Review: Amazon Meal Kits Offer Easy Dinners

Amazon’s new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn’t have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals.

These meal kits come with just about everything you need to prepare dinner for two. You can choose from a variety of vegetarian and meat options. For now, Amazon’s meal kits are available only in limited markets, including Seattle.

There’s no major commitment, the way rivals require you to order an entire week of meals at a time. But you pay dearly for the convenience and flexibility, and you must plan ahead, at least for now.

Ordering the Meal

As a competitive athlete who trains a lot, I find generous portions are almost as important as lots of protein. I usually don’t eat red meat, and the chicken dish got a few bad reviews, so I went for Togarashi-spiced salmon with soba noodles. It was $20 for two servings, plus $10 for delivery.

When I tried to place my order Tuesday, Amazon said the only delivery times left that day were for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Before confirming the order, though, those slots were gone.

It was only 11 a.m.

I could have gone to Amazon’s pickup location in another part of town, but who has time for that, especially in Seattle traffic? Instead, I chose delivery before 7 a.m. on Wednesday. It arrived before 5:30 a.m., as I headed out for a long morning run.

From Door to Kitchen

The meal kit was the size of a loaf of bread, but it came in a heavy bag that resembled a large paper grocery bag. Inside was a silver insulated bag, nestled inside a cardboard frame, and six ice packs. That’s a lot of packaging. I chose the delivery option that allowed the driver to leave it…
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Approved by FCC

The FCC today approved a new high-end Samsung phone that is almost certainly the company’s forthcoming Note 8 flagship phone. If Samsung chooses a new branding for its Note series, this phone will be the spiritual successor to the ill-fated Note7. This new phone bears the model number SM-N950; the previous two Note models were the SM-N930 and SM-N920. As with the company’s Note7 and S8, one hardware model will fully support all US carriers’ networks, although software may differ. The FCC approval documents reveal no surprises. The new model appears to support all of the same basic features and radio bands as the Note7, plus the new band 66. There is no mention in this initial FCC approval of band 71, the new 600 MHz band that T-Mobile has said it plans to launch with Samsung and LG devices next month. It is possible for FCC approvals to be amended, however. Samsung has scheduled a major launch event for August 23 in New York City. Invitations to the event show an outline of a phone with a stylus, clearly indicating a Note-like device.

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End of an Era: Apple Kills Off iPod Nano and Shuffle

Apple has killed off the last remaining app-free music players in its roster, the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, leaving nothing but multi-use, connected devices in the brave new world of streaming, apps and games.

From the moment the iPhone was launched in 2007 the writing has been on the wall for Apple’s iPod line, and by extension, every other dedicated music player out there. For Apple, in the era of streaming music and smartphone ubiquity, now is the time to put its legacy players to bed, with the wifi-enabled iPod Touch the last remaining member of a once dominant gadget line.

The iPhone and other modern smartphones were capable of playing music, not quite as well as dedicated hardware, but good enough and while doing so many other things at the same time.

The Nano and Shuffle came out in 2005, two years before the introduction of the iPhone, as less expensive and smaller alternatives to Apple’s standard iPod, which was launched by Steve Jobs in 2001 with space for ?EU?1,000 songs in your pocket?EU?.

The Nano replaced the popular iPod mini, introducing the company’s first flash-based iPods, which until 2005 had used small 1.8in hard drives like smaller versions of those available in computers at the time. Music was loaded onto them via iTunes, either from the store or ripped from CDs, but they were unable to access content without a computer.

Apple stopped updating the Nano and Shuffle in 2012 and 2010 respectively, and killed the direct descendent of the original 2001 iPod, the iPod Classic, in 2014 at the same time as launching the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Smartphone Dominance

The iPod Nano [pictured, right] and iPod Shuffle [pictured, left] are just the latest in a long line of single-use devices killed off by the multitalented smartphone. The iPhone launched…
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Apple iPhone 8 Leaks: Wireless Charging, No Rear Touch ID

As the time draws closer for Apple to release the much-anticipated, 10th anniversary edition of its iPhone, recent leaks reveal that the new device could feature wireless charging but not the rear-facing Touch ID many fans have been worrying about. In fact, the new phone might not come with Touch ID at all.

Images published this week by Slashleaks indicate the iPhone 8 could feature wireless charging. The site yesterday gave leaked images of a wireless charging module a “trust score” of 57 percent.

While Apple typically releases its new flagship phones in September, it’s appearing more likely that won’t happen this year. In fact, new revelations suggest that the next iPhone could arrive on the market even later than expected, possibly as late as December. In addition to a number of design challenges the company has reportedly been contending with, Apple is also believed to be facing OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen supply problems.

Until now, iPhones have featured LED displays, but OLED technology is generally recognized as providing better image quality. Samsung has always used OLEDs in its Android Galaxy phones, and today Apple was reported to be investing $2.7 billion in LG Display’s production of OLED screens to secure supplies for its phones.

Say Hello to Face ID?

Rather than featuring Touch ID, the fingerprint-sensing verification technology that’s currently built into the iPhone’s front display, the next iPhone could come with “Face ID,” according to a report yesterday on the Japanese tech site Mac Otakara. Citing comments by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the site described Face ID as a technology that combines iris authentication with three-dimensional face recognition.

Mac Otakara also reported that the new flagship iPhone, which could be named the iPhone Edition instead of the iPhone 8, might not hit the market until sometime between October and…
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Amazon and Foxconn Reflect 'Deliver It Now' Trend

In today’s economy, speed is everything. Amazon’s plans to add 50,000 jobs at a dozen warehouses across the United States and Foxconn’s decision to build a $10 billion plant and hire up to 13,000 workers in Wisconsin aren’t just feel-good stories of job creation. They reflect the pressures companies now feel to be as close to their customers as possible — a trend that’s helping restore some American factories and jobs.

Computer advances increasingly let manufacturers customize orders and ship goods faster. In the new world, making products in faraway low-wage countries like China can be a disadvantage: It can take too long — weeks, months — to ship finished products to the United States.

“This is about customer proximity,” said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute. “You develop a sustainable and durable advantage against overseas competition.”

Mandel said the growing trend would have emerged regardless of who occupied the White House. Still, President Donald Trump took the opportunity to take some credit Wednesday for the Foxconn announcement, saying it “definitely” happened because of his election and his pursuit of tax and regulatory cuts.

“This is a great day for American workers and manufacturing, and for everyone who believes in the concept and the label, ‘Made in the USA,'” Trump said.

Amazon plans to make thousands of hiring offers in one day when it holds a job fair next week across the country. People offered jobs on the spot will pack or sort boxes and help ship them. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 jobs will be full time, and most will count toward Amazon’s previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by mid-2018.

The move reflects Amazon’s propulsive growth at a time when traditional retailers are closing stores and cutting jobs.

For Taiwan-based Foxconn, building a factory in Wisconsin brings it closer…
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Facebook's Ads Spreading Into More Apps

Scrolling through an ad-free Instagram is now a distant memory, much like the once ad-free Facebook itself. Soon, users of its Messenger app will begin to see advertisements, too — and WhatsApp may not be too far behind.

Welcome to the Facebook ad creep.

The world’s biggest social media company has squeezed about as many ads onto its main platform as it can. The fancy term for this is “ad load,” and Facebook warned investors back in 2016 that it has pretty much maxed it out . Put any more ads in front of users and they might start complaining — or worse, just leave.

As such, Facebook, a free service that relies almost completely on ads to make money, has to keep finding new and creative ways to let businesses hawk their stuff on its properties.

One solution is to spread ads beyond Facebook itself, onto the other popular messaging and photo-sharing apps it owns.

So far, it’s working. On Wednesday, Facebook posted a 71 percent increase in net income to $3.89 billion, or $1.32 per share, from $2.28 billion, or 78 cents a share, a year ago.

Revenue for the three months that ended on June 30 rose 45 percent to $9.32 billion from $6.44 billion. The Menlo Park, California-based company’s monthly active user base grew 17 percent to 2.01 billion.

Instagram

Ads began arriving on Instagram, which Facebook bought in 2012 for $1 billion, in 2013. It was a slow and careful rollout, and tells us a lot about Facebook’s subsequent ad strategy.

The company didn’t want to upset Instagram’s loyal fans, who were used to scrolling through beautiful landscapes, stylized breakfast shots and well-groomed kittens in their feed. An ad for headache pills would have interrupted the flow. So Instagram started off with just a few ads it considered “beautiful,” selected from hand-picked businesses. For…
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It’s Friday, here’s an advert

Its Friday, heres an advert
It’s Friday. Friday at last.

Last night, whilst randomly looking for a YouTube video (and I’ll be honest, I was trying to find some Leslie Chow clips because I’m a bit bonkers), an advert appeared before the video. You know the sort, it’s one of the many YouTube pre-rolls that might or might not be skippable after a few seconds.

Anyhow. It was an advert for CM Launcher 3D. This has had about 3.7 million 5 star reviews on Google Play, so I’m guessing it’s quite good.

Trouble is, the advert IS NOT GOOD. Dear Lord. Drink this in..

Yeah. That was definitely out there. Memorable. Definitely. Perhaps that’s what they wanted. Gah.. clever.

Perhaps I should tell you about the app then? Well.. no. I won’t. I’ve just posted a big fat, weird advert for it. Pah!

Yellow trousers. Yellow bloody trousers. Who wears yellow trousers?

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  • Review: Coolpad Canvas for Cricket Wireless

    The Canvas from Coolpad is one of the least expensive handsets in Cricket’s lineup of Android smartphone. It boasts a large display, 8-megapixel camera, and Snapdragon processor. If you need a low-cost point of entry, the Canvas is a respectable option. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-depth review.

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    Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key Wins North American Office Products Awards

    Kensington®, announced today that its Kensington VeriMark™ Fingerprint Key received Product Innovation of the Year award from the North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA) 2017. Award winners were recently named at the SP Richards ABC event in Orlando, Florida.

    The awards were launched in 2010 by Office Products International (OPI) in association with SP Richards (SPR) Company. Now in its eighth year, the award program sets the industry standard and aims to find the best business products in North America. The products were judged by a panel of leading resellers whose evaluation was based on:

    ?EU? Product innovation, design and functionality
    ?EU? How the product has improved upon previous designs/models
    ?EU? The benefits for the reseller and the consumer
    ?EU? The level of marketing support, innovation and initiatives in promoting the products to the end-user

    The first of its kind anywhere in the world, the Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key combines superior biometric performance and 360-degree readability with anti-spoofing technology and fingerprint activated collaboration capabilities. Designed to meet Windows Hello security requirements, the key allows users without a fingerprint sensor in their computers to enjoy the benefits of faster, more secure login that Windows Hello affords. And, businesses whose employee computers do not have biometric authentication capabilities, can easily deploy the fingerprint key without having to replace an entire fleet of laptops. The VeriMark Fingerprint Key is optimized for Windows Hello, Windows 10 and is compatible with Windows 7/8.1.

    ?EU?We are truly pleased that the VeriMark Fingerprint Key has received this distinction from the North American Office Products Awards,?EU? said Ada Yang, Senior Global Product Manager, Kensington. ?EU?Being recognized as the Product Innovation of the Year is especially satisfying, since innovation, quality and trust have made Kensington the standard in device security for more than 25 years. In light of the…
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    Huawei Prepping Mate 10 While Cutting Low-End Phones

    Huawei says its forthcoming flagship handset will be a better device than Apple’s next iPhone. “We will have an even more powerful product,” said Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer division, in an interview with Bloomberg. “The Mate 10, which has much longer battery life with a full-screen display, quicker charging speed, better photographing capability and many other features that will help us compete with Apple.” Huawei is expected to reveal the Mate 10 as soon as September 2 at a press event scheduled during the IFA trade show in Berlin. At the same time, Yu said Huawei plans to exit the entry-level segment of the smartphone market. “We are giving up the very low-end devices because the margin in this is extremely low, and it’s not making enough profit for us.” Moving forward, Huawei will focus on mid-range and high-end devices.

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