Review: BenQ’s HT5550 Ultra HD projector is pricy, but nearly perfect
- I first took an interest in BenQ when I got to sit down with the HT2550 Ultra HD Projector which was, and still is, one of the best options on the lower end of the pricing scale.
- Out of the box you’ll get a generous 60 percent vertical shift and 1.6x zoom range, which should make it a breeze to center on a projector screen.
- Getting it perfectly centered proved to be impossible with the BenQ ceiling mount bracket, so I’m stuck — after hours of playing with it — with a slightly off-center picture where the top right or bottom left corner can never seem to line up just right.
- And although the room it was installed in gets a fair amount of natural light, the projector still performed admirably, and was watchable at all hours.
Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019
- As the holiday slowdown looms, the final U.S.-listed technology IPOs have come in and begun to trade.
- Three tech, tech-ish or venture-backed companies went public this week: Bill.com, Sprout Social and EHang.
- So EHang priced low and its IPO is hard to vet, as we’re guessing at its final private worth.
- We’ll give it a passing grade.
- Sprout Social priced mid-range, and managed a slight valuation bump.
- Bill.com managed to price above its raised range, boosting its valuation sharply in the process.
- You can gist out the grades somewhat easily here, with one caveat.
- This argument makes the assumption that the public market’s initial pricing of the company once it began trading is reasonable (maybe!) and that the company in question could have captured most or all of that value (maybe!).
The Park South Hotel delivers on affordable room prices without sacrificing comfort in New York's NoMad neighborhood
- My King Room with City View was comped for review purposes, but for a mid-tier room, the going rate is incredibly reasonable, especially in high season.
- It was decorated like many of the hotel rooms I'd experienced growing up — cushy and traditional, with a slightly elevated flair, unlike anything I'd choose for my own home.
- I love that kind of hotel room because they make me feel like I've embarked on a special experience and occasion outside of my regular day-to-day.
- I had one of the best hotel meals ever at Covina, and the seasonal rooftop bar consistently makes best-of lists in the summertime.
- The price is incredibly reasonable, even in high season, for a stay that has everything you need to feel comfortable and cared for in a stellar location.
Why Apple (AAPL) Stock Just Got a Massive Boost Heading into 2020
- The lack of support for 5G by the iPhone 11 and its high pricing created a difficult environment for Apple’s flagship device to compete against local alternatives like Huawei and Lenovo.
- An additional $150 tariff on the already marked up price would have made it impossible for Apple to compete in China’s market with the iPhone 11.
- It has expanded some of its production to China in recent months, especially as orders for the AirPods Pro surged.
- With potential tariffs on iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max alleviated and the rapidly rising sales of its AirPods Pro product line, Apple has set itself up for a solid 2020.
- These products have opened an entirely new market for the company scale into over the coming years.
- Apple’s positioning in up-and-coming markets like streaming, hearables and wearables could be what replaces stagnant sales of smartphones in the long-term.
Apple hits an all-time high as China and the US reach a phase one trade deal (AAPL)
- Shares of Apple rose as much as 1.3% Friday to a fresh all-time record as China and the US reach a phase one trade deal that includes some tariff relief.
- With the agreement between the US and China, Apple has narrowly avoided a 15% tariff that would've been applied to some of its most popular products had a scheduled round of tariffs gone into effect on December 15.
- That would've hiked the prices of some of Apple's flagship products.
- The price of the iPhone could've gone up as much as $150, according to Daniel Ives of Wedbush, which would've lowered demand for the product by as much as 8%.
- In November, the company filed requests to be excluded from the December 15 round of tariffs, according to Bloomberg.
- If the increase in Apple's stock price holds through the end of trading Friday, it will mark a four-day streak of gains for the company.
Everything we know about the Xbox Series X so far
- Microsoft surprised the heck out of everyone when it revealed the name and look of its next-generation console at the Game Awards last night.
- Microsoft refers to it as “our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD.” Gamespot later confirmed the console’s GPU will have twice the power of the Xbox One X’s, and that the company has invested in NVMe solid-state drives.
- Microsoft made it clear in the announcement that backwards compatibility was a thing, and we know it’s aiming to make the console compatible with all previous-gen Xboxes.
- We also already know that Microsoft hopes to bring Xbox Play Anywhere to Series X, which means that your purchased games, achievements, and saves could potentially transfer from your One to your new Xbox.
Disney Plus: Everything you need to know about Disney's ad-free streaming service
- Learn more below about how the Disney Plus streaming service works, including what shows and movies are included, how much it costs, and when it launches.
- If you're someone who always ends up searching for Disney shows and movies on another streaming service anyway, you might want to consider subscribing to Disney Plus because it holds all that content in one convenient place.
- While services such as Netflix and Hulu cast a wide net over movie and TV entertainment, Disney Plus is much more focused and narrow in scope by revolving entirely around Disney content.
- If you find the Disney content of other streaming services lacking, subscribing to Disney Plus is an affordable way to fix that problem.
The 21 most expensive products Apple has ever sold
- Though the version running a floppy disk system was lower in price at $3,898, the Mac II with a 40 MB hard drive cost $5,498.
- It starts at $2,400, but if you opt for the most expensive model that comes with an 8-core processor, 64GB of memory, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics with 8GB of memory, and eight terabytes of storage, you'll end up paying $6,099.
- By the time the IIfx was released in 1990, Apple had been making computers for 14 years and had sold 15 different models before this one.
- That top-of-the-line model includes a beefy 28-core Intel Xeon processor, 1.5 terabytes of memory, two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics processing units, and four terabytes of storage.
Bets against Peloton's stock are hovering near a record high — even after a recent plunge kickstarted by the company's ill-fated commercial
- Rather than be deterred by that weakness, traders continued piling into bets for a further decline, pushing notional short interest to a post-IPO record of $975 million on December 10, according to data financial-analytics firm S3 Partners.
- That level of short interest accounts for nearly 80% of Peloton's freely trading shares, and more shares are set to hit the market when the company's post-IPO lockup period ends March 24.
- Though much of the outcry against Peloton's ad has subsided, some analyst firms are also calling for the stock to fall lower through 2020.
- The company traded at $30.70 per share at 3:45 p.m. ET Thursday, up approximately 20% year-to-date.
- The company has 20 "buy" ratings, one "hold" rating, and no "sell" ratings from analysts, and a consensus price target of $34.15, according to Bloomberg data.
Identifying Competitors Using Word Vectorization & K-Nearest Neighbors
- In this post, we look at how to identify a business’s most relevant competitors using categorical tags and pricing with word vectorization and k-means clustering.
- Instead, we want to identify 5–10 competitors that are most similar to Chano’s in terms of price and product offering.
- With our dictionary of relevant vectors in place, we now want to apply them to the specific sets of tags for each business, getting the mean vector for each company.
- The main thing to know is that k-means clustering is an unsupervised learning method that groups data points by how similar they are.
- The objective for us is to identify the 5–10 competitors most similar to Chano’s based on their Yelp tags and price estimate.
- With our GloVe vectors in place and an approach for finding the optimal number of clusters, we can now identify the competitors most similar to Chano’s.