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Caper smart grocery shopping carts are powered by AI

Caper smart grocery shopping carts are powered by AI

Caper has revealed an alternative to the smart grocery store: a smart shopping cart with all of the technology for checking out built in. Rather than installing an intelligent checkout system within the building itself, grocery chains could deploy these smart shopping carts as an alternative to traditional checkout lines, enabling customers to scan and pay for their goods at the shopping cart.

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Chromecast has officially returned to Amazon

Chromecast has officially returned to Amazon

In a move that's been a long time coming, Chromecasts are finally available through Amazon's store once again. This ends a three-year Chromecast drought on Amazon, which was the result of a long-running feud between the two companies. While the hatchet probably hasn't been buried entirely, it seems that the two companies are beginning to put their differences behind them.

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Amazon continues the shopping season with Echo, Fire deals

Amazon continues the shopping season with Echo, Fire deals

Cyber Monday is long over but the great thing about its timing is that the next holiday isn’t that far behind. Which practically means there’s really no stopping retailers or you from extending the shopping spree. Well, at least until you run out of funds. Switching holiday themes, Amazon is putting up not a few but almost all of its hardware on sale. Naturally, not all of them will last that long.

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Facebook makes saved Collections shareable for holiday gift giving

Facebook makes saved Collections shareable for holiday gift giving

Facebook has packed in a lot of features over the years, and many of them seem to have been forgotten just as quickly as they appeared. Today, the company is announcing that it's dusting off once of its older features, Collections, and updating it for the gift giving season. If you previously didn't know what Collections were, you certainly aren't alone, so you can consider this your official introduction to the feature.

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eBay Authenticate now fights counterfeit jewelry

eBay Authenticate now fights counterfeit jewelry

Back in 2017, eBay launched a new program called Authenticate that does pretty much what it says on the tin. The program has gone through some changes since the beginning, but these days it essentially serves as a consignment service sellers can use to authenticate high-end handbags and watches so buyers can purchase with more confidence. Today, eBay announced that Authenticate will be expanding to include diamond and gemstone jewelry as well.

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Apple devices are about to invade Amazon

Apple devices are about to invade Amazon

It won't be long before we see more Apple products available through Amazon. The two companies are said to have come to an agreement that will see Amazon's selections of Apple devices greatly expand. With the holidays quickly approaching, it makes sense that Amazon and Apple would look to strike this deal, despite the somewhat rocky history the two companies have.

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Amazon rolls out free shipping promotion for the holidays

Amazon rolls out free shipping promotion for the holidays

Like it or not, the holiday shopping season is nearly upon us. Amazon has decided that it doesn't want to miss out on those precious holiday dollars, and because of that, it's going to open up free two-day shipping to anyone who buys something through its store. Normally, free two-day shipping is something only Prime subscribers get, and a Prime subscription can cost a fair amount of money.

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Amazon storage sale has big drives for low prices today

Amazon storage sale has big drives for low prices today

Storage is something that a person living in the digital age can never get enough of, and if you find yourself a little low on available space, then you might want to have a look at Amazon. Today, the company is hosting a one-day sale on a variety of different storage devices, from SD cards and flash drives to SSDs and external hard drives. Some of the discounts on offer are pretty solid, so let's dive into them.

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eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

Today, eBay made an announcement most probably wouldn't expect: it's been working behind the scenes on AI-powered assistive technology. In a broad sense, the open-source HeadGaze project, as it's called, uses the front-facing camera on the iPhone X and 3D information from Apple ARKit to allow users to navigate apps by moving their head. eBay has also created an app called HeadSwipe using HeadGaze technology.

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Almost no one buys via Amazon Alexa: this is why

Almost no one buys via Amazon Alexa: this is why

After the failure of the Fire Phone, it was completely unexpected that the Amazon Echo would end up causing both Google and Apple to scramble to catch up. But while Amazon practically created and continue to lead the new smart speaker market, it has ironically failed at the very thing it created the Echo for: helping Amazon customer buy stuff. It turns out, only a minuscule percentage of users shop via Alexa and it’s not that hard to see why.

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Amazon collaborative wishlists quietly launch for some users

Amazon collaborative wishlists quietly launch for some users

Amazon has quietly started rolling out collaborative wishlists, hinting at the upcoming wider launch of a feature that users have been requesting for years. With this new type of wishlist, Amazon customers can create and maintain a single shopping list together, a useful feature for households, couples, families, and more. Only some users have access to the feature at this time, however.

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eBay Apple Pay support arrives later this year

eBay Apple Pay support arrives later this year

Earlier this year, eBay announced plans to begin changing the way it handles payments on its marketplace. As part of this plan, it dropped PayPal as the primary payment processor for purchases and announced its intention to begin managing end-to-end payments itself. While it won't be ready to flip the switch on that initiative until later this year, we now know that eBay will begin supporting Apple Pay when it does.

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