From A Cheaper iPhone Max to the Peacock app on Firestick and More! | This Week’s Tech News

Get up to date with the latest tech news. We’re talking about the iPhone Max and the Peacock app FINALLY on Firestick and more!

Tesla Model 3 Named as Most American Made Vehicle

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According to the annual American Made Index from cars.com, Tesla tops the list for most American-made cards. Cars.com considers a handful of factors to calculate just how American-made a particular car model is. The electric sedan is ranked first as the most American-made car, specifically the Tesla Model 3. The report takes into account assembly location, parts sourcing (logged through the American Automobile Labeling Act), US factory employment, and more. The news would mark the first time Tesla has topped the list at number one, and the first time an EV ranks in a top spot. 

 

Apple Expected to Unveil Lower Priced iPhone Max

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In a report this week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, has predicted that Apple will sell an iPhone with a 6.7-inch screen for less than $900 in 2022. Kuo states that Apple’s 2022 non-pro iPhone lineup includes phones with 6.1 and 6.7-inch screens. What will be absent from the predicted lineup is Apple’s iPhone Mini. Analysts, including Kuo, believe that the Mini will be phased out in 2022 due to reportedly low sales. If Apple unveils a low-priced Max options, this would come after seeing the research that many consumers want phones that are both bigger, and cheaper. This research came from a report commissioned during the Epic v. Apple trial. While typically Apple keeps the larger phones at a higher price, the move would be the next logical step for the tech giant. Reports have also said the 2022 iPhones will have under-display fingerprint readers, and that there will be a new iPhone SE with 5G.

 

Instagram Tests Placing Suggested Posts Ahead of Friends

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If you are already not a fan of missing your friend’s content on Instagram, you may not love this news story. Because reception to its “suggested posts” feature has been positive, Instagram will be launching a new test that will mix suggested posts throughout your primary feed. The test will do so by sometimes being placed ahead of photos and videos from people you follow. The company has also stated they are testing new controls that allow users to add specific topics as an interest for their suggested posts. The proposed feature will also include the ability to snooze recommended content for 30 days to hide them from the feed entirely. The initial test-launched last year by offering additional content only after you’ve seen all content from those you follow. The new test will start with a “small number” of users. The change will follow a bigger trend in which platforms attempt to give users a sliver of control over the algorithm. 

 

Peacock and Amazon Reach Deal to Add App to Fire Stick

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The Peacock app will finally land on Amazon’s Fire TV platform. The new comes with just a month before Peacock becomes the U.S. streaming home for the Olympics. Amazon gave eager users a dose of humor in announcing the news on Twitter. The platform’s announcement made reference to The Office, one of Peacock’s exclusive streaming titles. Along with adding Peacock to Fire TV and Fire tablets, the deal adds support for NBCUniversal’s network apps. NBCUniversal’s 15 network apps include NBC, Bravo, NBC News, NBC Sports, and Telemundo. Peacock is already available on TV devices, like Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Chromecast among others.

 

Scientists Publish Report on the New Complexities of Finding Life Beyond Earth

We may be somewhat alone in the universe. This is according to a new study published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Researchers studied 10 Earth-like planets in the “Goldilocks zone”. This is a region around a star where the conditions are just right for possible life. Looking at 10 Earth analogues, they found none to have the amount of oxygen-based photosynthesis or PAR like that of Earth. The team did however identify a slightly more promising target: Kepler-442b. The planet is just over 1,200 light-years from Earth, so a short trek. Kepler-442b is a little larger than Earth and twice as massive. Previously flagged as a potentially habitable exoplanet, it receives the largest amount of PAR in the studied planets and theoretically might be able to sustain the same amount of life as Earth can.

 

Peloton Working on New Heart-Rate Armband

According to a Bloomberg report, exercise bike giant Peloton is developing a digital heart-rate armband. This would be their first foray into the growing wearables and fitness-tracking market. The publication found the information by analyzing the code of Peloton’s iPhone and iPad app. The finding reveals that the device will come in different sizes. The band will also connect by Bluetooth to Peloton’s bikes, treadmills, and other devices running the company’s app. It will also include a small screen that displays battery level and pairing mode, the report said. Similar to other fitness wearable devices, the band will offer users data on heart rate, workout intensity, and performance. This new move will likely create a rival to the Fitbit and Apple Watch. Although Fitbit’s and Apple’s smartwatches track things like sleep, steps taken, and more. Peloton users will have to wait for an official product unveiling for confirmed details on the proposed device.

Southern California home prices increased 24.7% year-over-year in May

Real estate data company DQNews (formerly CoreLogic/DataQuick) reported that May existing home sales in their six county Southern California region Jumped over 100% from the number of sales last May. That surge is mostly related to a near stoppage in sales last May at the start of the pandemic.

The median price jumped 24.7% in the six county region. That marked the largest year-over-year median price ever recorded.

The county by county numbers were as follows: Los Angeles County recorded a 25% increase in the median price. Orange County recorded a 19.3% increase in the median price. San Bernardino County recorded a 16.8% increase in the median price. Riverside County recorded a 22.5% increase in the median price. Ventura County recorded a 20.9% increase in the median price. San Diego County recorded a 22.9% increase in the median price.

Weekend Events: June 25-27, 2021

Don’t miss out on all of the fun with this weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley. Take your pick from the LGBTQ Center’s PRIDE Picnic in the Park to a Midsummer Festival in Agoura Hills. We have the top events in your area listed below.

Los Angeles

RECONNECTING: A Vision of Unity by Kengo Kito

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: until September 6, 2021

Where: Japan House, Hollywood

What: Don’t miss the latest installation from artist Kengo Kito at Hollywood’s Japan House. The exhibit by the Japanese artist links 2,021 hoops from end to end for a site-specific marvel. The installation represents reconnecting with one another after a year spent largely in private circles.

Still Standing

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: until June 25, 2021

Where: Neuehouse Hollywood

What: Have a well-deserved laugh at Neuehouse’s alfresco comedy club. The Friday night series includes a two-drink minimum (as always) with maximum laughter expected. Make sure to book a table in advance as this Friday’s show marks the last one of the year.

 

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s PRIDE PICNIC

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: June 27, 2021

Where: Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles

What: It’s time to celebrate PRIDE together, in-person, socially distanced, and outside of course! Presented by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, PRIDE PICNIC takes place on the historic Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever. This fun evening under the stars features tunes by DJ Asha, surprise pop-up drag performances by Amber Crane, Greasy Bouffanti, Lauren Banall, and more! 

 

Beach Communities

3RD Annual Playreading Festival #ANOTHERNORMAL

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: June 26-27, 2021

Where: Online | Santa Monica Repertory Theatre

What: Join the Santa Monica Repertory Theater for their 3rd Annual Playreading Festival, #anothernormal: plays written and directed by women. This year’s festival features three short plays in conversation with reality as we know it. No need to reserve tickets in advance as this event is virtual.

 

Flight of Voices @ Malibu Wines Hike + Outdoor Concert

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: June 26, 2021

Where: Malibu Wines | Malibu

What: Don’t miss a truly unforgettable concert experience, featuring incredible Grammy Award-winning artists and musicians at a private, Malibu vineyard. Flight of Voices begins with professional hiking guides leading you through Saddlerock Ranch. After the hike is a 1.5-mile loop that culminates in an intimate hour acoustic performance by Flight of Voices. Spend an afternoon with the perfect combination of mesmerizing nature and outstanding live music! Guests also receive a bottle of wine to go at the end of the tour. 

 

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo Presents: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

weekend’s events in Los Angeles, Beach Communities, SFV Valley, and Conejo Valley

When: June 27, 2021

Where: 1310 E Franklin Ave, El Segundo

What: Relive the magic of Harry Potter for this weekend’s screening of the Sorcerors Stone.

When an orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family, and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. Join Rooftop Cinema for flicks under the stars as they celebrate 10 years of entertaining the community. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

 

SFV Valley

Nova Miller Live @ Beignet Box

When: June 26, 2021

Where: Beignet Box | Studio City

What: If you love music and Beignet’s you won’t want to miss out on this weekend’s exciting fan event. Viral Swedish pop sensation Nova Miller teams up with Christina Millian’s Beignet Box for a night of Summer fun. This FREE event features music and your pick of these New Orleans staple sweet treats.

 

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: Grease

When: June 26, 2021

Where: 236 N. Central Ave., Glendale

What: It’s Grease Lightening at this weekend’s Electric Dusk showing. Join LA’s longest-running Pop-Up Drive-In now in Glendale! Saturday’s screening will get you in the grove with an evening showing of the cult classic, ‘Grease’. See outdoor movies inside or outside your car, enjoy delicious food and great times!

 

The Great LA River CleanUp: Sepulveda Basin South Reserve

When: June 26, 2021

Where: 15520 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys

What: Give back this weekend and join FoLAR and partners for a series of small, in-person cleanups to protect our watershed and urban waterways. Together, you’ll make a collective impact and do your part to tend to the vibrant urban ecosystems that thrive throughout Los Angeles and the Valley.

 

Conejo Valley

Simi Valley Summer Concert Series

When: June 26, 2021

Where: 1555 Simi Town Center Way., Simi Valley

What: Take in the tunes at Simi Valley Town Center as they host their Summer Series. This Saturday features two performances. The Vinyl Gypsies will be performing at Center Court and The Balance will perform at The Koi Pond.

 

100th Midsummer Festival

When: June 27, 2021

Where: Vasa Park | Agoura Hills

What: Enjoy this Swedish celebration of summer in Agoura Hills. Put on by the Swedish American Central Association of SoCal is their 100th Midsummer Festival. The event will feature vendors, children’s games, and fun attractions. 

Valley Cultural Foundation’s Concerts Presents R&B Emerging Artists

When: June 27, 2021 

Where: Lou Bredlow Pavilion | Woodland Hills

What: The Valley Cultural Foundation’s concert series returns with this weekend’s R&B Emerging Artists. The free event is open to the public and takes place in the beautiful Lou Bredlow Pavilion. Enjoy a late afternoon picnic with family and friends as you take in the sounds of talented upcoming artists. Sunday’s concert will feature, Terrell Edwards, Brittney Crush, and AV!VA.

May 2021 U.S. Existing-Home Sales Report

The National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales jumped 44.6% from the number of homes sold last May. Existing home sales include all single family, condominium, co-op, and townhomes.

The median price paid for a home in May was $350,300, up 23.6% from last May’s median price of $283,500. There are now 111 straight months of year-over-year increases in the median price.

The unsold inventory level is at a 2.5-month supply, down from a 4.6-month supply one year ago. Inventory was up slightly month-over-month from April when there was a 2.4 month supply. The supply of homes is simply the number of sales in the month divided by the number of homes for sale at the end of the month.

First time buyers accounted for 31% of all purchases. Second-home and investor purchases accounted for 17% of all homes sold. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for less than 1% of all homes sold. All cash purchases accounted for 23% of all transactions.

LA Eats of the Week: June 21- 27

Change up your dining routine with this week’s top restaurants around town in our weekly edition of LA Eats.

Los Angeles

Menya Tigre

top restaurants

Location: 2012 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles

For Angeleno’s that love curry ramen, you are in luck at Menya Tigre. The restaurant combines Japanese-style curry with ever-popular ramen for a truly delicious meal. Whether you are dining for lunch or dinner, this is one of the top restaurants for this rich and spicy Japanese-style meal.

Ditroit

top restaurants

Location: 2117 Violet St, Los Angeles

There is truly no shortage of tasty taco options in LA, making Ditroit a must for this week’s list. Located DTLA, Chef Olvera’s delicious taqueria offers fish machaca flauta, fresh ceviche, and a number of other foodie favorites. Enjoy micheladas and spiked horchatas with your meal for an added kick. 

Caravan Swim Club

top restaurants

Location: 8639 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles

The Caravan Swim Club joins a growing list of new gems to arise out of the year that was 2020. The all-outdoor poolside restaurant at the new Hotel June is quintessential California. The menu offers coastal Cali favorites like ceviche, uni tostadas, oysters, and updated takes on cauliflower nachos, and a carne asada torta. Make your way to one of West LA’s top restaurants for outdoor dining and delicious food.

Beach Communities

Neptune’s Net

Location: 42505 CA-1, Malibu

For superbly fresh seafood and relaxed, casual dining, look no further than Neptune’s Net in Malibu. Perched alongside CA-1, this seaside stop is a seafood lover’s dream and LA staple. So much so that it’s also considered a Hollywood star, appearing in films like Fast and Furious and Iron Man 3. Enjoy fresh lobster, shrimp tacos, and more at this oceanfront restaurant amongst the bluffs.

The Rose Venice

Location: 220 Rose Ave, Venice

An iconic restaurant in the heart of Venice, The Rose offers lofty, boho-chic all-day dining with a California spin. From the Grilled Cauliflower T-Bone to the Butcher’s Board, every menu item is as good as the next. The restaurant set up is also perfect for every type of diner. From those needing a new spot to work and dine to a night out, The Rose works seamlessly to please every patron.

Little Coyote

top restaurants

Location: 2118 E 4th St, Long Beach

Don’t let appearances fool you when it comes to Little Coyote in Long Beach. The pizzeria may seem like any other pizza joint in town until you take one bite into a slice of their pie. The casual eatery is one of Long Beach’s top restaurants for true New York-style pizza. With buttery crust and an array of fresh toppings, consider a visit here your well-deserved cheat day.

 

SFV Valley

Din Tai Fung

top restaurants

Location: 177 Caruso Ave, Glendale | The American at Brand

When it comes to Taiwanese cuisine, Din Tai Fung is not just notable; it is incomparable. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the top ten restaurants in the world,” the restaurant offers locations in both the Valley and LA. The fine dining establishment is famed for its traditional steamed and soup dumplings, and it’s easy to see why. For Chinese delicacies that go above and beyond delicious, look no further than Din Tai Fung.

Dan’s Super Subs

top restaurants

Location: 22446 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills locals know Dan’s is a staple and a must when it comes to top restaurants for delicious subs. The sub shop has been serving their super subs for over 40 years and counting. From the LA Street, Pastrami made with Homemade Baja sauce to the tasty and light Greekfest; these subs are “deliciousness” in every bite.

Conejo Valley

Coin & Candor

Location: 2 Dole Dr, Westlake Village

Located in the stunning Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, Coin & Candor is a California Brasserie with unique wood-fired food. Ingredients for the restaurant’s forward-thinking menu are locally sourced. Choose from tasty brunch options like Chicken and Waffles to all-day dining choices like the Baja California red Snapper. However you choose, you’ll be glad you indulged at this Westlake Village restaurant.

Noi Due

top restaurants

Location: 29020 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills

If you have not made your way to Noi Due in Agoura Hills, you are overdue for a visit. The authentic Italian trattoria offers fantastic dishes like the Pappardelle ai Funghi and Risotto al Nero di Seppia. For a ‘molto buona’ meal and one of the top restaurants in the area, we recommend Noi Due.

Holdren’s

Location: 1714-A, Newbury Rd, Newbury Park

An award-winning restaurant in Newbury Park, Holdren’s offers Steaks, seafood & American cuisine in a modern setting. Indulge yourself with the “cowboy Cut”, Holdren’s Signature steak, or venture seaside with Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut. The steakhouse is open for lunch and dinner, making it perfect for any occasion.

The Best Bike Trails in LA

There’s so much to see in and around LA. From mountain hikes to scenic drives, your options for taking in the sites are endless. So if you happen to want to site see while getting in a good workout, then biking is the best route for you. That’s why in this week’s Out & About, we are sharing the best bike trails in LA so you can cruise easy.

Griffith Park Loops

If you happen to be familiar with Griffith Park’s hiking trail, like everyone in LA, then you may know they have bike trails too. If you didn’t know, now you know, so let’s break down why we love this bike path. With its mix of native chaparral and landscaping, the Griffith park loops make it easy to forget you live in the bustle of LA. If you want a flat ride, stick to the L.A. River Bike Path. For those wanting a challenge, the Crystal Springs Drive provides just enough elevation. Lastly, if you want a real challenge then gear up for the Mt. Hollywood Drive climb.

Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path

What better way is there to take in the sea breeze than with a ride along its shore? Long Beach’s Shoreline Bike Path makes for an excellent ride if the name didn’t give it away. The town’s Shoreline Village cuts through the LB’s beachfront, taking you past the Long Beach Museum of Art and other local sites. The path comes to an end around Bay Shore Avenue and right up to the entrance of the scenic Naples canals.

L.A. River Bikeway

When living in LA, one might forget about the LA River and, likewise, the LA River Bikeway. Well, this is your reminder about LA River’s 51 miles of paved paths and subsequent bike trails. While they are not all connected and range in size, the ride is worth it. Following along the LA River, your journey can range from Canoga Park to the Port of L.A. What most riders opt for would be the Glendale Narrows/Elysian Valley Bicycle Path. A go-to for frequent bikers, the paths cut through the trendy area of Frogtown. This particular path runs from Victory Boulevard and Riverside Drive to Elysian Valley’s Egret Park.

Chandler Bikeway

What was once railroad tracks serves tracks of a different kind these days. The Chandler Bikeway in Burbank become a local bike path in 2004 and has been a go-to ever since. For bike trails in town, this path is slightly shorter than most but equally enjoyable. The Chandler Bikeway covers a couple of miles of Chandler Boulevard, stretching from Mariposa Street to the North Hollywood Metro stop. While the art along the way adds a spark for the eye, it’s the view of the path of the Verdugo Mountains that make it a standout.

Marvin Braude Bike Trail

Last but certainly not least is one of the most known bike trails in town. The Marvin Braude Bike Trail stretches 22-miles of a bicycle path along L.A.’s coastline. Beginning at Will Rogers State Beach, you’ll cruise along with bustling Santa Monica and trendy Venice. From there, you’ll swing through the swanky seascape of Manhattan Beach before ending at Torrance County Beach.

8 Shrubs That Thrive in Low Light Areas

8 Shrubs That Thrive in Low Light Areas

If you want to add some nature to the interior of your home, we have the perfect plants for you. Having shrubs within your home helps with airflow and serves as a great decor choice. We’re sharing 8 shrubs that can thrive in low light areas so you can be the best possible plant parent.

Creeping Fig

Contrary to the name, there’s nothing creepy about this plant. Aside from the necessary pun, the creeping fig, a member of the ficus family, loves low light. The fig plant is native to the tropics doesn’t mind a bit of humidity if you happen to live by the beach. 

 

ZZ Plant

We’re not catching ZZ’s on this plant because it is thriving and adorable. We love the ZZ plant ZZ plant as one of the most tolerant shrubs for low light areas. According to botanic designer Jarema Osofsky, the plant could potentially survive with no light at all. But we’d spare this plant from any dark corners of your home. 

 

Dieffenbachia

This plant stunner comes in green, yellow, variegated, and white varieties. The dieffenbachia will brighten any space while purifying your air. Talk about a goal-getter. For low-light shrubs, you can also basically put this plant anywhere. This plant can grow equally well in low light, medium light, and direct light. Wow, triple threat!

 

Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Snake plants are a popular choice for starter plant parents. This plant not only survives with low light, but it’s also very drought-tolerant. So if by chance you forget to water your plant—which you shouldn’t—but if you do, it will be fine. The Snake plant gets its name thanks to the wavy, striped patterns on its leaves that are, as you guessed, similar to a snake.

 

Monstera

The name alone stands out, and it’s easy to see why. Also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant–the Monstera grows wild in Panama. While the plant may seem abnormal, it is for the best reason. Monstera’s leaves are perforated so they can grow up to two feet wide in a jungle environment. Obviously, your home is not a jungle, so you won’t have to worry about oversized growth.

 

Lucky Bamboo

You can never go wrong with Bamboo in your home. A low-maintenance plant, lucky bamboo has been used within feng shui to attract wealth, health, and abundance.

 

English Ivy

When it comes to thriving shrubs, English ivy does suberbly in low light. Another bonus? The air-purifying plant can filter toxins and mold out of the air.

 

Red Anthurium

We couldn’t end the list without throwing in a bit of color. The Anthurium plants flower throughout the entire year. Each bloom can last around six weeks. The flowers can come in shades of pink, white, or red. To help this plant do its best, it’s recommended to water it one to two times per week. The plant’s waxy leaves can also build up dust, so be sure to use a damp cloth to help your Anthurium shine.

City News: From LACMA’s Modern Art to a pair of Brothers Giving Back in Studio City

Stay current in your area with this week’s area news for Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Studio City, and Newbury Park.

Los Angeles News

LACMA Puts It’s Modern Art Collection Back on Display

Fans of LACMA’s modern art collection can now rejoice. This week the museum reopened its beloved exhibition for public display in a temporary new home.  Back in 2019 (ages ago), the museum closed much of its permanent collections to begin preparation for its planned remodel. As we all know and can see, that remodel is still underway, with an opening date of 2024. Since most of the property is now a dirt pit, collections have slowly made their way to the western half of the property. This move now includes LACMA’s modern art collection, freshly arranged and re-curated. The new set-up will reside on the third floor of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum until LACMA’s remodel is complete.

Westside & Beach Community News

Santa Monica Extends Outdoor Dining for Continued Recovery

Ahead of this week’s statewide re-opening, restauranteurs in Santa Monica received additional helpful news. Following a city council vote on June 9, Santa Monica will continue to allow for outdoor dining accommodations through the rest of the year. The pandemic era extension is meant to support Santa Monica’s continued economic recovery. The one-year pilot – “Santa Monica Outdoors” – will allow continued use of parklets, streets, sidewalks, and public spaces. This includes the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade and private property for outdoor dining, retail, and fitness. Additionally, fees will be waived through the rest of 2021. “Santa Monica’s small, local businesses need continued support from all of us, and your City is here to expedite our economic recovery in all the ways we can,” said Mayor Sue Himmelrich.

San Fernando Valley News

Studio City brothers Repair Unwanted Items to Donate to People in Need

When the pandemic slimmed back the community service opportunities for two Studio City brothers, their pair found another way to give back. Due to covid restrictions, Ben and Sam Volokh were unable to continue volunteering at their local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Instead of sitting idle, the brothers decided to continue collecting donations. Picking up any items that were being thrown away, the brothers took their activism one step further. Along with picking up items in the community, the Volokh brothers also cleaned and repaired the items before donating them to Habitat. They began their repurposing project in November of 2020 and have even created a website where neighbors can schedule a pick-up. In an interview with KTLA, Sam Volokh shared the following, “We just think it’s really important to give back to our community and do what we can to make life easier for some people.”

Conejo Valley News

Newbury Park Startup Joins with Biotech Firm on Treatment for ALS

A Newbury Park-based startup, Capsida Biotherapeutics, is partnering with a high-profile biotech company to develop a treatment for ALS. The announcement came after the startup was able to raise $140 million in Series A funding. Capisda will be working with Swiss firm CRISPR Therapeutics on therapies for the neurodegenerative disease. CRISPR, a publicly traded company, valued at $9 billion, will focus on Friedreich’s ataxia, with Capside leading the ALS program. Depending on the success of the projects, the companies would equally share the research, development, and commercialization costs and profits. This would be worldwide and related to the collaboration product, according to a joint press release statement.

California home prices reach a new all time high again in May

California home prices reach a new all time high again in May

The California Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales totaled 445,680 on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate in May. That marked a month-over-month decrease of 2.7% from the near record number of homes sold in April. Year-over-year the number of sales were up 86.7% from last May when home sales dropped due to the pandemic.

The median price paid for an existing home in May was $818,260, up  from April’s $813,980 median price. Year-over-year the median price increased 39.1% from last May when the median price was $588,070. May marked the highest year-over year gain in prices ever recorded, and the second straight month of year-over-year gains of over 30% in the median price, also a record.

The California Association of Realtors tracks inventory levels based on how many months it would take to sell the active listings in all MLS systems at the current sales level. There was a 1.8 month supply of homes for sale in May, up from 1.6 months in April. There was a 3.2 month supply of homes for sale last May.

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate in May was 2.96%,down from 3.16% in May 2020

Below are median price and sales data by county.

From Clubhouse to Prime Day and More | This Week’s Tech News

From Prime Day to Spotify’s Greenroom taking on Clubhouse and Google’s first store, dive into this week’s tech news.

Autonomous Ship Sets Sail Across the Atlantic

On Tuesday, an autonomous ship fitted with software developed by OBM set sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Deemed the ‘Mayflower Autonomous Ship’, the ship’s name is meant to commemorate the crossing of the original Mayflower 400 years ago. The ship is an artificial intelligence, solar-powered marine research vessel that will sail across the ocean to collect environmental data. The Mayflower or MAS spent several months prior to its September launch in sea trials and research missions to prepare. The ship will travel from Plymouth, England to Massachusetts in the U.S. Some of the issues that the ship will assist in gathering information for include global warming and marine mammal conservation. 

A New Bill Aims to Make it Easier to Cancel Your Trial Subscriptions

Signing up for a free trial 9 out of 10 turns into a surprise bill at the end of the month. Well, a new bi-partisan effort seeks to change this on behalf of consumers. On Wednesday, Senators proposed new legislation that would give consumers a more user-friendly trial period. The proposed bill would ensure that users are notified before payments kick in. According to a release from Sen. Brian Schatz, if passed, the Unsubscribe Act would require companies to make trial terms and conditions more transparent. “Free trials should benefit consumers, not trick them into endless payments for a product they don’t want,” said Sen. John Kennedy “This bill would give customers who enter subscription trials a clear, easy way to cancel those subscriptions”, he continues. 

Scientist Solve the Mystery of Betelgeuse

We’re not talking about the cult-classic film. In 2019, Betelgeuse went through a historically sudden and drastic period of dimming over several months. Scientists had begun to conclude that a Supernova was not too far off for the dim star. Now in a study published by the Observatoire de Paris, a new analysis of images taken in 2019 and 2020 shows Betelgeuse was actually being obscured by its own stellar exhalations. “We have directly witnessed the formation of so-called stardust,” says researcher Miguel Montargès in a statement. While the star has not yet reached its end, scientists believe a Supernova is to be expected in the next 10,000 years. So, something for your great-great-great-great-great-great…(this may take a while) grandchildren to look forward to.

How to Find the Best Deals for Prime Day

Besides Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have another upcoming shopping holiday to look forward to. It’s almost time for Prime Day and the best deals of the year thus far! Amazon Prime members can expect to see some major deals on popular tech products like video games, gaming peripherals, laptops, 4K TVs, phones, PC accessories, and more. As far as finding the best price for your budget, platforms like CamelCamelCamel and Honey are the perfect browser extension. The websites are able to track the price of products on Amazon and alert you when a product has dropped to its lowest price. Another fun fact is that because we live in the land of competition, you can expect to also find tech deals from Walmart and Target on the same day as Prime Day. Just make sure to mark your calendar for June 21st and 22nd so you don’t miss out!

Google’s Will Open First Retail Store This Week

Good news to Google fans, as the tech giant will open its first brick-and-mortar shop this week. The bad news is that you will have to fly to New York to experience the store in person. The new physical retail store will be located underneath Google’s offices in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Patron’s can find Google’s own hardware products, including Pixel phones, Nest gadgets, and other devices. The store will also have a selection of third-party accessories for sale, along with Google-branded, because of course. There are currently no plans for Google to open stores nationwide, with executives staying hush on any possibility in the future. 

Clubhouse competitor Greenroom by Spotify Launched This Week

Another drop-in audio option is joining the growing field of competitors to Clubhouse. This week, Spotify launched Greenroom, formerly Locker Room, as their live audio app feature. Available on iOS and Android, Greenroom allows users to host live conversations about sports, music, and culture. One of the major features is the app’s native recording, which will allow users to save their shows and distribute them as podcasts. Users can sign up for Greenroom with their Spotify credentials, with a creator fund underway although details have yet to be shared. Spotify will now join Twitter’s Spaces, Facebook’s Live Rooms, and other companies as they try to compete with 2020’s hit app Clubhouse.