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10/17/2019

Apple has rolled out iOS 13.1.3 for all compatible devices -- the iPhone 6s and anything newer, as well as the iPod touch seventh generation -- but the update has several bugs, writes Gordon Kelly. He advises users who are still on iOS 12 to hold off on upgrading until the release of iOS 13.2, which will offer privacy upgrades and new emojis.

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Forbes
10/17/2019

Same-day delivery of alcohol is now available at BJ's Wholesale Club stores across six states. The company recently introduced the service to Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina locations, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts stores.

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10/17/2019

Kroger is switching date labels for its Our Brands products in an effort to cut down on food waste while protecting consumer health. The labels consist of a use-by date for safety and a best-if-used-by date to indicate food quality, both of which have been recommended by FMI and GMA, and will be fully incorporated by next year.

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Progressive Grocer
10/17/2019

Cauliflower is finding its way into more products as consumers look to cut carbs and gluten from their diets and eat more vegetables. Conagra introduced a cauliflower salad dressing, Cali'flour Foods rolled out a new line of frozen pizzas and Perdue Farms has crafted blended chicken products like nuggets and patties.

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10/17/2019

Kitchens have changed quite a bit just in the past two decades alone, and "it seems like now we have an appliance for everything -- from deshelling hard-boiled eggs to mincing garlic," Trevor English writes. Interesting Engineering takes a look at the various iterations since the 1800s and 1900s of several kitchen items, including blenders, coffee makers, juicers, kettles and toasters.

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10/17/2019

Kitchen tools from food storage containers to compost bins can help Americans stop wasting food. A high-quality Hurom juicer is an answer for fruits and vegetables that have become too soft, and a Granite Ware 9-piece canning kit provides more long-term use for such food.

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CNET
10/17/2019

Best Buy has made changes to its employee dress code that will allow store staffers to wear blue or black jeans and any color shoes with their blue uniform shirts, which no longer need to be tucked. The move follows recent similar dress code changes by Walmart and Target.

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10/17/2019

The Bank of Canada is weighing its options for a digital currency that could replace cash, according to an internal presentation at the bank. Louise Egan, a spokeswoman for the bank, says the bank has not yet made a decision on the cryptocurrency, adding that "research on this topic is ongoing."

10/17/2019

The increasing adoption of electric vehicles will bring changes for utilities and cities, experts say, and many cities and utilities are working together to prepare for those changes. Robert Walton explores actions being taken by cities, like electrifying their fleets, and utilities, such as providing grants to cities.

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Utility Dive
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10/17/2019

SimpliSafe, which says homes using its technology see a 350% faster police response, has rolled out the Entryway Kit, a security system that can be used remotely with Google Home and Alexa. The basic system includes a doorbell, entry sensor and keypad, but it can be upgraded to include smoke detectors, cameras and smart locks.

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Digital Trends
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