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Olive Garden: At Least 1 More Breadstick Creation On the Way

The Italian restaurant chain said earlier this month it would introduce “breadstick sandwiches” as part of a broader menu revamp intended to play up its most popular offerings. The sandwiches don’t arrive until June 1, but Olive Garden already has a follow-up act planned with “breadstick crostini” in August. The …

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Solid Business Spending Plans Brighten Outlook for Factories

A gauge of U.S. business investment spending plans increased solidly for a second straight month in April, a hopeful sign for manufacturing activity after a long spell of weakness. The overall economy is gradually firming, with other reports Tuesday showing consumer confidence perking up this month and house prices extending …

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Smart credit cards are coming. Here’s what you need to know

At least four startups are betting the world isn’t ready for mobile payments. Unlike services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet (which use your phone), all-in-one cards or “smart cards” embrace a familiar medium — the plastic credit card — and turn it into an all-in-one payment solution. Smart credit …

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How to take tilt-shift photos with a smartphone

Tilt-shift photos make the world look miniature, almost as if you are looking at a diorama. Traditionally, to achieve these photos you need to manipulate perspective and depth of field with a dedicated tilt-shift lens and dSLR. However, the miniature effect can be mimicked using tools like Photoshop, or even …

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Snapdeal Acquires MartMobi to Strengthen Mobility Platform for Sellers

E-commerce major Snapdeal has acquired Hyderabad-based mobile technology startup, MartMobi for an undisclosed amount, a move that will help the firm strengthen its mobility platform for merchant partners.Founded by Pramod Nair and Satya Krishna Ganni, MartMobi creates mobile sites and apps for e-commerce stores, small and medium-sized businesses. “We are …

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UAE Unveils Strategic Framework for Space Agency

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday launched a strategic framework for its newly-established space agency that aims to launch satellite missions and the “first Arab unmanned probe” to Mars by 2021.Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, witnessed …

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Amazon Changes Tax Practices in Europe as Investigations Continue

Amazon.com Inc has started booking revenue from retail sales in individual European countries, instead of channeling all sales through low-tax Luxembourg, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.The change was made effective May 1, a company spokesman told the Journal.Amazon said it had started preparing to diversify its retail sales structure …

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ICICI Launches Voice Password Facility for Phone Banking

Country’s largest private lender ICICI Bank on Monday said it has launched a service where customers can make transactions using just their voice, without using other means of authentication like a password.The voice recognition service authenticates customers based on their speech patterns and allows them to execute banking transactions through …

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New ‘Deep Learning’ Robot Learns Skills Through Trial and Error

Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error – much like humans learn things.They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having arobot complete various tasks – putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a …

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Instagram Starts Sending ‘Highlights’ Emails to Users

In a recent development, Instagram started sending an email digest called ‘Highlights’ featuring a few of the posts from people you follow.It could bring back users who have strayed from the photo network. This is the first time Instagram has sent any type of promotional or re-engagement email, TechCrunch reported. …

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