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1/20/2022

India's Government School for the Visually Impaired at Vazhuthacaud was to gain a Braille-audio library project on Jan. 4, World Braille Day.

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1/19/2022

Google's first Pixel foldable smartphone could be similar to Oppo's foldable smartphone, and the device could be available this year. Other notable features include the Tensor chipset to power the device and Android 12L as the software.

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1/18/2022

Microsoft is acquiring game developer Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in cash, in a deal that will bolster the software giant's ambitions in the metaverse and fortify its Xbox ecosystem. "Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard's incredible catalog," said Phil Spencer, Microsoft's CEO of gaming.

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1/18/2022

Samsung is to debut the Bespoke Jet, a light, cordless smart vacuum that can empty its dustbin while recharging. The device also features Air Pulse technology designed to help keep dust particles from going into the air while the dustbin is being emptied.

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1/17/2022

A New York-based venture called VCR Group plans to create a members-only dining club in New York City called Flyfish Club where people will gain membership by purchasing nonfungible tokens. Members will use the cryptocurrency Ethereum to purchase the NFTs, which they will be able to resell or lease out on OpenSea, a secondary market for digital assets.

1/17/2022

Portillo's plans to invest in technology this year with the intention of catch up with cutting-edge early adopters, CEO Michael Osanloo said during a conference last week. The company, which raised about $405 million in an October public stock offering, will open its first three-lane drive-thru unit under the Portillo's Pick Up banner next month.

1/17/2022

The rise of the digital restaurant menu means many eateries likely need to streamline their offerings to make it easier for customers to place their orders, write Meredith Sandland and Carl Orsbourn, authors of "Delivering the Digital Restaurant: Your Roadmap to the Future of Food." Bigger menus make omnichannel operations more complicated, screens packed with text tend to turn off viewers and many eateries that have streamlined their menus are "finding focused menus an easier and more profitable way to operate," they write.

1/17/2022

Checkers and Rally's are the latest quickserve chains to start implementing artificial intelligence technology at the drive-thru that promises to speed service and result in more accurate orders, and McDonald's has also been testing similar technology. The growing adoption of AI at the drive-thru comes amid surging demand fueled by the pandemic and a resulting rise in wait times and errors.

1/17/2022

China-based technology company Tencent has led a $100 million investment round in Flipdish, a Dublin-based online ordering firm that works with restaurants in 25 countries. Flipdish provides restaurant partners with branded apps and websites as well as marketing services in addition to digital ordering and payment capabilities.

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Restaurant Business
1/14/2022

General Motors plans to launch its online marketplace, CarBravo, in the spring, helping the automaker compete with sites such as Carvana and CarMax for direct-to-consumer auto sales. The platform will offer inventory from the company's central stock and dealer inventory, including non-GM vehicles.

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