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Nielsen, Headset partner to study U.S. cannabis market

Nielsen, Headset partner to study U.S. cannabis market

(Reuters) - Consumer research services provider Nielsen Holdings Plc said on Wednesday it had teamed up with cannabis analytics company Headset, to help packaged goods companies understand the U.S. cannabis market.The U.S.-specific strategic alliance builds on Nielsen’s recent acquisition of Cannabiz Consumer Group, a firm which focuses on studying the impact of marijuana legalization on consumer spending and shopping trends.
Firefox to add Tor Browser anti-fingerprinting technique called letterboxing

Firefox to add Tor Browser anti-fingerprinting technique called letterboxing

Mozilla is scheduled to add a new user anti-fingerprinting technique to Firefox with the release of version 67, scheduled for mid-May this year.Advertising networks often sniff certain browser features, such as the window size to create user profiles and track users as they resize their browser and move across new URLs and browser tabs.Called "letterboxing," this new technique adds "gray spaces" to the sides of a web page when the user resizes the browser window.
Apple could launch augmented reality headset in 2020

Apple could launch augmented reality headset in 2020

According to a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5mac), a reliable analyst on all things Apple, the company has been working on an augmented reality headset and is about to launch the device. This pair of glasses could go into mass production as early as Q4 2019 and should be available at some point during the first half of 2020.It’s still unclear what you’ll be able to do with this mysterious headset. Kuo says that it’ll work more or less like an Apple  Watch. You won’t be able to use the AR headset without an iPhone as it’ll rely heavily on your iPhone.The glasses will act as a deported display to give you information right in front of your eyes. Your iPhone will do the heavy lifting when it comes to internet connectivity, location services and computing. I wouldn’t be surprised if the AR headset relies on Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone.
Nintendo Just Announced Cardboard VR Virtual Reality Goggles for Its Switch Console

Nintendo Just Announced Cardboard VR Virtual Reality Goggles for Its Switch Console

If you thought Nintendo was done pairing its cardboard Labo accessories with its hybrid Switch console, you’re in for a surprise. On Wednesday night, Nintendo announced its Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, the fourth in its Labo series of DIY Switch accessories, and the first to bring what Nintendo is calling “basic VR virtual reality technology” to the platform.While rumors of a Nintendo Switch VR development software accessory have been circulating for over a year, perceived technical limitations of the Switch made it seem more pipe dream than potential product. But by pairing a seemingly less intensive VR experience with its cardboard DIY accessories, the company may have discovered a way to circumvent the hefty processing requirements associated with today’s VR-capable machines.
Google Assistant can now make vocal restaurant reservations in 43 states

Google Assistant can now make vocal restaurant reservations in 43 states

The Google Assistant feature built on Duplex tech that makes restaurant reservation calls for you is expanding. Now you’ll be able to use it in 43 US states and, in the coming weeks, it’s expanding to non-Pixel Android and iOS devices, as per a Google blog post.Sure, the feature’s current capability is more of a cute trick (and lovely for those of us who hate speaking to other humans over the phone), but it represents the first possibilities of what Google’s Duplex technology can do: interface with other humans on our behalf, whether it’s making inquiries or using Google Assistant as a more complex secretary to phone out requests.
Binance’s Crypto BNB No Longer Tracks Bitcoin – And That’s a Big Deal

Binance’s Crypto BNB No Longer Tracks Bitcoin – And That’s a Big Deal

Binance Coin (BNB), the crypto asset that can be exchanged for transaction fees on the Binance exchange, is up more than 140 percent year to date and is now deviating from bitcoin’s price trend – a feat not commonly observed in the nascent crypto markets.While the reasons that most cryptocurrencies are highly correlated to bitcoin are not definitive, studies have shown this dependency on bitcoin’s trend has only grown stronger with time. Yet, BNB is proving different.
Spotify, Google, Pandora, Amazon Go to U.S. Appeals Court to Overturn Royalty Increase

Spotify, Google, Pandora, Amazon Go to U.S. Appeals Court to Overturn Royalty Increase

Spotify, Google, Pandora, and Amazon have teamed up to appeal a controversial ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that, if it goes through, would increase payouts to songwriters by 44%, Variety has learned.
Amazon stops ordering from many suppliers, pushing them to bear the risks instead

Amazon stops ordering from many suppliers, pushing them to bear the risks instead

Amazon.com Inc. abruptly stopped buying products over the last two weeks from many of its wholesale vendors, encouraging them to instead sell their products directly to consumers on Amazon’s marketplace. It’s the company’s latest move to boost profits at its core e-commerce business, even if that means disrupting relationships with longtime suppliers and potentially limiting customers’ choices. Thousands of vendors are affected, according to estimates from consultants who help clients sell on Amazon.
House Bill Introduced to Remove Marijuana from List of Controlled Substances

House Bill Introduced to Remove Marijuana from List of Controlled Substances

Even before it began, 2019 has been hailed as the year of marijuana, with good reason: the number of Americans who support legalization has reached record highs, and an increasing number of Democratic presidential candidates are advocating for drug reform and an end to our draconian, racist drug laws.On Thursday morning, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced what they called a “landmark” piece of legislation, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019, which is “the only bipartisan piece of legislation that would allow states to make independent choices about their marijuana programs,” according to Young.
Wistron's Rs 5,000-crore plan for Apple gets ministry nod

Wistron's Rs 5,000-crore plan for Apple gets ministry nod

NEW DELHI: The information technology ministry has approved contract manufacturer Wistron’s Rs 5,000-crore plan to make high-end Apple devices, a move that will give a big push to the government’s Make in India initiative. Wistron currently makes cheaper Apple phones in India. “We have just approved Wistron’s Rs 5,091-crore application and it is with the Cabinet now… Wistron will make the latest iPhone models,” IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in an interview, adding that another contract manufacturer Foxconn had submitted an application for a Rs 2,500-crore project on December 31. 


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