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Apple could promote TV+ with companion podcasts

Sponsored Links Apple Apple has considered producing podcasts to support its slate of original TV+ shows and movies, according to Bloomberg. The company reportedly sent out a call for pitches last summer and has since had discussions with the producers of its shows about making audio programs. Bloomberg says the company’s goal in dipping its …

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Alexa-powered Lego challenge winners include a game system and waffle iron

Sponsored Links Jason Allemann Amazon and Lego have unveiled the winners of their Alexa-focused Mindstorms challenge, and they’re as clever and oddball as you’d hope. The grand prize winner is Jason Allemann’s Game Station, a project that uses Alexa for a five-game console — you can play the likes of Simon, trivia or Race to …

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Subaru plans to sell only electric cars by the middle of the 2030s

Sponsored Links Subaru By Ronan Glon Nipping infinite rumors in the bud, Subaru confirmed the Outback, the Forester, the BRZ, the WRX STI, and every other car it makes will go electric or disappear by the middle of the 2030s. The Japanese automaker announced it plans to kick gasoline-powered cars out of its global portfolio …

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Samsung appoints Roh Tae-moon as its new smartphone CEO

Sponsored Links Samsung Electronics Samsung Electronics has named Roh Tae-moon CEO of its key smartphone division, according to Bloomberg. He’ll take over the position from DJ Koh, who will continue to head up Samsung’s IT and mobile and communication arms. Roh is Samsung’s third CEO in the last dozen years, as Koh was appointed in …

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ESA opens plant that turns moondust into oxygen

Sponsored Links ESA–A. Conigili If humans are going to have a long-term presence on the Moon, they’re going to need breathable air and rocket fuel — and the ESA might just have a way to create both using the Moon itself. The agency is running a prototype plant that converts moondust (currently simulated, of course) …

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Opera accused of offering predatory loans through Android apps

Sponsored Links Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Opera has frequently tried to claim the moral high ground in the web browser world, but it’s being accused of using its side projects for far less virtuous behavior. Hindenburg Research has published a report alleging that Opera is running four Android apps aimed at India, Kenya …

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Behringer clones more well-known synths from Moog and Roland

Sponsored Links Behringer Behringer isn’t about to slow down in its effort to clone classic synths. The company has introduced two more not-so-subtle modernizations, headlined by the System 55 Modular Synthesizer (above). The Eurorack-friendly design includes more than 20 reproductions of modules from the legendary Moog 15, 35 and 55. It includes the requisite mix …

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Instagram removes the IGTV button you weren’t using

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Jeff Chiu Instagram’s IGTV was supposed to usher in a new era for video in the social network, but that’s not quite how it panned out. And now, the company is tempering its expectations. A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed to TechCrunch that Instagram is removing the IGTV icon at the top of …

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Amazon may offer hand recognition payments to other stores

Sponsored Links Sean Ellis via Getty Images Amazon’s rumored hand recognition payment tech might be useful beyond paying for produce at Whole Foods. Wall Street Journal sources say the company is developing hand-based checkout terminals that it would sell to “coffee shops, fast-food restaurants” and other stores that tend to have repeat customers, not just …

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Recommended Reading: The internet sleuths who caught the Astros cheating

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS How the internet helped crack the Astros’ sign-stealing case Joon Lee, ESPN One of the biggest sports stories of the year has already broke, and it’s barely mid-January. If you haven’t heard, Major League Baseball determined the Houston Astros used various methods, including video feeds, to steal signs from the opposition …

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