Liz Gannes

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Alfred Now Makes Restaurant Recommendations Based on Your Dining Partners

When it comes to recommendations, there seem to be a few distinct approaches: Collaborative filtering based on a larger audience, learning a user’s personal preferences or analyzing friends’ choices and reviews.

The restaurant recommendation app Alfred tweaked those boundaries today with a neat little feature that makes group recommendations. So if you tell Alfred (which is made by a company called Clever Sense) who you’re dining with, it will spit back a restaurant you and your Alfred-using friends are all likely to enjoy.

I doubt most people are so picky that this would be tremendously useful, but the idea of group personalization seems promising — for instance, I could see the value in a group-filtered music playlist for a party or a book group reading choice.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus