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Every new electric car you can buy in the US right now, from the cheapest to the most expensive

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:15 AM PST

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  • There are more than a dozen fully electric, mass-production sedans, sports cars, and SUVs available to US buyers today. 
  • They vary greatly in terms of cost, range, and power. The priciest model costs almost $200,000, while the most affordable cars clock in at around $30,000. 
  • Those with the most range can travel upwards of 300 miles on a charge, while some offer less than half of that.
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Plenty of exciting electric cars are on the horizon, including a go-anywhere pickup from Rivian, a new crossover from Tesla, and an all-electric Ford F-150. But there's no need to wait, since more than a dozen fully electric cars are available to buy in the US right now.

Those cars also span a lot of price ranges. Drivers looking to shed their gas-fueled guilt and go electric can choose from a plethora of compact hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs, and sports cars at a variety of costs. The cheapest electric cars retail for $30,000 to $40,000, while the most expensive push well into the six figures. 

Below is every mass-production, fully electric car you can buy new in the US, listed from lowest to highest MSRP. The list doesn't include future or preorder models, or those that have been fully discontinued:

Nissan Leaf: $31,600

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Starting at $31,600, the Nissan Leaf is the most affordable all-electric car on the market. The base model offers a 40-kWh battery with 149 miles of range, as estimated by the EPA.

Upper trim levels include the Nissan Leaf S Plus with a bigger 62-kWh battery that offers 226 miles of range. That one goes for $38,200, and the top-of-the-line SL Plus pushes $44,000.

Volkswagen e-Golf: $31,895


For $31,895, you can buy a Volkswagen e-Golf with fast-charging capability and an EPA-estimated 125-mile range. Or, you can shell out roughly $39,000 for the upper SEL Premium trim, which sports the same internals but has upgrades like a larger touchscreen and leatherette seats instead of cloth.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric: $33,045


The Hyundai Ioniq Electric starts at $33,045 and offers an EPA-estimated range of 170 miles. Its top Limited trim starts at just under $39,000 and offers extra driver-assistance tech, chrome trim, and upgraded infotainment and audio.

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How to copy a Google Sheet on your computer in 3 different ways

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:12 AM PST

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  • You can easily copy a Google Sheet into a new or existing spreadsheet with a few clicks on your desktop.
  • You can either right-click on the sheet that you'd like to duplicate or select "Edit" from the top menu bar.
  • You use basically the same method to copy a Google Sheet on either a Mac or PC.
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It's easy to duplicate a Google Sheet and copy it onto a new spreadsheet or an existing one.

Google Sheets is a great way to create and share spreadsheets with friends, family, and coworkers. Depending on your project, you may find it helpful to copy a sheet onto a new or existing sheet.

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Peloton's stock is rising as fears over the spread of coronavirus could encourage customers to work out at home

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:07 AM PST

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  • Peloton's stock is rising despite global stock markets plunging this week as the coronavirus outbreak becomes a growing concern.
  • According to Needham analyst Laura Martin, investors could see more value in the company as the outbreak spreads and more consumers are encouraged to work out at home while avoiding public spaces such as gyms and fitness studios.
  • "This may drive higher unit sales and subscription revenue in 2020," Martin said in a recent note to investors. 
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Stock markets around the world have tumbled this week as the spread of coronavirus becomes of growing concern and new cases are reported in Iran, Italy, and South Korea. 

There are a select few stocks that seem to be rising in this uncertain time, however, one of which is the high-tech, at-home fitness company Peloton, best known for its $2,000 exercise bike.

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Apple is giving $49 Apple Watches to seniors who qualify for a new heart study — here's how to sign up (AAPL)

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:06 AM PST

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  • Seniors who are selected to participate in a new health study will be able to buy an Apple Watch for $49 at Best Buy.
  • The study, organized by Apple and Johnson & Johnson, aims to find out whether Apple Watches can reduce the risk of stroke and detect atrial fibrillation early.
  • It's one of the largest randomized digital health studies ever. Open enrollment began Tuesday.
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Apple is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson and Best Buy to recruit volunteers for a new randomized digital health study.

The three giants of tech, pharma, and retail are partnering for Heartline, a study that will aim to determine whether Apple Watches are capable of detecting irregular heart rhythm early, reducing the likelihood of a stroke. Heartline will last three years, and will be one of the largest digital health studies ever, according to CNBC

Prior research has already indicated that Apple Watches are capable of spotting irregular heartbeats early. A study published in November suggested that Apple Watches are good at detecting atrial fibrillation, but most of its participants did not complete the study.

With the new study, Apple is aiming to cement its reputation as a maker of effective health tech — CEO Tim Cook said last year that he believes Apple's "greatest contribution to mankind" will be in healthcare.

"Apple technology is making a meaningful impact on scientific research through the powerful capabilities of iPhone and Apple Watch, all with privacy at the center of the participant experience," Apple's Head of Health Strategic Initiatives Myoung Cha said in a statement.

Here are the details of the study and how to enroll.

The Heartline study will aim to recruit 150,000 people for the study, making it one of the largest of its kind.

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Anyone who is over the age of 65, is covered by Medicare, and has an iPhone 6 or newer is eligible.

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People selected from the study will be sorted into two groups: half will be instructed to use the new Heartline app with health tips, while the rest will both use the app and use an Apple Watch with the capacity to detect heartbeat irregularities.

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From basketball courts to floating helipads, here are the luxury yachts owned by some of the wealthiest people in tech

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:04 AM PST

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Some billionaires, like Elon Musk and Bill Gates, buy private planes to take control of the open skies — others purchase yachts to access the open seas.

There aren't too many tech billionaires who own personal yachts. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, for instance, doesn't have a yacht himself, but that doesn't stop him from cruising the ocean: He was pictured recently aboard the superyacht belonging to entertainment mogul David Geffen.

But the tech billionaires who do have yachts, like Google cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, reflect the view that yachts are for play: Their boats are decked out with amenities like gyms, spas, pools, nightclubs, and movie theaters.

If you want to find out what life is like aboard these multi-million-dollar yachts, some of them are available to rent out for a few nights or weeks at a time. For instance, chartering the yacht owned by Alphabet President Sergey Brin has cost past customers $773,000 a week.

Take a look at some of the yachts owned by tech billionaires:

Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison owns a 288-foot yacht named Musashi that he acquired in 2013.

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Source: Forbes

Ellison also has a knack for competitive yacht racing, and helped to found and back a racing team, called Oracle Team USA, in 2000. The team has found success and won several prestigious titles over the years.

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Source: Telegraph

Ellison previously owned a bigger, 454-foot yacht called Rising Sun, which was designed specifically for the CEO in 2005. That yacht reportedly has 82 rooms, a movie theater, a wine cellar, and a basketball court. However, Ellison sold off the Rising Sun to music mogul David Geffen for a reported $300 million.

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Source: Forbes, Boat International

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This insulated cycling boot keeps my feet warm no matter how cold it gets in the winter in New York City

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:01 AM PST


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  • Cycling in the winter requires a specific collection of gear to make sure your rides are more than just a freezing journey from point A to point B. 
  • One of the most important areas to keep warm are your feet — it's hard to come back from the feeling of extremely cold or wet feet.
  • Lake's MXZ200 is a winter-specific riding boot that's insulated enough to keep your feet warm in frigid winter temperatures. 
  • The boot is great for road cyclists, mountain bikers, and commuters, alike, and after finally splurging on a pair for myself, it's the only winter cycling boot I ever want to wear again. 

Proper footwear is essential if you plan on riding your bike throughout winter. When the cold starts affecting you on the bike, it's your extremities that succumb first — and your feet are especially vulnerable. Even on a bike with fenders, your feet are susceptible to road spray and once your toes get wet, it's over.

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AI 101: How learning computers are becoming smarter

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:01 AM PST

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Many companies use the term artificial intelligence, or AI, as a way to generate excitement for their products and to present themselves as on the cutting edge of tech development.

But what exactly is artificial intelligence? What does it involve? And how will it help the development of future generations?

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How to connect your Kindle Paperwhite to Wi-Fi in 5 easy steps

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:01 AM PST

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While you can certainly read downloaded Kindle books offline, you'll need to connect to Wi-Fi to update your library and search for new books in the Kindle Store.

To connect your Kindle Paperwhite to Wi-Fi, you'll have to access your Settings menu and select a Wi-Fi network from the list of available options. Depending on the network, you may have to enter a password before connecting.

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The 12 Texas cities everyone in the country is moving to

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:01 AM PST

San AntonioEric Gay/ Associated Press

  • Texas' population has been growing rapidly for years, and millions of people have moved there.
  • The city of Frisco, located in the Northeast region, is a case in point: almost half of the city's population is made up of people who have moved there within the past 10 years. 
  • We crunched the numbers on which Texan cities are getting the biggest population boom.
  • Overall, the Texas population has swelled from over 25,200,000 to over 28,600,000 in eight years.
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From 2010 to 2018, Texas swelled by almost 3,400,000 inhabitants. 

That's for a total of 28 million residents — more than the entire population of Australia.  

To get a read on where people are moving to, Business Insider used US Census Bureau data, to rank the metropolitan statistical areas in Texas by total net migration between 2010 and 2018 — the number of people who moved into the metro area during that period from another part of the US or another country, minus people who moved out of the metro area — adjusted by the metro area's 2010 population.

Other recent research, covered by the real estate news service Inman, underscored our findings. It found that Texas is home to a outsized amount of new home owners compared to the rest of the country, with seven of the top 25 cities nationwide for new home ownership in the state. 

Frisco was at the top, where a stunning 43.6% of homeowners have lived in the city for less than 10 years. The metro area of Dallas, where Frisco is located, is ranked No. 4 on the Business Insider list. Metro Dallas experienced a net migration of 641,751 between 2010 and 2018 — roughly equivalent to adding a Baltimore or Milwaukee to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

Midland, in West Texas, became major hub in the oil and gas boom of the last decade, which in turn pushed it up our migration rankings. It had the greatest income growth of any US city in 2018, while Odessa, another oil boomtown on the list, placed second. 

Here are the top 12 metro areas in Texas by total net migration:

12. San Angelo had net migration of 3,305 between 2010 and 2018 — 3% of the metro's 2010 population of 111,823.

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11. Waco had net migration of 7,585 between 2010 and 2018 — 3% of the metro's 2010 population of 252,772.

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10. Lubbock had net migration of 13,495 between 2010 and 2018 — 5% of the metro's 2010 population of 290,805.

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Clorox and Lysol wipes may help to keep the coronavirus off surfaces, but they aren't the best way to protect yourself

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:00 AM PST

FILE - This July 15, 2011, file photo shows Clorox brand products line the shelf of a supermarket in the East Village neighborhood of New York. A handful of companies are rising to new highs even as stock markets around the world tumble on worries about a rapidly spreading virus. Clorox is close to an all-time high after jumping Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, amid expectations that more homes and hospitals will use its disinfecting wipes, for example. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)Associated Press

  • The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 that originated in Wuhan, China, has spread to more than 40 countries and infected 81,000 people worldwide.
  • As the World Health Organization considered whether to declare the outbreak a pandemic, disease prevention specialists are trying to find ways to slow the spread of the disease. 
  • Common household cleaners like bleach and product like Clorox and Lysol have been advertised as able to kill the virus.
  • It's true that bleach will likely destroy the virus on hard surfaces, since it has been proven to do so with similar pathogens, but experts say the bigger threat of contagion is person-to-person contact.  
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As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, and the World Health Organization considers declaring a pandemic, various containment strategies have been enlisted worldwide to slow infection, from quarantines to common household cleaners. 

Popular brands like Lysol and Clorox claim to have a 99.9% effectiveness against human coronavirus, according to labeling. 

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The full economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak could be yet to come

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:00 AM PST

South Koreans tourists gather after returning from Israel at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. South Korean tourists returned home from Israel on Tuesday after the Israeli government imposed entry ban on South Koreans over concerns about new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)Associated Press

  • China is a major driver of global economic growth, contributing one-third to already sluggish GDP growth in 2019, and is bearing the brunt of the coronavirus impact so far in an effort to prevent global disease spread.
  • Estimates of global economic losses that extrapolate from the outbreak's immediate impact on China do not account for a possible prolonged epidemic, potential extended disruption of global supply chains, or the uncertainties that deter investment.
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Several weeks into the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, it's clear the economic impact will be significant, even if just temporary. After all, it's not possible to shut down a large portion of the world's second-largest economy without directly affecting global growth, including subsequent spillovers to other countries from China's global integration.

Current projections of monetary losses seem to be derived from the impact of the 2003 SARS epidemic, scaled to changes in the size of China's economy, plus attempts to account for China's increased trade linkages and greater weight in world trade. What's significantly different now is China's integration into global supply chains, including as a supplier of intermediate inputs used in final production.

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The Modkat XL litter box is perfect for senior cats, multicat households, and super-sized cats

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:00 AM PST


  • The Modkat XL litter box ($150) offers a top and front entrance, making it a great choice for senior cats, multi-cat households, and large cats.
  • Cleanup is fast and easy, thanks to its swivel top and attached litter scoop.
  • The compact design takes up minimal room and keeps litter out of sight.
  • I recently transitioned my 15-year-old cat from the top-entry Modkat litter box to the XL and she adjusted to it immediately.
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Litter boxes for cats may be a necessity, but no one likes the sight of litter in their home. The Modkat XL may change that dynamic. It's compact, loaded with handy features, easy to clean — and best of all, it encloses your cat's bathroom inside a sleek, modern package that can add a little Jetsons vibe to your decor or be easily tucked away.

My cat has been using the regular, top-entry Modkat, so I was already aware of how well-made these litter boxes are. But now that my cat Cleopatra has reached the age of 15, she wasn't making the leap to the top with the same effortless joie de vivre. I dreaded having to go back to a litter box that looks, well, like a litter box, so I was happy to try out the XL that Modkat provided me to test. It has the option of a front or top opening, features an updated flip-top lid to make scooping quick and easy, and even comes with a walk-off platform to assist stepping in and out.

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The best men's watches under $500

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:00 AM PST

  • Watches are a very personal and complex purchasing decision, and they can be expensive.
  • We've rounded up the best men's watches under $500 from top brands like Casio, Tissot, Hamilton, Apple, and more.
  • You can also check out our guide to the best men's watches under $100.

Choosing a watch is a very personal and complex purchase decision. It's also potentially a very expensive decision, as the world's biggest watchmaking names — and the watches we often most desire — can cost tens of thousands of dollars or even hundreds of thousands.

While those expensive watches are the playthings of the rich, you can still make the right impression with a budget of $500 or less, and we've collected seven of the best watches you can get for this reasonable amount of money. Because watches often reflect your personality and style, we've not limited our list to one watch type. Instead, we've gathered picks from categories that most people shopping for a new watch look for.

We chose the Casio G-Shock GMW-G5000D-1 as the best overall due to the unusual combination of ultimate durability and its ability to look great with almost any outfit, along with special high-tech features for those that want it, and even reliable solar power. 

With that said, what makes a watch the best for you is largely dependent upon your style, how you'll use it, and what qualities you look for in a timepiece. Check out our full list of recommendations below to find the perfect watch for you.

Here are the best men's watches under $500:

Updated 2/24/2020 by Amir Israel: Added new picks for the best automatic watch, the best smartwatch, and the best designer watch. Also removed the best summer watch category.

The best watch for under $500 overall


With its retro appeal, high-tech features, and hugely stylish design, the Full Metal G-Shock GMW-G5000D-1 is also practically indestructible. 

Introduced in 2018 to commemorate G-Shock's 35th anniversary, then continued on as a completely new product line, the so-called Full Metal G-Shock G5000D is inspired by the classic D5000 Casio G-Shocks of the '80s, only this time wrapped up in a fabulous metal frame.

The stainless steel version I picked is the most versatile in terms of accessorizing, although a very blingy gold model is also available for $550, along with others with different straps and colors too.

This is a high-end G-Shock watch, so it's water-resistant to 200 meters, dust and shock proof, and is powered by solar cells. It's practically impossible to break, and there's no battery to replace, making it very easy to live with — you simply never have to worry about it. It has Bluetooth to connect with an app on your phone, making it simple to change timezones, set timers, and even check the solar power reserve. The app works with Android and iOS, is beautifully designed, and operates flawlessly. 

The metal bracelet is well designed, not just ensuring its strength, but also neatly avoiding the pain of links catching hairs on your arm too. The steel body upgrades the classic, familiar design of the plastic original, elevating the watch to classy new heights that means it goes with a wealth of different outfits. It's as happy paired with a suit as it is jeans and a T-Shirt. The Casio G-Shock GMW-G5000D-1 is showy without being a show-off, and singles you out as in-the-know, without being a know-it-all. Perfect. 

Pros: Stylish, durable, feature-packed, and suitable for all occasions

Cons: Quite heavy, retro design won't appeal to everyone

The best watch for all occasions under $500


The Tissot T-Classic Tradition is a watch that goes with anything, on almost any wrist, for almost every occasion.

The Tissot T-Classic Tradition was so close to being our top overall pick, but the G-Shock's toughness saw it knocked into second place, as the beautiful minimalist style makes it suitable to wear with anything, at any time.

Despite the dressy look, its simplicity means it won't overpower a jeans-and-oxford-shirt combo, while still being capable of adding the required classy touch to a suit. The versatility makes this one of the only watches you really need to own.

There are nine different Tissot Tradition models. We have chosen the T-Classic with a silver dial and polished metal link bracelet. For a little less of a flashy look, opt for the black leather strap with a silver face or a black face with silver hands. The 42mm stainless steel body contains a quartz movement, and the face is covered by sapphire crystal for protection and a stunning sheen. 

Tissot watches have masses of heritage, the all-important Swiss Made label on the face, and are surprisingly affordable given the style and quality. It's tempting to go for one of Tissot's many other more bold designs, but don't dismiss the T-Classic — its simple style is what makes it so classy, and so endlessly wearable. We'd call it timeless, but that would give the wrong impression. 

Pros: Goes with almost every smart outfit, timeless design, water-resistant up to 30m, various styles available, 42-hour power reserve, skeleton rear case

Cons: Not a good choice if you need other functions beyond basic time-telling

The best automatic watch under $500


The Hamilton Khaki Scuba Automatic features a clean design you'll want to wear every day and an 80-hour power reserve to keep it ticking even when it's not on your wrist.

Although watches are sometimes looked at as a fashion accessory rather than a tool to tell time, a dead watch really is no good.

The easiest way to avoid ever having a dead battery in your watch is to choose an automatic option. Before going into the specs of the Hamilton Khaki, it's important to understand how all automatic watches work.

Since there is no battery, an automatic watch must first be wound at the crown, and then the kinetic energy from moving your wrist while wearing the watch keeps the internals moving and builds up the power reserve. If you go without wearing the watch longer than it has power reserved, it will stop working and lose the correct time. However, when you are ready to wear it again, you can just wind it up, set the correct time, and put it on. 

I consider the Hamilton Khaki Scuba Automatic to be the best choice for under $500 because it has a timeless and appealing look that can be worn almost anywhere. Since automatic watches are best for people who wear them daily (unless you don't mind regularly rewinding it), this is an important attribute. This particular model is nicknamed the Batman because of its dark, low-contrast dial and bezel, but if it doesn't appeal to you, Hamilton does offer the watch in other colors

Furthermore, the Hamilton Khaki Scuba Automatic has a substantial 80-hour power reserve. That means you can stop wearing it for a little longer than three full days and it'll still keep time. In comparison to other automatics that usually have around 40-hour power reserves (not even two full days), this is the automatic you'll want if you don't wear your watch every day or have other options you like to rotate between. 

Other great features include a working uni-directional bezel for measuring diving times and water resistance up to 330 feet. 

Pros: Timeless style, long 80-hour power reserve

Cons: No skeleton rear case, which is usually a nice feature to show the internal movements

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A United passenger's laptop battery caught fire mid-flight, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Florida (UAL)

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 09:59 AM PST


  • A United flight from Newark, New Jersey, to the Bahamas was forced to make an emergency landing in Florida after a passenger's laptop battery caught fire.
  • A passenger on the flight credited flight attendants with controlling the situation quickly and calmly. The flight continued on to the Bahamas about an hour after the emergency landing.
  • Battery fires have become a frequent problem on flights as passengers carry more electronics when they travel.
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A United flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Wednesday after a passenger's laptop battery caught fire.

The flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Nassau, Bahamas, was above the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of Florida when the battery ignited in what the airline described as a "thermal runaway event."

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How to cope with coronavirus anxiety, according to psychologists

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 09:59 AM PST

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  • The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is on the brink of becoming a global pandemic, having killed 2,670 people and infected 81,000 worldwide. 
  • Anecdotal anxiety about coronavirus is rampant, and a psychologist says it's mostly because the virus is unknown. 
  • To cope, don't spend too much of your day reading about it, stick to a few trusted sources of information, and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. 
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With news of rising death tolls and crashing stock markets, and declarations from top officials that the US is unprepared to handle the pending global pandemic, it's unsurprising that Americans are worried, if not downright panicked, about the coronavirus.

The virus, now known as COVID-19, likely originated in bats and seems to have spread to humans at a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the very end of 2019. Now, it's killed at least 2,670 people, infected 81,000 worldwide, and frightened counless more. 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says the coronavirus is a 'fairly dynamic situation' and a challenge at annual shareholders meeting (AAPL)

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 09:55 AM PST

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The ongoing coronavirus outbreak may be the biggest challenge to Apple's business at the moment. It prompted the company to issue a rare revision to its revenue guidance for the March quarter after temporarily closing many of its stores and corporate offices in China. And more broadly, the outbreak caused global stocks to plummet earlier this week.

But the coronavirus didn't emerge as a major talking point during Apple's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday. Apple CEO Tim Cook briefly touched on the outbreak, calling it "a fairly dynamic situation" and saying that it has caused "a challenge" for the firm.

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A former Microsoft engineer stole more than $10 million from the company and used it to buy a $1.6 million lakefront home and a Tesla (MSFT)

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 09:55 AM PST

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  • A former Microsoft software engineer has been convicted of 18 federal felonies for stealing more than $10 million from his former employer. 
  • Volodymyr Kvashuk, who worked at Microsoft from 2016 to 2018, stole "currency stored value," like online gift cards, and resold them online. 
  • Kvashuk used the money to buy a $1.6 million lakefront home and a $160,000 Tesla. 
  • He's now facing up to 20 years in prison. 
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A former Microsoft software engineer has been convicted of stealing $10 million worth of digital currency from his former employer. 

Volodymyr Kvashuk — who worked at Microsoft from August 2016 to June 2018, first as a contractor, then as a full-time employee — was convicted Tuesday in the US District Court in Seattle following a five-day trial, according to the US Attorney's Office

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A 5-star hotel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, has remained open for emergency workers and stranded guests. Here's what it's like inside.

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 09:55 AM PST

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  • A 5-star hotel has remained open to stranded guests, public health officials, and emergency workers in Wuhan, the quarantined city of 11 million people where the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak originated.
  • Marco Polo Wuhan is one of only a handful of Wuhan hotels that have remained open, international news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
  • Around 50 staff, including chefs, security guards, and managers, provide room service and packed meals to guests.
  • To do so, they follow strict health and sanitation guidelines including checking guests' temperatures and wearing face masks while exercising, AFP reported.
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Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, has become a veritable ghost town. Streets are empty, trains and flights out of the city have been suspended, and major hotel brands such as Hilton and Wyndham have closed branches in area.

Marco Polo Wuhan, a 5-star hotel on the banks of the Yangtze River, is one of the few hotels still open.

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How to watch Major League Soccer when the new season begins on February 29

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 09:49 AM PST

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  • Major League Soccer (MLS), the biggest league in the United States, begins its 25th season on February 29, 2020. 
  • While not every game will be available, you can watch most MLS content across ESPN platforms, including 345 out-of-market games live via ESPN+.
  • Beyond ESPN, other options to watch the MLS season include games airing on Fox Sports, Univision, and Twitter. 
  • To get access to all MLS coverage, we suggest using a combination of ESPN+ alongside a live TV streaming service, like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, or FuboTV
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Major League Soccer (MLS) is set to kick off its 25th season on February 29, 2020. Regular season games will run through the finale on October 4, 2020. Playoff games will then follow, leading to the MLS Cup on November 7, 2020. Various matchups are scheduled to air through ESPN+, Fox Sports, Univision, and Twitter.

For the 2020 season, MLS hopes to foster a strong connection with the US sports television audience. Considering the never-ending appetite for great live sports content (just look at the early success of the XFL) and the ability to stream live content virtually anywhere, this may be more of a possibility than ever before.

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Clearview AI, the controversial facial-recognition company partnering with police, says its entire customer list was stolen in a breach

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 09:44 AM PST

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  • Clearview AI, the controversial company working with police departments across the US, said someone with "unauthorized access" stole its client list.
  • The company sells a facial-recognition tool that lets police upload a photo of a face and search it against a database of billions of images scraped from social media to identify suspects.
  • A Clearview AI spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that the breach, which The Daily Beast first reported, included the company's entire list of customers.
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The full client list of Clearview AI, the embattled facial-recognition company, was stolen by someone with "unauthorized access," The Daily Beast first reported.

The company has drawn backlash from privacy advocates and major social-media platforms over its facial-recognition tool, which lets police use a photo of a person to search a database of images from social media and identify people based on their faces. The breach is notable because Clearview markets its services to law-enforcement agencies and has previously avoided disclosing who its clients are.

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