Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Neil Irwin New York Times December 25, 2018 NEW YORK — Sometime in the last couple of months, predictions of a major economic downturn or recession in 2019 went from being a crank view to the conventional wisdom.It is true that the global economy is sputtering and that the stock market is in its worst pullback in a decade, with the S&P 500 down more than 19 percent since Sept. 20, as of Monday’s close. But this sense of gloom and pessimism has gotten ahead of the facts on the ground, especially concerning the US economy.The real risk is not that insurmountable challenges knock the economy off course. It is that poor leadership converts moderate economic shocks into a crisis. Advertisement The combination of erratic behavior from the president and a thinly staffed government in the United States, the potential crises facing other major … [Read more...] about Strong economy vs. shaky leadership: What does that mean for 2019?
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As people continue to purchase tens of millions of smart speakers around the world, the Echo Dot and Home Mini continue to lead global sales by the numbers. But the new twist we collectively witnessed in the past year was the emergence of the smart display, a new category of devices that gives the likes of Alexa and Google Assistant a visual interface. These new devices let you watch videos, see the latest photos of friends and family, and give you visuals when you ask questions — but there’s more to it than that. With nearly half of all Google Assistant interactions this year combining voice and touch to get things done, smart displays could be on the rise. So which has the best features? Which is right for your home? In this article we draw on learnings from reviews of the Portal, Echo Show, and Home Hub and take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages that each of these smart displays brings to market. Amazon Echo Show The first Amazon Echo Show was a bit meh. … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which speaks to you?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Larry Edelman Globe Staff November 29, 2018 Good morning and welcome to Talking Points AM for Thursday, Nov. 29. Stocks are off just a bit this morning after the Dow had its best day in eight months on Wednesday. Here's the rest of what's going down in biz news. AM Headlines China halts work by gene-editing scientist: Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping said his ministry opposes the gene-altering efforts that reportedly produced twin girls born earlier this month. (AP) Facebook considered charging for user data: The step would have marked a dramatic shift in the social-media giant’s policy of not selling that information. (WSJ) Deutsche Bank searched in probe over Panama Papers: Investigators are looking into the activities of two bank workers who are alleged to have helped clients set up … [Read more...] about Trump vs. Powell: This round goes to the Fed boss
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByNatasha Singer and Nicholas Confessore Oct. 20, 2018 Imagine a society in which everyone more or less agrees with you. You wake up in the morning to online greetings from people who share your views on guns, religion and country. Your news feed contains only posts from like-minded politicians or articles from like-minded news outlets. You can safely post your own comments without fear of vitriol from trolls or challenges from naysayers. This is the insular world in which tens of thousands of Americans who use conservative political apps are experiencing the midterm election season. Amid a chorus of conservative complaints that Facebook and YouTube have become hostile to right-leaning views — and as those social media giants take steps to limit what they see as abusive or misleading viral … [Read more...] about Republicans Find a Facebook Workaround: Their Own Apps
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByKevin Roose Oct. 17, 2018 A competitive race in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District has an alarming new element: anonymous attack ads on Facebook. The ads, which appeared on a Facebook page called “Wacky Wexton Not,” were purchased by a critic of Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat trying to unseat Representative Barbara Comstock, a Republican. The race is one of the most closely watched in the country. The ads paint Ms. Wexton as an “evil socialist,” with language and imagery not typically found in even the roughest campaigns. In one ad, which began running on Monday, Ms. Wexton is pictured next to an image of Nazi soldiers, and the ad’s text refers to her supporters as “modern-day brown shirts.” In another, which first ran this month, Ms. Wexton is … [Read more...] about In Virginia House Race, Anonymous Attack Ads Pop Up on Facebook