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Why FANG stocks are hitting record highs despite US-China trade fights

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:55
Technology stocks have rallied despite trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Facebook, Netflix and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index hit record highs on Wednesday. Many large tech stocks have very little exposure to China and continue to grow rapidly, making them attractive for investors.

What trade war? FAANGs scale new highs

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:17
The five heavyweight stocks also powered the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) to a record high and helped the broader S&P 500 (.SPX) shrug off concerns over tariffs between the United States and China. Trade war worries have limited the benchmark S&P 500's gain to about 3.5 percent this year, but the FAANG group, whose businesses are largely immune to trade and tariffs, has surged 10 times in this period. "We're seeing a big question mark over global trade ... and whenever you see the market get in trouble, it's always important to look for leadership and isolate strength," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive officer of 50 Park Investments in New York.

Bloons TD 5 - Ninja Kiwi

Top 10 Paid Apps - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:36
Five-star tower defense with unrivaled depth and replayability. Now with rewarded leaderboards for even more fun and challenge! The Bloons are back and this time they mean business! Build awesome towers, choose your favorite upgrades, hire cool new Special Agents, and pop every last invading Bloon in the best ever version of the most popular tower defense series in history. Featuring 2 brand new Towers, cool Special Agents, glorious retina graphics, original Tracks and Special Missions, a whole new tier of Specialty Building upgrades, and the powerful Monkey Lab to further upgrade your towers, Bloons TD 5 delivers hours and hours of fun, challenging play to fans and new players alike. Hours and Hours of Awesome Gameplay: * 21 powerful towers with Activated Abilities and 2 upgrade paths * 10 Special Agents * 50+ Tracks * 10 Special Missions * 250+ Random Missions * New Bloon enemies - tougher Camos, Regrower Bloons, and the fearsome ZOMG * 50+ Game Center Achievements and Challenges * iCloud Support * 3 different game modes * Freeplay mode after mastering a track * 4 difficulty settings and family-friendly theme so anyone can play And that's just the beginning - regular planned updates will keep Bloons TD 5 fresh, fun, and challenging for many months to come. Now it's time to pop some Bloons! Remember to save to iCloud after each victory or purchase to save your progress. iPad and iPad mini version also available - check out Bloons TD 5 HD for full screen UI awesomeness! Bloons TD 5 Ninja Kiwi $2.99 https://is4-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple125/v4/0b/96/d2/0b96d2f9-2949-ba32-8fed-149164e445b6/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-0-85-220-0-2.png/53x53bb-85.png https://is1-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple125/v4/0b/96/d2/0b96d2f9-2949-ba32-8fed-149164e445b6/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-0-85-220-0-2.png/75x75bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple125/v4/0b/96/d2/0b96d2f9-2949-ba32-8fed-149164e445b6/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-0-85-220-0-2.png/100x100bb-85.png © 2012 Ninja Kiwi 2012-11-15T00:00:00-07:00

Fiat's EU Court Showdown Gives a Taste of Fight Over Apple Taxes

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:10
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Luxembourg headed to the European Union courts in the first round of a battle pitting the likes of Apple Inc. against EU regulators who singled them out during a crackdown on controversial tax deals for multinationals. In a hearing at the EU’s second-highest court on Thursday, a Fiat unit and Luxembourg challenged the EU’s order for 30 million euros ($35 million) in back taxes in a closely watched case that may preview the fate of far larger tax bills meted out by the bloc’s regulators since 2015. The commission’s state-aid investigators started work in 2013 to unearth what they deem to be the most problematic examples of otherwise legal individual tax agreements -- or tax rulings -- doled out to companies.

Taiwan's TSMC to invest $25 bln in 5 nanometer node technology

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 07:23
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, a supplier to Apple Inc , said on Thursday it expects to invest $25 billion in 5 nanometer node technology. The firm did not provide a time frame for the investment....

Beirut - Brad Anderson

Top Movies - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 07:13
Jon Hamm stars as Mason Skiles, a former U.S. diplomat, who gets sent to Beirut to negotiate a swap for the release of a terrorist leader, believed to be imprisoned by Israeli secret police, in exchange for a CIA agent who has been kidnapped. Confronted by ghosts from his past, Mason faces a formidable question: Who do you trust in a world where the truth emerges only when it's convenient – or profitable? From the writer of the Bourne trilogy, this taut action thriller also stars Rosamund Pike and Dean Norris and is being hailed by critics as "tense & ever-twisting" (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times). Beirut 152507.0 Brad Anderson $14.99 https://is2-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video125/v4/9e/ac/3b/9eac3b03-22d4-99b1-36e7-f462b366ad54/pr_source.lsr/39x60bb-85.png https://is2-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video125/v4/9e/ac/3b/9eac3b03-22d4-99b1-36e7-f462b366ad54/pr_source.lsr/39x60bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video125/v4/9e/ac/3b/9eac3b03-22d4-99b1-36e7-f462b366ad54/pr_source.lsr/113x170bb-85.png © 2017 Bleecker Street Media LLC. All Rights Reserved. 2018-04-11T00:00:00-07:00

China warns Washington's 'capricious' trade actions will hurt U.S. workers

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:55
China's commerce ministry on Thursday accused the United States of being "capricious" over bilateral trade issues, and warned that the interests of U.S. workers and farmers ultimately will be hurt by Washington's penchant for brandishing "big sticks". Previous trade negotiations with the United States had been constructive, but because the U.S. government is being unpredictable and challenging, Beijing has had to respond in a strong manner, commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said in a regular briefing in Beijing. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to hit $200 billion of Chinese imports with 10 percent tariffs if Beijing retaliates against his previous announcement to target $50 billion in imports.

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - June 21

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:39
The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. - Twenty-First Century Fox Inc said on Wednesday it had entered into an agreement with Walt Disney Co, adding that it considered the revamped offer, now valued at $71.3 billion, to be "superior to the proposal" made by Comcast Corp last week. - Amazon.com Inc, Berkshire Hathaway Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Wednesday they had picked Atul Gawande, a Harvard surgeon, to lead their healthcare venture.

Xiaomi: A Chinese startup out to challenge Google, Amazon

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:00
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Xiaomi, a Chinese startup that helped pioneer the trend toward ultra-low-priced smartphones, is preparing for what would be the biggest initial public offering since e-commerce giant Alibaba's in 2014.

Helix Jump - Voodoo

Top 10 Free Apps - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 03:50
Exciting adventure of the bouncing ball through the helix tower labyrinth. One-tap easy-to-learn controls, rich visual effects and addictive gameplay mechanics. Helix Jump Voodoo Get https://is4-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple115/v4/95/eb/27/95eb274f-80b1-0adb-a9f4-c0b81a628bfb/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-0-85-220-0-8.png/53x53bb-85.png https://is1-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple115/v4/95/eb/27/95eb274f-80b1-0adb-a9f4-c0b81a628bfb/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-0-85-220-0-8.png/75x75bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple115/v4/95/eb/27/95eb274f-80b1-0adb-a9f4-c0b81a628bfb/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-0-85-220-0-8.png/100x100bb-85.png © h8games 2018-02-10T09:33:15-07:00

Cupertino’s ‘Apple employee tax’ put off for a year; voters will instead weigh in during 2019 special election

Mac Daily News - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 02:54
Cupertino elected officials have scrapped a controversial plan...

Afterlight 2 - Afterlight Collective, Inc

Top 10 Paid Apps - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 02:35
The most powerful, full-featured photo editing experience. One price, no subscriptions. New free content updated every month! Afterlight 2 is a complete overhaul of the original and widely popular "Afterlight", thoughtfully redesigned with ease of use in mind and an extensive list of brand new features. — ADVANCED TOOLS New tools like Curves, Selective Hue/Saturation, Clarify, Tone and more help you get the very best out of your photos! — DUST & LIGHT LEAK OVERLAYS Now freshly updated with a brand new tool, Overlays! Try out this new group of textures including prism effects, real film light leaks, and dusty film overlays. Rotate and expand them freely to give your photos that extra bit of style! — ARTWORK & TEXT Get creative and inspired using a fun list of hand-picked fonts + designs created by us! Customizable with useful tools like drop shadows, unlimited color options, masking and non-destructive layering. New fonts and designs to be added frequently, always free. — FILTER COLLECTIONS A regularly updated list of high quality filter packs created by photographers we love! Always free. — FILTER EDITING All filters are created using an advanced process that ensures a unique touch across a wide variety of photos. Customize existing filters to fit your needs or create your own as Fusions! — DOUBLE EXPOSURE Blend photos together to create unique one-of-a-kind combinations! — HISTORY Undo or redo any action at any time during the editing process. — FULL QUALITY ZOOMING Use multi-touch gestures to zoom into fine details for precision editing without losing quality. — NO HIDDEN FEES OR SUBSCRIPTIONS No subscription, no in-app purchases, updates are always free! afterlight.co Have a question? Support on Twitter - @afterlightapp Instagram - @afterlight Afterlight 2 Afterlight Collective, Inc $2.99 https://is5-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple125/v4/ea/dd/2a/eadd2a74-1594-cd45-e298-6de7f7061e69/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-85-220-0-3.png/53x53bb-85.png https://is2-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple125/v4/ea/dd/2a/eadd2a74-1594-cd45-e298-6de7f7061e69/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-85-220-0-3.png/75x75bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple125/v4/ea/dd/2a/eadd2a74-1594-cd45-e298-6de7f7061e69/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-85-220-0-3.png/100x100bb-85.png © Afterlight Collective, Inc. 2017-11-02T00:21:31-07:00

Poptropica - StoryArc Media

Top 10 Free Apps - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 02:25
Poptropica is an open virtual world created by Jeff Kinney, author of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID. Join a community of more than 10 million players in a unique multiplayer adventure game, where you choose the type of HERO YOU WANT TO BE! Collect powers, prizes, and customize your character with exclusive outfits from your favorite heroes! So, are you ready for your next big adventure?! Travel back in time, break out from jail, build your own Island or battle zombies, monsters, robots, pirates, Vikings, thieves, Greek gods, and the evil Dr. Hare! Solve mysteries and complete quests while exploring a virtual world composed of a growing chain of story-based islands. Begin your journey and create your very own Poptropican today! ***** “Amazing, I love this game. I play it on computer and tablet.” ***** “OMG this game is amazing! My favorite game in the world. Super fun and challenging!” FEATURES: - Explore the virtual world of Poptropica and its 20 islands! - You’re the Hero! Solve 1000+ mysteries! - Customize your hero from head to toe with 1000+ themed outfits! - Collect items from your favorite heroes! - Multiplayer game where you can meet and chat with your friends! Join a community of more than 10M players. - Create your own island! - Free to play, with in-app purchases available for more customization! Poptropica made Time Magazine's list of ""50 Websites that Make the Web Great"". ***** “This is the best best best best best game ever!” ***** “Loved it! This game is so much fun to play.” ***** “This was my childhood, so I'm glad to see it again on MOBILE this was the best game!” Please rate Poptropica - your feedback helps us make the best game experience possible! *Poptropica is free to download and play. However, you can purchase costume bundle packs with real money. A WiFi connection is required to download this app.* Want the latest news about upcoming islands and other exciting developments in the world of Poptropica? * Website (www.Poptropica.com) * Facebook (facebook.com/officialPoptropica) * Instagram (instagram.com/poptropicacreators) * YouTube (youtube.com/PoptropicaCreators) * Twitter (twitter.com/poptropica) * Blog (http://blog.poptropica.com) For app support, please visit: http://www.poptropica.com/contact/contact-players.html. Poptropica is a kidSAFE-certified virtual world enjoyed by millions of adventurous kids across the globe! Privacy Policy http://www.fen.com/resources/privacy-policy-mobile.html Terms of Use http://www.fen.com/resources/terms-of-use-mobile.html © 2017 Sandbox Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. Poptropica StoryArc Media Get https://is4-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple115/v4/8c/7f/a1/8c7fa1f4-8d16-eaaa-45a9-794e82f1e0c4/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-GLES2_U002c0-512MB-sRGB-0-0-0-85-220-0-0-0-8.png/53x53bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple115/v4/8c/7f/a1/8c7fa1f4-8d16-eaaa-45a9-794e82f1e0c4/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-GLES2_U002c0-512MB-sRGB-0-0-0-85-220-0-0-0-8.png/75x75bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple115/v4/8c/7f/a1/8c7fa1f4-8d16-eaaa-45a9-794e82f1e0c4/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-GLES2_U002c0-512MB-sRGB-0-0-0-85-220-0-0-0-8.png/100x100bb-85.png © 2018 Sandbox Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2014-03-10T10:13:13-07:00

These AI Shoes Could Become Your Fitness Coach

The MacObserver - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:48

Writing for Techcrunch, Callum Booth talks about a device called Runvi. It’s on Kickstarter right now, consisting of two insoles, and it wants to be your AI-powered running coach by analyzing the way you move. These AI shoes are connected by something called the Core, which is a part of the insole you can remove. This acts as the brain, and powers the sensors, as well as logging and storing data before sending it to your phone.

There are other running products out there – the Lumo Run or Arion, which is another insole tracker, for example – but Runvi, on the surface at least, appears to be superior. It has more sensors, is cheaper than Arion, and is more self-contained, as it doesn’t need anything hooking over your shoe.

It’s vital to remember this is just on paper though. While the idea and set-up looks promising, we’ll have to wait until we have the physical copies in our hands, or, you know, in our shoes, before we can see how it works in reality. Until then, I’m quietly hopeful I won’t hurt my knee any more.

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Just How REALLY Big Are The SpaceX Rockets?

The MacObserver - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:25

Because of they way they’re photographed, we don’t often get a good perspective on how big modern rockets are. For example, the SpaceX Falcon 9 is 230 ft (70 meters) tall. The SpaceX BFR rocket is 348 ft. (106 meters) tall. What does that really mean in everyday terms? In this video, a VFX artist, with great style, puts the size of these rockets into perspective for us. (Those who’ve been to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida will understand.)

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Check Out This AR Business Card Concept

The MacObserver - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:21

iOS developer Oscar Falmer tweeted a video of an AR business card concept. It shows someone holding up a business card of Oscar, and content like a website link, twitter link, buttons for contact, and a timeline of recent work appears in mid-air around the business card. There is so much potential in augmented reality, and companies like Apple are just getting started. iOS 12 will bring even more AR goodness with ARKit 2.0.

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What Online Services Can Do with Content You Upload – TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-20

The MacObserver - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:06

Adam Christianson from the Maccast and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at who can use our content when we upload to online services and social networks.

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Microsoft Buying AI Firm Bonsai

The MacObserver - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:05

Microsoft is ramping up its stake in the artificial intelligence market by buying the AI and machine learning startup Bonsai.

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Apple Partners With Sesame Workshop For Video Content

The MacObserver - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:04

Yesterday Apple announced it ordered multiple live-action and animated series from producer Sesame Workshop

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Apple is figuring out what’s next

Mac Daily News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:03
Apple used this year's WWDC to demonstrate a number of areas in which it is playing offense...

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