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Walmart’s new smart infant car seat combats heat stroke deaths

Walmart’s new smart infant car seat combats heat stroke deaths

Walmart has decided to tackle the very tragic problem of infant heat stroke deaths that result when a baby is forgotten in the car. Unfortunately, the summer months bring high heat in many states and that heat results in cars that get very, very hot in a short period of time. Routine changes, quiet naps and more have resulted in drivers forgetting they have a child in the back seat, and, tragically, this is often a fatal mistake. Walmart's newly developed car seat combats this using a mixture of sensors, wireless technology, and an audible alarm.

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Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Amazon Prime is enticing to some because of the discounts it offers on shipping, including a free option for those who spring for the $99/year subscription plan. Wal-Mart, it would seem, has felt the crunch because of this and will be challenging it. The company recently announced it will be offering a new unlimited shipping option for those who shop online, doing so with a flat-rate price of $50 per year. With this, the products will take up to three days to arrive, just a touch longer than Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping.

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Straight Talk boosts data for BYOD subscribers

Straight Talk boosts data for BYOD subscribers

Prepaid carriers are battling to draw in more customers as big-name carriers dangle sweeter deals for their slice of the mobile pie. We've seen Cricket revamp its data caps in recent months, for example, and now Wal-Mart's own prepaid option Straight Talk has announced a data change specifically for its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) customers: an extra couple gigabytes of data. This is sans a price increase, and is for the standard $45/month plan.

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Gold Mario amiibo tipped by Walmart banner

Gold Mario amiibo tipped by Walmart banner

Rumors of their demise have been greatly exaggerated, apparently. Nintendo's amiibo figures have proven wildly successful even if a few among them did fail to strike the fancy of gamers' hearts. We recently got a look at the sales numbers, which show that Link was the most popular (Mario was #2) and that Nintendo has sold about 5.7 million of the figurines. Not content with letting demand wane, and in light of recent rumors about spruced up amiibos, a new Mario figurine has surfaced.

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Walmart VUDU Spark streaming stick details arrive

Walmart VUDU Spark streaming stick details arrive

Google, Amazon, and Roku have all gotten into the streaming stick game, and signs surfaced a couple months ago that Walmart would soon be doing the same in conjunction with its VUDU service. Now the company has put up a page that shows that launch is imminent -- Walmart is touting its new VUDU Spark streaming stick, a small dongle that resembles Roku's streaming stick and functions, more or less, in the same manner. The device should be up for sale any time now.

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Walmart begins giving credit in exchange for unwanted gift cards

Walmart begins giving credit in exchange for unwanted gift cards

Immediately following the year's largest gift-giving holiday, Walmart has launched a new service where it will accept your unwanted gift cards from other retailers, and give you a Walmart gift card instead. What better way to take advantage of a time when people are trying to figure out what to do with gift credit to places they don't really shop. Walmart's new website for the program is actually in partnership with CardCash, which already offers to buy and sell unwanted gift cards.

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Walmart, media sites

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Walmart, media sites

The Syrian Electronic Army, which has pulled off a bunch of often annoying hacks in the past, has been relatively quiet in recent times. That ended on Thanksgiving, when the collective posted a tweet referencing the holiday and users across the global began seeing popups from the SEA appears on several websites. Multiple media websites were affected, including CBC.ca and The Boston Globe, as well as Wal-Mart's Canadian website. Though no user data is known to have been compromised, many users were redirected to the hackers' logo, according to Reuters.

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Black Friday begins: Walmart stores to match Amazon prices

Black Friday begins: Walmart stores to match Amazon prices

Black Friday, the day that holiday shoppers either love or hate, is quickly approaching. While a number of retailers, both physical and online, have already begun announcing some of their big deals to be available come November 28th, Walmart is getting an early start in this year's challenge to internet rival Amazon. As of November 14th, all Walmart retail stores are now price-matching with anything available on Amazon.com.

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E FUN Nextbook 8 Windows tablet launches on Black Friday

E FUN Nextbook 8 Windows tablet launches on Black Friday

E FUN will be launching its Nextbook 8 tablet on Black Friday for $99, giving budget-conscious users a Windows 8.1 slate in the sub-$100 range. The announcement was made on the Windows blog today, with it being revealed that the Nextbook will be available at Walmart retail stores as part of a Black Friday promotion. Under the promotion, buyers will get a 16GB microSD card tossed into the mix, doubling the slate's 16GB of internal storage, as well as some other perks.

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Walmart exec doesn’t get Apple Pay/CurrentC differences

Walmart exec doesn’t get Apple Pay/CurrentC differences

You may want to pay for things using Apple Pay at Walmart, but it doesn’t seem as though it’s going to happen. At a recent Money2020 conference, Walmart Executive Mike Cook asked Visa exec Jim McCarthy about the cut of each transaction a credit card company gets when you pay with a card. In essence, Walmart wants to know why an in-app purchase is different from Apple Pay. To dive a bit deeper into the problem, Walmart wants to know why Apple Pay transaction fees are lower than CurrentC, which Walmart backs.

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