1.3 terawatt-hours, or 0.03 percent of electricity consumption over the year. That's a tiny number. But if electricity costs 10 cents per kilowatt, that means an estimated $130 million in savings each year."

More evening light also inspires people to go out and spend money.

Downing told NPR that this comes in the form of activities like shopping and playing golf; in 1986, the golf industry told Congress that an extra month of daylight-saving was worth $200 million. The barbecue industry said extending DST would boost sales by $100 million.

Extending daylight-saving time to November might also help the Halloween industry — the longer kids can trick-or-treat, the more candy you need to buy.

Plus, changing the law can be expensive. One legislature representative in Alberta, Canada, suggested that holding a referendum on DST may cost the province $2 to $6 million, even if it were put into a standard election ballot, and that holding a no-DST vote on its own might cost $22 million to organize and execute.

Still, some US states have managed to abolish DST, at least partly, and more keep attempting it.

A world divided over time

Other areas of the world have gotten rid of daylight-saving time, or never had it to begin with.

The map above shows the breakdown. Blue areas observe DST, red areas never have, and orange areas once did but have since abolished it.

Morocco is the country that most recently abolished DST. As the map also shows, some parts of the US have chosen not to observe daylight-saving time, including most of Arizona (excluding the Navajo and Hopi reservations in the northeast), and until 2006, parts of Indiana.

A bill to abolish DST was once recommended for passage in Oklahoma, but it was not signed into law. A lawmaker in Utah also introduced legislation to try to abolish DST, but his bill died in committee. Similarly, the "Sunshine Protection Act of 2018" in Florida failed to be enacted.

In California, though, 59.75% of voters in the 2018 midterm election approved a measure to lock time in DST, though only with a two-thirds vote by the state legislature.

Alternate proposals

Standardtime.com has a unique suggestion about how to address this DST problem.

Their proposal is to split the continental US in half (based on the red line below), creating two time zones that are two hours apart.

Compare that to the current state of things in America.

Right now, the US is broken into six time zones: Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific time, Alaska time, and Hawaii-Aleutian time, each one hour apart from the next.

These time zones exist so that areas in the east of each time zone get sunrise at about the same time.

Under Standardtime.com's proposed system, the US' East and West Coasts would only be two hours apart. This would standardize more travel and meeting times within the country.

But the downside would be that sunrise and sunset would happen at wildly different times for many areas of the nation.

For example, the sun rose in New York City at about 6:15 a.m. EST today and in Chicago at 6:10 a.m. CST; but if the two were in the same time zone, sunrise would be at 8:15 "Eastern Time" in Chicago.

Johns Hopkins University professors Richard Henry and Steven Hanke have come up with yet another possible fix: adopting a single time zone worldwide. They argue that the internet has eliminated the need for discrete time zones across the globe, so we might as well just do away with them. The proposal also includes a 13-month "permanent calendar." (The idea, understandably, has encountered some resistance.)

No plan will satisfy everyone. But that doesn't mean daylight-saving time is right.

The absence of major energy-saving benefits from DST — along with its death toll, health impacts, and economic ramifications — are reason enough to do away with this ritual altogether.

This is an updated and revised version of a story published in March 2018. Jennifer Welsh and Sarah Kramer contributed to previous versions of this post.

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Tesla unveiled a next-generation Supercharger designed to add up to 75 miles of range in just 5 minutes (TSLA)

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 15:39

  • Tesla unveiled a next-generation Supercharger that it says will recharge its vehicles faster than ever.
  • The new V3 unit can recharge vehicles at a maximum rate of 250kW, according to a press release published on Tesla's website Wednesday night.
  • The V3 charger was designed with the Tesla Model 3 sedan in mind. Its newer battery composition can accommodate the newer charger right away, while Model S and Model X vehicles will remain limited to 120kW charging for the time being.
  • According to Tesla, the new V3 chargers can add up to 75 miles of range to a Model 3 Long Range vehicle in just five minutes.

Tesla unveiled a next-generation Supercharger that it says will recharge its vehicles faster than ever.

The new V3 unit can charge at a maximum rate of 250kW, according to a press release posted on Tesla's website Wednesday night.

The V3 charger was designed with the Tesla Model 3 sedan in mind. Its newer battery composition can accommodate the newer charger right away, while Model S and Model X vehicles will remain limited to 120kW charging for the time being, The Verge reported. A planned software update will raise that cap to 145kW "in the coming months," Tesla said.

According to Tesla, the new V3 chargers can add up to 75 miles of range to a Model 3 Long Range sedan in just five minutes, and "charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour."

"Combined with other improvements we’re announcing today, V3 Supercharging will ultimately cut the amount of time customers spend charging by an average of 50%, as modeled on our fleet data," Tesla said in its statement Wednesday night.

The new V3 chargers went online in the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday. Additional locations are expected to open later.

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The electric-car company has been keenly focused on developing its charging infrastructure — an effort that's been kicked into high gear since the Model 3 sedan, its first mass-market vehicle, went on sale.

Echoing its previous remarks on the matter, the company said "charging needs to be even faster, and the number of vehicles able to charge at a location in a day needs to be significantly higher."

To that end, Tesla says its new V3 chargers will also be able to charge vehicles at optimal rates, even at Supercharger stations where multiple vehicles are charging at once.

"With thousands of new Superchargers coming online in 2019, the launch of V3, and other changes we’re making to improve throughput, the Supercharger network will be able to serve more than 2x more vehicles per day at the end of 2019 compared with today," Tesla said.

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Best Android Phones: Q1 2019

AnandTech - Čt, 2019-03-07 15:30

Today we're sizing up the state of the smartphone market for the first quarter of the year. Q1 guides are hard to write because we’re at the verge of a new generation of devices. If the holiday period was a bad time to buy a new smartphone, then Q1 might possibly be even worse. Nevertheless while people aiming to get the most longevity out of their smartphone purchase might be better off waiting a few more months, Q1 is also the period in which we’d see some great deals as vendors are trying to clear inventory of their last generation devices.

'They should all be worried': Google's move to bring shoppable ads to image searches should terrify Amazon, Instagram and Pinterest

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 15:17

 

  • Google is rolling out shoppable ads to search results on Google Images and extending its "showcase shopping ads" to Google Images. 
  • Other platforms including Amazon, Instagram and Pinterest also are focusing on visual search as brands use it to find customers and boost sales.
  • But media buyers said Google's move is a direct threat to those platforms since Google is the undisputed king of search.

Google is rolling out shoppable ads to search results on Google Images, taking on Amazon, Instagram and Pinterest in visual search.

The shoppable ads are similar to those already offered by Pinterest and Instagram and will let brands and retailers promote their products in sponsored posts in Google Images results. Users will see the price and brand of the products when they hover over them and can buy them directly on Google Images.

The company made the announcement during Shoptalk, a retail conference held in Las Vegas this week, and is testing the ads on a small percentage of traffic with retailers on broad search queries such as "home office ideas" and "abstract art."

"Google has always been a place where you can find a specific product or store, but it's also a place where people increasingly come to look for inspiration or discover new brands and products," Google's president of global partnerships Daniel Alegre told Business Insider. "That's why we're investing in shopping solutions across more of our properties, to help retailers connect to more shoppers."

Alegre said that 50% of online shoppers were motivated to buy a product after seeing images of it, so it was a no-brainer for Google to invest in the format. The company is also extending "showcase shopping ads," a format it introduced in 2017, to Google Images.

Visual search is emerging as a new frontier for marketers

Other platforms including Amazon, Apple, Instagram and Pinterest are emphasizing visual search as more brands use it to find consumers and drive sales. While its parameters are still being defined, visual search generally refers to the use of digital photos to get information, rather than text or voice.

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Pinterest got in early with its shoppable Pins, Lens and other features, but Amazon is emerging as a player with its brand pages, branded videos and immersive product pages. Advertisers are drawn to Amazon as customers are just one click away from purchasing the advertised product.

Google's entry signals that visual search is maturing, said media buyers, as brands and retailers use it to drive discovery and purchases. 

"This is just further testament to the fact that search is becoming more than just a keyword," said Doug Rozen, chief media officer at 360i. "Visual search is maturing, and platforms know that they have to contend with the same KPIs (key performance indicators) and deliver some form of conversion, not just a branded impression."

George Manas, president at Omnicom Media Group's Resolution Media, called Google's move smart, given how online shopping has changed and the entry of other platforms to visual search.

"Besides reacting to obvious business pressures of people going directly to Amazon and Instagram to actually buy products, this is also a nod to how commerce is evolving online, from something that was historically a purely transactional experience to something  that is now immersive," Manas said.

Google's move is a direct threat to Amazon and Pinterest

Pinterest and Amazon may have gotten a headstart, but Google remains the king of search.

Google accounted for 71% of the US search ad market in 2018, according to eMarketer, with its net search ad revenues estimated at $34.42 billion. Plus, voice and image-based searches are on the rise and are expected to make up at least 50% of all searches by 2020, according to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker.

"I think they should all be worried, even though Amazon, Facebook (Instagram's parent) and Pinterest all have some share," Omnicom's Manas. "Google is extraordinarily well positioned to capitalize on visual search."

Shoppable ads on Google Images would also be attractive to traditional brands and retailers trying to catch up with direct-to-consumer brands, he added. 

"This opens up the canvas and democratizes the digital storefront," said Manas.

But Maggie Summers, VP of media at iCrossing, pointed out that while Google's move might mean fewer people look for inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram, Google is not inherently a social platform.

"Social platforms like Pinterest and Instagram will be able to lean on their advantages, like sharing, whereas Google has historically not been able to play in this space," she said. 

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I use computer glasses to protect my eyes from blue light — and my go-to pair is only $10

Business Insider SAI - Čt, 2019-03-07 15:03

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  • The devices we use for prolonged periods during the day (like computers and cell phones) emit blue light, which is one reason why your eyes feel tired after staring at a bright screen.
  • Blue light can damage your retinas, and computer glasses are one way of screening out that blue light and saving your eyes the strain.
  • Some computer glasses go for nearly $100, but this functional $10 pair has served me well for almost a year now.

There are days in which I find myself squinting at my computer screen. Not because the type magically got smaller or my eyesight poorer, but because the bright light can suddenly feel glaring. For the first time ever as a non-glasses wearer, my eyes feel tired and strained.

And it’s no wonder. Between work, email, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and whatever other computerized activities we take part in during the day, a lot of us spend a significant portion of the day with our faces inches away from a glowing screen. And those screens are emitting something called blue light, which is harmful to our retinas when exposed over long periods of time. Blue light is right next to UV on the light spectrum, and it works in a similar way. It can also lead to poor sleep by messing with the circadian rhythm of your sleep cycle.

When I was working in an office during the day and going to night classes immediately after, I was spending almost the entire day lodged in front of a laptop. This — understandably — started to give me headaches.

I knew we had covered Felix Gray — the top-dog of computer glasses — here at Insider Picks, but I didn’t want to spend $95 on a college budget if I could help it.

After doing a little digging, I found this$10 pair from Eyekepper on Amazon. They had 4 stars, over 2,000 reviews, and — perhaps most appealing — they were $10. The price made me skeptical about if they’d really work, but it wasn’t a huge investment in the meanwhile.

The Eyekepper glasses have five layers of protection, are anti-reflective, anti-glare, and even have UV protection. Their classic shape is pretty universally flattering, and the tortoiseshell design I got is true to the image online. I don’t have to wear prescription eyeglasses so I’m not used to having something always on my face, but the plastic makes them light enough to go unnoticed most of the time.

I can now say after almost a year of using them that they’re a good contestant for the best workplace purchase I’ve ever made. Whenever I notice myself squinting at my computer I throw them on and the relief is pretty instantaneous. I can't think of many things I've spent so little on that have had such a disproportionately great effect on the day-to-day.

I haven't gotten a chance to try the Felix Gray version myself, and you might be interested in their upscale iteration of the computer glasses if you have some extra money to spend, but all in all, the Eyekeppers do what they promise to do for a fraction of the price you find at competitors. They don't have many bells and whistles, but they'll save you money and perform the same basic function you're buying them to fulfill.

If you're looking for a way to cut down on the eye strain that comes from a long day in front of glowing screens or just want to lessen the chances you'll have long-term reparations for it later, I highly recommend picking up a pair.  

Eyekepper Vintage Computer Glasses, available on Amazon, $10

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