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US Senate Poised to Ease Dodd-Frank Rules for Most Banks

Ten years after a financial crisis rocked the nation’s economy, the Senate is poised to pass legislation that would roll back some of the safeguards Congress put into place to prevent a relapse.

The move to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-Frank law has overwhelming Republican support and enough Democratic backing that it’s expected to gain the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate. Several Democratic lawmakers facing tough re-election races this year have broken ranks with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

The legislation would increase the threshold at which banks are considered too big to …read more

This clever device adds a home button and headphone jack to the iPhone X

If you’re used to the status quo on Apple devices and have made the transition to the iPhone X, you might be missing the ubiquitous home button. A staple since the original iPhone, the home button is missing from Apple’s thousand dollar effort. It’s a jarring change, and if you just can’t live without it, you can shell out a little more money ($25.99 to be precise) and get a dongle which will replace the home button on your iPhone X, bringing back that comforting button press with which we’re all so familiar. Apple unveiled details on how it planned… …read more

To Engage Customers, Smart Mirrors Take Cues from Social Media

Call it the Snapchat effect.

Some high-tech mirrors out there are borrowing from the social media giant, which offers face “lenses” to decorate selfies shared among its users.

Instead of putting dog ears or sparkly rainbow tongues on photos, popular on Snapchat, these mirrors allow consumers to apply virtual lipstick shades, eyeglasses and earrings.

And they’re gaining popularity among retailers who want to lure shoppers back into stores.

“Virtual try-on offers people the ability to try on numerous products, many more than they would be able to try on otherwise,” said Peter Johnson of FaceCake Marketing Technologies.

Johnson was recently demonstrating Dangle — it uses …read more