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The FCC Wants to Hear How Bad Your Internet Sucks
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The FCC Wants to Hear How Bad Your Internet Sucks

Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP (Getty Images) The FCC announced today that it’s started soliciting first-hand accounts from people who are forced to rely on crappy internet. This new initiative is part of the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection program, and the agency hopes that by collecting information directly from consumers, it will be better equipped to “enhance...

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Why Trump’s social media network will be an epic failure

I’ve seen a lot of dumb startup pitches in my day, but a Donald Trump-branded social media network takes the stupid cake. All I can figure is, we’re exactly two months away from the FBI’s birthday and team Trump’s determined to get the old agency the perfect gift this year. Or maybe Trump just really...

Apple’s next HomePod may come with a screen and camera
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Apple’s next HomePod may come with a screen and camera

Apple is reportedly “developing new speakers with screens and cameras,” according to the ever-reliable Mark Gurman reporting for Bloomberg. (This news is sure to make my colleague Callum, who just wrote a piece wishing for a HomePod with a screen last week, rather happy.) The company had reportedly been developing an updated HomePod for a 2022...

Former US Director of National Intelligence Says He’s Seriously Puzzled by UFOs
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Former US Director of National Intelligence Says He’s Seriously Puzzled by UFOs

He says that Air Force pilots and military satellites have detected objects that they can’t explain. UFO Sighting In an eyebrow-raising segment on Fox News, former US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe made some intriguing claims about the federal government’s tracking of unidentified flying objects (UFOs.) “Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than...

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Report: Samsung is making a phone that folds… twice

Apparently, it’s not enough for a phone to just fold once. According to a new report by Nikkei Asia, Samsung is planning to add a third folding phone to its lineup this year– one that has two folds in its screen. The phone will apparently live alongside the existing Fold and Flip series, rather than...

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New MIT algorithm optimizes sensor placement on soft robots to help them understand the world

Soft robots can be far more flexible than their rigid relatives, but their vast ranges of motion makes it hard to map the location of their body parts. A new algorithm could give them greater control of their movements by optimizing the arrangement of sensors on their bodies. “You can’t put an infinite number of sensors on the robot itself,”...

The 10 Best Deals of March 22, 2021
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The 10 Best Deals of March 22, 2021

Gif: Juliana Clark Monday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals It’s March 22, and we at Kinja Deals are here to bring you the top 10 deals of the day. Kick back with Unicorn Jerky CBD candy. Treat yourself to a new Lenovo Chromebook Duet. And stock up on Nanfu AA batteries. Advertisement If you’re still...

Researchers May Have Found True Identity of Ancient ‘Hobbit’ Species
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Researchers May Have Found True Identity of Ancient ‘Hobbit’ Species

Liang Bua Cave on the island of Flores, where specimens of the “Hobbit” species were discovered.Image: Liang Bua Team Anthropologists know of at least two ancient species of tiny humans that lived on the islands of southeast Asia over 50,000 years ago. The origin of these extinct humans is unknown, but new research suggests they’re...

This ‘Map of Life’ Shows Where Undiscovered Species May Be Lurking
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This ‘Map of Life’ Shows Where Undiscovered Species May Be Lurking

An orangutan in Indonesia, one of the research team’s described biodiversity hotspots.Photo: CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP via Getty Images (Getty Images) Nine years ago, a team of Yale ecologists mapped out the world’s life, a project that showed biodiversity patterns in geographical context; basically, a heat map of animal life. Now, they’ve gone a step further: documenting...