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Apple tipped in deal for original Peanuts series and specials

Apple tipped in deal for original Peanuts series and specials

Apple has struck a deal with DHX Media to produce new Peanuts content, according to multiple reports. The deal will reportedly involve DHX Media and subsidiary Peanuts Worldwide developing an original Peanuts series for Apple, as well as related specials and short content. Some of that short content will reportedly center around STEM.

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Johnson & Johnson reportedly knew about asbestos in baby powder

Johnson & Johnson reportedly knew about asbestos in baby powder

A new report alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew about instances of its talc powder testing positive for asbestos, but failed to disclose the information. The claims was reportedly sourced from various legal documents, as well as trial testimony and depositions, revealing that J&J may have known about the alleged existence of asbestos in some of its talc products since at least 1971.

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Discord game store takes on Steam and Epic with better dev deals

Discord game store takes on Steam and Epic with better dev deals

A couple of weeks ago, Epic announced that it was launching a digital storefront that would compete with Steam, the giant of PC gaming. One way Epic is hoping to tempt developers and publishers over to its own store is by offering a better revenue split than Steam does, only taking 12% of each game's sale as opposed to Steam's 30%. Today, Discord is throwing its hat in the ring by announcing that its own game store will soon offer an even better revenue split than both Steam and Epic.

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ASUS ZenFone fate hangs in the balance as CEO resigns

ASUS ZenFone fate hangs in the balance as CEO resigns

ASUS may not be as a big a name in the smartphone market but it has achieved one thing few off its competitors have not. Its name has not been dragged in any major scandal or problems in the past years the likes of Samsung, HTC, and even LG have been subjected to. That said, business hasn’t exactly been thriving, at least on the mobile front. So it is both surprising and yet expected that Jerry Shen, ASUS’ CEO for the past 11 years, is finally stepping down. But with his departure comes questions about the fate of the company’s phones.

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Vitamin Water offers up $100k to ditch your smartphone for a year

Vitamin Water offers up $100k to ditch your smartphone for a year

Do you think you could go without using a smartphone for a year? If you think you can, Vitamin Water wants to put your claim to the test. The company today announced a new promotion that will award one person $100,000, provided they can go without using a smartphone or a tablet for 365 days.

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Epic Fortnite cross-play tools free next year

Epic Fortnite cross-play tools free next year

Now that Fortnite has dominated the world, Epic has started branching out to other endeavors. Recently, the company changed its revenue split rules for Unreal Marketplace sellers and just last week launched its own game store to take the fight to Steam. Now, the company has announced that it will soon be making the tools it used to take Fortnite cross-platform free for other developers to use.

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Chromecast has officially returned to Amazon

Chromecast has officially returned to Amazon

In a move that's been a long time coming, Chromecasts are finally available through Amazon's store once again. This ends a three-year Chromecast drought on Amazon, which was the result of a long-running feud between the two companies. While the hatchet probably hasn't been buried entirely, it seems that the two companies are beginning to put their differences behind them.

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iPhone XS, XR actually doing well, suggest major Apple suppliers

iPhone XS, XR actually doing well, suggest major Apple suppliers

If this all sounds like deja vu, you might have been closely monitoring reports on iPhone X sales last year. Apple’s most daring iPhone, it has been reported as both failing and succeeding as far as sales go. This year’s iPhone XS, XS Max, and especially the XR are similarly getting conflicting reports, most of on the disappointing side of the scale. But while reports of Apple cutting back on production due to weaker than expected demand for the phones, two of its biggest suppliers seem to be proving otherwise.

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Lyft Grocery Access Program brings discounted rides to grocery stores

Lyft Grocery Access Program brings discounted rides to grocery stores

Lyft has taken the wraps off its new Grocery Access Program, an initiative that will provide residents in Washington DC with discounted shared rides to grocery stores in Wards 7 and 8. The program will undergo a six month pilot period lasting from January 2019 to June 2019, helping reduce the burden of getting to stores while providing Lyft with valuable data.

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Amazon and Omron Healthcare create Alexa blood pressure skill

Amazon and Omron Healthcare create Alexa blood pressure skill

Amazon is collaborating with Omron Healthcare to create a blood pressure skill for Alexa. The upcoming skill will be compatible with Omron blood pressure devices, enabling them to use the personal assistant for reminders, getting daily average blood pressure readings, and more. The new skill will help patients manage their condition using voice commands.

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Samsung adds 62 new pieces of artwork to Frame TV Art Store

Samsung adds 62 new pieces of artwork to Frame TV Art Store

Samsung's stylish "The Frame" TV can now display additional artwork thanks to new partnerships with The Van Gogh Museum, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Uffizi Galleries. Under this partnership, Samsung is able to offer The Frame TV owners access to an additional 62 pieces of artwork through the platform's Art Store.

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Hulu gives new customers the option to pay with Venmo

Hulu gives new customers the option to pay with Venmo

Hulu has announced that it is the first streaming service to add support for the payment platform Venmo, which has grown in popularity as a fast way to send and receive payments. The new support is available to new customers now, according to the company, which partnered with Venom to add the option. No other streaming services currently offer this support.

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