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44 airlines have canceled flights beyond China amid fears coronavirus is spreading globally — here's the full list

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:54 AM PST

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  • As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads globally, airlines are canceling routes beyond Chinese territory both as a precaution and to stop the spread of the virus. 
  • Iran and South Korea are among the top countries where airlines are canceling service due to increased reports of the virus.
  • The cancellations and reductions in service can be felt as far as Europe and North America. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Airlines and countries are continuing to restrict travel following the spread of the novel coronavirus outside the borders of Chinese territory.

With increased cases of coronavirus being reported in countries near and far from China including South Korea, Italy, and Iran, numerous routes around the world are being cut to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

The reductions in service are caused by a mix of low-demand and government mandate restricting travel to certain regions. Middle Eastern and Asian countries are among those being the most proactive in attempting to stem the spread of the virus as it finds its way across their regions. 

While most services are being cut on routes within those regions, the effects of the virus on air travel can be felt as far as North America. 

Here's a list of airlines that have cut back services due to the spread of coronavirus. 

Air Busan

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Air Busan is cutting service to numerous cities across Asia and Oceania, according to the airline's website, as coronavirus continues to afflict South Korea. Among those destinations affected are Taipei; Da Nang, Vietnam; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Hanoi, Vietnam; Vientiane, Vietnam; Cebu, Philippines; Boracay, Philippines; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Vladivostock, Russia; Guam; and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 

The airline has also cut services to Daegu, South Korea, where the coronavirus is rapidly spreading. 

Air New Zealand

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Air New Zealand is canceling flights between its base in Auckland and Seoul, South Korea from March 8 to June 30 as coronavirus spreads in the Asian country, the airline announced.

The route is the Kiwi flag carrier's sole route between New Zealand and South Korea, with Korean Air left as the only operator on the route during Air New Zealand's suspension. 

Air Seoul


Air Seoul is cutting flights to seven destinations outside of China, the airline announced, with cancellations to Guam, Da Nang, Vietnam; Hanoi, Vietnam; Nha Trang, Vietnam; Boracay, Philippines; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; and Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Korean budget airline was among many to cut service between Korea and Vietnam as health authorities attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, The Star reported. 

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Cookware startup Sardel makes some of our favorite pots and pans — they heat evenly, clean easily, and are made with durable stainless steel and aluminum

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:54 AM PST

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  • Sardel is a new online kitchen brand that has impressed us with durable, versatile, and affordable stainless steel pans.
  • We tried a number of Sardel's pans in our own kitchens, where they've become new favorites. Their ergonomic handles are one of the standout features that makes them especially great to use.
  • Read more: The best cookware

As much as I love cool kitchen gadgets and testing high-tech sous vide machines and blenders that can cook soup, I still have to say that a solid stainless steel pan will always be the cooking tool I can't live without. 

New kitchen brands have realized the importance of the essentials and are making it easier to buy good ones without blowing your budget. At online startups like Made In and Potluck, you can find durable and versatile pots and pans at more affordable prices than equipment from big-name brands like All-Clad or Calphalon. 

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I flew on 2 back-to-back Malaysia Airlines flights, and now I'm rooting for the struggling airline to survive

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:53 AM PST

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  • Malaysia Airlines is bleeding money, as it struggles to compete with low-cost airlines and recover from a disastrous 2014 when one flight was shot down and another disappeared. 
  • I recently flew on two Malaysia Airlines flights, one international and one domestic. 
  • While they weren't the perfect flight experiences, Malaysia Airlines' battle to compete with both budget and full-service rivals means that you get a great deal when booking a flight in Southeast Asia. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Malaysia Airlines has been fighting a battle on many fronts for years. 

The Malaysian state-owned airline has struggled to recover since 2014, when one fight was shot down, killing 2798 people and another disappeared, carrying 238 passengers and crew members. The rise of budget airlines such as VietJet and AirAsia have further cut into the airline's business. It is bleeding money, losing roughly $1 billion Malaysian ringgit annually ($237 million) in recent years. 

"The airline is sinking faster than the Titanic and the life raft is only the size of a dinghy," a Malaysian Reserve op-ed stated in late 2019. 

I recently flew on two Malaysia Airlines flights in three days, flying from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and then a domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi. 

I was impressed on both flights by the quality of service compared to budget airlines and the price compared to non-budget options. Malaysia Airlines might be stuck in an uncomfortable position, but its struggle to win over customers means passengers are benefiting. 

Despite arriving early for my flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur, I ended up sprinting to catch my flight after missing an announcement for a last-minute gate change.

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Fortunately, the Ho Chi Minh City airport has a lot of electronic signs indicating what flights are taking off from what gates, even if they do not always announce changes in English.

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As I waited to board, a flight attendant circulated the area, asking passengers if they had recently visited China, Hong Kong, or Cambodia.

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At the time, Malaysia had banned the entry of anyone who had visited the Wuhan, Hubei, Zhejiang, or Jiangsu provinces in China in the last 14 days, or had a passport issued from these areas.

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'What is Amazon Prime?': The best features of Prime, Amazon's wildly popular membership program

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:52 AM PST

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  • Amazon Prime is a membership service run by the online retailer Amazon, which offers a wide host of benefits, apps, and discounts.
  • Amazon Prime costs $119 per year for a standard membership, or $12.99 per month.
  • The most notable benefit of Amazon Prime is free two-day shipping on eligible items, as well as free same-day delivery in some locations.
  • With an Amazon Prime subscription, you'll also gain access to streaming apps like Prime Video, Prime Music, and more.
  • Other features of Amazon Prime include Amazon Wardrobe and AmazonFresh.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

When Amazon launched Amazon Prime back in 2005, it was a membership that guaranteed free two-day shipping on all sorts of different products. That was enough for me; my wife and I became Prime Members in 2006 and have enjoyed fast, free shipping on everything from cat litter to candy to books to beach towels ever since.

And if that's all Prime ever was — a fast, free shipping plan — it would be worth the $119 annual fee (or less, depending on your circumstances) based on how much we save in shipping costs by using Prime.

But today, Amazon Prime is so much more than just a two-day shipping membership. And it's more than the one-day or even same-day shipping they offer customers in many areas. Today, Amazon Prime is a one-stop shop for media, groceries, apparel, parenting products, and so much more.

Let's break it down by category.

Amazon Prime shipping

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Prime has always and will always be all about fast shipping. Members living in the continental United States (and in many other countries) get free two-day shipping (order on Monday, guaranteed by Wednesday, e.g.) on countless Prime products. In some zip codes, members can get free one-day delivery or even same-day delivery on orders over $35.

And if you don't need that Emeril Lagasse air fryer or Bluetooth headphones delivered within two days, you can earn rewards that will apply to future orders by opting for no-rush shipping. Wait five or six days, earn future savings; not a bad deal, really.

(On the other hand, if you live in certain areas, you might have to wait as little as two hours for your shipment thanks to Prime Now.)


Prime Music

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Your Amazon Prime membership offers access to millions of songs that you can stream through your computer or via the free Amazon app. Prime music lets you organize your tunes into playlists, by genre, artist, album, and more.

And Prime members get a discounted price on Amazon Music Unlimited, a subscription-based service that, as far as I can tell, offers every song ever created. Seriously, I have yet to think of a song I wanted to hear and not been able to find it.

Prime Video


Like with Prime itself, Prime Video started as one thing, then grew into another. Initially, Prime Video offered access to thousands of movies and shows produced by other studios.

It still does that (and happens to be the source of about half of the TV I watch), but now, Amazon also produces dozens of original programs — both movies and shows — which are available at any time to Prime members.

Besides Prime Video, Prime members can also enjoy free access to Twitch Prime, and for an extra $4.99 to $14.99 a month, access to Amazon Channels, which gives you content from HBO, Showtime, and Starz.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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The best deals on luggage and travel gear we expect for Prime Day 2020

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:51 AM PST

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Prime Day stretched into its longest-ever event at 48 hours last year — and brought with it some of the site's best and deepest discounts on products.

During the event, Business Insider's Shopping team sifts through the junk and the non-junk to highlight the best offers — from kitchen appliances to tech to luggage.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Clorox stock climbs as investors bet coronavirus will boost demand for bleach and disinfectant wipes (CLX)

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:48 AM PST

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  • Clorox shares have climbed as much as 5% this week as investors bet the coronavirus epidemic will boost demand for bleach and disinfectant wipes.
  • CEO Benno Dorer said in a CNBC interview this month that Clorox was "leaning into inventory to be ready, just in case."
  • Clorox reported strong demand for disinfectant wipes during the H1N1 or "bird flu" pandemic in 2009.
  • Bleach "is the only product known to man that will kill every single virus," a Clorox executive said in 2013.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Clorox stock has climbed as much as 5% this week, making it one of only seven S&P 500 stocks to rise during the brutal selloff fueled by the novel coronavirus.

Investors are betting the maker of bleach and disinfectant products will benefit from the public health crisis. Coronavirus — which causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19 — has infected more than 82,000 people, killed at least 2,800, and spread to upwards of 40 countries.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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The best whey protein powders

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:48 AM PST

  • High-quality whey protein powders have a taste you can tolerate, pack maximum protein with minimal extras, and work well in beverages and baked goods.
  • For professional feedback and input on the best whey protein powders, we consulted with industry experts Jeb Stuart Johnson, a Brooklyn-based strength coach, and Maryann Walsh, registered dietician and owner of the nutrition consulting company, Walsh Nutrition.
  •  Cellucor's Whey Protein Isolate & Concentrate Blend Powder came in as our top choice because it mixes smoothly, tastes great, and only costs three cents per gram of protein.

Protein, a macronutrient that every cell in your body contains, is essential for your health. If you're an athlete, casual gym-goer, or just looking to lose a few pounds, protein can help you build and retain muscle, too. Taking whey protein is an effective and inexpensive way to add more protein to your diet. 

In short, whey is the liquid leftovers that come from the cheese-making process. This liquid is dried into a powder, which is mixed with sweeteners while keeping the calories, carbohydrates, and fats to a minimum.

What is whey protein, why it's beneficial, and how should you use it?

There are three main types of whey protein:

  • Whey protein concentrate (WPC): This is a concentrated protein that keeps more of the nutrients. Most non-isolate proteins are comprised of WPC.
  • Whey protein isolate (WPI): This is similar to WPC, but most of the carbohydrates, fat, and fat-soluble vitamins have been removed, so the powder has a higher percentage of protein. Typically, isolate is digested more quickly and, therefore, more agreeable for some. For that reason, most trainers and registered dieticians recommend opting for WPI, though it's often more expensive.
  • Whey protein hydrolysate (WPH): WPH is considered "pre-digested" since it breaks down peptides — the building blocks of proteins — to help with quicker absorption.

In addition to our research and experience in testing whey protein products, we consulted two experts for this guide: Jeb Stuart Johnston, the head strength coach at Brooklyn Strong and a nutrition coach at Stronger U, and Maryann Walsh, a registered dietician and the owner of Walsh Nutrition.

As for how much protein you need to consume, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is about a gram for every 3 pounds of body weight. So, if you weigh 180 pounds, that would equate to 60 grams of protein per day. Experts suggest taking up to twice that can still produce benefits. When it comes to fitness-specific goals, like gaining muscle or losing fat, Johnston recommends ingesting up to one gram per pound of bodyweight. His claim is backed up by a study by the University of Stirling

"For someone who is trying to gain muscle mass and work out, taking in more protein can help speed up protein synthesis [the process in which your muscle fibers utilize protein to repair itself and grow]," Johnston said. "For a person who is strictly trying to lose weight, taking in more protein can help you to retain the muscle that you already have." 

Based on Johnston's recommendations, a 200-pound man would have to consume 200 grams of protein per day. That's equivalent to 2 pounds of chicken breast. Supplementing with whey protein, he explains, is a convenient way to get more protein without grilling up another piece of bland chicken.

About our expertise

The co-author, Andrew Gutman, is an associate editor at Muscle & Fitness magazine, has competed in a bodybuilding show and two Strongman competitions, and has been lifting weights regularly for over a decade. He's tried dozens of different whey protein powders.

Our guide features powders that have a taste you can stomach, a high protein content, and minimal fat, carbs, and calories. Guides Editor, Les Shu, is a former research chief at Men's Fitness who oversaw the fact-checking of the magazine's nutrition and exercise articles.

Here are the best whey protein powders you can buy:

Updated on 02/27/2020 by Rick Stella: Updated each selection to focus entirely on in-house testing, and updated links, prices, and formatting. 

Is whey protein consumption safe?

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Before you increase your protein intake significantly, you should check with your health-care professional since people with certain maladies, such as calcium deficiencies or low blood pressure, could experience adverse effects from whey protein. 

It's also important to note that protein powders aren't regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and some companies dilute their protein with useless fillers, which is why certain brands subject themselves to third-party testing as a way to verify the quality of their product. To know if a protein is tested, look for a seal from either NSF Certified for Sport or Informed Choice. That's not to say that untested proteins are a subpar product, but it's good to be aware. You are, after all, putting this stuff into your body. Other than looking for brands that are third-party tested, here are different ways to spot a quality protein:

  • Ensure that protein is the first ingredient on the label. "When you look at a label, it's in descending order so the ingredient in the highest amount will be found at the top of the list," Walsh said. "Look for labels that have protein at the beginning with fewer ingredients accompanying them."
  • Typically, you want a whey powder that contains at least 20 grams of protein per serving. All of our picks do.
  • Try to steer clear of excess sugar. As for artificial sweeteners, research on how they affect our weight and health is mixed.


The best overall whey protein powder


If you're looking for a powder that mixes easily and tastes great, Cellucor Whey Protein Isolate & Concentrate Blend Powder is one of the best and most affordable options.

The Cellucor Whey Protein Isolate & Concentrate Blend Powder not only tastes good and has 24 grams of protein per serving, but it's also the most affordable option in our guide at 71.4 cents per serving and 3 cents per gram of protein. Each serving also only has 1.5 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbs, and 120 calories.

There are seven flavors to choose from, including whipped vanilla, molten chocolate, and cinnamon swirl. Cellucor recommends mixing two scoops with five to six ounces of your preferred beverage, but you can adjust the amount of liquid to fit your tastes. The company also suggests mixing the powder with yogurt, oatmeal, and pancakes. — James Brains, reviewed by Andrew Gutman

Pros: Great taste, affordable, mixes smoothly, 24 grams of protein per serving, excellent for baking, third-party tested

Cons: 130 mg of sodium per serving, contains artificial sweeteners

The best sugar-free whey protein powder


The Platinum Hydrowhey by Optimum Nutrition may be expensive, but it mixes well and boasts 30 grams of protein per serving with zero grams of sugar.

A single serving of Optimum Nutrition's Platinum Hydrowhey yields 140 calories, 30 grams of protein, one gram of fat, 3 grams of carbs, and no sugar. It's made of hydrolyzed whey protein, which breaks down the protein into smaller pieces for better absorption and easier digestion. 

You can choose from seven flavors: cookies and cream overdrive, chocolate mint, velocity vanilla, chocolate peanut butter, supercharged strawberry, turbo chocolate, and red velvet cake, which was the highest-rated flavor on I think that turbo chocolate tastes great, too.

There is no sugar in this product, but Optimum Nutrition does use artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and high-fructose corn syrup.

Optimum Nutrition claims you can easily mix this protein with just a spoon, and I can confirm that this is true. While this may not sound like a strong selling point, I have forgotten my shaker bottle at home many times and have had to mix my protein with a spoon or knife at work. When I tried this with other brands, I always got clumpy, gross-tasting shakes. — Andrew Gutman

Pros: 30 grams of protein per serving, third-party tested, superb mixability, no sugar

Cons: Contains high-fructose corn syrup

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This $7 million Bay Area house by a San Francisco 'most polarizing designer' almost didn't get built

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:44 AM PST

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  • Modernist architect Stanley Saitowitz is controversial, and he's designed some of San Francisco's most recognizable buildings.
  • Saitowitz complained about the strict guidelines imposed on him in designing this Mill Valley home. 
  • After three different versions, the design was finally approved.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

It took three iterations and five months for architect Stanley Saitowiz to have plans for a home in Mill Valley, California, approved. Mill Valley is a town 14 miles north of San Francisco, with some of the stringent building guidelines common to the Bay Area. 

"The design guidelines in Mill Valley are pretty rigid and essentially they control every aspect of building a house," Saitowitz told SFGate, although he noted it wasn't the hardest project he's taken on. "The most difficult was probably adding a deck in San Francisco."

Still, designing the terraced home built into a hillside while meeting strict regulations wasn't easy. "The most difficult part is that when you're building on a hillside they limit the amount of dirt that can be moved. So, a lot of the constraint actually was what drove the project."

Saitowitz has been called San Francisco's "most polarizing designer." He's responsible for the iconic 8 Octavia Condo building, which some critics have compared to a prison, while fans praise its innovative, minimalist design. Now, the home at 185 Summit is on the market for $6.95 million.

Take a look inside.

The home has a board-formed concrete facade, a process that uses wooden planks to give concrete a natural look to better blend into the hillside.

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Natural, dark colors almost disappear into the woods, the designer told Business Insider.

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The house is a series of terraces that fit into the shape of the hill, with a green roof and vegetation that "reclaim the hill," the architect told Business Insider.

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The Air Force wants to buy a 'flying car'

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:40 AM PST

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  • The Air Force is interested in electronic vertical-takeoff-and-landing technology — basically a flying car.
  • The service is especially interested in something that can carry three to eight troops more than 100 miles at more than 100 mph for an hour or more.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force has officially started its search for a "flying car" able to speedily shuttle troops and equipment into war zones.

On February 25, the service released a solicitation for Agility Prime, its effort to explore commercial advances in electronic vertical-takeoff-and-landing technologies, otherwise known as eVTOL.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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The Sony A6400 is an incredibly versatile mirrorless camera that's easy to use for sharp photos, 4K video and even sports photography

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:35 AM PST

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In recent years, Sony has made and continues to make a splash with its Alpha full-frame mirrorless cameras that are geared toward advanced and professional photographers. But, it also makes a line of terrific APS-C cropped-sensor mirrorless cameras that deserve just as much praise. Compact and lightweight, they are designed with travel, amateur, and other photographers who don't need the power and feature set of Sony's higher-end options. However, Sony's APS-C cameras aren't any lesser of a product.

With Sony's A6400 mirrorless digital camera — its latest APS-C model — reviewing it is less about why it's an ideal camera specifically and more about why it's a good choice among a sea of good choices. For the sake of this review, I look at it stemming from the basis of one question: "Is this a good camera for the average person looking to use more than their cell phone?"

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Get a sneak peek into the most trusted social media platforms of 2019

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:34 AM PST

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Digital trust is the confidence people have in a platform to protect their information and provide a safe environment for them to create and engage with content. Consumers' trust in social platforms impacts how they interact with ads, and benchmarking trust can help social platforms win ad dollars and instruct advertisers how to allocate budget effectively.

In our third annual Digital Trust Report, we evaluate consumer perception of seven major social networks – Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and Pinterest – across six different pillars: Security, Legitimacy, Community, User Experience, Shareability, and Relevance.

The complete 2019 Digital Trust Enterprise Edge Report is available exclusively for Business Insider Intelligence Enterprise subscribers — our corporate clients.

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How to check out of an Airbnb rental at the end of your stay

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:32 AM PST

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  • To check out of an Airbnb rental, it's important to communicate with your host so that you know what their particular process is for checking out.
  • Some Airbnb hosts may meet guests in person to check them in or out, but others may use key codes or lock boxes.
  • Here's how to communicate with your Airbnb host and figure out the best way to check out.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

True to its roots as a peer-to-peer network of short-term rental properties, Airbnb doesn't get in the way when it comes to host and renter communications. 

There are no official steps on how to check in or out of a rental, and the process is mostly left up to the host. I have personally dealt with everything from key codes on doors, padlocked lock boxes, and keys tucked under floor mats to check into an Airbnb.

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Coronavirus: Rush Limbaugh and Fox News' Laura Ingraham are denying the risk in an attempt to protect Trump

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:31 AM PST

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  • Two prominent right-wing media personalities are denying the threat posed by the Wuhan coronavirus and spreading conspiracy theories to boost the president. 
  • Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh falsely claimed "the coronavirus is the common cold" and argued that the Democratic Party "poses a far greater threat" to the country than the virus does. 
  • Fox News primetime host Laura Ingraham claimed 2020 Democratic candidates "are either hoping for misery or actually peddling it." 
  • President Donald Trump has spread misleading claims about the coronavirus' potential trajectory and death rate. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Some of President Donald Trump's most vocal backers in right-wing media are downplaying the threat posed by the Wuhan coronavirus and spreading conspiracy theories to boost the president's response. 

Just weeks after Trump awarded conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, Limbaugh went to bat for Trump's coronavirus response.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Astros players are already getting hit by pitches repeatedly in spring training

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:28 AM PST

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  • The Houston Astros have been hit by pitches seven times in five spring training games, the most in MLB and a significant increase from last year.
  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred warned teams about trying to get revenge on the Astros' cheating scandal by hitting players with pitches.
  • While not every instance was malicious, if spring training is any indication, the league will have to review each hit, decide the intent, and weigh punishment to make an example of opposing pitchers.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Through the early spring training games of the 2020 MLB season, it seems as if teams are exacting their revenge on the Houston Astros for their cheating scandal.

Numerous voices in the baseball world have criticized the Astros, who were found to have electronically stolen signs by watching a feed of opponent signals, then banging a trash can to alert batters to off-speed pitches.

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Inside the comeback story of Tyson Fury, the undefeated 'Gypsy King' who overcame a depression and shed 112 pounds to be heavyweight champion of the world, twice

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:27 AM PST

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  • British boxer Tyson Fury, aka the "Gypsy King," won his second heavyweight title in Las Vegas on Sunday, 23 February.
  • The fighter, who comes from a long line of gypsy fighters and has struggled with mental health issues, remains undefeated.
  • Here is a look into the rise and fall of one of boxing's most entertaining and interesting characters.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

On Sunday 23 February, Tyson Fury became the heavyweight champion of the world for the second time in his career.

The British boxer has overcome addictions to alcohol and cocaine, immense weight gain, and depression before working his way back to the ring.

Here is a look into his remarkable life and comeback journey.

Tyson Luke Fury was born three months prematurely on August 12, 1988, in a rough suburb of Manchester in England.


Fury was born into an Anglo-Irish traveller family, from a 200-year line of bare-knuckle fighters, hence his nickname "Gypsy King."

English travellers, also referred to as "gypsies," live on the road in caravans and temporarily on campsites, Business Insider's Alan Dawson reported.

Fury weighed just 1lb at birth, and doctors did not give him a high chance of survival. His mother, Amber, was pregnant 14 times, but only four children survived, according to The Daily Telegraph. Fury has three brothers.

His father, John Fury, named his son "Tyson" after the then-undefeated heavyweight world champion, Mike Tyson.

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Fury's father told BT Sports that, despite warnings his premature son would not survive, he was confident Tyson would pull through.

"I remember looking at him and thinking, he'll be 7ft tall, 20 stone, he's going to be called after Mike Tyson, and he'll be the heavyweight champion of the world," he said.

Fury dropped out of school at the age of 10 to help his father and brothers at work, resurfacing roads, dealing cars, and collecting scrap.


In the documentary "Road To Redemption", his brother Shane said Tyson was a "very quiet and shy" as a boy. This quickly changed when as he got bigger. 

"When he started boxing at 14 years old, he grew confident around that because he was so good," Shane Fury said.

He joined a local amateur boxing club, proving very quickly that he had what he later called "naturally gifted talent."

According to The Sunday Times Magazine, he beat his first-ever boxing opponent easily, because he ran away when he saw how big Fury was.

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How to write a review on Amazon in 5 simple steps

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:21 AM PST

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  • You can easily write a review on Amazon to share your insights into a specific product with other Amazon customers.
  • You can write a review on Amazon even if you have not purchased the item on the platform. 
  • You can also edit or delete an Amazon review in the future if you change your mind based on extended experience with a product or a customer service experience.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Amazon is not only the largest online retailer on the planet, it's also one of the largest online communities. Fellow Amazon shoppers come together to share product reviews, ask and answer questions, and rate the many things they have bought from the site in the past.

You might think that your voice doesn't matter since there's a vast horde of customers rating and reviewing a product everyday, but it does. When you buy a product based on thousands of positive reviews and ratings it receives, your confidence comes from every individual who takes the time to share his or her thoughts on the product on Amazon. 

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19 things that will help your new cat feel at home, according to cat rescuers and a veterinarian

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:19 AM PST


  • Make your cat's transition to their new home as seamless as possible by stocking up on the essentials before their arrival.
  • Cats need supplies like a litter box, food, toys, and scratchers to make them feel safe, encourage healthy habits, and provide them with stimulation.
  • We consulted with two cat rescue organizations and veterinarian Andrea Moore, owner and medical director at Pinnacle Animal Hospital in California, to determine the most important items to have when bringing a new cat home.

The day you bring home your new cat is full of joy. But while you may be ready for snuggles and play from the moment your kitty arrives, most felines aren't so gung-ho about moving day. Just when they were beginning to get used to the shelter or foster home — bam — here comes another transition. And cats, they aren't the best at dealing with change.

Preparing for the arrival of your new cat ahead of time helps to assure that their adjustment will be as seamless as possible. While it's a no-brainer that cats require a litter box and food, new cat owners may not realize that items like scratching posts, cat trees, calming pheromones, and toys can help reduce stress and provide your new pet with an enriching environment.

With the help of four experts, we've come up with a list of essential things to have when you bring a new cat home. For a veterinary perspective, we consulted with veterinarian Dr. Andrea Moore, owner and medical director at Pinnacle Animal Hospital in San Jose, California. Staff at two cat rescue organizations also lent their expertise on how to transition a cat to a new home: Danielle Gross, shelter manager at Town Cats in Morgan Hill, California, and Libby Farel-Friedman and Lindsay Franušić, supervisor and assistant manager of adoption programs, respectively, at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) in Milpitas, California.

We've distilled their advice down into the following 19 essential things to have on hand when you bring your new cat home.

A cozy carrier for your kitty's freedom ride and beyond


Mr. Peanut's Double Expandable Carrier, available at Amazon or Chewy, $54.99

A cat carrier is mandatory for bringing your cat home from the shelter, said Franušić. We love Mr. Peanut's stylish and comfortable tote, which can unzip to expand to almost three times the size of a regular carrier, making it more comfortable for long travel days. 


A calming pheromone diffuser to decrease stress


Feliway Classic Diffuser, available at Amazon, $20.66

To help decrease stress and unwanted behaviors like urine spraying that go with it, both Moore and Gross recommend using a calming pheromone like Feliway during your cat's first weeks in their furever home. Feliway, which mimics the F3 facial pheromones cats deposit when rubbing their cheeks against surfaces in order to mark them as safe, can help a cat transition to a new house, according to Moore.

Earthquake putty to keep knickknacks, vases, and picture frames from becoming playthings


Quakehold! Museum Putty, available at Amazon, $3.97

"When you actually get a cat into your home, you find that they love to explore and get on top of things," explained Franušić. Adhering your knickknacks to shelves and tables using earthquake putty assures that your favorite picture frame or vase won't end up in pieces on the floor. "It was a lifesaver for me," she said.

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The best cheap headphones

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:16 AM PST

  • Headphones can cost hundreds of dollars, but you can get some excellent pairs of earbuds, over-ear, on-ear, and wireless headphones for much less.
  • With impressive audio response, great build quality, and a comfortable no-nonsense design, the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x offers everything you could want in a pair of solid, high-quality, entry-level studio headphones for less than the competition.
  • For more headphone recommendations, be sure to check our roundup of the best headphone deals.

If you spend a lot of time listening to music, watching shows and movies, and playing video games, then a good set of headphones is one of the quickest ways to get the most out of your media. A good set of cans creates a much more immersive experience by letting you hear all the detailed highs and lows of your songs, films, and game worlds, with closed-back designs taking this even further by blocking out exterior noise so you can enjoy your entertainment without distractions.

Audiophiles will happily spend a lot of money for high-end headphones, but since you're reading this, you're probably like most people and you're not looking to drop several Benjamins on a pair. Even audio enthusiasts will admit that you don't have to spend hundreds, however, and that inexpensive headphones have come a long way in recent years with a number of very nice sets to be found for affordable prices.

In the budget-friendly range, you shouldn't get into the weeds regarding technical specifications like equalization, frequency response, active noise cancellation, impedance/resistance, and so on – these are more of a concern with high-end gear. At lower price points, your primary considerations are durability and sound quality: Your headphones should be well-built enough to withstand regular use without cracking or falling apart, and should offer good sound for casual music listening, movie watching, and gaming.

With these criteria in mind, we've rounded up the best affordable headphones that you can get right now. Our top picks include standard over-ear headphones as well as some more specialized models that offer additional portability, wireless functionality, or other features built for specific tasks like gaming.

Here are the best cheap headphones you can buy:

Updated on 02/27/2020 by Steven Cohen: Added Panasonic ErgoFit, as well as links to related headphone buying guides and deals. Prices and links are current as of publication time.

The best cheap headphones overall

Audio Technica

If you're looking for a no-frills, well-made pair of entry-level studio headphones that sound great and won't cost you an arm and a leg, the Audio-Technical ATH-M20x are more than up to the task.

Audio-Technica, along with other brands like Sony and Sennheiser, is one of the biggest names in the world of studio-quality headphones. The company offers a wide lineup of professional-grade cans that will set you back hundreds of dollars, but it also makes a variety of more affordable and highly rated alternatives, including our top pick: The ATH-M20x over-ear headphones.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M20x are designed to be an entry-level pair of studio headphones, and as such, they feature a full-sized over-ear design with 40mm drivers. This means that they are best suited for use with your laptop or desktop computer. Smaller devices like smartphones, tablets, or handheld gaming systems won't have enough power to get the most out of these headphones, but you're probably already using earbuds with those.

When hooked up to a PC or TV, however, the ATH-M20x headphones really shine. They deliver excellent sound quality in the high and mid ranges, with sufficient impedance to eliminate annoying interference (like faint buzzing) when hooked up to your electronics. The sound is clear, crisp, and accurate, but don't expect super-deep bass with these. Still, the ATH-M20x are more than good enough for everyday music listening, movie-watching, and gaming.

The build quality and comfort are also as good as you'd expect from an established name like Audio-Technica. The cushioned headband and leatherette-covered padded ear cups are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, and the cups also provide good noise isolation that filters out the majority of ambient sounds and won't bother others around you unless you're really cranking the volume up.

The ATH-M20x could be considered the little sibling of Audio-Technica's ATH series, as these are essentially a budget-friendly alternative to the M40x and M50x — two highly-rated and very popular headphones, but ones that will set you back quite a bit more. But for about half the price of the M40x, the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x is an incredible value.

Pros: Well-made and comfortable to wear for extended periods, great sound for the price, the 40mm drivers deliver clear and loud sound, and the sturdy 3.5mm cable comes with a 6.3mm adapter for use with audio equipment

Cons: Bass response is lacking compared to its beefier (and much more expensive) cousins

The best cheap over-ear headphones


The Tascam TH-02 are an unbeatable value for a pair of solidly built over-ear headphones that sound great and isolate sound well with a closed-back design.

Most pairs of budget-friendly headphones feature an open-back or semi-open-back design, meaning that they aren't made to isolate sound. Open-back headphones leak sound out as well as let ambient noise in, making them less than ideal if you're using them in a busier environment with other people around (think co-workers or roommates). The closed-back over-ear Tascam TH-02 headphones stand out as a clear exception to this rule, and are a shining example of the value that headphone makers are offering today.

I've been personally using a pair of Tascam TH-02 for about three years now. I initially intended to use them as "beater" headphones that I wouldn't have to be too fussy about, but I found the sound quality more than good enough for music and gaming (bass, mids, and highs all come through smoothly and cleanly), and they quickly became one of my workhorses, especially when I'm traveling and don't want to risk losing or breaking a more expensive set.

They've proven to be very durable as well, although the vinyl covering of the padded headband eventually started to peel after a couple years. The peeling proved to be no big deal, as I simply pulled it all off to reveal the soft cloth pad underneath and it's held up perfectly fine. More importantly, the pleather ear cup covers have remained intact with minimal wear despite years of regular use for hours at a time.

They're also very comfortable. The rotating cups don't make my ears ache after a few hours of wear like other headphones I've used. They don't get sweaty considering I use them inside my air-conditioned home, but if you run hot or you're in a stuffy room, this might become a problem after a while. This is going to be the case with the vast majority of over-ear headphones, however, given that they're designed to completely surround your ears.

If all you need is a no-frills, no-nonsense set of over-ear closed-back headphones that are comfortable, well-made, and sound nice, then the Tascam TH-02 has you covered at roughly half the price of other cans on our roundup.

Pros: Solid construction, good sound quality, they're comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, and the closed-back design isolates sound well

Cons: The pleather ear cups aren't that breathable, and the vinyl covering on the padded headband is prone to peeling after a while

The best cheap portable headphones


If you're looking to ditch your earbuds for something that's still compact but a bit beefier, then look no further than the highly portable and surprisingly big-sounding Koss PortaPro.

For listening to music and enjoying other entertainment on the go, the portability of earbuds are hard to beat. Owing to their small size and tiny drivers, however, earbuds aren't particularly capable of delivering deep or detailed sound. There are a number of portable on-ear and even over-ear headphone designs out there today, but even those can be somewhat clunky to carry around all day.

But one pair still stands above the rest: The famous Koss PortaPro. The PortaPro has been around for decades and has earned something of a legendary status among the head-fi crowd. This fame is owed to its impressive output relative to its small size, portability, light weight, and low cost. It's not going to put out the same deep sound as a pair of over-ear studio headphones, but the PortaPro nonetheless punches well above its weight in the audio department.

The decades-old design of the PortaPro harks back to the days of the Sony Walkman. The simple-looking on-ear pads are connected to a slim, flexible metal headband. This headband features a simple slide adjustment for resizing, and the plastic ear pieces fold inwards for portability. The simple, lightweight construction might take some getting used to if you're accustomed to the feel of sturdier over-ear headphones, but the PortaPros are surprisingly durable.

Along with its unrivaled portability, the PortaPro shines when it comes to sound quality. The lows, mids, and highs are all punchy and responsive. It's not going to blow your mind or anything, but considering how small they are, the clarity and detail is great. Just bear in mind that the on-ear design naturally won't isolate noise as well as over-ear headphones. If you like to crank the volume, others are going to hear it.

The Koss PortaPro might just be the perfect pair of travel headphones and, at their current price, they're a solid value even if you discount their compact form factor. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better pair of on-ear headphones at this price, and you almost certainly won't find one that's just as portable while sounding this good.

Pros: Impressive sound quality relative to its size, very lightweight and comfortable for on-ear headphones, and it's folding design is super-portable yet surprisingly durable

Cons: The on-ear design doesn't isolate noise

Read our full guide to the best on-ear headphones you can buy

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The wildly popular simulation game 'Plague Inc' has been pulled from the iPhone's Chinese app store amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis in China (AAPL)

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:13 AM PST

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  • A long-running, wildly popular game that simulates a worldwide pandemic was just pulled from Apple's iPhone app store in China.
  • The game's use spiked in China after the coronavirus outbreak, and it reached the top spot on Apple's App Store charts as a result.
  • The game's maker says it doesn't know why the game was pulled. "It's not clear to us if this removal is linked to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that China is facing," a statement from Ndemic Creations says.
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A wildly popular game that intends to simulate a worldwide epidemic recently had a cosmic surge in popularity — "Plague Inc.," as it's known, even became the most popular game on Apple's iPhone app store around the world.

Recently, the game topped Apple's app store chart in China. That's particularly notable because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which originated in and has mostly affected China, where more than 78,000 people have been sickened.

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Europe may force makers of smartphones, tablets and wireless earphones to install easily replaceable batteries

Posted: 27 Feb 2020 09:09 AM PST

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  • The EU may force makers of smartphones, tablets and wireless earphones to use easily replaceable batteries with their devices.
  • According to the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, which obtained a draft of the EU's plans, the EU's executive arm – the European Commission – is drafting a proposal to force vendors to do this.
  • The newspaper added that Commission officials plan to formally submit their proposal for public discussions next month.
  • Business Insider has approached the European Commission for comment.
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The European Union may force makers of smartphones, tablets and wireless earphones to use easily replaceable batteries with their devices.

According to the Dutch business newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, which obtained a draft of the EU's plans, the EU's executive arm – the European Commission – is drafting a proposal to force vendors to do this.

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