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Grip2u iPhone Case Review: Boost And Slim Cases Feature Signature Band To Prevent Drops

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Who are the Grip2u Phone Cases for? Cell phones are expensive, delicate devices and nobody knows that better than cell phone case manufacturer Grip2u. Their entire line of products is dedicated to protecting cell phones while also making them easier to use thanks to the signature band found on the back of the case. So how does a Grip2u case compare to a standard cell phone case? We looked at two different Grip2u models, the Boost and Slim, and compared them to a very basic case using an iPhone XR.


Walmart's Holiday Drone Show: Where, When And How To Watch

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Walmart has found a new way to celebrate the holidays in the era of lockdowns and social distancing: high-flying drone shows put on at physical locations and streamed for online viewing. The shows will use almost 1,000 Intel drones to form complex shapes in the night sky, moving in time to Christmas songs like "Frosty the Snowman" by Bing Crosby and "Run Run Rudolph" by Kelly Clarkson. "After a particularly tough year, we want customers and communities to enjoy a moment of rest, peace and hope," said William White, Walmart's chief marketing officer in a press release. "We've been finding ways to help families enjoy seasonal traditions in a year when they thought it might not be possible." Never one to miss a merchandising opportunity, Walmart will also be airing a holiday shortly before the show, "DreamWorks Trolls Holiday."


Trump Taunted With 'Alexa Play' After Biden Is Named President-Elect In US Election

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Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election and will become the 46th president of the United States. Although Trump has not conceded, Biden has been named the president-elect by multiple outlets, including AP News. The decision to name the 77-year-old the president-elect sent Twitter into a frenzy, which resulted in Biden's supporters using Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant, to taunt Trump and celebrate the democrat's victory. On Saturday, "Alexa" began trending on Twitter as people began sharing the songs they wanted to play to celebrate the president-elect and say goodbye to Trump. In the song, Meek Mill raps, "See my dreams unfold, nightmares come true It was time to marry the game and I said, 'Yeah, I do' If you want it you gotta see it with a clear-eyed view."


Walmart's Robotic Sidekicks Get The Boot, Partner Bossa Nova Takes A Hit

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Walmart (WMT) has retired robots working in about 500 stores as it found "simpler solutions" to inventory management. The retail giant said it ended its five-year partnership with major supplier Bossa Nova Robotics. Walmart had pushed for automation in its stores for years. The company said in January that Bossa Nova robots would be used in 1,000 of its 4,700 U.S. stores. Walmart had repeatedly said such robots would be'sidekicks' to store workers.


Apple Is Quietly Working On Its Own Search Engine To Take On Google

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Apple may be stealthily developing its own search engine, as Google faces a lawsuit from the U.S. antitrust authorities regarding the search engine giant's agreements with companies to be the default search tool. In the newest operating system update for the iPhone, the iOS 14, Apple has started showing its own search results and direct links to websites when users search from their home screen. In its updated version, iOS 14 does not use Google for many of its search functions, as it previously used to. The search window that appears in iPhones when users swipe right now compiles Apple-generated search suggestions rather than Google results. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice, in a landmark lawsuit said, Google is monopolizing the search space by entering into multi-billion dollar deals with mobile companies like Apple, Motorola, and network carriers like AT&T and Verizon, to be the default search engine on devices.


'Murder Hornet' Scientists Suit Up For Extermination In Eye-Catching Protective Gear

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What do you wear to a "murder hornet" extermination? Since the insects are so dangerous, it doesn't matter how silly the suit looks, but that didn't stop the internet from commenting on it. As previously reported, the first nest of giant Asian hornets, more commonly called "murder hornets," was found in Blaine, Washington, close to the Canadian border last week. Scientists went in on Sunday to destroy the nest in hopes of stopping the invasive species from spreading. They wore white suits that appear to be some type of neoprene.


How Much Does GM's Electric GMC Hummer EV Truck Cost Vs Tesla's Cybertruck?

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General Motors (GM) has finally taken the wraps off its 2022 GMC Hummer EV as it looks to take on Tesla's (TSLA) Cybertruck. While the two trucks will rival each other in the electric truck market, they have distinct differences that may sway consumers one way or the other. GM is selling the first edition of the GMC Hummer EV for $112,595 in contrast to Tesla's Cybertruck, which has a price range of $39,900 to $69,900, depending on the motor configuration. The Cybertruck's self-driving system is another $8,000 more while GM's includes Super Cruise – a driver assist feature – on the Hummer EV. GM said it will begin production of the GMC Hummer EV in late 2021 at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center in Michigan.


Why Robotics Will Destroy Millions Of Jobs In Coming Years, But Create Just As Many

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The World Economic Forum, or WEF, said robotics and machinery will eliminate tens of millions of jobs over the next five years, but create just as many – perhaps more -- through the emergence of new technologies. The WEF, an international nongovernmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, said in a survey-based report that accelerating automation will wipe out 85 million jobs across 15 industries and 26 economies by 2025 – but concurrently create 97 million new jobs, particularly in the fields of data, artificial intelligence, content creation, the "green" economy and cloud computing. Still, the WEF conceded that such a dramatic disruption of labor markets could initially increase inequality and pressure companies around the world to quickly retrain workers in order to compete. "[Jobs] in areas such as data entry, accounting and administrative support are decreasing in demand as automation and digitization in the workplace increases," WEF said. "[Approximately] 50% of employers are expecting to accelerate the automation of some roles in their companies."


Google's Latest Innovation Will Identify Songs By Humming

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Got a song stuck in your head? Alphabet's (GOOG) Google can help. Now through its search widget, users can just hum, whistle, or sing a melody, and the search engine will provide the name of the song and who sings it. To use the new Google features, users will need to have the Google app and tap the microphone icon. Simply say to Google, "what's this song?' or click the "search a song" button.


Google Search Gets More Helpful With The Release of New AI Features

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It's not your imagination: Google Search is getting more helpful. The bread-and-butter service of parent organization Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)(NASDAQ:GOOG) recently announced new AI-powered features to improve its usefulness. Some are legitimately helpful, others just quirky and fun, but all are aimed at maintaining Google's digital data search and advertising dominance. From type to voice to... humming? Google Search has already been adding AI-based algorithms to improve search results, but many of those features will be getting even better.