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For the First Time in 4 Years, the Number of Homes for Sale Is Up—Here's What It Means

For the First Time in 4 Years, the Number of Homes for Sale Is Up—Here's What It Means

For the first time in four years, the inventory of homes on the market actually grew in October—by 2% nationally, compared with the same time last year. In the fiercely competitive world of U.S. real estate—where a lack of available homes has led to price jumps, bidding wars, and frustrated buyers—this is significant news. Is it a harbinger of changes to come? While the net increase of 25,000 listings was no avalanche, it marked a sharp change from the severe constriction in supply that has marked recent years and driven up prices. In addition, new listings in October came in at cheaper price points.
Alexa will tell you where you can vote and give real-time election updates

Alexa will tell you where you can vote and give real-time election updates

In the days leading up to the US midterm elections on November 6th, Amazon’s Alexa will be able to tell users information about voter registration deadlines, polling information, and give real-time election results. Following the election, Alexa will also be able to give more details on the outcome, including how many seats each party gained, and information on specific candidates.
Apple's Holiday Forecast to Shed Light on Success of New iPhones

Apple's Holiday Forecast to Shed Light on Success of New iPhones

Apple Inc.’s earnings on Thursday will provide the first real insight into the success of the company’s new iPhones, especially the lower-priced XR model. The focus will be on Apple’s fiscal first-quarter forecast covering the important holiday season, when the XR is expected to be a popular gift, luring owners of older iPhones to upgrade. Apple shares rose 0.2 percent to $219.38 at 2:26 p.m. in New York ahead of the results.
Bitcoin turns 10 — how it went from an abstract idea to a $100 billion market in a decade

Bitcoin turns 10 — how it went from an abstract idea to a $100 billion market in a decade

Ten years ago, as Lehman Brothers was declaring bankruptcy and the global economy was lurching into recession, the idea for an alternative currency was being quietly built online. On Oct. 31, 2008, bitcoin was born — and in the past 10 years ,it has evolved from an anti-establishment hobby among coders to a household name on Wall Street. The first and most famous digital currency sparked mania among retail investors last year, and, despite being founded to bypass them, it has caught the attention of some of the world's most powerful institutions.
Walmart Plans To Redevelop Supercenter Land Into 'Town Center' Gathering Places

Walmart Plans To Redevelop Supercenter Land Into 'Town Center' Gathering Places

Walmart is planning to develop the land surrounding a number of store sites nationwide into town centers, or what it calls "reimagined centers." The town centers will be located on land around Walmart supercenters that the retail giant considers underutilized. The concept is flexible and will include the addition of restaurants, health clinics, day care establishments, gas stations, bowling alleys, food trucks, bike rental stations, and driving ranges.
Tech Leaders Look To IoT, AI & Robotics To Fuel Growth Through 2021

Tech Leaders Look To IoT, AI & Robotics To Fuel Growth Through 2021

These and many other insights are from KPMG’s recent research study Tech Disruptors Outpace The Competition. The study can be downloaded here(PDF, 42 pp., no opt-in.).  The methodology is based on interviews with 750 global technology industry leaders, 85% of whom are C-level executives. For additional details on the methodology, please see pages 32 and 33 of the study. The study found that the three main benefits of adopting IoT, AI, and robotics include improved management of personal information, increased personal productivity, and improved customer experience through personalized real-time information.
Community Broadband an 'Ominous Threat to The First Amendment'

Community Broadband an 'Ominous Threat to The First Amendment'

The Trump FCC has declared towns and cities that vote to build their own broadband networks an “ominous threat to the First Amendment.” The claims were made last week during a speech given at the telecom-funded Media Institute by FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. In his speech, O’Rielly insinuated, without evidence, that community owned and operated broadband networks would naturally result in local governments aggressively limiting American free speech rights.
Apple knocked its big iPad and Mac event out of the park

Apple knocked its big iPad and Mac event out of the park

Last month, Apple held its big annual iPhone event— and it was pretty disappointing. It had none of the surprises Apple is known for, and the company even discontinued a handful of beloved products, something many people didn't see coming. But Apple knocked its big iPad and Mac showcase on Tuesday out of the park. At its second big event of the fall, in Brooklyn, New York, Apple debuted three redesigned products: a new MacBook Air, a new Mac Mini, and two new iPad Pro models.
BART responds to man on train who pulled out two chainsaws

BART responds to man on train who pulled out two chainsaws

A man was filmed waving two chainsaws around on BART. According to video taken by Twitter user janina_ks, the man unpacked the chainsaws and displayed them to other riders Monday afternoon while on a train headed from Fremont to Richmond. As he muttered things like “cut your frickin’ head off" and “ooh, yeah, it’s electric," janina_ks tweeted the footage to BART, which responded "we've never seen anything like this before
Why Is CBD Everywhere?

Why Is CBD Everywhere?

Cannabidiol is being touted as a magical elixir, a cure-all now available in bath bombs, dog treats, and even pharmaceuticals. But maybe it’s just a fix for our anxious times. It’s hard to say the precise moment when CBD, the voguish cannabis derivative, went from being a fidget spinner alternative for stoners to a mainstream panacea. Maybe it was in January, when Mandy Moore, hours before the Golden Globes, told Coveteur that she was experimenting with CBD oil to relieve the pain from wearing high heels. “It could be a really exciting evening,” she said. “I could be floating this year.”
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