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This device will dramatically improve your WiFi signal and speeds throughout your home

There's a new style of WiFi router called a "mesh system," which covers your entire home in strong, fast WiFi. They work much better than traditional WiFi range extenders, which is great for larger homes.

The problem with mesh systems is that you have to ditch your normal router to buy a whole new system, like Eero, Google WiFi, or Netgear's Orbi, which include a mesh router and the mesh extenders that usually accompany it. Starting at around $350, these new mesh systems aren't cheap, especially when your normal router works fine when you're within its range.

7 signs Japan has become a 'demographic time bomb'

Japan is dealing with what economists call a "demographic time bomb."

Through a vicious cycle of low fertility and low consumer spending, the country's economy has gradually shrunk over the last 25 years.

People are living longer, and they're heaping greater social-security costs onto younger generations who aren't having kids to replace them — thereby furthering the cycle.

Here are some of the most visible signs in daily life that the time bomb is ticking.

Adult diapers outsell baby diapers.

Ever since 2011, sales of adult diapers in Japan have outpaced those of baby diapers.

The new sci-fi thriller 'Life' is a cult classic in the making

At first glance, the latest sci-fi movie coming to the multiplex, "Life" (opening March 24), looks like a thriller with the same kind of "in space no one can hear you scream" DNA that made the first "Alien" movie back in 1979 a cultural phenomenon. And you would be right.

"Life" is not the first movie in the past 30-plus years set in space that wants to scare the heck out of you. And basing the scares around a creepy organism that we gullible humans find on another planet is tried-and-true. But there are little tweaks to the formula that director Daniel Espinosa and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (of "Deadpool" fame) do that makes this particular movie very fun to experience.

Turns out Bluetooth is named after an old Scandinavian king who died over 1,000 years ago


It's been around for 20 years. We see the name and iconic logo on virtually every device we own — Bluetooth headphones, Bluetooth speakers, even Bluetooth-enabled toothbrushes

As is the case with most product names we encounter every day, we often take for granted that they are just called what they are called. A frappuccino is a frappuccino because it sounds tasty, right? Actually, it's a frozen cappuccino. WiFi may just seem like a funky word for the life-sustaining force that makes internet browsing possible, but it's actually short for "Wireless Fidelity." 

What about Bluetooth? What is the so-obvious-it's-funny explanation for the technology that made you think strangers on the bus were talking to you when in reality they were just on the phone?

As it turns out, Bluetooth is named after a 10th-century Scandinavian king.


The 11 skills every 24-year-old should learn
Posted March 19, 2017 0:50 AM
The 11 skills every 24-year-old should learn

If like many people you stumble out of college in your early 20s, unsure of what to do next, you can be forgiven for needing a few years to get your bearings.

The transition from school to work (or more work), can take a bit of getting used to. And it can also be a fun time to try things and toss them away, to not worry so much about what's coming down the road.

But by 24, you have unquestionably entered adulthood, and it's good to start taking stock of what things you want to make sure you get a head start on. These choices could influence the rest of your life.

To help out, a bunch of people chimed in on a Quora thread discussing the skills every 24 year old should to learn. We narrowed it down to the top 11 pieces of advice.

Here they are:

Andy Murray is invested in over 10 companies on crowdfunding website Seedrs

LONDON — World number one tennis star Andy Murray has invested in three more businesses on crowdfunding platform Seedrs.

Murray, who has a partnership with Seedrs, has invested undisclosed amounts in:

MacRebur: A Scottish startup that makes roads out of waste plastic. Sir Richard Branson is also an investor. VPAR: An app for golfers that helps people track scores and chose the right club. Bijou Commerce: A platform that lets retailers easily build mobile shops.

Murray says in an emailed statement: 

"I’m continuing to grow my portfolio through Seedrs and have tried to choose companies that inspire me from as many different sectors as possible. I was interested in MacRebur because I am really impressed by their ambition to make a massive economic and environmental difference to road construction worldwide.

YouTube's CEO praised Netflix for pushing the tech industry to be better for women (NFLX, GOOG, GOOGL)

YouTube and Netflix are battling over the attention of viewers, especially younger ones, but they can still recognize when each other are doing good work.

In a Vanity Fair op-ed this week about gender diversity in the tech industry, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki praised Netflix CEO Reed Hastings for making the issue a priority.

"Human Resources departments and diversity leads play a critical role, but they need the commitment and attention of the C.E.O. to succeed," she wrote

The ousted co-founder of Hyperloop One launched a rival startup — and it plans to build a Hyperloop in just 3 years

Brogan BamBrogan, the former co-founder and CTO of Hyperloop One, sued the startup with three other former employees in 2016, claiming executives misused funds and violated California labor code, among other things. After the lawsuit was settled in November 2016, BamBrogan and the former employees said they were still planning to build a Hyperloop. BamBrogan and the employees involved in that lawsuit have launched a rival startup, Arrivo. BamBrogan discussed Arrivo’s strategy with Business Insider.

Brogan BamBrogan isn’t new to the Hyperloop startup scene.

Just a year after Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk released a 57-page white paper outlining plans for the Hyperloop, BamBrogan co-founded Hyperloop Technologies, which now goes by the name of Hyperloop One.

Since its 2014 founding, Hyperloop One has made a lot of progress.

It has broken ground on its development site —

The Yahoo hack is the clearest sign yet that Russia has merged criminal hacking with a larger mission

Two Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers were indicted Wednesday for what the Justice Department said amounted to directing and facilitating a massive hack on Yahoo in 2014 that compromised roughly 500 million accounts using a relatively simple method of attack.

The indictment was the first time the US had charged Russian government officials with cyber crimes, offering the clearest sign yet that Russian intelligence officials are recruiting people to engage in criminal hacking — both for personal financial gain and to spy on targets ranging from Russian journalists to private-sector employees in the American financial and transportation sectors.

From the Department of Justice indictment:

Why this Google engineer gave up on Silicon Valley and moved back to India

By all accounts, including her own, Nupur Dave had the dream life.

A native of India, she had spent the past decade living in the US. She was working at Google at the perk-filled "Googleplex" headquarters in Mountain View, California, at a job she loved. And she had obtained a permanent residence, her green card.

She was a manager for a part of Google called Network Content Distribution, the network tech that makes Google run faster (in geek speak: it's Google's homegrown alternative to a content distribution network like Akamai).

And the opportunities for promotion were plentiful.

"I got to travel all over the world, attend conferences," she told Business Insider."It was great. The team was great. It was really good job."

There was just one problem. She was growing increasingly unhappy with this Silicon Valley dream life.

Expensive and lonely