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7/22/2019

Alexa can assist in finding a misplaced phone with a single command through Amazon Echo. The Alexa skill can be programmed to work for multiple phones in a single household.

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7/22/2019

The Nanopresso portable espresso maker "strikes the best balance between ease of use, portability and taste," Scott Gilbertson writes in this collection of five options. Handpresso Wild Hybrid is a hand pump espresso, which he says is "more work than the Nanopresso, but produces a marginally deeper and richer espresso."

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7/22/2019

Pier 1 Imports has named former Crate & Barrel CEO Douglas Diemoz to be its president -- a new position for the home goods retailer, which has established an office of the chief executive officer led by interim CEO Cheryl Bachelder, the company said Friday. Pier 1 has also named Robert Riesbeck as its permanent chief financial officer.

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7/22/2019

The new Asus ROG Phone II uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, which provides 15% faster GPU performance and higher peak clock speeds on the CPU. The spec-heavy gaming phone also includes an upgraded 6.59-inch display panel with an integrated fingerprint sensor.

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7/22/2019

Marvel Games has made Thor's adopted brother Loki a playable character in "Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order" for Nintendo Switch. Characters will be added over the coming months, though some will require purchase of an expansion pass.

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7/22/2019

Facebook's Reality Labs is developing Tasbi, a wrist-worn haptic bangle intended to enable users of virtual reality to "feel" objects they see on-screen. The device creates sensations when users are picking up virtual objects, pushing buttons or touching a surface.

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7/22/2019

The upgraded iPhone XS, XS Max and XR include A12 Bionic processors that Apple says are 15% faster than the A11 chip in the iPhone X. The XS and XS Max feature dual rear cameras.

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7/22/2019

Google's soon-to-be-released feature for Android will display individual detailed battery information for wireless earbuds. Case open and close battery life notifications are also on the way.

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7/22/2019

Internet of things devices can help reduce food waste by connecting businesses along the food supply chain and monitoring products for quality and safety. A Boston Consulting Group study found that using IOT would also benefit food retailers and producers financially.

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7/22/2019

Kraft Heinz's technology branch, Evolv Group, has developed a meal-planning app powered by artificial intelligence. Meal Hero creates personalized meal suggestions and interactive shopping lists that connect to Instacart.

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