Spark email app gets a fresh redesign and dark mode

Spark is one of the best email apps around on both Android and iOS, offering tons of customization options and plenty of high-level features, but it has tended to lag behind some of its competitors when it comes to design. That changes today with the launch of the latest version of the app, which brings a slick redesign that makes Spark far more enjoyable to look at, along with a new dark mode setting. The odd, windowed design of the old app has been replaced by a more uniform background (either white or black, depending on which mode you select). There are also some much-needed visual tweaks, including a new… Read More

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A tiny pharmacy school in upstate New York outranked Harvard, Yale, and Princeton in ROI for its students, and it’s a case study in getting bang for the undergraduate buck

An undergraduate degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences yields a higher median income 40 years after graduation than a degree from more than 4,500 undergraduate programs. This is according to a study from Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce, “First Try at ROI.” We talked to Martin Van Der Werf, a GU researcher who worked on the report, and Dr. Greg Dewey, president of Albany College, to pinpoint exactly what makes an undergraduate program valuable. Click here for more BI Prime stories. College is worth it, as long as you can justify the cost with future earnings. That’s according to Martin Van Der Werf, a… Read More

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8 unbelievable facts about the $103 billion chocolate industry

Chocolate is one of the world’s favorite foods, and the global chocolate industry is worth $100 billion dollars. Here are eight surprising facts about the chocolate industry. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Chocolate is one of the world’s favorite foods. And although it’s never really a bad time to talk about chocolate, it’s especially relevant now: November 29 is National Chocolate Day, after all. But behind one of our favorite foods is a $103 billion industry with aspects most people don’t know about — some sweet, and others that might leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Read on for eight surprising facts about the chocolate industry. It takes… Read More

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Walmart is fixing shoppers’ top complaints with its fresh produce department as its online grocery business rapidly expands

Walmart is redesigning its fresh produce department in response to customer complaints about crowding and difficulty finding organic produce. “Our customers were telling us, ‘It’s too busy, I don’t have enough space to shop,’” Charles Redfield, executive vice president of Walmart’s US food business, told Business Insider in an interview. The new design plan, which Walmart is calling produce 2.0, involves widening the fresh department’s aisles, adding lower profile display bins for better visibility, and grouping all organic produce together in one area, among other changes. Walmart’s growing online grocery business, which requires employees to pick and pack online orders in stores alongside customers, “played a big factor” in the… Read More

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These are the best Windows 10 laptop and MacBook deals coming on Black Friday

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Most of the year, it’s tough to find a worthwhile deal on a laptop. If you’re in the market for an upgrade, or are buying your first laptop, Black Friday is when all of the retailers and manufacturers mark down most, if not all, of their inventory to the best prices of the year. Regardless of whether you have your eye on a Windows 10 laptop or a MacBook, there will be plenty of both sorts on sale soon (and in some cases, right now). We’ve collected the best deals from the biggest OEMs and retailers, and listed all of them below.… Read More

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IBM launches open security platform to protect hybrid multicloud environments

The proliferation of security tools and data leaves businesses exposed to a growing landscape of cyberthreats. Businesses lack the resources and skills to detect and protect all the workloads and data spread across multiple cloud environments. IBM’s new Cloud Pak for Security seeks to solve these issues. It’s an issue that businesses big and small face worldwide: cybersecurity blind spots and wasted time. Now, IBM has developed Cloud Pak for Security, a platform based on open source to fix the problem. Imagine this: Your cybersecurity team gets a threat intelligence report warning of a malware attack against companies in your industry. It even lists the suspicious IP addresses and network… Read More

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Facebook is testing a way to give advertisers more control over placement, but agencies still have brand-safety concerns

Facebook is testing a whitelisting feature in response to advertisers’ long-time demand for more control over where their ads appear. Carolyn Everson, VP of global marketing solutions at Facebook, said the whitelist tool would become more widely available in the first half of 2020. Agencies have cited brand-safety concerns with Facebook’s mobile ad network Audience Network. Some said they still had concerns about objectionable content, particularly in gaming apps, and increased ad prices as whitelists would limit the audience reached. The verification firm OpenSlate, which Facebook is working with, said it’s been able to meet advertisers’ campaign goals, though. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Facebook is giving advertisers… Read More

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1,940 years after Pompeii’s disaster, its artifacts arrive in Salt Lake

A statue of Aphrodite sits in a corner as it is being unboxed while crews set up the traveling Pompeii exhibit at The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. The exhibit, which is a self guided-tour about the people of Pompeii, will open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 23, and continue until May 3. | Colter Peterson, Deseret News The Leonardo Museum’s new ‘Pompeii: The Exhibition’ brings more than 150 Pompeii artifacts to Utah SALT LAKE CITY — When Mark Twain visited the ancient Italian city of Pompeii in 1867, he walked into one dwelling and saw 18 skeletons, “all in sitting postures, and… Read More

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