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4/26/2018

Nintendo has announced that CEO Tatsumi Kimishima will step down and be replaced by Shuntaro Furukawa. Nintendo's operating profits increased 505% in fiscal 2017, driven by the Switch console, and Kimishima said it was the right time to step down.

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4/26/2018

Wegmans is preparing to open a two-level store in a Natick, Mass., mall on April 29. The store will include a cart conveyor system in its central atrium to help customers move between levels and a walkway connection to the adjacent parking garage.

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4/26/2018

Researchers at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University recently discovered a way to turn walls into touchpads using conductive paint and low-cost electronics. The product is called Wall++, and the altered walls can do things such as function as virtual buttons and identify which devices in a room are being used.

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Digital Trends
4/26/2018

Philips has released the Somneo Connected Lamp, which is designed to help users sleep better. Among the Somneo's features, it can inform users of bedroom air quality, it comes with a natural lighting mode, and it offers steps to improve sleep based on user data.

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4/26/2018

Snapchat has unveiled Snappables, interactive lenses that use augmented reality, which users can select to play games with friends and can control with motion, touch and facial expressions. Snappables will be released worldwide this week, with additional lenses to be unveiled over time.

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Adweek
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4/26/2018

Castbox, a startup that has developed a cross-platform podcasting app, raised $13.5 million in its most recent funding round. The company's headquarters are in Beijing, with additional offices in Hong Kong and San Francisco.

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VentureBeat
4/26/2018

Industry analysts at investment firm Rosenblatt Securities believe that the upcoming 2018 iPhone X Plus may support a stylus device -- an "iPen." That would align with industry trends, as Samsung released a digital stylus in its Galaxy Note series.

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4/26/2018

The recent popularity of free-to-play shooter game "Fortnite" caused headset sales to nearly double in March, NPD Group reports. By attracting so many new users to team shooting games, "Fortnite" is indirectly motivating players to buy headsets so they can socialize and strategize with fellow players.

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4/26/2018

Smart & Final Stores is offering a mobile app that will allow shoppers to make two-hour delivery orders via Instacart. The app also includes notification on shipping and the option to chat with a personal shopper.

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4/26/2018

Even as more consumers embrace online grocery shopping, almost all customers surveyed by NPD said that they still make regular visits to grocery stores. The need to choose fresh foods themselves and the barrier of delivery fees are the main obstacles to online grocery shopping, according to those surveyed.

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