British Airways’ new electric robot has slashed pushback delays by 54% at one of the world's busiest airports — we used it to move a 130-ton airplane
- British Airways (BA) invited Business Insider to test out its brand-new pushback machine that can move airplanes weighing up to 130 tons.
- The mototok, an electric device that has been in use exclusively by British Airways since 2017, has helped reduce pushback delays at London Heathrow, one of the world's busiest airports, by up to 54%, according to the carrier.
- BA owns two different-sized mototoks: a smaller machine called the SPACER 8600 that can push up to 90 tons and a larger version called the SPACER 195 that can move up to 195 tons.
- The smaller SPACER 8600 is currently in full operation within Heathrow Terminal 5A, which has 28 mototok machines at docking stations.
- The larger machine is still in a testing phase, but BA hopes to have it operating on passenger-carrying flights by 2019.
The CEO of the $8 billion company that escaped Dell's grasp says that Michael Dell is 'cheering us on'
- On stage at the Fortune Brainstorm conference in Aspen, Colorado on Monday, Gelsinger was asked about the deal with Dell Technologies, which holds a controlling stake in VMware, and which was considering a reverse-merger that would see Dell go public by gobbling up the company.
- Gelsinger explained that shareholders are happy because all of them got a special dividend in Dell's ultimate deal, and because the cloud of uncertainty over the future of VMware is lifted.
- The concept of Dell pulling off its reverse-merger with VMware was largely derided by shareholders, Wall Street analysts, and pretty much everyone else with any skin in the game.
- VMware agreed to pay for the deal with the $11 billion special dividend to shareholders that Gelsinger referred to.
- There were questions over if Gelsinger would have stayed at VMware if it ceased to be an independent, public company.
Amazon is giving Prime members up to $30 in free cash for shopping at Whole Foods
- Amazon's biggest shopping holiday of the year, Prime Day, is extending to Whole Foods this year.
- Amazon announced a package of deals tied to Prime Day that includes up to $30 for Prime members who shop at the grocery chain within the next week.
- Amazon also plans to showcase special deals on its Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo and the Fire TV, in Whole Foods stores across the US.
'The United States has been foolish': Read the full transcript of Trump's press conference with Putin
- As far as Syria is concerned, the task of establishing peace and reconciliation in this country could be the first showcase example of the successful joint work Russian and the United States apparently can act correctly and take assumed leadership on this issue and organize interaction to overcome humanitarian crisis and help Syrian refugees to go back to their homes.
- Once again, President Trump mentioned the issue of the so-called interference of Russia in the American elections, and I had to reiterate things.
- As president, I cannot make decisions on foreign policy in a futile effort to appease partisan critics or the media or Democrats who want to do nothing but resist and obstruct.Constructive dialogue with the United States and Russia forwarded the opportunity for new pathways toward peace and stability in our world.
A No-frills Beginners Guide to Cryptocurrency That You Can Read and Understand in 10 Minutes
- Cryptocurrencies are currently more similar to stocks than fiat money in that they have a trading price, people are more concerned about the fluctuation of their value, and they only marginally used for transactional purposes.
- The first port of call in getting started with cryptocurrency trading is to find an exchange where you’ll conduct your trading activities.
- In selecting an exchange, you’ll want to pay special attention to its security – has it ever been hacked and could it be hacked again?
- Coinbase is remarkably the most user-friendly cryptocurrency exchange but you’ll also want to pay special attention to liquidity volumes.
- Using Binance will give you a tremendous trading edge over people conducting their trading activities on Coinbase because you get access to hundreds of other cryptocurrencies and other trading functionalities.
Netflix Is ‘Making Money on the Backs of Comics,’ Stand-Up Insider Says
- But after recently inking a deal with Netflix, the comedian, who started doing stand-up at age 14 in the Laugh Factory’s summer kids comedy camp, might be able to splurge on some new threads for her next award show appearance.
- Seeing the digital giant as a bit of a comedy vulture—essentially swooping in to sign comics after they’ve built huge followings on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook—Masada said Netflix is more about making big bucks than boosting careers, because it ignores comedians who lack social media followings.
- At a recent promotional event in Hollywood called Netflix Is a Joke, Wong, who had her Netflix stand-up special premiere in May, noted that inking a deal with the streaming giant changed the trajectory of her career.
- Still, for stand-up comics not lucky enough to land a Netflix deal, Masada says thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to find an audience.
Meet the 50 top-funded startups and tech companies in Japan
- Which Japanese startups are making the most impact?
- One way to judge – although imperfect – would be the amount of money they have raised.
- Using Tech in Asia’s data, we’ve generated this constantly updated list of 50 startups and tech companies in Japan who have raised the most money from investors.
- To keep the list fresh, we’ve only included funding data from the past two years.
- Seeking more?
- Search the most comprehensive database of tech companies in Asia or read our Research methodology.
- Special thanks to East Ventures for its assistance in compiling this list.
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