Meet Android Oreo’s all-new emoji

 The newest version of Android (Oreo, officially) doesn’t bring a ton of new stuff to the mobile operating system, but it does overhaul something near and dear to most smartphone user’s hearts: Emoji. Read More
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Here’s how to tell if the solar eclipse ruined your vision

Did you watch the total solar eclipse of 2017? If so, you may have permanently damaged your eyesight if you didn’t take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

But how can you tell?

Turns out, the harmful effects aren’t going to fully set in until hours after the eclipse. Once they do, here are the telltale signs that you have permanent damage.

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Bill Gates and Elon Musk share a daily scheduling habit that helps them tackle their busy routines

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Bill Gates and Elon Musk are two of the biggest names in tech.

Gates cofounded Microsoft in 1975, helping to spark the PC revolution. Now he focuses most of his time on philanthropy.

Musk founded PayPal and currently splits his week traveling between Tesla and SpaceX.

Both men also share one habit that’s helped them navigate their jam-packed schedules: They plan out every moment of their days.

Gates and Musk are both said to adhere to schedules divided up into five-minute slots.

The reason for this intricate planning? Well, for one, breaking your day up into small segments can boost your productivity, according to Fast Company’s Stephanie Vozza.

Plus, this kind of intensive scheduling keeps you accountable. Presumably, when you’re planning things down to the minute, you’ve got to set aside specific time to relax and recharge. You can’t just doze off for an hour — that’s 12 schedule slots down the drain.

Pulling together a segmented schedule can be helpful even for those of us who don’t run giant philanthropic organizations or innovative tech companies. You don’t have to chop your day up into five minute slices, either — there are plenty of different schedule structures to choose from.

You just need to find one that’s right for you.

SEE ALSO: A look at the demanding schedule of Elon Musk, who works in 5-minute slots, skips breakfast, and largely avoids emails

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The 10 best jobs in America right now

Think it’s impossible to find a job with tons of openings, that pays exceedingly well, and that you’ll really enjoy doing?

We’d probably be skeptical, too, if it weren’t for Glassdoor’s annual 50 Best Jobs in America report.

To find the best jobs in the US, the job site identified careers with the highest overall “job score,” which is determined by weighing three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), job satisfaction rating, and number of job openings.

For a job title to be considered, it had to receive at least 100 salary reports and 100 job satisfaction ratings shared by US-based employees over the past year. The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of January 1, 2017.

Below are the 10 best jobs in America. You can click here for the top 25.


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gamescom 2017: Top three moments from Age of Empires Live

At gamescom 2017, we celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise, shared some exciting news on Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and announced our plans for a brand-new title – Age of Empires IV. We’re highlighting the top three moments from the broadcast here you, but in case you missed it and want to catch the full broadcast above.

Here are the top three moments from Age of Empires Live

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Launch

The Definitive Edition for the original Age of Empires will launch later this year on October 19, 2017. Built as an homage to PC gamers everywhere, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will show the classic at its best, exclusively for Windows 10 and available for purchase from the Windows Store.

Announcing Definitive Editions for Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III

We created the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition to honor fans of the series and PC gamers everywhere, we wanted to commit to improving the entire franchise. Get ready for history to repeat itself and be sure to keep your eye on for more information.

Age of Empires IV

We are thrilled to continue growing the empire and excited to share that we are working with Relic Entertainment on a brand-new title for the Age of Empires franchise – Age of Empires IV. Relic Entertainment has a wealth of experience in creating high-quality RTS games, making them the ideal partner to develop Age of Empires IV. We are thrilled to be working with them and can’t wait for fans to see their unique and exciting contribution to the Age of Empires franchise. We’ll have more to share in the future, so stay tuned to!

To catch up all of our gaming news out of gamescom head over to Xbox Wire.

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As Android O debuts, Marshmallow still commands about a third of devices

 The arrival of a new Android version isn’t nearly as rare as a total solar eclipse, but Google’s hoping the solar system will share the spotlight as it takes the wraps off of its latest mobile operating system. Among other things, Android O will likely be getting an official release date and alphabetic dessert name, with “Oreo” looking like the top contender. So, how… Read More

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Watch Google unveil the next version of Android live right here

 Google is about to unveil Android O when the solar eclipse hits the East Coast. The live-streamed event should start at 2:40 PM in New York City, 11:40 AM in San Francisco, 7:40 PM in London, 8:40 PM in Paris, etc. While many people in the U.S. probably won’t be paying attention to the event because of a teeny tiny solar eclipse, I’m sure many of you aren’t on the East Coast.… Read More

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30,000 people are descending on Oregon for a festival that's like Burning Man for eclipse-chasers — here are the photos

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The total solar eclipse has earned its own Burning Man-like festival.

About 30,000 eclipse-chasers descended on Big Summit Prairie, Oregon, this week to camp, dance, and make cosmic connections at the Oregon Eclipse Festival, a weeklong tribute to the August 21 eclipse. It’s possibly the biggest and most remote of eclipse gatherings in the US.

Thirteen festival promoters from around the world joined forces to organize the festival, which takes on a Burning Man flavor with its art installations, workshops, and seven concern stages. Tickets are sold out, but all-week passes are reselling on StubHub for $285 per person.

We scoured Instagram for the best photos inside Oregon Eclipse Festival.

SEE ALSO: Solar eclipse 2017: When, where, and how to watch the eclipse

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Oregonians will be treated to one of the best viewings of the total solar eclipse — when the moon crosses between the Earth and the sun and blocks out the sun’s light — on August 21.

Big Summit Prairie, a giant, privately owned clearing in the crown of the Ochoco Mountains, is the perfect setting for the country’s biggest and most remote eclipse gathering. Festival organizers chose the idyllic spot for its high likelihood of clear skies.

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The first-ever Oregon Eclipse Festival is the result of a perfect storm: speakers, artists, and over 400 musical acts (mostly electronica) will come together in the path of the eclipse.

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The property owner agreed to rent 300 acres of land and provide much of the machinery used to move earth, widen roads, and build the seven stages for the weeklong event.

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Brands including Chiquita and Corona are trying to cash in on one of the biggest natural phenomena of our time

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The total solar eclipse will not just be playing out in the sky today. Brands are taking to social media in an attempt to eclipse one another in their marketing efforts as well.

Everyone from Denny’s and Dunkin Donuts to Royal Caribbean and Mitsubishi are attempting to get in on the action. But Royal Caribbean, Warby Parker and The Weather Channel are ahead of the curve, and have been seeing the most engagement from their eclipse-themed promotions, according to marketing technology company Amobee.

Amobee analyzed engagement around the digital content that these brands have put out relating to the eclipse, and also found that all three of these brands also integrated Bonnie Tyler’s 80’s hit Total Eclipse of the Heart into their messaging in some way. 

Royal Caribbean, for example, is offering a one week cruise during which Bonnie Tyler will sing her 80’s hit song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” during the actual Eclipse, while Warby Parker released a music video of “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” rewriting the lyrics to explain the solar eclipse. It is also offering free solar eclipse glasses at all of its 57 locations.

“The early brand winners of the solar eclipse had been Royal Caribbean and Warby Parker, in large part because both companies recognized the marketing value in a 34-year-old pop song,” said Jonathan Cohen, principal brand analyst at Amobee. “With so many brands competing for the audience’s attention around the eclipse in such a condensed period of time, understanding what associations are connecting is key.”  

Here’s a look at what Warby Parker, Royal Caribbean and other advertisers are doing for the eclipse:


The banana company is working with viral video maker Funny or Die to put the banana front and center of a playful eclipse-themed marketing campaign. You’re likely to never look at the sun the same way again. 

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Warby Parker (like most other retailers) is nearly sold out of its specialty glasses due to extremely high demand. So, the brand is teaching people how to make their own eyewear to watch the eclipse safely. The retailer also has a section dedicated to the eclipse on its website, replete with a countdown timer.

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Royal Caribbean is taking the eclipse to another level, getting Bonnie Tyler and DNCE to perform the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart”as the eclipse happens for its special planned cruise coinciding with the eclipse. 

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The explosive stock that's dividing Wall Street (BABA)

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  • Alibaba is up more than 90% in 2017, and it’s been winning over some high-profile hedge fund managers
  • The company’s stock is still the most shorted in the world by a magnitude of two, and short sellers are refusing to throw in the towel despite losing billions of dollars

Alibaba has soared to stratospheric new heights this year, winning over plenty of new fans along the way. The legion of admirers now includes a handful of influential hedge fund managers, as well as the lion’s share of research analysts covering the company.

But as is usually the case with something wildly successful, the Chinese e-commerce giant has its fair share of haters. And those detractors have manifested themselves as short sellers, betting billions on the downfall of Alibaba’s shares.

The two factions represent the ongoing tug-of-war taking place under the surface of the stock, which has surged 93% in 2017. On one hand are those under the sway of Alibaba’s fundamentals, which saw the company turn in 62% year-over-year earnings growth in the most recent period, and expand revenue by 56%.

On the other are those that either remain unconvinced, or simply think the shares have climbed too far, too quickly. These people would like nothing more than to see Alibaba come crashing down to earth, and are putting up big money to bet on that outcome, incredible corporate growth be damned.

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Let’s break down the two groups further:

The Alibaba bull camp

Recent quarterly filings showed that hedge fund managers are increasingly looking for a piece of Alibaba action. That includes David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management, which picked up roughly 3.7 million of the company’s shares in the second quarter, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. It also includes Daniel Loeb’s Third Point, which bought 4.5 million shares during the period, a filing shows.

While those were the two biggest investments from high-profile funds, there were also others that got involved. Stanley Druckenmiller’s Duquesne Capital recently disclosed a stake of 710,200 shares, and Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management said it bought 214,000 shares, according to SEC filings.

Meanwhile, Alibaba is enjoying near-unanimous bullishness from Wall Street research analysts. The company has 46 buy ratings, with just four holds and zero sell recommendations, according to Bloomberg data.

Those analysts are finding it difficult to say anything bad about the company, which just turned in an earnings report that beat across the board. In addition to the unstoppable-looking profit and sales expansion referenced above, Alibaba also grew revenue for its cloud computing business by a whopping 96% year-over-year.

“We believe BABA is uniquely positioned, with large exposure to both e-commerce and advertising, as well as above-industry growth and above-average EBITDA margins,” UBS analyst Ming Xu wrote in a recent client note. “We remain constructive long term based on expectations for strong revenue growth, sustainability of core margins and strong strategic positioning.”

The Alibaba bear camp

While Alibaba is certainly feeling the love from many areas of the investment landscape, it’s still the most shorted company in the world by a mile. Speculative bears are holding $22 billion of Alibaba stock short, hoping to profit from a share decline, according to data compiled by financial analytics firm S3 Partners. That’s well over double the position in Tesla, the second most-shorted company worldwide.

Alibaba’s soaring stock price has resulted in massive losses for these skeptics. They’ve taken a $9.8 billion bath in 2017, a loss that’s more than twice the next-worst performing short. In fact, they lost $2 billion last week as Alibaba climbed 10% on its blockbuster earnings report.

But short sellers are refusing to throw in the towel. As Alibaba has climbed at a consistent clip for basically all of 2017, those bearish traders have continued to double down.

So are they simply masochists, or do they have a good reason? Ihor Dusaniwsky, managing director of predictive analytics at S3 Partners, thinks it’s the latter.

He says these investors may be treating Alibaba as a proxy to hedge the whole stock market in Hong Kong and China. It’s a tactic similar to one being used in the US market, which has seen traders short the best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 as protection for the broader market.

“Short sellers are hoping that if there is stock market correction in Hong Kong/China, Alibaba will bear the brunt of the decline,” Dusaniwsky wrote in a client note. “The short sellers that remain at this poker table are waiting to see if they will be riding down the river on a rowboat or a yacht.”

If this is truly the main underlying reason for the continuous groundswell of Alibaba short selling, as opposed to outright bearishness on the stock, that would align better with the company’s bullish fundamentals.

With that considered, it becomes more of a situation where Alibaba is a target due to its relative size and success. Because when something reaches rarefied air, it’s inevitable that haters are going to hate.

SEE ALSO: Traders have lost almost $10 billion betting against Alibaba this year

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