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Watch two kids hilariously try to figure out how a Walkman works

Walkmans are, believe it or not, already slipping out of our cultural memory.

When one mom found an old Walkman and cassette tapes from the 80s, she decided to see if her kids could make any sense of them. The video below is evidence that they had many amusing difficulties even understanding how the thing actually worked.

They do finally figure it out, but not before puzzling over the ribbon ("Definitely don't pull the ribbon"), and fumbling around various ways the tape should go into the player.

See the video below:

 


Look at how Apple has sucked up all the profits in smartphones (AAPL)

Apple now makes 94% of the profits in the smartphone industry, according to recent research by Canacord.

This historical chart compiled by Statista shows how quickly and utterly Apple has dominated the smartphone market. Samsung is now the only other major handset company earning significant profits from smartphones.


Some of the fastest meteors all year are falling in large numbers tonight — here's how to watch

The moon will be setting in the early evening hours on Tuesday, which is good news for viewers because it means dark skies for the Leonid meteor shower.

The Leonid meteor shower happens every November, and there's always a peak time when we can see the most meteors pummeling our atmosphere and lighting up the night sky.

That opportune time will happen in the wee hours between midnight and dawn of Wednesday morning, according to Earthsky.org.

During that time, observers will be treated to between 10 to 15 meteors per hour, or about one every 5 or so minutes.

If the sky is cloudy or you're not a morning person — or a night person, depending on how you look at it — you can still watch the meteor shower.

The online observatory


Microsoft doubled down on security — and it worked (MSFT)

Microsoft has increased its focus on information security, and the strategy seems to be working.

Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, gave a speech at the Government Security Forum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, and it focused on reassuring enterprise clients that Windows 10, Azure, and other Microsoft services are better than those from Amazon or Google.

Nadella laid out the various security improvements that Windows 10 and Azure users can expect when they upgrade, including Windows Hello, Passport, and Device Guard. All three put together offer better protection against hackers, by mitigating the need for passwords, and malware attacks, two key areas of annoyance for big businesses.

"[Microsoft have] changed themselves from worst in class to the best in class," Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer for the security firm F-Secure,


Angie's List turns down IAC's second offer to buy it — this time for $512 million

It looks like a second attempt by IAC to buy Angie’s List wasn’t a match.

In an announcement in BusinessWire, Angie’s List, the online marketplace and reviews site for independent contractors, revealed it had been approached earlier this month by IAC — who owns Tinder — to buy the company at $8.75 per share, a $512 million offer. The Angie's List board of directors has formally and unanimously decided to turn down the offer, however.


Startups and GCHQ are joining forces in the fight against terrorist organisations like ISIS

The government is setting up a new hub for Britain's cybersecurity startups next to spy agency GCHQ in Cheltenham as part of its National Cyber Security Plan, which aims to counter terrorist groups like ISIS (also known as Islamic State) and other online criminals.

The Cyber Innovation Centre, announced by Chancellor George Osborne today during a speech at GCHQ — Britain's "listening post" — will house and support security-focused startups "in their early months."

Osborne believes the centre is necessary if the UK is to build companies that can help protect the public, the government and private sector organisations.


15 rising star employees at SAP that are becoming its next crop of power players

SAP's competitors like to paint the world's largest maker of business applications as an old stodgy company. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff recently called SAP a "dinosaur," for example.

But to the company's 75,600 worldwide employees in more than 130 countries, nothing could be further from the truth.

They see a company with its fair share of young, brilliant leaders.

Here's a short list of some of the behind-the-scenes rising star leaders at SAP, some of whom lead jet-setting lives, others who are creating brilliant technologies, still others who are world-class athletes.

All of them want to change the world and think SAP is the place for them to do it.

Carlos Diaz: Jet-setting futurist

Carlos Diaz Perez, 41, is the head of Innovation in SAP EMEA South in Madrid.


The 50 most powerful people in the world
Posted November 17, 2015 0:36 AM
The 50 most powerful people in the world

It isn't just wealth. And it isn't just control over people or resources. No, true power is a potent combination of money and influence that enables people to help shape the world. But only a select group of people really possess the economic and political clout to effect global change. For better or worse, their decisions affect millions, shake industries, and change nations.

Business Insider has compiled the following list of the world's most powerful people — heads of state, billionaires, CEOs, and entertainers. To determine the ranking, we considered more than 100 of the most influential players in business, politics, and entertainment, and we evaluated their influence by using metrics in four major areas: economic power, command, newsworthiness, and impact — a subjective measure that captures how important they are in their respective spheres.


Twitter has a big problem with celebrities driving traffic to Instagram (TWTR)

A new study, published by Adrianus Wagemakers of JFNE Consulting, suggests that celebrities are moving more and more toward Instagram, taking everyday users with them. This comes at a time when Twitter's user growth is flagging and investors are getting spooked.  

Wagemakers previously argued that Instagram was receiving a lot of traffic from Twitter as content wasn't differentiated enough. 


Android users are loyal to Google — except when a new iPhone comes out

Research firm Ericsson has published data on the customer retention rates (i.e. how many people buy a new phone with the same operating system) for iOS, Android, and Windows (on mobile).

According to the data, loyalty to Android is higher than iOS, until Apple releases a new iPhone. Older iPhone users then become less likely to buy Android and buy a new iPhone, while Android users increasingly jump ship.

The Ericsson data measures Q3 2015 — the quarter when Apple released the iPhone 6S — showing that the percentage of users who swapped an iPhone for a newer iPhone jumped to 4.5% from around 1.1%. The percentage of Android users who went from Android to iPhone doubled to 0.6%.