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Location American Gadget News for 23 Sep 2022

New Fitbit devices will needStarting next year, you'll only be able to activate newly released Fitbit models using a Google account. It doesn't come as a surprise for Google's services to become more intertwined with Fitbit's... fitness devices after the tech giant acquired the latter for $2.1 billion in 2021. But now, we have a timeline for when Fitbit accounts will no longer be essential. As spotted by 9to5Google, Fitbit has revealed in its help page that it will launch support for Google accounts in 2023. Signing up for Fitbit and activating new devices will require the use of a Google account after that. In addition, the brand will completely end support for Fitbit accounts sometime in early 2025, after which a Google account will be required to use its fitness devices and smartwatches. Fitbit promises that it will...
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The FCC Is Tired Of Space Junk

Slash Gear - 23 Sep 2022 03:11
The FCC Is Tired Of Space JunkIn the same way that garbage fills the oceans, the space around Earth is full of junk, including old satellites. The FCC says things need to change.
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New Hearing Set in FacebookA Kenyan court has set a new date to hear submissions in a lawsuit brought against Meta and one of its outsourcing partners by a former Facebook content moderator, who accuses the companies of... exploitation and union busting.
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Dystopian Short HeartlessImagine meeting the person you want to spend your life with--but you live in a community where partners are forcibly switched via a lottery on a regular basis, and no amount of true love makes any... difference. That's the premise of Heartless, an Icelandic sci-fi short directed by Haukur Björgvinsson, first spotted on ...
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The CIA's New Podcast IsWhen the CIA announced its new podcast on Thursday and opened with the joke "(tap tap tap) Is this thing on? ️"--the Twitterverse lost it. First off, it's obvious that the agency that listens... to countless people around the world knows when the mic is on. Then came the question: What would a famously secretive agency...
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The Latest News From DisneyLots of major theme park announcements came out of the D23 Expo, revealing that more IP is coming to Disney Parks in a big way. We've also got news that Japan will be re-opening its borders on October... 11 for travelers, a month shy of Ghibli Park's much-anticipated opening. And finally, we check in on more Halloween...
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Google Home can now use NestGoogle Home no longer needs to lean solely on smart home devices like thermostats to know whether or not you're around. Home's optional presence sensing feature can now use interactions with Nest... speakers and smart displays to help detect activity in your abode, letting it perform automated actions. If you talk to your Nest Audio or tap your Nest Hub, for instance, Google may know to turn the lights on. Second-gen Nest Hubs can also use their Soli radar sensor to tell when you're close. You can enable presence sensing in the Google Home app for Android and iOS by visiting the Features section in the settings. Detection is strictly opt-in, and Google stresses that ambient noise won't trigger presence cues. Cameras, doorbells and the Nest Hub Max won't switch devices between "home" and...
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Space Force Approves Launch ofWe've got some good news and some bad news. Space Force has granted NASA's request for an extension to launch the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket--yay--but a tropical storm is brewing in the... Atlantic, which could threaten its scheduled launch on Tuesday, September 27.
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Global Warming Is Causing EvenClimate change is wreaking havoc across the globe, and astronomers have discovered another potentially damaging effect of global warming.
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On Rings of Power, the NightIf last week's Hail Mary love-in between Miriel and Galadriel made you think The Rings of Power was done telling you good things happen when people trust in each other and work together, well, I've... got good and bad news for you: that's it, that's the show.
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Mercedes' F1 team used biofuelFormula 1 isn't exactly the most environmentally friendly organization, but it's trying to become much greener. F1 is targeting net zero carbon emissions by the end of the decade and engine makers... have been testing sustainable fuels over the last few years. F1 leaders are aiming to only use sustainable fuels in F1 cars by 2026 . Race cars are only a small piece of the puzzle, though. Holding two dozen grands prix around the world requires shifting cars, parts and other materials between circuits, which generate more carbon emissions. The Mercedes-AMG F1 team, however, has experimented with a way to reduce freight emissions. It used hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO 100) biofuel in 16 trucks as it moved operations between Spa, Zandvoort and Monza for the final three European grands prix of...
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Why The Thirty Meter TelescopeFor almost a decade, scientists and protestors have argued over building a vast new telescope in Hawaii. Now, a breakthrough decision could change everything.
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The First Smart Gun May Not BeThe iP1 was more a proof of concept than a serious firearm aimed at a commercial, military or law-enforcement market.
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Don't panic that you might miss out on tonight's potentially legendary match-up between the Yankees and Red Sox just because it's on Apple TV+ -- there's a good chance you can tune in for free. Apple... is streaming the game at no charge as part of its weekly Friday Night Baseball feature, with coverage starting at 6:25PM Eastern and the action starting in earnest at 7PM. It'll require a little bit of work and a compatible device, but you too can see if Aaron Judge will break Roger Maris' American League home run record. Here's how to watch. You'll need to either sign into or create a free Apple ID account at the Apple TV+ website or a supporting app. You may be prompted to add a credit card, but Apple won't charge you for this or any Friday Night Baseball game. The service is available on...
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A Cancer-Fighting Version ofScientists may be able to turn a long-time germ foe into a cancer-fighting ally, new research this week suggests. In preliminary data from a Phase I trial, a genetically modified version of the herpes... virus has shown promise in treating difficult-to-eradicate tumors, with one patient having experienced a complete...
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ScrewDriverKing 40-in-1 toolCarry one tool that does it all, the ScrewDriverKing™, which is state-of-the-art 18K-gold plated. Experience a toolbox in your pocket. Plus, its indestructible design is resistant to rust and... scratches for long-lasting durability. Every tool is visible and accessible in..
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Here's What We Learned FromThe latest Google Pixel Tablet leak exposed details such as display size, storage capacity, and other information about the tablet.
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After Getting Blocked in Iran,Want to help bring encrypted messaging to a despotic regime that treats women like shit? Well, now's your chance.
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Tesla Is Countersuing a CivilTesla filed a countersuit against the California Civil Rights Department (formerly the Department of Fair Employment and Housing) this week. The action comes in response to the state agency's ongoing... lawsuit against the automaker, which alleges that the company has operated a "racially segregated workplace," at its...
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Commercial Airlines Have FoundRather than continue to spill excessive pollutans into the atmosphere for all eternity, some major airlines are pursuing more environmentally friendly fuel.
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Top games of theGet your fill of dungeons, monsters, and magical worlds in this week’s top board game roundup. With titles like ShadowRun: Edge Zone, Dragonbane, and The Dungeon Brah, these fantasy games have... an edge. Create a monster army out of clay..
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Anyone who has been taking advantage of Amazon's liberal return policy regarding e-books could soon be in for a shock. That's because following discussions with the Authors Guild, Amazon has agreed to... block automatic returns on digital books that are more than 10 percent read. Currently, the problem for authors on Amazon is that customers can return e-books online anytime within seven days of purchase no matter how much content has been consumed. That means if you can you read a book in less than a week, you can simply return it when you're done for free, resulting in a loss of profits for the author. However, under the new policy which is scheduled to go into effect sometime before the end of the year, Amazon will begin blocking automatic returns on e-books that are more than 10 read,...
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The 5 Best And 5 Worst LG Phones Of All Time

Slash Gear - 23 Sep 2022 21:01
The 5 Best And 5 Worst LGLG produced phones under its own name and under contract for Google, with some clear winners and others not up to snuff with the competition.
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Jury Rules Project VeritasProject Veritas, the conservative "investigative journalism" outlet known for shoving hidden cameras anywhere they can fit them, reportedly violated wiretapping laws.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X13s 5GThe Lenovo ThinkPad X13s 5G delivers high-speed data for the modern mobile worker -- is that enough, or does a business notebook need processing power, too?
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