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Everything you need to know about FM radio on your phone

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Everything you need to know about FM radio on your phone

You can get FM radio in your car, so how come you can’t get it on your phone? Well, here’s a news flash, you probably can. Most smartphones include integrated chipsets that offer a variety of wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM radio. But until a few years ago, device manufacturers disabled the function —…

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New Kindle Oasis E-Reader Can Take a Dunking

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New Kindle Oasis E-Reader Can Take a Dunking

Amazon on Wednesday pulled the wraps off a new premium e-reader that’s waterproof and has a sharp 300 pixels-per-inch display. The Kindle Oasis has a 7-inch Paperwhite display and sports an aluminum back and ergonomic shape that makes it easier to read for prolonged periods. It has a battery life measured in weeks, and it…

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VW wants to sell you new cars by advertising old ones

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VW wants to sell you new cars by advertising old ones

Have you seen exciting new Volkswagens on the road recently? Neither have I. Perhaps that’s why the company’s latest ad features no new Volkswagens at all. Nor even Volkswagens from this century. Instead, here’s 60 seconds of ’60s nostalgia. Back then, the Microbus was the favored transport of pot-addled hippies. The Beetle was the favored transport of,…

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A wireless headset let me shoot zombies in a mall in VR

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A wireless headset let me shoot zombies in a mall in VR

Facebook’s Oculus isn’t the only player in the wireless virtual reality game. Facebook just announced a wireless Oculus Rift, but there are other virtual reality companies looking to cut its grass. You can even try them out — if you live in Singapore that is. Using VRstudio’s new wireless VR headset, a shopping mall called…

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Report Probes Social Media’s Threat to Democracy

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Report Probes Social Media’s Threat to Democracy

ocial media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others may pose a threat to American democracy, suggests a new report from The Omidyar Group. The report follows recent disclosures about targeted dark post advertising, fake news and other abuses propagated by Russian troll farms during the 2016 presidential election. Among the questions the report raises is whether…

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Google Assistant Shines in Pint-Sized Home Mini

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Google Assistant Shines in Pint-Sized Home Mini

he first wave of reviews touting Google’s Home Mini smart speaker surfaced this week, on the heels of reports that the company had to quash a top touch function to prevent the device from accidentally activating and recording conversations without users’ knowledge. Google has promised to roll out an update to the device by Oct….

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See a fidget spinner go bonkers in space

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See a fidget spinner go bonkers in space

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik has been busy going on spacewalks and taking space selfies, but he found some time to indulge in a previously Earth-bound fad. He tweeted a video Friday of some fidget spinner experiments onboard the International Space Station. The video kicks off with the spinner floating unmoored and rotating around at a rapid pace. “Allowing…

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Want to snap a spacewalk selfie? It’s harder than you think

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Want to snap a spacewalk selfie? It’s harder than you think

Most of us take selfies for granted. You just point your phone at yourself and click to take a snap. Easy. For astronauts out on a spacewalk, though, achieving a selfie is a big challenge. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik shared a succinct description of his trials and tribulations on Twitter today: View image on Twitter Bresnik’s…

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