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11/16/2018

Xbox is making strides in adding keyword and mouse support to its family of products through its Xbox Insider Program. Keyboard and mouse support could enable ports of PC games and make the Xbox One more appealing to PC gamers.

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11/16/2018

The Sam's Club Now location in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, one-fourth the size of the usual club retail site, has embraced virtual reality and other technology to make the shopping experience more seamless. In fact, scan-and-go shopping that skips checkout is the only way to buy in the test store.

11/16/2018

Smaller families and a preference for more natural care of livestock have prompted millennials to choose smaller turkeys over the iconic huge centerpiece bird for Thanksgiving. Another benefit they see in smaller turkeys is fewer leftovers.

11/16/2018

Walmart raised its full-year forecast after beating third-quarter growth estimates, and now expects the year's same-store sales to grow at least 3% in the US, the company said. "We feel good about our competitive position heading into the holiday season," Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said.

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11/16/2018

Nike's new six-story, 68,000-square-foot, tech-driven New York City flagship caters to consumers' cravings for both convenience and experience. The store includes a "Speed Shop" that allows shoppers to reserve items online and retrieve them from lockers in the store, an entire floor for sneakers, and mannequins outfitted with QR codes that app users can scan to learn about products and have merchandise delivered to a dressing room.

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11/16/2018

Kraft Heinz is bringing Jell-O slime to store shelves next month in Unicorn Slime strawberry and Monster Slime lime varieties. "While do-it-yourself edible slime recipes are popular on Pinterest and YouTube, until today, there hasn't been an edible slime available from a national brand," the company said.

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11/16/2018

Roku's TV Wireless Speakers, initially announced in July, will begin shipping today and will go on sale in advance of Black Friday for $149.99. The promotion, set for Nov. 18 through 26, cuts $50 off the standard retail price.

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11/16/2018

Silicon Valley startup Mojo Vision is working on an invisible computing augmented reality technology that would eliminate bulky headsets and allow users to enjoy AR via contact lenses. The company is not releasing extensive information, but promises updates will be forthcoming.

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CNET
11/16/2018

Experts at Whole Foods Market have listed the top 10 trends they expect to see in 2019, with number one being Pacific Rim flavors such as passion fruit and mango. Other trends include probiotics, especially in shelf-stable items, and growing consumer preferences for fatty foods.

11/16/2018

SkinnyPop has unveiled two new popcorn offerings for the holiday season in Gingerbread Cookie Kettle Corn and White Chocolate Peppermint Kettle Corn. The limited-time varieties are available in five-ounce bags.

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