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- CBS News President David Rhodes will vacate his role after a difficult year for the top network.
- He will be replaced in March by Susan Zirinsky, CBS said in a statement released late on Sunday night.
- Rhodes confirmed via a tweet later on Sunday that he will be exiting CBS.
- The network and its news division have been shedding viewers since 2017 when the first allegations of sexual misconduct against leading CBS personalities first surfaced.
- Regulations have helped the US, Europe, and China become the three largest potential markets in the world for commercial drone use.
- In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) governs all commercial and consumer drone use. Meanwhile, a slew of states have their own regulations that companies deploying drones have to navigate through.
- In Europe, the lack of EU-wide drone regulations creates a patchwork of national regulations that resembles the state-level rules in the US.
- In China, the military controls over half of the airspace, confining drones to a small area of the country relative to the US and other nations.
- While on paper several of the regulations in Europe are the same as in the US, many European countries have been far more lenient in granting exemptions to their requirements.
- Commercial drone laws in most of these countries are set to change to allow for more widespread use in the next couple years, helping operators fly their aircraft in new locations and for new use cases.
- Offers an in-depth overview of the current regulatory landscapes at the national, transnational, and local levels, and discusses how they're shaping the development of the drone industry in several large markets.
- Gives examples of how companies are working with and around these regulations to deploy drones in a manner that government officials find permissible.
- Provides a look at what regulations will change in the coming years, and explains how that will impact companies operating drones.
- 01/06/19--23:53: 10 things in tech you need to know today
- Marriott revealed that 5 million customers were affected by the data breach revealed in November. The breach is not as big as originally feared, with hackers stealing 5.25 million Marriott customers' passport numbers.
- Samsung smart TVs will be able to directly play people's iTunes TV and film library. This is the first time Apple is letting third-party devices natively host its app, the Verge reports.
- CES is getting ready to kick off this week, and AI is expected to be a major theme. Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant will likely dominate this year's show, as both virtual assistants are now enabled in more than 10,000 devices.
- A Canadian court ruled that Uber's arbitration policy takes advantage of drivers. This ruling marks the latest in a string of court cases around the world brought by drivers unhappy with their status as independent contractors instead of employees.
- A mass cyberattack targeted German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The attack emerged on Twitter in the form of an advent calendar, and published the personal data of political public figures.
- Amazon finally revealed how many Alexa devices have been sold. The 100 million figure includes devices that Amazon makes as well as third-party gadgets with Alexa built-in.
- A group of Mark Zuckerberg-funded researchers is testing implantable brain devices as part of a $5 billion quest to end disease. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife, Priscilla Chan, have sold 29 million Facebook shares to raise $5 billion for an ambitious biomedical-research program called the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI).
- Netflix's "Roma" won the Golden Globes for best foreign language film and best director. Uncharacteristically, Netflix gave "Roma" a theatrical release.
- Morgan Stanley forecast a rough 2019 for the companies that make the chips in the world's smartphones and servers. Morgan Stanley warned in a note published last week that semiconductor companies could suffer a "sharp contraction" in revenue.
- The founder of a venture capital firm was served with a harassment lawsuit via Twitter. Binary Capital cofounder Jonathan Teo allegedly evaded a summons related to scandals surrounding the company, and the plaintiff's lawyer was granted permission to serve Teo with a lawsuit on Twitter.
- Roger Federer left the Hopman Cup in Perth and traveled to Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open in style, landing in a private jet on Sunday.
- Federer is in top form as he helped Switzerland win the Hopman Cup this week.
- It is the "perfect preperation" for the first major of the 2019 tennis season, according to CNN, but Federer believes his rival Novak Djokovic should be regarded as the tournament favorite.
- Federer said Djokovic is "hard to beat" and has enjoyed a remarkable last six months.
- Lionel Messi continues to dazzle in La Liga.
- The FC Barcelona forward scored and produced an other-worldly pass during a 2-1 victory over Getafe on Sunday.
- It was Barça's first game in 15 days but the Spanish giant showed no signs of a new year's hangover as it played so well it remains the team to beat in Europe.
- Messi was not the only soccer master as an incredible 20-yard volley from Luis Suárez helped seal a stunning win.
- Barcelona is next in action on Thursday.
- Read all of Business Insider's coverage for the 2018-2019 European soccer season right here.
- Apple and Samsung put aside their protracted rivalry and signed a deal that will let people access iTunes on their smart Samsung TVs.
- Samsung will add an app to its televisions that lets users browse and play their existing iTunes movies and television shows, as well as purchase or rent new content.
- Apple is increasingly leaning on its services business for revenue amid slowing smartphone sales.
- 01/07/19--01:18: More than 200 MPs join forces to block May from a no-deal Brexit
- MPs begin the parliamentary mission to block a no-deal Brexit.
- Over 200 MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May urging her to rule out a no-deal scenario while others plot amendments which would effectively shut down the government if it tried to leave the EU without a deal.
- The prime minister insists that no-deal will happen if MPs do not vote for her deal this month.
- However, her attempts to win round critical MPs has so far not worked, meaning her deal will almost certainly be voted down.
- The EU is set to make new assurances on the controversial backstop.
- Chinese markets edged higher ahead of continued trade war talks Monday.
- “I think good things are going to happen” on a trade deal, US President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday.
- The People's Bank of China (PBOC) slashed its reserve requirement ratio (RRR) Friday by 1% as it seeks to remedy ongoing concerns about the Chinese economy.
- In Asia, the Shanghai Composite closed up 0.7% while the Nikkei bounced back from Friday's losses to finish 2.4% higher. South Korea's KOSPI closed 1.3% up.
- European markets opened flat amid weak German manufacturing data showed contracts for goods "Made in Germany" fell by 1% in November. Italy's FTSE MIB is up 0.4% as of 8.50 a.m in London (3.50 a.m EST).
- US Futures are headed slightly up with the Dow Jones Industrial Average leading the way, 0.2% higher.
- Brent Crude oil prices rose 2.1% on US-China trade war hopes, while gold is also up 0.5%.
- SoftBank has backed off its plans to invest an additional $16 billion into the privately-held workspace startup WeWork, according to the Financial Times.
- Instead, the Japanese tech company will invest just $2 billion, according to the report. The deal has not yet been finalized.
- SoftBank's initial plan, reported in October, would have given it a majority stake in WeWork. But the size of the deal reportedly upset some of its biggest financial backers in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
- 01/07/19--11:45: 17 actors who found huge success as recording artists
- Bradley Cooper's musical chops are the talk of the town after his performance as grizzled rock star Jackson Maine in "A Star Is Born."
- He's not the first actor to achieve mainstream musical success.
- From Jeremy Renner's EDM collaboration to Jason Segel's Oscar-winning song, here are 17 actors that have added successful musician to their resume.
- The smartwatch that makes the most sense for Samsung owners to buy is the new Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch ($279.99-$299.99).
- Syncing easily to apps like messages, calendars, alarms, Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, and more, it's a powerful and versatile smart companion to your phone.
- It works hard while maintaining a decent battery life and passing as a stylish analog watch — a couple distinctions the Apple Watch can't claim.
- On Friday, MoviePass posted a job listing for a human resources position.
- The company has not had a dedicated HR department since its two-person staff was fired in November.
- Business Insider reported in December that some MoviePass employees had made allegations of inappropriate behavior.
- The US Air Force uses a process called aerial refueling to transfer fuel midair from one aircraft — the tanker — to another aircraft — the receiver.
- It is an inherently dangerous maneuver to get two airplanes that close to one another and some of the refueling logistics depend on the type of aircraft.
- Watch the video above to see how it's done.
- There is strong evidence that mobile visual search technology will take off in the near future, including growing access to technology, strong usage rates of camera-related apps, and early indication of potential revenue growth.
- In some instances, visual search is faster and more accurate than text or voice, as it cuts through consumer-introduced ambiguities.
- The mobile visual search ecosystem is growing, with a slew of enabling platforms, native apps, and internet companies all broadening their expertise in the field.
- Leading internet search companies, including Google and Baidu, are in a race to capture the mobile visual search market as it begins to eat into traditional forms of search.
- The smartphone is the perfect launchpad for visual search technology, but new form factors, like smartglasses, hold great potential.
- Provides an argument for the potential uptake of mobile visual search technology by tech companies, brands, and consumers.
- Outlines the current mobile visual search landscape.
- Explains how startups and tech companies with mobile visual search products are evolving their business strategies.
- Provides an outlook for the future of the mobile visual search industry.
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- Many patients attend therapy for longer than they need, said psychotherapist and author Jonathan Alpert.
- When therapists let their patients vent about their problems for a long time, it can leave the patient feeling better, but it won't lead to meaningful changes in behavior, he said.
- Instead, he said, therapists should use their time to push their patients to reach their goals.
- Netflix's "Roma,""Bodyguard," and "The Kominsky Method" took home prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
- "Bodyguard" shows that Netflix's strategy of acquiring streaming rights to British shows is paying off.
- "Roma" further positioned itself as an awards contender with two wins.
- Best Foreign Language Film — "Roma"Watch it here
- Best Director — Alfonso Cuarón, "Roma"
- Best Comedy Series — "The Kominsky Method"Watch it here
- Best Actor in a Comedy Series — Michael Douglas, "The Kominsky Method"
- Best Actor in a Drama Series — Richard Madden, "Bodyguard"Watch it here
- 01/07/19--12:09: 18 things flight attendants wish you would stop doing
- There are certain things passengers do during flights that can be annoying to some flight attendants and even fellow passengers.
- Ignoring the safety announcements, not flushing the toilet, walking around barefoot, and ordering multiple drinks at once can be frustrating for some flight attendants.
- Many flight attendants don't like when passengers use the call button for non-emergencies, like if you want to throw away your candy wrapper.
- President Donald Trump has mulled firing his pick for Chairman of the Federal Reserve, according to reports.
- He could technically do so, according to experts, but the process would be complicated.
- If he fired Powell, there could be damage to financial markets and institutions in the long-run, the experts said.
- The Bears lost in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday, with kicker Cody Parkey's last-second kick bouncing off two posts before missing, eliminating Chicago from the playoffs.
- After the game, Parkey faced the media with honesty and grace, saying that he felt terrible about the miss, but had to own it.
- Parkey's response and candor with the media were met with compliments and messages of encouragement from other athletes across sports, including Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.
- GE has released a "kitchen hub" smart screen that can walk you through cooking recipes, make video calls, and share culinary shots to social media.
- The 27-inch screen is designed to integrate into your kitchen setup, since the microwave-looking device replaces your exhaust vent directly above your stove.
- A prototype of the screen debuted at 2018's Consumer Electronics Show, but GE says the actual product will be on display at this year's show.
CBS News President David Rhodes is stepping aside following a difficult year for the news giant, the network revealed in a statement Sunday night.
Rhodes did not long survive the turmoil that has engulfed CBS and its news division following the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations stemming from as early as 2017 against major figures at the network.
Rhodes, 46, will be succeeded in March by Susan Zirinsky, a senior executive producer who has worked out of Beijing in 1989 and has run the news show "48 Hours" for more than 20 years, the network said.
Rhodes confirmed via Twitter after the story broke Sunday night that he is stepping down in the wake of a year to forget for the network and its news division.
"It's been eight incredible years since I joined @CBS," Rhodes tweeted Sunday. "I'm pleased to announce that I'll soon be handing the reins @CBSNews to Susan Zirinsky, our Senior Executive Producer."
CBS News ratings fell down a hole last year, following the 2017 disgrace left behind by former anchor Charlie Rose.
In December CBS News settled a lawsuit with three women who accused Rose of "blatant and repeated sexual harassment" and "subsequent unlawful retaliation."
The network's flagship news show, "60 Minutes" then lost its longtime executive producer, Jeff Fager who resigned after sending a threatening email to a reporter amid allegations he fostered an atmosphere at "60 Minutes" that tolerated sexual misconduct.
But that wasn't the worst of it for CBS.
Disgraced CEO Leslie Moonves has already been stripped of his massive golden parachute and CBS staff are currently awaiting the results of a report into the company which is set to entirely revamp the network and its workplace.
Moonves left the company in September after reports detailing sexual harassment and assault allegations from six women against the media executive, an investigation found that Moonves violated company policies and refused to cooperate with the investigation.
According to Forbes Moonves was one of the highest-paid CEOs in the US, worth an estimated $700 million.
Zirinsky will take over in March, the network said.
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Drone technologies continue to improve at a rapid pace and are slowly pushing the unmanned aircraft toward the mainstream. Companies in a variety of industries are now looking to use drones to cut costs, boost efficiencies, and create new revenue streams and business values, such as last-mile retail deliveries.
But regulatory roadblocks are still holding back widespread commercial drone use in most large, developed markets. Many countries still have laws on the books that regulate drones as other aircraft, such as planes or helicopters, and prevent unmanned aircraft from flying beyond a few miles from the operator. That makes laws and regulations arguably the chief determining factor in the development of the commercial drone industry worldwide.
This new report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, will give a high-level overview of commercial drone regulations around the world. We detail the major changes in global drone regulations over the past year, and show how regulators are working to stay ahead of the nascent, yet valuable devices. In addition, we show how regulatory changes will impact the industry and allow for new enterprise use cases in the next few years.
Here are some of the key takeaways:
In full, the report:
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Roger Federer is hoping to win a seventh Australian Open this month and has arrived at the tournament in style, landing in a private jet in Melbourne on Sunday.
Federer's 2019 tennis season has gotten off to the strongest possible start as he helped Switzerland retain the Hopman Cup this week.
Federer teamed up with Belinda Bencic and slayed a British team consisting of Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie, the American team Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe, and, on the final day of the Perth tournament, a German team of Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev.
Federer's performance-level was "the perfect preparation for the Australian Open,"according to CNN, and the 20-time Grand Slam champion himself described "the whole match and the whole week" as one giant "thrill."
Federer will contest the Australian Open next and the competition is little more than a week away.
It is a tournament Federer has dominated in recent years having won back-to-back majors at Melbourne Park in 2017 and 2018, and though he could make it three in a row in the coming month, he is wary of the threat posed by the current ATP world number one ranked male tennis player Novak Djokovic.
"No doubt about it, Novak is the favourite," he said, according to Sky Sports News. "The guy had a super, super strong last five or six months of the year. With his class, once he gets his groove back, he is hard to beat."
As for his own chances of success, Federer said: "I'm one of the top 10 favorites and so are many others. I don't know the draw yet, I don't know who my first round opponent is, I don't know if I play on Monday or day or night."
"In terms of who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I am part of that bunch."
Regardless, Federer left Perth and arrived in Melbourne in style as he travelled in a private jet, according to the Daily Mail.
Federer, with his family on board, landed on Sunday. He was dressed in his trademark Uniqlo gear, and was photographed alongside his wife Mirka, and their children Myla Rose, Charlene Riva, Leo, and Lennart.
The 2019 Australian Open begins on Monday, January 14 and ends on Sunday, January 27.
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FC Barcelona began the new year with a bang after extraordinary play from Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez helped the team retain its dominance over the Spanish soccer league.
Barça defeated Getafe by a 2-1 score in its first match of 2019 on Sunday, following a 15-day winter break from La Liga duty.
The team allayed any fears of a new year hangover from the off, as a party-popping pass from Lionel Messi and an other-worldly rocket from Luis Suárez ensured Barcelona remained the team to beat in Europe.
It all began in the 20th minute, when an unrelenting Messi charged through the penalty box to score Barcelona's first goal at a close range from an acute angle.
Three minutes later, the 31-year-old was the talk of social media when he unleashed a pass that few players could ever pull off.
Under pressure from an incoming slide tackle, Messi managed to bamboozle the Getafe defence by dragging a pass away from their runs and into the box, which caught the attention of his attacking team-mate Suárez.
In the end, the angle was too tight for the Uruguayan hitman to double Barcelona's lead, but the pass was praised for it's alien-like qualities on Twitter.
The social media account of the wildly-popular Mundial magazine said: "F------ HELL, Lionel you talented little alien boy."
Eleven Sports, the rights-holder in the United Kingdom, tweeted a clip of the pass, alongside an alien emoji.
Watch it here:
| 🧐 |— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) January 6, 2019
This Lionel Messi pass is, err...
Ridiculous. 🤯👽 pic.twitter.com/0kO2v1gqJp
Lionel Messi, just stop it! 😍— FOX Sports Football (@FOXFOOTBALL) January 7, 2019
Name a better pass, we’ll wait... pic.twitter.com/sG50Xl0Vd6
It took Suárez just six extra minutes to find his scoring boots, and boy was it worth the wait as his 39th minute strike was an absolute rocket.
The striker, awaiting the ball like a predator just outside the penalty box, took half a step back when he realized a clearance was coming his way.
And that instinct was all it took to tee up an incredible 20-yard volley that will be replayed for weeks.
Watch it below:
Jaime Mata pulled one goal back for Getafe two minutes before the break, but Barcelona was able to see out its 2-1 victory in a win that sees the team go five points clear at the top of the La Liga table, at the near mid-point of the Spanish season.
Barcelona contests the first leg of its Round of 16 clash against Levante in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, January 10, three days before its next La Liga game on Sunday against Eibar.
Messi, meanwhile, remains the most stastistically-impressive soccer player on the planet, according to Whoscored.com data.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said Sunday that it will add an app to its smart televisions in the coming months to let owners watch content bought on Apple Inc's iTunes service, a possible first sign Apple is looking to distribute its forthcoming television service on devices made by others.
The deal is part of an ongoing strategy shift for Apple, which is facing weak hardware sales in China and a saturated global smartphone market where users are hanging on to their old iPhones longer than ever, hammering its biggest business.
As a result, Apple is increasingly leaning on its services segment, which includes businesses such as iCloud storage in addition to its music, television and movie content businesses.
It has announced several high-profile deals for original television content, including a forthcoming show with Oprah Winfrey, but has not yet said how it plans to distribute that content or when its service will launch.
The Samsung deal could be a step toward Apple distributing content to devices made by others. Apple makes a device called Apple TV that connects to a full television set, but has never produced a full set itself.
Under the deal unveiled on Sunday, Samsung will add an app to its televisions that lets users browse and play their existing iTunes movies and television shows as well as purchase or rent new content. Samsung also said it would add Apple's AirPlay 2 software that will allow iPhone owners to stream content from their device to Samsung televisions.
Many existing deals between content companies and smart television makers involve the content companies paying television makers for the right to appear on their devices. Apple and Samsung both declined to comment on whether Apple is paying any fees or a percentage of sales made on the televisions under the new deal.
The impact of iTunes landing on Samsung movies will be muted for now. Since late 2017, consumers who purchased movies through iTunes have been able to watch them on any device, including Samsung televisions, that supported the Movies Anywhere consortium.
Films from Warner Bros, Walt Disney, Universal, Sony and Fox purchased through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu could be viewed on the respective apps and devices and TVs that support the apps.
The Samsung deal is the second time in recent months in which Apple has made a pact with another technology company to land its services on their devices. In November, it said its Apple Music streaming service would be made available on Amazon's Echo smart speakers, despite Apple selling its own line of HomePod speakers that compete directly with Echo speakers.
Apple and Samsung are better known as fierce rivals, battling it out for smartphone sales across the world. Samsung is currently the world's biggest phone manufacturer, while Apple has traditionally been in first or second place, but was last year leapfrogged by China's Huawei.
Apple and Samsung have also fought a seven-running legal battle, as part of which Apple accused Samsung of ripping off its ideas and violating its patents. The companies settled last year, in a move that could have helped pave the way for this week's iTunes deal.
LONDON — 209 MPs, including nine ex-Cabinet ministers, have signed a letter to Theresa May warning her that they will never accept a no-deal Brexit, as the prime minister struggles to win support for her Brexit deal.
The letter — coordinated by Labour MP Jack Bromey and former Conservative minister Caroline Spelman — has cross-party backing, and urges the prime minister to "to agree a mechanism that would ensure a 'no-deal’ Brexit' could not take place" in a move "that Parliament would support."
MPs are mobilising to stop the UK leaving the EU without an agreement amid an increasing number of warnings about the chaos it would unleash on multiple aspects of day-to-day life, including access to food and medicine.
The move is just one of a series of attempts by MPs to prevent a no-deal Brexit with another cross-party group threatening to effectively shut down the UK government if it pursues a no-deal Brexit.
A group of MPs including senior figures like Lib Dem leader Vince Cable, former Conservative minister Nicky Morgan and Labour's Yvette Cooper have tabled amendments to the Finance Bill, which would ban the Treasury from carrying out its no-deal preparation and basic tasks like changing tax levels.
If passed, the amendments would paralyse the government, and plunge it into a state of shutdown comparable to what is currently happening to Donald Trump's administration.
However, May's hope that critical MPs would come round to supporting her deal over Christmas has not materialised, with Conservative MPs who were against her deal before the New Year still set to vote it down.
Mark Francois, vice-chair of the European Research Group of pro-Brexit Tory MPs, told the Guardian: "No Conservative backbencher that I am aware of who was declared as against the deal has publicly recanted."
The Democratic Unionist Party that props up May's government also still intends to vote against the deal in a couple of weeks time. The vote is set to take place on Tuesday, January 15.
May is set to unveil a fresh set of assurances over the controversial backstop this week, according to multiple reports, including a pledge from the EU to make December 2021 the deadline for negotiating a new future trade deal.
Conservative MPs loathe the backstop for Northern Ireland it will leave the UK wedded to the EU's customs union for an unspecified length of time with no unilateral exit mechanism. Northern Ireland will also remain in parts of the single market, creating new border checks with the Great Britain which the DUP regards as unacceptable.
However, May's new assurances are not expected to provide the legal guarantees on the backstop that opposing MPs have demanded, meaning her deal is almost certain to be defeated when it is put to the House of Commons.
The prime minister, who is in Manchester today unveiling her long-term plans for the NHS, warned on Sunday that the country would be "in uncharted territory" if MPs vote down her deal later this month.
Chinese markets rallied on Monday on hopes that the resumption of trade war talks with the US would help end a brutal period for equities. Trade officials will begin two days of talks with their counterparts on Monday in Beijing.
“I think good things are going to happen” on a trade deal, US President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday, according to the New York Times.
Speaking after the Labor Department published nonfarm payroll figures Friday — which beat expectations to add 312,000 jobs to the US economy - Trump raised the stakes on China once again: "China’s not doing very well now. It puts us in a very strong position. We are doing very well," he told reporters at the White House following the report's release.
Also lifting sentiment: eased monetary policy from China's central bank. The PBOC made substantial efforts to ease lending conditions Friday with a 1% cut in bank's reserve requirements ratios (the first of four possible cuts in 2019).
"The start of trade talks between the US and China is helping to lift sentiment, as is a move by the PBoC to ease monetary policy," said Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group. "Easing trade tensions in addition to Beijing proving that it is ready to step in where necessary is tonic to the markets amid fears of a global economic slowdown."
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It's a sign that the trade war could be swinging in the US's favor with the strain of $250 billion in tariffs knocking the Chinese economy. Though current trade talks are expected to be mid-level, there is optimism that further compromise can be reached ahead of the reintroduction of tariffs on March 2.
US markets have also been buoyed by the Federal Reserve's comments about patience and flexibility on interest rates on Friday.
SoftBank has backed away from its plan to invest $16 billion into the shared workspace company WeWork, according to the Financial Times.
Instead, SoftBank will inject just $2 billion, according to the Times, which said that WeWork and SoftBank are late in the negotiation process. The deal is expected to be announced early next week, though it has not been finalized, according to the report which cites anonymous sources.
SoftBank has already invested $8 billion into the startup.
SoftBank's plan to invest $16 billion into WeWork was first reported by the Wall Street Journal back in October.
That investment would have given the Japanese tech company a majority stake in WeWork. But SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son reportedly faced criticism from its biggest backers in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi over the size of the deal.
Under the new terms, the deal will not include money from SoftBank's Vision Fund, the investment arm of the company which backed the majority of its existing $8 billion investment.
A WeWork spokesperson declined to comment on the report. SoftBank did not immediately return requests for comment.
When the song "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born" was first dropped in September 2018, everyone was pleasantly surprised by Bradley Cooper's singing. But when the entire movie was released the next month, audiences were blown away — Cooper truly holds his own against the classically trained mega-pop star Lady Gaga. It shows that he spent months learning the craft.
Cooper's multiple nominations for "A Star Is Born," while very deserved, aren't a total anomaly. There are plenty of actors who have ventured into the music industry. While not all of them are total hits, a fair few could probably make the switch completely and have a healthy singing career.
Keep scrolling to see which actors have some serious pipes.
Nobody knew Bradley Cooper could sing, but he's currently nominated for two Grammys, including Record of the Year, for his work in "A Star Is Born."
A star was born, and it wasn't just Lady Gaga's acting career — it was Cooper's singing career! The multi-hyphenate added another skill to his resume when he trained for months to believably become the damaged rock star Jackson Maine in "A Star Is Born."
The movie's showstopping duet, "Shallow," is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammy Awards, and won Best Original Song at the Golden Globes. It's also been certified platinum, along with the entire album.
The movie's soundtrack debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making it Lady Gaga's fifth number one album, and Cooper's first.
Jennifer Lawrence had a top 20 hit with "Hanging Tree" from "The Hunger Games."
Though Lawrence claims to hate singing, she clearly has a knack for it. The eerie ballad "The Hanging Tree" played an important part in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," and audiences loved it.
The song was released as a single, and reached 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 10 on the Top 40 — and was eventually certified platinum. Critics also praised the song, as well as Lawrence's performance. The Washington Post wrote that she"sounds good on the track with her raspy voice matching the dark narrative and Appalachian style of the music."
Idris Elba has a thriving DJ career, and is even performing at Coachella in 2019.
Elba, also known by his DJ name DJ Big Driis, has always been involved in the music scene, though in a low-key manner. He started experimenting with music back in the '80s before focusing on acting in the '90s and beyond.
He was featured on the 2016 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album "This Unruly Mess I've Made,"rapping on the song "Dance Off," which he also co-wrote.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, he's performed at Glastonbury, had a set at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception, and has released multiple EPs since 2006, when his first one came out.
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Despite the constant pressure from my friends to convert to Apple, I like my Samsung phone. Occasionally, however, I've experienced some iPhone envy, at least with respect to its tight and seamless integration with the Apple Watch.
[Adjust tenses here] After the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch was released in the second half of 2018, it's Apple owners that are now eyeing us with a new tinge of jealousy. A great all-around smartwatch, it boasts numerous features to keep you up-to-date on the notifications you care about, track your health, and much more — plus it has a battery life of longer than a day and a sleek, stylish look that doesn't scream "smartwatch."
I've tried wearables like Fitbit fitness trackers as well as budget smartwatches under $100, but the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch is by far the best I've tried yet, and I get why people would pay around $300 for a good wearable.
Though the smartwatch is technically compatible with both Android and iOS phones, you'll have the best user experience if you pair it with an Android phone, and more specifically, a Samsung phone (I have the Galaxy S9). After I connected the watch to my phone via the Galaxy Wearable app, features like my messages, calendar, and Samsung Health app synced easily, but reviewers with iPhones or other Android phones reported some difficulties or glitches with syncing these basic features.
Since it's not always convenient or appropriate to pull out my phone, I enjoyed the ability to access my digital life from my wrist, from replying to (or deciding to ignore) texts and calls, to skipping a song on Spotify, to reminding myself of the events I have going on that day. The Samsung Health integration was also helpful in nudging me — almost annoyingly so — to tear myself away from the computer screen and take a lap around the office floor, and to be more consistent about working out. Other cool uses of the Samsung Health app include stress tracking, sleep tracking, and guided meditation exercises.
Making the smartwatch an even more powerful device are Samsung Pay and SmartThings compatibility. With Samsung Pay, you can travel light and simply use your watch to pay for purchases. Meanwhile, you can control smart home devices like security cameras and kitchen appliances from anywhere using the SmartThings app.
A big draw of this smartwatch is customizability, so I can't tell you the exact combination of apps to use or what watch face to choose (and there are a lot of beautiful and sleek ones to choose from!), but I can say you'll never feel like there aren't enough options or that it's missing an important feature. While heavy use will affect the battery life, the battery is still surprisingly long-lasting. From what I hear from Apple Watch owners, they have to charge their watch every day, but I only have to charge my Samsung watch every few days.
The rotating bezel bordering the screen also sets this smartwatch apart from the competition, letting you navigate through apps and screens without touching the screen. Concerning the clear and smooth display screen itself, you needn't worry about scratches because it's made from damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. The entire watch is water-resistant, and its overall military-grade durability makes it a practical accessory to wear for everyday life.
What makes a practical accessory even better is when it doesn't sacrifice aesthetic. You can shop three different styles, like the pretty Rose Gold one above, none of which give away their advanced capabilities within. They also come with silicone bands that can be switched out to other styles and materials.
It might've taken some time for Samsung to come out with a worthy Apple Watch competitor, but it looks like the effort paid off because you won't find another Samsung-geared smartwatch of this performance and style.
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After trying to operate a productive workplace without a dedicated human resources department since November, MoviePass is looking for some help.
On Friday, the movie-ticket subscription startup posted a job listing for a "HR Generalist" which would, according to the job description, "partner with Management team to champion our culture and values."
"Your focus will be on partnering with the members of our team, creating exciting career paths, and fostering a community of high performance, innovation, and teamwork," the listing, which was posted on LinkedIn, continued.
The job listing went up on the same day Business Insider posted excerpts of a 704-word resignation letter by a former MoviePass product manager, Eric Jeng. Jeng sent the email resignation to the whole company on Wednesday. In that letter, Jeng implored MoviePass to get a "functional and qualified HR department."
"When leadership decided to fire our only qualified HR employees, they sent a very clear message that they care very little about employee safety and security," Jeng wrote. "There currently is no effective outlet for employees to discuss issues about their comfort and safety in the workplace."
MoviePass was not immediately available to comment about the job listing to Business Insider.
In November, MoviePass' two-person HR team was fired, leaving the duties to Jake Petersen, a senior vice president at the company. Since then, there was one instance when payroll was delayed a few hours getting to employees, according to an all-hands email obtained by Business Insider. (MoviePass told Business Insider "there was never any likelihood it would not" pay employees on pay day.) MoviePass also had to deal with employee reaction to Business Insider's reporting in December on employee allegations of inappropriate behavior by marketing consultant Bob Ellis toward some female staffers.
In Jeng's letter, he wrote that he was "disappointed" in the company's response to allegations of inappropriate behavior. Though it's unclear what allegations Jeng was referring to, or whom they were against, four current and former MoviePass employees told Business Insider they believed Jeng was referring to Ellis.
"It is clear to me that our work environment has become simply too dangerous and toxic," Jeng wrote in his resignation letter, also saying that team morale at MoviePass "worsens and worsens, with no end in sight."
In addition to full health, dental, and vision package, the benefits listed by the job posting included a MoviePass card.
Narrator: Fighter jets can perform what seem like impossible maneuvers, high above the clouds. But one of the most amazing moves is how it can refuel in midair.
Aerial refueling is the process of transferring fuel from one aircraft, the tanker, to another aircraft, the receiver. It allows the Air Force to conserve fuel by not forcing fighters to seek out and land on a runway in the middle of a mission. It's not that easy. If you think threading a needle is hard, imagine doing it while piloting a $150 million fighter jet.
Mike Vilven: This is all in the name of safety, obviously, because it's an inherently dangerous activity when you get two airplanes that close to each other.
Narrator: That's Major Mike Vilven. He evaluates pilots who have trained on the KC-135 Stratotanker.
Vilven: Before we even take off, there is anywhere from two to four hours of mission planning and preparation that go into what we're actually going to do.
Emily Kubusek: It is paramount that our pilots are safe, and they are challenges, and they know exactly the procedures that they're doing before they actually execute.
Narrator: And Major Emily Kubusek is a KC-135 instructor training the next generation of pilots. Some of the refueling logistics depend on what kind of aircraft are being flown. The US Air Force uses a flying boom system, where a long, thin tube extends from the tanker into a receptacle on the receiving aircraft.
To begin, the pilots consider what they call altitude block, which are like little roads in the sky, permanently laid out at different altitudes all over the US The pilots agree on a starting point, an end point, and a meetup time.
The tanker generally arrives about 15 minutes before the receiver, who will arrive about 1,000 feet lower than the tanker. But they'll close that distance pretty quickly.
Vilven: And they're flying what we call a racetrack pattern, where they're just flying in a circle, waiting for the receiver to show up. Both the tanker and the receiver will continue down the track. They're a mile behind the tanker, a thousand feet below, and then they usually start to close in. They decrease that altitude separation until they get to the astern position, which is about 50 feet behind the aircraft, at which point the boom operator, they are directing the receiver at that point to close in for the contact.
Kubusek: That's when the boom operator will take over and will tell them come in, go out, go faster, go slower, up or down, until they're in the sweet spot, and then that boom operator can make the contact with that boom.
Narrator: The boom is what will run the fuel from the tanker to the receiver. Jets like the F-22 and F-35 have boom receptacles for receiving the fuel from the boom.
Kubusek: Generally, while the boom operator is in the back doing all of the hard work, the pilots are up front. One person is actively flying or actively monitoring the autopilot, and then the second pilot is usually off-loading the gas when everything aligns correctly.
Narrator: The boom operator has full control over the boom, and can extend and retract it as needed. The operator can disconnect the boom when fueling is complete, but if the receiving plane moves off track, the system triggers an automatic disconnect.
This is very helpful, because inclement weather, turbulence, unexpected turns, and air traffic can all make it difficult to stay connected.
Sometimes the planes will have to separate and rejoin in the middle of the process. Once the refueling is finished, the receiving plane drops 1,000 feet, then coordinates with the tanker for departure from the formation.
The planes can then continue on their respective missions. A slightly easier aerial refueling method is the drogue probe, used on almost all of the Navy and Marine fighter jets. A drogue fire hose with a parachute on the end comes out of the tanker, while the receiver extends a thin probe into the parachute, like a bullseye.
No matter the method, aerial refueling is a complicated and dangerous maneuver that requires a team of highly trained experts to trust and rely on one another to execute it properly.
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The smartphone is getting smarter as tech and internet companies inject increasingly sophisticated computer vision and object recognition functions into their hardware and software. The ability to “understand” what the user is pointing their mobile camera at and “read” the image has opened the door for visual search.
Foreseeing the potential for mobile visual search to create new revenue opportunities, brands are attempting to harness the smartphone camera’s increasing sophistication to engage with consumers and drive sales.
In this report, Business Insider Intelligence analyzes the developing technologies behind mobile visual search and its value to businesses and brands. The report also assesses risks and opportunities inherent in developing a visual search strategy, provides a list of companies that are working in the space, and discusses what they've accomplished so far.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:
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In fact, according to one psychotherapist, some patients actually suffer from too much therapy.
Jonathan Alpert, a psychotherapist and author of "Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days," contends that in many cases, the more therapy sessions someone attends, the less likely they are to be effective.
One of the biggest problems with therapy, Alpert told Business Insider, is that many therapists are content to let their patients vent about their problems for entire sessions. Although that can be "cathartic" for the patient, Alpert said, it doesn't lead to meaningful changes in behavior.
"All too often, consumers of therapy leave feeling good, but they don't recognize the changes aren't lasting," he told Business Insider.
Alpert argued against excessive therapy in a 2012 New York Times column that he said prompted "countless hate emails from therapists around the globe."
In the column, he said many therapists take a passive approach to helping their patients, prodding them to "talk endlessly about how they feel or about childhood memories" instead of offering their opinions, advice, and strategies to help them achieve their goals. The result is therapy that lasts multiple years instead of just a few sessions.
"For many therapy patients, it is satisfying just to have someone listen, and they leave sessions feeling better. But there's a difference between feeling good and changing your life," Alpert wrote for The Times. "Feeling accepted and validated by your therapist doesn't push you to reach your goals. To the contrary, it might even encourage you to stay mired in dysfunction."
Alpert said a proactive approach to therapy can shave down the number of sessions a patient needs to attend drastically. He said he's worked with patients who had previously attended years of therapy only to have them face their fears and calm their anxieties in a matter of weeks.
Although long-term therapy can be necessary to address "severe psychological disorders," Alpert wrote, the average patient typically doesn't need years, or even months, with their doctor.
Most people, he said, seek help for "discrete, treatable issues" like unfulfilling jobs and relationships or a fear of change. And those problems don't need to take dozens of sessions to solve, he said.
"Therapy can — and should — focus on goals and outcomes, and people should be able to graduate from it," he said.
Netflix flexed its awards muscles on Sunday in the face of heavy competition to win five Golden Globes across TV and film categories.
The streaming company, which has long positioned itself as an industry disrupter, entered the night behind its rivals HBO and Amazon in TV nominations. But thanks to surprise wins for its new comedy "The Kominsky Method" and its hit British series, "Bodyguard," Netflix left the Globes ahead.
Netflix has built an impressive catalog of British shows that it has acquired exclusive rights to to stream outside of the UK. The strategy has benefited both Netflix and British TV networks, as the shows are introduced to a wider audience and can reel in subscribers. "The End of the F---ing World" and "The Last Kingdom" are two other British shows that have become hits thanks to Netflix.
It wasn't just a good night on the TV side, though. Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" won two film awards, further cementing it as a formidable awards player ahead of the Oscars.
In an effort to heighten its awards chances, "Roma" was one of several movies that Netflix released exclusively in theaters before making them available to stream. It was an unusual move for the streaming giant, which usually releases content day-and-date (in theaters and on streaming on the same day).
But Netflix had very specific demands for "Roma," and numerous arthouse theaters, including Alamo Drafthouse, passed on showing it because Netflix wanted the movie to play a full four-week run in 70 mm, Business Insider reported in November.
Now that "Roma" has overcome those hurdles to win two Golden Globes, the real test will be the Oscars next month. Netflix's reputation for disrupting the industry still doesn't sit well with some in Hollywood, and it has never been a fierce Oscar contender until now.
It will need to win over 8,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who vote on the Oscars, as opposed to the 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who vote on the Globes.
Below are all of Netflix's Golden Globe wins this year:
Between flight delays and cramped spaces, traveling can be a stressful experience for everyone involved, including flight attendants. When dealing with dozens or even hundreds of passengers each day, they can experience behaviors from passengers that can be considered quite rude or bothersome.
INSIDER spoke to three flight attendants to figure out some of the most frustrating thing passengers do (or don't do) during their flights.
Here are 18 things flight attendants wish you'd stop doing.
Unpacking your overhead bags during a flight
Holding up the boarding process is irritating for both the flight attendants working and your fellow passengers, said Haley Fox, a flight attendant for a domestic US airline.
"The best way to maximize everyone's time and make your fellow passengers not hate you is to keep all of your necessities in the personal space at your seat," she told INSIDER. "If you come onto a plane, then get to your seat and have to unpack your big roller bag in the middle of the aisle just to get to your headphones, you are the worst."
Asking for non-necessities during safety demonstration
Fox said whether you're actually paying attention or not, you should respect that, first and foremost, flight attendants are safety professionals and the demonstration is for your own good.
"Wait until after the critical phases of flight (taxi, take off, and landing) are through to ask for things that are not immediately necessary," said Fox. If your flight attendant is walking down the aisle with a life vest around their neck, she advises against ringing the call light to ask for a blanket.
Ordering multiple drinks at once
"When someone asks for a water, a coffee, and a Diet Coke, it slows down our service," Jennifer L., a flight attendant for a domestic US airline, told INSIDER. "We have to get through the whole cabin. So instead, ask for one drink and we can always come back to give you something else after we've gotten through everyone."
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While past presidents have been critical of the Federal Reserve from time to time, there’s little precedent for the degree of Trump’s attacks on monetary policy. Here’s what you need to know.
Can Trump oust Powell?
“What's going on now is unprecedented in the history of the Fed,” Ken Kuttner, a former staff economist at the central bank, said in an email. “Firing Powell would be crossing a really bright red line — although that hasn't stopped Trump before, so you never know.”
In addition to the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Powell also serves as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee and as a governor himself. Trump could arguably fire Powell as chair of the Board of Governors, according to Peter Conti-Brown, a legal scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of a political history of the Federal Reserve.
Under the Federal Reserve Act, a governor can be removed “for cause.” While this isn’t defined in the statute itself, courts have taken it to mean he would have to be guilty of negligence, malfeasance or dereliction of duty.
On Friday, Powell said he would not resign if Trump asked him to. Because Trump doesn't have authority to fire him as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, according to Conti-Brown, that means the typical trio of positions Powell holds could be broken up.
“Then we might be in a world where we have two chairs — where those roles were separated. I really hope it never comes to that,” he said. “Because that would lead to chaos and confusion in markets and in the economy.”
How would financial markets react?
Probably not in a positive way.
Those in the Oval Office have historically avoided commenting on interest rates out of respect for the Federal Reserve, a signal that investors can count on stable monetary policy. Former President Richard Nixon successfully pressured his appointee Arthur Burns, for instance, but his broadsides occurred behind closed doors. (And that didn’t work out too well.)
“I'm guessing the markets would react very badly to his firing,” said Kuttner. “Markets value stability and such blatant intervention would create a huge amount of uncertainty.”
Even members of Trump’s cabinet, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, have walked back reports about ousting Powell. The White House did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
“Leaders in his own party and in the business community would signal a lack of support, probably pointing to the potential turmoil in the markets and the economy that would follow,” said Gregory Wawro, a political scientist at Columbia University.
But firing Powell would mean lower interest rates, right?
Removing Powell as Fed Chair wouldn't necessarily have any effect on short-term rates. The target range for the benchmark interest rate is decided by the Federal Open Market Committee, made up of 12 officials, not by Powell alone.
“We tend to ‘personalize’ monetary policy in this country, associating it with the chair — but that's a mistake,” Kuttner said. “What seems to be lost on Trump is that the Chair gets only one vote on the FOMC, just like everyone else.”
In any case, lower interest rates aren’t always positive for the economy. There’s bipartisan consensus among economists and lawmakers that tightening monetary policy can be necessary to avoid high levels of inflation.
Would it have long-term consequences?
In the long-run, ousting Powell could undermine confidence in what is perhaps the most powerful central bank in the world.
“[Firing Powell] would likely do far more to undermine the continued recovery of the economy under President Trump than the Fed's raising of interest rates,” said Adam Ozimek, an economist at Moody’s. “Economists and market participants understand that an independent central bank is a requirement, and not an option, for a well-functioning and economically healthy country.”
Even if Powell keeps his job for the rest of his four-year term, damage to the Federal Reserve may already be done. On Twitter alone, Trump has complained to 57 million followers about the central bank nearly a dozen times since taking office.
“Institutional damage and erosion is virtually impossible to measure in the moment,” Conti-Brown said. “If future presidents think it’s completely appropriate to criticize and try to reshape Fed policy day by day, as opposed to through the appointment process, that will be very damaging to institutional credibility.”
The final game of Wild Card weekend ended in heartbreak for the Chicago Bears, who lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 16-15 after kicker Cody Parkey's last-second field goal attempt hit off the upright and the crossbar in the "double doink" heard 'round the football world.
Boos rained down on Parkey as he trotted off the field, with Bears fans clearly blaming him for the fact that Chicago would not be moving forward in the postseason.
But after the game, rather than shy away from the cameras, Parkey addressed the media openly.
"I feel terrible," Parkey said. "I let the team down. That's on me. I have to own it. I have to be a man. Unfortunately, that's the way it went today."
How Parkey handled the moment earned him some fans from around the sporting world, with fellow athletes and members of the media complimenting his candor and grace.
Dwyane Wade tweeted out a message of support.
Most of you have no idea how hard this is to do. Cody Parkey way to face the media like a true professional. I’m a fan! https://t.co/xbJ5kW6pXF— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 7, 2019
And Kobe Bryant encouraged Parkey to "grind harder and double down" heading into next season.
We’ve all been here Cody but if you wanna win back the city you gotta get back in the lab and have a historic season next year to bury this one. I’m happy for my #EaglesNation but as a fellow pro athlete you gotta grind harder and double down #noexcuses#JGSD justgetsh*tdone https://t.co/icd3MQRQFg— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 7, 2019
Good. He needs to use that hurt to fuel him. So he angry. Be hurt all you want. He has to square with that thru his craft https://t.co/JsJvWJOasz— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 7, 2019
Parkey's teammates were there to pick him up, with guard Kyle Long noting that the Bears would have never been in a position to win the game had it not been for his three earlier made field goals.
Kyle Long on what he said to Kicker Cody Parkey “You accounted for half our points man... we could of done better on offense” #Bears— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) January 7, 2019
Eagles kicker Jake Elliott, who ran out to console Parkey on the field moments after the miss, also tweeted out a message of support for his fellow tradesman.
This is a stand up guy that a lot of young players can look up to. This is how you handle adversity like a pro. Cody is a heck of a kicker and will be for a long time. No reason to be taking the heat he is especially when that ball was tipped. #ClassActhttps://t.co/Ae2kr0DYIy— Jake Elliott (@jake_elliott22) January 7, 2019
Members of the media were also complimentary of how Parkey handled himself through the difficult situation.
Endless respect to guys like Cody Parkey, who stand up and face the music after some of the worst moments of their careers. https://t.co/dxvQuKQk8w— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 7, 2019
Good lesson here for everyone.— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) January 7, 2019
After the worst play of his professional career, Bears kicker, Cody Parkey, points up to the sky and still thanks God.
We cant just be thankful and give honor when times are great!
My hesrt goes out to him, but the kid will be just fine! pic.twitter.com/5fVM1iprub
It's as heartbreaking an outcome as you can imagine for a kicker, but Parkey got through the stretch about as well as any athlete could, given the circumstances.
Kicker Cody Parkey said he wants to go home see his wife and dog...knowing they don’t care what happened today #Bears— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) January 7, 2019
Chicagoans will likely feel burnt by Parkey for some time, but if he gets the chance to come back and kick for the Bears again next season, there's little doubt that he'll have more than a few new fans pulling for him.
General Electric may already power many of the electronics and appliances in your home, but the company is hoping its voice-powered smart touchscreen will become the central hub of your kitchen.
GE — which has long been in the smart home market with smart microwaves and other smart appliances — is now selling a "Kitchen Hub" smart screen. The display responds to voice commands, makes video calls, streams TV and movies, and can operate connected smart devices.
The Kitchen Hub draws comparisons to smart speakers with visual displays, like the Google Home Hub and the Amazon Echo Show. However, GE's device has a 27-inch screen, and is installed directly into the hood above your stove where you would would mount an exhaust vent or a microwave. The Kitchen Hub is also expected to have a hefty pricetag: GE says the price will range between $1,200 and $1,400.
The Kitchen Hub first premiered a year ago at CES 2018, but never officially launched. A GE spokesperson told Business Insider that the model at last year's CES was a prototype, and that the product on display at CES 2019 is the actual item. The product will be available beginning in May, according to the company.
Check out some more details about the GE Kitchen Hub:
This is GE's Kitchen Hub, a 27-inch smart touchscreen display powered with Google Assistant to respond to voice commands. The hub is designed to slide right into the space above your stove, where you would find your exhaust vent or a microwave.
The hub comes equipped with a trove of recipes and and instructions that are accessible while you're cooking.
Beyond cooking, the Kitchen Hub can connect with the other smart devices in your home, so it can be used to operate lights, doorbell cameras, baby monitors, and more.
Source: The Verge
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