Real estate tech company Porch adds five new directors to board ahead of public stock listing

Seattle-based Porch today named five directors that will join the company’s board when it goes public later this year.

a large brick building with a clock: Porch’s Seattle headquarters. (Porch Photo)

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Porch’s Seattle headquarters. (Porch Photo)

The real estate technology venture and home improvement marketplace announced plans in July to become publicly traded through a merger that values the Seattle company at $523 million. Porch will combine with PropTech Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.

The board members will join on Porch’s first day of public trading. They include:

  • Javier Saade, founder and managing partner of Impact Master Holdings; venture partner at Fenway Summer Ventures; former associate administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Chris Terrill, former CEO of HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List; board member of Realogy Holdings Corp. and Infogroup.
  • Regi Vengalil, CFO of Egencia (Expedia’s corporate travel division); former global head of corporate development and strategy at Expedia Group. He will serve as
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Amazon expected to debut new Alexa and Fire TV devices Thursday


Alexa, what’s new?

That is Thursday’s question, as the tech spotlight turns to Amazon, and its annual fall event outlining new 2020 Alexa and Fire TV products.

Amazon is expected to unveil several new speakers, TV and TV-related products, home security and internet devices and perhaps some surprises.

Unlike rivals Apple and Samsung, which live-stream their events to a worldwide audience, the Amazon event is open only to media, and there is no live feed. Instead, Amazon will be updating its Day One blog with text and photos as the new products are revealed.

The event begins at 10 a.m. PT. Be sure to also stick with right here for the latest updates and analysis.

Calling: How to make phone calls with Alexa and Google speakers

How to: Among Alexa’s lesser-known abilities: You can ask the digital assistant about COVID-19 symptoms

In years past, Amazon unveiled dozens of

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How to sell your old Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch and get paid


Just like for used phones, a cottage industry is emerging to resell old Apple and Samsung watches.

Apple and Best Buy offer trade-in programs, but they pay less than dedicated trade sites like Trademore and DeCluttr, which offer about 40% of the original price, depending on the condition of your device.

The Series 5 Apple Watch, first released in 2019, originally sold for $399 with a 40mm watch face, or $499 with cellular connectivity, while the Series 3 originally sold for $329 when it was released in 2017, with $399 for the cellular version. Last year, Apple dropped the price to $199, just for the standard version. A cellular option isn’t available.

This year’s Series 6 replaces the Series 5 for the same price as last year’s model, and has a few new features, most notably a blood oxygen reader. pays cash for use Watches (Photo:


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AMD To Move More Of Its Business To TSMC (NASDAQ:AMD)

Taiwan’s Economic Daily recently published an article about the growing Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) business at TSMC (TSM). What makes this article interesting is that Economic Daily is an influential paper and contrary to any concerns from investors, it makes sense for AMD to be moving incremental business from GlobalFoundries to TSMC. We see this as a net positive for both AMD and TSMC.

The question is what would cause AMD to want to move business from GlobalFoundries to TSMC? Why would AMD be moving wafer starts from GlobalFoundries to TSMC when TSMC capacity is already tight?

There are several good reasons for this rumored move.

Understanding Process Life Cycle

Note that TSMC comes up with a leading-edge node roughly every two years. 7nm in 2018; 5nm in 2020; 3nm in 2022, and so on. As a process matures, the cost per wafer decreases rapidly. For customers, this works because

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Amazon knocks $200 off the 512GB 13-inch MacBook Pro

If you’ve been holding out for one of the newest MacBook Pros with more than just the base storage, you’re in luck. Amazon has the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage (double that of the base model) for $200 off, bringing the price down to $1,599. That’s an all-time-low and the last time it dropped this much was at the end of August for a brief period of time.

a close up of a laptop: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro

Buy MacBook Pro (512GB) at Amazon – $1,599


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The model on sale runs on a 10th-gen Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and that expanded 512GB of storage. You’ll snag the deal by combining default savings with a coupon: the laptop is on sale for $1,649, but there’s a $50 coupon on the product page that will be automatically applied at checkout. You shouldn’t have to do anything to apply the coupon, but

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2020 Michigan High School Football Player of the Year watch list: Week 2

While Week 1 of the high school football season certainly had a different feel to it, it did not stop some of the state’s top players from getting off to impressive starts. Already in Week 2, the Michigan High School Football Player of the Year watchlist is growing as River Rouge quarterback Mareyohn Hrabowski, Detroit King wide receiver Lynn Wyche-El and Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver-cornerback Kalen King jump up to the main list.

It was a heck of a week for most of the wide receivers on the list while a few quarterbacks accounted for five touchdowns in their opening game.

Below is the latest Michigan High School Football Player of the Year watch list. Are we missing someone? Let us know by emailing with a player’s name and stats. Follow MLive for weekly Wednesday updates on how watch list players performed after each game.

Andrel Anthony

Andrel Anthony, a

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Haptics Technology Market Size Soaring at 15% CAGR to Reach 14490 million USD by 2025

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Sep 23, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
Selbyville, Delaware, Global Haptics Technology Market Report added at Market Study Report LLC offers industry size, share, growth, trends and forecast analysis up to 2025. Haptics Technology Market Report also covers top key players, porters five forces analysis and market segmentation in detail. This report examines the global Haptics Technology market and provides information regarding the revenue for the period 2020 to 2025.

The next five years the Haptics Technology market will register a 15.0% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size will reach $ 14490 million by 2025, from $ 8272.2 million in 2019. In particular, this report presents the global revenue market share of key companies in Haptics Technology business.

This study specially analyses the impact of Covid-19 outbreak on the Haptics Technology, covering the supply

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks set to gain after Wall Street’s tech bounce

NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Asian stocks were set to open higher on Wednesday after tech-fueled Wall Street gains although focus is shifting to renewed U.S.-Sino tensions, which could weigh on investor sentiment.

In currency markets, a rising greenback could hold back regional currencies like the Australian and New Zealand dollars during Asian hours.

The dollar index rose 0.441%, with the euro down 0.01% to $1.1705 after Chicago Federal Reserve President on Tuesday mentioned the prospect of raising interest rates.

“The U.S. dollar move will probably be the dominant move for other currencies,” said Commonwealth Bank of Australia currency analyst Kim Mundy.

Wall Street stocks rebounded on Tuesday, led by a 5.7% jump in Inc after Bernstein upgraded the stock to “outperform” on an expected boost from premium subscribers and third-party merchants even once the pandemic is contained.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.52%, the S&P 500

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk touts new tech at ‘Battery Day,’ offers 2020 delivery guidance

  • At Tesla’s 2020 shareholder’s meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company’s vehicle deliveries in 2020 would be up 30% to 40% from last year, a range that encompasses its previous prediction of 500,000 cars delivered this year.
  • The meeting took place before Tesla’s “battery day,” where Musk and executive Drew Baglino talked about the company’s plans to make its own large battery cells, which should lead to more affordable, efficient vehicles.
  • Musk, who is well-known for exuberant promises, also predicted the company will be able to make a $25,000 full self-driving car within three years.

Elon Musk wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: SpaceX founder Elon Musk looks on at a post-launch news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifted off on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 2, 2019.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk looks on at a post-launch news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifted off on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 2, 2019.

Tesla CEO Elon

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Water on exoplanet cloud tops could be found with hi-tech instrumentation

This artist’s concept depicts a planetary system. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

University of Warwick astronomers have shown that water vapor can potentially be detected in the atmospheres of exoplanets by peering literally over the tops of their impenetrable clouds.

By applying the technique to models based upon known exoplanets with clouds the team has demonstrated in principle that high resolution spectroscopy can be used to examine the atmospheres of exoplanets that were previously too difficult to characterize due to clouds that are too dense for sufficient light to pass through.

Their technique is described in a paper for the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and provides another method for detecting the presence of water vapor in an exoplanet’s atmosphere—as well as other chemical species that could be used in future to assess potential signs of life. The research received funding from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC), part of

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