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7/25/2017

Mobile gaming revenue reached $12.2 billion in the second quarter, increasing by 32% from the same period last year, a report from Sensor Tower states. Games on iOS and Google Play saw growth and accounted for the majority of earnings in the app stores.

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VentureBeat
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Sensor Tower, iOS, Google
7/25/2017

The HoloLens 2 will receive more processing power by using artificial intelligence and better data. Microsoft is focusing on developing the device for augmented reality, rather than virtual reality.

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Computerworld
7/25/2017

Hy-Vee will open a store under a new super-sized convenience store format featuring a Market Grill restaurant, a Starbucks coffee shop, prepared meals and a smaller selection of its produce, meat, dairy and other traditional grocery options. The store will be about 8,880 square feet and will join the retailer's convenience store roster that already includes 142 smaller c-stores.

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Hy-Vee, Starbucks
7/25/2017

Ahold Delhaize is marking the first anniversary of its merger with a video and infographic that highlight the combined retailer's 21 banners that host 50 million shoppers each week at 6,500 stores spanning 11 countries. The retailer has also made strides in e-commerce, where 8 million of its customers have spent about $2.6 billion on groceries they can pick up at 484 locations.

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Progressive Grocer
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Ahold
7/25/2017

About 43% of consumers who shop at Whole Foods Market and Amazon are happy about Amazon's proposed purchase of Whole Foods, according to a survey by market research firm GfK. Whole Foods shoppers are above average when it comes to Amazon shopping, with three-quarters of the grocer's customers making one or more purchases on Amazon in the last month, compared with 50% of those who don't shop at Whole Foods, and half of Whole Foods shoppers subscribing to Amazon Prime, compared with 37% of overall US consumers, the survey found.

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Progressive Grocer
7/25/2017

A new app called Silent Echo allows users to access many of Alexa's features by sending messages via Slack. The app was developed by Bespoken and is quickly gaining popularity, Carl Velasco writes.

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Tech Times
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Alexa
7/25/2017

LG has announced the release of its 77-inch OLED W7 Wallpaper TVs at a price of about $40,000. The sets will be on sale in a few Harvey Norman stores throughout the US.

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LG, wallpaper TV, Harvey Norman
7/25/2017

About 80% of US consumers want advanced payment options such as voice control, fingerprint scanning and more, per a survey by Viewpost. Traditional methods of payment are expected to phase out entirely, as about 83% believe the paper check will no longer exist in 20 years, the survey said.

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TWICE
7/25/2017

Home cooks tend to eat nourishing meals and make good selections when dining out, says a Johns Hopkins study. Kitchen tools that make it easier to make nutritious meals include a spiralizer, microplane, food brush, chef's knife and stand mixer, according to dietitians.

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NBC News
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Samantha Cassetty
7/25/2017

Sous vide machines are gaining popularity because home cooks enjoy how the sous vide cooking method simplifies making four-star restaurant quality meals. Columnist Erika Rawes says the ChefSteps CS10001 Joule Sous Vide is powerful, durable and smart.

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Digital Trends