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The folks at Grind Hard Plumbing Co took their souped-up Barbie Jeep to a mudding event in Canada and had a great deal of fun.

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Apple pushes ‘incredible’ iPhone 6s with new ‘Made in India’ marketing campaign

Apple has launched a new marketing campaign in India focused on the iPhone 6s. The campaign focuses on the fact that the iPhone 6s is “made in India,” and highlights the device’s low cost.

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Apple started manufacturing the iPhone 6s in India back in June of last year. Apple supplier Winstron first received approval for its iPhone plant in India in March of the same year, starting production of the iPhone SE in the country.

The new Made in India iPhone 6s ad campaign was first spotted by Varun Krishnan on Twitter. Apple touts that the iPhone 6s gives users a 12MP camera with 4K video, as well as a Retina HD display, A9 processor, and “long battery life” (via The Verge).

Apple has used its Made in India initiative as a way to avoid import taxes imposed by the Indian government. A report last year suggested that Apple was also planning to manufacture high-end iPhones in India as well, but more recent reports have cast doubt on that.

Despite the focus on local manufacturing, however, Apple has struggled in India. The company stopped selling the dated iPhone 6 in the country earlier this year as a way to improve its brand image. Furthermore, Apple’s India team has undergone restructuring over the last year, naming former Nokia executive Ashish Chowdhary its head of India operations.

Apple and Tim Cook were at one point very bullish on the growing size of India’s smartphone market. Recent data, however, has suggested that Apple has a very small share of that market. Apple is also still working to meet a requirement of 30% locally-made products to receive approval to open Apple Stores in the country.

Just saw this ad , Apple is explicitly promoting made in India pic.twitter.com/OpjClRJAhs

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Facebook is raising the minimum wage of its contractors and content moderators after facing scrutiny over low pay and ‘inhumane’ working conditions (FB)

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Facebook is increasing wages for its contract workers in the US, from janitors to content moderators.

On Monday, the Silicon Valley tech giant said that it will pay at least $22 per hour for content reviewers in the Bay Area, New York City, and Washington, DC; $20 per hour to those living in Seattle; and $18 per hour in all other metro areas in the United States.

In recent months, Facebook has faced scrutiny over the pay and working conditions of its content moderators. An investigation from The Verge found that workers, who were being paid just $28,800 a year, faced intense working conditions and some developed PTSD. And Business Insider previously reported that moderators complained about “inhumane” working conditions that they said erode their “sense of humanity.”

The $520 billion company is also raising wages for US contract workers like cafeteria staff and janitors to a minimum of $20 per hour in San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Washington, DC, and to $18 per hour in Seattle.

Facebook last raised minimum wages for contract workers in 2015 to $15 per hour in its bid to narrow the widening gap between the technology sector’s elite and the lower-paid workers.

“In the years since, it’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate. After reviewing a number of factors including third-party guidelines, we’re committing to a higher standard that better reflects local costs of living,” the social media giant said in a blog post.

Last year, Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour after facing harsh criticism over poor pay and working conditions. The online retailer said at the time that it would lobby Washington for the federal minimum wage to be raised. US corporations have been finding it tougher to attract workers, with US unemployment at its lowest level in nearly 50 years, while there has been growing political pressure on companies to pay workers a fair living wage.

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and the largest US private sector employer, pays workers $11 an hour at entry-level, while Target said in April it would raise its US minimum wage to $13 an hour.

It’s not clear what will happen to the wages of contract staff outside of the US. Reuters previously reported that some Arabic-language content reviewers working on behalf of Facebook in India were being paid just $6 a day.

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SpaceX postpones launch of its first Internet network satellites – Gulf Times


SpaceX postponed a launch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit that was scheduled for Thursday night, possibly until next week, citing a need for software updates.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral was to be the first of potentially thousands in its Starlink project to beam broadband Internet across the planet.

“Standing down to update satellite software and triple-check everything again,” said a tweet from the official SpaceX account. “Always want to do everything we can on the ground to maximise mission success, next launch opportunity in about a week.”

The launch, which was initially envisaged for Wednesday, was first delayed because of high winds.

Billionaire Elon Musk’s firm, which is leading the private space race when it comes to rocket launches, is now looking to seize a chunk of the future space Internet market.

The launch will make it an early forerunner, along with rival OneWeb, a startup, but well ahead of Amazon’s Project Kuiper, the brainchild of Musk’s space rival Jeff Bezos.

Musk is hoping to grab three to 5% of the future global market, a figure he shared Wednesday during a call with reporters.

That could earn SpaceX an eye-watering $30bn a year, more than ten times what rocket launches make, he added.

The goal is to finance the development of future rockets and spacecraft, to realise the boss’s dream of colonising Mars.

Each of the satellites weighs just 227 kilograms (500 pounds) and was built in-house in Redmond, near Seattle.

The second stage of the rocket will begin to release them one hour after launch, at an altitude of 270 miles (440km), and then the satellites will use their thrusters to take up their places in a relatively low orbit of 340 miles (550km). That’s slightly higher than the International Space Station, but well below the majority of terrestrial satellites, the highest of which sit in a geostationary orbit of 22,400 miles (36,000km). The advantage of being so low is reduced lag times, key for broadband connectivity.

The disadvantage though is more satellites are required to cover the globe, and, being closer to the atmosphere, they fall back to earth faster, after a few years.

SpaceX will therefore have to replace them regularly — something that only became realistic from a price perspective recently with the rapid decline in the cost of manufacturing satellites and the development of mini-satellites.

SpaceX has obtained approval from the US government to launch up to 12,000 satellites, at varying levels of orbit, but Musk said Wednesday that a thousand would be enough for it to be “economically viable.”

Starlink will become operational once 800 satellites have been activated, which will require a dozen more launches.

“I think within a year and a half, maybe two years, if things go well, SpaceX will probably have more satellites in orbit than all other satellites combined,” said Musk.

Today there are about 2,100 active satellites orbiting our planet (and thousands of others that aren’t operational any more). In order to receive SpaceX Internet, users will need an antenna which “basically looks like a sort of a small to medium sized pizza,” said Musk, adding it would be a “flat disc.”

The company plans to team up with telecoms operators, but hasn’t yet begun the process of finding clients, he said.

The satellites will be designed such that 95% will burn up as they fall back through the atmosphere, with the rest of the debris falling into the Pacific ocean.

Finally, to reduce the risk of striking other satellites, each piece of the constellation will be equipped with anti-collision technology, according to SpaceX.

Musk added: “We don’t want to trivialise it or not take it seriously because we certainly do take it seriously.

But it’s not crowded up there, it’s extremely sparse.”

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GOLDMAN SACHS: These 16 stocks will get crushed on a sharp market pullback. Here’s a dirt-cheap way to profit from their demise.

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  • As investor nerves fray at the edges, Goldman Sachs has seen a sudden uptick in client requests for downside protection.
  • The firm has identified 16 vulnerable stocks that have low free cash flow and whose hedges looks cheap relative to the broader market.
  • This stock-identification strategy can also be used to make directional bearish bets that would profit from large share-price losses.
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Clients of Goldman Sachs are spooked.

So says the firm’s derivatives team, which says it has seen a “sharp increase” in requests for attractively priced hedging ideas in recent weeks.

The obvious catalyst for this sudden concern is the US-China trade war, which has kicked into high gear in recent weeks. But Goldman says client concerns stretch well beyond that. And for that reason, it’s been on the hunt for attractively priced downside protection.

“Broadly, our studies show that puts on stocks with low free cash flow are systematically undervalued,” John Marshall, a derivatives strategist at Goldman, wrote in a recent client note. (Puts are options contracts that, when bought, profit when a stock declines.)

But finding such market dislocations is easier said than done, which is why Goldman has created a rigid methodology to aid in its pursuit.

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It ultimately amounts to a two-part strategy:

  1. Identifying stocks with low free-cash-flow yield— “We show that low FCF yield stocks have less downside support than high FCF stocks, yet put prices systematically underprice the downside risk,” Marshall said.
  2. Identifying stocks with downside potential— “We focus on stocks where our analysts see downside potential to their price target and rate the stocks Sell or Neutral.”

Of course, one trader’s hedge can be another trader’s bearish directional wager. In other words, it’s also possible to use this strategy to profit from the assumed underlying stock decline — and do so at dirt-cheap prices. It’s really up to investors which approach they prefer.

With that established, let’s get on to the list. Below are the 16 stocks identified by Goldman as best fitting the criteria listed above.

They’re listed in decreasing order of upside to price target. Each entry also provides the cost of 5% out-of-the-market put contracts.

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Ticker: SAFM

Market cap: $3 billion

Stock rating: Neutral

Upside to price target: -13%

5% OTM option price: 4.3%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Ticker: WEC

Market cap: $25 billion

Stock rating: Sell

Upside to price target: -14%

5% OTM option price: 1.4%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Ticker: PSA

Market cap: $40 billion

Stock rating: Sell

Upside to price target: -14%

5% OTM option price: 1.8%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Ticker: SO

Market cap: $56 billion

Stock rating: Sell

Upside to price target: -15%

5% OTM option price: 1.6%

Source: Goldman Sachs


11. American Water Works

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Ticker: AWK

Market cap: $20 billion

Stock rating: Neutral

Upside to price target: -15%

5% OTM option price: 1.4%

Source: Goldman Sachs


10. Realty Income Corp.

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Ticker: O

Market cap: $22 billion

Stock rating: Sell

Upside to price target: -17%

5% OTM option price: 1.9%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Ticker: EQR

Market cap: $28 billion

Stock rating: Sell

Upside to price target: -17%

5% OTM option price: 1.7%

Source: Goldman Sachs


8. Navistar International

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Ticker: NAV

Market cap: $3 billion

Stock rating: Sell

Upside to price target: -17%

5% OTM option price: 6.8%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Ticker: VECO

Market cap: $641 million

Stock rating: Neutral

Upside to price target: -17%

5% OTM option price: 7.3%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Ticker: AMT

Market cap: $87 billion

Stock rating: Neutral

Upside to price target: -18%

5% OTM option price: 2.0%

Source: Goldman Sachs


5. Tanger Factory Outlet

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Ticker: SKT

Market cap: $2 billion

Stock rating: Sell

Upside to price target: -19%

5% OTM option price: 3.9%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Ticker: UNM

Market cap: $7 billion

Stock rating: Sell

Upside to price target: -22%

5% OTM option price: 4.3%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Ticker: SPWR

Market cap: $1 billion

Stock rating: Neutral

Upside to price target: -25%

5% OTM option price: 8.1%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Ticker: VTR

Market cap: $23 billion

Stock rating: Sell

Upside to price target: -29%

5% OTM option price: 2.3%

Source: Goldman Sachs

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Country star Travis Tritt involved in fatal accident, 2 dead and one injured – Fox News

Country music star Travis Tritt was involved in a fatal car crash early Saturday morning where two people died after a car traveling the wrong way on a South Carolina highway collided with another vehicle.

Tritt took to social media after being “shaken up” by the deadly crash that took place in front of his tour bus on Veterans Highway in Myrtle beach.

“Thank God we are all okay. I feel so bad for those who died needlessly tonight. I’m really shaken up by what I witnessed,” Tritt wrote on Twitter. “God bless those who died.”


The musician shared a picture showing the extent of the damage caused by the collision.

He said that while everyone inside the bus was not harmed, their vehicle sustained minor damage as the driver attempted to avoid the collision directly in front of them.

Horry County Fire and Rescue said that two unidentified people died during a multi-vehicle crash Highway 22 at around 3:30 a.m. A third person sustained only minor injuries.

While the cause of the crash is still being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Tritt said on Twitter that he was informed that the accident was a result of a “drunk or impaired” driver.

He used the traumatic event to remind people “to never drive if you’ve been drinking or impaired in anyway.”

“Uber or Lyft is just a phone call away.”


“I beg everyone to please, please, please drive sober. Know when to admit that you are too impaired to drive,” he said in a separate tweet.

The Grammy award-winning artist was traveling out of the state after performing at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach Friday night.

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Tariffs and new streamers will cost you in 2019

This was “Streaming Week,” and the action took place in New York, where Disney, Warner Media and others gave ad buyers and the media community a sneak peek at what’s coming down the pike. 

That would be more subscription services, with programming that used to appear elsewhere – like “The Office” on Netflix – moving to the new ones and more requests for you to spend more money to watch TV.  


This was also the week President Donald Trump doubled down on his trade war with China, announcing higher tariffs that threaten to add 25% or more to the cost of electronic devices and other products produced in China. These would go into effect on June 25.

The list of some 3,805 products includes popular everyday items like laptops, tablets and TVs. Chinese giant Lenovo had the No. 1 market share in personal computer shipments in 2018, over Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Apple. 

In the United States, many big-box retailers offer Chinese brands like TCL and Hisense TVs offered at substantial discounts. The “Roku” branded TV featuring a built-in streaming player from Roku is made by TCL.

For Apple, the big question is whether America’s best-selling consumer device – the iPhone, which is already pricey to begin with, starting at $1,099 for the top of the line model – will end up with a 25% tariff. 

Nomura analyst Jeffrey Kvaal said he believes it will and warned investors about potential issues with Apple’s earnings. “A 25% tariff on device imports a pain any way they slice it,” he said in a note to investors. 

JP Morgan predicted the tariffs would raise the price of the iPhone XS to $1,142 from $1,000. 

But Gene Munster, an analyst and investor with Loup Ventures, takes a minority opinion that Apple will survive without being hit.

“Apple is based in the United States,” he says. “So the probability of Apple being impacted is slim to none.”

DJI, the Chinese company best known for selling drones and cameras, would be hit, Munster says, along with makers of low-cost phones most consumers haven’t heard of, like One Touch or Oppo. 

Huawei Technologies, ranked No. 3 worldwide in phone shipments after Samsung and Apple, doesn’t sell a lot of phones in the United States and apparently won’t be growing here either. The Trump administration put the company on the Commerce Department’s “Entity List,” essentially banning it from doing business here. 

Meanwhile, in streaming, Disney announced that it was now soon to be the majority owner of Hulu, the company that had originally been formed by three of the four broadcast TV networks as a way to reach cord cutters. 

Disney, which now owns Fox and ABC, bought out NBC-owner Comcast, and said NBC shows like “The Office” and “Saturday Night Live,” would remain on Hulu for five years. 

NBC meanwhile, is launching its own streamer, set to debut in 2020, that will include ads. The service will be free for cable subscribers, not so for cord cutters. 

Disney has removed its movies and other programming from Netflix to prepare for its new Disney+ service, which launches Nov. 12 and will cost $6.99 monthly. 

Warner Media, home of HBO and the Warner Bros. movie and TV studio, is also set to launch a new service and admits that Warner programming seen elsewhere will leave to “put on our own (streaming) product,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said this week. AT&T owns Warner. 

Apple also has a new streaming service, Apple TV+, set to launch in the fall with programming from Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. 

“People will be paying more for streaming, there’s no doubt,” says Munster. 

In other tech news this week

DJI, the Chinese drone and camera manufacturer, introduced the Osmo Action, a clone of the popular GoPro Hero action camera. The big difference: a color preview screen on the front for video selfies and a promise by the company of steadier video images. True? Take a look at our first look back-to-back test. 

Facebook and Eventbrite announced a new partnership to let anyone with a Facebook page create tickets for their events. It’s aimed at everyone from cooking classes and art classes to small businesses putting on presentations in their stores. The tickets can be accessed for free or sold. 

Sprint and Verizon put the first 5G phones for their networks on sale. Sprint said the LG V50 ThinQ 5G will be available on May 31, while Verizon began this week selling Samsung’s first 5G phone, the Galaxy S10. 

This week’s Talking Tech podcasts

This week’s Talking Tech podcasts

We reviewed that new biography of Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

Amazon introduced new home security features for Alexa. 

Review: DJI Osmo Action

FCC is clueless on robocalls

How tech has changed photo touring

Finally, readers of Talking Tech probably know we recently spent just over two weeks touring Spain and Portugal. First stop: Madrid.  

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Could a pharmacist’s consultation help more people get vaccinated? – Rossland News

Giving pharmacists an incentive to speak with patients about vaccines could drastically decrease the number of people hit with the flu each year, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo looked into the effects of a $15 consultation fee for pharmacists to consult a patient aged 65 years and older, and found that, in Ontario, it could prevent about 2,400 influenza cases each year.

“Given the high level of interactions pharmacists have with this vulnerable age group, encouraging these discussions at the community level could greatly reduce the number of seniors impacted by the disease,” said Dr. Gokul Raj Pullagura, a PhD candidate and lead author of the study, released Wednesday and published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

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The team used computer modelling to examine the cost effectiveness of a $15 influenza consultation fee for community pharmacists, balancing the cost of any resulting vaccinations and the savings from any avoided hospital visits.

The findings suggest such a fee, in addition to the current compensation for administering the vaccine, would cost about $2 more per person for the government to set up, but save major costs on hospitalizations.

“Considering our current method of encouraging people to get the flu shot is resulting in low vaccination rates, using pharmacists to their full potential could be a cost-effective way of achieving our goals,” Pullagura said.

READ MORE: Another case of measles brings total to 27 in B.C.

According to Health Canada, the flu causes about 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths each year.

The BC Centre for Disease Control distributes roughly 1.5 million doses of influenza vaccine each year, free to residents. Authorized pharmacists have been able to administer vaccines to people aged five years and older since 2009.



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OnePlus redefines premium with the 7 Pro

OnePlus has never been particularly beholden to industry trends. Nowhere is that better demonstrated than with the 7 Pro. In the face of a stagnated smartphone market, Apple, Samsung and Google all went budget, releasing lower-tier takes on their pricey flagships to appeal to consumers looking for something akin to a premium experience without having to shell out four figures.

The 7 Pro, on the other hand, is OnePlus’ most premium device to date. But while the shift marks a break from much of the industry, it’s a very logical step for the company’s current trajectory. OnePlus made a name for itself creating low-cost flagship devices with features that were just slightly behind the bleeding edge.

In recent years, however, the company has looked to change that perception, becoming one of the first Android phones with an in-display fingerprint sensor and promising to be among the first to deliver 5G. The 7 Pro, however, marks a new era for the company. The existing six-month release strategy is still in place here (fittingly, given that Google has recently adopted something similar with its Pixel line), but the language OnePlus is using has shifted.

In a meeting ahead of launch, a rep for the company told TechCrunch OnePlus considers its twice-yearly phones to all be “flagships,” but the new model introduces the paradigm of “premium flagship” and “ultra-premium flagship.”

That’s a markety speak way of saying the company doesn’t compromise — which I think is a fair point. Oftentimes the concept of a “budget flagship” is heavily weighted toward the budget side of things. But OnePlus long ago established its knack for providing well-rounded, high-end smartphone experiences at well below the price of premium handsets.

The 7 Pro’s $669 starting price hedges much closer to the iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10e’s $749 than the Pixel 3a’s $399. It’s also a pretty significant bump over the OnePlus 6T’s $549 starting point. It’s likely enough to make longtime fans of the service do a double take, but the sizable increase does come with a truly premium handset.

That starts with the design (though it’s certainly more than skin deep). This is immediately apparent with the 6.67-inch display. If curved sides of the edge to edge design are familiar, it’s because it was built custom for OnePlus by Samsung. And while it’s similar, it is, in fact, a custom design for the line, meaning that it’s still distinguished from the Galaxy line — namely the 516ppi density and a 90Hz refresh rate.

What’s really notable, however, is the complete absence of a notch or a pinhole. The 7 Pro takes another key step toward a world of uninterrupted screen time. Open the camera app, flip to front-facing and wait just under a second, as it mechanically extends on top of the device.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen the technology — fellow Chinese manufacturers Oppo and Vivo have already introduced us to pop-up cameras. But given OnePlus’ ongoing T-Mobile partnership, this is arguably the first time this technology has really been available to mainstream U.S. consumers.

The execution is quite good. As someone who almost never takes selfies, I’ve come to appreciate the semblance of privacy of a hidden front-facing camera. If I need it, it’s just a tap of the screen away. There are some safety features built in, as well. Should it slip from your grip while the camera is out, the phone uses the accelerometer to automatically retract it. It will also automatically return home if the phone goes to sleep with it out.

OnePlus won’t say what this specifically means for things like water resistance. In fact, the company’s a little cagey on the subject — even recently taking to Twitter to brag that it didn’t submit for an IP rating, in order to lower the cost of the devices for the end user. Here’s a video of it dropping the new phone in a bucket:

Do with that what you will. It’s certainly clear why OnePlus would decide to skip elements it deemed unnecessary, but there is a certain peace of mind in knowing that a product has been submitted to rigorous testing by outside parties. The closest we got to a definitive answer was a recommendation against attempting to take an underwater selfie with the phone. So take that as you will.

On the rear of the device is a three-camera system that pairs a beefy 48-megapixel lens with a 78mm telephoto and 117-degree ultra-wide angle. I’ve had some opportunity to play with the phone, and this really does seem to be the most utilitarian set up for a three-camera system, and the camera software does a nice job transitioning between lenses as you zoom in.

This is a premium device inside, as well. The Snapdragon 855 is coupled with 6-12GB of RAM and either 128 or 256GB of storage. The battery is a beefy 4,000 mAh, which will get you through more than a day on a single charge, no problem. The “Warp Charge” maintains the company’s fast-charging tradition, letting you fill up around half the battery in 20 minutes using the included adapter.

OnePlus has really outdone itself here, once again proving that a truly premium device doesn’t require a four-digit investment. Other companies have explored a similar price point with varying degrees of success. For OnePlus fans not ready to take the step up, the company will continue to provide a more more affordable line going forward. For now, however, the 7 Pro is easily one of the best ways to get a truly premium smartphone experience without paying an arm and leg.

The 7 Pro will be available online May 17 through OnePlus’ site and T-Mobile.

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Google Launches CallJoy, a Virtual Customer Service Phone Agent For Small Businesses

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Google Launches CallJoy, a Virtual Customer Service Phone Agent For Small Businesses (techcrunch.com)



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Google is combining several technologies, including virtual phone numbers, audio transcriptions, automated reporting and analytics, in a new effort to help small business owners better manage their inbound phone calls. From a report: The company’s latest project from its in-house incubator is CallJoy, launching today. Aimed at the U.S.’s 30.2 million small business owners, the system offers a low-cost customer service agent that helps block spam calls, provide callers with basic business information and redirect customers to complete their requests — like appointment booking or placing a to-go order — over SMS. Any other calls or questions would be directed to the main business phone number. Typically, customer service phone agents like this are out of reach for small business owners, but CallJoy is priced at a flat monthly fee of $39 to make the technology affordable.

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