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    This is a preview of a research report fromBusiness Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence,click here. Current subscribers can read the reporthere.

    FORECAST: Global Enterprise VR Hardware and Software Revenue

    Virtual reality (VR) offers immersive experiences in which users can hear, see, and interact with 360-degree digital environments using head-mounted displays (HMDs) and handheld motion devices. The technology has been historically associated with consumer-facing gaming, but it’s been gaining traction in the enterprise over the past year.

    In fact, companies such as Macy’s, Lowe’s, Walmart, and UPS, among others, have all launched new VR programs since 2017. And as more businesses look to tap the technology, this will drive enterprise VR hardware and software revenue to jump 587% to $5.5 billion in 2023, up from an estimated $800 million in 2018, according to Business Insider Intelligence estimates.

    This shows that retailers and brands should look into implementing VR as early as possible to better compete with other industry players who’ve started to use the tech, especially in three key areas: sales, employee training, and product development. All of the companies mentioned above are using VR to in at least one of these areas, enabling them to increase product sales, reduce product design costs, or speed up employee training processes, for instance.

    In the VR In The Enterprise report, Business Insider Intelligence explores how VR can provide value to retailers and brands in three areas: sales, employee training, and product development.

    The report begins by discussing potential pain points the technology addresses for each use case, examining in-depth case studies to illustrate how companies have implemented the technology, and outlining the broader takeaways each use case presents for brands and retailers.

    Finally, it looks at some of the potential barriers to further enterprise adoption and how both companies and VR incumbents are actively addressing those obstacles.

    The companies mentioned in the report are: Audi, Lowe's, Macy's, McLaren Automotive, Walmart, and UPS, among others.

    Here are some key takeaways from the report:

    • VR enables consumers in brick-and-mortar stores to make more informed purchases, which could increase sales conversion rates.
    • Brands and retailers looking to ramp up their employees quicker should consider bringing VR into their training processes.
    • The tech can shorten brands' and retailers' product development life cycles by cutting down on the time associated with building expensive physical prototypes.

    In full, the report:

    • Identifies key VR vendors and device form factors for businesses to consider.
    • Discusses key benefits the tech brings businesses for their sales, training, and product development processes.
    • Illustrates those key benefits by discussing real-world case studies from companies and the takeaways from those implementations.

     

    SEE ALSO: When it comes to VR hardware, consumers are balancing price point and experience

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    Whole Foods

    • Amazon has plans to open even more Whole Foods stores to make its two-hour delivery service more accessible to customers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
    • A source familiar with the matter told The Journal that Whole Foods may be expanding into parts of the Rocky Mountain region where it does not currently have stores. 
    • The Whole Foods expansion is in large part to help Amazon expand its Prime Now service and grocery delivery.
    • Amazon's plans to further expand Whole Foods shows the retailer has no plans of slowing down with its brick-and-mortar expansion.

    Amazon has plans to open even more Whole Foods stores to make its two-hour delivery service more accessible to customers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

    The expansion will bring Whole Foods to suburban and rural areas that it's been adding customers in since it was acquired by Amazon in 2017. In the Rocky Mountain region, one person familiar with the plans told The Wall Street Journal, Whole Foods employees have visited potential retail spaces in parts of Idaho, southern Utah, and Wyoming, where the grocer doesn’t have stores now.

    Amazon offers Prime Now, a two-hour delivery service to Prime members that serves more than 60 cities, and online grocery pickup from Whole Foods in nearly 30 cities. Amazon plans on expanding these services to nearly all of its 475 Whole Foods stores, according to The Journal. Amazon also wants to use benefits for Prime members to attract new customers to Whole Foods and draw them back more often.

    Read more:Amazon dominated retail in 2018 — and no one else even came close to touching it

    Amazon's planned expansion of Whole Foods shows the e-commerce giant has no plans to slow down its push into physical retail.

    The company is increasingly moving into the physical world, opening spaces in malls, shopping districts, and even local strip malls. Its latest move is the Amazon 4-star store, which now has locations in New York City; Berkeley, California; and Lone Tree, Colorado. 

    In addition to 4-Star, it has been expanding its Amazon Books and Amazon Go stores.

    One reason that may be, an anonymous source told CNBC last year, is that the company is seeing online sales go up in areas that have physical Amazon stores. Brick-and-mortar stores increase customer awareness of the brand, and it's extra fuel for the Amazon engine.

     

    SEE ALSO: Amazon reveals the top-selling items of the season as it announces record-breaking holiday sales

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    This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.

    The voice app ecosystem is booming. In the US, the number of Alexa skills alone surpassed 25,000 in January 2018, up from just 7,000 the previous January, in categories ranging from music streaming services, to games, to connected home tools.

    As voice platforms continue to gain footing in homes via smart speakers — connected devices powered primarily by artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled voice assistants — the opportunity for voice apps is becoming more profound. However, as observed with the rise of mobile apps in the late 2000s, any new digital ecosystem will face significant growing pains, and voice apps are no exception. Thanks to the visual-free format of voice apps, discoverability, monetization, and retention are proving particularly problematic in this nascent space. This is creating a problem in the voice assistant market that could hinder greater uptake if not addressed.

    In this report, Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, explores the two major viable voice app stores. It identifies the three big issues voice apps are facing — discoverability, monetization, and retention — and presents possible short-term solutions ahead of industry-wide fixes.

    Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

    • The market for smart speakers and voice platforms is expanding rapidly. The installed base of smart speakers and the volume of voice apps that can be accessed on them each saw significant gains in 2017. But the new format and the emerging voice ecosystems that are making their way into smart speaker-equipped homes is so far failing to align with consumer needs. 
    • Voice app development is a virtuous cycle with several broken components. The addressable consumer market is expanding, which is prompting more brands and developers to developer voice apps, but the ability to monetize and iterate those voice apps is limited, which could inhibit voice app growth. 
    • Monetization is only one broken component of the voice app ecosystem. Discoverability and user retention are equally problematic for voice app development. 
    • While the two major voice app ecosystems — Amazon's and Google's — have some Band-Aid solutions and workarounds, their options for improving monetization, discoverability, and retention for voice apps are currently limited.
    • There are some strategies that developers and brands can employ in the near term ahead of more robust tools and solutions.

    In full, the report:

    • Sizes the current voice app ecosystem. 
    • Outlines the most pressing problems in voice app development and evolution in the space by examining the three most damning shortcoming: monetization, discoverability, and retention. 
    • Discusses the solutions being offered up by today's biggest voice platforms. 
    • Presents workaround solutions and alternative approaches that could catalyze development and evolution ahead of wider industry-wide fixes from the platforms.

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    • Last year, Apple instituted a program to replace out-of-warranty batteries for the iPhone 6 or later for just $29 — a $50 price drop from the usual $79 cost.
    • If you own an iPhone 6 or later and have battery issues, you have until December 31 to take advantage of the lower price to replace your battery.

    If you own an iPhone 6 or later and have issues with your phone's battery life, now's the time to visit an Apple Store and get your battery replaced.

    Last December, Apple acknowledged something that iPhone owners had suspected for some time: It had been quietly "throttling," or lowering, the performance of older iPhones.

    It said the goal was to preserve battery life on those older phones and prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly, but customers felt as if Apple communicated this message too late, as many had come to believe that iPhones purposefully got slower to compel people to upgrade to newer models.

    After a good deal of consumer outrage, Apple addressed iPhone battery and performance in an open letter to customers later that month.

    The most important part of Apple's informational letter was an offer toward the end: Apple said it would reduce the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement to $29 from $79 "for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, available worldwide through December 2018."

    And so if you own an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6s, an iPhone 7, or any other phones made after that and are experiencing battery issues — maybe it's draining faster than it used to — head to an Apple Store before December 31.

    A small anecdote: My wife owns an iPhone 6s and had been experiencing battery issues for months. She'd constantly need to recharge her phone at work and at home, and she felt as if it hadn't always been this bad. So a couple of months ago, we visited an Apple Store, where an employee measured her phone's battery life and found the degradation to be at about 83%.

    Apple says it will offer to replace batteries when battery degradation reaches 80%, but the employee gave my wife the option to replace it right then and there for $29. So we did that and walked around the mall for a few hours while we waited.

    It was worth the wait: Since that visit, she's noticed improvement in her phone's battery life and no longer needs to charge it throughout the day.

    So if you're experiencing anything similar, go visit an Apple Store or mail your device before December 31 and pay the $30 to get your battery replaced. You'll be paying more if you choose to wait.

    SEE ALSO: If the rumors are true, Apple's next iPhone will be called 'XS' — and people are already making fun of the name, calling it 'extra small' and 'iPhone Excess'

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    california wildfire

    • California prosecutors are poised to charge the state's largest utility company with an array of crimes, including murder and manslaughter if it is found responsible for starting two recent deadly wildfires.
    • The state attorney general said in a new court filing that if Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was found to have mismanaged or failed to maintain power lines, it would face a wide range of charges.
    • Prosecutors wrote they were prepared to pursue charges including minor offenses, felonies or misdemeanors, and implied-malice murder and involuntary manslaughter.

    California prosecutors are poised to charge the state's largest utility company with an array of crimes, including murder and manslaughter if it is found responsible for starting two recent deadly wildfires.

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a new filing that if Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which provides electricity to about 16 million customers, was found to have mismanaged or failed to maintain power lines, it would face a wide range of charges.

    Prosecutors wrote they were prepared to pursue a wide range of charges, including minor offenses, felonies or misdemeanors, and implied-malice murder and involuntary manslaughter.

    In a statement responding to the filing, the company said it was dedicated to assessing its systems and looks forward to recovery from the deadly wildfires.

    "PG&E's most important responsibility is public and workforce safety. Our focus continues to be on assessing our infrastructure to further enhance safety and helping our customers continue to recover and rebuild," a spokesman told the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The filing is the latest in a long legal battle concerning the company that has been overseen by US District Judge William Alsup who asked last month that the utility company explain whether "reckless operation or maintenance of PG&E power lines" sparked any wildfires.

    The company was found responsible for 17 fires last year, and in 11 instances investigators found agents had failed to comply with guidelines for installing power lines around vegetation, one of the charges mentioned in the new filing. 

    The company has until December 31 to submit its written answers to Alsup's questions.

    The cause of the Camp Fire, which broke out November 8 and killed at least 85 people, is still under investigation.

    Read more: 10 photos show the grim reality for evacuees of California's wildfires

    The Camp Fire ravaged Northern California for over two weeks, initially growing at a speed of 80 football fields a minute and leveling the 27,000-person town of Paradise, California.

    The flames from the other deadly fire, the Woolsey fire, burned 96,949 acres and killed three people.

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    • Healthy eating often falls by the wayside when you lead a busy lifestyle. 
    • Veestro is a meal delivery service that makes it easy to get more plant-based foods into your diet without sacrificing taste or convenience. 
    • If your New Year's resolution is to eat better or lose weight, and you've realized that it's difficult to fit it into your packed schedule, give Veestro a try. 

    Eating a healthy, balanced diet seems fairly straightforward. Years of health research and doctors everywhere tell us we should eat more vegetables and fruits, try to get our daily recommended vitamins, and limit our sugar and fat intake. If my life revolved purely around feeding myself, I'm sure I could become a glowing, nutritionally sound health goddess because I'd actually have the time to carefully grocery shop and cook healthy meals. But like most people, I'm otherwise occupied with work, hobbies, and social obligations, and eating healthy really isn't that easy. 

    When I think about eating healthy or "clean," my mind automatically jumps to salads and raw foods. Don't get me wrong, I love a good salad, but the thought of eating salads all the time makes my heart sink a little. It turns out this approach is pretty narrow-minded and uncreative of me because there are tons of tasty meals that can be made with real, unprocessed ingredients.

    As I discovered while trying Veestro, a plant-based meal delivery service, they don't even have to include meat or dairy to be delicious, either. 

    Veestro sends fully prepared 100% plant-based meals to your door, virtually knocking out all your previous excuses not to eat healthier. All the meals are preservative-free and organic (96% of all ingredients used), and the recipes are conceived by a vegan chef with 30 years of experience. There's no prepping of ingredients and cooking involved — all the meals can be microwaved, reheated on the stove, or baked in the oven, so you can eat a hot meal within half an hour. 

    Veestro offers a variety of options to choose from and incorporate into your busy lifestyle: 

    • A la carte mealsPick and choose from 50 meals, like baked mac and "cheese," Tuscan calzone, portobello steak, and quinoa soup. Available for one-time delivery, start at $10/meal.
    • Meal packs:Options include an introductory starter pack, protein pack, and gluten-free. Available for one-time delivery or subscription, start at $8/meal.
    • Weight loss plans:3, 5, or 7-day plans that ship every two weeks and help take the guesswork out of weight loss. Start at $8/meal.
    • Juice cleanses:3 or 5-day plans of half pressed, half blended juices. Available for one-time delivery or subscription, start at $6/juice. 

    I was sent the $99 Starter Pack, which comprises 12 meals and one juice, to try. Everything arrives in a box packed with dry ice. Make sure your fridge has enough room because everything needs to go in the fridge or freezer. 

    I ate the meals throughout the week, weaving them into my regular diet. The menu included veggie empanadas, country fried chick'n (seitan), three layer scramble, soba noodles, mushroom risotto, and a green juice. In general, I found the thawing and cooking times to be longer than suggested, though they were never grossly off. Because I was usually either impatient or low on time, I tended to microwave or reheat the meals on the stove instead of baking them. 

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    While there were a couple misses, overall I really liked the taste and variety of the pack. I'll admit, I was surprised. Usually for frozen food to taste good, it contains artificial ingredients or preservatives, but I didn't see any of those while scanning the nutritional labels. My personal favorites were the red curry, Thai chick'n stew, and mushroom risotto.

    The week I tried Veestro was particularly busy for me, so I truly appreciated not having to think about preparing food or give in to greasy takeout. I saw Veestro as a convenient way to incorporate plant-based meals into my diet so I could make a smoother transition into a healthy lifestyle, rather than forcing an unrealistic, abrupt change. Research has shown that a plant-based diet leads to lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. A longer life free of these complications sounds pretty great to me. 

    At $8 to $10 per meal, is it cheaper than making your own food? No, but what you're paying for is the convenience and freedom to concentrate on other parts of your life while still enjoying healthy, tasty food.

    Browse all of Veestro's meal options and try the plant-based meal delivery service here.

    SEE ALSO: 15 kitchen gadgets for terrible home cooks that make life easier

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    bii top 5 startups to watch in digital health

    The healthcare industry is facing disruption due to accelerating technological innovation and growing demand for improved delivery of healthcare and lower costs. Tech startups are leading the way by seizing opportunities in the areas of the industry that are most vulnerable to disruption, including genomics, pharmaceuticals, administration, clinical operations, and insurance.

    Venture funds and businesses are taking notice of these startups' potential. In the US, digital health funding reached $1.6 billion in Q1 2018, according to Rock Health — the largest first quarter on record, surpassing the $1.4 billion in venture funding seen in Q1 2016. These high-potential startups provide a glimpse into the future of the healthcare space and demonstrate how we’ll get there.

    In this report, a compilation of various notes, Business Insider Intelligence will look at the top startups disrupting US healthcare in four key areas: artificial intelligence (AI), digital therapeutics, health insurance, and genomics. Startups in this report were selected based on the funding they've received over the past year, notable investors, the products they offer, and leadership in their functional area.

    Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

    • Tech startups are entering the market by applying the “Silicon Valley” approach. They're targeting shortcomings and legacy systems that are no longer efficient.
    • AI is being applied across five areas of healthcare to improve clinical operation workflows, cut costs, and foster preventative medicine. These areas include administration, big data analysis, clinical decision support, remote patient monitoring, and care provision.
    • Health tech startups, insurers, and drug makers are rapidly exploring new ways to apply digital therapeutics to the broader healthcare market that replace or complement the existing treatment of a disease.
    • Health insurance startups are taking advantage of the consumerization of healthcare to threaten the status quo of legacy players. 
    • Genomics is becoming an increasingly common tool within the healthcare system as health organizations better understand how to extract the value from patients’ genetic data. 

     In full, the report:

    • Details the areas of the US health industry that show the greatest potential for disruption.
    • Forecasts the industry adoption of bleeding edge technology and how it will transform how healthcare organizations operate.
    • Unveils the top five startups in AI, digital therapeutics, health insurance, and genomics, and how they're positioned to solve big issues that key players in healthcare face. 
    • Explores what's next for the leading startups, providing a glimpse into the future of the healthcare space and demonstrating how we’ll get there.

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    • Senator Lindsey Graham may have changed President Trump's mind about pulling troops out of Syria. 
    • "I think the president's going to finish the job when it comes to ISIS," Graham told reporters after meeting with President Trump Sunday.
    • Trump's decision earlier this month to order his staff to execute the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of US military from Syria was met with harsh criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.

    "We are in a pause situation,"  said Senator Lindsey Graham on pulling out US troops from Syria.

    After a White House lunch with President Trump, Graham indicated that Trump may have changed his mind on on the highly criticized decision to pull out of Syria

    "I think the president's going to finish the job when it comes to ISIS," Graham said.  

    Staying in Syria would be a change from Trump's plan to pull out completely, which he has defended over the last two weeks. Graham told reporters on Sunday afternoon, "He [President Trump] told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we're headed in Syria." 

    Trump's decision earlier this month to order his staff to execute the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of US military from Syria was met with harsh criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike. Hours after the announcement, Graham took to the Senate floor to call Trump's decision "dishonorable" and "a stain on the honor of the United States."

    Read more: Trump says he has 'no plans at all' to withdraw US troops from Iraq during his first visit to troops in a combat zone

    "We need to keep our troops there. They're inside the ten-yard line in defeating ISIS, but we're not there yet. If we leave now, the Kurds are going to get slaughtered,"Graham told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday morning.

    After meeting with President Trump at a White House lunch, Graham told reporters, "We’re slowing things down in a smart way.” 

    "We still have some differences," Graham acknowledge, "but I will tell you that the president is thinking long and hard about Syria — how to withdraw our forces but at the same time achieve our national security interests."

    SEE ALSO: Retired four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal criticizes President Trump's behavior: 'I don't think he tells the truth'

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    Drones — also commonly referred to as unmanned aircraft — are no longer a cool, new novelty that companies in only a handful of industries are testing.

    Businesses across various industries and levels of government in the US are utilizing at least a handful of drones. But more importantly, drone users are now realizing a deep return on their investments from the aircraft's ability to help save hours of time and labor.

    Farmers' Plans for Drones in 2018

    However, to successfully get a drone program up and running, businesses need to have an idea of what they want the aircraft to do, and the value they hope to create. To that end, companies need to know what their competitors are doing with the aircraft so they can plan their own projects accordingly.

    In this report, Business Insider Intelligence details how unmanned aircraft are disrupting a slew of different industries, including agriculture, construction and mining, insurance, media and telecommunications, and the public sector. We also size the market for global enterprise drone shipments, and pinpoint the features that make drones useful tools within different industries. Lastly, we make predictions for how drone use in these industries will evolve over the next five to 10 years and to what extent their impact will be magnified over this period.

    Here are some of the key takeaways:

    • Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented its Part 107 regulations for unmanned aircraft in August 2016, the commercial drone industry in the US has taken off. 
    • Companies across the US have rushed to deploy drones to cut costs, boost operational efficiency, and open up new streams of revenue. Meanwhile, firms elsewhere in the world have taken notice and ramped up their own drone projects.
    • Unmanned aircraft have the potential to create the greatest business value in the construction, mining, and agriculture industries. The agriculture industry was a relatively early adopter of drones, and today one-third of farmers in the US plan to use at least one drone this year. Meanwhile, drones will have a less significant, yet noticeable, impact on media, telecommunications, and insurance businesses.
    • Drones will lead these industries to become highly data-driven in the coming years, making the aircraft a must-have for companies to keep pace with their competitors. They will allow businesses to synthesize and analyze trends in their workflows to bolster their operational efficiency and predict problems before they happen.

    In full, the report:

    • Analyzes the development of drone use across five different industries.
    • Offers a look at how drone use in these industries will evolve over the coming years.
    • Sizes the market for enterprise drone shipments over a seven-year period, both in the US and abroad.

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    • Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles headed to the locker room early Sunday afternoon after sustaining a chest injury during the Eagles' first drive of the fourth quarter.
    • With a playoff game against the Chicago Bears looming and starting quarterback Carson Wentz likely out for the remainder of the season with a fractured back, the Eagles opted to send third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld into the game and kept Foles sidelined for the rest of the contest.
    • Foles had a $1 million incentive in his recently renegotiated contract if Philadelphia reached the postseason and he took 33% of the team's snaps on the season.
    • Thanks to the last-minute injury, Foles came up four snaps — or 1% — short of the 33% benchmark.

    Nick Foles did everything right against the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon, but he still came up $1 million short.

    The backup quarterback who famously led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory last season secured Philadelphia's spot in this year's playoffs thanks to a 24-0 win over the Redskins, but he headed to the locker room early after sustaining a chest injury during the Eagles' first drive of the fourth quarter.

    Still, with a playoff game against the Chicago Bears looming and starting quarterback Carson Wentz likely out for the remainder of the season with a fractured back, the Eagles opted to send third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld into the game on the following drive and kept him under center for the remainder of the contest.

    Foles, meanwhile, had a $1 million incentive in his recently renegotiated contract that was contingent on his playing through the final two drives of the game:

    As NFL Insider for ESPN Adam Schefter pointed out on Twitter, Foles played 32% of Philadelphia's snaps on the season, putting him a grueling 1% short of the necessary mark.

    It's worth noting that the Eagles could still decide to give Foles the bonus despite his four snap deficit. New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia came two innings short of a $500,000 bonus when he intentionally hit a batter and got ejected from his final game of this past season. The team still decided to award the $500,000 prize to Sabathia come December.

    Read more:CC Sabathia was 2 innings away from a $500,000 bonus when he got ejected on what could be the last pitch of his Yankees career

    Assuming he overcomes the rib injury that sent him to the locker room Sunday, Foles has plenty more incentives to fulfill heading into the playoffs. The 29-year-old can earn $500,000 for taking 50% of the snaps in a playoff game, and that incentive bumps up to $1 million if Philadelphia comes away with a win.

    Foles will look to recover quickly for the sake of both Eagles fans everywhere and his wallet.

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    • The Casper adjustable bed frame works with all foam mattresses. I don't have a Casper mattress, and it functions just fine with my alternative foam-based choice.
    • The controller for the bed frame is about twice the size of an Apple TV remote and includes six buttons: Two adjust the top part of the bed, two move the bottom part up and down, and two control both halves of the bed simultaneously.
    • For $1,195 for a queen size, the bed frame isn't cheap, but it only took a few nights of sleeping on it to convince me that it's well worth the price.
    • I'd recommend it to people with sleep apnea, indigestion, bad backs, swollen legs — the list goes on. 

    As someone who's in the habit of stacking three flimsy pillows behind my head to read or watch TV in bed, switching to an adjustable bed frame was a greater comfort than I'd expected.

    Honestly, sleeping on an adjustable bed frame had never occurred to me before I was sent Casper's queen-size version to review a few weeks ago. For $1,195, it isn't cheap, but it only took a few nights of sleeping on it to convince me that it's well worth the price.

    I discovered one of the handiest uses of the adjustable bed frame when I developed a cold shortly after my purchase. Congestion always gets worse when you're lying down, so having the bed frame to prop my head up while sleeping saved me from waking up unable to breath.

    Sleeping with your upper body lifted also helps prevent snoring. Elevating your whole upper body (and not just your head) can remove pressure from your airways, making it easier to breath through the night. It can even stave off indigestion. As someone who suffers from acid reflux, sleeping upright let gravity do its work by stopping stomach acid from reaching my esophagus, something that occasionally wakes me up at night.

    While I quickly learned that I'd be using the adjustable frame to lift my upper body, I hadn't thought about the positive effects lifting my lower body would have on my feet, legs, and back. After long days of pounding pavement (in New York City's summer heat, no less), letting the blood drain from my swollen legs has proven to be a huge relief.

    I recently spent a day at the beach, during which I plodded through sand to get as far away from the boardwalk as possible to avoid the weekend crowds. Walking for so long in the hot sun, my feet and legs needed some extra TLC when I got home, which the adjustable bed frame easily provided through targeted elevation. Kicking your feet up at the end of the day can also provide relief from aches related to varicose veins and can help you avert blood clots (though luckily I'm not accustomed to worrying about either of those issues).

    My partner, who experiences knee and back pain, particularly enjoys the lower body lift. He usually puts a pillow beneath his legs while lying in bed. Now, being able to angle his legs upwards brings him improved comfort (and frees up an extra pillow).

    That being said, the biggest hazard of the adjustable bed frame is that there's just one controller, and my partner and I can fight about it like we do the TV remote. However, Casper does have a two-person adjustable bed frame option, which requires the purchase of two twin mattresses so each sleeper can customize their own experience without disturbing the other. My partner and I are both happy sleeping just short of 180 degrees on most nights, though, and we've had fun experimenting with alternative angles (yes, the adjustable bed frame can also be a pretty decent game for the less than mature).

    The controller for our bed frame is about twice the size of an Apple TV remote and includes six buttons: Two adjust the top part of the bed, two move the bottom part up and down, and two control both halves of the bed simultaneously. At first, I felt a little weird about sleeping on an electronic bed base — what if it malfunctioned in the middle of the night? However, that hasn't happened, and even if it did, the worst-case scenario is that the slow, gentle movement could wake me up.

    Besides that unlikely hazard, plugging the bed into a nearby outlet could prove a challenge, what with air conditioners and phone chargers often taking up the most convenient spaces. However, a power bar easily solves that problem. (I happened to have one near my bed anyway.)

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    The Casper adjustable bed frame works with all foam mattresses. I don't have a Casper mattress, and it functions just fine with my alternative foam-based choice.

    Another plus — it's not ugly. My previous metal bed frame certainly didn't add to my bedroom décor. Meanwhile, the sleek, subtle design of Casper's bed frame is pleasing to look at and works with the various eclectic furniture items adorning my bedroom. It doesn't stand out as particularly ornamental or industrial and can fit into nearly any design scheme.

    My last concern when opting for the new bed frame was the storage space. Living in a small, New York City apartment means I need all the extra space I can get, so I've long used my under-the-bed area to store out-of-season clothing and extra towels and bed sheets. Fortunately, Casper's adjustable frame is 15 inches off the ground, providing even more space than my old bed frame — my four under-the-bed storage containers fit with room to spare. And the movement of the frame never obstructs access to my belongings.

    Though it's a bit of an investment, my new adjustable bed frame has brought both me and my partner relief we didn't previously think a bed frame could provide. I'd recommend it to people with sleep apnea, indigestion, bad backs, swollen legs — the list goes on.

    Buy the Casper Adjustable Bed Frame for $1,095 (twin XL), $1,195 (queen), or $1,995 (split king/California king)

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    The Golden Globes, the award show decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), has long been considered the "fun" awards show— and these photos prove that reputation.

    Since the 76th Annual Golden Globes are upon us, INSIDER combed the internet to find the best vintage photos throughout the show's decades-long history.

    Keep scrolling to see what the Golden Globes looked like up to six decades ago.

    The Golden Globes were first held in 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a band of writers that came together in 1943.

    The first ceremony was held at 20th Century Fox. It then moved around for two decades until finding its permanent home, the Beverly Hills Hilton, in 1961.



    The award ceremony became more glamorous as time went on. By the 20th Golden Globes, the stage looked more like the one we are accustomed to.

    This year, the Golden Globes will be held on January 6, 2019, and will be hosted by actors Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh.



    All of Hollywood's best and brightest of the time attend the awards, such as Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay in 1958.

    These two have a famous daughter of their own, Mariska Hargitay, a.k.a. Olivia Benson of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."



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    A hotel has the possibility to make or break your vacation — but, if it's one of the best boutique hotels in the world, chances are you'll be in very, very good hands.

    In 2018's Boutique Hotel Awards, fourteen hotels around the world took home top honors in a range of categories.

    The hotels were judged on "all aspects of the guest experience covering six categories: dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location and, most importantly, staff service and overall emotional impact," according to the news release.

    A hotel in Bali was named the best overall boutique hotel, while hotels in Portugal, South Africa, Greece, New Zealand, and other countries also won top spots. Categories include World's Best Beach or Coastal Hotel, Best Honeymoon Hideaway, Most Stunning Views, and more.

    Here are the top boutique hotels in the world, from a beachside retreat in the Maldives to a wellness resort in Austria.

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    World's Best Beach or Coastal Hotel: Reethi Faru Resort

    Location: Filaidhoo, Maldives
    Rates starting at: $171



    World's Best City Explorer: Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel

    Location: Lisbon, Portugal
    Rates starting at: $133



    World's Best Classic Elegance Hotel: Relais & Chateaux Hotel Heritage

    Location: Bruges, Belgium
    Rates starting at: $222



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    Maleeka T. Hollaway

    • Maleeka Hollaway is a millennial entrepreneur who teaches small business owners and entrepreneurs to position themselves to grow sustainable businesses and brands.
    • When she first started her own business, she knew she wanted to create multiple income streams — but she wasn't sure where to start.
    • So she began doing just about everything that came her way, until she realized there was a common thread through all of her business offerings: communication.
    • Below, she explains how she built her own streams of income, and where she recommends other small business owners start.

    When I first started my own business about four years ago, I had no clue what I really wanted to do.

    I knew that I could not build a sustainable business doing one-off projects. I needed to diversify my offerings and extend my professional reach. I needed to be one of those people who made money in my sleep.

    To be that person, I knew I needed multiple streams of income. For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard people say that the average millionaire has seven streams of income — so that was a good place to start.

    So, I started digging into what it took to start a successful business and I started seeing articles suggesting that the best thing to do was to market every skill I had that people would pay me for.

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    Before I knew it, I was editing, ghostwriting, managing social media accounts, coaching freelancers, consulting on building brands, pitching myself and others for media features, and getting paid to write for publications. It seemed like I was all over the place. Sure, I had multiple streams of income, but there was too much going on.

    I took step back and realized a thread joined all of these tasks together: I am a communicator. Everything I did then and that I do now in my business revolves around communicating.

    Now I’m a publicist, a writer, a coach, and a consultant. I’ve created a small arsenal of digital products including workbooks and masterclasses that teach my customers about productivity, marketing, branding, and public relations. I collaborate with other business owners whose products or services complement mine, and I promote their products as an affiliate. I’ve also created a stream of income speaking and training. While the income isn’t passive like the affiliate income, it doesn’t feel like work because I speak about things that excite me, and that I am passionate about sharing.

    When you are looking to diversify your service and product offerings, consider all the things you can teach others about your area of expertise. Try these three steps:

    Condense your knowledge into a book, an informative ebook and create a mini-course teaching a specific tactic someone can use

    Not only do you only have to write the e-book or create the course one time, but once it’s out there, it can sell while you’re sleeping! Imagine putting in the work to develop your content one time and then being able to watch it sell repeatedly.

    Google became my best friend as I read a few articles on how to set up my course or sell my e-books from platforms like Thinkific and Teachable. I did a bit of on-the-job training by trialing both platforms before I made my decision based on ease of use.

    Read More:I started my own business more than 15 years ago, and I wish I could have given myself 3 crucial pieces of advice

    I learned quickly that having digital products available for sale at all times increases your chances of establishing your credibility and allows you to “make money in your sleep.” Not every stream of income you have needs to be attached to your immediate attention. The creation of passive income products allows you to reach people without taking time out of your day.

    Consider being an ambassador (aka affiliate) for the products and services you already use

    Affiliate marketing where you get commission based off selling someone else’s products. The first time I ever saw the power of affiliate marketing was when I noticed that my email marketing platform sent me an email that said “Get a free month for everyone you recommend to use our platform!” And although I was only paying $15 a month, I figured if one person started using the platform, that’s $15 I could save.

    I started looking at every tool I was using to see if they offered the same type of promotion deal and most of them did. Some offered a free month of service and others offered 20% residual of every service sold. Email marketing platforms, scheduling apps, e-commerce platforms and more typically have a form of affiliate marketing to offer. It’s not a lot, but if you leverage the power of your network, it adds up.

    If you like public speaking or teaching, turn your expertise into signature talks or workshops

    Joining your local Toastmasters program can help you build a foundation for public speaking. If you are a member of any professional associations, chamber of commerce clubs, or business groups, find out their process for speaker selection at their meetings or events.

    I started off searching Facebook for business owners who were hosting events and needed speakers to get my feet wet. I did about seven free events before I started packaging my talks to get paid to speak.

    There are organizations who will pay for your genius, so position yourself to share it. Even if you don’t get paid upfront for speaking, learn to master the art of selling from the stage or from the back of the room. Either way, you’ll grow your influence and reach by leveraging your expertise and connecting with more people and you’ll have an additional avenue of earning extra income.

    Maleeka T. Hollaway is a millennial, entrepreneur, speaker, and writer obsessed with personal development, leadership, and small business growth. Her goal is to teach SBOs and entrepreneurs to position themselves to grow sustainable businesses and brands. Meet her on www.maleekahollaway.com.

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    • The Plaza, a five-star hotel overlooking Central Park, is one of the city's most legendary and luxurious hotels.
    • The hotel is throwing a lavish New Year's Eve bash that will include aerialists, decadent desserts and hors d'oeuvres, live music, and of course, plenty of Champagne at an open bar.
    • Tickets start at $1,200 for two people and include a night's stay at the hotel.
    • For non-hotel guests, one admission to the party is $850.

     

    One of New York City's most iconic hotels is hosting a New Year's Eve party to remember.

    The Plaza, a five-star hotel that overlooks Central Park, is holding a lavish black-tie masquerade ball on December 31, and it will include aerialists, live music, a decadent dinner and dessert, and of course, free-flowing Champagne. Tickets start at $1,200 for two people.

    "Welcome 2019 with an evening fete unlike you've seen before," reads the Plaza's description of the event. "Just steps from the comfort of your room, embrace a black tie affair complete with delectable hors d'oeuvres, a decadent dinner and an evening of dancing under the legendary laylight in the selection of Fine Wines and Champagne."

    The Plaza promises glitz, glamour, and a midnight balloon drop.

    Read more: A luxury hotel in Times Square hosts a rooftop New Year's Eve party where guests are only 150 feet from the ball drop and box seats cost up to $125,000

    The party will take place at the hotel's glamorous and iconic Palm Court, with its palm trees and soaring ceilings.

    Everyone has a Plaza story, and we’d love to hear yours! What’s your favorite memory from The Palm Court? 📷: @rachelannjensen

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    Tickets to the party start at $1,200 for two people and include a night's stay at the hotel, a representative for the Plaza told Business Insider. But at the time of publication, the cheapest New Year's Eve packages available was $2,767, which includes a night in a deluxe king room, one admission to the Palm Court party (with each additional ticket costing $900), and a $100 in-room dining credit.

    For non-hotel guests, a ticket to the party will cost $850 and can be obtained by emailing or calling the hotel.

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    Bird Box Netflix

    • Netflix said its original movie "Bird Box," starring Sandra Bullock, was viewed by 45 million accounts in its first seven days on the streaming service, a record for the company.
    • The streaming giant said that a "view" counted as someone watching at least 70% of a movie, but no other specifics were given, and that stat wasn't verified by a third party.
    • Producer Rebecca Green believes Netflix needs to be more transparent about the performance of its titles, not just so people can better understand the context of the data, but also to help more of these types of movies get made.
    • "Bird Box" and another title this year that Netflix said had a major impact with subscribers, "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," were both directed by women and had female leads.

     

    On Friday, Netflix said that over 45 million accounts on its service had watched its latest original movie, “Bird Box,” the Susanne Bier-directed thriller that follows Sandra Bullock as she tries to survive an unseen presence that causes people to kill themselves.

    According to Netflix, "Bird Box" broke its record for the most-watched Netflix film over the course of seven days (it premiered on the site on December 21).

    This isn’t the first time the streaming giant has boasted about one of its projects having a major impact with its subscribers. But it did mark a first by the company in giving the public the number of accounts that had watched a project: 45,037,125 to be exact.

    That number instantly grabbed the attention of the industry.

    Instead of a broad (but vague) declaration — like in Netflix's Q3 earnings report when the company said Susan Johnson’s rom-com “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was one of the “most viewed original films ever with strong repeat viewing,” or earlier this month when Netflix’s CCO Ted Sarandos said that its holiday title “The Christmas Chronicles” had the “most impact” of any from the movie’s star Kurt Russell in his 56-plus year filmography — this was something of substance.

    Or was it?

    Though Netflix revealed the huge number, it didn’t give specifics. How many of those 45 million watched the movie from beginning to end? What were the demographics of the viewers? Those are the types of stats that movie studios and TV networks release about their content.

    Netflix has historically been guarded about its data, even keeping the information from the filmmakers and producers who have made the projects for the company. Netflix views data as a competitive advantage and does not want to give it away unless there is something to be gained. 

    But over the weekend, as the industry publicly debated how real that 45 million number was, Netflix gave another rare reveal: it defined what a single view was.

    A Netflix spokesperson told Entertainment Weekly that a "view" counted once it surpassed 70% of the total running time, including credits. Netflix also specified that a single account “may include multiple views and viewers, but is only counted once.”

    bird boxDespite the clarification, people inside Hollywood are skeptical.

    “I’m a huge fan and proponent of Netflix, but to believe that nearly one-third of all of their subscribers not only watched 70% of the movie, but did so in the first week of it being on the site is all but unfathomable,” one producer told Business Insider over the weekend. “I want to believe it, but just can’t. It’s not a watch for the faint of heart after all.” 

    That 45 million number has not been verified by a third-party measurement company in the way TV ratings and box-office results generally are.

    Others industry insiders wondered about the performance of Netflix's other recent high-profile titles, which didn't get a data shout-out.

    “Not a peep about how many subscribers watched ‘Roma,’” one industry insider said, referring the company’s Oscar hopeful.

    But the biggest debate that the “Bird Box” viewing stat prompted was around how to compare it to box-office returns.

    Some even claimed the movie would have had the biggest opening week in box-office history:

    “That assumes that 45 million people would have gone to the theater to see the film, which I do not believe would have been the case,” producer Rebecca Green (“It Follows,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams”) told Business Insider. “Netflix is not up against the same barriers as theaters, they don’t have to account for consumer logistics — figuring out what theater is playing the film you want to see, getting up and leaving home, especially in the snow, purchasing tickets. Because of this, in no way does one Netflix viewer equal one ticket sale at the theater.”

    The biggest irony of the “Bird Box” box-office conversation is that Netflix did show it in theaters. But the company has not released its box-office gross for the movie (it has never released the box-office figures of any of the movies its released in theaters).

    Read more: Netflix's "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" is an interactive movie with 5 different endings, and fans can expect more "Black Mirror" in 2019

    Green — who along with producing created the website, Dear Producer, which champions and mentors others in the profession — believes the latest Netflix news is nothing but a publicity stunt and that Netflix's lack of transparency about data hurts filmmakers. 

    “My goal is to create original content for wide audiences, but how do I cater to an audience if I do not know what they are turning in to watch?” she said. “'It Follows' has been on Netflix for two years and I have no idea how many people have viewed the film. ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’ has been on Amazon Prime for two years as well and I have no idea how many people have viewed the film on that platform. Why share the stats for one film but not the others aside from wanting to create buzz?”

    To All The Boys Ive Loved Before Lana CondorGreen said a company like Netflix being transparent could be a game changer in the industry. In an era when inclusion of women and people of color is a rallying cry in Hollywood, Netflix could help push it forward.

    Two movies that Netflix said were some of its biggest this year, “Bird Box” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” were directed by women and had female leads. In the case of “Boys I’ve Loved Before,” it was directed and written by women and had a Vietnamese-American as its lead.

    “If we had metrics showing that these films were performing well, getting these kind of films financed would be a lot easier,” Green said.

    Netflix did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

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    • NASA's New Horizons probe, which visited Pluto in 2015, is closing in on a mysterious object called Ultima Thule.
    • New Horizons will fly past Ultima Thule, formally known as 2014 MU69, on New Year's Day.
    • Ultima Thule will be the most distant object humanity has ever visited (if the flyby goes as planned).
    • The nuclear-powered spacecraft will take hundreds photos of the space rock.
    • The flyby is "about 10,000 times" more challenging than visiting Pluto, the mission's leader said.

    NASA scientists are about to make history by flying a probe past a mysterious, mountain-size rock beyond the orbit of Pluto.

    The object is called Ultima Thule (pronounced "tool-ee"), and it's more than 4 billion miles from Earth. If the flyby goes as planned, this will be the most distant object humanity has ever tried to explore.

    NASA's nuclear-powered New Horizons spacecraft will attempt the maneuver on New Year's Day, taking hundreds of photos in a highly choreographed, pre-programmed sequence. The space probe will reach its closest point to the space rock — about 2,192 miles— at 12:33 a.m. EST. New Horizons will also turn around to photograph its exit at a speed of about 32,200 mph.

    The mission is as surprising as it is ambitious: NASA didn't know Ultima Thule — or 2014 MU69, as it's formally known — existed when New Horizons launched toward Pluto in 2006. There wasn't even a reliable way to detect the object until astronauts plugged an upgraded camera into the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009.

    The uncertainty about Ultima Thule makes planetary science researchers like Alan Stern, who leads the New Horizons mission, all the more excited about the flyby.

    "If we knew what to expect, we wouldn't be going to Ultima Thule. It's an object we’ve never encountered before," Stern told Business Insider. "This is what what exploration is about."

    Here's what to expect from the flyby and how to watch a live broadcast.

    What Ultima Thule is and where it's located

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    New Horizons is coasting through a zone called the Kuiper Belt, a region where sunlight is about as weak as the light from a full moon on Earth. That far away, frozen leftovers of the solar system's formation called Kuiper Belt Objects, or KBOs, lurk in vast numbers. (Pluto is one of them.)

    Ultima Thule is one of these pristine remnants. It has presumably remained in its distant and icy orbit for billions of years, and it's also too small to deform under its own heft and erase its early history from humanity's prying eyes.

    Studying the object might therefore reveal new clues about how the solar system evolved to form planets like Earth, Stern said.

    "Ultima is the first thing we've been to that is not big enough to have a geological engine like a planet, and also something that's never been warmed greatly by the sun," he said. "It's like a time capsule from 4.5 billion years ago. That's what makes it so special."

    Stern compared the flyby to an archaeological dig in Egypt.

    "It's like the first time someone opened up the pharaoh's tomb and went inside, and you see what the culture was like 1,000 years ago," he said. "Except this is exploring the dawn of the solar system."

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    Stern considers Ultima Thule to be a "planetesimal" or seed that might have formed a planet if it had acquired enough material.

    "It's a building block of larger planets, or a planetary embryo," Stern said. "In that sense, it's like a paleontologist finding the fossilized embryo of a dinosaur. It has a very special value."

    Journey into the unknown

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    New Horizons performed the first-ever visit to Pluto in 2015, and following that successful encounter, NASA added the bonus mission to Ultima Thule.

    In June, New Horizons woke up from half a year of hibernation to begin zeroing in on its new target. Mission managers then fired the probe's engine in October to put it on a more precise path to Ultima Thule. Last week, researchers confirmed no moons, debris, or other potentially dangerous objects were floating in the flight path of New Horizons, so they kept the robot on-course for its historic encounter.

    Stern said the first images that New Horizons captures will each take two hours to transmit. Then each bit of image data, moving at the speed of light as radio waves, will take about six hours to reach antennas on Earth. Those early photos will be released to the public on January 2.

    However, those pictures will be small (as they were for Pluto). It will take months to receive the most detailed, full-resolution images due to the power, antenna, and other physical limitations of the New Horizons spacecraft. The first full-resolution images won't arrive until February, and it could take up to two years for the researchers to get all of the flyby data.

    Stern shied away from making any predictions about what the images might show, citing how shocking the first close-up pictures of Pluto were.

    "I don't know what we're going to find," he said. "If it's anything as surprising as Pluto, though, it will be wonderful."

    Once scientists are finally able to pore over New Horizons' images of Ultima Thule, they will pay close attention to the outward appearance of the rock. Learning whether the surface is relatively smooth or features a mix of pebbles, huge boulders, cliffs, and other features will yield clues about how planets form.

    '10,000 times harder than reaching Pluto'

    Stern, who recently helped write a book titled "Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto," said Ultima Thule got its name from a Norse phrase that means "beyond the farthest frontiers."

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    Hubble first definitively photographed Ultima Thule in June 2014, which was about a year before New Horizons visited Pluto.

    This upcoming flyby is dramatically more difficult than the Pluto visit, Stern said.

    "Rendezvousing with something the size of a large, filthy mountain covered in dirt, a billion miles away from Pluto, and honing in on it is about 10,000 times harder than reaching Pluto," he said. "That's because it's about 10,000 times smaller. The achievement of getting to it is unbelievable."

    Pinpointing exactly where Ultima Thule would be in space when New Horizons could fly past it required a "two and a half week odyssey" of telescope observations around the world, mission scientist Simon Porter tweeted over the weekend. To see Ultima Thule block the light of a distant star — a way to confirm the space rock's precise orbit — the researchers had to fly an airplane-based telescope called SOFIA and deploy dozens of telescopes in Argentina.

    In a New York Times op-ed published on New Year's Eve, Stern described the encounter as "mind-boggling."

    "As you celebrate New Year's Day, cast an eye upward and think for a moment about the amazing things our country and our species can do when we set our minds to it," Stern wrote.

    The target of New Horizons' cameras and other instruments won't just be Ultima Thule itself, either.

    "We're plastering all of the space around it for moons, rings, and even an atmosphere," Stern said. "If any of those things are there, we'll see them."

    Watch live coverage of New Horizons' flyby of Ultima Thule

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    Anyone interested in watching Ultima Thule flyby events can tune into several live video broadcasts being hosted on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Broadcasts that feature the first images and science results will occur later, on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physical Laboratory (JHU APL), which manages the New Horizons mission, will host the suite of broadcasts through the lab's YouTube channel.

    Additionally, NASA TV and NASA Live will mirror some of the New Horizons coverage, even though the government shutdown— led by President Donald Trump over border-wall funding — has sent many NASA workers home.

    The first Ultima Thule broadcast will be a press conference with Stern and other mission scientists on Monday at 2 p.m. EST. Then, at 12:02 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brain May will release a song dedicated to the mission. Video coverage will continue through 12:15 a.m. EST: the moment New Horizons flies past Ultima Thule about 4 billion miles from Earth.

    Michael Buckley, a JHU APL spokesperson, said there will be a video feed of the moment scientists learn that the mission succeeded. That live coverage should begin on Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. EST, and the "ok" signal from New Horizons should arrive around 10 a.m. EST. A press conference will follow at 11:30 a.m. EST.

    On Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST and Thursday at 2 p.m. EST, JHU APL will host follow-up press conferences to discuss new photos and scientific results.

    You can watch the main New Horizons events via the NASA Live video player we've embedded below.

    This story has been updated. It was originally published on December 22, 2018.

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    woman work interview happy bossWe’re hiring a Research Associate to join our Digital Health team at Business Insider Intelligence.

    At Business Insider Intelligence, we’re passionate about making market research that industry leaders use to make strategic decisions. To accomplish that goal, we hire great writers with an unrelenting curiosity to uncover the deeper truths in industry news and craft them into compelling narratives on what the future will look like and what companies can do to get there first.

    The digital health associate will create content on the development of digital technologies — from wearable devices and mobile health apps to telehealth services, artificial intelligence, and even blockchain — that are transforming everyday access and delivery of healthcare for patients, doctors, insurers, and pharmacies alike.

    This is a role for someone with 1-3 years of relevant work experience, who is passionate about digital transformation (particularly in the healthcare sphere) and business, and loves to write.  

     

    About Business Insider Intelligence

    Business Insider Intelligence is Business Insider’s real-time, premium research service focused on digital disruption. We publish market data, trend analysis, and proprietary survey data for executives in many industries.

    Desired Skills & Experience

    • Ability to quickly sort through masses of data and pull out what really matters to professionals and why

    • Ability to write clearly and concisely about data-driven trends, consumer and business-to-business markets, and the larger tech industry

    • Diligence and persistence in researching

    • Ability to work in a team-oriented, fast-paced, and rapidly-changing environment

    • Attention to detail

    • Proficiency in MS Excel required

    • Solid grounding in business analysis fundamentals

    • Strong communication and writing skills

    • An interest in data-driven visual storytelling

    • Internships in market/consumer research, consulting, tech research, or relevant experience in a similar position is helpful but not required

    If this is the right opportunity for you, please apply online and tell us why you're a good fit for the role.

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    An old photo shows that Miley Cyrus' parents got married 25 years ago in their living room, around the same time of year that the singer tied the knot with Liam Hemsworth in 2018. 

    Tish Cyrus (Miley's mother) took to Instagram to share an old photo of herself and Billy Ray Cyrus (Miley's father) on their wedding day, in honor of their anniversary. 

    "25 years ago today @billyraycyrus and I stood in our living room in Franklin Tn and said 'I Do.' I would definitely say everything has come full circle! I love u Lovey..... if I had to do it all again, I wouldn't change a thing 💗 #happyanniversary" Tish captioned an image of the couple.

    Similarly, Miley and Hemsworth had a low-key wedding that took place at their Franklin, Tennessee, home on December 23, according to "E! News."

    They haven't spoken in detail about the celebration, but posts shared on social media have given fans a glimpse of what it was like. The couple was joined by family members on both sides, including Liam's famous brothers, actors Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth.

     

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    Cyrus' relatives were also on hand for the wedding, including her parents and her siblings: Brandi Cyrus (Miley's half-sister from Tish's previous marriage to Baxter Neal Helson), Braison Cyrus (Miley's younger brother), and  Noah Cyrus (Miley's younger sister). Missing from the photo was Trace Cyrus, Miley's half-brother from Tish's past marriage.

     

    Wedding wouldn't be complete without one shot from Dads out dated blackberry camera. Love seeing all so happy

    A post shared by Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) on Dec 27, 2018 at 2:26pm PST on

    The wedding celebration included pink "Mr. and Mrs." balloons, a two-tiered cake, a "shotski," and a pastel balloon arch, which was visible in a photo shared by Braison's fiancée, Stella McBride.

    Nothing better than celebrating love & family over the holidays ✨with my favorite wedding date✨

    A post shared by Stella McBride (@stylesofstella) on Dec 27, 2018 at 4:28pm PST on

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    The "Malibu" singer wore a simple $8,600 Vivienne Westwood gown.

    This makes my heart so happy .... 💗

    A post shared by Tish Cyrus (@tishcyrus) on Dec 27, 2018 at 12:07pm PST on

    The couple met 10 years ago, while on the set of the 2010 movie "The Last Song." The film was based on a novel written by Nicholas Sparks and two stars played love interests.  

    miley cyrus liam hemsworth the last song

    When Cyrus was asked about their relationship in 2009, she referred to Hemsworth as her "best friend" and played coy regarding whether or not they were an item. They confirmed their relationship the following year while attending the 2010 Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

    Miley Cyrus Liam Hemsworth

    The couple was off and on with a series of breakups and makeups through 2010 to 2015 that included a broken engagement. By 2016, the "Wrecking Ball" singer confirmed that the pair were engaged for the second time

    liam hemsworth and miley cyrus

    Most recently, Cyrus called Hemsworth her "survival partner" after he rescued their animals amid the California wildfires that destroyed their Malibu home.

    "He thinks it's not romantic, but I learned that it is," she told Howard Stern on his radio show. "That is why you pair up with someone, for survival, and he was so incredible. He got all the animals out in his truck."

    Tish and Billy Ray also had an on-again-off-again relationship. Prior to becoming a couple, Tish gave birth to Brandi and Trace with Henson. Billy Ray also has a son named Christian Cody from a previous relationship with Kristin Luckey. 

    Tish and Billy Ray welcomed their first child together, Miley (who was born Destiny Hope), in November 1992 and got married on December 28, 1993. The couple later expanded their family with the birth of Braison in 1994 and Noah in 2000. 

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    Throughout their relationship, Tish and Billy Ray have been open about their ups and downs. In 2010 the singer filed for divorce but later called it off. Three years later, Tish filed for divorce, but the couple got back together shortly after.

    "We both woke up and realized we love each other and decided we want to stay together," they said in a statement shared by People. "We both went into couples therapy, something we haven't done in 22 years of being together, and it's brought us closer together and really opened up our communication in amazing ways."

    Speaking to People in 2016, Billy Ray opened up about how he and his wife continue to make their relationship work.

    "It's like everything in life," he said. "You take it one step at a time. One day at a time. I think one of the most important things in life and in a relationship is, you make adjustments."

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    Maharaja Padmanabh Singh

     

    At 20 years old, Padmanabh Singh controls a fortune of between $697 million and $855 million and is called a "king."

    Padmanabh Singh, full title Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, is the young monarch of Jaipur, a city in northwestern India famous for its pink architecture and imperial palaces.

    Singh's royal title is not officially recognized by law, as India is a federal parliamentary democratic republic with a president and a prime minister. But it "still inspires respect in this deeply hierarchical country where the aristocracy is venerated despite rapid social change," according to the Guardian.

    The wealth of the royal family is estimated to be between $697 million and $2.8 billion.

    Singh spends his time playing polo, studying liberal arts, walking in fashion shows, and traveling the world.

    Here's a look at the young royal's life.

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    Padmanabh Singh is the 20-year-old king of Jaipur, India. His full title is Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur.

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    Singh, whose family and friends call him "Pacho," is the 303rd descendant of the royal family of Jaipur.

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    He became king in 2011 after the death of his grandfather, Sawai Man Singhji Bahadur, who was called "the last Maharaja of Jaipur" when he died because he ascended to the throne soon before royal privileges stopped being recognized in India.

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