Toyota's 2020 model vehicles will include two new automation features. The vehicles will automatically turn off an engine after it is left running for a predetermined amount of time, and they will also automatically shift or apply the parking brake if a vehicle is exited without being put in park.
A plethora of smart home products were on display in the Connected Design Home experience at technology show CE Week 2019. From a shower system with six-color LED indirect chromotherapy lighting to a heated, automated toilet, technology for the entire home was well presented, writes Rob Stott.
Chinese electric vehicle startup Byton gave a sneak preview in pictures of the futuristic interior for its M-Byte SUV, writes Kyle Hyatt. The vehicle, due for release in 2020, still includes a 48-inch dashboard-spanning screen from its original plans and adds a touch screen near the armrest for climate control and other needs.
Belkin has released the USB-C Multimedia Hub, Thunderbolt 3 Dock Mini and Thunderbolt 3 Cable. All the products are designed to help mobile workers plug peripherals into thin, lightweight laptops with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Retailers are combing their brick-and-mortar stores with e-commerce to bring greater profits. A study by Internet Retailer found that the companies benefiting most from using both stores and e-commerce are Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kohl's, Nordstrom, Lowe's and JC Penney.
World Blood Donor Day is being observed today to highlight the importance of saving lives through blood donation. Facebook has launched a tool to connect donors with blood banks, and the American Red Cross began the Missing Types campaign with partners who are dropping the letters A, B and O from their names to show the need for donations.
Buildbox, a no-code gaming developer, has been acquired by AppOnBoard, and the two are working together on a tool suite that will expand gaming development to those without coding backgrounds. AppOnBoard makes playable ads for mobile games, while games made with Buildbox's tools have been downloaded an estimated 3 billion times.
The planned launch this week of a MateBook laptop has been canceled by Chinese tech giant Huawei in the wake of US trade bans against the company. President Donald Trump's administration recently imposed sanctions that prevent US companies from using technology produced by companies, including Huawei, that pose a security risk.
AT&T has joined Best Buy and Samsung among retailers who have canceled preorders of the Galaxy Fold smartphone. AT&T said it would issue refunds for those who paid in advance, and customers can reorder the foldable phone once Samsung announces a new release date.
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