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Last September, Nest introduced several products to its connected home lineup: the Nest Secure home security system, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor and the Nest Hello video doorbell. While both the Secure and the IQ outdoor cam have been out for a few month…
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Stitch Fix made a big addition to its business that won’t show up in its Q2 financial results

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The new feature — called Extras — signals where the company is headed.

Stitch Fix posted another profitable quarter with revenue of $ 296 million that beat analyst expectations, but the most interesting company development received just a passing mention in the earnings announcement for the second quarter of its 2018 fiscal year.

That’s because the new Stitch Fix feature, called Extras, just launched three weeks ago so it hasn’t yet impacted the company’s financial performance. But its existence points toward the ambition the personal styling company has to grab more of the money its customers spend on clothing outside of their relationship with Stitch Fix.

Let’s back up for a second. Stitch Fix’s core offering uses a mix of personal stylists and algorithms to select five clothing and accessory items to ship to a customer at a time. Customers pay for and keep what they want, send back what they don’t. But they aren’t selecting what goes in their own box from the start.

The new Extras feature, however, allows customers to choose from an assortment of undergarments like bras and underwear to add to each box of five items their stylist has chosen for them. This might seem like a subtle addition, but it signals a big move by the company to supplement its main business built around discovery and serendipity with a more traditional retail shopping experience.

“By forcing them to go to another retailer to buy socks, there’s a chance they can be lured to buy other things at that retailer,” Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake said by way of explaining part of the rationale of the offering to Recode on Monday.

Lake didn’t specifically call out Amazon as “another retailer,” but that e-commerce giant happens to be one of the online companies that has gotten very, very good at selling apparel basics like socks and underwear. And Amazon also has been showing off its ambition in fashion beyond basics by unveiling a wide variety of in-house brands hawking everything from denim to women’s workwear. They are a threat.

Lake cautioned that the “personalization and … the surprise” at the core of Stitch Fix’s offering won’t be going anywhere. But it’s clear the company is thinking hard about the right way to balance the model on which it built its success with the model that will allow it to grab as much market share as possible.

And for good reason. A study from the research firm SecondMeasure found that Stitch Fix customers actually spend more at other top fashion retailers like Macy’s and Nordstrom in the 12 months after they become a Stitch Fix customer than they did in the 12 months prior.

For the second quarter of its fiscal year, Stitch Fix net revenue grew 24 percent to $ 296 million, beating out analyst average estimates of $ 291 million. The company also beat estimates on adjusted Ebitda, but its net income came in below expectations thanks to a one-time tax hit related to the Trump tax plan as well as the re-measurement of preferred stock.

Stitch Fix also issued sales guidance for its full fiscal year of $ 1.19 billion to $ 1.22 billion in net revenue; analysts were expecting around $ 1.2 billion. It also said its full-year Ebitda would come in at $ 45 million to $ 55 million; analysts were estimating $ 51 million for the full year.

Stitch Fix went public at $ 15 a share in November; as of Monday morning, its stock price had risen 52 percent since its IPO.

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‘Pokemon GO’ Gets New Pokemon from the Hoenn Region in Addition to Legendary Pokemon Rayquaza

More Pokémon from the Hoenn region are joining Pokemon GO [Free] from tomorrow. This addition brings many Dragon-type and Flying-type Pokémon into the game for the first time. There will also be a new Legendary Pokémon in the form of Rayquaza. Rayquaza joins Raid Battles for a limited time. To celebrate this event, Hoenn region Pokémon will take over wild encounters until a day before Valentine’s Day. This includes the likes of Salamence, Altaria, Metagross, and more.

There will be more than 100 Hoenn region Pokémon joining Pokémon GO with this event. Valentine’s Day will see Legendary Water-type Pokémon Kyogre leave Raid Battles. There will be new special boxes in the in game store until February 23rd that include Raid Passes, Incubators, and Star Pieces. Lure Modules get an extended 6 hour duration as well until the same day.

Rayquaza Raid Battles will be on in Gyms until March 16th. This will also let you stand a chance at getting all three ancient Legendary Pokémon from the Hoenn region. Check out our forum thread on Pokémon GO here.


Google announces new Hangouts Meet hardware, wider Jamboard availability, and G Suite core service addition

Google announced a number of changes to its enterprise hardware lineup today: an updated Hangouts Meet conference hardware set for larger rooms, wider distribution and new AI-assisted functionality for its interactive whiteboard-like Jamboard device, and the inclusion of the Jamboard app as a core service in the G Suite.

In its neverending quest to create a cohesive messaging ecosystem, Google decided some time ago that its Hangouts platform was to serve primarily as an enterprise product.

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Letgo takes on Craigslist with addition of housing listings

 Everyone wants to be the Craigslist killer. In November, Facebook expanded its Marketplace section to include partners’ housing rentals alongside secondhand merchandise, and today the number three shopping app letgo is doing the same. The company says that, starting today, its tens of millions of users can now quickly snap a few photos and add a description to list a housing rental or… Read More
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Mesh networking addition to Bluetooth LE revealed, could help boost Apple HomeKit coverage

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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has updated the specification for the wireless communications technology, with the introduction of mesh networking allowing Bluetooth LE devices to more easily communicate with each other, potentially helping home automation platforms such as Apple’s HomeKit as well as larger scale networks.
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Dubai’s Newest Addition to the Police Force: A Robot

Disclosure: The Dubai Future Foundation works in collaboration with Futurism and is one of our sponsors.

Dubai is set to introduce the newest member of their police force: a 5-foot, 5-inch [165.1 cm], 222-pound [100.698 kg] robot which will be equipped with facial recognition technology and have the ability to broadcast live video feeds. The first model, which will begin patrolling the streets of the futuristic city today, will not be on the front lines making arrests, but will be interacting with the community. Residents of Dubai will be able to report crimes, pay fines, and ask the robot questions (though what sort of questions is unclear).

The head of Dubai’s Police Tech division told reporters at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference that “by 2030, [Dubai is] keen to make robots around 25% of the total police force.” Though this may sound like the beginning of a dystopian novel, this is not the first robot in use by a police force.

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Police departments in the United States use robots for training purposes and also utilize bomb-diffusing robots that were first created for the American military. In 2016, the Cleveland Police used robots to patrol the Republican National Convention, while police in Dallas outfitted a robot with a bomb to kill a sniper after losing numerous police lives. South Korea has robot prison guards, and Israeli police use robots in their counter-terrorism unit.

While this is not the first robot to be put into use by police, it is the first that will be ever present on the streets of a city that will eventually be able to make arrests and have all of the responsibilities of a regular cop. The rollout will happen over the next decade, so hopefully that will be enough time to work out any kinks — including robots’ lack of human empathy. And, as these robots have recording capabilities, make sure none of them document any PDA on video.

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Google’s latest addition to Allo is custom GIFs of your face

It seems like Google hopes tickling your funnybone will keep its Allo chat app installed on your phone. The latest update adds selfie clips so you can add a personalized touch to your responses. Essentially, they're just looped GIFs made from a video…
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