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Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

This week was an important week in rule making for the FCC, not only did the FCC clarify an 1991 ruling that makes it easier for carriers to block spam texts and robocalls, it has also voted to allow the federal government to give a broadband subsidy to the poor. Under the plan proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Lifeline program currently used to provide phone service to the poor could be used to pay for internet service as well.

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Hyundai patent outlines speed bump detection system

Hyundai patent outlines speed bump detection system

I'd wager at one time or another most of us have seen cars that have been customized by their owners or are so low from the factory that speed bumps can be a big issue. Even more annoying are larger speed bumps that are the same color as the road around them allowing them to blend into the surroundings to the point that many people hit them at full speed simply because they don’t see them.

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NASA’s Europa mission passes first major review

NASA’s Europa mission passes first major review

NASA is hot to explore Europa, which is one of the moons orbiting Jupiter. The reason that Europa is such an interesting place to NASA is because it is believed to be one of the most likely places to find life outside of Earth. NASA has a mission concept for investigating Europa and that plan has successfully passed its first major review by the space agency.

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Golf course on dump trucks is the most exciting golf ever

Golf course on dump trucks is the most exciting golf ever

When I was a kid if I was annoying my grandfather, he wouldn't say a word. He would just turn on golf and my cousins and I would scatter. Golf has to be one of the most boring things in history to watch, and that is considering Rosanne. I'm no golfer, I can’t even play put-put, but I would totally try this new form of golf that uses giant trucks with holes made in the bed.

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FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

Few things are more annoying to receive on your smartphone than spam texts or robocalls trying to get you to buy something. The FCC has made a move to stop both of those things from happening with the adoption of a new rule this week. The new rule gives telephone companies more power in preventing robocalls and spam texts from happening to consumers on landlines and wireless phones.

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Philips 276E6ADS 27-inch monitor achieves 99% Adobe RGB color

Philips 276E6ADS 27-inch monitor achieves 99% Adobe RGB color

Philips has unveiled a new computer monitor and according to the company it is the first quantum dot desktop monitor to be launched anywhere in the world. The display is a 27-inch unit and the big feature is its ability to reproduce Adobe RGB color. According to Philips, the display can reproduce 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut making it ideal for professional photography and design.

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Koenigsegg One:1 decimates all in 0-300km/h-0 test

Koenigsegg One:1 decimates all in 0-300km/h-0 test

Of all the exotic sports cars in the world, the most exotic in my mind is the Koenigsegg One:1. This is a hypercar in every sense of the word packing 1340hp under the hood with a curb weight of 1340kg. That gives the car a power to weight ratio of 1:1, which is where the name comes from. The 1:1 power to weight ratio doesn't quite work here in the states where the 1340kg weight comes out to a bit under 3000 pounds.

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2016 Mercedes GLC rolls out packing 2.0L turbo four

2016 Mercedes GLC rolls out packing 2.0L turbo four

Mercedes has unveiled its second-generation compact crossover SUV called the GLC. This car is the successor to the GLK crossover SUV and it’s a big update to that former model. The GLC is all new on the inside and out with lots of leather, wood, and aluminum covering the interior. The GLC is stretched by 4.5 inches in length compared to the GLK.

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