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SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A court in El Salvador notified seven former high-level military leaders on Wednesday they are being investigated for their alleged roles in the 1981 massacre of 1,000 peasants, considered the worst atrocity in the nation`s bloody civil war.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the European Union need to show joint leadership on climate change and cannot expect the "same leadership" from the United States under the new administration, European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said in Beijing on Thursday.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - More than one hundred foreigners died in the past two years in Malaysia`s immigration detention centers from various diseases and unknown causes, according to documents from the government–funded National Human Rights Commission reviewed by Reuters.
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia`s exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy was sentenced in absentia on Thursday to an additional 20 months in prison for defamation, on top of a previous five-year term.

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US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos offered a telling analogy for how she views education during a recent keynote speech held at the Brookings Institution on March 29.

DeVos, a vocal advocate for school choice, drew a comparison between consumers picking ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft over a taxi to parents electing to send their kids to private or charter schools over public schools.

Russ Whitehurst, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and moderator of the event, says the analogy serves as an important and perhaps troubling window into DeVos` view of education.

By comparing school choice to an ordinary consumer decision, DeVos and the Trump administration paint education as something like a business, which is susceptible to the usual market forces of consumer choice and innovation through competition.

Meanwhile, some research suggests opening public schools up to competition runs the risk of hurting the poorest students, who live in areas where public school is their only option.

"Just like the traditional taxi system revolted against ridesharing, so too does the education establishment feel threatened by the rise of school choice," DeVos said.

Whitehurst argues DeVos hasn`t yet addressed the implications of her analogy. Total freedom may be good in picking Uber over Lyft, or one restaurant over another, because the stakes are low, he says. If a consumer is unhappy with their choice, he or she can spend money someplace else next time.

But education wouldn`t offer consumers — in this case, parents — such immediate and necessary feedback.

"If you pick a bad restaurant, you know it`s a bad restaurant pretty immediately," he tells Business Insider. "If you pick a bad school, you`re probably not in a position to know that until your child is failing at the next step."

According to Whitehurst, comparing school choice to using Uber over a taxi ignores the fact that one is a private good, while the other is a public good.

If yellow taxis go out of business, it`s likely because Uber has found better ways to cater to people`s desires for getting around. But if charter and private schools draw enough kids out of public schools to shutter them, those lingering public school students can`t automatically enroll in a competing style of education.

In other words, in a market where public schools are at the mercy of local property taxes to maintain funding, unregulated competition can leave the poorest families with no choices at all. As a result, public schools would end up serving primarily low-income — and, therefore, generally low-performing — students.

So far, the research on school choice has mostly involved vouchers. And it indicates they have not had the hollowing-out effect on public schools that people have feared. But Whitehurst concedes the Trump administration is just getting started; it hasn`t released much information just how widely it will seek to expand voucher programs or other forms of school choice.

In Whitehurst`s ideal world, top-down regulation — the kind DeVos and Trump want to avoid — could help guide parents to make smart decisions. Instead of choosing between 200 schools, for instance, parents could get information from the government that helps them pick between a dozen — a version of the kind of system currently in place in Boston, Whitehurst says.

Even if parents know what`s best for their child personally, Whitehurst says, education experts still know what`s best for children overall.

"There`s a strong role for the system, whether it`s the federal system or a state system, in thinking about those issues," Whitehurst says, "and seeing that the two-ways process is a better one."

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China will step up a campaign against religious extremism in the far western region of Xinjiang on Saturday by implementing a range of measures, including prohibiting "abnormal" beards, the wearing of veils in public places and the refusal to watch state television.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican judicial panel suspended a judge on Wednesday who dismissed charges against a man accused of sexually abusing a minor on grounds that the assault had not satisfied him sexually.
MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippines lawmaker filed supplementary charges on Thursday to an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte, accusing him of taking a "defeatist stance" by doing nothing to challenge Beijing`s activities in the South China Sea.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia began evacuating thousands of people stranded on resort islands in the tropical northeast on Thursday, as water supplies began to run low two days after Cyclone Debbie tore through the region.
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court began deliberating on Thursday whether to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office in a corruption scandal involving charges she solicited bribes from the country`s largest conglomerate.

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Google had already quietly sued Uber`s head of self-driving vehicles, Anthony Levandowski, months before it filed its bombshell lawsuit against the ride-hailing company, according to new court filing. 

Google filed two arbitration demands on October 28 against Levandowski, months before it sued Uber in federal court. In the demands, Google alleged that Levandowski had used confidential employee salary information to poach its employees to both Uber and Otto. The arbitration is still ongoing.

Uber is now using the earlier arbitration demands as evidence that its current lawsuit should be moved to arbitration because so much of Google`s case against Uber is centered around the actions Levandowski allegedly took as an employee. 

In February, Waymo, the self-driving company owned by Google`s parent company Alphabet, sued Uber , claiming that Levandowski stole vital Lidar technology shortly before starting his own self-driving company (which Uber later acquired).  The trade secrets case is shaping up to be one of the most significant and closely-watched battles in Silicon Valley in years, pitting two of the world`s most powerful companies, and former partners, against each other.

Waymo did not name Levandowski in its lawsuit to specifically avoid this issue, Uber argues in its motion to compel arbitration. Yet, the ride-hailing company thinks Google`s employment contract language is so broad that a lawsuit related to an employee`s practices would compel arbitration. 

Google`s Waymo didn`t immediately respond to request for comment. Uber declined to comment beyond the filing.

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Samsung`s new flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, has finally been revealed. This beautiful device is packed full of new features that any Android lover will want. We got an advanced look at the S8 to find out everything it has that the iPhone lacks. 

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There`s a hospital in the heart of Silicon Valley that warns its patients not to go home and search about their diagnosis on the internet without first downloading a privacy app.

That`s because there`s a fear that internet providers could sell that data to insurance companies and influence the patient`s insurance rates, says David Gorodyansky, CEO and founder of AnchorFree.

Many might be tempted to think these fears can be brushed off as urban legend. The big internet advertising companies like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo say they don`t sell personally identifiable data to companies, although they do track a mind-blowing amount of data on you to serve ads. ISPs have also been able to do such a thing, but, up until yesterday, it would`ve been harder for them to get their hands on your data without you first giving them the go-ahead.

On Tuesday, however, House Republicans voted to give ISPs the green light to sell your data without your consent, gutting FCC privacy rules scheduled to go into effect by the Obama administration. President Donald Trump has already indicated he plans to sign the legislation into law.

Indeed, ever since Trump won the presidential election, internet-savvy people in the US have been racing to hide themselves and their data from online corporations and government snooping.

"Right after the election, we saw people being concerned and we could say that maybe they were over reacting. I think this FCC issue just proved that people are not over reacting," Gorodyansky says.

While the rise in secret messaging apps like Signal in the wake of the presidential election has been well documented, Gorodyansky says that AnchorFree has seen unprecedented downloads of its flagship app, Hotspot Shield, in the US as well. Hotspot Shield encrypts your online activity to keep it private from snoops and hackers.

AnchorFree David Gorodyansky"We have seen our US usage double, even before this FCC ruling, since Trump was elected. Whereas before the election, we were very big in repressive countries, in Egypt or Turkey. Every time they had events of censorship or privacy violations, we saw a massive spike of users. We`re seeing the same thing in the US," he says.

For instance, before the election, Hotspot Shield was typically installed on about 200,000 new iPhones a month. But since November, that has spiked to over "700,000 installs per month, and that’s not our total global number, just iPhones in the US," he says. That`s an increase of over 240%.

That spike in downloads has been enough to keep the app on the Apple App Store`s Top 100 list since November, almost unheard of for a privacy app, he says.

When adding in Android, PC and Mac users, the app is being installed "by over 1.5 million new users per month since November in the US alone," Gorodyansky says.

Globally, the app is being installed about 6 million times per months, he says. "The US was always like 20% of that and now it`s like 40%," he says, adding, that AnchorFree currently has about 500 million users but, at this pace, expects to hit a billion by the end of 2018.

The increase by US users has been so insane, AnchorFree surveyed them to ask what`s going on. Nearly two-thirds (64%) said they were concerned about online privacy because of the Trump administration. About 36% said the recent alleged Russian cybersecurity hacks in the U.S. was a concern.

To be fair, not all of their concerns were due to politics. Half of them were also worried about large-scale email hacks. In December, Yahoo announced that 1 billion email accounts were stolen in a breach.

Still, Gorodyansky says there`s no question that the current political environment is causing some of this increased privacy activity.

"It’s very clear to us that under the new [Trump] administration, US users feel like their personal privacy is being threatened and could be turned into a business. We believe in protecting human privacy. We believe it`s a basic human right," he says. "The impression is that the current administration is not morally aligned with that."

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Samsung announced its next big smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, on Wednesday. As expected, both devices come with big displays, super thin bezels, and top-of-the-line specs. They look good.

Perhaps the most curious bit of news, though, isn`t about the phones so much as it is an accessory that supports them: the DeX.

Short for "desktop extension," it`s a little dock that effectively turns the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus into a desktop computer.

So if you wanted to finish a Word doc you started typing on the bus, for instance, you could pop the Galaxy S8 into the DeX, hook up a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and continue on the bigger screen.

When everything is connected and the DeX is plugged into a monitor, the phone stretches out its Android skin to look like a Windows-esque PC platform. It seems pretty clean. The DeX itself has ports for USB-C, HDMI, Ethernet, and the older USB 2.0, and comes with a cooling fan to keep your phone from overheating. You can still connect to the web over LTE.

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Samsung`s browser, email, calendar, and other apps have been reworked to fit the more spacious screen, but the company says it`s also getting Microsoft and Adobe to adapt their Office and Lightroom apps, respectively, to the nonmobile environment.

Samsung isn`t saying how much the DeX will cost or when it`ll be available, but past leaks have said it could cost €150 in Europe. So it could be pricey. Given that the Galaxy S8 isn`t cheap, Samsung is pitching the DeX as a neat, productivity-boosting extra for Galaxy diehards more than as a core aspect of the phone.

A dream that will not die

That`s probably for the best. Samsung is just the latest in a string of tech companies that have tried to sell phones that can also be PCs. Thus far, none of them has taken off.

Tech people call this "convergence," or the idea that a single gadget — in this case, the smartphone — can swallow all other device types and become the One True Computer for whatever you need.

The thinking behind it makes sense: The smartphone is the most popular way people access the internet, and the technology behind it is only getting more powerful. Apple`s A-series of mobile chips are at the point where you can at least put them in the same conversation as an Intel desktop processor, and last year Microsoft showed how it can run its full Windows 10 operating system — albeit partially through emulation — on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The Galaxy S8 runs on the latest and fastest Snapdragon 835 chip.

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Meanwhile, more and more people are comfortable turning to less-robust devices like tablets and Chromebooks to fill their computing needs. If the phone is good and strong enough, why buy two or three computers when you could have only one?

It`s an attractive pitch — which helps explain why Samsung is far from the first company to make something like it. Here`s a quick history lesson:

• In 2011, Motorola released the Atrix 4G, an Android phone you could plug into a Lapdock, a 500 laptop shell you could use to run the phone in a desktop environment. The phone was powerful at the time, but the Lapdock`s price and limited functionality kept it as more of a gimmick than a game-changer.

• Also in 2011, Asus introduced its PadFone line. This was a series of Android phones that could dock in the back of a tablet shell and power that sort of form factor. Asus released a few iterations of this, but it hasn`t launched a new model since 2014.

• The UK software maker Canonical has repeatedly tried, with little success, to position its Ubuntu OS as a platform that works across devices. In 2013, it raised millions on Indiegogo for an Ubuntu Edge phone that would run Ubuntu when plugged into a desktop, but the company couldn`t get the astronomical 32 million it asked for, and it scrapped the project. It later launched a tablet that tried something similar, but it never caught on. The company is now looking more at the internet of things.

• Microsoft has taken the biggest stab at this idea with its Continuum feature for Windows 10, designed to scale the OS down to phone sizes. If you plug a phone like HP`s Elite x3 into a dock, it`s meant to become a full Windows PC. There are still some features missing, though, and Windows phones have long lacked app-developer support. That has made Continuum a niche feature, at best, for Windows loyalists.

Jide`s Remix OS has transformed Android into a desktop-friendly design, but it`s still at the mercy of Google`s software updates. It`s also more known among enthusiasts than anything else.

• Various crowdfunded projects have pitched the idea of a dock into which you could plug an Android phone and translate its software to a big screen. The Superbook, for instance, is a laptop "shell" that raised nearly 3 million on Kickstarter last year. Sentio, the company behind it, missed its original shipping date but on Wednesday said it planned to start shipping the device in June for 139.

Familiar concerns

While each of these projects has had its issues, the underlying problem is that the software just wasn`t cooked enough to be a full PC.

The DeX will work with the most popular devices to take on this idea, but right now, it`s likely to have the same hang-up: Android isn`t quite there yet for bigger screens. You can run multiple apps at once, but if an app isn`t designed for the DeX, it`ll be displayed in a phone- or tablet-sized window that isn`t resizable. We`ve seen this issue before with Android apps running on Google`s Chromebooks.

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Even then, a lot of Android apps that are ostensibly built for big screens — even Android`s Settings menu — resemble blown-up phone apps, with white space aplenty. It`s a similar problem as what Samsung just ran into with its Galaxy Tab S3 tablet: Google and Android developers just haven`t cared about this use case, so the experience has been sloppy. And Google seems to be favoring Chrome OS as its big-screen platform over Android.

Still, there are reasons to think things will get better. The latest Android update, Nougat, made several concessions to larger screens, such as allowing two apps to run side by side, and the upcoming Android O looks like it`ll take that further, with things like improved keyboard support. Google is making Android on large screens a focus.

But here, you`ll have to wait on Samsung to update its software to take advantage of whatever comes next. And while Samsung says it`s working to have the DeX support "many more" apps, the fact that the dock is made for a small subset of Galaxy phones is reason to doubt how many other developers will jump onboard.

The DeX does have one trick that could get around Android`s shortcomings. Samsung says it`s working with software companies like Citrix and VMWare to let you run a virtualized (i.e., streamed) version of Windows 10 off the phone. That would give you a more desktop-ready OS, but it`s a solution that hasn`t run smoothly on past Windows phones.

We`ll have to test the DeX further to see how well this all works — and how much the Galaxy S8 can handle — but it`s best to think of this as an add-on more than the next step for how smartphones collide with the PC. It`s something the iPhone cannot do. Still, it looks like Android would need to keep pressing forward for Samsung to accomplish what Microsoft and Motorola have failed to do.

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Henrik Fisker is well known for founding Fisker Automotive in 2007, a startup carmaker that challenged Tesla before going bankrupt in 2013.

The designer and entrepreneur has since staged a comeback, unveiling a new supercar with his company VLF Automotive in 2016 and unveiling a new all-electric vehicle, the EMotion, under his Fisker Inc. brand.

Fisker Inc. is now addressing one of the most significant problems that startup car companies face: how to provide service to customers. 

Without a traditional dealership network, and also selling innovative vehicles that have unique maintenance requirements, new car companies can find themselves in an awkward position with owners, asking them to wait far longer than they might be used to to get stuff fixed.

This week, Fisker took steps to deal with the challenge by partnering with The Hybrid Shop, an independent service firm that specializes in gas-electric hybrids and electric vehicles.

"The partnership will expand a network of 36 existing EV and hybrid service centers located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Philadelphia, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and in Alberta, Canada to more than 300 by 2019 in the US and rest of the world, through both organic growth and franchising," Fisker Inc. said in a statement.

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"This revolutionary partnership was created to make the servicing of future Fisker cars more accessible, faster and customer focused."

We got out first look at Fisker`s EMotion last year (it bears some design similarities with VLF`s Force 1 V10 supercar, minus the 750-horsepower, 8.4-liter V10 engine). 

"The car, slated for an official reveal in mid-2017, will pave the way for a more consumer friendly electric car that Fisker claims will be cheaper than the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3," Business Insider`s Danielle Muoio previously reported.

The service deal is actually a very positive sign than Fisker is on track to start selling the EMotion. Fisker`s timing is good, as the Chevy Bolt has been on sales since last last year and the Model 3 is expected to launch in late 2017. Both Chevy and Tesla have well-established service setups — Chevy particularly so.

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There`s one simple fact that may just change your thoughts on renewable power.

In a single hour, the amount of power from the sun that strikes the Earth is more than the entire world consumes in a year.

To put that in numbers, from the US Department of Energy:

Each hour 430 quintillion Joules of energy from the sun hits the Earth. That`s 430 with 18 zeroes after it!

In comparison, the total amount of energy that all humans use in a year is about 410 quintillion Joules.

The average American home used 39 billion Joules of electricity in 2015, to give you some context (that`s 39 with only nine zeroes after it).

Clearly, we have a source of virtually unlimited clean energy in the form of solar power — we`re just not capturing it.

energy consumption usIn 2015, solar only provided 0.65% of the electricity used in the US, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Market forces and automation, aided by some government initiatives, have decreased the nation`s reliance on coal in favor of natural gas and clean energy. Renewables — including solar, wind, hydropower, biomass and geothermal — now account for 13% of the total.

President Barack Obama, who believed climate change was the biggest threat facing future generations, made a big push for renewables — for obvious reasons. They don`t increase our carbon footprint or exacerbate global warming like burning fossil fuels does.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to dismantle Obama`s environmental legacy, flanked by coal miners, whom he pledged to put back to work.

Scientists and a majority of Americans agree that we can`t keep using oil and coal forever. Tesla CEO and energy visionary Elon Musk called changing the Earth`s atmosphere without knowing the consequences "the dumbest experiment in history."

If solar is so powerful, why are we still using so little of it?

Obama solar panels military troop soldiers green renewable energyA large part of the problem boils down to batteries. We haven`t developed batteries that can store enough of the energy produced by solar efficiently enough so that it can provide reliable power. Essentially, we need batteries that are good enough to store the incredible amounts of solar energy that are constantly hitting the Earth so we can use it when it`s not sunny.

Another issue is our ability to actually capture all of this energy from the sun. Researchers around the world in government labs and at energy companies are developing better solar panels every year, yet the typical array on people`s houses today can only convert 14% of the energy it captures into electricity, according to Northwestern University. Lab tests have increased this past 20%, but this performance will likely take years to translate into actual market use.

One day, we`ll be able to capture all of the energy that our sun provides. It`s just going to take time, investment, and a whole lot of innovation. Of course, support from the government wouldn`t hurt, either.

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide truck bomb blew up at a checkpoint in the south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 60, police sources said.

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What does it take to remove an appendix in sub-zero temperatures?

As luck would have it, the one man to get appendicitis on a 12-man Soviet expedition in the Antarctic was the doctor.

In 1961, Dr. Leonid Rogozov had to perform a delicate appendectomy on himself in sub-zero temperatures using only his sense of touch, and the reflection of a small mirror held by the shivering hands of a colleague.

If shivers weren’t enough to complicate the auto-appendectomy, he had to be careful with the anesthetic—he had to use Novocaine instead of morphine to keep his senses sharp. The procedure lasted a painstaking 1 hour and 45 minutes but made a full recovery, even removing the stitches 12 days later by himself.

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The Self-Castrating Mad-Hatter

Boston Corbett was a hatter (hat maker) in the 1800s, and often handled mercury-nitrate, a substance that with prolonged exposure leads to hallucinations, psychosis, and uncontrolled twitching—hence “mad as a hatter”.

One day after being propositioned for services by some ladies of the night, he was so distraught by the temptation, that he castrated himself with a pair of scissors. He actually ate dinner and went to a prayer meeting before seeking professional medical help.

But that’s not where Boston’s story ends. Mr. Corbett would go on to be the man who escaped a death sentence from the Union Army, attacked a local legislator with a revolver, and became best known as “Lincoln’s Avenger” for shooting and killing none other than John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin.

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What are people really capable of when caught between a rock and a hard place?

After a rock slide left canyoneer Aaron Ralston’s arm pinned under a boulder for six agonizing days, he did the unthinkable.

Using the blade and pliers on his multi-tool, Aaron cut through his arm tissue and tore through his tendons.

He was able to avoid severing his arteries by improvising a tourniquet; he eventually cut the last of his skin and nerves to free his body from the enormous boulder.

Dehydrated and having lost a quart of blood, he then rappelled 120 feet down a cliff and hiked 8 miles before finding help.

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Plastic Surgery on the Run

Tatsuya Ichihashi was able to evade arrest for 2 ½ years due, in part, to the many cosmetic alterations he made to his own face.

He scissored off his lower lip, dug moles off his cheek with a box-cutter, and used a needle and thread to truss up his nose until it was permanently altered.

He failed to finish many of his own alterations because of the excruciating pain and performed many of these procedures in public bathrooms.

He was eventually caught after raising suspicion when he tried getting more alterations done by a professional plastic surgeon. Believe It or Not!

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For more than 40 years, the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker contest has celebrated kids’ active lives–that is, the truly offensive-smelling footwear resulting from so many of the things kids like to do!

Kids from all over the U.S. look forward to showing off their foul-smelling sneakers for a chance to win a trip to the national competition at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square.

This event is the ultimate test–the worst of the worst–and each year demonstrates how smelly kid’s sneakers can get while they’re doing what they enjoy.

Rotten Sneaker Contestant

This year’s contestants had to work hard to win over the judges because our veteran panel knows what it takes to win this competition. Professional judges included NASA “Master Sniffer” George Aldrich, Chemical Specialist for NASA space missions, and Rachel Herz, Ph.D., an expert and author on the psychology of smell.

This year’s winner was Connor who took home the grand prize of 2,500. Connor confesses that his sneakers got dirty and smelly because he steps into a lot of animal poop on his aunt’s farm. He also loves fishing and camping which gets him into a lot of smelly situations.

Connor also received a two-night stay in New York City, tickets to the Broadway show Aladdin, the Golden Sneaker Award, and a supply of Odor-Eaters products to kick out the odor from his new sneakers. Connor’s shoes will also be enshrined in the Odor-Eaters “Hall of Fumes”.

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In what will likely be the biggest Android device launch of the year, Samsung on Wednesday introduced its new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. At first blush, they look good. We mean that in the most literal way possible — the display-heavy hardware design is gorgeous.

That early promise is good for Samsung, because it has a lot riding on these phones. The company’s last big phone, the twice-recalled Galaxy Note 7, was one of the biggest embarrassments in tech history. The company is also dealing with a political scandal that’s rocked its native South Korea and led to the arrest of its de-facto leader.

And to top it all off,  Samsung`s grip on the smartphone market is shrinking. This chart from Statista puts it in perspective: According to research firm IDC, Samsung’s smartphone market share has fallen from 32% in 2013 to just over 18% in the most recent quarter. IDC says Apple now sits at first, while at least one analyst thinks third-place Huawei will surpass it in the future.

The Galaxy S8 alone may not be able to bring the company’s phone business back to those earlier heights — that’s always been about volume, and Chinese brands are undercutting Samsung on the lower end of the market. Plus, market share doesn’t necessarily equal profits. But a smash hit would certainly help to take some of the bad taste out of Samsung’s mouth.

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MOSUL (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site and in Baghdad a suicide truck bomb killed at least 17 people.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it would cut a further 2 million from its already reduced contribution this year to the United Nations in protest at resolutions taken against it at the world body`s various forums.

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My upstairs neighbors have flooded their bathrooms twice since moving into my current apartment. 

The first time it happened was when a bathtub overflowed three floors above me, damaging my ceiling and leaving a wide brown stain behind. The second time it happened, an entirely different neighbor forgot he left his faucet on. I could hear the water rushing through the walls and watched the paint on my ceiling bubble with moisture. 

Needless to say, I`m now frequently worrying about leaks — and fires, and burglars, and basically every manner of tragedy that can befall an apartment. 

So when I had the opportunity to try out Notion — a sensor that can detect open doors and windows, temperature, and even leaks — I wondered whether it would reduce my apartment anxieties and keep me informed of how my home is doing even when I`m not there. 

Here`s what it was like:

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The Notion sensor is a tiny round disk, not much smaller than a hockey puck. I used three of them, which all went in different rooms in my apartment: on my front door, near a smoke alarm, and in the bathroom.

The starter kit that I used costs 219 for three sensors and a bridge. A kit with five sensors costs 299, and any additional sensors cost 49 each. 



The sensors work thanks to this bridge, which plugs into a central outlet in your home and connects to your WiFi.



You`ll need an app to make Notion work. Once you place the sensors around your home, you can name them in the app and let the app know what you want each sensor to track.



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There`s Siri. And Alexa. And Google Assistant. And Cortana.

Now add another one of those digital assistants to the mix: Bixby, the new helper that lives inside Samsung`s latest phone, the Galaxy S8.

But out of all the assistants that have launched so far, Bixby is the most curious and the most limited.

Before we dive in though, here`s a quick recap of what Bixby is and how it works.

Samsung`s goal with Bixby was to create an assistant that can mimic all the functions you`re used to performing by tapping on your screen through voice commands. The theory is that phones are too hard to manage, so simply letting users tell their phone what they want to happen will make things a lot easier.

When the Galaxy S8 launches, Bixby will be able to control system functions like brightness, WiFi connections, and so on. It`ll also let you control a handful of Samsung`s preinstalled apps for basic stuff like reminders and messaging.

Outside of the voice controls, there will be an intelligent camera feature that can identify real-world objects and point you to relevant information like links to purchase stuff on Amazon or cool places to visit near the landmark you just snapped. Finally, there`s a new Bixby home screen that provides cards of information that the assistant thinks will be relevant to you, like weather, news updates, and suggested contacts.

But there are also a lot of limitations to Bixby, and it risks confusing users now that it`s shipping on a device that comes with Google Assistant, which is now included on all newer Android phones.

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Third-party support

The biggest challenge for Bixby will be convincing third-party app developers to add Bixby voice controls to their apps. Based on how developers historically adopt such features, this doesn`t seem likely to happen at scale.

Bixby only works on one phone for now, and most developers don`t have the bandwidth to add Bixby support for a phone that only a negligible percentage of the entire Android user base will have. We`ve seen this over and over again with smartphone features unique to just one model. For example, Apple is still having trouble getting apps to add support for 3D Touch on the iPhone and Samsung was never able to convince developers to make widgets for the curved portion of the screen on its Galaxy Edge phones.

And without enough third-party support, Bixby will fail to fulfill its core promise: full control of your phone with just your voice. If most of your apps aren`t Bixby-compatible, you`re going to find yourself using your phone the old-fashioned way more often than not. That alone would be enough to kill Bixby.

Bugs

I`ve only had short time with Bixby so far, and it was a controlled demo given by a Samsung employee. Most of its features won`t light up until the phone goes on sale April 21.

That said, Bixby didn`t work very well from what I saw. It took several seconds for the voice command to raise the phone`s brightness to register. And it had difficulty when asked to beam a video from the phone to a nearby Samsung TV. The image recognition worked pretty well, but there`s no way to gauge how robust and accurate it is until I use it in the real world.

Nothing I saw convinced me that talking to your phone was better or easier than using the screen.

More Android fragmentation

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Digital assistants are one of the hottest categories right now, so it`s not surprising Samsung is giving its own take a whirl. But it`s also falling into the same trap it has before: Android fragmentation.

Last fall, Google introduced the excellent Google Assistant on its own Pixel phones. Now, Google Assistant ships with all Android devices running the newer versions of the operating system. That means your new Galaxy S8 will have two digital helpers battling it out for your attention. It`s bad for Google, which is pinning its future on AI and voice controls, and it`s bad for you since it causes unnecessary confusion.

Google Assistant will continue to gain third-party support since it`ll be on just about every new Android phone moving forward, along with others released in the last few months. That`s likely where a lot of the developer attention will go. Bixby will be an afterthought at best.

Promises to improve

Samsung says it`s still early days for Bixby. More functionality is coming over time, and it eventually plans to add support from Viv, the AI startup Samsung bought last year from the same people who built Siri. By most accounts, Viv is some very impressive tech. Maybe that`ll fill in a lot of the holes Bixby has one day.

But based on what Samsung has shown so far, Bixby feels incomplete. The Galaxy S8 will almost certainly be a great phone on its own without another assistant mucking things up.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now the second richest man in the world after overtaking Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett, according to Bloomberg`s Billionaires Index.

Amazon`s stock price has rocketed 50% in the past 12 months, adding to the net-worth of its largest shareholder, founder Jeff Bezos. The Amazon founder is now worth 75.6 billion, according to Bloomberg, surpassing Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet (75.5 billion) and Amancio Ortega, chairman of Inditex fashion group (74.1 billion).

Bill Gates is still the richest man in the world with a net-worth of 86 billion.

Amazon has been on a roll lately, crushing numbers with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Amazon Prime. One analyst sees the company being worth 1 trillion in the not too distant future.

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Elon Musk and his rocket company, SpaceX, are on the cusp of something huge.

On March 30, SpaceX will try to fire off a used rocket booster — the biggest and most expensive part of its Falcon 9 launch system — and land it safely so it can be reused once more.

Ordinarily, boosters cost tens of millions of dollars to build, but always sink into the ocean or crash into the ground after helping to deliver a payload into orbit.

Not SpaceX boosters — those can touch down on land or on a ship at sea.

Musk and his band of engineers have made this look easy, with eight such landings since December 2015. It is not easy, but you don`t need to take our word for it. Instead, just play "SpaceX Falcon 9 Lander", a free retro-style video game created by a user of MIT Media Lab`s project "Scratch".

Your goal? Land SpaceX`s booster on a drone ship without blowing it up.

 

To navigate the rocket, use a keyboard`s arrow keys (or the letters WASD). The up-arrow controls the rocket`s thrusters; tapping the left- or right-arrow keys helps line up the rocket to land on the ship.

If you conserve too much fuel, you`ll come in too hot and crash. If you burn too much fuel, you`ll fall out of the sky and crash. Thrust too much to the left or right, and you`ll tip the rocket and crash. And if you veer off-course — you guessed it — you`ll crash.

This game is nowhere near as difficult as actually landing a rocket at sea, of course, even though Falcon 9 boosters use artificial intelligence to do so.

spacex falcon 9 rocket booster landing thaicom8 may 2016 flickr 27349970361_56da6d98dd_kHowever, it helped us appreciate how hard SpaceX engineers must have worked to get it right.

It took them many years and several failed attempts to land a Falcon 9 booster on a ship on April 8, 2016 — the same one that will be re-used for Thursday`s launch. If the used launcher works this time — and lands itself once again — experts say it could be "potentially revolutionary" in reducing the extreme cost of sending satellites, cargo, and people into space.

The game also gives us respect for the folks at Blue Origin. That rocket company, started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has also recently mastered reusable rocketry. (Though their current launch vehicle, the New Shepard, is a smaller one designed for suborbital space tourism.)

So what are you waiting for? Give the game a try at its home page on "Scratch" and try not to drive yourself mad.

Kelly Dickerson wrote a previous version of this post.

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company, Bezos Expeditions.

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US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos offered a telling analogy for how she views education during a recent keynote speech held at the Brookings Institution on March 29.

DeVos, a vocal advocate for school choice, drew a comparison between consumers picking ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft over a taxi to parents electing to send their kids to private or charter schools over public schools.

Russ Whitehurst, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and moderator of the event, says the analogy serves as an important and perhaps troubling window into DeVos` view of education.

By comparing school choice to an ordinary consumer decision, DeVos and the Trump administration paint education as something like a business, which is susceptible to the usual market forces of consumer choice and innovation through competition.

Meanwhile, some research suggests opening public schools up to competition runs the risk of hurting the poorest students, who live in areas where public school is their only option.

"Just like the traditional taxi system revolted against ridesharing, so too does the education establishment feel threatened by the rise of school choice," DeVos said.

Whitehurst argues DeVos hasn`t yet addressed the implications of her analogy. Total freedom may be good in picking Uber over Lyft, or one restaurant over another, because the stakes are low, he says. If a consumer is unhappy with their choice, he or she can spend money someplace else next time.

But education wouldn`t offer consumers — in this case, parents — such immediate and necessary feedback.

"If you pick a bad restaurant, you know it`s a bad restaurant pretty immediately," he tells Business Insider. "If you pick a bad school, you`re probably not in a position to know that until your child is failing at the next step."

According to Whitehurst, comparing school choice to using Uber over a taxi ignores the fact that one is a private good, while the other is a public good.

If yellow taxis go out of business, it`s likely because Uber has found better ways to cater to people`s desires for getting around. But if charter and private schools draw enough kids out of public schools to shutter them, those lingering public school students can`t automatically enroll in a competing style of education.

In other words, in a market where public schools are at the mercy of local property taxes to maintain funding, unregulated competition can leave the poorest families with no choices at all. As a result, public schools would end up serving primarily low-income — and, therefore, generally low-performing — students.

So far, the research on school choice has mostly involved vouchers. And it indicates they have not had the hollowing-out effect on public schools that people have feared. But Whitehurst concedes the Trump administration is just getting started; it hasn`t released much information just how widely it will seek to expand voucher programs or other forms of school choice.

In Whitehurst`s ideal world, top-down regulation — the kind DeVos and Trump want to avoid — could help guide parents to make smart decisions. Instead of choosing between 200 schools, for instance, parents could get information from the government that helps them pick between a dozen — a version of the kind of system currently in place in Boston, Whitehurst says.

Even if parents know what`s best for their child personally, Whitehurst says, education experts still know what`s best for children overall.

"There`s a strong role for the system, whether it`s the federal system or a state system, in thinking about those issues," Whitehurst says, "and seeing that the two-ways process is a better one."

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"Silicon Valley" is almost back for its fourth season on HBO, and Erlich`s facial hair has gotten stranger than ever in the new trailer.

Luckily, the comedy satirizing tech culture also seems to be as sharp and funny as it`s ever been, as the central company Pied Paper once again faces uncertainty. Richard announces he wants to quit, but the rest of the team already planned to throw him overboard.

There are also the usual put-downs, failures, and topical humor. In this case, we get a taste of how Erlich explains the concept of "mansplaining" to two women. It doesn`t go well.

"Silicon Valley" will be back for season four on April 23.

Watch the season-four "Silicon Valley" trailer below:

 

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed and another 40 wounded when a suicide truck bomb hit a checkpoint in the southern entrance to the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police sources said on Wednesday.
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The remains of an ancient royal palace in have been unearthed in southern Mexico. It is considered to be the oldest royal structure ever excavated in the area – dating back 2,300 years – providing evidence of the ancient rise of centralized power in Mesoamerica.

DEAD SEA, Jordan/AMMAN (Reuters) - After weeks of heightened unease over the stance of the United States under the new administration of President Donald Trump, Arab leaders reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to a two-state solution to the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Bloomberg reports that Amazon is shutting down its subsidiary Quidsi — the parent company of Diapers.com, Wag.com, Soap.com, and three other shopping sites with 1,100 total employees.

Amazon purchased Quidsi for 545 million back in 2010. In a statement, Amazon says that the shutdown is simply because it couldn`t get the company to profitability in the intervening years. The products offered by Quidsi will be stocked on Amazon.com, while Quidsi`s programmers will work on the AmazonFresh grocery service.

Notably, the shutdown of Quidsi also carries some personal weight for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his longtime rival Marc Lore, currently the CEO of US Commerce for Walmart. 

The acquisition of Quidsi came after a vicious price war between Lore`s companies and Bezos` Amazon. Eventually, Quidsi faced an inability to raise more investment capital, and Lore sold the company to Amazon. Lore and Quidsi cofounder Vinit Bharara made a lot of money in the deal, but left Amazon in 2013, not long after their contractual mandate to work at the company post-acquisition ended.

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Lore went on to found Jet.com, a shopping site with the explicit goal of outpacing Amazon in terms of innovation. Jet raised 225 million in venture capital cash, but was said to be running out of money not long before Walmart swooped in to buy it for 3 billion in August 2016.

Now, Lore is in charge of helping the titanic Walmart better stave off Amazon`s relentless march on retail and commerce, putting him at loggerheads with Bezos yet again. And while there are, apparently, good business reasons why Amazon shut down Quidsi, it`s still got to be a splinter in Lore`s eye that Bezos is shutting down the company he built.

Here`s Amazon`s full statement on the Quidsi shutdown:

"We have worked extremely hard for the past seven years to get Quidsi to be profitable, and unfortunately we have not been able to do so. Quidsi has great brand expertise and they will continue to offer selection on Amazon.com; the software development team will focus on building technology for AmazonFresh.

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Penicillin

When penicillin was developed by Alexander Fleming in 1928, it was seen as a miracle cure.

“When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn’t plan to revolutionize all of medicine.” – Alexander Fleming

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Literally overnight, the world’s first antibiotic was born. The discovery was the result of Fleming’s cultures becoming accidentally contaminated.

He was then able to isolate the contaminant and discover it had germ killing properties.

What he called “mould juice” would officially be called penicillin. The drug effectively combatted staph, scarlet fever, pneumonia, meningitis, and diphtheria.

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The medicine proved so valuable that doctors would actually recycle the drug from patients’ urine.

The D-Day invasion was even planned in part because of the widening availability of penicillin. Allied forces bolstered their stores of the medicine prior to the operation with hopes the antibiotic would give them an edge in treating their injured soldiers.

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Holy Relic of Science

In March of 2017, a sample of the original culture wsold for 15,000.

The mold is sealed in glass with “the mould that first made Penicillin” etched onto its surface by Fleming himself.

A London auction house made the sale, but it originally belonged to Fleming’s niece.

It seemed as if Fleming knew he had discovered the Holy Grail of medicine. He had many glass medallions containing the original mold produced.

He would hand them out to dignitaries including Pope Pius XII, Winston Churchill, and Prince Phillip.

Fifteen grand may seem like a lot, but when Pfizer bought one of these medallions in 1996, they paid 51,000 for the small splotch of mold.

Source: This Is the Original Mold Used to Make Penicillin

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Decades ago, baseball legend Yogi Berra said, "The future ain`t what it used to be."

That statement still rings true, said Ric Edelman, CEO of Edelman Financial Services, one of the nation`s leading financial advising firms, and author of the new book "The Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later."

Berra`s words remind us that "everything you think about the future is probably wrong," Edelman told Business Insider in a recent Facebook Live interview.

That`s because in the 21st century, "exponential technologies" like artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, 3D printing, robotics, bioinformatics, bionics, and nanotechnology are changing the way we work and live, he said.

For example, he said, "It`s hard for a lot of us to remember that the smartphone is only 10 years old. That`s really astonishing. Can you remember life without it? Can you imagine life without it?" And yet, according to Edelman, 300,000 Americans work full-time earning an average of 100,000 a year developing smartphone apps — an industry that didn`t exist a decade ago. At the same time, travel agents have become virtually obsolete, he said, as the internet makes it easier than ever to book travel and accommodation without human interaction.

"This is an illustration of how we`re seeing radical changes in the economic environment through investment opportunity, career opportunity, as well as the risks to what it is you studied in college, and is that field going to remain viable or is it going to be replaced by artificial intelligence and robotics?" he said.

Ric Edelman headshotNew tech makes it near impossible to predict what skills will be in demand in 10 or 20 years. Coupled with longer life expectancy, we`re going to be forced to alter the way we work, live, and play.

Edelman said we will begin to exchange linear life patterns — we`re born, we go to school, join the workforce, retire, and eventually, die — for cyclical life patterns, where we "engage in learning, employment, and leisure, on a repeating cycle" for our entire lives.

But rest assured, Edelman said, working well into our 80s or 90s won`t be as "horrific" as it may seem, because medical technology will keep us healthy longer and the shared economy will make it "easier than ever to earn a living."

But rather than saving up enough money to retire at 65 and last for the next 20 years, he says, we`ll be saving for several short-term goals that will allow us to integrate leisure into our extended lifetimes, like taking a two-year sabbatical from work, for instance.

"It`s going to be fun, and it`s going to be enjoyable, and it`s going to be beneficial for the community as well — what`s not to love?"

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Rights group Amnesty International said a court in the United Arab Emirates had sentenced a dissident professor to 10 years in prison for online activism on Wednesday, calling the move a violation of free speech.
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Screen Shot 2017 03 29 at 2.18.25 PMFacebook`s stock price is up again this week after announcing features that mimic those of Snapchat.

In another piece of good news, Barclays has named Facebook the "best pure play in consumer Internet around the secular growth in mobile advertising, full stop." 

Analyst Ross Sandler and his team released a note on Facebook March 29 with an "Overweight" rating and a 154 price target, implying a potential 9.5% increase. 

Sandler thinks that the next 3-5 years will be the "golden age" of mobile, with the rapid transition of all things moving from desktops and laptops to mobile devices. 

This shift is already well underway, especially in emerging markets where most users never had a desktop to begin with.

Barclays suggests that the next step is to fulfill Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg`s 2016 vision, “mobile first to video first.” According to Sandler, this transition should drive up the company`s unit ad prices and the amount of time users spend on Facebook.

The bank does believe that the shift to video will cannibalize some of Facebook`s traditional ad space, which may result in a period of reduced margins. However, the bank is confident that the shift to video will pay off in the long run. 

For now though, Barclays thinks that Facebook`s Newsfeed remains its most advantageous feature, as it`s responsible for 95% of all Facebook`s revenue. The analysts added:

"Facebook’s revenue model is today primarily dependent on maintaining engagement in the newsfeed, both on desktop and mobile. There are other locations in the core Facebook app that could have ads, but unlike the newsfeed few have the combination of high traffic volume and a good native ad experience (Video and Groups possibly the exceptions)."

Facebook claims that there is not much room left for more ad space. While Barclays disagrees with that, the bank does agree with the social media giant that user engagement and growth is more important than increasing revenue at this time. 

Barclays recognizes that there is a ceiling to Facebook`s mobile advertising success:

"We think there is some limit to what FB can achieve in digital ad share. Over the past three years, Google and Facebook have captured 90% of every incremental dollar in digital, and 100% of every incremental dollar in mobile advertising. Looking forward, to meet consensus estimates, Facebook needs to capture 35% of every incremental dollar of digital and mobile through 2020 (combined Google/FB need to capture 80%). That doesn’t seem too unreasonable, but it likely puts a lid on any meaningful upside."

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The bank predicts that the total mobile advertising market will reach 66 billion by 2020, up from 27 billion in 2016.

2016 was a big year for Instagram. The subsidiary recently disclosed that it has 1 million advertisers, already a quarter of what Facebook has. That number is up from just 200,000 in February 2016. As a result the bank says:

"We estimate that Instagram is on pace to generate 2.7B in revenue in 2017 (up from 2B in 2016). This equates to ~8 ads per DAU (daily active users)per day. For some perspective, SNAP serves around 0.5 ads per DAU currently."

Barclays says that Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp will be Facebook`s "second act." The bank sees 11 billion in additional value by 2020.

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The rise of the short podcast has brought with it the rise of uber-efficient education.

You can be squished on the subway, folding your laundry, or waiting in line at the grocery store, and simultaneously learning about current events, human behavior, or economics.

Below, Business Insider has rounded up some of the best short podcasts out there — podcasts that somehow manage to fascinate, entertain, and teach you something cool in 30 minutes or less.

Whatever your current mood or interest, there`s a program here for you.

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`Planet Money` distills complex business and economics topics into simple stories.

The hosts of Planet Money are relentlessly curious, and they turn otherwise dull-sounding topics into compelling stories.

Some episodes answer everyday questions — Why is the milk in the back of the store? — while others uncover economic history to figure out mysteries such as why exactly we work so much.

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`Hard Pass` gives you bite-sized pieces of knowledge.

Business Insider`s own Linette Lopez and Josh Barro bring you a weekly show that won`t waste your time.

In just 5-10 minutes, your hosts will break down a dense topic like the Department of Labor`s new Fiduciary Rule or the biggest problem with hedge funds today — and make it both easy to understand and fun to listen.

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`99% Invisible` will give you the lowdown on design.

You don`t have to have a particular interest in design or architecture to become hooked to "99% Invisible."

After listening to Roman Mars and his team tell the stories like how a "fish cannon" is used to keep fish populations thriving to why some urban architecture is intentionally "hostile" to homeless people, you`ll find yourself paying much closer to fine details of the world around you.

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Samsung announced its next big smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, on Wednesday. As expected, both devices come with big displays, super thin bezels, and top-of-the-line specs. They look good.

Perhaps the most curious bit of news, though, isn’t about the phones so much as an accessory that supports them: the DeX. Short for “desktop extension,” this is a little dock that effectively turns the Galaxy S8 or S8+ into a desktop computer.

So if you wanted to finish a Word doc you started typing on the bus, for instance, you could pop the Galaxy S8 into the DeX, hook up a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and continue on the bigger screen.

When everything is connected and the DeX is plugged into a monitor, the phone stretches out its Android skin to look like a Windows-esque PC platform. It seems pretty clean. The DeX itself has ports for USB-C, HDMI, Ethernet, and the older USB 2.0, and comes with its own cooling fan to keep your phone from overheating. You can still connect the web over LTE.

samsung dexSamsung’s own browser, email, calendar and other apps have been reworked to fit the more spacious screen, but the company says it’s also getting Microsoft and Adobe to adapt their Office and Lightroom apps, respectively, to the non-mobile environment.

Samsung isn`t saying how much the DeX will cost or when it`ll be available, but past leaks have said it`ll cost 150 in Europe. So it could be pricey. Given that the Galaxy S8 itself isn’t cheap, Samsung is pitching the DeX as a neat, productivity-boosting extra for Galaxy diehards more than a core aspect of the phone itself. 

A dream that will not die

That`s probably for the best. Samsung is just the latest in a string of tech companies who have tried to sell phones that can also be PCs. Thus far, none of them have taken off.

Tech people call this “convergence” — the idea that a single gadget, in this case the smartphone, can swallow all other device types and become the One True Computer for whatever you need.

The thinking behind it makes sense: The smartphone is already the most popular way people access the internet, and the technology behind it is only getting more powerful. Apple’s A-series of mobile chips are at the point where you can at least put them in the same conversation as an Intel desktop processor, and last year Microsoft showed how it can run its full Windows 10 operating system — albeit partially through emulation — on a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The Galaxy S8 itself runs on the latest and fastest Snapdragon 835 chip.

samsung dexMeanwhile, more and more people are comfortable turning to less-robust devices like tablets and Chromebooks to fill their computing needs. If the phone is good and strong enough, why buy two or three computers when you could just have one?

It’s an attractive pitch — which helps explain why Samsung is far from the first company to make something like it. Here`s a quick history lesson:

• Back in 2011, Motorola released the Atrix 4G, an Android phone you could plug into a “Lapdock,” a 500 laptop shell you could use to run the phone in a desktop environment. The phone itself was powerful at the time, but the Lapdock’s price and limited functionality kept it as more of a gimmick than a game-changer.

• Also in 2011, Asus introduced its PadFone line. This was a series of Android phones that could dock in the back of a tablet shell and power that sort of form factor. Asus released a few iterations of this, but hasn’t launched a new model since 2014.

• UK software maker Canonical has repeatedly tried to position its Ubuntu OS as a platform that works across devices, to little consumer success. In 2013, it raised millions on Indiegogo for an Ubuntu Edge phone that’d run Ubuntu when plugged into a desktop, but the company couldn’t get the astronomical 32 million it asked for, and it subsequently scrapped the project. It later launched a tablet that tried something similar, but it never really caught on. The company is now looking more at the Internet of Things.

• Microsoft has taken the biggest stab at this idea, with its “Continuum” feature for Windows 10 designed to scale the OS down for phone sizes. If you plug a phone like HP’s Elite x3 into a dock, it’s meant to become a full Windows PC. There are still some features missing, though, and Windows phones have long lacked app developer support. That’s made Continuum a niche feature, at best, for Windows loyalists.

Jide’s Remix OS has transformed Android into a desktop-friendly design, but is still at the mercy of Google’s own software updates, and is again more known by enthusiasts than anything else.

• Various crowdfunded projects have pitched the idea of a dock into which you could plug an Android phone and translate its software to a big screen. The Superbook, for instance, is a laptop “shell” that raised nearly 3 million on Kickstarter last year. Sentio, the company behind it, missed its original shipping date, but on Wednesday said it plans to start shipping the device in June for 139.

Familiar concerns

While all of these projects have had their individual issues, the underlying problem in each case is that the software just wasn’t cooked enough to be a full PC.

The DeX will work with the most popular devices to take on this idea, but right now, it’s likely to have the same hangup: Android isn’t quite there yet for bigger screens. You can run multiple apps at once, but if an app isn’t designed for the DeX, it’ll be displayed in a phone- or tablet-sized window. Those apps then won`t be resizable. We’ve seen this issue before with Android apps running on Google’s Chromebooks.

samsung dexEven then, a lot of Android apps that are ostensibly built for big screens — even Android`s Settings menu — resemble blown-up phone apps, with white space aplenty. It’s a similar problem to what Samsung just ran into with its Galaxy Tab S3 tablet: Google and Android developers just haven’t cared about this use case, so the experience has been sloppy, and Google itself seems to be favoring Chrome OS as its big-screen platform over Android.

Still, there are reasons to think things will get better. The latest Android update, Nougat, made a number of concessions to larger screens, allowing two apps to run side-by-side, and the upcoming Android O looks like it’ll take that further, with things like improved keyboard support. Google is making Android on large screens a focus.

But here you’ll have to wait on Samsung to update its software to take advantage of whatever comes next. And while Samsung says it`s working to have "many more" apps support the DeX, the fact that the dock is made for a small subset of Galaxy phones gives reason to doubt how many other developers will jump onboard. 

The DeX does have one trick that could get around Android`s shortcomings: Samsung says it`s working with software companies like Citrix and VMWare to let you run a virtualized (i.e., streamed) version of Windows 10 off the phone. That would give you a more desktop-ready OS, but it`s a solution that hasn`t run smoothly on past Windows phones.

We’ll have to test the DeX further to see how well this all works — and how much the Galaxy S8 can handle — but it’s best to think of this as an add-on more than the next step for how smartphones collide with the PC. It’s something the iPhone cannot do. Still, it looks like Android will need to keep pressing forward before Samsung can accomplish what Microsoft and Motorola have failed to do.

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MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Crouching in his Mosul home, Abu Ayman suddenly felt the ground rock as if struck by an earthquake when a massive explosion tore through his street, filling the room with dust and shattered glass. Then came the screams and cries from next door.

Lucid Air

Lucid Motors wants to make things very clear: the company isn’t like struggling electric car startup Faraday Future.

"Let’s distinguish ourselves first from the scenario at Faraday Future," Lucid CTO Peter Rawlinson told Business Insider at Classic Car Club in Manhattan.

If you follow the world of electric car startups — the handful of companies all competing to come out with the next big thing in battery-powered automobiles — you`d be forgiven for thinking the two companies are actually very similar.

Both are still showing off prototypes that they hope to get into production soon. Both are staffed by former Tesla engineers, and both count a Chinese billionaire among their backers.

Actually, it`s the same Chinese billionaire.

A shared investor with Faraday

Since the mid-2000s, many startups have entered the space with promises of creating the next Tesla — a luxury, high-performance, electric car.

Faraday Future is perhaps the most hyped. After months of build-up, the startup disappointed with its first big unveiling at CES in 2016 by only showing a concept car that would never enter production. This year, its unveiling of a working car was marred by malfunctions on stage, and the business is short on cash, losing executives, and just scrapped plans for a second facility in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Faraday, based in Los Angeles, is backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, the founder of electronics company LeEco.

Yueting is also an investor in Lucid Motors — he bought in back in 2014 when the company was still called Atieva. A 2016 Guardian investigation found that several Atieva employees feared Yueting’s involvement in the company, specifically that he would try to merge the company with the now-struggling Faraday Future.

That’s where Rawlinson wants to clear the air. Faraday`s financing troubles — which seem to originate from a cash crunch at LeEco itself — don`t apply here, he said.

"LeEco is a minority investor in our company and was a minority investor as part of our series C funding round," he said. "We received those funds in our bank, we are absolutely independent of any cash crisis."

Lucid Motors has also secured funding from venture capital firm Venrock and Mitsui & Co.

Competing with Tesla

Rawlinson was the chief engineer behind Tesla`s Model S, and joined Lucid Motors in 2013 when it decided to pivot from developing battery technology to manufacturing its own electric vehicles. Other engineers that helped work on the Model S, like Eric Bach, Tesla’s former director of engineering, are now working on Lucid Motors’ first vehicle: the Lucid Air.

Rawlinson was at the Classic Car Club last Thursday to show off the company’s very first Lucid Air prototype: a 1,000-horsepower, luxury electric car with a 315-mile driving range that will cost over 100,000. 

Production of the Lucid Air is slated to begin in late 2018 at the company’s manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. Construction of the actual plant is expected to start the second quarter of this year.

The silver sedan, with its futuristic LED headlights and spacious interior, was meant to convey a very clear message: the Lucid Air is not `vaporware.`

"We’ve got a product which is running, which is driving, which is there," Rawlinson said. "We’re going to take you for a ride in that. Can any others do that?"

Still mysterious

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Still, Lucid isn`t without its own air of mystery. 

The company has been operating without a CEO since late 2015.

Bernard Tse, a former vice president of Tesla that founded Lucid Motors, left at the end of that year following friction with state-owned Beijing Automotive Industry Holding (BAIC), according to the 2016 Guardian investigation.

BAIC used to be Lucid Motors’ largest shareholder with a 25% stake in the company. That stake was sold to another investor in March 2016, Rawlinson said. He declined to comment on the who owns that stake now.

"We are not a Chinese car company. I want to state this very clearly," he said. "We are absolutely, vehemently a fiercely independent American company."

Competing with Tesla in China

Lucid AirLucid might not be a Chinese car company, but Rawlinson said it’s poised to take Tesla on in China, which is expected to see an uptick in electric car adoption in 2017 as emission standards tighten.

Outside of its Chinese investors, the company also has relationships in the country — where its own battery tech and powertrain technology was used in a fleet of electric buses subsidized by the government.

And the company`s batteries, which have been refined over 10 years, make the Lucid Air more tolerant to repeated, fast-charging than other electric vehicles, Rawlinson said. That means the cars can better handle being left in chargers overnight.

That will be alluring to affluent Chinese clientele looking for a luxury electric car, Rawlinson said.

"We have a product that is so relevant to the Chinese market," Rawlinson said. "Tesla hasn’t been as successful there."

Rawlinson is correct that Tesla adoption in China has been tepid. Although it’s revenue in China tripled to 1 billion in 2016, Tesla sales in China are less than a quarter of what the company made in the US, according to Bloomberg.

But that could change, after Chinese internet giant Tencent purchased a 5% stake in Tesla for 1.8 billion on Tuesday.

The Lucid Air would need to compete with Tesla’s Model S P100D, which has a 315-mile range and starts at 134,500.

But Rawlinson said he doesn’t see the Lucid Air as a "Tesla killer." Instead, it`s a luxury car that will compete with high-end automobiles across the board.

"This is where we go head-to-head unashamedly with Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW," Rawlinson said. "Those are the key competitor cars for this market... [and] that marketplace is worth 100 billion a year."

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Cleopatra’s bath is one of Siwa’s most popular mineral springs

Marsa Matruh Governor Alaa Abu-Zaid has announced Egypt’s Oasis of Siwa as a global destination for medical and environmental tourism during the medical tourism conference, held on Wednesday, in coordination with Alexandria University.

Abou-Zaid said during the conference that Siwa has several touristic attractions that are yet to be discovered, and it qualifies to be one of the best destinations in the world.

Siwa’s natural characteristics have made it an exceptional oasis and one of the most impressive nature reserves, outstanding itself from the rest of Oases in Egypt.

The conference discussions highlighted the therapeutic and environmental characteristics in Siwa in addition to ways and methods to maintain them. Success stories in medical tourism in the remote Oasis were celebrated.

The conference also discussed the establishment of a new museum that will display phases of production of olive oil. Also, new patterns for tourism in Siwa were announced during the conference, including watching birds’ migration and riding camels.

The remote Oasis is located in Egypt’s western desert, 50 KM east from Libyan borders.

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Wednesday that U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are aiding a government that is "corrupt and preys on its citizens" as negotiations for the mission`s renewal continue.

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Impossible Foods, a startup selling "bloody," plant-based burgers that even the most ardent meat-lovers can get behind, was in talks with McDonald`s to supply the fast-food giant with its buzzy burger, The Guardian reported in March. It`s unclear how recent these conversations were.

David Lee, COO and CEO of Impossible Foods, tells Business Insider that such partnerships are likely as consumers demand more plant-based alternatives. But the startup can`t team up with the Golden Arches — or any other global food service retailer — until it can produce at scale.

"I think in some ways what constrains our ability to partner with large-scale [retailers], is the fact that we`re just in the midst of creating the supply for demand that exists already today," says Lee, who left social-gaming company Zynga for Impossible Foods in 2015.

The company declined to comment on the specifics of its relationship with McDonald`s, but says it is "in ongoing discussions with numerous high-quality restaurants, distributors and chains, both big and small."

Impossible Foods currently supplies its signature product — a "meat" made from wheat and potato protein, coconut oil, and a "secret sauce" molecule derived from plants — to eight restaurants in New York and California. In March, the company announced its first large-scale production facility on the West Coast. The factory will produce at least one million pounds of meatless meat per month, or four million burgers, once the site is up and running later in 2017.

The new facility will increase production capacity by 250 times, allowing the company to supply burgers to more than 1,000 restaurants someday and bring its fake beef to grocery stores within the next few years.

It`s an exciting development that shows the company is preparing to scale beyond a niche, foodie customer base. But Impossible Foods will need to grow a lot bigger if it wants to replace conventional meat entirely, as the company hopes to do. Compared to the eight restaurants that Impossible Foods supplies, McDonald`s has over 36,000 locations worldwide.

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Pat Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, left his teaching job at Stanford in 2009 because he saw how animal agriculture took a toll on the planet. Raising cows, chickens, and hogs for food takes up about a third of the world`s land, and accounts for roughly 9% of greenhouse gas emissions. Brown wanted to put a dent in animal agriculture`s environmental impact by giving consumers a better option: a meatless, "uncompromisingly delicious" burger.

While consumers probably won`t find the Impossible Burger in McDonald`s anytime soon, plant-based foods are gaining traction in grocery aisles across America. They`re starting to actually taste good since tech startups moved into the space. Sales of plant-based foods, which include almond milk, eggless mayo, and veggie burgers, topped 5 billion last year.

Lee is optimistic that talks with large-scale retailers will continue, as the number of conscientious eaters rises. It`s likely consumers will continue to drive the food industry into green territory. Fast-food giants will want to pay attention to Impossible Foods` efforts.

"I think anyone that serves delicious burgers have to be part of the conversation," Lee says.

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Manhattan is packed with towers, but the city still has height restrictions in various neighborhoods.

As a way to get around these mandates, New York firm Clouds Architecture Office has proposed an outlandish skyscraper that would hang from cables attached to an asteroid. Since the tower wouldn`t touch the ground, the designers say it would bypass maximum height restrictions. (Regardless, it`s doubtful the city has considered zoning laws for a floating building.)

Called the Analemma Tower, it would be the world`s tallest building — though, of course, there are no plans to construct it. Ostap Rudakevych tells Business Insider that the firm created the design to imagine what could be possible in the future.

Take a look at the proposal below.

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The Analemma Tower would be constructed in Dubai and then float to New York City, where it would stay.



It would hang from an orbiting asteroid at approximately 105,000 feet above ground level, which is near the border of the stratosphere and mesosphere.



Offices would populate the lower two-thirds of the building, while residential units would be on the upper floors.



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Etihad`s US bound passenger will soon have an easier time accessing the internet.

On Wednesday, the Abu Dhabi-based airline announced that first and business class passengers on all flights to the US will soon have access to loaner iPads and free WiFi. 

"To help guests keep in touch with work, friends and family, we are offering First & Business Class guests free WiFi and iPads on all our US-bound flights, beginning Sunday, April 2," Etihad said in an email to Business Insider.

"Wi-Fi vouchers will be distributed by our cabin crew onboard, providing free Wi-Fi for the duration of the flight. In addition, we’ll have iPads available for those that need them. Power and USB sockets at every seat will help keep devices charged."

The announcement will apply to the passengers flying from Abu Dhabi to the handful of US destination served by the airline — including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. 

Economy class passengers will not be included in the program.

All the cool stuff happens on the internet anyway. Free Wi-Fi & iPads on our US flights. Learn more: https://t.co/HU8g5GASY1 #ElectronicsBan pic.twitter.com/Uy8M8WMELB

— Etihad Airways (@EtihadAirways) March 29, 2017

Etihad`s loaner iPad program is the latest attempt by one of the nine airlines affected by the US government`s laptop ban to offer passengers an alternative means of internet access. 

Earlier this week, Turkish Airlines announced on Twitter that passengers who turn in their laptops and tablets at boarding will receive free WiFi on board. 

Last week, Emirates implemented a laptop handling program that allows passengers getting on US-bound flights to have access to their laptop until boarding. The Dubai-based carrier has also hinted that it may offer loaner laptops. 

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I’ve never been a big headphones guy.

For the majority of my adult life I have used the same reliable Sony earbuds, ordering new ones only when I lost a pair. I always thought they sounded great, and for years I was satisfied with the quality of my listening experience.

That changed on Cyber Monday 2015, when I decided to purchase a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x over-ear headphones for just under 130. Suddenly, I was hearing new things in songs I’d listened to for years that I had never heard before.

Still, I knew that there was a better audio experience out there, so I recently decided to seek it out.

Enter the BeoPlay H4. Released in early February, the H4 are the latest headphones by the Danish consumer electronics maker Bang & Olufsen (B&O). At 300, these Bluetooth cans are priced to compete with Bose and Beats, and might be good enough to create some converts. Take a look.

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First Impressions

The adage goes that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. You also probably shouldn’t judge a product by it’s packaging, but B&O makes it hard to resist. The box is clean and simple, and there’s no bragging about the features or what’s under the hood — just B&O’s promise of “Pure Design. Pure Sound. Pure Materials.”

A look inside the box reveals the the beautiful Beoplay H4 headphones. My pair was grey with gold accents, and I was taken aback by just how simple the design was. As I took them out of the box and held them for the first time, the high-quality craftsmanship was evident. The earpads have a lambskin covering and are very soft to the touch, while the metal headband felt sturdy, but with a good amount of give.

Missing from the box, however, was any sort of carrying case. It was disappointing, considering the 300 price tag, that B&O didn’t at least include a pouch of some sort. As someone who likes to use over-ear headphones while out and about, it’s always handy to have somewhere safe to put them to protect them from scuffs and scratches when they’re back in my bag.

As these were my first pair of Bluetooth headphones, I was concerned that the initial setup process might be tricky. But the easy-to-follow instruction booklet, along with a handy YouTube video, made it so that the process only took me two or three minutes.



Sound

Plain and simple, these headphones sound great. No matter what genre I threw at them, the sound was exceptionally clear and full of rich detail. The BeoPlay H4s are definitely bass-heavy, but it’s not an overwhelming thump the way you get with some other similarly-priced cans — I’m looking at you, Beats.

When you first set up the headphones, B&O asks you to download the companion app onto your phone, which allows you to create personalized sound profiles that you can switch between depending on what you`re listening to. I never used the app, but if you enjoy complete control over your listening experience, you will find plenty of options. 

Though these headphones are not of the noise-cancelling variety, the 40mm electro-dynamic drivers coupled with the snug fit of the earcups to shut out virtually all ambient sound. I was able to put them on on a busy New York City street and easily drown out the sounds of cabs and pedestrians.



Functionality

These headphones are extremely easy to use. The right earcup has three buttons: volume up, volume down, and a multipurpose button that controls your music and phone calls. Once they have been paired with your phone for the first time, you need only reach up and press the middle button to connect and start playback.

One of my favorite features on the BeoPlay H4s is the fact that have 3.5mm jack. That means that when I get to work every day, I don’t need to fuss with connecting them to my computer via another Bluetooth connection. Instead, I simply plug them in using the provided audio cable and immediately transition from my phone to computer.  When it’s time to leave, I only need to unplug the jack and press the center button to reconnect.

B&O advertises a 19-hour battery life for the H4, with a 2.5-hour charging time using the included microUSB cable. The battery life impressed me, and for the three weeks I tested them with moderate use at moderate volume I never had to charge them. Keep in mind, however, that I used the audio cable while at work, which took a lot of strain off of the battery.

The right earcup also has a built-in omnidirectional microphone, similar to the one found on your smartphone. I made a few calls using the H4 headphones, and was told by the people on the other end that my voice came through loud and clear. I had been concerned about ambient sound getting through because of the distance between my mouth and the microphone, but it was never an issue.



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