The iPhone 12's capabilities reportedly will approach those of the MacBook Pro, and the phone is expected to include a long-range 3D camera, 6 gigabytes of RAM and 5G technology, along with augmented and virtual reality features. The processor that will underlie the next generation of iPhones is said to be a substantial improvement over the current processors.
Sonos will end software updates this spring for certain legacy products, saying the memory and processing capabilities of the devices have reached their potential. These products include Connect:Amp, the original Zone Players and the first-generation Play:5.
TGI Fridays is betting big on customer-facing tech and a new version of its loyalty program to drive traffic and repeat visits, CEO Ray Blanchette said. The restaurant chain will invest $3 million in new technology in 2020, bringing the total spend over the past few years to $33 million, he said.
Taco Bell is tapping the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide its registered app users with relevant menu items, promotions and content based on their individual preferences, order history and location. "Taco Bell is all about satisfying our fans with the most craveable dining experience imaginable," said Derrick Chan, director of e-commerce.
Foodservice operators who want to improving supply chain transparency and traceability have their eye on blockchain, but implementing the technology on a wide scale requires buy-in all along the supply chain, experts say. "[T]here needs to be willingness from all the partners to play the game, to collaborate," said Riccardo Accolla, director of digital food science for food supply chain platform Ripe.io.
Two companies are introducing fungi-based meat alternatives this year, as they've found fungi provide a superior texture, taste and carbon footprint compared to plant-based alternatives, writes Sam Danley. Prime Roots is developing fungi-based seafood, beef, chicken and sausage while Emergy Foods' new Meati brand will introduce a steak alternative in Colorado restaurants.
Delta Air Lines has unveiled virtual queuing to its app, which alerts travelers when their seat is boarding. Delta says passengers can relax nearby instead of crowding at the gate while waiting.
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