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1/21/2020

The iPhone 12's capabilities reportedly will approach those of the MacBook Pro, and the phone is expected to include a long-range 3D camera, 6 gigabytes of RAM and 5G technology, along with augmented and virtual reality features. The processor that will underlie the next generation of iPhones is said to be a substantial improvement over the current processors.

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Tech Times
1/21/2020

Keeping costs down with a no-frills approach while increasing the variety of products available and sprucing up its stores has helped ALDI grow from 1,600 stores in 2017 to nearly 2,000 in 36 states by the end of 2020. The grocer is almost three years into a $5.3 billion expansion and renovation plan, and its revamped stores, which feature more fresh foods and produce, have seen traffic jump by 30% to 40%, according to store officials.

1/21/2020

What started in 1980 as a small grocery has blossomed into the Northgate Gonzalez Market, which today is a Southern California staple with 41 stores. The family chain recently expanded into Riverside, with its new store serving locations in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, which employ a workforce of almost 6,000.

1/21/2020

Protolabs has made updated prosthesis components for Winter X Games athlete "Monster" Mike Schultz, who began competing in adaptive snow bikecross after his left leg was amputated above the knee in 2008. The components, which include the use of 6061 aluminum, are more durable and give Schultz a better range of motion.

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Protolabs
1/21/2020

Fruit of the Loom has moved from using data simply for reporting to using it in predictive analytics modeling, supply chain forecasting and machine learning. Location intelligence technology such as geographic information systems has given the company detailed data on customers at particular stores.

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Forbes
1/21/2020

Digital Trends' Jackie Dove shares details about 20 drawing apps for iPad Pro artists. Morpholio Trace, ArtRage and Graphic are among the cost-friendly apps listed.

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Digital Trends
1/21/2020

With more retail workers looking for jobs that are flexible and engaging, many retailers are turning to technology-based management systems that offer planning, forecasting and scheduling benefits for both labor and management. Walmart, for example, recently debuted a new scheduling system that allows store associates to use an app to see schedules and pick up shifts, a move that many managers say is saving up to eight hours a week in back-office time.

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Walmart
1/21/2020

In a mutual parting of the ways, Kirkland's President and COO Mike Cairnes is leaving the company, giving the operational reins to CEO Woody Woodward. With sales on a steep decline recently, Kirkland's will close 27 -- or 6% -- of its store locations in the next few weeks, with more possibly shuttering later in the year.

1/21/2020

The most important tool in chef Gene Kato's kitchen is the Yanagi sashimi knife. "It's super sharp and a critical tool for cutting and breaking down fish," the executive chef of Momotaro in Chicago says.

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Gear Patrol
1/21/2020

The Transportation Department, SAE International and Thatcham Research use many terms for automatic emergency braking, and now the DOT is joining an effort to standardize car safety terms and ensure that drivers understand that vehicle technology doesn't take the place of driver engagement. Last year, the DOT backed a list of standardized terms for driver-assistance terminology, which was compiled with help from J.D. Power and other organizations.