How to use Lensa AI photo app to turn selfies into digital avatars

Lensa AI image. Sofia Pitt You may have noticed a new trend taking over your Instagram feed. Your friends are turning themselves into digital art with the help of an artificial intelligence-generated app called Lensa. Lens AI is currently the top free app in Apple App Store, although you’ll have to pay to use the … Read more

Increased demand for ADHD medication is straining the US health-care system

Stories about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have been having a resurgence in the social media zeitgeist the past several years, and it may be leading more people to seek out a diagnosis for the condition. “A lot of my patients would hold up their phone to the camera and be like, ‘Here’s this … Read more

McDonald’s hopes discounts, contests boost mobile sales

Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images Last holiday season, McDonald’s leaned on singer Mariah Carey’s star power and discounts to drive customers to its mobile app. This year, the Chicago-based restaurant giant is going further, giving customers the chance to win free McDonald’s for life for themselves and three of their friends with every … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday, December 7

Traders on the floor of the NYSE Source: NYSE Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Can stocks get over the hump? US equity markets entered Wednesday in a deep funk. After big losses Monday, stocks tumbled again Tuesday: The Nasdaq lost 2%, the S&P 500 … Read more

China eases more Covid restrictions; travel stocks in Hong Kong rise

China lifts negative test requirement for cross-region travelers Cross-region travelers in China will no longer need to show Covid-negative test results, according to a National Health Commission release. Areas that are not designated as high-risk cannot halt work or production, the notice said. Covid patients without symptoms can also choose to isolate at home for … Read more

$400 billion erased from the European tech market in 2022, Atomico says

The Klarna logo displayed on a smartphone. Rafael Henrique | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images Europe’s tech industry has lost more than $400 billion in value this year, according to venture capital firm Atomico. The combined value of all public and private European tech firms has fallen to $2.7 trillion from a peak … Read more

Asia markets trade mixed amid recession fears; China to report trade data

China expected to see a further drop in exports and imports China’s trade data for November is expected to show a further drop in both exports and imports, according to a Reuters poll of economists. Average forecasts predict exports will drop 3.5% in November on an annualized basis after declining 0.3% in October, and imports … Read more

Walmart, JPMorgan, GM CEOs talk about a possible slowdown

General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks during a visit of the US president to the General Motors Factory ZERO electric vehicle assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan on November 17, 2021. Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images As 2023 approaches and the prospect of a recession looms, corporate America is preparing for a slowdown in … Read more

European markets, stocks, news, data and earnings

The euro and pound are likely to ‘revisit their extreme lows’ in 2023, the strategist says The euro and pound are likely to “revisit their extreme lows” in 2023, Ron William of RW Advisory told CNBC. William discussed the outlook for the currencies on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” Tuesday. French President Emmanuel Macron says it’s … Read more

Wall Street, Reserve Bank of Australia, interest rates

Philippines inflation soars to 14-year high on food prices Philippines’ consumer price index for November popped 8.0% on an annualized basis, marking a 14-year high on the back of higher food prices according to the Philippines Statistics Authority. The figure was the highest since November 2008 and came in above Reuters’ estimate of 7.8%. It … Read more