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8/14/2018

Nvidia has announced its new Turing GPU hardware, which can render ray tracing 25 times faster than previous options, thanks to the assistance of advanced AI features. The graphics card will use Samsung's GDDR6 memory, which will allow it to process data faster while conserving energy.

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Microsoft has struggled to gain ground for its digital assistant, Cortana, and is seeking out alternative venues to expand its popularity, per company vice president David Ku. In addition, the company hopes to increase Cortana use via a partnership with Amazon.

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8/14/2018

Shake Shack will revisit its plan to introduce self-ordering kiosks, tweaking the model from one it abandoned amid customer complaints last year. This time, the chain will add kiosks at select locations while also retaining cashiers, and customers will have the option to pay with cash.

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YouTube is trying to highlight new features such as paid memberships and enhanced chats by paying major sums to its biggest stars for using them, according to sources. The new options come in response to complaints YouTube didn't offer any way other than advertising to make money.

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Foxconn Technology reported a 2.2% decline in profits for the second quarter despite continued demand for iPhones. The company reported a net profit of $566.7 million as of June 30.

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Digital ordering is fueling growth of restaurant delivery and it's also spurring operators to reconsider the dining-in experience. "As delivery grows, it offers [operators] an opportunity to imagine how to set [themselves] apart from competition," The NPD Group's David Portalatin said.

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Pizza concept Oak & Stone uses RFID technology from iPourIt to collect data on its customers who use the self-serve beer taps at its two Florida locations. The eatery can track the gender, residential area and age of customers, who can use the iPourIt app to see which beers and ciders they previously have ordered.

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RFID Journal
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Subway has teamed with digital food and travel network Tastemade to revamp its menu. The chain will work with Tastemade's food experts and chefs to create trend-driven menu items.

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8/14/2018

Video game brand IGN has grown its Snapchat Discover audience by half since the start of the year and credits the gain to a fresh focus on topics of particular interest to Snapchat users, such as "Fortnite" and Marvel movies. This strategy marked a departure from past practice after IGN found subjects of great interest on other channels didn't necessarily resonate on Snapchat.

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8/14/2018

The latest beta of Apple's iOS 12 reveals Group FaceTime won't be part of the final release. Apple says it plans to introduce the feature, which allows as many as 32 people to join a group chat, later in the fall.

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