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The supermarket giant is hoping to unveil the pilot store ‘within months’ (Picture: Getty)

Morrisons is set to trial an unmanned store with no staff under radical new plans.

The tech-driven store will allow customers to grab items from the shelves and bag them up without needing to scan anything at the tills.

All shoppers will have to download a smartphone app prior to their visit and scan it before entering the store.

Cameras will then track the items customers pick up and put in their baskets, before they are charged through the app.

It is understood Morrisons, which is currently at the centre of a bidding war, is planning to unveil the largely unstaffed branch outside its headquarters in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The first pilot store is not yet open to the public but it is expected to be ready ‘within months’ with more branches to follow by the end of the year, reported the Daily Mail.

It is hoped the move will rival Amazon Fresh stores, which launched in the UK with its Ealing branch in London in March. The stores use cameras and shelf sensors to tot up the shopping bill.

Amazon Fresh store in Ealing, London.

Morrisons hopes to rival the Amazon Fresh stores after its UK launch this year (Picture: Amazon)

Customers browse the goods on display in the UK's first branch of Amazon Fresh, on March 04, 2021, in the Ealing area of London, England.

Amazon Fresh also uses cameras and shelf sensors to work out the shopping bill (Picture: Getty)

In a race to become the first supermarket to open a contactless store this year, Tesco revealed last month that it is working on a similar project.

It ran a pilot store at its headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, Hertforshire, and plans to open more.

The plans come after a study found that more than 40% of Britons now want a more contactless shopping experience following the pandemic.

A total of 34% of customers said self-service tills give them anxiety due to cleanliness, while 62% want to get their shopping done in under 20 minutes, found shopping app Ubamarket.

CEO Will Broome said: ‘The research clearly shows that the Coronavirus pandemic has completely transformed both retailer and consumer behaviour- in particular when it comes to purchasing their goods.

‘The pandemic has raised huge questions around hygiene and safety, with particular concerns around consumer confidence.’

‘Ultimately, if retailers are willing to implement retail technology, we could make the weekly shop far more safe and hygienic for everybody in the UK.’

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‘Ted Lasso’ takes over Apple homepage to celebrate second season launch | AppleInsider

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Hit Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” has taken over Apple’s homepage to celebrate the release of the show’s second season on Friday.

The main page at apple.com now features a bright blue background. When you first navigate to it, the season two tagline — “kindness makes a comeback — flashes onscreen before Jason Sudeikis’s Ted Lasso character appears.

Once the animations stops, Apple leads users to the second season on Apple TV+ with a “stream now” button.

“Ted Lasso” season two officially premiered in Los Angeles on Friday, July 16. The second season officially launched with its first episode on Apple TV+ on Friday, July 23. New episodes will debut weekly each Friday.

The series has been one of Apple’s most successful pieces of original content. It has been nominated for a total of 20 Emmy awards in 2021, and Apple has already renewed the show for a third season.

Apple occasionally uses its homepage to promote services or celebrate other occasions. In 2020, for example, Apple Arcade took over the main website. The “Ted Lasso” promotion is unique because it takes up the entire page and doesn’t feature any of the company’s hardware products.

The company has also promoted “Ted Lasso” season two with special Memoji stickers at Apple retail locations and Today at Apple sessions focused on artwork inspired by the show.

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Wanna squad up in Pokémon Unite? Here’s how

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Pokémon Unite is a new 5-v-5 free-to-play MOBA on the Nintendo Switch. In this multiplayer Pokémon game, players choose from one of 20 Pokémon and battle it against one another. And what better way to celebrate a hard-fought victory than with your friends? Playing Pokémon Unite with friends is the best way to play, but playing with friends on the Nintendo Switch isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is possible. Here’s how to invite your friends to a play in Pokemon Unite.

How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch

Inviting friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch is pretty simple.

  1. First, go ahead and exchange friend codes with the person you want to invite.
  2. Open Pokémon Unite.
  3. At the main menu, select Unite Battle and start a lobby.

    Source: iMore

  4. Select one of the plus signs around your character or press the Y button to open up your friends list.

    How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch: Select one of the plus signs around your character, or press the Y button to open up your friends list.

    Source: iMore

  5. Choose the person you want to invite, and select Player Info.

    How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch: Choose the person you want to invite, and select Player Info.

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  6. Then select Invite Friends.

    How to invite friends to Pokémon Unite on the Nintendo Switch: Then select Invite Friends.

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All your friend has to do at this point is accept the invitation.

How to invite players using a Lobby ID

If you want to play with someone you’re not friends with, you can still invite them to your game without adding their friend code.

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  1. Start Pokémon Unite.
  2. At the main menu, select Unite Battle and start a lobby.
  3. At the top left of the screen, you’ll see a Lobby ID. Share that ID with whoever you’d like.

    How to invite players using a Lobby ID: At the top left of the screen, you'll see a **Lobby ID**. Share that ID with whoever you'd like.

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That’s all it takes. The player joining just has to input the Lobby ID into the Lobby Search option of the main menu.

How to invite cross-platform players

Pokemon Unite is available on the Switch but will come to iOS and Android in September. You won’t need their friend code to invite them, but you’ll need to share your Trainer ID.

  1. Start Pokémon Unite.
  2. At the main menu, press L to open your Trainer Info.

    How to invite cross platform players:At the main menu, press L to open your Trainer Info.

    Source: iMore

  3. Share the code at the bottom of the screen to add your cross-platform friend.

We’ll have to put this to the test once the iOS and Android versions release this September.

Unite for the fight

Pokémon Unite is a great multiplayer game, made even better when you’re playing with friends. It also has a surprising amount of depth, so be sure to check out our Pokémon tier list to figure out who is the best Pokémon for your play style. And while you’re at it, check out all of the free gifts available for Pokémon Unite now. Coordinate with friends and claim victory!


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