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AAA: 4.2 percent more Georgians expected to travel during Independence Day weekend AAA: 4.2 percent more Georgians expected to travel during Independence Day weekend
- June 28, 2017

That's an increase of 1.25 million travelers over the past year. The most-visited destination this summer will be Orlando, Florida, AAA estimates based on its travel bookings. Travel bookings at The Auto Club Group are up more than 7 percent in Georgia, compared to this time a year ago. In the past four weeks, crude prices have collapsed, dropping more than $7 per barrel, settling at $42.52/b on Wednesday (June 21) - the lowest in daily settlement in 10 months. (more...)
Microsoft confirms Xbox One X's 4K exclusivity Microsoft confirms Xbox One X's 4K exclusivity
- June 28, 2017

DFC Intelligence , a research firm that provides reports on the video games industry, has issued a new report that Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One X should sell upwards of 20 million units in five years. It therefore doesn't require 4K assets. "We have made available a feature which will give [developers] significant flexibility when it comes to what gets installed on a user's console", the company told Wright. (more...)
These states have most overweight pets, research reveals These states have most overweight pets, research reveals
- June 28, 2017

Factors that contribute to pet weight gain include the same obvious culprits that bedevil bigger humans. Lots of American dogs and cats are far too heavy, and as a group they're getting heavier all the time. Dogs and cats across America are apparently due for a diet . He suggested that people should bring their pets to a veterinarian for consultation and develop a plan how to reduce or maintain an ideal weight. (more...)
Assassin's Creed Rebellion Announced for iOS and Android Assassin's Creed Rebellion Announced for iOS and Android
- June 28, 2017

Rebellion will be taking familiar faces from the Assassin's Creed series and presenting them in a new form and art style that is unique to the franchise. However, there should be several new ones also for players to send on missions. "As you level up your Brotherhood, additional rooms and other content become available, opening up new upgrade options". (more...)
SpaceX successfully completes back-to-back launches in 48 hours
- June 28, 2017

The successful landing also marked SpaceX's 13th successful one this year. After launching as scheduled from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:25 pm local time (2025 GMT), the Falcon 9's first stage returned less than eight minutes after taking off. (more...)
Insurance company ranks Columbus drivers some of the worst in the country Insurance company ranks Columbus drivers some of the worst in the country
- June 27, 2017

At the other end of the spectrum, Detroit drivers were ranked the best because it "has the lowest accident rate and second-lowest amount of speeding citations". Of course, you may need to take out a second mortgage to afford vehicle insurance, but that's a whole other story. Do you think that driving in Sacramento has gotten progressively worse? The company says Sacramento has the highest rate of traffic citations in the country. (more...)
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) is Augustine Asset Management Inc.'s 3rd Largest Position Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) is Augustine Asset Management Inc.'s 3rd Largest Position
- June 27, 2017

It has outperformed by 17.82% the S&P500. Proxima Capital Management Llc increased Magnachip Semiconductor Corp (MX) stake by 175.77% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Also, EVP Christopher C. Capossela sold 3,000 shares of Microsoft Corporation stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 16th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, twenty-seven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company's stock. (more...)
Second Launch Doubles Size of Iridium Next Fleet Second Launch Doubles Size of Iridium Next Fleet
- June 27, 2017

The launch on Sunday was also special event for SpaceX , which carried the ten satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket. Ten Iridium Communications satellites were launched on Sunday, forming part of the Iridium NEXT network meant to increase the range of aircraft tracking and surveillance for Iridium customers. (more...)
EU fines Google a record 2.42 billion euros
- June 27, 2017

Google's regulatory headache in Europe doesn't end with the online shopping case, which dates back to 2010. If the ruling stands, it could reshape the company's behavior in one of its most lucrative markets. When internet users search for a product online, Google often shows them a bunch of ads that seem to relate to the search. Google said in a statement that it tries to show ads in ways that are helpful for buyers and sellers. (more...)
Harry Potter retains magic after two decades Harry Potter retains magic after two decades
- June 27, 2017

I'm glad that J K Rowling has made a decision to extend the universe with the " Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them " series, and that means that we fans who grew up watching, can still continue to enjoy the magical world as full-grown adults. (more...)
Opponents: Limited Travel Ban Still Stokes Islamophobia
- June 27, 2017

The Supreme Court said it would hear arguments in the case in October. The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a limited version of Trump's travel ban to take effect. The president announced the travel ban a week after he took office in January and revised it in March after setbacks in court. The US leader has suffered a series of judicial defeats over the ban, with two federal appeals courts maintaining injunctions on it by arguing that his executive order discriminated against ... (more...)
Science fact: Your smartphone really is making you dumber Science fact: Your smartphone really is making you dumber
- June 27, 2017

Researchers from the University of Texas conducted an experiment involving almost 800 smartphone users to how the use of smartphones affected their cognitive ability. The tests and the instructions this time round were exactly the same as the first experiment except for one small change: some participants were also instructed to turn off their phones. (more...)
Colorado baker disputes anti-discrimination law
- June 27, 2017

In 2012, Coloradoans David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., to order a wedding cake for a post-nuptial celebration of their marriage in Colorado after taking their vows in MA. Hodges ], a State may not "exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples.'" the decision read ". (more...)
Brief Summary of Analyst's Viewpoints: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) Brief Summary of Analyst's Viewpoints: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)
- June 27, 2017

It has underperformed by 2.87% the S&P500. Dan Friedberg decreased its stake in Broadsoft Inc (BSFT) by 40.69% based on its latest 2016Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. It is negative, as 97 investors sold WMT shares while 540 reduced holdings. 77 funds opened positions while 479 raised stakes. The retailer reported $1.00 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.04. (more...)
SpaceX Completes Back-To-Back Launches Over The Weekend
- June 27, 2017

The larger fins, he added, are better suited for the company's larger Falcon Heavy rocket, whose first flight is planned for later this year, and also allows the first stage to land in stronger winds. On Friday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Swapping out and deorbiting some old satellites has already begun, Iridium CEO Matt Desch said in a pre-launch call with reporters. (more...)
Father arrested for missing son's death Father arrested for missing son's death
- June 27, 2017

A California man was arrested in Las Vegas Friday for the murder of his son, who has been missing since April. "This is one of those cases that tore people's hearts", Capt. He had been living in Las Vegas for 47 days, Mendoza said, and had made several efforts to change his appearance, including shaving his beard. A California father murdered his five-year-old son after a trip to Disneyland to get back at his estranged wife after their bitter divorce, police say. (more...)
Galaxy S8 Plus tops Consumer Reports ranking in battery life Galaxy S8 Plus tops Consumer Reports ranking in battery life
- June 27, 2017

Among other rumoured features, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC and ship with the S Pen Stylus. The same post claimed that the phone will retail for close to $1,000 when it's released later this summer. (more...)
Here's How You Can Watch a Total Solar Eclipse From the Sky Here's How You Can Watch a Total Solar Eclipse From the Sky
- June 27, 2017

A total eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, blocking the sun's light. Do what you need to do and then stay home. The flight leaves Portland International Airport at 7:30 a.m. Alaska Airlines has said that flights to optimal viewing locations in the Pacific Northwest are becoming crowded the week before the eclipse. In just a couple months, we will experience a total solar eclipse. (more...)
Yellowstone grizzlies lose endangered species protection Yellowstone grizzlies lose endangered species protection
- June 27, 2017

As a Montanan, I'm proud of what we've achieved together", he continued. The bear's population has grown from 136 in 1975, when they were formally listed as endangered in the lower 48 states, to roughly 700 today. "Therefore we have been calling on Fish and Wildlife Service and the states to develop adequate management plans for grizzly bears before any de-listing is finalized". (more...)
Lions held to draw by Hurricanes after surrendering second-half lead
- June 27, 2017

But Trudi and the kids live just down the road from us in Hamilton, so whenever he's back I'll often see Gatty. I guess we probably give a little bit, they give a little bit, and that's all part of things when stakes are high. Charging down kicks, carrying into space and powerful in defence, he could have done nothing more in his bid for Test selection. After a feisty start, Biggar converted an easy penalty and the Lions crossed the whitewash for the first time when Greig Laidlaw, following ... (more...)

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