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7/20/2018

An open source initiative dubbed the Data Transfer Project has been announced by four of the largest technology companies: Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter. The project will make it easier for users to transfer data among the companies' services.

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Twitter, Facebook, Google, Microsoft
7/20/2018

Four smart home leaders received equal marks in a recent study of consumer perception: Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung. Smart home hubs were among the most well-known devices, with 67% of survey respondents saying they were aware of the devices.

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Samsung, Apple, Amazon, Google
7/20/2018

Google has unveiled an artificial intelligence project called the "Move Mirror," which matches users' poses with similar images. The project was created to make machine learning more accessible to coders, as well as to inspire the development of other applications.

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CNET
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Google, AI
7/20/2018

Royole Corp. has unveiled a flexible shirt and top hat with smart video features that users can use to show off 3GP/MP4 videos and JPEG/GIF images. "Individuals can select video content that showcases their personality and stream in real-time from their mobile phone, giving them unlimited portability and versatility," noted Bill Liu of Royole.

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Electronics360
7/20/2018

IHA is urging its members to talk to their representatives in Congress about the negative impact they could experience from the latest round of proposed tariffs. "Cost increases ultimately will be passed on to American consumers, potentially reducing sales and profits for our members and our retail/wholesale customers," said Brett Bradshaw, chairman of IHA.

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HFN, HomeWorld Business
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7/20/2018

Etsy seller Kate Chesters of Liverpool, England, handmakes cutting boards with natural woods, applying resins in shades of blue to magenta for a finished product that's reminiscent of the ocean and sky.

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My Modern Metropolis
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Etsy
7/20/2018

The new Brew Bottle by Soma is a 12-ounce portable brewer that can be used to make coffee and tea wherever the user happens to be. Users simply pour hot water over tea leaves or coffee grounds and put the cap on to enjoy a fresh beverage.

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Tasting Table
7/20/2018

A lifetime buy of discontinued spare parts can often result in under- or over-stocked parts due to the difficulty of accurately predicting future needs and the costs associated with purchasing, storing and transporting parts, write Cokeva executives Ken Ueltzen and Mark Anderson. Original equipment managers can avoid these challenges with an effective repair strategy that offers support throughout the product's life cycle, even after manufacturing has ended.

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Mark Anderson
7/20/2018

A federal court has struck down the California Resale Royalties Act, which provided visual artists a 5% royalty on their work in the secondary market. The court found the law conflicted with federal copyright law.

7/20/2018

Many European automakers use software programs to price spare parts based on how much consumers are willing to pay for them, according to documents filed for a court case. The companies argue that the tactic is legal.

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Fleet Europe