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Posted: 10 Jan 2018 01:14 PM PST
Netflix has released a short clip previewing Barack Obama's appearance on the first episode of David Letterman's new Netflix talk show, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction."
In the 52-second video, Obama recounts a self-deprecating experience of dancing with Prince, months before the singer died in 2016. The former president jokes that he has "dad moves" and practices "staying in the pocket" to avoid embarrassment while dancing.
Letterman's new, hour-long series is set to air monthly after the Obama episode debuts on January 12. Subsequent episodes feature an influential list of guests, including Jay-Z, Tina Fey, and George Clooney.
Netflix described the series by saying that its "interviews will take place both inside and outside a studio setting. The conversations are intimate, in-depth and far-reaching, with the levity and humor Dave's fans know and love. Field segments will bring Dave to locations far and wide, expressing his curiosity and desire to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the iconic guest featured in the episode."
Watch the clip below:
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 01:10 PM PST
"He'd say, 'Hey, we need to do something about it. We didn't see this coming 11 years ago. Let's make something happen'" Fadell, the founder of Nest Labs and one-time head of the Google Glass project team, said in a recent interview with Cheddar.
Over the past several years, psychologists and Silicon Valley insiders have expressed growing concern that consumer tech is designed to keep users hooked — often against their best interests.
Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya said the site is "ripping apart the social fabric of how society works." Sean Parker, former Napster head and Facebook president, said social media "literally changes your relationship to society." And in a recent Atlantic article, psychologist Jean Twenge asserted smartphones were "destroying" the generation of today's teenagers and early college students.
Fadell was instrumental in developing the iPod in the early 2000s. He worked closely alongside Jobs to develop the first-generation music player. When asked if Jobs would be happy with the current tech landscape, Fadell had a mixed answer.
Although Jobs developed the first computer as a way to connect millions of people around the world and democratize technology, he still wanted to uphold societal standards. For instance, neither iTunes music or video store, nor the App Store, could host pornography or anything malicious, Fadell said.
The guidelines may persist, but the broader culture around technology design has changed, Fadell suggested. As former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris has attested, user engagement has become the ultimate metric at many companies. And that has led to the current problem of tech addiction.
"I've talked to my friends there (at Apple), and they understand what's going on," Fadell said.
On January 9, the day before Fadell's interview, Apple agreed to introduce new features to its operating system in response to a letter from two of the company's shareholders. The letter outlined numerous studies that found kids are highly vulnerable to tech addiction.
Apple didn't go into any detail about what the new features and enhancements might involve.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:50 PM PST
Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against the decline that comes with aging?
Exercises that get your heart pumping and sweat flowing — known as aerobic exercise, or "cardio" — have significant and beneficial effects on the brain and body, according to a wealth of recent research, including a new study published Monday.
"Aerobic exercise is key for your head, just as it is for your heart," according to an article in a Harvard Medical School blog. Here are some of the ways cardio is such a boon for our bodies.
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Cardio tones your muscles.
It was initially believed that when it comes to building muscle, cardio paled in comparison to exercises like resistance training, which are designed to help you gain strength. But a recent review of 14 studies published in the journal Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews found that on average, men who did 45 minutes of moderate to intense cardio 4 days a week saw a 5%-6% increase in leg muscle size.
“Aerobic exercise, if done properly, can lead to as much muscle growth as you’d expect with resistance exercise,” Ball State University exercise scientist Matthew Harber, who authored the study, told Men's Fitness.
It also raises your heart rate, improving heart and lung health.
Aerobic workouts, especially swimming, train your body to use oxygen more efficiently, a practice that gradually reduces your resting heart rate and your breathing rate — two important indicators of cardiovascular health.
A 2008 study compared blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other heart health metrics across close to 46,000 walkers, runners, swimmers, and sedentary people. The researchers found that the regular swimmers and runners had the best metrics, followed closely by the walkers.
It may even help reverse some heart damage from normal aging.
Many of us become less active as we get older. Over time, this can lead some muscles in the heart to stiffen. One of those at-risk muscles is in the left chamber of the heart, a section that plays a key role in supplying the body with freshly-oxygenated blood.
A recent study split 53 adults into two groups, one of which did two years of supervised exercise four to five days per week while the other simply did yoga and balance exercises. At the end of the study, published in January in the journal Circulation, the higher-intensity exercisers saw significant improvements in their heart's performance. Those results suggest that some stiffening in the heart can be prevented or even reversed with regular cardio.
"Based on a series of studies performed by our team over the past 5 years, this 'dose' of exercise has become my prescription for life," Benjamin Levine, the author of the study and and a professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern, said in a statement.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:38 PM PST
As part of a new partnership, Chicago's Baderbräu Brewing Company is brewing up a beer called Five Star Lager that will be sold under Lyft's brand. If you buy a can, the app-based taxi company will offer you 60% off your next ride home.
According to Lyft, the deal is not about selling suds or getting consumers to use its service more often, but about cutting down on drunk driving.
"We decided to partner with Baderbräu for the Five Star Lager launch to encourage more Chicagoans to travel responsibly when they’re out on the town," David Katcher, Lyft's midwest general manager, said in a statement.
For now, the new Lyft lager, which will come in 12-ounce cans, will be available only at select locations in Chicago.
The partnership isn't the first time Lyft has teamed up with a beer company. For the past two years, the company has worked with Anheuser-Busch to provide thousands of free rides home during weekends and holidays in select cities.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:34 PM PST
Eran Segal from the Weizmann Institute of Science explains why you shouldn't rely on counting calories. Following is a transcript of the video.
Eran Segal: If you take in less energy than you take out, then you will lose weight. And that idea, of course, it has some truth to it, but then it also oversimplifies the situation. And we know that this is also definitely not the full answer to it.
My name is Eran Segal. I’m a researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
You can have a diet where people even eat more calories than some other person, yet they still lose more weight. Then even the same person on diet A can eat, say 2000 calories and gain weight but then on another diet that person would eat 2500 calories but they would be losing weight.
And the reason is because the foods in these different diets may be very different and maybe process very differently by the individual. And it has to do with the amount of energy that that individual may be able to extract from one diet compared to the other.
And we really think that a key aspect for measuring that has to do with your blood glucose level response to those foods. Because that really dictates then the amount of insulin that your body secretes and that is directly affecting the amount of fat storage that will be caused by consumption of these foods.
One of the reasons why you really see this phenomenon that on the same food some person would gain weight and another person would lose weight.
A lot of that we believe has to do with differences that we have in our gut bacteria. Because the gut bacteria would be processing and being involved in metabolizing the foods very differently in each person.
So each of us actually has a tremendous amount of different bacteria living within our body. Some bacteria will thrive on some food and other bacteria will thrive on other foods.
They're really heavily intertwined with our metabolism and have an enormous impact on our processing of food and on our health and disease and they've been linked to many different diseases to obesity, to diabetes, to heart disease, and even to cancer and Urological disease.
We are still, as a scientific community, trying to understand what is a good and what is a bad bacterial composition. And how we can also change that with diet.
This is a very much an active field of research that we are trying to understand. But, in the meantime, we've been able to profile individuals gut bacterial composition and based on their composition, identify foods that would be fitting and matching their own bacterial composition.
So well we still do not understand the full way by which we can affect the good bacteria for the better. We can utilize and harness the information in the gut bacterial composition in order to tailor the diet of an individual to find foods that would be optimal for that person.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:27 PM PST
Research has found that an eighth-grader's risk for depression jumps 27% when he or she frequently uses social media. Kids who use their phones for at least three hours a day are much more likely to be suicidal. And recent research has found the teen suicide rate in the US now eclipses the homicide rate, with smartphones as the driving force.
But the writing about smartphone risk may have been on the wall for roughly a decade, according to educators Joe Clement and Matt Miles, coauthors of the recent book "Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber."
It should be telling, Clement and Miles argue, that the two biggest tech figures in recent history — Bill Gates and Steve Jobs — seldom let their kids play with the very products they helped create.
"What is it these wealthy tech executives know about their own products that their consumers don't?" the authors wrote. The answer, according to a growing body of evidence, is the addictive power of digital technology.
'We limit how much technology our kids use at home'
In 2007, Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft, implemented a cap on screen time when his daughter started developing an unhealthy attachment to a video game. He also didn't let his kids get cell phones until they turned 14. (Today, the average age for a child getting their first phone is 10.)
Jobs, who was the CEO of Apple until his death in 2012, revealed in a 2011 New York Times interview that he prohibited his kids from using the newly-released iPad. "We limit how much technology our kids use at home," Jobs told reporter Nick Bilton.
In a recent interview on the online news channel Cheddar, iPod co-creator Tony Fadell speculated that if Steve Jobs were alive today, he'd want to address growing societal concerns about tech addiction. "He’d say, 'Hey we need to do something about it,'" Fadell said.
In "Screen Schooled," Clement and Miles make the case that wealthy Silicon Valley parents seem to grasp the addictive powers of smartphones, tablets, and computers more than the general public does — despite the fact that these parents often make a living by creating and investing in that technology.
"It's interesting to think that in a modern public school, where kids are being required to use electronic devices like iPads," the authors wrote, "Steve Jobs's kids would be some of the only kids opted out."
Jobs' children have finished school, so it's impossible to know how the late Apple cofounder would have responded to education technology, or "edtech." But Clement and Miles suggest that if Jobs' kids had attended the average US school today, they'd have used tech in the classroom far more than they did at home while growing up.
That's at the average school at least, according to the coauthors. A number of specialty Silicon Valley schools, such as the Waldorf School, are noticeably low-tech. They use chalkboards and No. 2 pencils. Instead of learning how to code, kids are taught the soft skills of cooperation and respect. At Brightworks School, kids learn creativity by building things and attending classes in treehouses.
Edtech won't be a 'cure all'
If there is any concession Gates has made on technology, it's in the benefits it offers students in certain educational settings. In the years since Gates implemented his household policy, the billionaire philanthropist has taken a keen interest in personalized education, an approach that uses electronic devices to help tailor lesson plans for each student.
In a recent blog post, Gates celebrated Summit Sierra, a Seattle-based school that takes students' personal goals — like getting into a specific college — and devises a path to get there. Teachers in personalized learning settings take on more of a coaching role, helping to nudge students back on track when they get stuck or distracted.
Technology in these cases is being used as specifically as possible — and in ways Gates recognizes as useful for a student's development, not as entertainment.
"Personalized learning won't be a cure-all," he wrote. But Gates said he's "hopeful that this approach could help many more young people make the most of their talents."
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:22 PM PST
LAS VEGAS — When I had the chance to hail a self-driving Lyft at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, I jumped at the opportunity.
A car that drives on its own and will ferry me around the Las Vegas strip? "Sure," I thought.
It sounded a little scary but totally futuristic. Plus, I'd never ridden in a self-driving car before.
So on Wednesday morning, my colleague Kif Leswing and I showed up at a parking lot near the Las Vegas Convention Center to hail a self-driving Lyft ride. Lyft partnered with autonomous vehicle startup Aptiv for the event — Aptiv provided the car and the self-driving technology, while Lyft handled the ride-hailing part.
We had a nice ride around Las Vegas, but it turned out to be one of the least thrilling things I've done at CES so far — but that's a good thing.
Autonomous car company Aptiv is one of seven companies Lyft partners with.
Jody Kelman, Lyft's product lead for its self driving platform, described their method as "plug and play": Companies like Aptiv, Waymo, and Jaguar Land Rover provide the cars, but they use Lyft's open platform for things like autonomous ride-sharing.
The coolest thing about the cars is how subtly Aptiv added the sensors, called LIDAR.
They're built right into the car rather than sitting on the roof like a lot of other companies. Those arrows point to a few, but they were others all over the body of the car.
It's actually so hard to tell it's a self-driving car that it had to be stamped across the back bumper.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:21 PM PST
At CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Chinese tech company Baidu announced an update to its Apollo autonomous driving software and revealed that the software will be used in mass-market vehicles that will start production this year.
The software update, Apollo 2.0, will allow vehicles to drive autonomously in "simple urban road conditions." Vehicles using the software will be able to navigate intersections, change lanes, obey traffic rules, see obstacles up to 300 feet away, and identify traffic lights from up to 500 feet way with 99% accuracy, according to Jingao Wang, Baidu's senior director of autonomous driving.
The company also revealed partnerships with Chinese auto companies to power a mini bus and mass-market vehicles. The mini bus, made by King Long, will begin production in 2018. Consumer vehicles made by JAC Motors and BAIC Motor will begin production in 2019, with Chery set to begin production in 2020.
Baidu began as a search engine and could be described as China's version of Google. The company has been making significant investments in autonomous-driving technology to compete with American companies like Tesla and Waymo.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:16 PM PST
The fitness startup on Tuesday unveiled the Peloton Tread, a high-end treadmill with built-in, live workouts, much like the company's popular exercise bike.
The Tread is Peloton's first new product since the Bike, and CEO John Foley has quickly chosen a favorite.
"Personally I'm more excited about the Peloton Tread than I am about the Peloton Bike, since I'd rather do a full-body workout," Foley told Business Insider in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The Tread encourages users to actually get off the machine and workout next to it. The workouts — which beam into your home live or on demand — focus on activities like high-intensity interval training, which includes short sprints followed by workouts on a mat.
Because of this, Peloton installed a 32-inch screen and 20-watt soundbar on the treadmill so users can still see and hear the instructor when they're on the floor. The screen is twice as large as the screen on the bike, and honestly looks shockingly large in person (for context, the screen is larger than an iMac Pro).
Still, a treadmill isn't exactly a revolutionary product, and a $4,000 treadmill is almost triple the cost of other high-end versions on the market.
So why make one now? It all has to do with Peloton's quest for fitness domination.
It's not about the hardware
In 2016, Peloton tripled its annual revenue to $170 million, and the company now has 600,000 paying subscribers.
But Foley is quick to point out that Peloton isn't a legacy exercise equipment company, and it isn't in the same league as a brand like NordicTrack or ProForm.
"We're not a hardware company," Foley said. "We don't compete with those companies. Those companies are yesteryear."
What Foley believes makes Peloton a company of the future is threefold: the classes, the instructors, and the community surrounding Peloton, which borders on fanatical.
Still, Peloton is making hardware, and expensive hardware at that. The Peloton Bike costs $1,995, and the treadmill costs $2,000 more. Even Foley admits that the "optics" don't look great.
"What we need to work on is making it the best value," Foley said. "It is the best value, but the optics of it, with that $4,000 price point..."
To curb some of the sticker shock, Peloton is offering financing for the Tread. Current Peloton Bike owners can get the Tread for $110 per month for 39 months after a $250 deposit, and new customers will pay $149 per month after the deposit.
Foley compares the cost, when split between two people, to a gym membership. In cities like New York, where Peloton is based, gym memberships can cost $75 per month on the low end.
The best of both worlds
The Tread uses technology that's a bit unusual for treadmills. Rather than a standard belt, the Tread is made up of 59 individual slats, which absorb shock better and are easier on your joints.
The machine also differs from standard treadmills in a seemingly minor — but game-changing — way. Rather than a screen full of buttons in the front of the treadmill to adjust speed and incline, the Tread has two knobs on either side bar, right about at elbow height. To make the belt go faster, you just gently turn the knob forward — same goes for incline.
When I tried the Tread at CES, I was instantly impressed by that feature. When running fast on a treadmill, I'm always worried I'm going to trip and fall trying to frantically press the buttons. The knobs are not only more convenient, but made the machine feel safer to use.
I didn't brave a jog — better yet a sprint — on the Tread, but I could also feel the difference with the slat belt versus a standard belt. It seemed springier and spongier than other treadmills, and I felt like the impact would be gentler on my knees and hips, which are always sore after a run.
But what really made the Tread special was on the screen. There are a variety of workouts to choose from, from 20-minute runs to 80-minute boot camps to evening yoga.
Just like with its cycling classes, the instructor looks right into the camera and urges you on, making you feel like you're in class with him or her. You can choose a class based on the type of workout you're looking for, or based on the type of music you want. You can even preview the playlist ahead of time — so if you're not that into Fall Out Boy while you run, for example, you can choose another workout.
The interface is clean, simple, and easy to navigate, and has nice features like a "Now Playing" module and a leaderboard. Peloton offers an iOS app too, so even if you don't want to shell out for the Tread, you can still take Peloton's classes.
It wasn't until watching what the classes are like and experiencing first-hand the immersive screen that it clicked for me: Peloton is providing all the features of a trendy workout class while letting you enjoy it in the privacy of your own home.
It's a feeling of community without having to drive miles to the nearest gym, or cram into a crowded workout class in a big city. It's one-on-one attention without the often embarrassing or expensive experience of hiring a personal trainer.
And the best part: you can workout in whatever you're comfortable in, because no one else can see you.
In short, Peloton is offering the very best of both worlds — as long as you're willing to pay the price.
The cult of Peloton
Before checking out the new product at CES, I asked a current Peloton Bike owner what she thought of the service. She ended up writing me five paragraphs about her love for the product.
"My fingers can't keep up with my love for Peloton," she said. "I love that I can hop on the bike at a time that works for me and ride alongside hundreds of other people. I feel like it's a live class because of how the instructors engage with the audience — in studio and at home — and the leaderboard reminds me I'm racing against others. And it works for people who can't get to a workout because of a busy life."
Her sentiments are the norm among Peloton users, who congregate on Facebook pages, who have made celebrities out of Peloton instructors, who make a pilgrimage to "the mothership" in New York for live classes, and who continue to pay the $39 subscription fee month after month.
Foley says that level of super-fandom is one even the founders didn't expect.
"I was totally surprised by it," Foley said. "When I started Peloton with my cofounders, I saw clear as day what it was going to look like and how it was going to work — the technology, the hardware, the software, the business model. I saw everything except the community. The community has blown me away."
Foley hopes to replicate that fandom with the Tread in Peloton's pursuit of "tens of millions" of global subscribers, but said, "I'm crossing my fingers."
"What do we do, how do we do it? We don't," he said. "It's been created on its own."
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:05 PM PST
Developed in conjunction with HP, Asus, and Acer and unveiled at the CES trade show here this week, the new monitors will offer 65-inch scree ens, 4K ultra-high definition resolution with high-dynamic range (HDR), Nvidia's Shield media player and game system built-in, and some key features designed to specifically appeal to PC gamers.
I got to check out the massive monitors at Nvidia's booth. As a PC gamer myself, I walked away from the experience feeling like my fancy 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor at home that I was previously so proud of was actually small, pitiful, and completely inadequate.
These monitors offer an unbelievable gaming experience
The monitors, which Nvidia dubs BFGDs for big format gaming displays, include three notable gaming features: a fast 120-hertz refresh rate that promises smooth gameplay; Nvidia's G-Sync technology, which synchronizes the monitor's refresh rate and that of the games you're playing; and ultra-low latency, so that what you do on your controller, keyboard, or mouse is reflected nearly instantaneously on the screen.
The monitors' combination of giant screens and these features makes for an impressive experience. With the smooth gameplay they offer and their incredible responsiveness, the monitors perform just like the best standard gaming displays. But their large size allows them to offer a cinematic feel.
And what they display is really amazing. Thanks to their support for HDR, colors pop. Meanwhile, images actually appear to be sharper than 4K. Because everything on their screens is bigger, you can see more detail than you could on smaller monitors with the same resolution. The game I demoed on one of the monitors — "Destiny 2" — looked beautiful.
Any gamer who tried out one of these monitors would be thrilled with the experience and would want one immediately.
That is, if he or she can first figure out where to put it.
But don't expect one to replace your desktop monitor
Simply put, a 65-inch monitor can't fit on your average computer desk. Even if you could get it to work on your particular desk, it would almost certainly be a bad experience. You'd likely be sitting so close to such a large screen that you'd end up seeing less than you would with a standard, smaller monitor.
To be able to keep track of everything happening on all areas of the screen on one of these jumbo monitors, you'd have to shift your eyes and even move your head around a lot — things no gamer wants to do, particularly during long and intense gaming sessions or when it's important to react quickly to on-screen action.
Instead of sitting on a desk right in front of a user, the BFGDs are designed to be viewed at a distance. They're ideal for gamers who prefer to play in their living rooms from the comfort of their couches.
In fact, the new monitors could potentially replace your living room TV. They offer a picture quality that's just as good as a top LCD television. And thanks to their built-in Shield, which supports many common entertainment apps, you can easily stream videos or music to them.
The only people for whom the BFGD monitors wouldn't represent a good replacement or upgrade over their current TVs are those with OLED televisions in their living rooms. The Nvidia monitors' LCD displays don't quite match up to the gorgeous pictures offered by those pricey sets.
But you don't necessarily have to put one of these monitors on an entertainment console in your living room. You could actually place them a few feet behind your desk, like this:
The price of these jumbo displays could be similarly huge
Of course, even if you're a big-time gamer who's super-excited playing PC games in your living room, you may not want to run out and get one of these new monitors as soon as they hit the market, which is expected to happen sometime this summer. The main reason: They're bound to be expensive.
Nvidia and it's partners haven't announced prices for yet, but you get a rough idea of what they might cost by looking at the price of somewhat comparable devices. You can get a fantastic 65-inch 4K HDR TV for less than $850 – the price of a smartphone these days. But the features that will be built into the BFGDs, including G-Sync, will likely add hundreds of dollars to that price.
Likewise, 4K gaming monitors with features similar to the BFGDs, but with screens of around 30 inches or so, can cost more than $800. Ones with much bigger screens will likely be dramatically more expensive. We'll have to wait and see.
Still, these BFGD monitors aren't designed for casual gamers. They're intended for the kinds of enthusiasts who already have a $1,500 gaming PC that's capable of displaying games at 4K resolutions at high frame rates, and who are willing to spend an extra large chunk of cash on a display that will take full advantage of such capabilities.
For myself, I'd love to have one of Nvidia's giant gaming monitors in my living room — or perhaps set far back on my desk. But the price has to be right.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 12:02 PM PST
Meyhem erupted at CES Wednesday as a power outage in the Central Hall shut down the giant tech conference, taking place in Las Vegas this week.
Staff were told to close all entrances to Central Hall, according to show management. Not even exhibitors were allowed into some areas.
The power outages appeared to be isolated to Central Hall, the exhibit space with tech companies like Intel, Sony, and Samsung.
The other exhibit spaces, North and South Halls, had normal power. Both remained open to CES attendees, though some entrances with access to the Central Hall were closed down.
Organizers of the event sent a tweet to attendees encouraging them to "get outside."
Here's what attendees are seeing on the ground:
Here's more photos from the scene:
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:53 AM PST
Amazon is well-positioned to emerge as the third scaled digital ad platform after Google and Facebook, with its ad revenue set to surpass $4.5 billion in 2018, according to a note by JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth.
Here is why JPMorgan thinks Amazon's ascent is inevitable:
Amazon has a killer combination of both scale and data
Amazon's sheer scale and data makes it a considerable alternative to the duopoly. Facebook may know the most about people and their interests, and Google may know what people are actively searching for. But Amazon is unique in that it is the only one that has the data on what people buy.
"Amazon is best positioned in our view, with its in-market customers, scale, strong access to data, shopping history, ability to close the loop and leading market share in smart home speakers with Alexa/Echo," Anmuth wrote.
Retail is set to be the biggest advertising opportunity for Amazon, JPMorgan says. Amazon only accounted for approximately 10% of the $18 billion in US online retail ad spend in 2017. But retail represents a $6 billion market opportunity for Amazon in the US alone.
Amazon is a fast-growing, high margin business
Amazon doesn't break down its ad revenue, putting it in its "Others" bucket. But it has one of the fastest-growing digital ad businesses in the United States, already ahead of both Twitter and Snap's ad businesses.
According to JPMorgan, ad revenue represents more than half of Amazon’s "Other" revenue and has grown in the 60% range in the past few quarters. And with advertising being a high-margin services business, its margins are only set to increase more.
"We expect Amazon’s ad revenue to grow rapidly over the next few years, reaching $6.6 billion in 2019, or a 55% 2017-19 CAGR," Anmuth write.
A shift in accounting practices should boost net revenue for Amazon in 2018, with greater margins and gross profit, according to JPMorgan. The company is set to rake in approximately $5 billion of gross profit dollars from advertising in 2019.
Amazon is actively scaling its ad business
Amazon laid the groundwork and consistently pumped in resources to develop its advertising business throughout 2017. It has imminent plans to open a new office with over 2,000 jobs dedicated to advertising in New York City, has built out ad tech for publishers, helped marketers target their customers with ads and focused in on search advertising.
Amazon offers three different primary ad units including Sponsored Products, Headline Search Ads and Product Display Ads. It has also built out a programmatic ad offering that can be utilized on third-party sites, offers a header bidding solution, has tested in-stream video ads with NFL advertisers and will reportedly soon allow companies to promote their products on Alexa.
"Amazon is actively scaling its ad business by accelerating ad sales force hiring and opening more inventory to more sellers on the platform, and appears to be gaining momentum with ad agencies," Anmuth wrote.
Advertisers have been increasingly warming up to Amazon
Amazon has been readying its blitz to try to sell its services to media agencies, and advertisers and media agencies are warming up to that prospect. Global ad holding companies including Publicis, WPP and Omnicom all plan to increase their ad spend on Amazon by 40-100% in 2018, from an estimated $500 million in 2017 to over $800 million in 2018.
"I think that they are a force to be reckoned with, they are excellent with everything they do," Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer at JPMorgan Chase told Business Insider last year. "You have to do business with Amazon."
Still, Amazon has some catching up to do. Google generated $61 billion and Facebook had $27 billion in advertising revenue in the first three quarters of 2017 respectively. Amazon, on the other hand, is estimated to have generated approximately $2.8 billion in ad revenue in 2017, according to JPMorgan.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:52 AM PST
These exoskeletons are making the world easier to navigate:
You can literally take this seat anywhere. The Chairless Chair is a tool you can lean on. When locked, it can be rested on.
Lowe's is giving its workers "Iron Man suits." It makes carrying heavy loads easier. Lowe's worked with Virginia Tech on the project.
Ford assembly line workers are testing EksoVest. It helps reduce injury from repetitive tasks.
This exoskeleton can help people with paraplegia walk. "Phoenix" was designed by suitX. suitX calls it "the world's lightest and most advanced exoskeleton."
This robotic glove is helping some people with paralysis. The Exo-Glove is a wearable soft robot. The motion of your wrist controls the fingers. Users can lift and grasp things up to a pound.
This suit gives you super strength. suitX makes 5 types of modular suits. They help reduce workloads of the user.
Ekso exoskeletons can help people with paraplegia walk again. It's a robot that adds power to your hips and knees.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:40 AM PST
Like a number of coastal areas around the world, the United Arab Emirates is becoming increasingly vulnerable to sea level rise.
According to a 2017 study from the Emirates Wildlife Society and World Wildlife Fund, researchers expect ocean levels to rise around three feet by 2100. If that happens, water would inundate about 8.1% of the Emirate of Ajman, 1.2% of the Emirate of Sharjah, and 5.9% of the Emirate of Umm Al-Quwain. Many UAE residents live in these coastal areas.
A new type of floating home could withstand future rising sea levels. Waterstudio, a Dutch architecture firm that exclusively designs floating structures, is creating 33 private villas on artificial islands off the coast of Dubai. Developer Dutch Docklands will build the first one this month.
The buoyed islands will bob up and down with water levels so they won't flood, Waterstudio founder Koen Olthuis told Business Insider.
Take a look at the project below.
This year, Dubai is getting its first of 33 floating villas by Waterstudio, which collaborated with French oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau.
There's no set timeline on when the entire neighborhood, dubbed Amillarah, will be complete.
The islands will also include outdoor patios with trees and a pool.
The homes will not exactly be affordable. Each island will cost between $23 million and $27.5 million.
They went on sale in 2015.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:35 AM PST
Naturally, we weren't shocked to learn that the company spent 30 years getting its first private jet off the ground. In 1986, Honda's aviation team — led by a young aeronautical engineer named Michimasa Fujino — began work on the company's ambitious foray into the aerospace industry. It was one of the final major projects greenlit by Soichiro Honda, the aviation enthusiast who founded the company, before his death in 1991.
In 2006, the Honda Aircraft Corporation was formed, with Fujino as its CEO, to develop, build, and sell the $4.5 million HondaJet.
"The power of dreams is both the force and the philosophy that guide us at Honda," Fujino wrote on the company's website. "Now, Honda proudly brings you to the pinnacle of engineering performance — the HondaJet."
He called it "the world's most advanced light business jet."
In the fall of 2017, Business Insider had the opportunity to take a test flight on board one of Honda's demonstrators at Morristown Airport in New Jersey.
Here's a closer look at our test flight.
A previous version of this story quoted a base price of $4.5 million. Honda has since updated that figure to $4.9 million.
We arrived at Morristown Airport on a sunny autumn morning. Sitting on the airport's tarmac, just feet away from President Donald Trump's personal helicopter, was a bright red HondaJet.
Overall, the HondaJet is 43 feet long and 15 feet tall with a 40-foot wingspan. The HondaJet is a small business jet whose rivals include ...
... the Cessna Citation M2 and the Embraer Phenom 100.
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:33 AM PST
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:17 AM PST
Three years ago, Sarah Cooper made an unusual career move.
The Georgia Tech graduate had spent the past eight years working in user experience (UX) design at tech companies including Yahoo and Google, but now she was giving up her coveted career in tech to pursue her passion: comedy.
Cooper recently chatted about her decision to quit Google with journalist Kara Swisher and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo — who once pursued a career in standup comedy himself — on Recode's latest Recode Decode podcast.
Cooper talked about how she first decided to take a stab at stand-up to improve her acting skills after graduating college. She downed eight beers before taking to the stage at an open mic in a downtown Atlanta lounge and was immediately hooked. "They couldn't get me off stage," she said. "I was up there for eight minutes and it was supposed to be five."
Shortly after, Cooper decided to move to New York in order to pursue a career in stand-up full time. After struggling to pay off her student loans, she applied for a job in UX design at Google's New York headquarters. "My fallback career turned out to be other people's main idea of a great career," she jokes.
At Google, she specialized in designing the toolbars for Google docs, sheets, and slides, and drew inspiration for her comedy from the company's culture. In 2014, she published a satirical office guide, "10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings," that included tongue-in-cheek tips like "Draw a Venn diagram" and "Pace around the room." The post went viral almost immediately, clocking in at nearly 20,000 views on Medium.
The article's success inspired Cooper to return to her original passion, and, a few months later, she sat down with explained to her supervisor at Google that she intended to leave the company in order to focus full-time on her aspirations in comedy.
In an interview with The Observer, she describes the move as difficult. "It took six months of going back and forth," she said. "The fear you have is that nothing will be better than working at Google."
But Cooper's move paid off. It wasn't long before she had found an agent and began working on a book, "100 Tips to Appear Smart During Meetings," which was published in October 2016. Now, you can find her quick-witted observations on office culture and pitch-perfect critiques on the tech industry chronicled on her website, The Cooper Review.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:14 AM PST
A brand new teaser for season five of HBO's "Silicon Valley" has arrived, and the show itself will return on March 25.
The teaser gives us a taste of what the show will be like without TJ Miller's beloved character, Erlich Bachman. Miller announced that season four was his last on the show before the finale aired in 2017.
In the teaser, Erlich's nemesis Jian Yang announces that Erlich is gone, and that he's taken over the incubator.
Besides Jian Yang's incubator takeover, it looks like season five will focus on Pied Piper's new venture into what CEO Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) is calling "new Internet," which he worked on throughout season four. In the trailer, Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) calls it "little bunny Internet."
The show appears to be on good footing despite the loss of Miller's iconic character. It may even be better than it was before. Without Miller, the show has the opportunity to focus on more characters including Martin Starr's Gilfoyle, Kumail Nanjiani's Dinesh, and Zach Woods' Jared (who is one of the highlights of the show and hasn't gotten nearly as much screen time as he deserves).
Other highlights of the trailer include a dead pig, dogs in the new Pied Piper office, some classic Gilfoyle snark and Richard vomiting. Would it be a season of "Silicon Valley" if Richard didn't nervously vomit? Probably not.
Watch the full teaser below:
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:07 AM PST
While most companies developing self-driving vehicles want to use them to move people, Ford wants to use them to move goods – at least at first.
On Tuesday, the company announced it is working on an open platform that allows any business to use its autonomous cars for transporting goods. This means that your local grocery or hardware shop could basically plug into Ford's system and automatically be able to offer on-demand delivery.
"The logistics opportunity is enormous," Ford CEO Jim Hackett told Business Insider. "For small businesses, this is a big advantage. They have been suffering. In retail right now, scale drives out the small retailers. Logistics equalizes some of that."
But the automaker isn't just pushing into logistics to help the little guy. Ford is looking to cash in.
According to a 2016 McKinsey study, autonomous vehicles, including drones, will account for about 80% of all consumer parcel deliveries during the next 10 years. What's more, by 2050, transporting goods both locally and long distances with autonomous vehicles could generate $2.9 trillion in revenue, according to a recent study by Strategy Analytics.
"We always had this intuition about moving goods and a part of it, when you look at the business model of automated vehicles, the way to make money is to be highly utilized. Most of the day these vehicles are moving and having productive revenue, so moving people is only part of it," Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets, told Business Insider.
What's more, the new business could also help offset the loss of revenue during downturns in the auto industry, Hackett said.
"It's perfect as an adjacent capability for us," Hackett said. "This business, which is as big as any industries in the world, gets dinged from a price-earnings perspective because it's cyclical. That will probably even this out because in a downturn, smart cities and smart vehicles don't dissipate, so the revenue follows from all that will still be there, so that is why it's attractive."
Ford plans to begin testing its new logistics platform sometime during the first quarter in a city it plans to announce at a later date. The company's partners, Lyft, Domino's, and Postmates, will all participate in the trial.
But Farley said that initially, the company won't use autonomous vehicles for the trial. Instead, the delivery vehicles will have drivers, but they will be limited in what they can do so that it imitates a driverless car. Ford will then use what it learns from the test to develop APIs for businesses using the platform.
Ford isn't abandoning autonomous ride-hailing
While Ford is putting a lot of focus on its delivering goods, the company isn't abandoning its inevitable future of using driverless cars to also deliver people.
But using the vehicles to transport people will be a gradual process, Hackett said.
"Ride-hailing is a very complicated task," Hackett said. "The whole world is wrestling with this problem. Ride-hailing will embody this technology, but it will happen in stages."
Autonomous cars still have limitations, he said. For example, they still can't operate in all weather conditions.
Ford still plans to roll out a fleet of self-driving cars in an unnamed city in 2021 for ride-sharing, but even these vehicles will only be able to operate under certain conditions.
So while the autonomous technology is still evolving, Ford wants to test its new business model centered around logistics so that it can lay the groundwork for a new era shaped by self-driving cars at the company.
"This technology is unlike anything that has confronted the world in the last 100 years," Hackett said of autonomous vehicles.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 11:00 AM PST
A safe haven sounds like a good idea right about now.
Somewhere that's warm but not too warm, free from roof-toppling hurricanes and close to a river or ocean but far enough to avoid the threats of flooding and sea-level rise.
According to climate scientists and urban planners, that doesn't leave a lot of options.
"The bottom line is it's going to be bad everywhere," Bruce Riordan, the director of the Climate Readiness Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, told Business Insider. "It's a matter of who gets organized around this."
That said, some countries will fare far better than others, according to UK-based energy comparison service Eco Experts, which created a color-coded map using data from the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index. The index analyzes 181 countries based on factors like healthcare, food supply, and government stability and ranks them on their ability to cope with the challenges posed by a warming planet. Norway ranked #1, while a handful of other Nordic countries (and New Zealand) followed.
While the maps provide a great zoomed-out perspective of what will happen globally as the earth warms, there are a couple caveats to keep in mind when checking it out:
Here's the full graphic:
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