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12/9/2019

Google Assistant is streamlining the use of several features, including podcast searches and photo sharing, both of which can be done with a simple voice prompt without the use of menus. In addition, more note-taking apps are being integrated with Assistant.

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The Verge
12/9/2019

NHL 20 is giving gamers the option to battle it out as nonhockey professional characters, including the Minnesota Vikings' Adam Thielen, the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowery and the latest addition to the mix: rapper Snoop Dogg. He can also be heard as a guest commentator on the game.

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Engadget
12/9/2019

Apple's activation lock security feature, intended to ensure that lost or stolen iPhones cannot be used, is inadvertently leading to thousands of devices per month being scrapped rather than refurbished. Device owners can disable the feature, which now is active on MacBooks as well, by erasing all content and settings.

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Forbes, Digital Trends
12/9/2019

Smart environments, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality could transform the modern shopping center, writes Peter Diamandis. A combination of entertainment, learning, personalized product-matching and offerings aligned with the emerging "experience economy" is expected to change the face of retail.

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Singularity Hub
12/9/2019

United Natural Foods will sell 13 of its 43 Shoppers Food & Pharmacy stores to prepare for a sale, and plans to shutter four more stores by the end of January. The locations will be sold to three grocers, with one report stating that Lidl will purchase six of the stores.

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Progressive Grocer
12/9/2019

Transparency is expected to become a mainstream topic as more consumers call for action related to climate change, according to Nielsen. The company also expects local manufacturing to boom and the internet of things to become more integrated into everyday operations.

12/9/2019

As transparency becomes more accessible, close to 60% of shoppers across Europe, China and the US care about the source of their food, according to an AlixPartners poll. "When empowered individuals have the ability to search and learn more information, we were forced to up our game and to understand the complexity and intricacies of supply chain in a way we hadn't before," said John Church, General Mills' chief supply-chain officer.

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FreightWaves
12/9/2019

Procter & Gamble's licensing agreement with business incubator Innventure has resulted in the formation of AeroFlexx, a liquid-product packaging company. AeroFlexx says its "flexible-yet-rigid" packaging uses 50% less plastic, costs less to ship and will be tested in the market by P&G's Dawn dish detergent, Old Spice and Olay body washes and Mighty Mutt dog shampoo, according to a company statement.

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Procter & Gamble
12/9/2019

This infographic from Review42 offers more than 100 statistics about video marketing, spanning the format's popularity, how brands are using it, how and where content is consumed, the performance of social platforms and more. Insights include that how-to videos boost landing page conversions by up to 80%, videos that are enjoyed by consumers increase purchase intent by 97% and YouTube is favored by marketers.

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Social Media Today
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YouTube
12/9/2019

The blacksmith-inspired, handcrafted farmhouse skillet from Smithey is made of durable carbon steel and is "so beautifully made, you'll want to leave it on display for all to see," Christie Calucchia writes. The limited-edition pan is lighter than cast iron, conducts heat quickly and prevents food from sticking.

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