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    Jaguar I PACE 12

    Editorial note: Business Insider will name its 2018 Car of the Year on Monday, November 19. Each day this week, we're taking another look at the five vehicles that were runners-up that were selected from a pool of 15 finalists. We featured the 2018 Lincoln Navigator and the 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast earlier this week. Today, it's the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE's turn to shine. 

    • The Jaguar I-PACE first luxury crossover SUV to hit the market.
    • The I-PACE is driven by dual electric motors that produce 394 horsepower.
    • According to Jaguar, its EV can do 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
    • The Jag has a 90kWh battery pack that and a range of 234 miles on a single charge. 
    • The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE starts at $69,500 while our top-spec HSE variant starts at $80,500. With options and fees, our test car came to $86,720.

    Electric cars are the future. Even though people have been saying this for years, only recently have the world's mainstream automakers really taken this to heart. Sure, relatively affordable EVs have been on the road a decade now. But for far too many brands, going electric was more of a strategically prudent way to satisfy increasingly stringent emissions standards than a true commitment to electric mobility.

    Things are different now. Tesla can't make enough of its electric cars to keep up with demand. GM and Nissan are fully committed to production EVs. While luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Porsche have all prepared purpose-built EVs set to hit the market in the near future. 

    And then there's Jaguar.

    Once the byword for stodgy British retro luxury, Jag is now all-in on electric. In fact, Jaguar beat out its rivals to become the first mainstream luxury brand to have an EV with enough range to legitimately compete against Tesla. 

    The Jaguar I-PACE enters the market in a unique position in that it's the only car in its segment. Including the I-PACE, there are only four luxury EVs on the market and three of them are the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3.

    With the Model X the only other SUV. However, it should be noted that the Model X is a larger, mid-size three-row crossover SUV and doesn't compete directly with I-PACE that is significantly less expensive. 

    Specifically, the Jag will be the only electric compact crossover available until the Audi E-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EQ C, and Tesla Model Y hits showrooms.

    Recently, Business Insider spent a week with a 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE test car in Corris Gray. The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE starts at $69,500 while the top-spec HSE variant starts at $80,500. With options and fees, our test car came to $86,720.

    Here's a closer look at the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE:

    SEE ALSO: One of these 15 finalists will become Business Insider's 2018 Car of the Year

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    Earlier this year, we had the chance to drive the I-PACE at Jaguar Land Rover's North American headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey. However, it was just for a few minutes and around a track in their parking lot.

    So, we brought the electric Jag back for a more in-depth experience.

    The I-PACE is currently the lone player in the in the electric luxury compact crossover SUV segment. However, it won't be for long.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Friends thanksgiving

    • It's easy to get bored when you head home for the holidays.
    • From eating delicious food to enjoying the last days of fall, there are plenty of things to do on Thanksgiving that don't involve spending much, if any, money.
    • You can participate in a Turkey Trot race, host a board game night, or explore your hometown.

    From enjoying delicious food to catching up with family and friends, there's plenty to do around Thanksgiving. Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but not everyone is looking to wait in long lines in the middle of the night or spend a ton of money over Thanksgiving weekend.

    Luckily, there's no shortage of fun and (mostly) free activities that will entertain you during the holiday season

    Participate in a Turkey Trot race.

    Chances are, you'll be eating a lot of food on Thanksgiving. Participating in a five or 10K race is a great way to start off the holiday season.

    Start decorating for Christmas.

    Why not start the Christmas celebrations a bit early by putting up decorations? Whether you put up a few Christmas lights or decorate your entire house, it's always fun to get in the holiday spirit.



    Have a marathon of holiday movies.

    There are usually plenty of movie marathons on TV around Thanksgiving. Luckily, you have the perfect excuse to relax on the couch and get in the holiday spirit with classics like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Love Actually."

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    Pumpkin Pie00015

    • We sampled four brands of canned pumpkin to see which makes the best pumpkin pie.
    • The brands we tested included Libby's, Farmer's Market, 365 Everyday Value, and Trader Joe's.
    • We used the same recipe to make all four pies.
    • 365 Everyday Value's pumpkin was the winner because its pie was the most sweet and creamy and had a nice but subtle pumpkin flavor.

    No matter how much stuffing and turkey we eat at Thanksgiving, we always manage to make room for pumpkin pie.

    And while you probably put more thought into the brand of pie crust you use versus the brand of canned pumpkin you use, we found that the pumpkin does make a difference.

    As part of an ongoing INSIDER taste test series, we set out to find the canned pumpkin most suitable for your dessert needs. We've tested plenty of other Thanksgiving staples too, like instant mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

    The four brands we sampled include:

    • Libby's
    • Farmer's Market
    • 365 Everyday Value
    • Trader Joe's

    Keep scrolling to read our thoughts.

    Before conducting this test, we weren't actually aware that there were options when it came to canned pumpkin.

    We used the same pumpkin pie recipe — and therefore the same combination of ingredients — for all four cans of pumpkin we tested.

    We used Pillsbury's easiest-ever pumpkin pie recipe, which called for the above ingredients, as well as pumpkin, of course. All we had to do was mix the ingredients together and bake the pie.

    We also used the same crust for each pie we made: Whole Food's homestyle pie shells.

    We chose this pie crust because we found it to be the best crust out of the three we sampled in our pie crust test.

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    • Charity is part of the missions of some of the biggest companies in the US.
    • In 2017, donations to charity reached an all time high in the US, with an estimated $410 billion investments towards philanthropic efforts.
    • Nearly 5% of the total came from large US corporations like Wells Fargo & Company, Goldman Sachs Group, and Google.
    • Here's 10 of the US companies that give the most to charity.


    Here's something to feel good about: Total charitable giving in the United States reached record levels in 2017, with an estimated $410 billion donated to various causes by groups and individuals, according to Charity Navigator.

    Of that total, 5% — or nearly $21 billion — came from corporations, up 8% from the previous year.

    Here's a look at some of the US companies that donate the most to charity.

    SEE ALSO: 17 companies with such good marketing their names have become verbs

    1. Gilead Sciences leads the pack in charitable giving for 2017

    Biotech firm Gilead Sciences donated the most money to charitable causes in 2017 — $388 million — according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy's survey of charitable giving by major US companies in 2017.

    Considering that the company's annual pretax profit is $13.5 billion, its giving takes up 2.9% of said profit, the Chronicle survey states.

    According to a 2016 report by Fortune, the company generally gives cash grants to health-related projects, such as the nonprofit Liver Foundation.

    2. Wells Fargo & Company gives back locally and nationally

    Wells Fargo & Company came in second for 2017 giving, donating $287 million in cash of its $27.4 billion pretax profit, or 1%, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

    According to BusinessWire, in 2017, Wells Fargo donated to more than 14,500 non-profits, and employees volunteered 2 million hours. Highlights of the company's charitable efforts included $28 million donated to veterans and military service members, $45 million in down-payment assistance and other home-buying resource through NeighborWorks, and $10.6 million to the American Red Cross.

    In 2019, the company plans to use 2% of its after-tax profits for philanthropy, BusinessWire reported.

    3. Goldman Sachs Group has increased its giving since 2007

    In 2017, Goldman Sachs Group gave $280 million in cash to charity. That's 2.5% of its $11.1 billion pretax profit, Chronicle of Philanthropy reported.

    Their charitable missions include 10,000 Women, which provides education, funding, and other resources to women entrepreneurs around the world, and 10,000 Small Businesses, which invests money and resources in people running small businesses.

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    Typically I take my lunch to work. It's healthier than always eating out and helps me save some dough. But microwaved leftovers and soggy PB&J's can get old.

    So I decided to try out Ritual, an order-ahead app that I've seen advertised all around San Francisco's Financial District. It's also available in most major US cities like New York City, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

    I was initially wary of Ritual. If I wanted a food app for the sole purpose of convenience, why wouldn't I splurge on a food-delivery app like Caviar that would bring food right to me?

    Or if I were optimizing on price, why wouldn't I use MealPal, the monthly subscription service where lunches from local restaurants cost only $6.

    The value propositions of Ritual — order ahead, skip the line, earn rewards — seemed to fall in some awkward middle ground of food apps that didn't seem all too compelling for me.

    Nonetheless, I was curious to see why so many techies around me seemed to be loving it.

    Here's what I found:

    Ritual's main selling point is saving time by ordering ahead and skipping the line. With each purchase, you also earn Ritual rewards.

    Near Business Insider's San Francisco office in the Financial District, there are a ton of options. There are at least 20 restaurants on Ritual within one city block.

    For the entire week using Ritual, I did not travel more than a block and a half. My average commute time was about two minutes.

    You can also browse nearby restaurants in this photo view.

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    wealthy dinner

    • The Pew Research Center defines the US middle class as those earning 67% to 200% of the median household income.
    • Middle-class Americans earned about $40,425 to $120,672 in 2016, according to Pew's definition, but middle-class incomes vary at the state and city levels.
    • Some Silicon Valley residents earning $400,000 consider themselves to be in the middle class, a survey found.

    Some residents of Silicon Valley self-identify as being in the middle class, even though their salaries dwarf those of many Americans.

    The Pew Research Center defines the US middle class as those earning two-thirds to twice the median household income, which was $60,336 in 2017, meaning middle-class Americans were earning about $40,425 to $120,672.

    But that number shifts as its broken down by state and even by city.

    The Palo Alto Weekly, a local paper in Palo Alto, California, asked residents to report their household income and perceived social class. Out of more than 250 respondents, 81 with incomes between $10,000 to $399,999 said they were "middle class."

    "Middle class" is a term used broadly — and often incorrectly — even though it can be quantified with US government data. And while the US middle class has been shrinking for decades, most Americans still consider themselves part of it. Many of the high-earning Palo Alto residents noted the high cost of living was one of the reasons they identified as being in the middle class.

    But whether you're in the "middle class" varies depending on where you live.

    To get a sense of what it looks like in 25 US cities, Business Insider pulled census data from the 2017 American Community Survey for the largest metropolitan statistical areas. For clarity, we listed the largest city in the MSA (some include more than one).

    Below, find out how much income you have to earn to be considered in the middle class in 25 metro areas.

    This is an updated article originally reported by Abby Jackson.

    SEE ALSO: How much money you have to earn to be considered rich in the biggest city in every state

    DON'T MISS: How much income you have to earn to be considered middle class in every US state

    Tampa, Florida: up to $104,424

    Middle-class range: $34,808 to $104,424

    • Median income: $52,212

    • Metro-area population: 3 million

    Miami, Florida: up to $108,568

    Middle-class range: $36,189 to $108,568

    • Median income: $54,284

    • Metro-area population: 6.1 million

    Orlando, Florida: up to $110,178

    Middle-class range: $36,726 to $110,178

    • Median income: $55,089

    • Metro-area population: 2.5 million

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    vs show backstage

    Each year, Victoria's Secret showcases it's most dazzling looks in an extravagant fashion show event featuring some of the world's highest paid models and award-winning performers.

    Just under 5 million people tuned in to watch the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and it's likely millions will reserve an hour or two of their nights to tune into ABC on December 2.

    Though you'll likely be watching a magical event unfold perfectly right before your eyes, have you ever wondered what it's really like to be in the show? 

    Hint: there's lots of coffee, burgers, and hours of strutting involved.

    Here are secrets about the VSFS that you've always wondered, revealed from the mouths of the angels themselves.

    Veteran angel Adriana Lima said angels work their wings off getting in top shape.

    "It takes five hours of hair and make-up and months of workouts to get ready for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.In fact, we can take on any sports athlete in a serious workout. Just ask my boxing coach," Adriana Lima told BuzzFeed.

    She added that wings are highly coveted backstage. "During fittings, we fight over who gets the biggest wings. But we actually really like one another."

    Candice Swanepoel said bronzer is an important part of getting ready for the show.

    Though naturally stunning, it takes a village to get them fashion show ready. "It varies from year to year, whether they want us to have body makeup or not. I think last year, they didn't want us to have too much, because [the look] was more natural ... But they used to have a whole set-up backstage of bronzers, getting it all in your a-- and in the right spots," Candice Swanepoel told HuffPost.

    As for the strutting part of the show, Swanepoel told Glamour magazine, "The best thing is to do what comes naturally. I always try and prepare, like 'oh, I should do this at the end', because there's that moment you need to catch the camera at the end of the runway. But it never works if I prepare, so I kind of just shake it off and do whatever I feel comes naturally."

    Selita Ebanks said there's even butt makeup.

    Apparently, there's a lot of booty bronzer. "It's all about creating the illusion of this amazing body on the runway. People don't realize that there are about 20 layers of makeup on my butt alone," Selita Ebanks told HuffPost.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    CarPlay Corvette

    • Chevrolet now produces four different versions of the seventh-generation Corvette, as well as hardtop, targa, and convertible options.
    • I've driven 'em all: the Stingray, the Grand Sport, the Z06, and the ZR1.
    • My personal favorite is the Grand Sport.

    The Chevrolet Corvette has been in production since 1953. Now on its seventh generation, I like to remind myself that it was the first truly stunning car I ever got a ride in.

    It was back in the 1970s, at my grandparents' farm in Ohio. A car-nut friend of the theirs paid a visit — in his 1967 Vette. "Want a ride?" he asked me. He didn't have to ask twice. I still sometimes dream about the thick rumble of the engine and the heavy click of the gearshift.

    Thusly influenced, I've made Corvette-driving something of a distinct sub-genre of my car-reviewing here at Business Insider. If we ge a shot as testing a Vette, I don't have to be asked twice. 

    The seventh-generation of the Corvette is likely the last of its kind: massive V8 engine up front, sending power to the rear wheels. Chevy is expected to make gen eight a mid-engine machine, similar to what Ferrari and McLaren offer in their supercars.

    With that in mind, I thought I round up the current Vette stable and run through the lineup's virtues. The bottom line is that Corvette combines insane performance with a great price better than anybody in the car business.

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    1. Chevy Corvette Stingray: We'll start with the "base" Stingray — Business Insider's first-ever Car of the Year, in 2014. We enjoyed both the seven-speed manual and the eight-speed automatic. Pictured here is the convertible.

    Read all about the Stingray.

    The engine is a mighty 6.2-liter V8, making 460 horsepower. The price is a near-ridiculous $55,400 to start.

    Besides naming the seventh-generation Vette our Car of the Year in 2014, it was also the first environment in which I sampled Apple CarPlay.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    NES Classic Edition, Super NES Classic Edition, PlayStation 1 Classic

    Which adorable little console will you take home this holiday? That's the question that Nintendo and Sony are asking shoppers this year with their triple threat of nostalgia-laced retro console offerings.

    Perhaps you've already got your hands on the two tiny Nintendo consoles, and are simply looking to complete the retro collection with Sony's upcoming PlayStation Classic? Or maybe you've yet to purchase any of these delightfully petite little guys!

    Whatever the situation, we've got the full rundown on all three right here:

    SEE ALSO: A $100 mini version of the original PlayStation is on the way with 20 games packed in — here are the games included

    First things first: Some universal qualities about all of these retro consoles that you should expect across the board.

    1. Every console on this list is small — as in "so small it literally fits in your hand."
    2. Every console on this list comes with games built-in — you don't buy cartridges or discs and put them inside, as you would with the original versions of each. 
    3. More to the point: None of the consoles below will even read cartridges and discs.
    4. None of the consoles below work with original hardware, like gamepads or AC adapters or anything else. They all use updated lookalikes of original hardware that aren't compatible with stuff from 20 - 30 years ago.
    5. Each console has a static, unchanging list of games packed in.  You can't add more.
    6. None of these consoles cost over $100.

    All that said, let's get down to business!

    1. NES Classic Edition — a miniaturized version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

    Over 30 years ago, Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2018, it re-released a miniature, digital version of the classic console: the NES Classic Edition (seen above).

    The adorable little box is reminiscent of the original NES from 1985, but it's far smaller — as seen above, it fits in the palm of your hand.

    The NES Classic Edition originally launched in late 2016, quickly selling out and becoming a hot commodity. Nintendo discontinued the console a few months later, much to the chagrin of fans everywhere. Then, earlier this year, Nintendo re-released the mini console — it's now kept in ongoing production, and is relatively easy to find in stores.

    At just $60, the NES Classic Edition is in impulse-buy territory.

    Price: $60

    What's in the box:

    -The console itself
    -One wired NES-style gamepad
    -One HDMI cable
    -One AC power adapter


    -30 classic NES games
    -Save states (the ability to pause and save any game at any time)
    -Customizable borders and different screen resolution options (NES games weren't meant for large, high-definition TVs)

    Looking for even more? Here's a full rundown on the NES Classic Edition!

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Google Pixel 3

    Google's "Night Sight" feature for its Pixel smartphone cameras rolls out on Wednesday.

    The feature that comes with the Pixel's camera app is rolling out over the next few days, and anyone with a Pixel 3, Pixel 2, or original Pixel can update the camera app to receive the feature.

    Night Sight is designed to take better photos in low-light conditions for both the rear and selfie cameras, which most phones simply don't do that well. 

    Often, smartphone photos in dark situations end up being as dark or darker than a user's environment. Some phones let you adjust the camera settings for better night shots, but the results can often be grainy or blurry.

    I've been using Night Sight on the Google Pixel, and you can see the difference it makes and how it works below:

    SEE ALSO: Google finally confirms something people have long suspected — dark mode on Android phones saves battery life

    This photo was taken in a room with very little light.


    The camera app will even suggest when to use Night Sight when the surrounding lighting is too dim for a good photo.

    You just need one or two extra taps to use Night Sight.

    Night Sight is an entirely different camera mode, which means you'll need to do one or two extra taps to use it. You can either tap the "Try Night Sight" notification when it shows up, or find the "More" option in the camera app and actively select the Night Sight mode.

    It's not as seamless as pulling out a phone and taking a snap, but it's very close, and better than adjusting the camera settings.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    An F/A-18F Super Hornet jet flies over the USS Gerald R. Ford as the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier tests its new launch and flight arrest systems

    Exactly 108 years ago Wednesday, carrier aviation was born from an experiment that would eventually evolve into one of the most important aspects of modern warfare.

    Here are some impressive moments in the history of carrier aviation.

    Eugene Burton Ely flew a Curtiss Pusher biplane off the deck of the USS Birmingham on November 14, 1910, marking the first time the Navy had launched a plane from a warship, which came only seven years after the Wright Brothers' first flights. This moment can be considered the birth of carrier aviation.

    Source: Business Insider

    The following year, on January 18, 1911, Eugene B. Ely landed on the USS Pennsylvania, completing the first successful landing on a stationary warship.

    Source: Business Insider

    British Royal Naval Air Service pilot Edwin H. Dunning successfully landed an aircraft on a moving warship, the HMS Furious, for the first time on August 2, 1917. He died five days later on a follow-up attempt, demonstrating the challenge of landing on a ship at sea.

    Source: BBC

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    Tim Cook

    Apple now allows you to download all the data it keeps about you, your purchases, and how you interact with Apple services.

    It started providing an easy way for European users to request this data earlier this year because of GDPR, a European privacy regulation, but now the website is available to Americans, too.

    So last week, I requested what Apple knows about me after 10 years of heavily using Apple products. After five days, Apple sent me an email with download links to nearly 17 GB of data including my entire iCloud drive. On the website, you can also ask Apple to correct what it knows about you and delete your account. 

    Apple has aggressively positioned itself as the tech giant that's most aligned with users on security and privacy, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has even gone so far to say that privacy is a human right. So Apple's user data interface needs to be stellar to match up with its rhetoric.

    Here's what it was like: 

    SEE ALSO: Apple is distancing itself again from Google and Facebook with a new privacy website

    Turns out, it's easy to access Apple's new user data portal. Start at Then, you'll be asked for your Apple ID and password.

    Once you're in, you have a few options, including downloading your data, correcting your data, and deactivating or deleting your account.

    Today, we're requesting a copy of our data. So click on the button that says "request a copy of your data."

    Apple will tell you all the different kinds of data that it has on you, along with the formats they come in. It will ask what's the largest file size you can handle. 

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    America's 38 essential restaurants to eat at in 2018 have been revealed.

    Eater has published its annual guide compiled by the food site's national critic Bill Addison, who consumed nearly 600 meals in 36 cities in a bid to discover the very best.

    Along the way, Addison says he noticed that what it means for food to be deemed "American" is changing: "Coded culinary language denoting 'them' and 'us' — as 'American' or 'other' — is slowly but inexorably dissolving," he wrote.

    This year, 17 new restaurants make the list.

    Here are the 38 best restaurants in the US in 2018, according to Eater.

    2M Smokehouse, San Antonio

    Addison says the chefs here "transcend the Texas smoked-meats melee by also serving a frictionless combination of dishes that express their Mexican-American heritage."

    Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

    Dominique Crenn won praise for finding "the middle ground between intellect and emotion, between heady presentation and flat-out deliciousness."

    Brennan's, New Orleans

    Brennan's has made the list for perfectly balancing "timeless pageantry and relevant, finely honed cooking."

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Wife of Joaquin

    The federal trial against the infamous Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is underway — and the kingpin's former beauty queen wife has been by his side through it all.

    American-born mother-of-two Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, attended the first day of her 61-year-old husband’s trial on Tuesday.

    Guzman pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges connected to claims that he built a multi-billion-dollar fortune by smuggling cocaine and other drugs across the Mexico-US border.

    After years on the run, Guzman was extradited to the United States last year and was held in solitary confinement in a high-security prison as he awaited trial, The Associated Press reported.

    Meanwhile, his wife — a former beauty queen — has been living a lavish life in Mexico, according to now-deleted and private Instagram posts seen by The New York Post.


    As a teenager, Emma Coronel Aispuro was crowned the local Coffee and Guava Queen in rural Sinaloa, Mexico, where Guzman once led the notorious Sinaloa Cartel.

    Source: New York Post

    Coronel Aispuro married Guzman on her 18th birthday.

    Coronel Aispuro met Guzman, who is more than 30 years her senior, at a party organized by her father, Ines Coronel Barreras, according to The New York Post.

    Coronel Barreras is reportedly a member of Guzman’s drug empire, the Sinaloa Cartel.

    The 29-year-old former beauty queen was born just outside San Francisco while her Mexican mother was visiting relatives.

    Source: New York Post

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    sad thinking stressed

    • Many people feel they're underappreciated at work.
    • Feeling that your company doesn't care about you might make you feel unmotivated.
    • Here are 19 signs that your company isn't investing in you — and won't change their ways any time soon.


    Feeling underappreciated is a leading reason that people want to quit their jobs.

    "People come to work for more than a paycheck," Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert, leadership coach, and author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job" told Business Insider. "They want to feel that their contributions are making a difference. If an employer cares about your long-term growth and happiness, you'll feel a much greater sense of purpose, and reward."

    If your company isn't appreciating you, it's normal to feel unmotivated. But that can have disastrous effects in the long run.

    "Without that genuine support, it's hard to stay motivated, feel that you are part a larger team, and produce your best work," Taylor told Business Insider. "It's a downward spiral. You could stagnate in your career — unless you notice the signs and take decisive action."

    Here are 19 signs that your company isn't supporting you as much as they ought to. 

    Jacquelyn Smith contributed to a previous version of this article. 

    SEE ALSO: 16 signs you're underpaid — and what to do about it

    They never ask you for input or ideas

    If your boss or employer doesn't care about your ideas or opinions, they probably don't care much about you, according to Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "The Humor Advantage."

    Your boss doesn't offer any support, guidance, or feedback

    If your boss doesn't take the time to offer any feedback, guidance, or support you as you work toward achieving your goals, it can be seriously detrimental to your career, Kerr said.

    Taylor said if your boss seems primarily concerned with the tactical aspects of your job and project completion — and less so with whether you're advancing your skills or being challenged by your work — they probably don't care about your success.

    You're not compensated fairly

    You've asked for a raise, and you know your salary is below what's normal for your role and location. 

    But they refuse to budge to meet industry standards.

    "An employer that's not concerned about what you can offer won't compensate you properly or fairly," Taylor said. "Even if you request a performance evaluation, you may be told it's not necessary, or just ask any questions you may have."

    Monetary signs like this can be blatant red flags that you should start job searching, Taylor said.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Derek Carr and Jon Gruden Oakland Raiders

    We just passed the mid-point of the NFL schedule, but for some teams, the season is already over and it is time to start looking towards the 2019 NFL Draft.

    Whether it is a lack of talent, some key injuries, or just plain ol' bad luck, there are already eight teams that have been effectively eliminated from playoff contention. That means a full one-fourth of the league has no realistic shot at postseason glory.

    Here are the 11 teams that won't make the playoffs, ranked by the chances to receive the first pick in the 2019 draft. 

    1. Oakland Raiders

    Record: 1-8

    538's chance to make the playoffs: <1%

    DVOA's chance to get first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft:  54.5%

    One thing to know: Jon Gruden says other players are contacting him and saying they are "dying" to play for the Raiders

    2. Arizona Cardinals

    Record: 2-7

    538's chance to make the playoffs:  <1%

    DVOA's chance to get first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft:   12.9%

    One thing to know: Both of the Cardinals' wins came against the 49ers. 

    3. New York Giants

    Record: 2-7

    538's chance to make the playoffs: <1%

    DVOA's chance to get first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft:  12.1%

    One thing to know: Eli Manning may have bought himself some time by reconnecting with Odell Beckham Jr. for a pair of TDs in the Giants' win over the 49ers.

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    the crown

    Blockbuster films regularly have seven-figure budgets, but TV shows have recently begun to rival Hollywood in terms of high production costs. Elaborate sets, A-list cast members, and exotic filming locations have turned some series into cinematic masterpieces with jaw-dropping price tags to match.

    Here are 14 television shows that have delivered some of the most expensive episodes of all time.

    Making "Camelot" cost around $7 million per episode.

    Despite being canceled by Starz after just 10 episodes, this historical fantasy series had a huge budget. The Wall Street Journal reported that the network reportedly spent approximately$7 million per episode to keep fans immersed in the mythical land of King Arthur.

    "Marco Polo" received a mixed critical reception despite its $9 million per episode price tag.

    When it debuted back in 2014, Business Insider reported that the 10-episode series was the most expensive Netflix production to date. During its run, "Marco Polo" cost about$9 million per episode to produce. That expenditure didn't seem to translate to rave reviews and the historical epic was canceled after just two seasons.

    Each episode of "The Alienist" took about $9 million to bring to life.

    In an interview with Variety, TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly revealed that each episode of the network's moody historical crime series "The Alienist" cost$9 million to produce. It's the most expensive show the channel has ever produced and is based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestselling novel about hunting a serial killer in 1890s New York.

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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    The Game Awards has revealed this year's batch nominees — and it will let fans vote to decide the winners across more than 20 categories.

    Fans can vote now for their picks at, and via Twitter direct message, Facebook Messenger, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and the official The Game Awards Discord server.

    Rockstar Games' "Red Dead Redemption 2" and Sony's "God of War" lead the pack with eight nominations each, including "Game of the Year" and "Best Narrative." Other Game of the Year contenders include Marvel’s Spider-Man (7 nominations), "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey" ( 4 nominations) and the indie game hit "Celeste" (4 nominations). Categories like Best Independent Game, Best Student Game and Best VR/AR Game also make space for some lesser- known titles to shine.

    The Game Awards will name the winners and celebrate the nominees on Thursday, December 6 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The awards show will be streamed at 9 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. PST on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and several other streaming platforms.

    First established in 2014, The Game Awards advisory board includes executives from a dozen major gaming companies, including Xbox, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Valve, and Tencent.

    Here's the list of nominees:

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    Game of the Year

    "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey" (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

    "Celeste "(Matt Makes Games)

    "God of War (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)

    "Marvel’s Spider-Man" (Insomniac Games / SIE)

    "Monster Hunter: World" (Capcom)

    "Red Dead Redemption 2" (Rockstar Games)

    Best Ongoing Game

    "Destiny 2" (Bungie / Activision)

    "Fortnite" (Epic Games)

    "No Man’s Sky" (Hello Games)

    "Overwatch" (Blizzard)

    "Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege" (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

    Best Game Direction

    "A Way Out" (Hazelight Studios / EA)

    "Detroit: Become Human" (Quantic Dream / SIE)

    "God of War" (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

    "Marvel’s Spider-Man" (Insomniac Games / SIE)

    "Red Dead Redemption 2" (Rockstar Games)

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    Jeff Bezos

    It's been 14 months since Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, declared its intention to build a second headquarters. Founded in Seattle some 23 years earlier, Amazon said it had gotten so big that it needed a second home base in another city.

    The company's year-long selection process had a decidedly sweepstakes-like feel to it. Amazon laid out its expectations for what it wanted in a second hometown and promised a bonanza of 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment to whichever lucky city it picked.

    City governments and officials scrambled to outdo each other and woo the online retailer, dangling tax breaks, exemptions of all types and even promises to change their names.

    Now, Amazon has zeroed in on New York City and Virginia— and "HQ2" will actually be two separate offices. The move has left a sour taste with some people who accuse Amazon of having deviously gamed the system. 

    Here's a look at the sequence of events during Amazon's controversial "HQ2" adventure, and the strange spectacle that Amazon whipped up in the process.

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    Amazon's current and first headquarters is located in Seattle, Washington. Around 45,000 workers are employed there.

    In 2017, Amazon announced that it was searching for a location for its second headquarters.

    The retailer said its new headquarters would come with 50,000 new jobs and a $5 billion investment in the new home city. 

    Along with the announcement, Amazon listed out its expectations for cities that were applying. It asked for "incentives" like tax breaks and exemptions, and fee reductions.

    Here are some additional requirements that Amazon laid out:

    • A site within 30 miles of a "population center."
    • Mass transit options located on-site 
    • The ability to travel to/from an airport within 45 minutes
    • Up to 8 million square feet, after the initial requirement of 500,000 
    • Fiber connectivity and acceptable cell phone service 
    • A "business-friendly environment and tax structure" that provides tax breaks and exemptions, fee reductions, workforce grants, and utility incentives, among other incentives. 
    • A "highly-educated labor pool" and a "strong university system."
    • "Elected officials eager and willing to work with the company."
    • A high quality of life for the 50,000 employees to be located there. 

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    stars, sky, starry night

    Although we don't know much about our expanding and potentially infinite universe, what we have found so far is a mix of awe-inspiring, terrifying, and downright weird.

    Here are a few space oddities that you had no idea existed.

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    There's a giant space cloud that might smell like rum.

    Space cloud Sagittarius B2 is a vast cloud of dust and gas at the center of our galaxy. The cloud is largely composed of ethyl formate, which is the molecule that gives rum its unique aroma and provides raspberries with their fruity taste.

    So if you were to float through Sagittarius B2, you might be surrounded by the aroma of rum and the taste of raspberries.

    Scientists have found a planet that might be made of solid diamond.

    In 2017, an international research team of astronomers discovered what may bea planet made of solid diamond.

    Pulsars are tiny, dead neutron stars that are only around 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) in diameter and spin hundreds of times a second while emitting beams of radiation.

    This planet is paired with pulsar PSR J1719-1438 and scientists think it is entirely made of carbon so dense that it must be crystalline, meaning a large part of the world would be diamond. Incredibly, the planet "orbits its star every two hours and 10 minutes, has slightly more mass than Jupiter but is 20 times as dense," according to Reuters. 

    There's also a planet that's made completely of ice – but it's on fire.

    Gliese 436b is a bit of a paradox. The faraway exoplanet is made mostly out of ice. But strangely, this ice appears to be on fire.

    The surface of Gliese 436b is a searing 822 degrees Fahrenheit (439 degrees Celsius), but the planet's icy landscape stays frozen due to the immense gravitational force exerted by the planet's core. This force keeps the ice much denser than the ice we're familiar with here on Earth and is thought to even compress any water vapor that might evaporate.

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