US mortgage interest rates jump to 6.52%, highest since mid-2008

Sept 28 (Reuters) – The average interest rate on the most popular US home loan climbed to its highest level since August 2008, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) showed on Wednesday. Rising mortgage rates are increasingly weighing on the interest-rate-sensitive housing sector as the Federal Reserve pushes on with aggressively raising borrowing costs …

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Disney Character Figment Getting Feature Treatment From Dan Hernandez, Benji Summit & Point Gray – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: A Disney film is in the works featuring the character Figment, a small purple dragon who serves as the mascot of Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion in Orlando. The feature hails from Seth Rogen’s Point Gray with: Pokémon Detective Pikachu‘s Dan Hernandez and Benji Summit set to write, Deadline has learned. Figment was created by Walt …

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Lockheed Books $158M Army Contract to Produce More Precision Strike Missiles

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has secured a $158 million contract for the second early operational capability production of the US Army’s new surface-to-surface missile system. The new order came after the service branch completed its manufacturing readiness assessment of the Precision Strike Missiles program, Lockheed said Tuesday. The Army ordered the first EOC batch of …

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Increasing use of AI to boost missile defense market: report

News September 28, 2022 Dan Taylor Technology Editor Military Embedded Systems DUBLIN, Ireland. The global missile defense system market will grow from $23.92 billion in 2022 to $31.32 billion in 2026, with increased use of artificial intelligence (AI) a big factor in the market over that period. The report, from Research and Markets, states that …

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Nets star Kyrie Irving says he lost $100 million for refusing the COVID vaccine

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has hit some of the biggest shots in NBA history, like his step-back 3-pointer that led to a 2016 NBA championship. But now the shot he may become most famous for is the one that he never took. While speaking at the Nets media day this week, Irving told the …

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Android apps getting ‘major’ Google TTS quality upgrade

“Speech Services by Google” is responsible for providing text-to-speech (TTS) and speech-to-text (transcription) capabilities for Android apps. Google is now rolling out a major TTS audio quality upgrade for 64-bit Android devices. Android text-to-speech is getting “clearer, more natural voices” with a “significant side by side quality increase” touted. A new voice model and synthesizer …

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Smartphone-Recorded Steps Affect Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Working-Age Adults

Positive changes in cardiovascular risk disease factors are associated with smartphone-recorded steps over time among Japanese adults with differences noted between sexes, according to study findings published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers in Japan sought to evaluate the association between long-term steps recorded by smartphone and changes in cardiovascular disease risk …

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