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2/20/2020

The cryptic "1 1" message that popped up on Samsung Galaxy phones around the world was a glitch related to internal testing, the company says. The fact that it came from the preinstalled Find My Mobile app, which allows remote locking of phones, made some Galaxy owners anxious, but other than possible battery drain, the notification had no effect.

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2/20/2020

Verizon has dismissed a report that it will no longer sell Google's Pixel phones, saying it is "look[ing] forward to the new portfolio of devices." Google has not commented on the matter.

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2/20/2020

Vallarta Supermarkets is introducing new meatless options at its 50 locations in California, aiming to give people observing Lent additional meal alternatives while also taking advantage of the popularity of plant-based foods. While the launch is timed for the holiday, which runs from Feb. 26 and April 12 this year, the products will be available all year in the grocer's various departments.

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2/20/2020

Kelly Clarkson has been named the first US brand ambassador for Wayfair and will help Wayfair "connect with their shoppers and show them how simple it is to turn their home into a place that feels as special as they are," the singer and TV personality says. Clarkson and Wayfair also are partnering on a collection of home furnishings and decor, which will debut in April.

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2/20/2020

NoCry's lightweight, cut-resistant gloves protect home cooks' hands from nicks and slices from using knives, mandolines and other sharp objects. The gloves come in several sizes, are machine-washable, fit snugly and don't get caught on things, "and both gloves can be worn on either hand -- a very nice bonus," one reviewer says.

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2/20/2020

Trouble connecting, playing music and syncing with other devices are among the issues Google Nest Mini users encounter. Tech writer Tyler Lacoma offers solutions to those problems and others.

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2/20/2020

The use of special glasses with flickering lights can stimulate the release of brain chemicals that could help fight Alzheimer's disease, say researchers at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. "The idea that you could use an entirely non-invasive method to change how the brain's immune system works, to potentially to move it back toward a healthy state in these diseases, would be revolutionary," says Georgia Institute of Technology assistant professor Levi Wood, who is part of the research team.

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2/20/2020

From "Midwest nice" to the growing potential of artificial intelligence in the grocery industry, Lori Raya, chief merchandising and marketing officer of SpartanNash, discusses her insights and inspirations after more than 30 years in the business. Even as a veteran leader, Raya says she stills wakes up "looking forward to coming into work every day."

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2/20/2020

A new study conducted by Cornell University has shown that food waste can be cut dramatically in areas where there are more grocery stores. The research shows that additional available stores means shoppers can visit more frequently but buy less, decreasing the chances that food will spoil before it can be eaten.

2/20/2020

Regional grocer Redner's Markets will open its 45th store in Lewes, Del., and work on the 49,000-square-foot Fresh Market is expected to start in June with opening slated for spring 2021. The latest offering from the Reading, Pa.-based retailer will be the first of its Fresh Markets in Delaware and create between 115 and 130 full- and part-time jobs.

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