It’s All In The Voice…
Amazon has cut a deal to sell voice-controlled TVs at Best Buy, in the latest attempt by the online retailer to bring traffic into its stores. Best Buy will begin selling 10 models of the Fire TV in the U.S. this summer and later this year in Canada. Remote controls for the TV’s will have Amazon’s Alexa voice-assistant built in them, so you can press a button and say out loud the movies you want to watch, or what channel the users would like to switch to. The TV’s can also be paired with Amazon’s smart speakers, so users don’t even have to pick up the remote control they can say a command and the speakers will be able to pick it up. Best Buy already sells Amazon Kindle and other gadgets however, the deal will make it the only electronics retailer that customers can walk in and buy a TV powered by Amazon’ Fire TV software.
Toy maker Mattel announced current CEO Margo Georgiadis, is stepping down to pursue a new opportunity in the tech sector. The toy giant’s board has named Ynon Kreiz, a Mattel director since June 2017 as Georgiadis replacement. The departure comes after the former Google executive, who has been in the post since February 2017, hasn’t been able to turn the company around. Mattel, who makes American Girl dolls and Fisher-Price, has suffered from weak sales in recent year and a range of cost cuts, including a suspension of the company’s dividend.
Asia: Asian indexes closed out the week lower as a negative hand off from Wall Street spoked investors.
Europe: European shares closed mixed on Thursday as investors reacted to corporate earnings and rising oil prices.
U.S: U.S. markets closed lower on Thursday as corporate earnings reports put a damper on investor’s spending spree. DJIA: -83.18 24,664.89 Nasdaq: -57.18 7238.06 S&P: -15.31 2693.13
Word of The Day:
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)
A price-weighted average of the 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. Invented by Charles Dow back in 1896.
Dinner or Drink:
Blueberry Mint Julip
- 2 parts Bourbon
- 1 1/2 parts Blueberry Schnapps Liqueur
- 1-part Simple Syrup
- Fresh Blueberries
- Fresh Mint Sprig
- Muddle together 1/3 cup fresh blueberries, DeKuyper® Blueberry Schnapps and simple syrup. Add the Bourbon, stir well and top with lots of crushed ice. Garnish with fresh mint.
- (Optional Mint Simple Syrup: Bring equal parts sugar, water and a handful of mint leaves to a boil, stir frequently. Turn off heat, set aside to cool and strain / remove the fresh mint.)
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