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Roku is finally bringing one of its best features to its new streaming stick

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Roku is finally bringing one of the best features of its set-top box to its smaller streaming stick.

The company unveiled an updated version of its Streaming Stick on Tuesday. The new $49.99 device is smaller and supports private listening via Roku’s iOS and Android apps.

The new streaming stick is set to go on sale later this month. Though slimmed down compared with the previous model, which came out in 2014, the latest version is equipped with a quad-core processor. 

But the biggest selling point of the new streaming stick is the addition of private listening, which allows people to listen to the audio from the content they’re streaming through their headphones. 

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Rather than use the Roku’s remote, like the Roku 4’s private listening feature, the new Streaming Stick uses the company’s iOS and Android app to stream audio to headphones. It supports both wired and Bluetooth headsets and could even be used to connect to a soundbar like a Sonos.

Though the smaller form factor and private listening aren’t dramatic updates compared with previous generations of Roku devices, the company is betting the increased probability and convenience will sell people on the new Streaming Stick.

The new Streaming Stick also comes with new “Hotel and Dorm Connect” feature, which should make it easier to travel with the device. The feature…

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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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By Karen Lee

Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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