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Prison Phone Call Fees Are Out of Control. The FCC Can Finally Rein Them In

The US Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to lower price caps on prison phone calls and closed a loophole that allowed prison telecoms to charge high rates for intrastate calls. The vote will cut the price of interstate calls in half and set price caps on intrastate calls for the first time. The FCC […]

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Everywhere. This Company Thinks It Has the Secret to Making Them High-End

Since their widespread introduction to the market nearly a decade ago, lab-grown diamonds have carved out a substantial slice of the market. Industry analyst Paul Zimnisky recently told the news agency AFP that lab-grown stones accounted for 18.5 percent of diamond sales in 2023 and would exceed 20 percent this year. Perhaps this isn’t surprising

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Decoding the ABB Nascar EV Prototype

Right now, all-electric race cars struggle at running flat-out around high-speed ovals—the kind of racing that defines most of the Nascar season. With regenerative braking, or regen, EVs turn deceleration into energy that goes back into the battery, but that trick doesn’t work on tracks where drivers keep the accelerator pinned to the floor lap

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Amazon Will Brick Its $2,350 Astro Robots Just 10 Months After Release

Amazon is bricking all Astro for Business robots on September 25. It first released the robot about eight months ago as a security device for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) for $2,350, but the device will soon be a pricey new addition to Amazon’s failed products list. Amazon announced Astro in September 2021 as a

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Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked in Paris

It’s IP68 and 10 ATM water resistant, so you can use it while in the shower or doing the dishes. It pairs with any Android phone through the Samsung Health app, but it won’t work with iPhones. You do not need a subscription to access the full suite of features; all of the available features

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Nike Is Killing the App for Its $350 Self-Tying Sneakers

In 2019, Nike got closer than ever to its dreams of popularizing self-tying sneakers by releasing the Adapt BB. Using Bluetooth, the sneakers paired to the Adapt app that let users do things like tighten or loosen the shoes’ laces and control its LED lights. However, Nike has announced that it’s “retiring” the app on

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Nothing’s CMF Devices Prove Yet Again Cheap Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring

This does not run Google’s Wear OS platform, so you won’t be able to access a wealth of apps as on other smartwatches. CMF hasn’t provided details on the operating system, but it works similarly to Wear OS smartwatches and is very snappy. It supports iPhone and Android, so anyone can use it. You pair

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Google Search Ranks AI Spam Above Original Reporting in News Results

For example, I searched “competing visions google openai” and saw a TechCrunch piece at the top of Google News. Below it were articles from The Atlantic and Bloomberg comparing the rival companies’ approaches to AI development. But then, the fourth article to appear for that search, nestled right below these more reputable websites, was another

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Fisker Went Bankrupt. What Do Its EV Owners Do Next?

It was the last week in June, and José De Bardi hadn’t gotten much sleep. The trouble had really kicked off on June 18, about a week earlier, when the electric vehicle company Fisker announced it had filed for bankruptcy protection. Now some 6,400 Fisker owners like De Bardi wondered: What will happen to their

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