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    iPhone XR

    It's 2018, which means this list has three smartphones that cost $1,000 or more.

    Fortunately for many of you, however, a massive, four-figure price tag doesn't necessarily make a phone the obvious choice. There are a bunch of sub-$1,000 smartphones that you should consider for their designs, performance, and value.

    Check out our list of the top 20 smartphones you can buy right now:

    SEE ALSO: 8 things the $550 OnePlus 6T doesn't have compared with phones that cost hundreds more

    20. BlackBerry Key2

    The BlackBerry Key2 is arguably the most unique smartphone on this list because of its physical keyboard. The trade-off here is you sacrifice some screen space to make way for the keyboard. That might appeal to some BlackBerry enthusiasts, but not so much to regular smartphone users. 

    Price: $650

    Read the BlackBerry Key2 review »



    19. Motorola Moto Z3

    On it's own, the Moto Z3 is a fairly basic smartphone that boasts a nice, slim design. You can attach some of Motorola's "Moto Mods" to give it some extra features that you wouldn't find on any other smartphone, like a projector, an extra loud speaker, or a larger battery pack.

    The flagship Moto Mod is a 5G module that will let the Moto Z3 connect to Verizon's 5G network, which should offer blisteringly fast data speeds. The only problem is that Verizon's 5G network will be limited to a few cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Sacramento, and a city that has yet to be announced, when the 5G Moto Mod is released in early 2019.

    Price: $480

     



    18. Moto G6 Plus

    Every time I check out a new Moto G smartphone, I question why I pay so much for the high-end flagships. There was no exception when I checked out the Moto G6. When it boils down to it, Motorola's "G" series smartphones do everything I need a smartphone to do for a fraction of the price I usually pay for a new smartphone.

    Price: $250



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    lewis hamilton

    November 1 is World Vegan Day.

    From a healthy decrease in cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart disease risk to weight loss, there seem to be plenty of health benefits to ditching dairy, meat, and eggs.

    A recent study even showed that a plant-based vegan diet could help people with type 2 diabetes manage weight and blood sugar levels.

    However, one thing that many people worry about when going vegan is getting enough protein.

    Surprisingly, many top athletes — including world champions, martial artists, and an Olympic weightlifter — don't seem even slightly worried about getting enough protein from their vegan diets.

    Business Insider has compiled a list of world-class vegan athletes who are at the top of their game, and have a fully vegan lifestyle to thank for it.

    From soccer players to weightlifters, and basketball stars to a prominent racing champion, scroll on to discover 19 athletes who are vegan — and what made each of them switch to a plant-based diet.

    Bobbie Edsor contributed to an earlier version of this article.

    SEE ALSO: Former world champion explains how heavyweight boxer David Haye can thrive on a plant-based diet

    Venus Williams — Tennis

    Venus Williams is an American tennis player who has won seven Grand Slam singles titles and 14 Grand Slam Women's doubles titles. She has also won the prestigious Wimbledon women's singles title five times and has four Olympic gold medals.

    Williams has an estimated net worth of £72 million ($95 million), and is the second highest-earning female tennis player of all time behind her sister Serena.

    The tennis star adopted a raw vegan diet after she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in 2011 and doctors advised it would relieve some of her symptoms such as extreme fatigue and joint pain.

    In an interview with Health magazine about the disease and her raw vegan diet, Williams said: "I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and I wanted to maintain my performance on the court. Once I started, I fell in love with the concept of fueling your body in the best way possible [through raw, vegan food].

    "Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me."



    Lewis Hamilton — Formula 1

    Five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton won his fifth title last week, one year after adopting a vegan diet in 2017.

    Hamilton was the world’s 10th highest-paid athlete last year, according to Forbes. Thanks to his endorsements and brand deals with L’Oreal, Mercedes, and Puma — amongst others — the Formula One driver has an approximate net worth of £131 million ($172 million).

    Talking to the BBC about his recent transition to a vegan diet, Hamilton said: "As the human race, what we are doing to the world... the pollution [in terms of emissions of global-warming gases] coming from the amount of cows that are being produced is incredible.

    "They say it is more than what we produce with our flights and our cars, which is kind of crazy to think. The cruelty is horrible and I don't necessarily want to support that."



    Colin Kaepernick — Football

    Colin Kaepernick is a former footballer who played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2016.

    That year he became an international household name by going down on one knee rather than stand for the United States national anthem. Kaepernick used the kneel as a protest against racial injustice, police brutality, and a call for change in the US.

    Kaepernick has not spoken extensively about veganism before, but he did post a tweet in July with a hashtag #NotBadForAVegan.

    It is unclear why he switched diet.



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    kim kardashian

    Kim Kardashian West previously lived out a "dream come true" by dressing up as a Victoria's Secret Angel with her sisters. She also got to live out her '90s dreams for Kendall Jenner's birthday party on Halloween Wednesday.

    Kardashian West teamed up with her friend Jonathan Cheban to recreate Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's iconic outfits from the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. 

    Kardashian West wore a bright pink fluffy cowboy hat, white corset top, and sparkling pants, while Cheban was in a hat and brown coat similar to Lee's.

    The duo elaborately recreated Anderson and Lee's red-carpet look. 

    Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee VMA

    Read more: All the showstopping Halloween costumes from the Kardashian-Jenner family this year

    While Kardashian West's look appears to be an accurate recreation of Anderson's outfit, the star revealed on her Instagram story — which was captured by Instagram account kimkardashiansnap— that the young party attendees had no idea who she was.

    "You guys are all too f------ young, this is so sad," Kardashian West said as she pulled up a photo for reference.

    Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee! #Halloween2018

    A post shared by Kim Kardashian Snapchats 🍑 (@kimkardashiansnap) on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:58pm PDT on

    Her costume may not have been a hit with her fellow partygoers, but fortunately her sister Kylie Jenner, who was dressed as a Fanta girl, recognized her immediately. 

    Kylie knows! #Halloween2018

    A post shared by Kim Kardashian Snapchats 🍑 (@kimkardashiansnap) on Oct 31, 2018 at 11:01pm PDT on

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    Larry Fink

    • BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said at the New York Times Dealbook Conference on Thursday that within five years, all investors will be using ESG (environmental, social, and governance) metrics.
    • In January, Fink wrote in his annual letter to CEOs that all companies must outline their purpose.
    • Fink explained his prediction is based on a demand from consumers and employees.
    • This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.

    When BlackRock CEO Larry Fink proclaimed in his annual letter in January that, "To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society," he says he wasn't doing it "to be en vogue," or, as Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. wrote, to "buy indulgences" with the public.

    "We're trying to improve the performance of our clients," Fink said at The New York Times DealBook Conference in New York on Thursday. He also predicted that in the near future, all investors will be using ESG (environmental, social, governance) metrics to determine the value of a company.

    "I do believe that the demand for ESG is going to transform all investing," he said, referring to both passive and active investors. "Now, that may be one or five years away from now, but it's not that far away."

    Read more: Everyone at Davos talked about 'Larry's letter'

    BlackRock manages $6.4 trillion in assets, making it the world's largest asset manager, and Fink's letter has been a topic of conversation on Wall Street all year. He told host Andrew Ross Sorkin that what compelled him to write the call for purpose in the first place was an accumulation of proof that both customers and employees needed businesses to have a dimension of meaning beyond maximizing shareholder gains, and that social media spread perceptions of businesses more widely and faster than ever.

    In October, BlackRock predicted that assets in ESG-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs) would grow from $20 billion to more than $400 billion by 2028.

    Fink predicts that benefits to all shareholders — employees, communities, customers, society as a whole — will be taken seriously by all investors out of necessity. Boston Consulting Group's research into the subject has found that ESG-driven decisions implemented well go far beyond good marketing, and actually boost the bottom line because they are more sustainable than decisions made to boost stock price in the short term. But as Fink noted, there's not going to be a mass shift until more of that data is collected and metrics are agreed upon across industries.

    He sees it as inevitable, and fast approaching. "The interest in ESG is becoming overwhelming," he said.

    SEE ALSO: BlackRock is launching a new suite of products to capture a red hot market for do-good funds that could grow to $400 billion by 2028

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    • Sonny Gilligan, of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, was hunting with his three dogs when he was shot. 
    • He was in the front seat of his parked vehicle on October 25, when his dog, Charlie, put his paw on the trigger of a shotgun in the back seat. 
    • Gilligan was able to reach his phone and call 911 and he was transported by helicopter to University Medical Center in El Paso. 

    A 74-year-old man in New Mexico is recovering after his beloved pet dog accidentally shot him with a shotgun during a hunting trip.

    Sonny Gilligan, of Doña Ana County, was in the front seat of his parked vehicle on October 25, when his dog, Charlie, put his paw on the trigger of a shotgun in the back seat and put a bullet into his owner’s back, the Las Cruces Sun News reported. 

    Gilligan was able to reach his phone and call 911, and he was transported by helicopter to University Medical Center in El Paso. 

    "Charlie got his foot in the trigger of the gun and I leaned forward and he slipped off the seat and caught the trigger — and it shot," Gilligan told the Sun News. "It was a freak accident but it's true, that's what happened." 

    The incident happened after Gilligan went jackrabbit hunting with Charlie and his two other dogs, Scooter and Cowboy.

    He was parked when Charlie, a 120-pound Rottweiler mix, put his paw on the shotgun's trigger.

    A bullet went through the driver's seat and into Gilligan's back, breaking ribs and shattering his collar bone.

    He also had to be treated for a punctured lung and was in intensive care at the hospital, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

    Gilligan initially thought he was shot by someone outside the car before realizing it was bullets from his own gun that hit him.

    His son, Mark, told KRQE that Gilligan has forgiven Charlie, even though the incident could have killed him.

    When Gilligan was taken to the hospital, his three dogs were taken to a county shelter, and the man's main concern was getting his pets out of what he called "doggie jail," according to Mark.

    "He spoils his dogs, you know. He calls them his boys. He's very fond of his animals," Mark said.

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    harry potter house transformation 7

    This Halloween, a neighborhood in south Austin, Texas, saw a sliver of the "Harry Potter" universe come to life.

    With some help from friends and neighbors, Joel and Amanda Pace worked for months to transform their driveway and house into Diagon Alley, complete with shops like Ollivanders and Quality Quidditch Supplies.

    Below, take a closer look at the Pace family's magical project.

    Joel started building displays back in June.

    Joel told KXAN News that he would "sit down and doodle"sketches of shops from the "Harry Potter" books and movies. Then, he'd ask himself, "OK, how do I build this?"

    An attorney at Levatino Pace PLLC, Joel also got help from his wife, Amanda, as well as neighbors, friends, and local theater students who designed graphics.



    This is the third year the Pace family have created "Harry Potter"-themed Halloween decorations.

    But it's the first time they went all out, Joel told INSIDER.



    Joel, his wife Amanda, and their son Grant are longtime "Harry Potter" fans.

    "A few years ago, my wife thought it would be fun to decorate our front patio with the floating candles [from Harry Potter], which was a big hit," Joel said. "Our son, Grant, sort of grew up with the books."

    The following February, he and Amanda took Grant to Universal Theme Parks' "Harry Potter" world, where they "had a blast."



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    Shake Shack Cheeseburger

    Shake Shack is set to report its third-quarter results after Wednesday's closing bell. Here are the key numbers that Wall Street analysts surveyed by Bloomberg are expecting:

    • Earnings per share: $0.13
    • Revenue: $116.8 million

    Last quarter, Shake Shack said delays in new store openings would slow its revenue growth. The burger chain reaffirmed its full-year revenue guidance of between $446 million and $450 million, disappointing the Street. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the company to raise its 2018 revenue forecast to $452.3 million.

    Ahead of the results, Wall Street had an average price target of $54.63 a share — little changed from where shares were trading on Thursday. 

    Shake Shack was up 27% this year. 

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    Starbucks

    • Starbucks is set to report its third-quarter results after Thursday's closing bell. 
    • Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg are expecting earnings of $0.60 a share on revenue of $6.27 billion.
    • UBS said the focus for the results will be on sales in the US and China, as well as guidance. 
    • Watch Starbucks trade in real time here.

    Starbucks is set to report third-quarter results after Thursday's closing bell. 

    Here are what analysts are expecting, according to Bloomberg:

    • Earnings per share: $0.60
    • Revenue: $6.27 billion 

    Shares faced a huge selloff in June when the company lowered its third-quarter same-store-sales growth forecast to 1% from its previous estimate of 3%-5%. The coffee giant also said it would close roughly 150 underperforming US stores.

    Ahead of the results, UBS analyst Dennis Geiger said the focus for Starbucks' earnings will be the company's performance in the US and China markets, as well as its guidance. 

    "Primary focus for earnings on November 1 will be whether US/Americas comparable sales returned to 3% and if the momentum is sustainable," Geiger said in a note sent out to clients on Wednesday. "We model 3% F4Q Americas same-store sales, including 3% ticket and flat traffic."

    He added: "For China, we don't believe same-store sales are as bad as feared(worse than F3Q's -2%) and we think FY19 expectations are low." 

    Geiger has a "buy" rating and a $62 price target on Starbucks — 5% above where shares were trading on Thursday.

    Starbucks was up 2% this year.

    Now read:

    SBUX

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    reeses thins

    Hershey has released the first photo of its upcoming Reese's Cup that is 40% thinner than the traditional version — and its first defense of the lower-calorie treat.

    On Thursday, the sweets company revealed exactly what the Reese's Thins will look like in comparison to other Reese's Cups. And, the ad is already defending the Thins from criticism, with the tagline: "No wrong way... just more ways #NotSorry." 

    Hershey announced on a call with investors last week that it planned to launch a new product called "Reese's Thins" in March.

    "This product is about 40% thinner than the original cup, and it appeals to those consumers who want something sweet with more permissibility," Michele Buck, Hershey North America's president, said on the call.

    Hershey will not stop selling the original Reese's Cups. However, many customers posted on social media that they were infuriated by the mere existence of a "thinner" Reese's Cup. People's biggest complaint was a simple one: They want a fatter Reese's Cup, not a thinner one.

    In a press release on Thursday, Hershey attempted to appease customers. 

    "America, we're excited to give you another way to enjoy that irresistible, delicious, salty, sweet combo that can only come from Reese's," Veronica Villasenor, Reese's brand's senior director, said in a statement. "We're giving you what you want, for every part of your day, and you can have more than one. You're welcome."

    Other Reese's Cup sizes include miniatures, mini king size, snack size, and king size. Hershey has been adding even more versions of the beloved brand to boost sales.

    In May, the company launched Reese's Outrageous, a chocolate bar stuffed with peanut butter, caramel, and Reese's Pieces. It is also set to debut Hershey's with Reese's Pieces in bar form in December.

    SEE ALSO: Hershey plans to roll out Reese's Cups that are 40% thinner — and people are furious

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    stephen curry

    • Through nine games, Stephen Curry is on pace to top his 2015-16 MVP season, considered one of the best offensive seasons in NBA history.
    • Curry is scoring more points, more efficiently than ever, and seems to have even more mastery on the offensive end.
    • Few people thought Curry could win another MVP playing alongside Kevin Durant, but his play so far has made it possible.
    • It's debatable if Curry is the best overall player on the Warriors, but he's their most important, and if he continues to dominate like this, the league should be terrified of Golden State.


    In the 2015-16 season, Stephen Curry rose to new heights with one of the greatest individual seasons in NBA history, for a Golden State Warriors team that had the best regular season in NBA history by going 73-9.

    Curry averaged 30 points per game on 52% shooting, 44% from three, with 5 rebounds and nearly 7 assists per game, taking home his second straight MVP award and the first-ever unanimous MVP.

    Curry stamped in a new era of basketball, changing the way both offenses and defenses around the league behaved with his unrivaled marksmanship.

    And yet, somehow, in the first nine games of the 2018-19 season, Curry is on pace to shatter that campaign.

    Curry is averaging 33 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game while shooting a hair under 55% from the field and 53% from three. Those numbers exceed his start to the 2015-16 season when he came blazing out of the gates and made the NBA world gasp a collective, "Whoa."

    Curry's star has dulled (if only slightly) the last two seasons, as he gave up the ball more to Kevin Durant as the Warriors adjusted to their newest star. Last year, Curry showed hints of his 2015-16 self, but also had one of his more injury-riddled seasons, playing just 51 games of a possible 82.

    Now Curry seems to be sending a message. 

    Perhaps the NBA world should have taken notice this year when the Warriors spoke candidly about how Curry and Durant were both left out of preseason MVP talk. Head coach Steve Kerr said Curry was aware of such chatter, while Durant said the award seems to be for up-and-comers, rather than the league's most consistent and established dominant forces.

    This season, Curry seems to have a better grasp on where he stands with the 8-1 Warriors. Three years ago, he was the central focus of the offense, the clear No. 1 option, even on a team that prioritized getting everyone involved. The past two years has been a feeling-out process where it was rare to see Curry and Durant dominate at the same time while the team played in its trademark, unselfish way.

    This year, there are both tangible and intangible ways to tell Curry is more in control. His shot attempts are up, which is notable for a player sharing the ball with a player like Durant. Curry's efficiency is also through the roof, suggesting he's found ways to benefit from the weapons that surround him — i.e., he's picking his spots better and thinking less than he might have the last two years.

    His efficient field goal percentage (which accounts for three-pointers vs. two-pointers) is a ridiculous 70.1%, a number typically reserved for big men who only hove near the basket.

    The intangible qualities are harder to pinpoint. Curry's game has an overall mastery to it that seems slightly different than in years past.

    Curry rose to prominence because of an outrageous shot selection that made the entire sport of basketball reconsider what should happen in an offensive possession. Curry's list of greatest hits is long, but some of these attempts are audacious, even by his standards.


    Preseason predictions that left Curry and Durant out of the conversation were not slights; it's just hard to imagine voters choosing one of the two players when they have each other. In some ways, they almost cancel each other out.

    What makes Curry's start to the season even more impressive is that it has hardly been a one-person show. After Curry dropped 51 points on the Washington Wizards, Kevin Durant took over the next game, scoring 41 points, with 25 in the fourth quarter. Two games later, Klay Thompson scored 52 points and hit a record-breaking (Curry's record, mind you) 14 three-pointers in three quarters.

    Read more: Two plays from Klay Thompson's explosion showed off a unique skill he shares with Stephen Curry that helps make the Warriors impossible to guard

    On Wednesday, the Warriors took down the New Orleans Pelicans, with Curry scoring 37 points on a tidy 12-of-20 shooting, 7-of-11 from downtown. People hardly batted an eye, and such has been the Warriors' theatrics of late.

    As ESPN's Brian Windhorst noted, the list of players in NBA history to win two MVPs and three championships is slim and Curry is on it. The list of players to win three MVPs and four championships is even smaller, and Curry has a good shot at it this year if his pace continues.

    Steve Nash told Windhorst that talks about Curry's place among the league's all-time best players should already be underway.

    "I hate to break it to you, but he's already an all-time great," Nash said. "He's the ultimate one-off. He's the evolution of basketball. It evolved before our eyes."

    This season, Curry has somehow seemed to raise his ceiling, and if it continues, he'll somehow raise the ceiling on a team that has been dominating the league for years. If Curry and the Warriors keep this up, talk about possible challengers to the reigning champions may as well be shelved.

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    In the southwestern province of China lies the city of Chengdu, home to the largest building in the world and one of the busiest international airports. It's also the site of a rare treasure — the giant panda, which has teetered on extinction for decades.

    Many of the pandas found in zoos around the world are first bred at the Chengdu Panda Base, located just outside the downtown core. The base attracts roughly 3.5 million visitors per year, though Chengdu has big plans to expand this outreach. 

    The government recently held an international competition to solicit ideas for a "Panda Capital." Last week, the global design firm Sasaki was declared the winner. Their plan includes three new development sites: a lakeside village, wildlife research center, and massive park linked to public transit.

    The new development — which includes the expansion of the existing panda base — will be 110 times the size of Disneyland, but just a small percentage of the city's overall size. Take a look at what the capital could look like when it's finished. 

    The city hopes to preserve and protect the world's 1,800 remaining giant pandas.

    Giant pandas in the wild often give birth to twins, in which case the mother will abandon one of her cubs. Researchers at the Chengdu Panda Base have stepped in to help mothers raise their twins — or, in some cases, triplets.

    These efforts are critical to both the species and Chengdu's economic growth.

    "The giant panda has become the strongest ambassador and icon for the city of Chengdu," said Tao Zhang, a principal at Sasaki. "It is an integral part of the city's identity, culture, and economy."



    Preserving the giant panda's habitat could also protect other endangered wildlife.

    Species like the snub-nosed monkey and red panda rely on the giant panda's forest habitat to survive. 



    The first site, the Longquanshan Panda Village, will be a "gateway into the city."

    The village will be located near Chengdu's second international airport, which is supposed to be fully operational by 2030.

    Zhang wouldn't give a timeline for Sasaki's projects, which will undergo multiple phases.



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    Tim Cook

    Investors are about to get a big clue as to whether Apple's new iPhones are a hit — or not. 

    Apple's earnings on Thursday will include a revenue forecast for the all-important holiday quarter, historically the Cupertino tech titan's biggest of the year. 

    If Apple reports a high revenue forecast for its first quarter of the fiscal year — that is, the quarter ending in December — then investors may conclude that the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR are selling well.

    Apple's iPhones are its most important product, and investors will also be closely looking at its overall sales and average selling price — with many iPhone models now costing more than $1000, Apple bulls fear that the gradual upwards price creep could have a detrimental effect on the company's sales. 

    Here's what Wall Street is expecting, via Bloomberg data: 

    • Q4 EPS: $2.78
    • Q4 Revenue: $61.44 billion
    • Gross margin: 38.3%
    • iPhone units sold: 48.4 million
    • iPhone average selling price: $729
    • Q1 2018 guidance: $92.74 billion

    Apple's earnings typically come out at 4:30 p.m. ET, and its conference call with Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri is at 5:00 p.m. 

    Business Insider will cover Apple's results live as they cross. Click here to refresh the page. 

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    • The Muraka, the world's first underwater hotel villa, opens November 2018.
    • Located more than 16 feet below sea level in the Maldives, the two-level hotel room offers panoramic views above and under the sea — for $50,000 a night.
    • As part of the Hilton's Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, the Muraka cost a reported $15 million to build.

    Why swim with sharks when you can sleep with them?

    That's exactly the kind of experience offered at The Muraka, the world's first underwater hotel villa. Located more than 16 feet below sea level in the middle of the Indian Ocean with glass walls, The Muraka is a two-level aquarium where you can fall asleep to fish swimming overhead and wake up to the swaying arms of coral. 

    Opening in November 2018, The Muraka is connected by a long jetty to the Hilton's Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, which is known for its firsts.

    "The resort was the first hotelier in the Maldives to perch villas on stilts above the water, the first to open an underwater restaurant, and now they are the first to sink a residence into the briny depths,"wrote Melissa Locker of Architectural Digest.

    But the otherworldly experience at The Muraka, which translates to "coral" in the local Dhivehi language, comes at a cost — $50,000 a night, before taxes. That's not near as much as it cost to build, which Bloomberg reported was a whopping $15 million.

    According to Architectural Digest, the 600-ton lower level was built in Singapore before being transported to the Maldives on a specialized ship and submerged near a reef without damage. Ten concrete piles hold it stable so it doesn't shift during bad weather.

    Below, take a glimpse under the sea.

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    Guests can arrive to The Muraka via private seaplane to a private jetty or via speedboat from the main resort, which they can use for the remainder of their stay. Its location away from the main resort offers serious privacy.

    Source: Architectural Digest



    The entire two-level villa is made of steel, concrete, and acrylic and sleeps nine guests, with an upper level looking out across the ocean. It also has a gym and an area for private security detail.

    Source: Bloomberg



    In addition to two bedrooms, the upper level has a bathroom with tub facing the ocean. But that's just one of many all-inclusive indulgences. There's a butler and chef for each suite, an on-call fitness trainer and spa treatments, and two jet skis.

    Source:Architectural Digest,Bloomberg



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    Group FaceTime apple

    Apple has finally added group video chats to its iPhones and iPads, thanks to an iOS update released Tuesday to devices.

    The group video calling feature is a highly anticipated addition to Apple devices. FaceTime now supports video chats with up to 32 participants, as well as the use of stickers, face and lens filters, and Animoji.

    The tech company revealed Group FaceTime at its annual developer's conference in June, but ended up pushing back the release from its initially scheduled date. Not to mention that the ability to group video chat has been available for years via apps like Google Hangouts and Skype, and more recently through Snapchat and WhatsApp.

    Unfortunately, group video calling is only fully available on devices that are an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro or later, iPad Air 2, or iPad Mini 4. If you have an earlier model of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can still join, but as an audio-only participant.

    You'll want to make sure your device is updated to the latest version of iOS, because you won't be able to start a group video chat with anyone whose hasn't. You can check if you have iOS 12.1 by going to Settings>General>Software Update

    Here are the many ways to use Group FaceTimee on your Apple device:

    SEE ALSO: Apple's next iPad Pro could have a high-resolution 3D camera creating an 'all-new productivity experience'

    There a few different ways to launch a Group FaceTime call. One way is through the FaceTime app itself, where you can add contacts, phone numbers, and emails to a group.



    You can also launch a group call through any of your existing group conversation in Messages. Tapping the contacts at the top of a group chat will reveal the FaceTime icon to start you call.



    There are a couple ways to enter a Group FaceTime call that someone else started. This also means you can join into a video call at any time while it's going on.

    From the Lock Screen or Notification Center, just tap the notification to be automatically connected.

    Through the Messages app, tap the notification that appears at the top of your screen, or tap "Join" in the group conversation to enter the Group FaceTime call.



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    Warning: Spoilers for "The Haunting of Hill House."

    • Mike Flanagan, the director of Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House," revealed how he kept the secret of the "Red Room" hidden from the cast.
    • He said that the set had to be "constantly refined" so that the actors wouldn't realize what they were looking at.
    • He added that there needed to be one element that was constant so that it would feel familiar when revealed, and that was a "vertical window."
    • Flanagan also said that Hugh Crain could never open the room because "he exerts control over the house, on a physical level."

     

    There are plenty of mysteries in Netflix's hit new horror series, "The Haunting of Hill House," but the biggest was hidden in plain sight the entire time. 

    That means that director Mike Flanagan had to go to great lengths to keep the secret of the "Red Room" hidden from the cast. Throughout the first season, the characters are unable to open a red door when living in the haunted Hill house as children. When they return to the house as adults, they finally discover that they had each actually been in the room countless times, and it acted as their own personal spaces that nobody else could unlock. 

    Flanagan told The Wrap that to conceal what the Red Room was from the cast, the set was "constantly refined" so that the actors wouldn't realize they were looking at the same set multiple times.

    "But we needed one element to be constant so that once the reveal occurred, a second viewing would feel like it was always obvious," Flanagan said. "We chose that distinct vertical window. We also made sure to shoot the room from the same angle in all of the episodes leading up to it, so that even the camera framing was familiar. We really just hoped that Hill House was so sprawling, people would assume there were just a lot of rooms they hadn’t seen. What’s odd if they look a little similar?"

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    Flanagan also explained why the room never opened for Hugh Crain, the father of the series, played by Henry Thomas in the past and Timothy Hutton in the present.

    "Hugh is a man who fixes things," Flanagan said. "He exerts control over the house, on a physical level. He is in charge of the physical work being done to it, and that gives him a sense of security, comfort, and order. To put him in a position where he is incapable of something as simple as opening a door strikes to the very heart of his confidence as a character. Between that and the mold, I think it erodes his sense of competence, and everything else tumbles for him as a result."

    But that doesn't mean that Flanagan didn't envision what the room would be like for Hugh, saying that it would have been "full of tools and other things from his work."

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    • Season eight of "Game of Thrones" is coming in 2019.
    • HBO and the series showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, have gone to extremes to keep the final season under wraps from the public.
    • According to a new interview in Entertainment Weekly, they use coded names for actors and had "drone killer" guns on set to prevent bots from flying over set.
    • Benioff and Weiss told EW they touched base with "Star Wars" director Rian Johnson and producer Kathleen Kennedy to get some tips on how that franchise has kept its secrets under lock. "Star Wars" is known for being very secretive with its cast and crew when it comes to spoilers.

    As the final season of "Game of Thrones" is returning next year, HBO and its showrunners aren't taking any chances when it comes to possible leaks of season eight. 

    Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have enlisted some tips from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy to make sure everything stays under lock and key. 

    "They’ve given us a lot of hints about how to lock things down, things we never would have thought of or didn’t know were possible," Weiss told Entertainment Weekly

    It makes sense the duo would reach out to them. When "Game of Thrones" comes to an end next year, Benioff and Weiss are heading to Lucasfilm to work on a series of "Star Wars" movies that will be separate from the Skywalker narrative and different from another Rian Johnson trilogy.

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    If you're unfamiliar, the Disney franchise is known for being super secretive when it comes to keeping spoilers from getting out into the open.

    We already know a few tactics HBO employed to throw off fans from "Game of Thrones" spoilers. The show filmed under the fake name "Face of Angels" and filmed multiple endings so no one knows the real one.

    According to EW, real "Game of Thrones" scripts don't have the show's title on them and "drone killer" guns were used to prevent bots from flying over the set.

    Any production documents on hand had coded names for actors. Emilia Clarke's name was "Eldiss." In the past, Kit Harington's character, Jon Snow, was referred to as "LC," standing for Lord Commander. 

    What else could the duo have learned from the Lucasfilm gang? Plenty.

    Here are a few of the ways Disney has kept "Star Wars" secrets from getting out in the past: 

    1. "The Force Awakens" script was printed on dark red pages.

    That way if anyone tried to photocopy them, the paper would print out black. 

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    2. Lucasfilm had some intense rules for how actors read their film scripts. 

    Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron in the franchise, recalled how he didn't even get to keep his script. 

    "You go to the place, and they have a room with cameras and you sit there and read the script," Isaac told Yahoo Movies. "They're incredibly protective, because nowadays, with however many hundreds of blogs and this and that, people are just ravenous for content. So because of that, there has to be such tight security around it."

    Benicio del Toro recounted a similar experience while reading the script for "The Last Jedi."

    During an appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers," Del Toro said a script was brought to him on a coded iPad and a man needed to wait outside his house for hours while he read it. 

    Lupita Nyong'o also recalled having a script brought to her on vacation that was locked inside a "contraption." The actress said she had a limited number of hours to read it while an assistant waited for its return. 

    It's the same thing with Marvel, which, like Lucasfilm, is owned by Disney. Only a handful of actors had the option to view the full "Avengers: Infinity War" script to prevent leaks. Benedict Cumberbatch said he was able to read the whole thing.

    We doubt every "Game of Thrones" actor received the full entire script if it wasn't necessary. The less you know about the show, the less you can reveal to the public.

    3. Disney and Lucasfilm gave press a set of instructions to follow at screenings for "The Last Jedi,""The Force Awakens," and "Solo: A Star Wars Story." 

    INSIDER has attended all three of these screenings in the past and Disney doesn't mess around. Typically, for a press screening, you'll just receive a confirmation email with things like the date, time, and location of the event. An embargo date is also included for when you can start posting reviews. It's another ball game with a "Star Wars" film. 

    For "The Force Awakens" in 2015, press were asked to "refrain from sharing on social media the date, time and location of the screening." Press was also asked not to "check in" to any events on social media. That was probably to prevent fans from mobbing the theater. 

    Two years later at "The Last Jedi" screening, I was told to bring a copy of my email to ensure access to the event. At the end of the day, I didn't need it, but a lot of people did.

    In addition, there's also always mandatory collection of all electronics. That's not typical for usual screenings. 

    This shouldn't be a big concern for HBO because the network stopped giving out screeners seasons ago after they continuously leaked online. "Game of Thrones" is known for being the most-pirated TV show.

    4. Disney delayed a movie tie-in book for "The Force Awakens," which would have contained spoilers.

    If there is any hope to receive George R.R. Martin's next installment in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series before season eight is completed, that's probably not happening. 

    Still all of that doesn't prevent the cast from being a little worried about accidentally letting something slip. 

    "There are moments where you don’t trust yourself to have this in your brain," Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry on the show, told EW. "You’re in possession of something millions of people want to know. It’s such a bizarre feeling. And between now and when it comes out, I’m gonna be drunk at some point."

    Season eight of "Game of Thrones" will air on HBO in 2019. No release date has been announced. You can follow along with all of our show coverage here

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    • Vault, a career search engine, invited more than 400 organizations and their interns to participate in an internship survey.
    • More than 13,000 current and past interns responded to Vault's 2019 survey on best internships for compensation and benefits.
    • Several internship programs overlapped categories. The Elliot Davis ENVISION summer internship experience is ranked No. 1 for compensation and benefits as well as the best accounting internship. 

    Salary, perks, and office culture are often amongst the top considerations for job seekers — and it's no different for students and grads applying to internships.

    Vault, a career search engine, invited more than 400 organizations to participate in its 2019 internship survey. More than 13,000 interns responded to Vault's 2019 Best Internships for Compensation & Benefits survey, which ranked pay structure, subsidized expenses, office space, and perks.

    Read more:  The best-paid and most promising internship in every field, according to more than 13,000 interns who know

    On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the highest, interns ranked their overall internship experiences in six categories: compensation and benefits, quality of life, interview process, career development, full-time employment prospects, and diversity.  The ratings were then averaged to determine an overall score for each internship program. 

    The following list reflects the internship programs with the highest compensation and benefits ratings. Several internships also ranked near the top in other lists, so we included those details for context, too.

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    25. Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C. winter or summer internship

    Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C.'s winter or summer internship is also ranked on best accounting internships (No. 3), best internships for quality of life (No. 5), and best internships for diversity (No. 9).

    Source: Vault



    24. BDO USA, LLP internship

    The BDO USA, LLP internship also appears on the lists for best internships for employment prospects (No. 3), best accounting internships (No. 4), and best internships for diversity (No. 10).

    Source: Vault



    23. CapTech Elevate internship

    The CapTech elevate internship is also ranked amongst best consulting internships (No. 4), best internships for employment prospects (No. 10), and best internships for quality of life (No. 10).

    Source: Vault



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    The holidays are a great time of year, but they can also be super hectic — especially for whoever is hosting dinner.

    Cooking mistakes happen, but the following 16 common blunders can be easily avoided with a little prep and advance knowledge.

    You're not serving snacks.

    While you might feel like not serving snacks so that people will dig into the feast you've been putting your blood, sweat, and tears into, you also don't want a horde of hangry people in your kitchen.



    You waited until the end to make the vegetables.

    Vegetables may seem like the easiest dish to save until last, but it's better to cook them first.

    Celebrity chef John Quilter recommends that instead of trying to cook everything to be ready at the same time, to cook the vegetables early on, but only until they're al dente. Then, all you have to do is reheat them right before serving the entire meal and they should be good to go.



    You cooked the turkey whole.

    Separating the turkey into parts before cooking it takes less time and saves room in the oven. According to New York Times Cooking, removing the backbone, separating the turkey legs, and taking out the giblets and neck will have the bird cook in only two hours — that's about half the time a turkey usually takes to cook.



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    The Kardashian-Jenner family members are known for extravagance — which means they tend to go overboard when given a theme, whether it be color-coordinated Lamborghinis or baby showers saturated with cherry blossoms.

    Halloween is one of the few occasions that truly rewards this commitment, and the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" clan never disappoints on this spooky holiday.

    Here's the complete roundup of the family's showstopping costumes this year.

    Kendall Jenner nailed her "Austin Powers" costume.

    Kendall Jenner looked exactly like a Fembot, the satirically feminine killing machines from the first Austin Powers" film.

    Kendall's friend, musician Fai Khadra, coordinated as the film's titular character.

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    Kylie Jenner became a Barbie doll.

    All Kylie Jenner needed for this look was a pink bodysuit, pink heels, and some creative packaging.

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    Kylie even had an outfit change for this one costume.

    The Kylie Cosmetics creator cited her outfit inspiration: the 25th anniversary Barbie doll.

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    According to a press release, Kylie's stylist, Jill Jacobs, worked with designer Bryan Hearns to create this custom mini dress and earrings.



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    • Under the Obamas' Netflix deal, they have acquired the rights to Michael Lewis' new book, “The Fifth Risk.”
    • The book includes an unflattering look at the Trump administration, and its publisher's description references a government "under attack by its own leaders."
    • Conservatives have long been angry at Netflix, but it is unlikely to hurt the company's bottom line.


    The Obamas have acquired the rights to Michael Lewis' new book, “The Fifth Risk,” as part of their production deal with Netflix to make original TV shows and movies. Lewis confirmed the deal on a Katie Couric podcast, The New York Times reported.

    "The Fifth Risk" is critical of Trump and his administration at its very core. Its publisher's description starts with the question, "What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?," and describes the US government as "under attack by its own leaders."

    This choice of a first (publicly confirmed) project will no doubt stoke the ire of conservatives, many of whom have been furious at Netflix for both the Obama deal and the presence of Susan Rice on its board of directors.

    A spokeswoman for the Obamas' company told The New York Times that the project would not be used to take shots at Trump. It would instead be a “humorous series demystifying the little-known ways in which federal agencies improve our lives and serve our nation, from the food we eat to the planes we travel on.”

    Regardless of how political it turns out, it is unlikely that it will hurt Netflix's bottom line.

    Despite online threats to boycott Netflix for a perceived anti-conservative bias, in an August survey conducted by AlphaHQ for Business Insider, of those surveyed who had once subscribed to Netflix, but then canceled, only 5% said it was for political reasons.

    Netflix declined to comment and an Obama spokeswoman told Business Insider that "we are exploring projects but nothing has been green-lit at this stage."

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