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Grupo Zap Introduces I-Buyer Model To Reignite Brazil's Real Estate Market

Grupo Zap Introduces I-Buyer Model To Reignite Brazil's Real Estate Market

Online firm Grupo Zap is chasing a billion-dollar opportunity by introducing the instant home buyer (i-buyer) model in Brazil, with plans to nearly double its workforce and enhance data analytics capabilities to support the new business. With Grupo Globo, one of Latin America's largest media conglomerates as a majority shareholder and the likes of Monashees and Kaszek Ventures as backers, Zap owns the two largest real estate marketplaces in Brazil and provides a range of data-driven services to the industry.
The Cannabis Industry Has Lots of Jobs, But Few Are High-Paying

The Cannabis Industry Has Lots of Jobs, But Few Are High-Paying

Presidential candidates can be tough on climate change — by some metrics, they must be — but anyone wanting to be president must also say a few nice things about coal. This is because in Ohio and Pennsylvania, two states any would-be president almost certainly must win, coal is equated with decent work. Such appeals are mostly a nostalgic technique, as only 53,000 Americans work in the coal industry today. This is a fraction of the jobs created by the cannabis industry, for which 2018 was a year of record growth. As The New York Times reported over the weekend, as many as 300,000 Americans now work in the cannabis industry. If current trends continue, that figure could eclipse the million-worker mark by decade’s end.
Apple to Reveal New Home-Grown Apps, Software Features at WWDC

Apple to Reveal New Home-Grown Apps, Software Features at WWDC

Apple Inc. is planning to unleash a slew of new apps, features and development tools at its annual software conference next month. To improve its devices and strengthen its connection to customers, the consumer technology giant will continue to walk a fine line between wooing outside app makers while also competing against them.  The Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, starts June 3. The company will reveal updates to the operating systems that run the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Highlights include upgrades to core iPhone apps such as Maps, Reminders and Messages; new apps for the Apple Watch that make it more independent from the iPhone, and enhancements to the health tracking capabilities of Apple devices, according to people familiar with the plans.
Payment Platform Square’s Q1 2019 Bitcoin Revenue High, Crypto Profits Low

Payment Platform Square’s Q1 2019 Bitcoin Revenue High, Crypto Profits Low

Payment platform Square saw a new revenue high from bitcoin (BTC) sales through its Cash app, while profits from Bitcoin sales remained low, according to a letter to shareholders outlining first quarter (Q1) 2019 financial figures. In its recently published letter on earnings — which is unaudited — Square revealed that in the Q1 2019 the company’s total net revenue grew 43% year over year, amounting to $959 million, wherein bitcoin revenue was $65.5 million. Bitcoin costs for the same period reportedly amounted to $64.7 million, meaning that overall bitcoin profits amounted to roughly $830,000. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the company registered total net revenue of $933 million, with $52 million attributed to bitcoin revenue. At the same time, bitcoin costs equalled $51.9 million.
Facebook wants to bring your entire body into virtual reality

Facebook wants to bring your entire body into virtual reality

Facebook is working on full-body virtual reality avatars that look and move just like real people, in hopes of making the technology feel even more engaging and immersive. The company is making and animating anatomically correct models of the human skeleton and overlaying muscle and skin, it announced at its annual F8 developer conference Wednesday. It is tracking how humans move in real time and replicating their movements in VR. The company is also reconstructing and simulating the actual clothing a person is wearing, using physics-based software to figure out how clothing should move virtually when they do things such as dance or stretch.
RE/MAX beats estimates with $71.2M revenue in Q1 2019

RE/MAX beats estimates with $71.2M revenue in Q1 2019

The real estate franchise giant also revealed that during the first quarter of 2019 its agent count increased by 3.9% RE/MAX blew analysts’ expectations out of the water Thursday, reporting $71.2 million in revenue during the first three months of 2019. Leading into the report, analysts had expected RE/MAX revenue to merely hit $65.25 million, an increase of 24 percent year-over-year. In a statement Thursday, the company explained that revenue during the beginning of the year “increased almost exclusively due to acquisitions, which constituted primarily the Marketing Funds which the company acquired on January 1, 2019.”
A kidney for transplant was delivered by drone for the first time ever

A kidney for transplant was delivered by drone for the first time ever

A kidney scheduled for transplant was delivered by a drone for the first time ever, said the University of Maryland Medical Center, in a move they say could make organ delivery safer and more affordable. The drone was custom-built to monitor the organ in the air in real time as it was delivered on April 19 and send updates to personnel handling the transplant, the hospital said in a statement released Friday. The recipient of the delivered kidney was a 44-year-old woman from Baltimore who spent eight years on dialysis before undergoing the transplant, said the hospital.
California Wants to Limit Storage of Smart Speaker Recordings

California Wants to Limit Storage of Smart Speaker Recordings

California lawmakers introduced a bill that would limit how manufacturers of smart speakers and digital assistants collect recordings. The Anti-Eavesdropping Act, which cleared its first committee this week, prohibits saving, storing, or sharing of audio recordings without explicit consent from the user. “Recent revelations about how certain companies have staff that listen in to private conversations via connected smart speakers further shows why this bill is necessary to protect privacy in the home,” Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-Sa
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveils bill to legalize recreational marijuana sales

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveils bill to legalize recreational marijuana sales

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced legislation Thursday to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana dispensaries in the nation’s capital, setting up a potential showdown with the federal government. The District’s marijuana laws are in limbo. Residents may grow and possess small amounts of the drug under a 2014 voter-approved law. But they cannot legally purchase pot, and the city cannot tax sales because of a provision in the federal budget that prohibits the District from enacting or enforcing marijuana legalization laws.
HoloLens 2 Development Edition arrives as Unreal Engine 4 support dated

HoloLens 2 Development Edition arrives as Unreal Engine 4 support dated

Microsoft has revealed a new HoloLens 2 Development Edition, offering coders a swifter way to get into mixed reality app and experience creation. The package is based around HoloLens 2, the second-generation of augmented reality headset which Microsoft announced back at Mobile World Congress earlier in the year. Smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than the original HoloLens, the updated version also improves on its functionality. Microsoft has expanded the mixed reality field of view, for example, so that digital objects can occupy more of the real-world scene. Higher resolution displays, meanwhile, along with new sensors were also added.


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