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3/29/2017

Wearable devices that help female consumers manage their health and offer a bit of style are becoming a popular segment for tech companies. Bellabeat, a maker of wearable health-tracking pendants, and Omsignal, a wearable brand that puts women first, are just two of the companies looking to take wearable tech beyond the "boys' club" and just counting steps to a more holistic approach to monitoring women's health.

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3/29/2017

Kroger has created a new website for associates and customers to share stories about the retailer and discuss the changing food industry. The site features written content, photos and videos on topics such as the retailer's longest-tenured associate, 79-year-old Larry Arnold, who recently retired after working for Kroger for 63 years.

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3/29/2017

Whole Foods Market won't move forward with plans for a 41,000-square-foot store in West Seattle that has been on the drawing board since about 2013, the retailer said this week. Whole Foods operates three stores in the city, and the new one would have been the anchor in a mixed-use development.

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3/29/2017

Target's new store format will feature an in-store beer and wine boutique when it opens in Richmond, Texas, this fall. The retailer's new footprint, which will eventually roll out to 500 locations, will have two separate entrances to make it easier to customize the shopping trip, and the beer and wine shop will be near the groceries and online pickup section.

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3/29/2017

Adidas has released a beta version of its All Day fitness app on Android and iOS. The app works with Google Fit and Apple's Health Kit and offers tutorials and fitness tracking.

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3/29/2017

Dash's Go Rapid Egg Cooker can prepare soft- or hard-boiled eggs, omelettes or poached eggs faster than traditional methods and with less cleanup. The cooker shuts off automatically when the eggs are done so it doesn't add to morning stress.

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3/29/2017

The House has repealed the Federal Communications Commission's privacy regulations for broadband providers, introduced under the Obama administration. The rules required providers to get consumer permission before using or selling certain data, which observers said put them at a disadvantage with websites, which did not face the same restrictions.

3/29/2017

Onkyo and Yamaha have released new AVR models, including Onkyo's two new midrange AVR models and Yamaha's four V Series AVR models.

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3/29/2017

Casio will release a line of GPS-based watches designed to adjust based on time zone while consuming minimal energy. The first offering to be released will be the GPW-2000 in May.

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3/29/2017

Frito-Lay North America has unveiled a Cheetos-branded fashion line that includes such wearables as "snackspenders" and "snackscots." Although the clothing isn't yet for sale, consumers who enter Chester's Easter Snack Line Sweepstakes have a chance to win the fashions.

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