Monthly Archives: August 2018

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Mophie’s new battery packs can charge phones wirelessly

This week, Mophie announced four new wireless charging products. These include the Charge Stream Vent Mount, the Charge Stream Desk Stand, the Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless and the Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless XL, which function as both…

Calif. Senate approves net neutrality rules, sends bill to governor

A night-time view of the California State Capitol building in Sacramento.

Enlarge / California State Capitol building in Sacramento. (credit: Getty Images | joe chan photography)

The California Senate today voted to approve the toughest state-level net neutrality bill in the US, one day after the California Assembly took the same action.

With both legislative houses having approved the bill, California Governor Jerry Brown has until September 30 to sign it into law.

The vote was 23-11 as of this writing, with all yes votes coming from Democrats and all no votes coming from Republicans. In the Assembly yesterday, six Republicans joined 55 Democrats to pass the bill in a 61-18 vote.

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You’ll Never Be As Cool As the Astronauts Who Fixed Their Spaceship With Duct Tape and Epoxy

Everyone knows that there’s no problem that a good roll of duct tape can’t fix. Chances are, though, you probably weren’t imagining its practical application outside our own atmosphere.

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Yamaha’s latest turntable streams multi-room audio via WiFi

You can pair a turntable with a multi-room audio setup (Sonos even offers a bundle), but that usually means wiring your record player into that setup at some point. Yamaha thinks it can do better. Its newly launched MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable uses…

Lead in US school water “disturbing”—Detroit just shut off all fountains

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Enlarge / Drink with caution. (credit: Getty | Yoko Inoue)

Students returning to school in Detroit next week will find their water fountains entirely shut off over concerns of elevated lead and copper levels—something that federal lawmakers say is part of a “disturbing and unacceptable” nationwide issue.

The decision to shut off the drinking water in Detroit was based on a first round of results from testing that the school district carried out in its 106 schools earlier this year. The results from just 24 schools so far surfaced 16 that had water sources tainted with excessive levels of lead, copper, or both. For instance, tests at the district’s Academy of the Americas Elementary school found a kitchen and drinking faucet in a basement cafeteria that had lead levels of 182 micrograms per liter (ug/L) and 154 ug/L, respectively. Those are more than ten times the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limit of 15 ug/L. The full testing results can be found here.

Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), announced the shutoff Wednesday. In a statement to the Detroit Free Press, Vitti explained:

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Earin finally releases its M-2 true wireless earbuds

At CES 2017, Earin unveiled a revamped version of its true wireless earbuds, called M-2. Over a year and a half later, you can finally get your hands on them. The company was an early entrant into the completely wireless earbud market and although we…

EU Commission President supports ending seasonal time changes

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Enlarge / A picture taken on April 16, 2018 shows the pediment of the main entrance of the “Palais Bourbon” headquarters of the French National Assembly in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN (credit: Getty Images)

On Friday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he would recommend that the EU end seasonal time changes in favor of staying on summer time throughout the year.

The Commission requested public comment on the matter over the summer after EU Parliament voted in February to review the usefulness of Daylight Saving Time.

Of the 4.6 million comments that the EU Commission received, more than 80 percent were in favor of ending time changes, according to The Guardian.

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F1’s Texas Race Is the Same Week As NASCAR’s and Texas Motor Speedway’s President Is Having a Fit

Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage is more territorial than a cat claiming a cardboard box, and hoo boy, people are really stepping on this cat’s tail this week. But do you know what else cats have? They have claws. Gossage’s have come right on out, and it is not pretty.

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Lawmakers demand answers after Verizon throttled firefighter data

Lawmakers have asked Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai to investigate after Verizon throttled the data of firefighters who were tackling wildfires in California. The company was criticized this month for throttling Santa Clara Count…

How Many Cars Can You Spot on This 360° Monterey Motorsports Reunion Paddock Ride?

Looking at old, expensive and famous cars is great and everything, but it’s a whole other thing altogether to see them hanging out on the racetrack and in the paddock. That’s where they’re meant to be and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion does just that.

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