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Computer Repair, Maintenace, Installation, Web Design and Tech Support – New York City, NY

When it comes to servicing your computer, we strive to provide business and home MAC and PC users in NYC Manhattan and Brooklyn with a service oriented experience. All of our service professionals are Microsoft Certified MCPs. We provide small business to medium business, home, house calls, onsite and off site dropoff computer repair NYC.

For small businesses the experts at b4computers can:

  • Setup Microsoft Windows Server domain and workgroup networks
  • Repair Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012 operating systems
  • Setup, upgrade and repair Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo and other servers
  • Provide secure internet access through a VPN LAN
  • Setup a business network with domain configured windows server environment

For business and home the experts at b4computers can:

  • Perform the service and repair at your business, home, or you can come to us
  • Fix problems encountered with all standard hardware and software for server, desktop, tower, laptop, notebook, and netbook.
  • Provide service to install, Windows upgrade and repair for Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
  • We repair and are experienced with all manufacturers such as Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, IBM, ThinkPad, Vaio, Toshiba, Mac, Macbook, Macbook Pro, iMac and others.
  • Upgrade and repair laptop, desktop and tower computers
  • Repair cracked laptop screen, dim or flickering LCD screens for laptops and LCD monitors
  • Update your operating system with fixes, drivers, and security updates
  • Train you on how to operate your computers and keep them updated so you encounter fewer problems
  • Computer hardware and software upgrade advice
  • Configure the software to enable us to service your computers remotely
  • Setup secure and encrypted wireless networks
  • Extend wireless networks to reach all rooms and spaces
  • Service your computers with privacy and confidentiality in mind
  • Hard drive data recovery

We do not sell any parts directly to the client. Parts can be purchased by the client or we can purchase it for you to perform the repair. What it costs us to acquire the part is what you pay.

Onsite in home PC computer repair service is at $75 per hour plus parking if applicable.
Onsite business workstation and server computer repair service is at $90 per hour plus parking if applicable.

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Virus removal NYC, Malware removal  Manhattan, Adware Removal Brooklyn

In the early age of computers viruses would try to display a message on your screen, delete your files and break the operating system. Now most viruses are trying to make money off of you. They do this with

Google ads that either you click on or they get paid simply showing the ad. We can remove the virus and repair your computer so its safe to use and with restored performance. You can get a virus from an email attachment, adobe flash, java, website and programs you download. We provide virus removal services in Manhattan Brooklyn New York. We can provide this service at your business and home or you can drop off your computer in New York City.

There are many types of computer viruses:

Boot sector virus – Infects your hard drive and works in the background.

Browser Hijacker –
Infects Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome redirects the page you want to visit to an advertisement website page. When you search on Google changes the search result with new links that redirects to ads. Changes your home page to a fake search page. It also can display pop ups

Polymorphic Virus – Evades antivirus utilities by changing its own program to prevent detection.

Resident Virus – Loads a side virus that restores the main virus when deleted

Rootkit Virus – Invisible virus that hides and runs in the background

Trojan Virus – Gets installed when loading a program or utility you want

Keylogger Virus – Records your passwords and sends them back to virus creator

Ransomware – Stops you from using your computer until you pay with a green dot MoneyPak. This shows up in many forms like the FBI computer virus

Worm – Is a virus program that copies and multiplies itself by using computer networks

Fake Antivirus – Logos and images look almost like the real thing. They run a fake scan then displays a result page of all the viruses it found. Then asks you to purchase the program to remove them.

Spyware / Adware – tracking and storing Internet users’ movements on the Web and serving up pop-up ads to Internet users.

If you would like more information on all the different types of viruses out there click below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus

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When your technician comes over, please remember that time is money. Although we work very fast, we are not psychic and can never be 100% sure how much time a certain task could take. The charge is by an hourly rate, even if it takes 4 hours to do something you thought would take only 2 hours.

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The first charge is always for arriving/traveling and the first hour of work. Even if your problem is fixed after 9 minutes, you will still have to pay for the entire hour. After the first hour, charges will be made for parts of an hour (for example, 2 hours and 10 minutes).

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We accept cash or checks (with a preference for cash). If you are a business, we can invoice you, and set up a time to be paid. For remote/online service, we accept payment through PayPal.com or Google Checkout.

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Since this is New York, most of our traveling takes place on public transportation, which means that if you live too far from the city, there will be an extra charge for the first hour (the hour that includes the traveling fee).

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Take a look at what employees at top companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Adobe do for fun in the office

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All work and no play makes … well, certainly nothing good for office morale.

When Business Insider toured the offices of Yelp, LinkedIn, Facebook, Kickstarter, and Adobe, both virtually and in person, we found that they’re all full of opportunities to have a little fun in the workplace during the day.

From swinging around in the gym to playing some fun, old-fashioned board games, here’s what these employees do at the office when they aren’t working:

SEE ALSO: A look inside Kickstarter’s Brooklyn office, where employees enjoy perks like a secret rooftop garden, coffee on tap, and plenty of dogs

DON’T MISS: A look inside Facebook’s New York office, where employees of the $280 billion company enjoy virtual reality games and an in-house pastry chef

Employees at Yelp’s Manhattan office can enjoy a game of corn hole during work hours …

… or a quick round of table hockey.

And for the more musical workers at Yelp, there’s always the office’s new karaoke machine.

See the full Yelp office tour »

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The Golden Gate Bridge just turned 80 years old — take a look at its historic build

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The Golden Gate Bridge celebrates the 80th anniversary of its opening on Saturday, May 27.

“A necklace of surpassing beauty was placed about the lovely throat of San Francisco yesterday,” wrote a San Francisco Chronicle reporter a day after the opening ceremonies in 1937.

The Golden Gate is neither the longest nor the tallest bridge in the US — but its marriage of engineering and art makes it one of the most stunning sites in the world.

These vintage photos show how the crown jewel of San Francisco’s skyline came together.

SEE ALSO: The Brooklyn Bridge just turned 134 years old — here are 14 surprising facts about the iconic landmark

The proposal for a bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County overcame unlikely odds. Ferry companies fought it because it would cut into their profits carrying some 50,000 commuters a day into the city. Environmentalists thought it would be obtrusive.

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It is said that advocates of the bridge began to spread drawings of what it might look like, and its beauty won over the opposition. District voters approved a $35 million budget.

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On July 9, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt pressed a button that that set off a charge of dynamite, starting construction work on the historic bridge over the San Francisco Bay.

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We've been obsessed with calories for 100 years because of a book you've never heard of, but we're finally moving on

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  • A little-known Los Angeles physician named Lulu Hunt Peters played a major role in popularizing the use of calorie counting for weight loss
  • Her 1918 book, “Diet and Health with a Key to the Calories,” was the world’s first best-selling diet book
  • Despite the ubiquity of calories today, recent studies reveal that they are an imperfect measure of nutrition
  • In recent years, there’s been a positive trend away from focusing only on calories. Instead, experts are encouraging people to eat more real food — vegetables, grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats

Standing before a room of women in Los Angeles, Lulu Hunt Peters wrote a word on a blackboard that she said held the keys to empowerment. It was a word most of her audience had never heard before. Peters insisted it was just as important as terms like “foot” and “yard,” and that if they came to understand and use it, they would be serving their country and themselves.

The word was “calorie.” It was 1917, and although the calorie had been used in chemistry circles for decades — and is often credited to scientists such as Wilbur Olin Atwater and Nicolas Clément — it was Peters who was responsible for popularizing the idea that all we need to become healthier is knowing how much energy is in our food and fervently cutting back the excess. But her teachings weren’t all academic. She also referred to overweight people as “fireless cookers” and accused them of hoarding the valuable wartime commodity of fat “in their own anatomy.” Nevertheless, Peters’ weight-loss program has become so popular that some experts worry it now eclipses more important aspects of nutrition.

Yet while Peters’ concept of calories has managed to stick around for 100 years, few have heard her name. As one of a handful of female physicians in California at the turn of the 20th century, Peters occupied a tenuous role as a health authority. After initially opening up her own private practice, she struggled to feel satisfied with her career. It was only after America entered the first World War that Peters had the opportunity to find her voice — first as a leader of a local women’s club and finally as America’s most enduring diet guru.

‘Hereafter, you are going to eat calories of food’

Lulu Peters was the picture of 1920s fashion. She wore her dark hair in the flapper style, bobbed and adorned with glittering headbands, and sported luxurious furs. Her ears were decorated with gleaming pearls. She wasn’t rail thin, as the social mores of middle-class white America said she ought to be, but she was 70 pounds leaner than she had been when she’d graduated from medical school — a point she emphasized with pride in a pamphlet she sold for 25 cents and later turned into the world’s first best-selling diet book.

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When it came to the science of nutrition and weight loss, Peters was in many ways decades ahead of her time. While ads in local newspapers pushed women to try everything from smoking (“Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet!“) to wearing medicated rubber garments to lose weight, Peters was breaking down complex scientific concepts like metabolism into accessible ideas that could be used to slim down.

In 1910, when the average life expectancy was 49 years, most Americans had never heard of things like calories, proteins, or carbohydrates. Even the science of vitamins was a fledgling endeavor characterized by a great deal of pseudoscience. Through her newspaper columns and clubhouse talks, Peters introduced hundreds of people to these ideas, and even began to link unhealthy eating with specific diseases. She went so far as to recommend intermittent fasting for those struggling to lose weight, a topic that is only now beginning to emerge in the scientific literature.

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Still, it is what Peters taught her followers about calories that has endured the longest, that all you need to do to lose weight is consume fewer than you burn.

”Instead of saying one slice of bread, or a piece of pie, you will say 100 Calories of bread, 350 Calories of pie,” she wrote in 1918. “Hereafter, you are going to eat calories of food.”

‘How dare you hoard fat when our nation needs it?’

In 1909, Peters was one of about a thousand women across the country to graduate as a doctor of medicine. War and its demand for medical workers had helped temporarily ease some of the barriers blocking women from entering universities, and in 1910 the percentage of women physicians was at an all-time high at 5%. Shortly after receiving her degree from the University of California, Peters got a job leading the Los Angeles County Hospital’s pathology lab. Several years later, even as the percentage of women medical school graduates receded to below 3%, she secured a role as the chair of the public-health committee for the California women’s club federation of Los Angeles, a position that a local newspaper described as having “more power than the entire city health office.”

Still, she occupied a tenuous position in a society led by men. Even as a leading physician with two medical degrees, most of Peters’ roles were unpaid, including a one-year stint with the American Red Cross in 1918 during World War I. Many of the public-health events she attended were derided in local newspapers as nothing more than “supper parties” for “female physicians.” And these roles, which were already constrained by gender, were made even more exclusive by the fact that they were volunteer-only. Women who didn’t have access to money — many of them women of color — were simply barred from participating. Those who did attend made a show of their wealth. With her high-society flapper fashion, Peters was no exception.

Whatever signs of excess she displayed when it came to clothing, however, Peters made up for in her approach to eating.

After having struggled with her weight for years early in her career, Peters lost 70 pounds by carefully restricting the amount of food she ate. Her diet was a seemingly logical extension of basic chemistry: If you want to “reduce,” you need to put less energy into your body than it uses up. To do that, a unit of measure she’d applied frequently as a student of child nutrition at several Los Angeles hospitals, was key. She and her peers had relied upon calculating the caloric content of baby formula to ensure premature babies and other infants under their care were properly nourished. Now, the measure seemed an easy way to calculate the energy needs of adults.

As a leading member of the women’s club federation, Peters became a diet guru, frequently sharing bits of her dieting wisdom with her fellow members. One day, shortly before leaving for her World War I service with the Red Cross, she delivered a talk about weight loss. In order for her audience to understand how she lost weight, she had to introduce them to the unit of measure at the foundation of her plan. The calorie, she explained, was a measure of what she called “food values.”

“You should know and also use the word calorie as frequently, or more frequently, than you use the words foot, yard, quart, gallon, and so forth, as measures of length and liquids,” Peters said.

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Losing weight wasn’t merely about meeting societal expectations, though, at least in the way Peters chose to present it. Being severely overweight was also linked with chronic illnesses such as heart and kidney disease, she wrote. At the time, it was an idea that was just beginning to circulate among scientists. More important, Peters offered calorie counting as a moral, patriotic duty. Hungry troops at the front lines, Peters explained, needed the calories that women like her could do without. What was fat, she said, if not a high-energy resource that should be distributed to the soldiers abroad?

“In war time it is a crime to hoard food, and fines and imprisonment have followed the exposé of such practices,” Peters wrote. “Yet there are hundreds of thousands of individuals all over America who are hoarding food, and that one of the most precious of all foods! They have vast amounts of this valuable commodity stored away in their own anatomy.”

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Peters even went so far as to describe the discomfort of dieting as a physical reminder of their American loyalty and an easier way to deal with rationing. If the food they didn’t eat didn’t go directly to the troops abroad, their leftovers could be used to feed their children: “That for every pang of hunger we feel we can have a double joy, that of knowing we are saving worse pangs in … little children, and that of knowing that for every pang we feel we lose a pound.”

It may have sounded like a noble goal at first, but Peters had taken the idea of calorie counting too far.

An imperfect science

In a world dominated by celebrity fad diets that range from the absurd, like Reese Witherspoon’s alleged “baby-food diet,” to the absurdly unaffordable, such as Gwyneth Paltrow’s $200 “moon dust“-infused breakfast smoothie, calories can seem like the most scientific option for improving your health. But there is more guesswork involved in calorie calculations than you might think.

The current system of calorie counting on which our nutrition labels are based “provides only an estimate of the energy content of foods,” Malden C. Nesheim, a professor of nutrition at Cornell University, said at a 2013 meeting of the international nonprofit Institute for Food Technologists.

Traditionally, scientists calculated the energy content of foods using a large piece of machinery called a bomb calorimeter. The process involved placing a sample of food into the device, burning it, and measuring how much the water in a surrounding container heated up. Since a Calorie raises the temperature of a liter of water by 1 degree Celsius, the calorie count would be found by calculating the change in the water’s temperature multiplied by the water’s volume. Today, we use a shortcut called the Atwater system, named after agricultural chemist Wilbur Olin Atwater.

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Atwater — who actually wanted to use his work in the 1890s to help poor people get the most calories for their money — determined the average number of calories in four main energy sources: carbs, fats, protein, and alcohol. Fats, he found, were the most energy-dense, being worth about 9 calories per gram, while proteins and carbs were roughly equal at about 4 calories per gram. Alcohol was worth about 7 calories per gram.

The Atwater system is how the calorie counts on nutrition labels have been determined by the US Department of Agriculture since 1988. Before that, they were done by hand. Using this method, you’d be able to determine that a slice of wheat bread with 3 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of fat had roughly 60 calories.

Here’s the problem: Not all of us process all foods the same way.

“It’s definitely not just ‘calories in and calories out’ because two people could be [burning] more and consuming less and one person gains and one doesn’t,” says Cara Anselmo, a nutritionist and outpatient dietitian at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. “There are metabolic differences person to person.”

These variations mean that each of us needs a different amount of energy from our food, and it can vary substantially by the day. One issue that the Atwater system will never account for, Anselmo says, is the delicate balance of hormones that guide everything from appetite to digestion. These hormones can be influenced a great deal by our previous history of weight loss or weight gain.

“We find that with people who lose a significant amount of weight, hormones play an important role too. So someone who’s always been at 150 pounds can actually get away with eating more calories than someone who was at 250 pounds and lost 100 pounds. Your body is producing fewer of the hormones that make you feel full and more of the hormones that make you hungry,” Anselmo says.

This means that Peters, who lost a substantial amount of weight before writing her best-selling diet book, might have had to limit her diet more than someone who had always weighed what she did.

Other factors that scientists are just beginning to understand also influence the number of calories we actually get from food.

In a large review of studies published in the Journal of Nutrition, Purdue University scientists found that whole tree nuts and peanuts have roughly 15% fewer calories than the figure calculated using the Atwater method. Although nuts are high in fat, the researchers found, a significant portion of those oils end up being secreted when we eat them. Another study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2012 came to a similar conclusion about pistachios, finding that they had about 5% fewer calories than originally assumed.

When calories aren’t king

Let’s say that at lunchtime you’re given two options with the exact same number of calories. You can either have a ham sandwich, potato chips, and a can of soda or a salad and a whole-grain roll. Which would you choose?

You might be tempted to pick the sandwich and soda. After all, if they stack up the same in terms of calories, you might as well pick the one you can taste, right?

According to Peters and the many popular modern diets she influenced, the answer is yes. But it’s not that simple. While counting calories can be a useful tool in a bigger toolkit for weight loss, it is not a perfect solution for healthy eating, especially when it’s used in isolation.

Nichola Whitehead, a registered dietitian with a private practice in the UK, summarizes the problem this way: “While calories are important when it comes to losing, maintaining, or gaining weight, they are not the sole thing we should be focusing on when it comes to improving our health.”

Take the following two daily meal plans, for example, both of which are about 2,000 calories:

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While they tally up to the same number of calories, the two plans are far from equal.

“Both of these would give you the same number of calories, but only one of them will leave you feeling satiated and satisfied and give you the energy you need,” says Whitehead.

That’s because the meal on the right doesn’t provide what Whitehead calls “balance” — essentially the right mix of proteins, complex carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables that your body needs to be properly fueled in the long term. From the frosted cereal at breakfast to the white-bread sandwich at lunch to the refined pasta at dinner, the meal plan on the right is based around refined carbohydrates, which the body breaks down quickly. That means they’ll give you a short burst of energy and make you feel full for a few hours, but probably leave you hungry before your next meal.

“Empty calories only give a temporary fix,” Whitehead says.

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To keep energy levels up and keep you full and healthy for the long term, your diet needs to feed more than your stomach. It has to satiate your muscles, which crave protein, your digestive system, which runs at its best with fiber, and your tissues and bones, which work optimally when they’re getting vitamins from food.

How we got to now, from grapefruit diets to Weight Watchers

It wasn’t until 1990 that calories made an appearance on the food we buy, and they weren’t required by law until four years later.

Before that, there was simply no way to know for sure what was in the food you bought. Several years after Peters gave her calorie talk, Spam debuted as one of the first processed convenience foods. When World War II broke out, the easy-to-eat, no-spoil food was a hit among soldiers, and for the next 20 years, conflict, rather than craving, shaped the American palate. “In the universe of processed food,” Anastacia Marx de Salcedo writes in “Combat-Ready Kitchen,” “World War II was the Big Bang.” The 1960s saw the invention of two more processed-food milestones: The first chicken nugget and high-fructose corn syrup.

Perhaps in response to these unhealthy eating trends, severe diet fads emerged for each decade from Peters’ day to the present. In the 1930s, about a decade after Polish biochemist Casimir Funk first recommended people get enough of certain micronutrients called “vitamines” (later found in abundance in citrus fruits and veggies), the first grapefruit diet emerged, followed by a banana-and-skim-milk diet promoted by United Fruit, the planet’s leading banana importer. Several decades later, Weight Watchers surged in popularity, and in the 1970s, women were encouraged to take sleeping pills whenever they felt hungry.

Throughout history, most of these diets were heavily marketed to women, something that’s still true today. Nevertheless, in Peters’ day, she claimed to see weight loss as a tool that she and other women could use to liberate themselves, or, in her words, to become more “efficient.”

Today, neither the mantra of “calorie is king” nor the allure of fad diets appears to have won out in the global battle for our waistlines. In a hint that calories are here to stay, President Obama in 2010 introduced a piece of legislation requiring every large American restaurant chain to display calorie counts on their menus. Just last summer, singer Katy Perry claimed the “M Diet,” otherwise known as eating only raw mushrooms for one meal a day for two weeks, helped her lose fat in select areas of her body. Nevertheless, there is a move toward eating a more well-rounded diet based on vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. It’s a trend that dietitians and public-health experts say they’re encouraged by.

eating healthy

Several recent studies suggest that whether you’re looking for weight loss or to improve your health, the best eating plans are based around vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. These diets generally also include a variety of healthy fats, like those from nuts, fish, avocados, and olive oil. In its most report on the best eating plans, US News and World Report described vegetable-based (“plant-based”) diets as “good for the environment, your heart, your weight, and your overall health.”

This means that while we can certainly use calories as a tool to guide our eating choices, we shouldn’t live like Lulu Peters, focusing solely on one number.

“Calories should be a tool for information, rather than a way to live your life,” says Whitehead.

SEE ALSO: A dietitian put two daily meal plans side-by-side to show the shortcomings of counting calories for weight loss

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This is the VR experience the British Army is using as a recruitment tool

This VR experience puts potential recruits in the middle of actual army training exercises.

The British Army tested it at various events across the country and saw a 66% increase in recruitment applications.

The VR experience includes 4 scenarios: tank driving at Salisbury Plain, parachuting at RAF Brize Norton, mountaineering at Crib Goch in Wales, and combat training at Salisbury Plain.

It was created with production company Visualise and tested on the Samsung Gear VR headset.

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The 50 best computer science schools in the world

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A computer science degree from a top university can help graduates land their dream job at companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook.

But which computer science courses are the best ones to try and to get onto if you want to impress employers?

Using the QS World University Rankings 2017, we took a look at the universities with the top computer science and information systems courses.

The guide is one of the most reputable sources that students turn to when deciding which universities to apply to, and employers are also likely to refer to it when deciding which candidates to hire.

It is based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. The full methodology can be read here. We looked at the overall scores, which are out of 100.

50. University of Southern California — This is the oldest private research university on the west coast of America. The school achieved a score of 74.5 for its computer science and information systems courses.

49. Politecnico di Milano — The Politecnico di Milano boasts 74 professors at its computer science and engineering department. The faculty achieved a QS score of 74.6 for its computer science and information systems courses.

48. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Based in the Russian capital, the Lomonosov Moscow State University achieved a QS score of 74.7.

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The mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has died in a boating accident, and his father is in 'serious' condition

travis kalanick uberThe parents of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were both in a boating accident on Friday. His mother passed away, and his father is currently in the hospital in “serious” condition. The New York Times’ Mike Isaac was the first to report the news on Twitter.

Uber provided Business Insider with the following statement:

“Last night Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy. His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time.”

Business Insider also obtained an internal email that Uber sent to its employees, informing them of the news:

“Team:

I’m writing to share some heartbreaking news. Last night Travis’ mother died in a tragic boating accident near Fresno. His father, who was also on the boat, is in serious condition and is being treated at the hospital. This is an unthinkable tragedy as everyone in the Uber family knows how incredibly close Travis is to his parents.

Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and we wanted to let his Uber family know right away.

I know we all want to do whatever we can to help, and I’ll communicate again as soon as there is something we can share.”

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The cofounder of the company that helped bring the world BroBible wants to help millennials get rich

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Watch your back Cheddar.

Scott Grimes cofounded the entertainment-focused digital media company Woven (now Uproxx), which brought the world the edgy young male-aimed site BroBible. Now he wants to help young people better manage their wallets with a new web video venture.

Stackin aspires to become a go-to outlet for millennials looking for help with personal finance. The media property quietly rolled out a series of short videos on Facebook and Instagram last month, along the lines of “WTF is Compound Interest?”

Unlike the live business-news-focused Cheddar, which just received a round of funding and is now valued at $85 million,  Stackin is focused on a blend of service content and entertainment, like “Overdraft fees are whack.”

Grimes, who is still executive chairman at Uproxx, said he was inspired to launch Stackin after managing so many young people. “I was always blown away by their basic basic lack of fundamental knowledge about finance,” he said. “These were educated people. It was amazing. On things like student loan debt, they didn’t know where to begin.”

So he and partner Kyle Arbaugh, who previously ran revenue and strategy at Uproxx, saw an opening. Cheddar founder Jon Steinberg might tend to agree.

During a recent keynote interview at the Luma Digital Marketing Conference in New York ,Steinberg argued that unlike content categories like food and news, business is a less crowded digital media category. “All the financial brands wrote off millennials,” he said. “There is nowhere for all these companies to reach a young audience.”

That’s the plan for Stackin, which recently brought on Lisa Frame, formerly head of social for the web video brand Tastemade, to oversee the new venture’s content.

Stackin has raised funding “in the millions,” said a person familiar with the matter. Its investors include Howard Lindzon of Social Leverage, who is cofounder or StockTwits, MuleSoft CEO Ross Mason, and Full Tilt Ventures.

Business-wise, the plan is to sell sponsorships to brands, and also ink affiliate deals with financial services products.

While short form Facebook video will be Stackin’s early content focus, later this year the plan is to roll out longer series and eventually sell content to over-the-top services along the lines of Comcast’s Watchable and SlingTV.

“The ultimate goal is to be inspiring, and maybe make it cool to invest,” said Grimes.

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