November 2018 NPD: Red Dead on top with strong debut from Pikachu – VentureBeat
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November 2018 NPD: Red Dead on top with strong debut from Pikachu – VentureBeat

The video game industry in the United States was flat year-over-year in November, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. U.S. consumers spent $2.693 billion on hardware, software, and accessories. In November 2017, that number was $2.706 billion. Overall, the month was still strong considering it had a tough comparison to last year. “Gains in…

Kroger-owned grocery store begins fully driverless deliveries – Ars Technica
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Kroger-owned grocery store begins fully driverless deliveries – Ars Technica

Driverless deliveries — Road-legal delivery vehicles don’t even have space for a human driver. Timothy B. Lee – Dec 18, 2018 6:18 pm UTC Nuro, a startup founded by two veterans of Google’s self-driving car project, has reached an important milestone: it has started making fully autonomous grocery deliveries on public streets. Fry’s Food, a…

Launch Center Pro 3.0 Review: Universal Version, New Business Model, NFC Triggers, and More – MacStories
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Launch Center Pro 3.0 Review: Universal Version, New Business Model, NFC Triggers, and More – MacStories

Launch Center Pro, Contrast’s popular launcher for iPhone and iPad, has been updated to version 3.0. It may be hard to believe, but Launch Center Pro 2.0 came out five years ago (in 2013), before Workflow, when Pythonista, Editorial, and Drafts were the only other apps pushing forward the idea of iOS automation thanks to…

Asian markets fall as Fed worries override Xi’s reassurance on economic reforms – MarketWatch
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Asian markets fall as Fed worries override Xi’s reassurance on economic reforms – MarketWatch

Asian stocks fell on Tuesday following a major speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping, tracking losses on Wall Street as traders braced for an interest rate hike by Federal Reserve. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index NIK, -1.82%   was 1.6% lower and the Kospi SEU, -0.43%   in South Korea dropped 0.4%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng…

Alexa Guard goes live, lets your Echo speakers listen for trouble – CNET
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Alexa Guard goes live, lets your Echo speakers listen for trouble – CNET

“Alexa, I’m leaving.” “OK — I’ll be on guard.” That’s the gist of Alexa Guard, a new feature from Amazon that lets your Echo devices keep an ear out for trouble when you’re away from home. If Alexa hears something after you’ve put her into Guard mode — a smoke alarm ringing or the sound…

Corporate America gives out a record $1 trillion in stock buybacks – CNN
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Corporate America gives out a record $1 trillion in stock buybacks – CNN

New York (CNN Business)Corporate America celebrated the first full year under the new tax law by rolling out a record-setting $1 trillion of stock buybacks.US companies, led by Lowe’s (LOW) and AbbVie (ABBV), rewarded shareholders by unveiling $34.4 billion in buybacks last week, according to TrimTabs Investment Research. That lifted repurchase announcements above $1 trillion…

These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years – The Verge
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These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years – The Verge

Developments in artificial intelligence move at a startling pace — so much so that it’s often difficult to keep track. But one area where progress is as plain as the nose on your AI-generated face is the use of neural networks to create fake images. In brief: we’re getting scarily good at it. In the…

A Week Of FUD — #Pravduh About #Tesla Report 15 – CleanTechnica
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A Week Of FUD — #Pravduh About #Tesla Report 15 – CleanTechnica

Cars Published on December 17th, 2018 | by Chanan Bos December 17th, 2018 by Chanan Bos  Intro Only a week to go till Christmas and Tesla failing seems to be on the wish list of certain journalists, but because their paycheck probably comes in part from fossil fuels, a lump of coal is all they…

The Chip Stocks Have Bottomed – Seeking Alpha
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The Chip Stocks Have Bottomed – Seeking Alpha

Now that the trade war has officially been put on ice, two short-term trades to scoop up out there for the taking would be chip leaders Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia (NVDA). Even though I am still bearish on the chip sector as a whole, the mini rapprochement signals a much-needed reprieve to China-sensitive…

Why You Should Move Your 401(k) Into An IRA – Forbes
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Why You Should Move Your 401(k) Into An IRA – Forbes

Credit: Getty Royalty FreeGetty The 401(k) is a blessing for many people, as it allows them to build wealth over time using dollar-cost averaging. Still, sometimes it makes more sense to channel some of that money from the employer-based account into your own individual retirement account. The ever-astute Rick Kahler, the founder of Kahler Financial Group,…