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    True Detective season 3

    • Television-tracking app TV Time provided a list of the most anticipated returning shows of 2019.
    • The list includes HBO's "True Detective" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," now at NBC.

     

    It's been nearly 4 years since the second season of HBO's "True Detective" aired, and fans of the anthology crime drama are eager for its upcoming new season starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. 

    There are a lot of new shows to look forward to in 2019, but there are also plenty of returning shows coming that audiences are excited for. To determine the most anticipated returning series of 2019, we turned to television-tracking app TV Time, which ranked the most followed shows based on its over 13 million global users.

    The anticipated shows included "Cosmos," the final seasons of "Gotham" and "A Series of Unfortunate Events," and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," now on NBC after Fox canceled it earlier this year.

    Below are the eight most anticipated returning TV shows of 2019:

    SEE ALSO: The 8 most-anticipated new TV shows of 2019, from Netflix to networks

    8. "Friends From College" (Netflix)

    Season 2 premieres January 11.

    Description:"Twenty years after graduation, a tight-knit group of college friends reconnects and discovers that love hasn't gotten easier with age."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 24%

    What critics said:"The show's biggest crime is that it overestimates its audience's tolerance for watching people screw up."— Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic



    7. "Cosmos" (Fox)

    Season 3 ("Possible Worlds") premieres March 3.

    Description:"Continuing the legacy of its predecessors, COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS will translate the revelations of science into a lavishly transporting experience, taking audiences on a series of spiritual voyages of exploration."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2 — "A Spacetime Odyssey"): N/A

    What critics said:"Tonally the show strikes just the right balance between education and inspiration. The science explored in the opening episode isn’t anything teenaged astronomy fans wouldn’t already be aware of, but the show doesn’t talk down to the viewer. That said, those already familiar with the antics of Dr. Tyson may feel like they’re getting a watered-down version of the real thing."— Bryan Bishop, The Verge



    6. "The Blacklist" (NBC)

    Season 6 premieres January 3.

    Description:"Following the startling revelation that Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) isn't who he says he is, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is torn between the relationship she's developed with the man assumed to be her father and her desire to get to the bottom of years of secrets and lies." 

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 5): 100%

    What critics said:"The Blacklist has returned for its 5th season, and finally, the paternal cat is out of the convoluted, hole-riddled, sphinx-guarded parentage-bag...and everything is surprisingly chummy post-reveal!"— Jodi Walker, Entertainment Weekly



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    Entertainment Weekly Aquaman stars

    • In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, "Aquaman" star Jason Momoa said that it was difficult to use the bathroom while wearing his scaly underwater suit.  
    • "It looks like it's easy to pee in that, but really it's not," he said. "If you have the poopsies, it is very challenging."

    Jason Momoa had a hard time using the bathroom in his "Aquaman"suit, and in the process we have learned that he has an interesting word for "poop." 

    In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Momoa and "Aquaman" co-star Amber heard discussed what it was like wearing their tight, detailed, costumes, and Heard went over the process of getting into them.

    "If you have the poopsies, it is very challenging," Momoa said of his suit. 

    Heard's complexities with the costume involved getting into it. She said she had to get "vacuum sealed" into the scaly green suit.

    aquaman amber heard

    Read more: Here's how to see "Aquaman" a week before it comes out

    “It’s a whole other level of functional art,” Heard said. “They’re so intricate. You have to move in it, you have to breathe in it, you have to live in it.”

    “It looks like it’s easy to pee in that,” Momoa jumped in, pointing to his suit. “But really it’s not. And if you have the poopsies, it is very challenging. You’ve gotta be really good at holding it. So, some of those little fun facts you might want to know. That's definitely one of the challenges," he said. 

    "Try wearing a corset," added Heard.

    "Aquaman" hits theaters December 21.

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    roosevelt island

    • Roosevelt Island is one of New York City's best-kept secrets.
    • The narrow, two-mile island between Manhattan and Queens used to house a notorious insane asylum and smallpox hospital, but now it's a peaceful getaway from hectic city life.
    • Highlights of Roosevelt Island include a serene park with gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline, the cutting-edge Cornell Tech campus, and an aerial tram that goes 250 feet above the city.

    Roosevelt Island is one of New York City's hidden gems.

    The tiny island in the East River is technically a part of Manhattan, but spend one minute on the narrow sliver of land and you'll feel like you're a world away from the bustling city. 

    Once home to a notorious insane asylum, a prison, and an abandoned smallpox hospital, Roosevelt Island now boasts idyllic green spaces and gorgeous views of the city from perspectives most visitors never see.

    The streets are blissfully quiet and mostly free of cars and pedestrians, providing residents and visitors with a much-needed change of pace from city life. It's no surprise why one local spokesman called Roosevelt Island "an oasis in the metropolis."

    I visited Roosevelt Island on a chilly autumn day and learned exactly why the neighborhood is considered one of New York's best-kept secrets.

    Here's what it's like on Roosevelt Island:

    SEE ALSO: I visited a secluded park on top of a garage in downtown Manhattan, and it's clear why the hideaway is one of New York's best-kept secrets

    DON'T MISS: 13 places to visit in January for every type of traveler

    Roosevelt Island is considered one of New York's best-kept secrets. Many New Yorkers may have heard of it, but not many could point it out on a map, and fewer have been there themselves.



    The narrow island, nestled in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, is just two miles long and 800 feet wide.



    The island offers views of the Manhattan skyline and the Upper East Side from angles most New Yorkers haven't seen.



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    Tim Cook sad unhappy

    • Apple stock is on pace to have its worst month since 2008, dropping 21% and wiping out over $200 billion in value. 
    • In fact, it lost its crown as the most valuable U.S. company to Microsoft this week.
    • Here's why investors have been so negative on Apple lately. 

    Apple stock is having a terrible month.

    Although it's still up just under 3% on the year, it's been deeply slumping since November 1, dropping 21% during this month, wiping out over $200 billion in value. That was when Apple said that it would no longer reveal how many iPhones it sells in a given quarter, leading analysts to speculate that unit sales were going to start trending downwards. 

    That's been a big contributor to the rout. In fact, Apple has now lost its crown as the most valuable U.S. company — to Microsoft! The company that was once the first $1 trillion publicly traded company is now not even the most valuable company.

    When markets opened on Wednesday morning, Apple's market cap was at $833 billion. Microsoft's was slightly higher at $838 billion, according to Bloomberg data. 

    Ultimately, it's all shaping up to be Apple's worst month since 2008, during the financial crisis. 

    There are a lot of reasons why Apple is in a slump. Let's break them down: 

    SEE ALSO: The last time Microsoft was more valuable than Apple, the Zune was still taking on the iPod

    1. The global smartphone market is slumping and shrinking, with only a slight glimmer of hope in the future. Apple, which makes 61% of its revenue selling iPhones, is not exempt.

    "According to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 355.2 million units during the third quarter of 2018, resulting in a year-over-year decline of 6.0%. This was the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines for the global smartphone market, which raises questions about the market's future. IDC maintains its view that the market will return to growth in 2019, but at this stage it is too early to tell what that growth will look like."— International Data Corporation 



    2. But there are a lot of signs pointing to slower demand for Apple's iPhones specifically, especially its mid-range iPhone XR, which costs $750. Several Apple suppliers which make parts for that device have slashed their forecasts in recent weeks.

    "October sales for AAPL’s Taiwanese suppliers were better than seasonal given the delayed iPhone XR release. We expect a sharp reversal in this dynamic, with spot checks late last week highlighting 20-30% iPhone order cuts related principally to the iPhone XR and XS Max, that 20-25% order increases for the 8/8 Plus and older iPhone models will only partially offset,"Longbow analyst Shawn Harrison wrote in a November 12 note. 

    "Some preliminary checks confirm Lumentum’s commentary this morning regarding very recent iPhone order cuts, which supports cautious commentary from Skyworks last week. In our very preliminary checks, we’re hearing of 20% order cuts for the XR, as well as ~5% cuts to XS and XS Max build plans,"Raymond James analyst Chris Caso wrote in a November 12 note. 

    "This morning Apple supplier Lumentum updated much weaker guidance for the next quarter just 10 days after guiding to a higher revenue expectation. The company noted the following 'We recently received a request from one of our largest Industrial and Consumer customers for laser diodes for 3D sensing to materially reduce shipments to them during our fiscal second quarter for previously placed orders that were originally scheduled for delivery during the quarter,'"Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Wamsi Mohan wrote on November 12. 



    3. There's also major concerns about how well the economy is doing in emerging markets where consumer confidence may be waning. A strong dollar isn't helping, either.

    "In addition to weakness in demand for Apple’s products in China and other emerging markets it also looks like the balance of price and features in the iPhone XR may not have been well-received by users outside of the US,"Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall wrote in a November 19 note. 

    "China could be driving incremental weakness. On the FQ1’19 call, Apple indicated macro and foreign exchange driven consumer weakness in emerging markets such as Russia, Brazil, Turkey and India," Hall wrote on November 12. 

    "Ultimately, we believe Apple continues to face FX headwinds given ongoing USD appreciation against key global currencies. In China, given USD/CNY, the supply chain suggests many consumers are opting for high-end models w/similar specs from local competitors rather than the XR,"UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote on November 14. 

     



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    Best Snow blowers

    • High-quality snow blowers make quick work of clearing snow, require minimal muscle, and serve you through many winters.
    • The Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE Gas Snow Blower is our top pick because it uses a self-propel system to match your pace, handles all varieties of snow, and has a joystick that makes adjusting the chute effortless.

    Shoveling is great exercise. When the snow starts, I always intend to shovel my way out of each snowfall to stay fit. But after the first few snowstorms, my intermittent back pain pays a visit, and I give in to the calls of the snow blower.

    When buying a snow blower, you should first consider where you want the power to come from. There are three main sources: gas, corded electric, and cordless electric or battery. Gas snow blowers are the most popular, most powerful, and most expensive option. They also typically need more maintenance than the other power options.

    Corded electric blowers are generally the least expensive and don’t rely on fossil fuels, but you have to mind the cord as you work, and it’s not recommended for longer driveways due to the inherent cord-length limitations. Battery power avoids the cord problem, but batteries only last for so long before they need to be recharged. You can buy extra batteries so that you have enough to complete your job, but they are usually quite expensive.

    Snow blowers are either single-stage, two-stage, or three-stage. A single-stage snow blower has an auger that moves very fast and sends the snow flying out of the chute in one step. Two-stage blowers have augers that feed the snow into the chute where a propeller throws the snow. Three-stage devices have augers that feed the snow into the center where it is chopped up and fed into the propeller. Snow blowers with multiple stages tend to cost more, but they can also handle heavier duty jobs and throw the snow further.

    While researching the best snow blowers, we combed through hundreds of buyer and expert ratings and reviews of dozens of models. Our guide features throwers that have a track record of performance, durability, and are fun to use.

    Here are the best snow blowers you can buy:

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    The best snow blower overall

    Why you’ll love it: If you want to remove snow from flat, paved surfaces as quickly and effortlessly as possible, the Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE Gas Snow Blower is the best.

    There are a few features that make the Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE Gas Snow Blower(model #36002) stand out. First, it’s not a traditional single- or two-stage blower. It’s more of a hybrid.

    It has a single helical auger that moves 10 times faster than your usual two-stage blower. This sends the snow up to 40 feet away. The Personal Pace self-propel system moves the snow blower at your walking speed. And, a joystick allows you to adjust the chute direction and angle. The clearing width is 24 inches and the snow cut depth is 16 inches.

    Toro sent me this snow blower to test. Unfortunately, my town hasn’t been hit with a significant snowfall yet, so I haven’t had a chance to test it out. However, I can comment on the shipment and assembly process. The blower was delivered on a pallet by a semi-truck. The instructions for setting it up were pretty simple, and I had it up and running within half an hour of cutting into the box. Stay tuned for my full review once Michigan gets a few snowstorms.

    The Toro SnowMaster 724 is The Wirecutter’s top pick. The reviewer found that it was the fastest snow blower he had ever used. It beat out several larger and more expensive models. He also noted that the joystick chute adjustment was smooth, and the Personal Pace drive system worked as advertised. However, he mentioned that it did have some hiccups on steep inclines and uneven surfaces.

    Moving Snow recommends the snow blower for people with paved driveways up to two cars wide and 150-feet long that live in areas with regular light snows and the occasional heavy snow. The reviewer notes that the snow blower handles heavy, wet snow well and can take on deep snow piles. Busted Wallet, SnowBlower, and Snow Blower Guides also recommend this model.

    More than 86% of the people who reviewed the Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE on the Home Depot website gave it four or five stars. The most common comments revolve around how easy to use the unit is and how it has a good size and weight.

    Buyers found that the light weight and Personal Pace function made the snow blower easy to maneuver. One owner raced his neighbor who had a comparable driveway and a two-stage Ariens snow blower. The SnowMaster completed the job in half the time.

    Pros: Moves at your pace, fast, handles wet snow well, three-year limited warranty

    Cons: May have trouble with uneven surfaces

    Buy the Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE Gas Snow Blower from Home Depot for $749



    The best two-stage snow blower

    Why you’ll love it: The Cub Cadet 2X 26-inch HP Gas Snow Blower is your ideal pick if you want a unit that is easy to handle and throws snow far from your driveway.

    There are two features that set the Cub Cadet 2X 26-inch HP Gas Snow Blowerapart from the competition. First, it has dual LED headlights, which is important since the only opportunity many of us have to clear snow is when it’s dark outside. It also has zero-turn, posi-steer power steering that allows you to turn the blower around with just one hand.

    There’s a 26-inch clearing width and 21-inch intake height. Another cool spec is the 16- by 4.8-inch tires, which provide solid traction. Cub Cadet backs the 2X 26 HP with a three-year limited warranty for residential use.

    Consumers Reports recommends the Cub Cadet Snow Blower and gives it top ratings for the controls, handling, plow pile removal, and owner satisfaction. The only metric it didn’t score better than fair on in the tests was noise.

    Moving Snow recommends this model for people with a two-car driveway that’s 100 feet long and is in an area that gets up to 60 inches of snow a season. The reviewer liked the two headlights, smooth chute controls, and how much traction the tall tires afforded.

    About 82% of the buyers who reviewed the Cub Cadet Snow Blower on the Home Depot website recommended it. Several of the buyers commented on how helpful the power steering and ease of handling are. Another commonly mentioned benefit is how far the machine throws the snow. It easily clears double-wide driveways, and the steel chute adjusts effortlessly.

    For the most part, buyers have found unpackaging and assembly to be simple, but the instructions cover four different models so be careful to choose correctly.

    Pros: Power steering, good snow throwing range, headlights, smooth chute adjustment

    Cons: Expensive

    Buy the Cub Cadet 2X 26-inch HP Gas Snow Blower from Home Depot for $899.99



    The best single-stage snow blower

    Why you’ll love it: The Toro Power Clear 721 E Gas Snow Blower makes quick work of small paved driveways and city sidewalks.

    At 87 pounds, the Toro Power Clear 721 E Gas Snow Bloweris incredibly light for a gas-powered snow blower. This, along with the Power Propel self-propel system, make this single-stage unit easy to move around.

    Another cool feature is the Toro “Guaranteed to Start” warranty, which states that the blower will start on the first or second pull every time in the first two years. If not, the company will fix it for free. The hard-plastic body has a 21-inch width, and the tough plastic auger makes constant contact with the surface for efficient clearing.

    The Wirecutter recommends the Toro Power Clear 721 E for smaller properties that get less snow. The reviewer liked that the snow blower is light and compact enough to move around like a mower. However, he points out that single-stage blowers are not ideal for gravel or grass since they can pick up and throw stones. Also, this blower has trouble with more than six inches of snow.

    Consumer Reports didn’t review the 721 E, but the site did review the 721 QZE, which is virtually identical except it costs $160 more than the E and has a chute control on the handlebar. The Power Clear receives top scores for the controls, handling, surface cleaning, plow pile removal, and owner satisfaction. Consumer Reports recommends it and gives it the highest rating of any single-stage gas snow blower.

    Approximately 69% of the people who reviewed the Toro Power Clear 721 E Gas Snow Blower on the Home Depot website gave it five stars. The most common positives associated with this machine are that it’s self-propelled, lightweight, has a good size and weight, and it’s easy to use.

    The most helpful reviewer appreciated how well the 721 E handled an early-season slushy snowfall with ease, and as a smaller person, he liked that he just guided the unit rather than pushing it.

    Another buyer had his Power Clear break down after a single use, but Toro arranged to have it repaired for free, and it worked great after that.

    Pros: Compact, lightweight, easy to maneuver, self-propelled, two-year full “Guaranteed to Start” warranty

    Cons: Not meant for heavy snowfalls, manual chute adjustment

    Buy the Toro Power Clear 721 E Gas Snow Blower from Home Depot for $569



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    CVS Health CEO

    • CVS Health on Wednesday its deal to acquire the health insurer Aetna has officially been completed. 
    • The deal, announced in December 2017, forms a new kind of healthcare company that includes the largest retail pharmacy in the US as well as one of the largest insurance companies.
    • The combined company is already shaping to change the healthcare system as we know it.

    Almost a year after it was announced, CVS Health has officially on its deal to acquire the health insurer Aetna.

    The two companies got the go-ahead from the Department of Justice for their deal in October, but they still needed key state insurance agencies to sign off. CVS Health on Monday morning said the two companies had received approval from all regulators and expected to complete the transaction by Wednesday.

    CVS said Wednesday that the transaction values Aetna at $212 a share, or $70 billion. All-in, including Aetna's debt, the total value of the deal is $78 billion. 

    As part of the deal closing, the state of New York imposed certain conditions to CVS geared at protecting consumers, including not allowing the transaction to be paid for by Aetna companies covering New Yorkers as well as committing $40 million to the state to support health-insurance education efforts.

    The deal will redraw the healthcare industry.

    Read more: Pharmacists are getting squeezed by 2 of the world's biggest companies. Here's how they're fighting back.

    In CVS and Aetna's case, the deal creates a new type of company consisting of a health insurer, a retail pharmacy, and a company that negotiates prescription-drug prices with drugmakers. As part of the agreement with the DOJ, CVS and Aetna have to divest Aetna's Medicare Part D prescription-drug-plan business.

    The boundaries of the healthcare business are changing. Instead of growing by acquiring other companies in the same business, companies have started to move into new lines of business, with no two combinations looking exactly the same.

    It's part of a push by healthcare companies to both cut costs and gain more control over the patients in need of their services. It's coming as large tech companies seek ways to disrupt the healthcare industry and as new medications challenge the way we pay for treatments.

    Read more: 2 massive healthcare deals approved by the DOJ could change healthcare as we know it

    Already, CVS is getting creative in how it manages consumers' health. CVS said in its earnings announcement in November that it planned to expand the health services offered at its pharmacies so it could manage more chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

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    sex and the city

    • Some of "Sex and the City's" outfits probably wouldn't fly today.
    • But many can give you serious fall outfit inspiration. 
    • From turtlenecks to faux fur coats, we rounded up some of our favorite looks.

    "Sex and the City" was a show that exemplified the important things in life — great friends and fabulous fashion.

    While Carrie's closet seemed to have a shoe rack that went along for days, it wasn't just the shoes that we can make note of when it comes to replicating the women of Sex and the City's looks for our own fall style.

    With one piece, Carrie elevated her outfit.

    In the season one episode, "Models and Mortals," Carrie flaunts a great fur coat.

    Even if you don't want to rock real animal fur, that doesn't mean you can't fake it. This coat of Carrie's is stylish and is most likely providing her with some serious warmth. Considering we might have a pretty rough winter, a coat like Carrie's would be a great investment that could last you from fall through winter and into those occasional chilling days of early Spring.

    Not only is this faux fur coat from Revolve adorable, it looks super warm and it comes in a bunch of colors.



    A scarf adds a little something to Carrie's look.

    In the season two episode, "The Freak Show," Carrie made her look seem more complex and a bit more layered with a simple accessory — a scarf.

    Not only can a scarf be a great piece for fall transitional weather, but it can add a pop of color, or just another dimension altogether to your look.

    This scarf from Urban Outfitters comes in a variety of colors for you to match with your outfit or add a pop of color.



    Turtlenecks are fall's best friend.

    A fall staple that anyone can rock is a turtleneck. The one that Charlotte dawns in season three's episode, "Attack of the Five-Foot-Ten Woman" is great because it isn't super tight on the neck.

    Not only are turtlenecks super comfy, but they are awesome for fall. Throw on a turtleneck, a cute pair of jeans and a jacket (if that's even needed) and voila, a great look. The other great thing to note about Charlotte's look is that she is wearing her jacket open, and her jacket isn't super tight on her neck either, to allow everyone to see her turtleneck. 

    Check out this Aerie Oversized Chenille Turtleneck to recreate Charlotte's look.



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    will smith trey smith

    • Will Smith shared a heartfelt video on Instagram and spoke about how his 26-year-old son, Trey Smith, from his previous marriage to Sheree Zampino "felt betrayed and abandoned" after the pair separated in the '90s. 
    • The actor is in Abu Dhabi with Trey for the Grand Prix, and said that their relationship has come a long way after experiencing difficulties for years. 
    • Smith and Zampino welcomed Trey in 1992 and divorced in 1995. He married Jada Pinkett Smith in late 1997 and the couple has two kids together (Jaden and Willow Smith).

     

    Will Smith opened up about how his relationship with his son from his first marriage has changed after struggling "for years."

    The actor traveled to Abu Dhabi for the Grand Prix and shared an emotional video from his hotel room, reflecting on how close he and his 26-year-old son, Trey Smith, have become. Smith welcomed Trey in 1992, when he was married to Sheree Zampino. The pair divorced in 1995 and have remained on amicable terms since. In his caption, the "Bright" star said that Trey "felt betrayed and abandoned" following the split. 

    Read more: Will Smith says he cried 'uncontrollably' when he realized he was with the wrong person after meeting Jada Pinkett Smith

    "We been hanging and usually I take my kids separately on stuff just so they have their individual daddy time," Smith, who also has a younger son, Jaden Smith, and a daughter, Willow Smith, with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, said in the video. 

    He went on to say that Trey told him: "You know what dad? I just realized you're not just my dad. I'm pretty sure you're my best friend."

    After pausing, the 50-year-old actor agreed and said, "Probably."

    Zampino also commented on the post, writing: "Wow! This is EVERYTHING to me!"

    The Smith family hasn't been shy about discussing their family dynamics.

    Trey Smith, Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Will Smith

    Recently, Smith took to Instagram to send birthday wishes to Zampino, who he called the "best baby mama ever." 

    In response, Zampino thanked Trey for "being the reason we [she and Smith] came together." She also expressed appreciation toward Pinkett Smith, who she said is "an understanding, secure, and absolutely AMAZING wife, mother, bonus-mom, and co-parenting partner."

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    The holiday time may not be the best for golfing weather… depending on where you live, of course. (We northerners are very jealous of you southerners this time of the year.)

    Even if cool weather makes it tougher to play golf, it doesn't mean golfers stop thinking about the game. You can keep that fuel for the game of golf going during the winter with holiday gifts for golfers.

    Most golfers love trying out new equipment, which means a golf gift is always appreciated and almost certainly will be used, once the weather warms up.

    Check out our list of 18 great golf gifts at all different price points for the holidays, and a "19th hole" gift that'll have them laughing, even if their game involves spending more time in the woods than on the fairway.

    Still shopping for more gifts? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.


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    A two-headed club brush

    FBJW Golf Club Brush and Groove Cleaner, $6.99, available at Amazon

    Every golfer can use a club brush while on the course. Keeping the club face's grooves clean will help you strike the ball properly. This brush has two sides, one to clean the club face and one for the grooves. It clips onto your golf bag with a 2-foot retractable line, so you can leave it attached to the bag while you use it.



    A soft microfiber golf towel

    Greens Towel Microfiber Golf Towel Set of 3, $12.97, available at Amazon

    Golf towels are designed to handle the dirt from your golf ball and clubs. Because they become dirty over time, having a couple of extra towels stored inside the bag that the golfer can swap out as needed will make this set of three microfiber towels a handy gift. Each towel has a carabiner clip to affix to the golf bag. The soft nap on the towels handles golf ball dimples and golf club grooves perfectly.



    A reasonably priced golf ball

    Callaway Hex Bit Golf Balls (12-Pack), $19.99, available at Amazon

    Every golfer can use more control around the green, and these golf balls will help. The cover on the Hex Bit balls is soft, which improves the feel you'll have on short approach shots and chip shots. Best of all, these balls are reasonably priced, which means the gift recipient won't feel bad if he or she hits one or two… or all 12 into various water hazards during the next round.



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    trump truck

    • President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again raised the specter of auto tariffs.
    • Trump said the US could use a measure similar to the US's 25% tariff on light trucks, known as the "chicken tax," to prevent factory closures similar to General Motors' recent announcement.
    • Economists estimate that auto tariffs would result in a net loss of US jobs and be harmful to the US economy.

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday provided a big hint that the US could soon impose tariffs on cars, trucks, and auto parts coming into the US, a move that experts say would cause significant economic damage.

    "The reason that the small truck business in the US is such a go to favorite is that, for many years, Tariffs of 25% have been put on small trucks coming into our country," Trump tweeted Wednesday. "It is called the 'chicken tax.' If we did that with cars coming in, many more cars would be built here and GM would not be closing their plants in Ohio, Michigan & Maryland."

    Trump was referring President Lyndon B. Johnson's decision in 1964 to impose a 25% tariff on light trucks coming into the US. That came in response to a 50% German tariff on some chicken coming from the US. The tariff became known as the "chicken tax" on trucks.

    While the other goods subject to Johnson's tariff (potato starch, brandy, and dextrin) were dropped, the restriction on trucks has persisted over the past half-century and helped US automakers hold a dominant market share on truck sales.

    Trump has long wanted to impose a 25% tariff on all auto imports and launched the process to do so in June. The president has so far not gone forward with that tariff, but Trump's tweets indicate that General Motors decision to idle four plants in the US and loy off thousands of workers could change that.

    "Also, the countries that send us cars have taken advantage of the US for decades," Trump said. "The President has great power on this issue - Because of the GM event, it is being studied now!"

    The tweets are a continuation of Trump's days-long tirade against GM's decision. The president has threatened to yank all subsides to the company.

    While GM's move has more to do with long-term consumer preferences, industry trends, and technological advances, analysts told Business Insider that Trump could use the move as an excuse to move forward with the auto tariffs.

    Chris Krueger, a strategist at Cowen Washington Research Group, said that GM's move makes it more likely Trump  "doubles down with auto and auto parts tariffs."

    Read more:GM's massive layoffs could spur Trump to hit imported cars and trucks with tariffs, a potentially devastating move»

    Preliminary trade deals with the Canada and Mexico, as well as the European Union, seemed to cool Trump's desire for auto tariffs. But in recent weeks, the president has reportedly been zeroing in on the measures as talks stumble.

    If Trump does go through such a move, it would likely cause a huge amount of damage to the US economy.

    According to a study from the Peterson Institute of International Economics, a 25% auto tariff would cause auto production in the US to fall by 1.5% over three years and result in a net loss of 195,000 jobs in that same timeframe.

    Similarly, a study by the Center for Automotive Research found an auto tariff would boost the average cost of a car by $4,400 for American consumers. The study found that auto sales would fall by 2 million a year and shave nearly $60 billion off GDP.

    SEE ALSO: Trump blames the Federal Reserve for GM's layoffs

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    This is a preview of the Internet of Things (2018) research report from Business Insider Intelligence. To learn more about the IoT ecosystem, tech trends and industry forecasts, click here.

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming how companies and consumers go about their days around the world. The technology that underlies this whole segment is evolving quickly, whether it’s the rapid rise of the Amazon Echo and voice assistants upending the consumer space, or growth of AI-powered analytics platforms for the enterprise market.

    Investments into Internet of Things solutions

    And Business Insider Intelligence is keeping its finger on the pulse of this ongoing revolution by conducting our second annual Global IoT Executive Survey, which provides us with critical insights on new developments within the IoT and explains how top-level perspectives are changing year-to-year. Our survey includes more than 400 responses from key executives around the world, including C-suite and director-level respondents.

    Through this exclusive study and in-depth research into the field, Business Insider Intelligence details the components that make up the IoT ecosystem. We size the IoT market and use exclusive data to identify key trends in device installations and investment. And we profile the enterprise and consumer IoT segments individually, drilling down into the drivers and characteristics that are shaping each market.

    Here are some key takeaways from the report:

    • We project that there will be more than 55 billion IoT devices by 2025, up from about 9 billion in 2017.
    • We forecast that there will be nearly $15 trillion in aggregate IoT investment between 2017 and 2025, with survey data showing that companies' plans to invest in IoT solutions are accelerating.
    • The report highlights the opinions and experiences of IoT decision-makers on topics that include: drivers for adoption; major challenges and pain points; deployment and maturity of IoT implementations; investment in and utilization of devices; the decision-making process; and forward- looking plans.

    In full, the report:

    • Provides a primer on the basics of the IoT ecosystem.
    • Offers forecasts for the IoT moving forward, and highlights areas of interest in the coming years.
    • Looks at who is and is not adopting the IoT, and why.
    • Highlights drivers and challenges facing companies that are implementing IoT solutions.

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    Marine Candidates participate in a fire team assault course at the Officer Candidate School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, June 17, 2017.

    • The US military posts hundreds of photos and videos every day from missions around the world.
    • Business Insider selected some of the most compelling images taken in 2018 from across the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. 

    The US has the world's most powerful military. It also has a small army of talented photographers who showcase the military's missions and training every day.  

    At home and around the world, the American armed forces defend US national interests, as well as global peace and security. US troops often put themselves in harm's way in service to the nation, from fighting Taliban forces in Afghanistan to waging war against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, and sometimes they make the ultimate sacrifice. 

    Business Insider selected 27 photos from the US military in 2018 that you won't want to miss. 

    A U.S. Army combat medic assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., readies his equipment before embarking on his final evaluation lane while competing for the Expert Field Medical Badge on Nov. 6, 2018.

    Source: US Army



    A southern black racer snake slithers across the rifle barrel held by junior Army National Guard sniper Pfc. William Snyder as he practices woodland stalking in a camouflaged ghillie suit at Eglin Air Force Base on April 7, 2018.

    Source: Department of Defense



    Army combat engineers assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division blast through a concrete wall during demolition training at Fort Hood, Texas on July 17, 2018.

    Source: Department of Defense



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    • Uneven income gains combined with rising interest will affect some households' ability to buy things, Moody's said. 
    • That could affect retailers' growth in 2019.
    • It's another sign that wage growth stagnation has the potential to stall economic growth, and it demonstrates the impact that the death of the middle class could have.

    The decline of America's middle class is starting to catch up with retailers.

    While retailers have enjoyed calm seas this year, with high consumer confidence and a holiday season that looks to be record-setting, Moody's has a warning for the road ahead.

    In a report released on Monday, the financial services firm warned that slow wage growth in the lower half of the job market, combined with rising interest rates, will depress the ability of some lower-income US households to purchase items from retailers.

    "Since income gains have been unevenly distributed, rising interest and other costs will constrain the capacity of many households to increase consumption," Moody's writes in the report.

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    That will cause US consumption to grow at a slower pace in 2019 than in 2018, even as employment rates stay strong, according to the firm. Further, Moody's says rising prices and interest rates mean spending growth from lower-income households may even peak and then start to decelerate.

    The firm also found in surveys that compared to high earners, lower-earning consumers are less certain about keeping their income next year, which may depress their willingness to part with their money. There's the added wrinkle of Trump's tariffs, which could make many household goods more expensive.

    The woes that could come in 2019 have been a long time in the making, as the middle class increasingly gets squeezed economically and higher-income earners take a larger share of the pie. This has fueled retailers that cater to lower-earning customers, like Dollar General, McDonald's, and Walmart, while contributing to the deaths of American middle-class stalwarts like department stores.

    Still, Moody's estimates that spending growth remained strong at 3% in the third quarter of this year. That's higher than the annual average of 2.3% since 2010 and will likely remain strong during the holiday season. Consumer confidence is near all-time highs, and rising income fueled much of the strong growth this year.

    SEE ALSO: Walmart and Amazon are offering massive deals to keep Cyber Monday from getting killed

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    • Bitcoin surged as much as 10% Wednesday, its biggest daily gain since mid-April.
    • It has fallen 40% since November 14, a few days before a hard fork in its rival bitcoin cash.
    • Over the long run, cryptocurrencies are in good shape because the blockchain industry is growing at a rapid pace, an analyst said.
    • Watch bitcoin trade live.

    Bitcoin, the biggest cryptocurrency by market value, surged as much as 10% Wednesday to an intraday high of $4,725 a coin, making for its biggest daily gain since mid-April. 

    Wednesday's surge comes after Bitcoin and its rival cryptocurrencies have gotten hit in recent weeksBitcoin has seen 40% of its market value wiped out since November 14, a few days before the hard fork in its rival bitcoin cash. The digital currency touched a low near $3,600 on Monday, its weakest since September 2017,

    "The main driver of the market moves is technical," said Mati Greenspan, a market analyst at the multi-asset brokerage eToro. 

    Bitcoin's price has been sliding this month amid a lack of any new headlines and today's surge is a correction of some of that selling, according to Greenspan. He says cryptocurrencies are in good shape over the long term because the blockchain industry is growing at a rapid pace and the innovation to transfer value through the internet without any intermediary has great potential to grow.

    "We are still scratching the surface on it," he said.

    It has been a tough year for digital-currency investors, who saw prices explode in 2017 as cryptomania swept over the world. Bitcoin, for example, began 2017 worth less than $1,000 a coin before soaring more than 2,000% to a high of $19,511.

    This year has been a different story, however, with the cryptocurrency's value having plunged by 68%.

    "Bitcoin and all cryptocurrencies are considered to be high risk," Greenspan said, adding that investors should always diversify their portfolio when investing in risk assets. 

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    • Sometimes we misremember movie quotes because a sequel or the book version was different.
    • Other times, a misquote gets reinforced by other movies and TV shows misquoting it and reinforcing an incorrect memory in our minds.
    • Other times, the misquote we remember changes the meaning of the line significantly — see Chief Brody's quote in "Jaws."

    Human memory is fallible — and even if you think you have a better grip on pop culture than on, say, what you ate for lunch last Thursday — you probably don't.

    The American Film Institute listed their 100 greatest movie quotes of all time— and you might be surprised to see what you're remembering wrong.

    Darth Vader may be the father in this situation — but he doesn't even use his son's given name when calling him out.

    The movie: "Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)

    The misquote: "Luke, I am your father."

    The real quote: "No. I am your father."



    We're most certainly not remembering the correct line from one of the greatest American film classics.

    The movie: "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)

    The misquote:"I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto."

    The real quote:"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."



    Either way you remember this iconic Bette Davis line, safety first is key.

    The movie: "All About Eve" (1950)

    The misquote: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride."

    The real quote: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."



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    "Lilo & Stitch" gained recognition in 2002 as a heartwarming tale of a lonely human girl named Lilo and her dog-like alien named Stitch as they adventure in Hawaii.  

    Recently,The Hollywood Reporter announced that a live-action "Lilo & Stitch" film is in the works, 16 years after the original.  

    In anticipation of Disney's live-action remake of the classic film, here are 17 surprising things about the original "Lilo & Stitch." 

    Daveigh Chase was the voice of Lilo.

    You might know the actress better as the little girl in"The Ring," or perhaps as the voice of Chihiro in the English version of "Spirited Away."

    Fun fact: both "The Ring" and "Lilo & Stitch" were released the same year.



    The estimated budget for the film was $80 million.

    It is estimated that Disney spent nearly $80 million creating the animated film, which has since gone on to earn an estimated $273,144,151 worldwide. 



    The voice of Stitch was provided by the film's director.

    The multi-talented Chris Sanders wrote the script for "Lilo & Stitch," directed the production, and even lent his voice to the character in the film.



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    Manufacturing is undergoing massive changes thanks to the use of data-driven smart analytics to dramatically improve productivity, optimize supply chains and distribution, offer new types of after-sales services, and reduce the costs of sales and operations planning (S&OP).

    New types of sensors and other connected devices — the Internet of Things (IoT) — are driving this revolution by generating enormous amounts of data that offers new opportunities to monitor and control production equipment and supply chains. That leads to greater efficiency: Manufacturers are using these insights to improve processes, create big jumps in productivity, and reduce time-to-market by as much as 50%.

    Unfortunately, the underpowered business intelligence (BI) tools that have entered the marketplace in the last decade are not going to get the most out of this data. Yes, their beautiful dashboards can seem compelling as they give everyone from production engineers to product managers a snapshot answer for “What is happening?” on the factory floor and elsewhere.

    But that isn’t enough if you plan to be a next-gen manufacturer. The real question you need to be answered by your manufacturing analytics tool is “Why is it happening?”

    The pitfalls of basic BI tools and unskilled users.

    Achieving next-generation success in manufacturing requires you to uncover hidden insights that tell you something new. You need to go beyond figuring out the effects of production scheduling on supply and inventory levels, and the effects of machine downtime on production. Basic BI tools cannot go deeper to help ensure that your factory responds to critical events whenever they occur.

    Nor can those tools give you the insights you need to tie together all the pieces of the production process, for example, so that quality defects can be immediately shared with the design team, or so you can make quick changes to a bill of materials or an automation design.

    In addition, the users of basic tools can introduce a slew of problems of their own. Some of them might lack the skills to use the tools well. Even if they do know how to use them, they could still take bad approaches — for instance by trying to prove causation with mere correlation or using KPIs to explain results. Then there is the most persistent danger of all: users who look at data and results through the lens of their own bias, perpetuating business-as-usual and overlooking breakthrough insights.

    These pitfalls raise the question: Is your manufacturing company hearing what it wants to hear or what it needs to hear?

    A new kind of manufacturing analytics.

    So, how can your company make the insightful, unbiased decisions that improve processes, reduce costs, and deliver groundbreaking products? It takes a new breed of manufacturing analytics, one that infuses traditional BI with more smarts. In this context, “smarts” means augmented intelligence, which drives analytics features that can learn and adapt to individual needs and give users precise answers based on contextual recommendations.

    You also need the smarts of automated pattern detection, which helps users reach better answers by minimizing human bias. The result? Analytics that go way beyond descriptive dashboard reporting and put smart data discovery, natural language queries, and sophisticated data storytelling capabilities in the hands of every data-driven professional in your company. In that setting, everyone works more efficiently and effectively, and your factory is better able to meet production needs and deliver customer satisfaction.

    If you want to dig into the details of smart analytics for manufacturing, check out “Leveraging the Analytics Cycle for Smarter Manufacturing,” a new paper from Cabot Partners that explains how manufacturers are benefiting from advanced analytics. One such solution offering these advanced analytics is IBM Cognos Analytics. This flagship BI software has been completely reconceived to include machine learning, automated pattern detection, intelligent and interactive dashboards, and simple, reusable, drag-and-drop reporting. Beautiful visualizations will help you find hidden patterns so you can understand, for example, how inventoried materials and lead times affect plant maintenance, or when a key product will run out so you can ship another on time.

    Find out more about Cognos Analytics.

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    • The Lighthouse security camera is a $300 internet-connected device that can identify you and your family members.
    • The camera can do things like alert you when there are intruders in your home, or tell you if the dog walker came. 
    • Lighthouse is backed by tech execs like Sebastian Thrun, and is part of tech incubator Playground Global. 

    Hardware startup Lighthouse had a straightforward goal with its first-ever product: make a home security camera that's smarter than anything else on the market.  

    The result is the Lighthouse camera, which costs $300 and is available to buy online and on Amazon. It's an artificially intelligent, internet-connected security camera. It can identify you and your family members, alert you when there are intruders in your home, and understand commands like, "Did the dog walker come today?"

    Lighthouse is entering an already-crowded field of smart security cameras. But its built-in AI, along with the backing of prominent tech execs like Sebastian Thrun, make the Lighthouse camera an exciting entry. 

    Here's how it works:

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    Lighthouse was founded in 2014 by Hendrik Dahlkamp and Alex Teichman, who met while working in Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun's lab at Stanford University. Lighthouse later joined Playground Global, an incubator run by Android creator Andy Rubin.



    The Lighthouse camera is the startup's first product. When building it, Lighthouse wanted to "take a traditional camera and give it the eyes of a self-driving car, and give it the natural language understanding of a Google Assistant," Teichman told Business Insider.



    Teichman described traditional security cameras versus the Lighthouse camera as "going from VCR to TiVo."



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    • Duke standout Zion Williamson continued his dominance on Tuesday night in a blowout win over the Indiana Hoosiers.
    • Williamson threw down possibly his best dunk of the year and added a huge block and an alley-oop to cap off his big night.
    • Despite huge expectations entering the season, Williamson has somehow exceeded the hype. 


    Zion Williamson was known as a walking highlight reel before he played one minute of college basketball, but since joining the Duke Blue Devils, he's taken his dunks, blocks, and alley-oops to a new level on the national stage.

    Williamson's talents were on full display on Tuesday night in Duke's 90-69 blowout win over the Indiana Hoosiers at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

    It didn't take long for Zion to get the crowd going, forcing his way through the lane to throw down a thundering dunk just minutes into the game. The Hoosiers knew almost immediately that they were in for a long night.

    It only got more humiliating from there.

    Minutes later, Williamson stabbed away an Indiana pass near midcourt, leaving him with a wide open path to the basket. He made the most of the opportunity, performing a dunk contest-worthy windmill slam.

    As with so many of Williamson's highlights, it only gets better with repeated viewings at numerous angles.

    Read more:Duke's Zion Williamson sent the internet into another frenzy with a windmill dunk during his first game of the Maui Invitational

    Zion's dominance was apparent on the defensive end as well. In the second half, Williamson came across the court to send a thunderous block into the stands. For a moment, Williamson looked more fit for volleyball than basketball.

    And to cap off the night, Williamson once again cleared the basket while leaping for an alley-oop.

    Williamson finished the night with 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting. When you take a look at his shot chart, his success is unsurprising.

    Despite his sky-high expectations, Williamson has somehow exceeded them almost every time he's taken the court for the Blue Devils. With Duke ranked third in the nation and off to a 5-1 start to the season, don't be surprised if he saves his best work for March.

    SEE ALSO: Duke's top player is being overshadowed by Zion Williamson, but he put on his own dunk clinic in their Maui Invitational win over No. 8 Auburn

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    • Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, tells the story of June, also known as Offred, a woman living in a dystopian society. 
    • After the success of its second season, fans are anxiously awaiting the third season. 
    • Here are the key takeaways from season two. 

    Hulu has yet to release a premiere date for "The Handmaid's Tale" season three, but it seems like fans still have a long wait ahead of them. With more new episodes expected next year — and a show that can be as emotionally taxing and involved as this one — it makes sense that you might forget a few details before then.

    Here's everything you need to know before "The Handmaid's Tale" returns in 2019.

    Warning: Spoilers for season two ahead.

    June gave birth to a baby girl.

    After the season revolved mainly around June's pregnancy, toward the end of the season, June gave birth to a baby girl she named Holly. Although she tried to hide out with the baby, she was eventually found by Fred and Serena, who brought them back to their home and named her Nicole.

    Although June and Nick talked about the baby as theirs behind closed doors, she was primarily being raised by Serena. 



    Eden was killed in the swimming pool.

    Nick's wife, Eden, was found to be having an affair with a guardian named Isaac, who she'd fallen in love with.

    After they were caught trying to escape Gilead, Eden's father turned them in. Eden and Isaac refused to renounce her sins of infidelity in front of everyone in the town, so they were put to death by drowning.



    Fred tried to bribe June to stay and follow their rules.

    Although many other families wanted June as their handmaid after she'd given birth to a healthy baby for Serena, Fred wanted her to stay and offered her a place in their home. He bribed her saying that if she stayed, she could be near baby Nicole and see her daughter, Hannah — as long as she cooperated with their rules.

    This didn't stop her from trying to find a way for her and the baby to escape, though.



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