Amazon Ring sales nearly tripled in December despite hacks

It’s going to take more than a few high-profile video hacking incidents to slow connected security camera sales. The security company Ring’s online sales in the US grew 180 percent in December compared with a year earlier, according to new data from Jumpshot, a data analytics firm that tracks URL data from a sample of tens of millions of people. These sales have continued unabated despite growing concerns about privacy risk implications and high-profile reports of disturbing hacks. Jumpshot estimates the Amazon-owned company sold nearly 400,000 Ring security devices, including its video cameras and doorbells, in December, making it the single biggest month for sales to date. Ring hasn’t released any sales numbers of its own and declined to comment for this article, but has said it has “millions” of customers. Jumpshot’s data suggests that reports of Ring hacks in early December, which led consumer groups to issue a product warning and which prompted two class action lawsuits, have not hurt sales. Ring has also been criticized and boycotted for its partnerships with police departments. The company also continues to dabble in controversial facial recognition tech but so far it rem...

Tips For How to Handle the ‘Cancer Conversation’ With Friends and Family When You Gather for the Holidays

For many cancer survivors, the holidays can be a period of heightened anxiety and stress. People in the SurvivorNet community tell us that while they’re grateful for the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, the holidays can compound the awkwardness they feel in the face of well-meaning, but clumsy discussions about their health. “People are uncomfortable around cancer, and there’s a lot of fear, ignorance, misunderstandings and myths around it,” says breast cancer survivor Diane Mapes, who works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash. A little understanding, she says, can go a long way. RELATED: How Plus-Size Supermodel Emme, 56, Handled Being Told She Looked Great as She Lost Weight During Cancer Treatment To help, we’ve put together a guide of Do’s and Don’ts for families and friends of survivors to ensure that the conversation around holiday tables are as meaningful and comforting as possible. You may not know what to say, but the worst thing you can say is…nothing. To start, put the choice of discussing their cancer in their own hands. “The best route is honesty,” says Jennifer Hughes, PhD, a psychologist with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth...

Injection Molding Machine market worldwide is projected to grow by US$3.8 Billion, driven by a compounded

Injection Molding Machine market worldwide is projected to grow by US$3.8 Billion, driven by a compounded growth of 3%. Plastic, one of the segments analyzed and sized in this study, displays the potential to grow at over 3.4%. The shifting dynamics supporting this growth makes it critical for businesses in this space to keep abreast of the changing pulse of the market. Poised to reach over US$8.5 Billion by the year 2025, Plastic will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth. - Representing the developed world, the United States will maintain a 2.3% growth momentum. Within Europe, which continues to remain an important element in the world economy, Germany will add over US$144.3 Million to the region’s size and clout in the next 5 to 6 years. Over US$111.8 Million worth of projected demand in the region will come from Rest of Europe markets. In Japan, Plastic will reach a market size of US$437.5 Million by the close of the analysis period. As the world’s second largest economy and the new game changer in global markets, China exhibits the potential to grow at 4.6% over the next couple of years and add approximately US$1 Billion in terms of...

When Greg Henry takes his 1975 Chevrolet Monza to a car show, he pretty much knows

When Greg Henry takes his 1975 Chevrolet Monza to a car show, he pretty much knows what reaction to expect. “The most common comment is, ‘I didn’t know there were any of these left!’” he says. Although over 720,000 Monzas were built for the 1975–1980 model years, sightings of the once-popular compact are rare these days – at least on the street. There are still Monzas going down the dragstrip, but these cars have usually been so heavily modified that only the body remains more-or-less in its stock configuration. When Henry went to have his Monza appraised for insurance purposes, he says the appraiser found many more records of sales of drag cars than road cars. Chevrolet introduced the Monza in 1975 as a variant of its Vega compact. It was originally intended to use a rotary engine similar to those used in Mazdas of the time, but problems of reliability and fuel-economy forced GM to use the Vega four-cylinder engine with a downsized small-block V8 as an option. Buick and Oldsmobile also produced versions of the Monza in 1975 and a Pontiac appeared in the following year. Henry was originally a pony car guy, owning first a Mustang and then a Camaro. The Camaro, although it was st...

Tongue-in-cheek Just saw this piece on Foreign Policy site about a memo written by PW to

Tongue-in-cheek Just saw this piece on Foreign Policy site about a memo written by PW to the Bank’s staff wrt Insider Trading. Would appreciate confirmation on whether this is a genuine memo UPDATEConsidering the first 2 comments , I would put it on the light (spoof) side of the news. Didn’t know that Kenneth Rogoff could be a joker and that funny TO: World Bank Staff FROM: Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank RE: Insider trading in “Paul Wolfowitz resignation” contracts As long as I remain Bank President, I intend to continue enforcing my signature anti-corruption initiative at the world’s most important international development agency. My past life as Deputy Secretary of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld has taught me the importance of carrying out a plan with unwavering certainty. In that regard, I am writing to you with a stern warning. It has come to my attention that many of you are turning your internet browsers to TradeSports.com, where there is an active market in “Paul Wolfowitz resignation” contracts for 2007. (For those of you who don’t know, this is a website where you can take bets on a variety of political events.) I hope you understand that an...

Between the Galaxy Note 10, the iPhone 11, and the Google Pixel 4 all being released

Between the Galaxy Note 10, the iPhone 11, and the Google Pixel 4 all being released in the last half of 2019, practically everyone is walking around with a new phone. Well, either that or they’re expecting to receive one as a “totally unexpected gift” in a few weeks. Regardless, we’re all in need of some good charging accessories. You know – cables that don’t fall apart after a few months, wireless charging pads, portable power banks, etc. And it just so happens that there’s no time like the present to stock up. These cables, charging docks, wireless pads, and other charging accessories are all massively discounted for Black Friday. Use the coupon code BFSAVE20 at checkout to slash an extra 20% off the already-discounted prices. This single cord can charge two Lightning devices and an Apple Watch at the same time without the worry of overheating or short-circuiting. As the name suggests, the AirDock 3-in-1 is a single charging station that can juice up three Qi-enabled devices at once with 7.5 W and 10 W of fast-charging abilities. Specifically for Apple devices, this charging dock uses intelligent recognition to deliver the correct power wa...

MEA to send reminders for renewal of passport : The Tribune India

The External Affairs Ministry has started a service to inform the passport holders about the expiry date of their passports. Passport holders will get two text messages nine and seven months before the expiry date. Raj Kumar Bali, Regional Passport Officer, Jalandhar, said, “Many passport holders forget to renew their passport on time. Since a person could not travel abroad unless his or her passport has a minimum validity of six months, people often miss the opportunity to travel abroad.” Bali said they had come across several such cases where passport holders forget that they could not travel despite having a valid passport with a validity of less than six months. Bali said the Ministry of External Affairs had decided to send text messages on the cell phone of a passport holder All readers are invited to post comments responsibly. Any messages with foul language or inciting hatred will be deleted. Comments with all capital letters will also be deleted. Readers are encouraged to flag the comments they feel are inappropriate. The views expressed in the Comments section are of the individuals writing the post. The Tribune does not endorse or support the views in these posts in an...

DIFFERENT TYPES OF PIPE FITTINGS AND HOW THEY ARE USED

Fittings are just as important to your house’s overall plumbing as pipes are. With the right fitting you can increase and decrease water pressure and can ensure that water is distributed efficiently throughout the house. However, even while playing such a critical role, fittings are still not as well understood as pipes. This guide will teach you about the different types of fittings are what role they exactly play. Hopefully, this guide will enable you to do odd jobs around the house and turn you into a DIY enthusiast in no time. As the name would suggest, adaptors are used to join different types of pipes and can be vital to a house’s plumbing. For example, an adapter would have to be used to transmit water from the main water line to the house’s main plumbing and then from there on to the different rooms in the house. Without adapters, we would have to install pipes the same size as the main water line around the entire house. Adaptor ends could either be threaded, letting you screw in the pipe or non-threaded where you would have to solder the pipe or glue it. A barb is used to connect hoses to supply pipes. You’ll usually see a barb to join a pipe to a flexible copper tube ...

Oprah’s Favorite Things 2019 have arrived on Amazon

CNN Underscored is your guide to the everyday products and services that help you live a smarter, simpler and more fulfilling life. The content is created by CNN Underscored. CNN News staff is not involved. When you make a purchase, we receive revenue. You get a gift! And you get a gift! Thanks to Oprah Winfrey and her excellent taste in, well, everything, your entire list will benefit from the iconic media mogul’s Favorite Things curated guide, created in conjunction with Amazon. This year’s Favorite Things list is as multifaceted as Oprah herself, spanning everything from portable speakers to cozy slippers. For your holiday shopping needs, we’ve narrowed down her picks even further. (Need more ideas? We’ve also got gift ideas for him, gifts for her, and the best gifts for kids, too.) Below, find our favorite Favorite Things under $200, any of which would make an excellent present for a loved one or for the ultimate loved one: yourself. It’s OK, Oprah would want you to. A classic fair of fuzzy slippers never goes out of style, and these ones are more than meets the eye. Filled with all-natural grain and dried French lavender, they’re fully mi...

Put some mussel into it: Pa.’s freshwater mussels are in decline – Lifestyle – poconorecord.com

With names such as Susquehanna elk-toe, squaw-foot, eastern floater and yellow lampshade, one might think they had visited a zany shoe store, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and antique furniture store… all in the same day. However, putting those peculiar sounding names and political correctness aside, if you are interested in rare aquatic animals that spend their lives hidden in pristine streams and rivers burrowed beneath sand, pebbles and cobble, then these crazy names can only refer to freshwater mussels. Furthermore, the past few months of below-average rainfall made it possible to find lampshades, floaters and elk toes all within the same stretch of river. In fact, the drought conditions provided phenomenal opportunities for mussel enthusiasts to observe freshwater mussels in their native environments. The lack of substantial rainfall dramatically impacted water levels in our lakes, ponds, streams and rivers and, consequently exposed muddy shorelines and riverbanks. The aftermath of prolonged drought conditions was quite evident at some of my favorite birding hotspots along sections of the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County and consequently, were teaming with freshwater...

Mother-of-four reveals how to do a ‘back to school’ shop for less than $100 a child

A mother-of-four has revealed how she successfully completed a back to school shop for her two sons for less than $100 a child, while still managing to get leather shoes, lunchboxes and clothing.  Jen Burness, who is based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, is preparing to send her boy Lucas to Kindergarten this year while her other son Riley will move up to Year Four.  ‘Going back to school was a little easier when we only had Riley to organise, but now Lucas is starting Kindergarten I wanted to shop around and see if I could find some of the best buys to save us money,’ she told FEMAIL. Jen Burness, who is based on the Sunshine Coast, is preparing to send her boy Lucas (right) to Kindergarten this year while her other son Riley (left) will move up to Year Four ‘Going back to school was a little easier when we only had Riley to organise, but now Lucas is starting Kindergarten I wanted to shop around and see if I could find some of the best buys to save us money,’ Jen said ‘I normally like to do this at the start of the new year, when most families are still on holidays, plus the shops aren’t too crowded. ‘It also means I get to spend t...

SNS (Signature Nail Systems) nails are the absolute jam, and they’ve become a popular manicure choice

SNS (Signature Nail Systems) nails are the absolute jam, and they’ve become a popular manicure choice for many reasons – namely because they don’t involve placing your precious little digits under UV light (they involve a unique nail dipping system instead), plus it’s super long-lasting and can *easily* stick around anywhere between three to four weeks without chipping, peeling or lifting, unlike other options like Shellac nails or acrylic nails. But you know the feels when that SNS regrowth gets a little too obvious? Well, the last thing you want to do is pick or pull off your SNS nails – and we feel you, it is a HARD time. But you don’t want to mess around with them – the main ‘adhesive’ ingredient used in SNS nails is also the main ingredient in super glue, so trying to pull them off can cause a whole lot of damage, not to mention it can put you in a world of pain! If you attempt to peel SNS nails off, you’ll essentially remove the layers of your natural nail (eek!) in the process, which can then cause your nails to become super weak and prone to breaking and splitting.  So, what’s the best removal process? Well, going to a trained nail technician is your best bet for r...

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