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spacex isn't first private company to offer trips around the moon


billionaire entrepreneur elon musk announced monday (feb. 27) that his private spaceflight company spacex plans to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon in late 2018. but this isn't the first time a private company has promised lunar vacations to private citizens.  the two individuals who will make the historic flight have not been named, but they approached spacex about the trip and put down a significant deposit toward it, a statement from the company said. the flight would last about one week, during which time the spacex dragon spacecraft will make a close pass by the moon, followed by a long loop out into space, before returning to earth. [how spacex's 2018 moon flight will work] a trip around the moon for private citizens is also one of the offerings of the virginia-base






san jose water company drops drought surcharges


citing improving conditions, the san jose water company, a private firm that provides drinking water to 1 million people in san jose and neighboring communities, has dropped its drought surcharges. the company announced the change wednesday, making it the last large water provider in the bay area to suspend fines and penalties for excessive water […]






why amd ryzen chips are first serious challenge to intel in years


even though amd just announced the ryzen processors, excitement over them has already hit a fever pitch, according to the company. in fact, amd says the ryzen chips have set new preorder records from 180 global e-retailers and boutique pc makers. the company expects strong sales to continue through 2017.






high-altitude balloon company wants to open a new market at the edge of space


world view enterprises, a private company that plans to sell balloon rides to the edge of space, has announced the grand opening of its new headquarters and a conjoined spaceport.






florida public company ipsidy moves to long beach, hires ceo


advertisement | advertise on newsdayid global solutions corp., a publicly traded florida company, has moved its executive offices to long beach, changed its name to ipsidy inc. and hired a veteran long island executive as its new ceo, the company announced tuesday, feb. 7, 2017. (credit: newsday / amanda fiscina) a publicly traded florida company has moved its executive offices to long beach, changed its name to ipsidy inc. and hired a veteran long island executive as its new ceo, the company announced tuesday.the company, formerly known as id global solutions corp., moved its headquarters from longwood, florida, and hired philip d. beck as chairman, president and chief executive effective jan. 31....






hailo app being parked in london as mytaxi migration kicks off


uber alternative hailo, which lets people hail a licensed taxi via smartphone app, is coming to the end of the road in london, as users are now being urged to switch to new ride-hailing vehicle, mytaxi.hailo users in london have until the end of may to switch — after which the app will be switched off.last july the london-based company which was started by ex-cabbies sold a majority stake to car company daimler, and announced plans to merge and rebrand with the latter’s on-demand taxi app, mytaxi — seeking greater scale across europe.the hailo-mytaxi merger process is evidently taking a little time. last month the company announced the official launch of mytaxi in london but hailo users were told to hang fire for further instructions on how to migrate their accounts.that migration process






inno3d is cooking up two 1080 ti with ichill coolers


inno3d announced that in addition to the founders edition 1080 ti, which launches next week, the company plans to launch two variants with the company’s ichill three- and four-fan coolers.






hailo app being parked in london as mytaxi migration kicks off


uber alternative hailo, which lets people hail a licensed taxi via smartphone app, is coming to the end of the road in london, as users are now being urged to switch to new ride-hailing vehicle, mytaxi.hailo users in london have until the end of may to switch — after which the app will be switched off.last july, the london-based company, which was started by ex-cabbies, sold a majority stake to car company daimler, and announced plans to merge and rebrand with the latter’s on-demand taxi app, mytaxi — seeking greater scale across europe.the hailo-mytaxi merger process is evidently taking a little time. last month, the company announced the official launch of mytaxi in london but hailo users were told to hang fire for further instructions on how to migrate their accounts.that migration proc






hailo app being parked in london as mytaxi migration kicks off


uber alternative hailo, which lets people hail a licensed taxi via smartphone app, is coming to the end of the road in london, as users are now being urged to switch to new ride-hailing vehicle, mytaxi.hailo users in london have until the end of may to switch — after which the app will be switched off.last july the london-based company which was started by ex-cabbies sold a majority stake to car company daimler, and announced plans to merge and rebrand with the latter’s on-demand taxi app, mytaxi — seeking greater scale across europe.the hailo-mytaxi merger process is evidently taking a little time. last month the company announced the official launch of mytaxi in london but hailo users were told to hang fire for further instructions on how to migrate their accounts.that migration process






toshiba shares plunge 8 pct after audit woes delay earnings


tokyo — japanese electronics and energy giant toshiba corp. delayed reporting its financial results by a month tuesday, citing problems with its auditing. toshiba stock tumbled 8 percent in tokyo trading after its earnings weren't announced as scheduled.the company said the earnings won't be out until march 14. auditors had questioned toshiba's reporting on the acquisition of cb&i stone & webster by its u.s. nuclear unit westinghouse, the company said in a statement.toshiba denies any wrongdoing. the company expects a big write-down for the value of the acquisition.toshiba is grappling with a scandal over company officials' doctoring of accounting books after it set unrealistic profit targets.the company is expected to restructure its ailing nuclear business, but nothing has been a






smuckers plans to build uncrustables factory in longmont – the denver post


the j.m. smucker company will build a manufacturing facility in longmont where it will produce its uncrustables, pre-made frozen peanut er and jelly sandwiches, the company announced.smucker, based in orrville, ohio, expects to begin construction this year and start producing the sandwiches in 2019, the company said in a news release.the company already has a factory in scottsville, ky., where it will continue to produce up to 2 million sandwiches daily. smucker said it sells $200 million worth of the frozen sandwiches annually.the longmont factory will be the company’s first in colorado and it is expected to employ up to 500 employees, the company said. construction is contingent on longmont approving tax and business incentives.“we think smucker is a great fit for longmont,” longmont may






cp+ 2017: hands-on with sigma's newest lenses: digital photography review


sigma announced a whopping four new lenses at cp+ 2017, in yokohama, japan. as soon as the show opened to the press, we headed straight to the sigma booth for some hands on time. three of the lenses announced are part of sigma's high-end 'art' series including the 24-70mm f2.8 you see above, as well as a 135mm f1.8 and a 14mm f1.8.  sigma also announced a 100-400mm f5-6.3 dg os hsm lens which is part of the company's more modestly-priced 'contemporary' series.click through the gallery for hands on photos of each lens and some initial impressions of build quality, size and weight. 






virgin galactic makes satellite launch service new company


long beach, calif. — virgin galactic's california-based small satellite launch provider is now a separate company.virgin group founder sir richard branson announced thursday that the new company headquartered in long beach is called virgin orbit.the company has been developing an air-launch system for small satellites called launcherone.the launcherone rockets will be released from a boing 747 jet named cosmic girl.virgin orbit says it already has substantial launch orders for the system, which is in an advanced phase of hardware testing.the new company's first president is veteran aerospace executive dan hart. he was formerly boeing co.'s vice president of government satellite systems.






cp+ 2017: hands-on with sigma's newest lenses: digital photography review


sigma announced a whopping four new lenses just prior to cp+ 2017, in yokohama, japan. as soon as the show opened to the press, we headed straight to the sigma booth for some hands on time. three of the lenses announced are part of sigma's high-end 'art' series including the 24-70mm f2.8 you see above, as well as a 135mm f1.8 and a 14mm f1.8.  sigma also announced a 100-400mm f5-6.3 dg os hsm lens which is part of the company's more modestly-priced 'contemporary' series.click through the gallery for hands on photos of each lens and some initial impressions of build quality, size and weight. 






tesla cfo jason wheeler is leaving, former cfo deepak ahuja returns


tesla announced on its earnings call that cfo jason wheeler has decided to leave the company in april to pursue opportunities in public policy. he’ll be replaced by deepak ahuja, who was tesla’s first cfo when he joined the company in 2010, doing from 15 years of experience at ford motor company.elon musk sounded upbeat and jocular about the news on the call, and he also noted, as did wheeler, that wheeler would be heading to a role in the public sector from his position at tesla.ahuja retired from tesla in 2015 following the hiring of his replacement, wheeler. he was a crucial part of tesla’s process of going pubic , which the company did in 2010.developing…






tesla cfo jason wheeler is leaving, former cfo deepak ahuja returns


tesla announced on its earnings call that cfo jason wheeler has decided to leave the company in april to pursue opportunities in public policy. he’ll be replaced by deepak ahuja, who was tesla’s first cfo when he joined the company in 2010 after 15 years of experience at ford motor company.elon musk sounded upbeat and jocular about the news on the call, and he also noted, as did wheeler, that wheeler would be heading to a role in the public sector from his position at tesla.ahuja retired from tesla in 2015 following the hiring of his replacement, wheeler. he was a crucial part of tesla’s process of going pubic, which the company did in 2010.developing…






evga’s clc 120/280 liquid coolers arrive with new company-branded fans


evga announced two new closed-loop cpu liquid coolers, which come in 120mm and 240mm radiator varieties with both featuring new company-branded fans.






zspace joins openxr working group to help simplify xr development


just a few days after the khronos group announced the openxr working group, which is devoted to developing an open standard of the same name to help vr and ar developers make software for more platforms, zspace announced its involvement and explained why it supports khronos' efforts. zspace (technically "zspace" but that's what happens when your name starts with a lowercase letter) is devoted to using mr technologies in education. the company makes all-in-one computers with ar and vr capabilities; apps for those devices; and education-related content for those apps. now it's applying everything it's learned while creating those various tools to the openxr project so other companies will have an easier time with mr content.here's what the company said about its support for openxr in a press






wcco radio to be under new ownership as cbs radio, entercom merge


a new era has begun for wcco as cbs corp. sells its radio division to entercom.the tax-free merger marks the second time wcco has shifted ownership since its start more than 90 years ago. cbs radio bought the station from general mills predecessor washburn-crosby co. in 1932.in a deal expected to close by the end of 2017, entercom will purchase cbs radio’s 117 stations in an all-stock transaction.the move comes as a surprise for industry veterans, as cbs previously announced plans for an ipo. in addition, entercom is smaller than cbs, said mark fratrik, senior vice president and chief economist at media consulting company bia/kelsey.“it’s encouraging that there’s investors that have enough confidence in entercom that can help them along to make this acquisition happen,” he said.the move wi






wcco radio to be under new ownership as cbs radio merges with entercom


a new era has begun for wcco as cbs corp. sells its radio division to entercom.the tax-free merger marks the second time wcco has shifted ownership since its start more than 90 years ago. cbs radio bought the station from general mills predecessor washburn-crosby co. in 1932.in a deal expected to close by the end of 2017, entercom will purchase cbs radio's 117 stations in an all-stock transaction.the move comes as a surprise for industry veterans, as cbs previously announced plans for an ipo. in addition, entercom is smaller than cbs, said mark fratrik, senior vice president and chief economist at media consulting company bia/kelsey."it's encouraging that there's investors that have enough confidence in entercom that can help them along to make this acquisition happen," he said.the move wi






coin will shut down its product services at the end of february


this was all inevitable, of course. fitbit has made its plans for coin clear since it bought the mobile payment company back in may of last year. at the time, the wearable maker announced that it was shutting down the coin developer program, though cards would remain active until their batteries finally gave up the ghost.the company has since announced via its blog that product services will be shut on february 28. cards will still be usable until their end of their estimated two years of battery life, but the move will hamper functionality in a number of key ways. the mobile app won’t work anymore, for one, so users won’t be able to add new credit cards or change their existing ones.according to the company,all data will be securely deleted from our servers, as they will no longer be runn






boy doll completes american girl’s transformation into bigger barbie


the american girl brand recently announced its first 18-inch male doll, logan everett.american girl's newest doll is … a boy? https://t.co/qizffnspedpic.twitter.com/6jcufn1v0r— cnn (@cnn) february 19, 2017the doll company has in fact sold boy dolls for some time, but in its baby doll collection, not the 18-inch dolls aimed at older girls. this past spring the company announced it was phasing out those boys, part of a boy-girl twin set. this spring’s collection then included logan and more “diversity” in the 18-inchers: the first african-american girl of the year doll, a korean-american doll, and a native hawaiian doll positioned during world war ii.the new launch includes “a new series of contemporary characters and stories designed to speak to even more girls’ interests, backgrounds, and






digital domain strengthens immersive tech portfolio with sprawly acquisition (up


update, 3/09/2017, 10:08am pt: the original story stated that digital domain purchased sprawly. a representative from digital domain stated that the company did not purchase sprawly. digital domain didn't further explain the terms of the deal. digital domain announced that it added sprawly to its growing portfolio of immersive video and vr technologies. sprawly’s founders joined digital domain as part of the deal.digital domain is a hollywood visual effects company with a wide range of expertise in immersive technology. digital domain had a hand in creating hundreds of motion pictures, commercials, and video games, and recently the company steered its focus towards virtual reality experiences. in 2015, digital domain partnered with immersive media to create im360, which creates high-qualit






sling tv celebrates second birthday with free preview of its orange service


why it matters to you if you haven't yet tried this popular live tv streaming service, this free preview weekend is the perfect chance.today officially marks two years since dish’s live tv streaming service sling tv launched, and the company wanted to celebrate. as he has done before, ceo roger lynch took to periscope, but instead of simply asking questions, he also gave those who tuned in a tour of the sling tv offices.while the tour was interesting if you’ve ever wondered what the day-to-day is like for the people at sling tv, the company also announced something that will matter much more to many people. this weekend, the company will be offering a free preview of its sling orange package, just in time for the midseason premiere of the walking dead. no credit card is required in order






digital domain strengthens immersive tech portfolio with sprawly acquisition


digital domain announced that it added sprawly to its growing portfolio of immersive video and vr technologies. sprawly’s founders joined digital domain as part of the deal.digital domain is a hollywood visual effects company with a wide range of expertise in immersive technology. digital domain had a hand in creating hundreds of motion pictures, commercials, and video games, and recently the company steered its focus towards virtual reality experiences. in 2015, digital domain partnered with immersive media to create im360, which creates high-quality 360-degree video projects such as abc’s good morning america’s 360-degree video segment on the african safari, and the nike “courtvision” experience. last year, digital domain entered the game developer market when it acquired digital funk ma






huawei said to be building its own voice assistant


last year, huawei leapfrogged a couple of fellow chinese hardware companies to secure its spot as the third largest smartphone maker worldwide. as the company takes aim at the number two spot, it’s apparently working to differentiate itself even more from the competition by developing more proprietary tech, adding to a list of components that already includes its own in-house chips.according to a new report from bloomberg, a smart assistant is the next step. the company is said to be hard at work on a siri/alexa/google assistant competitor, employing a team of more than 100 people tasked with its creation in shenzhen.if true, the company would join samsung in a growing list of android handset makers opting not to go with google’s assistant – though the galaxy maker sped up the process a bi






sling tv celebrates second birthday with free preview of its orange service


why it matters to you if you haven't yet tried this popular live tv streaming service, this free preview weekend is the perfect chance.today officially marks two years since dish’s live tv streaming service sling tv launched, and the company wanted to celebrate. as he has done before, ceo roger lynch took to periscope, but instead of simply asking questions, he also gave those who tuned in a tour of the sling tv offices.while the tour was interesting if you’ve ever wondered what the day-to-day is like for the people at sling tv, the company also announced something that will matter much more to many people. this weekend, the company will be offering a free preview of its sling orange package, just in time for the midseason premiere of the walking dead. no credit card is required in order






tiffany & co. ceo resigns amid company's financial concerns


new york — the ceo of tiffany & co. has stepped down amid concerns about the jewelry company's financial performance.the new york-based retailer announced sunday that frederic cumenal's departure is effective immediately and the search has begun for a successor. cumenal joined tiffany in 2011 and was named its chief executive officer in april 2015.michael kowalski, chairman of the board of directors and previous ceo of tiffany, will serve in the interim.tiffany's board said that while cumenal has helped position the company for success in the long term, it has been "disappointed by recent financial results," according to a statement by kowalski.the company in november reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue. but in january, it said that holiday sales were lower than






toshiba delays earnings reports until march over audit woes


tokyo — japanese electronics and energy giant toshiba corp. says it is unable to report its financial results on schedule. it is delaying the report, which was due tuesday, until march 14.the company said auditors had questioned its reporting on the acquisition of cb&i stone & webster by toshiba's u.s. nuclear unit westinghouse.toshiba denies any wrongdoing. the company expects a big write-down for the value of the acquisition.toshiba is grappling with a scandal over company officials' doctoring of accounting books after it set unrealistic profit targets.the company is expected to restructure its ailing nuclear business, but nothing has been announced. japan's nuclear sector was thrown into crisis after multiple meltdowns of reactors at a power plant in fukushima prefecture trigger






open garden makes its offline mesh networking tech available to third-party deve


open garden, the company behind the firechat offline messenger, is now the mesh networking tech behind its apps available for all developers. the company today announced the launch of its meshkit sdk, which enables developers to easily integrate peer-to-peer connectivity into their apps, at the mobile world congress in barcelona. the classic use case for this is chat apps, but it also works for more media-rich services or pushing even smaller updates like sports results.for now, the sdk, which had quietly launched on the company’s website a few months ago, will only be available to android developers but the company tells me that it will also launch an ios version soon. developers will also have to contact the company for access to the sdk.meshkit will allow for all the standard connectivi






facebook is bringing ad breaks to more live and on-demand videos


why it matters to you as facebook brings more video to its platform, viewers will have to grow accustomed to possibly seeing ads every two minutes in longer clips.get ready to see ad breaks in more facebook videos on your news feed. the company announced on thursday it is testing its recently launched mid-roll ads feature in on-demand video on its platform. it is also using ad breaks as an incentive to get more live video publishers streaming on its platform.last month, recode revealed facebook was testing video ads with select partners. these ads can be inserted into a clip after a minimum duration of 20 seconds, and at least two minutes apart for longer videos. the company is reportedly splitting ad revenue, granting publishers a 55 percent cut and keeping 45 percent for itself.then, dur






facebook is bringing ad breaks to more live and on-demand videos


why it matters to you as facebook brings more video to its platform, viewers will have to grow accustomed to possibly seeing ads every 2 minutes in longer clips.get ready to see ad breaks in more facebook videos on your news feed. the company announced on thursday it is testing its recently launched mid-roll ads feature in on-demand video on its platform. it is also using ad breaks as an incentive to get more live video publishers streaming on its platform.last month, recode revealed facebook was testing video ads with select partners. these ads can be inserted into a clip after a minimum duration of 20 seconds, and at least 2 minutes apart for longer videos. the company is reportedly splitting ad revenue, granting publishers a 55 percent cut and keeping 45 percent for itself.then, during






lg’s new phone to launch eventually, cost money


lg just announced a new phone. it’s like the last one but slightly better looking, a bit faster, and it will be available sometime and cost money to buy it.the company took the wraps off the phone during a press conference at a trade show. there was pop music, teleprompters and a long powerpoint presentation.at one point during the presentation, a company executive described the screen. another talked about the camera. both are better than the screen and camera in the previous model.the company talked about the screen aspect ratio, battery life and case material.the phone will launch soon, lg says. it will probably cost money. the company apparently didn’t think it was necessary to say when or how much. i guess lg thought those details were not important.without mentioning price or launch






huawei said to be building its own voice assistant


last year, huawei leapfrogged a couple of fellow chinese hardware companies to secure its spot as the third-largest smartphone maker worldwide. as the company takes aim at the no. 2 spot, it’s apparently working to differentiate itself even more from the competition by developing more proprietary tech, adding to a list of components that already includes its own in-house chips.according to a new report from bloomberg, a smart assistant is the next step. the company is said to be hard at work on a siri/alexa/google assistant competitor, employing a team of more than 100 people tasked with its creation in shenzhen.if true, the company would join samsung in a growing list of android handset makers opting not to go with google’s assistant — though the galaxy maker sped up the process a bit wit






caterpillar denies that it broke tax laws


caterpillar is denying that it broke federal tax laws a week after its headquarters and other facilities were raided by the internal revenue service and other federal agencies.the exact reason for the raids remains unclear, but caterpillar told the securities and exchange commission in a filing last month that the irs had notified the company it owed $2 billion in additional taxes because of profits from a swiss unit.in a release friday, the company said, "caterpillar takes very seriously its obligation to follow tax law and pay what it owes."caterpillar inc. said it disagrees with the position of the irs and that it is cooperating with requests from investigators for information.no charges have been filed against company, which is based in peoria. in january it announced it would move its






google abandons 'end-to-end' email encryption project, invites community to take


google announced that the “end-to-end” email browser extension project it started three years ago is no longer a “google project,” and that the community is invited to take it over because the project “has left the nest.” the company also renamed the end-to-end project “e2email.”“end-to-end” project abandonedback in 2014, google announced the openpgp-based end-to-end project to bring easier to use end-to-end encryption to gmail and other email services. yahoo later joined the project as well, but eventually abandoned it, probably for different reasons.google started the project to win back the trust of gmail users, after being accused of being part of the nsa prism program, and to show that it cares about its users’ privacy. end-to-end encryption would make email readable only to the users






hands-on with sony 100mm f2.8 stf g master and fe 85mm f1.8 lenses: digital p og


sony announced a pair of short telep o prime lenses at this year's wppi show in las vegas - the fe 100mm f2.8 stf gm oss and the fe 85mm f1.8, both intended for use on the company's a7-series mirrorless interchangeable lens eras.here's the fe 100mm f2.8 stf gm oss, which joins sony's growing 'g master' lineup, as one of the company's flagship lenses. 






huawei said to be building its own voice assistant


last year, huawei leapfrogged a couple of fellow chinese hardware companies to secure its spot as the third largest smartphone maker worldwide. as the company takes aim at the number two spot, it’s apparently working to differentiate itself even more from the competition by developing more proprietary tech, adding to a list of components that already includes its own in-house chips.according to a new report from bloomberg, a smart assistant is the next step. the company is said to be hard at work on a siri/alexa/google assistant competitor, employing a team of more than 100 people tasked with its creation in shenzhen.if true, the company would join samsung in a growing list of android handset makers opting not to go with google’s assistant – though the galaxy maker sped up the process a bi






nokia's future plans include virtual reality, phones, wearables, and 5g


why it matters to you nokia's new smartphones, virtual reality platform, and 5g technologies have the potential to transform industries.nokia’s back. at the finnish company’s analyst and press event at mobile world congress on sunday, it announced a road map that places particular emphasis on high-speed wireless, consumer smartphones, and professional-grade virtual reality equipment.company president rajeev suri said nokia’s biggest growth potential lies in its ability to “expand, build, and create.” he touted its strength in licensing, highlighting its ozo virtual reality platform and close working relationship with smartphone maker hmd global. “nokia is a fundamentally different company than it was one year ago,” suri said.more: the new nokia 3310 will feature swappable face plates, acco






spacex to fly passengers on private trip around the moon in 2018


spacex will fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon in 2018, the company's founder elon musk announced monday (feb. 27). the private spaceflight company will use its falcon heavy rocket to send the two paying passengers into space aboard one of the company's dragon spacecraft. the two private citizens, who have not yet been named, approached spacex about taking a trip around the moon, and have "already paid a significant deposit" for the cost of the mission, according to a statement from the company. the names of the two individuals will be announced later, pending the result of initial health tests to ensure their fitness for the mission, the statement said. [spacex's crew dragon spacecraft in pictures]an artist's illustration of a crewed dragon spacecraft in space.credit: spac






trump pledges fewer regulations, more competition for drugmakers


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president donald trump says he wants to lower drug prices and bring pharmaceutical companies back to the united states. (jan. 31) appresident trump meets with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry at the white house on jan. 31, 2017.(p o: nicholas kamm, afp/getty images)washington — president trump pledged in a white house meeting with drugmakers tuesday to cut taxes and streamline regulations for the pharmaceutical industry in a bid to drive down drug prices for americans.he vowed to increase “competition and bidding wars big time” and also asked attendees to create more jobs for americans.“you have to get your companies back here,” trump said.among the attendees were executives from celgene, merck, johnson & johnson and amgen, whose ceo robert bradway s