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Amazon Prime Day 2019: Don't make these 4 mistakes

Amazon Prime Day 2019: Don't make these 4 mistakes

Amazon plans to offer sales on an astounding 1 million products on Monday and Tuesday. But experts say to do your research before buying, because not every product will offer the best bang for your money.  In some cases, consumers may be better off waiting for Black Friday sales in November. Amazon Prime Day 2019 will kick off 48 hours of sales on Monday, but not everything on the site will be a bargain. As in any shopping situation, the age-old advice of "caveat emptor" -- buyer beware -- holds true during the 48-hour event. 
Amazon Alexa offering NHS health advice

Amazon Alexa offering NHS health advice

From this week, the voice-assisted technology is automatically searching the official NHS website when UK users ask for health-related advice. The government in England said it could reduce demand on the NHS. Privacy campaigners have raised data protection concerns but Amazon say all information will be kept confidential. The partnership was first announced last year and now talks are under way with other companies, including Microsoft, to set up similar arrangements.
Corey Seager And A.J. Pollack Are Utilizing Virtual Reality Technology During Injury Rehab Process

Corey Seager And A.J. Pollack Are Utilizing Virtual Reality Technology During Injury Rehab Process

When you are 61-30, as are the Los Angeles Dodgers, and have far and away the best record in the National League, it’s easy to get complacent. But the Dodgers are looking ahead for how to gain an edge in their goal of capturing the World Series title that has eluded them since 1988.  They came tantalizingly close in the last two years, but lost each time in the Fall Classic to the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox respectively. Two players that the Dodgers would like to have on the field in October are shortstop Corey Seager and outfielder A.J. Pollack.  Both have been out for significant stretches this year; Seager, since June 11th with a hamstring injury, and Pollack has been out since April 28th due to a bacterial infection and later having elbow surgery. 
Realogy slams Compass with explosive suit

Realogy slams Compass with explosive suit

Compass — the $4.4 billion Softbank-backed brokerage that’s shaken up the real estate landscape over the past seven years — was hit with an explosive and wide-ranging lawsuit Wednesday by a key rival accusing it of price-fixing and collusion, “predatory” poaching and unfair business practices. Realogy, in a 68-page complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court, alleges the firm routinely engages in “illegal schemes to gain market share at all costs and to damage, or even eliminate, competition.” In stark terms, Realogy details its main rival’s modus operandi for attracting agents with astronomical splits and navigating non-competes in what it says is “predatory recruiting and poaching” practices. 
China tightens curbs on property firms raising money offshore

China tightens curbs on property firms raising money offshore

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it is tightening restrictions on property companies seeking to raise funds offshore, in its latest move to reduce potential financial risks. The country’s state planner said any new offshore bond issues by real estate firms must be used only to replace medium- and long-term offshore debt maturing in the next year. “This rule has a powerful regulatory impact,” said Yan Yuejin, a research director with Shanghai-based property services firm E-House China R&D Institute. “In other words, property developers are now restricted from using overseas debt to repay domestic debt, to replenish liquidity, and to acquire land.”
Apple disables Walkie Talkie app due to vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping

Apple disables Walkie Talkie app due to vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping

Apple has disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app due to an unspecified vulnerability that could allow a person to listen to another customer’s iPhone without consent, the company told TechCrunch this evening. Apple has apologized for the bug and for the inconvenience of being unable to use the feature while a fix is made. The Walkie Talkie app on Apple Watch allows two users who have accepted an invite from each other to receive audio chats via a “push to talk” interface reminiscent of the PTT buttons on older cell phones.
US growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

US growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. Scientists have asked for weed that more closely matches what’s sold in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said in an email Thursday to The Associated Press.
Moment Air brings an anamorphic lens to DJI’s drones for cinematic flair

Moment Air brings an anamorphic lens to DJI’s drones for cinematic flair

Moment, the company that makes high-quality lenses for smartphones, is expanding its expertise to drones — specifically the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. The platform is called Moment Air and it doesn’t just include lenses, but also filters, a new mounting system, as well as an iPhone case. There’s only one lens available at the moment, and it’s the Drone Anamorphic Lens. Moment released its cinematography-focused anamorphic lens for smartphones last year, which offers a cinema-wide aspect ratio as well as neat lens-flare effects. This lens delivers the same results, but it has been redesigned with “aerospace-grade composites and metals” — Moment is calling this “Featherlight” construction — to ensure it isn’t too heavy for the drone.
ACLU And Other Groups Form Coalition To Push Justice-Focused Marijuana Legalization Model

ACLU And Other Groups Form Coalition To Push Justice-Focused Marijuana Legalization Model

Ten leading civil rights and criminal justice reform groups announced on Tuesday the formation of a coalition to advocate that marijuana legalization legislation must be comprehensive and include wide-ranging social equity provisions. Members of the Marijuana Justice Coalition (MJC) include the ACLU, Center for American Progress, Center for Law and Social Policy, Drug Policy Alliance, Human Rights Watch, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, NORML and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to testify to Congress on antitrust

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to testify to Congress on antitrust

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google have been summoned to Capitol Hill to testify next week as part of House lawmakers’ wide-ranging investigation into big tech companies and the threats they may pose to competition. The hearing, scheduled for July 16 in front of the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee that deals with antitrust, will bring simmering Democratic and Republican frustrations with Silicon Valley into public view, potentially setting the stage for further scrutiny — or regulation — of an industry that has long insisted that its size doesn’t harm rivals or consumers.
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