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7/19/2019

General Motors' Chevrolet.com charging page, developed as the automaker seeks to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles, will guide Chevy EV owners to certified charger installers. The site provides price quotes and installer contact information.

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7/19/2019

YouTube Music now allows listeners to toggle back and forth between a song and its video -- without pauses or interruptions -- for YouTube Premium and Music Premium subscribers. The feature initially provides more than 5 million videos, which can be accessed by tapping the display on the app while listening to a song.

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7/19/2019

Google's Stadia Pro gaming service, with a subscription price of $10 a month, will include 4K/HDR streaming, access to discounts and roughly one free game per month, Google product director Andrey Doronichev said. The service launches in November.

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7/19/2019

PepsiCo will buy South Africa's Pioneer Food Group for $1.7 billion. "Pioneer Foods forms an important part of our strategy to not only expand in South Africa, but further into sub-Saharan Africa as well," said PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta.

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7/19/2019

Dell has used 100 million pounds of recovered materials since 2014 to manufacture its products, the majority of which has been recycled plastic, according to a company announcement. Last year, Dell used 7.7 million pounds of post-consumer plastics and over 18,000 pounds of high-density polyethylene that was likely to otherwise end up in the sea.

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7/19/2019

Fabric design house Schumacher has worked with Williams Sonoma and Williams Sonoma Home on a collection of dinnerware, tabletop and entertaining pieces and much more. The reinterpreted prints and patterns were inspired by ikats as well as favorites such as Chiang Mai Dragon, Chinois Fret and Scallop Filigree.

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7/19/2019

New York City chef Lena Cairdullo uses her Suisun chef's knife for most tasks, while Baltimore's Jacqueline Mearman loves the versatility and ease of KitchenAid's two-speed immersion blender. New York City's Suzanne Dumaine favors the mortar and pestle because "it coaxes the most incredible flavors out of everything."

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Vogue online
7/19/2019

Indian home decor brand Ellementry has crafted kitchenware, tableware and other home goods with sustainability in mind, such as a mango wood platter, a white marble bowl with a wooden stand and countertop metal storage containers with wooden lids. "We see the beauty in doing things and not just things that are beautiful. We design with purpose and craft with beauty in mind," says founder Ayush Baid, who started the company last September.

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7/19/2019

DSW has been improving the shopping experience to fend off competition from direct-to-consumer brands, with in-store nail salons, shoe repair services and other features designed to drive more repeat visits. The moves seem to be working -- sales rose 3% in the first quarter, and profits were up 6%.

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7/19/2019

Men's grooming kits, personal care subscription services and self-barbering products have grown in popularity with millennial and Gen Z males. Wahl has introduced a new beard care line, Bulldog Skincare for Men focuses on vegan items and Harry's has expanded its razor subscription service to include shampoos, gels and other products.

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