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10/15/2019

Google's new flagship Pixel 4 phone, unveiled today after much speculation and plentiful leaks, comes with motion-sensing radar, a second camera on the back and a high refresh-rate screen, along with a swifter face unlock feature. Also launched at the unveiling event was the redesigned Nest Wifi router, whose color options and form factor are intended to make it part of a home's decor.

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10/15/2019

Multilingual users can now alternate between Spanish and English when talking to Alexa thanks to a feature that enables the smart assistant to seamlessly switch between the languages. The change also allows users to request Latin playlists on Amazon Music, get news and weather reports, and control other smart home devices, all in Spanish.

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Digital Trends
10/15/2019

Game designer Square Off has launched a Kickstarter effort in support of Neo, a chessboard that personalizes coaching and uses artificial intelligence to learn players' strategies and challenge them accordingly. The company will also be offering SwapBoard, an LED light panel board that allows up to four games -- halma, checkers, chess and 4 in one -- to be played on the same surface, with different gaming messages displayed.

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VentureBeat
10/15/2019

Most of ALDI's customers say the grocer is simpler to shop than other supermarkets, carrying only the most popular varieties of particular items, according to a Kantar study. The study also revealed that nine out of 10 ALDI shoppers believe the retailer is more cost-effective than other stores.

10/15/2019

Health-focused initiatives like in-store signage, dietitian-created recipes and geotargeted social media marketing will likely help drive produce sales, according to Limoneira. Increased transparency, unique flavors and the plant-based protein trend are also expected to boost sales.

10/15/2019

Authentic Brands Group's proposed acquisition of Barneys New York for approximately $270 million includes a plan to license the Barneys brand to Saks Fifth Avenue, sources said. The deal could reportedly include opening Barneys-branded departments in some Saks stores, and Saks could also operate the Barneys e-commerce site while Authentic Brands would run the Barneys stores.

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Saks, Saks
10/15/2019

Kohl's is making changes ahead of the holidays with the watchword "newness" in mind, from new private-label lines to a collection of select new brands dubbed Curated by Kohl's that will roll out to 50 stores. "We feel strongly that we want to become more known for discovery...it's more opportune to launch new brands," Chief Merchandising Officer Doug Howe said.

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CNBC
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10/15/2019

Pillsbury is launching a Brownie Bark Mix in two flavors, featuring a thin brownie with a bark crunch that meets consumer demand for "permissible indulgence," according to a company statement. Other rollouts from Pillsbury include Funfetti cake mixes in Yellow and Strawberry flavors, along with Funfetti frosting in Galaxy Space Blue and Unicorn varieties.

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Pillsbury
10/15/2019

Feeding Intelligence is a platform launched by Cargill and designed to help farmers make feed choices that support animal health, sustainability and farm performance. The site also provides advice about the latest technology that helps meet these goals.

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AGDAILY
10/15/2019

Thermomix will incorporate Drop's smart kitchen software in 2020, allowing its TM6 all-in-one appliance to connect with other appliances as well as additional applications. The all-in-one will be able to preheat the oven, order groceries and adjust more than 50,000 recipes as it chops, mixes, blends, ferments, handles sous vide and more.

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The Spoon
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