It's day one, and Amazon is already selling Echo speakers at Whole Foods

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Amazon closes its Whole Foods acquisition deal today, making the supermarket chain an official subsidiary of the online giant. But if you haven’t been following the news, the next time you enter a Whole Foods, it should seem abundantly clear. As of opening time for most Whole Foods stores on the east coast, Amazon already marked its territory with display stands for Echo smart speakers. The display cheekily passes the Amazon Echo off as another one of Whole Foods’ “Pick of The Season” ad for …
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SAPVoice: The Problem You're Trying To Solve Might Not Be The Right One Anymore

SAPVoice: The Problem You
Lost in the litany of tech buzzwords like big-data, digital, cloud and AI is the human element. We often get caught up in technology for the sake of itself, forgetting that innovation must be relevant for something valuable that people care about. With these thoughts, Sam Yen, Chief Design Officer at SAP, kicked off his break-out session at the SAPPHIRE NOW & ASUG Conference, entitled, “Create More Empathy for Greater Innovation with Design Thinking.” SAP Sam Yen, C…
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Google Refunds for Ads Only Seen by Robots

Google Refunds for Ads Only Seen by Robots
Google has issued refunds to hundreds of advertisers for running ads on websites with fraudulent traffic generated by automated bots.According to the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, the refunds represent only a small portion of the original spending - 7 percent to 10 percent - since rest of the money has already been passed on to site owners and middlemen.Alphabet, Google's parent company, informed marketers and ad agency partners that their ads shown through the search engine had garnered fraud…
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Microsoft’s Mixed Reality controllers work like Oculus Touch — without the cameras

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality controllers work like Oculus Touch — without the cameras
Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets recently started shipping to developers, but they won’t really feel complete until people can get their hands on the accompanying motion controllers, which go on sale this holiday. Microsoft first revealed these controllers in May, and we finally got to check them out a little bit last week, in advance of a public appearance at the IFA electronics show. They’re not the most elegant hardware, but they’re an impressive technical achievement: a pair of …
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Fitbit has a lot to prove with Ionic, its new smartwatch

Fitbit has a lot to prove with Ionic, its new smartwatch
Fitbit is officially getting into the smartwatch business with the Fitbit Ionic. While the company has dabbled in fitness-focused watches before with the Fitbit Blaze, the Ionic is the company’s first (and long-awaited) true smartwatch, distinguished by its support of third-party apps. But given how late to the game Fitbit is compared to its competitors, expectations are high. The Ionic will cost $299.95 when it’s released sometime in October First off, the hardware: the Ionic is built out o…
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Fitbit gets into the headphone market with the Flyer

Fitbit gets into the headphone market with the Flyer
Fitbit is jumping headfirst into the smartwatch market with the newly announced Ionic. But alongside its new wearable, the fitness tracker company is also entering another new field today: headphones, with the new Fitbit Flyer. The Flyers are a fairly ordinary pair of fitness-focused Bluetooth headphones. They’re designed to be sweat-proof and water resistant, so they’ll survive a serious workout or a sudden rain shower. Fitbit claims they’ll last around six hours of use off a single charge,…
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Samsung Undecided About Galaxy Note 8's Local Pricing: Report

Samsung Undecided About Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Electronics is having a hard time setting prices for its newly showcased phablet Galaxy Note 8 as the South Korean government is pushing to cut down telecom costs, industry sources said on Monday.Last week Samsung showcased the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 8 with a dual-camera and improved stylus features.Pre-orders are expected to start September 7 in Seoul, with the official release slated for September 15.Industry watchers earlier expected the local price tag will hover above KRW 1 million (…
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Storz & Bickel's Bluetooth-enabled vape: There's an app for that

Storz & Bickel
Getty Images/iStockphoto I'm not an expert on vapes, but I have a friend who is. He's spent thousands of dollars on vapes in the last five years, and closely analyzed their performance and utility. He's found that some highly touted vapes are almost useless due to crippling design flaws.His favorite vapes come from a Swiss firm, Storz …
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Oppo is all set to enter the Indian market

Oppo is all set to enter the Indian market
India seems to be attracting a ton of tech companies of late, partly because of its young and educated population and a burgeoning middle class that’s ready to consume almost everything that comes to the market. The latest company to join this list is Oppo, the Chinese smartphone maker that wants to make the most of the opportunities available in this country. According to media reports, Oppo plans to move its cloud service locations to India. This move is not just to better cater to the Indian …
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When it comes to headphone jacks, the LG V30 will be the anti-iPhone

When it comes to headphone jacks, the LG V30 will be the anti-iPhone
The final piece to LG’s V30 puzzle — after the bezel-starved 6-inch OLED display and amped-up camera capabilities — was always going to be a return to LG’s strength of audio processing. Today LG has confirmed that the widely lauded Quad DAC system of the predecessor V20 is returning in the V30, now with an upgraded set of customization options. Powered by the ESS Sabre ES9218P digital-to-analog converter, LG’s audio system can rival dedicated portable music players, and it marks the diametric…
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