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Roku unveils new smart TV lineup, adds Sling TV and WatchESPN

Roku unveils new smart TV lineup, adds Sling TV and WatchESPN

In August 2014, news surfaced that Roku's TV platform would be finding a home on TCL and Hisense televisions, and this morning Roku announced the second-generation version of those TCL Roku TVs. There are a total of eleven new TVs spanning three new series, each of them tailored toward a specific kind of user and bringing with them the same general functionality. The 3700 Series in particular, composed of three relatively budget offerings, will be launching later on this month, while the other two series (3800 and 3850) will be arriving some time in the second quarter of this year.

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Denon AH-GC20 wireless headphones arrive next month

Denon AH-GC20 wireless headphones arrive next month

Denon has announced the upcoming launch of a new pair of wireless headphones, the AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser Wireless Headphones. These headphones feature an over-the-ear design with round ear cups and a cushioned headband, aluminum metal components, and optional audio wires for those times wireless usage isn't an option. The headphones will not be launching until some time next month, but Denon has detailed all the features and other particulars ahead of time, among them being active noise cancellation technology for blocking ambient nuisances.

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2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

Chevrolet has dished on its upcoming Chevy Malibu Hybrid, saying that thanks to the use of 2016 Volt technology, the newest Malibu will be offering more than 45MPG, something it doesn't hesitate to note trumps the hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and the Hyundai Sonata. This is promised to be joined by some "unique features" that improve various aspects of the car, including things like its airflow and aerodynamics, as well as a new direct injection 1.8L four-cylinder engine and a modified version of the Volt's drive unit.

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FTC launches new office for tech research and investigation

FTC launches new office for tech research and investigation

The FTC has formed a new research office called the Office of Technology Research and Investigation, and as you'd expect given its name, it focuses on technology and all of the issues that might arise surrounding it. The FTC is currently on the prowl for new hires that'll be joining the office, which it said will ultimately help it "protect consumers" in a world where technology is developing rapidly. This new office is a successor to the Mobile Technology Unit, which was formed a few years ago to tackle mobile-centric technological issues in particular.

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Snoop Dogg partners with HBO to produce new drama

Snoop Dogg partners with HBO to produce new drama

HBO and Snoop Dogg have teamed up to create a new family drama series, though specific details about the planned show haven't yet been provided. The information was announced in a statement today, and though we don't know the particulars, we do know the series will take place some time in the 1980s in Los Angeles, and will center around a family, some political issue[s], and their local community. The Boondocks writer Rodney Barnes will be writing the new series.

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Frappuccino at home? Starbucks says it’s coming soon

Frappuccino at home? Starbucks says it’s coming soon

If you don't have time for a mad dash into Starbucks before work, and you're suffering caffeine withdrawals, will soon be able to delivery your drink to your door. Starbucks is launching a new "green apron" delivery service this year. We heard rumblings of the service last year. Now, things are more clear as Starbucks' chief digital officer, Adam Brotman, announced its new delivery operation plan. Starbucks is partnering with Postmates Inc. delivery service in Seattle to bring its customers fresh coffee on-demand. The delivery service will be available to select area of Manhattan as well.

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Tesla sees direct-sales victory in New Jersey under new law

Tesla sees direct-sales victory in New Jersey under new law

Tesla's business model involves selling its cars directly to consumers, something the auto maker has said is necessary in order to properly educate potential buyers about what, exactly, the Model S has to offer and other particulars. It, much like we've seen with Netflix, has posed a threat to the established industry by deviating from the norm (in this case, by cutting dealerships out of the picture), and that hasn't gone over well. There has been a push in many states to ban or otherwise limit Tesla when it comes to direct sales, and New Jersey has been one of the auto maker's biggest battling grounds over it.

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Sidecar Deliveries expands service into Los Angeles, Boston

Sidecar Deliveries expands service into Los Angeles, Boston

Sidecar has made a couple big announcements today, the first being that it has seen ample success with its delivery service, and the second being that because of that success it is expanding Sidecar Deliveries to include Boston and Los Angeles. This will open the market for those who want to have an item delivered within one's own region in a short period of time, with common users including restaurants offering food delivery, stores making local shipments, and more. This joins the company's regular ride operations in San Diego and San Francisco, Chicago, DC, and Boston.

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Dropbox update improves collaboration with badges, commenting

Dropbox update improves collaboration with badges, commenting

Dropbox has updated its service today, and it has done so with a focus on collaboration in particular, namely how it can make that shared experience better for its users. Dropbox for Business can be used to take Dropbox beyond mere file storing and can be used by workers as a collaborative environment for handling documents and such. If collaborative environments aren't clear and organized, however, they become messy and convoluted quickly, and Dropbox has taken a step to ensure that doesn't happen with two new workflows.

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eBay and Sotheby’s partner, will live stream auctions

eBay and Sotheby’s partner, will live stream auctions

Auction house Sotheby's and eBay have struck a partnership that will see the latter service's online platform being used to auction off goods from Sotheby's live, presenting an opportunity for eBay users to score some coveted antique from the comfort of their desk. This is part of eBay's live auctions platform, and though Sotheby's won't be holding its first auction through the service until the first of April, it is presently up for users to check out and to slip in an advanced bid or two.

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