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As Amazon Echo price slashed there’s bad news for Amazon customers

As Amazon Echo price slashed there’s bad news for Amazon customers

AMAZON’S award-winning Echo smart speaker continues to be offered at a much lower price but customers now face a longer wait to own one.With a low price and an abundance of smart features, it’s no wonder the Amazon Echo remains hugely popular.This intelligent internet-connected speaker comes packed with a swathe of features which allows it to control your home, read you the news and fill your home with music via simple voice commands.Amazon recently refreshed its full lineup of smart speakers with one of the biggest upgrades coming the budget Echo Dot.This popular entry-level device got a refreshed and more curvaceous look plus much-improved sound with this speaker now around 70 percent louder than its predecessor.
Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier

Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier

When cannabis became legal for adult recreational use at the start of 2018, a provision in the new law opened the door for individuals who were convicted of certain kinds of marijuana-related crimes in the past to petition to have their criminal records cleared. Actually taking the state up on that offer, however, remained expensive and complicated. Now, as of January 1, 2019, a follow-up law has gone into effect, aiming to make the process more accessible to Californians—and advocates say it will go a long way toward helping those individuals live free from the stigma of a drug arrest.
Drone Consortium Safir to Increase Efforts to Facilitate European Drone Law Legislation

Drone Consortium Safir to Increase Efforts to Facilitate European Drone Law Legislation

The Safir project, a consortium of 13 public organizations and private companies partly funded by the European Commission, will begin testing drone applications and unmanned traffic management systems in Belgium in hopes to assist the European Union establish a framework for the commercial drone industry, The New York Times reports. Members of Safir (or Safe and Flexible Integration of Initial U-space Services in a Real Environment) met in Brussels in November to discuss the upcoming test trials, which will take place at the DronePort facility in Limburg. “It is about testing 10 drones with different purposes, applications and IT systems,” explained DronePort CEO Mark Vanlook. 
Today is Judgment Day for last-ditch Sears rescue plan

Today is Judgment Day for last-ditch Sears rescue plan

Edward Lampert has filled in the blanks on his $4.4 billion rescue bid for Sears, but a couple of key numbers were still missing less than a day before a key court deadline: How much did the liquidators offer?Two bids from breakup firms have been submitted, and if either one tops Lampert, Sears Holdings Corp. could turn out to be worth more dead than alive for its creditors. Those numbers hadn't been publicly announced as of late Thursday.Lampert's ESL Investments is offering to keep the bankrupt chain in business and up to 50,000 people employed. But it's possible his plan won't be deemed solid enough to qualify, all but assuring that the company will be shut down and sold off in pieces. The deadline for Sears to tell bidders if they're still in the running is 4 p.m. New York time.
Gatwick drones: 'Military capability' withdrawn from airport

Gatwick drones: 'Military capability' withdrawn from airport

"Military capability" deployed to counter illegal drone flights at Gatwick Airport has been withdrawn, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.The Army was deployed as hundreds of flights were cancelled on 20 December following repeated drone sightings.Gatwick said it had spent £5m to prevent future attacks, but would not comment on the nature of the system.Sussex Police said no arrests have been made since a couple were released without charge on 23 December.More than 140,000 passengers were affected by cancellations and delays during the 36 hours of chaos.Following a further sighting on 21 December, the airport said the "military measures" had provided "the reassurance necessary that it is safe to reopen"
University of Washington Researchers Demo Ability to Generate 3D Augmented Reality Content from 2D Images

University of Washington Researchers Demo Ability to Generate 3D Augmented Reality Content from 2D Images

After joining Google and Huawei in underwriting the UW Reality Lab at the University of Washington in January, it appears Facebook is already seeing a return on its donation.According to results published earlier this month through Cornell University's arXiv service in a paper titled, "Photo Wake-Up: 3D Character Animation from a Single Photo," a team of Facebook and University of Washington researchers have developed a method of generating animated 3D models in augmented reality using only a photograph.
Netflix permanently pulls iTunes billing for new users

Netflix permanently pulls iTunes billing for new users

Netflix is further distancing itself from Apple’s iTunes tax bracket. Earlier this year, the streaming giant enabled iOS users in more than two dozen markets to bypass the iTunes payment method as part of an experiment. The company now tells VentureBeat that it has concluded the experiment and has incorporated the change globally.“We no longer support iTunes as a method of payment for new members,” a Netflix spokesperson told VentureBeat. Existing members, however, can continue to use iTunes as a method of payment, the spokesperson added.
Bitcoin (BTC) Regains Trading Dominance as Market Prices Fall

Bitcoin (BTC) Regains Trading Dominance as Market Prices Fall

Altcoin fatigue has taken over the crypto markets, and most trading activity has circled back to concentrate on Bitcoin (BTC). Typically, the original cryptocurrency takes up around 30% of all trades, but the proportion increased to more than 37% as of December 14. While prices struggle to remain in their current range, another sell-off has pushed them closer to $3,300.An even more dramatic change for BTC trading is the expanded influence of Tether (USDT) pairs. During Thursday’s sell-off, more than 71% of all trades happened in the BTC/USDT pair, based on data from CryptoCompare. Later, the proportion fell to about 68%, remaining relatively high.Altcoins still have a relatively high market dominance due to their sheer number. Some tokens and coins continue to see the occasional pump. However, Bitcoin’s dominance expanded to more than 54% after dropping to as low as 32% in January.
Apple makes history by becoming first US company to reach $1 trillion market value

Apple makes history by becoming first US company to reach $1 trillion market value

Apple, the popular technology stock owned by millions of Americans through funds in their 401(k)s, has become the first publicly traded U.S. company to hit a market value of $1 trillion.The iPhone maker's milestone on Thursday follows an extraordinary stretch of innovation, and it arrives as the bull market for stocks, more than 9 years old, looks to overtake the 1990s bull run as the longest in history this month. The company's good fortune is good news for individual investors.Apple's stock is widely owned by workers ranging from teachers to electricians to lawyers. With a nearly 4 percent weighting, Apple is the biggest holding in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index, an investment that most people own in 401(k)s through index funds and other types of funds that hold Apple shares.
2019 Real Estate Forecast: What Home Buyers, Sellers And Investors Can Expect

2019 Real Estate Forecast: What Home Buyers, Sellers And Investors Can Expect

There’s no doubt about it: the 2018 housing market has seen its ups and downs.The year started with sky-high home prices, historically low mortgage rates and a definitive upper hand for sellers. In recent months though, home price growth has faltered, rates have risen to their highest point in nearly eight years, and favor has started to shift from seller to buyer.Will these trends continue? Will housing experience the same wild ride in the new year? Here’s what experts predict will happen in 2019 real estate market.


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