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Toyota Testing Keyless Car-Sharing Program With Getaround

Days after Toyota announced it would follow in the footsteps of other carmakers like BMW and General Motors by investing in the car-sharing game, we’re learning a bit more about what the company plans to do with its new stake in San Francisco-based Getaround. Here’s a hint: it doesn’t involve keys.  [More]

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Target Testing New “Cartwheel Perks” Rewards Program

Since its launch in 2013, Target’s Cartwheel app has provided customers with several avenues of savings: from clipping manufacturer’s coupons to sending notices of what’s on sale near them. Now, the company is testing another feature that rewards customers for using the app. [More]

New Netflix App Tells You If Your Mobile Connection Is Fast Enough For Streaming

New Netflix App Tells You If Your Mobile Connection Is Fast Enough For Streaming

With more and more subscribers streaming video on their mobile devices, Netflix wants to ensure the content is coming through with the best quality possible by launching a mobile speed test app.  [More]

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Taco Bell’s Portable “Walking Nachos” Spotted In The Wild

Have you ever tried eating nachos on the go? It can be a messy, cheesy endeavor. In an attempt to make chowing down on that meal a bit less chaotic, Taco Bell announced last week that it would test “Walking Nachos,” a portable bag of chips, cheese, and meat. Now, we’re getting our first look at the menu items.  [More]

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Virgin Galactic Receives License To Test Space Plane

Weeks after Virgin Galactic said it would resume ground tests of its commercial spacecraft designed to take tourists into space, the company officially received the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration in the way of a license allowing it to conduct test flights. [More]

Amazon Testing “PrimeAir” Drone Delivery In UK

Amazon Testing “PrimeAir” Drone Delivery In UK

While Amazon hasn’t received the okay to begin using drones to make deliveries in the U.S., that isn’t stopping the e-commerce giant from trying the method in the UK. [More]

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UPS Testing Saturday Ground Package Delivery

With FedEx and the Postal Service expanding their weekend delivery options as more Americans go online to buy stuff, UPS is finally getting around to a test of offering Saturday delivery for ground shipments.
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Report: Some SUVs Fail To Protect Passengers From Injury In Front-Side Crashes

Report: Some SUVs Fail To Protect Passengers From Injury In Front-Side Crashes

Vehicle safety technology has evolved to increasingly protect passengers in the event of a collision, but a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (the people who crash cars into walls for science) suggests that not all airbag placements are created equal, and that passenger safety devices in the front seats of some SUVs may not offer the same protection as they do for drivers.  [More]

The End Is Nigh: Burger King Is Testing Something Called The Whopperito

The End Is Nigh: Burger King Is Testing Something Called The Whopperito

Following the introduction of the Whopper Dog, which took all the fixings of Burger King’s iconic Whopper and put them on a hot dog, the fast food company is doing the same with a tortilla, creating the Whopperito. You know, for when the calories in a bun are just too much.  [More]

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5 Things We Learned About LEGO’s Boy & Girl Lines

While some toy companies are giving up on long-held preconceptions about gender-specific products, LEGO has gone the other way. Shedding its gender-neutral past, the company now makes toys specifically targeted at either girls or boys. These products have no shortage of critics, but LEGO says it has good reasons for the separate product lines. [More]

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5 Things You Should Know Before Buying Sunscreen This Year

Whether you’re hitting the beach, doing yard work, or just out and about in the sun this summer, using sunscreen to protect your skin is generally a good idea. But not all products provide the same level of protection, and some don’t live up to the promises on their packaging.
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Mitsubishi Admits Falsifying Fuel Data On Some Vehicles For Nearly 25 Years

Mitsubishi Admits Falsifying Fuel Data On Some Vehicles For Nearly 25 Years

Automaker Mitsubishi recently admitted to fudging fuel mileage data for more than 600,000 vehicles sold in Japan, leading to an ongoing probe by U.S. regulators. Those investigators may now have a lot more paperwork to sift through, after Mitsubishi’s latest revelation. [More]

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Kohl’s Ditching In-Store Cafe Concept After Seven-Month Test

If you were hoping to one day get a quick pick-me-up while spending all your Kohl’s Cash, you’d better bring your own. Less than a year after the company joined the ranks of retailers like Target, Sam’s Club, IKEA, Costco, and countless others in bringing weary shoppers sustenance while traipsing down the aisles, Kohl’s has ended its cafe concept test, with no expansion on the horizon.  [More]

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McDonald’s Partners With Chobani To Test Greek Yogurt Smoothies, Parfaits In Southern California

McDonald’s ongoing effort to simultaneously appear to offer healthier food and attract hungry customers has resulted in a tentative partnership with yogurt maker Chobani.  [More]

Underwriters Laboratories Reveals How It Tests Hoverboard Safety

Underwriters Laboratories Reveals How It Tests Hoverboard Safety

Earlier this month, Underwriters Laboratories announced that for the first time it would start testing and certifying “hoverboards.” However, the independent safety consulting and certification company didn’t actually specify how it would test the self-balancing scooters.  [More]

Walmart Faces Lawsuit For Selling Parmesan Cheese With Wood Pulp Filler

Walmart Faces Lawsuit For Selling Parmesan Cheese With Wood Pulp Filler

With federal regulators now cracking down on Parmesan cheese products that contain wood pulp and other fillers, it was just a mater of time before the first lawsuit was filed against a retailer selling its grated cheese product as “100% Parmesan.”  [More]

Self-Driving Car Involved In Crash… After Driver Takes Control

Self-Driving Car Involved In Crash… After Driver Takes Control

Given Google’s recent confession that its self-driving cars would have been involved in 13 crashes if a human hadn’t intervened, you’d assume that having a real driver in an autonomous car could only help. Then you remember that millions of humans crash their vehicles every day, regardless of how intelligent that car is. [More]

Multiple McDonald’s Locations Forced To Close After Prank Callers Convince Workers To Test Fire System

Multiple McDonald’s Locations Forced To Close After Prank Callers Convince Workers To Test Fire System

When I think of prank calls, I conjure up images of teenage girls huddled around their clear plastic phones, calling boys in their class and hanging up. You know, harmless fun. But sometimes prank calls can turn into something bigger, and even potentially dangerous: three McDonald’s restaurants in Oregon shut down over the weekend after a caller convinced employees to activate fire suppression systems, spewing chemicals over kitchen appliances. [More]