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8/23/2019

Keurig's new Duo models can use pods or brew a whole pot of any brand of coffee. The K-Duo Essentials is "gloriously idiot-proof," Matthew Kitchen writes, while the K-Duo Plus coming out next month adds a conical mesh filter, thermal carafe and programmable timer.

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8/23/2019

Jonathan E. Johnson III is stepping in as interim CEO of Overstock, the company said Thursday, after Patrick Byrne resigned. Byrne left a few days after he sent a press release about the "Deep State" and it became public knowledge that he'd had a relationship with alleged Russian agent Maria Butina -- after which the company's stock plummeted.

8/23/2019

Right-to-repair laws that would let people have a third party fix their devices are under consideration in 20 states. "It would in many of these state bills require the company to provide the actual parts that they need and also the software, instructions and manuals which they often hold ... almost like trade secrets," says Dan Ackerman, senior managing editor of CNET.

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8/23/2019

Target's launch of Good & Gather, its biggest private-label grocery line to date, topped this week's Top 10 list. News of Enlightened launching keto-friendly ice cream and Hershey taking stake in two companies also proved of interest to SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week.

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Target, Hershey, SmartBrief
8/23/2019

Fashion label Public School is working to revive its image with a focus on sustainability and a plan to make more of its designs by turning excess fabric and vintage pieces into new styles. The move comes as more brands stress eco-friendly practices, with platforms like The RealReal and ThredUp serving the used clothing market, and J.C. Penney and Macy's selling preowned fashions at some stores.

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8/23/2019

IKEA has switched from its signature typeface to a font called Noto as part of the Swedish retailer's effort to connect with more consumers around the globe. The font was created three years ago by Monotype and Google, and it's considered to be a universal typeface, with characters for every letter in over 800 languages.

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8/23/2019

Wirecutter, BuzzFeed and the Strategist are among the digital publishers making design changes to further boost growing e-commerce sales. The shopping features are designed to drive more frequent site visits, in addition to increasing revenue and boosting conversion rates.

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8/23/2019

No need for a boring dorm room this term. A variety of smart devices can liven things up, including color-changing wall panels and light bulbs, smart speakers, voice-activated microwaves, smart clocks and smart plugs.

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CNET
8/23/2019

Users of LG's ThinQ mobile app will soon be able to issue voice commands to manage Wi-Fi-enabled LG appliances such as air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers. The app, which will be available by the end of the year in the US, also will offer maintenance and operating information.

8/23/2019

Users of the Lenovo Smart Clock can now talk to the device without saying, "Hey Google" with the new natural conversation function. The clock also works with Google Assistant-compatible cameras and can display Google Photos.

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Engadget