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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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Netflix on interactive content: it was an experiment for kids shows

Netflix on interactive content: it was an experiment for kids shows

Last week, a report surfaced claiming that Netflix is developing TV content for its streaming service that will enable viewers to have an interactive role in the show’s plot, making decisions about what will happen in the show to ultimately shape the outcome. That’s not exactly true, it turns out, as Netflix has revealed that while some element of experimentation did happen involving this, it won’t be something you should expect to see in your favorite original series.

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Portuguese cave yields 400,000-year-old human ancestor skull fossil

Portuguese cave yields 400,000-year-old human ancestor skull fossil

Researchers in Portugal are celebrating a new discovery: a 400,000-year-old cranium fossil belonging to an ancient ancestor of modern day humans. The fossil was discovered in a cave by an international team of researchers, and it is a new milestone for the small nation, being the oldest such fossil unearthed in Portugal to date. The skull fragment could help shed light on the evolution of Neanderthals, and may even reveal a new hominin species altogether.

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Sitpack portable ‘resting device’ turns your body into a tripod

Sitpack portable ‘resting device’ turns your body into a tripod

Have you ever been out in public, forced to stand in long lines, wishing you had a place to sit? The answer is probably yes, and that’s why we’ve seen various portable seating contraptions over the years, most of them unwieldy and unpopular. Here to challenge that norm is a new ‘portable resting device’ called Sitpack, and while it serves as a kinda-chair, it basically functions as a kickstand for your butt.

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Hulu’s live TV service won’t offer Viacom networks

Hulu’s live TV service won’t offer Viacom networks

Hulu, as we've known for months, is planning to launch its own live television service akin to DirecTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and, most recently, YouTube TV. The company is still striking deals with networks to flesh out its channel offerings, and it looks like that channel roster will be noticeably lacking some big ones. According to a new report, Hulu won't be striking any deals with Viacom.

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Neanderthal tooth plaque sheds light on ancient diets, medication, and love

Neanderthal tooth plaque sheds light on ancient diets, medication, and love

Tooth plaque recovered from the remains of five Neanderthals has shed light on ancient diets and self-medication attempts. The remains were recovered from the El Sidron Cave in Spain; their tooth plaque was compared to the tooth plaque recovered from Neanderthal remains previously found in Belgium. While the Neanderthals in Belgium apparently had meat-heavy diets, the Neanderthals in Spain consumed a lot of plants and mushrooms.

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Google Home is particularly vulnerable to fake news

Google Home is particularly vulnerable to fake news

Ever since the results of the US elections late last year, fake news has been one of the rather thorny issues plaguing the tech world. The Internet has made it all too easy to spread misinformation, especially when dressed up as legitimate and authoritative news. Although not as derided over fake news as Facebook, Google hasn’t exactly gotten away scot-free. And now it might even be put under a bigger spotlight after it was discovered that Google Home, through really no fault of its own, has a fake news problem as well.

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Kong’s Skull Island is now live on Google Maps

Kong’s Skull Island is now live on Google Maps

Google is having a little bit of fun with its Maps product by adding 'Skull Island' to its South Pacific mapping data. The fictional landmass comes from the movie Kong: Skull Island, of course, which is about to hit theaters. The island itself isn't featured on Google Maps, which is sad, but you can still zoom in on the spot where the island is located in the movie and, if you're up to it, leave your own review.

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This machine crushes beer bottles into sand to save beaches

This machine crushes beer bottles into sand to save beaches

Demand for sand in a variety of industries has led to the slow loss of sandy beaches around the world, a problem one company is addressing via a machine that grinds bottles down into glass sand substitute. The contraption comes from DB Export, which plans to send the beer-sourced sand to industries that would otherwise acquire it from beaches.

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‘Safety-critical’ industries turn to VR for worker training

‘Safety-critical’ industries turn to VR for worker training

We’ve heard of hospitals testing virtual reality headsets as a way to distract patients from pain, and now another industry has found use for the technology: so-called ‘safety-critical’ industries like ones involving nuclear power. VR headsets can, in these cases, be used to train workers in immersive ways that improve knowledge and skills without putting the trainee -- or anyone else -- in danger.

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GM sells Opel/Vauxhall, but it’s going to be a complex split

GM sells Opel/Vauxhall, but it’s going to be a complex split

General Motors has sold Opel and Vauxhall, its European car brands, to PSA, the company best-known for Peugeot and Citroen. The deal, which also includes GM Financial's operations in Europe, is worth 2.2 billion Euro ($2.31bn) and will see PSA instantly grow to being the second-largest automotive company in Europe. For GM, meanwhile, it's an opportunity to renew focus on its North American markets, along with China, Korea, and South America, where the bulk of its business takes place.

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Study: Western U.S. smog originates across the ocean in Asia

Study: Western U.S. smog originates across the ocean in Asia

Pollution is a global problem, and that reality is highlighted by a new study indicating smog in western U.S. states originates from Asian countries across the ocean. The movement of this pollution from Asia to the U.S. is curbing the latter country’s emission-reduction efforts. In some cases, pollution coming primarily from China and India is causing 65-percent of the ozone pollution in western U.S. states.

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