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Indian cloud software giant Zoho is releasing six new tools to help businesses bring employees back to their offices safely, competing with existing tools from Salesforce and Microsoft. Zoho's tools are unique because of the company's international perspective, a company executive said — not to mention that they're free, unlike the tools from Salesforce and Microsoft. The product includes tools for employee wellness, contactless check-in, safety training, asset management, and more.  Click here to read more BI Prime stories. As some parts of the world start to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, businesses are looking to reopen their offices safely, increasing the need for software tools that can track employee health and train workers on new safety protocols. Salesforce and Microsoft have both released tools to help companies reopen, and now a smaller competitor —Indian software company Zoho — is releasing its own products to help businesses bring employees back to the office safely.  Zoho's tools are unique for a few reasons, said Raju Vegesna, Zoho's chief evangelist. For one, he says that because Zoho is headquartered in India it has a better perspective on what different regions need. Also, unlike Microsoft and Salesforce's products, Zoho's tools are completely free — at least until the end of the year. They also integrate with Zoho's wide breadth of products, from productivity to CRM, Vegesna said.  The tools are a continuation of the steps Zoho has already taken to help its customers through the pandemic. In March, the company released a suite of 11 free productivity tools to help companies transition to remote work. The company also put a call to businesses, schools, and public agencies to let them know that if they needed specific tools, Zoho would try to build them for free. Over the last month, many requests were around office safety.  "We said, why not generalize it and put together a lot of tools that businesses need to get back to work?" Vegesna said. The products include: tools for employee wellness, contactless check in, safety training, surveys and communication, volunteer program management, and asset management to maintain office supplies and maintenance requests.  What makes Zoho's tools unique Vegesna says that Zoho's tools are more robust than those from Microsoft or Salesforce because of how well they integrate with the rest of its products. Zoho makes email and chat tools, CRM software for sales and marketing, and human resources tools. While using the new work tools along with Zoho's other tools can make them more useful, they're still free to companies that don't use any of the its other products — users don't need any other licenses to start using them. That's in contrast to Salesforce, which has its tools priced as add-on to existing products, and Microsoft, which requires users to have an existing Power Platform license in order to use them.  Here's what Zoho's tools might look like in action: FoIf an employee has a meeting with a client, and then returns to the office, the person's calendar logs that information and sends it to the back to work tools and HR system. Then if that employee is exposed to COVID-19, the company will be able to identify who they may have come in contact with. Or, if an employee is scheduled for a business trip, the HR system can trigger an email to the employee asking them to stay home for 14 days after returning and complete safety training before they return to office. In places like the Middle East, Vegesna said business travel is slowly returning with new safety measures.  Zoho also has a low-code development platform called Zoho Creator so customers can customize apps. Since the back to work tools are built on this platform, they are easily customizable. This is similar to Microsoft, which built its tools on its Power Platform.  "If they want an additional module, they can request [it] and we can quickly build it in day or two and then pass it on," Vegesna said, "Or if they want to build it themselves, they can,"  Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected] or Signal at 925-364-4258. (PR pitches by email only, please.) You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
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Apple announced in June that it will start making its own chips for future Mac computers, enabling its laptops and desktops to run iPhone and iPad apps. But that will pose a challenge for Apple's iOS developers, who are used to creating apps centered on touch-based interactions and smaller screen sizes, developers say. Apple isn't the first to tackle the challenge of creating an app ecosystem that works seamlessly across mobile and desktop — Microsoft has made attempts at this as well. Overall, app developers will have to do a lot more than simply recompile their apps for Apple's Mac software, developers say. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple dropped a bombshell announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June: It would begin making its own chips for future Mac computers, moving away from its longtime chip partner Intel. The move was expected, as reports from Bloomberg had previously detailed, but it was still the most significant news to come out one of Apple's biggest events of the year. Apple spent the latter portion of its keynote detailing the benefits that such a shift would yield for both the customers using Apple's products and the developers creating apps for them. Andreas Wendker, Apple's vice president of tools and frameworks engineering, showed how iPhone apps like the Calm meditation app and the game "Monument Valley 2" would run seamlessly on the Mac since both platforms would now run on the same architecture. But there's a big question that will largely be left up to developers to answer: Why would anyone want to use touch-based iPhone apps on a Mac computer to begin with? Apple has always maintained that apps should be designed and tailored for a specific platform rather than simply replicated across devices. That approach was a key driver behind the success of the iPad and Apple Watch, as apps for those platforms are much more than just retooled iPhone apps. That's likely to be the biggest challenge for developers looking to bring their iPhone apps to the Mac once new computers powered by Apple's chips launch, developers say. "I think developers are going to require essentially a whole new kind of a learning experience, figuring out what works on the Macintosh," James Cuda, cofounder and CEO of Savage Interactive, the company behind the popular sketching and drawing app Procreate, said to Business Insider. 'They just don't have that experience' App makers looking to bring their programs to the Mac will likely have to rethink how their apps will work since they'll have to be compatible with mice and keyboards rather than touch screens. "These are people who have had their careers as mobile developers for over a decade now," Eric Puidokas, president of the weight loss app Lose It!, told Business Insider. "And they just don't have that experience." Yaron Inger, the chief technology officer at Lightricks, the firm behind the photo editing app Facetune, cited the app's touch-centric tools for editing portraits as a big driver behind its appeal. For Mac devices that lack a touch screen, Lightricks will have to find other ways to make an app like Facetune stand out. Another question is whether it's worth it for app developers to invest in redesigning their apps for the desktop. Some companies, particularly game developers and publishers, might prefer to prioritize iOS development because of the iPhone's scale and reach, says Thor Fridriksson, CEO of Teatime Games, which makes the mobile trivia game called Trivia Royale. "The developer has to kind of decide whether it makes sense to use the resources to make a better experience on the mobile app and try to access the billions of users that are in the mobile market, or if it's worth its while to try and create an experience on the Mac," Fridriksson said to Business Insider. "And I think it's just going to be different from game to game." Succeeding where Microsoft has struggled Apple has already been laying the groundwork for this type of switch by making tools available for developers to port their existing iPad apps to the Mac through its Catalyst program. The company also began requiring developers to shift all their apps to 64-bit architecture rather than 32-bit as far back as 2017.  Even so, creating programs that are just as useful, enjoyable, and intuitive on the Mac as they are on the iPhone may not be so simple for mobile app makers. Developers have struggled with the tools available as part of Apple's Catalyst program, Bloomberg reported in October, as some app makers told the publication they encountered user interface issues with scrolling, the keyboard, and other features.   Microsoft, with its ill-fated Windows 8 operating system from 2012, had also tried to create software that could work universally across all types of computers, whether they were touch-based or relied on the mouse and keyboard. What it ended up with, however, was a less user-friendly interface that didn't excel as a mobile or desktop operating system. Of course, Microsoft's approach was much different than Apple's. Unlike Windows 8, macOS is still a completely separate operating system designed for laptops and desktops, while Apple's iPhones and iPads are powered by its iOS and iPadOS software. And Apple's history in creating its own chips for other products like the iPhone and offering programs like Catalyst for developers could give it an advantage. "Partly just historical and structural, Apple is better prepared for this than Microsoft and Windows are," Frank Gillett, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, previously said to Business Insider. The advantages of bringing iPhone apps to the Mac Despite the obstacles that might lie ahead, developers are confident that the shift to Apple silicon will ultimately mean more choice and flexibility for both app creators and Apple device owners. It'll be beneficial for developers who are interested in expanding to the desktop but may not have the resources to build a full macOS app. Companies that prefer pointing users to their app rather than their website may also find the ability to port iPhone apps over to macOS useful.  Puidokas considers Lose It! to be one of those companies. "I could see this starting to supplant web apps," Puidokas said. "For a company like Lose It! — where we have our website and our iPad app — I would prefer people use the iPad app." Plus, some app makers are looking forward to performance gains that may come from using Apple's own chips over Intel's. Sharad Shankar, cofounder and CEO of Andor Communications, which offers a photo-editing and retouching app called LightX, said the shift to Apple silicon will be helpful for apps that heavily rely on machine learning and artificial intelligence. For an app like LightX, this would likely mean a boost in performance when processing edits. "Doing high-resolution image processing becomes quite easy," Shankar said to Business Insider. "Understanding your portraits becomes quite easy, and segmenting your image becomes quite easy." All told, the introduction of Apple's own silicon for the Mac should make it easier than ever for app makers to bring their mobile programs to MacBooks and iMacs. But developers will still have to make sure they're doing more than simply porting their apps over to the Mac. "I don't think it's going to be as easy as just compiling their iOS app for Macintosh," Cuda said. "I think that to really make a beautiful product, something that customers really enjoy, I think there's going to have to be a lot of time spent on the interface and on the user experience to really embrace what a Macintosh is."SEE ALSO: 'We've all been neutered by what Apple did:' App makers are rallying against Apple's claims that it creates a level playing field for everyone Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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After plenty of rumors, Apple confirmed earlier today that its new iPhone — presumably the iPhone 12 — will be delayed by a few weeks due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. During the company’s Q2 2020 earnings call, Apple‘s senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri, confirmed the development: In addition, as you know, last year we started selling new iPhones in late September. This year we project supply to be available a few weeks later. However, a few weeks of delay might not hurt Apple badly. Because of the pandemic, products have been delayed throughout the year,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple
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There are a lot of SIM only deals on the market right now but these five are easily the best to choose from.
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This week a pair of new Pokemon GO promo codes were released with clues for in-game items. These codes were released in conjunction with the upcoming Pokemon GO Fest 2020 festival and one of several puzzles that’ll appear before and during the event. The codes revealed this week don’t give us MASSIVE item collections, but they’re worth the tiny effort! … Continue reading
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Audrey Tang says tech can build trust, tame misinformation, and strengthen democracy. Her plan might even work in the US.
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Several Big Tech CEOs are scheduled to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee in antitrust hearings next week. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio wrote to the committee chairman on Wednesday to ask that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey be added to the list. Earlier this month, Jordan accused Twitter of censoring conservative voices. Jordan's call follows a high-profile hack Twitter suffered last week.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey may get dragged into a series of Big Tech antitrust hearings next week, following a July 15 hack that compromised some of the most prominent accounts on the social media platform. The chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook are all set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on July 27. On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the committee, wrote to the chair Jerrold Nadler asking that Dorsey be added to the line-up. "We believe there is bipartisan interest to hear from Twitter about its power in the marketplace, its role in moderating content on its platform, and the causes for its recent highly publicized security breaches," Jordan wrote. "As the committee considers large technology companies and the competitive landscape, a thorough examination cannot exclude Twitter, a market leader in social media," he added. Twitter is far smaller than the companies appearing at the antitrust hearing. Its market cap is $28.8 billion, whereas Facebook — the only other social media company testifying — weighs in at just shy of $684 billion. In Q1 of 2020, Twitter reported an average of 166 million monetizable daily active users, whereas Facebook reported 1.7 billion daily active users at the end of March 2020. Jordan's request comes after he accused Twitter of anti-conservative bias. On July 8, he asked Twitter to hand over documents about its decision to flag some of President Trump's tweets for breaking the platform's rules on misinformation and the glorification of violence. Jordan said Twitter had shown "discrimination against conservative voices." Twitter has repeatedly denied that its moderation policies unfairly censor conservative users, and Dorsey testified to Congress on the topic in 2018. During the recent Twitter security breach, hackers tweeted links to a cryptocurrency scam from prominent celebrity accounts, including those belonging to Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Twitter is still investigating the hack, and on Wednesday said it believes hackers accessed the private direct messages of 36 accounts. It previously said that 130 accounts were affected by the hack.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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Sadly, missing all of us by 800 million years A massive asteroid broke apart within the inner Solar System and showered the Earth and Moon with up to fifty quadrillion kilograms of meteoroids, say a trio of Japanese scientists. That's approximately 30 to 60 times more cosmic material than the Chicxulub prang that thoroughly ruined the dinosaurs' day.…
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You can change the size of a slide in your PowerPoint presentation through the "Design" menu.  Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to change slide sizes on the Windows PC, Apple MacOS, and web-based apps.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. When it comes to designing your visual presentation, one size does not fit all.  That's doubly true for PowerPoint presentations, which may be viewed on several platforms and devices. Sometimes PowerPoint's default slide isn't the best option for your project, and the program has a built-in fix for that.  When you create a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, you can customize your slides' size and dimension. This allows you to choose a perfect canvass for your content.  Microsoft offers the ability to change the size of your slides on the Windows, Mac, and web-based apps. Here's how to do it.  Check out the products mentioned in this article: Microsoft Office (From $149.99 at Best Buy) Apple Macbook Pro (From $1,299.00 at Apple) Acer Chromebook 15 (From $179.99 at Walmart) How to change slide size in PowerPoint for PC 1. Open an existing PowerPoint file, or start a new presentation. 2. Select "Design" from the top menu bar.  3. Toward the right, click "Slide Size."  4. In the drop-down menu, select Standard, Widescreen, or "Custom Slide Size…" 5. When you're done, click "OK."  How to change slide size in PowerPoint for Mac 1. Create a new presentation, or launch an existing file.  2. Click "Design" from the top-line row of options. 3. Toward the right, you'll see "Slide Size." Click it for a drop-down menu of options. 4. Select the included Standard or Widescreen options, or click "Page Setup…" for a custom size. 5. Choose "OK" when you're done.  How to change slide size in PowerPoint for web 1. Navigate to powerpoint.office.com and sign in to your Microsoft account.  2. Open a new or existing PowerPoint. 3. Select "Design" from the top row of options. 4. Click "Slide Size." 5. Select between Widescreen and Standard, or create custom dimensions with "Custom Slide Size…" 6. If selecting custom, enter the dimensions and then choose whether you want it in landscape or portrait mode.  7. Choose between maximizing your slide size or scaling it to fit the new dimensions.  8. Click "OK."    Related coverage from Tech Reference: How to download and access Microsoft PowerPoint on your Mac computer How to add a border to slides in PowerPoint, and give your slideshow a sleek design How to change and format the background of your PowerPoint slides to custom designs How to change your language settings in Microsoft PowerPoint in 3 different ways How to copy or duplicate a PowerPoint slide and put it anywhere in your slideshow SEE ALSO: 21 tech gadgets we use to boost our productivity and comfort when we work from home Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.England’s NHS coronavirus Test and Trace programme has broken a key data protection law, privacy campaigners have warned. In a letter to the Open Rights Group (ORG), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) acknowledged it had failed to carry out a risk assessment on how the Covid-19 tracing programme would affect privacy. The ORG – which has threatened the government with legal action – said this means the system has been operating unlawfully since it launched on May 28. What does the law say? A Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) helps to identify and mitigate risks relating to the use of personal data.  A DPIA assessment is a requirement under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws. Responding to a letter from the ORG – a privacy campaign group – the government confirmed that while a DPIA is a legal requirement – it had not yet been completed for the Test and Trace programme. The letter from DHSC, which is dated July 15, said the legal requirement is being “finalised”. A spokesperson for the department said there was “no evidence” of data being used in an unlawful way.Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Monday, education secretary Gavin Williamson said: “In no way has [there] been a breach of any of the data that has been stored.”He added: “I think your viewers will understand that if we are to defeat this virus, we do need to have a test and trace system and we had to get that up and running at incredible speed.... Are you really advocating that we get rid of a test and trace system? I don’t think you are.”“The information that they give is treated with the absolute highest security”On #BBCBreakfast Gavin Williamson MP reacts to claims that England's test and trace programme has broken the GDPR data protection law.https://t.co/7PHIVt4Aiypic.twitter.com/5yU3MZF1EC— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) July 20, 2020But Silkie Carlo, director of privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, said it was wrong for ministers to “brush these serious errors aside”. “Public health relies on public trust in medical confidentiality,” Carlo said.“The government’s disregard for privacy underpins a succession of major contact tracing failures over the past four months. This not only undermines citizens’ rights, but endangers public health too.” She added: “It shouldn’t be down to NGOs to keep raising the alarm, the Information Commissioner should be doing her job of ensuring these huge data collection systems are at least lawful. So much is at stake.”Jim Killock, executive director of ORG called the government’s behaviour “reckless”. “We have a ‘world beating’ unlawful Test and Trace programme,” he said. “A crucial element in the fight against the pandemic is mutual trust between the public and the government, which is undermined by their operating the programme without basic privacy safeguards.”Ravi Naik, legal director of the data rights agency AWO, instructed to act on behalf of ORG, said that failing to carry out the “appropriate assessment” meant all data collected is “tainted”.“These legal requirements are more than just a tick-box compliance exercise,” he said.“They ensure that risks are mitigated before processing occurs, to preserve the integrity of the system. Instead, we have a rushed-out system, seemingly compromised by unsafe processing practices.”A DHSC spokesperson said: “There is no evidence of data being used unlawfully.“NHS Test and Trace is committed to the highest ethical and data governance standards – collecting, using, and retaining data to fight the virus and save lives, while taking full account of all relevant legal obligations.“We have rapidly created a large-scale test and trace system in response to this unprecedented pandemic.“The programme is able to offer a test to anyone who needs one and trace the contacts of those who test positive, to stop the spread of the virus.”Related... The Government Doesn't Know How Many People Are Breaking Test And Trace Self-Isolation Rules NHS Test And Trace Chief Reveals Public Fear 'Financial' Hit From Self-Isolation
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The instrument was supposed to accompany my family on a road trip. Now it’s helping us make music together.
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Apple’s not the only company with audio tricks up its sleeve.
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The mix of ballistic polycarbonate and titanium is a big step in driver protection.
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YouTube is rolling out a new update at the end of July that will lower the minimum video length for mid-roll ads.  The update will make videos longer than eight minutes eligible for mid-roll (middle of the video) ads. Previously, only videos longer than 10 minutes could include a mid-roll ad. This change could increase revenue for some creators who typically film shorter videos.  Business Insider spoke to YouTube creators Jacques Slade (1.2 million subscribers) and Erika Kullberg (62,000 subscribers) on their reaction to the change and how this will impact their businesses. "I'm personally happy because it's very hard for me to get my videos to the 10-minute mark for the most part," Kullberg said. Subscribe to Business Insider's influencer newsletter: Influencer Dashboard. YouTube is rolling out a new update at the end of July that will likely increase revenue for some creators.  The change will make videos longer than eight minutes eligible for mid-roll (middle of the video) ads. Previously, only videos longer than 10 minutes could include a mid-roll ad. With this update, mid-roll ads will be turned on by default for all videos eligible for monetization. If a YouTube creator doesn't want the mid-roll ads to appear, they can switch their ad preferences in their YouTube Studio by July 27.  "I'm excited," said Jacques "Kustoo" Slade, a YouTube creator with 1.2 million subscribers who is known for his popular sneaker-related content. "I think it helps creators."  Slade told Business Insider that this change is another opportunity for him and many other YouTube creators to make more money. About 30% of his overall income comes from YouTube ads, he told Business Insider in May. Creators with 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours are eligible to have their videos monetized with ads by joining YouTube's Partner Program. These ads are filtered by Google, and how much money a creator earns (known as AdSense revenue) depends on the video's watch time, length, video type, and viewer demographics — among other factors. "With YouTube everything is constantly evolving," he said. "They are often trying to find the best way to maximize revenue for themselves and for the creator." 'It's a good change for most creators' Although there is only a two-minute difference with this new update, video creators told Business Insider that it's significant. Those two minutes can allow for more flexibility, especially for creators who typically make shorter content. "It allows them to still hopefully make the same amount of money but without the constraint of worrying about being 10 minutes long," Slade said.  For Erika Kullberg, an attorney who runs a personal-finance YouTube channel under the same name with 64,000 subscribers, the change will likely help her channel generate more money than before, she told Business Insider.  She told Business Insider in June that her general video strategy was to provide all the key information right away and cut out any extra information that some creators might include just for the sake of uploading a longer, 10-minute video. This method helped her channel grow, but hurt her chances of earning the most money possible.  "I'm personally happy because it's very hard for me to get my videos to the 10-minute mark for the most part," Kullberg said. "Whereas eight minutes is more doable for me. I think it's a good change for most creators and I like that you can opt out of it, too." Ad placement strategies may evolve with this change  Some YouTube creators say there are clear strategies they use for earning more money from Google-placed video ads.  Before this update, some creators had told Business Insider that they would extend their videos to be over 10 minutes long so that they could include a mid-roll ad.  "That happened as a response to advertising and people knew if they made 10-minute videos they could make more money," Slade said. "Creators were forced to adjust, even if that isn't where their videos would naturally end."  Different YouTube creators have different opinions about the optimal amount of ads for a video to include. "I would find it very annoying as a viewer to have to watch an ad every two minutes, but every five doesn't seem as bad," Kullberg said. "I think the general rule of thumb is that most creators just put one mid-roll ad every four to five minutes." YouTube hasn't announced what exactly prompted the change, but Kullberg has a guess based on her own viewers.  "For my videos, 50% retention is very high, meaning that most people drop off of my videos halfway through," Kullberg said. "YouTube is strategically allowing creators to put in mid-roll ads for shorter videos now so that they can try to capture that one ad prior to the viewer dropping off." Read more on how YouTube creators earn money and how much they make: 16 YouTube stars reveal their average CPMs, what their videos earn per 1,000 ad views How much money a YouTube video with 100,000 views makes, according to 4 creators How much money YouTube pays for 1 million views, according to 5 creators 13 YouTube stars break down the videos that earned them the most money, from $4,000 to $97,000 SEE ALSO: A YouTube star breaks down how much money a video with 1 million views makes her Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
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Just when we thought Ford thought of everything for the reinvented Bronco, along comes Saleen Big Oly Bronco. It’s barely 24 hours seen Ford unveiled its newest Bronco midsize SUV, but the speed freaks at Saleen were quick enough to create a tougher, meaner, and more rugged Bronco. “With the popularity of off-roading, it makes perfect sense to further our … Continue reading
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Disney pressed ahead on July 11 with a phased reopening of its flagship, Florida-based theme park, Walt Disney World, even as coronavirus cases climb in the US state . Disney estimated it missed out on $1 billion in operating income during its second quarter, due to park closures around the world. Disney's US parks, including Disney World, had been closed for about two weeks during the period, and UBS analysts estimated the US parks could cost the company about $1.5 billion per month. Analysts at Goldman Sachs, while optimistic about the long-term recovery of Disney's parks, projected this week a downside scenario in which Disney's parks business doesn't fully recover until 2023 because of social-distancing constraints. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Disneyland, which reopened on June 18, is being forced to close again, after a surge in cases led the local government to bring back social-distancing measures Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Disney pressed ahead on July 11 with a phased reopening of its flagship, Florida-based theme park, Walt Disney World, even as coronavirus cases climb in the US state. A look at Disney's financial state gives a glimpse at why. The legacy-media giant reported a $1 billion hit to its second-quarter operating income due to its park closures around the world. Disney World, Disney's largest park by attendance, had been closed for about two weeks during the period. Analysts previously estimated in March, around the time Disney closed its US parks, that Walt Disney World and Disneyland in California alone could cost the company $1.5 billion each month the parks are closed. It has been more than three months since, and the true financial impact of the closures won't be revealed until Disney reports in August its earnings through June. But analysts at Goldman Sachs, UBS, and Wells Fargo estimate Disney's park business, which had been its most stable business until the pandemic, could weigh on the company's financials through its next fiscal year, or until a vaccine for the coronavirus is publicly available. The parks aren't yet reopening to full capacity, as part of the company's safety precautions. "Until the time at which there is significantly improved testing and/or a widely available vaccine, it's tough for us to imagine long lines for Rise of the Resistance, no matter how much folks might want to go to WDW deep down," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in April. Goldman Sachs analysts wrote on July 13 that they're assuming attendance and revenues at Disney's parks, resorts, cruises, and experiences won't fully recover until fiscal year 2022, as a base case, or 2023, at worst. However, the analysts said they're waiting on Disney's next earnings report for more guidance.  "When Disney reopened its Shanghai park in May, the company operated well below the 30% capacity constraint imposed by the government and ramped up to 30% over the following weeks," the analysts wrote. "While operating at these levels may reduce operating losses in both Disney and Comcast's parks divisions, it may not lead to a significant positive contribution to operating profit either." Goldman Sachs' downside scenario for Disney estimates 30% less revenue from Disney's parks and experiences in 2021 than the firm's $15.75 billion projection, and 20% less revenue in 2022 than its $22.8 billion projection. During Disney's 2019 fiscal year that ended in September, the parks and experiences division posted $26.2 billion in revenue, more than any other segment. The division brought in $2.9 billion in revenue during the first half of fiscal 2020, in line with the prior year. As of now: Most of Walt Disney World will be open by Wednesday, when EPCOT and Hollywood Studios reopen for business Disney's Shanghai and Tokyo theme parks are open Disneyland Paris is set to reopen on Wednesday Hong Kong Disneyland, which reopened on June 18, is being forced to close again, after a surge in cases led the local government to bring back social-distancing measures Disneyland in California is also still closed due to state restrictions Disney World is by far Disney's largest theme park by attendance. It recorded 58.3 million visitors in 2018, 78% more than its next most-visited park, according to Themed Entertainment Association data analyzed by UBS. Disney took the rare step of shutting Disney World's gates on March 15, as the coronavirus pandemic first gripped the US. The Goldman Sachs analysts said they're confident Disney's parks business will eventually recover, with a little help from the broader Disney machine, including its new streaming service, Disney Plus. "We believe Disney's track record of material outperformance in Parks and Film will persist as the economy recovers from the COVID pandemic, and that synergies between these segments and Disney+ are underappreciated by investors," the note said. "For example, we anticipate that over time marketing costs for tent-pole movie franchises such as Marvel and Star Wars films and for its parks and resorts could trend down as some of this spend could be supplemented or replaced by interconnected Disney+ series." Evidence from UBS also suggests that a subset of parkgoers are eager to get back to Disney World, pandemic or not.  The firm surveyed 2,000 adults in June, and found that about 30% of respondents had to either cancel or postpone planned visits to a Disney park due to the pandemic. Of those respondents, 48% planned to return within the first six months of reopening, while 12% had no plans to return in the first 18 months. Social distancing was the most common reason given among those who didn't plan to return to Disney parks right away. "We believe this provides a good sign for demand once parks are able to open," the UBS analysts wrote in a June 25 note, which also said "a vaccine is key not only for demand but capacity limits."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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The first time I ever encountered a regular expression was many years ago now, but I still remember my first thoughts on it: What is this string-like thing? I don’t want to touch it, it looks scary. I don’t remember quite what that regex was doing, or how exactly it looked like, but it scared me to death. In hindsight, I now realize that it wasn’t actually that scary after all. In face, it was an easy way to solve the problem in hand. But why did I ever feel this way? It’s just the awkwardness of the syntax, they certainly… This story continues at The Next Web
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För ett drygt år sedan bytte Anna Storåkers livet som Sverigechef på Nordea till en tillvaro som investerare och styrelseproffs.I dag är hon bland annat ledamot i styrelserna för Ework, ABN Amro och Nordax Bank.Hon ska hjälpa oss gå från en liten startup till ett riktigt bolag”, säger Kreditz vd och grundare Roni Zacharion.Om man köper en tjänst från en hantverkare, kan man beställa ett betalningscertifikat som visar att man har råd.Kreditz grundades i början av 2018 och har sedan dess tagit in cirka 10 miljoner kronor i riskkapital från en rad entreprenörer.Tjänsten lanserades våren 2019 och man har avtal med 15 företagskunder inom bank, finans och marknadsplatser.
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We’re just about one month away from opening the doors to infinite early-stage startup opportunity.We’re talking about Disrupt Berlin 2019, which takes place on 11-12 December.The startup that earns the Wild Card designation gets to compete in Startup Battlefield, our epic pitch competition with a $50,000 prize.Every early-stage startup that exhibits in Startup Alley, our expo floor and the heart of every Disrupt — has a shot at the Wild Card.And we mean every startup — Startup Alley Exhibitor Package holders, our recently announced TC Top Picks, members of a Country Pavilion — no matter how you come to exhibit in Startup Alley, you’re eligible.The day before Disrupt Berlin 2019 opens, TechCrunch editors will review the exhibiting startups and select one standout to join the cadre of Startup Battlefield competitors.
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Nintendo’s original Entertainment System (NES) is now 34 years old.A millennial, in other words.And since the console debuted in North America in the fall of 1985, its design — the familiar boxy shape; that matte gray, black, and red — has been an inspiration to nerds everywhere.The latest entry into this venerable canon, which includes everything from (fly as hell) Jordans to shelving, is the 8BitDo N30: a 2.4GHz wireless mouse made by the mad scientists over at 8BitDo.You can order one right now for $24.99.8BitDo is probably best known for its high-end controllers and gaming peripherals.
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Microsoft's Azure DevOps is suffering what it describes as "availability degradation" in the UK and Europe today and parts of Google's cloud platform are also broken.The wobbles – sorry, "availability degradation" – have down Boards, Repos, Pipelines and Test Plans.Core services are meant to be working normally.Azure DevOps claims to be the most comprehensive collection of developer tools and software available via public cloud.Thank you for letting us know.Azure DevOps are currently investigating a service disruption in the UK at the moment which may be what you are seeing.
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GitHub has released its annual State of the Octoverse — its regular report on the most popular programming languages and open source projects on its ubiquitous code-sharing service for programmers.GitHub has become a hub that 40 million developers use to collaborate and share code for their projects — personal, professional, and otherwise.The new report just came out this week, giving us new insight into which technologies developers are flocking to around the world.Here are the top languages programmers are using, according to GitHub:Ruby is an open source programming language that focuses on being simple to use.It was created by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, who blended the best parts of his favorite languages to create it.
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Dave was a fresher at university when he claims a girl forced him to penetrate her against his will.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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World of Warcraft Classic has been a massive hit.Log-in queues reminiscent of its legendary 2004 launch, and the need for rapid server deployment after a few early tests are a testament to that.But now that more and more players are reaching the game’s original Level 60 cap, they’re starting to wonder what could possibly be next.Well, Blizzcon came and went without an official announcement of World of Warcraft Classic getting a Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King expansion, but Blizzard staff said they’re “not opposed” to the idea.The revelation wasn’t a slip of the tongue, either.The nugget of information regarding the potential future of WoW Classic came from Executive Producer John Hight during the general World of Warcraft Q on Saturday afternoon.
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Price drops, free gifts and promotions seem to have become rife in the past few days - it's a sign that Black Friday is just around the corner.But for the Apple devotees of the world, looking to score a discount on Apple's latest and greatest, this will be the deal you'll want to find out more about.Despite only gracing the market for a few months, we're now seeing iPhone 11 deals get cut in price.Considering this is the cheapest (and arguably the best value) of Apple's latest trio, seeing those prices come down is nothing but remarkable.And, thanks to retailer Mobiles.co.uk, those price cuts are occurring across networks.There's even a reduced Vodafone offer which is looking like one of the cheapest iPhone 11 contracts we've seen yet.
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FTC tells Senator staff reports are confidentialThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has refused to release an infamous report into Google’s anti-competitive behavior, claiming that staff reports are exempt from America's Freedom of Information Act."Unfortunately, we are not able to honor your request," FTC chair Joe Simons wrote to Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) this week following Hawley’s request last month for the full report to be released in the public interest."I understand your desire for transparency," the letter continued, before refusing to release the report because it is a staff report and they are "deliberative, pre-decisional, and an integral part of the FTC's decision-making process,” and hence outside the scope of FOIA legislation.It is worth noting that Hawley’s letter did not invoke FOIA laws but instead specifically noted that “the FTC has the power to ‘make public’ information it has obtained from an investigation if that information is ‘in the public interest’.”Hawley is a new senator and has made challenging tech companies a persistent theme of his first term in office, pushing legislation on a range of issues from data tracking, social media bias, tech giants’ political influence, and online privacy.
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