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3 great TVs under $500 that come with 4K resolution and support HDR

  • Don't get me wrong, there have been plenty of great 4K TVs released over the past couple of years, but the best features have finally started to make their way into sets that a lot more people can afford.
  • To prove this point, I've highlighted 4K TVs from Vizio, TCL, and LG that cost under $500, support HDR (high dynamic range), and have built-in smart features.
  • Like most Vizio TVs from the past couple of years, this set has a Chromecast built in, so you can stream any media from a Chromecast-enabled app on your phone or table to the screen.
  • Finally, if you have a Google Home, the Chromecast inside Vizio's E-Series TVs also allows you to stream media from it to the TV using your voice instead of using a remote.
  • You'll also be able to access streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify through a built-in app store.

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Toronto's real-estate market is cooling off quickly after years of growth

  • Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) numbers show the majority of markets saw the sales-to-new listings ratio (SNLR) decline significantly in April.
  • The sales-to-new listings ratio (SNLR) is the indicator that CREA uses to determine a buyer's or seller's market.
  • This is when sellers can start demanding more concessions, like higher prices.
  • Halifax has the second fastest rising SNLR with a ratio of 60.7%, up 14.96% from last year.
  • The ratio of sales to new listings for Canadian real estate markets with more than 500 sales in April 2018.
  • The percent change of SNLR for Canadian real estate markets with more than 500 sales in April 2018.
  • Markets with the fastest rising SNLR, didn't enjoy the massive sales volume the year before.
  • The markets with the fastest declining SNLRs are located in regions that were overheated last year.

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The maker of one of America's most polarizing candies is up for auction

  • A deal would most likely ensure a future, at least in the short term, for some of the nation's most familiar candies.
  • Necco's court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, Harry Murphy, said the company's suitors were mainly interested in its "sugar line" — its tubes of wafers, sheets of candy dots, and the conversation hearts popular on Valentine's Day for phrases such as BE MINE.
  • The future of Necco's other products — including the chocolate Sky Bar, the Clark Bar and peanut butter-flavored Mary Jane chews — remains unclear, he said.
  • Necco, which calls itself the oldest continuously operating candy company in the U.S., couldn't keep pace with multinational competitors.
  • Sales of his candy took off, and he and his brother, Silas, founded Chase and Co., which morphed into Necco.
  • Union soldiers fighting in the Civil War carried Necco Wafers, the company says.

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Facebook is taking a page from Amazon, Walmart, and Ikea

  • Facebook wants to be a bigger part of your home.
  • Starting Wednesday, users can enlist the expertise of local professionals to do things like plumbing, cleaning, or performing home renovations.
  • Facebook says it got the idea from its own users, and it's working with partners like Handy, HomeAdvisor, and Porch to verify the providers on the site.
  • The service is a lot like other online portals that allow users to enlist professional help, like Angie's List or Amazon Home Services, which connects customers to local contractors to do work like cleaning and appliance installation.
  • A number of retailers are launching initiatives to bring home-improvement professionals into customers' homes.
  • Walmart r ecently announced a partnership with Handy to bring its home-improvement and cleaning services to 2,000 stores, and in September, Ikea acquired TaskRabbit to integrate its assembly expertise into the stores' offerings.

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A Simple Beam of Light Could Catch Zika-Infected Mosquitoes

  • As successful as this approach is (Cuba’s vigilance kept them from succumbing to “widespread transmission” like every surrounding nation did by November 2016), a research team from Australia, the US, and Brazil thought it might be time for a tool that determines if a patch of mosquitoes has Zika in a matter of seconds.
  • Their paper, out today in Science Advances, outlines the use of near-infrared light to scan mosquitoes for a Zika diagnosis.
  • Compared to the two full days it took them to extract DNA and run typical Zika diagnostic tests for the same number of insects, this approach is a huge time-saver.
  • Besides, the time this device saves could be devoted to other majorly important parts of a Zika outbreak, like treating already-infected citizens and helping children with Zika-related birth defects.

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Tinder Wants to Match You With People Who Go to the Same Places

  • Tinder says it might soon have a fix for that specific issue: The dating app is testing a new feature aimed at connecting people who like to hang out in the same bars, restaurants, and other public places.
  • Users will have to decide to turn it on, and it won't display locations like doctor's offices, banks, and other non-social businesses you'd rather not broadcast to potential dates.
  • Apps like Happn have for years connected people who visit the same locations.
  • Tinder too has long been a location-based app: You can already customize how far away you want potential matches to be, tightening your circle up to a one mile radius.
  • Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, also stressed that Facebook's new dating feature is designed to facilitate meaningful connections, when it was announced earlier this month.

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JavaScript: Reduce the number of conditional operators used in the expression

  • We would have all come across a situation where the number of conditional operators to be used in an expression is more like in below example.
  • Code quality tools like SonarQube will actually suggest us to optimize this code to have fewer conditional operators.
  • There are many ways to solve this.
  • I am going to give a simpler way.
  • If you have an easier or better solution please feel free to leave it in the comment section.
  • The above block of code should be self-explanatory.
  • We can also mix in conditions like below and it would work without any problem.
  • Hope this article is helpful.
  • That way conditions are not evaluated until you need them to.
  • We’re a place where coders share, stay up-to-date and grow their careers.
  • We strive for transparency and don't collect excess data.

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6 meal kits and subscriptions that make healthy eating more convenient in everyday life

  • There are meal kit services that will help with a lion share of the concerns (recipes, portioning, grocery shopping, cost, and learning to cook), and even if you don't use subscription services for forever, they might be the game-changing tool in terms of consistency in the beginning.
  • Blue Apron is a subscription service that sends all the pre-portioned, fresh ingredients you need to make a great meal right to your doorstep.
  • Like most meal delivery services, this helps with portion control, knowing what's in your food, and developing skills you can use to keep cooking at home in the future.
  • HelloFresh is another healthy eating service that sends you super fresh ingredients (in pre-portioned amounts) that you'll need to create a delicious recipe at home.

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Victoria's Secret parent L Brands tumbles on lowered guidance

  • L Brands, owner of Victoria's Secret, PINK, and Bath & Body Works, is falling more than 6% in post-market trading Wednesday after lowering its full-year guidance.
  • L Brands reported earnings of $0.17 per share, beating the $0.15 per share estimate from analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
  • Earnings-per-share decreased significantly, down 48% from a year ago.
  • Meanwhile, revenue came in at $2.63 billion compared to the $2.6 billion analysts expected.
  • Victoria's Secret and PINK have long been heralded as stores being resistant to the rise of e-commerce and therefore continued to grow even as other retailers like Sears and Toys 'R' Us struggled.
  • However, April marked a second straight month of negative comp sales at PINK.
  • The brand turned to promotions and discounts to try and boost same-store sales without too much success, and the popularity of the cheaper bralette cut into margins.

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Uber's raising up to $600M in a secondary round at $62B valuation, Q1 sales grew to $2.5B

  • The fundraising development comes at the same time that Uber is also releasing its Q1 financials — which indicate that the company pulled in $2.5 billion in net revenues, with a net loss of $601 million, and negative EBIDTA of $304 million on a pro forma basis.
  • Raising between $400 million and $600 million on a valuation of $62 billion (at $40 per share) would indicate that while Uber is recovering from the drop in valuation from its last round with SoftBank at the end of 2017 — another round with secondary components that valued the company at $48 billion — it’s still not back up (or higher than) its loftiest valuation of $69 billion.
  • In other words, that could mean losses might get worse in the short-term as Uber continues to invest money in businesses like Eats and JUMP, the bike-share service it acquired for about $200 million earlier this year to expand them into more markets.

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