Animation Shows Earnings of Biggest Movie Franchises of Last 20 Years

first_imgStay on target Bernie Sanders to Disney: Use ‘Avengers’ Profits to Pay Workers More’Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Records As Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame passes Titanic to become the No. 2 movie ever worldwide, breaking opening weekend box office records, and earning almost $2.2 billion worldwide through its second weekend in theaters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has proven to be biggest movie franchise ever.There’s just something about those superheroes that wins overs moviegoers’ minds, hearts — and wallets.  And you can bet there will be more of these blockbusters from Marvel/Disney. But the MCU isn’t the only movie franchise that has reaped the rewards at the box office in the last 20 years.Reddit user /u/rebellious_scum captured North American box office sales for some of the biggest movie franchises over the last 20 years, starting from May 1999 (release of Star Wars: Episode 1) to April 2019, as reported by movie data website The Numbers, in a cool, mesmerizing animation.The animation also visualized daily ticket earnings for X-Men, The Fast and Furious, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies, which all started to rise up in the early 2000s.But according to the Visual Capitalist, the clear takeaway from the animation is “Marvel’s exponential earnings growth since it debuted with Iron Man in 2008.”As of April 4, the MCU franchise had earned (inflation-adjusted) revenue of $7.63 billion, which is almost double that of runner-up Star Wars. And that doesn’t yet take into account account data from the record-shattering April 26 release of Avengers: Endgame.Using the animation’s numbers, the Visual Capitalist further breaks down the average revenue per movie, with Star Wars and Middle-earth topping the list . Meanwhile, Marvel lands in third place, followed by Pirates of the Caribbean, the Wizarding World, and the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).Marvel’s dominance at the box office can be boiled down to Disney/Marvel’s ability to produce movies at breakneck speed, according to Visual Capitalist. For example, in 12 years, Marvel Studios has produced 22 movies including Avengers: Endgame, while the James Bond franchise has produced 24 movies since its inception 57 years ago in 1962.More on Geek.com:Bernie Sanders to Disney: Use ‘Avengers’ Profits to Pay Workers MoreRami Malek Is Your Next ‘James Bond’ VillainDon’t Expect New Star Wars Movies After ‘Episode IX’last_img read more

Legos New Boost Coding Kits Let You Build and Control R2D2

first_img The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Ever wished you owned your very own R2 series astromech droid? Lego wants to make your dream a reality… and teach you a little coding along the way!For this year’s May the Fourth festivities, Lego announced a brand new addition to their already expansive Star Wars collection. It’s a three-pack of buildable droids that features R2-D2. Also included are a mouse droid and a gonk droid.These droids aren’t just meant to be built and posed, though. They’re a part of Lego’s Boost series.A Lego Boost set doesn’t just guide you through construction process. It’s designed to give Lego fans a fun, uncomplicated way to explore the worlds of coding and robotics. When they introduced Boost in 2017, they pitched it as a less complicated take on Mindstorms.This is Lego’s first licensed Boost set, and the Star Wars universe is a perfect fit.Once you’ve finished building your droid you can fire up the mobile app and take it for a spin. The programming interface is a bit like Scratch. You piece together routines by dragging and dropping different steps into a sequence. Lego keeps it simple by structuring Boost code like sentences — you build them from left to right.Other Boost set come with activities that you can walk through to get comfortable with the coding process. This one’s Star Wars themed, however… so Lego opted to call them “missions” this time around.The original Boost Creative box was already an amazing little kit and a great way to get kids interested in STEM activities. By adding Star Wars to the mix, Lego has upped the cool factor considerably.You definitely don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Lego Boost, either. Especially not this one, Star Wars fans. These really are the droids you’re looking for!The 1177-piece Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander set will hit stores on September 1st with a retail price of $199.99.More on Geek.com:Lego Made Bricks to Help Kids and Adults Learn BrailleCool Gifts for Every Star Wars JunkieLego Unveils Massive New Star Wars Tantive IV Set Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lost Chess Piece Found in Drawer Could Fetch 13M at Auction

first_img A long-lost chess piece missing for almost 200 years was unknowingly kept in a drawer by a family in Scotland, and now it could fetch up to $1.3 million in an upcoming auction.The chess piece was purchased for $6 (£5) by the family’s grandfather, an antiques dealer, in 1964. Stored in a drawer for 55 years, the piece could now fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) at auction after the late owner’s family took it to Sotheby’s auction house in London for assessment.Family members had no idea that the object — one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen — is one of the most famous chess pieces in the world, and among the greatest artifacts of the Viking area.(Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s)The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess pieces in the form of Norse warriors, carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century.A hoard of 93 chess figures was dug up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides more than 180 years ago, but five pieces have been missing for years.The 3 1/2-inch (8.8-centimeter) piece, which will be auctioned July 2, the equivalent of a rook, is the first of the missing chessmen to be identified. It was passed down to the family of the antiques dealer, who did not realize its significance.The Lewis Chessmen are among the biggest draws at the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, according to BBC News. They are seen as an “important symbol of European civilization” and have inspired everything from children’s show Noggin The Nog to part of the plot in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.“My mother was very fond of the Chessman as she admired its intricacy and quirkiness,” the family, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a statement obtained by the BBC. “She believed that it was special and thought perhaps it could even have had some magical significance.”“For many years it resided in a drawer in her home where it had been carefully wrapped in a small bag. From time to time, she would remove the chess piece from the drawer in order to appreciate its uniqueness.”Sotheby’s expert Alexander Kader, who examined the piece for the family, said his “jaw dropped” when he realized what they had in their possession.The Lewis Chessmen set includes seated kings and queens, bishops, knights and standing warders and pawns. Some 82 pieces are now in the British Museum and 11 pieces held by the National Museum of Scotland.From the British Museum’s collection: Five of the Lewis Chessmen, ivory chess pieces from a collection of 93 found at Uig on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. (Photo Credit: CM Dixon / Print Collector / Getty Images)Since the hoard was uncovered in 1831, one knight and four warders have been missing from the four combined chess sets.The newly-discovered piece is a warder, a man with helmet, shield and sword and the equivalent of a rook on a modern chess board, which “has immense character and power.”“There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up,” Kader told the Independent.Kader estimates the warder could fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) when it goes up for auction next month at Sotheby’s. “We can safely say that a million pounds will transform the seller’s life.”He added: “There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up.”More on Geek.com:Rare Apple-1 Computer Goes Up for Auction, Could Fetch Up to $650,000Instruction Manual Used for Apollo 11 Moon Landing Is Up for Auction‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life When It Deflected a Bullet Goes Up for Auction Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hero Dad Punched Shark Five Times to Save Daughter During Attack

first_img A teenager is recovering at a hospital after a shark attack at a North Carolina state park has left her with severe injuries to her leg and hands, officials say.Fort Macon State Park ranger Paul Terry told WCTI-TV that the girl, identified by Vidant Medical Center as Paige Winter, 17, was attacked by a shark while swimming at Atlantic Beach around noon Sunday.According to Winter’s family, her father had to punch the shark five times before it let the teenager go.Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials said in a statement that the teen suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic, and hand areas.” She was flown by helicopter to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, around 80 miles north.In a Facebook post, Winter’s grandmother, Janet Winter, said the teenager will “lose one leg above the knee and some fingers.”The Vidant Medical Center said in a statement that Winter’s family was thankful for the support from the community and “her heroic father who saved her life.”“Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water,” their statement added.“She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”Marcy Winter, Paige’s mother, said the teenager is “pretty groggy but cracking jokes” post-surgery.“She wants everyone to know that sharks are still good people.” A GoFundMe page has been set up for the teen. The page says the funds raised will be “used to assist in the many surgeries, physical therapy, prosthetics, recovery process, and [her father] Charlie’s missed days from work.”According to the fundraiser, Paige’s father Charlie is a marine, firefighter, and paramedic. “[Charlie] has served his country and his community for the last 20 years,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Now it’s time for us to rally around him and his family to help them in their time of need.”A GoFundMe is set up for 17-year-old Paige Winter who was bitten by a shark at Fort Macon. Winter “wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”https://t.co/bNQUnftxq3 pic.twitter.com/biPQJGA0PL— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) June 3, 2019Officials have not yet confirmed the species of shark that was responsible for the attack.Last year, the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), which tracks shark attacks, concluded there were 66 unprovoked shark attacks and 34 provoked shark attacks on humans worldwide. Out of the 66 unprovoked cases worldwide, the U.S. experienced the most in 2018 — with 32 confirmed cases (with three in North Carolina).Last week, a 65-year-old California man was killed in an apparent shark attack while swimming off the coast of Maui.More on Geek.com:Child Escapes ‘Serious Injuries’ After Cougar Attack in Washington ParkMan Dies After Apparent Shark Attack in HawaiiTiger Shark With Teeth, Jaw Removed and Stomach Cut Out Found on South Carolina Beach 911 Calls Released: Kinkajou Sneaks Into Florida Apartment, Attacks ManWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii Bay center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Grieving Dolphin Captured on Video Carrying Dead Calf in Florida Waters

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Orcas Hunt, Kill Dolphins Next to Whale Watching Boat Footage captured in Florida appears to show a grieving dolphin carrying and pushing her dead calf through the waters.(WARNING: The video may be disturbing to some viewers)The See Through Canoe company shared video of the heartbreaking scene, spotted in the intracoastal waterway in Indian Shores, Florida, on Twitter Monday.Mother #dolphin not ready to let go of her dead calf and pushing it through the intracoastal waterway.It’s hard to say for sure without examination, but the calf may have been hit by a boat. Please don’t assume that because #dolphins are fast that you won’t hit them. #sad pic.twitter.com/Le2MAwvPIB— See Through Canoe (@SeeThroughCanoe) June 3, 2019“Mother dolphin not ready to let go of her dead calf and pushing it through the intracoastal waterway,” See Through Canoe’s tweet said.The company said that the calf may have been struck by a boat. “Please don’t assume that because dolphins are fast that you won’t hit them.”Scientists have long tried to get a handle on grief-like behavior to determine if cetaceans — dolphins and whales — really do experience the emotion.Accounts of whales and dolphins caring for or attending dead or dying individuals have been reported since the 1950s, and are observed by cetacean watchers and researchers worldwide, according to Cosmos magazine.A 2018 study published in Zoology suggests that this behavior exhibited by a female dolphin carrying its deceased calf around for days (sometimes until the body is in such a state of decomposition that only the head or part of the body remains) is evidence that dolphins grieve for their dead.An earlier study, conducted in 2015, also showed that Atlantic spotted dolphins seemed to show grieving behaviors for several minutes or sometimes hours after the death of a calf. “Species that live in a matrilineal system, species that live in pods of related individuals, such as pilot whales whose pods can comprise up to four generations of animals — when they spend a lifetime together, sometimes 60 years or more, yes, I believe they can grieve,” said the study’s lead author, Filipe Alves of the University of Porto, Portugal.More on Geek.com:Watch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish CoastPacific White-Sided Dolphin at Chicago Aquarium Is Pregnant — Here’s the UltrasoundBaby Dolphin Stranded on Florida Beach Had Belly Full of Plastic Trashlast_img read more

Watch Rude Alligator Crashes Couples Picnic Date in Florida

first_img Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida In Florida, a couple’s cute picnic date turned into a hair-raising situation when a hangry alligator decided to interrupt their intimate hangout and gobble up all their food, including some guacamole.On Thursday, Taylor Forte planned the date with her fiancé Trevor Walters near Lake Alice in Gainesville, Florida, CBS4 Gainesville News reported. When they were about to enjoy their feast, the pesky alligator swam up to the bank and sprinted to their picnic site.The couple immediately left the blanket and watched the alligator nosh on their picnic goodies.“He annihilated an entire block of cheese,” Walters said in an interview with Fox4 News. “Gobbled it down, lickity split. The salami didn’t stand a chance.”But, that wasn’t all: The alligator then ate half a watermelon, a pound of grapes, and a fresh batch of guacamole.A Florida couple, enjoying a nice picnic by the lake, got a surprise from an unwanted guest. #FOX35 https://t.co/GMppQE2aBS— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) June 3, 2019Walters proceeded to make a lot of noise and distract the alligator, who eventually ran back into the water.“Unfortunately it sounds like that gator has been fed previously and has lost its weariness of people and is beginning to associate people with food,” Karen Parker with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) told CBS4 Gainesville News.Parker warned people to not feed alligators, because they become a big issue for people and have to be removed by the FWC for safety reasons. If there is an annoying alligator, Parker urges a quick phone call to the FWC (866-392-4286) for assistance.More on Geek.com:8-Foot Alligator Spotted Hiding in Hallway of Florida Elementary SchoolMassive, 11-Foot Alligator ‘Breaks Into Home’ at 3 A.M. in Florida 10-Foot Alligator Takes Late-Night Stroll Across Florida Highway Stay on targetlast_img read more

Heres What Happened When Scientists Strapped Cameras to Cats

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Since cameras have become smaller and more portable, scientists have been attaching them to animals — everything from sharks (to see how they hunt for prey) to penguins (to see how they communicate with each other in the icy waters off Antarctica).However, researchers haven’t much done with cats as they could be difficult to work with, according to Science magazine. One ecologist is trying to change that with a new study involving 16 cats and 16 small cameras.Maren Huck, behavioral ecologist at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, attached small cameras on 16 cats and followed them for up to four years as they prowled their neighborhoods.Her findings, published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science, provided some interesting insights on the behavior of felines.For one, they’re not lazy as you think. “Cats are seen as relatively lazy, especially compared to dogs. But we saw that when they were outside, they became superalert,” Huck told Science magazine.  “They scanned their surroundings, sometimes for a half-hour or more on end.”They could also be quite sociable. “[Even] though cats are highly territorial, they didn’t always fight with other cats they encountered,” said Huck. “Often, they just sat a couple of meters away from each other for up to a half an hour. They may have been sizing each other up. Sometimes they would engage in a greeting, briefly touching noses.”The ecologist also told Science magazine cameras could also help provide more insight on how to improve their quality of life as pets. “There is also debate over whether cats should be kept indoors all the time. If we find that cats seem more bored or stressed out when kept indoors — for example, by pacing, like some animals do at the zoo —that means we need to think more about enriching their indoor lives, or giving them some outside time,” Huck said.More on Geek.com:Scientists Attach Cameras to White Sharks to Watch How They Hunt Their PreyHere’s What Happened When Scientists Left Camera Traps to Record Wild ApesEgyptian Fruit Bats Trade Food for Sex, Study Finds Stay on targetlast_img read more

Freaky Human FleshInspired Coin Purse Goes Viral on Twitter

first_img Got change? You can place your quarters in this human flesh-like coin purse and freak everyone out at the grocery store or laundromat.Doooo, a Japanese DJ, designed the almost-realistic purse, which resembles a man’s mouth with five-o’clock shadow stubbles, AOL.com reported. The music producer uploaded a video of his bizarre creation on Twitter and it has generated more than 250,000 likes and 150,000 re-tweets.人肉小銭入れ作りました pic.twitter.com/k6SIDETWD5— doooo (@44doooo) June 1, 2019“I made a human flesh coin purse,” Doooo wrote on Twitter. In the video, he demonstrates how to use the coin purse, which includes opening a fake jaw, plump lips, and carefully placing some coins in the super-tight space. Even the teeth look real, since they’re not perfectly straight.人肉小銭入れと人肉印鑑は首にかける事ができます pic.twitter.com/aP3qyV3hjD— doooo (@44doooo) June 3, 2019If you’re interested in this wacky coin purse, it’s sadly not up for sale at the moment. However, you can enjoy Doooo’s other odd projects, including a human skin-inspired finger seal and squishy phone case, on his Twitter account.More on Geek.com:Man Wins $344M Powerball Jackpot With ‘Lucky’ Fortune Cookie Numbers Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the WildSan Diego Padres Criticized for Needless Bee Murders Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more

Robert Downey Jrs Footprint Coalition Saves The Earth With Tech

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Iron Man may be dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Avengers: Endgame (no matter how loudly you whine on your stupid fan petition that shouldn’t even exist) but actor Robert Downey Jr. sure isn’t. The reformed former prisoner now has more money than God following his decade-long career as Iron Man. And fortunately, it appears he isn’t about to use that cash to fall back into old bad habits.Instead, Downey Jr. has announced a new Earth-saving initiative, The Footprint Coalition, to clean up the planet through the power of advanced technology that actually exists.Downey Jr. announced the organization at Amazon’s re:MARS, a conference dedicated to fields like robotics and space and machine learning and other Iron Man-esque topics. And lucky for us our best and brightest minds are still trying to think of ways to save this planet from the ravages of man-made climate change instead of just exporting human capitalism across the Solar System.“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” Downey Jr. said according to Variety. “God I love experts. They’re like Wikipedia with character defects.”The Footprint Coalition is slated to launch next April. We’re also looking forward to Downey Jr.s’ upcoming YouTube Red documentary about artificial intelligence. Hopefully he gets some help from his fellow wealthy Avengers actors. This is a way better solution for saving Earth than just wiping out half of humanity. For more on how the Earth is doomed unless we radically act now here’s why climate change is forcing reindeer to eat seaweed and why global income inequality is on the rise alongside global temperatures.last_img read more

Paper Mateo Kovacic set for Chelsea loan move

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to shortly complete a shock loan move to Chelsea, reports MarcaThe Croatia international has grown frustrated with his role at Los Galacticos over the past three years following his €29m arrival from Inter Milan and has seen the majority of his appearances coming from the bench.Due to this, Kovacic has been keen to seek a move away from Real but has been made to wait for new coach Julen Lopetegui’s decision as he prepares the squad for his first campaign in charge.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The former Spain boss had in fact stated earlier today that Kovacic was doing well in pre-season training at the club’s US tour and denied reports of a strike by the player in order to force through a move.But now the 24-year-old appears to finally have got his wish and a move to Chelsea is expected to be announced within the next few hours after a deal was struck early on Tuesday.Kovacic has managed 109 appearances in all competitions for Real, but has only been able to find the back of the net three times.last_img read more

DOC Reports Death Of Seward Inmate

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An inmate from Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward died while in custody on Saturday, February 24, according to the Department of Corrections. At this time the cause of death is still be investigated by the state Medical Examiner’s Office and Alaska State Troopers.  This marks the first Alaska DOC death for 2018. According to courtview, Iyapana has been in custody since September 2007, serving time on the charges of first-degree sexual assault, as well as second-degree and fourth-degree assault. Romeo Iyapana, age 30, was pronounced deceased at Alaska Regional in Anchorage after he was taken to prison’s medical ward for evaluation before being transported to Seward Providence Medical Center. A short time later, Iyapana was flown to Anchorage for further medical treatment. According to reports, Iyapana began demonstrating concerning medical symptoms Saturday morning while housed in a cell alone at the correctional facility.last_img read more

House Wants to Finish Spending Bills by July

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco Here are some new details in the budget and defense budget appropriations process, which kicks off next week when the administration sends its budget request to Capitol Hill:The budget will include the biggest ever request for R&D, according to Bloomberg News, citing an interview with Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.The Navy is already getting pushback from Congress on anticipated plans to retire the USS Truman a decade early, cutting the number of carriers from 11 to 10. “Let me be clear, we cannot allow this critical piece of the United States Naval Force to atrophy,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) wrote in a Breaking Defense opinions piece. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told Breaking Defense the proposal is “mind-boggling.”The House will try to pass all its appropriations bills by June 30, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday, according to CQ.Hoyer also told CQ he is working with Senate leaders on a deal to raise or eliminate defense and nondefense spending caps. “I think they want to get this work done,” he said, according to CQ. “They don’t want to see a shutdown. They don’t want to see a dysfunctional appropriations process.” ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

PHOTOS Scenes From The Wilmington Farmers Market

first_img Hannah’s Herbals Beads By Barbara Purple Carrot Bread Children’s Craft Table Polish Prince Pierogi WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market held its second ever Winter Market on Sunday, December 2 at the Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street). Below are some scenes from the Market. Click on each image for a larger view. Bee Balm Co. Sweet Lydia’s Susan Anton LMT Wilmington Figure Skating Club Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Scenes From The Wilmington Farmers MarketIn “Photo of the Day”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 1In “Community” Juicebox Diva Arrowhead Farm Rustic Life Farm Soap Seafood Expresslast_img read more

Netflix Hikes Price of US Streaming Service Standard Plan Jumps to 13

first_imgNetflix is flexing its pricing-power muscle to kick off 2019 — hiking fees for all streaming-video plans for customers in the U.S.Netflix’s most popular plan, the Standard tier that offers two HD streams, is increasing 18%, from $10.99 to $12.99 per month. The Premium plan, which provides up to four Ultra HD streams, is increasing from $13.99 to $15.99 per month (up 14.3%). In addition, the company for the first time is hiking its Basic plan, which offers a single non-HD stream, from $7.99 to $8.99 per month (+12.5%).The new prices, which are the biggest fee hikes in Netflix’s history, will apply to all new Netflix subscribers in the U.S. immediately. Existing subscribers will be moved to the new pricing plans “over the next few months,” according to the company. Netflix’s price increases also will extend to about 40 countries in Latin America where it bills in U.S. dollars, including Uruguay, Barbados, and Belize. However, the rate hikes will not take effect (for now) in the region’s biggest markets, Mexico and Brazil. The boost in revenue from the price increases could help “ease concerns” for investors about Netflix’s growing free-cash-flow deficit, CFRA Research analyst Tuna Amobi wrote in a research note reiterating a “buy” rating on the stock. “We anticipate a relatively seamless implementation of the latest price hike, given [Netflix’s] significantly expanded content offerings relative to its competitors’ pricing,” he wrote.At $12.99 per month, Netflix’s Standard plan will be more than Hulu’s ad-free option (currently $11.99) and Showtime’s streaming service ($10.99) but still less than HBO Now ($14.99). More competition is looming: Later this year, Disney plans to bow the “Disney+” service and WarnerMedia is plotting a movie-driven subscription streaming offering, but pricing for those hasn’t been announced. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement.Netflix shares rose up as much as 6.8% in morning trading Tuesday on news of the price increases, with investors bullish on the evidence of its growing market clout.The company is looking to boost top-line revenue to offset its ballooning content costs, which were projected to hit $13 billion on a gross basis in 2018. To fund its content-spending binge, Netflix has raised billions in new debt: It reported $8.34 billion in long-term debt as of Sept. 30, up from $6.50 billion at the end of 2017. It’s also continuing to burn cash, and most recently projected negative cash flow of more than $3 billion for 2018 (versus negative free cash flow of $2 billion a year prior).Netflix last raised rates in the fourth quarter of 2017 — two years after its previous hike — and faced minimal cancellations and no slowdown in net subscriber additions. It remains to be seen how the new price increases affect subscriber growth heading into 2019. Netflix is scheduled to report Q4 2018 results on Thursday, Jan. 17.According to Netflix, existing members will be notified by email and within the Netflix app 30 days before the new prices are applied to their accounts. The exact timing will depend on a specific member’s billing cycle.Netflix had 58.4 million U.S. customers as of the end the third quarter of 2018, with a worldwide total of 137.1 million streaming members.Wall Street analysts have believed Netflix has demonstrable leeway to safely raise fees without the risk of significant backlash. Greg Peters, the company’s chief product officer, said on Netflix’s quarterly investor interview last October that “we earn the right to increase price a bit” if the company keeps delivering on customer expectations.“[W]e earn the right to increase price a bit and then we take that new revenue, invested back into the model and that sort of continuous positive cycle we get to keep going, and we foresee that that will keep going for many years in the future,” Peters said. Popular on Variety last_img read more

As Puerto Rico Braces For Storm DHS FEMA To

first_img Carlos Giusti As Puerto Rico Braces For Storm, DHS, FEMA To Move $271… by NPR News Claudia Grisales 8.27.19 8:12pm As a major storm heads for Puerto Rico, the Department of Homeland Security and its Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday they will move $271 million in funds to support President Trump’s border enforcement efforts. The Department of Homeland Security said it will transfer the emergency funds — including $155 million from FEMA’s disaster relief fund — to support new Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds as well as facilities for related court cases, according to documents obtained by NPR. In a July notification to Congress about the transfer, DHS said the $155 million comes from recoveries of prior year funds and that “absent significant new catastrophic events” the department believes the fund will still have enough money to operate.Congressional Democrats slammed the move on Tuesday, which comes at the peak of hurricane season and as Tropical Storm Dorian was poised to reach hurricane levels. “The Trump administration’s plan to divert money away from FEMA at the start of hurricane season to continue its efforts to separate and jail migrant families is backwards and cruel,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said. “Taking these critical funds from disaster preparedness and recovery efforts threatens lives and weakens the government’s ability to help Americans in the wake of natural disasters. Congress appropriated these funds to meet the American peoples’ priorities and I strongly oppose this effort to undermine our constitutional authority.”DHS alerted Congress to the move in a 15-page notification dated July 26, which NBC first reported earlier Tuesday. The agency is required to give Congress a 30-day notice to the plans.Democrats, opposed to the move, waited to respond until the end of that notification period in hopes of delaying the costly action, a congressional source familiar with the plans said. “I have significant concerns about the intended use of funds, and consequently, about the tradeoffs between that use and activities that would otherwise be funded from the source accounts,” California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, chair of a House Appropriations subcommittee, told DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan in an Aug. 23 letter. Roybal-Allard said the the reprogramming was unnecessary and the Trump administration was overstepping its authority. She noted that DHS components such as the U.S. Coast Guard could be hampered by the move. She added she was concerned about implementation of the agency’s immigration enforcement operations, which often ignores its budget directives from Congress and lack transparency. She urged McAleenan to work with the House Appropriations Committee to restore their partnership.”I am greatly concerned that during the course of this administration, there has been a growing disconnect between the will of Congress, as represented by ICE funding levels in enacted appropriations bills signed by the President, and the Department’s Immigration enforcement operations, which often lack justification,” Roybal-Allard said. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., also slammed the move Tuesday. “Once again, this administration is endangering America by moving funds away from emergency management for their extremist border agenda,” he said. “President Trump and his administration are not just endangering the lives of the children and families they seek to harm in the name of deterrence. By shortchanging preparedness, they’re endangering the lives of millions of Americans who live in hurricane zones as well.”The DHS notification to Congress expired on Sunday, the agency said in a statement Tuesday. The Department also defended the move, saying it is necessary to deal with the influx of migrants. “Given the rise of single adults crossing the border, ICE has already had to increase the number of detention beds above what Congress funded,” DHS said in its statement. “Without additional funding for single adult detention beds and transportation from the U.S. Border Patrol to ICE detention facilities, ICE will not be able to support the influx of migrants from U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehensions.”In its notification, DHS cited “a security and humanitarian crisis on the southern border” and the “high volume of aliens presenting themselves at ports of entry or entering illegally … and being released into the interior of the United States while they wait sometimes years for a final resolution of their case.” The shift in the funds would help DHS address the “crisis,” the department says, under authority provided in the fiscal year 2019 DHS appropriations act. As a result, DHS said it will transfer funds from its FEMA disaster relief fund and other accounts to the new border effort. Of the overall $271 million total, the agency said it will move $155 million to establish and operate temporary Migrant Protection Protocol, or MPP, Immigration Hearing Facilities along the Southwest border. Another $116 million will be used to pay for new detention beds, the agency said. “MPP court docket backlogs will continue to grow and ICE will not be able to effectively and efficiently move single adult migrants between detention centers and courtrooms without the funding,” the agency said. “This realignment of resources allows DHS to address ongoing border emergency crisis by alleviating the surge along the Nation’s Southwest Border while minimizing the risk to overall DHS mission performance.”Supporters of the administration’s immigration policies say Democrats have left the administration little choice but to take this action. Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, who is in regular discussions with the administration, said the transfer of the funds is necessary because ICE is so over budget due to the border crisis. They have to find the money from somewhere because Congress hasn’t given them what it needs, she said. “ICE’s priority caseload is growing, but the Democratic majority in the House does not support the level of enforcement that they consider to be the bare minimum for public safety and maintaining the most basic integrity of the law,” she said.”The border influx has strained ICE capacity,” she said. “Under the law, their detention capacity is set by Congress. They have to balance the criminal cases, border cases and other priorities like worksite operations and fugitives. And on top of that some people are mandatory to detained, such aggravated felons and prior deportees.” Franco Ordoñez contributed to this report.Copyright 2019 NPR. 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Tomas Franzen Com Hem is preparing to launch multi

first_imgTomas FranzenCom Hem is preparing to launch multiscreen services this year.Tomas Franzén, CEO of the Swedish cable operator, told Digital TV Europe, that the company will enable its digital TV customers to control the set-top using a range of devices by the end of the year. He said they are also planning a TV Everywhere service offering content on various devices. “The products that we will come up with by the end of the year will offer a more seamless experience for the customer so they can control the TV screen with multiple devices and they will also consume TV services on multiple devices,” he said. “It is a TV Everywhere solution and we will focus on the ease of use.”Franzén said the company would use on-demand and timeshifting services to tempt its analogue customers to switch to digital services. “Offering extra linear channels is not enough to make people pay extra to go digital,” he said. “We’ve seen that people taking an on-demand service and using timeshifting show a willingness to pay for it and to stay with us.”Com Hem has around 650,000 digital TV subscribers from a total customer base of around 1.8 million.last_img read more

Alex Daley Chief Technology Investment Strategist

first_img Alex Daley Chief Technology Investment Strategist Casey Research I sat down with Jim Rickards, author of many best-selling economics and investing books, including his latest, titled The Death of Money. In this exclusive interview, Jim shares his view on the changes in US foreign policy—the newly announced partnership with Iran to help fight ISIS and recent moves away from the petrodollar deal with Saudi Arabia—and what they mean for the dollar, gold, and investment markets in general. This interview just scratches the surface of the topics Jim covered in his speech at the most recent Casey Research Summit in San Antonio. You can grab a complete recording of that speech, and all 25 of the others, in the Summit Audio Collection, which is on sale with a juicy preorder discount for just a few more days.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link • Gold is in a major slump…The chart below says it all.You can see that the price of gold has fallen 36% since 2011.That’s a major decline. But many gold mining stocks have fared even worse over the last few years… And that has dragged down major gold funds like the one Vanguard runs.In fact, VGPMX has lost about two-thirds of its value since 2011. The S&P 500, meanwhile, is up 130% over the same period.Because of this, I imagine many Vanguard clients were fed up. So, Vanguard is completely overhauling its precious metals fund.But if history’s any indication, this could be a sign that gold is close to a bottom. Let me explain…• Vanguard has been down this road before… In May 2001, it changed the name of its Vanguard Gold & Precious Metals Fund to simply the Vanguard Precious Metals Fund.It did so because gold had been an awful trade. It had fallen 15% over the previous five years. Sentiment toward the yellow metal was awful, just like it is today.So, Vanguard dropped “gold” from its fund’s name. And you can see what happened.Gold went on to enjoy a decade-long bull market. It rallied 615% over the next 10 years.Now, I can’t guarantee that the same thing will happen this time. But I will say this…Big funds like Vanguard don’t make moves like this when gold is at record highs. They do this when sentiment is in the toilet.And that can often be a sign that things can’t get any worse.In fact, Vanguard changed its fund’s name in 2001 within a month of gold bottoming. • Put another way, Vanguard’s decision could mean that gold is near “capitulation”…Capitulation means “surrender.” In the financial markets, this happens when the last sellers sell.And it’s usually characterized by panic selling, which is exactly what’s been happening with gold.In fact, gold is down 8% since the start of the year. The average gold stock, on the other hand, is down about 20% on the year.Vanguard’s decision could prove to be very bullish. But it’s certainly not the only reason to think gold is close to bottoming.• Speculators have never hated gold more than they do right now… We know this by looking at the Commitments of Traders (CoT) report.This is a report issued by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). It shows the positions major traders have taken in certain securities and commodities.As of August 14, non-commercial traders—investors speculating on future price—were short (betting against) gold to the tune of 670 metric tonnes. According to market research team ANZ Research, that’s the biggest short position since the CFTC began collecting data in 1993.Not only that, investors have a net short position for the first time since 2001. This means that the value of total short bets exceeds the total long (bullish) bets.This tells us sentiment toward gold is extremely bearish.• This is exactly the kind of situation we like to bet against… You see, we’re contrarians here at Casey Research.When trades get extremely crowded, we like to take the opposite position. After all, buying an asset that other investors want nothing to do with is a proven way to make a ton of money.Take it from Doug Casey:You want to go where other people don’t go. That’s where you get the bargains.Everybody knows the old expression “buy low, sell high.” Well, when are the prices absolutely the lowest? When everybody else is afraid of the situation and, as the original Baron Rothschild put it, “blood is running in the streets.”• To take advantage of this big opportunity, I recommend betting on gold mining stocks…The easiest way to do this is with a fund like the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX).But to make the biggest gains during the next gold bull market, you’ll need own the “best of breed” gold stocks.Unfortunately, most investors can’t tell the difference between a world-class miner and a crummy one.• That’s where we can help…At Casey Research, we have teams of research analysts who scour the globe in search of the world’s best mining companies.We even have an advisory dedicated to small mining stocks with massive upside potential called International Speculator. And editor Dave Forest has found the highest potential gold stocks today. They’re primed to rip higher when the gold market rebounds.If you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up for Dave’s International Speculator letter—and see his newest money-making idea—by clicking here.Regards,Justin SpittlerBudapest, HungaryAugust 28, 2018Reader MailbagToday, a reader responds to our recent Conversations With Casey, “Doug Casey on Why Somalia Shouldn’t Have an Army”…Who were the main countries that colonized and divided the continent of Africa leading to an exacerbation of culture, class, color and language issues? Any African leader that wanted a United States of Africa was assassinated. If there had been a United States of Africa we would be living in a different world.—AnonymousAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Due to the scandalous acts of some CEOs with taxpayer funds, Congress just passed Bill S.2155.This bill has caused a domino effect in the markets that could mean thousands for investors—to the tune of $195 billion in “compensation checks.”Already, a growing number of Americans are collecting huge comp checks—some of them as big as $8,979… $9,587… and even $15,111, depending on the size of their position.It’s a new income stream that just might cover your entire retirement. Here’s Your Chance to Become a Pot Stock Millionaire as Marijuana Goes Mainstream…After five years of waiting on the sidelines, Big Tobacco… Big Alcohol… Big Pharma…and Big Banks are about to go all-in on legal pot. But they’re not going to grow their own weed or open up dispensaries. They’re going to go on a marijuana buying spree and buy up existing marijuana companies. And we’ve found three tiny pot companies that could be in the crosshairs of these corporate titans.Get all the details here. By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchThe Vanguard Group has thrown in the towel on gold.And that has massive implications for the gold market. But not in the way most investors think.As you’re about to see, Vanguard’s decision could be extremely bullish for gold.I’ll tell you why in a second—and why it’s presenting the perfect kind of opportunity we look for at Casey Research. But let me first give you some background.• Vanguard is one of the world’s biggest money managers…It oversees $5 trillion in assets. That makes it too big to ignore.Last month, it made a major announcement. It said that it will change the name of its Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund (VGPMX) to the Vanguard Global Capital Cycles Fund.More importantly, Vanguard will change what the fund holds. It will go from having 80% of its assets in mining stocks to just 25%. It will achieve this by adding stocks from industries like telecommunications and utilities to the mix.In other words, Vanguard is overhauling its precious metals fund…and changing it to a much more diversified fund.Now, I realize this sounds like terrible news for gold. But it could be one of the biggest buy signals for gold in years.More on that in a second. But let me first tell you why Vanguard did this. Recommended Link — Sneaky Politicians Don’t Want You to Know How They’re Snatching up to $11,334 Every Month for Life…But this former Wall Street hedge fund manager is going to tell you everything. Including how you can start collecting these payments too. Click here for all the details. —last_img read more

Keven Walgamott a real estate agent who lost his

first_imgKeven Walgamott, a real estate agent who lost his left hand and part of his arm in an electrical accident in 2002, got emotional when he was able to clasp his hands together and “feel” the space between his thumb and his index finger using a 3D-printed prosthetic hand in 2016.”That was the first time I ever felt anything in my left hand since my amputation,” Walgamott says. He got emotional a second time when he was able to grasp his wife’s hand and “feel” her touch, this time through a newly designed, experimental prosthetic hand that can be directed with the user’s mind.Walgamott was the sole volunteer for a 14-month study conducted by a multidisciplinary team based at the University of Utah, and also included collaborators from the University of Chicago and the Cleveland Clinic. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal Science Robotics.The research team adapted a commercially developed prosthetic named the “LUKE arm” — after the robotic hand the character Luke Skywalker got in the Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back.The original LUKE arm had been designed to perform a variety of movements, but the Utah collaboration significantly improved it by figuring out how to mimic the way the human brain sends a signal to the hand to touch an object, and how the hand sends a signal back in response to touching it.”The nerves that communicate and control the hand and the nerves that send information back up to the brain still exist even after the hand has been amputated,” explains Jacob George, a doctoral student of biomedical engineering at the University of Utah and one of the lead authors of the study.The research team implanted electrodes in some of those nerves in Walgamott’s forearm and then recorded the signals that occurred when he thought of moving his hand to grab or touch an object. The prosthetic hand moved as commanded by Walgamott’s brain.Better feedback between prosthetic and brain”The whole ‘using feedback for prosthetics’ idea has been floating around for a while and people just haven’t shown whether or not it works,” says Sharlene Flesher, postdoctoral research associate at Stanford University, who also studies tactile feedback in prosthetic robotic limbs, but was not involved in this study. “The fact that they got everything to work is not a trivial result.”Other existing prosthetics can also convert brain signals into movement. But doing daily life tasks depends not only on our ability to grab objects but also on our ability to sense through touch what those objects are without looking at them.For instance, if you try holding an egg in your hand while blindfolded, you’ll likely know right away that you have to handle it carefully to avoid breaking it. This is because the nerves in your hand send signals to your brain that tell you — based on past experience and characteristics such as shape, texture and heft — that you’re holding an egg. But with most prosthetic hands you’d need visual clues to tell you how strongly you could grip the object to avoid dropping it or crushing it.The University of Utah researchers and their colleagues were able to restore Walgamott’s ability to “feel” what he was touching by providing stimuli through electrodes implanted in his arm; the information was quickly transmitted back up to the brain as if it were coming directly from the hand.By recovering some of his sense of touch in this way, Walgamott was able to precisely distinguish between large and small and soft and hard objects after roughly 10 seconds of handling them — even when his eyes or ears were covered.”We’re tapping into the same [mechanism] that’s used in my body and your body and everyone’s body, and we’re trying to just activate it in the way it would have normally been activated. So the sensations feel like they’re coming from their hand,” says George.Walgamott says the sensations he experienced with the robotic hand didn’t feel exactly the same as those from his other hand, but he still found the ability to touch, feel and manipulate fragile objects like grapes and eggs astounding.”Being able to pick up an egg without crushing it was a remarkable experience,” he says, and the skill translated to challenges he faces in daily life. Using the prosthetic in the lab, he was able to feed himself and load a pillow into a pillow case, and put on his wedding ring.”This study kind of pushes the importance of why we should have sensorized prosthetics,” says Flesher. Beyond all the remaining technical challenges, she says, getting insurance companies to recognize the importance of such devices will be a key hurdle to overcome.Insurance companies “think of it as a luxury,” Flesher says. “But [a sense of touch] really is so critical to how you control your arm.”Prosthetic hands that can restore one’s sense of touch are currently not available outside the lab — Walgamott participated in the study for 14 months, wearing the prosthetic device for only a few hours per session during that time, and only in the lab. It connected to his arm via surgically implanted wires that were removed when the 14-month-long study was completed.Using the device required a researcher’s direct supervision. For the LUKE Arm to be routinely usable at home, researchers would like to come up with a device that can be implanted inside the body, like a pacemaker. Though Utah companies are working on a wireless version of the device, it has only been tested in animals so far.George and his collaborators hope next to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin testing their modified LUKE arm in larger groups of people, and in the participants’ own homes instead of the lab. They are now testing a prosthetic arm whose electronic controls can be strapped to the waist, which would make it easier for patients to use without supervision.’Phantom pain’ temporarily easedWalgamott’s burning phantom pain — a pain coming from the hand that is no longer there – also was reduced while his prosthetic hand was turned on.”[We are] recreating that sense of touch that they would normally be getting,” George explains. “When we start to do that, we think that we’re recreating the sense associated with that hand, [which] can kind of get rid of the pain.”Unfortunately, Walgamott says that the pain was reduced for only about an hour after taking the prosthetic off, and then the pain returned with the same intensity as before. He continues to feel that pain today.”Getting rid of phantom pain is one of the hopes,” a member of the research team told Walgamott during the experimental trial, according to a study transcript. “It’s not a promise. But if we restore sensory and motor function, then the prosthetic hand will become your hand, and the phantom will not have a place anymore.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more