As nightlife reduces to a simmer across the globe, a group of European club promoters, creatives, and technologists have banded together to create a virtual experience: "Club Quarantäne." The virtual nightclub boasts a 360-degree video dance floor and sets from DJs and artists across Europe.  Since its inception, the club has hosted three parties and about 700,000 visitors. And like the exclusive Berlin club scene it's based on, 40,000 people were turned away on its first night. In a time when people are feeling more isolated than ever, the project says it aims to bring a sense of community — and a little bit of humor — to even the loneliest on lockdown.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. What is it, exactly, that makes a club a club? Is it the music? The lights? The bouncer tending the line outside? The revelers you chat with while waiting for the restroom? Carlo Luis Ruben Schenk might know the answer. He's a promoter from the clubbing capital of the world: Berlin. And since nightlife has been reduced to a simmer across the globe, he's been part of a team creating a virtual club for hundreds of thousands of visitors. Club Quarantäne has been that digital sanctuary for clubless bacchants. The venue, which can be attended through any desktop web browser, boasts a 360-degree-video dance floor, with the thumping bass of a techno set and visuals that range from futuristic greenhouses to industrial tunnels filled with laser lights.  There's even a "line" outside, with a countdown clock to getting in. A virtual bouncer asks questions like, "Do you know who's playing tonight?" and "Are you already a supporter?" When asked if there were any right answers, Schenk smiled. "It's random," he said in an interview with Business Insider, adding: "It's also a joke about security guys and the night hosts in clubs. Sometimes it really feels random why you aren't chosen to get in." The site is full of tongue-in-cheek references to Berlin's nightlife. Schenk estimated that 40,000 people, or 30% of attendees, were rejected during the club's first night. The good news: They can always refresh their browser and try again. There has been no shortage of digital music festivals since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Behemoths like Tomorrowland and small local concerts have all gone online. With the exception of Travis Scott's impressive Fortnite concert, the technology is pretty much the same: a livestream of a performance and the occasional link to an official Zoom party.  But the Club Quarantäne team, which includes promoters, technologists, and creatives from across Europe, believe that clubbing is more than just watching a DJ set. Rather, the team says, it's about the unique space that's created by artists and strangers that are pulled together by music. In a time when people are feeling more isolated than ever, the project aims to bring a sense of community to even the loneliest on lockdown.  The project has set itself apart from other online festivals by diving headfirst into the virtual experience, taking lessons from video gaming to reconstruct a club online. Since its inception in March, it's hosted three parties — which can each last up to 40 hours — and 700,000 visitors.  "You can listen to the music, you can join a Zoom party, you can chat with people, you can watch the visuals, you can influence the visuals," Schenk said.  "There were different ways of gameplay," For one party, the team created a "drip button." The more the users collectively clicked, the more the visuals morphed. The team has future plans that include making visuals steam when more users enter the dance floor, and leveraging microtransactions to let users buy "trees" to fill a virtual field. There are also "bathrooms" where users can pick a color to serve as their avatar and message with people across the world. People from Detroit to Warsaw chatted and passed out Zoom links to video-chat parties, attendees said.  Music quality was a big part of the initiative, too. Schenk's team asked artists for clubby sets — upbeat techno, atmospheric music — the stuff you'd hear in a boiler room at 4 a.m. They said they wanted a high-quality stream that could cater to users with serious sound systems.  Danya Adib, a 24-year-old from Redwood Shores, California, turned up her subwoofer to listen from her bedroom in the Bay Area. She said she used to frequent San Francisco's electronic music scene. "I closed my eyes and for a second I felt like I was back," she said in an interview with Business Insider. The nightlife industry globally has been shut down and struggling since the pandemic began. Approximately two-thirds of Berlin's 140 clubs are now facing acute threats of closure, according to ClubCommision, a trade organization. Some well-known institutions like Tresor, Sage Club, and The Watergate have survived through government loans, but many others, especially smaller clubs, have fallen into heavy debt or closed permanently. Gretchen, a club in Berlin, accrued more than 50,000 euros in debt, according to The Wall Street Journal. Club Quarantäne is not affiliated with any particular nightclub. Entry to Club Quarantäne is free, but visitors can make donations at a virtual "bar" that's already raised 14,000 euros for charities like Seawatch, which rescues refugees in the Mediterranean, or racial justice organizations.  The team says it's planning to come out with a series of Pride events that focus on queer collectives around the world. In the long term, the team hopes to move beyond their own Berlin club scene, to help brands and artists of other genres throw unique virtual events. "We don't want to do something that just fills the gap until Covid is over. We want to create a new way of performing music in the internet," Schenk said. "It should not replace live music, but it should be a serious way of sharing your musical art."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
Jack Dorsey said his strict diet, exercise, and meditation regimen is the result of taking on his second CEO position at Twitter.  During an appearance on "The Boardroom: Out of Office" podcast hosted by NBA star Kevin Durant's manager, Rich Kleiman, Dorsey was asked why he's willing to put up with the stress of running two companies, Twitter and Square.  Dorsey said he views the stress as a motivator and an opportunity to keep learning, but said it was also the catalyst for making major changes in his personal life.  "When I went back to Twitter and took on the second job, I got super-serious about meditation and I got really serious about just dedicating a lot more of my time and energy to working out and staying physically healthy and looking more critically at my diet," Dorsey said. "I had to. Just to stay above water." Dorsey's strict routine has been scrutinized in the past. He meditates for two hours each day and only eats one meal during weekdays before fasting all weekend.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Serving as the CEO of two major corporations can add stress to anyone's plate — for Jack Dorsey, it was the catalyst he needed to make some major changes in his personal life.  The Twitter and Square CEO described that period during an appearance this week on "The Boardroom: Out of Office" podcast, hosted by Rich Kleiman, cofounder of Thirty Five Ventures and manager of NBA superstar Kevin Durant. Kleiman asked Dorsey about his wealth — which tops $7.7 billion — and why he's willing to put up with the stress of running two companies. "I don't really think about the money aspects of it, probably because all of my value is really tied up in these two companies," Dorsey said. "I have to sell shares in order to get access to any of that."  Dorsey said that he views the stress as a motivator and an opportunity to keep learning.  "I'm part of two companies that scaled doing completely different things, and I get to see this like, perspective in the world that I wouldn't have otherwise. It's just incredible," Dorsey said. "That's what really drives me and makes the stresses OK. It's also like, how to creatively adapt to all the new stresses. Every stress brings a new opportunity to bring on a new practice." Dorsey said taking the helm at Twitter again in 2015 — while simultaneously running payments company Square — was the catalyst for adopting a new diet and exercise regimen.  "When I went back to Twitter and took on the second job, I got super-serious about meditation and I got really serious about just dedicating a lot more of my time and energy to working out and staying physically healthy and looking more critically at my diet," Dorsey said. "I had to. Just to stay above water." Dorsey said that the added stress actually "made everything in my life better" and that he's grateful he took it on.  Dorsey is famous for having a regimented routine. He typically wakes up at 5 a.m., tries to meditate for two hours each day, and, prior to the coronavirus outbreak, walked to Twitter's headquarters every morning — a five-mile walk that Dorsey told Kleiman typically takes him an hour and 20 minutes.  In the past, Dorsey has experimented with different diets, including becoming a vegan and trying the Paleo diet. Most recently, however, Dorsey has been fasting, eating only one meal on weekdays and then fasting all weekend. The strict eating regimen has been scrutinized by those who worry that it sounds like an eating disorder. Regardless, Dorsey's stress-management routine has likely come in handy over the last five years, particularly in running Twitter. Most recently, Dorsey has had to fend off a near-ouster as CEO from activist investor Elliott Management and has taken a stand on tweets from President Donald Trump that violated Twitter's guidelines on glorifying violence and spreading misinformation about COVID-19.  You can listen to Dorsey's full conversation with Kleiman on "The Boardroom" podcast. SEE ALSO: Jack Dorsey explains why wanting to work 20 hours a day to be like Elon Musk is 'bulls---' Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
The Polestar 2 is the first all-electric car from Polestar, a new brand from Volvo and Geely. It will compete against the Tesla Model 3, Jaguar I-Pace, and Audi e-Tron. Prices start at $59,900 and deliveries will commence next month. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The future-is-now characteristics are the same. The same big infotainment screen, the same minimalist interior, the same zip when the right pedal goes down. Take away my sight, and I'd be tempted to guess I'm at the wheel of the Tesla Model 3, about as good an electric car as can be driven. But I'd know better because something feels different: Things here are more substantive, more satisfying. The interior is built to be something an actual human would use and enjoy — not a button-free, avant-garde exercise in alternative design. This is the all-new Polestar 2, you see, and it drives like a finished version of the Model 3. Polestar as a brand might be new. But it comes from people who very much know how to build a car, and build one well. This is a piece of the future worth looking forward to.  The 2021 Polestar 2: Cut from a new brand Polestar was launched in October 2017 as a standalone, electrified brand from Volvo and its Chinese parent company, Geely. Despite its global headquarters located at the Volvo campus in Gothenburg, Sweden, Polestar markets itself away from its Swedish sibling. Don't call it a Volvo, because it's not.  The first Polestar model was the Polestar 1: an agonizingly stylish, high-performance hybrid with a face similar to the Volvo S90. Next is the Polestar 2: a battery-only electric sedan with a slopey C-pillar, and the company's first EV. Built in Luqiao, China, the Polestar 2 quickly established itself as a champion of sustainability. In addition to running without reliance on fossil fuels, the 2 also touts seat fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, interior plastics made with waste cork products, and carpets woven from recycled fishing nets.  While Polestar will only build 1,500 examples of the 1 globally due to its position as the brand messenger and halo car, the 2 is what the automaker hopes will be the volume seller. With deliveries starting in September, the company wants to deliver "thousands" of 2s in 2020. In 2021, Polestar aims to deliver tens of thousands.  Whereas Volvo's electrified future will always be somewhat reliant on hybrid cars, a Polestar spokesperson said that there is no internal-combustion engine future in its portfolio. It's going to be all battery-electric from here on out.  Details and safety ratings: Looks great on paper Built on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture, which debuted with the Volvo XC40 compact crossover, the 2 uses two electric motors connected to its front and rear axles. The car, then, is all-wheel drive. Total system output is a claimed 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. There's a 400-volt lithium-ion battery with a 78-kilowatt-hour capacity. DC charging — a type of fast charging — takes 40 minutes to reach 80% capacity at 150 kilowatts. Polestar estimates the 2 to hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds, 100 mph in 10.8 seconds, and do the quarter-mile in 12.76 seconds. The Polestar 2's range has yet to be officially rated by the EPA, but its European WLTP estimate is 291 miles. Keep in mind, however, that WLTP estimates can be more optimistic than EPA estimates. At 15.1 feet long and 6.5 feet wide, the 2 is about the length of a Toyota RAV4, though about five inches wider. It weighs 4,680 pounds. The Polestar 2 starts at $59,900, debuting initially as a heavily loaded "launch edition" version that includes features such as the Pilot Assist driver-assistance technology, a Harman Kardon stereo system, and Android as its native operating system. The Polestar spokesperson said a base model will be available later on. A $5,000 Performance Pack adds Öhlins dampers, attractive gold Brembo front brake calipers, 20-inch aluminum wheels, sport tires, a black roof, and gold seatbelts and tire valve caps.  As of this writing, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have safety rated the Polestar 2. What stands out: A lot of people will ask you about it   A man in a white delivery van pulled up alongside the 2 while I sat at a red light on Madison Avenue in New York City. He was waving frantically. I rolled my window down. "What is that?" he yelled. "It's a Polestar!" "What?" "A POLESTAR! Electric car!" "Who makes it?" "Uh… Volvo." "Huh." He studied it a bit longer. Nodded in approval. "Looks better than a Tesla!" Later, someone standing on the sidewalk five blocks north shouted, "Yo! What is that?" I couldn't answer, on account that I was already driving. But I wanted to. I wanted to tell everyone what this thing was. Never did I imagine a sedan would be quite a showstopper like this. But it is. Everywhere I went, people stopped to gawk or did double-takes.  The truth is the 2 is striking to look at. Low and wide, its horizontally opposed design is just accentuated all the more by the Thor's Hammer daytime running lights carried over from its Volvo siblings. But whereas the Volvos wear the company crest slashed across their noses, Polestar is far more subtle. The Polestar logo is just a slightly embossed, body-colored thing.  The rear is completely debadged. Instead of spelling out its own name in raised lettering, it just wears a long, flat, U-shaped heckblende tail light. That's it.  That sense of restraint carries into the interior, too. The color palette there is composed of either sedate Charcoal and Slate shades (the only leather option is available in Barley). Nothing is shiny or overly reflective. There's no — gasp — chrome.  Driving the 2 felt very similar to the Model 3 I'd driven two years ago. With all-wheel drive, ample power, and a low center of gravity, the 2 felt much more agile and fleet-footed than its two-ton-plus weight would suggest. The acceleration never got old. The funny, floating sensation in my stomach when I mashed the accelerator never went away.  In fact, the power inspires so much confidence that too soon, you'll find yourself ducking and tucking in and out of traffic unnecessarily. The instant torque just makes so easy and so much fun.  One-pedal driving was also fun to get the hang of. Eventually, I got the feel of it down enough to the point that I didn't need to touch the brake pedal once while navigating Manhattan stop-and-go traffic.  Obviously, plenty of fun can be had in a naturally aspirated V8 with a manual transmission. This is a different kind of fun, one that makes a high-pitched whirring when you really lean into the pedal and as the car gathers speed. No hiccups in the acceleration from gears shifting — just flawless, smooth forward momentum, and the sound of the wind washing over the car as you pick up speed. If you've never done it before, speeding up in an electric car sort of feels like being slingshotted forward. The car needs to build a bit into the acceleration, but once it does, it's like being yanked forward by the world's biggest rubber band. There's nothing else quite like it. Finally, as an Android user, I was stoked that the car came with Android as its native operating system. For too long I've been frustrated by all the different operating systems each automaker uses. All of them are different. Very nearly all of them are bad. Just leave designing the OS up to the people who actually design OSes! I bellowed at the clouds. The system's voice command is activated by the phrase "Hey, Google" or "OK, Google." With it, you can modify the climate and change the radio stations. You can ask it to navigate you to places, which is great since the 2 comes natively with Google Maps, a system I'm already used to using.  And with the car's ability to connect to a 4G mobile network, you can Google things as you would normally, as long as there is a connection.  "HEY, GOOGLE," I screamed at the car, like the serious road tester that I am. "WHAT'S AN AMPHIBIAN?"  "According to Wikipedia," the system responded smartly, "Amphibians are ectothermic, tetrapod vertebrates of the class Amphibia. All living amphibians belong to the group Lissamphibia. They inhabit a wide variety of habitats, with most species living within terrestrial, fossorial, arboreal, or freshwater aquatic ecosystems." Satisfied, I fired off one last order. "Hey, Google. Play me Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' album on Spotify!" I'm doing good, I'm on some new s---. Been saying "yes" instead of "no." What falls short: Numb steering  Anti-screen folks like me will be dismayed to learn the Polestar 2's chief system access point is a big, vertical touchscreen. You can ask the Google assistant with help on some things, but you will need to interact with this screen every so often. The Polestar attacked the curvier roads outside of Manhattan happily enough, but I still felt the steering was a bit too numb to inspire full confidence. Even on the heaviest steering setting, I still had trouble really feeling out what the front of the car was doing. For regular commuting, it's just fine. For something a little more spirited, it might give you some pause.  And if you're someone who loves many exterior colors to choose from, prepare for the Polestar 2's whopping six (!) options. Void (also known as black) comes as standard. But for an extra $1,200, you can pick from thrilling shades such as Magnesium, Midnight, Moon, Snow, and Thunder. And when I say "thrilling" here, I actually mean "demure and muted."  How the Polestar 2 compares to its competitors: A range test for you  Without an EPA estimate to go off of, I don't really know how the 2 stacks up against its competitors on paper. But I'll tell you this: When the media drive started in midtown Manhattan, my loaner car was at 85% battery capacity. Our lunchtime location was at the Storm King Art Center, some 70 miles north of the city via spirited driving on the curvy roads through Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks.  There was some gridlock getting out of Manhattan and about 15 minutes of bumper-to-bumper traffic on New Jersey Route 17. The ride back down to Manhattan's West Side was a quick stint down the Palisades Parkway, averaging a speed of about 60 mph.  It was about 88 degrees Fahrenheit during the entire time I had the car. I kept the interior climate at a cool 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When I returned the car to the Polestar team, it was down to 22% battery capacity, or an estimated 45 miles remaining. Another journalist in my group gave his car back with significantly less battery life remaining, but he tends to drive cars a bit harder than I do. The trip in its entirety was about 130 miles.  In the media briefing, Polestar representatives made certain to tell us about how it commissioned FT Tech, an independent third party, to conduct a real-world highway range test.  Using a regular Polestar 2, a Polestar 2 with the Performance Package, a Tesla Model 3 Performance, a Jaguar I-Pace, and an Audi E-Tron, the FT Tech took all of the cars onto a three-mile oval closed course during an 85-degree Fahrenheit day.  All cars started at 100% battery capacity and during their drive, the climate control was set to 72 degrees. FT Tech then ran the cars at a steady 70 mph until they could not maintain that speed anymore as their batteries depleted to see how far they could go. The results?  Tesla Model 3 Performance: 234 miles Polestar 2: 205 miles Polestar 2 with Performance Package: 197 miles Jaguar I-Pace: 188 miles Audi E-Tron: 187 miles And here's a screenshot of how much range the cars produced as compared to their official EPA-estimated ranges. Interestingly, while the Tesla did travel the furthest, it was the least efficient. According to this study, at least.  You may use that information as you will. Just bear in mind that even though this test was conducted by a third party, it was still paid for by Polestar. Still, a 205-mile range isn't bad at all.  Our impressions: The singularity If I were to close my eyes and only experience what the Polestar is like while it's moving — its acceleration, its one-pedal driving characteristics, the futuristic whee it makes under load — I'd swear it was a Tesla.  This is not to say that one is better than the other. Rather, I think the two cars indicate a singularity that we are fast approaching as more and more high-performance EVs enter the market.  By design, EVs lack the many tactile driving characteristics an internal-combustion engine car offers. A four-cylinder turbocharged car with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox drives very differently from something with a naturally aspirated V8 and a manual transmission.  Because they lack such variation, I've found that all the EVs I've driven do tend to drive very similarly to each other. The only difference between them being their power output and the resulting fury of their acceleration.  So, the Polestar 2 drives great. This much I was able to glean in the one afternoon I spent with it. But what's packaged around that driving experience is also great. The 2 is a machine that has wonderfully sharp looks that'll stop passing pedestrians in their path — but not because it's flashy. It draws your eye because it doesn't look like anything else that's currently on the road.  Sitting in the 2, driving the 2 — both worked to achieve a mood of peace and serenity. The quietness from the lack of an engine contributed to that, too, of course. But there's an unmistakable sense of quiet quality here, one that doesn't need to go around shouting to make itself heard.  For a car built in China, the 2 feels overwhelmingly Scandinavian: smartly designed and well assembled. I guess this is what happens when you buy a car company, give them a bunch of money to do what they're good at, and then leave them the hell alone.  More of this, please. SEE ALSO: The $157,000 Polestar 1 is a spectacular insight into what Volvo's new brand can achieve. It's also the best car China has ever built Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How 'white savior' films like 'The Help' and 'Green Book' hurt Hollywood
Last night, many people in France were frantically emptying the contents of their holiday home’s fridge into the bin and shoving luggage into the boot of the car. Others were rushing to the airport, while buying plane tickets online, or elbowing their way through Gare du Nord to catch the Eurostar. Government advice released at 10pm on Thursday set a countdown of 30 hours for people in France to travel back to the UK, or face a 14-day quarantine if they arrived back after the clock struck 4am GMT on Saturday.But we, in France, are the lucky ones. On July 25, people in Spain woke up to the news that if they wanted to travel to the UK without quarantining, they’d have to do so by 11pm that same night.Europe’s invisible boarders are suddenly glass sliding doors to be snuck through.In an economy stretched tight, and still being unpicked at the seams, holiday-makers in France will lose money. This weekend, they’ve faced the unenviable choice of weighing much longed-for holiday time against 14 days of quarantine on their return in the UK.The French tourism industry, already down €30-40 billion this summer, will also be hit hard for the foreseeable future. We will, at some point, have the ability to travel again. But who will have the confidence to?Meanwhile families like mine, with members in Europe and the UK, find themselves separated in ways it was hard to believe possible a few months ago.Europe’s invisible boarders are suddenly glass sliding doors to be snuck through, to see loved ones when timing and health measures allow.I have a ticket for a two-week trip from Paris (where I live) to London (where my family lives) in September. I booked it a month ago, full of confidence that numbers showed France had beat back coronavirus.As the UK government says, current figures show that’s not quite true. For the second day running, over 2,500 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in France in 24 hours. For the past seven days, the rate of infection has been over 20 cases per 100,000 people.And I have three choices. Do I start packing my bags right now as I write this on Friday evening, and go to the UK tonight, even if that means I’ll have to quarantine when I come back to France?Do I rebook my tickets for a future date, choosing at random from a drop-down calendar the date when I think quarantine-free travel might be allowed again?Or do I leave my ticket as it is, and place my hope in the young people of France, now being blamed for propagating the virus, taking a more serious attitude towards social distancing measures to reduce numbers?Here’s a worrying thought – am I one of the young people in France who has been so lax? If I do go home, will my parents in their late 60s and early 70s feel it’s safe to see me?And what does the 30-hour time limit even mean? If it’s unsafe for me to travel from France on Saturday, how can I be sure I won’t put friends and family in danger if I travel on Friday?Related... Quarantine When Home From France Or ‘Break The Law’, Warns Grant Shapps 9 Changes To The Coronavirus Lockdown Rules You Need To Know Today Unfortunately, 30 hours doesn’t leave time for steps which might provide answers to the most pressing questions – like taking a Covid-19 test.Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and blood tests are now widely available in France, with results available in 24 hours. But with the UK government’s announcement coming at 10pm on Thursday, even if everyone who wished to travel had got tested on Friday morning, none of us would know whether we were infected until after the 4am deadline had passed.A negative test result wouldn’t make any difference to current UK quarantine rules in any case. The science available – testing and the StopCovid tracing app in France – has not been suggested as a possible route out of country-specific quarantine.What we have is a blanket ban on the whole of France (even if infection rates differ around the country), an indiscriminate 14-day quarantine rule and an arbitrary time limit that makes it impossible to make the “right” decision.Deep into the European Covid-19 crisis, the UK government position on quarantine shows no more nuance than it did seven months ago.Only slightly more frustrating is the French government’s response of a reciprocal quarantine “with regret.” At least the UK quarantine is based on data, rather than retaliation.This leaves families like mine, split across borders, with more questions than answers.And the questions at stake are the sad and worrying kind that have become familiar to so many of us during the Covid-19 crisis. I’d like to know when I’ll be able to see my parents again. Or meet my best friend’s eight-month old baby. I haven’t been home since Christmas and I miss it.In the end, I decided to stay. But should I have gone? Jo York is a freelance writer based in Paris.Related... Holidaymakers Returning From France Will Have To Quarantine For 14 Days, Government Announces England's Coronavirus Infection Rate Has 'Levelled Off' Is It Even Worth Booking A Holiday Abroad Right Now? Quarantine When Home From France Or ‘Break The Law’, Warns Grant Shapps
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  Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones are among the best wireless noise-cancelling headphones you can get in the $350 price range. They have excellent noise cancellation, phone call quality that cuts out a tremendous amount of ambient noise, great battery life, and amazing audio performance.  If you're not satisfied by the way they sound out of the box, you can use Sony's Headphones app to tweak them. It's worth doing, because you can get better sound than the historical gold standard in wireless noise-cancelling headphones — the $400 Bose 700.  If you're looking at wireless noise-cancelling headphones, chances are you're also looking at the Bose 700. If so, check out our direct comparison between the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Bose 700.  Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Right off the bat, the Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones should be serious contenders for your head and ears. Indeed, "wireless" and "noise cancelling" have been popular criteria, and Sony gets these two aspects absolutely right. You're also getting great sound quality that you can refine to your liking by using the Sony Headphones app, and you might even like them more than the historical gold standard in wireless noise-cancelling headphones — the $400 Bose 700.  If $350 is in your budget for wireless noise-cancelling headphones, the XM4 should absolutely be high up in your shortlist, but make sure to read the full review below to ensure they're for you. Specifications Drivers: 40mm dome Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC, 3.5mm jack, USB Type-C charging Codecs: LDAC, DSEE Battery Life: 30 hours App: Sony Headphones for iOS and Android Comfort and design The XM4 are very comfortable headphones. The earcups covered in smooth leatherette are plush and don't grip onto my head, but they're just tight and lightweight enough that the headphones stay on while tilting and turning my head in every direction. For reference, my head around my brow and tips of my ears measure in at about 23 inches. The headband is made of something firmer, but also covered in smooth leatherette, and it doesn't apply too much pressure, nor does the top of my head get sore after long periods of listening.  Design-wise, the XM4 are pretty neutral and modern looking. Their matte plastic exterior is available in black and "silver," which looks more like a kind of light tan or gray beige. You could make the argument that there should be more metal for a pair of $350 headphones, but metal would probably add more weight, and it wouldn't really add much more to their premium feel. Sound quality What's objective and definitive is that the XM4 gets the basics right — they have a very rich sound and a good, fairly wide soundstage. Sony also boasts that it collaborated with Sony Music Studios Tokyo for the sound quality of the XM4s. To be honest, I'm not the right person to tell you how much that counts for, but I thought I'd mention it.  Outside of that, it's hard for me to tell you whether these sound good or not, because everyone hears differently and everyone has a preference to how their music sounds. And that happens to be an area where the XM4s shine. Their sound is customizable via the Sony Headphones app, and you can change the sound to however you want it to be. Customizing sound through equalizer (EQ) settings isn't new, it's just particularly effective with Sony's app and the XM4 headphones.  Thank goodness the XM4s are customizable, because their out-of-the-box sound isn't my favorite. In their default state, the XM4s have big, powerful sound that leans heavily towards bass and doesn't give very much attention to higher frequencies, which leads to a muffled sound that frankly isn't very impressive. If you like clarity and a better balance that features a little more treble and highs, the XM4 won't be for you, and you'll want to go into the Sony Headphones app to customize the sound.  So that's what I did, and I found an adjustment that makes my music sound amazing to me, and it was pretty easy and quick. In fact, my own customization turned the XM4 into a pair of headphones that are going to be hard to replace. It was worth going into the app and playing around with the sound settings, as I prefer the way the XM4 sound compared to the Bose. (If you're curious, I use the "Bright" preset, and set the "Clear Bass" to +5 or more.)  Some don't really care too much and just want a pair of headphones that they're told sound good without fiddling around in an app, and for those people, I'd suggest the $400 Bose 700 that can often be had for less. They offer excellent sound out of the box. Noise cancellation and battery life Noise cancellation on the XM4 is excellent and on par with Bose, which have set the standard for noise-cancelling wireless headphones with the Quiet Comfort line, and most recently its 700 line.  In an office-type environment at about 53 decibels, including air conditioning droning and a couple of loud fans, I could listen to music at significantly lower volumes than without noise cancelling. The ambient noise from the air conditioning and fans, and even the sound of my wife on a phone call in the same room was all but forgotten while listening to music.  Without music, some higher frequency fan noise was still audible, but the XM4 made the room significantly quieter and more comfortable to work in. I could also still hear my wife's phone conversation, but again, it was totally tolerable, and I could still easily work comfortably without feeling distracted.  I even tested the XM4 next to my home's 10KW backup power generator, which produces between 65 and 85 decibels — a range that decently represents a Midtown Manhattan avenue. The XM4 did remarkably well at cancelling out the generator's noise considering my proximity to the generator, and that the noise was coming exclusively from one source rather than the "everywhere" nature of noise in Manhattan. In a sentence, the XM4 will absolutely make subway and walking commutes in busy cities significantly more tolerable and comfortable.  As for battery life, Sony touts an impressive 30 hours, and five hours of listening time from a quick 10-minute top-off charge with 1.5A or more adapter. All in all, battery life in real life is great — it never felt as if I was constantly charging the XM4.  Phone calls Sony has worked to improve the ambient noise reduction during phone calls, and that work paid off. I had a phone conversation at around the 65-75 decibel range (near my generator), and the person I was speaking with said, for the most part, they wouldn't know I was next to a noisy engine that produces 10,000 watts of power at 240 volts.  Basically, that means you can walk around a city's busy streets and have a comfortable conversation with barely any city noise making its way into the phone call.   That brings the XM4s up to the Bose 700 region for phone call performance, which is saying something. The Bose 700 were a revelation for ambient noise control for phone calls.  Apps and other features The Sony Headphones app is utilitarian but necessary to customize the sound to your liking, and while it was quick and easy for me, I see plenty of room for improvement to make it more intuitive and more attractive, especially for those who are less inclined on tech. Sony has loaded the XM4s with one feature that's incredibly important for a pair of wireless headphones in 2020 and beyond, as well as a bunch of features that aren't entirely necessary, even questionable.  First, the important feature the XM4s include is Bluetooth multipoint technology, which lets you connect to two devices at the same time. Multipoint is essential if you often switch between your phone and computer — you can listen to music from your computer with the headphones, as well as pick up a phone call from your phone without any manual switching.  Another feature that works well is "Quick Attention," which reduces your music's volume and turns off noise cancelling when you place your hand over the right earcup. That's great when you need to communicate with someone briefly, like when you're buying something. Volume and noise cancellation come right back when you remove your hand from the right earcup. I'd still think I'm being rude if I kept my headphones on while communicating with another human being, but at least the motion of putting your hand to the earcup is an indication that you're doing something to pay attention to them.  There's also "Speak To Chat," where the headphones detect when you're talking, and music and noise cancellation are totally turned off. When the headphones detect that you're no longer talking, music and noise cancellation are re-engaged after a set amount of time. It works well, but if I'm going to chat with anyone for more than a brief amount of time, I'm going to take off the headphones. If it's not obvious, this is one of the questionable features.   The Sony app includes a noise cancellation optimizer designed to, well, optimize noise cancellation for you by analyzing anything that might alter the earcups' seal around your ears. I'm not entirely sure if it works, to be honest, but optimized or not, sound quality and noise cancellation remain excellent. There's also a "360 Reality Audio" feature that supposedly enhances audio with some kind of surround sound enhancements. The setup process is odd, as you need to take photos of your ears, and it only works with the Tidal, Nugs, and Deezer streaming apps. I don't use any of these apps, so I couldn't test this feature. Honestly, these kinds of features rarely end up enhancing anything for the better.  Should you buy the Sony WH-1000XM4? Yep! I could leave it at that, but I need to disclose that the XM4s work best if you use the Sony Headphones app. Maybe you'll like the default sound, but I find it lackluster. After a little effortless tweaking, the XM4 became one of my favorite pairs of all-around headphones — you're getting some of the best sound quality, comfort, noise cancellation, and phone call quality in the $350 price range.  If $350 is on the higher side, you could still pick up Sony's previous generation in the XM series, the WH-1000XM3. Sound quality, noise cancellation, and comfort are all just a hair under the new XM4, but for the sub-$250 price tags we're seeing these days for the XM3, they're a bargain. To note, the XM3s would also benefit from some minor finagling with the app to get the sound you like. See what we said about the XM3 headphones around the time they were released.  If you're truly not interested in playing around with an app and you "just want a good pair of headphones," I'd recommend the Bose 700 instead. You can check out the Bose 700 review here.  Pros: Comfortable, long battery life, excellent noise cancellation, great audio quality, incredibly effective sound customization, impressive ambient noise reduction for phone calls Cons: Default sound is muffled and lacks highs and clarity, app is utilitarian and not super intuitive  Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. A former minister led calls for the government to rethink computer modelling that disproportionately downgraded the A-level results of poorer students. Tim Loughton, a former children’s minister, said in a post on his website on Friday he had urged education secretary Gavin Williamson to “look again” at the algorithm used by the regulator Ofqual in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown. The results sparked a furious backlash from youngsters, teachers and parents this week, after almost 40% of results were downgraded, with private school students benefiting in comparison to those at state schools. Though the number of passes and top grades increased overall, some students’ predicted marks were slashed by up to two grades. It has left thousands scrambling for a university place via clearing and many others blocked from taking up long-hoped-for places at top institutions. Loughton admitted “hugely disappointed students” were now in “extraordinarily distressing” circumstances, despite their hard work. He went on to say: “I have made the point to ministers that they should look at the algorithm again for those who have missed out on their place in further education, and also that assessed exams/mocks be the primary basis for appeal.”  Williamson made an eleventh hour concession on Wednesday to allow students to appeal and base their result on their mock exam grade if the final result was worse. It came after a major U-turn by the Scottish Government saw its downgraded results for Highers exams revoked. Thousands of young people also took part in a protest outside Downing Street on Friday, calling for Williamson to resign. Rob Halfon, chairman of the Commons’ education select committee, meanwhile, called on Ofqual to urgently meet with schools. “I am worried about it because some figures suggest that disadvantaged students have been penalised again,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.“I am also worried about further education colleges because they have been improving in recent years and yet they seem also to have suffered under this grading system.“If the model has penalised disadvantaged groups this is very serious and if it has disadvantaged colleges that has to be looked at. Ofqual will have to adjust the grades.”He later told HuffPost UK the government should “broaden the appeals system” and ensure that all charges for any appeal were scrapped.  He said: “The government needs to make it absolutely crystal clear, to universities particularly, that they have to be flexible, without a shadow of a doubt, given what has gone on.” Ofqual has insisted the algorithm was fair. Shadow education secretary Kate Green, meanwhile, warned there could be a “deluge” of appeals and it may prove impossible to get them all processed in time for September start dates. “I am concerned that if we have a deluge of appeals, which I think is quite likely given the fiasco we have seen over the last day-and-a-half, there just won’t be time for students to have those appeals processed and completed, and universities will fill up those places,” she told The World at One.She added: “As a one-off measure, we have to do something for these young people otherwise we are writing them off for the whole of their life chances.“I think it is right that this year we take exceptional measures, give those young people every possible opportunity to progress with their lives and make use of teacher assessments where we can’t be confident that algorithm and the government’s model has delivered fairness to very, very large numbers of students.”Related... Exclusive: Exam Board Gave Entire Classes Of Law Students Each Other's Grades Students March On Whitehall Demanding Gavin Williamson Be Sacked Over A-Level Fiasco Hereditary Tory Peer Suggests 'Grit And Perseverance' More Important Than A-Levels
And there might be a delay before devs warm up to dual screens Comment  The Surface Duo isn't an original idea – just look at LG's newest V60 smartphone or Toshiba's quirky Libretto Libretto W100 laptop. There's an air of experimentation about these devices, appearing to outsiders as a less-than-serious punt on a new direction. A gamble, essentially.…
It’s now been over a week since news broke of a Conservative MP accused of rape by a former parliamentary aide.To date, the party have refused to suspend him, despite repeated calls from women’s groups, campaigners and fellow MPs. Chief Whip Mark Spencer said that the rape allegations against the MP were being taken seriously.Not seriously enough to warrant a suspension so that others could be safeguarded, it would appear.On Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his party’s decision not to suspend the MP as he was waiting for “police to decide whether they wanted to make charges”.In any other profession, anyone accused of serious sexual offences would face immediate suspension followed by an investigation.  The only message we are receiving is that the rights of the accused are above the rights of the alleged victim.Johnson’s continued refusal to suspend will not inspire confidence among either campaigners or survivors of sexual violence. The latest England and Wales rape statistics make for alarming reading. In the year 2019-2020, police recorded 55,130 rapes, but of this figure, only 2,102 resulted in prosecutions, with 1,439 convicted.If we compare the latest numbers against figures for the same period three years previously, the overall figure has increased by a third, yet convictions have halved.  This is not the first time the government has fallen short in its commitment to keeping women safe and holding perpetrators of sexual violence and abuse in positions of power to account for their misbehaviour. In 2018, I wrote about Theresa May restoring the whip to two MPs suspended following accusations of sexual impropriety so that she could win a no-confidence vote triggered against her by her own party.Of those two MPs, Charlie Elphicke has since been convicted of three counts of sexual assault against two women in 2007 and 2016.  Former MP Andrew Griffith, found to have sent some 2,000 texts to two young female constituents while a sitting MP, insisting they call him “Daddy” and demanding explicit photos of them, was allowed back in to help prop up May’s tenuous grip on power.  As a campaigner and activist, I have always been very vocal in my desire to see more women, especially from a BAME background, enter politics and make positive changes from the top down.Related... Charity Calls Out Westminster's Attempts To 'Close Rank' Around Rape Allegation Opinion: I May Destroy You Captures The Devastating Way The Justice System Fails Victims Of Sexual Assault Sadly, the more we are faced with stories such as this latest one, where MPs accused of serious sexual crimes are able to use their power to hide behind, the more difficult it is to promote Parliament as a safe and secure place to work in. That a culture of misogyny and impunity is allowed to thrive – with the “old boys network” acting to protect one another – will push more women out of politics and deter others from seeking a career in politics and public life.The latest accusation of sexual assault has been raised as a concern in a joint statement released by the Centenary Action Group, a UK based cross party coalition working to improve women’s representation in politics, The Fawcett Society, a charity campaigning for gender equality, and the Trades Union Congress.In addition to calling for the immediate suspension of the rape-accused MP, the statement is also calling for the appointment of an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor appointed by both the House of Commons and the Conservative Party to support the alleged victim. Our full demands can be found here.As a former employee of the House of Commons, I have a unique insight into how complicated and difficult it is to report your abuser, especially if they are a sitting MP.You are ostracised and often targeted by members of your political party, so-called friends will try to dissuade you from coming forward and scare you with stories of media witch-hunts, your mental and emotional health will take a real battering and, often, the end result will hardly justify the brutal fight for justice.Only two years ago, a House of Commons report found that nearly a fifth of Westminster staff had experienced some form of sexual harassment in a single year. Our Parliamentarians preside over the law on criminal assaults and workplace safety for all of us when their own Houses are not in order. Each time a victim comes forward to make a complaint, they are not only taking on their abuser, but also the very institutions that give the abusers their platform and power. These institutions should not be further used to give protection to the abusers.Until we change the culture of protecting those who choose to abuse their positions of power, we will never be able to truly hold them to account.Until both the Palace of Westminster and the Conservative Party take strong decisive action and suspend the aforementioned MP, at least until the police have concluded their own investigation, the only message we are receiving is that the rights of the accused are above the rights of the alleged victim. Some may argue that we have come a long way in the past five years in protecting women working in Parliament, with a new independent body set up to handle complaints of bullying and harassment by MPs in 2019, while Dame Laura Cox’s 2018 report helped shed a spotlight on some of the experiences that women like me went through.But it seems that these changes, although steps in the right direction, are not nearly enough when a person accused of rape can still continue to work and enter and leave a work environment that employs some 650 members of staff.  Until we change the culture of protecting those who choose to abuse their positions of authority and power after they are accused, we will never be able to truly hold them to account. And yes, this does mean starting with our government. Aisha Ali-Khan is a member of Centenary Action Group (CAG) and the co-organiser of Women’s March London.Related... Charity Calls Out Westminster's Attempts To 'Close Rank' Around Rape Allegation Senior Tory MP 'Arrested On Suspicion Of Rape' Senior Tory MP Accused Of Rape Will Not Be Suspended From Party Yes, Coronavirus Is A War. And Women Are On The Frontline
Market OverviewThe Global Metallized Film Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7% during the forecasting period (2020-2027).Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a rare type of blood cancer, which occurs due to the excessive growth of lymphocytes.It is estimated that in 2017, there were approximately 14,030 incident cases of mantle cell lymphoma globally, and forecasts that number to increase to 18,010 incident cases by 2026.For instance, as per the article published on October 9, 2019, according to Simon Rule, looking forward to the further therapeutic approaches in the frontline setting of Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), he explained that the BTK inhibitors could take over the upfront space and potentially in combination, and chemotherapy will be a subsequent action.Further, according to an article published on May 9, 2019, a study by the University of Texas, and MD Anderson Cancer Center demonstrated that a small molecule drug, named IACS-10759 might help overcome ibrutinib resistance in mantle cell lymphoma.The promising mantle cell lymphoma pipeline is expected to drive market growth over the forecast period.For instance,However, serious side effects of drugs like anemia, neutropenia, and diarrhea are the factors restraining market growth.Also, according to a study published in Cancer Journal for Clinicians stated that 3,320 new cases of MCL were diagnosed in the US in 2016.Also, the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Agency works with the manufacturers to analyze drug development, drug approval, promising the breakthrough therapy destination Program to make treatments available for patients with a rare disease.
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Market scenario:Retropharyngeal abscess is a serious infection deep in the neck and generally occurs in children under age eight, though it can also affect adults.Retropharyngeal abscess recurs in an estimated 1 to 5% of patients and such patients are 40 to 50% more likely to die due to abscess-related complications.The Latest report by Market Research Future (MRFR) asserts that, The global retropharyngeal abscess market is expected to reach USD 5.9 billion by 2023, and the market is projected to grow at a CAGR of ~ 4.5 % during the forecast period 2017-2023.The market drivers include rise in demand due to growing young and immune-compromised population, increasing screening, and others.Market development is another strategy for as there is a large unmet need in the developing regions such as India and China.Cost of the product will be a decisive factor in the developing regions such as Asia Pacific and especially Africa.Key PlayersMerck KGaA,Johnson & Johnson,AstraZeneca plc,Sanofi S.A.,Pfizer,Mylan N.V,Novartis AG,Teva pharmaceutical company,GlaxoSmithKline plc.SegmentsThe global retropharyngeal abscess market has been segmented on the basis of diagnosis, treatment, and end user.Based on the diagnosis, the market has been segmented as X-rays and computed tomography, blood tests, physical exam and others.Based on the treatment, the market has been segmented as calcium antibiotics, pain killers, surgical drainage and others.Based on the end user, the market has been segmented as hospitals and clinics, research and academics and others.Regional AnalysisAsia Pacific retropharyngeal abscess market size is expected to grow rapidly; China and India are likely to lead this market due to fast growing healthcare sector and large unmet needs over the forecast period.South East Asian countries such as China, India, and Malaysia are projected to contribute highly to the market growth.The growing penetration of healthcare industry in the Asia Pacific region is expected to drive the future retropharyngeal abscess market in the region.
Apple on Thursday removed the popular game Fortnite from its App Store, and in doing so, fell right into the trap set by Fortnite's maker, Epic Games. Epic set its snare by intentionally breaking one of Apple's rules, offering Fortnite players an alternative way to pay for its virtual currency than through the App Store. Apple's response of banning Fortnite is likely to help Epic win public relations battle — and served as a case in point for the lawsuit it immediately filed charging the iPhone maker with anticompetitive behavior. The way Apple runs the App Store has come under increasing scrutiny, but Epic's suit, which lays out a damning case against the company, could be its biggest challenge yet. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tim Sweeney just led Apple right into an, ahem, epic trap — one that just might cause the iPhone maker some serious harm.  Epic Games, Sweeney's company and the maker of the popular Fortnite game, is accusing Apple of anticompetitive conduct. And on Thursday, Epic showed the world how. By deliberately breaking one of Apple's App Store rules, Epic provoked Apple into flexing its unchecked power, providing Exhibit A in the lawsuit that Epic had ready to go. Now, the other Tim — Apple CEO Tim Cook — has got to be shaking his head in wonder at how easily his company fell right into Epic's snare. The dispute between the two companies centers around Apple's control over the distribution of apps on iPhones and iPads. Apple device owners can only download apps from the company's App Store. If developers charge consumers for their apps, Apple takes a 30% cut. The company also gets a 30% cut off of sales of most digital goods — subscriptions, digital movies or books, virtual clothing for video game characters — that developers sell through their apps. Apple preloads its App Store on all iPhones and iPads and forbids any alternative methods of downloading apps. It also requires developers who offer in-app goods to use its payment mechanism and forbids them not only from using alternatives but, essentially, from even mentioning in their apps that users could buy the same products elsewhere for less money. Developers are unhappy, but feel they don't have a choice Developers have been grousing about such rules for years. Apple's 30% tax is exorbitantly high, they argue. And developers who already have payment processing services that they use on their websites or in other venues feel like they shouldn't have to pay for Apple's. But many developers feel they have no choice. Although more people use Android devices than Apple iOS devices,  there are still some 1.5 billion Apple gadgets in use around the world — a huge market that developers would forfeit if they abandoned the App Store. And users of Apple devices collectively spend nearly twice as much on apps as do owners of Android gadgets. Apple has long argued that it bars other app stores and payment services as a security measure and that it applies such rules even-handedly across all developers. Unlike other tech giants that dominate their primary markets — Google in search, Facebook in social networking, and Amazon in ecommerce — Apple has largely flown under the radar because it doesn't dominate its primary market, smartphones. But the company's iron-clad grip over the App Store has started to garner increasing attention. Last year, Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission charging the iPhone maker with anticompetitive behavior related in part to the commissions it charges on purchases made through the App Store. Last month, members of Congress zeroed in on such conduct in a hearing focused on Apple and the other tech giants. Additionally, the US Department of Justice and a collection of states attorneys general are reportedly preparing to launch an investigation the company. Epic could prove dangerous for Apple But Epic could prove to be the most dangerous antagonist to date for Apple. Epic is a powerful company in and of itself, and one of the few that could potentially thrive without Apple. But it's also a dangerous foe for the iPhone maker because it showed in a series of moves on Thursday just how cunning it can be.  Earlier on Thursday, Epic lured Apple into a trap by deliberately violating Apple's App Store rules. Epic gave iPhone users a way to purchase V-bucks, the virtual currency in Fortnite, directly from Epic rather than through Apple's App Store. The move directly violated Apple's rules against offering alternative methods for users to pay for in-app purchases. Hours after Epic included the option, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store, arguing that Epic was violating its rules and seeking special treatment. That move in and of itself could hurt Apple by infuriating the millions of Fortnite players who will no longer be able to download or update it on their Apple devices. There's a good chance they'll turn their ire on Apple, rather than Epic, when they find out why they can no longer get the game. But the bigger problem for Apple is what came next. Epic was obviously expecting Apple's decision to eject Fortnight, because shortly thereafter, the company sprung the final part of its snare. It filed a lawsuit charging Apple with trying to illegally block competition in the markets for app distribution and in-app purchases on iPhones and iPads — and cited Apple's response to its discounted V-buck offer as a primary case in point. "Rather than tolerate this healthy competition and compete on the merits of its offering, Apple responded by removing Fortnite from sale on the App Store," Epic said in its legal complaint. "Apple's removal of Fortnite," it continued, "is yet another example of Apple flexing its enormous power in order to impose unreasonable restraints and unlawfully maintain its 100% monopoly over the iOS In-App Payment Processing Market." Epic anticipated Apple's argument Epic's lawsuit also anticipated Apple's argument that the company was seeking special treatment. Although the lawsuit notes numerous times that it's been harmed financially by Apple's rules, Epic chose not to seek compensation from Apple for itself. Nor is it seeking that Apple be barred from enforcing rules just against it. Instead Epic is asking the US District Court for Northern California to declare Apple's rules "unlawful and unenforceable" in general and to issue an injunction barring its allegedly anticompetitive conduct being directed against any developer. In other words, Epic is painting itself as the champion of all app makers. It even did that just about literally in a video parodying Apple's famous 1984 ad. Only in Epic's recasting of the dystopian TV commercial, Apple's no longer the upstart but has instead taken over IBM's role of Big Brother. But Epic's lawsuit isn't just a public-relations move. The complaint lays out a well-reasoned and damning argument about Apple's power, about how little ability developers or consumers have to challenge that power, and what Apple's essentially unchallengeable rules are costing developers and consumers alike. "By imposing its 30% tax, Apple necessarily forces developers to suffer lower profits, reduce the quantity or quality of their apps, raise prices to consumers, or some combination of the three," Epic said in its suit. It smartly buttresses that argument by contrasting the cost of payment processing through other vendors — as little as 2.6% in some cases — with Apple's rate. And it reinforces its case with documents that were recently released by the House of Representatives in connection with that body's investigation into the tech giant's alleged anti-competitive conduct, such as an email from Steve Jobs that frankly acknowledged that its 30% commission would be "prohibitive for many things." The suit has got to be worrisome for Apple not just because of the case Epic makes, but because of the risks. Much of Apple's growth in recent years — and its surging stock price — has been sparked by its services business. Although its services business includes a lot of disparate offerings, a big portion of its revenue comes from the App Store. Were Apple's App Store business upturned, the company might not have such a great story to sell Wall Street. But Apple — just as Sweeney seemed to expect — fell right into Epic's trap. It now has to find its own way out. Got a tip about Apple? Contact Troy Wolverton via email at [email protected], message him on Twitter @troywolv, or send him a secure message through Signal at 415.515.5594. You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop. Read more about Epic's battle against Apple: Read Apple's response for removing 'Fortnite' from the App Store after Epic Games skirted the tech giant's controversial 30% fee The developer behind 'Fortnite' is suing Apple after the iPhone maker yanked the game from the App Store Apple just removed 'Fortnite' from the App Store, and the company behind the game hit back with a scathing video that roasts the iPhone maker's most iconic ad 'Fortnite's' Epic Games learned how to evade Apple's 30% rate before it got kicked off the App Store. Here's why developers have long been concerned by the fee. SEE ALSO: Big Tech's CEOs wrapped themselves in the flag and warned about China. Here's why their patriotic appeal was meaningless, misleading, and should be ignored. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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Tributes have been paid to the train driver, conductor and passenger killed in the Aberdeenshire train crash on Wednesday morning.The family of driver Brett McCullough said he was “the most decent and loving human being we have ever known”.A union official said conductor Donald Dinnie was “an amazing person” while the family of Christopher Stuchbury from Aberdeen also paid tribute to the 62-year-old who volunteered at a palliative care unit.The three men were killed after the 6.38am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service left the tracks south of Stonehaven on Wednesday.McCullough leaves behind wife Stephanie and three children.His family said in a statement: “Words cannot describe the utterly devastating effect of Brett’s death on his family and friends.“We have lost a wonderful husband, father and son in the most awful of circumstances. Brett was the most decent and loving human being we have ever known and his passing leaves a huge void in all our lives.“We would like to thank the emergency services for their heroic efforts in helping everyone affected by this tragedy and for all the messages of support and condolence we have received.”McCullough, who worked in ScotRail’s Aberdeen depot and lived near the crash site, was a former gas engineer who had been a train driver for seven years.Originally from Bromley, Kent, he moved to Aberdeenshire to marry his wife.STONEHAVEN INCIDENT - UPDATEThe three people who died at the derailment incident have been formally identified and can be named as Brett McCullough (45) - Driver; Donald Dinnie (58) - Conductor; Christopher Stuchbury (62) - Passenger. More at: https://t.co/vrZwnjGW9Mpic.twitter.com/wWoPzWd2Hc— Police Scotland (@policescotland) August 13, 2020Kevin Lindsay, Aslef’s organiser in Scotland said McCullough was servicing the gas boiler of an Aberdeen train driver when they started chatting about the job and he decided to join the railways.He said: “He was a dedicated train driver, who loved his job, and was very popular at the depot with his colleagues.“He was also a devoted family man who loved his wife and children – two girls and a boy. Brett thought the world of his family, and we all thought the world of him.”The family of Dinnie also said: “As a family we are devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Donald, a loving and proud dad, son, partner, brother, uncle and friend.“No words could ever describe how much he will be missed by us all and there will always be a missing piece in our hearts.“It is so heart warming to see how many people have fond memories of Donald and I am sure they have plenty of happy and funny stories to tell.“He was a kind, caring and genuine person who was never found without a smile on his face. We know he will be deeply missed by all.“Together we thank each and every one of you for your kind words and condolences but we kindly ask at this time that we have the chance to grieve privately as a family.”Lindsay said the thoughts of his colleagues are with the families of McCullough and Dinnie, as did RMT senior assistant general secretary Mick Lynch.Lynch said: “On behalf of the union I want to send condolences, support and solidarity to Donald Dinnie’s family‎, friends and colleagues.“It is absolutely clear that he was much loved and highly respected by all who knew him and his death is a tragedy that has shocked our entire industry.“Donald’s branch, Aberdeen 1, have told me that ‎he was an amazing person. He lit up every room he walked into with his cheery banter and stories.“Many knew Donald for most of his railway career as a driver and a guard. He was very much a family man and a valued, active and proud member of the RMT.‎”The family of Stuchbury said he enjoyed volunteering in his spare time at Roxburghe House, a specialist palliative care unit run by NHS GrampianTheir statement said: “Chris was a much adored husband, son, dad, stepdad, granddad, brother and uncle and was a treasured and loved friend to many, including the Targe Towing Team where he was an integral and valued member of staff.“He also volunteered at Roxburghe House in Aberdeen during his spare time which he thoroughly enjoyed doing.“We are devastated by his death and we request privacy at this difficult time as we come to terms with our loss.”Related... Climate Change A Factor In Aberdeenshire Train Crash, Suggests Scottish Transport Secretary Three Dead And Six Taken To Hospital After Train Derails In Aberdeenshire
An increasing number of wealthy tech execs, like Facebook alum Dave Morin and Gumroad CEO Sahil Lavingia, are starting so-called "rolling funds," a new type of venture fund pioneered by AngelList that allows investors to "subscribe" on a quarterly basis. Some are attracted to the user-friendliness of the model's style and ability to publicly solicit investors, which might otherwise be illegal. Others see it as way to increase accountability for venture capital partners, who often make money on management fees whether the startups they fund succeed or not.  By having to please investors on a quarter-by-quarter basis so they continue to contribute, rolling funds puts more pressure on fund operators. Still others see rolling funds as a way to bring more diversity into the notorious homogeneity of Silicon Valley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. More and more wealthy tech execs in Silicon Valley are starting or participating in so called "rolling funds." That's a new type of fund introduced by AngelList that allows investors to subscribe on a quarterly basis, with the option to cancel and not contribute any more to it if they're dissatisfied.  News leaked in July that early Facebook employee Dave Morin was starting a rolling fund called Offline Ventures. Gumroad CEO Sahil Lavingia announced in August he was starting a rolling fund while keeping his day job. And Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt told Business Insider he was "looking seriously" at starting a rolling fund next year. They're joined by a small flood of tech figures starting their own rolling funds, including venture capitalist Cindy Bi, ex-Runkeeper CEO Jason Jacobs, and venture capitalist Tyler Tringas, among others. Why tech figures are attracted to these funds varies, but a common thread running through their motivations is a desire to bypass traditional venture capital. Easy to use, open to more investors The user-friendliness of AngelList's platform drew Lavingia to the rolling fund model. "Visit a page, enter subscription amount, verify identity and setup funding source," Lavingia told Business Insider, describing the process of signing up as a new fund investor, known as limited partners (LPs). "That's it! Self-serve." AngelList handles the regulatory busywork for a fee for the funds that use it, but there are other rolling funds operating independently of AngelList willing to take on that burden themselves. For instance, Tringas said his Earnest Capital rolling fund is independent. The cost of investing in a rolling fund can be set low, opening up the fund to a broader pool of investors. For instance, Lavingia set his minimum to join the fund at $6,250 a quarter and he raised $5 million in about a month. It helped that he was able to take the unusual step of advertising his fund to his sizable Twitter following, something that might otherwise be illegal under SEC rules. That's because rolling funds operate under SEC Rule 506(c). Lavingia can publicize his fund provided he only takes on "accredited investors" which are people or business entities with high enough incomes or net worth that they won't endure serious financial damage if their rolling-fund investment doesn't work out. "It's very much crowdfunding for techies with capital," a fund manager who had explored starting a rolling fund told Business Insider. Better accountability Another person involved in a prominent rolling fund said their past as a partner at a major VC firm left them with the belief that partners often collect fees and become rich regardless of their performance. "I find it hard to believe that you can be connected to the entrepreneurial heartbeat collecting that many fees," this person told Business Insider, requesting anonymity to avoid drawing attention to their fund. "I personally feel that the closer you are to what it feels like to be an entrepreneur, the more hungry you are and the better you are." The risk, though, is that the rolling fund manager may be forced into perpetually raising funds.  "The argument you would make against this is that there's potentially more work for us if we can't establish a consistent long-term LP base," the former VC partner said. And rolling fund managers may not know exactly how much capital they will have to invest as they scout out startups to back. "Also you could argue that it creates more short-term thinking by our LPs, who are looking not at a 10 year horizon ... they're thinking about a much shorter-term horizon," this person said. Most traditional VC funds operate on a 10-year cycle where they raise a fund then find startups to invest in and the LPs don't expect their returns until the end. But the added pressure to perform is part of the appeal for both the LP investor and the rolling fund manager. "You as an LP can cancel any quarter," the former VC partner said, meaning the LP doesn't have to continue paying in every quarter. "So it actually forces us to work harder. To communicate with our LPs, prove our track record."  More possibilities for diversity To Kate Brodock and Allyson Kapin, founders of the The W Fund, a rolling fund that specifically looks to backs female founders and other underrepresented people in tech, the traditional VC model is well past due for an overhaul. "The next Mark Zuckerberg is not going to be a white man," Brodock told Business Insider. "It's going to be a Black founder or a Latinx founder." The VC world is known for the difficulties woman and people of color have when raising funds or becoming VC general partners [GPs]. A 2019 study found that just 1% of venture-capital-backed companies between 2014 and 2019 were founded by Black people, and another study from All Raise found that only 12% of U.S. venture firms and angel groups had women in "decision-making roles at the investment level" as of August 2019. The speedy nature of rolling funds appealed to Brodock and Kapin because it allowed them to leapfrog past a protracted fundraising period— and quickly provide evidence against the extra scrutiny they expected to face as women. "Because we can close every single quarter, we can be making investments while we continue to fundraise," Kapin said."We can turn around and show those investments, both to our LPs and to potential LPs."  Lavingia echoed those sentiments to Business Insider, saying he hoped rolling funds could lead to "More diverse LPs, more diverse GPs and more diverse founders eventually as well." Read more: A Silicon Valley challenger to the NYSE and Nasdaq is test-driving its alternative stock exchange, but companies may not list there until 2021 Silicon Valley leaders say VCs that are now flocking to safer late-stage investments rather than early startups could shrink their future pipeline of growth companies to back SEE ALSO: Why this startup CEO decided to keep his day job but become a VC by launching one of the first rolling funds created with AngelList's new platform Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that is caused by degeneration of nerve cells in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which controls movement.Without enough dopamine, this balance is disrupted, resulting in tremor (trembling in the hands, arms, legs and jaw); rigidity (stiffness of the limbs); slowness of movement; and impaired balance and coordination – the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson's.The cause of Parkinson's essentially remains unknown.However, theories involving oxidative damage, environmental toxins, genetic factors and accelerated aging have been discussed as potential causes for the disease.In 2005, researchers discovered a single mutation in a Parkinson’s disease gene (first identified in 1997), which is believed responsible for five percent of inherited cases.Medical TreatmentThe majority of Parkinson's patients are treated with medications to relieve the symptoms of the disease.Dyskinesias (abnormal movements) may occur as the dose is increased.Tolcapone is indicated only for patients whose symptoms are not adequately controlled by other medications, because of potentially serious toxic effects on the liver.
Global Holographic Imaging Market was valued at US$ 20.80Mn in 2019 and is expected to reach US$ 250.60 Mn by 2027, at a CAGR of 36.41 % during a forecast period.The 3D holography is used to represent complex 3D structures for medical imaging, and medical research.It also helps to detect serious issues with sensitive organs like the brain and the abnormalities, which are difficult to interpret.In addition, growth in the prevalence of cardiovascular and neurological disorders among global geriatric population is expected to boost the market.Although holography has found widespread popularity in research, the development of holograms is cost-intensive process.The Clinicians and doctors are preferring software and digital hardware, which helps to give accurate diagnosis of disorders.It also helps the doctors to analyze 3D complex structures that enhance the surgical performance.
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Presently you could ask what the distinction remains in between common clinical depression in addition to stress and anxiety clinical depression.Anxiousness clinical depression is taken into consideration as the multifaceted form of combination of particular negative and apathetic feelings which consists of a concern, shock, anxiousness, uneasiness etc.Hence, to overcome the stress and anxiety, depression, it is always taken into consideration essential to reduce the amount of stress which results in the creation of it.Anxiety comes in many different types and also ranges.Fatigue, sleep conditions, cravings modifications, as well as loss of interest in daily tasks is also common indications of significant clinical depression.Dysthymic Disorder: As one of both chief types of clinical depression, it normally has less or much less major symptoms than significant depression however lasts longer.Normally, this kind of clinical depression is described as having relentless yet much less severe depressive signs and symptoms than Major Depression.Bipolar Depression: defined by unexpected and also radical adjustments in one's mood in which one min the individual is in a raised state of ecstasy while the next minute (day or week) he or she is feeling to be in a psychological hell.He roller coaster of ups and downs is triggered by an inequality in the victim's mind chemistry.Cyclothymic Disorder: Cyclothymic problem is a mild kind of clinical depression that resembles bipolar affective disorder, with much less regularity and seriousness.It is defined by a mild resemblance with Manic or Bipolar anxiety wherein the private suffering from this mental illness may occasionally experience serious modifications in one's state of minds.
 Antipsychotic Drugs Market Research Report: Information by Generation (First Generation, Second Generation), Types of Antipsychotics (Atypical Antipsychotics, Miscellaneous Antipsychotics Agents), Therapeutic Applications(Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder) and Region (the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa) – Forecast till 2025 Psychosis is a collective term used to cover are a group of disorders that are regarding the serious distortion of behavior, thought, recognition of reality, and perception.A new report on the global Antipsychotic Drugs Market, published by Market Research Future (MRFR), assays that this market can touch success at 4.3% CAGR between 2017 and 2022.In terms of money value, the market can be worth USD 18.5 Bn by the end of the forecast period.It characterizes the strategies of the topmost market players in the market and supports the competitive developments like research & developments (R), mergers & acquisitions, new product developments, and joint ventures, in the market.The most significant market driving factor for the global antipsychotic drugs market growth is unmet medical needs of an order of 35% and 50% of people with mental disorders.Increasing the focus of governments and health care organizations on mental health is also boosting the market.However, some factors that can hinder the global antipsychotic drugs market growth include social stigma faced by patients, poor drug development pipeline, and a strict regulatory framework.Request For Free Sample Copy :https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/sample_request/2784 Regional Segmentation A geographical outlining of the global antipsychotic drugs market covers the Americas (North America & South America), Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa (MEA).The Americas is the largest regional market as North America alone holds the potential of being a dominant market due to heavy investment in the R related to medicines and drugs.
RV is often called as a serious investment regardless of the kind you decide.Even if you happen to be an average motorhome owner having modest features, it could still cost you a million, if not then be prepared to pay whopping hundreds of thousands of dollars in it.When it comes to getting the RVs, these are bought with some great amount of features including customizations, and the size.As RV is regarded similar to homes, these tend to remain the most customizable option for the ground up, it is certainly not a shocking thing for sure.Well, how about checking the top most expensive RVs.
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Rivian has raised more money than any other EV startup that hasn't gone public. Three of Rivian's investors told Business Insider why they're betting on the company to become the next Tesla. They highlighted Rivian's EV platform, management team, and its contract to provide 100,000 delivery vans to Amazon. Are you a current or former Rivian employee? Do you have an opinion about what it's like to work there? Contact this reporter at [email protected], on Signal at 646-768-4712, or via his encrypted email address [email protected] Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After laying low for nearly a decade, the electric-vehicle startup Rivian made waves in 2018 after showing off its debut vehicles at the LA Auto Show. Since then, the company has raised more money than any EV startup that hasn't gone public and signed deals with Amazon and Ford to supply them with delivery trucks and an EV platform, respectively. Whether Rivian can live up to the hype will become clearer next year when the company starts production of its R1S SUV and R1T pickup truck. In the meantime, managers at three of Rivian's investors — T. Rowe Price, Abdul Latif Jameel, and Soros Fund Management — told Business Insider why they're betting on the company.  Here's what they said. Are you a current or former Rivian employee? Do you have an opinion about what it's like to work there? Contact this reporter at [email protected], on Signal at 646-768-4712, or via his encrypted email address [email protected] ALSO: The CEO of EV charging company ChargePoint reveals its plans for expansion after raising $127 million in fresh funding "They've got every detail dialed in." An investor in Tesla, T. Rowe Price has been looking for EV companies with similar potential and was impressed by Rivian's technology and management, said Joe Fath, a portfolio manager at the financial-services firm. "They're keeping their head down, and they're focused on building a real, durable business over time," he said. The centerpiece of Rivian's tech is its EV platform, which includes its motors, suspension, and battery pack. Rivian says that platform will help the R1S and R1T achieve ranges of up to 400 miles or more between charges, up to 750 horsepower, and the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in three seconds. But strong performance is only part of the platform's appeal, Fath said. It's also at the center of Rivian's deals with Amazon and Ford, which plans to use the platform in one of its own vehicles. That two-sided business model, as well as the company's financial resources and relative maturity, separate Rivian from its startup competitors in the EV industry, Fath said. According to Pitchbook, Rivian has raised $6 billion since it was founded in 2009. That's more than any other EV startup that hasn't gone public. But Fath said the excitement Rivian has generated in its pre-production stage hasn't inflated the egos of its management team, which is led by CEO RJ Scaringe. Scaringe and Rivian's other executives are thoughtful, humble, and detail-oriented, Fath said; they understand where innovation can give them an edge (vehicle technology) and where it's better to follow the auto industry's best practices (manufacturing). And, Fath said, if you ask them a question about a specific number in their financial projections, they'll be able to explain it in detail, in contrast to the many companies that are less rigorous about their financial modeling. "They've got every detail dialed in," he said.  While it remains to be seen if Rivian can handle the challenges of automotive production, Fath believes Rivian and other EV companies could eventually become more profitable than traditional automakers since EVs have fewer components than gas-powered cars, and EV companies don't have the expensive labor commitments some legacy automakers have built up over time. "Once they reach scale," Fath said, "Tesla, and Rivian coming behind it, will have better margin structures than the traditional OEMs and better returns on invested capital." "He continues to impress me every day." The R1T and R1S will fill a hole in an EV market that doesn't yet have many SUVs and pickup trucks, Hassan Jameel, the deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel's Saudi Arabia division, said in an email.  Abdul Latif Jameel was one of Rivian's earliest backers, first investing in the company in 2012. It saw in Rivian the possibility of major innovation. "Taking the time to really understand the automotive manufacturing process allowed us to recognize Rivian's ability to create efficient and agile processes alongside cutting-edge technologies, which we believe have the potential to transform the industry," Jameel said. Like Fath, Jameel praised Scaringe, citing his deep understanding of the auto and energy industries, long-term perspective, and humility. "When I first met RJ in 2011, he was a 28-year-old entrepreneur who stood out as extremely knowledgeable and capable," Jameel said. "He continues to impress me every day." A unique driving experience. A representative for Soros Fund Management said in an email that while the investment firm believes the EV market will grow large enough to support many companies, Rivian's vehicles offer a unique driving experience. The representative also highlighted Rivian's partnership with Amazon, saying it will demonstrate the financial and environmental advantages of EVs for fleet operators. Read more: The CEO of EV startup Rivian explains why he thinks it will beat Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW with its first 2 electric vehicles Upcoming electric pickups promise everything from bulletproofing to onboard fridges — here's what to expect from Tesla, Rivian, and others Investors like Amazon and BlackRock are betting these 10 EV startups have the best chance of becoming the next Tesla Tesla, Nikola, Rivian, GM, and more are set for a battle over the huge new demand for electric trucks, buses, and vans
Global opioids drugs market was valued US$ 22.85 Bn in 2017 and is expected to reach US$ 32.6 Bn by 2026, at a CAGR of 4.54 % during a forecast period.Global Opioids Drugs Market, by RegionOpioids are narcotic drugs act on the nervous system and used to reduce pain, but can also have serious risks and side effects.Side Effects of Opioids:• Nausea & vomiting• Abdominal distention & bloating• Constipation• Liver damage• Brain damage due to hypoxia, resulting from respiratory depression• Development of toleranceOpioids are mainly used in cancer pain management and end-stage diseases in which painkilling care is required.The rising prevalence of cancer, high demand for pain therapeutics in the treatment of chronic pain, regulatory approvals & launches of innovative drug formulations, and increasing approval rate of abuse-deterrent formulations of opioid drugs are major driving factors of the global opioids drugs market.Extensive misuse of opioids, the growing incidence of death related to opioid overdose, and rising number of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers are hindering the growth of the market.Oxycodone holds the largest market share in terms of product, owing to the used to help relieve moderate to severe pain.It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.Oxycodone may cause side effects such as dry mouth, stomach pain, drowsiness, flushing, headache, and mood changes.Anesthesia is the majorly used application in the opioids drugs market.A major benefit of opioid anesthesia is the cardiovascular stability obtained during orientation and throughout the operation, even in patients with severely impaired cardiac function.According to health experts, the risk of complications during anesthesia are increased due to the rising rate of smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, obstructive sleep arena and lung related to heart, and drug allergies or the past reactions related to anesthesia.North America is the leading opioids drugs market and accounting for nearly 65% revenue share, followed by Europe.
The Global Malaria Diagnostics Market Expected to Garner a CAGR of 4.63% During the assessment period between 2018 and 2023.It is reported in a study released by Market Research Future (MRFR), that the market is positively influenced by a number of factors.Malaria is a serious life-threatening disease caused by a parasite, transmitted by the bite of infected anopheles mosquitoes.Malaria diagnostic tests play a significant role in identifying malarial cases, which thereby boosts the growth of the overall malaria diagnostic market trends and size.However, the lack of precise monitoring standards at developing nations, acts as a major factor constraining the market.The lack of awareness among emerging nations and work regulatory framework is of particular concern for both manufacturers and healthcare providers.Key PlayersSome of the key players in the global malaria diagnostics market are Access Bio.The molecular diagnostics tests are segmented into polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).On the basis of end-users, the market has been classified as hospitals, clinics, community healthcare, and others.On the basis of region, the market is segmented into the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa.Western Europe has further been classified as Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, and the rest of Western Europe.
Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn has insisted she has no issues with being perceived as the show’s “villain”, despite having received death threats from disgruntled viewers in the past.Christine has been a part of the Selling Sunset cast since its debut, having worked with the Oppenheim Group even before cameras started rolling on the Netflix reality show, and has been at the centre of plenty of drama across the last three series.But even if her antics have led some fans to think of her as Selling Sunset’s “villain”, Christine has said this is not a label she has an issue with.“I guess I am the quote-unquote ‘show villain’,” she told People magazine. “But I love it. I think it’s funny and I think people enjoy it at the end of the day, people that love me really love me. When I’m on camera, I have fun with it.”She continued: “I understand that I’m being showcased in 100-plus countries across the world, and I have a background in comedy. I love to make people laugh, and my whole goal in life has just been to entertain people and make them feel something.“Whether it’s perceived well, I don’t know, but I’m really just being myself. I do have a heart of gold underneath that, and I think sometimes with television, it’s really hard to see all the elements of a human being on a television show.”However, in the same interview, she did admit that seeing herself on screen for the first time did initially make her alter her behaviour on set.Christine recalled: “We definitely were a little more reserved going into season two. I was scared. I was a little scared.“The first few episodes of season two, the editors were like, ‘Where’s the other Christine? Where’s Christine?’, I’m like, ‘Well, that Christine gets death threats’.”“People are so invested in the show, and they see what they see and just think I’m this crazy person,” she added, when pressed on the death threats she’d received. “It’s just unfortunate. People are weird.”Christine is at the centre of one of series three’s biggest storylines, which saw her finally marrying Christian Richard, although she recently admitted she was less than impressed with her how big day was portrayed on screen.“I was a little disappointed. It just didn’t really showcase the way that it was,” she claimed.“The wedding was the best day of my life and it was hard for me to watch it on the television show because that’s not really the way that I remember it.”Christine continued: “I understand they wanted to get certain storylines in there, but this was actually my day. This was my day, and I was just disappointed in the way it was perceived on camera and translated, unfortunately.“I’m not going to lie, I was crying when I watched it. I was like ‘This is not my wedding, this is not my wedding’.”MORE SELLING SUNSET: Selling Sunset Isn't Just Serious Property Porn – Its Drama Makes The Real Housewives Look Tame Who Was A Playboy Playmate And 15 Other Things You Didn't Know About The Stars Of Selling Sunset Christine Quinn 'Disappointed' With How Wedding Is Portrayed On Selling Sunset: 'I Cried When I Watched It'
So it’s official – the UK has entered the deepest recession since records began.If you’re below a certain age, this might be your first experience of such a financial crisis and you’re probably looking for some reassurance and comfort in these turbulent times.If that’s the case, then we recommend stopping reading now and watching this video of Mr Mayhem the paddle boarding goat, because recessions are serious business and are generally a bit crap for everyone.Is there any good news?There are a couple of silver linings so let’s start with them before we hit you with all the woe.Now, despite all the blaring headlines and breaking news alerts, it’s not in the least bit surprising for the reasons explained succinctly here by a chap on Twitter...People are posting charts of GDP as if it's somehow surprising that the economy dropped off a cliff WHEN ALL THE SHOPS SHUT AND PEOPLE COULDN'T GET TO WORK.— Ian Leslie (@mrianleslie) August 12, 2020A recession is defined as two successive quarters of decline in gross domestic product (GDP), and GDP is essentially all the money that a country makes by people working and spending.It will not have escaped your notice that during the lockdown, particularly the first part, working and spending were made incredibly difficult by the fact barely anyone was allowed out of the house. So we knew it was coming but that won’t make it any less painful. As chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “I’ve said before that hard times were ahead, and today’s figures confirm that hard times are here.”You call that good news?OK, how about this – have a look at this chart...Our latest GDP estimates for June show that the UK economy is now 17.2% smaller than it was in February before the full impacts of the #coronavirus#COVID19 pandemic hit https://t.co/8FmcVvX6lzpic.twitter.com/Qgh12prPtt— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) August 12, 2020Obviously everyone is freaking out over the bit where it falls off a cliff but if you look just after that you’ll see it actually shot back up again a little bit.What that shows is the economy bounced back by 8.7% in June as lockdown restrictions eased.So today’s the day. We are now in full knowledge of the low in the economy. Not as bad as first feared. Today isn’t about being in a #recession (we knew that already) it’s that the economy bounced back 8% in June. Which is highly promising. A recovery is underway.— Rob Nunn (@robfnunn) August 12, 2020Will it keep on going up?Sorry, but it’s unlikely. The big jump is largely due to the difference in total lockdown versus the beginning of phased reopening. Any further lifting of restrictions is unlikely to open up as much of the economy as the initial opening of shops, bars and restaurants. But another point of hope is that we’ve survived recessions before, the last being during the financial of 2008.Thing is, this one is way worse as these ominous red bars clearly show.Jeez. Yeah, that’s a lot of red.So how long will it take before we’re back to normal?No one can really say for sure but experts have warned that Britain faces a “long road ahead” to recovery.Business groups and economists also cautioned the path of the recovery may not be smooth, given the threat of a second wave and possible further lockdowns, with a jobs crisis also on the horizon as government support measures come to an end.Melissa Davies, chief economist at research firm Redburn, said: “There is a long road ahead for the UK economy to claw back its pandemic losses, all the while facing deflationary headwinds from large amounts of spare capacity and job losses.“As the furlough scheme rolls off, more stimulus will be needed to support household incomes, not least if infection numbers rise in the autumn.”Samuel Tombs at Pantheon Macroeconomics blamed the government’s slow response to Covid-19 for the depth of the UK’s second-quarter contraction.He told PA Media: “The long duration of the lockdown in the second quarter, due to the Government’s slow response to Covid-19 in March, followed by its failure to prevent the virus from spreading from hospitals, was at the root of the economy’s under-performance in the second quarter.”He warned the rebound will “peter out in the autumn” with further lockdowns likely.He said: “The planned reopening of schools next month… probably will have to be accompanied by a renewed curtailment of economic activity in the services sector.“Accordingly, we continue to expect GDP to be about 5% below its pre-Covid peak at the end of this year.”What does this all mean for me?It’s all a bit bleak to be honest. Recessions ultimately have an impact on living standards, but the full effect will largely depend on the scale of unemployment and how long it takes for businesses and the jobs market to recover.Britain’s unemployment rate is expected to jump when the government ends its huge job subsidy programme in October.So if you have a job there’s an increased chance you could be laid off and if you’re looking for a job then there are fewer to go round and more people going after them.Last week the Bank of England forecast it would take until the final quarter of 2021 for the economy to regain its previous size, and warned unemployment was likely to rise sharply.Employers have already shed more than 700,000 jobs since March, according to tax data.OK I’ll bite, how bad can it get?Again that’s hard to say but what we really want to avoid is a depression, which is basically a recession but over a period of years and on a global scale.The most notable was the aptly titled Great Depression which lasted from from 1929-1939. The US was particularly hard hit and unemployment reached 25%.It took the Second World War and the huge increase in arms production to pull the US out of the depression which obviously also came with its own downsides.Can we end on a positive note?Did we already mention Mr Mayhem?Related... UK Enters Deepest Recession Since Records Began Opinion: Our Post-Pandemic Future Depends On Putting Young People First In Any Recovery Plan
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and Apple cofounder Steve Jobs began building their companies right around the same time, and it was a natural catalyst for their rivalry.  While the two founders had periods of civility, at other times, they were at each other's throats.  Jobs insulted Gates' taste and imagination, while Gates once described Jobs as "weirdly flawed as a human being." But the two execs appeared to get along better later in life, and when Jobs died in 2011, Gates said that they "spurred each other on, even as competitors." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs never quite got along. Over the course of 30-plus years, the two went from cautious allies to bitter rivals to something almost approaching friends — sometimes, they were all three at the same time. It seems unlikely that Apple would be where it is today without Microsoft, or Microsoft without Apple. Here's the history of the love-hate relationship between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have feuded for over a decade about space travel. Here are 9 rivalries between some of the world's biggest tech CEOs. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs weren't always enemies — Microsoft made software early on for the mega-popular Apple II PC, and Gates would routinely fly down to Cupertino to see what Apple was working on. Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson In the early '80s, Jobs flew up to Washington to sell Gates on the possibility of making Microsoft software for the Apple Macintosh computer, with its revolutionary graphical user interface. Gates wasn't particularly impressed with what he saw as a limited platform — or Jobs' attitude. Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson "It was kind of a weird seduction visit where Steve was saying we don't really need you and we're doing this great thing, and it's under the cover. He's in his Steve Jobs sales mode, but kind of the sales mode that also says, 'I don't need you, but I might let you be involved,'" Gates later said. Source: Fortune Still, Gates appeared alongside Jobs in a 1983 video — a "Dating Game" riff — screened for Apple employees ahead of the Macintosh's launch. In that video, Gates compliments the Mac, saying that it "really captures people's imagination." Source: Business Insider Microsoft and Apple worked hand-in-hand for the first few years of the Macintosh. At one point, Gates quipped that he had more people working on the Mac than Jobs did. Source: Yahoo Their relationship, already kind of rocky, fell apart when Microsoft announced the first version of Windows in 1985. A furious Jobs accused Gates and Microsoft of ripping off the Macintosh. But Gates didn't care — he knew that graphical interfaces would be big, and didn't think Apple had the exclusive rights to the idea. Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson Besides, Gates knew full well that Apple took the idea for the graphical interface from the Xerox PARC labs, a research institution they both admired. Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson When Jobs accused Gates of stealing the idea, he famously answered: "Well, Steve, I think there's more than one way of looking at it. I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson From there, the gloves were off between the two founders. "They just ripped us off completely, because Gates has no shame," Jobs once said. To which Gates replied: "If he believes that, he really has entered into one of his own reality distortion fields." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson Jobs thought that Gates was a stick in the mud, far too focused on business. "He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson Gates said Jobs was "fundamentally odd" and "weirdly flawed as a human being." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson But Gates respected Jobs' knack for design: "He really never knew much about technology, but he had an amazing instinct for what works." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson In 1985, Steve Jobs resigned from Apple after a power shift to start his own computer company, NeXT. But even though Jobs was no longer working for Microsoft's biggest competitor, it didn't improve relations between the two. Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson Jobs thought that if NeXT lost and Microsoft Windows won, "we are going to enter a computer Dark Ages for about 20 years," he told Playboy in 1985. Source: The Telegraph Still, Windows was winning. By the late '80s, it became clear that Microsoft was just about unstoppable on the PC. Fast-forward to 1996, when Jobs appeared in a PBS documentary called "Triumph of the Nerds" and ripped into Gates and Microsoft, saying that they made "third-rate products." Source: PBS Jobs went on in that same documentary: "The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don't mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don't think of original ideas, and they don't bring much culture into their products." Source: PBS By the late '90s, Apple was in serious danger of going under. When then-Apple CEO Gil Amelio moved to buy NeXT in 1996 and bring Jobs back to Apple, Gates tried to talk him out of it. Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson Gates said this to Amelio: "I know his technology, it's nothing but a warmed-over UNIX, and you'll never be able to make it work on your machines. Don't you understand that Steve doesn't know anything about technology? He's just a super salesman. I can't believe you're making such a stupid decision." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson But by 1997, Jobs was Apple's CEO. At his first Macworld keynote, he announced that he had accepted an investment from Microsoft to keep Apple afloat. Bill Gates appeared on a huge screen via satellite link. The audience booed. Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson Gates clearly admired Jobs, even if they didn't always see eye-to-eye. When Apple introduced iTunes, Gates sent an internal email to Microsoft that said, "Steve Jobs' ability to focus in on a few things that count, get people who get user interface right, and market things as revolutionary are amazing things." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson When Apple introduced the iPod in 2001, Gates sent another email: "I think we need some plan to prove that, even though Jobs has us a bit flat footed again, we can move quick and both match and do stuff better." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson But Jobs was still pretty down on Microsoft, especially after Steve Ballmer took over from Bill Gates as CEO in 2000. "They've clearly fallen from their dominance. They've become mostly irrelevant," Jobs once said. "I don't think anything will change at Microsoft as long as Ballmer is running it." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson Conversely, Gates thought much of Apple's post-iPhone success came from Jobs himself, and not from Apple's "closed" philosophy. "The integrated approach works well when Steve is at the helm. But it doesn't mean it will win many rounds in the future," Gates said. Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson And Gates didn't think too much of the iPad. "[I]t's not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, 'Oh my God, Microsoft didn't aim high enough.'" Source: CBS MoneyWatch But Jobs didn't think much of the Windows ecosystem either: "Of course, his fragmented model worked, but it didn't make really great products. It produced crappy products." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson Jobs didn't even have any mercy when Gates decided to quit Microsoft in 2006 to focus more on his foundation. "Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology," Jobs said. Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson Still, in a weird way, the two men clearly respected each other. Appearing on stage together at the 2007 AllThingsD conference, Gates said, "I’d give a lot to have Steve’s taste." Source: The Wall Street Journal And Jobs once said, "I admire him for the company he built — it’s impressive — and I enjoyed working with him. He’s bright and actually has a good sense of humor." Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson After Jobs died, Gates said, "I respect Steve, we got to work together. We spurred each other on, even as competitors. None of [what he said] bothers me at all." Source: Yahoo Ultimately, both men claim quite a legacy: Jobs built Apple into what is now the world's most valuable company, while Gates is the second-richest person on Earth. Source: CNBC, Bloomberg
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