Tesla Says It Is Making Progress on Model 3 Production Issues

Tesla signaled it is making progress in overcoming its early production troubles building the Model 3 sedan, telling shareholders it expects to generate its first sustained operating profit sometime this year. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

These Hand-Beaded Vans by a Native American Artist Are a Thing of Beauty

Native American artist and designer Charlene Holy Bear has piqued the interest of sneakerheads and fashion aficionados alike, after creating impeccably beaded Vans Slip-On sneakers that have become a viral hit.

Vogue recently caught up with the aspiring designer, as Holy Bear, a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Tribe, shared that she created the beaded Vans four years ago as a last-minute consideration when going to a pan-tribal festival called the “Gathering of Nations” in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

…on how she came up with the design when attending the pan-tribal festival.

CHB: “I hadn’t had any time to prepare outfits for us but I wanted my 4-year-old son Justus to look really cool. He had a new pair of slip-on Vans and I suddenly had an idea, looking at the checkerboard design.”

…on what it reminded her of and the reception it had.

CHB: “Those Vans really reminded me of traditional moccasins. Once they were beaded they had this sort of urban Indian vibe so I braided my son’s hair, put on those shoes and he was the coolest little guy at the powwow. People were stopping us to take photos, he made such a splash.”

…on getting contacted by the communications director at PayPal after seeing her design on Pinterest.

CHB: “She contacted me to see if I would make her a pair and it just kind of grew from there.”

…on how she would sell her designs, inspired by pow wow regalia.

CHB: “Social media all changed that. I started posting photos on Instagram and people started to contact me looking to buy or have pieces made instead.”

…on why she likes working with shoes.

CHB: “I love working on the shoes though because it gives me such creative freedom.”

…on her current interest and upcoming project.

CHB: “I’m really into florals right now and I’ve been working on some new designs for the Vans.”

…on what these custom Vans that can take up to two weeks to produce, represents.

CHB: “To me these Vans really represent a modern spin on native fashion. I went home to the reservation recently wearing a pair and my sister called me a ‘city Indian,’ so I guess that’s what they say to other people, too.”

…on her recent rise to popularity.

CHB: “This all started because of my son. So I just made him a new pair for Christmas.”

For additional details, be sure to read the full story on Vogue.

In other news, KITH Women taps Pamela Love to debut gold bamboo earrings, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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Fear The Wolves takes you to Chernobyl for a new Battle Royale experience

Fear The Wolves is a new Battle Royale game from the developer behind the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise.

Today, Focus Home Interactive and Vostok Games announced Fear The Wolves. Fear The Wolves is a post-apocalyptic first-person shooter Battle Royale experience. Given the success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, many developers want to capitalize on the craze by introducing their own games. We’ve seen titles like The Culling and Fortnite do just that.

New Study Suggests Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Can Detect Early Signs of Diabetes

Cardiogram, a company that offers an app able to break down heart rate data collected by the Apple Watch, today shared the results of a new study that suggests the Apple Watch can be used to detect the signs of diabetes.



Cardiogram researchers teamed up with the University of California, San Francisco and used the Cardiogram DeepHeart neural network to determine that heart rate data collected from the Apple Watch was 85 percent accurate at distinguishing between people with diabetes and people without diabetes.






For the study, Cardiogram used more than 200 million sensor measurements from 14,011 participants using an Apple Watch or Android Wear device and the Cardiogram app, aggregating data that included heart rate, step count, and other activity.



Prediabetes is a condition that often goes unnoticed and undiagnosed because traditional methods of detection require glucose-sensing hardware. Detection via the Apple Watch and an AI-based algorithm like Cardiogram’s DeepHeart has the potential to alert users that there’s an issue so they can then follow up with a medical professional.



According to Cardiogram, its study is the first large-scale study that demonstrates how an ordinary heart rate sensor, like the one in the Apple Watch and other devices like the Fitbit, can detect early signs of diabetes. Because the pancreas is connected to the heart through the nervous system, the heart rate variability changes when a person begins experiencing diabetes symptoms.



Over the course of the last year, Cardiogram and UCSF have teamed up to do a lot of research into the potential for wrist-worn heart rate sensors to detect serious health conditions. Previous studies have shown the Apple Watch heart rate sensor’s ability to detect conditions that include hypertension, sleep apnea, and atrial fibrillation.



While there’s still a long way to go before research proves whether the Apple Watch can officially detect early health problems, Cardiogram plans to implement new features to incorporate DeepHeart directly into the Cardiogram app in the future, which will allow users to be alerted if early signs of disease are detected.



Apple has also launched its own study in partnership with Stanford to determine whether the heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch can be used to detect abnormal heart rhythms and common heart conditions.



You can sign up to participate in the Apple Heart Study by downloading and installing the Apple Heart Study app and wearing the Apple Watch on a regular basis. If the Apple Watch detects an irregular heart rhythm, you’ll be contacted by researchers and may be asked to wear an ePatch monitor.



You can also participate in Cardiogram’s studies by installing the Cardiogram app and signing up to join the mRhythm study.

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Windows 10 build 17093 now available for Insiders in the Fast ring

Build 17093 is now rolling out to Fast ring Insiders with a number of changes and enhancements.

Microsoft has begun rolling out a new Windows 10 Preview build for Insiders in the Fast ring today, bumping the build number up to version 17093. This build packs a ton of enhancements and new across the board, including Game Bar improvements, new graphics settings, and more. Here’s a look at what’s new, from Microsoft.

What’s new

Game bar improvements

  • We’ve given Game bar a makeover so it’s even easier to find what you’re looking for.
  • Go to your captures, toggle your microphone and camera, and edit the title of your Mixer stream—all from new buttons on Game bar.
  • Quickly check the time using the new clock.
  • Choose a theme—Dark, Light, or your current Windows theme.
  • Game bar settings are easier to use.

Diagnostic Data Improvements

Experts Weigh-In On How To Get The Most Out Of Your Tax Refund

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tax season is underway.

If you’re getting a refund this year, what should you do with it? And how should you prepare for next year?

As CBS2’s Alice Gainer explained, people do all sorts of things with their tax refunds.

“Usually try to pay my student or save and invest it,” one person said.

“Sometimes I take a vacation, pay bills, and life things, take care of my dog,” Tiffany Mahaud said.

Anil Melwani is a certified public accountant. He said once you get your refund, put it in the bank for a little bit.

“Project how you’re going to do over the next year or two, and see maybe you should put it into an IRA or 401K, or 529 plan for your child,” he said.

He said to get the best refund, make sure you’re organized with receipts. Many credit card companies provide year end statements to make deductions easier.

“Certain types of medical expenses, health insurance premium, unreimbursed job expenses, tax prep fees,” Melwani said.

What about looking forward to next year with the tax changes ahead?

Jean Johnson is with H&R Block.

“In the upcoming weeks, people will begin to see changes in their withholding in their paychecks. That’s the most immediate change they will see right now,” she said. “The best thing they can do right now is look at their W4. Their W4 determines the amount being withheld, so now si the time to look at it. Some of them will think their income tax refund will be larger for 2018, so do they want that money now versus a bigger refund later?”

Melwani said things may be different for most New Yorkers.

“Because we live in a high tax state like New York, you may not be paying less taxes this year. Many people in New York will be paying a little more this year because of that loss of that state and local tax deduction,” he said. “So while the brackets are coming down, a lot of deductions are going away.”

Melwani stressed that people should be conservative, and perhaps increase their withholding because they may not be getting a bigger refund.

The IRS said it issues most refunds in less than 21 calendar days.

 

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