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AmazonBasics Microwave Alexa

The AmazonBasics line has just gotten larger with a new Alexa-enabled microwave that will be priced at $59.99 and released on November 14th. Unlike traditional microwaves, this one offers voice-activated presets using Alexa wake phrases and then a duration, or just simply say what you're cooking, like "popcorn". Speaking of popcorn, Alexa automatically keeps track of how many times you've said the phrase "Alexa, make popcorn" and then re-orders when you're running low, or simply push the integrated popcorn Dash button. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Arctic Coke Machine

Want your bottled beverages chilled to a slush in seconds? If so, then look no further than the "Arctic Coke" machine - currently being tested in approximately 800 convenience stores across the US. Simply select a 20-oz. bottle from the Arctic Coke cooler, which keeps the beverages at a temperature just below freezing, place it on a platform, push a button, and watch the icy magic happen. "What we're trying to do is heighten the sensorial experience. They're getting the same delicious Coke they know and love; we're just creating a visual effect that engages the consumer and in engaging them in the process of crafting their beverage," said Kim Drucker, director of platform innovation, Coca-Cola North America. Continue reading for two more videos and more information.

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First McDonalds Moscow

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On January 31, 1990, the first Soviet McDonald's opened in Moscow. At the time, it was the world's largest McDonald's, but one things you may not know is that all the McDonald's restaurants in all of the former Soviet Union are wholly owned by McDonald's Canada with no input from the US parent company. To overcome Soviet supply problems, the company creates its own supply chain, including farms, within the USSR. Unlike other foreign investments, the restaurant accepts rubles, not dollars, and is extremely popular, with waiting lines of several hours common in its early days. Continue reading for more pictures from its opening day.

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McDonalds Chicago Headquarters

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This isn't an Apple Store, just the new McDonalds headquarters in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood that houses 2,000 employees and the company's Hamburger University for training employees. Inside, you'll also find 'work neighborhoods', a McCafe, lots of outdoor terrace spaces, and museum-like displays showcasing Happy Meal toys as well as vintage memorabilia. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan Italy

Starbucks has just opened its first store in Italy on Friday, and it's officially called the "Reserve Roastery Milan". This stunning building, which was a former post office near the city's Duomo, features a heated, marble-topped coffee bar, complete with a 6.5-meter (22-foot) high bronze cask that customers can watch. It also boasts a cocktail bar and an affogato station that offers made-to-order single-batch ice cream. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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New McDonalds Flagship Store

This is not an Apple Store with a McDonalds inside, but rather the latter's all-new flagship store in Chicago - formerly the 'Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's'. This 19,000-square-foot space was designed by Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects and boasts floating glass gardens, touch-screens, 27-foot windows, as well as wireless phone charging technology. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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CafeX Robot Barista

Sure, in many cases Starbucks may be the most convenient option for coffee lovers on the run, but what if you could get a drink made to your liking, but without any risk of things going wrong? Introducing Cafe X. This futuristic coffee shop of sorts uses industrial-grade robotic arms to make your drink, and it's open 24-hours to boot. Simply enter your order into a tablet kiosk (or app), along with payment details, and the arms go to work. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Flippy Burger Robot



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Flippy, the robot capable of making over 1,000 burgers per day, has found a new job cooking fried chicken tenders and tater tots at Dodger Stadium starting in August. How does it work? Well, the robot can automatically detect the temperatures across the fryer, monitor the cooking process in real-time and also display the cooking time on a screen, while alerting stadium employees when each basket of chicken or tater tots is ready to be manually temperature-checked and served. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining why the moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse.

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Fujifilm Instant Noodles

Fujifilm is known for their cameras, film, and accessories, but their latest "Film Simulation" product has nothing to do with those at all. Simply put, they have revealed instant noodles that come in a Provia 100F film canister-shaped carton and are being released by Fujifilm Korea as part of a promotional giveaway. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Mushroom Cloud Illusion

Photo credit: Henry Hargreaves

Photographer Henry Hargreaves and stylist Caitlin Levin wanted to show the threat of nuclear war to the global food system, so they created "The Fallout of the Food System" series. What better way to do so than by creating miniature mushroom clouds using actual mushrooms? Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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