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1/22/2018

Releases of Android-based streaming boxes have significantly slowed compared with smart TVs, with the last streaming box for the US being released by Xiaomi in October 2016. This can be attributed to manufacturers releasing more smart TVs and cable providers offering Android connectivity through set-top boxes.

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Android Police
1/22/2018

Farming simulator game "Stardew Valley" has sold 3.5 million copies and reports having 700,000 active monthly users. The game is similar to Natsume's "Harvest Moon," as both games involve the player inheriting and working a farm and building relationships with the local townspeople.

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VentureBeat
1/22/2018

"Masters of the Sun," a virtual reality comic book created by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and backed by Oculus, debuted Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Work has already begun on a sequel, along with a new product called "Wizards and Robots."

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TechCrunch
1/22/2018

A slim majority, 51% of all surveyed customers, said they had consumed meat or poultry that day, with another 41% saying they had consumed it in the past two or three days, according to data from Datassential. Chicken was the most popular protein with beef right behind it in the results.

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1/22/2018

US freeskier Gus Kentworthy has become the newest brand ambassador for Head & Shoulders. He will appear in the company's Shoulders of Greatness campaign during the Winter Olympics.

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1/22/2018

A startup called C'est Moi has developed color cosmetics and skin care products for girls between the ages of eight and 16. The full 33-item C'est Moi Cosmetics Color Collection were set to debut online at Target.com and CestMoi.com on Jan. 21.

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Chain Drug Review
1/22/2018

A California company recalled three frozen dog food products when lab tests of a sample found Listeria monocytogenes, which pose a danger to humans. JustFoodForDogs said green beans appear to be the source of contamination.

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1/22/2018

Vocalizations, facial expressions and gestures by pets could be translated into human language within a decade via artificial intelligence, a researcher says in a report sponsored by Amazon. Con Slobodchikoff, a professor emeritus of biology, cites studies that discern animal needs and desires from sounds and movements.

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NBC News
1/22/2018

A new line of fashions for dogs has emerged from haute couture hub Milan, Italy. Dog a Porter, from designer Giovanna Temellini, features cashmere knits, nylon bomber jackets, lined raincoats and other custom-fitted wear for prices upward of $200.

1/22/2018

Dog-friendly eating areas, rooms and even an entire "pet floor" are among attractions for pet-owning travelers available at a host of hotels and RV parks in Hot Springs, Ark. Boarding and access to local attractions are also on the vacation spot's menu of options for pets.