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12/3/2021

Tesla now has a vehicle for kids ages 8 and up: the electric Cyberquad all-terrain vehicle, which tops out at 10 mph and can travel up to 15 miles. The four-wheeler can be ordered on Tesla's website, but for now, the Cyberquad is only available for customers in the US.

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The Verge
12/3/2021

Alexa's latest sound detection feature can trigger routines if the smart assistant hears running water or an appliance chime. Additionally, Amazon Pharmacy customers can now receive delivery updates and refill their prescriptions via Alexa.

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The Verge
12/2/2021

Mixed-reality capture, an Oculus Quest 2 update, lets users film their bodies in virtual spaces -- a feature similar to the headset's Live Overlay, but with better in-game integration. It's available in six games, including Pistol Whip and Beat Saber, and it requires an iPhone, with no timeline announced for Android support.

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TechRadar
12/1/2021

Starlink is exploring connecting airlines with in-flight broadband powered by its space-based satellites, says company commercial sales executive Jonathan Hofeller. A project timeline has yet to be confirmed, but Hofeller aims to launch airline service "as soon as possible."

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Bloomberg
12/1/2021

Capstone Connected has designed two versions of the Thin Cast Smart Mirror: a standard model and a full-length Fitness/Lifestyle model with wellness-focused features. The devices come with touch-screen displays and Android compatibility and are frameless for streamlined, unobtrusive installations.

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Digital Trends
11/30/2021

Infinite Objects and the NBA have teamed up to offer fans a chance to score frames that showcase looping Video Prints -- nonfungible tokens commemorating a favorite NBA Top Shot clip. The frames will sport holographic stickers and QR codes to confirm authenticity.

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The Verge
11/30/2021

Chipotle, Verizon and Nike are among a growing legion of brands tapping into immersive "metaverse" platforms, such as Fortnite and Roblox, to boost brand awareness. Verizon's Diego Scotti says immersive experiences have the potential to be as valuable as Super Bowl TV spots.

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Verizon, Roblox
11/30/2021

Jack in the Box is looking to technology tools in its quest to overcome the current labor shortage, from digital application portals to speed the hiring process to social media messaging meant to court prospective employees. The chain is also working to automate more of its operations, with plans to test equipment including fry-making robots and self-cleaning milkshake makers.

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Restaurant Business
11/30/2021

Jamba's automated kiosks in the California cities of Dixon and Downey let users place orders using either the brand's smartphone app or a tablet attached to the machine. The Jamba by Blendid kiosks, which use artificial intelligence and machine learning to allow customers to personalize their orders and set the time they'll be picked up, could allow the brand to expand to non-traditional locations and operate during more hours of the day, Jamba President Geoff Henry said.

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QSR
11/30/2021

High turnover and other labor challenges have been realities of the restaurant industry long before the pandemic, and operators can use today's technology tools to craft long-term solutions, write Carl Orsbourn and Meredith Sandland in the book "Delivering the Digital Restaurant." They document how new technology can help restaurants provide their employees with the qualities they need to be happy and fulfilled.