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Ex-SpaceX and Blue Origin employees just snagged $140 million in funding to 3D-print entire rockets — with help from Jared Leto

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  • Relativity Space is a startup that plans to use giant 3D-printers, called Stargates, to quickly print entire rockets with 99% fewer parts. 
  • The company was founded in December 2015 by two engineers who used to work at SpaceX and Blue Origin. Today they have a head count of 110 people and hundreds of thousands of feet of facilities.
  • On Tuesday, Relativity Space said it’s now “fully funded to orbit” after a massive new Series C investment round of $140 million — including money from Jared Leto.
  • The company says it has now raised $185 million hopes to launch its first commercial Terran 1 rockets around Earth in early 2021.
  • Long-term, Relativity Space sees its Stargate technology fitting inside the cargo bay of rockets built by SpaceX and Elon Musk to assist with construction and repair on the moon, Mars, and beyond.
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Four years ago, the Los Angeles-based rocket startup Relativity Space didn’t exist.

It wasn’t until December 2015 that Tim Ellis, the startup’s CEO and a former Blue Origin rocket-propulsion engineer, and Jordan Noone, the CTO and a former SpaceX employee, put their heads together to build a company to 3D-print rockets and launch them into orbit.

Today, Relativity boasts some impressive statistics: It has 110 workers, roughly 280,000 square feet of workspace, several giant Stargate 3D-printers, and a planned launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s also exploring a second launch site in California.

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An illustration of a Terran-1 rocket by Relativity Space launching from the US Air Force’s Launch Complex 16 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Read more: Defectors from SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Tesla are developing a remarkable technology called ‘Stargate’ to help colonize other planets

But on Tuesday, the company announced perhaps its biggest number yet: a $140 million Series C funding round. The new money boosts Relativity’s total investment to $185 million, the company said.

The funding round, led by Bond and Tribe Capital, attracted cash from scores of new investors, including former Walt Disney executive Michael Ovitz and even Jared Leto. (Yes, the “30 Seconds to Mars” rockstar and Academy Award-winning Joker in “Batman” Jared Leto.)

“He’s actually a very prominent tech investor,” Ellis said. “He’s been involved in a pretty amazing array of iconic technology companies.”

Aside from boosting its investments by 300% in one fell swoop, though, Ellis told Business Insider that, critically, the cash is needed to get Relativity launching  for the first time around early 2021. (A slip from late 2020.)

“The funding round gets us to be fully funded for launching the world’s first fully 3D-printed rocket, Terran 1, to orbit,” Ellis said.

Relativity Space wants to 3D-print rockets to cut their complexity by 99%

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Relativity Space’s rocket factory uses enormous Stargate machines that 3D-print large spaceflight hardware components out of metal.
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Terran 1 is currently planned to be a roughly 95-foot-tall, 10-engine rocket that delivers small to medium satellites and other payloads into space for $10 million a launch. The maximum payload size is still planned to be about 2,750 pounds (1,250 kilograms), or about the mass of a modern Fiat 500 hatchback.

Powering that printing will be a newer, two-times-larger, and smarter generation of Stargate machines, like the one above. These artificially intelligent 3D printers will be used to create out larger structures, such as rocket bodies and fuel tanks, that smaller Stargates can’t handle. 

“These ones? They can go up to 30 feet high,” Ellis said, but he noted that is an artificial limit: “It’s really still limited by the building size. It’s a very scalable architecture.” (Relativity’s new rocket factory, incidentally, maxes out at about that height.)

The next-generation Stargates should also increase the Terran 1 rocket’s payload area, or fairing, from about 6.5 feet (2 meters) in diameter to about 10 feet (3 meters). That may not sound like much, but Ellis said it doubles the volume — and opens up the company to launching a whole new class of customers.

“Now we can serve even larger satellites,” Ellis said. “A lot of satellites in this medium payload class are actually more volume-limited than mass-limited.”

 

The revenue from such missions would, in theory, help fund even farther-out development and attract more investment. Ellis says the Stargate printers should enable Relativity to roll out a new Terran 1 rocket two months after it’s ordered.

“Normally a lead time for producing a rocket is 12-18 months. So this is significantly faster than traditional methods for the production time,” Ellis previously told Business Insider.

Rapid printing also means rapid development, and the streamlining of parts that 3D-printed structures don’t need. Components like nuts, bolts, washers, and so on can be eliminated by new design possibilities, perhaps reducing the total number of parts in a rocket from about 100,000 down to 5,000 or even 1,000, along the way reducing points of failure.

“Sixty days later, we can produce a totally different rocket style,” Ellis previously said.

Relativity’s long-term plan: Ride aboard SpaceX and Blue Origin rockets to the moon and Mars

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An illustration of SpaceX’s planned Starship rocket system lifting off from a Mars city and heading back to Earth.
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For the immediate future, Relativity’s financial gambit is to focus on launching small-to-medium commercial satellites that are too expensive to arrange for flight on larger rockets, or simply take too long to get a spot in a busy launch manifest. To that end, Relativity already has four launch customers lined up.

“We’re proving to people that this is the future and it’s going to happen,” Ellis said. “It’s just fundamentally important that this technology exist, because it’s the way we see the future happen faster, and no one’s really disrupted the core technology stack of aerospace for the last 60 years, and I really believe Terran 1 is doing that.”

In the more distant distant future, though, the company’s founders see their role as a service provider in the cargo holds of SpaceX’s planned Starship rocket system, Blue Origin’s New Glenn or New Armstrong rockets, or anyone or anything else that’s able and willing to fly to the moon and Mars.

Read more: Elon Musk says SpaceX could land on the moon in 2 years. A NASA executive says ‘we’ll partner with them, and we’ll get there faster’ if the company can pull it off.

Ellis envisions Stargate-like factories that fly to other worlds to print everything from replacement rocket parts to human habitats and anything else a person or colony 140 million miles from Earth might need to survive — or just want.

“What do you need to make on another planet? We think there needs to be another company focused on this piece of the puzzle,” Ellis previously said. “I would love to launch our factory to Mars, and then figure out how to scale and sustain that society very quickly.”

Read Relativity Space’s press release on the funding round below.

Relativity Series C Press Release (PDF)

Relativity Series C Press Release (Text)

This story has been updated.

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‘Is my iPhone under warranty?’: How to check if your iPhone is still eligible for Apple’s warranty status

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A new iPhone is under warranty for a limited amount of time. Here’s how to find out if your iPhone is still eligible for Apple’s warranty status.
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  • You can check if your iPhone is under warranty by entering your phone’s serial number into Apple’s warranty tracker.
  • Apple’s standard iPhone warranty includes one year of eligible hardware repairs and 90 days of free technical support by phone.
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When you purchase a new iPhone, your device comes with a limited warranty that covers eligible hardware repairs for one year, and provides free technical support by phone for 90 days.

But you may not remember the exact date when you purchased your iPhone, and whether or not it’s still under warranty.

To help you with this, Apple has a painless solution. Here’s how you can find out in just a few steps.

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How to check if your iPhone is under warranty

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General.”

3. Tap “About.” On the About page, you should see your serial number as the fifth item listed.

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Find your Serial Number in the About page.
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4. Press down and hold your finger over the serial number.

5. Once the “Copy” bubble pops up, tap on it to copy your serial number.

6. Open up your preferred browser and go to Apple’s warranty tracker. 

7. Tap the text box located under “Enter your serial number.”

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This text box is where you’ll enter your serial number.
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8. Double tap the text box and a “Paste” bubble should pop up. Tap on it to paste your serial number into the text box.

9. Type the security code into the text box under “Please enter the code” and then click “Continue.”

10. You’ll be taken to a new page that will tell you if your iPhone is still covered by Apple’s limited warranty program and if you still have telephone support.

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Once you’ve entered the requested information, you’ll be able to see if your iPhone is still under warranty and if you’re eligible for free technical support.
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  • How to record a phone call on your iPhone using third-party apps

  • How to manually update the carrier settings on your iPhone to improve its performance and cellular connection


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Verizon has sold mapping service MapQuest as the telecom giant continues to trim its media investments

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  • Verizon has sold the 13-year-old MapQuest for an undisclosed price to the ad-tech firm System1. The sale of MapQuest was not material enough for Verizon to file paperwork.
  • The telecom company inherited MapQuest as part of its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL in 2015. 
  • In August, Verizon sold the blogging platform Tumblr to Automattic Inc., which owns WordPress.
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Verizon has sold MapQuest as the telecom company continues to shed parts of its media business.

Verizon has sold off MapQuest to the Venice, California-based ad-tech firm System1 for an undisclosed amount. Verizon acquired MapQuest through its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL in 2015, and AOL acquired the company for $1.1 billion in 1999. Verizon said it did not file paperwork on the sale because the sale amount was not material.

System1 helps advertisers acquire users through search platforms like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, according to the company’s website. The 6-year-old company has raised $270 million.

According to Verizon, System1 is acquiring MapQuest’s website, mobile apps, and enterprise business from Verizon’s location-technology arm. Verizon said it would still be involved in MapQuest by creating location products and providing some technical support for the mapping site, a Verizon spokeswoman said.

“We believe this is a great opportunity for the MapQuest brand, the first digital mapping site on the internet, and the millions of consumers who rely on it every day,” Verizon said in a statement. “System1 plans to position, foster and grow the MapQuest brand as a more private alternative to other consumer mapping applications.”

In November, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg reorganized the company into three groups: Verizon Consumer Group, Verizon Business Group, and Verizon Media Group. Then in December, Verizon disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it planned to write down the value of Oath by $4.6 billion.

Read more:Verizon will write down $4.6 billion in value of Oath, the unit that combined AOL and Yahoo assets

Verizon owns HuffPost, TechCrunch, Yahoo, and Build. Verizon recently sold the blogging website Tumblr to WordPress owner Automattic Inc. for less than $20 million, according to Axios.

MapQuest has an advertising business but faces competition from Google and Apple

MapQuest says it reaches 38 million monthly unique users. Advertisers can buy display ads, sponsored routes, and map layers that overlay ads on top of the site’s mapping technology. On Tuesday morning, Comfort Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn were running ads on MapQuest’s website that directed consumers to nearby hotels in New York.

Ads for Comfort Inn & Suites on MapQuest

Ads for Comfort Inn & Suites on MapQuest.
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MapQuest has for years faced big competition from Google Maps and Apple Maps, which are built into Android and iPhone smartphones, respectively. In 2015, MapQuest said it had 40 million monthly users and be profitable, The Washington Post reported.

“It has to be a distraction — there’s no growth in there,” an advertising executive close to the MapQuest sale said.

According to a recent note by the RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney, Google Maps is becoming a bigger moneymaker for Google, in addition to its core search and YouTube advertising business. Mahaney estimated Google Maps would add $1.9 billion to $3.6 billion to Google’s revenue by 2021.

Read more:Here’s why one of Wall Street’s most well-known internet analysts says Google Maps is set to add billions to Alphabet’s topline

Mahaney also wrote that Google controls 80% of the navigation-app market, between Google Maps and its driving app Waze. Google Maps controls 67% of the market, while Waze controls 12% of the market, and MapQuest controls 8%.


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Peter Thiel’s venture fund just announced Hereticon, a conference for ‘troublemakers’ to discuss immortality, doomsday prepping, and UFOs

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  • On Tuesday, Founders Fundannounced Hereticon, a conference in New Orleans for “dissenting thinkers.” The conference will run for three days in May 2020, according to a blog post announcing the news.
  • The conference will include discussions on topics that would be “banned from other conferences,” such as immortality, doomsday preparation, biological modification, UFOs, and drag culture, according to the post.
  • Founders Fund says that Hereticon will welcome speakers that have been banned from other tech conferences.
  • As the founder of Founders Fund, Peter Thiel is one of the most controversial venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, and one of the industry’s most vocal Trump supporters. 
  • Founders Fund vice president Michael Solana told Business Insider that “We believe dissent is essential to human progress and hope Hereticon will spark important conversations within our community and beyond — that’s really the only goal.”

Ever wanted to learn about immortality or UFOs from Facebook board member Peter Thiel? You may just be in luck.

On Tuesday, Thiel’s venture firm Founders Fundannounced Hereticon, a conference for “ideological outcasts.” The conference will run for three days in May 2020 in New Orleans at an undetermined location, according to a blog post announcing the news.

“We believe dissent is essential to human progress and hope Hereticon will spark important conversations within our community and beyond — that’s really the only goal,” Founders Fund vice president Michael Solana told Business Insider over email.

Read More:Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund is making its first cybersecurity investment in a $37 million deal with 2 former Air Force pilots

The post lists a range of topics up for discussion, including immortality, doomsday preparation, biological modification, UFOs, and drag culture, among others. The form linked at the bottom of the post allows those interested to submit any topics or ideas they would also like to discuss if outside the already lengthy list outlined in the post.

“After dark, on the top floor of our hotel, in a hidden room plastered in newspaper clippings of sightings and secret bases, there may be a talk or two on UFOs and literally a séance. Let’s get weird,” Solana wrote in the post.

Worth noting is Thiel’s reputation in Silicon Valley, where he’s known as a contrarian and an iconoclast. Thiel is one of the most vocal supporters of President Trump in Silicon Valley, historically a liberal enclave. He’s also been known to use controversial blood transfusion therapies in pursuit of his dream of living forever. 

Hereticon will welcome intellectuals from all walks of life that have been banned from other conferences, the post says. The announcement invokes thinkers like Galileo and Jesus Christ, saying that without dissent, growth is all but impossible.

“But while our culture is fascinated by the righteousness of our historical heretics, it is obsessed with the destruction of the heretics among us today,” Solana writes in the blog post. 

Founders Fund is reportedly an investor in some of the controversial industries that leave more traditional investors hesitant, including a cybersecurity startup and Palmer Luckey’s secretive digital border wall startup Anduril. 

“A world without heretics is a world in decline, and in a declining civilization everything we value, from science and technology to prosperity and freedom, is in jeopardy,” the post concludes.


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Silicon Valley’s top VCs are convening a special ‘summit’ after recent IPO failures

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  • Silicon Valley investors and executives are holding a big summit to explore alternatives to Wall Street’s system for initial public offerings, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
  • The summit will examine the system in place for IPOs which is based largely on rules set by the financial industry and run largely by underwriters. 
  • The gathering will look into alternative processes, including the use of direct listings based on cutting-edge software algorithms.
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Prominent Silicon Valley investors and executives, fed up with recent initial public offering fumbles, are holding a big meeting to explore alternatives to Wall Street-style IPOs, a Bloomberg report said Tuesday.

The Silicon Valley summit features major venture capitalists, executives and other leading tech figures, including author Michael Lewis, will examine the prevailing system for IPOs which is based largely on rules set by the financial industry and dominated by underwriters.

The gathering will explore alternative systems, including the use of direct listings based on cutting-edge software algorithms.

“I’m not anti-banker, I’m pro-algorithm,” Bill Gurley, general partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm, and one of the summit organizers, said in the report.

Gurley also said humans have been systematically “mispricing” IPOs for decades, the report said. 

Sequoia Capital’s Mike Moritz has been trying to highlight the advantages of direct listings, in which computer systems would play a key role in shifting privately held shares to the public markets, according to the report. Under this system, banks would not be able to purchase giant blocks of stock which they typically parcel out to clients at a single price.

The report also said Gurley cited research by Jay Ritter, a professor at the University of Florida, who found that startups are usually significant underpriced in IPOs underwritten by Wall Street firms.

The Silicon Valley investors and executives are holding the summit following a series of disappointing IPOs and IPO filings, highlighted by the aborted offering from WeWork.

The flexible-office-space company shelved its IPO amid growing concerns about its financials, its strategy and the ability of then-CEO Adam Neumann to lead the company.

Other startups that recently went public also had disappointing debuts. Peloton, the connected-fitness company, saw its shares slid 11% on its first day of trading last week. 

Shares of the ride-hailing giant, Uber, slipped more than 7% when it went public in May, and have shed about 30% since then. Shares of rival Lyft have fallen more than 40% since the company went public in April.

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How to change the icon size of your files, folders, or applications on a Windows 10 computer

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To change the icon size of files in Windows 10, you’ll need to use the View menu in your files program.
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  • It’s easy to change the size of your icons in Windows 10 if you’re having trouble seeing them, or if they’re too large.
  • In Windows 10, icons are the items you click on to open different programs and files. They’re usually a small picture with the title of the file beneath them.
  • Making icons smaller allows you to fit more icons on a page, and changing them to be bigger makes them easier to see.
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If you’re looking at a large page of text documents on your Windows PC, you might want to make your file icons smaller to fit as many titles in the window as possible. If you want to look through an SD card of pictures, however, you’ll want big icons to see what each picture looks like.

In either case, you’ll probably want to change the size of your icons, which are the small pictures or graphics that accompany every file and program.

Windows 10 makes it easy to make the icons in a folder larger or smaller.

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How to change icon size on a Windows 10 computer

First of all, note that changing the icon size of files in a folder changes the size of all the icons in that folder. It doesn’t change the icon sizes in other folders.

1. Use the File Explorer to navigate to the folder you want to change icon sizes in. Using the top toolbar, click “View.”

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You’ll find a variety of size and ordering options for the files in the folder.
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2. Below the “View” tab, there will be a small sub-window with options like “Extra large icons,” “Small icons,” “Tiles,” and more.

3. You can change your icon sizes by clicking on the different options. You can hover your mouse over the different options to preview them.

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Making the folder icons larger in Windows 10 also shows previews of their contents.
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4. Alternatively, you can hold the Ctrl key while scrolling up or down with your mouse to change between these options, even without opening the View menu. Scrolling up will make the icons larger, and down will make them smaller.

The “Details” and “Content” options will sort your files into a single vertical column, while “Tiles,” “List,” and all “Icons” options will sort them into multiple columns.

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  • How to speed up your Windows 10 computer in 7 different ways

  • How to find your stored Wi-Fi passwords on a Windows 10 computer, and use them to connect another device

  • How to properly uninstall programs on Windows 10, to protect your computer and free up space


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The new interim CEO of MoviePass’ owner had deep ties to an Indian company accused of massive fraud

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  • Helios and Matheson Analytics, the parent company of defunct movie-ticket-subscription service MoviePass, has named a new interim CEO: Parthasarathy “Pat” Krishnan.
  • Krishnan had deep ties to Helios and Matheson Analytics’ former parent company, Helios and Matheson Information Technology (HMIT), which has been accused of massive fraud in India.
  • Krishnan served as CTO of HMIT from 2006 to 2013, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He wasn’t formally named or accused in HMIT’s legal proceedings. 
  • Helios and Matheson Analytics’ (HMNY) previous CEO, Ted Farnsworth, had worked to distance the company from its former Indian parent.

Last month, penny-stock guru Ted Farnsworth stepped down as the CEO of Helios and Matheson Analytics, the parent company of MoviePass, so he could make a bid for the defunct movie-ticket-subscription service after turning it into a cash-burning machine.

Now another controversial CEO has taken the reins.

Last week, Helios and Matheson (HMNY) appointed a new interim CEO, Parthasarathy “Pat” Krishnan, an executive with deep ties to its former parent company, Helios and Matheson Information Technology (HMIT), which has been accused of massive fraud in India. Krishnan was not personally accused of fraud.

Krishnan’s involvement in Helios and Matheson predates the Farnsworth era by a decade.

Krishnan came to HMIT in 2004 when the Indian tech company bought Maruthi Consulting, the California-based consulting firm he cofounded. Krishnan served as CTO of HMIT from 2006 to 2013, and then as CEO of HMNY from April 2016 to January 2017, when Farnsworth took over, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Though Farnsworth tried to distance Helios and Matheson in New York (HMNY) from Helios and Matheson in India (HMIT) in statements to Business Insider last year, Krishnan is a point of continuity between the two. He served as chief innovation officer during Farnsworth’s tenure as CEO of the New York company.

Read moreIf you’re laughing at the death of MoviePass, you probably aren’t paying close enough attention

There’s a good reason Farnsworth might have wanted to minimize the connection.

In India, HMIT was accused of defrauding thousands of creditors, including banks and senior citizens, as Business Insider reported last year. In 2016, a judge in Chennai ordered the liquidation of HMIT and its assets to pay back creditors. Since the liquidation order in 2016 — which was temporarily stayed — the various legal cases and investigations have dragged slowly through different venues in India and have still not concluded.

Krishnan wasn’t personally named or accused of fraud in the legal proceedings. Still, Maruthi Consulting, the US-based firm Krishnan cofounded, was referenced in HMIT’s legal drama in India last year. In a March 2018 complaint to India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, the State Bank of India accused HMIT of using Maruthi Consulting to siphon money out of India with the “evil intention of defrauding our bank.”

Though HMIT’s stake in HMNY has dwindled since 2016 because of dilution — due to HMNY issuing millions of new shares to cover MoviePass’ losses — the company’s former CTO is now back at the helm of the MoviePass owner.

Krishnan and Helios and Matheson Analytics did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Business Insider.


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I don’t have a baby, so I tested a smart baby monitor by watching my pet hedgehog all night — here’s what I discovered

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I tested out a smart baby monitor on my hedgehog, Lola. Here she is after a bath.
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  • Smart baby monitors are increasingly becoming a must-have item for parents of young children.
  • I, however, do not have any children, so I usually disregard pitches I get claiming that some monitor is disrupting the industry.
  • But I realized after a while I do have a use for a smart baby monitor: my pet hedgehog, Lola, is nocturnal. I decided to try the Summer Baby Pixel Zoom HD 5-inch Video Monitor to see if it worked for pet-tracking.
  • It was a great way to keep an eye on her at night, when she’s most active. 
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Not long after starting at Business Insider, I noticed that I was getting a weirdly high number of pitches about covering baby monitors. Did I accidentally get put on the wrong list? Were they confusing me with someone else? I don’t know, but I thought I knew of at least one use for a baby monitor, if my editors would go for it.

My hedgehog, Lola, is like a baby in the sense that she is often cranky, and we maintain different sleep schedules. I don’t strictly need to have a camera trained on her at night, but it had a strong possibility of being cute, so I went for it.

Hedgehogs are nocturnal, so I wanted a baby monitor capable of taking high-quality images in low light. This is especially important because Lola won’t really wake up and do all her nighttime activities until it’s almost pitch-black in my room. Once it is dark enough for her, she gets up almost immediately. Most nights, I close my curtains and turn off the lights, and hear her crunching on her food within minutes. Then, the rest of the night she alternates between running on her wheel (a hilarious sight), eating, drinking, and sleeping — the good life, basically.

It’s surprisingly hard to get look at Lola on her wheel — as soon as there’s even a little bit of light, or she hears you come by her cage, she freezes or runs to hide in her igloo.

To keep an eye on Lola at night, I requested a review model of the Summer Baby Pixel Zoom HD, and mounted it to the side of her cage. This model comes with some pretty cool features that I was excited to try: 

  • Remote steering, up to 300 degrees left and right and 125 degrees up and down
  • SleepZone virtual boundary — you can set a boundary around a certain area and get an alert if your baby (hedgehog) moves outside the area
  • Two-way talk back and lullabies, meaning I can start talking to her and watch her freeze on her wheel
  • Moonlite night vision, which can temporarily illuminate the camera.

Here are the results. 


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How to check your heart rate on an Apple Watch in 3 different ways

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It’s easy to check your heart rate on an Apple Watch when you’re exercising or resting.
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  • You can check your heart rate on an Apple Watch in a few different ways. 
  • It’s easy to check your heart rate on an Apple Watch with the Heart Rate app, which keeps track of your average, resting, and current heart rate.  
  • When you’re exercising, you can also check your heart rate in the Workout app.  
  • To see a graphical history of your heart rate, you can open the Health app on your iPhone. 
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The Apple Watch has a built-in heart rate monitor that measures your heart rate often throughout the day, and also monitors your heart more frequently when you are exercising. 

You can see your heart rate information at any time on an Apple Watch. Here’s how to do it.  

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How to check your heart rate on an Apple Watch

You can instantly see your heart rate at any time by opening the Heart Rate app.

1. Press the Digital Crown and tap the Heart Rate app, which looks like a heart on a red background.

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The Heart Rate app looks like a heart on a red background.
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2. When the app starts, you can see the most recent heart rate reading, which should have been taken in the last 10 minutes. 

3. Wait a moment for a new reading to be taken and displayed.

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Start the Heart Rate app to see your current heart rate, along with your resting and walking rates.
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4. Use the digital crown or your finger to scroll through three different heart rate values: your current heart rate, your resting heart rate, and your average while walking. 

You can also quickly open the Heart Rate app by tapping the Heart Rate complication on any watch face that has the complication (which looks like a heart) configured. 

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Many watch faces have the Heart Rate complication built in.
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If you don’t see any heart rate data, it might be disabled on your Watch. 

To turn it on, open the Watch app on your iPhone. Tap “My Watch” and then tap “Privacy.” Turn on “Heart Rate” by swiping the button to the right. 

How to check your heart rate on an Apple Watch during a workout

When you are exercising, your Apple Watch should recognize the workout automatically and start the Workout app. You can also open the Workout app and start an exercise manually. 

Read more:How to start a workout on your Apple Watch in 2 different ways

In the app, you can see a “multiple metric” view that includes information appropriate to that workout, such as elapsed time, place, distance traveled, and heart rate. 

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You can see your heart rate during a workout.
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Most, but not all, workouts track heart rate. You may customize the multiple metric view to add (or remove) heart rate if you desire.

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Tap “My Watch” at the bottom of the screen and then tap “Workout.”

3. Tap “Workout View.”

4. Choose the workout you want to edit.

5. Tap “Edit” at the top right of the screen. 

6. If you want to include Heart Rate in the displayed metrics, you might need to remove an existing metric. Drag one down to the Do Not Include section and then drag “Heart Rate” to the Metrics section. 

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You can rearrange the metrics in a workout display, including Heart Rate.
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How to see a graph of your heart rate data

1. Open the Health app on your iPhone.

2. Tap “Browse” at the bottom of the screen if your phone is running iOS 13 or later, or tap “Health Data” if you have an earlier iOS. 

3. Tap “Heart.”

4. Tap “Heart Rate” to see a graphical history of your heart rate. You can change the time period and swipe to go back in time. You can get similar data for your walking and resting heart rate as well. 

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The Health app keeps a history of your heart rate.
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How to start a workout on your Apple Watch in 2 different ways

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It’s easy to start a workout on your Apple Watch, and it can usually be done automatically.
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  • You can start a workout on an Apple Watch in two different ways. 
  • The Apple Watch can sense many types of exercise, and if you begin working out, your Apple Watch should automatically display a reminder to begin tracking your workout.  
  • You can also start a workout manually in the Workout app, and set specific goals for duration, distance, calories burned, and more. 
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Apple has positioned the Apple Watch as a health and fitness device, so it’s no surprise that it puts a lot of emphasis on exercise. 

Many of the key features on your Apple Watch are geared towards working out, such as the activity goals that track exercise, walking, and standing time. 

In addition, the Workouts app can be quite helpful for your exercise sessions — here’s how to use it. 

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How to start a workout on an Apple Watch automatically

The good news is that in many cases, you don’t need to do much to start a workout on your Apple Watch.  

If you don’t start the Workout app manually, but simply start exercising, your Apple Watch should notice and remind you to start tracking the exercise on its own. 

According to Apple, your Apple Watch can sense the following kinds of exercise:

  • Indoor Walk
  • Outdoor Walk
  • Indoor Run
  • Outdoor Run
  • Elliptical
  • Rower
  • Pool Swim
  • Open Water Swim

After a few minutes of performing any of these exercises, your watch should display a reminder to begin tracking this exercise. When you see the message, tap “Record Workout.”

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If you start exercising, your Apple Watch should notice and offer to start tracking the workout.
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Likewise, when you stop exercising, the watch will ask if you are done and stop tracking the workout. 

The amount of time it takes the Apple Watch to remind you to start and stop the workout varies, but is generally within a few minutes. 

Even if you don’t get a reminder to start the exercise for several minutes, don’t worry: the watch has been tracking the exercise from the start and you should get credit for the full workout. 

How to start a workout on an Apple Watch manually

You can also start a workout manually, and specify a goal for the exercise before you begin.

1. Press the Digital Crown to see the list of apps and start the Workout app, which looks like a person running on a green background.

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Start the Workout app to choose an exercise and specify a goal for the session.
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2. Find the exercise you want to perform.

3. If you want to start the exercise immediately, tap it. If you want to specify a goal for the workout, tap the three dots. 

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Tap an exercise to begin immediately or tap the three dots to choose a goal.
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4. On the goals page, tap the kind of goal you want and use the controls to set one for duration, distance, or calories burned. Then tap “Start.”

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You can specify a goal for the exercise, like distance, duration, or calories burned.
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5. When the workout is done, swipe to the right to open the Workout Options page, and tap “End.”

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On the Workout Options page, you can pause or end the workout, or tap “New” to change the workout to a different exercise.
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