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Kroger begins tests of driverless grocery delivery in Arizona

(Reuters) - U.S. supermarket operator Kroger Co (KR.N) said it will start testing driverless grocery delivery on Thursday with technology partner Nuro at a single Fry's Food Store in Scottsdale, Arizona.<p>Kroger and rival Walmart Inc (WMT.N) each have teamed up with autonomous vehicle companies in a …

Kroger

AirPods to get Live Listen feature in iOS 12

Apple has one hardware-specific feature planned that wasn’t announced at Monday’s WWDC keynote. In iOS 12, users will be able to use Live Listen, a special feature previously reserved for hearing aids certified through Apple’s Made for iPhone hearing aid program, with their AirPods.<p>After enabling …

Reddit now has more active users than Twitter — and is more engaging than porn

What’s more, Alexa’s data suggests that people spend more time on Reddit each day than they spend on the websites of any other top social platform.<p>The average user spends 15 minutes 47 seconds on Reddit.com each day, compared to just over 11 minutes for visitors to Facebook.com, and 6 minutes 23 …

Hiby R3 Is The Smallest Portable Hi-Fi Audio Player With Tidal Support Yet

Maybe the headphone jack isn’t dead. Last year I demo’ed a sleek and petite portable hi-fi audio player by a Shenzhen startup named Hiby, and that unit ended up so well received–it raised more than $300,000 on Indiegogo–that the company has released a follow-up, and it’s even smaller.<p>Named the R3, …

'Fortnite Mobile' Is Going Somewhere No Other Games Can Follow

Tomorrow marks the launch of <i>Fortnite Mobile</i> on iOS, with Android and PC/console cross play soon to follow. But this is a rare case in which “[Insert Game] Mobile” does not mean some half-hearted port, but instead a copy of the fully-fledged version of the game.<p>It’s hard to understate just how big a …

Call of Duty (Video Game)

A Harvard professor thinks that tech’s true power comes from design

There’s great risk attached to providing personal information to tech companies through everyday connections—these days, even as you sleep. Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney says the companies’ great power comes not only from the inescapable presence of their creations but from the ability to …

The iPhone X is Apple’s underrated masterpiece

Apple showed genuine courage in going for such a radical redesign, and users are loving it so far<p>After 10 years of epic success selling roughly the same luxury good to the world, last year Apple decided to radically reinvent its iPhone with a totally new design, a never-before-seen Face ID system, …

Apple may let the same app work across iOS and Macs

The app situation between iPhones and Macs is a bit of a mess. While mobile apps are updated regularly, the Mac App Store can often leave something to be desired. Now, Apple is finally tackling this chaos. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, Apple may give developers the option to create a single app that will …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Entertainment

Go ahead and charge your iPhone X on a wireless Pikachu charger

We've waited years for the iPhone to support wireless charging. We wanted that convenience, we said. We wanted to be just like our Android brethren, we said. And now, I'm happy to share that we can all unite over a wireless Pikachu charger. A company called Teknofun just announced the Pikachu, …

Overwatch’s highest-paid pro lands $150,000 salary deal

In case you've been living under a rock, eSports is massive. So big in fact, that even traditional sports leagues (like the NFL) are getting in on the act. Aside from TV networks, soccer clubs, and F1 racing, of course. And, judging by the latest scoop, competitive gaming may soon boast its own …

Wireless charging on the iPhone 8 is essentially a sure thing at this point

Despite Apple’s best efforts, many of the more exciting features surrounding the highly anticipated iPhone 8 have already leaked out. While most …

Lyft says all of its self-driving electric cars will be powered by ‘100% renewable energy’

We’re going to rock down to electric avenue<p>Lyft likes to set lofty goals for itself. Last year, one of the ride-hail company’s founders went on record predicting that “a majority” of Lyft’s trips will be in self-driving cars by 2021. Now Lyft says it wants to be less of a pollutant, too. The …

Lyft users can now earn free Delta SkyMiles

Lyft riders can now earn free airline miles on Delta.<p>The new partnership announced Wednesday lets Delta SkyMiles members earn free frequent-flyer miles for every Lyft ride they take.<p>For each dollar spent on a Lyft ride (excluding taxes, tolls and tips), you get one free mile. For a short time, …

Frequent-flyer Programs

People are really starting to embrace electric cars

As with any new transportation technology, it's not as simple as building your first vehicle and expecting the whole world to change. And yet, it appears as if the world is finally cottoning on to this whole electric cars are better and cheaper to run thing.<p>The European Automobile Manufacturers …

Warren Buffett Says Artificial Intelligence Will 'Hurt' Berkshire Hathaway's Business

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett isn’t known for worrying much about technology. The legendary stock-picker has famously shunned smartphones, …

Hulu Live TV beta launches: $40 for 50+ channels and DVR

A year after announcing its plans, Hulu is finally ready to start streaming live TV with a beta that's opening up today. Hulu with Live TV is a $40 bundle combining 50+ channels and 50 hours of cloud DVR space with the company's existing streaming service, ready to take on incumbents like Sling TV, …

Didi Chuxing may cure world of traffic jams, says Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook had nothing but high praise for Didi Chuxing CEO Jean Liu in an exert he wrote about her for Time magazine.<p>Liu was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2017. Cook, who sits on Didi’s board, was asked to write about Liu and said that her taxi-hailing startup is …

People are having second thoughts about taking Uber

Americans really are fed up with Uber.<p>Just 13.9% of US consumers say they’d consider Uber the next time they needed transportation, according to “purchase consideration” data compiled for Quartz by YouGov BrandIndex, a market research firm. That’s down from Uber’s recent high of 18.3% in November …

Transportation

Verizon tests a giant drone that provides cell service after disasters

Verizon launched drones with emergency LTE capabilities which could provide the answer to a simple-yet-serious problem after a natural disaster: reestablishing communication.<p>The drones were the product of a collaboration between Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies Inc. They’re <i>enormous</i>, with …

Netflix’s new thumbs up, thumbs down rating system is not going over well

Who ever thought the five-star rating system would be missed?<p>Netflix finally introduced its new thumbs-up and thumbs-down rating system yesterday and, although the announcement was met with excitement from the company’s subscribers, attitudes have changed upon its release.<p>The biggest issue stems …

​With Uber's misdeeds, Lyft aims to look like the good guy

As Uber's scandals mount, Lyft appears to be taking this moment to cast itself as the nice ride-hailing company.<p>Lyft announced a new program on Sunday called "Round Up & Donate," which lets riders round up their fare to the nearest whole dollar and donate that remainder to the charity of their …

Apple’s cheap iPad is tailor-made for education

Lost amidst the red iPhone and death of iPad Air hoopla was Apple’s latest attempt to turnaround its education market:<p>A $299 iPad.<p>Apple didn’t lead …

Elon Musk said he could fix state energy crisis in 100 days. Here's his chance to prove it.

Australia is about to find out whether a tweet storm can result in real change.<p>Tesla founder Elon Musk made some big promises about renewable energy …

Americans are scared of sharing the road with self-driving cars, survey shows

According to the survey, 54% of drivers "would feel less safe sharing the road with self‐driving cars while they drive a regular car."<p>The survey also found that 34% "feel it makes no difference, 10 percent would feel safer and 2 percent are unsure."<p>The fear of a radically new thing is hard to …

Autonomous Cars

Samsung completes its biggest acquisition ever

Despite its explosive growth, Samsung has mostly preferred to buy smaller startups or develop its own technology. That changed last November when the company announced it would purchase Harman International Industries, Incorporated for about $8 billion, and tonight it confirmed the deal is complete.<p>…

The new G6 is unlike any other smartphone LG has made

The G6 brings several new features to the G series that finally puts LG's flagship series on par with the competition. To add those new features, LG also had to remove some signature features, but we doubt many people will be too upset.<p>We had some hands-on time with the G6 at a pre-brief event in …

Phones

Square launches new iPad-based point-of-sale service for retailers with 30-day free trial

Square is releasing a new iPad-based point-of-sale solution called Square for Retail that includes “a complete package of business tools built to work together seamlessly.” The point-of-sale package starts with a new iPad app launching today called Square Retail.<p>Square says its new Retail app …

eCommerce

Spotify and the New York Times launch an intriguing digital deal

<i>"I read the news today, oh boy..."</i><p><i>The New York Times</i> and Spotify have struck a deal to create one of the newest and most intriguing bundles in modern …

Shocking: Smart TV Manufacturer Vizio Spies On Customers Using Advanced Big Data Analytics

US TV manufacturer Vizio’s underhanded Big Data dealing may have just cost it $2.2 million but I think it is something we can unfortunately expect to see a lot more of.<p>The FTC this week announced that viewing data of individual households was monitored through a built-in spy device which used image …