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Cyber Monday 2020: The 20 best deals on Apple, Samsung, Coach, Hulu and Roku you can still get

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Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Cyber Monday is almost over, but the best deals of the day are mostly still available. We've spent weeks preparing for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. You can see our full list of the best Cyber Monday deals, but below you'll find the top 20. Some of these items are at the best prices we've ever seen and encompass things such as Hulu, Playstation Plus, Coach bags, iRobot Roomba vacuums, Apple Watches, Rokus and more.


Webinar: Artificial Intelligence, Firm Growth and Industry Concentration

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Finance experts will discuss findings in a new paper "Artificial Intelligence, Firm Growth, and Industry Concentration" at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 in a webinar hosted by the Center for Financial Policy at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Co-author of the study, assistant professor of finance Tania Babina at Columbia University, will describe findings including the positive effects of artificial intelligence (AI) on firms, in the discussion moderated by Russell Wermers, Dean's Chair in Finance and Center for Financial Policy director at Maryland Smith. The paper shows that firms investing in AI experience faster growth in both sales and employment, which translates into analogous growth at the industry level. The positive effects are concentrated among the ex-ante largest firms, leading to a positive correlation between AI investments and an increase in industry concentration.


Burn Off That Turkey With These Cyber Monday Fitness Deals

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A fitness tracker can tell you a lot about your body these days. The best of them help you plan and keep track of your workouts, whether you're trail running in the woods or circuit training in your apartment's basement gym. We have a few more smartwatch deals in our Cyber Monday phone and gadget deals guide. This watch can track workouts and help plan your hiking routes. It runs Google's Wear OS platform, which supports iOS but is particularly suited for those with Android phones.


Cyber Monday 2020: The best Nest and Ring video doorbell deals right now

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Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you can't sit by the door all day and you're worried about your boxes getting swiped by "porch pirates" every time a package is out for delivery, a smart doorbell can bring you some peace of mind. Some of the best smart doorbells we've tested are from Ring and Google Nest, and there are great deals to be found today on those models. We've found the very best and listed them here for you. Get expert shopping advice delivered to your phone.


Facebook buys customer service and chatbot startup Kustomer

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Facebook has just completed its latest acquisition, buying up a company called Kustomer. The startup's software creates a single-screen interface for businesses to manage their online conversations with customers and automate some interactions with the help of chatbots. Facebook didn't disclose the financial terms of the deal. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, the company was valued at approximately $1 billion going into today's deal. The acquisition comes as Facebook makes a big push into online shopping.


Cyber Monday 2020: The best headphone deals on Sony, AirPods, Bose and more

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Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. It's Cyber Monday, and no it's not a scary day where killer robots revolt, just the perfect time to shop from home at your leisure; you know, like usual! The only thing killer about Cyber Monday is the savings, and if you've been looking for great new headphones and earbuds, your time is now. We've found the absolute best Cyber Monday deals, especially set aside for those who missed the Black Friday window. Below are our favorite picks from Apple, Sony, Jabra, Bose and more, all heavily discounted and ready to come home.


Cyber Monday 2020: The best deals you can get at Best Buy on TVs, appliances and more

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Cyber Monday 2020: Grab these Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones and plenty of other discounted items at Best Buy. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you missed out on a great deal during Black Friday, now is the chance to redeem yourself by shopping Best Buy's Cyber Monday sale. The deals are popping with impressive markdowns on smart TVs, robot vacuums, Nintendo Switch games--the list goes on. There are also major savings on top-rated appliances from LG, Samsung, Whirlpool and other major brands.


Burn Off That Turkey With These Cyber Monday Fitness Deals

WIRED

A fitness tracker can tell you a lot about your body these days. The best of them help you plan and keep track of your workouts, whether you're trail running in the woods or circuit training in your apartment's basement gym. We have a few more smartwatch deals in our Cyber Monday phone and gadget deals guide. This watch can track workouts and help plan your hiking routes. It runs Google's Wear OS platform, which supports iOS but is particularly suited for those with Android phones.


Facebook Proposes Free-Viewpoint Rendering on Monocular Video

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Just a few months after Facebook released an on-device model capable of turning common two-dimensional photos into 3D images comes a new and improved model, produced in cooperation with Cornell Tech and Virginia Tech, that enables free-viewpoint rendering of dynamic scenes in a single video. Typical 3D reconstruction algorithms require multiple cameras to capture different viewpoints, necessitating a complicated hardware setup. Some recent video depth estimation approaches have managed to acquire consistent per-frame depth estimates from a single video using scene depth estimates and view synthesis, but the team says even with perfect depth estimates, these early-stage approaches can lead to unnatural stretches and reveal holes in disoccluded regions. The Facebook approach enables free-viewpoint rendering by learning a spatiotemporal neural irradiance field -- a challenging task given that the input video contains only one viewpoint of the scene at any given moment. For continuous representations of a scene without resolution loss, the researchers used neural implicit representations to aggregate all dynamic scene spatiotemporal aspects into a single global representation. Rather than modelling view dependency, the researchers trained the neural irradiance fields as a function of both space and time for each video.


Best Way to Learn Pandas

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This learner's guide will help you understand how to use the features of pandas for interactive data manipulation and analysis. This book is your ideal guide to learning about pandas, all the way from installing it to creating one- and two-dimensional indexed data structures, indexing and slicing-and-dicing that data to derive results, loading data from local and Internet-based resources, and finally creating effective visualizations to form quick insights. You start with an overview of pandas and NumPy and then dive into the details of pandas, covering pandas' Series and DataFrame objects, before ending with a quick review of using pandas for several problems in finance. With the knowledge you gain from this book, you will be able to quickly begin your journey into the exciting world of data science and analysis. Install pandas on Windows, Mac, and Linux using the Anaconda Python distribution Learn how pandas builds on NumPy to implement flexible indexed data Adopt pandas' Series and DataFrame objects to represent one- and two-dimensional data constructs Index, slice, and transform data to derive meaning from information Load data from files, databases, and web services Manipulate dates, times, and time series data Group, aggregate, and summarize data Visualize techniques for pandas and statistical data Adopt pandas' Series and DataFrame objects to represent one- and two-dimensional data constructs Adopt pandas' Series and DataFrame objects to represent one- and two-dimensional data constructs Michael Heydt is an independent consultant, educator, and trainer with nearly 30 years of professional software development experience, during which time, he focused on Agile software design and implementation using advanced technologies in multiple verticals, including media, finance, energy, and healthcare.