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8/16/2019

Katie Conner offers five ways to use Amazon Echo to fight boredom, from playing trivia games to listening to a mysterious story. Even telling Alexa you are bored can elicit a fun fact that could spark research on the subject.

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8/16/2019

Kroger has launched an initiative called the Zero Hunger Mobile Market that aims to expand grocery access to those who can't easily access grocery stores. The trailer, which will visit 29 sites in Louisville, Ky., carries almost 200 different products and is the result of a partnership between the retailer and Dare to Care Food Bank.

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8/16/2019

Kohl's saw foot traffic to its stores surge almost 24% in the three weeks following its announcement that all of its locations would accept Amazon returns, according to inMarket data. Visits lasting less than five minutes grew the most, increasing 17%, and the retailer also booked a 14% increase in visits that lasted more than 16 minutes, indicating that the new feature could drive in-store sales.

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8/16/2019

Eco-friendly Allyooly offers silicone straws that each collapse into small containers. Estefanlo's reusable silicone straws, Five Two's silicone straws and Life Without Plastic's stainless steel straws and cleaning brush kit also made this lengthy roundup of sustainable sippers.

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8/16/2019

Revlon has brought in advisers from Goldman Sachs Group as it explores alternatives that could include a sale of some or all of the cosmetics company's assets, sources said. The company faces growing competition from both bigger established companies like L'Oreal and new and celebrity-driven beauty startups.

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8/16/2019

This week's eclectic Top 10 list featured a story about Heinz Ketchup bottles inspired by musician Ed Sheeran and Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey's take on why his relationship with Amazon is like his long marriage. The rollout of M&M's Ghoul's Mix Sugar Cookie Dough at Walmart also appealed to readers this week.

8/16/2019

Fragmentation is holding back the smart home environment, says Google Nest product head Rishi Chandra. With companies now offering many devices with various standards, he sees the development of a unified platform as the key opportunity for innovation.

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8/16/2019

VOXX Electronics has begun shipping the Gentex Bluetooth-enabled rearview mirror. The automatic-dimming mirror has a button that can operate garage doors and security gates.

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8/16/2019

Google's latest Chrome version, Chrome OS 76, offers virtual desks, easier sharing between devices, streamlined account management and smarter media controls, writes JR Raphael. He notes that Chrome updates are rolled out to devices on a staggered schedule.

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Computerworld
8/16/2019

One of the three rear cameras on the Motorola One Action midrange phone offers GoPro-esque features for recording action shots. Additionally, the One Action includes a 12-megapixel front camera and a 6.3-inch full HD-plus display.

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