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7/30/2021

Google Assistant reportedly is testing a "fast checkout" prompt, automatically filling out payment information and addresses to streamline the shopping experience. The feature appears to still be in the pilot stage.

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Android Police
7/30/2021

Mini-gaming handheld Panic met a 20,000-unit preorder goal for 2021 within the first 20 minutes of opening sales. Units sold after the initial batch of preorders won't start shipping until 2022.

7/29/2021

Synchron has received approval from the FDA to begin clinical trials of its Stentrode, a brain-based implant technology for patients with paralysis. The company has received US approval to test its commercial solution in humans before Neuralink, Elon Musk's brain-computer interface project.

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Bloomberg
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Synchron
7/28/2021

Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft reportedly made more than $50 billion in profits in the most recent quarter of 2021, with Apple's $21.7 billion leading the pack thanks partly to its 5G iPhone sales. Advertising demand helped Alphabet's profits jump to $18.53 billion, while Microsoft brought in $16.5 billion in profits.

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The Associated Press
7/28/2021

Samsung will reportedly debut its hybrid screen QD-OLED TV at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. If the price is high, which would limit consumer access, it could signal the brand's technical prowess, writes Henry St Leger.

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TechRadar
7/26/2021

The Indiana Department of Transportation is partnering with researchers from Purdue University and Germany-based company Magment to develop magnetized cement that could wirelessly recharge electric vehicles as they travel on the road. INDOT plans to "test the innovative concrete's capacity to charge heavy trucks operation at high power (200 kilowatts and above)."

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Autoblog, Engadget
7/26/2021

Leaked images suggest Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 smartphone will sport standard, telephoto and ultrawide lenses. Encased in frosted glass, this iteration of the device seems to have nixed the fingerprint reader, which suggests it may be integrated with the power button.

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Windows Central
7/26/2021

Canada-based Meltwich's early investments in point-of-sale technology sped the grilled cheese concept's shift to online ordering during the pandemic and aided efforts to expand to the US, Meltwich Vice President of Revenue Ryan Hillis writes. "When it comes to breaking into a new country, online ordering capabilities are an essential way for brands to tap into essential off-premises market shares," Hillis writes.

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QSR
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Meltwich
7/26/2021

Miami-based ghost kitchen startup Reef will roll out an app in its home market that will offer delivery from local restaurants including digital-only eateries. The company operates 300 delivery-only kitchens and it plans to use its in-house fleet to deliver orders generated in the app.

7/26/2021

Restaurants that were prepared to handle the pandemic-era shift to digital ordering built relationships that could spur customer loyalty well into the future, Brightloom CEO Adam Brotman said. The customer growth platform, which launched in February and recently signed national brand partners including Ruby Tuesday and El Pollo Loco, helps eateries use the customer data they collect to grow sales and build stronger customer relationships, Brotman said.

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PYMNTS
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Brightloom, Ruby Tuesday