A 35-year-old Google employee with Stage 4 cancer has a sobering message about not taking life for granted (GOOG)

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  • Scott Riddle’s life was suddenly upended after being being diagnosed with metastatic cancer.
  • The 35-year-old Google employee is coming to terms with the fact that he may never see his three children grow up.
  • He’s now urging people not to take their lives for granted, or to assume they still have decades ahead of them.

A few days ago, Scott Riddle sat down at his computer and began to write.

Just three weeks before, the 35-year-old Google employee had received life-changing news. He had been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, and was coming to terms with the fact that he may well never see his three children, aged five, three, and a few months old, grow up.

As he grappled with the news, he wrote a 1,200-word piece on blogging platform Medium, titled: “I’m 35 and I may suddenly have lost the rest of my life. I’m panicking, just a bit.”

“I don’t even know why I did that Medium post, I had that urge to just sit down and just write about it,” Riddle told Business Insider in an interview over Skype from his family’s home in Australia.

The hastily written post detailed the discovery of his disease, his cloudy prognosis, and life lessons it had brought sharply into focus. He expected just a few people to see it — but more than 70,000 people have already read the post, and he has been shocked by an outpouring of support from strangers around the world.

At the heart of the post sits a very simple message: “Stop just assuming you have a full lifetime to do whatever it is you dream of doing.”

‘Life was good’

“Just three weeks ago,” Riddle wrote, “life was good. The newest edition to our family had arrived on Christmas Eve, joining his two sisters aged 5 and 3. A month later we were on a plane home to Sydney, having spent four great years working for Google in California.”

He had a new job lined up with Google, after working in strategy and operations for six and a half years in the US, while his wife had found a job with a logistics startup.

Then on July 19 he went for a visit to the doctor’s. Riddle had “noticed a bit of unusual bleeding … and very recently a change in bowel habit.”

The GP “didn’t even say he thought it could be cancer,” he told me, just that “you need to go for a colonoscopy.” But Riddle had been doing some research about the symptoms and possible causes beforehand — among them, cancer. “Suddenly all these images passed through my head.”

And then he fainted.

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His chances are no better than ’50/50′

The following Monday, he went for the colonoscopy, where a doctor identified what appeared to be a cancerous lesion. It was subsequently confirmed as Stage 4 metastatic colon cancer — indicating it had spread to elsewhere in his body.

“It kind of feels like this wave coming up,” he said of receiving the news. “At first you take it in a very matter-of-fact way and you’re just digesting the information like another piece of data. Like ‘okay, I get that, I see what you’re saying.’

“And then you kinda find yourself tuning out as [the doctor] keeps talking, because suddenly the other part of your mind is racing to think of the implications. The risks. What it means for your family, what it means for your job, and what it means for your life.”

And just like that, his life changed forever.

Riddle is currently on a treatment of chemotherapy and radiation, with plans for surgery, and currently doesn’t even feel ill — just a little tired, he said. But his condition in the months ahead may change.

“Stage 4 however is not too good at all. Doctors use ‘survival curves’  —  survival statistics for people with your cancer and your stage of progression  —  to provide some kind of prognosis. In my case, most published survival curves suggest that only 10% of people are still alive 5 years post diagnosis,” he wrote in his blog post.

“Now, I’ve since learned that there are many reasons not to focus too much on these statistics. My prognosis is likely better (none of my doctors will venture a guess) but it is no better than 50/50. And even if I live beyond 5 years, my life expectancy as a survivor of metastatic cancer will almost certainly be much curtailed.”

‘Stop just assuming you have a full lifetime ‘

“I’ve noticed so many times in the last few weeks, I’m sitting on a train going back to the hospital and I overhear the kind of commuter conversations that you always overhear on a train,” Riddle told Business Insider. “You know, people getting ready for a meeting or someone’s dialed into a teleconference early from the train or something and I just think, ‘my gosh’ …”

He trailed off, temporarily lost for words.

“Some of the conversations I’m hearing seem so insignificant. Are you going to live, are you not, are you gonna be able to spend another year with your kids, are you going to see your wife, are you going to be able to help your parents as they get older? All of these really, really deep things that you don’t think about day-to-day, and suddenly when they’re threatened they’re the things you’re most scared of losing.”

It’s this message that Riddle felt compelled to share, and sits at the heart of his blog post: You can’t take for granted that you’ve got your full life ahead of you.

And there’s a more down-to-earth side of it too: Get tested. “On the very pragmatic level … take this stuff seriously, no matter what age you are whether it’s a lump on your balls, or something in your boobs, or whatever, not necessarily colon cancer, but just take that stuff seriously.”

Here’s an excerpt from what he wrote (emphasis ours):

“One of the things I’m struggling most with is this concept of legacy. I’m a planner. Before this diagnosis I’d been thinking of my 1st 35 years — aside from being a ton of fun and travel — as preparation. I felt like I was building a platform (savings, networks, skills, experience) that I could then use in my second act to make a real contribution, to ‘make my mark’, to build a real legacy for my kids. Perhaps that was a mistake on my part, because I may have no time to do that now. I guess I’m panicking a little.

“I feel like I have so many messages to deliver to the blissful masses from my now precarious vantage point, from the importance of early precautionary doctor visits to the merits of life insurance. But putting pragmatism aside, there is one thing I’d urge everyone to do. Stop just assuming you have a full lifetime to do whatever it is you dream of doing. I know it sounds ridiculously cliched, and of course you never think it will happen to you, but let me assure you that life really can be taken from you at any time, so live it with that reality in mind.”


The Riddle family plans have been thrown into doubt

One of the main reasons the Riddle family moved back to Australia was that they planned to buy land and set up their own farm. A question mark now sits over that plan, as Scott Riddle wrestles with the best cause of action. Should he create the farm, so it can act as a legacy for his family if he doesn’t make it — or would it risk unnecessarily burdening them?

The father-of-three also hoped to start his own business one day, but now has no idea if he’ll be able to.

He described a strange duality to his life: Carrying on, expecting to live — while also preparing for if the worst should happen. He has taken time off work (“Google’s been awesome,” he said, praising the company’s benefits package) as he sorts out his priorities and works out next steps.

“As I understand it, when you have metastatic cancer, even if I get to the end and they say ‘okay you’re all clear,’ you’re kind of never really clear if you’ve had metastatic cancer … lets say I get to the other end in January, I pop out the other side of two surgeries and chemo and radiation and they say all clear,” then he still needs to come back for frequent check-ups for the rest of his life.

“It’s going to be really interesting: How do you manage time and priorities in a situation where you can never really plan beyond 6 months or beyond a year? … I’m totally going to have to change my way of thinking, because I’ve always been a 30-year kind of guy. I was always like, ‘by the time I get here I’m going to have done x, y, and z, whereas now it’s going to be like: ‘Okay I should be good for another year, or good for another two years.”

There has been a huge wave of support from across the web

The 35-year-old said he wrote the blog post in about 15 minutes, barely even proof-reading it before he posted it online — only going back to edit it later. But it clearly resonated, with tens of thousands of people reading it and commenting on Medium, Facebook, LinkedIn, and across the web.

“Scott, I’m not connected to you nor have we met but this story has moved me completely. I am literally sitting here in tears,” one message Riddle received said. “Your words have had a profound impact and from this day forward I’ll be getting regular health checks, abusing my body less (shitty foods and booze), getting fitter and seizing the day with a pep in my step from dawn to dusk. I’ll cuddle my kids just that little bit longer and tighter, I’ll whine less and I’ll love that little bit more. Thank you for wearing your heart on your sleeve and sharing the story with the world.”

The Australian never expected this outpouring of support, but hopes people will take it as a lesson.

“In your day-to-day [life] it’s a fact that you end up not focusing on the things that are most important, and every now and then a little reminder that things can turn out in very unexpected ways, it’s good. Most of the people who saw that Medium post and added a comment and were affected by it on that day … they’ve probably forgotten about it by the end of the week,” he said.

“But it’s sitting somewhere in their minds, yeah. If I can help people with that, even momentarily, or if it plants a seed in their mind to make a different decision or something, then at least some good comes of it.”

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    The 32 apps that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has on his iPhone 7

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    There’s no denying the apps that people have on their phone reveal a lot about them and footballers are no exception.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the third richest footballer in the world, told Business Insider that he has 32 apps on his iPhone 7 — excluding the standard Apple apps that come preinstalled such as Mail, Calendar, and Apple Music.

    The selection of apps on the Swedish star’s iPhone highlights his love for games, social media, news, and of course, football.

    One of the most recent apps to make its way onto Ibrahimovic’s iPhone is “Zlatan Legends,” a game he made with Swedish studio ISBIT Games that officially went live on the App Store on Thursday. Ibrahimovic is himself the star of the new arcade sports game, which is available to download for free.

    In an interview with Business Insider ahead of the launch, Ibrahimovic said: “I’ve spent a lot of hours, a lot of years on games and now I have the opportunity to make my own. For me, this is a small dream come true.”

    Here are all of the apps on Ibrahimovic’s iPhone.

    1. Personal Banking (exact app not disclosed)
    2. WhatsApp
    3. Instagram
    4. Twitter
    5. Facebook
    6. Messenger
    7. Snapchat
    8. TuneIn Radio
    9. Skype
    10. YouTube
    11. Shazam
    12. Spotify
    13. Google Maps
    14. Met Office Weather App
    15. Waze
    16. Netflix
    17. IMDb
    18. Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre
    19. Warp Shift
    20. Hitman Sniper
    21. BioShock
    22. Call of Duty: Strike Team
    23. Omni (Swedish News App)
    24. BBC News
    25. BBC Sports
    26. Bleacher Report
    27. Premier League
    28. ESPNFC
    29. UFC
    30. MMA Underground
    31. Moves
    32. Zlatan Legends

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      Mercedes-Maybach just unveiled a stunning convertible concept car to rival Tesla

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      On Friday, Mercedes-Maybach unveiled its new Vision 6 Cabriolet concept at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in Monterey, California.

      The stunning drop top is the ultimate embodiment of the Mercedes’ Sensual Purity design philosophy. The concept melds classic automotive design element with a sleek futuristic aesthetic.

      “The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury into the realms of the ultimate in luxury and is the perfect embodiment of our design strategy. Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious “haute couture” interior help to create the ultimate experience,” Gorden Wagener, Daimler AG chief design officer, said in a statement. 

      The all-electric drop top continues Mercedes’ push towards alternative propulsion. The Maybach was introduced shortly after the company’s AMG division unveiled its new hypercar’s 1,000 horsepower Formula One-derived hybrid drivetrain. 

      Here’s a closer look at the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet.

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      The Vision 6 Cabriolet is the successor to the Vision 6 Coupe that was unveiled last year in Monterey.

      With its long hood, the Vision evokes imagery of the splendid luxury cabriolets of the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

      The boat tail harkens back to the looks of classic luxury yachts.

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        Apple fans prepare yourselves: One of the original Apple I computers is going up for auction in September

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        Apple fanatics around the world will soon have a chance to bid on one of the original Apple computers.

        The Apple I is being put up for sale by David Larson, a former Virginia Tech professor who bought the computer from Adam Schoolsky in 1994 for $3500. Schoolsky was a friend of Apple cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who gave him the computer as a gift.

        The computer, built by Wozniak in 1976, will be auctioned off by online auction house Charitybuzz starting on September 12. All proceeds will go to FAIRS, a Virginia-based non-profit that helps groups in developing countries put together emergency radio systems. 

        The computer’s auction lot will also include the original letter Larson received from Schoolsky in 1994; a promotional brochure for the Apple I and Apple II computers; and the first issue of the “Silicon Gulch Gazette,” an early PC industry publication, that was published in 1977.

        The lot also includes a drawing by Ron Wayne, Apple’s little-known third cofounder. Wayne designed the original Apple logo, wrote the Apple I manual, and drew the Apple I schematic diagrams.

        And it includes something that’s rarer than even the computer itself, an Apple I cassette interface card. Early PC’s often stored programs and data on cassette tapes; the card allowed an owner to connect a cassette recorder to the Apple I. The majority of original Apple owners never purchased the card, and many of the remaining Apple I in existence lack one. 

        Apple-I  computer.JPGLast but not least, the lot comes with a copy of a flyer from what’s known as the Zaltair hoax. The flyer dates back to the 1977 West Coast Computer Faire, where Wozniak, who loved pranks, and Schoolsky printed up a couple thousand brochures advertising a non-existent “Zaltair” computer that was supposed to be cheaper and better than any other on the market. No one could figure out who was behind the brochure, and the duo made quite the commotion among all of the computer enthusiasts at the event. 

        Dubbed the Schoolsky Apple-I, the computer that’s up for auction still technically works, but it needs a serious computer fiend just to turn it on. Like most of the earliest computers, it requires an external power source and a separate keyboard.

        Apple made about 175 Apple I computers before discontinuing the model in 1977 in favor of its successor, the Apple II. Only a few dozen Apple I’s are known to be in existence and only a handful remain in working condition. 

        The computers go up for auction from time-to-time and frequently sell for premium prices. One sold at a German auction in May for $130,000.


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          Here’s how the CEOs on Fortune’s ’40 Under 40′ list are doing leading their companies

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          Fortune released its annual “40 Under 40″ list of the most influential people under the age of 40, which includes heads of state, musicians, lawmakers, and CEOs from across the globe.

          Business Insider took Fortune’s list, and pulled out all of the CEOs (and co-founders) of publicly traded companies in order to see if being a young influencer was positive for their respective companies.

          For the most part, companies whose CEO appeared on the list fared better than the general market. On average, companies grew 42.83% in 2017 under the direction of their influential heads, compared to an 8.63% gain for the S&P 500.

          The list of publicly-traded companies with CEOs under the age of 40 includes familiar names, like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and lesser known influencers like Parsley Energy’s Bryan Sheffield.

          Read on to figure out who the most influential young CEOs are in publicly-traded companies that are listed in the United States: 

          #32 Ernie Garcia (age 35), Ryan Keeton (age 39), and Ben Huston (age 34)

          Company: Carvana (CVNA)

          Sector: Tech/Autos

          Year-to-date performance: +35.83%

          Performance as CEO: +35.83% (Went public in 2017)

          Click here to see Carvana’s stock performance…


          #30 Bryan Sheffield (age 39)

          Company: Parsley Energy (PE)

          Sector: Energy

          Year-to-date performance: -31.25%

          Performance as CEO: +11.14% (Went public in 2014)

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          #23 Conor Flynn, (age 37)

          Company: Kimco Realty (KIM)

          Sector: Real Estate

          Year-to-date performance: -22.34%

          Performance as CEO: -21.85% (Began as CEO in 2016)

          Click here to see Kimco Realty’s stock performance…

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            Spotify has banned white supremacist bands in the aftermath of Charlottesville


            Joining the growing list of tech companies denouncing white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the aftermath of the Charlottesville tragedy, Spotify and Apple have now publicly condemned the hate groups.

            Spotify removed a number of white supremacist bands from its catalog this week, after a report exposed the presence of such groups on the streaming service.

            The removed bands were all flagged by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “hate bands” three years ago, but the issue only came to the company’s attention after Digital Music News published a story titled, “I Just Found 37 White Supremacist Hate Bands On Spotify,” in the aftermath of Charlottesville, according to Billboard.

            A Spotify spokesperson told Billboard: “Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by us. Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention.

            “We are glad to have been alerted to this content — and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.”

            Tim CookOver at Apple, CEO Tim Cook issued a memo to his staff condemning both white supremacy and President Donald Trump’s contentious response to the events that unfolded in Charlottesville.

            “We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it,” Cook wrote. “This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality.”

            Cook went on to say that he disagreed with Trump’s establishing a “moral equivalency” between the violence of white supremacists and the counter-protestors.

            “I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans,” he wrote.

            Read Cook’s full memo here.

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              BuzzFeed’s food fest series ‘Worth It’ has racked up 280 million views — and cable TV should be worried

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              • BuzzFeed says some of its original shows, like “Worth It,” pull in audiences as big as top TV shows.
              • The company is ready to tell that story to advertisers in an attempt to get a slice of TV ad budgets. 
              • BuzzFeed’s focus on original shows comes as Facebook rolls out its own Watch video hub.

              Like many digital media companies, BuzzFeed would like to steal a piece of the $72 billion US TV ad market. Increasingly, BuzzFeed believes its original web series are pulling in audiences on par with cable TV shows – and it’s ready to tell that story to the ad community.

              That’s not an easy story to tell, something BuzzFeed executives acknowledged. TV shows have historically been mostly watched live. Web shows are watched on demand. And many people haven’t traditionally watched web shows habitually, but rather stumble upon them in their social news feeds.

              That difference in viewing habits is reflected in the way TV show audiences are tracked vs. web video – and the kind of ad money they can bring in. For example:

              • TV advertisers care about metrics like commercial ratings (how many people watch the ads in a show) and average minute audience (how many people are watching a show at a given moment in time) which all factor into how TV ads are priced.
              • Web video is usually measured using some sort of raw “view” numbers, which don’t typically factor in length or ad viewership. One view can be recorded for a 30-second video or a 30 minute video

              It’s imperfect at best. A few years ago, Yahoo took some major heat for crowing about getting 15 million people to stream part of an NFL game. It turned out the average audience relative to a typical TV broadcast was more like 2 million people on average.

              Regardless, BuzzFeed believes its growing slate of originals are approaching TV territory in terms of audience size and viewer loyalty. 

              Take the show “Worth It,” which feature two buddies comparing meals at high end restaurants with cheap alternatives (like $13 ribs versus $225 ribs, or $2 New York pizza slices versus $2,000 pizzas). It’s not uncommon for episodes, which run 12 to 16 minutes in length, to generate 10 million views on YouTube.

              To date, the 19 episodes of “Worth It” have accumulated over 280 million views on YouTube and nearly two billion minutes of watch time. A 10-episode third season three is set to debut August 27. Here’s the season three trailer.

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              Matthew Henick, BuzzFeed’s head of development, said that when BuzzFeed pushed into making original video in 2012, the general focus was short videos – 90 seconds or less – designed to incite sharing in social media. Most videos were self contained and people found them when they found them.

              “Early on, we were building a business around ‘non intentional’ videos, or videos that people were not necessarily seeking out,” he told Business Insider. Think off all those eye-catching videos of someone making a crazy desert in 30 seconds on Facebook.

              “They were trusting an algorithm feed that tries to give you what you want, and they were not necessarily watching them on a BuzzFeed’s channel.” 

              “We didn’t necessarily set out to figure out ‘shows,'” Henick added. “But all of a sudden, over the past six to nine months, both audiences and the audience and platforms have been changing. People are setting aside time for shows and coming back.”

              “The platforms have gotten to where they can go with social video, and I think they are realizing now that they are in a fight for incremental money, that $72 billion market.”

              It’s early, but BuzzFeed is working on an analysis that finds that during the most recent first quarter, “Worth It” would have ranked as a top five cable show among adults between the ages of 18 to 34 and in the top 10 among adults between 18 and 49.

              BuzzFeed surveyed the shows’ fans via a Google Consumer Survey in June and found that 60% said they were more likely to watch if they were aware that new episodes were released on a set day and time.

              “This show has a broadcast size audience and broadcast viewing patterns,” said Henick.

              Some ad buyers, particularly TV veterans, will surely poke holes in that data. But one ad buyer said he believed that advertisers are looking for alternative to TV to reach younger viewers, particularly brand safe digital content.

               A new kind of intentional web show

              Steven Lim knows something about how traditional marketers think. His first job out of school was at Procter & Gamble as an engineer working on the Tide Laundry Pods business in 2012 and 2013.

              He eventually quit that job and took a swing at becoming a YouTube influencer, an endeavor he says did not go well. However, he posted a video featuring people telling Asian parents that they love them, and it went wild, generating half a million views during its first week.

              BuzzFeed came calling. Initially he wasn’t sure. “I really wanted to make sure I could make videos featuring Asian American themes,” he said. BuzzFeed assured him he could, while promising to help him experiment with lots of other formats

              In 2016 he had an idea for a video asking the question about whether taking someone on a date at a super expensive sushi restaurant was worth it compared to basic California roll takeout. It got 10 million views in a week

              So he made another video the next week featuring a similar concept. Then another the following week. By episode four, it was clear the audience loved the concept, and “Worth It” was born.

              “Food is the ultimate cultural touchpoint. Anybody can relate to it,” Lim said between bites of an off-the-menu, cured-bacon-topped burger at New York’s Gramercy Tavern in New York, one of the spots featured on “Worth It.” “I’m not a burger guy, but this one is my favorite.”

              Plus, “Worth It” is quintessential BuzzFeed, according to Lim. It features travel (the show has made stops in Japan), a taste test format, along with price comparisons and elements of friendship (he and his colleague Andrew Ilnyckyj host the show). “It’s more fun to watch it with your friends.”

              Over time, Lim has seen ‘Worth it’ emulate appointment TV. The first hour after an episode posts, lots of viewers show up.  “Every week that first hour was becoming more significant,” he said.

              The new model

              BuzzFeed now wants more “Worth It” type formulaic series, especially as Facebook pushes its new Watch video tab and ramps up more video ad opportunities for publishers.

              “These feel like shows,” Henick said. “They are not completely scaled down versions of TV. They are delivering and setting audience expectations. It’s important if we are going to people who are used to buying TV ads.”

              Besides trying to land more TV advertisers, one obvious question for Lin is, would “Worth It” work as a TV show? Does he even want that? After all, BuzzFeed is making a shows for Oxygen as part of the company’s partnership with NBCUniversal.

              Lim doesn’t think so. For one thing, ” I wouldn’t be able to watch it,” he said, since he doesn’t have cable. Neither do most of his friends.

              Plus, his thinking is that “Worth It” won’t be “Worth It” if you take away the social elements like sharing and commenting.  “I don’t really want to go to TV, I think you lose too much.”


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                Linksys made an excellent mesh WiFi system, but it’s one of the most expensive, too

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                Linksys wasn’t going to let competition like Netgear or even startups like Eero enjoy all the mesh WiFi system fun, so it made its own, called Velop. 

                The Velop is best used as a “system,” where you have several units placed throughout your home to deliver a fast WiFi signal wherever you are.

                It sounds like a regular WiFi extender could do the same thing, but the Velop is much better. For one, the Velop doesn’t need you to manually switch over your devices to a new band, or even to one of the satellite extender nodes. Everything is done automatically, which means you can roam around your house without worrying about switching connections. 

                The Velop excels as a mesh WiFi system, but so do the others systems out there. So while the Velop impresses with its performance, its comparatively high price tag might make it less tempting. 

                I tested the $500 three-pack Linksys Velop system for my 2,800 square foot home. Here’s how it fared:

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                The Velop comes in a simple, well presented package like most recent mesh WiFi systems.

                Each Velop “node” is identical. As far as mesh WiFi routers go, the Velop certainly has one of the best designs. It’s sleek and not too large.

                And like most mesh WiFi systems, it’s incredibly easy to set up using your mobile device and the Linksys app. I value simplicity when it comes to mesh WiFi setups, and my preference leans towards setting up through a mobile app rather than using a web browser.

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                  Smart watches and VR headsets are catching on, but they’re still not ready to kill the smartphone

                  Smartphones replaced TVs and computers as the dominant product in consumer electronics. But what will replace smartphones as the next king of the hill is still anybody’s guess. 

                  Things like wearables, smart-home devices, and drones have all hit the consumer market with a bang, but no single technology has raced ahead of the others to be heralded as the next society-altering device.

                  This chart from Statista used a recent forecast from the Consumer Technology Association to look at the various contenders and how they’re expected to do this year. As the chart indicates, sales of wearables like Apple Watches and Fitbits are expected to continue to grow, but not particularly quickly. Sales of virtual reality devices and drones, meanwhile, are expected to grow much quicker and will reach the billion-dollar threshold for the first time.

                  Even with such growth, though, none of the new product categories looks set to take on smartphones just yet. The CTA predicts 185 million smartphones will ship during 2017.COTD_8.15 tech

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                    10 business leaders who have distanced themselves from Trump so far

                    Donald Trump Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co

                    It’s no secret that this White House tends to hemorrhage staff.

                    But occupants of the West Wing aren’t the only casualties of President Donald Trump’s governing style.

                    While Trump has repeatedly billed himself as pro-business, his rhetoric and actions around immigration policy, the environment, and the deadly white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, have alienated several business leaders.

                    On Monday, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from the president’s manufacturing council in response to Trump’s controversial initial response to the situation in Charlottesville.

                    Frazier was the only black member of the manufacturing council.

                    “As CEO of Merck, and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” he said in a statement, according to Business Insider’s Lydia Ramsey.

                    The president immediately took to Twitter to blast the CEO. The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin reported that Trump’s response cowed to at least one anonymous member of his advisor councils, who said, “Just look at what he did to Ken. I’m not sticking my head up.”

                    But Frazier is by no means the only top business exec to have backed away from the White House.

                    Here are nine additional business leaders who have publicly distanced themselves from the president:

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                    Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

                    The Facebook COO never sat on one of Trump’s councils, but she did appear at the then-president-elect’s December sit down with Silicon Valley powerhouses.

                    The following month, Sandberg blasted Trump’s travel ban in a Facebook post.

                    Business Insider’s Alex Heath reported that Sandberg wrote: “People seeking refuge have been turned away and sent back to the danger they just managed to flee. This is not how it should be in America.”

                    She also has spoken out against the Trump administration’s global gag rule policy, which bans US-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion as an option.

                    Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour

                    The Under Armour CEO caught massive flack for an initial pro-Trump statement back in February. Dennis Green reports for Business Insider that Plank hailed Trump as an “asset to the country.”

                    The comment sparked controversy. Even Under Armour’s own athletes reacted negatively, including NBA MVP Steph Curry, according to USA Today.

                    Plank later took a full-page ad out in the Baltimore Sun to clarify his statement and denounce Trump’s travel ban.

                    On Monday, the sportswear CEO announced that he will follow Frazier’s suit and step down from Trump’s council. According to Business Insider’s Bob Bryan, Plank released a statement declaring that “Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”

                    Travis Kalanick, former CEO and founder of Uber

                    Joining Trump’s council proved to be yet another controversy for the recently ousted Uber CEO.

                    The New York Times reports that many Uber employees were angry about Kalanick’s decision to join the board in the first place. The controversy swelled after the administration announced its travel ban.

                    The Uber founder stepped down from the council in February.

                    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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