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Bill Gates once thought meditation was a 'woo-woo thing.' Now he meditates up to 3 times per week.

In a recent blog post, Bill Gates said he and his wife, Melinda, enjoy meditating together. Gates was inspired to meditate after reading the work of Andy Puddicombe, the co-founder of the popular meditation app Headspace. While Gates once dismissed the practice, he now sees it as an important tool for improving his focus.

Bill Gates once gave up all TV and music in an attempt to improve his focus. Now he meditates instead.

In a recent blog post discussing his favorite books of the year, Gates said that both he and his wife Melinda enjoy sitting down to meditate — but on comfortable chairs instead of floor mats. 

"There's no way I could do the lotus position," he said.

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The best standing desks for your home or office
Posted December 3, 2018 0:34 AM
The best standing desks for your home or office

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The health benefits of sitting less during the day are too great to ignore, but with the number of standing desks available, it can be hard to know which desks are a quality investment, and which ones should be avoided.

With its stability, smooth height adjustment, and solid warranty the


A note handwritten by Steve Jobs about how the first Apple computer was 'a real deal' at $75 has been unearthed (AAPL)

A spec sheet for Apple's first computer handwritten by Steve Jobs has been unearthed and is up for auction. It's expected to fetch up to $60,000. It advertised an Apple-1 computer board for $75. "A real deal," Jobs wrote on the page. 

A piece of computer history is up for auction.

Bonhams is currently auctioning a yellowed spec sheet and two polaroids from the late '70s for as much as $60,000. 

The reason why these old papers could sell for such a rich sum? The spec sheet is handwritten by Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, and it advertised one of Apple's first computers for $75.

"A real deal," according to the spec sheet. (Working Apple-1 computers now sell for


'Siloed companies weren't working': DDB's Wendy Clark says the ad agency of the future needs to be more flexible

DDB's Wendy Clark said old-style advertising may be dead, but the medium has to evolve. Advertising today needs to adapt to be wherever consumers are, she said. Clark said focusing on building bespoke approaches for clients is the best way for agencies to survive.

At a time when people are tuning out advertising and agencies are facing competition from all sides, agencies have to adapt to stay relevant. To Wendy Clark, the first female global CEO of Omnicom Group’s DDB, the agency of the future has to be more like flexible bamboo than unbending oak to survive.

The traditional TV ad that’s pushed out to people whether they want to see them or not may be dead, but advertising itself is changing to reflect the broad canvas that it shows up on, Clark said in a conversation with Business Insider senior reporter Tanya Dua at Business Insider's Ignition conference in New York on Monday.


'Fortnite''s biggest competitor was just named Best Game of 2018 on Google Play

"PUBG Mobile" has been named Google Play's Best Game of 2018 and Fan Favorite Game of 2018. "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" is a battle-royale shooter and helped inspire "Fortnite: Battle Royale" and the Blackout mode in "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4." "PUBG Mobile" is free on Google Play, while the versions on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC are $29.99.

Google Play has released its Best of 2018 list, and battle-royale shooter "PUBG Mobile" tops the list as both Best Game and Fan Favorite Game.

As the name suggests, "PUBG Mobile" is the mobile version of


Slack cofounder Cal Henderson says having Microsoft become your top competitor is like when 'you slowly boil a frog' (MSFT)

Workplace messaging app Slack was only founded nine years ago, but it has exploded in popularity to become a $7 billion company that Microsoft sees as a threat. As Slack grows, Microsoft has been trying to up its own office messaging game with Microsoft Teams. "The whole experience over the last few years has been like when you slowly boil a frog," Slack CTO and cofounder Cal Henderson.

Slack, a $7 billion workplace messaging company founded nine years ago, now has the trillion-dollar Microsoft as its biggest competitor. And it's not a one-way street -- Microsoft sees Slack as a threat.

This didn't happen overnight, Slack CTO and cofounder Cal Henderson said Monday at Business Insider's Ignition conference in New York.


Leaked documents reveal Tesla had an aggressive production ramp for its Model Y — but the company says that its plans have changed (TSLA)

Internal documents seen by Business Insider reveal that Tesla had plans to build its next new vehicle, the Model Y SUV crossover, at its Nevada Gigafactory and its yet-to-be-built factory in China.  According to the documents, which were sent before the company's earnings call in October, the company had planned to ramp both factory's Model Y production lines up to 7,000 and 5,000 cars, respectively, by early 2021. The Model Y, which will be built on the Model 3 platform, was slated to have a third row of seats, an IP Riser, and a center consul riser, according to the documents.  A Tesla spokesperson told Business Insider that the timeline and information in the d...

Watch live as SpaceX launches a fleet of more than 5 dozen satellites on a twice-used rocket

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try to launch its next space mission on Monday. The mission, called SSO-A, aims to send up 64 small satellites into orbit on a single Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX's live webcast of the launch will begin shortly after 1:15 p.m. EST on Wednesday.

SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, is about to make history by launching more satellites at once from the US than any company before it.

Around 1:32 p.m. EST on Monday, SpaceX plans to launch a


The top 7 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider the most in-demand TV shows on streaming services. This week includes Netflix's British series "The Last Kingdom" and the recently canceled Marvel series, "Daredevil."

 

"Daredevil" remains in demand with audiences after Netflix canceled the Marvel series last week. 

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the seven most "in-demand" TV shows on streaming services. The data is based on "


AOL founder Steve Case is making a bold bet on companies from the Midwest — and he says it's a lot like the early bet he made on the internet

At Business Insider's Ignition conference, AOL founder Steve Case explained why he's bullish on the Midwest. Case recently launched a $150 million "Rise of the Rest" fund to spur innovation in cities beyond tech hubs like Silicon Valley and New York. Case compared his bets on Midwestern companies to his belief in the internet in the early '80s.

AOL founder Steve Case is making bold bets on companies from the Midwest.

In a conversation with Business Insider reporter Richard Feloni at