Galaxy’s Edge Store Preview: Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

first_imgShare This!We’re counting down the days until the official opening of Walt Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge with a look at some of the sights that you’ll see in this new land. Shopping is a major part of this new land. Next up, we’re showing you some of the merchandise you can find at the Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.This store is truly the ultimate wow factor in shopping at Galaxy’s Edge. Walking in for the first time, you just look up and around and then pick your jaw up off the floor. Yes, it’s a store, and so there’s plenty of merchandise to see, but the shop itself is its own attraction. There’s so much to see in every corner of the store. From the murals when you walk in to the collection of antiquities high up on the upper level of the store, every inch of this store offers more to look at. The merchandise that really draw people’s eyes are the legacy lightsabers wielded by a variety of characters in the Star Wars universe and the collection of holocrons and kyber crystals. But the store holds a lot more, from jewelry to statues to a mishmash of items that just don’t fit anywhere else but are too cool not to sell. Prices can range from a few dollars for “wisdom stones” up to several hundred dollars for certain pieces of jewelry. (And you thought a $200 lightsaber was expensive?) It would be impossible for me to show you everything that you can find in this store, but I hope these photos give you a glimpse into what you might find. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything in Batuu, you won’t want to skip this shop.last_img read more

Hollywood Writers Strike To Put Web Video On TV?

first_imgThe much hyped web drama “Quarterlife,” which is set to debut on MySpace on November 12, may be making the jump to television as a result of the Hollywood writers guild strike. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick-backed web show is rumored to be in talks with NBC to be used as strike-contingency programming.Zwick and Herskovitz, the creative team behind the cult hit TV show “My So-Called Life” and the Oscar-nominated film “Blood Diamond,” make up one of the more high profile teams to try their hand at a web-only production. They would follow the successful run of Michael Eisner’s “Prom Queen” earlier this year.According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Quaterlife” could appear on NBC as early as February. The show, which was initially developed for ABC three years ago, will go on with its Monday MySpace debut as planned, a spokesperson for Zwick and Herskovitz told the paper. However, Herskovitz has gone on record as saying that their MySpace contract only covers the first four hours of the show and the team would like to explore other distribution channels.This would, of course, not be the first time NBC has looked to the web for talent for its television network. The network’s late-night staple Saturday Night Live famously hired Andy Samberg after viewing some of his popular web video shorts. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img josh catone 1 Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Unveils Slicker, Faster iPhone Interface

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to our network blog last100, Google unveiled a new user interface today for its iPhone Web apps. Daniel Langendorf reports:“With Google for the iPhone, users will get an improved UI optimized for the touch screen, customization of default tabs (easy access to favorite applications), faster Gmail (email automatically show up, no refreshing needed), a speedier Calendar (including a new month view), and iGoogle.”According to Vic Gundotra, VP of engineering at Google, over Christmas the number of queries on Google search from iPhones surpassed the number of queries from Symbian-based phones for the first time. “It’s about usage, not just units,” Gundotra said in an interview with CNet. “The data proves that people are using the browser on the iPhone.” Dan noted:“By providing a quicker, slicker user interface, more customization, iGoogle gadget integration, and more speed for all apps, Google is acknowledging the iPhone’s rosy future. iGoogle on the iPhone can be reached by pointing the phone’s browser at google.com/ig/i.The standard mobile version of Google, made available just over a month ago, is still available at google.com/m, but it’s more limited and is available only in the U.S. It brought together a suite of applications like search, Gmail, Calendar, and Reader into one easy-to-use interface.”It should also be noted that iGoogle integration enables developers to create widgets for the iPhone, an option not available to them natively on the iPhone because it is not an open platform.Full story on last100…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

North Carolina Budget Bill Makes Major Tax Changes, Updates Conformity

first_imgThe North Carolina General Assembly voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of budget legislation. The legislation updates the IRC conformity date for computing corporate and personal income tax liability and includes many other income tax changes.IRC ConformityThe legislation updates the IRC conformity date from January 1, 2017 to February 9, 2018.Sales Factor Sourcing RulesThe legislation requires that a corporate income taxpayer’s sales factor include receipts from certain incidental services. The requirement applies to incidental services sold as part of, or in connection with, the sale of tangible personal property in North Carolina.Under current law, a taxpayer’s sales factor must include receipts from services if the taxpayer performs the income producing activities in North Carolina. The legislation incorporates existing Department of Revenue sourcing rules for services. An “income-producing activity” means an activity performed for the ultimate purpose of generating the sale of the service. It applies to activities directly performed by the taxpayer or its agents. If the taxpayer performed income-producing activities in and outside North Carolina, the taxpayer must source the receipts based on a ratio that compares:the income-producing activities performed in the state; andthe total income-producing activities performed everywhere.Repatriation Transition Tax AdjustmentsThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) enacted the IRC Sec. 965 repatriation transition tax. The new Code section requires taxpayers with untaxed foreign earnings and profits to pay a tax as if those earnings and profits had been repatriated to the U.S. IRC Sec. 965(c) allows a deduction for a portion of the repatriated earnings that reduces the overall tax rate.The legislation allows taxpayers computing North Carolina corporate income tax liability to subtract IRC Sec. 965 income. However, taxpayers must addback the IRC Sec. 965(c) deduction.FDII and GILTI AdjustmentsThe TCJA added Code sections concerning intangible income earn by corporations outside the United States.IRC Sec. 951A requires U.S. shareholders of any controlled foreign corporations (CFC) to include its global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) in gross income for the tax year. This provision operates in a manner similar to Subpart F.IRC Sec. 250 provides domestic corporations with reduced rates of U.S. tax on foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and GILTI. It also allows a deduction for a portion of the domestic corporations FDII and GILTI.The legislation allows taxpayers computing North Carolina corporate income tax liability to subtract GILTI. However, taxpayers must addback the IRC Sec. 250 deduction.Deferred Gain on Opportunity Zone PropertyThe TCJA created IRC Sec. 1400Z-2(b) which allows taxpayers to elect to exclude gain on the sale or exchange of property from income if the taxpayer reinvests the gain in a qualified state opportunity zone. The taxpayer must reinvest the gain within 180 days of the sale or exchange. The election allows the taxpayer to defer gain until the earlier of:the tax year in which the investment is sold or exchanged; orDecember 31, 2026.If the taxpayer recognizes deferred gain on December 31, 2026, before the fund investment is sold, the recognized gain increases the basis in the fund.The legislation requires an addition adjustment in determining North Carolina income tax liability for the deferred gain. The adjustment does not result in a difference in basis of the assets for North Carolina and federal income tax purposes.Individual income taxpayers must also add the amount of gain that the taxpayer would include in federal adjusted gross income but for the step up in basis.The legislation allows taxpayers to subtract gain when the taxpayer recognizes it for federal income tax purposes. This adjustment would prevent double taxation of income since the taxpayer already reported the deferred gain as income in North Carolina.Domestic Production Activities DeductionThe legislation repeals the income tax addbacks for the domestic production activities deduction (DPAD) under IRC Sec. 199. The TJCA repealed the federal DPAD for tax years beginning after 2017.Addback for Renewable Energy Property DonationsThe legislation eliminates the corporate income tax addback for charitable contributions of property when the taxpayer also claims the North Carolina renewable energy property donation credit. The addback applied to charitable contributions made to:nonprofit organizations; andNorth Carolina state and local government agencies.Franchise Tax Depreciation AdjustmentCorporations computing the net worth basis of the North Carolina franchise tax can claim a deduction for accumulated depreciation, depletion, and amortization. A corporation must apply the method it used for its federal tax return when determining the deduction. In addition, the corporation must also determine the value of the underlying assets applying the same method it used for federal income tax purposes.Tax Exemption for Foreign Captive Insurance CompaniesThe legislation provides an exemption from North Carolina insurance gross premiums tax to foreign captive insurance companies formed and licensed under the laws of another state. North Carolina captive insurance companies must file a return and pay tax on premiums for business done during the year.Personal Income Tax Filing ThresholdsThe legislation ties North Carolina personal income tax filing thresholds to the state’s standard deduction instead of federal income tax filing thresholds. Taxpayers must file a North Carolina income tax return if their federal gross income exceeds:$17,500 for taxpayers with a filing status of married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er);$14,000 for taxpayers with a filing status of head of household; or$8,750 for taxpayers with a filing status of single or married filing separately.Nonqualified Withdrawals From IRC Sec. 529 Education Savings PlansThe legislation modifies the personal income tax addback for nonqualified withdrawals from IRC Sec. 529 education savings plans. Effective for tax years after 2017, North Carolina requires the addback to federal adjusted gross income if the taxpayer does not use the amount withdrawn to pay for education expenses permitted under IRC Sec. 529.The addback provision previously referred to “qualified higher education expenses”. The TJCA amended IRC Sec. 529 to allow the plans to distribute no more than $10,000 in tuition expenses during the tax year for designated beneficiaries enrolled at a public, private, or religious elementary or secondary school.The North Carolina addback does not apply if the withdrawal was:rolled over to a savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families, called an ABLE account; ornot subject to the additional tax imposed by IRC Sec. 529(c)(6).Automatic Filing ExtensionsEffective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, North Carolina grants an automatic return filing extension to all taxpayers, including partnerships, if the taxpayer received an automatic extension to file a federal income tax return.Federal Determinations and Amended ReturnsThe legislation changes the requirements for reporting federal audit adjustments to the Department of Revenue. A taxpayer must file a North Carolina income tax return if:the IRS or other competent authority changes or corrects the taxpayer’s federal taxable income or federal adjusted gross income; andthe federal change or correction affects the taxpayer’s North Carolina income tax liability.The return must reflect each federal change or correction. The taxpayer must file the return within 6 months after receiving notice of each federal change or correction.The legislation adds a requirement that taxpayers file an amended North Carolina return if they filed an amended federal return. If the amended federal return would increase the taxpayer’s North Carolina income tax liability, then the taxpayer must file an amended state return within 6 months. If the amended federal return would decrease the taxpayer’s North Carolina income tax liability, then the taxpayer can file the amended state return within the limitations period for seeking a refund.The federal determination and amended return requirements also apply to:fiduciaries;employers, pension payers, and other payers required to withhold North Carolina income taxes.Penalties apply to taxpayers who fail to follow the federal determination and amended return requirements. Taxpayers also forfeit the right to any refund.Assessment Limitations PeriodIf a taxpayer files a return as a result of filing a federal amended return, the legislation provides that North Carolina can assess any tax due within:1 year after the taxpayer filed the return; or3 years after the taxpayer’s original return was filed or due, whichever is later; or3 years after the date the taxpayer filed an federal amended return, if the taxpayer does not file a state returnS.B. 99, Laws 2018, effective July 1, 2018 and as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Top stories: CRISPR babies fallout, research funders’ tax havens, and our ancient shrinking sun

first_img(left to right): STEPHEN VOSS; STEPHAN SCHMITZ/FOLIO ART; S. WIESSINGER/SDO/NASA’S GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER By Frankie SchembriDec. 7, 2018 , 4:15 PM Top stories: CRISPR babies fallout, research funders’ tax havens, and our ancient shrinking suncenter_img An ‘epic scientific misadventure’: NIH head Francis Collins ponders fallout from CRISPR baby studyIn a statement condemning the work of Chinese scientist He Jiankui in using CRISPR to genetically modify human embryos, Francis Collins, head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, says the only way forward in germline gene editing trials is “strict independent oversight.” Collins says NIH embraces the role it may need to play in overseeing controversial gene-editing projects going forward.Private research funders court controversy with billions in secretive investmentsSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)An investigation of public records and documents known as the Paradise Papers has found that leading research philanthropies—including the Wellcome Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—have invested more than $5 billion in offshore tax and secrecy havens. Some investments, such as those in highly polluting fuels, undermine the groups’ charitable goals. Critics say that when foundations lend their sterling reputations to offshore strategies, they help legitimize lawful but extreme tax avoidance, and provide cover for money laundering.Did our ancient sun go on a diet? Bands of martian rock could solve the ‘faint young sun’ paradoxScientists have long puzzled over something called the “faint young sun” paradox: Even though our sun used to put out far less energy—and heat—than it does today, there’s ample evidence of flowing water on early Earth and Mars. Now, a team of astronomers says the early sun was actually more massive than we thought—and that proof of its mass should be found in sedimentary rocks on Mars.Why are these Costa Rican monkeys turning yellow?When howler monkeys in Costa Rica started to develop yellow patches on their typically black tails and legs, scientists analyzed their fur to find the source of the strange transformation. The researchers found evidence that the animals’ pigmentation is being altered by increased sulfur from pesticides they ingest as they munch on the leaves of trees surrounding pineapple, banana, and African palm oil farms.Guns kill more U.S. kids than cancer. This emergency physician aims to prevent those firearm deathsWhen Rebecca Cunningham was 5 years old, her mother bought a gun and kicked out her violent husband, who had beaten and threatened to kill her. Now, Cunningham, a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is directing the largest gun research grant the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded in at least 30 years. With $4.9 million from NIH’s child health institute and a team of 27 researchers at 12 institutions, she is on a mission to jump-start gun injury research on a population as vulnerable as she once was: U.S. children and teenagers, for whom guns are the second-leading cause of death.last_img read more