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Walmart’s Robotic Shopping Carts Are the Latest Sign That Automation Is Eating Commerce - MIT Technology Review

The biggest retailer in the U.S., Walmart, is experimenting with robot shopping carts.<p>​The company has yet to release any details of how the …

Who says print is dead? Nintendo turns its attention to kids’ activity books

Nintendo and book publisher Random House have partnered to produce a series of activity books for children. Nintendo announced the partnership in a …

Retrogaming

Amazon Echo or Google Home? For U.S. households, that's changing

SAN FRANCISCO — Almost 20% of Americans will use a smart speaker at least once a month this year, a surprisingly fast uptake for a technology that's just three and a half years old.<p>Digital research firm eMarketer estimates 61.1 million Americans will use a smart speaker in 2018, or 18.7% of the …

Smart Homes

Lenovo Mirage Solo review: Google's standalone VR headset is no Oculus Go - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Fully standalone VR headset. Tracking cameras can allow greater range of motion than the Oculus Go. Comfortable fit. Works with Google Daydream VR apps. Expandable storage via microSD card slot.<p><b>The Bad</b> Expensive. Headset design is large and bulky for a portable device. Movement range is …

Virtual Reality

Walmart Beats Amazon in $15 Billion Flipkart Battle

The board of Flipkart Online Services Pvt has approved an agreement to sell about 75 percent of the company to a Walmart Inc.-led group for …

Venture Capital

Amazon Echo Dot & Alexa Star In New Rap Video By Too Many T’s

A two-man rap group displays the hip-hop abilities of Amazon Alexa in a new video.<p>The Amazon Echo Dot featuring Alexa is now officially the star of a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

What The New Google Maps Game API Says About Data As A Platform And The Future Of The Cloud

One of the most expensive elements of modern game design is the creation of the artistry that immerses players in the virtual constructed realm of play. For the growing world of augmented reality games which must allow players to freely roam at will through nothing less than the planet itself, it …

Google Maps

The future of retail is happening right now in China

If you need evidence of the US retail sector’s precarious condition, consider that more than 9,000 stores closed last year, and another 12,000 are on the chopping block this year, according to commercial property firm Cushman & Wakefield.<p>Despite a 4.2% rise in 2017 over the previous year, US retail …

eCommerce

Ford vending machine begins dispensing cars in China

It is no longer enough simply to test-drive a vehicle by riding around the block while a salesperson gives you their well-rehearsed patter. Now, there needs to be some sort of theater around the purchase, or else how will you trick yourself into thinking that buying a car is fun? It's why Ford and …

Here Are All the Ways You Can Get Groceries Delivered, Wherever You Are

Plus, how much you should expect to pay for each service.<p>Growing up in Manhattan, the greatest convenience for my family was shopping COD: cash on …

Virginia Beach

Dunkin’ Donuts bot for Google Assistant lets users place orders

Starbucks may have a dedicated app to let customers place their orders however they’d like, but competitor coffee shop chain Dunkin’ Donuts is taking …

Pizza Hut trials Pepper robot ordering service in Singapore

Softbank's Pepper robot will take orders for pineapple-covered pizza (and all other types, too) for two weekends in the sunny island.<p>For two weekends, Pizza Hut customers at an outlet in Singapore can talk to an adorable robot called Pepper to get their pizzas.<p>Users who find ordering from human …

Robotics

'Robot Bees.' How Walmart Wants to Use Drones on Future High-Tech Farms

Looks like Walmart (wmt) might have its sights set on moving beyond grocery delivery.<p>Now the retail giant is getting involved in the supply side of …

Lenovo's standalone Daydream headset and VR camera available for pre-order, will ship May 11

Back at CES, Lenovo revealed the Mirage Solo—the first standalone Daydream headset that doesn’t require a smartphone connection. The company said the …

The McFly project wants to launch flying taxis on the blockchain in Nairobi

The McFly project has announced that they are in the process of setting up infrastructure for their autonomous flying car taxi service in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi will be part of the 23 cities around the world where the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) urban flying taxis service is hoping to …

Moss graffiti is set to be a big garden trend for 2017

Foursquare is launching an analytics platform to help retailers understand foot traffic

While Foursquare started as a social check-in app, the company has always said there is a bigger picture — mainly related to unique ways of leveraging its database of check-ins at nearly 100 million public places.<p>There’s no better example than when Foursquare predicted that Chipotle same-store …

Outdoor ad firm buys Swiss dating app Blinq to power beacon push

The dating game sure is tough to maintain. Zurich-based dating app Blinq has been acquired by a Swiss outdoor advertising firm, APG|SGA, with the latter coveting the team’s experience in rolling out beacon networks for a new division that will be developing interactive ads to work in conjunction …

Alexa Voice Service now works on connected devices in UK and Germany

Since first being unbundled back in 2015 in the U.S., Alexa Voice Service — the voice-response software that powers the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot — has been one of Amazon’s chief tools to spread its services to a range of connected devices. Now Amazon is taking its strategy international. Today it …

Automation

Craves’ new fashion app tells you what the celebs are wearing and finds you similar items

Want to have a wardrobe like Tay-tay’s? You can now, thanks to Craves. The company is today debuting a mobile fashion application that takes advantage of visual search technology to identify clothing and accessories as seen in photos. In particular, it’s focused on showing you what celebrities are …

Apps

Rebecca Minkoff’s Fashion Week show uses augmented reality to help real women shop the look live

Not only is augmented reality helping us capture all the Pokémon, it’s also made its way to Rebecca Minkoff’s fall preview show at Fashion Week this Saturday.<p>About 350 fashion-forward individuals will get an up-close look at the new line in person, but those not able to snag a ticket can feel like …

Augmented Reality

Amazon is crushing Macy's, Nordstrom, and Kohl's

Over the last 12 months, sales growth for clothing stores was flat compared to the previous year, while growth for online-only retailers — which was driven by Amazon — jumped 10%, according to RBC Capital Markets analysts.<p>Amazon only recently started ramping up its clothing and accessories …

Hillary 2016 app sees gamification of political activism for iPhone-owning Democrats

Seems there’s nothing that can’t be turned into an iPhone game these days – including playing your part to help Hillary Clinton get elected, should that be your thing. Hillary 2016 is an app released last night by the Hillary for America campaign.<p>The only thing standing between Donald Trump and the …

Political Activism

Cramer: Amazon is the web, retail is a dying newspaper industry

The problem with retail isn't that people aren't spending, it is where the money is being spent, Jim Cramer said.<p>When Cramer listened to the …

Money

Shopping cart abandonment: online retailers' biggest headache is actually a huge opportunity

But it's also a huge opportunity: Approximately $4 trillion worth of merchandise will be abandoned in online shopping carts this year, and about 63% of that is potentially recoverable by savvy online retailers, according to BI Intelligence estimates.<p>In a new report, BI Intelligence explains what …

eCommerce

Instagram Takes Another Step Toward E-Commerce

In its slow but steady embrace of e-commerce, Instagram is running its first marketing campaigns that transform viewers into shoppers with a single …

eCommerce

Tech journalist Will Smith launches a talk show in VR

When Will Smith (no, not that one) announced he was leaving <i>Tested</i> to start his own virtual reality company last September, it came as a bit of a shock. But sometimes you see something so powerful that you can't do anything to stop yourself from pursuing it. Now Smith has revealed exactly what he's …

The New Wave Of Selling On Mobile And Social

Dan Leberman Contributor<p>Dan Leberman is vice president and general manager of PayPal’s North American Small & Medium Business unit.<p>The holiday season is here, and shoppers and merchants alike are gearing up for the busiest shopping season of the year. How will technology impact retail this season, …

Amazon, the king of e-commerce, gets primed for 2016

Amazon's Prime membership service will help the company continue to dominate online shopping, this holiday season and beyond.<p>If it weren't for Prime, Amazon might have been just the name of a river.<p>The top revenue-maker in online retail worldwide owes much of its success to its Prime membership …

eCommerce

New SAP Tool Aims To Fuse Content and Community With eCommerce

It’s often said that content is king, but in a typical marketing department you have a hodgepodge of content. That could include carefully-crafted web copy, blog entries and FAQs along with user-generated ratings and reviews. For many companies, at least some of this content is spread out across …