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5/27/2020

Apps for investment and trading are providing new opportunities for investors and new headaches for traders. Isabel Kunkle, a technology and telecom editor at SmartBrief, takes a look at five of the most popular apps on the market.

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5/27/2020

Lenovo is to roll out the high-end Yoga Duet 7i and the IdeaPad Duet 3i tablets, both of which are designed to support detachable Bluetooth keyboards for the first time. The devices, which have similar exteriors to Microsoft Surface tablets and will allow users to work even when the keyboards are detached, will go on sale this summer.

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5/27/2020

Privacy-minded browser Brave is switching gears into video calling with the debut of Brave Together, an end-to-end encryption platform enhanced with security features. The app, which has no time or participant limits, is available exclusively for Brave Nightly users' testing.

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Engadget
5/26/2020

Smartphone-maker Realme is delving into the smart home market with the rollout of its Smart TV, complete with a MediaTek quad-core processor and Dolby Audio speakers. The tech company has also launched the Realme smartwatch, which promises up to 20 days of battery life, as well as the Realme Buds Air Neo wireless earbuds, now for sale on its website.

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The Verge
5/26/2020

A coalition of major tech firms has petitioned four legislators to keep the government from collecting browsing or search histories without warrants as part of the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020. The group, which includes Reddit, Twitter and Mozilla, argues that such records are private and sensitive information sources.

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5/26/2020

Coca-Cola has partnered with mobile streaming app BeApp to feature performances by more than 100 musical artists such as DJ Khaled, Katy Perry and the cast of "Hamilton" from their homes. The BeApp platform offers a variety of consumer perks, including earning rewards for interactions that can be exchanged for prizes and shoutouts from performers and merchandise.

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Mobile Marketer
5/26/2020

Instacart has collaborated with the security firm ADT to create an in-app safety tool aimed at helping the delivery company's personal shoppers during emergencies. The "safety hub" button puts help just a touch away and was part of a series of app upgrades that Instacart President Nilam Ganenthiran said would "help ensure shoppers have the support they need both during and long after the COVID-19 crisis."

5/26/2020

Substantial upgrades could be in store for the next Motorola Razr, including a Qualcomm 5G Snapdragon processor, a more powerful battery and a 48-megapixel camera. The redesigned foldable smartphone will reportedly launch in September, as revealed by Lenovo South Africa general manager Thibault Dousson.

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5/25/2020

Panera Bread is using geofencing technology to increase the efficiency of its Panera Curbside service. Customers who opt in to the service include the make, model and color of their car when ordering online, and store employees receive an alert when the car pulls up.

5/25/2020

Bareburger works with third-party delivery services including DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats, but the chain has also made an effort to improve its technology and take control of a greater share of its digital orders. Today, Bareburger's site and app control 51% of digital orders, up from 14% two years ago, which creative director Zach McCurdy said will allow the the New York City-based chain to "create marketing initiatives that are more effective and relatable for our guests."