New App Fanalyze Makes It Easier to Analyze Sports Data

Plus, startup Builddie is going to save you money on your electricity bill, and startup Anoma cosmetics is redefining beauty. December 6, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fanalyze is a simple mobile and web app created to introduce a better and more straightforward approach to sports search results to speed up your fantasy sports and sports betting analysis. The app has a ton of features like stats, news and player comparison, and it is available for download on the iPhone and Android.  Builddie is the future of home energy management. Builddie works with a wide range of smart home products. All you have to do is connect your smart product to Builddie and watch the savings happen. Builddie charts and graphs depict real-time energy usage and cost, preventing big bills before they can happen. It uses AI to learn your preferences and can notify you to […]

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Elon Musk Said He Is Worth $20 Billion During 2nd Day of Testimony in ‘Pedo Guy’ Defamation Trial

The Tesla CEO took the witness stand in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday in a trial centered on public discourse on social media. December 5, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. LOS ANGELES — Tesla CEO Elon Musk was in court Wednesday for another round of questioning in his defamation trial. Musk said an insult he lobbed at a British diver on social media in 2018 “was very much an off-the-cuff response” to what he perceived to be a slight against him. That diver is Vernon Unsworth, who is suing Musk for calling him a “pedo guy” on Twitter after Unsworth took part in the 2018 rescue operation that freed 12 boys and a soccer coach who were trapped inside a cave in Thailand. “It’s an insult, like saying mother-effer doesn’t actually mean someone having sex with their mother,” Musk told jurors, at one point […]

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Apple’s Legendary Chief Design Officer Jony Ive No Longer Appears On The Company’s Leadership Page

Ive announced his planned departure back in June, and now it appears to have taken place. December 2, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Jony Ive isn’t an Apple employee anymore. His departure has taken effect, according to The Verge, after confirming several months ago that he planned to step down as Chief Design Officer. Now, Ive will operate an independent design firm with Apple remaining by his side as a client. He disappeared from Apple’s leadership page, which lists executive profiles for top-ranking employees. Ive spent more than 27 years with the Cupertino-based company. Joining in 1992, Ive served as a product designer and took over as Senior Vice President of Industrial Design in 1997. Apple assembled the role of Chief Design Officer for Ive in 2015. He’s been responsible for the iconic designs found on the iPhone, iPad, iPod, MacBook, and more. Still, Apple isn’t completely losing access to Ive and his […]

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Assessing the Effects of Apple’s Ban on Vaping Apps

November 27, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. By mid-2018, as Juul’s sales skyrocketed, the company was valued at a booming $15 billion. However, amid stringent investigations stemming from a rash of vaping-related illnesses and legal scrutiny due to tobacco laws, the company and the its industry as a whole have taken some flak. And on November 15, Apple made the unexpected and widely impactful decision to remove all vaping-related apps — apps that either encourage or facilitate the use of e-cigarettes — from their app store. Though they sought to reduce the damage that vaping has created, especially on the youth population, they have consequently removed apps that strive to help vape users wean off of nicotine, quit cigarettes,or quit vaping entirely. This should come as no surprise, however, as Apple has a history of removing apps with controversial implications. For example, in 2017, the tech […]

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Inactive Users Need to Log In Or Say Goodbye to Your Account

The company is notifying the affected users they’ll need to log back in by Dec. 11 or lose access. On the plus side, the company is reclaiming the Twitter handles so that active users can grab them up. November 27, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Twitter is warning inactive users to log back into their accounts or risk losing access. The company is going to embark on an account purge. On the plus side, the company is reclaiming the Twitter handles so that active users can grab them up. But the main goal with the coming purge is to crack down on misinformation amid the coming 2020 presidential election. Related: How to Use Twitter Analytics: The Complete Guide “As part of our commitment to serve the public conversation, we’re working to clean up inactive accounts to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter,” the company said in […]

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Massachusetts Police Have Been Quietly Testing a Robot Dog

Boston Dynamics’s Spot robot kept watch in dangerous situations. November 26, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Boston Dynamics has been looking for ways to put its robots to work, but it turns out they’ve already seen some service. Radio station WBUR and the ACLU have learned that the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad leased Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot between August and November. While the document didn’t elaborate on the role the bot would serve, a spokesperson said it was used as a “mobile remote observation device” to keep watch over suspicious devices and dangerous locations. Related: Read all of the latest robot news here The machine saw use in two real-world incidents in addition to training, the police said. It’s not clear how autonomous Spot was, but the police said they didn’t customize the robot canine’s software or weaponize it. Company chief Marc Raibert showed the Massachusetts State Police using Spot at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics in […]

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Papa John’s Ex-CEO Says He Ate More Than 40 Pizzas in 30 Days and That ‘The Day of Reckoning Will Come’

Papa John’s founder and former CEO John Schnatter slammed the pizza chain he founded in an interview with local news. November 26, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Papa John’s former CEO slammed the pizza chain he founded in an interview with local news.  “I’ve had over 40 pizzas in the last 30 days,” John Schnatter told WDRB News in an interview this week. “And it’s not the same pizza. It’s not the same product. It just doesn’t tastes as good.”  Schnatter resigned as Papa John’s chairman in 2018, after admitting to using the n-word during a company conference call earlier that year. The Papa John’s founder stepped down as CEO in December 2017, following backlash for his criticism of players kneeling during the NFL national anthem to protest against police brutality.  In the WDRB News interview, Schnatter said his ousting was a “farce.” He slammed Papa John’s new leadership, including […]

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Elon Musk Explains Why the Cybertruck Windows Smashed

A metal ball bounced off the window in previous tests, but smashed the window on stage due to unseen damage caused by a sledgehammer door hit. November 25, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Tesla’s launch of the Cybertruck last week divided opinion, mainly because of the way it looks. However, what everyone was left talking about is how the ultra-strong windows didn’t survive having a metal ball thrown at them. Elon Musk has now explained why. As The Verge reports, Musk looked as surprised as everyone else when a heavy metal ball was thrown at the Cybertruck window and it smashed. Franz throws steel ball at Cybertruck window right before launch. Guess we have some improvements to make before production haha. pic.twitter.com/eB0o4tlPoz — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2019 As the video included in the tweet above demonstrates, pre-launch testing saw the same metal ball bounce off the […]

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Uber Just Lost Its License to Operate in London Thanks to Fraudulent Drivers

Uber has lost its license to operate in London, which with more than 3.5 million riders is one of its biggest markets globally. November 25, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Uber has lost its license to operate in London, a major blow given that the UK capital with some 3.5 million users is one of the ride-hailing app’s biggest markets globally. The city’s regulator, Transport for London, said it had identified a “pattern of failures” by the service that put passengers’ safety at risk and was refusing to renew Uber’s license, which expires Monday. Related: Uber to Record Audio During Rides TfL said it found unauthorized drivers using the accounts of approved Uber drivers and picking up passengers using vehicles they weren’t registered to drive. The regulator said these fraudulent drivers had conducted 14,000 trips. All the trips were uninsured, and some of the unauthorized drivers […]

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How to End the Nastiness Epidemic That’s Plaguing Customer Service

Companies can no longer ignore the harm it can do to their bottom line. November 22, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In early November, a San Antonio Popeye’s employee and customer were caught on video arguing and throwing trays at each other. The altercation later moved on to a full-blown fist-fight in the parking lot. A day earlier at a Maryland Popeye’s, a customer was stabbed to death for cutting in line. The trigger for both incidents was chicken sandwiches. Yes, you read right. Sandwiches. If these were just isolated incidents, it would be one thing, but nasty employee and customer behavior has become far more common than you may think — and increasing in frequency at an alarming rate. I’ve been collecting high-profile and case study-worthy customer service examples in the media for 15 years now. For the last seven, I’ve used them […]

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Big Data and Solar Energy Are a Match Made in Heaven

New forecasting technology may be the missing puzzle piece in solar’s widespread adoption. November 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old activist environmentalist, said recently after trying in vain to be heard by an international audience at the United Nations, “I will not beg the world leaders to care for our future. I will instead let them know change is coming, whether they like it or not.”  As awareness of climate change grows, one thing has become exceedingly clear: Using energy generated by renewable sources is crucial to reducing harmful greenhouse-gas emissions. And while energy sources like wind and solar are increasingly valuable in this effort, they can be unpredictable and intermittent. How much energy will any single panel or solar plant contribute to the grid on any particular day? The answer to that question has historically been tricky to […]

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Apple Says the Cost of Its Repair Services Exceed What It Charges

Apple says replacing your iPhone’s battery is too difficult for users to do on their own. November 21, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget The right to repair movement is mad as hell as companies work to prevent owners from doing basic repairs to their own devices. One of the biggest targets for the public’s ire is Apple, which is accused of going out of its way to make user repairs as difficult as possible. That, coupled with the seemingly-increased failure rate of these devices has caused enough of a fuss that Congress is demanding answers. Apple’s responses to the Antitrust Committee were produced by the company’s VP for Corporate Law, Kyle Andeer, and make for very interesting reading. Especially in the section regarding the implication that Apple goes out of its way to block repairs, forcing people into its own stores to charge eye-watering rates to do it instead. And […]

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One in Four People Have a Fake Social Media Profile Somewhere

Besides bogus social media profiles, a recent survey also found that many people admit to lying on housing applications, resumes and dating profiles. November 21, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Can you really trust anyone? Background checks aren’t quite the norm yet even in all forms of business, but they’re getting there. And based on how much people admit they’ll lie to get a residence, a job, or a date, maybe that’s a good thing. In a new blog post, A Secure Life—which helps people find security systems—wrote up the results of a 500-person poll conducted in September 2019 via Pollfish. People who were self-employed or unable to work weren’t eligible. Credit: A Secure Life The chart above, delving into the percentage of lies told, show the tip of the iceberg. That 26 percent of people have created at least one fake social media profile is bad […]

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Next ‘Star Trek’ Movie Will Be Written and Directed by Noah Hawley

Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and other stars will return for a fourth ‘Trek’ movie. November 20, 2019 1 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Most Star Trek news lately has focused on the small screen with its shows for CBS All Access, but now there’s news about an upcoming movie that will be written and directed by Noah Hawley. While Hawley is so-far best known for his work on FX TV series Fargo and Legion, he made his feature film debut earlier this year on Lucy in the Sky. Related: 13 Must-Watch Movies for Aspiring Entrepreneurs There’s no word on plotlines or release date, but according to Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, this will be the fourth film in the current series of movies, featuring returning stars including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Karl Urban. It’s also separate from a spin-off Star Trek project under development with Quentin Tarantino as its producer. Read_More Related posts: Here’s Every State’s […]

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Uber to Record Audio During Rides

Riders and drivers can record audio for each trip, but only Uber customer support agents will be able to listen to the recordings ‘to better understand an incident.’ November 20, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag If you’re a regular user of Uber in the US, there will soon be an option to record the audio for each trip you take. It’s a feature Uber is introducing in a bid to offer better security for both drivers and riders. As The Washington Post reports, Uber is classing audio recordings as a security feature and intends to pilot it in Latin American cities starting in December followed by tests in the US “soon.” It will be an opt-in feature for drivers and riders who can agree to recordings per trip or for all trips. Related: Uber Self-driving Car Involved in Fatal Crash Couldn’t Detect Jaywalkers An Uber executive explained in an […]

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Elon Musk Argues That His Twitter Can’t Be Taken as Factual Because He Tweets About Zombie Apocalypses and Being a Martian

Elon Musk is fighting a defamation case against the cave diver Vernon Unsworth, who he referred to as “pedo guy” last year on Twitter. November 19, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Elon Musk is trying to use his most flippant tweets as evidence he didn’t defame the cave diver Vernon Unsworth when he called him “pedo guy” last year.  Musk’s lawyers have repeatedly argued that reasonable people would not interpret Musk’s insult as a factual statement about Unsworth. Last year they unsuccessfully tried to have the case dismissed on the grounds the Tesla CEO’s comments could not be considered defamation because his insults were “over-the-top” and made on the “rough-and-tumble” platform of Twitter. Related: 19 Times Elon Musk Had the Best Response But Unsworth’s lawyers have used Musk’s infamous “funding secured” tweet as an example of a case in which Musk’s tweets had been taken seriously. In August 2018, […]

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Your Next Career Connection Might Come From a Dating App

Linkedin and Bizzabo remain popular, but more job seekers are turning to other social-networking apps. November 19, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether it’s tracking your eating habits, finding locals in your community to hike with or looking for a date, there’s an app available for just about everything. What’s surprising is how many of these apps are doubling as networking opportunities that can lead people into new jobs and careers.  Apps specifically designed for career networking, such as Linkedin and Bizzabo, remain popular networking tools, but more people are turning to other social-networking apps that aren’t necessarily geared towards business- and career-building. Considering just how saturated many of the traditional business networking apps are becoming, it’s understandable that people are looking elsewhere for the right niche.  Platforms that may be intended to bring people together for a specific hobby, sport or even […]

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10 Non-Psychoactive CBD Oils to Try This Holiday Season

There are more no- and low-THC options than ever before, for both consumers and entrepreneurs. November 16, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Thanks to legalization, we’re officially in the age of the green rush. Not to be confused with THC though, CBD doesn’t have the pyschoactive components that would make someone “high.” In fact, CBD has been around and used in society since long before your neighborhood entrepreneur decided to create a Shopify store. History has even documented that ancient Native Americans used CBD for all different types of applications, including joint pain.  If you have spent any amount of time on social media in the past couple of years, you will inevitably have seen someone sharing their latest CBD brand. Even Dan Bilzerian recently unveiled an IPO for his CBD company called Ignite. If you’re a consumer shopping online for CBD oils, or an […]

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Holiday Shopping Is Here, and Mostly on Our Mobile Devices

Why and how the culture has migrated from waiting in line to buying online. November 14, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When we think of Black Friday, we often picture people lining up outside stores at the crack of dawn, trampling each other in pursuit of a discounted television. For this holiday-shopping season, anchored by both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, more shoppers than ever will be staying at home and turning to their phones. So let’s take a look at why the traditional brick-and-mortar retail is falling by the wayside, and what business owners and entrepreneurs can expect from this year’s holiday-shopping season, based on recent trends. The average person spends more than three hours a day on their phone, and that number is set to keep rising, considering between 2011 to 2019, mobile internet use shot up 504 percent. Fully aware of this habit, companies have seized […]

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Facebook Removed 3.2B Fake Accounts Since April

The latest Facebook Community Standards Enforcement Report demonstrates how big of a task policing the social network has become. November 14, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag This week, Facebook published the fourth edition of its Community Standards Enforcement Report. It shows that the amount of content violating policies as well as the number of fake accounts created on the social network is only escalating. As Reuters reports, between April and September 2018 Facebook removed 1.55 billion fake accounts. For the same period this year, that total increased to 3.2 billion. Add to that another 2.2 billion fake account removals between January and March, and you can clearly see the scale of the problem for Facebook. Related: An Ex-Facebooker Devastatingly Piled Into Mark Zuckerberg’s Stance Allowing Politicians to Lie in Ads Facebook uses a set of community standards to outline what is and is not allowed on the social […]

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