Category Archives: tech-news

Walmart launches Mobile Express Returns to refund or exchange online items in physical stores

As Walmart continues to build out its e-commerce business to rival Amazon’s, its latest development will build on some of the retail giant’s most established operations: Walmart is launching a new in-store returns service called Mobile Express Returns.

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Why the ‘cult’ mentality in IT hinders diversity

“Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That sounds great on the surface (or as an inspirational quote on Instagram), but there’s a slightly sinister undercurrent to this concept, and it seems especially pervasive in tech.

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Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients’ secret emails

One of the world’s “big four” accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, the Guardian can reveal.

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US forecast models have been pretty terrible during Hurricane Irma

We have written a fair amount at Ars recently about the superiority of the European forecast model, suggesting to readers that they focus on the ensemble runs of this system to get a good handle on track forecasts for Hurricane Irma.

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Microsoft and Amazon partner to integrate Alexa and Cortana digital assistants

Amazon and Microsoft are partnering to better integrate their Alexa and Cortana digital assistants. Alexa users will be able to access Cortana, and vice versa on a range of devices, although the integration will be a little awkward initially.

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The inventor of Roomba has created a weed-slashing robot for your garden

Roomba co-creator Joe Jones has created a garden Roomba for gardens with Franklin Robotics. Tertill uses sensors to identify weeds and cuts them down until they eventually die. It requires a small raised border to stay in the garden and it needs room between plants to get to all the weeds.

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GOLDMAN SACHS: Paypal is safe from Amazon — for now (AMZN, PYPL)

Amazon started its “Payments” platform in 2013, but it’s really taken off recently. With worries about Amazon taking over entire sectors, is the payment space safe?

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