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After Math: Market fluctuations

Ride the financial rollercoaster -- if you dare.
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It's been a volatile week for us all, what with the stock market's unpredictable undulations, the US Senate's DACA drama, the Olympics hacking and whatever other craziness that's sure to happen between the time I file this post and Sunday morning. It was pretty wild for the tech industry as well. Turns out that Apple's HomePod seemingly secretes wood-marking oils, Sony announced it'll cut the price of its VR headset by a third, and Netflix continued its spending spree, blowing $300 million on the guy who brought us "Glee." Numbers, because how else are you going to count stuff?

$40: YouTube TV is already a solid option for people looking to cut ties with their cable company and it's only getting better. Google announced this week that it's expanding its channel lineup with stations from Turner Broadcasting, NBA TV, MLB TV, and a few others. Only problem is that the $35 service is bumping up $5 come March 13th, but only for new customers so if you want in, you've got a month to pull the trigger.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Writer John Gray, actor Sarah Paulson and actor Ryan Murphy attends the FOX Broadcasting Company, FX, National Geographic And Twentieth Century Fox Television's 68th Primetime Emmy Awards after Party at Vibiana on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

$300 million: That's how much Netflix paid for the services of one Ryan Murphy, producer of shows like Glee, Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story and Scream Queens, for a multi-year agreement. Does Netflix not realize how many perfectly good human souls you could buy for that sort of cash?

20 minutes: That's how long it takes for Apple's HomePod to burn a noticeable ring into your desktop. No, your literal desktop, not your computer's desktop. The solution: Apple recommends either refinishing the furniture that their product damaged or shell out $20 for a leather coaster. Because Apple products "just work."

$1,000: That's how much Magic Leap's AR headset will likely retail for when it becomes available sometime in the near future. That's a steep price for the ability to watch classic NBA games as if you were Gulliver in Lilliputia. Just, please, seriously, I'm begging you, don't wear them in public.

$200: Sony is dropping $100 off the price on its PSVR headset to help boost the accessory's adoption. Plus, Sony will throw in a copy of Gran Turismo Sport and the camera necessary to play it. That's not a bad deal if you're really into virtual vehicle racing. Hit me up when the VR experience comes to Monster Hunter World.

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 08:  An visitor wears a Vive virtual reality (VR) headset, manufactured by HTC Corp during the 'Virtuality Paris 2018' show on February 08, 2018 in Paris, France. The second edition of Virtuality Paris, the virtual reality fair, will be held in Paris from 08 to 10 February 2018  (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

$9: Last spring HTC introduced a subscription service enabling its Vive users to rent up to five VR titles per month at a cost of $7. The company announced this week that the price is going up by another two bucks on March 22nd. And there's nothing you can do about it.

$2,500: Maybe you're the outdoorsy type that wants to film their adventures but don't want to run around with a controller in your hands. Maybe you've got nearly three grand burning a hole in your pocket. Maybe you want to check out this fully autonomous camera drone from Skydio.

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