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2021 Acura MDX new interior design teased in latest video

The 2021 Acura MDX will debut in prototype form next week October 14, but that’s not stopping Acura from releasing a teaser video of the next-gen MDX’s classy, new interior. Acura’s flagship SUV is a solid contender in the three-row, seven-seat luxury segment, but the outgoing third-gen MDX’s lackluster interior is unworthy of praise.

All of that changes in the fourth-gen 2021 Acura MDX. Destined to arrive in North America by early or mid-2021, Acura claims its newest MDX is the most premium (i.e. the most luxurious) and highest-performing seven-seat SUV in the carmaker’s history. According to Acura, the incoming MDX prototype is worthy of becoming a flagship model with a fine blend of innovative design, better premium materials, and a bevy of class-leading tech features.

Based on Acura’s latest teaser video, the new MDX’s cabin is a sight to behold. The vehicle has a new Acura Precision Cockpit featuring a fully digital instrument display. Meanwhile, the central tunnel is home to a new drive mode feature, while the dashboard is flanked by a new HD infotainment system. The wider and lower instrument panel is accentuated by hand-wrapped leather, French stitching, and open-pore wood accents.

It’s hard to miss those new perforated Acura sport seats which, according to Acura, features a more sculpted form and quilted stitching in all three rows. The seats are also wider than before, while the front massaging seats will melt the stress away as you drive. Driving music is courtesy of an ELS Studio 3D ‘Signature Edition’ audio system with 25 speakers. Also new in the MDX is LED interior ambient lighting.

It all looks mightily good from our perspective. With its new exterior design and a brand spanking new interior, the 2021 Acura MDX is upping the ante against its main competitors like the

Kroger Is the Latest Entrant in the Rapidly Growing Ghost Kitchen Segment

Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the U.S. and second largest food retailer, is expanding into the ghost kitchen category, going up against a field of startups and delivery service providers including DoorDash.

The company today announced the launch of two on-premises kitchens at locations in Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, in partnership with ClusterTruck, a tech startup that operates delivery and in-store pickup restaurants.

“Kroger remains focused on providing our customers with fresh food and experiences enabled by industry-leading insights and transformative technology,” said Dan De La Rosa, Kroger’s vp of fresh merchandising, in a statement.

Here’s how it works: Kroger is carving out about 1,000 square feet at each of the stores for ClusterTruck staff to prepare meals. The ghost kitchen, a term used to describe professional cooking facilities built for delivery-only meals, will provide a variety of on-demand menu items with no delivery or service fees. Customers can order from a menu offering more than 80 meals.

De la Rosa calls the kitchen “an innovation that streamlines ordering, preparation and delivery, supporting Kroger as we meet the sustained customer demand for quick, fresh restaurant-quality meals, especially as we navigate an unprecedented health crisis that has affected every aspect of our lives, including mealtime.”

This is in line with grocery chains’ ecommerce evolution, which has helped deliver 127% digital sales growth in the second quarter.

As for its partner, ClusterTruck is building a software system that creates custom algorithms to optimize kitchen and delivery operations while removing the “pain points” of third-party delivery to ensure all meals are delivered to customers within seven minutes of their preparation and, on average, less than 30 minutes of ordering.

“ClusterTruck combines leading software, high-quality ingredients, and delicious variety to elevate the prepared food delivery experience,” said Chris Baggott, ClusterTruck co-founder and CEO,

Furniture/home decor retailer EQ3 latest to open at SoNo Collection

Furniture chain EQ3 is the latest newcomer to Norwalk’s SoNo Collection.

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The Ottawa-based retailer’s fifth U.S. store, EQ3 offers furniture and home décor products, including upholstery, dining, bedroom, office, outdoor and accessories. It also features products from design companies Marimekko, Casper and Humanscale.

“Timelessness is inherent to EQ3’s design DNA,” said EQ3 President Mark Letain, “which is what makes opening a store in Connecticut, a region known for heritage homes and traditional design such a milestone for our brand. Functionality lives at the core of every product, and we’re confident our modern yet classic pieces will fit the Connecticut customer’s interior design needs.”

The 8,000-square-foot store, designed by EQ3’s in-house team, will also offer special trade shopping hours for design specialists to visit EQ3 consultants with or without their clients.

The store will give away free tote bags on opening weekend, Oct. 10-11, with all customers who shop in-store eligible to win a $1,000 shopping spree at the new location. EQ3 will also be hosting a trade shopping event running Oct. 26-30 across all stores.

Hours of operation are 11:00 am-7:00 pm Monday-Saturday, and 12:00 pm-6:00pm on Sunday.

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You can now order Miso Robotics’ latest kitchen robot for $30,000

Miso Robotics today announced that its newest kitchen robot, Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail (ROAR), is now commercially available. The final design, which can cook up to 19 food items, mounts the robot on a recessed overhead rail to avoid interfering with human staff. On the backend, improvements to ChefUI, Miso’s software, aim to assist staff with workflows through a dashboard displayed on a 15.6-inch touchscreen mounted to the robot. An Intel depth sensor enables ChefUI to identify food and temperatures while learning to reclassify new foods introduced to ROAR.

ROAR costs around $30,000, but Miso plans to continue to price it down over the next year to $20,000 or less through a $1,000 monthly “robot-as-a-service” fee that includes regular updates and maintenance. ROAR can be purchased on a payment plan through TimePayments, and in the future, Miso says it will offer other financing options involving a lower upfront deployment fee and correspondingly higher software-as-a-service fee.

As declines in business resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic place strains on the hospitality segment, Miso believes that robots working alongside human workers can cut costs while improving efficiency — and overall safety. The company asserts its restaurant partners’ pilots to test ROAR create avenues for reducing human contact with food during the cooking process, ensuring consistency while freeing up human cooks to focus on less repetitive tasks.

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Miso has long claimed that ROAR and its predecessor, Flippy, can boost productivity by working with humans as opposed to replacing them. ROAR can be installed under a standard kitchen hood or on the floor, allowing it to work two stations and interact with a cold storage hopper. It benefits from enhancements to ChefUI that expand the number of cookable food categories to chicken tenders, chicken wings, tater tots, french fries and waffle fries, cheese sticks, potato wedges, corn

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Biden Says He’s ‘Reluctant’ to Comment on Trump’s Health

Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, declined to weigh in on President Trump’s motorcade Sunday night to greet his supporters.

Reporter: “Vice President Biden, do you have a reaction to President Trump leaving Walter Reed last night to speak to his supporters?” “I’m reluctant to comment on anything — the president’s health, what he’s doing or not doing. I’ll leave that to the doctors to talk about. But I’m not going to comment on any of his conduct or his — I don’t know enough to know.” Reporter: “If he’s feeling better by the 15th, and you have a debate, what kinds of safety precautions would you like to see — would you like it to be a virtual debate?” “If the scientists say that it’s safe, and the distances are safe, then I think that’s fine. I’ll do whatever the experts say is the appropriate thing to do. I’m not an expert on it, but I think we should be very cautious, as I’ve thought all along, and I’m going to continue to listen to the scientists.”

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Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, declined to weigh in on President Trump’s motorcade Sunday night to greet his supporters.CreditCredit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times

As President Trump prepared to return to the White House on Monday after a four-day stay at the hospital, his Democratic rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., campaigned in Florida, where he expressed hope that the president was recovering but urged Americans not to minimize the threat posed by the coronavirus.

“I hope the president’s recovery is swift and successful, but the nation’s Covid crisis is far, far from over,” Mr.