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7/18/2018

Google has developed a new feature for its assistant that will allow it to provide a visual snapshot of the user's daily activities by aggregating data from user calendars, reminders, package deliveries, flights, restaurant and movie reservations, and more. The new feature rolled out Tuesday on Android and iOS platforms.

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7/18/2018

Samsung is developing a foldable smartphone under the codename "Winner" and intends to release it early next year. The early prototype showed a 7-inch screen, which would make the device about the size of a small tablet.

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7/18/2018

Blockchain can help the online fashion industry process returns and refund consumers faster thanks to its digital records and decentralized ledger of transactions, writes Alycia Gordan. The technology can also provide authentication for luxury brands, which helps with resales, Gordan adds.

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Luxury Shoe Club serves as a platform for consumers to sell, buy and repair designer shoes. Experts estimate the pre-owned luxury shoe market could be worth $800 million each year.

7/18/2018

Data indicate that only 2% of lithium-ion batteries in Australia is recycled, with a report suggesting a missed economic opportunity. "We can draw additional value from existing materials, minimise impact on our environment, and also catalyse a new industry in lithium-ion reuse/recycling," said researcher Anand Bhatt of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

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ZDNet
7/18/2018

Independent maintenance, repair and overhaul companies can offer more experience and lower costs when it comes to aircraft maintenance programs, but there is more they can do to set themselves apart from original equipment manufacturers, says James Elliott of IFS. Be diverse in the services you offer, provide a full range of maintenance and support, and give options when it comes to pricing, he advises.

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7/18/2018

Artificial intelligence's potential for reducing electronic waste lies in its applications for developing sustainable materials and reducing the harmful effects of plastics. "We want to develop AI in a way that is sustainable, benefits people and society as a whole, and focuses on solving important challenges such as climate change," says Andrus Ansip, vice president of the European Commission.

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7/18/2018

Julia Cheek founded EverlyWell to make health care more accessible to consumers with at-home lab tests that come with detailed results delivered via a secure website. "Our medical director works with the labs to create panels that are already validated and clinically-relevant and understandable for consumers," she said.

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7/18/2018

Procter & Gamble has bought prestige skincare brand First Aid Beauty, in a deal valued at about $250 million. First Aid Beauty launched in 2008, and the line includes products that target skin problems including acne, dryness and dullness.

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7/18/2018

The Levoop is a large scooping spoon that features an easy-to-use leveling ring and movable ring to deliver precise measuring results. The kitchen device was honored with the Red Dot Product Design Award for 2018.

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