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8/17/2018

Sony recently announced that it has sold 3 million virtual reality headsets and 21 million copies of PlayStation VR games. Overall, the company has sold 82 million PlayStation 4s, indicating that only a small portion of users have purchased the VR add-on.

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8/17/2018

The California avocado season will be shorter than originally expected, though growers still consider this year's yield a robust one despite nearby wildfires. Crops are expected to keep coming in through August, with a total yield of about 300 million pounds, lower than an initial estimate of 350 million pounds.

8/17/2018

Raley's has introduced a pharmacy app for customers that alerts them with texts when their prescriptions are ready. The app, developed with partner mscripts, also allows shoppers to order refills and get directions to locations.

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8/17/2018

The linear economy contributes to climate change and material waste, argues Alessandro Giovanni Borghese, whereas a circular economy could help turn used goods into resources for future products. Companies such as Omni United and The Carlsberg Group have initiated circular practices by improving the sustainability of tires and beer bottles, respectively.

8/17/2018

A system of standardized, straightforward labels for recycling bins could bring US recycling rates up, argues Mitch Hedlund, executive director at Recycle Across America. "There are thousands of confusing recycling instructions on bins throughout the country, which makes people skeptical and apathetic about recycling, and projects the message that recycling is unimportant," Hedlund says.

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8/17/2018

Third-party parts and components for Apple products can vary in quality, says Kyle Wiens of iFixit, with repair shops operating in a "completely free market where there are no standards." He recommends independent shops, saying that customers need to take care with selecting one.

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8/17/2018

Curl-care brand Ouidad has been acquired by JD Beauty Group, giving the parent of hair-care tool brands Bio Ionic and WetBrush a presence in the product segment. Ouidad's products are sold at salons, on Amazon and at retailers including Ulta Beauty.

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8/17/2018

Vegan beauty company Pacifica is doubling down on sustainability with an upcycling program in partnership with Preserve. The brand sends users a prepaid shipping label to send old Pacifica items to Preserve to be turned into toothbrushes and razors, and rewards customers with points toward product purchases.

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8/17/2018

Grandpa Witmer's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer solved a peanut butter mixing problem for Jimmy Kimmel, and he loves the product so much that he demonstrated it on his show recently. The device contains a reusable lid equipped with a metal stirring rod and crank assembly for easy mixing.

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8/17/2018

A line of tiny appliances designed to make little burgers, soft-serve ice cream, heart-shaped waffles and cute chocolate candies is available at Urban Outfitters.

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