Siesta Time: A Nap Bar Just Opened in Spain

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For a country that’s big on the siesta, you might be surprised to learn that Spain’s first nap bar opened just recently. Located in Madrid, Siesta & Go offers beds by the minute or hour, so you can get your midday snooze on.

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Inspired by similar concepts popping up around the globe in places like London and Dubai, Siesta & Go hopes that locals and travelers alike will find that a place for a quick nap or quiet work will prove worth paying for. The business offers both shared and private rooms where you can (of course) sleep, or just relax in an armchair and read the paper.

According to the website, a private room for €12-14 an hour (about $14-16) or €240 for 1200 minutes (about $273). A bunk bed costs €8-10 (about $9-11) per hour or €160 for 1200 minutes (about $182). They also offer monthly promotions and bonus time.

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Siesta & Go gives each client their own set of sheets and single use blankets, and coffee, newspapers, slippers, and nightshirts (also single use) are also available.

Napping is widely lauded for its health benefits, including reduced anxiety and stress, and an increase in productivity and alertness. Even NASA recommends napping; according to BBC, a study from 1995 concluded that the ideal nap time is actually 26 minutes. Those 26 minutes will leave you feeling 54 percent more alert, and can improve performance by 34 percent.

With a increasingly tired population, napping is becoming more of a business, and a business perk. Last year, startup Sleepbox announced a system of nap pods that can be installed in airports and offices alike.

“Vending machines have made food affordable and accessible,” says CEO Mikhail Krymov. “Sleep is the same as food, in my opinion, so it shouldn’t be that slow for the U.S. to see the value.”

Meanwhile, the next time you’re in Madrid, cue up the Napflix and get your sleep on at Siesta & Go. It’s “one of life’s little pleasures,” as they say.

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There’s a good reason why the crazy new game that pits 100 people against each other on a deserted island is coming to Xbox One exclusively

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An incredible video game is dominating the attention of millions, having sold over 4 million copies and amassed over $100 million in revenue — and it’s not even out yet. The game in question is named "PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds." 

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How does a game that’s not out manage to make over $100 million in three months? Through something called "Early Access." It’s a section of the PC gaming storefront Steam — used by hundreds of millions of people — specifically made for game makers and publishers to sell incomplete games.

The idea is simple: A game maker puts out a game that’s playable, but still in development; players pay for the game early, knowing they’re going to see the game change over time as it’s in development. It can be an amazing experience, offering a means of funding for a game developer before their product is complete while also enabling players to see (and sometimes influence) the game’s progress.

"PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds" is one of these games — a so-called "Early Access" game on Steam — and it’s sold for $30. The current plan is to have the game "complete" and out of Early Access by later this year.  

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But the game is also coming to game consoles. More specifically, "Battlegrounds" is coming to the Xbox One exclusively later this year. And that means that the 60-plus million PlayStation 4 owners either have to play it on Xbox or on PC. 

But the Xbox One is owned by approximately half the number of people who own the PlayStation 4. It stands to reason that it would make more sense for Bluehole Games, the studio that makes "Battlegrounds," to release the game on PlayStation 4 first, given its audience size advantage. At very least, it makes sense for the PlayStation 4 to get the game at the same time as the Xbox One.

But there’s a good reason that it’s only headed to the Xbox One for now: "The Xbox has the Game Preview program," the game’s creative director Brendan Greene told me during an interview earlier this month at the annual E3 video game trade show.

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To be totally clear, it’s entirely likely that Microsoft also paid Bluehole Games for exclusivity of "Battlegrounds." But strictly from a logistics perspective, the Xbox One is the only home game console with a program anything like Steam’s Early Access. And that’s particularly appealing to Greene and his team.

"It allows us essentially to do Early Access on a console," he said. 

The game’s executive producer, Chang-han Kim, echoed Greene’s sentiment. "Our approach is to talk with our community as often as possible, to gain their feedback and iterate based off of that. That’s one of the main reasons we chose to go with Xbox One," he said. 

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Indeed, that’s how "Battlegrounds" has been developed thus far. The game launched in Steam’s Early Access program back in March, and it’s received regular updates ever since — many of those updates based on player feedback. 

The plan for the game on consoles is similar, and there’s a good reason for that too: It allows the developers to tweak subtle elements of the game on that platform. There are huge differences between playing a game on a console and a PC — from control input (keyboard/mouse vs gamepad) to where you sit (2 feet away from a PC monitor vs 10 feet away from a TV). 

It’s these differences that Bluehole is aiming to minimize, and it’s going with the Xbox One first as a testbed — and it’s only able to do that because of Microsoft’s Game Preview program. 

"That’s one of the main reasons we chose to go with Xbox One. We definitely do have plans for other platforms, but no details have been finalized yet," said Kim. Stay tuned, PlayStation 4 owners!

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Uber and Lyft are finally available in all of New York State

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Uber and Lyft are finally available in all of New York State

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Uber and Lyft are finally moving to the rest of New York. 

The two ride-hailing competitors, long operating in New York City, are now allowed to operate in the entire state. Legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo went into effect June 29, bringing Uber and Lyft to upstate New York, Long Island, Westchester, and pretty much the rest of the state. 

Ride-hailing drivers have worked in other parts of the state before, but local legislation banned the services from some areas, including much of Long Island. The new law allows ride-hailing throughout the state—with specific regulations surrounding background checks and other concerns—but permits local governments to opt out if they wish. Westchester came close, but ultimately went ahead with the services. 

The rollout is unique since it includes the entire state. Both companies have been recruiting drivers in big cities and the more rural areas now covered. Lyft only services the entire states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and soon Florida. 

Without statewide legislation, the ride-hailing companies generally don’t try to serve entire states, instead introducing service city by city. 

Buffalo and Rochester are two of the core cities for upstate New York, said Jaime Raczka, Lyft’s regional director of new markets. Rural areas with fewer drivers—but less demand—are also getting started on ride-hailing. 

“New Yorkers have been demanding ridesharing in their communities for years and our state leaders have delivered ensuring that starting this holiday weekend, residents and visitors will always have an affordable, reliable ride,” Uber spokesperson Alix Anfang said. 

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Here’s how Apple has done in the 10 years since the iPhone (AAPL)

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Apple’s iPhone was undoubtedly a revolutionary device when it was launched in 2007. Steve Jobs went on stage and showed us a device that was not a first in the smartphone category but one that would forever change it.

On its tenth birthday, we look back at the stock price of Apple to see how far the company has come. (For immediate reference, the stock is trading at about $143 a share right now). 

January 9, 2007: The day Apple announced the first iPhone. (Stock price: $11.94)

June 26, 2007: The day the first iPhone was launched (Price: $15.75 Change since January 9, 2007: 31%)

January 9, 2008: A year since announcing the iPhone (Price: $23.15 Change: 93.8%)

Stopping there already shows the historic bump the iPhone brought to Apple. The stock exploded for a 93.8% increase in price, just 365 days after Jobs announced the iPhone.

The next iPhone, the iPhone 3G, introduced the app store concept to the world. It would again change how we think about mobile computing.

July 11, 2008: The iPhone 3G was launched. (Price: $45.68 Change: 285.58%)

The first iPad was released in 2010 and brought the concept of the iPhone to a larger tablet. 

April 3, 2010: The first iPad was released (Price for April 5: $30.77 Change: 157.71%)

After the iPhone 3G, Apple began to release phones in a two-year cycle. In between each new model, the company would release an iteration on the previous model, dubbed "S" models, which often had updated internals and software but maintained the same design. Below are only the new models.

June 24, 2010: The iPhone 4 was launched. (Price: $34.71 Change: 190.70%)

September 21, 2012: The iPhone 5 was launched. (Price: $90.72 Change: 659.80%)

September 19, 2014: The iPhone 6 was launched. (Price: $95.88 Change: 703.02%)

September 16, 2016: The iPhone 7 was launched. (Price: $113.37 Change: 849.49%)

Today, investors are speculating on the iPhone 8. Apple knows it is 10 years after the first iPhone came to the world, and many pundits think there is something special planned for the next device. Features such as a bezel-less screen and hidden home button are among those being discussed in the rumors floating around. The next phone is planned to launch later this year.

On the day of the iPhone’s 10th birthday, Apple opened trading at $144.73, a full 1112.14% higher than its price when it announced the original iPhone. To compare, the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 has increased just 60%.

To follow Apple’s stock price live, click here…

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Watch a Simulated Asteroid Hit the Atmosphere at 45,000 Miles Per Hour

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Four years ago, an asteroid the size of a city bus screamed across the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia, shattering glass around a 60 mile perimeter and sending 1,200 people to hospitals with related injuries. In an effort to learn more about these rare but dangerous encounters with objects from space, NASA has used a supercomputer to recreate the moment an asteroid of comparable size hits the atmosphere.

The 3D model was developed by the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) division as part of the agency’s Asteroid Threat Assessment Project (ATAP). High-fidelity simulations such as this one, which was run on the Pleiades supercomputer, can help scientists estimate the amount of damage asteroids could cause during atmospheric entry, and then plan the appropriate mitigation strategies.

The simulation above shows a cross-section of an asteroid roughly the size of the one that exploded over Russia in February 2013. When the 20-meter-wide asteroid hit the Earth’s atmosphere, it was traveling around 20 kilometers per second, or 45,000 mph.

The grey and black areas represent the rocky mass of the asteroid, while the orange and red areas represent the hot, high pressure shock wave that forms around it during entry. This shock wave, in addition to wreaking havoc below, causes the asteroid to fracture and flatten out like a pancake. Due to the irregular shape of the asteroid, the resulting aerodynamic instabilities rip away at the object, shredding it to pieces. The incoming asteroid and its fragments dispel a tremendous amount of energy into the atmosphere over a short distance, creating dangerous blast waves and thermal radiation on the ground.

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Indeed, as we’re learning, the primary danger from asteroids isn’t from the impact site (if it manages to reach the surface before breaking up) or from an ensuing tsunami (should it hit a large water body), but rather from the tremendous shock wave it produces on entry. As recent studies have pointed out, approximately three-quarters of all casualties will come from the heat and wind blast produced by a large incoming asteroid.

On a more positive note, here are some pictures of cute puppies.

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‘Sense8’ fans saved from cliffhanger hell by a two-hour finale

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When Netflix canceled its Wachowski-helmed, conspiracy-fueled original series Sense8 earlier this year fans weren’t certain what would happen following season two’s cliffhanger. Well, the streaming service apparently heard their cries (read: tweets and reddit posts). As such, the streaming service is throwing them a bone in the form of a two hour finale episode. The rub is that it isn’t expected until sometime next year, according to a Facebook post written by Lana Wachowski.

"Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought Sense8 back to life. It is my great pleasure as well as Netflix’s (believe me, they love the show as much as we do but the numbers have always been challenging) to announce there will be another two-hour special released next year."

Wachowski says that this is the direct result of fans’ petitions and letters, and teased that after the episode that there could be even more to come. Likely assuming the finale is well received, of course.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this sort of thing happen. HBO did it with both Looking and Hello Ladies. The latter wound up being total fan service by the time the credits rolled, but at least it answered the "will they/won’t they" question between Stuart and Jessica. Maybe the forthcoming Sense8 episode will answer what happened to Wolfgang.

Source: Sense8 (Facebook)

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After canceling Sense8, Netflix is giving the show a two-hour finale

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Excellent news for Sense8 fans: The show will get one final episode.

Created by the Wachowskis (the siblings behind The Matrix) and J. Michael Straczynski (who previously created Babylon 5), Sense8 premiered in 2015 with its story of eight psychically linked individuals living in San Francisco, Berlin, Mumbai and other cities all over the world. It was probably my favorite show on Netflix.

I’m not saying Sense8 was perfect, but with its unembarrassed melodrama, kinetic action and wild ambition, it didn’t resemble any other show on television. And thanks to its global scope, the show seemed to represent the future — or at least a future — of television.

And then it was canceled. While Netflix doesn’t release ratings data, the reasons for the cancellation weren’t all that mysterious — shooting globally is expensive, and Sense8 probably didn’t have the viewership to justify the cost. Plus, CEO Reed Hastings had just declared that Netflix should be canceling more shows.

Still, it was a blow for the show’s creators (one of the actors, Brian J. Smith, lamented that “future audiences will never pick up a story they know has no resolution”) and for fans like me, since it meant the story wouldn’t be completed.

The cancellation also seemed to go against the way Netflix was operating. Not only did it give virtually all of its shows multiple seasons to play out — it even became known for reviving older properties like Arrested Development and Full House. Netflix, it had seemed, was the place where shows go to live again, not to die.

Even though you can argue about whether those shows

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have been brought back, and about whether or not fans’ fixation on complete stories is all that healthy or realistic (I’ve enjoyed plenty of books, movies and shows despite ambiguous or cliffhanger-y endings),

today’s announcement

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will get a two-hour finale feels like a very welcome gesture.

Yes, canceling shows may be an unavoidable part of the TV business, but the subscription model seems give Netflix a little more freedom, and I’m glad it’s taking advantage of that freedom.

More importantly, for viewers (particularly passionate fans), these cancellation decisions aren’t just bottom line calculations. These shows contain stories and characters that we connect to, that we care about. By giving Sense8 a chance to say goodbye on its own terms, Netflix is acknowledging that connection.

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Hey 30-somethings, you’re a Xennial

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Hey 30-somethings, you’re a Xennial

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Between Generation X and Millennials exists a tiny micro-generation of people who call themselves the Xennials. Maybe you’ve seen this group labeled Generation Catalano — a reference to ’90s teen drama My So-Called Life — or perhaps as the Oregon Trail Generation, but neither have quite the ring that Xennial does.

Though the term’s been written about before, a viral Facebook post from early June brought the term back into the news cycle. 

As associate professor of sociology Dan Woodman from the University of Melbourne tells Australian lifestyle site Mamamia, those born between 1977 and 1983 had the unique experience of pre-internet childhoods that led into tech-centered early adulthood. 

“It was a particularly unique experience. You have a childhood, youth and adolescence free of having to worry about social media posts and mobile phones. It was a time when we had to organise to catch up with our friends on the weekends using the landline, and actually pick a time and a place and turn up there.”

But how do Xennials differ from the the generations its wedged between? We broke it down for you.

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Microsoft made its AI work on a $10 Raspberry Pi

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When you’re far from a cell tower and need to figure out if that bluebird is Sialia sialis or Sialia mexicana, no cloud server is going to help you. That’s why companies are squeezing AI onto portable devices, and Microsoft has just taken that to a new extreme by putting deep learning algorithms onto a Raspberry Pi. The goals is to get AI onto "dumb" devices like sprinklers, medical implants and soil sensors to make them more useful, even if there’s no supercomputer or internet connection in sight.

The idea came about from Microsoft Labs teams in Redmond and Bangalore, India. Ofer Dekel, who manages an AI optimization group at the Redmond Lab, was trying to figure out a way to stop squirrels from eating flower bulbs and seeds from his bird feeder. As one does, he trained a computer vision system to spot squirrels, and installed the code on a $35 Raspberry Pi 3. Now, it triggers the sprinkler system whenever the rodents pop up, chasing them away.

"Every hobbyist who owns a Raspberry Pi should be able to do that," Dekel said in Microsoft’s blog. "Today, very few of them can." The problems is that it’s too expensive and impractical to install high-powered chips or connected cloud-computing devices on things like squirrel sensors. However, it’s feasible to equip sensors and other devices with a $10 Raspberry Zero or the pepper-flake-sized Cortex M0 chip pictured above.


All the squirrel-spotting power you need (Matt Brian/AOL)

To make it work on systems that often have just a few kilobytes of RAM, the team compressed neural network parameters down to just a few bits instead of the usual 32. Another technique is "sparsification" of algorithms, a way of pruning them down to remove redundancies. By doing that, they were able to make an image detection system run about 20 times faster on a Raspberry Pi 3 without any loss of accuracy.

However, taking it to the next level won’t be quite as easy. "There is just no way to take a deep neural network, have it stay as accurate as it is today, and consume 10,000 times less resources. You can’t do it," said Dekel. For that, they’ll need to invent new types of AI tech tailored for low-powered devices, and that’s tricky, considering researchers still don’t know exactly how deep learning tools work.

Microsoft’s researchers are working on a few projects for folks with impairments, like a walking stick that can detect falls and issue a call for help, and "smart gloves" that can interpret sign language. To get some new ideas and help, they’ve made some of their early training tools and algorithms available to Raspberry Pi hobbyists and other researchers on Github. "Giving these powerful machine-learning tools to everyday people is the democratization of AI," says researcher Saleema Amershi.

Via: Mashable

Source: Microsoft

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A sleep scientist reveals his 7 secrets to getting a good night’s sleep

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Sleep is one of the most fundamental and basic things humans do.

If we don’t get enough, terrible things begin happening to our minds and bodies. And if we don’t get any sleep after too long, we’ll literally die.

But many find it extremely challenging to not only get an adequate and consistent amount of sleep every night, but to do it well.

Business Insider previously turned to an expert — sleep scientist Patrick Fuller, an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School — to get some answers.

He gave us the lowdown on what he does to ensure a good night’s sleep every single night.

While this routine works for Fuller, it may not be feasible for everyone’s lifestyle and schedule. But Fuller says that this schedule leaves him feeling happy and rested.

Here are seven things he does to ensure a great sleep every night.

Julia Calderone wrote a previous version of this post.

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He wakes up at the same time every morning

The problem many people have when trying fall asleep is that their sleep schedule isn’t a schedule at all, but a free-for-all.

If you wake up at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning and then try to fall asleep later that night to be up for work by 7 a.m. Monday, you’re not going to have enough "sleep drive" — or the desire to fall asleep — to hit the hay early enough.

"When people get up later and later, they have less sleep drive and they think, I can’t sleep I have insomnia," Fuller said. "Well, no, actually your sleep drive isn’t that high."

Waking up at the same time every morning is one of the most important things you can do to get a good night’s sleep, Fuller said. 

He avoids stimulants past mid-day

At the end of a long workday, it’s tempting to turn to that late afternoon latte to power you through. But avoid that espresso machine at all costs.

Caffeine has a long half-life, meaning that it takes up to six hours to wear off, so resist the urge to slurp sodas, coffees, and teas later in the day.

Fuller skips coffee altogether and goes with a much less jolting green tea in the morning, which can have about half as much caffeine as a cup of drip coffee.

"I just prefer tea," Fuller said. "I love the smell of coffee, it just has too much caffeine for me."

He only drinks a little bit at around mid-morning, and never drinks it after noon.

He gets at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise during the day

Exercise is like a magical tonic that can help prevent a variety of ills such as stress, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, dementia, and more.

It’s also great for sleep. Studies have shown that morning and afternoon workouts can increase a person’s quality and amount of sleep at night.

But try not to do strenuous exercise right before bedtime, as it can boost your body temperature and activate your muscles, making it harder to fall asleep shortly after.

Fuller said that he tries to get in some form of activity every day, even if it’s just running stairs or taking a quick jog for 20 to 30 minutes.

"Maintaining some level of physical activity is really important," Fuller said.

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