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  1. October 06, 2019

    It's time for supermarket

    Sainsbury's had discontinued it's budget range of food items. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES There’s something poignant about the loss of childhood innocence, even when to retain it would be an encumbrance. You know the sort of scenario: suspicions raised when the tooth fairy forgets to come, or St Nicholas commits a wrapping-paper infraction visible only to a nosey eight-year-old.

    Or when, as happened this week, it turns out that the big brands we know and trust have been having a giggle behind our backs. Ahead of an official report into misleading offers, a number of our leading supermarkets have announced they are to discontinue multi-buy deals. It turns out that bogofs – buy one, get one free offers – are a false economy, making us fork out on average over £1,000 more a year than we planned. A supermarket aisle Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Ocado were all found to be offering misleading deals CREDIT: ALAMY I wish I had filmed my teenage daughter at

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  2. October 06, 2019

    Toshiba’s Object Recognition Scanner

    We all get stuck at the supermarket checkout from time to time when the assistant can’t get an item’s bar code to scan. We’re left watching in awkward silence as the flustered employee waves the item every which way, upside down, back and forth, at an angle, until they’re left literally rubbing it on the scanner in the vain hope that the machine will do us all a favor, recognize that it’s a loaf of bread and beep.

    No beep means caving in and keying in the code. Of course, that’s no great hardship, but it takes time, and when the checkout has a whole load of people waiting in line, it’s no fun for anyone.

    But thanks to engineers at Japanese electronics company Toshiba, those days may soon be over. They’ve come up with a scanner that can recognize items — no bar code required. The Object Recognition Scanner (ORS) works by utilizing pattern and color recognition technology being developed by the company.

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  3. October 06, 2019

    WIRED's pick of Amazon Prime Day deals

    Amazon is celebrating its 20th birthday using with a massive sale, which it is dubbing Prime day in a concerted effort to remind those who are yet to sign up to its pricey Prime package that it exists.

    In an attempt to make your day of grabbing presents from the virtual aisles easier, WIRED has scoured the deals for the top bargains.

    B&O BeoPlay A2 -- 6:10pm until 10:10pm -- £TBC

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  4. October 06, 2019

    Huawei files patent against Samsung Electronics | Electronics News

    Qualcomm was looking to put the disastrous Snapdragon 810 in the rear view mirror when it began shipping the Snapdragon 820 a while back. Now, it's putting more distance between itself and ARM's reference cores with the Snapdragon 821. This is the second chip with Qualcomm's custom 64-bit CPU cores, and it's apparently as much as 10% faster than the 820.

    Like the Snapdragon 820, the 821 is a quad-core chip based on the custom Kryo cores. The 810 was octa-core, based on the ARM reference Cortex-A57 and A53. With the 820 (and now 821), the four Kryo cores operating at varying clock speeds can offer better performance without as much heat. The Snapdragon 821 will come in clock speeds as high as 2.4GHz compared to the 2.15GHz for the 820. Maybe that's the entire basis of Qualcomm's 10% improvement claim.

    This isn't the end of the road for the 820. We'll probably still see plenty of phones shipping with it before the Snapdragon 821 becomes more common. Maybe those 

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  5. October 06, 2019

    What's New on Your Supermarket Shelf?

    Health, convenience prime concerns for consumers Last year's hottest supermarket craze -- low-carb products -- can be found in this year's clearance aisle. In a country obsessed with dieting, we've seen low-fat, fat-free, sugar-free, low-carb, and no-carb foods come and go with little impact on our girth. In fact, as a nation, we're heavier than ever. So what new foods can you expect to see next on your supermarket shelves? WebMD asked the experts for their predictions on the latest trends. As with most everything else, baby boomers are affecting how the nation eats, according to the NPD Marketing group. Boomers made their mark with fast food in the '60s, fern bars in the '70s, microwaves in the '80s, take-out in the '90s, and a trend toward healthier foods today, according to Harry Balzar, NPD's vice president. As the boomers age, they are coping with health and weight concerns that drive their eating patterns. But boomers aren't the only ones behind changes in food buying

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  6. October 06, 2019

    10 Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping

    Experts offer advice on navigating the supermarket.

    Good nutrition starts with smart choices in the grocery store. Cooking up healthy meals is a challenge if you don't have the right ingredients in your kitchen.

    But who has time to read all the food labels and figure out which items are the most nutritious and the best buys? Grocery shopping can be a daunting task, simply because there are so many choices.

    "Markets perform a great public service, but keep in mind they are designed to get you to buy (and, therefore, eat) more food, not less," says Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating.

    But with a little guidance, healthy choices are a cinch to find in any supermarket.

    Plan Ahead for Success
    The process starts even before you head to the grocery store, experts say. Before you set out for the market, plan your meals for the

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  7. October 06, 2019

    9 Healthy Foods for a Diet-Friendly Fridge

    Must-have items for quick, healthy snacks and meals.

    How many times do you open your refrigerator door each day, peering in and hoping to be inspired? It stands to reason that if you keep your refrigerator stocked with appetizing foods that also happen to be good for you, you're much more likely to eat healthy meals and healthy snacks.

    But keep in mind that the "out of sight, out of mind" principle applies to your fridge. Many of us, for example, have colorful fruits and vegetables on hand -- but keep them buried in the crisper drawers at the bottom of the fridge. You are more likely to see, eat, and enjoy healthy foods if they're in a ready-to-eat form, staring at you from the eye-level shelves in your refrigerator.

    Here are nine must-have healthy foods for a diet-friendly refrigerator:

    1. Fruit Salad
    Take that fruit from your crisper and fruit bowl and turn it into a tasty fruit salad, drizzled with a high-vitamin-C fruit juice (to keep the fruit

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  8. October 06, 2019

    New: Keepsake the Label ‘Elemental’

    Think sheer and textured fabrications plus voluptuous frills and gold detailing. A sorbet palette is punctuated by vibrant navy, decorated with ribbon and delicate floral prints. Asymmetric, off the shoulder and classic draped necklines feature in mini, midi and maxi options. A balanced, architectural collection of feminine pieces for any and all occasions.

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  9. October 06, 2019

    Best Of: VMAs Red Carpet

    The VMAs red carpet is no place to play it safe. Gwen’s blue fur bra, Courtney Love’s Madonna tribute, Rose’s barely there dress or Miley’s part cyborg part glam 2015 get-up.

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  10. October 06, 2019

    How To: Effectively Use Your Weekend So You Don’t Balls Up The Week’s Good Work

    The VMAs red carpet is no place to play it safe. Gwen’s blue fur bra, Courtney Love’s Madonna tribute, Rose’s barely there dress or Miley’s part cyborg part glam 2015 get-up.

    So go stag to weddings, be a bridesmaid and most importantly, look way better than the bride in something that doesn’t resemble a giant marshmallow.

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