BMW Launches Its Largest SUV Yet

BMW has launched its largest SUV ever, entering one of the market’s most profitable segments, long dominated by Mercedes, Audi and Cadillac. The German automaker will finally have a full-size SUV of its own when the BMW X7 arrives in showrooms in April. With an extra row of seating and more elbow room than its bestselling mid-size X5 utility vehicle, the X7 will capitalize on a consumer preference for larger vehicles. U.S. sales of BMW’s crossovers and SUVs rose 21% last year, surpassing sedan sales for the first time ever. “The question we always need to consider when introducing a new model is whether it will cannibalize sales from other models in the lineup or bring new conquest customers from …

After Google, Qualcomm and Intel reportedly stops dealing with Huawei

After Google announced that it’s ceasing some business with Huawei, Bloomberg reported today that chipmakers like Intel, Qualcomm, and Broadcom are stopping component supplies to the Chinese tech giant until further notice. This is a huge blow to the company’s future as a device maker. Google’s ban means that Huawei can’t use certain parts of Android, including Google Play services, Google Maps, and Gmail. But, it can still use open part of Android – aka Android Open Source Project (AOSP) – and make its phones work. However, with chipmakers banning trade with Huawei mean that it won’t get critical components like modems and… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Google,Huawei,Intel Read more: thenextweb.com

Intel Lays Off Hundreds of Tech Administrators

Intel Corp. is laying off hundreds of information technology administrators this week, according to The Oregonian. These 2019 layoffs may be the tech giant’s most substantial cutbacks since 2016, when it cut about 12,000 jobs in an effort to save $1.4 billion annually. The layoffs may have more to do with how the corporation plans to manage internal technical systems than simply cutting costs, according to sources that spoke with The Oregonian. And the job cuts won’t only impact workers in Oregon, though the layoffs do include some of the 20,000 employees in The Beaver State. Cuts will also impact workers in other parts of the U.S., including Costa Rica, where Intel operates a major administrative facility. At the end …

Why Apple Had to Cancel Its AirPower Charging Pad

There’s bad news for Apple fans who have been waiting 18 months to find out when they could purchase an AirPower wireless charger. Apple announced on Friday that it is cancelling plans to release an AirPower charging pad, citing concerns the product won’t live up Apple’s “high standards.” “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward,” Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, said in a statement to Fortune. AirPower was first teased at Apple’s iPhone X event …

Attorney General William Barr Says Mueller Report Will Be Released by ‘Mid-April’

Attorney General William Barr told the House and Senate Judiciary Committees Friday that the Department of Justice is “well along” with redactions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and will have it ready for release by “mid-April, if not sooner,” CNN reports. The news comes just as Democrats increased pressure for a full release of the report, threatening a subpoena if Barr does not meet their Tuesday deadline. The Mueller report was delivered to the DOJ last Friday, but its contents remain confidential. Barr sent a four-page summary of the investigation to Congress–an outline House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called “condescending” and “arrogant,” according to MarketWatch–but many questions remain unanswered. Barr’s summary says Mueller found no collusion between the Trump campaign …

Brainstorm Health: Xarelto TV Ads, Paid for Staying in Bed, Bristol Myers Celgene Deal

Happy Friday, readers! I’m running around prepping for our upcoming Brainstorm Health conference (hey, I’ve mentioned that’s happening next week and is going to be awesome, right?) so it’ll have to be a short one this beautiful Friday afternoon. But here’s something worth noting–Johnson & Johnson is reportedly getting ahead of the regulatory curve to become the first drug company in the U.S. to spell out a treatment’s price in direct-to-consumer television ads, for the blood thinner . The Trump administration has been preparing rules along these lines to mandate the disclosures in pharma ads. J&J is also addressing one of the main criticisms of the proposed rules–that list prices are often substantially different from what patients actually pay for …

Steam Link now lets you beam Steam games to your iOS devices

About a year ago, Valve announced that it was building an application called Steam Link. It’d let you play Steam games built for Mac/Windows/Linux on your iOS or Android devices through the magic of streaming, with a computer on your local network doing all the actual heavy lifting. Then Valve submitted it to the iOS App Store and… Apple rejected it. At the time, Valve said that Apple pinned the rejection on “business conflicts”. A year later, it seems said conflicts have finally been resolved. Steam Link for iOS just hit the App Store. Because there’s no way most PC games would be fun on a touchscreen, you’ll probably want a controller — Valve says that Made for iPhone-certified controllers …

Stop paying monthly fees for iCloud — get a lifetime of cloud storage with this deal

Real talk: storing your files exclusively on your phone or computer will only make them more susceptible to sudden disappearance. Whether it’s an accidental drop, theft, or a botched software update, your data can be wiped out faster than Thanos’ snap, and there’s usually no way to recover it. When your files are gone (including your once-in-a-lifetime photos), they’re gone forever. If you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and migrate your files to the cloud. And when we say cloud, we don’t mean Dropbox or iCloud where you have to fork over hundreds per year for paltry storage space. Instead, your storage woes can be one and done with Degoo Premium. In other words, you pay $49.99 …

Thanks to the Mueller Report, Fox News Is Getting a Ratings Boost

Fox News has a lock on prime-time ratings–at least, for now. As Variety notes, the network has experienced an uptick in prime-time viewership in the days since special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on the Russia investigation. The network’s improved numbers come after several competitive months in the cable-news arena, where Fox News and MSNBC have been battling for supremacy. As of today, Fox is in the lead, with both Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. program, Hannity, and Tucker Carlson’s 8 p.m. show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, gaining over its rivals. On Wednesday, Variety notes, Hannity earned 4.3 million viewers; that’s more than a million more than it averaged in January. That same night, Tucker Carlson Tonight–which faced a boycott call …

Lyft Rises 9% on First Day of Trading for a Market Cap of $26.5 Billion

Lyft’s long-awaited debut on a U.S. stock exchange proved to be a success Friday, with the stock closing up 8.7% at $78.29 a share, giving the ride-hailing pioneer a $26.6 billion valuation after its first day of trading and auguring a warm welcome for other tech decacorns that have shunned the IPO pipeline for years. Although the company reported a 2018 net loss of nearly a billion dollars, investors clamored for a piece of the Lyft IPO, with underwriters reporting demand for the stock that was 20 times larger than the shares available, the Wall Street Journal said. Lyft’s shares began trading around 11:55 a.m. ET, opening at $87.24 a share, or 21% above its offering price of $72 a …

11 Signs Your Upper Back Pain Is Serious Trouble

It may be your desk job Reader’s DigestThe One BIG Sign of Arthritis You Confuse with Other Back ProblemsYou may want to re-evaluate your back pain. Slouch much? “Upper back pain is most commonly from poor posture,” says Irene Tien, MD, emergency medicine physician with the Rowe Telemedicine Network. Sitting and staring at a computer “shortens chest muscles and pulls on the muscles in the upper back. A lot of people get a muscle spasm between the shoulder blades as a result,” she explains. Make sure your back pain isn’t also being caused by these everyday habits you have. The post 11 Signs Your Upper Back Pain Is Serious Trouble appeared first on Reader's Digest. Read more: rd.com

Scientists Want to Pay You $19,000 to Stay in Bed 2 Months. Here’s Why

Scientists are looking for women ages 24-55 willing to stay in bed for 60 days in order to determine how weightlessness affects the human body–and they’re willing to pay you 16,500 euros (around $18,522) to do it. When astronauts are in space, the weightlessness caused by microgravity can cause changes to human’s bodies that can ultimately lead to bones and muscles breaking down and fluid moving toward a person’s head, according to NASA. Scientists at the German Aerospace Center have been commissioned by the European Space Agency and NASA to conduct a study on how they can counteract the effect of weightlessness. Instead of floating around in a weightless environment, instead participants will stay in bed, simulating the effects caused …

Apple’s new TV app is still terrible for actually watching TV on iPhones

Apple just released its updated Apple TV app today across iOS and tvOS — it’s a big deal for the company, laying the crucial groundwork for the company’s new TV strategy with direct-to-consumer subscriptions and Apple’s own upcoming Apple TV Plus video streaming service. So why does it still default to portrait mode for playing back video? There’s simply no way around it — actually watching video using Apple’s native TV app is just an appalling user experience. Here’s how it works: if you’re watching a video on the TV app — presumably, one that you bought or rented on iTunes, streamed through one of Apple’s native partner channels, like HBO or Showtime, or whatever the method for using Apple …

A Once-Popular Motorcycle League Seeks A Multi-Million Dollar Resurgence

A 65-year-old sports league that’s fallen into obscurity is funneling millions of dollars into rebuilding its loyal and lucrative fan following. American Flat Track, the series that features competitors sliding their motorcycles upwards of 140 mph around a dirt oval, opened its third season in Daytona, Fla., on Thursday with hopes of creating a household name. “We will do whatever we need to do to expand the footprint, to expand the reach, of the sport,” CEO Michael Lock told Fortune. Interest the series, which began in 1954 under the name AMA Pro Racing, waned over the last several decades with the rise of other styles of motorcycle racing. Lock, a former Ducati chief executive, rebranded the series as American Flat …

Huawei: Hundred Billion Dollar Troll

The Financial Times reported earlier this week that Chinese telecom equipment manufacturing giant Huawei Technology has hired top-drawer Washington public relations group Burson Cohn & Wolfe to “help it make its case in the US following months of media and political scrutiny.” One wonders where those spin doctors were on Thursday when Huawei summoned global press to its headquarters in Shenzhen to trumpet its annual financial results. The headline Huawei hoped for–and in some instances received–was that the company’s 2018 sales surged nearly 20% to a record $107 billion despite U.S. government efforts to cast doubt on the security of its products. Profits leapt 25% to $8.8 billion. Very impressive. And yet most stories led with the in-your-face comments of …

Jeff Bezos’ Investigator Says Saudi Arabia Hacked Amazon CEO’s Phone Before Affair Exposé

The feud between Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer took another stunning turn over the weekend when a personal investigator for the Amazon.com Inc. chief executive officer accused Saudi Arabia of accessing Bezos’ phone data before the tabloid exposed his extramarital affair. Gavin de Becker, a security consultant for Bezos, made his accusations in a 2000-plus-word post in the Daily Beast, which the news site labeled as “opinion.” The investigator gave no direct evidence to reinforce his allegations, which furthered a suggestion made by Bezos in February that the tabloid’s interest in his personal life could be linked to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Enquirer parent American Media Inc. has offered an explanation with far less political intrigue: …