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9/29/2020

Tech writer James Trew compares Phonak's Paradise and Widex's Moment -- high-tech hearing devices -- on streaming, app interface and compatibility with other smart technology. He also addresses audio quality, acknowledging that both devices' performance in this area is subjective and shaped by individual needs.

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Engadget
9/29/2020

Lenovo is now taking preorders for the ThinkPad X1 Fold, a 13-inch OLED PC that can be folded and used as a tablet, a notebook with a detachable keyboard, or a small laptop in which the bottom half turns into a touch screen keyboard. The company is also launching several new ThinkBooks, as well as the ThinkPad X1 Nano, which can wake itself from sleep mode if it detects movement.

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The Verge
9/29/2020

North American automotive production trails last year's pace, but automakers are seeing demand to replenish inventory, as well as strong new-vehicle sales. Separately, General Motors is planning a $39 million investment in its Toledo, Ohio, transmission plant and a $32 million investment in a casting plant in Defiance, Ohio.

9/29/2020

Remington Outdoor's bankruptcy process will include splitting up the business through seven sales, including an $81.4 million purchase of branding, trademarks and certain ammunition assets by Vista Outdoor. A court hearing is scheduled for today.

9/29/2020

Manufacturers should ensure IT, operational technology and other teams are collaborating on cybersecurity issues, write PwC's Aaron Schamp and Bobby Bono. They also discuss the value of the internet of things and why cybersecurity is no longer contained by perimeters.

9/29/2020

Manufacturing Day events sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Helena WINS in Montana will be online this week because of the pandemic. "I think that the information is still valuable and people have more of an opportunity to sit down and really dive into it," says McKinley Winkle, director of Helena WINS.

9/29/2020

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program is funding Project 160, which will recruit 160 applicants for five weeks of instruction and culminate in a Manufacturing Skills Standards Council credential. "This is an opportunity to get in at the ground floor and then work your way through the programs and the career path," says program CEO John Kennedy.

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ROI-NJ (N.J.)
9/28/2020

Amazon announced today that its annual Prime Day will be held on Oct. 13-14 after being postponed from July because of the pandemic. The international sales event will expand to Brazil and Turkey in addition to the 17 countries where it was previously available, and Prime members who spend $10 or more with certain small businesses on Amazon in the days leading up to the event will earn a $10 credit for Prime Day purchases.

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Fast Company online, CNN
9/28/2020

Music and video app Triller is beefing up its efforts to move in on TikTok by recruiting popular social media stars, hiring Mondelez's Bonin Bough as chief marketing officer and launching Crosshype, an ad service that offers campaign impression guarantees, writes Garett Sloane. Other emerging TikTok competitors include Instagram's Reels and YouTube's Shorts and startups such as Dubsmash, Byte and Zynn.

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TikTok, Triller, YouTube
9/28/2020

Families eating together are more conscious of not wasting food, according to recent research from 84.51˚, Kroger's data analytics arm, and the grocer is looking to take advantage of that heightened awareness in its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative. In addition to a heightened focus on family meals, Kroger is boosting its recycling programs, allowing customers to round up their purchases to donate to the campaign and simplifying the date labels on its private brand products.