Walmart filed for a glut of patents, published today, that suggest the US’s biggest retailer could be ramping up incorporation of emerging tech in ways that would dramatically change how consumers shop and order.
Today, Amazon extended its Prime membership program at a steep discount—$5.99 per month compared to the standard $12.99—to customers enrolled in Medicaid, as it began doing in June for those using Electronic Benefits Transfer cards (used to disperse government food and cash benefits.)
Amazon, 2018's go-to example of capitalism run amok, is reportedly eyeing a new industry to muscle in on: personal banking. According to The Wall Street Journal, the online retail giant has approached several large banks about creating a “checking-account-like product” aimed at “younger customers and those without…
When it comes to e-readers, Amazon’s Kindles have become so dominant that the brand often gets used interchangeably with the generic term, much like you see with Kleenex for tissues and Frisbees for flying discs. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t viable Kindle alternatives, because for years, Kobo’s e-readers have…
A rash of reports from overly credulous news outlets would have you believe that retailers are locking up their detergent in response to the “Tide pod” meme. As proof, the articles show photos pulled from social media of soap products bearing security devices. These products really are behind safety glass in some…
Did a loved one buy you an Amazon Echo over the holidays? Sorry about that. But now, in addition to well-founded fears about surveillance and security, you’ve got a new problem: ads.
For a brief shining moment Walmart allowed anyone with a quick clicker finger to pre-order Google’s next smart speaker, the Google Home Mini. Unfortunately, that speaker isn’t expected to actually be announced until tomorrow.
Oops! If you breathed a sigh of relief as you locked down your SNES Classic pre-order on Walmart.com Friday night, it’s time to start hyperventilating again, because the retailer has just canceled the orders en masse.
It’s Fourth of July weekend and what could be more American than manufacturing a faulty product that could injure you while you’re drunk.
On a hot, sunny Sunday in Pittsburgh, several dozen people in bright orange T-shirts that read “WalMart Pride” marched through the downtown streets behind a WalMart-branded 18-wheeler. A handful of rainbow flags waved from the truck’s windows.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly reminder to hide your life savings somewhere safe, because there are so many goddamn awesome toys coming out. This week: Hot Toys finally unleashes the Homecoming figure we really want, Overwatch gets an amazing action figure, Anki’s adorable robot gets a new coat of paint, and…
It seems some oddness is afoot at Walmart. A number of people have reported receiving unprompted password recovery emails from an address that originated with the retailer.
Just because this Huffy Carnage is sold by Walmart as a mountain bike doesn’t necessarily mean it can handle a legit downhill mountain run, as Phil Kmetz discovered after spending $180 on one. Halfway through his ride the bike’s brake pads were almost completely gone, and after the first jump its handlebars broke and…
Not treating fireworks—aka unlicensed explosives—with the respect they deserve is one of the most dangerous thing you can do. So after a couple of pranksters in Phoenix, Arizona, thought it would be funny to start a chain reaction on a shelf full of fireworks in a Walmart, humanity has reached a new low.
The retailer arms race continues as Walmart becomes the latest company to jump on the drone bandwagon. But unlike nemesis Amazon and other companies testing delivery drones, Walmart will use drones to catalog warehouse inventory and potentially replace people who manually scan labels.
Do you work for a big company? Have you been having back pain? Your company probably knows about it already thanks to high-tech healthcare companies that it hired. Welcome to our brave new world of big data.
Wal-Mart is joining the mobile payment movement. But instead of embracing existing Android and Apple systems, you’ll have to use the store’s own app if you want to purchase your stuff without taking your wallet out.
Need a burner but want to run the apps you’re used to? Walmart has the answer, in the shape of its incredibly cheap new LG Android smartphones, which you can bag for $10.