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Domino’s drone delivery testing will kick off in New Zealand

Domino’s drone delivery testing will kick off in New Zealand

Domino’s introduced a pizza delivery drone in the summer of 2013, and now it is going to start testing actual pizza-by-drone deliveries soon. The testing will take place in New Zealand, and is being done in partnership with drone company Flirtey. The company isn't offering too many details about its plan at this time, though it does say it will kick off the testing later this year and that it'll happen alongside ordinary (read: people-powered) pizza deliveries.

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McDonald’s issues recall for faulty STEP-iT activity trackers

McDonald’s issues recall for faulty STEP-iT activity trackers

McDonald's struggles with its ill-fated activity trackers keep getting worse, as the company has now issued a recall for all of the wristbands that have made their way into the wild. Folks who are in possession of one are encouraged to take it to a nearby McDonald's store to receive a replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or a pack of apple slices in exchange.

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McDonald’s ditches Happy Meal activity trackers

McDonald’s ditches Happy Meal activity trackers

McDonald's isn't exactly seen as a healthy eating option by most parents. It's more seen as a cheap place to fill your gob with food that is questionably tasty and not particularly good for you. The company is seeing demand for its food sag as parents and consumers in general have started to flock to eateries with healthier options. To combat this McDonald's has relied on Happy Meals for kids with toys that grab their interest leading to parents taking kids in not so much for food as for the toys.

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Pizza Hut DJ box puts two turn tables and conductive ink inside your pizza box

Pizza Hut DJ box puts two turn tables and conductive ink inside your pizza box

The fast food world is full of gimmicks to lure people into their restaurants to buy food. McDonalds is likely the most infamous for this practice with lots of toys packed inside Happy Meal bags and boxes to make kids want to eat their food. Pizza Hutt has a new box that it puts its pie into that has something special left behind for you to play with after you eat.

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Coffiest is Soylent’s alternative to your morning coffee

Coffiest is Soylent’s alternative to your morning coffee

Have you ever looked at your morning cup of coffee and wished it included a slurry of various nutrients? Probably not, but just in case, Soylent has launched its own caffeinated alternative called Coffiest because, well, apparently its the coffiest way to coffee. Coffiest, much like the company’s Soylent drink, contains a bunch of nutrients to make up for the breakfast you’re not going to eat with this — it also includes 150mg of caffeine and L-theanine to serve as what company CEO Rob Rhinehart calls “mild nootropics."

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Simple pasteurization ‘add-on’ gives milk a 63-day shelf life

Simple pasteurization ‘add-on’ gives milk a 63-day shelf life

Depending on how it is treated, delivered, and stored, milk can have a shelf life as low as a couple days and as high as a couple of weeks. A new method for pasteurizing milk, though, has resulted in milk that stays good for more than two months, potentially providing a way for one of the world's dietary staples to stay good for much longer without changing how its tastes, its texture, or its color.

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Amazon Daily Dish delivers lunch to Prime members in Seattle

Amazon Daily Dish delivers lunch to Prime members in Seattle

Amazon has a new lunch delivery service in Seattle called Daily Dish. The service is being tested for now, and is limited to certain companies with a Prime subscription requirement. Customers are texted a menu in the morning; it consists of a few different dishes from local restaurants, and changes at times. Orders have to be placed before 11AM, after which they’re cooked and delivered to the customer’s workplace between noon and 12:30PM.

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Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Beers will soon have nutrition labels in the US

Many beers you buy in the United States will soon come with nutrition labels on the bottle, it has been announced. Brewers participating in the Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, which includes HeinekenUSA, Anheuser-Busch, and MillerCoors, will include a small label that shows things like serving size, alcohol content per serving, how many calories is in the beer, the amount of carbs, protein, and fat. So far, the brewers that have agreed to this voluntary labeling account for more than 81-percent of the beers sold in the U.S., meaning just about any beer you get your hands on will have the label.

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Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut has announced chatbots for both Facebook Messenger and Twitter; with them, social media users can view current deals, ask questions, and more. The chatbots were introduced at the 2016 Venture Beat MobileBeat Conference in San Francisco recently, and they’ll be rolling out to the public this upcoming fall. This makes Pizza Hut the latest national pizza chain to embrace messaging technology; Domino's rolled out something similar not too long ago with emoji ordering.

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Soylent 1.6 powder released with recipe similar to ‘2.0’ drink

Soylent 1.6 powder released with recipe similar to ‘2.0’ drink

Soylent took a big turn with its previously released 2.0 formula, which is premixed and shipped in bottles as a liquid. Those who wanted the powder version had to stick with the older 1.5 formula, which isn't terrible but isn't as great as the 2.0. That changed a bit recently, with Soylent announcing the launch of its new 1.6 powder recipe, something it says is more akin to what buyers get with the premixed 2.0 liquid.

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Crystal Pepsi is back for your 90s retro pleasure

Crystal Pepsi is back for your 90s retro pleasure

The quest to resurrect every possible nineties food icon as a retro throwback continues, with the oddly-transparent Crystal Pepsi latest to return to shelves. The caffeine-free clear drink was first launched in 1992, and stuck around for a couple of years until fading interest killed it; now, it's making a comeback.

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AVA uses food pics to determine the calories in your meals

AVA uses food pics to determine the calories in your meals

A startup called AVA dreams of a future where you snap a picture of your meal and an artificial intelligence system analyzes it to determine how many calories it contains. The company has such a system, which is currently in a private beta, and it doesn’t involve any apps. Rather, users take an image of their meal using their phone’s camera, then they text that photo to AVA, where the system automatically analyzes it for nutritional details.

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