The INSIDER Summary:
- Many people wait until their smartphone is dead to charge it.
- However, this can actually damage your phone’s battery and shorten its lifespan.
- INSIDER’S beauty writer Brianna Arps lost about 33,000 photos, and almost everything else on her phone, after charging her phone incorrectly.
- To avoid losing all your data, charge your phone whenever you can and avoid charging it to 100%.
- You should also back up your smartphone regularly, ideally to an external hard drive.
INSIDER’s beauty writer Brianna Arps learned this the hard way.
Arps, who spends much of her time taking pictures of products or snapping the perfect selfie, lost about 33,000 photos in February, after charging her iPhone 6 incorrectly.
“I’m notorious for not charging my phone and using it until the battery’s very, very low,” Arps told INSIDER.
The night of February 18 was no different: Getting ready to go out, Arps was “blasting music” on her phone and taking selfies while her phone was at 3% battery. When her phone eventually died, she plugged it into a wall charger. When it turned back on at 5%, she unplugged it again and went back to taking selfies.
“That happened about five times. Like off and on, off and on, off and on,” Arps explained.
The sixth time, however, Arps’ phone did not turn on when she plugged it into a charger. Eventually, after 25 minutes and a hard reset, her screen lit up. But this time, Arps saw the iPhone Recovery Mode screen, prompting her to connect her phone to iTunes.
After following the steps of setting up her phone, Arps immediately went to her Photo Album. However, while she saw the selfies she had just taken, she couldn’t find any of the other 33,000 pictures she had saved — pictures from her college graduation, senior year, and more.
“I freaked out,” Arps said. She soon realized her entire phone had been wiped; she lost everything from data stored on apps to contact information to “precious memories from videos.” All she had left were a few Notes and the selfies she took before her phone died.
The next major game from the folks behind “Grand Theft Auto” just got hijacked right out of its original release date.
Originally planned for a launch this fall on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, “Red Dead Redemption 2” now has a launch window of “spring 2018.” Rockstar says the delay is, “necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.” Bummer!
“Red Dead Redemption 2” is a gorgeous new game being made by Rockstar Games, the development studio most well-known for its wildly popular “Grand Theft Auto” series.
It’s a lot like “Grand Theft Auto,” in that it’s a massive, open-world, third-person action game with a focus on storytelling. The big difference is that it’s based in 1800s America — specifically, the Western frontier as the United States expanded toward the West Coast.
Rockstar describes “Red Dead Redemption 2” as an “outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland.” It’s not clear how the story of “Red Dead Redemption 2” aligns with the story of the first game, if at all. Notably, the first game ends with a rather definitive conclusion. Moreover, the art shown of “Red Dead Redemption 2” thus far paints the game as a “Magnificent Seven”-esque tale.
Outside of news of the delay, Rockstar offered a few new images of the game in action and promised more information at some point this summer.
Check out the full blog post from Rockstar right here.
Apple is back in the business of trying to convince consumers to switch to its products from a rival platform. Only this time it’s targeting users of Android, not Windows.
The iPhone maker on Monday launched a new website that’s aimed at persuading people who currently have an Android phone to buy an iPhone from Apple. The colorful webpage includes a link to buy an iPhone as well as answers to a series of questions related to why users should switch and how difficult he transition will be.
One example question: “Will it be easy to switch to iPhone?”
Apple’s reassuring answer: “Yes, it will. There’s no need to save your stuff elsewhere before switching from Android. Just download the Move to iOS app from the Google Play Store and it securely transfers your content for you.”
The iPhone giant has been focused on been focused on luring over Android users for a while now, and Apple CEO Tim Cook likes to throw out statistics about the number of “switchers” from Android to iPhone, indicating that it is one of the data points that Apple closely watches.
“We saw the largest absolute number of switchers outside of Greater China that we’ve ever seen in the same period,” Cook said during the company’s last earnings call, MacRumors points out.
Apple has targeted Android customers before with a separate website. And two years ago, it released an app called “Move to iOS” for Android that was designed to help switchers.
Apple launches single-topic sites like this for many of its programs, including its recent push to hold classes at Apple retail locations, as well as a web page heralding the number of jobs Apple says it is responsible for creating in the United States.
The targeting of Android is reminiscent of Apple’s campaign last decade to convince Windows PC users to “Get a Mac.”
In 2003, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” premiered to low expectations.
The film was based on a Disney theme park ride, and it looked like yet another hokey — if family-friendly — Disney film.
The movie proved everyone wrong. Critics praised it as a swashbuckling, witty adventure. Johnny Depp earned an Oscar nomination for the eccentric, shrewd Captain Jack Sparrow. Keira Knightley was introduced to the world as Elizabeth Swann, and Orlando Bloom — also starring in “The Lord of the Rings” series at the time — left fans swooning.
14 years later, the franchise is now five movies long. Like a Fast and Furious” of the seas, it just keeps going. “Dead Man’s Chest” (2006), “At World’s End” (2007), “On Stranger Tides” (2011) have made billions of dollars at the box office, even as critics lob rotten tomatoes at them. The new movie, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” keeps the franchise going and marks the return of Knightley and Bloom, who weren’t in “On Stranger Tides.”
Here’s where the main actors of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” have been up to between the 2003 premiere of “Curse of the Black Pearl” and the latest installment:
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In 2003, Depp was at the height of his popularity.
Depp brought the off-kilter sensibility he cultivated with Tim Burton films — with roles in movies like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Ed Wood” — to Jack Sparrow, which would become his biggest role yet.
“The Curse of the Black Pearl,” based on a theme park ride, made $650 million worldwide and earned him a best actor nomination at the Oscars.
Since then, audiences have grown tired of him and his financial life is in pieces.
Depp followed up “The Curse of the Black Pearl” with more “Pirates” movies, another iconic Tim Burton collaboration in 2005’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and critically acclaimed performances in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Public Enemies.” He also played the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” which made $1 billion at the box office. By the end of the decade, he had three best actor Oscar nominations under his belt.
But the triumph of the 2000s turned sour in the 2010s. He stuck with the same wacky schtick in his acting, and audiences grew tired of it in little-seen movies like “The Lone Ranger” and “Mortdecai.” He has the clout to make some interesting passion projects, like “Rango,” “The Rum Diary,” and “Black Mass,” but not all of them were successful.
Depp also had a tempestuous marriage with Amber Heard, which ended in 2016, after Heard alleged that Depp physically assaulted her. The charges were dismissed in court. Heard donated the entire $7 million divorce settlement she received from Depp to charity, half of which went to legal defenses for women who have experienced violence.
To make things worse, Depp is embroiled in a lawsuit with his former business managers for mismanaging his finances, while there are allegations that Depp spends beyond his means and acts unprofessionally on set. If “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is a hit, it might just save him.
Geoffrey Rush was a regular, acclaimed actor in the British film industry.
By 2003, he had an Oscar and BAFTA award for 1996’s “Shine,” as well as a handful of other Oscar nominations and other awards. “The Curse of the Black Pearl,” where he played the villainous ship captain Hector Barbossa, was his first big blockbuster role.
Pulling off the spectacle of ABC’s live “Dancing with the Stars” competition show takes hundreds of people and an around-the-clock schedule.
America’s most-watched dancing competition gave Business Insider a behind-the-scenes look at one of its biggest episodes of the season, Disney Night. An ode to the countless fantastical characters created by the ABC parent company, Disney Night featured the competitors and professionals tackling some of the most beloved musical memories in movie history.
“Dancing with the Stars” executive producer Joe Sungkur told Business Insider recently that it takes “a huge army of people” and a large amount of communication to pull together a night like that.
“Whether it be from a technical point of view or a creative point of view all have to come together so that we can really make sure that a unified vision is presented and that everyone is on the same page,” Sungkur said.
BBC Worldwide Productions, which produces “Dancing with the Stars” for ABC, showed us what goes into Disney Night.
Here’s what it takes to put together TV’s most popular live dance competition:
7: 45 a.m. PT – It may still be dark outside, but the lights are on at the “DWTS” studio at Hollywood’s CBS Television City. The crew is already hard at work setting up the “DWTS” stage.
“7:45 is when the couples come in and they’re hearing the live band for the first time and the director’s making the final adjustments for his cameras to really get ready for the show,” Sungkur said.
It’s also a beneficial opportunity for the competitors.
“Sometimes the band’s arrangement will be a little different from the track,” he explained. “So it’s very useful for the couples, because they might give notes to the musical director. So it’s a constant collaboration between all the technical departments to make sure that we are presenting these performances and all the elements in the show to the best of our abilities.”
8:54 a.m. PT – Inside the immense wardrobe bungalow at “DWTS.”
The team of seamstresses could work around the clock to finish the costumes for a live show. There can be constant fit issues to deal with and notes from the dancers and producers.
“One of the things that sets this show apart is the wardrobe,” Sungkur said. “I don’t think there’s any other show on television that has the ability to convey such glamour and huge showbiz element with this amazing wardrobe that you can only get in ballroom and 09:24 dancing.”
9 a.m. PT – It’s always packed in the hair and makeup room.
There can be as many as eight hair and makeup artists at work on “DWTS.” Women typically arrive around 9 a.m. and can spend as many as four hours in the chair. Men are way faster, though Sungkur said that “some of the guys like to spend a long time in the chair, as well.”
“It’s an amazing process,” Sungkur said. “Not only do you have the regular hair and makeup, but our team has things like body makeup we have to consider on a show like this as well.”
The INSIDER Summary:
- There is a post-credits scene after “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
- The scene hints at a possible sequel.
- Orlando Bloom could be a huge part of a sixth “Pirates” film.
- The actor has teased that we could see more in the future.
If you head out to see “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” this weekend, stick around until all of the credits are over.
You’ll be rewarded with an extra scene featuring Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.
We won’t divulge what the scene is until the movie’s out later this week, but it looks like it may tease a sixth film in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
Bloom has previously hinted we could see more from the “Pirates” universe. The actor said “there is room for more” films in the franchise while on “The Graham Norton Show” in April.
The fifth film, out Friday, ties up pretty nicely, so we weren’t expecting an extra scene at the movie’s end, but for fans of the first film, you’ll want to stick around to see Bloom’s character on screen one more time.
We’ll have a full breakdown of the scene and what it could mean for a sixth film Thursday evening.
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The INSIDER Summary:
- Applebee’s may be one of the most popular chain restaurants in the country.
- Before you sit down for dinner you should know some history about the place.
- There are now more than 1,900 locations in the world and it’s actually owned by IHOP.
Like the Olive Garden and the Cheesecake Factory, Applebee’s has a cult following. Thanks to surprisingly innovative menu items and fun, boozy drinks, it makes sense. Plus, you can always depend on the menu holding true no matter where you are in the country. But the chain didn’t just gave rise to one of my favorite movie quotes / advice on relationships from the trashy Rom-Com Couples Retreat:
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1. It’s been around since the ’80s
Founded in Decatur, Georgia by Bill and T.J. Palmer, Applebee’s was originally inspired by another restaurant that was popular in Atlanta during the 1970s called Billy’s.
2. The restaurant was almost called Cinnamon’s
And Pepper’s. And, most awkwardly, Appleby’s (with the same pronunciation). We’re glad the owners had to change it up due to trademarks and licensing.
3. There are now more than 1,900 locations in the world
They’re dotted around the globe, in 15 countries like Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Greece, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, China, and Egypt. Because of this, the company employs about 28,000 people.
In the world of Silicon Valley, there are few books held in higher esteem than “The Art of Computer Programming,” a multivolume set by Stanford professor emeritus Donald Knuth.
“If you think you’re a really good programmer… read (Knuth’s) Art of Computer Programming… You should definitely send me a résumé if you can read the whole thing,” read a quote from Bill Gates on the cover of the third edition of the first volume.
That quote was taken from a syndicated newspaper column that Gates used to write, reported the MIT Technology Review’s Steve Ditlea, where he also praised its legendary difficulty:
It took incredible discipline, and several months, for me to read it. I studied 20 pages, put it away for a week, and came back for another 20 pages. If somebody is so brash that they think they know everything, Knuth will help them understand that the world is deep and complicated.
And as a voracious reader, Bill Gates knows from difficult books.
When the first volume of “The Art of Computer Programming” came out in 1962, it was the first book to take a deep look into the math and science of programming. Knuth has made this his life’s work, and has said that it’ll be a seven-volume set before it’s done, “God willing.” The most recent piece of the book was released in December 2015.
“The four hardbound volumes of Donald Knuth’s ‘The Art of Computer Programming’ — all snug in their dark purple case — send a clear message: Step aside, Muggles, because you’re in the presence of a Real Programmer. A Serious Practitioner of Computer Science,” writes San Francisco entrepreneur Carl Tashian in a Medium essay.
Over that long span, Knuth’s work has become the stuff of tech-industry legend — a rite of passage for any programmer who wants to go beyond mere coding and deeper into the underlying complexity that makes it all work.
“If there is a Koran, Bible, or Tao of Computer Science, this is it,” wrote an Amazon reviewer in 1997.
It’s known for being thorough and deep, sure, but also tremendously challenging and bruising to the ego of many programmers. The cream of the crop, including Gates, have trouble navigating Knuth’s example problems and dense mathematical proofs.
And despite its long publishing history, Knuth keeps “The Art of Computer Programming” up to date by enlisting his many fans. If you spot any kind of error in his books, you might get one of his famous “Knuth reward checks,” a bounty in the amount of $2.56, or what he calls “one hexadecimal dollar.” Those checks are a valuable prize for anyone who wants to prove that they know what they’re talking about.
You don’t need to read it in order to understand how to write a computer program any more than you have to understand how internal combustion works to drive a car, so don’t take this as a homework assignment. But if you want to test your mettle against the best, the up-to-date “The Art of Computer Programming” is on Amazon now.
Netflix is on the verge of throwing us some seriously A-list movies on its service, like Will Smith in “Bright” (coming in December) and Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” (June 28), featuring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, among many others. But the first one out of the gate, the Brad Pitt-starring “War Machine” (available Friday), isn’t a strong start.
Pitt plays four-star general Glen McMahon, who has been assigned to head the Allied Forces’ war in Afghanistan circa 2010 and bring it to a quick end. But with a mixture of ego and stupidity, McMahon finds himself deeper into the war than when he started, which eventually leads to his downfall.
Directed by David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”), the movie tries to be a witty commentary on our involvement in the Middle East, but instead it’s a pretentious snooze that isn’t as funny as it thinks it is.
An adaptation of the Michael Hastings nonfiction book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” the movie’s McMahon is based on General Stanley McChrystal, the main subject of the book. It’s a follow-up to Hastings’ Rolling Stone article “The Runaway General,” which led to McChrystal’s resignation. Both the article and the book detail Hastings’ time with McChrystal and his staff in Afghanistan as they mock government officials like then-Vice President Joe Biden as well as US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry.
It’s obvious Michôd, who also wrote the screenplay, tried to take the whole situation and turn it into a wanna-be “Wag the Dog” political satire. What we get instead is Pitt with silver hair and a weird voice doing a strange jog (seriously, if anything, see the movie so you can make a GIF of Pitt jogging… it’s the only funny thing in this movie).
Perhaps its only highlight is the brief scene that features a platoon in battle in Afghanistan, which pretty much condenses the whole point of the movie. We find the troops looking for the bad guys and when they find themselves in a firefight, they unleash a barrage of high-powered rifle bullets and bombs (including one soldier, played by “Atlanta” star Lakeith Stanfield, taking it upon himself to go solo and take out the insurgents). However, we find that in the battle a bomb hits a family’s home and a child is killed. McMahon comes to look over the scene and apologize to the family. The villagers plead for him and his troops to just leave the region.
But this is only one powerful scene in a movie filled with flaws. Though the real-life events of McChrystal and his team are ripe for satire, “War Machine” gets too caught up in the fog of war to give its audience anything to latch onto.
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas published a research note on Monday capturing his sentiment about the shakeup at Ford.
In a nutshell, Jonas thinks Ford’s languishing stock price could get worse before it gets better. Jonas also thinks that the company’s new CEO Jim Hackett, who had previously been running the carmaker’s Smart Mobility arm, might undertake further management shakeups.
But Jonas also argued that Ford could substantially rework its overall mission statement, which is what Chairman Bill Ford and Hackett said they aimed to do during a press conference Monday.
“Look for Ford to present itself as an AI, Machine Learning, Big Data, Tech Firm,” Jonas wrote. “Some investors may be skeptical. It all comes down to the execution and time.”
Actually, Fields had been characterizing Ford as a car-and-data company for some time, recognizing over two years ago that the rapid pace of change in vehicle connectivity and mobile services meant that Ford would be able to capture much more information flowing through its vehicles than at any time before.
As for artificial intelligence and machine learning, Bill Ford and Hackett seem to have been discussing these areas quite avidly, given Ford’s comments about driving innovative change throughout the carmaker’s business, rather than isolating it in the Smart Mobility unit.
The idea that Detroit automakers should forge deeper partnerships with Silicon Valley is nothing new. Tech firms have increasingly identified transportation as the next frontier, a multi-trillion-dollar industry that’s been doing business-as-usual for decades.
Ford has been moving in this direction, but the board’s perception is that it wasn’t moving fast enough. The demands of the traditional industry were holding the company back, but they couldn’t be easily overcome.
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