Why you should never keep chocolate in the fridge, according to three-Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse
- It turns out I've been doing it all wrong, though, according to three-Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse who just opened a chocolate shop in London.
- After opening more than 40 restaurants across seven countries and three continents, Ducasse decided to get in on the chocolate business.
- Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse in London is the chef's 10th chocolate outpost, including a factory in Paris where the goods are made.
- Since I have no Michelin stars, no chocolate shops, and no chocolate factories, I decided to hear him out.
- Damien Couliou, Managing Director of Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse in London, explained why room temperature was optimum for chocolate consumption.
- So there you are — if you want your chocolate to remain the colour you bought it, keep it out of the fridge and in your cupboard, and make sure you consume within a month.
The gunman at the centre of a mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois, was about to lose his job before he opened fire
- The gunman at the centre of a mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois, was about to lose his job before he opened fire on his colleagues.
- Five people were killed and five police officers were injured in the incident on Friday at the Henry Pratt Company industrial warehouse, while the shooter Gary Martin was also killed by law enforcement.
- Late on Friday, Aurora police chief Kristen Ziman told media that Martin, 45, was going to be dismissed from his job on the day of the attack.
- Ziman added that the five people killed were employees of the Henry Pratt Company.
- When confronted by police, Martin opened fire on them, injuring five officers.
- All five injured police officers were transported to local hospitals.
- Police received an active-shooter alert Friday afternoon around 1:24 p.m. local time, Ziman said.
- "Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois.
Here's why Conservative MPs now believe Theresa May's Brexit deal will pass
- Members of this group expect growing numbers of Conservative MPs to ultimately back the prime minister's deal in the coming weeks.
- The "Cooper amendment" — an earlier form of which was only narrowly defeated in January — seeks to force the prime minister to put the option of delaying Brexit before the House of Commons in order to prevent the immediate threat of a no-deal Brexit.
- With just weeks to go until the Article 50 process comes to an end, the chances of the amendment tabled by Labour MP Yvette Cooper passing look high.
- Fourteen Labour MPs, including eight shadow ministers, already defied the party whip in January to vote with the government against the Cooper amendment which could have resulted in an Article 50 extension, fearful it would be seen as an effort to frustrate Brexit.
China is closing its Everest base camp to tourists after more than 300 tonnes of trash was removed from the mountain last year
- China has closed its side of Mount Everest's base camp, a site visited by tens of thousands of people each year, to tourists as trash piles up on the mountain, according to state media.
- People with climbing permits will still be allowed to visit the site, state outlet Xinhua reported.
- But Chinese authorities announced in January that they would only issue 300 permits a year in a bid to deal with escalating piles of trash on the mountain.
- In 2015, the most recent year in which there are figures available, 40,000 people visited the China-controlled base camp, which is in Tibet, the BBC reported, citing figures from the Chinese Mountaineering Association.
- Climbers will also "be required to carry out all their waste with them" in a bid to keep the mountain cleaner, Ci Luo, the director of the Chinese Mountaineering Association, said, The Telegraph reported.
A short trip to India showed me just how badly Apple is screwing up in the world's biggest democracy
- Not so in India, where Apple has a market share of less than 3%, beaten out by Chinese brands few in the UK have heard of.
- You can see that Indians, on average, have much less to spend on fripperies like the iPhone than people who live in the UK or the US.
- The one person I met who owned an iPhone in India was a wealthy man who runs his own business, lives in a large apartment, and drives a 4x4, probably putting him in the top percentile of that Credit Suisse graph.
- When I visited Kolkata, a less wealthy city than Pune, I was told the most popular phone was the Xiaomi Mi5, a well-reviewed smartphone that costs about a third of the price of an iPhone.
- When I visited Pune's Phoenix Mall, I noticed OnePlus had a large, spacious and suspiciously Apple-like shop.
How crowdsourcing shipping through technology will make last mile delivery cheaper
- Like Uber and other ride hailing apps, a number of crowdsourced delivery solutions have been cropping up over the past few years to ease these pains by connecting customers directly with local couriers.
- The crowdsourcing model is already popular among meal and grocery delivery and, seeing the success of startups like Uber, Airbnb, and GrubHub, e-commerce retailers are now eyeing it to fulfill their online orders.
- Launched in 2015 and piloted in Seattle, Amazon Flex lets customers order and receive packages through its on-demand delivery service, Prime Now, which guarantees free one- and two-hour deliveries.
- Deliv is a general use last mile solution offering same-day service to over 4,000 omnichannel businesses in 35 cities across the country.
- Rather than just fulfilling ad hoc deliveries for consumers, Deliv seeks to be a long-term business partner solving companies' last mile problem — evidenced by its breakdown into Deliv Small Business, Deliv Enterprise, and Deliv Fresh for groceries.
BIG TECH IN HEALTHCARE: How Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are shaking up healthcare — and what it means for the future of the industry
- The potential for tech-led digital health initiatives to help healthcare providers and insurers deliver safer, more efficient, and cost-effective care is significant.
- For healthcare organizations of all types, the collection, analyses, and application of patient data can minimize avoidable service use, improve health outcomes, and promote patient independence, which can assuage swelling costs.
- For their part, the "Big Four" tech companies — Google-parent Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft — see an opportunity to tap into the lucrative health market.
- In The Big Tech in Healthcare Report, Business Insider Intelligence explores the key strengths and offerings the Big Four will bring to the healthcare industry, as well as their approaches into the market.
- The companies included in this report are: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, FitBit, MyFitnessPal, Verily Life Sciences, Calico, DeepMind, Merck, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase, Retail Pharmaceuticals, PillPack, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, John Hancock.
THE IDENTITY VERIFICATION IN BANKING REPORT: How banks should use new authentication methods to boost conversions and keep their customers loyal
- The way incumbent banks onboard and verify the identities of their customers online is inconvenient and insecure, resulting in lowered customer satisfaction and loyalty, and security breaches leading to compensation payouts and legal costs.
- The problem stems from the very strict verification standards and high noncompliance fines that banks are subject to, which have led them to prioritize stringency over user experience in verification.
- But banks can't afford to prioritize stringent verification at the cost of user experience anymore.
- If banks manage to do this, the result will be happier and more loyal customers; higher client retention and revenue; and less spending on redundant checks, compensation for breaches, and regulatory fines.
- So, if banks figure out how to successfully digitize customer identification, this could help them not only boost revenue and cut costs, but secure a place for themselves in an emerging platform economy, where online identities will be key to carrying out transactions.
CREDIT SUISSE: Here's why investors shouldn't assume China's economy is already recovering
- Credit Suisse analyst Andrew Garthwaite says signs of Chinese economic growth could be a fake-out.
- While he's seen big rallies in areas like emerging-market indexes and mining companies, he argues that the Chinese government hasn't yet added enough stimulus to the economy to loosen credit conditions.
- Garthwaite isn't going so far as to bet against a recovery, but he says stocks that are tightly linked to China's economy have climbed too quickly, which means the rally might be premature.
- At the same time, China was forced to tighten credit conditions as the government made big changes to the financial system and tried to handle its debts.
- Then, as last year's slowdown got more severe, the government in Beijing relaxed lending standards to boost growth again.
Here's what we know about Gary Martin, suspected of killing 5 civilians and injuring 5 police officers in Aurora
- The suspected gunman from the shooting at an manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday afternoon has been identified as Gary Martin, a 45-year-old former employee of the Henry Pratt Company.
- Five employees were killed and five police officers were injured in the shooting.
- Martin was killed during the incident.
- Police officers received an active-shooter alert Friday afternoon around 1:24 p.m. local time and arrived on the scene within four minutes.
- All five police officers received "non life-threatening" injuries and were transported to local hospitals.
- Two of officers were later air-lifted to Chicago-area trauma centers.
- A sixth officer was being treated with a knee injury.