Trends with Benefits: YouTube Red/Google Play Music merger & iPhone 8 rumors

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YouTube Red/Google Play Music merger: The two streaming music services (and much more) have announced that they will be joining forces under one umbrella. Will this be enough for you to switch to the setup, or are you happy with the service you’re currently using?

iPhone 8/X/10/Edition update:  Another week and yet more rumors about the upcoming iPhone. With all of the competition it faces, it now appears that the phone may have wireless charging capabilities according to an image from Slashleaks. It also may be delayed until late 2017.

‘Chip Yourself:  A company in Wisconsin is offering the opportunity for their employees to implant a RFID chip in their hands. From opening office doors, to making mini-mart purchases, they are touting a number of uses. Would you be willing to microchip yourself, for convenience?

Facial Recognition: Disney Research and Caltech have released results of a study involving the use of infrared cameras to watch the facial reactions of movie goers. Ostensibly, it can help determine which scenes audiences enjoy and which they don’t.

KFC Gamer Box 2.0:  If you’ve wondered if some day a box of chicken could be combined with a Bluetooth gaming set, wonder no more. KFC is back again, with their second version of this unique use of technology.

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