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Dads deserve time with their kids, too.lastdjedai/ShutterstockMore fathers in the US are taking on a greater share in the raising of their children than ever before.So it follows that some companies are using this to their competitive advantage.The following US companies offer some of the best paternity leave policies and flexible work arrangements out there.The US is one of the worst countries for parental leave — and it's especially bad for new dads.According to the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), less than a quarter of American companies provided paid paternity leave in 2017.
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Chris Hadfield, a former astronaut, recently spoke to Business Insider about his new online course on space exploration.When asked the future space vehicles of NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin, Hadfield said, "I don't think any of those three rockets is taking people to Mars."Between his first spaceflight in 1995, his second in 2001, and a third in 2013, Hadfield has flown inside NASA space shuttles, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and the International Space Station.To follow up on those lessons, we asked Hadfield what he thinks about the future rocket ships of three major players in the new space race: NASA's Space Launch System, SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket, and Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket.'The majority of the astronauts that we send wouldn't make it'A scene from "The Martian," a blockbuster sci-fi movie about an astronaut stranded on Mars.
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Axiom Zen’s CryptoKitties, which is essentially a digital version of Beanie Babies based on the Ethereum blockchain, sucked in a massive amount of funding just a few months ago.But it looks an awful lot like people bought into CryptoKitties looking for a quick return on their investment and are finding that digital cats don’t always go up in or even hold their price.At the time of the $12 million investment, Business Insider wrote, one investor told the site the project “embodied one of the most important and applicable use-cases of the blockchain: The ability to safely store digital collectables online.”To the extent that everyone’s CryptoKitties are safely stored, that’s true.But that’s an entirely different question than whether they’ve continued to hold value.As Business Insider noted, a massive decrease in market activity shows that the CryptoKitties network appears to be losing steam rapidly, at the same time the price of the collectables is dropping:
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There are big sequels for Fallout, Doom, Quake and Elder Scrolls coming to PC, Xbox and PS4 in next few months -- and years -- but all I care about right now is Elder Scrolls Blades, the new free-to-play iOS and Android RPG.Blades was one of several jaw-dropping announcements at Bethesda's E3 press conference earlier this week -- a presentation that also included Fallout 76 and a tease for a totally new space game called Starfield.And the developer also announced Elder Scrolls VI, the next installment of its beloved fantasy series.But before we get that PC-centric sequel to Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim, we're getting Elder Scrolls Blades, a mobile game set in the Elder Scrolls universe, scheduled to hit later this year.And yes, you can tilt your phone on its side and play in landscape mode, if you'd like.It has everything to do with what my other hand will be doing while playing.
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How far would you go to get pitch perfect performance from your CD collection?For Marantz brand ambassador Ken Ishiwata, it’s been a quest that’s stretched almost 40 years.The world-famous audio specialist worked on Marantz’s first ever CD player in 1982, the CD-63, and to mark his 40th anniversary with the company Ishiwata has been working on something very special indeed – the KI Ruby set, consisting of a Super Audio CD player with DAC (the SA-KI Ruby) and an integrated amplifier (the PM-KI Ruby).Set to launch later this year, the pair will be limited to just 1,000 sets, each engraved and numbered (with early pre-orders for the yet-to-be-priced full set more likely to get matching numbers).“We all have a very unique relationship with music, from the first things we listen to with parents to the taste we build ourselves as we grow older.“In my personal opinion music is the highest form of art we humans have created.
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The district of Kowloon, Hong Kong, is a crowded place—there are 124,000 people packed into each of its 18 square miles.Apartments can be amazingly small.The dearth of parks doesn’t help.So Kowloonians use whatever space they can find, often escaping to the tops of buildings to walk their dogs, hang laundry, or just take a catnap.Jacquet-Lagrèze grew up in the suburbs of Paris, where people have yards and cars, and can even see the stars.He sacrificed it all for love, moving into a 200-square-foot apartment in Kowloon eight years ago to be with his wife.
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Indeed, your LinkedIn might even be your first point of contact with a recruiter or a potential employer.If you want to become a LinkedIn networking powerhouse, and maybe find your best job, here are some tips and tricks to turn you into a power user.Just by including your location, for example, users are 23 times more likely to show up in searches, according to LinkedIn.When you first create a LinkedIn profile, the url you get consists of a long string of letters and numbers.According to LinkedIn, profiles with the Open Candidates setting on get twice as many messages from relevant recruiters.Simply click the People filter before you search for a particular company, put on any additional filters, and select "create search alert."
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It may be a little too late to get two-day delivery on your Father’s Day gifts, but you still have until the end of today to snag some of the best prices on Amazon’s already affordable devices.Our top pick is the Echo Show, which is now $150 (was $230).If you’re planning on bonding with your dad while playing PS4, now’s your chance!You can pre-order a bunch of games from E3 on Amazon here.Don’t forget to check out our complete list of hardware and software game deals, most of which continue through June 18.We checked in with our friends at TechBargains to find you the rest of this week’s great deals, which you'll find below.
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With two screens and seriously long battery life the TicWatch Pro is no ordinary smartwatch, yet it has most of the usual features you’d expect on top of that, including a touchscreen and Wear OS software.That could combine to make it one of the most interesting wearables we’ve yet seen, assuming it all comes together into a cohesive gadget.You can’t buy the TicWatch Pro yet, but it has been announced – at least for China – and we’re expecting it to land elsewhere soon, so to help you decide whether it’s worth waiting for or not, here are all the details that we have so far.Be aware that where specs are included these are based on the Chinese version of the TicWatch Pro, so it’s possible – albeit unlikely – that some of them will change for the international version.In the next few monthsLess than $300 (around £225 / AU$400)
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Glasgow School of Art's iconic Mackintosh building caught fire yesterday, a year before it was set to be reopened having been extensively refurbished after another five four years ago.More than 120 firefighters were deployed by Scottish Fire and Rescue Services to tackle the fire.The building was in the completion of being repaired having been ablaze in 2014, resulting in loss of the art work of the students at the time.Neighbouring nightclub, the 02 ABC has also been badly damaged according to reports and videos shared through social media.The 2014 fire had destroyed around 20% of the western wing of the building - a later extension completed in 1909, containing the library with a further 30% smoke damaged as tweeted by Paul Sweeney, Labour and Co-op member of parliament for Glasgow.The Mackintosh building was named after Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland's most famous designer.
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American Media (AMI) has acquired 13 brands from Bauer Media USA to reach out to the millennials and expand its digital network.The acquired brands include In Touch, Life & Style, and Closer as well as the nine Bauer Teen Group brands like J-14 and Girls World.AMI has secured committed bridge financing from existing investors to fund the acquisition which is expected to close on or about July 1,2018.AMI chairman and CEO David J. Pecker said: "Today's announcement underscores AMI investor confidence in our business strategy as we continue to build and grow our Entertainment Group."Despite newsstand sales declining 20 percent annually, both Bauer and AMI have continued to invest in the marketplace and we believe there is still a terrific opportunity to grow newsstand revenue.I look forward to welcoming these trusted brands and talented staffs to AMI."
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Samsung smartphones might not be known for excellent optimization, but they include a laundry list of features.One of those features is the ability to set custom ringtones for incoming text messages.Randomly disappearing for a bit, the feature returns as an update to the Samsung Messages app, reported SamMobile.So long as you had a Samsung smartphone running Android Nougat or older, you could set contact-specific ringtones for text messages.Other messaging apps also support the feature, but it was nice to see it in the default Messages app.For some reason, however, Samsung pulled the feature with the Android Oreo update.
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Proving you’re years late to the party, Hollywood is about to cash in on cryptocurrency.The project, called Crypto, focuses on a a federal agent (played by Beau Knapp) who returns to his home town in New York to investigate a case of corruption and fraud.Once there, the agent finds himself “enmeshed in a dangerous underworld populated by a mysterious art dealer, a crypto-currency enthusiast turned cyber-sleuth, and a corrupt accountant doing the bidding of ruthless clients,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.The project’s producers compared it to The Firm and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.Which sounds, if we’re being honest, a tad ambitious.Based on the description alone, the film sounds dreadful.
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The Trump administration is moving forward with its plans to implement tariffs on Chinese goods coming into America.On Friday, it published a list of products totaling $34bn that will be subjected to a 25 per cent charge to importers, and another $16bn worth of goods that could be added to the list.The US Trade Representative posted the full list [PDF], which includes a number of products used for computing and telecoms products, including semiconductor manufacturing and printing tools, and individually shielded optical wireless cables.In addition to the $34bn in products the USTR had already listed, the trade bigwigs put out a second list [PDF] covering another $16bn worth of additional imports from China it is considering adding to the tariff list.That list includes more semiconductor and telecoms devices, including integrated circuits for use in processors, memory, and amplifiers.It would also expand the list of telco equipment to include low-voltage "Insulated electric conductors of a kind used for telecommunications".
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BioMin Technologies Ltd was founded in 2014 to commercialise the award-winning research conducted between Queen Mary and Imperial College London since 2008.The bioactive glass material, which won the prestigious Armourers and Brasiers Venture Prize in 2013, can help reduce sensitivity, remineralise tooth surfaces and reduce the risk of early stage tooth decay.In 2016, BioMin met with Guangdong KanWan Cosmetics Co. Ltd, a major Chinese toothpaste manufacturer, as a result of a technology partnering mission between Science and Innovation Network (SIN) China and Innovation China UK.This meeting led to the establishment of a manufacturing and distribution license agreement under which the bioactive glass, manufactured in the UK, will be exported to China for use in toothpaste formulations developed by KanWan.KanWan, like many other BioMin trade partners, agreed to participate as a shareholder in the initial fundraising round to support the commercialisation of the technology, establish its distribution infrastructure, and to conduct further research.Professor Robert Hill from Queen Mary, one of the founders of BioMin, said: "We are delighted to have partnered with a well-established toothpaste manufacturer in China, the country with the largest demand for toothpaste in the world.
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While we’re three days away from the launch of the interesting, perplexing Oppo Find X, opinions regarding its design seem to be divided.This could possibly also be hinted from Oppo’s official invite, but right not there is no clear sign.Also, the handset has unusually laid low on the rumour radar and we have not a single hands-on image yet.Amidst all this, a clip believed to be an Oppo commercial has now popped up on Weibo.If you’ll watch the clip, it will show the design being remarkably close to that of the Vivo Nex.But this raises questions of the selfie shooter.
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There have been echoes all around Xiaomi fan circles of a Mi A2.However, after sightings of a Mi A2 Lite version being certified in Singapore, these rumblings gained much more weight.However, it seems an unofficial hands-on video leaked today of a prototype Mi A2 on YouTube, as spotted by GSMArena.Sadly, that upload by two Spanish guys is now removed but images captured from that 11-minute long video remain.Thus, the Mi A2 is no longer just a ghost device, it is very real even though Xiaomi won’t admit it.You can imagine an 11-minute video is good enough to cover most aspects of a phone in detail.
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Enthusiasts and BMW buyers alike have been clamoring for a new 8 Series, and BMW has finally seen fit to humor them.Originally previewed in the Concept 8 Series last May, the 2019 BMW 8 Series is a sharp-dressed coupe.It looks comfortable in a way that the old 6 Series coupe never did.BMW's latest design language is on display, its mixture of aggressive edges and soft curves playing well off each other.Standard equipment includes LED headlights with BMW's LaserLight tech, which shines lasers on a phosphor that then provides the illumination.The underbody is almost completely covered to reduce drag, and active slats on the body help channel air where it's needed, when it's needed.
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Li (Emily) Liu, associate professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to receive a $1.8 million award to study high-temperature molten-salt properties and corrosion mechanisms.This award is part of a $72 million funding program to advance concentrating solar power (CSP) research, a power plant technology that could reduce the cost of solar energy.Thermal energy can then be used to produce electricity via a turbine or heat engine driving a generator.Types of CSP technologies include power towers, mirrored dishes, and linear mirrors.The Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3 CSP) funding program will build on prior research for high-temperature concentrating solar thermal power technologies.Projects will focus on developing components and integrated assembly designs with thermal energy storage that can reach high operating temperatures, with a target of at least 700 degrees C, which would boost the efficiency and lower the cost of the electricity.
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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place this week in Los Angeles.Now that the conference is over, Facebook revealed the most discussed games and publishers on Facebook and Instagram from June 9-14.On Facebook, the top five countries who talked about E3, as well as the major games and brands at the show, from June 9-14 were:The 15 most-discussed games on Facebook from June 9-14 were:Finally, the five most-discussed video-game publishers on Facebook during that period were:Meanwhile, on Instagram, the top 10 gaming-related hashtags from June 9-14 were:
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