Apple’s HomePod Mini smart speaker might be its best smart home idea so far

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After months of rumors and speculation, Apple on Tuesday announced a new, smaller smart speaker called the HomePod Mini at its iPhone-centered event. 

Apple’s HomePod debuted in 2018 with a $349 price tag, great sound and the risk of putting white rings on your tabletop. Since then, despite some handy iterations on the HomePod’s features via periodic software updates, Apple hasn’t made much progress in the smart home, even as Amazon and Google continue to expand their audiences for Alexa and Google Assistant products across the board. That changed today with the reveal of a smaller, smarter speaker. 


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How big is the HomePod Mini?

The HomePod Mini is significantly smaller than its predecessor. Wrapped in a mesh fabric, it measures 3.3 inches tall and 3.9 inches wide (84 by 98 mm) and weighs 0.76

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North Korea’s Kim pledges thousands of new homes in storm recovery effort: state media

By Sangmi Cha

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to help typhoon-hit areas recover and to build at least 25,000 houses over the next five years, state media said on Wednesday.

Visiting one of the worst-hit areas of North Korea, Kim expressed regret over the more than 50-year-old houses in which people have been living and urged the military to embark on a more ambitious construction plan, KCNA said.

The visit came after Kim appeared to shed tears at the weekend as he thanked citizens for their sacrifices, in the most striking demonstration yet of how he is relying on his “man-of- the-people” persona to tackle his country’s deepening crises.

The military has reached a construction level of 60% for at least 2,300 houses in the Komdok area in South Hamgyong province, northeast of the capital, Pyongyang, the state media said.

Kim said new houses were

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Best Prime Day Apple AirPods and Apple AirPods Pro deals

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The three faces of Apple AirPods—all on sale for Prime Day. (Photo: Apple)

When’s the best time to grab a pair of Apple AirPods? Right. Now. People. Prime Day pricing means it’s not only time to scoop up a pair for yourself, but also to grab some for loved ones (Christmas shopping done and done).

Amazon has marked down all Apple AirPod models—even the new AirPods Pro—for the two-day mega shopping event. These are among the best wireless earbuds available anywhere on the planet. So if you haven’t made the jump, now’s your moment—especially if you use an iPhone, an iPad, or a MacBook; AirPods seamlessly pair with these Apple products and easily sync with

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Another pro-Trump ad uses footage from Russia

The same footage is available on Shutterstock by a user of the same name, whose profile links to the Facebook page of Konstantin Mikidov, which lists his location as the Russian city of Novosibirsk in Siberia. He didn’t respond to requests for comment sent through his Pond5 and Facebook accounts.

Two seconds later in the ad, an elderly woman is seen staring out a window as the phrase “HIGHER TAXES ON MIDDLE CLASS RETIREMENT” appears on the screen. That footage, labeled “Old Woman Looking Out The Window Stock Video,” is marketed for $60 on iStockphoto. The other terms that footage also comes with on that website are: “Belarus, Senior Adult, Depression – Sadness, Sadness, Loneliness.”

The creator of that footage is “Zdyma4.” A user by that name has a profile on stock footage website Dreamstime and lists the name “Viachaslau Rutkouski.” Rutkouski has a LinkedIn profile that says he is

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7 Value Stocks To Buy Today For Security And Consistency

During our current bull market, so-called “value” stocks have been undervalued.

These are slower-growth companies with reliable sales and profits, many of which pay dividends. Like their market peers, plenty of these companies were hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But even those that sailed through on quarantine tailwinds are selling at reasonable prices.

Likewise, investors who profited off the tech boom this year are sitting on big returns, and value stocks offer one way to protect those gains. Especially if you’re near or at retirement age, like me, your focus needs to shift from getting rich quick to staying solvent for life.

With that in mind, here are 7 value stocks to buy today and hold tomorrow:

  • Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)
  • Caesar’s Entertainment (NYSE:CZR)
  • General Motors (NYSE:GM)
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY)
  • Papa John’s (NASDAQ:PZZA)
  • IBM (NYSE:IBM)
  • Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO
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What Should You Consider Before Buying As-Is?

The term “as-is” in a real estate listing indicates that the buyer must be willing to accept the home exactly as it currently is, foregoing any opportunity to request that the seller make repairs or offer credits for problems with the property. Let’s take a look at how you may encounter the term “as-is” in a real estate transaction.

The Entire Property Being Sold “As-Is”

When the entire property is being listed and sold “as-is”, the seller will not make any repairs, nor offer any credits for potential defects of the home or grounds.

Some examples of major defects that the seller would not have to correct might include:

  • Structural problems
  • Leaking or faulty roof
  • Chinese drywall
  • Active termite infestation or damage
  • Non-functioning systems (HVAC, septic system, etc.)
  • Mold or mildew problems
  • Presence of asbestos or other harmful materials

So you can see why agreeing to purchase a property “as-is”

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‘We want people to stay in their homes’: Mortgage lenders don’t expect a flood of foreclosures when moratorium ends

At Greenfield Savings Bank, about 20% of mortgage customers are in deferral, said President John H. Howland.

These are people who have told the bank they’ve suffered an economic loss from the coronavirus pandemic.

“It allows people to not make payments,” he said. “It basically goes on the back end of the mortgage.”

But now those deferrals of 30, 60 or 90 days are ending just as the statewide moratorium on mortgage foreclosures is set to end Saturday. A moratorium on residential evictions is also expected to sunset.

All are measures meant to soften the blow and guide households through COVID-19. But even with the moratoriums ending, local mortgage lenders don’t expect a rush of foreclosures to come sweeping through the system, as they did in the 2008-09 recession.

“We don’t know what is going to happen when the deferral period ends and people start payments,” Howland said. “We want

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Dallas’ Ebby Halliday Realtors is crossing the Red River to sell homes

Legacy Dallas real estate sales firm Ebby Halliday Cos. is expanding its reach out of state for the first time to Oklahoma.



a large brick building with a sign in front of a house: Ebby Halliday has two dozen North Texas offices.


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Ebby Halliday has two dozen North Texas offices.

The 75-year-old property sales company is now handling real estate listings north of the Red River.

“We are thrilled to offer those looking to buy or sell in Oklahoma the same great service we have long been known for in North Texas,” President and CEO Chris Kelly said in a statement.

Ebby Halliday operates out of two dozen offices in North Texas, including close to the Oklahoma border in Grayson County.

“2020 has been a significant year of growth as we open new offices in Cedar Hill, Prosper and Forney, and as we expand into the Oklahoma market to serve the needs of our valued clients,” Kelly said.

Ebby Halliday’s Marsha Butler

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Sedgwick County, KS Foreclosure Listings


SEDGWICK County, KS

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U.S. used car and truck prices rise the most since 1969

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer prices increased for a fourth straight month in September, with the cost of cars and trucks rising by the most since 1969, but inflation is slowing amid excess capacity in the economy as it gradually recovers from the COVID-19 recession.



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A 6.7% jump in the average prices of used cars and trucks again accounted for most of the increase in the CPI last month. That was the biggest gain since February 1969 and followed a 5.4% advance in August. The strong increases likely reflect a shortage of used motor vehicles amid an aversion to public transportation because of fears of contracting COVID-19.

New motor vehicle prices rose 0.3%. There were also increases in the costs of recreation. But prices for motor vehicle insurance, airline fares and apparel fell.

Though the benign report from the Labor Department on Tuesday will have no direct impact on

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