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The NYPD is giving up on its 36,000 Windows phones and moving to iPhone (AAPL, MSFT)

In October of 2016, the New York Police Department finished a two-year-long rollout of Windows-based smartphones to all of its 36,000 officers.

Now, less than a year after that $160 million initiative came to fruition, the NYPD is giving up and moving its officers to Apple iPhones.

"The NYPD has begun the process of transitioning to iPhones. The new devices will be deployed starting this fall, with the same applications that have led to an 8% reduction in response times," an NYPD spokesperson said.

The new iPhones, like the Windows phones they're replacing, were provided to the department at no cost, the spokesperson said, although the department had to pay for software and services. Despite replacing the phones, the overall cost of the police department's deployment of mobile devices is "45% under budget," the spokesperson added.


A startup created by ex-Google engineers is raising $40 million to make drones that fly themselves

A three-year-old startup created by ex-Google engineers is raising approximately $40 million in venture funding to make the world's most advanced consumer drone, Business Insider has learned.

Skydio is looking to raise roughly $40 million for its Series B round at a pre-money valuation of around $180 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The drone maker has already raised $28 million to date and is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Accel, and others.

Skydio CEO Adam Bry confirmed that the company is raising money in an email to Business Insider on Monday but declined to comment further.

Skydio was Founded by three MIT graduates who set out in 2014 to create an AI-powered drone capable of flying itself without the complexity of current drone controls. CEO Bry and CTO Abraham Bachrach were also early engineers at Project Wing, Google's drone delivery effort.


Here's what it was like spending a whole day photographing the solar eclipse

While not in the path of totality, I found myself during eclipse weekend on a homestead in the heart of central Pennsylvania.

Here, all food comes from the garden. To my amazement, I gazed upon a row of melons seeming right at home above the Mason-Dixon.

Sunday was a chance to walk the property and enjoy the company of our host and their animals. My girlfriend Rika and I had come here initially to stay for a night, after visiting a friend playing a gypsy jazz gig nearby. With the eclipse around the corner, we decided to stay, and thankfully our hosts were able to accommodate the extension with an unused camper. What started as a relaxing weekend became an opportunity to see the solar eclipse in a more rural setting, away from the light pollution and atmospheric haze of the city.


This forgotten news clip shows the insanity of Burning Man in the '90s

Today, we know Burning Man as an oasis in the Nevada desert where the tech elite and modern-day hippies gather in the shadow of some pretty crazy art installations.

But not too long ago, the annual festival looked a bit more like "Mad Max" set on the playa.

A video clip from 1997 has resurfaced that shows a news crew from ABC's "Nightline" discovering Burning Man for the first time. 

This was Burning Man before it became a survivalist-themed 


Buzzfeed just sent out a message to the digital publishing business
BuzzFeed has decided to run banner ads — the ubiquitous, clickable square and rectangle ads that appear all over the internet — after years of talking them down. The decision shows the limitations of native ads, customized ads designed to emulate the look and feel of the websites or apps they appear on. A number of digital media companies bet big on these native ads, but time has shown that they are difficult to produce at scale.  As an IPO approaches, Buzzfeed will now turn on the taps to "programmatic ad" revenue. 

Never say never in digital media.

For years, BuzzFeed executives preached two things. The digital ad industry


Uber investor Shervin Pishevar says he is 'gratified' a bombshell lawsuit didn't hurt the CEO pick

Uber finally decided who will take over for ousted CEO Travis Kalanick. 

Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia's CEO for the last 12 years, has reportedly been asked to the lead the ride-hailing startup, which is valued at roughly $69 billion by investors in the private market.

The CEO selection occurred in the midst of a


Uber employees are expressing support for their new CEO on the anonymous chat app Blind

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi can expect a fairly warm welcome from the rank-and-file when he takes over the job.

At least that's the indication from a poll on Blind, shared with Business Insider by a Blind user.

Blind is an an anonymous chat app for employees and is a favorite way for Uber's peeps to gossip amongst themselves.

By Monday morning, some 217 Uber employees had voted in a poll asking their thoughts on the new CEO.

More than half – 57% – are feeling like Khosrowshahi was a good choice. Over a third are taking a wait-and-see attitude, and the remaining 4% and not happy.


Journalist tells Trump, 'We have a lot of blonde women in Finland' after he confuses her for another reporter and complains she already got a question

President Donald Trump confused two Finnish journalists at a joint press conference on Monday.

After taking several questions, Trump encouraged Finish President Sauli Niinistö to take an additional question.

But when he called on a female Finnish reporter, Trump interrupted him, appearing to mistake the reporter for another member of the Finnish media who'd asked him a question several minutes earlier. 

"Again? You're going to give her the same one?" Trump said. 

"No, she's not the same lady," Niinistö said. "They are sitting side-by-side."

"We have a lot of blonde women in Finland," the reporter joked.

Though Trump has regularly criticized American reporters, his treatment of foreign journalists has also raised eyebrows.

Earlier this year, Trump interrupted a diplomatic phone call with Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to tell an Irish reporter she had a "nice smile."


BMW's i3 electric car is getting an extra dose of sportiness

Since its debut in 2014, the i3 has been a quirky and slightly off beat eco-friendly option in BMW's performance oriented lineup.

Now the little electric car is getting an added dose of muscle to go along with its BMW badge.

That's because, for 2018, BMW is finally giving the i3 a sports edition called the i3s.

Powering the i3s will be a more potent 184 horsepower electric motor, up from the 170 found in the standard i3.

The upgraded performance drive system is designed for enhanced power delivery when the motor is spinning at the high end of its rev band. In fact, BMW claims the i3s's motor speed range, power, and torque at the limit of its performance capabilities is 40% better than the i3.

According to BMW, the i3s can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 6.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 100 mph, an improvement of 0.4 seconds and seven miles per hour over the regular i3.


The best charities to give to in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast, destroying homes and infrastructure in Texas, displacing tens of thousands of people, and killing at least eight. As many as 13 million people are under flood watches and warnings.

After landfall, officials