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TAS gearing up for SiC, GaN device sampling

Taiwan-Asia Semiconductor (TAS, formerly Opto Tech) will start sending samples of gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) devices in 2023, according to the company......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesJun 24th, 2022

PerkinElmer (PKI) Unveils GC Platform to Simplify Lab Operations

PerkinElmer's (PKI) newly introduced next-generation, automated GC platform can help simplify lab operations and offer excellent precision for high throughput environments. PerkinElmer, Inc. PKI recently introduced the GC 2400 Platform that can help lab teams to streamline lab operations, deliver precise results and perform more flexible monitoring. The GC 2400 Platform is an advanced, automated gas chromatography (GC), headspace sampler and GC/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) solution and has been created for high throughput environments.The new platform has been designed to be productive with respect to pharmaceutical, food, environmental and industrial analyses. In fact, this platform combines systems, software and a broad range of columns and consumables to cater to customers’ different workflow needs.The launch of this platform is likely to boost PerkinElmer’s Environment Health business line – part of the company’s Discovery & Analytical Solutions (DAS) segment.Benefits of the GC 2400 PlatformWhen it comes to complicated applications and high throughput lab environments, the GC automated sampling capabilities help to lower hands-on time and human error, while the industry-unique automated headspace/pneumatics technology provides superior precision.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchWhether inside or outside the lab, monitoring single or multiple GC 2400 systems is easy through the utilization of the wireless, touchscreen tablet interface running the PerkinElmer Simplicity Vision app.By taking into account sustainability and safety, built-in sensors and a software-driven gas saver mode lower operational gas consumption and lend support to carrier gas alternatives such as hydrogen.Per management, this platform enables teams of any experience level to better manage and monitor their GC analyses from the sample through result, which can help them focus on high-value activities in their labs and businesses.Market ProspectsPer a report by Grand View Research, the global gas chromatography market was worth $2.5 billion in 2016 and is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period (2018-2025). The rising adoption of GC in different industries and technological advancements in GC is likely to drive market growth. Hence, this announcement comes at an opportune time for PerkinElmer.Recent DevelopmentsThis month, PerkinElmer’s company – EUROIMMUN – introduced two CE-marked assays that allow the identification of IgG antibodies that form against SARS-CoV-2 and are available to laboratories in countries accepting the CE mark. The two assays are the Anti-SARS-CoV-2 RBD ChLIA (IgG) and the Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Omicron ELISA (IgG).  Again, this month, the company introduced the research use only (RUO) BioQule NGS System, which is an automated benchtop solution for next-generation sequencing (NGS) library preparation of up to eight samples. Backed by automated thermocycling, integrated quality control through optical quantification and strong liquid handling technology into a single device, the BioQule NGS System can help researchers deliver superior quality NGS libraries.Price PerformanceShares of the Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company have lost 12.3% in a year’s time compared with the industry’s decline of 17.2%.Stocks to ConsiderSome better-ranked stocks in the broader medical space are AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. AMN, Masimo Corporation MASI and ShockWave Medical, Inc. SWAV.AMN Healthcare surpassed earnings estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 15.6%. The company currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.AMN Healthcare’s long-term earnings growth rate is estimated at 1.1%. The company’s earnings yield of 11.4% compares favorably with the industry’s (0.8%).Masimo beat earnings estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 4.4%. The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).Masimo’s estimated earnings growth rate for second-quarter 2022 is pegged at 22.3%. The company’s earnings yield is 3.8% against the industry’s (8.5%).ShockWave Medical surpassed earnings estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 189.9%. The company currently sports a Zacks Rank #1.ShockWave Medical’s earnings growth rate for 2022 is estimated at 807.7%. The company’s earnings yield of 0.9% compares favorably with the industry’s (8%). 5 Stocks Set to Double Each was handpicked by a Zacks expert as the #1 favorite stock to gain +100% or more in 2021. Previous recommendations have soared +143.0%, +175.9%, +498.3% and +673.0%. Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.Today, See These 5 Potential Home Runs >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Masimo Corporation (MASI): Free Stock Analysis Report PerkinElmer, Inc. (PKI): Free Stock Analysis Report AMN Healthcare Services Inc (AMN): Free Stock Analysis Report ShockWave Medical, Inc. (SWAV): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksJun 22nd, 2022

68 cool Father"s Day gifts for all kinds of dads, from personalized football jerseys to hot sauce samplers

From budget whiskey glasses to personalized football jerseys and high-end vinyls, discover are the coolest gift ideas for Father's Day 2022. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.From budget whiskey glasses to personalized football jerseys and high-end vinyls, discover are the coolest gift ideas for Father's Day 2022.Courant and Darn ToughBuying the perfect gift for Dad can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Here, we've done the hard work for you and compiled the absolute best gifts that he'll love no matter the occasion. Whether it's a gift for Father's Day, an idea for his birthday, or just a thoughtful way to show your love, we found a number of unique gift ideas that are sure to impress even the toughest Dads to shop for.From a monthly steak subscription to a new record player or a comfy pillow, you can't go wrong with any of the gifts on this list.The 68 best Father's Day gifts for Dad:Gifts under $25Gifts under $50Gifts under $100Gifts over $100Gifts over $150Gifts over $300Gifts for dad under $25Really nice socks with a lifetime warrantyDarn ToughDarn Tough socks, from $16, available at Darn ToughWhen in doubt, remember: We've never met a man who was upset about opening a gift box to a fresh pair of high-quality socks. We love Darn Tough because its socks are durable, made entirely (or partially) from odor-resistant, sweat-wicking Merino, and come with a lifetime warranty. You can also spend as much as you want, nabbing him one pair for under $20 or splurging on a whole new sock drawer.A keepsake he can use for years to comeUncommon Goods/Business InsiderTicket Stub Diary, $14, available at Uncommon GoodsConcerts, museums, sporting events, or movies — regardless of what Dad's passionate about, this handy journal makes for efficient storage of sentimental memories that could otherwise get stained or ruined. With 118 ticket sleeves, there's plenty of room for upcoming memories as well.A self-filtering water bottleHydrosHydros Water Filter Bottle, $20, available at HydrosThe Hydros Water Filter Bottle is like gifting Dad his own portable Brita. The bottle filters any water poured into it, reducing the amount of chlorine and sediment. Plus, the filter is reliable through at least 40 gallons of liquid. It'll be any on-the-go Dad's go-to. A gift card for all things outdoorsREIREI Gift Card, from $10, available at REIFrom hiking and biking gear to vital cold-weather staples, REI is home to nearly anything and everything Dad could need. If you get a gift card over $30, Dad can use it to buy an REI lifetime membership to get discounts on future REI purchases and other perks.*Sponsored by REIA custom whiskey glassBRVOglass/EtsyPersonalized Whiskey Glass, $17.62, available at EtsyGreat for new dads, this custom, hand-etched whiskey glass can boast his proudest title alongside the year he became a father. Photos from reviewers go to show that this glass isn't just for whiskey — recipients have gotten creative by storing candy and other small gifts in their glasses.A gift card for the sports fanFanaticsFanatics gift card, from $10, available at FanaticsIf Dad's nostalgic for his college days or loves gearing up for his favorite sports season, give him the gift of variety with a Fanatics gift card. Fanatics is home to apparel, accessories, and memorabilia for just about every major sports team you can think of. An Audible subscriptionAudible/Business InsiderAudiblePlus subscription, from $7.95 per month, available at AudibleWith an Audible subscription, Dad gets unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks and podcasts. Plus, you can even have him test it out first with a free trial.Coasters with the classicsUncommon GoodsUpcycled Record Coasters, $18, available at Uncommon GoodsDad can reminiscence about his favorite jams while enjoying a drink with these coasters made from reclaimed records. The discs are specially sealed so moisture won't seep through and damage the surface.A nice tieThe Tie Bar/Business InsiderMen's Neckties, from $22, available at Tie BarNeckties might be a cliché gift for dads, but The Tie Bar makes some handsome ties that he'll actually wear on a regular basis. You'll find plenty of colors, patterns, and styles — and the best part is they're all affordably priced.A cookbook from his favorite burger jointAmazon/Business Insider"Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories," $22.49, available at AmazonIf your dad is a fan of Shake Shack, he'll love this cookbook that will teach him how to recreate all his favorites.A luxurious shave kitHarry'sHarry's Winston Shave Set, $25, available at Harry's (+ $15 for monogram)This shave set from Harry's is as sleek as it gets at this price. To go the extra mile, you can get his initials engraved into the razor. You can hear more about this set in our guide to the best shaving kits. A non-slip yoga towelREIManduka YogiToes Hand Towel, $20, available at REIManduka makes sweat-wicking towels with the sort of grippy silicone-nubbed underbelly that stays put through an entire class. If your Dad is happiest in hot yoga, this is a thoughtful gift that will make every class a little better.Gifts for dad under $50A leather iPhone wallet caseEtsyLeather Wallet Case, from $28.40, available at EtsyGet Dad a protective and stylish case for his iPhone that can also double as a handy wallet for storing cards. You can even get personalized with Dad's initials for an extra special touch. The case is available for iPhones ranging from the 6S to the 12 Pro Max. Personalized mugs for the whole familyUncommon GoodsPersonalized Family Mugs, from $32, available at Uncommon GoodsCreate custom mugs for your family — personalized for each person with their name on one side and their cartoon likeness on the other.A hot sauce sampler packAmazonThe Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler Pack, $31.99, available at AmazonIf you're not quite sure what kind of hot sauce your dad likes, this hot sauce sampler is a great gift idea. It features sauces made with peppers that come from India, Mexico, and beyond, and it has flavors ranging from Chipotle Pepper and Garlic Herb to Whiskey Habanero.A tiny tag to ensure he never loses his valuablesAppleApple AirTag, $29, available at AppleIf dad tends to frequently misplace his keys, wallet, or other valuables, help him out by gifting him a handy AirTag. The tags can be placed on just about any item and will connect to his phone so he can easily keep track of his stuff via the Find My app. For an extra personal touch, you can even get it engraved for free.A classic stovetop espresso makerAmazonBialetti 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker, $49.95, available at Crate & BarrelThis classic kitchen accessory is perfect for the coffee-loving dad who wants to bring cafe-quality coffee home. The Bialetti stovetop espresso maker not only makes great coffee, but it looks great on the counter. We made sure to include its six-cup counterpart in our guide to the best stovetop espresso makers, as the best overall pick. The new Amazon Echo to play music or answer cooking questions on the spotAmazonEcho Dot (4th Gen), $49.99, available at AmazonFrom music and trivia to help with converting grams to ounces while his hands are busy in the kitchen, an Amazon Echo is pretty convenient. If Amazon isn't his thing, we have other smart speaker recommendations from other brands here.A mat to help with dad's short gameAmazonRukket Tri-Turf Golf Hitting Mat, $49.99, available at AmazonFor the dad who loves to golf, this is one of the best golf hitting mats to help improve his short game from home. This compact, portable practice aid features three turf heights, to simulate rough, fairway, and close-cropped "collar" turf.A two-step skincare regimenAmazonBrickell Men's Daily Essential Face Care Routine II, $48, available at AmazonTime to up Dad's skincare game. Created specifically for men, the startup has become a favorite skincare brand for Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael because it's simple and effective. Each product uses high-quality natural and organic ingredients. plus, the charcoal works great for deep pore cleansing without the long, drawn-out process, earning it a spot on our list of the best skincare brands.An electric toothbrushWalmartPhilips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, $49.99, available at AmazonHelp him ditch the manual toothbrush with Philips Sonicare, whose brushes are gentler on teeth and give brighter results over time. We recommend this one for its powerful cleaning and movements-per-minute. Plus, the rechargeable toothbrush is better for the environment.A beer growler for sipping at homeHouzzPersonalized Craft Beer Growler, $44, available at HouzzNow, Dad can take his favorite ales home with him to enjoy. This 64 oz growler comes personalized with his initials on it and includes four mini pilsner glasses.A durable, temperature-maintaining water bottleHydroflask InstagramHydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth, from $44.95, available at Hydro FlaskHydro Flasks are great for any situation, from camping to commuting. This durable, insulated water bottle does a masterful job of making sure drinks keep their temperatures (hot or cold).A freshly scented beard wash and conditioner setThe Art of ShavingThe Art of Shaving Beard Wash and Conditioner Set, $40, available at The Art of ShavingSoap and water can leave his facial hair dry and scratchy. Bearded dads need this soothing beard wash and conditioner set in their lives. A workout shirt he won't want to take offVuoriVuori Strato Tech Tee, $26, available at VuoriRegardless of whether Dad's a fitness guru or novice, an essential part of working out is the gear itself. Vuori makes extremely soft, comfy, and functional activewear. Our team loves the brand and has even dubbed it the best overall in our guide to the best men's workout clothes. Read our full review of Vuori clothing here. Gifts for dad under $100A rechargeable, water-resistant lantern for the backyardBioLiteBioLite AlpenGlow 250, $59.95, available at BioLiteIf dad likes to be outside, he'll think this rechargeable lantern is way cool. The AlpenGlow 250 shines 250 lumens of nature-inspired glows. Aside from a soft white, you can shake the soft lantern to activate special modes, including soft ombre sunsets and a candle flicker. A ceramic pizza stoneWiliams SonomaEmile Henry Pizza Stone, $59.95, available at Williams SonomaHomemade pizza is delicious, but it can be tricky to perfect. This ceramic pizza stone will make sure his pizza comes out perfectly cooked every time.A custom map posterGrafomapGrafomap Custom Map Poster, from $72.80, available at GrafomapGrafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your dad's hometown, his college town, his favorite travel destination, or the place where he got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination. A versatile, comfortable shirt he'll want to live inTen ThousandVersatile Shirt, from $54, available at Ten ThousandWe love this shirt, and your Dad will too. Ten Thousand's Versatile Shirt is our go-to for any kind of workout; we wear it running, biking, lifting weights, and even while doing yoga. It's supremely comfortable, has a flattering fit, and doesn't chafe or feel constricting. Our fitness and health editor owns four in a few different colors and rarely exercises without one. It's one of Insider's All-Time Best products, and you can read a full review of the Ten Thousand Versatile Shirt here.A handy, multi-functional toolAmazonLeatherman OHT Multi-Tool, $89.95, available at AmazonThis multi-functional tool does it all, plus it has a 25-year guarantee.Coasters that remind him of his favorite pastimeUncommon GoodsRecycled Ski Coasters Set, $60, available at Uncommon GoodsGet Dad coasters that remind him of his favorite bluebird days in the mountains. These are made from the midsections of skis that have flown down many backcountry runs.A streaming TV playerAmazonRoku Ultra, $89.99, available at Best BuyA media streaming device can transform your dad's regular TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface and 4K video streaming.Read our full review of the Roku Ultra here. A gift subscription to a popular coffee clubAtlas Coffee ClubAtlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $60, available at Atlas Coffee ClubIf your dad's veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won't go unused. We recommend a subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house for about $9 per bag. Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club here. A stylish and sporty fanny packState BagsLorimer Fanny Pack, $59.50, available at State BagsIn case you hadn't heard, fanny packs are back, and the Lorimer from State Bags is the best way to get Dad back on trend. It's water-resistant, available in five colors, and is just understated enough to be a casual yet stylish foray into wearing a fanny pack again.A cozy and supportive pillowLeesaLeesa Pillow, $80, available at LeesaGive the gift of a good night's sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from mattress startup Leesa. Stylish computer glassesFelix GrayFelix Gray Blue Light Computer Glasses, from $95, available at Felix GrayIf he sits in front of a computer every day, he needs these blue light glasses that increase magnification, reduce glare, and filter out blue light in order to reduce eyestrain. They're also available with prescription lenses, which we tried and loved.Read our full review of Felix Gray blue light computer glasses here. A colorful swimsuitTom & TeddyTom & Teddy Men's Swim Shorts, from $94.95, available at Tom & TeddyMade from super-soft, quick-dry fabric, these swim trunks will make dad the star of your next beach or pool day. They come in an array of colors and prints, and you can even get matching father-and-son swim short sets.The Apple AirPods he's always wantedAmazonApple AirPods with Wired Charging Case, $99.99, available at AmazonSome of the best gifts are items that can be used every day — and AirPods fall into that category. Whether your dad likes listening to music and podcasts or prefers to talk on the phone hands-free, AirPods will quickly become an essential item for him. You can learn more about the different versions in our guide to the best AirPods. Nice, thick socks he won't have to constantly replaceBombasBombas Men's Performance Running Ankle Sock 6-Pack, $94.05, available at BombasLuxe socks are one of our favorite gifts to receive. Bombas are comfortable, durable, and worth every penny.Gifts for dad over $100A subscription for steaksAmazingClubsSirloin of the Month Club, from $129.95 per month, available at AmazingClubsMeat lovers will enjoy sinking their teeth into a premium cut of sirloin. Each month Dad will receive a mouth-watering selection of premium steaks curated by experts and shipped fresh right to his door. Choose from subscription options of three months, six months, 12 months, or every three months.Comfortable and stylish jeansMott & BowMott & Bow Wooster Dynamic Stretch Jeans, $118, available at Mott & BowGive the gift of good style with jeans from Mott & Bow. For more styles from the brand, check out our review of Mott & Bow's stretch-denim jeans. A garden tool set for the dad with a green thumbCutcoCutco 4-Piece Garden Tool Set, $111, available at CutcoIf gardening is one of your dad's favorite pastimes, this set has everything he could need when working outside. Each garden tool has a comfortable grip handle, a durable head, and depth marks. Tools are only one part of what he might need for his gardening adventures, so make sure to also check out our guides to the best gardening tools and best gardening tools for beginners.A device that improves golfing skillsAmazonArccos Caddie Smart Sensors, $179.99, available at AmazonIf your dad is a big golfer, this performance-tracking system is a fun addition to his golf bag.A compact gas grillThe Home DepotDyna-Glo 3-Burner Open Cart Propane Gas Grill, $139, available at Home DepotIf owning a grill is one of your dad's long-standing dreams, this one from Dyna-Glo is the one to get him. The best part is that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. We've also put together a complete guide to grilling products, if you're looking for more grilling gifts for Dad. Cozy indoor/outdoor slippersDannerDanner Forest Moc Slippers, $149.95, available at REIKeep him cozy around the house and running errands in these rubber-soled leather booties from Danner. Lined with natural wool, his feet will stay warm (and ridiculously cozy) without overheating, and the outsoles offer a reliable grip when he can't bear to slip them off to leave the house.A sous-vide device for ambitious home cooksAmazonAnova Nano Sous Vide, $149.99, available at TargetFor under $100, the Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Dad's life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, but it'll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. It's so good that we name it the best overall pick in our guide to the best sous vide machines. Amazon's waterproof Kindle PaperwhiteAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, $109.99, available at AmazonIf your dad is tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift. The latest version is now waterproof too. Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here. A personalized sports jerseyMLB ShopMLB Shop Custom Men's Jersey, from $149.99, available at the official MLB ShopNFL Shop Custom Men's Jersey, from $76.99, available at the official NFL Shop The sports-loving dad won't want to take this jersey off. At the MLB Shop and NFL Shop, you can order a personalized jersey with your dad's name on the back.Breathable and machine-washable sneakersAllbirdsAllbirds Wool Runners, $110, available at AllbirdsThese merino wool sneakers from Allbirds, Silicon Valley's favorite shoe brand, are the perfect mix of sporty and stylish. They come in tons of colors and are even machine washable.Read our full review of Allbirds Wool Runners here.A durable backpack and cooler comboCarharttCarhartt Medium Pack + 3 Can Insulated Cooler, $119.99, available at CarharttMade from a durable 500 denier Cordura ripstop material, this Carhartt backpack is perfect for outdoorsy dads. The included 3-can cooler is a great addition that'll let him carry a few cold brews on his fishing or camping trips.A subscription service for new vinyl every monthVinyl MeVinyl Me, Please 3-Month Gift Membership, $119, available at Vinyl Me, PleaseEvery person's vinyl collection is deeply personal, so instead of trying to guess his taste, let him choose the record himself. Each month, he'll choose and receive one LP, pressed exclusively for Vinyl Me, Please, from a collection of Essentials, Classics, and Rap & Hip Hop.The three-month gift membership includes one bonus record, while the six- and 12-month ones include two bonus records.Gifts for dad over $150An iPad he can use to work, watch movies, and do almost anything else withAppleApple iPad (Latest Model with Wi-Fi, 32GB), $294.99 available at AmazonTech-obsessed dads will love to get their hands on the latest iPad. For more information on the different iterations, check out our guide to the best iPads. A fast wireless charger and accessory trayCourantCatch:3 Charger Tray, $140, available at Staycourant.comGive your dad the gift of organization with this accessory tray and wireless charger combo. The pebbled leather is a much-needed upgrade from all the plastic tech accessories he has lying around, and the catchall tray is useful and thoughtful. It also means he'll stop asking you where his keys are three times before leaving the house. Soft, crisp sheets and beddingBrooklinenBrooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $195.71, available at BrooklinenBrooklinen's luxe sheets are among our favorites for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and unbelievable comfort. The company's Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything your dad needs to completely makeover his bed, including a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, a duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here. A health and ancestry genetic test kit23andme23andMe Health and Ancestry Genetic Test Kit, $199, available at 23andMeThis genetic test kit from 23andMe is great for the dad who's interested in learning more about his family history. You can learn more about all this kit has to offer in our guide to the best DNA test kits. Personalized vinyl wall artUncommon GoodsPersonalized LP Record, $160, available at Uncommon GoodsCommemorate his birthday, anniversary, or any holiday with this custom record art. Made from an upcycled vinyl LP and suspended in a floating frame, this custom wall art can feature the soundtrack to their life or songs you share together. Choose from two retro designs, title the record, and add up to five personal song titles. A digital picture frame to display his favorite memoriesAuraAura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $179, available at AuraSometimes, all Dad wants is something sentimental and personal. A digital picture frame is the perfect gift for Dad because it means he can view his favorite photos from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your dad can enjoy the photos you've carefully curated, all day long in his office or home. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here.A massage gun to use after working outTheragunTheragun Mini, from $199, available at TherabodyWhether Dad wants to recover after a grueling workout or just wants to be his own personal, at-home masseuse, a massage gun is an excellent gift. This model, Theragun's Mini, is our pick of the best entry-level massage gun, as it has a modest price tag yet still comes standard with a number of features found on more expensive, premium options. An at-home workout systemTRXTRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit, $166.50, available at Amazon For the active dad, you can bring the gym home with this TRX trainer.A leather iPad caseLeatherologyLeatherology iPad Portfolio, from $190, available at LeatherologyThis leather iPad portfolio comes in 17 colors, so there's sure to be one that your dad will like. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch. An alarm clock that uses light to wake him up gentlyAmazonPhilips Light Alarm Clock, $169.99, available at AmazonJust because Dad has to wake up before the sun rises doesn't mean he has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake him up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so he can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. This clock is also one of the top picks in our buying guide, so you can be sure he'll love it.Gifts for dad over $300A modern turntableU-Turn AudioU-Turn Audio Orbit Special Turntable, $499, available at U-TurnThis turntable is the sleek home accessory your dad didn't know he needed. He can bring his old records out of storage and enjoy them with this modern record player. A sophisticated smartwatch to track his fitness goalsAmazonSuunto 7, $399, available at AmazonFor a worthy splurge for the fitness-obsessed dad, the Suunto 7 is a feature-rich and highly accurate smartwatch that offers tracking for more than 70 different activities, is comfortable to wear, and offers useful training feedback anyone can benefit from. It can also give alerts for texts, emails, and has numerous other handy smart features dad will surely appreciate. We even named it the best running watch you can buy.Read our full review of the Suunto 7 here.Modern over-ear headphonesAntonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderSony WH-1000XM4 headphones, $348, available at AmazonThese over-ear headphones from Sony are a must-have for frequent travelers as they have incredible noise cancellation that does well to drown out the drum of a car engine or airplane. They also deliver clear audio which is perfect for when Dad wants to jam out to his favorite album or catch up on some podcast episodes.A fancy device that helps relieve muscle sorenessTherabodyTherabody PowerDot 2.0, $349, available at TherabodyWhether he's sore from too much exercise or not exercising enough, Therabody's PowerDot is a compact, easy-to-use TENS machine, similar to those used by physical therapists. The electrical stimulation massages any muscle, which helps lessen pain from injuries or from training. The device comes with a guidebook for where to place the sensors and an intuitive app to run him through different kinds of pain relief programs.A pair of durable, all-weather bootsAllen EdmondsHiggins Mill Weatherproof Boot, $475, available at Allen EdmondsThe Higgins Mill Weatherproof Boot from Allen Edmonds is a do-it-all boot that fends off inclement weather, looks good at the office or out on the town, and is built to last for years. It's an investment piece type gift for Dad who will no doubt crown them his new favorite boots after unboxing a pair this holiday season. A set of adjustable dumbbellsNordicTrackNordicTrack Select-A-Weight 55 lb. Dumbbell Set, $499, available at NordicTrackIf Dad is looking to up his fitness game, these adjustable dumbbells from NordicTrack are one of the most versatile ways to help him do it. The weights adjust from 10 pounds on up to 55 pounds, allowing for a variety of strength training exercises, no matter where Dad is on his fitness journey. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 1st, 2022

IDMs, IC designers gearing up for AIoT market boom

Eyeing promising demand for AIoT device applications, IDMs and IC design houses are entering long-term cooperation to grow related ecosystems highlighting AI-based edge computing technologies......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesMay 26th, 2022

The 31 best high school graduation gifts for her, from sleek dorm accessories to the prettiest cake

Regardless of her post-high school plans, you can show her how proud you are of everything she's accomplished with these thoughtful grad gifts. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Regardless of her post-high school plans, you can show her how proud you are of everything she's accomplished with these thoughtful grad gifts.Away; RokuGraduating from high school is a big deal. After about 12 years of schooling, finally receiving that diploma is a big moment that merits lots of celebrating. There are a few ways to go about gifting your new high school grad. She might be heading off to college, in which case you want to give her something functional and useful for the next step of her education. Maybe she's gearing up for future travel plans and you want to help curb some of the costs. Or perhaps she's not sure what she's doing next, but you want to commemorate the journey up until this point and help her chart her next course. Regardless of your new grad's post-high school plans, you can show her how proud you are of everything she's accomplished with the following gifts.The 31 best high school graduation gifts for her in 2022:College merch for game daysFanaticsNCAA apparel, from $4.99, available at FanaticsIf your graduate is headed to college, give her the college gear she'll want for school spirit game days, such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps. Fanatics is full of clothing, hats, bags, balls, games, and drinkware for NCAA schools.A coffee maker for their dorm roomDylan Ettinger/InsiderKitchenaid 12 Cup Drip Coffee Maker, $109.63, available at AmazonMake her mornings a bit more pleasant with a nice, reliable coffee maker for the dorm room. We recommend this drip coffee maker as the best version you can buy on a budget, but you can read more about it — and other models we like — in our buying guide to the best drip coffee makers in 2022.A stylish backpack that also gives backDagne DoverDakota Neoprene Backpack, $145, available at Dagne DoverIf she's going back to school, she'll appreciate a new backpack. Dagne Dover is known for its trendy, minimalist-looking backpacks, and this version comes in seven different colors, from neutral tones like Onyx and Dark Moss to seasonal picks like Violet or Goji. A great streaming deviceRokuRoku Ultra, $74.99, available at AmazonThe Roku Ultra stands out from other streaming device options thanks to its 4K and HDR support, speed, reliability, and large library of streaming services (Netflix, HBO Max, Rakuten Viki, etc.). Plus, if your graduate wants to watch TV on the big screen without disturbing anyone, it comes with headphones for private listening.Read the full review of the Roku Ultra 2020 here.A celebratory cake that looks as good as it tastesMilk BarMilk Bar Cake, from $58, available at Milk BarOne of the best products we've ever tested (i.e. devoured very quickly), Milk Bar's cakes are available in flavors like funfetti, chocolate, and strawberry shortcake, and even come with gluten-free options.A comforting weighted blanketGravityGravity Cooling Weighted Blanket, $220, available at GravitySleeping away from home can be tough, especially with the pressure of exams, homework, and new social surroundings. Help her fall asleep easier with this soothing weighted blanket, which can reduce anxiety and promote deeper sleep. This one is cooling, which is perfect for older dorm rooms that may not have air conditioning.*Sponsored by GravityA gift card for the nights when they want an Uber homeNam Y. Huh/AP PhotoUber Gift Card, from $25, available at AmazonWhether she's heading into more schooling, starting a new job, or taking a gap year, there will be nights when it's more convenient or safer for her to get an Uber home. Make it an easier decision with a gift card for a ride home.A customized or monogrammed plannerMoleskinePersonalized Notebooks, from $20.95, available at MoleskineLife is busy. A customized or monogrammed Moleskine planner is a thoughtful and useful gift, gifting them with a professional-looking, organized way to start off the year. It will also look nice in a meeting, interview, or internship.A candle that smells like homeHomesickHomesick State Candles, from $19, available at HomesickThis candle will make it easy for her to remember home even if she's far from it. Homesick's soy wax candles are an ideal going-away-after-graduation gift, available in custom scents from every state as well as select US cities and a multitude of different countries.Read more about our experience with Homesick candles here.An efficient breakfast sandwich makerAmazonHamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, $26.99, available at AmazonMornings don't magically become easy once you become an adult. But they're at least a little more pleasant with the help of a kitchen appliance that lets your grad make a full breakfast sandwich in just five minutes. Read more about our experience with the sandwich maker hereA Disney+ membershipDisneyDisney+ 1-Year Subscription, $79.99, available at Disney+Give her the occasional break from being a grownup with a Disney Plus membership. It has the oldies like "The Little Mermaid" or "Princess Diaries" as well as newer hits such as "Hamilton" and "Free Solo."Disney Plus lets subscribers stream movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and more, so there are plenty of options. You can also bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+.A gift card for ordering takeoutXanderSt/ShutterstockGrubhub Gift Card, from $10, available at GrubhubThere will be all-nighters and long days in class, library, or at the internship when she will simply want takeout. Get her a gift card so she can treat herself when she most needs it.An office-ready blazerOf MercerPrince Blazer, $248, available at Of MercerA nice, reliable blazer that can be worn for everything from internship interviews to days in the office (if that's what her next chapter includes) is a classic wardrobe staple. Or, if you'd rather leave the decision-making up to her, give a gift card to a store with plenty of workplace options, like Everlane, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Nordstrom, or Universal Standard so they can do their own shopping.A planner that guides them through a five- or 10-year planAmazonBest Self Co. Journal, $31.99, available at AmazonThe Best Self Co. Journal helps people map out their five- or 10-year plans in a tangible, easily managed way. It's a nice way to provide growth and direction after graduation, whether they're on their way to college, a new job, traveling, or anything else.A custom college ramblerYETICollege Logo Custom Rambler, from $20, available at YETIYeti offers just over 180 colleges to choose from to start showing collegiate spirit. You can even add a custom monogram for no additional charge to this stainless steel, powerfully insulated mug that she's sure to carry around with her all day during school.  A fun, easily stashable gameAmazonBananagrams, from $14.99, available at Amazon and TargetCombine an open door policy and a game everyone loves to create a foolproof way to make new friends during the first few months of college. This classic game is a great addition to any collection, and convenient to carry around, too. A map that reminds her of homeGrafomapCustom Map Poster, from $49 available at GrafomapRemembering her roots looks cooler than ever with Grafomap's custom maps. Zoom in to a hyperspecific location and choose from nine different design themes to find one that will represent her neighborhood well. You can also write your own title, subtitle, and tagline. Read more about how Grafomap works hereA Tile Pro tracker to find lost itemsAmazonTile Pro, $34.99, available at AmazonYou can't go wrong with a tracker for their keys, wallet, or phone. The Tile Pro is compact and useful for pretty much everyone, especially if their dorm or apartment charges a fee every time they accidentally lock themselves out. A carry-on suitcaseAway/FacebookThe Carry-On, from $275, available at AwayWhen it's time to travel again, she'll love having this sleek and popular carry-on suitcase at her side. The durable polycarbonate hardshell is adventure-ready, and there are tons of cheerful colors to choose from. An optional ejectable battery keeps tech devices charged while on the move, too.Convenient, compact sport headphonesBoseBose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, $129, available at WalmartBe it for commuting, working out, submitting applications, or just kicking around the house, a nice pair of headphones is a huge upgrade.SoundSport headphones have six hours of battery life and they don't take up much space to store, making them convenient for working out or listening on the move. They're also not so dainty that you run the risk of losing them.Comfortable wool loungersAllbirdsWomen's Wool Loungers, $105, available at AllbirdsDeemed "the world's most comfortable shoes," Allbirds' merino wool loungers boast the comfort of a house slipper with the look and versatility of an outdoor shoe. They're moisture-wicking and machine-washable so maintenance is a breeze. A bouquet of flowersThe Bouqs Co.Flower bouquet, from $49, available at The Bouqs Co.Fresh and vibrant blooms are sure to set a happy, celebratory mood. From roses and orchids to succulents and tropical flowers, The Bouqs Co. is the place to find arrangements to make her smile.You can find more of our favorite flower delivery services here.A rapid ramen cookerAmazonRapid Ramen Cooker, $10.99, available at AmazonWhat's college without a few packets of ramen? Prepare her for the inevitable with this funny gift which will at least cook the noodles for her more quickly. The block of ramen fits perfectly in the bowl and there's no need for measuring since the water line is marked.A personalized piece of jewelry that doesn't have her name or initialsMejuriZodiac 14k Gold Necklace, $400, available at MejuriGet her a subtle necklace in her zodiac sign. It's not as obvious as a name or initials, but will still make her feel special when she wears it. The necklaces are available in gold vermeil or sterling silver, while the ring is available in gold vermeil.Read more about Mejuri here.A box of popular sheet masksFaceToryFaceTory Subscription Box, from $19.90, available at FaceToryFaceTory makes it easy and affordable to try out the latest and greatest in the Korean sheet mask world. From luxurious foil masks to royal jelly firming masks, the service is a must-try for skincare enthusiasts. Read more about how FaceTory works hereAn iPad and Apple PencilAppleiPad (64 GB), $329, available at AppleApple Pencil, $99, available at AppleSince the Apple Pencil works with the regular iPad, she can easily add diagrams and annotations to your documents without having to import them from separate paid apps. Instead of lugging around a laptop from class to class, she can use the much lighter iPad to take notes and access important files. An affordable electric toothbrushGobyRose Edition Goby Toothbrush, $70 with subscription or $80 without, available at GobyDental hygiene doesn't get less important as you grow up. Goby's brush has a smart design, is surprisingly effective for its price, and takes up minimal countertop space. You can subscribe to receive a fresh brush head every 1-3 months, so she doesn't even have to think about it changing herself. Read more about our experience with Goby hereA photo box frameArtifact UprisingBrass & Wood Display Box, from $57, available at Artifact UprisingSquare Print Set, from $9, available at Artifact UprisingDisplay and store up to 50 5"x 5" prints in this beautifully crafted photo box made of brass and real hardwood. Just slide in your preferred image into the frame, and switch it out whenever you want a change. A personalized leather portfolioLeatherologyOrganizer Portfolio, $150 (+$10 monogram or +$40 hand paint), available at LeatherologyFirst impressions are a big deal at internship interviews and job fairs. This well-organized portfolio is made from full-grain leather and available in a variety of gorgeous colors starts her off on the right foot. A charming, handmade cardEtsyA Toast to Your Graduation Card, $6, available at EtsySend a cute food pun card to congratulate your graduate. You can even customize the caps to fit her school's colors. Gift cards, gift cards, gift cardsStarbucks/FacebookAt the end of the day, the most helpful present is a gift card that can help get them through what is likely to be an expensive life change. Below are a few options for everything from books to travel.Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift Card / Gift Amazon Prime MembershipSchool books: Amazon Gift CardCoffee: Starbucks Gift CardEntertainment: Netflix Gift Card / Fandango Gift CardTransportation: Uber Gift CardFurniture: Amazon Gift CardMusic: Spotify Gift CardGroceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardTech: Amazon Gift CardTravel: Southwest Gift Card / Airbnb Gift Card / Amtrak Gift CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 18th, 2022

Alphabet (GOOGL) Boosts Nest Hub Max With Innovative Feature

Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google introduces the "Look and Talk" capability for the Nest Hub Max to provide an enhanced user experience. Alphabet’s GOOGL division Google is consistently working toward advancing its smart displays with innovative features.Reportedly, GOOGL added a “Look and Talk” capability to its smart display, Nest Hub Max.With the help of this capability, users can look at the onboard camera to activate the microphone for commands without using the “Hey Google” keyword.Users can view the underlined feature within the Google Home app through a server-side update.With this latest effort, GOOGL aims to provide an enhanced experience to Nest Hub Max users. This is expected to boost the adoption rate of the device, which in turn, is likely to contribute to top-line growth.Alphabet Inc. Price and Consensus Alphabet Inc. price-consensus-chart | Alphabet Inc. QuoteGrowing Smart Display InitiativesApart from the latest move, Alphabet is gearing up to release a brand new edition of Nest Hub that can be used as a tablet by detaching the screen from the base or speaker.Additionally, GOOGL is setting up to convert the operating system of Nest Hub Max from Linux-based Cast OS to its own Fuchsia OS.Also, Alphabet improved the display experience and released three clock faces for smart displays. GOOGL rolled out Zoom to the Nest Hub Max.These initiatives are likely to help GOOGL expand its presence in the growing smart display market, which is expected to hit $18.25 billion by 2028, witnessing a CAGR of 21.6% during the forecast period of 2021-2028, per an Allied Market Research report.Intensifying Competitive ScenarioGiven this upbeat scenario, not only Google, but also other companies, including Amazon AMZN and Lenovo LNVGY, are making robust efforts to capitalize on the above-mentioned prospects.Amazon offers powerful smart displays with the Echo Show series AMZN’s latest launch, The Echo Show 10, is controlled by Alexa and automatically moves in order to allow the viewer to move around the room while watching anything or taking video calls.Lenovo’s smart display provides an enhanced visual experience to users. It is enabled with Google Assistant and designed for smart home applications. LNVGY’s tablet, Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus 2nd Gen, powered by Google Assistant, can be used as a smart display, which remains noteworthy.Nevertheless, innovative capabilities of Google Nest displays are expected to help it gain a competitive edge over its peers.Zacks Rank & Stock to ConsiderCurrently, Google’s parent Alphabet carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Investors interested in the broader technology sector can consider Jack Henry & Associates JKHY, carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Jack Henry & Associates has gained 12.1% in the past year. The long-term earnings growth rate for JKHY is currently projected at 9%. Investor Alert: Legal Marijuana Looking for big gains? Now is the time to get in on a young industry primed to skyrocket from $13.5 billion in 2021 to an expected $70.6 billion by 2028. After a clean sweep of 6 election referendums in 5 states, pot is now legal in 36 states plus D.C. Federal legalization is expected soon and that could kick start an even greater bonanza for investors. Zacks Investment Research has recently closed pot stocks that have shot up as high as +147.0%. You’re invited to immediately check out Zacks’ Marijuana Moneymakers: An Investor’s Guide. It features a timely Watch List of pot stocks and ETFs with exceptional growth potential.Today, Download Marijuana Moneymakers FREE >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN): Free Stock Analysis Report Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (JKHY): Free Stock Analysis Report Lenovo Group Ltd. (LNVGY): Free Stock Analysis Report Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksMay 16th, 2022

Metaverse an Emerging Concept Now: 4 ETFs to Tap

Metaverse is a shared virtual 3D world, or worlds, that are interactive and collaborative. The concept of Metaverse is emerging right now. Metaverse is a shared virtual 3D world, or worlds, that are interactive and collaborative. It is facilitated by the use of virtual and augmented reality. The concept became extremely popular in 2021 particularly since Facebook rebranded itself as Meta Platforms FB.With more companies from various industries joining the Meta bandwagon, it is clear that Metaverse will dictate the next generation of the Internet sooner or later. It offers a significant investment opportunity in the coming years.“Technological innovation deployed in the construction of the ongoing initiatives to build a metaverse is laying the foundation for a new digital frontier. In this regard, bold new ventures are leaning into the future to create a more dynamic and exciting era of opportunity in the digital space. These areas, in particular, are ripe for investor exposure, especially due to their potential application in a variety of industries,” per First Trust Advisors.Bloomberg Intelligence expects the market opportunity for the Metaverse to reach $800 billion by 2024 from $500 billion in 2020, based on its analysis and Newzoo, IDC, PWC, Statista and Two Circles data. The primary market for online game makers and gaming hardware may top $400 billion in 2024 while the remaining business will come from live entertainment and social media. Gaming, AR, VR create $413 billion primary market of Metaverse, per Bloomberg.Against this backdrop, below we highlight a few ETFs gearing up to capitalize on the metaverse boom.ETFs in FocusProShares Metaverse ETF VERSProShares’ VERS ETF tracks the Solactive Metaverse Theme Index, which relies on state-of-the-art algorithms designed to capture the metaverse investment opportunity as it evolves.The index tracks 40 companies spanning a broad range of industries – from device makers to data processers, as well as social media, gaming, and other platforms that facilitate digital interaction. These companies are placing significant stakes in this virtual ground with the hope that its development represents the next phase of the Internet. The fund charges 58 bps in fees.Media & Entertainment takes about 30.67% of the fund weight, followed by semiconductor with about 25% of VERS. Software & Services (17.78%) and Technology Hardware & Equipment (12.16%) round out the top four spots.Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF METVThe underlying Ball Metaverse Index seeks to track the performance of globally listed equity securities of companies that engage in activities or provide products, services, technologies, or technological capabilities to enable the Metaverse, and benefit from its generated revenues. The 43-stock METV charges 59 bps in fees.Computing Components (19.4%), Cloud Solutions (18.0%), Gaming Platform (17.5%), Social Network (14.1%) take the top four spots of the fund. No stock accounts for more than  8% of the fund.First Trust Indxx Metaverse ETF (ARVR)The 38-stock fund, which recently made a debut, looks to track the price and yield of the Indxx Metaverse Index, which is designed to track the performance of companies involved in offering technologies that assist in creating the Metaverse.Electronic Arts Inc., STMicroelectronics NV and Intel hold the top three spots in the fund. No stock accounts for more than 3.62% of the portfolio. Entertainment (30.8%), Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment (29.7%) and Software (12.38%) are the top three industries of the fund.Fidelity Metaverse ETF (FMET)The fund hit the market on Apr 19, 2022 and it looks to provide investment returns that correspond, before fees and expenses, generally to the performance of the Fidelity Metaverse Index, which is designed to reflect the performance of a global universe of companies that develop, manufacture, distribute, or sell products or services related to establishing and enabling the Metaverse.   Want key ETF info delivered straight to your inbox? Zacks’ free Fund Newsletter will brief you on top news and analysis, as well as top-performing ETFs, each week.Get it free >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Meta Platforms, Inc. (FB): Free Stock Analysis Report Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF (METV): ETF Research Reports ProShares Metaverse ETF (VERS): ETF Research Reports To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksApr 26th, 2022

Makers actively bracing for upcoming Kunshan lockdown removal

Component makers and device assemblers operating in China's Kunshan, which has been under COVID lockdown since April 2, are all gearing up preparations for resuming production amid growing signs that the lockdown may be lifted soon, according to supply chain sources......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesApr 19th, 2022

GigaDevice gearing up for automotive MCU sampling

GigaDevice has taped out its in-house developed automotive-grade MCUs and is ready to ship samples to clients for validation, according to the China-based company......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesMar 31st, 2022

2 ETFs & Stocks to Tap the Metaverse Boom

The concept of Metaverse is an emerging one right now. ProShares launched a Metaverse ETF this month, namely VERS. Plus, there is another ETF called Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF (METV). The concept of Metaverse is an emerging one right now. The Metaverse is a shared virtual 3D world, or worlds, that are interactive and collaborative. It is facilitated by the use of virtual and augmented reality. The concept became extremely popular in 2021 particularly since Facebook rebranded itself as Meta Platforms FB.With more and more companies from various industries joining the Meta bandwagon, it is clear that Metaverse will dictate the next generation of internet sooner or later. It offers a significant investment opportunity in the coming years.Bloomberg Intelligence expects the market opportunity for the metaverse to reach $800 billion by 2024 from $500 billion in 2020, based on its analysis and Newzoo, IDC, PWC, Statista and Two Circles data. The primary market for online game makers and gaming hardware may top $400 billion in 2024 while the remaining business will come from live entertainment and social media. Gaming, AR, VR create $413 billion primary market of Metaverse, per Bloomberg.Against this backdrop, below we highlight a few stocks and ETFs those are gearing up to capitalize on the metaverse boom. The stocks are all not pure-play tech stocks. So, investors who fear rising rate worries being a drag on the tech investing right now, may like these other industry plays.ETFs in FocusProShares Metaverse ETF VERSProShares launched a Metaverse ETF on Mar 15, 2022. ProShares’ VERS ETF tracks the Solactive Metaverse Theme Index, which relies on state-of-the-art algorithms designed to capture the metaverse investment opportunity as it evolves.The index tracks 40 companies spanning a broad range of industries – from device makers to data processers, as well as social media, gaming, and other platforms that facilitate digital interaction. These companies are placing significant stakes in this virtual ground with the hope that its development represents the next phase of the internet. The fund charges 58 bps in fees.Media & Entertainment takes about 30.67% of the fund weight, followed by semiconductor takes about 25% of VERS. Software & Services (17.78%) and Technology Hardware & Equipment (12.16%) round out the top four spots.Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF METVThe underlying Ball Metaverse Index seeks to track the performance of globally-listed equity securities of companies that engage in activities or provide products, services, technologies, or technological capabilities to enable the Metaverse, and benefit from its generated revenues. The 44-stock METV charges 59 bps in fees.Computing Components (19.4%), Cloud Solutions (18.0%), Gaming Platform (17.5%), Social Network (14.1%) take the top four spots of the fund. Nvidia, Facebook, Roblox, Microsoft and Unity Softwae trake the top five spots in the fund.Stocks in FocusWalmart WMTRetail giant Walmart has plans to enter the field of highly immersive virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) and Blockchain-based world. Zacks Rank #3 Walmart appears to be venturing into the metaverse with plans to create its own cryptocurrency and collection of NFTs, per a CNBC article.NIKE NKEZacks Rank #3 Nike is acquiring a virtual sneaker and collectibles start-up, RTFKT. RTKFT boasts one-of-a-kind virtual products and experiences created by leveraging the latest in-game engines, non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, blockchain authentication and augmented reality. The move is part of the company’s digital transformation plan. The buyout is expected to expand NIKE’s base in the metaverse, with additional digital capabilities. Want key ETF info delivered straight to your inbox? Zacks’ free Fund Newsletter will brief you on top news and analysis, as well as top-performing ETFs, each week.Get it free >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report NIKE, Inc. (NKE): Free Stock Analysis Report Walmart Inc. (WMT): Free Stock Analysis Report Meta Platforms, Inc. (FB): Free Stock Analysis Report Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF (METV): ETF Research Reports ProShares Metaverse ETF (VERS): ETF Research Reports To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksMar 24th, 2022

Alphabet (GOOGL) Boosts Cybersecurity Reach with Siemplify

Alphabet (GOOGL) acquires Siemplify to strengthen its SOAR capabilities. Further, the buyout is likely to strengthen the company's presence in the cybersecurity space. Alphabet’s GOOGL division Google has acquired an Israel-based startup called Siemplify for $500 million to ramp up its cybersecurity efforts.Siemplify offers cloud-based security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) solutions, which enable security operations centers (SOC) to integrate threat response into user security policies.These solutions are designed to manage the entire security operations function from end to end.The underlined buyout will surely strengthen Google’s SOAR capabilities, which will likely aid it to gain traction among SOC analysts.Per the terms of the deal, the Siemplify platform will be integrated into Google Cloud. Further, the search giant intends to form the basis for its cybersecurity operations in Israel with the help of Siemplify.We believe that the buyout will expand the search giant’s reach in the booming cybersecurity market. Further, it will bolster the threat detection and response efforts of the security team of Google.Alphabet Inc. Price and Consensus Alphabet Inc. price-consensus-chart | Alphabet Inc. QuoteCybersecurity in FocusThe demand for cybersecurity solutions is expected to remain healthy in the days ahead, owing to the increasing frequency and technologically advanced nature of cyber-attacks. These attacks are not only affecting companies but are also threatening some nations’ security.Further, ongoing digital transformation and the proliferation of smart connected devices, supported by artificial intelligence (AI), and its tools like machine learning (ML), are exposing vulnerabilities in security systems globally.The growing incidents of AI and ML-driven advanced security attacks or “smart attacks” have become a headwind for businesses.As a result, enterprises worldwide are spending heavily on stricter cyber security solutions.Per a report from MarketsandMarkets, the global cybersecurity market is expected to hit $217.9 billion in 2021 and reach $345.4 billion by 2026, seeing a CAGR of 9.7% between 2021 and 2026.Per a Mordor Intelligence report, the market will likely reach $352.25 billion by 2026, witnessing a CAGR of 14.5% between 2021 and 2026.Google’s Efforts, Competitive ScenarioThe Siemplify acquisition bodes well for Google’s growing cybersecurity efforts. Further, it is a notable step toward Alphabet’s promise to President Joe Biden regarding the commitment of a $10-billion investment in cybersecurity over the next five years.Apart from Siemplify, Google Cloud’s $50-million investment in the cybersecurity company, Cybereason, which offers endpoint prevention, detection, and response, remains another positive.We note that Alphabet, on the back of these strong efforts, remains well-positioned to capitalize on the immense growth prospects in the cybersecurity market.Alphabet, which carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) at present, will continue to pose serious challenges to other tech giants like Amazon AMZN, Microsoft MSFT and Apple AAPL, which are also making concerted efforts to gain a foothold in the cybersecurity market.You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Amazon’s cybersecurity training materials, which are designed in a digestible format as part of its Security Awareness training, are witnessing solid adoption.Apart from this, the multi-factor authentication (“MFA”) device of Amazon, which enables customers to protect their AWS accounts against malware attacks, session hijacking, man-in-the-middle and phishing, remains noteworthy.Then again, Apple is gearing up to deliver security training, incident response and vulnerability remediation. It is making efforts toward MFA implementation at a large scale.Meanwhile, Microsoft has promised an investment of $20 billion in cybersecurity in the coming five years. Further, the company recently launched a cybersecurity skilling program in India to train more than 1 lakh learners by 2022, which is a positive step in boosting cybersecurity worldwide. Infrastructure Stock Boom to Sweep America A massive push to rebuild the crumbling U.S. infrastructure will soon be underway. It’s bipartisan, urgent, and inevitable. Trillions will be spent. Fortunes will be made. The only question is “Will you get into the right stocks early when their growth potential is greatest?” Zacks has released a Special Report to help you do just that, and today it’s free. Discover 5 special companies that look to gain the most from construction and repair to roads, bridges, and buildings, plus cargo hauling and energy transformation on an almost unimaginable scale.Download FREE: How to Profit from Trillions on Spending for Infrastructure >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN): Free Stock Analysis Report Apple Inc. (AAPL): Free Stock Analysis Report Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Free Stock Analysis Report Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksJan 5th, 2022

You"d Better Watch Out: The Surveillance State Has A Naughty List, And You"re On It

You'd Better Watch Out: The Surveillance State Has A Naughty List, And You're On It Authored by John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute, “He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows when you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness’ sake!” - “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” Santa’s got a new helper. No longer does the all-knowing, all-seeing, jolly Old St. Nick need to rely on antiquated elves on shelves and other seasonal snitches in order to know when you’re sleeping or awake, and if you’ve been naughty or nice. Thanks to the government’s almost limitless powers made possible by a domestic army of techno-tyrants, fusion centers and Peeping Toms, Santa can get real-time reports on who’s been good or bad this year. This creepy new era of government/corporate spying—in which we’re being listened to, watched, tracked, followed, mapped, bought, sold and targeted—makes the NSA’s rudimentary phone and metadata surveillance appear almost antiquated in comparison. Consider just a small sampling of the tools being used to track our movements, monitor our spending, and sniff out all the ways in which our thoughts, actions and social circles might land us on the government’s naughty list. Tracking you based on your health status. In the age of COVID-19, digital health passports are gaining traction as gatekeepers of a sort, restricting access to travel, entertainment, etc., based on one’s vaccine status. Whether or not one has a vaccine passport, however, individuals may still have to prove themselves “healthy” enough to be part of society. For instance, in the wake of Supreme Court rulings that paved the way for police to use drug-sniffing dogs as “search warrants on leashes,” government agencies are preparing to use virus-detecting canine squads to carry out mass screenings to detect individuals who may have COVID-19. Researchers claim the COVID-sniffing dogs have a 95% success rate of identifying individuals with the virus (except when they’re hungry, tired or distracted). These dogs are also being to trained to ferret out individuals suffering from other health ailments such as cancer. Tracking you based on your face: Facial recognition software aims to create a society in which every individual who steps out into public is tracked and recorded as they go about their daily business. Coupled with surveillance cameras that blanket the country, facial recognition technology allows the government and its corporate partners to identify and track someone’s movements in real-time. One particularly controversial software program created by Clearview AI has been used by police, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to collect photos on social media sites for inclusion in a massive facial recognition database. Similarly, biometric software, which relies on one’s unique identifiers (fingerprints, irises, voice prints), is becoming the standard for navigating security lines, as well as bypassing digital locks and gaining access to phones, computers, office buildings, etc. In fact, greater numbers of travelers are opting into programs that rely on their biometrics in order to avoid long waits at airport security. Scientists are also developing lasers that can identify and surveil individuals based on their heartbeats, scent and microbiome. Tracking you based on your behavior: Rapid advances in behavioral surveillance are not only making it possible for individuals to be monitored and tracked based on their patterns of movement or behavior, including gait recognition (the way one walks), but have given rise to whole industries that revolve around predicting one’s behavior based on data and surveillance patterns and are also shaping the behaviors of whole populations. One smart “anti-riot” surveillance system purports to predict mass riots and unauthorized public events by using artificial intelligence to analyze social media, news sources, surveillance video feeds and public transportation data. Tracking you based on your spending and consumer activities: With every smartphone we buy, every GPS device we install, every Twitter, Facebook, and Google account we open, every frequent buyer card we use for purchases—whether at the grocer’s, the yogurt shop, the airlines or the department store—and every credit and debit card we use to pay for our transactions, we’re helping Corporate America build a dossier for its government counterparts on who we know, what we think, how we spend our money, and how we spend our time. Consumer surveillance, by which your activities and data in the physical and online realms are tracked and shared with advertisers, has become big business, a $300 billion industry that routinely harvests your data for profit. Corporations such as Target have not only been tracking and assessing the behavior of their customers, particularly their purchasing patterns, for years, but the retailer has also funded major surveillance in cities across the country and developed behavioral surveillance algorithms that can determine whether someone’s mannerisms might fit the profile of a thief. Tracking you based on your public activities: Private corporations in conjunction with police agencies throughout the country have created a web of surveillance that encompasses all major cities in order to monitor large groups of people seamlessly, as in the case of protests and rallies. They are also engaging in extensive online surveillance, looking for any hints of “large public events, social unrest, gang communications, and criminally predicated individuals.” Defense contractors have been at the forefront of this lucrative market. Fusion centers, $330 million-a-year, information-sharing hubs for federal, state and law enforcement agencies, monitor and report such “suspicious” behavior as people buying pallets of bottled water, photographing government buildings, and applying for a pilot’s license as “suspicious activity.” Tracking you based on your social media activities: Every move you make, especially on social media, is monitored, mined for data, crunched, and tabulated in order to form a picture of who you are, what makes you tick, and how best to control you when and if it becomes necessary to bring you in line. As The Intercept reported, the FBI, CIA, NSA and other government agencies are increasingly investing in and relying on corporate surveillance technologies that can mine constitutionally protected speech on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to identify potential extremists and predict who might engage in future acts of anti-government behavior. This obsession with social media as a form of surveillance will have some frightening consequences in coming years. As Helen A.S. Popkin, writing for NBC News, observed, “We may very well face a future where algorithms bust people en masse for referencing illegal ‘Game of Thrones’ downloads… the new software has the potential to roll, Terminator-style, targeting every social media user with a shameful confession or questionable sense of humor.” Tracking you based on your phone and online activities: Cell phones have become de facto snitches, offering up a steady stream of digital location data on users’ movements and travels. Police have used cell-site simulators to carry out mass surveillance of protests without the need for a warrant. Moreover, federal agents can now employ a number of hacking methods in order to gain access to your computer activities and “see” whatever you’re seeing on your monitor. Malicious hacking software can also be used to remotely activate cameras and microphones, offering another means of glimpsing into the personal business of a target. Tracking you based on your social network: Not content to merely spy on individuals through their online activity, government agencies are now using surveillance technology to track one’s social network, the people you might connect with by phone, text message, email or through social message, in order to ferret out possible criminals. An FBI document obtained by Rolling Stone speaks to the ease with which agents are able to access address book data from Facebook’s WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage services from the accounts of targeted individuals and individuals not under investigation who might have a targeted individual within their network. What this creates is a “guilt by association” society in which we are all as guilty as the most culpable person in our address book. Tracking you based on your car: License plate readers are mass surveillance tools that can photograph over 1,800 license tag numbers per minute, take a picture of every passing license tag number and store the tag number and the date, time, and location of the picture in a searchable database, then share the data with law enforcement, fusion centers and private companies to track the movements of persons in their cars. With tens of thousands of these license plate readers now in operation throughout the country, affixed to overpasses, cop cars and throughout business sectors and residential neighborhoods, it allows police to track vehicles and run the plates through law enforcement databases for abducted children, stolen cars, missing people and wanted fugitives. Of course, the technology is not infallible: there have been numerous incidents in which police have mistakenly relied on license plate data to capture out suspects only to end up detaining innocent people at gunpoint. Tracking you based on your mail: Just about every branch of the government—from the Postal Service to the Treasury Department and every agency in between—now has its own surveillance sector, authorized to spy on the American people. For instance, the U.S. Postal Service, which has been photographing the exterior of every piece of paper mail for the past 20 years, is also spying on Americans’ texts, emails and social media posts. Headed up by the Postal Service’s law enforcement division, the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) is reportedly using facial recognition technology, combined with fake online identities, to ferret out potential troublemakers with “inflammatory” posts. The agency claims the online surveillance, which falls outside its conventional job scope of processing and delivering paper mail, is necessary to help postal workers avoid “potentially volatile situations.” Fusion centers. Smart devices. Behavioral threat assessments. Terror watch lists. Facial recognition. Snitch tip lines. Biometric scanners. Pre-crime. DNA databases. Data mining. Precognitive technology. Contact tracing apps. What these add up to is a world in which, on any given day, the average person is now monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways by both government and corporate eyes and ears. Big Tech wedded to Big Government has become Big Brother. Every second of every day, the American people are being spied on by a vast network of digital Peeping Toms, electronic eavesdroppers and robotic snoops. As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People and in its fictional counterpart The Erik Blair Diaries, surveillance, digital stalking and the data mining of the American people—weapons of compliance and control in the government’s hands—add up to a society in which there’s little room for indiscretions, imperfections, or acts of independence. In an age of overcriminalization, mass surveillance, and an appalling lack of protections for our privacy rights, we can all be considered guilty of some transgression or other. So you’d better watch out—you’d better not pout—you’d better not cry—‘cos I’m telling you why: this Christmas, it’s the Surveillance State that’s coming to town, and you’re already on its naughty list. Tyler Durden Fri, 12/24/2021 - 21:45.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytDec 24th, 2021

68 of the best gifts for dads, from personalized football jerseys to a do-it-all smartwatch

We've rounded up a huge selection of gift ideas for Dad, no matter if he's into personalized football jerseys, the perfect steak, or a pair of boots. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Harry's Shave Club Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, especially if yours doesn't offer many hints of what he wants. We found the best gifts for Dad, whether for Christmas, his birthday, Father's Day, or another milestone.  From a Sirloin of the Month club to a massage gun, these gift ideas are sure to be a big hit.  If you're searching for the perfect gift for Dad but coming up empty, don't stress; we've done the hard work for you and compiled the absolute best gifts that he'll love no matter the occasion. Whether it's a gift for Christmas, an idea for his birthday, or just a thoughtful way to show your love, we found a number of unique gift ideas that are sure to impress even the toughest Dads to shop for.From a monthly steak subscription to a new record player or a comfy pillow, you can't go wrong with any of the gifts on this list.Here are 68 of the best gifts for DadThis list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by REI. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*Modern over-ear headphonesAntonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderSony WH-1000XM4 headphones, $349, available at AmazonThese over-ear headphones from Sony are a must-have for frequent travelers as they have incredible noise cancellation that does well to drown out drum of a car engine or airplane. They also deliver clear audio which is perfect for when Dad wants to jam out to his favorite album or catch up on some podcast episodes.A self-filtering water bottleHydrosHydros Water Filter Bottle, $20, via HydrosThe Hydros Water Filter Bottle is like gifting Dad his own portable Brita. The bottle filters any water poured into it, reducing the amount of chlorine and sediment; plus, the filter is reliable through at least 40 gallons of liquid. It'll be any on-the-go Dad's go-to. A gift card for all things outdoorsREIREI Gift Card, from $10, available at REIFrom hiking and biking gear to vital cold-weather staples, REI is home to nearly anything and everything Dad could need this winter. Save up to 30% through December 20 during the Holiday Warm Up Sale.*Sponsored by REICoasters with the classicsUncommon GoodsUpcycled Record Coasters, $18, available at Uncommon GoodsDad can reminiscence about his favorite jams while enjoying a drink with these coasters made from reclaimed records. The discs are specially sealed so moisture won't seep through and damage the surface.An Audible subscriptionAudible/Business InsiderAudiblePlus subscription, from $7.95 per month, available at AudibleWith an Audible subscription, Dad gets unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks and podcasts. Plus, you can even have Dad test it out first with a free trial.A gift subscription to a popular coffee clubAtlas Coffee ClubAtlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $50, available at Atlas Coffee ClubIf your dad's veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won't go unused. We recommend a subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club here. A massage gun to use after working outTheragunTheragun Mini, from $199, available via TherabodyWhether Dad wants to recover after a grueling workout or just wants to be his own personal, at-home masseuse, a massage gun is an excellent gift. This model, Theragun's Mini, is our pick of the best entry-level massage gun, as it has a modest price tag yet still comes standard with a number of features found on more expensive, premium options. An easy way to open wineConnie Chen/InsiderSecura Electric Wine Opener, $26.99, available at AmazonDad can open his wine hassle-free with this gift. The sleek, fast-charging, and cordless wine opener can pull out 30 corks on one charge, making it our choice for one of the best electric wine openers. All Dad has to do is push a button and it does all the work.A tiny tag to ensure he never loses his valuablesAppleApple AirTag, $29, available at AppleIf dad tends to frequently misplace his key, wallet, or other valuables, help him out by gifting him a handy AirTag. The tags can be placed on just about any item and will connect to his phone so he can easily keep track of his stuff via the Find My app. For an extra personal touch, you can even get it engraved for free.Breathable and machine-washable sneakersAllbirdsAllbirds Wool Runners, $95, available at AllbirdsThese merino wool sneakers from Allbirds, Silicon Valley's favorite shoe brand, are the perfect mix of sporty and stylish. They come in tons of colors and are even machine washable.Read our full review of Allbirds Wool Runners here.A mat to help with dad's short gameAmazonRukket Tri-Turf Golf Hitting Mat, $99.99, available on AmazonFor the dad who loves to golf, this is one of the best golf hitting mats to help improve his short game from home. This compact, portable practice aid features three turf heights, to simulate rough, fairway, and close-cropped "collar" turf.A stylish and sporty fanny packState BagsLorimer Fanny Pack, $85, via State BagsIn case you hadn't heard, fanny packs are back and the Lorimer from State Bags is the best way to get Dad back on-trend. It's water-resistant, available in five colors, and is just understated enough to be a casual yet stylish foray into wearing a funny pack again.A digital picture frame to display his favorite memoriesAuraAura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at AuraSometimes, all Dad wants is something sentimental and personal. A digital picture frame is the perfect gift for Dad because it means he can view his favorite photos from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your dad can enjoy the photos you've carefully curated, all day long in his office or home. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here.A compact gas grillThe Home DepotDyna-Glo 3-Burner Open Cart Propane Gas Grill, $119, available at Home DepotIf owning a grill is one of your dad's long-standing dreams, this one from Dyna-Glo is the one to get him. The best part is that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. We've also put together a complete guide to grilling products, if you're looking for more grilling gifts for Dad. A monthly subscription for the bookworm dadBook of the MonthBook of the Month Subscription, from $49.99, available at Book of the MonthIf your dad's always on to the next page turner, he'll love getting a new book delivered straight to his doorstep each month. We think it's the ideal gift for Dad and even rank it as the best for bookworms in our guide to the best subscription boxes. A workout shirt he won't want to take offVuoriVuori Strato Tech Tee, $44, available at VuoriRegardless of whether Dad's a fitness guru or novice, an essential part of working out is the gear itself. Vuori makes extremely soft, comfy, and functional activewear. Our team loves the brand and has even dubbed it the best overall in our guide to the best men's workout clothes. Read our full review of Vuori clothing here. A garden tool set for the dad with a green thumbCutcoCutco 4-Piece Garden Tool Set, $103, available at CutcoIf gardening is one of your dad's favorite pastimes, this set has everything he could need when working outside. Each garden tool has a comfortable grip handle, a durable head, and depth marks. Tools are only one part of what he might need for his gardening adventures, so make sure to also check out our guides to the best gardening tools and best gardening tools for beginners.His new go-to summer shortsBuck MasonDeck shorts, $85, available at Buck MasonAvailable in four neutral color options, as well as in a six-inch and eight-inch length, these classic shorts are sure to become a staple wardrobe piece for dad this summer. Made from a lightweight, quick-drying cotton blend, these shorts are comfy and chic on land, but can also get wet and even act as swim trunks.  A pair of durable, all-weather bootsAllen EdmondsHiggins Mill Weatherproof Boot, $445, available at Allen EdmondsThe Higgins Mill Weatherproof Boot from Allen Edmonds is a do-it-all boot that fends off inclement weather, looks good at the office or out on the town, and is built to last for years. It's an investment piece type gift for Dad who will no doubt crown them his new favorite boots after unboxing a pair this holiday season. Personalized vinyl wall artUncommon GoodsPersonalized LP Record, $150, available at Uncommon GoodsCommemorate his birthday, anniversary, or any holiday with this custom record art. Made from an upcycled vinyl LP and suspended in a floating frame, this custom wall art can feature the soundtrack to their life or songs you share together. Choose from two retro designs, title the record, and add up to five personal song titles. A two-step skincare regimenAmazonBrickell Men's Daily Essential Face Care Routine II, $57, available at AmazonTime to up Dad's skincare game. Created specifically for men, the startup has become a favorite skincare brand for Reviews senior reporter Amir Ismael because it's simple and effective. Each product uses high-quality natural and organic ingredients. The charcoal works great for deep pore cleansing without the long, drawn-out process, earning it a spot on our list of the best skincare brands in 2021.An electric toothbrushWalmartPhilips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, $39.95, available at WalmartHelp him ditch the manual toothbrush with Philips Sonicare, whose brushes are gentler on teeth and give brighter results over time. We recommend this one for its powerful cleaning and movements-per-minute. Plus, the rechargeable toothbrush is better for the environment.A personalized video message from his favorite starCameo/Business InsiderCameo Personalized Video Message, from $10, available at CameoYou can choose from thousands of actors, athletes, and musicians and get Dad a personalized video message from his favorite star. For a gift that also gives back, search for celebrities donating some of the proceeds to charity. Or, opt for a funny and festive option like a Buddy the Elf impersonator. You can read our full breakdown of Cameo here.A leather iPhone wallet caseEtsyLeather Wallet Case, from $28.40, available on EtsyGet Dad a protective and stylish case for his iPhone that can also double as a handy wallet for storing cards. You can even get personalized with Dad's initials for an extra special touch. The case is available for iPhones ranging from the 6S to the 12 Pro Max. A smart watch to track his fitness goalsAmazonSuunto 7, $399, available on AmazonFor a worthy splurge for the fitness-obsessed dad, the Suunto 7 is a feature-rich and highly accurate smartwatch that offers tracking for more than 70 different activities, is comfortable to wear, and offers useful training feedback anyone can benefit from. It can also give alerts for texts, emails, and has numerous other handy smart features dad will surely appreciate. We even named it the best running watch you can buy.Read our full review of the Suunto 7 here.A mask fit for athletesUnder ArmourUA Sportsmask, $30, available at Under ArmourIf Dad loves his fitness routine but is often frustrated by working out with a mask on, the Sportsmask is a useful solution. This mask from Under Armour was specifically designed for high activity, and its water resistance, breathability, and UPF 50+ sun protection all lend well to making his workout routine more comfortable.A handy duffel bagAwayThe Weekender, $215, available at AwayIf your dad is a frequent traveler or gym-goer, he'll love this versatile duffel bag from Away. It's available in canvas or nylon, has a separate compartment for shoes, and a handy sleeve that slips over a carry-on handle.Read our full review of the Away Weekender here. A cookbook from his favorite burger jointAmazon/Business Insider"Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories," $16.38, available at AmazonIf your dad is a fan of Shake Shack, he'll love this cookbook that will teach him how to make his very own ShackBurger.A keepsake he can use for years to comeUncommon Goods/Business InsiderTicket Stub Diary, $14, available at Uncommon GoodsConcerts, museums, sporting events, or movies — regardless of what Dad's passionate about, this handy journal makes for efficient storage of sentimental memories that could otherwise get stained or ruined. With 118 ticket sleeves, there's plenty of room for upcoming memories as well.A set of quality merino wool socksBombasMen's Merino Wool Calf Sock 8-pack, $136.80, available at BombasThey may just seem like a basic, everyday accessory, but socks are among the most underrated gifts you can give. Dad will love these Bombas socks made from soft and warm merino wool. You can hear more about why we love this brand and its products in our review of Bombas socks. A health and ancestry genetic test kit23andme23andMe Health and Ancestry Genetic Test Kit, $199, available at 23andMeThis genetic test kit from 23andMe is great for the dad who's interested in learning more about his family history. You can learn more about all this kit has to offer in our guide to the best DNA test kits. A Disney Plus subscriptionAlyssa Powell/Business InsiderDisney Plus gift subscription, 1-year subscription for $79.99It gives Dad unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Read everything there is to know about Disney Plus over here.And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.A colorful swimsuitTom & TeddyTom & Teddy Men's Swim Shorts, from $64.94, available at Tom & TeddyMade from super-soft, quick-dry fabric, these swim trunks will make dad the star of your next beach or pool day. They come in an array of colors and prints, and you can even get matching father-and-son swim short sets.A beer growler for sipping at homeHouzzPersonalized Craft Beer Growler, $43, available at HouzzNow, Dad can take his favorite ales home with him to enjoy. This 64 oz growler comes personalized with his initials on it and includes four mini pilsner glasses.Soft, crisp sheets and beddingBrooklinenBrooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $198, available at BrooklinenBrooklinen's luxe sheets are among our favorites for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and unbelievable comfort.The company's Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything your dad needs to completely makeover his bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. They include a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, a duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheet here. A custom whiskey glassBRVOglass/EtsyPersonalized Whiskey Glass, $18.90, available at EtsyGreat for new dads, this custom, hand-etched whiskey glass can boast his proudest title alongside the year he became a father. Photos from reviewers go to show that this glass isn't just for whiskey, recipients have gotten creative by storing candy and other small gifts in their glasses.A subscription for steaksAmazingClubsSirloin of the Month Club, from $103.95 per month, available at AmazingClubsMeat lovers will enjoy sinking their teeth into a premium cut of sirloin. Each month Dad will receive a mouth-watering selection of premium steaks curated by experts and shipped fresh right to his door. Choose from subscription options of three months, six months, 12 months, or every three months.A SodaStreamAmazonSodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Machine, $86, available at WalmartThe SodaStream Fizzi lets you turn plain water into sparkling water in just a few seconds. Dad can adjust the fizziness and flavor level to his personal taste. We even named it the best overall in our guide to the best soda makers. A classic stovetop espresso makerAmazonBialetti 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker, $49.95, available at Crate & BarrelThis classic kitchen accessory is perfect for the coffee-loving dad who wants to bring cafe-quality coffee home. The Bialetti stovetop espresso maker not only makes great coffee, but it looks great on the counter. We made sure to include its 6-cup counterpart in our guide to the best stovetop espresso makers, as the best overall pick. The Amazon Echo ShowAmazonAmazon Echo Show 5, $49.99, available at AmazonThere's an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon's Alexa can and can't do, but once that's passed, the Echo Show can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things Dad should find charming. Unlike the Echo or Echo Dot, the Echo Show also has a screen for displaying information.A device that improves golfing skillsAmazonArccos Caddie Smart Sensors, $179.99, available at AmazonIf your dad is a big golfer, this performance-tracking system is a fun addition to his golf bag.A durable backpack and cooler comboCarharttCarhartt Medium Pack + 3 Can Insulated Cooler, $74.99, available at CarharttMade from a durable 500 denier Cordura ripstop material, this Carhartt backpack is perfect for outdoorsy dads. The included 3-can cooler is a great addition that'll let him carry a few cold brews on his fishing or camping trips.A custom map posterGrafomapGrafomap Custom Map Poster, from $49, available at GrafomapGrafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your dad's hometown, his college town, his favorite travel destination, or the place where he got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination. A gift card for the sports fanFanaticsFanatics gift card, from $10, available at FanaticsIf Dad's nostalgic for his college days or loves gearing up for his favorite sports season, give him the gift of variety with a Fanatics gift card. Fanatics is home to apparel, accessories, and memorabilia for just about every major sports team you can think of. A luxurious shave kitHarry'sHarry's Winston Shave Set, $25, available at Harry's (+ $15 for monogram)This shave set from Harry's is as sleek as it gets at this price. To go the extra mile, you can get his initials engraved into the razor. You can hear more about this set in our guide to the best shaving kits. A freshly scented beard wash and conditioner setThe Art of ShavingThe Art of Shaving Beard Wash and Conditioner Set, $30, available at The Art of ShavingSoap and water can leave his facial hair dry and scratchy. Bearded dads need this soothing beard wash and conditioner set from The Art of Shaving in their lives. A sous-vide device for ambitious home cooksAmazonAnova Nano Sous Vide, $129, available at TargetFor under $100, the Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Dad's life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, it'll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. It's so good that we name it the best overall pick in our guide to the best sous vide machines. A cozy and supportive pillowLeesaLeesa Pillow, $79, available at LeesaGive the gift of a good night's sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from mattress startup Leesa. A 10-pack of soft and stylish underwearAmazonMeUndies Men's Boxer Brief 10-Pack, $170, available at MeUndiesMade from MicroModal and elastane, MeUndies claims its underwear is three times softer than cotton. We think its boxers are so comfortable they'll blow Dad's mind. You can learn more about MeUndies in our guide on where to shop for men's underwear. Comfortable and stylish jeansMott & BowMott & Bow Wooster Dynamic Stretch Jeans, $118, available at Mott & BowGive the gift of good style with jeans from Mott & Bow. For more styles from the brand, check out our review of Mott & Bow's stretch-denim jeans. Amazon's new waterproof Kindle PaperwhiteAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at AmazonIf your dad is tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift. The latest version is now waterproof too. Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here. A hot sauce sampler packAmazonThe Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler Pack, $34.99, available at AmazonIf you're not quite sure what kind of hot sauce your dad likes, or if he isn't committed to this or that variety of the spicy stuff, then The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler is a great gift idea. It features sauces made with peppers that come from India, Mexico, and beyond, and it has flavors ranging from Chipotle Pepper to Garlic Herb to Whiskey Habanero.A personalized sports jerseyMLB ShopMLB Shop Custom Men's Jersey, from $149.99, available at the official MLB ShopNFL Shop Custom Men's Jersey, from $30.24, available at the official NFL Shop The sports-loving dad won't want to take this jersey off. At the MLB Shop and NFL Shop, you can order a personalized jersey with your dad's name on the back.An at-home workout systemTRXTRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit, $167.95, available at Amazon For the active dad, you can bring the gym home with this TRX trainer.A durable, temperature-maintaining water bottleHydroflask InstagramHydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth, from $44.95, available at Hydro FlaskHydro Flasks are great for any situation, from camping to commuting. This durable, insulated water bottle does a masterful job of making sure drinks keep their temperatures.A modern turntableU-Turn AudioU-Turn Audio Orbit Special Turntable, $459, available at U-TurnThis turntable is the sleek home accessory your dad didn't know he needed. He can bring his old records out of storage and enjoy them with this modern record player. A subscription service for new vinyl every monthVinyl MeVinyl Me, Please 3-Month Gift Membership, $119, available at Vinyl Me, PleaseEvery person's vinyl collection is deeply personal, so instead of trying to guess his taste, let him choose the record himself. Each month, he'll choose and receive one LP, pressed exclusively for Vinyl Me, Please, from a collection of Essentials, Classics, and Rap & Hip Hop.The three-month gift membership includes one bonus record, while the six- and 12-month ones include two bonus records.A streaming TV playerAmazonRoku Ultra, $69.99, available at TargetA media streaming device can transform your dad's so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface and 4K video streaming.Read our full review of the Roku Ultra here. A nice tieThe Tie Bar/Business InsiderMen's Neckties, from $18, available at Tie BarNeckties might be a cliché gift for dads, but The Tie Bar makes some handsome ties that he'll actually wear on a regular basis. You'll find plenty of colors, patterns, and styles — and the best part is they're all affordably priced.A handy multi-functional toolAmazonLeatherman OHT Multi-Tool, $89.95, available at B&H PhotoThis multi-functional tool does it all, plus it has a 25-year guarantee.A fast wireless charger and accessory trayCourantCatch:3 Charger Tray, $122.50, available at Staycourant.comGive your dad the gift of organization with this accessory tray and wireless charger combo. The pebbled leather is a much-needed upgrade from all the plastic tech accessories he has lying around, and the catchall tray is useful and thoughtful. It also means he'll stop asking you where his keys are three times before leaving the house. Stylish computer glassesFelix GrayFelix Gray Blue Light Computer Glasses, from $95, available at Felix GrayIf he sits in front of a computer every day, he needs these blue light glasses that increase magnification, reduce glare, and filter out blue light in order to reduce eyestrain. They're also available with prescription lenses — we tried them and loved them.Read our full review of Felix Gray blue light computer glasses here. Apple AirPodsAmazonApple AirPods with Wired Charging Case, $128.98, available at AmazonSome of the best gifts are items that can be used every day — and AirPods fall into that category. Whether your dad likes listening to music and podcasts or prefers to talk on the phone hands-free, AirPods will quickly become an essential item for him. You can learn more about the different versions in our guide to the best AirPods. A ceramic pizza stoneWiliams SonomaEmile Henry Pizza Stone, $54.95, available at Williams SonomaHomemade pizza is delicious, but it can be tricky to perfect. This ceramic pizza stone will make sure his pizza comes out perfectly cooked every time.An iPadAppleApple iPad (Latest Model with Wi-Fi, 32GB), $329.99, available at Best BuyTech-obsessed dads will love to get their hands on the latest iPad. For more information on the different iterations, check out our guide to the best iPads. A leather iPad caseLeatherologyLeatherology iPad Portfolio, from $190, available at LeatherologyThis leather iPad portfolio comes in 17 colors, so there's sure to be one that your dad will like. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch. A durable and waterproof speakerUrbanearsUrbanears Rålis Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $199.99, available at UrbanearsThe Rålis is Urbanears' first portable Bluetooth speaker and it sounds as good as it looks. It's a little pricey, but the sound quality is impressive enough to warrant the cost.An alarm clock that uses light to wake him up gentlyAmazonPhilips Light Alarm Clock, $99.99, available at AmazonJust because Dad has to wake up before the sun rises doesn't mean he has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake him up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so he can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. This clock is also one of the top picks in our buying guide, so you can be sure he'll love it.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytDec 10th, 2021

Microsoft offered to bring top Xbox games like "Halo" to iPhone if Apple would loosen its App Store rules, court docs reveal

Even though Microsoft's Xbox group was willing to bend to Apple's demands, it appears as though Apple wouldn't budge. Apple CEO Tim Cook.Getty Apple's App Store doesn't allow video game streaming services like Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft offered to bring major first-party games, like "Halo," to the iPhone for access, court documents show. Apple refused the offer, Microsoft said, and Game Pass only works through the iPhone's web browser. Last year, as Microsoft was gearing up to turn its wildly popular Xbox Game Pass service into the world's first "Netflix for gaming" service, it was privately negotiating with Apple to get the service onto iPhones.That's according to emails between Microsoft corporate vice president of business development Lori Wright and several Apple staffers unearthed by The Verge from legal documents related to Apple's lawsuit with "Fortnite" maker Epic Games. Even though Microsoft offered to bring major Xbox games to Apple's App Store, Apple apparently wouldn't budge and refused to allow the service onto the App Store in any form."Our proposal for bringing games through individual apps was designed to comply with App Store policies," Xbox cloud gaming head Kareem Choudhry told The Verge. "It was denied by Apple based on our request that there be a single streaming tech app to support the individual game apps."On the contrary, Apple said in a statement: "Unfortunately, Microsoft proposed a version of [Game Pass] that was not compliant with our App Store Review Guidelines, specifically the requirement to use in-app purchase to unlock additional features or functionality within an app." In-app purchases, or IAPs, have been a major sticking point for Apple's App Store rules.Through the App Store, anything sold must pass through Apple's payment system where Apple usually takes a 30% cut — and Microsoft's games have IAPs that circumvent that system, Apple said.Choudhry rejected that assertion to The Verge, saying, "The reasons for rejection were unrelated to in-app purchase capabilities." Apple didn't respond to Insider's request for comment.Apple and Microsoft had a public spat over Xbox Game Pass on iPhone last year that resulted in Apple rolling out a new policy for video game streaming services that would require each game on a service to be individually approved before being allowed on the App Store."The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great business opportunity for all developers," an Apple spokesperson told Insider last year. "Before they go on our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines that are intended to protect customers and provide a fair and level playing field to developers."Though Microsoft publicly pushed back on the policy, and said at the time that "this remains a bad experience for customers," the newly reported documents suggest it was privately willing to play by Apple's App Store rules. For now, the only way to access Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming on an iPhone or iPad is through the web browser.Got a tip? Contact Insider senior correspondent Ben Gilbert via email (bgilbert@insider.com), or Twitter DM (@realbengilbert). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by email only, please.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytDec 10th, 2021

Amazon"s (AMZN) AWS Gets Selected by Rivian, Boosts Clientele

Amazon's (AMZN) AWS is chosen by Rivian as the preferred cloud provider. Amazon AMZN continues to ride on its robust cloud computing arm — Amazon Web Services ("AWS"). Strengthening AWS offerings, which are constantly driving the company's cloud customer momentum, remain the key catalysts.The latest selection of AWS by Rivian RIVN as the preferred cloud provider is a testament to the aforesaid fact. This highlights the efficiency and reliability of AWS's innovative cloud products and services.Further, the deal has strengthened the existing relationship between AWS and Rivian.In a bid to boost the efficiency and performance of electric vehicles, and accelerate the consumer and commercial shift to these vehicles, Rivian is leveraging AWS's analytics, compute, containers, and machine learning capabilities.More precisely, Rivian is utilizing Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service to manage and orchestrate software updates. For the deployment of updates, it is using Amazon CloudFront.Additionally, Rivian's software-defined vehicle architecture and over-the-air software updates are powered by AWS.Amazon.com, Inc. Price and Consensus  Amazon.com, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Amazon.com, Inc. QuotePortfolio StrengthThe latest move of Rivian has added strength to the customer base of AWS.We believe that AWS's persistent focus on enhancing its offerings will continue driving its customer momentum.AWS recently announced a managed service called AWS IoT FleetWise, which helps collect and transfer data from millions of vehicles to the cloud cost-efficiently in real-time.The company introduced a managed wide area network (WAN) service, namely AWS Cloud WAN, which aids in the seamless development, management, operation and monitoring of a global network with the help of a central dashboard.Furthermore, it announced AWS IoT TwinMaker, which helps in the quick creation of digital twins of devices, equipment and processes.The company also unveiled three Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, namely C7g, Trn1 and Im4gn/Is4gen/I4i.AWS made Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) DL1 instances generally available. DL1 instances, backed by Gaudi accelerators from Habana Labs, assist in training ML models.Additionally, Amazon made a device called AWS Panorama Appliance generally available. The device helps run applications, which require analysis of multiple video streams from the existing on-premise cameras.Bottom LineWe believe that the expanding AWS portfolio will continue to aid AWS in winning customers.Aurora has recently chosen AWS as its preferred cloud provider for machine learning training and cloud-based simulation workloads.Nasdaq has signed a multi-year agreement with AWS in a bid to accelerate the development of advanced cloud-enabled infrastructure for the world's capital markets. It is gearing up to transfer its North America markets to AWS.Gilead Sciences picked AWS as the preferred cloud provider to accelerate the development process and delivery of medicines.Discovery expanded its relationship with AWS to drive its transformation in the cloud. Also, the Federal National Mortgage Association — Fannie Mae is shifting IT workloads from on-premise data centers to AWS.We note that Amazon's clientele win will continue to aid its cloud dominance.Per the latest Canalys report, AWS accounted for 32% of the global cloud spending in third-quarter 2021, sustaining its leading position in the booming cloud market.Microsoft's MSFT Azure, the second-largest cloud-service provider, accounted for 21% of worldwide cloud spending. Alphabet's GOOGL Google Cloud represented 8% of the cloud spending, marking itself the third-largest cloud provider.However, Amazon, presently carrying a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), is facing stiff competition from Microsoft and Alphabet as both are targeting a bigger slice of the market on the back of their advancing cloud portfolios. This poses a serious threat to Amazon's dominant position in the cloud market.You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. 5 Stocks Set to Double Each was handpicked by a Zacks expert as the #1 favorite stock to gain +100% or more in 2021. Previous recommendations have soared +143.0%, +175.9%, +498.3% and +673.0%. Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.Today, See These 5 Potential Home Runs >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN): Free Stock Analysis Report Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Free Stock Analysis Report Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL): Free Stock Analysis Report Rivian Automotive, Inc. (RIVN): Get Free Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksDec 7th, 2021

Stockman: A (Bad) Tale Of Two Inflations

Stockman: A (Bad) Tale Of Two Inflations Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, Our paint by the numbers central bankers have given the notion of being literalistic a bad name. For years they pumped money like mad all the while insisting that the bogus “lowflation” numbers were making them do it. Now with the lagging measures of inflation north of 5% and the leading edge above 10%, they have insisted loudly that it’s all “transitory”. Well, until today when Powell pulled a U-turn that would have made even Tricky Dick envious. That is, he simply declared “transitory” to be “inoperative”. Or in the context of the Watergate scandal of the time, “This is the operative statement. The others are inoperative.” This 1973 announcement by Richard Nixon’s press secretary, Ron Ziegler, effectively admitted to the mendacity of all previous statements issued by the White House on the Watergate scandal. Still, we won’t believe the Fed heads have given up their lying ways until we see the whites of their eyes. What Powell actually said is they might move forward their taper end from June by a few month, implying that interest rates might then be let up off the mat thereafter. But in the meanwhile, there is at least six month for the Fed to come up with excuses to keep on pumping money at insane rates still longer, while defaulting to one of the stupidest rationalizations for inflation to ever come down the Keynesian pike: Namely, that since the American economy was purportedly harmed badly, and presumably consumers too, with the lowflation between 2012 and 2019, current elevated readings are perforce a “catch-up” boon. That is, more inflation is good for one and all out there on the highways and byways of main street America! You literally can’t make up such rank humbug. Even then, what the hell are they talking about? The shortest inflation measuring stick in town is the Fed’s (naturally) preferred PCE deflator, but here it is since the year 2000. The 21 years gain is 1.93% per annum; and the 9-year gain since inflation targeting became official in January 2012 is 1.73%. Given that the PCE deflator is not a true fixed basket inflation index and that these reading are close enough to target for government work anyway, even the “catch-up” canard fails. That’s especially true because given the virtual certainty of another year or two of 4-6% CPI inflation, even the cumulative measures of inflation will register well above the Fed’s sacrosanct 2.00% target. Moreover, importantly, pray tell what did this really accomplish for the main street economy? On the one hand, savers and fixed income retirees have seen their purchasing power drop by 39% since 2000 and 18% since 2012. At the same time, wage workers in the tradable goods and services sectors got modest wage gains with uniformly bad spill-over effects. To wit, millions lost their jobs to China, India and Mexico etc. because their nominal wages were no longer competitive in the global supply base, while those that hung on to their domestic jobs often lost purchasing ground to domestic inflation. Consequently, the chart below is an unequivocal bad. It is the smoking gun that proves the Fed’s pro-inflation policies and idiotic 2.00% target is wreaking havoc on the main street economy and middle class living standards. Loss of Consumer Purchasing Power, 2000-2021 In short. the group-think intoxicated Fed heads, and their Wall Street and Washington acolytes, are hair-splitting inherently unreliable and misleading numbers as if the BLS inflation data was handed down on stone tablets from financial heaven itself. At the same time, the rampant speculative manias in the financial markets that their oceans of liquidity have actually generated is assiduously ignored or denied. We call this a tale of two inflations because the disaster of today’s rampant financial asset bubbles is rooted in pro-inflation monetary policies which are belied by both theoretical and empirical realities, which we address below. First, however, consider still another aspect of the inflationary asset bubble which is utterly ignored by the Fed. In this case, the group think scribes of the Wall Street Journal inadvertently hit the nail on the head, albeit without the slightest recognition of the financial metastasis they have exposed. We are referring to a recent piece heralding that private-equity firms have announced a record $944.4 billion worth of buyouts in the U.S. so far this year. That 250% of last year’s volume and more than double that of the previous peak in 2007, according to Dealogic. As the WSJ further observed, Driving the urge to go big are the billions of dollars flowing into private-equity coffers as institutions such as pension funds seek higher returns in an era of low interest rates. Buyout firms have raised $314.8 billion in capital to invest in North America so far in 2021, pushing available cash earmarked for the region to a record $755.6 billion, according to data from Preqin. As the end of the year approaches, big buyouts are coming fast and furious. A week ago , private-equity firms Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman LLC agreed to buy healthcare-technology company Athenahealth Inc. for $17 billion including debt. A week earlier, KKR and Global Infrastructure Partners LLC said they would buy data-center operator CyrusOne Inc. for nearly $12 billion. And the week before that, Advent International Corp. and Permira signed an $11.8 billion deal for cybersecurity-software firm McAfee Corp. The recent string of big LBOs followed the $30 billion-plus deal for medicalsupply company Medline Industries Inc. that H&F, Blackstone Inc. and Carlyle struck in June in the largest buyout since the 2007-08 financial crisis. Needless to say, these LBOs were not done on the cheap, as was the case, oh, 40 years ago. In the case of AthenaHealth, in fact, you have a typical instance of over-the-top “sloppy seconds”. That is, it was taken private by Veritas Capital and Elliott Management three years ago at a fulsome price of $5.7 billion, which is now being topped way up by Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman LLC in the form of an LBO of an LBO. According to Fitch, AthenaHealth had EBITDA of about $800 million in 2020, which was offset by about $200 million of CapEx or more.That means that at the $17 billion deal value (total enterprise value or TEV), the transaction was being priced at 28X free cash flow to TEV. That’s insane under any circumstances, but when more than half of the purchase price consists of junk debt ($10 billion out of $17 billion), it’s flat out absurd. The reason it is happening is the Fed’s massive financial market distortion: Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman are so flush with capital that it is burning a hole in their pocket, while the junk debt is notionally so “cheap” that it makes a Hail Mary plausible. But here’s the thing. This is a generic case: the Fed’s radical low interest rate policy is systematically driving the allocation of capital to less and less productive uses. And clearly private equity sponsored LBOs are the poster boy, owing to the inherent double whammy of misallocation described by the WSJ above. On the one hand, capital that should be going to corporate blue chip bonds is ending up on the margin in private equity pools as pension funds, insurance companies and other asset managers struggle to boost returns toward exaggerated benchmarks inherent in their liabilities. At the same time, private equity operators are engaged primarily in the systematic swap of equity for debt in LBO capital structures, such debt taking the form of soaring amounts of junk bonds and loans. The higher coupons on junk debt, in turn, attract more misallocation of capital in the debt markets, while at the same time grinding down the productivity and efficiency of the LBO issuers. That because the hidden truth of LBOs is that on the margin they are nothing more than a financial engineering device that strip-mines cash flows that would ordinarily go into CapEx, R&D, work-force training, marketing, customer development and operational efficiency investments and reallocates these flows to interest payments on onerous levels of the junk debt, instead. That’s the essence of private equity. The underlying false proposition is that 29-year old spread-sheet jockeys at private equity shops tweaking budgets downward for all of these “reinvestment” items—whether on the CapEx or OpEx side of the ledger—know more about these matters than the industry lifetime veterans who typically man either public companies, divested divisions or pre-buyout private companies—before they are treated to the alleged magic of being “LBO’d.” In fact, there is no magic to it, notwithstanding that some LBO’s generate fulsome returns to their private equity owners. But more often than not that’s a function of: Short-term EBITDA gains that are hiding severe underling competitive erosion owing to systematic under-investment; The steady rise of market PE multiples fueled by Fed policies, which policies have drastically inflated LBO “exit” values in the SPAC and IPO markets. So at the end of the day, the Fed’s egregious money-pumping is fueling a massively bloated LBO/junk bond complex that is systematically curtailing productive main street investment and therefore longer-term productivity and economic growth. And, of course, the proceeds of buyouts and junk bonds end up inflating the risk assets, which are mostly held at the tippy top of the economic ladder. And that’s a condition which has gotten far worse since the on-set of Greenspanian “wealth effects” policy in the late 1980s. As shown below, between Q4 1989 and Q2 2021: Top 1%: Share of financial assets rose from 21.0% to 29.2%; Bottom 50%: Share of financial assets fell from 7.2% to 5.6% Meanwhile, the good folks are WSJ saw fit to provide a parallel analysis that further knocks the Fed’s lowflation thesis into a cocked hat. In this case, the authors looked at the average domestic airline ticket price and found that it is about the same today as 25 years ago, $260 today versus $284 in 1996. And that’s before adjusting for cost inflation. So the question recurs: How is it possible that the airline industry hasn’t increased ticket prices in over two decades while its fuel and labor costs, among others, have been marching steadily higher? As the WSJ noted, It isn’t possible really. Most of us are paying a lot more to fly today, thanks to a combination of three covert price increases. First, airlines have unbundled services so that fliers pay extra for checking luggage, boarding early, selecting a seat, having a meal and so on. The charges for these services don’t show up on the ticket price, but they are substantial. Second, the airplane seat’s quality, as measured by its pitch, width, seat material and heft, has declined considerably, meaning customers are getting far less value for the ticket price. And third, many airlines have steadily eroded the value of frequentflier miles, increasing costs for today’s heavy fliers relative to those in 1996. Now, did the hedonics mavens at the BLS capture all these negative quality adjustment in airline ticket prices? They most decidedly did not. As shown below, the BLS says ticket prices have only risen by 5.6% during the same 24 year period or 0.23% per annum. But you wonder with jet fuel costs up by 294% during that period and airline wages higher by 75%—why aren’t they all bankrupt and liquidated? The answer, of course, is that the BLS numbers are a bunch of tommy rot. Adjusted for all the qualitative factors listed above, airline tickets are up by a hell of a lot more than 0.23% per year. Yet the fools in the Eccles Building keep pumping pro-inflation money— so that the private equity game of scalping main street cash flows thrives and middle class living standards continue to fall. CPI for Airline Fares, 1996-2021 Moreover, the backdoor prices increase embedded in airline fares are not unique. These practices are also common in other industries, whether it’s resort fees in hotels, cheaper raw materials in garments and appliances, or more-stringent restaurant and credit-card rewards programs. As the WSJ further queried, Consider the following comparison: Which one is cheaper, a 64-ounce container of mayonnaise at a warehouse club that costs $7.99, or a 48-ounce bottle of the same brand at a supermarket for $5.94? Most people will guess the warehouse club because of its low-price image. If you do the math, the price per ounce is roughly the same. But if you consider that the warehouse club requires a separate mandatory membership fee, the customer is actually paying more per ounce at the warehouse club. Known as two-part pricing, the membership fee camouflages the actual price paid by customers—and is behind the success of Costco,Amazon and likely your neighborhood gym. (A gym’s initiation fee, a landlord’s application or administrative fee, and an online ticket seller’s per-transaction processing fee all serve the same purpose.) Yet this is just a tiny sampling of the complexity of providing apples-to-apples pricing trends at the item level over time—to saying nothing of proper weighting of all the items that go into the index market basket. The implication is crystal clear. As per Powell’s belated recant on the “transitory” matter, the Fed doesn’t know where true inflation has been or have the slightest idea of where it is going. So the idea of inflation targeting against an arbitrary basket of goods and services embodied in the PCE deflator, much of which consists of “imputations” and wildly arbitrary hedonic adjustments, is just plan nuts. They only “inflation” measure that is in the proper remit of the Fed is monetary inflation—-something at least crudely measured by its own balance sheet. On that score the Fed is a infernal inflation machine like no other. And for want of doubt that the resulting massive asset inflation and rampant financial engineering on Wall Street that flows from Fed policies is wreaking havoc on the main street economy, note this insight from the always perceptive Bill Cohan: AT&T bought TimeWarner for a total of $108 billion, including debt assumed, and three years later agreed to spin it off it to Discovery for—what?— $43 billion in stock, cash and assumed debt. By my calculation, that’s a $65 billion destruction of value in three years. That’s not easy to do. He got that right. At the end of the day these massive accounting write-offs are just a proxy for the underlying economic destruction. As we said, a tale of two inflations. And neither of them imply anything good. Tyler Durden Fri, 12/03/2021 - 14:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeDec 3rd, 2021

Alphabet (GOOGL) Boosts Google Meet Reach Via New Feature

Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google introduces new immersive backgrounds in Google Meet to provide an enhanced experience to users. Alphabet’s GOOGL division Google is leaving no stone unturned to introduce new and innovative features in a bid to bolster its video conferencing software, Google Meet.Reportedly, Google Meet is gearing up to add new immersive backgrounds. This validates the abovementioned fact.The backgrounds will show the current time zone and climate of the dispersed teams with animations representing two different iterations — Condo that includes morning or night; and Cafe including Rainy, Snowy, or Sunny.The new backgrounds will be added to the existing video backgrounds like Spaceship, Under the sea, Beach with palm trees, and Animated characters sitting in a classroom, to name a few.Reportedly, all paying Workspace users can access the immersive backgrounds in the Google Meet web app in the near term.Currently, customers can personalize their Google Meet video feed with light and color filters and stylized backgrounds. With the addition of immersive backgrounds, the company strives to deliver an enhanced experience to Google Meet users. This in turn is likely to boost the software’s adoption rate.Further, the move will strengthen the offerings of Google Workspace, which in turn is expected to drive the company’s momentum across organizations looking for software applications that provide seamless connectivity with employees.Alphabet Inc. Price and Consensus Alphabet Inc. price-consensus-chart | Alphabet Inc. QuoteEfforts to Bolster Google MeetApart from the recent move, the company has made a major advancement in Google Meet, through which the software will notify users in case of echo on video calls.In addition, it launched features like adding up to 25 co-hosts for meetings, moderation tactics, and safety measures along with an updated Quick Access setting to provide a better experience to users.Further, Google collaborated with Cisco Systems CSCO for supporting interoperability. With the help of this, customers using a Cisco device can log into a Google meeting, while those using a Google device can log into a Cisco Webex meeting. Further, Cisco Webex for Google Workspace has made scheduling and joining Webex meetings seamless for users.The partnership aims to help those business organizations that use different hosting platforms or have switched from one platform to another.Apart from its collaboration with Cisco, Google is looking to sign contracts with other video conferencing providers in the near term.These initiatives are expected to benefit Google in expanding its presence in the booming video conferencing market, which is witnessing significant growth amid the coronavirus pandemic.Growing work from home and online learning trends due to social distancing norms amid the pandemic are creating demand for visual communication software. This is propelling growth of this market.A report by Fortune Business Insights indicates that this market is expected to hit $6.28 billion in 2021 and reach $12.99 billion by 2028, registering a CAGR of 10.9% during the forecast period of 2021-2028.Competitive ScenarioThe upbeat scenario in the video conferencing market is not only driving Google but also encouraging other companies like Microsoft MSFT and Zoom Video Communications ZM to take strong measures for bolstering their presence therein.Recently, Microsoft announced that it will introduce a new feature in Microsoft Teams for auto suggesting the most relevant search results across chats, files, people and other content stored or shared in the app.Additionally, Microsoft Teams lets users customize backgrounds and make meetings more fun and inclusive. This capability by the company remains noteworthy.Meanwhile, Zoom’s growing initiatives to provide an improved user experience by offering seamless training, technical support, meetings, cross-platform messaging and file sharing features are worth mentioning.Further, Zoom lets customers download their favourite virtual backgrounds and add them to their meetings. In addition to these, Zoom recently announced the introduction of new products and features such as Zoom Video Engagement Center, Zoom Whiteboard and Zoom Rooms Smart Gallery, to name a few, in order to enable enhanced engagement between workforce and workstreams.Nevertheless, the company’s growing initiatives to strengthen Google Meet are expected to help it gain a competitive edge against peers.Currently, Google’s parent Alphabet carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. More Stock News: This Is Bigger than the iPhone! It could become the mother of all technological revolutions. Apple sold a mere 1 billion iPhones in 10 years but a new breakthrough is expected to generate more than 77 billion devices by 2025, creating a $1.3 trillion market. Zacks has just released a Special Report that spotlights this fast-emerging phenomenon and 4 tickers for taking advantage of it. If you don't buy now, you may kick yourself in 2022.Click here for the 4 trades >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Free Stock Analysis Report Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO): Free Stock Analysis Report Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL): Free Stock Analysis Report Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksNov 19th, 2021

China, Taiwan CCL firms gearing up for capacity expansions

Eyeing robust demand for high-speed and high-frequency device applications, CCL makers in Taiwan and China are set to step up equipment and facility purchases for capacity expansions, according to industry sources......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesNov 18th, 2021

Biotech Stocks" Q3 Earnings on Nov 8: VTRS, EDIT & More

Let us look at four drug/biotech companies, VTRS, RDUS, AXSM and EDIT, which are gearing up for their earnings release. The drug/biotech sector’s earnings season is approaching its end. Overall, it has been a good earnings season for the drug and biotech sector with many companies beating estimates on both counts. Some companies like J&J, Lilly and Pfizer raised their expectations for both earnings and sales.Per the Zacks classification, the pharma/biotech industry comes under the broader Medical sector, which comprises pharma/biotech as well as medical device companies.Per the Earnings Trends report as of Nov 3, 78.2% of the companies in the Medical sector, constituting nearly 84.4% of the sector’s market capitalization, reported earnings. While 90.7% beat earnings estimates, 79.1% beat the same for sales. Earnings increased 22.6% year over year on 13.7% higher revenues. Overall, third-quarter earnings for the Medical sector are expected to rise 28.7% on a 14.5% sales increase.Let’s analyze four drug/biotech companies — Viatris VTRS, Editas Medicine EDIT, Radius Health RDUS and Axsome Therapeutics AXSM — that are set to report third-quarter 2021 results on Nov 8.ViatrisThe company was formed in November 2020 through the combination of Mylan and Upjohn, Pfizer’s business segment. It beat earnings estimates in each of the trailing three quarters, the average surprise being 14.2%. In the last-reported quarter, the company beat expectations by 11.36%.Viatris Inc. Price and EPS Surprise        Viatris Inc. price-eps-surprise | Viatris Inc. QuoteThis company has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings stands at 86 cents per share.Per our proven model, stocks with the combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), #2 (Buy) or #3 (Hold) have a good chance of delivering earnings beat. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.Sales in each of Viatris’ geographical segments, Developed Markets, Emerging Markets and Greater China, are likely to have improved sequentially in the third quarter from the second.Editas MedicineThe company’s earnings surprise history has been mixed so far, with its earnings beating estimates in two of the trailing four quarters and missing the same on the other two occasions, delivering an earnings surprise of 21.95%, on average. In the last-reported quarter, Editas delivered an earnings beat of 4.71%.Editas Medicine, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise Editas Medicine, Inc. price-eps-surprise | Editas Medicine, Inc. QuoteThis Zacks Rank #3 company has an Earnings ESP of -1.31%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate stands at a loss of 86 cents per share.With no approved product in its portfolio at the moment, pipeline development remains the key focus for Editas. The company is developing its lead pipeline candidate, EDIT-101, which employs CRISPR gene editing to treat Leber congenital amaurosis type 10 (LCA10) — a rare genetic illness that causes blindness.Radius HealthThe biotech’s performance has been mixed with earnings beating estimates in two of the trailing four quarters, missing in one and matching the same once. The company delivered a four-quarter negative earnings surprise of 3.61%, on average.Radius Health, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise Radius Health, Inc. price-eps-surprise | Radius Health, Inc. QuoteThis Zacks Rank #3 company has an Earnings ESP of -16.98%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate stands at a loss of 27 cents per share.Axsome TherapeuticsThe company beat estimates in two of the trailing four quarters, missed in one and met the same in one. The company delivered a four-quarter earnings surprise of 0.36%, on average.Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. price-eps-surprise | Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. QuoteAxsome has a Zacks Rank of 3 and an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate stands at a loss of 94 cents share. Infrastructure Stock Boom to Sweep America A massive push to rebuild the crumbling U.S. infrastructure will soon be underway. It’s bipartisan, urgent, and inevitable. Trillions will be spent. Fortunes will be made. The only question is “Will you get into the right stocks early when their growth potential is greatest?” Zacks has released a Special Report to help you do just that, and today it’s free. 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Category: topSource: zacksNov 8th, 2021

42 gifts for grandparents, from a wine subscription to a custom pet portrait

Give your grandparents the kind of gift that shows your love and appreciation for them. We found 40+ meaningful and useful gift ideas they'll love. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images In this list, you'll find 42 gifts to give grandparents to thank them for the many years of love. For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Shopping for grandparents can be daunting. They've likely gotten the basics down pat, and if you ask for ideas you'll likely get a genuine "nothing" in response. But these are the people who sat through your band recitals even though they were unbearably boring. They weathered your tantrums and sticky fingers on their furniture, and they probably slipped you candy even when someone else said no. So, what can you do for them?Below are 42 gifts that you can feel good about gifting. They're thoughtful, useful, sweet, and bound to be extremely appreciated by grandmas and grandpas.Check out all 42 cool gifts for grandparents below: Nice tea and a cute infuser Amazon/Business Insider Genuine Fred Duck Tea Infuser, available at Amazon, $12.14Buy a cute tea infuser and your grandparents will think of you every time they use it. Don't forget to pair it with some delicious loose leaf tea blends. A DNA test that lets them delve into family history ancestryDNA AncestryDNA Genetic Test, available at Ancestry, $59Your grandparents are the origins and default architects of much of your life, and AncestryDNA gives them — and you — the chance to explore and appreciate that history. They'll be able to see their heritage and genetic breakdown (aka 50% Irish, 30% Italian, and so on) and can build family trees complete with historical documents and censuses already on the site. If they're interested in history, they'll love this. A bouquet of fresh flowers 1-800-Flowers Fields of Europe Christmas Bouquet, available at 1-800-Flowers, from $39.99What's nicer than getting a gorgeous bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers sent to your home? Probably only getting to walk by them every day. If you want to send grandma and/or grandpa a bouquet of something fresh and beautiful to enjoy, flowers are a thoughtful option that can typically be delivered within days of purchasing. A funny ode to the festive family moments we all know and love Amazon/Business Insider Senior Moments: Christmas, available at Amazon, $8.59If your grandparents love a good joke, this funny seasonal book illustrates festive family moments from the holidays. Just flip through the first few sample pages to make sure it matches their humor before ordering en masse.  A pair of comfortable sneakers Allbirds Shop all Allbirds sneakers hereEveryone deserves comfortable sneakers and if your grandparents aren't familiar with Allbirds, it's time to get them up to speed. The brand makes footwear using sustainable materials like merino wool, recycled trees, sugarcane, and natural rubber. Check out all of our reviews on Allbirds sneakers to choose the best pair for them. A popular vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle Hydro Flask Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle, available at REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Hydro Flask, from $33.71This vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle works really well. It keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. We also love this $30 mug version. The latest Apple AirPods Apple Apple AirPods 3rd Gen, $179Bluetooth headphones always make a great gift for anyone with a smartphone. If grandma and grandpa are iPhone users, AirPods are the best choice because they're incredibly easy to pair and they're easy to carry. Frame one of your favorite memories with them. Framebridge Framed Photo, from $25Framebridge Gift Card, from $25Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed for your grandparents, and you can even take advantage of a team of designers if you want help deciding what frame to get. If you want to give them total control, you can give a gift card and help them with the process if needed. A cheeky Anne Taintor wall calendar Amazon/Business Insider Anne Taintor 2021 Wall Calendar, available at Amazon, $15.99If your grandparents love cheeky humor, Anne Taintor's iconic funny wall calendars are a great place to start. Taintor often pokes fun at domestic stereotypes and uses mid-century advertisements as the main images. Another foolproof option is the 2021 "Dog Shaming Calendar" for $12. Fresh coffee beans from all over the world delivered to their door Atlas Coffee Club Atlas Coffee Subscription or Gift Set, available at Atlas Coffee Club, from $60Atlas Coffee sends them fresh beans from across the globe to their door. They'll learn about its flavor profile, tasting notes, suggested brewing methods, a little history lesson in its origins — and each comes in a bag with festive packaging. If they've been coffee buffs for a while — or just love having a morning cup — they'll appreciate both the thought and opportunity to learn something new.  A touching book to read with young grandkids Amazon/Business Insider How to Babysit a Grandma and a Grandpa Boxed Set, available at Amazon, $23.97This New York Times bestselling kids' picture book is written in a how-to style, with the narrator giving important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa and grandma. It's the perfect gift for new grandparents and little grandkids excited to spend time together.  The collectible edition of a favorite book Barnes and Noble Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Collectible Editions), available at Barnes & Noble, $25Grab one of your grandparents' favorite books in one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions Classics to gift them a pillar for their home library. These volumes feature authoritative texts by some of the world's most renown authors and come in beautifully designed bonded-leather binding with gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark.  Practical tea towels that look like classic oil painting still lives. Food52 Old Masters Cotton Tea Towel, available at Food52, $30These tea towels more practically display the dramatic still-life scenes that are typically found on oil wall-hangings: fruit, oysters, cheese, etc. They're interesting, beautiful to look at, and great to use around the kitchen.  A salt block that'll make grilled foods taste even better Crated and Barrel Himalayan Salt Block, available at Crate and Barrel, from $34.95A salt block is the multitasking tool more and more kitchens are adopting. They're a stable crystal structure, which means they can hold a temperature very well. It can be chilled to use as a serving platter for sushi, or heated over a grill or stovetop to cook veggies infused with flavor. Himalayan salt is more nuanced than table salt, and the amount of saltiness imparted varies with the type of food (moist foods absorb more salt, fatty foods repel it, etc.). It's also long-lasting and naturally antibacterial. A tiny smart garden that they can grow herbs in easily and year-round Amazon Click and Grow Smart Garden, available at Click and Grow, $149.96If your grandparents love gardening or cooking, this kitchen garden is great for fresh herbs and year-round gardening and comes with pods for mini tomato, basil, and green lettuce. Not all climates and spaces are hospitable to herbs, but Click and Grow maintains one that is. It's low-maintenance so there's not a ton of involvement with tech or even much watering, and they're not likely to already have one.  A good-looking, cleverly designed container for artisan cheeses Food52 Cheese Vault, available at Food52, from $34You can't go wrong with a cute, handy place for storing artisan cheese that looks far nicer than plastic wrap. Grab some tasty options to start them off with, too.  The best socks they'll ever wear United by Blue The Ultimate Bison Sock, available at United by Blue, $38United by Blue makes some of the most comfortable and warmest socks we've ever worn. They're made of merino wool, bison down, and nylon and have reinforced heel and toe areas. We're also big fans of Bombas socks.  A media streaming device - and access to your Netflix Amazon Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player, available at Amazon, $29.99Turn their TV into a smart TV with the Roku. Set it up for them, show them the ropes, and log them into your Netflix and Hulu if they don't already have their own. Call them later to chat about recommendations or great new shows you're watching, so you can enjoy them together. A calendar full of cherished personal photos Artifact Uprising Brass Easel and Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $49Photos of loved ones are an instant source of joy, and structuring our daily life around them with a calendar is a great way to fill each day with more gratitude and happiness. Artifact Uprising has one that comes on a wood clipboard ($35) and a wall calendar ($42) that you can customize. The calendar is updated on a rolling 12-month basis, so you don't have to wait until January to create one. A journal that prompts them to record their own personal history for a new family keepsake Uncommon Goods My Life Story — So Far, available at Uncommon Goods, $30Prompt them to sit down and write about their own life, and make a lasting family keepsake in the process. This journal provides prompts, so it's not as daunting as starting from the beginning. It also shows that you're interested in learning about what they have to say and their own experiences.  A soothing bubble bath from a well-loved brand Amazon L'Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath, available at Amazon, $39This cult-favorite lavender-scented bubble bath from L'Occitane is a great way to relax, and it takes a while to get through.  A luxe holiday candle that comes in a hand-blown glass container they can reuse Bloomingdale's LAFCO Feu de Bois Ski House Candle, available at Bloomingdales, $65LAFCO candles are over $60 for a reason; they smell incredible, they're made simply from soy with a cotton wick, and the container is hand-blown glass that can be washed and used as a centerpiece for everything from candy to plants. This size has a 90-hour burn time. A photo book or photo calendar you curated for them of their favorite people and places Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $62Grandparents are often the gatekeepers to the most involved, best-kept baby books. School pictures, spelling tests, and holidays spent with them are all preserved with the genuine, all-encompassing interest reserved only for grandparents. Rarely, however, do we get to do the same for them. Set aside some time and curate a photo book for them from Artifact Uprising with pictures of their favorite places, people, and memories.Or, if you think they'll use it more, a calendar of you, them, your parents, and their grandkids — primed for a happy exhibition the next time their friends come over. A new cookbook from a beloved Italian restaurant in Brooklyn Amazon/Business Insider The Frankie Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, available at Amazon, $18.43Frankies Spuntino is a tin-ceilinged, brick-walled restaurant in Brooklyn that draws crowds from every walk of life for food that is deeply satisfying. Here, the entire Frankies menu — and it's reimagined Italian American comfort food — is adapted for the home cook. If either of your grandparents loves cooking, they'll probably love this thoughtful — and new — gesture.If you want to gift something that honors your own family recipes, check out this recipe book you or they can write in from Uncommon Goods.  A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country Mouth/Instagram Best of Mouth Subscription, available at Mouth, from $54/monthFoodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they'll receive each month. An Echo Dot that's easy to use and extremely helpful Amazon 4th Generation Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $59.99If your grandparents aren't extremely techy, the Echo Dot is an especially good starter gift. It maximizes convenience, requires little interaction after setup, and takes up minimal space. They can easily ask Alexa for recipes, the weather, the news, and to control things like the lights. You could also grab a few accompanying smart bulbs if they either hate getting up to turn them off or if their knees tend to bother them. Stick around to set it up, and show them a few of the coolest features. Tea from around the world Uncommon Goods Tea From Around the World Set, $55If your grandparents prefer tea over coffee, this set will let them sample some of the best flavors from across the globe. A Nespresso that makes everything from a latte to a cappuccino just the way they like it - and from the comfort of home Nespresso Nespresso Lattissima One, available at Amazon, $449.90This is a pricey gift, but one that makes pretty amazing coffee without much more involvement than dropping a pod into the machine. They can make everything from delicious cappuccinos to lattes right at home, which is probably why it was listed as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2018. Long-distance twin lamps that light up when one of you touches it Uncommon Goods Long Distance Touch Lamp, available at Uncommon Goods, from $85These sentimental long-distance lamps are perfect for grandkids that live far away from their grandparents. Keep one in your home and one at your grandparents' home, and whenever you touch it, their lamp will light up too. It's a simple and instantaneous way to say "I love you!" from across the country. A Jo Malone diffuser that smells amazing and looks good in a home Nordstrom Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Diffuser, available at Nordstrom, $85A diffuser is like the modern take on potpourri, and Jo Malone makes some incredibly good scents. They'll recognize the brand, like the smell, and the clean, minimalist glass container means they won't only bring this out when they know you're coming over. Warm, fluffy slippers they'll love wearing Nordstrom UGG Dakota Water Resistant Slipper, available at Nordstrom, $100Make sure grandma's feet are kept cozy year-round in these plush UGG slippers with rubber soles for indoor or outdoor use.  A gift subscription to a cool wine service they're not likely to already use Vinebox Shop all Vinebox collections here.Vinebox gifts let the recipient try nine of the best wines of the moment every quarter. Their delivery will include nine vials portioned to be full glasses, with each selected based on their personal tastes and preferences. They'll also get a credit for either $15 or $30 to use on full bottles.  A vintage-style record player Amazon Electrohome Kingston 7-in-1 Vinyl Record Player, $199.99Your grandparents probably have a massive collection of records but an outdated record player. With the Kingston 7-in-1, they'll get the vintage feel of old-school record players with additional modern features like Bluetooth, aux, and the ability to turn vinyl into mp3s. A vintage-inspired knit sweater Todd Snyder L.L.Bean x Todd Snyder Bear Sweater, $199Remember all those wonderful knit sweaters you got as gifts over the years? Now it's time to pay it back with a similar gift. Todd Snyder's collaboration with L.L.Bean features several vintage-inspired sweaters that will leave your grandparents feeling nostalgic.  Aura Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at AuraSet up a digital picture frame at Grandma and Grandpa's house and they'll be able to view all of their favorite images from one device. An e-reader with a no-glare screen The Kindle Paperwhite's new, warmer backlight. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99If your grandparents love to read, the first device you should gift is probably the go-anywhere, read-anything Paperwhite. Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof and has a no-glare screen even in direct sunlight — great for long days spent on the porch or at the beach.  A new gadget that lets them preserve wine for years by never technically uncorking it Coravin Coravin Model Two Wine Preservation System, available at Bloomingdale's, $149.95Coravin allows you to pour a glass of wine without ever uncorking the bottle, so you don't have to worry about oxidation ruining the wine. If your grandparents are opening it just for a glass, their wine will stay preserved over weeks, months, and years if they like. It also gives them greater freedom; there's no need to conserve by sharing a bottle, so they can pick their own favorite every time.  A movie night with you, planned out by you Fandango/Business Insider Gift Card, available at Fandango, from $15Once it's safe to do so, take them to a movie — spare no expense on movie popcorn, an unnecessarily huge soft drink, and a candy that is usually gone by the close of previews. Grab a gift card and put it in a nice Etsy card, and set a date for the next blockbuster. They'll probably love just spending time with you, and knowing you went to the trouble to orchestrate this. A comfortable weighted blanket for better rest Gravity Blankets Gravity Blankets, starting at $195Give your grandparents better rest for the holidays with a cult-favorite weighted blanket with a removable cover. By mimicking DPTS (deep pressure touch stimulation), weighted blankets help us calm down, fall asleep faster, stay asleep better and for longer, and feel more rested when we wake up. A high-end shaver for Grandpa Braun Braun Series 9 Pro, $329.99As Braun's most advanced shaver ever, the Series 9 Pro will pro will give Grandpa the best shave he's ever had. A smart frame that allows them to look through photos The Grommet Smart Connected Picture Frame, available at The Grommet, $299If they're tech-savvy, get them a smart picture frame that cycles through family photos from their digital albums or phone. You can also use a built-in family sharing feature to have other people send pictures directly to their frame. A custom painting of their furry best friend Uncommon Goods Custom Painterly Pet Portraits, available at Uncommon Goods, from $250Make sure this is their decor style before committing to it, but a portrait of their pet is probably one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gestures. It's unique, handmade, and pays homage to the little fur-mop that loves lounging in an adjacent sun patch on the couch every day. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 5th, 2021

43 gifts for grandparents, from a wine subscription to a custom pet portrait

Give your grandparents the kind of gift that shows your love and appreciation for them. We found 40+ meaningful and useful gift ideas they'll love. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images In this list, you'll find 43 gifts to give grandparents to thank them for the many years of love. For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Shopping for grandparents can be daunting. They've likely gotten the basics down pat, and if you ask for ideas you'll likely get a genuine "nothing" in response. But these are the people who sat through your band recitals even though they were unbearably boring. They weathered your tantrums and sticky fingers on their furniture, and they probably slipped you candy even when someone else said no. So, what can you do for them?Below are 43 gifts that you can feel good about gifting. They're thoughtful, useful, sweet, and bound to be extremely appreciated by grandmas and grandpas.Check out all 43 cool gifts for grandparents below: Gifts for grandparents under $25 Nice tea and a cute infuser Amazon/Business Insider Genuine Fred Duck Tea Infuser, available at Amazon, $12.14Buy a cute tea infuser and your grandparents will think of you every time they use it. Don't forget to pair it with some delicious loose leaf tea blends. The best socks they'll ever wear United by Blue The Ultimate Bison Sock, available at United by Blue, $38United by Blue makes some of the most comfortable and warmest socks we've ever worn. They're made of merino wool, bison down, and nylon and have reinforced heel and toe areas. We're also big fans of Bombas socks.  A funny ode to the festive family moments we all know and love Amazon/Business Insider Senior Moments: Christmas, available at Amazon, $8.59If your grandparents love a good joke, this funny seasonal book illustrates festive family moments from the holidays. Just flip through the first few sample pages to make sure it matches their humor before ordering en masse.  Frame one of your favorite memories with them. Framebridge Framed Photo, from $25Framebridge Gift Card, from $25Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed for your grandparents, and you can even take advantage of a team of designers if you want help deciding what frame to get. If you want to give them total control, you can give a gift card and help them with the process if needed. A cheeky Anne Taintor wall calendar Amazon/Business Insider Anne Taintor 2021 Wall Calendar, available at Amazon, $15.99If your grandparents love cheeky humor, Anne Taintor's iconic funny wall calendars are a great place to start. Taintor often pokes fun at domestic stereotypes and uses mid-century advertisements as the main images. Another foolproof option is the 2021 "Dog Shaming Calendar" for $12. A new cookbook from a beloved Italian restaurant in Brooklyn Amazon/Business Insider The Frankie Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, available at Amazon, $18.43Frankies Spuntino is a tin-ceilinged, brick-walled restaurant in Brooklyn that draws crowds from every walk of life for food that is deeply satisfying. Here, the entire Frankies menu — and it's reimagined Italian American comfort food — is adapted for the home cook. If either of your grandparents loves cooking, they'll probably love this thoughtful — and new — gesture.If you want to gift something that honors your own family recipes, check out this recipe book you or they can write in from Uncommon Goods.  A movie night with you, planned out by you Fandango/Business Insider Gift Card, available at Fandango, from $15Once it's safe to do so, take them to a movie — spare no expense on movie popcorn, an unnecessarily huge soft drink, and a candy that is usually gone by the close of previews. Grab a gift card and put it in a nice Etsy card, and set a date for the next blockbuster. They'll probably love just spending time with you, and knowing you went to the trouble to orchestrate this. A touching book to read with young grandkids Amazon/Business Insider How to Babysit a Grandma and a Grandpa Boxed Set, available at Amazon, $23.97This New York Times bestselling kids' picture book is written in a how-to style, with the narrator giving important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa and grandma. It's the perfect gift for new grandparents and little grandkids excited to spend time together.  The collectible edition of a favorite book Barnes and Noble Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Collectible Editions), available at Barnes & Noble, $25Grab one of your grandparents' favorite books in one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions Classics to gift them a pillar for their home library. These volumes feature authoritative texts by some of the world's most renown authors and come in beautifully designed bonded-leather binding with gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark.  Gifts for grandparents under $50 Practical tea towels that look like classic oil painting still lives. Food52 Old Masters Cotton Tea Towel, available at Food52, $30These tea towels more practically display the dramatic still-life scenes that are typically found on oil wall-hangings: fruit, oysters, cheese, etc. They're interesting, beautiful to look at, and great to use around the kitchen.  A salt block that'll make grilled foods taste even better Crated and Barrel Himalayan Salt Block, available at Crate and Barrel, from $34.95A salt block is the multitasking tool more and more kitchens are adopting. They're a stable crystal structure, which means they can hold a temperature very well. It can be chilled to use as a serving platter for sushi, or heated over a grill or stovetop to cook veggies infused with flavor. Himalayan salt is more nuanced than table salt, and the amount of saltiness imparted varies with the type of food (moist foods absorb more salt, fatty foods repel it, etc.). It's also long-lasting and naturally antibacterial. A good-looking, cleverly designed container for artisan cheeses Food52 Cheese Vault, available at Food52, from $34You can't go wrong with a cute, handy place for storing artisan cheese that looks far nicer than plastic wrap. Grab some tasty options to start them off with, too.  A media streaming device - and access to your Netflix Amazon Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player, available at Amazon, $29.99Turn their TV into a smart TV with the Roku. Set it up for them, show them the ropes, and log them into your Netflix and Hulu if they don't already have their own. Call them later to chat about recommendations or great new shows you're watching, so you can enjoy them together. A popular vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle Hydro Flask Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle, available at REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Hydro Flask, from $33.71This vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle works really well. It keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. We also love this $30 mug version. A calendar full of cherished personal photos Artifact Uprising Brass Easel and Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $49Photos of loved ones are an instant source of joy, and structuring our daily life around them with a calendar is a great way to fill each day with more gratitude and happiness. Artifact Uprising has one that comes on a wood clipboard ($35) and a wall calendar ($42) that you can customize. The calendar is updated on a rolling 12-month basis, so you don't have to wait until January to create one. A journal that prompts them to record their own personal history for a new family keepsake Uncommon Goods My Life Story — So Far, available at Uncommon Goods, $30Prompt them to sit down and write about their own life, and make a lasting family keepsake in the process. This journal provides prompts, so it's not as daunting as starting from the beginning. It also shows that you're interested in learning about what they have to say and their own experiences.  A bouquet of fresh flowers 1-800-Flowers Fields of Europe Christmas Bouquet, available at 1-800-Flowers, from $39.99What's nicer than getting a gorgeous bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers sent to your home? Probably only getting to walk by them every day. If you want to send grandma and/or grandpa a bouquet of something fresh and beautiful to enjoy, flowers are a thoughtful option that can typically be delivered within days of purchasing. A DNA test that lets them delve into family history ancestryDNA AncestryDNA Genetic Test, available at Ancestry, $59Your grandparents are the origins and default architects of much of your life, and AncestryDNA gives them — and you — the chance to explore and appreciate that history. They'll be able to see their heritage and genetic breakdown (aka 50% Irish, 30% Italian, and so on) and can build family trees complete with historical documents and censuses already on the site. If they're interested in history, they'll love this. A soothing bubble bath from a well-loved brand Amazon L'Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath, available at Amazon, $39This cult-favorite lavender-scented bubble bath from L'Occitane is a great way to relax, and it takes a while to get through.  Gifts for grandparents under $75 A luxe holiday candle that comes in a hand-blown glass container they can reuse Bloomingdale's LAFCO Feu de Bois Ski House Candle, available at Bloomingdales, $65LAFCO candles are over $60 for a reason; they smell incredible, they're made simply from soy with a cotton wick, and the container is hand-blown glass that can be washed and used as a centerpiece for everything from candy to plants. This size has a 90-hour burn time. A photo book or photo calendar you curated for them of their favorite people and places Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $62Grandparents are often the gatekeepers to the most involved, best-kept baby books. School pictures, spelling tests, and holidays spent with them are all preserved with the genuine, all-encompassing interest reserved only for grandparents. Rarely, however, do we get to do the same for them. Set aside some time and curate a photo book for them from Artifact Uprising with pictures of their favorite places, people, and memories.Or, if you think they'll use it more, a calendar of you, them, your parents, and their grandkids — primed for a happy exhibition the next time their friends come over. A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country Mouth/Instagram Best of Mouth Subscription, available at Mouth, from $54/monthFoodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they'll receive each month. An Echo Dot that's easy to use and extremely helpful Amazon 4th Generation Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $59.99If your grandparents aren't extremely techy, the Echo Dot is an especially good starter gift. It maximizes convenience, requires little interaction after setup, and takes up minimal space. They can easily ask Alexa for recipes, the weather, the news, and to control things like the lights. You could also grab a few accompanying smart bulbs if they either hate getting up to turn them off or if their knees tend to bother them. Stick around to set it up, and show them a few of the coolest features. Fresh coffee beans from all over the world delivered to their door Atlas Coffee Club Atlas Coffee Subscription or Gift Set, available at Atlas Coffee Club, from $60Atlas Coffee sends them fresh beans from across the globe to their door. They'll learn about its flavor profile, tasting notes, suggested brewing methods, a little history lesson in its origins — and each comes in a bag with festive packaging. If they've been coffee buffs for a while — or just love having a morning cup — they'll appreciate both the thought and opportunity to learn something new.  Tea from around the world Uncommon Goods Tea From Around the World Set, $55If your grandparents prefer tea over coffee, this set will let them sample some of the best flavors from across the globe. Gifts for under $100 A pair of comfortable sneakers Allbirds Shop all Allbirds sneakers hereEveryone deserves comfortable sneakers and if your grandparents aren't familiar with Allbirds, it's time to get them up to speed. The brand makes footwear using sustainable materials like merino wool, recycled trees, sugarcane, and natural rubber. Check out all of our reviews on Allbirds sneakers to choose the best pair for them. A Jo Malone diffuser that smells amazing and looks good in a home Nordstrom Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Diffuser, available at Nordstrom, $85A diffuser is like the modern take on potpourri, and Jo Malone makes some incredibly good scents. They'll recognize the brand, like the smell, and the clean, minimalist glass container means they won't only bring this out when they know you're coming over. Warm, fluffy slippers they'll love wearing Nordstrom UGG Dakota Water Resistant Slipper, available at Nordstrom, $100Make sure grandma's feet are kept cozy year-round in these plush UGG slippers with rubber soles for indoor or outdoor use.  Long-distance twin lamps that light up when one of you touches it Uncommon Goods Long Distance Touch Lamp, available at Uncommon Goods, from $85These sentimental long-distance lamps are perfect for grandkids that live far away from their grandparents. Keep one in your home and one at your grandparents' home, and whenever you touch it, their lamp will light up too. It's a simple and instantaneous way to say "I love you!" from across the country. A gift subscription to a cool wine service they're not likely to already use Vinebox Shop all Vinebox collections here.Vinebox gifts let the recipient try nine of the best wines of the moment every quarter. Their delivery will include nine vials portioned to be full glasses, with each selected based on their personal tastes and preferences. They'll also get a credit for either $15 or $30 to use on full bottles.  Gifts for grandparents under $200 A vintage-style record player Amazon Electrohome Kingston 7-in-1 Vinyl Record Player, $199.99Your grandparents probably have a massive collection of records but an outdated record player. With the Kingston 7-in-1, they'll get the vintage feel of old-school record players with additional modern features like Bluetooth, aux, and the ability to turn vinyl into mp3s. The latest Apple AirPods Apple Apple AirPods 3rd Gen, $179Bluetooth headphones always make a great gift for anyone with a smartphone. If grandma and grandpa are iPhone users, AirPods are the best choice because they're incredibly easy to pair and they're easy to carry. A vintage-inspired knit sweater Todd Snyder L.L.Bean x Todd Snyder Bear Sweater, $199Remember all those wonderful knit sweaters you got as gifts over the years? Now it's time to pay it back with a similar gift. Todd Snyder's collaboration with L.L.Bean features several vintage-inspired sweaters that will leave your grandparents feeling nostalgic.  Aura Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at AuraSet up a digital picture frame at Grandma and Grandpa's house and they'll be able to view all of their favorite images from one device. An e-reader with a no-glare screen The Kindle Paperwhite's new, warmer backlight. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99If your grandparents love to read, the first device you should gift is probably the go-anywhere, read-anything Paperwhite. Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof and has a no-glare screen even in direct sunlight — great for long days spent on the porch or at the beach.  A new gadget that lets them preserve wine for years by never technically uncorking it Coravin Coravin Model Two Wine Preservation System, available at Bloomingdale's, $149.95Coravin allows you to pour a glass of wine without ever uncorking the bottle, so you don't have to worry about oxidation ruining the wine. If your grandparents are opening it just for a glass, their wine will stay preserved over weeks, months, and years if they like. It also gives them greater freedom; there's no need to conserve by sharing a bottle, so they can pick their own favorite every time.  A comfortable weighted blanket for better rest Gravity Blankets Gravity Blankets, starting at $195Give your grandparents better rest for the holidays with a cult-favorite weighted blanket with a removable cover. By mimicking DPTS (deep pressure touch stimulation), weighted blankets help us calm down, fall asleep faster, stay asleep better and for longer, and feel more rested when we wake up. A tiny smart garden that they can grow herbs in easily and year-round Amazon Click and Grow Smart Garden, available at Click and Grow, $149.96If your grandparents love gardening or cooking, this kitchen garden is great for fresh herbs and year-round gardening and comes with pods for mini tomato, basil, and green lettuce. Not all climates and spaces are hospitable to herbs, but Click and Grow maintains one that is. It's low-maintenance so there's not a ton of involvement with tech or even much watering, and they're not likely to already have one.  Luxury gifts for grandparents A Nespresso that makes everything from a latte to a cappuccino just the way they like it - and from the comfort of home Nespresso Nespresso Lattissima One, available at Amazon, $449.90This is a pricey gift, but one that makes pretty amazing coffee without much more involvement than dropping a pod into the machine. They can make everything from delicious cappuccinos to lattes right at home, which is probably why it was listed as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2018. A high-end shaver for Grandpa Braun Braun Series 9 Pro, $329.99As Braun's most advanced shaver ever, the Series 9 Pro will pro will give Grandpa the best shave he's ever had. A smart frame that allows them to look through photos The Grommet Smart Connected Picture Frame, available at The Grommet, $299If they're tech-savvy, get them a smart picture frame that cycles through family photos from their digital albums or phone. You can also use a built-in family sharing feature to have other people send pictures directly to their frame. A custom painting of their furry best friend Uncommon Goods Custom Painterly Pet Portraits, available at Uncommon Goods, from $250Make sure this is their decor style before committing to it, but a portrait of their pet is probably one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gestures. It's unique, handmade, and pays homage to the little fur-mop that loves lounging in an adjacent sun patch on the couch every day. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 5th, 2021