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10/17/2019

University of Washington researchers are turning smart speakers into health-focused baby monitors with the addition of microphones and breathing detection algorithms. The next phase of the design may help with sleep tracking and the detection of sleep apnea.

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10/17/2019

The startup behind the DoNotPay app is adding Skip Waiting On Hold, which connects calls as soon as a customer agent comes on the line. The company's other consumer-focused offerings include help with customer service disputes, traffic and parking appeals, and government paperwork.

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TechCrunch
10/17/2019

JR Raphael notes several helpful but not widely known YouTube features that can make using the site more efficient, including shortcuts for playbacks and advanced watching. He also touches on privacy functions, such as incognito mode, which lets viewers watch videos without saving them into their history.

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10/17/2019

Gamers with a touch of nostalgia can relive the Game Boy experience with a portable console offered by Analogue. The Analogue Pocket, which can support other games as well if a cartridge adapter is used, replicates the original gaming experience, but with 10 times the resolution.

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10/17/2019

Iowa-based Fareway Meat and Grocery is rolling out digital signs to all 125 of its locations by next year. The signs will be used to display prices, sales, food pairing suggestions and health facts.

10/17/2019

Grocers have surpassed the restaurant, entertainment and nongrocery retail categories when it comes to superior customer experience, according to KPMG research. H.E. Butt Grocery took second place for top individual brands, Amazon placed sixth and Costco ranked eighth.

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Grocery Dive
10/17/2019

About 68% of UK shoppers surveyed said they now take advantage of click-and-collect programs and 85% of customers opting to pick up online orders buy additional items while in the store, according to Barclaycard survey data. Amazon offers shoppers there the option of picking up at Next stores.

10/17/2019

Family-owned Sendik's Food Market has spent $5 million on renovations at its store in Brookfield, Wis. The updated store features a high-end bistro, grill station, gathering space, mezzanine level lounge, juice bar and a floral shop.

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10/17/2019

Danone is taking a minority stake in plant-based creamery Forager Project, which produces alternative dairy products including yogurt, milk and sour cream. The creamery, based in San Francisco, also makes plant-based snack chips as well as protein and probiotic shakes.

10/17/2019

Beyond Burger maker Beyond Meat is expanding its plant-based portfolio to include sausage. Ingredients for the new Beyond Sausage include fava beans and pea protein but with 40% less saturated fat than its pork sausage counterpart, said Will Schafer, the company's vice president of marketing.

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