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Amazon's secret Pantry may spice up shopping: CNET Update

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CNET Update: Amazon's secret Pantry may spice up shopping

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The retail giant could be cooking up new competition for Costco, SwiftKey adds emoticons, and the Sense Mother knows all -- depending on where you stick her sensors.

Control freaks can now put tracking sensors on anything even on a toothbrush. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Amazon could be exploring new ways to deliver grocery goods to your door, but these would be items that you would find at a warehouse club store like Costco or Sam's Club. It's called Pantry and sources tell you essay today that it is set to launch sometime next year. Pantry will be Amazon Prime subscribers and it'll offer a selection of about 2,000 products like cleaning supplies, canned and dry goods, drinks, things that can handle being mailed. The Pantry program will let you fill up on one pre-sized box of stuff and you can order as much as you can fit into the box, provided that it is not overly heavy, it'll ship for a small fee. So, that's something to keep watch for in 2014. And now that the Consumer Electronic Show is approaching, we start to hear about some interesting new gadgets being developed and a very unique product is coming from a company in France called, Sense. And the product is The Mother. She's about 6 inches tall and comes with mini sensors that you can put on anything or anywhere, even backpacks and toothbrushes. These sensors can be programmed to detect different things like motion and temperature, and you can get alerts when someone's brushing their teeth or when they took their pills. It can measure your workout run or tell you when your kid came home. And the data it collects is sent back to The Mother and you can see all the data on an app. The Sense Mother comes with a pack of four sensors for about $220 and it'll begin shipping in the spring of 2014. We'll be able to take a look at her in person at the CES show next month. Netflix share new details on the viewing habits of the subscribers and most people surveyed are binge-watching shows every few weeks. That means they're watching between 2 and 6 episodes of the same TV show in a single sit in. But half of the people surveyed said, "If they're going on a binge, they want someone to watch with them." Moving on to the world of apps, if you have an android device, check out an update to SwiftKey. It's our favorite keyboard and now it added a numbers bar and emoticons, also known as emoji. Now, the same icons of food, smiley faces, and other random objects that are also in Android KitKat are in SwiftKey. And as a shortcut, it will suggest icons when you start typing in a relevant word. So if you type pizza, you'll see a slice-- you type kiss, you'll see a pair of smoochie lips. But the color icons are only for KitKat users right now. If you're phone has Jelly Bean, you'll see black and white icons. That's your tech news update and you would get more details at CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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