Google Express is now delivering fresh groceries in San Francisco and LA

Last year, Google said its delivery service, Google Express, would be wading into the highly competitive, and not-so-lucrative grocery delivery game. This week, the company made good on the promise by launching same-day delivery of fresh groceries in San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to The Wall Street Journal. Rather than relying on warehouses, Google says it will be picking up deliveries from partnering grocery stores like Costco, Whole Foods, Smart & Final, and Vicente’s Supermarket, a high-end shop in Los Angeles.

Google entering a crowded, competitive market

This is Google’s first foray into delivering fresh produce, which has historically proven to be high cost and low profit yielding. Google says fresh and frozen items…

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Author: Andrew J . Hawkins

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WWE 2K16 Confirmed for PC, Comes With All DLC for Free

Following its launch last year for consoles, 2K Games announced today that professional wrestling game WWE 2K16 is coming to PC. It will be available for computers on March 11.

According to 2K Sports, WWE 2K16 for PC will offer the same content as seen in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of the game. Additionally, all WWE 2K16 DLC will be available for PC at launch for free.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Learning the Alphabet

The Ovid-Elsie school district sits an hour west of Flint, Michigan, the city now notorious for being poisoned by its own penny-pinching administrators. The district, which serves roughly 1,750 students, is one of the poorer areas in the state, with a per capita income of just over $15,000. “We’re looking at close to three-quarters of our kids [who] are classified as economically disadvantaged here,” said Kris Kirby, the district’s assistant superintendent. So when it came time to find computer equipment for every classroom, Ovid-Elsie had to get creative.

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Author: Ben Popper

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Phone Graphics Will Catch Up to PS4 and Xbox One in 2017, Says Leading Hardware Manufacturer

Smartphones and tablets are about a year away from being capable of outputting graphics on the same level as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to leading mobile graphics processors developer ARM.

Speaking at the Casual Connect conference in Amsterdam, as reported on by VentureBeat, company director Nizar Romdan explained it has been working with Nvidia, Samsung, and Texas Instruments on technology capable of rendering visuals on par with Microsoft and Sony’s home consoles. This is a milestone ARM believes it will reach by the end of 2017.

“Mobile hardware is already powerful,” Romdan said. “If you take today’s high-end smartphone or tablet, the performance is already better than Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It’s catching up quickly with Xbox One and PlayStation 4.”

Romdan noted that this power increase could be beneficial for virtual reality, which is available on mobile devices at a considerably lower price point than specialist hardware such as the Oculus Rift, which starts at $600 without a PC. This, he said, could be what brings console and PC gamers to gaming on mobile devices.

“Our view is that mobile VR is the use case that could unlock the potential of mobile for hardcore gamers,” he said. “For once, mobile devices are on par with PC and consoles in terms of experience. We won’t have the same processing. And battery life is a problem. But it is the same user experience. That could be a game changer for mobile gaming.”

According to a report from SuperData, the VR industry will generate $5.1 billion in 2016. The Oculus Rift is set to begin shipping to preorder customers on March 28. The base preorder package costs $600 and includes an Xbox One controller, Oculus Remote, a sensor, and free copies of Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale.

Sony’s PlayStation VR is also set to launch in 2016. Although an exact date for when it will be available hasn’t been announced, GameStop chief executive Paul Raines stated it is not going to make it out in the first half of 2016 as previously announced. Instead it will launch towards the end of the year, he said.

Asked for a comment, Sony told GameSpot it is excited to see PlayStation VR come to market, but didn’t have anything to say regarding a release date.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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How Netflix completely revamped recommendations for its new global audience

Before Netflix got into the business of producing its own programming, it spent a lot of time emphasizing its recommendation software, the algorithms that would learn your taste and suggest the perfect title from the company’s catalog. Over the last few years that feature faded into the background, overshadowed by original content, Emmy nominations, and its rapid global expansion.

Today, however, Netflix recommendations step back into the spotlight. Up until now the recommendations you got were based on where you lived. People in the US saw suggestions for action or comedy flicks based on what other people in North America enjoyed. Going forward, an anime fan in Sweden will see recommendations based on the viewing habits of anime fans…

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Author: Ben Popper

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Pokemon Fighting Game Pokken Tournament Not Likely for 3DS, Here's Why

If you were hoping that the upcoming Pokken Tournament would eventually release on the 3DS, then you better sit down. It’s not very likely that the Pokemon fighting game will be making its way to Nintendo’s handheld.

GameSpot interviewed Katsuhiro Harada and Masaaki Hoshino about Pokken Tournament and asked if there were any considerations of bringing the game to 3DS.

“It’s definitely a challenge to get it on the Wii U with what we’re doing right now,” Hoshino said. “And it definitely would be a challenge to have the same graphical experience on the 3DS.”

Harada said that it’s less about technology and more about needing the money to do it.

“Programmer does not need technology. Programmer needs budget,” added Harada, laughing.

Pokken Tournament makes it way to the Wii U on March 18.

One game making the leap from Wii U to 3DS is Hyrule Warriors in the form of Hyrule Warriors Legends, which releases for Nintendo’s handheld in March.

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Author: Mat Paget

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In Broad City's third season, the friendship deepens along with the comedy

Broad City‘s third season begins with a montage. It’s a split-screen shot: Abbi’s bathroom is on one side, Ilana’s on the other. In two minutes’ time, Broad City‘s heroines (played by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer) take refuge in their porcelain sanctuaries, peeing, puking, eating pizza, dancing around in Madonna costumes, shaving their pubic hair, straightening their pubic hair, hitting bongs, and (in Ilana’s case) doing sex stuff. The scene is like a speed-induced primer on the themes of Broad City — a primer that the show’s legions of cultishly loyal fans probably won’t need, but will be happy to have. It feels like a homecoming.

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Author: Lizzie Plaugic

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