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2/20/2017

Google has updated its Android Wear platform to work better with the Google Fit app, which provides fitness tracking and on-watch app downloads. Android Wear 2.0 is designed to work across platforms, while Google Fit remains an Android-based app.

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2/20/2017

Kroger has added between 25 and 40 new jobs at stores that offer its click-and-collect ClickList service, starting with a full-time manager, lead selector and lead attendant to get the service up and running, said Jeff Evans, e-commerce manager of Kroger's Delta Division. The retailer has the potential to add additional jobs at its stores with the eventual launch of a home-delivery service, Evans said.

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2/20/2017

Multicultural shoppers represent a $2.2 billion food retail market, as they spend 4% more per year on fresh foods and visit stores with fresh selections 3% more than their non-Hispanic white counterparts, according to a report from Nielsen. The report found that fresh foods have a significant part in the cultures of multicultural families, and that more consumers are seeking out multicultural flavors.

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Progressive Grocer
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2/20/2017

SK Telecom has developed a new system that provides sensor-connected, closed-circuit television and audio components that run on artificial intelligence. The T view sense provides cloud storage for CCTV systems, while the speakers can control the home via audio commands.

2/20/2017

Sony has the technology to compete against the upcoming Nintendo Switch, per a patent filed by the company in 2015 and published only recently. The images from the patent were released on video game forum NeoGAF and show a device similar to the Switch, a handheld gaming console to be released in March.

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2/20/2017

Xbox One has expanded its streaming offerings to include Beam live streaming, which allows users to stream their own game play and view other Beam streams. Microsoft purchased Beam in August.

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Microsoft
2/20/2017

Social media startup Snap, whose initial public offering roadshow is underway, is making a pitch that it can build popular hardware gadgets and advertising-friendly software fast enough to stay ahead of Facebook. Analysts say turning Snap into a hardware company is a risky strategy that will be difficult to pull off.

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Reuters
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Facebook, social media
2/20/2017

Eye-tracking technology could be the key to propelling forward such markets as virtual reality and PC gaming. Eye tracking also has potential in advertising, as it allows marketers to track biometric data to determine if their message is reaching its audience.

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TechCrunch
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2/20/2017

Google Home has added an option for voice-controlled shopping through its Google Express retailers. The feature allows members to order items from more than 50 stores, depending on availability.

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2/20/2017

FMI, GMA and other groups including retailers, manufacturers and even Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic are ramping up with the launch of a program that is meant to make food labels less confusing for consumers. The voluntary program, which FMI and GMA hope will be widely used by next summer, aims to cut expiration date language from more than 10 variations to two -- "best if used by" for non-perishable foods and "use by" for perishable foods.

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USA Today