British Airways has a $13 million flight simulator that taught us how to take off, fly, and land an airplane


We visited British Airways Technical Block A, which is home to 16 flight simulators making it the biggest flight simulator facility in the UK.

British Airways Captain Claire Bunton taught us how to fly the Airbus A380, which is the biggest commercial airplane in the world. We learned how to take off, fly, and land the giant aircraft.

BA pilots spend around 50 hours inside the simulator as part of their training, but we only spent one hour inside.

See how we did with just one hour of training.

Produced and filmed by David Ibekwe. Additional Camera by Charlie Floyd. Special Thanks to Britsih Airways.

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Google is making its Wear smartwatch OS even smarter (GOOGL)

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Google plans to revamp Wear OS, its smartwatch operating system (OS), through an update that will enhance the functionality and design of Wear OS smartwatches, which the company plans to roll out over the next month.

The news marks Google’s first major overhaul to its smartchwatch OS since rebranding Android Wear as Wear OS this past March.

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The improved Wear OS will help users better navigate their smartwatches and fast-track access to information and suggestions through Google Assistant:

  • Notifications will be smarter and more convenient. Users will now be able to swipe up on the device to browse through a stream of notifications. This represents a significant improvement from the current version as notifications are paganized — meaning users have to swipe five times to view five notifications. The new notification design also offers built-in smart replies and suggestions for opening other features like Google Pay. This enables Wear OS watch owners to more easily access apps and respond to messages, for example.
  • Google Assistant will intuitively present personalized information and suggestions. By swiping right, users will be able to view a feed of predictive, personalized information provided by Google Assistant based on their location, notifications, calendar events, and other information. For example, if a user is headed to the airport, Assistant might present their flight status and suggest a restaurant near their hotel, which the user can tap on to learn more about. The improved Assistant design is reminiscent of the visual snapshot feature on Android smartphones, which will help to make the Assistant experience more consistent across devices.

Google’s redesign makes Wear OS more competitive in the smartwatch market as the updates place its OS on par with its competitors’.

For example, Apple’s watchOS 4 already allows users to browse through a vertical list of notifications, and the company is planning on enabling personalized suggestions from Siri with watchOS 5, which is expected to roll out this fall.

And Samsung’s Tizen 4.0 smartwatch OS, currently available on the Galaxy Watch, provides users with a daily briefing feature, similar to Wear OS’ new Assistant feature.

Smartwatch OS vendors will likely continue to take steps to provide the best user experience to stay ahead of the growing smartwatch market — global smartwatch shipments are expected to double from 44 million in 2018 to 89 million in 2022, according to IDC.

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Meet the Democratic businessman who wants to beat Trump in 2020 and give every American a basic income: 'Donald Trump gives entrepreneurs a bad name'

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  • Andrew Yang, a long-time entrepreneur-turned-politician, wants President Donald Trump’s job in 2020. 
  • He believes in a universal basic income, and supports reforms to prepare the United States for the revolutions in artificial intelligence and autonomy still to come.
  • He’s probably also the first candidate to accept donations in the form of cryptocurrency. 

If you ask presidential candidate Andrew Yang to talk about the future, he’ll start with with truck drivers.

The 43-year-old entrepreneur-turned-politician is a ball of statistics on the pending driverless car revolution. Autonomous vehicles are already on the road today, poised to rise across private and commercial sectors. This will see personal convenience soar to new heights, but will lay carnage to the contemporary trucking industry in the process.

“The average truck driver is a 49-year-old male with a high school education and one year of college. There are 3.5 million of them in America; it’s the most common job in 29 states.” Yang said. “If you project what happens in the next five to ten years, it’s going to be disastrous for these communities.” He cited “another 5 million Americans” who work in the truck stops, motels, and diners that serve the truckers and their vehicles. What happens to the local economies when those trucks stop coming, he asks — and what happens to their politics?

Yang’s pre-politics career in business cuts across education, healthcare software, mobile technology, and nonprofit fundraising. President Barack Obama named him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015 —  indeed, Yang presents a sharp ideological contrast to the current US president.

“Donald Trump gives entrepreneurs a bad name because he’s a marketing charlatan, not a business organization builder,” he said. “I believe that I have a lot of the qualities Trump pretended to have.”

As President of the United States, Yang wants to flex his business sense to bring about a program called the Freedom Dividend, a basic income program to help dampen automation’s impact on human life and work.

He’s given a lot of thought to our unknown future as a suite of emergent technologies spin into high gear. He suggests that the rise of AI will force us to reexamine what we mean by the word “work,” what we value as a society, and how we want our economy to function. He acknowledges that it could be a massive problem, but “it could also be a massive opportunity.”

Yang is campaigning right now for your 2020 presidential vote. A lightly edited transcript of our interview with him follows.

BUSINESS INSIDER: Isn’t it too soon to be running for President?

ANDREW YANG: It isn’t too soon! I’m not even the first one to declare. One person declared before me, a congressman from Maryland named John Delaney. There are no formal regulations on timing, it’s more tradition than anything. I think that right now we are going through the greatest technological and economic shift in human history, and our political leadership is completely out to lunch on it. The only requirements to run are the Constitutional requirements — to be a natural born citizen, 35 years or older — and I’m running to win.

Trump won in 2016 because we automated away four million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — the swing states that he needed to carry in order to win. We’re about to do the same thing again, this time to people who work in retail, trucking, transportation, call centers, fast food, and throughout the economy. Artificial intelligence is going to do more and more of what humans presently do. Most of our political class won’t even acknowledge that this is the central challenge of this era, and it’s about to ramp up.

BI: You’re seeking the Democratic nomination. What does your platform look like?

AY: The core of my campaign is the Freedom Dividend, in which every American adult between the ages of 18 and 64 would receive $1,000 per month. You can’t fight job automation the same way you fight climate change, by asking people to sacrifice or be more vigilant about the resources they consume. We have to go the other direction and spread the bounty of automation and new technology as broadly and quickly as possible. Capitalism functions much better when people have money to spend, and right now 59% of Americans can’t afford an unexpected $500 expense.

The Roosevelt Institute found that a basic income of $1,000 a month would grow the economy by $2.5 trillion per year and create 4.5 million new jobs. We’d be rolling out the Freedom Dividend within my first year as President, because that’s what I’d be elected to do.

BI: Universal basic income has been a hip idea for a while, but it seems like it never goes anywhere in America. Where does the resistance come from?

AY: The United States has had a basic income program for the past 36 years. Alaska’s petroleum dividend passed the House of Representatives in 1971 under Nixon, and it gives each resident of the state between $1,000 and $2,000 a year for life. It’s improved children’s nutrition, created jobs, lowered income inequality, and remains wildly popular in a deep red state. It was sold by a Republican governor as a way to keep money out of the hands of government and in the hands of the people. Anyone who thinks this isn’t possible just isn’t paying attention to our history.

The fundamental resistance is born of a misplaced sense of scarcity. It’s easy to say, “Hey, we can’t afford that. The money has to come from somewhere, and it would bankrupt the economy.” But this is nonsense on its face. Our economy is now $19 trillion per year, up $4 trillion in the last 10 years alone. We can easily afford a dividend of $1,000 per American adult between the ages of 18-64. There are four mechanisms to pay for it in my plan, and one of them is a new value added tax for companies that benefit the most from automation. This is necessary because income taxes are terrible at generating revenue from AI, software, and machines. The beneficiaries tend to be large global tech companies that are great at reducing their tax bill.

BI: Are you the first presidential candidate to accept cryptocurrency donations? Would you bring any formal cryptocurrency regulation to the United States?

YA: I believe I’m the first candidate to accept crypto donations. We looked into the regulations and as long as we gather all the identifying information for each contribution, then it’s perfectly fine. Political campaigns can accept contributions of any type as long as you record the value. We could accept a donation of ham sandwiches, for example.

Under my administration, we’d have a coherent set of rules for cryptocurrency, because it’s a bit of the Wild West right now. I’m pessimistic that this administration is going to grapple with the problem meaningfully, but there’s a lot of experimentation going on. Lack of coherent regulation isn’t curbing people from experimenting and innovating with the blockchain and finding new implementations for it.

BI: What do you think about a national cryptocurrency?

YA: I think a national cryptocurrency could be a phenomenal idea that makes a lot of sense, but first we need to create more meaningful touchpoints in the economy for people to participate.  Part of my campaign is that we need a new “social currency,” backed by the federal government and worth real money. This currency maps to various positive social behaviors that we want to encourage more of, things like taking care of the elderly, nurturing children, volunteering in a community, or improving the environment. The idea is based on something called “timebanking that’s been in effect in a couple hundred communities around the US for a number of years. We need a way to recognize and reinforce helpful behavior. This would most likely look like a smartphone app.

BI: Generally speaking, what can people do to prepare for your vision of the future?

YA: Our conception of work needs to become much broader. Let’s say my wife is at home right now with our two young boys, which she is. The market values that at zero and does not see that as a job. If she were hired to take care of someone else’s kids, then that would be a job. Right now we base our notion of “work” on the market: you get paid for jobs, but not for non-jobs. The problem here is that the market is going to value human labor less and less.

Those previously mentioned 3.5 million truck drivers haven’t changed as humans. They didn’t suddenly forget how to drive a truck. It’s just that now the truck drives itself, and the drivers are going to watch their labor value go from $45,000 a year to near zero.

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Apple says some iPhone 8 devices have a manufacturing defect and will fix them for free — here's how to see if you're affected (AAPL)

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  • Apple says that a small percentage of iPhone 8 devices might be affected by a “manufacturing defect” that can cause random freezing and other problems. 
  • You can check if your phone is affected here.
  • Apple is offering free repairs, but you have to mail away your phone. 

Apple disclosed on Friday that “a very small percentage” of iPhone 8 smartphones have a “manufacturing defect” that can freeze the screen, make the device restart unexpectedly, or even cause it to not turn on. 

If you own an iPhone 8, you can check whether or not you’re affected by putting your phone’s serial number into a web form at Apple’s website. The good news is that Apple will repair any affected iPhone 8 for free, by replacing its logic board. 

“Affected units were sold between September 2017 and March 2018 in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, and the U.S.,” writes Apple. Given that the iPhone 8 was only introduced in September 2017, that means that it could affect any early adopter. It appears that this was the first time these problems were disclosed.

If your phone needs a repair, you have a few options. You can take your phone in to any authorized Apple repair center, an Apple retail store, or mail it in. In all cases, Apple says, it’ll get mailed away to one of the company’s main repair facilities to get fixed up. 

The free repair offer comes with a few caveats: If your screen is cracked or there’s any other kind of damage, you’ll have to get that fixed, first. If Apple does that fix itself, it’ll charge you for that repair, even beyond the free logic board replacement. 

The iPhone 8, introduced in late 2017, could be the last model without a notch. On September 12th, Apple is expected to release a trio of new iPhones that embrace the edge-to-edge design of the iPhone X, the current highest-end model. 

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for further information. 

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One of Apple’s secretive self-driving cars got in a crash for the first time — but it doesn't seem to be Apple's fault (APPL)

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  • An Apple autonmous vehicle was involved in an accident on August 24, marking a first for the company.
  • In a filing with the California DMV viewed on Friday, Apple reported that one of its vehicles got rear-ended while slowly merging onto a freeway just 3.5 miles from its Cupertino, California headquarters.
  • It was rear-ended while waiting for a safe gap to merge onto a freeway.
  • Nobody got hurt.

An Apple autonomous vehicle got rear-ended last week, marking the first time one of its secretive self-driving cars was involved in an accident.

In a form filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles on August 24th, viewed by Business Insider on August 31, Apple revealed that one of its test vehicles was rear-ended while preparing to merge onto the freeway in Sunnyvale, California, about 3.5 miles away from Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

The car was in autonomous mode and driving less than 1 mile per hour while “waiting for a safe gap to complete the merge” when a 2016 Nissan Leaf hit it from behind, according to the filing. The Nissan was apparently going 15 miles per hour, according to the form. Both cars were damaged, but nobody got hurt. 

As of May, Apple had 55 autonomous vehicles on the road in California— more than any other company besides Cruise, GM’s autonomous vehicle arm, which had 104 cars at the time. 

The accident was a first for Apple’s autonomous car unit, and relatively minor compared to accidents that have occured with some of the company’s competitors. Apple hasn’t publicly discussed its plans for these self-driving cars, and most of what we know about them come from official filings with the DMV. 

Uber shut down its self-driving car program in Arizona after one of its vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian there in March. Also in March, a Tesla Model X crashed into a barrier while in the semi-autonmous autopilot mode. The driver of the vehicle was killed in the collision.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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