Realm revives object database for mobile dev

Realm is introducing version 1.0 of its Realm Mobile Platform, which uses the company’s object database for synchronizing data on mobile devices. It supports development of “offline first” native mobile experiences.

The platform features the Realm Mobile Database, which is an embedded object database supporting Android and Apple iOS clients, and Realm Object Server, for object synchronization and event handling to synchronize data across devices. The Object Server can be deployed on servers or in the cloud.

Object databases had been considered eye-opening data management technology back in the 1990s, Realm Chief Marketing Officer Paul Kopacki acknowledged. “It was always a great idea. The world wasn’t ready for it 20 years and the technology and the technology wasn’t all the way there.”

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New Windows 10 upgrade benefits for Windows Cloud Subscriptions in CSP

This means customers subscribed to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 as well as Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5, can now upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 without the need to purchase separate upgrade licenses.

This is an important benefit addition to Windows cloud subscriptions in CSP as it enables customers who have yet to purchase a new Windows 10 device, or who missed out on the free upgrade to Windows 10 campaign, to take advantage of enterprise-grade security, managed by a trusted partner, for the price of coffee and a donut.

In order to take advantage of this new upgrade benefit, tenant admins for customers with Windows cloud subscriptions can log in to the Office 365 Admin center http://portal.office.com with their Azure Active Directory admin credentials and see options to begin the upgrade on the device they are currently using, share the download link with others in their organization, create installation media or troubleshoot installation.

The Windows 10 upgrade licenses issued as part of this process are perpetual and associated with the device. This means the license will not expire or be revoked if the customer chooses to end their Windows cloud subscription in the CSP program.

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The new upgrade benefits are rolling out now and tenant admins with Windows subscriptions in CSP should start to see Windows 10 upgrade options and links in their Office 365 Admin center over the next 48 hours.

We hope these new Windows 10 upgrade benefits will better enable businesses of any size – including those with PCs and devices still on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 – to work with a trusted partner to upgrade to enterprise-grade security and management with flexible, small business pricing from just $7 per user, per month.

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Private members' club Neuehouse was meant to open in London — but now it has abandoned its plans

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LONDON — Neuehouse, the American private members’ club, has abandoned its plan to expand to London, and will no longer lease space in London’s historic Adelphi Building, Business Insider has learned.

Back in 2014, as London’s technology scene really started to scale, it started to become even more of a destination for international entrepreneurs.

There was a thriving business in catering to the city’s technology scene, and international office companies like WeWork started to expand to London.

American private members’ club Neuehouse decided to bring its luxury offices to the city. The company, started in New York in 2013, styles itself as a “workspace for creative people and entrepreneurs as well as events,” and enforces a 50/50 gender split in its membership.

Neuehouse found a suitably prestigious location for its London offices: the first and second floors of the Adelphi Building in Covent Garden. It planned to open a 65,000 square foot office space in the historic building, which was built in 1748 and remodelled in Art Deco style in the 1930s. Neuehouse claimed that it had a “multi million pound construction budget” to bring its private members’ club to London.

The grand announcement of Neuehouse’s first international expansion was made at an event in New York in 2014, which featured the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The announcement of Neuehouse’s international expansion attracted press coverage from outlets including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Neuehouse in New York

Neuehouse targeted a Spring 2016 launch date for its London location, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company hired Ian Minor, an experienced venue manager, as its director of operations in London. It also brought in hotel industry veteran Marieke Schellen as director of people and culture to oversee the hiring of staff for the venue.

Adelphi BuildingThe website for Neuehouse London promised a full-service restaurant, an on-site flower shop, meeting rooms, and even a broadcasting studio. It all sounded as if London was about to get a brand new, high-end space for companies to work from.

But sources close to Neuehouse have told Business Insider that the company has scrapped its plan to open in London, and it’s no longer leasing space in the Adelphi Building.

The Neuehouse London website was quietly deleted at the end of 2016, and the listing for “London” on Neuehouse’s homepage has also been deleted.

The website for the Adelphi Building used to list Neuehouse as a tenant that occupied the first and second floors. It also deleted all references to Neuehouse London from its website at the end of 2016.

Adelphi Building London

A receptionist at the Adelphi Building told Business Insider that “they’re not based here” when asked about Neuehouse. “On their website it says they are,” they said. “But they’re not.”

Minor and Schellen, two of the staff members hired to oversee the construction and launch of Neuehouse London, have now left the company. 

It’s not clear what’s now going to happen to the first and second floors of the Adelphi Building. Neuehouse did not respond to repeated requests for comment. Blackstone, the private equity company that owns the Adelphi Building, declined to comment.

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Scientists want to bring back the 300-pound Caspian tiger, which went extinct in the 1960s

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Caspian tigers were some of the largest cats ever to roam the Earth, but they went extinct in the 1960s. Now, some scientists want to bring them back.

A new study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, lays out the plan to reintroduce the tigers using a subspecies, the Siberian tiger, which is genetically similar to the Caspian tiger.

The authors write in their paper that the Siberians tiger’s “phenotype proves adaptable to the arid conditions of the introduction site.” In other words, they believe that the big cats — who primarily live in Russia’s birch forests — could adapt well to the conditions of the sites in Central Asia where they would be reintroduced.

During their prime, Caspian tigers could be found in Turkey and through much of Central Asia, including Iran and Iraq, and in Northwestern China as well.

They went extinct in the middle of the 20th century because of hunting, habitat loss, and food shortages. Poisoning and trapping were promoted by rewards in the former Soviet Union until the 1930s, and irrigation projects during the Soviet era destroyed the woodlands and reed beds that were critical tiger habitat, which caused the cats’ prey to disappear too.

The team chose the new sites by considering how much people currently use the land, and found the most promising site was the Ili River delta and adjacent southern coast of Balkhash Lake, which is about 7,000 square kilometers large. 

Wild boar, Bukhara deer, and roe deer would be the tigers’ main source of prey in the area. As a result, the resarchers add, their respective populations also need to be brought up to “sustainable” levels. This could take more than a decade, however.

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“It is vital to restore wild ungulate (hoofed mammal) populations in the area… that alone could take five to 15 years,” said Mikhail Paltsyn, conservationist and doctoral candidate at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in a statement. Paltsyn also said that they’d have to make sure that people and tigers can live alongside each other.

The study suggests that if about 40 tigers are introduced, there could be 100 of them walking around in 50 years time. This doesn’t sound like a huge number, but when you consider that there are only about 500 Siberian tigers left in the wild, it could be an important addition. 

Caspian tigers were generally smaller than Siberian tigers, but males could weigh up to 240kg, and adults grew to about 10ft long, which is larger than most big cats that are around today. (Lions are about 190kg in weight, jaguars around 96kg and leopards are a lot lighter at 31kg.)

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WWE's marketing and revenue boss says its content output has doubled in the last 5 years, all thanks to digital (WWE)

Each year, The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas showcases the innovation and technology that is changing the world – and the way companies do business.

At CES 2017, Business Insider spoke with advertising and marketing executives from a variety of industries to discuss their challenges, successes, and strategies for navigating the current digital landscape.

We sat down with Michelle Wilson, the chief revenue and marketing officer of WWE, who explained how new tech is disrupting her business, requiring the professional wrestling entertainment company to think differently about how it produces content on different channels. Its 120-strong digital team is now bigger than its TV production unit.

“When we look five years ago, we were putting out about 750 hours of original content every year, which is a lot,” Wilson said. “Fast-forward to today, we’re putting out double that, about 1,500 hours of original content that’s both long-form for TV, but we’re putting out just as much content short-form on YouTube and Snapchat.”

Wilson said WWE “love[s]” Snapchat and is working to create original shows for the photo and video-sharing app. WWE is also utilizing Facebook Live to take fans “behind the curtain.” Next on the list is virtual reality, an opportunity Wilson thinks is only one to three years away from really taking off.

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Trump turns to H-1B advocates for advice

In his campaign for president, Donald Trump tapped into the viral anger over H-1B use. The outsourcing of high-skill jobs is a “tremendous threat,” he said. Disney workers who trained visa-holding replacements spoke at some of his rallies.

But soon after the election, President-elect Trump assembled a 16-member team of CEO-level executives to advise him on job creation, including many from firms that send jobs overseas and have advocated for an H-1B cap increase.

Trump’s appointments included one of the pioneers of offshore outsourcing to India: Jack Welch, the former chairman and CEO of General Electric. Also on this committee is Bob Iger, the chairman and CEO of Disney, whose offshoring of Disney IT workers was a topic at a Republican presidential candidate debate.

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Slack finally launches threaded replies

Slack, the popular work chat app, has launched one of the features that users have been clamoring for over its entire lifetime: threaded messages.

On Wednesday, the company began the process of rolling out the update to all of its users, which will allow them to keep conversations about a particular topic corralled into a single thread. The feature is designed to keep conversations on a particular topic out of the main flow of a chat channel, the company said in a blog post.

Starting a thread just requires users to hover over a message, click the “Start a Thread” button, and type their response. Replies will be grouped into a sidebar thread, and a small link will appear below the original message showing who has replied to a thread and how many replies it has garnered.

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US alleges systemic employment discrimination at Oracle

The U.S. government says Oracle routinely and systemically pays white men more than women and minorities and that it favors Asian candidates over others in product development and technical roles.

The allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Labor that represents the results of a two-year investigation into hiring practices at the Silicon Valley company.

The investigation was triggered by a regular compliance review by the government. As a federal contractor, Oracle is prohibited from engaging in discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

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Snapchat hired a high-level State Department official to lead its global public policy

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Snap Inc. has hired Jennifer Park Stout, who is currently deputy chief of staff to the Secretary of State, to be its new head of global public policy. Stout’s job change was noted on her LinkedIn. Snap confirmed to Business Insider that she will be joining the company. 

The move comes as Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, looks to deepen its ties to Washington ahead of a hotly-anticipated initial public offering that could value its business at around $20 billion. Last week, the company said it had also recruited senior state department official, Rick Stengel, to be a senior adviser to the Venice, Calif.-based company. 

Stout has spent most of her career in government, having started her career working as legislative aide for then-Senator Joseph Biden in 1998. She spent one year working for insurance company MetLife as its VP for International Government Affairs, before returning to work at the U.S. Department of State, most recently as its deputy chief of staff. 

Now, Stout is going back to the private sector to lead Snap’s global public policy initiatives. Ex-Googler Micah Shaffer will remain in his role as Snap’s director of public policy, reporting to Stout.

Stout’s hire makes her the latest government official to join the startup world, and one of the few female executives at the company. Airbnb’s head of global public policy, Chris Lehane, previously served as a close aide to Bill Clinton. Obama’s campaign mastermind, David Plouffe, also recently joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative after a short stint leading policy at Uber.

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Super Mario Run will come to Android in March

run-android As we’ve known for a while, Super Mario Run is coming to Android after an exclusive stint on iOS.
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