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Wells Fargo goes cardless for ATM withdrawals

Wells Fargo goes cardless for ATM withdrawals

If you're a Wells Fargo customer, you'll soon be able to leave your card in your wallet when making a withdrawal at an ATM. Next week, Wells Fargo will transition its 13,000 ATMs dotted across to the US to become offer cardless withdrawals, meaning that all you'll need is your smartphone if you want to pull out some cash.

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Apple acquires Workflow, the popular iOS automation tool

Apple acquires Workflow, the popular iOS automation tool

The mobile app market looks so easy to get into but staying in the business is a whole different game. Never mind competing with rivals, sometimes you even end up competing with the very makers of the platform you're building upon. Many a popular app ended up that way (hello, Night Shift), so perhaps you can count yourself lucky when you're actually acquired by said platform makers. In that sense, the developers of Workflow are probably on Cloud 9 now that they have been bought up by Apple, though the long-term implications of the acquisition has yet to be seen.

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Instagram will soon let users book appointments with companies

Instagram will soon let users book appointments with companies

Instagram is preparing to launch an odd feature that, perhaps, will expand the app's number of users and the way they use the service. Though traditionally used for photography and then later expanded to include video and Snapchat-like features, Instagram is now planning to give users the ability to book appointments with businesses that support the platform. The feature is a couple months away.

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Uber president Jeff Jones quits after just 6 months in office

Uber president Jeff Jones quits after just 6 months in office

Uber is under a lot of heat, and not just from its competitors. Late last year, the popular ride-sharing service came under government scrutiny for testing self-driving cars without proper certification. It then kicked off 2017 with sexism and sexual harassment scandals. And just last month, it was sued by Alphabet’s self-driving subsidiary, Waymo, for stealing IP. Amidst all these, Jeff Jones, the company’s president for only 6 months, has left Uber citing differences in beliefs and practices.

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Amazon ‘Outfit Compare’ tool tells you which of two outfits looks better

Amazon ‘Outfit Compare’ tool tells you which of two outfits looks better

Amazon has introduced a new feature for Prime members that allows shoppers to share images of themselves wearing different outfits. The tool will send those images to a specialist who will, a minute or so later, return a suggestion about which outfit to purchase, doing so based on which one looks best, fits best, and more. The service is intended to be used as you’re shopping, and gives users the ability to delete the photos after getting a response.

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GoPro is laying off a bunch of employees (again)

GoPro is laying off a bunch of employees (again)

GoPro revealed in its latest quarterly financial report that it is eliminating about 270 positions within the company, something resulting from a mixture of layoffs and the removal of open positions. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it is: the company made a similar announcement last year, that time saying it would be giving about 200 positions the axe. The layoffs are part of a cost-cutting maneuver.

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McDonald’s begins testing mobile ordering in California and Washington

McDonald’s begins testing mobile ordering in California and Washington

Fast-food restaurant chain McDonald’s is the latest company to get in on the mobile ordering trend. The company has begun testing mobile ordering at select stores in Washington state and California, with the big benefit being reduced waiting time. Though fast-food is, by its nature, fast, ordering ahead of time will ensure customers simply walk in, grab their bags of food, and leave.

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Intel buys up Mobileye to boost autonomous driving efforts

Intel buys up Mobileye to boost autonomous driving efforts

Intel just became a bigger player in the realm of autonomous driving, announcing its planned acquisition of Mobileye today. If you've been following the rise of autonomous cars, you've likely already heard of Mobileye, as it has been developing machine learning and computer vision systems for self-driving cars. With Intel's increasing interest in the autonomous driving space, it makes Mobileye a pretty good acquisition target.

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Elon Musk makes big bet on batteries for power problems down under

Elon Musk makes big bet on batteries for power problems down under

You may not know this if you live elsewhere in the world, but South Australia has something of an energy problem at the moment. Energy shortages have been causing blackouts across the state, and now Tesla sees the opportunity to step in. Yesterday, Tesla vice president of energy products Lyndon Rive said that Tesla could solve SA's energy problems in 100 days through the installation of battery packs, which is a pretty big promise all its own.

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Amazon is adding a Spanish language option to its website

Amazon is adding a Spanish language option to its website

Amazon’s website will soon be offered with a Spanish language option, making it a more appealing destination for Spanish speakers in the United States. This language option will be rolled out over the coming weeks, according to an Amazon spokesperson, and will be easily accessible via a language drop-down menu near the “Accounts & Lists” option. Changing the site's language will transform all the listings into Spanish.

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Shazam gets into the augmented reality game with liquor

Shazam gets into the augmented reality game with liquor

Shazam is perhaps best known for being able to recognize and name that tune just by listening to it. Two years ago, it ventured into a new kind of recognition, recognizing objects, particularly QR codes, using a smartphone camera. Now it is embarking on the next leg of that journey, entering augmented reality territory. Interestingly, its first customer for its new AR platform is Beam Suntory, not a music company, but “the world’s third largest premium spirits company”.

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Microsoft teams with Steelcase to pair Surface with creative-friendly furniture

Microsoft teams with Steelcase to pair Surface with creative-friendly furniture

Microsoft sees a market for their work-friendly Surface products, but one that could benefit from the right furniture. To make this a reality, Microsoft has paired up with the folks at Steelcase to create Creative Spaces. Each of these spaces showcases the potential for welcome, workable, inspiring places to work. They've all got multiple Microsoft Surface products inside, of course.

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