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9/24/2018

Despite increased access to digital games, console gaming continues to thrive, as evidenced by developer Rockstar's plan to release "Red Dead Redemption 2" for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on Oct. 26. The continued popularity of Nintendo's Switch, which sold 19.7 million units in its first 15 months, also demonstrates interest in console gaming.

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9/24/2018

Meijer has begun expanding its home delivery of beer and wine to 40 stores in Ohio via Meijer Home Delivery and a partnership with Shipt. The retailer has been delivering beer and wine in its home state of Michigan since July 2017.

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Meijer, Shipt
9/24/2018

Headphone and audio company Sennheiser is teaming up with Magic Leap to develop AR accessories. Sennheiser will work through the "Works with Magic Leap" certification program to develop tools that work with the company's headset.

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The Verge
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Magic Leap, Sennheiser, AR
9/24/2018

French company Vaonis has unveiled a smart telescope that uses Wi-Fi to offer live viewing right from the user's phone. The 19-inch telescope is smaller than a traditional telescope, allowing for easier carrying and setup.

9/24/2018

Lockly has developed an algorithm-based 3D fingerprint sensor lock that can generate multiple access codes without an internet connection. The Secure Plus uses an OLED display that randomly changes the position of numbers to ensure that even individuals watching the user will not be able to accurately guess their code.

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Engadget
9/24/2018

"Mario Kart VR" will debut in Union Station at VR Zone Portal Washington D.C. on Oct. 1. The experience will work through HTC's Vive and its hand-strapped Trackers to allow users to play with characters such as Luigi, Peach, Mario and Yoshi in a virtual reality environment.

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Union Station, HTC, Luigi
9/24/2018

Smartwatches and smart speakers will not be hit directly by the latest round of US tariffs on Chinese goods. But lower-profile tech items, such as modems and routers, are subject to the 10% penalty.

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Reuters
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Smartwatches
9/24/2018

A warehouse robot called Alphabot will be put to the test soon in a Walmart in Salem, N.H. The robot can move vertically or up shelves horizontally to gather the items to fill out a grocery order.

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WBZ-TV (Boston)
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Walmart
9/24/2018

One-third of retailers say they have used artificial intelligence to improve their supply chain performance, according to a study from Symphony RetailAI which heavily sampled grocers. One-fourth of the companies surveyed said they were striving to incorporate AI into their supply thinking.

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Progressive Grocer
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9/24/2018

Paul Svensson is the head chef at two Swedish restaurants and is creating high-class cuisine that produces zero food waste. Examples include cooking composted onion with fresh onions and crushing blue mussel shells to remake into plates.

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TIME online