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- 01/08/19--22:36: The best robot we saw at CES 2019
- The Coral One vacuum is the best robot I saw at this year's CES.
- It can vacuum a floor without human input by using sensors to detect obstacles and create a map of your home.
- Unlike a Roomba or other robot vacuums, the Coral One has a detachable component that allows for manual vacuuming of elevated or hard-to-reach surfaces.
- The Coral One's biggest downside is its $599 price tag (you can buy a robot vacuum for less than half of that).
- 01/08/19--22:41: The best new transportation we saw at CES 2019
- Bell Helicopter unveiled a verticial-takeoff-and-landing air taxi vehicle, called the Bell Nexus, at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
- Bell has partnered with Uber to design aircraft for Uber's upcoming flying taxi service.
- The Bell Nexus has room for five people and a maximum weight capacity of 600 pounds, according to The Verge, which reports that Bell hopes to have the vehicle making flights in a few major cities by the mid-2020s.
- Constellation Brands, the company behind Corona beer, beat on both the top and bottom lines.
- But the company slashed its guidance for full-year comparable earnings to below Wall Street expectations.
- Constellation's guidance was impacted by its recent investment in the Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth.
- Watch Constellation Brands trade live.
- Apple revealed that CEO Tim Cook was paid $15,682,219 in 2018 in an SEC filing.
- That doesn't include $121 million in Apple stock that vested last year.
- The median Apple employee makes $55,426.
- Lots of Apple employees work in its retail stores and with AppleCare support and they factor into the median employee compensation calculation.
- Rocketbook is best-known for creating a $30 smart notebook called the Everlast which wipes clean with a damp cloth. You may have seen it on Kickstarter or Shark Tank.
- By outlining one of the icons printed on each page in pen, you can blast a JPEG or PDF of your handwritten notes to Google Drive, iCloud, messages, Dropbox and more.
- I've been using the Everlast for a little while now, and I'm surprised by how great the product is. If you're looking for a smart notebook that sends handwritten notes to your devices, this is my personal recommendation based on its price, reliability, and simplicity.
- 01/09/19--06:00: Go inside the Chrysler factory that makes Jeep Wranglers
- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles allowed cameras inside their Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio.
- Over 5,600 people there manufacture the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, and Jeep Cherokee.
- Employees can make around 50 Jeeps an hour.
- 01/09/19--06:08: 6 expensive things that are totally worth the money
- Money priorities differ from person to person, depending on what you value.
- There are some things, like a college education, that cost a lot of money but can give you a great return on investment through your salary later on.
- Here are six pricey things, from a financial expert, that are well worth the money.
- Evolving merchant needs are impacting POS terminal players’ strategies. Merchants select terminal providers based on four key areas: payment functionality, user experience (UX), over-the-top (OTT) offerings, and distribution/customer service. Terminal firms need to innovate in these areas, or risk falling behind.
- Larger players need to double down on existing success. Smaller players can often be more nimble, which gives them the opportunity to innovate more quickly and build in-demand solutions. That’s a disadvantage to market leaders; however, they can, and should, leverage their massive distribution networks when upgrading or updating their offerings. Meanwhile, smaller players can win by focusing on niches instead.
- It’s all about the platform. No single feature is likely to make or break a merchant’s decision to pursue a specific provider. Above all, they want a robust ecosystem that can evolve over time.
- Explains the current state of in-store retail and why terminal firms need to evolve to meet it.
- Groups features that matter to merchants and explains why they’re important and what terminal providers stand to gain from focusing on them.
- Determines the leading players in the space.
- Assesses how the leading players stack up, and which offerings are the most comprehensive.
- Issues recommendations about how to develop an attractive platform that best serves merchants' needs as the market continues to shift.
- California police are hunting a man who licked a doorbell outside a house for three hours on Saturday, and was caught on security tape.
- The homeowners were out of town at the time.
- The man, whom police identified as 33-year-old Roberto Arroyo, can be seen licking the doorbell and occasionally glancing at the camera. He also urinated in the yard, police said.
- Police are still looking for Arroyo, and said he could face two misdemeanor charges for petty theft and prowling.
- Originating in China, the four generations meme is now going viral for its wholesome content.
- Families around the world are making videos showing the evolution of four generations, starting with the youngest family member and ending with the oldest.
- Countries like Peru, Norway, India, and the US have joined in on the fun.
- Wim Hof is an extreme athlete from the Netherlands who holds dozens of world records for activities like swimming in ice water and running barefoot in the snow.
- The self-described "Iceman" promotes a fitness regimen that includes cold water plunges and a special breathing procedure.
- The scientific evidence behind his cold-exposure technique is still limited, but a few studies suggest it works.
- Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are getting divorced after 25 years of marriage.
- Jeff Bezos is the world's richest person.
- Read the entire statement below.
- During an appearance on "Good Morning America" Wednesday, Kevin Hart said that he will not be hosting the Oscars this year.
- The comedian was originally selected to host the award show but stepped down just 48 hours later after his old homophobic tweets and jokes resurfaced.
- In an interview on Friday, Ellen DeGeneres said she wants Hart to reconsider hosting the Oscars — and people were not happy about her blanket forgiveness.
- At the time, Hart said he was "evaluating" the offer.
- On Wednesday, Hart said that he would consider hosting the event in the future. "It’s hard to predict what can happen and I don’t want people to think that there’s a thing between me and the Academy because there isn’t," he said. "The Academy — they’re amazing people. "
- 01/09/19--06:34: 8 common myths about curing UTIs that you need to stop believing
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, especially in women, with many sufferers experiencing more than one in their lifetimes.
- But they can also be very uncomfortable and cause a host of painful symptoms — they can even spread to your kidneys if left untreated.
- There are plenty of supplements and at-home "remedies" designed to help with a UTI, but some of them don't work or are flat out dangerous.
- Drinking cranberry juice hasn't been proven to be any more effective than drinking water when it comes to getting rid of a UTI.
- 01/09/19--06:41: 10 science-backed ways to help with erectile dysfunction
- Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most commonly treated sexual disorders.
- To help with ED, it is recommended people avoid any nicotine products or anabolic steroids.
- Walking often and sticking to a heart-healthy diet, like the Mediterranean diet, can help with ED.
- President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday night to discuss border security.
- Betting website Bookmaker.eu had people place wagers on how many times Trump would lie during the speech, using The Washington Post's Fact Checker as the judge.
- By the end of the speech, The Post's fact checkers had corrected six of Trump's statements.
- Because the gambling site had so many people betting that Trump would tell more than 3.5 lies, it will have to pay out $276,424, odds consultant John Lester told Buzzfeed News.
- Wall Street analyst Craig Moffett predicts that cable operators will withdraw from the pay-TV business to focus on broadband service.
- It won't hurt their bottom line because broadband is a better business than video, according to Moffett.
- Video-subscriber losses are expected to get even worse in 2019.
- Oklahoma City Thunder center Nerlens Noel was carried out on a stretcher after a scary fall.
- Noel challenged a dunk by Andrew Wiggins, appeared to get knocked out in mid-air, fell to the ground, and hit his head as he was unable to brace himself.
- Noel spent the night at the hospital, and an update on his status is likely to come Wednesday.
The Coral One vacuum is far from the flashiest robot at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but it's the one I'd most like to own.
Like a Roomba, the Coral One can vacuum a floor without human input by using sensors to detect obstacles and create a map of your home. But unlike a Roomba or other robot vacuums, the Coral One has a detachable component that allows for manual vacuuming of elevated or hard-to-reach surfaces.
A robot vacuum that includes a manual vacuum may not sound as exciting as a robot that can dance, play ping-pong, or play rock-paper-scissors (all of which are on display at this year's CES), but its benefits are more practical. The Coral One's biggest downside is its $599 price tag (you can buy a robot vacuum for less than half of that), but there's no robot I saw at CES 2019 I'd rather own.
What it is: Coral One robot vacuum
Who makes it: Coral
Why it's the best: Many robots I saw at CES had impressive capabilities, but didn't seem very practical. The Coral One is useful for almost anyone.
Where and when you can get it: Coral's website
How much it will cost: $599
SEE ALSO: The best car we saw at CES 2019
While flying cars may present too many hazards to ever be fit for use, flying taxis could arrive in less than five years. Uber has said it intends to launch a flying taxi service by 2023, and one of the partners it has enlisted to design aircraft for the service, Bell Helicopter, unveiled a verticial-takeoff-and-landing air taxi vehicle, called the Bell Nexus, at this year's CES.
Read more: The best car we saw at CES 2019
The Bell Nexus features six "tilting ducted fans" powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system. The vehicle has room for five people and a maximum weight capacity of 600 pounds, according to The Verge, which reports that Bell hopes to have the vehicle making flights in a few major cities by the mid-2020s.
The Bell Nexus was one of the most striking vehicles I saw at CES, and the prospect of flying taxis is more exciting than the possibilities offered by the scooters, autonomous shuttles, and personal aircraft on display at the event.
What it is: Bell Nexus vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicle
Who makes it: Bell Helicopter
Why it's the best: Scooters and autonomous shuttles will have more immediate impacts on the future of transportation, but flying taxis are more exciting.
Where and when you can get it: Bell hopes to have the vehicle flying in major cities by the middle of the next decade, according to The Verge.
How much it will cost: Bell has not indicated how much rides in the vehicle might cost, but Uber has said it plans to make flying taxi rides affordable for "normal people."
Constellation Brands, the company behind Corona beer, plunged 11.45% to $152.61 early Wednesday after slashing its guidance because of its recent marijuana investment.
Constellation Brands adjusted its full-year comp earnings guidance to $9.20 to 9.30 a share, down from its previous forecast of $9.60 to $9.75. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg were expecting $9.43 a share.
Constellation's guidance was impacted by its recent investment in the marijuana industry. In August, the beverage maker announced a $4 billion investment in the Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth. The deal was closed in November, giving it a 37% stake.
"Constellation estimates the interest expense associated with this transaction to approximate $55 million before tax with an approximate $0.25 impact on fiscal 2019 comparable basis EPS results," Constellation said in a press release at the time.
But the company's updated guidance shows the impact was bigger than expected.
Constellation posted $1.97 billion of comparable sales in the third quarter, topping the $1.91 billion that was expected by Wall Street, according to Bloomberg data. Comparable earnings came in at $2.37 a share, which was $0.31 higher than what analysts were anticipating.
Constellation Brands was down 22% in the past twelve months.
The leader of the iPhone giant made over $15 million in 2018, according to a new filing with the SEC.
That includes a base salary of $3 million, $12 million in bonus incentives for hitting performance goals related to sales and operating income, and $294,082 to pay for Cook's private jet fare.
That's not including the massive stock incentives that Apple also provides to its chief executive as part of a 2011 grant. Cook cashed in $121 million of stock that vested earlier this year. Cook still has over 1.5 million Apple shares that haven't vested, worth about $189 million at the current share price.
Apple also revealed on Tuesday how much money its median employee makes: $55,426. That means that of Apple's 132,000 total employees, half make less than that, and half make more. Lots of Apple employees work in its retail stores and with AppleCare and they factor into the median employee compensation.
For example, Facebook's median employee makes significantly more: Over $240,000 per year. But Facebook doesn't have retail or call center workers.
Cook's compensation, not counting his restricted stock, is 283 times what the median Apple employee makes, according to the filing. Other Apple executives were also well-paid last year. CFO Luca Maestri, general counsel Kate Adams, retail head Angela Ahrendts, and COO Jeff Williams all made over $26 million each, according to the SEC filing.
"We believe the compensation paid to our named executive officers for 2018 appropriately reflects and rewards their contribution to our performance," Apple states in the filing.
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If you're an old soul who prefers pen and paper notes (they're just more personal, you know?), or you just get how obnoxious it is to be the only person clack-clack-clacking away at your laptop in a big meeting, you'll probably be interested in this $30 Kickstarter-funded smart notebook.
Once rejected on Shark Tank, the notebook is made by Rocketbook (the same company that brought you such worldly gifts as microwavable notebooks), and it connects to an app on your phone so you can save your notes easily.
How it works
You can write in the Everlast notebook with the included FriXion pen, take a picture to scan the notes, and seamlessly send either a PDF or JPEG of your writing to a host of destinations (your email, messages, iCloud, Google Docs, Dropbox, and more). Then, once you're done and want a fresh page, you take a wet cloth and wipe it down. Your notes come off, and you can start the process again. There are 36 pages, but some users may find they only regularly touch one to five of them.
Why it's a good value
It's a pretty great use of $30. You get access to your notes online without additional typing, get to use something lighter and easier than your laptop to jot things down, and you only need to buy one notebook for $30 to end all future notebook purchases. You don't need to re-up on your Everlast (theoretically), and you'll have digital copies of your notes so you won't find yourself digging through a stack of legal pads in the attic at any point.
How it is in real life
When I heard about the idea of a notebook that lets users wipe down the pages to reuse them, I thought back to high school lab assignments. It seemed like a fun, cool experiment for that would last a couple of days, but not a feature I would bother to use very often. I'm pretty minimal when it comes to day-to-day life, and few gadgets punch through to the everyday.
I was surprised by how much I have used the Everlast, and by how much I really, genuinely like it. I personally prefer the ease and immediacy of handwritten notes, and the post-it notes strewn across my desk can attest to that fact. Since Rocketbook sent the Everlast to our office, I've used it nearly every day, almost like a whiteboard. I write down a to-do list for the day with the day's date at the top, and I cross tasks off as I get to them throughout the day. If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll scan the remaining tasks into an email to do later that night if I leave the notebook at the office. The next day, I wipe the page down and start again. It's taken some of the pressure off of note-taking, and I love that it has become a habit. Writing things down helps me organize my thoughts, and crossing them out incentivizes me in a 'simple joy' kind of way. It's also a much less wasteful way to prefer paper in the 21st century.
How it compares to competitors
I've used more expensive options that digitize notes, and each has their merits (like Moleskine's $200 Smart Writing Set, which actually turns your handwritten notes into text you can copy and paste into documents — a huge help during college lectures that didn't allow laptops), but Rocketbook's $30 Everlast is hard to beat in terms of usability and dependability for cost. Plus, you can reuse it. It's a sustainable purchase that won't require you to shell out $30 more in the future when you run out of pages and have to replace your investment. And for a minimalist like me, I appreciated its simplicity.
It's also easier than expected to use the Everlast's scanning system (just take a picture in the app) and you get to assign each of the seven icons at the bottom of the page to a specific destination (the diamond can be emails, the apple can be iCloud, and so on). When you want to email your notes rather than send them to iCloud, just outline the assigned email icon with pen. When you scan, the app will understand the command. If you outline more than one, the Everlast app will send it to both destinations.
Cons to the Everlast smart notebook
Having said all that, it's worth noting that you're only supposed to use specific pens in the notebook, which is always an added inconvenience. I haven't lost the FriXion pen that comes with the Everlast purchase yet, so this hasn't impacted me, but it is something to consider. Replacement pens are about 7 for $11 on Amazon. Just to be sure, I did a test with a Bic pen, and you really are better off using the recommended styles that wipe away; any other pen is there to stay.
However, the pens do work particularly well — the paper is smoother than average, and even though they sort of "glide" across it, I never noticed any smudging when my hand rested against past notes. After the designated 15 seconds, the ink dries and stays put until wiped away with a damp cloth.
All in all, the Everlast is a really useful tool if spending $30 for a reusable smart notebook makes sense to you. It saves you money on future notebooks, sends scans of your notes to your devices, and wipes down for easy and immediate reuse. I already prefer handwritten notes, but I'm surprised by how easy and helpful using this notebook has been. If you're looking for a new office or school tool, the Everlast is a really solid option.
The Wrangler is the quintessential Jeep. For 32 years, Jeep has been delivering the iconic 4x4 into the hands of adventurous motorists. Watch the Wrangler be made at Jeep's Toledo Complex in Ohio.
Here's how Jeep Wranglers are made.
Narrator: The Wrangler. The quintessential Jeep. This 4x4 behemoth is perhaps one of the most recognized vehicles in the world, with a life spanning 32 years.
They're produced here, at Jeep's Toledo complex in Ohio. At this 3.65 million square foot facility, over 5,600 employees operate on two shifts to assemble the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, and Jeep Cherokee. At this factory, employees can make around 50 Jeeps an hour.
It all starts at the body shop. A body shop robot transfers the door of a Jeep Wrangler into the laser welder. At another part of the factory, multiple robot arms weld the frame. After that, the Wrangler moves on to the paint shop. Here, the Wrangler receives its first coat of paint. Paint shop robots also apply a clear coat to protect the paint. They use a buffer to wax the car and remove any imperfections.
The Wrangler then moves to general assembly. Employees move the powertrain off of a carrier using a hydraulic arm. They will then lower the powertrain into the Jeep's chassis. Back on the line, an employee adheres the iconic Jeep badge and Wrangler decal to the body. The chassis is placed on a carrier that rotates to provide access to the roof of the Wrangler. This creates the most ergonomically friendly workspace for employees. An employee installs a header panel, the frame that the headlights and the grille mount to, while another secures the mirror mounting bracket.
Next, a robotic arm lifts the Wrangler chassis and places it on a different part of the line. Jeep says the arm, which weighs 3000 pounds and has a reach of around 12 feet, is easier to maintain than a conveyor system. As the body moves down the line, another robot preps the front windshield with urethane. This will allow the windshield to bond to the chassis. Another robot grabs the windshield and presses it to the chassis.
Next, an employee carefully navigates the instrument panel around the metal frame and installs it at the front of the Wrangler. Further down the line, employees install the iconic seven-slot grille.
This next step is called body and chassis decking. At this station, the Wrangler body is married to the frame. At another part of the factory, an employee uses an ergonomic arm to transfer a hardtop roof for a Wrangler to a battery-powered, autonomous cart. This automated guided vehicle, or AGV does a lot of the heavy lifting. It can travel up to 150 feet per minute and are accurate within a quarter of an inch of their target. This AGV will taxi the hardtop to the line, where another employee is waiting to seize the hardtop roof and drop it on the body.
Then, an employee uses a hydraulic arm to gently position a door on the Wrangler. Wheels are then lifted onto studs on the chassis. A robot with a five-pronged wrench screws the lug nuts into place. The Jeep Wrangler is now fully assembled and goes off for a final wash. Finally, employees drive the finished Wrangler off the factory floor.
We all like to be — or at the very least try to be — smart with our money. But that doesn’t always mean choosing the least expensive option. In fact, sometimes the pricier item or experience can be the one that is most worth your hard-earned cash, while the cheapest can be the biggest waste.
“Most of us spend money on things we don't really care about at the expense of the things we do without even realizing it,” Stefanie O’Connell, financial expert and author of “The Broke and Beautiful Life,” told Business Insider. “So step one is defining your priorities, then tracking your spending (an app or a simple pen and paper works) to see if you're actually spending in alignment with those priorities, and making adjustments as needed.”
You should also weigh the added value something can bring to your life. “Before spending a lot of money on an item or service, it may be good to understand what value it brings to you,” Roger Ma, certified financial planner and founder of Life Laid Out, told Business Insider. “Does it help you save time or help you avoid doing something you don't enjoy, does it make you feel more confident, or will the experience be something you remember for a long time?”
Here are six expensive things, from financial experts Ma and O’Connell, that are completely worth the money.
About 70% of students graduate from college with student loan debt, and there have been plenty of debates on whether getting a higher education is even worth it. Despite this, Ma said that education is most definitely worth spending money on.
“An investment in yourself is typically worth it,” Ma said. “Increasing your knowledge could ultimately increase your human capital — that is, how much money you're able to command from your employer. Besides, learning new material keeps life interesting and exciting.”
Travel can be good for your body and your overall well-being, NBC reports. O’Connell said that it’s something she spends money on herself. “I love to splurge on travel because it brings me joy,” O’Connell said.
As Business Insider previously reported, people are happier when they spend their money on experiences rather than things.
3. A mattress
Sleep is essential to good health, according to the National Institute of Health. It only makes sense to invest in a mattress that provides optimal comfort, even if we can’t get the suggested seven to nine hours nightly.
“We spend 5-8 hours a night on our mattress, depending on our sleeping patterns. Getting a good night's rest affects every other part of our life,” Ma said. “If we don't get a good night's rest, we won't be productive at work, may not get that promotion, and may just feel like crap. A good mattress is good for your health and will pay for itself in the long run.”
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The downfall of US brick-and-mortar commerce is overblown — despite sharp gains in e-commerce, which will nearly double between now and 2021, the lion’s share of purchasing continues to take place in-store. And that’s unlikely to change anytime soon, since the online environment can’t yet compensate for the reasons customers like brick-and-mortar shopping.
That means the point-of-sale (POS) terminal, which merchants use to accept payments of all types and to complete transactions, isn’t going anywhere. But that doesn’t mean it’s not changing. As merchants look to cut costs amidst shifts in consumer shopping habits, POS terminals, which were once predominantly hardware offerings used exclusively for payment acceptance, are evolving into full-service, comprehensive solutions. These new POS terminals are providing an array of business management solutions and connected offerings to complement payment services.
This is where the smart terminal, a new product that’s part-tablet, part-register, comes in. Merchants are increasingly seeking out these offerings, which afford them the connectivity, mobility, and interoperability to run their entire business. And that’s shaking up the space, since it’s not just legacy firms, but also mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) players and newer upstarts, that offer these products.
As merchants begin demanding a wide variety of payment solutions, terminal providers are scrambling to meet their needs in order to maintain existing customers and attract new ones. This is leading to rapid innovation and increased competition in both the POS terminal hardware and software spaces.
Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has put together a detailed report on the shifts in this landscape, how leading players can meet them, and who’s doing it most effectively.
Here are some key takeaways from the report:
In full, the report:
Police in California are hunting a man who was caught on home security tape licking a couple's doorbell for three hours on Saturday.
The man, whom police identified as 33-year-old Roberto Arroyo, was seen on security footage licking and rubbing his face on the doorbell in the town of Salinas around 5 a.m., the local KION news channel reported.
The footage also showed the man "appearing to relieve himself in the front yard," police told KION.
The couple living in the house were out of town, but they said their children were asleep inside. It's not clear how old the children are.
Police are still looking for Arroyo, and say he could face two misdemeanor charges for petty theft and prowling, according to KION.
The homeowner, Sylvia Dungan, described her reaction when her home security software, made by Ring, alerted her to the unusual early-morning activity by her front door. Ring's security system sends live camera footage from outside the user's house to their smartphone.
“I thought, boy there's a lot of traffic," Dungan told KION. "I go, 5:00 in the morning? My son doesn't get home till 6 a.m. Well then, who the heck is that?"
She tweeted a photo of the man on Friday, with the hashtag #doorbelllicker and the caption: "We had just installed our Ring doorbell just less than a month ago. It paid off."
#doorbelllicker We had just installed our Ring doorbell just less than a month ago. It paid off. Our home is the doorbell that was featured on #LivePD, 1/05/19 episode. So funny. It was great. Should I remove my sign (over perp’s right shoulder)? I’m embarrassed for his family. pic.twitter.com/JKnYFd6i3F— Sylvia Dungan (@jaycat13) January 6, 2019
Miguel Cabrera, an officer at the Salinas Police Department told KION: "We were pleasantly surprised the image was so clear, it didn’t take us long to identify the individual."
He added that the force knew who the perpetrator was because he had a history of misdemeanor offenses including public intoxication, resisting arrest, and being under the influence of narcotics, according to the New York Post.
The latest meme challenge sweeping the internet has nothing to do with Tide pods (per 2018's meme). It originated in China and is now making waves for being tear-jerking-ly wholesome.
Videos showing four generations of family members calling each other into a room one by one are getting millions of interactions. In the videos, the youngest begins by calling out "Ma!" Her mother then comes out, followed by the mother's mother and, finally, her mother.
Here's the video that first took Twitter by the heartstrings:
this Chinese four generations meme is so wholesome omg pic.twitter.com/bozR6rB93w— kassy cho (@kassy) January 4, 2019
Male family members have contributed to the challenge, too, calling out four generations of sons and fathers. And families around the world have started to catch onto China's trend, making videos and snapping photographs of their four generations.
A family from Peru went viral on January 6 for their contribution:
And here's four generations of mothers and daughters from Norway:
India got into it, too.
Our four generations all the way from India ;) pic.twitter.com/uSjqqZ3Pjw— Hemant Mohapatra (@MohapatraHemant) January 6, 2019
The response on Twitter and Facebook has been emotional, to say the least.
THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL IM HONESTLY EMOTIONAL OVER THIS— The Mariska Movement ❁ (@TheMariskaMvmt) January 5, 2019
To watch a compilation of all the original challenge videos from China, click here.
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The "Iceman" was 17 when he first dove, unclothed, into the bone-chilling waters of Amsterdam's Beatrixpark Canal. It just felt right.
"I felt this attraction to the cold water," Wim Hof, who has become something of a fitness guru, told Rolling Stone in 2017. "After I went in, I felt this understanding, an inside connection. It gave me a rush. My mind was free of gibberish."
The plunge laid the groundwork for a series of world records that Hof has set, including the farthest swim under ice and the fastest barefoot half-marathon on ice/snow. Hence the Dutch athlete's nickname: Iceman.
Hof proselytizes what he calls the "Wim Hof Method," a three-pronged combination of breathing, cold exposure, and meditation. The 59-year-old has followers around the world, and even offers a free mini-course online in six languages.
"Over time, we as humans have developed a different attitude towards nature and we've forgotten about our inner power," Hof explains on his site. "This is the ability of our body to adapt to extreme temperature and survive within our natural environment."
The idea, as journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney explains it in his book "What Doesn't Kill Us," is that along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, our bodies might need environmental stress to reach the highest level of fitness.
There is some research to support this— getting out into the cold may increase our beneficial brown fat stores, which help keep us warm and convert stored-up energy (ahem, pudge) into heat. But the scientific jury is still out.
The Iceman's method
The first thing to master, Hof says, is his breathing technique.
"You will understand 'high on your own supply' when you do this," he says in a video demonstration.
The technique takes a bit of practice. Hof recommends trying it laying down. It involves first completing a series of about 30 active, deep breaths in, followed by passive breaths out. The idea is to take in more and more oxygen with every breath, breathing in deeper and deeper. After this, Hof asks practitioners to exhale for "as long as you can, without force." Finally, people take a last deep breath in and hold it for about 10 seconds. The goal is to perform four rounds of this cycle.
It's somewhat like the ancient yogic Pranayama breathing techniques. Hof says the practice's calming, therapeutic effects function like a miracle cure for everything from inflammation to anxiety.
After his first wife died by suicide, Hof doubled-down on his three-pronged technique, crediting it with helping ease symptoms of depression and physical pain.
Aside from the breathing, Hof also swears by frequent cold showers and ice baths. Ice can reduce inflammation and swelling, but Hof also suggests that cold exposure can rev up the metabolism, improve sleep, sharpen focus, and improve the immune system (these claims are debated among scientists). Finally, Hof touts some focus and meditation techniques.
"We believe you can train your brain to increase willpower and self-control," he says on his site.
The science behind Hof's technique
Hof's fervor for cold stress makes sense intuitively: when we’re forced into colder conditions, our bodies have to work harder to stay at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are some time-tested benefits to cold exposure: stepping out of our 72-degree "cocoon" from time to time can boost the body's metabolism.
One study of hundreds of Finnish workers in the 1980s found that lumberjacks, painters, farmers, and other men who worked outside in northern Finland — where the average winter temperatures are always below freezing— carried more protective brown fat around their necks and hearts than indoor workers. And a small study of seven men who worked in 14-degree-Fahrenheit cold found that they expended more energy and burned more fat than they did when exercising at room temperature.
In his book, Carney describes how he adopted Hof's technique of cold baths and breathing. Scientists at the University of Colorado in Boulder then studied him, and observed that Carney's body switched into a boosted fat-burning mode, a feat equivalent to including an extra hour of cardio exercise per day.
Still, modern-day humans don't carry around as much brown fat as our ancestors who lived without any climate control. What's more, studies show that there's essentially no difference between the brown fat stores of people living near the poles and those in the tropics around the equator. Even in a study of Hof's own family, researchers found that the Iceman has the same amount of brown fat as his identical twin brother, who does not tend to venture out into Arctic conditions in his skivvies.
So it's tough to know how much our brown fat stores can budge, or whether cold exposure affects how much brown fat we have.
Exposure to extremes can be unsafe
Some researchers who've studied Hof suggest he may harbor a"stress-induced analgesic response" that relieves pain. His increased cold tolerance could also be a byproduct of the breathing and mental-training exercises he uses, which are similar to Tummo meditation techniques popular with Tibetan Buddhist monks.
Meditation is certainly an effective way to tamp down stress and inflammation-linked proteins in the body, and there's even some evidence that it may play a role in decreasing feelings of anxiety and depression, while improving focus. One study compared 12 people following Hof's method to 12 control subjects, and found that Wim Hof followers may benefit from a "pro-inflammatory" immune response, possibly as a result of hyperventilation they undergo during breathing exercises.
But as far as environmental exposure is concerned, it's important to remember that when people stay in cold conditions for too long, their core temperature drops, leading them to become delirious and unconscious, suffer tissue damage, and even die.
At least a few men have died in cold waters practicing Hof's techniques. People can develop hypothermia more quickly in frigid water, since heat is pulled away 25 times faster from us in water than in the air.
One of the first signs of hypothermia is shivering and shuddering. Interestingly, lab tests showed that Hof doesn't shiver as quickly as most people do, and neither does his twin.
Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said that he will divorce his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, in a tweet on Wednesday.
"As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends," the couple wrote in the statement.
"If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again," it continued.
MacKenzie Bezos was one of Amazon's first employees. The couple met at D.E. Shaw, a bank, before Jeff Bezos founded Amazon. They have four kids.
In Amazon lore, part of the company's business plan was written while Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos drove across the country from New York to Seattle.
MacKenzie Bezos is a novelist, and has written books including "The Testing of Luther Albright" and "Traps."
MacKenzie previously told Vogue that their contrasting personalities complement each other. "He likes to meet people. He's a very social guy. Cocktail parties for me can be nerve-racking. The brevity of conversations, the number of them — it's not my sweet spot," she said.
Today, Bezos is worth over $137 billion, according to Bloomberg, making him the richest person in the world.
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"We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends. We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again. We've had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners and ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures. Through the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends."
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The practical romantic in me has to wonder, do I really want someone spending thousands of dollars on an engagement ring that's excessively flashy, expensive, and not something I'd realistically want to wear every day? It's an easy no from me, but it does seem to be the option many feel compelled to follow simply because everyone else is doing it and there aren't many accessible choices otherwise.
Canadian jewelry startup Mejuri is now stepping in with its own interpretation of engagement rings and wedding bands to save couples from wasting money on pieces that don't fit their personality or style. The collection features various cuts, asymmetrical settings, pretty gemstones, and a new half-sizing convention, all to emphasize a "non-typical" approach that has always characterized the online company.
The engagement rings range from $650 for a pear cut, peach morganite and diamond ring to $1,350 for a round cut, blue sapphire and diamond ring, while wedding bands range from just $195 for a solid yellow or white gold band to $975 for a diamond-encrusted band. The rings and bands pair beautifully together, whether you balance out a more complex design with a simple band or play off the sparkle of a ring by introducing additional diamonds on the band.
They're made with high-quality, long-lasting materials, including 14k solid gold, Gemological Institute of America-graded gemstones, and conflict-free diamonds. The made-to-order rings can be engraved with up to 30 characters to make them feel more personal and truly one-of-a-kind.
Mejuri also offers 45-minute sessions with a stylist at its Toronto showroom or remotely via video chat, who can give in-depth advice and ring sizing in a private, low-pressure environment.
If the choices at cookie-cutter jewelry chains overwhelm you or inspire disappointment rather than excitement, Mejuri's new engagement and wedding rings will remind you there are unique and affordable alternatives out there.
We've featured some of our favorite rings and band combinations below.
An elegant pear cut peach morganite ring
The same ring with a sophisticated blue sapphire gem
An eye-catching cluster of differently sized diamonds
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During an appearance on "Good Morning America" Wednesday, Kevin Hart said that he will not be hosting the Oscars this year.
When asked if he will host the event, the comedian had a one-word answer: "No."
The comedian was originally selected to host the award show but stepped down just 48 hours later after his old homophobic tweets and jokes resurfaced.
"The offer was made, it was received, I was excited, things happened, it didn’t work out the way that it should have. Right now from a time perspective, I don’t have time," Hart said of the timeline of events.
During the 10-minute interview on "GMA," Hart did not directly apologize, saying he already did so on "The Ellen Show," his radio show, on social media, and in the 2000's when he first made the remarks.
In an interview on "The Ellen Show" that aired on Friday, Ellen DeGeneres said she forgave him and that he should reconsider hosting the Oscars. People were not happy about her blanket forgiveness, and the backlash online was swift.
At the time, Hart said he was "evaluating" the offer.
On Wednesday, Hart said that he would consider hosting the event in the future. "It’s hard to predict what can happen and I don’t want people to think that there’s a thing between me and the Academy because there isn’t," he said. "The Academy — they’re amazing people. "
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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common, especially in women, with WebMD reporting that about half of all women will experience at least one in their lifetime, with many experiencing recurring infections.
But just because they're common doesn't make them any less uncomfortable — UTIs often cause symptoms like pelvic pain and painful urination and it can spread and worsen when left untreated.
There are many commonly known at-home "remedies" that many believe will help treat or relieve symptoms of a UTI, but many of them aren't actually effective and some are flat-out dangerous for your health.
Here are eight things that won't actually effectively help you get rid of a UTI.
Cranberry juice and supplements don't seem to have any substantial impact on a UTI.
One of the most popular at-home tips for curing or preventing UTIs, drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry supplements is often believed to help clear out UTI bacteria from the urinary tract while helping to prevent future infections from developing.
Whether you're currently experiencing symptoms of a UTI or simply trying to prevent one from happening, all experts told INSIDER that evidence linking cranberry juice to helping with UTIs is limited and conflicting.
"To date, cranberry juice or cranberry tablets have not been shown to reduce or cure UTIs in studies," said Sandra Fleming MD, an OB/GYN at the Women's Wellness Center in Wellesley, MA. "There does not appear to be any harm in taking cranberry pills but [the high sugar content in cranberry juice] can cause gastrointestinal issues and is therefore not recommended for urinary tract infections."
"Drinking fluids in general — whether with water, cranberry juice, etc. — can help to flush out the bladder and as well as excessive bacteria," said Dr. Allison Hill, OB/GYN at Los Angeles Obstetricians & Gynecologists. "Staying hydrated helps, but it doesn't have to be with cranberry juice."
Trying to power through and "let it pass" without going to the doctor can be dangerous and risky.
That said, trying to clear the infection on your own by "flushing" it out with excessive liquid intake isn't a good idea, according to all of our experts.
"It is important to seek treatment by your gynecologist or primary care doctor if you think you have a UTI," Dr. Fleming told INSIDER. Delayed treatment can result in a worse infection, requiring more and/or stronger antibiotics. It can also cause a more serious kidney infection, possibly requiring hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics."
"If symptoms are escalating or have the signs of going into the upper urinary tract and kidney — such as fever and back pain — a patient needs to seek medical attention,"Dr. Yvonne Bohn, OB/GYN at Los Angeles Obstetricians & Gynecologists told INSIDER. "Not everything that burns or causes symptoms of a UTI is a UTI. Vaginal infections, pelvic tumors, and herpes infections can mimic a UTI, so it's best to see a doctor to be sure that your symptoms are really from a UTI and not something else."
Douching won't help you get rid of a UTI and it could mess with your vaginal bacteria.
There is no shortage of vaginal douching products on the market designed with all sorts of claims in mind, from preventing pregnancy to "cleaning" the vagina, but all of our experts agree that douching can cause a host of health issues and it isn't actually helpful for a urinary tract infection.
"Douching removes harmful bacteria but also our good bacteria," said Dr. Hill. " [It] can lead to an overgrowth of anaerobic (bad) bacteria, upsetting the natural balance of your vagina."
Not only is douching not recommended, but it can also have some scary side effects.
"Other than claims that one feels cleaner after douching, there is no clinical evidence that douching does the female body any good," Dr. Luk said. On the contrary, douching invites risks such as vaginal infections and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). In fact, it is believed that women who douche are at an increased risk of getting PID. Douching has also been linked to longer-term negative results."
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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and maintain an erection long enough to have sexual intercourse. It can be embarrassing to discuss, but it’s not at all uncommon. Up to20% of all men are affected by ED at some point in their lives. In fact, it’s actually the most commonly treated sexual disorder.
Here are a few research-backed ways you can help treat and lessen the likelihood of erectile dysfunction.
Stick to a heart-healthy diet.
A diet full of foods that help protect the cardiovascular system can also help prevent erectile dysfunction. This is because damaged or constricted coronary arteries can interfere with blood flow to the penis. In fact, ED is often one ofthe early signs of heart problems, according to Mayo Clinic.
One study found that sticking to a Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and fish was associated witha lower risk of ED development and improvement in people who already suffered from ED. There is also some evidence that vegetarian and vegan diets may lower the risk of some types of heart disease, which in turn decreases the likelihood of developing ED.
Make sure you’re walking enough every day.
Themost common cause of ED is arterial dysfunction, which is essentially when your blood vessels don't work as well as they should. Research has shown that consistent and regular physical activity – especially aerobic exercise like running, walking, and cycling –can help protect against vascular ED.
One study found that participants with cardiovascular problems who also reported having ED were able to significantly improve their erectile function by walking 30 minutes per day, three to four times a week.
Try out pelvic floor exercises to see if they work for you.
Pelvic floor exercises, often called Kegels,have been shown to have some benefit when it comes to treating ED caused by pelvic muscle dysfunction. A study conducted in the UK found that 40% of 55 participants with ED regained normal erectile function after practicing pelvic floor exercises for six months.
You can practice contracting the muscles of the pelvic floor by stopping your flow of urine several times during urination. Once you become familiar with the sensation of contracting the correct muscles, you can try squeezing them throughout the day while standing or sitting
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People who correctly bet that President Donald Trump would tell more than 3.5 lies during his Oval Office address on Tuesday night will win part of a jackpot totalling $276,424, Buzzfeed News reports.
Betting website Bookmaker.eu offered users the chance to gamble on how many lies Trump would tell during his speech. The site used The Washington Post's fact-checking live blog as the judge on the president's truthfulness.
According to The Post's live blog, fact checkers corrected six of Trump's statements about immigration and the border during his speech.
Bookmaker.eu offered odds of 145 for more than 3.5 lies and +115 for fewer than 3.5 lies, which meant that if a person bet $145 on Trump telling more than four lies, they would win an additional $100.
The maximum wager online was set at $2,000, and the biggest bets on Trump lying were set at $25,000, $20,000, and $15,000, odds consultant John Lester told BuzzFeed News.
Lester said that 92% of the betters gambled on Trump lying a lot, and that Bookmaker.eu would have to pay out $276,424 to gamblers.
"It's a bad day for Truthiness and Bookmaker," he said. "We knew we were in trouble early with this one."
Among the fallacies in his speech, Trump declared that there was a new crisis at the US-Mexico border, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security, and wrongly described how drugs come into the United States.
Subscriber churn crushed the pay-TV industry in the third quarter of 2018, delivering the worst quarter on record.
Rather than fighting to keep video subscribers, Wall Street analyst Craig Moffett predicts that cable operators will withdraw from the video business to focus on broadband.
There are already a number of smaller cable operators who say they don't make money at this anymore and it's no longer a compelling proposition for me, Moffett said on an episode of Cable Talk, a podcast hosted by American Cable Association president and CEO Matt Polka.
Moffett thinks the process will be gradual. Cable operators will first continue providing an aggregation function for users, offering video that runs as an app on someone else's set top box, like a Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV Stick. Later, they will drop even that and will allow customers to negotiate their own contracts with content providers.
This shift won't hurt cable operators' bottom line because broadband is a better business than video, Moffett said.
Cable companies rely on their high margin broadband business to blunt the impact of video losses. In fact, when users drop their video service, cable providers are able to shed the programming costs it takes to provide subscribers with content, like ESPN. So while cable companies lose the revenue accompanied with video service, they also cut the cost it takes to provide it to their customers.
It's a point that cable companies have started to publicly express.
"Cable success as an industry, despite the challenges of standalone video product margin pressure, is because at our core, we provide connectivity," Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said on the company's second-quarter 2018 earnings call.
Video losses are only going to get worse in 2019
Moffett's prediction comes as video-subscriber loses are expected to get even worse in 2019.
Traditional video losses for the full year 2018 are expected to come in around 4.2 million, according to analysts at UBS. That's a 4.5% decline from the previous year, and a significant acceleration from past quarters. In 2019, the trend will, ratchet to 5.4% (adding vMVPD figures softens the decline to a total 2.5%), accordin to UBS.
Cable is better insulated from large subscriber losses because of its higher broadband margin product, according to UBS analysts, who said that just 15% of cable EBITDA is from video. DISH has by far the most exposure with nearly all of its profitability from video, the UBS analysts said.
In the third quarter of 2018, Dish had its worst subscriber loss of all time with 367,000 satellite-TV customers dropping the service. Sling TV, the largest service that provides live TV over the internet, added 26,000 subscribers.
Dish realizes the benefit of a broadband offering and the company has started to form partnerships with regional broadband operators to bundle their video services to stymie customer churn.
Nine US financial services companies will launch a new equities exchange, dubbed Members Exchange (MEMX), which will use “the latest” technology, according to a press release. The exchange will be owned by its founding members: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Virtu Financial, E*TRADE, and Citadel Securities.
MEMX will file an application with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to be able to operate as a national securities exchange. The aims of the new exchange are to increase competition, improve operational transparency, reduce fixed costs, and simplify trading.
MEMX will likely have an easier time integrating with new tech than legacy exchanges. Legacy exchanges still use many old systems that can be difficult to overhaul, so tech adoption has been slow.
By building a new exchange from scratch, the companies can ensure that it's founded on modern infrastructure that can be easily integrated with newer technologies.
Older exchanges have been busy trying to revamp their businesses for the digital age, with Nasdaq looking to buy Swedish trading technology provider Cinnober for $220 million, for example. This shows that there is a need in the space to revamp trading processes with new tech. Because it will be brand new, MEMX will likely easily be able to leverage the most efficient technologies to streamline trading.
Having such big names lead the project enhances its credibility, while also showing that there is dissatisfaction in the trading space. The fact that nine big companies have teamed up for the launch of a new exchange indicates that they aren’t satisfied with the current state of how exchanges are operating.
Additionally, they know trading process well, and therefore can provide important insights into what needs to be changed for a more streamlined experience. This will give MEMX a competitive edge on other newly emerging exchanges, such as IEX, which received regulatory approval to operate as a stock exchange in 2016.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Nerlens Noel had to be taken off on a stretcher during Tuesday night's game after a terrifying fall.
In the third quarter, Noel jumped at the rim to contest a dunk from the Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins.
Wiggins' elbow appeared to hit Noel in the head, knocking him out in mid-air. Noel fell to the ground, unable to stop himself, and smacked his head on the court.
As Noel was on the ground, with very little movement, Thunder physicians immediately ran onto the court.
Noel was eventually carried off on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital where he stayed overnight for evaluation, according to ESPN.
Players from around the league, including Wiggins, tweeted at Noel, sending him their prayers.
There's no further update on Noel's status, but ESPN reported an update is likely to come on Wednesday.