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Macy’s is using VR instead of AR to sell furniture

Macy’s is planning to use VR experiences to sell furniture to customers in 50 stores by this summer, becoming the latest company to jump on the bandwagon (brandwagon?) of using virtual reality to sell products, via VentureBeat. Unlike Amazon, Ikea, or Target — all of which have some sort of …

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Google will now let users buy items through Assistant and search

Google has launched a new program called Shopping Actions that will allow users to purchase items through Google search and Google Assistant. On Google search, the Google Express shopping service, and Google Assistant on home devices and mobile, shoppers can now save their payment credentials and make purchases from retailers …

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Watch a Robot 'Hen' Adopt a Flock of Chicks

I don’t want to tell these baby chickens how to live, but they’re going about their business all wrong. The cylindrical robot in their pen looks nothing like a hen, and it makes decidedly un-hen-like beeps, yet the chicks trail it obsessively, as if it’s their mother. Where the PoulBot …

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Japan reveals a ‘Supreme’ version of its bullet train

Japan has unveiled a ‘Supreme’ prototype version of its 186 mph Shinkansen bullet train which features a sharper nose profile, power sockets for every seat, and light-up luggage racks. According to Japanese publication Asahi, Central Japan Railway’s N700S series trains are due to debut in 2020, on the Tokaido Shinkansen …

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LG open-sources webOS, an OS that was already open-sourced

LG just released an open-sourced version of webOS that’s freely available to anyone that wants to download and poke around the code. The release of webOS Open Source Edition is meant to act as a catalyst to drive further adoption of webOS beyond LG televisions, smart refrigerators, and the occasional …

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Which Microsoft Surface Should I Buy? (2018)

Microsoft’s Surface brand had a rocky first few months. When it launched in 2012, people loved Microsoft’s innovative, tablet-like hardware design, but the software was too confusing and too limited for many longtime Windows users. Now, more than four years on, things are different. Not only does Windows run much …

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Pi Day PC Deals: Microsoft, HP, Dell, Lenovo

Need a new laptop or desktop? Microsoft’s store has great discounts in honor of March 14, aka 3/14, aka Pi Day. That’s why you’ll save as much as 31.4 percent off some high-quality PCs from Lenovo, Dell, HP, and other manufacturers. Here are our favorite PCs that are on deep …

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