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8/19/2019

Google has eliminated 85 Android apps from the Google Play Store after mobile threat response engineer Ecular Xu found that Android handset users were lured to download apps masquerading as photography utilities and games. Once installed, the apps pushed advertisements that were difficult to close and that hampered smartphone functionality.

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Google
8/19/2019

Leaked photographs of the Sonos Move smart speaker indicate that it will have a recessed grip for easier transport and a toggle between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. Still unknown is the speaker's price, as well as whether it is water-resistant.

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Engadget
8/19/2019

Nintendo has denied reports that it is offering a Nintendo Switch exchange program for users wanting to upgrade from the original model. The new model is said to have better battery life.

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Nintendo
8/19/2019

Minecraft's free upgrade uses ray-tracing technology running on Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics hardware to improve lighting and color. For players with that hardware, the visual experience will include lighting effects from in-game materials such as lava, enhanced rendering of shadows and more accurate reflections.

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Nvidia
8/19/2019

MIT researchers have developed technology that reduces video buffering on devices that are using congested Wi-Fi routers. Instead of splitting bandwidth equally among devices, the Minerva system determines which videos being streamed need more bandwidth and which could use less bandwidth without compromising quality.

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MIT
8/19/2019

Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley are developing separate prototype sensors that stick directly to the skin and gather physiological data such as pulse and respiration. The next step is to develop receivers that can accurately transmit the data to devices such as smartphones.

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TechCrunch
8/19/2019

Apps' ability to manage data they get from users appears to be where Shopify and its business partners are butting heads, writes Cale Guthrie Weissman. Shopify is maneuvering to be an all-in-one e-commerce platform, and its updated app developers' terms call for more control of user information.

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Modern Retail
8/19/2019

Apps for food delivery -- Grubhub, Uber Eats and Waitr -- sold about $5 billion worth of food in the latest quarter, and grocers noticed. Retailers are not keeping up with the trend, even though many stores have the capacity to produce meals.

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GrubHub
8/19/2019

The fate of Spud, a potato, will be decided today -- National Potato Day -- by Frito-Lay consumers. A Twitter campaign gives potato chip lovers a choice: #SaveSpud or #SizzleSpud and will award prizes for submissions.

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Frito-Lay, Twitter
8/16/2019

Katie Conner offers five ways to use Amazon Echo to fight boredom, from playing trivia games to listening to a mysterious story. Even telling Alexa you are bored can elicit a fun fact that could spark research on the subject.

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CNET