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|SL||Bitcoin dropped to its lowest level in over a year Monday, sinking to $4,883.09, a drop of 22 percent in the past seven days and more than 65 percent this year, according to data from CoinDesk. The cryptocurrency is down more than 30 percent since the Thanksgiving holiday last year.||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/19/bitcoin-skids-to-a-13-month-low-nearing-5000.html|
|TM||Cheddar's sources say Snap plans to release a $350 version of its Spectacles glasses with two cameras, an aluminum frame and the ability to produce augmented reality effects in videos. Snap plans to make 24,000 pairs of this new model.||https://cheddar.com/videos/snap-new-spectacles-two-cameras-2018|
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|:33||PB||Valve is discontinuing its Steam Link device but will continue to support it.|
The box streamed PC games to a TV through a plug in controller, keyboard and mouse.
The Steam Link launched in 2015, but since then Valve brought the Steam Link app directly to Android phones and Samsung smart TVs and pulled back focus on additional hardware devices.
|:36||SL||Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Samsung is working on four variants of the Galaxy S10, including a 5G 6.7-inch model (nicknamed "Beyond X") with two cameras in the front and four in the back. Samsung reportedly will unveil the camera mid-February and then release in conjunction with 5G network rollouts .The other 3 S10 models are said to have screens ranging from 5.8 inches to 6.4 inches, and have three to five cameras total.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/20/samsung-galaxy-s10-leak/|
|:39||TM||Microsoft is implementing FIDO2 password-free logins for Microsoft accounts used for Outlook, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype and Xbox Live on Windows 10 and the Edge browser. Users must have a hardware key like a Yubikey which can work with USB, Bluetooth or NFC. The hardware key is used in combination with Windows Hello facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, a PIN code or a phone running the Microsoft authenticator app. Other companies that support hardware-augmented logon are Google, Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook, Github, LastPass, 1Password and Dashlane.||https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-now-lets-you-log-into-outlook-skype-xbox-live-with-no-password/|
|:41||PB||Amazon is in the running to buy Fox's 22 regional sports networks from Disney.|
Disney is acquiring a large portion of Fox and has agreed to conditions on the acquisition that they must sell the 22 regional sports networks within 90 days of the close of the acquisition.
Among the 22 networks is the YES network which carries the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets games.
Several other companies are interested in buying the networks and some are interested in buying the YES network separately.
|:44||SL||Google's Call Screen feature will soon include transcripts, according to employee posts on Google forums, and then be automatically saved to the dialer app after the call, for later viewing. As Google employee Paul Dunlop wrote, this new feature "will be available to our public beta testers first, and then all Pixel 3 users later in the year."||https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/20/google-s-pixel-phones-will-soon-save-transcripts-of-screened-cal/|
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|:47||For many years companies have trotted out devices that could turn any surface into an input device, often projecting keyboards. TechCrunch reports on a London Startup named HyperSurfaces is the latest to try. Their device uses machine learning with vibration sensors to recognise inputs of many kinds. Once trained, algorithms run on a local SoC for instant gesture recognition without needing the cloud. A kitchen table could control smart lights. The floor could detect intruders by the pattern of walking. The auto industry has a lot of interest in this.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/20/hypersurfaces/|
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|Natron on yesterday's discussion about Apple cutting production numbers- |
Forecasting is tough....Tim Cook comes from the supply chain side of things, and knows what he's doing naturally in that regard.
He doesn't have a marketing or sales background, and that sometimes shows. Overall it's not bad, its just something to factor in.
Cutting orders from a record high, still puts their sales up at very high numbers compared to a year ago.
To someone untrained, it might look like trouble, when in reality Tim might be correcting course before it becomes a problem for Apple.
If this all means financial trouble for Apple, then they'd need to provide guidance to investors, which just hasn't happened yet, and so the concern seems to be premature.
From what I can see, Apple is doing the right thing, even if unnamed suppliers are complaining privately to the WSJ.
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