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9/25/2018

BrewJacket's BEERMKR is a Kickstarter-funded beer maker that rises above its competitors because it lets users experiment with their own recipes and customize company-made ingredient packs with their own additions, like fruit. The system brews the beer in a pouch which is later transferred to the dispenser, resulting in no oxygen ever interacting with the brew.

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The Spoon
9/25/2018

The Versatility Cooker by West Bend is a multipurpose device that performs as a griddle or slow cooker, inside or on top of the stove. The small appliance features a timer that's programmable, nonstick cooking pots and five temperature settings.

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HomeWorld Business
9/24/2018

Despite increased access to digital games, console gaming continues to thrive, as evidenced by developer Rockstar's plan to release "Red Dead Redemption 2" for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on Oct. 26. The continued popularity of Nintendo's Switch, which sold 19.7 million units in its first 15 months, also demonstrates interest in console gaming.

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Nintendo
9/24/2018

Meijer has begun expanding its home delivery of beer and wine to 40 stores in Ohio via Meijer Home Delivery and a partnership with Shipt. The retailer has been delivering beer and wine in its home state of Michigan since July 2017.

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Meijer, Shipt
9/24/2018

The US and China showed no interest in reducing trade tensions as US tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and retaliatory Chinese tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods took effect Monday. Economists warned that a long trade dispute would depress economic growth not only in those two countries but also across the globe.

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Reuters
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US, China
9/24/2018

Headphone and audio company Sennheiser is teaming up with Magic Leap to develop AR accessories. Sennheiser will work through the "Works with Magic Leap" certification program to develop tools that work with the company's headset.

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The Verge
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Magic Leap, Sennheiser, AR
9/24/2018

French company Vaonis has unveiled a smart telescope that uses Wi-Fi to offer live viewing right from the user's phone. The 19-inch telescope is smaller than a traditional telescope, allowing for easier carrying and setup.

9/24/2018

Lockly has developed an algorithm-based 3D fingerprint sensor lock that can generate multiple access codes without an internet connection. The Secure Plus uses an OLED display that randomly changes the position of numbers to ensure that even individuals watching the user will not be able to accurately guess their code.

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Engadget
9/24/2018

"Mario Kart VR" will debut in Union Station at VR Zone Portal Washington D.C. on Oct. 1. The experience will work through HTC's Vive and its hand-strapped Trackers to allow users to play with characters such as Luigi, Peach, Mario and Yoshi in a virtual reality environment.

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VentureBeat
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Union Station, HTC, Luigi
9/24/2018

Smartwatches and smart speakers will not be hit directly by the latest round of US tariffs on Chinese goods. But lower-profile tech items, such as modems and routers, are subject to the 10% penalty.

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Reuters
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