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Added 11 December, 2017

Inside a warehouse in the middle of the suburban office sprawl of San Carlos, a Silicon Valley town south of San Francisco, hundreds of heads of lettuce and herbs grow next to a mobile robot designed to move the plants as they get bigger. In a lab next door, engineers tweak robots that can handle every part of the growing process, from planting...

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Added 6 December, 2017

TGI Fridays fans across the USA are now able to place an order or make a reservation using just their voice. Fridays designed and developed an Alexa skill that is rolling out nationwide and allows users to quickly make reservations, place a To-Go order, and even pay their bill. Starting today, the new skill will be available at participating...

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Added 1 December, 2017

Street-food vendors in Bangkok are embracing the digital revolution by offering e-payment methods for cashless transactions via smartphones. For many Thais, eating out at a pavement stall is part of their daily routine. Now, some vendors in the capital Bangkok are offering cashless payments after the Bank of Thailand (BOT) gave the green light...

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Added 30 November, 2017

A Finnish bakery and food service company, called Fazer, launched on Thursday what it said was the world’s first insect-based bread. Made from flour ground from dried crickets as well as wheat flour and seeds, the company claims the bread contains more protein than normal wheat bread. Each loaf contains about 70 crickets and costs 3.99 euros ($...

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Added 26 November, 2017

In an effort to cut costs and better compete with other discount retailers, Sainsbury’s, the British grocers is introducing Smart Shop, a new service that enables customers to scan their shopping with a handset or mobile phone at a checkout. It will be available in 45 stores by mid-November. The supermarket giant has also completed a checkout-...

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Added 25 November, 2017

Dominique Ansel, the baking genius behind the Cronut craze, is now offering avocado toast ice cream sandwiches, a dessert that looks and tastes a bit like the stereotypical millennial brunch staple. Made with two flavors of ice cream and a cookie instead of toasted bread, though, this particular avocado toast couldn't be confused with a '...

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Added 23 November, 2017

Wow Bao is set to open a new location that will be missing something big: waitstaff. The quick-service Asian chain will open Chicago’s first restaurant with fully automated service. Customers will order and pay at a kiosk and pick up their food from one of a dozen LED-lit cubbies, which will display their name on an LCD screen when their food...

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Added 17 November, 2017

It's been quite the digitally savvy year for LVMH. Only a few months ago they debuted 24 Sèvres, the internet sibling to their iconic brick-and-mortar destination Le Bon Marché. Now, another pillar of the chic conglomerate has an online home. Clos19, just launched in the US, brings together the organization's prestigious portfolio of champagne...

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Added 15 November, 2017

Domino's AnyWare initiative is integrating with as many technology platforms at the company can think of, including support for automation platform IFTTT and multiple connected smart home products. With this integration, Philips Hue bulbs can change colors when your Domino's order hits different stages, like lighting up blue when the pizza...

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Added 4 November, 2017

An avocado restaurant called Avobar is opening in London's Covent Garden before the end of this year. Avobar’s website teases an all-day operation, saying: “Expect eclectic and wholesome avocado based dishes to eat in or takeaway from our all day menu, breakfast to dinner.” Elsewhere, across platforms, they’re beginning to give a taste of...