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9/18/2018

The US Trade Representative on Monday released a list of items that will not be subject to Chinese tariffs, including Apple's smartwatches and other consumer-facing gadgets. However, computer server parts and networking gear will now face levies.

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Apple, USTR
9/18/2018

Chick-fil-A offers technology from Kallpod at around 10 restaurants, giving dine-in customers the ability to push a button on the table to order additional food. The button, which also offers options for calling the manager or requesting service, has boosted average order sizes in Houston-area restaurants, the company said.

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Chick-fil-A, Kallpod
9/18/2018

Esports are making big inroads in the mainstream thanks to mobile with competitive titles now widely available on the most common devices. "Clash Royale," "Vainglory" and other popular titles are leveraging the wide penetration of mobile to pursue bigger fan bases and revenue, writes Noah Smith.

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Clash Royale, eSports, Noah Smith
9/18/2018

Amazon has announced plans to release eight new Alexa-enabled devices, including an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, a microwave oven and an in-car gadget. The company expects to roll out the new devices before the end of 2018, with some to be unveiled at an event this month.

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Amazon
9/18/2018

Withings is launching the Steel HR Sport smartwatch as its debut product after company founder Eric Carreel reacquired the company from Nokia in May. The device includes an analog face, along with a heart rate monitor and connected GPS.

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VentureBeat
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Withings, Nokia
9/18/2018

Google has partnered with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to improve vehicle connectivity through the former's Android operating system. The alliance intends to debut the new system in 2021.

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Google
9/18/2018

California has passed a bill that establishes regulations for all connected devices sold in the US. SB-327, titled "Information Privacy: Connected Devices," requires security audits on all components purchased overseas and applies to any device that connects to the Internet and has an Internet Protocol or Bluetooth address.

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Digital Trends
9/18/2018

Parts of Apple's iOS 12 are being used to offer new versions of Apple TV Remotes and Shortcuts via stand-alone apps. The Apple TV Remote allows users to control Apple TVs using a virtual version of the Siri Remote that includes a vector-sensitive touch surface.

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Apple, Siri
9/18/2018

Walgreens will add Sprint Express locations to 80 more of its pharmacies in Texas and Illinois. The Sprint Express program allows customers to check out pre- and postpaid plans and products while at Walgreens.

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TWICE
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Walgreens
9/18/2018

Third-party apps and services connecting to Facebook user accounts are the latest targets for the social network's bug bounty. Developers and others can claim the bounty as Facebook bids to lessen the risk bugs pose to its users.

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Facebook