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17 things successful people do over long weekends

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• In honor of Presidents’ Day, some people are celebrating with a long weekend.

• Business Insider reached out to some experts on how to set yourself up for success when you have an extra day off.

• Their suggestions focused on prioritizing tasks, setting technology guidelines, and spending time with loved ones.


Presidents’ Day is here, and that could mean you have an extra day off to add to your normal weekend.

But how should you spend your long weekend?

If you’re not sure how to make the most of the next few days, we’ve got some ideas.

In addition to reflecting on the legacy of the US presidency, here are 17 things successful people can do before and over long weekends:

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1. They plan ahead

Many successful people plan out their activities for the holiday weekend well in advance so that they are not drawn into the temptation of working, said Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “The Humor Advantage. They make reservations, book tee times, or schedule activities with their kids.

“They’re strategic enough to have an action plan for the three-day weekend, but flexible enough to tackle any urgent work issues that may arise,” said Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.”

2. They prepare at work

“Most of what they do happens before they leave for a long weekend so that they are psychologically free to relax and enjoy it,” Kerr said.

This includes saying proper goodbyes to colleagues, cleaning up their office, finishing any pressing tasks, and creating a clear plan of action for when they return to the office so they can hit the ground running.

3. They unplug

Not only do they set guidelines, but truly successful people actually put their phones and laptops away — at least for part of the weekend.

Don’t sit and stare at screens during your time off. Unplug and try to use as little technology as possible. It will help you sleep better and can keep your mind clear.

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Apple is being mocked in a hilarious video spoof of the 'What's a computer?' ad many find infuriating (APPL)

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  • Apple is running a commercial in which a kid with an iPad asks, “What’s a computer?”
  • The ad is meant to portray a world where computers no longer exist and kids don’t even know what they are.
  • Many who have watched the ad say it rubs them the wrong way, and parodies have sprung up on YouTube. 

 

Apple’s new commercial showing off the multitasking prowess of the iPad Pro and iOS 11 is rubbing some people the wrong way.

And now, even YouTube comedians are joining in on the fun. 

The ad shows a kid, age unknown, retiring to her grassy backyard after a day of hanging out with friends and doing school projects with her iPad Pro in what appears to be Brooklyn. A neighbor asks her what she’s doing on her computer.

“What’s a computer?” the kid replies.

The ad is meant to show the versatility of the iPad (and some in tech media have speculated it’s a subtle dig at Microsoft). In this fantasy Apple world, traditional computers are so outdated that a child doesn’t even know what they are. Of course, that’s not the world we live in. Computers are still how the vast majority of work gets done, and the word “computer” is still part of the public consciousness — even for a child.

That fact has not escaped some viewers who say the kid’s question can be perceived as insolence.

“Does this commercial tick anybody else off?” one person said in January in a top comment on a snippet of the ad posted to Facebook. “I want to smack this kid. What’s a computer? You know what a computer is you disrespectful smarta–!!”

Now, even YouTube comedians are getting in on the criticism. YouTube collective Zebra Corner has parodied the video, with a comedian known as “Mahk” standing in as the neighbor who asks the child what they’re doing.

Instead of the commercial ending, however, he gets out a hose and sprays it with water. A little sound effect plays to tell the viewer the iPad device has likely been ruined.

Watch the full parody below:

Apple’s ad debuted in November and ran on major TV networks. Check it out for yourself below:


 

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MongoDB will support multidocument ACID transactions

MongoDB will add multidocument ACID transactions support to its NoSQL database of the same name. Multidocument ACID transactions support has been the most-requested feature sought for MongoDB, said Seong Park, MongoDB’s vice president of strategy and product marketing.

Multidocument support is planned for MongoDB 4.0, which is due this summer and reached beta stage this week. ACID transactions already have been supported at the document level in the database; now they can be done across documents as well as across collections within MongoDB. Collections in MongoDB are analogous to a table in a relational database.

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How to watch the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on Feb. 19

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How to watch the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on Feb. 19

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The Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires with the Rise of Rome expansion pack is launching on Feb. 20, local time for Windows 10 PCs! To mark the occasion, the flagship Microsoft Store in New York is hosting a special livestream from the Mixer NYC Studio on Feb. 19, so fans around the world can experience the action. Join hosts Kate Yeager, Adam Isgreen from Microsoft Studios, Bert Beeckman from Forgotten Empires and more special guests as they discuss the remastering of the classic real-time strategy game, stream gameplay and share their best tips and tricks.

You’ll be able to get the game from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 beginning at midnight on Feb. 20!

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CRYPTO INSIDER: What pivots up, must come down

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Welcome to Crypto Insider, Business Insider’s roundup of all the bitcoin and cryptocurrency news you need to know today. Sign up here to get this email delivered direct to your inbox.

Riot Blockchain tripled its stock price in October by pivoting to blockchain, but a CNBC investigation published Friday raises doubts about the company’s prospects. The hotel where the shareholders meeting was supposed to be held reportedly said no meeting room was ever booked for Riot Blockchain’s twice-cancelled shareholders meeting. 

Shares of Riot Blockchain are down 29% in trading Friday. In interview with Business Insider, CEO John O’Rourke refuted CNBC’s story. 

Here are the current prices for major cryptocurrencies:

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Elon Musk said Tesla is fixing a problem that can happen after a Model 3 is involved in a crash (TSLA)

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  • A Tesla Model 3 owner posted photos of the aftermath of a crash on Reddit and praised how the vehicle responded to the crash on Thursday.
  • But the owner also noted the lack of a manual option to open the glovebox — a function that’s controlled by the touchscreen — which prevented the owner from opening it to retrieve the car’s title and insurance after the touchscreen shattered.
  • Elon Musk said Tesla will update vehicles with a feature that would open the glovebox automatically after a crash once the car has stopped.

A Tesla Model 3 owner posted photos of the aftermath of a crash on Reddit and praised how the vehicle responded to the crash on Thursday.

“I read that Tesla’s are one of the safest cars on the road today. They are right!” the owner wrote. “The car is totaled but I am fine, my right ankle is swollen from hitting the gas pedal but i can still walk fine. Had this been a regular ICE vehicle I would be dead or in a lot worse condition. Everyone from the paramedics to the tow truck driver said that people don’t usually walk away from this. I already put in another model 3 reservation.”

But the owner also noted the lack of a manual option to open the glovebox — a function that’s controlled by the touchscreen — which prevented the owner from opening it to retrieve the car’s title and insurance after the touchscreen shattered.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to an article about the crash on Twitter and said Tesla would update vehicles with a feature that would open the glovebox automatically after a crash once the car has stopped. Musk also said he would “look at” the idea of adding a thin layer of plastic to the front or back of the touchscreen to protect it from shattering.

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This is not the first time Musk has used Twitter to reveal updates in response to customer complaints, and his responses reveal how Tesla’s over-the-air update technology can make the company more responsive to its customers, while giving it the option to deliver cars in what other automakers would consider an unfinished state.

The temptation to deliver Model 3’s quickly and address problems later in software updates could be tempting given Tesla’s difficulties meeting its production goals for the vehicle, which has received more than 400,000 pre-orders. According to a Bloomberg analysis, a little over 7,000 Model 3 vehicles have been produced so far.

 

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12 fan-favorite shows Netflix has revived or rebooted, ranked from worst to best

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Netflix has been doing nostalgia better than just about anyone in recent years.

As the company has leaned into making its own shows, a big piece of its strategy has been reviving fan favorites like “Full House,” “Arrested Development,” and “Gilmore Girls.” Most recently, the service brought back the reality series “Queer Eye.” 

Given Netflix’s love of data, this commitment to nostalgia makes sense.

If you can see that people keep binge-watching “Gilmore Girls” over and over again, why not make a new series? You already know there’s an audience for it. (That seems to have translated into viewership, at least for the “Gilmore Girls” and “Full House” revivals).

But are these revivals any good?

To try and answer that question, we turned to reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and looked at what the critics had to say. Here’s a list of shows Netflix has brought back from the dead, ranked from worst to best in critical reception, along with a short description (we excluded kids’ shows). We also split the two versions of “Wet Hot American Summer” for clarity.

Nathan McAlone contributed to an earlier version of this post.

SEE ALSO: All 49 of Netflix’s notable original movies, ranked from worst to best

12. “Fuller House” — 32%

Critic rating: 32%

Audience rating: 73%

Previous network: ABC

Netflix description: The Tanner family’s adventures continue as DJ Tanner-Fuller shares a home with her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy who help raise her three boys.”

11. “The Killing” (Season 4) — 47%

Critic rating: 47%

Audience rating: 80%

Previous network: AMC

Netflix description: “Seattle homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder are deeply affected by the murders they investigate in this dark, acclaimed crime series.”

10. “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later” — 76%

Critic rating: 76%

Audience rating: 70%

Previous network: Film by USA Films

Netflix description: A decade after their wild summer as junior counselors, the gang reunites for a weekend of bonding, hanky-panky and hair-raising adventures.”

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Hey Cortana, turn up the heat; Cortana now works with more smart home providers and IFTTT

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Cortana helps make your life easier by making it easy to control your smart home devices from afar. Rush out of the house and forget to turn off the lights? No problem, just pull out your phone, open the Cortana app and say, “Hey Cortana, turn off the lights,” and she’ll take care of it for you.

Last October we announced you could use Cortana to manage your smart devices through Samsung SmartThings, Nest, Philips Hue, Wink, and Insteon. Today, we are pleased to announce that you can use Cortana to control your favorite smart home devices from ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, LIFX, TP-Link Kasa, and Geeni. You can control these devices using Cortana on Windows 10, iPhone, Android, and the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker.

Want to come home to a warm house from a long day at work? Just tap Cortana on your PC and say “Hey Cortana, set the living room thermostat to 72 degrees” to control your ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, or Honeywell Total Connect Comfort thermostat. With vivid colors from your LIFX Wi-Fi connected light bulbs, you can set the mood just right for movie night.

With the slim smart plugs by TP-Link, you’ll never have to worry again about leaving the house and forgetting to turn off something like a space heater or straightening iron. Just say, “Hey Cortana, turn off the space heater.”

Geeni’s smart bulbs and power products work with Cortana, and its smart surge protector even lets you name and control each outlet separately or in groups with Cortana. For example, if you have several lamps in your living room, plug them into your Geeni surge protector and say, “Hey Cortana, turn off the living room lamps”, and Cortana will turn off all the outlets named “living room lamp”.

To set up your connected home with Cortana, open Cortana on Windows 10 or go to the Cortana app on your phone, click Notebook, then click Connected Home. From there, you can connect your favorite smart home accounts and control your devices from anywhere you use Cortana.*

Cortana now works with hundreds of services on IFTTT

We are also excited to share that starting today, Cortana works with IFTTT! IFTTT is a free platform that helps you connect your apps and services together. IFTTT works with 600 services from providers in a variety of areas. You could add items to your shopping list on Trello, post a tweet, open your Link shades, extend tumble time on your GE Dryer and log your weight on Fitbit among many other things. There’s a whole world of possibilities with Cortana on IFTTT.

Using IFTTT, you will be able to customize your experience by creating your own phrases to use with services on IFTTT. For example, you could turn your lights off by saying, “Hey Cortana, let there be light” or put money towards that next concert trip on Qapital by saying, “Hey Cortana, penny for my thoughts.” Use triggers and responses on IFTTT to make Cortana your truly personal assistant.

You can also use Applets on IFTTT with Cortana to trigger multiple actions with one phrase. So if you are watching a movie at home, you can say “Hey Cortana, movie time” and she’ll turn down your Hue lights, Harmony TV turned on, and your Nest Thermostat set to the right temperature.

Cortana is always available to help you on Windows 10, Android, iPhone, and Harman Kardon Invoke devices. Set up your Cortana Applets on the Cortana channel on IFTTT!

Hey Cortana, turn up the heat; Cortana now works with more smart home providers and IFTTT

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Uber will now report crimes directly to the police in a radical effort to show it takes safety seriously

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  • Uber, fighting to gain its licence back to operate in London, has introduced major changes to its business.
  • It will now start reporting serious incidents directly to the police, after being criticised for leaving the reporting to victims.
  • It will also offer a 24-hour phone service for riders and drivers.
  • Uber’s new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has vowed to repair the firm’s reputation after years of questionable corporate decisions.

Uber has promised it will start reporting serious crimes involving passengers directly to the police, rather than waiting for the victims to make a formal report. And it will introduce a 24-hour call service for riders and drivers who want personal support after something goes wrong.

It’s a major change from Uber, which up until this point has argued it is not obliged to report allegations of rider or driver sexual harassment, violence, or other crimes directly.

London’s transport regulator revoked the ride-hailing app’s licence to operate last year. The service continues to operate while it appeals the decision. In that context, the changes to its business come in part as a response to criticism from Transport for London (TfL), as well as the police, passengers, and drivers.

In a media statement, the company said (emphasis ours):

“Under our new approach we will pass directly to the police information about any serious incident reported to us by riders. If a driver is a victim of a serious incident we will also report it to the police if the driver wants us to do so on their behalf. This policy is already live in London and we will continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police to enhance public safety in the capital. And we plan to roll it out across the UK after discussions with other police forces. We are also conducting a review of all previous serious complaints in order to ensure that there are no outstanding issues.”

As part of the new safety measures, Uber will also give riders the licensing authority number and private hire licence number for drivers. “This means passengers can more easily raise any issues with the driver’s licensing authority as well as with Uber,” the company wrote.

And the firm now supports a proposed law that would introduce a national register of private hire and taxi licenses that were revoked or refused. Such a register doesn’t currently exist. Uber said in the meantime it has started to cross-check whether a driver who was refused a licence by one council might instead be driving elsewhere in the UK on its app. That cross-checking process may weed out problem drivers.

Finally, Uber has begun capping the hours its drivers can work, after horror stories in the media told of drivers working 90 hours a week just to break even. Those who work for 10 hours straight are locked out of the Uber app for six hours, forcing them to take a rest.

Coincidentally, Transport for London announced new regulations which require ride-hailing apps and minicab firms (Uber included) to limit the number of hours their drivers work, so they aren’t tired while at the wheel.

TfL also said it would force firms like Uber to share ride data.

Uber was chastened in September when it lost its licence to operate in London, with TfL blaming Uber’s approach to reporting serious crime, its vetting of drivers, how it obtains medical certificates, and its alleged use of regulatory-dodging software Greyball in other cities.

Uber’s changes address one of TfL’s four criticisms — how it reports serious crime. But that may not be the company’s fault. Sources have previously told Business Insider that TfL was wrong to criticise how the firm vets drivers. And the firm has denied using its regulator-dodging Greyball software in London.

New chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi has attempted to tidy up after the mistakes of his predecessor, Travis Kalanick, by meeting with TfL commissioner Mike Brown and apologising openly for the firm’s past mistakes.

SEE ALSO: Uber’s problems with driver safety checks might not actually be its fault

AND NOW: Uber has appealed the loss of its London licence

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Netflix’s $300 million deal with Ryan Murphy is 'expensive as opposed to explosive' (NFLX)

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  • Netflix is over investing, says Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.
  • He believes making the $300 million investment in Ryan Murphy worth it will be a tall order.
  • Pachter’s price target is 60% below Netflix’s current level because of the company’s negative cash flow. 

Netflix is way overvalued, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who is one of the longest-running bears on the company. He gives the movie-streaming giant a price target of $110 a share, some 60% below its current level.

Netflix made a splash on Tuesday, announcing a five-year $300 million contract with famed “Glee” and “American Horror Story” producer Ryan Murphy, who is currently finishing his deal with 21st Century Fox.  

And while the deal was hailed as a win in the entertainment world, Pachter says he doesn’t think it makes sense for Netflix. Pachter told Business Insider the company’s deal with Murphy is “expensive as opposed to explosive,” and that he’s concerned about Netflix’s cash-burning tendencies.

Pachter says Netflix is “not investing prudently” and even if Murphy has a 50% success rate the company is “still going to lose money.”

He attributes a large part of Murphy’s success at 21st Century Fox to John Landgraf, the CEO of FX Network and FX Productions. “Does Ted Sarandos have the same skill set?” Pachter said of Netflix’s chief content officer. “I would say no.”

But Netflix was willing to pay a high price for Murphy. “Somebody at Netflix really wanted this guy,” Pachter theorized. “His agent asked for $300 million and they got him. Could they have gotten Ryan Murphy for $80 million instead of $300 million? Maybe. Was there a bidding war? Yes.”

Netflix reported fourth-quarter earnings of $0.41 a share, but burned through $1.79 billion of cash due to its big spending on important assets like content. The company is expected to spend $8 billion on content this year, compared to Apple’s $1 billion.

“I’m concerned that their reported net income doesn’t accurately reflect their economic situation,” Pachter warned. “Cash burn matters.”

Netflix is able to spend so much money because of its easy access to loans. “They have to keep borrowing to fund their spend,” Pachter said. While the company’s content library becomes more valuable as it grows, he added, “they don’t generate enough cash to pay down debt.”

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