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4/23/2018

Chinese streaming service iQiyi has announced that it will releasing the world's first 4K VR headset, called the VR II, in May. The VR II will have features such as panoramic video playback, 3D and 2D video, and a vast library of iQiyi-owned content.

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4/23/2018

While taste is the leading decision-making factor for consumers choosing a plant-derived protein, perceived health benefits are also important, according to customer data from Mintel. Adding more label emphasis and detail on health claims is an opportunity to improve sales for these products, says Mintel's William Roberts.

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4/23/2018

China has added more than 30 types of solid waste to its import ban, including used auto parts and steel. Some of the bans will take effect at the end of 2018, with the rest taking force a year later.

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4/23/2018

A process that uses nontoxic, regulator-approved ingredients to mine gold is also being used to extract electronic waste from electronics. Jabil is piloting a program using the process developed by EnviroLeach Technologies.

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4/23/2018

Parents can bring used car seats to Target stores through May 5 and get a coupon for 20% off the purchase of car seats or related products. The old car seats will be recycled.

4/23/2018

More than half of US pet dogs and cats were classified as obese in 2017 in the annual survey of owners and veterinarians by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. The condition's prevalence is increasing, and it leads to disease and shortened life spans, the APOP warns.

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4/23/2018

An 18-year-old resident of Palmetto, Fla., was inspired to start an all-natural pet treat business by a young pit bull she rescued from a life as dogfighting bait. Camryn Gulash said she was appalled by the quality of treats on the market when she fed two-year-old Riley, and Riley's Barkery followed.

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4/23/2018

Unisys created an app to enable pet owners to keep tabs on their loved ones riding in airplane cargo holds. Called Digi-Pet, the internet of things device is available in Asia and recently began trials.

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4/23/2018

An entrepreneur in El Paso, Texas, has invented a device for customizing Pet's Barn Activa dog and cat food. The Activa Customization Machine can replace a wide range of enrichments frequently lost in food processing, said Dean Travis, president of Pet's Barn.

4/23/2018

Dogs would be permitted on the patios of outdoor restaurants under a bill before the Ohio legislature. The measure, which follows the lead of several states, includes sanitary rules such as forbidding employees to pet the four-footed customers.