We have all seen home shopping network channels on TV, but with e-commerce taking over its place teleshopping’s popularity has declined over the years. Facebook is reported to be working on a new feature that will bring live video shopping directly on the social media platform. Just like live teleshopping, viewers can request the merchants to demo products and describe their wares in live video sessions.
Using the live video shopping feature seems pretty straightforward going by reports. Users do not need to call a phone number or email the merchant. All they need to do is take a screenshot of the product and send it to the seller on Facebook and payments can be requested directly from the chat app. The whole feature is designed around existing tools available on Facebook, and you do not need to leave the platform at all for ordering products.
Currently, the new feature is limited to a few pages in Thailand and if it receives a positive response, it will be rolled out to all major markets over time. The feature was first spotted by Jeff Higgins and was later confirmed by Facebook officially.
Facebook product manager for Marketplace Mayank Yadav revealed that sellers need to register for the service and there will be a waiting list for approval. Not everyone will get access to the feature, and there will be a verification process in place to prevent frauds. The platform will not charge transaction fees for payments, but it could generate revenue through video ads.
Facebook seeks to compete against eBay, Craigslist, and Etsy and it might manage to break into the e-commerce market as it has its real-name policy and social graph which customers can rely on. Most other online shopping platforms do not let you in on the identity of the sellers, and you are always at risk of fraud.
Dow Dives 800 points to below 22,000, S&P 500 enters bear market
Trump resumed his attack on the Fed on Monday, tweeting that the central bank is “the only problem” with the U.S. economy.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held calls on Sunday with the heads of the six largest U.S. banks in order to reassure nervous investors.
The NYSE closes early on Monday at 1 p.m. ET. The exchange is closed on Tuesday for Christmas day.
U.S. stocks plunged on Monday in their worst day of Christmas Eve trading ever, as the S&P 500 entered a bear market.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 653 points Monday in volatile trading, falling below 22,000. The Dow sank more than 2 percent, then recovered nearly all of the day’s losses, before again falling more than 2 percent. The S&P 500 fell 2.7 percent, slipping into a bear market, falling 20.06 percent from recent highs. Wall Street traditionally considers a drop of 20 percent or more from recent highs to be a bear market.
The only problem our economy has is the Fed. They don’t have a feel for the Market, they don’t understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders. The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has no touch – he can’t putt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
The uncertainty over the global economy weighed down all of the indices. The tech-heavy NASDAQ ended the day 3.8 percent or 283 points lower at 7,158. The S&P 500 index closed at 2,700, down 90 points or 3.24 percent.
“Violent volatility resumed as tumbling bond yields, a flattening yield curve and lingering questions about the G20 US-China trade truce combined to stoke increasing recession fears. While US growth is still holding up OK, worries are increasing about the overseas economic outlook. All this macro-economic uncertainty is clouding the 2019 earnings outlook, leading to increasingly violent equity swings as investors try to handicap what 2019 will look like,” Alec Young, managing director of Global Markets Research, FTSE Russell, told ABC News.
“Cyclical sectors like technology, financials and industrials led markets lower, while defensive areas like utilities and real estate weathered the storm best. Until confidence in the global economy improves and bond yields stabilize, market psychology is likely to remain fragile,” Young added.
Bitcoin Follows a Pattern When Price Breaks Down
When attempting to anticipate the future cost of bitcoin, it’s difficult to do so without very first considering its past.
Despite just how it’s taken a look at, the intermittent nature of bitcoin’s cost activity can not be overlooked particularly when considering its well-known “boom and also breast” cycles.
If the most up to date dive listed below the lasting assistance degree of $6,000 after an eruptive surge to almost $20,000 is any type of indicator, it’s clear the background duplicating fad has yet to stop. If the intermittent nature of bitcoin is certainly active and also well, after that, in all likelyhood, the existing bubble will certainly get to a comparable final thought as held true with previous bubbles.
This line of idea is possibly disclosing considering that the break down of numerous bitcoin bubbles have actually complied with an “contrary however equivalent” style.
To put it simply, bitcoin’s cost has a tendency to settle in a certain pattern when in a bubble state, which at some point damages down in the contrary instructions to a near-identical range as the elevation of the pattern.
Utilizing this reasoning, a base for the existing bearishness can be theorized, as checked out listed below.
Balanced triangular failures
An in proportion triangular in technological evaluation includes 2 all at once merging trendlines, and also is usually an extension pattern in nature.
Like numerous patterns, a harsh price quote for a triangular outbreak or break down target can be anticipated.
Usually, the pattern elevation is either included or deducted from the breakout/down indicate produce a target, however with BTC, utilizing the top-to-bottom range of the base variety (portion) appears to be an extra exact device of dimension.
A big triangular developed in June-July of 2016 with a 30 percent base variety (left structure). Utilizing the ‘contrary however equivalent’ breakdown/out reasoning from previously, the cost ought to bad 30 percent less than the break down factor.
As the left structure programs, the 30 percent decline was accomplished nearly precisely, to the song of -295 percent.
The very same step guideline entered into play the list below year when cost developed an additional balanced triangular pattern. This instance has the base variety of 28 percent which, utilizing the very same determining reasoning as previously, supplied the best base 28 percent listed below the break down factor.
Coming down triangular break down
The bearish participant of the triangular family members is the coming down triangular, which includes a level base and also ‘coming down’ leading. This pattern, as well, abides by the ‘contrary however equivalent’ break down guideline.
Take the bearishness of 2011 for instance in the top structure. Although the cost activity is not as tidy– most likely as a result of BTC being fairly illiquid on Bitstamp at the time– it’s clear that a coming down triangular was the foundation of the marketplace framework with a clear base at $5.43
Once more, utilizing the determining reasoning from previously, cost ought to have dropped 26 percent listed below its break down factor based off of its base variety. As can be seen, BTC at some point did bad at a rate degree almost 24 percent listed below the factor.
The 2014 bearishness is, in a feeling, a bigger range of the 2011 bearishness pattern.
As seen in all-time low structure of the above graph, the base variety of this triangular is 65 percent. Possibly unsurprisingly, when deducted to the base of the triangular, an additional extremely comparable ‘contrary however equivalent’ 62 percent decline noted all-time low of this market slump.
Will background repeat?
Currently, considering the existing 2018 bearishness, background has actually currently informed us there is a high chance the cost of bitcoin will certainly break down from this triangular to a comparable range as its base variety,
Keeping that reasoning in mind, there are 2 feasible targets for the existing bearishness base that can be developed.
Considering that the base variety of this coming down triangular is 54 percent, a reduction from the break down factor of the triangular gives a target of $2,676
Generally, this would certainly be the optimal area for the marketplace to base (offer or take a couple of portion factors) however considering that the cost background over $13 k does not fit in the triangular, a second target ought to be developed as a result of the nature of bitcoin damaging down to a contrary however equivalent range as its added.
The variety from bitcoin’s perpetuity high of $19,666 to the break down factor is 70 percent, so when when deducted from the break down factor, the target of $1,725 is developed.
Finally, bitcoin’s cost has a tendency to comply with an ‘contrary however equivalent’ guideline when taping a triangular pattern break down.
Utilizing that reasoning, an optimal base area for the cryptocurrency’s newest bearishness is in between $2,676 and also $1,725– offer or take a couple of portion factors in either instructions.
Disclosure: The writer holds BTC, AST, REQ, OMG, GAS, 1st and also AMP at the time of creating.
President Donald gets Trumped! Judge orders to restore CNN’s Jim Acosta’s White House pass
In a big blow to the administration of US President Donald Trump, a federal judge ordered the White House, on Friday, to restore the access pass for CNN’s reporter Jim Acosta. But the pass which has been restored is temporary.
There was a heated exchange of words between CNN’s Jim Acosta and President Trump during a press conference, a few days ago.
After that White House had banned Acosta’s entry, and in its response, CNN had also sued White House earlier this week, demanding the immediate return of Acosta’s press credentials.
US district judge, Timothy Kelly ordered the White House, on Friday, to restore Acosta’s “hard pass” immediately. He also warned that the order is a temporary measure, while the case continues. But he said that he found it likely that CNN would succeed in its claim that its Fifth Amendment rights due to the process were violated.
The judge also said that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’s earlier statement on the reasons for revoking Acosta’s pass were certainly untrue and at least were partly based on evidence that was of questionable accuracy.
Sanders had initially said that Acosta had been penalized for touching a White House intern after she tried to remove his microphone, during his interaction with President Trump.
District judge Timothy Kelly, who’s a Trump appointee, didn’t an emphasis on the first amendment’s protection for freedom of speech and the press but instead focused on a due provision of the US constitution that provides for fair treatment via a judicial or administrative process.
Kelly said in his verbal ruling that whatever process occurred within the government is still so shrouded in mystery that the government at oral argument could not tell him who made the initial decision to revoke Mr. Acosta’s press pass.
After the ruling, White House said it would temporarily restore Acosta’s pass.
The case though will still be continuing further between CNN and the Trump administration.
CNN, the cable news giant, has remained a target for a while, for Donald Trump in his war against ‘mainstream media’.
Meanwhile, reporter Jim Acosta is now back to his work as usual.
Apple’s new generation iPad Pro is here, Plus the New Macbook Air too!
This year, Apple came up with two events for its most popular devices. Where in September, it was about the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, in the October end, it amazed the tech enthusiasts again by unveiling the newer, third generation of its iPads. On October 30, the Californian tech giant revealed its new line-up of tablets along with a new MacBook Air too.
The New iPad Pros
Apple announced two new tablets under its iPad series, the iPad Pro with screen sizes of 11inch and 12.9inch. The highlight of them is that they come with the now popularized Face ID, USB Type-C charging ports, and a ‘Liquid Retina’ display (also used in this year’s iPhone XR).
Another surprise was the omission of ‘Home Button’ from the iPads. Yes, Apple has done away with the most secure utility on its tablets too, in favor of the iOS 12 gestures. Now you will be doing all your tasks via gestures like you do on your iPhone X and above models. You can swipe from any edge of the iPad’s screen to come to the home screen, and also use those swipes to do multi-tasking, switch between apps, bring up the Notification Center, and other functions et al.
The Apple Pencil has also been improvised, adding up gestures to change between modes of using it. There is also the flat side on it, from preventing it from rolling away, and a new way of charging via magnetic attachment. But the bad news is that the newer version of Apple Pencil won’t be compatible with the previous generations of the iPads, and also the older Apple Pencils won’t be working with the latest iPads either.
Talking of the specs, then the new iPads have also got the fastest chip from Apple now. They are powered by the A12 Bionic Chip which is ultrafast and smooth, be it any task. The older iPads (10.5inch iPad Pro and 9.7inch iPad) on the other hand used the A10X and A10 processing chips. The A12 chip is 9 times faster than the previous ones, so that makes a huge difference in terms of blazing fast performance.
On both the 11inch and 12.9inch iPad Pros, there is a 12MP rear and 7MP front camera. Other similar features include battery life of up to 10 hours, Liquid Retina display, True Tone, ProMotion and no 3.5 mm headphone jack. The screen resolution on the 11inch model is 2388x1668p, while on the 12.9inch model, it is 2732x2048p.
When it comes to pricing then, only the US-based pricing has been announced for the latest iPad upgrades. But here’s the thing which keeps a separation among the newer iPad models themselves too.
There is the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular category, which means two ways of having these high-end tablets.
The 11inch (Wi-Fi only) iPad Pro for 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB internal storage options will be available for $799, $949, $1,149, and $1,549 respectively. While the 11inch (Wi-Fi + Cellular) iPad Pro for 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options will be available for $949, $1,099, $1,299, and $1,699 respectively.
On the other hand, the 12.9inch (Wi-Fi only) iPad Pro for 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB internal storage options will be available for $999, $1,149, $1,349, and $1,749. While the 12.9inch (Wi-Fi + Cellular) iPad Pro for 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options will be available for $1,149, $1,299, $1,499, and $1,899.
The new MacBook Air
Talking of the newly released MacBook Air itself, then Apple has introduced something refreshing in their most lightweight laptop in three long years. The new MacBook Air features a Retina display and has 50% thinner bezels. The screen-size is 13.3inch (with a resolution of 2560x1600p) which expands to give you a kind of an all-screen display. There are two USB-C ports, Bluetooth 4.2, and the good thing is, it has retained the 3.5mm headphone jack.
When it comes to heaviness, then it feels so light, being at just 2.75 pounds.
Also, the addition of Touch ID makes it even more secure and safer to log in on the MacBook Air too. It is powered by the T2 chip, similar to the last year’s MacBook Pro and iMac Pro models. But there is no Touch Bar on the Air model. It may be pleasing for some Macbook users since many people didn’t actually like the Touch Bar on the previously released MacBook Pro.
The thing which makes the new MacBook Air very powerful and mighty is the 8th Gen Intel dual-core CPU with integrated graphics. The RAM is increased up to 16GB (the base variant has 8GB of RAM) and the flash storage is enhanced up to 1.5TB SSD.
When it comes to pricing, then the base model of new MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and 8th Gen 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, and 128GB SSD will be available for $1,199. While the 256GB SSD model will be available for $1,399.
15TB HDD launched by Western Digital! Also releases 400GB SanDisk microSD card in India
Western Digital-the American computer hard disk drive manufacturer and data storage company-announced on Thursday, their latest Ultrastar DC H620 host-managed SMR HDD with an unimaginable capacity of 15TB. It’s an increase of 1TB from last year’s 14TB SMR HDD. The company has also launched its SanDisk’s 400GB microSD card in India.
The new hard disk drive is the biggest one available in the commercial market, for the 24×7 video surveillance and various other tasks that need a lot of storage and rapidly fast read & write speeds. The new version also has the same rotational speed of 7200RPM, and average latency of 4.16ms, like the 14TB HDD. The SATA model of the newly launched HDD has the maximum interface transfer speed of 600MBps, while the SAS model’s got the maximum transfer rate of 1200MBps. Also, the 15TB HDD has an additional 60TB per 4U of rack space increase, when compared to the previous 14TB disk drive. The data buffer is set at 512MB.
The pricing of the HDD though, has not been disclosed yet by Western Digital.
Besides the HDD, there is also the SanDisk microSD card consisting of 400GB space, made available now in India by the company. It has been priced at Rs.22,000 in the Indian market. The SanDisk extreme microSDXC UHS-1 card was also announced on Thursday, during the Indian Mobile Congress 2018.
The microSD card has the maximum reading speed of 160MBps, while the writing speed is up to 90MBps. The transfer rate is also fast due to the 3D NANO technology implemented by SanDisk.
The architecture of this card is based upon the Application Performance Class 2 (A2)-basically for the smartphone users. So the card also helps in loading apps even much faster on the phones. The microSD card is also a tough and greatly built product. It is waterproof, shockproof, temperature proof, and also X-ray proof. It has been marketed by the company to be a supporting card for 4K HDR video recording.
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