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8/16/2018

Samsung is expanding its presence in the high-end audio market with the unveiling of its HW-N950 and HW-N850 sound bars, built in partnership with Harman Kardon. Both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio standards are supported, and the devices are designed to immediately improve sound quality with minimal components.

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8/16/2018

Whole Foods Market ranked first on a list of grocers for the sustainability of its seafood offerings in a list released by environmental group Greenpeace. A notable change was the downgrading of Trader Joe's, which the group said was less transparent about the sources of some of its fish.

8/16/2018

Customers expect sushi from a grocery store counter to be as high-quality and fancy in presentation as that from a restaurant, according to Josh Onishi, CEO and president of supplier Peace Dining Corp. "Creating theater -- food preparation in front of customers -- is a consistent trend driving traffic within grocerants," Onishi said.

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Progressive Grocer
8/16/2018

Walmart's results beat forecasts in the second quarter as traffic grew and shoppers spent more both in stores and online, the retailer reported. US same-store sales rose 4.5% and online sales grew 40%, as consumers spent on apparel, groceries, gardening supplies and other warm-weather gear.

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8/16/2018

Best Buy will acquire GreatCall, which makes the Jitterbug phone and other technology and services designed to help older consumers stay connected and get help in emergencies, for $800 million. GreatCall booked $300 million in revenue last year and boasts 900,000 service subscribers.

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8/16/2018

Kroger is launching a home grocery delivery test via self-guided vehicles at a Scottsdale, Ariz., Fry's location. The pilot test will use autonomous Toyota Prius cars, which will initially have a human inside to monitor performance, for same-day and next-day delivery.

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Kroger, Toyota, Fry
8/16/2018

Google is improving the quality of its Wear OS apps by introducing new standards for app-makers. The review process to place an app in the Play Store used to be optional, but now developers will have to pass the review to add their app.

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Digital Trends
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Google, Play Store
8/16/2018

Apple is reportedly being investigated by Japanese authorities for allegedly interfering in Yahoo Japan's online game development operations. While both companies declined to comment, Yahoo both cut its budget for its online gaming platform and stopped prominently advertising it as well.

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Reuters
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8/16/2018

Virtual reality features could be used as a form of vision correction, per a team of researchers at Stanford. The team, led by Nitish Padmanaban, has developed a prototype that can automatically adjust based on what the user is looking at, though the research is still in its early stages.

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TechCrunch
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SIGGRAPH, Stanford
8/16/2018

German grocer ALDI will offer two Advent kits in the US this holiday season that have been a hit in Europe: one featuring wine and one with mini cheeses. The wine calendar features 24 mini bottles for $69.99 while the cheese calendar will sell for $12.99.

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USA Today
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