Malcolm Vanderveen

Malcolm Vanderveen

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Amazon and Google have identified a solid use case for their smart speaker devices, powered by Alexa and Google Assistant, respectively: recipes.The companies this week have both announced new product features that aim to help users cook hands-free while guided by the voice assistant.Meanwhile, Google partnered with entrepreneur and chef Ayesha Curry to bring her recipes to Google Assistant.Curry’s recipes will also include step-by-step cooking instructions on Google Assistant-powered Smart Displays, like the Nest Hub Max.Meanwhile, the Tasty recipes are available across Echo devices, but will include cooking videos on the Echo Show devices.What’s interesting about the new features is that both involve content partnerships, instead of dedicated skills from third-parties.
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The listing committee of the Hong Kong stock exchange has approved the application by Alibaba Group Holding, the record holder of the largest global initial public offering, to sell up to HK$117 billion (US$15 billion) of new shares in a secondary listing that would return the city as the world’s fundraising capital for the seventh time in 11 years, according to several sources.The green light clears the way for Hangzhou-based Alibaba to start a weeklong roadshow from November 13 to drum up interest from institutional and retail investors in a bookbuilding exercise that could help the operator of the world’s largest online shopping platform raise between US$10 billion and US$15 billion.The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, which operates the local bourse, declined to comment when contacted on the matter.“The IPO of Alibaba will be popular among Hong Kong’s investors as it is a well-known ecommerce company, whose shares and turnover had both performed well on the New York exchange since their listing in 2014,” said Gordon Tsui Luen-on, chairman of the Hong Kong Securities Association.The secondary listing would bolster the capitalization of Asia’s most valuable company and finally give mainland China’s investors the chance to participate in the growth of one of the country’s most profitable technology giants.It also brings the group back to its “natural first choice” listing venue (in co-founder Joe Tsai’s words in 2013) and vindicates the listing reforms pushed through last year by Hong Kong’s financial authorities following Alibaba’s decision in 2014 to raise US$25 billion in New York.
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Huawei is reportedly dishing out 2 billion yuan ($286 million) in staff bonuses to workers who helped it through the US ban.The Chinese tech giant also told its 190,000 employees that most will be paid double this month, Reuters reported Tuesday.The bonuses are most likely going to Huawei's R arm, and to the teams working on finding alternate supply chains after being banned in the US, according to Reuters citing a company spokesperson.Huawei was blacklisted in May when it was added to the United States' "entity list" (PDF).In addition to adding Huawei to the list, US President Donald Trump at the same time signed an executive order essentially banning the company in light of national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government.Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge.
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Börsnoterade Vostok New Ventures äger ungefär 30 procent av det svenska elscooterbolaget Voi.I rapporten för det tredje kvartalet hyllar vd:n Per Brilioth sitt portföljbolag.”Vi anser att företaget på fristående basis bör kunna generera cirka 500 miljoner dollar i intäkter om ett par år”, skriver han.Precis som Voi-chefen Fredrik Hjelm tror Per Brilioth på en stundande konsolidering på elscootermarknaden, där det svenska bolaget lär bli aktiva med uppköp.Voi tog nyligen in över 800 miljoner kronor i nytt kapital, där Vostok New Ventures stod för den större delen av finansieringen.Eftersom transaktionen skedde efter tredje kvartalets slut har Vostok inte satt någon ny värdering på företaget.
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Esther Wojcicki—journalist, teacher, the renowned "Godmother of Silicon Valley," and mother of uber-successful daughters Susan Wojcicki (YouTube’s CEO), Anne Wojcicki (23andMe founder and CEO), and Janet Wojcicki (UCSF doctor and researcher)—did not want to write just another parenting manual.Her new book, How To Raise Successful People (read an excerpt here), isn’t an instructional manual to teach your kids how to eat, sleep through the night, or earn a six-figure salary in an ever-more-unstable job market.Our children already have the inner drive to become powerful, happy, and successful on their own.All we need to do is calm our own anxiety and get out of their way.At WIRED25, Wojcicki ran through her mnemonic TRICK—Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, Kindness—which can equip kids with the mental, moral, and emotional stability necessary to become a self-governing adult who can come up with clever solutions to problems.WIRED’s Sarah Fallon asked Wojcicki to talk about instances in her own life when she has trusted her own children and grandchildren and given them independence, which ranged from letting Susan choose pink shag carpeting for her bedroom to dropping her grandchildren off at Target and the hair salon, at 8 and 9 respectively, to shop for their own school supplies and get their own haircuts.
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Investerare letar i dag efter bolag med många titlar i portföljen, menar två experter, men är betydligt mer tveksamma till gratis- och mobilspel.För nästan precis ett år sedan blåste det inom den svenska gamingsektorn.Under 2018 gick cirka 24 miljarder kronor av sektorns totala värde upp i rök i Sverige, bland annat på grund av ökad konkurrens och en marginalpress för branschen på en global skala.”Förra året fortsatte den tydliga trenden att de så kallade plattformsbolagen Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Apple och Google stod som vinnare med höga intäkter och högst vinsttillväxt”, säger Tomas Otterbeck, spelanalytiker på Redeye.Man ska vara försiktig med bolag som står och faller på en eller väldigt få titlar.För ungefär ett år sedan slogs Embracer och Paradox om att bli Stockholmsbörsens högst värderade spelföretag.
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Den amerikanska delstaten Kalifornien kräver svar av Facebook om företagets utlämnande av användardata till bolag som Cambridge Analytica.Bakom kraven på att interna dokument överlämnas står delstatens justitieminister Xavier Becerra som har vänt sig till domstol för att få tillgång till handlingarna.Kaliforniens besked på onsdagen om den 18 månader långa utredningen av Facebook är det senaste dåliga nyheten för internetjätten som redan utreds av 47 delstater.New York och Nebraska har dessutom utvidgat utredningarna till att även gälla konkurrensfrågor, risk för stöld av användardata och manipulering av annonspriser.Kaliforniens justitiedepartement är också skarpt kritiskt mot Facebooks attityd och säger att bolagets samarbete med myndigheter är ”minst ut sagt bristfälligt”.Facebook har ännu inte kommenterat utredningen.
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We have been talking about a possible Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite for a few days.At the moment, we do not know the reason for presenting a device of this type at the end of the year, but the leaks indicate that it exists and that we will see it soon.We have already talked about its characteristics and today it is time to see details of its possible design.It could be a device similar to the Galaxy S10e presented at the beginning of the year, but with some new features.The leaked features of this device let us see a high-end phone.In a filtered benchmark it was confirmed that it would arrive with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, and off course, it would launch with the equivalent in Exynos in some countries.
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Sila Technologies, the battery materials company that has partnered with BMW and Daimler, landed $45 million in new funding and hired two high-profile executives, including Kurt Kelty, who led the battery cell team at Tesla for more than a decade.Kelty, who was on Sila Nano’s advisory board, has been appointed vice president of automotive, according to Sina Nanotechnologies.The company also hired Bill Mulligan, the former executive vice president of global operations at SunPower, as its first COO.“As part of Sila Nano’s advisory board, I’ve seen the results of the breakthrough battery chemistry firsthand and I could not pass up the opportunity to take it a step further and lead the company’s automotive partnership efforts,” Kelty said in a statement.The company said Monday that an additional $45 million in investment came from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, bringing its total funding to $340 million.This latest investment and expanded leadership team comes as the company, which is valued at more than $1 billion, aims to bring its first batteries to market.
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The purchase makes a lot of sense for Google, since its Wear OS hardware hasn’t lived up to other lines like Pixel phones and Pixelbook chromebooks.The good news is that the Chinese giant has found a way around the ban on new phones with Google services, at least temporarily.On the review side, we published our reviews of the dual-screened LG G8X, the Motorola Moto One Macro, the Red Magic 3S, and the budget Redmi Note 8.We also checked out the Huawei FreeBuds 3, the Apple AirPods Pro, the Beats Solo Pro, the updated Nvidia Shield TV, and Acer Chromebook 714.Here are the top 10 Android stories of the weekLG G8X ThinQ review: A more practical ‘folding’ phone –The LG G8X ThinQ may not be a true folding phone, but it is a less expensive and more practical than its competitors.
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Black Friday is happening on Friday, November 29th, but if you shop on that day only, you’ll probably miss out on some great deals.That’s because several retailers, including Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Newegg, and GameStop, aren’t waiting for the shopping holiday to start.Whether you’ll be on the lookout for the best deal on Black Friday, or in the weeks leading up to it, it helps to have a plan of attack.How much are you looking to spend?Will you be shopping online, or are you willing to make the trek to your local store?These are all good things to think about, and we’ll keep the info below updated to help make shopping on Black Friday easier.
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Back in 2011, the original Samsung Galaxy Note confirmed people had an insatiable appetite for big screens.We’re talking a Snapdragon 855 chip with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 4,000 mAh battery, microSD card expandability, and a 2,340 by 1,080 6.4-inch OLED screen.It’s a pretty respectable package, and when you throw in some nice bonuses like a headphone jack, in-display fingerprint sensor, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, and Qi wireless charging, the G8X easily qualifies itself as a solid high-end (though not exactly flagship-level) smartphone.Forget talk of aggressive pricing, that’s practically theft in today’s market.Meanwhile, social media mavens can watch a show and live tweet all on the same device – no extra gadgets needed.But personally, my favourite use of the LG’s dual screens is to help wind down before going to sleep by watching sports or YouTube and banging out daily quests in one of the too many mobile games I play.
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The fast fashion trend isn't only about throwing away trousers because they have the wrong type of hole in them on the wrong knee for this season – there's also a bendy plastic elephant in the room in the shape of all the hangers used to display the new types and shapes of clothing they've invented.Usually terrible cheap hybrids of multiple types that are impossible to recycle.But not any more or at least maybe not in about the year 2021 or thereabouts, as designer Roland Mouret and sustainable producer Arch & Hook are pushing for a war on single use plastic hangers fronted by an alternative that uses a blend of reclaimed sea plastics and recyclables.The only problem is that it's a boring grey colour rather than industry-standard black, because of the way it's produced with no dying or colouring or blending.That's the price paid for a better hanger.You won't believe how big a problem it is either.
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iOS 13 has been one of Apple’s rougher rollouts in quite a while but it seems that things might be settling down a bit now that most showstopper bugs have been addressed.It has definitely not delayed Apple’s iOS release schedule, with iOS 13.2 now rolling out to iPhones, iPads, and HomePods.But while the update has good news for almost everyone, owners of Apple’s first and so far only smart speaker might want to hold off if they can.iPhone 11 owners will probably be the ones most excited about this release.iOS 13.2 finally brings Apple’s promised Deep Fusion feature which uses “computational photography mad science”‘ in other words on-device AI and algorithms, to produce high-quality photos even in darker lighting conditions.Don’t bother looking for a setting, though, as it all happens automatically in the background, which also means you can’t turn it off if you don’t want it.
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The current iPhone upgrade to iOS 13.2 brings a variety of features, not the least of which is improved privacy for those who use Siri.Responding to the outcry over how it handles the data collected by its voice assistant, Apple has offered users a way to delete all of the recordings that Siri collects during use.The company has also stopped sharing audio recordings with human staffers in order to improve its service.Instead, it asks you to opt in to that feature via a pop-up that appears when you upgrade to this latest version of its mobile operating system.If you were too quick to opt in when you upgraded and have decided you don’t want to share your voice with Apple (or if you opted out and have decided that you don’t mind if a few Apple employees listen to your voice), you can easily change your mind.Go to your iPhone’s Settings app, and tap on “Privacy”
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Under det tredje kvartalet omsatte Spotify 1,73 miljarder euro, vilket var något över analytikernas estimat.Rörelseresultatet blev 54 miljoner euro, ett av få kvartal som Spotify gått med vinst i sedan noteringen, vilket var betydligt bättre än analytikernas förväntningar om en förlust på 21 miljoner euro.Det totala antalet månatligen aktiva användare steg med 30 procent på årsbasis till 248 miljoner för Spotify, vilket var en bra bit över bolagets egen prognos.Bolaget uppger att tillväxten har varit särskilt stark i Latinamerika, Sydostasien och Indien.Antalet premiumkunder, som betalar för ett månadsabonnemang av streamingtjänsten, växte till 113 miljoner.Det var i linje med analytikernas prognoser.
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Joker has another reason to dance at the top of the stairs.The film featuring Joaquin Phoenix's take on the iconic DC villain has now topped $788 million at the global box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.That means it's unseated Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool movies from the No.Reynolds, of course, couldn't stay quiet about it.Reynolds tweeted out an altered version of the Joker movie poster on Friday.Reynolds' version of the poster has "You motherf*cker" at the top with names culled from defeated R-rated movies running down the stairs.
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Tesla took the markets by surprise on Wednesday with the announcement of third-quarter profits, perking the market up in after-hour trading shored by news that it has started test production in its new Shanghai facility.Why it matters: The EV maker’s third quarter profit surprise comes in stark relief to that of its Chinese peers, many of which are struggling to stay afloat.Built in just 10 months, Tesla’s first overseas production facility in the outskirts of the eastern Chinese city of Shanghai cost 65% less to build than its Model 3 production system in the US, according to the company’s Q3 earnings report.The company’s share prices surged 20% to $306 in after-hour trading on Wednesday.Detail: Tesla on Wednesday reported a quarterly profit (GAAP) of $143 million after two consecutive quarters in the red.Its profits compare with Wall Street analyst expectations of $257 million in losses, and against the backdrop of the $311 million in net profit it booked in Q3 2018 —its best-ever quarter —in contrast to which its most recent earnings have fallen by more than half.
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Microsoft har utvecklat ett nytt vr-experiment som man kallar för DreamWalker med vilket det blir möjligt att uppleva virtuell verklighet ute i den "riktiga" världen.Man skulle väl nästan kunna dra det så långt som att säga att DreamWalker är en slags simulerad augmented reality-upplevelse.Med hjälp av Microsofts experimentella, och förhållandevis stora vr-rigg, kan användare ge sig ut och vandra på stadens gator och då mötas av en virtuell verklighet som liknar den riktiga men ändå inte.Gator, hus, människor och annat har bytts ut till digitalt genererade versioner av detta i vr-upplevelsen.DreamWalker är så pass kompetent att systemet kan upptäcka människor i användarens närhet och då generera digitala versioner av dessa så att användaren slipper att gå in människor runt om kring sig.Vidare ska systemet även kunna upptäcka till exempel vägarbeten på trottoaren.
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Looking for a pair of noise-canceling headphones to add a bit of tranquility to your commute?Best Buy currently has one of the best headphone deals we've seen, slashing the price of the Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless headphones by 50%.That's right – at launch, these class-leading noise-canceling headphones cost nearly $400, and thanks to this unbelievable deal, they now cost just $199.98.Check out the deal below:Today's best wireless headphone dealSennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless $399.98 $199.98 at Best BuyThese noise-canceling headphones may have been usurped by the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless (2019), but they're still a brilliant pair of cans, with great audio fidelity – 50% off is an absolute steal, too.View Deal
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After a month of negotiations, the United Auto Workers union and General Motors have reached a proposed tentative agreement.In a Wednesday news release, the UAW confirmed it agreed to a tentative labor contract with the automaker.Following a green light from elected negotiators working on the proposal, the UAW GM National Council will vote on Thursday to determine whether union officials will recommend the agreement for a full UAW-GM membership vote.Details regarding the tentative agreement were not included in the UAW announcement and General Motors told Roadshow in a statement that details of the proposed tentative agreement will be provided "at the appropriate time."It's important to note the strike is not over just yet.Until the UAW GM National Council votes to approve the tentative agreement, workers will remain on the picket line.
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Data privacy for apps is typically part of the purview of compliance teams — a model that isn’t always perfect, judging by the number of breaches and the extensive regulation that’s been (and is still being) put in place to force companies and organizations to behave better.Now, in an effort to improve how apps manage data privacy, a startup called Evervault — founded by a 19-year-old in Dublin, Ireland — is building a data protection solution aimed at developers, by way of an API, which aims to bake data protection into the app from the start.“I believe that once data has been ingested, it should be encrypted and never decrypted again,” founder Shane Curran said in an interview.“There’s a philosophical argument to be made over offering privacy at different levels, but we’re looking at the holistic side of things.If your app gets breached, the data will not leak.”The investor list in this seed round is impressive, but also all the more notable when you consider that Evervault’s product has yet to be released.
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Democrats have been tearing into Facebook and Twitter’s content and ads policies for days, focusing on rules that leave room for inaccurate or abusive language.But on Tuesday, Twitter put out a blog post in an attempt to clarify that world leaders, like President Donald Trump, are not above its rules — at least not “entirely.”In Tuesday’s blog post, Twitter said that “Presently, direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy saber-rattling on economic or military issues are generally not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”If a tweet does break the platform rules, Twitter can remove it.If it thinks it’s of public interest, the company can block it out with a gray box that users have to click through in order to see the content.We haven’t used this notice yet, but when we do, you will not be able to like, reply, share, or Retweet the Tweet in question.
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It's easy to remove the Apple ID from your iPhone in two different ways.You may want to remove your Apple ID if you're changing accounts or selling your iPhone to a new owner.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Linking your Apple ID to your iPhone is vital to keeping you connected to all your favorite apps and data — including photos and documents, emails and text messages, and even your iTunes library.However, having all this information so readily available when you're upgrading your phone or selling it to someone else isn't particularly ideal.In this case, you'll want to wipe all of your data from your iPhone by removing the Apple ID from the device.
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Geoblocking, weaponisation and more in Parliamentary committee's sightsThe British government should make it a crime to disable geofencing and electronic conspicuity on one’s drone, according to MPs from a parliamentary committee looking at future drone regulation.In a report issued today, Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee (STC) demanded the government issue a White Paper (not a whitepaper but the capitalised version, which is a formal policy proposal) setting out a raft of new crimes intended to stop people from flying small drones.Within that White Paper, said the STC, ought to be plans for criminalising the “weaponisation” of drones, as well as making it a criminal offence not to register one’s craft with the government.Other new criminal offences to be aimed at drone users, according to the MPs, should include the capturing of “an individual’s data without their consent”Despite well-founded criticism of the Civil Aviation Authority over its plans to build a moneymaking database for registering drone users, the MPs also thought it would be clever to call for “compulsory renewal” of drone operators’ licences* “to ensure that they are up-to-date with technology advances and legislative changes”.
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Jag äger version 1 av denna som släpptes för ett halvår sedan.Min klocka har funkat bra men batteriet räcker inte mer än en dag och tyvärr så har den börjat registrera "spökrörelse" då den tror att jag börjat röra på mig trots att jag sitter ned.I slutändan var det ett bra första steg att se om jag gillade att ha en smartklocka utan att behöva lägga så mycket pengar.För mig blir nog nästa köp en Apple Watch då den känns mer kompetent.Den nya verkar ha fått bra uppdateringar med tex swipes i cirkelrörelser igen samt bättre sensor.Om den har förbättringar sen mina ovan problem så är det absolut en bra klocka.
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Zeno’s most famous paradox involves a runner trying to go some distance.If you thought there’s no way the iPad could do what you really need, iPadOS will get 50 percent of the way toward changing your mind.This sometimes results in weirdness because Apple has to translate your taps and swipes into the mouse cursor actions some desktop websites expect.Here’s where Apple’s app ecosystem really shines: even though iPadOS and iOS 13 have only been officially out for a short time, a large number of popular apps have already updated to support Dark mode.That made it all the more frustrating when we tried to make the software accomplish seemingly basic computing tasks because the hardware was clearly capable of so much more.It just happens to work worse on one specific website that I need to use every day.
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The Walt Disney Company will not allow ads from streaming rival Netflix on its entertainment TV networks, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.Disney decided earlier this year it would refuse ads from any streaming service, but ended up reaching ad deals with many other streamers, according to The Wall Street Journal.Disney will launch its own streaming service, Disney Plus, on Nov. 12.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The Walt Disney Company, which is launching its own streaming service next month, is banning ads from competitor Netflix across its entertainment TV networks, Alexandra Bruell and Suzanne Vranica reported for The Wall Street Journal.While Netflix ads won't be permitted on entertainment networks like ABC, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic, Disney will still accept Netflix ads on sports network ESPN, a source familiar with the company's advertising plan told Business Insider.
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Since he was a teenager, the Dallas-Fort Worth native has been fascinated with app development — in particular, with emulation technology that allows modern computing devices to run the video game software of decades-old game consoles.Yet Testut, a longtime Apple fan, was disheartened when he came to realize that classic video games from developers like Nintendo would never make their way onto the official iOS App Store.“As a kid, I played all these games, and so I just came across some code that I thought I could turn into an app to play Game Boy games, and that just started a whole thing,” Testut says.Now, Testut, a 22-year-old freelance software developer living in Los Angeles, may have figured out a way for his software to live on Apple’s iOS platform for good.The really interesting part is that none of it requires you to jailbreak your iPhone, so it’s available to anyone who’s willing to download it, for free.Testut is also working on Nintendo DS emulation and other related projects for future updates.
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Some call sous vide cooking the most game-changing thing to happen to the kitchen in a decade.Apparently, giving beef, chicken, fish and the like a hot bath can produce amazing results.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Here's one of your cheapest chances yet: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Monoprice Strata Home 800-watt immersion cooker is on sale for $51.09.Interestingly, you can also get it via Rakuten for $59 with code HOME15, and then score $18 in Rakuten points toward a future purchase.But this model features an adjustable clamp, a digital touchscreen interface on the top and dishwasher-safe parts.
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