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Apple put through the wringer by Spotify and Tile in Senate hearing

In a contentious hearing Wednesday, Apple fended off complaints from Spotify, Tile, Match Group, and several senators over competition on its App Store.  Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar said, in her opening remarks, that she isn’t “angry about success.” “We simply want to make sure that capitalism keeps going in a strong, strong way,” she said, adding, that in this situation, it “doesn’t seem like that’s happening.”  Anyone who owns an iPhone, iPad or Apple… Read the rest

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Apple's new paid podcast subscription service is missing one crucial thing

Paid podcasts are coming to Apple. However, the new subscription service is missing something crucial.  At Apple’s big 420 event this week, the biggest player in the podcast distribution space announced that creators will be able to sell subscriptions to their shows right on Apple Podcasts as early as next month. As interesting as Apple’s platform looks (and we’ll get to that in a second), there’s a major component it’s lacking: The company will not… Read the rest

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Apple knows AirTags can be abused and is trying to get ahead of it

Sometimes, you don’t want things to “just work” for everyone.  On Tuesday, Apple announced a slew of new products at its “Spring Loaded” event. One of those products, AirTags, is a tiny disc that allows for the easy tracking of objects — or, as Apple hints at in its AirTags press release — unwilling people.  The basic idea behind AirTags is straightforward enough: People frequently misplace small but important items like keys or wallets, and… Read the rest

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Sorry, Tile: Everything Apple copied at its spring event

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Facebook will now let you export posts directly to Google Docs and WordPress

Ever wish you could easily export all your Facebook posts and notes onto a completely different platform? Well, now you can! On Monday, Facebook announced a few new data portability options that allow you to seamlessly transition the content you’ve written on the social network onto platforms made for writing. Specifically, Facebook has built in an option to transfer your posts and notes into Google Docs as well as two popular blogging platforms, WordPress.com and… Read the rest

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How to watch Apple's spring event on 420

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A beginner's guide to listening to audiobooks

There’s really nothing like making it through a good book. It can expand your understanding of the world, give you something to do while you wait at the doctor’s office, and everything in between. But not everyone has the time to sit down and crack open a tome. For those people, audiobooks are the way to go. Listening to audiobooks during those little free moments of your day is now easier than ever, but the… Read the rest

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Facebook will reportedly reveal its Clubhouse competitor on Monday

Facebook is ready to introduce its answer to Clubhouse and other audio-only social media products such as podcasts. And it’s reportedly happening on Monday, April 19. The range of so-called “social audio” products were detailed in a new report from Vox. It’s a little light on specifics at this point, but the report does note that it’s not clear when all of this stuff is actually launching. Facebook’s plan is apparently focused on the reveals,… Read the rest

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PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed is a basic auto feeder, but at a high price

You’d think feeding your pet would be simple enough. But actually, mealtime is deceptively complex, and doing it right is an important part to being a good pet parent. The PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Programmable Dog & Cat Feeder promises to remove the guesswork and remembering parts of mealtime — even better for forgetful pet owners with ADHD like myself. A favorite on most automatic feeder shopping guides, the Healthy Pet Simply Feed does… Read the rest

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Dogecoin is mooning, and we're listening for the popping sound

With dogecoin back in the news, the bubble pop can’t be far behind.  The cryptocurrency, which was explicitly created as a parody of crypto in 2013, is on an epic run. As of Saturday, a single dogecoin was worth approximately $0.30 according to CoinMarketCap. That’s up from $0.004 at the beginning of the year. The meme-themed cryptocurrency last made waves in Dec. 2017 just ahead of the Jan. 2018 height of the previous crypto bubble.… Read the rest

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