On a corner in downtown El Paso, a sleek steel structure stands out on an avenue of warehouse complexes. The newly refurbished 50-year-old building rises above the dramatic red mountain skyline and a busy highway intersection that leads to Juarez, Mexico. advertisement advertisement It’s home to the Hotel Indigo, a new boutique inn whose industrial chic decor captures the region’s past and future: Cement floors and walls contrast with Southwestern-flavored cacti, adobe vases, and tapestries. The hotel opened last year as part of a larger experiment. If you plant a cool place in a deserted downtown, will the area bloom? The answer appears to be yes. The Indigo has helped usher in a new era for the strip, which was once a vibrant commercial hub. In the last two years, the neighborhood has become flush with art galleries, restaurants, cocktail bars, and a new baseball stadium. Three other hotels … [Read more...] about The Hunt For The Next Portland: Hoteliers Bet Big On Small City America
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There’ve been rumors of a sequel to Independence Day for nigh on a decade now. The 1996 blockbuster was one of the highest-grossing films of all time upon its initial release, it singlehandedly transformed Will Smith from being the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to being one of the world’s most important movie stars, and it kicked off a renewed interest in “aliens come to Earth to mess with us” as a big-budget genre that had been buried under years of touchy-feely alien pictures in the wake of E.T. Though the movie is, er, pretty dumb, there’s no question that Independence Day matters–or that it has a passionate fanbase. advertisement So when the writing/directing/producing team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich announced plans for a sequel back in 2009, we were excited; but after years of talk and no action–and a whole lot of waffling on the question of whether Smith would be involved–it started to feel like an apocryphal story. Even … [Read more...] about “Independence Day 2” Is Really, Really Happening Now That It’s Even Got A Trailer
Foldable smartphones were a major theme at CES 2019. And, while we saw multiple prototypes of what companies told us was ‘the ultimate foldable smartphone’, none of them were actually ready to hit store shelves, none but one. The Royole FlexPai is the first foldable smartphone you can buy and is capable of folding up to 180 degrees. So, how does the Royole FlexPai stack up against today’s smartphones? Let’s find out:Royole FlexPai DisplayThe FlexPai boats an impressive 7.8-inch foldable AMOLED display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1440 resolution and a pixel density of 308 PPI.Thank you for IDG's @IDGCapital The Best Global Mobile Phone Breakthrough Innovation Award 2018! We cannot express enough of our gratitude to all the support that IDG has been giving us the past years! #CES2019 #IDG pic.twitter.com/qVChAmuGt2— Royole Corporation (@RoyoleOfficial) January 10, 2019Royole FlexPai PerformanceTo run a big phone, you’re going to require big … [Read more...] about Royole FlexPai: Foldable smartphone from the future
Uber listed in the US in May 2019. Ola's founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal plans to take his company public in 18 to 24 months. At 18 months, it will mark two years after Uber listed its shares on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Coincidentally, Ola started its business two years after Uber. Following in Uber's footsteps may have worked initially, but when it comes to listing Ola, it should tread carefully. The harsh lessons Uber learnt while preparing for its IPO should actually make it cautious.Ola has another thing in common with Uber: sizeable losses. To be sure, India's largest ride-hailing startup has narrowed its losses by about 60 percent in the year to March 2019 to Rs 1,160 crore from Rs 2,676 crore in the year ago. But the number is still substantial. Public market investors may want to see a quicker path to profits as they can be less patient than private equity funds.The question then is, why is Ola in a hurry … [Read more...] about Ola IPO | Bhavish Aggarwal likes walking down the Uber path, even to the Street
In the hierarchy of things New York City residents kvetch about, housing ranks near the top. A dearth of affordable apartments has the city in a stranglehold and there’s seemingly no end to escalating rents. (Good luck finding a studio in Manhattan for less than $2,300 per month, the average going rate in the borough.) To tackle this problem, former mayor Michael Bloomberg staged a competition in 2012 to design a micro-units development. In just three years, the experimental buildings have hit the market. But is it enough to alleviate the affordable housing crisis? Short answer: it opens the conversation about retooling the city’s supply of apartments, but it’s not exactly a panacea for NYC’s housing headaches. advertisement advertisement Designed by the Brooklyn-based firm nArchitects, Carmel Place (formerly known as MyMicro) is located in Kips Bay, a neighborhood on Manhattan’s east side, familiar to many as “The place where that movie … [Read more...] about Micro Apartments: Utopia or Dystopia?