In the News:

You’re On Fire…
On Wednesday, Amazon announced they are entering the crowded market of video-streaming device. Amazon Fire TV, the size of Apple TV, comes with a voice search remote control. The streaming device has a quad core processor, dedicated graphics-processing unit (GPU) and 2 gigabytes of RAM. Fire offers content from Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, ESPN and Showtime. The company is working to offer content from HBO Go but it wasn’t available for Fire TV’s launch. The device also includes music apps, like Pandora and TuneIn Radio and gaming capabilities. The new Fire TV is available now and will set you back 99 bucks.

Latest and Greatest…
Move over Siri; there’s a new girl in town. On Wednesday, Microsoft (MSFT) opened its annual “Build” conference in San Francisco by unveiling a new virtual assistant for Windows phones and announcing a Windows 8.1 operating system update. Cortana, your new favorite virtual assistant, can warn users of conflicts when they add events or remind them of tasks they need to do, and she can do all of that by either phone, chat or email. Cortana is among the new features coming to a Windows phone update called 8.1 which will be available on new phones in about a month and will be available as an update on existing phones a few months later. Also included in the new 8.1 is a new Actions Center. The Action Center will be a hub for app notification and general info about the phone, including things like remaining battery life. In addition to its new software, Window phone will also start connecting automatically to free Wi-Fi hots spots, allowing customers to save on cellular data.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs…
Last month U.S. businesses returned to a modest hiring pace adding 191,000 new jobs in March. The results of March’s ADP monthly job report came in near the 200,000 predicted by economists. The report also hinted at an optimism towards sustained growth in the economy by revising February figures to 178,000 new jobs from the 139,000 reported a month ago.

In The Markets:

Asia:
Asian markets closed Thursday mixed as investors took profits off the table from the previous days rally.

Europe:
European markets closed higher after the ADP jobs report showed the private sector added 191,000 in March.

US:
US shares closed higher on Wednesday lifted by the better jobs data and manufacturing data. DJIA: +40.39 16573.00 S&P: +5.38 1890.90 Nasdaq: +8.42 4276.46

In Dinner or Drink:

Fire Fly
1 1/4 oz. vodka
2 oz. grapefruit juice
1 dash grenadine syrup

Pour the vodka and grapefruit juice into a highball glass with ice. Add grenadine, stir, and serve.
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