ECOVACS ROBOTICS Sets a New Standard in Household Cleaning Robotics with Artificial Intelligence

ECOVACS ROBOTICS, a leader in smart cleaning robots, revealed its latest innovation in floor cleaning, ECOVACS AIVI™ (Artificial Intelligence and Visual Interpretation), at IFA 2018 in Berlin. AI-powered vision technology recognizes and avoids obstacles during self-directed floor cleaning.

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Su Gologone Hotel, of Sardinia, Italy, Introduces Su Gologone Style® Home Styling and Outdoor Decor

Owner of Sardinia’s Su Gologone exquisite hotel, Mrs. Giovanna Palimodde, art collector and painter, proudly introduces Su Gologone Style,® a new lifestyle brand of cushions, tapestries and ceramics dedicated to home-décor lovers and inspired by Sardinia’s genuine traditions.

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Haute Home: The Brand Best Equipped to Become the Smart Home King

Sixteen years after the Disney Channel released the spooky, made-for-TV movie “Smart House,” the film now seems positively prophetic. Complete with voice commands, temperature control and a pleasant, Siri-like response system, Disney nailed several of the next decade’s tech breakthroughs. It’s as if the filmmakers knew we’d get Nest, Google Now and Apple TV in just a few short years.

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Lladró Presents Niagara Chandelier Gold

Lladró, the world renowned Spanish porcelain company, presents Niagara Chandelier-Gold, a new version of spectacular Niagara chandelier decorated with golden luster. Over 100 handmade porcelain fairies flutter around this lamp with a diameter of 1.1 meters (31 1/2").

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Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale Coming to Santa Barbara

The Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale will be held January 23 to 25 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds,Santa Barbara,CA (Hwy 101 at Las Positas). The grounds will be filled to the rafters with beautiful antiques and unique decorative pieces brought to Santa Barbara by dealers from all over the west coast. 

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Helpful Hints For The Procrastinating Gardener

Oh woe is me, the plans I had, the desires, the ultimate idea, to show those pesky neighbors, the ones who look down their nose at my yard. The ones, who laughed at my attempts to grow grass, bloom a rose bush and my innovative ideas for lawn care.

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Spring, if You’re Reading This… Can You Visit Soon

As I look outside my window, to see a whole city covered in a blanket of snow, I’m reminded of Bing Crosby, Christmas carols and all things holiday. Yet, the presents under the tree have been opened for some time now, the ornaments gone, and lights properly put away. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter, being from Colorado; I love skiing down the slopes of Breckenridge and walking in my snow-boots to Starbucks. I love everything from the first frost to the last flake falling.

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The Long Last Days of Summer - Family Style

With summer shortly coming to a close, friends and family cling to the shore to soak up the last rays and swap stories that only the season can provide. There isn’t much left to cross off on the lists we’ve made in May. Painted the mudroom; check. Gone to a baseball game; check. Spent hours at the beach; double check. In this, I find comfort.

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The Sound of Summer

Despite setting my alarm clock every evening, what wakes me isn't the buzzing of some mechanical gadget, but rather the vigilant woodpecker dedicated to his craft right outside my window.

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  • U.S. Air Force Helicopter Crashes in Okinawa

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    A United States Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter, carrying four servicemen, crashed into the mountains of Okinawa, Japan, killing one and injuring the others. The cause is still unknown.

     
  • Sex and the Serial Killer Review - Unsubstantiated Account Makes for an Interesting Read

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    Sex and the Serial Killer, an unsubstantiated autobiographical account of William Steel's, life and times with Robert Durst, who is currently awaiting trial for the murder of Beverly Hills writer Susan Berman and has admitted to murdering others.

     
  • CNBC Investigates: Inside Home Depot’s Efforts to Stop Professional Shoplifters

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    Organized retail crime costs retailers nearly $778,000 per $1 billion in sales in 2018, an all-time high, according to a National Retail Federation survey. In the past three quarters, Home Depot reported that an increase in "shrink" hurt its financial results.

     
  • US Markets Tumble; Asian Indices Rebound; World Markets Sharply Divided

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    The Dow Jones Industrial took a hit this week falling sharply after several major U.S. Retailers announced lower than expected second quarter earnings, sending skittish  investors into a selling spree and ending an impressive run.

     
  • Capella Pedregal’s Tortuguitas Kids Club: Creating Vacation Legacies Through Cuisine, Art And Distinctive First-Time Children’s Experiences

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    Capella Pedregal's Tortuguitas ("Little Turtles") Kids Club aims to deliver such an experience and offers a variety of activities and experiences for children of all ages to enjoy while parents can rest easy, soaking in all that Capella has to offer – activities for 'tweens and teens are also available.

     
  • Marco Polo Review – Intoxicating, Passionate, An Epic Masterpiece

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    "Marco Polo," the newest miniseries produced by The Weinstein Company and Netflix debuts in its entirety, immediately captures and seduces with the ancient lands of China, the Kublai Khan dynasty its imagery, mystery, exotic arts and allure.

     
  • HL Travel: Five Amazing Luxury Adventures You Can Have in Greece

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    There are few places in southeastern Europe with as rich a history and culture as Greece. History buffs and those who enjoy sightseeing will find a huge number of landmarks and artifacts from the Parthenon to the Temple of Hephaestus.

     
  • Money News: Top Global Markets Close Down; Shanghai Rallies

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    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, fell to the bear and closed the trading week down with stinging triple digit losses as the Wall Street mauling carried over into the top ten global markets with records highs and strong performances erased across the European and Asian Markets.

     
  • The Irishman Review – Four Stars, The Best Picture of The Year

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    The Irishman, a Netflix original film, presents the story of mob hit man Frank Sheeran, and his rise from hustling truck driver to Teamster's Union enforcer and Jimmy Hoffa confident and Number two man in the Bufalino crime family.

     
  • Celebrity Interview - Director Crystal Moselle Talks on Skate Kitchen, Making the Doc Switch, and Life

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    Skate Kitchen Director Crystal Moselle, who is garnering rave reviews for her first narrative feature, sat down with the folks at Magnolia Pictures for a in-depth interview on the making of the film, Jaden Smith and life.

     
  • World News: Tunisia, Disappointed Hopes

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    A country spoiled by hopes born of the Arab Spring of 2011, Tunisia is attracting the interest of European capitals in more than one way. As destabilized, one of the ramparts against radical Islamism would break. Let me explain.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama, Trump Meet; Election Protests; Transition Shock; Cyber Attack; Paris; New Zealand; Hillary

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    President Obama, as per protocol, made a congratulatory telephone call and agreed to meet with President Elect Trump in the Oval office. The meeting, visually uneasy, was void of fanfare and limited to the mandates critical to the transition of power.

     
  • Business News: Bumblebee and Blockchain Offers Consumers Traceability Service

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    SAP SE and Bumble Bee Foods, North America's largest shelf-stable seafood company, announced Bumble Bee Foods is using the SAP® Cloud Platform Blockchain service to trace the journey of yellowfin tuna from the Indonesian ocean to the dinner table.

     
  • Gift Giving: MyFairyTaleBooks Expands to Offer Custom Kids’ Gifts Galore

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    March is National Reading Awareness Month, a time when literacy issues are addressed as substantial, when reading issues come to the forefront and everyone is encouraged to pick their favorite book and for the love, and value, read.  

  • The Gentlemen Review – Solid, Gritty, A Mix of Chaos, Crime and Civility

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    The Gentleman, from Miramax and STX Films, presents a contemporary tale of corporate greed as a hostile takeover of the UK’s Cannabis Kingpin’s business brings out the worst in everyone who decides the profit margin is worth the risk.