Tesla CEO Musk accused in lawsuit of fraud over going-private proposal

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc and Chief Executive Elon Musk were sued on Friday by an investor who said they committed securities fraud in a scheme to “completely decimate” short-sellers that included Musk’s proposal to take the electric car company private.

FILE PHOTO: Elon Musk, founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, speaks at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, U.S., July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

The proposed class-action complaint filed by Kalman Isaacs in San Francisco federal court accused Tesla and Musk of trying to artificially manipulate the company’s stock price.

It said this occurred largely through a series of tweets by Musk on Aug. 7, including when he said he might take Tesla private and that there was “funding secured.”

Musk’s tweets helped push Tesla’s stock price more than 13 percent above the previous day’s close.

The stock has since retreated, in part following reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had begun inquiring about Musk’s activity.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

Isaacs accused Musk of making false and misleading statements to inflate Tesla’s stock price, and that Tesla “doubled-down” on those statements by failing to correct them.

According to the complaint, Isaacs bought 3,000 Tesla shares on Aug. 8 to cover his short position, or bet that the price would decline, in the company.

The complaint said the class period begins on the afternoon of Aug. 7, when the defendants launched their “nuclear attack” on short-sellers, and ends the next day.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

Patreon Makes a Move as Tech Giants Encroach on Its Territory

Patreon, the membership platform that helps online creators make a living, announced Wednesday that it has acquired Memberful, another membership service that caters to larger creators including Gimlet Media and Stratechery.

Though they operate in the same, growing field, Memberful and Patreon don’t consider themselves direct competitors, and Patreon says that for now, the Memberful platform will remain independent. The only integration it’s thinking about developing is a way for creators to seamlessly move between Patreon and Memberful’s services. The two companies aren’t disclosing how much the deal is worth.

The move comes as competing giants like YouTube and Facebook are beginning to offer digital creators the same services Patreon has specialized in since 2013.

Patreon helps videogamers, visual artists, YouTubers, podcast stars, and adult content creators collect a regular paycheck on the internet from their fans (or patrons, as they’re called on the site.) In exchange of a recurring membership fee each month, patrons typically receive exclusive perks from creators, like behind-the-scenes video clips or custom artwork. Today, the platform is used by more than 100,000 creators and 2 million patrons, according to the company. Some of Patreon’s most popular users include the podcast Chapo Trap House (more than 22,000 patrons) and the comic series Cyanide & Happiness (more than 3,000 patrons).

Memberful, which also started in 2013, has a smaller user base, but its clients tend to be more established and profitable creators. It charges different percentage fees depending on what type of plan a creator purchases, in addition to a monthly subscription fee. Patreon makes money by charging creators 5 percent of every successfully processed payment.

This isn’t the first time that Patreon has bought up a similar service: In 2015, it purchased Subbable, another subscription company founded by YouTube stars Hank and John Green.

The Competition Closes In

Patreon’s latest acquisition comes as companies like YouTube and Facebook have begun rolling out similar subscription services for creators. In June, YouTube said it was launching a channel sponsorship service, which allows creators to charge a $4.99 fee to fans in exchange of exclusive content (30 percent of which is collected by YouTube). The same month, Facebook announced that it was expanding a similar $4.99 per-month subscription feature.

The biggest advantage the two tech giants have is their scale; they’re already where billions of people watch and interact with the creators they love. But another leg up they have over Patreon is that fans don’t have to go anywhere; they can simply sign up for a membership in the same place where they already follow an artist’s posts or watch a YouTuber’s gaming videos. But Facebook and YouTube also have distinctively different business models from Patreon and Memberful: They rely almost exclusively on advertising to make money. And that, Patreon and Memberful’s leaders say, makes them better suited to serve creators’ needs.

“Google is incentivized to sell ads,” says Drew Strojny, the founder of Memberful. “We’re actually incentivized to make you more money, because that makes us more money.”

YouTube’s advertising model has often caused problems for its creators, who have complained for years that the company’s inconsistent and ever-shifting policies, as well as its opaque algorithms, have hindered their ability to make a consistent living on the platform. Patreon, contrastingly, only has to concern itself with appealing to fans and creators; it doesn’t have the same worries about engagement numbers or ensuring its content is brand safe.

We’re “more lenient than Facebook, YouTube, anywhere else,” says Wyatt Jenkins, Patreon’s vice president of product. “Think about the incentives YouTube has. Your customers are coming and going and you don’t know why, you don’t have their email addresses. It’s based on things that have to do with selling ads which are completely out of your control.”

Just because Patreon is free from advertising doesn’t mean anything goes on its platform, though, and there are guidelines for creators that prohibit things like hate speech and illegal activities.

Last fall, a group of adult content creators wrote an open letter asking Patreon not to abandon them after the company further limited what kind of sexual content it permitted creators to share. In June, as adult creators faced another crackdown, the company said it had began proactively reviewing more content due to requirements from its payment processors.

A spokesperson for Patreon said in a statement that NSFW creators are still allowed on the platform, as long as they abide by the company’s guidelines.

Payment processors have also caused other sorts of headaches for Patreon. Just last week, the platform experienced a glitch that caused a number of payments to mistakenly be marked as fraudulent. The problem occurred after Patreon added another payment processor, which caused some banks to flag patrons’ membership fees as illegitimate.

Patreon—which says it’s processing more memberships than ever—arguably acquired Memberful at the exact right time. Most Patreon creators still don’t make enough to cover all their bills, but an increasing number of people are willing to pay for content they love. Fans of YouTubers, artists, and gamers are realizing that creating for the internet is hard work, and companies like Patreon—as well as giants like YouTube and Facebook—see a growing opportunity to help them help out.

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As Facebook Gets Slammed for Data Practices, It Wants Your Financial Info from Banks

That’s been clear for years. Facebook’s history is one of pushing limits on acquiring and using personal data. It continually gets into trouble, mumbles an apology, promises to do better, and then keeps going the way it was.

In this case, the point apparently is not to use the data to target more ads (How much do you trust Facebook?) but to offer features in Messenger. The company wants to tell you what your checking account balance is or to provide fraud alerts. Facebook also wants to know where people use their debit and credit cards when not on the site. Because, that wouldn’t lend itself to targeted marketing.

According to the Journal, at least one bank out of JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and U.S. Bankcorp, all approached  by Facebook, walked away over privacy worries. The story also said that Google’s parent Alphabet and Amazon have also asked banks to share data to provide banking services.

Everybody’s doing it.

Not that banks are particularly more concerned about people more than other corporations. But there are some strict privacy laws that govern financial services. It’s bad enough when they screw up and get into trouble. Facebook has next to zero credibility at this point when it comes to data safety.

So, banks are supposed to put themselves into the position of possible liability and say, “Hey, Mark Zuckerberg, could you please make money off us and pinky-swear that no one will see anything they’re not supposed to? Thanks, buddy!” What could go wrong?

Facebook has always depended on the tie between data and growth in usage. Last month, if you’ll remember, the company lost $120 billion in market value overnight when it said that growth had slowed.

The idea is to make new services available on Messenger so people will pull closer to the company. As the Journal reported, “Facebook said it wouldn’t use the bank data for ad-targeting purposes or share it with third parties.”

Just a minute, I have to follow online tradition and roll over on the floor while laughing.

Even if Facebook could and would make good on this promise, how long is it supposed to last? When will the potential to rake in more advertising dollars, particularly if usage continues to slow and advertisers start to walk away, turn into, “We’re not targeting ads, we’re targeting consumer opportunities”?

Facebook has made somewhat stronger statements about privacy and data security of late. But the company also wants to start a dating service. Because everyone should overshare everything.

To complicate things even more for the banks, they want people to go to them, not some third party.

Facebook’s creditability isn’t at zero. It’s less than zero. Zuckerberg would have to do daring cartwheels and personally secure everyone’s information just to get back to nothing.

Facebook has a virtually insurmountable problem. The foundation of its entire business model requires the company to treat personal data they way it does. To fix things, it would need a new way to make a living. That doesn’t seem to be in the works for the near future, however.

[Update 6-Aug-2018 12:50PM: Facebook sent a statement that in part said the Journal story “implies incorrectly that we are actively asking financial services companies for financial transaction data.”

It doesn’t, exactly, because an account balance or a collection of places where someone used a credit or debit card wouldn’t technically be transaction data, which is, as the name implies, information about specific transactions with companies.

The statement further says:

Account linking enables people to receive real-time updates in Facebook Messenger where people can keep track of their transaction data like account balances, receipts, and shipping updates. The idea is that messaging with a bank can be better than waiting on hold over the phone – and it’s completely opt-in. We’re not using this information beyond enabling these types of experiences – not for advertising or anything else. A critical part of these partnerships is keeping people’s information safe and secure.

Again, you have to ask whether Facebook has shown that it can be trusted or not.]

Top 10 Crowdfunding Platforms of 2018

It’s an excellent way to gauge interest since people will only fund what they’re seriously interested in.

However, not all crowdfunding platforms are equal. Each one specializes in a different purpose.

You can choose among 10 of the most popular crowdfunding platforms online as of 2018.


The most popular crowdfunding site on the Internet, Kickstarter has become a household name.

However, it’s more for funding inventions and creative works and not for helping nonprofit organizations or funding your own endeavors without something in return.

Also, you don’t get to keep the money pledged if the kickstarter goal is not reached.


While it tends to play second fiddle to Kickstarter, Indiegogo has a number of advantages its counterpart doesn’t provide.

For instance, Indiegogo has flexible funding that lets you keep the funds you’ve raised, even when you haven’t been able to reach your goal.

It also lets you buy funded products in the platform’s marketplace, so successful projects have another potential source of income.


Another popular crowdfunding platform, Patreon sets itself apart with its subscription model.

Instead of being for straight-up campaigns, this is more for providing ongoing financial support for a creative venture or artist.

There’s also the option to provide content exclusive to patrons who are subscribed to your Patreon through the site itself.


This one is more popular for individuals who need money right away.

You may often see people asking for crowdfunding for short-term projects and medical emergencies in GoFundMe, which is common practice in this platform.


While not as popular as the platforms mentioned above, Crowdrise has garnered attention for its focus on crowdfunding “real-world issues” over funding for-profit ventures.

It can also be used to fund college scholarships, weddings, and even birthday parties.

Due to this mostly socially-conscious objective, GoFundMe took notice and acquired it in early 2017.


If you’re a musician and need a way to cover expenses for things like launching a new album or going on a tour, then PledgeMusic may be good for that.

You can also provide rewards for donors who pledge a certain amount of money, like free digital copy of your music or such.


Like Crowdrise, this platform has its focus on crowdfunding worthy causes, so it’s not really the right platform for businesses and for-profit ventures.

Razoo is great if you’re looking to fundraise for charity.


This one is mostly for venture capital, so businesses and other for-profit ventures can use RocketHub for crowdfunding their startups.

Meanwhile, their ELEQUITY Funding Room lets you pitch your project idea and generate interest, which can then lead to getting advice and even additional funding.


It has a fairly straightforward name, which matches what it’s for.

Crowdfunder lets you sell equity and debt in your business to attract angel investors and venture capitalists to raise money for your projects.

It’s like a regular venture capital program, but with the online infrastructure to raise awareness usually beyond smaller business’ means.


Rather than a website, Give is a WordPress plugin you can install in your blog to help you collect donations from visitors.

However, it’s meant for non-profit ventures only, so it’s not really a “beg for money to pay your rent” type of plugin.

On the other hand, it doesn’t take any fees for collecting donations.

If you’re looking for a way to fund your next unicorn idea, crowdfunding could be the key.

Why You Should Watch This Live Show On Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WY – JULY 30: A black bear rest in a mixed age forest that partially burned in 1988 on June 30, 2018, in Yellowstone National Park, WY. The fires in 1988 burned 793,800 acres, 39% of Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres. After 30 years most of the parks lodgepole pines destroyed in 1988 have regenerated and are thriving. (Photo by William Campbell/Corbis via Getty Images)

On Sunday night, 5 August 2018, Yellowstone National Park will be the center of a live broadcast inside of the park in the first of four live TV shows called Yellowstone Live which is produced by Plimsoll Productions and Berman Productions for National Geographic.

Yellowstone Live is an attempt to showcase the natural history and science of the oldest national park in America founded in 1872. Throughout the four live TV shows, the program will have more than 34 live cameras set up over the 2.2 million acre park in the hope they’re able to capture wolves, Grizzly bears or any one of the other 400 animal specials or natural events like Old Faithful. The show will also look cover the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem including Gallatin Mountain Range and Lamar Valley.

The four live shows will be hosted by Josh Elliott, TV journalist and former anchor for Good Morning America. Elliott is joined by Chris Packham, a British broadcaster, and presenter of BBC’s BAFTA award-winning program series, Springwatch, Autumnwatch, and Winterwatch.

The idea of the show is that wherever the excitement is, that’s where the cameras will go. If the ground squirrels are kind of giving it to us on that night, we’re going to be giving you the ground squirrels. But we’re hopeful, to see some alpha predators, because it isn’t often you can see a Grizzly Bear, doing Grizzly Bear things,” said Elliott. “We’re going to be very careful not to promise the audience, ‘you’re going to see wolves, so watch.'”

“From a filming point of view huge sections of the park are still inaccessible,” adds Packham. “The park does a great job of handling the 4.25 million people that visit it each year at the same time, not damage the ecosystem that exists there.”

“Within the park, there’s a great educational connection between animals and humans. Grizzly bears have moved outside of the park, and there is still conflicts with bears and people, and ultimately humans are always going to win unless you shout loudly for the animals. So Yellowstone Live looks at that human/animal conflict which offer a sort of public service information component,” said Packham.

Yellowstone National Park doesn’t allow any drones inside the park boundaries, so this means that the cinemaphotographers had to come up with different ways to capture wildlife.

Some of the technology involved to make this happen throughout the park are thermal cams, a helicopter, a cam ball in a beaver lodge, nine Go-pros, and a fiber optic thermal camera inside of a squirrel burrow.  The thermal cam, called the Magma Cam by the executive producer, Allen Berman, will reveal Yellowstone’s thermal activity. There will also be pre-filmed content in addition to the live streams as well as segments of educational content.

As part of that public service component, the Yellowstone Live team has set up a campsite incorrectly to stage all of the most common mistakes that a typical camper makes. This is being done in conjunction with the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone.

“The Discovery Center has rescued bears that either became too comfortable with humans or that was injured and would not have otherwise survived in the wild but are, in all other aspects, Grizzly bears,” said Elliott. “In our campsite (for Yellowstone Live) we’re going to hang the food too low, leave food strewn about, not hang the trash; we’re going to make it interesting for the viewers and show them live and in real time, what happens when you aren’t respectful of wildlife.”

“Yellowstone is one of the jewels in the crown [..], and I have been reading and learning about Yellowstone since I was a child, reading about it in National Geographic magazines,” said Packham. “If you have an interest in natural history and conservation, environmental care, you have an awareness of Yellowstone. Because the park and the surrounding greater Yellowstone ecosystem are incredibly important. There are very few places left in the northern hemisphere where there is this amount of space and freedom and degree of protection for the things that live there.”

“But, in an over-crowded world where our natural resources are running thin, where our species are ever increasingly imperiled, obviously you know what I’m going to say, I’m going to say we should push the balance to protect those species, ” Packham emphasized. “From an outside perspective, you don’t know what you’ve got here (with Yellowstone) and what you’ve got is absolutely astonishing. And that’s why we (in the UK) are envious. It’s not only astonishing because of the protective value that it offers but also the ability to study it. We’re looking at creatures here which are living in situations which are as natural as it possibly could be and there isn’t a single square meter of the UK where we could claim to be doing that.”

“I still struggle to find beauty in the humans because we disrupt all of those environments and are very often a spanner in the works, as we say, the fly in the ointment,” said Packham. “But the animals and the complexity of that balance, is always going to be beyond our comprehension really. I think we’re close to a turning point, but sometimes you almost have to hit rock bottom before you bounce back.”

Authur Middleton, Ecologist, National Geographic Society Fellow, lead researcher National Geographic’s Beyond Yellowstone works with migratory herds and studies how hoofed mammals – antelope, bison, bighorn sheep mammals, migrate. All those larger animals move considerable distances to meet their needs for reproducing and surviving, and their migration patterns have significant impacts on the landscape. 

“I study those ecological roles, but often this ends up in conflict with people. Most parks in the world are not big enough to contain or sustain their wildlife, so trying to understand how to reduce those conflicts outside the park with people is important,” added Middleton.

“These animals havroles we need to understand. They are natural wonders that you just can’t park your car next. We’ve been trying to go into the backcountry and into the places where this is happening and bring that wonder for people to see,” said Middleton. “Through this Yellowstone Live broadcast, National Geographic can bring the hidden lives of these animals, kind of natural wonder, to an audience e that people like me will never reach otherwise.

“If we want people to keep seeing that wildlife in the park that means people in concentric circles way outside the park need to be positively engaged in many different conservation solutions,” said Middleton. “For migrations, it’s habitat conservation, protections, maybe conservation easements, fencing, retrofits to be wildlife-friendly, road overpasses and underpasses. A scary thing at this time in our country and our world is people are pulling apart. For these animals, we need people to come together. I think [..] this kind of public communication broadcast can help,” added Middleton.

“Yellowstone is always telling a story, and I hope that it can one day be and project the story of how can people find common ground, whatever the issue is, and come together around the set of solutions that works,” said Middleton.  “We can’t just say, let’s just make the park bigger and remove the people. There’s going to be people, so we need to figure out how people can coexist with these creatures.”

Elliott says that aside from hoping to thread needles about nature, science, conservation, and education in Yellowstone Live, the audience gets to see these animals in their natural habitats.

“Yellowstone Live [..] is about appreciating the delicate balance that they strike here, and in national parks around the country and the world, every day, which is conservation and access, and how you ensure that people can enjoy their park but also stay true to the mission. In some instances, that means that the endangered species that live here are allowed to flourish and perhaps get off that list rather than head the other way,” said Elliott.

“I believe that Yellowstone Live is an apolitical broadcast, and will highlight the countless natural wonders that our country holds as well as the fragility that these species face without concerted efforts on their behalf by the other species who can determine whether or not the aforementioned species thrive,” quipped Elliott.


Yellowstone Live airs on August 5, 2018, at 9 pm ET/ 8 pm CT on National Geographic Channel.

TSMC says third-quarter revenue hit by computer virus

TAIPEI (Reuters) – A computer virus outbreak has hit third-quarter results at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, the company said on Sunday.

A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Eason Lam

On Saturday, TSMC, a major supplier for Apple Inc, said that a number of its computer systems and fab tools had been infected by a virus, but the problem had been contained.

The company expects full recovery on Aug. 6, the company said in an updated statement on Sunday.

“TSMC expects this incident to cause shipment delays and additional costs. We estimate the impact to third quarter revenue to be about three percent, and impact to gross margin to be about one percentage point,” it said.

“The Company is confident shipments delayed in third quarter will be recovered in the fourth quarter 2018, and maintains its forecast of high single-digit revenue growth for 2018 in U.S. dollars given on July 19, 2018.”

The chipmaker has notified its customers and is working with them on the wafer delivery schedule. Details will be provided to each customer individually over the next few days, it said.

The virus outbreak occurred during the software installation for a new tool, which caused a virus to spread once the tool was connected to the company’s computer network, TSMC said.

“Data integrity and confidential information was not compromised. TSMC has taken actions to close this security gap and further strengthen security measures,” it said.

Reporting by Jess Macy Yu, editing by Larry King

Start Your Semester Off Strong With These Back To School Supplies And Accessories

Don’t end your summer in a stressful frantic hunting for last minute accessories you need in order to get the most out of your upcoming semester. Between your residency, wardrobe, or classes, you’re going to need a lot of things.

We compiled a list of some essentials for everyday use. These products, including the most up to date tech and organization tools, will make your hectic days at school much more manageable.

Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack 


This popular and stylish backpack is also a smart choice with its padded 15-inch laptop sleeve, adjustable straps and closure, and extra storage pocket on the bag’s exterior. With over 30 color and print options, you can personalize your backpack to fit your own style.

Shop Now: $80

Beats Solo 3 Wireless 

Bose Wireless Speakers

With up to 40 hours of battery, these comfortable headphones with fine-tuned acoustics are perfect for walking around and studying everyday. However, the Apple Airpods ($159.00) are also a good option that you don’t have to worry about destroying at the gym.

Shop Now: $300

S’well 17 oz Water Bottle 

S’well Water Bottle

This eco-friendly water bottle made from insulated stainless steel can keep your water cool for up to 24 hours and hot beverages warm for up to 12 hours. It is a great way to stay hydrated throughout your busy day.

Shop Now: $35

Bose Soundlink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker

Bose Speaker

These water resistant, 360-degree sound speakers are a great way to spend time with friends indoors and outdoors. With up to 12 hours of battery, they can last you all day. If you are looking for indoor speakers with an alarm clock and phone dock charger, you can’t go wrong with the iHome IBN350 ($129.99).

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WD 2TB Portable External Hard Drive

With numerous digital assignments, it is always important to backup your work. This portable hard drive comes with 2TB of storage and is formatted for Windows 8, 7, and Vista & XP, but can easily reformat for Mac.

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13” Macbook Air

Macbook Air

Having a laptop makes essay writing and note taking much easier, but it can be hard on your back and take up a lot of space in your backpack. The Macbook Air is the perfect choice for long days of carrying your backpack around.

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The 10.5” iPad Pro

The iPad Pro has the same functions as a Mac Laptop, but is lighter and smaller, making it easier to carry around with you all day. However, if you are a loyal Android customer, the Samsung 9.7” Galaxy Tab s3 ($549.99) is probably right for you.

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Moleskine 12-Month Daily Planner

Moleskine Planner

Organization is extremely important in order to meet many tight deadlines. The sleek Moleskine Daily Planner comes with a calendar in the first few pages to write down big events, and gives a full page of space for each day to write down details and assignments.

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Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light with Colored Sunlight Simulation

Wake Up Light

Waking up for classes in the morning can be quite a struggle. The Philips Wake-Up Light emits sunlight to wake you up in an effective and relaxing way without hurting your ears or disturbing your roommate.

Shop Now: $140

Halo Wireless 8000 Portable Charger

Halo Portable Charger

Frequent classes and long hours at the library can make it hard to access an outlet when you need it. This easy-to-carry, portable charger comes with 2 USB ports and can charge tablets, smartphones, and other small electronic devices with wire chargers and also wirelessly.   

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Activity Fitbit AltaHR

Purchasing the activity fitbit is a great way to maintain your health and exercise during your busy schedule. This watch with up to 7 days of battery shows you your heart rate, tracks your sleeping stages, reminds you to move, and records your steps, calories, time, and distance.

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Roku Streaming Stick

This portable streaming stick allows you to watch thousands of movies, TV shows, live sports, news, and music wherever you go. You can choose from rentals and free or paid subscriptions.

Shop Now: $50

Tomtoc 13” Laptop Sleeve $17.99

Tomtoc Laptop Sleeve

Tomtoc’s 3 layer protection sleeve will keep your laptop safe from falls and spills. The outer layer is made up of a spill-resistant polyester, and the inner two layers include a shock-proof sponge and soft internal foam cushioning.

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At-A-Glance Wall Calendar

At-A-Glance Wall Calendar

This aesthetically pleasing monthly calendar can be hung on your wall easily with its looped wire. This can make your days easier and even reduce your stress level by just having to look at your wall in the beginning of the day to check if there are any important events, meetings, or deadlines.

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Samsung 49” Class Q6F 4K Smart HD TV

Samsung Smart TV

This high-quality smart TV with superior contrast and color is a great way to blow off steam and relax. It creates a personalized browsing menu for you with your favorite content from various devices and apps and makes recommendations just for you.

Shop Now: $1,100

Pixo Optical LED Table Lamp

Pixo LED Lamp

This LED light with USB charging can rotate 360 degrees and tilt 180 degrees so you can direct light anywhere. The dimming and adjusting brightness features make it the perfect lamp to keep on your desk.

Shop Now: $230

'No Man's Sky Next': Tips To Get You Started And Ease Your Way

‘No Man’s Sky Next’Credit: Hello Games

No Man’s Sky Next is a satisfying and addictive game that overflows with discovery, wonder and challenge. It’s finally the game that No Man’s Sky notoriously was not when it first released in 2016. It can also be immensely confusing for first time players. You’re most likely to begin the game in threatening circumstances with a clock ticking down and no idea what to do or how to do it. Here are some tips to get you started and ease your way if you haven’t played No Man’s Sky before or don’t remember much about the game.

The opening

You begin the game on a random, procedurally generated planet. You may luck out and start with a planet that doesn’t present a life-threatening hazard, but the chances aren’t good. Most planets demand protection from the environment. Your Exosuit’s Hazard Protection system protects you, but when the game begins it needs to be recharged. You have some time left, but not much. When the charge runs out, you begin to take damage. You need sodium to charge Hazard Protection. Where do you find it? How do you get it? How do you use it?

The most common source of sodium is a plant that emits a golden glow. Harvest the plant by clicking on it.

If you don’t see any plants or crystals, you can use your Scanner to find some, but first it has to be repaired. Fixing it requires ferrite dust which is easy to acquire. Almost all of the small rocks and many of the large ones are sources for ferrite dust. Shoot them with your Mining Beam and you can gather the 50 ferrite dust needed to repair the Scanner in a minute or less. If you don’t immediately see a sodium source in your area, shoot rocks and repair the Scanner.

‘No Man’s Sky Next’Credit: Hello Games

Three main conduits for interacting with the game

Once you have either sodium or ferrite dust you have to use them. This is a good time to become familiar with No Man’s Sky Next’s three main conduits for interacting with the game, the Exosuit, Starship and Multi-tool. Each conduit serves as an inventory space for related subsystems, tools, devices, and upgrades. The Exosuit and Starship also store the things you collect and the crafting components you gather.

The Exosuit houses the Jetpack, and the Hazard Protection and Life Support subsystems. Clicking on Hazard Protection will let you charge it once you’ve acquired sodium.

The Multi-tool houses the Mining Beam and the Scanner. Click on the Scanner to repair it.

The Starship houses the Launch Thruster, Pulse Engine, Deflector Shield, Photon Cannon and Rocket Launcher. You need to repair the Launch Thruster and Pulse Engine before you can fly the ship.

Finding your starship and leaving the star system

If you gathered sodium, use it to charge Hazard Protection and then repair the Scanner; if you repaired the Scanner, use it to find sodium and charge Hazard Protection. If the Scanner doesn’t reveal any sodium sources, don’t worry. Getting into your ship will also charge Hazard Protection. The ship is close by and easy to find because it shows up on your HUD as soon as the Scanner is repaired if you haven’t moved too far away.

Repairing your ship is your next task once you’ve found it. After your ship is repaired you can explore the local star system while you complete the in-game tutorial which unlocks new tools, devices and capabilities.

There’s so much to do in No Man’s Sky Next that it’s easy to get sidetracked. It’s not a problem if you do, but you may not have advanced far enough into the game to take advantage of many of the things you discover. Following the tutorial will keep you on track and give you everything you need to warp out of your first star system.

‘No Man’s Sky Next’Credit: Hello Games

Tips to ease your way.

  • If you have a long distance to travel on a planet, boost into space, move until you’re above your target location, and then dive down through the atmosphere. It’s much quicker.
  • Use your Mining Beam carefully if there are Sentinels around. If you’ve attracted their attention, go somewhere else until they lose interest. They call for backup if you get into a fight.
  • You can avoid most fights by running away from Sentinels and boosting away from space pirates. The AI isn’t too bright.
  • Build the Analysis Visor as soon as you can. The visor lets you scan flora, fauna and minerals as well as locate buried items and large mineral deposits. The large deposits can be harvested with a Terrain Manipulator which the tutorial will show you how to build. The Analysis Visor also locates your ship and keeps it on your HUD which is a life saver if you get lost.
  • Scan everything that’s unidentified. Scanning gives you units, the game’s main currency, and uploading your discoveries gives you nanites which are used to buy blueprints and upgrades.
  • Stockpile blueprints. They don’t take up inventory space, let you reinstall your favorite upgrades after you pick up a new ship or Multi-tool, and may be just what you need for an on-the-spot upgrade.
  • You can buy additional inventory slots for the Exosuit at one of the merchant kiosks on the space station. Walk past the merchant to get to the suit-upgrade device. The first slot costs 5000 units and the price doubles for each additional slot.
  • Discover buildings and points of interest on a planet by feeding Navigation Data to the Signal Booster. It beats flying around randomly looking for things. The orange octahedrons inside buildings yield either Navigation Data or nanites. Asking lifeforms for directions will also reveal planetary locations on your Exosuit and Starship HUDs.
  • Visit all the planets in your star system once you get your ship repaired. Each planet has its own ecosystem to scan and is loaded with things to find. Planets with extremely hazardous environments also tend to have more valuable resources to harvest. A relatively benign planet is a good base of operations while you complete the tutorial.
  • Carbon, ferrite and di-hydrogen are often-needed crafting materials that are plentiful and easy to acquire on most planets. Sodium and oxygen are not rare but not as abundant either. It’s a good idea to keep some in your Exosuit inventory because they’re needed to charge Hazard Protection and Life Support.
  • Don’t forget to pick up your deployable machines like the Signal Booster and Portable Refiner after you’ve used them. Having to build a new one because you left the old one behind is annoying.
  • If you swap ships with a lifeform to increase your ship inventory, make sure you empty your ship before you make the trade. All of a ship’s cargo and upgrades go with a ship when it’s traded. Upgrades can’t be removed but they can be salvaged for parts. Move cargo you don’t want to lose to your Exosuit inventory and sell the rest before you trade ships. You’re going to have to make some hard choices about what to keep and what to sell but it’s better than losing it all.

No Man’s Sky Next is a complex game with a lot to discover and do. I haven’t even scratched the surface here, but it should be enough to ease your way through the early stages of the game.

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Huawei sees smartphone shipments topping 200 million, eyes world No. 1 rank

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s Huawei raised its forecast for full-year smartphone shipments to more than 200 million and said it could become the world’s top vendor of the devices in the final quarter of next year.

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a sign board of Huawei at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

Huawei, which recently displaced Apple as the No. 2 smartphone vendor in the June quarter, expects full-year shipments to beat an initial target of 180 million after it shipped more than 95 million smartphones in the first half, consumer business group CEO Richard Yu said on Friday.

“I think it’s no problem that we become the global No.2 next year; in Q4 next year, it’s possible we become No.1,” Yu told a Huawei media briefing at its headquarters in Shenzhen.

He attributed the growth to strong sales in Europe and China, bolstered by premium products such as the p20 series, of which it has sold more than 9 million units since its launch four months ago.

The Chinese market is key for Huawei as it has come under fire in the United States, Australia and other nations over concerns it could facilitate Chinese government spying,which it has repeatedly denied.

Yu said there was nothing the company could do about being virtually shut out of the United States market with no major carriers there selling its smartphones.

But strong growth in some other markets has offset that. Huawei’s consumer business group, which includes the smartphones operations, saw 73 percent revenue growth in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in the first half. Revenue from China grew 37 percent.

Yu declined to provide half-year revenue figures for Huawei’s consumer business group, but said it made a higher revenue contribution, a trend that could continue. The unit accounted for 39.3 percent of Huawei’s total revenue in 2017.

Huawei overtook Apple to become the world’s second-biggest smartphone seller in the June quarter, data from market research firms showed.

The company’s full-year forecast for smartphone shipments would represent a 31 percent rise for 2018, a strong recovery after a sharp slowdown a year ago.

Huawei’s recovery comes as the Chinese smartphone market, the world’s largest, shows signs of further consolidation towards the largest vendors.

Yu said Huawei managed to increase its global share in the premium market of above $500 smartphones in the first half to 16.4 percent from 12.8 percent a year ago. Sales of its P and mate series of premium phones grew 45 percent from a year ago.

Huawei plans to add 10,000 retail stores around the world before the end of this year. It also plans to do internal testing of 5G phones in the fourth quarter of this year for a launch some time next year, Yu said.

Reporting by Sijia Jiang; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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