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Check out Delta's new Canadian airliner that's trying to challenge Boeing and Airbus (DAL, BBD.B)

Bombardier C Series CS100 Delta

In April, Bombardier Aerospace announced a mega order with Delta Air Lines for 75 of the company’s C Series airliners in a deal worth up to $5.6 billion. Shortly after the deal’s announcement, Bombardier flew one of its C Series demonstrators down to Delta’s Atlanta headquarters for journalists and the airline’s staff to get a closer look.

Although Bombardier has been a global leader in business and regional jets, the C Series is the first product from the Canadian airplane to compete against Boeing and Airbus in the mainline market. The decision to enter the market with the C Series was a major financial gamble for Bombardier, with a program price tag of $5.5 billion. Since its inception more than a decade ago, the aircraft has been beset by a series of development delays and slow sales.

In 2015, the airplane maker was forced to write down $4.4 billion and take a $1 billion bailout from the Quebec government. Even as it struggled to close a sale, Bombardier was credited with building an aircraft that’s one of the most capable on the market today — besting rivals Boeing and Airbus in terms of efficiency and ability.

With the Delta order, Bombardier has not only found a US launch customer for the C Series, but it has the blockbuster deal it needed to validate the attractiveness of aircraft to other prospective buyers. The Bombardier C Series entered service in July with Swiss Global Airlines.

Here’s a closer look at the airliner:

SEE ALSO: Here’s how to avoid the middle seat on a plane

Bombardier offers two version of the C Series: a 130-seat CS300 and a smaller 108-seat CS100.

Delta opted for the smaller CS100, but expect the airline to switch some of its order to the larger jet down the road.


According to Bombardier, the C Series’ greatest selling points are its efficiency and cabin comfort.

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Scientists discovered 55 lakes in Eastern Antarctica that shouldn't have been there

Eastern Antarctica is considered to be the coldest place on Earth. So cold, that scientists expected its ice shelves were frozen solid and more stable against climbing global temperatures than Western Antarctica or Greenland. But new research published in the widely-esteemed journal Nature Climate Change has proven otherwise. If you want to learn more, lead scientists Jan Lenaerts and Stef Lhermitte break down the science in this educational blog post

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Windows 10 Tip: Enable “Hey Cortana” and teach Cortana to recognize your voice

Today, we’re showing you how you can enable “Hey Cortana” so you can simply ask Cortana for whatever it is you need with your voice!

“Hey Cortana” lets you interact with Cortana hands-free so you can master multitasking. You can even use “Hey Cortana” to interact with Cortana above your lock screen so you don’t even have to login to your computer to have Cortana help you out. Here’s how to enable “Hey Cortana:”

Windows 10 Tip: Enable “Hey Cortana” and teach Cortana to recognize your voice

To get started, click on the Search bar, then click on the Settings icon and find the button to enable Hey Cortana.

Here are a couple things you can ask for when you say, “Hey Cortana:”

  • Ask Cortana to set a reminder for a specific time
  • Ask Cortana about local services, such as the nearest Thai restaurant
  • Ask Cortana to add something to your grocery list
  • Ask Cortana for your next meeting or what’s on your schedule
  • Ask Cortana questions about just about anything, such as how many ounces are in a cup

To enable Cortana above the lock, go to settings and enable “Use Cortana Even When My Device is Locked”.

You can also train Cortana to recognize your voice so she can better understand you:

Windows 10 Tip: Enable “Hey Cortana” and teach Cortana to recognize your voice

Once you have “Hey Cortana” enabled, you can click on “Try to respond only to me.” Then just underneath that, click on “Learn how to say, ‘Hey Cortana.’” Cortana will prompt you to repeat six phrases out loud. Then you’re all set!

For more Windows 10 tips on Cortana, head over to these blog posts to read about using Cortana above your lock screen or searching your PC and the web with Cortana, and have a great week!

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This real-life giant walking robot is like something out of a sci-fi movie

This walking robot looks like it just walked out of Transformers. The Method-2 bipedal robot is a prototype from Korean company Hancook Mirae Technology. It can be piloted from aboard or remotely and stand 13 feet tall. The price on these robots? A cool $8.3 million.

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6 'healthy' eating habits you are better off giving up

Does a low-fat diet really help you lose weight? We de-bunked this and other “healthy eating” habits that aren’t as healthy as you might think.

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The top 10 PC technologies and trends to watch in 2017

Though some critics love to knock PCs as dinosaurs, laptops and desktops have gotten sexier, faster and even smarter. For every blue screen of death, there are droves of technological enhancements driving PCs into the era of virtual reality, 4K video and 5G connectivity. Here are the top 10 PC technology and trends to watch next year.

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Will the Internet of Things be bigger than the Industrial Revolution?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been labeled as “the next Industrial Revolution” because of the way it will change the way people live, work, entertain, and travel, as well as how governments and businesses interact with the world.

In fact, the revolution is already starting. 

That brand new car that comes preloaded with a bunch of apps? Internet of Things. Those smart home devices that let you control the thermostat and play music with a few words? Internet of Things. That fitness tracker on your wrist that lets you tell your friends and family how your exercise is going? You get the point.

But this is just the beginning.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has tracked the growth of the IoT for more than two years, specifically how consumers, businesses, and governments are using the IoT ecosystem. John Greenough and Jonathan Camhi of BII have compiled an exhaustive report that breaks down the entire IoT ecosystem and forecast where the burgeoning IoT market is headed.  And you can learn more and purchase the report here:  The Internet of Things Ecosystem Research Report

During the creation of this report, they created the infographic below to show how the IoT ecosystem functions and to demonstrate how the IoT is poised to explode by 2020.

 

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Here are some key points from the report: 

  • In total, we project there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 billion.
  • Nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years.
  • Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions. They see three ways the IoT can improve their bottom line by 1) lowering operating costs; 2) increasing productivity; and 3) expanding to new markets or developing new product offerings.
  • Governments are focused on increasing productivity, decreasing costs, and improving their citizens’ quality of life. We believe they will be the second-largest adopters of IoT ecosystems.
  • Consumers will lag behind businesses and governments in IoT adoption. Still, they will purchase a massive number of devices and invest a significant amount of money in IoT ecosystems.

In full, the report:

  • Distills the technological complexities of the Internet of Things into a single ecosystem
  • Explains the benefits and shortcomings of many networks, including mesh (e.g. ZigBee, Z-Wave, etc.), cellular (e.g. 3G/4G, Sigfox, etc.), and internet networks (e.g. Wi-Fi, Ethernet, etc.)
  • Discusses analytics systems, including edge analytics, cloud analytics, and more
  • Examines IoT security best practices
  • Details the four IoT market drivers and four IoT market barriers
  • Forecasts IoT investment by six layers: connectivity, security, data storage, system integration, device hardware, and application development
  • Analyzes how the IoT ecosystem is being using in a number of industries
  • Defines Internet of Things terminology within a glossary

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Here's why VW's new Atlas SUV will work wonders for its US business

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In December, Volkswagen’s new Atlas SUV entered production at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

With three-rows of seats and room for seven, the Atlas is expected to be a savior for VW’s struggling US business.

Why?

Because VW can’t seem to sell cars in the US.

Through November, the Volkswagen brand has managed to move just 286,000 cars — down 10% over last year while representing a minuscule 1.8% share of the US auto market. All the while in Europe and Asia, VW is one of the most competitive brands on the market

These numbers are even more underwhelming when compared to the 1.9 million cars rival Toyota managed to sell in the US over the same period.

While the erosion of consumer confidence stemming from the company’s recent emissions cheating scandal certainly hasn’t helped its cause, it’s not the main problem.

Volkswagen Atlas 2018VW’s struggle to sell as many cars in America as its global rivals has been a major issue for years — long before the scandal broke.

What has been a fundamental shortcoming of VW’s strategy is the lack of a competitive SUV lineup.

Structural problems

Currently, Volkswagen’s arsenal of crossover SUVs include the compact Tiguan and the mid-size Touareg. However, neither are remotely competitive within their segments. Even worse, VW’s current SUV lineup also boasts significant issues with the way it’s structured

(Disclosure: The author of this story is the owner of a 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.)

For 2017,  a base, front-wheel-drive Tiguan starts at a reasonable $25,000. However, a fully loaded, all-wheel-drive Tiguan can command a price tag well north of $35,000. (Incredibly, that’s not completely out of line for the content you get.) Those looking for a bit more power and room than the Tiguan can offer must turn to VW’s mid-size offering — the Touareg.

Volkswagen VW Tiguan Wolfsburg 2017But the Touareg starts at a whopping $50,000. That means potential VW SUV buyers must choose between two vehicles with a price differential of $15,000 to $25,000. As a result, even those interested in a mid-size VW crossover are forced to look elsewhere for a vehicle capable of bridging that gap.

The market for a $30,000 to $50,000 premium SUV is brutally competitive — to the point where small missteps can cause major issues. A pricing gap this large is blood in the water for VW’s mass-market and luxury badged competitors — picking off potential buyers left and right.

Over the past year, this problem has been compounded by heavy manufacturer incentives and dealer discounts that have drastically cut the Tiguan’s transaction prices — often times lopping $4,000 to $5,000 off the sticker. At the same time, VW has declined to heavily discount the Touareg.

Volkswagen’s strategy has helped Tiguan sales in the US, which were up 23% by the end of 2016.

This is where the Atlas rolls in.

Volkswagen VW touareg Wolfsburg 2017With an expected price in the $35,000 to $45,000 range, the mid-size crossover gives VW an all-new product with state-of-the-art tech and powertrain options to fill in that gap. At the same time, the Atlas will also allow VW to market the Touareg as a niche performance SUV.

After all, the Touareg shares much of its engineering with its high-profile cousin — the Porsche Cayenne.

However, the Atlas’ full effect on Volkswagen sales may take some time before it’s truly felt. The brand is new to the larger crossover market and will require some time to introduce consumers to the idea of a three-row VW.

Product problems

Through November, VW has managed to move just 38,000 Tiguans in the US. This pales in comparison to the 320,000 CR-Vs and the 315,000 RAV-4s Honda and Toyota have managed to sell respectively in the same period.

The current generation Tiguan offers solid driving dynamics, a peppy turbocharged engine, and a high-quality interior. However, the compact VW crossover is nearly a decade old, offers poor fuel economy, and until recently, was too high-priced to compete against its American and Japanese rivals. Although its compact dimensions are perfect for Europe and Asia, many US consumers are put off by the Tiguan’s limited cargo space.

VW Volkswagen atlas factoryFortunately for Volkswagen, an all-new Tiguan — already on sale in Europe — will arrive in US showrooms for the 2018 model year.

Things are even worse with the Touareg. VW has sold just 3,800 units so far this year, representing just 0.2% of the mid-size SUV market. Even though the Touareg is a highly capable off-roader and features a heavy dose of Porsche DNA, its engine options and design are beginning to feel long in the tooth.

Since neither the Tiguan nor the Touareg were designed for the US market, both have struggled to cater to local tastes. That may not be an issue with the Atlas. It’s brand-new, American made with the size, room, and tech features US consumers crave.

Even though VW has spent much of its existence in the US as the quirky German alternative, it may ultimately be a go-with-the-flow SUV that helps turn its business around. 

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas made its world debut in November at the 2016 LA Auto Show and is expected to arrive in showrooms in this spring.

SEE ALSO: Infiniti’s new luxury SUV is loaded with revolutionary tech

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Trump says hackers can't be caught after a cyberattack — here's why that's wrong

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Even though hackers responsible for the cyberattack on the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign weren’t caught in the act, it doesn’t mean they can’t be identified as President-elect Donald Trump has asserted.

Michael Borohovski, a cybersecurity expert with experience working with the intelligence community and Chief Technology Officer of Tinfoil Security, says investigators have methods of uncovering the identity of attackers long after they’re gone.

“It’s actually significantly harder to catch somebody in the act than it is to catch somebody after the fact,” Borohovski told Business Insider. “Unfortunately it’s not like in the movies where as soon as someone is attacking, big red alarms go off.”

In a Fox News interview last month, Trump cast doubt on the CIA’s recent findings that Russia was involved in cyberattacks against the Democratic Party to help him win the election, calling it “ridiculous” and an excuse for the opposing party’s loss.

“Hacking is verynb interesting. Once they hack, if you don’t catch them in the act, you’re not going to catch them,” Trump said. “They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place.”

The president-elect claimed to “know things that other people don’t know,” on Saturday without explaining what he meant.

Much like investigators at the scene of a crash can piece together clues about the incident, cybersecurity experts can use digital forensics to gain information about intruders, Borohovski said.

“You start looking through logs, you start looking through, at a high level, digital breadcrumbs that were left by attackers and over time, you slowly figure precisely what occurred, where it came from, and who did it,” he said.

Discovering criminals in the act is not impossible, however.

In May, the Democratic National Committee hired security firm CrowdStrike after a cyberattack and were able to monitor hackers after they breached a network, USA Today reported.

NBC News reported in December that US intelligence officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the hacking campaign that targeted Democratic Party leaders and organizations during the US presidential election. The hack led to the release of thousands of emails that damaged the party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton, and was orchestrated by Russia in an attempt to sway the election in Trump’s favor.

In December, officials who spoke to CNN said Russia’s cyberattacks targeting US political organizations have continued unabated, weeks after the election.

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“Certainly if they attack a system or an email server, they would not have stopped there,” Borohovski said. They would have attempted to gain what is called persistence in an attempt to figure out how they can continue gleaning data and not just have a snapshot in time.”

Despite the findings from intelligence officials, Trump has repeatedly dismissed the possibility of Russia influencing the election.

According to a Washington Post report, an attempt to form a bipartisan coalition to publicly accuse Russia of meddling was met with opposition from skeptical Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went as far as to suggest he would accuse the Obama administration of partisan politics if the White House spoke up.

The White House did not push the issue because it believed Clinton would beat Trump and win the presidency, according to an unnamed US official cited by NBC News.

Democrats like outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid have urged for a full investigation of Russia’s impact on the election, comparing the seriousness to Watergate or the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A US intelligence review is underway and will likely last several weeks, according to a statement from Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

The FBI and the DNI affirmed the CIA’s findings about Russia’s involvement.

The White House announced sweeping new sanctions against Russia on Thursday as punishment for the cyberattacks, which included the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US.

SEE ALSO: Trump claims he knows ‘a lot about hacking,’ says safest way to send messages is to ‘write it out and have it sent by courier’

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The new Microsoft under Satya Nadella is still looking good on Wall Street

Satya Nadella Almost three years ago, Microsoft named Satya Nadella as its CEO. Since then, Microsoft has reversed its fortunes and returned to being a growth stock after stagnating for nearly a decade — and 2016 was not an exception to that. Indeed, as Microsoft continued its transition to cloud-based services and adopting multiple platforms, as well as taking big bets like buying LinkedIn for… Read More

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