Apple may add a better screen to next year’s MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, and it could help it catch up to Windows rivals in one key way (AAPL)

Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new MacBook Pro and a new iPad Pro in 2020 with an improved display that would offer better contrast, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The devices would use a display technology known as mini-LED, according to Kuo, which is said to offer better contrast than standard LED-backlit panels while remaining less expensive than OLED screens. That could represent an important improvement for Apple’s MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, considering several Windows rivals come with OLED displays. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Apple is planning to release a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro with a new type… Read More

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The housing-backed investment vehicles that fueled the financial crisis are enjoying their best stretch in years

Mortgage-backed securities hit a three-month winning streak after outperforming US Treasuries through November, Bloomberg reported Monday. The surge was primarily driven by lower refinance rates and a drop in volatility for mortgage-backed assets. When more borrowers refinance loans with lower interest rates, the securities lose their appeal against Treasury bonds. The assets gained new fame in 2008 when subprime mortgage-backed securities powered the year’s housing market meltdown and subsequent recession. Those who bet against the assets won millions and even billions when the housing bubble popped. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. Mortgage-backed securities hit a three-month winning streak after outperforming US Treasuries through November, Bloomberg reported Monday.… Read More

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9 magical acts of kindness at Disney parks

Disney parks are the most magical places on Earth, and random acts of kindness happen there every day. These nine instances went viral, making us all believe in the magic. A man wore a shirt asking for a kidney transplant to Disney World, and within a few days, over 100 people had contacted him. He eventually found a match. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Sadly, Disney parks don’t always exactly live up to the hype. But every so often, a story of exceptional kindness will unfold and go viral, showing us all that magic still exists in the world, and people are still good at heart. From Captain America… Read More

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Canada’s Premiers Make United Push On Federal Health Transfers, Split On Pharmacare

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Canada’s premiers say they want the federal government to increase health-care transfer funds by just over five per cent and allow the provinces to opt out of any national pharmacare program. The premiers emerged from a meeting in Mississauga, Ont., this afternoon saying they had reached a consensus on four priority areas, including on federal health-care funding. They reiterated their call for a 5.2 per cent increase in annual health-care transfer payments from the federal government. Watch: Ontario, Saskatchewan, N.B. premiers announce nuclear energy agreement They also said the federal government should recognize the right of any province to opt out of its proposed pharmacare program with… Read More

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THE DIGITAL HEALTH ECOSYSTEM: An in-depth examination of the players and tech trends reshaping the future of healthcare (AAPL, IBM, ANTM, GOOGL, MSFT, AMZN, PFE, GE, MCK, TMUS, WMT, WBA, MRK, CVS)

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. Current subscribers can read the report here. Until now, healthcare was the only remaining industry that had yet to feel the rapid impact of digitization endured by retail, banking, and media. But consumer adoption of digital tech, regulatory overhauls, and a shifting reimbursement model are forcing healthcare players’ hands. Digital health innovation offers market incumbents new opportunities to combat constricting margins, labor shortages, and rising costs. But it also poses a threat to slow movers, as new entrants lean on their digital prowess and lack of legacy infrastructure to cut costs and remain… Read More

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