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8/18/2017

Walmart's same-store sales rose by 1.8% in the second quarter, and the retailer saw its strongest sales in grocery in five years, driven by efforts including improvements in fresh foods and lower prices, the company said Thursday. Walmart's online sales also jumped 60% during the period, which the retailer attributed to stronger e-commerce efforts and a recent string of acquisitions.

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8/18/2017

Brewed Ginger Beer, Gluten Free Cheese Pizza, Kohlrabi Salad Blend and Whole Milk Mango Kefir are among Trader Joe's best 50 offerings, according to a survey of the retailer's customers and employees. The campaign is part of Trader Joe's 50th anniversary celebration.

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Trader Joe
8/18/2017

Amazon has partnered with Arizona State University to allow engineering students access to the Echo Dot, with the university also providing courses on how to build voice-user interfaces for Alexa. The program is a voluntary one that will be available in the school's high-tech dormitory.

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ZDNet
8/18/2017

Individuals who want to photograph the solar eclipse on Monday shouldn't use smartphones without a solar filter due to the risk of damage, as well as overexposure. Per NASA recommendations, "the best thing to do is to cover the camera lens with a solar filter during the moments before (and after) totality when the sunlight is still blinding."

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8/18/2017

It is being speculated that the wireless charging on the Apple iPhone 8 works similarly to how Wi-Fi is delivered to devices by using 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands to power the device. Also, the company is expected to use a glass body instead of aluminum to maintain the phone's charge.

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8/18/2017

Sony is showing off two new in-vehicle audio options; they offer a sleeker user interface and better smartphone connectivity. The XAV-AX200 receiver boasts Android Auto system and Apple CarPlay compatibility, along with Sirius XM connectivity, a DVD player and three-camera input.

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TWICE
8/18/2017

ZTE saw a 36% increase in smartphone shipments in the second quarter and now controls 11.5% of the US smartphone market, Counterpoint Technology reports. The company's aggressive chip marketing and low-cost devices have helped it become the fourth-largest smartphone provider in the US.

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ZTE
8/18/2017

The Nintendo Switch was more readily available last month, and increased supply allowed it to outsell the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, The NPD Group reports. Despite that, consistent supply has allowed PlayStation to outsell all other hardware platforms year-to-date.

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VentureBeat
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8/18/2017

Landover, Md.-based Giant Food will roll out the HowGood in-store sustainable food rating system to all of its locations, after piloting the program in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The system rates the sustainability of food items on a scale of "Good, Great, Best," and almost 90% of shoppers at Giant's test stores said they would use the system when looking for sustainable foods.

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Progressive Grocer
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8/18/2017

SpartanNash will increase its capital expenditures by about $5 million this year in an effort to boost its investments in areas of emerging growth including new packaging for fresh products from its Fresh Kitchen facility and more efficient distribution technology, CEO Dave Staples said Thursday.