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Apple’s iPhone 12 Will Cause Serious Problems For Samsung, Google - Forbes
Why Apple new iPhones are going to destroy the competition...
Concerns around the iPhone 12 range are growing, thanks to price hikes and warnings about MagSafe. That said, new tests have revealed one area where Apple's new iPhones will destroy the competition. Apple's iPhone 12 Pro finally fixes the iPhone's biggest weakness Apple MORE FROM FORBESApple iOS 14.1 Release: Should You Upgrade?By Gordon KellyPopular YouTuber Filip Koroy (aka EverythingApplePro) has revealed the iPhone 12 Pro delivers real world speed improvements which are off the scale compared to anything synthetic benchmarks, or even Apples own marketing has claimed up to now. In fact, not only does the iPhone 12 Pro demolish previous iPhones, it wipes out the one long-standing advantage held by rival Android phones: multitasking. Breaking this down, Koroys test opens a large number of apps before reopening each app in order - this is a popular test because it mimics real world usage. The iPhone 12 completes the test in just 2 mins 49 seconds, compared to over 4 minutes from both the iPhone 11 Pro (running hot but in line with past tests) and the iPhone XS. Koroy puts this down to gains from Apples impressive A14 Bionic chipset but the unsung hero here is RAM. The iPhone 12 Pro is the first iPhone to come with 6GB RAM and this enables the phone to hold all apps in memory without reloading. Every single application that I opened after running a 4K video export was still preloaded in the background. I have never seen this on an iPhone. This is new. Apple has finally fixed the multitasking issue on the iPhone. Historically, Apples decision to fit iPhones with 2-4GB RAM has seen iPhones lose out to Android rivals here because they cant hold many apps in memory, which causes lengthy reload times. This cancels out the big performance gains Apples A Series chips have long held over Android phones, in terms of raw speed. This can be seen in the video below, where Samsungs Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes from miles behind to overtake the iPhone 11 Pro. And it was a big advantage. While synthetic benchmarks have given Apple a huge lead over its rivals for years now, the reality is our smartphone usage consists primarily of moving between apps, rather than the scores we get from benchmarks trying to max out the CPU and GPU. And this is worrying news for both Samsung and Google, at different price points. At the high end, Samsungs Galaxy S20 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra are already more expensive than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and now they are heavily outgunned as well. Meanwhile, for Google, it took the risky move to put a lower performance chipset in the Pixel 5 (whose speed was already far behind last years iPhone) and now the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini looks set to put it to the sword. In fact, the biggest worry for Apple at this stage is less likely to be the competition than its next iPhone. A legal settlement with Qualcomm forced Apple to publicly reveal iPhone modem plans for the next four years and here the iPhone 13 looks like a game changer. For everyone else, things just got a lot harder. ___ Follow Gordon on Facebook More On Forbes First Apple iPhone 13 Leaks Reveal Smaller Notch, ProMotion Display, Touch ID Apple iOS 14.1 Release: Should You Upgrade?
Huawei Launches Stunning New Strike At Google To Beat Android - Forbes
This could be Huawei's biggest "fight" with Google yet...
Barcroft Media via Getty Images And so the Mate 40 has finally launched. Set against the backdrop of U.S. restrictions on the chipsets required to power Huawei devices, and with Google still missing, Chinas leading smartphone manufacturer has released another stellar device that will stall outside China based on factors outside its control. And while the U.S. blacklist is the real existential issue, yet again its that loss of Google stealing the headlines. Alongside the Mate 40, Huawei also announced its enhanced Petal Search, part of a new app family that includes the companys long-awaited Google Maps replacement. This is a stunning strike at Googles search dominance on Huawei devicesat least those that sell outside China. With Google now under scrutiny given its dominance of web search, it is unsurprising that Huaweidriven by the loss of Googleis getting in on the act. With hundreds of millions on its ecosystem, its a compelling opportunity. That said, it brings a fundamental issue for Huawei to contend with: trusted content. While no-one expects streets to shift or disappear, when it comes to news and events, history and general web search, its a different matter. Huaweis initial Petal Search was designed to find apps U.S. restrictions had prevented from being loaded onto new phonesGoogles apps, but other U.S. staples as well, including social media and entertainment offerings. But now its all changed. Petal Search has become a fully-fledged search engine in its own right, akin to Huawei Search, which was road-tested in March but was never fully released. There are a whole raft of implications from this latest updatea threat to Googles core business model as a mainstream smartphone maker goes its own way, a threat to U.S. dominance on mobile internet standards and staples for the same reason, but also a serious question about a Chinese company providing a search engine to the west. This is rather like the issue highlighted by TikToks provision of content to western users. This year we have seen China tighten its influence on its domestic search engines, while obviously prohibiting western equivalents from even operating in the country. When I reported on Huawei Search, a company insider assured me there would be no issues of censorship applied to search results outside China. But then TikTok says the same, and still the question has always dogged the platform. More critically for Huawei, though, the equation has materially changed since its launch of an in-house search engine was first touted back in March. At the time, this was part of an alternative ecosystem to Googles, one that would include mail and maps. But now, with the brutal U.S. clampdown on chipset sales, Huawei is looking at morphing from phone maker to software ecosystem provider. Under that model, its search engine and other apps would be provided to a range of other OEMsif it can secure them, and not just for its own use. According to GSMArena, the Petal Search app now works as a general search engine providing results for regular queries alongside news, images and videos. You can also use it for shopping and booking flights just like on Google or Bing. In our testing search results were provided by Microsoft Bing though other reports claim that regions like Spain and Turkey feature independent indexing directly from Huawei. Petal Search Huawei And so, as 2020 nears its end, Huawei has launched another exciting smartphone and yet more software within its ecosystem, yet as it does so, its stockpile of chipsets is depleting and it does not have an answer to plug a 2021 gap that could see smartphone sales drop from an expected 180-200 million units down as low as 50 million. Even as it faces that challengeand the company has described its imminent fight to beat Android as a must-win battle for survival, the reality is that sales outside China will remain constrained unless and until it can restore Google. Huaweis expanding ecosystem will do nothing to shift millions of European customers away from the apps and full-fat Android experience they expect from their devices. And in that regard, the other news this week is the latest reported solution to restore Google Mobile Services to ineligible Huawei phones. According to XDA-Developers, Googlefier is a new way to use the LZPlay GMS recovery software that appeared last year before being withdrawn. Youll then be able to install the Google Play Store and other Google apps on your device and then log into your Google account. This week, Huawei reported revenues for the first three quarters of the year up 9.9%, down from around 24% growth for the same period last year. The company says that this basically met expectations. With the combined challenges of the blacklist and coronavirus, Huawei says that it will do its best to find solutions, to survive and forge forward, and to fulfill its obligations to customers and suppliers. Recent reports that Huawei may divest its Honor brand of smartphones illustrate just how drastic might be Huaweis strategy to escape the U.S. blacklist stranglehold. There are two ways off viewing that potential news. First, that it might be a test-bed for Huawei breaking up into smaller, less threatening parts to appease Washington. Or, second and more radically, that Huawei can divest its smartphone brands and then seek to onboard those brands (which will then have access to required chipsets) to the companys open-source HarmonyOS alternative to Android. Its hard to overstate how critical the next few months will be for Huawei. A depleting chipset stockpile allied to any newly minted licenses for chipmakers to restore their supplies, the continuing progress of HarmonyOS toward a smartphone launch and whether or not its open-source version attracts any major takers, the continued expansion of the HMS app ecosystem, ever more countries opting for alternatives to Huawei for the 5G networks. Plus, of course, the small matter of a U.S. election and any impact that may have on the tone of the current crackdown.
Samsung Leak Reveals Stunning New Galaxy Smartphones - Forbes
Samsung's radical new flagship smartphones have been revealed and they're coming a lot sooner than you think...
Samsungs Galaxy S21 is going to arrive surprisingly soon and not only has Samsung now confirmed the new models, we now also know they will have stunning new designs. Leaked Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra shows a stunning new camera design OnLeaks / Voice MORE FROM FORBESGalaxy S21 Early Release Uncovered In New Samsung LeakBy Gordon KellyFirst up is Samsung, which was good enough to confirm the Galaxy S21 for the first time after the company submitted the phone for certification through Chinas public 3C certification program. The certification confirms its model number is SM-G9910, the Galaxy S20s model number is SM-G981. Next comes the juicy part. Famed smartphone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) has spilled the motherlode on his profile at new social network Voice. Across four separate posts, Hemmerstoffer has revealed Samsungs new designs for the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21 Ultra as well as 360 degree videos of both phones. And theres a lot to like. Samsung's new Galaxy S21 Ultra design is head-turning OnLeaks / Voice The most eye-catching change is Samsung will equip the range with radically overhauled camera housings which subtly mold into the side of each phone. Its unlike anything I have seen in smartphone design and looks stunning. That said, the Galaxy S21 Ultra camera housing is massive, taking up almost half the width of the phone, and it fits no less than four cameras plus the flash. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra render OnLeaks / Voice Interestingly, Hemmerstoffer notes that Samsung may fit two zoom cameras and does not rule out S-Pen support (which has been hotly tipped), though neither the Galaxy S21 nor the S21 Ultra have a dedicated slot for an S-Pen in their leaked designs. In addition to this, Hemmerstoffers designs show steps both forwards and backwards. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is a big step forward with virtually no bezels, but the Galaxy S21 seems to have thicker (though more symmetrical) bezels than its predecessor. This could mean Samsung is continuing the unpopular policy introduced with the Galaxy Note 20 lineup of downgrading the entry-level model to upsell its more expensive stablemate. I hope not. Samsung Galaxy S21 first renders reveal thicker bezels OnLeaks / Voice In terms of dimensions, Hemmerstoffer reveals that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will have a display of between 6.7 and 6.9-inches (the S20 Ultra uses a 6.9-inch panel) and measures 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm (10.8mm with camera bump) - making it slightly smaller than its predecessor. While the Galaxy S21 matches the S20 with a 6.2-inch display and virtually identical measurements of 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm (9.0mm with camera bump). And Hemmerstoffer closes by confirming the big news leaked earlier this week: Samsung will indeed step up the launch of these phones by several months. That said, he believes it will be early January rather than December. Either way, Apples new iPhone 12 range will face next generation smartphone competition a lot sooner than usual and, given that range has several eye-opening limitations, its a good time for Samsung to be more aggressive. Disclosure: I am a paid consultant to Voice, backed by Block.one, a source for this post. The information in this post was publicly available prior to publishing on Forbes ___ Follow Gordon on Facebook More On Forbes Galaxy S21 Early Release Uncovered In New Samsung Leak Samsungs Galaxy Note 20 Smartphone Has Serious Problems
19 Under-$50 Amazon Prime Day Deals To Score Before The Sale Ends - Forbes
Whether you’re sticking to a budget or looking for early holiday gifts, there are still plenty of Prime Day deals under $50 to get now.
Right now you can score this JBL clip speaker for less than $50. Amazon The last few hours of Amazon Prime Day are actually a great time to browse for the afterthoughts: Those things you might not need per say, but certainly wouldnt mind spending less than $50 bucks on. The list below is made up of just those kind of things, from essentials you may have forgotten about (like underwear) to fun items that would make great gifts (like JBL headphones), and everything in between. MORE FROM FORBES19 Amazon Prime Day Deals You Don't Want To Miss: Air Pods, Echo Dot, Instant Pot, Vitamix, Roomba & MoreBy Cory BaldwinHopefully by this point in Amazon Prime Day, you were able to purchase all the big-ticket items on your list your TVs and your furniture and your appliances. (No? Weve got some suggestions below.) You can shop those deals across all categories, of course, but if youre looking for Amazon Prime Day deals under $50, you still have some great options to sort through before the event ends. So whether youre sticking to a budget or looking for early holiday gifts, theres bound to be something that catches your eye. Under $50 Prime Day Deals You Dont Want to Miss Amazon New Balance Women's Fresh Foam Evare V1 Running Shoe, Black/Silver Metallic, 6 M US BUY FROM AMAZON Amazon Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Men's Signature Trucker Jacket BUY FROM AMAZON Amazon Skullcandy Indy XT True Wireless in-Ear Earbud - Black BUY FROM AMAZON Amazon Calvin Klein Men's Cotton Stretch Multipack Boxer Briefs BUY FROM AMAZON Amazon Herschel 10347-00001-OS Chapter Toiletry Kit, Black, Carry-On 3L BUY FROM AMAZON Amazon Rose Quartz Roller -- Muscle Relaxing and Relieve Fine Lines and Wrinkles BUY FROM AMAZON Amazon JBL CLIP 3 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black BUY FROM AMAZON Amazon Mario Badescu Spritz Mist and Glow Facial Spray Collection Trio, Lavender, Cucumber, Rose BUY FROM AMAZON Amazon Hieha Double Camping Hammock with Mosquito Net Tree Hammocks, Portable Travel Hiking Camping Hammocks for 2 Adults BUY FROM AMAZON Amazon MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301 - Wireless & Wi-Fi enabled Garage Hub with Smartphone Control, 1 Pack, Black BUY FROM AMAZON MORE FROM FORBES19 Amazon Prime Day Deals You Don't Want To Miss: Air Pods, Echo Dot, Instant Pot, Vitamix, Roomba & MoreBy Cory BaldwinMORE FROM FORBES12 Prime Day TV Deals With Huge Discounts: $400 Off Sony X900HBy Jon MartindaleMORE FROM FORBES7 Amazon Prime Day Golf Deals To Snag Before The Sale Ends At MidnightBy Don ReisingerMORE FROM FORBESGarmin Vivoactive 4 Now $150 Off + More Prime Day Fitness Equipment DealsBy Steven JohnMORE FROM FORBESThe Best Prime Day Appliance Deals Today: A $361 Portable Dishwasher, $55 Off NewAir Drinks Fridge & MoreBy Heather NewmanMORE FROM FORBESThe Best Prime Day Kitchen Deals: 40% Off Le Creuset, SodaStream, Calphalon & MoreBy Leah Koenig
Sorry, SpaceX. Watch This Week As NASA Pays $90 Million To Launch U.S. Astronaut On A Russian Rocket - Forbes
The final countdown?
A Soyuz spacecraft lifts-off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on its way to the ISS. (Photo by NASA/ Joel ... [+] Kowsky via Getty Images) NASA via Getty Images U.S. astronauts now fly to the International Space Station (ISS) from American soil, right? So why is a NASA astronaut about to blast-off to the ISS from Russia at a cost of over $90 million? Despite the success of Launch America back on May 30, 2020 when NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley journeyed to and from the ISS in SpaceX hardware during the historic SpaceX Crew Demo-2 mission, NASA astronaut Kate Rubin will this week leave Earth from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As I reported back in June, its the final part of an existing contract between NASA and the Russian space agency to send a US astronaut to the ISS aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. When is the next rocket launch to the ISS? Rubin is due to lift-off on Wednesday, October 14, at 1:45 a.m. EDT (10:45 a.m. Kazakhstan time) together with cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos. Their two-orbit, three-hour journey will begin their six-month mission on the ISS. Where to watch the rocket launch to the ISS You can tune-in to the launch online by visiting NASA TV on the space agencys website or NASA TV on YouTube: Why is NASA paying Russia $90 million to launch an astronaut when it now has SpaceX? NASA has been signing contracts with Russia to buy seats on Soyuz spacecraft since 2011 when the Shuttle was grounded. This is its last currently contracted seat, NASA confirmed to me last week. In fact, a contract modification in May 2020 procured one seat at a cost of $90,252,905.69. The cost covers training and preparation for launch, flight operations, landing and crew rescue services. So does this mean NASA had a Plan B while SpaceX was testing its Crew Dragon spacecraft last summer? NASA continues to have high confidence in our U.S. commercial crew partners for regular crew rotation, said NASA in an emailed statement to me. However, theres a refreshing lack of nationalism in what is, after all, an entirely global endeavor. As the U.S. commercial crew capability becomes operational, astronauts and cosmonauts should resume flying together on our respective spacecraft, consistent with past practice, reads the statement from NASA. Will Russian cosmonauts fly on NASA SpaceX missions? Almost certainlybecause its safer. A problem with a spacecraft in orbit may require the full crew of that spacecraft to return to Earth, reads the NASA statement. Flying mixed crews is mutually beneficial as it would increase the probability that both astronauts and cosmonauts will be on the space station to perform critical operations. NASA and Roscosmos are now discussing plans to ensure at least one U.S. and Russian crew member are aboard the ISS at any one time. So while the days of paying $90 million-per-seat are over for NASA, we can expect to see Russian cosmonauts on SpaceX missions and NASA astronauts on Soyuz missions. Going beyond Earth ... NASA What about the space toilet? While on the ISS, Rubin will be taking part in myriad science experiments, though one of her and the crews biggest jobs will be to test NASAs new space toilet. Taken up to the ISS earlier this month on a cargo resupply mission, the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) is a compact toilet with a Urine Transfer System that further automates waste management and storage. Smaller than the previous toilet, the UWMS is designed for more crew members and for future missions to the Moon and Mars. The astronauts will get to use the new space toilet, said a NASA spokesperson to me a few days ago. The intent is to fully test it out, and we need humans to do that. The SpaceX Crew-1 crew members (from left) NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike ... [+] Hopkins, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Soichi Noguchi. SpaceX When is the next SpaceX mission to the ISS? Rubins ride is not the final time a NASA astronaut will ride on Russian space hardware. On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagnerwho have been aboard the complex since April 9, 2020will depart the ISS in a Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft and land in Kazakhstan. In a mission now delayed until early-to-mid-November, NASAs SpaceX Crew-1 missionthe first scheduled private mission to the ISSwill take NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the ISS aboard SpaceXs Crew Dragon vehicle. Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.
COVID-19 Has Changed The Housing Market Forever. Here’s Where Americans Are Moving (And Why) - Forbes
COVID-19 has turned America's housing upside down. Now that the first wave of the pandemic is over, these towns, cities, and regions are booming. Here's why—and how— COVID's great migration is about transform American real estate for a generation
Amid all the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19 over the past six months, one thing is assured: the pandemic has re-ordered real estate markets across the board on an unprecedented scale. Some of this may be irreversible. Real estates re-sorting this time isnt just based on markets crashing (the Great Recession), political turmoil (the 1979 oil embargo), or financial speculation (the first and second dot.com busts)after which theres generally confidence that overall consumer demand and buyer preferences will sooner or later snap back to normal. COVID-19 has changed America's housing market forever. Realtors, investors, and politicians should ... [+] take notice getty Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, more deep-seeded, tectonic-sized questions beyond markets and interest rates are being asked this time around that no one really has the answers to yetlike will people feel safer living in the south and southwest where they can spend all year social distancing outside? What if companies let workers work remotely for the rest of their lives? Why go back to retail shopping when Im already ordering everything online? Whats the point of living downtown if half of the restaurants, bars, and museums never open back up? How these questions get answered will fundamentally re-order how Americans live in the new pandemic normal, and as a result will play a huge X-factor in which cities and states will experience growth, demand, and price appreciation over the next 3-5 years, and which ones will stagnate and lose out. More broadly for large metropolises like Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, the answers risk slowing or even reversing a wave of gentrification and wildly profitable downtown revitalization thats been accelerating since before the Great Recession. Crowded Washington, D.C. metro station. In the COVID age Americans are seeking less density, more ... [+] outdoors, lower taxes, and less regulation in the places they live and invest in real estate getty Against this backdrop, real estates new normal is also creating huge swathes of opportunity. Dozens of cities and counties that were once considered too small, too southern, too hot, too flat, or lacking in amenities, culture, or sophistication are now finding themselves being swooned to the top of the real estate desirability lists as Americans seek warmer, healthier, less dense, better educated, and more mobile places to live that offer closer access to the outdoors, better hospitals, and more open space with no clear end to the pandemic in sight. To get a better view on whats really happening to real estate in America right now I decided that it was time to do a deep dive into the actual data from the expertsincluding CoStar, Zillow, and Realtoron how COVID-19s great migration is actually shaking out and where the money and bodies are moving. Heres what I found out. Downtown Brickell Miami. Real estate platforms like Zillow and CoStar show Americans are moving ... [+] south and southwest towards warmer, healthier climates with lower taxes and fewer regulations getty No matter who I spoke with, a few words kept resurfacing as we lurch into the post-pandemic future: warmer, safer, smaller, stabler, lower taxes, less regulation, and fewer lockdowns. Regardless of where people come from or where theyre going, these things arent new on the list of what most Americans generally expect from the places they live, especially as they get older. (Northeasterners have been moving south and west for generations). The more interesting pandemic sub-text is the acceleration factorand how the places where Americans are moving in the midst of COVID-19 may finally be expressing a more fundamental preference for how they reallywantto live instead of where they haveto stay because of their job location or where their kids go to school. It also says a lot about where many Americans heads are right now, and more importantly, the specific criteria with which theyre considering making one of the most important next decisions of their lives in an era of unprecedented uncertainty. The repercussions of Americas great COVID migration has the potential to re-shuffle the essential demographic and economic balance of America for the next generation. Realtors, investors, and politicans should be paying attention. The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed America's real estate market forever getty By every metric, Americans are moving faster now than they were before the pandemic. Page-per-property views on real estate platforms like Realtor and Zillow are up over 50% year-over-year almost everywhere, inventory in Americas 100 top metro markets has been shrinking since March, along with days on market and the gap between list-to-sale price. A lot of real estate experts prefer the word despite when it comes to accounting for this phenomenon while the pandemics still raging, when its probably more accurately because of. Real estate markets have undergone noticeable shifts since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com tells me. In the wake of the lockdowns in March, Americans discovered that existing homes were not adequate for the new work, teach, exercise, cook and live at home reality. Based on realtor.com surveys of consumers, we learned that home shoppers are looking for more space, quieter neighborhoods, home offices, newer kitchens and access to the outdoors, traits which have revived a strong interest in the suburbs and smaller metro areas. Boston. Still rock solid when it comes to its real estate market even during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [+] The city's strong resilient economy based on tech, education, and healthcare is why getty The other clear trend since the COVID-19 pandemic began is that residential real estate is on a tear virtually everywhere. Previous recessions and economic shocks tended to pull some regions down while sparing or barnstorming others. This time, so far, every regions a winneras Americans put more stock in their quality of life, work, walkability, and community when it comes to where they root themselves next other than just the cables that previously tied them to their workplaces. The Northeast real estate market remains strong, despite all omens otherwise since New York City was the original epicenter of COVID-19 flight back in March, and the overall low-tax, lower regulation trends across the country that arent in the regions favor. According to realtor.coms most recent data, five of Americas hottest real estate markets are in New EnglandRochester, NY, Melrose, MA, Portland, ME, Hudson, NH, and Worcester, MAeach of which ranked in the top ten across more than three categories including lowest days on market, list-to-sale ratio, or page views per-property. Columbus, OH. Home to three of Zillow's hottest real estate market's during the COVID-19 pandemic in ... [+] 2020, including Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton. getty Data crunched by real estate platform Zillows research group paints a similar picture of strong regional growth across small cities as well suburbs within an hour of established major metro areas. I had Zillow look at the 100 largest metro areas based on five metricsmedian sale price, median list price, days to pending, share of listings with a price cut, and page viewsand grabbed the top and bottom seven in each one. At the top of Zillows list as of October 2020, three of Americas hottest real estate markets are in Ohio: Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton. Boise and Salt Lake City also made the list, along with Stamford, CT outside of New York City. Austin came in number one. Louisville, KY, Memphis, TN, Honolulu, and Des Moines, IA were at the bottom on Zillows aggregate list, though Zillows economists were quick to point out that in todays market that means less good. Even the coolest markets in America right now are generally performing well and tilted in favor of sellers, says Cheryl Young, senior economist at Zillow. Theres a lot of demand for housing right now and homes are typically selling quickly for prices above what we were seeing last year. It's also worth noting that the bottom performers for the most part arent decreasing. Theyre just increasing at a lower-than-average rate. The residential market is on fire right now in most of the country, so these coolest markets arent necessarily doing all that poorly. Why wouldn't you work here? getty Trends show Americans are also still moving where businesses move, despite the work-from-home trend accelerated by COVID-19. Even if Americans dont have to show up to the same office every day, the tax base, culture, vibrancy, hospitality backfill, and infrastructure (think school districts) that a thriving business and entrepreneurial community supports long-term is one of the essential underpinnings of a successful residential real estate market. From this perspective, COVID is accelerating demographic trends that were already in place before the pandemic, especially when it comes to businesses seeking places to expand that are pro-growth, low-tax, politically stable, and stacked with an educated work force in advanced degrees like engineering, math, technology, business, and law. Austin, Salt Lake City, Raleigh, Charlotte, Nashville, and San Jose all top the list in 2020 in this respect according to CoStar, with occupied office growth expected to exceed 10% over the next five years. Dallas, Miami, Phoenix, Atlanta, San Antonio, and Boston arent far behindall expected to grow by 8%+ as of Q3 2020 according to CoStar. Businesses will continue seeking low-cost alternatives to more expensive coastal markets COVID-19 or not, which has fueled growth in markets like Atlanta, Phoenix, or Dallas, though workers that might have once opted for downtown living have shown a preference for suburban locales in recent months, says Andrew Rybczynski, Managing Consultant at CoStar. Smaller, well-educated markets with similar structural advantages, like Raleigh, Charlotte, or Austin also qualify, especially because of their attractive workforces. While COVID and the recession it caused will hurt business growth and office absorption, we expect the structural advantages of many southern and southwestern markets to continue through foreseeable future. Atlanta has been preparing for growth for decades. It's time may finally be coming getty When Rybczynski refers to structural advantages, what he means is governance. Using a simple measure of tax burden, CoStar correlates a rough relationship between lower taxes, pro-business governance, faster growth, and increased in-migrationall of which are currently skewing towards American metro areas with local and state governments that are willing to keep regulations and business costs low in exchange for job growth and economic opportunity. For what its worth, these structural advantages also skew politically. 10 of 12 of Americas cities forecasted to experience the fastest growth in occupied office space according to CoStar over the next five years have Republican Governors, Legislatures, and Mayors. Nine of the top 15 cities where businesses are relocating and mopping up office space are in three states that predominantly lean RepublicanTexas (4), Florida (3), and North Carolina (2)including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Raleigh, and Charlotte respectively. Ogden is the county seat of Weber County, Utah outside of Salt Lake City and one of Zillow's hottest ... [+] real estate markets in the country during the pandemic. Do you need to ask why? getty At the same time, however, Americans and its companies are not always moving in the same direction, suggesting a de-coupling of one of the most fundamental drivers of American migration for generationsnamely people living near where they work. In some instances theres overlap, like Austin, Raleigh, Columbus, and Salt Lake City. But overall Americans appear to be moving during the pandemic for more personal reasons than being simply motivated by employment or corporate relocation. The hottest housing markets in the new landscape are cities which offer desirable amenitieslarger homes, leafy neighborhoods, access to the outdoors, walkability and proximity to grocery storesin a more affordable package, says realtor.coms Ratiu. Home buyers still want to be within commuting distance of large employment centers, but with the prevalence of remote work, they are willing to extend the distance from urban downtowns. In addition to the five Northeastern locations on the top of realtor.coms hottest real estate markets to watch list right now, Colorado Springs, CO, Columbus, OH, Topeka, KS, Springfield, VA, and Raleigh, NC also ranked in the platforms top ten in at least three criteria for precisely these more emotional reasons, say Ratiu. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic America's next generation of homebuyers is searching for something ... [+] new and different getty The current housing market is driven by several noteworthy factors. First, Americas demographics are skewing younger as the Millennial generationthe largest in U.S. historyis finally embracing home ownership. Second, the technological promise of the mid-1990s of freeing workers from their desks has come of age in 2020, as the coronavirus-induced quarantine has forced employers to rely on workers working-from-home. Americans have been resoundingly successful at navigating this transition, and in the process, discovered the benefits of shorter commutes and the flexibility of being able to work from anywhere. In turn, this has shifted consumer preferences for housing, driving the transition into suburbs, smaller cities, second-home destinations and even rural areas. Third, riding in the wake of a decades worth of home price appreciation which has outpaced income growth, many Americans are seeking affordability again, leading many buyers into suburban neighborhoods and away from high-cost, high-density urban downtowns. Whos notably absent from all the data? Not a single city in California or the Pacific Northwest ranked anywhere near the top of anyones Best Of lists in terms of where Americans are moving, which suggests that the effects of COVIDs first flight from coastal cities last March may be fossilizing permanently. New York City, Long Island, northern New Jersey, Honolulu, Chicago, and Philadelphia were also conspicuously in the basement, reinforcing Americas net emotional migration away from high-priced real estate markets as well as high-tax, high-lockdown urban locations. So whats the bottom line? Keep your bathing suit and laptop ready to pack. The longer COVID-19 continues to push Americans into the new normal, the more of us will be moving south and west, working by the pool. Sometimes its worth just rolling with the data.
Twilio Set To Acquire Cloud Customer Data Startup Segment For $3.2 Billion - Forbes
With cloud companies booming during the pandemic, one of the category’s recent public-company success stories is set to make a splash by spending billions to acquire one of its up-and-comers.
Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson, seen here speaking at Web Summit in 2015, is set to make his second major acquisition in the past two years by acquiring Segment for $3.2 billion Corbis/Sportsfile via Getty Images With cloud companies booming during the pandemic, one of the categorys recent public-company success stories is set to make a splash by spending billions to acquire one of its up-and-comers. Cloud communications business Twilio has agreed to acquire customer data infrastructure company Segment for $3.2 billion, two sources tells Forbes. The deal which was not yet finalized as of Friday afternoon, is expected to be at least partially based on Twilio stock. Segment and its CEO Peter Reinhardt didnt respond to requests for comment. A Twilio spokesperson said the company couldnt comment on any rumors or speculation. Twilio, which trades at a market capitalization of more than $45 billion, went public in June 2016 on the strength of communications infrastructure that allows businesses to reach their customers through text messages, voice and video calls. The company counts the likes of the American Red Cross, delivery unicorn Deliveroo and bank ING as customers. A fellow San Francisco-based company, Segment was founded in 2012 and appeared at No. 26 on this years Cloud 100 list of the worlds leading private cloud companies. The company had most recently raised $175 million in a Series D round led by Accel and GV announced in April 2019 at a reported $1.5 billion valuation. Accel did not respond to requests for comment. A GV spokesperson said the firm wouldnt comment on rumors or speculation. Segment had been known to be open to acquisition offers recently, a third source told Forbes. The company, which appears to have been one of Covid-19s technology winners, has obvious overlap with Twilio through its software tools, which also help clients connect with their customer base. Segment said in September it worked with more than 20,000 businesses including Intuit, FOX and Levis, employing more than 550 people. Segment counts four cofounders: Reinhardt, Ian Storm Taylor, Calvin French-Owen and Ilya Volodarsky, the companys president. Other investors besides Accel and GV include startup accelerator Y Combinator, in which Segment participated in 2011, Thrive Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Meritech Capital Partners. Segment had raised more than $283 million to date, per industry data provider PitchBook. The acquisition comes almost two years to the date after Twilio announced it would acquire API provider SendGrid for $2 billion in stock. By the time the deal closed in January 2019, with the help of a fateful breakfast burrito, that value was about $3 billion. Twilio shares are up about 146% since then, as Twilio has proven a strong performer on the public markets. Segment insiders set to receive Twilio shares might hope for a repeat of that history. Additional reporting by David Jeans.
Amazon Prime Day 2020: Everything We Know About Prime Day Deals So Far - Forbes
Bookmark this page for all the best Amazon Prime Day deals, now through the end of Prime Day 2020.
Amazon Prime Day, the two-day sale event which has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year, is now less than a week away. Officially starting at midnight PST on Tuesday, October 13, and running through the end of the day on Wednesday, October 14, this years Prime Day is shaping up to be bigger than ever kicking off the autumn sales frenzy weeks before Black Friday and tempting Amazon Prime members to get their holiday shopping done early this year. While some of the most exciting deals wont be live until October 13, Amazon has already launched several pre-Prime Day deals, with certain discounts up as early as last Monday. If the early deals are any indication of whats to come, you can expect a great mix of devices, smart home products, furniture deals, fashion finds, and more. To help you keep track of it all, were highlighting all the early Prime Day deals we know about below. (For an easy way to stay in the loop, bookmark this page and subscribe to the Forbes Shopping newsletter; well keep updating this list every day as new discounts are announced.) Weve also pulled together an FAQ that answers everything youve ever wanted to know about Amazon Prime Day 2020, from exactly when Prime Day starts and how it works to who is eligible for Prime Day deals. And for even more Prime Day advice, see our tips on how to get the best deals and discounts during the holiday. The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals You Can Shop Now The retailer wasted no time in revealing pre-Prime day deals, with multiple exclusive discounts announced as early as last week: Several other deals are being promoted as part of the Prime Day hub, such as 30% off smart home products and 20% off select furniture, but you dont have to be a member to take advantage of the savings. Additional exclusive deals are expected in coming days, with some of the most exciting discounts slated for October 13. What are the best early Prime Day Deals? Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa Amazons most popular smart speaker with a fabric design, the Echo Dot streams music and podcasts, places calls and can control other compatible smart home devices all in one. And right now everyone can save 20% on an Echo Dot for their home. All-New Toshiba 43LF621U21 43-inch Smart 4K UHD with Dolby Vision - Fire TV Edition, Released 2020 Amazon All-New Toshiba 43LF621U21 43-inch Smart 4K UHD with Dolby Vision - Fire TV Edition, Released 2020 BUY FROM AMAZON Stream movies and TV shows and access tens of thousands of channels, apps and Alexa skills with this 43-inch 4K Toshiba Smart TV. Right now, everyone can get it for $100 off, plus free shipping. Fire TV Recast Amazon Fire TV Recast, over-the-air DVR, 500 GB, 75 hours, DVR for cord cutters BUY FROM AMAZON Enjoy live TV or stream your favorite programming with the Fire TV Recast, which can record up to two shows at once and is compatible with any Alexa-enabled device for easy voice control. Prime members can get one now for just $130. BASE CAMP M Plus Dust Face Cover 3 Pack With six filtration layers, adjustable ear loops and one-way valves for exhalation, these protective mesh masks are comfortable and breathable. And everyone can get the three pack on sale for just $33. Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Amazon Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with Max Power Suction BUY FROM AMAZON This DEEBOT robot vacuum now $50 off for everyone will sweep, lift and vacuum to clean the entire floor, and is voice-enabled with your Alexa or Google Home Assistant. All-New Insignia NS-50DF710NA21 50-inch Smart 4K UHD - Fire TV Edition, Released 2020 Amazon All-New Insignia NS-50DF710NA21 50-inch Smart 4K UHD - Fire TV Edition, Released 2020 BUY FROM AMAZON Another excellent Smart TV option, this 50-inch Insignia has Fire TV, is Alexa-enabled and is now $50 off for everyone. Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Elite This Ring Video Doorbell Elite offers everything you could want in a home security system, including two-way talk, visitor alerts and advanced motion detection. Now, Prime members can get it for $100 off. DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool (DCK240C2) Amazon DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool (DCK240C2) BUY FROM AMAZON Everyone can save $40 on this powerful drill combo kit from the pros at Dewalt. With one drill/driver, one impact driver, two battery packs and a kit bag, its great for professional and home use. Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones Amazon Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones BUY FROM AMAZON At $100 off (for everyone), these wireless noise cancelling over-ear headphones from Beats are a steal and would make an excellent holiday gift. Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 VF Instant Film Cameras, Mint (9007) Amazon Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 VF Instant Film Cameras, Mint (9007) BUY FROM AMAZON Everyone can save $45 on this classic Polaroid camera, an updated take on the instant film original. Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Pro Amazon Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Pro, with HD Video, Motion Activated Alerts, Easy Installation BUY FROM AMAZON With Prime access, members can save $60 on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which allows you to check in on your home from anywhere with the Ring app. Certified Refurbished Kindle Amazon Certified Refurbished Kindle - Now with a Built-in Front Light - Black - Includes Special Offers BUY FROM AMAZON Prime members can save $30 on this refurbished Kindle, which makes reading ebooks, newspapers and magazines and listening to audiobooks easier than ever. Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link, Smart Home WiFi Outlet These handy smart plugs allow you to control your outlets with the Kasa app or with your Alexa or Google Home Assistant and theyre nearly half off for everyone right now. All-New Toshiba 32LF221U21 32-inch Smart HD 720p TV - Fire TV Edition, Released 2020 Amazon All-New Toshiba 32LF221U21 32-inch Smart HD 720p TV - Fire TV Edition, Released 2020 BUY FROM AMAZON With voice remote control with Alex, access to all streaming services and live TV with Fire TV, this 32-inch TV is a great deal at just $120. But it wont last for long, so Prime members should snag one while supplies last. Blink Mini See, hear, and speak to people and pets in your home on your smartphone with Blink Minis live view and two-way audio features. Now, Prime members can get one for $25, two for $50, or get an Echo Show 5 and a Blink Mini for just $55. Echo Show 5 Connect to friends and family, listen to podcasts or music, watch TV shows, movies or the news and control your smart home with this Echo Show 5, now 50% off for Prime members. Certified Refurbished Ring Spotlight Cam Wired See, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC with the Ring Spotlight Camera, now $10 off for everyone. WEme USB C 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Dock Docking Station Amazon WEme USB C 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Dock Docking Station BUY FROM AMAZON This external hard drive docking station is suitable for data recovery, easily lets you duplicate hard drives and connects to your computer to expand storage capacity and right now its 20% off for everyone. Certified Refurbished Echo Show (2nd Gen) Watch movies, shows, music videos or live TV and access your calendar, to-do lists and your favorite playlists with your new Echo Show, now $80 off for Prime members. Certified Refurbished Echo Plus With premium speakers and a built-in Zigbee hub to easily set up and control all your smart home devices, this Echo Plus is a whopping half off for Prime members. Echo Auto Get hands-free Alexa in your car with your phone with an Echo Auto. Prime members save $30 on and get six months of free Amazon Music Unlimited for just $20. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel - Dry-Erase Board, Chalkboard, Paper Roller Amazon Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel - Dry-Erase Board, Chalkboard, Paper Roller BUY FROM AMAZON Everyone can save 20% on this cute and useful multipurpose easel thats great for at-home schooling and playtime alike. Modway Promenade Industrial Modern Aluminum Backless Bistro Bar Stool Amazon Modway Promenade Industrial Modern Aluminum Backless Bistro Bar Stool with Bamboo Seat in Brown BUY FROM AMAZON On sale for just $85, these modern industrial bistro bar stools would be a great addition to any counter top or drafting table. What is Amazon Prime Day and how does it work? The two-day sale event Amazon Prime Day is Amazons biggest sale of the year. Originally launched in 2015 as a one-day sale to celebrate the online retailers 20th anniversary, Prime Day has evolved into an annual two-day event. During the sale, Amazon Prime members have access to limited-time offers on thousands of top products across categories. When is Amazon Prime Day 2020? Amazon Prime Day starts on October 13 and runs through October 14. When does Amazon Prime Day 2020 start? Amazon Prime Day starts at 12 a.m. PT on Tuesday, October 13 and goes until midnight PT on Wednesday, October 14. When does Prime Day end? This year Amazon Prime Day ends at 11:59 PT on Wednesday, October 14. Why was Amazon Prime Day 2020 Postponed? Originally scheduled for July, Amazon Prime Day was postponed this year due to COVID-19 and its effect on supply chains. What is on sale for Amazon Prime Day? In addition to the products listed above, thousands of products across all categories will be on sale for Amazon Prime Day, including but not limited to toys, electronics, fashion, home, furniture and more. Weve gotten a sneak peak at some of the deals, and there are many items that have been best-sellers all year. Do you need a Prime account for Prime Day? Yes, you need to be an Amazon Prime member in order to take advantage of the exclusive Prime discounts that will run now through the end of the holiday. How do I become an Amazon Prime member? You can become an Amazon Prime member by signing up here. Amazon Prime membership costs $119 for the year or $12.99 per month, and every membership starts with a free 30-day trial. Certain people may be eligible for discounted membership, which you can read about in our post on how to sign up for Amazon Prime membership. What is the best Amazon Prime Day Deal right now? While the best Prime Day deal might be in the eye of the beholder, the biggest discount available currently is 60% off the Echo Auto. The highest dollar amount you can save is $100 off, available for several of the deals listed above. Even more Forbes coverage on Amazon Prime Day MORE FROM FORBESEarly Amazon Prime Day Deals You Can Shop Right NowBy Joanna SciarrinoMORE FROM FORBESHow To Sign Up For Amazon Prime In Time For Prime Day 2020By Joanna Sciarrino
CDC Acknowledges Airborne Transmission Of Coronavirus After Deleting Guidance - Forbes
Scientists have said the guidance is crucial because cloth masks can’t protect someone from aerosols.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines Monday to say coronavirus can spread from airborne transmission over a distance greater than six feet, and from exposure to tiny droplets and particles known as aerosols that can remain in the air for minutes or even hours, after deleting a similar notice last month, saying a draft was posted in error. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield speaks about coronavirus ... [+] response efforts at a Senate hearing on Sept. 16. Getty Images Key Facts The CDC website says there is now evidence people with Covid-19 have infected people who were more than 6 feet away and that airborne transmission has occurred in enclosed spaces with inadequate ventilation. Scientists believe the number of infectious droplets or particles produced by someone with Covid-19 become concentrated enough to spread the virus to people in the room at the same time or shortly after, according to the CDC. Similarly, the CDC guidance deleted last month said there was growing evidence aerosols could travel more than 6 feet and infect someone. At the time, CDC officials told the Washington Postit was removed because it had not been reviewed yet and there was concern people would think airborne transmission is the primary way the virus spreads. The CDC previously said the virus was transmitted through large respiratory droplets, often emitted from coughing or sneezing, at close range. The CDC now says Covid-19 is most often transmitted through close contact, but can sometimes spread through airborne transmission and less frequently through contact with contaminated surfaces. Key Background In July, 239 scientists urged doctors and public health entities such as the World Health Organization and CDC to recognize that coronavirus can spread through airborne transmission. They said studies conducted by the signees and additional scientists demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that the virus can spread from microdroplets released when an infected person exhales, talks or coughs. The scientists noted airborne transmission poses an additional risk in poorly ventilated rooms. The World Health Organization publicly recognized airborne transmission in July. Tangent The CDC has reversed multiple guidelines since the start of the pandemic, including if people should wear masks and its asymptomatic testing guidelines. Further Reading CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month (Washington Post) CDC Suddenly Deletes Coronavirus Aerosol Transmission Guidance (Forbes) The CDC Reverses Coronavirus Testing Guidance Again Following Widespread Criticism (Forbes) Full coverage and live updates on the Coronavirus
‘Tenet’ And ‘Hocus Pocus’ Top Embarrassingly Small U.S. Box Office - Forbes
The good news is that Chris Nolan’s Tenet has passed $300 million at the worldwide box office. The good news ends there.
'Tenet' Warner Bros. The good news is that Chris Nolans Tenet has passed $300 million at the worldwide box office. The good news ends there. The good news is that Chris Nolans Tenet has passed $300 million at the worldwide box office. It earned $14.7 million overseas and $2.7 million domestic for a new $45.1 million domestic and $307 million worldwide cume. The Chris Nolan flick topped the domestic box office, entirely by default, for the fifth-straight weekend. It earned the lowest top-ranked release since A Fish Called Wanda and Die Hard both earned around $2.55 million over their respective tenth weekends of release in September of 1988. Presuming it dips below $2.3 million next weekend (which it almost certainly will with Regal theaters closing soon), itll have the lowest chart-topping weekend since Amityville 3-Ds $2.366 million debut weekend in November of 1983. Thats assuming Robert De Niros The War with Grandpa doesnt score a chart-topping debut next weekend, although Im guessing Liam Neesons Honest Thief can do the job on October 16 (along with opener 2 Hearts). Tenet has surpassed Sonic the Hedgehog ($306.7 million) to become this years third-biggest grossing movie, behind Bad Boys for Life ($430 million) and The Eight-Hundred ($445 million-and-counting). Yes, its the highest-grossing Hollywood flick since Bad Boys 3, and at this rate it may maintain that arbitrary distinction (while the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence sequel remains tops domestically with $204 million) for the rest of the year. It is eight place, between Onward ($61 million) and The Gentlemen ($36 million) in domestic earnings for 2020. The story is the same: The John David Washington/Robert Pattinson actioner is doing okay, especially for a concept-and-director-driven original with good (but not superlative) reviews, overseas while it cant compete domestically sans New York and California. The tragedy is that the theaters that opened in late August in anticipation of both Tenet and what was supposed to be a semi-steady stream of big movies for the rest of the year are now in real peril as those presumed biggies (Black Widow, The Kings Man, Candyman, No Time to Die, etc.) have fled to 2021. With Cineworld shutting down its global locations (including Regal) until 2021, I cant imagine Wonder Woman 1984 sticks with its Christmas Day release. I cant imagine Warner Bros. wants to again play the sacrificial lamb for a domestic theatrical marketplace that cant justify a mega-budget movie, especially one like Wonder Woman 1984 which was banking on skewing comparatively domestic. Wonder Woman earned $412.5 million out of $821 million in North America. They released Tenet in August and September, and American audiences didnt show up, which in turn led everyone else to seek safer waters. Thats horrible news for theaters that opened late this summer, especially in markets that could handle big movies due to successful Covid containment. Good intentions (and a lack of governmental action) notwithstanding, the underperformance of Tenet, meant to help theaters get back on their feet until the next round of biggies opened in October and November,backfired. In box office news that isnt about Tenet (or China), the second-place movie at the domestic box office this weekend was Walt Disneys DIS rerelease of Hocus Pocus. The 27-year-old PG-rated horror comedy, released to poor reviews and poor box office ($40 million on a $25 million budget), has become a generational cult favorite among those young enough to have seen it at appropriately impressionable ages. Seasonal television airings on ABC Family and The Disney Channel over the last two decades have given it a new lease on life. The Kenny Ortega-directed flick, about a trio of centuries-dead witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) who come back to menace small town America on Halloween night, earning $1.925 million in 2,570 theaters. Well see if the film will have anything resembling staying power over the month of October, as its currently available to stream on Disney+ and will surely air on TV many a time in the next 28 days. Nonetheless, with $1.925 million in three days, itll certainly top The Empire Strikes Back next weekend to become the years biggest Hollywood reissue. The Empire Strikes Back, which was the top new release last weekend, earned $335,000 this weekend, a drop of 63% from its $908,000 debut last weekend on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. That brings is 2020 total to $2.27 million. Meanwhile, The New Mutants earned another $1 million (-14%) in its sixth weekend to bring its cume to $20.94 million domestic and $41 million worldwide. Mulan earned another $1.1 million overseas for a $66 million theatrical cume. That includes $40.6 million in China, which is about what My People, My Homeland earned on its opening day. Solstice Studios Unhinged earned another $870,000 (-10%) in its eighth weekend for an $18.4 million domestic cume. The road-rage thriller has earned, counting its $601,032 Canadian debut just prior to its American launch, 3.99x its $4.6 million opening weekend. In normal times, that would be an excellent multiplier. And truth be told, Unhinged is arguably playing about as well as could be otherwise expected for an R-rated, original, adult-skewing Russell Crowe star+concept studio programmer. I imagine itll be popular when it comes to PVOD, EST and DVD.