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The best Prime Day headphone deals from Apple, Bose, Sony, Beats, Sennheiser, and more

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:53

A great pair of headphones can open you up to a whole new world of music-listening. There are a ton of great headphones out there, but the best of them can often get expensive. For Amazon Prime Day 2019, however, there are discounts on a ton of awesome headphone models, making now perhaps the best time of the year to buy a new pair of headphones.

Whether you're looking for a new pair of true wireless headphones or a pair with noise cancellation, there should be something on this list for you. Here are the best headphone deals for Amazon Prime Day 2019.

Best Prime Day 2019 true wireless headphones deals

True wireless headphones have gotten increasingly popular over the past few years, and there are some great options out there for those who want great-sounding true wireless headphones at a great price. Here are the best true wireless headphone deals for Prime Day 2019.

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, $169.99 (originally $199) [You save $29.01]

AirPods are arguably the most popular true wireless headphones, and they rarely get a discount. For Prime Day, they have gotten a modest price cut. You can get the latest AirPods with a wireless charging case for a $29.01 discount and pay $169.99. With the wireless charging case, you can simply pop the case onto a wireless charger and it will juice up the case and the headphones inside. It's a pretty nifty feature, especially if you regularly use a wireless charger with your iPhone. These headphones will be back in stock on July 22, but you can order them now to get the deal.

<a target="_merchant" href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PYLT6DN?tag=biip_071619_amazon-day-prime-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1" data-analytics-product="5ced4ee211e20508d8468b29" data-analytics-product-module="Product Prime Day" data-analytics-product-area="insider-pick-slide-button" data-analytics-product-price="169.99" class="insider-pick-button insider-pick-button--large"> Buy for $169.99 (you save $29.01)</a>

Apple AirPods with Charging Case, $144.99 (originally $159) [You save $14.01]

If you prefer to save some money and opt for the AirPods with a normal charging case, you can get them for $144.99. The discount is less at $14.01, but the overall price is cheaper. This case juices up with the same lightning cable you use to charge your iPhone or iPad, so it's easy to use. These AirPods will be back in stock on July 21, but you can order them now to get the sale price.

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Jabra Elite 65t true wireless headphones, $113.99 (originally $169.99) [You save $56]

The Jabra Elite 65t are some of the best true wireless headphones of the past few years, thanks to their awesome design and relatively secure fit. The headphones also sound pretty great, as they have plenty of bass. They're available for an impressive $50 off.

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Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless headphones, $139 (originally $199) [You save $60]

Bose has a history of delivering high-quality headphones that will last for years, and the Bose SoundSport Free true wireless headphones are no exception to that rule. The headphones have a pretty awesome design that's exclusive to Amazon, and it'll help make them stand out amongst all the other true wireless headphones out there.

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Best Prime Day 2019 gaming headphones deals

Perhaps you're a gamer looking for a great gaming headset, in which case it's worth considering these gaming headset deals. There are quite a few deals on gaming headphones available for Prime Day 2019, and the best ones are below.

HyperX Cloud Stinger gaming headset, $39.99 (originally $49.88) [You save $10] 

HyperX has a history of delivering ultra high-quality headsets at a reasonable price, and the Cloud Stinger is no exception to that rule. The headset is built with a super comfortable memory foam and will work perfectly with any gaming console, including the Nintendo Switch to your smartphone.

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SteelSeries Arctis 7 wireless gaming headset, $99.99 (originally $149.99) [You save $50] 

SteelSeries is arguably the top player in the gaming headset world, and the Arctis 7 is one of the best headsets the company has to offer. The Arctis 7 offers an incredibly comfortable design, along with an excellent, natural sound quality that puts emphasis where it counts, making for a great gaming experience.

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HyperX Cloud II 7.1 surround gaming headset, $69.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $30] 

HyperX has a history of delivering ultra high-quality headsets at a reasonable price, and the Cloud Stinger is no exception to that rule. The headset is built with a super comfortable memory foam and will work perfectly with any gaming console, including the Nintendo Switch to your smartphone.

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Razer Kraken Tournament Edition gaming headset, $61.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $38]

Razer has been stepping up its gaming headset game over the past few years, and the Kraken Tournament Edition is a great example of that. The headset offers an awesome green design and can play audio in 7.1 Surround Sound, making for a much more immersive gaming experience than what you would otherwise get.

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Razer Nari wireless gaming headset, $99.99 (originally $149.99) [You save $50]

The Razer Nari is a step up from other Razer headsets, thanks to its super comfortable design with plenty of padding, and even better sound quality. The device has a retractable microphone and will work perfectly fine with your computer, PS4, or Xbox One. 

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Razer Nari Ultimate wireless gaming headset, $149.99 (originally $199.99) [You save $50]

If you want an even bigger step up in the Razer lineup, then it's worth checking out the Nari Ultimate. This headset has even better padding, which is cooling-gel infused, meaning that you should be able to game for hours before there will be any discomfort. The headset is even wireless, which should make for a more convenient gaming experience. 

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Best Prime Day 2019 wireless headphones deals

True wireless headphones are great, but not everyone needs headphones so small. Plenty want a great pair of over-ear headphones or on-ear headphones with wireless connectivity, and there are some great deals on standard wireless headphones too. Check out the best deals on wireless headphones below.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $139.99 (originally $299.95)[You save $159.96]

Beats makes great headphones and the Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones are a great deal on Prime Day. The sound good, they look great, and they're comfortable to wear.

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Bose SoundLink II over-ear wireless headphones, $159 (originally $229) [You save $70]

If you're looking for a pair of reliable headphones that should last for a few years, then we recommend the Bose SoundLink over-ear headphones. The headphones are wireless, and should be relatively comfortable thanks to their over-ear design. Not only that, but they're available for a whopping $70 off their original price. 

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Jabra Elite Active 45e wireless sports headphones, $68.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $31] 

If you're looking for a great pair of sports headphones, then we recommend checking out the Jabra Elite Active 45e headphones, which have a wire than wraps around the back of your head, out of the way, and an ear-hook design that's aimed at keeping the headphones squarely on your ears, even during relatively heavy movement. 

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Jabra Move Style Edition on-ear headphones, $57.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $42] 

If you're looking for a great pair of on-ear headphones that are portable enough to take on the road with you, then the Jabra Move Style Edition headphones are worth considering. The headphones offer a great design, and they sound pretty great too – offering plenty of bass and some detail in the high end.

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Sony WH-CH700N noise cancelling headphones, $89.99 (originally $199.99) [You save $110] 

Sony has been building some amazing noise cancelling headphones over the past few years, and the Sony WH-CH700N are an excellent example, offering a great sound-quality and stunning design at a reasonable price. The headphones are available for $78.99, which is $21 off their original price.

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Cowin E7 noise cancelling headphones, $48.44 (originally $69.99) [You save $21.55]

Cowin may not be the best-known headphone brand around, but it does offer some excellent headphones for the price, including the Cowin E7 headphones. The headphones offer noise cancellation, plus they have a relatively comfortable fit and an awesome 30-hour battery life.

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Cowin E7 Pro noise cancelling headphones, $65.99 (originally $94.99) [You save $29]

If you want something with a little extra oomph, then it's worth considering the slightly better Cowin E7 Pro headphones, which are particularly built for added bass. The headphones offer a similar comfort level as the standard E7 headphones, but with that extra bass, they just might be the right headphones for you. 

<a target="_merchant" href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CH2KHGH?tag=biip_071619_amazon-day-prime-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1" data-analytics-product-module="Product Prime Day" data-analytics-product-area="insider-pick-slide-button" data-analytics-product-price="65.99" class="insider-pick-button insider-pick-button--large"> Buy for $65.99 (you save $29)</a>

Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE wireless noise cancelling headphones, $99.95 (originally $199.95) [You save $100]

Sennheiser is known for its awesome audio products, so if you want a pair of noise cancelling headphones and don't mind paying a little extra compared to the Cowin headphones, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE headphones are absolutely worth considering. The headphones offer that classic Sennheiser sound, which is known for being natural and clear. 

<a target="_merchant" href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BMQXVLB?tag=biip_071619_amazon-day-prime-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1" data-analytics-product-module="Product Prime Day" data-analytics-product-area="insider-pick-slide-button" data-analytics-product-price="99.95" class="insider-pick-button insider-pick-button--large"> Buy for $99.95 (you save $100)</a>

Best Prime Day 2019 wired headphones deals

Wireless headphones have a ton to offer, but if you're an audiophile, then it's likely you'd prefer to keep the fidelity that wires bring. Non-audiophile wired headphones have some great things to offer, too — namely the fact that they're generally quite a bit cheaper than their wireless counterparts. Thankfully, there are a few great deals on wired headphones, too. Here are the best of those deals. 

AmazonBasics on-ear wired headphones, $11.83 (originally $15.99) [You save $4.16] 

Looking for a decent pair of headphones that are ultra-cheap? The AmazonBasics on-ear wired headphones come in at just over $10, and while they don't sound great, they don't sound bad at all given their price tag. These are perfect for the kids, or for something you can take on the road without fear of losing them or them breaking. 

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Sennheiser HD599 SE over-ear open-back headphones, $99.95 (originally $199.95) [You save $100]

If you want a great pair of wired headphones, then the Sennheiser HD 599 SE headphones are worth considering. The headphones also have that classic Sennheiser sounds, which includes deep natural bass, well-tuned mids, and a clear and detailed high-end. The fact that these have a wired connection also makes them a great option for audiophiles who want something relatively inexpensive.

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Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones, $99 (originally $198) [You save $99] 

Bose's noise cancelling headphones are famous, and they're widely considered to be the best in the business. The QuietComfort 25 headphones are padded, over-ears that feature active noise cancelling, making them great for travel. They're wired and include an inline mic, and they deliver powerful sound. 

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Audio-Technica Limited Edition Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (Blue Only), $99 (originally $169)[You save $70]

The ATH-M50xBB headphones are an excellent pair of headphones for mixing, tracking, DJing, and just listening to music or podcasts. The listening experience is really clear with a deep, accurate bass response and an extended frequency range. Plus, they're collapsible for easy transport, and come with two cables — one is nearly 10-feet long and the other is nearly 4-feet long.

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These Audio-Technica headphones are $99 during Prime Day and have over 4,200 5-star Amazon reviews

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:45

Prime Day is the perfect time to pick up one of the most versatile headphones we've worn. Right now, the limited-edition Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBB Headphones are on sale for $99, marked down $70 from their usual $169 price tag.

Here's why the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBB Headphones are such a good value during Prime Day:

Audio-Technica is known for its high-quality professional audio equipment. And the ATH-M50xBB headphones are an excellent option for mixing, tracking, DJing, and just listening to music or podcasts. The listening experience is really clear with a deep, accurate bass response and an extended frequency range. Plus, the headphones are collapsible for easy transport, and come with two cables — one is nearly 10-feet long and the other is nearly 4-feet long. 

Here are the specs you should know:

  • Driver size: 45 mm
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Maximum input power: 1600 mW
  • Impedance: 38 ohms
  • Weight: 10 ounces
  • Frequency response: 15 to 28,000 Hz
  • Earcup swivel: 90 degrees in both directions
  • Cables: detachable 1.2-meter straight and detachable 1.2-meter-to-3-meter coiled

There are generally two types of audio produced by headphones.

One aims to make the audio sound good no matter what you're listening to — this is what most people want when casually listening to music, podcasts, or other media. The other type seeks to render the most true-to-form audio — this is ideal for audio engineers who want to know what adjustments need to be made. The ATH-M50xBB headphones are unique in that they appear to offer benefits to engineers and casual listeners.

More than 4,200 Amazon buyers have left 5-star reviews about how the headphones offer true bass and rendered perfect highs, outperforming both budget and pricier headphones. Some commenters said these headphones were great for gaming too.

Only the blue colorway is going for $99 during Prime Day, but we think that the color sets it apart from a sea of standard over-the-ear headphones. For such a versatile workhorse, the $99 price tag seems pretty reasonable to scoop up during Prime Day.

Audio-Technica Limited Edition Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (Blue Only), $99 (originally $169) [You save $70]

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5 easy ways to keep your smartphone safe from hackers

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:44

  • Our smartphones hold a massive amount of personal data, which means it's important to keep them secure.
  • Using a password manager to create strong passwords, being selective about app permissions, and keeping your phone's software up to date are all measures that can help keep your data private.
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We use our smartphones for just about everything, from mobile banking to hailing a cab, capturing and sharing photos, ordering food, and staying in touch with friends and family. As such, it's important to make sure that the information on your phone remains secure and is only accessible to the people and apps you intend to share it with.

As data leaks become all the more common, with social apps like Instagram and Facebook, hotel chains like Marriott Starwood, and credit bureau Equifax all falling victim to breaches in recent years, keeping your web activity safe can be all the more critical.

Here's a look at a few easy steps you can take to make using your smartphone more secure. 

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Use secure apps for communication.

Using secure apps that employ techniques like encryption to protect your data can reduce the chances of intruders snooping on your conversations. Encryption is a process that makes information appear unintelligible when it's being transferred from the sender to the recipient, increasing the likelihood that only the intended parties can see your text messages or emails. 

Both Gmail and Outlook use encryption so long as the recipient is also using an email provider that supports it. Those who are dealing with extra sensitive information could also try Proton Mail, which doesn't monitor web activity like large firms such as Google and only stores data in countries with strong privacy protections, such as Switzerland. 

When it comes to messaging, the best choice for privacy-oriented users is Signal, which is available for iOS and Android and supports end-to-end encryption in addition to other security-centric features, like the ability to set your chat history to disappear. Apple's iMessage and Facebook's WhatsApp also support end-to-end encryption by default. 

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Keep your phone's software up to date.

Keeping your smartphone up to date is important for several reasons.

Not only does it often bring new features to your device, but it ensures that you're running on the most secure version of Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating system. That's because operating system updates sometimes include fixes for vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious actors if left unattended.

To see if your iPhone software is up to date, open the "Settings" menu, tap "General," and choose "Software Update." You can also choose to have updates installed automatically by tapping the "Automatic Updates" option in the "Software Update" settings. 

On an Android phone, open the "Settings" menu and tap the "System" option to check whether an update is available for your device. Then choose, "Advanced" and select "System update." If you don't see the "Advanced" button, press "About phone." These steps can vary depending on the Android device you're using.



Limit which apps have access to your device and personal information.

From your location to the contacts in your phone book, apps can gather a broad array of data from your mobile device. 

The best and most efficient way to cut down on the number of companies that may have access to your personal information is to delete any apps and their respective accounts you don't use. Purge your app library and get rid of programs you haven't opened in a while, especially apps you have may have downloaded for a specific event like a festival or a conference.

You can also manage which apps have access to certain aspects of your phone through the settings menu on iOS and Android. 

On your iPhone, you can get started by launching "Settings" and scrolling all the way down to view the apps installed on your phone. Tapping an app will display what types of data and parts of your phone that particular app has permission to use. From there, you'll be able to enable or revoke access. For example, tapping Google Maps will list the permissions that it requests, such as your location, Bluetooth sharing, microphone, and cellular data among others. 

The process is similar for Android devices, although Google presents it differently. Open the "Settings" menu, choose "Apps & notifications" and press the "Advanced" option. Then choose "App permissions" to see a list of all the different permissions apps can request access to. This includes data and components such as your contacts, calendar, call logs, and location, among others. Tapping each category will allow you to see which apps have access to that information and revoke access if desired. 



Use a password manager.

Memorizing individual passwords for all of your online accounts can be difficult. And re-using the same password for multiple accounts is never a good idea. 

That's why apps like LastPass, 1Password, and Keeper can be very useful. These apps generate complex random passwords and can automatically log you into websites. All you have to do is remember your master password for the service.

And when creating a master password — or any password — remember to create one that's unique and difficult to guess.



Use a virtual private network when connecting to Wi-Fi in public.

We transfer sensitive information over Wi-Fi networks every day, which is why it's critical to make sure you're doing so in a secure and private way. Virtual private networks, or VPNs, can help with that.

A VPN establishes a secure Wi-Fi connection that masks your device's internet protocol address, therefore hiding your phone's location and identity. That extra layer of security also makes it far less likely that intruders will gain access to sensitive information being shared over Wi-Fi than if you were to use a regular public network. Some popular VPN services include NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and PureVPN



How to cancel your Spotify Premium account on an iPhone in 2 ways (though you can't do it through the Spotify app)

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:33

If you're a Spotify Premium subscriber, there may come a time when you want to cancel your subscription, whether you've opted for another service, you no longer use it enough to justify the cost, or you simply can't afford the $9.99 per month fee. 

Whatever your reason, canceling Spotify Premium on your iPhone is a straightforward process that should take no more than a few minutes. However, you will not be able to cancel through the Spotify app. 

Here's how you can do it instead, through an internet browser or the Apple ID section of your Settings app. 

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1. On your iPhone's home screen, tap on your internet browser of choice (Safari, Chrome, etc.) to open it and navigate to https://www.spotify.com

2. Log into your account by entering your username and password in the login area. 

3. Once logged in, you will be brought to your account info page. Scroll down to the section titled "Your plan" and select the "Change Plan" option just below your payment information.

4. On the plan screen, scroll to the bottom until you see the "Spotify Free" section. Just below this, you'll see an option to cancel your premium account. Tap this to proceed. 

5. You will be asked to confirm your wish to cancel your premium account. Tap "Yes, cancel" to complete the process. You will then be reverted to a Spotify Free account. 

How to cancel Spotify Premium on your iPhone via Apple ID settings

If you originally subscribed via your iPhone, you can also cancel your Spotify Premium subscription through your iPhone's Apple ID settings. 

1. On your iPhone's home screen, find the Settings app and tap to open. 

2. Tap on iTunes & Apple Store and then on your Apple ID at the top of the following screen, entering your Apple ID password when prompted. 

3. On the Account screen, scroll down until you reach the Subscriptions section and tap. There, you will see your Spotify Premium subscription listed. 

4. Tap on your Spotify Premium subscription and select the Turn Off Automatic Renewal option to cancel your subscription. 

Note that you can restart your Spotify Premium subscription at any time.

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The best Prime Day deals for your smart home — get light bulbs, robot vacuums, and more for a lot cheaper tonight

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:31

  • Amazon's Prime Day event is here, and with it have arrived a series of amazing deals on all kinds of tech products. 
  • As you might expect, a number of smart displays, speakers, and other smart devices have been discounted.
  • We've rounded up the best smart home deals from Amazon, iRobot, Logitech, Ring, Arlo, August, and more.
  • Prime Day 2019 ends on July 16, so it's worth acting quick if you find something that you like.

Amazon Prime Day 2019 has finally arrived, and it's an amazing time to shop if you're building a smart home. There are a ton of great smart home product deals going on. 

Whether you're looking for a smart security camera or some great smart light bulbs, you'll save a ton of cash if you buy during Prime Day. That's why we've put together this guide to the best smart home deals we could find.

Best security system deal

SimpliSafe 10-piece home security system, $385 (originally $549.99) [You save $164.99]

Simply want a comprehensive home security system and don't want to have to piece it all together? This home security system from SimpliSafe is an excellent option. It comes with 10 devices, including a hub, touch pad, door and window sensors, video doorbell, and motion sensors, making it great for those who want to secure their small to medium-sized home.

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Best smart robot vacuum deal

iRobot Roomba 891 robotic vacuum, $299.99 (originally $449) [You save $149.01] 

The Roomba has become somewhat of a household name for robotic vacuums. The iRobot Roomba 891 boasts the ability to work on carpet or hard floors, plus you can control it in the iRobot Home app or via voice commands with Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant.

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 Best smart light bulb and smart plug deals

Kasa Smart Plug Mini 3-pack, $39.99 (originally $54.99) [You save $15]

Smart plugs are great, but if you want one that looks a little better it's worth considering an in-wall plug. The Kasa smart in-wall plug has to be wired in place of an existing outlet, after which you'll be able to control it from your home and use it in conjunction with Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant. 

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Kasa Smart Wi-Fi 3-way light switch, $39.99 (originally $54.99) [You save $15]

TP-Link also makes some smart light switches, which have many of the same advantages as the Kasa smart plugs. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi switch allows you to control the light switch from your phone, plus you can control the lights with Alexa or the Google Assistant. 

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Sengled smart LED white smart bulbs 4-pack, $39.99 (originally $59.99) [You save $20]

Prefer smart light bulbs to a smart light switch? Sengled has some pretty nice options, like, for example, the Sengled smart LED white smart bulbs. In this pack, you'll get four of the bulbs, which is perfect for those who want to deck out their home a little. You can control the lights using your phone or your voice, as the bulbs work with Alexa and the Google Assistant. 

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Sengled smart LED color smart bulbs 4-pack, $74.99 (originally $99.96) [You save $24.97]

White smart bulbs are great, but for many people, color smart bulbs will be a better choice. Like the white bulbs, this pack comes with four color bulbs, and you'll be able to control the lights from your phone or using your voice.

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Best security camera deals

Ring Video Doorbell 3rd Gen, $69.99 (originally $149.98) [You save $79.99] 

If you're looking to improve the security of your home, starting with a decent video doorbell is a great idea. The Ring Video Doorbell is in its 3rd generation. It allows you to see who's at your door and chat with them straight from your smartphone. Ring integrates with Alexa, and is super easy to use, which is always nice. 

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Arlo Pro 3-camera wireless home security kit, $331.99 (originally $579.99) [You save $248]

A great security system includes cameras around the home, and this kit from Arlo will get you just that. The system comes with three security cameras, plus a hub to tie the system together. The cameras have night vision and they can work both indoors or outdoors.

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Kasa Cam indoor camera, $52.49 (originally $99.99) [You save $47.50]

Perhaps you only really need one camera — in that case, there's the Kasa Cam. The Kasa Cam indoor camera works with both Alexa and Google Assistant. It's relatively well-designed and subtle, too, so if someone does break into your home they'll have less of a chance of spotting it. 

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Kasa Cam Outdoor camera, $72.09 (originally $139.99) [You save $67.90]

If you want an outdoor camera, then you might like the Kasa Cam Outdoor. The camera features a weather-proof design, plus it also works with Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant. The camera has a built-in siren and 2-days free cloud storage, so it's a pretty versatile device. 

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Best smart lock deals

 

August Smart Lock Pro 3rd Gen, $160.99 (originally $229.99) [You save $69]

A great smart lock allows you to easily lock and unlock your door straight from your smartphone. The August Smart Lock Pro is well-designed and fits over your existing deadbolt, so you don't need to completely do away with your keys if you don't want to. Once installed, you'll be able to lock and unlock the device through the August app, but only when you're in Bluetooth range — for other options, you'll have to get the Smart Lock Pro + Connect below.

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August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, $175 (originally $279.99) [You save $104.99]

The August Smart Lock Pro is great by itself, but if you really want to unlock the power of a smart lock, then it's worth considering getting the lock with the August Connect. That way, you can connect the device to Wi-Fi and control it from anywhere in the world. You'll also be able to integrate the lock with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, which makes it infinitely more versatile. With the Connect, the lock is only $15 more, so we think it's well worth the price. 

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Yale Assure Lock SL, $153 (originally $219.99) [You save $66.99]

Perhaps you're perfectly happy replacing your entire lock, including the deadbolt — in which case the Yale Assure Lock SL is an excellent option. This lock offers a PIN code touch pad that you can use to lock and unlock your door, plus it works with smart home ecosystems like Samsung SmartThings, Wink, and more. 

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Best smart display deals

Amazon Echo Show with 6 months free Amazon Music Unlimited, $159.99 (originally $277.93) [You save $117.94] 

The Amazon Echo Show is a great way to get a little more information from your digital assistant. With the 10-inch screen on the Show, you'll see information like the weather, web results, videos, and more — and you can control it all with your voice, making for an easy user experience.

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Amazon Echo Show with Kasa indoor security camera, $264.98 (originally $279.98) [You save $15]

Perhaps you want to get started on building your smart home, in which case we recommend checking out this deal on the Echo Show with a Kasa indoor security camera. The security camera can be set up with Alexa and monitored through the Echo Show. The camera will alert you if there's activity where you've set it up, and you can see what's happening on the Show's screen.

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Amazon Echo Show 5, $49.99 (originally $89.99) [You save $40] 

The Amazon Echo Show 5 is basically a smaller version of the standard Echo Show, and it's a great option for those who want to deck out their home with a bunch of them. The device offers many of the same features as the standard Echo Show, but it has a smaller screen and slightly less powerful speakers. It'll still display information about weather and other events, though.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 with 6 months free Amazon Music Unlimited, $49.99 (originally $137.93) [You save $87.94] 

There are some great deals on bundles with the Echo Show 5, too — like this deal with Amazon Music Unlimited. You'll get the music streaming service for free for six months before you have to start paying for it. The bundle is the same price as the standard Echo Show 5, too, so it's definitely worth considering. 

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Amazon Echo Show 5 with Blink XT2 smart security camera, $109.98 (originally $189.98) [You save $80] 

Amazon has been building some great security cameras with its brand called Blink. This deal will get you the Echo Show 5 with the Blink XT. With this bundle, you'll be able to monitor footage from the camera on your Echo Show. 

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Best smart speaker deals

Amazon Echo 2nd Gen, $49.99 (originally $99.99) [You save $50] 

Looking for an awesome smart speaker that has Amazon's super intelligent Alexa digital assistant? The Amazon Echo is an excellent buy. The device offers good sound quality, plus it can be used to interact with your smart home, search the web, and more. Not only that, but $49.99 is perhaps the best price we've seen on the Amazon Echo so far.

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Amazon Echo 2nd Gen with Amazon Smart Plug, $54.98 (originally $124.98) [You save $70] 

With this deal, you'll get the Amazon Echo and an Amazon Smart Plug, which can be used to control other appliances. With the two together, you can ask Alexa to turn on and off devices in your home, which is pretty handy — and it all costs only $5 more than the Amazon Echo.

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Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen, $22 (originally $49.99) [You save $27.99] 

If you want the intelligence of Amazon's Alexa but don't need a large speaker, then we recommend the 3rd-generation Amazon Echo Dot, which offers a nice design, and is cheap enough that you can get one for every room in your house. The device is available for only $22, which is more than half off the normal price.

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Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen with Amazon Smart Plug, $26.99 (originally $74.98) [You save $47.99] 

Like the standard Amazon Echo, there are some bundles with the Amazon Echo Dot, too — including this deal on the Echo Dot with the Amazon Smart Plug. The deal is available for $27, which means you're basically getting the added smart plug for $5.

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Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen with 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited, $22 (originally $177.93) [You save $155.93] 

You could also opt for a bundle with Amazon Music Unlimited. You'll get an Echo Dot and six months of the music streaming service. The service is essentially thrown in with the Echo Dot for free, so if you want to get into music streaming and don't yet have a preferred service, this might be an excellent way to test one out. 

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Amazon Echo Plus 2nd Gen, $109.99 (originally $149.99) [You save $40]

The Amazon Echo is great, but some might want a little more volume, in which case we recommend trying out the Amazon Echo Plus. The device offers a bigger and better speaker than the standard Echo, plus it has the smart home standard Zigbee built into it, so you can connect lots of smart home devices without buying extra hubs.

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Amazon Echo Plus 2nd Gen with 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited, $109.99 (originally $197.93) [You save $87.94]

There's a deal for the Echo Plus with Amazon Music Unlimited, too — so if you want to enjoy music streaming on the Plus, this is the deal for you.

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Apple's latest AirPods are $14 to $29 off for Prime Day 2019 — and they never go on sale

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:29

Truly wireless earbuds like Apple's AirPods have become super popular over the past few years. Although they're not audiophile-level earbuds, the AirPods are incredibly convenient. They pair nearly instantly with your phone, they charge up in their little case, and they're super lightweight and portable.

The only downside to AirPods is that they are a tad pricey, and they very rarely go on sale. Luckily, you can get the latest version of the AirPods at a small discount this Prime Day. You'll only save $14 to $20 depending on which model you choose, but given how rarely Apple discounts its latest products and the fact that the new ones have never been discounted, this is still a great deal.

Beyond the charging method, there is no difference between the two AirPod models. Both sets of earbuds have the same audio tech, the same Apple H1 processing chip, and the same design. Regardless of which ones you choose, you'll be getting a pair of arguably the most popular wireless earbuds around, but act quickly — we do not know how long these deals will last.

Read more: The Apple Watch and a few iPads are on sale for Prime Day 2019 — here are the best deals

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, $169.99 (originally $199) [You save $29.01]

If you want to get the latest AirPods that come in a wireless charging case, you can save $29.01 and pay $169.99. With the wireless charging case, you can simply pop the case onto a wireless charger and it will juice up the case and the headphones inside. It's a pretty nifty feature, especially if you regularly use a wireless charger with your iPhone. These headphones will be back in stock on July 22, but you can order them now to get the deal.

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Apple AirPods with Charging Case, $144.99 (originally $159) [You save $14.01]

Of course, you may prefer to save some money and opt for the AirPods that come in a normal charging case for $144.99. The discount is less at $14.01, but the overall price is cheaper. This case juices up with the same lightning cable you use to charge your iPhone or iPad, so it's also easy to use. These AirPods will be back in stock on July 21, but you can order them now to get the sale price.

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Lyft's Citi Bikes are expanding to the Bronx and other New York City areas after being criticized for only serving rich neighborhoods (LYFT)

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:27

  • Citi Bike's third wave of expansion was announced Tuesday, with new stations planned for the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. 
  • The Lyft-owned bike-share system says it will have 40,000 bikes — more than triple the current amount — online by 2023. 
  • However, the expansion comes amid a spate of cyclists killed by cars in New York City and activists say local politicians and police haven't done enough to stop it. 
  • Earlier this month, a community group blasted Citi Bike for only serving white, wealthy citizens who already had transit access.
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Citi Bike, the bike-share program owned by Lyft, is expanding to the Bronx, company executives and New York City elected officials announced Tuesday.

The latest expansion to the previously unserved borough as well as new neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan involves more than tripling the number bikes currently in the system to 40,000 by 2023, officials said.

When Lyft purchased Motivate, which operates Citi Bike as well as similar programs in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and other major cities, the company pledged a $100 million investment in the system's continued growth. Tuesday's announcement is a further continuation of that investment, the company said.

"Here in New York, Citi Bike's expansion to new neighborhoods will provide convenient, affordable, and sustainable transit access to many additional New Yorkers, shortening commutes, boosting public health, and building connections between communities across our great city," Caroline Samponaro, Lyft's head of micromobility policy and former bike activist, said in a press release.

Citi Bike came under fire earlier this month when a group called New York Communities for Change published a report blasting the system for largely serving areas that were made up of white, wealthy, customers.

"Our analysis finds that the Citi Bike network mainly serves a privileged population that already has strong transit options," the report said. "Future expansions of bike sharing in NYC, either through the existing Citi Bike system or through the introduction of new competitors, should expand the effective size of the population who can access the subway in neighborhoods of high social need."

To its credit, Lyft offers discounted passes for public housing residents and those who receive other government benefits. The company also pledged $50 million every year to improving economic outcomes for lower-income residents through its City Works program, it said.

A harrowing time for New York City cyclists

Tuesday's announced expansion also comes amid a rash of bicyclists killed by drivers on New York City streets. Fifteen cyclists have died since the beginning of 2019, far outpacing previous years. Advocates, including the organization TransAlt, have called the Mayor's Vision Zero plan ineffective, and have staged many demonstrations to call attention to the fatalities.

This month, the group staged a "die in" at Washington Square Park in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, with members holding signs with the names of killed cyclists.

"Some people say that there are too many people on bikes in New York. We say there are too many cars," Ellen McDermott, the co-deputy director at Transportation Alternatives, one of the organizers of the event, told AM New York at the time. "It is time to change how we build our streets. Every single New Yorker deserves safe passage, whether you are walking or on your bike — this should be your right."

Lyft also plans to relaunch electric bikes in New York soon, after pulling hundreds of the bikes from streets when they were found to have faulty brakes. Redesigned — and rebranded — Lyft bikes have launched recently in the San Francisco area with more cities in the works.

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This startup is giving away all its database software for free as open source, and it says it's not afraid of Oracle or Amazon

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:25

  • On Tuesday, YugaByte announced it will make the entirety of the code behind its database software available as free open source, including features that customers previously paid for.
  • This is the reverse of the trend created by companies like Redis Labs, MongoDB and Confluent, which added more restrictions to how their software can be used after vendors like Amazon and Alibaba started selling their software on their cloud.
  • YugaByte also announced that its database management software will be under a Polyform Project license — a new type of source-available license authored by a group of open source licensing lawyers. That makes YugaByte the first to adopt a Polyform license. 
  • Even though other companies have made defensive moves against Amazon to protect their business, the YugaByte co-founders explain why they're not worried about Amazon.
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The co-founders of the open-source startup YugaByte have been working in the database business since the early 1990s. Now, the team is working on an open-source database to challenge Oracle, the reigning champion in the database market — and it's bucking a trend in the open-source software world to do it. 

YugaByte develops a database that's designed to run applications that are both cloud-based and more traditional — spanning the worlds of legacy IT and more modern cloud-native development. So far, it's raised $24 million from the likes of Dell Technologies Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners to fund its approach. 

That database is also based on open source software, or software that's free for anyone to use, download, or modify. Similarly, other companies like MongoDB, Redis Labs, CockroachDB, and Confluent built their businesses on open source software. But as cloud providers like Amazon started packaging up this open source software and selling it on their cloud, these companies pushed back by adding restrictions to how their software can be used.

YugaByte, on the other hand, announced Tuesday that it will make its database open source under the Apache 2.0 license, which means the code is completely free for anyone to use, download, modify, or distribute. YugaByte's previously commercial features, which customers had to pay to use, are similarly available for free under this scheme.

"We have already seen a lot of database companies change their licenses, but if you boil down to the gist of it, they ended up making their databases less open," Karthik Ranganathan, co-founder and CTO of YugaByte, told Business Insider. "The database is less open and less community friendly than before. At YugaByte, we have taken a 100% opposite step."

Although YugaByte is giving away its database for free, it plans to make money by charging for services: For paying customers, YugaByte will package its database up into a version designed to make it easy to run in the cloud. YugaByte will also maintain the database, monitor it for errors, and provide other customer support, so long as you're paid up.

Here's the rub, though: Previously, the management software that made all those premium features possible was run on code that was considered proprietary and closed.

Now, though, it will be handled under a brand-new type of software licensing agreement, authored by the Polyform Project — a team of open source licensing lawyers, including Heather Meeker, an attorney and prominent figure in helping MongoDB and the others in their defensive action against the major cloud providers. 

Read more: Meet the programmer-turned-drummer-turned-lawyer who's helping open source startups stand their ground against Amazon's cloud amid a 'clash of ideologies'

In so doing, YugaByte will become the first company to use a Polyform license — at least, the first that's gone public about it. Specifically, YugaByte plans to use the Polyform Project's free-trial-only license. This means that the code is available for users to use and modify during the course of an evaluation period of the software, but may not distribute any changes they make. 

"I'm thrilled that developers are seeing the value of this," Meeker told Business Insider. "It's something we put a lot of effort into based on market demand."

'World class people'

Kannan Muthukkaruppan, CEO and co-founder of YugaByte, spent his time at Facebook, which was "essentially bursting at the seams in terms of infrastructure scaling." There, he met YugaByte co-founders Ranganathan and Mikhail Bautin, who also worked on the social network's database infrastructure.

"We believe we can take the learning, our own learning, having worked at the scale of Facebook and deliver these solutions to the enterprise," Muthukkaruppan told Business Insider.

Together, the co-founders worked to create a new database. Since it was available as open source, the project was able to quickly spread in popularity and pick up updates from the contributions of coders who use it.

"These are world class people who have built the most skilled data products in the world," Ravi Mhatre, founder and managing director of Lightspeed Venture Partners, told Business Insider. "It's just exciting to see them take on the challenge which is to build a next generation, any time, anywhere, very scalable database. If they're successful, it's going to change the database industry."

The Polyform Project

YugaByte is now becoming a pioneer in the ongoing battle of open-source licensing agreements.

The Polyform Project was started by a group of lawyers who wanted to create standardized source-available licenses — that is, licenses that allow people to view the code for free, but has restrictions on how they can use the code.

Notably, they're not open-source licenses, which gives these companies the legal basis to place limitations on how their code can be used. That's important, because under terms like the popular Apache or MIT licenses, Amazon or anybody else is free to take code and use it however they'd like, even packaging it up and selling it, with no limitations. 

MongoDB, Redis Labs, and Confluent have created their own licenses, considered "source-available," rather than "open source." That is to say, while developers can largely view and modify the code to such software, there are limitations on how that code can be distributed that keep it from being considered truly open source.

The Polyform Project intends to standardize such source-available licenses, using plain language that's easy for any prospective customer or developer to understand. The idea is to make these licenses more palatable to would-be users, who may be more familiar with traditional open source licenses. 

"The Polyform Project has been the result of hard work by a lot of people," Meeker said."It's a really high quality product that we can feel comfortable using. The main thing they'll have to get comfortable with is plain language style."

'Knock yourself out, go to Amazon'

Still, all of that only applies to YugaByte's management platform. The core YugaByte database will be available as conventional open source — which raises the possibility that Amazon or another major cloud provider could take its code and sell it from their own platforms, which is something that's happened to many other open source startups. 

However, Ranganathan says he's not worried.

"If you trust us, you will come to our cloud," Ranganathan said. "If you want a cheap place to run something, you might choose to go to Amazon, and it will not monetizable for us in the first place. Knock yourself out, go to Amazon."

If that were to happen, Ranganathan acknowledges that yes, there will be customers who still choose to go to Amazon for the convenience, but there will also be customers who care about the latest features and go to YugaByte.

"It is not possible to do a 100% value capture on open source," Ranganathan said. "That's what makes open source so awesome for the end customer. Competition gives the end user the best experience."

Chef and Cloudera also recently announced they are making their software available as open source.

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Facebook said its Libra cryptocurrency will be regulated by Swiss authorities — but that was news to those Swiss authorities (FB)

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:22

  • David Marcus, head of Facebook's cryptocurrency efforts, testified at a Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing about Libra, the social network's new cryptocurrency push. 
  • Marcus stated that the Libra Association, which will oversee Libra and be headquartered in Switzerland, will be regulated by the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC).
  • But the FDPIC says — and Facebook confirms — that it hasn't been in touch. 
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At a US Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, Facebook said that Swiss authorities will regulate the Libra Association — a consortium of companies including Uber, Mastercard, and Facebook itself, which will itself oversee the new Libra cryptocurrency. 

The issue, it seems, is that this was news to those Swiss authorities. 

David Marcus, head of Facebook's cryptocurrency-focused Calibra subsidiary, testified in front of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing on Tuesday. The hearing was called to examine Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency ambitions and address related data privacy concerns. 

Marcus stated in his prepared remarks that the Libra Association, which will be headquartered in Switzerland, will be regulated by the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC). The association will amass 100 members before Libra launches, Marcus said. 

"For the purposes of data and privacy protections, the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) will be the Libra Association's privacy regulator," said Marcus' testimony.

However, the FDPIC reportedly says that neither Facebook nor anybody else from the Libra Association ever actually got in touch.

"Until today we have not been contacted by the promoters of Libra," Hugo Wyler, the FDPIC head of communication, said in a statement to CNBC on Tuesday. "We expect Facebook or its promoters to provide us with concrete information when the time comes. Only then will we be able to examine the extent to which our legal advisory and supervisory competence is given. In any case, we are following the development of the project in the public debate."

"We've yet to meet with the FDPIC but look forward to meeting with them soon as part of our ongoing conversations with regulators and policymakers," a Calibra spokesperson told Business Insider.

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Tired of the App Store asking you to rate or review an app? Here's how to turn that setting off (AAPL)

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:21

You're using an app, when suddenly, you get a prompt to rate or review the app in Apple's App Store.

It's a good idea to leave feedback for your favorite or most-used apps, but these notifications can become annoying and repetitive after awhile.

If you're tired of the App Store asking you to rate or review your applications, here's how to turn that setting off.

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Open the Settings app on your device.

Find the "iTunes and App Store" section.

Find the setting that says "In-App Ratings and Reviews."

Toggle that off (it's on by default).

There! Now you should finally have some peace and quiet, without any prompts from the App Store.



The best Philips Hue deals running on Day 2 of Amazon's massive Prime Day sales event

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 22:19

In the Prime Days of yore, a few deals have consistently captured the attention of the masses: Instant Pots, Echo products, and Philips Hue smart light bulbs rank among the highest. And they're all on sale again for Prime Day 2019.

Here are all the best Philips Hue smart light deals for Prime Day 2019:

I've written a love letter to Philips Hue smart bulbs in my time at Insider Picks, and a few years later I'd still call the then-$150 Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit (now $97.90) the best apartment upgrade I've ever made. 

Philips Hue smart light bulbs can be controlled via app, Amazon's Alexa, and Google Assistant, and they can offer up to 16 million different shades for your ideal ambiance no matter the occasion. We think Philips Hue makes the best smart light bulbs and the best smart light strips you can buy.

What makes Philips Hue light bulbs so worth it?

The simple answer is how drastically they can improve the quality of your day-to-day life — with absolutely minimal intervention from you. Being able to dim or brighten the light in a room, or set schedules so they're on when you get home are simple luxuries you'll grow to appreciate. And getting to control them from your phone, watch, or by voice means you can turn the lights off without leaving bed or the couch. It also means you can wake up to a light that mimics the sun rather than soul-crushing fluorescent lights. The list of benefits goes on

If you're considering buying Philips Hue light bulbs, Amazon Prime Day is the best time to buy outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you already own some of them, you can save some money by restocking the bulbs while they're discounted.

Shop Philips Hue on Amazon here

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Giveaway: Seagate Ironwolf 110 SSD (480GB)

AnandTech - Út, 2019-07-16 20:30

We haven’t yet given away any hardware this summer, so let’s change that. Earlier this year Seagate announced that they’d be expanding their Ironwolf family of NAS-focused drives to include SATA SSDs, and to that end the company has sent over a 480GB drive for us to give away.

As noted by Ganesh earlier this year when the drives launched, the Ironwolf 110 family the recent drop in NAND pricing has opened the door to SSDs becoming increasingly viable for NASes, especially as cache drives. SMBs and SMEs have already been using enterprise SSDs for this purpose, and Seagate believes that there is a market for SSDs specifically targeting the NAS market, as long as it is at the right price point.

With capacities ranging from 240GB to 3.84TB, Seagate is offering a fairly expansive family with the Ironwolf 110. The drives, based on 3D TLC NAND with sustained performance numbers of 560 / 535 MBps sequential reads / writes, support a relatively hearty 1 DWPD endurance, despite the usual read-heavy scenarios that NASes drive.  Fittingly, since SSDs offer higher reliability due to a lack of moving parts, the rated nonrecoverable read errors rate is 1 per 10E17, 2 orders of magnitude better than the typical Ironwolf HDD.

Seagate Ironwolf 110 Series Specifications Capacity 240 GB 480 GB 960 GB 1920 GB 3840 GB Form Factor 2.5" 7mm SATA NAND Flash 3D TLC Sequential Read 560 MB/s Sequential
Write 345 MB/s 535 MB/s Random Read 55k IOPS 75k IOPS 90k IOPS 90k IOPS 85k IOPS Random
Write 30k IOPS 50k IOPS 55k IOPS 50k IOPS 45k IOPS Idle Power 1.2 W Active Power 2.3 W 2.7 W 3.2 W 3.4 W 3.5 W Warranty 5 years Write
Endurance 435 TB
1 DWPD 875 TB
1 DWPD 1750 TB
1 DWPD 3500 TB
1 DWPD 7000 TB
1 DWPD

Ultimately, Seagate is hoping to sell the IronWolf SSDs to prosumers, creative pros, SMB, and SME NAS users. Prosumers and creative professionals with 10G-capable NAS units stand to benefit from the bandwidth benefits of flash-equipped bays. While enterprise SSDs are the way to go for all-flash arrays with write-heavy workloads, other SSD-in-NAS use-cases in the SMB and SME space can benefit from SSDs such as the IronWolf 110.

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You can get Audible for more than half off right now as a Prime Day deal

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 19:41

Amazon Prime Day has slashed prices on everything from tech to beauty to kitchen gadgets to mattresses and furniture, but many of the best discounts are unsurprisingly saved for Amazon's products and services

That includes an Audible deal that mimics what Amazon offered last year, plus an additional deal that gets you a discount on an annual Audible membership and a 3rd generation Echo Dot

During Prime Day 2019, you can get the following deals on Audible:

The three-month deal will only show on your screen if you're not currently signed up for Audible, or if you haven't been a member in the past. The second deal will show up for all Prime members, whether or not you currently have or have previously had a membership.

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Last year, the three-month deal was the second-most popular deal bought by Business Insider readers. All you have to do to claim either deal is add them to your cart, and the discount will be applied automatically. 

What is Audible? How do you use it?

Audible is basically Amazon's audiobook service, with over 500,000 audiobooks and audio shows that users can listen to. It's typically $14.95/month, though it's $4.95 right now.

Audible members get one credit every month that's good for any title, regardless of price, and two Audible originals that you can pick from six options. If you want to listen to more than one, you'll have to buy additional titles. The good news, though, is that they'll never disappear from your permanent collection, so you can go back to them and visit your digital library repeatedly. And, if you don't love an audiobook, you can swap it for another. 

Currently, you can use Audible on any iPhone or Android device, thanks to the Audible app. It's also accessible with all Alexa-enabled devices and compatible with a slew of others.

In order to take advantage of Prime Day deals, you need a Prime membership. If you aren't one of the 100 million people worldwide who's deemed it useful enough, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of the service. After that, you'll be charged $12.99 per month unless you're a student or you have a valid EBT/Medicaid card. Check out 30+ perks beyond two-day shipping to see what you're getting besides Prime Day discounts.

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Sign up for your Audible subscription, $4.95 per month for the first three months Sign up for an annual Audible membership here, $119.50 per year (originally $149.50/year) and get an Echo Dot for $0.99 Become a Prime member with a 30-day free trial here

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Twitter says Trump's racist tweets aren't a violation of its new policies (TWTR)

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 19:38

  • President Donald Trump directly targeted a group of four Congresswomen in a series of statements published to Twitter on Sunday.
  • The president's tweets were targeted at four women of color who are members of Congress and US citizens; he said they should "go back" to their countries of origin — a racist trope.
  • Twitter's new policy of labeling tweets by world leaders and politicians that break its rules wasn't applied to Trump's tweets, and Twitter representatives say his tweets don't violate the platforms rules. 
  • Twitter declined to explain how the tweets weren't in violation of the company's rules. 
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On Sunday, President Trump used a racist trope to attack four members of Congress.

"Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," Trump said on Twitter.

The racist tweet was aimed at four women of color who are all US citizens: Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley.

It's also, seemingly, a violation of Twitter's rules.

"We prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category," Twitter's terms of service says.

But, in the case of the US president and other world leaders who break the platform's rules, Twitter has a new policy of placing warnings on such tweets.

The idea is simple: It's in the public interest to preserve speech from public officials and politicians.

Read more: Trump said 'I don't have a Racist bone in my body' as he slammed criticism of his racist tweets

Sometimes, that speech might violate Twitter's broadly applied set of user standards, and Twitter must allow it because it's from a public official or politician.

The way that Twitter is dealing with that, rather than outright removing that speech, is by putting it behind a notification warning users that its content might be offensive. It looks like this:

But Twitter representatives told Business Insider that Trump's tweets from this weekend — despite using an overt racist trope — aren't violating its rules. The rep declined repeated requests for more detail.

The rules governing Twitter's use of the warning label are somewhat different from the company's general terms of service.

Twitter published a blog post outlining the new system in late June, which included the following criteria for deciding which tweets from public officials will get a warning label:

  • The immediacy and severity of potential harm from the rule violation, with an emphasis on ensuring physical safety;
  • Whether preserving a Tweet will allow others to hold the government official, candidate for public office, or appointee accountable for their statements;
  • Whether there are other sources of information about this statement available for the public to stay informed;
  • If removal would inadvertently hide context or prevent people from understanding an issue of public concern; and
  • If the Tweet provides a unique context or perspective not available elsewhere that is necessary to a broader discussion."

Despite Twitter's inaction, Trump's statement has been condemned by Democrats, some Republicans, and world leaders. He asserted on Tuesday that he "doesn't have a racist bone" in his body, and that he's not worried about backlash to the statement because "many people agree" with him.

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Tesla workers describe using electrical tape to fix parts and working through cold temperatures to meet Model 3 production goals, report says (TSLA)

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 19:33

  • Tesla employees took shortcuts such as using electrical tape to fix certain parts when trying to meet production goals for the Model 3, according to a CNBC report.
  • In addition to taking shortcuts, employees also grappled with working through cold temperatures at night and heat during the day, according to the report.
  • Tesla disputed those claims in a statement to Business Insider, saying that the anecdotes are "misleading" and "do not reflect our manufacturing processes."
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In an effort to meet aggressive production goals for the Model 3, Tesla employees took shortcuts that included using electrical tape to fix certain parts, according to a CNBC report.

Those working in Tesla's general assembly 4 (GA4) tent were told to take shortcuts to hit their goals, according to CNBC, which cited five people who work or have worked there recently. Plastic housings and brackets tend to break more frequently when it's cold, for example, and supervisors reportedly encouraged workers to use electrical tape to make fixes rather than waiting for additional supplies, according to the report.

Those housings and brackets are used to hold important components in place such as "triple cam" connections, which are used to help the vehicle detect things like roads and traffic lights, according to CNBC. Many cables and white brackets used in the Model 3 already come with electrical tape on them from suppliers, according to Tesla, but current and former workers reportedly told CNBC that the use of electrical tape they described is not the same as this factory tape. The report also details a few other shortcuts employees had taken to meet production goals, such as sending cars down the line that were missing a few nuts or bolts and scaling back on water testing used to detect leaks.

A Tesla spokesperson said it would never encourage or condone shortcuts in production. The company conducts water tests on a sample basis and is not aware of an instance in which this test was skipped in an effort to speed up production. 

In a statement to Business Insider, Tesla called the employee accounts described by CNBC "misleading" and said it has "dedicated teams" that "track every car throughout every shop in the assembly line."

"In order to ensure the highest quality, we review every vehicle for even the smallest refinement before it leaves the factory. Dedicated inspection teams track every car throughout every shop in the assembly line, and every vehicle is then subjected to an additional quality control process towards the end of line. And all of this happens before a vehicle leaves the factory and is delivered to a customer. This applies to all areas of the factory, including our operations at GA4, and it's why Tesla is able to build the safest and best-performing cars available today," the company said in a statement. 

In addition to reportedly circumventing testing and implementing quick fixes, Tesla employees have grappled with working in cold conditions overnight and in the heat during day, CNBC reports. To cope with the cold, some workers reportedly used heat lamps typically used for drying paint to stay warm.

A Tesla spokesperson said its Environmental Health and Safety team regularly monitors temperatures to make sure it's maintaining a comfortable and safe work environment for its employees as well as its production equipment and parts. It monitors temperature, airflow, and humidity and provides fans, hydration, rest breaks, and heat stress awareness training, the company says. 

Employees were also called into work when smoke from the Camp Fire wildfire that ravaged northern California last November floated up and did not distribute masks to workers until after they had asked for them, according to CNBC. Tesla said it immediately offered air filter masks to employees who wanted them at several Tesla sites, and that it monitored the air quality nearly every hour. The firm also says it regularly checked in with employees on-site and provided masks every day as a precaution. 

"We work hard to create a work environment that is as safe, fair and fun as possible, and it is incredibly important to us that employees look forward to coming to work every day. In fact, we have a large number of employees who request to work on GA4 based on what they hear from colleagues and what they have seen first-hand," Tesla said in their statement. 

The report comes after Tesla said that broke a record when it comes to the number of cars it produced and delivered in the second quarter of 2019. The electric car maker said it delivered 95,200 vehicles worldwide, breaking its past record of 90,700 in the fourth quarter of last year and marking a rebound from a lackluster first quarter that only yielded 63,000 deliveries. 

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The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review: An Ergonomic Masterpiece

AnandTech - Út, 2019-07-16 19:30

Today we are taking a look at the Freestyle Edge RGB, the successor to the the first ergonomic mechanical keyboard that we ever reviewed, the Freestyle Edge. Although its name suggests that the company just added RGB lighting to the initial version of the keyboard, as we'll see in this review, Kinesis has made several and significant changes to the overall Freestyle Edge design.

Amazon Prime Day 2019: Every deals article we've written so far

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 19:22

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is happening this Monday and Tuesday on July 15-16, 2019.

It will be live for 48 hours (the longest Prime Day event yet), starting at 12 a.m. PT on July 15 and ending at 11:59 p.m. PT on July 16. The sale will usher in over a million deals sitewide — with new deals starting as often as every five minutes. Unsurprisingly bigger and better than ever, this year even comes with its own concert exclusively for Prime members, headlined by Taylor Swift.  

Check out all Prime Day 2019 deals on Amazon

To help you sift through the discounts, our team has been cherry-picking the best deals and compiling them into shoppable guides organized by category and interest, useful how-tos, and insider tricks and tips for getting the most out of the yearly event. We'll keep updating it all in real time so you'll never miss a deal you're looking for.

Here's a master list of all our coverage of Prime Day 2019 deals — including the best Tuesday deals for Day 2.

The 31 best Tuesday deals of Amazon Prime Day 2019 — here's what Prime members should buy on Day 2

Here's where you should to go for all the best deals offered on Tuesday of Prime Day 2019 across all categories. Bookmark this page for easy access.

The best Fitbit deals on Amazon Prime Day 2019 — the Alta HR is just $50 now, which is $80 off

At least one of Fitbit's many multi-talented fitness trackers always goes on sale during Prime Day. The Alta HR in particular was a favorite among Insider Picks readers last year, but you should be able to have your pick of other models. 

The best kitchen deals of Amazon Prime Day 2019 — on Instant Pots, sous vides, and more

Find all your best deals on kitchen supplies and appliances here for Amazon Prime day 2019, including discounts on Instant Pots and Vitamix blenders.

The very best tech deals (so far) of Amazon Prime Day 2019: Day 2

For Tuesday, July 16 — Day 2 of Prime Day 2019 — Amazon a lot of top tech devices on sale, including the Fire TV Stick and Echo. Here are the best tech deals and discounts.

The best competing Prime Day sales of 2019 from major retailers like Walmart, Target, and eBay — some are promising better discounts

Retail competitors like Target and Walmart aren't going to sit on the sidelines and let Amazon take all the customers. They're hosting their own sales in hopes of attracting online shoppers to their sites. 

The best Prime Day deals on Amazon devices, including Echo speakers, Fire TV devices, and Kindles

Amazon is discounting many of its top-rated speakers, TV streamers, e-readers, tablets, and security cameras to their lowest prices ever. We show you the differences among the models and also compare the deals to those from last year's Black Friday. 

When is Amazon Prime Day 2019?

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is running on July 15-16, 2019. Read on for the official start time and end time of Prime Day 2019

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Learn the history of Prime Day.

Amazon Prime Day 2019 FAQs and news

Here's everything you need to know about Prime Day 2019 — we answer all of your frequently asked questions.

All the tips and tricks you need to save the most money possible on Prime Day

If you don't want to get lost in a sea of more than 1 million deals, you'll want to prepare a little and go in already knowing what you're looking for.

The 30 most popular products from last year's Amazon Prime Day

We compiled a list of the deals our readers loved and bought the most last year for easy reference. 

The best Bose headphones and speakers deals you can get on Prime Day 2019

Bose is a household name in audio for a reason. This year, save $60 to $70 on over-ear and wireless headphones, and $40 on a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker. 

The best Kindle deals of Prime Day 2019

Three Kindle models — the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Oasis are on sale right now. To sweeten the deal, Amazon is throwing in $5 eBook credit and three months of free Kindle Unlimited to get your book collection started. 

The Amazon Prime credit card always earns 5% back on Amazon and Whole Foods purchases — but on Prime Day, it's 6%

The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card normally gets Prime members 5% back at Amazon and Whole Foods, but during Prime Day that rate is 6%.

ChefSteps is offering 30% off its top-rated Joule sous vide on Prime Day 2019

The ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide makes cooking gourmet dishes effortless, and now you can save up to $60 on the device during Amazon Prime Day 2019.

32 products we recommend waiting until Amazon Prime Day to buy

We've been covering Prime Day every year since its inception, and we've gotten pretty good at spotting the deals that return year after year. Ahead of Prime Day, we predicted which 32 products — from DNA tests to Echo speakers — would be on sale. See how those predictions panned out. 

You can get Audible for more than half off right now in this Prime Day deal

Audible, Amazon's audiobook app, has been discounted from $14.95 per month to $4.95 per month for your first three months if you're a new member. You can also opt to get $30 off your annual membership (now $119.50) and receive an Echo Dot for $0.99 extra if you've already been a member.

Amazon is running a Prime Day deal that gets you 50% off popular movie rentals on Prime Video

For a limited time, you can take 50% off rentals on popular movies on Prime Video.

Amazon is running a Prime Day deal on AmazonFresh, its grocery delivery service

Right now for Prime Day, you can save up to 40% on groceries when shopping AmazonFresh. Plus, new AmazonFresh customers can get $15 off their first order of $35 or more with the promo code "FRESH15" at checkout.

I use Amazon's Prime Pantry on a semi-regular basis since it's so convenient — and it's running a great Prime Day deal now

Currently, Prime Pantry, Amazon's store for household essentials, is offering new subscribers $10 off their first order of $40 or more with a 30-day free trial Pantry membership when they use the code "PANTRY" at checkout. 

I purchased a 6-month supply of toilet paper on Amazon Prime Day — and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made

Most people use Prime Day as an opportunity to save on pricier tech items like TVs, speakers, and phones. I use Prime Day to stock up on toilet paper.

Amazon is offering 4 months of access to its music-streaming service for $1 now through Prime Day

As of now, Amazon Music Unlimited is offering new members access to tens of millions of songs for $1 for the first four months (regularly priced at $7.99 per month).

All the Twitch Prime gaming deals and special perks you can get on Prime Day 2019

Twitch Prime is the world's leading social video platform and community for gamers and is included free with Amazon Prime. It's hosting its own live shopping show, one on each day of Prime Day, and offering exclusive in-game perks. 

This Amazon Prime Day deal lets anyone try 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free

As Prime Day 2019 deal, get three months of Kindle Unlimited for free — far cheaper than the normal monthly price of $9.99. The offer ends July 31.

Amazon's Fire TV Stick is an all-time-low price of $14.99 for Prime Day 2019

The Fire TV Stick is dirt cheap and comes with a $45 credit for Sling TV, a live TV streaming subscription. You can also pay a little more for the 4K HD version, or try another Fire TV product like the Fire TV Recast.

Amazon Echo speakers and devices are deeply discounted for Prime Day 2019 — here's every Echo deal you'll find

If you're interested specifically in Amazon's popular smart speakers, this is the only roundup you'll need to consult. You can save $50 on the Echo speaker, $70 on the Echo Show, and more. 

The best smartphone deals of Amazon Prime Day 2019

Lots of smartphones go on sale for Prime Day, so we rounded up the best smartphone deals for 2019 — including Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones.

Amazon Prime Day deals on Chromebooks you don't want to miss

Amazon shoppers can save up to $100 (or more) on Chromebook laptops from Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, Samsung, and HP during Amazon Prime Day 2019.

Ring Video Doorbells on super-sale for Prime Day 2019 — 2 of the discounted home security systems come with free Echo Dots

The Ring Video Doorbell is heavily discounted for Amazon Prime Day 2019. Two of the discounted smart home security systems come with free Echo Dots.

30 cool products that just launched on Amazon exclusively for Prime members

One Prime Day-related exclusive is Prime Day Launches, a selection of new products that only Prime members can shop for a limited time leading up to Prime Day. See 2019's Launches here.

10 cool beauty and skin-care launches only Prime members can get their hands on during Amazon Prime Day

The beauty and skin-care launches specifically are worth taking a closer look at if you're interested in up-and-coming brands and new products like makeup, face wash, and pomade. 

Amazon's Prime Day sale includes deals on celebrity products from Kristen Bell, Kobe Bryant, and Marshmello

Amazon has partnered with a handful of your favorite celebrities, including Kristen Bell, Mark Wahlberg, and Will and Jaden Smith, to introduce new and exclusive products ranging from snacks and drinks to personal-care products. 

How to avoid missing out on 'Lightning Deals' throughout Prime Day

Amazon's Lightning Deals are limited-time, limited-stock offers that are usually available to everyone. On Prime Day, though, they're only available to Prime members. Here's how to make sure you don't miss out on the ones you want

The free trick to gaining access to Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals — even without a membership

In order to access the deals, you must be an Amazon Prime member. If you're not already, you can sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial now so you can shop Prime Day without committing the full $119. Just make sure you cancel the membership after Prime Day if you don't want to continue it. 

Here's what you should buy on Amazon Prime Day 2019 based on past deals

We've been sifting through Prime Day deals and showing you the best ones since 2015, so we have a good idea of the product categories and brands you should be focusing on if you want to get the most bang for your buck. Here's the cheat sheet.

The best vacuum deals you'll find on Prime Day 2019 — including upright, cordless, and robot vacuums

There are all types of vacuums to fit your cleaning needs and preferences, from traditional upright corded vacuums to robot vacuums that will clean your floors by themselves. 

Save up to $350 on Roomba vacuums during Amazon Prime Day 2019 — here are the best deals

Last year, the Roomba 671 robot vacuum was discounted $120 for a sale price of $229.99. This year, the big Roomba deal of the event is on the 690 model, down $140 to a sale price of $229.99. 

You can get an affordable robot vacuum from Eufy for $149 right now as a Prime Day deal

You didn't think we forgot about Roomba's competitor Eufy, did you? If you want to spend less than $200 on a new robot vacuum, Eufy has a couple up for grabs. 

The LifeStraw personal water filter is an Amazon Prime Day deal for $10 — here's why everyone should have at least one

LifeStraw is a safe and effective water-filtration device that stole the show during last year's Prime Day. It's on sale for $10 during the 2019 event.

The best camera deals for Prime Day 2019

From tripods to photo printers, check out the best deals on cameras and other photo accessories during Prime Day 2019.

The very best deals from Walmart's competing Prime Day 2019 sale — including Google devices, Apple devices, and 4K smart TVs

Walmart is offering majorly competitive deals on Prime Day 2019, including discounts on Google devices that Amazon doesn't even carry.

Walmart is competing with Amazon Prime Day with a great deal on the Google Home Max

The Google Home Max is one of the best smart speakers you can buy. During Prime Day, Walmart, Best Buy, and others are offering the Max for just $249.

The KitchenAid stand mixer deals you can find on Amazon Prime Day 2019

Every Prime Day, there are big savings on these classic stand mixers — and every Prime Day, you'll have to fight the hordes of other shoppers who want their hands on one, too. We've listed where else you can find the popular stand mixers, including Target and Walmart. 

31 useful Amazon Prime benefits to know that go beyond free 2-day shipping

The most notable perk is fast, free shipping, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Don't leave any perks you're technically paying for — or getting access to via trial — still on the table. 

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Instagram is down for thousands of users (FB)

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 19:21

Instagram appeared to be down for thousands users around the world on Tuesday afternoon.

At least 2,600 users reported having issues with the photo-sharing platform on Tuesday, according to outage-tracking website Down Detector. Many users on Twitter also reported having issues with Instagram.

Read more: Facebook and Instagram are suffering from far more downtime than rival social networks

This follows a major outage earlier this month across Facebook's family of platforms — Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.

The amount of service outages experienced on Facebook and Instagram has dramatically increased in the last year, data shared with Business Insider by Down Detector shows. In the first six months of 2019, Instagram's downtime almost doubled compared with the same time period in the beginning of 2018.

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A Microsoft general manager explains how people can start getting the skills they need for the quantum computing revolution today (MSFT)

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 19:21

Right now, the US has a limited talent pool of quantum computing experts. But, as Silicon Valley gears up for what it expects to be a huge revolution in supercomputing, Microsoft has big plans to start training people in quantum-related skills now. 

Quantum computers have special properties that allow them to process exponentially more information than regular ones. Although they're still in their early stages, quantum computing could potentially be used for complicated problems like drug discovery, predicting the stock market, fighting climate change, or planning shipping logistics.

Giants like IBM, Microsoft, Google, and Intel have invested in their own quantum computing efforts, with startups like Rigetti or IonQ taking on the market as well. Still, experts say that real, practical quantum computers are still likely five to ten years away, and call this current period a a "quantum winter." 

Still, Krysta Svore, general manager of quantum software at Microsoft, says that there are ways to get people up to speed now. She spoke about some of these plans at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference on Monday.

For one, Microsoft has a quantum development kit, which includes a programming language for quantum applications called Q#. This kit is available as open source, which means it's free for anyone to use, download, or modify. Svore says developers can start using this kit to write applications that can be run on a quantum computer. Microsoft also created a curriculum for people to learn about quantum computing and programming in Q#.

"We've seen Microsoft really opening up for more of a community approach to problems and solutions," Svore said. "With that, we decided that we also want to see a broader community engaging around quantum computing."

Just in March, Microsoft partnered with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington to form a coalition called the Northwest Quantum Nexus, which aims to promote the development of quantum computing in the Pacific Northwest region.

Finally, she says to continue to support education in science, technology, engineering, and math. Previously, Todd Holmdahl, corporate vice president of Microsoft Quantum, told Business Insider that he would advise children to pursue quantum computing as a career because there are big opportunities for the future.

Indeed, the government is interested in advancing quantum computing, too. In December, it passed the National Quantum Initiative Act, which proposes spending $1.2 billion over the next five years to advance quantum computing technologies.

"We need to continue to think about how we're going to educate people in our country where they can do important technological advances here," Svore said. "Without people entering those fields and not knowing how to program period, we're not going to be competitive."

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At a Google team off-site, we were asked to play a personality game that clearly revealed why it's so hard for women to reach the top

Business Insider SAI - Út, 2019-07-16 19:17

  • Marissa Orr is a Facebook and Google veteran and single mother who navigated the world of tech for 15 years.
  • The following is an excerpt from her book, "Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace."
  • The book follows her journey discovering the systemic dysfunction of corporations, challenges what she calls the male worldview of "Lean In," and offers a new argument into why women aren't at the top.
  • Orr offers behind-the-scenes insight into working alongside Sheryl Sandberg, how promotions are really decided, and why she believes corporate attempts to close the gender gap are at the expense of female well-being. 
  • In this excerpt, she describes a game that she and her Google colleagues played at a team off-site, and how it helped open her eyes to the real gender gap problem at work.
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Several years ago, at Google, we had to fill out a personality questionnaire for a team off-site. When we arrived at the conference room at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, Margaret from HR handed us thick, black booklets with the results. They were stunningly accurate self-portraits: details of our likes, dislikes, motivations, strengths, and weaknesses. Printed on the inside cover of each booklet was a color, which represented one of the four major personality types.

I was a Green. This meant I had a strong drive to help people, and my primary focus was on maintaining harmony. In other words, I was a hippie. To underscore the point, the color wasn't just called Green, but Earth Green. In the corporate world, this is akin to being a sex offender. 

The polar opposite of Earth Green was Fiery Red. Reds are competitive and have a strong drive to be in control, and their primary focus is on results — as opposed to Greens, who prioritize relationships.

We were told to sit in groups with our like-colored teammates. As I sat in the corner of the room with my fellow Greens, Margaret reminded us, "No color or style is better than the other; each plays an essential role. This isn't a competition." The Reds booed.

My hand shot up to ask a question: "What are the colors of our executive leadership team?" Margaret shuffled her feet and hesitated before saying, "There are a few different ones ... but ... not all of them took the same survey. So, it's hard to say." Her non-answer answer only fueled everyone's curiosity.

As the "middle children" in our personality rainbow, the Sunshine Yellows started getting antsy for attention and began chanting, "Tell us!" in unison until Margaret cracked like an egg.

Turns out, 11 out of 12 senior executives in the sales organization were Red. The Reds in the room went wild. Suck it, hippies! A Green next to me started crying.

Margaret cautioned us not to read a lot into it, but it was too late. We were stunned. It was laughable and made so much sense. I mean, what kind of hippie wants to be CEO? Red personality types want power, thrive in competition, and fear losing control. Isn't it obvious that they'd strive for roles in executive management and compete more fiercely to attain them? 

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The colors exercise helped me better understand myself, what motivates me, and it provided a new way to articulate what I wanted and needed at work. As I've mentioned, I'd long been held back by Google's requirement to manage a team. Before the off-site, I struggled to explain why my distaste for being a manager didn't reflect a lack of ambition. And I didn't know how to make the case for granting an exception to the policy.

Armed with the insights from our exercise, I approached my manager with a renewed sense of enthusiasm. I figured that if I explained to her what I'd learned — that I'm motivated by building relationships and collaboration — she would understand that a managerial role would be more of a punishment than a reward, and somehow this would exempt me from the policy, and I'd finally get promoted. Perhaps more important, I hoped it would alter her perception of me. My hesitancy toward a management position would no longer be translated into "Marissa lacks ambition," and instead would be considered as, "Marissa knows who she is, and we need to give her rewards she actually wants."

Once again, my manager indulged my naivete with characteristic patience and politeness, and explained that the policy was what it was, and that it was unlikely to change anytime soon. She understood my point, but it was ultimately up to the VP of the sales organization, who, despite having heard this argument before, remained steadfast in her view that managing teams was essential to one's career growth.

At first, I was dumbfounded. Why did our VP believe that everyone wanted the same things? Why wouldn't she want to motivate her best people to give their best effort? With time and experience, I learned what the academic textbooks and the studies could never teach me.

Our VP was a very smart lady. Of course she understood that not everyone wants to be a manager. But she wasn't about to change the policy to accommodate these people, because the policy was specifically designed to weed them out! What I saw as a simple difference in personality and motivation, she saw as weakness.

Convincing people that men and women relate to power differently isn't the problem — it's almost too obvious to deny. The real problem is that we regard men's relationship to power as strength and women's as weakness. And it's this value judgment, the association to weakness, that clouds so much of our dialogue on the topic. 

Taken from Lean Out by Marissa Orr. Copyright © 2019 by Marissa Orr. Used by permission of HarperCollins Leadership. www.harpercollinsleadership.com.

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